Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Mexico

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2 out of 5

Mediocrity of the Seas

Sail Date: November 01, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Shipboard amenities: Ship is already starting to look dated, with worn carpets & stains in traffic areas. Some decks are not easily accessible - should have another section of elevators (there's 8 fore & 8 aft if I remember - could use some midship). Rockclimbing is great, but the attendants are rude. Arcade is awesome. Ice skating? a major plus (you wouldn't think, but it was great fun). Ship's layout is fairly nice, tho - with a good sized gym (although the dumbbells only go up to 75lbs. We're both powerlifters, so we giggled) It was nice having an adults only area, but it was often not enforced. Spa could have been bigger.

Service: our room steward wasn't very friendly. He never cleaned our balcony, and we were on the back so the buildup of soot on certain days was bad. The dining room service was tragic: the Asst Waiter kept rubbing up against us. You'd be having a conversation, and then an arm would shoot right in front of you. He was WAY too personal, and very inattentive (we would get up to get our own sodas, pepper, etc). The waiter had an annoying habit of interrupting our conversations to ask us if "everything was okay. The service? the food? are you happy" all at once and several times. It was annoying. The maitre'd did NOT stop people from the dinner seatings who were wearing shorts! Tragic!

Cruise director & staff: we had a chance to interface with the cruise director. He was rude, a total jerk, and belonged more in a zany loud morning radio program that you happily avoid during your morning commute. Definitely more appropriate for a cruise line aimed at lower class of service, unless this is now what RCL is going after.

Shows: Only caught the ice show...which is INCREDIBLE!

Pros: Variety of non-cruise director staff oriented activities (rock climbing, ice skating, etc)

Cons: quality of food, quality of service, friendliness, efficiency of staff

Recommends Mariner of the Seas? Yes!

Food and Dining
Go to the specialty restaurants as often as possible. This is the food & service quality that RCL had years ago in the regular dining room.
Service and Staff
tough call since I'm used to a higher level of service (been cruising for 15 years). The service quality was average for a MUCH lower quality of cruise - not what I used to expect from RCL
Ship Quality
ship is getting dated, but functional.
Cabin / Stateroom
stateroom was okay, but there was a drain in the bath that was plugged wiht a Beringer wine cork and the intake for the A/C was covered in dust.
We didn't get to the regular shows, but the Ice Show was AWESOME. Plenty of fun activities, although my faves are watching the waves and quiet times - which we never had a problem finding. It wasn't a very 'party oriented' cruise, but that is most likely due to the time of year, the fact the ship didn't seem full at all, or that it was mostly card players on a specialty cruise who were down in the Conference Center.

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