It is with great delight that I can say that I will be going aboard the Regent Seven Seas Navigator later this week. The Navigator is a truly amazing ship.
The Seven Seas Navigator was refurbished in December 2009 and now offers guests a six-star cruise experience (did you even know there was such a thing as six-star experience?). The Navigator has all-suite, all-oceanview accommodations. While I was perusing the Regent Seven Seas website I saw that one of the suites, some 1100 square feet of it, comes with a butler!! I also noticed that all the bathrooms on the ship are done in marble. This ship sounds more luxurious than my great-Uncle’s yacht, which is for sale, by the way. (Email me if you are interested in a 72 foot wooden yacht, it really is a thing of beauty…I can get you the details).
The Navigator only carries 490 guests thereby offering some of the highest space and service ratios at sea. I do not recall the exact number but I believe there are something like 300-some staff on board the ship when it is in service. That seems like an amazing level of service for the guests.
This very special ship has been cruising from the Vancouver, BC port up to the Seward, Alaska port all summer. This week it be in Vancouver to do a turnaround and before returning to Seward, Alaska. While the crew is doing the turnaround, I will be touring the ship to see what an all-suite, all-oceanview ship actually looks like. The best part of a ship being an all-suite, all-oceanview is that eliminates any self-doubt before the cruise, “Should we save that couple of bucks or should we splurge and get an oceanview.” This way, the decison is made for you. I love that.
As well as seeing what the accomadations look like, I will be provided a tour of the food prep areas and kitchens. The Navigator has four gourmet restaurants including the new, by reservation only, steakhouse Prime 7. I am particularly keen to see what a kitchen looks like on a cruise of this service level. How can they serve so many meals at the same time while maintaining the quality that they are so well know for? I will endeavor to find out and let you, my valued reader know how it works.
Disclosure; My tour of, and lunch aboard the Regent Seven Seas Navigator is being sponsored very generously by the kind and thoughtful people of Regent Seven Seas. I am not obligated nor expected to write this preview entry or any follow-up entries, but I certainly feel that my readers will benefit from me touring this ship so that we have a better understanding of the positive influence that cruise-ships and their many passengers have on our city. In any review I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times. Should you have any questions or concerns, contact me at email@example.com