(10 a.m EST) -- Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas will boast a virtual reality trampoline attraction, two waterslides, a FlowRider surf simulator, several new restaurants and a new-to-Royal Caribbean Polynesian-themed bar when it returns to sailing North American waters in June 2018. The ship has been sailing in and around Asia since 2013.
Foremost among the changes on Mariner of the Seas, which enters dry dock in March, will be a transformed top deck with several thrilling attractions including a never-before-seen-at-sea "ride" called the SkyPad.
SkyPad will be a virtual reality, bungee-trampoline experience during which riders wear a headset and bounce their way over obstacles as they move through another time, place or planet. The attraction is suitable for all ages and can be ridden without the virtual reality headset, for those who get motion sickness or would just rather look out over the ocean as they leap into the air.
Other attractions being added during the dry dock include a glow-in-the-dark laser tag arena experience, located in Studio B, called "Battle for Planet Z" and a Puzzle Break: Escape the Room game, where participants have 60 minutes to escape a sealed room by finding hidden clues and solving a series of high-tech riddles. (Both the laser tag and escape room experiences also will be on Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Symphony of the Seas, when it debuts at the end of March.)
Dining & Nightlife
SkyPad will not be the only new-to-Royal Caribbean attraction on Mariner of the Seas when it returns the United States. The Bamboo Room is also a first for the line; it will be a Polynesian-themed bar with "tiki chic" decor and handcrafted cocktails.
For sports fans, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, which debuts on Symphony of the Seas this spring, will be the place for live sporting events, ice-cold brews, pub grub and games.
Additionally, two dining options will be added during the dry dock: Jamie's Italian (which will replace Giovanni's Table) and Izumi Hibachi & Sushi. Coffee lovers will be able to get their caffeine fix at Starbucks.
All cabins on the ship will be updated as well, plus more than 100 additional staterooms will be added ranging from inside cabins to junior suites.
On top of all the additions, Mariner of the Seas will continue to offer several Royal Caribbean signature attractions including a Studio B ice-skating rink, rock-climbing wall, and nine-hole miniature golf course. One signature element Mariner will stop offering is the DreamWorks Experience.
Mariner of the Seas will sail three- and four-night cruises from PortMiami starting in June; ports will include Nassau and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor