Following an incredible $120 million makeover, the 3,114 passenger Mariner of the Seas sailed into Miami, the ship’s new home for the next 11 months. Covered in the multi-million dollar Mariner of the Seas refurbishment are new entertainment venues, eateries, staterooms enhancements and challenging activities.
Launched in 2003, Mariner of the Seas is now cruising 3- and 4-night itineraries from Miami to The Bahamas.
- Sky Pad – The gravity-defying bungee trampoline experience amped up with virtual reality
- The Perfect Storm – A thrilling pair of three-story-high racer waterslides called Cyclone and Typhoon
- Laser Tag: Battle for Planet Z – An epic glow-in-the-dark battle for the last planet in the galaxy
- Escape Room: The Observatorium – Royal Caribbean’s newest escape room challenge
- FlowRider – The cruise line’s signature 40-foot-long surf simulator, perfect for hanging ten
New Food and Beverage Choices
- The Bamboo Room – A laidback Polynesian watering hole with a throwback vibe and kitschy-cool craft cocktails like the Island Old Fashioned and Tiki Tea – the first in Royal Caribbean’s fleet
- Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade – For fans watching their home team on one of more than 25 TV screens, making their own legendary plays at the arcade, or refueling on game-day favorites
- Jamie’s Italian – Serving fresh, handmade and rustic Italian fare by Chef Jamie Oliver, one of Britain’s most famous food exports
- Izumi Hibachi and Sushi – Asian-inspired dining featuring hibachi, sushi and sashimi and more – made to order with authentic flavors, the freshest ingredients and impeccable presentation
“Millennials want more frequent and shorter vacations that offer as much of that exhilarating adventure they seek. We’ve answered that call by investing $120 million in Mariner of the Seas and bringing her to Miami to sail 3- and 4-night cruises,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “With the combination of more thrills than you can count and visits to tropical destinations, Mariner is changing the game and taking the short getaway experience to a whole new level.”
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Mariner of the Seas first cruise left from Miami on June 25, on a 4-night cruise to The Bahamas. The Mariner will continue its 4-night weekday and 3-night weekend itineraries from Miami, stopping at Nassau and CocoCay through May 2019. Then in June 2019, Mariner of the Seas will leave Miami to reposition to Port Canaveral. From the Space Coast, Mariner of the Seas will continue its short cruises through at least April, 2020.
Mariner of the Seas refurbishment is part of Royal Caribbean’s $900 million commitment to rennovate its fleet through a project called Royal Amplified. The project spans 10 ships in four years, from experiential dining and nightlife concepts, and first-of-its-kind attractions.
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