Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Analysis of Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport is one of the top 10 busiest airports in the world, and possibly one of the best as well. Actually, this is the second time I am passing through Hong Kong International Airport, with the first time five years ago. The biggest change since then is the opening of Terminal 2. Thankfully, the changes do not include lost in service quality or increase in queue times.

I hope this blog post will help you enjoy the airport better, and maybe even decide where to make your transit!


Friday, 11 December 2015

Ocean Park Hong Kong Trip Report

The last time I visited Ocean Park Hong Kong was in 2010. At that time, a lot of things were under construction and I found the park somewhat lacking. When I came back in December 2015, the park was totally transformed! The landscaping had improved, there were more rides and even toilets could finally come close to USS standards. Honestly, I was not expecting such a dramatic transformation, and I was impressed by what the team at Ocean Park Hong Kong has done.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Hong Kong Disneyland Trip Report

Hong Kong Disneyland may be smaller than all other Disneyland parks, but it still one of the top 10 most popular theme parks in Asia. In fact, having visited multiple theme parks, some focusing on big roller coasters, others on marine life, I personally still think that Hong Kong Disneyland offers the best theme park experience. In this blog post, I will give you a little glimpse of this beautiful park and explain to you why I think Disney continues to dominate the theme park industry.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Happy Valley Shenzhen: China's own Fuji-Q?

Among China's big theme park brands, Happy Valley is most synonymous with big roller coasters. In fact, some of the leading Happy Valley parks have 7 or more roller coasters, and the variety is also quite impressive. As a mid-sized Happy Valley theme park, Happy Valley Shenzhen (深圳欢乐谷) nonetheless delivers a commendable roller coaster lineup and a variety of other attractions.

Happy Valley Shenzhen's entrance is marked by a small shopping and dining street that is home to popular brands like KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Knights Valley Shenzhen: Best View at any Theme Park

When most people think of theme parks, they think roller coasters, 3D shows and maybe the food. However, Knights Valley (大峡谷) at OCT East Resort (东部华侨城) in Shenzhen, China is much more than that. It has, by far, the most impressive views I have ever experienced at any theme park; the designers of Knights Valley really did an excellent job in showcasing the majesty of the natural landscape.

This is the view of the Hotels from Knights Valley Shenzhen!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

USS Christmas 2015: Santa's All Star Christmas

Every year, Universal Studios Singapore transforms itself into a winter wonderland. with beautiful decorations, Christmas themed shows and, of course, fireworks. 2015 is no exception. In conjunction with RWS 5th anniversary, the 2015 USS Christmas event is bigger, grander and more exciting than ever before. In fact, there are not 2, but 3 Christmas themed shows this year, and I must say that the quality of the shows have improved noticeably from 2014.

USS Christmas Santa's All Star Christmas 2015

Friday, 4 December 2015

Enter the Supermodel - Canton Tower

At about 600 meters, Canton Tower is the tallest TV tower in China (yes, that's even taller than Taipei 101). However, what really sets this tower apart is it's distinct shape: the hour glass, or supermodel shape. More than just a TV tower, Canton Tower also includes several tourist attractions designed to make full use of the height and beauty of the building.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Chimelong Paradise: The Complete Experience

I will talk about my experience at Chimelong Paradise, a theme park in Guangzhou, China. I know many people think that roller coasters in China are rough, dangerous contraptions that are always on the verge of collapse. The reality is much different. Chimelong Paradise, for instance, is a well rounded theme park with a good selection of world class Roller Coasters, an excellent kids area and some interesting flat and movie-based rides.

Chimelong Paradise is part of my 2015 Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong trip. I will continue to upload the other theme parks and attractions over the next few days.

Friday, 27 November 2015

The Most Honest Review of Gardens by the Bay Christmas 2015

Gardens by the Bay is one project I was highly skeptical about. I certainly did not think that land scarce Singapore deserves a second Botanic Gardens, and Botanic Gardens itself was not attracting many large crowds. Yet, Gardens by the Bay has successfully branded itself as the go-to destination for themed festivities, and the 2015 Christmas Wonderland is no exception.


For the 2015 Christmas event, Gardens by the Bay has been transformed into a Nordic Village of the far North. There are multiple dining options, custom made rides and even an ice-skating rink! Yes, you heard right. There is an ice-skating rink. In fact, this event kind of reminds me of 春到河畔 (river Angbao) 10 years ago, when the focus was on the festive atmosphere and family activities. 



Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Exploring Coney Island: Singapore's New Outdoor Paradise!

Hi guys,

Let us explore one of the most classic roller coasters in the world! Coney Island Cyclone at New York City! It has a top speed of 96 kph and...wait...no...NO... I am talking about a different Coney Island, and there are no cyclones there. Yup! I am talking about the new nature reserve in the North Eastern park of Singapore, one that is sure to be favourite of runners, nature lovers and bird spotters alike!


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Norwegian Cruise Line is Coming to Singapore!

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is one of my favourite cruise lines. It offers many youth-friendly features like the largest Sports Zones at sea, excellent comedy clubs and game shows and even Single Studios for people who want to travel solo! Therefore, I am totally excited when I heard that Norwegian Cruise Line is coming to Singapore!

©Telegraph. Massive Slide Towers on Norwegian's Breakaway Class ships

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Riding Battlestar Galactica: CYLON for the very first time!

Brothers and sisters, let me begin by saying that I have never taken any upside down ride before. So, this post can be quite useful for those of you taking upside down roller coasters for the first time. For the rest of you, I will cover in detail the experience of Battlestar Galactica: Cylon, possibly the most intense ride at USS (some people, including at least one RWS staff tell me Human is scarier).


Thursday, 27 August 2015

USS Halloween Horror Nights 2015 Decorations is UP!

Hi guys, I stopped by again at USS a couple of days back, and guess what I saw? New York City is being transformed into a giant contaminated city with dead birds. Of course, RWS is never shy about the fact that all these are in preparation for Halloween Horror Nights 2015, one of the largest Halloween Events in Singapore!


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Hong Kong Disneyland vs Hong Kong Ocean Park

A lot of my friends tell me that Hong Kong Ocean Park is better than Disneyland in every way. Is that really true? Having visited both parks before, albeit a few years ago, I think that the difference is not as great as people think. After all, both Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park are able to attract over 6 million people each year. In this post, I am comparing between these 2 world class parks, so you may decide which one to visit if you only have time for one park.

Hong Kong Disneyland vs Hong Kong Ocean Park

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Singapore NDP 2015 Fireworks: Viewing from the Bay

In every national parade, the fireworks display is no doubt one of the highlights. Being the largest NDP celebrations ever, Singapore's 2015 NDP is so large that there is no way you can watch everything. Yes - even the privileged few who got tickets into Padang are actually missing a lot. As a fireworks fan, I am of course here to share with you my experience at NDP 2015 Fireworks, as an external spectator. Let's celebrate SG50!

SG50 NDP Fireworks Marina Bay

Friday, 10 July 2015

6 Funny and Strange Moments Witnessed on Roller Coasters

Roller Coasters are a form of entertainment, alongside movies, music... However, the behavior of some people on roller coasters can be just as amusing as the rides themselves. In this blog post, I shall cover some of the strangest, wackiest and funniest moments I personally witnessed on Roller Coasters. Yes! All the incidents mentioned here are real!

Priceless facial expressions are just one of many funny things people do on Roller Coasters!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

6 Unsurprising Tips about Taking Coaches to Malaysia

For most Singaporeans, taking a tour bus or coach to Malaysia is the cheapest and most basic form of holiday. For the price of a SEA Aquarium Ticket or a mid-priced restaurant meal, you can escape to pretty much every tourist hotspot in Malaysia within hours. For the seasoned traveler, these tips will be nothing more than a little recap.

Malaysia Singapore Express Bus

Thursday, 18 June 2015

5 Closed Attractions that True Singaporeans Will Miss

Singapore’s 50th birthday is just over a month away. In these 50 years, Singapore has changed so much, building towering skyscrapers and world class attractions. Many older ones are thus left in the dust or demolished. Personally, there are some attractions that will forever remain in my heart, even though they are today just the footnote of history. In fact, this post one of the most emotional I have written for Second Drop Attractions, and any true-blue Singaporean will understand why.

Images of Singapore. Attractions Singaporeans Miss
Images of Singapore is one of many nostalgic attractions that have been replaced. In it's place now are Images of Singapore Live and Madame Tussauds

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Battlestar Galactica is BACK with a Vengeance!

After completing 1 year and 10 months of National Service (ahem ahem), Battlestar Galactica is finally back on May 27 2015. The new version features 2 abreast seats which offers a greater sense of freedom and operates 2 trains per side. In the meantime, we can only hope that the other roller coasters in USS  (as well as our MRT lines) are exempted from National Breakdown Service.

Battlestar Galactica Universal Studios Singapore

Friday, 22 May 2015

Top 10 Not-So-Scary Roller Coasters in the World 2015!

When it comes to top Roller Coasters, most people think of huge, towering rides like Fujiyama and Fury 325. However, nearly 2000 out of 3000 roller coasters worldwide, including some of the best, are actually the less scary junior/family coasters. These rides come in all shapes and sizes, from wild mouse through motorbikes and even spinning coasters. These family roller coasters can entertain almost any age group, and are the true backbone of the roller coaster world!

All video POVs shown in this article belong to the respective parks, Theme Park Review or Coaster Force. This list is compiled in May 2015 so newer coasters will not be included!

Top 10 Roller Coaster in the world

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Bungee Jump is Coming to Singapore!

I am not kidding you. From the end of 2015, a new attraction AJ Hackett will open near Underwater World, Sentosa. This towering attraction will feature several fear-of-heights attractions like Bungee Jumping and Giant Swing. This will certainly be great news if you are an adrenaline junkie short of cash, for you no longer have to spend $2000 and travel to New Zealand to experience this.


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Singapore's 2nd Theme Park will be in Jurong?

I know, when it comes to Jurong, most of you are thinking High Speed Rail (HSR). However, the HSR is just one part of a huge development that will transform the district into a retail, commercial and entertainment hub. As our dear PM said, Jurong will be Singapore’s new CBD. And what better place to include Singapore’s next major attraction - Our Second Theme Park! As with all predictions posts, the contents here are all my prediction and there is no guarantee whether it will come true or not.

The Vertigo Theme Park concept by Architect Ju-Hyun Kim could be the solution for land scarce Singapore

Friday, 8 May 2015

Second Drop - One Year On

Hi everyone, today, 8 May 2015, marks the first anniversary of Second Drop – The Attractions Blog. On this very day, one year ago, I shared about my experience riding my first roller coaster. Since then, I have talked about all things theme parks, from money saving tips to the latest attractions. I think I also learnt a lot from this experience, not least of which I understand the internet and search engines much better. To this, I really like to thank each and every one of you, my readers, for your support and feedback.

Second Drop First Anniversary Logo

Saturday, 25 April 2015

USS New Ride 2016/2017

Even though Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey just opened in USS this month, there is no doubt that the USS team is already working on its next big thing. With a shortage of available land, the next attraction is likely to be very compact. Nonetheless, I can assure you that USS has reserved land for at least 2 more new attractions.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey is the most recent new ride of USS. It opened in April 2015

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Royal Caribbean vs Star Cruises

These are the 2 major cruise lines with operations in Singapore. Star Cruises brands itself as Asia’s leading cruise line and offers world class casinos and a wide variety of dining options. Royal Caribbean, on the other hand, is famous for having the largest cruise ships in the world. Before I begin, let me stress that the comparison will focus on Mariner of the Seas and Superstar Virgo because these 2 ships visit Singapore most often.

Star Cruises vs Royal Caribbean Best Cruise Line

Friday, 10 April 2015

Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey: USS new Roller Coaster

Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey opened last Wednesday, 8 April, as the sixth roller coaster in Universal Studios Singapore (USS). In true Universal style, this new ride has good landscaping and a distinct storyline. As a guest, you are enrolled by Puss and Kitty to search for hidden treasurers, while evading, of all things, a giant duck!!??

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey Entrance
Puss in Boots' Giant Journey is the newest addition to Universal Studios Singapore!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Genting Highlands 20th Century Fox Theme Park Update March 2015

Alright, it is exactly one and a half years since the new 20th Century Fox Theme Park at Genting Highlands Resort, Malaysia began construction. There is some obvious progress from a Civil Engineering point of view, but certainly none of the attractions are built. Before we begin, here is a shoutout to Esther from my community volunteer group who kindly provided me with the photos.

Genting 20th Century Fox Theme Park March 2015
This is the state of construction for Genting Highlands 20th Century Fox Theme Park as of March 2015

UPDATE: CONSTRUCTION UPDATE PHOTOS FOR 2017 ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

Friday, 20 March 2015

5 Common Mistakes of First Time Roller Coaster Riders

Hi everyone, it's been 10 months since I last shared about my first roller coaster ride. From May 2014 till today, I have witnessed people of all ages and backgrounds taking their first roller coaster. Sometimes, they enjoy it. In other cases, people were so traumatised that they will never ride a coaster again. In this blog guide, I will share with you the most common mistakes people make when riding their first roller coaster. Hope this helps you to avoid them!


Sunday, 15 March 2015

5 New Features I want aboard Star Cruises 2016 New Ship

Star Cruise recently announced that it will be launching the massive new 150,000 ton cruise ship in 2016. Although no name has been officially announced, publicity material usually refers this ship as Genting World (Don't you think something like Superstar Taurus sounds better?). Anyway, here are some features I hope to see in Star Cruises' new Genting World.

star cruise logo second drop

Before we continue, please be informed that these are entirely my suggestions and Star Cruises has yet to announce what features they are including in Genting World as of March 2015

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Penang Island - Unlocking Malaysian Culture

Experiencing Penang and writing this blog is unique. There are no theme parks, integrated resorts or casinos at Penang. Yet, the state of Penang is considered one of the best tourist destinations in Malaysia. For one, the capital of Penang, George Town, is a UNESCO heritage site. However, I think what really sets Penang apart from the rest of Malaysia is the food. Somehow, the fried kway teow, laksa and other Malaysian favourites are so much better there.

We did not have much chance to eat, though, since we visited Penang via a cruise and the ship caters all meals. In fact, everything covered in this blog is completed in 4 hours.

The Penang cruise terminal building is the first thing we saw when we arrived.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

USS Chinese New Year Update February 2015

Universal Studios Singapore has been gradually adding Chinese New Year decoration to the Hollywood and New York area since mid-January. For those non-Singaporeans, Chinese New Year is a holiday celebrated by Chinese all around the world. Festivities occur on the first month of the lunar calender and last 15 days. In fact, it is the only Universal Studios Theme Park to celebrate Chinese New Year. Even though there will be no Ang-Pao (red packet) in 2015, the festive spirit is still there with extensive decoration, special dining and seasonal offers.


Monday, 9 February 2015

Mariner of the Seas Review: Day 3

Mariner of the Seas is built in 2003. However, just like the great old ocean liners, the formal nights represent the highlight of the cruise. Well, as a more family oriented cruise line, Royal Caribbean offers a much milder formal night experience, though it is still worth talking about. Of course, that still leaves the rest of the day for more exploration. Don't forget to view the posts for the first day and second day of the cruise!


Lunch @ Main Dining Room


Alright, the morning is pretty much the same for the third day, except that we did not wake up in time to catch the physical fitness lessons. Breakfast is the same as the previous day. So I shall start straight with lunch. Lunch on board Mariner of the Seas is served in 2 locations, and today we visited the Main Dining Room on deck 3. 

The lunch menu is titled brassiere 300 (not really sure what it means) and features Asian delicacies with a western twist. The duck salad is surprisingly good starter as the vegetables are not too bland and the duck is very well smoked. However, the Tom Yum soup which I chose is really too sour. A couple of other salads and soups are also available.


Anyway, one noteworthy point which I have not mentioned so far is that Royal Caribbean really offers a wide selection of tea. A waiter will approach you with a large box and there are over 20 choices available. You can literally take 1 tea per meal and still not tasted everything by the end of the 3 night cruise. (I did not)

Some choices for main course include Laksa as well as Chicken Yakitori Rice. I really love the soft Japanese rice that accompanies the Chicken Yakitori. The catfish dish is particularly good as the fish is really fresh and the accompanying sauce is not too strong. 

Chicken Yakitori is one of the dishes labelled low lactose meal, which is good for the health conscious diner.


I shall let the desserts speak for themselves, though in the case the 2 chocolate options, a moose cake and cream puffs both taste excellent. In fact, I will gladly have Mariner of the Sea's deserts every day!

Sorry folks, I took a bite before I took the photo

Even the seemingly simple chocolate cream puff is served with taste and style

Sports Deck


I spent a good part of the 2nd afternoon on the sports deck at deck 13, doing mini golf, ball games, rock climbing and in-line skating. The sports deck of Mariner of the Seas is actually considered relatively small compared to newer ships but still offers a good balance of activities.

[tip] Avoid going to the sports deck between 10am and 3pm as the sun is really, really hot.

Mariner of the Seas is equipped with a full basketball court though I wish they organised some tournaments on board
Arriving at 2pm, the rock climbing wall just opened and I was one of the first to attempt today. Unfortunately, as I lost my SeaPass card in Penang, I had to sign the waiver again since my new card does not have the star shaped chop. In fact, I managed to try both lanes and I must say that the outer green lane is much more challenging as the rocks are smaller and the surface is more uneven. Several other guests attempted but not all managed to complete the Mariner of the Seas rock wall.

My father also attempted the rock wall this time though he only attempted the easier pink lane.

The next activity is in-line skating. It is located all the way at the stern of Mariner of the Seas. As with ice skating, you need to change your shoes and sign a waiver. But unlike ice skating, you will start to fall over the moment you put on your shoes, even before entering the track. I made the mistake of taking a shoe that is a little too big for me, though I didn't know how to roller skate anyways so it did not make too big a difference.

Once you put on your skates, you will start falling over
However, I must say the in-line skating track is much more beginner friendly than ice skating. For one, the track is narrower so handrails are never too far away. Also, there is soft padding along the edge of the track so you will slam your face right into the metal railings when you fall down. The only drawback is that you will really sweat a lot more here. Nonetheless, I prefer if Royal Caribbean placed a Flowrider here.

The track is relatively short but well covered with soft padding to protect from falls.

Golf is the final activity on the Sports Deck. The mini golf here looks easy but is actually very hard as there are many tiny slopes that you can't see. It took me 6 strokes to complete the par 4 first hole, and...well...you get the picture. One surprising thing is that there are very few balls available compared to golf clubs. I wonder how many of them got lost in the dunes, or worse, fly off into the sea.

Be careful not to hit the ball too hard. If it hits one of the ramps the ball will fly into another hole!

The uneven surface makes it very difficult just to secure the ball for the first shot.

There is a golf simulator in the middle of the sports deck, but you need to pay USD25 to do it. I guess it will be much better if Royal Caribbean can replace that with Ripcord by I-Fly.

Royal Promenade Special Retail Offer


Branded shopping is a key highlight on the Royal Promenade, and on the third day the whole street is filled with various retail options of duty free and discounted branded goods. For example, a higher end G-Shock watch will cost between USD100 and USD200, and from 2.30pm to 4.30pm there was even a special discount that offers watch wallet combos for as little as USD39! 

The whole Royal Promenade is transformed into a high-end flea market

If is noteworthy that only the items displayed outside are on discount. The items inside the stores still retain their original high price. I guess that most of these products are geared towards Chinese nationals who crave branded goods, since Mariner of the Seas spends half of each year in China.

These boxes here are only available from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and is among the best retail deals on the ship.

Bingo


Now this is 1 classic cruise ship activity, and Mariner of the Seas actually featured 3 game sessions over the whole cruise - one on each day. The final session on day 3 is the finale and features four separate games in one session. This, unfortunately, also means that the ticket will cost USD32 instead of USD10 in the other sessions.


This activity is really fun to watch. We are encouraged to boo people when players stand up, as it shows they are 1 number from winning. However, there are only 2 assistants to run around and verify numbers so the process is rather slow. The crowd also loves the challenge winners to play off when there is a tie, though all winners so far choose to share.

However, I must say I will not play this again. For one, given the number of players it is almost impossible to win, and the prizes are not very attractive anyways for the amount that is paid for the game. There is also a concurrent session of Bingo at Lotus Lounge for a private group. Just saying.

Bingo numbers are all decided by computers.

Dinner at Main Dining Room

Before we move on to dinner, just one thing. The passport collection is also done at the main dining room at deck 5 on the 2nd last day of the cruise, between lunch and dinner. Don't forget to come before dinner or else you have to endure the super long queue at the Mariner of the Seas Guest Services Counter.

Alright back to the dinner. This is a formal dinner, so everyone will wear suits and evening dresses. Well, I wish so. Being a family oriented cruise line, Royal Caribbean does not enforce formal wear and I see many participants with jeans and polo t-shirt taking part. Nonetheless, I urge you to dress up as it is rare to take part in a dinner where you can do so. Quite surprisingly, the people who dress up the most are actually the young children.

The dinner menu is quite mixed and I cannot identify a distinct style. On one hand, there is a Japanese starter shrimp gyoza, yet western style steak is also served. If you see the menu, one thing you realise is that there is no dessert. Well, dessert menu is only presented to you after completing your main course.
The dinner menus does not include dessert as the dessert menu is only presented after the main course is completed.

This is our waiter's recommendation - Shrimp Gyoza, and the filling inside is really generous and sauce tastefully done (well, my mother actually found it a bit to salty) 

A noteworthy point is that you can actually request for 2nd servings of main, starter or dessert if you so desire, though it is subject to availability. I actually took 2 starters this dinner: smoked salmon and shrimp gyoza.

This is my second steak on the cruise, and I did not regret choosing it.


Since this is the last night of the cruise, the ship actually takes the opportunity to show appreciation to all the waiters and cooks on board. The waiters even presented a Chinese song 月亮代表我的心 to us. In fact, I finally understand why the staff on board are so happy working on board in spite of long hours and time away from family - they have a right to be recognised. The chief waiter even encouraged us to provide compliments for our individual waiters.

The waiters and assistant waiters of Mariner of the Seas (well, the rest are at deck 3)
While most things aboard ship is complimentary, here is one paying item that I really encourage you to go for - Maine Lobster. It is just USD30, and the lobster is really huge. By grilling it without too much flavourings, it really brings out the natural taste and texture of the lobster. I reckon that this lobster will cost between $100 and $150 in a Singapore restaurant.

If you only intend to spend money on 1 thing aboard the ship, it has to be the Maine lobster!

Royal Caribbean is actually able to offer a different dessert menu every night, and even after 5 meals and 3 snacks I am still looking forward to the chocolate cravings and mango puddings.



Presenting to you my family and our waiters Jeong from Korea and Li Yan from China

Farewell Show @ Savoy Theater


There are actually 2 shows for the farewell show, and the session you watch depends on your dinner seatting. For us on the 5.45pm seating, our farewell show is at 8.45pm. There is also an earlier show at 6.45pm for those taking the second dinner seating. As usual, the cruise director Ken Jones is welcomed on stage by the Mariner of the Seas Orchestra, though he very quickly relinquished the stage to the highlight of the night: Juggling by Jeremy Ansley.

[tip] You can get plain water or cocktails from the bar at the back of the theater if you want a drink. This is unlike land based shows where eating and drinking is prohibited.


Jeremy is full on antics. At the start of the show, he tells us to boo him whenever he drops a prop. The thing is, he will actually purposely drop balls and torches just so the audience can boo him. Then, he even asks audience members to participate on stage; not juggling, but following his antics. Just when you think he is running out of ideas, he will climb onto the railings and do balance beam right in the middle of the audience!

Don't forget to boo me when I drop a ball!

Here's our dear Jeremy Ansley doing balance beam among the audience.

Of course, he is from New Zealand, so he proclaims himself to be the TRUE, LORD OF THE RINGS! They should have played Charge of the Rohirrim soundtrack at that point, though.

Jeremy shows of his talent by juggling up to 8 rings at a time.

Even after the show has ended, the antics are not over. Cruise Director comes back on stage with a video showing the things he "usually" does at work. Well, it is very obvious from the first minute that that's not what he does. I mean, having PK with a crew member? Using security body check to touch a woman's boobs? Sounds a little too good to be true!

Of course, Royal Caribbean never ceases to appreciate its crew members for their efforts, and the finale calls representatives from every department of the ship up on stage for a final farewell. Damn! I think I should also do that in the community events I organise.

Every department of the ship is represented in the ship's final farewell, to the tune of "Until We Meet Again"

Dance Party under the Stars


It is the last night and the night is still young, so why not party all the way! Well, you can join dance party on the pool deck! Unlike the 70s dance party yesterday the music today is so much more recent with tunes like Gangnam Style and Mambo No 5. Before the actual dance, Mariner of the Seas in-house bartenders will do a little drink mixing show and some lucky guests get to walk away with free cocktails.

The bartender shows off his skills at mixing drinks in a fanciful way. He did drop a couple of glasses though, not sure if that is intentional

This dance session is also much more intimate with the crew as there is no physical barrier. The emcee will even go around the deck to interact with the crowd. However, the biggest draw of this activity is to do it under the stars, since there are no visible stars in Singapore.

The emcee runs around to energise the crowd.

There is no physical barrier between the crew members and the guests here


Conclusion


Even on the third day, there are still a whole host of activities to do on Mariner of the Seas. In fact, my family actually plan our time quite tightly to be able to do most of the activities on board. My post on day 4 will actually be very short and cover mostly the debarkation process and our only breakfast at Windjammer. 

There are just a couple of things I really like to see: Fireworks at the end of the Dance Party under the stars and a stronger formal night atmosphere extending beyond the dining room. Other than that I am all for this ship. 3 Nights is barely enough. If you like this post, you will really want to like the Second Drop Facebook Page, or you can find out why is Royal Caribbean better than Star Cruises.