Ahhh what a wonderful ship. We've been on the Mariner Of The Seas twice, once on a back to back and both times it was great. The first trip was a few years ago for one week on the Western Caribbean. We loved this ship so much that a few years later we booked a back to back so we could stay on the ship longer, oh what a vacation! The downside to one week is that you'll leave wishing it was longer. The dining room is probably one of the prettiest we've seen on any cruise ship and the size of it leaves you awe struck, three stories, balconies. The food is perfect and theres just so much to do and see on the ship that you'll favor the days at sea more than the ports! (Labadee is awesome! Rent the jet skis, it's sooooo much fun! Labadee is on the Western Caribbean intinerary). We've been on both the Eastern and the Western and I think I'd have to say that the Western was a tad better but only because we'd been to St. Martin and St. Thomas so many times before. (Highly reccommend the Champagne Catarmaran Sail & Snorkel excursion to St. John from St. Thomas - Ah what a wonderful crew , a catarmaran takes you to Honeymoon Beach for snorkeling on a shallow coral reef. You can swim up to the powdery white sand beach or snorkel and see millions of the most colorful fish. On the way back ask for a Painkiller rum drink, very good, but only have 2 or you might forget the whole day! The sights are gorgeous to and from St. John as you sail through the Pillsbury Sound.) You will absolutely love this ship, it's extreemly well maintained. The people staff are welcoming and facilitating. We got them to open up the partition between our two balcony rooms which made the balcony twice as wide and allowed us to go to eachothers rooms without going through the hallway. We asked after we boarded. When we inquired about it beforehand, they simply told us to ask once we boarded. Don't miss the Cigar bar (forgot the name of this bar but ask a staff member where that cigar bar is for an after dinner cigar and fine Scotch, what a treat! We loved the pool area on our days at sea but found we had to get up kinda early (10am at the latest) to get a good spot.) Vintages Wine Bar on the Promenade is another great hangout. Try the sampler, they give you 5 types of wines, love the atmosphere here). The hot tub in the gym is beatiful and very relaxing. (If you go to Jamaica be sure NOT to go on a RC sponsored excursion to Shaw Park Beach Hotel, just awful. Dunns River was fun but very slippery - do not bring cameras, to hard to manuever! I heard Goldeneye or James Bond Beach is supposed to be spectacular. Last time we went on a raft ride down the Martha Brae River - my wife liked it but the others in our party, including myself, found this excursion to be very boring and the ride there was too long The bus driver drove like he was on a suicide mission. Now RC has 2 larger ships, the Freedom Of The Seas and the Liberty Of The Seas. I'm sure these two are great ships too, but I really don't know if they could possilbly be any better than the Mariner!
The best! You've got to go!
Sail Date: February 01, 2007
Traveled As: Family w/older children
Pros: The ship
Cons: Too little time on this marvelous ship!
Recommends Mariner of the Seas? Yes!