Mariner of the Seas

3.9 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 5 yrs ago    
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Mariner of the Seas is a large ship, carrying 3114 passengers and 1181 crew, and sails from Shanghai, China and Singapore.

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atomtroy says ...

Great way to see parts of Southeast Asia

Excellent staff and ship.   We flew in from the US and having a relaxing cruise... Read more
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Contributor Level: Purser
1 out of 5

the worst experience of my life

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it wasnt not as advertised. there were only two restaurants which while good were not outstanding. never mind johnny rockets which was a dive. there was a gay bar but nothing for straight singles to do. they did not dock in either excursion port contrary to what you are led to believe. they nickel and dime you for everything including a 90.00 fee to tour the ship!The cabin was a dump, the couch was filthy. the cabin attendant could not get it through his head i just wanted to be left alone and would call if i needed something. seeing Vietnam was wonderful but here is where they should have spent the night. as it was only five hours. after travel. i am so disappointed, especially since my last royal Caribbean was so great. too many kids as well and you would think there would be asian selections of beer. i feel like i got taken. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Was billed twice for gratuities, did not receive refund

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

As stated, I was billed twice for gratuities for 5 people. That's 500 USD.  I received no refund, or even understanding from staff. If you book this cruise, refuse to pay gratuities as your booking, you will be billed again and forced to pay again out the door. And demand an itemized invoice after you complete your booking. They don't send you one, and as prices are always fluctuating there is no way for you to prove how much of your bill was the ticket price and how much was the gratuities and the health insurance they make you pay for as you book the trip. 

 

Royal Caribbean has TERRIBLE internal communication! Just try to find out which port your leaving from, you will never find a definitive answer in English. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great way to see parts of Southeast Asia

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Excellent staff and ship.

 

We flew in from the US and having a relaxing cruise to adjust to the jet lag was perfect.  We were told that English would be a second language and food would be completely different, but that was not the case at all.  English was first, and although the dishes had a lot more variety, it was that different from taking a Caribbean Cruise.

 

It was very comfortable and everyone was very helpful on the ship.  Good food and entertainment.

Embarking and debarking was quick and efficient.

 

This cruise doesn't happen much, but we recommend it for a comfortable way to see several parts of Asia.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Wonderful cruise

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We loved everything about this cruise. The cabin was bright and spacious. The food was great. Staff was friendly and helpful. Overall a wonderful experience. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
1 out of 5

My first and LAST cruise with Royal Carribean

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

We were a group of 10 travelling with half of the people doing cruise for the first time with the other half seasoned cruiser. 

 

Upon boarding, we were immediately pressured by staff as sales people to purchase better/premium meals.

 

ALL food on the cruise was cold to lukewarm EVERYDAY. We had to ask for coffee to be reheated to get it extra-hot. This was only avilable if you were staying in Gold Suite. Which should not be the case. 

 

Horrible experience with Shore excursions

 

Rude attitude from staff and misleading marketing information - NO unlimited Ben&Jerry We read from the reviews online that when we board the cruiseline they would have Ben & Jerry’s store, and we would only need to pay an entrance fee to have UNLIMITED Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream. When we enquired about the unlimited ice-cream with one of the Chinese female staff who served us, we were greeted with frowny face and were told in a rude attitude that there is no such thing

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

If you like to be in a crowd

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

3500 people onboard, if you like to be in Grand Central Staion at rush hour, this is the ship to be on. And especially if you like over cooked food,they have not yet heard about "medium rare". And the constant sales pitch for specialty resuarants and over priced drinks, this is for you!!  I realize that they run a business for profit but to much is to much. And $20.00 a day for WiFi come now. I do have to say that the junior suite we had was nice and roomy. And last but not least all ports of call are miles and miles from any city. Except for Phuket. Their excursions are over priced for south east Asia (Japanese prices) Kuala Lumpor is 50 miles from the port of call 1and a half hour by taxi.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Our first cruise in Asia

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The ports of calls were great. One week went by very quickly. This trip was unique for us as  we had o

one sea day and rest of the time were busy taking in the sights. We were able to visit historic,religious 

sites and beautiful beaches.  The passengers represented different ethnic groups. The Cruise line was sensitive to the needs of the guests with different backgrounds. 

We also saw some variation in the entertainment provided using local talents.

I highly recommend this itinerary,only wished it was ten day cruise. I could have done more shopping.

 

 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Mariner of the Seas Excellent Experience

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Overall, my wife and I like the ship, clean, comfortable, excellent food and room service. I can recommend to all my friends the wonderful experience we had. Everyone on the ship board from room service to food servers was courteous, friendly and very accommodating. I will make sure we will cruise again with Royal Carribean.  However, shopping time on land excursions was too short and limited.HappyLove

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
2 out of 5

what a mess

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#1 the trip to Galveston took all day from Denver.....they had to hold the ship because we were so late in getting there. #2 We could not download the luggage tags because they shut off the ability to very early and of course in Houston they ran out of luggage tags. Finally we got on the buses to Galveston a couple of hours late. My bus smelled so badly of gas fumes we finally arrived with headaches. My balcony cabin was great except for on the bed was a notice that the casino was closed for 10 days while they remodeled it so the ship would be ready for it's 3 yr. stint in the Far East. Of course they so kindly credited us with a $100 credit on our cruise. 10 days at sea was great otherwise. Loved Madere and the Rock of Gibraltar so much better than the Canary Islands on the last transcontinental I took 3 yrs. ago. Alicante and Nassau were not bad as I had also been there years ago. What can you possibly see in Barcelona when you have to leave the ship at 6:30am to get to the airport for a 10:00 AM flight. Glad I stayed over before for a week or more. Now the biggest complaint.......at 6:30 AM I got to the luggage disembarking the ship with #l tags on both of my suitcases so I could catch their bus to the airport and of course they lost, on the ship no less one of my suitcases. Waited as long as I could so I wouldn't miss the flight to Madrid, to London and home. Filled out my lost luggage report and was told that my suitcase would be found and returned to me as it is on the ship. I ran through Barcelona airport, Madrid airport and London airport as my flight schedules all said that I was on American Airlines all the way through. #1 flight to Madrid was actually Iberia, #2 flight to London was Iberia also and they are not even close to each other. I am 73 years old and I'll tell you that the schedule you sent to me confirming flights as per Royal Caribbean was so far off. Got through customs in London and of course my flight to Denver was not American A/L but British A/L.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
3 out of 5

Great cruise, but some reservations to consider

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The ship was outstanding and well maintained. Our Promenade room was excellent. The entire staff is courteous and helpful. Our only complaint was the food. Certainly not up to standards. Celebrity outshines Royal Caribbean in the food department.

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docharv
Contributor Level: Purser

sailing out of Singapore it is obviously aimed at the Chinese market. For my family that was not a problem, however, the free-for-all in the Windjammer buffet restaurant would spoil anyones holiday. Never again!!!!!!!!

cosmic12345
Contributor Level: Purser

DON'T GO ON THIS SHIP! and no these capital letters are an understatement. I had half of the people who were cruising for the first time with us and they ALL said they would NEVER DO cruise AGAIN as their option to travel.

OlgaZ
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Check the menu for the dining room and if you don't like it, go the buffet. There were some days with great option, but some days were not as great. Buffet had plenty of options every day, so you could find what you want. Go to the pool early, gets really packed by 11 am.

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Price

L

Size

Nov 2003

Built

5 yrs ago

Refurbished

3114

Total Passengers

2.64

Crew to Passenger Ratio

14

Number of Decks

1557

Total Cabins

25

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