Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Lines (Mainstream) > Royal Caribbean International
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old March 28th, 2006, 12:37 PM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 45
Default Mariner of the Seas - March 12-19, 2006

My First Cruise!

My husband and I cruised on Mariner of the Seas on March 12th through 19th. He's an experienced cruiser, I am not, so we will post separate reviews.

Embarkation
The entire check-in process took about 30 minutes, and we were onboard by about 1:30 pm. We found our cabin – 8350 – very quickly, dropped off our carry-ons, and headed up to the Windjammer for lunch. Our luggage arrived by about 2:30 pm.

Cabin
The cabin was very nice & larger than I had expected. The balcony was wonderful – we rarely saw our neighbours over the course of the cruise. There was plenty of storage for all of my STUFF. The tv channel with position and conditions was fun to watch.

The bathroom was small, but well-designed. I thought that the water pressure was amazing, considering we were at sea.

We didn’t hear our neighbours at all throughout the entire cruise. We could hear conversations when we were on the balcony.

Gym/Ship Shape Center
I was impressed with the facilities in the Ship Shape Center. The equipment was professional quality – Life Fitness – and there was a full array of equipment and weights. There is also a large studio for aerobic classes, and you can use the mats for stretching. I tried the different scales, but didn’t get a consistent reading – I don’t think they had been calibrated for awhile.

We used the gym about four times, and discovered that it is extremely difficult to run or use an elliptical while the ship is moving. It was almost like trying to run while staggering drunk.

On day 3, there was a yoga class offered on the beach in Labadee ($10). I took the class and it was great … not super strenuous for those who are yoga or pilates pros, but it was really cool to do yoga on the beach, and a great way to start the day.

Meals
We were in the Sound of Music dining room for the second seating. Our table was set for 4, but the other couple never joined us. I prefer rather plain food and am on a weight loss program; there were several suitable choices every meal. The Caesar salad was always okay, but we thought that it was made up in big batches because it seemed a bit limp. I had the Black Angus steak twice and NY Strip steak once, and they were as good as anything I could get at a local chain steakhouse.

The desserts were good – especially the Key Lime Pie and Tiramisu (loaded with Kahlua). Some of the other cakes were fine, but nothing special.

We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer most days. The salad bar was a great way to get something healthy at lunch. And at breakfast you could order up either an Egg Beater or egg-white only omelet.

Speciality Restaurants
We had dinner at Chops on Tuesday night. I ordered the small fillet with home fried potatoes and asparagus. The steak was just as good as those at Ruth’s Chris. I thought that it was well worth the extra $20. The desserts in Chops were a cut above the dining room.

On two of the shore days we returned to the ship and had lunch at Johnny Rockets. If you’re watching your weight, plan to use all of your willpower when they bring the French fries and onion rings. The waiter will keep on refilling these as long as you keep eating! From our perspective, the great hamburgers, fun atmosphere, endless fries and rings, and sundaes were well-worth $3.95 each.

Promenade Café
This was a favourite place to visit mid-morning or late afternoon. My favourite morning snack was the mini cinnamon rolls, and in the afternoon it was the croissants with ham and cheese.

Entertainment
We didn’t go to many shows, mainly because we had late seating for dinner and were usually too tired to stay up til midnight. The first night “welcome? show was good in a cheesy way. Next time, we will take early seating.

I am not a figure skating fan, but the Ice Show was surprisingly good. One of the skaters did amazing back flips and landed just inches from the edge of the ice every time.

We watched part of Karaoke Idol one night, and pretended we were Simon Cowell, which made it more fun. There are a LOT of people out there who would not have made it on American Idol, and they are all singing on cruise ships!

The Love and Marriage show was good for a laugh or two. I am amazed at how people will embarrass themselves, just to be on stage.

I threw away about $20 on the slots in the casino. Payouts were abysmal, and it is REALLY smoky. But do check it out because the entrance décor is fun.

Other Stuff
Captain Johnny was entertaining in his addresses from the bridge. He hosted a cocktail reception for Crown & Anchor members. If you have sailed with RCI before, be sure to have your number recorded so you will be invited to this event, and also receive the coupon book.

Shopping
There were some interesting shops in the Promenade area, and the prices really weren’t too bad. I priced Clinique items in the Parfumerie, and they were better than onshore. We did our duty-free liquor shopping onboard and got a good price.

Pictures
Yes, there were photographers everywhere ~ in front of the restaurants, on the docks, on Labadee, at the pool. We bought 2 pictures at $9.99 each, although there was absolutely no pressure to buy the pictures.

Drinks and Bars
We had a couple of drinks in the Connaisseur’s Club (Cigar Lounge). Yes, it is smokey, but they have pretty good ventilation in there and it didn’t bother non-smoker me too much.

Ellingtons is a great place to sit before dinner and have a drink. Unfortunately, there wasn’t entertainment before dinner, or if there was, we missed it. The service was excellent, and the drinks are EXTREMELY generous. You might want to check your equilibrium before you order that second martini.

I had wine with dinner every night, and the selection was fair – nothing too expensive, nothing like Two Buck Chuck either.

I don't know how much space is allocated on these boards, so I will add another message below about the different destinations.

Janine
__________________
RCCI Mariner of the Seas - Western Caribbean - March 2006
Next up ... Mariner of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean - September 2006
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old March 28th, 2006, 01:04 PM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 45
Default

Continuing on ...

Ports
We didn't participate in excursions at any of the ports. We just "vacationed".

The beach at Labadee was beautiful, and the barbeque made it convenient to just hang out all day. I took a quick look at the little shopping area, but made a quick retreat. I like to shop in peace

In Ochos Rio, we wandered around the shops a bit, but didn't buy more than a $2 bracelet, couple of shirts, and a post card.

Grand Cayman was a bit of a disappointment from a shopping point of view. It seems like you have to be a serious jewellery or watch shopper in the Caymans.

Cozumel was a mess due to the hurricane damage. The tender almost made me seasick, even with the patch behind my ear. We did a lot of shopping in Cozumel. The prices for golf and tee-shirts and costume jewellery were excellent. The shopkeepers were polite and not overly pushy. Next time I won't bother with shopping in the other ports - this was a much better experience with WAY more choice.

Service
Our room steward, Rohaan, was a friendly guy and he kept our room clean, ice bucket full, and diet coke in the fridge.

The head waiter, waiter (Mehemet) and assistant waiter (Sheldon) in the dining room all did a good job, too. Since we were on our own, they spent a fair bit of time visiting with us, telling us about the ship, their experiences during the hurricanes over the past couple of years, and the ports.

Disembarkation
We were "light blue 2", and were among the last to leave the ship. Our colour was not called until about 10:15 am. We waited in the Savoy Lounge for awhile, until the replays of Love and Marriage made us crazy. Once our colour was called, it took us about 30 minutes to go through security and customs. I was pulled aside in customs (I'm a "new" American citizen), which added some time. Everyone was pleasant and friendly at the Port.

Final Comments
I would definitely cruise again. I do tend to bad motion sickness, but felt little on this ship (as mentioned, I did wear the patch), but I certainly felt movement when we were in the front of the ship.

We cruised during Spring Break, and although there were reportedly 900 kids on the ship, I did not notice them at all.

All in all, I was really impressed with the beautiful ship, wonderful amenities, and the terrific service. This is the only way to travel ...

I'm happy to answer any questions.

Janine [/i]
__________________
RCCI Mariner of the Seas - Western Caribbean - March 2006
Next up ... Mariner of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean - September 2006
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old March 28th, 2006, 01:12 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 273
Default

Welcome to the ranks of addicted cruisers .... it is truly the only way to vacation. Glad you a great cruise. I did too!!
__________________
Celebrity Millenium
RCCL Mariner 3/12/2006
RCCL Radiance 10/05
RCCL Voyager 10/04
RCCL Enchantment 10/03
RCCL Adventure 2/03
Carnival Imagination 10/97
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old March 28th, 2006, 08:56 PM
Nat Nat is offline
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 12
Default

HI, I enjoyed reading your review! This will be our first cruise with our twin sons (12) and my parents (mariner). We went on RCCL over 12 years ago. One of my sons is a very picky eater!! Do they have white/grain breads, jelly, peanut butter? Different types of cereals? He also loves fruit, pasta, hot dogs, pizza. If I know he has some selection of what he likes I am sure he will do fine! Thanks so much!
His twin brother will eat everything and anything, go figure
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old March 28th, 2006, 09:48 PM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 45
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nat
HI, I enjoyed reading your review! This will be our first cruise with our twin sons (12) and my parents (mariner). We went on RCCL over 12 years ago. One of my sons is a very picky eater!! Do they have white/grain breads, jelly, peanut butter? Different types of cereals? He also loves fruit, pasta, hot dogs, pizza. If I know he has some selection of what he likes I am sure he will do fine! Thanks so much!
His twin brother will eat everything and anything, go figure
Sounds like your son likes about the same things I do! Windjammer has pb, jam and different breads (white, wheat, English muffins, bagels) at breakfast time. There is also a self-serve cereal bar with the mini cereal boxes. They do have hot dogs and hamburgers at lunch. Pizza, cookies and fruit are available from about 1 pm through the night at the Promenade Cafe. They also have pizza in Windjammer. There is some fruit available in Windjammer at all meals - it was mainly apples, oranges, bananas, melons and some pears when we were onboard.

In the dining room, they have breads that are served at the beginning of dinner, and at least 2 nights they had a basic pasta with marinara sauce. Also, a fairly basic chicken, and a small steak every night. I believe there was a separate children's menu available in the dining room. We had late seating, so there weren't a lot of kids around.

There is also room service, and I'm about 95% sure that there was a kid's menu there.

Finally, there is always Johnny Rockets for hamburgers, fries, rings, shakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, cheese dogs. The hot dogs, hamburgers and fries are available in Windjammer, but the other items are not.

There is also a self-serve frozen yogurt area on Deck 11 by the pool. It was open during the day, but I don't know about the evening.

I think you'll find there is plenty for the pickiest eaters - especially if they prefer food that is a bit more plain. I only gained 1 pound, but that wasn't because there was a lack of choices.

Hope you enjoy your cruise!!!
__________________
RCCI Mariner of the Seas - Western Caribbean - March 2006
Next up ... Mariner of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean - September 2006
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
2005, 2006, 8350, cabin, march, mariner, seas, sept

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
SWM seeking SWF for 05 Nov 2006 RC Mariner of the Seas... keith777 Seeking Cruise Companion 1 August 27th, 2006 12:24 AM
Sovereign of the Seas-March 20, 2006 dare2bD1FF3R3NT Teen Cruisers 0 February 15th, 2006 11:10 PM
Mariner of the Seas - Thanksgiving 2006 disneymomtwo Family Cruising 1 February 12th, 2006 02:13 PM
Roll Call Mariner Of The Seas January 22, 2006 DaveVal Gay / Lesbian Cruising 0 January 8th, 2006 07:33 PM
MARINER??? MARCH 26 2006...WHO'S GOIN? swimming_gurli13 Teen Cruisers 3 December 16th, 2005 08:31 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:39 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1