My two 12 year old children and I went on a Navigator of the Seas cruise in late July. I have to admit that I have high standards in travel, and after reading some reviews on this website, I had wondered if we had made a mistake in booking ... Read More
My two 12 year old children and I went on a Navigator of the Seas cruise in late July. I have to admit that I have high standards in travel, and after reading some reviews on this website, I had wondered if we had made a mistake in booking the cruise. In fact, I called Royal Caribbean at the last minute to see if there was any way we could update to a suite or to "Gold" status just to avoid some of the things I had read (I couldn't - it was too late). Certain reviews had stated how crowded the cruise was, how Royal Caribbean always said "No" and what a disaster Galveston was. I have to say that I found NONE of that true and that the kids and I thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and would do another Royal Caribbean Cruise in a heartbeat.
We got to Galveston around 11:30 (took Stamax Limo from Houston which was fantastic) and we were on the Ship eating by 12:30. We had a great cabin with a pull down ceiling, twin bed (and a king bed) and a nice balcony overlooking the ocean. Ernesto was our cabin attendant and we never had any problems with our room. [We did smell cigarette smoke a few times from our balcony, and Royal Caribbean immediately responded and came to investigate where the smoke was coming from, and then stopped it.]
We enjoyed the activities on the ship (Flowrider, Rock Climbing, Mini golf, basketball, the running track) and enjoyed the shows - especially the comedy show and the Marriage/ Newlywed show.
We ate at almost all of the restaurants, and found that the food was very good. We paid extra money for the Mexican, sushi and Italian restaurants, and found that they were well worth the supplement. Those restaurants were basically empty and the food and service were amazing. We also ate at Johnny Rockets and had the most amazing milkshakes ever.
If we had one complaint, it was that the pools were too small. It would have been nice to have bigger pools, and we will look for that on our next cruise.
We loved Roatan and going to Guambalina park to see monkeys. We ended up doing the zip line while we were there, which was not part of our shore excursion. It was the best zipline we have ever done (incl in Mexico and Costa Rico). After ziplining, we enjoyed the very quiet, freshwater pool at Guambalin, and took the shuttle back to the boat at 3:00. A perfect day and a highly recommended shore excursion.
If you want to ice skate, be aware that the ice skating times quickly get full. Therefore, it is best to go there in the morning and get a ticket for the time that you want.
For disembarking, we opted to take our own bags off the ship and got a pass to be the first group off. We were through customs in minutes - definitely not the nightmare that others had encountered.