Best cruise ever: Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by Beaferd

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Best cruise ever

Sail Date: April 2013
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston
We drove down from West, Texas on Saturday and stayed at the Super 8 in Kemah and would not recommend that hotel at all. While we were out for dinner someone came into our room and used our bathroom and the front desk would do nothing about it also our dead bolt would not work. We had to stack our suitcases in front of the door just for a little protection, but enough about that.

We arrived at the port at around 10:30 dropped off two of us with luggage while the other two took the car to the Park N Cruise which was just across the street from the port, very convenient. Were checked in and on board by 12 noon. Embarkation was very easy and without issue other than we had brought 2 bottles of wine, which RC had said was allowable but they were confiscated just after we went through the metal detectors. At the check in counter we asked why and come to find out they were not suppose to take them from us so we were able to pick them back up and take them on board. It always pays More to ask questions when something does not go the way you think it should.

We were in our room by 1 pm but no luggage until after 7 pm except my sisters. Hers did not show up until after 10 pm when we were already in bed. We were just thankful it finely showed up.

We had a corner rear balcony suit which had a lot of room for 4 women. The sofa made into a good size bed then we had the twin beds. We rotated sleeping on the sofa as it was not that comfortable. Our cabin steward was wonderful and very accommodating when we needed anything.

We only did one specialty restaurant, Giovanni's. The rest of the time we were in the main dining room for my time dining. The food was great and we really enjoyed being able to adjust our dining times as needed and still keep the same table and wait staff. We used the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch but did eat at Johnny Rocket's for one lunch time.

We spent most of our cruising days playing trivia at different locations on the ship which was a lot of fun. Our last cruising day we planned on spending it at the pool but the weather did not cooperate as it rained or was very overcast that day so ended up packing up our suitcases and napping before dinner that evening.

Disembarkation was not bad. From the time our number was called (we were in group 3) till we were through customs was 1 hour. We were on the road to home by 11:30 with no problems. Less

Published 04/22/13

Cabin review: 1688

Located to the rear of the ship corner balcony at the end of a very long hall. Quite location, just under the Windjammer but never heard anything. The cabin was bigger than a normal balcony cabin so worked out great for 4 women. The sofa made into almost a queen size bed but it was a little hard so we rotated between the twin beds and that worked out well. Lots of drawer space for us women and the closet held all cloths. We did, however, have to ask for more hangers even though we had brought extras. Bathroom was the same size as in a regular cabin so only one at a time could get in there. This was not a problem for us either. Our balcony was larger as well. We had two lounge chairs and two regular chairs with a small table.

Port and Shore Excursions

Here we again did an independent tour with VIV Tours for cave tubing. There guides were great and we did not even have to carry our own tubes to the river which was a 30 minute hike. They picked us up at the pier for a 1 hour ride to the cave tubing site. The water was somewhat cold (around 75 degrees I would guess) but once you were over the initial dip it felt really good. Tubing through the caves was quite an experience that I am so glad to have done. It is very peaceful floating down the river listening to the guide giving us a lot of information. At the end of the float we went back to the beginning where there are restrooms if you wish to change out of your wet cloths. Our tour included a lunch which we did not expect then we all loaded up and went back to the pier to board the ship. Again we did not have much time to do any shopping prior to the ship departing. I guess we will just have to plan another cruise and do nothing but shopping in these ports. I would definitely book VIV Tours again and recommend them for the cave tubing.

We booked an independent tour through Victor Bodden Tours and would use them again. Everything was great and our guides were very well educated and knowledgeable. We did the Fun n Sun tour which showed us some of the island, went through their monkey encampment which also housed different animals as well. We then went to Bananarama Resort on West Bay Beach where we had guaranteed lounge chairs. We spent 2 hours there then were picked up and transferred back to the dock in time to board the ship for departure. This excursion did not allow us time to do any shopping but were able to pick up a few things at the monkey camp and at a lookout at the highest point on Roatan. Bodden Tours has many different excursions available and they were very professional and worth the money.
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