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This is our second time on board Mariner of the Seas and on the same itinerary exactly one year ago. The reason we took the similar cruise was that we were wowed by our previous experience on board the Mariner. However, sad to say, standards have dropped and furniture onboard were all old and looked outdated. Embarkation is a total mess, everyone is trying to get on the ship first. However, an observation is that Singaporeans are the ones who are more orderly while the Australians and Malaysians are the ones squeezing to the front even when it is not their turn to board. Big surprise here. One plus point was that the balcony chairs have been changed and look more modern now. Beds still feel the same and were comfortable. Comfortable enough to sleep soundly, and better than many hotels. A fridge is provided in room and you can ask your attendant to remove the items inside if you wish to use the fridge for other purposes. However, do remember to ask him/her to place everything back on the last day before they check the fridges to see if you have consumed anything from the mini bar. The pool area is relatively well maintained and not crowded on most days. Mostly westerners using the pools while asians would be smoking by the pool side. Big turn off. Gym is spacious and empty throughout the cruise, sauna was always empty too. Must say the gym and the attached toilets in the gym are very well maintained and clean. Might be due to the poor human traffic though. Food wise, it was horrible and a big drop in standards. MDR food has hits and misses, their renditions of local dishes were probably done by someone who has never ever tried the real deal themselves. Giant shrimps are basically just your normal sized average shrimps, don't be fooled. We did try Giovanni's Table and service there was excellent. Food was fantastic too and totally worth the extra cover charge. Discounts were given on almost every other night as very little people went there for dinner. Overall, standards have dropped tremendously but given that we booked the cruise at a huge discount, it was still very worth the money paid. Hopefully the Mariner enters dry dock soon.

Slipping Standards

Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by gerard84

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2016
  • Destination: Asia
This is our second time on board Mariner of the Seas and on the same itinerary exactly one year ago. The reason we took the similar cruise was that we were wowed by our previous experience on board the Mariner. However, sad to say, standards have dropped and furniture onboard were all old and looked outdated.

Embarkation is a total mess, everyone is trying to get on the ship first. However, an observation is that Singaporeans are the ones who are more orderly while the Australians and Malaysians are the ones squeezing to the front even when it is not their turn to board. Big surprise here.

One plus point was that the balcony chairs have been changed and look more modern now. Beds still feel the same and were comfortable. Comfortable enough to sleep soundly, and better than many hotels. A fridge is provided in room and you can ask your attendant to remove the items inside if you wish to use the fridge for other purposes. However, do remember to ask him/her to place everything back on the last day before they check the fridges to see if you have consumed anything from the mini bar.

The pool area is relatively well maintained and not crowded on most days. Mostly westerners using the pools while asians would be smoking by the pool side. Big turn off. Gym is spacious and empty throughout the cruise, sauna was always empty too. Must say the gym and the attached toilets in the gym are very well maintained and clean. Might be due to the poor human traffic though.

Food wise, it was horrible and a big drop in standards. MDR food has hits and misses, their renditions of local dishes were probably done by someone who has never ever tried the real deal themselves. Giant shrimps are basically just your normal sized average shrimps, don't be fooled. We did try Giovanni's Table and service there was excellent. Food was fantastic too and totally worth the extra cover charge. Discounts were given on almost every other night as very little people went there for dinner.

Overall, standards have dropped tremendously but given that we booked the cruise at a huge discount, it was still very worth the money paid. Hopefully the Mariner enters dry dock soon.
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