Regent Seven Seas - Rome to Istanbul: Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review by cozama

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Regent Seven Seas - Rome to Istanbul

Sail Date: April 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Overall I would rate this a nice cruise. I won't want to take it again, but was happy that I did take it this time. My wife and I were on this cruise by ourselves. It seems to me that the majority of people on this cruise were with groups of people. It was harder to meet people on this cruise than previous cruises I had taken. My guess, was that there were so many groups, but then again maybe we just didn't try hard enough.

We had a very nice cabin with a separate bedroom at the stern of the boat. It had butler service, but that was not a very big deal, he did very little for us during the cruise (example: Ask for Amstel beer, result Budwieser). Very large balcony, which was really what we enjoyed most.

Deck 7, had a problem with sewage. I don't know why, but the oder was quite strong in areas, and persisted though out the cruise, they were working on pipes all the time, but no change was ever really noticed, however this was a minor annoyance.

Meals and wines More were the best I had ever had on a cruise ship, all the restaurants were very good. The only meal I didn't enjoy was the one at the Prime 7, but not due to the food. A large group of people decided it was fine to scream and yell at each other for the entire meal. We apologized to the staff, as the offenders were American and showing a side of us that is not necessary at a fine restaurant on a cruise ship, we left before our main course.

Entertainment on board was boring. It seems to be more associated with people in their seventies than people in their late fifties, early sixties. However most of the people on board seemed to be in their seventies, we felt like we were among the youngest at sixty.

Ports were excellent, we enjoyed all of them. The free tours, not so much. It only took us one stop and tour (Monaco), to realize that we would have to do something different, the tours were just to boring and when we would ever be here again. So we started off on our own, finding taxis with drivers that spoke good English and using them as our guides. We saw so many different places that the ship tour buses never got to, talked with the drivers, got to know them, exchanged emails, ate at great out of the way restaurants, the really great thing that accompanied this, was we would be dropped off right in front of wherever we want to go (churches,museums,old ruins), and he would be right there when we got back. Yes we missed the exact information the official tour guide would be able to tell us, like when that last stone of a church was put in place (lots of churches to see on this cruise), but these drivers were locals, they knew the history of their city as well as interesting tidbits that tour guides don't discuss. We will do this from now on our cruises, even if the tours are free.

The staff of the ship was always friendly and helpful, and we overall enjoyed this cruise. Less

Published 05/29/11

Cabin review: SS780 Seven Seas Suite

Room 780 was a Seven Seas Suite. The living room was roomy, had a dining table and 4 chairs, couch, two easy chairs, about 12' of floor to ceiling windows and a nice flat screen tv. It did not feel cluttered. The bedroom was small, but had two twins pushed together, makeup mirror with seat, two nightstands, large bureau with plenty of drawers, and a flat screen tv. The bathroom was small, with a tub/shower combo, hermes toiletries, robes, slippers and hair dryer. The closet area was roomy, plenty of space for the wife and I to hang up everything. The balcony was very large, had 2 chaise loungers and two other double seats. Drawback to this room is the noise. The thrusters are below you as well as the lines that are used to tie up the ship are done on the floor below you. You will be woken up around 5 or 6 in the morning when the ship comes into port.

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Port and Shore Excursions

The ruins make this a must see on anybodies agenda. We used a private tour guide for this stop (also a taxi driver). He took us everywhere we could have thought of, and then showed us places that the ships tour never even thought of going. He was a little more expensive than a regular taxi driver as he really knew all the history associated with each place he took us. We arranged this tour online and he was waiting for us at the ship terminal when we got off. We easily saw three times the places that the ships tour went to, the reason, there were just two of us, not 48 people shuffling on and off a tour bus.

Florence cannot be described, you have to experience it for yourself. It receives our highest mark, which is that we will come back to see this city again.

Pisa, what a joke. You have to go and see, but it is so commercial with hawker/vendors set up ever inch of the way to the church and the tower.

We disembarked here, but had two tours scheduled for the next two days. This is an amazing city, there is just so much to see and our sixteen hours of tours didn't even scratch the surface. People were very friendly, and it was much cheaper than European cities. The things to do are numerous. Sailing the Bosphorus, sultan palaces, mosques, Sophia, Grand Bazaar, spice bazaar, the old city, it just goes on.
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Stopped at Malta. We got our taxi driver and toured the island. Initially we went to all the places the cruise ship tours were going, then we concentrated on his favorite places to go. We saw another side to Malta, that you don't see from the ship tour. Did you know one of the favorite dishes on Malta is rabbit?

Great port. Lots to do walking distance from the ship, including gambling. Expensive and not as busy as I was expecting, beautiful city.

Picturesque, but not very much to do except shop. Another nice place to relax on board. From our deck we had a wonderful view of the island.

Stopped at Sardinia. This is a good spot to stay on board and relax.
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