Seven Seas Navigator Cruise Review by Desert Dogs: Amazon Adventure
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This was our first cruise on Regent and we were impressed. Prior cruises have been with Celebrity (we'll only return on a Solstice size ship) and Holland America. Everything about Regent is first class! Spent our first night at the Hyatt Coral Gables in Miami. Transfer to ship the next day went smoothly. Our spacious 310 sq.ft. cabin was ready soon after embarkation complete with a walk in closet, more than ample storage and a bathroom with room to move around.
The Navigator is a smaller ship with 490 passengers. Because of its aft hull configuration, there is some motion which wouldn't be present on Regent's other ships. The public areas are smaller but well appointed and comfortable.
The main dining room (Compass Rose) has open seating for all meals. The menues are varied and the food quality is excellent. Prime 7 is the only speciality restaurant with reservations required (but no additional fee to dine there). Set Mar is a smaller upper deck aft restaurant that More offers an Italian menu in the evening. After 24 nights, we had choices for all meals which were appealing and tasty.
Nightly entertainment was varied and excellent. The ship's musicians were very good and performed in the lounges as well as in the main theatre. The resident Jean Ann Ryan singers and dancers performed well. The small casino was adequate for the size of the passenger count.
The shore excursions were of a good variety although they did not all appeal to passengers who had mobility issues. The latter was not a concern to the majority of the passengers who ranged in age from the high 40's to the 80's.
The crew were personable and happy with their jobs. All we spoke with praised this crew line as well as her sister Oceania ships!
Since our destination was the Amazon River, we spent the first 5 days heading south with stops in Antigua, St. Lucia and Trinidad.
The River itself is HUGE -- averaging between 15 - 20+ feet wide all the way to Manaus (900 miles from the Atlantic mouth which is about 200 feet wide). You won't find monkeys swinging from trees or flocks of brightly colored birds on the Amazon. It's not the land of Tarzan! What you will discover is a land of beauty with many clear water tributaries mixing into the cocoa waters of the Amazon.
We stopped along the river to visit little villages. Santarem and Manaus were the two largest cities we visited. The Opera House in Manaus is incredible and has been in operation for a couple of hundred years. Much of the building was constructed from materials shipped from Europe.
Sea conditions prevented our stop at Devil's Island when we returned to the Atlantic but we were able to enjoy Barbados, St. Bart's, and San Juan on our way back to Miami. Again, the variety of shore excursions was good. The tendering process was handled efficiently and safely (unlike past cruises with both HAL and Celebrity).
Would we repeat this cruise? Probably not because it's one of those bucket list trips -- you do check it off and move on to the next item. BUT we had nothing to complain about on this cruise and recommend it to folks who want to experience the Amazon. Less
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Cabin review: Seven Seas Navigator 725
Nicely appointed stateroom with lots of storage. All staterooms on this ship have outside views, most with verandas. There aren't any inside cabins. Until you reach the larger penthouse or suite categories, every stateroom is the same ample size (310 sq ft). Mini fridge is stocked daily. Espresso maker is a nice touch. Beds are very comfortable. Walk in closet is nice treat. Bath has both walk in shower and standard tub. Toiletries are good quality.
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