Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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5 out of 5

Another Wonderful Time

Sail Date: October 01, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We have traveled on the Mariner of the Seas four times now and still enjoy every minute of the cruise. The ship feels like a floating motel, with shopping and activities galore. The eastern itinerary is wonderful with port stops at Coco Cay, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. There is also time to relax on deck and enjoy the ocean views.

Pros: The food and specialty restaurants were excellent!

Cons: There were no problems on this cruise.

Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
This was a relaxing day. After being at Royal Caribbean's other out island, Labadee I was somewhat disappointed. The island was well laid out, but the feel was not the same. The water was not as clean nor deep as Labadee. It was also not as safe. The day we were at Coco Cay we encountered jellyfish the size of a dinner plate. Needless to say when they came in we left the water. We then took the nature hike and saw some iquana which were interesting.
Don't Miss: The buffet lunch was great.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We like St. Thomas for its shopping and excursions. We just walk right off the ship and shop at the Havensight Mall. They have several interesting shops and great places to purchase duty free liquor. The shore excursions are also a plus. We took the Dancing Dolphin Catamaran to Turtle Cove for snorkeling and had the best time. The fish were awesome and we saw over six sea turtles! We didn't want to leave, but the sail back was fun, with an open bar and snacks. The music was great and we had fun dancing as we sailed back to the ship.
Don't Miss: The snorkeling is the best part of this port.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
This port is great also. There are plenty of excursions to chose from. We chose to explore Tintamarre Island. It was awesome. We took a catamaran to the island. The crew was fantastic. We were welcomed aboard and enjoyed an open bar on our trip to the island. The sail there was fun with lots of waves. Once there we could either snorkel, play on the beach or swim in the clear blue-green waters. It was so clean and cler you could see the ripples in the sand 70 feet down. On our sail back we enjoyed baguette sandwiches, champagne and an open bar. We had a wonderful time. After our excursion we showered and went into the shopping district via the water taxi. The town was beautiful and there were great deals.
Don't Miss: The sail to Tintamarre Island was the best.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
This port is great also. There are plenty of excursions to chose from. We chose to explore Tintamarre Island. It was awesome. We took a catamaran to the island. The crew was fantastic. We were welcomed aboard and enjoyed an open bar on our trip to the island. The sail there was fun with lots of waves. Once there we could either snorkel, play on the beach or swim in the clear blue-green waters. It was so clean and cler you could see the ripples in the sand 70 feet down. On our sail back we enjoyed baguette sandwiches, champagne and an open bar. We had a wonderful time. After our excursion we showered and went into the shopping district via the water taxi. The town was beautiful and there were great deals.
Don't Miss: The sail to Tintamarre Island was the best.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We like St. Thomas for its shopping and excursions. We just walk right off the ship and shop at the Havensight Mall. They have several interesting shops and great places to purchase duty free liquor. The shore excursions are also a plus. We took the Dancing Dolphin Catamaran to Turtle Cove for snorkeling and had the best time. The fish were awesome and we saw over six sea turtles! We didn't want to leave, but the sail back was fun, with an open bar and snacks. The music was great and we had fun dancing as we sailed back to the ship.
Don't Miss: The snorkeling is the best part of this port.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
This was a relaxing day. After being at Royal Caribbean's other out island, Labadee I was somewhat disappointed. The island was well laid out, but the feel was not the same. The water was not as clean nor deep as Labadee. It was also not as safe. The day we were at Coco Cay we encountered jellyfish the size of a dinner plate. Needless to say when they came in we left the water. We then took the nature hike and saw some iquana which were interesting.
Don't Miss: The buffet lunch was great.


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