Navigator of the Seas continues the Voyager-class tradition by offering a large number of reasonably priced balcony staterooms (707 of 1,557 fall into this category). Otherwise, there are four other stateroom categories -- suites, outsides, insides and the unusual atrium-view (looking onto the Promenade).
Standard cabins are tastefully decorated in pleasing tones with fine, lightwoods -ours was done in restful greens and beige-with art on the walls. All staterooms come with convertible, queen-to-twin beds; televisions, offering interactive services like room service ordering (though we found it easier just to pick up the phone); pay-per-view flicks and numerous channels. (RCTV does an outstanding job, featuring everything from news and sports channels to a Promenade-cam, which shows the action inside the ship, and the "Retro TV" channel, which features classic sitcoms).
Cabins have mini-fridges that are minimally stocked with soft drinks and juices; the charge for mini-fridge items is the same as in the bars (e.g., $1.95 for soda or bottled water). We found there was plenty of room to stash our own sodas and such (or you ask the room steward to remove the contents). Other features include desk/vanity areas and seating areas with loveseats or full-length couches (some fold out). Cabins with balconies are each equipped with two basic chairs and a small table. The balconies have glass panels.
Bathrooms are basic and only suites have tubs. The showers, however, have those wonderful, half-round sliding doors, a fabulous improvement over icky, clingy shower curtains. Soap and shampoo are provided (suites get mini-bottles of Royal Caribbean's Vitality shampoo, conditioner and lotion). Hair dryers are located in the vanities, rather than in the bathrooms.
Navigator of the Seas offers accessible staterooms in a variety of categories. Features include wider doors, closet racks that can be pulled down to lower heights and accessible showers and toilets. These cabins are set aside for cruise travelers who can prove they need the accessible amenities; the cabins only enter the regular inventory close to the sail date, if they haven't sold out by then.
Suites come in a variety of configurations. The 1,325-square-ft. Royal Suite is the ship's prime suite, featuring an elaborately furnished living room -- wet bar, dining table, entertainment center and even a piano -- and a separate bedroom with king bed and its own balcony. The bathroom is spacious and ultra-luxe and includes a whirlpool tub, separate shower and bidet. The suite's 248-square-ft. balcony is furnished with wicker lounge chairs and a dining table.
The 618-square-ft. Owner's Suites are also quite luxurious, with queen beds and living and dining area. However, these suites are more open, with the sleeping areas separated from the rest of the living quarters by large, rotating, flat-screen TV's (rather than actual walls). The balconies are big enough for a lounge chair.
The 390-square-ft. Grand Suite offers a bedroom, sitting area, bar area and bathroom with tub, in addition to an 89-square-ft. balcony. The 299-square-ft. Junior Suite is basically an expanded version of a standard verandah stateroom, featuring a sitting area with chair and couch, a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a tub.
The 512-square-ft. Royal Family Suite, which can sleep up to eight people, has two bedrooms (a master bedroom and a smaller, inside bedroom with two regular beds and another two that pull down from the ceiling) and two bathrooms (one with a tub, one with a shower). The suite also offers a living area with a pullout couch and a 208-square-ft. balcony with a dining table. A smaller, 328-square-ft. Family Oceanview Stateroom looks a lot like a regular outside cabin but also has a small second bedroom with bunk beds.
All suiteholders are entitled to use the Concierge Lounge on Deck 9. This windowless room features continental breakfast and a cocktail hour. Upon request, the concierge on duty handles special requests for reservations -- alternative restaurants, spa, etc.