The luxury cruise ship the Seven Seas Navigator is sleek, modern, and very spacious. Although she qualifies as a "small ship", the Navigator seems much larger. She carries 490 passengers and 325 crew. The 61.2 space to guest ratio on the Seven Seas Navigator is one of the highest of any cruise ship in the industry, especially when compared to most of the mega-cruise ships that have a space to guest ratio somewhere between 20 and 40. The spaciousness of this ship and the almost all-inclusive rates contribute to the relaxing atmosphere. I have sailed on the Seven Seas Navigator twice and never felt cramped or rushed. The luxurious, relaxing ambiance on the Seven Seas Navigator is much like that of her newer, larger sister ships the Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager.
On my first Seven Seas Navigator cruise, the 12 days I spent on the cruise ship were the fourth and final leg of the Navigator's 68-day "Grand Circle South Pacific" cruise. Almost 100 of the passengers sailed the entire 68-day cruise, which had embarked from San Francisco in mid-September. We really enjoyed hearing about all of the wonderful ports and adventures these guests had experienced the previous two months. It sure made me envious!
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The Seven Seas Navigator has a sleek, simple interior design. The entire ship seems very spacious, and it has many secluded places onboard to read a book or have a quiet conversation. We had four precious sea days on our cruise, and it was always easy to find an empty lounge chair around the pool or on the decks. Even the two Jacuzzi hot tubs near the pool were often empty!
The Seven Seas Show Lounge has two levels and hosts a variety of entertainers. In addition to the eight members of the production cast and the orchestra, the show lounge featured a good mixture of singers, instrumentalists (trumpet, and piano) and comedy/magic. Like on most small ships, you won't find spectacular Las Vegas-style shows (or ice skating) on the Navigator. We did have some wonderful guest entertainers who sang or played a musical instrument--one was a pianist and another a harpist.
On a small ship like the Navigator, it is quite easy to become acquainted with fascinating people like the crew, entertainers, and expert lecturers.
Although the Seven Seas Navigator is relatively small, she has all of the standard amenities found on cruise ships. The ship has several nice cocktail lounges and a cigar club. The library is well stocked with books and videotapes, and six computers provided access to the Internet and email. One nice touch in the computer room was a PC card reader for downloading digital pictures or emailing them to friends back home. There was also a "CD burner" for transferring photos to CD for storage. The computers stayed very busy with passengers sending electronic postcards describing their wonderful cruise to those left behind back home. The computer teacher had classes for those who wanted to spend their time onboard honing their skills. Two boutiques sell a variety of items ranging from toiletries and snacks to designer wear and jewelry. In addition to slot machines, the small, rich-looking casino has blackjack, craps, and roulette. Although a few people were almost always playing slots, the casino was pretty quiet most evenings. I guess most of us passengers were all "day-people" or cheap. Tea time trivia and late afternoon bingo usually had a good crowd. Other quiet indoor activities included making handicrafts, needlepoint, and bridge and other card games.
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