Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Mexico

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4 out of 5

A fantastic vacation!

Sail Date: May 23, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

This was the first cruise I have ever been on and after this trip I have decided that cruising is the only way to go! The ship was wonderful. There was always something to do and the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. The Chops Grille had some of the best food I've ever had, and their wine pairings were wonderful! You could tell that our waiter loved what he did. All of the staff were cheerful and welcoming! The shows were also so much fun! Try to make as many of the late night adult comedy shows as you can, especially the Quest. And if you need a snack before the shows, the cafe on the Promenade has delicious pizza and sandwiches!

Pros: Definitely the food and the shows

Cons: The activities like rock climbing amd ice skating aren't always available.

Recommends Mariner of the Seas? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
The room I had was an interior room. It was small, but the layout made it alright. Please note that the interior rooms are pitch black with the lights out and if you don't have an alarm with you, you will sleep through all the fun!
Ship Quality
I think the ship is the perfect size! The layout is clear, dining is at one side and the pool is right in the center. The one thing I didn't like though is that once you go below deck 4 you need to take certain stairs for specific destinations
Food and Dining
The food was wonderful in the dining room! In the Windjammer and in Jade the food was average, but there is such a variety of food that you can find anything you'd like there! The free sushi wasn't anything to rave about, but it was free! Of everything, Chops Grille was the highlight of our dining experience. If you have a chance to go there for their wine dinner series, DO NOT HESITATE! :)
Service and Staff
Our waiter knew that we liked magic tricks so he taught our table one every night! Our assistant waiter remembered that we ordered ice tea the second night and he brought us one every night after that without us asking. I also loved the towel animals the stateroom attendants left in the room for us to discover.
I didn't go to many of the shows because we retired early most nights, but the ones we saw were hilarious. Don't miss the Quest! Unfortunately a few things were before I woke up too.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cabo is kind of small, so you are going to need a taxi to get to a beach. I would suggest using this port for excursions because they'll take you away from the pier
Don't Miss: Cabo Canopy Adventure. It was so much fun and the guides were hilarious!
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
The most beautiful and fantastic spot the ship stopped at! We went on an excursion to Las Caletas. It was a tour on the way there and the guides were funny and there was an open bar. Once you get to the beach it is quiet and they provide you with tons of activities! I even snorkeled with a sea lion there!
Don't Miss: Las Caletas Hideaway
Mazatlan, Mexico
Way too many people on the beach trying to sell you something every 3 minutes. Try to get to a more secluded beach than the Golden Zone.
Don't Miss: I think the islands were less crowded. I would suggest renting a wave runner. Those were a blast!

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