I would like to give a bit of back ground info on myself so that when reading this review you can judge if it is relevant to what you deem important in your cruise experience. My husband and I are in our late 50's early 60's we have over 250 days on Seabourn, 150 days on Silversea and 60 days on Regent. We sailed the Navigator for a month and loved that ship (even though I felt it was a little crowded at times). We sailed on the Mariner in Nov/Dec 2018 and enjoyed the cruise experience very much. We would sail on either of the three lines mentioned but the itinerary comes first for us. In fact we have a Silversea cruise booked in June 2019, I will be taking my mother on the Voyager in August and we have a Seabourn cruise booked in February 2020. In this review I won't go into the ports because there have been live blogs done of this cruise so I feel that is redundant. What I will do is talk about the on board cruise experience. I'm a positive person and I'm aware how fortunate we are to be able to vacation in such a luxurious way but want to give both the positive and negative views of our latest cruise so it may help others in selecting a cruise line that suits their needs whilst also giving a realistic view of what to expect and not what the glossy brochures portray.
Cruise director: John Baron is probably my favourite cruise director. We sailed with him on Seabourn (his first actually) and then again on both Mariner cruises we have taken. He is friendly, approachable a good entertainer (his show was really enjoyable) and a great trivia host. We have also sailed with Marla (his assistant) on Seabourn many times and it is always nice to catch up with her.