Cruise NewsRoyal Caribbean Cruise Ship in Miami After Massive $120 Million Makeover

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship in Miami After Massive $120 Million Makeover

Cruise lines continue to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into renovating their cruise ships.  The latest cruise ship makeover was completed when a Royal Caribbean cruise ship sailed to Miami after receiving a $120 million renovation that saw a ton of new features added to the ship.

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Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas is in Miami after receiving new restaurants, waterslides, staterooms, and thrills that passengers will love.

Short getaways are forever changed with Mariner of the Seas’ highly anticipated 4-night weekday and 3-night weekend cruises from Miami to The Bahamas. Giving millennial travelers more ways to play, the ship’s short itineraries pack more adventure than ever with Sky Pad, a virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience; the cruise line’s first Polynesian-inspired, tiki-chic bar, The Bamboo Room; glow-in-the-dark laser tag, racer waterslides and more.

The young and young at heart are invited to ditch the expected road trip for a short and action-packed cruise vacation on board Mariner of the Seas, where the thrills come alive from day to night.

New Ways to Play

  • Sky Pad – The gravity-defying bungee trampoline experience amped up with virtual reality
  • The Perfect Storm – A thrilling pair of three-story-high racer waterslides called Cyclone and Typhoon
  • Laser Tag: Battle for Planet Z – An epic glow-in-the-dark battle for the last planet in the galaxy
  • Escape Room: The Observatorium – Royal Caribbean’s newest escape room challenge
  • FlowRider – The cruise line’s signature 40-foot-long surf simulator, perfect for hanging ten

New Ways to Dine and Drink

  • The Bamboo Room – A laidback Polynesian watering hole with a throwback vibe and kitschy-cool craft cocktails like the Island Old Fashioned and Tiki Tea – the first in Royal Caribbean’s fleet
  • Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade – For fans watching their home team on one of more than 25 TV screens, making their own legendary plays at the arcade, or refueling on game-day favorites
  • Jamie’s Italian – Serving fresh, handmade and rustic Italian fare by Chef Jamie Oliver, one of Britain’s most famous food exports
  • Izumi Hibachi and Sushi – Asian-inspired dining featuring hibachi, sushi and sashimi and more – made to order with authentic flavors, the freshest ingredients and impeccable presentation
  • View Prices on Cruises on Mariner of the Seas out of Miami

Mariner of the Seas will welcome guests for the first time on Monday, June 25, as it sets sail on a 4-night cruise to The Bahamas. The newly reimagined ship will continue to offer 4-night weekday and 3-night weekend itineraries from Miami, with visits to Nassau and CocoCay. Beginning May 2019, Mariner will sail to the new Perfect Day at CocoCay, the first destination in Royal Caribbean’s recently announced collection of private island experiences around the world.

Along with the recently amplified Independence of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas is part of Royal Caribbean’s $900 million commitment to reimagine its fleet through a new effort called Royal Amplified. The program spans 10 ships in four years and will touch every facet of the guest experience. Introducing a wide range of bold, new features and experiences – from experiential dining and nightlife concepts, and first-of-its-kind attractions – Royal Amplified reflects the company’s passion for innovation, relentless attention to detail and commitment to delivering the best vacation.

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Cruise NewsRoyal Caribbean Cruise Ship in Miami After Massive $120 Million Makeover


  1. Nice to hear but beware if you think this means that this ship’s rooms will be comparable to a newer, larger ship. Several years ago, we booked a family cruise on the Grandeur of the Seas after it had undergone an update. We have always sailed on RCI’s larger ships but chose this since it had been redone & 2 of our party had mobility issues. Reviews had mentioned beds weren’t comfortable so we called ahead & were told they would put an egg crate on our beds to ensure that they were comfortable When we boarded, there was no egg crate & we were told they didn’t offer them. The beds in our room were so bad that we slept poorly for the entire 10 day cruise. First time ever that we had been happy to be done with a cruise. Entertainment & food quality were poor on this ship also. I emailed RCI after we got home asking if this was a fleetwide downgrade or just because this ship had less passenger capacity. I received no response. We are now sailing on Princess.

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