The Navigator of the Seas is an impressive vessel. Its imposing central promenade stretching half the distance of the ship with glass elevators sweeping guests up from its fifth floor street up to its 12th floor ceiling and lined at street level with shops, restaurants and entertainment venues and its walls with glass overlooks from living suites serves as central activity hub of the ship. The ends of the ship are dominated by an indoor ice ring, two entertainment halls, two major dining rooms and two specialty restaurants and a casino. The upper decks of the ship are reserved for several swimming pools and hot tubs, an exercise/spa facility, a basketball court, in inline skating course, a putt-putt golf course, a jogging track, several bars, a chapel and a rappelling mountain, not to mention the all-day food venue for which cruising is so popular. There is so much to do; it is impossible to get it all in and would leave one exhausted if one tried. The lower levels under the promenade are mainly living suites and our suite is on deck eight with a wonderful balcony from which to watch the world pass by and wonder how our ancestors did it on such little ships with such few, if any, amenities, on their trek to the new America.
While on our nine full days of travel through the Gulf of Mexico and across the Atlantic we have met some wonderful people and experienced some incredible performances from the ship’s international cast of entertainers. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time with Ken and Paula Hancock throughout our journey. We have sat at the same evening dinner table with them and our new friends from Memphis, Tennessee, and Australia. Everything has been blessed and wonderful, although the ship did rock and roll in the mid-Atlantic for several days. We are now safely in port in Ponta Delgada, Azores, an island chain possessed by Portugal and about halfway through the cruise portion of our journey that will still take us to France, Italy, and the eastern Mediterranean. WEG