Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas : 8D7N from Singapore to Laem Chabang (Thailand) and Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)!

Highlights aboard Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise!


Dream Works Welcome Aboard “Move It Move It” Parade

 Royal Caribbean Dream Works Parade - Fairy God Mother
Fairy God Mother

 Royal Caribbean Dream Works Parade - Puss in Boots
Puss in Boots

 Royal Caribbean Dream Works Parade - the Penguins
High Five with the Penguins – who actually high fived back!

 Royal Caribbean Dream Works Parade - The Penguins Madagascar
Another shot of the penguins

 Royal Caribbean Dream Works Parade - Alex the Lion
Alex the Lion

Royal Caribbean Dream Works Parade - Shrek and Fiona
Shrek and Fiona

 Royal Caribbean Dream Works Parade - Po Kungfu Panda
Po – our favourite character during the parade!

 Royal Caribbean Dream Works Parade - Gloria Madagascar
Gloria from Madagascar

 Royal Caribbean Dream Works Parade - King Julien Madagascar
King Julien

To let our readers have a feel of how the party was like. Here’s a video of Po and the Penguins up close!

Headliner Show – Tamara Guo

 Poster ad for Tamara Guo's performance
Poster ad for Tamara Guo’s performance

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Tamara Guo in person during performance

Tamara is a very humorous individual and she sings as well as she entertains! Be sure to catch her performance when you sail with Royal Caribbean!

Johnny Rockets lunch aboard Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise

Thanks to Michelle, we were hosted to a meal at Johnny Rockets (milkshakes included!). Johnny Rockets is a American burger joint that is famous for its milkshakes and hamburgers. It is also one of the venues onboard where you’ll just pay a small sum for a great meal. At $4.95 per person, you’ll be able to order ANYTHING on the menu (drinks excluded) and milkshakes cost about $5USD each.

 Menu of Johnny Rockets Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas
Menu of Johnny Rockets Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas

 Jukebox on tables (not working though) at Johnny Rockets
Jukebox on tables (not working though) at Johnny Rockets

 Deco inside Johnny Rockets Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Deco inside Johnny Rockets Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise

 Fries with Chili & Cheese, Fries with Cheese & Bacon, Onion Rings and Fries with Tartar sauce
Fries with Chili & Cheese, Fries with Cheese & Bacon, Onion Rings and Fries with Tartar sauce

 Strawberry Milkshake of Johnny Rockets
Strawberry Milkshake of Johnny Rockets

 Smoke House Burger Johnny Rockets Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Smoke House Burger Johnny Rockets Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise

 Route 66 Burger Johnny Rockets Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Route 66 Burger Johnny Rockets Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise

If there’s one burger you’ve got to have at Johnny Rockets, it’s got to be Smoke House Burger! It was juicy and tender, double patty with crispy onion rings on top! I really wanted to go for seconds because the quality of the burger is SOOO different from the ones at Windjammer! For burgers at this quality, you’d typically pay 20sgd and upwards. Onion rings were also great with the tartar sauce. Go light on the fries. We thought that all the combinations for fries above was quite normal, nothing particular good to shout about.

As for the milkshake, it lived up to its reputation. There’s only 1 word to describe it. SHIOK! Got to order yourself one! In addition to the great food, the Johnny Rocket servers even does a dance, observe how good the server closest to the camera dances!


Johnny Rockets Dance Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise




Photo Opportunities with Dream Work Characters

 Royal Caribbean Cruise Dream Works Characters Photo Taking - Po
Photos with Po

 Royal Caribbean Cruise Dream Works Characters Photo Taking - Puss in Boots
Puss in Boots

 Royal Caribbean Cruise Dream Works Characters Photo Taking - King Julien
King Julien and more!

In-Room Breakfast

 Breakfast delivered to your stateroom!
Breakfast delivered to your stateroom!

Every morning, you can have the option of have breakfast delivered to your room. All you have to do is fill up the breakfast menu (usually right behind your door) and hang it outside your door by 3am each day. If there are things that you see at the breakfast (breakfasts pretty much the same everyday) but is not on the menu, you can actually try to write something there and see if the service crew brings it. We wrote down chocolate milk and were served eventhough it was not on the menu! Talk about good service!

Crown and Anchor Society’s Welcome Back Party

It’s pretty simple to join Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society. By sailing 3 nights, you’d be given Gold status for your next cruise, along with the perks and even be invited to the Welcome Back Party!

 Gold level perks Royal Caribbean Cruise Crown and Anchor Society
Gold level perks Royal Caribbean Cruise Crown and Anchor Society

There’s really nothing fancy about the Gold level perks for the Crown and Anchor Society. But we particularly liked the 1 for 1 beers/wines/sodas and milkshakes at Johnny Rockets. This effectively means at 50% savings. Not bad eh?

 Welcome Back Party Crown and Anchor Society Royal Caribbean Cruise - Entrance at Studio B
Welcome Back Party Crown and Anchor Society Royal Caribbean Cruise – Entrance at Studio B

 Welcome Back Party Crown and Anchor Society Royal Caribbean Cruise - Hotel Director, Cruise Director and Captain Greeting you at the Entrance
Welcome Back Party Crown and Anchor Society Royal Caribbean Cruise – Hotel Director, Cruise Director and Captain Greeting you at the Entrance

Welcome Back Party Crown and Anchor Society Royal Caribbean Cruise - Free flow of wines, champagne and cocktails
Welcome Back Party Crown and Anchor Society Royal Caribbean Cruise – Free flow of wines, champagne and cocktails

 Royal Caribbean Cruise Crown and Anchor Society - Pinnacle Club
Royal Caribbean Cruise Crown and Anchor Society – Pinnacle Club

At the bottom left of this picture, you’d see a well-dressed man in bow tie. Together with his wife, they’re Pinnacle Club members. Which means, they have already accumulated 750 points and above! According to the Captain, not all cruises have Pinnacle Club members cruising and we were very fortunate to have witnessed that these members do exist! As mentioned above, if they had gone for the cheapest rates (which we doubt), they would have at least spent 75,000 per person to reach the Pinnacle status or $150,000USD for the both of them to be Pinnacle Club members! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

At the Welcome Back Party, the Captain formally welcomed the members back onboard and talked about the number of members onboard the cruise this time round. About a third were returning cruisers for this particular cruise. Over 800 Gold members and only 2 Pinnacle Club members. The C&A manager then proceeded to talk about the perks of being in C&A and of course advertising about the onboard credit if you made an open booking (for future cruises) onboard the ship – which we did!

Dinner at Main Dining Room – The Sound of Music / Top Hat and Tails / Rhapsody in Blue

Dinner aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise has always been something that we look forward to. Not only is the food excellent (well, most of the time), service is personalised and ambience is just so classy…

 3 levels of Main Dining Area at the Aft of the Ship Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas
3 levels of Main Dining Area at the Aft of the Ship Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas

 Dinner Menu Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Dinner Menu Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise

 Dessert Menu Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Dessert Menu Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise

 Dinner Starters Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Starters of Crab Cakes, Escargot (always a favourite), Prawn cocktail and fresh warm bread

Dinner Starters Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Antipasti

Dinner Main Course Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Lamb Shank

 Dinner Main Course Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Lagsane

 Dinner Main Course Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Chicken and fried rice

 Dinner Main Course Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Garlic Tiger Shrimp

 Main Dining Desserts Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream

Main Dining Desserts Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Mousse Cake

 Main Dining Desserts Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Tiramisu

 Main Dining Desserts Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Bread Pudding with Ice Cream

 Main Dining Desserts Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Dessert Selection

Most of the food were delicious but we were quite surprised that the Garlic Tiger Shrimp was not fresh during our last dinner meal. In fact it was smashy and soft. So we requested for the lamb instead. According to our waiter, the shrimps came all the way from US, which explains why it was terrible. We were actually looking forward to it because we were recommended to have more of the Tiger shrimps during dinner. Nonetheless, all other food, especially the desserts (chocolate cake and tiramisu!) tasted great and had excellent presentations – that of a fine dining experience ๐Ÿ™‚




Champagne Art Auction

 Champagne Art Auction Art on Royal Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Champagne Art Auction Art on Royal Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise

This is typically how the Art Auction onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise looks like. Do attend the sessions and if you follow our rules (of enjoying the champagne, learning about art and faithfully placing in your raffle tickets) above, you’ll definitely have a good time at the auction.

Ice Show – “Ice Under the Big Top”

 Ice Show Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas
Before the start of the show

  Ice Show Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas
Entry of the ice skaters

  Ice Show Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas
Ice skating mixed with dance movements

  Ice Show Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas
Circus on ice

  Ice Show Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas
Kids can even go for a ride on the ice (see the choo choo train in the middle!)

Our Ocean View Stateroom aboard Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise

 Ocean View Stateroom Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas
Large Bed inside Ocean View Stateroom

 Ocean View Stateroom Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas
Toilet

 Ocean View Stateroom Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas
Shower facilities, towels and complimentary shower gel

View of Sunrise as we arrived at the port of Phu My in Vietnam
View of Sunrise as we arrived at the port of Phu My in Vietnam

 Ocean View Stateroom Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas
Towel Art

We particularly enjoyed our stay in our ocean view stateroom aboard Mariner of the Seas. The room was spacious and the window view was good enough for us to peer out for ocean views and even the sunrise as seen above. Room service was also great. It always amazes us to see how our room “transforms” after we come back from the day’s programme. Sometimes, towel art such as the monkey above is arranged specially by our stateroom attendant just before our return!

Taking the Bubble Lifts inside Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise

Just for fun, we’ve also taken a couple of videos from inside the bubble lifts of the Mariner of the Seas. Enjoy!

In the last section, we’ll be highlighting some important port information at Laem Chabang and Phu My. We’ll also show some of the things to do at these ports!






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21 Comments on Royal Caribbean Cruise Mariner of the Seas : 8D7N from Singapore to Laem Chabang (Thailand) and Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)!

  1. Just got back it was GREAT again thanks for your tips we had a grand suite , you have to do that next time , you get concierge club and all sorts of extras , very nice , I have pics of that if you want them for your excellent article, thanks again , your review made it so much easier.

  2. First time cruiser and off in January on the same cruise, so I was very pleased to read your post about Mariner of the Seas. Many thanks for taking the time (10 hours!!!) to put this together, it is the most comprehensive and insightful post on cruising I have read.

    • Thanks for the compliments Emma! Remember to try the various entrees and desserts during fine dining (Rhapsody in Blue). Yes, you can have more than 1 option! Have a fantastic cruise ahead!

  3. What a cruise! Everything sounds and looks amazing! I’ve never been on a cruise before. Well yes in Halong bay Vietnam. But those are never as huge and luxurious as this!

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Tom

    Great helpful review of the trip, will be going with family in Jan 17. BTW, any chance of doing laundry when ship docks at Thailand or Vietnam? Any tips? Hope not to pack so much clothing for a family of 3.

    Cheers

    • Hi Francis,

      Laundry can be done aboard the ship. So no worries there. Have an amazing trip and enjoy the entire experience!

      Tom,
      2bearbear.com

  5. Thank you Tom and Kate for putting together this excellent review. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this as I’m off with my brother on a 5 night cruise encompassing the new year on the Mariner of the Seas very soon. We were both excited before and have never been on a cruise either so your excellent work in putting this together has answered so many more questions I had. I’m even more excited now and I just know I wouldn’t normally be attending an art auction. But hey, I’m sold!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much guys and I had to google the word “shiok” I like it.
    Cheers

    Mark

    • Hey Mark,

      So glad that we’re able to assist in planning for the upcoming cruise. We’re sure it’ll be a blast! If you’re attending the auction, remember to read our post on our experience there and learn all the “insider tips” ๐Ÿ˜‰

      http://2bearbear.com/art-on-royal-art-scam-on-royal-caribbean-c/

      Lastly, we’re so glad that you’ve learn a new Singlish word as well! If you’re having a meal with a Singaporean and the meal tastes good, remember to say “shiok!” and we’re sure they’ll be an instant connection!

      Happy Cruising Mark!

      Tom & Kate,
      2bearbear.com

      P.S. We didn’t get our painting in the end but did eventually get a refund. Tread with caution… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Hi, we are doing this same cruise in January 2017. You mention picking up private transportation at Laem Chabang, is this readily available at the port? Do you need to walk somewhere to get it, or are they on the wharf area waiting to get customers?

    • Hey Ian,

      During our visit, the private transportation were available at the wharf area waiting to pick up tourists from the ship. We took transportation with the ship as we did not know about the private transportation then. The pros of transportation with the ship is that you’ll usually leave earlier than passengers who did not take the ship’s transportation. Also, you do not need to haggle the prices with the locals. However, from discussions with fellow passengers who took the private transportation, they mentioned that the return leg (especially shared among a group of 4) was cheaper than that of the ship.

      Hope this helps! Enjoy the upcoming cruise!

      Tom,
      2bearbear.com

      • Hi Tom, thanks for the info. I suppose when negotiating the private transport you’d make sure the return cost was covered/sorted. We are also looking at a tour through Travel Hub Bangkok, who have a pickup/dropoff at Laem Chabang for a Pattaya or Bangkok day tour, but we need others on the cruise to be involved…wish me luck.

  7. Hi when the ship docks at laem Chabang, did they provide over night accommodation or did you book it yourself!

    Are we allowed to go back to sleep on the ship?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Lim,

      You have to make your own arrangements for overnight accommodation. Depending on the length of time at the port. It may be more worth it to book your own accommodation (~20 hours) or to stay onboard (~12 hours).

      Have fun at Laem Chabang for your cruise!

      Tom,
      2bearbear.com

  8. Do we need visa in thaland when we get off ship if we are getting private transfer to pattaya. If so how do we sort it out thanks . We are going on the 13 June .

    • Hi Patricia,

      If you are a Singaporean, you will not need a visa when you call at Pattaya. Information from MFA website says

      No (for stay not exceeding 30 days for each entry and a cumulative duration of stay not exceeding 90 days within any six months).
      Note: With effect from 31 December 2016, travellers entering Thailand through land border checkpoints are eligible to do so without visa only twice in a calendar year (for each stay not exceeding 15 days).

      Hope this helps!

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