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5.0

A super nostalgic cruise and a very good one. It introduced us to up scale cruising as well. by Kennicott

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: Alaska

I say this cruise was "nostalgic" because that is exactly what it was for me, a 75 year Alaskan. More enjoyable than I imagined it would be. Born and raised in Alaska, when I was young my mother would take us out to visit kinfolks in the 48 states, Alaska was a territory then. We would always travel to Seattle, from Cordova, on Alaska Steamship Company. (That is until the airlines took over and Alaska Steam quit passenger service in 1954)  When first getting on a cruise ship, the smells, odors and sounds harken me back to those early days of traveling to/from Alaska and of sailing throughout Alaska’s Panhandle.

On this cruise we began in San Francisco and ended in Vancouver B.C. got as far north as Valdez in Alaska's Prince William Sound (Note: we live in Anchorage now but I was born and raised at Cordova in Prince Willliam Sound), we visited 10 ports total, six in Alaska, two in Canada, one in Oregon, one in California. Plus, we did the Tracy Arm glacier and Hubbard Glacier on separate sea days only, where we stopped in front of the glaciers for hours. 

At the time of the cruise we were just shy of one year total on the high seas. Many of our cruises have been one month or more. We prefer smaller ships and exotic ports. Throughout this we have almost exclusively sailed on Princess and HAL. This was our first trip on one of the more high scale lines. We did really enjoy it, but doubt if we could have afforded it at regular rates. Including insurance and most everything we paid, $10,000. Normally it would have ran about $35,000-$40,000. Most shore excursions were free although there was an extra charge for a few of them.

The big pluses were: (1) The “staterooms” were super. Best by far we have experienced. (I call them “staterooms” as that is what they were called when I was a kid, Berlitz says the correct term is “cabin”, I disagree). The patio wasn't all that big though, we experienced better patios on both Princess and HAL where the cabin prices were much less.

(2) Sure nice to be not nickel and dimed like on HAL and Princess. Booze was included, most excursions were free, hardly any extra charges for anything.

(3) A week before we departed they upgraded us, for another $800. to “Butler Service” and a stateroom on the upper most highest class in their regular suite category. On the trip, the butler was great, but so was the room stewardess. For almost a grand a week, I wouldn't go the butler route or the higher category cabin again and that was at the super discounted rate. The suites on the Navigator are pretty much all the same, in my opinion. And that is, they are excellent.

The downsides were few:

We did the no extra charge specialty restaurant, Prime 7, one time, you couldn't really get in very often as it was so popular, probably due to no extra charge. Hard to believe they had waiting lists, as we really thought the meal was not very good at all, and honestly, I am not normally very picky in that regard. Also, we didn't often care for those extra charge specialty restaurants until we tried HAL’s "Pinnacle".

 

 

 

   

 

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5.0

Amazon Adventure by Kennicott

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: South America

  Sail Date: November 2012 Destination: Amazon River and Caribbean   Embarkation: Miami

We prefer relatively the smaller expedition capable type ships. Have voyaged now for over 400 nights. Used HAL and Princess until we discovered Regent. No problem with HAL and Princess but Regent is superior in the majority of categories. This trip was Miami to Miami,13 ports visited, 6 on the Amazon River. Very educational and enjoyable. This was our second cruise on the Navigator and third on Regent. Very good ship for exploration style voyages. Regent has made a few modifications to the ship since they acquired it. All for the better. Some complain of the vibration but it actually isn't bad at all, only in the stern during departures. Regent is the only line we have been on where the smell of sewage on its ships isn't detectable at times in various locations. The public space per passenger is about the highest in the industry and the ratio of crew to passengers is also on the top of the list. We particularly like the cabins. They are very spacious, at least in the deluxe suite and penthouse suite accommodations. A smaller balcony suite has 356 sq. feet of space, compared to slightly over 200 on many other ships. We have had a separate bath and walk in shower in the spacious bathrooms every time. Same goes for the walk in closets which are about as large as standard cabin bathrooms. Food was excellent and we never have been delayed for meals at any time, we usually eat dinner at table for two in the man dining room. Sure nice to not be hog tied to a traditional dining environment where one is relegated to dine with "luck of the draw" random dinner companions, night after night. The specialty restaurant, "Prime 7", is an excellent intimate quality culinary experience. Only problem is there are not enough tables for two. We recommend they restrict seating at tables for 4 & 6 to parties already formed up prior to dinner. No seating with random companions should be made. Part of the reason for this is there is no extra charge for the premium dining rooms on Regent. Therefore some show up because they believe they must take advantage of a perk, regardless whether they are in a foul mood and improperly dressed. We visited St. Barts, St Lucia, Devils Island, Trinidad, Santarem, Manaus, Parintins, Barbados and Antiqua--Shore excursions were all excellent but we did prefer some ports much more than others. Parintins was a little Amazon River village which we had to walk to from the beach, population 100, which symbolized best the theme of the voyage and gave us the a real appreciation of life on the Amazon. No nickel and dimeing with Regent. Your initial payment covers almost everything including liquor (fine selection of red wines on board) as well as the best shore excursions we have experienced.

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4.1

Great French Polynesia Cruise by rpramuka

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Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: South Pacific

Great itinerary. The service on the ship was great. The food was great. The people were great. We will probably not cruse on the Navigator again unless the itinerary overcomes the lack of a forward observation lounge and the vibration and engine noise.

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4.6

My favorite cruise line and wonderful trip by cat55

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Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

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.

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4.9

Circle Australia: Once in a lifetime adventure by jlhalldc

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Seven Seas Navigator

We had been looking to circumnavigate Australia for years and were delighted when we saw this itinerary on Regent. We'd seen others but they were always over the holidays and weren't keen to be away at that time. It was amazing to see the entire continent -- intriguing history, friendly people, amazing wildlife -- plus Bali and Papua New Guinea to boot. What's not to like? Navigator is a ship that gets a bad rap. This was our first cruise on Navigator (our other was on Voyager), and after reading reviews here, we were concerned. Yet needn't have been. Her size means she is easy to navigate (pun intended) and is conducive to meeting people. Folks invited us to dinner (a first for us) and we did the same. Made terrific friends from Germany, UK, Netherlands, Canada and USA. A real family feel -- including crew. For an older ship, she is in good shape and was recently given a bit of a face lift, which resolved some past issues -- I'm looking at you Brown Water. Yes, her stern vibrates, she has no forward viewing lounge and only one specialty restaurant. But none of this mattered once the cruise began. Our mid ship cabin didn't vibrate, we loved happy hour in Stars lounge and Compass Rose was terrific -- and had enough variety even for our long voyage. We love the high quality and all inclusive value Regent provides. The staff was friendly, efficient and ever present. Passenger/crew ratio seemed luxurious. Lecturers on board were entertaining as well as educational. Hugh Neighbour provided geo/political insights, Michael Scott provided wildlife and port specifics, and Mary Atkins provided Australian cultural details. All were excellent. Veteran cruise director Ray Solaire kept us entertained on sea days with games, cooking demos, a Super Bowl party, an Oscar viewing (both at breakfast) and other classes. The onboard entertainment in the theater was terrific -- equal to or better than ships much larger, particularly the production cast.

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5.0

Regent Cruise Lines an Excellent Experience! by qrsbob

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Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: Alaska

The ship, the Navigator, was well maintained, the crew was polished and courteous and the Alaska Inside Passage Cruise was excellent. The cabin Suite was large with a walk-in closet, large sitting area with desk and a large balcony. Oh, did I forget the food? Of course the food was excellent, too! 

 

 

 

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4.4

Amsterdam to NYC North Route Crossing by dvgarneau

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Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: Transatlantic

Highly recommend Regent Cruise line for all travels around the world. When return guests enter, they are welcomed with Champagne and cheers and a big "welcome" back.

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5.0

Worth every penny by Cruisingfool

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: Alaska

This was definitely the best cruise I have been on. My husband wanted to go back to Alaska and I wanted to go first class. Boy did we. From the Captain to the housekeepers everything was extraordinary! Food was incredible, entertainment was wonderful, passengers friendly. We have made new lifelong friends.

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3.7

Regent Navigator by happytravler51

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Seven Seas Navigator

Was disappointed with the ports, not a lot on offer, very much a resort destination. The reality shatters the dream. But enjoyed our time on board, just wasn’t like our 1st experience.

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Perfect itinerary for authentic polynesian experience by SandyElden

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Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: South Pacific

If you want a true polynesian experience, this itinerary on Regent Navigator is the cruisefor you. The captain, crew and staff kept us healthy, safe, clean, fed, entertained, and above all, happy. This cruise exceeded our expectations and that's what we want when spending our travel dollars.

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Wonderful Cruise Experience by darssun01

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Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: South Pacific

The staff made this cruise amazing. We also enjoyed the excellent excursions that were included.

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4.8

Wonderful service and treatment by entire crew and staff. Weather was so bad on east coast that we had to skip a port but accommodated by spending additional night in Boston. Great cruise. Quebec City was a highlight. by JamiePo

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Ship: Seven Seas Navigator

Great experience in every port, despite the weather.

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Interesting arctic circle cruise by ladyfern

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Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: Transatlantic

Interesting cruise, enjoyed the journey but wouldn’t do it again, ship and food was great

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A taste of the old Sod by cressnaples

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Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: Europe

Overall good cruise with excellent food and service. Disappointed in cabin assignment which was right over the theater, making for a very noisy experience. Some shore excursions did not live up to their descriptions; but others were superb. Staff on board was courteous and efficient at all times....a stellar crew which was well trained.

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4.9

Seasoned cruisers, first Regent....EXCELLENT by benaschak

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Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: Transatlantic

Regent cruises caters to folks who want a comfortable, no hassle, luxury cruise experience with fewer passengers on a smaller ocean liner. It was an amazing experience. You pay one price for shore excursions, specialty dining, beverage pkg, gratitudes. You may also include options such as air, hotel & transfers. I was impressed with shore excursions busses that accommodated 40 but only had 20 passengers on each bus.

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Saw many sites that we have only read and heard about. by Green5

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Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Started with a great flight on Emirates airline. Great Business class seats. Best I have experienced. Spend two days touring Dubai and Abi Dubai. Board the Regency Navigator ship and started our cruise. We had some armed guards on board as we passes Somalia and entered the Red Sea. Took a two tours at Lexor. One was the temples at Karnac. The include a tour of the valley of Kings. Got to enter King Tutus tomb. The sea days were needed to recharge my batteries. Very tired with long bus trips over to Lexor. Israel sites were very crowded. Not much organization at the sites. Push your way through. Crete was okay. Been there before, so say the main site before. Could not get into Sorento as the sea was to choppy to load the tenders. Dock at Naples instead, so we just took a walking tour. Ended in Rome. Spent 5 days there enjoying the sites and food.

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5.0

Small and intimate ship with... by dano53

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Ship: Seven Seas Navigator

Small and intimate ship with a charming atmosphere. The ship is smaller than I thought but I never found it crowded. Our cabin was comfy and the staff took very good care pampering us. The food is plentiful and prepared with great skill Service at the restaurants was amazing always trying to make you feel special. I really enjoyed the shows good choice of entertainers the band and the Navigator Production Company outstanding. So many activities to choose from you can stay as busy as you like Great way to meet new friends participating The shore excursions were plentiful and hard to make up your mind as to which one was right for you This was my second cruise with Regent and not my last

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4.7

A true bucket list vacation! by knaussal

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

I planned this cruise in 2017! It was worth the wait!

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4.1

Amazed by the Amazon by cat55

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: South America

Regent is my favorite cruise line and I loved this cruise. It was nice to start and end in Miami but it was a little long at 24 days. I felt some small things about the service were a little”off”. Loved the lectures and learned a lot about a part of the world I knew little of. Love the small ship and our suite that was home for three weeks. Highly recommend this because it is like two Caribbean vacations as well as a cruise up the Amazon for about 1000 miles.

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Great NE US cruise but it got a little chilly!! by OntheGo

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Ship: Seven Seas Navigator / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

Although the fall colors this year were not very good for this cruise, we had a great time. The weather was colder than we had predicted, and we even experienced snow on the cruise between Quebec and Montreal (something many of the cruise personnel had never experienced!!).

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