The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Anthem of the Seas pokes its bow past Bald Porcupine Island while entering Bar Harbor early on Monday. Launched one year ago, the 1,141-foot vessel is the largest cruise ship ever to have anchored in Bar Harbor. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTO

Anthem of the Seas serenades Bar Harbor

BAR HARBOR Anthem of the Seas, one of the largest cruise ships in the world, paid a visit to town on Monday, bringing some 4,000 passengers and about 1,500 crew with her. The 1,141-foot vessel is the largest cruise ship ever to have anchored in Bar Harbor.

The ship sailed from Portland on Sunday and left Bar Harbor at 6 p.m. Monday, bound for a Canadian port.

Launched and commissioned little more than a year ago for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and the second of three “Quantum Class” cruise ships launched in the past two years, Anthem of the Seas is a seagoing behemoth by any measure. Nearly four football fields long with a beam of 136 feet, the 168,666-ton ship can carry 4,905 passengers at full capacity on 16 passenger-accessible decks, eight of which feature balcony staterooms overlooking the ocean.

In all, there are a total of 2,090 staterooms: 1,570 balcony staterooms, 147 ocean-view staterooms and 373 inside staterooms. Of those staterooms, 34 are wheelchair-accessible and 28 are studio staterooms for single travelers (including 12 studio staterooms with balconies). All aft-facing staterooms are two-story “loft” suites.

To keep passengers occupied, the ship has a “Sports Court” on deck with, among other features, a Wave Loch Flowrider surf simulator, a rock-climbing wall and a skydiving simulator set in a recirculating indoor recreational vertical wind tunnel.

Anthem of the Seas is the first cruise ship to offer an on-board live room, virtual reality escape game.

The ship offers more than a dozen dining options with five “complimentary” main restaurants, four available to all passengers, with the tariff included in the cruise fare. There also are several “concept” restaurants in which dining is available for an additional fee.

Equipped with a diesel-electric and rotating “azipod” propulsion system, Anthem of the Seas can cruise at 22 knots.

The ship will visit Bar Harbor three more times this year.

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]

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