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Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review to South America
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

4.2 out of 5
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Seven Seas Mariner

25 Night Radiant Amazon (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail Date: November 17, 2017

Ship: Seven Seas Mariner

Cabin Type: Suite

Cabin Number: 829

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Review Summary

Glad we took the cruise but not interested in returning to many places visited. Scheduled to take the ship again on a transatlantic trip from Barcelona. It will be interesting to see what has changed.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
No issues although there was no cold water available other than having to walk to the back of the waiting room to a drinking fountain. It was very organized, and fast. Our baggage arrived at our suite quickly although we never heard an announcement that it was OK to go down from the La Veranda to our suite.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
No issues. Everything was excellent.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
With what was available, it seemed they made a good effort but overall it was a bit boring at times. The fitness center was OK but the TV portion of half the eliptical, cycling and treadmill equipment did not function well if at all. There were many times when the center was left unattended. That could be a big problem if someone were there and was injured.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Good but not particularly so.

Children's Programs

no children aboard

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Extremely friendly and seemed to bend over backward to please. Very GOOD!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The ship's layout was OK (see cabin comments below) and our only issue was with our cabin. The maintenance of the ship was excellent. Fresh paint and polish everywhere even though the ship was heading for refurbishment soon.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The floor was very uneven and for a cabin designed for the handicapped, could have been quite dangerous. The shower required one to strategically place towels on the floor to prevent flooding. It was very irritating not to have a 110 volt outlet in the bathroom for electric dental appliances as well as a shaver. There was a big shortage of 110 volt outlets anywhere for that matter. We had to have the A/C repaired at one point.

Ship Tip

Be prepared for a smaller ship experience. At one point when the stabilizers were pulled in due to shallow seas, it was very difficult to stand, let alone walk. Even with the stabilizers deployed, the ride was rough.

Ports Of Call

Miami, Florida Did not visit port

Just passed through. Seemed quite congested

Gustavia, St. Barthelemy

4 out of 5
Very picturesque but quite expensive for shopping. Took a quick bus excursion.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
The port seemed OK but really did not see as was on a great excursion (1/2 boat, 1/2 bus). The only part of the excursion that was bad was returning to the port on the bus with a 1 hour ride in the dark on a very windy, narrow road.

St. George's, Grenada

5 out of 5
Hired a tour on the dock and had a wonderful experience seeing the beautiful island.

Port of Spain

4 out of 5
Was just OK. Sight seeing excursion was good but this particular island was not a highlight of the trip.

Santarem, Brazil

4 out of 5
Huge industrial port as advertised. Tour to the countryside was good and sightseeing was quite interesting. EXTREMELY hot.

Boca Da Valeria, Brazil

4 out of 5
Fun place and very interesting to do the self directed tour.

Manaus, Brazil

5 out of 5
Walked around the part of the city outside the terminal for a while in the morning. Impressed by the cleanliness and maintenance of the streets and buildings for being so deep into Brazil. Excursion was good and the opera house was extremely impressive. Zoo was so so.

Parintins, Brazil

4 out of 5
did not see much of the city although the dancing exhibition was excellent.

Alter Do Chao, Brazil

5 out of 5
The little town was very quaint and the walk on the beach beautiful. Easy to guide oneself around the town and the area so can understand why no excursions was offered.

Devils Island, French Guiana

5 out of 5
Extremely interesting and beautiful. The onboard lectures helped considerably in preparing one for what to expect.

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
Beautiful place and the lobster/champagne catamaran excursion was definitely a highlight of the cruise.

St. John's, Antigua

3 out of 5
After being in other more exotic ports, I only felt the island was just OK. The train ride was interesting but not particularly memorable.

San Juan, Puerto Rico Did not visit port

Probably would have been OK but visited St. Kitts instead because of hurricane damage in PR.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Easy and organized.
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