In January 2007 I took my first cruise in a few years after work and family had settled down. I choose Navigator of the Seas, which through friends I had the opportunity to know was being mastered by Captain Leif Otto Bang. His wife Darlene was aboard with him. This would be my fourth cruise and stands to this day as my personal favorite.
The Voyager class is comprised of five ships. Navigator was the fourth unit built. Not only that Captain Bang had himself overseen her construction. She follows the same basic design all ships in her class share. However unlike the Voyager, Adventure and Explorer of the Seas, her balconies are hung outside of the main hull. This didn’t lead to any additional space within the ship but allows for more crew access. I found the ship had a deeper color scheme than her younger sisters. More dignified, lots of darker reds and such. The ship and her crew gave off a tangible vibe that spoke of pride. I had heard Captain Bang was among the most senior masters in Royal Caribbean and had helped train and mentor many in their fleet and others. She has been extensively and regularly updated over the years and remains a highly popular ship.
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