Yesterday, Royal Caribbean International announced that they will be deploying the Mariner of the Sea to China in June of 2013.
The Mariner of the Seas will sail a variety of itineraries from Beijing ranging between 3 and 12 nights from China and Singapore to Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea throughout the rest of the year. Mariner will be sharing these waters with her sister Voyager of the Sea when she returns for a second season in Asia.
Royal Caribbean explained that this move is designed to offer additional capacity to a fast-growing cruise in China, as well as attract cruise guests from around the world to visit China and sail around Asia. Mariner of the Seas will adopt the same product customizations made for Voyager of the Seas’ entry in the market, including Chinese-style menus, as well as enhanced retail and entertainment offerings, and language services.
Mariner of the Seas also offer all of her newest amenities including, a huge outdoor movie screen, an ice rink, bow to stern Wi-Fi, interactive flat-panel televisions in staterooms, a digital way-finding system and more. She recently received these new amenities during her Royal Advantage dry dock.
“The opportunities to attract guests from China to cruise are abundant,” says Adam Goldstein (President of RCCL). “Mariner of the Seas recently received a host of Royal Advantage enhancements and I’m confident cruisers here will be amazed by the Oasis-class innovations available for everyone of all ages on this ship.”
“We’ve made it clear we see Asia in general, and China in particular, as a strategic objective,” adds Richard Fain (Chairman of RCI). “We have been so pleased by the market’s response to bringing Voyager of the Seas to Asia that it made strategic sense to send a second ship of equal size.”
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