Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

Extraordinary First Time Cruise Experien

Sail Date: November 01, 2006

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Balcony

This 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).

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

Recommends Mariner of the Seas? Yes!

Children's Programs
Perfect schedule allowed for family time and kid time. Activities that we brought home and will keep for a lifetime. Kids parades, kids only special dinner, kids activities at Coco Cay--we can't say enough about the features of this program.
Service and Staff
They were a fun and friendly bunch. I would liked to have seen the captain.
Ship Quality
The Mariner is a beautiful ship and from what I have read, the only voyager class ship to have balconies that extend beyond the ships structure. It made our small stateroom feel so much bigger and brighter.

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.
Food and Dining
The casual dining room, the Windjammer, always had an amazing variety of foods. On the 1st day they will promote the soda special--buy a pass for the week. If you or your kids drink juice, tea or lemonade, don't bother as they serve these items for free. We didn't use one of the passes we bought.
Cabin / Stateroom
The only problem with our stateroom was that other balcony guests smoked. There is nothing like going to bed in the darkness of the Caribbean ocean and waking up with a beautiful island right outside your window--I would definitely recommend you pay for a balcony room.
Entertainment
The lounge bands, nightly lounge performer (Matt Yee on our ship) were excellent. The circus show on ice was great. The special star performers were D-list entertainers and the staff singers/dancers were okay, but if you miss their shows--you wouldn't miss much.


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