Seven Seas Navigator sets sail with a new look

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Larger tables in suites’ sitting areas are meant to accommodate in-room dining. Photo Credit: Jamie Biesiada
 

The Seven Seas Navigator has been sailing for about two weeks after undergoing a renovation, now boasting an all-new Compass Rose dining room, reception area upgrades and upgraded suites.

Michal Jackiewicz — part owner of Tillberg Design, which was responsible for the renovations of all Navigator’s public spaces (the suites were done internally) — said he views the renovation of Compass Rose as the biggest accomplishment of the renovation.

Compass Rose is Navigator’s flagship restaurant that seats 384. The space was stripped down to its steel bones and redesigned, Jackiewicz said.

The Compass Rose restaurant was completely redone. Photo Credit: Jamie Biesiada
The Compass Rose restaurant was completely redone. Photo Credit: Jamie Biesiada

It’s now a bright, open space that features customizable lighting (Jackiewicz prefers a shade of warm white) and handmade crystal chandeliers. The tables are adorned with Versace chargers and plates.

Jason Montague, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ president and COO, said, “When I walked into Compass Rose, I was blown away.”

The reception area also got a reboot with contemporary design elements. While Jackiewicz said some structural elements were kept, there is a new stone floor and new fronts and countertops for desks. He said it has a welcoming effect.

The Navigator’s former smoking lounge was transformed into the new library. With a faux fireplace, it is meant to invite in guests, Jackiewicz said. A blank section on one of the walls awaits some artwork, which Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio will likely pick himself, as he has on so many of the company’s other ships.

La Veranda, the Galileo Lounge and the Navigator Lounge/Coffee Connection also were upgraded. Galileo’s patrons will enjoy a centered stage and all new furniture. The Navigator Lunge/Coffee Connection features cream-colored draperies and chairs, and white marble tables with copper accents.

The Navigator suite, along with the penthouse, concierge and deluxe suites (which comprise the largest selection of suites onboard), were all redone. Structurally, their configuration is the same, but they feature new headboards, mattresses and linens as well as new furniture, carpets and high-definition televisions. Each room has a new Illy espresso machine.  Category C suites and above feature Hermes toiletries; the rest have L’Occitane.

The Navigator's library is now in the spot previously occupied by the smoking lounge. Photo Credit: Jamie Biesiada
The Navigator’s library is now in the spot previously occupied by the smoking lounge. Photo Credit: Jamie Biesiada

Also, the Navigator is showcasing some new entertainment. Four singers, two singer-dancers and six dancers perform a variety of shows, including “The Great American Song Factory” and “The Broadway Cabaret.”

This summer, the Navigator will sail in the Mediterranean, followed by South Africa this fall. Next year, it will embark on Regent’s first world cruise in six years, beginning and ending in Miami (for a total of 128 days, six continents, 31 countries and 62 ports).

In January, Regent announced a $125 million refurbishment, which started with the Navigator. The Voyager will undergo renovations later this year, with Mariner to follow next spring. The program, Regent has said, will raise its entire fleet to the same style as the upcoming Explorer, which Regent has touted as the “world’s most luxurious cruise ship.” The Explorer will start sailing in July.

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