Lesson learned; never sail out of Galveston in the winter!
The Navigator of the Seas was several hours late in arriving in port due to fog after its 5 day shakedown cruise. RCCL did an admiral job in getting 3,000 passengers off the ship and 3,000 new passengers on board when they were all in the terminal waiting. The passengers, for the most part, were accepting of the situation, realizing that it was beyond RCCL's control. We were unable to leave until 8:00 AM the next morning. Since we had to stay in port only 2 bars were open and this caused a crush of people. Due to the late sailing we were late (although the captain made up considerable time) in arriving in Roatan and we had to cut our shore excursion short. Embarkation rating is based on this experience.
This was our first time on the Navigator and understand that she had just come out of 4 weeks in dry dock. The reason was to add several additional cabins and specialty restaurants. It was in great shape; all the public areas were clean and appeared to be refreshed. New carpet, new dining chairs in the main Drs. other cosmetic additions and the addition of a Flow Rider made the ship as good as new in our opinion. RCCL gave several interior cabins "virtual" balconies; large screen tv on the wall broadcasting an outside view from live cameras. Only talked to two passengers who were in them; one negative, one positive.
We had a balcony cabin on deck 7. Our cabin steward was very competent; responding to requests in a timely manner.
We did not rate the entertainment as we did not go to the ice show and do not go to the ensemble revue shows as they are not our thing. The guest entertainers were okay. Tom McTigue's adult show was fun and Chad Chesmark, comedian and magician was good and we would have liked his show to be longer. The Love & Marriage Game Show was a hoot but is strictly dependant on the volunteers who go up.
The flow rider is a nice addition and neither it nor the climbing wall were overly busy when I went by. The one issue I had was that while we were in port in Cozumel members of the crew of the Allure, which was also in port, came over to use it which made the wait longer for the passengers. Hopefully a one time thing to check out the new toy.
We are not fussy eaters or overly critical of our dining. We enjoyed all the food options from breakfast room service to the Windjammer to the main dining. We were early, fixed seating.
We chose to sail out of Galveston this time as we were able to more easily drive to the port. Never again though; sorry Navigator.