What a magnificent ship! The Mariner was all that and more. I would give this cruise a 4/5. Of course there were a few downsides. The food is never good enough. The weather (like it's RCCL's fault could have been better, yada yada yada.
Overall, excellent. The Top Hat dining room is a grandeur look into those old classic dining rooms. large 2 story crystal chandelier in the middle of the 3 story dining room. Violins and piano playing soft background music on level 3. Impeccable service. While the food selections probably could have been better, overall it was fine. Between 3 adults, not one plate was sent back.
The Promenade is where it's at. We felt like we were in Las Vegas sitting at the Vintages wine bar just enjoying people watching. Ben and Jerry's, a sandwich shop, the boutique stores, musical entertainment all made for enjoying our relaxing cruise.
Our 3 y/o grand daughter loved the kid's adventure. We had no worries when she was there. We had a pager for emergency notifications but of course it never went off.
A MUST SEE: The Ice Show. Comparable to a scaled down Cirque du Solier ice show. Very nice. The other shows were what you would expect on a cruise line. Don't think for a moment you're going to get a Broadway show. But you will get a Broadway STYLE show. Entertaining nonetheless.
Our balcony cabin was fine. No problems or worries.
But the real 5/5 materpiece was the ship. Sure it was built in 2003 and had a few wear lines on it. Wouldn't you? 3000 passengers per week since then? Of course you would. But it was clean, quiet, big, smooth. Nice job RCCI. Been on several different lines with Carnival being the most. Our 3rd RCCI ship. If this was just a 3/5 rating, it would still be better than Carnival's best.
Mariner is moving to Italy in March. Thinking of booking that trip.