Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Holy Land Cruise

Sail Date: October 09, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The Mariner of the Seas was a beautiful ship with nice ammenities - the ship's art collection was fantastic! We enjoyed the interior promenade space with its cafes and shops. The staff at the Johnny Rocket's hamburger diner was fantastic and seemed to enjoy their work a lot - they were really fun.

The spa staff was also wonderful - welcoming and professional.

The stateroom was a good size and the balcony useable -our first time with a balcony and worth it. The stateroom staff was fine although the attention to detail was missing.

Overall the food was fine but not outstanding. The Top Hat and Tails dining room was lovely but noisy and in the buffet restaurant the food was mediocre most of the time. We also noticed the service staff hauling carts of dirty dishes and trash through the Windjammer (buffet restaurant) each time we were there - something we don't remember ever seeing on our most recent Disney cruise.

Overall the experience was relaxing, the ship's entertainment was good and the activity staff was very enthusiastic. It did feel like we were being nickled and dimed at every turn ( $4.50 soft drinks and $10.00 bar drinks) - again something we had not previously experienced on other cruise lines.

This was our first RCI cruise - they clearly have loyal fans - but we'll keep looking at other lines to find our favorite (thus far it's Disney).

Pros: The itinerary was really good and the interior promenade an interesting addition to a ship

Cons: The ship was not as clean as we've experienced on other lines

Recommends Mariner of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Poor toiletries - we like having separate shampoo and body soap and lotion. Not provided on this ship.
Service and Staff
It was fun to have mini golf\, ice skating and a climbing wall. The comedian/juggler was one of the funniest we've seen in a long\, long time - he was fantastic!

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