Things I didn’t expect to see when I stepped aboard a cruise ship for the first time

New Royal Caribbean cruise ship

a robot tending bar

robotic bartender

this thing that goes up to 300′ above sea level

Lift on Anthem of the Seas

a big giraffe

Giraffe on deck

bumper cars for Brits with the steering wheel on the right

cruise ship bumping

a hot dog truck (sort of)

hot dog stand

a woman with the most magnificant beautiful voice playing the role of Scaramouch in the musical “We Will Rock You” (in middle of stage with red hair)

taking a bow

Anthem of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was launched in February of this year. It’s initial voyages were to ports in Europe out of its home dock in Southhampton. It later crossed the Atlantic and docked in Bayonne, N.J. In November it set sail on its first cruise from Bayonne to the Caribbean, which is how it will be deployed in the coming year.

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6 Responses to Things I didn’t expect to see when I stepped aboard a cruise ship for the first time

  1. Jason @ says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise. Those pictures are definitely interesting.


  2. What fun, Ken! I’ve never been on a cruise, but this certainly looks like an unusual one. Love the pics–as always.


    • Ken Dowell says:

      I’ve never been on a real cruise either. This was just a 2-day media preview. Although interesting and the ship was fun, not convinced I’d want to spend more time than that on a cruise ship.


  3. The week-long cruise I sent on to visit Greek isles was more than enough. The ship wasn’t a destination as much as some other ships are. While docked in Istanbul, I laid eyes on some REALLY nice ships. Turns out I get seasick, so that didn’t help matters. Have you ever read the essay “Shipping Out: On the Nearly Lethal Effects of a Luxury Cruise” by David Foster Wallace?


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