SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR- THE SMALL, SMART CHOICE

Seven Seas Navigator at Charleston, SC

Seven Seas Navigator at Charleston, SC

The Seven Seas Navigator first made her debut for the then named Radisson Seven Seas Cruises in late 1999. The 28,500 ton ship was built from the incomplete shell of a redundant Russian expedition ship, with a hull especially strengthened for operating in icy regions. With more than 90 per cent of her all outside suites boasting balconies, she provides an extraordinary amount of spatial largesse for her maximum load capacity of 490 guests,

The ship is decorated in subtle, understated pastel colours, and most of the public rooms offer views out over the sea. These include a forward observation lounge, and an aft facing panorama lounge, complete with a sweet little sun terrace furnished with sofas and comfy chairs, and  a fantastic view out over the wake.

Seven Seas Navigator also features two lounges down on six deck, as well as a dedicated cigar bar, Entertainment is pretty low key; Regent gets the idea that most of it’s savvy, well travelled clientele can largely entertain themselves with after dinner conversation, lightly flavoured with some lilting piano melodies, and perhaps the odd disco night out on the upper decks.

There’s a small, highly styled casino and a sumptuous, expansive spa. As for dining options, the Seven Seas Navigator offers a huge amount of diversity for a ship of this size, from the main, open seating Compass Rose dining room, to the upper deck, exotically styled La Veranda, where breakfast and lunch can be taken inside, or outdoors on a sun splashed, aft facing terrace.

The pool deck

The pool deck

In the evening, this same venue morphs into Sette Mari, an intimate, Italian styled dinner venue. There’s also a sublime, succulent steakhouse called Prime 7, where all the cuts featured are USDA prime beef, aged at least twenty eight days.

There’s also a small, beautifully styled Pool Grill that serves up popular breakfast and lunchtime favourites for those unable to tear themselves away from the riviera lifestyle on board. With a pool and a pair of hot tubs, there is more than ample deck space in every direction, as well as a pool bar to keep your thirst more than adequately slaked.

Suites are commodious, welcoming and spacious, and suffused with luxury touches such as marble clad bathrooms with huge, soft towels and sumptuous, L’Occitaine bath products. There’s a comfortable seating area in each suite, plus a complimentary mini bar, plasma screen television/DVD combination, and an actual walk in wardrobe. Balconies come with chairs and a coffee table and, quite often, a side order of flaring Caribbean sunset.

Essentially, the Seven Seas Navigator is a combination of space and grace; a calm, unhurried haven that cocoons you in surroundings of casual, spectacular luxury that just happens to waft you around and between some of the most alluring destinations on the planet.  It’s a pretty spectacular way to see the world.

It’s a pretty inclusive one, too. The fare includes all drinks, including champagnes, fine wines, cocktails and speciality coffees, twenty four hours a day, and also drinks from your mini bar. You’ll also find welcoming champagne in your suite when you first board the ship. And you can also order in from a very extensive room service menu at any time the mood so takes you, too.

South Beach styling on the Seven Seas Navigator

South Beach styling on the Seven Seas Navigator

Regent also includes all shore excursions at ports of call- a huge saving in and of itself. There is literally no limit on how many of these you actually take; only your individual stamina and mood can put a cap on that.

Also included are all flights,including regional connections, transfers and, where necessary, an overnight hotel pre cruise. It is largely necessary in connection with Navigator cruises, as all operate from and around the continental USA.

The Seven Seas Navigator traditionally spends winter in the sun splashed playgrounds of the Caribbean, and her summers cruising among the stunning. natural scenic smorgasbord that is Alaska. In between, the ship usually makes one Bermuda cruise a year, as well as two complete transits from coast to coast, via the magnificent Panama Canal.

In addition, Seven Seas Navigator usually runs a couple of idyllic fall foliage cruises to New England, as well as a route that takes in the highlights of America’s east coast, such as Charleston and Wilmington.

It’s a highly styled, sophisticated environment that emphasises service and courtesy as the cornerstones of an epic cruise experience, With no crowds, chits to sign or constant tannoy announcements, relaxation aboard the Navigator is elevated to the level of an art form.

From sea to shining sea....

From sea to shining sea….

And that comes in many forms. Whether you’re enjoying a late night dinner dance on deck amid the stunning natural beauty of Bermuda, or watching whales frolicking among the ice floes from your own private balcony at midnight in Alaska, the Navigator is an alluring  pretty addictive choice. From champagne breakfasts off St. Maarten to cold lobster and shrimp hors d’oevres as you sail into classy, cosmopolitan Quebec, the ability to revel in world class adventures and indulgence-both aboard and on shore- is limited only by your imagination.

Peachy, non? Do enjoy,

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