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Age: 38

Occupation:Health Professional

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Mariner of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2009-11-15

Itinerary: Mexican Riviera

I enjoyed the cruise immensely. The staff was very accommodating and friendly. Each port had its own perks based on one's particular interest.

The Windjammer cafe buffet food was regular buffet food: fruit, sweet and delicious. Waffles/pancakes cold (not made to order). However, the selection was fine for a quick breakfast before the day's events. The dining room served delicious meals except a few of the deserts offered (although presentation was great) did not meet the expectation as the dinners.

Chop's grille was impeccable for great tasting food and service. Filet Mignon, creamed mushrooms - awesome and for good price.

The Promenade for late night snacks was okay the first 2 nights but the pizza was not impressive and the sandwiches became boring.

We had a family room stateroom at the front of the ship. Great view while heading to Mexico. Very spacious, very quiet and our room attendant was very courteous and helpful. I did not like that irons were not available in the staterooms. Only the ship's laundry service with a 24-hour turnaround. All of my clothes required ironing and I would not pay the fee for laundry. This was not disclosed when the cruise was booked.
The worst about being in the front is the bumpy and loud ride back to Los Angeles with the "waves" hitting the front of the ship.

Don't miss the ATV riding in Cabo San Lucas but book over the internet through Cabo tours and not the boat - less expensive.

*Cigarrette smoking should be reserved only for the open top deck by the running track only. It's uncomfortable on the swimming deck where the smoke is trapped under the enclosed seating.
*The hallways smelled of mildew(not sure why).
*Provide irons for stateroom use (consider the auto shut after 10 minutes for fire hazards)
*Provide MP3 or iPod plugs w/ speakers

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