1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
My travel agent booked this cruise for myself and my husband. I did not read any reviews on about this cruise or ship until after we had already booked the tour. As we trust our agent very much. However, after reading the reviews, I was ... Read More
My travel agent booked this cruise for myself and my husband. I did not read any reviews on about this cruise or ship until after we had already booked the tour. As we trust our agent very much. However, after reading the reviews, I was quite upset and almost ready to cancel the getaway all together. I am very happy that we didn't cancel and went on this cruise. Although we read in many reviews that the food was mundane or just ok, we felt that it was great. We saw many people state how the ship was old, musty and rusted; however we did not see this. As to us it was very beautiful. We stayed in the Horizon Suites and couldn't have been more comfortable. The service on the ship was complete accommodating, organized and did everything they could for us to make sure we were happy. We were able to book all the excursions that we wanted with no issues, while some we were put on a waiting list, they still made sure we somehow were able to join the rest of the passengers in these adventures. Not everything was "perfect" as nothing always is. There were a few hiccups along the way but nothing to be upset about. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This was my 5th cruise with RSSC, so I already knew I would like it. Here are some of the things I like about it. The Mariner is just the right size-small enough to go places others can't and large enough to have multiple places to ... Read More
This was my 5th cruise with RSSC, so I already knew I would like it. Here are some of the things I like about it. The Mariner is just the right size-small enough to go places others can't and large enough to have multiple places to dine and hang out. I like that it is really all inclusive, once on the ship I don't have to spend another dime if I don't want to. I like that even the lowest tier suites are large by the industry standard and are very comfortable and include a veranda. I like that it is generally all adult. On this cruise there were a few children, but they had special programs for them. There are no mandatory formal nights or assigned meal times. They generally offer a good selection of shore excursions, many of which included for free. The specialty restaurants are good, but the food in the main dining room is always very good as well. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We have completed 13 Regent cruises (with 222 nights), and was surprised with a poor review on Cruise Critic from one couple. We were on that same Regent Mariner cruise and had none of the 'problems' described--we adapted ... Read More
We have completed 13 Regent cruises (with 222 nights), and was surprised with a poor review on Cruise Critic from one couple. We were on that same Regent Mariner cruise and had none of the 'problems' described--we adapted to changes that we could not control. Both Regent and we could not control the weather. First--If they did not like their multi-hour air-schedule, it can be changed. We were scheduled on an overnight flight from Vancouver to NYC but we changed it to an early afternoon flight that got us home. Regent’s initial late-day flight selection gave guests the opportunity to take a tour of Vancouver! Ask, and Regent changes the air flights--yes it cost a little money, but we are Platinum level, and one flight schedule change was allowed. Second—This was a relocation cruise--we expected multiple days at sea. We were scheduled to have 5-days-at-sea, and we had 6-days-at-sea, when we bypassed the Russian port. There were wonderful lectures by Hugh Neighbour and Karen Dodd. There were extra social events added to entertain the guests. If you were bored, that was your fault. Third--YES, we skipped the Russian port. Their comment that “ALL OF THE GUESTS WERE UPSET” is very unfair and UNTRUE. There were 50-knot winds over the deck--added to the forward speed of the Mariner, it gives a 75mph deck wind. The decks were closed for outside walking. My wife and I exercised by walking the interior walkways on various decks. There were 23 feet swells. We had very wet and salt encrusted balcony windows, which were cleaned at the next port. I enclosed two photos of the TV screen in our suite showing these numbers. The Mariner has stabilizers, I knew of no one who was sick from mal de mer. The captain/master changed the direction (and avoided the worst of the storm). I saw him at the Coffee Connection, and thanked him, for consideration of the safety of the guests. After his direction changes, we then had MUCH weaker winds, and less than six feet swell. [I BELIEVE that the Mariner was originally scheduled to use their tenders to transport the guests to and from shore at the Russian port. With a pitching sea, it could be a human disaster! On two previous Regent cruises (Amalfi coast, Italy and Galle, Sri Lanka), the Captain declared that the sea was too rough to have guests enter the tenders and we skipped the port!] Fourth--We had great weather on all Alaskan ports; but it rained at Ketchikan, as usual. We did not see the Hubbard Glacier because there was very dense fog. Many guests, including me, stood on the top deck and got wet from the weather. Regent did supply snacks and hot coffee for those awaiting a breeze to dissipate the fog. After about an hour of only seeing sea-ice, the Mariner left Yakutat Bay. The weather then was fine, at distance of about 10-miles where some wind, and a change in air-temperature resulted in no fog and a blue-sky. When the ship was docked in any Alaska port, we often sat outside in the sun on the pool deck for lunch and enjoyed the snow covered mountains, numerous playful otters, eagles, (once saw some orcas playing by our ship), and had another great meal. I know of no one who used the pool, but the hot tubs were used by some. I really cannot understand such a negative review--but it was from one couple. We have three more Regent cruises booked, and look forward to the ship, food, staff, and meeting other well-traveled guests. It is a pleasure to be take care of by Regent. I would highly recommend cruising with Regent for those people who enjoy “joie de vie”. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise Because of the following factors 1.Itinerary 2.cruise line 3.offer of 3 day pre-cruise in Singapore This was our fourth cruise on Regent and our second on Mariner. Regent had raised their game since ... Read More
We chose this cruise Because of the following factors 1.Itinerary 2.cruise line 3.offer of 3 day pre-cruise in Singapore This was our fourth cruise on Regent and our second on Mariner. Regent had raised their game since our last cruise with them in December 2014. In the MDR the “always available” section read like that of a high class Steak and Seafood restaurant with lobster ,scallops ,Alaskan king crab,Dover sole and a myriad of steak choices The included wines were a little ordinary but the pay for list was interesting and reasonably priced eg Cloudy Bay usd 60 Ray the cruise director was very visible and never seemed to have time off. The officers were friendly and we had great service from the efficient and engaging crew. The included shore excursions gave a good choice for the able bodied but less choice for anyone with mobility problems. This was not helped by the poor infrastructure in some ports. We enjoyed the enrichment lectures and watched a few of the shows. Overall a great holiday. The recent refit had greatly improved Mariner . The Singapore pre-cruise was based at The Swissotel the Stamford a five star hotel and the program of tours was well organised and of a high standard Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Had a wonderful time on the Mariner in Australia. The ship is just the right size and Regent treated us to a spectacular New Year’s Eve party in Bali. We also were treated to a magical evening at the Australian Open tennis tournament. ... Read More
Had a wonderful time on the Mariner in Australia. The ship is just the right size and Regent treated us to a spectacular New Year’s Eve party in Bali. We also were treated to a magical evening at the Australian Open tennis tournament. We had great seats in Rod Laver Stadium for two night matches. The crew and officers on Regent are friendly, efficient, and helpful. Since most Regent passengers are return guests, you usually meet up with people you have cruised with previously. After we returned home, we automatically scheduled ourselves to be available at 4:30 pm for Team Trivia. The competition and camaraderie was a “look forward to every day event”. The food could be upgraded a bit. The menu is great though with many offerings available every day. It is also good to be able to order from the dining room menu for room service. We will be staying with Regent. We already have a booking on the new ship, Splendor. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Nov. 27, 2018 Mariner Papeete to Auckland The following experience optimizes what makes a Regent Cruise so wonderful. It's the exceptional, sincere, and kind individuals that work together to create for guests a once in a ... Read More
Nov. 27, 2018 Mariner Papeete to Auckland The following experience optimizes what makes a Regent Cruise so wonderful. It's the exceptional, sincere, and kind individuals that work together to create for guests a once in a lifetime celebration and memories. We chose this trip because we vowed to return after 20 years to the places where we honeymooned. I mentioned to Sunil, our butler how my husband John was my hero and superman for when he married me, a widow, he took on the responsibilites of two greiving  teenagers and ill and declining parents. I wanted to thank him with a surprise German themed evening of food and music. It brings back his happy memories of his parents of German descent. I thought we might have dinner in our suite and perhaps hear a couple German tunes where the musicians were playing that evening. Here's the amazing evening that Sunil flawlessly executed with the help of Marius, Chef Wesley, Kasha, Anyje, Boogie, Zach and their fellow performers. When we returned from our shore excursion, Gretchen and Deborah who kept our room always tidy, had beautifully decorated our suite. Towels were creatively transformed into swans forming a heart messaging I ♡ YOU on the confetti strewn bed. Red and white ballons with ribbon streamers were everywhere. We were then invited to the Mariner Lounge where Kasia and Antje greeted us in their German durndl dresses. They had planned a unique and upbeat show of beer toasting, music, song and dance. The girls wisked my joyful husband to the dance floor where he joined the dance and returned misty eyed. I am amazed how they came up with such a professional costumed show with such short notice. Brendon and Nathan said they had just finished learning their parts that afternoon. You would never suspect as it was executed with  perfection and all in attendance throughly enjoyed the upbeat energy of their performance. We then returned to our suite for dinner where Marius and Chef Wesley wished us a happy anniversary and presented all of John's favorite German dishes: his mother's Sauerbraten, schnitzel, spaetzley, pretzels and Asparagus soup served with a nice Reisling wine. I had mentioned to Sunil that John enjoyed a cigar and whiskey after dinner. He suggested that a taste of Louis XIII Cognac would make a nice gift from me. I agreed so we surprised John once again with a stroll to the cigar lounge were Sunil made a white gloved ceremonial presentation of this special indugence. We then caught John, the cruise director's excellent show. When we returned to our room there was yet one more surprise: a black forest cake topped with a fondant sculpture of Superman carrying me reminiscent of our original wedding cake. John's dad was a master baker and played trumpet in a German folk band and he would have been impressed. We were never charged for any of this. Regent doesn't nickle and dime you. They just treat you special all the time. We love that you never put your hand in your pocket once on board. You just sit back enjoy and let them pamper you So you see all of these wonderful individuals went over board to gift us an evening we will forever cherish. They make a Regent cruise special. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
My father and I had always wanted to go to Tahiti, he was turning 80 and I was wondering if we would ever get a chance to travel together since his health had suddenly deteriorated. Regent was the perfect cruise line. We were tired of ... Read More
My father and I had always wanted to go to Tahiti, he was turning 80 and I was wondering if we would ever get a chance to travel together since his health had suddenly deteriorated. Regent was the perfect cruise line. We were tired of the up charging for this and that. Wanted a cruise that we didn’t have to check our receipts for the day or worry about the extras. Everything was taken care of! This was a truly all inclusive trip. Of course there were crazy expensive drinks and cigars were extra ( which should be). Being people who enjoy finer scotches and Bourbons we were still satisfied with the selection on the ship. The staff went above and beyond to make our vacation unforgettable. The Crew even arranged to get us on a tour that had already left! It was the first time my mom was in the ocean with stingrays and sharks. Amazing! We got to know some wonderful passengers and staff which I know our paths will cross again. The entertainment was not like the mega ships, but we didn’t care. The craft sessions far surpassed anything on the mega ships! Unfortunately, I can’t remember names since I am writing so late. Broke my back riding horseback in Nuka Hiva. Do the Le Truck! Don’t go off and make your own plans there. My husband and I went diving and though the cruise line did not offer any assistance, some of the crew were very helpful in assisting us with getting some dives in and communicating with the dive shops for us, as well as making sure we got out on the first tender if needed. Definitely a trip of a lifetime! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this 28 day back to back cruise as we had not been to Alaska in many years and all we had to do is fly one way as we live in Florida. We flew to Vancouver and since we had a penthouse we received a free night at the Four ... Read More
We chose this 28 day back to back cruise as we had not been to Alaska in many years and all we had to do is fly one way as we live in Florida. We flew to Vancouver and since we had a penthouse we received a free night at the Four Seasons Hotel. Embarkation was easy and after a small lunch in the Veranda our luggage had been delivered and our cabin was ready. Service and food on the ship were superb. We really enjoyed the Veranda for breakfast and lunch and had most of our dinners in Compass Rose. The menu selections were huge and it was always hard to decide on an entree so we usually shared between the two of us. Chartreuse was not our favorite but we enjoyed Prime Seven (especially the whole Maine lobster) several times. The excursions in Alaska were exceptional. We went whale watching (saw hundreds), and loved watching the dolphins play and the bald eagles who were spotted in the trees by our guide. We had a dungeness crab feast in Ketchican (all you can eat)! Two ports were cancelled (Nicaragua because of unrest and Grand Cayman because of Hurricane Michael). Would not want to go back to Acapulco or Guatemala. Mostly life on the ship was great. There was good weather and we enjoyed just sitting by the pool reading or going to lectures and playing duplicate bridge (there was an excellent bridge director (Joyce from Saskatchuan) . Looking forward to our next Regent cruise (Tahiti to Singapore 2020) Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Last time we cruised on Regent was four years ago and it was on the Mariner. This, over three week, voyage gave us about three months total on that ship. Soon after we boarded we checked out the Main Dining Room, The Compass Rose, and ... Read More
Last time we cruised on Regent was four years ago and it was on the Mariner. This, over three week, voyage gave us about three months total on that ship. 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. For years now we have listed Regent as our favorite line and the Voyager as our favorite ship. Sure wish we could scratch up the simoleons to book them more often and for longer durations. Cruise lines love to give romantic titles to their cruises, this one was "Havana Dreams, Panama Scenes". I suggest that it should have been the "Hurricane Dodger", LOL. When we left Anchorage, AK we were keeping an eye on a dying hurricane out in the Pacific off the Baja Peninsula in Mexico which had doubled back toward the mainland. Then we heard about Hurricane Michael moving into the Gulf of Mexico, which was likely to prevent us from visiting Cuba. Survived those okay and had an enjoyable visit in Cuba and the countryside there, a great transit of the canal on a beautiful day all the way but then, five days after the canal, we returned to the ship after touring Acapulco, Mexico and found a letter from the captain on our bed explaining that a big, already Cat 5, hurricane was dead ahead of us, Hurricane Willa, and another smaller one coming up from the south toward our present position at the time. In order to put some distance between us and Willa we turned southwest for a day or so then northwest. Eight days sailing non-stop between North America and Maui, 3800 miles, instead of the scheduled six days to cross from San Diego. Our captain had chosen the most prudent course of action which was to bypass the planned ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Tuesday and San Diego on Thursday and instead spend those days at sea navigating our course far away from the storm systems, with a new arrival into Kahului, Maui one day early for an overnight stay. On the way across the Pacific we learned of Typhoon Yutu, which was the largest yet in 2018, it had just hit Saipan and Tinian on the other side of the Pacific from our location. At that time the Accumulated Cyclone Energy, or "ACE," was by far the highest ever recorded, or using that criterion, it was the worst hurricane season on record since records began early in the 19th century. Our extra sea days were due to weather situations, the longest number of those we have experienced was nine and that was also due to an accident, a lady compound fractured her ankle so we had to turn back in order to get her off the ship for medical attention. All total we canceled two port visits due Willa, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and San Diego, Ca, plus one port canceled at the last minute due to political unrest, Nicaragua. Out of that we gained two more "At Sea Days" and another day and a night in Kahului, Maui. Hey, I saw more flying fish that voyage than I've seen in years. But it was all good for us since we love sea days and life on board was exquisite due to Regent's fine service, cuisine quality and on board activities such as that involved with 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. Not to mention my sometimes twice daily hot tubs and the wonderful service from the ships pool bar. In a way this was a strange voyage, smooth seas and nice warm days all the way, yet we have were surrounded by hurricanes most of the distance. But all voyages can't be absolutely perfect. We did experience a few glitches, minor as they were. We planned on three formal nights which somehow got changed to two. But the last one they scheduled on the last night of the voyage, which was a port day preceded by six sea days. Nobody plans like that. Neither did they, toward the end they rescheduled the formal night to the last sea day, hurray. We almost always purchase pre-cruise and post-cruise hotel and transfer packages and so we did this time as well. On the pre-cruise hotel, which was part of the cruise package, they changed the hotel on us a few months before sailing, no big deal. But then a few weeks before sailing, after we had received the nice final formal cruise packet in the US mail, they flip flopped again and changed the hotel back to the original. Somehow we missed the email notice of the second change. So ended up in the wrong hotel. By the time we figured out there was something wrong we had already booked into a very fine room in the wrong hotel. Regent determine it was all our fault, so gave us a choice, stay in the wrong hotel and pay for it yourself or move over to the other one which we are paying for. We moved. On the post cruise hotel, the Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu, Regent was right on top of this and changed hotels for us when they discovered Waikiki hotels were just hit with a massive labor strike and the Royal was included. They got us into a very nice waterfront hotel that was not on strike. Good on them. 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. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I'm relatively new to cruise travel -- prior to this one, I'd completed two cruises, both on another cruise line. I booked this primarily due to the itinerary -- it included both Alaska and the Panama Canal -- and the cost. The ... Read More
I'm relatively new to cruise travel -- prior to this one, I'd completed two cruises, both on another cruise line. I booked this primarily due to the itinerary -- it included both Alaska and the Panama Canal -- and the cost. The cruise was actually two separate cruise: a 10-day Alaska trip from Vancouver to San Francisco; and an 18-day cruise from San Franciso to Miami via the Panama Canal. As such, it mixed cool and warm climates which made packing ... interesting. As a solo traveler, I always have to factor in the "single supplement" which for most cruise lines is 100%. Regent Seven Seas seems to be bucking that trend: so far, all the cruises I've booked have been less than half that (42-45%). This makes Regent Seven Seas much more competitive with more "mainstream" cruise lines for solo travelers. Add the fact that the fare is all-inclusive: drinks (including alcohol), excursions, gratuities, and specialty dining -- things that a lot of cruise lines charge extra for, and the comparison is even more favorable for Regent. The Mariner hosts 700 guests, so it classifies as a "smaller" ship. This makes the ship easier to get around for those of us with some physical challenges. In my case, I have advanced COPD which makes walking long distances particularly problematic. As long as I take my time and walk slowly, I'm OK. Since the ship is smaller, this means getting around the ship is much easier. My cabin was near the aft elevators; most of the ship's guest services, boutiques, etc. are nearer the bow, which meant walking almost the length of the ship at least once a day. I was able to do this with minimal discomfort which allowed me to enjoy more of the ship's features. SUITE: Every cabin on the Mariner is a suite with a veranda. I booked a Concierge suite -- one of the smaller suites on par with Holland America's "Vista" suite -- about 300 sq feet including the veranda. It was a great size for a single person: HUGE walk-in closet; decent bathroom size, comfortable furnishings, mini-fridge stocked and replenished as needed at no additional charge. “On-demand” movies in various genres (about 200 or so, total) available via the interactive television system, which also includes dining menus, daily activity video from the Cruise Director, and the usual set of “Enrichment” and “Destination” videos from onboard lectures. Super comfortable bed and pillows. FOOD: 5-star all the way! Far exceeded my expectations. The expansive "always available" in the Compass Rose (the main dining room) guaranteed a totally yummy dining experience every day without getting bored. In addition to the "always available" selections, there are daily specials which provide additional 3-4 choices in each course. The food is exquisitely presented and absolutely delicious. Portion sizes are reasonable. I visited La Veranda fairly regularly for breakfast and occasionally for lunch. The choices were amazing -- way more than I could possibly explore on a 28-day cruise. The omelets are especially yummy and made to order with whole eggs (unless you order an eggwhite omelet). Lunch selections vary every day although there are a number of things that are always available. Again, beautifully presented and super delicious. Chartreuse is RSSC's "French with a twist" with a set menu -- no daily variations. The food is superb, again beautifully presented and prepared. I ate here three times. Prime 7 is the upscale steakhouse -- I ate here twice and found it excellent, but honestly not much better than Compass Rose. Sette Mari is the Italian restaurant that features more sophisticated dishes. Again, excellent! ENTERTAINMENT: I'm not usually a "shows" person -- I tend to hit the sack kind of early most nights -- but I did attend several shows since it was so convenient (located not far from Compass Rose and Prime 7). The entertainment staff is superb -- 12 singers/dancers who are extraordinarily talented. Their ABBA tribute during the "variety" show was outstanding, and "Blazing Boots" was a country music hit (and I'm not even a country music fan, but it was so well done!). John Barron, the Cruise Director, did one-man shows twice, and his show is definitely worth seeing. And the Constellation Theater is beautiful -- comfortable seating, great sight lines, etc. EXCURSIONS: I don't pre-book excursions mostly because there just isn't enough information in the descriptions for me to make an informed decision about whether or not I can actually physically handle it. As mentioned before, I have to be careful with walking long distances. I don't want to put myself in a position where I might end up delaying other people due to my having to walk slowly. Add to that a very bad knee (waiting for a knee replacement), which makes things like staris and getting on/off tenders particularly tricky, and it just doesn't make sense for me to book an excursion only to have to skip it due to physical challenges. I can't know until I reach the port what those challenges might be. I'm OK with not being able to take many excursions as I find the onboard experience just as important. I'm perfectly content sitting on my veranda, sipping a glass of good red wine, and taking photos of everything I see that is interesting. SERVICE: Again, exceptional. My two room stewards were amazing, making sure I had everything I needed to stay comfortable and happy. The real test of customer service is how they respond when a problem arises. Four days into my cruise, I broke a tooth -- a lateral incisor, with a near-complete fracture. No warning -- it happened in the dining room after biting into one of their amazingly delicious crusty dinner rolls. Just one of those fluke things. I ended up visiting the medical office -- no dentist on staff, and we were just leaving Juneau on a Saturday night. The ship contacted the Sitka port rep (our next port stop), who was able to get me an appointment at e local dentist's office on Monday. Regent provided transportation to/from the dentist's office, and the only charges I incurred were the dentist's bill; RSSC did not charge me anything for their efforts on my behalf. Blew me away! This tells me that they really do put their customers first and will do whatever they can to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. The bottom line: I enjoyed this so much and was so impressed by Regent's commitment to guest experience that by day 11, I was ready to book another Regent Seven Seas cruise: the 2020 "Navigate the World" -- the 131-day world cruise. It's on the Mariner and I was able to book the same cabin I occupied for this cruise. Given the service, the food, the entertainment, the itinerary, and the price, it's the best choice for me. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this this cruise because we believe in Regent. Any other line we sail with is compared to Regent. After knowing we would be happy on Regent we then looked carefully at the itinerary. We wanted to sail in or out of Vancouver and ... Read More
We chose this this cruise because we believe in Regent. Any other line we sail with is compared to Regent. After knowing we would be happy on Regent we then looked carefully at the itinerary. We wanted to sail in or out of Vancouver and we wanted a stop in Victoria. We also wanted to explore as much of the Inside Passage as we could. Next we wanted to sail with Terry Breen (she was the Enrichment Lecturer on our Amazon cruise last year). She is excellent and we knew she would make our exploration of Alaska more interesting. Finally we had sailed on the Mariner to the Amazon in November/December 2017 and we were excited to see Mariner after she came out of dry dock. We stayed one night in Anchorage before boarding a coach to Seward for embarkation. When we arrived in Anchorage it was sunny and we were able to see Denali. The locals told us that the weather was better than expected and that we were lucky to see Denali as it was quite often (at least 50% of the time) shrouded in clouds. The coach ride to Seward was quite pleasant. We were given a snack and were given a commentary about the sights along the route. Seward terminal made me smile. I said "well this is Alaska". Friendly and competent would describe the staff. Embarkation was relaxed and stress free. Of course a champagne flute awaited us as soon as we boarded. The new color pallet on Mariner is beautiful and elegant. Our suite, 863, was very comfortable. The storage above the desk has been removed but we did not miss it. That area is now more open and appears larger. This suite does not have a tub (our request) and we enjoyed not having to step up into the tub/shower combination. (Personal Preference) The flow in the Veranda is better managed. The somewhat bizarre (our opinion) art in the atrium elevator we called Stairway to Heaven has been removed and we consider that an improvement. There is new furniture and carpeting around the ship. Overall the ship looks updated and so pretty. The one design flaw perhaps is in the theater. The step hazards have been removed and that is a good thing. However, the arm rails extend far out and "snag clothing, your handbag, or even your knees. We were cautious and we were fine but were alerted to this and might be a potential problem for some. As I said we had been on the Mariner in late 2017. The entertainment cast was different than the Amazon cruise but the shows were repeats. They were still good. The cruise director, John did a one man show that was really fantastic. He is talented and professional while being quite personable. We enjoyed his show immensely. There was also a very good magician that we enjoyed. Terry Breen did not disappoint. We learned so much about glaciers and about the First Nation's People and whales and just about Alaska in general. We knew that we would come home with a better understanding of this last frontier after spending time with Terry. The weather was a concern but we packed for cold and rain and in between. Our weather was glorious. Sunny and 60's. If it did rain it was in the evening . The mornings were cool so layering is the secret. We had a rainy day in Ketchikan but not soaking and rain was interspersed with sun. Every new day brought new and more beautiful scenery. Each day brought a new experience. We saw snow capped mountain peaks, glaciers (We got within 1/2 mile of the glacier and witnessed calving), fjords, grizzlies,black bears, eagles, salmon running, sea lions, orca whales, and humback whales, black tail deer and totems. We were treated to the splendor of Alaska visually and from our wonderful guides. The people of Alaska are some of the friendliest we have met anywhere in the world. They are eager for you to learn about their culture and to experience Alaska through their eyes. Visiting with the locals was one of my favorite activities. Their life is hard but it is what they love. We left Alaska and sailed to Victoria. It is a really pretty Victorian city. We toured the city, visited Butchart Gardens and attended High Tea at the Empress Hotel. If only one activity fits in your schedule do not miss the Butchart Gardens. This is a truly magical place. We then sailed to Vancouver and boarded a van to begin our post cruise . We spent 2 days in Whistler. WOW!!! This was a site for the Winter Olympics and we stayed at the Fairmont Chateau hotel which is a 4 Seasons resort with Blackcomb Mountain and Whistler Mountain as backdrops. Since there was no snow the preferred activity was mountain biking and bikers were everywhere. This is a great area to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. We rode the gondola and went on the Peak2Peak tram. The next day we flew to see the glacier in a float plane. Fun and new experience for us. We really enjoyed the upscale lodge feel of Whistler. The third day we left Whistler and returned to Vancouver and had a half day tour. We saw Stanley Park, had a lunch stop on Granville Island (the public market was amazing!) and drove through Chinatown and the Gastoen area. We spent the night at the Fairmont Vancouver and then were transferred to the Vancouver airport for our flight home. This is a very nice airport. Customs was quick and painless as you actually clear US customs there rather than at your US destination. To complete our review of the Mariner we need to discuss the food. We dined in all of the venues and enjoyed every meal. Compass Rose is spectacular and I really enjoyed Chartreuse. This is a new venue for the Mariner (replaced Signatures). We had no complaints with any venue . Service on Regent can not be beat. As an example, I love their sea bass. I forgot to check the Compass Rose menu and missed it the one night it was prepared. I asked if it was going to be on another night. "Sorry, no. However we will ask the chef and if he has the ingredients he will make it for you tomorrow night." He did and it was delicious, as I knew it would be. Thank You for going above and beyond! If I haven't made it clear by now, this cruise to Alaska was beyond our expectations. I need to say that we keep coming back to Regent because of the crew. They had been in Alaska all Spring and Summer doing similar routes and I am sure hearing similar stories and seeing similar scenery. However, their energy level, big smiles, and eagerness to please would lead you to believe they were on the first cruise in Alaska. First class all the way!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
AK cruise, 11 days Vancouver to Vancouver. The Mariner had just undergone a major refit and it looked great. Lots of new teak wood decking which was very attractive and felt good to walk on compared to steel. Food and service were first ... Read More
AK cruise, 11 days Vancouver to Vancouver. The Mariner had just undergone a major refit and it looked great. Lots of new teak wood decking which was very attractive and felt good to walk on compared to steel. Food and service were first rate. The house wines are quite good, not low-grade stuff designed to push you into pricey upgrades. The specialty restaurants are just wonderful. I had a steak that was as good as any I have had in my entire life. The French food was absolutely perfect. I have only one suggestion for improvement. We love espresso coffee drinks and it seemed impossible to get fresh cream or half and half aboard. The ship's coffee bar uses box packaged super pasteurized milk products which are not as good tasting as the fresh cartons you buy in stores. Several times our shore excursions included shopping for fresh cream to put in our coffee aboard. This might be an inventory or storage logistics problem, but Regent should endeavor to fix it as it is the one thing that kept the shipboard food epxerience at a 9+ instead of a 10. I was going to try several different cruise lines to find the perfect one, but my Regent experience on my very first cruise has made that comparison shopping unnecessary. My future cruises will be Regent cruises for sure. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Itinerary. We’ve cruised with Regent 3 Times before and enjoy the all inclusive pricing. The food, specialty beverages, wines, cabin spaciousness and shore excursions were top notch. Our butler was outstanding and offered excellent tips ... Read More
Itinerary. We’ve cruised with Regent 3 Times before and enjoy the all inclusive pricing. The food, specialty beverages, wines, cabin spaciousness and shore excursions were top notch. Our butler was outstanding and offered excellent tips and info each morning with room service breakfast and in the evening when we brought us canapés. The ship has been in dry dock recently and every area of the ship was in excellent condition. The Compass Rose renovation was needed and the result is gorgeous. We enjoyed the new dining options Chartreuse and Prime 7 several times during our cruise. Terrific food and excellent service. The only downside was an outbreak of norobirus which impacted about 30 of the 700 cruisers and 450 crew. When the outbreak was reported the crew immediately implemented an extremely rigorous cleaning protocol all over the ship. We were affected by the virus but did notice how diligent the crew was. Their efforts restricted the outbreak to only a small # of passengers and crew. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We wanted to go through the Panama Canal. We chose this itinerary because we LOVE Regent - all inclusive, never have to swipe your card or take care of anything. Air arrangements included and taken care of. First class all the way, in ... Read More
We wanted to go through the Panama Canal. We chose this itinerary because we LOVE Regent - all inclusive, never have to swipe your card or take care of anything. Air arrangements included and taken care of. First class all the way, in shore excursions and transfer arrangements, included a pre-cruise stay at the Kimpton Epic hotel in downtown Miami. Mariner just got out of dry dock in early April, all the public areas were completely redone, and cabins received a minor face lift. It’s a beautiful ship - we were in a Concierge E level cabin, large enough to be comfortable for our 18-day leg of this cruise. Embarkation in Miami was frustrating - computers were down and they could not register us. We sat in the cruise terminal (over lunchtime, so everyone was hungry and Impatient), with little information and only cookies to eat. They finally started to bring out a few trays of sandwiches which were snapped up by the first people they passed - none for the rest of us. We were finally called up by cabin category to have them register us by hand. Not a good way to start our vacation... Our cabin was very nice, although we sailed on the new Explorer last year and this is not quite that nice. This cabin’s bathroom had only one sink, but the shower was large enough and the bathroom worked just fine for us. Ship activities were low-key as the average passenger on this line is retired and does not need on-board climbing walls and surf pools. The pool area has cushioned lounges, a warm salt pool, a couple of spa tubs, and best of all - waiter service from the bar, and an attendant who comes around to clean your sunglasses. I used the spa twice for massages - pricey but very good therapists. Food on this cruise has to be experienced to be believed. It is like dining in a fine restaurant every day. There is a buffet for breakfast and lunch, but also a white tablecloth, fine dining alternative as well. For dinner, there is the Compass Rose main dining room, complete with sommelier, wine stewards, and impeccably uniformed waiters. While there seemed to be more new staff on this sailing (perhaps because the ship just got out of dry dock) who were less experienced, I am sure that will be addressed in the days to come. We did have issues with getting water and coffee refilled, and the wait staff was evidently learning to use a new ipad type ordering system that made ordering slow and occasionally incorrect. Food was fresh, cooked to order, and we typically spent 2 1/2 to 3 hours at dinner every night - we traveled with friends and made new friends as well, so dinner conversation was interesting and lively. Disembarkation was organized and smooth, with plenty of porter help for luggage. We have signed up for a cruise on the new RSSC Splendor in 2020, and look forward to another wonderful vacation with Regent. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Interesting itinerary, all inclusive ( my cruise account was USD $ 14.50 at disembarkation) high standard food variety, expertly presented in modest portions, very good complimentary wine, with fairly price premium wine list for special ... Read More
Interesting itinerary, all inclusive ( my cruise account was USD $ 14.50 at disembarkation) high standard food variety, expertly presented in modest portions, very good complimentary wine, with fairly price premium wine list for special occasions. Brilliant Sommeliers food and wine six course lunch which was thoroughly educational. Great coffee shop with a properly trained Barista adjoining a well stocked library with daily copies of at least 6 international newspapers available. Free laundrettes and wifi were real bonuses. Free excursions varied in standard but were usually worthwhile - always the option to break off and individually explore if the group shuffle got you down. The crew were well trained and appeared to enjoy their jobs. The operation was expertly lead by a female Captain who engaged with passengers and ran a well oiled organisation. Given that there were a number of critical Cruise Critic posts I was very surprised at the overall high standard of the vessel immediately prior to a major refurbishment. It should be outstanding after being worked on for 20 days by 1400 contractors and the crew. This is truly an all inclusive, high quality cruise experience. The rate per day on this trip was excellent value for money but most future cruise are priced at considerably higher levels. I suspect Viking will take market share from Regent but they are lifting their game and competing hard. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
I was a little concerned when I read bad reviews of Mariner: poor service, poor food, outdated suites. The only thing correct in those reviews was the outdated suites, which are scheduled for refurbishment in March 2018. Overall ... Read More
I was a little concerned when I read bad reviews of Mariner: poor service, poor food, outdated suites. The only thing correct in those reviews was the outdated suites, which are scheduled for refurbishment in March 2018. Overall service was superb. Restuarant service was excellent. All specialty restaurants were excellent, with Prime 7 serving up the best steak (a bone-in ribeye) that I’ve had in a long time. Airline reservations were great. Unfortunately, a flight delay caused us to miss of flight from JFK to Buenos Aires and we arrived a day later than planned. Regent had a guide and driver meet us at the airport to take us to the hotel we had planned to stay at overnight. Embarkation was quick and easy. We traveled from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro. Unfortunately, this particular stretch of coastline doesn’t have the most exceptional ports of call in the world, but Regent did a good job offering the best of what is out there. In addition, their organization for all shore excursions is excellent, and it’s great to have bottled water, towels, and umbrellas available as you disembark the ship for every excursion. A smaller ship is great! We were pleasantly surprised to find that we never had to wait for a dinner table, could get a drink quickly at any bar, and never had a problem with crowds in the fitness center or the pool deck. If you hate being nickel-and-dimed for every onboard service, don’t like photographers chasing you around the ship, and want first class service on a ship full of very experienced travelers and cruisers, then you can’t go wrong with Mariner and Regent. On the other hand, if you like to enter the hairy chest contest and take pride in the challenge of getting your deck chairs saved before breakfast and holding them all day, then you need to find a different cruise line! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I will preface by saying that I am a regular cruiser and have tried many different categories of cruise lines. Of course Regent is up there with one of the best, and I can definitely say that's where they belong. I went on this ... Read More
I will preface by saying that I am a regular cruiser and have tried many different categories of cruise lines. Of course Regent is up there with one of the best, and I can definitely say that's where they belong. I went on this cruise with very high expectations, and I am happy to say they were not only met, but exceeded. The ship is very nice and a very comfortable size. Sure, it needs some updating, but there was nothing at all that was unpleasant. The embarkation was organized and easy, but where they had us waiting in Miami was a little strange. We were in some sort of temporary tent building and it was definitely not luxurious. We arrived early so we had run of the ship and were able to take lots of pictures before anyone got in the way. Our cabin was more than comfortable. The shower was huge, as was the walk-in closet. The bed and pillows were comfortable. It was kept very clean and the room steward was very attentive. The verandah was nice and they had thick cushions to put on the furniture if you wanted to sit outside comfortably. The vanity area was perfect for applying makeup and the lighting was decent. The dining room was my favorite. The menu is superb. There are so many choices, and they are all upscale. You can have anything you want and they can customize to any way you like it too. The steaks, fish and seafood choices were better than any high-end restaurant. On one side of the menu the options change daily. The other side of the menu is the same every day with all the standards, and then some. I never had anything I didn't like. The service was wonderful. They bend over backwards to please you. The buffet is small, but there is always plenty to choose from. The pool grill was good, but nothing special. Lots of choices. The activities are limited, but that doesn't bother me personally. I enjoy relaxing and found enough things to do. If you always need to be entertained, you might not find enough going on. The entertainment and shows were decent, though not spectacular as one would expect. I did not like the Regent singers and dancers. I found they couldn't really sing. They were always off tune and annoying. I found those nights to be quite tacky and boring and I stopped going to those shows. We only went when there was a guest entertainer, and they were quite good. The service overall is impeccable. They can't do enough for you. I never came across any personnel who was not kind and helpful and professional. The bar drinks were superb. I am not a big drinker, but I tried a few interesting cocktails and they were always delicious and served with pleasure. The daily trivia game was always packed and people seemed to love it. It was hard to get a seat, so go early. They should do more things like this on sea days. The ports were not that interesting to us (Costa Maya Mexico, Roatan Honduras and Harvest Caye Belize). I didn't mind because I was not expecting much, and I don't cruise for the ports necessarily. I am much more into the cruise experience itself. The shore excursions we took were run very efficiently and were good. It was the Christmas cruise, so it was very busy with families and children. They all looked like they were having a great time, but I would not recommend this cruise for children otherwise. Overall, it was one of the best cruise experiences I have had. You can't beat the value and you certainly get what you pay for, and then some. I will definitely look forward to sailing with them again, particularly after they come out of dry dock. Anxious to see the changes. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
From start to finish this was a great ship with an outstanding crew. We cannot say enough about the service team. From start to finish all of the staff were committed to making our holiday something to remember. The food service team ... Read More
From start to finish this was a great ship with an outstanding crew. We cannot say enough about the service team. From start to finish all of the staff were committed to making our holiday something to remember. The food service team were attentive and expressed genuine and attention to detail. Every meal was outstanding. When we asked for a different wine it was presented effortlessly. We enjoyed the entertainment. The shows in the theater in the were very good and of course the ever present pianist was a pleasure to listen to. We particularly enjoyed the final show put on by the crew called 'Krew Kapers' that was really cute along with farewell video We took the 10 day cruise through the Western Caribbean and could not have been more satisfied. For the crew no request was too small or too difficult. In particular the cabin attendant (Pamriela) was excellent in her attention to detail. Then of course there was Chef Kelly and his team; superstars every one of them. On one of our shore adventures (Belize) we were particularly impressed with our guide Saul who took care of us as we toll the river tubing outing. That is something not to be missed. Also worthwhile is the dolphin adventure in Costa Maya and the (real) submarine adventure among the coral in Georgetown. To be avoided in the trip to the old fort in Guatemala. We had a guide (Luise) who was an avowed socialist and who kept telling us how well informed he was and also kept referring to us as 'you guys'. The boats to get to this old fort were difficult to enter and exit. (this was the only negative) All in all a great 12 days. Thank you Capt. Aivo and your crew. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We took this cruise because of 2 nights in New York City. Although never having sailed with Regent, we were pleasantly surprised. Excellent service by all staff. The ship was not full so staff had more time to visit with passengers. ... Read More
We took this cruise because of 2 nights in New York City. Although never having sailed with Regent, we were pleasantly surprised. Excellent service by all staff. The ship was not full so staff had more time to visit with passengers. The captain, Serena Melani, was frequently out and about visiting with passengers. Senior restaurant staff were often seen cleaning tables. I was very impressed to see this. Capt. Serena was even at the gangway, saying farewell to passengers during disembarkation. Two staff members stood out. Reynaldo in Compass Rose, took special care of my wife’s dietary needs. He even had menus sent to our cabin ahead of time. Gayatri, our butler, is new to working on a cruiseship but learns fast and tries hard. Her sweet nature overcame any inexperience. Nothing was too much trouble for her. Tours are included. The only thing spoiling them were quite a few days of rain. Still we got what we wanted through this cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We sailed for 18 days from San Francisco to New York via the Panama Canal. Prior to the cruise we had a one day tour of Muir Woods and Sonoma, with lunch in Sonoma City - a lovely small town. Embarkation and disembarkation were the ... Read More
We sailed for 18 days from San Francisco to New York via the Panama Canal. Prior to the cruise we had a one day tour of Muir Woods and Sonoma, with lunch in Sonoma City - a lovely small town. Embarkation and disembarkation were the only disappointments, and Regent is not at fault. The 3rd party handler in San Francisco failed to provide transportation to the ship for the majority of passengers. And the New York Cruise Terminal made a two day mess of disembarkation, resulting in some passengers missing their scheduled tour of New York City. Clarifications: The ship was partially refurbished in 2014 - the lounges and dining rooms and other public areas were re-done and are very nice. The cabins and cabin hallways are tired but cabins are still comfortable. The ship will go through a complete refurbishment in 2018. Very clean ship, crew very friendly, good service. Food: Lots of food available. Much is high quality sourcing - fantastic lamb from new Zealand, milk fed veal, shrimp. Excellent bread in the formal dining rooms. Authentic spaghetti carbonara and huge delicious portion of veal schnitzel at Stelli Mari restaurant. Restaurants: In past reviews people complained about the slow service in Compass Rose. We only experienced that once and we ate their several times. Cabin: Loved the walk in shower with large rainshower head. Captain Updates: Gave us detailed updates at noon each day. Gym: Excellent high quality equipment. Fitness Manager rather pushy re trying to up sell. Self Serve Laundry: A great feature on each cabin floor. Swimming Pool: I only used it once as there are no steps going down into the pool suitable for people with mobility issues. The top step in the ladders are too far apart for my legs to reach to the deck. This problem has been resolved in the new Explorer ship. I used the jacuzzis instead. Service: I thought service was good. I'm not a smoker but my travel partner is. Smoking is limited to 3 areas of the ship. Some smokers didn't think the service re appetizers and drinks was as good as it could be. Favorite Parts of the Ship: The 11th floor covered terrace at the back of the ship for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Observation Lounge and Horizon Lounge when going through the Panama Canal and during a hurricane. Size of Ship: Perfect for accommodating around 700 passengers and 400 crew. The ship never felt crowded. Ports and Excursions: This is hurricane season with hot humid weather. Be prepared for this if you go in September. Due to bad weather we could not dock in Acapulco or Nassau. This is not the fault of the cruise line.Highlights included: Pura Vida private garden tour in Costa Rica, Cartagena Colombia Old and New Town tour (Cartagena is a hidden gem - spectacularly beautiful), post dis-embarkation tour of New York City (911 memorial is outstanding). Age Profile: Suitable for 55+. Average age likely 70-90+. Large number of people with mobility problems - may be a challenge in rough weather. Not suitable for children. Would I go again? Yes Strong Recommendation: Please do not wait until after the cruise to voice your complaints. Bring them up immediately to the crew so they can do their best to accommodate your requests. Be specific re your complaints. This cruise line is really trying to make this a memorable experience for you. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise because it meant a short flight to Vancouver and a limo home from San Francisco. Flying has become our least favorite part of traveling. Mariner is a beautiful ship even if she needs a facelift. We started cruising ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it meant a short flight to Vancouver and a limo home from San Francisco. Flying has become our least favorite part of traveling. Mariner is a beautiful ship even if she needs a facelift. We started cruising on her twelve years ago when she was a Radisson ship before becoming Regent, and later joining NCL. We enjoyed her in 2005 and still enjoy her now. We are looking forward to sailing on her again in 2018 after her retrofit. We chose an F forward cabin with shower, no tub which is adequate for our needs and provided a comfortable ride. We do not like Compass Rose, the main dining venue, because service is way to slow for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We find the menu to be monotonous, although improved with the choices of sauce but still prefer the specialty prestaurants. Artful Travelers provided guest speakers and entertainment that were a highlight of this cruise. Filmmakers discussed their PBS and Frontline films in both lectures and at cocktails and discussions, and passengers could ask questions at both venues. We also had a variety of Guest Speakers including Barbara Boxer. Passengers who signed up for the Artful Travelers Program were invited to dinners and cocktail parties. Regent Entertainment is definitely a step up from years past. Service was excellent in most venues, our suite was well maintained and our every request was taken care of right away. We usually take the "free excursions," and those were entertaining, the one Regent Choice Excursion was just ok, not great. We have approximately 300 days on Regent and this was one of our favorite cruises because of the Artful Travelers Experience. When Regent offers this opportunity, give it your consideration. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I chose this cruise for my group of 4 adults because it was a smaller ship, and 7 days long. My husband and I had never been on a cruise before - the other couple had been one several cruises. The staff was polite, helpful, and always ... Read More
I chose this cruise for my group of 4 adults because it was a smaller ship, and 7 days long. My husband and I had never been on a cruise before - the other couple had been one several cruises. The staff was polite, helpful, and always available, and prompt to help ! The rooms were spacious, and comfortable, the bed was cozy and comfortable! Shower was nice, balcony had comfortable lounging cushioned chairs and a nice deck table. The meals were lovely, and there were so many options- I don't know how one could ever complain about any lack of food or snack or drink service. The ship was clean, our room was aways tidied in the evenings. I went to the gym daily, and it was great ! The excursions were all as expected and very fun. My biggest surprise was how nice and friendly all the other passengers were- we made lots of new friends! Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Why Regent? We selected Regent because of their upscale reputation and because they had a follow-on tour to Denali after the cruise. We usually cruise on Azamera and Oceania because we like smaller ships with better service. We found ... Read More
Why Regent? We selected Regent because of their upscale reputation and because they had a follow-on tour to Denali after the cruise. We usually cruise on Azamera and Oceania because we like smaller ships with better service. We found Regent to be a cut above those two. Previous reviews complained about the quality of service and wine. We found the service to be excellent and the wines were good. The ship was a bit worn, but not that noticeable. Embarkation and Disembarkation Both were smooth as silk and not long. Regent was organized and is helps to have a small ship. Clothing OK, it rains a lot in Alaska, but usually not hard in August when we went. Most days were partly cloudy 50-55o with intermittent rain. Our last day in Alaska was 43o with a light rain. We had layers and that worked. I typically had an undershirt, longsleeve shirt (cotton, you won't sweat in Alaska), fleece, and a Gortex jacket. Also had a lightweight sweater for cold days. Wore a baseball hat most times, but used a rain hat a couple of times. Wore lightweight gloves a couple of times. Good waterproof sneakers are all you need, unless you go hiking into the forests. I also had an umbrella but used it only once, the rain wasn't heavy. I carried a backpack off the ship to carry stuff, including shedded layers. Books We took a Moon Alaska Travel book along and it really helped to preview upcoming sights. Learned a lot of history too. And the fold out map was fun. I looked at several books and the best was Moon. I also read a great book on the Alaskan WWII campaign called The Thousand Mile War. Phone We had good Verizon service in all Alaskan cities and sometimes on the road too. Most places had wifi too. Restaurants Their Main Dining Room is the Compass Rose and it was the best MDR we have experienced. Food was excellent, service was relaxed but not slow, and the wines all good. They had a set menu and a changing daily menu. Frequently, we would mix and match, trying a daily special with a lobster tail for an appetizer. We had fresh salmon, weinersnitzel, osso buco, rib eye, scallops, and more - all were excellent. The MDR never seemed crowded. LaVeranda This is their buffet dining room for breakfast and lunch. Food and service was good. Breakfast got repetitive after seven days, but that's typical. The outside seating area is small Setti Mari At night, LaVeranda becomes an Italian restaurant. You order a main course but it's self serve for appetizers and deserts. Our lease favorite and slowest of the restaurants. Personally, I wish they would keep it as a buffet at night. Especially for those after long excursion days who don't want a sit down dinner with a waiter. Pool Grill Here they serve breakfast and lunch in a buffet. Breakfast is limited. Lunch has the typical burgers, dogs, salads, and deserts. But, they do have specialty days - watch for them, especially on sea days. One was Mexican day, another featured Hungarian foods, and the best was a seafood buffet that was awesome. Coffee Connection A nice, small venu amid ships that has a limited offering for breakfast and lunch - and a full coffee bar. Next to the library so you can read one of about six printed papers. Signatures This is their French restaurant and the best of the lot. Service and food were five star. The wine selection was upscale and very good. We were allotted one visit - wish we had more! We had the open faced ravioli with lobster and scallops, and the veal tenderoin - both excellent. Prime 7 This is their steak restaurant and the equal of Signatures. I had a surf and turf that was awesome. Again, great wines. Wines and Beers We enjoyed all of the whites and all of the reds except one. Lots of South American wines, some French, American, and Australian. And a German. The beer selection was very good with American lights, Bud, Coors, Sam Adams, Guiness, Grolsch, and Alaskan Amber (my favorite, brewed in Anchorage). Selection varied by venue. Bars Boy, they have a bunch and they are nice. We loved Horizons, at the stern of the ship, to watch as we leave port. Passed treats and live music before dinner. The Observation lounge at the front of the ship is another favorite. None seemed crowded and service was prompt. Lectures Joseph Snyder, a US Dept of State foreign service officer for 30 years, gave three presentations on Alaska, Canada, and Russia. The history was fascinating and Joe is an excellent presenter. Gym A bit small but good equipment. Bring your earbuds to hook into the TV on some equipment. Entertainment We went to the Crew Review, which was just OK, and nothing else. We did play Trivia and had a lot of fun. Although, the trivia master got two answers wrong. You play for points which can be redeemed for ship-branded merchandise the last day. Internet Connection You are on a boat and have only a satellite connection. Expect slow service. But, once you are in port, use your cell service. The ship's response to Internet problems was very good. Tips: register only once, one device at a time, and use logout.com to end your session. Guests 85% were American, 20 from England, 15 from Canada, and 80 children. This is not a kids ship, but it was summer. Not a typical Regent profile. They did make up some games for the kids. Excursions Ketchican - we docked right downtown - what a great looking town! We were supposed to fly up to see the Misty Fjord, but the weather prevented it. Some folks took a boat and had mixed reactions - great to see but the boat ride was long. We instead booked with AlaskaRainForest.com - you can find them and a bunch of other sightseeing vendors right on the dock. We took a two hour walking tour through a private area that had temperate rain forest and a walkway through a stream and tidal estuary. The guide did a great job explaining the rain forest and its flora and fauna. On the boardwalk, we got to see a black bear come out of the woods and fish in the stream for 15 minutes. Very cool. The Tongass is the largest temperate rain forest in the world. After the boardwalk, we went to a large building where they were carving totem poles. And a raptor sanctuary. Back in town (15 min), we visited the museum (it's a National Park so take your Senior Pass. Nice museum. Juneau - during the night we sailed by a fjord and I caught a glimsp. From the boat, Juneau is not attractive, but it's a 20 walk to town which is attractive. We took a Regent bus tour that took us to a private Rain Forest Garden with a 15 min walk through a forest with plants identified, and then the owner gave a talk and Q&A - very interesting. Then we went to the Mendenhall Glacier and visitor center - very cool. Our bus driver and tour guide was Emily. ++ Note about tour guides and drivers. These are mostly 20-somethings in Alaska for the summer for adventure - bring some $5s, 10s, and 20s for tips. We had three girls driving big buses and giving tours at the same time - awesome. They do have CDLs. Skagway - again, from the ship, nothing to look at. But, the 20-min walk to town is worth it, the sidewalks are boardwalks and lots of shops. I also found an Ace hardware store and got glue for one of my shoes. We took another Regent tour to the White Pass RailRoad. This follows the famous white pass path that the miners took to the Yukon during the gold rush. Great scenery and great history. A word of caution - the bus was not heated and the train had little heat - bundle up. Some tours take the train up and bus back or vice versa - some take the train both ways. FYI - you cross over into Canada and must take your passport. Sitka - the docks are 15 minutes from town. This is a blue collar fishing town with nothing much to see on a walkabout. We did another Regent bus tour (Melissa) and visited a Russian dance hall - lots of Russian history here - dances were just OK. Then we went to the awesome Raptor Center where they care for injured birds and release some - one of the highlights of our trip. We had a tour of the center, saw lots of birds, and even had a presentation of an adolescent bald eagle not ten feet away - wow. Two days of sailing on our ship - from Skagway to Seward we passed the Hubbard glacier and the captain spent a lot of time there for all of us get a good look - an awesome sight. Then, more and more mountains. The other day of sailing, from Vancouver to Ketchikan, had more mountains and mountains to see. I never got tired to seeing the mountains - wonderful peaks with clouds up, down, and swirling around. Alaska to me is mountains. Post Cruise Regent Tour This was a really good six day tour on an upscale bus, 40 people, and a great tour guide and driver. The bus was super comfy and had a toilet in the back. Usually we had 1.5 to 2.0 hours between sites.. To Girdwood - we stopped at the Alaskan Wildlife Center after 1.5 hours. Great facility with big penned brown bear, black bear, elk, cariboue, musk ox, and porkupine. Got to the Alyeska Resort around noon - this is a large, expensive resort open summer and winter. They have a tram that goes up the mountain 2000 feet to a drop off for skiers, a museum, a four star restaurant, and a bar and grill. The rooms were not open around 1pm so we took the no-cost shuttle to The Bread Place and had a great lunch. Coming back, we took the shuttle the long way and saw most of the small, spread out village. At 5pm, we took the cable car to the top of the mountain, saw the museum (worth 30 min) and then had drinks in the bar before the dinner at Seven Glaciers. We did walk around for about 30 min in the wind and light rain looking at the resort, mountains, and ski hills - don't miss this! This restaurant was awesome, wonderful service and food with a view to die for. I'll never forget the clouds swirling up 3000 foot mountains. To the Grand Denali Lodge - up early with miles to go, first stop at Potters March. Nice. Next stop was awesome at Martin Buser's dog kennels - he's a four time Iditerod winner with a large complex to train dogs. He's an extremely personable guy who gave a great presentation on how he breeds and trains dogs. We got to handle six day old puppies! One of our best stops! The Grand Denali is super for Denali, like a good econolodge. Hey, it's Alaska. Park bus into Denali park - OK, you can't drive into Denali, you have to take the bus. We had a choice of the three hour or eight hour. We took the eight hour. A mistake. The bus is a school bus with nice seats but it's a pain to get on and off with a full load. And they are loaded. The scenery was fine, we saw bears three times, but it was too much time spent for little reward. Most of the road is gravel. I can't fault the Park, they need to keep traffic to a minimum. I would suggest the shorter tour. Most of what we saw was high sparse plains - nothing like the lush foiliage you see in the video in the visitors center. Ha! And, the clouds obscured Denali, which happens 60% of the time. Train and bus to Anchorage - we were supposed to take a plane in the am and fly around Denali but the weather cancelled us. Weather had been 50o to 55o most of the time in Alaska, but this day it was 43o, raining, and bitter. After noon, we took the train and bus to Anchorage. The train was great - more mountains and a dome car and good food and drink. And mountains! Transferred to the bus and got into the Anchorage Marriott around 8pm. Our guide suggested a local hangout Humpys - loud, local bar with great food - had the best ever fish and chips with fresh halibut. Last day - took a plane ride with Rust Flying (www.flyrusts.com/flightseeing/) to the Chinitna bay for bear viewing. This cost a bundle but was the highlight of our trip. Four of us (my wife, myself, and an Aussie couple) flew on a modern single engine plane (Australian built Gippsland) 1.5 hours to the bay. Wonderful commentary from Bart the pilot - history, local politics, oil wells, vegetation, and environment. Landed on a gravel beach. Met Marty the proprietor of www.akbearmountainlodge.com/ and her guide Al. We drove with Al on the gravel beach about 15 minutes to a beach/river area. There was a mother bear with a cub and we watched her fish in the river for 45 minutes. We got to within 25 feet of them! We were careful to move gently, keep quiet, and stay together. Doing this, the bears paid us no matter. Then, we watched a group of four bears, three of whom Al thought might be from the same mother. Again, no problems. It did comfort me that Al had a Marlin 45-70 bear rifle slung over his shoulder, just in case. After two hours on that beach, the bears trotted off and we left. Good timing as the weather turned rough and we headed back. Wow! I never thought I would get to within 25 feet of wild bears. Planes in Alaska - they are like Uber there. Lots of places cannot be reached except by plane, mostly float planes. In Anchorage, don't miss the Lake Hood floatplane base - there are literally thousands of plance there - biggest in the world - and a nice museum. Rust is the largest operator. Don't be afraid to take these planes - they know what they are doing. As long as you are going all the way to Alaska, spend the $$$ and take a flight. OK, the shops. Lots of ALASKA branded stuff for sale. We are mostly beyond this, unless we find something really special. I bought a hat from the Raptor Center and a shirt from Rust and Kathy bought two shirts. Most of the soeuvenir stuff we saw was much better than you would see in most resort towns. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
The Mariner was a beautiful ship with amazing staff, lots to do, good food, great ports of call and fun excursions. It was our first trip to Alaska and it was great. The scenery was gorgeous all the way from north to south. The size is ... Read More
The Mariner was a beautiful ship with amazing staff, lots to do, good food, great ports of call and fun excursions. It was our first trip to Alaska and it was great. The scenery was gorgeous all the way from north to south. The size is just right so you have enough variety in restaurants, activities, excursions but you do not feel like you are surrounded by hundreds of people. The cabins are gorgeous, each with a veranda and it made no difference which side of the ship you were on. The food was good - other dinners were better than others, but nothing below what we would say is good. The buffets were beautiful and there was no shortage of food or adult beverages! The excursions were very well organized and the guide companies they used were top notch. The staff was terrific - so polite, helpful and friendly. We would recommend this line to anyone wanting a great cruise with fewer people. It is definitely now our list for our next big vacation. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I read all of the reviews I could find to select the best cruise for my family. I didn't want a huge ship with crowded facilities and screaming children. Although this cruise was pricey, the cruise discourages tips, and everything ... Read More
I read all of the reviews I could find to select the best cruise for my family. I didn't want a huge ship with crowded facilities and screaming children. Although this cruise was pricey, the cruise discourages tips, and everything is included. There is no nickel and diming that I have heard occurs on other cruise lines. It turned out that this cruise met all of my expectations and more. The food was delicious and healthy; the staff was friendly and competent; the suites were clean and elegant. The entertainment was fun. And best of all, the excursions were free and excellent. (A few cost extra.) We saw whales, eagles, and sea otters on the Sea Otter excursion. The cruise line also offered experts who presented lectures daily about the sites that were on our itinerary. These lectures were broadcast on the television for those who had conflicts, and couldn't attend. The spa was great too. We all had pedicures, and some of us had massages. The track on deck 12 was wonderful and the exercise room provided machines for those who wanted to hit the "gym." I loved this cruise, and will gladly book my next cruise with Regent Seven Seas. Read Less

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Cabins 4.5 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 3.5 3.5
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 3.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.9
Enrichment 4.5 3.7
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 5.0 4.1

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