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Seven Seas Navigator Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Nowhere near so good as they think they are

Seven Seas Navigator Cruise Review by melvyndc1948

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2016
  • Destination: Africa
  • Cabin Type: Window Suite

After two cruises on Seven Seas Navigator we are convinced that Regent are not so good as they think they are, and by no means offer 6 star luxury.

On the positive side, the cabins, the selection of drinks, especially wine, afternoon tea, and the putting green are all very good. The pianist was OK, but we warmed to her and enjoyed her quizzes. Highlight of the cruise was a concert given by a local choir in Namibia (who were then hustled off the ship so that it could sail!).

On the other hand, in our view the following leave a lot to be desired: food quality; food service especially in the overcrowded and noisy Sette Mari/La Veranda ; drinks service at the overcrowded pool bar (best just to go to the bar itself and order it from the staff there who are very helpful); wine service in restaurants, especially after 9pm when most of the wine waiters disappear; some excursions (it appears not to be Regent's policy to send a member of the crew on each excursion to help resolve any problems); entertainment which, apart from being too loud, was of very mixed quality and very much attuned to an American audience - the pits was a concert by so-called 'Opera Girls' which included only two operatic items, one of them composed as a tenor solo.

We heard many complaints on-board from other guests, and we had a major complaint about arrangements for a 'free' post-cruise safari, which were notified shortly before the event and were wholly unacceptable. The Destinations staff lied to us about the situation and then wanted to charge over $500 to remedy it. Suffice to say that after we complained Regent eventually paid us substantial compensation.

And one further thing: after complaining about our first cruise with them in June 2016 we were told that the on-board General Manager would be asked to ensure the quality of our (already booked) next one. We did not notice any impact of this promise, and indeed had no contact whatsoever from him for nearly two weeks on that second cruise until we complained about the post-cruise safari.

Overall they need to improve their self awareness, rather then believing their own publicity, and learn more about customer service. We would not sail with them again.

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