Largest cruise ship to date could head to Torbay


One of the world’s 10 largest cruise ships is expected to travel to Torbay next week for a hull inspection.

The Anthem of the Seas is currently in Poole Bay off Bournemouth and it is understood that its schedule is not published to deter tourists due to the ever-growing public fascination with the ‘ghost ships’ anchored in South Devon during locking.

The 18-deck Quantum-class cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is the ninth largest cruise ship in the world with a gross tonnage of 168,666. It is 347.06 m (1,139 ft) long and 49.4 m (162 ft) at the widest part of its beam. If it arrives next week as scheduled, it will be the biggest of the giant luxury ships to arrive in the event of a Covid pandemic in the relatively safe waters off Torbay and Teignmouth.

In the Ships in Torbay and Lyme Bay Facebook group, one of the members posted: “There is a fairly large and interesting cruise ship potentially going to anchor in Torbay in about a week. I am sure some of you probably know which one it is however I will not reveal it as it is being kept silent. “

And he added that plans can always change due to current weather conditions.

Many of those who commented agreed that the ship that was due to arrive was the Royal Carribean’s Anthem of the Seas, but one added: “It is being kept silent to deter tourists.”

In a list of 30 largest cruise ships in the world, Hymn of the Seas, was number nine. The largest is its sister ship Symphony of the Seas.

Anthem of the Seas has 16 decks accessible to passengers (and two more for staff only) with a total of 2,090 cabins for more than 4,100 passengers.

Its facilities include a Wave Loch Flowrider surf simulator, rock climbing wall, skydiving simulator, swimming pools, solarium, spa and fitness center, theater and casino.

The Anthem of the Seas has been out of service since the start of the pandemic, but here we take a guided look inside once it sails again:

For thrill seekers

The North Star Observation Pod – the world’s tallest on-board observation pod at 300 feet

The ship has the world’s tallest ship viewing pod, which means you can take in panoramic ocean views from a height of 300 feet.

Customers can try their hand at flight in the skydiving simulator, tackle the waves on FlowRider, or take in the views from the top of the climbing wall.

Back on the bridge, there are bumper cars and a circus school.

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Bumper cars on board the ship

For rest and relaxation

The Solarium reserved for adults on board

Anthem of the Seas features an outdoor upper deck pool and a luxurious spa, fitness center, and indoor adults-only solarium.

In the evenings, the theater offers dazzling West End-style shows.

Hymn of the Seas Show

Anthem of the Seas has 14 restaurants on board and one of the many bars has robots that act as bartenders and prepare drinks.

Robots serving drinks at the bar

On February 7, 2020, the ship was quarantined due to coronavirus. A passenger from January 27, 2020 had traveled through mainland China – but the guest subsequently tested negative and the ship was cleared to sail. The 5,000 passengers who were due to sail on February 7 had to make their own accommodation arrangements and ended up sailing to Bermuda for four days instead of the Bahamas for eight days.

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