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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Atlas Ocean Voyages World Navigator

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

The first ship in Atlas Ocean Voyages’ planned fleet of five expedition-style vessels, 196-passenger World Navigator started sailing in its inaugural season in August 2021 through 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, and is staffed by executives with decades of experience at cruise lines that include Oceania, Regent, Seabourn, Cunard, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. The new venture offers “luxe-adventure” cruising to “destinations less traveled” and is rapidly expanding with the addition of four more polar-class ships—World Traveller and World Seeker in 2022 and World Adventurer and World Discoverer in 2023.

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 seven 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 are the 269-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. Solo suites will be available in 2022. Atlas’s Porto-based parent company originally developed the concept for its DouroAzul river ships. 

The World-Spanning Itineraries: Visiting six continents and offering access to everything from the pyramids of Egypt to the gleaming blue icebergs of the Antarctic Circle, World Navigator’s initial seven-to-24-night itineraries in 2021 and early 2022 focus on the Mediterranean, Egypt, the Caribbean, South America and Antarctica. 

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: Yes, it’s all included—roundtrip airfare, direct private jet service for Antarctica, accommodations, food and premium beverages, gratuities, complimentary excursions in select ports, and more combining luxury onboard with adventure ashore at a great value — but it may be beyond some traveler’s budgets. 2022’s  published fares start at $5,279 per person for a seven-night South America sailing from Balboa to Lima and $13,199 for a 12-night Antarctic journey.

Donna Heiderstadt, Cruise Expert
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger