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Royal Caribbean adding VR bungee trampoline attraction to Mariner ship

by Brittani Tuttle
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Guests can try out Sky Pad, the all-new VR bungee trampoline aboard the Mariner.

Royal Caribbean invites thrill seekers to take their weekends to new heights with the debut of their reimagined Mariner of the Seas after an extensive $90 million makeover.

Thanks to the renovations, the Mariner will offer even more than before, and starting in June 2018, guests can enjoy 3- and 4-night Bahamas cruises from PortMiami to Nassau and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island.

“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 of Royal Caribbean International. “With the new Mariner of the Seas, we invite travels to weekend like they really mean it and make the most of a quick getaway than they even thought was possible.”

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A look at the interior of the Sky Pad.

Part of these new adventures include the Sky Pad, a brand new virtual reality (VR), bungee trampoline experience.

Guests will strap in and put on a VR headset that will transport them to another planet to bounce over moon craters or compete in intergalactic games.

This experience is open to guests of all ages and can also be enjoyed without the VR headset for those who wish to look out over the ocean as they jump and bounce.

The Mariner will also see the addition of recent Royal Caribbean innovations, including The Perfect Storm, a duo of racing waterslides called Typhoon and Cyclone, and a glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience in Studio B, where guests can team up and play “Battle for Planet Z.”

Mariner will also offer Puzzle Break: The Observatorium, a new escape room experience were participants will put their minds to the test and work together to solve high-tech riddles and unravel a mystery. With only 60 minutes to play, the excitement and anticipation builds with every second. Guests will also be able to ride the waves with the new, 40-foot-long FlowRider surf simulator.

As for the nightlife, guests can check out The Bamboo Room, an all-new Polynesian-themed bar found only on the Mariner. This retro lounge will add to the ship’s nighttime scene with its tiki decor. Guests will be able to sip on specialty handcrafted cocktails, and take Instagram-worthy photos throughout the venue’s space.

For sports fans, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade is the perfect place for game nights, where guests can watch live sporting events while indulging in brews, sliders, wings and more.

Those looking to try adventurous dishes can visit Jamie’s Italian, which offers Chef Jamie Oliver’s Italian dishes with fresh, seasonal ingredients and pasta made in-house daily. A Starbucks is also open to guests needing their coffee fix on board the ship, and sushi lovers can enjoy Izumi Hibachi & Sushi.

The 15-guest deck Mariner of the Seas will still offer classic Royal Caribbean experiences like a Studio B ice-skating rink, a nine-hole miniature golf course, a 40-foot rock climbing wall, a full-sized basketball court, three pools and “Dive-In” outdoor movie nights poolside.

For more information on Royal Caribbean and its offerings, visit RoyalCaribbean.com. For a free quote on your next cruise, check out MEITravel.com.

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