Sail Date: August 2019
1st time cruise with RCI. It was great start to finish.Check in went smoothly. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The ship was kept very clean though out or cruise. Hats off to the staff!! Had meals at all the restaurants that were free ... Read More
1st time cruise with RCI. It was great start to finish.Check in went smoothly. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The ship was kept very clean though out or cruise. Hats off to the staff!! Had meals at all the restaurants that were free and the food was delicious. Nassau was just ok but because of the rain. Coco Cay was a blast. Felt like we were at a all inclusive resort. Beaches were beautiful, and alot of seating on the beach. Loved the pool bar and the restaurants around the island was awesome. The entertainment was top notch. Seen a skating show, a musical, a comedian juggler and a singer that impersonates different artists, all very good. There is much more entertainment that we didn't get a chance to see, just not enough time. Just want to say again how great the staff was for taking care of us. Thank you Mariner crew!!!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2019
My wife and I sailed on Mariner of the Seas this year to celebrate my birthday. We sailed this exact cruise last year and loved it so much that we wanted a repeat. Our Cruise Begins: Embarkation at Port Canaveral was fast and ... Read More
My wife and I sailed on Mariner of the Seas this year to celebrate my birthday. We sailed this exact cruise last year and loved it so much that we wanted a repeat. Our Cruise Begins: Embarkation at Port Canaveral was fast and seamless. We chose to park at Port Canaveral's parking lot, which cost us $85 from 8/19 to 8/23. Since we completed online check-in before the cruise and had our SetSail Passes ready, we were on the ship less than 10 minutes after walking into the terminal. The system they have in place is very efficient. There are friendly, knowledgeable staff directing passengers during every stage of the embarkation process. Once on the ship, we saw that Mariner of the Seas was just as inviting and beautiful as the first time we sailed. Hallways, common areas, and venues were consistently cleaned and maintained. I even saw staff members cleaning finger smudges off of the elevator buttons regularly. All bathrooms were clean and well stocked. The layout of the ship was easy to navigate. There was ample signage to inform passengers of where things were located and how to get there. There were plenty of reliable elevators and multiple ways to access different areas of the ship. Service: Throughout our cruise, most crew members on Mariner were friendly, attentive, and helpful. Our stateroom attendant, Shanjun, memorized our names and preferences within the first day of our arrival. Our room was spotless and he honored our requests almost instantly every time. When we walked past most crew members in the halls or venues, we were given a greeting or a friendly smile. The only staff member who wasn't friendly was one of the floating mat attendants on Cococay. She was the exception to otherwise perfect service throughout our entire cruise. Activities and Entertainment: There were so many different activities to choose from on this cruise! The cruise compass was always packed with things to do from early morning until well past midnight. We chose a few trivia games, music-related activities, pool area activities, and some audience participation activities, like the lip-sync challenge the belly-flop competition. All were very entertaining and well-organized. We didn't use any of the pools or whirlpools, as they were too crowded for our liking most of the time. The DJ's always played great music for whichever theme they were doing. The musicians were very talented and played beautifully together. The singer we encountered most was an Indonesian woman who sang passionate renditions of many different genres of music. I enjoyed all of her performances, but my wife did not. The cruise director is incredibly charming and so funny! He made our Motown Trivia experience even more enjoyable than it already was. Dining: The food on Mariner was plentiful, fresh, and delicious! We got most of our meals from Windjammer, Cafe Promenade, and by ordering room service. When ordering room service, the charge was $7.95 plus tax per order. You can order any item in any quantity and the price stays $7.95. Continental breakfast is free. Alcoholic drinks are a separate charge, even if you have a drink package. Room service was perfect for those times when we didn't want the Windjammer crowds or were tired after a long day of fun and wanted to stay in the room. The Windjammer has a great variety of foods for every taste. Every day, there were stations for pasta, salad, cold cuts, grilled foods, Indian food, and dessert. The main entrees changed daily and included a variety of international and American dishes. Everything was the perfect temperature, the food was consistently delicious, the breads were soft and never stale, and the desserts were very creative. There are drink stations that have a variety of hot and cold drinks. My favorite drinks were the fresh banana and peach juices located in the buffet area. There is a Freestyle drink machine inside Windjammer for those who have a Royal Caribbean Freestyle cup. Seating at the Windjammer is plentiful, but it can get a bit crowded depending on the time of day and whether the ship is in port. The two of us were always able to get a window seat to ourselves, with the exception of embarkation day lunch time and Cococay day breakfast around 9:30am. I love that everyone must use the handwashing station before entering Windjammer. The guitar player and singer in the handwashing station are very talented! I enjoyed hearing their cute handwashing songs while washing my hands. I do wish there were more hand sanitizer stations within the restaurant as an extra precaution. Cafe Promenade is open 24 hours and serves ready-made pizza, sandwiches, cold cuts, fruit and desserts. It's perfect for a quick bite. Our favorite dish was their crisp and tasty pepperoni pizza. There is a bar and cafe attached to Cafe Promenade that serves hot and cold cafe beverages, alcoholic beverages, and ice cream. The alcoholic drinks were weaker and sweeter at this bar, but the hot drinks were great. The Bamboo Room and Playmakers were better options in that area for bar drinks. Bar Service: We chose to buy the deluxe drink package before the cruise. This package was worth it for us, as we drank LOTS of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the cruise. We love that all bars on the ship use high-quality liquors and have plenty of experienced bartenders. There were many bars on the ship, but we spent most of our time at Sky Lounge. We always received fast, friendly service and delicious drinks! My favorite was the Coconut Mango Daiquiri. From this bar, there is a nice view of the pool deck and jumbo-screen TV. There is easy access to lounge areas and the pool area from Sky Lounge. We also visited the Schooner Bar on several occasions. It was directly next to the elevators on deck 4 and was located conveniently close to our stateroom. We ordered lots of unique drinks at this bar. We also did Harry Potter Trivia and Michael Jackson Trivia here. It has a classy maritime theme with a piano, cozy leather seats, and excellent bartenders. Port of Call- Nassau: We mostly enjoyed our time in Nassau. It was raining when we arrived. Due to poor drainage, many of the walkways at the entrance into the city were difficult to navigate. Huge puddles got our feet and shoes wet with dirty rain water, which was quite unpleasant. We got a taxi to Paradise Island for $5 per person and spent most of our day at the Riu Palace on a day pass. It is located right next door to Atlantis. Once at Riu, we got our day pass wristbands and were free to enjoy the beach, pools, bar, and dining areas. Towels were provided, drinks and food were unlimited, and the beach and pool areas were clean and well-maintained. The beach area was very beautiful. Crystal clear waters and clean white sands were abound. The only two downsides for me were the excessive amount of vendors and the rough ocean waves. The vendors were constantly walking around trying to sell cigars, hair braiding, coconut drinks, and jet ski rides. A simple "no thank you" worked to keep them moving along, but there were so many different vendors to keep saying "no thank you" to. The waves at Riu are particularly rough as compared to those at Breezes and Cococay. Even standing at the edge of the water had strong enough waves to knock people over. I'm not a strong swimmer and felt uneasy getting into the water. This is absolutely not a criticism against Riu, as they have no control over the ocean. I just know for next time to research the temperament of the ocean in the particular area I am visiting. We easily and quickly got a taxi back to the port for about $12 and did a bit of souvenir shopping. We got some tasty conch fritters and wings from a small Bahamian soul food restaurant called Aunt Jane's Delights. We tried to bring our food onboard to enjoy in our stateroom, but were told food is not allowed to be brought back onto the ship. Therefore, we had to quickly eat our food standing outside of the gangway. We know for next cruise to finish our meals before heading back to the ship. Overall we enjoyed our time in Nassau at Riu and wouldn't mind returning to explore different areas and venues on the island. Port of Call- Perfect Day at Cococay: Cococay is truly paradise. It has a brighter, more colorful, easier to navigate feel to it than the last time we visited. The waterpark and ongoing construction did not interfere with our desire for quiet relaxation, as there was a place for everyone and their preferences. A tram can take you from the ship all the way to Cococay's entrance or you can choose to walk. Once inside Cococay, another tram can take you around the island, stopping at the Up, Up and Away Balloon, South Beach, Oasis Lagoon, and Chill Island. You can easily walk to these locations as well. For a quick way to reach Chill Island, turn left upon entering Cococay and cross the bridge. You'll enter the beach area in about 5 minutes. Chill Island is where we spent most of our time. It was sunny, clean, and not at all crowded. Aside from the music playing around the island, it had a quiet, peaceful feel. Our ship was the only one docked in Cococay that day, so there were ample beach chairs, umbrellas, and tables available throughout the entire day. Even by 2pm, we never had anyone seated directly next to us. It was great! The water was calmer in some areas than others, especially due to high winds, but it was easy to find an area with gentle waters and lightly rolling waves. The water was a bit cloudy in some areas, and I swam away from at least four moon jellyfish, but I still enjoyed every second in that perfect water. The bartenders at the Wacky Seagull bar were friendly, fast, and made amazing drinks. Try a Coco Loco here if you haven't already. After spending several hours lounging and swimming on Chill Island, we walked back to Mariner early to enjoy the empty ship. I had a beautiful day at Cococay. Goodbye Mariner: Disembarkation was quick, simple, and efficient. The night before disembarkation, we were given numbered luggage tags to place on our luggage. The number corresponded to a specific meeting area and disembarkation time. The next morning, we knew exactly where to go and when. We met at the Royal Theater between 7:30-8am. After that, we exited the ship on deck 4. Once inside the cruise terminal, passengers were separated by whether they were using a passport or birth certificate/photo id to verify their identity with Customs. The passport line was longer, but both lines moved at a quick pace. After we went through Customs, we located the area that matched the number on our luggage tags. We picked up our luggage, assisted by a porter, then headed to our car. The disembarkation process from the time we left our room until we were loading luggage into our car took less than 15 minutes. If you are taking your own luggage off of the ship, the process may be even faster for you. Simply put, my second cruise on Mariner of the Seas was just as amazing as the first. We experienced consistently friendly and attentive service, delicious food and drinks, a spacious and comfortable stateroom, seemingly endless entertainment options, a beautiful ship, and interesting ports of call...a perfect cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Never cruised before and what a fabulous introduction!! I cannot complain about one thing. My husband and I and 3 children, 22,18, and 14 all loved it. Cruise director Marcel was magnificent as well as Michele the comedian and the ... Read More
Never cruised before and what a fabulous introduction!! I cannot complain about one thing. My husband and I and 3 children, 22,18, and 14 all loved it. Cruise director Marcel was magnificent as well as Michele the comedian and the wonderful ice show. Windjammer Buffett has a very diverse menu and cleanliness was very evident. Much ease checking in and out and Coco Cay was an absolute joy. Even though I had a regular cabin, no extras, it was perfect for 2. My children were on a different floor and the 3 of them also had enough room with a great window looking out. I would definitely recommend and make sure to buy the drink package!! As for the excursions at Nassau, I would recommend pre buying them. They are more expensive on the ship. I did the dolphin and stingray at Blue lagoon and it was worth the money because you get to spend the rest of the day at the beach. Bring water and towels from the ship. As for Coco Cay, don’t miss the Oasis Lagoon. Swim up bar and lounges in the pool. My children did water park and said it was very nice. However, they went at 830 in the morning with no lines and were able to do everything a few times. I cannot wait to cruise again!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
We had a fabulous cruise. We sailed on the Mariner in a grand suite and loved it. We will never go anything below a grand suite from now on. The extra perks service, and huge room and balcony are so worth it. We have previously only ... Read More
We had a fabulous cruise. We sailed on the Mariner in a grand suite and loved it. We will never go anything below a grand suite from now on. The extra perks service, and huge room and balcony are so worth it. We have previously only cruised on Oasis twice, both times in regular balcony staterooms. THE SHIP: The Mariner was better than I expected for being an older ship (relatively). A few areas smelled a little musty, but they were few and far between. Certainly not enough to ruin my vacation like some people. Overall the appearance was beautiful and clean. The renovations looks great, although I have nothing to compare it to with it being my first time on Mariner. The water slides were a lot of fun too. For us, cruising is about being on a private balcony to enjoy the ocean, and going to the ports. We do not like crowds or rowdiness. Pretty much all of the activities or bars or what-have-you are not interesting to us, therefore we do not partake in the venues or music or dancing or drinking. So take this review with that in mind. THE FOOD: I always preface cruise food reviews with the fact that I am easy to please and will eat anything. I thought the food was fine. Could it be better? Sure. Could it be a whole lot worse? You betcha. The burgers in the windjammer are A LOT better than I remember on Oasis. There also seemed to be more of a selection than I remember as well. Like a taco bar among other varieties of foods. The only real "complaint" I would have had was that the room service pancakes were literally hard as rocks. You could throw them as frisbees. LOL. But again, will that ruin my vacation? Nope, just head upstairs to the buffet and get some more. Easy peasy. You can order from the MDR for room service, and the food was good. I would have liked to have seen actual chocolate cake though. I don't care for the moussey kind with thin layers of cake. THE STATEROOM: Our grand suite was beautiful. This is the largest stateroom category we have stayed in so far. Everything was spotless and perfect. Two loungers on the balcony as well as a table and chairs (with cushions!). Our attendant was incredible. The Suite Lounge was a really great perk for us. Our concierge Sue was fabulous and helpful. There were snacks and drinks available. They had me at chocolate strawberries. The lounge was such a nice and quiet, uncrowded area of the ship. Like I said, we do not like large and loud crowds, so typically we tend to stick to our private balcony, or areas of this ship where people aren't. PORTS: Had two amazing days - one in Nassau at Blue Lagoon, and then one at Coco Cay. No complaints. In the words of Jim Halpert, "I'm not a complainer". Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
We chose this sailing for a quick end of summer getaway. There were 3 of us sailing--me, my mother and my daughter (8 years old). Because we booked late, we could not get a triple cabin (no triple occupancy available in any category). ... Read More
We chose this sailing for a quick end of summer getaway. There were 3 of us sailing--me, my mother and my daughter (8 years old). Because we booked late, we could not get a triple cabin (no triple occupancy available in any category). We ended up booking 2 adjoining mini-suites on deck 9. Embarkation was the smoothest we ever experienced. After an hour and a half drive, we dropped our luggage in the garage at 10:25 am, parked and were on the ship by 10:45 (would have been on sooner if we didn't have to stop for a wristband for DD). The suite line checked us in with iPads and gave us a card saying already checked in. We then cleared security and headed straight for the ship. There did not appear to be long lines for those that had to stop for the regular check in process. We had lunch at Windjammer. They did a great job with the refurbishment--it never felt crowded. The food was very good as well. While we were there, we made reservations for My Time for each evening. After lunch we explored the ship until cabins were ready (promptly at 1:00). After getting settled, we explored a bit more and had the safety drill (we were lucky and had an indoor muster station). That evening, we were going to watch "Mary Poppins Returns" by the pool, but the pools were closed due to weather and it was hard to find seats where we wouldn't get wet. In the end DD went to Adventure Ocean and we went to the casino. Saturday was spent experiencing the ship. My mom and I had massages (she said hers was the best she'd ever had), DD did FlowRider, we went to the pool and did the water slides. That evening, after dinner, DD did the Sky Pad. Sunday was an awesome day at CoCo Cay. DD and I booked the water park. It's awesome! Because of long lines, they've started issuing tickets for return times for DareDevil's Peak. We got to the park around 8 and got tickets to return at 10 am. We spent all our time at the tower with the slides that didn't have mats/tubes, the pool with obstacle courses and the wave pool. Except for the walk up, DareDevil's Peak was awesome. We had an awesome time!! The food from Snack Shack was good as well. We met my mom around noon and took the tram over to the pool. After a swim (and drinks from the swim up bar), we went to the buffet lunch. The taco area, burgers, dogs and salads were really good. The pre-made sandwiches were hard (from the warmer). After some more water park time and a short beach visit, DD and I returned to the ship--no lines getting back onboard. CoCo Cay was amazing! I can't wait to see the complete finished island (the remaining parts open in December). We saw the ice show the final evening and it was the best ice show we've seen on RCCL. Overall - Staff (except one person working the bar by promenade cafe) was excellent! They were as good as the staff on Harmony. Cabin attendant (Benny) was very friendly and did a great job! We requested the same servers in the dining room as we had excellent service from Dennis and Wayan. My mom and I had the deluxe beverage package and it was even easier than when I previously had it on Allure (nothing to sign this time). DD had the refresh package. She was the only one who had issues getting her drinks--but only at one location--who repeatedly said her account was closed (even after I filled out paperwork for a limit on her account and ensuring it was open). We would definitely sail Mariner for a short cruise again!! We loved the ship and staff!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
We chose this cruise and the dates based on sports calendars and celebrations. We are a family of 6. Our kids are 21, 20, 18, and 16 years old in age. My oldest graduated from college in May and my 3rd graduated from high school in June. ... Read More
We chose this cruise and the dates based on sports calendars and celebrations. We are a family of 6. Our kids are 21, 20, 18, and 16 years old in age. My oldest graduated from college in May and my 3rd graduated from high school in June. We needed the cruise to be in the beginning of August because football starts on August 16th. So we were pretty tight with dates. This was our first cruise and we wanted to try it out so we thought a 3 day was perfect. We traveled with friends who had gone on 2 Disney cruises prior. I was very concerned that they would be unhappy but it was the opposite. They loved the cruise just as much as us. Our plan was to fly down the night before and then spend 2 nights at Disney after the cruise. We also needed to make this pretty economical so I had a budget of about 8,000. We do a bigger trip every 2 years. We have DVC points so Disney room was "free". We flew direct from Rochester, NY to MCO. We paid alittle bit more than if we had driven to Buffalo but we felt it was worth it to be 15 minutes away and not pay for parking. My oldest flew Frontier from Philadelphia as the flights were $49 and $82 ( with a bag returning). These flights were fine for him. Port transfers were something that I really researched for our family. I investigated renting a mini van, using Uber XL and finally went with Go Port Canaveral. It was the most economical. For $340 we spent the night in a suite at Hyatt Place Airport and they transported us to the port and back to the airport where we used Disney Magic Express to get to our hotel. On the morning of our cruise we were able to eat a good free breakfast and hang out a bit. Our pick up time was 11:45 and there were lots of people getting on cruises that day. The pick up was a bit disorganized and some people were very pushy. There was not a Go port employee there to divide up the passengers so my family was separated. Not a big deal at all but just a bit confusing. We were dropped off at the same time as the kids so no problem. We walked up and were on the boat by 1:15. It was very easy to embark and our rooms were ready so we were able to drop our bags and then head up to Windjammer. Our rooms were 2 interior rooms next to each other on the 10th floor in the back of the boat. Our friends were in 2 interior rooms on the 10th floor in the front of the boat. The rooms were tight but everything work out well. We did these rooms to save some money - total for both rooms with drink packages was $4, 400. I live with giants. My boys are 6'4" and 6'5". My husband is 6'10". My oldest son is a string bean but my husband and younger son as big guys. They had no problem with the room or shower. My oldest slept on the pull down bunk. The girls room was tight as my girls change outfits like 10 times a day but it all worked out. I would do this again. The only drawback was never really knowing the time without checking a watch. I had brought night lamps but we did not need them. We just left the bathroom light on and closed the door. Dining we enjoyed the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch each day and two late nights. We were always able to find a table for all 11 of us. The breakfast was probably our least favorite meal but we did not go hungry. Lunch was great. We had early dining in the Main Dining room. Loved it. The wait staff was very attentive and they seemed to enjoy our two tables. We had a table of the under 21s and an adult table. They were very sweet to the kids and brought them multiple appetizers, entrees and desserts each night. At our table they brought us whatever we wanted. They even gave my son to go desserts. The food was great especially since I wasn't cooking it. My least favorite part of the day is the dreaded - "Mom, what's for dinner?" question. We really enjoyed the pizza at Cafe Promenade. It was staple every night. My girls had the refreshment package so they enjoyed non alcoholic drinks and coffees. My husband and oldest son had the drinking package. They greatly enjoyed all the drinks and the bar tenders that knew their names. My son and I had the soda package. I did not really need any package as I drink water and unsweetened ice tea. We attended the ice show, 70's dance party, Dreams show and some of us went to the late night Comedian. We enjoyed everything we attended. The cruise director Marcello was a hustler. He was great. The boys did the flow rider, the water slides. We all enjoyed the pools and mini golf. We did not get to some of the activities but we were never bored. In fact I wanted to crack open my book but that never happened. The kids played the quarter game in the casino for over an hour with $5 in quarters. At Nassau we got off for 2.5 hours. We walked to Junkaroo beach where the kids put their feet in the water and ordered drinks legally. They even served the 16 year old. In their defense he is huge and does not look 16. In fact were we were disembarking he got snagged for being in the Casino. The security lady made a comment about him being in the casino and she thought he was at least 18. We all agree that if we come back we will just stay on the boat. Coco Cay was incredible. We did not pay for any extra activities and greatly enjoyed the beaches and pool and food. I brought googles and we swam around looking at the wild life. Enjoyed the food and went for dip in the pool. We all said we would come back just for this place. The kids stated this was the best trip ever and are already planning one in 2 years. My oldest is trying to get his buddies to come on one with him, The only drawback was that we were not able to communicate with the kids since we did not get the internet. We enjoyed being unplugged for 3 days but I would have liked to have a text feature. The kids were able to find us by checking the app and seeing were the drinks had been purchased. Disembarkation was easy and very quick with the facial recognition. We got a bus back to the airport by 8:30 and then transferred to Magic Express for our 2 days at Bay Lake Tower. I was nervous wreck about this trip since I had no prior experience but we are already planning for one in 2 years when the next 2 kids graduate from high school and college. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2019
Went on this cruise 7/22-7/26 and left Port Canaveral for Nassau and Coco Cay. Boarded ship with ease to very friendly welcome leading us to the ship. We were early boarders (11:00 or so) and were able to explore the ship but our room ... Read More
Went on this cruise 7/22-7/26 and left Port Canaveral for Nassau and Coco Cay. Boarded ship with ease to very friendly welcome leading us to the ship. We were early boarders (11:00 or so) and were able to explore the ship but our room would not be available until 1:00. We ended up on Deck 11 (main pool deck) to music and HUGE large screen t.v. playing videos, etc. All the bars were open and everyone was just so friendly. We found a restroom (very clean and nice) and changed into swim suits to sit in pool and await the room. Cruise staff did a welcome dance on the stage to about 4 songs. They were great! We headed to our room around 1:15. We had interior room on deck 8. Room slept 4; 2 beds and 2 upper wall beds that fold out There were only 3 of us. Obviously it's a cruise ship. Our room was just fine when it comes to size. It was clean with room to put clothing away (in necessary), and shower/tv/fridge. I was given a welcome on my floor as well with my last name. Food in dining room and buffet was delicious and generous. We purchased drink package and just used the sea pass card whenever ordering. Also linked our credit card to sea pass card in case we wanted to make any purchases in gift shops or specialty restaurants. Bahamas was beautiful and we strolled thru straw market. Yes, people constantly ask you to buy things but we didn't mind. Be respectful and they are the same way. Politely decline if you don't want the item. Had a few drinks and headed to Blue Lagoon Island Dolphin Encounter. Loved it. The island was so beautiful to lounge on beach rest of day. Food & beverages including alcohol available for purchase. My pictures are beautiful. Coco Cay was truly a perfect day. Yes, you do need to purchase water slide activities at about $70 or so. The rest of island is free. Free food, free drinks, free pool, free beaches. They drive you from one side to another if you need it. We had the most beautiful time and would go back in a minute. Plan to go again next year or sooner. Mariner is a beautiful ship with the nicest staff. Their entertainment (singers) were very talented. Absolutely nothing to complain about. My son used the gym as well. Nice equipment. Did not understand the review from April of the gentleman who was disappointed. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We chose to try a cruise with our 11 and 14 year old daughters. My wife and I last cruised about 15 years ago on the Radiance of the Seas and wanted to see how we liked the experience as a family. TL;DR version: we loved it and are ... Read More
We chose to try a cruise with our 11 and 14 year old daughters. My wife and I last cruised about 15 years ago on the Radiance of the Seas and wanted to see how we liked the experience as a family. TL;DR version: we loved it and are making plans to sail again in about 8 months! We elected to book a Grand Suite as it was nearly the same cost as two balcony staterooms and we liked the perks. Fair warning: once you "suite" you never go back. Not sure I can ever not book a suite again. Booking and before the trip: We booked our cruise through Costco Travel and the process was seamless with about a 10% discount (plus a Costco Card worth about $250) over RCI posted prices on their site. We booked about three months before sailing. As we approached about 14 days about, we used the RCI App to check in -- all went very seamlessly. Prior to our cruise, we spent 4 days at Universal Orlando and stayed at the Residence Inn at Port Canaveral. Great hotel, just a three minute drive from the terminal. About a week prior to the cruise, we received an email from the Suite Concierge (Thanks, Tao!) explaining our benefits and inviting us to the Suite Lounge immediately on embarkation. Check-in and embarkation: We arrived at the terminal at 10:30am and dropped our luggage off and parked our car. Parking is a bit expensive at about $20/day -- or twice what our hotel would have charged us to leave the car there. At least we didn't have to hassle with a shuttle or cab. Luggage drop off was very quick and efficient. Upon entering the terminal, we showed our SeaPass. The terminal personnel identified us suite passengers and then walked us through the entire embarkation process including passport, security, etc. We were on board in less than 15 minutes. Embarkation culminated with our photo and we then immediately headed to the Suite Lounge. The Suite Lounge: Located on Deck 14, the lounge overlooks the sport deck and pool deck. Tao, our concierge, spent about 15 minutes explaining the ship and securing us some reservations we were unable to make prior to getting on board. Additionally we had access to some snacks and drinks. He directed us down to the main dining room for our lunch. As suite guests, we were able to avoid the rush at Windjammer and eat lunch in the main dining room. The snacks and drinks came out in the Suite Lounge every day at 4pm, so we enjoyed this perk on each day of our cruise. Plus, if we ever had any questions or requests, Tao was ready to help. Dining: We ate three meals in the main dining room. While the variety of food was good, the quality was "good." I have sailed on RCI twice and both times I found the main dining food to be good, but clearly the mass produced nature of it shines through. For instance, my "New York Strip" was quite thin and had grill marks, but had clearly been cooked and held. I recognize this is a necessity but I just want to explain why the dining room only gets a "Very Good". Windjammer: we ate one meal (lunch) in the Windjammer. The food was plentiful and I was very pleased to partake in a small selection of Indian food (curries). The rest of the food was "Good" with varying quality on taste and freshness. It's a buffet and a solid, competent one at that. I was pleasantly surprised, however, the fries were always fresh and hot. Twice, we went to Windjammer for a snack and dessert, just prior to bed. The desserts in the evenings (after 9pm) were usually quite tasty and fun. So: meh for lunch, great for late-night snack. Izumi: We chose to eat one dinner at the new Japanese Steak House on board. This was the best meal we had. The prices were reasonable, our chef was terrific and the food was among the best teppanyaki I've had. On board activities: We played laser tag -- a free activity -- and had a load of fun. My older daughter and I did the Escape Room and found it to be quite challenging -- more so than other rooms we've done together. The kids did the Sky Pad (VR trampoline jumping) and loved it. We also just enjoyed exploring the ship. Entertainment: On the first night, we saw the comedy show -- worth the effort and family friendly. On the second night, we saw the ice show -- that started off slow, but got much better as time went on. Our highlight, however, was the piano guy in the elevators. Each night, a very talented Australian gent had an upright piano in one of the main guest elevators. During your ride, you could sing along. Great fun! Excursions: We elected to just walk around Nassau for about an hour and then spent the rest of that day on the ship. It allowed us terrific access on the ship as most everyone else was on shore. On the second day, we stopped at Coco Cay and rented a cabana. It came with access to the water park for all four of us. The park, cabana and island were all terrific. Our cabana included a nice, comfy couch which may or may not have been responsible for an unscheduled nap. Disembarkation: the last perk as suite guests was totally worth it: we were escorted of the ship and avoided the massive line in the terminal. Time from ship to car: 10 minutes. All in all, we had a great time. We're already planning the same ship again and are looking at future cruises in new destinations! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Fresh off of the boat and I wanted to write this before I forgot some details. I have cruised several times on different ship but prefer RCL so here goes. I live in Merritt Island where I am about 10 miles from the port so I didn’t ... Read More
Fresh off of the boat and I wanted to write this before I forgot some details. I have cruised several times on different ship but prefer RCL so here goes. I live in Merritt Island where I am about 10 miles from the port so I didn’t stay in any hotels. The cruise I just got off was the Mariner of the Sea departing on the 6 May and returning 10 May. My room was a balcony deck 6 room 6588. Embarkation: This went very smooth and RCL did a great job despite of all of the Love Bugs that we had. These bugs were so thick that they got into everything and more. We went to Cruise Terminal 6 (CT6) after entering the building the line moved in a steady pace and we were out and on the ship within 15-20 minutes. Cabin: Now this was an experience, the cabin was a little smaller than I expected. When you walk into the cabin on your right was a walk-in closet directly across was the bathroom. The room had a pull-out couch which we didn’t use and a pullman bed from the top which we didn’t use also. And it had a desk and TV. Although it was small, we put our bags under the bed and in the closet. This is where it gets fun, the shower is very small and has a wand for the shower. If you need to lean over to wash the sand off your legs open the sliding door then lean over, this is how small it was. Women good luck with shaving. Dining I am going to break this down into four section. Main dining, Windjammer, throughout the ship and Specialty dining. 1. Main dining. This is subjected to each person how they liked the dining and their experience and the food. I thought the dining experience in the main dining was fine. We were seated in a table of 8 against the window as I requested. The company was fine. The food was very well prepared served hot. You had a very good selection each night. My only complaint was the Slow Roasted Prime Rib. This was very tough and over cooked. Overall, I can’t complain about the food. 2. Windjammer: I have been on the Mariner of the sea several years ago and I have to say that the changes were great. The new layout provided everyone access to any type of food that you want without standing in line. There were more than enough seats that you didn’t have to walk around looking for a seat. As far as taste goes you had a great variety to choose from and like any buffet you will pick and choose what you like. I used the buffet for breakfast, and lunch and found it very good for what I ate 3. Throughout the Ship: There are many different venues on the ship that serves food, from hot dogs to sandwich to hamburger and everyone favorite, unlimited soft serve ice-cream. I did not go into Johnny Rockets so I can’t speak about the food. One place we use a lot in the evening was the Boleros. Pizza and sandwich for late night way to go. 4. Specialty Dining: Ok I am going to use red typing here. We selected Chops Grill for my dining on Wednesday the 8th at 6:30 pm. This is the only thing that I can say is good is the correct time we were given and they were expecting us. DO NOT and say again DO NOT book your specialty dining at Chops. Chops is located on the 11 deck right next to Windjammer. The first thing you notice is that the tables have no tablecloths on them. Our table in the main dining room had very nice table cloth, the napkin was folded in thirds and stood up on our places to eat. The napkin in chops is if folded in a square and laid on your place mat which was a brunch mat, (woven bamboo strips) The service was nothing to shout about. They came to the table and ask about drinks and handed you the menu. Now this is where I got a little upset. The steaks that were listed were also on the main dining menu. If you looked at the bottom of the main dining room menu, you will see steaks listed there for a cost. This really got me upset. Why did I pay that price for a “Dining Experience” only to get the same steaks for $11.00-$13.00 off the main dining room menu? We selected the filet mignon and we selected the mash potato, cream spinach. This was a shared condiment and what was offered was bland and not worth eating, also I checked just to be sure I used my tablespoons to check the portions and sure enough one tablespoon per person. Both steaks were medium as requested and good. While we waited for the steaks, we were offered no bread or anything else other then our drinks. Despite the whole issue we did eat the steaks. By the way no tip. 5. Entertainment: This was ok. We went to three shows; ice rink and two headliner shows. The ice rink show was very good and nice to see previous world class ice skaters. The other shows were a juggler and magician. There something about cruise line’s booking juggler and magicians they all do it. Both were ok, I thought that they were both better stand up comic then juggler or magician. 6. Disembarkation: This was the easiest disembarkation that I have ever done on a cruise ship. We selected to take our own baggage off and we were off of the boat in 10-15 minutes. The only problem was that the ship was docked in CT1 and we had to take a bus to CT6 to get our car. RCL provided a bus and short of being crowded it was fine. 7. Coco Cay: What can I say but WOW!!!!! This private island is so worth it. When you get off of the boat your ready to relax by the pool or ocean. There motto is “Have a perfect day” and you can’t help but have one. Food was good and plenty to go around and a variety of food is offered. By the way all of the soft serve ice cream again you can eat. What you see in the advertisement is exactly what you will get. If anything, book this cruise for the island and prepare to have fun and a relaxing day. In summary, overall the cruise is very good. RCL has an app that all cruiser should download. It is called “Royal” This app has everything you need for your cruise. It has a list of activity and what and where all activity is going on. The great part about the APP is it track your spending on your sail away card, so you can follow every day how much your spending. The only thing I wish it did was locater to show you where you are on the boat. This APP is a must. Don’t be confused this is NOT WIFI service this is only internal WIFI. I was happy that the boat has an “Adult” only section called the solarium and it is located at the very front of the ship. The flow rider was a hit with the kids, I on the other had watched. The round bouncy court still closed pending investigation on an accident that injured a person. I enjoyed that cruise that I am booking another one. I know that I go to the same island but there is something to be said about a boat that has a personality, this one did. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
As a diamond plus member and having cruised on Mariner transatlantic several years ago, I was excited to try the newly refurbished ship. I was not disappointed. My cruise was the first Mariner 4-day sailing out of Port Canaveral. Most ... Read More
As a diamond plus member and having cruised on Mariner transatlantic several years ago, I was excited to try the newly refurbished ship. I was not disappointed. My cruise was the first Mariner 4-day sailing out of Port Canaveral. Most experiences/activities were near perfect! Meals in the main DR were timely, tasty and HOT. Service was outstanding. Windjammer food was excellent - plenty of choices - and HOT. Servers in Windjammer were very helpful and doting. The addition of new 'rides' - flow rider, etc., looked to be very popular. The new hand wash stations at the entrance to the Windjammer is an excellent upgrade. There were far more activities on board than I have previously seen on 4-night cruises - and they were well organized and ON TIME! The new Coco Cay is an outstanding get away for families. In summary, Royal has a true winner with this ship! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I'll start off with the disclaimer that I am comparing this to all of our previous family cruises in non-suite staterooms. We were fortunate, however, to get into the family suite for a reasonable price by booking early. With that ... Read More
I'll start off with the disclaimer that I am comparing this to all of our previous family cruises in non-suite staterooms. We were fortunate, however, to get into the family suite for a reasonable price by booking early. With that said, our 4 night adventure on Mariner of the Seas was outstanding. This was my first time on Mariner of the Seas, but I have been on other Voyager class ships before. I think these ships are the perfect size to offer a variety of things to do without feeling crowded or rushed. Fortunately, the folks at RCI coupled that with a nice mix of entertainment and activities that were aptly timed to blend with the itinerary. We had a couple opportunities for laser tag and it was a blast. We had time for the Flowrider and water slides without lines that were discouraging. We had time for shows, movies in the theater, movies on the pool deck, sun time, and more without feeling rushed! We got to experience a lot of what the ship and ports of call had to offer without compromising much needed relaxation time in between. If you have read any of my previous reviews, you know that I have somewhat high expectations when it comes to service. This cruise defined what great service is. Yes, the room was kept clean and drinks were served promptly and courteously. There was never really a long wait for anything. I could go on and on, but I would rather recognize two specific individuals that went above and beyond to ensure everyone in our party knew that they were valued guests on board Mariner of the Seas. Sam, our waiter in the Suite Lounge, got to know our names and drinks on the first day. After that, Sam had drinks in our hand within minutes of walking in. This includes the eight year olds' Shirley Temples with extra cherries! In addition to making sure that we had everything before we knew we wanted it, Sam was a great conversationalist. In the main dining room, we were greeted every night by head waiter Jean Paul. He made sure that the kids enjoyed themselves by offering special treats for whoever finished dinner. This was nice in itself, but he really stood out when we encountered him in the Windjammer while having breakfast. Jean Paul took the time to show a first time cruiser how to get a cooked-to-order omelette. I mean, he literally walked her through the process. Could it have been figured out? Sure, but he insisted on helping. Mariner of the Seas packed a medley of entertainment and activities into this four night cruise, delivered with exemplary service in an impeccably clean and easy to navigate ship. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Embarkation: from curb to lobby 15 minutes. We arrived around 11 am. Debarkation we carried our own bags off left ship about 8 where at the curb by 8:15! The ship was clean, lots of areas to sit and take in some great people ... Read More
Embarkation: from curb to lobby 15 minutes. We arrived around 11 am. Debarkation we carried our own bags off left ship about 8 where at the curb by 8:15! The ship was clean, lots of areas to sit and take in some great people watching. Service was good to excellent. It seemed that some of the bar servers where less than thrilled to be there. But drinks were still great we never went thirsty. The hand washing station in the Windjammer is smart, loved the guitar player singing Wash your hands, was entertaining. Interior cabin on deck 7 aft, standard room great location. Entertainment was good, Barnacle and Barrel for live Acoustic player, piano playing fun at the Schooner Bar, comedy, pool music, promenade singers also. Food was good, Chops excellent service and dinner., desserts were enjoyed. Wings at Playmakers where very good not to hot but worth the up-charge. We would travel again on this ship, but prefer the Oasis Class and 7 day itinerary. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We selected this cruise as it suited our holiday dates. It was just after the Easter holiday weekend. It was a cruise to the Bahamas which has been a dream destination for us and we particularly liked that it was 4 days only as we were ... Read More
We selected this cruise as it suited our holiday dates. It was just after the Easter holiday weekend. It was a cruise to the Bahamas which has been a dream destination for us and we particularly liked that it was 4 days only as we were first time cruisers with our 3 children of varying ages and we had experience of motion sickness with our kids and myself and were wary of too long a stay on cruise. It was our first time in Miami and we landed at midnight at Miami international. I can highly recommend late arrivals book into Miami int Airport hotel. It made our arrival pleasant and breezy. After breakfast that am we ubered to the port to check in and leave our baggage with the intent of exploring the city. Check in was amazing. Took 10 minutes chatting to and dropping bags with porter an extremely efficient and enthusiastic gent who just took control told us not to worry and guided us to go in and finalise our check in. This was good advice and took 5 minutes! Maybe lucky maybe good timing again super efficient and smiling experience. Staff was wonderful. The ambience and feel of that check in area and process gave us confidence that we did the right thing. As we were leaving a staff member when hearing we wanted to explore Miami recommended we head to South Beach which we did and loved it! Oceans 10 and their fantastic cocktails and service greeted us there before we headed to ship. We had requested a family suite and balcony facing and it wasn't available so we had booked 2 x inside cabins for our family of 5. The cabins the housekeeping... The dining facility and service and quality of offering was 5 star. The choices fantastic for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nothing is too big for staff. They arranged on request a delicious and beautiful birthday cake for my son. They even made me jalepeno omelette at breakfast. The only request I had for them was to arrange for fresh green chilli that suits heat loving palettes so some peri peri flavors. The activities and on board entertainment was fantastic and covered most preferences. The only advice I would give them is that they mustn't allow guests to hog and pre book all activities during induction time on day 1 and have insufficient room to accomodate all guests. We missed out on laser tag despite much effort to get in as every slot was pre-booked but there isn't a service to reach out or call people on a waiting list if there are no shows. The ship itself was wonderful. Large spacious and inviting. I was surprised to learn on the am we were departing that there had been approx 1300 children on board. I can't say I heard or saw them all to be honest. My kids aged 6, 10 and 13 had a wonderful time. Their needs were met, they threw themselves into whatever was free and available on board and they had fun and got to enjoy on board and off ship excursions. The food met their expectations. Cafe promenade was a huge hit as was Ben and Jerry. They also loved the adult like family dining experience in dining hall 3...and asked everyday for window seating being fortunate to finally experience this on our last night and morning before we disembarked. We had to keep reminding ourselves we were on a ship... We felt no motion.... Brilliant ship... And took none of the stash of motion sickness meds I had taken with us. A beautiful floating resort feel. So the lesson I have learned through this experience is book a large modern ship if you suffer from motion sickness. Great technology... Good ship stabilizers and good navigation means a better cruise experience. Cocacay was an amazing day. Cocktails, lunch and activities were fantastic. I do think the shuttle service on shore at cococay should be complimentary to all. I must say though that many helped me get across the island throughout the day because I stopped them or flagged them and asked. Disembarkation was good. But getting out of the port and on our way was painstaking and slow. Too many people, all taking uber or lyft... Waiting long periods for cars that were slow in coming through. This was frustrating for many including us. Some car hire companies take advantage of unsuspecting customers and overbook their vehicles and we arrived at our car hire company in downtown Miami to chaos. Long lines. 1 or 2 staff members. And insufficient cars. Or different types to what was booked available. Their sad excuse.. It's after Easter holidays. I think it's the norm - so my advice to traveller's with tight itineraries like us... (We missed our planned day at space Kennedy Centre as a result of this inefficiency.) is to rather book car hire a little further out vs closest to port...you may get better service.. Less queuing and get what you booked on time. In a nutshell royal carribean was amazing. I felt like we had a 5 star plus experience with excellent care and customer service. I would highly recommend any family with varying aged kids to go on this cruise if looking for a suitable offering. We loved it and can't wait to plan our next family cruise on a Large cruise liner. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
The ship itself was very clean and nice after the rehab last year. Always something going on. The at sea days are never my favorite...decks always packed and almost all chairs reserved by 8am. The staff does not enforce the “no reserving ... Read More
The ship itself was very clean and nice after the rehab last year. Always something going on. The at sea days are never my favorite...decks always packed and almost all chairs reserved by 8am. The staff does not enforce the “no reserving seats” rule. Other passengers just moved the towels off the reserved seats and took them which was pretty awesome when the people that held them showed up a few hours later. The food in Windjammer was surprisingly very good. Lots of selections. The main dining room was pretty average. There weren’t long lines for the waterslides or other activities. The sky pad was closed since someone was injured on it a few cruises prior. We aren’t drinkers but did get the soda package. Definitely cheaper to purchase prior to cruise. It would be nice if they had more soda machines throughout the boat. Can get soda at the bars but lines are usually long and better for Royal to sell alcohol at the bars anyways. Also purchased the Internet package prior to cruise. Not worth it in my opinion. Did not work well at all in most areas on the boat. Coco Cay is incredible even though it’s not entirely complete. The beach and water is purely amazing. The oasis pool was awesome too. Nassau is nothing spectacular. This time around we paid for a day pass to an all inclusive resort which let us have access to private beach and pool. Overall nice boat and good cruise! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was only our second cruise and it did not disappoint. Our last cruise was on Oasis of the Seas. Mariner was just a smaller version of that ship in my opinion. Embarkation was a breeze at the Miami port. 10 minutes from curb drop ... Read More
This was only our second cruise and it did not disappoint. Our last cruise was on Oasis of the Seas. Mariner was just a smaller version of that ship in my opinion. Embarkation was a breeze at the Miami port. 10 minutes from curb drop off to being on the ship. We were also on the Bahama Drama cruise where it was announced that there was a man overboard. Once it was announced that there was a successful rescue, the news was shut down pretty quick. We couldn't find another thing about it then or now. We, coincidentally, were also at Bingo for the cancellation announcement for Coco Cay. We were so happy to wake up and hear that the weather took a turn for the better and we were able to visit Coco Cay. We had a great day. Can't wait for the remainder of the island to be complete. We had dinner nightly at MDR and the food was good every night. Not great, but good. No complaints. Cons: I really hate the drink package rules. We purchased the Deluxe drink package for my husband but because I don't drink, I had to purchase a refreshment package. I never used it, as I bought my ice tea at Starbucks which is not included. It was a waste of money for me to have any drink package but I had no choice. The cabin was close to the elevators and I was worried about the noise but it was actually great. No noise, more room in the cabin and close to the elevators. Our room attendant was awesome, as were just about every employee on the ship. Everything looks sparkling clean and new and I'd sail this ship again in a heartbeat. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Spring Break cruise with our 10 year old daughter. Thumbs up! Great ship especially with the refurb completed recently. Impressed with the handling of large number of guest. Never any long wait times for any of the venues or activities ... Read More
Spring Break cruise with our 10 year old daughter. Thumbs up! Great ship especially with the refurb completed recently. Impressed with the handling of large number of guest. Never any long wait times for any of the venues or activities on board. Strongly suggest my time dinning. LOVE this option versus the early or late options previously. Initially announced while still in port in Nassau, that weather was going to cancel our stop the next day in Coco Cay.....☹️ The next morning it was announced that Coco Cay was back on as the weather had cleared and although behind schedule by about 5 hours, the Captain announced full speed ahead and had us there in about four hours!! Only the second official docking at the new pier....No more tenders! Although we only had about 5 hours on the island, what a GREAT Day. Great snorkeling and perfect afternoon weather. Kudos to the Captain and Crew for not giving up and doing everything within their power to make it happen. Despite the rainy Sea Day afternoon on day four, it was a great trip. Cabin: Ocean View. Just fine with 2 adults and 10 year old using pullman. Who spends time in their cabin other to shower and sleep? Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Our first cruise was in 1996 on Princess Cruise's Sun Princess. My how cruises have changed in the last 20 something years!! We've always wanted to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise, and we were not disappointed! Embarkation and ... Read More
Our first cruise was in 1996 on Princess Cruise's Sun Princess. My how cruises have changed in the last 20 something years!! We've always wanted to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise, and we were not disappointed! Embarkation and disembarkation were both speedy. We had a Panoramic Ocean View stateroom. The bathroom/shower area was a little smaller than we remembered, but didn't spend much time in our rooms to begin with. We only ate in the main dining room and the Windjammer buffet, both of which were fantastic. The bars around the ship were quick and the drinks were good!! Entertainment overall was amazing, as was our main dining room waiters, Michael and Reynaldo. We did buy the unlimited drink package which was good for alcohol and soft drinks anywhere on the ship. We are already booking our second Royal Caribbean cruise to Bermuda in October of this year. I'm sure it will be just as memorable!!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I just got back from our first ever cruise. We were blown away by the attention to detail from everyone. From the wait staff ( who remembered our names) to Francis, our cabin stewart who was nothing short of amazing in his ... Read More
My husband and I just got back from our first ever cruise. We were blown away by the attention to detail from everyone. From the wait staff ( who remembered our names) to Francis, our cabin stewart who was nothing short of amazing in his care of us and our room. He made the cutest little towel "animals" each night when he went in for our turn-down service. The food was excellent. The deluxe drink package is a bargain at any price. I treated myself to a hot stone massage in the spa... amazing! There are several different night clubs with a variety of different music styles- from Samba and Merengue to jazz, or piano bar. A very lively casino, plenty of dining options, a well- equipped state-of-the-art gym, even a library and art gallery. The port visits were nice. I'm looking forward to going back to Coco Cay. It's a lovely beach. We had the absolute best time!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
My spouse and I try to plan a cruise every February or March to get away from the cold of the Northeast. We are usually NCL people, but liked the price of MOTS and it fell within the timeframe that we had available. Our main goal of this ... Read More
My spouse and I try to plan a cruise every February or March to get away from the cold of the Northeast. We are usually NCL people, but liked the price of MOTS and it fell within the timeframe that we had available. Our main goal of this cruise was quality time together, so we didn't really have a huge agenda once we got onboard. Embarkation: We had a junior suite, and the perk with that was priority embarkation/disembarkation. That was the only perk....except for the bigger stateroom...but that was enough for us. I have some health challenges that prevent me from standing for long periods of time so this was absolutely PERFECT. We showed up at 11:30 and were literally on the ship 10 minutes later. No lines at all. Provided your Set Sail Pass is taken care of before you get to the port, you are good to go. It was AMAZING. Disembarkation: Equally amazing. We were at the Deck 4 Aft dining room at the allotted time and again, walked off, collected our luggage, and were in the cab and on our way to Miami Airport by 8:00. The whole thing, including customs, took about 20 minutes. Easy peasy. Ship: it was smaller than what we're used to but given my challenges as of late, that was a blessing. It was clean and there were people always working to make it look better. The refurb was fantastic aesthetically and we were very pleased with the layout. It was easy to navigate and it didn't take very long for us to find our way around...which is a good thing since it was a short cruise! Cabin: We were in junior suite 9258. We loved it. It was more than adequate for 2 people. The bathroom was a fair size (we had friends staying in an inside stateroom and I have no idea how they navigated that shower. TINY!!). There was a walk-in closet that was quite large...large enough to hang all of our clothes and not need the drawer space at all. The balcony was a decent size. Unfortunately, our neighbor enjoyed smoking his cigarettes on his balcony despite multiple announcements overhead about where the ONLY smoking section was located, and that made it difficult to sit out there and enjoy the fresh air. We eventually had to say something about it as we couldn't even keep our door open to listen to the water as smoke would fill the room. He did stop....but then proceeded to argue loudly with his family out there so it was either the smell of smoke or hearing him insult his wife. Neither of which were pleasant, so we kept the door closed for the most part. However, that was not to fault of the cruise line and they handled the smoking issue as soon as it was reported. Dining: We ate in the main dining room one night. It was okay. The service was good, but I don't think we were all that impressed with the selection on the menu. We liked the Windjammer for the variety, but it did get pretty crowded and there was a decent fight for tables depending on the times you decided to go. That was more for breakfast and lunch...not so much for dinner....but it was still crowded. They were very quick to clear your plates though, and tables were cleaned and emptied very quickly as well. We LOVED Izumi...the food was great, the entertainment even better!! The pizza on the promenade left a lot to be desired, but it was good in a pinch for a late night snack. I was very underwhelmed by Playmakers. The TV's were good, but other than that, meh. It was okay...but we prefer O'Sheehan's on the NCL cruises much better. Entertainment and Activities: we skipped most of these. We did not participate in any of the dance parties. We did not see the ice show and we did not go to any of the shows or see the comedian in the theater. As boring as it sounds, we preferred having the Voom and Stream package and retiring back to our room to watch Netflix programs in the evening! As a whole, the service was great. We have no complaints in that category. We loved our room steward. He was always around, attentive, and very friendly. The only thing we'd have liked better, and it's not the fault of the cruise line, is if there hadn't been so many teenagers on this cruise. We had hoped that by sailing in February, that school would be in session. But it looked like there were several school groups on board...and the age ranged from 13-16. There was very little adult supervision provided and they tended to run amuck often....with very little regard to other passengers. Running in the hallways, racing each other down the stairs, pushing every button in the elevators and then getting off...and then laughing while watching each elevator stop off on every floor. Those kinds of things tried your nerves...especially where there were, literally 100 of them running around unsupervised. That is not an exaggeration. But again, not the cruise line's fault. We skipped Coco Cay due to high winds and instead stayed in Nassau an extra day but we can't comment on excisions etc, as we didn't get off the ship. All in all, we enjoyed this trip very much. We believe that for the most part, cruises bring to you what you bring into them. We enjoyed each other and the quality time we had to turn off the outside world and focus on us. We enjoyed the ship and what we got out of it. Would we do a 7 day on MOTS? I doubt it. We still very much prefer NCL, but for what we needed this trip to be, it checked every box for us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Did not want a 7 night. Wanted something shorter. Had read that the ship was recently refurbished. You will think that it is brand new. New port set up in Miami was great. Better than even Fort Lauderdale. Park. Drop luggage in the ... Read More
Did not want a 7 night. Wanted something shorter. Had read that the ship was recently refurbished. You will think that it is brand new. New port set up in Miami was great. Better than even Fort Lauderdale. Park. Drop luggage in the car garage. Walk in. Check in. All quick and painless. We did not encounter one crew member who wasn't both nice and helpful. Did main dinning only one night and it was fine. No more formal nights which was nice. Did hibachi one night which was very entertaining. Never had that opportunity on a Royal ship. Because of weather concerns with tenders the ship did not go to coco cay. So two days in Nassau. In effect we had one day in port with few leaving the ship for excursions and the second day at sea with no one of course leaving the ship. Two changes I would suggest. They really need to start enforcing the no reaserving of pool chairs. I'm an early riser and would see people at 8AM throwing towels on 10 chairs, but not appearing until after noon. Also on the sea day and the second unplanned day in Nassau there was only one bar open until noon which caused long lines. Best entertainment was on deck 5 next to the Irish Pub. Overall this was a great time. Great ship and crew. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first cruise with Royal Carribean and it won’t be our last! We traveled with 3 other couples. We chose this cruise because three of the people we were with had never cruised before and were a little nervous about taking a ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Royal Carribean and it won’t be our last! We traveled with 3 other couples. We chose this cruise because three of the people we were with had never cruised before and were a little nervous about taking a longer cruise. We had a fantastic time. The ship is beautiful, the promenade a great place to hang out. We all had balcony rooms on the 8th deck. We never had a problem getting a chair at the pool. The entertainment was fun. The comedian very funny. Don’t miss the X versus Y game it was really funny. We bought the drink package and it was the way to go. Coco cay was so beautiful! We want to go back when they are finished with construction. We didn’t do an excursion in Nassau and wished we would have. Instead we went shopping and stopped at the straw market. We enjoyed the food in the dining room for dinner. Did the buffet for breakfast and pizza for lunch. We didn’t try any of the specialty restaurants. There is always something to do if you want to. All in all we had great weather and a fantastic time. The first time cruisers want to go again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I chose this cruise based on ship size-bigger than last years we went on and last yr I took kids this yr I chose to go solo which ppl may think thats odd and I did get some looks because most ppl in general are with family or couples. ... Read More
I chose this cruise based on ship size-bigger than last years we went on and last yr I took kids this yr I chose to go solo which ppl may think thats odd and I did get some looks because most ppl in general are with family or couples. Thats fine, I enjoyed doing what I want, when I wanted. The 5 day relaxation was fantastic. Embarkation fantastic Terminal A is wonderful you drop off luggage with porter This ship and if youve downloaded RC app or printed your set sail pass, you are ready to board. Rooms are ready two hours after boarding so I recommend a carry on with everything you need temporarily. The ship is big but you'd be surprised you seem to run into the same ppl all the time. I mostly ate in Windjammer but first night I booked Izumi Hibachi-best hibachi Ive ever been to. Very entertaining even with only 4 ppl at the table. Last night I went to main dining and met some fantastic ppl who carried on great conversation on either side of me, I felt very comfortable. Service everywhere I went was fantastic. My room steward was amazing as well he was always nearby if you needed anything and set up a few towel critters each night. My room was always clean. Please tip your steward last day, i didnt want to leave in envelope in room, I gave directly to him and told him he was amazing. Pools are a little chilly and main pool area hot tubs get over run with kids. Pool towels plentiful and pick up/return and exchange super easy with room key. I loved deck 5. The promenade was the hub of life and entertainment. Shops and bars and restaurants as well as customer service and next cruise/cruise excursions. I liked the ambiance of the Bamboo room, but the drink I had was too strong and I didnt like it, and the lamps at table are too low, I hit my head. My favorite bar was the english sports bar had games and lots of sports on tvs I watched a soccer match one evening. Boleros was good-latin theme drinks were delicous I highly recommend a caribbean painkiller but on the last night of cruise, the bartenders seemed a little less friendly. The entertainment staff and cruise director were energetic and friendly and super talented. I love the 4 man band that would perform each night in promenade, they were nothing short of amazing. I took in an ice show as well on deck 3. On the day at sea - i did the sky zone with is the bungee trampoline. Super fun. Late night if you want snack on deck 5 next to ben and jerrys was pizza and sandwhiches coffee, water and tea. They have room service but I didnt use service. The comedy show was good too, there is almost too much to do all the time even sometimes you want to do stuff things run at the same time you have pick and choose which one you want to do more. I absolutely loved this cruise and hated debarking day :( Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
As a Canadian, I was excited to escape from the ice globe and sail off to sun and sand. I must say for my first cruise it was awesome! Great food, excellent service from anyone who passed by, spoke to or dealt with on the ship. The ... Read More
As a Canadian, I was excited to escape from the ice globe and sail off to sun and sand. I must say for my first cruise it was awesome! Great food, excellent service from anyone who passed by, spoke to or dealt with on the ship. The nightly shows were great, packed with comedy, ice shows, feats of skilled acrobats, and more. The cruise director Asana was friendly, seriously funny, engaging, but at times what felt to be a bit too scripted. The rooms were clean, and the balcony, side offered a table and chair that you could sit on the water and enjoy life passing you by. The Cococay beach barbeque for thousands of people was well planned out, the food was great, it was a perfect day, lots of beach chairs to go around with the same view no matter where you sit. Going into Nassau the shopping was horrible with vendors being so aggressive to get you into the store, it was hard to enjoy the experience of just wandering around. You could not step into the store without a person in your face. The salespeople in Trescore Rare used very aggressive tag team selling, which was really uncomfortable from a buying perspective. Be weary of those vendors peddling free samples and grabbing your hand to drag you into the store! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Ship has a great layout. Very nice promanade area with shops, bars, eateries. Enjoyable entertainment of all varieties, including stage performances and ice skating show. Tremendous water slides, surf rider, rock climbing, laser tag, ... Read More
Ship has a great layout. Very nice promanade area with shops, bars, eateries. Enjoyable entertainment of all varieties, including stage performances and ice skating show. Tremendous water slides, surf rider, rock climbing, laser tag, trampoline, etc. for kids and adults. Large TV screen by the pool for late night movies and nonstop viewing during the day. Pool side steel drum band. Excursion offerings met every taste. Cozumel we took a catamaran sailing, snorkeling and beach break that was phenomenal from start to finish the best cruise excursion we have ever taken. A+ Customer Service!! Very friendly crew, unlimited drinks, great snorkeling, beautiful beach with water activities, music and dancing during the sailing. An absolute 5 star experience. At Costa Maya we went to the Aqua Park which was fabulous- every water experience from tame to extremely brave. Also zip lines for an additional charge. If you don’t have a blast On this cruise ... look in the mirror. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
We booked this last April knowing she was getting "amped". My husband and I invited our adult son and niece who had never sailed before to go along for the long MLK weekend. They loved they experience, although our son was ... Read More
We booked this last April knowing she was getting "amped". My husband and I invited our adult son and niece who had never sailed before to go along for the long MLK weekend. They loved they experience, although our son was apprehensive at first, unsure if he could handle the crowd or what if the ship rocked, would he get sick. As it turned out, they were impressed with all there was to do. They enjoyed the night life, the dancing, 80s night, the Quest, that boat was hopping til 3 or 4 am. As for my husband and I, this being our 6th cruise, I will say I was diappointed most with the food in both the Windjammer and MDR..It was blah and basically the same thing each day, we've certainly experienced better on other ships. The service in the MDR was fantastic though. .our waiter Francisco, and assistant waiter Leonardo were excellent! Often bringing food we hadn't ordered just so the kids could try new foods. Embarking, and disembarking went seamlessly. We chose to keep our own luggage instead of setting it out the night before, so we leisurely ate breakfast at the Windjammer, then just walked off when we were done. We used Fort Lauderdale airport, we used jiffy jeff to take us to the port, the fee was $15. per person. On our way back to the airport we decided to try Uber and paid $34. total, so it was a much better deal using Uber. As for excursions, on Nassau, the kids chose to hike to Junkanu Beach and loved it! There were 4 other ships docked that day so they made friends from another ship at the beach and had a delightful time! The day before at Cococay, they played in the beach volleyball tournament and won 2nd place. I would definitely recommend this ship, especially if you,or anyone in your group likes the night life (my husband and I prefer to get our sleep, but the kids were out til 4am every night). We had an inside cabin for all 4 of us..the kids slept on the top bunks, and although a RC representative told me when I called in that there would not be any extra seating other than beds in our room, there was actually a loveseat, and a curtain that could be pulled for privacy while changing, so we got along well in the tight quarters. Each morning our room attendant would fold up the top bunks so we could sit on the beds and not worry about hitting our heads, then he'd put them back down every evening for us. I highly recommend cabin 8437, we noticed no noise whatsoever..it is near an elevator, and down a private hallway which was closed off with a door! Read Less
Mariner of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.4
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.5 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.3
Family 4.5 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates N/A 4.3

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