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The ship is large and there are plenty of activities to keep you engaged. We had a splendid dinner one night at Chops. The food and dining service was great except we had signed up for a special wine package, but either it was being phased out or replaced and so each day in the Tides dinning room it was a big hassle with the staff to figure out which wines we could order from which wine menus that qualified as part of the pre-paid beverage package we selected. Some of the on-board actives we did the comedy show and we watched a very entertaining Ice-Capades sorta program with olympic qualify skaters preforming tricks and that was fun as you could feel the boat rocking but at the same these talented skaters had to "stick" there landings and spins and so forth. We also enjoyed the sing along at the piano bar on-board. The white party was somewhat dull, but overall there were plenty of enjoyable activities. Cruising out of Galveston in February had one downside, the first and last day at seas going full speed in the Gulf of Mexico with the winds meant some nippy and cold conditions that limited the ability to take advantage of the pool deck and the sports courts. The service was good and all the crew members were very nice and attentive to our needs if we needed anything. The public areas are all well maintained and clean. Belize was a port of call and required a tender, the other ports were the Bay Islands of Honduras (wonderful place to visit) and Cozumel. Disembarkment in Galveston tested everyone patience as it takes a few hours. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and plan to cruise with Royal Caribbean again.

Very Good Experience for Novice Cruiser

Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by Mmaclachlan14

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The ship is large and there are plenty of activities to keep you engaged. We had a splendid dinner one night at Chops. The food and dining service was great except we had signed up for a special wine package, but either it was being phased out or replaced and so each day in the Tides dinning room it was a big hassle with the staff to figure out which wines we could order from which wine menus that qualified as part of the pre-paid beverage package we selected.

Some of the on-board actives we did the comedy show and we watched a very entertaining Ice-Capades sorta program with olympic qualify skaters preforming tricks and that was fun as you could feel the boat rocking but at the same these talented skaters had to "stick" there landings and spins and so forth. We also enjoyed the sing along at the piano bar on-board.

The white party was somewhat dull, but overall there were plenty of enjoyable activities.

Cruising out of Galveston in February had one downside, the first and last day at seas going full speed in the Gulf of Mexico with the winds meant some nippy and cold conditions that limited the ability to take advantage of the pool deck and the sports courts.

The service was good and all the crew members were very nice and attentive to our needs if we needed anything. The public areas are all well maintained and clean.

Belize was a port of call and required a tender, the other ports were the Bay Islands of Honduras (wonderful place to visit) and Cozumel.

Disembarkment in Galveston tested everyone patience as it takes a few hours.

Overall we enjoyed ourselves and plan to cruise with Royal Caribbean again.
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Cabin 2282
Tiny cabin, of course, but bed was super comfortable. The bathroom as small as it is the standard but overall if was exactly as advertised and expected.
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