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Hello Everyone ! Today I just boarded a most gloriest ship ! The beautiful Mariner of the Seas.....for the 4th time I will be sailing this most impressive ship. I know, I know.....Why do a "Live" report again....for the fourth time ?

 

Well I love it the best when others do "live" reports, so I thought I would do it again !

 

We boarded at 11:30, and cabins were not ready until 1pm. OKay Cruise Critics....Lets have some fun ! Stay tuned for lots of pics.....My connection is a little slow..... but I will do what I can.

 

The ship sails today at 5pm...on our way to our first Port of Call....Labadee (753 nautical miles)

 

Radio

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Mariner 1st View

 

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Empty RCI Terminal

 

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Almost There....

 

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Welcome Aboard Mariner of the Seas !

 

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Radio, I loved reading your Mariner report before our last cruise. Now that I've been on board, I can picture exactly what you're describing in your posts. Thanks again for "bringing us along". :D

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Post all week. I can't wait to read all about it. We have to wait six more months until our cruise. Nice pictures too, feel free to add more. I'm watching the ship on the Radisson cam now. Have a wonderful cruise! :)

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Radio- I love your posts and pics. This gets me so excited. Could you check and see if there's an itinerary change for this summer we sail 6/19 and they have us coming in to Gr. Cayman 6/22 instead of 6/23,according to Gr. Cayman's Port authority website. That cuts either a day at sea,Labadee or Ochos. Any clarification or putting this rumor to bed would be great! Thanks for taking the time to post. I really enjoy cruising with you!

Karen

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Thanks so much for taking the time to post. Those pictures are wonderful...I feel like I'm there with you. Some of us REALLY appreciate when cruisers post LIVE!! Enjoy your vacation. :)

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Thanks for these pictures!! My brother and his brand new wife are on this ship today on their honeymoon. I will keep checking back from pictures.

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This is great - we will be sailing Mariner when she returns next Sunday - your reports this week will (almost) make it seem like a back to back trip! Enjoy

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Keep the post going. I may pass you next week when you get off and I'm going on. Thanks

 

Scott ºoº :)

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wow, this is great, looking forward to seeing more...

I will be boarding the mariner in two weeks!

thanks for taking the time out of your vacation to post!

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I've been waiting all week for you to arrive. I've followed your last 2 postings on the Mariner and will follow this one with excitement as we are sailing on May 8 this same itinerary. :) :)

 

As I am only about 40 minutes north of you, I know the weather is good today, and I know you will have smooth sailing.

 

Have a great cruise! Enjoy!

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Hi Radio,

Looking forward to seeing and hearing from you all this week....Love your reports;) Have a great time on this glorious ship...Jill

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Radio ~ you are on the grand Mariner of the Seas again...good for you :)..It is going to be a good week reading your posts and viewing your pics...enjoy her again.... thanks for taking the time.

 

Emmy

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Radio - I look forward to reading your live posts. You do such a wonderful job! We're cruising the Mariner again in June. If you are in the liquor store, would you see if they carry Captain Morgan's Parrott Bay rum and Bailey's? Thanks much! I'm already planning my onboard purchases for the first day to enjoy in the cabin!

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Radio:

 

CrusinCJ advertised your thread. Great pics and just in time for our cruise (with CruisinCJ) 8th may. We're from Inverness in Bonnie Scotland and just got rid of our last snow for the winter (we hope!)

 

Keep up the good work.

 

Thanks Cruising CJ

 

Grahame & Jan

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Yea...now we can see what our friends are experiencing. They're on their first RCCL cruise :D Thanks ahead of time for all your efforts. I can only imagine how much time it takes. Still suffering from post cruise depression (March) so this helps. :D

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I happen to have a few family members on board the Mariner today also. Hope you all have a great time! What exactly is the Radisson Cam. I would love to watch the ship!:cool:

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Radio--I love your live posts, when I saw the thread "live from the Mariner" I checked to see if it strated by you---keep it coming!!!

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Wow What A Nice Surprise To See You Post Again.we We Was On The Mariner On Her Second Cruise And Are Going Again Dec.4th 05.i Saved All Of Your Pictures From Your Last Cruise To Show Friends And Because Of You There Are 20 Of Us Going This Time.r.c.i. Should Give You A Free Cruise Or An Upgrade For The Great Reporting You Do While On The Ship.keep The Pictures Comming. Thanks Bob

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Hi Radio! I read your last "Live Report" with great interest as we were preparing for our first cruise on the Mariner! It was quite helpful. Now, after returning last Sunday from our sailing, I'm suffering from a severe case of PCDD. I'll enjoy re-living our week as I read your posts!:D

 

 

P.S. How do you manage to "Get Out There" so often??? Wish I could!:)

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Hi Radio

Looking forward to your news and pics once again.

Will be on again on sept 18 eastern.

Hope you have a fab week and good weather.

 

GER ........................ from the Emerald Isle

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Radio-Thanks for your posting. I was on the Marnier with you last year, and will be again in 2 weeks. I can't wait for your daily reports. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

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Radio,

 

Thanks, so much !!!;) This will be our first RCI cruise and we will be sailing on Mariner June 26th and can't wait to get out there!!!

Keep us posted and Keep the Photo's coming. Have a wonderful cruise and enjoy!!!

By the way, what cabin are you in? We will be in one of those hump, cabins mid ship E1 # 8318.

Bon Voyage!!!!

Marcy

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Radio,

It's wonderful that you do the live posts as you sail. Every time you post, that is time that you are taking out of your vacation. I look forward to hearing more and seeing the new pictures. I will "re-live" my cruise through you!

 

Lisa

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Hello Radio. I have a couple of questions. Since you boarded before your cabin was ready, were you able to drop off your carry-on luggage in your cabin then go on your way exploying the ship. Which cabin are you in this time. Sarah

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WoW ! I didn't think that this post would generate this much response ! I will try to answer as many questions that I can....

 

Where do I start...I will try to go over the ship, and not the ports of call as much. The ports have their own board and they are very good. Of course I will post some pics of a few of the ports....

 

I had to wait until 1pm until my cabin was ready until I could drop off my stuff I am in Cabin 7532 (D2). They had the fire doors closed.

 

I will check with the Future Cruise Consultant about the itinerary change in June.

 

We left promptly at 5:10 pm after the fantasy and Disney Wonder... I received my luggage at about 5:30 , as well as robes,and Diamond Ultimate Value Booklet. It looks like they changed the books to have Only The Navigator amd Mariner on the cover of the book...It must be due to Vintages coupons.

 

Tonights show is the "Welcome Aboard Show" with T J McCormack, the Duo Ignatov group , and the RCI Singers and Dancers at 8pm. The first parade is also tonight.The "Island a Go Go Bon Voyage Parade" is always a hit.

 

Todays free movies are "First Daughter" and "The Big Bounce". There is also 4 channels for foreign dubbing of a feature film.

 

Stay tuned for more pics tonight....I promise ! I will be heading to the casino, the Welcome Aboard Show, then dinner.

 

Thanks for tuning in...

 

Radio

;) ;)

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WOW! Radio, you're the best! Only 27 more days for us and we'll be back on the Navigator of the Seas Eastern side. I really enjoy your post and always follow along. It's just like cruising along with you guys.

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you :D

Linda

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Thx so much! We sailed the Mariner last Aug/Sept and loved it. Sailed the Glory for Valentine's and were not impressed @ all. Now I see why! I had forgotten how gorgeous & elegant the Mariner is. Guess we were so overwhelmed after not cruising for 23 yrs we just couldn't absorb it all. Going again Oct. 2nd and your pics have me so excited I can hardly stand the wait! Last yr. was the W. and this yr the E. route. Looking forward to your comments all wk. Only question @ this time is about the change in menus. They were wonderful then, so what's new? [Read your reports last yr. and have to say you do a great job w/that & wish our pics were 1/2 as good!]

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Hey Radio--thanks for giving us a glimpse of what we'll be enjoying soon! I'll be on the Mariner in 3 weeks. Here are my questions of the moment:

 

1. Who are the captain & cruise director, and will they be the same in 3 weeks?

2. Who is the pool band; are you enjoying them?

3. I enjoyed your daily posts on your previous cruise this year--are the menus the same for both itineraries? Would you be able to post them?

 

I hope you have a much more enjoyable (and healthy!) cruise this time! Thank you and take care!

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Radio

 

it nice to see you are on another cruise.

 

Like the above post look forward to your posting and taking your cruise time to let us share in your cruise.

 

Did your son go with you with time?

 

Have fun

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Radio! Hey, I can't believe you beat me back to the Mariner of the Seas! I'm returning in just 27 days....going back on the Mariner western itinerary the week of May 8th-15th. So glad to see you are posting LIVE again. You are a legend in your own time! Whoo Hoo!

 

OK, I have a question for you....is the Island Band, Focus still on board? The band that plays by the pool during the afternoons? If they are still there, would you please ask if they will still be on board during the week of May 8th for me? I had a few conversations with Alex, the band leader/drummer and he had told me the band would be on the Mariner until maybe May. I'm just curious if they will still be there during the 2nd week in May. I know that you will be busy relaxing during the day, but if you think of it, I would appreciate your finding out if Focus is still on board. Thanks. I love their music!

 

I'll be checking in during the week to see your fantastic photos and read the highlights! I can't wait to return myself!

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Adventure Girl... I will check for you on the pool band ! Nice to hear from you !

SunPuppy....I will check it out for you....

 

IvesGrandmama..I have 2 daughters....

 

The Welcome Aboard Show was very, very good (Except for the Comedian)...The Casino was very nice to me. But there was a problem at dinner....No one showed up at dinner, soooo....hmmm...I wasn't going to sit there by myself. So I went to the Windjammer. It was very good, and had a selection of all Dining Room Entree's. They set all tables with tablecloths, and silverware, with dim lites. There was alot of people in there.....

 

Well ...here are a few pics. Check back tommorrow for more !

 

Radio

;)

 

 

First the Fantasy left.......

 

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Then the Wonder Left......

 

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The it was time for us to leave...Here's the world famous "Grills"..well almost world famous.

 

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My Cabin...7532

 

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Thanks Radio for noticing my post. Sorry to hear your table mates were absent tonight in the dining room. I hope the table fills up tomorrow.

 

Another question for you....would you confirm for me that the two formal nights are still on Monday and Thursday? Are you on the Western route again?

 

Thanks again!

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Hi Adventure Girl...Yes the formal nights are Monday and Thursday.....We are doing Western.....

 

Sunpuppy...Yes the Menu's are the same for East and West......

 

Radio

;) ;)

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:D Hi Radio, I will be cruisin the Mariner on the 8th of May. This is my first cruise and so your pics and this thread are really helpful. I have a few questions maybe you could answer for me. I am traveling with my daughter and her new hubby (they are getting married on the 8th on Cocoa Beach before we board) and my new in laws. I will also have my granddaughter who is 6 with me.:confused: My question is about babysitting services available. Do they have babysitting services available in your stateroom in the evenings after adventure ocean closes? Is the babysitting service available on all evenings even the first and last night? Have a great time and I will be checking in on the pics.

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Thanks for sharing your pictures and experience Radio. I will be going on the Mariner in June with my family. I have a question about ship time versus island time, as I have booked excursions, not with the ship in Jamaica, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman. Are all of those ports behind ship time an hour, or is it just Grand Cayman. Also see if yuo can find out about the kids program. My kids are 8, 8, and 10, and I am hoping they will love it. this is their first cruise and they are extremely excited. Have a great cruise Radio!

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