Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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4 out of 5

Fantastic Honeymoon Cruise

Sail Date: April 05, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Our recent honeymoon cruise was made more special by the staff and crew of The Mariner of the Seas as well as the accommodations. The ship was beautiful, with the replica dining room from the Titanic, the nice shops and eateries of the Royal Promenade and the guest support staff. Everyone there made our trip more enjoyable.

Pros: Great itinerary, tasty food, relaxing atmosphere

Cons: internet service - slow

Recommends Mariner of the Seas? No.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Buffet breakfasts and lunches were good. Dinner in the dining room was delicious! Dinners in the 2 specialty restaurants was fantastic! Highly recommend them both. We also ate one night at Johnny Rockets, which was perfect after a long day of excursions.
Cabin / Stateroom
Was great to have the balcony to be able to enjoy the quiet of our room and the outdoors.
Service and Staff
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the ice skating performance!!
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
We toured a few ancient cities, starting with the smallest and ending with the largest. It was a great way to see and experience the ancient world. Magnesia, Miletus, Didyma (Temple to Apollo), lunch then on to Ephesus. Enjoyed the carpet making demonstration, but was surprised by the very high cost! Would have been fine to do without that stop.
Don't Miss: Temple to Apollo and Ephesus
Messina, Sicily
Would have liked extra time. We went on a RCI excursion to Mt. Etna and Taormina. We were left with only 1 hour to see all of Taormina. We ran down to the Greek Theatre, paid the entrance fee and wished we had at least another hour there!
Don't Miss: Greek Theatre, Mt. Etna
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
We did this port on our own. A better map of the area, and some better instruction from the ship as to how to get to Athens from Piraeus would have been helpful, but a bit of wandering and we quickly found our way.
Don't Miss: Acropolis, Temple to Zeus, Hadrian's Arch
Souda (Chania), Crete
Maybe it was the time of year. The Samarian Gorge doesn't open until May 1. Maybe it was the graffiti covered "sites". Maybe it was the trash. This seemed like a fine place to stop for a day, but there wasn't much to do. We would have rather enjoyed a stop mid-island so that we could have seen the Knossos Temple and the beautiful Minoan mosaics and other items from this ancient city. However, the time in port just wasn't long enough to get there. We did enjoy talking with some knife makers, a Cretan handicraft speciality.
Haifa, Israel
Fantastic Tour! We went to The Sea of Galilee and Nazareth today. Tour guide, Haya, was excellent!! Food in the Kibbutz was fantastic!
Don't Miss: River Jordan
Naples, Italy
We tried to do everything in 1 day. Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii. It worked! We loved this excursion and didn't ever feel rushed!
Don't Miss: Pompeii, Capri
Rhodes, Greece
Loved the Palace of the Knights and walking around this beautiful old city. We explored on our own, and found that to be more than sufficient. It's an easily walkable city.
Don't Miss: Palace of the Knights
Ashdod, Israel
Fantastic tour! We went to Masada and the Dead Sea. We had the same tour guide as the day before, Haya. I think my favorite part of the whole trip was floating in the Dead Sea!
Don't Miss: Dead Sea

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