Navigator's move follows that of the identical (in size) Voyager of the Seas, which will spend summer 2006 in Europe. That ship will sail Western Mediterranean itineraries from its seasonal homeport in Barcelona.
While the addition of Navigator of the Seas to the European market is a clear sign that Royal Caribbean sees the region as a real growth market, it's important to point out that the vessel will actually replace the 69,130-ton, 1,804-passenger Legend of the Seas, which has been handling Southampton-based summer trips. As well, Royal Caribbean has pretty much limited its marketing of that ship and those itineraries to United Kingdom travelers and will continue to do when Navigator of the Seas comes to town.
Specific itineraries for Navigator of the Seas have not yet been announced but the ship will sail some Baltic cruises -- returning, perhaps, to the Baltic Sea where it was birthed, so to speak.