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This was our 4th cruise with Regent. This time we opted to go with a Horizon Suite (aft) on the Mariner. It was absolutely wonderful! Having the entire back of your stateroom looking out onto the ocean was breathtaking (especially Alaska). We have had Butlers before, and frankly they are very nice, but we don't usually bother asking them for anything but ice (which we could easily call room service). Having said that, the Butlers do everything possible to make having that experience very nice. We had booked 2 specialty restaurants before boarding, but they were too late for us. Our Butler helped us to change them to an earlier time. All of the restaurant venues were excellent. The Compass Rose , Sette Mari, Signatures and Prime 7 were all outstanding. The fish selections were always the freshest and most delicious things on the menu.....thanks to the fact that the Alaska cruises get their fish as we go along. It is difficult to get more than 2 visits per 7 days on the ship for the two specialty restaurants (understandable, as they are both superb). The dress code for evenings on the ship seems to have changed more and more in the last few years. While we understand that Alaska is a more "casual trip" we found that many men did not wear a sport coat......even for the "dressy" nights. My husband has always worn a coat and tie on our cruises, but even he felt that he was overdressed, so he joined the crowd and opted for dress shirt and no tie most evenings. Excursions are always the big questions. The "free" excursions are fine, but those city tours are so predictable, so we have opted out of them and sometimes just hired a taxi to take us for a set time at a set price. However the "extra" excursions are sometimes excellent and we have found them to be worth the price. In most ports you will find kiosks selling those "extra excursions' at a reduced price from that of Regent, but you may not know if you are getting the same service and dependability. We have found that the Mariner cabins are smaller than the Voyager, and that there is quite a difference between a Penthouse A and a Penthouse C on the Voyager, but not so on the Mariner. Often it is more location than size of the cabin, but the sq. footage is the same. The housekeeping staff are so friendly and make everyone feel that they are the special guest. How they can keep up that attitude is always amazing to me, since they work long hours and are always smiling.

Alaska on the Mariner

Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review by geegeecruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Horizon View Suite
This was our 4th cruise with Regent. This time we opted to go with a Horizon Suite (aft) on the Mariner. It was absolutely wonderful! Having the entire back of your stateroom looking out onto the ocean was breathtaking (especially Alaska). We have had Butlers before, and frankly they are very nice, but we don't usually bother asking them for anything but ice (which we could easily call room service). Having said that, the Butlers do everything possible to make having that experience very nice. We had booked 2 specialty restaurants before boarding, but they were too late for us. Our Butler helped us to change them to an earlier time.

All of the restaurant venues were excellent. The Compass Rose , Sette Mari, Signatures and Prime 7 were all outstanding. The fish selections were always the freshest and most delicious things on the menu.....thanks to the fact that the Alaska cruises get their fish as we go along. It is difficult to get more than 2 visits per 7 days on the ship for the two specialty restaurants (understandable, as they are both superb).

The dress code for evenings on the ship seems to have changed more and more in the last few years. While we understand that Alaska is a more "casual trip" we found that many men did not wear a sport coat......even for the "dressy" nights. My husband has always worn a coat and tie on our cruises, but even he felt that he was overdressed, so he joined the crowd and opted for dress shirt and no tie most evenings.

Excursions are always the big questions. The "free" excursions are fine, but those city tours are so predictable, so we have opted out of them and sometimes just hired a taxi to take us for a set time at a set price. However the "extra" excursions are sometimes excellent and we have found them to be worth the price. In most ports you will find kiosks selling those "extra excursions' at a reduced price from that of Regent, but you may not know if you are getting the same service and dependability.

We have found that the Mariner cabins are smaller than the Voyager, and that there is quite a difference between a Penthouse A and a Penthouse C on the Voyager, but not so on the Mariner. Often it is more location than size of the cabin, but the sq. footage is the same.

The housekeeping staff are so friendly and make everyone feel that they are the special guest. How they can keep up that attitude is always amazing to me, since they work long hours and are always smiling.
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Cabin Review

Horizon View Suite
Cabin HS 782
We would book that same suite in a heartbeat. The bed is located in a cozy alcove with curtains surrounding it (includes a flat screen T.V. in the alcove as well as in the living room). Balcony is extra large and has beautiful expansive views 180 degrees.
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