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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by rbflei: A Seriously Good Time


rbflei
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Cabin Not Rated
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.5
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

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A Seriously Good Time

Sail Date: March 2014
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston

This cruise traveled to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. This was our first time on Royal Caribbean but have done two other cruises. Overall, this was another great experience.

The Room:

Standard Interior room. It was clean and our room steward, Hudson, always laughed and joked with us. Honestly, as usual, we did not spend much time here.

Shows:

I was really impressed with the quality of entertainment. We saw 4 shows, in singer impersonator, the ice dancing show, a contortionist, and a comedian. All were good but the contortionist and ice dancing show were amazing really and the ice dancing show was worth standing in line for tickets. It says ice dancing but the people on the boat were really talented and they had some guest performers that did a crazy ring balancing act on the ice.

Food:

I did not eat a bad meal on board. Lobster night was great and all the other dinners were very good. However, the only amazing meal I had was More at the Italian restaurant and we had to pay extra. Also, I did not particularly enjoy formal breakfast, the menu was VERY limited and still required you to do fruit, yogurt, and pastries yourself buffet style. However, the windjammer was much better than other cruise ship buffets and we ate there for breakfast several times. Formal lunch was tasty. They had a make your own salad buffet and it worked much better than breakfast's buffet. My only real complaint was the the windjammer closed at like 9 and then the only other food available was at the promenade. Sometimes the line was significantly long especially if there was a party going on which happened many nights on the ship. In general, they could have used more staff at the promenade. It seemed like when one person wanted a latte, everyone wanted one.

Days at Sea: Never a dull moment. There is so much to do on this ship, ice skating, boogie boarding, rock climbing, etc We watched two movies under the stars, It was a lot of fun. If you are looking for family friendly continual fun, this is it.

The ports:

Jamaica= Falmouth is an interesting port. At the port there is a fake town with a gate around it. We were told by about every passenger that unless you have signed up for a cruise sanctioned excursion, do not leave the gated village. Since we were not interested in Dunn River Falls, which is a part of almost every excursion, we decided to make a quick tour and enjoy an empty cruise ship. This worked out perfectly and got the chance to swim in the pool alone.

Grand Cayman= Georgetown was clearly the gem of this week. We did the turtle farm and it was a lot of fun. But you can do anything really, divers/snorkelers/beach bums will be so happy here. I wanted to touch the baby turtles and I was not disappointed. The guys that took us on the tour bent over backwards to make sure everyone got to enjoy the excursion. Apparently, there was a mix up and some handicapped passengers who required motorized wheel chairs bought tickets but there was no place on the bus to put them. No worries though, the guys used a personal SUV to haul the wheel chairs. Also, seeing and petting the turtles was awesome, the snorkeling with the turtles was great. No, the water is not pristine like a pool. It is saltwater with fish and turtles but it is not disgusting and the lagoon is actually rather large. The food there was good (Jerk chicken sandwich) and we even had a local beer. The trip to Hell was worth the exactly 5 minute stop. But the bus tour of the island was super interesting and fun.

Cozumel= Standard good port. Shopping, shore, water sports. We did the dolphin excursion. You get to pet/kiss the dolphin, get pushed, and hold on to it's flippers. But you also get access to the resort area which is huge. If you pick an early excursion time you can spend longer at the park, because the dolphin excursion only lasts about an hour and a half. There is a fresh water pool, snorkel beach (with snorkel rental fee) and restaurants available. We split early because we wanted to go to shopping but this place was really pretty.

Imbark/Disembarkation:

Getting on the ship was easy and our bags got there quickly. The disembarkation not so much. But it was because the port of Galveston stopped things not because of the ship. We also learned that if you have the capacity to carry your own items out, you should self disembark. We would have been out about two hours earlier. Also save money and GET A PORTER at least on the way out. The porter line is significantly faster than going through customs alone. Also be warned the port of Galveston is taxing the heck out of liquor ...well I guess "fees" not technically taxing. So declare and bring back knowing it will cost about 3.00 per bottle. Less


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Port and Shore Excursions


Dolphin Swim & Encounter

(5)

You get to pet/kiss the dolphin, get pushed, and hold on to it's flippers. But you also get access to the resort area which is huge. If you pick an early excursion time you can spend longer at the park, because the dolphin excursion only lasts about an hour and a half. There is a fresh water pool, snorkel beach (with snorkel rental fee) and restaurants available. We split early because we wanted to go to shopping but this place was really pretty.


Falmouth is an interesting port. At the port there is a fake town with a gate around it. We were told by about every passenger that unless you have signed up for a cruise sanctioned excursion, do not leave the gated village. Since we were not interested in Dunn River Falls, which is a part of almost every excursion, we decided to make a quick tour and enjoy an empty cruise ship. This worked out perfectly and got the chance to swim in the pool alone.

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Turtle Farm

I wanted to touch the baby turtles and I was not disappointed. The guys that took us on the tour bent over backwards to make sure everyone got to enjoy the excursion. Apparently, there was a mix up and some handicapped passengers who required motorized wheel chairs bought tickets but there was no place on the bus to put them. No worries though, the guys used a personal SUV to haul the wheel chairs. Also, seeing and petting the turtles was awesome, the snorkeling with the turtles was great. No, the water is not pristine like a pool. It is saltwater with fish and turtles but it is not disgusting and the lagoon is actually rather large. The food there was good (Jerk chicken sandwich) and we even had a local beer. The trip to Hell was worth the exactly 5 minute stop. But the bus tour of the island was super interesting and fun.

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