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When is Mariner of the Seas slated to resume operations?
Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas resumed cruising on August 23, 2021. Sailing roundtrip from Port Canaveral, the ship is cruising a variety of 4- and 5-night Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean voyages through November. Depending on the itinerary, stops include Nassau (Bahamas), Cozumel (Mexico), as well as the line’s own private islands, Perfect Day at CocoCay (Bahamas) and Labadee (Haiti).
All Royal Caribbean guests ages 12 and older must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing. This requirement falls under the current local regulations of the Bahamas (of which Marnier makes two port stops in) that requires all cruise ship passengers to have been fully vaccinated prior to entering the countries’ waters. This requirement is in place through November 1, 2021. Guests under the age of 12 will complete COVID-19 testing requirements depending on the length and departure port of their sailing.
For sailings as of September 13, 2021, Royal Caribbean will require all guests ages two years and older, regardless of vaccine status, to complete a COVID-19 test no more than two days prior to the sail date and present proof of negative results at the terminal upon check-in.
Cruising on Mariner of the Seas? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Mariner of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s larger-sized ships. The vessel went through a makeover in 2018, as part of the Royal Amplified series of refurbishments, which added enhanced staterooms, updated activities, and new dining venues. Mariner is packed with amenities for travelers of all ages, making it a perfect option for a family vacation.
At full capacity (prior to COVID restrictions) Mariner of the Seas has the ability to carry 3,113 total passengers and 1,181 crew members. There are 1,669 total cabins, broken down into 60 category types.
Activities + Entertainment: Singles, couples, and families can choose from an assortment of adventures on Mariner of the Seas. The ship’s highlights include a 200-foot FlowRider surf simulator, ‘Battle for Planet Z’ laser tag, kids and teens centers, the Sky Pad virtual reality trampoline adventure, an Escape Room, the ‘Perfect Storm’ waterslides, fitness classes, sports courts, table tennis, the Vitality Spa, a casino, as well as a number of whirlpools and pools.
Nighttime highlights onboard the ship include live entertainment such as orchestral renditions, ice skating shows, and guest performers. Adults can relax and unwind at one of the nine onboard bars and lounges, including Playmakers, Bamboo Room and Wig and Gavel.
Dining: Mariner of the Seas’ dining scene is certain to satisfy a variety of palates. Included restaurant options are the Main Dining Room, Windjammer Buffet, the Dog House, Cafe Promenade, Specialty eateries include the Chef’s Table, Johnny Rocket’s, Jamie’s Italian, Ben & Jerry’s, Starbucks, Izumi Hibachi and Sushi, and the Chops Grille.
Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly with Mariner of the Seas return to cruising. With a high demand from travelers to sail on this popular ship, we recommend booking NOW if you are considering cruising as prices are only going up.
Right now you can expect to pay about $60 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Considering a balcony cabin? This class of rooms currently starts at around
$100 per person per night and go up from there based on location and category.
What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Protocol
There are a number of evolving protocols that Royal Caribbean has implemented for the embarkation process. For sailings departing on or after September 13, all guests 2 and older (regardless of vaccination status) will need to take a COVID-19 test with an accredited test provider no more than two days before arriving at the terminal for embarkation.
Prior to sailing, Royal Caribbean suggests all passengers download the Royal Caribbean App to check into their cruise as well as select a time slot for arrival on boarding day. One day before departure, all guests must complete the Guest Health Questionnaire in the Royal App. When you arrive to board the ship, be prepared to bring the following: Passport/Passport Card or a state-certified U.S. Birth Certificate, COVID vaccine card or COVID-19 test result, proof of travel insurance, and completed health questionnaire.
When indoors on the ship, CDC guidelines require all guests two and older to wear masks unless they are actively eating or drinking. Per the guidelines, Royal Caribbean will make allowances for guests to remove their masks in venues and events dedicated to fully-vaccinated parties. Masks are not required in your stateroom when you are with your traveling party, outside on the open decks, or at Perfect Day at CocoCay, unless in a crowded setting.
Really nice get away & family time for all of us! The staff is excellent. The food & food service is awesome! - pattyf5673
Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas is a great family fun/party ship for a quick getaway to the Bahamas. The ship had everything we wanted: great food, great drinks, pools, shows, and plenty of fun. CocoCay was great. The food and drinks on the island were also very good. My husband and I already talked about doing this cruise again. We would definitely recommend. - mdevlin
Really enjoyed it. Very relaxing, and no pressure to do anything but what you felt like doing. Plenty of things to do, and actually too much food to eat! Very clean ship and great crew. - captbattillo
Overall this was the best family vacation we have had. It was the perfect amount of time and there was something for everyone. We have 17 in our family that went on this trip and everyone enjoyed it. - vhold
With so much to see and do in the various Caribbean ports Mariner of the Seas visits, we recommend planning your shore excursions before you get onboard. Top-rated excursions by port include:
Labadee, Haiti - Labadee is a private destination just for Royal Caribbean cruisers. This tropical paradise offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Kick back in a lounge chair under a thatched canopy, soar through the air on the longest zip line over water in the world, or cool off at the Arawak Water Park.
Perfect Day at CocoCay - Perfect Day is Royal Caribbean’s own private island in the Bahamas. The destination is jam-packed with so many activities and adventures that you will have a hard time deciding what to do first! The island’s amenities received a rehaul in 2019, so most of the activities you will find are relatively new.
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