I hope you don't mind me asking, but how did you decide on the Mariner? I have been planning a summer 2004 trip and thought I had settled on HAL or Princess, but the few boards I have read said to seriously consider the Mariner. I guess I didn't think the Mariner was a great FAMILY choice, but the posts have people saying just the opposite. I believe the costs are a bit above the other two lines, but if the trip is truly a notch above, then I would be thrilled. Are you doing an Inside Passage trip out of Vancouver?
Again, hope you don't mind the inquiring mind!