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Michele Gawel

Age: 40

Occupation:CAT Scan Tech

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Mariner of the Seas

Sailing Date: March 18th, 2007

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

Our cruise left Port Canaveral on March 18th so we flew in to Orlando airport the day before and stayed at the Country Inn and Suites right by the port. Great hotel. It was nice not to have to rush to the port right from the hotel. The shuttle picked us up at 11am sunday and dropped us at the port. Our boat was the largest and most impressive. Embarkation went quickly and smoothly. There were thirteen in my family traveling together, including a 17 month old and we were on board, had lunch, and were in our rooms by 1 o'clock.

I had a balcony room (7592) with a play yard in it for the baby to sleep in and still felt like we had plenty of room to move around. The balcony was nice as it had Plexiglas up to about 4 1/2 ft. high so my baby could roam out there. In our group we had connecting rooms and also interior rooms overlooking the promenade and all the rooms were decent size. beds were comfortable and my stateroom attendant was wonderful, room always clean. One of my daughters turned 21 years old on the Monday of our trip and they put decorations and a sign on her door.

The food in the windjammer was good, a large variety for everyone. It was nice for a quick meal. We never had trouble finding a seat. The dining room food was wonderful and the wait staff, Volcam and MacHaniff, were even better. The food in Portofino's was outstanding and so was Chop's according to other people in my party. We ate at Portofino's one night and we were very impressed by the food and the service. The free coffee in the Cafe Promenade was even good.

The ship was very large and never felt crowded. I was a bit frustrated by the elevators because sometimes they took a while to get to us. The shows were always entertaining and worth the time to watch. The clubs were enjoyed by my whole family because of the wide variety of choices. And, of course, the casino was enjoyed by all. There was never a time when we didn't have something to do. We did miss Coco cay because of high winds and we were not able to stop there. Instead we went to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Because of the rate of speed and the high winds on the way to San Juan, we had a bit of a rough ride. It was very interesting to say the least. We made the best of it and took a couple of seasickness pills and enjoyed the ride. All of our ports were great. San Juan, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. The trip home was uneventful and smooth. We had great weather the whole time and March/April seems like a good time to travel the Caribbean.

Disembarkation went smoothly and my party made their noon flight home without any problems. This was my first cruise and set the precedent for many more.

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