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  1. DD (8), my mom and I just got off a 3 day sailing on Mariner. I submitted a review, but I'll give a summary here and feel free to ask questions. The embarkation in Port Canaveral was the quickest and easiest we've experienced! The upgrades to the ship are great! The Windjammer never felt crowded (and the food was good). The waterslides, Flow Rider, climbing structure, sky pad and swings/hammocks were fun experiences. Despite what some crew members say, you do need reservations for laser tag. There is a standby line, but you can wait a long time in it. We asked about making reservations on embarkation day and were told you couldn't make reservations. We ate in the dining room each night. Service was great and so was the food. Our cabin attendant (Benny) was excellent. CoCo Cay is amazing! We did the water park and it was well worth it. Disembarkation was easy. They're using the facial recognition for customs/immigration. We just got our pictures taken and were on our way. Would highly recommend Mariner for a short getaway!
  2. Planning on cruising on either Navigator of the seas, or Mariner of the seas and wondering what are the differences between the two. Other than sailing from Miami and Port Canaveral the Itinerary's are the same just opposite order. We would be travelling with two grandchildren grandson 14 and granddaughter 8yo. Any info appreciated...
  3. I'm looking for a great weekend getaway and I've stumbled across the Mariner of the Seas. I've only ever sailed RC once and that was a loooong time ago. My question is, what is included with Royal? What would we need to pay extra for? Any experiences from this ship would be greatly appreciated!!
  4. Greetings Fellow Cruise Lovers! My family and I are on a nearly two-week vacation consisting of a cruise to the Bahamas and a visit to Walt Disney World afterwards. I will be boarding the Royally Amplified Mariner of the Seas later today out of Port Canaveral, and thought I would share my experiences on this cruise with the online community here. This is one way for me to channel my excitement into something productive and hopefully helpful, and my goal is to post pictures and video throughout my journey that share my perspective on this beautiful ship, which I have sailed on twice before, but that was over 12 years ago prior. Anyway, following is a little background about me and my family pre-cruise before we board the ship! WHY I CRUISE My chosen career path has been a software developer by trade, primarily as part of Information Technology (IT) within various business organizations. Lately I have primarily worked in-house for law firm IT departments in the areas of database development and document management administration, so I interact with lots of different types of people daily, and to say that I am familiar with stress, deadlines, rude people, etc. would be an understatement. When I first started cruising, I could tell my superiors that there was no way they could get in touch with me since at that time cell service, WiFi, and just overall connectivity was much less widespread, and much more expensive, than it is today, and that they would just have to deal with my absence the best they could until I returned. Today, I can't really use that as an excuse, although they don't know that! Anyway, cruising is still my preferred method to detach from all of the drama and chill, relax, wind down, de-stress--however you want to describe it--and allows me to return to normal life refreshed and ready to go another few months taking blame for things that go wrong, don't work as expected, break down, etc., all with a wonderful smile and calm demeanor, providing the wonderful service to others I would expect. Thankfully, I get compensated well enough to take these nice breaks! Now that my main reason for cruising has been explained, I can also say that I love to cruise because I really enjoy the feeling of being out in the middle of water nowhere, the many varied food options (I love to eat!), the many entertainment and activity options all in one place, and finally, the ports of call to which I sail, in that order. Really, for me, cruising is all about the ship; I really don't care as much where I go! CRUISING BACKGROUND My wife and I discovered cruising on our second anniversary back in 2003, and since then have been on approximately a dozen cruises, some pre-kids, and about the same since they were born. The Mariner was our daughter's first cruise back in 2007 at 10 months, and she is now nearly 13. Our son is 11. We have cruised as a couple, as a family, with extended family, and as Angelinos have cruised out of Los Angeles and Long Beach on West Coast sailings, but also out of New York City and Port Canaveral (Orlando) on Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, and Western Caribbean itineraries. I do have a couple of exceptions to my statement earlier about not caring where I cruise. My two dream sailings, at least before I start looking at really exotic itineraries, are to cruise both Alaska and the Mediterranean within the near future. I also hope to visit the Southern Caribbean by ship soon. I have sailed on Princess, Norwegian, Carnival, and, of course, Royal Caribbean, and have never been on a bad cruise. I think each of these lines does certain things well, and have enjoyed better food on some, better entertainment on others, etc., knowing that a cruise is mostly what I make of it, and I select the itineraries and ships that I have a good idea will please me and my family. That being said, my favorite thing about sailing Royal Caribbean, by far, is their ships. I have never been on an Oasis-class, Spectrum-class, or even Freedom-class vessel of theirs, but that doesn't mean I don't intend to sail on some of them someday. The largest ship I have ever sailed on is Mariner, but compared to other lines it's still quite a large ship. We were booked on Freedom of the Seas back in 2006 before we found out we were expecting our first child, so in re-booking to sail prior to the pregnancy cutoff date, we switched ships to Mariner and upgraded from a Junior Suite to our first full suite experience in a Grand Suite. Since then, it has been a struggle to stay away from suites when cruising, especially with all the perks available. So far, we have been most impressed with NCL's suites and perks, but are looking forward to our first sailing with Royal since they introduced their Royal Suite Class program a few years ago, even though we won't get the full experience of the suite life on an Oasis- or Spectrum-class ship. PRE-CRUISE EXPERIENCE Flight -- As residents of the Los Angeles metro area, we have sailed out of that area most often, and haven't needed to worry about flights, transportation, etc. as much. However, Royal has significantly pulled back its West Coast presence since we first started cruising, so to get on their ships it usually means a cross-country flight. This time, I found a good deal on Delta, so we flew into Orlando this past Saturday, 09/28, and after a 2.5 hour layover in Atlanta, which lived up to its "Hotlanta" monniker, we successfully landed in the evening and took our complimentary hotel shuttle to our hotel for the next two nights. Pre-Cruise Hotel -- As a World of Hyatt member, I booked our two-night Orlando stay before our cruise at the Hyatt Place Orlando Airport hotel, and overall the stay has been enjoyable and the rate reasonable. I liked that the hotel had a shuttle from the airport, the wait for the shuttle wasn't long at all, and also liked that the breakfast is complimentary (as a parent of pre-teens I look for value when it comes to paying for their food as I never know what they'll enjoy) and the tiny gym is open 24-hours. The gym time came in handy as when I arrived I was still on California time and used a late-night workout to get me ready to fall asleep. The only issue I encountered, which wasn't really the hotel's fault, was that because the hotel was full and we were the last party to check-in for the evening, we were given an accessible room, and my kids were a little put off by everything being at their eye-level! There was plenty of dining within walking distance, and yesterday on the way to dinner my children were introduced to the wonderful Florida humidity by getting to experience a 1-minute evening downpour that freaked my daughter out because she isn't used to warm rain. She's right, because as she stated, if and when it rains in L.A., it is usually a cold rain with wind and all that unpleasant stuff! We Los Angeles residents are pretty spoiled when it comes to weather. Transportation to Port -- I booked a private chauffeured transfer in an SUV from our airport hotel to the cruise terminal, from the cruise terminal to our Orlando resort for our Disney World portion of our trip, and then from our resort back to the airport for what I would consider a reasonable $300, gratuity included, through Priceless Transportation. Shuttles don't work for us because it's hard to sit in anticipation while the shuttle does it's many various pick-ups prior to leaving for the port, and I didn't feel like driving so a rental car was out. Plus, I didn't want to have to pay for parking after our cruise at Disney World, so this set up I expect to work for us. In fact, the driver should be here in about 45 minutes so I will have to sign off for now. I expect to attach the welcome letter we received from our Suite Concierge for this cruise, Sukriti Rai, later on today, as well as a few pictures from our trip to the ship and the boarding process. Can't wait!
  5. I have read the official rules on RC website that recording devices are not allowed, however I have also seen many youtube videos and pics online clearly taken by guests while ON the waterslides. I have a waterproof canon (https://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-Waterproof-Stabilized-Wide-Angle/dp/B0075SUKIC) with a float strap that I can wear on my wrist --is there any chance I would be able to take this camera on waterslides on mariner and/or at Coco Cay Thrill park?
  6. Now that Mariner and I guess Navigator are doing two stops in Coco Cay, they have 2-day passes offered. The 1 day pass is $58.99 and the 2 day pass is $79.99 (Mariner 1/12/20) However, when I go to checkout the price for 4 days is only $127.96 = $63.98 pp Crazy FWIW, the cabana for 6 is only $299
  7. I just finished my review of our cruise on Mariner of the Seas and posted a link here: https://susancrow.blogspot.com/2019/09/mariner-of-seas.html And here is a link to the Cruise Compasses: https://susancrow.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html For some background, I was cruising with my husband Ron. We are in our early 50s and tend to stick with the short (3 to 5-day) cruises. Most of the ships that do these kinds of cruises are old and small so we were very happy with Mariner. What a beautiful ship! I just wish we'd had one more day to enjoy all the onboard amenities like the FlowRider, Skypad, escape room. Will definitely have to sail on Mariner again soon. I'll post a few more pictures and some general comments shortly.
  8. I'll be on my 50th cruise in less than two weeks, but we haven't cruised in almost three years! I was wondering if anybody can tell me what the Diamond Plus Perks are on a 4-night cruise on Mariner of the Seas. I know the stuff that's listed on their website. I'm talking about the other perks once you get on the ship. Stuff they give you coupons for or load directly on to your card, like free wifi and free photos, etc. How much wifi and how many photos, etc.? I already know about the free drinks. Also, any laundry perks? Also, are the reserved seats in the main theater and ice show any good?
  9. Hello, We wanted to go out of Port Canaveral, since we will be going back on the Harmony October 2020 we wanted to go on a different ship, therefore, we booked B2B on the Harmony for March. Question, we like to have a couple nights specialty dining, does anybody have the 3/4 night menus and does the 4 night repeat the 3 night menu's only adds an extra menu for the 4th night?
  10. Hello, Just booked a B2B on the Mariner, the first three nights we have a balcony cabin room 6558 and the 4 nights we have the JS cabin 9248....I understand with the Oasis class where the bed is by (balcony or bathroom) but this is a different class of ship does anybody know where the bed is located in these cabins?
  11. I'm not going to do a full review - But I thought I'd post a paragraph of our experience, answer any questions and maybe post a few pictures from the trip. This was our 4th annual 2nd cruise of the year, road trip to Port Canaveral. These road trip cruises, during hurricane season are an addition to our annual cruise around our anniversary in late April/early May. Two on Majesty, one on Enchanment, and now have done Mariner. The cruise also timed with "The Pirates reunion cruise" A bunch of people who sailed Mariner together this time of year when she was in Port Canaveral years ago. We met several of them online before and during the cruise. A lot of them were people we had cruised with before and other people. Having this many friends/acquaintances on board. Made for a fun time. Cruise this time of year means being on hurricane watch from June till sailing. This year Dorian was our big news story and of course bigger for the people of Freeport and Grand Bahama island and other nearby islands. About a week before our trip, we got an email saying we were giving up a sea day and we were going to Freeport, dropping off aid/supplies and ferrying people from Freeport to Nassau. Mariner did exactly this the cruise(s) before ours, but found it not needed for our trip, so on boarding we got the word, the itinerary was back to its original schedule. Our Road trip down from Ohio to PC was a little more adventurous than I hoped for, but nothing bad, but I thought I'd share for someone's benefit. We planned on driving from Columbus, Ohio to Valdosta, GA on day one (Saturday), about 800 miles. 30 miles into our trip, we had to divert about 40 miles because of an overturned semi under the overpass of the highway. No problem, that is what we left Saturday for a Monday cruise!. The next problem was my own doing. My 2016 Explorer is in great shape and I put some extra PM into the vehicle for this road trip. I knew the car was going to need a new battery this fall to get through another winter, but didn't think it would be a problem for this trip. Well, I was wrong. We stopped at a gas station near Perry, GA (about 150 miles from our intended stop) and the car wouldn't start. Thanks to help from a Perry Police Officer and a nearby Auto Zone, we were back on our way and at our Valdosta hotel about 90 minutes later than expected. Sunday's drive to Port Canaveral was easy and we arrived at the Radison in the port area. Love that place, love that pool! A bunch of us met for dinner at Fishlips and had a great time. Boarding Mariner at Terminal 1 is super easy, they are using the express check-in, get your seapass cards in your room. This didn't work so sell on Symphony, but no problems with Mariner. Boarding, I love the new Amp'd Mariner., love the beds in the solarium, and the extra deck chairs and cooling rinse on deck 14, I think it is near the Mariner Dunes. We stuck with traditional dining, late, and had a great team of waiters and the food was very good each night including the best ever pork chop served in the MDR. (Those are hit and miss, but great on this location! The seas were just a lttle rough on the first day, but not too bad. We arrived in Nassau on time, and I did dives with Stuart Cove's while my wife and another couple went to the Beach experience at Blue Lagoon. This was our first visit to the PERFECT DAY at Coco Cay. In previous years, we booked the Beach Beds for $150 on South Beach. They weren't available until late July or Early August and the price was now $299, double! We booked it anyway for the 4 of us in our group. At the time we booked that, the Cabanas in the waterpark were $799 for up to 6 people. I didn't think I would want to use any of the water slides because of my back condition, so we ruled this out. About a week before the trip, we heard from the people who went to Coco Cay for the first time after Dorian and heard that the conditions on South Beach were less than ideal. At the same time a fellow solo cruiser (Thanks MikeW of Tampa) that the Cabanas in the water park were selling for the same $299 we booked the beach beds for. We changed and boy are we glad we did! While on the island we walked over to South Beach and they have now crammed all the beach beds into half the space it use to have in previous years. Much of the attraction of this area is now gone for us. For this week, the shoreline was covered with a white smelly foam and we wouldn't have enjoyed the day there even without the crowding. A walk over to some new cabanas near the Jet ski area showed lots of piles of very smelly sea weed that they were still trying to clean up. I assume these conditions caused the price drops, but we are happy we switched. I turned 60 since my last cruise and I've had spinal fusion surgery years ago. I did find at least 4 water slides I could do and actually enjoy, while the others in our group enjoyed the more daring slides. I also enjoyed the wave pool and the Oasis pool area. For $299 and 6 people, this wasn't a bad value. We had great cabana service and access to plenty to eat and drink. It was close to a perfect day for us. Crowds weren't a problem for having one Voyager class ship in port. I wouldn't want to see what it looks like with an Oasis class or possibly two smaller ships in port. There were signs on some of the water slides that said, "45 minute wait from this point" We never had to wait more than 5 minutes for any slide, after the long walk up the stairs that is! Gemma was on her second cruise as acting CD filling in for the regular guy who had vacation. I thought Gemma was great! We were her first ever Love and Marriage show winners! They don't do L&M on this ship with this itinerary normally, but they had to cancel another show and she decided to add this to this cruise. I'm glad She did. It was fun! She did a good job, I would cruise with her again as CD! We skipped Quest, but I heard it was good! Disembarkation was smooth and we were on our way home by 8:am despite not arriving back into port until nearly 7am because of rough seas. (Managable by most experienced cruisers!) Any questions, feel free, I may post a few pics from home.
  12. Pardon me if this question has already been asked, I tried searching this forum to see how many standard electrical outlets will be in our stateroom but couldn't find any threads that mentioned it. Our family of four is boarding Mariner this coming Monday and will be bringing lots of electronics (phones, tablets, work laptop, etc.) with us. We are in a GS and I wanted to know if there will be enough outlets for all our stuff? If not, what other options or recommendations are available? I think I saw a thread a few weeks ago that mentioned certain extension cords/surge protectors are likely to be confiscated, which is what I used to bring, so I need to know what will be acceptable but can accommodate us.
  13. To those of you that have been on the Mariner four day cruise, Coco Cay, Nassau, Coco Cay itinerary. When you are in port at Nassau, are the slides and the pool open? We were thinking of just staying on the ship in Nassau and letting our grandsons enjoy those. If they are going to close them down, we will just make plans in Nassau. Also, we will be in Coco Cay with the Navigator, both days, do you think the waterpark will be overcrowded? Thanks your answers! Nanners
  14. What's up with the Mariner? I just watched it pull into Port Everglades.
  15. We just got the notice that Freeport will be replaced with a Sea Day. This is no surprise but I wonder if we'll get a credit for port fees.
  16. We are doing a quick three day on the Mariner of the Seas for my sisters birthday. I want to surprise her and the family with dinner at one of the specialty restaurants. There will be six adults. Which one should I do?
  17. Does anyone know why Mariner's itinerary changed from day 2 being the Coco Cay day to day 4? I specifically made sure that it was going to be the only ship scheduled to be at the island before booking it as our honeymoon cruise. Now prices for cabanas and other things have went even higher at Coco Cay and we apparently get to be there the same day as Grandeur.
  18. Is there a restaurant/cafe on Mariner that makes the same sandwiches as the Park Cafe on Harmony/Allure/Oasis❓ I just got off of Harmony exactly two weeks ago and I think I’m addicted to the Turkey Panini ❗️I’m getting hungry just thinking about having one‼️
  19. Does the Mariner have a lunch for suites and Pinnacles in Chops or the dining room on embarkation day?
  20. I can't seen to find a link on website cruise planner to see what shows are on board or how to reserve seating. Anyone with info or tips?
  21. Has anyone done chefs table on Mariner? Any details would be appreciated, such as location on the ship, recent wine pairings, menu, etc. Tried searching and couldn't find anything.
  22. Four days till our cruise - finally! Is Mariner is one of the ships that you can get to the helicopter pad? Also, I saw some pictures on Cruise Critic of a bridge-viewing area, but I can't find it on the deck plans. Is there such a thing and if so, how do you get to it?
  23. Sailing on Sept 20 , does anyone know the itinerary . I've called and the person I talked to didn't seem too sure, is Freeport open for business ?
  24. Can someone provide who the CD will be Nov 25th on Mariner?
  25. Can I use iMessge on Mariner without purchasing Voom?
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