Review of Mariner Of The Seas deck 4 (Casino-Lounge)
The Royal Theatre (balcony level 3 of 3)
Centrum is the ship’s Atrium (lobby level 1) located midship. This is an open-floor design area (spanning several decks above) surrounded by lounges, bars and shops. The Atrium is the ship’s main social hub and features panoramic glass elevators, some of which are interior (with a Centrum view). The other panoramic lifts are located on the outside and offer sea views. On the Atrium’s lobby level are also held Fine Art Auctions. The Centrum’s daily entertainment includes aerial shows (acrobatic performances) and giant LED screens.
Schooner Bar (capacity 130 seats) is the RCI’s signature piano bar for classy cocktails, live music and trivia games. Decor is nautically-themed, with dark wood, marble, sails, decorative rope netting. There is a grand piano for live performances and sing-alongs in the evenings. Trivia quizzes and Sudoku contests are also part of the evening entertainment.
The Golden Room (disco’s upper level) was redesigned as a VIP Casino lounge served by its own bar. This is an exclusive lounge (invitation-only) also used for high-stakes poker gaming.
Casino Royale (capacity 418 seats) is a Vegas-style gambling casino with all 292 slot machines and 17 gaming tables, a full-service Casino Bar. The Casino staff also provides complimentary gambling lessons. Regularly, here are hosted gambling tournaments. The list of available games includes poker (machines) and table games (Craps, Roulette, Black Jack 21, Caribbean Stud Poker). Slot machines accept real quarters, so getting tokens from the cashier desk is optional. The lounge area is served by the Casino Bar. The lounge area is furnished with tables, plush chairs, sofas. Casino Royale is a smoking-allowed area but also has a small non-smoking section.
Boleros Lounge (capacity 74 seats) is the RCI’s Latin-themed lounge-bar-nightclub. The lounge has comfortable seating, large dance floor, stage for Latin band music performances (salsa and merengue) in the evenings. The cocktails menu has an extensive list of mojitos, margaritas, premium tequilas and rums. After 10 pm, the Boleros Lounge transforms into a disco nightclub with DJ programming.
Starbucks Coffee (a freestanding kiosk, menu) is located in the Atrium area. Royal Caribbean's Starbucks bars provide products and services similar to the coffee brand's land-based venues. Prices are also similar. All beverages can be paid via the Starbucks mobile app, via Starbucks gift cards (only on ships with a kiosk) or charged to passenger's onboard account (SeaPass). Shipboard Starbucks purchases are eligible to earn rewards, but those can be redeemed only on land-based stores.
*Izumi Japanese Cuisine (menu) is the RCI’s signature pan-Asian cuisine specialty restaurant with mostly traditional Japanese dishes (sushi-teppanyaki-hibachi, tableside cooking). The restaurant is a la carte priced and open for Lunch (seadays only, between 12-1:30 pm) and Dinner (between 6-9:30 pm). Reservations are required. The restaurant is comprised of a sushi bar (sushi/sashimi) and another section with 2 hibachi stations. The menu includes sushi rolls, signature rolls, sashimi (2- or 5-piece, also combo platter), sukiyaki, yakimeshi, ishiyaki (grill / chicken, beef), wakame salad (seaweed), pan-fried gyoza dumplings, hot/cold appetizers, premium seafood (tuna, shrimp, lobster, eel, crab), desserts (ice cream, pancake, caramel flan, dessert sampler) and specialty drinks (cocktails, beer, sake selection). Edamame soybeans and miso soup are complimentary. Izumi has Teppanyaki menu (for iron griddle-cooked food) and Omakase menu (Chef’s choice).
Izumi Express is the Royal Caribbean’s new “sushi to go” option available fleetwide since July 2016. The “take-out sushi” is fresh-made and of premium quality. The new option is a great choice for families with kids (avoiding the formal sit-down meal) and for all passengers willing to enjoy this popular Japanese food somewhere else on the cruise ship (incl in their cabins). Izumi Express sushi ordering is via phone (any one on the ship, incl the cabins) and also by going to the Izumi restaurant and placing your order there. Guests can order any item from Izumi’s sushi menu during the restaurant’s operational hours. The staff takes the order and provides a time window to pick it up (usually within 10-15 min). Meals are in to-go containers (plastic, transparent) and conveniently bagged up. Quick and easy takeaway service is provided by the new Izumi Express carts (colored in black) offering up to 8 sushi rolls.
Top Hat and Tails Restaurant is an aft-located complimentary Dining Room (menu, capacity 502 seats) for Dinner only with 2 fixed seatings (at 6 or 8:30 pm).