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Barbara Jacobs

Age: 64

Occupation:retired

Number of Cruises: 9

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Mariner of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2012-02-5

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

This cruise had everything I was looking for. Great service, friendly atmosphere, lots of entertainment, and great food.

The food was wonderful. I did not have any meal that I did not like. Everything was hot when it arrived. I loved the bread that was served at dinner. There was quite a unique selection. I could almost just live on the bread alone. The lobster was wonderful. We had the late seating and we were never rushed, just a nice relaxing dinner every night.

Deny's was our room steward and always met all our requests. Excellent service.

There were a lot of unique things to see and do. There was a parade in the grand promenade, a great ice show equal to the Ice Capades, and don't miss the Quest. The Quest is usually held near the end of the cruise. Please arrive early as seats are at a premium.

We did the zipline in Jamaica. It was great and not as scary as one might think. The staff are fully trained and very professional. It was quite safe. The Dunn River falls are a real challenge. We did not do the falls on this cruise but did do them on a previous cruise. Be prepared. Wear water shoes as the rocks are very slippery. Once you start you have to keep going. It is pretty dangerous. At the end we were glad that we survived and were able to do the falls alone at the age of 60. We will never do them again.

There is a new port in Jamaica and it is very nice. Lots of shops right of the ship and the natives do not harass you like they have in the past. All the ports are great with lots of shopping available, which I love. The weather was great throughout the whole cruise. No rain and not too hot. The weather in Galveston was the coldest. Thank heavens we weren't there long. Most of the passengers were from Texas and they were just beautiful people, very well dressed and very friendly. I really enjoyed the staff and the passengers. I would do this cruise again in a heart beat.

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