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.
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; a brand-new Compass Rose, the ship's main dining venue; and the transformation of La Veranda, the top-of-ship casual restaurant. The brand-new Coffee Connection is a casual spot by day and, given its location across the hallway from the ship's piano bar, a relaxed place for cocktails at night.
Seven Seas Navigator has spacious suite accommodations (301 to 1,173 square feet), and all of Navigator's 245 oceanview suites, 90 percent of which have private balconies, were transformed with new furnishings and artwork in the 2016 refurb. Beds were replaced with Regent's Elite Collection mattress and linens combination.
The ship also has a generous space-per-passenger ratio (67.3 feet of public space per guest), and the small number of passengers compared to the amount of public space typically makes for a very quiet cruise experience. A Navigator cruise is very personal, as well, with a majority of the staff (at every level) quickly learning your name and preferences.