The Seven Seas Mariner is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Seven Seas Mariner.
Alaska, South America And BeyondThe Seven Seas Mariner travels to a variety of locales, including the South American coast, the coast of Florida, the Mediterranean, Alaska, and the Spanish and Italian coasts. Most trips range from seven to 14 days, with a few reaching as long as three weeks or more.
Luxury Cruise ShipLike her sister ship, the Seven Seas Voyager, the Seven Seas Mariner is an unusual vessel in that all of the cabins are exterior cabins equipped with balconies. It was commissioned by Regent Seven Seas Cruises for its current use as a luxury cruise ship and has a passenger capacity of 700. It underwent a major reneovation in 2009.
Special FeaturesThe Seven Seas Mariner is a luxury cruise ship, and is geared towards quieter entertainment than the wilder venues some larger ships offer, says Frommer's. The ship has one pool, three hot tubs, a small casino, big-screen movies and a small spa and fitness center. The biggest draw is the live entertainment, most notably a distinguished speakers series and cultural enrichment offerings. There is an ornate two-level theater that hosts a variety of live performances.
AccommodationsThe accomodations aboard the South Seas Mariner are worthy of its status as a luxury cruise ship, according to CruiseCritic. All of the ship's cabins are suite-style, equipped with balconies as well as safes, hair dryers, televisions, DVD players, refrigerators and telephones. More expensive suites include options such as butler service.
CostPrices on the Seven Seas Mariner reflect its status as a luxury craft, with rates starting around $550 to $850 per person per night, with higher class suite options costing considerably more. All drinks are included, as well as gratuity. Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers a variety of special offers for trips on the Seven Seas Mariner.
ExcursionsVisiting the Alaskan town of Sitka is a recommended excursion from the Seven Seas Mariner, says a CruiseCritic forum user. This charming port town is full of character and presents a variety of opportunities to enjoy Alaska's natural splendor. One popular option is fishing.
Dining ExperienceThe Seven Seas Mariner presents a variety of luxurious dining options, as detailed on CruiseCritic. There are four major dining venues, with the most prominent being the Compass Rose, which features open seating, a menu derived from the local foods of recent ports of call, a sommelier and a variety of healthy options. Other available dining experiences include the Veranda buffet, and two specialty, dinner-only restaurants that require reservations: Prime 7 steakhouse and Signatures, an upscale French-style eatery. Round-the-clock room service is available.
Maiden VoyageAccording to About.com, the Seven Seas Mariner made her maiden voyage in 2001. The Mariner was commissioned by Regent Seven Seas Cruises and has always been used as a cruise ship.
In The NewsThe South Seas Mariner was involved in the rescue of a yachtsman attempting to sail around the world, according to the New Zealand's ONE News. Bernt Luchtenborg was attempting to sail around the world in his yacht when he experienced technical problems and had to be rescued by the South Seas Mariner, which traveled 20 hours out of its way to save him.
Taken near Fremantle, Australia, this fan video shows the Seven Seas Mariner as it makes its way towards Melbourne.
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