Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Mexico

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4 out of 5

Mariner May 9, 2010 through May 16, 2010

Sail Date: May 09, 2010

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Room Type: Balcony

The Mariner of the Seas is a beautiful ship (huge!!!!) and our D2 balconey cabin on Deck 9 was incredible. The staff were attentive and not at all imposing on our time and space.

The food-in all dining venues-was not very good but we don't consider that a deal breaker. In the main dining area you do get the feeling that you are being rushed but it is a big ship with lots of people waiting to occupy your space.

Ports of call were terrific. A lot of people seem to not like Mazatlan but we loved it. We limited our touring to the Zona Historico having gotten enough of the modern in Cabo San Lucas the day before. We hired a open air cab for $20 for an hour and saw a lot but we really enjoyed walking around exploring. Puerto Vallarta is in a class all its own. We did splurge and took an older British couple up to Chico's Paradise up in the mountains for $40 cabride round trip (have your cabbie wait for you while you have lunch-we had ours come into the restaurant and treated him to lunch).

We did not utilize ship run excursions (too controlled and geared for shopping and too expensive. We also did not use the supplemental restaurants as we've done so on other trips.

Pros: Cabin and cabin staff

Cons: Food

Recommends Mariner of the Seas? Yes!

Shipboard entertaining was not entertaining.
Food and Dining
Bland and unimaginative. Same lunch for breakfast and menu in dining room day after day after day. Food in Windjammer was the same.
Ship Quality
Beautiful, incredibly big and spicspan clean. The elevators were generally inadequate but noticed most people on elevators were using it for one or two floors rather than taking the stairs.
Cabin / Stateroom
D2 Balcony on Deck 9----big, lots of storage, quiet and impeccably clean.
Service and Staff
Excellent everywhere. The only disappointment was the bartending/wait staff at Schooner's. Islynn in Ellington's/Viking Crown Lounge is the best. Lloyd-our cabin steward was incredible.
Mazatlan, Mexico
Zona Historico and wonderful architecture.
Don't Miss: The old square (not the one in front of the cathedral)-the one by the oceanside.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Always a beautiful place to spend some time.
Don't Miss: The Malecon-beachfront promenade with great artwork.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Great views of the ship from the tender. Vendors are a bit aggressive for water tours to the arches.
Don't Miss: Walking along the harborfront.

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