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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 4- Sea Day

It’s Sea Day... we decided we were going to do breakfast in The Dining Room. The group met on level 3 to start the meal.  The breakfast has hot meals that can be ordered from the wait staff and a buffet for all the cold and continental items.   The wait staff was great and the food came out just right. Nice and relaxing compared to the Windjammer.


After breakfast K and a friend went to Jaime’s for a pre-reserved Cupcake decorating class. K says:  "It was so much fun!  We worked with pre-made cupcakes from the chef.  He showed us how to ice them with special designs.  He showed us how to make a rose out of fondant.  It was so cool.  We decorated four cupcakes each."  8 cupcakes for the whole gang to eat later!

While the decorating was going on, the rest of the group walked around the ship and everyone met up at our cozy Starbucks corner.   Drinks and snacks just like on land with a great view outside the big ocean view and promenade window.


The gang went up to the Viking Crown Lounge where there was great views of the sunny day and we had a few great games of Uno.  Also some yummy chocolate chip cookies from the Windjammer. Yummmm.

Then four of the adults attended the Escape Room called The Observatorium. It was so awesome.  There were 12 people in this fee based activity. $19.99 each. It runs all day with times you can pre-book on the cruise planner. It starts off with a quick briefing of what is happening and then you enter the room.  Without giving too much away you have 60 min to solve the issue at hand.  It takes communication, teamwork and a lot of analysis and deduction to figure out clues that are all around the room.  We actually solved the puzzle with just over 5minutes to spare.  The host said that about 40% of the teams solve it.   She was very impressed with our group cause we solved it missing one clue that we never found. She said we solved the hardest part easily and had a hard time with an easy one. Lol.  It was great, but it really requires the group work together to solve this and escape! Personally, I had no clue on some of the challenges, so I left that for the smart people, but I did help to solve a key component and found many clues! Lol.  I would highly recommend this if it’s for you.  There are 4 Escape rooms in the fleet so far, with more coming.




The group then decided a late snack (lunch not had) at the Cafe Promenade was needed. pizza and sandwiches for most.

Then we went to the Schooner Bar at 4 for Harry Potter Trivia. Half the group are Potter Fans. The other half fell asleep or just listened in. The group found these questions very challenging. Still interesting to hear all the questions and answers.

Our final dinner at the main dining room took place and as usual the food and service were great! We found our servers to be most attentive and they cared about our needs and changes to menu items as well as multiple desserts! Lol

We unfortunately needed to pack after dinner so we decidedly to not see the show. We then met up for games in the library!  Off to bed for most by 10:30, however I went with another party member to explore the ship. We went to the Helipad and pretty much spent most time there. It was phenomenal. The full moon and Mars were just above and out to the distance were clouds and lightening! So hard to capture it all in pictures...




Then, some extra walking around the ship and off to bed.
Tomorrow we get off the ship... four nights is a short trip, but we did have a great relaxing time.

Random Observations:

  • Escape room was a lot of fun. Go with people you know if you are not as outgoing, but you will find you totally get right into it and start searching the room and get going.
  • The ship is beautiful and the refurbishment with new Royal Caribbean Wows really breathes new life into the older ships and makes this a must do for people who want some extra activities.
  • Lazer Tag was so much fun! Highly recommend you doing this to try it out. We wanted to go go back but had no time... next cruise!
  • K said the new water slides, the Perfect Storm was a great plus as well!


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