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Published on : Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Mariner of the Seas at Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore SINGAPORE, November 11, 2013 – Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas, the largest cruise ship based in Asia, has returned to Singapore yesterday November 10 to start her new season here, where she will be homeported until next March. The 138,279 gross registered ton ship has arrived at Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore from Hong Kong and has set sail on her first cruise, of five nights to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang and Phuket. 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, a 7-night cruise to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) (overnight) and Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), and an 8-night cruise to Shanghai with calls at Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) and Xiamen and an overnight in Hong Kong.
The season also features festive cruises for Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year with special entertainment, decorations and feasts onboard such as Christmas caroling, the Christmas Show, Santa meet ‘n’ greet with gifts for kids and the New Year countdown party. Theme cruises such as the world’s first all-champions Latin dance competition cruise next January, with renowned dance veterans from Asia as judges will also be additional highlights. New Shore Excursions This season will also introduce new interesting shore excursions in Southeast Asia such as the ‘Mah Meri Cultural Experience’ with performances, ceremonies and village tour of the Mah Meri indigenous tribe, exploration of Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)’s botanical gardens and
nature trails, and a trip to Sunway Pyramid mall and Sunway Lagoon theme park in Kuala Lumpur/Port Klang; island-hopping and exploration of one of the world’s oldest jungles with nature guides in Langkawi; and a Penang food and art trail, on local delicacies from fried kway teow, Assam laksa to tau sar peah biscuits and local street art and wall paintings which are both whimsical and fascinating. 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 including the recently-added Michael Kors Boutique, Coach Store and the first IWC Boutique on a cruise ship – 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, which is included in the fare. 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. Also featured on this ship is the Barbie Premium Experience for girls to set sail in true Barbie fashion with themed stateroom decorations and themed activities such as tiaras and teacups party and fashion show. There are numerous dining options onboard including the three-tier main dining room and buffet restaurant which serve a variety of international cuisine with a selection of Asian dishes. There are also 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.
Source:- asia cruise association