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Old July 13th, 2007, 05:23 PM
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Is anyone out there going 12-2-07 on the Mariner of the seas?
I recently booked our cruise and I am sooo excited. It is the first cruise for both my husband and I.
We are leaving our school age kids with grandma and spending some time away.
Just wondering if anyone else out there will be on the ship with us.
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Old July 13th, 2007, 06:24 PM
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Ahoy,

My husband I am are going on the Mariner on 9/9/07 for our 25th anniversary!

I will let you know how it went when I return. It sounds really nice, maybe with the exception of the food. Oh, well! That serves my purpose - this way I will not (hopefully) gain any weight.

Soverign ot the Seas was wonderful last October. We even booked this cruise one night on that cruise!

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How was your mainer experience in Sept?
I would love a quick reveiw. We are going in Dec. Which I cant believe is almost here.
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hello,

well, it was great! I wrote a review on the reader cruise reviews.

My honest suggestions would be the following:

If you are going on an Eastern itinerary, I cannot comment, but...

If you are going on a Western itinerary be prepared...

Labadee is beautiful, the beaches fill up quickly however so go on the tender early... Stay away from the crafts people... they will drive you crazy pushing you to buy something from them. Make sure that you go to the northern side of the island to see Dragon's Rock... 8)
(We renewed our wedding vows there...)

Go the farthest beach on the way to Dragon's rock...it is a lot better than the one's that you see when you first get off the tender.
It is a place called Columbus Beach..
The barbeque is nothing to write home about...

The cruise was fantastic with only one exception and I was correctly informed...the food is a major letdown which was fine with me (did not gain a pound). Do not miss Chop's Grille - book as soon as you get on the ship Deck 11 right next to the Windjammer as you come in...
Do not miss it..it is worth every penny!!!!! The cheesecake is to die for...
When in the dining room make certain that if your food is lukewarm the way ours was served, you send it back...!!! This came from a customer service rep from RCCL. Formal nights are Monday (at sea) and Thursday (Grand Cayman)

Unless you scuba dive or snorkel, trust me stay on the ship in Jamaica!
The shore excursion to Dunn's River Falls was a waste of time and money
especially if you are not going to climb the falls! 113 steps down to an ugly and horrid beach and another 113 steps back up to catch the bus.
Also, the jamaican people are very poor and are in your face for you to buy something!
If you go to Jamaica go rafting on the Martha Brae - some of the passengers said they loved it and did not meet up with any of the craft people! Just be prepared...Jamaica is well, Jamaica.

Cozumel the can give back...it is like Jamaica only Mexican...from the time you get off the ship...sale, sale, sale!
Their prices on liquor are very very high - buy the liquor on the Mariner - best prices!

Grand Cayman is not to be missed. 8)

Our cruise director was Dennis Sciortino and although he is very high energy, I just got the feeling that his real goal is a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Cruising is just secondary.

Wait to play Bingo until the last possible moment - very expensive and not worth it!

If you pass by cabin 8320, tell it that Bob and Diane miss it very much!
It is right off the elevator - it was amazing - small, but amazing!

Well, write me back at Dianeteach68@aol.com and let me know how the cruise goes. Regards to the Cafe Promenade that has the best coffee this side of Central America - 24/7 and oh, those cookies and cheesecake.

Also, regards to the casino - I had a really profitable time there.

Take care.
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We are planning a southern Caribbean cruise in November 2008.
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Old October 17th, 2007, 05:32 PM
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My family is going on the Mariner on December 2, 2007 also. We are all excited. We are going for my sons 30th birthday. We are on deck 9. If anyone has suggestion please let me know. We will have our 2 grandchildren, ages 3 and 5.
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We will be on the Mariner in Feb 2008. I would like to hear more from anyone who has done the Western intinerary.
I hate to hear the bad side of Cozumel. I just booked this one because we had been to Cozumel right after hurricane Wilma (I think) and we were told that it was much better than what we saw. We let a "side of the road" guide talk us into going to a "crappy" beach and then shopping in some pushy souviner shops. I had hoped the next time would be better. We will book thru RC this time. Any suggestions for Cozumel would be greatly appreciated.
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Oh, yea. We booked the Dunns River Falls and River Tubing thru Martha Shaw for Jamaica...anyone done this one?
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My family, wife and two daughters 9 and 7, are going on the MOS on the 12/16 Western Carribean cruise. Looks like we are missing everyone on this thread.

Annie, we have been to Cozumel a number of times and love renting a convertible jeep and driving around the island ourselves. It is next to impossible to get lost and you are on your own schedule. Just a thought
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We're going on Dec. 2, 2007 too! My husband and I with our 15 month old daughter. We're also cruising with my inlaws (parent inlaws, and my sister in law and her husband).

I'm a little nervous about whether there will be enough space in the cabin for my baby's pack and play (interior cabin). Does anyone know if it's worth upgrading to a family Oceanview (will cost me $1000 more) for just the three of us?

I'm so excited!
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My 5 year old and 3 year old, my in laws and husband and myself are all going. We are excited and nervous. See you aboard.
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