Home' CruisePassenger : Cruise Passenger 73 Contents ADVENTURE SPECIAL : REGENT SEVEN SEAS
13 day cruise with all meals
including onshore picnics
and local feasts
Small group cruise
(max 254 passengers)
Take a peek into the lives of local
villages as the crew delivers
essential goods during the
3,800 km journey from Papeete
Take part in traditional
and dance performances
Enjoy guided excursions to
historic and cultural sites,
ancient tikis, hiking, handicraft
workshops and churches
Relax and enjoy our 4-star vessel,
complete with bar and pool
Visit some of the most remote islands in the world, the Marquesas
and Tuamotus, on board the passenger freighter, Aranui 5.
Nine islands across three Tahitian archipelagos
Embark on a voyage like no other
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When we go our separate ways, there are helicopter
rides to tops of glaciers and dog-sledding experiences
with retired Iditarod pooches, as well as ice-climbing,
crabbing and fishing excursions.
My wife and I bike again on a gold-rush frontier
trail and set out on independent hikes in Skagway
and Ketchikan – with bar-hopping to find each local
version of the spruce-tips brews, of course.
Every day, our group of six assembles for trivia and
cocktails or over dinner to relive the day’s adventures.
/ FINE CUISINE AND LUXURIOUS
Food and service is at the forefront of the onboard
experience on a Regent Seven Seas cruise. Mariner
features a range of restaurants with varying ambiences
and cuisines, for a wide choice throughout the cruise.
La Veranda is the ship’s small buffet area serving
breakfast and lunch: fresh salads, sandwiches, hot
dishes, pastas, carving stations, desserts, fruit and bread.
At night, the area transforms into an Italian eatery,
Sette Mari at La Veranda. We dine there three times
because we are dazzled by the service, food and views
from the top of the ship.
Chartreuse is the new gourmet French restaurant,
and Prime 7 steakhouse is ideal for romantic dinners.
Staterooms come well appointed. All offer mini-
fridges that can be filled to your specifications with
beers, wines, spirits, sodas and waters, and we are sure
to get ours stocked with craft beers. You can also opt to
have meals in your room if you feel like a night in.
Beds are dressed in high thread-count linens,
bathrooms feature L’Occitane Mer & Mistral-brand
toiletries and televisions offer a selection of cable
channels and on-demand movies.
All rooms have balconies, an all-important feature
when cruising in Alaska. I wake on the second day of the
cruise, step onto the balcony to take a deep breath of
fresh morning air and am greeted by a humpback whale
emerging from the depths and clearing its spout.
It’s that way for the rest of the cruise. Passengers keep
a lookout for wildlife and alert one another if an animal
comes into view from the promenade or lido decks, and
we see several more whales, a few otters, Dall’s porpoises
and numerous bald eagles and other sea birds. We also
gather in the Observation Lounge for talks by the
resident naturalist during particularly scenic cruising.
Our final port stop is Ketchikan, and after a hike on
Married Man’s Trail and a stop at the Arctic Bar, we
head back to the ship.
Kim and Pete organise a cocktail party for our
tight-knit group of adventurers. Their extra-large suite
is located on the aft of the ship, a perfect spot to admire
one last sunset and recap our 10 days exploring Alaska.
The consensus is that the voyage is a fine mix of
onshore excitement and onboard elegance. After all,
where else can you be in the company of bears in the
morning and butlers at night, or spot whales while
HIGHS: This all-inclusive cruise
includes airfare, transfers, drinks,
meals, excursions and other
perks – delightfully hassle free.
Mariner is perfect for an Alaskan
adventure, with spaces specially
designed for admiring the
scenery as you sail.
LOWS: Specialty dining venues
require reservations, which can
be difficult to get if you book late.
If you miss out, check in with
the restaurant reservation desk
onboard in case of cancellations.
Night life is slow, as most
cruisers head off to bed early.
BEST SUITED TO: Well-heeled
travellers who want to venture
into the wilds of Alaska, but
prefer to sail in style.
Suite; cycling in
to a glacier.
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