Royal Caribbean makes major change to onboard venue

By Harry Kemble
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Royal Caribbean International is removing its virtual reality (VR) trampoline experience from four ships and replacing it with complimentary activities such as dance classes.   

The line said the decision was made following a review of the onboard experiences it offers. 

The VR experience debuted on former UK-based ship Independence of the Seas in 2018, before being installed on Mariner of the Seas; Spectrum of the Seas and Odyssey of the Seas (pictured).  

Sky Pad on Odyssey of the Seas

Passengers at the Sky Pad venue wore VR masks and jump with the help of bungee cords and harnesses as they progressed through their choice of VR world.   

However, from 31 March, 2023, the line will host free activities, such as dance classes and morning stretching, at Sky Pad on each of the four ships, the line said.  

Royal Caribbean said: “A key part of delivering memorable vacations is reviewing the experiences we offer on board and ashore on an ongoing basis.  

“A recent evaluation of guest feedback and trends has informed our decision to discontinue the Sky Pad VR and bungee trampoline experience that’s on board four ships, starting 31 March, 2023. 

“The Sky Pad dome will remain as a permanent venue to host new complimentary experiences, such as dance classes, morning stretching and more.”  

The line said it would share more details about the new activities programme at Sky Pad soon.  

In a email announcing the decision, Royal reportedly urged agents to review all their in-house marketing materials to ensure they did not include the VR experience.  

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