Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review by Puma1954
- Sail Date: June 2016
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Suite
We liked the fact that the cruise was all-inclusive. This included most shore excursions, liquor, except premium brands, room service, all tipping, plane fare and pre-cruise accommodations at the Four Seasons in Vancouver. The ship was great - all rooms had a balcony with lounge chairs, blankets and binoculars. The staff was fantastic, many different nationalities, but all super friendly. Our room #955 was a good size with a large closet, nice bathroom with shower, vanity, tv with unlimited movies, very comfortable bed, refrigerator stocked with beverages of your choice. There were daily nattated lectures about the cities we would visit, card and board games, ping-pong on the upper deck, pool and jacuzzi, casino and theatre with evening performances, daily tea time with sweets and wonderful tea. All of the restaurants were outstanding, we never had a bad meal.
All of offshore excursions were educational and fun and exciting with fantastic guides. Ketchikan was wet but fun to walk Creek Street. In Juneau, we did the Whales, Glaciers and Rainforest Trails which was challenging going up and down through the forest following part of the trail the gold prospectors followed. We also did the Tracy Arm & Endicott Fjords. In Sitka, we visited St. Michael Cathedral where you could see the beautiful artifacts from the early Russian settlers and it is still used today by the Russian Orthodox Church, The Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest and Ocean Raft Adventures where we wore Baltic Sea suits to ride the raft as we travelled the area. We also had a great time on the Tracy Arm and Endicott fjords. The weather was not great, in the mid 50's with rain, but we were well prepared with clothing.
The Denali post-cruise trip was unbelievable ! Fantastic tour director Tracy Wimmer and bus driver, Rose Johnson. Accommodations at the Hotel Alyeska were fantastic, Grande Denali Lodge was not as elegant but okay. We stayed at the Sheraton in Anchorage the day before departure. The room and hotel were dated but the rooms were large and clean. The brunch was okay, but after the amazing food on the Regent, not much could surpass that.
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