Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
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4 out of 5

Best way to see the world

Sail Date: April 18, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The ship offered a lot of entertainment options. Whether rock climbing, swimming, fitness center, spa, lounges, enrichment lectures, cuisine, or shows, there was something that would appeal to anyone, regardless of ethnicity or nationality. The boat was easy to navigate, and everything felt close. The staff was friendly, and my fellow traveling companions were fantastic.

Pros: Sampling of exotic cultures without worrying about hassle of traveling in/around them

Cons: When we had to leave the ship

Recommends Mariner of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Entertainment
Catering to an international crowd is quite difficult, as language can become a barrier. As such, entertainment consisted primarily of music-oriented shows in order to have the broadest appeal.
Service and Staff
From the stateroom attendant (Marcelle) and our dining room waiters (Rudolpho and Henry), every person with whom I interacted was top-notch.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Stick to the Parthenon, as everything else looked questionable. Street vendors can be irritating.
Don't Miss: Parthenon
Istanbul, Turkey
The original stop was supposed to be Alexandria, Egypt, so this was a bit of a let-down from the start, although it was surprisingly enjoyable. The Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque were amazing, but the street vendors became incredibly irritating.
Don't Miss: Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque
Naples, Italy
See Pompeii. If you have time, definitely make a point to see the ruins of Herculaneum, a better preserved city that was "frozen in time" by the same eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii.
Don't Miss: Pompeii, Herculaneum, Mt. Vesuvius
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
The surprise hit of the itinerary. Kusadasi was pretty, vendors were respectful, and the tour of Ephesus was really cool.
Don't Miss: Historic Ephesus and the Terrace Houses
Rhodes, Greece
Pretty island with pristine beaches. Numerous shopping opportunities. Some historic sites related to the templars.
Don't Miss: Museum and the templar fortification


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