We found out about the cruise on the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas about two weeks before boarding. I can honestly say that this was my least expensive cruise ,and my favorite one. We left on Sunday, May 24th from Los Angeles, went to San Francisco, Vancover, B.C. and Seattle, Washington and were at sea for two days. All of the ports were fun, and since we have been to these places several times, we arranged our own activities. Usually we take a cruise sponsored tour, but it was easy to walk right off at all of the ports and do our own thing.
There was never a dull moment for us on the Royal Caribbean, which is an amazing ship w/many attractions for everybody young and old. On the days that we were at sea, I got up early had breakfast at the Windjammer buffet and then walked around the track to wear off all of the delicious food that we could not stay away from. Also, I went to the gym and used the steam room and would meet my husband afterwards. He enjoyed many presentations and shows such as "The Newlywed and Not So Newlywed Game". We usually had lunch in the dining room where we had the chance to meet interesting people daily. We also hung out at Seattle's Best Coffee Shop on the Promanade Deck. There was not enough time to do everything we would have liked to do such as golf, rock climbing, etc.The staff was wonderful especially those in the dining room. The food was also wonderful and we are probably losing weight now as we have to deal w/my cooking. We loved the shows especially the Ice Skating Show. The only suggestion I have for the Royal Caribbean is to have laundry facilities so that guests can do their own laundry. Everything else was "over the top" I have told all of my friends about this "last minute" cruise that was diverted from Mexico to the Northwest.
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