Seven Seas Navigator Cruise Review by EatLobster: Mostly very good but not as luxurious as 7 years ago
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Mostly very good but not as luxurious as 7 years ago
This was our 2nd regent cruise and our first on navigator.
Love that everything is paid for so you're not signing checks all the time. The small size of the ship made getting around without elevators easy. Self service laundry was great as we had been on a land trip for 7 days so didn't have to bring lots of extras. Staff generally very helpful but not as "over the top" as our 2007 cruise. Food quality was very good but there were a few not so good food events. The included wines are clearly a level below 2007. We requested one wine at Sette Mari, and it didn't come until we were through our dinner and had to ask twice. Then they brought us the wrong wine, a chianti we can get for $3.99 in New Hampshire. I do expect at least $10 wines on a luxury line. When we finally found a wine we liked, Edna Valley Chardonnay, they we're put of it.
The lamb chops were tough in both Prime and Sette Mari. The roast leg of lamb was fabulous so something's up with the lamb vendor! More
At la veranda for breakfast, we didn't realize you could request pancakes, French toast and eggs Benedict from your waiter, so we just ate the buffet and omelet stations eggs. The waitstaff should tell customers this.
Compass rose had a great sit down breakfast but it is slower. When you have an exclusion, la veranda is great. There is also a coffee bar where they make cappuccino, etc. and it was excellent with a friendly barista.
The room is very roomy. The tub is unnecessary for us but some people like it. It does provide a place to hang laundry if you hand wash underwear. Mattress needs replacing but I think that will happen at dry dock. My husband (220 pounds) kept sinking. I did fine but we had to switch sides of bed. Balcony was adequate but we found we rarely used it. We were up on deck. This is one itinerary where an ocean view would have been fine.
Entertainment was much better than we expected on the small ship.
Jamie and his wife we're excellent hosts as cruise directors.
Skip the captains meet and greet and the party for past time cruisers had nothing special in way of food or drink so unless you want to meet other past cruisers, skip it. They should have at least had a raffle for another dinner at prime 7 or a tshirt!
Weather in alaska is very iffy so be prepared. The trip to Hubbard glacier was spectacular as we had a clear day. The trip out of Seward not so good as it was cloudy and rainy. Poured in Ketchikan. White river railroad in Skagway was still fun even with clouds and Rain but my guess is it's great on a nice day. The sea otter tour is excellent as is the boat trip into tracy arm - pay extra, it's worth it. If you don't do a land visit, definitely pay for a flight and land on a glacier.
While the food was good, it did get boring after a week. They should change the menu a little more.
I wouldn't want a cruise longer than 7 days without more food options.
All in all, a good cruise but maybe not worth the premium price . I might do Celebrity in a suite and pay for the specialty restaurants and the wine I want and still end up several thousands ahead of the game. Less
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