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Seven Seas Navigator Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Navigator Alaska Cruise was First Class and perfect in every way!

Seven Seas Navigator Cruise Review by skwhit

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2015
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Suite

We just completed a 7 day Alaska cruise on the Regent Navigator from Vancouver to Anchorage. We were an extended family group of 15 ranging in age from 9 to 86. I just want to say at the outset what a fabulous job Regent's staff did to make this really a perfect cruise. This was a first cruise for many of us and we were quite concerned after reading some of the previous reviews about this trip and the ship. However, our concerns were quickly put to rest after only a few hours on the ship! Regent has done an amazing job of providing impeccable service on a lovely, intimately sized ship. Honestly, Regent's staff outperforms some of the best luxury franchise hotels in service. I do not think a single staff member said "no" to anything that we asked for. They went out of their way to make sure that every need was met. For example, the restaurant staff prepared special meals for us - they found out that many of us liked Indian cuisine, so one evening prepared an entire Indian dinner for us in Compass Rose! Our steward, Clifford, was so helpful and accommodating- always providing whatever we needed and keeping our cabins spotless in the most unobtrusive way. Our niece had her birthday on the ship and found her room filled with balloons on the morning of her birthday! These are only a few examples of the amazing service we received on Regent.

The food on Regent is very good. There is always such a good selection and the fruit and vegetables always very fresh. Chef Fox is very nice and we even did a galley tour on our last day. The galley is spotless and the staff just as nice as everyone else we met! We only ate at Prime 7 once and it is very hard to get into, but the meal was quite good and the service perfect.

The Navigator is a smaller ship, so the captain got us in closer than most ships in several spots. For instance, we got within 1/2 mile of Hubbard Glacier, which was spectacular!

Our cruise was a mix of families and older clientele. There were plenty of families on this cruise and the Purser made sure to have plenty of activities for kids to do despite the fact that they don't have all the kid zones of a bigger ship.

We really can't recommend this cruise highly enough. I can honestly say you get what you pay for on Regent. Would do it again in a heartbeat.


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Cabin Review

Deluxe Suite
Cabin E 950

Cabins: We had a series of 7 cabins on the aft of deck 9. There is some vibration, but only one person in our group had any trouble with it at all! The rest of us slept like babies. The beds are very comfortable and the rooms spacious for a cruise. The bathroom and closet are almost as large a a regular hotel room. We had suites with verandas, which I recommend, as it is so nice to throw open the door and breath in the lovely fresh air.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Kayaking

Beautiful kayaking, but guides were pretty rude and seemed angry.

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Hiking

this was the most disappointing excursion. The hike was only two miles, but they had allotted 2 hours for it. As we were an active group, our guide had to keep slowing us down and making us stop so as to not run into the group ahead of us. It got to be really annoying, especially given the mosquitos.

View All 44 Hiking Reviews
Rafting

The river is basically flat and again, we were required to wait on the banks so that we didn't run into the group ahead of us. This whole trip could have taken 1 1/2 hours, instead it was over 3.

View All 33 Rafting Reviews
Mendenhall Glacier

Glacier was lovely and hike to waterfall very nice

View All 971 Mendenhall Glacier Reviews
Whale Watching

We had the good fortune of seeing multiple humpbacks breaching. However, the boat tour was a bit too long overall.

View All 906 Whale Watching Reviews
Wilderness Tour & Crab Feast

the crabs were delicious! the outing was so so. Good bald eagle viewing.

View All 129 Wilderness Tour & Crab Feast Reviews

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