My wife and I flew Delta Airlines from Ft. Lauderdale taking off at 6:45 a.m.. We arrived in Montreal at 12:10 p.m.. We took a taxi from the airport to the cruise terminal (fixed rate of $40) arriving portside about 1:30 to board the Navigator. This left us plenty of time before the ship was scheduled to sail for Quebec at 6:00 pm. When boarded our suite was still not ready and we were directed to deck 10 for lunch. We stepped out of the elevator to the pool area which was windy and damp form a slight rain. People were seated at tables covered from the rain. We couldn’t find an open table but we soon realized there was another restaurant just inside featuring a large buffet with all kinds of items. We were seated at a nice table overlooking the port and the Montreal skyline. The waiter poured us water and then the drink steward offered to get us wine or any drink we desired. I have cruised the best of the big cruise lines and you all you cruisers know that time after the initial boarding it's always hectic and even with only 490 passengers this one was busy also, but it quickly quieted down to a very enjoyable experience.
Shortly after lunch our suite was ready so we descended to deck 7 and down the hall to Cabin 722 on the Port side of the ship, forward of the center line of the ship’s hull. I was looking forward to all the ports of call on this cruise which included Quebec, Sydney, Halifax, & St. Johns in Canada followed by the US ports of Portland, Boston, New York, Norfolk, Charleston, and Canaveral ending in Miami, fourteen days later. Also provided on the cruise was a Smithsonian Museum Representative who presented on four different occasions in the Seven Seas Lounge. These presentations included many interesting insights into the areas we would see and their significance they played in a historical sense. Always tea, coffee and a large assortment of pastries are provided while you listen. If not able to attend you can watch them from the comfort of your suite on the television channel devoted to replaying them. Also the TV provides a channel that the Cruise Director reviews all upcoming event for the day and also another channel reviews the menus from the three restaurants for that evening.
The food quality is very high and the presentations are what you would expect in an exclusive dining environment. The variety of menu choices is extensive, but I found the portion sizes to be small. I believe this is based on the desires of the very frequent, repeat cruisers you find on the Regent Cruise Ships. The passengers for the most part are slim and in very good physical condition for what is most likely a post retirement age group. I found asking for an extra portion was met with the very enthusiastic reply “of course sir”! The Wine Sommelier would suggest a choice of recommended wines for dinner, but you can chose whatever your preference might be. The menu of wines, mixed drinks and beers available was six pages. Available where some very high end spirits and wines which were available for extra cost but all regular drinks are no charge on Regent’s all inclusive package. I found the beer choices available were severely lacking for a craft beer lover, so I mostly stayed with wines, martinis, and some old fashioned favorites like whiskey sours or even the occasional margarita.
We were greeted with chilled bottle of Brut and two glasses for our departure as we entered the suite. The cabin has a small refrigerator filled with waters and a selection of beers. The ship will also provide your choice if two 750 ml bottles of wine or a bottle of spirits for your suite at no charge.
The suite was very spacious, with a very large bathroom with shower and tub. The closet was a walk-in style with a double row of hangers, a chest with drawers and shelves and a built in safe. There was a wide variety of lighting for every conceivable need. The cabling can be portioned off in three ways by drawing heavy insulated curtains. This allows viewing a movie (300 are available at no charge) without disturbing your partner if they wish to sleep. Also the bathroom and closet are can also be partitioned off as well.
Very smooth sailing in this cabin; I would have to open the curtains to the balcony to look out at the sea to see if we were moving. During very heavy seas 10-12 feet the ship would slowly rotate from center to port back to center and then to starboard, kind of like a cradle.
There are at least three laundry areas which are comprised of two washers and two dryers. An automatic into the washer soap dispenser is there but I brought my own soap pods just in case. There is also a nice iron and ironing board in each laundry area. This is provided at no cost. If you prefer the ship’s crew will do your laundry for a fee.