Marking a historical moment for Bermuda and our always welcoming shores, the Royal Caribbean Quantum Class vessel Anthem of the Seas paid the island a visit with nearly 4,500 people on board, becoming the largest cruise ship to make a stop on our shores.
The ship – which measures in at an impressive 1,141 feet – docked at Heritage Wharf at the Royal Naval Dockyard this week, giving people on the island’s west end the opportunity to take in the vessel’s sheer bulk and splendor.
A Bermuda delegation offered an official welcome, with a group led by Acting Premier Bob Richards dining with the ship’s Captain Henrik Sorensen and taking a brief tour of the relatively new cruise ship, which celebrated its maiden voyage only a year ago.
The Anthem of the Seas is scheduled to make 21 calls during the 2016 cruise ship season, and the Royal Caribbean cruise line has already announced that the ship will return to Bermuda in 2017.
Highlighting the ship’s many features, the Royal Caribbean website says, “No matter how you like to Caribbean, you’ve never done it like this. Onboard the world’s most revolutionary ship — Anthem of the Seas. Feel the rush skydiving right on the deck of the ship with the RipCordSM by iFLY skydiving simulator.
“Or play at the SeaPlexSM, an activities space that’s a real game changer, offering bumper cars, a roller rink, circus school and more. If leisurely pursuits are more your speed, enjoy breathtaking island sights from the best seat in any house, the North StarSM.
“Take in transformative entertainment at Two70SM. Or grab a drink at Bionic Bar, where mixology meets technology. There’s only one way to Caribbean like this. Only on Royal Caribbean.”