Fodor’s Expert Review
Regent Seven Seas Cruises started as Diamond Cruise in 1992. It went through multiple mergers and acquisitions in its three decades of existence and was rebranded Regent Seven Seas Cruises in March 2006.Read More
The Mariner set sail in 2001 as the world’s first all-suite, all balcony ship. With a capacity of 700 guests, the passenger to crew ratio is 1.56 to 1. It is considered to be one of the most luxurious cruises in the world.
In 2018, the Mariner went through a major facelift as part of the company’s $125 million renovation program. Prime 7, an upscale steakhouse, made its debut and its flagship restaurant Compass Rose got a new look. The pool deck was touched up and all suites were redesigned; new carpeting, furniture, and decor completed the look.
You’ll notice beautiful artworks in every nook and corner—paintings adorn all public spaces, chandeliers glitter in lounges and library, light fixtures are uniquely rectangular in shape, and a glass art installation over reception is eye-catching. In the Stars lounge, there is another crystal curtain that looks lovely when it’s lit at night. Keep your eyes on the ceilings and you’ll keep noticing stars.
You’ll meet serial cruisers on Regent—most of its guests are loyal customers who come back for its exceptional service and you’ll find semi-retired or retired crowds. The cruise company is known for its all-inclusive luxury—everything from food and drinks and gratuities to shore excursions and pre- and post-cruise packages are included. You’re welcomed on board with Champagne; you’re offered a flute after excursions; you even have a glass in your hand when the cruise meets a new port—there’s no skimping. When they say all-inclusive, they mean it.
Cruising is not the most sustainable way to see the world and the industry is trying to make amends. There is an environmental officer on board the Mariner and a lot of its environment-friendly operations happen in lower decks. The cruise has a water treatment plant and a waste management system. In your room, you will find refillable water bottles (still and sparkling) and in the cruise, there are water filling stations (still and sparkling).
One caveat is the stack of papers you accumulate over the course of the cruise—this might be avoidable. Every evening, you get menus from the restaurants in your room, along with the list of activities happening the next day, and other letters of information and correspondence.