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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".

Fantastic cruise - our best yet

Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by lumpyspaceprincess

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2019
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom
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".
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Cabin Review

Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom
Cabin GS 1548
Beautiful and clean. No noisy neighbors, but of course that varies with each sailing. Our deck was right under the pool/solarium area and we did not hear any noise from it. The cabin was the first grand suite from the forward elevator bank. Some kids did find it amusing to keep ringing out doorbell all day, but we straightened that out with the room attendants and concierge. It didn't happen anymore after that.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Blue Lagoon Island Beach
    Well worth the money to book this excursion. From the second we got of our ship to the second we were dropped back off, we were taken care of. The staff are friendly and helpful. They have very clean restrooms. The snack shack was fantastic - I recommend the fish platter. Bar service was fast and really good. The beaches are clean and nice. Chairs and umbrellas free of charge to use. We had a great day.
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  • Perfect Day at CocoCay
    They really outdid themselves. Don't listen to the cruisers who think their opinion of Coco Cay holds any water to Royal Caribbean. Some people just like to run their mouths, especially those folks who throw around the term "Diamond plus" because they think they are better than everyone else.

    The beaches are pristine and beautiful. There are chairs and umbrellas with tables free of charge to use. The snack bars were great. Get the mozzarella sticks! They are cooked fresh and hot with marinara sauce.The burgers were good too. They have trams running from the ship to various areas, which saves a lot of walking in the hot hot hot sun. The water is calm and crystal clear. Although we were literally 5 feet from the construction boundary wall while they were working on the other side, I didn't hear any noise and was not bothered in the slightest by them working. I don't really know why some have made a huge fuss about there still being a little bit of construction going on.
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