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Navigator of the Seas

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Navigator of the Seas docked in Galveston, Texas
History
Name: Navigator of the Seas
Owner: Royal Caribbean International
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas
Route: Caribbean, Bahamas
Ordered: 24 May 2000[1]
Builder: Kværner Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland
Yard number: 1347[1]
Laid down: 27 September 2000[1]
Launched: 25 January 2002[1]
Christened: 6 December 2002 by Steffi Graf
Completed: 18 November 2002[1]
In service: 2002-present
Identification:
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Voyager-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 139,999 GT[1]
Length: 311 m (1,020 ft)[1]
Beam: 38.6 m (127 ft) - Waterline[1]
Draft: 9.124 m (29.93 ft)[1]
Depth: 21.3 m (70 ft)[1]
Decks: 15
Installed power: 6 × Wärtsilä W12V46 (6 × 12,600 kW)
Propulsion:
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity:
  • 3,386 passengers (double-occupancy)[2]
  • 4,000 passengers (maximum)[2]
Crew: 1,200[2]
Notes: 30th largest passenger ship (as of July 2019)

Navigator of the Seas is the fourth Voyager-class cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International, and the first second-generation Voyager-class ship. The ship was once the largest ship in the fleet and still ranks among the largest passenger ships in the world.

History

Constructed at Kværner Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland, the ship originally measured 138,279 gross tons and carried 3,807 passengers plus additional crew.[3] A refurbishment in 2014 added 81 additional staterooms, increasing the ship's tonnage to 139,570 GT.[1] Her length is 1,020 feet with a breadth of 157.5 feet.[3]

The ship contains US $8.5 million in art, displayed in stairwells and public areas. Navigator of the Seas' main Atrium sculpture spans over seven decks and is based on the bubbles a scuba diver makes when swimming under water. Her promenade also features lighting that changes color based on the time of day and with events occurring on the ship.

Navigator of the Seas is the first of the second generation of Voyager-class vessels. She was also from 2002 to 2005 the world's largest cruise ship.

Navigator of the Seas underwent a US$115 million refit in January 2019,[4] increasing passenger capacity to 4,000 and size to 139,999 GT.[1]

Operations

The ship was christened in a ceremony by its godmother, German former tennis player Steffi Graf.[5]

As of November 2014 Navigator of the Seas was sailing Caribbean itineraries year-round out of Galveston, TX. Navigator of the Seas was sailing Mediterranean cruises based out of Civitavecchia, Italy until November 2012. In November 2012, she began to depart from New Orleans, Louisiana where she sailed Western Caribbean cruises until early April 2013. She returned to Civitavecchia for the Summer of 2013 before moving to Galveston, TX to undertake Mexico cruises.[6]

In January 2014, Navigator of the Seas was modified while dry docked, this included increasing the number of cabins by removing some of the public facilities and adding a Wave Loch FlowRider surfing simulator, an outdoor movie screen and two new lounges.[7][8]

In November 2015, after two seasons sailing from Galveston, Navigator of the Seas began sailing winter itineraries out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she sailed Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, and summer itineraries out of Southampton, England, where she sails to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.[9] From November 2016, Navigator of the Seas will transition to sailing her winter itineraries out of Port of Miami in Miami, Florida.[10][11] In December 2018, she entered Dry Dock at the Grand Bahama Shipyard for a multi million dollar refit that added water slides, new restaurants, a new pool deck, new cabins. As of March of 2019, she is sailing cruises from Miami to the Bahamas .

Accidents & Incidents

On October 28, 2018, Navigator of the Seas began taking on water after a stabilizer failed, creating a hole in the ship's hull.[12] Passengers described hearing a "loud bang", and were told by crew members that there was only a minor technical issue. Crew members were also seen wearing life jackets around the ship. The ship immediately diverted to Vigo, Spain, for repairs. She had been on the second half of a 10-day cruise around the Canary Islands.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Navigator of the Seas (22759)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  2. ^ a b c "Navigator of the Seas Fact Sheet". Royal Caribbean Press Center. Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Navigator of the Seas Fact Sheet". Royal Caribbean Press Center. Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Cruise Ship Dry Dock/Upgrade Schedules for Cruise Lines in 2018-2023". cruisefever.net. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  5. ^ https://www.royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com/fact-sheet/14/navigator-of-the-seas/ Graf
  6. ^ "Cruise Calendar". Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  7. ^ "NOW OUR BEST SHIP IS EVERY SHIP" (PDF). Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  8. ^ "ROYAL CARIBBEAN'S NEWLY REVITALIZED NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS TO WOW GALVESTON WITH YEAR-ROUND SAILINGS STARTING WINTER 2013". Royal Caribbean Press Center. Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  9. ^ "ROYAL CARIBBEAN ANNOUNCES 2015-16 DEPLOYMENT FOR NEW YORK AND GALVESTON". Royal Caribbean Press Center. Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  10. ^ Satchell, Arlene (23 December 2015). "Royal Caribbean's Empress of Seas returning to Miami". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  11. ^ "ROYAL CARIBBEAN ANNOUNCES 2015-16 DEPLOYMENT FOR NEW YORK AND GALVESTON". Royal Caribbean Press Center. Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  12. ^ Drake, Matt (2018-10-30). "Major emergency at sea as Navigator of Seas cruise liner takes on water after leaving UK". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-04-22.

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