Cruises Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report RSS Mariner review

Jump to last reply

Just finished the Rio-Ft. Lauderdale cruise on the Mariner. A few comments: First, the ship is impeccably maintained and the level of service is very high, though not as personalized as we've had with Seabourn. Food was OK, if not great; that said, the two specialty restaurants were a cut above and, if they were on land, we would go to them - something we didn't feel with Compass Rose or Veranda. Excursions were free, of course, but not good. This is probably due to the kind of cities we visited. Staterooms (a curtain in the middle of the room does not make a "suite" we didn't think) are reasonably large and well laid out; too much space is wasted on the balcony which gets limited use. Some of the older passengers complained about the height of the bathtub - getting in and out was hard for them. Regarding shows, we thought they didn't do well. The large productions shows were poor, the individual performers on the small shows varied between good and so-so. Wine and liquor were included and were of generally pretty good quality. Tipping is, presumably, not allowed. They waffle a bit on this policy and we found that most did tip at least their cabin attendants. To summarize, it's a good ship that seems to try to fit into the middle between the top quality small ships such as Seabourne and the high end larger ships.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Writers Needed for Mexico
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 24, 14 at 12:19 PM
  • Writers Needed for Georgia Coast
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Rwanda and Uganda
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
View all Cruises activity »
  1. 1 Explain me this, Regent Cruise.
  2. 2 What are the most unusual items you pack for a cruise?
  3. 3 Jones Act
  4. 4 Cruise Experience Interview
  5. 5 Trip Report Beware of Grand Circle Travel and Overseas Adventure Travel
  6. 6 Vantage River Cruises vs. Viking River Cruises
  7. 7 Organised Trips from Celebrity's Equinox Cruise Liner
  8. 8 Trip Report Be aware of problem with Vantage River Navigator Cruise
  9. 9 Discount fares on Viking River Cruises?
  10. 10 Trip Report Be cautious on MS Amadeus Elegant
  11. 11 Trip Report Alaska Shore excursion on the cheap
  12. 12 Trip Report Norwegian Dawn Boston to Bermuda Cruise- June 27-July 4
  13. 13 Trip Report Holland America Northbound Cruise - 7/13-7/20/14
  14. 14 river cruise cabins
  15. 15 Cape Horn Cruise
  16. 16 Power converters for onboard cruise
  17. 17 Trip Report Alaska Cruise with Celebrity Solstice 7/11/14 - 7/18/14
  18. 18 Trip Report STAY AWAY FROM VIKING
  19. 19 Douro or Danube for river cruise
  20. 20 Anyone ever used Vacations To Go?
  21. 21 Trip Report Viking River Cruise Disappoints
  22. 22 Elia or Kalafatis beach on Mykonos
  23. 23 Trip Report Cruise on the Galapagos Explorer II
  24. 24 a little worried about getting wet feet...1st ever cruise pending
  25. 25 Trip Report Regent Seven Seas Voyager - Bangkok to Dubai - April, 2014
View next 25 » Back to the top