|The 138,000-ton, 3,114-passenger Mariner of the Seas, the fifth and last ship in Royal Caribbean's Voyager class, officially joined the fleet yesterday following hand-over ceremonies at Finland's Kvaerner Masa-Yards. The ship, whose production began in summer 2001 and whose sea trials took place in September, is largely identical to its most recent Voyager class predecessor, Navigator of the Seas, though does feature some exotic decorative touches. These include the main pool area, which was transformed into a festive, colorful place by neo-pop artist Romero Britto. The artist, who has created everything from an "Absolut Britto" ad for the vodka company to Michael Jackson's latest album cover, is known for his irreverent, whimsical touch. |
Mariner of the Seas, now on its way to Norway, will officially be named at a ceremony honoring godmother Jean Driscoll, an Olympian and Paraolympian, on November 14. The ship, which will be the largest vessel ever based year-round in Port Canaveral, will begin its regular sailings on November 16, featuring alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.