aussiejude: Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by Judy Burns

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Judy Burns
Member Since 2010

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Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
My husband and I travelled from Australia to board Mariner of the Seas in Los Angeles for a 7 night cruise to the Mexican Riviera. It was a long way to travel but we weren't disappointed with this beautiful ship and the friendly people we met. After 9 cruises in other destinations, we enjoyed visiting a different region of the world.

Our cabin was spotless and our cabin steward kept it that way for the time we were on board. We chose "My Time" dining, which was good because we got to meet other passengers. We were travelling with friends and the four of us always had our meals together. The second last night, we dined in Grilles, which was a treat for us all. Overall the meals were good but our waiters got our entrees wrong a couple of times - maybe it was our Aussie accent. Activities on board were good but we tended to just wander along the Promenade deck looking at the shops or having a coffee. Ellington's bar on Deck 14 has a great wrap-around view and we would go there in More the afternoons for a cocktail before dinner. The entertainment was good and the highlight for us was the Ice Show, which was fantastic. It was a real novelty for us because we don't have much ice-skating in Australia.

The ports we visited were very interesting. The weather was perfect and that made it all the more enjoyable. We went on a tour in each port and learnt a lot about the Mexican culture. We thoroughly recommend Mariner of the Seas and we encourage other Aussies to come and discover this beautiful region of the world. Less

Published 06/02/10

Cabin review: 2578

Our cabin was exceptionally clean. The bed and pillows were very comfortable. We were at the end of the hall, which led onto the crews cabins so there was no thoroughfare. This was an advantage because it was quiet but a disadvantage because we had to walk quite a distance to get to the lifts/stairs.

Port and Shore Excursions

We had a tour booked for midday but after walking around in the sun for a few hours prior to that, we decided not to go on the tour. It was very hot and humid by that time of the day and there wasn't a real lot of shade. We just wanted to get back to the air-conditioning of the ship.

We had a great tour in Mazatlan. Our tour guide was very interesting and informative. The weather was hot but less humidity. Our tour included a show, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Shopping is great in Mazatlan.

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We loved Puerto Vallarta. It was the best port we visited. The weather again was hot but with low humidity. Our tour this time was walking around town, stopping a few places along the way to buy gifts for family back home. We travelled along the coast with spectacular views across the Pacific Ocean.

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Judy Burns
Member Since 2010
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