Spider-Man leading a dance

Asia Cosplay Meet 2016 onboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas

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!

 

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