Thanks for finding me and joining me at my new little blog. I've always thought about starting a blog, but didn't really have the time, direction and motivation. {actually I have started a few, but didn't actually go anywhere with them, but that's another story...}

Over the years I have used and read many blogs, forums, etc. to get information and found many "experts" along the way. Some of those "experts" I have totally agreed with, others I didn't seem to agree with at all. Let's face it, there really is no right way or wrong way to do anything in life. Everyone is different and what works for one may not work for the other. I'm not going to claim to be an expert. My point in this is just to share things from my point of view, and hopefully the point of view of some of my family members (if they are willing to join me).

I love to cruise, and my family tries to take at least one cruise a year. We live in Central Florida and are huge Disney Geeks. This blog is going to include our thoughts and comments on the vacations we take, the time we spend in the parks as well as my thoughts on any news and information relating to our vacation preferences.

I am also going to fill in the blanks and talk about vacations we have taken, and what we liked (or didn't like) on previous vacations.

Welcome aboard. Hope your enjoy our journey.

Mrs. Vacationista

Mariner of the Seas Live Blog: Day 3- Nassau

Today’s title should be really called "Ship Day in Port"!  As is customary for our group we like to utilize the ship facilities and explore when we are in a standard port.  In this case Nassau. The ship was docked really early at about 8 am and left at 11:59 pm.

We woke up late at about 9 am.  We got dressed and went to a packed Windjammer buffet.  Nothing really good to write about.  The place was jam packed and no room anywhere.  We were there late enough to get a seat in Chops  after they stopped its use for real suite guests. Junior Suites don’t rate this special perk. I found the food to be cold and very blah.  Oh well.   Maybe it was late, but it seemed half the ship was there. Another part of our party went to the dining room and said it was good.  We shall try there tomorrow.

We then all met for mini golf at the Mariner Dunes.  Very nice refurbished golf course.  It used to be in the back of the ship where the new Flowrider, Skypad  and water slides were addded.
The mini golf was great.  It now features the new look that has been in use on Royal ships for some years now.  The group had fun.

We then had K and friends go  swimming and try out the new Perfect Storm.   They loved the new slides.   Said they were a lot of fun!

We did not try the Skypad.

The team then decided we would go to try out the new Laser Tag in Studio B!  It is called the battle for a Planet Z!   It was a lot of fun.   It is first come first served.  The line was very short since it was a port day.  There is a max of 14 players and two teams are formed into the Aliens and the Robots.
You see a short briefing video, receive your gear and gun and then have about 7 minutes of fun.  The whole set up occurs in the area of the ice rink on a normal floor. There are walls made of rubber bounce house that is filled up. Just as the name implies, you are shooting the opponent.  Lots of fun to be had. Our team had middle of the road scores, but two honorable mentions...the most accurate player and the most trigger happy.  (That was me!)  This is a must do for those that will enjoy it!

We then had some time to do a music trivia in the Schooner bar before Dinner.  Dinner was in the new Izumi Hibachi. We had a great meal.  We chose it as we did not have many choices in the dining room and always love the Hibachi.  It was worth it.  We had a great chef and an even more awesome server.  Eduardo! He really took care of us! Thanks Eduardo!

After dinner we went to the show.  It was a cover band night.  Not just a cover band!  They were awesome!  Called Private Stock.  They have been around for 28 years and really do Rock!  We can’t say enough great stuff about them!  If they are ever in your area or on your cruise, they are a must see!   Great rock and roll from all the years past!   From Billy Joel to Elton John to Stevie Nicks and hair bands!   Don’t forget Journey!

It was now getting late and the gang was tired.  All retired at 10:30 ish except for me and a friend. We went to see The Quest scavenger hunt in Studio B!  Without giving away all the fun of the Adult Quest, it involves some crazy things for a great set of people to participate in.  We watched them call up teams to do the wackiest of things. Like a guy and a girl need to switch clothes!  You can see where this is going.  Don’t take the kids, they are not allowed.

What a great day! Tomorrow is a cruising day!

Random Observations:

  • 4 nights is too short!!  Enough said on that subject.
  • Izumi did not disappoint, but be warned that specialty dining now includes an 18% service fee on top of the pricing for each person.  
  • Our daughter was only charged $15 for her meal.
  • The new additions to the Mariner definitely do not disappoint and give this “older” ship a lot of extra bells and whistles to compete with the “newer” ships.

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