Five Things to Know About Regent Seven Seas Cruises' Mariner Cruise Ship
Best for: High-end cruisers who spare no expense
Sails: Alaska, Australia and New Zealand, the Caribbean, Central America, Hawaii, the Mediterranean, Mexico, New England and Canada, the Pacific Coast, the Panama Canal, South America, the South Pacific
At a Glance: Regent’s first all-suite, all-balcony ship, the ultra-luxe Seven Seas Mariner still stuns, with lavish, roomy cabins, and some of the best food at sea.
Every Cabin Is a Suite, and Every Suite Has a Balcony
Spacious and elegant, cabins have a cloud-like king-size beds and range in size from a 253-square-foot Deluxe Veranda Suite to a 1,204 square-foot, two-bedroom Master Suite. The latter comes with two balconies (the largest is a massive 752 square feet), two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a living room, and an actual party—guests get to host a complimentary cocktail party for eight. (Note that in some of the smaller suites, rooms are divided with a curtain rather than a wall.) For upper-tier staterooms like the Grand and Mariner Suites, expect high-end perks like in-room caviar service.
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The Food Is World-Class
Like other Regent ships, Seven Seas Mariner is a culinary destination unto itself. And passengers are not charged extra to dine in any location. One of the best spots for lunch is the Pool Grill, where passengers can order a grilled seafood or a burger on the deck. Main dining room Compass Rose is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you can create your own custom entrée, mixing and matching meats, sides, sauces, and pastas. The clubby Prime 7 is more refined take on a traditional steakhouse. You can order massive cuts of bone-in rib eye or New York strip, or the signature surf and turf, then polish off a caramel popcorn sundae for dessert. Or opt for French at the upscale Signatures, where guests can order a foie gras terrine and prune marmalade and a Magret duck breast with raspberry vinegar sauce. In the evening, the buffet eatery La Veranda becomes Italian restaurant Sette Mari, which mixes buffet options with table service: Think antipasti, spaghetti carbonara, and mushroom risotto.
The Spa Soothes
Regent Seven Seas Mariner’s Canyon Ranch Spa Club may not be a sprawling, multideck affair, but it has everything passengers need to recover from a forest hike or a particularly taxing shopping expedition in a Mediterranean hill town. There’s an aromatic steam room, Finnish sauna, and a mile-long list of facials body treatments, wraps, and scrubs. Do yourself a favor and book a reiki treatment for your first day onboard: it’s great for jet lag. A treatment will cost you extra, but the yoga and Pilates class in the fitness center next door are wrapped into your cruise rate.
Get Ready to Play
For a ship this size, there are plenty of ways to embrace your sporty side. Passengers can test out a putting green, golf driving range, jogging track, pool, bocce, and even a tennis court.
The Excursions Are Worth It
Prefer a group tour to exploring solo? On Regent Seven Seas ships, nearly all excursions are included in the price of your cruise. For example, in Sitka, Alaska, passengers can take their pick among a visit to a raptor center, a wildlife cruise, or kayaking trip, as well as numerous other options, at no additional cost.