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Shortsleeve
January 25th, 2009, 07:49 PM
My husband and I have sailed a lot on Crystal and I on other lines so it was hard not to compare them to the Navigator. Our room was nice and larger than Crystal on the lower decks. The sheets were nice also. We did have three nice dinners.
Our window had so much caulking around it that we could see the rust and disintegration which gave us cause for concern. The window in the dining room was the same with cauking and lots of rust. The green grass growing around the hull at the waters edge made us wonder how safe this ship might be?
I had to ask for something to write with, another day something to write on, for our room. A few days into the cruise some slippers appeared. Another few days and a clock appeared. At the front desk I asked if housekeeping could put a new ironing board cover on the ironing board as it had worn down to the metal. After asking twice it never happened.
The food was something like Denny's. The Italian restaurant had some meals that were so dry that they really were not worth the calories. One day we walked away from our lunch plate in the main dining room and went upstairs to make our own in the buffet line.
The day we arrived in Belize we asked if we could fly home. It was possible but the airline was a local one and with the weather storming and flying in a little plane we opted to stay on board.
The entertainment is rather like a high school review. There was one lady who played the piano which was quite nice. Otherwise we never stayed to watch the floor shows. It was just sad.
The help is really sporadic. One day the waiter whisked the menu out of my hands so fast that I had to point on my husbands menu the extra that I wanted.
We originally signed on for this cruise to become a member of the Seven Seas Society. We were thinking of doing their World Cruise and wanted to try out the line. In fact we spoke with a lady at Regent on Nov.5th regarding making a reservation for the world cruise. She never called back. Fortunately for us she did not.
The ship has very little common areas. The pool area has very limited seating out of the sun. The Gallileo room was good for reading if you could stand the music. Other than those places the light was very poor and not very inviting.
If you have never cruised before this might be a place to start. We spoke with a few passengers who love the ship. MInd you that they were very elderly and probably don't care about the food.
When we returned home I told my travel agent that if they offered us a free cruise on this ship we would not go. I certainly hope that their other ships are better than this one.

Anna B.
January 25th, 2009, 08:10 PM
WOW! Very sorry about your cruise. This sure doesn't sound like the Navigator that we know and love and can't wait to be on again next month.:(

traveller333
January 25th, 2009, 08:30 PM
Please don't compare the Navigator with the other RSSC ships....the Voyager and Mariner are fantastic and sound even better since they both came out of dry dock. I overheard others talking about the ironing board covers on my last Navigator cruise I was on but surely they've been replaced since then since this was many months ago. Sorry your cruise was disappointing but I hope you give the Voyager and Mariner a chance, I think you will be very pleased.

Wendy The Wanderer
January 25th, 2009, 09:58 PM
Good grief, all these negative reports about Navigator have me worried! And it doesn't have a drydock until April 2010!

Down Under
January 25th, 2009, 10:55 PM
Good heavens - athough it's a few years since I sailed on Navigator, I can't believe you're talking about the same ship! I was on Voyager in September last and loved every moment - maybe we have different standards.

Travelcat2
January 25th, 2009, 11:15 PM
There have been several Navigator reviews lately -- none of which sound like the one above. In fact, there has not been even one post indicating what this poster alleges. Food like Denny's? This sounds like a Crystal vs. Regent post. As most of you know, there is some strange competition between the two cruise lines (can't imagine why -- they are totally different products).

Lest I be called a Regent cheerleader, all of us are aware that the Navigator has a vibration issue (due to the hull -- not something fixable) -- is older than the other two ships and has less dining venues.

The Navigator was in dry dock and had all soft goods (including carpets) replaced in 2007 (or late 2006) -- much more recently than the Voyager or Mariner -- prior to the latest dry dock. All Regent ships are getting new entertainment (currently in process). Crystal is known for their top entertainment.

It may be a good idea to warn Crystal passengers that they may not like Regent (and visa versa).

cruiseluv
January 25th, 2009, 11:25 PM
The Op said nothing about the vibration, did she??

Why is it necessary to editorialize what a poster experienced or didn't experience and provide rebuttal? We weren't there.

Why is it relevant that Navigator had a drydock in 2006 for soft goods? Actually, the OP complimented the bed sheets!


If you chose not to believe the experiences she is describing that is your call . I want to hear everything anybody wants to contribute from their own experience and it is not helpful to have somebody trying to counterbalance it.

Travelcat2
January 25th, 2009, 11:57 PM
The Op said nothing about the vibration, did she??

Why is it necessary to editorialize what a poster experienced or didn't experience and provide rebuttal? We weren't there.

Why is it relevant that Navigator had a drydock in 2006 for soft goods? Actually, the OP complimented the bed sheets!

If you chose not to believe the experiences she is describing that is your call . I want to hear everything anybody wants to contribute from their own experience and it is not helpful to have somebody trying to counterbalance it.

You are certainly entitled to your opinion -- as am I. It only takes one baseless bad review to lose customers. For newbies that have not read the recent positive reviews of the Navigator -- it is only fair to give the other side of the story. If CC has hosts have a problem with someone giving another perspective, they can make that fact known.

The relevancy of the dry dock statement will be apparent if the post from traveller333 is read.

count florida
January 26th, 2009, 03:31 AM
We've been on the Navigator twice, totaling about 40 days, the last time in the fall of 2004. It doesn't have the public space or facilities of the Mariner and Voyager, but its suites are larger than Mariner's and the baths have both tubs and separate showers, as does the Voyager. Marinerís baths have large, treacherous raised tubs with limited overheads in most suites, although a goodly number have now been converted to walk-in shower-only setups. Navigatorís dining choices are limited compared to the other Seven Seas ships, and in March we'll see how the food is, as we've booked a 12-night Caribbean cruise R/T Ft. Lauderdale. We feel all RSSC food as well as the associated dining service has slipped, except in the Signatures restaurants on the larger ships. Menu choices are more limited now, and to us the food seems less well prepared and served, at least on Mariner. Admittedly we don't like the nouvelle cuisine they feature, and havenít yet had the opportunity to try one of the new steak houses. But clearly itís not as bad as some nearby have intimated (Denny's!?!?, come on!)

We're looking forward to a nice cruise with an interesting group of people on a lovely ship. More after March 23rd, if there is something worth reporting, particularly good or notably bad.

Hambagahle
January 26th, 2009, 05:26 AM
This did not strike me as a "balanced" review at all - and we have seen some excellent, well thought through reviews of the Navigator recently. It is strange that this lady does not mention a thing that is frequently criticised on the Navigator - the vibration - and says that the food was awful when the last two reviewers praised it. I also find it odd for someone to state that the entertainment was terrible and in the same breath admit that she didn't stay for any of the shows...

Count Florida - let us have your opinion once you are on board! My husband and I are sailing on her on May 1, and we will be eager to read it!!

gencon
January 26th, 2009, 08:20 AM
Well.......we board the Navigator in 4 hours. I have been trying very hard to remain positive about this cruise in spite of the recent reviews and comments. We will be boarding with a smile on our faces and hope to disembark the same.

Jim B
January 26th, 2009, 08:41 AM
Count Florida:

We will all have a wonderful time on our Navigator cruise March 11th!!
Look forward to meeting you.

Maineac
January 26th, 2009, 08:54 AM
Wow, I am stunned by your review. The fact that your experience was so bad that you wanted to cut your cruise short is unimaginable for me.

I consider myself a pretty good cook and have for the most part enjoyed Regent's food and presentation. I also think that people's tastes are very subjective, but to compare Navigator's food to Denny's? :eek:

My husband and I (in our late 40s and 50s) sailed on the Navigator last March. We truly enjoyed our cruise and met some fabulous people!

I hope which ever line you decide to go with for your World Cruise, that you have a memorable journey.

Cheers,
Judy

Wendy The Wanderer
January 26th, 2009, 09:17 AM
Jim, Count, we expect you to tell us yoru experiences, for sure!

This was the cruise with the terrible weather, right? This must be factored in I guess, and I wonder if that's why they wanted to leave early.

Yes, the soft goods refit was in December 2006, and we were on the ship immediately afterwards. Food was very good, not quite up to Voyager, but very good. Ship was lovely.

I agree that we all have our opinions and it's obvious that the OP really did not have a good time, and I believe that.

But, I also agree that there's a couple of comments that are over the top--it's the second time lately that the food on a Regent ship was compared to Denny's, and that just can't be true (although the breakfast buffet is pretty standard, but I don't think they have smoked salmon at Denny's!) The other one is about the entertainment, I agree, if you don't attend the performances, don't complain.)

This is a nicely laid-out ship, with lovely public areas. If the staff was off its game, perhaps part of that could have been the weather as well.

Oh, and I've never had a stateroom on Regent that did not have (personalized) stationary available or slippers, for that matter. Sounds like the OP had a stewardess who was tired, incompetent or just not properly trained.

PaulaJK
January 26th, 2009, 09:17 AM
I do believe that each person in entitled to report their experience and give their opinion [hoping that they are doing so in an honest manner, without another agenda operating]. Then we are free to 'read' the post.

I do like to hear all opinions...but treat them like a bell curve, lopping off the wildly negative as well as the wildly positive..and the wildly skewed.

I agree w. Count Florida..while at the same time 'Denny's' I simply can't embrace. Actually I've never been on any ship over the years...no matter what its class...that tasted like Denny's et al.

Unfortunately, based on our New Years cruise on Voyager, I have more sympathy for the entertainment comments. We found this category to be very, very weak...not in line w. previous Regent sailings or in fact, w. most other lines. I suppose that at this very moment someone out there is thinking of a good excuse for this.....but that cruise cost over 14K and I am not interested in excuses.

Bottom line appears to be that Regent Navigator was not a match for this pax........why broad brush all Crystal pax as the same??? I sail both lines and know many others that also do.

Host Dan
January 26th, 2009, 09:19 AM
To the OP,
I noticed your "other" post is on the Navigator of the Seas thread on RCCL.. Could you be posting on the wrong board??!

Host Dan

Wendy The Wanderer
January 26th, 2009, 10:23 AM
Dan, the OP mentioned Galileo's, so I think they are talking Regent. Plus the weather from that trip seems to jibe with other posters.

Host Dan
January 26th, 2009, 11:21 AM
Dan, the OP mentioned Galileo's, so I think they are talking Regent. Plus the weather from that trip seems to jibe with other posters.
Oh well, just a try... :(

Host Dan

Ste. Michelle
January 26th, 2009, 12:47 PM
I may have to give Denny's another try if the food is like that on the Navigator!:cool:

Wendy The Wanderer
January 26th, 2009, 12:58 PM
Funny, very funny! I was just thinking, too bad they don't have Denny's in Canada!

RachelG
January 26th, 2009, 03:59 PM
I was just thinking maybe Denny's has gotten better!

Seriously, the things (besides the Denny's comparison) that make me doubt this report are that the OP has never posted anything before and that she said that they would have to fly a small local plane if they went home from Belize. The only port visited in Belize as far as I can tell was Belize City, and it is serviced by American and Continental for sure (probably others as well) with big planes.

msmillie
January 26th, 2009, 04:36 PM
We were on the Navigator from January 9th to January 19th. I decided to
join in on thread after reading a recent review and comments.
The Embarkation was similar to most of the seven times we have boarded a Regent cruise ship: computer problems, friendly staff and a bit of a wait to get through security. I have learned a lot by reading your comments on CC, so when we got on board we went to our cabin and dropped off our carry on and then proceeded to lunch.
We had a balcony cabin in the aft of the ship and although there was some vibration we were not bothered by it after the first night, not even in bad weather. Our cabin was similar to a cabin on the Voyager and had a separate shower and tub - important to us. The cabin was well appointed but there were noticeable differences from set-up on other ships. For instance, there were only two drinking glasses, two wine glasses and two champagne glasses which came with the the champagne, no stirrers, no napkins. When one of the drinking glasses was broken during the night it was never replaced. We could have asked for another one but never thought about it and so made do with the wine glasses. We did receive four pieces of stationary in the leatherette Guest Information Binder, (I have been told that on some lines guests receive personalized stationary). The first page in the binder was so badly stained I did not want to use the binder for information. There were no slippers in the cabin so we had to ask for them. I love the way the Regent pens look but there wasn't one in the room so I had to ask for one, it ran out of ink right away. To be continued ...

yarlenna
January 26th, 2009, 05:15 PM
I may have to give Denny's another try if the food is like that on the Navigator!:cool:

That is a great idea. My Navigator cruise was wonderful - not perfect, but wonderful. It will be some more months before I get back on the Navigator and am having a craving for their blue-cheese burgers. I just have to go to Denny's for a great lunch.

mikeIam
January 26th, 2009, 06:09 PM
Wendy said:
Funny, very funny! I was just thinking, too bad they don't have Denny's in Canada!I don't know if it's the same chain, but there are definitely Denny's in Alberta.
And, at least for breakfast, they are are in the same ballpark as the competition (Humpty's). May have to try them for other times if they are comparable to Regent.

mike

neviboy
January 26th, 2009, 06:35 PM
Methinks I heard someone complaining all over the place about matters inconsequential while on the 'bad weather' cruise. Naturally, a few complaints are usual, but not as far out as this one.
Writing materials ? There is a black leather book with letterheads, envelopes, postcards and a scratch pad on the vanity table.
A great pianist was located in the Navigator lounge . A male. The female pianist is a concert pianist. We did not attend as this is not our type of music.
There are many quiet places to read, with plenty of light. The top deck lounge for example.
I never inspected the exterior windows so cannot comment on the caulking, and cannot swim so I was unable to check the hull.
The comments were written in anger, I suppose.

msmillie
January 26th, 2009, 09:35 PM
Navigator from January 9th to January 19th - differences from other Regent cruise experiences. A clock was delivered several days into the cruise but you could not read the numbers at night without turning on the light. In the bathroom the toiletries set up was noticeably different; for one thing on previous cruises we were supplied a glass container with cotton balls and q-tips, the set up on this Navigator cruise had five q-tips placed on the plastic tray along with shampoo, conditioner, etc. Midway through the cruise we were supplied two partially used moisturizer lotion bottles in the bathroom after a cleaning service, one of the used moisturizer bottles may have been substituted for the hair conditioner that needed to be replaced. I did get the perception that some things were different. For instance, the large floral arrangements that we were use to seeing in public areas were no longer there. We did not have flowers in our cabin although I did talk to another passenger who had a stem of orchids in her cabin. To be continued...

cruiseluv
January 26th, 2009, 10:19 PM
Midway through the cruise we were supplied two partially used moisturizer lotion bottles in the bathroom after a cleaning service, one of the used moisturizer bottles may have been substituted for the hair conditioner that needed to be replaced. I did get the perception that some things were different. For instance, the large floral arrangements that we were use to seeing in public areas were no longer there. We did not have flowers in our cabin although I did talk to another passenger who had a stem of orchids in her cabin. To be continued...


Recycling of partially used toiletries?? Yuck!

canadagal
January 26th, 2009, 10:20 PM
Funny, very funny! I was just thinking, too bad they don't have Denny's in Canada!

Wendy, we have a local Denny's out here just east of you. Nothing wrong with Denny's food either, but I can hardly believe that someone is comparing it to Regent dining but then food is very subjective to people and their tastes so maybe to them it is. Yes, there does seem to be an awful lot of negative things said about the Navigator lately but until I experience them for myself I'll still book and go with an open mind. She is scheduled for dry dock come early 2010 but before that hopefully the teething problems associated with the changeover in management will cease. It varies with each cruise as to what we are hearing. I have a very good friend that did the crossing and she said she experienced no problems. Then another friend of mine did the next cruise right after the crossing and she had all kinds of problems. Both of these people are very experienced cruisers and laid back. Certainly not whiners so it's a real mystery why some Navigator cruises are experiencing problems and some are not.
Pat

PaulaJK
January 26th, 2009, 11:03 PM
Msmillie...a seasoned Regent cruisers...is adding some important observations [stated in a most reasonable manner]. Perhaps the
changes she notes are the subliminal basis for what several have being saying is was different but they just can't put their finger on it.

On our recent cruise many of the same observations could have been made..e.g. regarding the relative absence of flower, paucity of 'paper' & sypplies,no cotton balls,etc. None of these break the bank.....but when regulars/fans start noticing this plus this plus this plus this, it indeed gives pause.

Although I attended shows, even those who choose not to may have strong feelings about the general lack of dance music and other aspects of entertainment. "Pre recorded dance music" in the Horizon Lounge is not my idea of luxury; Regent offered this on several evenings.

esther e
January 27th, 2009, 06:33 AM
This was our first cruise (last week, Navigator) since the line is not longer Carlson, and we were very aware of the little differences. Do you think because it's not a family-owned business any longer that's the problem? I can tell you from experience that if there was any missed ports due to weather or pod problems, you found a $500 credit p/p towards another cruise. This was our 10th Radisson/Regent cruise, and yes, I was shocked there was no pen or pad in the suite and the little things in the dining room also. The wine didn't seem to be poured as often as in the old days. However, I love Regent and yet do see a difference since "Big Brother" took over.

Maineac
January 27th, 2009, 08:08 AM
After his "Open Letter", I believed Mark Conroy had his finger on the pulse.
The recent feedback from fellow cruisers has made us question our decision
to spend what I consider a great deal of money with Regent.
Still, we are look forward to our cruise in March and will try not to sweat the little stuff.

I hope Mr. Conroy continues to read this board.

Wendy The Wanderer
January 27th, 2009, 08:53 AM
No cotton balls! Used moisturizer! Eek!

Carlson was pleased as punch to unload the cruise line; they really did not want to be in the cruise business, so theoretically, the move should be a good thing.

Sounds like there's something wrong in the housekeeping management on Navigator. Supplies aren't getting ordered, rooms aren't been provisioned properly. Or, there is a staffing problem. This can't be corporate-wide, since everything of that type was excellent on the PG just a month ago.

Luckily, if Navigator's in my future at all, it will be after the refit. But sure hope they get their housekeeping and other ship management issues solved.

beaniele
January 27th, 2009, 11:49 AM
We've been on the Navigator twice, totaling about 40 days, the last time in the fall of 2004. It doesn't have the public space or facilities of the Mariner and Voyager, but its suites are larger than Mariner's and the baths have both tubs and separate showers, as does the Voyager. Marinerís baths have large, treacherous raised tubs with limited overheads in most suites, although a goodly number have now been converted to walk-in shower-only setups. Navigatorís dining choices are limited compared to the other Seven Seas ships, and in March we'll see how the food is, as we've booked a 12-night Caribbean cruise R/T Ft. Lauderdale. We feel all RSSC food as well as the associated dining service has slipped, except in the Signatures restaurants on the larger ships. Menu choices are more limited now, and to us the food seems less well prepared and served, at least on Mariner. Admittedly we don't like the nouvelle cuisine they feature, and havenít yet had the opportunity to try one of the new steak houses. But clearly itís not as bad as some nearby have intimated (Denny's!?!?, come on!)

We're looking forward to a nice cruise with an interesting group of people on a lovely ship. More after March 23rd, if there is something worth reporting, particularly good or notably bad.

Please let me know what you think and your experiences as we are on the Navigator in 2010 and I am a little worried also from what I have been reading. Thanks in advance!

msmillie
January 27th, 2009, 12:09 PM
Navigator from January 9th to January 19th - The pool bar gained an excellent new bartender, he was friendly and happy to be on Regent. The Sommelier seemed to manage wine service well in the Compass Rose, however, wine service was more irregular in Portofino. The sommelier presented two wine tastings which were appreciated by those in attendance. One tasting was scheduled after Costa Maya was canceled and we were at sea. So there was staff whose performance was excellent, however, there were others who seemed new to an "all inclusive" line.
This behavior was reinforced by passengers who openly tipped especially at the end of the cruise.

CruiserPK
January 27th, 2009, 12:47 PM
Wendy,

The Navigator is not the only RSSC ship in the fleet with bathroom amenities being scrimped on. We had to ask for lotion and other items during our recent Voyager cruise. I have seen other postings about this as well.

Travelcat2
January 27th, 2009, 12:50 PM
Sounds like there's something wrong in the housekeeping management on Navigator. Supplies aren't getting ordered, rooms aren't been provisioned properly. Or, there is a staffing problem. This can't be corporate-wide, since everything of that type was excellent on the PG just a month ago.

This is probably what could be happening. With the management and computer changes, it seems to be affecting several areas. They do need to get their act together. We are not concerned about our Navigator cruise in February. In fact, yesterday we booked a 2010 cruise on the Navigator.

JoAnne B
January 27th, 2009, 01:20 PM
It seems as though many small complaints (that add up) fall under the umbrella of the Hotel Director. Fabrizio, the long-time HD, left suddenly in August. He was planning to retire this year, but suddenly was gone. He has talked about retiring for several years, but always put it off. I had lunch and dinner with him on the Spring crossing and retirement was definitely not in his plans until the fall 2009 crossing.

He was known to rule the ship with an iron fist. I'm wondering if the current problems are related to his departure. Guiessepe was his protegy and would be expected to carry on with an equally tight grip, but having the job full time still carries a potentially bumpy transitional period.

cruiseluv
January 27th, 2009, 01:25 PM
This is probably what could be happening. With the management and computer changes, it seems to be affecting several areas. They do need to get their act together. We are not concerned about our Navigator cruise in February. In fact, yesterday we booked a 2010 cruise on the Navigator.

Huh?? What management or computer changes would have an effect on housekeeping staff not knowing cabins need to be provided with soap and shampoo?? What's next, toilet paper and kleenex to be rationed as well?

Travelcat2
January 27th, 2009, 01:56 PM
Huh?? What management or computer changes would have an effect on housekeeping staff not knowing cabins need to be provided with soap and shampoo?? What's next, toilet paper and kleenex to be rationed as well?

I assume that the housekeeping staff reports to a manager who may or may not have changed recently. If supplies are ordered via computer, the shipments may have been short or delayed due to the computer issues. Housekeeping cannot provide what they don't have.

While I don't claim to know the complex system that keeps Regent up and running, we do know that the onboard computer to check people in has been down several times lately. I also know that our documents, received less than an hour ago, are still not "proper tickets", but, rather, sheets of paper with the information.

cruiseluv
January 27th, 2009, 02:06 PM
Well, whatever is causing it is no way to run a so called 6 stars operation . Haven't they heard of phones and faxes?? This is not brain surgery! The excuses that this is due to so called management changes and the computer problems are getting really old.
I have never experienced anything like that in cruises on the so called non luxury ships like Princess or Royal Caribbean.

lborne
January 27th, 2009, 02:30 PM
On our Dec 18-19, 2008 cruise on the Navigator, we had wonderful suite service. I found it better than Oct 2006 when we were last on the Navigator. We had two room stewardesses who made sure we always had a full box of q-tips, and full bottles of shampoo, conditioner, etc. Our mini fridge was always stocked with our preferences, ice always in the ice bucket, and pen & paper was plentiful. In fact, one evening I asked my hostess out in the hallway to please put Corona in the fridge the next day and within 1 minute, she was back with a 6 pack. So I'd argue any problems are with individual staff not being properly trained.

I do agree the pens are terrible. The metal ones they give out write fine, but always get stuck. It was true 2 years ago too. I asked at Reception if they had any pens that would work, and they joked that it would not be a Regent pen. So they gave me a standard bic pen.

Wendy The Wanderer
January 27th, 2009, 02:48 PM
Thanks for clarifying, Travelcat. There is a housekeeping manager on these ships I believe; there certainly is one on the PG.

Giuseppe is now HD of Navigator? I know everybody seems to love him, except me I guess.

Travelcat2
January 27th, 2009, 03:01 PM
Giuseppe is now HD of Navigator? I know everybody seems to love him, except me I guess.

Was Giuseppe previously associated with Portofino? If so, we were not impressed:(

PaulaJK
January 27th, 2009, 03:45 PM
Wendy, We had significant problems on our cruise on Navigato [New Yrs 2007]...and didn't find Guiseppi helpful [personable & handsome yes..problem solving, no]...so add me to your list.

Travelcat...Are you thinking of the guitar player Jerri? He is now on Voyager....but Guiseppi sometimes went to Portofino's and sang...although he was HD at the time.

Travelcat2
January 27th, 2009, 04:12 PM
The person I was thinking of took greeted you and appeared to be manager at Portofino. We noticed that he was most unpleasant to several people.

Paula, did you do a review on your 2007 cruise? I'd like to read it (if not, could you give me an overview?). We had food issues on the Navigator in March, 2007, but enjoyed the ship and the staff very much.

It is very possible that things won't be completely fixed by our February cruise. . . . still, we look forward to revisiting this beautiful ship. Next year, however, we'll be on the Navigator after the 22 day dry dock and will have very high expectations.

Wendy The Wanderer
January 27th, 2009, 04:16 PM
Giuseppe goes back to Don Vito's on Diamond. I can't remember his position on the ship in 2004 when we were on her, maybe cruise director. He was very charming, but also very chummy with *his* frequent-cruiser friends, and ignored everybody else pretty much. And we found Don Vito's tasteless and way over the top even back then.

He was on Navigator in 2006, but he wasn't HD, not sure what his status was. Lots of people love him.

esther e
January 27th, 2009, 04:25 PM
He started out as a bar person and worked his way up, up, up. I remember him and Monaliza from the Diamond where they used to sing. In fact, Monaliza was a waitress last week on the Navigator. Guiseppe (sp) was on vacation. He definitely is a cutie-patootie, and is expecting the second child.

RMS Olympic
January 27th, 2009, 05:00 PM
My first Radisson cruise was on the Navigator...to Alaska in 2002. It was in a nut shell 6 star perfection. Since then it was the Voyager twice and the PG twice. I tried to book the Diamond but she was sold right from under me when I booked. Still need to get on the Mariner.
This November I embark on the Navigator for the fall transatlantic. I will be very curious to see what the experience is like and understand up front the ship has aged. Considering we will be a captive audience for 8 days with no ports of call, and a crew working without a break....the true test of service will observed. I expect to have a great time......just give me a glass of wine and a good steak and I will be a happy cruiser. If not my score card will be observed.
The intense comments that started the thread were the same I had when I sailed the Seabourn Sun......substandard in ever respect. So I find it sad that Navigator could have slipped.
Hardware is one thing, but the human factor boils down to ship management. That counts for continued training to observing daily operations. The Captain sets the tone for the ship...including the Hotel Director....but the Hotel Director is directly responsible for the attention to details. I saw the lack of attention on Oceania...and have not sailed them since. Perhaps the lack of WOW on Navigator...or lack of attention to detail stems from management change....
Its funny, when I boarded the Navigator in Sept 2002....I knocked on the open door of the Hotel Manager and introduced myself. If I remember correctly his name was Harry. After exchanging pleasantries I told him I was going to grade him on what I observed...and a point would be subtracted for every "significant" missing attention to detail. I told him the best to date was a score of 98 on the Deutchsland and I doubted he could match it. He asked who the Hotel manager was...I told him Renato Chizzola. He smiled an informed me he was Renato's mentor and was his predecessor on the Deutchsland. So Harry said the challenge was on. needless to say the Navigator got a 99. I wont say where the one point was lost preventing a perfect score of 100.
So this November I shall see if the Navigator stays in the 90's point wise. But I still believe the Captain sets the tone, the Hotel manager is responsible for the crew training, morale and attention to detail. Since I am easy to please...I expect to have a great time.....but will have fun with my score card just the same.
Navigator...I'll see you in Funchal. :D

JoAnne B
January 27th, 2009, 05:06 PM
Guisseppe as CD was personable and fun. As HD, not so much. He does socialize mostly with "favorites" now.

Still, with so many lapses, it seems like either somebody is not paying attention or the standards are slipping. Either way, it doesn't speak well for Regent. Staff used to say that Fabrizio had eyes in the back of his head. I'm sure that he wasn't easy to work for. I remember one time when I had a really bad stewardess. One complaint to the front desk and the head housekeeper was right on it. The quality of service improved immediately. I'm sad to hear such negative reports about my favorite ship!

JoAnne B
January 27th, 2009, 05:33 PM
I only remember Alex and Roberto in Portofino's. I can't imagine either one being rude or difficult. I've seen both trying to resolve unreasonable complaints and it was always handled with courtesy. I remember one time a woman was very angry because she insisted that they bring a vegetarian main course from Compass Rose to Portofino's and the waiter said he couldn't do it. Roberto tried to explain that they had a fixed menu, but did send down for what she wanted.

Portofino's food seems to vary more from cruise to cruise than the other restaurants. I've had great and mediocre. The only time I had poor service was when Guisseppe turned it into a steak menu and the cooks couldn't handle it. That night was a disaster. But there were abundant apologies from the waitstaff.

I guess that's a restaurant you either love or hate.

Travelcat2
January 27th, 2009, 08:29 PM
JoAnne B, I have been doing some searching on the Regent website and learned that we will be staying in your favorite suite next year. Really looking forward to it!

PaulaJK
January 28th, 2009, 08:03 PM
Travelcat....I don't know how to access former posts. I have to add that I don't think you would 'enjoy' reading my posts about that cruise! Our most personal problem was that the a/c in our cabin was insufficient [to say the least]. We had the engineer come several times and he obtained high temperatures but was unable to fix the issue. They removed several of the ceiling tiles,leaving a gaping hole which they lined with foil lest the asbestos fly into the cabin. So the a/c then came down in one line only. We were always uncomfortable....and at night would awaken repeatedly due to heat. Not a good cruise.

There also were other disappointments on that cruise..which I am trying not to recall.

We had such a negative experience that my husband refuses to sail Navigator again. I appreciate that many on board love her.

cruiseluv
January 28th, 2009, 08:43 PM
Paula,

I can't recall if it was your post , but I do recall a post sometime ago that described that same situation. May I ask, did Regent at least provided you with any compensation for what must have been a very uncomfortable and substandard cruise?

Travelcat2
January 28th, 2009, 08:56 PM
Travelcat....I don't know how to access former posts. I have to add that I don't think you would 'enjoy' reading my posts about that cruise! Our most personal problem was that the a/c in our cabin was insufficient [to say the least]. We had the engineer come several times and he obtained high temperatures but was unable to fix the issue. They removed several of the ceiling tiles,leaving a gaping hole which they lined with foil lest the asbestos fly into the cabin. So the a/c then came down in one line only. We were always uncomfortable....and at night would awaken repeatedly due to heat. Not a good cruise.

There also were other disappointments on that cruise..which I am trying not to recall.

We had such a negative experience that my husband refuses to sail Navigator again. I appreciate that many on board love her.

Are you referring to cabin 601 -- with the air conditioning problems? I was kind of assuming that all electrical issues will be resolved when the Navigator goes into dry dock. We'll be on the Navigator next month -- in a Navigator suite. Hopefully that will be okay.

We did have one question about 601 -- does it have any windows in addition to the sliding glass doors leading to the balcony? It is difficult to find information on this suite. I appreciate any input you may have.

esther e
January 28th, 2009, 10:13 PM
We were in that suite a few years ago from FLL to Bermuda. There are no extra windows; however, the bedroom is partitioned off by draperies that can be closed to make it like a separate room. It is a large suite and the balcony is long. The only problem is the anchor going up and down. Didn't bother us, but if you don't like to know when you're landing somewhere it might be a problem. Shhhh, don't tell anyone about that great room. Keep it a secret!;)

PaulaJK
January 28th, 2009, 10:18 PM
Travelcat...I have erased the cabin # from my mind....but it was on deck 6 or 7.

We were thoroughly disgusted with that cabin/cruise and disappointed in other aspects......We didn't correspond with Regent about it ...probably an error ...but we weren't particularly thinking about compensation. Dopey, I guess.

cruiseluv
January 28th, 2009, 10:55 PM
Paula,

I understand, sometimes we just want to forget and not keep going over the bad memories! I don't blame your husband for not wanting to cruise on her again!

Anna B.
January 28th, 2009, 11:19 PM
PaulaJK and Cruisluv: Your cruise experiences on Regent sound absolutely awful. I hope you can find a line that meets your expectations.

LOGHL
January 29th, 2009, 10:49 AM
.

I do agree the pens are terrible. The metal ones they give out write fine, but always get stuck. It was true 2 years ago too. I asked at Reception if they had any pens that would work, and they joked that it would not be a Regent pen. So they gave me a standard bic pen.[/QUOTE]

THANK YOU FOR A GOOD LAUGH !!! I MUST BE CRAZY.... HAVE NEVER CONSIDERED THE QUALITY OF THE PENS WHEN BOOKING A CRUISE!!!

esther e
January 29th, 2009, 11:25 AM
At least they gave you a pen! We never thought to ask and used our own.

canadagal
January 29th, 2009, 11:35 AM
Hardware is one thing, but the human factor boils down to ship management. That counts for continued training to observing daily operations. The Captain sets the tone for the ship...including the Hotel Director....but the Hotel Director is directly responsible for the attention to details. I saw the lack of attention on Oceania...and have not sailed them since. Perhaps the lack of WOW on Navigator...or lack of attention to detail stems from management change....
Its funny, when I boarded the Navigator in Sept 2002....I knocked on the open door of the Hotel Manager and introduced myself. If I remember correctly his name was Harry. After exchanging pleasantries I told him I was going to grade him on what I observed...and a point would be subtracted for every "significant" missing attention to detail. I told him the best to date was a score of 98 on the Deutchsland and I doubted he could match it. He asked who the Hotel manager was...I told him Renato Chizzola. He smiled an informed me he was Renato's mentor and was his predecessor on the Deutchsland. So Harry said the challenge was on. needless to say the Navigator got a 99. I wont say where the one point was lost preventing a perfect score of 100.
So this November I shall see if the Navigator stays in the 90's point wise. But I still believe the Captain sets the tone, the Hotel manager is responsible for the crew training, morale and attention to detail. Since I am easy to please...I expect to have a great time.....but will have fun with my score card just the same.
Navigator...I'll see you in Funchal. :D

I like your moxie! Kudos to you in challenging the Hotel Director. I'm thinking the same thing that the management change has something to do with all of the bad reports the Navigator seems to be getting lately. I look forward to reading your reports this fall. I just booked another cruise on the Navigator yesterday. Hopefully with time things will turn around.
Pat

Travelcat2
January 29th, 2009, 01:21 PM
I like your moxie! Kudos to you in challenging the Hotel Director. I'm thinking the same thing that the management change has something to do with all of the bad reports the Navigator seems to be getting lately. I look forward to reading your reports this fall. I just booked another cruise on the Navigator yesterday. Hopefully with time things will turn around.
Pat

As reported by the Editor in Chief of CC, the position of "Hotel Director" no longer exists. The new position is "General Manager".

In any case, it appears that there are as many positive reviews as negative ones on the Navigator. As has been discussed in the past. . . passengers on the same cruise can have completely different reports. During our upcoming cruise, we will only compare the experience to the last time we were on the Navigator.

canadagal
January 29th, 2009, 02:38 PM
I not sure what your point is in quoting me Travelcat in my response to RMS Olympic.
Pat

ORV
February 3rd, 2009, 08:19 PM
I not sure what your point is in quoting me Travelcat in my response to RMS Olympic.
Pat


I believe TC2 is referring to your use of the term "Hotel Director"

canadagal
February 3rd, 2009, 08:55 PM
Thank-you Orv! Thank-you TC2!
Pat

Travelcat2
February 3rd, 2009, 09:41 PM
Thanks ORV. Yes -- I was referring not only to the title change, but, change in responsibilities. Apparently the Hotel Manager responsibilities have decreased and have been taken over by the General Manager. Not certain what this means. . . . but, it could cause some interim confusion.

Avondale
February 7th, 2009, 03:28 PM
Just returned from the Jan.26th to Feb.6th/09 sailing on the Navigator. Going again in Nov./09.
Will start at the beginning. Arrived at the dock at 1200 and immediately went to check-in area, sat for 5 min. and went thru the normal procedures and were on board with drink in hand at 1230. Were in cabin by 1430, after having lunch on the Pool Deck.
Found the dining in Portofino to be very good, as was the service. Although we did miss the wine tasting before dinner and the singers during dinner. Thought they were very good.
The dinners in the Compass Rose, throughout the 11 day cruise, were excellent. The service, at all times, was above and beyond the call of duty from the Maitre d' on down. The Sommeliers were very accommodating, as most nights we ordered something not on the Menu suggested list.
We took all our breakfasts in our cabin(trying not to overindulge)and always on time. The coffee was excellent, very strong.
Most days we had lunch on the Pool Deck. All very good.
The Bar Servers were attentive and we only waited a moment or two for our drinks.
Only noticed slight vibration once during dinner.

Travelcat2
February 7th, 2009, 03:43 PM
Thanks so much for posting that. It is really very good news. The seas were very stormy a couple of weeks back and they appear to have settled down a bit. When we were on the Navigator in March, 2007, there was minimal vibration and were hoping for fairly calm seas.

We are looking forward to dining in Portofino -- unfortunately, we have not been able to make reservations yet. Are they serving Italian food, or is the menu more of a steak, chicken, fish, etc.

Avondale
February 8th, 2009, 10:15 AM
In the Portofino we had Fettuccine, Ravioli, Red Snapper(all very good) and Tiramisu(the best I've had). The complete Menu is shown on the Regent web site. The lights were low, lots of ambiance, the way we like it. Good Italian wines and attentive service. My wife loved the "Blanc du Nil" in Sint Maarten on the Front St. (the end nearest the cruise ship).She bought a couple items there. In Tortola we shopped at "Pusser's" for souvenirs and I bought a White Shirt (seemed like Sea Island Cotton).

Maineac
February 8th, 2009, 11:11 AM
Thank you for posting Avondale,
It's refreshing to read some positive feedback about the Navigator.

annual cruiser 63
March 3rd, 2009, 12:44 AM
We were on the cruise discussed in the initial posting and we actually met the couple who posted. (Very nice people.) We have sailed Crystal a half dozen times and really, on the whole, we agree with the posting. The experience was very disappointing with the exception of two absolutely terrific excursions in Belize and Guatamala.

We do not believe that the Navigator could be placed in the same zip code as either of the Crystal ships. This neither in terms of the physical plant or the service:

The rear of the ship vibrates dramatically. Whether in high seas (which we had) or flat seas, if the ship was at speed, eating in the back of the ship was a bit like being on a train in the 1950s. This we found unacceptable. After the first couple of days, we effectively put a line in the middle of the ship and did not go beyond that line. We were lucky that our cabin was in the front of the ship and in the cabin, there was no vibration what-so-ever.

Our room was magnificent relative to Crystal. However, the waste disposal system is in serious need of repair. When I asked the first night out, the attendant finished my sentence, which was a tipoff. We had the maintenance people in about every other day as flushing was often more of a concept than a reality. ---- That is nuts.

We had a minor problem with the TV set, minor as defined as if i had given it two minutes of thought, i could have fixed it in two minutes. The individual came to fix it instantly and after fixing it informed us that the ship was not worth what we were paying and commented that the electrical generator would probably break again. ----- I continue to ruminate on the training he had received about dealing with passengers as we surely did not ask any questions.

We thought he food was pretty good at dinner, but the dining experience was not very positive. It is interesting because although we thought the food was ok, I used Dennys to describe the service in a note to Regent. The meal was virtually always served with a speed you would expect in a Dennys. And we saw a few things during the trip you might not see at Dennys including table clothes being used twice during the same breakfast or lunch service. One of my personal pet peeves is sitting at a meal and looking across the aisle to see used plates stacked from other tables which had finished the meal. We also so no useage of the hand disinfectant available throughout the ship.

So sadly. and we were expecting to have a great time and we did meet a few wonderful people, we are one and out on Regent. We simply did not think there was value and frankly, we understand why the other couple wanted to fly home. When your expectations are so far from the product delivered, it is a bit difficult to have a great time.

count florida
March 3rd, 2009, 03:22 AM
We'll be on the Navigator a week from tomorrow, and will see whether Shortsleve and Annual Cruiser or Avondale are closer to reality - but we sure hope is Avondale! We know about the aft vibration, so we have a suite forward, but won't avoid Portofino just to be away from any shaking posibility. Maybe they can do something about it during next year's dry-dock.

OrpingtonT
March 3rd, 2009, 06:35 AM
After reading annual cruiser 63's comments it will be even more interesting to read Travelcat2's view of Navigator after her cruise.

cruiseluv
March 3rd, 2009, 06:56 AM
We'll be on the Navigator a week from tomorrow, and will see whether Shortsleve and Annual Cruiser or Avondale are closer to reality - but we sure hope is Avondale! We know about the aft vibration, so we have a suite forward, but won't avoid Portofino just to be away from any shaking posibility. Maybe they can do something about it during next year's dry-dock.

This ship is almost 10 years old and has vibrated from day one. This will not be fixed ( I don't think they can).

yarlenna
March 3rd, 2009, 08:05 AM
I may have to give Denny's another try if the food is like that on the Navigator!:cool:

You took the words right out of my "mouth"

Wendy The Wanderer
March 3rd, 2009, 09:50 AM
So why are they doing the major refit next year prior to deployment in Alaska?

I have only been on Navigator once, December 2006, and I did experience the a/c problems, the vibration problems, and some minor housekeeping problems. Other than that, and the lack of viable alternative dining (which has been mitigated slightly), I thought she was a lovely ship. Not as nice as Voyager, for sure.

Travelcat2
March 3rd, 2009, 10:26 AM
Admiral, with all due respect, haven't you been off of the Navigator for some months? Yes, they continue to change the staff as contracts run out. They are changing from having their employees sent from an outside vendor to Regent hiring and training staff. It is very apparent which employees on board know they are on their last contract vs. employees who have been picked up by Regent.

At no point have we noticed poor maintenance. To the contrary, the ship is being touched up (paint) and worked on all of the time. It definitely needs some mechanical work but has been deemed seaworthy. They will probably change out an engine next year, as well as generator(s) and do some pipe replacement. The air conditioning has not been a problem on this cruise (as many know, I am writing this from the Navigator). We had a 15 minute power outage -- other than that, everything mechanically is working ell!

Contrary to popular believe, the Navigator is not being sold any time soon .... nor, is a new ship anything more than a thought in the future (probably due to the economy). The Navigator is scheduled for a 22 day dry dock in April, 2010.

I agree that the Navigator will always have the aft vibration due to it's hull (just as the Voyager will always have a similar vibration -- due to other reasons). Yes -- I love the Voyager. . . but, this is one sweet little ship (JMHO):D

Hambagahle
March 3rd, 2009, 11:03 AM
Travelcat - It is a relief to read what you have to say, written as it is on the Navigator at the end of your cruise...I have never been on the Nav. and I must say am in two minds about our trans-Atlantic cruise in May. Were it not for the fact that we are fully paid and have our air tickets I would be tempted to switch to the Voyager. But we will have to stay where we are!!

I for one am really looking forward to getting your full report on the cruise...

Island Cruiser
March 3rd, 2009, 11:16 AM
Admiral, I am among those who love Navigator. I love her in spite of her mechanical challenges. Your comments ring quite true to me. We had some air conditioning problems. It didn't spoil our experience, but they were there. The vibration problem is obvious. Our TA had advised us not to book an aft cabin and it was good advice. I remember the Captain's welcome aboard party in the theatre. We were not only vibrating away but the odor of diesel fumes was noticable as folks munched on their free caviar. We read regularly of electrical failures on board and brown water attacks. None of this has kept us from booking the Navigator again. We love her in spite of these challenges. Thanks so much for posting again. Pat

Charsie
March 3rd, 2009, 04:07 PM
I know you speak the truth. I'm sorry to hear Giuseppe has left the company, I adored him. I wonder if Miki is still Maitre D' somewhere, do you know? He's one of my favourites.

I had such fun on The Diamond and The Navigator for so many years, but now with Neil Broomhall, Sam P, Giuseppe, Alex S, Roberto T, Monaliza, and so many of the other "originals" who made my experience onboard spectacular gone (crew DOES count to me) it won't be the same... I'm glad my next cruise is on The Mariner (Alaska 9/9/9).

If you know about Miki, please let me know.

JoAnne B
March 3rd, 2009, 04:23 PM
Still almost two months from my next Navigator cruise, I'm hoping that I won't be disappointed. She's been my favorite ship since the Diamond left the fleet, but I can't deny the constant problems with air conditioning, flooding, vibrations, etc. Those frustrations have always been offset by the great staff. I am a bit concerned that the intimacy of the ship is being lost with the latest change in ownership and changes in onboard management.

I have said this before, but if Regent wants to be considered a luxury line, it absolutely has to fix it's biggest problem: lack of consistency. Even then they won't please everybody, but nothing will chase passengers away faster than lack of confidence that they will have a great, problem-free cruise. With the price increases and people watching their budgets, expectations will be even higher and they can ill afford bad reviews.

I have not yet booked 2010 cruises. I'm hoping that I'll be so pleased by my upcoming cruise, that I'll be ready to book. If not, well..there are always other lines to try.

traveller333
March 3rd, 2009, 06:02 PM
It does concern me why several of the senior executives within Regent have left the company within the past year as well as Captains and now to hear about Giuseppe.It gives one an uneasy, unsettling feeling that there are major problems internally that we aren't privy to. Add to this the turmoil the website has been in, not sure it will ever be as good as the previous Regent site.

I've never been a fan of the Navigator and think she's seen her better days. I do enjoy both the Voyager and the Mariner. I've never had the same problems on these ships as I have on the Navigator and feel they are far superior.

Pam
March 3rd, 2009, 08:15 PM
We leave a week from today, and embark the next day. The cruise had a good pricetag, we are going to be with friends, and somebody else will be cooking. I won't be blind to problems, but those three things start me out ahead of the game.

OrpingtonT
March 4th, 2009, 02:25 AM
Excellent attitude to take and I hope you have a wonderful time.

LOGHL
March 4th, 2009, 10:10 AM
I know you speak the truth. I'm sorry to hear Giuseppe has left the company, I adored him. I wonder if Miki is still Maitre D' somewhere, do you know? He's one of my favourites.

I had such fun on The Diamond and The Navigator for so many years, but now with Neil Broomhall, Sam P, Giuseppe, Alex S, Roberto T, Monaliza, and so many of the other "originals" who made my experience onboard spectacular gone (crew DOES count to me) it won't be the same... I'm glad my next cruise is on The Mariner (Alaska 9/9/9).

If you know about Miki, please let me know.

Disembarked the Navigator on the 16 of Feb, and had the pleasure of having Miki as our Maitre D' on our cruise.....Wonderful as always

cruisr
March 4th, 2009, 10:24 AM
It does concern me why several of the senior executives within Regent have left the company within the past year as well as Captains and now to hear about Giuseppe.It gives one an uneasy, unsettling feeling that there are major problems internally that we aren't privy to. Add to this the turmoil the website has been in, not sure it will ever be as good as the previous Regent site.

I've never been a fan of the Navigator and think she's seen her better days. I do enjoy both the Voyager and the Mariner. I've never had the same problems on these ships as I have on the Navigator and feel they are far superior.


Another senior executive leaving: It was reported in SeaTrade Insider that Ken Watson, the exec VP of Sales and Marketing is resigning effective 3-31 and will not be replaced.

Charsie
March 4th, 2009, 12:52 PM
Thank you Chelonia, that's so good to know!

tourguide97
March 4th, 2009, 01:10 PM
I was on the Navigator last march and I thought it was great. Only disappointment was only one restaurant but found the food quite tasty.

Some cruisers will never be happy on their cruise unless they have something to complain about. Last year, one couple told me they thought Holland America was better then Regent.

Having worked with the public for many years, I have learned that you can not ever, ever please everyone and I think this is the case for these folks.

T.G.

Travelcat2
March 5th, 2009, 09:08 AM
We are currently on the Navigator (last day). This thread seems to have two themes -- the Navigator and departures of some staff. I read on another thread that Guiseppe had been looking for a land job for a long time. In my opinion, many of the staff changes have been for the better.

There are currently two electricians (brought in from Italy where the ship was built) trying to figure out the electrical problem. They are not ignoring it -- they are actively working on it. The air conditioning has been fine during our 11 night cruise (in the very warm Caribbean).

The vibration on the Nvigator is caused by the hull -- it isn't something they can fix. The ship will be in a 22 day dry dock in April, 2010 during which time they will work (or replace?) an engine, add a Prime 7 restaurant, etc.

I will review this cruise when we return. The best thing about this ship is service and the suites. The worst is the food and the service. ;)

cruiseluv
March 5th, 2009, 09:32 AM
I wonder where are they carving the space for the Prime 7 restaurant?

Wendy The Wanderer
March 5th, 2009, 09:45 AM
Yeh, I'm really curious about that too!

PaulaJK
March 5th, 2009, 10:37 AM
Travelcat,

I hope that your cruise ends smoothly and your travel home is stress free.
How did you like St Barth's?
We all eagerly await your comments/review. I am guessing that there were some very good areas of service and some that need improvement...perhaps in the CR [?] where I have found service to be spotty. You were lucky with the a/c. It is a per cabin issue. We were not lucky with the a/c and it negatively impacted our cruise as we lost sleep due to warm cabin temperatures.

Paula

Travelcat2
March 5th, 2009, 03:32 PM
Quickie answers -- people are waiting for the five computers (need more on this ship). Portofino is being split in half -- as you walk in, the left side will be Prime Seven. When you look at it, it's a pretty obvious split.

Paula, the trip was great and is ending very good. We didn't spend as much time in St. Barths as we expected. We were doing excursions every day -- we just walked around the streets for a bit.

I'm off to Gaileo to sip a martini, write more of my review --- then trivia:)

cruiseluv
March 5th, 2009, 04:12 PM
Will that part now be closed off for breakfast and lunch??

mariners
March 5th, 2009, 04:17 PM
Looking forward to your review! Enjoy your martini - wish I was there to join you.

Cruisewoman79
March 5th, 2009, 04:34 PM
Travel Cat I wish I could join you for a martini too but I will do that in September on the Voyager! 183 days until I depart, not that I'm counting down or anything.
Will look for your review.
Enjoy!
Kate

scuba diver
March 5th, 2009, 04:52 PM
Travelcat2:

Don't forget to mention my private balcony access on deck 6 in your review.

Looking forward to the "rest of the story" too.

Host Dan
March 5th, 2009, 05:20 PM
Looking forward to your review TravelCat! I'm sure it will be "well rounded" as usual!

Host Dan

Travelcat2
March 7th, 2009, 03:22 PM
Travelcat2:

Don't forget to mention my private balcony access on deck 6 in your review.

Looking forward to the "rest of the story" too.

I did forget to mention your private balcony access on deck six. We looked at that deck quite a bit. There is definitely a walkway on your side of the ship (port), however, there is no way to access it from the suites. The only negative I can see is that you may want to keep the curtains drawn if you aren't dressed. There could be a bit of noise. . . but, during the day, there is noise from many things throughout the ship (anchors and tenders being lowered and lifted, noise from the pool on deck 9. At night, it should be very quiet. The movement of the sea is much less on deck 6 (we were on deck 11).

Cruiseluv, Portofino will probably remain open on both sides for breakfast and lunch until the 22 day dry dock in April, 2010. Portofino is very popular for breakfast and lunch -- Prime Seven will really cut into Portofino's space -- not sure how that will work.

I have a rough draft of my review (it is kind of long). I'll put it in the "Review" section tomorrow where it will await CC approval. If approved by CC, I'll link it to a Regent thread. It probably will take a few days for CC to look it over.

Jim B
March 27th, 2009, 03:59 PM
The Navigator is in excellent condition.
The food was excellent. True the menu was smaller but choices were good.
The service was excellent.
The cabin stewardess was excellent.
Really like the show lounge. Very comfortable place
and designed nicely.

On sea days the pool deck was very crowded and so they also use the upper deck.
Might as well forget about a walking track any time with all the lounge chairs up there.
The vibration on the stern, (back), of the ship.
Must say it was worse than I expected. Glad our cabin was more forward. (625)
Not bad there.
Starboard side on deck 6 has balconies. Port side only windows. There is a walkway
on port side. No problem with a view. You might see a little of the bottom of a tender
but not a big deal. I agree you may want to make sure your curtains are closed while dressing, but I never saw anyone go out there, (except me), on the whole cruise.