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
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.