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Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Seven Seas Mariner has gone downhill

Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review by canadasmiles

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2015
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Suite

This was our 6th cruise with Regent Seven Seas and it may well be the last. What was once a high end luxurious cruising experience has now been diminished to cost cutting. The service, the cuisine, the excursions are all sub-par now.

For example, although most regular excursions are "free" we wanted a more memorable experience and so paid over $600 a person for the "Private View of the Vatican" with Smithsonian expert in attendance.(She was not permitted to speak). We were run ragged by two inept guides who did not even have the foresight to prepare our audio ear pieces and entrance tickets ahead of time. Five members of the group got lost in the fray and we had to chase them through the Vatican!

Another huge disappointment was the Captain's rather abrupt decision to skip the first port of call,Trieste. We had been so looking forward to it. We were scheduled to dock at 8 am and at precisely 8:05 after only 5 minutes of attempting to sail in he gave up claiming there was too much wind. It would have been much more intelligent to wait an hour or two and try again as other ships we have sailed with have done. This demonstrates some consideration for the passengers who wait all year for specific ports.

Regent seems to be aiming for the lowest common denominator now. We are going back to Seabourn.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Suite
Cabin F 946

Here is where Regent does it right. Big walk-in closet and shower. Comfortable bed and veranda loungers.

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