Despite the negative reviews posted for this cruise, we would like to post a positive opinion. We were on board Regent Seven Seas Mariner for 72 nights (from Miami to Miami), and although there were some disappointments and inconveniences involved, we can't really blame Regent for any of them.
Yes, there was a gastro-intestinal virus that came aboard in Lima and persisted until the end of the cruise, BUT we do not believe this was the fault of Regent. People were continuously advised to wash their hands frequently, and especially after using the bathroom, or before eating. However we witnessed loads of people who chose to disregard this advice. There were also people who decided to ignore quarantine orders and go off on tours, and we personally witnessed one "lovely" person actually grabbing a handful of lettuce from the salad bar with his bare hands instead of using the salad tongs provided ... and one wonders why the GI germs persisted. The crew worked long, hard hours scrubbing every hand rail, door knob, mah jongg tile, dining chair, etc. etc. etc. in an effort to combat the germs, and we really don't think they can be held responsible for the continued contagion.
Several ports of call were cancelled. Disappointing to say the least, but I really don't think you can blame Mother Nature (read "swells") for this. There would have been many, many more complaints if people attempting to board the tenders were pitched into the ocean!!!!