1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
My first cruise and my last. Didn’t help we didn’t even go to the Bahamas but we understood for safety reasons. Guest relations team didn’t help with WiFi issue once purchased. No reimbursement for WiFi we didn’t even use. Went to ... Read More
My first cruise and my last. Didn’t help we didn’t even go to the Bahamas but we understood for safety reasons. Guest relations team didn’t help with WiFi issue once purchased. No reimbursement for WiFi we didn’t even use. Went to spa for a free pamper party but it was cancelled at the time we showed up. I injured myself on dance floor which was no ones fault but we called front desk to provide a ice pack and they didn’t come to our room until we called multiple times. Food was sub par. Long lines everywhere since we never left ship. My last cruise ever, horrible experience overall. We called to get a discount on another cruise since this one was so lousy and they said no a verbal apology is just fine?! Never take this cruise line. Wish I had a better experience. My cousin and I will never set sail again on this cruise Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We are avid Disney Cruisers but thought a 2-night cruise would be great for my husband and I; it was not! After stepping foot on the ship, we noticed right away the smell of old smoke from the Casino area. If that wasn't bad enough, ... Read More
We are avid Disney Cruisers but thought a 2-night cruise would be great for my husband and I; it was not! After stepping foot on the ship, we noticed right away the smell of old smoke from the Casino area. If that wasn't bad enough, the fragrance they tried to mask it with make us nauseous. Deck 5 where ALL the shops and bars are was so hard to walk around, in the jewelry store, the associate followed us around like they do in furniture stores! We found that most of the crew members were not friendly or helpful. The waitstaff at the main dining room got upset that we didn't take their suggested choices at dinner time. Every where we went the first day, people were all trying to sell us something, drink package, internet package, specialty dining, etc. Our room was on Deck 9 and when we would turn to walk to our room all we could smell was sewage coming from the rooms. Our room had a musty smell to it as well. On Saturday night, we had to make a run back to Miami for a sick passenger to get off and all my husband and I wanted to do was get off with them! We will never again sail another cruise line but Disney. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
As a Canadian, I was excited to escape from the ice globe and sail off to sun and sand. I must say for my first cruise it was awesome! Great food, excellent service from anyone who passed by, spoke to or dealt with on the ship. The ... Read More
As a Canadian, I was excited to escape from the ice globe and sail off to sun and sand. I must say for my first cruise it was awesome! Great food, excellent service from anyone who passed by, spoke to or dealt with on the ship. The nightly shows were great, packed with comedy, ice shows, feats of skilled acrobats, and more. The cruise director Asana was friendly, seriously funny, engaging, but at times what felt to be a bit too scripted. The rooms were clean, and the balcony, side offered a table and chair that you could sit on the water and enjoy life passing you by. The Cococay beach barbeque for thousands of people was well planned out, the food was great, it was a perfect day, lots of beach chairs to go around with the same view no matter where you sit. Going into Nassau the shopping was horrible with vendors being so aggressive to get you into the store, it was hard to enjoy the experience of just wandering around. You could not step into the store without a person in your face. The salespeople in Trescore Rare used very aggressive tag team selling, which was really uncomfortable from a buying perspective. Be weary of those vendors peddling free samples and grabbing your hand to drag you into the store! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Ship has a great layout. Very nice promanade area with shops, bars, eateries. Enjoyable entertainment of all varieties, including stage performances and ice skating show. Tremendous water slides, surf rider, rock climbing, laser tag, ... Read More
Ship has a great layout. Very nice promanade area with shops, bars, eateries. Enjoyable entertainment of all varieties, including stage performances and ice skating show. Tremendous water slides, surf rider, rock climbing, laser tag, trampoline, etc. for kids and adults. Large TV screen by the pool for late night movies and nonstop viewing during the day. Pool side steel drum band. Excursion offerings met every taste. Cozumel we took a catamaran sailing, snorkeling and beach break that was phenomenal from start to finish the best cruise excursion we have ever taken. A+ Customer Service!! Very friendly crew, unlimited drinks, great snorkeling, beautiful beach with water activities, music and dancing during the sailing. An absolute 5 star experience. At Costa Maya we went to the Aqua Park which was fabulous- every water experience from tame to extremely brave. Also zip lines for an additional charge. If you don’t have a blast On this cruise ... look in the mirror. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Me and the Ms. decided to take our 4 kids with us on our first cruise ever to Costa maya and cozumel. Me and her have been to resorts on the carribean beaches of mexico twice and loved every minute. We decided on a cruise with our kids due ... Read More
Me and the Ms. decided to take our 4 kids with us on our first cruise ever to Costa maya and cozumel. Me and her have been to resorts on the carribean beaches of mexico twice and loved every minute. We decided on a cruise with our kids due to cost and more entertainment. Be advised that all i have to compare with is my stays at El Cid and Catalonia Royal Tulum. I did not think the staff was nearly as friendly on the ship as the resorts. This excludes 2 waiters we had at dinner (Worwit and Milena) who were easily the best servers of my life. The 5 stars on "dining" is solely due to them. The rest seemed grumpy and were not helpful at all. The ship was amazing, though my kids were too small for the funnest attractions (flowrider for 9 and 10 year old and water slides and skypad for 4 year old). Food at dinner was great, fun menu with some new things to try. Rest was average. It was hard to find a table for 6 at all meals other than dinner when our table was reserved. We felt the ship was overly crowded compared to resorts, which felt much more relaxing to us. All though the cruise was booked as "all-inclusive", we felt Royal Carib try to nickel and dime you where they can. We never had anybody explain to us how things worked and spent the majority of the 5 days trying to figure that out. We had a lot of fun, i cant deny that. But next time i will spend more money on a resort where staff is legitimately friendly and we dont feel so crowded. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We booked this last April knowing she was getting "amped". My husband and I invited our adult son and niece who had never sailed before to go along for the long MLK weekend. They loved they experience, although our son was ... Read More
We booked this last April knowing she was getting "amped". My husband and I invited our adult son and niece who had never sailed before to go along for the long MLK weekend. They loved they experience, although our son was apprehensive at first, unsure if he could handle the crowd or what if the ship rocked, would he get sick. As it turned out, they were impressed with all there was to do. They enjoyed the night life, the dancing, 80s night, the Quest, that boat was hopping til 3 or 4 am. As for my husband and I, this being our 6th cruise, I will say I was diappointed most with the food in both the Windjammer and MDR..It was blah and basically the same thing each day, we've certainly experienced better on other ships. The service in the MDR was fantastic though. .our waiter Francisco, and assistant waiter Leonardo were excellent! Often bringing food we hadn't ordered just so the kids could try new foods. Embarking, and disembarking went seamlessly. We chose to keep our own luggage instead of setting it out the night before, so we leisurely ate breakfast at the Windjammer, then just walked off when we were done. We used Fort Lauderdale airport, we used jiffy jeff to take us to the port, the fee was $15. per person. On our way back to the airport we decided to try Uber and paid $34. total, so it was a much better deal using Uber. As for excursions, on Nassau, the kids chose to hike to Junkanu Beach and loved it! There were 4 other ships docked that day so they made friends from another ship at the beach and had a delightful time! The day before at Cococay, they played in the beach volleyball tournament and won 2nd place. I would definitely recommend this ship, especially if you,or anyone in your group likes the night life (my husband and I prefer to get our sleep, but the kids were out til 4am every night). We had an inside cabin for all 4 of us..the kids slept on the top bunks, and although a RC representative told me when I called in that there would not be any extra seating other than beds in our room, there was actually a loveseat, and a curtain that could be pulled for privacy while changing, so we got along well in the tight quarters. Each morning our room attendant would fold up the top bunks so we could sit on the beds and not worry about hitting our heads, then he'd put them back down every evening for us. I highly recommend cabin 8437, we noticed no noise whatsoever..it is near an elevator, and down a private hallway which was closed off with a door! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We loved almost every single aspect of this cruise. We started as skeptics, we had strong feelings we would not cruising and were hopeful that we could find some peace and quiet. Frankly I expected to work during most of the cruise. ... Read More
We loved almost every single aspect of this cruise. We started as skeptics, we had strong feelings we would not cruising and were hopeful that we could find some peace and quiet. Frankly I expected to work during most of the cruise. Boarding: Embarkation - painless, quiet and easy. Traveling with my mother-in-law who required the assistance of a wheelchair to get around (she can walk, but very slowly and no steps or inclines, she is elderly). As our Uber pulled up to the terminal at 10:30am, our bags were whisked away with quiet efficiency and a gentlemen with a wheelchair made a beeline for us offering assistance. The gentlemen assisting my mother-in-law sorted through our paperwork in short order and has going through security in a few minutes then it was on to the ship. From the moment I stepped out of the uber it was maybe 15 minutes later I was on board. And security was so very good they caught something the TSA missed. Unlike the TSA, these people were professional and kind and took care of everything. I was very happy to see active, attentive security staff. It gave me confidence in the leadership. Day 1: The ship was spotless, everything was bright, clean, freshly painted or polished. She gleamed from end to the other, every line coiled and stowed, she was squared away and her crew took obvious pride in her, stepping aboard within an instant you got the message that her captain led his crew with confidence and pride. She didn't look a day out of dry dock. Guest services rented us a wheelchair for the duration of the cruise ($145) and the three of us were off to explore the ship. We got registered for the escape room (NOTE: at 11:30am when we registered, there was only 1 other open slot during our one sea day (Thursday) - everything else was booked up. We made our way down to Jamie's Italian around 12:00pm (Chops was not open for lunch) and sat down to a decent lunch. ***Warning*** Skip the next paragraph if you are not a food nut - Normal people will like Jamie's Italian just fine. Ok fellow foodie - here's the deal, some of the food is good and some is downright terrible. For us and I'm not sure why everyone from the host to the waiter spoke about their "San Marzano" tomatoes and then showed up with a can of cherry tomatoes. Not joking. The antipasto board wasn't bad, but it was a San Danielle ham that was quite close to a parma ham and they added Spanish caperberries and left off most of Italy's best olives, and swapped in cows milk mozzarella for the promised buffalo. To make things worse, the fried squid was cooked at around 325 degrees - so it had no color at all, very pale flour/yellow coating and cooked so very long at that low temp that you needed a chainsaw to get through the calamari. However, the house aioli was great, we loved it. The ragù alla bolognese was the best I have every had in my life. The cheesecake to die for, the eggplant parm was great and the lasagna was weird but good. Their pasta is excellent and well made (machine extruded, but not bad). The burger read well on the menu, but was average - I'd have it again but it certainly wasn't great food. After dinner we caught the comedy show, it was cute. Day 2: Nassau - We fell in love with Junkanoo Beach, hung out there for a few hours and bought a jerk chicken and pork combo plate from Junkanoo Jerk on the beach - the absolute best Jerk I've ever had; the chicken was great; and the pork deserves it's own Michelin star. Yeah, it's that good. The beach? It was touristy and real at the same time. We loved it. When we got tired of the crowds, we went over to the Hilton and checked in for the day which gave us access to their private beach; we had the place to ourselves. It was wonderful. We also did our own walking tour of Nassau and enjoyed it. Back on the ship around 6pm, we had dinner at chops and well if you read my prior review of Jamie's you have an idea of where I am going. First of all no dry aged steaks, second they sold us a couple of beaten choice steaks as prime. The mushroom soup was stunning, I loved it - the crab cake was good (but note: they used special crab not jumbo lump), the shrimp were off (old - mushy - ammonia; now they weren't bad like they would make you sick and frankly most people likely wouldn't notice, but we know food and shrimp in particular). Desserts weren't bad, but they really phoned it in. We ended our day sitting on the bow watching the passing ships and when the wind picked up we moved back our balcony which we loved. The magic show was a nice retelling of a few tried and true tricks. But it was on the simplistic side although very well executed. Day 3: CocoaCay - we took the glass bottom boat tour (my wife doesn't dive - so this was a great way for us to both share some reef time). We loved it, the tour operator was fantastic and made it all worthwhile. After the tour we had lunch (terrible jerk bbq) and laid out on the beach. It was nice, we enjoyed it. Back on the ship, we hit up Jamie's for dinner and loved the Lamb Chops, the shrimp pasta was terrible (and we knew better so shame on us). We also ordered 4 apps from the main dining room and 2 of their entrees in addition to the apps and entrees we ordered at Jamie's I'll stay positive and say the duck mousse was excellent. Day 4: Sea Day - spent some time on our balcony and wandering outside around decks 3 and 4 (also up to 11 and went forward to watch the bridge). Peaceful and relaxing (we stayed away from the crowds) Here's what I haven't articulated - the service from everyone, everywhere (except the main dining room) was amazing, fantastic and over the top. The crew was so wonderful we are 100% sold on another cruise in a few months. Great value for money - really great value. Internet (voom) worked ok, we had 4 devices connected concurrently and I was able to get some work one. Disembarkation: Just as smooth and getting on - took us maybe 20 minutes total to walk off the ship (we did carry our own bags, were off the ship at 7am). Do not under any circumstances go on the Hop On Hop Off bus tour. We did. One of the worst experiences we have ever had, so bad I have to call it bait and switch. I'll be curious to see if Royal Caribbean will cover me on it. It was horrible. So we are batting 50/50 right now on excursions (glass bottom boat on CocoaCay A+, Hop On Hop Off Bus F-}. Getting around with my mother-in-law (who walks real slow or needs her chair) - this went great. She used room service for a couple of lunches and the ship really took care of her. She was very happy, therefore my wife was happy and thus I was happy. Questions about this cruise? - Please feel free to ask, I'll answer anything I can - I'll argue you'll love it. Just understand the food at best isn't that good. The ingredients are mediocre and the kitchen leadership is lacking. Other than that - this cruise was a pretty perfect moment for us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We just came back from a 4 night Bahama cruise on the recently updated Mariner of the Seas. Some of the changes especially the aesthetic ones are absolutely stunning such as the Dinning Room and the Diamond Crown Lounge. The new Skypad ... Read More
We just came back from a 4 night Bahama cruise on the recently updated Mariner of the Seas. Some of the changes especially the aesthetic ones are absolutely stunning such as the Dinning Room and the Diamond Crown Lounge. The new Skypad and water slide area were extremely inviting although we did not partake in the fun on this trip we would in the future. Cocoa Cay is under construction but don't be put off by that. RCI has gone out of its way to assure that your day there is absolutely the best. We found it exciting to see the new dock work in progress as well as the the water slides. This was the first cruise since 1988 that we have sailed without any friends and family and we were looking forward to enjoying a table for 2 in the main dining room. Hubby always like to check on the first day to see where our table is located and we were surprised to find that we were at a table of 8! A table of six is difficult enough to converse at but a table of eight is even worse. We immediately addressed this issue to find there were no table for 2 left in the main dining room and they suggested My Time Dining. We were hesitant as we enjoy getting to know our wait staff and did not think this would be possible with MTD. The first night our table was next to the serving station and my chair was bumped by the serving carts a couple of times so we weren't sure if we would become fans of MTD however we learned on our way out when it was suggested to reserve for the next night that we could request a table and we did. We requested table 270 for the next night and were seated at 269 which is in that same section with the same wait staff and were very pleased. Dony and Tehela were exceptional and we were able to keep that table for the rest of our vacation. Therefore, if MTD is your only option don't be afraid embrace it! We did not partake of any of the Entertain activities because we spent a good amount of time in the evenings relaxing in the Diamond lounge. One huge improvement in the Diamond lounge is on this class ship they offer breakfast which we enjoyed very much. KUDOS to RCI and I hope that this concept is recreated on all the ships. Our staff Grecia and Ricardo were very warm and welcoming, the best Diamond staff we have ever encountered. As this was a short cruise and we have sailed this itinerary before we decided to stay on board in Nassau and enjoy the pool area. This was a very relaxing day and much needed. In Cocoa Cay we rented a day bed for $125 which included the bed, 2 loungers, 2 floaty mats, a cooler with 4 liters of water, towels and lunch which was brought to us. Plus there was a concierge checking on you through out the day. This excursion can accommodate up to 4 people. You select your location of your day bed and your lunch on the first day so head straight to the excursions desk before heading to the Windjammer! This was the highlight of our trip and would highly recommend to anyone who wants to really relax and enjoy a beautiful beach day. Let's talk about the Windjammer ... before you can enter the extremely crowded buffet area there are 12 hand washing stations, yes hand washing stations complete with soap, water and paper towels, 6 on each side with a staff member strongly urging you to wash your hands. Think gestapo. Anyway, the new furnishings are lovely however the ebb and flow is still difficult to navigate and finding a table to dine at is nearly impossible. Back to the hand washing stations this was a very expensive upgrade that is not likely to cut down on the germs definitely not a fan. My recommendation is to avoid the jam up at the Windjammer at all possible cost! Just a few other minor changes that I found disappointing but they would not deter us from sailing on the Mariner again. There is only 1 frozen zone and only froyo is available and there are no, I repeat NO self service drink stations. This was annoying especially if you were lounging at the pool. All in all we had a great time and look forward to our next adventure with RCI on Granduer in April 2020, a 12 night southern Carribean. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We were a party of 8 adults and 7 children ranging from 14 to 2. We chose this cruise based on dates and ship description. The ship met our expectations. Clean, good food, very friendly staff. There was never a dull moment. Always ... Read More
We were a party of 8 adults and 7 children ranging from 14 to 2. We chose this cruise based on dates and ship description. The ship met our expectations. Clean, good food, very friendly staff. There was never a dull moment. Always something to do. We made reservations for the skypad and lazer tag in advance. The children loved the water slide and flow rider. The line was not bad and moved quickly. It's January so the pool water was chilly but the children didn't care. The wind was a bit chilly. I would not recommend nor book a January cruise for the Bahamas again. When the wind wasn't blowing, it was nice. But the ship is moving on the cruising day so we had wind all day. But a jacket and a towel solved the problem. Our dining room attendants were especially great with the children. We ate in the dining room every night. Very good food. Excellent service. We chose the Blue Lagoon Beach Day and it was excellent. Half of our group chose the dolphin swim and it was excellent as well. It was not very crowded and the water was crystal clear. Quite beautiful. Our day in Cococay was cancelled due to wind, which I found out is an issue in January. We were very disappointed as we were looking so forward to a warm day in the sun. The bad part was that we were at Cococay waiting for the announcement that we could leave the ship when the captain made the announcement that they were cancelling our day. They did their best to provide us with activities for the day and we made the best of it. We were there to have a fun family vacation and that's what we did. Guest services provided great service. We had a few hiccups with some charges and they took care of it. We were in balcony cabins near the front of the ship. No motion problems. The cabins were nice and clean. The ships promanade is beautiful. Never extremely crowded. We saw a magic show and juggling act. Both were great. We were not able to purchase any photos due to computer issues. We were very disappointed as this was our first cruise as a family. I will say, your cruise will be what you make of it. For my husband and I, this was our 6th cruise, For our children and grandchildren, it was their 1st cruise. Overall we had a great experience and would definitely book with RC again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
This was the 17th cruise for my wife and I, and elevated us to platinum status in the RCI rewards program. We drove to the cruise terminal the day of sailing so I can’t provide any feedback for area hotels or excursions in Miami. The ... Read More
This was the 17th cruise for my wife and I, and elevated us to platinum status in the RCI rewards program. We drove to the cruise terminal the day of sailing so I can’t provide any feedback for area hotels or excursions in Miami. The new RCI terminal in Miami is beautiful though, and getting around inside was a breeze. Much better than before! We sailed with another couple, no kids. Embarkation took less than 10 minutes with the help of RCIs options to sign all documents/waivers prior to embarkation day, provide photographs, and use the app to access SetSail passes. We highly recommend passengers take advantage of this! As is well known, Mariner recently completed a very expensive refurbishment. The ships public spaces looked absolutely beautiful. Of special note is the main dining room; the new décor and colors made it one of the nicest MDRs we’ve ever been in. The rest of the ship, especially the Royal Promenade, also looked wonderful. My wife put it best when she said that after the refurbishment, the Mariner looks and feels like a smaller version of the Oasis class. And she hit the nail right on the head. Mariner provides a small taste of what her big sisters offer. We attended several of the onboard activities. The sail away party was well done, though fairly typical. Loud upbeat music with drinks flowing. We made appearances at several trivia events (and ly won one of them). On the final night we attended the silent disco and the 80s party that followed. For those unfamiliar, silent disco is where attendees wear headphones and have the options of listening to different stations featuring different music styles. This was a first for our traveling companions, and they enjoyed it as much as we did. The 80s party in the promenade featured dancing, as well as iconic 80s costumes. A good time was had by all. We also attended the Escape Room. This was our second aboard a RCI ship (first was on Harmony). The experience was certainly challenging, and I think everyone had a good time. We managed to solve all the puzzles with just a few minutes remaining (thanks to some direction provided by the staff). Worth the extra charge if you enjoy these types of activities. My wife and I also participated in the Sky Pad. This is the large glowing sphere on the top deck. Inside you’ll find four trampolines with bungee cords suspended above each. Participants are strapped in to the cords while standing on the trampolines. Each is also fitted with a virtual reality helmet (optional). The VR helmet displays different games that react to your jumping. It was a fun and unique experience. We recommend it but do your best to make a reservation. The lines were long, and we wouldn’t have made it without the time slot. In addition, we attended the battle of the sexes game in one of the lounges. A typical group activity featuring passengers competing in goofy and somewhat embarrassing games. Fun to watch or participate in. In regards to service, we were not disappointed. Our cabin steward always greeted us with a smile and had our room well stocked with towels and kept clean. Dining staff, bartenders, and just about everyone else we interacted with asked how our vacation was going and were friendly and professional. Our cruise brought us to CoCo Cay and Nassau. CoCo Cay is RCI’s private island, and in a few months will complete a massive overhaul. Until complete, ships calling here are still tendering off, so plan for the additional time for this process. The island itself is beautiful and easy to navigate. Also a nice touch is those passengers with a drink package can use it on the island. In CoCo Cay we opted for the Swimming with the Pigs excursion. After a short boat ride to a neighboring smaller island, we entered an enclosed beach that housed, well, pigs. These animals are domesticated and are used to being around people. During our hour in the water, we were able to feed them apple slices and pet them as they swam around us. The staff took pictures for us (cameras are not allowed in the water with the animals). This was a first for us, so we enjoyed the event. However, realistically speaking, we paid $100 to feed pigs. Some would call that rather silly. In Nassau we didn’t do an excursion. We just strolled the shops and stopped for a beer at the Bearded Clam. It’s a small bar that offers local beers (try the Sands Raddler, a fantastic grapefruit beer) and food. The conch fritters were delicious! After that we returned to the ship. We were in cabin 8119, an interior cabin. In short, a standard interior cabin with enough (but not plenty) of storage space. While it suited our three day trip, I didn’t get the impression a lot of time was spent updating these cabins. There were no outlets near the bed (which you had to crawl onto), and no USB outlets. Our shower also leaked, despite the glass doors. I love the RCI doors for cabin showers, which are so much better than the curtains other lines have. However, when they leak as ours did you get just as much water all over the bathroom floor. We did not inform the staff about the issue. In regards to dining, we found the food to be standard fair. One night the MDR there were two steak options. We found it rather funny that both meals were identical except for mushroom sauce on one. Even the sides were the same! Also of note was the much longer time it takes to eat. We chose the My Time Dining option, and usually showed up around 5:30 or 6. Despite the fact that the MDR isn’t too busy at this time and there were only four at our table, dinner took us nearly two hours. There was a small note to expect this on the Cruise Planner. Two hours is too much time! 30 minutes between courses is a bit excessive, and made us skip the MDR the final night. If we find this to be typical on our next RCI cruise (Symphony OTS in February), this may cause us to eat elsewhere. We did have lunch on day three at the Dog House, a hot dog eatery on the pool deck. The dogs were delicious and there was practically no line. A great option apart from the buffet for lunch. The Windjammer (buffet restaurant) was well stocked and had a variety of foods that we found to be perfectly acceptable. It was also kept very clean and we never had trouble finding seating. Also not to miss is the Bamboo Room on the Promenade. The drinks were great (watch out for the higher cost. Drink packages only cover up to a certain dollar amount, and several of the featured drinks were cost more), and the atmosphere was fun. Think Tiki Bar with associated décor and themed drinks. Our biggest disappointment for this cruise was the entertainment. We typically make it a point to see all the shows while on cruises, and RCI has some excellent offerings. However, the only show we saw this cruise was the ice skating show on the first night. The reason being was that all the other shows (headliner, comedians, etc) all started after 10 PM. While we do stay up later on vacation, these times either conflicted with other activities or was just too late after a day in the sun and partaking in adult beverages. And as in the past the ice skating show, despite talented skaters, was just weird. The story, if there was one, made absolutely no sense. If you enjoy production shows or similar performers, expect to stay up late and have to choose between a show or something else. Disembarkation was well organized and ran smoothly. From the time we joined the line (we always carry our luggage off) to the time we were loading it into the car took about 25 minutes. To summarize, Mariner provided a great weekend getaway. The refurbishment seems to have done the public areas justice, as the ship is beautiful. Service was at the level expected by prior cruises and RCI standards. Food despite the wait in the MDR, ranged from acceptable to quite good. We enjoyed the activities, but missed the opportunity to enjoy the super late starting shows. Read Less
Mariner of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.5
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.5 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.3
Family 4.5 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates N/A 4.3

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