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Seven Seas Navigator Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America
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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

4.6 out of 5
Seven Seas Navigator

18 Night Panama Canal Passion (San Francisco To Miami)

Sail Date: July 20, 2017

Ship: Seven Seas Navigator

Cabin Type: Oceanview

Cabin Number: 525

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review Summary

Wonderful cruise and Regent Seven Seas is my favorite with everything included. It is so nice not to worry about a thing as they take such good care of you. This is my first cruise on the Navigator and I loved the smaller ship size.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
We were able to get on the ship right away in the morning even though our room was not ready. It was nice to be in the public areas and have a light lunch. It didn't take long to get into our room. The sheets needed to be changed but our room steward took care of that immediately. The room was very comfortable.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was wonderful and the wait staff was very attentive. They work so hard. We only ate breakfast once in the Compass Rose because it was slow. Even room service was excellent and we were able to order from the Compass Rose menu during their hours.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We attended everyone of the lectures provided with two professors and we loved them. It was difficult to find a lounge chair in the shade during sea days. We loved going to the library and they provided complete copies of many major newspapers. We didn't participate in all the activities, but there was good variety.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
I felt the production crew was among the best and I've been on quite a few cruises. We also had a couple of shows with Yakov Smirnov which was really a treat. We didn't attend every show, but enjoyed the ones we did attend. It was a long cruise so a couple of nights were just movies in the theatre with popcorn. I liked that too.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff was very friendly and professional. We had a special waitress at dinner who we had on a previous cruise and we just love her.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
It was easy to get around since it was a small ship. The coffee connection and internet café all together got a little crowded sometimes. It was impressive how everything was maintained at sea. There was only once that all the elevators were not working.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very comfortable and felt like home. I loved the bathroom with both a tub and shower and room for everything. I loved the closet and the desk. The window was fine however being on the fifth deck, it was sprayed by the waves but every time we were on port side, it was washed. The bed was so comfortable, I slept extremely well.

Ship Tip

I think the cabins in the front of the ship may be better than the back because there are three elevators in front and the rocking is not as bad. Also, we heard engine noise in the theatre that we never heard in our cabin.

Ports Of Call

San Francisco, California Did not visit port

We just got on the ship and sailed

Catalina Island, California Did not visit port

This port was canceled and replaced with Ensendada, Mexico and I enjoyed our tour there.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

4 out of 5
Beautiful scenery and nice tour which included a boat ride around the end of the peninsula as well as a trip to San Jose de Cabo.

Acapulco, Mexico

5 out of 5
I loved seeing the cliff divers and our tour gave us a private show where we sat on the terrace. We met the divers after the show. The town is a little shabby but the harbor is extremely beautiful.

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

5 out of 5
We saw an active volcano with a small eruption on the way to Antiqua which was a lovely little town. We also visited a Jade Museum and the main plaza. It was a little difficult to avoid the street vendors who were very aggressive.

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

5 out of 5
Very informative tour with art and culture. We made our own tortillas and enjoyed them with pico de gallo, banana chips and watermelon juice which being entered by three lovely dancers in a variety of costumes.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

4 out of 5
The mangrove boat ride was a great with wonderful views of scarlet macaws and crocodiles. The train ride was a little disappointing because the train slipped on tracks that had grass growing and someone had to get out and sand the tracks in front of the train. We almost missed the ship sailing (although they would have waited)

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
We got up at 5 am before sunrise to see the canal workers dropped off on our ship and we had an expert narrate the entire transit which took about 12 hours. It was really fun to go through the canal in the daytime.

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5
Our guide was adorable and very frank about everything from health care to race and living conditions. The tour we took was mostly from the bus and we were on the wrong side for photos. There were also shades painted into the windows which did not give adequate open area to photograph from the opposite side. We did get an extensive tour however and learned a lot about Cartagena

Key West, Florida

2 out of 5
We took "Key West by land and sea". It was extremely hot and humid and the walk to the glass bottom boat was very long and then when we got there, they made us wait in the sun. The boat did not have seats are the windows in the bottom so you had to stand at a railing. We were unable to see much since the reef was not accessible that day due to waves. Very disappointing. Then the Conch Train was a good tour of the city but he drove so fast, you could not take any pictures and his narration sounded like he had been doing it for fifty years; very sing-song. The tour was also quite hokey with music played at different points. I didn't think it was a good tour at all.

Miami, Florida Did not visit port

Got off the ship and went to the airport.

Port Canaveral, Florida Did not visit port

Cruise ended in Miami

Norfolk, Virginia Did not visit port

New York, New York Did not visit port

Halifax, Nova Scotia Did not visit port

Sept Iles, Quebec Did not visit port

Quebec City, Quebec Did not visit port

Montreal, Quebec Did not visit port

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Very smooth getting off the ship. Only problem was the bus dropped us off on the lower level where our airline was not open. We had to go up to ticketing and the airline was on the opposite side of the terminal. Luggage carts cost $5.00 to rent which we did because we needed one but were outraged. We checked in Minneapolis and the same luggage cart cost 25 cents there.

Traveler Photos

Going through the canal This is Vicky - our delightful guide in Cartagena, Columbia Nicaraguan dancer in coffee costume Baby crocodile Sanding the tracks Cliff diver Kerti - our favorite waitress Yakov Smirnov
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