MS Navigator of the Seas

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Navigator of the Seas at Cadiz, Spain, 2007.
Navigator of the Seas at the port of Barcelona in Spain.
Career
Name:Navigator of the Seas
Owner:Royal Caribbean International
Port of registry:Nassau,  Bahamas
Ordered:24 May 2000[1]
Builder:Kværner Masa-Yards Perno shipyard, Turku, Finland
Yard number:1347[1]
Laid down:27 September 2000[1]
Launched:25 January 2002[1]
Completed:18 November 2002[1]
In service:2002-present
Identification:Call sign: C6FU4
DNV ID: 22759
IMO number: 9227508
MMSI number: 311478000
Status:In service
General characteristics
Type:Voyager-class cruise ship
Tonnage:138,279 GT
Length:311.1 m (1,021 ft)
Beam:38.6 m (127 ft)
Draft:8.6 m (28 ft)
Depth:21.3 m (70 ft)
Decks:15
Installed power:6 × Wärtsilä 12V46 (6 × 12,600 kW)
Propulsion:Diesel-electric
Two ABB Azipods and one Fixipod
Four bow thrusters
Speed:22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity:3,114 passengers
Crew:1,213
 
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Navigator of the Seas at Cadiz, Spain, 2007.
Navigator of the Seas at the port of Barcelona in Spain.
Career
Name:Navigator of the Seas
Owner:Royal Caribbean International
Port of registry:Nassau,  Bahamas
Ordered:24 May 2000[1]
Builder:Kværner Masa-Yards Perno shipyard, Turku, Finland
Yard number:1347[1]
Laid down:27 September 2000[1]
Launched:25 January 2002[1]
Completed:18 November 2002[1]
In service:2002-present
Identification:Call sign: C6FU4
DNV ID: 22759
IMO number: 9227508
MMSI number: 311478000
Status:In service
General characteristics
Type:Voyager-class cruise ship
Tonnage:138,279 GT
Length:311.1 m (1,021 ft)
Beam:38.6 m (127 ft)
Draft:8.6 m (28 ft)
Depth:21.3 m (70 ft)
Decks:15
Installed power:6 × Wärtsilä 12V46 (6 × 12,600 kW)
Propulsion:Diesel-electric
Two ABB Azipods and one Fixipod
Four bow thrusters
Speed:22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity:3,114 passengers
Crew:1,213

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

Concept and construction[edit]

Constructed at Aker Finnyards in Turku, Finland, the ship measures 138,279 GT and can carry 3,114 passengers plus additional crew. Her length is 1,020 feet with a beam of 157.5 feet.

The ship contains US $ 8.5 Million dollars in art, displayed in stairwells and public areas. Navigator of the Seas' main centrium 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. Major differences include the addition of the "Jade" Asian fusion buffet and a larger Windjammer buffet area, which extends out over the aft of the ship. The second-generation ships also feature glass balconies that extend out from the side of the ship. (The first-generation ships had metal-walled balconies recessed into the superstructure.) In addition, the saltwater aquarium in the first-generation Schooner Bar was replaced with a piano and additional seating. These design changes were carried over for Mariner of the Seas as well as for the ships in the later Freedom class.

Technical[edit]

Main propulsion[edit]

The ship has a diesel-electric powertrain that uses three Azipod azimuth thrusters. Each propeller is driven by a double-wound 3-phase synchronous motor with 4-bladed fixed-pitch bronze propellers. The motors are mounted outside the hull directly on the propeller shaft inside the pod. The three propellers are arranged so that the center propeller is a pushing on–azimuthing Fixipod-type and the two wing ones are of pulling-azimuthing–type steering propellers.

Generators[edit]

Six Wärtsilä Diesel 12V46 generators producing 12,600 kilowatts each for a total of 75,000 kilowatts or 103,000 bhp. All gensets are monitored by the Wärtsilä CBM (Condition Based Maintenance) group by using Wärtsilä automatic data sending concept.

Fresh water production[edit]

The ship has three ways in which to produce fresh water—Two Alfa Laval Desalt Flash and Energy Recovery Evaporators and one Pall Rochem seawater desalination unit (reverse osmosis) "Rosmarin" 80404-50/300-A-SW

Operations[edit]

As of 2012 Navigator of the Seas alternates between Caribbean itineraries in the winter and Mediterranean itineraries in the summer. 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 sails 7-night Western Caribbean cruises until early April 2013. She will return to Civitavecchia for the Summer of 2013 before moving to Galveston, TX to sail 7-night Mexico cruises.[2]

In January 2014, Navigator of the Seas will spend a month in drydock to receive "Royal Advantage" upgrades, including installation of a Wave Loch FlowRider surfing simulator, an outdoor movie screen, digital signage, ship-wide Wifi, new Concierge and Diamond lounges, a nursery, and the changeover of the Cafe Promenade and Portofino restaurants to the Park Cafe and Giovanni's Table concepts first introduced on the Oasis class cruise ships.[3][4] 81 new staterooms will be added throughout the ship, including 38 cabins added to the front of Deck 12 in front of the spa and 43 cabins built in the space formerly occupied by the Dungeon nightclub, the boardroom, and the photo gallery.[5] 98 inside staterooms will also be receiving a "virtual balcony", an 80-inch floor-to-ceiling high-definition television displaying live views from outside the ship.[6]

Images[edit]

Navigator of the Seas at Barcelona Port in Spain.
Navigator of the Seas at Ajaccio, Corsica, 2009.
Navigator of The Seas at Linnahall, Estonia, 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Navigator of the Seas (22759)". DNV Exchange. Det Norske Veritas. https://exchange.dnv.com/exchange/main.aspx?extool=vessel&subview=summary&vesselid=22759. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  2. ^ "Cruise Calendar". Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "NOW OUR BEST SHIP IS EVERY SHIP.". Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "ALMACO to build 81 new cabins on Navigator of the Seas". Seatrade Insider. Seatrade. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Stieghorst, Tom. "Navigator of the Seas to get virtual balconies". Travel Weekly. Northstar Travel Media, LLC. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 

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