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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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