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Seven Seas Navigator Review

2018 Best for Embarkation
2017 Best for Cabins
2016 Best for Shore Excursions
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Seven Seas Navigator
4.5 / 5.0
290 reviews

Pros
Lovely public spaces, excellent cuisine, free tours, drinks and tips
Cons
Entertainment is limited and offerings could use a refresh
Bottom Line
Intimate, all-inclusive ship is a comfortable home base for exploration

About

Passengers
490

Crew
362

Passenger to Crew
1.35:1

Launched
1999

Shore Excursions
1289
Sails To
South Pacific, Eastern Caribbean, Bermuda, South America, Western Caribbean, Baltic Sea, British Isles & Western Europe, Canada & New England, Panama Canal & Central America
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Erica Silverstein
Cruise Critic Contributor

Seven Seas Navigator Overview

These days, the 33,000-ton, 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator feels so elegant and contemporary that it's hard to imagine the all-suite vessel once was a Soviet research ship before it was purchased by Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

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A major refurbishment in spring 2016 is to be thanked for keeping the ship in top form. Highlights of the revamp include a brand-new library, complete with faux fireplace, and Coffee Connection self-service drink and snack bar; and the completely redone Compass Rose, the ship's main dining venue, and La Veranda, the top-of-ship casual restaurant. The ship's 245 ocean-view suites, 90 percent of which have private balconies, were also transformed with new furnishings (including Regent's Elite Collection mattresses and bed linens) and artwork. (A few changes that aren't popular with everyone are the removal of the Connoisseur Club smoking lounge and casino bar, and the addition of some snug wing-backed chairs that leave little space for your shoulders.)

But looks will only get you so far. What stands out about Seven Seas Navigator is its size. The intimate ship -- the smallest in Regent's fleet -- makes an ideal home base for destination-intensive exploration, with just enough variety in dining and entertainment to keep your interest, without getting in the way of the ports you came to see. Everything onboard feels close at hand. Intimacy breeds familiarity, and you'll quickly make new friends onboard who you'll run into day after day. The size also lets the staff raise the bar on service levels, whether it's promptly refilling your wineglass or delivering scones to your suite when you miss them at afternoon tea. (However, service isn't quite as blow-your-mind amazing as you might find on other luxury ships.)

Navigator might be small, but it's also incredibly spacious. Its smallest suites start at 301 square feet, large enough for uncrowded sleeping and sitting areas, walk-in closets and large bathrooms with separate bathtub and shower. The largest measure more than 1,000 square feet with enormous wraparound verandas. The ship also has a generous space-per-passenger ratio (67.3 feet of public space per passenger), so you'll rarely see crowds or queues.

The size does have some drawbacks. The ship doesn't have as many dining venues as its fleetmates, and we could see how some people might feel restricted by the limited public areas on a long cruise with many sea days (like a world cruise). The ship also experiences significant motion, with some Cruise Critic readers on the Regent Seven Seas message boards reporting above-average vibration in the aft suites.

Regent's Seven Seas Navigator aims for quiet luxury. Its public spaces aren't trying to out-Vegas Vegas or wow you with over-the-top design or expense. Its suites aim to accommodate your needs without being statement pieces. You will be pampered; fine dining, included drinks and tours, and devoted crew members will see to that. But the ship plays second to the destinations it visits -- and like its staff, it does all it can to make your trip an amazing one without calling undue attention to itself.


Top Seven Seas Navigator Itineraries

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Miami, Grand Cayman (Georgetown), Cartagena (Colombia), Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Corinto, Puerto Quetzal (Antigua), Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Kauai, Maui, Hilo, Honolulu, Honolulu

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Fellow Passengers

Navigator passengers generally are 40+, affluent and quite well traveled. The average age skews older on longer, non-holiday sailings and younger during summer and holiday vacation periods, when plenty of multigenerational families come onboard. Parents should not be afraid to take well behaved, self-entertaining children onboard during these times, but the line does cater mainly to older adults.

You will find many nationalities represented onboard, though North Americans dominate. Many passengers will be veteran Regent Seven Seas cruisers, and they can often be heard comparing notes on previous experiences with the line (as well as with sailings on other upscale lines like Crystal).


Seven Seas Navigator Dress Code

The dress code is almost always elegant casual after 6 p.m. Skirts or slacks paired with blouses or sweaters, pant suits or dresses are acceptable for ladies, while men should wear slacks and collared shirts. Sport jackets and ties are optional; jeans, T-shirts, baseball caps, shorts, sneakers and bathrobes are not allowed in any public area in the evening, except on the final evening when the dress code is relaxed so passengers can pack. In addition, cruises of 16 nights or longer will have two formal optional nights, when passengers can either wear elegant casual attire or opt for a more formal look (gowns, cocktail dresses, dark suits or tuxedos).


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Seven Seas Navigator Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins5.04.1
Dining4.54.1
Entertainment3.53.6
Public Rooms4.04.1
Fitness Recreation4.03.6
Family3.02
Enrichment4.03.6
Service4.04.3
Value For Money4.03.4

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Seven Seas Navigator cruises to Barcelona, Ibiza, Cartagena (Colombia), Malaga, Madeira (Funchal), Ponta Delgada, New York (Manhattan), Tahiti (Papeete), Moorea, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Raiatea, Los Angeles, Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Puerto Quetzal (Antigua), Corinto, Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Grand Cayman (Georgetown), Miami, Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai, Maui, Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John (New Brunswick), Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Amsterdam, Brugge (Bruges), Bilbao, Ferrol, Porto (Leixoes), Lisbon, Seville, San Juan, Antigua, Martinique, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Barts, Bonaire, Curacao, Alicante, St. Kitts (Port Zante), St. Vincent, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Punta del Este, Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt, Santiago (Valparaiso), Ilha Grande, Santos (Sao Paulo), Dominica, Santo Domingo, Copenhagen, Skagen, Stavanger, Alesund, Trondheim, Murmansk, Lerwick (Shetland Islands), Invergordon (Inverness), St. Peter Port (Guernsey), Bordeaux, Key West, Guadeloupe, Port of Spain (Trinidad), Santarem, Manaus, Southampton, Roatan, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya, Antwerp, Visby, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Iles des Saintes, Santa Marta, Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Sydney (Nova Scotia), Martha's Vineyard (Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven), Corner Brook, Isafjord, Reykjavik, Kirkwall, Greenock (Glasgow), Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, Holyhead, Waterford, Portland (Maine), Easter Island, Lima, Fuerte Amador (Balboa), Puerto Limon, Tortola, Cozumel, Colon (Cristobal), Nassau, La Romana (Casa de Campo) and Hamilton

How much does it cost to go on Seven Seas Navigator?

Cruises on Seven Seas Navigator start from £2,879 per person.

Is Seven Seas Navigator a good ship to cruise on?

Seven Seas Navigator won 27 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Cabins
  • 2016 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2015 Best Overall
  • 2015 Best for Cabins
  • 2015 Best for Dining
  • 2015 Best for Embarkation
  • 2015 Best for Entertainment
  • 2015 Best for Fitness
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best for Service
  • 2015 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2015 Best for Value
  • 2014 Best Overall
  • 2014 Best for Cabins
  • 2014 Best for Embarkation
  • 2014 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2013 Best Overall
  • 2013 Best for Cabins
  • 2013 Best for Dining
  • 2013 Best for Embarkation
  • 2013 Best for Entertainment
  • 2013 Best for Fitness
  • 2013 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2013 Best for Service
  • 2013 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2013 Best for Value
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Seven Seas Navigator Member Reviews

Seven Seas Navigator
Jlhalldc
Sail Date: Jan 2020
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.... Read More
Seven Seas Navigator
Mtiques
Sail Date: Dec 2019
The Navigator is one of my favorite ships and remains so, but Regent must better monitor the flight arrangements that they make.... Read More
Seven Seas Navigator
Charles1945
Sail Date: Nov 2019
David McCullough's marvelous book, The Path Between the Seas, is required reading for anyone making this trip.... Read More
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rpramuka
Sail Date: Dec 2019
We will probably not cruise on the Navigator again unless the itinerary overcomes the lack of a forward observation lounge and the vibration and engine noise.... Read More

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Seven Seas Navigator
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

290 reviews

A luxury cruise ship offering suite accommodation for up to 490 passengers, the vessel offers an all-inclusive experience, luxury spa, library, pool deck, casino and show lounge.

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