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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 Caribbean
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bbnactex
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Nov 2011
Cabin: Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

RCCL's Mariner of the Seas,is probably best for those doing the family with kids vacation. Front topside of the boat is almost exclusively kid territory. Spa on the 11th,is a big plus,with a large (25foot) jacuzzi.Steam rooms,saunas, are also available at no cost. From there things go downhill.

Food at the formal dining room was bland at best. Too much singing and running around,PA system was used every night and that got old real quick. English skills,for the wait staff,were minimal which made the smaller details hard to explain . Dessert selection was sad,steaks were impossible to get cooked to request. No cream for coffee(Skim milk),vegetables,,,,had no flavor. You had to make a special request to get shrimp cocktails(What's up with that?) All and all,the quality of most of the food I ate on board wasn't up to our previous cruises (8) RCCL wouldn't even open up a full bar,for Crown and Anchor members special events. (just cheap Champagne,and Mimosas) Tacky!

The way this ship is designed,just doesn't work for me The ice-rink just takes up space and just doesn't really serve a purpose. (it's too small for a real ice show,and doesn't seat enough people to make waiting in line for the free tickets worth your time) As for late night entertainment at the main Savoy theatre.........don't get your hopes up,unless you're into lame jokes,and entertainment from the Ed Sullivan days! All and all we won't be cruising on the Mariner again.

Cabin Review

Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Cabin D1

I was in cabin 1666 ,tenth floor. unobstructed view..cabin and balcony size is small and tight. Cabins on the fantail sell for the same price,but have much larger balcony space. Noise is a problem,if there are small children next door. Close to the Windjammer for food, but a long walk from the spa and Atrium pool.

Port Reviews

Roatan

Did not see the whole island,but we hired a car/driver from Murphy's,to explore the West End and Beach ($70) for 4 hours. In looking back ,you might just want to hire a Taxi to take you to West End/Beach. Cost is $20 each way. For my $70 ,I got dropped off at a beach Bar,after a short ride (as requested),but the driver didn't return as agreed upon time,after waiting another 45 minutes,the desk manager from the pier came and picked us up. Nice guy,very open conversation on the way back,but when all was said and done ...I paid $70 bucks for two fifteen minute rides and little else. However,the beach is great,very relaxing,it was nice to have some time with a local,with a world view,and for that we had a good time.

Belize City

Skip this port ,it's only saving grace lies as a hub for excursions to the local islands and keys. We took the Beach Break excursion,which was on a small mangrove island with crushed limestone trucked in for a small beach. Relaxing,only a 10 minute tender away,bar was OK,food was good,but the whole deal wasn't a natural adventure. Good for family,handicapped,or the non-adventurous type. Employees did show a lot of hustle,and were very friendly,which always helps.

Cozumel

Been to this island many times. You can shop in town,go diving,or just hit the local bars. Just make sure you escape the cruise ship shopping area and see the island. I usually rent a jeep and head for the seaward side of the island. Did this again this trip,picked up a 2011 JEEP at the dock for the day at $100 (you can get cheaper rentals) at Alamo rental and took off 20 minutes later for the BOB MARLEY BAR on the Southernmost point of the island road. Our favorite place,good food,nice employees,ocean's edge, with surf,thatched roof tables,feet in the sand,totally isolated. Super safe for tourists, with almost everybody from the ships. They open at 10am. Thanks Walter,you guys work hard at making us..... Be happy,don't worry !!

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