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MARINER

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tmr821

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#1
Well guys my wife and I got back from this mariner on monday after spending 7 wonderful days on the ship. It was Everything everyone has wrote and read about. It was my wifes first cruise and she cant wait to go again! The food was incredible! Johnny Rockets was Great as well. So you had to pay $3.20 per person to get in so what Your on vacation! you spend more in tips for your fruity cocktails during the week, service was great starting with boarding to room attendants. If you are a pool person I recommend going to the pool bar lower deck and asking for ANDRE or WAYNE very funny and great BARtenders!! It rained a little in San Juan, other than that there was sun all the time.. Boat would gently rock you to sleep.. The only complaint I would say was that the casino was really small in comparison to the carnival ships.. Not small in what they provided i mean small as spaciously small, table games were very close together. not much room to move around..


would be glad to share my experiences with you all if you want feel free to keep the board going

ICE SHOW doesnt have enough words to describe it
 
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lizardstew

Guest
#3
YAY! I'm so glad you had a good time....I am soooo counting down the days until I get to board the Mariner! :)
 
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islander

Guest
#4
Welcome back! Glad to hear you all had a great time. I agree about the JR thing.
What room did you all have? We are going in October. Can't wait

:cheers
 
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tmr821

Guest
#5
I stayed in room # 6318... right off the elevator. had a nice balcony as well

I know I already posted it once before but has anyone who has been on the mariner get the mariner in review video
 
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Bailey11

Guest
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Just wondering if anyone on this board experienced or read about this past week's cruise on the Mariner ? There were 2 points of interest to me. The author of the entitled "Live on Board the Mariner 03/24/04" absolutely loved the ship and he sang it's praises but he also mentioned the following: "We did have a bit of an itinerary change--after sailing from Port Canaveral-- the Captain announced that we would be calling at Nassau instead of Freeport . Only later did I find out the reason for this last minute change-- apparently on last weeks cruise, low tide set in while the ship was sailing out of Freeport harbor and the ship scraped the bottom of the ocean..We've had divers inspect us at every port to insure there was no damage.. the Captain decided not to risk Freeport due to the shallow harbor and instead made a decision to call at Nassau.. As of now the Capt. is Thor Olsen and let me tell you he's a no nonsense guy-- 2 families were put off the ship in Nassau due to unruly children...He has constantly made announcements explaining that rowdy behavior will not be tolerated and warned that any violators will be removed from the ship. Because of this all 900 kids onboard have been well behaved... Ship security has been out in full force and I feel they are to be commended for enforcing the rules of the Guest Vacation Policy! On the flip side-- a band member was fired on Sunday night and will be put off in Ocho Rios due to inappropriate behavior with a guest-- as a result all staff and crew are not allowed in the public areas when off duty for the next 3 weeks-- as you can imagine most are not happy with this decision."
 
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Bailey11

Guest
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I should clarify ...........this was something I read on another message board. Their cruise must have just ended today.
 
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Dee OC

Guest
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This is all new to me, just joined- wanted to say sounds like you had a wonderful time- My husband and I will be sailing on the Mariner 11/14/04 - only one other cruise - NCL Majesty 01/03/04 -very excited about sailing on the Mariner- thanks for your comments about her
 
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cfurry

Guest
#10
As someone who is two months away from sailing on Mariner, I couldn't be happier. As I mentioned in a related post on this board, I'm heartened how, in these lawsuit-crazy times, the captain has what it takes to jettison troublemakers at the next port. I commend both the master of the vessel (for doing what's necessary to protect the comfort, safety and sanity of passengers and crew) and RCI (for supporting his actions).

This all makes my wife and me look forward even more to our Mariner voyage!
 
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islander

Guest
#11
When we were on the Enchantment last year, the Captain let go of 3 families in St Martin. They were very rowdy. I give the Captain and RCI a lot of credit. They announced on the loud speaker that if you can't control your children, then they will let you off at the next port and all expenses were on you. Everybody cheered.

cfurry: You have to give us a review once you get home. We can't wait to go!!
Have a blast=sailor
 
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cfurry

Guest
#12
Kim,

I'll definitely post a review, and thanks for asking. The whole experience on this site -- reading and posting messages and reviews -- just keeps the cruise vibe going that much longer. (Plus, it's cheaper than actually cruising...)

When are you sailing on Mariner?
 
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islander

Guest
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cfurry;

We are cruising on October 3rd. This will be my second cruise. The Enchantment was my first. The Mariner is much bigger than my first cruise. My husband and I decided on a Balcony room this time. I know once you do a balcony....but, we are okay with that.

Have you ever sailed in the fall months?(hurricane season) We are doing the Eastern cruise.


Can't wait to read your review

Thanks
 
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lizardstew

Guest
#16
Islander.....

I have sailed the Western Carib. in mid-september and have sailed the Bahamas in October. Both times we had great weather and calm seas. I know there are people who have had nightmarish weather, so maybe we've been lucky!

I hope my luck continues....I'm traveling the Eastern route in October/November.
 
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cfurry

Guest
#17
Hi islander. Lizardstew hit the nail on the head. I live in Texas and spent years in Houston, which is a common landfall destination for Hurricanes. While you can have rough weather at sea any time of the year, the waters heat up toward the end of summer and into fall so typical storms can grow into Tropical Depressions, Tropical Storms and then, of course, Hurricanes. But most days are very nice, and you should take comfort in the fact that cruise ship captains avoid seriously bad weather if possible. They won't send you into dangerous conditions.

We sailed the Western Caribbean in August of last year, on Rhapsody. Our first cruise, beautiful ship, great crew, fun itinerary, enough food to feed a small country, and yes, a balcony room. That was worth every penny. That balcony ends up becoming a little oasis where you can escape from whatever's going on in the cabin (our daughter was with us and she watched "Chicago" and "Bend it Like Beckham" about 2,000 times on the movie channel.) It's just great to be so close to the sea, particulary when you're on a cruise ship, which as you know can have more of a resort feel than a ship. Even the smaller ships are mammoth.

Our weather was phenomenal -- in a good way. The seas were calm from the start, and grew calmer the further out in the Caribbean we sailed. It rained only one day, and even then for a very short time. We had some slightly choppy seas returning to Galveston from Cozumel, but nothing that impacted the ship itself. Those stabilizers are impressive.

However, a crew member told me that only two weeks before, the seas were so rough that waves were crashing up to Deck 3 and even the crew members were losing their lunches, dinners and snacks as a result of motion sickness. This would have been around mid-July, as I recall.

There's another plus about having a balcony cabin. I you do have rougher seas and are prone to motion sickness, you have the advantage of a private space in which to cope. Being out on deck and watching the horizon is often a great way to get rid of the woozies.

In the end, I should think the best time to book a cruise is simply the time that you can afford to go. Anytime is a good time, and the best any of us can do is hope that Nature takes care of the rest, which she inevitably does.

Enjoy!!
 
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cprincess

Guest
#18
So glad to hear you had a wonderful cruise. We'll be sailing on Mariner on May 2nd and I can't wait. I'm wondering if it will ever get here.

A couple of years ago we were on Enchantment for two weeks and we dodged the hurricanes. Our first week was Eastern and we were ok then because it was in the Western area. Our second week was the Western route and they changed our itenary all around and missed two ports all together. Buy hey, it was still better than no cruise at all. We had no problem with any of it. All part of the experience.
 
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islander

Guest
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Thanks cfurry for the info. we are not real concerned about the weather. When we cruised in January last year the last night was very rough. Thank God for Dramamine:)

Is it true the higher up you go on (decks) the rougher the seas? We will be on deck 7.
 
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callahanjulie10

Guest
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Having lived in Florida most of my life, I don't think I even thought about hurricanes when I booked my first cruise in October 1999. We have since cruised pretty much every month and find that for us- we prefer to sail during Sept/Oct times. You will be rerouted if there is a storm. We have a Mariner cruise booked for Oct 31! Here we come.