We just returned from the New Year's Cruise. Wow! What a wonderful job the cruise director, Ken Rush, and his staff did. They had so much to see and do, but there was just not enough time. Every show that we saw was great. The colors of the parade and ice show were wonderful. Be sure to see the ice show! The Quest game is a must see. We were lucky and saw Ronald P. If you want to know more, make sure you ask Ken when you get on board. Believe me, he will know what you are talking about.
They had small parties all over the ship for New Year's along with a midnight buffet. The food there was average.
There were a lot of kids on board and it seemed they took over the pool. We went to the back of the ship to lay out because there were no more chairs left because of all the kids by the pool. The back of the ship is for kids only, but we figured since all the kids were up front, that we could go back there. While back there, we saw one kid playing and no one else. We laid out about 25 minutes before a staff memeber ran us out because the section was for kids only. We weren't very happy with this because no kids were using it at the time and we just wanted to lay out.
The dining room service was excellent and served the food almost too fast. We finally asked them to slow down a little so that we could enjoy our meal. The food was great (gained quite a bit). The Windjammer was OK. I have had worse on other cruises. The Cafe Promenade offered a varity of snacks daily. Everything there was great.
If you are going on the cruise, go to the Schooner Lounge and meet Prasad. He was the nicest and best bartender that we have ever met. From the first day, he knew our names, what we drank, and offered tips to us about the ports and shows. Everytime we walked by he would wave and say hi. He also makes a very good Miami Vice and Chocolate Martini.
Leaving the ship went amazingly fast. We were the third color called. From the time we were called until the time I touched the car was 24 minutes. This was by far the qucikest I have ever left a ship.
I hope you visit the Mariner. There is tons to do for all ages.