15 Galveston to Caribbean - All Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We were to leave out of Galveston on Sunday October 25th. Because of a tropical storm the captain made the decision to stay in port until Monday morning. It was somewhat disappointing but the weather was horrible with heavy rain and winds. ... Read More
We were to leave out of Galveston on Sunday October 25th. Because of a tropical storm the captain made the decision to stay in port until Monday morning. It was somewhat disappointing but the weather was horrible with heavy rain and winds. Everything on board was great, they just couldn't open the shops or the casinos. Other than that it felt like you truly had started your cruise vacation. On Monday morning the captain did a wonderful job in maneuvering the ship from its pier. It was quite the big deal as he had to make a 80 degree turn in a very small space. The winds were howling and if you were outside like us it was cold and very very windy! Once he had done his fantastic job we were on our way. 5 hours later we were in sun and warmth. What a difference. The ship looks beautiful with the renovations. I really have no complaints except that I felt the room steward really didn't care about you. He was nice, but not the friendly persona I have been used to on my other 6 cruises with Royal Caribbean. On the other hand, Patrick our waiter at table 420 was fantastic. He met all our expectations and more!! The order of our ports had to be changed because of the late departure. We went to Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. In Honduras we took a beach tour, in Belize a city tour and Cozumel a shopping tour!!! Spent too much money. LOL.. Departure was hell! My son-in-laws luggage was lost and it took almost an hour for someone to finally find it. The lines through Customs were so long and there was no organization. I've never experienced those problems at any of the departure ports in Florida. I will always remain a RCC Fan. Excited that I am now in the Emerald class. Can't wait for my next cruise.! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Was on the Navigator in 2013 and had bad experiences. It was going in to be refurbished . RCCL was so gracious to give us a discount for our many problems with our state room. The updated ship was great. Our room was wonderful, all the ... Read More
Was on the Navigator in 2013 and had bad experiences. It was going in to be refurbished . RCCL was so gracious to give us a discount for our many problems with our state room. The updated ship was great. Our room was wonderful, all the staff was great, we enjoyed our cruise so much more than before. The food was excellent. The mingle and meet was very nice. A lot of members already knew each other from the roll call. Great time to meet new cruisers. We enjoyed the growth at the berth in Jamica with new business. Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville was the best for free wi fi. Look up Laura to wait on you she goes beyond just being a waitress. We didn't have to go into town all the shopping you could want is right outside your ship. We would do it again. The entertainment was 5 star. The ice skating is a must. The entertainers we almost Vegas Style. The hot tubs were HOT not only heat but with the friends we met in early AM. Be sure you check the new Flowrator surfing. If you don't want to try, just watching was entertaining. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Ok, not our first cruise. Have cruised Norwegian, Carnival and Royal. We choose Royal because our last cruise was great as far as the ship was concerned. Hats off to Cat at the Solarium who always knew our name and drink, even when ... Read More
Ok, not our first cruise. Have cruised Norwegian, Carnival and Royal. We choose Royal because our last cruise was great as far as the ship was concerned. Hats off to Cat at the Solarium who always knew our name and drink, even when changing venues at night..he can save the night!. Ella and team at R Bar..true mixologist and need to make a youtube video. You girls rock! Daniel the Whiskey expert on the Promenade is just fun! I believe his friend was Nola, they rock too! Muareem and Sheetal on 5th floor dinning room..Thanks for knowing we needed extra shrimp cocktail each night before we asked, always making sure I had the correct food for dietary restrictions and for even keeping me eating something that would probably make me sick later:) Thank you Kwame Matthews for finally getting me out of the cabin that was going to land me in hospital with pneumonia. Now on to the complaints. We exited the elevator to our room on the 8th floor with a balcony and were immediately met with the smell of mold. Now, I know I have sensitive nose to this because it is my asthma/bronchitis/pneumonia trigger but after sometime my hubby could also smell it. We immediately called, someone came down and said they could not notice anything. We called again and someone came and said they would shampoo the carpet in the morning, to which I explained that would not get rid of mold, he could do the hall but not the room because it would make it worse. Now on top of the mold the room was warm. We figured it was due to it not being set on low, so we turned it down and went off to explore and have dinner & dance. We got back 11:30-12 and the room was steaming. 3 people later and now it is 1:30 am the best solution we can come up for mold and heat is a fan! Well this tends to make one grumpy, sleepy, not feeling well, & well you get it so Monday both of us were not in great moods. Oh, I forgot to mention that we paid for internet because we had some business stuff to take care of. It took 3 phone calls to get that where we could log on( which consumed the bulk of two lost days) of internet. Once we could log on, the service was so slow we could only load one page and the internet would freeze. So, we had already complained so much we were hesitant to address this issue, they did give us one day credit due to log on issues but we just said forget it on the slow service issue. OK, back to mold, finally on day three after telling them they would need to pay my medical bills we get moved to a room on deck 2 that someone unexpectedly deserted at Cozumel. FYI, they eventually after other complaints found a leak on deck 8 and had fans out trying to dry it out..they will need to replace the carpet. Other than the ones mentioned above and a few others, service was non existent. We (and I mean me and hubby, hubby &friends, me &friends, etc) could stand at a bar that was not busy and not even be acknowledged, even with a “hi!’ At R Bar they would be swamped 2-3 people deep and they would ask what you wanted and tell you just a few and then when got to you repeat the drink back. At the Windjammer forget it, the salad bar was so lacking it was pathetic, you could get “gluten free, just ask” but good luck finding someone to ask. And it closes at 9 pm so you are really out of luck if you don't make dinner because your selection is the Promenade cafe which is even more skimpy than the Starbucks selection (well other than if gluten free they do have Udis GF snickerdoodles which are a huge treat) Leaving the boat/getting from venue to venue…well heaven help you if you are elderly and with a walker or wheelchair. First you have to wait 5 or more minutes for an elevator and then make sure you get on a floor that will take you to the other end of ship you need to be on and then catch another elevator…just a tip, allow 30 minutes to get somewhere. Oh and if you need to leave the ship make sure to not ask the staff, find someone to help you. We saw quite a few elderly wandering hallways frustrated trying to figure out how to get off the ship or get to whatever end of the boat the activity was going on. Entertainment, I will be honest we knew we would be bored. We are used to poolside activities starting at 9 or 10 am poolside (swim up bar) and being on the hour something to entertain us. But this was horrible, big screen videos which only encouraged people to watch tv and commercials for RC. Good grief, we are already on RC, do something to encourage us to come back. What no late night buffets, no theme nights. We even had discussed booking a Mediterranean cruise for the discount while onboard but as the trip went on we decided we would book with another cruise line. Before this trip we would swear by RC, not now. I honestly think the prepaid tips encourage lack of service. Those that getting marketing, the ones that we gave a shout out to, got extra tips. We are not hostile, ignorant travelers. But we appreciate those that go out of their way. We will give extra at end of trip, if you make yourself memorable, then you get extra for it. I have spent hours talking with the staff, I know what they do is not easy. I too am in a service per se industry…people are hard to deal with…but those who can market day in and day out and keep the charm on…they get extra reward. So…long review…sum up. Unless RC gives me on heck of a deal for my Mediterranean trip or something, I will not do RC again. We thought Carnival was lacking on service when we went (and it was only in bar area, not eating or room, we always had a towel something awaiting and dancing by waitstaff and midnight buffets) RC really disappointed us this time. I cant logically give a one so 2 is the overall rating..if not for the people we were with and the people we met and have already contacted after getting home and our excursions and the great staff we mentioned, it would be a 0 Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We arrived in Galveston early used Lighthouse Parking (which we always use) and got on the ship within 30 minutes. The ship is pretty and clean. Our cabin was nice and located in a great area on the ship but it was so hot in there we ... Read More
We arrived in Galveston early used Lighthouse Parking (which we always use) and got on the ship within 30 minutes. The ship is pretty and clean. Our cabin was nice and located in a great area on the ship but it was so hot in there we could not stand it. I immediately requested a fan and it was delivered and problem solved. The service in the dining room was extremely slow and we had to ask for water and tea. Our waiter spent most of his time jumping on his poor assistant. We only ate there 3 times and we were dissappointed each time. On formal night you could not find anyone to take a picture of you and if you did you had to wait forever. I thought that was so odd. The Windjammer buffet was good not great. They had a good selection and we ate there a lot but they are only open certain times of the day. If you get hungry after 9 pm good luck in trying to find something to eat. Everything closes early. Ice Cream is not 24 hrs and neither is pizza so if you want anything you have to get room service. We spent a lot of time in the little cafe drinking coffee and having a snack. We were hassled a lot about going to eat at the speciality restaurants. We would be trying to enjoy lunch at Windjammer and someone would walk up everyday to try to get us to try the restaurants and $20 per person (no thanks)! The shows were great all of them! We loved the comedians, ice show and ventriliquist. I never saw the Cruise Director except at the shows announcing the performers. He was never just walking around talking to cruisers. Our cabin Steward Bev was great. We loved her! We booked all private tours and they were great! The activities during sea days were ok. This was our first Royal Carribean and have always cruised Carnival so I was comparing a lot. The ship was laid out great, easy to get to things and much prettier than Carnival but all in all we just have more fun on Carnival. The service in the dining room is definitely better on Carnival and the food is better and you can get something to eat late at night. We were with a great group of people and we had fun but will probably be going back to Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My husband and I have been on many cruises (about 20) on various cruise lines. We prefer Royal Caribbean! The food and entertainment are the best. Port: I had read a lot of negative remarks about the Galveston port so I was ... Read More
My husband and I have been on many cruises (about 20) on various cruise lines. We prefer Royal Caribbean! The food and entertainment are the best. Port: I had read a lot of negative remarks about the Galveston port so I was somewhat prepared. We got to the port around 10:30. Were on the ship by 11:15. This part was smooth. Even though the rooms are not available to go to until 1:00, at least we were on the ship and enjoying the cool and drinks. Disembarking was a different story all together. First of all, you are given a time you can leave the ship. Our time was 9:15 (#16). We had plenty of time to eat breakfast and sat in the lounge until our number was called. They were prompt in calling the numbers on time. However, when we got off the ship the port was TOTAL mass confusion!! No one checked your number as you got off so there were numbers from 15 to 26 so needless to say, too many people trying to find their luggage. No signs where to get in line to go to customers. Lines going left and lines going right. Not to mention the fact that it was 90 degrees in the port with little or no air!! I don't see how some of the older people could handle it. Then we were in line for 45 minutes and the man and woman in front of us, called their family over (there were 6 more of them) and they all cut into the line in front of us!! This part was horrible!!! ENOUGH OF THAT!! Cozumel: We did the Royal Swim with the dolphins and it was truly AMAZING! Would highly recommend to anyone. There was even a 3 year old little girl that did it and loved it. She actually cried when it was over. Belize City: We did the Trolley tour just to see the city. This place could be missed as far as I could see. Most of the excursions were water based and you have to take an hour to hour and a half ride to get to anywhere pretty. If we went here again, I would stay on the ship. Rotan: We did the Park animal refuge tour. Played with the cappuccino monkeys! It was so HOT but I would do this again. The monkeys made it all worth it. I could have skipped the rest but it was still fun. You can not take any bags or water (and they really mean it) because the monkeys will take them away from you. Overall, the cruise was so fun and relaxing! Would defiantly recommend and do this one again!! Make sure to do the flow rider. Lots of fun and you don't need any skills to do it. Also, I did not like the idea of paying extra for a meal but the couple we went with wanted to go to Chops so we did. It was truly worth the extra money. Just make sure you don't eat anything the rest of the day before you go. there is sooo much food but very good!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Galveston wouldn't be my first choice of ports, but it was uneventful (that's a good thing). I was hesitant to believe how good the food was before I took my first cruise. After my first cruise (Carnival Conquest), I was ... Read More
Galveston wouldn't be my first choice of ports, but it was uneventful (that's a good thing). I was hesitant to believe how good the food was before I took my first cruise. After my first cruise (Carnival Conquest), I was hooked. The food was off the chart good. skip to this cruise... My first Royal Caribbean Cruise (thinking it was a slightly higher end) and my fears were realized. While service was good all over the ship, the food was barely edible. It was beyond bad. Poor quality food with uninspired preparation. Canned clam chowder, steaks taste like they came from a box of frozen steaks bought at Walmart or Sams. Even the crew said they go off the boat to find good food. There was literally nothing on the boat that was exceptional that was intended to be consumed. To be fair, the lobster and escargot were pretty good. Literally nothing else was any better than high school cafeteria fare. Even the cocktails weren't very good. The boat was fun. The service was good and even great in places with the exception of cocktail service to the casino tables (a drink every 90 minutes was the norm unless you got up to get one for yourself). They had one waiter there and he could most often be found talking to pretty girls instead of his job. Melvin and Rohan (dining room staff) couldn't have been better. Not their fault they are serving slop. Bands and music were pretty good. The Reggae band at the pool was awesome. The country band in Bolero's was pretty good (but only played one night that I heard). The guitar guy in Two Poets was good. Problem was, not enough music or for long enough. There were times when you couldn't find a band anywhere. Shows were disappointing. I didn't like the constant marketing. I didn't expect high pressure sales tactics on my vacation. I bought a few things, would have bought much more without the in your face tactics. Mini fridge in my stateroom was broken and maintenance never came to fix it despite daily requests. I guess they were too busy ripping up and grinding away balcony flooring with power tools just outside my stateroom most of the cruise. I wasn't and am not bitter, I just found Royal Caribbean (or at least this ship) severely lacking in comparison to other choices out there. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Galveston is a very inconvenient departure port especially coming from the west coast requiring an overnight stay. The next day we showing up at the airport to take the RC bus to Galveston. Honestly, don't they do this every day? ... Read More
Galveston is a very inconvenient departure port especially coming from the west coast requiring an overnight stay. The next day we showing up at the airport to take the RC bus to Galveston. Honestly, don't they do this every day? How can it get so messed up and be over an hour late? So we got to Navigator after 1:30 and got through check-in quickly due to my Emerald status but the other lines were jammed. First off our cabin just stank. There was trash (pizza and cigar wrappers( still in the trash can. The couch was filthy, as if kids had been jumping on it with dirty shoes and the toilet anointed our bathroom with an inch of water for our arrival. So sorry no other rooms. Water vacuumed up but nothing to do about the smell. Oh well. Balcony in disrepair and unusable most of the cruise due to maintenance crew tearing up the deck. Why couldn't this have been done in dry dock? Our party of four; instead of our requested table for four was split up at two tables for six on other floors. When I asked for a table together I was told nothing was available, which as we all know is nonsense. I very pleasantly told the supercilious head waiter that I was certain something could be found and I would stand there until it was and if necessary take me meals there. Amazingly a table showed up! Waiters very good. Food hit and miss continuing the gradual decline of MDR food discussed in detail on the boards. Chops and Giovanni's excellent but we went there more to avoid the MDR than to treat ourselves so their evil plan is working. Entertainment also hit and miss with a strange combination of comedians during the week. Take into account lots of kids were aboard (not a problem for us) and lots of Texans too this was a strange mix. So I will certainly cruise RC again but I'm not going to Galveston again unless some twist of fate finds me living in the Lone Star State. It's easier to fly to Florida. Navigator needs work and they shouldn't be doing it on my vacation. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This is my 4th cruise. My first 3 with Carnival and the last with royal caribbean We though that they will have better service, food, entertainment for adults and kids, and daily activities. 1.Housekeeping people just barely say hi ... Read More
This is my 4th cruise. My first 3 with Carnival and the last with royal caribbean We though that they will have better service, food, entertainment for adults and kids, and daily activities. 1.Housekeeping people just barely say hi to you, and they not even clean well your stateroom 2. During the whole week the food from the buffet always was the same food, not any variety. 3. Shows were boring we just went 2 times and never come back 4. they don't have any kids pool and if your little one is still in diaper ...forget...... you can use any pool for him/her 5. The bast activities were during they were on port, so when we are at see they didn't have any fun activities for the whole family. 6. They don't have any night club for adults they have little bars with small dance floors Royal caribbean try to make more money in the ship that is why the occupy more spaces with restaurants, stores and bars at extra charge I will totally recommend Carnival, every single day they have different food from different nationalities, they have kids pool and they have more entertainment for kids also, they have more night clubs for adults and teenagers and more of their space is occupy with things that you can use to entertain yourself for free. soda card at royal caribbean is 60 dlls per adult and carnival is only 30 dlls. With carnival you can have more entertainment, better food, better service for a better price. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our sixth cruise, our third on Royal Caribbean, and I've never written a review on any of our trips. However, the issues getting on this ship in Galveston were so frustrating, I felt a need to let others know. We drove to ... Read More
This was our sixth cruise, our third on Royal Caribbean, and I've never written a review on any of our trips. However, the issues getting on this ship in Galveston were so frustrating, I felt a need to let others know. We drove to Galveston that morning and arrived at the port at noon. We saw a long line outside and got in it on this hot early afternoon. We were standing in line a total of three hours before getting to the actual check in counter! The first hour and a half getting through security and the second hour and a half to check in and get seas passes etc. before boarding. This was the most chaotic boarding process we have ever seen. By the time we finally got on the ship, they were sending people to the lifeboat drill and we were not able to even get a drink! By the time we were able to sit down out of the heat, it had been 4 and 1/2 hours! The security line was somewhat understandable and we are glad bags are carefully checked in todays world, but the line to get checked in on the boat was just a long mess with not nearly enough personal to check in passengers. We have never seen anything like this. Im not sure we would try this ship again, but if you do, go very very early, no matter what the phone call you get from Royal Caribbean tells you as far as time to arrive! Once aboard, our cruise was enjoyable. Our room and dining attendants were awesome, the ice show was exceptional as well. The Magic show and guest singer were also very good. Other shows we saw with the ship dancers were not nearly as good and I probably would not go to those again. I would have to say that food was just so so, I believe the quality has gone downhill over the years we have cruised. We really did not have one good desert the entire trip. Drinks such as lemonade and tea were very very watered down. The coffee was just bad. We opted for My Time dining for the first time, and that did not go smoothly at all. Our time was 6:30, and we were given a pager every night and told there were no tables. We were told 6:30 was a bad time to reserve as tables fill earlier and others are not finished yet. We are not sure why they even let you book that time. The dining room hostess acted irritated with us for selecting that time. She seemed very stressed and irritable. Our teen (16), did have a wonderful time and enjoyed the teen room and meeting other kids. The staff did a great job with the kids and sports activities, mixers etc. He enjoyed the climbing wall, putt putt, pools, gym etc... I am not sure that the good things about this trip outweighed the bad. Though we loved our Port stops of Cozumel, Belize and Roatan, the ship experience could be greatly improved! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
2 ships. 2 cruises taken a year apart (Carnival June 2014 & RCI 2015). Same port (Galveston). Same destinations (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica). Both family vacations with children ranging from elementary age to college age. ... Read More
2 ships. 2 cruises taken a year apart (Carnival June 2014 & RCI 2015). Same port (Galveston). Same destinations (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica). Both family vacations with children ranging from elementary age to college age. Cabins: Navigator of the Seas had slightly more spacious cabins (balcony). Nothing huge, but noticeable. Main Dining Sitting: Carnival Magic had a more lively atmosphere. Food tasted about the same. Wait staff worked equally hard and was attentive on both but I'd lean towards the Magic. Beverages: Equal variety. Alcohol drink packages seemed easier with Navigator of the Seas. Bar Staff Friendliness: The main reason for this review! With only a few exceptions Navigator of the Seas bar staff is rude and at times completely inappropriate (comments to guests when ordering virgin drinks), frowns when ordering bottled water, ignoring simple questions of what's in the "drink of the day", serving completely wrong drinks, an overall feeling of "they hate their job", etc. These actions weren't specific to just one bar but was at every bar we tried except two (2 Poets Pub with outstanding staff & the Snack Bar). General Staff Friendliness: Equal. No noticeable difference. Both will generally greet you. Tendering to Grand Cayman: Magic without a doubt. Navigator of the Seas debarks passengers who have purchased ship excursions first leaving those who want to explore on the own waiting 3-4 hours on the ship. Yes, 1/2 the time in port is waiting to disembark. Disembarking to Cozumel & Jamaica: Equal. Daytime Ship Atmosphere: Magic by far has a more lively daytime atmosphere. Even with the Navigator of the Seas' Flow Rider and Rock Wall the Magic was still better. Nighttime Ship Atmosphere: Magic again. Navigator of the Seas doesn't have any. They show a movie at 730 (but if you have the 8:00 dinner time..), they have the "midnight buffet" at 1030.. the nets on the 2 pools go on earlier than I thought it would.. Yes both have a dancing club and we had fun at both but the Navigator of the Seas seriously lacks nighttime activities. Nighttime Shows: I'd go with Navigator of the Seas. Magic seemed to fall short. Outside Ship Cleanliness: Magic. Navigator of the Seas seemed... old and worn out. Final Disembarking: Navigator of the Seas if you choose the "I'll take my own luggage" option. So overall: Carnival Magic easily has a more entertaining cruise if you want to have a good time. If you don't, Navigator of the Seas may be a better choice. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We cruised on the Navigator of the Seas out of Galveston with my extended family, 17 people total, ranging in age from 2 to 71. The itinerary was a 7 night cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. This was my third cruise and the ... Read More
We cruised on the Navigator of the Seas out of Galveston with my extended family, 17 people total, ranging in age from 2 to 71. The itinerary was a 7 night cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. This was my third cruise and the first time with Royal Caribbean. We are from San Antonio and Austin which makes leaving from Galveston convenient. The traffic at the port was a mess and took a long time. The embarkation process was okay, but the lines were long and slow. We arrived around noon and were onboard by 1:30pm. We were able to go to our staterooms, but when we got there, the cabin was so small, I thought they had made a mistake. We had four cabins in a row on the 3rd floor, each with adults and children. My parents had a balcony room on the 7th floor (which was much larger and very nice). We were 2 adults (in our 40’s) and 2 children (ages 12 and 13) in our room but there was only a king sized bed. We looked around bewildered and could not figure out where the supposed bunk beds would be. Furthermore, I could not find an attendant or a single person to ask. Other people were wandering around the hallway asking the same thing. I ended up going up to guest services and was told the beds come down from the ceiling and our stateroom attendant would lower them after dinner. Basically, the bunk beds hang over the king sized bed. I had looked online before the trip and had even called Royal Caribbean about the sleeping arrangements in a family room, and could not find any information. There are no pictures of this room configuration on the website or anywhere else. I took some pictures once the beds were down and will post them online so others will know what to expect. In addition, the cabin itself was really dirty. It seemed the only thing done between the prior guests’ departure and our arrival was to make the beds. There was hair in the bathroom and on the window sill above the bed, sand all over the floor and couch, some kind of smeary stains (blood?) on the walls, dried vomit on the curtains above the bed, and a disgusting toilet brush that lingered in the bathroom during our entire stay. Our stateroom attendant came by and introduced himself (Leon) and assured us the beds would be lowered after dinner time and he would vacuum the floor. I did not mention the other things because I would basically be asking him to clean the room properly, but I didn’t want to get off on the wrong note. It was getting late so we went to the Wind Jammer for lunch. The food was good with lots of variety. After lunch, we explored the ship. We watched the departure from the top deck and enjoyed a drink. We returned to the cabin late in the afternoon thinking we might unpack, but none of the luggage had arrived to our room. Leon assured us the luggage would be there soon. But by dinner time, our luggage had still not arrived, even though all my family in the other cabins had theirs. I had to go to dinner wearing shorts with holes in them. Bummer. Next time, I’ll pack my dinner clothes in my carry on. We had a 5:30 pm dining time. Our group of 17 was split amongst two tables next to one another. We ended up eating in the main dining room every night of the cruise. I really didn’t care for the food, but everyone liked the experience of eating in the dining room. Some of the items were better than others (salmon was good, steaks were not good). The kids became increasingly adventurous with what they ordered each night (escargot, lamb, duck, etc.), which was fun to watch. Everyone enjoyed the interesting desserts and being able to order as many items as they liked from the menu. The portions were very small (ex., 5 chips served with the spinach and artichoke dip made us laugh), but that was fine since none of us are really big eaters anyway. Our waiter was not friendly and was actually abrupt and sometimes downright rude. He was always behind the other tables in his service cycle. Not that we wanted to rush, but he was consistently slow and seemed very stressed out. The wine steward was also rude and not knowledgeable about the wine list and his service was very slow also. But the young lady who brought the bread basket around each night and refilled tea and water glasses was so sweet. She smiled the whole time and was so warm and pleasant. She needs a promotion!!! After dinner, our luggage arrived and we were able to unpack. The cabin had very little storage for 4 people. It would have been fine for 2, but with 4 people, there definitely was not adequate space to unpack our things. I had to get pretty creative to make it work. At the end of the first day, I was kind of annoyed and disappointed. It had not been the best beginning for a cruise. But luckily, the rest of the trip went so much better and despite a rough start, the cruise itself was wonderful. The second day was a sea day and we had to pass through a tropical storm. It was pretty rough waters and the boat was rocking, not enough to make people ill, but enough to through off your balance. They closed the upper decks until we were through the storm by the late afternoon. My husband decided to buy a beverage package on the second day (beer, wine and soda), which was probably a cost saver in the long run. The prices of the drinks are really high! Being able to bring two bottles of wine onboard (plus the ones my sister carried on for me, since she doesn't drink wine) was perfect for me. Surprisingly, no one even used the soda cup. In the end, I think we got our money's worth, but it would be nice if there was an allowable amount of beer you could bring too. While I'm on the subject, the policy on bringing water onboard seems a bit fuzzy. Most of our group had no trouble and just put a luggage tag on our water case and it arrived at the room with the luggage. But we saw another person carrying water during boarding who had it confiscated. So stupid. They should just make an allowance for bringing on a case of water to keep in your stateroom. Jeez... The third day we docked in Cozumel. We arrived later than scheduled due to the weather the day before, but that was nice because we got to sleep in a little later. We had booked the Fury Catamaran Snorkel and Beach Break through Royal Caribbean. This was so much fun. The catamaran’s crew were very capable and kept the beers and margaritas flowing. The snorkeling location was not that great. There weren’t that many fish and the waters were pretty rough that day. But at least it was memorable. The private beach had lots of inflatables to play on and the kids had a blast. You could order a hamburger or hotdog that was made fresh in front of the guests. They are enormous and delicious and could easily be split between two people. We stayed at the beach for about an hour and a half then boarded the catamaran for the trip back to the boat. The crew played music and got the passengers dancing on the deck. It was really entertaining to watch everyone. We were back in time to do some shopping in the port before getting back onboard the ship. The fourth day, we tendered in Grand Cayman. It was a late arrival (10 am) and they prioritized those guests with excursions booked through Royal Caribbean to get off the ship first. Everyone else needed a numbered ticket to disembark and the process was slow. We didn’t get off the ship until almost noon. We did not have an excursion booked because we had heard how beautiful the beaches are and decided to take cabs on our own. It was easy to get a cab and we were taken to Public Beach. Our cab driver said she would take us back and we arranged a time. There was a bar/restaurant where we ordered buckets of beer and headed out to the beach. This beach was very narrow and pretty crowded. We rented a couple of chairs and umbrellas. The kids snorkeled and played in the water. We ordered food from the bar, which was very good. But it was very hot that day and we only stayed at the beach for a couple of hours. Our driver returned to pick us up and we asked to be dropped off near the port to shop. Grand Cayman is clean and safe to walk around, but we had to remind the kids to be careful crossing the street since they drive on the other side of the road. We bought a few souvenirs and returned to the tenders for the ride back to the ship. It was enjoyable, but we probably would have had more fun if we had booked an excursion. The fifth day, we docked in Falmouth, Jamaica. I had booked an excursion through a private company (Liberty Tours) for a trip to Blue Hole. This was such an amazing day and I cannot say enough good things about the experience. I had been given directions by the tour company on where to meet our guides and we found the meeting place easily. We divided into two groups and were taken to the comfortable, air conditioned vans. The driver of our van was Rose Marie. She was so friendly and outgoing and kept us entertained the whole way. She would answer any and all questions happily and knowledgeably. There was never a lull in the conversation and the facts she told us about life in Jamaica were fascinating. The drive to Blue Hole is over an hour, but was part of the fun. Seeing the homes and people of Jamaica going about their day was really cool. It is such a unique culture. The drive up to the falls was off the main road and along a bumpy, windy, narrow dirt road. Once we arrived, we were led up to the falls by our guides; two young Jamaican guys who were very friendly (Irving and Morgan). Our group was led up the falls and shown where to jump off into the pool below. You could jump from different heights depending on how adventurous you wanted to be. Some were easy (about 6 feet or so) and some were really high (30 plus feet). Everyone in my group jumped from various heights, and even the oldest generation braved the most treacherous of the falls. The guides held onto each person securely as they walked to the edges of the falls. These young men were so strong and capable, we felt very safe. However, this is not an easy excursion. It is best to be up for a little adventure!!! There was a rope swing at the end which was fun too. Once everyone in the group had jumped, the guides would run off the falls and do the most amazing flips and dives. Very impressive!!! It is suggested to wear water shoes, and while they are certainly no fashion statement, I was glad I had them. The rocks could get pretty sharp in some places. After the falls, we were driven in the vans back down the mountainside to “Scotchies” for lunch. Our drivers had called ahead, so the food was ready when we arrived. We sat outdoors and enjoyed the wonderful jerk chicken, rice and “peas” (beans), and sodas they brought us. The portions were large and by that time everyone had worked up an appetite. The food was fresh, hot and delicious. There was a bar for those of us who wanted a Red Stripe or Rum Runner. After lunch we headed back to the port with over an hour to spare. This was everyone’s favorite excursion and was truly a unique experience. The sixth and seventh days were at sea and we enjoyed everything the ship had to offer. We watched the ice show (wonderful), climbed the rock wall, played on the Flow Rider, worked out at the gym, lounged by the pool, and caught the nightly shows in the theatre. Disembarkation went smoothly and we were on the road by 10:30 am. Overall, this cruise was one of our family’s favorite vacations. The kids said they had more fun on this trip than on our Disney World vacations. My parents even booked themselves another cruise for next year. Comparing the two cruise lines I have taken out of Galveston, there are some things I like more about Royal Caribbean and some things I prefer about Carnival. I guess the deciding factor in the future will be promotional prices and destinations. But we really had a great time on this cruise and look forward to more in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
My wife and I along with our 2 daughters ages 4 and 1 sailed the Navigator on 5/17. We've been on 4 Carnival cruises but wanted to try RC for the childcare due to our 1 ye old. Ship is outdated, old, pink hallways. Staterooms and ... Read More
My wife and I along with our 2 daughters ages 4 and 1 sailed the Navigator on 5/17. We've been on 4 Carnival cruises but wanted to try RC for the childcare due to our 1 ye old. Ship is outdated, old, pink hallways. Staterooms and balcony are ok on size. Bathrooms only have hot and NO cold water until debarkation day. Windjammer buffet tastes of all hospital food. Very rude lady that works left hand side when you walk in told my 1 year old she "beat her hand" if she spilled sugar from the caddy. I thought it was a funny joke until she repeated it 3-4 times and I told her to get lost. MC on the pool deck got very annoying throughout most of the day. Room service never picks up the phone and I was on hold for 35 minutes one day before I got them to pick up. We were invited to the captains dinner table for dinner on Friday night. Took 45 minutes to get out drinks. We had already been served bread and appetizers by this point. Kids were done with dinner before they received drinks. Last night of cruise AC stopped working. bartenders on pool deck were usually rude most of the time. The only day the juices in the windjammer weren't halfway watered down was debarkation morning. Also, in the same parts of the ship smell horrible of sewer waste. You'd get a whiff here or there and avoid those parts of the ship. Childcare was great in babies and aquanaughts. Girls in the R bar know how to make great drinks. We made the best of it but NEVER again. Especially for how much more we paid. We will head back to Carnival any day. RC Navigator disappoints. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Food service and the dining room food was great. Other cruise dining room overall experiences were better however. Entertainment was spotty, with some real misses including the adult event known as the Quest and the adult comedian. ... Read More
Food service and the dining room food was great. Other cruise dining room overall experiences were better however. Entertainment was spotty, with some real misses including the adult event known as the Quest and the adult comedian. Ship was nice including pools, spas, exercise room, etc. Some of the simple exercise classes were for a fee leading to no one showing. Overall a good experience but have had better on other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is a great Cruise line!! The ships are BEAUTIFUL! We love walking onto the ship, going to the room set down our carry-on bag and then exploring. Speaking of rooms, the cabins are not so special, (unless you get ... Read More
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is a great Cruise line!! The ships are BEAUTIFUL! We love walking onto the ship, going to the room set down our carry-on bag and then exploring. Speaking of rooms, the cabins are not so special, (unless you get a suite) because the ship has activitys, you only sleep in the room! When my family and I go to the dining room, we feel like royalty! It has a HUMOUNGUS chandelir and is just so beautiful! The entertainment and activities are probaly, hmm, the second best thing about a cruise. Not only is it a great time, but you also learn new things! The best part of a cruise is the ports. You get to see what life is like on an island, but you also learn new culture and beliefs! When you are on the ship, you are treated unbelivably amazing. You always have a towel animal on your bed and it is so fun! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Wonderful cruise and the service was amazing! We have cruised on RCCL, Carnival, Disney and MSC so we have some experience with the different cruise lines. We have two children age 11 and 9. We were in cabin 3562 with an ocean view. ... Read More
Wonderful cruise and the service was amazing! We have cruised on RCCL, Carnival, Disney and MSC so we have some experience with the different cruise lines. We have two children age 11 and 9. We were in cabin 3562 with an ocean view. It is on a quiet hallway towards a dead-end, so foot traffic was minimal. I could hear music from the theater sometimes, but by 10 p.m. everything was quiet. I think the shuffleboard on deck 4 must be above the room because at times I could hear something rolling around. We wear earplugs at night, so it wasn't an issue. The room was normal size for a cruise with two drop down Pullman beds for the kids. No obvious problems with the room...clean, quiet, all electrical plugs worked and it didn't smell! Our stateroom attendant Tanoe was amazing and very attentive to the kids. He was quick to clean the rooms, make the beds, and tidy the bathrooms. Jamaica was our first stop. We booked an excursion through the ship for the Green Grotto Caves and Dunn Falls. The kids loved both stops and since we usually just go to a beach it was nice to do something different. There were 6 cruise ships in port, but the caves were not busy when we arrived. The tour guide was knowledgeable and kept the kids entertained. The next stop on the tour was Dunn Falls. It was crazy busy. I mean at least 200-300 people climbing the falls, maybe more. This does not include the group of 200-300 waiting in line for their chance to climb. Did I mention it was spring break?!? Our tour guide said in all his years he had never seen it that busy. Our tour went to the front of the line and we didn't have to wait, which was cool. We started walking up the rocks and my kids LOVED IT! Even though we were crammed body to body with all these people, they only focused on the fact that they were climbing falls! Every time I thought we were finished I would look up and see more rocks and falls. It was not slippery (we had water shoes) and I didn't see anyone fall. It is their number one excursion for the entire trip. My only tip for fellow travelers is to plan on leaving EVERYTHING on the tour bus or stand in a long line for a locker. I mean towels, cell phones, sun block, etc. Just wear your swimsuit and start climbing. By the time we got back to the tour bus we were almost dry anyway. You do need cash to tip the tour guide but they don't care if it is wet! Next stop was Grand Cayman. We were in the port of Falmouth. We took a group taxi to 7 mile beach. Basically we got off the ship, saw the signs for $4 rides (per person/one way) to 7 mile beach and hopped on. It dropped us at Calico Jacks, which was good for our first time. The beach was free and the tables at Calico Jacks are free as long as you buy food and beer. There are lounge chairs and umbrellas up and down the area around the restaurant. $5 per chair and $10 for an umbrella. We were lucky enough to grab a free table, order a bucket of beer and sodas for the kids, and go snorkeling. The water was calm, clear and we saw all sorts of fish. It helped that we brought cereal from the boat! There were showers to clean off and then we caught the taxi back. Across from the ship we shopped a little and my kids found Dollar Deals which is a version of a dollar store. It was on Cardinall and Harbor (I think!) behind Breezes. Across from the RCCL dock. They had stuff priced $1.00 and up so my kids felt rich with $5.00! They got marble turtles, bracelets, little dolls, etc. Last stop was Cozumel. This is one of my favorite places on earth. We paid the taxi fee of $15 from the RCCL port to go to Chankanaab, a national park with a beach, snorkeling, pool, dolphins, etc. The entrance fee was $70 for the four of us and last cruise I found a coupon online for $5 off per person. The water was perfect and we saw at least 20 different fish off the reef by the shoreline. My kids swam out to a platform and had fun jumping off. At the end of the day we went to the pool to clear the salt water and then took a taxi back. There are tons of food options and a bucket of beer cost $18 for six drinks.. We don't do the all you can eat option so we just order nachos and cheese quesadillas and this holds us over until we can get back on the ship. We have done the dolphin swim before and it was fun. This trip we just wanted to relax and swim and the day was perfect. What more?? The food was great. I avoid the buffet because I feel like it is too busy and you are always trying to get in line for food or a table. We went twice and the food was fine. I prefer the sit down meals where someone serves us so I don't have to worry about the kids running around and I don't have to get up to check on them. Both breakfast and lunch in the main dining room had many food options and the portion control kept us from gaining too much weight! This was my first time to do My Time dining. I picked the times I wanted online before the cruise. We eat around 6 with the kids. On the days we were in port I wish I had picked a little later time because we got on the ship and had a snack of pizza, so we weren't really that hungry by 6. We ate anyway!! My Time worked well and our server was Errol. He was great with the kids and very attentive. After dinner my kids wanted to go to kids camp so we had some adult time, which was nice. The only other tip I have is to do the Flow Rider when you are in port around 3-5. The line wasn't that long and my older kid would keep going. I did try it once and the people who worked it were patient with everyone. I made it for 10 seconds and then crashed and burned. Still glad I did it! Long review for an amazing cruise. Hope you have as good a time when you go on your trip! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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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