CRUISE SHIP ACCESSIBILITY-REGENT SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR

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Captain Stanislas Gerard Jean Mercier De Lacombe and myself.

Captain Stanislas Gerard Jean Mercier De Lacombe and myself.

This was my first tour of a cruise ship. I was instantly hooked when I went onboard. The staff and service aboard Regents Seven Seas Navigator were incredible, everyone from the servers to the captain made you feel like there number one guest onboard.

 

But, this blog is about the ship’s wheelchair accessibility, so let’s delve more into that. I was pretty impressed with the ship, however, the gangway down from the pier(in Vancouver’s port at least) was a steep ramp. I had to hold onto my wheels pretty tightly. I would suggest if you don’t have good mobility in your arms or hands to ask for help when going down the gangway at the Vancouver port.

The Gangway at the Port of Vancouver

The Gangway at the Port of Vancouver

Once onboard the ship, the doorway into the ship had a small ramp that’s that the easiest to get into, so again I would ask for assistance, the ramp is there to help seal off the doorway  incase of a fire.Once inside the ship is very open and spacious

This ship has four wheelchair accessible rooms(Room numbers: 929,928, 833 and 832) those rooms are very spacious and luxurious. The doorways into the cabins and the cabins bathrooms are all 37″. I found the beds to be a bit too high off the ground at 28″ but there comfort made up for this minor inconvenience. The side of the room has a sliding glass door(onto your very own private balcony!), and most of the rooms have a chair in front of the sliding glass door, but the staff is happy to remove it for you if this is an obstacle.

Slding glass doors onto private balcony

Slding glass doors onto private balcony

The casino on the Navigator was impressive, featuring slots, blackjack and poker tables. Unfortunately, the tables are not that easily accessible( Most are too high to accommodate a wheelchair) But all the chairs at the slot machines are removable and easy to wheel up to. So bring lots of quarters for the slots!

 

The Compass Rose, the ship’s main dining room, is truly spectacular. The tables are very easy to access and the fairly wide and the chairs are easily removable.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really good an in-depth look at Canyon Ranch, the signature spa onboard, but I highly recommend checking it out, from what I did get to see. Some of the treatment tables might not be accessible, but talk to the spa staff and I’m sure they will do everything in their power to accommodate you.

Canyon Ranch Spa

Canyon Ranch Spa

 

I can’t say enough good things about Regent Seven Seas Navigator. On your next cruise, i would  seriously suggest giving them a try

Overall rating of Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 9.0

Accessibility rating of Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 6.9

 

Jeff Bourne

Accessibility Advisor

 

Edited by

Rachael Kimola