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Galveston’s Newest Ship — Navigator of the Seas

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In the next few weeks, Galveston will welcome a new cruise ship to its port — Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas.

The ship arrives for the winter sailing season on November 24, replacing the Mariner of the Seas as Royal Caribbean’s Galveston-based cruise ship.

So what can you expect from the new liner?

Frankly, if you sailed on the Mariner, then the Navigator will seem very familiar. Both ships are part of the cruise line’s Voyager class of ships.

The Navigator of the Seas measures 1,020 feet, just like it’s sister ship. Meanwhile, she has capacity for 3,100 passengers and more than 1,200 crewmembers. In total, the Navigator has a staggering 15 decks.

Built in 2002, the ship has all the modern cruise features and entertainment. That includes a casino, ice-skating rink, rock wall, basketball court, a three-story dining room, nearly a dozen different places to eat, a full-sized theater, multiple pools and much more.

The Navigator of the Seas is coming to Galveston after spending the summer cruising the Mediterranean from Civitavecchia, Italy.

Once in Galveston, the ship will sail the traditional 7-day cruises to the western Caribbean with ports of call like Roatan, Jamaica, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Belize.

One exciting thing is that Royal Caribbean has decided to keep the Navigator of the Seas in Galveston year-round instead of leaving in April as its ships have done in years past. That means many more cruising options during the summer.

Note that the Navigator will leave Galveston for a few weeks in January. During that time it will go to drydock for upgrades including a FlowRider surf simulator, an outdoor movie theater and a revamp of its dining options.

Photo: Josh Friedman Luxury Travel

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