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3 Night Bahamas Cruise from Port Canaveral

3 Night Bahamas Cruise from Port Canaveral (Orlando)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Day 2
    Nassau
  • Day 3
    Perfect Day at CocoCay
  • Day 4
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)

Mariner of the Seas

Mariner of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Something surprising to see or do around every corner, no shortage of action onboard

Cons

Some specialty dining reservations were impossible to come by due to the short sailings

Bottom Line

Activity-filled, weekend-friendly itineraries and great food make an ideal sailing


Cruise Reviews

My sister and I had both never been on a cruise and decided we would try one together since noone else in either of our families want to go. We had a great price and I got some on board credit with my purchase so I was happy. We ... Read More
My sister and I had both never been on a cruise and decided we would try one together since noone else in either of our families want to go. We had a great price and I got some on board credit with my purchase so I was happy. We embarked in about 20 minutes. No issues at all. I was nervous what to expect and other than the fact that the security people from the port were a little rude (think TSA) it was fine. The ship was beautiful. We were an ocean balcony. Plenty of room for two women. Deck was great! Lots of storage. Did wish there was an outlet next to the bed somewhere. The only size issue was the bathroom but I knew it was going to be small and I think that's what you get with most cruise lines. We did my time dining but made reservations, that is the key. A lot of people were waiting in a long line to be seated at 5:30 when we went to eat. We just walked right in. I asked for a table next to a window and they obliged. We got the same table every night which was awesome. Our servers were awesome. Totally bent over backwards to make us happy. Food was amazing in the Main Dining Room for dinner. We didn't go there for any other meal. We ate at Windjammer once for lunch. It was ok. Nothing too exciting. We had lunch in Playmakers once, which was good except our nachos were cold. They did reheat them for us. We also ate dinner at Jamie Oliver's one night, the last night. It was great! But if you are short on cash, just stick with the Main Dining Room. I found the Promenade Cafe to be the one bleak point of dining. First of all, it smelled awful in there. The options were very limited. And trying to just get a coffee was a long ordeal. I noticed that a lot of the staff did not speak English well or seem to understand it both there and in some of the bars/lounges. I find that to be a problem. We spent a lot of time in the Schooner Bar. The piano player/singer, Matt, was the highlight of the trip to me besides the water. He was fantastic. We also enjoyed some music trivia in there a few times. We loved playing games and bingo in the Star Lounge, that was great. The Solarium is awesome, just hard to get a seat. The main pool was busy. We never got in. But lounging on one of the decks above was nice. We spent one day in Nassau and walked around at first, then grabbed lunch at Pirate Republic. It was great though service was off. The straw market was a total disappointment. I expected handcrafted items and since every vendor had the same items, I know that wasn't the case. Then we went on a See and Sea Tour. It was ok. I would save my money the next time. The driver was very nice but hard to understand and the traffic was scary. We literally thought someone was going to get killed when he was trying to navigate all of the vans/buses up near the fort and Queen's Staircase. The sea part was a small boat takes you out to the other ship where you go below to see the fish and ocean floor. The person leading the tour on the way out was very engaging. And it was great to be on the water in a smaller boat. The underwater ship thing was a disappointment. The next day we were at Perfect Day at Coco Cay where we rented a cabana on Chill Island. This would have been perfect if there wasn't a very, very noisy family next to us. Hard to relax which is all we wanted. We asked to be moved and there wasn't another cabana to move to supposedly. The cabana attendant said he would talk to his manager but then never came back with anything or anyone and we decided to go explore anyway. The Oasis Pool was awesome. The swim up pool bar is great. We didn't spend any time at the waterpark. Our cabin attendant was very good. We didn't see a lot of her but she did make us a towel animal which we loved and she got anything we asked for. We did get the full beverage package after mulling it over. We both like to drink so it was worth it. At $65 each on sale, I think we made out well with it. The only mistake we made is that we forgot we had originally ordered a case of water, and then water came with the package. Any of the bars will just give you as much bottled water as you want. So that was a waste of money. But that was our fault. Of course, this was just at the beginning of the Coronavirus starting to really rear it's ugly head. The crew was awesome about encouraging everyone to wash their hands, handing out hand sanitizer and having it available everywhere. Never once was I scared. No one on board was sick nor got sick that I am aware of. I am definitely ready for another cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
I "won" a pair of tickets at a charity auction for any 3 or 4 night Bahamas/Caribbean cruise, and wasn't disappointed in my choice. This was my third and my partners first cruise. The oceanview stateroom was good. A bit ... Read More
I "won" a pair of tickets at a charity auction for any 3 or 4 night Bahamas/Caribbean cruise, and wasn't disappointed in my choice. This was my third and my partners first cruise. The oceanview stateroom was good. A bit plain and some of the seating was stained for having just come out a a $120 million renovation. Nothing felt overly crowded given that this was early college spring break and two large groups were on board as well. We enjoyed the food in the main dining room. We only ate in the windjammer for lunch a couple of times. I would recommend my time reservations for dinner in the evening. We never had to wait for a table, but noticed a few people waiting without reservations. Our waiter Mac was fabulous and we made sure to be at one of his tables every evening. One tip in avoiding crowds is book things like the spa during non-peak times such as port days, they generally offer a discount during those times as well. One glitch we suffered was with the refreshment package cups. They have a chip in the cup that is read by the drink machines. I and several other passengers had to have the cups replaced becuase the chips stopped functioning. Otrherwise we didn't experience any major issues. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We were a group of couples. The ship is very nice with lots for young people to do. We are experienced cruisers and our favorite is Princess as Royal Caribbean has too many children on board. But let me give you the good and bad, in my ... Read More
We were a group of couples. The ship is very nice with lots for young people to do. We are experienced cruisers and our favorite is Princess as Royal Caribbean has too many children on board. But let me give you the good and bad, in my opinion. We needed wheelchairs since having recent surgery. The wheelchair service was excellent but be sure to sign up. Don't worry about the time frame as they don't even check. It is a long walk from the terminal to the ship so don't be shy about asking for this service. Check in was quick as we had done the phone app. We were questioned and checked for fever. The virus was just beginning but they did encourage clean hands. We had a promenade room which was roomy with a window seat and sofa. If you want perfect quiet, this might not be good for you. It usually was quiet after midnite but it was fun to watch the goings on from our window. Our room steward was excellent. I tipped him when we first arrived, requested the duvet be removed and ice every day. No problem. I have come to love the "closets" on Princess as it's actually one big dressing room/closet combined with plenty of room for luggage, etc. That's why I wasn't fond of the closet but it was enough for 4 days. Our bed wasn't comfortable and I didn't bother asking for an eggcrate but wish I had. We had 2 very small nightstands with 1 drawer. Our room was always cold and it didn't seem to matter how far I moved the thermostat. I didn't bother to complain. For some reasons, the compass had an extra page which was mostly annoying and unnecessary. If you've cruised RCCL before, you know they don't include body lotion or hair conditioner. Probably the thing that annoyed me the most was, if you ordered 2 appetizers, they both came at the same time. Service was like, let's get this done. And sometimes we didn't receive something and I don't know if that was because they didn't understand or couldn't be bothered. Service all around left alot to be desired. Incidentally, cranberry juice is an extra charge, pancakes are more like hockey pucks, no lobster on the shorter cruises. Other than that, the food was pretty good. Steak was excellent. We ate most of our meals in the dining room and they also had a buffet (which was faster sometimes). One day for lunch they had an incredible spread with a shrimp "fountain", an ice cream bar, a salad bar mixed by the help and tons of wonderful choices. Not to be missed. It was on our next to last day for lunch. Formal night has been cancelled (their words). It is now, wear your best clothes. The shows were what you expect on a cruise. This theatre is the first I've ever seen that always has seats. Maybe not together tho. I just want to add, our ship went to CocoCay. It was phenomenal! Tons of seats available everywhere. Shuttles to go everywhere but distance between stops could be too much for some to walk. Pool was freezing. Families will love this but be prepared to pay. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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