Royal Caribbean

7-night City Break Explorer

Anthem of the Seas

Say hello to Anthem of the Seas®, the second in Royal Caribbean groundbreaking Quantum Class of ships,

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Boats in Southampton Harbour Southampton United Kingdom
Nighttime view of Bilbao, Spain Bilbao Spain
Rotterdam Netherlands
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The itinerary

Southampton is the UK's largest and busiest cruise port, catering for over 1.5 million passengers every year. Located just a two hour drive out of London, or an 80-minute train journey, Southampton has a rich history on display across the city's museums and cultural venues, as well as leading shopping shopping outlets, many restaurants and bars, and award-winning public parks. Walking around the city centre, you'll see many remnants of the ancient city walls, don't miss the Bargate Monument – a Grade I-listed medieval gatehouse. Further afield, you can take in the sights of nearby cities of Portsmouth and Winchester, or visit the world-renowned heritage site of Stonehenge.

Boats in Southampton Harbour

Day 2Cruising

Time in Bilbao (Bilbo, in Euskera) may be recorded as BG or AG (Before Guggenheim or After Guggenheim). Never has a single monument of art and architecture so radically changed a city. Frank Gehry's stunning museum, Norman Foster's sleek subway system, the Santiago Calatrava glass footbridge and airport, the leafy César Pelli Abandoibarra park and commercial complex next to the Guggenheim, and the Philippe Starck AlhóndigaBilbao cultural center have contributed to an unprecedented cultural revolution in what was once the industry capital of the Basque Country.Greater Bilbao contains almost 1 million inhabitants, nearly half the total population of the Basque Country. Founded in 1300 by Vizcayan noble Diego López de Haro, Bilbao became an industrial center in the mid-19th century, largely because of the abundance of minerals in the surrounding hills. An affluent industrial class grew up here, as did the working class in suburbs that line the Margen Izquierda (Left Bank) of the Nervión estuary.Bilbao's new attractions get more press, but the city's old treasures still quietly line the banks of the rust-color Nervión River. The Casco Viejo (Old Quarter)—also known as Siete Calles (Seven Streets)—is a charming jumble of shops, bars, and restaurants on the river's Right Bank, near the Puente del Arenal bridge. This elegant proto-Bilbao nucleus was carefully restored after devastating floods in 1983. Throughout the Casco Viejo are ancient mansions emblazoned with family coats of arms, wooden doors, and fine ironwork balconies. The most interesting square is the 64-arch Plaza Nueva, where an outdoor market is pitched every Sunday morning.Walking the banks of the Nervión is a satisfying jaunt. After all, this was how—while out on a morning jog—Guggenheim director Thomas Krens first discovered the perfect spot for his project, nearly opposite the right bank's Deusto University. From the Palacio de Euskalduna upstream to the colossal Mercado de la Ribera, parks and green zones line the river. César Pelli's Abandoibarra project fills in the half mile between the Guggenheim and the Euskalduna bridge with a series of parks, the Deusto University library, the Meliá Bilbao Hotel, and a major shopping center.On the left bank, the wide, late-19th-century boulevards of the Ensanche neighborhood, such as Gran Vía (the main shopping artery) and Alameda de Mazarredo, are the city's more formal face. Bilbao's cultural institutions include, along with the Guggenheim, a major museum of fine arts (the Museo de Bellas Artes) and an opera society (Asociación Bilbaína de Amigos de la Ópera, or ABAO) with 7,000 members from Spain and southern France. In addition, epicureans have long ranked Bilbao's culinary offerings among the best in Spain. Don't miss a chance to ride the trolley line, the Euskotram, for a trip along the river from Atxuri Station to Basurto's San Mamés soccer stadium, reverently dubbed "la Catedral del Fútbol" (the Cathedral of Football).

Nighttime view of Bilbao, Spain

Day 4Cruising

Rotterdam is a city that's a long way removed from most people's stereotypical notion of the Netherlands. There are few, if any, canals to be found here nor are there any quaint windmills. There is, however, a thriving modern city which is one of the busiest ports in the entire world.

Rotterdam is a city that's a long way removed from most people's stereotypical notion of the Netherlands. There are few, if any, canals to be found here nor are there any quaint windmills. There is, however, a thriving modern city which is one of the busiest ports in the entire world.

Southampton is the UK's largest and busiest cruise port, catering for over 1.5 million passengers every year. Located just a two hour drive out of London, or an 80-minute train journey, Southampton has a rich history on display across the city's museums and cultural venues, as well as leading shopping shopping outlets, many restaurants and bars, and award-winning public parks. Walking around the city centre, you'll see many remnants of the ancient city walls, don't miss the Bargate Monument – a Grade I-listed medieval gatehouse. Further afield, you can take in the sights of nearby cities of Portsmouth and Winchester, or visit the world-renowned heritage site of Stonehenge.

Boats in Southampton Harbour

The ship Anthem of the Seas

Say hello to Anthem of the Seas®, the second in Royal Caribbean groundbreaking Quantum Class of ships,

Capacity
4180
Cabins
2098
Total crew
1300
Length
1141m

Food and drink

Without a doubt, one of the best things about going on holiday is the chance to indulge in lots of delicious food and drink –and discovering brand new favourites along the way. On Anthem of the Seas℠, the culinary adventure starts as soon as you get onboard, with 17 different dining venues to choose from, including the hugely popular Jamie’s Italian – the perfect place for the whole family to explore new flavours.

Jamie Oliver himself remembers food being a huge part of his childhood holidays, with his parents always encouraging him to try new things. ‘It’s not about what you don’t like, it’s about what you could like!’ he says, which is why at his restaurant, there are plenty of fun ways to get kids to try new foods. Take a look at the fresh pasta being made in-house every day, or order some dishes to share so that everyone can try something different. Kids can even get involved in making their own food with the ‘Shake Me’ salad, designed especially for them to shake up just the way they like!

American Icon Grill

Discover the taste of America with all your favourite comfort foods, hand-picked from cities across the states. The dishes are homespun in... Read more

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American

Chic

The height of contemporary cuisine is realised at Chic, where the freshest ingredients of the wild are evolved for a modern palate.... Read more

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Fine

Wonderland

At Wonderland, our chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes to invent an elaborate dreamscape of never-before-seen fare.

The story begins as you open the... Read more

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Fusion

The Grande Restaurant

The Grande Restaurant is a luxuriant nod to a bygone era. When dining was not a task, but a time-honored ritual. When... Read more

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Silk

Weave your way through a vibrant tapestry of pan-Asian flavours as diverse and nuanced as the Far East itself. Every tapestry tells... Read more

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Asian

Coastal Kitchen

Exclusively for suite guests, Coastal Kitchen fuses Mediterranean influences with the unmatched riches of California’s bountiful farmlands. This is a destination that... Read more

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Fusion

Michael's Genuine Pub

Food and drink. It doesn’t have to be so complicated. That’s the philosophy at Michael’s Genuine Pub, the first American gastropub at... Read more

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Gastro

Chops Grille

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand cut steaks at Royal Caribbean’s hallmark restaurant.... Read more

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Surf Turf

Jamie's Italian

Warm up with Jamie’s Italian Famous Plank piled high with cured meats, pickles and tempting cheeses. From there, try delicious pastas made... Read more

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Italian

Chef's Table

Located in an intimate, exclusive enclave within Chops Grille, this private epicurean experience for up to 16 people treats you to a... Read more

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Steakhouse

Izumi

From sushi to sashimi and tableside cooking preparation using Hot Rocks, Royal Caribbean’s Izumi offers guests an exotic Asian-inspired dining experience.

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Sushi

Solarium Bistro

With an emphasis on freshness and “spa” cuisine for breakfast and lunch or an upscale dinner, Solarium Bistro offers the very best... Read more

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Healthy

Sorrento's

Looking for an authentic New York pizzeria experience…at sea? Then head to Sorrento's for fully loaded pizzas right out of the oven.... Read more

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Pizzeria

Windjammer Marketplace

Here staff prepare signature specialities tailored to your own taste—like fresh-pressed paninis, juices blended before your eyes, and fluffy omelets. Plus a... Read more

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Cafe

Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets has been serving up delicious American fare to diners around the world since 1986.Its menu features fresh, never frozen, made-to-order... Read more

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American

Seaplex Dog House

Welcome to SeaPlex Dog House, where the first-ever food truck at sea serves up gourmet hot dogs for all to enjoy in... Read more

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American

The Cafe @Two70

The Café @ Two70° is a gourmet marketplace that lets you pick the view. Choose from a variety of savoury hot-pressed sandwiches,... Read more

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Cafe

Cafe Promenade

When it comes to sharing a little leisure time with family and friends onboard, there’s no better place than Café Promenade.

Simply pick... Read more

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Cafe

Entertainment

Anthem of the Seas reveals the entertainment of the future - a collection of amazing inventions that have never been seen on land or sea. Here, robots dance in unison, and sea views transform to space views in the blink of an eye. Sound is not just heard, but felt head to toe.

Tribute

Royal Caribbean brings you the best tribute bands anywhere, and now they’re more up-close than ever in the intimate Music Hall, giving... Read more

Virtual Concert

Virtual Concert projects high-resolution footage across Vistarama and all six Roboscreens® in Two70°, to create a multisensory musical experience as impressive as... Read more

Two70

In the daytime you can admire the breathtaking 270° ocean views while at nighttime you can take in the spectacular entertainment thrills... Read more

The Music Hall

The Music Hall on Anthem of the Seas is a vast space, specially designed for entertainment. The huge stage plays host to... Read more

Vistarama

Picture it: 18 projectors combine to create an ambient surface over 100 feet wide and over 20 feet tall. Across this vast... Read more

The North Star

This jewel-shaped, elevated viewing capsule lifts you 300ft into the air, allowing you to see for miles in all directions. Not only... Read more

SeaPlex

For all the fun of the fair, Anthem of the Seas features the wonderful new SeaPlex. This bright and futuristic space transforms... Read more

RipCord by iFly

This exhilarating skydiving simulator means you can experience the thrill of weightlessness, as powerful jets hold you up. The whole thing takes... Read more

Bionic Bar

An amazing bar that is run by bionic mixologists. 

As well as being technically innovative, it’s also easy to navigate; all you have... Read more

Schooner Bar

Enjoy your drink with a side of trivia at one of the regular quiz nights held in this relaxed venue.

Diamond Lounge

Diamond, Diamond Plus, and Pinnacle Club Crown & Anchor® Society members enjoy access to this lounge, created to serve these loyal guests... Read more

Concierge Lounge

Guests staying in Grand Suite-level rooms and higher, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club Crown & Anchor® Society members can enjoy access to... Read more

Boleros

This Latin-themed bar serves up the best mojitos at sea, an amazing selection of tequilas and some of the hottest beats onboard!

Vintages

Indulge in your favourite wine at Vintages Wine Bar.

Michael's Genuine Pub

Here you can choose from a selection of craft beers, including Schwartz's Michael's Genuine Home Brew, as well as cocktails, bourbon flights... Read more

Ice Bar

Royal Caribbean’s first ever Ice Bar at sea is located within the Two70° venue on deck 5 serving up delicious cocktails and... Read more

Pool Bars

Located up on Deck 14, the pool bars serve the pool areas with refreshments all day.

The Royal Theatre

The stage that started it all: The Royal Theatre. For 45 years, this is where artists have danced, sung and wowed audiences... Read more

Casino Royale

Take a chance at this Vegas-style venue, where Blackjack, Roulette and Texas Hold'em are just a few of the exciting games on... Read more

Onboard Shops

Browse for something special to take home at one of the fabulous onboard fashion boutiques, where you can buy luxury products from... Read more

Outdoor Movie Screen

Whether it’s poolside on a sunny day while enjoying a cocktail, or wrapped up at night under the stars, enjoy blockbuster movies... Read more

Health and fitness

The ship features a fantastic array of health and fitness facilities including, a spa, a fitness centre, a rock climbing wall and much more.

Vitality Spa

A range of services and relaxation treatments are available from the Vitality Spa & fitness Centre. The salon, located within the spa... Read more

Solarium

The Solarium offers a calm, quiet, peaceful atmosphere for adults to relax in. Both in and outdoors, the lounge area can be... Read more

Sports

Passengers can also enjoy the ship's fantastic sporting facilities, which include: an ice rink, a golf simulator, a jogging track, as well... Read more

Flowrider

Pumping out over 60,000 gallons of water a minute, the innovative Flowrider surf simulator allows you to go surfing and boogie boarding... Read more

Rock Climbing Wall

Ever thought about climbing a rock wall 200ft above sea level? With the ship's onboard rock wall this can become a reality.... Read more

Pools

With two amazing outdoor pools, four bubbly whirlpools, the tranquil, adults-only solarium and even a fantastic outdoor cinema screen, there’s always an opportunity to... Read more

Kids and teens

With an extraordinary choice of activities, games, sports and entertainment to suit kids of all ages – Anthem of the Seas® is the perfect place for an incredible family holiday.

From tots to teens, there’s plenty to keep kids happy onboard, from fun-packed games and activities to special areas designed exclusively for them. The award-winning kids’ and teens’ clubs offer endless exciting activities for children of all ages.

Royal Babies & Tots and Youth Zone

The tiniest cruisers (6-36 months) are kept entertained by trained professionals in the onboard nursery. Offering day and evening drop-off options, so... Read more

Seaplex

Seaplex is the largest, most revolutionary indoor active space at sea. By day kids can shoot some hoops and charge around on... Read more

Adventure Ocean Youth Programme

With three age-specific groups – Aquanauts (3-5 years), Explorers (6-8 years and Voyagers (9-11 years), this award-winning youth programme is so much... Read more

Teen Programme

Treating teenagers more like adults, this programme is a way for them to meet new friends while they enjoy their favourite pastimes,... Read more

H20 Zone

More like a mini water park at sea, the H20 Zone features brightly coloured sculptures spraying out water in all directions, an... Read more

Enrichment

Enrichment programs, or ‘Explorer Academy’ classes cover a wide range of topics, from wine tasting to casino tuition.

Explorer Academy

Classes include:

  • Wine tasting - learn about wines from around the world
  • Casino tuition - from poker to blackjack, learn how to play some... Read more

Useful info

Special Dietary Requirements

Special meals can be provided on all ships, when requested in advance, however not all requests are guaranteed. Requests must be submitted... Read more

Disabled Facilities

Wheelchair accessible staterooms are available on request. These can include electric entrance doors and accessible shower facilities. Priority and assisted boarding is... Read more

Dress Code

There are three distinct types of evening on board: casual, smart casual and formal. Suggested guidelines for these nights are:
Casual:... Read more

Age Restrictions

For sailings that depart from a port in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Asia, the minimum age for purchase and... Read more

Drinks Packages

The following drinks packages are available onboard:

Deluxe Beverage Package

Enjoy any individual beverage item up to $12 (retail value) available onboard, choosing from... Read more

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