A newly-refurbished Seven Seas Navigator departed PortMiami Thursday on a 10-night Caribbean cruise dubbed "Coral Reefs & Silver Sands."
It's the second sailing from South Florida for Regent Seven Seas Cruises' 490-passenger ship since undergoing a major renovation in mid-May, company officials said. The cruise line's parent company, Prestige Cruise Holdings Inc., gave the media a tour of the ship Thursday.
Navigator sailed its last voyage from Port Everglades in April, before entering the two-week refurbishment, which included a full redecoration of its eight master suites and grand suites.
It re-entered service May 30 with a seven-night cruise from Vancouver to Alaska.
Regent recently relocated its ship calls from Port Everglades to PortMiami to join sister-company Oceania Cruises.
Navigator is one of three all-suite luxury ships in Regent's fleet and offers five suite categories: master, grand, navigator, penthouse, balcony and window.
The upgrade of its master and grand suites included new built-in cabinetry and custom-crafted furnishings such as headboards and bedding, balcony furniture, plush carpeting, designer accessories and original art, Prestige officials said.
The navigator suites received new carpeting, wall coverings, dining tables and outdoor furniture. And concierge-level suites and above, including navigator and penthouse suites, now sport illy coffee makers.
Although the renovation costs weren't disclosed, Prestige's President and Chief Operating Officer Kunal Kamlani said Thursday it was a "multimillion-dollar" project.
The ship's refurbishment is part of Regent's ongoing commitment to deliver the most sought-after, all-inclusive luxury travel experience, according to company officials.
"What sets us apart is the all-inclusive value that we provide our guests," Kamlani said. "Particularly, this level of customer doesn't want to be nickeled and dimed."
A Regent all-inclusive cruise vacation includes airfare, unlimited excursions, hotel stays, pre-paid gratuities, ground transfers and unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, among other offerings.
"There's no other luxury cruise line that has free air as part of a standing promotion," Kamlani noted.
Guests sailing aboard Navigator can also enjoy a new dining experience at Sette Mari at La Veranda.
Each night, the La Veranda restaurant, which offers buffet breakfast and lunch, is transformed into Sette Mari's intimate setting, offering a range of authentic Italian specialties.
Its Prime 7 American steakhouse restaurant also was expanded to accommodate about 20 more guests.
"It's been voted one of the best steakhouses at sea," said Bruce Van Rooyen, the ship's cruise consultant during the tour.
Reservations are required for the specialty restaurant. They can be made online before sailing or onboard.
Navigator's upgrade also included new carpeting in all its public areas, a redecorated Galileo's lounge, updated saunas in its Canyon Ranch SpaClub, and a renewed teak-covered pool area, Prestige officials said.
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