Boarding is quick and easy on Anthem of the Seas, thanks to the ability for passengers to take care of all necessary documentation online before they even leave home. Passengers can generate boarding documents online, upload their own ID photo, and receive digital boarding confirmation, which means they can skip the check-in counter on arrival at the cruise terminal and breeze onboard in just 10 minutes.
Plus, guests will never lose track of their luggage thanks to RFID luggage tags that allow real-time tracking from a smartphone. Bags are tagged curbside at drop-off, and guests can monitor their progress through key points en route to the stateroom, eliminating any cause for worry when it is out of sight. On departure, the process is reversed.
RFID technology also powers WOWband wristbands, which require only a simple tap to quickly navigate the ship, make onboard purchases, serve as the room key, and more.
In addition, Anthem’s connectivity makes it possible for one of the SeaPods in SeaPlex to become a live global video gaming suite where guests can enjoy Xbox Live and compete with other gamers.
Bionic Bar, powered by Makr Shakr, is a great spot for fun and photo opportunities, with two robotic bartenders that shake, muddle and mix. Guests place orders via tablets and then watch the bots hard at work crafting the perfect cocktail.
Every stateroom has a view onboard Anthem of the Seas, thanks to interior accommodations that are outfitted with Virtual Balconies – 80″ high-definition LED screens that display real-time sights and sounds of the sea. No matter if the balcony is real or virtual, all staterooms on Anthem of the Seas incorporate functional technology as well with device-charging USB outlets, as well as energy efficient and environmentally friendly lighting systems.
Technology has even played a part in making the ship more environmentally friendly. Sophisticated computer modeling was used to reduce the vessel’s energy consumption with efficient hull configuration, engine design and energy saving devices. The ship has eliminated the use of incandescent bulbs; all lighting will be provided by low-energy LED or fluorescents. Motion sensors even dim hallway lighting when no-one is present.