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Arrival at Houston airport -- Greeted by a dude with a sign and escorted to a second terminal where 6 of us then boarded a coach for the one hour ride to port...painless Arrival at port Galveston -- Despite some crazy car traffic, we seemed to zoom in and where into the terminal and on the ship in no time...rcc gold member reward The ship -- Perfect size, well taken care of for an older ship needed new carpet etc, full of caring and dedicated staff...great drinks at the pool bar The cabin -- 6652 -- Three of us shared this well laid out balcony cabin. The pull out sofa was the biggest bed on the ship...we slept a lot The food -- The food in the windjammer was average cruise ship buffet fare. The food in the main dining room was good cruise ship fare. The food in the dining room for breakfast and especially lunch was better than average cruise ship fare...awesome bread basket, great lobster tails, amazing key lime pie and a mysterious worldwide escargot shortage The entertainment -- Hate the timing for late dining (7:30) so we only made it to the one that was at 10:30 and it was good. The ice show was great. The smaller musical groups were excellent. The comedian was average...the passenger karaoke with the band was awesome The ports -- Rotan = top snorkel of the 10 I've done in the Caribbean (jolly roger RCC) Belize = private island...the sun came out, we played beach vball, waded into the cool but beautiful water, drank beers on the beach under the palm trees and went for a sea kayak Cozumel = a little shopping on our owe. Seven boats in port. Some reports of craziness on excursions and getting back on board The debarkation -- We had airport transfers through RCC. Most of the ship were Texans and had driven to port. We were off the ship and on our way to the airport at 11. Being Canadian also helped as we zoomed by the majority of Americans in the customs line...there were stories of missed flights and people waiting in lines for years Overall -- We choose this cruise mainly because of the ports. It was neat to dock at places we hadn't been to. Not sure if Galveston is ready to be a full on cruise port. Royal is one of our top three cruise lines still (Celebrity, Holland). This ship was FULL of kids. It was march/spring break after all.

March 10th Merriment!

Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by spankyfinch

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2013
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
Arrival at Houston airport -- Greeted by a dude with a sign and escorted to a second terminal where 6 of us then boarded a coach for the one hour ride to port...painless

Arrival at port Galveston --
Despite some crazy car traffic, we seemed to zoom in and where into the terminal and on the ship in no time...rcc gold member reward

The ship --
Perfect size, well taken care of for an older ship needed new carpet etc, full of caring and dedicated staff...great drinks at the pool bar

The cabin --
6652 -- Three of us shared this well laid out balcony cabin. The pull out sofa was the biggest bed on the ship...we slept a lot

The food --
The food in the windjammer was average cruise ship buffet fare. The food in the main dining room was good cruise ship fare. The food in the dining room for breakfast and especially lunch was better than average cruise ship fare...awesome bread basket, great lobster tails, amazing key lime pie and a mysterious worldwide escargot shortage

The entertainment --
Hate the timing for late dining (7:30) so we only made it to the one that was at 10:30 and it was good. The ice show was great. The smaller musical groups were excellent. The comedian was average...the passenger karaoke with the band was awesome

The ports --
Rotan = top snorkel of the 10 I've done in the Caribbean (jolly roger RCC)
Belize = private island...the sun came out, we played beach vball, waded into the cool but beautiful water, drank beers on the beach under the palm trees and went for a sea kayak
Cozumel = a little shopping on our owe. Seven boats in port. Some reports of craziness on excursions and getting back on board

The debarkation --
We had airport transfers through RCC. Most of the ship were Texans and had driven to port. We were off the ship and on our way to the airport at 11. Being Canadian also helped as we zoomed by the majority of Americans in the customs line...there were stories of missed flights and people waiting in lines for years

Overall --
We choose this cruise mainly because of the ports. It was neat to dock at places we hadn't been to. Not sure if Galveston is ready to be a full on cruise port. Royal is one of our top three cruise lines still (Celebrity, Holland). This ship was FULL of kids. It was march/spring break after all.
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