9 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Caribbean - Southern Cruise Reviews

Our family of 21-- ages 6 - 76 had a great time. Before I get into the details I want to mention that Luca the conceriage was the best we have ever encountered. This was our 3rd cruise with RCCL on the voyager class ships. Boarding We ... Read More
Our family of 21-- ages 6 - 76 had a great time. Before I get into the details I want to mention that Luca the conceriage was the best we have ever encountered. This was our 3rd cruise with RCCL on the voyager class ships. Boarding We arrived at 11 15 and were on the ship by noon. Couldn't get in our stateroom so had lunch in the wj. After lunch we got in our room. Luggage arrived at 5 pm. Ship We found the ship to be in relatively good condition. Apparently there had been some illness on the prior cruise and the ship was sanitized before we boarded. We heard of no cases on our cruise. There were nearly 3600 passengers with a lot of families. Many people from Texas and Mexico. Overall a very friendly group of people. We had great weather except for the last day at sea. Food The new hot dog stand by the pool was a nice addition. Our group mainly ate in mdr. A few couples ate at Chops and Giovanni's. They enjoyed their meals there. The mdr was as good as could be expected. We had 2 tables with the same waiter (ok) and asst waiter (vg). We had dinner in the room 1 night and it was good. Many of group had breakfast in the mdr which is very nice. Those with small kids had breakfast in the room and they enjoyed that. Ports We went to a beach in Roatan and although quite crowded , it was a fun time. In Belize all 21 went on a cave river tubing tour. My son arranged it direct through the Internet. Although a little tiring,because of a 30+ minute walk, it was a great day. We went through 2 caves and the river and had lunch in a local restaurant for $40 p/p. Our 3 guides were terrific. On the hike to the entry point they explained the flora and fauna there. I highly recommend cavetubing.bz We went to Paradise Beach Club in Cozumel. It was a great place. Admission is $2 with a $10 minimum for food and drink. Prices were reasonable. There is an additional charge for the inflatables that the kids played on and use of paddle boards, kayaks etc.. The place was very clean and the water was beautiful. Free wi-fi was a plus. Cab fare is $28 for 6 people. Disembarkation This was the only negative. Not RCCL's fault but the US Immigration Service. They did not have enough agents and it took 1 and 1/2 hours to get out of the building. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Mariner of the Sea was a beautiful ship. It was easy to get around on and the staff was friendly. We were not hounded for drinks or picture taking which was fantastic! The Promenade was great - we stopped by there daily for snacks (not ... Read More
Mariner of the Sea was a beautiful ship. It was easy to get around on and the staff was friendly. We were not hounded for drinks or picture taking which was fantastic! The Promenade was great - we stopped by there daily for snacks (not much that I could eat - not gluten friendly!) We were in an inside cabin and true to RCCL - not very roomy. Had to crawl in to the bed but we knew that when we booked so it was not that much of a problem. We were far enough away from the elevators so there were no issues with outside noise! We had an awesome cabin steward and he was so good to us. Food on the Windjammer seemed to be pretty much the same each day so after a few days - very boring. The staff that greeted us each time was annoying as they would say 'sanitize your hands'. How did they know a person didn't just wash with soap and water but I guess it is a good thing to stress keeping hands clean before eating to prevent illness from spreading. Shows - nothing earth shaking. The one commedian - at the night show - had lots of people walking out so that tells a story all in itself! The ice show was really nice. Enjoyed the climbing wall...didn't quite make it all the way up but my husband did. I have dietary issues and had forwarded all my info to RCCL months in advance - including a letter from my doctor - but RCCL seems not to fully understand celiac disease - so - while not as horrible as the experience on Adventure of the Sea in 2011 - it was far from nice. Royal Caribbean has lots to learn about gluten issues - and they need to better train the staff! After I got an awful pasta dish - I don't what I did - but whatever it was - I started getting better service after that - and cannot really complain about the food other than Royal doesn't seem to have the choice other lines have. Loved the ports! We zip lined in Honduras - which was awesome. In Belize we snorkeled and then spent some time on a private island. In Cozumel - the only day we had rough weather - we did the dolphin adventure which was fun. Will we cruise with RCCL again? Can't say no - but it will not be our first choice. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
This was our 5th cruise. 3 with RCCL and 2 with Princess. We chose the Mariner due to the easy road trip to Galveston for the elderly in-laws. My father-in-law has Alzheimer's and this was the best way to get him this trip. Our first ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise. 3 with RCCL and 2 with Princess. We chose the Mariner due to the easy road trip to Galveston for the elderly in-laws. My father-in-law has Alzheimer's and this was the best way to get him this trip. Our first trip was on the Sovereign of the Seas in 1994 and the 3rd was the Rhapsody of the Seas in 2004. We have seen quite a few changes over the years, some good and some bad, with RCCL. THE GOOD: the ships are bigger and have more activities and venues. The Mariner is a beautiful ship and we loved the promenade with its shops, clubs, restaurants, etc. We spent a lot of time there just relaxing and listening to music, people watching. The Grand Suite was a first for us. It was perfect because we had our 23 year old daughter with us and we had privacy and tons of room and storage. The perks of Suite life was great too, especially the Concierge, Luca. He was awesome and made us feel like we were his only worry. He knew the family was not in suites but helped us many times with issues that concerned them as well as us. The specialty restaurants, Chops and Giovanni's Table were unbelievable. The service and the food were top notch, well worth the extra charges. The shows were really entertaining and very professionally done. I've attended some in the past on both cruise lines that were pretty cheesy. On the Mariner the big shows were a pleasant surprise as well as the ice show. THE BAD: while the food in the specialty restaurants was superb, the main dining room was just mediocre, except for the Thanksgiving meal which was worse. It reminded me of my 5th grade Thanksgiving meal before the holidays where they unloaded all the leftovers. Next time I'll leave the Turkey alone and get the ham. The windjammer had a wide selection but the quality was barely above your local all you can eat buffet, sometimes worse. I really felt less personal attention than on my prior RCCL cruises. The attention we received in Chops was more like what I remember from the past in food and service quality. I guess you now get what you pay for, literally. Overall A- Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
This was our second trip on Mariner out of Galveston. Beautiful ship but probably ready for some updating. Crew overall gave excellent service. BUT... This was the first time we have experienced issues with our neighboring stateroom. We ... Read More
This was our second trip on Mariner out of Galveston. Beautiful ship but probably ready for some updating. Crew overall gave excellent service. BUT... This was the first time we have experienced issues with our neighboring stateroom. We had a honeymoon couple next to us (and probably some other adjoining stateroom(s) traveling with them. They were so noisy yelling and screaming on the balcony we literally could not hear the TV in our cabin. The bigger problem was their use of marijuana every time they came onto the balcony. As soon as they came out of their cabin, they would light up and we would have to go back inside. We complained to our cabin steward about the noise and it improved "somewhat" for a couple of days. We called Security on the ship about the drug usage. We were told they could not legally search the cabin but that their passports would be flagged and they would be interviewed by customs upon return to the US. We paid $3,000 for our trip and felt we were cheated out of the fun we could have had. My Time Dining has been a good experience for us previously. This time however, we were led to the same table in the back by the windows-cramped, crowded, no privacy, HOT. They have tried to squeeze so many tables into the area that there is no ambiance. The food and service were good but we couldn't overlook the other things and did not return. The maitre d' phoned concerned as to why we had not been to dinner and we explained. They offered a gratis meal at Chops (fabulous!!). We ate there another night (courtesy of our travel agent). Both nights wonderful food, service was great, atmosphere quiet and refined. Probably some of the best food we've had anywhere. Excursion-Extreme X-Rails to Jade Caverns. Don't waste your time or your money. The place was a dump, the equipment POORLY maintained, too many people on the "trail" at one time. Everything had an extra cost, and they demanded we take no pictures. Very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
A really fun cruise to keep our holidays going! Despite a long fog delay in Galveston(we got to watch the playoffs due to this), we got off in a safe journey to Mexico. We had 14 pp in our family party and the ship accommodated just fine. ... Read More
A really fun cruise to keep our holidays going! Despite a long fog delay in Galveston(we got to watch the playoffs due to this), we got off in a safe journey to Mexico. We had 14 pp in our family party and the ship accommodated just fine. Paul Rudder, the cruise director was really great(and corny). All the shows and comedians were fun. Ice skating was a huge hit with the kids. Being in Hospitality for 25 years, I was very impressed with with the staff. They always went above and beyond to get us what we needed and always smiled despite seeing our same faces every hour.The captain and Exec. Chef were true professionals. Neat to see Victoria Jackson(SNL) on the ship with us. Favorite port was Grand Cayman and swimming with the Stingrays.Falmouth Jamaica was pretty but this port needs more time. Only a couple of places to eat and not much to do unless you booked an excursion. Took the trolley tour which was neat but with a police escort and several locals jumping on for a ride, it was strange. Felt slightly uneasy watching the Italian cruise disaster on TV while sailing.I would take this same trip again as there was so much more to do on the ship as well as in the ports! Nice job R.C.Don't expect world class cuisine but the options were amazing...just not enough late night choices. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Mariner of the Seas - November 25 - December 2/07 There were four of us travelling together for this cruise. We flew into Orlando a couple of days early intending to do some shopping. However the weather was perfect so we decided to do ... Read More
Mariner of the Seas - November 25 - December 2/07 There were four of us travelling together for this cruise. We flew into Orlando a couple of days early intending to do some shopping. However the weather was perfect so we decided to do Disneyworld for a day. What a day that was. Very long - we walked from 9:00 am to after midnight. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves but it was exhausting. On Sunday we arrived at Port Canaveral about 1 PM. Embarking was probably the worst we have ever encountered. The line-up snaked all the way over to the bus dispersing area. As we had priority boarding and I wasn't sure where that would actually start I walked to the head of the line to ask the person there. She was quite nasty in tone and words as were most of the lower floor staff. She very sharply told me that priority boarding wouldn't start until we were upstairs. When we reached the screener they were extremely disorganized. They were breaking up families and then trying to shoo everyone upstairs even if they didn't have all their belongings yet. The ladies were causing a fiasco with passengers not being able to collect all their children and family together. A little patience on their part would have gone a long way. We finally arrived at the check in area where we were directed to the priority check in line. Our friends were directed to the regular line. The gentleman who checked us in was very good. I gave him one copy and showed him another copy of our onboard account agreement. As Canadians, I wanted to be sure we were charged in US dollars and that no conversion was done by RCL. He asked me why I had two copies both marked in magic marker. I told him it was to be sure they read what I had ticked. I explained to him that I wanted to be sure we were charged in US funds. He assured me it would be left is US. When he came back with our SetSail cards he very warmly welcomed us back as Diamond members. The fact we were staying in a Grand Suite also had some influence on his big smile and welcome. RCL had cookies and water for boarding passengers. I tried a cookie. I looked for a trash bin. We boarded and headed for our stateroom. We have stayed in a Grand Suite once before so we knew what to expect. We weren't disappointed. The suite is huge. There was a bottle of water and a fruit tray waiting for us. There was also the pillow menu. DH couldn't decide what kind of pillow he wanted so our very helpful room stewardess, Esther, brought him each one until he decided on which one he wanted. The new bedding is great. We found it very comfortable. The balcony had a table and two chairs as well as a lounger. There was lots of room. We could have had another lounger out there had we asked. The bathroom is fantastic. We had a bath with shower. There was two sinks with full mirrors and a second shelf with full mirror. Wonderfully spacy. There was more cupboard room that we could ever use. Space for everything you could think to take including the kitchen sink. The mini-fridge might as well just be a cupboard with supplies as it doesn't keep anything cold. However that wasn't a problem as Esther kept our ice bucket full at all times. We decided that lunch was in order and headed to the Windjammer. It was far too crowded. As this was the largest ship we have been on this gave me cause for concern as I was afraid this was what the week was going to be like but happily it didn't go that way. Any time we went into the Windjammer after that day we really had no problem finding a table and were never really held up in any lines. What so many don't realize is that it isn't necessary to stop at the first line you come to. Just keep going farther back and you will find another area with much shorter lines. The service in the Windjammer wasn't the best. Our plates were very seldom cleared and we were never asked if we wanted a drink such as pop or liquor never mind refills of the lemonade. We found this unusual as we had never run into this kind of indifference in the Windjammer. The only other thing I would comment on, one of the girls working in the Windjammer spent the complete time we were in there talking to one young man. All the other servers were doing the work and they would glare at her but she didn't budge. Now I know talking to the clients is good business but not for 45 minutes at a time. The other thing we missed was the outdoor space at the back of the Windjammer. We really like this area on the Radiance class. We wandered around the ship just to take a look at her. She is beautiful. Big, perhaps a bit too big for us, but a beautiful ship nonetheless. Muster was painless. It took at most, 10 - 15 minutes and we were finished. One of my favorite times on a ship is sail-away. This was no different. There were many, many people waving us off as we slowly moved down the channel to the open sea. More that I had ever seen before. As we had early dinner we decided to change and head to the concierge lounge for a pre-dinner drink. We had received the regular Diamond/Diamond + letter with the lounge keys. The letter stated that there were so many D/D+ members on board that a secondary lounge was open in Cloud 9 on Deck 14. As we were also in a Grand Suite we received a third key and could use either lounge. We decided to go to the regular concierge lounge as I wanted to thank the concierge for making some reservations and SPA appointments for us prior to boarding. This was the first time we have actually found the lounge to be full. There were two assistants doing the bar for Mitzi while she was handling issues for the clients. It didn't take us long to find a seat and to speak to Mitzi. On the second evening we went up to Cloud 9. We were not in the least impressed. It too was full and we were not able to get a seat. It was regular tables and chairs, nothing like the comfy leather chairs in the concierge lounge. The evening was already dark so there wasn't anything to see through the windows. We didn't even bother with drinks. We just returned to the regular concierge lounges and did not go to Cloud 9 again. We had early dinner. We were on the second level at a table for four with our friends. The service was good and the food was very good. There were shrimp cocktails on the first night. On the second night my DH asked for a shrimp cocktail again. Our server said she had to ask the section manager first. He promptly came over to our table and told us he would have it for us every night for the duration. Excellent service!!! One of the highlights for us was the ice show. Absolutely fantastic. Extremely well done under trying circumstances, with the ice surface so much smaller than a regular ice rink. We like both Chops and Portofino's so had asked the concierge to make reservations in each for us prior to boarding the ship. The night we choose for Portofino's was also the night they had the Murder Mystery. We enjoyed it but there were a couple of incidents that marred it slightly for us. It started in lounge on Deck 14. They had champagne and hors deuvers. The servers circulating with the trays only went around once. Little bit chintzy I thought. The first act was played out in the lounge. From there we went downstairs to Portofino's. The seating arrangements had of course been designated when they reservations were made. All tables had anywhere from four to ten people at them. Except for us - we were placed at a table for two which was placed in a very inconvenient spot - the waiter came over three different times to move me out the way of the actors. That cost him the extra gratuity we always leave when we dine at Portofino's and Chops. The food was excellent and the play was well done. The only other problem was one of the cruisers who was very rude to one of the actors. As far as I was concerned he should have been asked to leave. We also ate one evening in Chops. The food was fantastic however it was crowded and somewhat noisy which surprised me. We have never been disturbed by noise in there before. We did not get off the ship in Coco-Cay. The water had begun to cool and the last time we were there, we were not particularly impressed. I was told that would be just about the last stop for the Mariner at Coco-Cay for the winter. They will be going directly to San Juan for the winter months. As the friends travelling with us hadn't been to either St. Thomas or St. Martin before I had booked Godfrey's tours the week before we left. As we have been to St. Thomas many times, (this being the fourth time this year) we knew what to expect. However, we were impressed with Godfrey and he did stop at the top of a hill we had never been to before. We walked through the market and out the back to look at the island. It was beautiful. From there we were to go to the beach. My favorite beach on St. Thomas is Megan's Bay. We've been going there for over twenty years. Godfrey dissed it however so we decided to go with his suggestion of Sapphire Beach. My mistake. We were so not impressed. When we got there he told us he would be there for ten minutes to wait for those who wanted to return to the ship. Then he would return in two hours for those that wanted to stay at the beach. We opted to stay at the beach. We walked through the hotel to the beach, took a short walk to the outdoor restaurant/bbq/bar to get a bit of lunch. We sat down but decided we weren't impressed and quickly headed back to the truck to return to the ship. St. Thomas is beginning to lose its appeal as there are far too many people going there. The day we were there so were five other ships. Godfrey had dropped us off downtown for an hour. It was so crowded it was uncomfortable. There were no bargains. The attitude of the sales people has changed over time and many of them are outright rude. They don't barter much if at all anymore. We used to find that was half the fun of buying in St. Thomas. We will no longer shop in St. Thomas. We will head for Megan's Bay (and pay the $4 entrance) or stay onboard in the future. We now prefer St. Martin's. Again, this was our fourth time there this year. We decided to just grab a cab and head to a beach. We settled on Orient Beach for the morning. It was a nice beach. We had to pay $20 for two loungers and an umbrella. My DH asked who we pay. I just told him to sit down- someone would find us - and he did - in about 10 seconds. We returned to the ship for lunch. We left the ship in the afternoon to do a bit of shopping. We decided not to go into town this time and just look in the shops at the end of the peer. We were in one of them buying a couple of pieces of jewelry when I looked up at the ceiling and could see the light fixtures were moving. I asked the clerk if they had earthquakes. He said "no" and I told him "well you're having one now." It didn't amount to much. If you were outside or on the water you didn't even know it had happened. It was the residue effect from the large earthquake on Martinique. During the next two sea days we enjoyed wandering the ship. We never felt crowded which was a surprise to me. In saying that though we did have a problem getting space in the hot tub once in awhile. We enjoyed the production shows. We didn't attend any of the other shows so I can't comment on them. We used room service for most breakfasts. We were able to order from the regular menu for all meals including Johnny Rockets but only used the breakfast menu. We called our order in first thing in the morning. By the time I was out of the shower it was there. The server would set up our table with white linen tablecloth each morning. I enjoyed sitting on our balcony reading and watching the world sail by. I was not happy with the LA service. Not the LA herself (although I did have a problem with her too) but her assistants. They are completely untrained and were really no help at all. As the LA was booked I had to see one of her two assistants to book a cruise and a couple of NextCruises. He messed both up. I always book in US dollars. He tried telling me I couldn't do that and book it directly to myself at the agency. In the end I told him to book it directly to RCCL and I would deal with it later. I booked two NextCruise and again told him to book in US dollars and directly to myself at the agency. He couldn't provide the paperwork immediately so I had to assume he had done it properly. I made the wrong assumption. The paperwork was delivered to our stateroom later that day. It was booked in Canadian dollars. I had to go back to the LA, she had to cancel the original bookings and rebook them in US. She said the deposit from the first two would be refunded and she would be charging my cc again for the second two. Once again, I had expected this to be done properly as the LA was handling it this time. Wrong. I didn't know until several days after returning home that she hadn't taken the deposit on the new NexCruise. The NextCruises had both been cancelled. I was able to call RCL and have them reactivated but it was annoying. What if I had not been able to check the reservations? They should have either two LA's or properly trained assistants. The two that were there both were musicians working elsewhere on the ship with very poor computer skills and very little knowledge of how to put in a booking where changes had to be made. RCCL is trying a new service called Baggage Valet. For $20 per person you can put your baggage outside your door as usual on the last night and you don't see it again until you arrive at your final destinations. There are certain restrictions. You must be travelling within the US, you can be changing flights but only with one carrier and it must be one of the airlines who are part of the program. We flew with Delta which is a part of the program. This was worth every penny of the $20 but the good news is if you are staying in a GS or above it's one of the perks that go with the stateroom. I understand this service is just being offered on the Mariner at this time as a trial. I do hope they keep it. Disembarking could have been better. We had been told to be in one of the lounges no later than 7 am. If we were late we would have to disembark the regular way with our bags. I can't help but wonder how they intended that to work as they didn't ask anyone for their name so they had no way of knowing who did and who didn't show up. Someone in uniform came for us about 7:15 to take us off the ship. She lost us as we were going down the first set of stairs. So much for priority disembarking. The line up to go through customs was very long and although they staff tried very hard it just doesn't appear to go very smoothly. It took us half an hour to finally get off the ship which I realize wasn't that bad - it just could have been better. It took our friends another hour to get off. Apparently the computer system went down just after we got off. We had a car rented for the day as our flight wasn't until 4:05 PM. We took the shuttle bus to Thrifty, picked up a car, finally found our way to the Florida Mall and shopped for a few hours. Certainly beats waiting at the airport. We had a great cruise with a couple of glitches but nothing to get upset about. Once again, the ship was beautiful and although it was too big for us I would recommend it highly for anyone who likes big. We will be going back to the Radiance class but if the right cruise comes along and it's on the Mariner or one of her sister ships we'll book it. It's too bad there is the roof does not cover the Solarium as it does on the Radiance class. We had a very cool day where it rained for awhile. We could have used the pool in the Solarium had it been able to close. Read Less
Sail Date November 2007
Fantastic Cruise... We met a lot of people on Cruise Critic before the cruise and were able to get to know several others while on the cruise. 1st day -- We spent four days in Orlando before going on the ship and rented a car to get to ... Read More
Fantastic Cruise... We met a lot of people on Cruise Critic before the cruise and were able to get to know several others while on the cruise. 1st day -- We spent four days in Orlando before going on the ship and rented a car to get to the terminal. It took about an hour to check in but once on board I was very impressed by the size of the ship. I had been on carnival in the past and will never go back RCCL is the best. The staff was very friendly and able to assist in every way needed. The days at sea were a blessing and allowed a much needed rest, I used the spa facilities and had a seaweed massage one day and do suggest the spa services for any ladies in need of relaxation! I live in Chicago and found the prices to be cheaper on the cruise ship then in chicago. Our rooms were always clean with fresh towels and well picked up. I did lose a bra when the cabin attendant took the towels and it was in the same pile (my mistake) The shows were great, the only down side was that besides us there was only one other young couple on the ship, I think it was because of the time of year, we are 23. Everyone on the ship were very friendly. We booked a few excursions. we did the BOB excursion in St. Thomas which I say is a waste of time, it was fun but it would have been better to just snorkel. For the money, I would just take a day on the beach. One thing we did do is pay 15 dollars to take this cart to the top of the mountain (look out point) it was well worth it, the view is AMAZING!!! with Cruise Critic members we did a pirate ship excursion in St. Maarten it was fun but again I would rather see the beach next time. The ship was great, the staff was excellent and the entertainment was nothing less than the best. I will and am going to definitely be cruising on a voyager class ship in the future!! The only downfall is the cabins are a little smaller than Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date October 2005
My first with RCI cruise. The Mariner of the Seas great ship, she is beautiful. Port check in was a breeze got there about 12:30 and was on board just a few minutes before 1:00, got on the elevator and up to deck 8 to check out the cabin ... Read More
My first with RCI cruise. The Mariner of the Seas great ship, she is beautiful. Port check in was a breeze got there about 12:30 and was on board just a few minutes before 1:00, got on the elevator and up to deck 8 to check out the cabin E1 Cat. Cabin # 8318 one of the middle hump cabins. Very nice. Our room steward Bert was great all week very helpful and keep everything in order. No complaints here. Our first stop was Bahamas 1/2 so not much time, went to a tour of Atlantis The Dig, very nice, would like to have had more time. Next day was a sea day explored the ship and did a Spa treatment. Very nice staff and area. Our second stop was St. Thomas tour with ship excursion St Thomas Island tour & back to downtown for shopping. Purchase the Passport book on board from the ports shopping talk and visited the store we had coupons for "free" gifts. Just as we were finishing up it started raining so we just got a cab back to the ship. Our third stop of St. Maarten, which was my favorite. Did a ship excursion to the Butterfly Farm, every interesting and pretty. On the way there and back the tour bus driver pointed out my things and stopped several times along the way for photo opts and at I believe it was call Marigot stopped and let us shop for 30 minutes at this huge flea market and then dropped us off downtown for shopping. Again we hit all the shop that we can coupons for our of our Passport book and got a lot of nice things for "free." The next two days were sea days and just relaxed at the pool side and when to ice show, "not to be missed as well as the Quest it's a "must see." Went to several other show during the week all were good as well. Weather was pretty all week expect for a shower at St. Thomas. Bingo!!!! Go you might win!!! I did and won the Jackpot Game!!! Yipeeeeeee!!! Very nice way to end your wonderful cruise. You will enjoy the Mariner of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date June 2005
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
Sail Date April 2005
Mariner of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.4
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.5 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.3
Family 4.5 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates N/A 4.3

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