Royal chooses agent’s idea for first trampolines at sea

Royal chooses agent’s idea for first trampolines at sea

Royal Caribbean’s Southampton-based ship Independence of the Seas will have the first trampoline park at sea as part of a multimillion-pound makeover next year.

The feature was one of four winning suggestions submitted by agents in the line’s #MyIndy competition, run in partnership with Travel Weekly.

Other features to be added in the ship’s April 2018 refurbishment are an escape room, Laser Tag gaming area and water slides.

The four winning agents will be treated to a two-night stay during the ship’s makeover preview sailing next May.

Rhea Worthington of Thomson in Blackburn submitted the trampoline park suggestion.

The assistant manager, who has worked at the store for six years, said: “To enter, I thought I had to suggest something realistic as so many people were saying things like rollercoasters that just wouldn’t work.

“A lot of my friends have been taking their children to trampoline parks and I thought ‘why not have one on a cruise ship?’.

“It is something I think families will love, but also you could have exercise classes on them too.”

The Royal Caribbean competition invited agents to tweet ideas for new features. Due to the volume of responses, Royal decided to pick four suggestions instead of one.

The other agent winners are Andrew Liddle, who suggested the escape room; Linda Fowler, who submitted the laser game idea; and Sarah Bunn, who wanted to see slides on the ship.

Amanda Darrington, Royal’s sales director for the UK and Ireland, said: “It gives us great pleasure to see ideas become reality and this is a unique way to show our ongoing commitment to our trade partners.”


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