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We have cruised Asia before and decided to return with a different cruise liner. Overall the ship lived up to our expectations, we did what we wanted to do, relax, join others when we wanted too, but did things at our pace. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Once boarding the ship we walked around and located all the areas we were interested in. Our cabin was spotless, but noticed the curtains are worn and need upgrading, other than that we were well looked after by the attendant, who went above and beyond his duties to ensure we had an enjoyable cruise. Dining was our choice and we enjoyed the formal and not so formal arrangements. The food available met all nationalities requirements, with the mains being Asian orientated. Overall the variety was as expected. Shore excursions are expensive and you need to read the distance from the port to where you are going if you intend to travel alone. Many people on cruises have done the cruises before and are aware of the pitfalls, but they will also give you helpful advice on the best way to do things, you just need to ask.

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Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by Diann Thompson

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2017
  • Destination: Asia
We have cruised Asia before and decided to return with a different cruise liner.

Overall the ship lived up to our expectations, we did what we wanted to do, relax, join others when we wanted too, but did things at our pace.

Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Once boarding the ship we walked around and located all the areas we were interested in. Our cabin was spotless, but noticed the curtains are worn and need upgrading, other than that we were well looked after by the attendant, who went above and beyond his duties to ensure we had an enjoyable cruise.

Dining was our choice and we enjoyed the formal and not so formal arrangements. The food available met all nationalities requirements, with the mains being Asian orientated. Overall the variety was as expected.

Shore excursions are expensive and you need to read the distance from the port to where you are going if you intend to travel alone. Many people on cruises have done the cruises before and are aware of the pitfalls, but they will also give you helpful advice on the best way to do things, you just need to ask.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 1244
Our cabin was excellent, very roomy and spacious with a walk in wardrobe where we unpacked everything, we also had a balcony outside where we sat, had breakfast and other meals while cruising on sea days.
All though we were at the front of the ship we expected a lot of motion, what we did feel only rocked us to sleep. We were also expecting noise from the pool deck being cleaned early in the morning and deck chairs being moved around. We did not hear anything at all.
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