All of Australia, and New Zealand, Singapore, Dubai, Petra (Jordan), Luxor (Egypt,) The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, the ruins in Rhodes and Greece wer some of the most amazing places we visited.
The pre-cruise safari in Shamwari Game Reserve was excellent: game drives, lodging and meals.
RSSC staff were also excellent both in Stateroom service and in the dining rooms. Tours varied by both who you had as a guide and where you were. Both South Africa and Namibia were very good to excellent. All of the other tours in Western Africa varied from terrible to good. On one tour the AC did not work on the bus for the entire 7 hours with temperatures in the bus probably over 100 degrees.
Tours in the Caribbean varied by island, though it seemed that those on the islands that were still part of France were better: Guides and buses.
Entertainment again was varied: Loved the NCL shows and most of the solo entertainers. Sometimes we did not make it to the shows because of the schedule on that given day.
The lecturer on the social and economic conditions of west African countries was excellent. The marine life lecturer was good. The rest were poor.
We originally signed up for a "Greek Islands" trip ending in Istanbul. While we agree it was wise to not include Istanbul as a destination due to security concerns, we were very disappointed that the majority of destinations we really were interested in were eliminated as well (Mykonos, Santorini, Ephesus, etc) and replaced with destinations that were ok but not the reason we selected this cruise in the first place. That aside, here's our rating of the cruise, ship, staffing, etc.
The ship Navigator is the smallest in the RSSC line up and smaller than most any other of the competition. While this means about 400 passengers rather than a horde of thousands, it comes with a price. In our view, there was not enough room in the public areas for 400 guests. For example, the small pool deck area resulted in all the lounge chairs being quickly taken up. The smoking area on the pool deck was not really isolated and therefore smoke permeated the already limited non smoking area and made it uncomfortable for enjoying relaxation. There were no deck areas on the sides of the ship where there access for walking or lounging in chairs. You had to be in the pool area or the running track above it to have a place to lounge. The food was very good and abundant. Due once again to space limitations it felt crowded in the Veranda dining area at breakfast or dinner. Lunch on board was not a viable option because there were excursions every day but one and the excursion timing meant it was not possible to have lunch on board and still enjoy your time ashore. On the subject of excursions, they were pretty well done with professional, experienced, knowledgeable local guides. It would have been better to allow more time for exploring on your own or shopping before the excursion returned to the ship (especially Venice and the Murano glass factory tour). We would like to have more than one day at sea rather than a port 7 days in a row.
The room was spacious and well laid out. Large walk-in closet, large bathroom with plenty of storage area, nice bed, nice deck. My wife was excited about having a bath tub, that is until she ran the bath water to find it a rusty brown color--complete turn off. We think that's a sign of the ship's age and need for a redo or replacement. The staff were uniformly friendly and excellent. Very well trained and attentive. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and easy.
We would select a different RSSC ship next time.
OLD SHIP LOTS OF VIBRATION
TOURS INCLUDED BUT OVER CROWDED
FOOD GREAT BUT DID NOT KNOW UNTIL ON SHIP THAT WE WERE ALLOWED TO ONLY DINE ONCE AT PRIME 7
INTERNET A JOKE
Total Passengers: 490
Total Crew: 345
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1.42
Built: Jan 1999
Refurbished: 6 yrs ago
Number of Decks: 8
Total Cabins: 0
Cabin Categories: 11
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This was a two week cruise to Alaska, from San Fran to Vancouver Canada. Crossed the Gulf of Alaska twice, going as far north as Valdez in Prince William Sound. One week north and one week south. Different ports both going and coming. That is the way to cruise Alaska.
The all-inclusive feature was wonderful and I would definitely do it again. Regent also offered a land package that was included in the price. You could either have a 3 day stay in Lisbon before the cruise, or a 3 day safari at the end of the cruise. We did the safari. It was breakthaking!
The ship was very smooth and stable throughout our voyage. Made the Mediterranean Sea feel like a bath tub.