Cruised Eastern Caribbean this Thanksgiving on Caribbean Princess and want to try RCC next year. Looking at different possibilities. Any advice? Our family incluces 2 girls (16 & 19 yrs old). My husband prefers good food and relaxation and of course the girls like fun, sun and excitement!
Just spoke with my aunt and uncle who have gone on more than 30 cruises in the last ten years. They just went on Mariner of the Seas and said it was the best cruise they had ever been on. Best food and most beautiful ship. They have already booked it for two more cruises within this year. My husband and I have also booked the Mariner for May.
we are booked for the Jewel for 3/20th. Have sailed with Holland Am before, Zaandam, and Zuiderdam-had a great time on Ziu. have a 10 yr old daughter and thought Jewel would be even more fun for her, and us. Unfortunatley, have read a lot of "sour" reviews about the food quality. I hope it is not true. We live in Ft. Laud right by the port so we don't have far to travel. Anyone care to elaborate on the food? Also, on HAL we were able to remove t he stuff from the fridgge without a penalty, what about on RCL? Anyone know? thanks
We just came off Mariner and I have to say that as a whole, I found the personnel not to be as energetic and friendly as on other ships weve been on (Enchantment and Navigator). Of course there were a few that were very nice, but still not quite up to par that weve met on the other ships. Our servers were a bit "cold" and robotic (on past trips our servers have gone out of their way to make sure our drinks were full, even entertained our son; we were paid a visit from the head waiter almost nightly (this trip we saw ours the 3rd and last night only). It took me almost an hour to find our room attendant (I was given an infant life jacket for an almost 3 yr old) whereas last trip, our attendant greeted us as soon as we stuck our key in the door. We had an incident getting ice cream (the man took our order, finished making drinks for others (taking about 10 minutes), and then went and waited on a huge family completely ignoring us (he couldt miss us either as we were right in front of him). My husband went to complain, and all that was done was "I will go talk to him." Like that ever happened. I understand the personnel are busy and not everyone will be like others we have met on other trips, but we all (there were 4 of us) felt that the personnel was not up to par. Its is a beautiful ship, the food was ok (Ive had better), and I will say the the drink service in the Windjammer was excellent (before we had to get drinks ourselves or track down someone. This trip the servers were constantly coming around with drinks.). We booked another trip with RCI but on a smaller ship. Hopefully things will be much better!
Hi, question for you folks who have been on the Mariner, or Kuki you might know; What is the difference betwwn a category D1 and and E1 balcony cabin? The price differnce is about 160 per person. What do you get for that?
Kiki D: The cat. D1 cabins are a bit larger than an E1. The one thing we noticed in our Jewel D1 was a bit more storage around the vanity, and a "normal" couch rather than a mini-couch. Closet space and bathrooms were the same.
As for which is better - Jewel or Mariner - we prefer the Radiance class ships over the Voyager class. We like all the glass, and the feeling that we're not in a floating mall. Granted, the ice rink and inline skating are nice, but overall, we like Radiance class.
Here's an idea......why not book both, and draw your own conclusions.......
Grandeur of the Seas 1-11-14
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Navigator of the Seas 10-12-14
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Serenade of the Seas 1-10-15
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I would vote for the Mariner since you have teenagers with you. They have their own disco, lounge, the promenade (which like Kuki said, is mall-like, and what girl doesn't like the mall), ice skating & show, etc. There will also be more folks their age on Voyager-class ships as it attracts more families then Radiance-class.
For couple sans children, I would say Radiance class. If you have children/teenagers with you, I would vote for Voyager-class. All in all though, you can't go wrong with either.
I've been on the Explorer of the Seas twice, with it being the first cruise I had ever been on, but now I prefer the Radiance class.
I went on the Brilliance and loved it. I'm booked on the Jewel on a back to back this Dec 3 and Dec 11, 2005 and am looking forward to it. I don't think I will ever go back on a Voyager class again, but it's because I prefer the smaller ships.
My first choice will always be Celebrity's M Class with RCI's Radiance class second.