Park West sets sail with Anthem of the Seas

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Anthem of the Seas

The Anthem of the Seas has been christened for its maiden voyage on April 22. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

The Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, has been officially christened just in time for its maiden voyage on April 22.

The ceremony took place on April 20 in Southampton, U.K., where it will sail its inaugural season before repositioning to its homeport in New York this November.

The 4,905-passenger Anthem of the Seas is the sister vessel to the Quantum of the Seas. As its sibling, the Quantum-class ship shares many of the same innovative features. These include the North Star aerial observatory, which gives guests the chance to be 300 feet above the ocean for great views, as well as “virtual balconies” that project real-time views of the ocean in select rooms.

Attractions on the ship mirror the Quantum, like the RipCord iFLY skydiving simulator, the Two70 lounge with its multimedia entertainment, robotic bartenders in the Bionic Bar, bumper cars and a choice of 18 restaurants.

Passengers can also enjoy Park West Gallery’s onboard art auctions at sea, where guests can learn about and collect art from one of the largest collections in the world. Nenad Stojanovic is the current principal auctioneer aboard the Anthem of the Seas. He says his art team will be more than ready to intrigue guests with art education and auctions.

“My team and I are very excited to be a part of this remarkable ‘smart ship,’” he says. “We are currently busy with all the background work to prepare a first-class production of the art program that will match the magnitude of the ship.”

Anthem of the Seas gallery

The Park West art gallery aboard the Anthem of the Seas. Photo courtesy of Nenad Stojanovic.

Along with unique features and attractions, the Anthem has a special godmother. A cruise ship’s godmother is traditionally a celebrity or a royal who has the honor of naming and blessing the ship. In the case of Anthem of the Seas, however, Royal Caribbean selected travel agent Emma Wilby, 27, of Sunderland, U.K. as the Anthem’s godmother.

Wilby christened the ship and performed a song for more than 1,300 guests and dignitaries. Wilby is a military wife who performs in the Military Wives Choir in Kinloss, Scotland. She joins the ranks of other Royal Caribbean ship godmothers such as Gloria Estefan, Whoopi Goldberg and Steffi Graf.

Passengers will certainly have no trouble identifying the Anthem when it docks. The new ship is 1,141 feet long (longer than five Boeing 747 jetliners), weighs 168,666 gross tons and has 18 decks with 2,090 staterooms.

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  • Peter Pethick

    Just travelled on Voyager of the Sea Fremantle(Australia) to Singapore. As a first timer was not aware of, or prepared for, the on-board Park West Auctions. Why are they kept a secret? Loved the artwork and very impressed professional staff on board headed by David Murkov(Not sure of the spelling)

  • Christo Swanepoel

    Dear Linda, it was an honor to meet you in person and listen to your presentation. I love your work and looking forward to present your artwork on-board. Looking forward to see your new collage range on-board. Kind regards, Christo Swanepoel

  • Thor Marthinussen

    We are looking forward to join a cruise with Anthem of the Seas next year. And we are looking forward to meet Park West staff and look at the art-work on-board. We have purchased art-work on our the three last cruises. I’m not surprised if we do that again.

  • Rosalie & Andre

    Just been invited for a cruise on May 22nd, looking forward to meet my parkwest friends again.

  • Susan Larsen Heise

    We cannot wait to sail. Have purchased many pieces of art during our cruises from Park West. The staff is wonderful.

  • renate radloff ostermann

    please let me know when the next sailing will take place, and port

  • Josephine Teague

    Wish we had been with you! We were in Tenerife We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise with Park West and hope to travel and meet old friends with you again.

  • Rose and Dick Hasler

    We are now building a “masters” collection through PW. We’ve acquired Picasso’s, Rembrandt, Dali, Durer, etc. Soon my husband will have to re mortgage the house to afford these – LOL!!

  • Beth

    We bought several pieces of art, 4 being Alexander Chen art. I have the picture of the Olympics torch bearer crossing the Great Wall of China. I have the original paperwork from my purchase including the appraisal. I am wondering if you would be interested in purchasing it back from me for resale?

  • Beth

    I just sent an email about my Alexander Chen art I want to sell, but noticed my email address was typed in incorrectly

  • Richard

    I recently went in Anthem of the Seas and saw a piece of artwork that I really liked, but can’t remember the artists name or what the piece was called. I remember it had a large white oval in the centre of a black background, a red circle to the top right of the oval but outside it and a blue egg shape inside the oval on the left hand side. I’ve been looking all over and it may be a Joan Miro piece but if not it is in the same style as some of his work. Please help!

  • Vincent Proto

    My wife and I have been to a number of VIP events and could not make a cruise we were invited to several years ago by Park West. We have purchased close to 20 items from Park West and are looking to buy more, but have not seen an invite in over 1 year.

  • Vickie Klempke

    I would like to attend a event that Peter Max will be at this year. I am looking to purchase my first Peter Max painting. Thanks you

  • Erleen

    I saw a painting while on the Anthem of the Seas last month that I really liked. I took a picture of the picture, but didn’t get the artist’s name. Is there a way to find out the artist’s name?

  • Erleen

    Thank you for responding so quickly. After I posted my question, I was able to located the picture on your website. The artist was Michael Cheval. His work is awesome! Thank you again for your help.

  • Don B.

    This ship is amazing. We loved sailing on Anthem of the Seas to Bermuda.

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