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Seven Seas Mariner Review

4.5 / 5.0
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378 reviews
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Path of Ancient Cultures - Wonderful Cruise

Review for Seven Seas Mariner to the Western Mediterranean
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6-10 Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Jun 2011
Cabin: Grand Suite

Background Info: My wife and I have been on 7 cruises in past 5 years. We now clearly prefer Regent and this cruise helped reaffirm this opinion. It was a 12 day cruise from Athens to Istanbul and originally included two days in Egypt. They were replaced with an extra day in Israel and a stop at a wonderful port in Crete called Aghios Nikolaos. I assume many passengers cancelled when Egypt was eliminated from cruise, but we thought the adjustments were great and it triggered a last minute upgrade offer, which we took, moving from a Penthouse A to a GranMariner Suite - a once in a life time experience for us. And it was awesome to have a room with 900 sq feet and windows looking out the front of the ship and a balcony on the side.

Hotel Info: We used Regent for our fabulous hotels in Athens and Istanbul, but our first night in Athens, there were dangerous demonstrations directly in front of the Gran Bretagne Hotel. It was a disappointment to only spend one night, but Regent arranged for us to eventually spend the night in a Sofitel Hotel at the airport - executive level. Worked out well and we checked into our hotel at 9AM the next morning. Service and room were great and at dinner we had a beautiful view of the Acroplis and Parthenon. Breath-taking. Our hotel in Istanbul - Ciragan Palace Kempenski exceeded all our expectations from the moment we entered the hotel. The hotel is elegant and overlooks the Bosphorous, so when we laid out at the superb pool, the view was just great. Food, service, room, location, view and ambiance were 1st class - but so was price!!

Activities and Entertainment: We always enjoyed the evening shows when the Regent dance team and orchestra performed. The individual performers were not so good. We did not participate in many activities except a reception for Seven Seas Members that we enjoyed. Also saw a fun movie out by the pool one night. We used the spa and gym a lot and walked around Deck 12 mornings when we were free. Also, we were fortunate to share a dinner with the talented Cruise Director Paul Reynolds. The poolside Barbecue dinner and entertainment night was also well done.

Cabin Review

Grand Suite

Cabin GS

If you want to experience floating elegance, try an upgrade to one of 2 Gran Mariner Suites. Living room, dining area, huge closets, two complete bathrooms, large bedroom, relaxing living room with desk. Comfortable balcony

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