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    Mariner of the Seas - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

    The Royal Suite on Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas The fifth and last of Royal Caribbean’s groundbreaking Voyager-class ships, Mariner of the Seas launched in 2003, and along with her sister ships, laid the groundwork for everything Royal Caribbean has done since.

    Like all of Royal’s modern fleet, she offers an onboard atmosphere that’s bustling, active, and basically urban—a real city at sea, but no matter how clichéd that sounds, in this case it’s true.

    Measuring in at 142,000 gross tons and carrying 3,114 guests at double occupancy, Mariner and her identical Voyager-class sisters are among the largest cruise ships in the world, and offer more in the way of leisure, sports, entertainment, dining, and kids’ experiences than almost anyone could have dreamed of before they were launched. In a very real sense, the Voyager-class ships changed what people thought possible aboard cruise ships.

    The Royal Promenade On Mariner of the Seas
    The hub of each of the Voyager-class ships is the Royal Promenade, a four-story horizontal atrium that stretches for about three quarters of the ship’s length and acts as a combination entertainment district and central meeting place. Along its length, there’s an elegant champagne bar; a Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream shop; a 24-hour cafe; five different shops; a comfortable English-style pub with seating inside or on the promenade itself; and a Napa-style wine bar that offers wine-appreciation classes, tastings, and a chance to try more than 60 vintages. Toward the bow, the Lotus Lounge offers live music, dancing, and entertainment.

    Most guests end up spending a lot of time in or passing through the Royal promenade, either hanging out to socialize; popping down briefly to grab a snack or coffee; coming for the parades of costumed characters and stilt-walkers that are scheduled several times a week; or just passing through when heading from one part of the ship to another. You can even sleep there if you want, sort of, in one of the 138 cabins whose windows face the Promenade, giving you views of the “street life” below. Curtains and soundproofing help shut out the light and noise at bedtime.

    Cabins On Mariner of the Seas
    Cabins in general are comfortable and well-designed, though bathrooms are a little on the small side. Each cabin offers a sitting area, a vanity, TV, and minibar, and about half the rooms aboard offer private verandas. Suites range from the 297-square-foot Junior Suite up to the 1,337-square-foot Royal Suite, with its separate bedroom and living room, baby grand piano,whirlpool bath, and a balcony that’s bigger than the standard cabins on board.

    Portofino restaurant on Mariner of the SeasActivities On Mariner of the Seas
    Like all the Voyager-class ships, Mariner of the Seas is big on sports, with Deck 13 offering a rock-climbing wall, a full-size basketball court, a miniature-golf course, and a rollerblading track. Just below, the ship’s two-level spa and fitness complex is one of the biggest and best at sea, with a large central whirlpool tub surrounded by a well-equipped oceanview gym, a huge aerobics studio, and individual treatment rooms. Just forward on Deck 11, the Solarium offers a large swimming pool and two oversized whirlpool tubs under a sliding roof. It’s a peaceful alternative to the multi-level main pool deck, with its two pools, multiple whirlpools, scores of deck chairs, and bandstand.

    Down on Deck 3,the Studio B ice-skating rink offers open skating for guests throughout each cruise, plus excellent ice shows featuring professional skaters from all over the world.

    Other notable spaces on board include while the beautiful, three-story Savoy Theatre; a medieval-themed disco called the Dragon’s Lair; the huge Casino Royale; the Boleros Latin-themed lounge and nightclub; and the elegant Viking Crown Lounge, the golf-themed 19th Hole bar, and a cool jazz club all grouped together up on Deck 14.

    For kids, the Adventure Ocean center is perched up on Deck 12, offering activities for different age groups. There’s are two teen spaces just next door (a disco and a chill-out space called the Living Room), and just astern is a teen-only sunbathing deck with an outdoor dance floor.

    Dining On Mariner of the Seas
    In the stern, the gorgeous main dining room is the centerpiece of the ship’s culinary experience. Designed with classic European grandeur, its three levels are centered on a large open area with a huge crystal chandelier, a formal stairway, and a balcony from which a pianist or piano trio plays mood music. Dining alternatives include the cozy, Italian Portofino restaurant; the Chops Grille steakhouse; the Windjammer buffet restaurant; the Asian-themed Jade buffet; and Johnny Rockets, a Fifties-style diner out on Deck 12 near the kids’ and teens’ centers, serving a classic menu of burgers, fries, and shakes.

    Royal Promenade on the Mariner of the SeasShip Information
    Mariner of the Seas belongs to Royal Caribbean's Voyager Class of cruise ships. A masterpiece of naval engineering, the ship rivals the most luxurious resorts, with features such as the Royal Promenade, a destination in itself, more than 770 balcony cabins, plus dozens of dining and entertainment options.

    Ship Facts
    Year Built 2003 ♦ Ship's Class: Voyager Class ♦ Country of Registry Bahamas ♦ Tonnage 142,000 ♦ Length 1020 ft - 306 m ♦ Cruising Speed 23 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 3,114 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 3,838 ♦ Passenger Decks 15 ♦ Officers and Crew 1,185 ♦ Officer's Nationality Scandinavian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

    Total 1,557 ♦ Suites with Balcony 119 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 660 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 164 ♦ Inside with Royal Promenade view 138 ♦ Inside 480 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 26 ♦ Royal Caribbean's cabins are among the best one can find, with spacious, thoughtful and comfortable design. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

    Cabin Amenities
    TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

    Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ Optional Open Seating - "My Time Dining" allows you to be seated any time the dining room is open ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurant: Portofino, Chops Grille ♦ Johnny Rockets ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Room Service Available

    Public Rooms
    Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

    Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

    Sports and Activities
    Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Rock Climbing ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck wraps around the ship, using two decks ♦ Ice Skating (yes, ice skating!) ♦ Miniature Golf

    Spa and Wellness
    Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

    Children and Teens
    Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

    Other Facilities and Services
    Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center