Mike and Renée
Cruise to Nowhere
On Mariner of the Seas
February 20-22, 2009
When the Mariner of the Seas arrived in Los Angeles to begin her Mexican Riviera season, travel agents and special guests were invited to a "Cruise to Nowhere" over the weekend to get acquainted with this beautiful ship. She is a mega ship indeed, towering 15 stories over the water and carrying over 3500 passengers.
This amazing ship has a huge central promenade where all the shops and many of the bars and snack shops are located. It includes a wine bar, an English pub, a sandwich shop, Ben and Jerry's ice cream, an Seattle Coffee espresso bar, and many shops! It is a wonderful place to just sit and watch the people go by!
An interesting feature of this ship is the "promenade view" inside cabins. They actually look out over the promenade, and have the perfect viewing for the midnight parade!
One of the many locales along the promenade is the Dragon's Lair nightclub. This is an entertaining theme bar.
This ship is renowned for actually having an ice skating rink aboard!
Ice shows are featured several times an evening, and in addition the rink is open some afternoons for free skating.
The sports deck offers many activities for the athletically minded! There is a full basketball court, (surrounded with nets to keep the balls on board), an inline skating track, and the famous rock climbing wall.
However, the sport we settled for was Miniature Golf!
Of course there is a large casino, with all the usual games. I lost a few bucks on the roulette wheel, but this lady was there to comfort me ...

All in all this is a beautiful ship, if very large and filled with passengers. We had a delightful weekend on her.

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