20th Anniversary Cruise
Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Review SummaryThis was our first cruise and what a way to start our cruise experience. We heard so many wonderful things about "cruising" that we came with very high expectations. As high as they were, they were surpassed! While we paid a little more to sail Royal Caribbean, after our experience we see why and will look to Royal Caribbean as our prefered cruise line for all future cruises.
The on-boarding process went very smoothly and our bags were in our room shortly after boarding, so we could work on getting settled right away. The pre-departure safety drill was awkward but understandable. The overall condition and visual asthetics of the ship was amazing. My wife is prone to sea sickness, but had no problems during the cruise, the ship was incredibly smooth and most of the time we could tell the ship was actually in motion.
The ships facilities and amenities kept us entertained and occupied at all times. I wish we would have discovered the value of the "Daily Compass" which outlines all of the events and schedule earlier; we would have been more efficient with our time and planning our on ship activities. The length of our cruise was perfect for the size of our ship. Anything shorter would not have allowed us to take advantage of the ships amenities that we desired and by the 8th day, we had seen and done everything on board that was of interest to us.
The only area of disappointment was the food, especially in the Windjammer Buffet. I expected food to be more readily available throughout the ship, but it was limited to the one buffet and dining halls which had specific and limited hours of operation. The quality of the food in the buffet was also very poor. I did not dine at any of the "specialty" restaurants on board and was surprised to find out there was an additional charge for them.
Overall we had an absolutely fantastic cruise and appreciate the attentive nature of the entire crew and our experience on the Mariner of the Seas.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: The Ship, Crew and overall environment were much better than our already high expectations.
Cons: The food in the Windjammer Buffet, especially breakfast was terrible.