Five Things to Know About Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas Cruise Ship
Best for: Adrenaline junkies and families who want to play all day
At a Glance: Mariner of the Seas debuted in 2003, and was refurbished in 2017. Along with signature Voyager-class attractions like a signature Royal Promenade, ice rink, and rock climbing wall, expect tons of family-friendly activities and year-round Asian itineraries.
There’s a Cabin for Everyone
Interior staterooms, some of which have views over the Royal Promenade, start at 150 square feet. Royal Suites, the largest on the ship, top out at 1,336 square feet and come with a baby grand piano. Groups gravitate toward the 574-square-foot Royal Family Suites, which come with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a sofa bed in the living room.
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The Activities List Is Large
Passengers who like to keep moving will love this ship. There’s a FlowRider surf simulator, ice-skating rink, rock-climbing wall, basketball court, and mini golf course. And if you’re in the mood for a workout, you can always hit the fitness center where you’ll find lots of classes to help you work off that buffet.
You’ll Spend Time in the Royal Promenade
This four-deck-high atrium is the heart of the ship. Lined with shops and bars, this indoor mall was built to look and feel like a charming city street, complete with street parties and parades. For optimal people watching, book one of the ship’s Promenade staterooms, which have views of all the action.
Your Kids Will Keep Busy
Parents who want a little time to themselves can hand their charges over to the Adventure Ocean club, which keeps kids busy with scavenger hunts and science-themed activities. Teens have a spot to hang out, too: They get their own lounge and disco.
There’s Plenty to Eat
When you’re not sampling the local cuisine onshore, you’ll have plenty of onboard options to choose from. During the day, grab a sandwich at Café Promenade, head to Johnny Rockets for a burger, or stop at Boardwalk Dog House for a hot dog. For dinner, you can head to Jade, the Asian buffet in Windjammer Café, for sushi, or the main dining room. Or check out one of the for-fee specialty restaurants: Try Giovanni’s Table for Italian or Chops Grille for a steak.