Good evening everyone! It is currently 10:45pm here on board the beautiful Mariner of the Seas as we sail away from the sunset of Palma de Mallorca and into the night sky towards Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. Today we were in the city of Palma on the island of Palma de Mallorca, Spain. We docked at 8:00am and disembarked around 10:00am after another delicious breakfast in the Windjammer Cafe. Every morning our breakfast starts off on a good foot as the very enthusiastic and friendly staff greet us as we walk in. After eating we made our way down to deck 1 to disembark the ship. After a quick walk towards the exit of the port, we made our way on to a local bus which took us to Illetas beach a few minutes away from the port.
Illetas beach is a small, cove-like beach located on the south end of the island. As we approached the beach we immediately noticed the crystal clear blue water slowly wading along the sandy white shore. We stayed at the beach for a couple of hours enjoying the warm Mediterranean Sun while swimming in the cool waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The island itself was just as beautiful as the beach. Huge palm trees lined the streets as well as the white, sandy coastline. The island of Palma de Mallorca, in my opinion, is almost an exact replica of Grand Cayman. The island was truly beautiful and I enjoyed my day very much.
Once I got back on board the ship, I decided to eat at Johnny Rocket’s for lunch. I didn’t end up waiting long for a table, but it did take a while for my food to arrive, but in the end, it was worth the wait. I haven’t had a Johnny Rocket’s burger in a while, and I can say that my expectations were exceeded. The burger was delicious and definitely worth the cover charge. I highly recommended eating at Johnny Rocket’s if you are on board a Voyager, Freedom, or Oasis class ship sometime soon.
We departed from Palma de Mallorca around 5:00pm today accompanied by the Costa Magica and the MSC Sinfonia. As we sailed away, we were treated to one more last look at the beautiful resort island of Palma de Mallorca.
After we had sailed away, the Royal Caribbean entertainment staff hosted the Royal Palooza parade on Mariner’s Royal Promenade in the center of the ship. The parade was basically a large circus combined with fun music and crazy costumes. Wait, that is a circus. Anyway, the parade was both amusing and entertaining and I thought it was a great way to utilize the beautiful Royal Promenade.
After dinner, I quickly stopped by the Crown & Anchor Society past guest party in the Solarium. As we entered the party, we were greeted by many of the ships officers, department managers, and Captain Nielsen. It was great to meet some of our cruise staff and be able to talk with them, even if only for a minute. I was able to talk with Captain Nielsen for a quick second and thank him for a great and safe cruise. He is a very respectable captain and I think that it was very nice and thoughtful of him to meet with us past cruisers and even allow us to take photos with him. As captain of Mariner of the Seas, he has truly made this an enjoyable and safe cruise.
Well, that’s it for me tonight. I have immensely enjoyed my day here in Palma and I cannot wait to dock in Sardinia tomorrow around noon. Until I blog again, have a great night and happy sailing!