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Old December 8th, 2003, 05:03 PM
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Hi All,

Had a wonderful time aboard RCCL's new Mariner of the Seas on her first voayge to the Western Caribbean! Let me know if you have any questions...we had cabin 8526 w/ a balcony, forward.
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Old December 8th, 2003, 06:23 PM
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What's the art work like around the pool? Is it elegant or overdone?
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Old December 8th, 2003, 07:03 PM
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Did they have elliptical trainers in the gym?

How was the service?

What was your favorite part of the ship?

How did embarkation go and what time did you arrive at the port/ when did they let you on?

Was there a welcome aboard lunch buffet?

Did you have a side balcony? We will have one of those on Mariner next April, kind of wondering how the space will be because there are 4 of us (hubby, me, 2 small sons)
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Old December 8th, 2003, 07:55 PM
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My husband and I will be on Mariner in April too (April4th) When are you going?
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Old December 9th, 2003, 12:27 PM
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Libby,

We're on Mariner the following week (April 11), so we'll just miss you.
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Old December 9th, 2003, 01:12 PM
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We are going the same time next year can't wait How was the weather?


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Old December 9th, 2003, 02:58 PM
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Service was excellent. There was a very good buffet at lunch at embarkation (and every day) in the Windjammer lounge. We had a Cat. D cabin and it was a very nice size. The balcony may be a bit "tight for" 4 of you> We arrived at the port at 11:30 and went right aboard.
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Old December 9th, 2003, 06:00 PM
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We were on the Nov. 30 to Dec. 7 voyage to the Western Caribbean too, cabin 9642, a D2 room with a balcony. This is only our third cruise, and the first two were on Disney. (No, we don't have any kids.) We like Disney better. We enjoyed the cruise overall, but we did have some complaints which were eventually worked out by guest services. We were unhappy with the regular entertainment shows, but the ice show and the guest entertainers were very good. The two male lead singers for the regular shows were terrible! The DJ in the Dragon's Lair disco played music for the crew members who were attending the club late in the evening. I complained to the Cruise Director, and the DJ phoned me and said that there was a misunderstanding and that he would play the songs we requested, but he still ended up playing this crappy music when the crew members started showing up. (Disney doesn't let their crew members into the disco.)
Matt Yee, the lounge entertainer in the Schooner bar was very good.

There were not enough activities for people during the day around the pool, etc. We may be in a "difficult" age group. We are in our late thirties, so some of the activies are geared to the older crowd, and some to the younger. We don't drink and we don't gamble, so there wasn't much to do some of the times. We ran into other young couples in our same situation, and several of them recommended the Carnival cruises, as they supposedly had better entertainment and food, and more activities.

Several people we ran into did not have table assignments for dinner, and were very upset when RC said it was because they booked late. These two couples we spoke to had booked in January and in June. They were told to just go to the Windjammer buffet to eat until something could be arranged. By the second or third night, they finally had a dinner assignment. One couple we met did not eat in the dining room after the second night because they waited 45 minutes to be served and received their appetizer just before the dessert.

We also complained because it was our 10th anniversary, and our travel agent spoke to RC about some extras for us to celebrate on the first formal night. We received nothing, so my husband complained. He was told that RC doesn't do anything for birthdays or anniversaries, or even honeymoons unless you pay for it, $200 or more. Well, that's not what we were told when we booked the cruise. On our 8th anniversary, Disney gave us chocolate covered strawberries, petitfours, two cakes, a bottle of champagne, and a sweet card signed by Guest Services, all for free. After the fifth person that my husband spoke to, someone finally came through for us, and we received everything that we had received from Disney, except the petitfours and the card.

The gym is great. They did have eliptica trainers. The spa people do a really hard sell on their services, especially a cellulite treatment for $99 to $145. It sounded great, but hey, if it really, really worked, don't you think it would be a global revolution announced on CNN! These women really poured it on. They told me I should be willing to spend money on my body to make myself feel better, and I shouldn't worry about upsetting my husband, just put it on the card. It was really comical listening to their tactics. The guys in Jamaica weren't much worse than them!

Anyway, we did enjoy the ports of call. The highlights were Dunn River Falls and StingRay City. Warning: when you get off the ship in Cozumel, steer clear of the El Cid people telling you that RC has agreed to let you use their facilities because there are so many ships in port, and too many people. It's a time-share scam, and we got sucked into it. Stupid, stupid, stupid, we should have known better!

I'll be happy to answer any questions. Like I said, we enjoyed the cruise. We just liked the pampering and the entertainment on the Disney ship a little better.
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Old December 10th, 2003, 02:37 PM
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Good to know about Cat. D cabin and balcony; that's what we'll be in next April. Wasn't really planning on having all 4 of us on the balcony, my will want to check it out, but mostly it's for momma to relax and read whilst daddy and kiddies nap in the afternoons.

Lisa's comments about the Steiners spa employees brings back memories. They do a hard sell, but often if you tell them firmly that you will not buy extra products or services, and that you just want to enjoy the one you are paying for now, they get the message and leave you alone. I always let them know up front I want a quiet massage, not alot of talking or chatter. I agree about the cellulite treatment, it is only a temporary and surface improvement, good if you want to look good by the pool on a particular day, but not good for much else.

Since Mariner is so new, I'm assuming they will be working out some of the kinks in the service. I haven't been on an RCCL ship in about 6 years, the last was the first season of Granduer of the Seas and they had announced the plans for the Voyager class ships on our cruise. I'm so looking forward to Mariner because RCI ships are really beautiful and I so enjoy the art work and design work (both inside and out).

I think each cruiseline is a slightly different experience, I've only experienced RCI and Carnival so far, but we'll branch out a bit when the kids are older. Haven't done Disney cause we weren't sure if it was worth the price, their ships are starting to get a bit older now. I've had my best cruises on ships that were 5 yrs old or newer. Worst cruises on ships that were 8-10 years old.

Thanks to everyone who shared their experience on Mariner.

Margie
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Old December 10th, 2003, 05:40 PM
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Hi LKlien,

The pools are gorgeous. I definitly wouldn't say they were over done. They even had real plants and trees around the pool area in planter boxes. The Solarium (adult pool) had magnificent statues, but not alot of them. Like two of them are Lions on a overhang, so unless you look up their not overly noticeable. The feel is real Italian in that area with tile floors etc. I really liked the pool areas...no complaints here. Definitly nicer than the Carinival Fantasy's and I would say the real live plants are a added ambience benifit that even DCL doesn't have. <BG>
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Old December 12th, 2003, 05:14 PM
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Just wanted any information on the excursions in the Western Carribean. WE are definitely climbing the Dunn's River FAlls but can't decide which excursion will give us the most for our money. We are active people and one person on our group wants to ride a horse along the beach....is there any place that does that? Also, which excursion in Cozumel has swimming with the sting rays in which you can actually touch them?
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Old December 12th, 2003, 05:22 PM
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The swimming with stingrays is at Grand Cayman. You can book with the cruiseline or wait and book at the dock where the tenders arrive. $35 at the dock vs $48 with the ship. Same boats and same people.
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Old December 13th, 2003, 07:33 PM
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Hi Lynda,

The folks that went to Dunn River's falls in Jamaica really enjoyed it, so I don't think you made a bad decision there. I made the mistake of going to Sandal's Resort instead and Dunn Rivers (I don't reccomend doing that). Peat Taylor is also a good bet if your looking for a guided tour there in Jamaica as everyone I know of that used him was really pleased with him and he will also as part of tour take you to Dunn River. I know their is an excursion on riding horses on the beach in Jamaica too, but since I don't know of anyone who has done it I can't give you any info on it.

For a great Stingray City tour I would highly reccommend using Native ways ...www.nativewaywatersports.com. They are in Grand Cayman. As far as I know thier are no excursions with stingrays in Mexico. Native ways is who I went with in Grand Cayman. They only cost $25pp if you book with them inadvance. They meet you right at the pier and then take you in a shuttle van to a local yacht club where they keep their dive boat. They only take a small group of people (our group had 14, which included 2 kids and 2 older adults that just came along for the boat ride). They provide juice and water on the excursion as well as life vests (not necc. with them to wear),snorkeling equiment and fins. They take you to the sandbar where the rays are located (it's about chest deep water) and you just jump right on in with them. The woman who owns and runs the company is very nice and she hired some great guys who run the boat (they are Cayman natives). These guys were extremly knowledgable! They could tell you the approx. age of the rays and even their sex. They would hold them out of the water so you could get a picture or touch them. They would also help you hold or feed them as well. The tour wraps up with a short snorkeling trip to deeper water at coral gardens (which is in the same area).

Hope this helps...let me know if you have any other questions.
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Old December 14th, 2003, 08:51 AM
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Thanks Mmketeer. Native ways is exactly what my husband was looking for in regardst o the stingrays.
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Old December 14th, 2003, 05:14 PM
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We also were on the 11/30 sailing of the Mariner. The embarkation was nice as they did it by decks. We were on the shipwithin 1/2 hour from parking the car. We were busy all the time. We were upset that we couldn't keep up with the activities. Monday at sea was not the best day for the horse race or Saturday our last day at sea was not the best weather day either. Our biggest complaint was smoke. All the other ships we have been on the non-smokeing areas were inforced. But to come out of the show and try and walk thru the Sconner bar then thru the Casino forget it. You couldn't breathe. The smokers were sitting in the non smokeing areas and lighting up. We never could enjoy Matt Yee. the dinning room was nice but some of the meals could have been better. The formal nights were nice. To see the young people dressd up was nice. But there were still people who showed up without what I call proper attire. One night to dress up shouldn't hurt anyone or go to the Windjamer or order room service.

We booked with Pete Tailor on line. He was the best. Dunn Rivers Falls was great until you tried returning to the parking lot. I almost came to blows with one of the venders. Beware don't touch anything or you own it. NOTHING IS FREE THERE. My wife booked atour with Snorklers Dream in Cayman. 49 foot Catamaren. We only had 6 people on the tour. We had stingray city and 2 reefs to snorkel at then he set sail on the way back. Was just awesome. The Mate got many pictures for us that we could not have gotten.

We had an inside cat N was really nice after all it's just a place to sleep and shower. The promanode Cafe was our favorite. Could always get a coffee or a quick sandwich or dessert.

As far as people not getting seated at the Dinning room our waiter had a table that no one sat at all week. I would have been all over the someone. Those people should never have missed a meal. I book late cruses all the time and never have had a problem.

Overall was and Excellent time.
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you said you booked with pete tailor,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, did you mean for dunn river falls, or the cruise ?????????????
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Old December 14th, 2003, 10:55 PM
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We booked with Pete on his website. After the falls he drove us around then took us back to the ship to change and offered to come back and pick us up to go shopping. No money up front paid him when we got off the bus in the back at the ship. I highly recommend him. peat taylor's email: oneiltay@cwjamaica.com. Hope this helps. we checked all websites Got a lot of info from crusiecritic.com also.
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We're finalizing a booking for the April 4th sailing. My 17 y/o son wants to know if there are billiard tables available.

Thanks.
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Were ther any kids on the ship?
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Old December 16th, 2003, 02:06 PM
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my mom an I are going on the May 9 2004 cruise for her birthday and mothers day, we went on VOS in 2002 and LOVED it! What is the price for the coke and the drink card, anything different on Mariner that is worth mentioning?

Thanks Amber
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Old December 17th, 2003, 09:47 PM
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If there were billard tables on the ship we didn't get to see them. We never did get to the movie theater. 15 decks was a lot to explore.

As far as kids there were plenty. We did not see but a few of them but we were told there was any where from 200 and up. One waiter said at Christmas they expexct as many as 500 and up to 750. Good luck.

As far as the drink card I think it was around $25.00 we never get it but if you drink soft drinks it's worth it. The ship is just awesome. Be early for the parades on the promanade. they last for 15 minutes but are packed. Don't miss the ice show.

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Just wondering if the ice skating rink was crowded during the time it was open to the public to go skating.
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Old December 20th, 2003, 09:08 PM
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Hey Thom, I appreciate the comment about the category N (inside) cabin. I've only been on one other cruise (4 day on Carnival Conquest) and we had an inside cabin which was perfect for us since we like to be out and about minging with the crowds. I am planning another cruise aboard RCCL's Mariner and I was debating on whether or not to spend the extra money on a balcony or a window. 99.9% of the reviews I've read were from folks who stayed in cabins with balconies so I was seriously thinking maybe I was foolish for thinking a category N was a good idea on a 7 day cruise.

Now I'll save my money for other things and just stick with the inside cabin! Thanks! That one decision was holding up my booking!

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Thanks for your post. My husband and I sail 8/22 on the Mariner. Do you know if you can take your own travel iron on board with you?
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