Seven Seas Mariner Review

The Amazon

Review for South America Cruise on Seven Seas Mariner
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10+ Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Dec 2019
Cabin: Deluxe Suite
swimming with free pink dolphins, Manaus
River dwellers (not indigenous), Manaus
New Year's Eve 2019, Mariner's atrium
Beach time, Alter de Chao (in clear water of the Tapajos River).

We wanted to visit the Amazon. It was worth the price of many sea days (which we normally try to minimize). We just returned, arriving in Miami Jan 6, 2020. It was a solid 4 star experience, based on 20 cruises on 12 cruise lines. The all-inclusive feature is nice, although for those of us who don’t drink, free alcohol is not a benefit. Not being nickel-dimed is worth it, unlike certain cruise brands.

Check-in/boarding was ‘different’ in Rio, where we waited in a hangar like terminal until boarding time, then walked up the ramp into the ship where check-in tables were set up in the reception/atrium area. We’re used to the photos taken - boarding cards prepared etc. check-in process being done in the terminal; however, it was relatively painless and efficient.

Our concierge cabin on deck 9 was fine, if a little small. Bathroom (bathtub/shower etc.) was nice, nothing special but no issues (toilet plumbing acted up in our section of cabins several times during the 3 week cruise, but fairly quickly repaired).

Cabin Review

Deluxe Suite

Nice, if a little small. Good amenities. Good general condition. Uncomfortable couch (a foldaway bed, I believe). Good bathroom with tub. No issues with heating cooling, the thermostat worked as advertised (contrary to some reviews).

Port Reviews


First port in the Amazon. We opted for the Ship's half day excursion to visit the rain forest. A 1 hour bus ride through the town and countryside brought us to the Tapajos River park, where we walked for 45 minutes through the rain forest. Some interesting trees and insect life, not a lot of wildlife. An hour ride back brought us to the ship.

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