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Security & Check-in: The process was flawless, we brought a bottle of wine each and the security lady in Miami didn't even take out of the bag to check them. It took us less than 30 minutes for security, check-in, and boarding, this was around 1:30 pm. Ship: The ship looks amazing, they did a splendid job with the renovation in May, the refresh was very much needed after seeing some of the old photos. Pools: All beautiful, we spent the time in the Solarium and loved how the lifeguards were on point kicking out children from the adult area. They did a great job separating the Flowrider and slides from the main pool that way the extra guests waiting on the slides are in the back of the ship away from the pool. Even on Sea Day, the main pool didn't seem overcrowded. Towels: You can pick up towels at the pool area and they scan your Sea Pass every time, make sure you return them and your card is scanned again if not they will charge you $25 per towel. The last day I had a letter at my door saying I didn't return the towels and had until 10 pm, I went right to Guest Services and they took care of it. Windjammer: No complaints from Windjammer, always great food and the staff was always making sure items are clean and dirty plates are picked up. The addition of wash stations at the entrance was well needed. Main Dining Room: We were on the 4 day Bahamas Cruise in September of 2018, the food in the Main Dining room was just OK, we were never wow’d, except for the French Onion soup, some members of our table ordered it every night! The food was good overall but not as good as you would recently find on a Carnival cruise. The service was excellent! Royal Theater: We did not see any of the main shows in the Royal Theater, they had 3 and once we read the description of them it never caught our attention. The second night they had Gallery of Dreams (a show based on the art from Mozart). The third night they had an International Tenor, Darryl J. Williams that apparently is well known on Broadway. The fourth night they had a comedian juggler from the UK, Pete Matthews. Maybe we should’ve giving them a chance but honestly, it was disappointing. Many of the other ships (including other RC) has musicals or other types of high beat shows, this part of the review is disappointing. We saw both of the adult comedy shows and those were great. The theater itself is beautiful and it doesn't feel that you’re in a cruise ship theater. Casino: It had all the games, the only complaint I have is that it's a small casino for a ship that size, it always seemed packed in there. Studio B: Ice shows were cute but cheesy. The adult only Crazy Quest scavenger hunt is a MUST, we had an amazing time during that event! Don't miss it! Promenade: Beautiful and the shopping deals were good, look at your Daily Compass to get the free tasting of liquor. Cafe Promenade: Our go-to for snacks and pizza, especially late night, great place and friendly staff. Ellington's Night Club: Great music and friendly waiters, we asked for a big bottle of water thinking it would be around $10 and to our surprise, it was only $5.44, Evian! After knowing that we would buy a bottle from the club every night. Another surprise was the beer buckets, we got persuade into getting the Corona bucket, 4 beers and the 5th one free and expected to be more than $40, well it came out to be $29 per bucket, after knowing that and the daily drink specials we were relieved that we did not purchase the drink package, that's us since we don't drink that much! LGBT Friendly: Every day on the Compass they had an LGBTQ Get Together listed. The staff seemed to be nice and friendly to everyone, regardless of anything, overall very happy with the staff. Nassau: After reading all the Criminal Activity warnings and after seeing how expensive everything is at Atlantis we decided to stay on the ship and make it a pool day, best idea ever. We had a great time. Coco Cay: Was not a big fan of the Tender Boats. Too much time wasted. Can't wait for the pier to open next year and the other attractions. The beach was very nice and the BBQ lunch was great too, overall a good day. Debarkation: We did the self-assist departure and they were supposed to call numbers but they were not following that, my recommendation is to have breakfast in the main dining room then wait by Boleros or Schooner until the line dies down. What was holding the line was customs inside the pier in Miami and not the staff on the ship. Overall very happy with the cruise and cannot wait to go on my next one!

Great Job Royal Caribbean!

Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by crazyleo1995

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony
Security & Check-in:

The process was flawless, we brought a bottle of wine each and the security lady in Miami didn't even take out of the bag to check them. It took us less than 30 minutes for security, check-in, and boarding, this was around 1:30 pm.

Ship:

The ship looks amazing, they did a splendid job with the renovation in May, the refresh was very much needed after seeing some of the old photos.

Pools:

All beautiful, we spent the time in the Solarium and loved how the lifeguards were on point kicking out children from the adult area. They did a great job separating the Flowrider and slides from the main pool that way the extra guests waiting on the slides are in the back of the ship away from the pool. Even on Sea Day, the main pool didn't seem overcrowded.

Towels:

You can pick up towels at the pool area and they scan your Sea Pass every time, make sure you return them and your card is scanned again if not they will charge you $25 per towel. The last day I had a letter at my door saying I didn't return the towels and had until 10 pm, I went right to Guest Services and they took care of it.

Windjammer:

No complaints from Windjammer, always great food and the staff was always making sure items are clean and dirty plates are picked up. The addition of wash stations at the entrance was well needed.

Main Dining Room:

We were on the 4 day Bahamas Cruise in September of 2018, the food in the Main Dining room was just OK, we were never wow’d, except for the French Onion soup, some members of our table ordered it every night! The food was good overall but not as good as you would recently find on a Carnival cruise. The service was excellent!

Royal Theater:

We did not see any of the main shows in the Royal Theater, they had 3 and once we read the description of them it never caught our attention. The second night they had Gallery of Dreams (a show based on the art from Mozart). The third night they had an International Tenor, Darryl J. Williams that apparently is well known on Broadway. The fourth night they had a comedian juggler from the UK, Pete Matthews. Maybe we should’ve giving them a chance but honestly, it was disappointing. Many of the other ships (including other RC) has musicals or other types of high beat shows, this part of the review is disappointing.

We saw both of the adult comedy shows and those were great.

The theater itself is beautiful and it doesn't feel that you’re in a cruise ship theater.

Casino:

It had all the games, the only complaint I have is that it's a small casino for a ship that size, it always seemed packed in there.

Studio B:

Ice shows were cute but cheesy. The adult only Crazy Quest scavenger hunt is a MUST, we had an amazing time during that event! Don't miss it!

Promenade:

Beautiful and the shopping deals were good, look at your Daily Compass to get the free tasting of liquor.

Cafe Promenade:

Our go-to for snacks and pizza, especially late night, great place and friendly staff.

Ellington's Night Club:

Great music and friendly waiters, we asked for a big bottle of water thinking it would be around $10 and to our surprise, it was only $5.44, Evian! After knowing that we would buy a bottle from the club every night. Another surprise was the beer buckets, we got persuade into getting the Corona bucket, 4 beers and the 5th one free and expected to be more than $40, well it came out to be $29 per bucket, after knowing that and the daily drink specials we were relieved that we did not purchase the drink package, that's us since we don't drink that much!

LGBT Friendly:

Every day on the Compass they had an LGBTQ Get Together listed. The staff seemed to be nice and friendly to everyone, regardless of anything, overall very happy with the staff.

Nassau:

After reading all the Criminal Activity warnings and after seeing how expensive everything is at Atlantis we decided to stay on the ship and make it a pool day, best idea ever. We had a great time.

Coco Cay:

Was not a big fan of the Tender Boats. Too much time wasted. Can't wait for the pier to open next year and the other attractions. The beach was very nice and the BBQ lunch was great too, overall a good day.

Debarkation:

We did the self-assist departure and they were supposed to call numbers but they were not following that, my recommendation is to have breakfast in the main dining room then wait by Boleros or Schooner until the line dies down. What was holding the line was customs inside the pier in Miami and not the staff on the ship.

Overall very happy with the cruise and cannot wait to go on my next one!
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Spacious Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 6B 7548
Spacious Ocean View Balcony level 7 (7548) category 2B, great size and even though the rooms were not renovated they were still fine, no complaints there. They should have a sign or instructions posted somewhere on how to use the sliding door to access the balcony. Here's the trick, turn the handle up and it will slide, turn it down and it will lock into place. We spent a good amount of time figuring that out.
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