Regent Seven Seas Navigator – inspection in Napier, 21Feb17
Last week, I had the opportunity to step on board the Regent Seven Seas Navigator whilst she was docked in Napier port. Alas it was just a short tour and lunch but my goodness the ship made a fantastic first impression!
Regent Seven Seas Navigator is a relatively small ship by today’s standards, at just 29,000 tonnes and with a capacity of 490 passengers. To this, there are 350 staff looking after your every whim and ensuring the ship looks brand new – not a mark of wear in sight. As an all-suite ship, 98% of the Suites offer guests a Verandah.
The ship underwent a $125 million refurbishment last year and re-entered service in October 2016. The strengthened ice-breaker hull of Regent Seven Seas Navigator is an old spy ship so she is the ideal candidate for round world cruises. My inspection was during her world cruise from Miami to Los Angeles. When walking the corridor of the Suites it was impressive to see many adorned with multiple past cruise plaques – a testament to the high repeat passenger ratio onboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises ships and particularly on the Navigator world cruises.
There is a feeling of space and serenity on board. At no stage did the ship feel ‘too small’ nor ‘too crowded’. I was able to view a Deluxe Verandah Suite (#617) which offered ample storage space in the walk-in closet, a full shower, expansive vanity with full-length mirror, a seating area with sofa and plush bed as well as two outdoor deck chairs on the Verandah. A bottle of champagne was awaiting the new guest arrivals … lucky them!
We visited the full service beauty salon and well stocked gym which also offers yoga and pilates classes (included).
The great advantage of booking to cruise with Regent Seven Seas, is that almost everything is included in your cruise fare – internet, shore excursions, impressive meals (including six-course lunches and sumptuous degustation dinners), beverages, mini bar, afternoon canapes in-suite of at 4pm served in Galileo’s lounge which is also the ideal location for sail-away. The toiletries are Lóccitane, Bottega Veneta or Guerlaine (or a combination of all three), depending on the Suite category you select.
On board there are three restaurants, which is the same across the fleet of four Regent Seven Seas Cruises ships – Compass Rose, Prime7 and La Verandah.
The ships in the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet are:
Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 29,000 tonnes / 490 passengers / 350 staff
Regent Seven Seas Mariner: 46,000 tonnes / 690 passengers / 500 staff
Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 46,000 tonnes / 690 passengers / 500 staff
Regent Seven Seas Explorer: $56,000 tonnes / 750 passengers / 553 staff
Regent Seven Seas Explorer is also the most luxurious ship ever built.
Ingredients for the meals onboard are sourced locally to reflect the region the ship is cruising in. The meals are paired well with wines and by the end of our six-course lunch I was sufficiently satisfied and superbly impressed with the quality of the meal and the service level. Dinner is served on Versace plates whilst you sit beneath handmade crystal chandeliers; the setting could not be more ideal. I honestly did not want to disembark but rather I was wishing I had booked myself to stay onboard for the remainder of the world cruise.
Regent Seven Seas Navigator is a truly beautiful ship which represents great value for money with little to be spent onboard … unless you fancy a dabble in the casino or a spa treatment and when you are on holidays, why not!
Carly Evans of Bespoke Travel has personally experienced 9 cruises and inspected countless ships. She was invited aboard to inspect Regent Seven Seas Navigator in Napier port on 21Feb17 by Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Contact Carly Evans to plan your bespoke cruise package.