Skipping Christmas!: Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by travelersfour
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Destination: Western Caribbean
I will have to say right off the bat that our room attendant, Rosa, and our evening waitstaff were brilliant and that's the truth. As far as the food was concerned I am not expecting much, as we know that "food for 3000" is a tall order. But honestly, we were beginning to think that the "norovirus" was not to blame for illness. Food temperatures were suspect, especially in the "Windjammer". My husband started playing the "Can u guess what that is" game when it came to the food in the Windjammer, and I have to say on most occasions he was right on. I finally explained to my evening waitstaff that the food was "off" temperature and they should be concerned if there was, in fact, a virus on board. I never again, nor did anyone at my table, recieve any food that was not piping hot.
Here are a few things that I was disappointed with, that are simple fixes, especially because we had a good enough time to start planning to "skip" Christmas again next year:
The ship itself needs a little sprucing up, i.e, carpeting stretched, if not replaced altogether. Painting in common areas, especially the adult pool. The "Holiday" decorations were amateurish and ,unfortunately, disappointing.
Windjammer food was adequate, but we are paying a premium, so be considerate of your paying passengers. Food and service were better in the dining rooms at breakfast and lunch.
Us "American Babyboomers '50-60-70 somethings" could use a lively place for before and after dinner coctails and dancing. The Viking Crown Lounge is a real snoozer. It could be used more efficently. Night after night, I was a little jealous of the latino crowd with their "Bolero" nightclub. However, I would not want to cramp the style of the '20-40 year old' crowd in the DragonSlayer nightclub.
The Onboard production shows (with the exception of the fabulous Ice Show) and the Cruise Director (sorry, Paul Rutter), were flat. Paul seemed to be on "auto pilot" and the cast of the production shows in my humble opinion were less than High School grade; again, no offense. The "guest" entertainment, especially Nick the Magician and the piano player were very enjoyable.
Disembarkation was slow, and blamed on US Customs, which quite frankly, was an unfair insult to them, as I thought once you made it out of the ship and into a line, went quickly.
Hope this was helpful, and not too long winded! Less
We had adjoining rooms for us and our two teens. I thought the rooms were spacious enough for us. However, we are not overweight, or have any disabilities, so we do not have any special needs. The stowage space was adequate for casual and formal clothes, enough for 8 days and nights for 4 active people. The beds were extremely comfortable. We always enjoy the 3rd deck, as we can get the adjoining rooms, and I find real joy in being so close to the water line. A great and relaxing view. Very quiet.
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