Royal Caribbean International (RCI) announced details of its summer 2014 season in Asia, which will be offered on two of the line’s large cruise ships. According to a September 5, 2013 press release received by Examiner, Voyager of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas will continue to sail to Korea, Japan, and Taiwan between March and October 2014.
RCI is positioning these cruises as “culturally enriching,” as activities will be influenced by the local culture and tastes. Even so, past passengers of RCI will find familiar amenities such as the DreamWorks Experience at Sea, a rock-climbing wall, an ice-skating rink, the Royal Promenade, and a 9,600-square-foot casino.
Voyager of the Seas
After a repositioning cruise to Singapore that will depart Sydney, Australia on March 27, 2014, Voyager of the Seas will begin a series of 4- to 10-night cruises in Asia. Her 2014 Asia season will run from April 10 (10 nights, Singapore to Tokyo) through the departure of October 8, 2014 (9 nights, Hong Kong to Singapore).
Voyager of the Seas will make two cruises from Tokyo in April, followed by a repositioning cruise to Taipei (port of Keelung) on May 5, 2014 and a Japan Explorer cruise on May 9, 2014.
She will then reposition to Beijing (port of Tianjin) for 4-, 5-, and 6- night round-trip cruises that will include one or more of the Korean ports of Jeju Island, Busan, Yeosu (Gangyang), and Seoul (Incheon). These cruises will depart between June 26 and September 6, 2014.
On September 10, 2014, Voyager of the Seas will depart Beijing (Tianjin) on a 7-night cruise that will end in Hong Kong. This will be followed by four round-trip cruises from September 17 through the departure of October 4, 2014. These cruises (one 4-night, two 5-night, and one 7-night itineraries) will include one or more of the ports of Okinawa (Naha), Taipei (Keelung), Kaohsiung, Xiamen, and Jeju Island.
Mariner of the Seas
Mariner of the Seas will arrive in Shanghai on March 15, 2014 after repositioning from Singapore. She will homeport in Shanghai (port of Baoshan) from March 15 through the departure of October 30, 2014, 2014, from where she will offer 3- to 6-night Korea cruises. The three-night itineraries will call on Jeju Island; the longer itineraries will add Busan, Yeosu (Gangyang), and/or Seoul (Incheon).
She will depart Shanghai (port of Baoshan) on November 4, 2014 for an 8-night repositioning cruise to Singapore.
According to Royal Caribbean, both Voyager of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas measure 1,020 feet long and more than 138,000 gross tons, and can accommodate up to 3,800 passengers. Voyager of the Seas debuted in November 1999, and she was the cruise industry’s largest ship at the time. Mariner of the Seas was introduced in November 2003.
The complete schedule of sailings may be found on Royal Caribbean’s website. For more information, contact your travel agent or Royal Caribbean.