Royal Caribbean International itineraries for 2020 sailings from the UK are now on sale. Anthem of the Seas will make her return to Southampton for the first time since 2015, where she will join Independence of the Seas to sail a number of new itineraries. For Independence of the Seas, this includes new Baltic cruises – a first for a Freedom-class ship. Together the Quantum-class and Freedom-class ships will host the largest number of guests Royal Caribbean has ever accommodated from Southampton.
Homecoming for Anthem of the Seas
Back for the first time in five years, Anthem of the Seas will reposition from North America to Southampton in May 2020 on a 12-night transatlantic crossing. From there she will make a Quantum-class debut in new coastal ports in Northern Europe, the Canary Islands and throughout the Mediterranean – including an overnight stay in Cadiz. Guests can witness the breathtaking views of these ports from 300 feet above sea level in Anthem of the Seas’ North Star, a signature jewel-shaped, glass observation capsule.
Anthem of the Seas will be offering a selection of 14-night sailings in the Mediterranean, varying from two weeks along Mediterranean beaches to a journey of discovery and adventure in Italy’s cultural hotspots. Onboard, Anthem of the Seas offers world-class dining, including speciality restaurants, Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine for a delicious feast for all the senses, and Chops Grille for quality hand cut steaks, as well as great entertainment and state-of-the-art technology. Guests can also challenge themselves on the 43-foot rock climbing wall or enjoy SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space featuring a circus school, full-size basketball court, and the first-ever roller rink and bumper cars at sea.
Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas will also be back in the UK in 2020, returning to her UK home for another year. Independence of the Seas had a multi-million pound makeover in 2018, and offers a host of features including Sky Pad, a virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience; Perfect Storm waterslides; Escape Room: The Observatorium; and delicious eateries, Fish & Ships and Izumi.
Independence of the Seas will be back in 2020 with all new destinations on offer, including Copenhagen and two full nights in St Petersburg – the first time ever for a Freedom-class ship – to all new adventures in Morocco and Portugal. Itineraries range from three-nights to 14-nights.
Guests’ holidays onboard Anthem and Independence will be enhanced by the intuitive Royal Caribbean mobile app that enables guests to sign up for shore excursions, make restaurant reservations and explore the ship through interactive maps and guides without ever leaving their chairs by the pool.
Ben Bouldin, Managing Director, Royal Caribbean International UK and Ireland, said: “It is important for us to make our cruises as easy and enjoyable for guests as soon as their holidays begin, so we are elated that we have not one, but two, of our much-loved ships coming home for us to show-off and celebrate. 2020 is set to be a spectacular season with more overnight stays and fantastic new itineraries. We look forward to welcoming our guests aboard for truly extraordinary holidays.”