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  1. Absolutely! We've cruised RCCL, Disney and MSC with DD (almost 9) and RCCL is by far her favorite. We've sailed Oasis Class (Allure and Harmony) and Voyager Class (Mariner) with her. She loves the kids club and activities (water slides, flowrider, sky pad, rock wall, ice skating, dry slide, etc.)!
  2. We were scheduled to be there this past Sunday on Mariner, but weren't able to dock due to the winds and seas (Navigator couldn't dock either). Had a cold sea day instead.
  3. We had pretty much the same experience with ScootAround. They offered to help my dad to the car, but we'd have to wait a while for the guy to return so he opted to go out the door the short distance to guest pickup and sit on his walker while we got the car. Being able to get the scooter in the terminal was huge! My dad is a big guy and none of us would have been able to push him in a wheelchair once onboard.
  4. At Port Canaveral, if you use ScootAround, you can get the scooter in the terminal before boarding the ship.
  5. We just got off Mariner and rented a scooter for my dad through ScootAround. This was an excellent option as they are the only vendor located in the terminal. He was wheeled upstairs to ScootAround where he got the scooter and had a short overview (do's/don'ts, etc.). When we got off, he was able to use the scooter up until the terminal exit (there was someone there to collect the scooter). We chose ScootAround because of the terminal access. With the other company through RCCL, they put the scooter in your cabin and you leave it there at the end of the cruise. This means you have to get to the cabin (they'll wheel you onboard, but then your party is responsible for getting you anywhere else) and get from the cabin off the ship. We were very happy with the experience.
  6. We just did Key on Mariner for a 3 day sailing. We paid $25 per person per day and would do it again for a short cruise (not sure about a longer cruise). - Embarkation - Key did nothing for this. We were expedited arrival, but had to stop to pick up my dad's scooter in the terminal. There was no wait to get on the ship. - Embarkation lunch: Food was excellent (best dessert of the cruise). It was nice to not fight the Windjammer crowds, especially with my mobility impaired father (was using a scooter). Service was a bit slow so we were not done until close to 1. As a result, we did not check any of our carry-ons. If we had finished with lunch earlier, we would definitely have taken advantage of this. - Special Hours: We weren't able to use the ice skating b/c DD's long pants were in her checked bag (ice skating was embarkation afternoon). We used the hours at the waterslides (10-11) and flowrider (11-12) on Saturday. DD was able to do the waterslides about 15 times. Flowrider waits were no shorter than normal--they took out the divider used during open boogie-board sessions. Having the full Flowrider was nice, but by doing this it doubled the wait time. We used the hour at the SkyPad on Sunday (4-5) and DD got to jump twice. Normally, we would not have used this because we would have been coming back from CocoCay, but we weren't able to dock in CocoCay. It would be nice to have an hour for laser tag. - The fruit plate and chocolates were nice. - Internet seemed slow at times, but worked ok overall. Was able to text, etc. - Disembarkation breakfast was nice. Again, it was good to avoid the madness with my father. The food was good, but service was slow. - After waiting about 25 minutes outside the dining room, we decided to go on our own. We were the first people outside the restaurant to wait for the escort. More and more people came out. When the escort came to get people, she didn't even ask who had been waiting the longest. She just took about 10 people (the last ones to come out of the restaurant) and said she'd be back in 4 minutes. We waited about 15 minutes before deciding to just go on our own. The luggage was easy to find.
  7. We just returned from 3 days on Mariner. My mother, DD and I sailed the same ship & itinerary in August 2019. This time, my father joined us. He has severe mobility issues. A few observations from this sailing... - The food in the dining room was better than August. It was good in August, but even better this time. The service was excellent both times. - The new captain has decided not to allow balcony dividers to be opened (this was a big issue for us as there were no connecting staterooms available so we had counted on doing this based on our experience in August--where it was no issue). - Our stateroom attendant this time was not good. He showed up the first day around 5:45. We barely saw him and he didn't leave his card with how to contact him. He had an attitude when we did see him. This was a big contrast from our wonderful attendant in August. - The stateroom safe malfunctioned twice on a 3 day sailing. I had to wait in the room nearly an hour one time for them to come and fix it (they won't do anything to the safe if you're not in the room). My parents (next door) had a new safe and had no issues. - There did not seem to be a plan regarding activities, etc. when we missed Coco Cay and had a sea day. Eventually, a few hours after announcing we would not be visiting Coco Cay, we started seeing updates to activities on the stateroom tv and app (never were given new paper planners). The forecast had been for high winds for days so it was not a shock that we didn't make it there (still disappointing, but safety first). Knowing that they've missed it a few times lately (and the weather forecast), you would think they would have had a plan they could immediately implement. - They've stopped doing reservations for Laser Tag. It is completely 1st come/1st served now. It took us about an hour. - The odor in the casino was nauseating. Instead of using ionizers, etc. to deal with the smoking, they use some type of air freshener and lots of it. - The female sports staff were very friendly and helpful, but most of the men would not speak to the guests and just seemed like they didn't want to be there. - We did the Key and would probably do it again for a short cruise. We were able to take advantage of the special hours for the water slides (DD did them around 15 times in that hour), FlowRider and SkyPad (got to jump twice). The lunch and breakfast were great (best dessert of the cruise was at embarkation lunch). - We used ScootAround for a scooter rental for my father (pre-reserved). They were the vendor that had the scooters in the terminal (as opposed to having the scooter waiting in the cabin). They were very good and it was much easier than the other company would have been. Right inside the terminal, my father was put in a wheelchair and a super nice attendant got us through security and up to ScootAround. The lady there explained everything very well and we were on our way. At disembarkation, he was able to take the scooter through customs/immigration and dropped it off right inside the exit door. - Promenade cafe was understaffed and seemed to run out of food (except pizza) pretty frequently. One of the 2 freestyle soda machines there was broken the entire cruise. - Overall, the ship did not seem as organized as it was in August. - Despite the few negatives on this sailing, the ship is being kept up well and is still a great option for a short getaway.
  8. We sailed Mariner in August and DD loved the laser tag. We're sailing next week again--do they still have the laser tag (a compass I saw from this fall made it seem like they may not)?
  9. I can see a distinction with frozen/non-frozen (not that I agree, but at least it's pretty clear). My mom (Diamond) has run into issues with bartenders insisting it's just for straight alcohol and does not allow for any mixers (ex. rum on the rocks, but no rum and coke or tequila straight, but not a margarita on the rocks). On one sailing every bar she visited told her this. It was clarified after speaking with a bar manager and it was no longer an issue later in the cruise.
  10. As someone else stated, she will not be able to sail. Cruiselines are very strict on not allowing women to sail after they are 24 weeks pregnant and babies can't sail until 6 months or a year--depending on itinerary (except Disney). I sailed at 14/15 weeks pregnant and had to provide a letter from my doctor saying I was ok to cruise (no complications, etc.) and how far along I was.
  11. My parents, DD (8) and I will be sailing in early January. We did not tell DD about this cruise. We've wrapped up 3 separate gifts---a pair of water shoes, a long sleeve rash guard and the final box with her t-shirt from our last visit to CoCo Cay with her boarding pass tucked inside.
  12. We ran into an issue on our last cruise. It turns out there is no way to put a person as no charging if they have any packages (drinks, dining, arcade, etc.). I put DD (8 years old) as no charging. I purchased her a refreshment package and arcade credit in advance of the cruise so there would be no need to charge anything. When we boarded and she tried to get a beverage on her package, we were sent to guest services because it wasn't allowed. According to Guest Services, I had to open up her account to charging or she couldn't use the beverage package or arcade credit. I could limit the amount to $20 per day, but I could not limit it to only using the pre-purchased packages.
  13. A few things we found that could be the cause of the high ratings.... - Easily accessible Port Canaveral. - Ship was recently updated and is well kept up/clean. - There is a lot to do for a 3/4 day sailing. - Staff is very friendly. - Some new options, like the laser tag. - CoCo Cay is wonderful. I just think it's the best 3/4 day option we've encountered and would sail again. DD has been on Harmony & Allure and she loved Mariner.
  14. As one person just mentioned. There is a crew elevator that can be used to access the suite sun deck. You must have a crew member with you to use this. When we were on Harmony with my father (could not walk stairs), it took a half day of going through guest services and management to finally get an answer and offer of assistance (the first few people said there was no way to access without walking up stairs).
  15. We were able to get a package...internet + drink package for around $60 per day in advance.
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