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This was our first ever cruise, decided on a short one just incase it didn't a agree with us. It did! ..okay there were a few hiccups with checkin , i believe it was the first cruise out of the new building at !arina Bay, however it was all exciting, the oppulance and granduer of the ship blew us away, stopping at a new port everyday in our oppinion is a must, we both agreed that days just at sea might become a bit of a bore, however there would be lots to do if that was the case. Everyone we spoke to were on one of their multiple journey's and some had a very negative oppinion of this cruise with some saying it was their worse, maybe so, we wouldn't of known however we thought it was brilliant, and if it was the worse, it can only get better for us. Haveing said that we did speak to one man that was on his 30th cruise and he disagreed that it was bad so there you go, i figure out of all those people he would of been the one to listen to..different people have different expectations, and some are just plain whingers...we Loved it and cannot wait to book a Mediterranean cruise in another couple of years. We had a balcony room on the 8th deck towards the back of the ship, we loved the balcony and will always book one in the future, we had heard many people before our cruise stating that why bother with one as you are'nt in the room much, but having now done the cruise we definately disagree with that comment, it was great waking up pulling into a new port and watching all the action directly from our room.

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Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by kimberleyjane

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2014
  • Destination: Asia
This was our first ever cruise, decided on a short one just incase it didn't a agree with us. It did! ..okay there were a few hiccups with checkin , i believe it was the first cruise out of the new building at !arina Bay, however it was all exciting, the oppulance and granduer of the ship blew us away, stopping at a new port everyday in our oppinion is a must, we both agreed that days just at sea might become a bit of a bore, however there would be lots to do if that was the case. Everyone we spoke to were on one of their multiple journey's and some had a very negative oppinion of this cruise with some saying it was their worse, maybe so, we wouldn't of known however we thought it was brilliant, and if it was the worse, it can only get better for us. Haveing said that we did speak to one man that was on his 30th cruise and he disagreed that it was bad so there you go, i figure out of all those people he would of been the one to listen to..different people have different expectations, and some are just plain whingers...we Loved it and cannot wait to book a Mediterranean cruise in another couple of years.
We had a balcony room on the 8th deck towards the back of the ship, we loved the balcony and will always book one in the future, we had heard many people before our cruise stating that why bother with one as you are'nt in the room much, but having now done the cruise we definately disagree with that comment, it was great waking up pulling into a new port and watching all the action directly from our room.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 8642
Our balcony room was huge we thought, plenty of cupboard space, huge settee, plenty of mirrors unfortunately haha! Shower was great and just enough room in the bathroom on the smaller size but not cramped, bed was very comfy, and positioned right next to the sliding door ( with enough room to walk beside the bed) i had the curtains open at night while in bed so i could see the lightening shows from the weather. Good sized TV although we didn't watch any except some of the ship info. balcony was a good size.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Pregnant Maiden Island
    Arrival at Langkawi was much better, was just a big jetty but was neat and tidy, the islands surrounding us were awesome. Getting of the ship was better this day. Our tour guide though was useless, he didn't say much at all we just had to follow him. We arrived first at some island, we walked for maybe half an hour maybe less to a lake that was an old volcano crater, once we arrived there we just stood around on the pontoons looking at the beautiful scenery, but that took all of a minute or so.....some 10 minutes later one of the passengers asked what was happening next, as it appeared that the guide was waiting for a pick up or something as he just kept playing with his phone...we thought he was trying to contact somone...he obviously was but it had nothing to do with us, as when he was approached by the passenger he just waived his hand at the view and said you take pictures, have a swim if you wish i will meet you back at the start of walk in 30 minutes, and proceeded to walk back. Well none of us was going to jump into that deep lake so we all started to walk back also, which was a very hot and humid walk up and down big steps ( we were warned however when booking that moderate exertion would be needed) i decided to get changed into bathers when we reached the toilets as i was wringing wet with sweat...left my hat there, hubby went back to retrieve it but it had already been taken. We then proceeded to wait at the pier to be picked up again for the next island, we had to wait until all the other boats had arrived before they would let us back on, maybe 20 more boats arrived in the meantime. We saw the eagles then went to a swimming beach..rice island i think it was called, he said we had 45 minutes to have a swim, but in actual fact we could of had amother hour on top of that as the tour was supposed to be 4 hours..we had 3, and we also waited another half an hour at that spot to get back on the boat. The scenery though is lovely.
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  • Penang
    I didn'nt like the Penang port at all, they don't even try to make it look appealing for visitors, and had i only seen Georgetown i could of understood why, however on our way back to the ship we were taken through the more modern side of the city, there is no reason why they couldn't slap a bit of paint around if nothing else. As for the tour...we were very late getting off the ship, i don't know whether that was the ships fault ( partly i think) or the chaos outside with the tour guides etc, but we didn't enjoy it, arrived late to the temple of a thousand Budhas, it was closed, not really set up. To take international visitors just looked like a building site really, the view was to die for the toilets were'nt. We then went on to the furnicular train to the top of Penang Hill, we had to wait around for the next run, half an hour, you would think that having hundreds of people coming to view the hill from the ship that they might of put on extra runs. They expected us to spend spend spend, but most of us didn't have the currency, which was my main concern i was hoping to get some when i got off the ship, but that was'nt possible even if we did have time, as a new cruiser i was'nt aware that i could of got it on the ship prior to arriving ( big lesson learnt there) when the guide found out that we didn't have money she was very put out about and verbal about it all. It was dark and pouring with rain ( not that that could be helped) by the time we got to the top of Penang Hill, i thought we were supposed to go to a Historic Hotel and to see the old village , but none of that happened. Basically apart from the Penang Hill view, we just spent most of our time waiting, and couldn't wait to get back to the ship. Driving through Georgetown wasn't a highlight despite the guide being so proud of it, it was dingy and needed to be cleaned up a bit no pride at keeping its history alive at all, they took us through the modern side of the city on the way back to the ship, they obviously have SOME wealth, as we saw many oppulant buildings and hotels etc, would i visit Penang again, unfortunately NO, before heading there i would of said yes i would love to visit Penang, but for what I saw I wouldn't waste my money.
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  • Singapore
    I believe our cruise was the first to use the new building, there were some teething problems, i think the computer system crashed, however! In true Singaporean style they handled it very well. The building is massive, well designed and aesthetically lovely. Coming and going is done with ease, as like the airport Taxi ranks are well operated, you do have to cue a while however! Maybe 20 minutes, as everyone is leaving at the same time as opposed to planes coming in gradually. Unloading is a dream, and all up i think they did a fantastic job.
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