Seven Seas Mariner Review

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Good Cruise to the Amazon

Review for South America Cruise on Seven Seas Mariner
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Dec 2023
Cabin: Deluxe Suite

My wife and I just finished a 25 day cruise to the Amazon River in Brazil on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner. We are in our mid 60s and have cruised over 30 times mostly on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. This was our first “luxury cruise”. The itinerary was round trip Miami with many stops in the Caribbean and 3 days up the Amazon River to Manaus, Brazil. Everything was included in the fare – tips, drinks, restaurants, excursions, TV movies, room service, wifi. Overall we liked the cruise and the ship but ultimately decided it was our last Regent cruise for several reasons – expensive cruise and small ship with limited entertainment - biggest advantage was free drinks but we aren’t big drinkers.

SHIP – The Mariner is an older ship but in excellent condition. It only holds about 650 passengers so was much smaller than any of the cruise ships we’ve sailed on before. On the positive, the ship felt empty at times and there was seldom a wait for an elevator. It features 1 main dining room and 3 specialty restaurants and we never had to wait very long for a table. The bars and lounges were also relatively uncrowded. On the negative side, there were limited choices on activities or facilities on the smaller ship.

EMBARK/DEBARKATION – Getting on and off the Mariner was a breeze as there were only 650 passengers. Also easy to get on and off at all of our stops except those requiring tenders. Only issue was we were required to do immigration clearance in San Juan which took the place of Miami. In Miami at the end, we only had to get our bags and clear customs.

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Deluxe Suite

We selected the lowest category cabin, Deluxe Veranda Suite. It was as large as a mini suite on a regular cruise ship. The bathroom was fairly roomy and had plenty of storage around the sink. The shower was the best we’ve had on a cruise ship, fairly large and featuring 2 nozzles plus a step for storing bottles or even sitting. We had a walk-in closet which was large with plenty of hangars and storage. The king bed was extremely comfortable which was a good thing as we slept in it 25 nights. We had a full size couch and several tables. Large flat panel TV which had a huge selection of movies which were free. Cabin steward was excellent and took care of any needs and usually had the cabin cleaned within 30 minutes. Our friends had a very roomy large suite with a butler and although they enjoyed the perks, they felt it wasn’t worth the extra cost over our cabin.

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