Seven Seas Mariner Review

Second Time on Mariner, Last With Regent?

Review for the Mexican Riviera Cruise on Seven Seas Mariner
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rudedoggy87
10+ Cruises • Age 30s

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Sail Date: Oct 2022
Cabin: Deluxe Suite
Chargers custom made for Regent by Versace, in Compass Rose
Art on the Seven Seas Mariner
Pool Deck on Mariner
Sunset from just outside the Observation Lounge
Deluxe Suite on Seven Seas Mariner
Atrium on Seven Seas Mariner
Spa on Seven Seas Mariner
Sunset from our suite balcony

We chose this cruise because we had our honeymoon on Seven Seas Mariner in 2014 and thought this itinerary was interesting. After eight years away, the Mariner has had a top to bottom refurb and the ship looks great! Service for the most part was wonderful - especially our cabin stewards and the observation lounge waiters/bar staff. Free laundry and pressing made packing much less stressful!

We thought there were more misses than hits on this cruise, however, and are not planning additional cruises with Regent at this time. We found there to be very little in terms of entertainment. During the day, there was nothing planned other than the occasional game of cards or trivia. A few enrichment lectures were held - but many of them at inopportune times. In the evening, there would be nightly music and canapes from 6-7:15, but then nothing after that. If you had an 8:30 specialty restaurant reservation, you will find yourself sitting one of the three bars on the ship alone and with no live music. Nightly show was at 9:30 which seemed a half hour too late. One of the entertainers was great (Jeri Sager) but the rest of the entertainment, including the production cast, left quite a bit to be desired. We like Regent for their all-inclusive aspect - and we never had to show our sea pass except at the spa.

The included excursions were mostly misses. One was great - a VIP Wine Tasting and Lunch in Ensenada at the Valle de Guadalupe. The rest were bus rides that took us to tourist/shopping traps. One excursion was advertised as a trek in the mountains to a river where we'd get to swim - it ended up being a 30 minute (or less) walk up a hillside where a bus took us to a 'resort' where we could use a pool. We had to tender at two ports and the Captain really struggled to get us in the correct position for tendering, and the tender boat drivers were pretty terrible - one of ours got scolded by the harbormaster in Santa Barbara for doing such a poor job.

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Deluxe Suite

We were in Suite 752, an entry-level suite on Seven Seas Mariner. The suite is well equipped, and the small walk-in closet is very welcome! I appreciated that the suite had an assortment of glassware - champagne flutes, white wine glasses, red wine glasses, and water glasses all on hand. Bed was very comfortable. Couch was not as comfortable and showed signs of wear and tear. Pillows for bed and couch were thin. The door to the balcony was very difficult to open - we noted this on our mid-cruise comments and the next day maintenance was on-site and fixed the issue - a broken wheel! After that, it glided with ease. The bathroom has little counter space, but the shower with bench was more than adequate. The HVAC system stopped working during our two day stay in San Francisco - thankfully, it was not warm outside so we weren't melting. Toilet would routinely not flush - sometimes for more than an hour (seems like a systemwide issue)

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