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A Texas-style welcome for revitalized Navigator of the Seas

Now with 'virtual balconies,' more capacity, Navigator resumes Galveston service

Massive Lone Star state flags draped Navigator of the Seas on its return to Galveston Wednesday following a 24-day docking at Grand Bahama Shipyard that included the installation of 'virtual balconies' to 81 inside staterooms. The vessel also added 81 new accommodations.

The virtual balconies are 80-inch, high-definition screens that project real-time images of the outside and pipe in sea sounds.

The first of the five Voyager-class ships to undergo revitalization, Navigator of the Seas also added 81 accommodations through a redesign of public spaces on Decks 2, 3 and 12. The Vitality Spa and Fitness Center, for example, is now enclosed by a variety of deluxe ocean-view with balcony and panoramic ocean-view rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Unique to Navigator's revitalization is Sabor, for 'modern' Mexican dining at a $25 cover charge. Specialties include homemade guacamole and margaritas prepared tableside.

The 2002-built ship also gained a FlowRider surf simulator, a Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society members and Oasis-class restaurants such as Izumi for Japanese cuisine and Giovanni’s Table, a casual Italian trattoria. The Champagne Bar was reconfigured into the R Bar, with a retro, 1960s vibe. A Royal Babies Tots Nursery was installed, too.

Pervasive Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions and digital signage were other additions.

Navigator of the Seas sails every Sunday from Galveston, year-round.

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