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Five stars for the ship and the cruise itself, through the Inside Passage. The Regent before- and after- arrangements? Not so. Three star, at best. Thus the four star blend. Our before-departure arrangements placed us in the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, a rather tired 40 year-old convention and large group property which is starting to show its seams (there is a newer St Regis just around the corner, btw). In addition, the staff working as Regent representatives at the property gave us materially incorrect information at least twice about next-day boarding, which raises a question or two about that process. Our after-cruise Regent arrangements were even more unsettling, which we probably should have seen coming but didn't. The four-day Denali trip was a bus tour filled with questionable diversions and overnights, seemingly created to last, well, four days (the stop at a strip mall to go into a supermarket just about did us in). We know now that we could have simply left the ship, rented a car, and fully enjoyed Denali on our own terms, a day or two shorter than the Regent slow crawl of bus and train. Back to the Mariner. A beautifully maintained ship, with a most pleasant and accommodating staff. Great Penthouse Suite and common areas. And the naturalist onboard was just the right touch of insight for the trip. Next time we find our own way there and back.

Great Ship and Cruise; The Add-Ons, Not So.

Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review by NH-GUY

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2016
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite
Five stars for the ship and the cruise itself, through the Inside Passage. The Regent before- and after- arrangements? Not so. Three star, at best. Thus the four star blend.

Our before-departure arrangements placed us in the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, a rather tired 40 year-old convention and large group property which is starting to show its seams (there is a newer St Regis just around the corner, btw). In addition, the staff working as Regent representatives at the property gave us materially incorrect information at least twice about next-day boarding, which raises a question or two about that process.

Our after-cruise Regent arrangements were even more unsettling, which we probably should have seen coming but didn't. The four-day Denali trip was a bus tour filled with questionable diversions and overnights, seemingly created to last, well, four days (the stop at a strip mall to go into a supermarket just about did us in). We know now that we could have simply left the ship, rented a car, and fully enjoyed Denali on our own terms, a day or two shorter than the Regent slow crawl of bus and train.

Back to the Mariner. A beautifully maintained ship, with a most pleasant and accommodating staff. Great Penthouse Suite and common areas. And the naturalist onboard was just the right touch of insight for the trip.

Next time we find our own way there and back.
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