Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. chairman and ceo Richard Fain officially received the ship from Meyer Werft managing partner Bernard Meyer in a signing ceremony.
'We've always broken the mold with each successive ship we build, and Anthem of the Seas is no different,' Fain said. He thanked Bernard Meyer and the Meyer Werft team for their 'ongoing partnership in designing and building awe-inspiring ships with us.'
Anthem of the Seas becomes Royal Caribbean International's 23rd vessel.
'It's wonderful to welcome Anthem of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean family of ships,' added Michael Bayley, president and ceo of Royal Caribbean International.
Anthem of the Seas will now sail to Southampton where it will be based through October for sailings to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands. Inaugural festivities will take place on April 20 when godmother Emma Wilby, a travel agent, will name the ship and perform a song for the more than 1,300 invited guests.
In November, New York Harbor's Cape Liberty Cruise Port, New Jersey, will become Anthem of the Seas' permanent home for cruises to Bermuda, the Caribbean and Canada/New England.
The 167,800gt ship has a North Star aerial observatory, the RipCord by iFLY skydiving and FlowRider surfing simulators, the Two70° lounge for entertainment, SeaPlex with its bumper cars, disco roller skating, circus school, basketball and other sports. There are also 18 restaurants and Royal Caribbean Productions entertainment in Music Hall, the Royal Theater and the Royal Esplanade.
Anthem of the Seas carries 4,180 passengers, double occupancy, with full capacity for 4,905. Of 2,090 staterooms, 1,571 have balconies and 375 of the inside rooms have virtual balconies. Twelve rooms are single-occupancy studios with balconies. There are 16 connecting staterooms designed for families.
Meyer Werft said the ship features highly energy-efficient systems, optimized hydrodynamics, heat recovery systems, a hybrid scrubber and energy-saving LED lighting. There are two Wärtsilä 12V and two 16V engines for total output of 67,200 kW plus 41,000kW propulsion power. Speed is 22 knots.
Anthem of the Seas is registered in the Bahamas and DNV GL is the classification society.