Rocking and Rolling to the Amazon: Seven Seas Navigator Cruise Review by sassyw

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Rocking and Rolling to the Amazon

Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: South America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
My husband and I are 73 and 70 years old and have been on 55 cruises before this one on the Regent.
We arrived at the terminal at 11:30 AM but waited until 1 PM to board and 2PM for the cabins to be ready. Next time we will arrive later.
The Ship
The Navigator is small and easy to "navigate" The pool is never crowded but the only "walking" deck is deck 11 which can be very sunny and windy as there is no cover. The Navigator Lounge (one of 3) is dark and small but specialty coffees are available after 7AM. The Explorer Lounge has space for dancing but during the day is filled with passengers partaking in organized games and is not available for relaxing and reading. The Library and Computer Lab are one and very busy as all who cruise over 21 days receive free internet use.
The Navigator does not do well in seas over 5 feet. It rocks and rolls and creaks and squeaks. Eating in the Veranda on deck 10 is difficult during swells.
We had a More penthouse B which was very roomy with a wonderful walk-in closet, large bathroom with tub and glass enclosed shower. Many lotions, shampoos, bath gels,etc. are replaced with alacrity. Butler Teddy and Stewardess Yenti were fabulous. The balcony was small but adequate but starting to rust and show age.
We ate breakfast and lunch in the Veranda where selections were many and tasty. We found dinner there lacking. Compass Rose (the main restaurant) was excellent I am gluten free and was accommodated totally. Prime 7 (steak house) was just OK.
We found the entertainment lacking except for the resident singers and dancers. Many nights it was just one of them soloing. Not a whole lot of money was spent on entertainerment.
Lectures by Terry Breen, Regent's resident authority on South and Central America was excellent . She was so entertaining and with her knowledge we yearned for her lectures not to end.
We love to play bridge but one-half of the small card room was occupied many days by 6 Brazilian immigration officials going over our visas. (They totally enjoyed their 6 days with us!) There are not enough areas available for providing enrichment programs.
One cannot complain because most are included in the cruise fare. We can only say that many of the difficulty ratings were misleading. Research by the excursion staff seemed non-existant. We would rather pay and get quality excursions.
Completely orderly--everyone was off the ship by 9:30 AM.

Most of the passengers were repeaters on Regent but many have not sailed on the Navigator, their smallest ship. Most said they would not sail on her again. Less

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