Earlier in January, I boarded Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas together with a group of a few hundred cosplayers and cosplay enthusiasts from the region to attend the Asia Cosplay Meet 2016.

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Named as “COSFEST SEA: The Rising Tide”, the event is organised by The Singapore Cosplay Club. The January 8 to 11 three-night theme cruise featured exciting cosplay entertainment and activities.

This is the first time such a large-scale rgional cosplay event is being held on board a luxurious cruise ship.

The Asia Cosplay Meet Championship featured three contestants from eight countries and territories namely China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand vying for the top spot. Guests onboard could also mingle with them as well as celebrity cosplayers Neneko and Shimo from Taiwan and Xiaoxiaobai and Xiaorou from China at the cosplay café session for instance.

The celebrity cosplayers

The celebrity cosplayers

Neneko

Neneko from Taiwan

Xiaorou from China

Xiaorou from China

After three days of colourful competition among Asia’s top cosplayers, the Thai team emerged as champions with their enactment of popular manga and anime series like “One Punch Man” and “Detroit Metal City”.

The winners

The winners

I think pictures are more exciting than words when it comes to cosplay. Hence here are some of the photo highlights I took on board the cruise:

Team Thailand:

Group picture

Group picture

Doubles category performance

Doubles category performance

Doubles category performance

Doubles category performance

Singles category performance

Singles category performance – Detroit Metal City

Group category performance - One Punch Man

Group category performance – One Punch Man

Welcome costumes

Welcome costumes

Team Indonesia:

Group picture

Group picture

Singles category performance

Singles category performance

Doubles category performance

Doubles category performance

Group category performance

Group category performance

The full team

The full team

Welcome costumes

Welcome costumes

Team China:

Group picture

Group picture

Singles category performance

Singles category performance

Doubles category performance

Doubles category performance

Group category performance

Group category performance

Welcome costumes

Welcome costumes

Team Taiwan:

Group picture

Group picture

Singles category performance

Singles category performance

Doubles category performance

Doubles category performance

Doubles category performance

Doubles category performance

Group category performance

Group category performance

Welcome costumes

Welcome costumes

Team Philippines:

Group picture

Group picture

Singles category performance

Singles category performance

Doubles category performance

Doubles category performance

Group category performance

Group category performance

Welcome costumes

Welcome costumes

Team Singapore:

Group picture

Group picture

Singles category performance

Singles category performance

Doubles category performance

Doubles category performance

Group category performance

Group category performance

Welcome costumes

Welcome costumes

Team Japan:

Group picture

Group picture

Singles category performance

Singles category performance

Doubles category performance

Doubles category performance

Doubles category performance

Doubles category performance

Group category performance

Group category performance

Welcome costumes

Welcome costumes

Welcome costume

Welcome costume

Team Korea:

Group picture

Group picture

Doubles category

Doubles category performance

Single category performance

Singles category performance

Group performance

Group performance

Welcome costumes

Welcome costumes

The cosplayers and the cosplay enthusiasts were not the only one who enjoyed themselves with the cosplay related activities onboard Mariner of the Seas; the other regular guests joined in the fun too, taking photos with the cosplayers and participating in some of the themed activities.

Cosplayers performing at the Savor Theatre onboard Mariner of the Seas to entertain guests

Cosplayers performing at the Savor Theatre onboard Mariner of the Seas to entertain guests

Lots of cosplayers onboard

Lots of cosplayers onboard

Mingling with the public

Mingling with the public

Mingling with the public

Mingling with the public

Taking wefies

Taking wefies

Dance night!

Dance night!

Spider-Man leading a dance

Spider-Man leading a dance

Stephanie, one of the Singapore Cosplay Club founder, dressed as Elsa from Frozen

Stephanie, one of the Singapore Cosplay Club founder, dressed as Elsa from Frozen

Cosplayers dancing the night away

Cosplayers dancing the night away

This is the way the Thais groove

This is the way the Thais groove

Neneko leading a dance

Neneko leading a dance

Team Japan leading a dance

Team Japan leading a dance

End of a fun night

End of a fun night

One thing I learned was that cosplaying universally popular characters like Spider-Man and Captain Jack Sparrow are surefire ways to get lots of attention and adoration:

Everyone wants to take photos with Spidey

Everyone wants to take photos with Spidey

And of course, the swimsuit cosplayers

And of course, the swimsuit cosplayers

The organisers for the Singapore Cosplay Club hope to hold the Asia Cosplay Meet with Royal Caribbean again next year and make it an annual affair. If you missed the event this year, do look out for it in future!