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Mariner of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1294 reviews
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First RCCL Cruise . . . Very Average

Review for Mariner of the Seas to the Bahamas
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6-10 Cruises • Age 20s

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Sail Date: Jun 2022

We were on a multi-generational family cruise, and the main appeal (during COVID times) of only visiting two private cruise ship islands, Labadee and CocoCay, swayed us to all try Royal Caribbean for the first time. Both islands were spectacular, and we would highly recommend private cabanas. Labadee was our favorite of the two, especially since we were the only ship at port. CocoCay was too crowded with a significantly larger ship docked next to us.

We had watched all of the videos and were excited for the many things offered on the ship, however, we discovered it was a lot that we just didn't need. Out of thirteen of us, no one tried rock wall climbing, only one tried the wave rider, two used the water slides, two tried the round trampoline VR experience, and four ice skated. We were unable to get a spot during the very limited times at the escape room, which was disappointing. Forget trying to watch a movie on the big outdoor screen in the daytime, because it's way too crowded and noisy, plus one side is ruined by the smoking area.

We HATED the layout of the ship. One of our older family members was in a scooter and there was so much time wasted trying to get from point A to point B, because there wasn't a straight shot, or because the venues were so far apart. Good luck figuring out how to get to that lovely top (overlooks the pool deck) bar, because there's only one elevator that goes there and it isn't a straight shot. Plus, so many of the venues are just too small for the activities. Also, who thought that placing the piano bar so close to the main live theater was a great idea? You can actually hear the music from both at the same time?

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