The Seven Seas Mariner is an all-suite ship, meaning every stateroom has a balcony and separate sitting and sleeping areas, and a flat-screen TV. Small details such as numerous small drawers and cupboards for storage, quality L’Occitane bath products and a walk-in closet make a big difference to make all classes of suite comfortable and convenient. Regent ships have some of the largest staterooms in the industry, with suites starting at 252 square feet plus a 49-square-foot balcony. A thick curtain between the sleeping and sitting area makes it possible for night owls to stay up late without disturbing their travel companion.
In addition to increasing in size, higher classes of suites also include amenities such as coffee makers, extra blankets, and free WiFi. Seven Seas Suites and above come with a personal butler, and the luxurious Mariner Suites come with guaranteed dining in the ship’s two specialty restaurants every night. The highest level of suite, the Master Suite, is an enormous 2,000 square feet. It comes with two bedrooms, an elegant dining room, a spacious living room, and two private balconies. Perks include a bottle of welcome champagne, an in-suite liquor bar, in-suite caviar service, and complimentary or discounted access to the ship’s top amenities.
Dining & Gastronomy
There are two specialty restaurants onboard the Seven Seas Mariner: Prime 7 and Signatures. Prime 7 is a classic American steakhouse serving delicious steak-and-seafood dishes with a modern flair. Signatures serves decadent French favorites including foie gras, escargot, and creamy soups. Be sure to make reservations at each one at the beginning of your trip – specialty restaurants fill up fast. Additional restaurants include cruise ship classics: a main dining room, a popular buffet, and a casual grill on the pool deck. The Compass Rose main dining room is particularly flexible and caters to a number of dietary needs, including vegetarian, kosher, and healthy spa cuisine.
Entertainment and Activities
Regent Seven Seas cruises place a large emphasis on shore excursions, and most shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. Shore excursions are ranked by physical activity, from a strenuous mountain hike to a low-key wine tasting, and passengers are encouraged to choose excursions that fit their fitness level.
Onboard activities cater towards a demographic of mature adults. Several bars and lounges offer the perfect ambience for an after-dinner drink. An onboard theater hosts a variety of cabaret, acrobatic and dance performances, often accompanied by a live orchestra. Of the three lounges on board, the Horizon Lounge has a dance floor with a DJ or a live band, the Observation Lounge features a live pianist, and the Stars Lounge lets passengers pick their favorite hits from a digital jukebox, meaning there’s something for everyone onboard this ship.
A luxurious Canyon Ranch Spa provides a relaxing oasis, well-insulated from the daytime hustle and bustle of the ship. Enjoy a professional Swedish massage or a circulation-improving scrub. There are separate men’s and women’s saunas, and the understated décor, outfitted in beige and earthy tones, makes for a professional yet relaxing environment.
Seven Seas Mariners tend to dress a bit more smart than the average cruise passenger. Think country club casual or high-end resort wear during the day, and swimwear is only allowed at the pool. In the evenings, passengers go for elegant casual: Slacks, skirts or blouses for women, and pants, buttoned shirts, and sports jackets for men. Cruises of 16 nights or longer will include two Formal Nights, in which men are expected to wear a tuxedo or suit, and women wear cocktail dresses or evening gowns.