SINGAPORE, March 7, 2014 – Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas, the largest cruise ship based in Asia, has completed its first Singapore winter/spring season today which started last November. The 138,279 gross registered ton ship is leaving Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore for Shanghai on an 8-night cruise with calls at Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Hong Kong and Xiamen.
Mariner of the Seas has lined up a total of 29 sailings for this Singapore season, comprising a variety of 3, 4 and 5-night cruises to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Langkawi, Penang and Phuket and a 7-night cruise to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) (overnight) and Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My). Highlights included the festive cruises for Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year with special entertainment and feasts, as well as theme cruises namely the world’s first all-champions Latin dance competition cruise in January and the Valentine’s Cruise hosted by UFM100.3 deejay Wenhong and Lianhe Wanbao food critic Alan Ng from Singapore in February, attended by more than 600 fans.
New and More Longer Itineraries for the Next Season
After her Shanghai season for the summer and autumn which features North Asian sailings, Mariner of the Seas will be returning to Singapore this November for her next season. For her short cruises of 3 to 5 nights, Kuantan will be the newest port-of-call, on top of Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Langkawi and Phuket.
The ship will also add more long scenic sailings of 7 nights to her repertoire of Southeast Asian itineraries, due to popular demand. These come with overnight stays at Phuket or Bangkok (Laem Chabang) as the highlights, which offer more time for guests to explore these popular ports-of-call from day to night as well as the ship’s wide range of amenities and activities. Examples are the 7-Night Spice of Southeast Asia Cruise to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang, Langkawi and Phuket (overnight) on January 19 and 26, 2015 and the 7-Night Thailand & Vietnam Cruise to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) (overnight) and Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) on February 11.
Jennifer Yap, Managing Director, Singapore and Southeast Asia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. said, “We are seeing a growing demand from customers for seven nights and above, as the region’s cruise market matures. More vacationers are opting for longer cruises to explore destinations and better experience our Asia’s largest cruise ship and all her innovative features.”
15 Decks of Activities and Entertainment.
The 15 passenger-deck, 3,807-guest Mariner of the Seas is the largest and most exciting ship based in Asia, with a wide range of innovative activities and entertainment only on Royal Caribbean, such as the Royal Promenade – a boulevard of duty-free shops – an ice-skating rink, full-sized sports court, in-line skating track and rock-climbing wall. In addition, there is a three-tier theatre, themed bars and lounges as well as a nightclub.
Mariner of the Seas also features the unique DreamWorks Animation entertainment programme. Guests of all ages can interact with ‘celebrity’ characters like Shrek and Fiona of “Shrek”, Alex of “Madagascar” and Po of “Kung Fu Panda” during parades in the Royal Promenade, character breakfasts and photo opportunities.
There are numerous dining options onboard including the three-tier main dining room, buffet restaurant and specialty restaurants namely Chops Grille Steakhouse, the rustic-style Italian restaurant Giovanni’s Table and Johnny Rockets 50s’ style American diner. As for accommodation, the choice ranges from the luxurious suites to the unique Promenade staterooms with views overlooking the Royal Promenade.
About Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 40-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry firsts never-before-seen at sea. The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike. Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL), the cruise line sails 21 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, South America, Asia and Australia and New Zealand. World renowned for its friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service, delivered by every staff and crew member, Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 10 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Awards and named the “Best Cruise Operator” for 6 consecutive years at the TTG Travel Awards.
SOURCE: Royal Caribbean International