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Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas

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Passengers: 3,344   |   Crew: 1,200
Passengers to crew: 2.79:1
Passengers to space: 41.8:1
Launched: 2003   

Decks

  • Deck 2
  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
Additional decks
Deck 2 layout
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Balcony
Cabin size: 198 - 275 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 84
Accessible rooms: 8
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 638
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fk1029 wrote a review 11 Feb
North Smithfield, Rhode Island20 contributions10 helpful votes
Overall, cruise was good, dining room, housekeeping, and bar staff were excellent! Room with balcony was OK but showing signs of wear. Actually, our bathroom door would not shut, and draperies were torn and had holes in the fabric. Carpeting was stained and our feet felt like they were sticking to it. Lack of entertainment on pool deck was disappointing, our last cruise had live music every day. We also were misbilled twice during the cruise for bar drinks and had to have this corrected, this was concerning. We were considering another RC cruise this summer but decided to give Norwegian a try. Hopefully we will make another RC cruise in the future.
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Art M wrote a review Jan 2024
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Terrific staff and customer service Fun ship for younger folks Excellent entertainment; outstanding cruise director. Food was fair, as most mid range cruise ships go. Smoking in the casino permeates nearby lounges. Ship could use refurbishing
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etohelp wrote a review Jan 2024
Frankfort, Illinois121 contributions99 helpful votes
I booked last minute so not sure what to expect but it turns out great.. good value, lots of entertainment, food, activities.
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RoamingCanuck wrote a review Jan 2024
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Went on a Dec 2023 sailing on Mariner of the Sea, it was a Christmas cruise so we were all prepared for the number of people would be with us on the boat and to be honest, there were less than I thought there would be. We had a ok time but it could have been much better and the issues and problems were the product of the ship's staff, and their choices that really don't make much sense. #1: Basic Stuff - On Mariner of the Sea deck 5 is the main thoroughfare for the entire boat, this holds the shops, the bars, and Café Promenade, so this is literally a hub of activity during most of the day and evening while on board. For some reason, this is also where they decide to do daily/nightly "dance parties" like 70's Dance party, Christmas dance party, 80's dance parties. They have dining rooms, stage rooms, ice skating rinks, clubs, outdoor decks, and so many other locations that doing this on Deck 5, in amongst all the shops and bars, while people are attempting to watch a game, grab a bite or even shop makes it a terrible mess. Anyone attempting to walk from one end to the other on the ship must push, jostle and drag their children through this mess or find another way around it. Shame on you Royal for allowing this, you should and could do better, and we all know its main purpose is to put people in your overpriced shops on Deck 5. (Looked at a watch $1400usd, discount today drops it to $350usd, available on Costco's website $220usd, don't forget the possible service charge and 18% gratuity, sheesh) #2: It's like the boat was planned by a 3 year old. Deck 12, it is a hub of outdoor activity, people are walking, people are drinking, people are people watching and most are happy enjoying the sun, the wind, the air. For some reason the geniuses at Royal think this is also a great place to put a running track, so those that want to run (I'm not a runner) must run amongst the people that are walking, drinking, people watching or enjoying the events that are happening on Deck 11. This led to several collisions, spilled drinks, annoyed guests and could be easily fixed. #3: Beverage Package: If you have young kids this might not affect you, but if your kids are female teenagers, heed my warning!! We bought the refreshment package for both our kids; one is an 18-year-old male, and the other is a 16-year-old female. The package comes with a plastic sippy cup for soda, juice, water, etc. that has a chip in the bottom and can use the special coke machines located on board (but wait...) unfortunately 2 of the coke machines are located in the buffet, if the buffet is closed, those are off limits (Really RC???) and 2 of them are located on Deck 5 amongst the bars and shops and dance parties. During our trip one or both machines on deck 5 were out of order or had long lines waiting at them. No biggie, they can go to any bar and get them filled and while this is not an issue for our 18-year-old MALE teen, often our 16 16-year-old FEMALE teen went to one of the bars, she was the subject of advances, a few lewd suggestions, and inappropriate behavior by older, inebriated men. This is totally unacceptable behavior but completely ignored by the bar staff and when brought to their attention all we got was shrugs. #4: Time: 5 days is too long, by day 4 roving groups of teenagers are roaming the ship acting like complete buttheads, without any parental supervision they are rough housing on the stairs, randomly yelling at people watching football/movies, pressing all the buttons in the elevators, picking up discarded half-full glasses of alcohol and drinking them, writing with sharpies in the elevators, just being a nuisance throughout the ship. #5: Drinks: I bought the drink package to enjoy drinks as I wanted them but the bartenders are only focused on getting everyone drunk. When a drink calls for 2 shots of alcohol and the rest mix, they are pouring 3 shots, a full glass of ice and then the mix (barely). I get it, some people are trying to get their money's worth and drinking with a vengeance but too much alcohol makes most mixed drinks taste like crap. I stopped drinking mixed drinks after day 2. There was no consistency in the flavors, the drinks never tasted the same, even from the same bartender 20 minutes later and the overpour in the drinks made them undrinkable. All in all, I think that I would probably not cruise with Royal again, I would hope their upscale options wouldn't have these issues but from the lack of concern by most, if not all of the cruise staff I assume it will be the same.
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Pamela K wrote a review Dec 2023
Narcoossee, Florida, United States7 contributions6 helpful votes
We booked a cruise to CocoCay with the older kids and grandkids specifically so they could play and be off the ship for two days. We travel a lot as a family/friends, and this was the first time we tried RC thinking it was a better category of cruising. At the last minute, RC changed due to weather (understandable) and we were told we were going to Costa Maya Mexico instead. No offers of credit towards another cruse, no onboard credits for the kids to actually do other things since we were now on the boat a total of four days instead of two. Out of four days at sea, we were only off the boat for 5 hours. We purchased the internet packages, which did not work the majority of the time, for the rates they charge, they should either make sure it works or discount you for the time it wasn't working. I misplaced my card and went to the guest desk to get a new one. The woman at the desk rolled her eyes when it took me a second to remember my room number (we had a total of 6 rooms with our group). Upon going into Mexico, immigration told me that the card did not work and was not hooked to my photo/name in their system. I was able to disembark, however upon reboarding, was embarrassed when they had to pull me aside and take the card away. This resulted in yet another stand in line for guest services who should have done this right the first time. Our balcony room was dingy, the couch was dirty and stained, it felt like a cheap Budget Motel. Food was mediocre, but there was a lot of variety. The pools and hot tubs were packed, people just let their kids run around the ship unsupervised, kids were running up and down the stairs tripping elderly people, prank calling rooms, playing in the elevators, RC seemed to have no policy for parents to supervise kids. I just received my final billing and there are numerous mistakes, or course it didn't come with an email to reply if it was wrong, so that will be more hours to deal with it and have my numerous extra charges for the daily 18% gratuities removed (four a day for a two-person room). Many machines in the gym were broken, this ship just reeked of uncared for. The staff, except for the woman at guest services were outstanding, I can only hope for how hard they work the daily gratuities actually make it to them. As an American, I was horrified at how other American's treated the staff. I watched as one young, overweight woman, argued with the employee at the dining room hand station was that the shirt she was wearing that didn't even cover her ass was a "dress" in order to avoid the dress code for the dining room. So many were just plain rude. Debarkation at Port Canaveral was a total nightmare, we were sent to the theater on 3. We sat around with others, no staff, no directions, nothing until another guest came back and said they had changed it. We then went to another station, again, no staff to direct us, we all just sat and waited. In total debarkation took over two hours, ridiculous, as this was even before going through customs and there was not a back up. We are planning another family Christmas trip next year and will not be using Royal Carribean.
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