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Old 30-07-2014, 05:39 PM   #1
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Royal Caribbean - Mariner of the Seas

Anyone been to Royal Caribbean Mariners of the Seas before?
I just want to know what is inclusive of the package cost itself?
Anyone been to that before? Care to share your experience?
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Old 30-07-2014, 07:20 PM   #2
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Went last year december. Very enjoyable overall experience. Most impressed by the staff, from those waiters to entertainment staff. Ship is always clean and I always had something to do. I look forward to cruising with them again.

Inclusive is your room and all meals. There are a few restaurants on the ship that need to top up money. The italian one is $20 more per pax for dinner and you can order stuff like steak. Besides your fixed dining time, you can also avail yourself to the buffet line. All the shows are also yours to watch for free.There's also rock climbing, soccer, basketball and swimming all for included.

What's exclusive that I can roughly remember: alcoholic or soft drinks, land excursions (free if you just go out to the port and take a taxi or tour on your own), wifi, bingo, photos taken by them.

However their meals in the main dining hall, not that fantastic, just the regular mass prepared stuff.
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Old 31-07-2014, 09:08 AM   #3
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Went last year december. Very enjoyable overall experience. Most impressed by the staff, from those waiters to entertainment staff. Ship is always clean and I always had something to do. I look forward to cruising with them again.

Inclusive is your room and all meals. There are a few restaurants on the ship that need to top up money. The italian one is $20 more per pax for dinner and you can order stuff like steak. Besides your fixed dining time, you can also avail yourself to the buffet line. All the shows are also yours to watch for free.There's also rock climbing, soccer, basketball and swimming all for included.

What's exclusive that I can roughly remember: alcoholic or soft drinks, land excursions (free if you just go out to the port and take a taxi or tour on your own), wifi, bingo, photos taken by them.

However their meals in the main dining hall, not that fantastic, just the regular mass prepared stuff.
Thanks for sharing the experience. I am definitely looking forward.
I'm surprised to see that soft drinks are chargeable though, because I thought it;s alcohol that is chargeable. But thanks for informing. I appreciate that.

By the way, what category of cabin did you book/stay?
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Thanks for sharing the experience. I am definitely looking forward.
I'm surprised to see that soft drinks are chargeable though, because I thought it;s alcohol that is chargeable. But thanks for informing. I appreciate that.

By the way, what category of cabin did you book/stay?
Balcony, deck 10.

Yup but you can buy a pass that allows you free top up. Something like what they have at USS

Do bring extra cash for tips!
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Old 31-07-2014, 10:31 AM   #5
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Balcony, deck 10.

Yup but you can buy a pass that allows you free top up. Something like what they have at USS

Do bring extra cash for tips!
A pass for free top up of? Beverage?
Any idea how much will that pass cost?

And it's normal to tips for any service there? Including free dining?
What's the % of tips? 10%?
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Royal Caribbean like other cruise lines switched to automatic tipping already.

US$12 per person per day(not per room) will be charged to each pax's shipboard account. You can adjust this amount by going to the purser's office, or remove it altogether if u want to tip each staff manually.

If u order alcohol there will be additional 15% gratuity added to the bill
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Royal Caribbean like other cruise lines switched to automatic tipping already.

US$12 per person per day(not per room) will be charged to each pax's shipboard account. You can adjust this amount by going to the purser's office, or remove it altogether if u want to tip each staff manually.

If u order alcohol there will be additional 15% gratuity added to the bill
I see. I didn't know about that.
I thought the gratuities are already factored into the price?

Because when I book my cruise, there's an item called gratuities whereby I have paid for it when booking.

Just want to clarify the difference.
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Went in Jan 14. Was on deck 10 balcony....superb.
The Balcony in my opinion is worth every penny.

Bring some moisturizer, Your skin can gets very dry on board.
If you have kids, leave them with the 'childcare center' They have lots of activities for the kiddos while the adults get to have some ME time.
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How much per person? Thx....
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I see. I didn't know about that.
I thought the gratuities are already factored into the price?

Because when I book my cruise, there's an item called gratuities whereby I have paid for it when booking.

Just want to clarify the difference.
I see. When u divide that amount with the cruise duration, does it work out to 12 USD/day?
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I see. When u divide that amount with the cruise duration, does it work out to 12 USD/day?
I just went to the Royal Caribbean office.
They mention that the gratuities are included in the cruise fare which I have just paid. Phew. Haha.

Now I can use that money to buy my beer beverage package.
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I just went to the Royal Caribbean office.
They mention that the gratuities are included in the cruise fare which I have just paid. Phew. Haha.

Now I can use that money to buy my beer beverage package.
Yup but I still tip my waiters (fixed for entire cruise) and those who clean up the cabin on top of the included amount.

Family of 4 we tipped SGD100 for 4 nights to our main waiter. But it's completely up to you. For us his service was really excellent and he engaged us by sharing about his life.
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Full Review of my trip back in Nov 2013: [3D3N] Sail Away on the Royal Caribbean Cruise – Mariner of the Sea | Flyhoneystars x Follow My Footsteps
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:01 AM   #14
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Interesting read.

Just to double check, they have iFly on board?
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Interesting read.

Just to double check, they have iFly on board?
iFly is not on Mariner. I think only Quantum & Anthem has.
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