Mariner Of The Seas To Cruise Asia In 2013

Cruising giant Royal Caribbean International has announced the deployment of a second large ship to Asia, signaling its confidence in the region’s cruise market. Beginning June 2013, the 3,114-passenger Mariner of the Seas will offer sailings out of China and Singapore, taking the place of the smaller Legend of the Seas, which will return to Europe after 3 years in Asia.


Mariner of the Seas joins sister ship Voyager of the Seas, which begins her inaugural Asian season today. She will depart the Caribbean next April, heading to the Far East via the Suez Canal and Dubai. Homeporting first in Singapore, she will operate popular 3- to 12-night itineraries in Southeast Asia, before moving north to sail out of Shanghai to explore Japan and South Korea.


In addition to offering additional capacity to a fast-growing Chinese cruise vacation population, the ship’s move is intended to attract cruisers from around the world to sail in Asia. Royal Caribbean International will adopt product customizations, including Chinese-style menus, language services, enhanced retail and entertainment, to the ship in addition to her recent accommodation and food & beverage updates as part of the line’s Royal Advantage improvements.


The Asian cruise market continues to grow with cruise lines increasing capacity and offerings. In 2013, the region will also see the 2,680-passenger Costa Atlantica from Italy’s Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises’ 2,670-passenger Diamond Princess


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