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U2 Inspire Anthem of the Seas for Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean choose the impressive 29th floor of London’s Heron Tower to announce that the cruise line’s newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, will be based at Southampton after she is launched in 2015. To the sound of the Royal Philharmonic orchestra playing U2’s ‘Beautiful Day’, the trade and media were given a musical introduction to the new ship.

Adam Goldstein ,CEO, Royal Caribbean at the preentation.
Adam Goldstein, Chief Executive, Royal Caribbean, at the presentation

Being based in Southampton will make it easy for Irish passengers to cruise on a wide range of itineraries. Fares will be announced in early 2014 and will be available for sale  then.

Irish agents at the Heron tower,Marie Gallagher-Dowme Travel,Mary McKenna-Tour America,Mary King-Trave Savers, and Clare Dunne-The Travel Broker.
Irish agents at the Heron tower: Marie Gallagher, Downe Travel; Mary McKenna, Tour America; Mary King, Travelsavers; and Clare Dunne, The Travel Broker

Britain is a nation of happiness and inspiration seekers when it comes to music with a whopping nine out of ten people (95%) boldly claiming that tunes have the power to evoke happy memories. Music’s ability to rouse and move also scored similarly highly with 93% of people regarding their favourite song as inspiring.

Mary McGrath, Falcon Travel,Kilkeny,Don Sherar,Worldchoice,and Mary Downes , Cassidy Travel admire the view from the 29th floor.
Mary McGrath, Falcon Travel, Kilkenny; Don Shearer, Worldchoice Ireland; and Mary Downes, Cassidy Travel, admire the view from the 29th floor

The research coincides with the announcement that the new ship, Anthem of the Seas, will become the most entertainment-dedicated and technologically advanced cruise ship ever to be based in the UK when it launches in spring 2015.

The Royal Caribbean teamof Colin Rillie,Jennifer McAlister, Jenny Rafter, Lorraine Quinn, Stuart Leven, and Jo Rzymowska.
The Royal Caribbean team of Colin Rillie, Jennifer Callister, Jenny Rafter, Lorraine Quinn, Stuart Leven, and Jo Rzymowska

As part of the research, music industry expert, author and DJ, Stuart Maconie, selected five anthems – recently popular and traditional – and asked the nation to choose the song that makes them the happiest. The top three tunes – U2’s ‘Beautiful Day’ with 36% of the vote; the Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ with 28% of the vote; and Hubert Parry’s ‘Jerusalem’ with 22% – reflect the diversity of tunes that reach anthem status.

The Rpyal Philharmonic at the RCI event
The Royal Philharmonic at the RCI event
As the name suggests, Anthem of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International will include some of the most technologically advanced music and entertainment spaces in the world. This includes Music Hall at the heart of the ship’s music scene and built to showcase the best in live music, and venue Two70°, named for its magnificent 270-degree panoramic sea views provided by vast, floor-to-ceiling glass walls.
Featuring a three-storey bar, and huge entertainment spaces, Two70° offers entertainment technology so advanced that it is only found in two other locations in the world. It will have, as a first for any cruise ship, traditional fun fair dodgems.


  1. Pleased to be able to read your fab account of the ‘big secret’ event in London as I was unable to make it. Enjoyed reading everything else on this page too! Mary Johnston.


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