Travel on Royal Caribbean Cruise – Mariner of the Seas | Travel Guides | Singapore, Malaysia

Last weekend, I last had a wonderful trip with my family up the Royal Caribbean – Mariner of the Seas. It was the first time the ship made her very first presence in Asia and sailing out of Singapore for the first time, right from the Marina Bay Cruise Centre.



Her maiden voyage started way back in 16th November 2003 and she recently underwent a refurbishment before the trip to SEA. It was an awesome ship with a total passenger capacity of 3,114 and length of 1,020 feet – one of the highest public space per guest ratio in the cruise market. Indeed, we felt pretty comfortable making our way around the ship and enjoying the various facilities onboard.

Key features onboard are very similar to the Voyager of the Seas which we have last been on:

a. Ice-skating rink
b. Rock-climbing wall
c. In-line skating
d. Royal Promenade (open 24 hours)
e. Johnny Rockets® ’50s-style restaurant
f. Portofino Italian Restaurant
g. Café Promenade
h. Ben & Jerry’s® ice cream
i. Vintages wine bar
j. Boleros Latin-theme lounge
k. Themed bars and lounges
l. Casino RoyaleSM
m. Golf simulators
n. 9-hole miniature golf course
o. Adventure Ocean® youth facilities, including teen-only areas, Fuel and Living Room
p. Day Spa and Fitness Center
q. Full-size basketball court

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One of the greatest highlights onboard is the theatre class performances, one every single night which are very entertaining to both adults and children alike.

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We chose Mariner of the Seas, particularly because it is one of the few Royal Caribbean cruises which featured Dreamworks characters onboard. One can choose to take photos with them throughout the journey and even have the opportunity to dine with their presence.

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Needless to say, weather is generally good throughout the sea journey for a good sunny swim!

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After all the jam packed activities, we are rewarded with splendid spread of fine dining food – all within the cruise package.

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Last but not least, this round, we managed to sign up our kid for the onboard Barbie Experience which includes Barbie themed stateroom, activities and even a live catwalk performance show!

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It is definitely worth a consideration when you are planning your next family or couple vacation. I’m sure you will be spoilt of the many wonderful stuffs you can do, see, play & eat all onboard the Mariner of the Seas!

Below are some of the onboard daily itinerary docs which may come handy:


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  15 comments for “Travel on Royal Caribbean Cruise – Mariner of the Seas | Travel Guides | Singapore, Malaysia

  1. Diana
    June 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Alan, thanks for sharing your review on Mariner of the Seas. I was looking for reviews and information on the ship as we signed up for a cruise in November.

    • Alan Soon
      June 17, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Hope you will enjoy your trip!

  2. Deon
    January 3, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Hi, I am going to Mariner of the Sea in Feb 2014. Would like to check if the gratuity can be adjusted/ removed at the end of the cruise by going to the guest relation desk?

    • Alan Soon
      January 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

      From my last experience, the package from the travel agency should have included the needed gratuity and thus there is no need to do further action. However, you can choose to separately tip the staff if you think they have provided more than expected service.

  3. Yang
    November 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Hi Alan, nice blog with great info. I will be on board this Dec, may i check how to book for onboard Barbie Experience for my girl? do i need to book prior the sail date? which channel shall i book from (online)?

    • November 3, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Once you have book the cruise package, you can register it online & create a Cruise Membership ID if you do not have one yet. From there, you can do online check in plus book all the additional activities including other land tours. Where needed, you can call the RCB hotline to get further help. Have a good trip!

  4. December 15, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Alan,
    you did a really nice travel around Caribbean. I did it otherwise. I changed Malaysia as starting point instead of Singapore. But experience was the same. Dave.

    • December 15, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks, nice to hear it!

  5. Wei
    April 13, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Hi, I’m planning to go to this cruise this year.
    Thanks for sharing this review.
    I would like to ask about the room-service, can we order room service for breakfast? Is the price included to the cruise or do I need to pay extra for it?
    And, the activities, the ice-skating, in-line skating, rock climbing and fitness center, do I need to pay extra for it? Thank you.

    • April 13, 2016 at 6:27 am

      Usually the free room service is only available for suites. The other onboard recreational activities are free but there can be a waiting queue depending on the popularity

  6. July 9, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for the info. I am going on RC cruise next yr. would like to ask did you carry ur own luggage during disembarkation? or left ur luggage to them a night before? how long it took to disembark from the cruise at Marina Bay Cruise Centre? I am planning to carry my own luggage for disembarkation.

    • July 9, 2016 at 11:39 am

      The luggage will be transported at the custom clearance area within the ferry terminal, so you need not carry all the way off the cruise ship. The clearance is fast and efficient, you should be able to fully disembark within an hour. Suite/Concierge guests will be even faster since they are placed among the first few batches to clear. Enjoy your trip!

      • July 13, 2016 at 8:51 am

        Thanks Alan, can i disembark once the ship dock at Cruise Centre? let’s say if the dock on 8am, so can i disembark that time? or we need to wait for disembarkation annoucement? I need to plan time for the flight after cruise, so would like to know the procedure more.

        • July 13, 2016 at 12:09 pm

          Hi, I cannot comment about the actual timing. RCB will assign in groups based on room type & level. Best you can check with them before booking connecting flights.

          • July 21, 2016 at 2:45 pm

            ok. Thank you for your information, Alan.

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