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Nick Danger wrote a review Sep 2022
Appleton, United States6 contributions2 helpful votes
After reading several horrible reviews, I felt obligated to speak up. The Mariner is not RC's biggest ship, and it's not their newest ship. It's also not their most expensive ship to cruise on. I feel like the people who wrote some of these reviews were expecting an Oasis class experience on a Voyager class budget. Yes, the rooms could use a bit of tweaking, but they are clean, comfortable, and more than adequate. The food in main dining was good, not great, but I enjoyed every meal. We ate most of our meals in the Windjammer because of the convenience, and the selection, and I thought that the selection and quality was more than adequate. Entertainment options were a bit limited, but still enjoyable. The pools, spas, and pool areas were clean, and people were polite and dressed appropriately. I don't expect people in tuxes even on "formal night" anymore. It's just the nature of this generation. Bottom line, it's a fun cruise on a nice ship, and great overall experience that I would not hesitate to book again. The price you pay for the experience you get it well worth it.
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Sail Date: December 2021
Cabin Type: Balcony
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Destination: Bahamas
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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   

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  • Deck 2
  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
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Deck 2 layout
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  Ocean View (8N)  
 
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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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Kennedy B wrote a review Nov 2022
75 contributions66 helpful votes
Had low expectations for my first RCL cruise but was blown away with everything. Mariner OTS was WONDERFUL. The staff, cruise director, activities, itinerary - everything. The boat is smaller, but does not lack in any way. SMALL cons: not enough pool chairs and they didn’t enforce holding chairs well enough We had a quick stop in Bonaire - wish we could have stayed longer!
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Tara M wrote a review Oct 2022
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My husband and I just came back from our 1st cruise on board the Mariner of the Seas. Our cruise was a 5 day cruise where we left from Port Canaveral, Florida and we were supposed to then go to Labadee, Haiti, however we had to turn around after several hours at sea due to 2 people on board having an emergency. So we then missed going to Haiti (which is completely understandable given the circumstances) and instead we had 2 Perfect Days at CocoCay! For our last day in CocoCay we paid extra to be apart of the Beach Club (which I highly recommend! We made our reservations for this excursion at least a month in advance before the cruise so I highly recommend doing that considering spaces are limited and they sell out quickly!) The food was great, the service was amazing, the atmosphere and excursions were exciting and beautiful, and we really enjoyed going to the shows as well. We absolutely loved the juggler/comedian Adam Kario — his shows were definitely a major highlight on our cruise! The bed was big enough for both my husband and I to have tons of room and it was so comfortable! We loved how housekeeping came to our room twice a day as well, everyone was so nice and friendly. One tip if you’re going to play Bingo — spend the extra money to get a tablet. Before our cruise we were looking forward to playing bingo and the first time we played we only got the paper cards and we quickly noticed that all of the bingo winners spent the extra money and got the tablets. We also did the food and drink package which was super nice! The cruise director was amazing too — he had such a fun and witty personality! The only negative aspect was the internet. We paid extra so we would have access to the internet and unfortunately it was extremely slow. Not that we spent a lot of time on our phones anyway, but that’s the only negative aspect that we experienced. We definitely give our trip a 10/10 and we are already wanting to plan our next adventure! DEFINITELY RECOMMEND! 😊
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dalli761 wrote a review Oct 2022
Saltville, Virginia45 contributions5 helpful votes
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This was my first cruise so I don’t have anything to compare it to but I had a wonderful time on this ship. We sailed around a hurricane so the seas were a little stormy, but nothing a little Dramamine didn’t help with. My 16 year old son enjoyed the teen club and all the activities available. The food was good and the staff and service were amazing! Our room attendant Warren was amazing and he definitely deserves recognition for a job well done! We cruised to Labadee , Haiti and Coco Cay. Both ports are beautiful. There were plenty of activities on the ship and we had an amazing time!
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coachrick444 wrote a review Oct 2022
Denver, Colorado6 contributions13 helpful votes
We will never book with them again. We spent weeks picking our ports, and picking the cruise that went to those ports, and our family groups both booked the cruise. Then one week later they send out an email that the entire itinerary has been changed. DO NOT BOOK WITH THIS CRUISE LINE. I called them to discuss some compensation and was offered nothing, except told that I could cancel the cruise. I jokingly said "so you won't even give me a free coke one day" and the agent said absolutely not. HAHAHA.
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Dave M wrote a review Oct 2022
10 contributions4 helpful votes
Our first cruise and while expectations of the boat weren’t high after reading the reviews it actually wasn’t as bad as expected. However we hadn’t planned for non existent guest services, having to queue for an hour to speak with guest services (that should have told us something), have personal items stolen on the first day (which still hasn’t been investigated by the cruise), mislead and to be miss-sold drinks packages costing $900. I could go on about the streaming wifi that doesn’t work unless you walk around the ship trying to find it, the premium coffee packages you can’t get served in any restaurants and have to go down 7 floors and queue for every time you want a coffee - the list goes on. Tried complaining on the ship - told someone would get back to me. Tried complaining on their website - no reply. Seriously customer service doesn’t exist with RC. The one plus - the guy who looked after our room was great!!!
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