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Old October 3rd, 2007, 09:06 PM
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Default Mariner in November 25 - Eastern Caribbean

Hiya folks - first time post - newer cruisers but really looking forward to cruise #2 Nov 25- first one was with Monarch in 02 to the Western Caribbean and this one is on Mariner to Eastern Caribbean (Coco + St Maarten + St Thomas). Any thoughts? comments? suggestions? thanks!!!

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GTPETE,

You could not have selected a nicer ship. She is absolutely beautiful.

The Cafe Promenade and the Casino was where I spent many wonderful hours. Royal Caribbean really knew what they were doing when they built her.

Caution - the food served will only be luke-warm, at best.
After speaking to customer service at RCCL, the gentlemen I spoke with told me to just send the food back and get it the way you want it - HOT.

Also, do not, I repeat, do not miss Chops Grille - It is more than worth the $20.00 per person cover! I wish the food in the dining room was that good and served so nicely with all the attention to detail.

Make your reservations when you board - they fill up very fast - recommend you make a reservation for an evening when you are "at sea".

Your formal nights will more than likely be on Tuesday and Friday.
Check with RCCL. They will tell you with a little prodding.

If you think about rebooking at the Crown and Anchor Desk, I do not recommend you speak with Jodi. She is less than enthusiastic.

Well from top down - Ellington's on Deck 14 great!
Never really investigated deck 13 except to pass through.
Deck 12 - Johnny Rocket's - shakes are to die for...they are worth the expense.
Deck 11 - Windjammer's Buffet - best times 7:30 - 8:30 otherwise gets very crowded.
Pool area is terrific!
Decks 10,9,8, 7, 6 are mostly cabins.
Deck 5, 4 and 3 are where the action is - especially deck 4 - Casino!

DO NOT MISS THE ICE SHOW. Pick up your tickets according to the Daily planner that they leave in your cabin.

Do not bother with the "soda card" It is really a rip off in terms of what you get. A full can of soda is only $2.01 with the tip. The "soda card" people only get 1/2 a can each time.

The Royal Promenade is amazing for ship shopping and that is where the Cafe Promenade is! Free coffee 24 hours!

The staff and crew are genuine and sincere and cannot do enough for you.
The "art show" is a nice place just to go see - pieces very overpriced and salepeople very pushy!

Deck 3 is where the photos can be purchased. Look for yours each day as it gets crazy at the end of the sailing when everyone is looking for their pictures. Pictures are nice, but overpriced.

I loved the Mariner and everything about her! She is absolutely terrific.
It is great that you are doing the Eastern Caribbean - Western was a bit of a nightmare. If you like to snorkel and scuba dive - western is great - I just about doggie paddle, however!

Have a great time and if you pass by cabin 8320 - please tell it Bob and Diane miss it and the great, fantastic time they had. We sailed 9/9/07 for our 25th wedding anniversary!

We had Dennis Sciortino for the cruise director - he tries very hard.
Captain was Captain Pare. Very nice gentleman.

Well, got to go - have to teach my 7th graders in just about 8 hours. Need to earn money for my next cruise.

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Thanks for the elaborate response - all the information you provided will be well taken. Probably better off printing this! Anyway, we'll keep everyone posted as to our experience as well. We'll give your regards to your cabin as it is probably right beneath us! Thanks again.
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She is by far my favorite ship to date. The thing that amazes me the most is what a great job they did with the layout. You never feel like there are 3000+ other passengers onboard. The pool deck is really nice, plenty of space and available chairs any time I went up. Also, evenings in the Schooner Bar were always very popular. I am not sure if he is still there but they had a guy doing sing-along on the piano and he packed them in. I would not normally think of that as my idea of fun but it was a great time for all. The Cafe Promenade that Diane mentioned also has free snacks (pizza, sandwiches and sweets) 24 hours a day. I thought it was coffee only and the first couple of days we thought room service was the only option for late night snacks.

You have picked a great ship and itinerary. Enjoy!
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we are also going on mariner's nov 25 cruise, second time on her, loved her a few years ago and have been trying to get back on her since. this will be our 17th cruise and 6 th on RCCL. Have never been to coco cay before, but have been to st thomas and st marteen several times, wife loves the shopping at both and the beaches.
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cool - maybe see you on the ship - this is our 2nd cruise - did the Monarch before.
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Just returned from the Oct. 28 sailing. Beautiful ship. Well-decorated and clean. Our Jr. Suite was huge with a walk-in closet and a full bath tub. We had to skip Bahamas due to Hurricaine Noel. Very good service and staff - they always greet you with a smile.
Lunch in the Windjammer was always fair to good. Dinner in the DR was good to very good. Portofino's restaurant was outstanding and well worth the $20 pp; we ate there twice. I never felt overcrowded. Became addicted to daily decaf mochas at Seattle's Best Coffee.
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Thanks Sandy - I've heard great things about the Mariner - Chops and Portofinos both rate very highly!!
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Look for my mini review about a month ago. We did Mariner
Eastern on Oct. 14th. It was our second time on Mariner, and
it's one of our favorite ships.
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