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Seven Seas Mariner

Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review by Topmost

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  • Sail Date: Jan 1970
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This is a brand new 700-passenger ship, all balcony suites. They are awesome

- big and well appointed. (But no clock other than that on the VCR, which is

not visible from the bed.) The ship is very roomy, no sense of crowding, very

comfortable

public rooms. The library and computer areas are particularly fine. There are

four dining areas with open seating, although two of them require

reservations. Because of the open seating the dining rooms are somewhat

restricted in what they do for entertainment - no Baked Alaska parade!

Embarkation and disembarkation left something to be desired. Although we

arrived at the terminal before 1pm we were not allowed to board until three,

and there was no buffet setup - just a glass of champagne. At the end of the cruise we were

turned out of the suites at eight, and off the ship by nine. There were

thirty wheel chairs and instead of letting them (and assorted zimmers,

walkers etc) dismbark first, they had to follow the color-coding scheme,

which meant that they were bunched up before the gangway area.

There are a number of design problems. Art, of course, is a personal taste,

but that on display can only be described as undistinguished. The Atrium goes up seven

or eight decks, but is rather narrow and one wall consists of the workings of

the elevators, which is really ugly. It is not a place to sit and watch the

world go by. There are not enough public restrooms; several of them consist of

large spaces with only one stall, and the ladies complained about having to line up inside. There

are no hooks to hang coats on.

The food and service received much hype, but there are problems. Wait staff

should not wear perfume or aftershave. In some dining rooms there appeared to

be too many personnel, which meant that the attention one received varied

considerably. The chef seems more concerned with eye appeal than palate appeal - some concoctions

gave us to believe that he really had no idea how they were supposed to

taste. The pastry chef was first class, but had lapses - chilled crepes stuffed with chocolate

mousse and banana, cold potato pancakes. What do you think of a rosemary and

thyme flavored sorbet? There was one dessert described as apple and pear

crumble; the apple crumble was acceptable, but it was topped by a stone hard

slice of pear which was obviously not meant to be edible. Some fish dishes

were overcooked. The menu in the Cordon Bleu Signature restaurant did not

change from night to night; altogether, we had the impression that the food

all came from the same kitchen, like Disney World. I was surprised when I

asked for a tomato soup (not on the menu) and was told that it was not

available.

Other service issues: deck chairs were put out daily only on the pool deck;

the sun deck would have been a good place to sunbathe. Also, on windy days

deck six would have been a great place to bundle up and lie on, in the best

traditions of Atlantic cruising. It was not to be.

The entertainment was acceptable, but the cruise staff did not do much for

the passengers. Most of the activities centered on exercise, which given the

average age of the passengers seemed a little optimistic. The lectures were

good.

Conclusion: as a floating hotel, particularly for the old and infirm, this is

the ship. It is not a cruise ship as I understand the phrase (and I have been on over

twenty ship voyages ranging from five weeks to four days.) Topmost@aol.comApril,2001


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