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Just returned home to Florida from the RSSC Mariner's cruise to the Leeward Islands out of San Juan. From the moment that we arrived at the dock to board the ship, everyone and everything exceeded our expectations! Superb does not adequately describe our cruise experience. We have been on other cruises. A suite on Celebrity with butler service does not approach the experience that we enjoyed on Mariner. The suite was spacious and had more closet and drawer space than my husband and I could use. The bathroom was beautifully appointed. Our cabin steward and stewardess were very attentive to all our needs and wants. The ship overall conveys an understated sense of gracious luxury. Everything is tastefully done without "shouting and working at it". One major asset is the entire ship's staff. Everyone is extremely well trained in the art of fine service. What a treat! The dining venues offer contrasting menus that we thoroughly appreciated. Lattitudes has an Asian infusion menu that was described as a tasting menu. Service was impeccable and the food memorable. Our only regret was that we were only permitted one reservation. Similarly one reservation was permitted in the Cordon Blu restaurant Signatures. Here the menu had a French flair and the rack of lamb was outstanding. We also enjoyed the Compass Rose, the main dining room, which does not require a reservation. Here, too, the menu choices and service were wonderful. However, this is a large room which fills quickly and we would have appreciated a quieter and more dimly lighted dining experience. On the formal night, each table was softly candle lit and this made a tremendous difference in the ambiance of the room. In hindsight, I would have liked RSSC to state that there would be one formal night, one informal night and the rest of the evenings would be casual. It would have made packing easier. Lastly, the one flaw in our entire trip was the flight arrangements that RSSC made for our return from San Juan to Jacksonville, Florida. You must leave your cabin by 8:00am. We were off the ship by 9:15 and used the ship-to-airport transfer offered by RSSC. We arrived at the airport before 10:00 and our flight left at 1:20pm. We were routed on Delta thru Atlanta and then back to Jacksonville. Arriving in Jacksonville at 7:00pm, we were in transit from the time we left our cabin for over eleven hours. This was a marked contrast to our flight schedule to San Juan. RSSC routed us thru Miami to San Juan which took a total of five hours. The eleven-hour return was a very long and tiring day after such a lovely cruise. However, we enjoyed our cruise so much that before leaving the ship we booked our next trip and can't wait to return to the Mariner to be pampered again. SGREEN106@aol.comApril 2002

Seven Seas Mariner

Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review by SGreen106

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  • Sail Date: December 1899
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Just returned home to Florida from the RSSC Mariner's cruise to the Leeward Islands out of San Juan. From the moment that we arrived at the dock to board the ship, everyone and everything exceeded our expectations! Superb does not adequately describe our cruise experience.

We have been on other cruises. A suite on Celebrity with butler service does not approach the experience that we enjoyed on Mariner. The suite was spacious and had more closet and drawer space than my husband and I could use. The bathroom was beautifully appointed. Our cabin steward and stewardess were very attentive to all our needs and wants.

The ship overall conveys an understated sense of gracious luxury. Everything is tastefully done without "shouting and working at it". One major asset is the entire ship's staff. Everyone is extremely well trained in the art of fine service. What a treat!

The dining venues offer contrasting menus that we thoroughly appreciated. Lattitudes has an Asian infusion menu that was described as a tasting menu. Service was impeccable and the food memorable. Our only regret was that we were only permitted one reservation. Similarly one reservation was permitted in the Cordon Blu restaurant Signatures. Here the menu had a French flair and the rack of lamb was outstanding. We also enjoyed the Compass Rose, the main dining room, which does not require a reservation. Here, too, the menu choices and service were wonderful. However, this is a large room which fills quickly and we would have appreciated a quieter and more dimly lighted dining experience. On the formal night, each table was softly candle lit and this made a tremendous difference in the ambiance of the room.

In hindsight, I would have liked RSSC to state that there would be one formal night, one informal night and the rest of the evenings would be casual. It would have made packing easier.

Lastly, the one flaw in our entire trip was the flight arrangements that RSSC made for our return from San Juan to Jacksonville, Florida. You must leave your cabin by 8:00am. We were off the ship by 9:15 and used the ship-to-airport transfer offered by RSSC. We arrived at the airport before 10:00 and our flight left at 1:20pm. We were routed on Delta thru Atlanta and then back to Jacksonville. Arriving in Jacksonville at 7:00pm, we were in transit from the time we left our cabin for over eleven hours. This was a marked contrast to our flight schedule to San Juan. RSSC routed us thru Miami to San Juan which took a total of five hours. The eleven-hour return was a very long and tiring day after such a lovely cruise.

However, we enjoyed our cruise so much that before leaving the ship we booked our next trip and can't wait to return to the Mariner to be pampered again.
SGREEN106@aol.comApril 2002
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