Ahoy from Gay Travel's Cruise Guru! My latest great adventure was onboard Anthem of the Seas®, and it was beyond expectation! I set sail on June 2 in celebration of Pride Month and my birthday! As a member of the community, there is no place I'd rather be than at sea. Royal Caribbean® is truly my home away from home. 

During my many years of cruising, I have met lifelong friends from all over the world - both LGBT and straight alike. I consider these wonderful people to be my extended family.

Also, what is truly remarkable is that after the hundreds of times I've sailed, I've never lost my sense of wonder. Royal Caribbean never ceases to amaze me with something new.

I have been on many ships, and the most revolutionary is Anthem of the Seas®. Built in 2015, it is currently the most intelligent ship in the fleet! I had the privilege of being invited for one of the Pre-Inaugural Sailings, and my sister joined me. From the minute she stepped onboard, she felt as if she walked into the future. Even though she's been on many cruises with me, she simply couldn't get over the amazing technology and innovations juxtaposed with the sheer beauty everywhere. As an avid art enthusiast, she marveled at the art installations throughout the ship. She asked me over and over again, "where have I been?" because the experience of Anthem of the Seas® was so entirely new. Of course, we both returned from the voyage looking forward to the next remarkable adventure! The homeports for Anthem of the Seas® are Southampton, England with sailings to the Mediterranean, and from Cape Liberty, New Jersey with sailings to the Caribbean. 

Here's just a glimpse of the spectacular innovations that await you... so Come Seek!

The exclusive North Star℠ promises to elevate you both physically and emotionally, revealing 360-degree views of a world you've truly never seen before! 

Feel the rush skydiving right on the deck of the ship with the RipCord℠ by iFLY® skydiving simulator.  Or catch a wave on the FlowRider®.

 Or play at SeaPlex℠, an activities space that’s a real game-changer, offering bumper cars, a roller rink, circus school and more. 

 Or grab a drink at Bionic Bar, where mixology meets technology!

For those of you who are new-to-cruise, get ready to feel like you are part of the warm and progressive Royal Caribbean family:  they will win your heart and your mind!  And for those of you who haven't yet experienced the fantastic Quantum Class ships, get ready to be blown away! 


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Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver - It’s chef Jamie Oliver's love of Italian cooking and the Italian way of life that drives the menu at Jamie's Italian on Anthem of the Seas®
Izumi – Chef Travis Kamiyama offers guests an exotic Asian-inspired dining experience. 
Michael’s Genuine® Pub - the first American gastropub at sea, brought to you by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz. 
Wonderland - A creative and experiential new concept showcasing superior variety, quality and design.
American Icon Grill - It’s your favorite comfort foods, hand-picked from cities spanning sea to shining sea, and homespun in this ktchen with a few creative twists. 
Chic - The height of contemporary cuisine is realized at Chic, where the freshest ingredients of the wild are evolved for a modern palate. 
The Grande Restaurant -  A luxuriant nod to a bygone era. When dining was not a task, but a time-honored ritual. When you dressed for a date with an unforgettable dish. 
Silk - Weave your way through a vibrant tapestry of pan-Asian flavors as diverse and nuanced as the Far East itself. 
Coastal Kitchen – California cool meets the warmth of the Mediterranean Exclusively for Suite Guests and Pinnacle members, Coastal Kitchen fuses Mediterranean influences with the unmatched riches of California’s bountiful farmlands. 
The Café @ Two70° - A gourmet marketplace that lets you pick the view. Choose from a variety of savory hot-pressed sandwiches, salads custom-made to your liking, homemade soups and more.  
Chops Grille - Contemporary flair to traditional steakhouse offerings. 
Prime Table - If you enjoy gourmet fare paired with the finest of wines, then dining at Prime Table is an absolute must. Located in an intimate, exclusive enclave within Chops Grille, this private epicurean experience for up to 16 people treats you to a five-course, upgraded steakhouse menu and wine tasting. 
Sorrento’s - A Caribbean twist on New York style pizza. Sorrento's is one of six casual-service dining options on Anthem of the Seas® that cater to a wide variety of tastes and preferences, offering something for everyone at no additional cost. 
Windjammer Marketplace  -  A global culinary pavilion that invites you to explore the world, dish by dish. Enticing food islands weave throughout, showcasing international fare while mapping your way between new, interactive stations.
Johnny Rockets The Original Hamburger - Serving up delicious American fare to diners around the world since 1986. 
SeaPlex Dog House - The first-ever food truck at sea serves up gourmet hot dogs for all to enjoy in the SeaPlex. 
Café Promenade  - Whether you’re in search of snacks, pastries and sandwiches throughout the day and into the night, or looking to quench your thirst from a full line of beverages, you’ll find it at Café Promenade.  

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