We just spent 13 glorious nights aboard Navigator. This was our 2nd time on Navigator and our 5th overall Regent cruise. We were originally booked for the May 8th Voyager sailing which was to go from Fort Lauderdale to Reykjavik, but the pod problem occurred and the cruise was cancelled by Regent. It wasn't the easiest thing for Regent to switch over our booking, but our TA kept on them and all arrangements were made to our satisfaction (they even included air on the return from Athens; I had asked for this because if we were to book the Monte Carlo-Athens segment alone, economy air was included).We visited 7 countries in 13 days, beginning in Funchal, Portugal then on to Malaga, Valencia, and Barcelona, Spain; Villefranche, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Rome, Sorrento, and Taormina, Italy; Kusadasi, Turkey; and Santorini & Athens, Greece. Overall the weather was fabulous with the exception of some clouds and rain in Valencia and Barcelona. The Navigator is still a wonderful ship, but I believe what really makes it wonderful are the staff and crew. We were called by name the entire voyage. "No" was not in their vocabulary. Even maintenance people who were occasionally in the hallway lit up with smiles and went out of their way to greet us. Service at all dining venues was superb. (I can only speak for dinner & lunch in the Compass Rose, dinner in Portofino, and lunch at the Pool Grille). We would dine in several different sections of the Compass Rose, and those who had waited on us previously in other sections would visit our current section to greet us. We felt so spoiled by the end of this cruise, I cannot even tell you! I think it has a lot to do with "treat someone how you would like to be treated" and it comes back tenfold. We always see complainers and you know, life is just too short for that.Capt. McNeill was our captain for the 2nd time - so glad he was - he was every bit as congenial as we remember him. Always out and about, greeting guests and crew with that perpetual smile. Our sailouts were accompanied by his signature bagpipe music. I always get teary eyed at this!
We were assigned an F suite - 862 - in the aft. Not our first choice, but due to the last minute nature of our booking, we gladly accepted it. We figured the vibration would be bothersome, but it was such a non-issue! The most vibration we felt was in Galileo's - where it also felt like the ship was at a constant list. I understand that the ship has issues with plumbing and electrical, but we experienced no problems, nor did we hear about any from our fellow guests.
We participated in our first Liar's Club which featured some of the Theatre at Sea celebrities. We were busting a gut, laughing so hard! We aren't "show people", but we did catch the finale of the Theatre at Sea and it was fabulous. Patricia Neal's rendition of "Send in the Clowns" really got to me - the tears were rolling down my face. What a treat to be able to see her perform.