As part of a global redeployment following next years’ delivery of new flagship, Seven Seas Explorer, Regent Seven Seas has announced that the 28,000ton, 490 guest Seven Seas Navigator will be setting sail for some cruises out of new waters around South Africa.
This marks quite a departure- quite literally- for the 1999 built ship. For many years, the Seven Seas Navigator used to cross the Atlantic each year to spend spring and summer in the Mediterranean and Greek Islands. However, for several seasons now the highly lauded ship has been operating Alaska cruises in summer, and forays into the Caribbean through the winter, bracketed with a couple of long, in depth Trans Panama sailings.
Recently refurbished, the Seven Seas Navigator is the only ship in the Regent fleet that is not ‘all balcony’, with some ten per cent of her on board accommodation being picture window only. None the less, there are many that prefer the smaller, more intimate size of the ship to her larger fleet mates, each of which carry around some seven hundred guests.
The new South African itineraries show Regent’s determination to expand beyond the boundaries of it’s typical, year round cruising venues. I expect these new cruises will be well received by the line’s legion of well travelled regulars, and the fact that these will include all shore excursions will be a potentially very big draw even to new cruisers.
In related Regent news, the Seven Seas Explorer will make a maiden, North American landfall at Miami on December 2nd 2016, before beginning a series of winter Caribbean cruises from the Florida port.
As ever, stay tuned.