Mariner of the Seas makes maiden call at Laem Chabang-A A +A
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
ROYAL Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas, the largest cruise ship based in Asia, visited the port of Laem Chabang in Thailand for the first time last Feb. 17.
The 138,279 gross registered ton ship arrived with more than 3,000 international guests onboard for an overnight stay. She was on a seven-night cruise from Singapore which also called at Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My).
Traditional plaque exchanges were conducted between LT. Sutthinan Hatthawong, managing drector of Laem Chabang Port and Captain Flemming Nielsen of Mariner of the Seas onboard to commemorate the ship’s maiden call in Laem Chabang.
Mariner of the Seas has been calling at a variety of regional ports like Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Langkawi, Penang and Phuket during her current Singapore season which features itineraries of three nights and above.
The 15 passenger-deck, 3,807-guest Mariner of the Seas offers cruisers voyager class activities and entertainment like an ice-skating rink, royal promenade, a boulevard of shops and cafes, full-sized sports court, in-line skating track, rock-climbing wall and mini-golf course. In addition, there is a three-tier theater, themed bars and lounges as well as a mezzanine split level nightclub.
It also features the DreamWorks animation entertainment program. Guests of all ages can interact with ‘celebrity’ characters like Shrek and Fiona of Shrek, Alex of Madagascar and Po of Kung Fu Panda during parades in the Royal Promenade, character breakfasts in the main dining room and photo opportunities.
There are numerous dining options onboard including the Main Dining Room and buffet restaurant, and specialty restaurants namely Chops Grille Steakhouse, the rustic-style Italian restaurant Giovanni’s Table and Johnny Rockets 50s’ style American diner.
As for accommodation, the choice ranges from royal suites to promenade staterooms with views overlooking the royal promenade.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 20, 2014.