Mariner of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – August 8, 2010 – August 15, 2010
Day 3 – Cabo San Lucas
Flying fish seen from our balcony
It’s day three on our cruise and is the day we planned to take it easy and use it as a “do nothing” day. We got up late and awoken to see flying fish off our balcony. It was quite a sight as we saw schools of fish leaping out of the water to land back into the water distances away. Their wings were so large that they looked like birds flying.
Everyone got ready leisurely. It’s another prove to us of why cruising is the best vacation for our travel style. We are not on a set schedule where we must follow strict scheduling nor are we in a state of forced relaxation. Everything is our choice and we don’t have to pack and move to a different town or hotel for a change of scenery. The scenery changes right outside of our window!
We had another great breakfast/brunch at Windjammer. After our meal we got the girls’ skates from the room then headed to Studio B for an ice skating session. Ice skating on the Mariner is very popular, so the sessions are only half an hour long. We signed up for the 12:30 p.m. session because the earlier ones were all taken (40 skaters allowed in each session). While waiting, we strolled to see the artwork for sale and auction in the gallery, and looked at the pictures that were taken in previous days by the ship’s photographers. At 12:30 p.m. we went back and had a great time skating in the tiny rink. The girls were bummed that they were only allowed to go in circles and everyone had to wear helmets, so they were unable to do their tricks on the ice even though they are advanced skaters. They were happy to find that skating for advanced skaters will be available at the first session on Saturday and they’ll be able to try anything they like on the ice at that time.
When we were done skating, we saw crowds lined up outside of Studio B waiting to get on the tender to go on land. The ship was not cleared by customs till 1:30 p.m., and most people were itching to get on land for their tours or just to go shopping in the local market. We’ve been to Cabo several times previously and had no intentions of getting off the ship, planning instead to take advantage of the empty pool and relaxing.
The girls had really liked playing Mahjong Stockwell Style (matching game J ) so we headed up to the game room for a couple of games. The day was too hot for the girls want to do any sports outdoors other than swimming, so off too the pool we went. Although the hot tubs were fresh water, the pools were “filtered” ocean water, and had water bugs in it today, chasing most people out of the pool. The girls decided to stay in the cooler hot tub more than they did in the pool to stay out of the water bugs’ way.
Tonight we had dinner reserved at Chops, one of Mariner’s two specialty restaurants. Although the specialty restaurants are reserved for guests 13+ later at night, they welcome all guests for seatings prior to 6:30 p.m. We reserved our table for 6 p.m. and were the first group to be seated in the restaurant. There is a $25 per person cover charge for Chops. Although the food is excellent and some dishes are quite worth the extra charge, other dishes were not so impressive and the food in the main dining room is so well prepared that we did not feel the need to make a repeat visit (vs. Carnival Pride, where we were so impressed with everything on the menu and the staff in their specialty dining restaurant, David, that we ate there three times during the 7 night sailing).
After dinner the girls decided to call it an early night while Mike and I headed for the night’s headliner show, Tribute – a salute to the Temptations. They were quite good and had the whole audience’s attention and participation through the show. We ended the night strolling down the Promenade and grabbing a snack for the girls before heading back to the room. It’s been a wonderfully relaxing afternoon and evening. We can’t wait for what is in store for the next day.
Watching from our balcony as Mariner of the Seas left Cabo San Lucas