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I've recently become interested in an itinerary that, alas, has no availability (in any category!), only wait list or guaranteed.   Always in the past on Mariner, we've booked a mid-ship "G" and loved it (considerably more than the Explorer F2's, since we find those suites more claustrophobic).  I'm wondering if anyone has stayed in/can comment on the several G suites at the back of the ship.  (I checked Bill's chart, but no information.)    I don't imagine we'd enjoy them anywhere near as much as being mid-ship, but I'd appreciate hearing from people who may know those suites, i.e. the "feel" of being back there.    Similarly, what about the suites way forward on Mariner?   Again, I'd always prefer to be mid-ship.   In fact, on deck 7 & 8 I think that the less expensive G suites are mid-ship, while the supposedly "better" F suites are less centered.   I don't understand that.    Why would that be?

 

These questions may be moot unless we can somehow be guaranteed one of the shower suites.    My husband, at 90 and with significant back and balance problems, should in no way be doing a tub/shower.   I'm thinking that maybe if his physician writes a note about his situation, that might insure us a shower suite.   I spoke with a Regent rep about that, and he seemed to imply that it could be arranged, but I haven't pressed hard.   Does anyone happen to know?

 

Thanks much.

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Just spent 36 nights in a Cat H even further back; ok one cabin back from the Gs.  FANTASTIC.  Being located near rear stairs was a great benefit especially as I am a fan of Horizon Lounge.  Also, if you are on Deck 7 you also have the benefit of the stairs in the Casino to Stars.

 

I really love the Cat H and Cat G location.  Mariner is my favorite ship with over 200 nights onboard.

 

As for getting the shower configuration on guarantee; I have never tried.  I prefer shower but don't mind the tub. 

 

Marc

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Mariner G is 252 sq feet excluding balcony. Explorer F2 is 332 sq feet excluding balcony. And the Mariner balcony is smaller than the Explorer 's. "Explorer's ..F'2s more claustrophobic" What am I missing?

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Hi Poss, my only time on Mariner we were in cabin 1073, which is considerably aft, and we had no issues. Since its right below La Veranda I thought we would have noise problems, but there were none.  I see that is now considered a "Concierge" Cat E cabin. 

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38 minutes ago, CBWIR said:

Mariner G is 252 sq feet excluding balcony. Explorer F2 is 332 sq feet excluding balcony. And the Mariner balcony is smaller than the Explorer 's. "Explorer's ..F'2s more claustrophobic" What am I missing?

 

You aren't missing anything ...... with the exception of the G and H category suites on Explorer (that were originally suppose to be for solo travelers), Mariner has the smallest H, G, F, E, D and C suites in the fleet (even though E, D, and C are are concierge suites).  

 

As you know, there is no aft vibration on Mariner which is a good thing but, for us, the lower category suites are simply too small.  It does not bother some people but when you have sailed on the other ships as many times as we have, the small suites on the Mariner just don't work for us.  On the other hand, In my opinion, Mariner has the largest and best PH suites of the fleet.

 

In terms of shower suites, if a letter from a physician would get someone into a "shower" suite, everyone would get a letter from their doctor.  These suites popular and go fast.  While it is possible that someone in a shower suite will cancel the cruise, the odds are just as great that someone in a bathtub suite will cancel.  Many Regent passengers have issues getting into and out of that darn bathtub - even without disabilities.  Prior to my knee surgery, when we we were in a bathtub suite, I had to sit on the ledge and turn my body around before standing up.  

 

If you are able to get a shower suite by contacting Regent, please let all of us know as there are many people that require it.  Perhaps Regent will decide to turn more suites on Mariner into shower suites - you never know.

 

I guess that the big question is whether you can get any suite on this fully booked cruise.  When is it?  Has the date to pay in full passed yet (usually that is when you get cancellations).  

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Thanks for the replies.

 

CBWIR:   Here are the two factors that made both my husband and myself feel more "closed in" in an F2 Explorer than we ever did in a G Mariner.

 

— When we go to bed, we like the room to be dark as possible, so we always close the curtain between the bed area and the seating area.   On Explorer, that curtain was virtually up against the foot of the bed, so that the room more or less felt like a coffin (obviously that's hyperbole).  In addition, when I got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom (more times than I wish), it was difficult to move around the foot of the bed.   I have never felt that confinement on Mariner.

 

— Even more important to our feeling of being "closed in" is that poorly designed (in our opinion) area where the lanai door is.   When we're on Voyager or Mariner, I've always felt nicely connected to the outside.   The bifurcation of that side of the room we think is very unfortunate, i.e. the tiny little window that serves no purpose that we can see (certainly doesn't make us feel part of the outdoors), and then more wall and then the sliding door to the balcony — all just too broken up for our taste.   We never felt connected to the outdoors on Explorer to the extent that we did on Mariner and Voyager.   (Have never been on Navigator.) 

 

Tc: The cruise I'm looking at is the first leg of the World Cruise, Miami-Lima, June 5, 2001.   Since my husband absolutely cannot do the tub thing, I imagine that itinerary will be a no-go for us.   Like one of the responders, I, too, prefer shower but can do tub.    My husband cannot.    

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Let's hope it works our poss, but I can't imagine either that Regent can promise you a shower-only GTY.

 

What if you did a waitlist?  Would this give you the opportunity to chose whether or not to take a cabin when one became available?  (Not sure of how this works.)

 

Or you could take the whole WC, ha ha, there's availability showing tonight!

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Hi Wendy, we were actually thinking of maybe doing that second leg as well.    But I suspect it won't work out.   I'll make a couple of calls tomorrow, try to learn about waitlist and other details.   Would be so wonderful to be able to do that itinerary — but heck, I'll be happy and grateful if Jack and I are still "perpendicular and taking nourishment" (as the folks around here say) by that time.

 

(And, yeh, I noticed that the full cruise shows availability.   Sigh.)

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1 hour ago, poss said:

... — but heck, I'll be happy and grateful if Jack and I are still "perpendicular and taking nourishment" (as the folks around here say) by that time.

...

 

We're in that boat too, just hoping we're still standing 20 months from now.

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Your comments are very interesting to me as a we found the F2 suites on Explorer spacious and open while the equivalent suites on Mariner were so claustrophobic that my DH went ballistic when he saw the suite and didn't speak to me for a day which never happens.  We still laugh about that day (we were fortunately able to move to a PH suite the next day

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On 4/28/2019 at 10:00 PM, Travelcat2 said:

Your comments are very interesting to me as a we found the F2 suites on Explorer spacious and open while the equivalent suites on Mariner were so claustrophobic that my DH went ballistic when he saw the suite and didn't speak to me for a day which never happens.  We still laugh about that day (we were fortunately able to move to a PH suite the next day

 

TC you are spoiled 😀 And C suites on Mariner are PH.

 

We love Mariner and find the E and D suites (we like Concierge benefits) to be perfectly acceptable size wise. But like many others prefer the shower only to tub/shower.

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2 hours ago, gjkov said:

 

TC you are spoiled 😀 And C suites on Mariner are PH.

 

We love Mariner and find the E and D suites (we like Concierge benefits) to be perfectly acceptable size wise. But like many others prefer the shower only to tub/shower.

 

Okay. Can't argue with you😺😺

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