Sail Date: December 01, 2012 Ship: Mariner of the Seas Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 4 years ago
The ship is about 10 years old and it shows its age. That being said\, Royal Caribbean has done a fantastic job keeping it clean; however\, the age does show. The sports deck had a great variety\, the layout of the ship was very good and decently efficient\, and the cruise never seemed over-crowded\, which can be a major problem with many cruise lines.
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
The quality of the food was not impressive\, I struggled at times to find something that looked appealing when presented with the menus\, and the courses took a lot of time in between to arrive at the table. The Windjammer Cafe seemed to have the same food everyday; there may have been a total of 10 things that change on a daily basis. On top\, my wife is an Indian Vegetarian. We really appreciated that they included an Indian course in the Windjammer and one on the dinner menu daily\, but the food has a similar gravy everyday. My wife is pretty flexible with vegetarian foods\, but we had a really difficult time finding food for her throughout the cruise. The crew was quite accommodating and tried various things to help (standing order for a vegetarian pizza\, tried a special meal for her for dinner)\, but the food is not outstanding.
3 out of 5
The production shows were not that impressive (minimal dancing\, average singing performances\, etc.). However\, the Ice Show was very impressive and a must watch for anyone that boards the Mariner. The sports deck had a lot of activities and the ship definitely kept us entertained for the 7 days.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Staff was great. The were constantly working to please the people on the cruise and were very helpful throughout. Cannot say enough about the staff.
3 out of 5
The size of the ship is probably where it needs to be: not too big\, not too small. Again\, my only complaint is the fact that the Mariner has some years on it...and it shows in some areas.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Great room comparatively. The room is long and narrow\, but still plenty of space and convenient enough for the cruise. The room did get warm really quickly when the balcony door (or even curtain) is left open\, but that is expected in a cruise to the caribbean. Also\, the shower is a space tube (totally random\, but efficient).
Pros: Very neat\, great staff\, decent variety of activities\, great ports
Cons: The food was surprisingly not that exciting.
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