Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review by mujerlinda
- Sail Date: June 2016
- Destination: Alaska
We made our specialty restaurant dining reservations online and booked a table with a couple we were travelling with. The online system goofed up and did not book us together nor at the same time. Originally the maitre'd refused to let us dine together but after I spoke to him and voiced loud complaints, he gave in and let us dine together. He also fixed our reservation for the other specialty restaurant. His name was Abraham.
I had the seafood sampler and a wyobi slider. Both were very good. Key lime pie was unimpressive. Actually, I wasn't impressed by hardly any desserts on the cruise except for the cheesecake topped with Alaskan blueberries we had one night in one of the main dining rooms.
We ate in their other specialty restaurant, Signature, another night. Food was very unremarkable and not at all what I was expecting. Service was horrible.
Casino was fun after we got some people to play craps.
Entertainment was so-so.
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