By Michael Coleman
One of luxury cruise travel’s iconic vessels, Regent Seven Seas Navigator, has received a stem to stern makeover.
The 490-passenger ship, just a decade old, was both updated and upgraded during a 50-day transformation. Fleet-mates Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner, each 700-passengers, were refurbished last year.
â€¨Among the most luxurious ships afloat, the intimate, all-suite Navigator sports a sophisticated new dÃ©cor with rich fabrics and furnishings, much like those found in an elegant estate home. â€¨â€¨“The makeover gives the ship a stunning new look and feel,” said Mark Conroy, the line’s president.
Among the highlights:
â€¨Prime 7 — a new restaurant — features a rich palette of green and gold, with supple leather seating, granite and burnished woods. The menu features prime-aged steaks and chops as well as poultry and fresh seafood.â€¨â€¨
Compass Rose — the ship’s main dining room — has undergone a dramatic update with new window treatments, carpets and plush cranberry and camel armchairs. New signature china, silver and glassware complete the redesign.
â€¨â€¨La Veranda — with both indoor and al fresco seating — replaced Portofino’s restaurant. New furniture, carpeting and draperies create an elegant ambiance. Food stations have been redesigned and enhanced for guests to enjoy lavish breakfast and lunch buffets. In the evening diners select from a menu of regionally themed specialties. â€¨â€¨
A New Pool Grill features a hot and cold buffet, panini sandwich station and coffee and dessert area in addition to a state-of-the-art barbecue grill. The Pool Bar, at the other end of the pool deck, was expanded and enhanced with a new ice cream station, equipped with machines for milkshakes and frappes. â€¨â€¨
Star’s Lounge received a masterful makeover. A ruby-red carpet running the length of the entryway sets the stage for this glamorous club with furnishings that exude a classic Hollywood elegance. â€¨â€¨
Galileo’s Lounge sports bold new interiors, window coverings and a sleek new bar area. An outdoor lounge has been added with stylish sofas and chaises overlooking the sea.â€¨â€¨
Navigator Lounge features rich hues of cappuccino, camel and navy accented by apple-green. The card room and library were redecorated and all public spaces throughout the ship were refreshed. â€¨â€¨
Canyon Ranch SpaClub — a former health club and an observation lounge have been transformed into the ship’s new Canyon Ranch SpaClub. The serene and stylish wellness center has body and skin-care, massage and thalassotherapy treatment rooms, including a couples’ suite. Added is an aerobics studio and new gymnasium with cardio and strength-training machines, both affording forward-facing, panoramic ocean views. Locker rooms, including his and hers sauna and steam rooms, have been updated as has the full-service beauty salon, which features new wood cabinetry and granite accents. A juice bar and relaxation lounge are additional SpaClub amenities.
The ship operates seven- to 11-night cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America this winter, followed by a summer series of seven-night Alaska cruises between Vancouver and Anchorage. Upon completion of the Alaska season, the ship embarks on a 96-night Grand Asia Pacific cruise.
Regent offers all-inclusive packages featuring two-for-one cruise fares, complimentary airfare, free unlimited shore excursions, complimentary onboard liquor, and gratuities are included in the cruise fare.
Regent’s three elegantly appointed, all-suite ships operate seven- to 119-night voyages to more than 300 destinations worldwide.
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