New Cruise Ship Set To Visit Bermuda In 2016

April 13, 2015

Royal Caribbean International’s newest cruise ship — the 4,180 passenger Anthem of the Seas — will be visiting Bermuda next year, the company has announced.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain officially received the new ship from Meyer Werft Yard in a signing ceremony held in Bremerhaven, Germany  on April 10th.


“It’s wonderful to welcome Anthem of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean family of ships,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.

“Just like every Royal Caribbean ship, Anthem of the Seas will deliver to guests its own distinctive set of amazing adventures, whether sailing in the Mediterranean or the Caribbean.”

Anthem of the Seas will now sail to Southampton, U.K., where the ship will homeport through October and sail to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands.

The ship will be inaugurated in Southampton on April 20, and in November, New York Harbour will be Anthem of the Seas’ permanent home, where the ship will sail regularly from Cape Liberty Cruise Port to locations including Bermuda.

Anthem of the Seas conveyance journey:

Royal Caribbean said, “Guests will enjoy a wide range of Royal Caribbean’s onboard innovations, such as the North Star aerial observatory, a glass capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean for incomparable panoramic views, and the RipCord by iFLY skydiving and FlowRider surfing simulators.

“Guests will be dazzled with the ships’ transformative venues, such as the Two70 lounge, a great room by day and an immersive, multimedia entertainment spectacle at night. SeaPlex changes throughout the day to offer bumper cars, disco roller skating, circus school, and basketball and other sports.

“Guests also will delight at the expansive array of delicious fare in 18 distinctive onboard restaurants and enjoy Royal Caribbean Productions’ industry-renowned entertainment in Music Hall, the Royal Theater, and the Royal Esplanade.”

Gif showing some of the activities onboard the Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas spans 16 guest decks; encompasses 167,800 gross registered tons; carries 4,180 guests at double occupancy; and features 2,090 staterooms.

According to the Royal Caribbean website, the Anthem of the Seas will offer 5-night Bermuda cruises leaving from New Jersey on dates including April 30, 2016; May 28, 2016; June 11, 2016; June 25, 2016; Juyl 9, 2016 and July 23, 2016. The listed rates start from $689 per person.

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  1. Jus' Wonderin' says:

    Looks like a fun ship to be on! Thanks OBA for making things happen again finally!

    • Paul Revere says:

      @ Jus’ Wonderin’
      you talkin out of both sides again. When the PLP increased the number of cruise ships people complained, now that the OBA do it, its a blessing.
      You frigin people are so backward and blind. Must be all the RED Koolaid you all been drinking

      • Mockingjay says:

        We all know that his ice is colder so what are you surprised about.

      • Jus' Wonderin' says:

        OBA’s never lost a cruise ship or had one pull out…think a couple pulled out under PLP/UBP’s watch lmfao. Who says um for the OBA just because I said thank you. Keep those assumptions coming…you’re still an a** whos choking on the green kool-aid.

        • hmm2 says:

          I see a lot of stupid posts on Bernews these days. People trying to make every little thing political.

          • get real says:

            THANK YOU! Finally.
            Has anyone considered that horrible customer service, high prices, and lack of transportation to the places tourists actually want to go is what is keeping cruise ships away?

            • Lois Frederick says:

              Not sure what you are trying to say, but Bermuda is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the World. Tourists have very positive things to say about cruising to Bermuda and many would rate it at the top of the list. Bermuda has about as much cruise business as we can handle. The only gaps being ships for St. George’s and Hamilton, which are tricky to secure because of the need for smaller ships. That’s being worked on right now though.

      • lucky 7 says:

        The GREEN koolaide leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

      • Purple Koolaid says:

        Paul Revere and Mockingbird. Are you two for real? The PLP increased the number of cruise ships? How many ships in Hamilton & St. George since PLP. By the way you do remember that the PLP government forgot to sign a contract on time which caused one of the companies to relocate their ship meaning 12 less visits each year? Did you forget that?

        By the way, it does not say anywhere if it is replacing another one off their ships or how many stops it will be making here.

    • mike says:

      And stay on…

  2. hmmm says:

    You don’t get it do you? Two basic modes of travel flying+hotel or sailing on a ship.

    Both methods will get you here. But which mode benefits Bermuda more in $$$$$$. The oba could get 4 more ships if they want, then the hotels will close up shop.

    • Purple Koolaid says:

      Many people , like myself use cruise ships to visit many places for a short period of time and then return to those they enjoy the most.

      For example , I took a Mediterranean Cruise and then returned to Barcelona and Capri for a week each.

      I also took a Caribbean a few years ago and then returned to Atlantis for five days.

      Contrary to what you think, most people that take a single annual vacation decide well in advance what type of vacation they are going to take first, skiing, summer destination, family destination (like Disney) adult destinations (like Hedonism) or a cruise and then decide on the where. If we got rid of ALL the cruise ships do you think the hotels here would be full? If that was true, they would be full before and after the cruise ship season. If most families decide this is year they are taking that family cruise, then that is what they do! THEN they grab brochures, look online and check prices and ships.

      Most people would agree that when they decide to cruise, they decide on a Cruise Line and Ship first and then see where that ship sails. Most people try and find an itinerary that stops at ports they are interested in, but if it doesn’t very few would change their plans and decide on a land vacation instead.

  3. Aaron G says:

    I thought the channel had to widened before this cruise ship could get in? Whens that happening and who is paying for it?

    • C James says:

      That ain’t happnin. This boat will be docked at that same place at the end of Bda where there’s only two restaurants, and ony one road leading in and out, and buses that get cancelled all the time.

      B-o-r-i-n-g so everyone will stay aboard where they can gamble. Oh, Bda has no gambling neither. But they all say good morning so they think they don’t need to do anything else.

      No renta cars either – and the worst taxi service known to man.

      But come to Bermuda yes – please.

      • One Up One Down says:

        I work in the Tourism Industry and most of the people I speak to love Bermuda.

        I meet return visitors almost daily.I even met a couple once who have been coming here for 15 years and never visited the Aquarium because they said there was so much to do here.

        It seems to me the only people hating Bermuda are SOME of the people who are already here.

        Sometimes it’s discouraging knowing that the field you work in is not being supported by a more positive outlook.

        Here we are trying to sell the country and help people enjoy themselves hopefully with a view to returning and sharing their positive experiences with friends and then there are people like you who keep saying Bermuda sucks. How is that helpful?

        Coming here is not just about renting cars and gambling….honestly that’s what Las Vegas and other places are for. We are unique and we should be proud of that.

        Why are your roof tops white? Where do you get your drinking water from? Where can I get food that Bermudians eat? How do Bermudians greet each other? Why is the sand pink? Why do the men wear shorts with jackets? How do I get to the Swizzle Inn? Are the Caves worth seeing? Who is that man waving at the traffic? Where is the best place to snorkel? Can you recommend a place where we can hear someone play Yellow Bird on the steel pan?….it was our father’s favorite song he had it on a record he bought in Bermuda in the 60s. How old did you say St. Peter’s Church is? Say bag again…

        How about visiting Bermuda yourself so that you too can be amazed by her beauty.

        • Purple Koolaid says:

          I stopped by the NFL Pro AM Golf tournament on Saturday afternoon and it was awesome to hear how much the players and their families loved it here. Most said they had never been here, one said he was ashamed to say he hadn’t, knowing it was so close to the East Coast. Everyone of them said they would be back next year and would be bring friends. They all praised the Port Royal Golf Course, the Cambridge Beaches, the staff and the People of Bermuda. One of the players that won a very nice watch as a 1st prize, decided to give it to one of the chefs at the restaurant because he loved the food and treatment he had been given.

          Lots of people work so f’n hard to give our visitors a great experience, and then there are those like Mockingjay.

        • hmm2 says:

          If people like it here soo much, then why have our air arrivals been on a downward trend for last 30 years?

          Some of you aren’t being honest with yourselves and our tourism product.

        • marta Hodge says:

          I lived in Bermuda for a few years when I was a child. I have wonderful memories and would love to visit and share Bermuda with my husband and kids. The trouble is that it’s very expensive to stay there. Taking a cruise does seem to be a more affordable option. However, I didn’t realize that rental cars are not available. Bermuda is very beautiful and I long to go back very much.

    • Lois Frederick says:

      Yes, that’s correct. The channel is going to be dredged with the sand being placed up at the AC site in Dockyard. I imagine an arrangement has been worked out between the cruise line, RCCL and Govt. I guess we will find out the details in due course. My guess is that the cruise line will pay for the dredging and will get relief in the form of port taxes etc. Makes sense because dredging is an expensive thing to do and we can’t afford to pay for it. The cruise lines make all kinds of deals worldwide, to get their ships into ports.

  4. Terry says:

    Some very interesting comments posted here and reality tells me some make sense.

    I like ‘hmmm’s’ comment.

    It’s a fact.

    Carefull what you hope for.

    200+ cruiseship visits won’t help established properties.


    • Purple Koolaid says:

      Terry that may be so, but 0 cruise ships won’t necessarily fill those properties either. It is hard out there especially as an independent property that isn’t associated with the larger chains like Hilton, Fairmont, Couples, Sandals and so on.

      Its much easier to get people to try a resort when it is associated with a brand because you know the standards of that chain and what you should expect. Their advertising budgets are much larger, some larger that the budget of the Bermuda Tourism Authority!

  5. Triangle Drifter says:

    All very nice but remember that the bigger the ship, the more the ship itself IS the DESTINATION.

    The benefit formula will be even worse for wherever the ship goes of air vs ship passengers. 4000 of these mega ship passengers are the yeild of 2 plane loads of air passengers staying hotels, eating in restaurants, doing excursions without 35% going back to the ship.

    Yes, we should be grateful to have the ships however do not forget where the real icing on the cake comes from.

    • Debbie downer says:

      Notice they said nothing at all about Bermuda. It’s all about the ship. They would just go spin around in the ocean if that didn’t burn too much fuel. The goal is to keep the passengers on the ship and sell them alcohol, trinkets, art, upsells on meals, and whatever else they can hawk. Doesn’t sound like my idea of a good time, and unclear what if any benefit it will have for Bermuda.

      Maybe with all these pax coming by cruise and paying whatever picayune docking fee they’re charged, Bob can eliminate (rather than raise) the airport tax? Bob wants to add $50 to each airline ticket, which makes it harder for airlines to offer enticing fares, which will mean fewer air arrivals. So we’ll have even fewer air arrivals who actually stay in hotels and eat in restaurants, and more people docking on a ship that they’re encouraged never to leave. Brilliant work guys.

      • Lois Frederick says:

        Your name is very appropriate.

      • Purple Koolaid says:

        Debbie, Bob did not add $50. There was already a tax (I believe $35) he just increased it. BTW you do realize that Cruise ships also have a Passenger Tax.

        I think you might be surprised at how high the airport taxes are around the world and how many taxes there are.

        For example here is JFK
        $13.40 ‑ arrival Tax + another $13.40 Departure Tax. – $26.80. Add another $4.50 Passenger Facilities Charge (for airport improvements). + $5 Federal Security Sement Tax, + $5.00 US Custom Fee and more.

  6. Jr Smith says:

    this ship has more stuff to do on it than Bermuda does on the whole island…..

  7. get real says:

    by this time, we should have no busses for them! Someone needs to get on top of that, pronto.

  8. Rick says:

    I love to cruise because the service is exceptional, entertainment is top notch with lots of variety for all tastes and age groups and the food is good and great if you go to the special restaurants for a small surcharge . The cost is dirt cheap especially if you book last minute and don’t really care where you go which suits me just fine.
    If I was a tourist I would NOT fly here because I would save at least 70% by cruising and probably more and get more bang for my buck across the board PLUS they have gaming even while in port.
    The restrictions put on business has put Bermuda on a path to destruction all in name of protecting jobs and political insecurity.