Although it was launched in 2002, Navigator of the Seas can hold its own against some of the newest ships in the cruise industry. Following an extensive 2014 refurb, the vessel received several new bars and restaurants (including Japanese, Italian and Mexican fare), additional cabins, Royal Caribbean's signature FlowRider surf simulator and even the fleet's first "virtual balconies" (more on that below). Read on to get our top cruise tips for navigating Navigator of the Seas.
Tip 1: Book an Inside Cabin
If you're one of those people who just can't do without a view of the ocean, you might want to reconsider your thoughts on inside cabins if you're sailing on Navigator of the Seas. It was the first ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet to feature virtual balconies -- floor-to-ceiling high-definition screens that offer real-time views and sounds of the ocean via onboard cameras. You'll feel like you're sailing in a balcony cabin -- but without the extra cost.
Tip 2: Keep Your Clothes On
If you opt to try the ship's onboard FlowRider surf simulator and don't want a crowd of onlookers to see you in a compromised state, be sure to wear something over your bathing suit. Crewmembers manning the simulator told us that if you're a female in a bikini, you have about a 50 percent chance of losing your top. Yikes!
Tip 3: Get Active
Vessels in Royal Caribbean's Voyager Class, of which Navigator of the Seas is a part, offer some of the most physical pastimes at sea. In addition to the aforementioned FlowRider, active types can try basketball, volleyball, mini-golf, ice skating and rock climbing, among other activities, to work off those extra helpings of dessert or trips to the buffet.
Tip 4: Make a Port-Day Spa Appointment
Not always widely publicized, discounts are often available on port-day spa treatments. If you're an avid spagoer, want to save even more money and don't mind missing a chunk of your time ashore, book multiple treatments back-to-back on the same port day, and ask about combining port-day discounts with discounts that are usually provided to those who book more than one service.
Tip 5: Make Use of Wayfinders
Lost? You're in luck. Something else Navigator received in its recent upgrade is a "wayfinder" system. Located near elevator banks throughout the ship, these digital touchscreens can tell you where you are, how to get where you're trying to go and what's on the daily schedule.