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Seven Seas Navigator Review

With some of the highest space-to-passenger and service ratios at sea, Seven Seas Navigator sails to Alaska in summer months, Canada and New England in autumn’s peak fall foliage season, and spends winters in the Caribbean with an occasional voyage that ventures as far south as the Amazon River.

The first ship outfitted uniquely to Regent Seven Seas' specifications, the Seven Seas Navigator is a particular favorite of returning passengers for its small-ship intimacy, big-ship features, and comfortable, well-designed accommodations, which are all considered suites.

The generous use of wood and the addition of deep-tone accents to the predominantly blue color palette give even the larger lounges an inviting feel. Artwork and elaborate flower arrangements add a bit of sparkle and interest to the somewhat angular modern decor.

Due to the aft location of the two-deck-high main show room, the only lounges that afford sweeping seascapes are Galileo's—typically the most popular public space, with nightly entertainment—and the Vista Lounge. Although views from the Vista Lounge are spectacular, there's no permanent bar, and it's primarily a quiet spot for reading when there are no lectures or activities scheduled there.

The 1994 merger of Radisson Diamond Cruises and Seven Seas Cruise Line launched Radisson Seven Seas Cruises with an eclectic fleet of vessels that offers a nearly all-inclusive cruise experience in sumptuous, contemporary surroundings. The line was rebranded as Regent Seven Seas Cruises in 2006, and ownership passed to Prestige Cruise Holdings (which also owns Oceania Cruises) in 2008.

Even more inclusive than in the past, the line has maintained its traditional tried-and-true formula—delightful ships offering exquisite service, generous staterooms with abundant amenities, a variety of dining options, and superior lecture and enrichment programs. Guests are greeted with champagne on boarding and find an all-inclusive beverage policy that offers not only soft drinks and bottled water, but also cocktails and select wines at all bars and restaurants throughout the ships. Round-trip air, ground transfers, and shore excursions in every port are included in the cruise fare.

On board, casinos are more akin to Monaco than Las Vegas. All ships display tasteful and varied art collections, including pieces that are for sale.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • Library is excellent and includes a wide selection of both books and DVDs
  • Fellow passengers might be as wealthy as Midas, but most are unpretentious
  • When nothing on the menu appeals to you, just ask for what you’d really like to have

Cons

  • Computer room is next to the library and can cause noise and congestion when Internet use is heavy
  • If you book a suite in the far-aft section of the ship, be prepared for an annoying vibration
  • Unless you prebook tables in specialty restaurants online, you could find them unavailable after boarding
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 340
  • Entered Service 1999
  • Gross Tons 33,000
  • Length 560 feet
  • Number of Cabins 245
  • Passenger Capacity 490
  • Width 81 feet
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Jun 21, 2015

Western Caribbean

Our Cruise 10 day, Leaving and returning to Miami, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Ship - SS Navigator, To The Western Caribbean, Suite Category D Concierge, Booked with Luxury Cruise & Vacation Specialist/Luxury Cruise Connections To sum up this cruise: Date of Cruise 3/7/15 to 3/18/15 Was it worth the money- NO Would I recommend this cruise - NO Food - 3 out of 5 Service 4 out of 5 Accommodations (Stateroom)

5 out of 5 Shore Excursions - 2 out of 5 Service before the cruise - 5 out of 5 Service after the cruise 1 out of 5 Booking agent before final Payment- excellent, after final payment Poor, after the cruise -No Return Calls This was to be our over the top 25 anniversary cruise for us and our best friends. We had been on several cruises before but wanted something really special. Over all I would give this cruise an average rating and not worth the high end cost. I have been on several cruises, but never an all-inclusive high end cruise. I would never take this cruise again. I'll break it down so you can determine what is valuable to you and if you are willing to pay for few extras you get. Food--The sales pitch was it was like eating in a 5 star restaurant every night. I don't think so; the food was good but not a 5 star standard by any means. I would give it may-be a 3 to 3.5 stars. I had better food on Carnival Cruise lines. They also have a specialty Restaurant, Prime 7 Steak House, which was supposed to be over the top. You had to make reservation at no additional cost. We arrive and were seated by the kitchen in a small and very crowded dining room. There were 4 of us and we had Prime Rib, 2-Ribeye Steaks and surf and turf. I don't think any of us ate it all and not because there was to much food. The steaks and prime rib were tough, the lobster was overcooked and it was just not enjoyable. You did have a 5 course meal every night and they spent a lot of time replacing silverware and dishes, like a 5 star restaurant. Dinner was not a quick affair; it usually took from 2 to 2.5 hours to eat each night. Service was not quick and if you asked for something different, you would have to ask several times. I must say that the wine flowed freely, there was always someone there to re-fill the glass or top them off. The wine as well as all the liquor was top shelf. Breakfast of sausage and eggs consisted of 2 eggs, two small sausages links and 2 small round (about quarter size) home fries. Lunches around the pool were standard fare, Hot dogs, Hamburgers and sandwiches which were very good. They also had a buffet each day with a different theme. Which was OK, they had a Mexican Theme one day that was bad, if they hadn't told us, I don't think I would have known it was Mexican. The staterooms were very nice, very large with a walk-in closet, a large bathroom with both a shower and bath tub. The Cabin Steward great, she kept the room very neat and clean. Turning down the beds at night and making the beds each morning. She was un-noticeable unless you called on her. She was very responsive to every request. The king size bed was one of the best beds I have ever slept on. The refrigerator was stocked with beer, water and sodas and was restocked every day. Bottles of wine would be delivered via room service any time of day. Room service was quick and very good, even the morning breakfast would arrive within 10 to 15 minutes. All of the shows start at 9:30 so we didn't make it to any of them. By the time we finished dinner most of the time the show had already started. They did have tea and game each day which was very entertaining and fun. They would play bingo and trivia games where you could win tickets for prizes from the gift shop. The tea was served with different type's appetizers and small desserts which were very good. Most of the excursions were included with just a few that had an extra charge, but there were plenty of free ones to choose from. But they did not live up to billing either. At our first port, we didn't even stop because the sea was to rough and we couldn't get into the dock. So they just slowed down and took their time to get to the next port. Most of the excursions are lousy, poorly planned and you no longer even get the rest stop with snacks/beverages. I would prefer to pay more for a quality excursion. Now we only go on our own independent tours and have so much more fun. With the Regent Cruises, they arrange your travel and purchase your airline tickets, hotel accommodation, connections from the airport, hotel and the ship. This stage went very well except for one leg, which I will explain later. When we arrived at the airport, there was a representative to meet us at baggage claim. He took our luggage to a staging area where we waited for a couple of other passengers. The airline had lost my wheel chair, so they sent the other passengers to the hotel and sent a special car for my wife and me. The hotel was very nice, a high end hotel, the rooms were very nice and overlooked the Miami harbor. Breakfast was provided in a private meeting room. The room was very crowded and they finally had to set up additional tables. The breakfast was poor at best, powdered eggs and some kind of bacon with some little pastries and some fruit. Not the best start. After breakfast we loaded onto buses for the trip to the boat. This was all handled in a very orderly manner. The luggage was loaded onto the buses and we didn't see them again until we got to our stateroom. However on the return trip from the ship to the airport, this was a nightmare. We left the ship and loaded onto buses in a very quick and orderly method. Much better than any cruise I have ever been on before. When we arrived at the airport, the bus pulled into the back of the airport, an area of the airport I have never seen and looked like a place we shouldn't be. There were no agents or porters, in fact, there were no other people in sight. The bus drivers ask us to stay on the bus while he unloaded the luggage, I know why he wanted to get out of there before we knew what was happening. There were no airport personnel, porters or luggage carts available. There was an airport entrance about 100 yards away which took us into the baggage claim area. Check in was up stairs, so we were left with our luggage, no help and a long way to drag it.

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Aug 12, 2014

seward to vancouver

To celebrate our anniversary ,my wife and I decided to splurge on an Alaskan cruise with the Regent cruise line. We also purchased the airline tickets and the land package ( 1 night hotel stay and transportation from the airport to the hotel etc) As the time for departure approached and we still had not received the information about the land package,we had to call Regent. They discovered that they had forgotten to book the package

and the hotel stay , and promised to get on it and will call us back " the next day". They did not. We had to call them several times. Their excuse was that they were allowed to communicate with their hotel department in Florida only via e- mail ! and had not gotten a response yet. Finally several days and phone calls later! we were assured that everything was taken care of. To be on the safe side , we sent them a short and sweet e- mail asking them to confirm this in writing. Then all hell broke loose . We got very quickly a phone call from a Ms P.H. Everything about her long tirade was haughty ,condescending , and sarcastic : why would we doubt Regent ?; have we not read page 5 ,paragraph 4? ( we had); didn't we see the land package info ? ( we had not as they forgot to include it );and on and on. Mercifully the tirade ended but only after my wife offered to take a picture of that page and send it to her as a proof we are not lonely people calling to chit-chat, or the proverbial customers from hell with time on our hands. Forward 3 days later , and we landed at the Anchorage airport.We proceeded to the Marriott only to discover that we had no on-site greeter, no welcome letter for information or instructions and no luggage ! Apparently since Regent was so late trying to book us a hotel,  they were forced to put us at the Marriott while the rest of their clients were all lodged at the Hilton. They simply forgot to inform their tour operator ! So we had to go to the Hilton to retrieve our luggage.Apologies were given and accepted and we returned to the Marriott. We thought our problems were finally over,until the next morning when we went for breakfast only to discover that our breakfast voucher was for one person only! Now finally the great news : the cruise itself was a dream! The ship was extremely clean, well-maintained and well- organized.The accommodations were superb ( get a balcony if you can afford it ). The entire ship crew was extremely friendly and professional. The food was outstanding. Everything was above reproach.A simply amazing and delightful experience.Nothing short of spectacular ! Regent: Please stop sending me ads and e-mails about your various upcoming cruises : my wonderful experience on the Navigator has not yet completely erased the bad taste in my mouth from the distasteful repulsive attitude of most of your phone representatives at headquarters . Also, Think of assigning few of your delightful ship crew personnel to headquarters : they have a thing or two to teach some of your customer service personnel about friendliness , respect and professionalism.  .   great decent medium get a suite with balcony very nice except customer service in headquarters

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Nov 30, -0001

Bermuda and Norfolk, Va from New York

This was our first experience with Radisson. They offered a special 2 for 1 rate which encouraged us to try them. We were not disappointed. EMBARKATION: We arrived at the ship about 2 PM and were escorted into the terminal by ship's staff who supervised the loading of our luggage for transport aboard the ship. We passed through security and registration with minimum delay. the lack of crowds boarding was immediately evident. A crew member

took charge of our carry on luggage and escorted us to the Portifino buffet. We were advised to have lunch and our rooms would be ready by 3:00PM. The buffet was excellent with the offerings exceeding any we had experienced on other cruise lines. It was a preview of dining to come. CABIN: After lunch we proceeded to our Category E balcony cabin 731. We found our luggage had already been placed on a special cover on our beds. We found a bottle of champagne and a bowl of fruit. The refrigerator was stocked with bottled water and soft drinks which were complimentary throughout the cruise. In addition, 2 cans of Heineken beer and two complimentary bottles of liquor of our choice were provided in our cabin our cabin. We were very impressed by the size of the cabin, 356 square feet including balcony. there was a large walk in closet with numerous drawers and a safe. Addition drawers were available throughout the cabin. This enabled us to unpack quickly, store our luggage under the beds and tour the ship. DINING: The food fare available on this ship was of a quality, presentation and service that exceeded any of our previous cruise experience. The main Compass Rose dining room was an excellent venue for dinner, never crowded, expertly staffed and ably supervised by an efficient Maitre 'D. Quality complimentary wines were available at dinner. The excellent appetizers included caviar, soft shell crabs and superb escargot. If you were not satisfied with the offered entrees, you could always order filet mignon, salmon or chicken at any dinner. Lobster was available on two nights. The various pasta dishes offered nightly were truly unique in their sauces. The alternate restaurant Portifino, for which reservations were required, had the same menu nightly of excellent Northern Italian cuisine. Diners were serenaded nightly by guitarist Franco Lillo who sang requests in many languages for each table. We had breakfast and lunch daily in the Portifino dining room, ably supervised my Marcin who provided for our every request. At lunch one day, my wife looked for an item which she saw on the Compass Rose luncheon menu but was not available in Portifino. Marcin sent a waiter to the main dining room to bring that entree to her. This was the kind of service we received throughout the ship during the entire cruise. In addition, tea was served with canapes and pastries every afternoon in the Galileo lounge. The dining experience on this ship was evident on the scale when we returned home. ENTERTAINMENT: Here again, former cruise lines paled in comparison. The production cast was composed of the Peter Grey Terhune Singers and Dancers, eight talented and extremely energetic performers. They performed three productions during the week, a salute to Broadway, a rousing "Rock This Town" production of hits from the 1050's to the present. Our favorite was their final production "Those Were The Days" where this young ensemble dazzled the audience with their vocal and dancing skill with such varied fare as the Charleston, Black Bottom, Fred Astaire routines and concluding with a Glenn Miller medley. In addition to the production shows, the passengers were treated to performances by two exceptional ladies. Russian concert pianist Nana Mukhadse who brilliantly performed popular classics by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Liszt and concluding with Chopin's stirring Polonaise. A treat.Holly Lipton, a veteran Broadway vocalist who played Mary Magdalene in the original Broadway production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" sang her show stopping song "I Don't Know How To Love Him." She also did other Broadway and popular favorites interspersed with entertaining humor. The talent on the stage that week was truly exceptional.DANCE MUSIC: Our only complaint on this cruise regarded the dance music provided in the various lounges. On the first night, the house band called the Navigator Five held a big band dance. Since the band consisted of keyboard, drums, saxaphone and for some reason, two guitars, they could hardly elicit a big band sound without any brass instruments. Surely, a trumpet or trombone could have replaced one of those guitars which were often barely detectable. In the Galileo lounge, nightly dance music was provided by a couple with a rather limited repetoire.When I offered to provide them with the sheet music of our favorite song, he said he played by ear and couldn't read music? Since the passengers were mostly seniors, I requested they play the "anthem" of our generation, Glenn Miller's Moonlight Serenade and he didn't know it. Even the musicians on Carnival, who cater to a young crowd, knew that song. In contrast, pianist Kenneth Johnson, who performed nightly in the Star Lounge played almost any request but the small, smokey lounge was not a location conducive to dancing. FITNESS PROGRAM: There was a fine fitness center with machines always available. Excellent aerobics classes were conducted daily by Tania which were much appreciated by my wife. The swimming pool was rarely crowded and often available for lap swimming. The temperature was a little cool at the beginning of the cruise but was warmer on the later days. CRUISE DIRECTOR: Joe Raad and his charming wife Heather were a delightful team who ably served the passengers throughout the week. They conducted a moving service on Memorial Day. They were always available and we hope to cruise with them again. SHIP ACTIVITIES: Two excellent lectures were provided passengers by Lt. Col. Hollis on Bermuda and colonial America and its links to Bermuda. Team trivia was held every afternoon following tea in the Galileo Lounge and the competition was fierce. One passenger was overheard to remark, "The people on this ship are a lot smarter than the ones on Carnival." Considering the difficulty in coming out ahead in this crowd, the winner's prizes should have been more formidable. BERMUDA: Our favorite island destination which we toured mainly on our own. We did sign up for the Railway Trail bike tour but it was cancelled due to lack of enough participants. Weather forced cancellation of our day in St. George so we spent an extra day in Hamilton. It would have been helpful if the ship provided more weather information especially regarding wind conditions so passengers could make informed decisions on which beach to go to. This information could have been easily provided periodically on one of the ship's TV channels. In addition, before sailing passengers should be apprised of expected sea conditions so they can determine if medication is indicated.NORFOLK, VA: My wife took the excursion to Colnial Williamsburg and found it educational. I remained in Norfolk, visiting the National Maritime Center which included the battleship Wisconsin docked there. I also visited the MacArthur Memorial. Both were within easy walking distance of the ship. SUMMARY: An excellent cruise that spoiled us for any other cruise line. We were so impressed with the ship and its staff that we booked another cruise on the Navigator for October 2005 to Canada and New England. I suggest that those interested in sailing the Navigator in the future, check out Tom Ogg's recent review which provides fine photos of the many attractive areas of this beautiful ship.

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Nov 30, -0001

Western Caribbean

Radisson Seven Seas Navigator Docked in Key West The Setup I was the cruise escort and seminar facilitator for a small group of 14 on the Radisson Seven Seas Navigator. This was my first experience on the Navigator and I was looking forward to sailing on her, as I had heard nothing but positive comments from those that had. The Ship The Radisson Seven Seas Navigator is a 6-star ship that has a reputation for some of the best

cabins, dining and service of any cruise ship. She is a small ship at only 33,000 gross tons, 560 feet in length, 81 feet in width and with a passenger capacity of only 490 lucky guests. Radisson is well known as a luxury line and the Navigator is one of the newer ships in their fleet of five. Cabin #850: Cabin 850 (Balcony Cabin) I was treated to an outside cabin with a balcony on deck 8 (cabin 850) and immediately fell in love with it the second I entered its 356 square feet. Cabin Bathroom The cabin was quite deep and offered a large bathroom with both a shower and a bathtub. There was ample room for storage and the ambiance was rich and comfortable. Down the hallway was the door to the walk-in closet with ample storage for your entire wardrobe. There is also a substantial chest of drawers inside the closet for additional storage. The wood hangers, bathrobes and wood finish reminded me that I was on a very special ship. The bedding is of the highest quality and the queen-sized bed that I enjoyed allowed me a wonderful night’s rest every night. Cabin Desk Area The best area for my purposes was the desk and sitting area. I easily set up my computer and was able to get tons of work done in comfort. The refrigerator was stocked with water and soft drinks (all complimentary) Upon arrival; Radisson offers each cabin their choice of two bottles of liquor. Since I don’t drink anything but wine, I was able to select two bottles of Chardonnay that were delivered and promptly included in the refrigerator. Another treat that I especially enjoyed was the fruit bowl that was kept full on top of the refrigerator. I enjoyed the fresh fruit daily. The television offered a full menu of programming, as well as a VCR. The balcony was easily reached through the sliding door that offered effortless access. The two deck chairs did not recline so that one could lie in the sun, but did offer a comfortable place to sit in the afternoon sun when it was shining on the port side of the ship. It was quite private and I was never aware of anyone on either side of my balcony. Cabin Interior The cabin’s rich wood paneling and molding, along with the wall treatments added a very special and rich feel to it. All in all, the cabin was one of the best I had even enjoyed on a ship. A Tour of the Ship (Click Here for a Deck Plan) Deck 12 The Vista Lounge Exploring the Seven Seas Navigator is done quite easily. Beginning with the forward elevator bank, we will go to the top floor, deck 12. As we exit the elevator and move all the way forward we arrive at the Vista Lounge. This is where we had our seminar and it was an excellent place to meet. The lounge offers a place to escape other passengers when you want peace and solitude to simply relax or read a book. It is rarely used and the times I went there, I had it all to myself. Aerobics Room The Fitness Center resides on the starboard side directly behind the Vista Lounge and offers both an aerobics room and a weight room. Fitness Weight Room There were limited free weights and a Universal machine. For a ship of this size it was adequate, but I chose to pass on working out based on the equipment. The Judith Jackson Sea Spa The Judith Jackson Sea Spa and Salon occupies the port side of deck 12 and while I did not use the services of the spa, those that did raved about it. (The Beauty Salon resides on deck 11) There is an outside deck that surrounds deck 12 that offers excellent views of the pool area and the forward area in front of the Vista Lounge. View of the Pool Area from Deck 12 Deck 11 Galileo's Galileo's Bar The forward area of deck 11 consists of passenger suites and the aft area is the home of Galileo’s, a wonderful lounge that offers soothing dance music every evening. Galileo’s is used for many different purposes and is a spectacular lounge. Deck 11 also offers a circular jogging track that circles the entire ship. Deck 10 Deck 10 Pool Area Pool Bar The forward part of deck 10 is committed to passenger suites and the pool area is located mid ship. The pool area offers a pool bar, the swimming pool itself, two Jacuzzis and the pool grill where lunches are prepared for those choosing to take lunch by the pool. In addition to the usual cheeseburgers, chicken and fish sandwiches are prepared and there are salads and other condiments to enhance your meal. The Pool Grill There is always fresh cut fruit (papaya, cantaloupe, water melon, pineapple, plums and sometimes kiwi and mango) There is always fresh baked cookies to enjoy, as well. Pool Side Bar-B-Que On days at sea, the chefs break out the bar-b-ques and cook up a luncheon buffet that is to die for. The pool is never crowded and the lounge chairs are of high quality. They are covered with a thick and comfortable mattress and then fresh towels are always found on the lounge chairs when you sit down. Entrance to the Portofino Grill Restaurant Aft on deck 10 is where the Portofino Grill is located. Portofino Grill Buffet The Portofino Grill is the location of the breakfast and luncheon buffets and then turns into the alternative-dining venue in the evening. Breakfast sees an ample offering of fresh fruit, breakfast meats and eggs, yogurt, specialty egg dishes cooked to order, nuts (macadamia, filbert, pecans, etc.) lox, breads and much, much more. Lunch saw an equally diverse buffet that always offered a main dish everyone loved. The service level in the Portofino Grill for breakfast and lunch was extremely high. Someone would always carry your plate while you were being seated and a waiter was always available to serve coffee, juice, and specialty egg dishes, or anything else you might want. Decks 9 and 8 These are entirely comprised of passenger suites Deck 7 The Navigator's Boutiques The forward section of deck 7 is entirely passenger suites and the public area starts just aft of the forward elevator bank with the ship’s boutiques. There is a large jewelry store and also a large clothing store that also serves as the general store for incidentals and logo items. Casino Tables The casino takes up the rest of the space between the forward and aft elevator banks. The casino was the most popular area of the ship. The Casino Bar The casino bar was quite active and the tables and slot machines were always popular. As a non-gambler, I had fun hanging out in the bar watching the action on occasion Casino Slots The upper level of the Seven Seas Lounge is accessed from the rear elevator bank and offers a good number of seats (including some seating designed for single passengers. Deck 6 Reception Desk Tour Desk Once again, the forward section of deck 6 is allocated for passenger suites only. Just aft of the forward elevator bank is the ship’s registration and tour desks. The registration desk is manned 24 hours a day and the tour desk’s hours are clearly posted. Library (Both Books and VCR Tapes) and the Internet Cafe On the starboard side just aft of the registration desk is the ship’s Library and Internet Café. I logged lots of time in the Internet Café and was pleased with its speed and charges. You are only charged for the actual amount of download and upload time, not the amount of time you were on-line. It was not unusual for me to have a 45-minute session and only have it cost a couple of dollars. The library offered a large selection of videos for use in your cabin (on your TV’s VCR) and also many books and newspapers to enjoy. Navigator Lounge Bar Directly across from the library is the Navigator Lounge. Every morning, coffee, juice, rolls and fruit were available in the Navigator Lounge and I found it an excellent alternative to eating a larger breakfast in the Portofino Grill. Specialty coffee drinks were also available from the bar in the Navigator Lounge. The Navigator Lounge In the evening, the lounge took on the persona of an intimate entertainment venue with soft music being offered along with cocktails. Connoisseur Club Just aft of the Navigator Lounge was the Connoisseur Club. We had our welcome cocktail party here in this intimate room that also serves as the ship’s cigar and brandy club. This was a great place for folks that enjoyed cigars for an after dinner smoke and brandy. The rich leather chairs gave the club that “private club” feeling. Photo Shop The ship’s photo shop and the ship’s art auction were both found on the starboard side right behind the library. The ship’s photographer seemed to be everywhere and the photo shop was open most evenings. Card Room Finally, on the starboard side right before the aft stairwell is where the card room was located. The card room was always full of folks that enjoyed bridge and I believe there were some formal bridge lessons that took place in the card room. Stars Lounge Stars Lounge Dance Floor Aft of the aft stairwell is where the Stars Lounge was located. The Stars Lounge offered a piano bar atmosphere in the evening and then converted to the ship’s disco at 11:30 pm or so. I visited the Stars Lounge a couple of times and never found it crowded. The Seven Seas Lounge The Stars Lounge is also the entrance (and main bar) to the lower level of the ship’s main show lounge, the Seven Seas Lounge. Deck 5 Compass Rose Restaurant Entrance Once again, the entire forward section of deck 5 is all passenger cabins. Aft of the forward stairwell is the main entrance to the Compass Rose Restaurant, the ship’s main dining venue. The Compass Rose Restaurant The Compass Rose Restaurant is a beautiful restaurant that makes good use of its location in the ship. There is also an entrance to the restaurant from the rear stairwell making entering the restaurant very easy if everyone shows up at the same time. Typical Compass Rose Restaurant Presentation The menus vary each night, but always include choice of appetizers, soup, salad, pasta, a main entrée and dessert. The service is impeccable and the food preparation gourmet. The Cruise Monday, April 12th, 2004; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida I had just debarked the MSC Lirica and made my way to the pier that the Seven Seas Navigator was docked at. I arrived to an air-conditioned terminal with extremely friendly staff helping me check my bag and take a seat before check-in opened for the cruise. At around 12:30 check-in began and I was through security and checked in by 12:40. Once on the ship, we were escorted into the Compass Rose Restaurant for lunch while our cabins were prepared for occupancy. Lunch was the first hint at the outstanding dining we were looking forward to. After lunch, I made my way to my cabin (#8050 on deck 8 midship). I was pleasantly surprised with my cabin, as it was simply beautiful. Its generous size, the rich wood paneling, the wall treatments, the artwork, it was just wonderful. I settled in setting up my computer and printer and proceeded to the registration desk to finalize the details for the group. When I returned to my cabin, my luggage was already there, so I unpacked, concentrated on preparing a flyer with the evening’s cocktail party and seminar schedule. I delivered the flyers and spent some time working on my computer. Our group cocktail party was scheduled for 6:30 in the Connoisseur Club and we met right on time. We were treated to an open bar and hot and cold appetizers for an hour before dining in the Compass Rose Restaurant. Dinner brought a fabulous epicurean experience that set the stage for the entire cruise. Our group immediately bonded and we were looking forward to a wonderful cruise experience. After dinner I attended a wonderful show presented by Mr. Marty Henne, who played the piano and sang many Gershwin favorites. I slept like a newborn baby in the wonderful bedding. Tuesday, April 13th, 2004; Day at Sea This was the day of our seminar and after a wonderful buffet breakfast in the Portofino Grill, I made my way to the Vista Lounge where we met for our seminar. Unfortunately, the bad weather was still with us and we were moving about quite a bit, however everyone made it through the seminar. At 11 AM we were treated to a ship inspection by the onboard cruise consultant. Our group made its way to the Portofino Grill for lunch and simply relaxed in the wonderful dining venue. The Portofino Grill offers a very complete luncheon buffet that is to die for and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. I chose to spend the afternoon working in my cabin, as the weather and ocean conditions seemed to be worsening by the hour. This evening was the only formal night during the cruise, so I dressed in my tuxedo and made my way to the Captain’s Welcome Aboard cocktail party that took place in the Seven Seas Show Lounge. Unfortunately, the poor weather had taken its toll and few people were in attendance for the wonderful party. Dinner in the Compass Rose Restaurant saw few people dinning and while the meal was superb, the lack of people made the restaurant feel vacant. After a lingering dinner, I decided to attend the evening’s entertainment, a comedian named Kenny Smiles. Mr. Smiles’ act is one that walks a narrow path between very funny and obnoxious. He counts on the audience for interaction that he turns into humor. He had some very funny banter and some not so funny. I left towards the end of the show having tired of his attempts at humor. Wednesday, April 14th, 2004; Progreso, Mexico We arrived in Progreso right on schedule. This was my first visit to Progreso and I was interested to explore it. The Seven Seas Navigator docked at the cruise ship terminal, which is located some 7 kilometers from the shore on one of the world’s longest piers. It is necessary to either take a taxi or the free shuttle from the cruise terminal into town and walking it is not allowed due to the traffic on the pier. I chose to take a taxi and it dropped me right in front of the open-air market in Progreso. Progreso is relatively new to cruise ship tourism and while it is very popular as a beach resort with Mexicans, it still retains its unique Mexican village flavor. I explored Progreso for hours and then decided to make my way back to the ship to spend the afternoon by the pool in the improving weather. Our group met at our usual time and place for pre-dinner cocktails and then made our way to the Compass Rose Restaurant for another fabulous culinary dinning experience. This evening was the first stage production of the “Peter Grey Terhune Singers and Dancers” and it was wonderful indeed. Entitled “Tonight on Broadway”, the group’s capacity for entertainment really dazzled those in attendance. Thursday, April 15th, 2004; Cozumel, Mexico We arrived in Cozumel right on schedule and prepared to tender into the Punta Langosta pier on one of the shore-side tenders that was quite large. Our stop in Cozumel was only for 4 hours so I decided to revisit Chankanaab State Park to do a special report for PortReviews.com. One thing that strikes me, having watched Cozumel go from a sleepy fishing and diving village to the tourist Mecca that it has become, is the elimination of anything that resembles Mexico or Mexican from the town itself. Modern stores are everywhere, all of the shops one used to find only in St, Thomas are now dominant in the shopping district and even good old Carlos and Charlie’s’ now resides in the new Punta Langosta Shopping Mall. I immediately hailed a taxi to take me to Chankanaab ($10 one way) I arrived quite early and was treated to the park for about an hour before folks started showing up in droves. I was pleasantly surprised at all of the improvements that had been made at the park, but then realized that the last time I had visited Chankanaab was with my son when he was about 10 years old (he is now 20). (Do take a moment to read the special report on the park if you are considering it as an option for the day). We departed Cozumel sharply at 1 PM to make the run to Grand Cayman Island. Back on board, I fell into my routine of having a light lunch by the pool and enjoying the sunshine for a couple of hours before returning to my cabin to work on my computer for the late afternoon. Early evening found us at our usual meeting place in Galileo’s only to find that the repeater’s party was taking place at the same time. Unfortunately, our group mingled into the party before realizing what was going on. I felt very uncomfortable about the intrusion we had mistakenly made and apologized to the social hostess who must have wondered what the heck we were doing. We had made reservations for our group in the alternative restaurant, the Portofino Grill and arrived right on time to be seated at two adjoining tables. We had one of the best dining experiences on this cruise with everything the entire meal being “simply perfect”. The menu in the Portofino is absolutely wonderful and I would encourage everyone to dine there as often as possible. We vowed to get back to the Portofino Grill before the end of the cruise. This evening’s entertainment was another performance by Mr. Kenny Smiles. I attended his show and found his humor the same as the last time. He walked that fine line between funny and obnoxious and once again, I left early for a nightcap in Galileo’s before turning in. Friday, April 16th, 2004; Georgetown, Grand Cayman Island I awoke to a beautiful day and after a quick breakfast, decided to spend the day on the ship rather than go ashore. Grand Cayman is a great port, but after having been there a good number of times, a day on the ship by myself sounded like a great idea. I enjoyed the sun, had a great pool side lunch, took a few Jacuzzi sessions and then made my way to my cabin to get some work done about 3 PM. All in all, it was one of the best days of the cruise for me. Evening found our group meeting at the same time in Galileo’s for a cocktail before dining in the Compass Rose restaurant once again. Dinner on the Navigator is a very special time. There is lots of conversation, superb service from a very attentive waitstaff, free flowing wine that never sees an empty glass and wonderful gourmet cuisine, that comes one course after another. It would truly be difficult to maintain one’s weight on the Seven Seas Navigator and while I normally have a good amount of self-control when it comes to my diet on a ship, I admit to eating way too much and enjoying things I would normally never eat. I vowed to take the extra weight I was sure to gain off the second I got home. This evening’s show was another review from the “Peter Grey Terhune Singers and Dancers” in a show entitled “Those Were the Days”. It was outstanding and the talented young people performing should be extremely proud of their ability to entertain a diverse crowd. They were exceptional and this is a huge compliment from someone who doesn’t really care for reviews all that much, and usually can’t find much positive to say about them. I teamed up with a couple from Seattle that was with our group and ended up staying up way too late in the disco before turning in. Saturday, April 17th, 2004; Day at Sea Arriving in Key West, Florida at 9 PM We were blessed with another perfect day and after breakfast I took a position by the pool to enjoy the morning’s warmth. I relaxed in the sunshine for several hours, enjoyed the poolside bar-b-que that consisted of various salads, corn on the cob, bar-b-qued beans, baked potatoes and your choice of meats. They bar-b-qued swordfish, yellow fin tuna steaks, steak, chicken, European sausages and fresh peppers and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meal. I had planned the afternoon working in my cabin and enjoyed the ample workspace that the desk provided me. We had made reservations for the Portofino Grill for dinner, so after the evening’s early show (Mr. Marty Henne doing “Songs That You Know, by Artists That You Don’t”) and our usual cocktail period in Galileo’s, we made our way down to the Portofino Grill. We were assigned the same tables that we had enjoyed on Thursday night and were then treated to another wonderful dinner that absolutely exceeded everyone’s expectations. We arrived in Key West, cleared immigration and then a group of us made our way into Key West to enjoy the rowdy Saturday night on Duval Street. Sloppy Joe’s was packed with characters so we stopped at Rick’s Bar across the street and were treated to songs by “Uncle Bob” a colorful local entertainer that sings songs everyone knows and enjoys. After a bit, I returned to the ship and thoroughly enjoyed my sleep. Sunday, April 18th, 2004; Key West, Florida Key West is a great port. It offers everything anyone could want. Shopping, sightseeing, beaches, museums with lots of history and what seems like endless possibilities for exploring. I wanted to take some pictures for the Key West port review in PortReviews.com. I walked the length of Duval Street and took a good number of pictures. I also visited the Mel Fisher Museum to view the treasures found in shipwrecks off of Key West. While the store had some interesting items for sale, I found the museum not really worth the $10 admission fee and would not recommend it, unless you are keenly interested in such things. We departed Key West for Ft. Lauderdale at 6 PM sharp and were treated to the Captain’s Farewell Party in the Seven Seas Lounge. Champagne, caviar and other appetizers flowed freely as the ship’s crew bid their guests a fond farewell. It was a very nice way to end the cruise. We met for our final meal together in the Compass Rose Restaurant and the dinner conversation continued until we were the last table to leave. Tonight was the final performance of the Peter Grey Terhune Singers and Dancers and they did a performance of the music and dance from the 70's and 80's. This was the best of their three performances (all three were excellent). They had everyone singing and swaying to their very talented performance and received a standing ovation when they were finished. I went back to my cabin to begin packing and wished I were staying on the ship for another week. Monday, April 19th, 2004; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida We were docked and cleared by immigration quite early and after a wonderful last breakfast in the Portofino Grill; I made my way to my cabin, grabbed my luggage and was off the ship in minutes. It was the most painless debarkation I had ever experienced. Summary The Radisson Seven Seas Navigator met or exceeded all of my expectations. The cabin was extremely comfortable, the service superb and the dining world class. I especially loved the size of the Navigator and its huge space ratio making the entire experience feel more like a private yacht, rather than a cruise ship. I would highly recommend the Navigator to anyone wanting a quality cruise experience.

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My husband and I, who are both I our fifties, went on our first cruise June 11-18, 2003 on the NYC/Bermuda cruise on the Radisson Navigator. The line offered a two-day stay in NYC, at the Waldorf, with Broadway tickets thrown in – we saw the revival of “42nd Street” which was great. As most of May and June in the northeast was rain, we were delighted when we

arrived in NYC and the sun was out. It stayed out for our two days at the Waldorf, which was great for touring around NYC. For those folks who haven’t been to NYC in a while, GO! It is clean, and safe, and better than ever! And I say that as a former inhabitant of the city…our two days there were great, although the rooms at the Waldorf could use some updating. Embarkation went smoothly, and the reception was great. The ship is gorgeous, and everything about our suite was lovely. We had a butler, but I’m still not sure what butlers are supposed to do, other than bring us breakfast and snacks in the afternoon. The pool deck, which we were on, also housed the Portofino Grill, where we ate dinner twice, and breakfasted often. The manager of that restaurant, Melanie, was lovely and extremely helpful and courteous. The food, other than the night of the visiting chef, was terrific northern Italian, and the service, as in the other restaurant, the Compass Rose, was superb. The pool itself was terrific, even if some parents brought their small children – why, I’ll never know – this is not a cruise for kids – and they were a bit taken aback when some people expressed their dismay with the kids’ yelling and splashing while most people were quietly sunbathing or reading. We had a day at sea en route to Hamilton, and the ship is amazingly quiet and smooth. The dock in Hamilton is on Front Street, right in the shopping district. We didn’t avail ourselves of any excursions, as we prefer to wander on our own, and we hired a local cabbie for a three-hour tour. He charged us only $70 for an insiders look at the entire island; it’s best beaches, and famous attractions. We went to a perfumerie, and some great and scenic areas where he was good enough to take our photos. I was impressed by Bermuda’s lack of poverty and its full employment – both significant deterrents to crime, and felt very safe the entire time we were there. I only wished we stayed there longer. We left there on Sunday morning, arriving in St. Georges a few hours later – a spectacular feat of navigation getting into the harbor, by the way, through a tight passage. However, the shops in St. Georges were closed on Sunday – so much for Radisson’s contribution to the local economy – and we left there at 4 pm, for reasons I have yet to have adequately explained to me. We then spent a day at sea, and on Tuesday morning, rode through the east coast rain to arrive at dismal Norfolk, VA. Why Norfolk Virginia? To pick up more passengers presumably, who would then stay on board the next day in NYC when we got off. But there is nothing to do in Norfolk, VA on any day, much less a day of rain. What was really distressing is the attitude of the crew as soon as we left St. George, service started slipping – it was if it was over, the crew knew it, but no one told the passengers. Breakfast was delayed, and the wait staff seemed to lose interest in us – and we still had two days to go! The entire ship went into “cleaning mode”—the pool and spas were drained and netted over, and everyone was cleaning, scrubbing, and there was nothing to do all day in Norfolk. There was an excursion to Williamsburg, but the folks that went said it was difficult to enjoy in the rain. At $700 a day, I would have much preferred either an additional day in Hamilton, or another day in St. Georges – I had enough of rain before I left, thank you! Sitting in my stateroom on Tuesday morning during the cleaning binge, I was startled to have a man swing up on my decks via some ropes he was attached to while scrubbing the side of the ship. He then knocked on my window, and dumbfounded, I opened the sliding door. Knee-high wet boots and all, he asked to cut through my room! I was too shocked to say anything as he tramped through the room, averting his eyes upon passing the bathroom door, which was open, and where my husband was taking a shower! Worse than that, when we complained about it, no one seemed to care. They were in that “its over” mode, for sure. The entertainment on board left a lot to be desired, too. although the show dancers were pretty good, the comedian they had on one night was embarrassingly awful. And oh, yes, the internet on board was spotty, not enough computers for the people who wanted to use them, and they carged for a service I think should be offered to free, considering what they charged the passengers. Perhaps they ought to look into wireless access for the staterooms. This attitude carried over the next day during disembarkation in NYC. Our baggage was collected the night before, and at 9 am that morning, everyone was required to wait on one deck, even the people that had just boarded in Norfolk were restrained from going anywhere until the ship was cleared by Customs, which wasn’t until noon. So we all sat for three hours waiting to go, unable to do much of anything. We missed our train to Boston, and had to run to catch the next one. I just think that for the prices that they charged us, they could’ve been a bit more amenable. I also did not understand how so many people we met on board who reserved lesser grade cabins than we did, and were first-timers like us, were automatically upgraded into higher-grade suites. There seemed no rhyme or reason to the way they did that, either. All in all, it was very luxurious, but for the prices they charged, I think we’ll have a better vacation at one destination, at a hotel. I loved Bermuda, and we’ll go back there, but we’re going to fly the two hours it takes to get there from Boston, and stay in one of their first-class hotels for the entire week-and still spend less than we spent on Radisson.

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