Mariner of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)


Mariner of the Seas

Maiden voyage: 2003

Length: 1020ft

We were on board this ship in 2005. The fifth and last ship in the Voyager series, it generally marks the beginning of the mega-ship era.

We had a Royal Promenade room on this ship, which was technically an inside room - but an inside room with a view. The cost of the Promenade rooms are only a few dollars more than a standard inside room, and I would highly recommend upgrading to this room if you are looking at inside rooms. The dollar savings vs. an outside or balcony room are still pretty significant; and you have a great view of everything happening in the Royal Promenade.

During a cruise, the Royal Promenade is the center of many activities, typically including a Bon Voyage party, and several other events. The noise generated by these events will be heard in the room; but they are usually over by a decent hour, so you should not have any issues with trying to sleep through folks partying.

One nice feature of this ship is the Solarium, which is an adult-only pool area. This pool is in addition to the main pools, and set aside for the enjoyment of adults without children.

A unique feature on the Voyager class ships is an ice-skating rink, called Studio B. It is surreal to skate at the rink with a view of the Caribbean through the port-holes.

Like most of the newer ships, the Windjammer cafe is located at the stern of the ship, while the theatre is at the bow.

The propulsion system of this ship consists of a diesel-electric system with diesel engines driving huge generators. The propellers are connected to huge electric motors, slung under the ship in pods called fixipods or azipods. There is one fixipod on the centerline of the ship, and two azipods on either side. The azipods can rotate 360deg, not unlike a small boat with an Inboard/Outboard (stern drive). Since there are no long shafts in the boat, the vibrations are at a minimum.

The ship also features stabilizers; little winglets that extend out of the sides of the ship underwater that serve to minimize the rolling of the ship. This provides a smoother ride in rough water, which enhances passenger comfort (and minimizes the propensity to become sea-sick).

The Voyager class ships also have a "Peek-a-Boo" bridge, where you can watch bridge opeations from a viewing platform that is behind and over the bridge.


Royal Promenade - Mariner of the Seas Oct 2005

Promenade View Inside Room - Mariner of the Seas Oct 2005

 


The "Great Samson" Guarding the Casino's Entrance - Mariner of the Seas Oct 2005

Top Hat & Tails Dining Room - Mariner of the Seas Oct 2005

 


Hanging Centrum display - Mariner of the Seas Oct 2005

Adults only Solarium - Mariner of the Seas Oct 2005

 


Bridge from the Viewing Platform - Mariner of the Seas Oct 2005

Entrance to the Peek-a-boo Bridge - Mariner of the Seas Oct 2005

 


Royal Promenade Parade - Mariner of the Seas Oct 2005

Scuba Certificaion in Pool - Mariner of the Seas Oct 2005

 


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