North Star and pool deck on Anthem of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas Spain Mini Cruise – 27th October 2020

Fancy a mid-week getaway to France and Spain?

This cruise, during the week many schools have their half-term holiday, takes place on Royal Caribbean's futuristic cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, and is a great way to sample modern cruising. You'll also get to visit Le Havre (for Paris) and Bilbao.

About this cruise

Anthem of the Seas is a smart ship, both in terms of the decor and the technology on board. Technology is at the heart of this all-weather cruise ship, and you can see it in the digital artwork liberally plastered around the ship, in the high speed Internet access, and in the optional wristbands that replace traditional SeaPass cruise cards.

Entertainment highlights onboard include indoor skydiving, bumper cars, and an observation pod that soars into the sky. That's on top of the Royal Caribbean favourites of the FlowRider surf simulator and the rock climbing wall. The solarium is a gorgeous place to relax, and the Two70 theatre shows (with robotic dancing screens) are simply mind blowing. Dining doesn't get better than at Wonderland.

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Be sure to take a selfie with Gigi the Giraffe too!

To see the ship, you'll first need to board and that takes place on Tuesday 27th October 2020 in Southampton. Once on board you'll have an afternoon and evening to take in some of what this ship has to offer. Enjoy a spot of dinner, then watch a live theatre show, head to one of the many bars, or party the night away. It's up to you how much - or little - you get up to.

On Wednesday you'll dock at Le Havre in France. If you're feeling up for it, join one of the optional shore excursions to Paris. It's a slog getting their and back, but you get to tick seeing the city of love off your bucket list. Alternatively, check out the small city of Le Havre. Soak in the French culture before heading back onboard Independence of the Seas to immerse yourself in even more things to do.

Thursday is spent sailing the infamous Bay of Biscay. You've got a 50% chance of smooth calm seas but it depends on Mother Nature. Either way, the ship is designed with the latest technology to make your journey as comfortable as possible. There's plenty to do on-board whatever the weather.

On Friday you'll arrive at the port near to Bilbao, Spain. A short bus journey separates you from visiting the Guggenheim Museum or heading into the Old Town. There's optional shore excursions available should you wish to join an organised tour around the landscapes of the Basque country.

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Saturday is spent once again crossing the Bay of Biscay. That means you've got the day free to do whatever you wish onboard. It's your last chance to go skydiving, try the dodgems, or head up in the North Star observation pod.

The ship will dock back in Southampton early on Sunday morning where you'll disembark.

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The Route

The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

1Tuesday 27th October 2020Southampton4.30pm
2Wednesday 28th October 2020Le Havre7am to 9pm
3Thursday 29th October 2020At seaAll day
4Friday 30th October 2020Bilbao7am to 6pm
5Saturday 31st October 2020At seaAll day
6Sunday 1st November 2020Southampton5.30am

Why choose this taster cruise?

  • 5 nights on Royal Caribbean's family-friendly ship, Anthem of the Seas
  • Departs on Tuesday 27th October 2020
  • Sail round-trip from Southampton
  • Visit Le Havre in France and Bilbao in Spain

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So you know, the map above shows point-to-point lines which may cross land. Don't worry, your cruise ship will not sprout legs and run across dry land. Instead it's water all the way! Mapping is approximate, and the scheduled times are estimates. Your trip is subject to change as, occasionally, operators have to alter itineraries due to bad weather or unforeseen events.

The Price


On Tuesday 14th July 2020, I found a starting price from £1,187 per person based on two sharing the cheapest cabin (usually this is an inside cabin). 1 month prior it started from £1,187 per person, a saving of £0 per person.


What's that per night?

Want to compare this short break to a hotel stay? A starting price of 'from £1,187 per person' equates to 'from £237.40 per person per night'.

Here's a trend line showing the movement of the lead-in price for this cruise. I aim to check prices daily and this graph shows only those readings. I love geeky stuff like this and thought it might be handy when planning when to book your next cruise.

In my last 32 checks, the cheapest I have seen this cruise start at is from £570 per person, and the highest I've seen it go is from £1,187 per person.


Are there any extras?

This price normally includes some meals but excludes drinks, gratuities, optional shore excursions, and any applicable flights and transfers (if needed and if excluded). If you want a cabin or suite with a view, these come at a premium (if available).

Cruise prices are based on supply and demand so the more spare cabins there are closer to the sail date, the cheaper the prices often become. After all, no cruise line likes sailing with empty cabins and this cruise sails in 1 month.

I regularly check for price changes by hand, but as they can occur rapidly, please use the link below to get the latest prices.

Remember, prices were correct when I last checked, but may have since changed. Prices are usually based on two adults sharing the cheapest available cabin.

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