THE SHIP: When we sailed, the one-year-old Navigator was
looking top-notch. Carrying 490 passengers, she is the largest vessel in the
upscale Radisson Seven Seas fleet. She also sports the highest
space-to-passenger ratio of any luxury cruise ship. Public areas are gracious,
and she incorporates lots of big-ship features: top-to-bottom atrium, an
excellent spa and fitness area, a spacious beauty salon, an impressive show
lounge, and a choice of dining venues. The self-help launderettes on various
decks are a big convenience for long cruises.
Eight passenger decks give her a high profile, like most of today's cruise
ships, yet she has nice eye appeal. We did note a disconcerting tendency to
shudder periodically, particularly in rough seas. Nevertheless, she provides a
smooth, comfortable sailing experience with minimal pitching or rolling.
CABINS: The 245 ocean-view suites range in size from 301 to 1,173 sq.
ft. Most inncorporate a spacious balcony with a large sliding glass door. In
addition to the attractive decor and furnishings in our well-configured,
amenity-laden suite, we liked the attention to detail: good lighting,
mini-fridge, and three telephones. We especially appreciated the big,
two-person marble bathroom and walk-in closet with built-in drawers. We could
sometimes hear conversations in the hallways and adjacent suites through
too-thin walls, but this wasn't a serious problem.
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