CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Mariner of the Seas Eastern Caribbean February 29, 2004

Getting to the ship: My wife and I flew into Orlando the day prior, rented a budget rent a car (they have a drop off in Port Canaveral), stayed the night at a local hotel and made the 35 minute drive to Port Canaveral on Sunday. We dropped the car off at Budget and they shuttled us to the ship. This is the way to go !! total cost for the car including taxes $24.00.

Cruise:Got to the pier about 11:15, on the boat by 12:00, not bad. The ship is beautiful, as are all the other Voyager class ships I have been on. A noticeable difference is the balconies on this ship. They are open balconies instead of the balconies you look out the oval hole in the steel. This was great, I much prefer this.

The cruise was wonderful as always. The service was excellent, food was good to very good depending on where you ate. Bar service was excellent, kudos to Jorge and Prasad who were at Boleros Bar this cruise. Entertainment and shows were very good.

One passenger tried to take a dip from the 5th floor, but rethought it as he was dangling from the rail. Three people were able to hoist him back up, he was hidden the rest of the cruise in a lower level room with security at his door 24hrs a day.

The last night of the cruise a passenger became critically ill. We were forced to devert to Nassau which took about 4 hours. This made us late getting back into Port Canaveral (11:00am). Needless to say many flights were missed, and much frustration as you waited out of your room to get off the boat. However, the staff did a very good job of making it as painless as possible, stores on the promenade were opened, restaurants served until we got off the boat and entertainers were around trying to lighten the mood. A very good job done by all.

Overall another great cruise. I will be back on board soon.

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