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Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas

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Passengers: 3,344   |   Crew: 1,200
Passengers to crew: 2.79:1
Passengers to space: 41.8:1
Launched: 2003   

Decks

  • Deck 2
  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
Additional decks
Deck 2 layout
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  Ocean View (1N)  
  Ocean View (2N)  
  Ocean View (3N)  
  Ocean View (8N)  
 
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Conference Center
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Balcony
Cabin size: 198 - 275 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 84
Accessible rooms: 8
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 638
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Jeff G wrote a review Yesterday
Spring Hill, Florida7 contributions
Mariner of the Seas 8 day Cruise to Bermuda followed by a lousy stop in Nassau and then the 'Highlight" of the trip the Private Island Royal Carribean apparently owns judging by all the features they have on that island. Everything from rides and water parks to food and it's the only place they offer that doesn't get tied into all their ups and overs and packages. I hadn't been on a cruise in decades and unless I get paid to go on one I won't be on another. Tiny inboard cabin only the Main dining room offered decent food included. The ship seems to be set up for a younger crowd that quite frankly wasn't there on this trip. Similar to the horrible Busch Gardens once you pay a lot to get in the charges don't stop there. Not worth the money. The staff did have the old can do attitude but not without paying them first!
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Allen B wrote a review 13 Sep
Muskegon, Michigan973 contributions541 helpful votes
This was an 8 night cruise out of Port Canaveral leaving September 3, 2022. September 4th was at sea. September 5th we arrived in Bermuda at 3:00 pm their time. September 6th we were in Bermuda all day. We were docked at the Dockyard. September 7th we were supposed to leave at 3:00 p, but left at 7:00 am to avoid oncoming Hurricane Earl, which we missed entirely thank goodness. We were at sea the rest of the 7th. On the 8th we were at sea. On the 9th we arrived in Nassau. On the 10th we were at Coco Cay. On the 11th we arrived back at Port Canaveral. The ship is kept very clean as was our stateroom. Everything was in good condition. I even have to say that the men's pubic restrooms were the cleanest I have seen on 11 ships I've been on. The service in the main dining room, restaurants, and bars was excellent! The food in the main dining room and Jamie's Italian was so amazing! The food in the Windjammer was good for breakfasts and lunches, but not a big variety, and the one dinner there was okay. The service was a little lacking in the Windjammer only. Plenty of people picking up dishes but far less offering to get drinks during breakfast and lunch. Don't get me wrong, if you caught them and asked they did, but otherwise, most of the time, not always, they would walk past. The ice skating show was very nice, and the evening entertainment was good. The onboard team I would give a 3.8*, the comedian a 3.9*, the juggler a 4.0*, and the group Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons called Oh What a Night I would give a solid 5.0* Bingo was fun but no cruise give away. It seemed like some things were missing. No ship building contest, no egg drop contest, constant trivia in the Schooner bar which on this class ship if very limited seating in a dark area, and not enough Boardwalk events. And we would have enjoyed sitting outside listening to music but the chairs in the shade were always covered with towels by those ghosts that get up before sunrise apparently. We had an inside cabin like always. We prefer the inside cabins. But this one was constantly hot, and for the first time, we could not walk around the corners of the bed to get to the sides. The configuration was different somehow, so we had to climb in from the end. The Park West Art auctions were fun! No dress code enforced in the main dining room AT ALL!
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Nick Danger wrote a review 12 Sep
Appleton, United States6 contributions
After reading several horrible reviews, I felt obligated to speak up. The Mariner is not RC's biggest ship, and it's not their newest ship. It's also not their most expensive ship to cruise on. I feel like the people who wrote some of these reviews were expecting an Oasis class experience on a Voyager class budget. Yes, the rooms could use a bit of tweaking, but they are clean, comfortable, and more than adequate. The food in main dining was good, not great, but I enjoyed every meal. We ate most of our meals in the Windjammer because of the convenience, and the selection, and I thought that the selection and quality was more than adequate. Entertainment options were a bit limited, but still enjoyable. The pools, spas, and pool areas were clean, and people were polite and dressed appropriately. I don't expect people in tuxes even on "formal night" anymore. It's just the nature of this generation. Bottom line, it's a fun cruise on a nice ship, and great overall experience that I would not hesitate to book again. The price you pay for the experience you get it well worth it.
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Teena H wrote a review Aug 2022
Tampa, Florida11 contributions7 helpful votes
This ship really needs to be put to pasture! Supposedly it was refurbished, but it definitely was not. Everything appears to be from the 90s. The furniture is worn, paint is peeling, rooms have not been updated. The cabin doorways are much smaller than normal. The closet, bathroom and cabin door all open in the same area, so it is difficult to maneuver around the room. You have 2 outlets, at the desk only! The drawers do not slide well. The sink is very cracked. The toilet smells bad. I could go on and on. The internet has not been updated, so you can never get on and it is extremely slow if you do. I’m not sure what we paid for. The food is standard cruise fare. Jamie’s and Chops are not what they used to be sadly and more expensive. The casino is so smoky and crowded that it is no fun at all and I usually love the casino on ships. Bingo is overpriced and you only get 3 games that they try to get through as quickly as possible in 15 minutes, so that was not fun for the money. I saw one show and that was a sad joke as well, so never went back. The staff was fine overall. There are so many better options out there!
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Courtney S wrote a review Aug 2022
Morgantown, West Virginia3 contributions
This was our 4th Family Cruise, but 1st Cruise on Royal Caribbean. We chose this particular sailing, based on the offerings of the Mariner of the Seas (for our teenagers) and the sailing dates. We chose the Mariner of the Seas for the VR Trampoline, the Laser Tag, The Arcade, the Food (we heard RC excelled here), and the Entertainment (we also heard RC excelled here). We were beyond disappointed in our experience because the VR Trampoline did NOT work because the Wifi wasn't strong enough. Employee told us that it was NOT going to work for the entire cruise, because the wifi couldn't handle it. The ONLY show we found enjoyable was the Ice Show. Keep in mind that Studio B (Ice Rink) only offered 3 shows, seating up to 450 people. There were 3500 people on the ship, do the math about HOW to gain a seat. The Laser Tag option was only offered for the LAST Sea Day, where we waited for 2 1/2 hours (showing up 20 min before registration began) for a shoddy 10 min session. The Entertainment was AWFUL and so outdated, that it is obvious that RC is cutting corners here. It was terrible and the target audience must have been for 70 year old people. MOST of the Arcade Games were out of order. Our money was taken on 2 different times and we worked with the "Arcade Staff (only available by phone)" and stood in line for customer service to be told that our money would be refunded, but it never was. The Food was AWFUL in the Main Dining room. The only good meal we had in there was "The Key" Lunch on the first day and "The Key Breakfast" on the last day. We chose to eat at the Windjammer for most of the cruise, because the food was so bad in the Main Dining room. The Windjammer is nice, but everything tastes like average buffet food. We bought the Soda Package for the Kids and the Refreshment Package for the Adults (we don't drink alcohol). It was hard to find the cups for these services, because the bars ran out of them. There are only 2 soda machines on the ship. Water was hard to find. There are very few places to sit down and chat inside the ship, unless you are in a bar, where there is still very limited seating. The Solarium was only open from 8am to 8pm and it was impossible to find a place to sit, because of so many cruise customers leaving towels and gear on the chairs. There were underage teenagers in the hot tub one day, splashing and jumping in from the side. The lifeguard asked them to stop, but did not remove them from the space. Staff did nothing to assist. Last thing was the Cabin Steward for BOTH of our staterooms were awful. One stateroom had a stopped up sink from day 1, that was never cleared. NONE of "The Key" offerings were offered to the rooms (fruit plate, etc.), except for the luggage tags on the last day. The other room bathroom smelled like urine and continued to stink during the entire cruise, even-though we reported it to our steward. No towel animals, no daily compass, etc., in either room. We had to use the fold out bed in one room and the steward just left it out unless we asked to have it folded back into a couch in the am. The only day he folded it back up, he didn't set it up to sleep in that night. This cruise was expensive and an utter disappointment for our entire family!
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