Fun at spring break: Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by gogolferatsea

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Fun at spring break

Sail Date: March 2013
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston
We enjoyed our spring break cruise out of Galveston. We spent the night before at the Hampton Inn in League City and visited Kemah Boardwalk right down the road. It took only 30 minutes to the port and 1 minute to check in at Lighthouse parking. Baggage dropoff was disorganized, but it didn't take too long for boarding at 12:00 although it seemed like a long line. We previously cruised on Celebrity Eclipse so this ship was smaller and older. We had a balcony room with lots of storage and a nice shower (no bath tub). The shows were okay. We ate at 6:00 and made the 8:30 shows. The food was great and the service at any time dining was terrific.
We ate at only 1 specialty restaurant, Johnny Rockets, and it was not as good as ones we have visited on land.

In Cozumel we visited the Chankanaab Park. Excellent place with lots to see and do, but don't eat at the furthest restaurant. Instead go to the ones by the dolphin exhibit. We did take the ship's excursion and also More visited the Discovery Mexico museum. Interesting side tour. Also the tour guide led the snorkeling for the 10 people on this tour, but I didn't go. Heard it was fun.
At Grand Cayman we took the ship's excursion to swim with the sting rays. About 25 people on this and it was terrific. After we ate at Breezes to the right as you leave the pier area. Pizza was great but expensive: $30 with a coke and beer. In Falmouth we booked the ship's excursion at 9:30 to the plantation house with bbq jerk chicken lunch. It was very good. Several people said it was the best one they had done. Ramona was a great guide. The food was just enough to get an idea, but we did get back to the ship by 1:30 and had lunch there, then went back to the pier area to shop. Jamaica was a beautiful place, but be sure to book an organized tour. I would never just walk around Falmouth.

I have to warn about debarkation. We chose to do self assist, which meant we took our own luggage to get off the earliest. It was a nightmare. You could not get an elevator to go on; everyone was in line to carry their luggage down the stairs at a snail's pace. Once down the stairs there was a line around the ship two times. We walked around and around, sometimes out in the cold and wind. This is totally Royal Caribbean's fault. Once we made it to customs things went very fast. So do not use this option unless you just have to leave first. Thankfully Lighthouse was there waiting for us. Less

Published 03/31/13

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