Regent Seven Seas Mariner

The new look Regent Seven Seas Mariner




After cruising on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner last year I was looking forward to once again boarding this beautiful ship this morning. I invited a group of clients to join us and although the day was grey it didn’t dampen our anticipation.
We sipped on champagne and nibbled hors d’oeuvres as part of our visit and thoroughly enjoyed visiting the new restaurant known as Prime 7 which has replaced the Asian restaurant, and the cabins that have been refurbished. (You may remember that I wrote a couple of months ago about passengers on this line asking for showers instead of showers over baths and quite a few of the cabins have not been modified.)
Regent Seven Seas and Mosman Cruise Centre have some great offers to passengers in 2010.
All sailings will be offered as two for 1 and include unlimited shore excursions. You will also be able to pre-book alternative dining before you sail. And one of the things I love about this cruise line is the no extra charge for wine, beer and the mini bar.
This is the first of my ship’s visits and I’ll write about as many as possible so you can get a first hand impression.
I’ll also take my camera!
Special offer to clients: If you are a client of the Mosman Cruise Centre or Travel Choice and you would like to join me on a ship visit let me know by email (martin@travelchoice.com.au) or phone 9968 1600.

Regent – choose your bathtub…


Just come back from another Agents’ Briefing… and always ready to be less than impressed – but this was informative and probably quite timely. Regent Seven Seas Cruises have just 3 vessels – the Mariner, the Navigator and the Voyager. Regular readers of this blog will know that last year I took a very enjoyable trip aboard Mariner (see slide show at side of blog) and, since then have been happy to recommend her to clients. What I didn’t know was how important it is to specify what kind of bathroom you like when booking Mariner! I shall explain. Apparently, when Mariner was designed, it was thought more attractive to have a full bath in every suite. But the passengers disagree: many find it uncomfortable to shower while standing in a bathtub and they have voiced their discontent. Regent have taken note and are in a continuing process of refurbishment, removing the bathtubs and installing large shower enclosures – except where there is room for both, and then the passenger has the choice. So bathe at will, but tell your agent (hopefully us!) whether you prefer bath or shower! Mariner arrives into Sydney November 17th, staying over two nights before departing to New Zealand (14 nights) then to Los Angeles (19 nights), after which she prepares for her Circle South America voyage, Fort Lauderdale and return from January 10. What a fabulous voyage that will be! Just contact me – martin@travelchoice.com.au – for more info.

Sail Australia’s Eastern seabord in luxury


It’s luxurious and everything is included on Regent Seven Seas Mariner – and it is sailing Australia’s coastal waters from Sydney to Darwin in March. We loved every moment of our trip on this ship in November last year (there’s a photo gallery of the Mariner on the side of the blog – and that’s me on the promenade deck) – so I really recommend this trip. Especially if you’ve been looking for a cruise out of Sydney! And especially if you would like to get away in the next month or so!
But you will need to be quick. The ship boards on March 25 (and you overnight in Sydney) then sails for Newcastle the next day. It leaves Newcastle on 27 and cruises north through the Great Barrier Reef arriving at Cairns on March 30. Then it goes to Cooktown for a night before sailing up to Cape York, through the magical blue waters of the Torres Strait and arriving at Darwin on April 3.
You will be pampered the whole way. Every cabin is a balcony cabin and you will find:

  • complimentary wines, spirits, soft drinks and bottled water in your fridge – as well as the complimentary champagne on your embarkation
  • your refrigerator replenished daily
  • complimentary 24 hour room service
  • all onboard gratuities included

– in fact nothing to pay for, unless you fancy shopping or the casino.
Call me during office hours on 02 9968 1600 – or email me, martin@travelchoice.com.au and I’ll send you some more information. Prices for this 10-night Australian Coastal Voyage start at $6270.

‘Mariner’ Lazy days on the seven seas


Oh the perks of the travel agent’s life!
When we were invited to join a group on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner we accepted immediately. Here was my chance to renew acquaintance with a ship inspected several times but never travelled on. And we had a duty (we told ourselves) to follow up the reports of many satisfied clients.

Our passage would be from Fremantle to Adelaide – a segment of the Mariner’s 2008 Grand Pacific Voyage that had begun in Vancouver on September 10, and would end in Los Angeles on December 20, after visiting 49 ports in 14 countries. We would be stopping only once, at Albany.
The journey began at 7:00 pm as Mariner (berthed just a few metres in front of another large cruise ship the Dawn Princess) slid sideways, extracting herself from the wharf like a book taken from a shelf. She then made her way to open sea without help from the nearby tugboat – an elegant demonstration of manoeuverability by pod-propulsion. Those pods also keep noise and vibration to a minimum when the ship is under way.

On-board the ‘Mariner’
Mariner had scheduled an overnight stay in Fremantle and we took advantage of this to arrive a day before departure and thus use the ship as our hotel. We could come and go as we pleased, returning for meals in between excursions. We set off sightseeing in Fremantle walking the historic areas and taking a tour of the old Fremantle Jail, a highly-awarded tourist attraction. Regent had arranged a free shuttle– a service they provide in most ports for guests doing their own shore excursions.

Suite Luxury!
Every passenger suite on Mariner has something to recommend it. Even the entry-level Deluxe Suites have more than enough room for two to sit and dine in, an area of 252 sq. ft. plus a balcony of 49 sq. ft. Room service, with your meals served course by course a la degustation if you wish, is free. Fresh fruit and champagne awaited us in our suite.
Check the photos in our slideshow and you will see a sitting area with sofa, easy chair and coffee table and a writing desk, mini-bar, and tv. Beds are king-size, the walk-in wardrobe is large enough to stow clothes and luggage, and a bathtub with shower is standard. The minibar contents are complimentary and re-stocked daily. Toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, cd/dvd player, safe and overnight shoe-cleaning service are also free. And, enticing guests out of their cabins before dinner, all bar drinks and selected wines with dinner are complimentary. No chits to sign and a minimal end-of-cruise account!
And the service was great. When we ordered tea for two in our cabin it always arrived within a few minutes even during the breakfast rush hour!

Who travels on Regent? World Voyages appeal to the retired, but each cruise is different, and Regent openly welcome children on board. Certain voyages include the Club Mariner Youth Program for ages 5 to 17; voyages to Alaska and Polynesia include Ambassadors of the Environment programs for ages 9 to 17 and programs also operate with world-renowned environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau. Every voyage features lectures that add enjoyment and understanding to guests’ experiences.
Contact me – martin@travelchoice.com.au if you would to know more