First time Regent cruisers: Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review by Nonni2nine

Seven Seas Mariner 5

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First time Regent cruisers

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: South America
Embarkation: Rio de Janeiro
The follow is actually our mid-cruise evaluation.

We have both constructive suggestions and criticisms as well as what we especially like. We are enjoying this cruise immensely and hope to return.

Compass Rose
-Very good wine selections
-There appears to be no enforcement of the dress code in the dining rooms. We have seen people wearing jeans with holes in them and T-shirts. We feel this is disrespectful when the dress code is Casual Elegant after 6:00.
-Attentive bar service and wait staff
-The waiters (mainly Filipinos) call us "Ma'am/Sir" to both my husband and me, which is becoming offensive. In other words, my name is "Ma'am-Sir". If I could be addressed as "ma'am" that would be good! Other people are noticing this also.
-Most all soup has a lot of cream which for us makes it very rich tasting and fattening!
-Breakfast time the food has arrived cold and items like pancakes, waffles and toast are hard and dry with the French More Toast being the exception, which is delicious.
-We love the different sorbets daily. Wonderful! And we have become addicted to the French bread! The food aboard is generally very good.

Signatures Restaurant
-Great ambiance and excellent service
-My lamb chops were too pink, I sent them back and came back too tough to eat
-Keon in Signatures is excellent. Called us by name the entire evening and was very professional and attentive.

Prime 7 Restaurant
-Wonderful atmosphere and service.
-Food selections were very good and tasted good!

La Veranda:
-Very informal and a grazing buffet daily for breakfast and lunch. Food always the same with a few variations in salads and desserts. It's nice to sit on the veranda in the back of the ship when the weather is calm
-Different pasta selections daily and made instantly to your request

-In room service is on time, friendly pleasant service and is usually warm
-Kirti, waitress, is excellent. Did not call us Ma'am/Sir. Friendly, efficient, darling.
Head Somelier-Daniella is excellent.

-On embarkation day it was an easy check-in, BUT no one to escort us to our room and show us where everything was and how it works. On Day 12 of the cruise we found out there is a navy blue Regent bag for us to have? use? If it had been left on the bed with a note the day we arrived we would have known.
-Team Trivia--Disappointing because the same team wins daily. Evidently (but not certain) they have been aboard since Europe and have had heard some of the questions before.
-We can tell the staff is willing to please and learn what can be improved
-We came back from a muddy jungle trek and our shoes were dirty and muddy. It would have been good to have had someone with a hose or bucket of water and a brush outside at entry for all shoes to be cleaned before entering the ship. A lot of mud was brought into the ship.
-Waiting for shuttle buses and tenders for tours is not a good system. We waited over a half hour one day for our number to be called. Generally the tours were quite good.
-We have been happy with the evenings' entertainment. A nice way to end the day.
-It would be helpful if each night's dining menu were published in the Passages.

Overall, we enjoyed this cruise and recommend the cruise line. This sailing had a lot of cruise days which we like. The ports were nothing to speak of except in Manaus in the Amazon and into the Caribbean. Sometimes the port calls were not long enough. Less

Published 01/16/13

Cabin review: D Deluxe Suite

We were in the high 900's in the aft section of the ship on the port side. Very quiet stateroom, on the Concierge Level. They are the same as the Deluxe Suites, but in a better location. Walk-in closet- very roomy and we had plenty of space for everything we brought. The balcony was small, but ample. Liked the curtains between the bed area and sitting area if one of us wanted to sleep in without light coming in. Vanity area adequate. Wish there had been two sinks in the bathroom, but it was a good size.

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