The Mariner of the seas was my first cruise I have ever been on. I found this cruise ship excellent. There was not one minute where I did not know what to do! Between the pool, the shows, the lounges, the arcade, the activities, the ... Read More
The Mariner of the seas was my first cruise I have ever been on. I found this cruise ship excellent. There was not one minute where I did not know what to do! Between the pool, the shows, the lounges, the arcade, the activities, the contests, I did not know where to split myself!
Every night I ate in the dining room, I regret not going to the Portofino or Chops but I am going on the Navigator this April and will try it then. The dining room food was delicious, and for me to say that it means a lot seeing that I am a very picky eater! I had two male waiter, Adrianne and Peter. They were awesome! So nice and fun to be around. They were both originally from Romania. The breakfast in the dining room was good also. I never attended there for lunch, for lunch I went to the Windjammer and boy did I love it there! everyday they had my favorite meals, pizza, French fries, & hot dogs!
The only thing I did get bored of was the shops in the Promenade never changed there items, but what can you expect for a mall on a cruise ship!
The shows were UNBELIEVABLE! I enjoyed every one of them! I missed one show, the Beatle maniacs and I was so disappointed but come to find out a few months later we realized we have seen them before at a theme park and they were a thing to see! I recommend seeing all of the shows. The comedians were funny, the talents were extremely talented, the ice shows were amazing, and flashy, the singers had unbelievable voices.
The artwork on the ship caught my eye every time i saw a piece of art. They were fantastic and put a smile on my face every time I walked by them.
The embarking was very fast. We got their early and it took maybe 30 minutes including lines. It was very fast in Port Canaveral.
The one thing I was not crazy about was that the pool was saltwater and had all little kids in it, but I also wasn't old enough to go into the solarium because i am a teenager.
The islands were also good. In St. Maarten we went to a beach it was amazing! I was in the water all day, it was clear blue and warm!! The beach also included a free lunch. I believe the excursion was called Beach Rendezvous (something like that!) I suggest wearing sunblock though because with the combination of the saltwater and the hot sun (St. Maarten was the hottest port of the call seeing that it is closest to the equator) I got sun poison on my forehead! not fun at all! In Nassau we only shopped around and it had the same stores as St. Thomas, we did buy jewelry for good prices though. We were going to attend a submarine ride in St. Thomas but the ferry that took us to the submarine broke down so it got canceled. Besides the leeching natives on the island I thought they were spectacular.
All and all the Mariner of The Seas was the greatest vacation I can ask for. Kind, fun, and unbelievable staff made the ship. The parades were fun to watch also! The food was great the people were amazing. We ran into so many people.
Tom Bergeron from Hollywood Squares was there. My father was jogging next to him on the treadmill in the gym. My Uncle ran into his dentist! My father and Grandfather ran into old friends they knew in the cigar room. You never know who you will see!
The arcade was amazing also you can pay with your sea pass! All the games were fun. Johnny Rockets was amazing. They danced for you (the waiters)! $3.95 for all you can eat and excellent food .. You CANT go wrong!
I never went into the teen disco's I was way to shy but they had soo much for kids to do, they had programs and places for teens and kids to hang out. The basketball court, the mini golf module, the rock wall, the rollerblading course, the ice rink were all soo much fun! Now I can tell people I learned how to ice skate on the Mariner of the Seas and we bought the Ship's DVD to prove it !! The ship tapes different activities around the ship and they taped me learning how to ice skate in my pajamas! How embarrassing especially when they showed in on the big screen the last night to everyone who went to go see the show!! Now i know to bring a pair of pants because they do not allow you to wear shorts on the rink!
There was plenty of room in the theatre also .. The balcony seats were fun! When we went their were so many Bostonians because we all had vacation at the same time, so every1 got along seeing that we were all Red Sox fans =)!
The photo gallery was expensive so I suggest not taking so many pictures cause the more you take, the more you want to buy and it gets very costly! We also booked our next cruise on the ship! how convenient! they also had a library and computer room! you had to pay to use the internet though but it was not that much! and 24 hour room service, what a life!! We had our breakfast delivered to use every morning at 7, the night before you leave the slip on your doorknob saying what time you want your breakfast and what you want, it was great waking up front he bell and rolling over on the b ed to see the beautiful island or the sunset on the ocean!
I can't wait for my next cruise on the Navigator! We met one older man who was single but had a friend that was a woman and together they go on cruises every week and don't even get off the ship! Now I would love that ! Hope you have fun on this ship, I know I did! Read Less