It was with excitement and anticipation that we embarked the World Navigator for a 9-night Aegean cruise. We have previously sailed with SeaDream, Seaborn and Ponant, and were fully aware that this is a new company that is working to find a niche in the market. We love smaller and more intimate ships and this is just Atlas offers.
Ship is stellar, especially cabin and public areas. Very high quality and we loved the extra space of the Horizon Cabin. You notice that the ship is constructed as an explorer vessel for more rough weather and sea; a bit rougher along the edges, especially when entering outdoor areas including pool deck - but still remarkably high quality. The accessible bow "Waters Edge" is a great invention. Regarding the pool deck, this needs a bit more ambiance on a Mediterranean voyage and we wish they would utilize the out-door areas more for activities such as sail aways. There is great potential, and the staff is amazing. Al fresco Josper-grill dining at night was a real threat.
The main restaurant is also beautiful with high quality appliances. Some evenings we missed a bit of flavor in the food – although do not get me wrong, everything was more than edible. Make it simple and bring on flavorful Mediterranean food. Make a stronger sense of place.
On a ship of this size, we did not miss a private balcony at all – we had a lovely aft terrace just outside our main door and corridor – and the extra space provided by the Horizon Cabin was great. And you can lower half the window to get that fine breeze while sailing. Hardware is excellent and among the best we have experienced. Less closet space than Seabourn but functional enough for us.