We were on Mariner of the Seas in early February. We never had a problem getting a seat, but we always did start early and I didn't feel the need to be next to the pool. Our favorite place was two decks up from the main pool just above the sky bar. It was a great area to enjoy the pool activities and to just relax and watch the ocean.
Mary Lou Scanlon
NCL Pride of America April 24, 2010
NCL Epic February 12, 2011
RCCL Allure of the Seas - September 18, 2011
Celebrity Eclipse - February 11, 2012:
RCCL Navigator OTS - February 9, 2013