Alaska on the Seven Seas Mariner: Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review by njduck

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Alaska on the Seven Seas Mariner

Sail Date: July 2009
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Vancouver
This was our third cruise on the Mariner, fourth on Regent and Fifth Cruise overall.  Flight out on United was fine, no complaints.  Had a Limo Jet Gold pick us up at the airport, no problems with them and driver gave us a nice talk about the area on the drive in.  Stayed at the Fairmont Waterfront using a cruise package that our travel agent booked.  Was on the 22 floor overlooking the port and city.  When we left all that we had to do was call the desk and a bellman came up and picked our lugage up and the next time I saw it was on the ship.

Embarkation was a breeze, walked through and we were on the ship in about 10 minutes.  We waited for about 12:15 to do this but could have been on sooner. 

We were on deck 7 this time, cabin was great and the service was excellent.  Our room was always made up when we got back from eating.  The crew always greeted you with a smile and a good morning or evening.  The crew who you More dealt with often allways called you by name.  The ship was full according to speaking to the captain. he said there wee 749 passengers onboard.  You could not tell it was full, as most areas were never crowded.  All the children on board were great, you would never know it as they were always busy with the youth activities.  There were no dress code issues, everyone dressed as required. 

As for the food, I know this is an area the is quite subjective.  I thought it was good, service was excellent at each dining location.  My wife has a gluten free diet restriction.  She had sent in her request 60 days prior.  When we got on board she had a note from the Dining Room Manager to stop by and see him.  She had each days menu the night before on our door around 9 p.m. so she could pick out what she wanted, the chef would then make her diner to her restrictions.

Drop me an e-mail if you like to see the menu.  We ate in every location, Prime 7 was our pick for the best.  Service outstanding, along with our picks to eat. 

The Captain took the ship into many nooks along the coast, he could spin the ship around on a dime.  We saw a large amount of whales, eagles, and other wildlife from the ship.  Even through we had some form of rain for 5 days, the trip was great.  Yes you must pack for any kind of weather, we had rain and in the 50-62 degree range.  Week before we were told it was close to 80.  Also remember to use the washers and dryers, this held down the amount of things we needed and made the airline 50 lb limit workable.  I was on the Mariner about 2 years ago, the total experience has improved from my last trip
Last night on ship was about 40 mph winds, 15 ft seas.  Ship rode will, we did rock and roll ourselfs to sleep.

Had the train transfer, but track was out and busses were used.  Things were slow getting off, but under the conditions I think you could no complain.  More busses had to be found and brought in to handle the extra people. Less

Published 07/31/09
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Cabin review: G762 Deluxe Suite

Cabin 762.  Great cabin with lots of room.  Shower in bathroom.  Port side of ship, somewhat center of ship. Little movement

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Port and Shore Excursions

Port was fine with shopping in area. Did the Mendenhall Glacier Canoe tour. Transported by bus from the ship, got a tour of the downtown area as we were ahead of schedule. Nice information and driver was great with the amount of information he gave us. Canoe tour was great, about a 5 mile round trip to the face of the Glacier. Got to about 150 feet of the face of the Glacier. Nice stop by a waterfall for a break and a hot drink. Windy this day, mild rain, and the lake was about 36 degrees, with a air temp of about 50.

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Did the horse drawn Trolley, nice was to see the town and a little history of the area. Next did the Adventure Go-Kart, great 30 minute boat ride to get the karts. Good talk about the area and wildlife, the Karts were great. First rate company and equipment. Saw wildlife and the views were great. Slight amount of rain and about 60 out.

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Nice town, about the same type of shopping as other areas. Did the ATV Expedition, this was the best tour of all. Only 6 people on the tour, this was 3 ATV's. About a 18 mile roundtrip on the island, saw bear, deer, fish and a learned alot about the flowers and bushes on the trail. Stopped for lunch on a black sand beach, and enjoyed the views. This company was first rate, all equipment in top shape, safety breifing, and bear spray in ATV. Was about a 30 minute boat ride to Island, and a 10 minute transfer to the dock

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Walked all over town and shopped in many stores, well laid out to walk around in town, also a short walk from the dock. Did the White Pass Steam Train, nice ride great views, and very informative. This was a day of R&R for use.

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