Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas

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October 2019 by MLB Destinations

I sailed Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas on September 9, 2019 on a 4 night sailing. Our boarding the ship we learned that our sailing was going to be a Hurricane relief sailing which would change our itinerary Sea Day to a stop in Freeport for relief!

Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas docked overnight in Nassau Bahamas
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We ported out of our home port of Port Canaveral, FL and ventured off on a sailing that we would never forget. Being a Floridian, I could understand the destruction that hurricane’s cause. A Cat 5 storm is not one in my life time that I have experienced and one that I hope to never have to experience. I have been through Cat 1, 2 and 3 storms. Let me tell you something, it can be brutal! We had Cat 2 Hurricane Frances hit us back in 2004 that stalled on us for 2 days. The destruction was bad enough but I will not forget the lack of resources and food. Our power was out for weeks and businesses were not open. I can not imagine what the people of The Abaco Islands went through. It was a complete honor to be on a sailing that provided relief to some that were lucky to receive. I felt it was an amazing thing that the cruise line industry did during this time of need! Cruise Lines were stopping in to Freeport to offer up supplies, rides to Nassau, food and some of the local lines here in FL rescued animals too. It is nice to see people come together in time of need. Our first stop of our cruise was Freeport Bahama’s. We stayed for a few hours to drop off supplies and pick up passengers that needed to get to Nassau. We were then off to Nassau to have an overnight stay at the port. The port was not open all night for us, it was closed overnight. You could get off and walk around but could not go past the gate.

Freeport Bahamas Sept 10, 2019 I took this photo from the ship!

Mariner Stats!

Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas achieved her maiden voyage on November 16, 2003. She was Refurbished in 2018 with a $120 million dollar dry dock that took 6 weeks to complete. She is 138,279 GT and is 1,020.7 feet long. She has 15 decks and has a capacity of 3,114 passengers and 1,185 crew.

Whats on Board?

Mariner has enough to do on board to suit the entire family no matter what your likes are while on a cruise. You can find several adult areas, children’s areas, restaurants, casino, recreation etc. You can even find a lounge chair if you would rather have a nice book and sit and listen to the ocean.

Dining:

Mariner of the Seas has many options for dining on board. I can certainly tell you that the Main Dining Room on this ship is one of the most beautiful dining rooms I have ever seen on a ship! Actually out of my 16 sailings I have done so far, she is the most beautiful dining room! Her elegance is captured as soon as you walk in the room. She is a 3 level spacious dining room with a grand staircase, elegant lighting, columns and trims of black and gold with white linens and white and black chairs. She is truly beautiful and brings a charm to your fine dining experience. You will have breakfast, lunch and dinner served in the Main Dining every day with multiple choices on the menus!

Boardwalk Dog House is also on board at Lido Pool deck for complimentary dogs with all the toppings! Cafe Promenade has Pizza and other complimentary items and drinks on Deck 5. You will also find specialty restaurants on board including Izumi Hibachi and Sushi, Full service Starbucks, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Johnny Rockets, Jamie’s Italian Kitchen, Chops Grille! Specialty dining has an extra charge and can be reserved prior to your cruise in your planning section of your online reservation! There is a discount for all dining booked prior to sailing so do not miss out and get those booked prior to sailing to get a table and savings! Johnny Rockets does not take reservations they are an uncharge first come first serve restaurant with limited seating!

“The Dining Room is one of the most beautiful dining rooms I have seen on a cruise ship” ~ Michelle

The Windjammer buffet area is a great option if you want quick, tasty and casual!

Windjammer Buffet

Recreation and Entertainment:

Studio B Ice skating rink is on board and has some of the best shows! You must see one! Be sure to arrive early to the show at least 15 minutes early to get a seat, they book up fast and are first come first serve! Casino Royale offers up slots, tables, scratch off games and drawings. The Royal Theater is a two deck theater that has live broadway shows. You will find the Royal Theater on Deck 3 and 4 Fwd. You will find 2 main pools on Deck 11 along with 2 hot tubs and large Movie screen for movies under the stars. The adult Solarium area is also on Deck 11 and offers up the Solarium Pool and hot tubs with a full service bar. There is a video arcade on board, running track, full service fitness gym, Vitality Spa at Sea for all your spa needs. Tip: Be sure to book spa in advance online to save money on services. The ship also has Rock Climbing, Basketball, miniature golf, Ping Pong, Water slides, one Flow Rider surfing simulator, Sky Pad, Laser Tag. A children’s water area is available. Below I have included some photos of different recreational areas on board the ship.

Lounges, Shops and promenade view

The ship has a variety of lounges and shops on board. Nightly entertainment can be found in the lounges and on the promenade.

There is also a Full service Starbucks!!

I loved that this ship had a full service Starbucks. It also allowed me to use my Starbucks rewards and gift cards. The seating behind the starbucks is really nice to sit and enjoy your coffee while enjoying some beautiful views through the large port hole windows. ~ Michelle

Our Balcony Stateroom Room 8570

Our stateroom on board the Mariner of the Seas was a nice, spacious balcony stateroom that slept up to 3 guests. It had two twin beds that would convert to a King if you choose, a sofa for seating only, it was not a sleeper. There was an upper birth sleeper that was over the beds. Your stateroom host or hostess will unlock it out of the ceiling at night for turn down service if you need the upper birth. There was a bathroom and a large closet, night stands, a desk with vanity chair and mirror, lots of drawers and space. A fridge is available too. The balcony has a table and two chairs with adequate room for moving around. Our stateroom host was really attentive and was sure to have what we needed available when we were in need.

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We had a great time on board the Mariner of the Seas! I highly suggest you book her! I hope that you have just as much fun and a pleasurable sailing as we did! For more information on a future Royal Caribbean cruise vacation visit the website at : https://www.royalcaribbean.com

My family and I dining at Izumi

Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Cruise May 2019

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By: MLB Destinations June 2019

Watch all my Vlogs on the Harmony of the Seas

Ship Stats: Oasis Class Ship, 226,963 GT, 16 passenger decks with 18 total decks, 6,780 Max Capacity Maiden Voyage May 29, 2016

Cruise Consisted of Nassau and a Sea Day

Harmony of the Seas docked in Nassau Bahamas

Embarkation:

I sailed the Harmony of the Seas with my father, my brother, my son and his girlfriend on May 9, 2019. We had a 3 night Bahama Cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida! I booked a 3 night so we could see if we liked the mega ships. It was a trip that was not long enough. We really had a nice, relaxing time. Embarkation day went very smooth. We got through security and checked in very quickly. I really thought that for the size of the ship, it would be a very long process but it proved me wrong! Once we boarded I couldn’t believe how big the ship was, she was the largest I had ever sailed, you can’t help but just stare when you board and look around. There is nothing that stands out as far as a beautiful atrium, instead it is like being in a HUGE mall with many things to see. There was a lot to soak in, where do we go, where is everything, how do we get our room keys, how do you change your method of payment. There was no one that was offering direction or things for sale when we boarded like on most ships so we went and found out our information on our own.

Guest services was directly across from where we boarded and they helped us with our questions and changed out method of payment and also fixed the errors we had with our shows that were booked. Your room key is at your stateroom door when you arrive. The luggage that is delivered to the floor will stay where it is left near the area they unload it to the floor, you will need to walk there to get it. Ours was at our door but folks that had rooms farther down the hall walked down to get their luggage so i am assuming that is how it goes. There is no mid ship elevator, it only has forward or aft elevator. The ship is very modern and has modern decor and technology to assist passengers. There was an area that had about 9-10 Apple iPads that would assist you with the Royal Caribbean App in case you did not have a smart phone to download the app. The App was very helpful with letting us know schedule, dining, menus, times, shows, your account balance etc. Your television in your stateroom would give you account information also. The ship was clean and I always saw workers cleaning. The elevators except for boarding day was never congested and you really did not feel the amount of people that were on board. We saw quite a bit on this sailing but missed a lot due to not enough time, you have to go a longer voyage to see everything.

Tip: When you want to go to Boardwalk which is on Deck 6 aft, you will have to go to Deck 5 aft and then walk up to Deck 6 to get to Boardwalk, deck 6 does not go all the way across.

Boardwalk

The Boardwalk offered shopping, a full service Starbucks, restaurants which include Johnny Rockets, Sabor Mexican and Boardwalk Dog house. The Aqua Theater, the ending point of the Abyss Dry Slide, The Carousal, the Arcade, and live entertainment are some of the things you will find on Boardwalk.

The Carousel is Complimentary

Central Park

Central Park was one of my favorite areas of the ship. It is a beautiful stroll with music in the background, a nice lovely breeze, live plants, most of the specialty restaurants like Chops Grille, Jamie’s Italian, 150 Central Park, and Garden Cafe which is complimentary and great to grab a sandwich or salad, cup of coffee or a sweet treat. There is high end shopping and Outdoor seating is available throughout Central Park. It was a really beautiful area to the ship.

Dining

There are several options on board The Harmony of the Seas for dining, whether you would like a quick bite or a nice sit down dinner, there is something for everyone on board. There are several complimentary places to eat including Park Cafe, Boardwalk Dogs, Sabor, The Windjammer Marketplace buffet, Sorrento’s Pizza, Promenade Cafe, Mini Bites, Solarium Bistro, Room service will provide free continental items but other items are available for extra charge. Coastal Kitchen is available but only for suite guests. The 3 main dining rooms include American Icon, The Grande and Silk.

Dining options that are for additional charge include, Chops Grille, Izumi, 150 Central Park, Starbucks, Wonderland, Johnny Rockets, and Jamie’s Italian.

Our Stateroom

Our stateroom was Room 10212, an Oceanview Balcony room. Very Spacious, modern decor, clean. It had 2 twin beds that converted to King, a sofa that turned into a bed, lots of areas for storage including large closet and a vanity area with lots of drawers and cabinets. A refrigerator, ice bucket, hair dryer was included in the room as well. The bathroom was roomy, modern glass door to shower and lovely backsplash of brown tones on the sink. The room came with plenty of electrical outlets. The balcony was a larger size then we were used to for a regular balcony with 2 lounger chairs with footrests and a small table. Very nice!

Entertainment, Sports and Activities

You will find all sorts of fun activities on the Harmony of the Seas. Certainly not enough time on a 3 night voyage! Take yourself a longer one so you can have time to do all that they offer! The ship includes an Ice skating rink that allows for freestyle Ice Skating and shows, Putt Putt Golf, Zip lining, Comedy shows, Bingo and other scheduled game shows, live shows in the theater, Aqua shows in the Aqua theater on Boardwalk, A Carousel, Parades, The Abyss Dry Slide that takes you 10 stories down, high end jewelry and duty free shopping. The ship has a lot of night time entertainment and dancing provided by staff on the Promenade and Boardwalk decks. A library with books and boardgames. Children have tons of activities in the children area on the ship.

You will find Pools with 3 water slides, one including a slide bowl, and Hot Tubs, you will also find 2 Flow Rider Pools, and a Dive Center on board as well. The children have a wonderful splash area as well.

The ship offers a jogging track, full service gym the offers free weights, treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and weight machines. A spa to offer up massages, nails and hair services. If you want an adult area on board, visit the Solarium which has hot tubs, pools, food areas and great look out areas to view the front of the ship. Great option to watch sail away. The area is for guests 16 years and older!

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Casino Royale

We loved the Casino Royale! It was a very large casino and it was divided into smoking and non smoking, had great ventilation and was loaded with lots of slot machines, tables and had plenty of wait staff to serve you a drink or you could walk up to the bar that is located in the casino. It was very nice!

We had a great time on board the Harmony of the Seas and would really like to take her on a longer voyage to be able to experience more that the ship had to offer. I hope that you and your family can take a voyage on her and if you do, drop in the comments below of what you liked about her! Remember to follow my website so you know when I upload new travel material or tips!

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Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Oct 2018

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By: Mlb Destinations

In Port at Coco Cay Private Island

Enchantment of the Seas was a bitter sweet sailing for our family. We had booked this trip for my mother’s birthday who was turning 70 years old on the sailing date of October 26, 2018. Unfortunately my mother passed away suddenly just weeks prior to this sailing. We tossed on possibly cancelling the trip, however we knew that a lot of money would be lost and when it came down to it, she would never want us to cancel it! So we went on with the trip. It was an amazing cruise. This sailing was in memory of her!

We sailed out of Port Canaveral Cruise Port and the embarkation was very smooth! We parked and got right into line which went very fast. Before we knew it we were on the ship. She was a beautiful ship. Below are her stats.

Enchantment of the Seas is now 82,910 GT since her 2005 refurbishment, she is 988.71 length and holds a capacity of 2,446 passengers.

Activities

The ship had a very relaxing and fun feel to it. The Atrium had live entertainment and the ship activities were plentiful with theater shows in the Orpheum Theater, game shows, pool activities and an outdoor movie screen for movies under the stars. The cruise director was very good about keeping the ship packed with activities and entertainment. The Pool area had loungers that were plentiful and hot tubs. Kiddie splash area was also available. Fitness center had free weights, ellipticals, treadmills and classes. The spa offered services for nails, hair, massage and other relaxing services. The sports deck offered rock climbing, a jogging track, bungee trampoline etc. The ship also had a video arcade and library that offered books and board games. Casino Royale had several slot machines, table for poker and other card games and tournaments.

The ship also had duty free shopping of souvenirs, clothing and jewelry. A photo gallery is also available for viewing your photos and option of purchase.

Dining and Bars

The ship offered several options for dining. The Windjammer Lido Buffet area was a casual dining option that offered all kinds of different foods. The My Fair Lady dining room was the Main dining area. Specialty dining is at Chops Dining where we had an amazing steak dinner for an up charge. The food was really good and our server was excellent. It was certainly worth the up charge. There is also Room service available and soft serve ice cream. The ship offered several bars including a pool bar and a bar in the solarium. A Ben and Jerrys coffee shop is also located on the ship to offer up Ice Cream or specialty coffee and snacks.

The quiet area

The Solarium area was a nice quiet area to grab a book or take a dip in the pool. With a large number of loungers and table and chairs, you could also grab a bite to eat at the small cafe in the Solarium and eat at a quiet table. The pool area in the Solarium is indoors and has a life guard on duty. There is also the Solarium bar nearby if you would like to order a drink. You could find late night snacks at the Solarium too which would include pizza, sandwiches and salads to name a few.

Our Stateroom

Our Stateroom was a 2 bedroom Grand Suite Room 8552. It was a spacious stateroom that offered a large walk in closet when you came in the room. The Closet had a lot of storage area with a furniture piece that had several drawers, life jackets and enough area to store your suitcases. To the right when you walk in is the main hall bath that had a sink, toilet and shower with no tub. All toiletries were available. Then you come to the first bedroom which offered a king size bed which could separate into 2 twins and 2 upper berths, a small bedside table and a window that had a curtain that could be opened to see the living area of the stateroom. There was a small furniture piece of drawers.

Next you come to the living area which provided a sofa that turned into a double sleeper, a large entertainment center that had shelves, tv, refrigerator, room safe and wet bar. There were plenty of electric plugs. There was also a coffee table and a sitting chair. Off the living room was the patio balcony that had a large table with 4 chairs. The balcony could be opened from the living area and the master bedroom. The last room was the master bedroom which had glass opening doors with a curtain for privacy and offered a king size bed that turned into two twins, a large double closet, a vanity dresser with drawers and a stool, electrical outlets and a bathroom with a toilet, sink and tub with shower. A blow dryer is also available.

The room was really nice and clean. It offered us access to Concierge Club. Our Concierge host was amazing at calling us and making sure to check in and see if we needed reservations or any other service. She was also very informative on any port information we had. The Concierge area had food and beverages at certain times and allowed for quiet seating. We were very happy with our stateroom. Here are some photos of it. Our stateroom host was excellent on this sailing, he made sure all our requests were filled and was very attentive.

Flag ceremony

One thing that stands out that I really enjoyed about this sailing was the last evening. There was a flag ceremony that the Captain hosted in the Atrium. It was all of the crew broken up to groups that were from the same country. Each group would come out and dance with the flag from their country. It was a fun time. It was amazing to see how many countries actually work on one ship.

Captain’s Flag Ceremony

We had a great cruise on board the Enchantment of the Seas. It was a fun time! I would certainly sail her again. I hope that you and your family may be able to sail on the Enchantment of the Seas.