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Old 01-24-2005, 05:54 PM
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I will be sailing in a couple of weeks aboard the Mariner and have read about as many reviews as there will be people aboard the ship. Reading these leaves me with several questions....No Iron? Hand held steamer, where can I find one and what is an estimated cost? Bringing liquor aboard...I enjoy a good after dinner cocktail and don't want to have to pay an arm and a leg for it, I have read that some people have brought on liquor in thier luggage (not carry-on) and had no problem...I only want one bottle of Tia Maria, okay two, one in my bag and one in my roommates bag, any suggestions, yes or no. I have also read that drinks, iced tea and lemonade are free, but very hard to get and find....what about this? Food.....I have read that finding food after 10pm is next to impossible, can someone tell me about this. What is the average cost of a fu-fu drink aboard? Any help would be great as this is my first cruise and I don't want to make any mistakes.

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I will be sailing in a couple of weeks aboard the Mariner and have read about as many reviews as there will be people aboard the ship. Reading these leaves me with several questions....No Iron? Hand held steamer, where can I find one and what is an estimated cost? Bringing liquor aboard...I enjoy a good after dinner cocktail and don't want to have to pay an arm and a leg for it, I have read that some people have brought on liquor in thier luggage (not carry-on) and had no problem...I only want one bottle of Tia Maria, okay two, one in my bag and one in my roommates bag, any suggestions, yes or no. I have also read that drinks, iced tea and lemonade are free, but very hard to get and find....what about this? Food.....I have read that finding food after 10pm is next to impossible, can someone tell me about this. What is the average cost of a fu-fu drink aboard? Any help would be great as this is my first cruise and I don't want to make any mistakes.

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Old 01-25-2005, 01:40 PM
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I can't stand when questions go unanswered. People always say the only dumb question is one that goes unask. Someone finally asks a question that they are wondering about and no one answers. I'll bet you all 30 of the people that viewed this post before I did could have answered your questions or at least commented.
On the hand steamer, we've never personally tried that. We usually take along some wrinkle spray and it does the trick. Also if something does become wrinkled, the cruise line does pressing and drycleaning and it is actually pretty reasonable. I think I remember a suit or a dress to be somewhere between $5 to $9 to be cleaned.
On your questions about food, you will find out that all the food that you could possibly want is right at your fingertips. You have breakfast at several locations in the morning. Lunch at several places. Dinner at several places. Johnny Rockets was open pretty late. Promenade Cafe is 24 hours a day. And last but not least room service is 24/7, and there is alot of variety. Oh yeah, not to mention 2 of the seven nights a midnight buffet. Usually, we were so stuffed from the days eating it was hard to even eat at the midnight buffets. You will not starve on this trip. I repeat, YOU WILL NOT STARVE ON THIS TRIP. Fu-Fu drinks are anywhere between $3.95 and $8.95 depending on what venue your at and whether or not it's a souvenier glass. There is always a drink of the day, that is on the cheaper end. I don't think they will do anything with you taking a bottle or two but it's almost not worth the hassle. If your just a " I'll have a drink after dinner", just get one. I'm that way and I probably didn't spend $50 drinks the whole week. Of course, most of the big drinkers on the ship, (and you knew who they were), they would do anything in their power to smuggle booze back to the room. RCCL sales booze on the ship and they charge you $9 to take it back to your room. If your a drinker it's worth it. The prices for the booze is cheaper than home. Hope I helped. After this cruise you'll realize these are things you really didn't have to worry about.
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Old 01-25-2005, 03:24 PM
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Thank you so much for answering my questions, and your right, I don't have anything to worry about. I know I am going to have a great time.
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The Mariner is an awesome ship. There are several drink stations in the Windjammer Cafe that serve juices in the morning and then change over to iced tea, lemonade and fruit punch during the day. Coffee is always available in the Cafe Promenade by the bakery and in the Windjammer Cafe.

Ice cream is served both in the Promenade and up on the pool deck. I can't imagine that anyone could go hungry on the Mariner of the Seas.

If you haven't read it, I did a thorough review of her (with tons of pictures) located at;

http://www.cruisereviews.com/RoyalCa...ftheSeas13.htm

If this is your first experience on a Voyager class ship, you will not believe how great it is.

Have a great cruise and be sure to write a review when you get back.

Tom
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Old 01-25-2005, 08:31 PM
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Hey, ChrisMom:
As noted by Alwaysonvacation, Cafe Promenade is always open. They have a variety of food/snacks which changes throughout the day including finger sandwiches, croissants, pizza, and a variety of delicious desserts. Johnny Rockets is available, but they have a cover charge and charge for certain beverages, and maybe some food items(?).

As far as an iron, I had no idea we were not supposed to bring them last time; we had a travel iron, and made sure we unplugged it after every use. No one ever said anything to us about it. If you don't have anything, you can use the good ole trick of turning the shower on super hot, hang clothes in bathroom (not shower), close the bathroom door and let steam help get rid of wrinkles, if you don't want to pay for laundering services.

It would be hard to go hungry on the Mariner. It is awesome!!!! Hope you have a wonderful trip!
 
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