Mariner of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Mariner of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean

Review for the Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Mariner of the Seas
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2006

Embarkation at Port Canaveral was much easier than that of the Fort Lauderdale or Miami ports. Disembarkation was a breeze compared to the other two ports and baggage claim was unbelievably uncomplicated. It is a well designed port that may cause me to think twice about leaving from Fort Lauderdale or Miami again. It was worth the 2.5 hour drive up. The ship: absolutely beautifully designed, crafted, and decorated. It has to be one of the most elegant ships I have been on. Dinner dining was some of the best of any of my cruises. The breakfast and lunch buffets however lacked imagination and frankly lacked taste at times. Closure of the buffet line at 5:00 PM was a bit of a hassle. For an hour and a half passengers had to obtain snacks (pizza and dry sandwiches) at the snack shop on the Promenade deck that had very little sitting room. This is the first cruise that I have been on that did this. My stateroom -a junior suite-was large and comfortable. The staff seemed a bit uptight and less friendly than on my previous cruises. Refills of coffee, tea or water in the buffet areas was non existent; it just didn't happen. An annoying distraction on the cruise was a conflict between a conservative religious group that put "Jesus Saves" brochures under some of our doors (yes I got one), the 800 children on the ship, 500 rather large gay guys, and hundreds of ultra-conservative, hostile, close-minded folks who want to live in the dark ages. My girl friend and I hung out in the adult pool area due to the horde of kids on board. While the gay guys did touch, hug, and kiss occasionally, they did nothing out of the ordinary. None of them wore "women's panties" as some have claimed. None of them took pulled their pants down to take pictures of their private parts that we saw. Hey my girl friend and I and other "straight" couples hugged, kissed, held hands. That probably burned that religious conservative group too and some of the "normal people" since we are not married. Most of the gay guys were better behaved than some of the kids on the voyage.  If we could pick with whom we cruise or who lives in our neighborhoods or are our neighbors or who stands behind us in the grocery checkout line, we would have a boring life. Then, what would you fuss about? despite this distraction, the cruise was enjoyable. An improvement in the breakfast and lunch buffets is definitely in order.

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