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Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Iconic Panama Canal from SF to NYC

Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review by greenman1168

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2016
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean

This cruise was offered to us at a considerable discount in return for relinquishing a similar itinerary on Explorer. We liked that it started in San Francisco and ended in New York.

Staff was wonderful for the most part, and we felt pampered throughout our cruise.

The cabin (concierge D) was smaller than expected and quite cramped, but our steward and stewardess supplied our every need with a smile.

Main dining room food was tasty and varied, excellent service. Also enjoyed Prime7, Signatures, La Veranda (Sette Mari).

Best drinks were at the pool bar, with bartender Inna managing to make my virgin drinks taste like the real thing. Unfortunately the weather was too hot and humid to spend much time on the pool deck.

We enjoyed the Jean Ann Ryan entertainment, and we're sad to learn that this was their last time on Mariner as Regent has opted to hire entertainment in- house.

It was difficult to enjoy most shore excursions in Mexico and Central America due to the heat and humidity.

The Panama Canal day was everything we had hoped for and more.

Disembarkation was quick and easy.

Getting a cab on our own ( because we had booked our own hotel for a few days) in NYC took an hour standing in line in unseasonably hot weather.

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Cabin ConciergeD 1064

Cabin is small and cramped. Shower is a nice size. Walkin closet is much smaller than Navigator in same category

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Cabo San Lucas

Captain wisely avoided Cabo as a hurricane was about to strike there.

San Francisco

Weather was chilly but that was much easier to take than the heat and humidity of the rest of the cruise.

Pura Vida Botanical Garden

Not what you would imagine a botanical garden to be. Poorly maintained, mossy stepping stones throughout were very slippery and difficult to walk on. Almost nothing was in bloom. Botanical expert couldn't speak English, guide had to translate. Hot and humid weather to boot. We should have stayed on the ship.

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City Tour

Good tour, if a bit heavy on military info, but I suppose that's what Charleston is about. Enjoyed the boat ride to and from Fort Sumter.

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New York (Manhattan)

We disembarked in NYC and spent 3 days. Took a hop on hop off bus which let us see the main points of interest. City was hot and very noisy.

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