If you’ve read my long review on Mariner of the Seas, you’d know that we truly enjoyed our 8D7N cruise vacation to Thailand and Vietnam. As promised, I’d bring you on a virtual tour on this gigantic cruise liner today.
Now, first-time cruisers often have many preconceptions about sailing. They may fear that the food on the ship is terrible, that days spent onboard are a claustrophobic’s worst nightmare, that cruise is simply boring, or that they might suffer from seasickness.
Truth be told, I’m prone to seasickness too. Even an hour ferry journey to Bintan makes me feel nausea. However, on a large modern ship like Mariner of the Seas, you won’t feel much movement. I felt very, very minimal movement of the ship and hence, no seasickness at all.
To me, these preconceptions are completely untrue for Mariner of the Seas. It’s VERY family-friendly with impeccable service, great food and awesome fun times. The moment we boarded the cruise, we thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
Mariner of the Seas is 311m long with a breadth of 38m at waterline level (49m at the bridge wings). The liner has a passenger capacity of 3,807 passengers, accommodated in 1,557 staterooms, of which almost 50% have balconies. Lastly, the crew capacity is 1,185.
Now, I shall bring you on a deck by deck virtual tour on Mariner of the Seas. Take a deep breath, let’s go! =)
Deck 2 – 4
Deck 0 and Deck 1 are the dry/cold storage areas and the ship’s utilities, hotel stores and laundry. There’s also a medical facility on Deck 1.
Deck 2 includes the conference centre, board room, and multimedia screening room/cinema. The large conference centre has dedicated facilities that caters up to 400 guests.
Forward on Deck 3 is the mid-level of the Savoy Theatre with a capacity of 1,320 guests. It’s the main venue for musical extravaganzas with ultra-modern light and sound systems. There’s also Studio B, a 900-seat arena for ice shows and ice skating using a sliding floor underneath. It also houses an art and photo gallery, as well as a broadcasting room.
From Deck 3 to 5, there’s the glorious three-tier Main Dining Room, themed to reflect the classic musical favourites, Rhapsody in Blue (Deck 3), Top Hat & Tails (Deck 4), and Sound of Music (Deck 5). It accommodates 1,900 people! This is, of course, my #1 top favourite place on the cruise.
Deck 4 also includes the Boleros Bar and main passenger entrance. Forward of the Boleros Bar is the Casino Royale, Schooner Bar and the two-deck Dragon’s Lair nightclub.
Deck 5 – 10
Mariner of the Seas features a four-deck-high horizontal promenade, called the Royal Promenade, from Decks 5 to 8. The length of the promenade is approx. 120m. At each end, there’s a seven-storey atrium surrounded by bars, lounges and unique shops, called The Centrum. It’s best compared to the lobby of a grand hotel. Very elegantly decorated!
On Deck 5, there’s Café Promenade that serves snacks and coffee all day, Promenade Shops (duty-free shopping), Guest Services, and offshore excursion booking counters. There’s also Lotus Lounge for guests to enjoy live music, dancing and various entertainments.
Decks 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 contain the staterooms, with some of them overlooking the Royal Promenade on Decks 6, 7 and 8. Our stateroom is on Deck 6 (room # 6554 for my memory’s sake!). ^___^
On Deck 7, there’s a well-stocked library, featuring a variety of genres, plus tables for cards and board games. RC Online, an internet café, can be found on Deck 8 where guests can use the PCs for checking emails and surfing the net (internet charges apply).
On Deck 9, there’s a Concierge Club where guests staying in Grand Suite-level rooms and higher, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club Crown & Anchor® Society members can enjoy complimentary continental breakfast and evening drinks.
On Deck 10, there are the largest guest staterooms, the wheelhouse, and some of the officer’s cabins behind the wheelhouse.
Deck 11 – 14
Yes, finally we’re up at Deck 11 – the happiest deck on the cruise! And here’s why. =)
Deck 11 is the Pool Deck, with Solarium, Fitness Centre, Boardwalk Dog House, Windjammer Café, Giovanni’s Table, and Chops Grille steakhouse. It’s all about EAT and PLAY!
The adult only (over 16’s) outdoor Solarium pool is decorated with a Tuscan theme featuring urns, lions, large bowls of fruit, a tiled mosaic style floor and a statue of a lady at the helm of the pool. Unlike the ship’s other two main pools, the Solarium pool features walk in steps and ranges in depth from 1.35m to 1.6m.
Deck 12, on the other hand, is the children’s area with Royal Babies and Tots Nursery for the littlest guests, Adventure Ocean for kids from 3 to 17, Fuel Teen Disco for teens, Video Arcade, and The Living Room – teen only lounge with movies and gaming consoles. There’s also an outdoor running track that’s open to everyone.
Deck 13 is another sports area that contains the liner’s signature rock-climbing wall, sports courts, in-line track and Mariner Dunes 9-hole miniature golf course.
Deck 14 has the Viking Crown Lounge that offers spectacular vistas by day and turns into a lively dance club at night. I’d say it’s an ideal location for a quiet drink whilst enjoying the sunset out of the large ocean view windows (and I love taking pictures from here!). Seven Hearts card room and Diamond Club are also on this deck.
The highest Deck 15 contains the Skylight Chapel for wedding ceremonies, etc.
Phew, there you go! I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour, and I will re-read this post from time to time to remind myself on the awesome times I had on this cruise. Aw, I really LOVE Mariner of the Seas! It’s certainly a holiday destination of its own that is perfect for families! I shall end this post with a slideshow of food that we enjoyed on the cruise. =)