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“Moments on Mariner” – Mariner of the Seas– August 13-17, 2018


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I wasn’t entirely truthful…. or that’s what Hubby told me when I first presented the idea of this cruise to him.  The last time I blogged in March, while on board Anthem, I said the next live blog wou

So if you've been following these boards for a while, you will already know how much I love La Bamba when sailing out of South Florida. You probably have already heard @JLMoran, @tonyfsu21, and @belle

Solarium Photos: RC did an awesome job with this area. Loungers have been replaced and they have added in sun beds and other areas to lay around in. It has a very modern Miami type feel to it. I

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Thanks for the live blog and scopes, @Lovetocruise2002! Love that you've been able to line some of them up with my lunch hour; you're so considerate! 😉

Question from your last scope, just tuck this away for when you're back home / definitely no rush on this: How was the rate for this JS compared to the JS you had on Anthem? Obviously has to be worked out to the per-day cost since this cruise is so much shorter, but I'm wondering how Royal is pricing these rooms on this newly refurbished ship doing these almost party cruises, compared to the same class of rooms on a ship that's more known for cold weather getaways and at least slightly longer itineraries.

Also wondering if Adventure is being priced similarly to Mariner on a per-day rate, since both have been refurbished (though Mariner got way more bells and whistles); probably needs input from @CruiseLifeRick to get that full picture. Basically trying to work out if Adventure or Anthem is the better "bang for the buck" given equivalent JS bookings.

Granted, Anthem has CK for JS, and that's something of an unquantifiable factor. But Adventure has itinerary options Anthem doesn't, like that open-jaw leaf-peeping itinerary, so...

Just in terms of raw  money required per-day to even book a JS, this would be some good info to have. And then I can plug it into my spreadsheet! 😁

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1 hour ago, mworkman said:

Waiting for that room tour 😂😂😂

You got your wish! For those of you not on Periscope, I will post the link later.

1 hour ago, Guy Gadwa said:

Following blog & scope.

Have a great time!

Thanks for coming along!

2 minutes ago, Boston Babe said:

Love the nails!!! LOL! Following! As usual, late to the Blog! Have a fabulous time!! and Happy Birthday to your sweet 10 year old! 

Better late than never! And thank you. She's pretty excited.

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2 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

Thanks for the live blog and scopes, @Lovetocruise2002! Love that you've been able to line some of them up with my lunch hour; you're so considerate! 😉

Question from your last scope, just tuck this away for when you're back home / definitely no rush on this: How was the rate for this JS compared to the JS you had on Anthem? Obviously has to be worked out to the per-day cost since this cruise is so much shorter, but I'm wondering how Royal is pricing these rooms on this newly refurbished ship doing these almost party cruises, compared to the same class of rooms on a ship that's more known for cold weather getaways and at least slightly longer itineraries.

Also wondering if Adventure is being priced similarly to Mariner on a per-day rate, since both have been refurbished (though Mariner got way more bells and whistles); probably needs input from @CruiseLifeRick to get that full picture. Basically trying to work out if Adventure or Anthem is the better "bang for the buck" given equivalent JS bookings.

Granted, Anthem has CK for JS, and that's something of an unquantifiable factor. But Adventure has itinerary options Anthem doesn't, like that open-jaw leaf-peeping itinerary, so...

Just in terms of raw  money required per-day to even book a JS, this would be some good info to have. And then I can plug it into my spreadsheet! 😁

So...Anthem worked out to $652/night (that is in Canadian dollars) and Mariner was $587.50/night (USD). That is for the same 4 people. However, with Anthem, it was KSF and free gratuities for 2 people. Hope that helps.

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2 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

So...Anthem worked out to $652/night (that is in Canadian dollars) and Mariner was $587.50/night (USD). That is for the same 4 people. However, with Anthem, it was KSF and free gratuities for 2 people. Hope that helps.

Our Adventure sailing in May, junior suite for 4 adults including gratuities was $611.84 per night. 

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2 hours ago, monctonguy said:

Cant wait to see all the pics on board Marnier...67 days till I am on her so this is perfect!

Will try to get some pics around the ship Wednesday. 😊

2 hours ago, bellemiche said:

I had some extra L'Occitane from our Oasis cruise that I could have given you! 😎

I bring my own but kids are picky too. Wonder where they got that from? 😆

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MDR Dinner Night 1:

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Mushroom Soup: Delicious!

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French Onion Soup:

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Caesar Salad:

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Spaghetti Bolognese:

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Kids Chicken Nuggets:

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Fish & Seafood Mash: this was quite good, but a bit cold.

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Prime Rib: Hubby said this was not good as it was quite dry.

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Warm Hazelnut Chocolate cake:

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Key Lime Pie:

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Overall impressed with the food in the MDR tonight. Service with Jonathan was outstanding. That was a nice surprise! We put in a request to be seated at his table every night. We'll see how it goes. Off to see the ice show now.

 

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6 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Spaghetti Bolognese:

Overall impressed with the food in the MDR tonight. Service with Jonathan was outstanding. That was a nice surprise! We put in a request to be seated at his table every night. We'll see how it goes. Off to see the ice show now.

Queue @Matt - he loves the Spaghetti Bolognese!

So you survived a trip to the MDR sans Coastal Kitchen. I'm impressed.   

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5 minutes ago, twangster said:

Queue @Matt - he loves the Spaghetti Bolognese!

So you survived a trip to the MDR sans Coastal Kitchen. I'm impressed.   

I know! I told D12 that was one of @Matt's  favourite dishes! 

And yes, still alive and smiling after MDR. Actually, it was quite empty. We ate from 6-8pm and it was not even 1/2 full. We missed our reserved time but we did not have to wait at all when we did show up. I asked our waiter about this and he said people on this ship tend eat much later. 

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22 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

MDR Dinner Night 1:

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Mushroom Soup: Delicious!

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French Onion Soup:

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Ceasar Salad:

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Spaghetti Bolognese:

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Kids Chicken Nuggets:

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Fish & Seafood Mash: this was quite good, but a bit cold.

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Prime Rib: Hubby said this was not good as it was quite dry.

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Warm Hazelnut Chocolate cake:

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Key Lime Pie:

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Overall impressed with the food in the MDR tonight. Service with Jonathan was outstanding. That was a nice surprise! We put in a request to be seated at his table every night. We'll see how it goes. Off to see the ice show now.

 

Our Service with MADE last week of the Harmony.  He is also great !!   Enjoy your cruise and thank you for your live blog!!  

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Ice Under the Big Top was one of the more entertaining ice shows that I've watched. I did not scope it but the clown scene was one of the funniest! Make sure you make an effort to watch this one if you sail Mariner. For those not on Periscope, here's  a short scope from the show. Oh, and my kids absolutely loved it! D9 wants to meet the cast and get autographs. I told her to put that on her Genie list for March 😆

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