9 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Western from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Surprised my wife with a cruise for her birthday. This would be her first cruise and my 3rd. Of course with any present you worry about how it will go over. Let me say that my wife is now hooked on cruises and is planning one for later ... Read More
Surprised my wife with a cruise for her birthday. This would be her first cruise and my 3rd. Of course with any present you worry about how it will go over. Let me say that my wife is now hooked on cruises and is planning one for later this year. The only thing I would have done different is come in a day before and stay a day later at the embarkment port. That first day was a marathon trip starting at 4:30 am. The embarkment was faster than I thought. We moved quickly through the boarding procedure. Thanks to comments on cruise critic, we bought our marriage certificate because we don't have passports yet. Next time we will have passports, but if you don't it's good for the ladies to bring their marriage certificates to easily explain the different last name. Our room was immediately available and I was pleased to see that it was fully stocked with the birthday and romance package as I had requested. The water bottles for the water package were very big (1 liter each). The juice package was also there. Our stewart was very nice and was very good. Lunch was in full blast in the Windjammer when we got there. We sat down and had a great buffet style lunch (my wife loved the pork chops and mash potatoes). The emergency procedure seemed really long, but it didn't bother us. We then went to the top deck to listen to the music and relax before the ship pulled out. It was very windy leaving Ft. Lauderdale. We went to the dining room at 6 pm for our seating. We had a great table, one couple from New Finland and two ladies from Boston. They were GREAT! The food was great too. The service was also great. We had dinner in Portofino the last night. Although we missed our new friends, the food there is exquisite. Next time we are going to try chops. I would suggest eating breakfast in a variety of places. We tried the Windjammer and dining room. The best was the dining room but the menu doesn't change. The Windjammer has ready made omelets, which my wife loves. Lunch in the dining room is a must. They had a salad bar that could be two meals by itself. My wife and I shared salad each day. Then you get a lunch too. We were stuffed. The cruise always had lots of activities. The marriage show was the best! The juggler was pretty good too. The comedian sucked! Our shore excursion (Salsa Salsa) got cancelled so that was kind of a bummer. But we just went to downtown Cozumel and walked around. It was fun haggling for prices. I have so many good things to say, I probably could fill up 5 pages. I was worried about the food due to the reviews, but I loved all of it. My wife is a little more picky and she was not impressed the first night, but had no complaints any other nights. I guess it has to do with your palate. I would recommend RCL to anyone and can't wait to get my friends hooked so we can become full time cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Navigator of Seas departed FLL on 2/12/11. There were 3 of us: me, spouse and our girlfriend. We are Diamond status. This was our 3rd time on Navigator this year. We like the ship and love the waiter Lucien Maftei. We chose the ship ... Read More
Navigator of Seas departed FLL on 2/12/11. There were 3 of us: me, spouse and our girlfriend. We are Diamond status. This was our 3rd time on Navigator this year. We like the ship and love the waiter Lucien Maftei. We chose the ship specifically for him this time. Requested him, but to no avail. However, after considerable work, the asst maitre d' (an extremely nice woman) managed to move us around, add an extra chair, etc. and we got Lucian at table 341 (Nutcracker). We were very happy. Naturally, he remembered all 3 of us and was very pleased to see us again. He is Plato's ideal waiter. Embarkation was smooth, painless and friendly. Took taxi from airport. 10 minutes $15 including extra person charge and tip. Although Diamonds go to head of line, all lines looked reasonable. We even arrived early, roughly 12:15 pm, and the rooms were ready. We had 2 rooms on deck 8. 8392 which faces aft and has a great balcony and 8681, which is on the outside but counts as an inside room. Both were quiet and extremely well kept. No particular signs of wear. The stewards in both rooms were excellent. Food: We ate in the Windjammer for breakfast every day but one. All onboard lunches, too. The food was reasonably good. The Asian and Indian items are still the best bet. We ate at the Diamond breakfast one sea day and were very pleased. Much better service than in the past. Quick turnaround and good coffee and tasty food and bagels and lox. (No longer have that in Windj.) We ate in dining room every night. The sail away prime rib was disappointing. The 3rd night prime rib was excellent. Unlike prior cruises were the food deteriorates as the days wear on, this cruise it improved. The lobster was excellent, the duck was top notch. And, the soups (especially the fruit soups) were wonderful. A distinct improvement over recent cruises. Ports: We have done these many times. We use Capt Marvin in Grand Cayman to go to Stingray City. Unfortunately, on the tender over--which went off with no issues at all--the sea was high. When we got to Marvin's we learned the marine police had closed the park. Disappointed, but Marvin's took us to Hell, the turtle farm, rum cake, etc. and the beach. Driver Carl even returned to pick us up at the beach 1.5 hours later, saving $4 each on fare. It was great service and well done. Next day was Cozumel. Always fearing a late ferry, we took the ship's tour to Tulum and beach break. Well done. One of the few RCL tours I approve of and was well organized and executed. Worth doing. Entertainment: Did not get to any shows. Disco was fine until the DJ started playing Latino music. This is the least favorite of all dance music but there are always 15 or so of his friends who want to hear it and he is Cuban. That tends to ruin things. Need a better mix of Top 40. Cruise staff changed out from the ones we knew. I never miss a trivia. Danny was very good. Aubrey was rude and should be canned. Did not see the Cruise Director so no comment. Diamond lounge: Spectacular. We really enjoy this C&A perk. We met great people, as we always do. Became very close with several, including Sylvia who is 91 and in phenomenal shape. This was a highlight of every evening and RCL MUST keep it. The wait service here was top notch. Not so in the bars. It was very hard to get a drink and they were very stingy with all the pours. Tragedy: On our first night we were seated with a couple from Michigan and a family of 4 from Texas: father and mother and daughter and fiance. It was a bit tough at first because of differing backgrounds, but worked out. I dance a lot and the second night commented thereon. Mother ('Gay') said she liked to dance, but husband 'Steve' did not. But they came down to disco for the Michael Jackson set and I whirled her about the dance floor. Gay really enjoyed it. Cozumel day they missed dinner. At start of dinner there was an Alpha Alpha call and I said: that can't be good. But, you never assume it is anyone you know. Next night only daughter and fiance came to dinner. Mother Gay was the Alpha and died. It was horrible. She had a heart attack. Now, there are worse places and ways to die than on a great cruise with your family when you are having fun, but it did ruin their vacation. RCL Class response: Even though RCL did everything possible to help save Gay's life (only 59 years old), it was not possible. RCL comped the cruise. They acquired all the photos taken of the family and gave them to Steve and the kids. They contacted all the relatives at no cost and arranged all the logistics for the family. Nothing can take away the intense pain, but we were incredibly impressed with the effort made by the line to ease this family's suffering. Often times the Line does stupid, miserly things, but this time they went beyond any expectation and I applaud them. We gave the cruise an 8.5 of 10, which is a very good rating from us. We had a great time and loved meeting everyone and pray for the McCul... family. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We had s specific window of opportunity to go on a cruise to celebrate my birthday. The only ship that could work within our available time frame was the Navigator of the Seas. We have sailed on Celebrity ships several times and were under ... Read More
We had s specific window of opportunity to go on a cruise to celebrate my birthday. The only ship that could work within our available time frame was the Navigator of the Seas. We have sailed on Celebrity ships several times and were under the impression that RCL was a lesser product. Some of the reviews we read about the ship made us even more concerned that we would not be satisfied. NOTHING COULD HAVE BEEN FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. We were pleasantly surprised and had a wonderful time. The ship was in excellent condition, immaculate and sparkling. The dining room food was extremely good, with a wide range of selections every day... much better than our last Celebrity cruise. The only drawback with regards to food was the buffet. The presentation was very mediocre, which masked the fact that the food was pretty good. There was no sushi- the only disappointment. Our balcony cabin was clean, comfortable, and well-maintained with a great shower. There was an abundance of room to unpack and spread out. The shows were entertaining. In addition, there were parades in the main promenade on three nights - a 70s disco event, a holiday parade, and a caribbean style parade. The lounge entertainers were enjoyable and the Ice Dancing show (yes, there is an ice rink onboard) was extravagant and fun to watch. The midnight dance party/buffet was very high energy. The gym and the spa were first class. We had spa treatments and used the sauna and steam facilities. The solarium, adult-only pool/hot tub area was relaxing and serene. I was disappointed that there was no internet service in the cabins. Needless to say, there was a cost to use the internet. There were about 6 hot spots onboard for those of us with our own wireless capabilities as well as a computer lounge area. I needed to get some work done and would have liked to have done it in my cabin. The captain and crew were all friendly and helpful. Service in all areas was more than satisfactory. The only problem was the weather - it was unseasonably cool and rainy for the first three days and only marginally better the next two...but, for us, it was all right. We didn't mind it at all. I would definitely sail on a RCL ship again. Bravo - well done. I highly recommend this ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
We chose this particular cruise because it was a good price at a good time and the right length. However, before we booked I of course did a lot of review reading and I think 95% of people said not to expect much of the food. I always go ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because it was a good price at a good time and the right length. However, before we booked I of course did a lot of review reading and I think 95% of people said not to expect much of the food. I always go into situations like this with an open mind...thinking that maybe these are seasoned travelers who are really picky. Well, I hate to say it but for the most part they were right. Now, I'm not sure if I can give a fair enough review because by the time my DH and I got up to the windjammer for breakfast it was almost over which ment that most of the food was sitting in it's own grease for a while and it was always the same stuff. None of it had much taste to it unless you lathered it in syrup, salt and pepper, or ketchup. Lunch was much the same. Now with that said here are some good aspects. Dinner in the dinning room was ALWAYS good especially our waiter Marc. Also a little know fact that during sea days the dinning room is open for breakfast and lunch, now we never made it to breakfast, but we did for lunch the salad bar as good and it was nice to be served and not have to push your way though the crowd. Another negative observation was that if you didn't get out to the pool on sea days you were not getting a chair near the pool especially at the adult pool which was exceptionally quiet. We did the excursion in cozumel called the ultimate beach break to Playa Mia. It included a buffet lunch and all the drinks you could handle. SAVE your money!!! Now, if you want all the drinks you can handle then go for it the buffet just left something to be desired. Also, you will have to ask for more beach chairs and ask for an umbrella. Over all it was nice and relaxing which was the main point of this trip. I did hear some good things about the Passion beach too. Other than that EVERYTHING else about the cruise was great. The shows, the service and the bars. I would defiantly recommend this line and this ship. Just use this hints about the dinning room on sea days and be prepared with the food. Other then that I think you will enjoy yourself. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
Had a great time on the Navigator. HUGE ship with plenty of things to do. Had an inside cabin and would book the same again as it's DARK outside at night and was never in the room during the day! SOOOOO quiet, too. Dining room was ... Read More
Had a great time on the Navigator. HUGE ship with plenty of things to do. Had an inside cabin and would book the same again as it's DARK outside at night and was never in the room during the day! SOOOOO quiet, too. Dining room was nice as was the waiter, but the food was so-so. Now Chops on the other hand....OMG! If you are celebrating something special, make your reservations now. Bypass a plain beach excursion as you can do that on your own as we found out. Not worth the $$$$. Don't miss the ice show....impressive what 10 people can do on such a small rink. Could feel swaying while leaving ports, but barely noticeable while out-at-sea....take ginger tablets as one experienced cruiser advised us. Not much for babies/toddlers to do (they can't use the pools) but kids and teens were barely seen as they were all in programs. VERY CLEAN SHIP....constantly saw people tidying up. Would like to see hand sanitizer dispensers up, though. Terrific mix of entire families, young and old couples, singles groups, etc. Can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
Day 1 This was our first cruise and did not know what to expect. Embarkation was quick and easy. We were on board around Noon and our first stop was to purchase a soda package for my DH. We then immediately went to the Windjammer for ... Read More
Day 1 This was our first cruise and did not know what to expect. Embarkation was quick and easy. We were on board around Noon and our first stop was to purchase a soda package for my DH. We then immediately went to the Windjammer for lunch. Being new we did not realize that there were different foods at each station but figured it out pretty fast. Our cabin was ready just a little after 1 PM. Cabin was very nice and clean and more roomy than we expected. However, bathroom was a little tight on space. Read on CC that storage space was limited but in our D3 balcony cabin I did not find that to be the case. I took an over the door shoe storage unit but it was unnecessary. The sail away party was a blast. It was a little windy on the upper decks but tolerable. We went to the MDR for dinner and met our table mates. We had a table for 8 but there were only 6 of us. Our table mates were delightful and the food was really good. My DH and I both had the prime rib. We had thought about switching to MTD but after meeting our table mates we were glad we did not. Our servers were wonderful - Roseller and Carol. We missed the first night activities - motion sickness medication and alcohol do not mix well. We slept the entire night away. Day 2 This was our first full day at sea. We had breakfast in the WJ and it was pretty good. Being from the south we did find the biscuits to be inedible though. I went to the ShipShape Center and spent a few minutes on the treadmill. The equipment was in good condition. The center was extremely crowded though - there was only 1 treadmill available. We spent most of this day lying around the pool deck and soaking up some sun. I read of couple of other posts complaining about the misbehaving children around the pool. We did not experience this. We did not get out too early and did have a more difficult time in finding chairs. We had dinner in MDR again and the food was pretty good. Day 3 This was our day in Cozumel. We had a later breakfast in the WJ and it was not quite as crowded as on day 2. I had pancakes and they were okay. My DH had the eggs, potatoes, and bacon and he said they were good. We booked an independent tour with a private cab driver named Gerry. We had a great day. We wanted to see as much of the island as possible and Gerry was very accommodating. My favorite part of the day was the visit to the Tequila Tasting Tour and the visit to the east (wild) side of the island. We returned to the ship a little after 1 PM and had lunch in the WJ. It was not as crowded and we were able to see more of what was available. We went to the ice show before dinner and it was great. We went to the Karaoke but did not stay. The ship was rocking pretty good and we were not feeling very well. Day 4 This was our day in Belize. I really did not care for riding the tender boats. We had to get up extremely early in order to ride the first tender to make it to the dock for our excursion. The WJ was not open yet so we had to order room service for breakfast. There was not a big variety available because it was so early. We had the assorted pastries. It was not really what I expected - edible but not very appetizing. The OJ was quite a bit better than what is served in the WJ. We did the Lamanai tour through RCCL and enjoyed it considerably. We returned to the ship around 4 PM and went to Johnny Rockets. My DH absolutely loved JR. The food was good and the service was unbeatable. It was worth the extra service fee. We went to the MDR for dinner and because we had eaten at JR just a few hours earlier we were not very hungry. The food was not quite as good on this night. We thoroughly enjoyed the Quest show. This was very entertaining. I still can't believe what some of the people did. Day 5 This was our last day at sea. We slept in and then had a late breakfast in the WJ. We then had a very lazy morning at the Solarium pool deck. We then had lunch at JR again - this type of food is what my DH really enjoys. We had to wait in line to eat but well worth it. I then went poolside to get a little sun while DH took a nap. It was a little easier finding a chair this time. We attended the Magic show and closing show before. It was very entertaining - I hated for it to end. We had our final dinner in the MDR and the food was very good (probably the best the entire cruise). We had the garlic shrimp. We had a great time at dinner with our table mates and our servers. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and we hated for it to end. We attended the late night adult oriented comedy show. The comedian was very funny and we enjoyed the show immensely. Overall opinion - the Navigator of the Seas is a beautiful ship. I had read other reviews of past passengers and really don't know why they gave it mediocre reviews. Our only problem was finding our way around - it is a huge vessel. We can't wait until our next cruise now that we are a little more experienced about cruising. We know our next cruise we be even better. At this point, we will probably stick with RCCL because of our experience and what others have said about the other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
(INTRO - AIRPORT) This was our first cruise for my wife and I, so besides the great reviews I had read here on Cruise-Critic, we didn't know what to expect. We flew in from La Guardia New York to Fort Lauderdale Florida the same day ... Read More
(INTRO - AIRPORT) This was our first cruise for my wife and I, so besides the great reviews I had read here on Cruise-Critic, we didn't know what to expect. We flew in from La Guardia New York to Fort Lauderdale Florida the same day we were sailing. We arrived approximately 12:30, found a cab really quick outside at the taxi stand and told the guy TO THE SHIPS, and they knew where we were going. A fast, erratic, crazy cab ride had us to the port in literally 10minutes about 1:00. It cost about $20 with tip and all. (TIP: KEEP YOUR ID ON YOU AS YOU NEED TO SHOW ID TO GET INTO THE SHIP PORT) I have been warned that bad weather, flight delays, or whatever type of delay are dangerous for missing your cruise, but we got there with plenty of time and were glad we didn't go down the night before. (ARRIVAL) When we got to the ship we were absolutely amazed by the size and beauty of it. There were tons of Caribbean men at the drop off point all looking to take your bags and "ensure" your bag gets to your room, but they only want your money. I tipped as the guy practically asked for one which was rude, but realized it does nothing to expedite delivery. We didn't get our luggage till 5pm, so make sure you have whatever you want in your hands before you turn your luggage over. Oh and not to mention when it is finally delivered, it is left outside your door in the hallway. (EMBARKATION) Going through the initial screening for ID and weapons made me feel like I was back in the military inside some huge hanger with roped off walkways directing the way. It was fairly painless as the excitement of going on the cruise outweighs it all, and there were many workers to direct you where to go and what to do. When you have completed your check in, you are given a Sea Pass which is a charge card for all spending that you do on the ship. I.E, alcohol, shopping, alcohol, getting on and off the ship, alcohol.... (ROOM) We went to our room first thing and were quite pleased. No bigger or smaller than your average hotel room and the balcony was definitely a nice benefit. The bed was actually pretty big with both twins connected, the bathroom was small with a stand up shower, but served its purpose. The toilets were a bit slow to work before we left and a little bit after, but when they do flush be prepared for the suction. There is a huge vanity for the women, and most of the same things you will find in a hotel. After we were relaxed in the room and valuables were put in the safe, we went exploring. Our stateroom attendant always was very nice and did a great job straightening up our room. Towel animals were always awaiting us on our bed when we returned to the room at night. Our keepsake alcohol cup was washed, our stuff was straightened, bathing suits hung up, among other nice little things I didn't expect them to do. (BLAH) 15min on the ship, we were just blown away by the detail to the beauty and luxury on the ship so we felt compelled to take pictures immediately. I was doing the long arm self picture thing with my wife when a nice older couple offered to take our picture so we could get a nice one. This was common all over the ship throughout the cruise. The nice man took my camera, took the picture, and in trying to give it back to me dropped it and broke it. $200 digital camera gone just like that and all I got was a sorry. So of course my first stop was to the camera/picture store on-board as I could not go without a camera the whole cruise, but it was closed until we left US waters. (Duty free pricing) The ship was an hour late to leave the port for some reason that rumors said they lost someone's luggage in the water while loading it. Not confirmed but it's a valid reason we didn't leave on time. (DINING) 6:00pm came around and we attended our first dinner. We were upset to know that it wasn't acceptable to go into the main dining room in shorts and a t-shirt which was a problem since we only brought one pair of jeans. Other people did go dressed like that but we didn't want to be the odd balls so we wore our long pants. Dinner was very nice along with the people seated at our table (8 others) as well as the wait staff. You will find that most of all the employees are very nice and all from a different country with a great story to tell. The food wasn't amazing but it was the equivalent to an Applebee's quality dinner. Never many choices on the list but you could get as much as you wanted. (I got 3 lobster tail entrees on seafood night) Main dining or Second seating doesn't really prohibit you from doing activities as most shows and events have two time slots to accommodate both dinners. The Windjammer was a buffet restaurant on the 11th floor that had a great view off the back of the ship. It had tons of food, desert, and seats. This was our lunch choice everyday and always seemed to have what we were feeling like eating. They are also open for breakfast and dinner. We didn't see the need to pay $25 for Chops Grill or Pontifino but it looked nice. We did go to Johnny Rockets, a 70's cheeseburger joint that had good food and great service. It was only about $15 total for the two of us. (ACTIVITIES) Every evening your stateroom attendant will deliver a "Cruise Compass" which was a list of the daily activities for the next day and always was very helpful in planning our fun. Almost every day we went exploring as there was so much to see all over. We went to the Ice Show on the first night and absolutely loved it. A small ice rink, but that did not stop them from doing amazing tricks and jumps. Its definitely a show you cannot miss if you go on a ship with a rink. Casino - Was small but pretty fun. It is only open when the ship is out to sea. There were tons of slot machines and few tables. We set some money aside before we got to the ship solely for gambling which all smart gamblers' should do. (TIP: BRING CASH) You can use your Sea Pass, but there is a 3% charge. We lost a bit, won a little, lost a bit more, and finished a bit down as to be expected after we finished our third night in the casino. Art Auction - Park West, one of the largest art galleries in the world has a contract with Royal Caribbean to hold art auctions on the ships. I had a great time the first night as I bought 2 pieces which I had to carry off and that turned out to be kind of inconvenient. I was given 5 pieces of FREE ART for random things such as answering a trivia question or applying for the RC Visa Card. They say each one is worth $650 but in reality the prints are only selling on ebay for $25. Those are sent to your house , but the selection to choose from isn't large or nice. Even if you don't like art or think your not going buy anything you should go because as long as you sign up you get FREE CHAMPAIGN. Because I bought some art I had a FREE bottle delivered to our room as well. A nice VIP feeling. The Dungeon - A nice dance club near the casino. Small dance floor but nice seating accommodations and two bars. We had a good time dancing but the rocking ship and sometimes bad music didn't make it too conducive for dancing. Bingo - Everyone knows how to play bingo so there isn't much to say about it except it seems that everyone who won had the electronic card machine. I think it just takes away from the fun to pay and just watch a screen. The last jackpot game was for $5700 which would have been great to win especially since its only $30 to buy in. One couple won it, not ten, not five, but one couple. QUEST - Cannot tell you who, what, when, where, why or how, but I can say GO and WATCH and LAUGH YOUR BUTT OFF. Do not volunteer to be the representative of your team or you will regret it LOL. IT WAS HILARIOUS THOUGH. Love and Marriage Game show - Funny, not a must see but definitely worth it. Fair Well Show - A good entertainment for the evening. Trivia Games - Fun and random, something to fill the time in the afternoon. Shopping Onboard - The Royal Caribbean shop was expensive, but there are other things to browse through. Buy everything the last day when all the sales are going on. Midnight Snack - The 24 hour Cafe Promenade was a nice stop to fill those late night hunger feelings with a bite of complementary cheesecake, pizza, coffee, or small sandwichs. (PORTS OF CALL) Our first stop was in Cozumel, Mexico. The weather all the way from Florida was horrible and it wasn't much different in Mexico. We were planning on doing the Tulum Ruins tour on our own as my wife speaks fluent Spanish, I mapped out the complete details, and it would have been a lot cheaper that the ships excursion. Due to the rain and fear of missing the ship because the ruins are a few hours away we decided just to stay on the Cozumel strip. We took a 10min cab ride to the main shop strip which cost about $5 per person. It was neat to see and actually be in another country but we quickly got the feeling of being in a huge tourist trap. It was the same store and shop every 50 feet. Diamond International, Tanzanite International, Mexican Silver, among other things. We did buy a Mexican blanket and a picture frame but that was all we wanted to buy because no offense I don't care how much Royal Caribbean guarantees your Diamond purchases, I am not buying my wife a $1000 Diamond from Pedro in Mexico. We walked a bit and decided to have some lunch so we stopped at a nice out-door place named Las Palmeras. Great food and not expensive. I exchanged some money into pesos back in New York before we came to get a true Mexican experience but wished I had not. Everything has an American Price on it and is seems the Mexicans there didn't know how to calculate their own money. After lunch we walked all the way back to the ship (4miles) and were kinda bored and tired of the rain so we spent the rest of the day on the ship. We heard the beaches were amazing and it did seem that the water was nice and blue, but the rain ruined it all. Our second stop was Belize City, Belize and we wish the ship had just sailed on by. There is no port so the cruise ships park 15min out and are tendered by small 100 person ferry boats. We got off the ferry and walked around for about 10min and went right back to the ship. All the same things as Cozumel in the stores but these just said Belize. We couldn't believe how crappy and poor the area was and how many Jamaican/ Caribbean men were all over the place trying to get you to do an excursion. We had an excursion planned through Royal Caribbean to do the snorkeling caye adventure, but it was cancelled due to mechanical issues. I would have cancelled because of the crappy weather anyways. IF YOU GO TO BELIZE, PLAN AN EXCURSION AND HOPE FOR GOOD WEATHER, BECAUSE THAT PLACE IS HORRIBLE. (RANDOM THINGS) Alcohol - Beers were about $5, Daiquiri's and Frozen drinks were about $9, and all other mixed drinks ranged from $7-$10. Don't expect to get hammered every night unless you have deep pockets. The Royal Promenade - Was very nice and always had something going on. Made us feel like we were in a mall back home. The Service - Everyone was always very nice and helpful if you could get passed the language and accent barrier. Weather/Sea Sick - The weather was absolutely horrible the whole cruise and really impeded our plans so make sure you keep an eye on those forecasts. On the way back the weather was so bad that our ship was an hour late because of the waves. Let me tell you, don't let anyone say to you that you won't feel the ship moving. People were practically staggering like they were drunk that last night because of the rocking ship. We took some Dramamine that night to fight back the nausea. Other than that though it did seem like a smooth ride. Pool/Hot Tubs - They were very nice although we only went into the hot tubs at night when they weren't crowded. The pools were fairly cold to the touch. It was nice to have an adult side that kids couldn't bother you in. 1St Day Emergency Drill - About as annoying, inconvenient, and troublesome as you could imagine wearing big bright orange life vests and standing with a bunch of people you don't know. Yea for our safety but not a great way to welcome us aboard. (DEBARKATION) - Simple and easy for the people who signed up for the Expedited Departure. We carried our own stuff off, took 5min in customs, and were in a taxi heading for the post office to mail back my art. Although it does take up to an hour for customs to clear the ship, so make those flight plans for after 12. We had to change ours from 1045 because of the delay and customs clearance. Overall we enjoyed ourselves because of the many things to do on the ship. The weather would have made it the best time of our lives if it was warm and sunny but I guess you deal with what you get. We are already planning our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2009
(INTRO - AIRPORT) This was our first cruise for my wife and I, so besides the great reviews I had read here on Cruise-Critic, we didn't know what to expect. We flew in from La Guardia New York to Fort Lauderdale Florida the same day ... Read More
(INTRO - AIRPORT) This was our first cruise for my wife and I, so besides the great reviews I had read here on Cruise-Critic, we didn't know what to expect. We flew in from La Guardia New York to Fort Lauderdale Florida the same day we were sailing. We arrived approximately 12:30, found a cab really quick outside at the taxi stand and told the guy TO THE SHIPS, and they knew where we were going. A fast, erratic, crazy cab ride had us to the port in literally 10 minutes about 1:00. It cost about $20 with tip and all. (TIP: KEEP YOUR ID ON YOU AS YOU NEED TO SHOW ID TO GET INTO THE SHIP PORT) I have been warned that bad weather, flight delays, or whatever type of delay are dangerous for missing your cruise, but we got there with plenty of time and were glad we didn't go down the night before. (ARRIVAL) When we got to the ship we were absolutely amazed by the size and beauty of it. There were tons of Caribbean men at the drop off point all looking to take your bags and "ensure" your bag gets to your room, but they only want your money. I tipped as the guy practically asked for one which was rude, but realized it does nothing to expedite delivery. We didn't get our luggage till 5pm, so make sure you have whatever you want in your hands before you turn your luggage over. Oh and not to mention when it is finally delivered, it is left outside your door in the hallway. (EMBARKATION) Going through the initial screening for ID and weapons made me feel like I was back in the military inside some huge hanger with roped off walkways directing the way. It was fairly painless as the excitement of going on the cruise outweighs it all, and there were many workers to direct you where to go and what to do. When you have completed your check in, you are given a Sea Pass which is a charge card for all spending that you do on the ship. I.E, alcohol, shopping, alcohol, getting on and off the ship, alcohol.... (ROOM) We went to our room first thing and were quite pleased. No bigger or smaller than your average hotel room and the balcony was definitely a nice benefit. The bed was actually pretty big with both twins connected, the bathroom was small with a stand up shower, but served its purpose. The toilets were a bit slow to work before we left and a little bit after, but when they do flush be prepared for the suction. There is a huge vanity for the women, and most of the same things you will find in a hotel. After we were relaxed in the room and valuables were put in the safe, we went exploring. Our stateroom attendant always was very nice and did a great job straightening up our room. Towel animals were always awaiting us on our bed when we returned to the room at night. Our keepsake alcohol cup was washed, our stuff was straightened, bathing suits hung up, among other nice little things I didn't expect them to do. (BLAH) 15 min on the ship, we were just blown away by the detail to the beauty and luxury on the ship so we felt compelled to take pictures immediately. I was doing the long arm self picture thing with my wife when a nice older couple offered to take our picture so we could get a nice one. This was common all over the ship throughout the cruise. The nice man took my camera, took the picture, and in trying to give it back to me dropped it and broke it. $200 digital camera gone just like that and all I got was a sorry. So of course my first stop was to the camera/picture store on-board as I could not go without a camera the whole cruise, but it was closed until we left US waters. (Duty free pricing) The ship was an hour late to leave the port for some reason that rumors said they lost someone's luggage in the water while loading it. Not confirmed but it's a valid reason we didn't leave on time. (DINING) 6:00pm came around and we attended our first dinner. We were upset to know that it wasn't acceptable to go into the main dining room in shorts and a t-shirt which was a problem since we only brought one pair of jeans. Other people did go dressed like that but we didn't want to be the odd balls so we wore our long pants. Dinner was very nice along with the people seated at our table (8 others) as well as the wait staff. You will find that most of all the employees are very nice and all from a different country with a great story to tell. The food wasn't amazing but it was the equivalent to an Applebee's quality dinner. Never many choices on the list but you could get as much as you wanted. (I got 3 lobster tail entrEes on seafood night) Main dining or Second seating doesn't really prohibit you from doing activities as most shows and events have two time slots to accommodate both dinners. The Windjammer was a buffet restaurant on the 11th floor that had a great view off the back of the ship. It had tons of food, desert, and seats. This was our lunch choice everyday and always seemed to have what we were feeling like eating. They are also open for breakfast and dinner. We didn't see the need to pay $25 for Chops Grill or Pontifino but it looked nice. We did go to Johnny Rockets, a 70's cheeseburger joint that had good food and great service. It was only about $15 total for the two of us. (ACTIVITIES) Every evening your stateroom attendant will deliver a "Cruise Compass" which was a list of the daily activities for the next day and always was very helpful in planning our fun. Almost every day we went exploring as there was so much to see all over. We went to the Ice Show on the first night and absolutely loved it. A small ice rink, but that did not stop them from doing amazing tricks and jumps. Its definitely a show you cannot miss if you go on a ship with a rink. Casino - Was small but pretty fun. It is only open when the ship is out to sea. There were tons of slot machines and few tables. We set some money aside before we got to the ship solely for gambling which all smart gamblers' should do. (TIP: BRING CASH) You can use your Sea Pass, but there is a 3% charge. We lost a bit, won a little, lost a bit more, and finished a bit down as to be expected after we finished our third night in the casino. Art Auction - Park West, one of the largest art galleries in the world has a contract with Royal Caribbean to hold art auctions on the ships. I had a great time the first night as I bought 2 pieces which I had to carry off and that turned out to be kind of inconvenient. I was given 5 pieces of FREE ART for random things such as answering a trivia question or applying for the RC Visa Card. They say each one is worth $650 but in reality the prints are only selling on ebay for $25. Those are sent to your house , but the selection to choose from isn't large or nice. Even if you don't like art or think your not going buy anything you should go because as long as you sign up you get FREE CHAMPAIGN. Because I bought some art I had a FREE bottle delivered to our room as well. A nice VIP feeling. The Dungeon - A nice dance club near the casino. Small dance floor but nice seating accommodations and two bars. We had a good time dancing but the rocking ship and sometimes bad music didn't make it too conducive for dancing. Bingo - Everyone knows how to play bingo so there isn't much to say about it except it seems that everyone who won had the electronic card machine. I think it just takes away from the fun to pay and just watch a screen. The last jackpot game was for $5700 which would have been great to win especially since its only $30 to buy in. One couple won it, not ten, not five, but one couple. QUEST - Cannot tell you who, what, when, where, why or how, but I can say GO and WATCH and LAUGH YOUR A$$ OFF. Do not volunteer to be the representative of your team or you will regret it LOL. IT WAS HILARIOUS THOUGH. Love and Marriage Game show - Funny, not a must see but definitely worth it. Fair Well Show - A good entertainment for the evening. Trivia Games - Fun and random, something to fill the time in the afternoon. Shopping Onboard - The Royal Caribbean shop was expensive, but there are other things to browse through. Buy everything the last day when all the sales are going on. Midnight Snack - The 24 hour Cafe Promenade was a nice stop to fill those late night hunger feelings with a bite of complementary cheesecake, pizza, coffee, or small sandwiches. (RANDOM THINGS) Alcohol - Beers were about $5, Daiquiri's and Frozen drinks were about $9, and all other mixed drinks ranged from $7-$10. Don't expect to get hammered every night unless you have deep pockets. The Royal Promenade - Was very nice and always had something going on. Made us feel like we were in a mall back home. The Service - Everyone was always very nice and helpful if you could get passed the language and accent barrier. Weather/Sea Sick - The weather was absolutely horrible the whole cruise and really impeded our plans so make sure you keep an eye on those forecasts. On the way back the weather was so bad that our ship was an hour late because of the waves. Let me tell you, don't let anyone say to you that you won't feel the ship moving. People were practically staggering like they were drunk that last night because of the rocking ship. We took some Dramamine that night to fight back the nausea. Other than that though it did seem like a smooth ride. Pool/Hot Tubs - They were very nice although we only went into the hot tubs at night when they weren't crowded. The pools were fairly cold to the touch. It was nice to have an adult side that kids couldn't bother you in. 1St Day Emergency Drill - About as annoying, inconvenient, and troublesome as you could imagine wearing big bright orange life vests and standing with a bunch of people you don't know. Yea for our safety but not a great way to welcome us aboard. (DEBARKATION) - Simple and easy for the people who signed up for the Expedited Departure. We carried our own stuff off, took 5 min in customs, and were in a taxi heading for the post office to mail back my art. Although it does take up to an hour for customs to clear the ship, so make those flight plans for after 12. We had to change ours from 1045 because of the delay and customs clearance. Overall we enjoyed ourselves because of the many things to do on the ship. The weather would have made it the best time of our lives if it was warm and sunny but I guess you deal with what you get. We are already planning our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2009
We did a great deal of research before selecting our cruise company and ports of call, and we couldn't have chosen better! The Navigator of the Seas boasted a great staff, plenty of activities and delicious food. Unfortunately, we ... Read More
We did a great deal of research before selecting our cruise company and ports of call, and we couldn't have chosen better! The Navigator of the Seas boasted a great staff, plenty of activities and delicious food. Unfortunately, we decided to cruise during spring break, but we knew the cruise might be a little loud and crowded, and overall the spring breakers didn't affect our enjoyment of the cruise and they were generally well-behaved. Our itinerary included a day at sea, one day in Cozumel, one day in Belize City, and another day at sea. The sea days were great as they gave us the opportunity to enjoy the ship's many amenities: gym facilities, pool/hot tub, steam room, mini golf, rock climbing, inline skating, ice skating, bingo, casino gambling, art auction, Johnny Rockets and Chops Grille; we did it all! Cozumel and Belize City were nice ports, and we enjoyed our activities there, but we were always happy to get back on the ship. Our room was wonderful (corner aft balcony on the 9th deck), though I think my husband enjoyed the balcony more than I did as he constantly hogged the lounger. Roberto, our stateroom attendant, was very nice and accommodating, and he kept our ice supply in good order and brought us bathrobes for the duration of the cruise. The towel animals were a pleasant surprise at night. Dining service was delightful, though we switched our table from the main entrance (literally the first table at the door) to one by the window (table of six) - did this when we first got on the ship. Our waiter, Falcao, assistant waiter and head waiter truly earned their tips as they fulfilled our every request. I can't say the same for the breakfast service, as the menu was limited and they argued with me about bringing nuts with my oatmeal when I asked. I preferred the Windjammer for breakfast because there was significantly more variety, but we went to the dining room instead because my husband liked it better. We usually ate lunch in the Windjammer, which was alright, and we had appetizers before dinner a few times (sushi mostly), and dinner once. It was nice to find the Windjammer had many of the same offerings as the dining room for dinner. I thought the desserts in the Windjammer were better than the offerings in the dining room, though I really loved the Mudslide cookie at the Cafe Promenade. Went to Johnny Rockets for lunch one day, not nearly the same as a Johnny Rockets restaurant, but it was tasty and we enjoyed the experience. Also went to Chops on the last night for dinner. We initially had trouble getting a reservation later than 6pm, but we called up later in the week and they were able to push it back. The food was incredible, though we were told that going forward, they will be charging $10 per entree after the first (each diner can have unlimited appetizers and desserts, but only one entree). I noticed that a tip was not included in the cost of the dinner, so we gave a good tip since the service was exceptional. We can't say enough good things about our cruising experience, and we were glad to have gone with Royal Caribbean. We will definitely be cruising with them in the future. Read Less
Sail Date January 2009
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.5 4.2

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