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Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas

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About
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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Balcony
Cabin size: 198 - 275 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 84
Accessible rooms: 8
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 638
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Trey M wrote a review 08 Jul
Austin, Texas1 contribution
It is always interesting to read all the reviews to gain perspective on other's experiences. I have to say, the folks who are complaining about every little thing, need to remember what they are buying. Was this ship perfect? No. Was it a fantastic time? YES! Having been in the service industry/restaurant management biz for 30+ years, I can tell you that the service was impeccable!! 5 star! While some of the food items were just good (some where great/some were not so great so I am going with... good) the service more than made up for it and made the entire experience a great time. The wait staff at the main dining room were amazing- Shout out to Fikreh (Fik-ree) and Francis!! These guys were top notch. Extremely attentive, constantly smiling and we never wanted for anything. We had these guys each night (5 total) in the main dining room. They called us by our names after day 1. Even when we saw them in other parts of the ship, they made the effort to come by and say hi- addressing us by our names each time as did other- bartenders and such. The rest of the staff- bartenders, room attendants, etc- were equally as friendly and attentive. OK- Since most of the negative reviews are about the food, let me give you our experience. We never dined at any of the specialty restaurants, such as Jamie's Italian , Chop's Grille, etc. as there was no need to spend the extra money. The Windjammer buffet was just that... a buffet. Lot's of different options and overall the food was good... not great... good. We mainly ate breakfast there but had lunch there once and a quick bite on embarkation day. During the day, we (while drinking copious amounts of liquor (and not watered down as said by others as I watched them open several new bottles)- buy the deluxe beverage package) went several days to the Dog House. A variety of hotdogs, brats, and sausage on fresh homemade hotdog buns with the fixins. Very good and easy as it located right by the pool. As I said earlier- the main dining room was where we had dinner reservations each evening. Again, with superb service. The main dining room is very nice with table linens and much more upscale from the buffet. Attire was nice casual (no swimwear, beachwear, etc) The menu was limited to 4-5 each of appetizers, entree's and deserts. The menu for each day is posted in advance and we did not have any issue finding something we liked each day. The main dining room is open for breakfast and lunch as well. Get reservations early! We reserved a table for 4 each night at 7:30 (My Time Dining on the app) and had no problem getting immediately seated. No reservations = waiting for a table to open up. The food was pretty darn good and you can order more than just one app/entrée/desert if your heart so desires. Of course, they offer bar drinks/wine as well. On the promenade deck there is pizza, sandwiches, pastries, etc. that are part of the package and open very late. There are also a few bars that offer food for a price. Of course there is room service. For the continental breakfast, there is no charge. For other items, such as burgers, pizza, salads there is a $8.00 delivery fee. Not too bad if you don't want to leave your stateroom. We did have coffee service each morning brought to our room for no additional cost. This is an older ship and I encourage you to remember that when booking. Are there newer/nicer/fancier/larger ships out there? Of course. But you will pay more for those in most cases and that does not guarantee a great experience. We found the Mariner of the Seas to be clean, comfortable and relatively modern. It suited EVERY need we had. One tip- we sailed to Mexico in late June and as you can imagine, it was hot and a bit humid. While the A/C in the room was adequate, ask your cabin attendant- ON DAY 1- to get you a fan for your room. Especially if you have a balcony and are opening the balcony doors often. The entertainment was good. We did not catch many shows but we did do the fun things that were happening all day throughout the ship. There are 2 pools. The larger, main pool and the smaller "quiet" pool. I was surprised that the pools were not larger but I they were adequate. The quiet pool is for adults only. There are 4 bars (3 permanent and 1 mobile) by the bars with waitstaff hustling. Getting drinks is no issue at all. Don't forget- buy the Deluxe drink package. If you plan on drinking more than 6-7 alcoholic drinks in 1- 24- hour day, it pays for itself. For us it was a no-brainer. I had 2-3 Bloody Mary's each day... just at breakfast. But hey- that's just me... There are bars EVERYWHERE!! Oh, and there is a rumor that Royal Caribbean has a limit of 15 drinks per day with the Deluxe drink package... NOT TRUE!! :-) That is apparently a Carnival thing... Why, Carnival, why??? It turns out that if the drink you want would cost over $15 you would have to pay the difference. I could go on and on about but the overall message was that we had a GREAT time with no issues. I cannot stress enough the level of service we received and thought that the ship was perfect for us. We plan to go back on the Mariner of the Seas again as it was very affordable, ports in Galveston, TX (we live in Austin, TX so it is relatively close to us) and we know what we will be getting. I hope this helps!
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Keshia s wrote a review Jun 2024
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Beware if you pay your account day by day with a card they will hold $99.75 EACH DAY per person WITHOUT TELLING YOU!!! I went to guest services after they attempted to hold an additional $200 outside of what was held when I initially checked in. MANAGER KELLYN VIDAL thought it was funny and smiled in my face when I needed assistance. Rep KATERYNA KYRNYTSKA cashed me out without explaining how the process works!! TERRIBLE ! I now have $400 on hold and the manager thinks it’s ok to smile and laugh in my face!! Terrible experience !!
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nrnskm wrote a review Jun 2024
Sugar Land, Texas70 contributions50 helpful votes
This is the most disgustingly experience. I will NEVER go RC again which I thought was a step up from Carnival. The ship is so old, stinks, outdated. We booked a balcony suite and please know that although when booking they appear to be the same, they are not. Our room is tiny it has a twin over s king and looks like a prison bed. Other suites have large couches that pull out into a bed (same price). Its so deceptive. The food is horrible hospital food. This ship is quantity over quality. Gross, gross, gross! I cannot wait to get off of this ship and cannot believe we paid for this.
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Bernard C wrote a review Apr 2024
Hudson, Florida12 contributions4 helpful votes
Totally disappointed in this cruise. The port call was from 9AM until 2:30.... PM Really?? By the time we got to the beach and ate it was time to head back. Much worse than that was the food. Practically inedible !!! Pasta overcooked and falling apart. All the sauces were watery. Sliced meat was way overcooked and dry. stale bread. dried out burgers, burnt hot dogs, None of the desserts were flavorful. four types of CURRY??? All way over spiced. Menu overloaded with cheap starchy product. Powered mashed potatoes???? REALLY ON A CRUISE!!???? I serve better food to my dog!! I have been a chef for 45 years and have never tasted worse food on a cruise line. The food was camparatable to CiCi pizza buffet. (CiCi's may be better!!! as horrible as it is) NEVER AGAIN!!
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SalMTravels wrote a review Apr 2024
Amsterdam, The Netherlands499 contributions219 helpful votes
RC has really fallen down in terms of maintenance and upkeep on its ships. We choose an inside stateroom for our cruise (saved the money). The shower door kept coming off, the room was worn and tired and dirty. There was an empty bottle under the bed. The food at the WindJammer Cafe was terrible. Every morning for breakfast tried the pancakes and waffles, they were cold. Chicken was rubber, and just overall terrible. Dinner in main dining room was terrible, rubber chicken, overcooked fish, etc. Drinks were watered down though we had the deluxe drink package. No place on ship to find a quiet place to chat with friends and meet people. Staff was rushed, busy, and not as friendly as other cruises in the past. Ship was worn, it's old yes, but just worn out. Seemed the staff was worn out, the food left over, etc. Was a waste of time and money as far as we were concerned.
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