The Navigator of the Seas was built at Kvaerner Masa yards in Finland for Royal Caribbean Cruises. The ship is 311.1m (1,020ft) in length and has a breadth of 38.6m (126ft) at waterline level (or 49.1m / 161ft at the bridge wings) Its height is 72.3m
(237ft) from keel to the top of the funnel.
With a gross tonnage of approximately 140,000t the Navigator of the Seas has a passenger capacity of 3,807 passengers accommodated in 1,557 staterooms, almost 50% of which have balconies. The crew capacity is 1,213 and the number of crew cabins is
On Decks 2, 3 and 4, the Metropolis theatre seats 1,359. Deck 2 has a multimedia screening room / cinema seating 60 persons and a large conference centre for up to 400 guests. Deck 3 contains the Studio B nightclub, an art and photo gallery and a broadcasting room.
On Deck 4 is the Boleros Lobby Bar and the passenger main entrance. Forward is the Casino Royale. In front is the Schooner piano bar and, opposite that, the Dungeon nightclub.
On Deck 5 is the four-deck high, 120m-long Royal Promenade with an 11-deck high atrium at each end. The Royal Promenade affords inside staterooms a view. Almost 10% of Navigator’s staterooms have bay windows overlooking the Royal Promenade.
The staterooms are on Decks 6 to 9. On Deck 6 there is the Business Service Centre, complete with PCs with internet connections. On Deck 7 is the library, with a panoramic view overlooking the Royal Promenade.
On Deck 8 is the Royal Caribbean Online internet lounge with 19 PCs.
On Deck 9 is the Concierge Lounge while Deck 10 contains the largest guest staterooms, the wheelhouse and some of the officers’ cabins.
In the main midship pool area on Deck 11 there are two main swimming pools, four jacuzzis and one cooling pool.
Deck 12 contains the Adventure Ocean facilities for children and teens and in the forward part of the divided deck 13, above the ShipShape Centre, is the St. Tropez sunbathing area. Aft is a nine-hole miniature golf, driving range and golf simulators,
a roller blade track, a basketball / paddleball / volleyball court and a sports equipment outlet.
Deck 14 has a 10m-high rock climbing wall stretching up along the aft end of the funnel. Forward is the Viking Crown Lounge observation area including the Cloud Nine cocktail lounge, the Cosmopolitan Club, a jazz club, the 19th Hole, an in-house / outside golf bar, the Seven Hearts and card and table games room.
On Deck 15, forward of the funnel, is the Skylight Chapel for wedding ceremonies etc.
The Navigator of the Seas has three electric 14MW Azipod units. The two units on the sides are fully azimuthing whereas the one at the centreline is a fixed Azipod unit. With Azipod propulsion there are no shaft lines, internal electric propulsion motors, rudders or rudder machinery, nor are transversal stern thrusters needed.
The Navigator of the Seas has been designed to manage 40 knots side winds – where ships normally can stay manoeuvrable in 25 knot to 30 knot winds. To handle this, there are four 3MW tunnel thrusters in the bow in addition to the Azipod units in the stern. Sea trials shown that the ship can even move sideways with a speed of three knots.
The wheelhouse of Navigator of the Seas differs from traditional cruise ships by having a cockpit-type navigation console. The console is continuously manned by two officers. The navigation system is integrated and has an electronic chart system.
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