Author: Brian Kavanagh Obe
First time with RSSC and on Mariner and expectations were high considering the cost of their cruises. We felt the ship's decor was understated, if not bland and cheerless. Restaurants and Bars were excellent as were the staff serving in them. The standard of food and beverages was also excellent. The entertainment in the theatre was poor, with an accent on single musicians, which was disappointing for a wide variety of nationalities with catholic tastes. Although there were plenty of sun loungers on the pool deck and above, it was disappointing that Deck 6, which had loads of deck space, was not utilised at all. It would have provided guests with a shaded part of the ship to relax and enjoy fresh sea air, but, for some unknown reason, was left empty and unused. The greatest surprise and delight was the huge stateroom and shower room. They were easily the best we have experienced in almost 20 cruises with many cruise lines. Finally, unless there is a great deal on offer, I doubt we will sail with RSSC again, we simply could not justify the standard expenditure for what we would obtain in return.