47 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

Arrived in Civi by train and made our way to the port bus that would deliver us to the ship. Embarkation was a 2-minute process and we were on our way to the ship. Apparently there were many noro-virus cases on the last sailing and ... Read More
Arrived in Civi by train and made our way to the port bus that would deliver us to the ship. Embarkation was a 2-minute process and we were on our way to the ship. Apparently there were many noro-virus cases on the last sailing and cabins were not ready until 3:00. After Egypt, our cabin steward informed us that there we many cases on our floor so we increased our vigilance with hand washing even more. Thankfully no vacation time was lost due to illness for us. We did not eat any food in ports either. One lady commented that she spent too much on this vacation to take a chance getting sick and she did not partake of port foods either. We had a standard balcony room and thought the room, storage, cleanliness, etc were excellent. The ship is clean, well laid out, lively, fun, well staffed...all that you would look for in a nice ship experience for your vacation. We had 2 formal nights and 1 formal/Halloween costume night. We saw one man turned away at lunch in the dining room for wearing a sleeveless shirt however we had one man in the dining room for dinner with a sleeveless shirt...so the rules were randomly applied and, as usual, by the end of the trip, everyone was so relaxed, anything would go. We prepaid our gratuities and chose their "my time dining" option (a first for us). Now we will never choose anything else. Several days when we arrived back late from ports, we washed up and went straight to the dining room on deck 5 and ate right then. So much more flexible and relaxing for us than waiting for a scheduled time. That was great! But even better than that is we chose a table for 2 every night and never had the table of 8 strangers with small talk for 2 hours. We looked at our pictures on an ipad slideshow while we ate dinner and talked over the day. It was like having 13 date nights in a row. One more thing about the my time dining....you can chose your table and request that one every night. We never waited for our table more than about 3 minutes and had a table for 2 by the railing so the people watching was perfect and our assistant waiter, Giovanni, was a highlight of my evening. Only with RC 5 months but a perfect fit...lovely, lovely, lovely personality and impeccable service!!! Tables 511 and 515 are for 2 people; around the railing; good people watching; feels like you are not crowded in that location. I really enjoy the show each evening regardless of what type of entertainment it is. The Emperors of Soul were a favorite as well as a female singer/comedienne who was wonderfully funny and talented. The free coffee bar with snacks in the promenade was a favorite of the whole ship. I read reviews noting that the coffee was undrinkable but we would partake every day and did not find it to be bad on any day. My husband did ask how to read the timers on the carafes so we knew we were using the freshest one each time. Shopping on board is the standard stuff...still feel the prices are too high for my taste. People seemed to buy and buy even if the item was not from ports we were visiting on this cruise. I have more books at home than the library had at the time. The attendant said many of the books had walked off the ship but they were to get a restock of books at the next US port. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
We sailed from Civitavechia/Rome on 15th September. Boarding quite painless, through check in less than 10 minutes. Went to our room and met our efficient, very friendly and attentive steward Abraham Lincoln from Trinidad. We had lunch at ... Read More
We sailed from Civitavechia/Rome on 15th September. Boarding quite painless, through check in less than 10 minutes. Went to our room and met our efficient, very friendly and attentive steward Abraham Lincoln from Trinidad. We had lunch at the Windjammer. The Windjammer for breakfast or lunch was something we did out of necessity. The quality of food was adequate (we enjoyed the omelette's) but the crowd of people made it uncomfortable. The food in the main restaurant for breakfast and lunch was good and I enjoyed the salad bar and the service was excellent. The food in the main restaurant, Top Hat and Tails, was good and usually hot, the service was average. I always add ice to my wine but every meal I had to request the ice except once (the day after the headwaiter was informed of our problems). One of our fellow diners at our table requested a cappuccino only to be told that the machine was broken. Also, someone at the table requested strawberries which were not on that days menu and was told it was not available, although it was available to the next table. A couple at our table made a complaint and for the rest of the cruise The headwaiter was informed of both of these items and for the rest of the cruise cappuccinos and strawberries arrived daily but it made the waiters nervous and made us uncomfortable. Our room was excellent and Abraham was always smiling and helpful (reminding us to take water, sunscreen & hats) when leaving on our excursions. We were very disappointed our excursions to Egypt were cancelled but Royal Caribbean made the decision that it was too dangerous due to the situation. They made the best of a bad situation by scheduling stops in Malta & Sicily. The excursions booked through the cruise were expensive but well worth it. The tour guides were very good if not excellent, except for in Malta (which was a last minute change in the itinerary). Of the 2 pools, we loved the Solarium as it was much quieter and adults only. One family did bring in children but were politely asked to move next door by a staff member. Our cruise director Mercedes was very good as she spoke English, Spanish and Italian and could be seen all over the ship. The band (who played at all the shows) was outstanding. The entertainment was also very good. The shows were very good, especially the ice show which was excellent. In all, we enjoyed the cruise very much and the company our fellow diners from the UK. As we were unable to visit Egypt this cruise we will probably take the same cruise with the same itinerary again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Mariner of the Seas is a splendid cruise ship. This was my first cruise and was nervous because I get sea sick. actually sea sickness did not occur even once so I was very pleased. The process of checking in at the port went smoothly ... Read More
Mariner of the Seas is a splendid cruise ship. This was my first cruise and was nervous because I get sea sick. actually sea sickness did not occur even once so I was very pleased. The process of checking in at the port went smoothly but we were perturbed that we could not bring on board the travel iron we had purchased at edinburgh aiport that morning and popped in our hand luggage. We were told to hand it over and would get it returned to us at the end of the cruise. I cannot see any reference to this prohibition in our travel documents. Anyway that was a bit of the weird start. Onboard we met up with the friend we were travelling with and had a bud light near the Solarium to watch the ship set sail. The Solarium was one of our places to sunbathe and was good if it was too windy on deck. Otherwise finding a sunbed was not an issue as there are hundreds of them and because you are open to the sun on top deck its great! I forgot my book but there is a Library onboard so I could find a book for reading which was great. Some days at sea we would do some crazy golf on top deck that was great fun. There is also a basketball court, table tennis and rock climbing and a roller rink but we didnt do that. The ice rink looked good but we didnt have time to do everything. The shops on board were good - but I think they could have a better selection of 'essentials' - i.e. I ripped my tights one night but didnt have a spare and sun cream wasnt in great supply so buy before you fly! Internet is super expensive - we had to pay $0.65 per minute - so tell your friends that you might not be able to imessage them on holiday - there was free wifi in the port of kusadasi in places, also in naples. We just didnt always think to take our phones / ipad off board to check that out. We went to Johnny Rockets on our first night and what a treat it was. There were hardly any other guests in the restaurant and it was a nice relaxing start. There was a wee surcharge but then it was eat all you can. The milkshakes are excellent, the chips, onion rings and service were great. We actually went back 2 times after that it was so good. We always ended up in the English pub of an evening before we met up for dinner. Beer wasnt too badly priced but I was a bit taken aback that one glass of wine was $10, so for every 2 beers my friends had I had one glass of wine to keep the bill fair! Lunch at Sea we just did in either Windjammer buffet style, or just didnt was we had eaten a lot at breakfast. The main dining room was very elegant and when I went in dressed up it made all the difference. I was glad I had brought a few evening and cocktail dresses. Captains cocktail made it extra special with a free glass of champagne on arrival. I think though that the main dining room had understaffing or overworked staff which may have taken the limelight away a little but they always did seem to smile and be accommodating. We chose booking 9 pm slot and had a table with 3 other people who were very friendly. We didnt always eat in there however as we felt other options were better. We tried all the speciality restaurants and i think my favourite was Chops Grille where the steak was amazing and the portions huge. Service was very good in there. We didnt realise 1 week into the cruise that you could get free tea and coffee at Cafe Promenade as well as snacks, a wee lunch or continental breakfast. This was good if we fancied a cup of tea to take up to the pool or our room of a morning or evening. Breakfast we would recommend the main dining room as the Windjammer was pretty 'jammed'. We would spend a good 20 minutes of a morning circulating the restaurant to try and find a table for the 3 of us. I guess the advice would be to go as early as possible or as late as possible to guarantee a seat somewhere. The positive note on the Windjammer was that the selection of food was immense. I miss having my bagel salmon and cream cheese for breakfast. You do have to pay for fresh orange juice though but there is plenty free supplies of tea coffee and concentrated fruit drinks including water. The main dining room for breakfast was very glamourous. We enjoyed the table service for hot meals and the self service for the continental breakfast. No flip flops or sun bathe clothes in this restaurant mind! The trips with Royal carribean were super expensive but some of them were worth it. We would recommend doing the following the RC - the trip to the war memorials in alexandria (but take note its an all day trip and no lunch provided!), the trip to pompeii and mount vesuvius in naples but I admit the pompeii part was a bit long haul for me. The trip to jerusalem which was excellent. Our guide Amit was a star and was from Jerusalem so that made all the difference. We wouldn't recommend paying the bus to Ashdod City Centre unless you are just getting off at the beach stop just before it. Ashdod City Centre was a bit like Romford shopping centre - and was just fine for exchanging our money. We did Athens on our own - taking one of those open top red bus City Sightseeing tours. Kusadasi was good as the port is right next to the town itself. Naples was good for the day - after the trip to pompeii and vesuvius we had enough time to go for pizza and peroni for a late lunch before heading back to the ship to do some sunbathing. I made use of the Spa and got my nails done & hair. I made a few attempts to run around the running track on top deck which was great the first few days but then it did get super windy but nice to watch the sunrise - and when windy I would just pop down to the gym for some treadmill action. Our room was okay - we had a Stateroom with Balcony room 1232 on deck 10 - the balcony is really a good size - the shower room is small but to be honest it was just what we needed for our trip. We weren't in the room very often. The cleaner did throw away a carrier bag I had some tissue paper in for my good shoes one day so don't leave anything on the floor that may be misconstrued as rubbish. I also dropped the box for my prescription on the floor which was also swept up one day. The room was serviced twice a day so we always had fresh towels at the right time. Room was always immaculate also so the cleaner did a great job there. The mini bar was a little expensive but we needed the bottled water. The bottle was about $4.80 I think. We are definitely considering doing another cruise again with Royal Caribbean. A bit pricey but worth it we think. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
The Mariner of the Seas 09.15.12 cruise to the Holy Land from Rome was a very disappointing experience. It was the worst of the five cruises we have sailed on. The ship was very dated with chipped and broken bits in the bathroom, ... Read More
The Mariner of the Seas 09.15.12 cruise to the Holy Land from Rome was a very disappointing experience. It was the worst of the five cruises we have sailed on. The ship was very dated with chipped and broken bits in the bathroom, faded dank smelling hallway carpets with stains and sticky tables and chairs in the Windjammer restaurant. The floors were sticky all the time in the 5th floor pastry cafe Smoking appeared to be liberally allowed on the ship and caused the indoor promenade to smell of dirty ashtrays all the time. The food was fair at best, but was an obvious redux from one day to another. The desserts were simply awful. The entertainment was not even worth mentioning. When we asked some of the crew what had happened since our last RC cruise 6 years ago on one of their spotless ships, they all said "cutbacks". The Internet service was a complete rip-off (67 Cents a minute, but due to the slow Internet speed, the actual charge work out to be 4X that amount to get through emails or a simple website like CNN. The Internet speed felt like 28.8 Modem at best). The Complementary TV selection in the room was very bad. (Of course they had pay per view). The Gym had old, dated equipment with no viewers on the treadmills. The Solarium pool had large, dirty rust streaks on the pool bottom surface. The ship is sorely lacking in any modern amenities or luxury that one would associate with a ship in 2012. Lastly, we were in room 6123 and had to be moved due to pounding club music right below our room. When we told the room attendant, he said people always had to be moved from that noisy room because the pounding music was so intolerable. (So the ship knows about this but waits for their passengers to be sorely inconvenienced)??? I probably wouldn't trust Royal Caribbean with my cruise dollars again. I would change the name of the cruise line to "Cutback Cruises" if it were up to me. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Briefly - flight with Jet2 Manchester to Rome fine on time - however there was some problem with luggage arrival at Rome not sure why but eventually we were ahown to coaches and on our way. transfer approx 1 hr and as soon as we arrived ... Read More
Briefly - flight with Jet2 Manchester to Rome fine on time - however there was some problem with luggage arrival at Rome not sure why but eventually we were ahown to coaches and on our way. transfer approx 1 hr and as soon as we arrived at port were taken straight through to begin boarding process - on board and in cabin within 20 mins. So far so good - then it all starts to go wrong!! WE were a party of 3 in a Junior Suite - suite fine midship and deck 9 - welcomed on tv as 3 passengers so WHY only set up for 2 - 2 towels etc. No-one around to ask - corridors like Marie Celeste!!! eventually the room steward appeared - and advised us that's always the way they are set out whether two or three!! ridiculous I shouldn't have to chase them for the extea towels etc - we wanted to shower having travelled since 3.00 am - not share towels. Our room steward was more tnan helpful in the end. Always trying to please. They Also mucked up the dining arrangements - we were a party of 5 on a connected booking - we were placed on separate tables - again I had to resolve this issue on the first day - frustrating. One of our cases was missing and eventually security rang to say that they had it due to irregularities on x-ray - we went to speak to them on Deck 1 - had we got guns/machetes/an iron???? err no none of those - oh ok here u r then!!! by this time I was seriously contemplating jumping ship. It could only get better - only it didn't The ship was 75% Italian passengers - apparently RCI are marketing the cruises heavily to them - so everything is geared to them - food entertainment etc. They don't understand the word 'queue' and mostly not please or thank you - the buffet in Windjammer was an absolute disgrace - when you could get near the food it was terrible and barely warm. Although if you were a Gold Card member - I'm not - just Platinum - you could eat elsewhere, to be honest the best meal I had was in Johnny Rockets where the food was hot and service very good. The food in the main dining room - we were on late sitting - was just average and the worst I have had on any cruise and we are not fussy eaters. Always too salty and lukewarm. Our waiter even said that mostly the menu's were bad!!! Service was only just ok - we okynsaw the Head Waiter twice - on day 2 and of course day 7. The ports were fine - We did their trip to Portofino which is so beautiful and also Barcelona - wrong trip I think it was very disorganised - we did our own thing elsewhere which worked out fine. Inwas so very disappointed and more so as I had 2 new cruisers with us on a ship that shoulld have been amazing. RCI have obviously had to cut corners and it shows - I will vote with my feet and chose another line in future. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
The Mariner is a great ship with a lot to do. We had the benefit of being the third cruise after dry dock, so everything seemed very fresh still. My previous cruises had been on much smaller ships, so I was looking forward to enjoying ... Read More
The Mariner is a great ship with a lot to do. We had the benefit of being the third cruise after dry dock, so everything seemed very fresh still. My previous cruises had been on much smaller ships, so I was looking forward to enjoying the promenade and the greater variety of scheduled activities. We loved being able to grab quick snacks at the Promenade Cafe (great breakfast pastries and desserts) and get a drink pretty much anywhere. The adults-only pool section was truly adults only, and very quiet. I never felt like we were two of thousands on the ship, since we'd see the same people all the time. It seemed like a pretty intimate trip albeit on a huge ship. We had one lunch at Giovanni's Table, which I highly recommend. It was relaxed--a change of pace from buffet lunches--and the food was delicious. The desserts and steak were a little disappointing, but the pasta and appetizers were excellent. The food in the MDR was great, although a lot of the appetizers were repeats almost every night. Everything was definitely geared more toward American palates, as we loved almost everything we ate and our German tablemates were not very impressed. The real standout of the ship was the crew. The activities staff was PHENOMENAL. We spent every day playing (and winning!) at least one game of trivia with Scottish Dave, Katie, or her husband (I forget his name). The Italian speaking activities staff members could be hard to understand, especially in a trivia game when precision is sometimes key, but the next cruise would be filled with 80% Italian speakers so it made sense that they were on board. The servers at the Schooner Bar were excellent, and we made sure to tip them well. We adored Mohammed, our assistant waiter in the MDR and often our lunch waiter in the Windjammer. He had great stories and information about the ports, and we learned a lot from him about his home country, Tunisia. I would never have been interested to visit before, but now Tunisia is on the list of places I'd like to go. The entertainment was a mixed bag. The ice show was amazing, and we also thoroughly enjoyed the Motown tribute act. The Royal Caribbean singers musical-style show was weird; the singers were great, especially Sarah, the main female vocalist, but the story was strange and hard-to-follow. We had fun at the '70s night on the promenade, and were sad that we fell asleep before the pirate parade (jet lag on the first night). I thought the shadow puppet act sounded boring, but we caught it on RCTV later and it was mind-blowing! We walked out of a terrible comedienne's act (she billed herself as Charo + Joan Rivers, but she was nowhere near either), and might have different thoughts about the comedian/magician if the show hadn't been stolen by one of his volunteers, who happened to be our MDR tablemate. We only went on one Royal Caribbean excursion, since the Palace at Knossos was almost three hours away from port. We also did a private tour with Hakan Bozdag, a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide in Kusadasi/Ephesus, Turkey, for about $40 pp (vs. $225 for a similar RC excursion, although their's still didn't include as much as we did). In every other port, we walked or took public transport--and usually beat the huge cruise ship crowds at 1/10th the cost of an activity or less--which I highly recommend in the walkable cities of Europe. We only some minor issues, but in our eyes they were more positive than negative. An outbreak of norovirus on the previous cruise meant we were delayed in getting onto the Mariner. But, since we flew into Rome that morning and booked our transfer through RCI, they threw in a free tour of Rome to kill a couple hours. My husband had never been to Rome, so he was quite happy that he had the chance to see the Coliseum and walk around Vatican City, at least for a short while. Also, at our VERY organized embarkation, we were told that the port days in Crete and Athens had been switched. This worked out much better as there was only one other ship in Athens the day we actually went, and there would have been four or five others on the original day. (As far as I know, there wasn't a norovirus outbreak on our cruise, although someone did tell us they came across some major, abnormal disinfecting work going on on a lower deck.) All in all, I highly recommend the Mariner of the Seas and look forward to our next cruise on a Voyager class ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
We just returned home from 11 days "on the beautiful Mariner of the Seas." It was an amazing vacation. The ship itself is in great shape. It's not new but you could hardly tell unless you were looking closely. (Hope that ... Read More
We just returned home from 11 days "on the beautiful Mariner of the Seas." It was an amazing vacation. The ship itself is in great shape. It's not new but you could hardly tell unless you were looking closely. (Hope that isn't how you spend your vacation.) :) There were over 3,000 guests on our cruise but you couldn't tell, with all of the activities available they did a great job of keeping everyone spread out. The itinerary was excellent, Italy, Turkey, and Greece. We couldn't have asked for a more diverse look at the Mediterranean and its culture. The ports of call were many and the cruise staff was excellent and attentive. Our cabin steward, Dennis was excellent, singing while he cleaned and always making sure we had what we needed without being intrusive. My only complaint was the food in the Windjammer and the coffee on the ship it was awful. The buffet food was often cold and overcooked. They, in my opinion, spend too much energy making a lot of food instead of a few choices from each nationality and doing them excellent. We ate often in the dining room because the food was much better there but then even lunch took an hour. I gained 5 lbs though so I obviously didn't starve. All and all, for the value, this was a most excellent vacation and I recommend it highly. Ship Quality The quality of the ship was good. It is not a new ship but honestly other than things being a little dated you can't tell. The carpet in our stateroom was slightly worn. The ship is huge but manageable. It is wonderful how they get so many people on the ship but you never really can tell. Food This is my only legitimate complaint of the whole cruise. The food in the Windjammer at least was consistent, consistently awful. My husband said, "It was a mix between Old Country Buffet and high school cafeteria." The quality of food was poor and the kicker was that if the food was lukewarm you were lucky. We ate lunch some days in Main Dining Room but it takes an hour. On a lighter note the food in the Main Dining Room was good. Some days are better than others. I had 4 fantastic dishes prime rib, roast duck, lamb chops, and lamb shank. The sirloin was very good. I also had risotto that was memorable. We ate one evening in the Portofino. The food there is cooked fresh and served hot. I have Shrimp risotto that was excellent and the lamb chops and my husband had the tenderloin. Neither of us was disappointed. I wish Royal Caribbean would take a look at the kitchen and fix what is broken. The dining staff on the ship was of the best quality. Mary and Danielo our table staff were attentive. Danielo never let our soda's get to the bottom before another appeared. They remembered what we liked and served with a smile. Stateroom Our stateroom 8644 was clean and had plenty of storage space. The carpet was a little dated but the ship is not new. The bed was comfortable and the view from the balcony was amazing. Our stateroom attendant Dennis was great very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed. Staff All of the staff was friendly and gracious. Our head waiter in the main dining room was great as well as out waitress Mary and asst waiter Danielo. Always made sure we were well feed and happy. Don't like what you're eating? Let them know and they will replace it with something you do. The bar staff at the Bolero's bar on the 4th floor were awesome. Entertainment The entertainment was good. The singers and dancers were entertaining. My favorite was the new production show about the picture gallery. Very created and well performed. Also one of the highlights was the ice show "Under the Big Top" very well done on such a small rink. There were plenty of other things to keep you entertained like mini golf, in-line skating, rock wall climbing, swimming, games, and random music and shows. If you are bored I would say that the problem isn't the cruise… Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We were looking forward to this cruise having never been to the Mediterranean before. Absolutely loved most of the ports we visited and will definitely go back for a more in-depth tour of Italy and Turkey. Embarkation was excellent. We ... Read More
We were looking forward to this cruise having never been to the Mediterranean before. Absolutely loved most of the ports we visited and will definitely go back for a more in-depth tour of Italy and Turkey. Embarkation was excellent. We arrived around 1PM, found no line-ups and were greeted right away. Through and on board in less than 15 min. Cabin - 8236 We liked the room. Comfortable bed, decent amount of closet space and drawers. Lots of hangars. Bathroom fine, especially liked the shower door rather than curtains. Also liked the sliding balcony door rather than swing door (nuisance) we've had on some cruise lines. TV was flat screen but on a dumb slide out gizmo that was in serious need of repair. Had to call the TV repairman once too. Cabin service was hit and miss. We lost our first cabin steward after day 5 and although the new steward cleaned well enough, we found they always missed something... Ice but no glasses, no refill of shower soap, etc. Just little things but a pain to keep calling and having to ask. Food - we ate in the main dining room for most dinners (late seating) and found the food good. We listened to our waiter Subroto's recommendations and he didn't disappoint. He even went so far as to arrange a special curry for just our table one night after I mentioned how much I liked the spicy stuff. The Windjammer for breakfast and lunch was ok, not great. We always found something we liked but found the food was not very hot and quality varied depending which area you went to. The seating was always full, making it difficult to find a table for 4 almost all of the time. Service in the Windjammer was also hit and miss. Especially disappointing was the coffee. Many days it was undrinkable (and I like strong coffee). We did not go to Chops, Portofino or Johnny Rockets. Shows - we went to several of the shows in the main theater as well as a few in the Savoy and found them all quite entertaining. The ice show was fantastic and hard to believe they could do everything on such a small rink. Entertainment - we got a laugh from the promenade shows put on by Keiron the cruise director. Kinda cheesy but fun. Would have loved to spend time in the pub but the smoking drove us away. We really liked the atmosphere of Ellington's but live acts were sporadic and hard to catch. I have to say the crusecritic Meet and Mingle we attended could have been much better. It was originally scheduled for Ellington's but changed to the nightclub Dragon's den (should be called dungeon). Excellent turn out by CC members but soooo very dark, could not even read the nametags. Once we got through a frustrating photo-op that could never work because it was so dark, another program was scheduled in the space and we were told to leave. Thumbs down on that one. Public Space - we are not smokers so found all the smoking areas hard to avoid. This was a full ship so finding loungers on sea days was not easy either. Really troubling was the fact that 4 of the 6 hot-tubs were closed on the sea days!! The open ones were shoulder to shoulder all day and night. The other public space issue we had was so many photographers setting up their studios in the middle of public walkways, in front of dining room doors, anywhere they could possibly stop the flow of 3000 odd passengers trying to get through. Very annoying and disruptive. Shore Excursions - we usually do ports on our own but since Athens transit was on strike and taxi service iffy, we booked a tour with the ship. Not a fun day at all, made worse by rain and an awful tour guide who was of no help whatsoever. Next time I'll stay on board. Disembarkation - went very smoothly. Privately booked transfer to the airport only took 40 mins. Overall - I will be back to the Mediterranean. Royal Caribbean maybe or maybe not. After all, its the little things you remember most... Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
just got off the Marnier of the Seas, sailed Oct 1- 14. We booked thru Air Transat Holidays flying out of Toronto Oct 1 2011, Stayed at Residence Candia for one night, 3 star near the Vatican, (spotless very helpfull staff)then transfered ... Read More
just got off the Marnier of the Seas, sailed Oct 1- 14. We booked thru Air Transat Holidays flying out of Toronto Oct 1 2011, Stayed at Residence Candia for one night, 3 star near the Vatican, (spotless very helpfull staff)then transfered to ship Oct 3 2011. We had a balcony cat D3, really large cabin, had a couch instead of a loveseat. This ship is my favourite of the Voyager class, just loved it. Found it easy to get around, food was ok to really good. The sugar less desserts were excellent! I never went hungry!!! Found always something to eat. Ecellent choicesin the Windjammer buffet. My husband said he had the best lamb there. The entertainment some nights was lousy (folkloric show when we were in Istanbul really bad) but I knew the Med cruises can be that way. Enjoyed the cruise director, Kieran Buffery, very funny and he can sing!! One night he and the Scnooner bar guy, Darren and the guy from the pub got together and it was a rocking night at the Schooner bar. The skating show as always is not to be missed. Just outstanding!! Took some tours thru RCL, In Messina, we took the transfer to Taromina, such a beautiful town about 1 hour out of Messina, just stunning, the views were georgeous!! a must see. Istanbul, did the boat tour and markets, gave you a quick idea of the area, just what we wanted. Next day in Istanbul we walked to the spice market as we were that close with our pier location. Was able to walk around and take our time. Ephesus, loved this spot , did Ancient Espheus found it to be quite good, amazing spot (have to go back again) Athens, took the 3 hour bus tour (can't remember tour name) that just gave the highlights, and this was just fine as it rained..alot, the city had no buses or subway and garbage strike so traffic was a nightmare. Very sad city, so many shops empty, vacated and loads of graffiti everywhere. Rhodes, took the tour to Lindos, about 1 hour drive, loved this spot, shopping good as well as the sightseeing. You can walk into the town of Rhodes from ship. Want to go back again. Crete, just walked about but you need to take the bus (at pier) as the town is 6 kl away. 3 euros roundtrip per person, buy it at the pier. We thorougly enjoyed ourselves. Our table mates were great..my shopping BFF, Carol and I had issues with purses but we did feel we left the really good ones behind along with a certain silk scarf at the stores at the pier in Ephesus. Would love to go again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We travel quite often, both in the United States and Europe. Normally, we choose to cruise if the itinerary and cost fit into our plans. This cruise filled our desires to see Israel and Turkey as these are places we have not previously ... Read More
We travel quite often, both in the United States and Europe. Normally, we choose to cruise if the itinerary and cost fit into our plans. This cruise filled our desires to see Israel and Turkey as these are places we have not previously visited. The cruise allowed us brief views of both of these countries as well as looks at Naples and some Greek ports. Overall, the cruise offered excellent value and the service was superb except for a couple of issues that will be discussed later in the review. Pre-embarkation and embarkation. We arrived at FCO the day prior and stayed overnight to spend the night at the port. I was disappointed Royal Caribbean did not offer transportation from FCO to the port but we were able to coordinate a van with two other couples thanks to cruise critic message boards. Unfortunately, the van driver did not show up. Luckily, we were able to book a van for the same cost by negotiating at the baggage claim door. At the port, our hotel was Porti de Roma and was very serviceable. The room was clean and the staff was extremely helpful. We easily walked from the hotel to the port entrance with one large rolling bag each. We entered the port at the port entrance gate (Southeast corner of the old Fort) and jumped on one of the shuttle buses provided by the Port of Rome. This bus dropped us off at the embarkation point. The departure process was extremely easy and took no more than 15 min. Public areas and state room. The public areas were extremely nice and totally clean with three exceptions. The only area showing wear was the hallway in front of our state room. The carpeting in this area was worn and should have been replaced. The library looked nice but was totally inadequate. By the end of the second day there were virtually no books available in English. If you cruise on mariner of the seas make sure and bring all of your own reading material. The Internet/online service was extremely disappointing. First of all was the cost. There were several plans available either by the minute or a pay in advance plan that offered a slightly reduced rate. These plans varied from slightly over to slightly under $40 an hour. In my opinion this is an outrageous cost. Royal Caribbean advertised the ability to connect wirelessly from some rooms. My computer was able to detect a wireless connection but I was never able to establish the proper user-name/password to use the service. There was never any one in the Internet area that could help me with this problem. Finally,the ability to use a printer was nearly nonexistent. On several occasions I wanted to print confirmations of private excursions. There was seldom paper in the printer and I could never get anyone to respond to calls for service. Finally, I stopped calling for help and just assumed there would never be any paper in the printer. On a happier note our state room was extremely nice and had adequate storage. The bed was comfortable, the shower worked well and was large enough, the television and phone worked and the balcony was great. I recently cruised on Carnival and they provided a large amount of soaps, toothpaste, creams and even a razor with extra blades and shaving cream. Much less of this was provided by Royal Caribbean. Service. The service was fantastic. I could not have asked for better service from either our waitstaff in the dining rooms or our room attendant. I cannot say enough about this. If I cruise with Royal Caribbean again it will be because of the wonderful service we received. Entertainment and shows. The entertainment was very good. We saw one of the special entertainers. She was fabulous. We were never able to properly schedule the ice show. I understand this could have been done over the Internet prior to the cruise. If that's the case, I highly recommend you do this. Everyone raved about the show and we could just never make it happen. I chalk this up to my fault rather than Royal Caribbean's. Dining. Breakfast. We ate all but one breakfast in the Windjammer Cafe. We were extremely pleased with the Windjammer. The hot food was hot and cold food was cold. Everything was spiced well. There was an excellent variety. I was very pleased with the omelette's that I had made. The longest I had to wait was about 4 min.'s. We ate one breakfast in the formal dining room. We were disappointed with this breakfast. There was nothing on the breakfast menu that was not provided at the Windjammer and hundreds of items at the Windjammer and were not provided in the main dining room. One thing for both. I thought it was extremely cheap of Royal Caribbean to charge a $3.00 fee for orange juice. Lunch. All of our lunches were in the Windjammer and they were excellent. Super variety and very tasty. The only downside was it was crowded on sea days and seating could be difficult. Dinner. We used my time dining and we are very pleased. The food was very good to excellent. Of the 12 dinners I had I was only displeased once. Super service. Disembarkation. Disembarkation was a disaster. We needed to use express disembarkation to meet a previously scheduled bus to the airport. We were informed that all we needed to do was go to deck 1 at 6:45 A.M. and walk off the ship. Unfortunately, there were hundreds of people with the same idea and there was no crowd control offered from Royal Caribbean. It became a shoving and pushing match to leave the ship. Add to this the extremely poor decision to close express disembarkation at seven o'clock for 20 min. We were told this was for our safety as bags were being transported near the gangway. We were lucky as we eventually were able to struggle off the boat and make our bus but I know there were many people who missed scheduled buses and taxis because they were upwards of 45 min. late for their scheduled time. This was all due to extremely poor or nonexistent planning by the Royal Caribbean staff and an abdication of their responsibility for safe disembarkation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Our family of 7 adults took the 12-night Holy Lands cruise on Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas. Two of us are repeat cruisers and the rest were newbies. Here are our observations: PRE-CRUISE: We arrived at the Fiumicino ... Read More
Our family of 7 adults took the 12-night Holy Lands cruise on Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas. Two of us are repeat cruisers and the rest were newbies. Here are our observations: PRE-CRUISE: We arrived at the Fiumicino Airport in Rome two days before our cruise. We used tourshuttle.com to book transport to our hotel by a company called SAR Hire (you can book with them directly too on their website www.sarhire.it. It may be cheaper but the only thing is their English is limited). The driver was there waiting for us at the agreed time. He had a big van with plenty of room for us and our luggage. He was an excellent driver and even though he didn't speak English, he had a printout of our reservation and knew exactly where to go. It costed 60 Euro for our entire group, which is a deal compared to what other companies were quoting us. We stayed at Hotel Florida in Rome (address: 243 Via Cola di Rienzo, 00192 Rome-Italy, Tel: 0039-06-3241872). We used Venere.com to book one triple room and one quadruple room. One room was average and the other small but both were absolutely spotless. The cost for 2 nights was 576 euro (not including breakfast or the 2 euro pp Rome hotel tax). Sounds pricey but I checked many hotels in the area and that was the best deal. Great location, about a 5-10 minute walk from the Vatican, also near bus stops to go to the Colosseum. On the day of our cruise we took a 5 minute taxi ride to the San Pietro train station and bought tickets to go to Civitavecchia (8.4 euros per ticket). It was about a 45 minute ride to Civitavecchia and a 15-20 minute stroll to the port gate where we took the free shuttle to the ship. By the way, we booked the cruise through an Internet company. We booked it during the RC "Wow" promotion and received $250 shipboard credit per cabin. It was a pretty good deal. Keep in mind though that if you are planning to use the shipboard credit for gratuities, you must give the full suggested gratuity amounts, you can't decide who gets what. It's all automatic and comes to $140 per person for a 12-day cruise. EMBARKATION: was a breeze. It only took about 10 minutes. TIP: Make sure you have your luggage tags from the cruiseline on your luggage before you get to the port. That way you can just drop off your luggage and get in line right away to embark. THE SHIP/CABINS: were in great shape. Everything was spotless. We had an inside cabin (#6371) and we found it roomier than expected, very comfortable bedding. It was also quiet. However, since it was towards the back of the ship, there were a few nights when it was very shaky, as if we were right above the engines. Next time we will choose a room more towards the middle of the ship. Shampoo and soap are provided, no conditioner. DINING: was mostly good. The Windjammer had a nice variety of food. We usually went there for breakfast and lunch. On port days it was super crowded in the morning so the better option on those days is to go to the dining room for breakfast. You can order from the menu or eat from the breakfast buffet there. The buffet is not as varied but it's better than circling the Windjammer for 10 minutes looking for a table. The lunch menu in the dining room is the same everyday now and some complained about that. We never went there for lunch. We had dinner in the dining room the first night and we all ordered prime rib. It was terrible, very dry. We discovered that if you order your beef medium rare, it was much more tasty and tender. After that the rest of the dining room dinner meals were pretty good. Our waiter Mary Ann and the assistant Ramzi were excellent. By the way, they no longer have midnight buffets (or even a gala buffet)and they no longer serve lobster (replaced by giant shrimp). Kind of disappointing. One thing we thought was strange was the seating arrangement. Our group of 7 was seated with another couple. Why would you seat 7 people who are in one family with two strangers? Wouldn't it make more sense to seat them with other couples that don't know each other? Fortunately the couple was extremely nice and patient but we felt bad for them. Our parents don't speak much English so we would often speak to them in our native language and this poor couple didn't know what was going on. So if you are in a group and would prefer your own table, arrange it with the maitre d' as soon as you get onboard. On the other hand, if you are on your own, it may be good to check to see if you are seated with a group travelling together. We didn't go to Chops or Portofino's but did try Johnny Rockets. The burgers, hot dogs, onion rings and fries were all-you-can eat and were good. The Oreo Sundays and apple pie were delicious as well. There is a $4.95 cover charge pp but we thought it was money well spent. The Cafe Promenade is open 24 hours and had a nice variety of sandwiches, desserts and pizza. PORTS OF CALL: We went to 7 ports of call: Naples, Ashdod, Haifa, Rhodes, Ephesus, Athens and Crete. The details are in the port reviews. They were all great and we were docked in each port. ENTERTAINMENT: We thought the RC production shows were terrible, although older passengers seemed to enjoy them. The Ice Show was good though, amazing what those skaters can do in a small ice rink. They passed out tickets on the 2nd day during a 2-hour window and we didn't realize ALL the tickets for all 6 shows were passed out at once (which is goofy) so we didn't get any. If you don't have tickets, you can come 10 minutes before the show and if there's room they'll let you in. We were able to get in for the last show. We saw the magic show, it was ok. We wanted to see the Beatles tribute but forgot all about it. Heard it was 4 guys that were flown in and were very good. There is a small movie theater but the picture isn't very clear and they don't have popcorn available like on other cruiselines. The Sports deck has ping pong, a full basketball court, rock-climbing wall, small in-line skating area and miniature golf. Tried everything but the in-line skating and it was all good. They have a great gym onboard too. We didn't use the pools or the jacuzzis. It was sunny but cool (60's & 70's) during our cruise. DISEMBARKATION: This is where we had trouble in Paradise. It was a total NIGHTMARE. On other cruises we've been on, they pass out a survey a few days into the cruise to find out your travel plans so they can figure out who should get off the ship first. On this cruise there was no survey. They just assigned you a colored tag with a preset time. You had the option of "express departure" where you lug your own luggage off the ship(which means you don't leave it out the night before) anytime after the ship is cleared by port authorities. That's what we opted for. Our ship was cleared at 6:45 am and everyone and their mother seemed to be on the elevators to get down to deck one to get off the ship. There were people who didn't have a flight until 2:45 pm (ours was 12:15) and they were trying to get off the ship early. It took us a good 20 minutes before we were able to get on an elevator. When we got down to deck one, there was total gridlock because they weren't letting anyone off the ship yet. Why would you make an announcement that the ship was cleared and then not let anyone off the ship?! Ridiculous! People were packed like sardines all the way up the staircase. We had to wait 30 minutes before they started letting people off the ship. It was raining really hard and that just made it even worse. There was no one directing us where to go once we got off the ship. We just followed the crowd into the cruise terminal where the luggage was but when we came outside, there were NO ONE to direct us on where to go to catch the shuttle back to the port gate. We had arranged for a driver to pick us up at 7:30 but we didn't see him among the tons of confused people everywhere. Our group was separated so that worried us too. In the end, we asked a bus driver if his bus was the free shuttle and when he said yes, we hopped on. Fortunately we were united with the rest of our group at the port gate but our driver was no where to be found. We ended up asking a very nice girl at the train ticket kiosk if we could use their phone and called the shuttle company (the same one we used to pick us up from the airport). Turns out he was waiting for us back at the cruise terminal. Had it not been so chaotic we probably would have found him before getting on the shuttle. He came to pick us up where we were at. Thank goodness, he really saved the day by not taking off even though we were 35 minutes late. However, the whole disembarkation process was so horrible that we're not sure if we will take another RC cruise for that reason alone. One more tip: On the morning of disembarkation, if you are leaving early, don't use the safe for your cash or other valuables. It's better to bring them with you when you go to eat breakfast. We used the safe and when we returned, we couldn't get it opened. We called Maintenance and were panicking because we didn't know how long it would take to get someone to open it. We kept on trying to open it for the next 5 minutes and it finally opened. Phew. Another lesson learned... Overall, we enjoyed the cruise and the itinerary but hope RC will make major adjustments to the disembarkation process or they will lose a lot of business. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We cruise on Mariner of the Seas on Oct 14th for 12 days. The destinations were eastern Mediterranean. In general, the service at Mariner of Seas are great. The staffs are friendly and helpful. The waiters are great. The food quality ... Read More
We cruise on Mariner of the Seas on Oct 14th for 12 days. The destinations were eastern Mediterranean. In general, the service at Mariner of Seas are great. The staffs are friendly and helpful. The waiters are great. The food quality was good but the coffee is undrinkable. We got a balcony stateroom and the room was clean and the steward did a great job everyday. The embarkation was smooth and we could board the ship without any delay. The entertainment was good except that soprano. She could not even catch the right tone of the song. The cruise director has done a great job. The enrichment lecture was very informative and good.We like all the ports of call. Everything was good until the disembarkation. We was in the express disembarkation program carrying our own luggage. We were in the a hurry on our way to the airport. We were told to show up at the gangway from 6:45am to 7:15am a night before. On the disembarkation time, the crew announced on the speakers at 6:45am that passengers on express program can go the gangway and it was open. We saw from our balcony that some passengers have disembarked from the ship. However when we reached the gangway, we found that people was queuing at the gangway and could not get out. There was heavy rain outside. We thought that people did not want to walk in heavy rain and was blocking the gangway. People continued to come down to the gangway after breakfast. After waiting for 30 minutes, we discovered that the gangway was not even open. More people was packing at the narrow gangway and there was no announcement stopping people from coming down. We did not see any senior officer at the gangway to smooth the situation. We only saw a junior crew member there with a security office. There was no announcement explaining what was going on. At last the gangway opened at 7:15 am after wiring for 30 minutes. When we got out of the ship, it was 7:30am after 45 minutes of waiting. We felt that after we gave the staffs good reviews and tips on the ship. They felt that we were useless anymore and treated us like some unwanted cargos dumping from the ship. I am not sure whether the gangway situation has violated any marine safety standard as a lot of passengers were packing in that narrow gangway. Several passengers war even handicapped. However, I am sure that it cannot meet even the minimum standard of any cruiseline. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
My husband and I went on the September 8 sailing on the Mariner of the Seas to the Eastern Mediterranean. Before the cruise, we took a 5-day land tour of Italy, as part of a RC Cruisetour package. The land portion of the trip was ... Read More
My husband and I went on the September 8 sailing on the Mariner of the Seas to the Eastern Mediterranean. Before the cruise, we took a 5-day land tour of Italy, as part of a RC Cruisetour package. The land portion of the trip was excellent. We had a Promenade cabin. It was noisy. I do not recommend them. We usually cruise with Celebrity. We chose this package because of the itinerary, especially Alexandria and Naples (Pompeii). Alexandria was cancelled because of unrest in Egypt. Perfectly understandable. Istanbul was a very fine substitute. When we got to check-in, we saw a letter stating that the port call to Naples was also being cancelled, ostensibly due to the ship being bumped from its pier space. They gave passengers $100 per cabin shipboard credit, and substituted a call on Valletta, Malta. When we arrived, we decided to go into Valletta, since we could not get on the shore excursion we wanted. It was Sunday, and the entire city was CLOSED!! Only a few restaurants and cheesy souvenir shops were open. People were just trudging up and down the streets in front of closed shops. This was RC's substitute for Naples. We returned to the ship. The other ports, Athens, Taormina, Rhodes, Istanbul, Kusadasi were very good, as were the shore excursions. The food in the dining room was adequate, but not great. Half of the dinner entrees had no meat or minimal meat. The buffet had little variety. We noticed a lot of the same kind of food (if not the same food) served for lunch, snack, and dinner. You can't help yourself to beverages. They are doled out by the glass. Dishes are plastic. There is no poolside grill. Many passengers were very irritated that half of the pools and hot tubs were closed most of the time, including days at sea. A sign hung in front of the closed pools said that they were closed due to "local regulations". At sea? Oh, and you have to sign out pool towels, and sign them back in, or incur a $25 charge on your account. There were things that we enjoyed. The ship is really nice, and public areas are attractive and clean. Service on the part of room stewardess, dining room staff, room service and most ship personnel was very good. Entertainment was just OK. The shipboard activities were all right if you're into dancing and a lot of game shows and competitions. The enrichment program was really good, with several very well attended lectures. The best was a series of lectures on forensic science as it applies to history and criminal investigations. The lecturer made the subject material interesting and enjoyable. Since Celebrity is owned by RCI, we didn't expect that there would be that big a difference between the two lines, but there was. I doubt that we will ever take another RC cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We choosed the cruise because we like the itinerary, the solo supplement was reasonable at the time we booked and we were able to arrive with the own car. It was our first cruise with RCCL - so a possibility to compare with our past ... Read More
We choosed the cruise because we like the itinerary, the solo supplement was reasonable at the time we booked and we were able to arrive with the own car. It was our first cruise with RCCL - so a possibility to compare with our past cruises. Before our cruise I had to find out, that the RCCL website is very intricately, very hard to find any actual information. And the german office was not helpful too - nearly impolite - especially if the notice, that the booking was made through an agent. Embarcation was really fast - and polite too. From the moment we drop off the car at the parking lot until we got a plate at the Windjammer restaurant less than 35 minutes were gone. Cabins should be available at 1 pm - so we sneaked a peek. Enough space (especially at solo occupancy) for everything we took with us. Drawers were rough-running. Many hangers in the closet. Power outlets 110V/220V at the desk (no adapter needed for german plugs). Flat-Screen TV in cabin. Nice additional LED-reading-light at bedside lamp. In both cabins the bed sags on one side (door-direction - seems, the heavier person of a couple prefer door-side....) We know that RCCL do not provide a table with a reasonable size for a breakfast, they just have a stool at the balcony and a low glass table at the cabin, so we brought our own rolltable with us and used it every day.... We ask to open the balcony divider between our cabins - it took 3 days for our cabin steward to got an answer to the request (he has to ask housekeeping, housekeeping has to ask hotel manager and hotel manager has to ask anyone higher.....), but he was allowed to open the divider (maybe they had to make sure that we were not that kind of party people.....) We liked the shower with sliding doors (I hate shower curtains...) I found the food at the Windjammer mediocre, never hot enough, everyday the same food the Windjammer was hopeless overcrowded - no matter what time. I would prefer porcelain instead of the plastic plates.... The coffee at the Windjammer is the worst I have ever had. I switched to tea, because it was undrinkable. It is the way they prepare the coffee - because at the promenade cafe they use the same coffee, but fresh grounded and it was better - also at room service. (not really good, but ways better) Maybe to support their "Speciality Cafe"? We opt for My Time Dining - worked perfect for us. Never had to wait more than a minute for a table. The food in the Main Dining Room was OK - nothing more. Sure - we find every day something we like - meat quality varied - one day the black angus sirloin was ok - the other day it was cooked to dead.... In comparsion to other cruise lines the food quality was low - with the exception of Chops (eat there twice) - was worth to pay an extra. Entertainment: I was really disappointed about the shows. There was just one "great show" (Centerstage). The Iceshow "under the big top" was great, the "Emperors of Soul" were very good (http://www.scottjordan.co.uk/acts/the-emperors-of-soul.html), the Sopran-Singer Jennifer Fair was really bad. Comedy "Jonathan Clark" was really funny (http://www.jonathanclarkonline.com/) And Gorowyn Thom too. If you like the Beatles, you like Beatlemania. But most of the shows looked like a "pub show" - one man show. I missed the great shows for a big theatre.... The magician did card tricks - great with few people - but bad with 1400 in front of you... I expected much more - on every ship I was we had great shows, every day another "theme". Most of the artists arrived on the day of their show and left the ship at the next port - they made their show with the things they can take with them in 1 suitcase.... Looked cheap... We didn't take part at any of the daytime activities on the ship - there was nothing special, seems everything repeated every day. Everything sounds improvisational - nothing offered by an professional... We liked every port we visited (OK - Palermo not so much) and overall we enjoyed our cruise. Sometimes we missed the "pool patrol" - it would be nice, if they would enforce their own rules (adult area.....). Gym and Sauna were in good condition, I didn 't use the Spa area - I just saw the waiting area and it seams like a colourful and worn mix of furniture taken from all over the ship.... an old sofa with sunken cushions, different chairs... I missed someone who has an eye on the library - just to arrange the books in the evening by language. We enjoyed our cruise (because we do not count on the cruiselines to have fun....), but I see a lot of room for improvement... Sorry for any mistake I made in my review.... english is not my first language. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
I cruise solo and take typically 5 or 6 cruises a year, most often on Royal Caribbean. I choose my cruises based on destination and to some extent cost. My recent cruise on Mariner was chosen because I like Rhodes as a port and had not ... Read More
I cruise solo and take typically 5 or 6 cruises a year, most often on Royal Caribbean. I choose my cruises based on destination and to some extent cost. My recent cruise on Mariner was chosen because I like Rhodes as a port and had not been to Istanbul before, combined with a single supplement of only 50%. Great cruise, as usual; missed lobster, but I understand the cruise lines are all cutting corners on cost. Weather in the eastern Med was perfect as usual, and company at my dining table was pleasant, being from a number of interesting and different backgrounds. When travelling solo it is good to choose a large table. My main purpose of writing this review, however, is to create a warning. I used RCI's excursion booking to travel at the end of my cruise to FCO Rome airport. ($155, including a tour of Vatican City and going into the Colluseum) During the tour my suitcase was stored in the tour bus. Notwithstanding a lock on the suitcase, it was broken into and several hundred euros worth of my belongings stolen. Since I personally carried the suitcase off the ship, there is no possibility of anyone other than the bus driver or accomplice did the theft. The lock was broken and jammed shut again with some card. I only discovered the theft in the airport during my 3 hour wait before I could check in for the plane, during which time the suitcase was not left unwatched. A sad ending, but warm memories from yet another excellent RCCL cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Let me start by saying that despite the date showing on the calendar, the weather was summer hot, hot, hot. The itinerary was outstanding with a good mix of four countries. While some of the reviews I have read on the Mariner of the ... Read More
Let me start by saying that despite the date showing on the calendar, the weather was summer hot, hot, hot. The itinerary was outstanding with a good mix of four countries. While some of the reviews I have read on the Mariner of the Seas mentioned that the ship was old and tired is absurd. The ship is clean and well maintained and the staff were more than accommodating. While I don't utilize alot of the amenities such as the rock climbing wall, mini golf, basketball court, etc, etc,...there is something for everyone at every age and taste. The ice show as well as the nightly shows were entertaining and enjoyable and offered lots of variety. The dining room still leaves alot to be desired although RCL did come up a notch since my last cruise. The days that the dining room was open for lunch, offered a great salad bar. Fresh and tasty and certainly no shortage of choices. The Windjammer buffet style cafe, was not at all up to par for any cruise. The food was cold and literally tasteless and seemed to be the same every day. Fighting for a seat at lunchtime was frustrating. And I must say the hamburger I had on the first day was the last. It was very very bad. While I didn't go to the speciality restaurants, I did hear from other passengers that the experience was most enjoyable. I don't feel that I should have to pay extra to have a good meal. It should be the norm for all places where you eat on a cruise ship. I never could quite understand the need for a "head waiter" as I really don't see that they do anything other than come to your table and give some quick small talk to try to justify the tip they expect at the end of the cruise. My first cuise was in the '70's and the entire atmosphere has definitely changed. Some changes for the good and some for the other. Prices for alcohol have gone through the roof and I did notice that on this cruise, I witnessed very few passengers partaking in a libation or two. At $12 for a glass of wine and $6.90 for a beer, the cruise lines are pricing themselves out of the pleasure of taking more money from their patrons. I don't get it. Why don't they sell for a reasonable price and they would sell more!! The balcony room (cat. D1) we had was more than acceptable and kept very clean by our cabin personnel. The mattresses however, left me with a sore back and begging to have it replaced. Dreadful. The itinerary was very well thought out, although the Chania (Crete) port could have been replaced with a more enjoyable Greek Island. Rhodes was spendid and being able to walk directly into town, was a bonus. The two ports in Israel - Ashdod and Haifa were special for me since they were two places I had visited on my first cruise back in the '70's. Long days in port allowed for great tours on land. Ephesus was an especially great port for me as it was one of the reasons I choose this cruise. And I was not disappointed. It is truly a place every cruiser should visit. In my opinion, it is better than the Acropolis and more preserved - the Terrace Houses is a MUST. The stop in Athens was my fourth visit, so offered little in the way of WOW factor other than the riot police with shields in place. Did not witness a riot however, must have just missed the action. Although there was a taxi strike the day we landed, we managed quite well on the open air hop on - hop off bus to get to the sights. Palermo offered a chance to visit the Capuchin Catacombs which was very interesting. There are 8,000 mummified bodies arranged on the walls of a grotto. The stop in Naples gave us an opportunity to tour the Amalfi coast and Pompeii. What a spectacular sight and the views were heartstopping. We visited Sorrento, Poaitano, Amalfi and Revello with a final stop at Pompeii. The days at sea were welcomed as the days before were spent on tiring tours so the chance to chill out was appreciated. All in all the cruise was well worth the time and money. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Just got back from the Mariner. This was our first RCL cruise and would happily sign on for more. The ship is in good shape and the crew were wonderful. Even though the cruise was based out of Rome and Americans were a minority, the ... Read More
Just got back from the Mariner. This was our first RCL cruise and would happily sign on for more. The ship is in good shape and the crew were wonderful. Even though the cruise was based out of Rome and Americans were a minority, the food, activities and general operations were designed for the American market. If you want a "European" style cruise, you won't find it. The food was good. Intimate the MDR is not at 1800 seats. We were assigned early seating but went to the maitre d that first day to get the My Time Dining option which we were granted .Food was fine with lots of choices if you didn't like a particular dish. Nothing that should be broiled comes out well. Service was good and staff makes a strong effort to learn your preferences. The Windjammer, RCI's buffet had many options and the Asian area offered mall quality sushi. Believe it or not our biggest problem was overly attentive wait staff. Get up for more food with your dining companion and you would return to people sitting at your very recently vacated spots. Kinda funny. We usually ate in the MDR for most of our meals. Sea days they served a great non self-serve salad bar. You point out what you want and they created your salad. Huge selection. DW loved this option. Still had the choice of ordering from a menu. Breakfast worked the same in MDR. You could order from a menu or pick from a breakfast buffet. You could request a table for your party or they would seat you at a large table. The promenade cafe was great. Perfect for a quick snack or that most important fifth meal of the day. Our cabin was fine as was our steward. Happy to bring us more pillows and refill ice bucket daily. Maintenance staff quickly repaired our broken safe and TV remote. Sad to say ESPN was unavailable for the entire cruise so I couldn't watch any of the British Open golf. The cabin itself was well designed and well maintained although dated. I would say there were things that were not fixed as quickly as they should have been. One of the 2 soft serve ice cream machines was broken for almost the entire cruise. Not a big deal except they didn't bother to attend to the remaining machine either. Huge lines with unhappy kids waiting for staff to refill machine. Surprised how empty the casino was. (Hey RCL - offer a few free drinks and get more customers). Black-jack table minimum was $6. Odd. Entertainment was about what you would expect. The CD , Simeon was usually the MC introducing the acts and closing the shows. A little went a long way although he ran the "quest" show well. Quest was more PG rather then R rated as on Carnival Pride. A lot of fun! The Motown and Beatles tribute shows were good as was the "Master of the Pickpocket ". Very funny. Missed the stand up comedians offered on Carnival. The house band was very good. One final note on embarkation. Not as efficient as it could have been. Looong lines. Another point on disembarkation. You are told you can only self disembark for a 1/2 hour period between 6:45 and 7:15. Why? People ignored this and we wish we has too. One of our bags tags became unattached. It was found but a small aggravation to end a nice trip. Too bad. Having said this, there were a lot of staff on hand to smooth out the process. The port itinerary for this cruise was good. It seemed the entire ship left for the Israeli and Athens stops. Very busy. We enjoyed all the stops. A Mediterranean cruise is great. We will try to do another. Perhaps next time there will be a day below 90 F. Not complaining as we didn't see a cloud the whole trip. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We were anticipating an OK cruise but got a really good one. We are fortunate to cruise quite frequently, and have gone on numerous Mediteranean cruises on Princess, HAL and years ago on RCCL. None were as good as this one. Our group ... Read More
We were anticipating an OK cruise but got a really good one. We are fortunate to cruise quite frequently, and have gone on numerous Mediteranean cruises on Princess, HAL and years ago on RCCL. None were as good as this one. Our group consisted of myself and my husband both 55,and three boys 18, 19, and 23, and one girl 21. The kids are somewhat jaded as they have cruised and traveled since they were very young. We always take the least expensive cabin, preferring to save money so that we can cruise more frequently and we figure who does more than sleep in the room anyway. We had three inside cabins on deck nine. I do not remember our stewards name but he was great. We flew to Rome on Sunday the day before the cruise and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express San Gioivanni. It was a reasonably priced clean modern hotel with a very decent breakfast buffet for the money. It was a bus ride to central Rome ( not too convenient) and in a safe but slightly scruffy area. The good part was that the hotel was a block away from the Tuscolana stop on the FR5 regional railway that takes you to Civittavechia, its not the Metro its the Railroad. The main stop for this railway can be caught at Termini the main train station in Rome as well. If you can handle schlepping the suitcases up the steps to the railway station you will save a huge chunk of money by avoiding private cabs, for the six of us it would have been hundreds of dollars as opposed to 5Euros on the train which is pleasant and comfortable and the quickest way to the port. We saw many people on their way to the ship on this train. When you get to Civittavechia you are about a 15 minute walk to the shuttle bus to the actual ship location but if you have wheels and a pull up handle on your cases its doable for those who are healthy. Just take one big suitcase which is enough and you will manage fine. Embarkation-- not done well, but then again this is Italy. We were herded into a tentlike place which was stifling hot and slowly let in to the embarkation terminal. At that point when RCCL was in charge it went quick and smooth. Cabins--- as stated above we book the least expensive as we dont care as long as its clean and comfy and quiet and it was. We are RCCL Diamond Plus so I dont know if the service given was better but I doubt it. Service-- All the service we received be it the steward, food service staff, purser, etc, was terrific, loads better than the supposed "Legendary White Star" service we got on Cunard. Food--- Surprisingly good, sometimes great, never below par. MDR we only ate in at Dinner. We choose AnyTime Dining. Our waiter was Adi from the Phillipines and Jessica from Italy. They were some of the best servers we have ever had on a cruise. The food was not gourmet but rather equivalent to a decent restaurant or a good home cook. Whoever cruises on a mass market line like RCCL and expects gourmet dining is really naïve, which is why we spend as little on the room as we can. If you are going to fork over close to $6,000 for a suite and eat what us inside people are paying $900 per person for, go on a premium line like Crystal and get gourmet food for your money. What was surprisingly good was the quality and freshness of the meats, vegetables and fish. Even the alternative steak choice while critized on prior posts was very good on this cruise. The baked goods were very good. The breakfast in the Windjammer was always fresh, hot and good. The eggs cooked to order were very good, the smoked salmon was great quality, but the bagels were frozen and bad. Lunch in the Windjammer was not at all equal to the breakfast or dinner options, it was like cafeteria food .The Jade Asian section entrees were usually good and the nitely sushi was acceptable at times and icky at other times. We ate at Chops on the first evening because it was half price nite for $15p/p. It was very good but slow. Was it Mortons or New York Prime, no, but it was $15p/p. Entertainment--- Simon the cruise director and his staff were very good, pretty hip and very funny. Probably the most enjoyable entertainment staff we have had on a cruise. We liked the Beatles and the Motown cover shows, missed the other ones due to dinner being late and slow but we don't like those production shows as a rule anyway. All the music venues were very good, we have professional musicians in our group and they were impressed. The biggest surprise was the ice show. We have been on other RCCL cruise with the corny ice shows but this was really good a sort of Circ d Soliel style. The talent was incredible. Ports---We chose this cruise for the ports, Israel, specifically. We rented a car in Haifa, ( don't use Avis)and drove to Jerusalem and spent the nite there, not returning to the the ship until late Friday in Ashdod . We saw the Old City, the souk , Masada and the Dead Sea. ( Very dumb move on part of RCCL to dock in Israel on Thurs and Fri because everything shuts down in Jerusalem by Fri afternoon for Shabbot and we had to ditch the car at the airport on Friday evening.) Rhodes is very nice, Crete left too early to explore anything, Kushadasi /Ephasus is great if you like ruins and shopping for junk you don't need. Athens is dirty and crazy but you have to see the Acropolis or if you have already been to Athens take a ferry to a beach island and forget Athens. In every port where it is possible we take public transport and tour on our own. We almost never take the ship excursions, they are a major rip off and generally not as good as what you can do on your own. Childrens Activities—Have no young ones so cant comment. General Activities - My boys played Basketball, Dodgeball and soccer as much as possible and loved it. Also ping pong was very popular. Adult Pool and Jacuzzis were very clean and quiet. The Passengers--- Crowd was very congenial but Americans and Brits were barely the majority and there were a lot of Italian and Spanish passengers who had their own entertainment staff and their own level of courtesy or lack thereof. I think the concept of personal space or waiting your turn is alien to some of them ,not that I haven't encountered boorish Americans as well. Disembarking was fairly smooth but as soon as you left the ship the usual chaos of Italy took over at the port. Summation--- We all had a really great time and thought that RCCL has really elevated their product. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
When selecting a cruise we look to the itinerary more than what a ship has to offer. We always have a balcony for catching up on reading and rarely participate in group activities or main dining room dining. The Mariner is a good ship and ... Read More
When selecting a cruise we look to the itinerary more than what a ship has to offer. We always have a balcony for catching up on reading and rarely participate in group activities or main dining room dining. The Mariner is a good ship and well-maintained. The staff was helpful and pleasant. The food in the Windjammer cafe is plentiful and there were varied choices for every meal. What could be bad about eating french fries morning, noon and night?! My only criticism of the Windjammer cafe is that RCL piped in loud, ear splitting music over the PA system to the point where I literally had to shout to my son across the table from me! I'd much rather hear the ocean rushing by. The ship is listed as non-smoking but smoking is allowed on balconies. I wish cruising companies would be brave enough to eliminate smoking on balconies! I sat down on my balcony one sea day all set to read and relax only to smell the cigar exhaust of my neighbor a few cabins down! Yuck! The adult-only hot tubs and pool on Deck 11 were great to have as long as someone didn't bring their baby or under 16-year-old into the hot tub. Despite having "Adults Only" signs posted quite a few guests seemed to ignore the rules. Not sure what RCL could do about that. We booked a private two-day tour starting in Haifa, Israel with Mark Zober (markztours@gmail.com). Mark and his wife, Marilyn, picked us up in their car at Haifa port and proceeded to provide my son and I with the insider's Israel. Mark and Marilyn were also able to drop us off at the ship in Ashdod to continue on with the cruise. I recommend staying overnight in Jerusalem at the Jerusalem YMCA Hotel so that you can make the most of your two-day stop in Israel. In Athens we opted for a private taxi that took us to all the necessary sights. Despite the heat throughout the cruise it was thrilling to climb the many steps to see the Acropolis up close and surrounding Athens from a bird's eye view. We also visited the Plaka... a must for shopping. Kusadasi in Turkey despite having ruins in Ephesus (a cab ride or shore excursion away)turned out to be a walking and shopping stop. We enjoyed walking the winding roads of Kusadasi, seeing the many mosques and visiting the shops as it just seemed too hot to climb any more ruins. Both Rhodes and Crete were experiencing taxi strikes during our cruise but in Rhodes we chose to walk within the walled city along the cruise port harbor. We stumbled upon this clock tower that for 5 Euros you could climb the tower, get a 360 degree view of Rhodes and get a free drink in the cafe located below the tower. A highlight of our trip! Crete was the least interesting stop for us and the shortest. For a fee a shuttle bus took cruise guests to the mall for shopping. We just walked into the cruise port town and back. My one disappointment about Greece is that we didn't get to see the white stucco, blue roof, terraced buildings that you see in movies set in Greece (think "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" or "My Life in Ruins"). My guess is that the buildings would be on the islands of Santorini and/or Mykonos. Next time. All in all a wonderful and unique 11-day experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
yes it was ...firstly, the organising was first rate.everything from landing at the airport to embarking the ship went very smoothly.our lovely stateroom attendant " smurdy " soon introduced herself and what a treasure she was. ... Read More
yes it was ...firstly, the organising was first rate.everything from landing at the airport to embarking the ship went very smoothly.our lovely stateroom attendant " smurdy " soon introduced herself and what a treasure she was. all the staff on board from dining to maintenance,work tirelessly with smiling faces to please...dining is no problem with the choice of food on offer ,although some nationalities do tend to pile their plates high then leave an unnecessary amount.sometimes it is difficult to find an area to sit in ,but that is to be expected with the vast amount of people on board. we never had a problem with queueing to get on and of the ship and the little boats to take you in to cannes are a delight.entertainment very good.give this ship a go its worth it.wig and gavel was a big hit .staff lovely ,always greeted you with a big grin...i would like to see the gratuities go to waiters in schooner bar and wig and gavel please Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Just got back from my first Cruise, and I really enjoyed it. It also happened to be my first trip to Europe. I used the cruise as an opportunity to get a brief exposure so that I could better decide which places I want to go back to and ... Read More
Just got back from my first Cruise, and I really enjoyed it. It also happened to be my first trip to Europe. I used the cruise as an opportunity to get a brief exposure so that I could better decide which places I want to go back to and spend more time. Our Stateroom attendant, Denys was very good; our waiter and assistant waiter Marie and Lawrence we very good as well. Loved the room with the Balcony, LOTS of storage space in the rooms. I recommend taking your own shampoo. The Food was Excellent, and many choices. The Spa experience was less than I am used to.... There are deck chairs right outside the window, and announcements over the PA system come right into the spa area - in the middle of a massage, while trying to relax, hearing screaming ( or even laughing) children outside the window, and being disturbed by a PA announcement, made it one of the worst spa experiences that I have had. Two best friends traveling, and instead of sharing a cabin, we each got our own room with a connecting door and had the door between the rooms and on the balcony opened. This resulted in a very comfortable experience. I feel that two people in one of those cabins would have been very cramped, but maybe that is the Cruise expectation, never the less, if you are traveling with a friend and can afford two - it was Fabulous. Hot water in the Shower was never an issue. Room Service was great. Room Service Breakfast was not good. On Board Shopping options should be improved, they are not very good at all. Exchange rate on boat was very reasonable, it was NOT good in the Airport. If you buy anything in the ports and get the forms to get part of the VAT TAX back, it is NOT clearly marked in the Rome Airport, and I had difficulty finding airport personnel willing / able to help so....... Between terminals G & H there is a door on the right side of the hallway as your are heading towards the immigration windows, almost Right before where you were get in line to go through immigration. I was asking the guy standing right at the entrance to the immigration lines, and he acted like he had no idea what I was talking about or where to go to get the Stamp needed for the refund.... low and behold, it turned out to be behind me, almost exactly where I was talking to him............ I say MANY people carrying that piece of paper wanting their "stamp" I have to think the airport employees know exactly what the question was and were feigning ignorance. Used ROME CAB from Airport to Hotel, and from Hotel to Port - Excellent experience and reasonably priced. The embarking / disembarking & excursion organization was very well coordinated and executed. We took an excursion every day at each port, so we didn't really spend anytime at the pool. The little time I did spend was to be annoyed by the too frequent PA announcements, but I was wanting to READ, not swim, or dance - so maybe that's just me.... That's all I can think of for now..... looking forward to my next Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
This was only our 2nd cruise, however we loved the 1st so much this is only 1 month later!! It is amazing how many people you hear have done so many cruises. 1 guy 72, another couple 53 in 10 years!! amazing! Show's how good ... Read More
This was only our 2nd cruise, however we loved the 1st so much this is only 1 month later!! It is amazing how many people you hear have done so many cruises. 1 guy 72, another couple 53 in 10 years!! amazing! Show's how good cruising is even for people of our age. I am 34/35 on this cruise and the good lady slightly older. Arrived in Rome, got the coach which was well organised to the ship. On arrival we waited on the coach with air con as was busy inside. nice touch! WHen you get into the terminal building it is always hectic and caotic.. however when you are through that, we went straight our room to freshen up slightly before getting to Windjammer for lunch. This is bigger than the Grandeur and possibly not as nicely laid out but still an enjoyable place to be as its on the 11th floor so fantastic views in port. The Promonade on the ship is really a great hub for people to sit out in Vintages Wine bar if you don't like smoking *we dont* or the Pig and Wavel ( i tihnk the name was) which is an english bar... good atmosphere in the evenings :-) There are 5 or 6 shops selling the same old things, which to be honest are not much interest to us, but is good to look around on Sea Days... The Ellingtons bar on the 14th floor is fantastic, over looking the pool area and being soo high get to see amazing views whether in port or at sea. Lovely and cool to chill out and relax and people watch. The Savoy theatre is amazing, there are a few points that you cannot see so get there early and chose your seats well. Just the right size to create a good atmosphere. Studio B is awesome for ice scating or watching a show... really enjoyed the ice show and quest game (for this be prepared to have fun). Spent most nights in the casino with our table friends and on the whole the staff were fantastic, even with us as we had the soda package the waiters don't get a tip but it was never a hassle to get us a drink :-) We did drink alcahol but it is bloomin expensive 2 cocktails are $20 easily!! A beer is £8 all plus 15%.... so be prepared. Dinning room was lovely, staff were friendly and helpful ... food was better this time than on the Grandeur all be it a very similar menu. We did go to Chops grill twice and is worth the $30 each fee. The porterhouse steak is amazing and the Creme Brulee :-) mmmm stupid thing is you can still order more than one starter and desert, don't is its bloomin filling as it is...!! All in all great experience... A few members of staff on the ship are plain and seem not interested, however maybe this is just because the others are soo good :-) Enjoy Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Really enjoyed the Mariner of the Seas. Loved the fitness center. The staff was friendly and we had a good stateroom attendant, waiter and asst waiter. The food was good for the most part although the desserts were rather bland. We ... Read More
Really enjoyed the Mariner of the Seas. Loved the fitness center. The staff was friendly and we had a good stateroom attendant, waiter and asst waiter. The food was good for the most part although the desserts were rather bland. We usually stuck with the sugar-free desserts then as they seemed to taste better than the regular desserts. Wasn't too impressed with Cafe Promenade...except the fruit salad was good. My son enjoyed the teen club and made a lot of friends. We met a lot of very nice people from all over the world. We ended up at a table for 10 and glad we did as we had great tablemates. Early dining was tough to get to sometimes but I couldn't get on late dining which I usually try to book. Ports were good but it would be nice if there were some directions how to get out of the port once off the ship when you are doing it on your own. It can be a bit frustrating and some of the locals are not friendly unless you are going to use their services (i.e. taxi drivers/tour operators). Could've used only 1 day in Istanbul instead of 2 and would have liked the last cruise day to be a sea day instead of a port day. Disappointed in the few people who decided they could smoke "anywhere" they wanted to on the ship...that was a bit frustrating. Overall a very good time and would definitely cruise on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
We stayed overnight in Civitavecchia as we had previously stayed 3 nights in Rome.We stayed at Tenuta dell'Argento which is a cattle ranch in the hills above the port city. It has a wonderful relaxing location overlooking the port. ... Read More
We stayed overnight in Civitavecchia as we had previously stayed 3 nights in Rome.We stayed at Tenuta dell'Argento which is a cattle ranch in the hills above the port city. It has a wonderful relaxing location overlooking the port. They have their own restaurant and shuttle service. We had the best room, No. 25 which has the best view of the port and surrounding locale. If you are looking for a restful night's accommodation either before or after your cruise, you should consider this resort hotel. The staff are friendly, helpful and bilingual.Our cruise was most enjoyable. The staff, the service and the food were all excellent. Our excursion to Ephesus was outstanding, although the walking is quite long and the temperature was pretty hot. we would do it again. It is quite amazing to realize that this excavation has been ongoing since the 1840s.The ship's amenities are excellent. The entertainment in the evening was ok. We have experienced better.Our main criticism would be the size of the ship. On the day of departure it took the longest time to be registered of all the cruises we have been on. I think it is simply because of the number of people to be boarded.At disembarkation they excelled. It was smooth and quick. All in all it was a very enjoyable experience. Istanbul is amazing and worth a vacation by itself. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
I'll try and keep this review short, and highlight the key points for someone who is considering cruising with Royal Caribbean.Lets start with the embarkation. You get a taste of being treated like Royalty right at the airport. We ... Read More
I'll try and keep this review short, and highlight the key points for someone who is considering cruising with Royal Caribbean.Lets start with the embarkation. You get a taste of being treated like Royalty right at the airport. We landed in Rome on 28th June, the 1st day of the cruise and the RCC reps were there to take care of our baggage. They were delivered safely to our stateroom straight form the airport. About the ship, its was exactly the same as the Adventure of the Seas that we sailed on last year. Last year my wife and I honeymooned on the Adventure of the Seas, for 5 nights from Barcelona, and we both thought that 5 nights was too short. So this year we took a longer cruise from Rome. The ship was huge and managed to keep us entertained with its lineup of activities throughout the day. I love the daily cruise compass which is slipped into our stateroom the night before, so that we can plan out day ahead. The staff is what really made a difference on this cruise and made it memorable for us. Starting with our Cruise Director, the hilarious Simeon Baker right down to our stateroom attendant, the ever helpful Cleyton Flores, you felt pampered all the time. The Headliner shows were top class, the attention to detail in our stateroom reinforced the fact that you are holidaying on a cruiseliner that can easily beat the best 5 star hotels from around the world, hands down. Ronaldo (kissey kissey), and Danielle were other great examples of how each staff on Royal Caribbean goes the extra mile to delight every customer.If Adam Goldstein/ other senior members are reading this (and I hope they do), I'd like to tell them that the Mariner of the Seas and the entire staff (there are so many I have not named here) have ensured that I cannot think of cruising with any other cruiseliner. They have made me not just a loyal customer of RCC, but an evangelist as well, who is yet to have 1 bad experience with Royal Caribbean as yet.The ports of call on this particular cruise were excellent. Where else will you be able to visit 3 countries (Italy, Greece, Turkey) in 13 days? The food was excellent, the Windjammer continues to be our favourite, even tho we had so many other choices. The guys in the Casino made us feel at home, never seen such friendly Casino staff (Dean, Michelle, Ivona) even tho they took my money :-)The cherry on the top was the value for money that Royal Caribbean offers. For a little under a 100$ a day, to be given a decent sized stateroom, 3 meals, travel from 1 port to another, and service which will truly amaze you, I cannot think of any reason why anyone in their right senses will not want to pack their bags and get on board. I know I am not alone in my high regard of RCC. The 5 minute standing ovation by the guests packed into the Savoy Theatre on the last night is testament to how good you treated us. For travellers from India who are considering cruising, the food is not an issue on Royal Caribbean (Lots of Vegetarian food and good old Indian food on board as well). Royal Caribbean and Mariner of the Seas - a big thank you. The entire family cannot wait to cruise with you again and experience another 2 weeks of sheer bliss. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Mariner of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.5 N/A
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.5 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness & Recreation 5.0 N/A
Family 4.5 4.3
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.5 N/A
Service 4.5 4.4
Value for Money 5.0 N/A

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