1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose the Mariner of the Seas as I was looking for a quick trip to enjoy with my son (9 years old). The short itinerary and excellent value locked us in. The trip was a success and my son said he would definitely do it again and even ... Read More
We chose the Mariner of the Seas as I was looking for a quick trip to enjoy with my son (9 years old). The short itinerary and excellent value locked us in. The trip was a success and my son said he would definitely do it again and even started talking about a trip in the spring. Here's a bit about our journey - We flew in and out of Fort Lauderdale opting to come in the night before. We stayed at the Embassy Suites on 17th Street. A good location, plenty of restaurants within walking distance, along with a full scale grocery about 2 blocks away to pick up anything you forgot. On embarkation day, we opted to Uber to the Port of Miami. It was about a $42 ride and really was the only hiccup of our trip. With Terminal A so new it wasn't an option for a destination in the app and the driver had to cycle around to get us to the drop off. With that corrected, we got to the terminal about 11:30 and it was time for luggage drop off. Still a bit of organized chaos, the porters were fine and friendly - just has the sense of a free for all. Navigating the new terminal was easy. Completing the online check-in process really helped expedite things. Scanned and confirmed passports, asked the usual health questions and off to screening. 10 minutes later we were on the ship. We quickly navigated the upsell / cross sell gauntlet, gathered my son's muster station wristband and set about to explore the ship. We found our way to Windjammer, experienced the new hand washing stations, and still don't understand why some people walk right through. I would say Windjammer was the only less than excellent portion of the cruise - the food is so-so and really lacked variety. From there it was off to the Sky-Pad with no waiting - so we got in two quick rounds there and really enjoyed that activity. Our room, a balcony stateroom on deck 8 (8548), was ready at 1:00 p.m. We found it a be a good location as we could easily walk the three decks to either get to the pool deck or head to the promenade. The cruise cards were waiting for us outside the door - in a secure envelope. The room was spacious enough. We stowed all of our clothes and such easily in the closet. A quick change and then off for some swimming. Brrr - the pools were cold, no two ways about it. Dinner was to be at Windjammer, but my son was a bit 'off' as we hit open waters, we went back to the room, put on his seabands, and after a bit of rest it was back to the races. We opted to try the pizza from the Cafe Promenade and we weren't disappointed - and it quickly became our go to for a quick bite to eat. We'd get a slice or two and then move over to Playmakers and watch a game or play some pool. The rest of Day One went well. We found out that the arcade games were free for an hour that evening - so it was literally game on! From there, we wandered about and ended up in Studio B for the ice skating show. We were pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed our selves. Day Two was a stop in Nassau. Windjammers for breakfast and a stop at Starbucks for me - the coffee in WJ is not much better than warm water. We headed off the ship for some shopping and to find lunch. We had a good lunch Senor Frogs, got a souvenir and found a way back. The port was busy that day - there were 4 ships docked that morning. Surprise - after we got back it was time for more swimming. We got cleaned up, dressed a bit better and headed to Chops for the one special dinner of the cruise. Chops did not disappoint - yes there is an up charge, but the food was good and the service fine. We both had the filet, shared some asparagus, and a baked potato. Of course there was some dessert - ice cream and cheese cake. Next up was a couple of rounds of laser tag - which my son really enjoyed. We ended the night at Playmakers for some pool. Another pleasant surprise, a fellow cruiser with much better pool skills than I, took some time to for a little bit of instruction. Day Three was Halloween and a stop at Coco Cay. We got on the tender mid-morning for quick ride to island. We took a quick walk around parts of the island, found a lounger with a fair degree of shade and headed for the water. We broke for lunch - a fair spread, not much different than WJ. Another hour or so in the water, then we headed back to the ship. We opted to catch the movie in the main theater that afternoon. Jurassic World in 3D. As an added bonus, every so the ship would shudder a bit and a few times was perfectly timed to a dinosaur chase scene. A pizza snack at the Cafe and some soccer watching at Playmakers. After a bit of rest, WJ for dinner, followed by another round of VR at the Sky Pad. With it being Halloween, the crew setup a 'haunted house' in Studio B - it was well done. A quick round of shopping through the Promenade to grab a couple of t-shirts. A last stop at Playmakers and it was time to call and getting ourselves packed. Day Four and time for disembarkation. A quick breakfast in WJ, followed by the final packing and room check. We opted to take our own luggage off the ship. We headed down to deck four, no wait for the elevator and no wait to get off the ship. As we walked through the luggage hall, I was impressed on how organized it appeared to be. Customs was easy - the facial recognition system was a breeze. I think it was a total of 15 minutes and we were outside waiting for our Uber ride to airport. Very impressed with the efficiency of Terminal A. Overall we really enjoyed the cruise. My son gave it a thumbs up and is looking forward to his next trip already. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We loved this cruise. Laser tag, mini golf, ice skating and the kids lucky climber by the sky pad were are favorites. Make sure you watch the 70's show the first night at 11 then the balloon drop at midnight. Highly recommend Atlantis in ... Read More
We loved this cruise. Laser tag, mini golf, ice skating and the kids lucky climber by the sky pad were are favorites. Make sure you watch the 70's show the first night at 11 then the balloon drop at midnight. Highly recommend Atlantis in Nassua. Make sure you see "The dig" and the "Predator Lagoon " and enjoy all the slides! Very much worth the money. It cost us $149 each thru RC but you get transportation and access all day until you leave at 4:30. At Cococay the beach was nice but expensive to rent umbrellas etc. Get there early and you can get a great spot. We ate in the dining room and thought the food was wonderful. Thanks to Alejandro and Randal for their great service. We had my time dining and got the same table by the window every night (117). Balcony room 8662 was nice with a great view. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
I not even know what to talk about first. I took this trip with my mom and sister and I couldn't be more satisfied. The service, organization, shows, food, cleanliness, just about everything exceed my expectations. I went to the flowrider ... Read More
I not even know what to talk about first. I took this trip with my mom and sister and I couldn't be more satisfied. The service, organization, shows, food, cleanliness, just about everything exceed my expectations. I went to the flowrider and to the water slided which were pretty fun! There were also several Jacuzzis in different parts of the ship. The restaurants and menus had a wild range of foods to choose among. For those who like to stay up late is possible to have great food. There is always somebody there to serve you with a smile. A big thanks to Putra and Jonathan who served us every night with excellence. Hugo, the ship director was also great on what he was doing, always smiling and with a great contagious mood. I would hightly recommend this ship if you are looking for fun, hanging around, getting to know people, dancing, having a good time with your family, or just reading a book. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Embarkation was easy no problem there. But this cruise is the most boring cruise I’ve ever been to. Entertaining will kick around 11pm and there is no pool ambiance except belly flopping activities, the last night of the cruise ... Read More
Embarkation was easy no problem there. But this cruise is the most boring cruise I’ve ever been to. Entertaining will kick around 11pm and there is no pool ambiance except belly flopping activities, the last night of the cruise they have a deck party starting at 11:15pm!!! Which is crazy!!!! He whole cruise like a retirement community just to bring out some entertainment on the last day. He promenade will provide entertainment as well staring at 11 pm. The live music can hardly be heard because is to tight of a hallway for such potent speakers. Then later you will conglomerate like a sardine on a stretch hallway to dance old music either 70’s or 80’s the Latin club is a jail size space located on deck 4 where you listen to old Spanish salsa and is tight and uncomfortable to dance. If you are looking for other areas of the ship be prepared to get lost, is a maze!!! Chops grill is overrated. The steaks are cooked however they want you to eat it not how you ask for it. I wanted medium I got rare and when I asked do it to be cooked a little bit more the chef turned into chef Ramsay from Hell’s Kitchen. Yelling at the waiter being rude and making eye contact with me as if I had offended his awful cooking techniques. The stateroom is old and moldy smelling, beds hard as wood planks and if you ask for a room with one bed, be prepared to fall thru the crack in the middle where they conjoin the beds. If you don’t get your room clean everyday you will get harassed by the cruise coordinator, he will knock on your door he will stalk you on the hallway asking if the room is ok because it hasn’t been cleaned. Ports are good and shore excursions are ok too. Organized and easy to get to. I will not recommend this cruise. There are better and much more entertaining cruises. Cruises that will make say I can’t wait to come back. But not this one. I was happy to disembark this morning. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My husband & I cruised RCI in 2008 on Majesty. We LOVED it so much we always knew we would return. We live in FL & do frequent 'stay-cations' but save & spring for a big vaca every few years & chose to take them on their ... Read More
My husband & I cruised RCI in 2008 on Majesty. We LOVED it so much we always knew we would return. We live in FL & do frequent 'stay-cations' but save & spring for a big vaca every few years & chose to take them on their first cruise!! I spoke with a rep when booking & urged my desire for the most kid friendly cruise possible. I didn't want to have to spend my vaca apologizing for my kids being kids. (10 yr old twins & 6 yr old) She urged Mariner was the one for me. CONS::: forced to purchase a drink package, was marketed an upgraded port that does not exist yet, smoking at the kids pool, inconvenient port timing, level of service in resolving my daughters seperate reservation number, drink package issue, broken coke cup, navigating the promenade at night, cost of excursions, quality of food in main dining, No pictures being taken!! PROS::: very kid friendly. I feel bad for any singles who booked this ship not realizing it is marketed heavily to families traveling with kids. Server & room attendant was friendly & smiling all the time, very accomodating. M-F cruising is awesome! BOOKING SVC: Initial rep was great & friendly. Later after discovering some misunderstanding from our initial convo I called back, was transferred multiple times, finally got a supervisor who was not helpful--told me the initial call was not recorded so they couldn't honor what I was saying. He either hung up on me or was disconnected but I never got a return call. I left it be. BAD customer service though, I know my name and # was in front of him, he should have called back. note:If you have more than 4 in your party they have to open a second reservation which really complicates things for the entire cruise!! INTERUM ISSUE: We added the alcohol drink package for my husband later & I was forced to buy a drink package! I complained that I don't drink enough alcohol to warrant the cost, they said they would appease the requirement & only make me buy the soda package. I don't drink soda! Over $100 wasted. ONBOARDING: easy & quick. We anticipated issues since we don't have passports but sure enough just our DL & birth certificates are still honored. We got on at 12p, stateroom would be ready at 1p. By the time we ate in Windjammer it was ready. LUGGAGE: Bathing suits were in checked luggage. We could not hit the pool until it arrived at our room---at 6pm! My kids were aching to go in the pool, unhappy kids, unhappy parents. ROOM: great! no complaints! We had two free bottles of wine--my initial booking agent asked my preferred kind, I thought she was just making convo but my preferred kind with a free fruit basket was in my room. We had bunks, a pull out sofa & queen. Clean linens & bathroom. DINING: Waiter was friendly & accomodating. I have gluten sensativity & he remembered & brought me GF bread each night. He remembered our kids names & preferred drinks. However service was very slow. We had the 'my time dining' with 5:30 reservation to get out by 7:30 for shows. It was a push every night! Portions sizes were SMALL! Shrimp cocktail is 4 SMALL shrimp, luckily I was aware we could order as many as we wanted & I did just that. I felt bad running my server but they need to be more generous. The only GF side option was a baked potato, I had it every night & wish I was provided more options. Windjammer for breakfast was great but they start shutting down at 10:30a & we are late risers & with 3 kids getting up & out in time was tough. One morning they closed the area we were sitting in while we were getting our food, my husband was at the table waiting with one child! We had to navigate passed rope barriers with arms full of food & drinks while being repremanded by staff!Me and the girls get back with our plates then send hubby & child #3 to get his, the food was being put away at 10a! The Windjammer late night snacks from 10:30p to 12am was a highlight for sure!! So was the free soft serve but the line was always long & the machine went down a lot. They should have another station. ACTIVITIES: LOVED the kid friendly options; The slides, sky pad, hammocks, ping-pong, basketball, arcade. They wanted to do lasar tag but it was booked solid the whole cruise. My kids loved the movies by the pool at night. They lived in the hot tub, the pool was often too cold for them (remember we are Floridians). They empty is every night for cleaning & refill it so it doesnt have time to get warm from the sun. LAYOUT ISSUES: There is an adult only pool area--Awesome! But that leaves only one pool for the kids to use & the smoking area is immediately right there! My kids, in the hot tub, were 5 feet from dozens of ppl smoking, we had to walk past this smoking area to get to the windjammer or hot dog cafe. PUT THE SMOKING AREA IN THE ADULT AREA! They do performances on a bridge over the promenade at night. We spend our days outside & prefer to shop the promenade at night. The crowds of ppl watching the show prevented this. I would have spent way more in the shops otherwise! RCI's loss, my gain. We only spent $135 on board! SERVICE ISSUES: We got "free" coke reusable cups for buying the two drink packages. They were on our bed after dinner Monday night, Tuesday when leaving the boat at Nassau we dropped one & broke it. We asked them to replace it (fancy self service coke machines throughout the boat that only work with this cup). They said they were out of them. HA! funny stuff. cheapscates! PORTS: too long in Nassau! This is a kid-friendly boat! Disney arrived after us & left before us--I now see why. Nassau is not a kid friendly port. We were there 8am-11:30pm BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: The webpage for Mariner has links to explore things to do at each port. We clicked Coco Cay & were so excited for all the wonderful stuff we saw! My kids had the whole thing planned out. I now look, same page--it says "coming in May 2019" this is the biggest disappointment for all of us. Why are you only showing things that aren't offered yet!! Not a single thing on that link that says what is there to do now!! While we were disappointed we def would have preferred spending more time here, reverse times with Nassau! My daughter loved the hula & limbo contests; the cornhole, bocce ball, giant jenga--all great! Given our devastating realization that the amentities on the link provided weren't here, we thought lets do this water playground thing. Basically huge inflatables in the water. They wanted $22/per person for 50 minutes! They are out of there minds! note: that one day at sea is painful. They should add a Key West or Freeport stop. I am all for cutting Nassau short, hitting Freeport the next day then coco cay on Thurs. PICTURES: We brought fancy clothes for formal night & hoped to get a family photo for us & the grandparents. On Wed Night I asked our server when formal night was bc I hadn't heard anything yet, he said there isn't one my-time. There is a pictures with the captain that night on another level. There was no photo area set up at each port like we experienced before & no one taking photos outside of the dining room at arrival for the 5:30 dinner. BUT when leaving at 7:30 they WERE there! I was open to spending a lot of money on photo memories but NOT ONE photographer offered to take our pics then WHOLE TIME except the guy in the dining room taking individual pics of us eating! plus it was so cold in the dining room we needed our sweatshirts so the individual pics, of us eating also have us wearing sweatshirts over our attire--not buying them! All in all this was nothing like our first experience. We will most likely NOT sail RCI again. They are cheaper upfront but nickle & dime you the whole time. Oh I neglected to mention the man shaving in the kids hot tub! He is an older man that brings his own board to use at the flowrider. I am not sure if he part of the entertainment staff or not since he seems to exclusively be at the flowrider & when otherwise navigating the boat is always in swim trunks & carrying his board. BUT yep, around 9am one day he was in the hot tub shaving his face, cleaning the bic in the hot tub that I was just in the night before.. staff doesnt see this? Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
The ship was clean and well-kept, the entertainment was fine, and the staff were friendly. However, the food in both the main dining room and Windjammer was disappointing. There were a few stand-out dishes--but otherwise it was a trough of ... Read More
The ship was clean and well-kept, the entertainment was fine, and the staff were friendly. However, the food in both the main dining room and Windjammer was disappointing. There were a few stand-out dishes--but otherwise it was a trough of mediocrity. Even the hamburgers were tasteless and spongy. The BBQ at Coco Cay was actually inedible. Additionally, smokers take over large parts of the pool deck. Ban smoking! The Bamboo Room doesn't make drinks to order. They just put pre-mixed boos in a cup. However, The stateroom balconies are nice, and quite spacious. The walk-in closet is fantastic! And the ship steward cleaned the room often. As for CoCo Cay: it has a decent beach, and that's it. Leave early before the crowds come back. Don't even bother exiting the ship in Nassau--there's nothing at the port besides some shopping. This is my second RCL cruise--not sure I'd do another one. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
I selected this sailing on the Mariner because it was short and I wasn't sure if I would like the ship (after having sailed on the Allure). It was a good value (especially since I waited until last minute to book). The forecasted weather ... Read More
I selected this sailing on the Mariner because it was short and I wasn't sure if I would like the ship (after having sailed on the Allure). It was a good value (especially since I waited until last minute to book). The forecasted weather for the Eastern Caribbean was fairly good (Michael was forming in the Gulf - so glad I didn't choose a western itinerary!). And, although having been to the Bahamas on other recent sailings - its been over 40 years since I visited Nassau. My 11th cruise in the last 3 years - but first time sailing from Miami. In fact I have never really been to Miami only to the airport and passing through on a road trip to the Keys. I decided to spend the night before the cruise and stayed in South Beach - loved it and look forward to returning. From the hotel - I took Uber to the cruise ship terminal. The cost was about $13.00 I was dropped off a long distance from the entry point for check-in and had to walk a long distance. It was somewhat chaotic at the pier, there were lots of passengers being picked-up who had just disembarked, a traffic jam. The time was about 11:45am - there were very few people embarking at that time. I breezed through security, check-in, and was onboard by 12:15pm. I had my allowed bottle of wine in my carry-on bag, but no one mentioned it or directed me to a table for checking it in. The entry point on board was chaotic as always - people try to board the first elevators they see to get to the upper decks. I always take the stairs - because I can - and use this opportunity to explore the ship and take photos. Doors were closed and signs were posted on each passenger level - indicating cabins would be ready starting at 1pm. The ship reminded me of the Allure - but on a smaller scale. There was the lengthy Royal Promenade lined with smaller shops, bars and entertainment venues - elevators at each end. Looked familiar - just on a smaller scale. My interior cabin was on Deck 9 (I booked as a GTD), but was very pleased with my assigned deck & location. My cabin steward "Ninjah" was very pleasant and efficient. The cruise was fun and lively. I think the ship was full - but it only felt crowded at the sail-away party, on Sea Day around the pool, and if you hit the Windjammer Marketplace at the wrong time (after 9am for breakfast or after 6pm for dinner). There was a surprising number of children onboard! I found my happy places at the adults-only Solarium, at the Bamboo Room (good cocktails, but was always empty), and at the jazz club/bar "Ellington's". Cons: - Muster: are you kidding me! We had to stand outside in the heat & humidity lined up like kindergardeners for what seemed like a ridiculous amount of time! I've never experienced this before! I respect that it has to be done...but not like this. RCL needs to take a que from Princess on how to conduct Muster Drills, -Tender process: I dislike having to tender - and the appearance of CocoCay was disappointing enough to make me say never mind and stay onboard...construction cranes and barges dominated the view. Once I decided I would go ahead and at least go over for a look (around 12Noon) I went down to Deck 2. I was shocked! There was absolutely no organization by the staff...it was just an ugly mob scene of pushing, shoving and people yelling "there's a line"...which you could not begin to find the end of because it was a mob. I made my way back upstairs - by the stairs - and warned everyone I encountered headed down - "don't do it"! Needless to say...I stayed onboard and enjoyed a quiet afternoon at the Solarium. -Cabin: There carpets needs replacing. And there was no bottled water made available in the cabins...I had to keep remembering to purchase water elsewhere on the ship to take back to my cabin for nights/mornings. I know I have to pay for water - at least make it available in the cabins for purchase. -Quality of food overall: This was my third RCL cruise - and I've decided the food quality is just not great...no matter what size ship. -Bar staff pool deck: just going through the motions, not very friendly. -Entertainement: Don't expect any production shows - and what was offered...mediocre. -Casino: liked the updated slot machines - hated that smokers were allowed to take over and sit wherever they wanted. Other ships I've been on have no-smkoking hours or nights, and the ventilation was better. - Check your final statement: There was a charge for un-returned towels! Excuse me I always turned in my towels and had my cruise card scanned. A visit to the front-desk quickly to care of that. Pros: -Carry-on bag storage! You could drop off your carry-on items and claim them once cabins were ready. Nice... -Shower doors - genious! Semi-circular, sliding doors...no curtains, How efficient - I wish all cruise ships had them. -Room service: An early continental breakfast (coffee & pasty) while I contemplate the day - was always delivered at the requested time. I appreciate the call to let me know it's in route. -My Time Dining: I dine late and don't remember making reservations - but I never had to wait and could request my same location/waiter - Samson was a delight. -Jamie Oliver's Restaurant: Renato (a waiter at Jamie's) where I had dinner the first night of the cruise. I was taking photos and he talked me into dining there...I said "why not" - It will be a treat. I don't remember mentioning that it was my birthday - but after my meal - which I enjoyed - he said "how about dessert"? I declined since I was stuffed, Imagine my suprise when he stepped aside and there was the waitstaff, with a small, candle-lit, cake. Of course they sang happy birthday to me! Priceless. -The Cruise Director's staff were hard working and energetic...a good crew. Summary: The short Mariner sailings are good if you just want to get-away and party for a few days and don't expect much in the way of food, entertainemnt or enrichment activities. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My fiancé and I chose this cruise and booked about 5 months prior to our sailing date as I simply could not pass on the price for this 4 night cruise on a ship of this caliber. I booked us a balcony 'hump' cabin on deck 7 for ... Read More
My fiancé and I chose this cruise and booked about 5 months prior to our sailing date as I simply could not pass on the price for this 4 night cruise on a ship of this caliber. I booked us a balcony 'hump' cabin on deck 7 for roughly $600 for the two of us. I know from being an avid RC cruiser that this ship was special and had just underwent a large refurb this year. I will highlight some of the pros and cons of our trip to simplify the review from a 24 year olds perspective. Pros * Large mix of crowd including families, middle aged couples, few elderly, lots of young couples, lots of honeymooners, bachelor parties and overall VERY friendly people aboard. (We made 6 friends on our ship that we still are in contact with.) * Ship was beautifully refurbished and felt as though half of the ship was brand new. * Complete refurb of the promenade area with brand new bars that were appointed well. * The ability to easily get a drink on board and almost never a wait depending on which bar you go to for your cocktail. * The "Bamboo Room" bar was phenomenal, never crowded, never a wait, and easily had the best drinks on the ship. * The check in process was remarkably fast for even a sold out ship. * Size and furniture on our balcony. * The stateroom size including the bathroom (balcony hump room) - side note I loved our location on deck 7 as we were only two decks from the promenade and four decks below the buffet area/pool we felt as though we were right in the middle and our stateroom was right by the stairway but had no noise from the elevators. * Nice and modern hand washing stations in the public areas where there was food. * The staff that we ran into including our waiters and cabin attendants were all very nice however you could almost sense that they had a lot going on with the tasks they may have to compensate for a lack of crew. * Late night nightclub in the viking crown lounge would stay live and upbeat until 2am or so with drinks, dancing, and music. This gave something to do for us in the younger crowd that liked to stay up late and utilize our drink packages. * Discounts that would appear on the cruise compass for special packages in the spa seemed to have a much better price than anything comparable to what you would order before your cruise (such as $175 spa packages) that seemed to be a great deal. Cons * Elevators often appeared to never come or would simply glide by your floor with nobody on them, we even saw crew members working on them regularly. * Although stateroom was a nice size it did appear dirty and we even had things like rubber hosing hanging from our balcony door. * It appeared to me that there was definitely a shortage of crew given the size of the ship the ship sometimes late at night felt as though you were on a ghost ship with nobody around. * The food quality was frightful even in the main dining room... My theory being they have decreased the quality of food as compared to how it used to be to push the specialty dining on board for an additional cost. This ship has numerous 'add on' specialty restaurants however I did hear from friends I made on board that the food in those restaurants was indeed divine. What was most frightful to me was that my crab cake appetizer in the dining room had the taste of freezer burn to it. * The seating in the Windjammer buffet was TERRIBLE despite this area being entirely renovated. Most times there was no seating as there would be giant waves of people in there. * Late night food options. The Windjammer opened for late night snacks and was the only area to get food after dinner aside from the pizza cafe on the promenade level. However the the only area they had that had random pieces of food on it is used as just a bread area during the day if that puts into perspective how small of an area there was for late night food. * Being just two of us we were sat at a six person table in the dining room with no other table mates and noticed other tables set up similarly we would of preferred either table mates or being sat at a two person table. * Activities on board the ship often ran into each other including the best things to do such as shows and dinner times. * The price for on board services such as any spa treatments and even dining options. Overall for the price we paid I was only slightly disappointed however the food simply is not up to RCCL standards which was the biggest disappointment for me. I will be sailing on the Enchantment for the 3rd time next month and will be very interested in seeing how the food quality is on that ship to see if the issue was just an isolated incident for the Mariner or if it is fleet wide. With the status matching on MSC cruise lines we tried a week long cruise and was by no means disappointed with that cruise line I would almost even give that trip 5 stars and I was even bumped up to Gold level privileges on their cruise line which would almost be equivalent to diamond I believe on RCCL. I am however a loyal royal sailer and hope that my love for the cruise line will continue to stay strong! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My Mom always talked about her family that came from Nassau, Bahamas. This year is her 80th birthday and we thought it would be nice for her to visit Bahamas on a cruise so she could enjoy both the cruise experience and visit her family's ... Read More
My Mom always talked about her family that came from Nassau, Bahamas. This year is her 80th birthday and we thought it would be nice for her to visit Bahamas on a cruise so she could enjoy both the cruise experience and visit her family's place. I must say that even when you have read and prepared yourself as a first time cruiser there's still a lot that you'll learn on the way. So be open minded and be flexible, that will help you to relax and enjoy the trip. Traveling with a wheelchair bound person is not easy, but the staff of Mariners of the Seas made it so enjoyable and made us feel special. We had a "butler" assigned to our cabin and Rui made us feel comfortable and could explain and indicate all we needed to know. One of the things that might need improvement, are the metallic carpet holders in the hallways and the one to the bathroom. They make the wheelchair ride uncomfortable and sometimes even get stuck, and when the person has an ailment this is not pleasant at all. I've read some comments that the ship is noisy and busy. But that is exactly what it should be. You are on vacation on a floating hotel resort the size of a little town, if the people would not be happy and merry than something must be very wrong. What could improve is the exhaust of the cigar and cigarette smoke in "Boleros" or make the covered decks smoke free. I would like to give a special thanks to the staff of the WindJammer and the Dining room, they went out of their way to make my Mom comfortable and me feel special. As I was with my Mom I could not partake much to all activities but we enjoyed the Ice show and I loved the ladies night and the dancing in the street. In Nassau we got a really nice lady with a wheelchair accessible bus that gave us a great tour. Thanks again to all the helpers that helped with getting my mom on and of over the ramps going to shore and made our cruise so great. I will definitely recommend this ship to my friends and family and I will go again. Read Less
Mariner of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.5
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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