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  1. We were there last week on Mariner. Navigation was also there. I think it depends on what you mean by "crowded." We got off the ship around 10:30- there were absolutely no chairs available with a view of the beach at chill island. We looked for about 30 minutes. There were plenty of chairs available in the back areas with a view of a volleyball court or bushes. We asked the cabana rental person where we could find two chairs together and she told us to go around the construction zone to the newly reopened south beach area. We walked over there and found plenty of chairs, along with the worst rotten eggs smell ever, and a backhoe loudly digging up sand. After about 30 minutes, we had all we could take of the smell and were headed back to the ship when we saw two chairs open up which were about four-five rows back from the beach. I went over and got the chairs, and we enjoyed the rest of our day. The lines to get food were not long, and the beach was not crowded. In fact, we never saw any of the "people" who had stuff in about 10 of the chairs right beside us. I sat there for three hours reading my book and never once saw them. At one point, a guy came by and grabbed his towel and walked away. So I think a lot of people throw their stuff on the chairs and then leave on excursions not to come back until hours later. So anyway, don't fool yourself into thinking that it will be super easy to find a chairs with a view of the beach. Can you find a chair? Yes, there are plenty of chairs. Can you find a chair with a view of the beach? Maybe. If finding a beach view seat is important to you, I would advise getting off the ship early and putting your stuff on the chair like the rest of the people do.
  2. We did go by the pool area. There were plenty of chairs. We really wanted to spend the day on the beach though. I hated that it was so difficult to find the chairs. We didn’t want to spend money on cabanas or day bed rentals. Those did look nice. Navigator was also there when we were in Cococay.
  3. I wanted to write a short review of our cruise on Mariner on November 25, 2019. This was our first time on Mariner, and we loved the ship. We had an interior room on Deck 7. Our stateroom attendant was amazing. We did not try any specialty restaurants, but there were always people trying to sell you on them. We ate breakfast in Windjammer daily and the breakfast was always exactly the same. We enjoyed eating, but it was a little crowded. On several mornings, the guy came over asking people to vacate the tables once they were done to allow seating for those who were waiting. We only ate lunch on the ship on the first day and the sea day, both in the windjammer. Lunch was always pretty good too. We ate in the main dining room 3 out of 4 nights. The dining room wasn't crowded at all. We had a table for two. Our dinner took between 30 and 45 minutes. It began at 8 and we were always done before 8:45. On the last day, we had dinner in the windjammer. It was around 8:30 and they were out of turkey. Since it was Thanksgiving, we were looking forward to the turkey. I mentioned it to the guy walking around and he didn't think they were out of turkey. However, after he realized they were out of turkey, he walked down to the main dining room and brought us up two plates of turkey. We were very surprised by his gesture. We didn't buy the drink packages because we have the diamond drinks from 4:30-8pm nightly as well as the three drink vouchers. We also didn't buy the Internet package. We used it twice with our free "diamond" perk and the service was very slow. It took a long time to load email, social media, etc. We enjoyed the nightly events in the diamond lounge. On some nights, it was really crowded and other nights, it was empty. We skipped all the shows on this cruise. The main act was a juggler and we have seen him on 2-3 cruises before. We didn't go to any of the comedy shows or musical performances. We did attend the Quest. This was the same old quest that they have been doing since I attended my first quest 10 years ago. I wish they would try some new quests instead of always ending with a bunch of guys parading around in women's bras and makeup. We spent a lot of time in the solarium. We found chairs there on each day except the last sea day. I ended up by the dunes and there were plenty of chairs not being used in that area. We also tried to go to trivia a few times but the trivia locations were very small. If you didn't arrive early, you didn't get a seat. In Nassau, we booked an all inclusive beach day at the Rui resort. It was easy to get a taxi over to the resort and we enjoyed our day there. Cococay- I may be in the minority here, but I miss the old Cococay. We got off the ship around 10:30 in Cococay. We took the Tram and got off at the beach stop by the construction and looked for chairs. We were not able to find two chairs together. We walked around for about 30 minutes including going over to chill island where we were also unable to find two chairs together. I finally asked the cabana attendant for some advice on finding chairs. She suggested we walk around the construction to an area of south beach that was just re-opened. We did find two chairs there-- right next to a backhoe that was digging up sand the entire day. The smell in this area of the beach was horrible. It smelled like rotten eggs. We ended up leaving after about 20 minutes. By noon, the entire area in front of where we had been sitting was nothing but nasty brown seaweed. Eventually, we found two chairs over on chill island near an area of water where you could actually swim. We did not enjoy our day in Cococay at all. I hope it gets better as the construction finishes. The old Cococay area was so much prettier and enjoyable to me. Like I said, I'm sure I am in the minority here. We did enjoy our lunch on the island from one of the little shacks- we had burgers and chicken sandwiches. Getting on and off the ship was very quick. We got to the port around 11 and we were on the ship within 10 minutes. We carried our own bags off the ship the morning of departure. We left the room about 8:30. We had passports so we were able to skip the line and do facial recognition. The whole process was quick and we were waiting for our bus to the Radisson by 9am. Overall, we loved the ship. If you have any specific questions, just let me know! Happy Thanksgiving!
  4. As others have said, you can go in the casino. When we were there in June, there were only 2-3 restaurants where you could use cash to eat. The others were private and for guests only. In fact, we tried to purchase a bottle of water from one of the vendor booths near the beach. I had already opened the water because I was so thirsty, we were taking out money to pay for the water, and he said they only accepted Baha Mar room cards for the charges. Basically, if you just want to hang at the casino, you should be fine. Most everything else requires a room card for purchases including restaurants and food truck stands.
  5. We are on mariner in November 2019 and it’s $65 a day.
  6. I'm on the November 25 sailing for 4 nights on Mariner. So far, it doesn't say that we are in CocoCay for 2 days. However, they did reverse the days. Originally we had CocoCay, Nassau, Sea Day. Now it shows Nassau on the first day, CocoCay on the second and a sea day on the last day. Is it only certain sailings that no longer have the sea day?
  7. Ok. Thanks for all of the replies. We live 3 hours from jacksonville, but that is our closest airport. So we were trying to avoid the 9 hour drive to FLL. Based on most of your responses, we will not do the 9:15AM flight. I'm sure there would have been more options if we had booked in advance. We got a free cruise through casino and booked a few days ago. We leave on Saturday so I was looking for flights today! There are not many options left. You can close out this thread. Thanks.
  8. Jacksonville FL. We are just being a little lazy and don't want to make the drive.
  9. The flight is on a Wednesday. The only other option for us is a 9:45pm flight.
  10. Can I make a 9:17AM flight out of FLL after leaving the ship? We are on Majesty.
  11. Does anyone know if you can change a name on a cruise a day or two before sailing? We sail Saturday and one of the people in one of our cabins may not be able to make it. Can we substitute a person if we find someone to go last minute?
  12. AmandaKaye79

    Cable Beach

    Are there any places on cable beach where you can rent chairs/umbrellas? A place where you could order lunch on the beach would be nice too. We normally do the all inclusive day pass at Breezes or Melia. However, the people going with us are not interested in an all inclusive pass. Suggestions?
  13. Looking for reviews on this excursion. I have been to CocoCay several times but I have never seen the pig swim offered before. Would anyone who has done this excursion be willing to report on how it was?
  14. We are sailing Harmony from Port Canaveral Sunday- Depart Port Canaveral Monday- Cococay (8am-5pm) Tuesday- Sea Day Wednesday- Cozumel (7am-6pm) Thursday- Roatan (8am-5pm) Friday- Costa Maya (7am-3pm) Saturday- Sea Day Sunday- Port Canaveral Which nights are most likely to be the formal nights? Tuesday and Friday?
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