Regent is enhancing over all cruise quality

Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 19
Helpful Votes: 362

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Seven Seas Mariner

22 Night Panama To Paradise (Miami To Honolulu)

Sail date: October 10, 2018

Ship: Seven Seas Mariner

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 1025

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

In summation, I realize Regent's prices are pretty steep and going up, so are the other line's prices that we frequent. But you have to say this about Frank Del Rio (FDR)'s lines. The other lines seem to not only be increasing prices but also engaging in a commensurate ratcheting down of overall cruise quality. While at the same time, Regent is enhancing over all cruise quality.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Soon after we boarded we checked out the Main Dining Room, The Compass Rose, and wondered if we were on the right ship. We weren't aware that the Mariner went through an extensive refurbishment last March. Quite a change in the MDR, not just in the general decor but with wait staff and cuisine. Special shout out for the wine pairing sommeliers. Now, don't get me wrong, the Mariner was always great, but it was now super.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
I saw more flying fish that voyage than I've seen in years.----Not to mention my sometimes twice daily hot tubs and the wonderful service from the ships pool bar.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Entertainment would be three stars except for the outstanding enrichment lectures---one of my favorite aspects of cruising, the enrichment lectures, particularly those addressing the theme of the voyage or aspects of the area of the world the cruise is taking place in like history, naturalism and geography. On this voyage we had two lecturers, Michael Scott, a botanist and historian and Lt. Colonel Bill Rothschild a NASA Rocket Scientist and engineer. Scott's presentations fit perfectly into the area of the world we voyaged but Rothschild's were very interesting as well. I think they spoke a dozen times each and I attended every single lecture, perfect attendance.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ship tip

Regent is a so called luxury line. But don't expect too much because of the classification, some go away dissatisfied since they wanted an utopian voyage or something whimsical--- Lower your expectations.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

3 out of 5

HAVANA, CUBA

5 out of 5
Had an enjoyable visit in Cuba and the countryside there. Visited a coop type farm out in the rural areas, this farm paid taxes and was not government operation. Very clean with very smart and knowledgeable guides. Far ahead of the dozens and dozens of 3rd world countries we have visited before.

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
great transit of the canal on a beautiful day all the way

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

5 out of 5

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

5 out of 5
Quite a trip, a recent volcanic eruption had destroyed some roads so our 9 hour excursion took 10.5 with 9 hours being in a good coach on high mountain roads as we visited a Maya ruins site, 9000 foot elevation

Acapulco, Mexico

3 out of 5

Kahului, Maui

5 out of 5
Spent two days and one night here, more than scheduled due to a hurricane that caused us to miss Cabo San Lucas and San Diego. Drove to the top of Mount Haleakala and went over to Lahaina and took the Atlantis submarine excursion, which was outstanding. Don't know why I never tried that before during previous Maui visits.

Honolulu, Oahu

3 out of 5
Did a two day one night post cruise hotel and transfer package. Nice hotel, Waikiki hasn't changed.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5

Traveler Photos

Start of our submarine ride. She took time to let me snap her picture. Vistor station pictures at top of Mount Haleakala Passing HAL's Niew Amsterdam in canal Old church
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