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We chose the Mariner of the Seas because the ship had recently been refurbished and this was the first "large ship" to sail the three day itinerary from Miami. While in college, I had worked on cruise ships. We have gone on many cruises with multiple cruise lines. The embarkation was very smooth and organized. Our cabin was ready at 1. The Bedroom Steward was outstanding. The Windjammer was very crowded and they had to make multiple announcements for passengers to please leave to make room for others. Throughout the cruise, the facilities seemed INADEQUATE FOR THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS ( the pools and deck chairs). For serious swimmers,there was no pool. Although the dining room menu was similar to the Enchantment of the Seas, the taste and presentation was better on the Enchantment of the Seas. Perhaps the size of the and the number of passengers made a difference ( or the master chef?)? The Ventriloquist in the show was excellent. The comics' timing was off and they were not funny. There was no real musical show and the ice show did not compare to the other ships. The art auction was disappointing. The private island is still under construction. The nature walk is gone. The beach reminds me of Coney Island. The Barbecue was average. Downtown Nassau is becoming rundown. However, Shopping reminds me of "the sixties" and is fun. The best part of the ship (and cruise) is the Diamond Club. The staff and service there is outstanding. Disembarkation was relatively smooth. We all had a wonderful time.

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Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by DrDenis1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
We chose the Mariner of the Seas because the ship had recently been refurbished and this was the first "large ship" to sail the three day itinerary from Miami. While in college, I had worked on cruise ships. We have gone on many cruises with multiple cruise lines.

The embarkation was very smooth and organized. Our cabin was ready at 1. The Bedroom Steward was outstanding. The Windjammer was very crowded and they had to make multiple announcements for passengers to please leave to make room for others. Throughout the cruise, the facilities seemed INADEQUATE FOR THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS ( the pools and deck chairs). For serious swimmers,there was no pool.

Although the dining room menu was similar to the Enchantment of the Seas, the taste and presentation was better on the Enchantment of the Seas. Perhaps the size of the and the number of passengers made a difference ( or the master chef?)?

The Ventriloquist in the show was excellent. The comics' timing was off and they were not funny. There was no real musical show and the ice show did not compare to the other ships. The art auction was disappointing.

The private island is still under construction. The nature walk is gone. The beach reminds me of Coney Island. The Barbecue was average.

Downtown Nassau is becoming rundown. However, Shopping reminds me of "the sixties" and is fun.

The best part of the ship (and cruise) is the Diamond Club. The staff and service there is outstanding.

Disembarkation was relatively smooth.

We all had a wonderful time.
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Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 6D 6232
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