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I have a 4 day cruise booked for the Mariner of the Seas for this coming September. We have always done 5-7 day cruises. I am worried with, what looks like so much to do on the ship, that we won't get to enjoy all the amenities it has to offer. Has anyone ever done a back to back on the Mariner? Do you recommend booking a 3 day so we have the whole week for the ship? If we did book the additional three days as a back to back would the menus and shows be the same as the 4 day cruise?

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Menus and shows would repeat.  You may or may not get a new headliner.

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We do B2Bs a lot. Doing 3 B2Bs on Enchantment for my birthday and then doing B2B on Mariner this Fall. Things do repeat but there are different activities to do to not let that affect your good time!!!

Bon Voyage.

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1 hour ago, Thecat3902 said:

I have a 4 day cruise booked for the Mariner of the Seas for this coming September. We have always done 5-7 day cruises. I am worried with, what looks like so much to do on the ship, that we won't get to enjoy all the amenities it has to offer. Has anyone ever done a back to back on the Mariner? Do you recommend booking a 3 day so we have the whole week for the ship? If we did book the additional three days as a back to back would the menus and shows be the same as the 4 day cruise?

Thanks

We did exactly what you are considering this past November a B2B on Mariner....first the weekend then the mid week.  I originally thought it would be terrible, same shows....but it was not.  We did have a different headliner for each sailing.  It was a very relaxing cruise to be on and we have been on plenty.  I did not feel 'compelled' to try to do everything, because is knew I would have the next sailing....it was fab.  I thought the handover would be weird....hanging around on the morning when we would have to walk off the ship and go through customs...but even that took a grand total of 30 minutes.  It was actually a very enjoyable morning.  It was funny to see everyone else's luggage outside their cabins, and ours was not on the night before departure from the first part of the B2B. 

 

I wish there was a way to not have to do the Muster Drill for the 2nd sailing, but you just have to do it twice.

 

We did enjoy the overall experience of doing it!

 

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We do a lot of B2B as we have to fly or have a fairly long drive to port.    We just finished  B2B2B ( B3) on Enchantment.  Yes,  most  entertainment,  menus and ports  will be the same.  However, on Mariner there is so  much to do  that a week is a good idea.  Anther option is to take the 4 night ( Monday-Friday) and pick  up a 7 night cruise that leaves on Saturday or Sunday.  When you take Mariner in September, Harmony will leave from Sunday from Port Canaveral.

 

What ever you decide,  have fun.

 

M

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On 1/29/2019 at 6:49 PM, Paulette3028 said:

We did exactly what you are considering this past November a B2B on Mariner....first the weekend then the mid week.  I originally thought it would be terrible, same shows....but it was not.  We did have a different headliner for each sailing.  It was a very relaxing cruise to be on and we have been on plenty.  I did not feel 'compelled' to try to do everything, because is knew I would have the next sailing....it was fab.  I thought the handover would be weird....hanging around on the morning when we would have to walk off the ship and go through customs...but even that took a grand total of 30 minutes.  It was actually a very enjoyable morning.  It was funny to see everyone else's luggage outside their cabins, and ours was not on the night before departure from the first part of the B2B. 

 

I wish there was a way to not have to do the Muster Drill for the 2nd sailing, but you just have to do it twice.

 

We did enjoy the overall experience of doing it!

 

Could you please tell me more about the handover.  What time did you meet?  Was there breakfast (coffee/continental breakfast) in the meeting room?  Some ships have a lunch for back to back guests -- does Mariner do this?  We are sailing back to back on Mariner on May 20 & 24, 2019.  It sounds like the ship will be quiet during the port days.  We're renting a Beach Bed in Coco Cay and may go to Atlantis.  We're traveling with another couple, who we've cruised with since 2010.  DH is going to hate the 2 muster drills but he will have to deal with it.  

 

I am going to take a picture of folks luggage in the hall at the end of cruise #1.  

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10 hours ago, SherriZ366 said:

Could you please tell me more about the handover.  What time did you meet?  Was there breakfast (coffee/continental breakfast) in the meeting room?  Some ships have a lunch for back to back guests -- does Mariner do this?  We are sailing back to back on Mariner on May 20 & 24, 2019.  It sounds like the ship will be quiet during the port days.  We're renting a Beach Bed in Coco Cay and may go to Atlantis.  We're traveling with another couple, who we've cruised with since 2010.  DH is going to hate the 2 muster drills but he will have to deal with it.  

 

I am going to take a picture of folks luggage in the hall at the end of cruise #1.  

We met at 9:30am at a designated spot.  It has to be timed, so that ALL the other passengers are OFF the ship. We were handed our new seapass cards and then escorted down to customs....they looked at our passports and viola, back to ship. No continental break for B2B passengers.  It was fun to walk through the Promenade when we got back on board.  Our original plans were to just head to the pool deck and enjoy quiet time (that early on turn around day -- nothing is open. Staff is preparing for the new cruisers to come on board), until we felt like going for lunch somewhere.....but that changed when a friend of ours who works at Royal HQ arranged to come on board and see us....so we met then for a light lunch on the Promenade instead and then headed to the pool deck until muster drill.  Two muster drills is a bummer....but nothing you can do about it. 

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12 hours ago, Paulette3028 said:

We met at 9:30am at a designated spot.  It has to be timed, so that ALL the other passengers are OFF the ship. We were handed our new seapass cards and then escorted down to customs....they looked at our passports and viola, back to ship. No continental break for B2B passengers.  It was fun to walk through the Promenade when we got back on board.  Our original plans were to just head to the pool deck and enjoy quiet time (that early on turn around day -- nothing is open. Staff is preparing for the new cruisers to come on board), until we felt like going for lunch somewhere.....but that changed when a friend of ours who works at Royal HQ arranged to come on board and see us....so we met then for a light lunch on the Promenade instead and then headed to the pool deck until muster drill.  Two muster drills is a bummer....but nothing you can do about it. 

Thanks Paulette.  Do you know if the Cafe Promenade was open one reboards? 

 

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On all of our B2B, most food venues are not open when  we reboard.  Some will open shortly after passengers start to come on the ship.  We’ve generally been provided a nice back to back lunch in  a specialty restaurant on seven nights or longer back to back cruises. We’ve never been provided any kind of luncheon on any of our 3/4  or 5/4 night back to back cruises. I think there has to be a minimum number of back to back cruisers in order for RCCL to provide a lunch. Some B2B  on Harmony have had 60 or more people. Some of our other back to backs have had fewer than 10 people. 

 

Enjoy. 

M

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7 minutes ago, cruisegirl1 said:

On all of our B2B, most food venues are not open when  we reboard.  Some will open shortly after passengers start to come on the ship.  We’ve generally been provided a nice back to back lunch in  a specialty restaurant on seven nights or longer back to back cruises. We’ve never been provided any kind of luncheon on any of our 3/4  or 5/4 night back to back cruises. I think there has to be a minimum number of back to back cruisers in order for RCCL to provide a lunch. Some B2B  on Harmony have had 60 or more people. Some of our other back to backs have had fewer than 10 people. 

 

Enjoy. 

M

Thanks -- best idea is to have Breakfast before the back to back meeting.  I don't think the Diamond Lounge will have continental breakfast on disembarkation day. 

 

Of course, we won't have our luggage with us on that day.  I wonder if you can get back into your stateroom.  

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9 hours ago, cruisegirl1 said:

On all of our B2B, most food venues are not open when  we reboard.  Some will open shortly after passengers start to come on the ship.  We’ve generally been provided a nice back to back lunch in  a specialty restaurant on seven nights or longer back to back cruises. We’ve never been provided any kind of luncheon on any of our 3/4  or 5/4 night back to back cruises. I think there has to be a minimum number of back to back cruisers in order for RCCL to provide a lunch. Some B2B  on Harmony have had 60 or more people. Some of our other back to backs have had fewer than 10 people. 

 

Enjoy. 

M

On our B2B on Mariner, we had breakfast in the WJ earlyish (7-7:30am), which is normal for us.  Then we used the time to just walk around, since I would normally go to the gym but the gym was closed, to get some early morning exercise in.  When it was time to meet the other B2B passengers we did (as I previously said at about 9:30a) we met up, headed off the ship and then back....and around 10:30am Cafe Promenade opened as new cruisers were starting to board.

 

One thing is for sure, if you do a B2B you get a better  understanding of why it is important for the departing cruisers to NOT delay and leave the ship promptly.  Their sailing is OVER.

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On 2/22/2019 at 7:38 AM, Paulette3028 said:

On our B2B on Mariner, we had breakfast in the WJ earlyish (7-7:30am), which is normal for us.  Then we used the time to just walk around, since I would normally go to the gym but the gym was closed, to get some early morning exercise in.  When it was time to meet the other B2B passengers we did (as I previously said at about 9:30a) we met up, headed off the ship and then back....and around 10:30am Cafe Promenade opened as new cruisers were starting to board.

 

One thing is for sure, if you do a B2B you get a better  understanding of why it is important for the departing cruisers to NOT delay and leave the ship promptly.  Their sailing is OVER.

Thanks for the great information.  

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On 2/21/2019 at 9:34 PM, SherriZ366 said:

Thanks -- best idea is to have Breakfast before the back to back meeting.  I don't think the Diamond Lounge will have continental breakfast on disembarkation day. 

 

Of course, we won't have our luggage with us on that day.  I wonder if you can get back into your stateroom.  

That is a great question...I’m assuming you would no have access to your stateroom from about 9:30am to 1:30pm?

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B2b are great. Ship to yourself for awhile. 

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1 hour ago, SarahD112 said:

That is a great question...I’m assuming you would no have access to your stateroom from about 9:30am to 1:30pm?

We went back to our stateroom on the morning of turn around.....you just push open the heavy door.  The stateroom attendants are in the hallway, and they know your face from the sailing before.....so all is good.

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1 hour ago, SarahD112 said:

That is a great question...I’m assuming you would no have access to your stateroom from about 9:30am to 1:30pm?

 

You can go to your cabin, no problem

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 If you are in the same cabin, you will have no problem getting back to your cabin. If you have to move cabins, they will generally move you during the time you are off the ship, and you can get into the new cabin very early. You do not have to wait till normal cabin opening time. On a recent B2B on enchantment our new cabin was ready about noon. 

 

BTW- I sailed the mariner last weekend. The previous Mariner cruise had been in 2008 so obviously there had been some changes!  The ship is just lovely with a lot of wonderful amenities. 

 

enjoy. 

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Thanks John and CruiseGirl1 -- we are back to back so it will be easy to go back to our cabin.  

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