This is our 30th cruise and the 3rd on the Navigator. Too bad this is the last month it will be sailing out of Los Angeles, or the West Coast for that matter. RCCL is pulling all of it's ships out of the West Coast at least until 2013 because that's as far out as their brochures go. From L.A. it's going to Brazil for a month and then to Europe and then on to Houston, TX where it will be based. Houston's gain is our loss. We live in Pasadena, CA so we're only about 30 minutes from the cruise terminal so it is very convenient for us. Now that RCCL won't have any ships going out of the West Coast to Mexico, we'll have to go back to Princess, which we don't really care for since they were taken over by Carnival some years back.....As a ship's officer on Princess told me about 4 years ago, they have been Carnivalized LOL.
Embarkation was easy as usual, went right up to the balcony room on the 7th floor (on the bump out portion in the center) and the room was ready. Clever, the steward was wonderful and our waiter and asst. waiter were great as well. We were on the same side of the ship and one story below where our room was last year. Room is very quiet and no one can look down into your private balcony space.
All the food was good, the proper temperature and very tasty. We had no complaints at all and the value was superb. We cruise a week before Christmas because it's 1/2 the price and we would rater be home to fly off to Honolulu and spend Christmas there.
Enjoy the Navigator of the Seas, Houston.