Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Mexico

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1 cruise (first)


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3 out of 5

Mexicon Riviera 2010

Sail Date: October 01, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This was a first cruise and the ship and general system was beautiful and efficient. The service was overall pretty good but variable. Our big complaint was the food. It was, in a word, horrible. The Windjammer Cafe "buffet" had a good breakfast but that was it. The protein courses were overcooked and dried out. The food was so bland that it was virtually tasteless. We used "My Time" dining but only used the dining room twice. The steaks were cold and incorrectly cooked. You had to pay $15.00 more for a better quality steak. Service was not good. We tried "Chops" the steakhouse one night (with a $25 per person charge) and again found cold meat and cold baked potatoes. The staff tries to compensate for the food but it is hopeless. The Johnny Rocket's is good (for an additional fee). A second gripe was the constant "hustle" of selling diamonds, watches, gold, and other trinkets. Every TV channel was Royal Caribbean selling something. We have spent quite a bit of time in Mexico. Cabo was OK but PV and Mazatlan were underwhelming. Constant hustle and hassle. The Zona de Oro (Gold Zone) in Mazatlan was nothing but a cooperative sales area for the cruise lines. The beaches were ugly and you had 30-40 (literally) people coming to you to sell something. One good thing about the ports was that you could get a break from the food on the ship. I doubt I'd cruise with RC again.

Pros: Ship and Service

Cons: Dining and the general "hustle" of constantly selling things

Recommends Mariner of the Seas? No.

Cabin / Stateroom
Not bad actually. A bit dated.
Service and Staff
Foreign crew who tried. They seemed tired and overworked but really strove to help the customers.
Food and Dining
They had to work at it to make the food this bad. It was like a bad Vegas buffet.
Ship Quality

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