Navigator of the Seas Cabins
- Pro: Inside cabins have "virtual balconies" giving the rooms a larger feel
- Con: You'll get better food in the for-fee dining venues than in the complimentary spaces
- Bottom Line: Best for cruisers looking for a range of dining choices and onboard activities
Navigator of the Seas Cabins
Overall, Navigator has 1,643 staterooms, including 86 added during the 2014 revitalization, and 767 of them feature balconies. Renovations also included the cruise industry's first "Virtual Balcony" cabins. On Decks 9 and 10, 81 standard interior cabins received floor-to-ceiling HD display screens that give occupants real-time views of the sights outside (provided by cameras mounted on the ship's exterior). You get to control the volume on the display, allowing you to pipe in the natural sounds associated with the views, great for light sleepers who prefer some white noise while dozing. (Just be warned that the pleasing sounds of ocean waves might give way to the din of dockworkers when the ship arrives in port.) The view you get in your cabin depends on which wall the 80-inch HD screen is affixed. If you face the front of the ship to see your "balcony," you are getting the view from the high-quality digital camera mounted on the bridge. Facing back, you get the view of the ship's wake from the camera mounted on the rear of the ship. Curtains can be drawn to conceal the HD screen. The balcony view includes a virtual railing, too.
Standard cabins are tastefully decorated, featuring light woods, and offer two twin beds that convert to a king. One of the best outcomes from the refurbishment was the installation of slick flat-screen TVs in all the rooms, replacing the antiquated tube models. The TVs are anchored above the safe cabinet in the vanity and can be adjusted so you can view the screens no matter where you are in the cabin. You get two ESPN channels, CNN and channels featuring classic movies and TV shows as well as the standard RCTV ("what happened during your cruise") programming.
Cabins contain minifridges that are minimally stocked with soft drinks and juices; the charge for minifridge items is the same as in the bars (e.g., $2.29 for soda or bottled water). There was plenty of room to stash our own sodas and such, or you can 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.
Bathrooms are basic, and only suites have tubs. The showers, though, have those wonderful, half-round sliding doors, a fabulous improvement over icky, clingy shower curtains. Soap and shampoo are provided via dispensers; 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 27 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.
Standard interior cabins measure 150 square feet, including those with virtual balconies. The space comes with a sitting area and vanity. The ship's 138 interior promenade cabins come with bowed windows that overlook the mall-like Royal Promenade. These rooms have 160 square feet of space. All accessible interior cabins measure 256 square feet.
The ship's outside, or Ocean View, staterooms, feature large windows for views of the ocean as you cruise. The Ocean View cabins offer a sitting area with a sofa in 160 square feet of space. Accessible Ocean View cabins are 276 square feet. A Large Ocean View category gives a bit more space: 175 square feet. If you're traveling with a family, you can book the 293-square-foot Family Ocean View, which contains bunk beds in a separate area, along with a sofa bed, and can sleep up to six people.
Navigator's revitalization added a new circular structure to the ship, wrapping around the upper spa area on Deck 12 forward. This section contains 38 new cabins, including 24 Panoramic Ocean View cabins that peek out above the bridge area. These cabins offer fantastic views through floor-to-ceiling wraparound windows. A standard Panoramic Ocean View measures 191 to 215 square feet, and a larger category offers 283 square feet of living space. Two 406-square-feet Family Panoramic Ocean View cabins sleep six. They offer two twin beds that convert to a king, a curtained-off section with bunk beds, living area with double sofa bed, and one and a half baths with shower.
Navigator has a full range of cabins with balconies, fitting almost any type of cruise budget. Check into a Deluxe Balcony cabin and enjoy 184 square feet of space with a 46-square-foot balcony or a Superior Balcony cabin, which measures 199 square feet and gives you a roomy 65 square feet outside to enjoy your morning coffee and sunrise. The private verandahs are each equipped with two basic chairs and a small table, and have glass panels filling up the space below the railings. A standard accessible balcony cabin offers 275 square feet of living space with 42 square feet of balcony.
Step up to the suite life, and you'll enjoy even more space and amenities. Each 297-square-foot Junior Suite includes a bathtub, sitting area and a 69-square-foot balcony. Or book a 401-square-foot Grand Suite, which comes with a sitting area, large closet and bar, and a 104-square-foot balcony. The expansive 574-square-foot Royal Family Suite has room for eight in two bedrooms. The cabin features two bathrooms (one with a tub), a large living area, small dining table and 232-square-foot balcony. Navigator's 580-square-foot Owner's Suites come with queen-size beds, separate living rooms with sofa beds and private 157-square-foot balconies. Each Owner's Suite also features a dry bar, dinette and large living area.
The ship boasts one stateroom that allows its residents to own bragging rights for the cruise: the Royal Suite. The 1,336-square-foot spread features a 266-square-foot balcony, separate bedroom with king-size bed, whirlpool tub, bar, surround-sound system, living room with queen-size sofa bed, baby grand piano and, of course, concierge service.
Suiteholders, excluding Junior Suite residents, can use the Concierge Club Lounge on Deck 9. This windowless room features complimentary continental breakfast and a cocktail hour. Among other fee-free services, the concierge on duty can handle reservations for specialty restaurants, shore excursions and spa treatments.
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