Posted by: Andrew | February 28, 2009

Tour of the Mariner of the Seas now in Los Angeles

On Thursday February 19 I stayed over night on a FAM for Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas. the following are a few of the highlights from this experience.

Photo of the pool deck Mariner of the Seas

Photo of the pool deck Mariner of the Seas

The  Royal Promenade is where the heart of the activity on the ship is located, this collection of stores, cafes, bars and other gathering spots stretches longer than a football field. It includes a 24-hour eatery. When you look up you will see row after row of interior cabins with windows overlooking down below.

There is a rock climbing wall, which is a standard Royal Caribbean feature, this one rises to 200 feet above the sea. The grips are color-coded by level of difficulty.  Additionally on this vessel is an ice skating rink. For the active guest there is even an inline skating track on deck 13 near a nine hole miniature golf course as well.

For a little solitude, one can escape to the Solarium, an adults-only zone equipped with a pool, whirlpools, fountain and chaise lounges. For a more livelier scene, hang out at the main pool area and listen to live bands.

The ship has a multitude of cabin choices from inside and outside cabins, to junior and full suites as well.

The only thing that didn’t truely wow me was the dining, which was average but I did not experience the specialty dining options available on board this ship, which I sure are better than what I experienced in the main dining room.

My overall take on Mariner of the Seas was very positive and would recommend sailing on this vessel.

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