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Seven Seas Mariner Review

2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Shore Excursions
2019 Best for Value
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Seven Seas Mariner
4.5 / 5.0
386 reviews

Pros
Cruise fare covers nearly everything
Cons
Prices are among the industry's highest, even for entry-level suites
Bottom Line

About

Passengers
700

Crew
445

Passenger to Crew
1.57:1

Launched
2001

Shore Excursions
1775
Sails To
Mexican Riviera, South America, Asia, South Pacific, Africa, Eastern Mediterranean, Alaska, Western Mediterranean, Panama Canal & Central America, Mediterranean, Eastern Caribbean
Regent Seven Seas Cruise Deals
Colleen McDaniel
Cruise Critic Editor-In-Chief

Seven Seas Mariner Overview

In an era when mass-market cruise ships are getting bigger and bigger, Seven Seas Mariner is a refreshing option that carries only 700 passengers, making for a beautifully intimate sailing with personally tailored service and gorgeous public spaces. While Mariner is an "older" ship by cruise industry standards, it's been impeccably maintained, with major and minor refurbishments over the years; in 2018, it underwent a multimillion-dollar refresh that touched virtually every space.

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The result is a sleek, modern look throughout the ship -- heavy on polish and marble, yet still warm and comfortable. There's a renewed sophistication, which mimics some of the stylings of Regent's flagship Seven Seas Explorer. It's evident in the light-and-bright public spaces, glass and crystal chandeliers and even a new-to-Mariner restaurant, Chartreuse, which debuted on Explorer.

The all-suite ship offers a true luxury experience, where your cruise fare covers virtually everything, including round trip airfare, gratuities, drinks and excursions. This takes almost all the hassle out of sailing; passengers don't have to worry about the cost of a cocktail or how much they should tip cabin stewards.

Because of the small size of the ship, it's able to sail into ports its larger brethren can't access, so itineraries offer exotic and unusual ports of call. Regent Seven Seas has made a significant investment in its excursions, and passengers can choose from a wide variety of included options in each port. Excursions are well executed; it's clear they've been vetted well, and they run like clockwork. Most take place in the morning so passengers can enjoy the ship in the afternoon. The ship visits a new port every day -- you won't find sea days on most Mariner sailings -- so onboard activities during the day are pretty light, and many passengers head back to their cabins early at night so they are bright-eyed for the next day's morning excursions.

Service and dining on Mariner are key to the experience, and both are generally superior, though uneven in spots. The ship's two specialty restaurants, Prime 7 and Chartreuse, are outstanding when it comes to food, service and overall experience; dining at both is a highlight for any passenger. Yet most passengers are limited to one meal in each, which means diners are rather confined to either Italian venue Sette Mari at La Veranda or Compass Rose, the main dining room (where service is slower), for dinner.

What sets apart a sailing on Mariner is the flexibility afforded to each passenger. Kitchen staff will go above and beyond to accommodate dietary needs and preferences, excursions can be individually crafted (for a fee), and room service is as much about culinary experience as it is about convenience. If a passenger has a request for something, the staff will bend over backward to make it happen. This, as much as the ship itself, makes Mariner a joy to sail.


Top Seven Seas Mariner Itineraries

Seven Seas Mariner
18 night panama canal cruise

Miami, Key West, Cartagena (Colombia), Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), San Juan del Sur, Puerto Quetzal (Antigua), Acapulco, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, San Diego, San Francisco

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Fellow Passengers

Seven Seas Mariner draws passengers who are well-heeled and well-traveled. Most are 60 and older, and many are loyal to the cruise line; Regent Seven Seas earns a lot of repeat business. Shorter sailings and those to Alaska tend to draw some younger passengers. You're more likely to see children onboard during the summer, when school is out, but even so, most voyages attract only a handful of passengers sailing with young children. Generally, 80 to 90 percent of passengers are North Americans, but it's not uncommon to see British, German and Australian passengers, too.


Seven Seas Mariner Dress Code

During the day, passengers on Mariner dress with style: Think country club or high-end resort wear, rather than pool or beachwear. Women opt for capri pants, slacks or jeans with blouses or T-shirts, while men might wear shorts or khakis and collared shirts. Poolside, swimwear is the norm, with the addition of cover-ups and sun hats for women. Bathing suits aren't allowed at indoor venues.

At night, after 6 p.m., everyone wears what the line calls "elegant casual," and crew members will politely enforce the dress code, often with a gentle reminder that there is one in place. For ladies, elegant casual means a skirt or dress pants with a blouse or sweater, pantsuit or a dress. Men wear slacks and collared shirts, and while sports jackets are optional, a number of men wear them. In fact, many passengers still put on some pretty fancy clothes ahead of dinner. Jeans, T-shirts, baseball caps, shorts and sneakers aren't permitted in any public area after 6 p.m.

On sailings of 16 nights or longer, passengers will have two formal nights, and they dress to the nines: tuxes or full suits for men, and cocktail gowns, formal pantsuits or dress sets for women.

On the final evening of each cruise, when everyone is packing, the dress code is "relaxed casual," a toned-down version of elegant casual, where comfort takes precedence over formality. That said, most passengers adhere to the elegant casual code, even when it's not required.

Seven Seas Mariner Inclusions

Regent Seven Seas is the most-inclusive cruise line around. Cruise fares cover all drinks and food, including at least one night in each of the specialty restaurants, gratuities, Wi-Fi, mini-bar stocking and restocking, access to the ship's sauna and steam rooms, shore excursions, airfare and, depending on cabin category booked, butler service, pre-cruise hotel stay and transfers. You'll pay extra for uber-premium spirits and a handful of shore excursions.

In the spa, the prices you see include an 18 percent gratuity. Tipping on top of what is included is not required, but it's not uncommon to see passengers slipping their favorite crew members an additional cash gratuity on the final night of the cruise. Regardless of where the ship sails, the U.S. dollar is the onboard currency.


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Seven Seas Mariner Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.54.2
Dining4.04
Entertainment3.53.5
Public Rooms5.04.3
Fitness Recreation4.03.7
Family3.05
Enrichment4.53.7
Service5.04.2
Value For Money4.03.5

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Where does Seven Seas Mariner sail to?

Seven Seas Mariner cruises to Seward, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Vancouver, Astoria, Oregon, Victoria, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, La Paz, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Punta del Este, Santos (Sao Paulo), Ilha Grande, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Miami, Antigua, St. Lucia, Bonaire, Lima, Easter Island, Tahiti (Papeete), Bora Bora, Pago Pago, Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Burnie, Melbourne, Sydney (Australia), Brisbane, Cairns, Thursday Island, Darwin, Bali, Singapore, Kelang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Phuket, Colombo, Kochi (Cochin), Mangalore, Mormugao (Goa), Mumbai (Bombay), Muscat, Dubai, Salalah, Aqaba (Petra), Safaga, Haifa (Tel Aviv), Limassol, Rhodes, Patmos, Istanbul, Kusadasi, Santorini, Positano (Amalfi), Rome (Civitavecchia), Florence (Livorno), Monaco (Monte Carlo), Marseille, Barcelona, Icy Strait, Santiago (Valparaiso), Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Honolulu, Maui, Hilo, Moorea, Raiatea, Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), Suva, Lautoka, Port Vila, Townsville, Komodo Island, Koh Samui, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Sihanoukville, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Xiamen, Shanghai, Nagasaki, Kobe, Tokyo (Yokohama), Hakodate, Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, Sorrento, Taormina (Messina), Corfu, Kotor, Split, Venice, Malta (Valletta), Jerusalem (Ashdod), St. Barts, Port of Spain (Trinidad), Santarem, Manaus, Barbados, St. Vincent, Dominica, Tortola, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Katakolon (Olympia), Athens (Piraeus), Bari, Argostoli (Kefalonia), Catania, Portofino, Key West, Cartagena (Colombia), Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), San Juan del Sur, Puerto Quetzal (Antigua), Acapulco, San Diego, Mykonos, Gythion, Crete (Heraklion), Bodrum, Antalya, Seville, Tenerife, King's Wharf, La Spezia (Cinque Terre), Sete, Palma de Mallorca (Majorca), Odessa, Corsica (Ajaccio), Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Ibiza, Corinto, Martinique, St. Maarten, San Juan, Palamos, Toulon, Great Stirrup Cay and St. Kitts (Port Zante)

How much does it cost to go on Seven Seas Mariner?

Cruises on Seven Seas Mariner start from £3,499 per person.

Is Seven Seas Mariner a good ship to cruise on?

Seven Seas Mariner won 29 awards over the years, including Best for Cabins, Best for Shore Excursions and Best for Value in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2019 Best for Value
  • 2016 Best for Dining
  • 2016 Best for Embarkation
  • 2016 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best Overall
  • 2015 Best for Cabins
  • 2015 Best for Cabins
  • 2015 Best for Dining
  • 2015 Best for Fitness
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best for Service
  • 2015 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2014 Best for Cabins
  • 2014 Best for Fitness
  • 2014 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2014 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2013 Best Overall
  • 2013 Best for Cabins
  • 2013 Best for Dining
  • 2013 Best for Embarkation
  • 2013 Best for Entertainment
  • 2013 Best for Fitness
  • 2013 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2013 Best for Service
  • 2013 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2013 Best for Value
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Seven Seas Mariner Member Reviews

Seven Seas Mariner
Walk Softly
Sail Date: Sep 2019
The cruise experience of all three of us on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner was extraordinary.... Read More
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geebee2546
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Food , Seti Mari is not like any Italian restaurant I have been into, and I am married to an Italian, born and bred, Prime Seven restaurant,had a lot of food of inferior quality, steaks were part cooked... Read More
Seven Seas Mariner
esanesel
Sail Date: Oct 2019
By way of full disclosure, when we checked into our cabin on our last trip on the Mariner one of the vents sounded like a jet engine, very unpleasant.... Read More
Seven Seas Mariner
Maj16801
Sail Date: Apr 2019
After about an hour of only seeing sea-ice, the Mariner left Yakutat Bay.... Read More

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Editor Rating

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