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William

Age: 59

Occupation:Emergency Dispatcher

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Mariner of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2008-12-5

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

This is our second RCCL cruise and our first (of two) on Mariner. We had a hump balcony room on the 8th deck and it was great. Capt. Per was our Captain. The Mariner is very like the Navigator. It's a beautiful ship, but I did find the crew a bit more friendly than the Navigator. We could have just been lucky. We had met a group at another cruise chat board and did a RCCL meet and mingle, and became very good frinds with a couple we met who already knew some of the staff though the many cruises they had on Mariner. It's a clean ship, with beautiful decor and artwork thoughtout. Activities abound onboard. Port Canaveral is a great port to navigate and board from.

We did both Chops and Portofino on this trip. Both are worth the extra charge as is Johnny Rockets, IMHO. We loved the dining room and had early dining with a very nice couple. We've had good tablemates on both our cruises. I loved the pasta with marinara sauce and had it as a side with every dinner, something I learned from our tablemate. Windjammer was always great for breakfasts and lunches (when not on shore) and someday, we might even try dinner there. We like the food. It may not be 5 star but its a value for the money you spend.

I wanted to try a Prominade room but got convinced to go for the Balcony. Especially when we found a Hump cabin, the center hump unit.... wow. It was more than we thought it would be. We had great, unblocked views, plenty of room inside (even though the room was advertised as a silly 20 sq' smaller than a standard balcony cabin. The room was clean and kept that way. We did have a problem with our plumbing twice - fixed within an hour each time, and twice with our safe - also fixed within an hour each time. Overall, we liked the room.

There was lots of chances to do. The Latin music in Bolaro's and the ballroom music in Ellingtons were good. But the dance floors were a little small for the number of dancers who showed up. The Ice show was outstanding; the guest star shows where great and the production shows entertained. My wife and our new friend loved the "70's Dance" on the prominade. Mini golf was fun. But, we spent much of our free time lounging at the pool. We liked the onboard activities.

In all, this was a wonderful adjenda, Eastern Caribbean, it's a great ship and .... We liked the Mariner of the Seas.

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