Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by BritinNola
- Sail Date: January 2017
- Destination: Asia
Our balcony cabin was lovely, and was even better once we were able to have the adjoining balcony door removed as we had 2 cabins for 4 of us next door to each other, and now a nice big balcony to enjoy! We had purchased the drinks package so started to take advantage of it straight away. In a nutshell we thought the ship was lovely, food was great, lots of variety, although the choice for dining after 9pm not so good. We all like to eat late, so after being off the boat all day, getting back to room, enjoying a glass of wine, getting in shower etc. we were always running to dinner at the last minute and missed many of the shows, quizzes etc because of the timing. All staff in the restaurant were amazing.
Our favorite spot was the piano bar, Patrice from Montreal was awesome. The club was fun too. Was hoping for a "theme "night but that didnt really happen. There was definitely a different "vibe" on this ship than others I have been on, maybe because of the Asian influence?? And a new port every day left us pretty tired, but they were great! Went to Kuala Lumpur, Petronas Towers, (well you have to!!) and toured around a bit, long way from port. Langkawi was chill, just stayed on beach. Penang was great, Loved staying overnight in Phuket, although our shore excursion was a wash out and left 2 of our group very ill the whole day. We had booked to go on the snorkeling trip to "The Beach" island, but the seas were very rough and when the speedboat set off for the 90 minute journey, we only made it about 15 mins before people were throwing up! The decision was made to turn around and we were refunded, but 2 of my friends had to go back to ship and lay down they felt so bad. Karon beach was beautiful . We were also ripped off by a taxi driver in Penang, we booked him for 3 hours, but he ended up persuading us to go places we hadn't planned on. He was lovely, but obviously tried to make the time more and we ended up paying for 5 hours. Partly our own fault, we should have put our foot down and told him "no", but we did see some lovely sights! Penang hill was awesome!
At the end of the cruise the disembarkation process was great, and we went straight to our hotel for our last night prior to flights home the next day. The people everywhere were just so nice and helpful. I think the only "miserable" person was a taxi driver from Singapore taking us back to our hotel on our last night, he drove like a maniac, was not nice at all, but we did not let it spoil our fantastic adventure of the Famous Four doing Singapore!!
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