World Navigator
World Navigator / 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 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 Reception Area
World Navigator Reception Area / 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
World Navigator Spa / Atlas Ocean Voyages
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World Navigator

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

The first ship in Atlas Ocean Voyages’ fleet of expedition-style vessels, 196-passenger World Navigator, sailed its inaugural season in August 2021 in the Mediterranean before heading to the Caribbean, South America, and Antarctica. The Fort Lauderdale-based company is a subsidiary of Portugal’s Mystic Invest Holding, which operates river cruise line DouroAzul and other brands. This polar-rated ship and two others, 2022’s World Traveller and 2023’s World Voyager, offer “luxe-adventure” cruising to “destinations less traveled” as well as Cultural and Epicurean Itineraries focused on regional food, wines, history, and traditions. A fourth ship, World Seeker, is scheduled to launch in 2025.

What We Love

The Balconies and Picture Windows:  All 98 staterooms and suites feature an ocean view—and nearly 90 percent have a balcony. They come in eight categories, ranging from 183-square-foot Adventure Staterooms with a large picture window and a mosaic-tiled spa shower to 465-square-foot one-bedroom Navigator Suites with a spa shower and bathtub plus a 106-square-foot veranda. A notable option is the 270-square-foot Horizon Staterooms, which feature a floor-to-ceiling glass wall with an upper panel that slides open to make the entire cabin a veranda. Atlas’s Porto-based parent company originally developed the concept for its DouroAzul river ships. 

The World-Spanning Itineraries: World Navigator can take you to remote places you’ve long dreamed of visiting — Expedition Itineraries to see the vast expanses of the Arctic, the rugged beauty of the Norwegian fjords, the volcanic landscapes of Iceland, and the otherworldly continent of Antarctica — or carry you back to more familiar locales in the Mediterranean, the British Isles, and Northern Europe on Epicurean and Cultural Itineraries. 

Design That’s Not Fussy: Laid-back elegance is the brand’s design mantra and using a blend of classic and contemporary styles — a touch of Art Deco in muted greens, blues, and neutrals in the staterooms and panoramic lounge — combined with a heated pool and whirlpools and restaurants featuring regionally-inspired gourmet cuisine, Atlas has created a soothing environment for its luxe-adventure brand.

Best Known For

A Focus on Sustainability: Like a growing number of cruise lines, Atlas has banned single-use plastics aboard its ships. But World Navigator also cruises with the benefit of the latest hybrid power management and propulsion system that consumes as little as one-fifth the fuel of conventional cruise ship systems. And with its alternate hydro-jet propulsion, it can quietly cruise up to five knots without disturbing sensitive marine wildlife. 

Who It's Best For

Authenticity Seekers: Atlas describes its intended cruise clientele as “low-key connoisseurs in search of authentic cultural experiences and once-in-a-lifetime journeys.” And 423-foot-long World Navigator is built to deliver that with a 1B-Ice Class-certified hull and custom-designed Zodiac MilPro Mark V inflatable boats to ferry passengers ashore in even the remotest bucket-list locales.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

All-Inclusive Luxe-Adventure Has a High Price Tag:  While accommodation, food, beverages, gratuities, and Wi-Fi are included and sailings to less-remote destinations to indulge your passion for all things food and wine or to enjoy cultural and historical immersion are priced similar to other small luxury lines, a bucket-list excursion to Antarctica or the Arctic begins around $12,000 to $15,000 per person.

ShermansTravel Editorial Staff
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger