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Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Mariner of the Seas
Sailing Date: August 20th, 2006
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
I must say the whole ship was keep so clean! What surprised me the most was how they could keep the pool deck clean on a sea day with lots of people eating and drinking. The waiters always picked up when they saw an empty glass or plate. We had a full ship and it never felt crowded.
The Cafe promenade was one of our favorite places to visit in late afternoon, they had different gourmet sandwiches and pizza 24 hours.. The entertainment was just okay, except for the ice show which was fabulous.. We didn't get tickets, but stood in a stand by line and ending up getting front row seats. Don't miss this.
We went to the Quest. I was really looking forward to it after reading all the reviews, but we didn't think it was so funny. We were able to buy drinks in a fun margarita glass to keep, so it was nice to have some souvenirs to take home. We took a taxi to Coki Beach in St. Thomas.This was the most beautiful beach I have been to - man! \The islands, and beaches in the Caribbean, this was by far my favorite. The water was crystal clear, and you can rent chairs and umbrellas, the wait staff comes right to your chair and you can order beers or lunch, very reasonable too. You could buy merchandise, rent snorkels, wave runners, etc.. they give you dog bones to use to attract the fish and they ate right out of your hands. In fact they swarm around you if you have a bone. Be careful of the current on the left side of the beach , my son and I were snorkeling and we didn't realize the current brought us way beyond where we should have been and it was a bit scary to know you are so far from land and no one can see or hear you if you needed help. The waiter told us there was an octopus that lived in the rocks there, so off we went to see if we could spot it.. just stay within 50 Ft. of the shore, the current was further out.
On St. Martin, we went to Orient Beach and
did the parasailing. That was a blast. $40.00 per person and the kids got to
ride a 2nd time for free. There are restaurants right on the beach, very good
food and reasonable. Be careful for jellyfish. My son got stung and it was
painful. You cannot snorkel at this beach, the water is too rough. Nice beach
for water sports and swimming. Coco Cay was OK, it was cloudy all day. The water
was not as nice as I thought it would be, it was kind of dirty. The kids had fun
on this huge water slide they had there. There are so many lounge chairs, you
are sure to find one wherever you want to hang out. The BBQ lunch was very good.
We really enjoyed this cruise, the ship and the service was excellent. I guess
just the food was the disappointment..