Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

A relaxing vacation!

Sail Date: June 25, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This was our second voyage on the Mariner of the Seas. This ship offers more amenities than any one person can take in in a normal 7-day cruise. In spite of the very large guest capacity (approximately 3,500 travelers), the ship is very spacious and does not give the traveler the feeling of being in a crowd. The additional dining options (Portofinos, Choppes Grille, etc.) provided a great change (although we were not as impressed with Choppes as we expected). The shows were great, particularly the Ice Show, and once again Royal Caribbean exceeded our expectations.

Pros: The ship's many amenities.

Cons: The pools were extremely crowded.

Cabin / Stateroom
The deluxe staterooms with the balcony are generous for ship accommodations and they are nicely apportioned.
Service and Staff
This was our second time on the Mariner and our twelfth cruise. We must say that the service was not as good as the first time on the Mariner, but it was certainly not bad service in the least.
Entertainment
Ship Quality
The ship is extremely large but, once aboard, the traveler does not feel overwhelmed. The decor is still wonderful and well-kept, and the public areas are maintained to the highest standard. A ship of this size, with an itinerary that calls for two consecutive days at sea, could use an additional pool. The larger, outdoor pool is used for the many pool-side activities, leaving The Solarium pool (much smaller) as the only other option.
Food and Dining
What can we say about the food? It just doesn't get any better, regardless of whether you choose casual or formal dining.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
The tour of St. Maarten/St. Martin was pretty good, and Orient Beach was nice. Family travelers would want to be on the lookout for clothing-optional visitors to the beach.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
Cococay is not the best beach, but RCCL goes out of their way to make it a good experience
Don't Miss: Don't miss the chance to snatch a hammock and rock the day away!
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
St. Thomas has the best shopping. Without a tour, we were able to take a taxi to the ferry, and go over to St. John where we taxied to Trunk Bay. Beaches don't get any better! We also got the best hamberger in a restaurant across from the dock. Unfortunately, we can't remember the name of the place.


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