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Emily Abbey

Age: 16

Occupation:Student

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Mariner of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-07-18

Itinerary: Mexican Riviera

This was our first cruise ever, and we had an amazing time! We sailed the mexican coast, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. I recommend this cruise for families with older children, and seniors. However, I found this cruise would not be suited for honeymoon couples, mainly because I thought the ship and overall atmosphere was not very private, and a little noisy.

The food far exceeded my expectations!! I traveled with my extended family, most of whom suffer from celiac disease, which is a disorder in which the sufferer cannot eat wheat products. Although this may seem like an impossible task, the dining room staff was very complient with us. Our waiter and head waiter would always inform us what we could and could not eat. They even made special desserts for us. Windjammers, the buffet, was the best during breakfast. It had many more options then the dining room menu. I reccomed the dining rooms for lunch and dinner. The lunch salad bar is not to be missed in the dining room.

My family got an interior stateroom. It was small, but that did not matter because we were not in it very often, we were too busy doing excursions and activities! The fold down bunkbeds came in very handy. I was also exteremly satisfied with the stateroom staff. Our rooms was made up twice a day, convienent when active(and often messy!) kids were staying there. As many have said, I also wish the rooms were equipped with irons. They would have come in very handy for formal nights.

Some activities I could have done without. The royal carribean singers and dancers show was forgettable. I am pretty sure most of the songs were made up by the singers themselves. Let me just say the show would have been more entertaining if the songs were actual hits that people knew. Other entertainment options were great fun. Guest comedians and musicians were a bit hit with my party. My personal favorite was the ice show. Ice under the big top features onboard skaters performing to a circus theme. Their stunts on the ice were truly spectacular, considering the rink is only about 1/4 the size of a real one. The skaters, I might add, were the only performers to recieve standing ovations, every time they performed. Activites such as line dancing, disco parties, and various competitions were very much enjoyed by my party. The climbing wall, skating rink, and mini golf were expierienced again and again with great enthusiasim.

Don't miss the excrusions! My party went on two excursions. Snorkling in Cabo San Lucas, and doing the zip line in Puerto Vallarta. The snorkling was a little disappointing. On our tour we were only allowed to swim for one hour. However, we did see many beautiful fish, and the meal on the boat was delicious. The crew was also fun and entertaining. (No doubt they wanted tips, but hey, it made it fun!) The zip line is not to be missed! Canopy tours takes you soaring over the treetops in the rain forest. The course takes you on about 9 lines. There is a fair amount of hiking involved, so be aware.

Overall, this was the trip of a lifetime for me and my party. The staff was exteremly courtious and always eager to help. I left the ship sighing over sweet memories, and wanting very much to go back again.

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