We are Canadians and left from Detroit International Airport. We arrived in Galveston on March 1, 2014 rented a car from Avis $52.00 plus $13.00 for gas for the four of us. We stayed at Inn at the water park. very nice place. They will drive you to and from the port. We returned the car back to Avis on March 2, just before we had to board the ship cost $40.00 for tax ride. So it cost $105.00 for the rental and we had it for 24 hours. This was nice as we drove around shopping and sightseeing. Better then paying for taxes or shuttle service. Boarding the ship. I hear people complaining about this and realize people will complain for no reason. Boarding is in side don't know why people are saying they were out side. The line is long there are over 3000 people trying to get on one boat. It might have taken 1 1/2 hours and i'm not even sure it was that long. And if your gold and higher your line moves faster. So people stop complaining about boarding and disembarkation. Our room was amazing and the Hudson our stateroom attendant was incredible. Rooms cleaned twice a day where can you get that kind of treatment? no where. The boat had everything you could ask for.
Our cruise was for 7 nights and still didn't do everything. The shows were great. The comedian made me laughed so hard my contact fell out but again you can't make everyone laugh, some people need to just let loose. The food how can anyone complain about the food. We ate in the dinning room every night. The food was amazing. Prime Rid, Lobster, Crab Legs, Steak, Salmon, Lamb, Chicken, Pork Chops the list goes on and on. All prepared to make your mouth water, with a presentation just like the cooking shows on TV. Appetizers 8 to pick from and 6 changed nightly. Desert was incredible and i'm not a Desert person. The cheese cake was to die for. Most of the Deserts were so rich you only needed two bites to satisfy the sweet spot. The Dinner staff catered to your every need and they are constantly smiling. I felt like i was eating in a dinning room made for kings and queens. How people can complain about the food is beyond me. Now for entertainment, my son who is 16 had the best time. He participated in games won 2nd place in the belly flop competition and 3rd in the rock climbing. He danced away the night in the teen room. He met great friends and is missing them already. They did it all from hot tub parties to dancing to pool parties to rock climbing to ice skating to riding the flow-rider and then just relaxing in the teen room playing guitar hero. The only time I seen my son was for dinner and our excursions. Now for my experience. Daily hot tub get together s, dancing until late at night, meeting so many nice people. Eating when ever I needed to in so many different places. My morning coffee on the deck watching the sun rise. To a drink on the pool deck watching the sunset. So many shows to watch it was none stop entertainment.
Excursions Jamaica zip lining & Dunn's fall booked with ship. This was a great tour and the tour guides are they for you. they don't let the natives push you into buying. The best thing about booking through the ship is if you are late for any reason the ship waits for you. In our case we were almost late and we didn't have to worry. I will tell more on this issue later. We then stopped in Grand Cayman-Georgetown you have to be tendered in as Cayman's has a coral reef around the island preventing ships to get close. Then tender ride is fun. My mother and brother thought they might get sea sick but it was an okay ride. I did make a excursion by myself thorough Fat Fish Adventures. I recommend this to everyone. Cut your dollars somewhere else if your short of cash. This tour is amazing. They pick you us at the Hard Rock Cafe and drive you to the ski doo's you can drive as slow or as fast as you want. They bring you to the sting ray sand bar where almost everyone goes and i'm sure we were the envy of about 75% of the people there. Most of the boats were crowded. With is tour there was 7 of us plus our guide. The guide knows his stingrays and they come right to him. We each feed which was a great experience. After we were done feeding he showed us how to hold them and we each took our turns. He did not rush us and let us take our time taking pictures and enjoying this beautiful spot. We then left and went to a private spot to snorkel. It was just our group this was incredible. He let us just take our time never did he rush us. He then took us to starfish bay. we beached the ski doo and walked into the water to our knees. He found a starfish right away. The all took turns holding as he gave us some back ground on this area. Then it was for about a 20 mile ride back. This was the best excursion i have ever did and it cost $175.00 for two of us on one ski doo. This excursion you can not get from the cruise ship it is a private company. I was very sacred we would not get back to the ship on time but he guaranteed me he would and he did. Took a chance and it worked out. Now for Cozumel again we did not book an excursion through the ship we got off and there were excursion right there. It cost $60.00 for us to go on a snorkel trip with free pop and beer. The posted price was $50.00 a person. but Mommy is good at getting a lower price $30.00 for both of us. We paid the lowest. Make sure you bargain. This was a fast trip only 2 1/2 hours. Trip could have been avoided. No different then Grand Caymans snorkeling. But this is why I say book with the ship when you have tours that are way from he ship. And they have to drive you. Six people went on an excursion 4 of them through the ship 2 did not. The group of 4 where late. They were on the wrong time(time change)the ship waited for them. The 2 that did not go through the ship were left behind. Now that is not a way I want to spend my vacation. So be very careful on your shore excursions. Now for the disembarkation. It runs very smooth. But don't forget over 3000 people are getting off this ship and trying to clear customs and get rides. And Celerity is doing the same just down the street. So be patient. We were lucky as Canadians we go in a different line much faster. It is chaos outside with over 6000 people trying to get shuttles and taxis. It took us two shuttles before we could get on but that was okay to me. We went back to Inn at the water park stayed another night rented the car from Avis again cost was $72.00 plus taxi ride $40.00 plus gas $8.00. Total cost $120.00. Grand total for rental car for 4 people $185.00 round trip. Can't get this any cheaper. And we had the car to sight see.
We all loved this trip. Don't listen to complaining people. This ship was amazing, the food was excellent, the ports were beautiful, the staff is incredible, the entertainment was enjoyable with some great laughs. When it says adult it means adult don't go if you can't handle it. This will stop you from complaining.
I'm sorry but some of these reviews are just stupid. I know there are all kinds of people that like different things. But to complain about anything on this ship just tells me those people can't be pleased no matter what.
Take this trip if you can.
Some things I would not do next time.
Don't buy the drink specials as my son and mother never used them. They loved the lemonade and my son drinks alot of water he did not have one pop..waste of money there. I bought the premium drink special I would not do that again could not drink enough to pay for it. But if you drink more then 9 drinks a day then get it. Remember you are off the ship for 8 hours 3 times. 9 drinks are alot they put almost 2 shots per drink and they are not watered down like when your on a resort all inclusive. You can see how much you drink the first night and if you want to buy it for the rest of the trip you have that opinion.
I hope this help you plan a cruise on Navigator of the Sea. Please read between the lines when reading complaints. Because the 4 of us and the many friends we met loved this trip and are all planing on doing it again.
Thank you Royal Caribbean, thanks to the staff, thanks to Fat Fish Adventures we had just an amazing time. Cannot wait to do it again.