Seven Seas Mariner Review

Seven Seas Mariner, Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, 2015

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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Dec 2015
Cabin: Seven Seas Suite
Seven Seas Aft Stateroom
Seven Seas Aft deck
An unusually calm Atlantic Ocean!
A mid-Atlantic Sunrise
The Pool Deck
The Horizons Bar
Typical lunch at the Pool Bar buffet
The Observation Lounge
The Coffee Connection--best coffee on the ship!

This was our third cruise on the Mariner, our second relocation crossing, and our first since the last refurbishment. Overall, we were highly impressed by the condition of the ship. The food was consistently excellent. Service levels were also extraordinary, and even a notch above past cruises. The staff was consistently friendly and helpful. One word of advice to would-be first time Regent cruisers. Do your research. There are no wave pools, climbing walls, trampolines, or ice bars on the Mariner. The clientele is decidedly older than average.

The favourite activities seem to be bridge, tea time, and trivia contests. At times the ship seems as much a floating luxury retirement home as it is a floating luxury resort. The pace is generally slow; the evenings end relatively early. This is absolutely perfect for us; it may not be perfect for you. This itinerary was particularly heavy with sea days. Again, this is what we look for and enjoy, but if you want to hit a different port every day and seek out excursions, you might not have enjoyed this cruise as much as other itineraries.

Cruise Director Jamie Logan did a great job hosting and organizing events and communicating information to the passengers. We stayed in a Seven Seas Aft stateroom for the first time instead of our usual Horizons View, and we fear the spacious and tasteful surroundings, and especially the expansive deck, might have ruined other choices for us in the future! The butler and stewards provided unparalleled service throughout.

Cabin Review

Seven Seas Suite

Cabin SS

Pristine condition, large public space, and a fantastic private rear-facing deck. A great cabin for entertaining and for sea days. You won't feel cramped at any time!

Port Reviews

Cape Town

A good tour that would have been better if less of it was in a bus. Otherwise, interesting and informative. We especially appreciated hearing stories from former inmates of the prison.

Rio de Janeiro

Highly enjoyable, especially appreciated using the open air 4x4s to get around. The botanical gardens were a highlight. One word of caution: Rio traffic is noisy, smelly, and constipated!

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