All of Seven Seas Mariner's staterooms span at least 301 square feet, and all are true suites with separate sleeping and sitting areas, queen beds, balconies (with fashionable and comfortable deep gray willow-effect seating), marble bathrooms and walk-in closets.
Color schemes are predominantly gold, deep red and burnt orange with warm cherry wood cabinets and trim. Walk-in closets have safes and plenty of hanging space, with enough room for long frocks. Balconies are big enough for gray rattan-style armchairs which are plenty comfy with thick cream cushions, even if you can't lie full-length.
The bathrooms have good storage space and are elegantly tiled in marble, with roomy walk-in showers in most suites and bathtubs in top grades, plus all the usual accoutrements you'd expect on a luxury grade ship: snuggly bathrobes and slippers, hair dryers, safes and well-stocked fridges. Toiletries are from L'Occitane, and they're generously replenished.
There's also a substantial but discreet flat-screen 18-channel TV with a DVD player. So when you're not out enjoying the view from your balcony, you can catch up with the world via the BBC, Sky or Fox News, watch sports, a documentary or a travel program, or enjoy a film from the ship's extensive DVD library. Outlets are built for American plugs, so take an adapter if you're from elsewhere. Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship.
Seven Seas Mariner's largest suites span 2,002 square feet, and in the top seven categories (Penthouse, Category B and higher, which comprises about 18 percent of the ship's accommodations), they're served by butlers who manage dining reservations, deliver pre-dinner hors d'oeuvres and room service orders, and handle shore excursion and concierge services.
In other words, with a butler you'll have a 24/7 go-to person to cater to virtually any whim, including glasses of Champagne or dinner on your balcony.
Thanks to Seven Seas Mariner's 2014 refit, you'll also get to enjoy a stylish new look. The ship's Grand, Master, Mariner, Seven Seas, Horizons and Penthouse suites received all new furniture, upholstery, lighting and wall coverings while the ship was in dry-dock. Now its top suites feature sophisticated decor designed to exude "Park Avenue elegance." It all looks very smart in soft shades of mint green, dove grey, fawn and wheat accented with a palette of more dominant espresso, chocolate, gold, burgundy and silver tones.
Lesser mortals who don't have butler-serviced suites may miss out on these extra bells and whistles, but regular suites are attractive and well maintained, and cabin stewards deliver excellent service -- including in-cabin meals -- with a smile.
As regards in-cabin drinks, you'll be welcomed with a bottle of Champagne on ice and a substantial fruit basket, which is replenished daily. A small refrigerator in each suite holds water, soft drinks and beer. Because the ship now provides complimentary drinks in all bars, it doesn't have a bar setup in the suites, but you can call room service if you want a tipple.
Seven Seas Mariner has six staterooms with facilities for disabled passengers. Several suites also feature walk-in shower stalls without bathtubs, a good option for taller travellers or those who struggle to get over the side of a high bathtub.
Self-service laundry facilities are located on decks 8, 9 and 10 and are available at no extra charge.