Mariner Christmas 2011 Cruise Review

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Mariner Christmas 2011 Cruise Review

We are experienced cruisers with 20+ cruises under our belts, but this was our first experience of Regent or any of the so-called "6 star" cruise-lines.

We have been to many cruise shows and heard all the claims - you know the ones, that the initial upfront higher cost was in-fact better value than the lower "pay as you go" cruise lines and that a lower grade suite in one of these was better (or at least as good) as the top or higher grade suites on other lines, it took us a while to take the plunge.....

So, how to describe and review our cruise on the Regent Mariner for Christmas 2011 - by any definition a "luxury" cruise?

To describe it is quite straightforward:

  • The number of passengers and ratio of crew to passengers makes it feel intimate without being intimidating or intrusive - you can choose to meet up again with the people you had dinner with, or not, without feeling awkward
  • The entire ship's crew are unfailingly friendly, always smiling and seemingly always happy
  • Service is exemplary, whether it was the barman who remembered that I liked my Vodka and Cranberry without ice but with a splash and a slice of lime; the waiters and restaurant management who knew that I would usually have Bircher Muesli and Granola for breakfast (I did change my order a couple of times much to their surprise!) and sparkling water (no ice) with dinner; or our room steward Gerde, who somehow knew just when we had left for breakfast or dinner and would immediately, or so it seemed, make up our room so that it was always clean and perfect when we returned
  • To go to any bar on the ship and order (almost) any drink and then not have to sign that ubiquitous piece of paper is, quite simply, priceless

To review the cruise should be equally straightforward, however, we are fortunate enough to have experienced many other cruises in top suites, these include in the last couple of years, the Queens Grill on Cunard's QM2 and Queen Victoria and a Deluxe Verandah Suite on Holland America's Noordam - complete with Concierge access, so to be fair this review is against these:

Ship

Regent Mariner

Cunard QM2

Cunard Queen Victoria

HAL Noordam

Suite

G Grade:

o Fairly Compact

o Very Comfortable Bed

o Walk-in Closet

Q5:

o Excellent Size - some wasted space?

o Comfortable Bed

o Pillow Menu

o Walk-in Dressing Room

Q5:

o Excellent Size

o Comfortable Bed

o Pillow Menu

Deluxe Verandah:

o Excellent Size

o Comfortable Bed

o Pillow Menu

o Walk-through Dressing Room

Bathroom

o Fantastic large Shower (no bath)

o Good storage

o Wonderful toiletries (L'Occitane)

o Shower/Bath combined

o Good storage

o Separate Bath and Shower

o Good Storage

o Separate Bath and Shower

o Good Storage

Food:

- Quality

- Choice

- Presentation

- Service

o Excellent

o Excellent

o Excellent

o Excellent

o Excellent

o Excellent

o Very Good

o Excellent

o Excellent

o Excellent

o Excellent

o Good

o Good

o Good

o Good

o Satisfactory

Amenities

o Very Good

o Very Good

o Good

o Good

Entertainment

o Very Good

o Satisfactory

o Satisfactory

o Good

Spa/Gym

o Very Good

o Very Good

o Good

o Good

Overall Service

o Excellent

o Very Good

o Satisfactory

o Good

Ambience

o Excellent

o Very Good

o Satisfactory

o Good

Value for Money

o Excellent

o Very Good

o Very Good

o Good

Score out of 10

9

8

7

7

Written by Mrs Potts

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