Ship will relocate to China in 2013
Offering exciting itineraries to the southeast, the newly renovated Mariner of the Seas will be deployed to China in June 2013.
Executives announced the news at a press conference on May 25th, revealing that the ship will offer journeys from China and Singapore to Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea throughout the rest of the year.
The cruise industry is growing from strength to strength in China and Royal Caribbean’s addition of a second ship to the region shows how committed the company is to tourism in Asia. Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Sea (the ship currently in China) are both the biggest vessels in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, capacity wise.
By sending Mariner of the seas to China alongside Voyager, Royal Caribbean hope to service the growing Chinese industry, plus attract cruise guests from around the world to visit the location.
Chinese and Asian guests can expect special customisations on their cruise holidays, including Chinese-style menus as well as retail and entertainment offerings.
Speaking in his capacity as president and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean International, Adam Goldstein said “Mariner of the Seas recently received a host of Royal Advantage enhancements and I’m confident cruisers here will be amazed by the Oasis-class innovations available for everyone of all ages on this ship.”
Goldstein’s colleague, Richard D. Fain, who is chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean added, “We’ve made it clear we see Asia in general, and China in particular, as a strategic objective. We have been so pleased by the market’s response to bringing Voyager of the Seas to Asia that it made strategic sense to send a second ship of equal size.”
The itineraries on offer will range from three nights to 12 nights.
Mariner of the Seas:
Mariner of the seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s Voyager Class ships. The vessel boasts a free sauna and steamroom as well as a plethora of activities for all the family to enjoy. Holidayers can enjoy nightclubs, ice-scating, in-line skating, golf, theatre shows, rock climbing, basketball and volleyball. Plus SO much more too!
Sip a delicious cocktail from one of Mariner’s many bars, sample a sumptuous meal at one of the onboard restaurants or hedge your bets at the Casino.
The recent refurbishments brought Royal Caribbean’s “Royal Advantage” strategy onboard Mariner of the Seas, providing a number of innovative and exciting features for holidayers:
- A giant LCD screen overlooking the pool deck.
- An indoor promenade stretching nearly the full length of the middle of the ship, lined with places to eat, drink, shop and be entertained.
- A fun ice-skating rink that doubles as 700-seat venue for ice show productions with world-class figure skaters.
- Wi-Fi throughout the ship
- Flat-panel televisions in staterooms
- An innovative digital way-finding system
- Three swimming pools and six whirlpools.
Mariner of the seas will also provide conference facilities for corporate meetings.