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SEVEN SEAS MARINER Decked!
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Owners: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Builders: Alstom Chantiers de l’Atlantique (hull #K31), St. Nazaire, France
Registry: Nassau, Bahamas
Gross Tonnage: 50,000
Length: 709 feet
Beam: 93 feet
Draft: 21 feet
Passengers: 700
Crew: 453
Service Speed: 20 knots
Propulsion: twin, diesel powered mermaid pods

MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER at St. Barts.


All photos by Peter Knego unless otherwise noted. Please click image to view an enlarged version.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER builder’s plate.

One of a kind, versus the plethora of “common platform” identi-ships that have been commissioned in recent years, the MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER was built for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises (a luxury line that was formed in 1995 by the merger of Radisson Cruise Lines with Seven Seas Cruise Lines) by Chantiers de l’Atlantique (hull number K31).


The original Radisson Seven Seas Cruises funnel livery.

The MARINER featured only balconied suite accommodation in a wide range of categories, two specialty restaurants, a large open seating dining room, a Mediterranean-style buffet, a panoramic observation lounge, an eight deck Atrium, a nightclub, casino, cabaret show lounge, shopping arcade, coffee bar/library, meeting rooms, a well-equipped gym and spa and a double deck show lounge.


The ship’s officers observe the christening ceremony from the bridge wing.

I visited the ship in Los Angeles on the occasion of her naming on May 22, 2001. It was a gala affair attended by travel agents from all across the U.S. and the maritime press.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER christening in Los Angeles.

Godmother, Arleen Carlson, made a laudatory speech and then cut a ribbon that sent a magnum of champagne crashing into the ship’s bow.


Unbroken bottle…

Despite Mrs. Carlson’s heartfelt effort, the bottle did not break.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER, facing aft from midships Deck 12, as built.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER, facing forward from midships Deck 12, as built.

Visiting guests had the entire afternoon to explore the ship from top to bottom. The MARINER was elegantly appointed and extravagantly spacious with wide passageways, vast open decks and abundant full length windows infusing the ship with light and an undeniable feeling of airiness.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Observation Lounge, facing starboard, as built.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER La Veranda Restaurant, facing aft from starboard, as built.

The expensive, restrained decor was the height of style and luxury for the time. A slight Art Deco influence and a limited palette made each public room stand out from the ordinary, but something was missing…


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Casino, facing forward, as built.

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br />MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Constellation Theater, facing starboard from Deck Six, as built.

Perhaps she was too restrained or too sophisticated. Could it be that she was just too spacious? Somehow, despite her many assets, the SEVEN SEAS MARINER felt a bit cold and clinical.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER, Stars, facing forward, as built.

Many have likened the MARINER’s original decor to an airport or hotel lounge: pleasant but without distinction.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Signatures, facing forward, as built.

The Le Cordon Bleu French specialty restaurant Signatures still exists today, albeit in an altered, modernized state.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Latitudes, facing aft, as built.

Originally, the ship had an Asian Fusion specialty restaurant called Latitudes.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER, Horizon Bar, facing port/forward, as built.

The Horizon Lounge on aft Deck Five was originally divided into a forward bar section…


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Horizon Lounge, facing port, as built.

…and a cabaret style lounge with a large dance floor and small stage.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER, aft Deck Six, facing port, as built.

An interesting feature was the open deck aft of the Horizon Lounge on Deck Six. Its original teak furniture was certainly durable but not terribly comfortable to linger in.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Mariner Lounge, facing aft, as built.

The Mariner Lounge on midships Deck Five was one of the more elegant and inviting spaces on board, with its rich gold and cool blue soft fittings offset in warm wood tones.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Compass Rose, facing aft/starboard, as built.

Originally, the Compass Rose Restaurant had an almost Santa Fe-inspired ambiance.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Penthouse Suite, decor as built.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER departs Los Angeles for the first time.

And so it was on May 22, 2001, the day of the MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER’s Los Angeles, California christening. After we disembarked, we watched as she sailed off, accompanied by a fireboat’s salutatory spray.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER departs Los Angeles, ctd.

In the period since my first visit, the SEVEN SEAS MARINER earned a dedicated following and excellent reputation in the luxury cruising sector. She is among the highest-rated ships in the world.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER in Regent Seven Seas livery at St. Barts.

In 2006, Radisson changed its name to Regent Seven Seas Cruises and in early 2008, RSSC was purchased from original owners, the Carlson Corporation, by Apollo Management, Inc. (which also owns Oceania Cruises and a fifty percent share of Norwegian Cruise Line) for $1 billion USD. A $40 million dollar refurbishment was soon announced for Regent’s three ships, which include the 1999-built, 33,000 ton, 490 passenger SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR and the MARINER’s near sister, the 2003-built, 46,000 ton, 700 passenger SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER. The VOYAGER was the first to proceed to Freeport’s Grand Bahama Shipyard for a comprehensive makeover from December 8 through 18, 2008, followed by the MARINER, between January 5 and 15, 2009. The NAVIGATOR will get her refit in April of 2010.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER at St. Barts.

The similar VOYAGER and MARINER were enhanced with richer, more contemporary soft fittings in their suites and most public areas, given new Prime 7 Grills in place of their Latitudes Asian Fusion specialty restaurants and fashioned with a few tweaks, such as pizza ovens and ice cream bars. At the decorative helm were Oslo-based marine architects, Yran and Storbraaten, who are currently designing Oceania’s new MARINA class ships as well as having just completed work on Holland America’s EURODAM and a number of other well known cruise ships and luxury yachts.

The MARINER has eight passenger levels, ranging from the uppermost Deck Twelve down to Deck Five. Flow is excellent with a forward stairtower and three panoramic elevators linking Decks Twelve to Five and an aft stairtower and two standard elevators linking Decks Eleven to Five. Public areas are concentrated on Decks Five through Seven, aft Deck Eleven and Deck Twelve.

Deck Twelve


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Observation Lounge, facing starboard.

At the top of the ship on Deck Twelve, the 162 seat Observation Lounge offers marvelous views through full length windows on three sides.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Observation Lounge, facing aft/port.

The new color scheme of beige and deep blue is “sand and sea” themed.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Observation Bar, facing aft.

Its central bar area is yacht-inspired with blond wood tones and brushed steel surfaces.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Atrium, facing down from Deck Twelve.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER port Deck Twelve jogging track, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Deck Eleven pool area, facing aft from Deck Twelve.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Deck Eleven pool area, facing forward from Deck Twelve.

Just aft is the uppermost level of the soaring eight deck atrium, followed by an open air jogging track that encircles the pool area.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER funnel from port Deck Twelve.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER aft port Deck Twelve, facing forward.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER golf driving court, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER deck tennis court, facing starboard.

On the starboard side of the funnel casing, there is a shuffleboard court and on the port side, two golf driving nets. A netted-in paddle tennis court is located far aft.

Deck Eleven


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Deck Eleven pool, facing forward.

Following a block of suites, the Deck Eleven pool area features a large, tiled pool, three jacuzzis, rows of cushioned, wooden deck chairs (each with its own small drink table) and the Pool Bar.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER starboard Deck Eleven, facing forward.

On either side, newly refreshed outdoor seating and a curtained, cabana-like lounging area accompanies the Pool Grill.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER starboard La Veranda, facing forward.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER totally random La Veranda carpet shot.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER port La Veranda, facing aft.

Continuing inside, there is the 212 seat U-shaped La Veranda Restaurant. Yran and Storbraaten have given the casual eatery a new palette of jade and warm wood tones with arm chairs in blue velvet on the starboard side and lime green ones to port.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER aft La Veranda terrace, facing port.

An outdoor terrace accommodates 52 in the shelter of canvas awnings overlooking the stern.

Deck Ten


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER over bow from bridge.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER starboard bridge wing, facing forward.

Deck Ten begins with the bridge and officers’ quarters, leading to suite accommodation and a passenger self service launderette.

Deck Nine


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Deck Nine laundrette, facing port.

Decks Nine is dedicated to suite accommodation. It also features a self service laundry furnished with chairs from La Veranda’s original incarnation.

Deck Eight

Deck Eight is also dedicated to suite accommodation and has a self service laundry, as well.

Deck Seven


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER, aft from fo’c’sle.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER bell.

Deck Seven begins at the fo’c’sle head, which is a crew area.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER, spa treatment room.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER sauna area.


r />MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER men’s changing area.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Salon, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Salon, facing forward.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Carita Spa entrance, facing forward.

Inside, the first public space is the Carita Spa, with eight treatment rooms, a sauna and a salon.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Aerobics room, facing forward.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Gym, facing aft.

The aerobics room and gym are on the port side of the Carita Spa.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Boutiques, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Casino slots arcade, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Casino, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Casino, facing forward.

Aft of the atrium is a shopping center and the Casino, which is divided into an arcade with 62 slot machines and a roulette, craps and card gaming room overlooking a semi-spiral staircase that leads to the Stars Nightclub on Deck Six. More suite accommodation completes Deck Seven.

Deck Six


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Constellation Theater, facing port from Deck Six balcony.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Constellation Theater, facing forward from Deck Six balcony.

Deck Six begins with the upper level of the 580 seat Constellation Theater.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER starboard Deck Six promenade, facing forward.

Finite promenades are accessed by the forward and aft vestibules on Deck Six.

MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER starboard Deck Six passage, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Stars, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER starboard Deck Six passage to Coffee Connection, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Coffee Connection, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Coffee Connection, facing for
ward/starboard.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Library, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Library, facing forward.

A wide gallery on the starboard side (with a view of the promenade) heads aft along the 106 seat Stars nightclub to the Coffee Connection, the ship’s coffee bar and internet center adjoining the Library on the port side.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Club.Com, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Card and Conference Room, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Card and Conference Room, facing forward.

The enclosed, 14 station computer (13 PCs and 1 Mac) room, Club.Com, is forward of the Library, which is followed by a 70 seat Conference Center.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Connoisseur Club, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Connoisseur Club, facing forward.

On the starboard side, the Garden Promenade provides access to the 30 seat Connoiseur Club smoking room.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Signatures, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Signatures table setting.

On the port side, just forward of the Horizon Lounge is the 84 seat Signatures Le Cordon Bleu French specialty restaurant. Signatures is especially appealing in its new, rich gold and blue velvet seating, amber-hued lighting and charcoal gray curtains.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Horizon Lounge, facing aft from starboard.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Horizon Lounge, facing forward/starboard.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER aft Deck Six terrace, facing aft from starboard.

The 150 seat Horizon Lounge cabaret show room follows, sporting a mellow new palette of champagne, slate, beige and pale magenta) and an open terrace with new, cushioned wicker seating at the stern. Fixed counters in the forward/starboard section of the Horizon Lounge were removed in the refit, opening up the space considerably.

Deck Five


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Constellation Theater, facing aft from stage.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Atrium, facing up from Deck Five.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Reception, facing port.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Destination Services, facing starboard.

Deck Five begins with the lower level of the Constellation Theater, continuing with the Reception and Destination Services (shore excursions) offices on either side of the soaring, cylindrical Atrium.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Mariner Lounge, facing aft.

On the starboard side, the 80 seat Mariner Lounge boasts a new autumnal color scheme of pebble gray, charcoal and tan, leading to the 452 seat Compass Rose Restaurant. Plush velvet arm chairs in tones of chardonnay and merlot add a newfound richness to this dining room, which offers some of the best cuisine afloat.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Prime 7 setting.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Prime 7, facing forward.

On the port side, the 74 seat Prime 7 is a chic metropolitan-style steakhouse with posh brown leather chairs and a palette of burgundy, gold, ochre and off-white.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Compass Rose entryway, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Compass Rose entryway marble compass.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Compass Rose, facing aft from starboard.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER, Compass Rose, facing starboard/aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Compass Rose table setting.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER galley.

Accommodation

A total of eight suite categories comprise the Mariner’s accommodation, from the 2002 square foot Masters all the way down to the more than adequate 301 square foot, balconied Deluxe Suites.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER suite toiletries.

All suites are oceanviews with balconies, featurin
g individual temperature controls, European king sized beds (or in a twin configuration), Ainichini linens and feather-down duvets, walk-in closets, marble-appointed bathrooms with tub and/or rain shower, TV, refrigerator stocked daily, in-suite bar setup upon embarkation and personal safe. Butler service is offered for guests in Master, Grand, Mariner, Seven Seas, Horizon View and A & B Penthouse Suites.

Master Suites

Two 2,002 square foot Master Suites with two bedrooms, two and a half baths, two balconies (the forward one is a whopping 727 feet with its own glassed-in midsection), a huge living room and dining area (with butler service) are located on forward Deck Nine.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Master Suite 901 sitting/dining area, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Master Suite 901 sitting/dining area, facing forward.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER, forward Master Suite 901 bedroom, facing port.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER forward Master Suite 901 bathroom.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER aft Master Suite 901 bedroom, facing starboard/aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER aft Master Suite 901 bathroom.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER forward Master Suite 901 balcony, facing port.

Grand Suites

Two Grand Suites on forward Deck Eleven measure 987 square feet and feature two bathrooms and an 84 square foot balcony.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Grand Suite 1100 sitting area, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Grand Suite 1100 sitting area, facing forward/starboard.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Grand Suite 1100 sitting area, facing port.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Grand Suite 1100 bedroom, facing forward.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Grand Suite 1100 closet, facing forward.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Grand Suite 1100 master bathroom, facing port.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Grand Suite 1100 bathroom, facing aft.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Grand Suite 1100 balcony, facing forward.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Grand Suite 1100 espresso machine.

Mariner Suites

Six 739 square foot Mariner Suites located on Decks Ten, Nine and Eight are adjacent to the atrium and feature one and a half bathrooms and 89 square foot balconies.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Mariner Suite 917 sitting/dining area, facing forward.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Mariner Suite 917 bedroom.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Mariner Suite 917 master bathroom.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Mariner Suite 917 bathroom.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Mariner Suite 917 balcony, facing aft.

Seven Seas (aft) Suites

Eight 847 square foot Seven Seas (aft) suites are located at the stern of Decks Ten, Nine, Eight and Seven, featuring one and a half baths and a 286 square foot balcony. Not available for photographs during our visit.

Seven Seas (forward) Suites

Two Seven Seas (forward) Suites are located on Deck Ten and feature a 97 square foot balcony.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Seven Seas Suite (forward) 1001 sitting/dining area, facing inboard.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Seven Seas Suite (forward) 1001, facing forward.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Seven Seas Suite (forward) 1001 bedroom.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Seven Seas Suite (forward) 1001 sitting/dining area.

Horizon View Suites

Twelve 627 square foot Horizon View Suites are located on aft Decks Ten, Nine, Eight and Seven, featuring 268 square foot balconies.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Horizon View Suite 990 bedroom, facing forward.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Horizon View Suite 990 balcony, facing port.

Penthouse Suites

Sixty 449 square foot Penthouse Suites are located on Decks Eleven, Ten, Nine and Eight and feature 73 square foot balconies.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Penthouse Suite 902, facing starboard.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Penthouse Suite 902, facing port.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Penthouse Suite 902 closet, facing starboard.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Penthouse Suite 902 bathroom, facing forward.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Penthouse Suite 902 balcony, facing forward.

Deluxe Suites

Two hundred sixty 301 square foot Deluxe Suites are located on Decks Ten, Nine, Eight and Seven and feature 49 square foot balconies.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Deluxe Suite 964, facing starboard.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Deluxe Suite 964 closet.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Deluxe Suite 964 bathroom with original tub.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Deluxe Suite 964 balcony.

Wheelchair Accessible Suites

Six Deluxe Suites are specially adapted for wheelchair travelers, featuring modified doors, controls, bathrooms and showers. These are located adjacent to the atrium on Decks Ten, Nine and Eight.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Wheelchair Accessible Suite 828, facing port.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Wheelchair Accessible Suite 828 bathroom.


MV SEVEN SEAS MARINER Wheelchair Accessible Suite 828 shower.

END

Special thanks: Martin Cox, Rob Di Stefano, Andrew Poulton, Tim Rubacky

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