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Mariner of the Seas Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Review for Mariner of the Seas to the Western Mediterranean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Aug 2011
Cabin: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

We are first time cruisers and first time to Europe. Taking this cruise achieved our goal of getting a "sample" of cruising and of Europe. The ship is well maintained, clean and have very good staff. the balcony stateroom was a good choice even though we were on the sea only at night.

The embarkation was a little confusing for us, but went quite well. Arriving in Rome early in the morning we were able to start our check-in early and have lunch in the Windjammer while we waited for our room to be available around 1 PM. Debarkation was even more confusing as we were told several different instructions by staff. Since we had a private driver pick-up time before our assigned debarkation time, we were unsure if we needed to do Express Check-out and wait for two hours in the holding tent or just go when we wanted and pick up our luggage any time. Guest Services gave us a flexible method to do this and it worked fine.

Food is good with a lot of variety but it tends to get monotonous later in the week as food is re-purposed in different dishes. We selected My Time Dinning and had our dinners at a time of our choice. We had to prepay our gratuities to make this selection. Those meals were good most times, but we did have two bad dinners. We ate at the Portofino restaurant one night ($20/person extra) and that was the best meal we had. It was five-star quality and worth the extra money. The Italian wines were good for the price.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Cabin E1

Small everything, but good storage space. Shower is not meant for an average American. Good balcony, quiet but one night a guests deck partition came loose in rough seas and banged very loudly until they fixed it. Our room was in the middle so elevator was not that convenient, but maybe that's good.

Port Reviews


It was too late to book an excursion so we opted to not visit this port.


Cannes is Cannes. If it's not the film festival all the glitter is gone. The port is pretty. Like a less attractive Santa Monica with Rodeo Drive shops. The best part of the port are the outlining areas. We visited Nice and Saint-Paul. Both are beautiful cities, but Saint-Paul was our favorite with it's old, beautiful architecture, winding cobblestone streets, shops, art and food.


Barcelona is magnificent! We took a private 4-hour tour and hit all the highlights but didn't leave any time to wait in lines to some of the museums. However, just seeing all the beautiful architecture was well worth the trip and maybe a return visit in the future.

Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Wonderful quaint city. Plenty of shops, restaurant and public transportation. Nice people.

Rome (Civitavecchia)

Civitavecchia in Rome is the embarkation and debarkation port. There isn't much around the port and it is about an hour from Rome or the airport. Rome is wonderful if you have time and it's not crowded with workers and tourists (August is good because Italians are on vacation). So much to see and do with all the ancient buildings and art.

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