Mostly great experiences; poor time in the dining room.

Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review to South America
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall Rating:

3.7 out of 5
Seven Seas Mariner

25 Night Radiant Amazon (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail Date: November 17, 2017

Ship: Seven Seas Mariner

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 754

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Review Summary

This was our first cruise on Regent, and while we'll sail with them again, they aren't at the top of our list of cruise lines (maybe #4), and are somewhat short of what we consider "luxury" class. We'll see if the kitchen and communications problems persist on our next cruise and see if our rating will go up or down.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
The kitchen is slow, inaccurate, and I think I could prepare many of the dishes better. Communications challenges meant wrong dishes served, sometimes as many as a third of the courses. Buffet food is, as usual, overcooked. Many bright points and wonderful dishes, but the same dish a week later might be trash.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Many of the activities offered didn't appeal to us, but we enjoyed those that did.

Entertainment

2 out of 5
Four nights (out of 25) we attended and enjoyed the evening entertainment. The others we either had no interest in or walked out.

Children's Programs

No children on this cruise, nor does the ship appear to be set up for them.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Other than the challenges in the dining room (of which only communications issues could be blamed on dining room staff) and a cabin attendant who we just didn't fancy, staff were friendly, courteous, and helpful. However, this ship had a large dose of "not my job", which I debit to the cruise line philosophy.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The ship is in very good repair for its age, but cleaning seems to lag a bit behind. Cleanliness was good, I had little concern for my health, but crud in the corners deserved more attention.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Best stateroom afloat yet, despite a split bed that split when we didn't want it to. Very roomy with lots of storage space.

Ship Tip

Lower your expectations for dining speed and accuracy, but enjoy the rest. There is a list of the complimentary wines available, but you have to ask for it.

Ports Of Call

Miami, Florida Did not visit port

Just passed through. Terribly traffic.

Gustavia, St. Barthelemy

5 out of 5
Just wandered off and had a nice lunch.

Castries, St. Lucia

4 out of 5

St. George's, Grenada

3 out of 5

Port of Spain

5 out of 5
City tour included a dance & musical performance. See the limbo danced by professionals in the place it was invented!

Santarem, Brazil

4 out of 5
Interesting city.

Boca Da Valeria, Brazil

1 out of 5
It was like a human zoo plus mistreated animals. Only cute kids were allowed out, and all begged for money. We stayed aboard; those who visited were appalled. This needs to be boycotted.

Manaus, Brazil

5 out of 5
City tour was very interesting, included Opera House and zoo, which was South American animals only. A second tour to the "meeting of the waters" and a canoe ride, was also excellent.

Parintins, Brazil

4 out of 5
Attended Boi Bumbá festival. Very loud, few good seats, but a good view of local culture.

Alter Do Chao, Brazil Did not visit port

A very lovely beach ... if you like that sort of thing.

Devils Island, French Guiana Did not visit port

Refused tendering because one of us used a cane.

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
A "coastal tour" booked through Viator was very good, and the Restaurant at the Animal Flowers Cave was worth a repeat visit. The cave has steep steps and was closed by high waves.

St. John's, Antigua

3 out of 5
"Best of Antigua" tour, typical.

San Juan, Puerto Rico Did not visit port

Redirected to St. Kitts.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Ship disembarcation was very smooth. Port of Miami, not so much.
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