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Immersive Asian Holiday With Royal Caribbean

Posted October 13th, 2015

I recently cruised on Mariner of the Seas out of Singapore on the Spices of Asia itinerary. This was my first cruise with Royal Caribbean and I was very impressed with the high standard in all aspects of the ship and the company itself.

I had a balcony cabin and it was massive! The views were amazing and it was especially nice being able to wake up to fresh sea air on our balcony every morning.

The standard of dining was also great; there was a wide variety of cuisines and quality throughout everything they served from the main dining room to the buffet.

I am allergic to nuts and often struggle when overseas with getting information on what contains nuts when ordering food, but this was the best experience I have had while dining anywhere in the world! The staff always endeavoured to find out what I could eat every night whether that be in the main dining room or at the buffet.

I tried all the specialty dining options and highly recommend them all. My favourite was ‘Chop's Grill’ - great steak. The surcharge for these options was not expensive at all; they all represent great value for money and are perfect for a special night out on holiday.

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Although this is a large ship with a guest capacity of over 3,000 passengers, I never found myself in crowds or long lines. I really liked the ‘Solarium’ pool which was more focused on adults in a separate area, away from the main pools suitable for younger families.

When in Phuket, I did the 'Phi Phi Island Hopping' shore excursion and it was fabulous, definitely worth the money. It takes you to all the Phi Phi Islands so you can swim and snorkel in beautiful crystal waters while enjoying the incredible scenery.

This cruise is perfect for anyone doing their first cruise as the waters are so calm and the itinerary only has one sea day.

It's also a great option for a short tropical getaway or in conjunction with a holiday in Singapore. I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Clarke Quay in Singapore, which was very central and new.

Written by: Casey Edmonds, Cruise Expert at Cruiseabout Mandurah, WA

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