Virtual reality, new dining venues and more coming to Mariner of the Seas

Virtual reality, new dining venues and more coming to Mariner of the Seas
Mariner of the Seas will be fitted with The Perfect Storm, a duo of racing waterslides (Image: Royal Caribbean International)

Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas is to start sailing new short Bahamas cruises from Miami, Florida this June.

This summer, Mariner of the Seas will offer three- and four-day weekend cruises from PortMiami to Nassau and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island destination. Prior to starting her new deployment, the vessel will undergo a US$90 million renovation to introduce multiple new dining venues, onboard entertainment features and more.

New onboard highlights will include Sky Pad, where guests don a virtual reality headset to enjoy a space-themed bungee trampoline experience, or compete in intergalactic games. At night, guests will be able to head to the new Polynesian-themed bar The Bamboo Room for hand-crafted cocktails, or watch the biggest live sporting events in the Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, which will also serve alcoholic beverages and food.

To upgrade the onboard dining experience, Royal Caribbean has also added Jamie’s Italian, Starbucks and Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, which will offer made-to-order hot and cold sushi dishes á la carte.

In addition, Mariner of the Seas will be equipped with several of Royal Caribbean’s latest innovations, including The Perfect Storm, a duo of racing waterslides; a glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience; Puzzle Break: The Observatorium, a new escape room experience; and a 40-foot-long FlowRider surf simulator.

“At Royal Caribbean, we believe in the constant pursuit of adventure and that every weekend is an opportunity to experience something new and live life to its fullest,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “With the new Mariner of the Seas, we invite travellers to weekend like they really mean it and make the most of a quick getaway than they even thought was possible.”

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