World Navigator
World Navigator / Atlas Ocean Voyages
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World Navigator Top Deck
World Navigator Top Deck / Atlas Ocean Voyages
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World Navigator Deluxe Stateroom
World Navigator Deluxe Stateroom / Atlas Ocean Voyages
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World Navigator Deluxe Stateroom Living Room
World Navigator Deluxe Stateroom Living Room / Atlas Ocean Voyages
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World Navigator Deluxe Stateroom Bathroom
World Navigator Deluxe Stateroom Bathroom / Atlas Ocean Voyages
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World Navigator Reception Area
World Navigator Reception Area / Atlas Ocean Voyages
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World Navigator Top Deck
World Navigator Top Deck / Atlas Ocean Voyages
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Dining on World Navigator
Dining on World Navigator / Atlas Ocean Voyages
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World Navigator Observation Lounge
World Navigator Observation Lounge / Atlas Ocean Voyages
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World Navigator Spa
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Atlas Ocean Voyages
Our Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

With its roll-out of five newly constructed expedition-style ships slated to launch over a two-year period beginning in mid-2021, Atlas Ocean Voyages intends to put the world at your feet—and under them, literally, as its five vessels will be named World Navigator (2021), World Traveller (2022), World Seeker (2022), World Adventurer (2023) and World Discoverer (2023). Each Explorer Class ship, constructed at the West Sea Viana shipyard in Portugal, will accommodate 196 guests and offer a luxe-adventure setting from which to explore, as Atlas teases, “destinations less traveled.” The Fort Lauderdale-based company is a subsidiary of Portugal-based Mystic Invest Holding and is staffed by executives with decades of experience at cruise lines that include Oceania, Regent, Seabourn, Cunard, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. Atlas says its goal is to “build the cleanest, safest and quietest expedition ships” and that its fleet will be the first ocean ships to sail under the Portuguese flag.

What We Love

The Global Itineraries: From the red sandstone facades of Petra to the gleaming blue icebergs of the Antarctic Circle, World Navigator’s initial seven-to-24-night itineraries for 2021 and early 2022 will span six continents and include journeys to the Black Sea, Egypt, the Holy Land, the Caribbean, South America and Antarctica.

Staterooms & Suites with a View: All 98 accommodations in seven categories feature a mosaic-tiled spa shower and an ocean view—and nearly 90 percent have a balcony. They range from 183-square-foot Adventure Staterooms with a large picture window to 466-square-foot one-bedroom Navigator Suites with a spa shower and bathtub as well as a 106-square-foot veranda. Also notable: The 269-square-foot Horizon Staterooms, which have a floor-to-ceiling glass wall with an upper panel that slides open to make the entire cabin a veranda, a concept Atlas’s Porto-based parent company developed for its DouroAzul river ships. 

The Simple Elegance: A blend of classic and contemporary styles—a touch of Art Deco in soothing muted greens, blues and neutrals in the staterooms—plus a panoramic lounge, restaurants with Michelin-star-inspired cuisine, and a heated pool and whirlpools are the elements Atlas has designed to reflect its luxe-adventure brand.

Best Known For

Environmental Technology: When World Navigator sets off on its first voyage, it will do so with the benefit of the latest hybrid power management and propulsion system that Atlas says maximizes fuel efficiency and consumes as little as one-fifth the fuel of conventional cruise ship systems. With its alternate hydro-jet propulsion, it can quietly cruise up to five knots without disturbing marine wildlife. Atlas has also banned single-use plastics aboard its ships.

MAX SHORE Excursions: On select sailings in the Black Sea and Holy Land, passengers will have the option of enjoying complimentary multi-night, off-the-ship land immersions to destinations such as Kiev, Petra and a Bedouin camp.

Who It's Best For

Bucket-List Travelers: Each 423-foot-long ship is constructed with a 1B-Ice Class-certified hull and will feature 18 custom-designed Zodiac MilPro Mark V inflatable boats to ferry passengers ashore in even the remotest locales. Atlas describes its intended cruise clientele as “low-key connoisseurs in search of authentic cultural experiences and once-in-a-lifetime journeys.”

Groups & Charters: The ships’ intimate size allows the opportunity for a corporate charter buy-outs or private group sailing.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

The All-Inclusive Prices Won’t Be Cheap: Yes, it’s all included—roundtrip airfare, accommodations, food and premium beverages, Wi-Fi, gratuities and complimentary excursions in select ports—but 2021’s published fares start at $5,299 per person for a seven-night sailing in Greece and Italy and $15,499 for a 12-night Antarctic journey.

Donna Heiderstadt
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger