Mariner Shakedown

June 28, 2018

Our employees got to participate in a shakedown sailing on the amped up  Mariner of the Seas. A total of 2,319 shoreside employees went onboard to test out these new features: 


  • Sports Deck Additions: Flowrider, Skypad, and The Perfect Storm 

  • Culinary Offerings: Jamie’s Italian, Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, Windjammer and the Main Dining Room 

  • Bars and Nightlife: The Bamboo Room, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade 

  • Thrills: Laser Tag: Battle for Planet Z, and Escape Room: The Observatorium 

Having employees onboard first allowed the crew to test each of these areas to ensure our first revenue sailing was a success.  

The main dining room tested the following categories:  

  • Overall dining experience 

  • Beverage quality 

  • Knowledge and engagement of staff 

  • Fast and efficiency 

Another key area tested  was CocoCay. On the island, crew members were very excited about all the enhancements coming. Albert, a crew member on the island’s food station, thinks the construction has not been hindering the guest experience. 


“Everything on the island is running normally, I don’t even notice the construction,” he said. “It doesn’t interfere with my work and the cover-up does a great job of hiding it.” 


One shoreside employee who really enjoyed the entire shakedown experience was first-time cruiser, Eddy Valdivia, Marketing Intern for Product Development at Azamara. 


“Before this cruise, I was asking myself questions like, ‘what should I expect?'” he said. “Afterwards, I thought this was one of the most relaxing and exciting weekends I’ve had in a long time.” 


For any future guest, he recommends they participate in The Quest, an adult scavenger hunt where anything goes. He even had to put his clothes inside out for a challenge!  

Mariner of the Seas is now offering 3-4 day sailings to give you the opportunity to weekend like you mean it!  


Article found on internal website at Royal Caribbean.

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