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Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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13 Night Eastern Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 28, 2011
Ship: Mariner of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago

Nice ship overall, if somewhat lacking in a consistent theme or personality. Liked the "street atmosphere" of the promenade on Deck 5. Pool deck was nicely arranged, with a good set-up for adults only pool area called the Solarium. The main buffet area was too small given the number of people the ship hosts -- finding seats was often a problem. On the other hand, the formal dining room was well done, and did a good job keeping noise level down and making diners feel they were in a more intimate space.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Service was excellent in the dining room, but the main courses disappointed at times. Appetizers were very interesting for the most part, desserts usually good but not great. I did not like that there were no self-serve drinks in the main buffet area -- you had to ask someone for a cup of coffee or tea, and the cold drinks were poured out in advance and sat there with ice melting. Only ice water was available 24/7 on deck 5 -- I would like to have had other options of cold drinks available round the clock, and in more than one place.


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Very clean and well-kept -- I felt the layout could be better in some areas, particularly the main buffet area. I wish the outside promenade on deck 4 went completely around the ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
Look into using the local bus to get to Ephesus from the cent of Kusadasi -- the taxis are incredibly expensive here.
Don't Miss: Ephesus
3 out of 5
Naples is not the most prepossessing city -- visit historic Pompei or lovely Sorrento when stopping here.
Don't Miss: Pompei
3 out of 5
Taormina is a lovely spot, but a bit of a drive from Messina.
Don't Miss: Taormina
5 out of 5
great place to just walk around and soak up the atmosphere -- just a short stroll from the ship.
Don't Miss: The Palace of the Grand Master
5 out of 5
Of course the Acropolis is the must see, along with the new Acropolis Museum. Both are easy to get to using the Athens metro system.
Don't Miss: Acropolis
5 out of 5
The tram system makes it easy to get around the city -- you can pick it up at a stop just a few hundred yards from the entrance to the port.
Don't Miss: The Blue Mosque

Pros: variety of ports of call

Cons: embarkation procedure -- the worst I've ever experienced by far

Recommends Mariner of the Seas? Yes!

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