Mariner's newly refurbished public rooms mirror the ship's classic style and casual elegance, and its internal layout is beautifully simple.
Right at the top of the ship on Deck 12 is a lovely Observation Lounge which, as its name suggests, offers panoramic 270-degree sea views and has a glamorous new 1930s Hollywood look, its pale ivory and gold seating accented with splashes of deep ruby on the carpet.
One deck down from there, you'll find La Veranda/Sette Mari, the Pool Grill and the decent-sized, recently re-tiled swimming pool, flanked by showers and three whirlpools with a view.
The rest of Mariner's public rooms span decks 5 to 7. Deck 7 hosts the casino and a well-stocked and fairly reasonably priced boutique, where you can pick up any forgotten essentials like sun cream, as well as luxury goods like perfume, handbags, collared shirts and other goodies. This deck also holds the Canyon Ranch Spa (see Spa & Fitness section).
One deck Down on Deck 6, you'll find the ship's main entertainment area, with the stylish two-tier Constellation Theatre at the forward end and the comfortable Horizon Lounge at the aft.
Both received major facelifts during the ship's 2014 refit. The theatre gained a new LED wall, which acts as a spectacular backdrop for productions. The theater has also been upholstered and re-carpeted to provide maximum comfort for showgoers, and it boasts new wall coverings, cocktail tables, wall sconces, banquette seats and chairs.
Meanwhile, the Horizon Lounge has gained a new stone-fronted bar and has been enhanced by chic new furnishings and lighting, deep new carpeting and lustrous wall coverings.
The Stars Lounge nightclub, set midship on Deck 6, now has a dramatic new look and is clad in sophisticated shades of plum, smoky gray, gold, black and cream. Highlights include a new stone-topped bar, wool carpets, leather seats, dark hardwood panelling and hammered-copper accents.
Deck 6 also holds the ship's well-stocked (and permanently accessible) library and Internet Center. (Incidentally, Wi-Fi and Internet access are now included in Regent's fares as part of line's multimillion-dollar investment in upgrading connectivity. From November 2014, passengers booking Concierge-level suites or higher will receive up to 500 minutes of free Wi-Fi. Exactly how much you get depends on which category of suite you book.)
Also located on Deck 6 are a card and conference room, Signatures restaurant, the ship's Art Auction displays and the Connoisseurs Club (a cozy venue for lovers of fine liqueurs), as well as the Garden Promenade, an airy, pleasant midship venue for reading, relaxing and enjoying delightfully old-fashioned pursuits like putting together jigsaw puzzles.
Our whistlestop tour of the vessel ends on Deck 5, where, at the bottom of the main atrium, you'll find the ship's reception and tours desks, as well as the lower level of the Constellation Theatre, the Compass Rose Restaurant (which spans the full width of the ship and offers sea views on both sides) and the Prime Seven steakhouse.
This deck also holds the ship's loveliest bar, the Mariner Lounge. With its soft lighting, tinkling piano and vast, feather-soft armchairs, it's THE place to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail. This has also been refurbished with a new bar, stone flooring and some pretty lamps and tables. A highlight is the vast "birdcage" set at one end of the bar, containing a dazzling candelabra.
Mariner's new look isn't confined to the indoor areas; the ship's exterior decks and alfresco lounges also got a makeover. New teak has been installed on the balconies of all 350 suites and teak decking resurfaced to "good as new" standard. Outdoor areas gained elegant new all-weather sofas, chairs and loungers, too.