Choose this cruise because it is Regent. Also the itinerary matched what we were looking for and the timing was great.
Great itinerary. The service on the ship was great. The food was great. The people were great. We will probably not cruise on the Navigator again unless the itinerary overcomes the lack of a forward observation lounge and the vibration and engine noise. I should mention that in our cabin there was no noticeable noise or vibration worth mentioning.
The ship was clean and the cabin every bit as nice as those on the Mariner and Sojourn. The biggest criticisms that we have is that there is no forward observation lounge, the ships engines created a lot of vibration (and some noise) in the stern of the ship and the ship rocked and rolled more that the other ships we were on. The lack of the forward observation lounge is probably the biggest issue. On our other 2 cruises we were in the lounge to see sail-away and arrivals everyday. This was the go to location for us to have an evening cocktail. We really did not visit the bars on the Navigator.
The pool was adequate. Never had problems finding a chaise lounge. Plenty of service from the bar. We both participated in needlepoint during tea on the sea days. Almost finished a project. Mallory, the support/costume lady for the entertainment troupe led the activity and was a great host and fun to talk with.
The stage shows were good solid performances. We went to several. One of the dancers, Kevin, in particular was a standout. Incredibly athletic and danced beautifully.
The staff and crew are all very service oriented. Would have been 5 stars except that on our last Regent and Seabourn an incredible portion of the personnel knew us by name and knew our preferences. Only a small handful did on this cruise.
The food in the Compass Rose was all well prepared and served attractively. The menu was varied with a combination of choices available every night and a great a selection of daily "specials." There was only one day when we had a hard time finding something we wanted to order. Most days it was hard to select from among several selections all of which we wanted to try. The experience in Prime 7 was also great. We ate in Prime 7 twice. We both had Alaskan King Crab Legs (2 pounds!) on the first night and I had them again while my wife had the Maine Lobster. For both you had the choice of in shell or out. Where's the fun if you do not have to disassemble them your self. If all you are looking for is steak those who had it said that it was equally good in both Compass Rose and Prime 7. The breakfast buffet in La Veranda was good. There were adequate choices on the buffet plus cooked to order eggs and a daily special. We ate lunch at the pool grill several times. The burgers and sandwiches were good. There were 2 theme lunches Greek and Satay. The Greek food was tasty but not authentic. The Greek Captain should have helped them deliver an authentic experience. The Satay was great with meat and fish choices and all the correct sauces. The deserts in all the venues were great.
5 out of 5
Embarkation was simple and fast. The only delay was that there was only a single security station to check ID to board. The check in was on the ship and was simple and rapid. The cabins were available early and our luggage was waiting
Moorea, French Polynesia
4 out of 5
Had a great excursion for dolphin watching with a PhD who worked at UC Berkley labs on the island.
Fakarava, Tuamotu Archipelago
2 out of 5
We arrived at Fakarava and anchored. The Captain waited about and hour and decided conditions were too bad to allow tender operations so this stop turned into a sea day. The Cruise Director and his team worked hard to get a new schedule of activities prepared and had it ready shortly after we departed the lagoon.
Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
4 out of 5
Had a great tour with locals round the island. The tour was in 4WD pickups. The information shared was interesting. Only real complaint is that the leader do not speak English too well. It did make fun for the those of us who know a bit of French to get the ideas across to all the group.
Rangiroa, French Polynesia
4 out of 5
Great snorkel tour
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
5 out of 5
Fantastic "all" day tour. Polynesian day and Motu lunch. We circumnavigated the island in a outrigger motor boat. Stopped at 2 places to snorkel. We say lots of colorful corals, a large moray eel and at the second stop snorkeled with black tips sharks and sting rays. The day ended with a Polynesia feast on a small private motu (island.) Food was great and it was fun sitting at picnic tables in the shallow water. Based on recommendations we will likely return here and stay for a few days at the Le Meridien or St. Regis.
Raiatea, French Polynesia
3 out of 5
Raiatea was beautiful. We would like to go back for a couple of days. We did a snorkel tour to Taha'a Coral Gardens. It was a drift snorkel. Having to go in a line with inexperienced snorkelers was a disaster. Many people ended up being forced into the coral and were scrapped up.
Huahine, French Polynesia
5 out of 5
Fantastic island tour in a pickup with room for 8 on benches in the truck bed. Ride was comfortable. The driver/tour guide was knowledgeable, interesting and engaging. This is another island that we would like to visit again.
5 out of 5
Extremely easy. We were traveling independently after the cruise and taking the ferry to Moorea. We were invited to debark anytime after 8 but before 9. Luggage was waiting with helpful guys to dig it out for you.
Size was great. Plenty of room for an 11 day cruise. The cabin was comfortable and spotless.
The cabin has a King size (or 2 twin) bed. The mattress and pillows were very comfortable. There was also a pillow menu if you needed something else. The cabin has a walk in closet with plenty of space for hanging clothes as well as 5 drawers and a few shelves. The bathroom has both a shower and tub, a single sink and commode. There is plenty of shelf space for all the things you need during the cruise. There was plenty of water both hot and cold. The living area of the cabin has a sofa, table and desk with chair all comfortable.
The veranda was large enough for 2 people to use. It had 2 reclining deck chairs and a table. We used the veranda often.
Our steward team was great led by Odessa.
Was really in Jeeps was in PU trucks with bench seats for 8 in the bed. Really did not need a Jeep or 4WD. The entire tour was on roads. We had a great driver/tour guide who knew the area intimately and provided great local and cultural information. We stopped and saw the blue eyed eels and heard the legends surrounding them. We stopped a the local museum which had interesting content on the archaeological excavations. We stopped at several scenic overlooks as well. Despite not really being shoppers the stop to take a boat out to a Pearl Farm in the middle of a bay was fun. Interesting to see how the culture the Black Pearls. The store was kind of nice and the tour and store staff were very friendly and informative. Final stop was in "town". Since it was still the New Years holiday not much was open but we had a nice walk through town and got to see the friendly people. This also meant that we did not have to do a bus shuttle trip from the landing to town only to find our very little was open.View All 7 Jeep Safari Reviews
Drift snorkel at the Tahaa Coral gardens near the neighboring island Tahaa. VERY uncomfortable ride across and back from Raiatea. The snorkel was a drift snorkel between 2 Motus. The current was swift. Walked up the beach and then drifted back to the start point. There was not a lot fish variety nor coral to see. The group had many inexperienced snorkelers who despite instructions really did not understand how to so the drift. Some kicked and others tried stopping in constricted areas. Most of the people on the snorkel got some amount of scrapes from trying to avoid the other snorkels. I would not recommend this trip.View All 8 Snorkeling Reviews
Polynesian day and lunch on a Motu. The tour went around the central island of Bora Bora. We stopped twice to snorkel. Once at a coral garden with lots of fish, giant clams (beautiful with their bright blue and green mantels) and a very large moray eel. The second stop was to snorkel with sharks and sting rays. Go up close and personal with a lot of black tip sharks and large sting rays. The day ended with a Polynesian lunch on a private Motu (island.)View All undefined undefined Reviews
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The excursion was with a dolphin expert (PhD) who worked at the UC Berkley lab on Moorea. Great informative tour. Captain was very careful and clearly knowledgeable about the lagoon's waters. We saw many spinner dolphins performing most of their natural behaviors.View All undefined undefined Reviews
This was our departure port. We spent 2 nights in an over-water bungalow at the Intercontinental Tahiti. Despite the less than stellar reviews the room was great. The view of Moorea was lovely. The biggest complaint I have seen is that it is near the airport. This was NOT a problem for us. Only once when I was out of the lanai in the early morning and a big jet was leaving did I hear anything and it was not a problem. The food was OK and very expensive.