1. Travel
Send to a Friend via Email

Seven Seas Mariner Dining and Cuisine

Dining Options on the Seven Seas Mariner Cruise Ship

By

Compass Rose Dining Room on the Seven Seas Mariner

Seven Seas Mariner Compass Rose Dining Room

Seven Seas Mariner Picture (c) Linda Garrison
If you can't find a dining venue to suit you on the Seven Seas Mariner, you must not be hungry! The Mariner has six dining options, one of which should match the cravings of any cruiser.

Compass Rose Restaurant on the Seven Seas Mariner
The Compass Rose is the Mariner's largest restaurant. It is located on deck 5 near Latitudes. Open seating breakfast, lunch and dinner is served here. I was especially impressed by the quality of every item I tasted, especially given the wide variety offered. Each night there are a la carte choices of meat, fish or chicken; a set menu (menu degustation) consisting of appetizer, soup or salad, main course, and dessert; or simple selections such as grilled salmon, a filet or a vegetarian dish. Everything can be mixed or matched to your desire. We ate there twice before I discovered there were more options on the back of the menu! Those looking for healthy choices or those looking for diversity and quality will all be satisfied.

Latitudes Restaurant on the Seven Seas Mariner
I love this different dining concept. Latitudes offers a sampler gathering of exotic tastes. The menu was Vietnamese on our last Seven Seas Mariner voyage. Thankfully, the waiter carefully explains what each item is after he brings the plates! The menu is fixed, and starts with a sampler of three or four small appetizers. Each morsel is exciting and delectable. Everyone at the table gets an chance to taste all the main courses since they are served family-style on a lazy Susan. After all of this variety, I knew I couldn't eat the dessert, but I managed to eat the whole thing! I've always loved small portions and variety, so this restaurant was perfect for me. The menu changed once on our cruise to Thai (another Asian offering). Reservations are for one seating, usually at 7:15 prompt.

Signatures Restaurant on the Seven Seas Mariner
Signatures is the only restaurant at sea operated under the auspices of chefs of the famed Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School of Paris in the Haute Cuisine style. The menu is a la carte and presented in the classic French tradition. There are several choices for each course. Like Latitudes, the menu changed once during our cruise. Reservations are taken at 20-minute intervals. We savored every bite on our plates the times we dined at Signatures.

La Veranda Restaurant on the Seven Seas Mariner
Located aft on deck 11, La Veranda offers al fresco dining on the terrace as well as comfortable dining inside. At breakfast and lunch, a buffet is served. At dinner, the port side of La Veranda is transformed into a Mediterranean bistro, with a wide variety of Mediterranean dishes. Like Compass Rose, reservations are not required. We ate lunch at La Veranda almost every day since we could eat "in a hurry". Also, because I tend to eat too much on a cruise, I enjoyed having a light lunch of boiled shrimp or crab legs and salad. (Of course, they always had yummy desserts, too!)

Seven Seas Mariner Pool Grill
The Pool Grill serves traditional hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and salads. They also had French fries and cookies and ice cream. This dining option was perfect for those not wanting to leave the pool area for lunch. Since the grill was open each day until about 4:00 pm, we ate a late lunch there a couple of times when we arrived late back to the ship after a morning shore excursion. Sometimes after dining in La Veranda, Ronnie and I would "swing by" the Pool Grill to get a couple of scoops of ice cream for dessert. No wonder we both gained weight!

Seven Seas Mariner Room Service
The Mariner offers in-suite dining from the room service menu. In addition, during dinner hours, the full Compass Rose menu is also available via room service. (Since all of the daily menus are displayed on the television, passengers could easily stay in their suites for days without starving and still have the same variety as those dining out!) We ate a leisurely room service breakfast on most mornings in our suite or on the balcony. I was impressed that even with continental breakfast, the waiter would set our small table with linens, china and silverware.

For those who can't survive more than four hours without eating, the Mariner also has late breakfast, snacks, and afternoon tea in the Horizon Lounge. One day for tea we had a Chocoholic Extravaganza. I've never seen so many chocolate delights in one location! For our Seven Seas Mariner Christmas cruise, the pastry chef created numerous gingerbread houses that were scattered throughout the ship. We couldn't eat the actual gingerbread houses, but a variety of Christmas cookies were piled high around each of the houses. I couldn't walk by without grabbing a cookie or two to get me through until the next feeding period.

In summary, you are in for a truly unique dining experience if you cruise on the Seven Seas Mariner. The chefs combine variety, exotic flavors, and quality ingredients to make each meal one for your memory book. Enjoy!

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.