1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Mariner of the Seas
We were really looking forward to this cruise having cruised with RCI in the past and had a wonderful holiday. Stayed in Novotel in Beijing for 3 days prior to cruise which was very good. Ship was spotlessly clean and crew members, as always, were very friendly and efficient, especially our cabin steward who was lovely and worked tirelessly. Usual daytime activities, quizzes, poolside games etc. Service in most areas was good, especially so in Jonnie Rockets and Chops Grille. Shore excursions were fine, although disembarkation was total disorganisation and chaos, we were 1 hour late for 1 excursion because of this. Cabin was very nice, spotlessly clean and ample storage space. The food was absolutely terrible and aimed solely at the Asian market, although the Asians were in the minority. Even a Chinese lady was complaining the food was so bad. There was no international food in any venue whatsoever, even the tea bags in the cabin were Green tea with no alternative, we were getting tea bags from the cafe. By day 3 there was no butter on board, on day 4 they ran out of Foster lager and Bacardi. In Chops Grille, they were running out of supplies. And so it went on gradually running out of supplies. The entertainment was nowhere near RCI standards. We had 1 full show and 1 ice show, both of which were excellent. The rest of the entertainment was dreadful, a comedy juggler who would have been thrown out of a child's party. The Japanese juggler was excellent. Disembarkation was quite smooth. RCI made a huge mistake with this cruise with many many people complaining. Also, it was never advertised that this was a repositioning cruise. RCI TAKE NOTE, THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. We have done 10 cruises in 4 years and this was by far the worst.

RCI Disaster

Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by Joyce74

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2015
  • Destination: Asia
We were really looking forward to this cruise having cruised with RCI in the past and had a wonderful holiday. Stayed in Novotel in Beijing for 3 days prior to cruise which was very good. Ship was spotlessly clean and crew members, as always, were very friendly and efficient, especially our cabin steward who was lovely and worked tirelessly. Usual daytime activities, quizzes, poolside games etc. Service in most areas was good, especially so in Jonnie Rockets and Chops Grille. Shore excursions were fine, although disembarkation was total disorganisation and chaos, we were 1 hour late for 1 excursion because of this. Cabin was very nice, spotlessly clean and ample storage space.

The food was absolutely terrible and aimed solely at the Asian market, although the Asians were in the minority. Even a Chinese lady was complaining the food was so bad. There was no international food in any venue whatsoever, even the tea bags in the cabin were Green tea with no alternative, we were getting tea bags from the cafe. By day 3 there was no butter on board, on day 4 they ran out of Foster lager and Bacardi. In Chops Grille, they were running out of supplies. And so it went on gradually running out of supplies.

The entertainment was nowhere near RCI standards. We had 1 full show and 1 ice show, both of which were excellent. The rest of the entertainment was dreadful, a comedy juggler who would have been thrown out of a child's party. The Japanese juggler was excellent.

Disembarkation was quite smooth.

RCI made a huge mistake with this cruise with many many people complaining. Also, it was never advertised that this was a repositioning cruise. RCI TAKE NOTE, THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

We have done 10 cruises in 4 years and this was by far the worst.
Joyce74’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Shore Excursions
Service
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email