Disembarked two days ago from our first ever cruise. It was our 25th wedding anniversary. It was a western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean, Navigator of the Seas. I am sorry this review is a little scattered but I am listing the items as I think about them. I travel a lot for my job. My wife has been able to travel with me most of the time. We have been a lot of places. Orlando, Disney; CA, Disney; Niagara Falls; San Fran, LA, Vegas, Aspen (free ski-in/ski-out house) just to name a few. Without a doubt this is the best vacation we have ever been on. We had a superfantastic time.
Getting on the ship was extremely painless. We stood in a line for about 20 min. Walked into the terminal waited another 10 then right through the metal detector over to the counter filled out a very small amount of paperwork and were allowed right on the ship. From the time we unloaded our luggage to when we were on the ship was about 1.5 hours, if that. We were on the ship by 10:42. All of the bad things you might here on this website and others....we did not even come close to seeing. For a few examples. The bathrooms were plenty big. They are not huge but they are not as small as we were led to believe by reading some reviews. There was plenty of space for all of our bathroom supplies. We took way too many clothes, but there was still plenty of room in our cabin for ALL of them. The pictures of the rooms, I think, make the rooms look smaller than they actually are. Our room was very spacious and we had the smallest balcony room you could get. I was worried about the size of our balcony but it was perfect for me and my wife to have breakfast out there. Crowds - our ship had over 3400 people on it and the only day it seemed crowded was the last day at the pool and when we exited the ship to get our luggage (I will come back to disembarking in a second) and we saw all the people. I waited in line for the flowrider but that was no big deal at all. There were maybe 8 people in a line and we all cycled through several times. We waited once when we arrived early to eat but as soon as they opened the doors we went right in. I was amazed at the fact that the ship just did not seem crowded. I am a very impatient person with ADD and it was the most relaxing thing we have ever done. Getting on and off the ship for excursions was very easy as well. Even when we had to use a tender boat for getting to the pier. I thought there might be a big wait but we went down to the disembarkation area and were able to get right on the tender boat. We did not want to miss anything. We took a bunch of 5 hour energy drinks with us so we could stay up late and get up early. We were up by 630 and to the gym and we did not go to bed before midnight at all. Our service staff was incredible, the shows were fantastic (not sound of music or phantom of the opera) but all original RC shows that were well done and very entertaining. Getting people off the ship I am sure has been a challenge for years, but for us it was pretty painless. Again, tend to be impatient so when things do go perfectly I start to get irritable. But we were fine. We left our cabin earlier than required and went to our assigned waiting area. We were there for about 45 minutes but it gave us time to check emails and get on line (we were in port and had phone service by that time). When our number was called us and about 100 or more other folks got up and walked right of the ship. This line of folks stopped once for about 8 min and then we moved right into where we get our luggage. We then waited for customs and we were out of the terminal. From the time we stood up to leave our waiting area to when we entered our vehicle to leave was 1 hour. I hope I covered everything.