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Recap - Mariner 4 Night Bahamas - Sept. 21, 2018

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1 minute ago, twangster said:

A 9:45am flight, especially an international flight may be too tight.   Technically it's doable if the stars align and every thing goes smoothly.  There is no margin for error.  As a frequent flier myself I think that may be a little too tight for my liking.  In my case I was through customs and at the curb at 7:15am after the cruise.  With Miami traffic a flight that early is really asking for something to foul up your day.   

Does Fast Track apply when departing from Miami after a cruise

Thanks , it's a domestic flight (to Newark) the later flight will cost us extra 50 K miles , other option is 12:15 from Palm Beach but I guess it's also risky.

 

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On 9/27/2018 at 6:19 PM, firebuck said:

Just curious - I've seen mention of this wall of pictures in the bamboo room - what do you need to do to get a picture on said wall?  If it's a drinking challenge, I"m in!

It's a net.

 

I'm not sure what the official criteria is.   I was talking with the bar staff and mentioned I was bribed to remove the photo of @CruiseLifeRick.  We laughed about it (and Rick in general) and before I knew it a few cocktails later I was having my picture taken.  

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Just now, Traveler said:

Thanks , it's a domestic flight (to Newark) the later flight will cost us extra 50 K miles , other option is 12:15 from Palm Beach but I guess it's also risky.

 

For domestic I would do a 9:45am flight but keep in mind I have elite status with my airline.  That allows me to fly standby and move to the top of the standby list.  If I miss a flight because the ship is late or fog or a traffic accident they'll take care of me. 

You have to be prepared to accept the consequences of missing the flight.  If that risk is acceptable is a question only you can answer.

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11pm - 80's party in the Promenade

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I'll refrain from adding a couple of photos from Playmakers that I can't recall taking or explain how I got them on my phone after this.  At some point after midnight I decided I needed to start packing.  These short cruises suck.   Packing under the influence sucks worse.

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Day 5 - Miami

I woke to find us at the pier in Miami.  On this occasion Mariner already did the turn and was pointed East.  From my aft balcony I had a great view of the Miami skyline.

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I went to the Windjammer at 6:30am for a final meal.  

Self disembark line started off at 6:45am.  By 7am I was off the ship and by 7:15am through customs outside at the curb hailing a Lyft ride.

At 7:37am I was at the Hertz office downtown renting my car for the drive to Port Canaveral and Enchantment of the Seas.  

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Summary

I had heard great things about Mariner and they were all true.  Having now seen what "AMPED" means I'm looking forward to Navigator and beyond.

There is nothing that would prevent me from sailing Mariner again.  I might even do the same excursions - scuba dive in Cococay and the 737 jet simulator in Nassau.

Next time I'll likely do a B2B or maybe even a B2B2B.  Four nights is too short.  I imagine the 3 night weekend cruises are probably pretty lively.  If I lived locally, Mariner would be dangerous to my bank account.  

Given a choice of a small ship 3/4 Bahamas cruise or Mariner it would be Mariner every time.  

For short cruises like this I can see getting the drink package on Mariner.  

If you haven't sailed or booked Mariner yet the only question is... why not?

Thanks for following along and I hope you've enjoyed it.

Twangster out. 

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12 minutes ago, twangster said:

I had heard great things about Mariner and they were all true.  Having now seen what "AMPED" means I'm looking forward to Navigator and beyond.

 

12 minutes ago, twangster said:

Given a choice of a small ship 3/4 Bahamas cruise or Mariner it would be Mariner every time.  

Don't forget there's going to be Indy soon too (4/5 night sailings).  I was just talking with my kids this afternoon and I have a feeling Indy will be even better than Mariner.  Did you keep that booking?

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56 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Don't forget there's going to be Indy soon too (4/5 night sailings).  I was just talking with my kids this afternoon and I have a feeling Indy will be even better than Mariner.  Did you keep that booking?

For now.  I've got airfare booked and it involves a group cruise on a different ship afterwards.  That limits my options.  I could do Disney but a solo man with a camera doing Disney has creep written all over it 🙂 

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Thanks for the recap and (as always) awesome photos!

I'm sad to see that the Tiki Bar completely replaced Vintages. I can see why on a ship like this, since it's all short cruises and likely to draw a younger crowd. Plus it seems Vintages just has never been a spot one would describe as "lively". But if every ship in the AMPED program, Voyager and Freedom and Oasis class alike, is going to lose Vintages and get a Tiki Bar in its place, I have to ask: Where am I supposed to go for a nice glass of wine not on the regular MDR list when I'm on one of these ships? I don't really drink cocktails (well, outside of margaritas and mojitos), and wine / beer are my go-to beverages at dinner or lunch.

Oh, wait... wine isn't a drink Millennials have. Yeah, never mind. 😒

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6 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

Thanks for the recap and (as always) awesome photos!

I'm sad to see that the Tiki Bar completely replaced Vintages. I can see why on a ship like this, since it's all short cruises and likely to draw a younger crowd. Plus it seems Vintages just has never been a spot one would describe as "lively". But if every ship in the AMPED program, Voyager and Freedom and Oasis class alike, is going to lose Vintages and get a Tiki Bar in its place, I have to ask: Where am I supposed to go for a nice glass of wine not on the regular MDR list when I'm on one of these ships? I don't really drink cocktails (well, outside of margaritas and mojitos), and wine / beer are my go-to beverages at dinner or lunch.

Oh, wait... wine isn't a drink Millennials have. Yeah, never mind. 😒

I feel your pain, but carrying around a series of more expensive wines that few drink becomes a business decision.  Not all ships to be AMPED are destined for the Bahamas and a Tiki bar won't fit well everywhere.  

You've always got Oasis.  Oh, wait...

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

You've always got Oasis.

That's being AMPED as well, no? Just Oasis and Allure, as the oldest two, but thought I'd read that when the AMPED program was announced?

1 hour ago, twangster said:

carrying around a series of more expensive wines that few drink becomes a business decision.

So much for wine getting better (and thereby more expensive) with age... 😉 

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1 minute ago, JLMoran said:

That's being AMPED as well, no? Just Oasis and Allure, as the oldest two, but thought I'd read that when the AMPED program was announced? 

You read right. Oasis is getting amped in fall 2019 and Allure the following year. No word on vintages staying or going. I personally think Bamboo Room would look strange in CP though.

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11 hours ago, JLMoran said:

Oh, wait... wine isn't a drink Millennials have. Yeah, never mind. 😒

I've heard that is not true. I live about an hour from the wineries on Long Island and am a wine club member at one of them - plenty of millenials. Not sure they are wine club members but neither was I in my 20's-30's. But I hear you, I really enjoyed Vintages.

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On 9/26/2018 at 9:49 PM, twangster said:

I spent the afternoon working then went to dinner.  

I saw a kids menu so took a picture for any parents wondering what the MDR is like for kids:

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Adult menu:

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Wedge Salad:

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Forgot to take pictures of the remaining courses but the Beef Tenderloin was good.  

Thanks for showing the kids menu. 10/21/18 on Mariner 

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On 9/27/2018 at 6:42 PM, twangster said:

11pm - 80's party in the Promenade

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I'll refrain from adding a couple of photos from Playmakers that I can't recall taking or explain how I got them on my phone after this.  At some point after midnight I decided I needed to start packing.  These short cruises suck.   Packing under the influence sucks worse.

Is the 80's theme night a regular thing?? If so, might just have to pack for that... 🙂

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