Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by janetplanet
- Sail Date: November 2003
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
The ship was very beautiful but let's face it...the food is one very important part of the experience and the food on board the Mariner was not good. If any of you are familiar with the buffet restaurant "Ryan's", then you know what I'm describing. The Windjammer served the SAME exact breakfast AND lunch everyday. The prunes and oatmeal were popular and I will tell you why later. I couldn't look at the green wrap with egg salad one more time and I didn't go on a cruise for hamburgers and hot dogs (let alone dried out with stale buns). Dinner in the dining room was a huge disappointment. You couldn't get a decent steak, the salmon was hard and dry, and I think the pasta was Chef Boyardi! Also, RCL doesn't give a soda with dinner anymore. You either have to buy it or show your card with the beverage punch/sticker. Now, if you ate in the restaurant Chops, the food was great. What a difference $20/pp made. The food in Portifino was excellent. Again what a difference $20/pp made. I think RCL has cheaped out on the dining room dinners so that you will spend the extra $$$ in one of the other restaurants for good food. I mean be prepared to spend it if you are interested in a good meal. Johnny Rockets ran out of their signature hamburgers and onion rings on Wednesday and then served the hamburgers from the dining room. (Just when I tried to get away from those!) The Cafe Promenade had the same exact stale croissant sandwiches everyday but the cookies and pizza were good.
The service was excellent and the employees were very nice. I don't know if Port Canaveral brings out the "older" bunch of cruisers or just this particular cruise, but most of the people on board were at least 80 yrs old. (That's why the prunes and oatmeal were popular!) And I have never seen so many walkers, wheelchairs, canes, seeing eye dogs and motorized "rascals" in my life! At 6pm in front of the dining rooms the rascals were lined up like it was a parking lot! (The dogs however were very sweet and made me miss mine at home!) The stairs however were ALWAYS empty and was my choice of getting around. All the "slow movers" did make it tough getting anywhere in a timely manner. The casino ran out of small bills on Thursday. That was strange.
The Adventure Ocean program for the older teens was terrible. All they had was a teen disco with music that was empty most of the time. No activities at all were planned. No crafts, scavenger hunts, contests or ANYTHING for the kids. Once again RCL has in place entertainment available in the game room for $1.00 - $5.00/play. There weren't any attendants available when the machines took the money and didn't work.(Another great way for RCL to pay for the beautiful ship!) The Sprinkles Ice Cream station was turned off every day around 8pm and didn't get turned back on until around noon the next day. Room service was pitiful. Your choices were cold cereal, fruit, coffee/tea, juice and 2 other snacks. That's it. For the first time getting off a RCL cruise I am looking for another cruise line to go on for my next cruise. I know for sure it won't be the Mariner.
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