Can you say Swine Flu???
Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Mexico
Sail Date: April 26, 2009
Ship: Mariner of the Seas
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Review SummaryThis was supposed to be our best vacation ever. It was our honeymoon!! We had bought shore excursions for Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan and I had set up a "vow renewal" ceremony with a reverend in Puerto Vallarta. Since we got married in the states so that our family could be there, and we really originally wanted to get married on the beach, this was going to be a surprise for my husband. Well, the first day at sea was awesome. The food was good, the drinks were being poured, the sun was out... It was exactly what you expect for an 8 day 7 night cruise to the Mexican Riviera. The next day we arrive in Cabo and go to our shore excursion which was the Baja ATV excursion where we ride 4 wheelers for a few hours in the desert and along the coastline. It was absolutely gorgeous and left us completely satisfied!
HOWEVER, when we were all back on the ship that evening, we were told by the captain over the loud speaker that Royal Caribbean has chosen to cancel the rest of our ports of call due to the swine flu concern. Most of us had heard nothing so far of the swine flu. THEN we find out that prior to embarkation, Royal Caribbean knew this was a possible concern and that we would probably be canceling our ports but decided to sail anyway and not say anything to any of its passengers. Ok, so we're not going to our other ports of call, we all need to cancel our excursions and try to get our money back, and now we're stuck on this ship for the rest of the week because they're not going to let us off. Wonderful. Then the captain comes back on and tells us that their main office in Miami has set us up to dock in San Francisco for Friday. Great... Not only are we stuck on the ship spending tons of money in the casino and bars because there's absolutely nothing to do during the day and they haven't added any daytime entertainment to make up for this inconvenience, we have to head north for San Francisco where it's 53 degrees and raining. No Mexico, no sun, no fun.
I think the least they could have done was to give us the option to go back to Los Angeles (where we departed) and cut the trip short or Royal Caribbean could have given us a credit towards a future cruise so that we could at least enjoy what was supposed to be a romantic fun honeymoon cruise. I have been on a cruise before with Holland America where we had to miss a port of call due to a hurricane and I think they did a MUCH better job of improvising and creating fun things for everyone of all ages to do during the days we were at sea. I will cruise again but it will not be with Royal Caribbean.
Ports of Call
Don't Miss: Cabo Wabo of course!!!
Cons: Cruise Itinerary