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Mariner of the Seas Finds a New Home

by Jeff Hoyt

Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas

One size fits all does not ring true in the cruise industry. While some prefer smaller ships, others prefer the greater amounts of amenities available on larger cruise ships. Royal Caribbean International has moved its 1,020-feet-long Mariner of the Seas to Los Angeles, making it the largest ship ever to offer cruise vacations on the West Coast.

This behemoth belonging to the line's Voyager class of ships contains 1,557 staterooms accommodating up to 3,835 guests, as well as a rock-wall, ice-skating rink, a full-size basketball and sports court, an inline skating track, a Royal Promenade lined with shops, and a total of seven restaurants (including a Ben & Jerry's and Johnny Rockets) and 16 bars and themed lounges. At nearly one-fifth-of-a-mile-long, there is also room for three swimming pools, six whirlpools, a fitness center, a full-service spa, casino, 1,362-seat theater, library, two-story nightclub, and even a 9-hole miniature golf course open 24 hours.

Mariner of the Seas is currently being used for seven-night cruises year-round, with ports of call at Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan, Mexico. It's hard to imagine ever being bored during the three days at sea. And for cruise traditionalists, they even offer shuffleboard!

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