Regent Seven Seas Navigator Cruise Review
Itinerary: Alaska Vancouver to Seward - July 2011
Terrific, trip of a lifetime, couldn't have been better, what can we do next year to match this?
We wanted a small ship and that is why we contacted Linda. After discussing issues, due to my mobility problems we decided on Regent as being the second closest way to get up close and personal with Alaska.
We had a sweet Suite as I called it. We had a butler, we wanted to take him home, what a special experience. We didn't know exactly what to do with him but we soon got with the program and realized what a great asset he was to our experience. I did not have him pack or unpack for us, however he says he does that for many passengers. NOT ME.
We started with an over night at the Sutton Hotel in Vancouver, a very beautiful hotel in an excellent location, we were transferred to the ship, embarkation went quickly with little to no lines.
Our cabin, colorful, beautifully furnished. Everything is ocean view with many balconies. Marble bathroom, stocked refrigerator with our choice of whatever. Good storage, high end bathroom toiletries, good amount of outlets. Pillows and mattresses and duvets are to die for.
Food - to much and too good - we are not big eaters and tried to watch our intake but everything is presented so beautifully that it is a huge challenge. We ate at the speciality restaurants with no extra charges. Signatures was delicious. Very french, a culinary experience. "7" featured high quality steaks and seafood. They have a signature Surf and Turf as well as the best Clam Chowder I have ever had. I forgot to ask for the recipe. Open seating and variety and presentation of every dish was over the top. There are so many options for food it goes on and on. Of course 24 hour room service
Alaska - 600 pictures later. As our ship was thoroughly enjoyable mode of transportation it is the destination that gets the five stars. Magnificent is the operative word. We came into port and went out on shore excursions to explore as much as we could. We were encouraged to fit in as much as we could given the time elements. Linda helped us pick and choose. White Pass Railway, Sea Otter Experience were two of our favorites. We made sure to only take the included excursions and felt we had a healthy amount of choices for each port.
Entertainment - it was there, we didn't do much. We were up with the sunlight to take in the views of the glaciers. But it was there and well done. Night shows, musicians throughout the ship, dance lessons, yoga, culinary demonstrations, enrichment lectures (these we attended and enjoyed). These are more big ship "stuff" which we were not interested in.
Number of kids on the ship, well taken care of, we never knew where they went most of the time. There was a very popular spa but we didn't take time for it.
We LOVED Alaska and thoroughly enjoy the Navigator. It was heads above the huge ships which we saw in every port. We didn't have lines on or off the ship, we had our shore excursions all organized and included. I believe for what we paid we got real value for the dollar. I would recommend our experience to all who want to see Alaska in luxury.
Thank you Linda, you were appreciated with all your help and planning for us.
—Markus and Susanna, Detroit