25 Best things to do on Mariner of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

25 Best Things to do on Mariner of the Seas

Royal Caribbean cruise ships have so many fun activities that the whole family will love.  Here are the 25 best things to do on Mariner of the Seas.

My teenage daughter and I sailed on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas in late August 2022.  The Mariner of the Seas is a voyager-class cruise ship.  Here is our list of the best Mariner of the Seas activities.

25 Best things to do on Mariner of the Seas to have the best cruise vacation.

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25 Best Things to Do on Mariner of the Seas

1. Flowrider surf simulator

I’m not going to lie; we were too scared to try this one ourselves.  But we did enjoy watching others, especially the advanced surf sessions. 

The Flow Rider is at the back of the ship near the Perfect Storm water slides.  This area had a fun vacation vibe with the loud music playing.

If you stand along the side of the simulator, you will get wet.  They have shaded seating further off to the side and seating right in front as well.

If you want to try this yourself, they offer times for boogie boarding, advanced stand up surfing, and mixed wave. 

The Royal Caribbean Flow Rider is one of many things to do on Mariner of the Seas

2. Laser tag

My daughter had the best time playing laser tag, it was very popular with the teens onboard.

Be sure to check the Cruise Compass daily schedule or the Royal Caribbean app for the dates and times.  On our 8-night cruise it was only offered once.

For more details check out Mariner of the Seas Laser Tag {The Details}

3. Sky pad

**UPDATE: Royal Caribbean has now closed this activity on all their cruise ships.

The sky pad on Mariner of the Seas is a virtual bungee trampoline experience. 

There is no cost to try the sky pad.

Mariner of the Seas sky pad, a free activity on Mariner of the Seas

4. Play in the sports court

The sports court is the basketball area located on deck 13.

The sports court is much more than just the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas basketball court.  Several different free daytime activities are held here including:

  • Dance fit classes
  • Bean bag toss
  • Volleyball
  • Pickleball
  • Archery

There is also a ping pong table (some refer to it as table tennis) in the sports court area as well.

5. Mariner of the Seas escape room

This is one of the few activities that have an additional cost.  The cost was $19.99.  (The price can obviously change.) Reservations are made on the app while onboard. 

This was very challenging but very fun.   It lasts one hour and is played with 12 people maximum.  They like to have a minimum of 8 to play but would play with 6 if everyone agreed. 

The room is large, I was worried at first that with 12 people we’d be stepping on each other’s toes, but that wasn’t the case.

One of the best things to do on the Mariner of the Seas is the escape room, there is however and extra cost.

6.  Lounge on the pool deck

The pool deck is a lively fun area.  At select times there is live music, line dancing, and fun to watch games such as Sexiest Man Alive.  What was hilarious to watch.

7. Relax in the Solarium pool area

This is the adults only pool area, you must be 16+ to use this area. 

The Mariner of the Seas solarium doesn’t have a glass roof like on some of the other Royal Caribbean ships, it is open air.

The Mariner of the Seas Solarium area has really nice, padded lounge chairs and wonderful day beds.  There is one pool, 2 large hot tubs and a bar.  The hot tubs felt cooler than the ones by the main pool area.

The Solarium area fills up FAST!  By 7 am most if not all the lounge chairs and especially the day beds were claimed.  However, by early evening it was virtually empty.  This is when we enjoyed it the most.

The Solarium pool area on Mariner of the Seas is the perfect place to unwind with a good book in a relaxed environment.

Mariner of the Seas solarium deck, some people refer to it as the solarium eventhough there is no  glass roof
Mariner of the Seas Solarium area
Photo by Load The Luggage

8. Enjoy a milkshake at Johnny Rockets

The best part is that milkshakes are included in both the deluxe beverage (alcoholic) and the refreshment (non-alcoholic) drink packages.

My favorite is the Oreo milkshake.

9. Take in a Mariner of the Seas ice skating show

The ice skating show is located in the Studio B ice rink on deck 3.  The jumps and spins are extra impressive considering they are performed on a moving ship.

There is no charge to watch the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas ice skating show.

10. Have nachos in Playmakers Sports Bar

Playmakers Sports Bar is one of the specialty restaurants on Mariner of the Seas.  There is an additional cost to eat here.  The nachos were our favorite.  There are also a few old school video games at the back of Playmakers.

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11. Enjoy the sauna and steam room

These are located in the fitness center.  You can read more about it in:

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12. Mariner of the Seas mini golf

The mini golf on Mariner of the Seas is called Mariner Dunes. This is free family friendly activity.

Mariner of the Seas mini golf is a fun thng to do on your family cruise vacation

13. Play in the Mariner of the Seas arcade

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14. Formal night in the main dining room

It can be fun getting dressed up and enjoying a nice dinner, especially if it is something you don’t do at home much.

There is no additional cost to eat in the main dining room, it is included in your cruise fare.

15. Rock climbing wall

Give the rock wall a try.

One of the things to do on Mariner of the Seas is climb the rock wall
Mariner of the Seas rock wall
Photo by Load the Luggage.com

16. Ice skating

Ice skating on a cruise ship is a neat experience.  This is a free activity available at select times.  A pair of ice skates are provided but be sure to pack long pants.

17. Watch the sunrise with a Starbucks tea

I’m not usually a morning person, but it was so worth it to get up and watch the sunrise.  Sipping a Starbucks made it that much better.

You do have to pay for Starbucks, it isn’t included in any of the drink packages, but if you have a Starbucks addiction like I do, it’s worth it.

Watch the sunrise with a Starbucks dirnk

18. Late night pizza in Café Promenade

Café Promenade is located in the Mariner of the Seas royal promenade.  A late-night pizza snack is the perfect way to end the day. 

19. Watch the game shows

We really enjoyed the game shows where other passengers participated.  There were several offered and were all a lot of fun to watch. 

Just some of the game shows offered were:

  • Friendly Feud
  • Battle of the Sexes
  • Majority rules

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20. Kids clubs

If you are cruising with children, they will want to check out the kids’ clubs. There are different children’s activities for different age groups. Whether you are traveling with young kids or older kids they will find fun activities.

21. Karaoke

Whether or not you are brave enough to get up there and sing, karaoke is fun to watch. 

22. Relax in a hammock

You will find hammocks and swing chairs on deck 13 between the sports court and the Flowrider.

Hammock on Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas

23.  Enjoy a frozen yogurt

Have a soft serve frozen yogurt on the pool deck.  This is complimentary.

24. Watch an outdoor movie

Relax on a poolside lounge chair to watch an outdoor movie on the big screen. Maybe even watch part of it from one of the hot tubs.

25. Join in the dance parties

There are several dance parties.  Some are on the pool deck, while others are in the promenade.  Join in, don’t be shy. 

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We loved our Mariner of the seas cruise with Royal Caribbean International.  As you can see, there are so many great things to do on this cruise ship.  These are what we thought were the best things to do on Mariner of the Seas. I’m sure you will have a great time.

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