Royal Caribbean is letting its passengers walk on the moon. At least that’s the virtual reality of it.
The cruise line is sending Mariner of the Seas into dry dock for $90 million of refurbishments that will debut out of Miami in June. The top deck of the 3,114-passenger ship will look completely different. As its centerpiece will be a virtual reality, bungee jump and trampoline attraction called the Sky Pad.
Riders who choose to don VR glasses can simulate bouncing over moon craters and compete in intergalactic games. Open to all ages, the ride will also be available in real life, as in you don’t have to wear the VR glasses.
“By taking a feature, like a trampoline experience and enhancing it with virtual reality, Royal Caribbean differentiates itself in the market while becoming even more appealing to families who want a terrific cruise vacation that is in their budget while not compromising on the fun things they can do onboard,” said Matt Hochberg, who runs the website RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com.
Also coming on board will be water slides. A two-slide version of The Perfect Storm, which debuted on Harmony of the Seas, will take up space adjacent to the Sky Pad. The two slides will be billed Cyclone and Typhoon. Also up top will be a rock climbing wall, FlowRider surf simulator.
Inside, the line is converting its Studio B at times into a glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience called “Battle for Planet Z.” This same experience will debut on Symphony of the Seas when it debuts this spring.
Also coming on board will be a 60-minute escape room feature called Puzzle Break: The Observatorium.
A retro Tiki bar called The Bamboo Room will make its debut on the ship while Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade will also come on board after debuting on Symphony of the Seas.
The dry-dock work will be done in May and June in Cadiz, Spain before heading back to PortMiami.
“Overall, Mariner’s changes not only bring it in line with other Royal Caribbean ship upgrades that have happened recently, but it offers a few first-of-its-kind enhancements that will breathe new life into an established ship,” Hochberg said. “I think the new dining venues, activities, bars and entertainment will be a big hit with new cruisers who are always looking for latest and greatest, as well as veteran cruisers who want to see the upgrades for themselves.”
The 138,279-ton, 15-deck ship that debuted in 2003 is a mid-size ship for the cruise line that boasts the largest cruise ships at sea. Mariner of the Seas will sail from PortMiami beginning in June for 3- and 4-night Bahamas itineraries with stops in Nassau and the line’s private island CocoCay.
“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, Royal Caribbean International in a press release….
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