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nocolaforme Mariner of the Seas 5 Most Enjoyable and Fun Cruise
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Overall an excellent uneventful cruise. Check it was a breeze, got on board the ship, went to the Windjammer for lunch and then checked out our room. We usually get an inside stateroom unless we are in Alaska. I mean really, how much time does one spend in their room on a cruise and pay the bucks for that!

We decided to get a room overlooking the promenade and it was great to sit in your room in between naps, buffets, excursions..whatever and people watch..very nice. And to be able to have a birds-eye view of the two parades that the activities staff had planned. Was very nice would get a room in this area again if on a similar ship.  Interior cabin overlooked the promenade. We were able to people watch from our room from a bay window which has padded seating just to do this very thing. The cabin layout was ok for an interior cabin, but because of the layout, it seemed the bathroom was a bit smaller than other interior rooms we have used before. I would book this type of room again though without a second thought. The only time it would have been noisy, is on the two parades. The first night I slept through the parade even down on the promenade street, the last parade I was awake and watched from our bay window...excellent view of the parade while people down on the street did not have this view.

We decided this time because we were travelling from Ohio and started our travel at 3:30am, that by the time we would actually get our luggage, that our clothes would be a mess of wrinkles. We did not partake in any of the traditional seated dining room at 6pm and opted to eat at the Windjammer for dinner..and this was just a pleasant change for us. We did not have to get back from excursions and rush to shower and dress for dinner and cutting it close to go to shows because dinner ran late for whatever reason. We actually got more personal time for us instead of trying to meet cruise deadlines for things...plus, we decided we were on vacation, why do I want to dress up when I am away from work. Worked out very nice.

Mariner of the Seas Cruises to the Mexican Riviera
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Interior cabin overlooked the promenade. We were able to people watch from our room from a bay window which has padded seating just to do this very thing. The cabin layout was ok for an interior cabin, but because of the layout, it seemed the bathroom was a bit smaller than other interior rooms we have used before. I would book this type of room again though without a second thought. The only time it would have been noisy, is on the two parades. The first night I slept through the parade even down on the promenade street, the last parade I was awake and watched from our bay window...excellent view of the parade while people down on the street did not have this view.

Port and Shore Excursions

In Cabo, we opted for a tour that took us around the country side and some shops. We visited a glass blowing operation, a cactus garden (over 40,000 cacti), a stop for some great ocean picture taking ops. Great tour guide.

Port
Excellent 7 hour tour but really got to see Mexico away from the port. We first went into some downtown shopping district, then ventured out into the inland. Visited a furniture making shop. Was so so...where we live in Ohio, the Amish community is very close by...dollars to donuts, the quality does not compare to the Amish furniture making. We then proceeded to a Mexican bakery. This is not your Dunkin Donuts, but had really great sweet rolls/buns that were baked in a wood fired oven...unbelievably good! On this toured we also visited and ate lunch at a Mexican Restaurant way in the hills of the Sierra Madres. Again, you would never believe this restaurant was there where it was hidden and the food simple and very delicious. Mazatlan overall was okay but in the city itself, it seemed dirty, paper/trash etc along the roads.

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We seemed to like this port best. It was the cleanest as far as trash and all compared to the other two ports. If I was going to go somewhere and stay for a resort vacation, this would be nice. This was also another tour that took around in a bus to view the city. We did some shopping stops. It seems like a lot of these guys go to places where they may know the owner of the establishments and possibly get some sort of kickbacks..because some stores you question why are we stopping here? Anyway, we did see the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We went on to the Tequila factory where we got to taste several tequilas and ended up purchasing to bring back Was very nice tour.

Published 05/31/10
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