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Royal Caribbean cruise ship to host Latin dance competition


Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas will host the world’s first cruise-based, all-champions Latin dance competition on January 16, 2014.

Cruise and Ferry reports that the dance competiton will onclude contestants such as Thailand’s World Youth Latin champions Koupey Sahaifa and Sutatip Bunwila, Amateur Latin champions Johnston Lim and Nicole Tan from Malaysia and Japan Open champions Artyom Kilmenov and Giula Nuzio from Italy, among other top competitors in the ‘Battle of the Giants’ Latin Dance Championship.

Passengers onboard Mariner of the Seas will be able to vote for winners at the "Come Dancing on Mariner of the Seas" event. 

The latin dance competition is open to all guests on Mariner of the Seas and will also feature champions’ previews and dance workshops, including technique tips for Cha Cha, Rumba and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Mariner of the Seas will be calling at Port Klang in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi during the four-night roundtrip from Singapore.

Mariner of the Seas first cruise ship to leave new Hong Kong terminal


Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas left from Hong Kong's brand newKai TakCruiseTerminal today, the first cruise ship to do so.

Mariner of the Seas took its 3,000 passengers on a cruise heading toward Taiwan,and the sailing was jointly arranged by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the Taiwan Bureau with Royal Caribbean.

Mariner of the Seas left Hong Kong for Kaohsiung and Keelungin Taiwan on a five-day, four-night cruise.  Mariner of the Seas will return to Hong Kong on November 2nd and then turn around for another cruise to Kaohsiung before returning on November 5th.

Royal Caribbean announces Mariner of the Seas Winter 2014-2015 Season


Royal Caribbean announced today 29 new cruises on Mariner of the Seas to Southeast Asia.  

Beginning in November 2014, Mariner of the Seas will sail out of Singapore and offer three- to five-night cruises to ports such as Phuket, Thailand, and Penang, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) in Malaysia.

A special seven-night itinerary, departing February 11, 2015, will overnight at Bangkok (Laemchabang), Thailand, and call at Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam. Mariner of the Seas’ winter season will conclude with an eight-night itinerary from Singapore to Shanghai (Baoshan), China, departing on March 7, and featuring an overnight at Hong Kong with calls at Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) and Xiamen, China. 

The Voyager-class ship, Mariner of the Seas, has been operating between Asia and Australia.

Royal Caribbean announces 2014 Asia cruises for Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas


Royal Caribbean announced today its summer 2014 season for Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas, continuing sailings from Shanghai (Baoshan), Beijing (Tianjin), Hong Kong, and Singapore.  The two ships will offer cruises to South Korea, Japan or Taiwan.

From March 2014 through November 2014, Mariner of the Seas will offer roundtrip cruises out of Shanghai (Baoshan) on three- to six-night itineraries that call at Seoul (Incheon), Busan, Jeju Island, or Yeosu (Gangyang). The ship’s summer season will conclude with an eight-night sailing from Shanghai (Baoshan) to Singapore, departing Nov. 4, 2014, with ports of call at Xiamen and Hong Kong, China, and Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam.

The summer 2014 season for Voyager of the Seas will begin with a 10-night itinerary departing Singapore on April 10 to Tokyo, Japan, with calls at Hong Kong, Kaohsiung and Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan, and Nagasaki, Japan. Voyager will then sail a six-night South Korea and Nagoya (Japan) itinerary, roundtrip from Tokyo on April 20, followed by two Japan cruises, a four-night itinerary from Tokyo to Taipei (Keelung) departing May 5, and a seven-night roundtrip itinerary from Taipei (Keelung) departing May 9.

From June through September 2014, Voyager of the Seas will sail four- to six-night Korea itineraries roundtrip from Beijing (Tianjin), and call at Seoul (Incheon), Yeosu (Gangyang), Busan, and Jeju Island, South Korea. The ship will then sail a seven-night Japan and Korea cruise from Beijing (Tianjin) to Hong Kong on Sept. 10, followed by four-, five- and seven-night Japan and Taiwan cruises roundtrip from Hong Kong throughout Sept. and early Oct. 2014.

Lisa Bauer, Royal Caribbean executive vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, commented on the announcement, "We are delighted to offer Asia vacations that cannot be found anywhere except on Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas.  Guests of all ages will enjoy the DreamWorks Experience, a wide range of signature Royal Caribbean onboard amenities, and our award-winning entertainment and family programming. Throughout, every member of the staff and crew will deliver our world-renowned friendly and engaging GOLD Anchor Service on an unforgettable Asia vacation."


Mariner of the Seas Photo Update


Our blog reader Kenneth sent these photos of some interesting changes occurring aboard Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas on this week's voyage.


Storefront on Royal Promenade closed for remodeling

Bridge tour with Captain Fleming and a passenger

Reopening of the Casino

British commandos boarding for the transit around the African horn

Mariner of the Seas arrives in Shanghai, China for first time


Earlier today Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas arrived in Shanghai, China with more than 4,300 passengers at the Shanghai Wusong Paotaiwan International Cruise Terminal. This was the first time Mariner of the Seas has stopped in China and her arrival was met with a small ceremony.

To commemorate Mariner of the Seas' arrival in Shanghai, the Captain was presented with this papercut piece hand-crafted in the Baoshan district.

Mariner of the Seas follows the other large Royal Caribbean ship to stop in Shanghai, Voyager of the Seas.  Mariner of the Seas will operate in and around Shanghai until October 26, with a total of 52 calls in Shanghai.

Her visit to Shanghai comes immediately after Mariner of the Seas was the first cruise ship to dock in the brand new Hong Kong cruise terminal earlier in the voyage.

Royal Caribbean will be first cruise line to visit new Hong Kong cruise terminal


Royal Caribbean will be the first cruise line to offer round trip cruises out of Kai Tak cruise terminal in Hong Kong, which is scheduled to open next week.

Starting this fall, Royal Caribbean will offer cruises on Mariner of the Seas.  Royal Caribbean is the first company to announce cruises that will home port from thr new port.

"Hong Kong is one of the most important home ports in Asia," said Dr Liu Zinan, Royal Caribbean's managing director of China. "Asia, including China, is one of the strategic markets for Royal Caribbean."

Mariner of the Seas has never visited Hong Kong before because it was too big for Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui to handle.

When the Kai Tak terminal building opens next Wednesday, Mariner of the Seas will be the first ship to use the immigration counters, as part of a Singapore-Shanghai cruise in which Hong Kong is a port of call.

Shorter trips out of Hong Kong are lined up starting in autumn. At the end of October, the vessel will embark on a four-night round trip to two Taiwanese cities, Kaohsiung and Taipei.

A three-night return trip to Kaohsiung will take place in November, following which the Mariner will leave Hong Kong for Singapore for the winter season.

Making a city a home port is considered to bring bigger economic benefits than transits, as passengers may stay extra nights in the city before or after their standard itineraries. Last year, such passengers spent an average of HK$4,833 a day, twice as much as conventional tourists.

Mariner of the Seas arrives in Goa, India


Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas arrived today at Mormugao Port in Goa, India.  Mariner is making a stop in Goa as part of a sailing from Dubai.  The ship was greeted by the Deputy Chief Minister of Goa, Francisco D’Souza.

A traditional reception with Goan music and dance was organized by the Goa Tourism, Government of Goa to welcome the passengers. The passengers were also given memorabilia by the Goa Tourism while they disembarked from the ship to tour Goa.

Tourism Minister of Goa, Dilip Parulekar said, “We welcome this cruise and we will work on bringing-in more cruises and tourist in Goa.”

Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas to visit India


As part of Royal Caribbean's decision to move Mariner of the Seas to Asia, the large cruise ship will call on Goa and Kochi May 24 and 26, respectively, this year.

Mariner of the Seas will offer three-to-five-night cruises from Singapore to Penang, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and Phuket in Thailand in June. Subsequently, it will move to China and offer a choice of four-, five- and seven-night North Asian sailings from Baoshan, Shanghai. Later in the year, the ship will return to Singapore and offer sailings till March next year.

Ships like Mariner of the Seas are able to visit ports in Asia thanks to construction of new cruise terminals.

Ratna Chadha, Chief Executive, TIRUN Travel Marketing, said, “In the past year, Royal Caribbean International’s guest capacity in Asia has witnessed a threefold increase and our regional cruise offering has been augmented with two Voyager Class ships. We are pleased to bring more opportunities for WOW!, closer to home for Indian travellers."

Royal Caribbean cancels stop in Egypt due to protests


Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas will skip a scheduled stop in Alexandria, Egypt on on Tuesday, September 18 due to rising anti-American sentiment and violence in Egypt over the last few days.

Instead, Mariner of the Seas will now call to Sicily (Messina), Italy, on Sunday, September 16, and Valletta, Malta, on Monday, September 17.

The change was made for cautionary reasons after a new film was released in America that is anti-Islam.

Royal Caribbean will continue to monitor the situation in Egypt to determine if more itinerary changes are needed.