Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Family Vacation

Sail Date: August 20, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

The overall impresseion of the Mariner of the Seas was excellent. We traveled on the sister ship Explorer of the Seas last year and found this ship to be a little "fresher" The staff on board the Mariner was terrific and very accommodating. The ship really does offer something for all ages and if you want to participate in every activity you can or if you want to hide and relax you can do that as well. I would say in general the large Royal Caribbean ships are catering to families cruising together and for that purpose you cannot beat the vacation.

Pros: There was something for everyone in our group that ranged in age from 2 to 60.

Cons: Traveling back and forth to the ship

Food and Dining
Let me start by saying the I feel overall the quality of food in the industry is not what is use to be, with that said the food in the dining room was always good. Although we did notice the same menus for dinner as the Explorer of the Seas from last year. As far as the Windjammer, the food was plenitful but always seem to be luke warm at best and lacking excitement. Room Service was great for late night munchies and you could always find a snack somewhere at anytime.
Cabin / Stateroom
Stateroom was comfortable for two people with plenty of space to unpack and get organized. The room attendants were very attentive and took care of all requests with a smile.
Ship Quality
The condition of the ship was excellent, I did not notice any public room or area that needed attention. The one difference between this ship and the Explorer was the absence of the kiddie pool in the back of the ship. This feature was wonderful for the small children and it kept them out of the main pool for those who do not want to splash around in such tight quarters.
Service and Staff
As mentioned before the staff was exceptional!! This was the first cruise I have been on where the officiers were so visible and guest friendly. I would have to attribute this to the Captain who was quite visible and active - leading by example.......
Great, we participated in Bingo, Trivia , Pool Games and Sport Activities. Everything was fun and easy to participate.
Children's Programs
As an observer of family children ranging in age from 2-14 I would say great, the kids all had something to do and they all thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
Cococay is a great idea to provide the perfect Beach Day to all guests without the hassel of guessing where to go on one of the other islands.....Cococay is the second private cruise line island I have been to and they both offered the same activities, food and atmosphere. I was not thrilled with the swimming quality, the area was covered in kelp and if you did not have aqua shoes you were out of luck or had to walk through it and take your chances.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Shopping is the thing to do here and the new pier area and boat taxis make it more enjoyable than the past.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We went to Magens Bay for a day at the beach - but I have been to this island several times so I was just looking to relax at the beach.

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