Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by SHIP TRAVELER: GREAT SPRING CROSSING ON THE MARINER OF THE SEAS
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GREAT SPRING CROSSING ON THE MARINER OF THE SEAS
We enjoyed this cruise from the first day to the last. I have to differ with the post that said the cruise director, Steve Davis was disinterested. While we were cruising we both commented that we had never seen such an involved hard working CD and activities staff. Possibly others are not comparing this cruise to other transatlantic sailings. I think there was some decent entertainment. I will agree that in our opinion the Rat Pack and the final night comic were misses but we went to all the evening offerings. Never was the Love and Marriage game show or the lounge piano player the main evening show as I have seen on past transatlantic cruises. I imagine that it is difficult to find top headliners that want to sail for 7 days missing other gigs. The dance band was above average and we enjoyed their music. There were bridge lessons, dance lessons, water color painting classes, and lectures given by experienced instructors brought on the ship, not by the staff. We stayed busy More
and never felt bored.
The nightly diamond event was the best we have had on any crossing. I was usually able to find something good to eat in the MDR. We ate dinner in Giovanni's restaurant one night and it was very good.
The weather was excellent. The only port we had not visited was Alicante and we really enjoyed it. The port provided a free shuttle to a stop near a beautiful walk along a pristine white sand beach. There was a lift to the castle above town that was free to seniors and inexpensive for anyone. The castle was huge and had been built of centuries; the views over the ramparts were outstanding. The old town was very walkable and interesting. Alicante was the best day port in our opinion.
We enjoyed this cruise very much and felt it was an excellent value. Less
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