Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Lwpd108: May Vacation
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Destination: Western Caribbean
My wife and I arrived in Galveston on Friday before the cruise. We stayed at the Galveston Beach Hotel, on the island. The room was very nice. It appeared to have been remodeled and was very clean. The only problem was that the motel was rented out by a high school band who were very noisy. We changed rooms to the top floor and had no more problems. The motel staff was very nice and professional. We dined at Landry's and the Fisherman's Warf. Both were excellent.
On Sunday, the Motel Manager called a cab for us and we were quickly taken to the cruise terminal. We were able to board the ship within 20 minutes. We were allowed to park in the motel's secure parking lot for $25. The cabin on board was a Junior Suite. After we unpacked, we walked to the helicopter pad and watched as the ship left Galveston. We explored the ship, shops, bars, and theaters. Our stateroom attendant was very friendly and really took care of us.
Food at the Windjammer and MDR was very good. We More ate at Chops on night. The steaks were great. I recommend that everyone try the cheese stuffed tator tots. We went to the wine tasting and actually learned a lot about wines. The casino was large with plenty of room for all the guests. The slots and dice table were very nice to me.
The pool areas and hot tubs were nice. The pools were a little cool due to the time of the year. Bar service at the pool was excellent.
During embarkation, we were assigned to leave at 9:15. By 9:40, we had reclaimed out vehicle at the hotel and were on the way to Houston. I must say Houston has the worst traffic, even on Sundays. Less
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Cabin review: 9264
We found the cabin to be very large with a walk-in closet and nice sized bathroom. There was more storage than we needed. The TV in the cabin acted as an interactive system for the ship. You could access room service, your accounts, movies, any messages, view the restaurants and menus, schedule shore excursions and on board activities all from the TV. The TV service was limited, mostly programing about the ship and services on board.
Port and Shore Excursions
We booked the city trolley tour. The tour director was very knowledgeable about the city and history of the area. We had two young men (dressed like pirates) that followed the trolley and had mock sword fights. We tours the One Barrel rum distillery and a green house with local plants. The rum distillery was small but had great samples. If you go try the One Barrel Rum and Cream Rum. I should have bought some. The city is divided into the north (wealthy) and south side (poor). Belize has the worst roads I've ever seen.
We book the Mayan ruins tour. We traveled on an air conditioned buss to the ruins site. Margarita was out tour guide. She was very friendly and knowledgeable about the Mayan culture and history. We toured the ruin site, after being bathed in insect repellant. After the rain, the mosquitos will carry you off if your not protected. After the tour, we were allowed a short time of shopping and reboarded the bus. We traveled to the opposite side of the island and stopped at a beautiful beach area. After a few minutes of shopping and photographing the sea, we left and were returned to the pier. The shopping at the Internation Pier was good with several shops near by.
We arrived a few days early. We visited shops at the Strand. We had dinner at Landry's and Fisherman's Warf. Both were excellent.
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