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This is our 2nd Regent cruise and I chose this itinerary to celebrate our 25th anniversary. While there is initial "sticker shock" at Regent's high price, I won't hesitate cruising with them again because it is truly all-inclusive. If you compare pricing with other cruise lines, be sure to factor in free airfare (some cruises offer free business-class air but this one didn't), a free hotel night pre-cruise, free airport transfers, free drinks, free shore excursions, free botled water, free laundry machines (soap provided), free in-room movies, free wifi on board (it is a little slow), no charges for specialty restaurants and all gratuities are included. If Regent is still slightly higher, factor in really great food, exceptional service and only 700 guests. NOTE: A few shore excursions are extra, for instance, a private limo or a helicopter ride to a glacier (on the Alaska cruise) isn't included. Also, the included liquor list is all name brands and extensive, but if you want a $525 bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal Rose Champagne, that will be extra. Also, the casino is extra as are spa and salon services. Other than that, I believe everything is included. There is no nickel and diming. In fact, it is very challenging to spend any shipboard credit you may happen to get. (We bought clothing at the gift shop on the last day. We thought about trying the above mentioned champagne but opted for shirts instead.) As for negatives, the only casual dining available for dinner is room service. You have to dress (for men - collared shirt, no shorts and jacket optional) and dinner will take about 2 hours. Another negative might be there are very few singles or children, it's mostly older couples. And if you stay up late enjoying the music, dancing or entertainment, most shore excursions depart around 8:00 a.m. the next morning. It also takes a while to get your luggage delivered to your cabin the first day but if 700 guests each have 1 bag, that's a lot of luggage so carry with you whatever you may need immediate access to. The best way to close is to say that nearly 50 % of the guests are repeat customers.

Worth the price

Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review by Jim and Amy

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This is our 2nd Regent cruise and I chose this itinerary to celebrate our 25th anniversary. While there is initial "sticker shock" at Regent's high price, I won't hesitate cruising with them again because it is truly all-inclusive. If you compare pricing with other cruise lines, be sure to factor in free airfare (some cruises offer free business-class air but this one didn't), a free hotel night pre-cruise, free airport transfers, free drinks, free shore excursions, free botled water, free laundry machines (soap provided), free in-room movies, free wifi on board (it is a little slow), no charges for specialty restaurants and all gratuities are included. If Regent is still slightly higher, factor in really great food, exceptional service and only 700 guests.

NOTE: A few shore excursions are extra, for instance, a private limo or a helicopter ride to a glacier (on the Alaska cruise) isn't included. Also, the included liquor list is all name brands and extensive, but if you want a $525 bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal Rose Champagne, that will be extra. Also, the casino is extra as are spa and salon services. Other than that, I believe everything is included. There is no nickel and diming. In fact, it is very challenging to spend any shipboard credit you may happen to get. (We bought clothing at the gift shop on the last day. We thought about trying the above mentioned champagne but opted for shirts instead.)

As for negatives, the only casual dining available for dinner is room service. You have to dress (for men - collared shirt, no shorts and jacket optional) and dinner will take about 2 hours. Another negative might be there are very few singles or children, it's mostly older couples. And if you stay up late enjoying the music, dancing or entertainment, most shore excursions depart around 8:00 a.m. the next morning. It also takes a while to get your luggage delivered to your cabin the first day but if 700 guests each have 1 bag, that's a lot of luggage so carry with you whatever you may need immediate access to.

The best way to close is to say that nearly 50 % of the guests are repeat customers.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Suite
Cabin E 840
The bed was very comfortable, so were the pillows. The mini-fridge was stocked daily with whatever you specified. The cabin attendants were very friendly. The tub/shower did have a high step but walk-in showers are available. There is a safe in the closet. Wraps and nice robes are provided but aren't included so if you take them, you'll be charged. There was room to eat dinner and watch free movies. Room service was punctual and the menu was impressive. All cabins have balconies so you can order appetizers and drinks and watch the world go by. Our cabin was so quiet you had to open the door to hear the Captain's daily announcements.
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