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Kristy Swales

Age: 39

Occupation:business owner

Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Mariner of the Seas

Sailing Date: August 29th, 2004

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

We were also on the "hurricane" cruise. I would have to disagree with the other review on how RCCL responded to the changes.

The overall cruise was wonderful. Excellent service, food in dining room only so-so. Buffet was actually better and not quite as long. But the best part of the cruise "eating experience" was Chops Grill. By far, the best steak I have ever had. The service, environment etc... was perfect. Make reservations for the first and last night of your cruise. The 20.00 fee is well worth it.

We had a wonderful cabin, on the back of the ship along with what I would call a deck, not a small balcony. Our deck was as big as our room. There was lots of storage and place to put away clothes. We are going back on this cruise because of the way we were treated and the amenities on the ship.

A word about the hurricane. Because the cruise line did not know what mother nature was doing and when she would be through, I feel they did as well as could be expected. I was not looking for free handouts and recognize the expense in keeping us on the ship 2 extra days. The bus ride back to port canaveral was long but it was free, clean and an alternative to being stuck in Miami. I was pleased with the way RCCL treated us.

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