Cruise Guide: Luxurious Navigator poised for upgrade

The luxurious, 490-guest Regent Seven Seas Navigator will undergo an extensive, multi-million dollar refurbishment next month. She will then operate a series of seven- to 11-night cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America this winter followed by a summer season of seven-night Alaska cruises between Vancouver and Anchorage. In the fall, look for Navigator to embark on a 96-night Grand Asia Pacific cruise featuring port calls in Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.  Image courtesy Michael Coleman
The luxurious, 490-guest Regent Seven Seas Navigator will undergo an extensive, multi-million dollar refurbishment next month. She will then operate a series of seven- to 11-night cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America this winter followed by a summer season of seven-night Alaska cruises between Vancouver and Anchorage. In the fall, look for Navigator to embark on a 96-night Grand Asia Pacific cruise featuring port calls in Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. Image courtesy Michael Coleman

By Michael Coleman

A stem-to-stern, multi-million-dollar refurbishment is in store for the luxurious, all-suite Regent Seven Seas Navigator.

The ship will enter dry dock next month and according to company officials will emerge “radiating elegance and sophistication, resplendent with rich fabrics, textures and elegant furnishings.’’

“Navigator is beloved by our loyal repeat guests because it feels like you are cruising aboard a world-class luxury yacht,” said Regent President Mark Conroy. “After her makeover she will sport a stunning new look and feel, two new dining venues and a spa operated by the renowned Canyon Ranch.”

New Dining Options

Regent will build a steakhouse aboard Navigator. Dubbed Prime 7, it will feature stylish décor and fine, prime-aged steaks and chops along with fresh seafood and poultry. Rivaling elegant restaurants ashore, a rich palette of green and golden hues will create an ambiance of glamour and intimacy. Supple leather, polished granite and burnished woods will set an impressive stage accented by custom-designed china, flatware and crystal.

Compass Rose, the ship’s main dining room, will appear dramatically different. New and sumptuous armchairs in rich jewel tones of cranberry and opal atop plush carpets of russet and cocoa will create a regal setting for gourmet dining. New draperies, china, silver and glassware will complete the redesign.

La Veranda, meanwhile, will offer indoor and outdoor seating, replacing the ship’s current Portofino’s restaurant. New furniture, carpeting and window treatments will be complemented by signature table settings. The new restaurant will serve breakfast and lunch in a casually elegant atmosphere and, in the evening, feature regionally-themed specialty dinners.

High atop the ship on Deck 10, a new Pool Grill will be added featuring a barbeque grill, hot and cold buffet, panini sandwich station plus a coffee and dessert area. The casual, al fresco dining option will be open throughout the day.

The ship’s bars and lounges will also be transformed.

A mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings with complementary upholstery, carpeting and curtains will give Stars Lounge an eclectic ambiance reminiscent of a chic designer estate home.

Galileo’s will sport bold new interiors of burgundy and gold offset with accents of soft lavender, sky and moss while a sleek new bar area is awash with rich, tufted textiles and polished stone flooring. A new al fresco lounge will be created on the terrace featuring comfortable seating areas with plump sofas and chaises overlooking the sea.

The Navigator Lounge will also feature a new décor with rich hues of cappuccino, camel and navy accented by bold apple-green and lemon to create a vibrant, urbane feel. The ship’s card room and library plus public spaces will also be redecorated and refreshed.

Look also for the debut on Navigator of The Canyon Ranch SpaClub.

It will feature a state-of-the-art spa, wellness and fitness facility, plus a luxurious full-service beauty salon. SpaClub will offer massage, body and skin-care treatment rooms, a gym and weight room with cardio and weight training equipment, a juice bar, men’s and women’s locker rooms, thalassotherapy, sauna and steam rooms.

On the Web: rssc.com

Port Postcard: Yanofsky concert under the stars in Turkey

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The ancient ground of Ephesus, Turkey, was the scene late last month of an exclusive Regent Seven Seas Cruises concert under the stars, featuring a 15-year-old musical prodigy from Montreal, Quebec: Nikki Yanofsky.

Guests aboard Navigator enjoyed a tour of the important Mediterranean archeological site followed by cocktails and an opening act at dusk featuring Turkish mezzo soprano star Serap Ciftci. Yanofsky, meanwhile, dazzled guests with her vocal tributes to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday among others. She has recently been touring with renowned composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Navigator guests paid tribute to the youngster’s stellar performance by rewarding her with two standing ovations.
Navigator is in the midst of a series of Mediterranean voyages through early November.
Photos by Michael Coleman.

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In Port Today: Nassau, Bahamas

Four cruise ships, from left, Regent Seven Seas Navigator, Norwegian Sky, Carnival Sensation and Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas are shown docked under sunny skies in Nassau, Bahamas, Tuesday March 31, 2009.
Four cruise ships, from left, Regent Seven Seas Navigator, Norwegian Sky, Carnival Sensation and Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas are shown docked under sunny skies in Nassau, Bahamas, Tuesday March 31, 2009.

Regent expands free air and shore excursions offers

rengent-logoEarlier today, Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced they are expanding their free air, two-for-one savings and free unlimited shore excursions packages for the remainder of the year. Cruise fares on 38 voyages in 2009 have been lowered, while the number of cruises now featuring Free Unlimited Shore Excursions has increased from 35 to 58. There are now 36 departures that feature a combination of all three special offers. Continue reading “Regent expands free air and shore excursions offers”