• Passengers booked
    220000+
  • Length: 1020ft
  • Beam: 157.50ft
  • Cruising speed: 22kn
  • Crew: 723
  • Kids Club: For 7 different age groups
  • Passenger Capacity: 3,114
  • Vessel: 3
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Casino
  • Dance Classes
  • Gym
  • Jogging Track
  • Live Music
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Teen Areas
  • Vitality Day Spa & Fitness Centre
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  • Year: 2004
  • Draft: 29.00ft
  • Bars/Lounges: 12
  • Gross Tonnage: 138,000 tons
  • Onboard Currency: US Dollars
  • Show Lounge: Daily shows
  • Whirlpool Spas: 5
  • Art Auctions
  • Chapel
  • Duty Free Shopping
  • Internet Facilities
  • Library
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Security Safe in Cabin
  • Traditional Dining
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  • Length: 1020ft
  • Beam: 157.50ft
  • Cruising speed: 22kn
  • Crew: 723
  • Kids Club: For 7 different age groups
  • Passenger Capacity: 3,114
  • Vessel: 3
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Casino
  • Dance Classes
  • Gym
  • Jogging Track
  • Live Music
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Teen Areas
  • Vitality Day Spa & Fitness Centre
+ show more
  • Year: 2004
  • Draft: 29.00ft
  • Bars/Lounges: 12
  • Gross Tonnage: 138,000 tons
  • Onboard Currency: US Dollars
  • Show Lounge: Daily shows
  • Whirlpool Spas: 5
  • Art Auctions
  • Chapel
  • Duty Free Shopping
  • Internet Facilities
  • Library
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Security Safe in Cabin
  • Traditional Dining
+ show more
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Mariner of the Seas Overview

The Mariner of the Seas cruise ship is one of five vessels in the Royal Caribbean's renowned Voyager Class. Her sister ships are the Explorer of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas.

Like all the vessels in this class, this ship packs a lot of punch; the wide variety of entertainment and activities on board is quite simply incredible. There really is something for everyone! Thanks to the many excellent facilities, the Mariner of the Seas is especially popular among active couples and families.


The Mariner of the Seas specs
Measuring 1,021 feet in length, weighing 138,279 tonnes and spanning across 15 decks, the Mariner of the Seas is among the top 20 largest cruise ships in the world. She can accommodate 3,114 passengers and has a maximum cruise speed of 24 knots.


Inside the Mariner of the Seas
Despite being a very large vessel, the atmosphere on the Mariner of the Seas is intimate and welcoming as opposed to crowded and overwhelming. This is largely thanks to the layout; most activities are clustered in specific areas. For example, all of the sports facilities are located together, so you can easily avoid this area if rock-climbing or basketball isn't your thing.

The interior decor varies throughout the ship. Most rooms have their own look and feel, such as the Main Dining Room, where the design is inspired by music. The cabins, meanwhile, are contemporary and elegant, with a colour scheme of reds and blues, complemented by light wooden furnishings.

Launched in 2003, the Mariner of the Seas has retained much of her original decor. However, many brand new venues were added during a refurbishment in 2012, including several specialty restaurants and the Royal Babies & Tots Nursery.


Things to do on board the Mariner of the Seas
When most people think about a cruise ship, they imagine sipping cocktails by the pool and enjoying views of the ocean at sunset. The Mariner of the Seas offers all this and much, much more. On this vessel, you can admire the ocean from the rock climbing wall, and make a splash in tea-cup-shaped whirlpools. Everything is a little bigger and a little bolder - Royal Caribbean makes a real effort to provide unique, memorable activities.

With this in mind, it's a great idea to make a list of all the activities you want to do. As there are so many, you're unlikely to get through them all unless you're organised!


Mariner of the Seas restaurants and bars
The main dining room on board the Mariner of the Seas spans three levels, each with a different name; Rhapsody in Blue, Sound of Music and Top Hat & Tails. Here you will find a varied menu, offering classic comfort food, as well as some healthy options and vegetarian dishes. You can eat dinner here at an assigned time (6pm or 8.30pm), or make the most of Royal Caribbean's My Time Dining (eat anytime between 6pm and 9.30pm).

Tables for two are quite rare in the main dining room, so couples looking for a little privacy might be better off reserving a space at one of the ship's specialty restaurants, such as Giovanni's Table or Chops Grille Steakhouse.

When it comes to evening entertainment, you're spoilt for choice; the Mariner of the Seas is home to 17 bars, clubs and lounges. Most put on live entertainment of some kind, whether it's music, comedy or karaoke.


Mariner of the Seas itineraries and shore excursions
The Mariner of the Seas spends most of her time exploring Asia, visiting ports in countries such as Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan and China. The shore excursions available will therefore depend on your chosen destination. To give you an idea, some examples include a bus tour of Hong Kong and a Red River Delta Tour in Vietnam.



Cabins on board the Mariner of the Seas

The Mariner of the Seas has a total of 1,557 cabins. Sizes range from 150 square feet (an interior cabin) to 1,325 square feet (a Royal Suite). All cabins have writing desks, a small table and chairs, mini-fridges and basic toiletries. They also come with flatscreen televisions, which have a range of channels and pay-per-view movies to choose from.

For a truly special cruising experience, guests have a choice of four grades of suites. From the smallest to the largest: the Junior Suite, the Grand Oceanview Suite, the Owner Suite and the Royal Suite. These come with several additional perks, such as luxury toiletries, separate living areas, and a concierge to help you with special requests. There are also family-sized suites in the Oceanview and Royal categories, as well as several more affordable family cabins.



Mariner of the Seas Food and Dining

Dining included in your Mariner of the Seas ticket:

  • Main Dining Room
  • Windjammer Cafe
  • Jade: for Indian, Chinese and Japanese fare (including sushi)
  • Cafe Promenade (24 hours)
  • Boardwalk Dog House
  • 24-hour room service


Specialty dining (not included in your fare):

  • Chops Grills Steakhouse
  • Giovanni's Table
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Parlour



Entertainment on board the Mariner of the Seas cruise ship

The Mariner of the Seas by day
The Royal Caribbean cruise line is renowned for putting on activities that encourage guests to try something different and step outside their comfort zone. For you, this might mean overcoming your fear of heights on the rock-climbing wall, or testing out your balance and coordination on the ice skating rink. For the less adventurous, these activity zones are great for people-watching.

You'll also find many traditional cruise activities on board, such as shopping, arts and crafts and card games. If you'd like to expand your horizons, the Mariner of the Seas has a decent enrichment programme with classes on topics such as health and wellbeing and historical events.

If you'd prefer to let others do all of the entertaining, then stay close to the Royal Promenade. The social heart of the ship, this area is often overtaken by performers and comedians. It is also where you'll find all of the shops.


Pools, spas and fitness facilities on board the Mariner of the Seas
With 4 pools and 6 whirlpools to choose from, there's no shortage of places to take a dip. The main pool area is family-friendly and has plenty of deck space. There is also a large screen which sometimes screens movies and sports games. Those looking for peace and quiet will find solace in the adults-only solarium pool.

The Vitality Spa, operated by Steiner Leisure, offers treatments of exceptionally high quality - be sure to book in here if you feel like being pampered. The spa also has facilities such as a sauna and steam room.

If fitness is a priority during your time at sea, then you're in luck; this cruise ship has an amazing choice of places to work up a sweat! The fitness centre is equipped with all of the latest cardio machines and free weights and runs classes such as yoga and tai chi. Also on board are full-sized basketball and volleyball courts, an ice-skating rink, a rollerblading rink, a mini-golf course, a golf simulator and a ping-pong table.


Mariner of the Seas nightlife
One of the best spots for nighttime entertainment is the Main Theatre, home to engaging Royal Caribbean shows, as well as live music, dance performances and more. Another excellent venue is the Vegas-style Casino Royale, which recently received an upgrade and now features games such as Sic Bo and Baccarat. Depending on the ship's schedule, you might also be able to catch a live ice skating show in the rink, located in Studio B.

Of the 17 bars, clubs and lounges on board, most offer entertainment of some kind. Both Ellington's and Bolero are home to live music, while the Lotus Lounge is one of the late-night venues, with karaoke competitions and a pumping dance floor.


Mariner of the Seas for families
With so many family-friendly activities on board, it's not hard to see why the Mariner of the Seas is popular with both parents and children alike. The Royal Caribbean continues to add to its family-friendly offerings as the years go by. Recent additions to the Mariner of the Seas include the DreamWorks Experience, an area showcasing select DreamWorks films and providing children with colouring sheets and movie-themed activities, and the Royal Babies & Tots programmes which are developed by Fisher-Price and Crayola.

Children's programmes are organised by age; the Aquanauts (3-5), the Explorers (6-8), the Voyagers (9-11) and Teens (12-17). It's worth noting that teenagers have plenty of space, including their own outdoor area (The Back Deck), lounge (the Living Room) and nightclub (Fuel).

Both in-cabin and group babysitting is available - charges apply and children must be 12 months or older.

Written By: Sarah Glover, Content Editor of Cruise Sale Finder

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