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Saturday, 27 April, 2013, 17 : 00 PM [IST]

Royal Caribbean's 'Mariner of the Seas' to visit India

To be based in Asia, the ship will call on Goa and Kochi on May 24 and 26, respectively
TIRUN Travel Marketing, India Representative of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, has said that plans are underway to welcome 'Mariner of the Seas' to be based in Asia. At 138,000 gross registered tons and measuring over a thousand feet in length, the ship will be the biggest Royal Caribbean International cruise ship to call on Goa and Kochi May 24 and 26, respectively, this year, a release stated.

Initially the ship, which can carry 3,114 guests on double occupancy, 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.

Speaking about the Asian cruise market, 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."

Construction of new cruise terminals has paved the way for bigger and more innovative ships to home-port in Asia, thereby fuelling consumer demand for cruises in the region, the release stated.

Mariner of the Seas has 15 decks of activities, first-at-sea innovations, luxurious staterooms, entertainment and dining options. The features of the ship include an ice skating rink that doubles as a 900-seat venue for ice show productions; dining venues with complimentary, multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner; sports facilities including a jogging and inline skating track, signature rock-climbing wall, a mini golf course, a full-sized sports court with basketball court, three swimming pools and six whirlpools; an Adventure Ocean Youth Program offering supervised activities for children of all ages including play areas, a diner, disco and video arcade; and broadway style entertainment in the main theatre that seats 1,362 guests, Las Vegas-style Casino Royale, 15 bars, clubs and lounges, duty-free shopping of jewellery, perfumes, and apparel on the Royal Promenade.
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