This hassle-free, all-inclusive form of travel has been increasingly popular amongst Singaporeans. Over the years, vessels have gotten much bigger and facilities are also much better. Here’s a post of my experience on Royal Caribbean Singapore – Mariner of the Seas to give you a better idea of what to expect onboard the state of the art vessel. Note that these information are solely based on my experience. Information may change from time to time. So do check with Royal Caribbean if you have any queries! Enjoy your holiday ðŸ˜€
Royal Caribbean Singapore – Mariner of the Seas:
Duration: 4 Days 3 Nights
Stopover Port: Port Klang
Vessel: Mariner of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
It is advisable to complete your online check-in and print your setsail pass at least 4 days before your departure date. Checking-in online saves you the hassle and time of having to fill in forms at the pier. You can do your online check-in here:Â https://secure.royalcaribbean.com/beforeyouboard/boardingDocuments.do
Upon completion of your online check-in, print your Setsail Pass.
When checking in, you’ll need your:
1. Identification Document (Passport)
2. SetSail Pass (signed)
3. Credit Card (if applicable)
Once you check-in, you will get a key card which will be used as the room key as well as your identification and “credit card” on board.
I did not have the luxury to view all room types. Here are just two of the many that I saw:
1. State RoomÂ
The State Room is probably one of the lowest cost room type onboard.
Activities on Board
You may refer to the cruise compass that will be available in your room upon check-in for the activities of that day. The cruise compass for the next day will be placed in your room every night.
As you can see, the activities are packed throughout the day. Since I can’t be at two places at a time, there were some activities that I missed. But here are the list of popular activities:
This is an area which I feel sets Royal Caribbean apart from other cruise companies. The Cruise Director, Dan Whitney a.k.a Dan Dan Mian, on Royal Caribbean is one of the best I’ve seen. His team is great as well and the shows on board that they put together are the kind that I would gladly pay to watch. What’s better is that it is suitable for all ages. Try not to miss any of the shows! Shows are mostly held in The Savoy Theatre.
Welcome Aboard Show (featuring Ballet on Shoulders)
Ice Under the Big Top
This is an ice skating show and is not held in the Savoy theatre. The show features amazing moves which got me at the edge of my seat many times during the show. This show has two seatings. Allocation for mine was based on the assembly station number on the card. Do remember to take note of the instructions provided on the cruise compass.
The show features different themes such as clowns, romance, circus etc.
A 3D movie would be screened everyday in the Savoy Theatre. During my trip, Man of Steel, Turbo and the Croods were screened. I would say that the quality of the movies were just as good as the ones in the Cinema.
I found the farewell production much better than the first. It comprises of many themes and I love the way the stage was set up.
Tips for shows:
– Since the Savoy Theatre can hold many people, if you were to wait for the show to end, there will be tonnes of people flooding towards the exit at the same time. To avoid that, you may want to leave your seat when the show is about to end and enjoy the last part of the show near the exit. This saves you the trouble of being stuck in the human jam.
– Also, needless to say, if you want to get a good seat, remember to reach your venue early!
2. Enjoy the Facilities
This activity requires parents to sign a waiver for children under the age of 18 to participate. So be sure to complete the necessary paperwork before queueing. Otherwise, the staff will make you sign the form and queue again. (The queue isn that short to begin with). Children has to beÂ above 6 years old to climb. Children under the age of 13 requires parents supervision.
Note: Wear shorts and T-shirt. Wet clothes and skirts are not allowed.
Personally, I found the swimming pool a little too crowded and small. Having that said, you can always visit the pool earlier in the morning or later at night where there are lesser people. There is also a big jacuzzi pool in the gym where there are lesser people. Steam room and Sauna can be found in the gym.
Mariner of the Seas has an ice skating rink onboard. Like rock climbing, children under the age of 18 requires a parent or guardian to sign a waiver form for them as well. Attire: long pants and socks. Only a maximum of 35 guests are allowed per session. So do remember to reserve your slot during the first scheduled session. Each session has a duration of 30mins. (photo of ice skating rink is as above)Â Royal Caribbean Singapore – Mariner of the SeasÂ
The book lovers can spend some time in the 24 hours Library on Level 7.
The list does not end there. Activities onboard Royal Caribbean caters to all age group and it ranges from scrapbooking session, inline skating to salsa and Korean workshops. There is also a Spa onboard for those that are willing to spend more to pamper themselves. I’ll stop the list here because you just have to experience the rest yourselves ðŸ˜€Â Royal Caribbean Singapore – Mariner of the SeasÂ
If the activities are not enticing enough, we’ve come to my favourite section: FOOD! What I like about a cruise vacation is the ability to walk into most dining areas, dine, and leave. Without having to worry about the bill. There is a saying which goes: Eat Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince, and Dinner like a Pauper. But on the cruise, you eat ALL meals like a King. Never once did I leave the dining hall without thinking that I had a little too much (because I had to try a little of everything).
Breakfast is only available on the second day onwards because by the time you check-in on the first day, it would be lunch time. There are four options for breakfast:
If you are feeling lazy and want to avoid the breakfast crowd, room service may be the option for you. Personally, I prefer to have a wider variety to choose from so I did not try this option. Room Service is free-of-charge for most part of the morning.
Windjammer is a popular option due to the wide variety of food that ranges from congee and steak to yogurts and fruits. I had my hopes quite high so I was slightly disappointed by the spread and the quality of food served at Windjammer. There were also few beverages to choose from and they weren’t exactly to my liking. Having that said, the food isn’t too bad either. Just don’t get your hopes too high to avoid disappointment.
Dreamworks Family Breakfast:
This option is more for family with kids. During breakfast, you will be greeted by Dreamworks characters such as Gloria from Madagascar, Puss in Boots etc. The catch is that you’ll have to wake up early for the breakfast as doors closes at 8.00am. Reservation is required as seats are limited.
Lunch is available at a Specialty Cafe (Giovanni’s Table) as well as Windjammer Cafe. Dining at the specialty cafe requires an additional fee of about $15 USD per pax. The impression that I got for lunch at Windjammer is pretty much the same as breakfast. Lunch at Rhapsody in Blue Dining RoomÂ is not available everyday but I prefer the quality of food served there. Rhapsody in Blue provides an a la carte form of dining and here are some of the dishes that they serve:
There are two seatings for dinner. The first seating is 5.45PM and the second one is at 8.15PM. Seats are also assigned for dinner. So in other words, you will be having dinner at the same place and same time everyday. Both timing and seating are preassigned and will be indicated on your room key card. Dinner is my favourite meal of the day onboard because of the nice ambience in the dining hall and the better quality food.Â Royal Caribbean Singapore – Mariner of the SeasÂ
Most of the items on the menu changes everyday. So you won’t have to worry about repetition. The classics portion on the menu are the only ones that will be the same throughout your trip.
4. Specialty Dining
As mentioned, dining at specialty dining restaurants is chargeable. There are two main specialty dining restaurants onboard: Chops Grille (about USD $30 per pax) and Giovanni’s Table (about USD $20 per pax). Since one of the staff strongly recommended dining at Giovanni’s Table, I decided to give it a try. I must say I felt that the meal was not worth the the extra $20. It wasn’t because the food offering in Giovanni’s Table wasn’t good enough but because the “free” food provided in the dining hall was already good enough. So in comparison, the food offered in Giovanni’s Table was not value-for-money for me.Â Royal Caribbean Singapore – Mariner of the SeasÂ
Sad to say, all good things come to an end. For departure, you can choose to leave your luggages with the cruise personnel the night before departure so you won’t have to lug your luggages to breakfast. You will be able to collect your luggages from the cruise centre once you alight from the cruise
Pro: You will not have to lug your luggages around once you leave your room.
Cons: You have to leave your luggage with the cruise personnel at around 10pm the night before. So you will still have to carry some of the stuff that you will be needing the next morning. Also, your departure timing will be restricted by the luggage collection timing.
Another thing to take note is the settling of bills. If you made any purchase on the cruise and you plan to settle your bill by cash, it’ll be good to settle it the night before departureÂ if you do not plan to purchase anything else the next day.Â Many people will be settling their bill on the day of departure itself and the queue tends to be quite long.Â Royal Caribbean Singapore – Mariner of the SeasÂ
Enjoy your time onboard Royal Caribbean – Mariner of the Seas! I definitely enjoyed mine ðŸ™‚
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