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Onboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Mariner, passengers may feel as though they have stepped into a high-budget film set.
As part of the luxury line’s recently completed $125 million fleet refurbishment program, Mariner was redesigned, exuding an elegance that feels lifted from The Great Gatsby. And just like the 2013 Baz Luhrmann film, the ship’s interiors are art deco-inspired while exhibiting modern flair.
The objective was to elevate Mariner to match the standards of Seven Seas Explorer, Regent’s newest vessel. And the line mostly succeeded — no small task, given existing layout limitations. The hardware on Mariner is exquisite, featuring the finest finishes and fixtures around every corner, and overall details are nearly flawless. Intricate tile floors lining the boutique and casino corridor, as well as the patterned entrance to Prime 7 steakhouse, are indicative of the craftsmanship.
Originally built as the first all-suite, all-veranda ship in the world, the 700-guest Mariner still features marvelous private accommodations — all which have been enhanced. Suites showcase new Elite Slumber Beds and refreshed living areas that display a contemporary palette of blue, cream and chartreuse. Concierge Suites, for example, make for rejuvenating retreats, and Regent’s Mer & Mistral toiletries from L’Occitane are simply sublime. Bathrooms, however, appear comparatively dated with brown marble tones.
Clients who have sailed on Explorer will find Mariner closer on par now, thanks to dynamic revisions to everything from the restaurants to the pool deck. Each of Regent’s ships was intimate to begin with, but every venue update speaks volumes.
One notable improvement is a reimagined look for Compass Rose, as well as a new menu with an incredible selection of customizable dining choices. I did the math to determine just how many options are possible: A staggering 11,115 combinations of entree preparations are available nightly. Prime 7 and Chartreuse bring premium steakhouse selections and new French cuisine to the table, respectively, and casual venue Sette Mari at La Veranda (a buffet spot for breakfast and lunch) is still a fine Italian eatery.
Also worth accolades is the ship’s existing observation lounge and relocated library. The former is a space too often overlooked on other mainstream ships that is perfect for taking in the passing scenery; the latter is an abridged variant with an ample book selection and a clever virtual fireplace. The library’s new position facilitates a more open space for the adjacent Coffee Connection internet cafe, which is now flanked by windows on either side.
Of course, Stars Nightclub and Mariner Lounge give off the most cinematic vibes. In fact, 2016 sci-fi flick “Passengers” highlights a snazzy bar — tended by a robotic Michael Sheen — that’s quite reminiscent of both Mariner venues. And speaking of entertainment, Constellation Theater is sleekly designed but mixed in its presentations. Production shows are either underproduced with little staging or energetically performed and elaborately staged. Meanwhile, the pool and its new lounge atmosphere are heavenly.
The final seal of approval for loyalists and newcomers alike is the pairing of Mariner’s latest improvements alongside Regent’s timeless all-inclusive programming. All the ship’s luxurious elements come with free flights and unlimited shore excursions, as well as complimentary beverages, entrance to specialty restaurants, Wi-Fi access, gratuities and more.
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