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Age: 59

Occupation:Emergency Dispatcher

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Mariner of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2009-05-10

Itinerary: Mex Riv to Pacific North West

This was our 3rd RCCL cruise and our second on the Mariner. We love this ship but chose this Mexican Riviera cruise because we had new friends from out previous Mariner cruise who where on the ship and also, because the ship now departs from L.A. which is where my family lives. Due to that, this became a family visit and a cruise with friends.

Unfortuately, the swine flu changed our port o' call from Mexico's warmth to Canada's and Washington's rain and cold. We still loved the ship and having Captain Johnny was a plus. Both he and Capt Per are great, but I did love Capt Johnny's personnal contact. RCCL rewarded us with discounts, OBC and Future cruise credits. The final cost of the cruise was only $515 pp for us, so we came out ahead. And, any cruise is better than no cruise. The Mariner made it a great cruise.

We only used the main diningroom and every meal was great. They are not 5 star meals, but great nevertheless. You get great value for what you spend on these cruises. We did Johnny Rockets again on our Gold Coupons and it was good as usual. We even came back for another lunch one day and paid. Windjammer breakfasts were fair; sometime luke warm and the egg to order line is a little long and needs work, but in all, we enjoyed our breakfasts and lunches there. I don't want to forget this time. The Prominade Cafe has some nice Pizza, sandwiches and cookies (also fruit and coffee) 24 hours a day. You should stop and snack and or try a fast late lunch like we did. It's a treat. We liked the food.

We had a Prominade Room on the 7th deck across from the Jewelry Store. They are a little smaller than we like, but they have thier benefits. It's fun to watch the people below, and the parades without having to find a place in the crowd. If you have an interior room, the upcharge for a PR is worth it. We've only had balconies so I knew this would take some adjusting to. Still, we liked our stateroom.

We loved the shows, the casino, the 70's night, the Pub (and outstanding show) and we had fun ballroom dancing. The Latin band sort of specialized in Salsa, so we didn't dance as much Latin, Cha-cha or Rumba, as we'd like, but they were an entertaining group. Unfortunately, they play in one of the smoking bars. We only had one and a half days at the pool due to the cold weather, but it was one really good pool day.

Astoria, OR was not ready for us and the Mariner was not ready for Austoria. Sorry, this was a very poor port - it was last minute. It took 2 1/2 hours to get people off due to having only one gangway at a location that was not usually used for that. Enough said.. Seattle was fun but rainy as was Victoria, BC. I wish we could go back to both ports when the weather is better, like summer.

This was still a good trip, always better to be on the ship. Especially for the money we paid. And the Mariner is a great ship. Lucky for the people of California to have her.

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