Peter Knego is aboard Atlas Ocean Voyages’ new World Navigator for the cruise line’s maiden voyage.
As Atlas Ocean Voyages’ new World Navigator sailed from Heraklion to Alexandria, the captain made a sobering announcement.
ABOARD THE WORLD NAVIGATOR — As a fan of traditional ships and cruising, I used to be delighted to study that Atlas Ocean Voyages’ objective is to emulate the shipboard vibe of Solar Line, a family-owned Greek firm that was famend for its informal model of luxurious and magnificence.
This ship, the 196-passenger World Navigator, is the primary of 5 ships that Atlas has on order. It’s at the moment on its maiden voyage, a 10-day crusing between Athens and Alexandria, Egypt by way of the Greek islands.
Solar Line was thought of essentially the most deluxe of a variety of Greek family-owned cruise traces that started working cruise ships within the Aegean, finally increasing to European, Caribbean and South American itineraries. The road shaped within the late Fifties and lasted till 1995, when it merged with former rival Epirotiki Traces to kind Royal Olympic Cruises, which went bankrupt in 2003.
The World Navigator’s Dome Lounge. Photograph Credit score: Peter Knego
Atlas president Alberto Aliberti, who’s onboard this crusing, shared that his first seagoing job was being accountable for the protection deposit containers aboard Solar Traces’ legendary Stella Solaris. On that ship, rich women would current him with silk luggage full of knickknack to look after.
However not like different luxurious firms that have been stuffy and reserved, these women got here to let their hair down and have a good time. Most would flock to the Stella Solaris’ Piano Bar, the ship’s social hub, which was a type of “what occurred there, stayed there” locations. That explains why on this ship, there are literally two piano bars: The Atlas Lounge and the Dome.
Because the Atlas fleet expands, Aliberti stated that he envisions a bunch of recent and daring itineraries corresponding to cruises alongside the Western Pacific area of Russia, Antarctica cruises that depart from New Zealand and voyages to and across the east coast of Africa. The objective is to supply one thing for well-traveled company who’re in search of new adventures.
Within the meantime, when the Navigator completes its Mediterranean season, the ship will head to the Caribbean and finally South America and Antarctica.
Atlas Ocean Voyages’ World Navigator in Patmos, Greece. Photograph Credit score: Peter Knego
In constructing the World Navigator, Atlas discovered from its father or mother firm, Mystic Make investments Holding, which at the moment operates about 60 river, cruise and expedition ships.
Our stateroom, a 270-square-foot Horizon Suite, has a Juliet balcony, principally a floor-to-ceiling window, the highest half of which slides down with the push of a button. Particularly throughout this warmth wave, we have now really most well-liked this to a regular balcony, which might be uninhabitable.
This characteristic has confirmed in style on river cruise ships owned by Mystic and is now being emulated on different oceangoing ships. It got here in particularly helpful the opposite day as we sailed out of Nafplion, permitting us to take some pictures and video because the ship handed, all with out having to courageous the swelter.
And due to the additional area not taken up with a balcony, our Horizon Suite has a commodious sitting space with a big desk with a inbuilt mini-bar and a Nespresso espresso maker, along with a cocktail desk, two massive chairs and a sofa. The bed room has a queen mattress (that may be transformed to 2 twins), a pair of evening stands and an elevated shelf for small objects and electronics beneath a flat-screen tv.
A cabin on the World Navigator. Photograph Credit score: Peter Knego
There’s a massive closet with drawers and cabinets and the beds are thoughtfully tall sufficient to slip our suitcases beneath. The lavatory has a lovely Carrara marble and tile end and a bathe providing rainforest, facet and hand-held jets that I’m nonetheless attempting to determine how one can function with out scalding or freezing (or perhaps slightly of each) on the similar time.
Different included extras are plush bathrobes, slippers, upscale L’Occitaine en Provence bathtub facilities and binoculars to be used through the cruise.
Whereas the environment might emulate Solar Line, not like the much-missed Greek outfit, Atlas consists of roundtrip air journey, a shore tour in each port, pay as you go gratuities, polar parkas (not relevant to this itinerary, after all), emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage and WiFi.