“Good but could be better for the price”
Cruise review of Seven Seas Mariner

lovetotravel54 Seven Seas Mariner 4 Good but could be better for the price
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We have previously travelled with mainstream cruise lines such as P&O, Princess, Celebrity, RCI etc and thought we would try a more expensive '5 star' cruise. While many elements of the ship and the cruise were excellent and merited the extra cost, there were some surprising negatives also. Food varied from acceptable to excellent, with the exception of the Signatures restaurant - pretentious menu and average to poor food! The main restauarant was great for couples with lots of tables for 2 by the windows! The food was often great - lunches in the main restaurant were particularly unusual and excellently flavoured; also the portions were not too big which is great at lunchtime. Occasionally, however, there were some very odd and definitely second class offerings - one afternoon tea, the only sandwiches were cheap potted meat or jam (I haven't been offered a jam sandwich since I was a child when it was definitely food for the poor!!!) The upsides first:- Wonderful cabin - spacious, well-equipped, good balcony, beautifully furnished. Some things we particularly liked were the curtained area for sitting, separated from the bedroom - this allowed me to get up earlier than my husband and to read and use the balcony without disturbing him!; the walk-in closet with lots of hanging space and drawers; big bathroom with very big shower area, lovely toiletries and lots of space. (We had a cabin with only a shower and this gives you lots of room if, like us, you do not want a bath. Great staff - friendly throughout the ship, including the officers; nothing too much trouble; efficient and helpful. Even the tour staff were good and this is often one area where cruise ships are poor!! Lots of space in the ship - no queues for anything, even the buffet restaurant had lots of tables whenever you wanted to eat. The ship felt quiet and uncrowded throughout the cruise - very relaxing. No attempts to keep selling to you, which is unusual - no photographers constantly in your face trying to take photos and sell them to you, no pressure to use the shops. This is all in line with the fact that everything is included so you don't constantly have to show your cruise card. At the same time, the staff were great in keeping you supplied with food and drink - no need to chase them at all. It makes for a very relaxing time. Tours were good - no feeling that, because they are free, they are a lesser class than those sold on other cruise ships. Ports of call were all great - some a bit busy but that is the only possible negative, and is not RSSC's fault!! Downsides:- The tours were all early morning and nearly all scheduled at similar times. This made a few issues - overcrowding and lines waiting to disembark. The worst point, however, was that the mealtimes were not adjusted to take account of the tours. So, the restaurant was only open in the morning as you were reporting to the tour - you could only have a sit-down meal if you were staying on the ship! You had to use the buffet (sometimes cold food!!) or have room service which was often the only practical option. Similarly, you had to rush back at the end of the tour if you wanted to be served because many of the tours ended at 1.00-1.15 and the restaurant closed at 1.30. Even the buffet closed at 2.00 so you could not have a look round the port after the tour if you wanted to eat. There was always room service but that always takes time to order and receive, and the choice is limited. Generally, the availability of food was the poorest I have come across on any ship. Apart from room service, there were gaps in the morning and afternoon where you struggled to find food. This meant you had to keep an eye on the time to ensure you did not miss a meal - not what you want on a cruise. One morning we got up at 9.00 (hardly sleeping in!!) and found only one place we could eat cold food!! It would be nice when you get back to the ship to find cold drinks and cold towels available - they do this on Celebrity which is a cheaper option. A bit galling to be moored next to a cheaper cruiseline and seeing them being regaled with cold towels!! The public areas looked a bit tired to us and no wow factor. Downsides may sound a bit picky but this cruise is expensive and is meant to be top class so I think you should expect excellence! Overall, a very good experience but I think RSSC should travel on some other lines to see how it could be improved to 5 star all round
Seven Seas Mariner Cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean
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Cabin review: Deluxe Suite

Port and Shore Excursions

Having visited Athens before, we took a trip to Cape Sounion and I couldn't recommend more highly - it was fabulous. It is a long but wonderful coach ride along the lovely coastline. Cape Sounion is spectacular with the Temple of Poseidon wonderfully positioned on aheadland. While we were there, it was quiet - only about 20 of us in the whole site - fantastic tour!!
Lovely island - very green and scenic. Corfu Town is lovely with lots of interesting old buildings and shops. The Old Fort is well worth exploring
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Beautiful and lots to see but very busy, which almost spoiled it for us. Also, we only had hald a day which is not long enough to do it justice
It would be 5+ if it wasn't for the crowds. We sailed in at lunchtime - best arrival I have experienced in any port as you sail close to all the main sights. Lots to see and do but incredibly busy everywhere. Blue Mosque, Topkapi, Kariye Cami, Grand Bazaar all well worth visiting but Yerebatan Sariye (the underground cistern) is the highlight for me!
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Lovely old town with lots to see. We did a trip to Perast in the bay which I would strongly recommend - beautiful place and lots to see. We also walked up the hill over Kotor - hard work but great views
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Took the trip to Ephesus - just magnificent - interesting countryside, wonderul ruins. Only downside was the crowds - be ready to be one of the multitude. We visited the House of the Virgin Mary and St John's Basilica where he is buried - you really feel you are walking into history!
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Just one of our favourite destinations - spectacular scenery, beautiful villages, lovely people. We were lucky - only 2 small cruise ships there - so it was easy to get around by coach and on foot in the villages. My sister went when there were 8 cruise ships and all they saw was traffic!!!
Wonderful but very very very busy. You need to get out on your own and walk away from the main centres if you want some peace and quiet
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Published 10/18/11
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