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Mariner of the Seas Review

2014 Best for Cabins
2014 Best for Fitness
2013 Best for Cabins
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Mariner of the Seas
5.0 / 5.0
1371 reviews

Pros
Something surprising to see or do around every corner, no shortage of action onboard
Cons
Some specialty dining reservations were impossible to come by due to the short sailings
Bottom Line
Activity-filled, weekend-friendly itineraries and great food make an ideal sailing

About

Passengers
3,344

Crew
1,200

Passenger to Crew
2.79:1

Launched
2003

Shore Excursions
88
Sails To
Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean
Sails From
Royal Caribbean Cruise Deals
Jason Frye
Cruise Critic Contributor

Mariner of the Seas Overview

Fresh off a massive $120 million renovation that introduced a number of new features to the ship -- the Sky Pad virtual-reality bungee trampoline, FlowRider surf simulators, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade -- and added dining venues and 40 more cabins, 15-year-old Mariner of the Seas has a crisp, fun "new ship" feel.

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It's also quite lively, with the hub of activity centered on the fabulous Royal Promenade, a bright, colorful and Instagrammable stretch of Deck 5, where something is happening -- '80s-, '90s- or disco-themed dance parties, or live music -- any time of day.

Royal Caribbean went the extra mile to ensure the ship looks great, and it does. On the Royal Promenade, The Bamboo Room -- a new Polynesian bar serving updated Tiki bar classics -- is visually striking with bright, bold, leaf-patterned wall coverings and a retro-chic sign outside. But outside is where the ship's 2018 "amplification" is most apparent. The giant yellow dome of the Sky Pad is unmistakable, and the twin corkscrews of The Perfect Storm racing water slides -- which appear to hang off the side of the ship -- are appealing as well. Everywhere onboard there's something that catches your eye.

Though Mariner of the Seas is a smaller ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, it never felt small. By that same notion, it never felt too large. Space is used well, and it's evident Royal Caribbean spent time looking at how to keep passengers out of each other's way. We floated from place to place, ate, got drinks, played mini-golf and watched movies by the pool, and the only time we stood in line or really even saw lines was at the Sky Pad, FlowRider and water slides, and those moved quickly. Even in Windjammer Marketplace, the ship's buffet, we found there were few issues with wait times.

Overall, Mariner of the Seas was a delight. Every part of the ship delivered on its promise and our one regret was that our sailing was only two nights. We could have used more time to enjoy the "have fun, you're on vacation" energy that emanated from everyone onboard.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in the three main dining rooms and Windjammer Marketplace, as well as at Cafe Promenade and the Dog House; continental breakfast room service
  • Main theater shows
  • Most activities and events, except as noted below or in the daily schedule
  • Use of the ice skating rink
  • Use of the fitness center, but not most classes
  • Use of the sports center, water slides, flowrider surf simulator, Mariner Dunes mini-golf course and SkyPad Bungee trampoline
  • Daily Adventure Ocean children’s programs until 10 p.m.
  • Daily Gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Daily gratuities ($14.50 per person, per day for anyone staying in a Junior Suite or below; $17.50 per person, per day for Grand Suites or higher)
  • Auto-gratuities of 18 percent applied to salon, spa and beverage purchases, as well as most specialty dining reservations
  • Drinks excluding water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and selected juices from the Windjammer Marketplace buffet
  • Room Service ($7.95 per order) except for continental breakfast
  • Most specialty dining
  • Most fitness classes and all treatments and services in the spa and salon
  • Sessions in the Escape Room
  • Activities like bingo, arts and crafts, arcade games, alcohol tastings and shopping events
  • Casino play
  • Kids Club programs later than 10:00 p.m. in the Adventure Ocean facility
  • Shore excursions
  • Internet access
  • Photos and artwork

Top Mariner of the Seas Itineraries

Mariner of the Seas
3 night bahamas & perfect day cruise

Port Canaveral (Orlando), Perfect Day at CocoCay, Nassau, Port Canaveral (Orlando)

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Fellow Passengers

The vast majority of passengers on Mariner of the Seas hail from the United States, especially the Miami drive-to market. Expect to hear a lot of Spanish onboard, with signage in English but most announcements provided in English and Spanish. Our fellow passengers were younger, with a good number of young families and millennials onboard.


Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Dress Code

Daytime: The dress code on Mariner of the Seas is casual during the day, with everyone dressing for the climate of the destination they're sailing in. In warmer climates, you'll see plenty of people in shorts, T-shirts and bathing suits.

Evening: Dress was casual at all times on our sailing, even in the evening; the only exceptions were in the alternative eateries, where the dress codes are smart casual (cocktail and summer dresses for the ladies, nice shirts or even sports coats for men). Expect one formal night on short cruises, or two on longer sailings, where people dress up nicer though rarely in full suits or gowns.

Not permitted: No caps, tank tops or bathing suits are permitted in the main dining room or specialty restaurants, and footwear is always required. Shorts are not allowed during dinner, except in the buffet.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Royal Caribbean.


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Mariner of the Seas Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.54.4
Dining5.03.9
Entertainment4.53.9
Public Rooms5.04.5
Fitness Recreation5.04.3
Family4.54
Enrichment3.53.6
Service4.54.4
Value For Money5.04

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Where does Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas sail from?

Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas departs from Port Canaveral

Where does Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas sail to?

Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas cruises to Port Canaveral (Orlando), Nassau, Perfect Day at CocoCay, Cozumel and Labadee

How much does it cost to go on Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas?

Cruises on Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas start from A$407 per person.

Is Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas a good ship to cruise on?

Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas won 4 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2014 Best for Cabins
  • 2014 Best for Fitness
  • 2013 Best for Cabins

Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Member Reviews

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919Florida
Sail Date: Jan 2020
I recently completed a Mariner of the Seas cruise two weeks ago. This was my second time on Mariner and I loved it just as much as I did the first time. The ship is well maintained.... Read More
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Sail Date: Oct 2019
This was my first time cruising, so had nothing to compare it to, but have since been on the Adventure of the Seas. I booked this reservation through MGM as a comp.... Read More
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Sail Date: Dec 2019
Was traveling with a group of 16 family members on Mariner of the Seas over Christmas. This was my 6th cruise and 3rd cruise with RCL, twice with Celebrity and once with Disney.... Read More
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Sail Date: Feb 2020
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