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  1. Does anybody know why Mariner pulled back to the pier this afternoon?
  2. Hi there! We just booked our first Royal Caribbean cruise and I’m very excited!! It will be me, my husband, and my two sons in a Grand Suite. My mom and step dad booked an ocean view room. My question is this...if our bookings are “linked”, can my parents sit with us at shows, restaurants, etc that have suite perks or will we have to split up (or I sacrifice the perks)? As an alternative, would buying The Key for my parents alleviate this issue? Thanks in advance for any help for what I’m sure is a dumb question.
  3. Does anyone know if Mariner has a photo studio for private sessions? We want something a little more custom for our photos this time around. Thanks!
  4. From a FB post just a few minutes ago : Royal Caribbean announced it will begin offering select sailings that visit Perfect Day at CocoCay twice, along with late night stays. Beginning September 30, 2019, Royal Caribbean will offer 4-night itineraries to the private island destination across nearly 40 sailings. Three exclusive cruises also make their debut today. In addition, three one-of-a-kind cruises with late-night visits to the island will be offered on Navigator of the Seas. Travelers of all ages will have the chance to extend the excitement long after the sun sets with traditional Bahamian-inspired activities, including a Junkanoo Jam Up Party, an island barbeque and performances by a calypso band and fire dancers, topped off with unforgettable farewell fireworks before setting sail. The new itineraries are available to guests on select Navigator and Mariner of the Seas sailings. "Perfect Day at CocoCay has revolutionized private destinations in the vacation industry, and the resounding feedback from our guests is that they want more – more time and even more ways to experience the island," said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. "We’re building on an incredible adventure that’s already winning the hearts of many."
  5. Does anyone know if there is any food/sandwiches in the diamond lounge on embarkation day? The royal app says it is open for lunch from 11:00-2:00. I have never entered the lounge other than the evening hours. Curious if they are actually open. We avoid the windjammer on day one. Cafe promenade is our usual spot TIA
  6. DD (8), my mom and I just got off a 3 day sailing on Mariner. I submitted a review, but I'll give a summary here and feel free to ask questions. The embarkation in Port Canaveral was the quickest and easiest we've experienced! The upgrades to the ship are great! The Windjammer never felt crowded (and the food was good). The waterslides, Flow Rider, climbing structure, sky pad and swings/hammocks were fun experiences. Despite what some crew members say, you do need reservations for laser tag. There is a standby line, but you can wait a long time in it. We asked about making reservations on embarkation day and were told you couldn't make reservations. We ate in the dining room each night. Service was great and so was the food. Our cabin attendant (Benny) was excellent. CoCo Cay is amazing! We did the water park and it was well worth it. Disembarkation was easy. They're using the facial recognition for customs/immigration. We just got our pictures taken and were on our way. Would highly recommend Mariner for a short getaway!
  7. Does anyone have the Cruise Compasses for the 3-day Mariner cruise since it started sailing out of Port Canaveral? Specifically I was trying to find out how often and what times the ice show is performed.
  8. I wrote a full review of the ship but I thought I'd point out a few things here for people that may be considering the Mariner of the Seas on a 3 night weekend cruise that includes Coco Cay. If you want/need bar service in the morning, the best place to go seemed to be the bar in the Windjammer. They were open early and there was usually never a line to get a drink. The Royal promenade bars didn't really open until around 1:30PM, which sort of stinks when you don't want to go to Nassau because Nassau sucks. I honestly don't think there's much to do on the ship during the days. Because this is a shorter cruise, I think they take the daytime entertainment portion by the staff way less seriously. I did one early trivia and it was general knowledge where they gave away pens. I mean some on, at least do keychains or something cool with a logo on it. Pens are terrible. I also lost. I'm not bitter. The staff was amazingly friendly. I've done Carnival and Norwegian and these guys blew them away with how they were trained. Bartenders knew my name and my drink when I was walking up to the bars. Servers were always smiling and ready to answer questions. The please wash your hands guy playing the guitar in the Windjammer always sounded like he wasn't tired of singing about hand washing. Elevators didn't seem to be an issue as long as you're not the type of person who needs to get an elevator in 10 seconds. I had an interior room, and it was the first time I'd done that. They aren't for me. It felt like a prison cell after a while. Also I can't get the dang rooms cool enough. One of the pools was drained and closed for some reason? Not sure why. Everybody just crammed in the other pool like sunburned sardines. Good people watching on this ship. Especially if you like weird tattoos, there were plenty. Winner of the trip was the lady with three lion heads across her chest. I have no idea why. Coco Cay is probably the single coolest island I've been to on any line. I would have loved to skip crappy Nassau entirely and just do an overnight there so we'd have two days at Coco Cay. I think they'll end up doing this at some point. Seriously cruise industry: Nassau sucks stop going there. Captain Jacks at Coco Cay has great, comfortable padded chairs with game tables for chess and Jenga. Also they have a guy that plays guitar during the day and takes requests. His name is Jimmy and he likes to ask where you're from and see if you'll get up and sing with him. Bar service there is excellent, they come around to tables often and take orders. It's never very crowded. Great spot to chill if you don't want to get into the meat-grinder that is the swim up bar in the Oasis pool. Playmakers was the best bar on the ship. Al and Sasa (my Filipino bartenders) were amazing and had done a combined 21 contracts. Great guys with great attitudes that definitely deserve promotions. The food in the MDR was just okay. I was hoping for more when I got the menus. But if I'm being honest, while the service was good, I didn't really enjoy the execution of a lot of the dishes, and one of them made me nauseated on night 3. I ended up just going to bed. The Windjammer had a great selection, and a good breakfast. Seats near the windows were the best. Salads were cold and the options were plentiful. I would recommend getting the chili beef they use in the taco station and the queso there and making your own version of chili cheese fries. It was the best thing I ate there, and I'm unashamed. I think the worst thing were the Indian selections, just not enough flavor and spice to be honest. Also I think they need better desserts, which were really lacking in the buffet. Like a smattering of Jello cups and weird cream cake things isn't a good dessert selection. Where's the pie people? The escape room was really fun and worth the $20. I didn't really pay for anything else on the ship besides the drink package (WORTH IT!), but that escape room is worth the money. Top notch. We did "escape" but ran out of time. It's not easy. The casino was so smoky my friend couldn't hang out there. I won some money on the slots and lost it all back on the blackjack tables. I know it's bad luck, but I still think the ships screw the odds too far in their favor to keep me playing anymore. 6-5 on a blackjack is crap, and I'm sick of casinos doing it unless you're willing to bet $25 a hand. But the tables were jammed every night, so they are going to keep going there. I loved that they had ESPN on the TVs so I could catch actual sports instead of just Sky sports telling me about cricket. The closer you got to the lido deck, the 20-something drunk moron quotient started to skyrocket. I'd recommend not hanging out there on a short cruise like this if that's going to bother you. I prefer my drunk morons in their 30s and 40s personally. Passengers on the ship were pretty friendly and actually liked to talk. This was positive because I too, enjoy the talking. On the flipside, I ran into a few people who wanted to be snotty. Here's a hint though, if you're going to spend most of your time cruising complaining about how much this ship sucks? Stop cruising. Find another hobby and stop complaining about it in the elevators. Go complain in your prison cell of an interior. Try the drinks in the Bamboo room. They're weird and cool. Just don't hang out there because I honestly think it's too dark in there. The vibe is spooky tiki which I don't think they were going for. The pizza at Cafe Promenade bailed me out of some very hungry times when I didn't like anything else on the ship. It's not great pizza but they use real cheese and it hits the spot when you're hungry. They do parties on the promenade. I didn't go to any of these, but my friend did and he was out until 1AM, so they were obviously fun. If there was a cruise director I never saw him. I heard him occasionally on the overhead, his name was Marcello I think. He did not impact my fun. I'd recommend going on the ship since it's a relatively cheap way to see Coco Cay, which is honestly the whole reason to do this cruise. The rest is just fine, but I'd say basically an average experience from a ship perspective, with the exception of service. That was outstanding.
  9. Just received this for a cruise on Mariner. Dear Travel Partner, We wanted to let you in on a little secret: there's something special in the works for your clients! The thing is, even the best surprises take time to plan. So, beginning tomorrow, August 7th, 2019, you won't have access to your clients' reservation while we work our behind-the-scenes magic to completely ramp up the WOW-factor on their vacation. Once we're done, we'll let you in on the secret and share when you and your clients can view their reservation, book shore excursions, plus anything else that'll make their vacation extraordinary! Please share this information with your clients. Thank you for your support and partnership. We can't wait to share the exciting news. Trust us, your clients are going to love it! Sincerely, Aurora Yera-Rodriguez Director of Guest Services Royal Caribbean International
  10. Can anyone tell me where this muster station is? Inside or outside? Tried searching for the location, but am not finding any information. Thank you in advance.
  11. I was just looking at the Royal app and noticed that in the description for the Mariner Diamond Lounge, it says "Complimentary continental breakfast, light fare throughout the day and evening drinks." I've never seen the "light fare throughout the day" part, but if it's actually true, it would definitely change my embarkation day plans! Can anyone confirm or deny?
  12. We are booking a cruise on the Mariner and are wondering if there is a Ben and Jerry’s suite on this ship? I have searched and I just see this suite listed for Freedom class. If so so what is the cabin number? Thank you!
  13. Looking at Mariner for a 4 day cruise in February 2020 - Does anyone have a list of obstructed view balconies by chance? Is there a way to determine if a cabin is obstructed view by looking at the deck plans? Trying to look at deck plans now and want to have a good idea before we book so we don't book a cabin with an obstructed view. Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.
  14. I think I will write a review but I wanted to give our impressions as first time cruisers. We are a family of 6 - mom and dad and 4 kids (21, 20, 18, 16) - not really kids anymore but still love to travel with us and were beyond excited about cruising. We cruised with family friends and their kids (20, 18 and 15). They had 2 Disney cruises under their belts. If anyone wants to know they preferred Mariner of the Seas to the Fantasy. I was a bit nervous about cruising because I found it a bit difficult to plan for and we had interior rooms. My family is a bunch of giants. The boys are 6'4", 6'5" and my husband is 6'10". My 16 year old and my husband are bigger guys too so I was worried about the room. So here are our impressions: Room - Interior rooms on the 10 floor below Windjammer cafe. They were absolutely fine. It was tight but it all worked out. We had a girl room and a boy room. The attendant thought we were going to put the kids together but I told him that would be a disaster. So we had the pull down bunk brought down in each room. My husband joked with him about the weight limit and he told him it was not him and my 16 year old but the 21 year old was fine as he is a string bean. He said that it was actually longer than his double bed at his house. He thought they were like college dorm room twins extra long. My room with the girls was always a mess as they change outfits 10 times a day but it all worked out. I bought night lights but the room with the bathroom light on and the door closed was illuminated enough. Everyone was able to shower in the rooms. The only drawback is you have to check the time as there is no sunlight but for the savings I would do this again. We liked the location on the 10th floor as it was easy to go up to Windjammer and to the pools. We took the stairs alot so got in some exercise, Windjammer - We ate breakfast and lunch in here. Everyone was able to find stuff to eat and there were very few complaints. I guess our one complaint was the bacon was not very good and the breakfast was a bit disappointing but it was all good. We did a couple of late nights up there too and found some snacks. I wasn't cooking or cleaning up so really anything they were serving was good to go with me. Main dining room - We had the early time 5:30 and we ate dinner here every night. We had 2 tables right against the windows overlooking the water. We put the kids under 21 at one table and the adults at the other. The dining staff was incredible with them and us. They brought out multiple entrees, appetizers and desserts every night. They chatted with us and we enjoyed hearing about their countries and cruise stories. They even gave my 21 year old to go desserts. They were very attentive with drinks and we never felt rushed. I love lemons with my unsweetened ice tea and I had a small plate of lemons every night. My picky daughter tried new items to eat every night. They did remind us about the survey but it wasn't overbearing. We were never asked about specialty dining at all. Cafe Promenade - We really enjoyed the pizza it was a staple at night. Bars - My husband and son both had the drinking package. The girls had the non alcoholic one and I just did soda. I did not need it but the girls enjoyed the iced coffees and daiquiris. My husband and son took full advantage of their package. My son was so impressed that that the bar tenders in Schooners remembered his name and beer every time. The kids were able to find us by using the app to see where drinks had been purchased. (very smart of them) Amenities - We used all the pools mini golf, workout room and the kids played the quarter game in the casino. The boys did the flowrider and the slides. They did not do the rock climbing wall or sky pad. We enjoyed everything we did on the boat. The ice show was awesome. We discussed whether or not the skaters were once on a olympic track. It was very impressive what they were able to do with a small rink. We also went to the dreams show - I enjoyed it but the kids left - we sat in the back on the second floor so we would not be a disturbance. I did not get to the comic on the last night but the rest of my group thought he was great. We really loved the 70's dance party. Marcello was the cruise director and he was great. He was everywhere. Nassau - We got off and walked to Junkaroo beach. The kids bought drinks put their feet in the water. We were off the ship for 2.5 hours and felt that was more than enough. In the future we might just stay on the boat. Coco Cay - We loved it. We did not pay anything extra but enjoyed the beach and pool. We were the only boat there that day so it was never crowded. We brought googles and did some swimming in the ocean. we saw lots of fish and a ray. My daughter loved the sea snails. The pool was very crowded and I did not stay in long but the others loved it and the swim up bar. We also went to the float up bar. The food was awesome. The taco bar was incredible. I made a chicken bowl that was very similar to chipotle. We talked about how much we would rather skip Nassau and come here twice. The only thing my friends commented on was that Disney allowed them to text to each other and they missed that aspect. I did too but as the kids were able to track our drinks it worked out just fine. If anyone has any questions please let me know. We did not do everything, but we are already planning for our next cruise in 2 years. Kathe
  15. I purchased tickets to the Observatorium for my family via Cruise Planner for September Just now looking over everything, the fine print states it is for ages 12 and over. My daughter is 11. Do they actually check ages on the ship or should we be OK?
  16. Reading the benefits for D+ on the website it reads like D+ can go to both the D and Con. lounges. Is that right? thx
  17. Hi All, We are cruising in suite 9394 next month on the Mariner of the seas and I was wondering if there are any perks that come along with that room on the ship?
  18. Small fire in the women’s sauna this evening. They extinguished it quickly, but spa and gym are not usable to to smoke for a while.
  19. Hi. We are headed out on our first RCCL cruise in 2 weeks. I am a little confused about our room, so I am hoping someone here can help. Our booking doc says we have a WS-GTY room. I have searched the forums and google, but I can't find mention of a WS category anywhere. My Royal Up program invitation says we are currently in a "Panoramic Suite (No Balcony)"... but I think there are only 2 of those and its a VP category. We booked a Junior Suite guarantee initially. Does anyone know what WS is? and if we are in a Panoramic suite.. does that come with suite perks or is it considered a junior suite? Thanks in advance!
  20. Hey all, does anyone happen to know if your party will be combined with a larger group of other vacationers for the escape room on Mariner of the Seas? It is just two of us and we want to solve the room by ourselves and not with other families.
  21. I recieved an email today telling us our iteniary has changed for our Dec cruise because of issues with Allure of the seas. We now have our schedule rearranged and will only be in Nassau until 4pm instead of 9pm.
  22. Deck 6 balcony.......is it right above life boats (obstructed)?
  23. Hubby and I are trying to decide between the four night cruise on navigator and mariner. Are there many differences between the two ships? We are looking at early September and are hoping school will be started so maybe less kids on board? Any advice is appreciated
  24. Hi, Does anyone have recent 4 Night Mariner compasses they can share? Thank you. Karen
  25. We just got off a short 3 day weekend Mariner of the Seas cruise so I thought a brief review was in order. This cruise was booked as a sort of add on to an already planned business trip to West Palm beach. For informational purposes, we had The Key, the UDP and DBP. Embarkation at Terminal A was a breeze. We arrived at 11 am and walked strait through security to check in which was completed about 30 seconds later. We then walked strait onto the ship. The Key made no difference to the process it is so streamlined it couldn't get any easier. From parking the car on level 3 and handing our bags to a porter we were on the ship in 10 minutes. Upon entering the ship we were greeted warmly but unfortunately the staff greeting people wasn't properly trained about the Key program so our drop off of carry on didn't work like we hoped. See my comments in the long The Key thread for more details. DW went to find a place to relax until lunch I went to book my evening meals in specialty restaurants. Outside of Windjammer was a fellow selling dining packages and he was able to get us sorted completely right there. With that settled off to the Sky Bar for the first Pina Coloda of the day. It's 5 o'clock somewhere right? Lunch was at Chops as part of our Key purchase, we could have also gone to Jamies for our embarkation lunch included as part of our UDP but since we were going there for dinner that evening we opted for Chops. Lunch was good, service was excellent and not rushed at all and a definite upgrade over braving the masses at the windjammer. We were in at 12 out by 1245 and drinking our second Pina Coloda by 1253 by the Sky bar watching the pool area fill up below us. We had access to our room at about 130. Inside we found our Cards, Key Literature, Cruise Compass. DW decided to rest and I headed down to Playmakers for Strongbows on tap. Dinner at Jamies that evening was very good. Service was perfect however the restaurant was dead. I saw only a few other tables occupied. It has often been mentioned here on CC about staff begging for 10's on the post cruise survey. That has not been our experience however at the end of our meal our server did mention the survey, said he hoped he had met met our expectations and that we would respond accordingly on our survey. That was the one and only mention that we heard of that. That evening was the Ice show. I loved it. I'm a closet figure skating fan and this show didn't disappoint in the least. We were able to get good seats because of our Key purchase but they weren't necessary as Studio B was only about 2/3 full. Day 2 was Cococay. We had no preplanned excursions or even any kind of plan for our two port days. So we just ambled off the ship around 11 o'clock and headed down to the beach. DW decided that she wanted to rent a kayak so off she went and I continued to explore only own. I looks like it will be a lot of fun when it is all up and running but so far it is just a beach with kiosks to buy stuff and a couple of eating places. I headed back into the ship to enjoy a mostly empty ship, play a little mini golf and drink more Pina Colada's at the Sky bar. FYI. Kayak rental on Cococay is $40 dollars an hour. Apparently she could have signed up for an excursion where it was about the same price for a little more time but she is a veteran kayaker and didn't want to be restricted by the group. She returned to a massage at Vitality Spa which she claims to be one of the better deep tissue massages she has had in a while. They actually had a package on sale that day that included a bunch of stuff... massage, facials etc. for a discounted price of $169 advertised in the Cruise compass. However when she went to the spa she enquired about it and they had discounted the package even more so she got the whole thing for $149 plus tip. I continued my investigation into the quality of Strongbow cider while entertaining myself (and losing money) in the casino. Together we had a late lunch at Playmaker, nachos and chicken wings and back to more relaxing by the Sky bar. That evening dinner was Izumi Hibachi. The food quality was very good and the entertainment of the chef was excellent. I'm a hibachi fan and this guy was one of the more entertaining and funny ones I have had in quite some time. Day 3 was Nassau. DW stayed on board and did whatever. I went and explored Nassau. Mostly just shopping. Some shops were closed because it was Sunday. but a lot were open. I returned to the ship and repeated Day 2 afternoon but I mixed in some Pina Colada fueled mini golf. We had dinner in Chops, which was excellent and then off to a second round of Ice show. This time Key benefits were more valuable as it was more crowded and I walked in 10 before show time and right down to a premier seat on the rail. I capped the night off listening to a very good piano player sing a play in the schooner bar until bed time. Debarkation was in the main dining room for the special Key breakfast. It was good service and the food excellent and we headed off the ship. Getting off was as quick and easy as getting on. Overall a good time was had by all. I'll post a few pics. Any questions go ahead and ask
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