Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bumper cars at sea? Yes, please.
Last weekend, my 3-year-old daughter Lucy
and I sailed on Royal Caribbean"s new Anthem of the Seas, which —
conveniently — is based in the New York City area.
(Well, the Cape
Liberty Cruise Port"in nearby Bayonne, N.J., if you want to be exact.)You
can"t think of a better home port for a ship like this, which practically
rivals Manhattan when it comes to over-the-top attractions.
The Anthem of the
Seas packs it in.
There"s a surf simulator, a roller-skating rink, a circus
school, and a 30-foot high rock climbing wall.And that"s just to name a few.
The Anthem of the Seas.
(Photo by islandstock / Alamy Stock Photo.
Design
by Lauren DeLuca for World traveling club Travel)
Even the sail-away party is
over-the-top, in perfect New York style.
As the ship sailed out of Cape
Liberty past the Manhattan skyline, anthemic songs like the Beastie Boys" "No
Sleep Till Brooklyn" and Jay-Z"s "Empire State of Mind" boomed over the loud
speakers, while Lucy and I waved goodbye to the city."You couldn"t imagine a
more spectacular backdrop.
Lucy and my friend"s daughter, Zoe, at the sail-away party.
(Photo: Laura
Begley Bloom)Next time I come on this ship I"m going to make sure I experience
the sail-away from the North Star, which is the perfect place to get a
bird"s-eye view of the city.
This glassed-in pod whisks you 303 feet above sea
level, then out over the water.
Later in the trip, I checked it out: the
360-degree views of the ship and sea were "dazzling.
Sadly, Lucy was a couple
inches too short to be allowed onboard the North Star."But she was just right
the right age for RipCord by iFly, a skydiving simulator.
I was actually quite
amazed that the minimum age for this adventure was 3, and my intrepid daughter
was game to try it out.
So we geared up in blue jumpsuits and matching
helmets, went for training, and headed up into the clear glass flight chamber
on deck 16.
Alas, after watching mom flail around — this thing was
harder then I expected — Lucy decided skydiving wasn"t for her.
I"m flying! Sorta.
(Photo: Laura Begley Bloom) I gave Lucy her own
simulated flying experience outside the iFly."(Photo: Lisa McElroy)But there
was plenty to keep kids of any age happy for days at sea.
The ship has a water
park for toddlers to splash around, as well as an expansive children"s club
divided into different age groups and loaded with activities: scavenger hunts,
science experiments, and more."Related: 14 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Cruise
Ship Workers
In the Seaplex, an adventure area that transforms itself
throughout the day, Lucy got a kick out of a roller-skating for the very first
time.
And while the age minimum was 5 for the bumper cars, she was delighted
to crawl around on the stationary cars alongside the Seaplex.
"Driving" the bumper cars."(Photo: Laura Begley Bloom)Royal Caribbean also
has a partnership with DreamWorks, with characters from Shrek and the "The
Penguins of Madagascar" (yes, giant penguins) roaming the ship and performing
impromptu dance parties.
We got to check out Shrek"s pal Fiona boogying amid
the bumper cars."I could keep going — and the Anthem of the Seas sure
does.
There are 16 decks with experiences at every turn, plus more than 20
dining options, including restaurants from British celebrity chef Jamie
Oliver, Biggest Loser star Devin Alexander, and Miami chef Michael
Schwartz.
Lucy"s favorite was the Seaplex Dog House, a hot dog food truck
embedded into the wall of the ship on deck 15."
Related:"A 12-Year-Old"s
Expert Tips on How to Book a Family Cruise Painting the menu at
Wonderland.
(Photo: Laura Begley Bloom)And we both got a kick out of
Wonderland, an Alice in Wonderland-style restaurant with a menu based on the
elements (fire, earth, and so on).
You start off the meal with a menu that you
have to "paint" with water to read.And once the kids go to sleep, there"s
plenty to keep mom and dad entertained, like the memorable Bionic Bar, where a
robot bartender whips up cocktails.
Indeed, this is the ship that never sleeps
— perfect for the city that never sleeps.Let World traveling club
Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on"Facebook,"Twitter,
Instagram, and"Pinterest."Check out our original adventure travel series A
Broad Abroad."To learn more about World traveling club Travel"s travel policy
please click here. Last weekend, my 3-year-old daughter Lucy and I sailed on
Royal Caribbean's new Anthem of the Seas, which — conveniently — is
based in the New York City area.
As the ship sailed out of Cape Liberty past
the Manhattan skyline, anthemic songs like the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep
Till Brooklyn" and Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" boomed over the loud
speakers, while Lucy and I waved goodbye to the city.  You couldn't imagine
a more spectacular backdrop..
I gave Lucy her own simulated flying experience outside the iFly."(Photo:
Lisa McElroy)But there was plenty to keep kids of any age happy for days at
sea.
The ship has a water park for toddlers to splash around, as well as an
expansive children"s club divided into different age groups and loaded with
activities: scavenger hunts, science experiments, and more."Related: 14
Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Cruise Ship Workers
In the Seaplex, an adventure
area that transforms itself throughout the day, Lucy got a kick out of a
roller-skating for the very first time.
And while the age minimum was 5 for
the bumper cars, she was delighted to crawl around on the stationary cars
alongside the Seaplex.
"Driving" the bumper cars."(Photo: Laura Begley Bloom)Royal Caribbean also
has a partnership with DreamWorks, with characters from Shrek and the "The
Penguins of Madagascar" (yes, giant penguins) roaming the ship and performing
impromptu dance parties.
We got to check out Shrek"s pal Fiona boogying amid
the bumper cars."I could keep going — and the Anthem of the Seas sure
does.
There are 16 decks with experiences at every turn, plus more than 20
dining options, including restaurants from British celebrity chef Jamie
Oliver, Biggest Loser star Devin Alexander, and Miami chef Michael
Schwartz.
Lucy"s favorite was the Seaplex Dog House, a hot dog food truck
embedded into the wall of the ship on deck 15."
Related:"A 12-Year-Old"s
Expert Tips on How to Book a Family Cruise Painting the menu at
Wonderland.
(Photo: Laura Begley Bloom)And we both got a kick out of
Wonderland, an Alice in Wonderland-style restaurant with a menu based on the
elements (fire, earth, and so on).
You start off the meal with a menu that you
have to "paint" with water to read.And once the kids go to sleep, there"s
plenty to keep mom and dad entertained, like the memorable Bionic Bar, where a
robot bartender whips up cocktails.
Indeed, this is the ship that never sleeps
— perfect for the city that never sleeps.Let World traveling club
Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on"Facebook,"Twitter,
Instagram, and"Pinterest."Check out our original adventure travel series A
Broad Abroad."To learn more about World traveling club Travel"s travel policy
please click here.Last weekend, my 3-year-old daughter Lucy and I sailed on
Royal Caribbean's new Anthem of the Seas, which — conveniently — is
based in the New York City area.
As the ship sailed out of Cape Liberty past
the Manhattan skyline, anthemic songs like the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep
Till Brooklyn" and Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" boomed over the loud
speakers, while Lucy and I waved goodbye to the city.  You couldn't imagine
a more spectacular backdrop.

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