First of all we had an awesome week aboard the Mariner. All the negative that I have read for the past 48 weeks really had me worried. I could find very little to complain about.The ship was full capacity though there were 3 empty seats at our table. Out of that there were supposedly 1200 teenagers aboard. With that said, it was the best cruise (in many ways) that I have been on and this was my 8th cruise. (1 carnival, 1 norwegian, 5 cunard-incl QE II) Had main seating. Cabin 7292, port side, great location, LOVED the balcony. Very calm seas. HOT and Humid. Traveled with DH and 17 yr old DS, also brother and sister-in-law.
Sunday-Embarkation 20 min, very organized-room ready at 12:45, lunch in Windjammer, great variety and tasty, muster drill-long, HOT and necessary. Dinner-prime rib-very good. Show-enjoyable
Monday-Room service coffee and rolls for breakfst on the balcony, lunch in main dining room. Same menu all week, but plenty to choose from. Played bingo (lost $50.00) DH saved me and won $68 in slots. 1st formal night, had pictures taken. Filet mignon for dinner-once again, very good. Show-impressionist/singer, very entertaining.
Tuesday-Room service/coffee and rolls enjoyed watching the activity in Labadee waters. Windjammer for breakfast. Tendered to shore about 11:00, no wait. HOT, HOT, HOT. Crossed over to far side of island on the left, then took a right down to where the fences are. Very quiet and had pleasant breezes. Nice selection of burgers, chicken, ribs, hot dogs, fruits, salads and deserts for lunch on island. Checked out market, though found them a little too pushy for me. Only because I felt so bad for them. Did buy a few items and back to the ship. Had either lamb or broiled shrimp this night, in either case, small portion so order 2. Both were good, but can't remember which day. Casual
Wednesday-Room Service full breakfast as we had to get off early. Did tour with Phabulous Phil Lafayette. Did Dunn's Falls, tubing, lunch and tour. Had a great time. Was hot. Had jerk chicken for dinner, different from on the island, but still enjoyable. Went to ice show and was amazed.
Thursday-Forgot to order RS (darn, I hate when that happens).... Breakfast in windjammer. Great selections. If you can't find something you like, you've got a problem. Sometimes chaotic though. Very pleasant girls gree ting you as you enter. Anyway, almost missed our sting ray tour with the Bucaneer as I underestimated the time. Leave yourself pleanty of time to get ashore. No waiting for tender, just to fill it up. It was mass confusion on shore and we hussled to meet our tour. Thankfullly they waited for us and we were off. Very devestating to look around the island. Very interesting to talk to the people that lived through it. Sting Ray City was fantastic and loved the bucaneer. Getting back to the ship was interesting. Long lines of people everywhere, all waiting for their tenders. We walked right up through a gate and were on in minutes, while the others were waiting for a long time I'm sure ...... My favorite day. 2nd formal night. This was italian night, though I don't remember what I had, it was good. Show was cabaret style and enjoyable. Great singers and dancers. My DH has really taken to the cigar bar by now.
Friday-RS back on schedule Had breakfast in the main dining room. Very good and nice selection. Rented jeep from Avis and drove to other side of the island. Stopped for lunch at Coconuts and enjoyed the view and the warm breezes. Had big plans to go to Dzul Ha and Paradise Beach but we were too tired from the prior 2 days excursions. (Keep in mind) Went back into town and did a little shopping. Nice store, "$10 Silver", nice people and selections. DH bought a cuban cigar to enjoy in the cigar bar later. Have I mentioned that it was HOT lately? This was the farewell dinner. Lobster, shrimp, prime rib. All were outstanding!!!!!! Word of caution...the portion size on the prime rib this night is twice the size as the 1st night. My son ordered 2 portions and ended up with 3 pounds of meat, I swear I ordered the prime rib and lobster so my dh could have 2 lobster tails. (I ate the shrimp, yum) The show was song and dance of the 80's(?) Was good but not as good as the others.
Saturday-RS/coffee and rolls. Windjammer for lunch. Checked out the cooking demo, shopped on board (some nice deals throughout the week), packed Was gloomy and what?, cool today. Enjoyed the champagne bar with brother and sister in-law tonight. THis was my least favorite dinner. Roast Turkey or the imfamous "steak". Brother said it was okay...leave it at that. If you want to try Portofinos or Chops, this would be the night. Watched parade, very nice. Packed some more
Sunday-Debarkation went faster than scheduled as was very well organized.
Closing remarks. Can't wait until I can go again. The Mariner is a beautiful, very well maintained ship. With all those kids on board, it was "ship shape" all the time. Though things have changed since my first cruise, cut backs as always, I found everything to my satisfaction completely. By the way, the cafe' was a favorite hangout and the pizza and pastries are great.
I was much longer fingered then I thought I was going to be. I'll be happy to answer any questions. Happy Cruizin' (Please forgive errors, I'm too tired to proof-read)
I'll be unwinding
Down in the islands, down in the islands
You should lose track of your timing
Grab a drink beside me
Down in the islands, down in the islands...Zac Brown
She wants a Piña Colada in a pint glass...
She wants to be where the summer won’t stop,
She wants gin clear water and milk white sand,
A sunburned nose and a drink in her hand
With a pink umbrella on top!... Gaelic Storm
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