It’s one of the smallest and most popular luxury ships operated by Regent Seven Seas Cruises: the 490-guest Seven Seas Navigator. While she is currently undergoing an extensive drydock in Marseille, France, we’ve updated our Ship Profile of this unique luxury vessel to highlight what makes her so special – and what’s still to come. When she emerges on April 13, Regent’s Seven Seas Navigator will essentially be a brand-new ship, complete with a new look, new decor, and more luxurious amenities to spoil both past and future Regent guests with than ever before.
The downright cozy 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator is the perfect setting for a luxurious, pampered experience. Freshly upgraded throughout her service career, Seven Seas Navigator boasts the same all-suite design as her two fleetmates, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager.
Cloaked in a warm color scheme of deep earth tones, most of the public rooms are on Decks 6 and 7, just aft of the three-story atrium. The two-story Seven Seas Lounge is for Vegas-style production shows, while the paneled mahogany and cherrywood Navigator Lounge is the place for cocktails or specialty coffees. The Connoisseur Club cigar lounge is also wood-paneled and atmospheric, while the Stars Lounge sports a long, curved, black-granite bar and clusters of oversize armchairs around a small dance floor where a live music duo sings pop numbers evenings.
Wrapped in windows, Galileo’s Lounge features a pianist and on warm nights, the doors to the outside deck are thrown open and dancers spill out from the small dance floor, creating a lovely setting under the stars and inky night sky. A casino is also a part of the entertainment offerings.
The well-stocked library has new Dell touch-screen computers with e-mail and Internet access, and there’s also wi-fi fleetwide as well.
Spring 2016 Refit
Big changes are afoot for Seven Seas Navigator.
In January 2016, Regent announced it would spend a total of US$125 million over the course of two years to refit its existing fleet. Seven Seas Navigator, the line’s most intimate ship, would be the first to undergo this luxurious upgrade that will take place between March 31 and April 13, 2016 in Marseille, France.
When she emerges from drydock, Seven Seas Navigator will essentially be a brand-new ship, creating exciting experiences for both new and past Regent guests alike. No room will be left untouched: Regent plans to refurbish all suite categories, lounges, the library, casino, boutiques, the reception area, and the Compass Rose and La Veranda restaurants.
Seven Seas Voyager will undergo a similar refit in late 2016, and Seven Seas Mariner will receive her extensive upgrades in the spring of 2017.
“Seven Seas Navigator is one of our most beloved ships, so it’s fitting that she is the first to undergo this extraordinary refurbishment,” said Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “These renovations will bring a new level of elegance to the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, strengthening our position as the undisputed leader in luxury cruising, operating the most luxurious ships at sea.”
What can you expect from this refit? Quite a lot. In order to bring the fleet up to the colossally-high standards being set by the line’s new Seven Seas Explorer, guests can look forward to the following enhancements to this popular ship:
- Navigator Suite: The spacious Navigator Suite will be updated with a fresh new design, featuring a crisp and elegant look. The bedroom features the new custom-made Elite Slumber Bed, dressed in luxurious 100% cotton sateen bedding. In both the bedroom and living room, an ebony-black wooden vanity with white marble top stretches the length of the room, harmonizing beautifully with the sultry green and yellow accent furniture, draperies and new carpeting.
- Penthouse, Concierge and Deluxe Suites: The largest collection of suites onboard the ship will receive a luxurious new look. The contemporary design accentuates the spaciousness of the suites. A stunning padded leather headboard supports the Elite Slumber Bed in the bedroom and the sitting area features a plush sofa with a stylish accent table and new artwork.
- Reception Area: Guests’ first exposure to the renovations will take place in the completely-redesigned reception area, where contemporary and classical design elements seamlessly meet. Marble inlay flooring replete with a compass-like design and polished stone walls with metal inlays guides guests to the dark wooden reception desk. Illuminating the reception area is a gypsum diamond cut lighting fixture embedded in the oval alabaster ceiling, evoking stylish elegance.
- Compass Rose: The ship’s flagship restaurant will be grander and more resplendent than ever before. Throughout the spacious, 384-seat dining room are subtle geometric patterns underscored by silver leaf, pewter and antique bronze elements. A beautifully ornate silver-leaf feature wall highlights one end of the dining room, while oversized windows run along both sides of the restaurant to provide incredible ocean vistas. Grand crystal chandeliers are enhanced by recessed ceiling lights, providing a dramatic dining experience for guests seated at intimate tables ringed by sleek leather chairs adorned with swirls of celestial blue fabric.
- La Veranda: Effortlessly chic, La Veranda will feature a fresh and airy design that is accentuated by a wealth of natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows that encircle the restaurant. Guests can enjoy casual indoor and al fresco dining with incredible ocean views, and dine from a delectable buffet for breakfast and lunch. Each evening, the restaurant transforms into an elegant fine dining restaurant, Sette Mari La Veranda, for dinner.
- Galileo Lounge: True to its name, the Galileo Lounge on Deck 11 conveys a celestial feel, beginning with its tempered glass double-door entrance trimmed with an abstract design reminiscent of the solar system and featuring a decorative sun-shaped handle. That theme extends inside the 132-seat cocktail lounge, where a night-black oval-shaped ceiling twinkling with fiber-optic “stars” overlooks the inlaid wooden dance floor. Guests can be immersed in the action, or retreat to high-backed wing chairs that line the room’s windows.
- Navigator Lounge / Coffee Connection: By day, these intimate Deck 6 venues – connected by a central walkway – are bathed in natural light from a bank of windows overlooking the sea. The new design and furnishings enhance that airy look, with cream-colored fabrics on chairs and draperies, and white marble topped tables with hammered copper accents. By night, the Navigator Lounge transforms into a small night club, with a Steinway piano as the centerpiece. Adding to the elegance are leather-wrapped columns with a copper-topped capital and dark wooden base.
- Library: The bright yet intimate library exudes comfort and charm. From its faux fireplace to cream-colored sofas resting atop a glistening marble floor, the room is reminiscent of a library found in a residential estate home. Ringing the room are dark wood book shelves encased in glass, while a glistening, copper-adorned chandelier serves as the room’s glistening centerpiece. It’s the ideal spot for reading and quiet reflection.