Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas undergoes makeover with racing water slides, laser tag and an escape room

Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas has undergone an epic transformation to become the family holiday of our dreams!

The cruise ship has had a $120million makeover (approx £90million), seriously upping the stakes for an action-packed family getaway with a whole host of thrilling new features.

Think brand new entertainment, high tech additions, even more dining options and updated staterooms for the 3,114 passengers it can hold on board.

But the best part is, there’s tons that the kids are going to absolutely love, making it easier than ever for parents to keep the whole family happy.

So, what exactly are the new features on offer for passengers?

The ship’s had a massive makeover
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It seems that the entertainment was at the forefront of the makeover, with a host of new games and attractions on offer.

Topping the ‘our inner child would love this’ list is the new Sky Pad attraction, a bungee trampoline experience that’s made all the more thrilling thanks to virtual reality headsets worn by those giving it a go.

Inside the new Sky Pad
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Then there’s the updated water park, where adrenaline junkies can face off on the pair of three-floor-high waterslides, Cyclone and Typhoon, aptly named ‘The Perfect Storm’.

Take on the racing waterslides
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That’s not all for those who love all things water sports and thrills, as Mariner of the Seas now also boasts a 40-foot-long surfing simulator ride, FlowRider, where you can put your skills to the test in the middle of the ocean (without having to go into the ocean waters themselves).

Fancy having a go at surfing?
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Looking for something indoors? There’s plenty to keep everyone happy from the new glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience, Battle for Planet Z, or put your puzzle skills to the test at escape room The Observatorium.

FlowRider is a 40-foot-long surf simulator
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All of the action is sure to leave kids (and parents) feeling peckish, and there are plenty of new dining options on offer to suit a wide range of tastes.

What we’re particularly loving is the cruise line’s first Polynesian-inspired, tiki-chic bar, The Bamboo Room, where you can expect a laidback vibe with signature cocktails – not to mention its the first of its kind in the Royal Caribbean fleet.

There are new additions to the entertainment programme
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Sports fans won’t have to miss a game thanks to the Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade which boasts 25 TV screens so you can catch all of your favourite sports; or if you’re after fuss-free dining there’s also one of Jamie Oliver ‘s Jamie’s Italian restaurants where you’ll find traditional rustic Italian cuisine.

There’s loads of fun and games to be had
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Looking for something a little more fancy for dinner? Head to the new Izumi Hibachi and Sushi where chefs whip up your meals in front of you with some seriously mouthwatering options.

The good news is that you won’t need to wait if you want to check it all out for yourself; Mariner of the Seas welcomed guests for the first time on Monday 25th June, as it set sail on a four-night cruise to the Bahamas.

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In fact, the ship will be offering four-night weekday and three-night weekend cruises from Miami to the Bahamas, before sailing to the new Perfect Day at CocoCay, a private island experience, in May 2019.

Mariner of the Seas isn’t the only ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet to have had an epic makeover.

Independence of the Seas recently returned following a £75million transformation – and the company even bravely let 100 children run wild on the ship to test out the new features.

It’s all part of Royal Caribbean’s $900 million commitment to reimagine its fleet in a new venture they’ve dubbed ‘Royal Amplified’, which aims to span 10 ships in the space of four years.

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