As some know, I just recently returned from a sailing on the Mariner of the Seas. this was my first time on Mariner of the Seas so I was excited to explore and find the best things to do. Here are my five best.
Breakfast in the Main Dining Room
For the most part when I cruise, I grab breakfast in the buffet and rarely eat in the dining room. For this cruise I decided to try it on the last sea day.. First, they have a fantastic menu with healthy options plus items like Eggs benedict, omelets and my favorite pancakes made how you want. Of course there is so much more, you just have to try it. And its nice to start the day a little more relaxed with someone bringing you breakfast and eating on white table cloths.
Visit the Helipad
One of the unique experiences on Royal Caribbean is the helipad in the front of the ship is open. You can go up there most of the time as long as there are no issues with weather and its such a great view. My last two cruises on Royal I have spent sailway here. It can be difficult to find but you simply go outside on deck 4, either side and walk forward. You will find a set of stairs that take you up there. You can also get there from deck 5 through the Star Lounge.
Relax in the Solarium
On deck 11 forward you will find the Solarium an area for those 16 and up. Here you will find a pool for cooling off, two huge hot tubs for recharging those muscles and a lot of confy seating for sunning or naps. I found my self in this area a lot because it was very serene and relaxing. The padded chairs are spread out some under the sun and some are under cover and facing out over the ocean. A few times I was able to get one of the day beds which have a mattress and pillows where I would read for a while and nap for a while. This is such a great place to recharge after all the activities.
Jump on the SkyPad
One of the activities I was really looking forward to was the SkyPad since I was not able to do it when I sailed on the Independence OTS. This is an experience where you are tied to two bungee cords and you jump on a trampoline while wearing virtual reality goggles. You get immersed in the game as you jump, you jump in the game. This was so much fun and would recommend it for sure. Now, if you have a concern about the VR experience, then you can do without.
Perfect Storm Waterslides
I love a good waterslide and Royal Caribbean knows how to build them. The Mariner has an entire area for sports including basketball court, flowrider and rock climbing wall but the slides stand out. The two slides twist amongst each other and each even have a clear viewing area where, if you are quick, you can see the ocean. And if you are looking for speed, you will find it on these slides. So whether your a kid or adult, try these out.
Something very unique to the Mariner of the Seas is the Peek-A-Boo Bridge located on deck 11. Here you can watch what is going on in the bridge and get that behind the scenes view. There were times the deck was closed so you were unable to get to it but it was often open. You simply go out the door on the port side of the Solarium and it will take you around to the front. Something you want to check out especially if you love ships.
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