Royal Caribbean International has announced its new Anthem of Seas ship will homeport in Southampton when it joins the fleet in 2015.
The second of the new Quantum class ships will offer Mediterranean cruises from Southampton from April 2015 after the ship makes its journey from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
Anthem’s placement will rival P&O’s new ship Britannia which will sail from Southampton from 2015.
Anthem will homeport in the UK for the summer months before moving to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the winter.
Dominic Paul, vice president international at Royal Caribbean International told Cruise News the itineraries and prices of the new ship will be revealed in early 2014.
“We’ve had real success in the UK and guests love what we offer. When we introduced Independence of the Seas into Southampton in 2008 it was a ground-breaking ship and move and we think Anthem of the Seas from 2015 will take that to the next level in the UK market.”
At double occupancy the ship will be able to carry 4, 180 passengers onboard and will have several ‘firsts at sea’ including a sky-diving activity and the North Star capsule that extends 300 feet over the ocean.
Inside the ship will have bumper cars and roller-skating as part of a larger sports complex, while its staterooms will be larger than previous Royal Caribbean ships and include ‘virtual balconies’.
A music hall and new bar will also be included, with the former to host intimate live performances and DJ sets.
Stuart Leven, managing director at Royal Caribbean International UK & Ireland said the cruise line will introduce travel agents to the ship at the nearest opportunity.