Date: 29 October 2015 – 5 November 2015
Places: Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Min
On 5 November, LerLer Chan sent us to Danga City Mall to board on Coach to Singapore.traveledlled via Second Link to Marina Bay Cruise Center, at 61, Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore. Our dear daughter, Rain Chan met us at this port and handed us a poach of Thai Bhat for us to spend. Thank you to our daughters.
After quite a long queue on port clearance and immigration, we finally embarked onboard and entered into this gigantic ship. Wow, it was ‘Titanic movie’. We were asked to enjoy our first buffet meal at Deck 11. Later, we checked into our cabin which was an interior stateroom at Deck 9-9351. Once we settled down, we had a good time to study, observe and explore this gigantic ship. It was alike a ‘floating township or holiday resort cum shopping arcade.
This cruise-Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas is Asia’s largest cruise ship depart the part at 5pm sharp. The length of this ship is 1020’, the beam is 157.5’ with 29’ draft. The guests capacity is 3,807 (total) and total crew is 1,185. The gross tonnage is 138,000 Tons. It entered service in November 2003 and refurbished in April 2012.
This ship comprised of 15-decks. There were 2 rows of staterooms for cabin crews. Besides, there was a center ice rink, screening room, Savoy Theater and studio B.I n Deck 3, there were also 2 rows of staterooms for cabin crews. Besides, there was an Art Gallery, photo gallery and savoy theater. Deck 4 was an entertaining arcade. Guests can try their luck at Casino Royale which was opened from 10am to 2am. Next, there were The Savoy Theater, Centrum, schooner bar, Boleros lounge and retail outlets selling snacks and soveniours. Towards the back corner, there was The Top Hat and Tails dining room.
Deck 5 was the shopping arcade- a mini JPO. Guests can shop at the first-ever Coach Store at sea, stroll down the Royal Promenade. Featuring shops and cafes. Besides, there was Lotus Lounge, Connoisseur Club, Café Promenade, Ice cream parlor, Promenade shops. Towards the back corner, there was the sound of music dining room.
Guests’ bedrooms, namely staterooms were scattered from Deck 6 to Deck 10. There were 4 types of staterooms. The most luxurious was 5 kinds of Suites with private balcony, namely Royal Suite, Owner/s Suite, Royal Family Suite, Grand Suite and Junior Suite. Guests received full 3 meals room service, complimentary Concierge service, priority check-in and departure plus complimentary luggage valet service.
The second type was 2 kinds of Balcony staterooms, namely Superior Ocean view and Deluxe Ocean View. The third type was 3 kinds of Ocean view staterooms, namely Family Ocean View, Large Ocean View and Ocean view. The fourth type was 2 kinds of Interior staterooms, namely Promenade and interior. All the above type 2, type 3 and type 4 were well furnished with a sitting area, two twin beds, TV, telephone and safe. In addition, there was attached private bedroom with shower, vanity area and hair dryer. The best part was 2 housekeeping of the room daily and 24 hours room service available at all times.
Deck 11 to Deck 13 were specially designed for fitness and wellness activities. Guests can relax and rejuvenate in vitality at sea spa, work up a sweat at the state-of-the-art fitness center, soaked or dipped in 3 swimming pools, go for a run on the outdoor jogging track, ice-skate in the middle of adventure ocean, rock-climbing to an amazing view, play mini golf on a green that overlook the sea.Deck 14 were allocated for exclusive members like Jazz club, Diamond club, Cloud Nine, Seven hearts and Viking Crown Lounge.
The highest Deck 15 was a Skylight Chapel for prayers or marriage ceremony. High ship has adventure, relaxation and everything else in between. From fantastic theater shows, rock-climbing, mini golf, specialty dining, spa and pools.
The wonderful part of holidaying in the cruise is we had lots of dining options. We enjoy multi-course meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Main Dining Room. We can tuck into a spectacular buffet with an incredible view at Windjammer Café at Deck 11. We could also stay in bed and enjoy meals in our stateroom with Room Service. From time to time, we were advice to dine in style with premium cuts of steal and fresh seafood at Chops Grille. We enjoyed savor rustic Italian dishes with a contemporary flair at Giovanni’s Table. For those who liked fast food, try getting a good old-fashioned hamburgers and fries at Johnny Rockets. Those guests with kids too could have fun at the Royal Babies and Royal Tots interactive playgroups for children or kids could be kept occupied with award-winning Adventure Ocean Youth Programme.
We spent our time indulging in the breath-taking entertainment by Royal Caribbean’s original productions. We were amazed by ice-spectaculars, featuring professional skaters and also appreciating live bands of various genres.
Not to forget, we also shared memorable moment with our favourite characters from Shrek, Kong Fu Panda, Madagascar and other Dream Works Animation films.
During our stay, we were given CRUISE COMPASS (Daily planners informing what are the activities throughout the whole day) from Day 1 until Day 7.
On 31 October to 1 November (Day 3 & 4), we stopped over at Bangkok/ Laemchabang, Thailand, we were asked to carry our Sea Pass card when going ashore. We took this opportunity to visit Pattaya for a half day city tour. We traveled by shuttle bus of 12 baht each. We spent about 1520 Bhat for shopping and eating on this trip.
On 3 November (Day 6), we stopped over at Phu My (Ho Chi Minh), Vietnam. We carried our Sea Pass cards and stamped Vietnamese landing card at the gangway. We joined a Singaporean couple, shared a cab of USD40+16 for half day sightseeing and local lunch at Viet Cong. It was indeed a worthwhile and knowledgeable experience.
Overall, we felt this cruise travel was very pleasant, relaxing and value of money. There were no rush, hotel transfer, pack and unpacked, coach ride which made us terribly tired and exhausted. Cruise holidaying indeed is truly one of the best form of escaping from the hassle and bustle of working atmosphere. We received world class legendary Gold Anchor service for the best holiday experience. We received unparalleled, personalized service and attention to detail that will exceed our expectations every time. The Royal Caribbean-Mariner of the Seas gave us the adventure of a lifetime, we would never run out of things of activities to do throughout our 7N8D on board, taking in fresh air, pollution Free State of live. What else can we ask some more.