7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Sail Date: July 19, 2009 Ship: Mariner of the Seas Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 8 years ago
Very nice and large cruise ship. Friendly and helpful staff; We dined at the Portofino restaurant and had seafood; We liked the 12th deck, which had a walking track and gave us good walking exercise. Also enjoyed the 14th deck with the Ellington night club lounge - great view of the sea and sky. Overall entertainment was very good, with the Beetles singing the popular songs; enjoyed cruiser karioeki's participation. Can use some help using the signs "Fwd" and "Aft" on each deck floor with big letters on all four sides.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Windjammer cafe was very convenient for casual meals and refreshments in the evenings. Good view from the Portofino restaurant. Price was reasonable. Could use Mexican cuisine items on the lunch and dinner menu. Since this was a Mexican cruise, there was no Mexican food in formal lunch or formal dinner time.
3 out of 5
Was looking for more comedy hour's. Was expecting some Mexican Mariachi musicians at the Promenade since this is a Mexican cruise ship and going to the ports of Cabo, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Very helpful and friendly. Cruise director was very friendly and a good communicator; Captain was very informative and with very good English.
5 out of 5
Very relaxing and was easy to get around. Staff was very friendly.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Can use a night light to get some lighting. The room was comfortable.
Nice boardwalk next to the shuttle's drop off point. Nice to just walk around and take some pictures. Was also humid and hot. Too many street hawks to lure customers into the stores.
Don't Miss: The walk at the boardwalk.
Glass factory was a good visit. It was too hot and humid at this port and we really wanted to sit in an air conditioned car and visit the places. Took the one hour city tour on an SUV. The port flee market was a good visit too and the prices were reasonable and negotiate some prices. We ate our late lunch in the ship, the Windjammer Cafe.
Don't Miss: A good view of the large rocks from the land's end.
The cathedral and the adjacent bazaar. We took a 3 hour city tour. It was also humid and hot at this port. We ate our late lunch in the ship, the Windjammer Cafe.
Don't Miss: The bazaar next to the cathedral.
Pros: Good service and the ship was large;
Cons: Did not have Mexican cuisine at dinner tables; there were no Mariachi's musicians;
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