Mariner OTS Review Jan 2013: Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by portsideguy

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Mariner OTS Review Jan 2013

Sail Date: January 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston
Booked an inside guarantee cabin and got a Promenade Room directly over the small area for designated for entertainment (bands and other musical groups).
We thought we were lucky to have a room overlooking the Royal Promenade, but soon learned we weren't so lucky afterall.

First night into the cruise the entertainment featured in the promenade was the country western band...ended around 10:45 - 11:00PM.

Second night...a mix of the country western band, the pool (regae band)...and a most welcome change...a lovely trio consisting of a piano and 2 violinists. The base drum and bass guitar resonated around the entire promenade including deck 6, 7, and 8 on both port and starboard sides.

Then the third night...a near epidemic of sickness struck. First report(s) were that only about 49 people were sick. We later heard over 100 and calculated it must be even worse than that. Oddly, the 7th and 9th deck is where the majority of sick passengers were located More with many of those over the promenade area...guaranteed to their rooms for 24-48 hours since their last 'system(s)' (please read between the lines here).

These events were held throughout the cruise at various times in the afternoon during a time when many passengers enjoy a nice nap. "Not so much"...on this cruise.

So, let's see! We have a bunch of people sick on-board quaranteed to their rooms. They're bed...sleeping...headaches...throwing up...diarrhea. Do you think it might be prudent to re-locate at least some of the louder venues, such as the country western band, to a vacant public area? Or should we continue to torture those sick passengers by sticking to our musical agenda?

Nope..."we're gonna continue as planned". Without regard to our sick passengers.

So, if you think a promenade room is a great choice, be prepared for regular pounding bass drums and bass guitar at inopportune times. For me...think I check back in at Holland America or Celebrity for my next 34 cruises. Less

Published 01/29/13

Cabin review: PR Promenade Stateroom

Avoid promenade rooms (w/balcony) overlooking Cafe Promenade. Even cabins located farther aft near Boleros would likely be subject to the pounding base drum and bass guitar.

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