Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
7+ cruises

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2

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5

3 out of 5

Great itinerary

Sail Date: June 28, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

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.

Pros: variety of ports of call

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

Recommends Mariner of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
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.
Food and Dining
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.
Entertainment
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
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
Rhodes, Greece
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
Istanbul, Turkey
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
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
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
Souda (Chania), Crete
Naples, Italy
Naples is not the most prepossessing city -- visit historic Pompei or lovely Sorrento when stopping here.
Don't Miss: Pompei
Messina, Sicily
Taormina is a lovely spot, but a bit of a drive from Messina.
Don't Miss: Taormina


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