Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by SAFloresLyon: Fabulous First-time Cruise
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Fabulous First-time Cruise
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans
We took a cruise with my girl scouts. This was their reward for saving up all that cookie money over the years. So you had four moms and four late teen girls traveling together.
We were in 3 interior cabins with the girls all in one room. The cabin was surprisingly spacious and comfortable for two adults, but did get cramped for four girls. There really wasn't enough closet space for them, but that's to be expected in all honesty.
The nightly dining was delicious and it was fun to have eight people ordering so we all got a sampling of nearly everything on the menu. We did have one vegetarian in the party and her choices were limited.
The ice skating show was the best show of all of them, though the comedian was quite good. We played a lot of bingo and enjoyed the karaoke, and we all actually got up and sang. The girls were a little disappointed in the "teen" options, probably because they were just shy of 18 and felt too old for the most part, but were too More young for the adult disco.
We could have stayed on the ship, there was so much to do, but we had to investigate the ports of call. It is cheaper to tour on your own, but since it was just us "girls" I was more comfortable booking the excursions and it worked out very well for us because the girls could stick together with only a single chaperone, while the moms were able to get away to other, adult excursions.
The girls chose to swim with the dolphins and the stingrays and had a blast. They were able to spend time on the beach as well as shop and delighted in the freedom they had to barter and buy alcohol as they were over the drinking age in Mexico.
We took the Salsa, Salsa, Salsa "class" which was a hoot. We were beach side, with a great view of the Caribbean, ocean breezes blowing in our little covered balcony while we learned to make margaritas, salsas, and salsa dance. Great fun.
Georgetown, Grand Cayman:
We took a drive it ourselves, jeep tour around Georgetown. We got to explore the area, visit a preserve and dip our toes in the pristine beach, visit the Rum Cake Factory and even go to Hell, ending up on the beach for an hour or so. It was fun to drive on the wrong side of the road (for us Americans) and our guides were great guys from Jamaica. Highly recommended.
We did the river tubing and beach excursion. It claims to be more strenuous than it really is. You walk a little ways while carrying your tube, but you're fitted with a helmet and life vest (the helmet was completely unnecessary) and the floating is very serene with a few "rapids", then you take a powered raft to a beach which was beautiful, perfect sands and water and very uncrowded. It even had a stand for beer and jerk chicken, which was delicious.
All in all this was a great experience. It was great to leave from New Orleans because we'd never been there, either, so we toured Bourbon Street before left.
I'm considering doing it again, taking my husband this time. Less
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Cabin review: K6509 Interior Stateroom
Really was comfortable for two women. Plenty of closet space and the location was out of the way and very quiet. It really could use a flat screen television to save space and there were some problems with the light above the bed area, but other than that, it was comfortable and clean and quiet.Read All Interior Stateroom (K) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Dolphin Swim & Encounter
The girls really had a great time! A very memorable experience for them both.
Salsa & Salsa
Great fun. Plentiful margaritas and great variety of salsas were made. Our entire table had a blast even before the tequila was flowing.
Leisurely tubing down the river. We were fitted with helmets and life jackets in addition to the tubes, yet the river "rapids" were not that wild. The helmets were overkill. Still the river was beautiful and we ended with a motorized raft taking us to a fairly uncrowded beach with perfect sand and crystal clear water where we could enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and sampling the local jerk chicken and red stripe beer.
4X4 Jeep Adventure
Really had a blast on this one. Our guides were great and each stop was long enough, but we didn't dawdle, so had plenty of time to swim and laze on the beach, too.
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