This was our third cruise on the Mariner, fourth on Regent and Fifth Cruise overall. Flight out on United was fine, no complaints. Had a Limo Jet Gold pick us up at the airport, no problems with them and driver gave us a nice talk about the area on the drive in. Stayed at the Fairmont Waterfront using a cruise package that our travel agent booked. Was on the 22 floor overlooking the port and city. When we left all that we had to do was call the desk and a bellman came up and picked our lugage up and the next time I saw it was on the ship.
Embarkation was a breeze, walked through and we were on the ship in about 10 minutes. We waited for about 12:15 to do this but could have been on sooner.
We were on deck 7 this time, cabin was great and the service was excellent. Our room was always made up when we got back from eating. The crew always greeted you with a smile and a good morning or evening. The crew who you dealt with often allways called you by name. The ship was full according to speaking to the captain. he said there wee 749 passengers onboard. You could not tell it was full, as most areas were never crowded. All the children on board were great, you would never know it as they were always busy with the youth activities. There were no dress code issues, everyone dressed as required.
As for the food, I know this is an area the is quite subjective. I thought it was good, service was excellent at each dining location. My wife has a gluten free diet restriction. She had sent in her request 60 days prior. When we got on board she had a note from the Dining Room Manager to stop by and see him. She had each days menu the night before on our door around 9 p.m. so she could pick out what she wanted, the chef would then make her diner to her restrictions.
Drop me an e-mail if you like to see the menu. We ate in every location, Prime 7 was our pick for the best. Service outstanding, along with our picks to eat.
The Captain took the ship into many nooks along the coast, he could spin the ship around on a dime. We saw a large amount of whales, eagles, and other wildlife from the ship. Even through we had some form of rain for 5 days, the trip was great. Yes you must pack for any kind of weather, we had rain and in the 50-62 degree range. Week before we were told it was close to 80. Also remember to use the washers and dryers, this held down the amount of things we needed and made the airline 50 lb limit workable. I was on the Mariner about 2 years ago, the total experience has improved from my last trip
Last night on ship was about 40 mph winds, 15 ft seas. Ship rode will, we did rock and roll ourselfs to sleep.
Had the train transfer, but track was out and busses were used. Things were slow getting off, but under the conditions I think you could no complain. More busses had to be found and brought in to handle the extra people.