Finally found the time to sort through pictures taken during our Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas vacation in March. I’ll be splitting the content into several blog posts – cruise facilities and activities, performances and entertainment, shore excursion, complimentary dining and both specialty dining options on board, namely Chops Grille and Giovanni’s Table.
So here we are at Marina Bay Cruise Centre waiting to board. You can choose to check in your luggage or lug it yourself. Do note that the rooms will only be available at 1pm and luggage can take up a couple of hours to get delivered. We boarded the ship at about 11am and received our baggage by 1.30pm.
Weighing 138,279 tonnes, with 15 decks and length of 311 metres, Mariner of the Sea is undoubtedly huge! The ship has a total of 1557 staterooms and can carry up to 3114 passengers and 1185 crew. We’re impressed that service standards were consistently maintained throughout all departments, all the time.
Mariner of the Seas offer a variety of sailings including 3-8 night cruises to various locations in Asia such as Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and China.
Our 65 square feet Superior Ocean View Stateroom with balcony. A similar option is the Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with balcony, slightly smaller at 50 square feet. Each Ocean View balcony stateroom has a sitting area, vanity, kettle , flat-screen television and bathroom. The stateroom was more spacious than expected, with plenty of storage space and ample hangers. Since it was a 6 day 5 night cruise, I didn’t want to live out of the suitcase (it would be very cramp to leave 2 suitcases opened anyways), so I unpacked all our belongings into the drawers and cabinets. Unlike airplanes, there’s no baggage weight limit; great news for women and families with kids.
The royal king bed (actually 2 twin beds joined together) was very comfy, we slept like babies every night. I believe the sofa can be converted to a bed as well, but we didn’t open it at all, so can’t comment how comfortable the sofa bed is.
The bathroom and shower area were reasonably sized too. Tap water is not potable; fortunately we brought a large bottle and refilled it at the various cafes daily. Housekeeping is done twice daily and in the evenings, the staff will leave the itinerary for the next day as well as a special touch – folded towels in the shape of animals.
Ironing boards on Mariner of the Seas are decorative items, not for use. The cruise does not provide any ironing boards or iron, so it’s best to bring clothes that don’t crinkle easily and hang them up as soon as possible.
After the mandatory safety assembly drill, we proceeded to the highest deck to watch Singapore fade away into the horizon as the ship set sail.
There are lots of activities to keep you occupied-never a dull moment during this holiday.
Have a dip in one of the 10 pools and whirlpools.
Royal Promenade, the duty-free shopping district located in the middle of the ship. You can find luxury watches, jewellery, Coach, clothes, alcohol and souvenirs here. Guest Service and Shore Excursion desks are nearby. I suggest booking the shore excursions as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Dragon’s Lair, a gothic nightclub with dungeon inspired decor.
More bars and lounges.
Library equipped with computers. Internet access is USD $0.85 per minute. Gasps!
Bring your own Mah Jong set as it’s quite pricy to rent
For spa lovers
In-line skating track
Ice Skating ( I packed gloves for safety reasons )
Skylight Chapel. Weddings can be held here.
Lafite Wine Tasting at USD $23 per pax. We were pleased with the informative and engaging session conducted by a Royal Caribbean cellar master. You’ll get to take home a souvenir pack with winemaker’s notes and recipes. Yummy cheese platter also included.
After 10pm, catch a movie at Pool area while enjoying the ocean breeze
Managed to wake up in time to watch the beautiful sunrise!
We love taking long walks while admiring the sea and setting sun.
Stay tuned for the next post which will feature live performances on board Mariner of the Seas.