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Weekend Getaways With Royal Caribbean International – Day 1 & 2

♦ DAY 1 ♦

What an incredible way to get away for the weekend! Thank you Royal Caribbean International for showing us the most amazing time. It was my first cruise ever and I’m sharing everything from my trip. Sharing day 1 (half day) and 2 here, also check out Day 3! I just really wanted to share all my photos, and review of the Mariner of the Seas with you guys. Enjoy!

royal caribbean mariner of the seas deck next to Cococay Island Bahamas Full of Palm Trees

Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas went through a $90 million makeover to provide guests with more chance to plan for a perfect weekend on this ship. We went for a 3-night Bahamas weekend escape. It was a short break with non-stop action and fun-filled adventures. I was amazed at all the things we were able to enjoy in 2 days!royal caribbean mariner of the seas on the ocean

♦ The Room 

My best friend and I stayed in a Balcony room. A lot of experienced cruise travelers told me that cruise ships usually have rooms that are extremely small with just a window. But, the Mariner of the Seas had more rooms with balconies than all the other cruises I’ve seen. The balcony room was perfect for 2 people! Besides the balcony, our favorite part of the room was the dressing table mirror with lights attached. Felt like beauty bloggers doing our makeup infront of those lights.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Getaway Balcony Room AccommodationRoyal Caribbean Mariner Of the Seas Beauty Blogger Mirror & StorageRoyal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Balcony View of the Ocean

Highly recommend getting the balcony room on your cruise. Taking small breaks on the balcony in between all the adventures was a great way to unwind.
Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Balcony View of the Ocean
♦ Exploring the Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Pool Deck With Giant TV Screen

I took these pictures the first day after checking in, it was about 3:00 pm on a Friday. People were still checking in and at this time the ship was docked in Port Miami. I already checked in the night before and had my SeaPass with me, but it still took some time to go through security and receiving the boarding documents.  I thought the process would be much faster with the SeaPass printed, but I was so wrong! If you want to enjoy the ship when it’s a little less crowded, I highly recommend checking in as early as possible and enjoying the day by the pool.

Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Sky Pad next to Basketball CourtThere were kids playing basketball, people enjoying the pool and some were having way too much fun on the FlowRider surf simulator. Loved the view of Downtown Miami from the ship.

Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Flowrider Girl SurfingView of Downtown Miami Brickell from Royal Caribbean Ship Mariner of the SeasRoyal Caribbean Hammocks with a view of Downtown MiamiRoyal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Huge Water slide on the ship

This is The Perfect Storm – Mariner of the Seas’ three stories high water slide.
Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Colorful String Hammock SwingRoyal Caribbean Interior Bamboo Room Pink Flamingos on the windowCute little Flamingos outside The Bamboo Room. We met up with the rest of the team at this tropical bar to grab a kitschy-cool cocktail. It was a great way to meet everyone and kick off our cruise adventures.Travel Blogger Afroza Khan on the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas cruise during golden hour

My first time on a cruise. It was an incredibly calming experience! Watching the sunset from the middle of the ocean was one for the books.

We ended our amazing first day by having dinner at Izumi. Had way too much fun while our entertaining chef prepared the most delicious Asian-inspired dishes!

♦ DAY 2 ♦Towel Bunny Cruise Balcony Room Cruise Compass

Make sure to keep your cruise compass with you throughout the day. The cruise compass is the daily onboard newsletter. It has a guide to all that’s happening on the cruise each day. It also has all the information on featured activities, show times, special events and much more. Travel Bloggers Boat Ride to Cococay Island from Royal Caribbean Cruise

Woke up super early to head to CocoCay, a private island owned by Royal Caribbean. We had to get on a small boat to get to CocoCay. By next year, this private island will be completely transformed and the ship will be able to dock right by the island.View of Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas from a small boatColorful Beach Chairs CocoCay Private Island Bahamas

Getting to CocoCay extremely early has its perks. Felt like we had the whole island to ourselves.
Palm Tree Leaves Shadows on sandTravel Blogger Afroza Khan Wearing Tribal Print Top and Straw HatPineapple drink with paper umbrellas cococay island bahamas

The first thing we did was hunt down these pineapple drinks for some cool Instagram pics. But, the drinks were so refreshing and tasty. We tried the coco loco and you should definitely grab one while you’re there.
Travel Blogger Afroza Khan in Tribal print dress in CocoCay Island Bahamas


Travel Blogger Afroza Khan Wearing One-piece Island Vibes Swimsuit with flower in hairCabanas in CocoCay Private Island

After the drink, it was all about spending the rest of the day by the private cabanas. It’s a little far from the market area, but there was a tram going through every five minutes. I was really impressed by this beautiful island. But, I’m also looking forward to all the new installations and fun activities they will be adding next year.

CocoCay will be completely transformed and will have the tallest waterslide in North America, a helium balloon ride, swim up bar in Bahamas’ largest freshwater pool, and a little taste of Bora Bora in the only private overwater cabanas. Yup, that absolutely sounds like the Perfect Day at CocoCayTravel Blogger Afroza Khan walking on beach near private cabanas in BahamasThings to do in CocoCay BahamasColorful Houses in Cococay Island BahamasSunset from Royal Caribbean Cruise

After our day at the Island, we snuck in a quick nap before heading out to dinner at Jamie’s Italian.
Jamie's Italian Restaurant Mariner of the Seas Royal CaribbeanTravel Blogger Afroza Khan Dinner at Jamie's ItalianJamie's Italian Restaurant Royal Caribbean Mariner of the SeasJamie's Italian Appetizers on Mariner of the Seas

The selection at Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver was incredible. It’s the first seafaring outpost of Jamie Oliver’s hugely popular restaurant. From service to the dishes, it was just a delicious dinner with an amazing group. Jamie's Italian Salmon Dinner at Royal Caribbean CruiseTwo Girls Best Friends Happy Silhouette Sunset CruiseRoyal Caribbean Mariner of the seas near Cococay Island Bahamas

Find out more about all that Royal Caribbean has to offer and plan your adventurous weekend trip with the Mariner of the Seas.

xoxo, Afroza

Outfit photos by Harleen Kaur.

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