Mariner of the Seas - South America around the Cape
We are looking for a cruise around the Cape next winter (Jan or Feb,09)and Mariner is doing this on Jan. 19th. Do you think because of the itinerary - there will be 3000 passengers on board?? How about alot of
teens and younger folk? We are in our 60"s and have cruised with Costa,
Princess and Celebrity (our favorite). We especailly like this one as it
starts in Rio and we definately want to go there if we are spending this
much $$ and time.
We just did the "Splendour Member Cruise" and it was half South American so it was pretty full. I would guess they will promote "Mariner" heavily there too. It changed the menu and many of the crew were relatively new so it wasn't the "smoothest" cruise we've ever had. Still memorable, just not great.
We have sailed Celebrity, Costa and Princess - how does RCL's Mariner
compare?? As they are owned by the same as Celebrity - are they pretty similiar??
We have sailed Celebrity and Princess and just got of the Mariner a week ago. Yes, they are pretty similar - but it is like comparing different varieties of apples - each has its appeal.
We had a great cruise. The food was better than we have had on recent cruises. There was PLENTY to do onboard. The ice show was fabulous!
I would sail her again in a heartbeat. We met people who are on the 46 day cruise on her, and heard of others. I heard it was either sold out, or selling out fast. (just hearsay.)
If I had the $$ and the time, it would be a once in a life-time cruise.
Mariner of the Seas 3/30/08
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
This is not a regular cruise. It is a repositioning of the Mariner from Port Canaveral to Los Angeles. She won't fit through the Panama Canal. I doubt there will be any kids onboard for the length of it. I imagine mostly retiress who have the time and money to do this. There are a 15 and 16 day segemtns and the whole 46 days. So there will be some change of passengers during the cruise.
Dave the Wave AKA- Diamond Dave
Song of America Dec '90
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