Deciding which cabin to select for a cruise can be difficult. Not only do you have to decide on which deck, and whether you want to be in the front (forward), middle (midship), or back (aft), there is also a wide selection of different room categories. For our quick getaway on Mariner of the Seas, we opted for a guaranteed balcony and ended up with a “Spacious Balcony” Cabin on Deck 10. For cruisers comparing different options on the ship, we have put together this Mariner of the Seas Balcony Cabin Review to help you decide on the perfect room for your next cruise.
Mariner of the Seas Balcony Cabin Review
Selecting a Cabin
For this cruise, we redeemed our credit card reward points for a “free cruise”. This redemption gives you a credit towards the purchase of an oceanview or better stateroom on the ship.
We booked this cruise less than 30 days prior to sailing, so the best option for us was a guaranteed balcony room. This ended up costing less than $150 a person, as you always have to pay the taxes and fees when using the reward points.
A few days later, we were notified that we were assigned to cabin 1362. This starboard side cabin on deck 10 is considered a Spacious Balcony stateroom. According to the online deck plans, the room has a total square footage of 203 square feet. The balcony itself is listed has having a total area of 42 square feet.
This stateroom had a very typical setup for Royal Caribbean to which we have grown accustomed. Even though the ship just went through a $120 million renovation, it is clear that the cruise line spent little on updating the staterooms.
A Typical Layout
Our spacious balcony cabin’s decor was still the color scheme found on older Royal Caribbean ships. The fixtures were certainly not updated either like the ones on the Quantum-class or newer Oasis-class ships. Even though the cabin didn’t win any awards for the prettiest stateroom, it was an efficient and easy to maneuver layout for a quick getaway.
When you first enter the room, the bathroom was to the left of the door. It was the typical small bathroom found on most cruise ships. There was a cylinder-shaped shower with a sliding door and a strategically designed sink and toilet area. Storage was on par with other bathrooms, including shelves on each side of the mirror as well as a shelf under the sink.
Passing the bathroom was a small couch area. This seating area often becomes a storage area during the cruise. We did also use our magnetic hooks to hang things like beach bags and hats over the couch for extra storage and convenience.
The closet was located across from the bathroom entrance, on the right hand side when entering the room. For three days, it was larger enough with seveal shelves.
Plenty of Storage Space
In front of the couch was the usual desk and storage area with a large mirror, and plenty of cabinet space. We didn’t have a need for all of the drawers and cubbies for our 3-day cruise, using only a fraction for some clothes and our tech gear. Why some other cruise lines have gone skimpy when it comes to strategically placing additional storage in rooms still surprises us.
Off to the side of the desk was the small flat screen television. TYou can position the tv mount so the television was viewable either from the bed or the couch. Besides checking the compass on the television, we never used it.
The bed was located in front of the balcony. It was more than comfortable for us during the cruise.
If we had to rate the mattress, we would say it was more firm than soft, with a thin pad on top to provide extra cushioning. After the long days of trying to do and see everything onboard, we easily fell asleep with no complaints.
As for the balcony, we did not spend much time out there. It was slightly deeper than other balconies we have had on newer cruise ships. Still, you are not going to tan or layout on the balcony as it is probably only 4 feet wide. It was good for getting some morning air or snapping photos, but really not much else.
Recap of Mariner of the Seas Balcony Cabin Review
While the cabin is considered “spacious” we did not see any noticeable differences in the size of this cabin when compared to other balconies or oceanview cabins on Royal Caribbean International. For a short cruise, we felt the room was a great size for a couple.
According to the deck plans, this room category can hold up to four guests. A family of four with young children would probably be okay for a short weekend cruise. If you are trying to fit four adults or a family with teenagers, it might be a bit cramped.
The room layout was manageable, although we still feel the closet space on these ships is tight for a week-long cruise. For our three day cruise, it was more than adequate. It would have been nice for the cruise line to add some new upgrades to the rooms like newer ships. Additional outlets, like USB outlets, are now standard on new ships and those would have been nice to have in our cabins.
Having sailed in a variety of cabins from insides, to balconies, to junior suites, we were more than satisfied with this room. Going with the guaranteed rate was a good deal and when we go on the ship again for Perfect Day CocoCay next year we will probably book a similiar cabin.
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