Royal Carribean Seems to be slipping
Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern
Ship: Mariner of the Seas
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
This was our tenth cruise and 7th on a Royal Carribean ship. We iused to go every year, but missed the last two. It seems like things have changed.
There was no longer any live entertainmnet at the pool, just piped in music. They no longer do the midnight buffet. We never went to it just an FYI. They now charge for minor dry cleaning, which used to be free when staying in a large suite.
Food was of a lesser quality unless you go to Chops for $25 extra, it was worth it. They no longer have wine stewards in the dining rooms. I order a bottle each night and it rarely made it to the table before the main course.
Our room attendant was fabulous as well as the head waiter. In ten cruises it was the first time we got to know the head waiter. he amused us in conversation, some tricks, and his assisting the wait staff. We found several of the bars had terrific bartenders, although no one had onions to make a gibson.
Overall we were disappointed. We have been staying in the suites for many years, and found the cut back on services to be noticeable. We always enjoyed the games and live entertainment at the pools, and found the pool are very boring. We will try a higher end line next time to see what you can get for a few dollars more.
One more thing. I proposed to my girlfriend on this cruise while in St Martin. Although when I called ahead Royal Carribean could not offer any assistance in making the day special. I found a service on St Martin that has everything called "CONCIERGE BLUE". Michelle is the owner and she made our day very special. She is wonderful to work with.
Pros: Dining Companions, Room Attendant and Head Waiter
Cons: Less Games, Less Entertainment, Poor Food Quality