Extraordinary First Time Cruise Experien
Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 10 years ago
Review SummaryThis was my family's first cruise and it was incredible. There were 5 of us--two adults and three children (12, 9 and 5) and we had 2 balcony rooms. The Mariner's balconies are spacious and well worth the money. Our room attendant was extremely capable and the service in the dining room was outstanding. The food was pretty good considering how many people they were preparing for. The activities aboard the ship were quite dynamic--from the family disco night to the very adult game shows--we were thoroughly entertained. The ship's gym was stocked with excellent cardio and weight room equipment. It was fun to take aerobics class aboard the moving ship. The putt putt golf, rock climbing wall, adult dodgeball, and ice skating were a few ways we excercised aboard the ship. We cruised to the Eastern Caribbean and loved Coco Cay and all of the ports of call--especially worth it is the scuba excursion to St. John. Becky the cruise director and her staff were so much fun--try to go to all of their activities that you can--you will definitely leave laughing. I would definitely book 2 rooms if you are traveling with a family. One cabin would have been tight with more than 2 or 3 people. I did see some of the suites as I walked down the hall--this is a good alternative if you have 4 or more. The bars were phenomenal, their bartenders make nice strong drinks. We had children in three different sections of the Adventure Ocean kids program. The staff exceeded our expectations. The activities, crafts and overall atmosphere of the program were phenomenal. They also offer late night programs at a very reasonable price ($5 per hour per kid) so adults can hang out without worrying about the kids until 1am. Lastly, there were a lot of older people with wheel chairs and scooters. I thought there would have been more families, but this was probably because of the time of the year we went (week after Thanksgiving).
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
The public areas were beautifully appointed. The restrooms were always clean--no matter what time of the day. The ship never seemed crowded even though we were at full capacity.
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Staff was super friendly and helpful, the activities, the children's program
Cons: The snack selection at the 24 hour promenade cafe, too much shopping hype