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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 2001 Age Restrictions: At least one person in
Year Refurbished: 2009 each room must be 18 years of age or older.
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Open
Guest Occupancy: 700 Assigned Dining Hours: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Crew: 445 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 50,000 tons Bars/Lounges: 6
Length: 709 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 93 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 20 knots Swimming Pools: 1
Passenger Decks: 8 Hot Tubs: 3
Ship Registry: Bahamas Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes (not in Hawaii) Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes
 

Overview
When she was released by Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) in 2001, Seven Seas Mariner was the world's first all-suite, all-balcony ship. She was also the first ship to offer dining by the famous Le Cordon Bleu of Paris. Seven Seas Mariner is a spacious ship with a staff to guest ratio of 1 to 1.6, allowing for the top-notch onboard service that Regent is so well known for. A ship of her size (50,000-tons) typically accommodates a lot more than the very conservative 700 guests that this ship does.

Gratuities, soft drinks, hot beverages and most alcoholic beverages are included in the cruise fare, so that in combination with Regent's very casual onboard atmosphere creates an almost carefree luxury cruising product. If you're looking for an award-winning cruise line with destination-rich itineraries, fabulous service, luxurious accommodations and gourmet cuisine, then a Regent Seven Seas cruise is an excellent option for your next vacation.

Seven Seas Mariner is the sister ship of (two-year younger) Seven Seas Voyager. In 2009, both ships received a thorough $40 million refurbishment. Among the upgrades received by both ships during this process was the addition of Prime 7 (a contemporary American steakhouse), re-designed lounges, an extended coffee and snack bar area (only on Seven Seas Voyager, since Seven Seas Mariner already has Coffee Connection) and updates to the spa and fitness center. Other upgrades done include the replacing of upholstery, carpeting, wallpaper, light fixtures and drapes in most suites, as well as new furniture and carpeting in many public areas.



Destinations & Itineraries
Seven Seas Mariner will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2012: Grand Crossings, Mediterranean, South America


2013: Grand Crossings, Mediterranean, South America

2014: Grand Crossings, South America

Staterooms
All of Seven Seas Mariner's accommodations are suites, each with a private balcony of its own. All of the suites have marble-appointed private bathrooms (with a full bathtub and shower), European king-size beds (that can be converted into two twin beds), luxury European linens, a separate sitting area, a walk-in closet with safe, luxury European robes, cotton slippers, telephone, hair dryer, an interactive flat screen TV with large media selection, and a refrigerator that's refilled daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water. Category B suites and above will also have an in-suite bar setup upon embarkation and Butler service. There are a few wheelchair-accessible and triple suites available onboard this ship, and a few of the suites feature a shower stall with no tub.

Deluxe Suites: The most basic suites onboard Seven Seas Mariner are her Deluxe Suites. These suites are all the same size (301 square feet in total), but are differentiated based on their onboard locations. Category H suites are located on deck seven, G's are also on deck seven (but are more aft than H's), F's are located on deck eight, E's are located on deck nine and D's are on deck ten. The room size of each Deluxe Suite is 252 square feet, while the balcony is 49 square feet in size.

Penthouse Suites: There are three categories of Penthouse Suites onboard Seven Seas Mariner (C, B and A). They are all the same size, at 449 square feet in total (the rooms are 376 square feet, while the balconies are 73 square feet). Category C's (located on decks eight and nine) are the least expensive, while B's (found on deck ten) and A's (on deck eleven) are higher in price (as they have a more premium location and have Butler service and an in-suite bar setup (see above for more details).

All of the following suites have Butler service and an in-suite bar setup:

Horizon View Suites: A (category HS) Horizon View Suite, located on decks seven through ten, is 627 square feet in total size (the room is 359 square feet, while the balcony is a generous 268 square feet).

Seven Seas Suites: Such as suite is either a category SSA or SSF. SSA suites are located aft (towards the rear of the ship) and are 847 square feet (the room is 561 square feet, and the balcony is 286 square feet). SSF suites are located forward (towards the front of the ship) and are 602 square feet (505 square foot room, with a 97 square foot balcony). Such suites are located on decks seven through ten.

Mariner Suites: Such a suite (category MN) is 739 square feet (the room is 650 square feet and the balcony is 89 square feet), and is located on decks eight, nine and ten.

Grand Suites: A category GS is 987 square feet (the room is 903 square feet and the balcony is 84 square feet), and is located forward on deck eleven. There are two GS suites onboard Seven Seas Mariner.

Master Suites: The most premium accommodations onboard Seven Seas Mariner are her two (category MS) Master Suites, which are a huge 2,002 square feet in size each! The rooms themselves are 1,204 square feet (featuring two bedrooms each), and there are two balconies for each suite (a side balcony that is 71 square feet, and a forward balcony that is 727 square feet). Both of the Master Suites are located forward on deck nine.


Dining
The gourmet cuisine onboard all Regent Seven Seas cruise ships is definitely present onboard Seven Seas Mariner. There's an open-seating format on this ship, meaning that you can eat where you want, when you want and with whomever you want. This ship has four open-seating main restaurants and the Pool Grill. Select house wines and bar drinks are included in the cruise fare, so that's a major plus.

Compass Rose Restaurant is Seven Seas Mariner's main restaurant, serving fine continental cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's the largest restaurant onboard and has its tables arranged so that all guests have a picture window. Aside from the continental specialties available on its gourmet menu, there is also vegetarian and spa cuisine available. Examples of main courses served there are pan-fried whole Dover Sole, braised chicken in red wine sauce, and grilled rib eye of Black Angus beef.

Signatures Restaurant is an authentic French restaurant inspired by Le Cordon Bleu of Paris. This venue is available for dinner only, and reservations are required. Unlike the rest of the ship, there is a dress code that requires men wear jackets in this restaurant. Examples of main courses served at this venue are sautéed salmon, fillet of halibut, rack of lamb and tenderloin of veal.

Latitudes features savory Indochine and Vietnamese specialties, using French techniques, in an intimate atmosphere. Food is served family-style at this venue. This venue is also only open for dinner, by reservation only. Examples of main courses served at this restaurant are grilled lobster tail and braised chicken in coconut milk.

La Veranda serves wonderful breakfast and lunch buffets in a casual atmosphere. For dinner this venue features a nice mix of regional specialties.

Don't forget that 24 hour room service is available for all passengers. During normal dining hours, you can order from the chef's nightly menu and eat their food in your suite. There are a few items on the menu that you can order at an additional cost, such as premium wines. Another nice feature onboard each Regent cruise is that High Tea is served each afternoon (in the Horizon Lounge), along with fresh scones and other snacks.


Onboard Features
One of the highest space ratios at sea gives guests sailing onboard Seven Seas Mariner an excellent onboard atmosphere. Besides the spacious surroundings, there's a wide range of things to do while onboard this ship, from watching entertaining shows to participating in various enrichment programs and activities.

Seven Seas Mariner's onboard enrichment program is wonderful, featuring a wide variety of lecturers, classes and workshops. Select sailings feature a complimentary program, called "Spotlights," featuring guest experts that provide interesting lectures. Regent also features exclusive Le Cordon Bleu Workshops on select sailings, providing a hands-on experience taught by chefs trained in the Le Cordon Bleu method of classic French cooking. Audrey Grant's Better Bridge instructors are available on many voyages, presenting up-to-date programs for players of all experience levels.

The Constellation Theater is a beautiful two-story show lounge, featuring a nine-piece orchestra playing concert-quality music. A nice variety of shows will be performed at this venue during each of Seven Seas Mariner's cruises, which may include cabaret revues, ballroom dancing and feature productions. The casino (featuring a nice selection of gaming tables and slot machines) is another popular place to be while onboard Seven Seas Mariner, especially during the evening (after a show ends in the lounge).

There are a few lounges and nightclubs onboard this ship as well, some of which feature late-night dancing and karaoke. The Mariner Lounge, located near Compass Rose (on deck five), is a great spot for a pre-dinner cocktail. There is usually live piano music playing at this venue. On deck six you'll find the Horizon Lounge, which has a dance floor in the shape of a three-quarter moon. The Connoisseur Club, also on deck six, is a cigar bar that has English club chairs and a climate-controlled humidor. The Observation Lounge is located on deck twelve, and features a grand piano and great views of the ship's surroundings. Sometimes a small musical performance will take place in this area.

Carita of Paris is an award-winning spa onboard Seven Seas Mariner. Treatments available onboard include Pro-Lift skin care therapies, Renovateur exfoliating process, massage, thalassotherapy, reflexology, aromatherapy, body wraps, facials and beauty treatments. There is also a fitness center onboard, featuring state-of-the-art equipment, free weights and various exercise classes. Aside from the activities available in the fitness center, other sport-related onboard activities include golf cages, shuffleboard, paddle-tennis and a jogging track. There's also a teak pool deck that includes a large heated pool and two whirlpools.

Club.com is located on deck six and is where you can access e-mail and the internet (for a fee) on one of the ship's computers. Printers are available there as well. WiFi (wireless internet) access is available throughout the ship, also for a fee. There will be complimentary computer classes given throughout your cruise, on a wide range of topics (such as digital photography).

Other onboard features include art auctions during the cruise, a library (with a nice selection of books available to borrow), a photo shop, and duty-free boutiques. Onboard laundry and dry cleaning services are available at a charge, but there are also self-serve laundries on decks eight through ten. Guests whose accommodations have Butler service get complimentary pressing of any items that are worn during the first evening onboard.

In the case that any guests need medical attention while onboard, there is a medical center onboard Seven Seas Mariner that is staffed by a doctor and nurse. Please be aware that you'll be charged by RSSC for any medical attention you may require while onboard, which is why traveler's insurance is highly recommended for a travelers.

The Regent Travel Concierge is available to arrange special shore excursions, personalized to your interests and desires. The concierge is also able to make special pre- and/or post-cruise programs for you.



Dress Code and Attire
Evenings onboard a Regent Seven Seas cruise are elegant, yet not formal. Regent recommends their guests dress "Country Club Casual" or in resort wear during the evenings. For men, this means slacks and a button-down shirt. No ties are required, although some men may wear a blazer and tie on the evenings of the Captain's Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner (both of which are called "Informal" nights). Women should wear pantsuits or informal cocktail attire. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are not appropriate for evening wear while onboard.


Children Programs
Club Mariner Youth Program is a complimentary program that is for travelers ages 5 through 17. The program is broken up into three age-based groups (5-8, 9-12 and 13-17) and is supervised by an experienced staff of youth counselors. This program operates on select sailings during the summer and on holiday sailings.

Regent's policy regarding children isn't the most family-friendly one around. In fact, in their terms and conditions they state that "RSSC is unable to accommodate children under one year of age and reserves the right to restrict the number of those under three years of age."


Tipping and Gratuities
All gratuities are included for the onboard staff in the cruise fare charged by Regent.


Alcohol Policy
The minimum drinking age on all Regent cruise ships is 18 years of age.


Gambling Policy
The minimum age to gamble onboard a Regent Seven Seas cruise ship is 18 years of age.


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