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Seven Seas Mariner Review

4.5 / 5.0
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364 reviews
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Miami to San Francisco through the Panama Canal

Review for Seven Seas Mariner to the Panama Canal & Central America
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Apr 2018

We wanted to go through the Panama Canal. We chose this itinerary because we LOVE Regent - all inclusive, never have to swipe your card or take care of anything. Air arrangements included and taken care of. First class all the way, in shore excursions and transfer arrangements, included a pre-cruise stay at the Kimpton Epic hotel in downtown Miami. Mariner just got out of dry dock in early April, all the public areas were completely redone, and cabins received a minor face lift. It’s a beautiful ship - we were in a Concierge E level cabin, large enough to be comfortable for our 18-day leg of this cruise. Embarkation in Miami was frustrating - computers were down and they could not register us. We sat in the cruise terminal (over lunchtime, so everyone was hungry and Impatient), with little information and only cookies to eat. They finally started to bring out a few trays of sandwiches which were snapped up by the first people they passed - none for the rest of us. We were finally called up by cabin category to have them register us by hand. Not a good way to start our vacation...

Our cabin was very nice, although we sailed on the new Explorer last year and this is not quite that nice. This cabin’s bathroom had only one sink, but the shower was large enough and the bathroom worked just fine for us.

Ship activities were low-key as the average passenger on this line is retired and does not need on-board climbing walls and surf pools. The pool area has cushioned lounges, a warm salt pool, a couple of spa tubs, and best of all - waiter service from the bar, and an attendant who comes around to clean your sunglasses.

Cabin Review

Cabin Concierge E

We were on the port side of the ship, only a few doors down from the elevator lobby so very convenient. Mariner has been around since 2002 - had a major refurbishment i 2014 and again in 2018. Cabins got new linens and carpet. This cabin was not as well designed and spacious as we had on Explorer, which is a much newer ship. Not as much storage space, although still adequate. TV reception of primarily news channels was often spotty, I suppose due to our position. Sometimes it was just “out” for awhile. Large selection of in house movies. Shower is large enough and bath has one lavatory. No drawers for storage in the bathroom - just glass shelves and cabinets. Had a tiny vanity area and a good closet.

Port Reviews


Stayed overnight at the Kimpton Epic hotel - nice room, breakfast buffet included, transfered to pier.

Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)

There was civil unrest and rioting occuring in Nicaragua. Our cruise line wisely decided to skip this port, so we had an extra sea day.

San Juan del Sur

I put my review of San Juan del Sur under Puerto Quetzal and it won’t let me change it. So I will put my review of Puerto Quetzal here. We took a bus to the old city of Antigua, walking tour, ending in a Jade factory with gift shop. Lovely jewelry reasonably priced. Long ride by bus, but it wasn’t close to the port. Not a port to walk around in - cargo port.

San Francisco

Disembarkation was smooth, nice bus to the airport.

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