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I traveled recently with my 2 adult sons, daughter in law, & 3 grand kids between the ages of 3-8. Coco Cay was so much better than when we visited there 2 years ago. Lots of free activities, variety of food and plenty of chairs and umbrellas throughout the property. It was hard to do all the onboard activities but at least one in our group did the flow rider, Escape Room (super hard but we got out with 17 mins to spare!), Sky Pad and rock climbing. No time for a family putt putt golf tournament. We did see the great ice skating show but did not get on the ice ourselves. Also enjoyed the singing and dancing production but not sure we understood the theme. Found the MDR food better than on past cruises but the breakfast we had there one morning left us all underwhelmed. Dinner was much better. Only ate in the Windjammer for breakfast which was fine. Liked the updated look - booths for large groups, community tables and bright colors throughout. The ship itself looked great and no complaints with decor or cleanliness. I had 2 complaints. The first had to do with a ring purchase I made the last night of the cruise. The ring needed to be sized and I was told I only had to call Le Vian and they would handle everything. That was totally not the case. After several calls (Le Vian, after cruise support and Starboard Cruise Services) once I got home I found that I have to send the ring back to a company that handles jewelry purchases for multiple cruise ships. No cost to me but takes 8-10 weeks for me to receive to receive the ring back. The sales clerk on the ship was totally in the dark on the process to get a ring sized. My other complaint was how long it took to get off the ship. They must have put some process in place since I sailed last year to check seapass cards as you get off to make sure you paid your onboard account. The line we got in only had one checker. Another line had 2. This added over 30 minutes to us getting off-just standing in line. Getting on was also slower than I am used to. Mostly going through security. Not sure why so slow this time. Would definitely sail on Mariner again.

A great ship with plenty of activites for the family

Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by vacationgirl3414

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2019
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Junior Suite
I traveled recently with my 2 adult sons, daughter in law, & 3 grand kids between the ages of 3-8. Coco Cay was so much better than when we visited there 2 years ago. Lots of free activities, variety of food and plenty of chairs and umbrellas throughout the property. It was hard to do all the onboard activities but at least one in our group did the flow rider, Escape Room (super hard but we got out with 17 mins to spare!), Sky Pad and rock climbing. No time for a family putt putt golf tournament. We did see the great ice skating show but did not get on the ice ourselves. Also enjoyed the singing and dancing production but not sure we understood the theme. Found the MDR food better than on past cruises but the breakfast we had there one morning left us all underwhelmed. Dinner was much better. Only ate in the Windjammer for breakfast which was fine. Liked the updated look - booths for large groups, community tables and bright colors throughout. The ship itself looked great and no complaints with decor or cleanliness. I had 2 complaints. The first had to do with a ring purchase I made the last night of the cruise. The ring needed to be sized and I was told I only had to call Le Vian and they would handle everything. That was totally not the case. After several calls (Le Vian, after cruise support and Starboard Cruise Services) once I got home I found that I have to send the ring back to a company that handles jewelry purchases for multiple cruise ships. No cost to me but takes 8-10 weeks for me to receive to receive the ring back. The sales clerk on the ship was totally in the dark on the process to get a ring sized. My other complaint was how long it took to get off the ship. They must have put some process in place since I sailed last year to check seapass cards as you get off to make sure you paid your onboard account. The line we got in only had one checker. Another line had 2. This added over 30 minutes to us getting off-just standing in line. Getting on was also slower than I am used to. Mostly going through security. Not sure why so slow this time. Would definitely sail on Mariner again.
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Cabin Review

Junior Suite
Cabin J4
Cabins were nice and clean. We had a junior suite (great), inside cabin, large cabin with balcony. No complaints. Had the room attendant remove divider between the balconies of the jr suite and balcony cabin so we could have more room and get to rooms without going outside in the hall
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