356 Galveston Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Cruise itself was nice...somewhat what I had expected. We met the transfer at the Houston airport for the shuttle bus down to Galveston & embarkation. This process went real smoothly & we were on our way in no time. The ride was ... Read More
Cruise itself was nice...somewhat what I had expected. We met the transfer at the Houston airport for the shuttle bus down to Galveston & embarkation. This process went real smoothly & we were on our way in no time. The ride was a little over an hour I believe. The process of getting your bags again out of the under carriage area is a bit of a mess but it worked out in the end. We hailed a porter & were underway quickly with our 5 ladies & their luggage. We had arranged for a wheelchair assist for my elderly sister but this was not arranged correctly by our travel agent so we did wait awhile to accomplish this. Once all in our party was ready a crew member pushed the wheelchair on board along with the rest of us. He assisted all the way to the dining area. He was kind & gracious & said we should look for him on the cruise later in the pool bar! Not sure if any of the other girls saw him later or not. The food in the Windjammer restaurant (buffet style) is plentiful but not that tasty. Most food were bland in taste, lacking some seasoning. The fruit was fresh, although the pastries seemed dry. We dined in the dining room three different nights ( one formal) & also had breakfast one morning (sitting down at a table in the dining room) before leaving the ship for the day to go in port. The service was great in the dining room although the staff could learn to curtail their chit-chat if they see that the group is speaking amongst themselves at the table. The food in the dining room was again plentiful but again I would say lacking flavor. It was almost like hospital food but served very beautifully & in courses. The formal night was lobster & rock shrimp & both were tasty. The chicken marsala was probably the most memorable of all the entries tried. The desserts in the dining room & also in the Café Promenade were beautiful in appearance but not notable in flavor. The most delicious item I ate for dessert were the oatmeal raisin cookies in the Café Promenade. 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
This was my 4th cruise on the Navigator, my 13th cruise with RCCL ships, and my 1st cruise as a Diamond member. Overall this was a pleasant cruise, a big improvement over last year. The ship was clean and the crew was great. We had a ... Read More
This was my 4th cruise on the Navigator, my 13th cruise with RCCL ships, and my 1st cruise as a Diamond member. Overall this was a pleasant cruise, a big improvement over last year. The ship was clean and the crew was great. We had a balcony cabin on the hump, Deck 8. Great location near the stairs and elevators. EMBARKATION What a cluster. Terminal 2 is woefully inadequate due to the insufficient space and seemingly lack of air circulation. Lines were long outside and inside. Once inside the terminal, it was hot and disorganized. An elderly passenger began to faint due to the heat and length of time standing in line. It took some time before a wheelchair was brought over to her. Two groups jumped out of our line (the preferred line for Emerald, Platinum, etc.) and went over to the line for non-C&A members. We watched as they were called to check-in long before we were. CABIN AND CABIN STEWARD By the time we boarded the ship, it was past 1:30 and our room was available. The cabin was clean and our cabin steward immediately took care of any requests we had throughout the week. The bed was very uncomfortable and I woke with a sore back every morning. I don’t recall experiencing this on other ships or on this ship last year. Perhaps it’s time to replace the mattresses. DINING We decided to try Sabor on the 1st night and although the table-side guacamole was the best I’ve ever eaten, the other appetizers and entrees left a lot to be desired. The fish was overcooked and unseasoned, the shrimp entrée wasn’t seasoned. We then ate in the Windjammer every night except the 2nd formal night because the main dining room menus just didn’t appeal to us. The Windjammer was a pleasant surprise for the first 4 nights. One night was a Mongolian wok. You selected your vegetables and protein and they were prepared while you waited. The second night was a Caesar Salad bar, prepared to order, another night was a crepe station. Breakfast in the Windjammer was the same every morning but the selections were varied from hot cereal, fresh fruit, omelet station, and the normal breakfast offerings. On sea days we ate lunch in the main dining room and enjoyed the salad bar. Unlike previous cruises, Café Promenade offered the same sandwiches every day instead of varying the offerings each day. We ate dinner in the main dining room on the 2nd formal night which was also lobster night. It was a major disappointment. The escargot was lukewarm, the lobster just so-so, and our waiter gave us a long speech on why we should give him a high rating on the survey, or otherwise we would be taking money out of his pocket. ENTERTAINMENT The Ice Show was fantastic. The other entertainment was entertaining, nothing that was really notable. BAR SERVICE I did not purchase a drink package but found bar service readily available. I did notice there were no published prices, and prices differed among bars. EXCURSIONS In Falmouth we took the ship-sponsored Red Stripe Beach tour. It wasn’t a bad tour for the $29 we paid but the beach is small and mostly for those who just want to lounge on the beach or wade in shallow water. Returning to the ship was not easy as the shuttles ran every 30 minutes and only held 40 or so people. There were numerous people who had to wait another ½ hour for a second bus because they couldn’t get on the 1st one. DISEMBARKATION As a Diamond member, our group was scheduled to disembark at 9am. We were called at approximately 8:55am. Upon entering the terminal, I went straight to the porter line, we retrieved our luggage, went through customs, paid our Texas alcohol tax, and curbside waiting on our ride at 9:14am. Overall a great and relaxing cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Arrived at Bush Int'l in Houston and had reserved a car to take us to the port. We didn't want to wait for a bus to fill up to get going. We used ExecuCar and it was as expected. Getting to the cruise terminal once you are in ... Read More
Arrived at Bush Int'l in Houston and had reserved a car to take us to the port. We didn't want to wait for a bus to fill up to get going. We used ExecuCar and it was as expected. Getting to the cruise terminal once you are in the port area is a big pain - a lot of traffic and not very organized. I don't think we will bother with this port again (after the ease of Fort Lauderdale and Miami embarkation on previous cruises). Port of Galveston is industrial, not exactly putting you in the vacation mood. We waited in a rather long line to check in and get our sea pass card. We are Emerald and we were in line with others of a much higher loyalty class, many commented that they were not used to waiting in any line and were very disappointed. Our agent was very nice and we embarked quickly once we received our sea pass. There is nothing like that feeling of getting on the ship! So much to look forward to for the whole vacation! We were "compted" a spa treatment and a specialty restaurant dinner through our travel agent Delta. We had to wait until we were on board to book, so we took care of that right away. The spa treatment had to be on a "port day" - that was a little disappointing because we leave the ship on port days, but we figured it out. Our cabin 7540, an outside balcony room, was in a good location for us. Our room steward Daniel was very efficient and our cabin was always in good condition. We also received treats in our room for our new Emerald level; 6 bottles of water and some treats the first day. Use of robes and a lapel pin with a green crystal. It's nice to get some extra perks from RCCL. We played Bingo a couple of times, it was a lot of fun, but expensive. Didn't win! Went to the Art Auction and found that entertaining, good champagne. We played a trivia game and that was fun. Spent time in the casino, too. Hubby made friends with the casino bartenders and we got great service and it's nice when the staff knows your name. The shows were all good. One comic at the end of the trip was trying to do a "Seinfeld" style routine - it failed miserably. We chose "our time" dining and it was perfect for us - never had trouble getting a table for two. However, we sat at table 568 twice - a terrible location situated between three "bus" stations where all the dirty dishes are tossed. Terrible! Be sure to ask to move if you don't like your table. We found something on the menu every night that we enjoyed - a couple not to miss items are lasagna (yes it's that good!) and lamb - delish! We ate at Chops for our specialty restaurant and it was great. Always love the adults only Solarium area on RCCL - it is quiet and relaxing. Ports - in Falmouth we shared a cab with another couple to get to Doctors Cave Beach in Montego Bay - it was a fun day at a beautiful beach. In Georgetown GC we decided at the last minute to go on a Sting Ray and Coral Gardens excursion and we booked when we got off the ship with Rowan Tours - what a great day we had. Air conditioned bus ride to the yacht club, the boat was no frills but had everything we needed - there were only six of us along with the captain and first mate. Once we got to Sting Ray City, our first mate really attracted the sting rays to us and we all had a special experience - the other tours had large amounts of people trying to get to the sting rays - we felt like we were on a more personal excursion (45.00 pp). Coral Gardens snorkeling was an amazing experience - a lot of colors and beauty under the sea! We were back to the port area in plenty of time. At Cozumel, I had read about Nachi Cocum beach club, a quick taxi ride from the Cozumel port. I reserved online from home with a 22.00 deposit and paid the remainder when we arrived. NC is an all-inclusive drinks/food beach chairs and umbrella - we were feet away from the water and it was fab! A very relaxing and enjoyable day. We disembarked without any issue and took the RCCL transportation back to Bush Intl in Houston. Overall, we enjoyed the Navigator and had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was my 4 trip on Royal, 1st on Navigator of the Seas. Over all I was disappointed in the trip. Here are a few things that we noticed: We are early risers and like to go to the upper decks to have coffee and watch the sun rise. But ... Read More
This was my 4 trip on Royal, 1st on Navigator of the Seas. Over all I was disappointed in the trip. Here are a few things that we noticed: We are early risers and like to go to the upper decks to have coffee and watch the sun rise. But there is no coffee service on the liddo deck until 7 o'clock and then you have to go all the way thru windjammer to get the coffee. So if you want coffee early, You have to go all the way down to deck 5 and then elevator up. By then the coffee has cooled and the moment lost. The other ship had a coffee and water station outside on the liddo deck. The staff seems tired. Our waiters Melvine and Junmar were very courteous, but that did not make up for the lackluster dinners. Get this.... we were dining with a couple on the windjammer one evening, and the main dining room server came to windjammer looking for them wondering why they did not come to dinner. He said the main dining room wait staff has access to your sail and sign card and know when you pay to eat other places. It is none of their business where you choose to eat. The ship needs overall maintenance and TLC. At least 5 deck chairs we tried to sit had missing straps in the seat. Someone has lost a lime from their drink in the hall way I know I passed it at least 3 days. The beds were uncomfortable. I gave it a couple of days to try and get use to it. But my back hurt so bad I had to take something for the discomfort. The room steward said they were out of egg crates (imagine that). So I folded up my comforter and put it under my sheet. The ship appeared as tired as the staff. Most were pleasant but you could see they were tired. I have had better room stewards too. The entertainment was poor, the ice show was great and worth a see. Needless to say, Next trip will be on Carnival. We do not drink, so when we were in the casino and my husband tried to use his soda card at the bar, the bartender made him wait and did not want to wait on him. Royal charges for every little thing. Exactly what are we getting for our money. A motel 6 room and cafeteria food. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was my 58th cruise and 13th RCCL cruise and 2nd cruise on Navigator ( also did last April) both times in a Grand Suite. We flew in from Dallas to Houston/hobby the night before and stayed at the Doubletree Hobby which is a very ... Read More
This was my 58th cruise and 13th RCCL cruise and 2nd cruise on Navigator ( also did last April) both times in a Grand Suite. We flew in from Dallas to Houston/hobby the night before and stayed at the Doubletree Hobby which is a very nice hotel with a decent restaurant and nice bar/lounge. Getting on the ship was ok waited about 20 mins to get through security ( arrived at 11:45) and needed to wait till 1pm to access suite, so we went to Chops and got some food from windjammer ( Chops is for suite guests for breakfast and lunch, but cannot order food for lunch on sea days and 1st day, but still nice place to sit since it is not crowded like Windjammer) room was ready at 1pm . Life boat drill was longer than last year , I prefer other lines that do not force you to wait outside for the drill. I was highly annoyed when I got a phone call about 5:45 about my luggage being held. I ask why my luggage was held and I wanted a name of idiot who did it, I had a wine opener in luggage, they x-rayed luggage again and gave it to me without opening the bag. They blamed outside security for holding the bag, another person at dinning table had similar problem with shampoo in bag and took concierge down with them to get bag and again it was never checked. I also do not understand what took 6 hours since we checked bag before noon. We also booked this cruise a year ago and had requested a table for 2 and we were at a table for 8. But this worked out ok since we had a nice time talking to another family that was also on cruise critic, we had a option to change to a table for 2 but decided to keep the table we had. Another couple that was also at same table were in a Royal suite and also from Dallas area , we had a nice conversation and we also went to some shows and specialty restaurants together, they also invited us to the Royal suite for drinks and gave us a tour. Food We had 3 dinners in main dinning room, my wife complained the escargot was cold every night and so was entrée, also on second night , she and half the other people in the section were given the menus for the 1st night??, waiters were friendly and w had no problem getting a second glass of wine . We had premium drink package and there was a decent wine by the glass selection in MDR and better selections in all the specialty restaurants. (Bars however had a very limited selection n( other than the wine bar) We had lunch twice in Giovanni's and dinner once, the lunch was the bargain of the cruise we a 4 course meal for 12 dollars with excellent service, had several glasses of wine with each meal, all the restaurants and bars were missing several bottles of wines that were on wine list. Izumi - was good we had dinner there twice Chops- was my least favorite (again) , we ordered steaks and told the waiter that we wanted no sauce of any kind on the steaks but they had a sauce when delivered Entertainment was excellent we saw 4 of the show 3 very good comedy shows and a very nice singer. Also the piano player at the Schooner bar JR Neal was very good , nice improvement over country singer that was there last year and same went for Guitar player Dallas Cord who played at the Pub Drink Package, we got our moneys worth on this had several glasses of wine at all the dinner and most of the lunch's and they had nice selection of wine my the glass ( even though a few were missing) , for scotch drinkers the bargain was the 18 year old Johnny walker platinum which was only at one bar on 5th floor but package covered the cost of this. Suite life , this was second Grand suite, and we loved the perks, concierge lounge was never crowded on this cruise, preferred seats for ice show without waiting on line and reserved seating next to the pool bar. Breakfast and lunch ( on sea days only ) were great, excellent service in a nice quite room( Chops) with some soft music playing in background ( Sinatra and Dean Martin played each day), Waiter Attila was great. Concierge got us off the ship and we bypassed all the lines and through customs by 9am. Cabin was also nice size with large bathroom with double sinks, only problem was it took a little effort to climb into the tub to take a shower. Shore excursion: We booked tour GCC7 Catamaran Sail and Stingray city . this was one of the worst tours we have taken in my 58 cruises, 1st we were stuffed into a very uncomfortable bus with no leg room ( I am 6' 4") then Catamaran was way over crowded for the amount of people ( approx. 40) and staff on boat was just 3, and one of those was the photographer , when we got to stingray city there was no one supervising getting on and off the boat, I cut/scraped my head getting back on and was bleeding quite a bit, crew had me fill out a report for RCCL about the injury. I was very surprised that no one from RCCL inquired on what happened or how my health was after getting back on board. Overall it was a good cruise on a nice ship Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My girlfriend and I had reservations across from the Johnson Space center at the Microtel hotel, some 40mins away from the port. A room there seemed a better cost effective option than anything on the island. So on Saturday April 18, we ... Read More
My girlfriend and I had reservations across from the Johnson Space center at the Microtel hotel, some 40mins away from the port. A room there seemed a better cost effective option than anything on the island. So on Saturday April 18, we drove down from Arkansas. The hotel was adequate for our overnight needs, and had no vacancies. Day 1, Sunday, Departing Galveston, TX. : We ate breakfast at the hotel, checked out about 9:00am, and drove to Galveston in about 45mins. I had planned on driving around the island to see the sights before parking, and then start the boarding process around noon. However, someone had picked that day for walk-a-thon type event, and we ran into a traffic mess and barricaded streets. After much delay, due to U-turns, and waiting for participants to cross various streets, we made it to terminal 2 and Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas. I dropped off my luggage along with my companion, and headed out in the traffic again to find Park-N-Cruise. Arriving there about 10:45, I was quickly guided to an indoor parking spot, where I grabbed my backpack, other items, locked the car, and walked over to the terminal. We then rolled our main bags over to the luggage area and a porter stacked them on a cart. We entered the terminal building, and went through the screening process fairly quickly, with my backpack and its two bottles of wine being unquestioned. Stopping by the RC customer counter, we got our ship passes without delay, and boarded the ship at 11:15. We walked around looking over the ship some, and then went to the WindJammer for lunch, where we found many choices. We wound up usually eating breakfast and lunch in the WindJammer, as it was so convenient. Neither of us have any complaints about their food or service at the WindJammer. You will use the germ killer solution entering the restaurant, or they will quickly “offer” you some. Ocean View stateroom, #2314: At 1:15 we were admitted to our room and were both satisfied with the room’s size, cleanliness, appearance, décor, electrical outlets, window size/view/curtains, etc. We pulled away from the dock around 4:50, and all our luggage was outside our door at 5:00. Unfortunately, our room had an adjoining door to the next room. Normal conversation levels came easily through the door, and naturally our neighbors were louder than normal. They argued and carried on for three days on one topic. On the second day I complained to our steward, who said he’d turn it in to security. On the 3rd day, I asked and was told security didn’t catch them in, and so nothing was done. I called the steward into the room one afternoon, where he quickly got a dose of the next door action. He immediately pulled out his phone and reported it, and later I was told they did contact the occupants. While I realize the position this type of complaint puts the crew in, planned active/physical excursions, let alone the whole cruise, would certainly be less enjoyable if one is suffering from insomnia. From night one, we were both forced to use earplugs and a rain sound file on my notepad. By the third night, with excursions looming, I was glad I had brought Rx sleeping pills. Eventually, things got quieter, maybe because they got tired of arguing, or we were more tired from the port adventures. So, point of the story here is, bring your earplugs. We unpacked and walked up to the Sapphire for dinner, which is the main dining room (MDR). Again, the anti-bacterial self-dispensing machines were everywhere, and the hostess watches all who enter. The food and service in the Sapphire, was excellent every time. We had chosen My Time Dining, and ate dinner there every night, and breakfast one morning. We were always seated at a table by ourselves, and you could specify a waiter/table combo. We settled on table #634 with waiter Rodrigo, assisted by Janice, both from the Philippines. I was not bringing a suit or sport coat on my cruise, and reluctantly brought a tie. In a button up shirt and tie, I felt very comfortable at dinner in the Sapphire on those formal nights. I was certainly not alone, and ditched the tie after the first formal night, seeing many others who obviously shared my viewpoint. We had shrimp cocktail, grilled cod, crème brulee for dessert. Day 2, Monday, At Sea: Hot tub that am, suntan time, World’s Sexiest man competition poolside, We had signed up for the Meet and Mingle, but the timing was off as we busy somewhere else (FloRider?), and opted to stay with that. Scallops and lobster bisque, tenderloin, plate with three sample desserts. Around 7:30p, the Captain addressed the audience in the promenade, while we had complimentary wine. Day 3, Tuesday, At Sea: We had our only breakfast in the MDR, with four others at a table. I had salmon eggs benedict, which was very good. Then it was more hot tub, sunshine, steam room, and food. Poolside, we saw the Men’s International Belly Flop contest. In the MDR, we had pork tenderloin w/stacked potatoes, ? for dessert. That evening in the Metropolis theater, Joel Mason as Elton John – a hilarious entertainer, and I’m not easily amused, sorry if you missed it. Day 4, Wednesday, Rotan Excursions – Even though beginners, we opted for only one RC sponsored excursion, along with two private ones, and were pleased with all of them: In Rotan, off the ship at 8:30, Hector from Rony’s tours took good care of us, showing us the island, finding the beachfront Barefeet Bar where we had two lobster plates, including beer for $40. He also took us to a nearby place to snorkel on a reef. He dropped us off in town around 2:00, and we shopped a bit, buying the usual t-shirts and stuff. His car’s AC worked well, which turned out to be an exception elsewhere. I also purchased some jewelry from D.I. in the port terminal. Later, in the MDR, we had crab cakes, encrusted loin of cob fish, and Rum Baba for dessert. Day 5, Thursday, Belize City, BZ. : In Belize, we had our first tender ride, which went smooth and was not a hassle. We went just outside the terminal’s front door as Yhony had indicated in his emails, and easily hooked up with Butts Up (Cave-Tubing.com). After an interesting bus ride thru Belize City and the countryside, we arrived. Bathrooms for changing, and drinks were there, and after grabbing a PFD, we had a good informative hike up to the caves. At the end of the hike, our tubes with neck rests were waiting for us at the water’s edge. Fernando was our guide in the water and through the caves. Afterwards, it was a free boned in chicken tamale like thingy, which tasted pretty good. Of course, we had to each have a beer. Only downside was they ran out of large size Butts-Up t-shirts to buy, so I left without one. It was a nice day, getting a good overview of life in the city and country of Belize. The bus’s AC was not doing that good, so always sit up front as we did. Overall, Butts-Up was a good value for the money. Back on ship, we dined on Shrimp Ceviche, broiled sole, roasted lamb loin, chocolate cake w/ice cream, and strawberry w/kiwi meringue. Day 6, Friday, Cozumel, MX. : In Cozumel, we went into the port that am and got some good prices on T-shirts and stuff. We also had a good $2 lunch and $2 beer in the port at Bar Mandy. I paid the waitress with tip an hour earlier for our first beers, and when leaving she said we didn’t pay. I simply said, “That won’t work with us, you’ve been paid”. We returned later for lunch and had the same waitress, nothing was mentioned and when tipped again she smiled. We had chosen the RC Island Overview and Mayan Ruins tour at 11:30, over the Bar Hop tour, because we wanted to see some ruins and get a handle on the island. Turned out we picked the wrong time (my girlfriend wanted to sleep late), because it didn’t leave us time to get a cab to the town plaza before or after our tour. So about 11:45, driver Morita and tour guide Nico took us out on the road. The roads led us through the city streets and out to the countryside. We stopped at San Gervasio Ruins, and Nico gave a good walk and talk tour of the Mayan’s and the site’s history. We went out on the west side of the island and saw plenty of blue water and white sandy beaches. We also stopped at the Chocolate Factory which had free Wi-Fi. We arrived back at the terminal at 3:45. Again, the van’s AC was not doing much, so always sit up front as we did. Back on board, it was Royal seafood salad, house salad, lobster tail w/shrimp (uhh, ok, I did have two plates), chocolate sensation and baked Alaska for dessert. Then it was time for Earl Turner at the Metropolis. He’s a really wild character that had the audience in a roar. Day 7, Saturday, At Sea: After hot tub, steam room, and breakfast, we went down to the photo shop and ordered up a nice picture the crew had taken of us. Then it was poolside again, pizza and shrimp sandwich lunch at the Promenade Café, the ice rink, and FloRider. Our picture was ready at 3:00pm as promised, price $20. Dinner in the MDR was Cesare salad, scallops and steak, and key lime pie. Afterwards, a walk down the promenade and a drink at Poets lounge. Day 8, Sunday, Arrive Galveston, TX. : We chose the self-disembarking option, and at 8:00am with luggage in tow, we went down to the terminal and proceeded to Customs. It was our first time through a real Customs line, and a fairly long line. Both of us had brand new passports, and she’s asking if I go by another name? And after looking at my girlfriend’s passport several minutes, I was told to leave her there and step outside? Finally she appeared, bewildered by what the delay was. So we walked with our luggage across the street to Park-N-Cruise, and loaded up. At 9:00am I was turning onto Harborside Dr. with little traffic, and waving goodbye to the Navigator of the Seas. We arrived back home in AR. at 5:15p. In Summary: Good weather and calm seas added to the enjoyment during eight days of sailing and excursions. Using Park-N-Cruise and their indoor parking option was a good choice with the many thunderstorms passing through on those dates we were at sea. The boarding process was fairly quick, and self-disembarking is the way to go for those that can, provided your suitcases have two or more wheels. Except for the ill-timed walk-a-thon, I didn’t find Galveston a bad place to set sail from, although I can’t compare it to elsewhere. To Galveston, I would not sponsor a walk-a-thon on a Sunday with thousands of people trying to get off and on two cruise ships. Duh… I saw no sign of anyone being sick whatsoever, and the RC crew was constantly wiping everything down. I often noticed any utensil/food touched, dropped, or mishandled was immediately disposed of. Just an FYI here to any Cruise line reading this… any line that demands/enforces suit and tie in the main dining room won’t have me as a passenger. It’s simply not my thing to pack a suit, to have to wear eating while on vacation. We barely noticed any rocking/rolling motion from the ship in our level two room. We both really enjoyed cruising with Royal Caribbean on the Navigator, and we will be planning another cruise soon. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We have cruised out of Galveston many times and have always been very pleased with the ease of embarkation. This cruise was no different. Easy embarkation as well as disembarkation. This was our first cruise on the NOS, but have sailed ... Read More
We have cruised out of Galveston many times and have always been very pleased with the ease of embarkation. This cruise was no different. Easy embarkation as well as disembarkation. This was our first cruise on the NOS, but have sailed on sister ship Voyager OS. We love the design of the ship. Easy to get around. Promenade was always fun to stroll through and people watch. Can't say enough about the service we received the entire time. The staff was very friendly and always helpful. Our stateroom attendant, Solomon Williams, was excellent. He met all of our special requests, both promptly and with a friendly smile. He kept our stateroom clean & in perfect order. Loved "MaMa" Jaime Oakman in the Bingo games. She was always so fun & kept us laughing. Nadja in the Diamond lounge was excellent in that she was very friendly and helpful. Loved the way she socialized with everyone throughout the Diamond lounge. Francisco Fernando was a wonderful bar server in the Diamond lounge. He remembered our names & our favorite cocktails. He always had a contagious & friendly smile. Everyone made us feel so welcome. Met several couples that we enjoyed sitting with and talking. Our cabin #1390 was great! We've had many balconies toward the aft, but first time we've had an aft cabin on the back of the boat. Cabin & balcony was larger than any we had ever had before. Have booked another aft cabin on the Serenade transatlantic next year. Loved our cabin! We have cruised this same itinerary several times because we live so close to the port. Our goal for this cruise was relaxation. We were not disappointed. It was the most relaxing cruise we've had. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I have to say, this was our best cruise ever. I think the main reason we had such a good time is due to planning, eliminating the things we knew we didn't like and slowing down to enjoy ourselves. We were a little concerned at ... Read More
I have to say, this was our best cruise ever. I think the main reason we had such a good time is due to planning, eliminating the things we knew we didn't like and slowing down to enjoy ourselves. We were a little concerned at first because we were detained getting on the ship due to norovirus but once they let us on everything seemed to be fine. There was no line at the port when we got there and went through registration quickly but they stopped letting people in right after we got there. We started our morning by using room service for breakfast. They always called to let us know the food was on the way and being greeted by a cheerful voice always set the stage for the day. The gentleman who brought our food, Herbert, was so happy! When we asked for something special it was always there! Our first dinner in the main dining room did not go so well. We were seated by ourselves at a table for eight in a corner. The assistant server seemed to be in a daze and he was unable to reach us. We had to stretch to get water refills and hand him our plates across the table when we were finished eating. We were moved to a table for two on the other side of the dining room. We had Eri and Keylash and they were great! We did hear from someone else that the assistant server from the night before was gone. The last night at the main dining room, they servers performed two songs and it was just wonderful! We did not eat any meals in the Windjammer except for lunch when we first boarded and breakfast for our last day. We visited the Cafe Promenade for tea, coffee and water frequently! We had an excursion to the Good Hope House along with rum tasting and a horse and buggy ride. It was so disorganized that we never got the horse and buggy ride. We told them at the excursion desk and received a partial refund on both our tickets. I really did not expect that. The Playa Mia excursion was fun. The beach is rocky so if you go make sure you wear water shoes to walk in the water. The food there was really good, too! The shows were great and the Ice Show is a must. The lady with the hula hoops was incredible. It's one of those things you have to see to believe! There was a singer, Jerome Bell, who had been a sem-finalist on American Idol. He was really good, too! We got off the ship in an orderly manner. Our bags were picked up during the night and were right there when we got to our number. We had a porter pick up our bags and he took us right through customs with no problems at all. We were through and on our way in no time! A lot of people tried to carry their own bags and go through customs. That line was really long. It is worthwhile to pay the porter! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
The Navigator of the Seas is a beautiful ship. There were a few spots showing age, like the peeling paint on the balcony, but generally, the ship was very well maintained throughout. We were met at the Houston airport with a bus that ... Read More
The Navigator of the Seas is a beautiful ship. There were a few spots showing age, like the peeling paint on the balcony, but generally, the ship was very well maintained throughout. We were met at the Houston airport with a bus that accommodated the wheelchair. The driver was very knowledgeable about the lift, tie down process, and was super friendly. After a drive to Galveston, we were shown the long lines to begin the embarkation process, but were pulled out of the line due to the wheelchair and were escorted to the special needs line. Not sure if it went any faster or not since it took more time to get through security. Then we waited for a while to be helped by the two clerks checking in the disabled. They were somewhat efficient, though one didn't really know how to use a computer. Once on board we enjoyed a lunch, made our way to the room and relaxed before dinner. Even though we had expressed a need (requirement) to be placed in a table that had easy wheelchair access, we were placed in the back corner. Only seven different people had to get up in order for my wife to use the restroom. On the second day at sea we decided to double check with the passenger services to ensure that an accessible bus would be available for us on disembarkation. Despite being told by four different people four different times on the phone that we would be able to make our flight, the passenger services staff told us in no uncertain terms that we would miss our flight since the accessible bus would not be leaving the port until 10:30. With a flight of 11:55, we would not make it. Passenger services was unsympathetic and told us there was nothing they could do. After paying for international fees for making calls, we finally arranged transportation back to the airport. Overall, it probably cost us 4 times the amount to get transported back to the airport than it should have. We noticed that fellow passengers arrived at the airport at the same time as us but on the ship transportation. At another time they told us that the accessible tour we had arranged would not be accessible. Luckily he dug into the tour a little deeper and discovered he had given us the wrong information. Our lesson: don't listen to passenger services staff, as they don't seem to know what they are doing. Norovirus was present on the ship. Hand sanitizers were plentiful and I noticed they changed the tongs at the buffet quite often. Otherwise, I didn't see many other measures that were extraordinary. Dining was not anything spectacular. Once we were assigned to a permanent table, we had wonderful table mates. The food was adequate. Our waiter and assistant waiter, Abraham and Galen were efficient and a pleasure. We splurged one night and went to Sabor's. That was a waste of money and time. Menu choices were horrible and the food was just as bad. The table side guacamole was excellent, but that was the highlight of the meal. Service was not half as good as we received in the dining room. Being at the tail end of spring break, there were a lot of kids on board. unfortunately, security must have taken their break because there were numerous problems with kids all over the ship. Overall, it was a nice cruise. being our 10th cruise, it won't be counted as a favorite and unless Royal Caribbean has the right itinerary, we probably wont be cruising with them again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was my first cruise, so I don't have a point of comparison other than what I have read here. But my overall impression was good. Galveston is unfortunately pretty far from the nearest airport, so if you are not driving in, you ... Read More
This was my first cruise, so I don't have a point of comparison other than what I have read here. But my overall impression was good. Galveston is unfortunately pretty far from the nearest airport, so if you are not driving in, you will have to work out how to get to port. We ended up flying into Bush a day early. We stayed the night at the Country Inn and Suites by Carlson. It has a shuttle from the airport and another to the port. It is located right on the southern beach near the pleasure pier and a bunch of other restaurants, so it is a good place to stay if you plan on coming in early. It is one of the only ones in Galveston that has an airport shuttle. We arrived at the port the next morning a little after 11 am. There was a porter ready immediately to take our bags and when the rooms opened our bags were already waiting for us. Embarkation seemed fairly painless. We were on the boat and eating in the buffet well before noon. We were not really impressed with the Windjammer and after eating lunch there the first couple days, we just stopped going back. Rooms opened a little bit after one. Our room was clean and everything worked, our room attendant, Golda, was very friendly. She came and introduced herself the first day and knew our faces and names after that and was always friendly and accommodating every time we saw her. She left us two towel animals, a snake and a dog (even incorporating the sunglasses I left lying around into our dog). The view from the balcony was nice and we felt the movement of the ship a lot less in our room than other places on the ship. We were part of BGG@SEA and we spent a lot of time in the conference room. It was nice, although hard to get to. You can only get to it from the forward stairs. If you go down the wrong side, you have to go back up to the fourth floor and then over through the casino. The casino was always packed and there was no easy way to get from one side to the other. Plus, this is one of the only areas where people are allowed to smoke inside the ship. I'm sure it is convenient for those who do smoke, but it is pretty gross to travel through if you do not. And the smoke bleeds out into the bar areas on either side sometimes since it is not enclosed in any way. I honestly never went to the casino, in part because I couldn't breath for all of the smoke in there. There are a lot of different bars on the ship (about 15 in all). They all have a different feel and each has their own specialty drinks (as well as being able to make all of the usual ones). Most people tend to find one or two they like better and frequent regularly. We tended to go to Two Poets (an English style pub) and R Bar, a kind of zany looking little bar. For food, we primarily stuck with the Main dining room and café promenade. We always enjoyed the food in the main dining room and the menu changed every day so we never got bored and never ate the same thing twice unless we really liked it and wanted some again. Our waiters Leonardo and Atarulla were wonderful and we stayed in their section all week. They were very accommodating to a surprising degree. My husband mentioned he was debating between two food options, the waiter gave a recommendation, he ordered and then the waiter brought both out for him to try. He was always willing to bring out extra at the slightest hint that we wanted it (even bringing an extra lobster out to us on the 2nd formal night, which was the last port day without a word from us, just because my husband was excited to eat lobster). We did my time dining and we got a table to ourselves unless we wanted to go with a big group and then they sat us together. Overall the main dining room was one of our favorite places on board. Café promenade has snack food like little sandwiches, cookies, etc. (the muffaletta is really good). It is attached to a starbucks and a ben and jerry's which are both good options if you want them, but they do cost extra. Overall they tend to overcharge you for anything extra you buy (normally two mixed drinks would run us a little over $20, two frappes at starbucks would cost about $10, etc). Overall the only food we weren't super thrilled with was the Windjammer, but it worked if you just wanted to dash in, eat and dash out again. It was always busy so I guess most people liked it. Because we were with a group, we did not do too much of the normal on board activities. The adult pool was frequently empty with a lot of people lounging around it but the hot tubs were super packed. We did go to the Quest and the Love and Marriage game. Both of them were very fun and we laughed a lot. The director and his comments really added a level of humor to each event. The only thing we were not very happy with was the shore excursions and disembarkation. Since this was our first time cruising, we stayed with all RCI excursions. In Jamaica, we did Flavors of Jamaica. It was about an hour drive each way to the plantation. Our guide on the bus was very nice and we learned a lot about Jamaica from her. The plantation itself was very pretty (although they have a lot of very large spiders all over the place, so this may not be the best tour if you are an arachnophobe like me). The guide that showed us around the plantation was really mean. The group in the back couldn't always hear very well, at one point, she called us out for "not listening" and then pulled us to the front of the line like bad children. Then as punishment she wanted us to dig through a pond searching for a bullfrog to catch for her. I refused since I am afraid of spiders and there were some big ones on the lily pads. She then had us go wash our hands, ad held my husband back so I would be by myself when I had to go by this giant web filled with spider webs. He didn't realize what she was doing until I jumped when I saw it and she laughed. Overall she was very mean and ruined this excursion for me. The food itself was very good, but there was some miscommunication at some point and the plantation did not realize how many people there were and did not have enough places for everyone. So it was delayed by quite a bit while they had to try and figure out how to squeeze in the extra people. There was not enough food for everyone and some people did not get everything. The group that came in after us ended up having to cancel their excursion because it was so delayed, but not until they spent an hour or so, standing there staring at us and complaining that we needed to hurry up. Overall we were not thrilled, although, the food when we finally got it was very good and the chef and our bus tour guide were very nice. We were going to do the stingray city sandbar through RCI, but they cancelled it (due to high winds, I guess they were afraid a wave might knock someone into the path of a boat) and didn't tell us until we got to the pier. By the time we found out, the other tours we wanted to do were either full or had already left since this was one of the later excursions. RCI ended up just refunding our tickets, but they made no effort to try and help us find another excursion. We just ended up wandering to the different stations, trying to find something else to do. We were very disappointed in how RCI handled this. We ended up going with a local one that was doing the stingrays anyways. It was called Kelly's watersports and it was in this big round both at the end of the pier. Overall, I would not recommend them either. They crammed a bunch of people on the boat. And they only had one handler and one stingray for the whole boat of 50 plus people. They ended up just having us crowd around this one poor stingray to feed it and then to take pictures with it. There was no line, it was just pushiest people got to go first. If you went first you really had nothing to do but float around, and if you went last you spent the whole excursion waiting for your turn. Very disorganized. They charged us extra for the tour because they knew we were in a bind, and then charged us another $40 for five pictures if we wanted the pictures we waited for, but they didn't tell us the price until the end. They were supposed to email us the pictures and we still haven't received them. I would go with moby dick tours instead, they are also on the pier and were much better organized and less crowded. When we got done with the picture fiasco, we went to their area and they let us interact with the stingray like we thought we were going to get to. Finally in Cozumel we did the island tour and mayavn ruins. This one was a lot of fun and we learned a lot about the mayans from this tour. We wished we had a bit more time at the tour, especially to look in the little shops afterward. As part of the tour, we went to a mayan chocolate factory which was fun and we learned a lot about the way they used to make chocolate before Europeans got a hold of it. This was really well done and well organized and everyone was friendly. They even recommended a local restaurant, La Choza to eat at afterwards and it was very good. This is the only tour I would really recommend to anyone. Disembarkation was very long (especially for those with visas rather than passports). I would recommend taking your bags down yourself, picking them up again is not very streamlined, and they actually lost our friends bags, or someone else grabbed the wrong bag, there was no process to check out the bags back to you. Anyone could have grabbed any bag. Better to keep your bag with you and know you will have it. It was a very long wait in the lounge and then a very long line when they finally let you leave the lounge. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
RCCL's Navigator has something for everyone! The activities are plentiful and non-stop, with lots of choices! We loved the sports deck, the music trivia,the ice skating show, karaoke and the Beatlemania performance! We enjoyed the ... Read More
RCCL's Navigator has something for everyone! The activities are plentiful and non-stop, with lots of choices! We loved the sports deck, the music trivia,the ice skating show, karaoke and the Beatlemania performance! We enjoyed the poolside band, "Ridden Wave" and the games. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The main dining room was very good, with great service(love Errol & Andre). The breakfast in the Windjammer(buffet) was fair-poor. By day 4, I stopped trying to eat the eggs at all. However, for lunch they have an excellent salad bar. The teen groups seemed to really have a lot to offer and my 13 year old mad some great friends! My daughter also competed in a basketball tournament, and my husband & I enjoyed the climbing wall. There were drink specials off & on and there is a specials flyer you can find around one of the bars that is helpful. We booked a private tour with Patrice Bailey in Jamaica and did Dunn River Falls, which was fun! In Grand Cayman, we took bus to 7 mile beach at Royal Palms. Beach & water was stunningly amazing, all I ever dreamed of. However, food was expensive(basic lunch for four was over $100 us with taxes & gratuities) In Cozumel, we chose to do the RCCL Tulum & Beach Break, which was okay at best. Tulum is cool, but we arrived at 11:30, and it was 88 degrees in the shade! The transport was extensive with a ferry of 200 people, then a bus of 50 people. Guides were awesome, but I wished we had done a private tour instead, or done a different tour on the water. The "beach break" was a joke. We went to rustic resort, food was decent, but beach was crowded, and small, and covered in seaweed. After Grand Cayman, it didn't compare well. The tour took up the entire day and there was no time before or after for shopping at all. Overall, I really enjoyed RCCL, our room, service, and experiences. We had the panoramic ocean view room, which was fabulous, but I missed having a balcony. I think the value for the cost was good, however, the drink prices are high. I would go with RCCL again, and I would definitely return to GCayman & Jamaica! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Definately something for everyone in the family, so if you do not have an enjoyable time of the ship, it is your own fault! Western Caribbean Cruise was great with good weather all but a half day. Dining Room staff and Room Steward ... Read More
Definately something for everyone in the family, so if you do not have an enjoyable time of the ship, it is your own fault! Western Caribbean Cruise was great with good weather all but a half day. Dining Room staff and Room Steward were exceptional!! We had 'my time' dining on Deck 5 and buth Umesh and Rhoderick were wonderful:) Always steerred us to great choices when unsure of what to choose ;) Room Steward Beverly was my stealth ninja, anticipating need for extra towels, ice, etc. and the room was always meticulous. Ice show was wonderful!!!! As was the Acapella group and Comedian...note to parents & RCL: Adult Only shows @ 10:30pm should be ADULT ONLY Shows! Keep the young teens out...comedian was 10 minutes into his show which was definately not PG13! There is tons of things going on for these kids! Ports of Roatan, Belize City and Cozumel were very good; we did RCL excursions and no problems had. Also, I realize that people are on vacation however, that is no reason to be rude to others on ship or total slobs!! And RCL....you need review the airport/port transportation. We 'missed' the call for our bus to the port even though we were sitting right there. Give those people a microphone to make announcements AND put in some signage! Princess Cruise lines were moving without any issue and RCL folks were sitting! Read Less
Sail Date March 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
This was our family's 6th Royal Caribbean cruise, half on Voyager Class ships and half on Freedom Class. With the recent renovations - such as the addition of the FlowRider and video screens by the pool - the Navigator is very much ... Read More
This was our family's 6th Royal Caribbean cruise, half on Voyager Class ships and half on Freedom Class. With the recent renovations - such as the addition of the FlowRider and video screens by the pool - the Navigator is very much like the larger Freedom class ships. We had a terrific time. The shore excursions we did in Jamaica and Cozumel, along with the beach day in Grand Cayman were a great complement to our days at sea. Highlights on the ship were a few of the shows in the Theater - Motown Divas and the acapella group were especially good, as was Jerome Bell. A couple of things that we missed from previous cruises was the main dining room singing of O Sole Mio by the waiters. I always enjoyed that. Lots of Texans on the ship and we got along well. Highly recommend this cruise!! Getting on and off in Galveston was a breeze, especially as Crown & Anchor Society members Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
The food was quite good, particularly the chef's suggestions, service was outstanding, and enjoyed activities such as the Flowrider, rock climbing, the theater, pools/hot tubs, etc. Watching the sunsets in the Cosmopolitan Club on ... Read More
The food was quite good, particularly the chef's suggestions, service was outstanding, and enjoyed activities such as the Flowrider, rock climbing, the theater, pools/hot tubs, etc. Watching the sunsets in the Cosmopolitan Club on the 14th deck was a special treat. Ports, however, left something to be desired. First port at Falmouth was disappointing. Royal Caribbean built a harbor there to dock their ships so Falmouth is "artificial" and basically an outlet mall. Iron gates separate the shopping area from the town, and it's easy to see why. Falmouth is not much better than a 3rd world slum, if you venture there. Have to take some excursion to get away from Falmouth and see at least some of the "real" Jamaica. Grand Cayman was much more accommodating, in part because we took a very enjoyable excursion to Sting Ray City and snorkeling. But the island seemed to be a step or two up from Jamaica. Last port at Cozumel was sort of a cross between Port Aransas, TX and Nuevo Laredo--lots of Mexican tourist trinkets to buy, "party bars" for spring breakers, the ubiquitous high-end jewelry and watch stores (present on all three islands), which were interspersed with local bars, many featuring Tequila tastings. You have to wonder if the jewelry is really the bargain that not only the stores advertise as such, but also the cruise ship itself. Again, you have to get off the main drag in Cozumel--renting a motor scooter lis one option. Another is to visit the Mayan ruins--Tulum can be done in 4-5 hours. Unfortunately, the major Mayan ruin, Chichen Itza, is a good 4 hours by bus each way, leaving very little time to explore the ruins (guide books recommend at least 4 hours) and return to the ship on time. One major disappointment was I told RCCL my wife and I were celebrating our 50th anniversary and two of our grandchildren (28 and 23) were celebrating their birthday during the cruise. The only thing RCCL did was to give my wife and I and our two grandchildren one of the small, finger desserts (with one candle--that's about all that would fit) from the luncheon buffet at the Windjammer. 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
As a new cruiser, I have only small river barges as comparison, but I loved this trip on the Navigator! The crew, every one I encountered, were wonderful, professional and friendly. Dias, our Steward, couldn't have been kinder or more ... Read More
As a new cruiser, I have only small river barges as comparison, but I loved this trip on the Navigator! The crew, every one I encountered, were wonderful, professional and friendly. Dias, our Steward, couldn't have been kinder or more helpful. He knew right away I didn't like to get up early. I thought the food was very good considering the number of passengers and crew. I wish they didn't have to resort to pre-made foods, but it is probably cost-prohibitive to make everything from fresh ingredients. The only bad meal I had was in the dining room--a crab cake appetizer I ordered for dinner--which was obviously not prepared fresh. I would sail on the navigator again in a minute! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Our family of 4 drove from DFW area to Galveston. We parked right across from the Carnival cruise ship area so we didn't have to stand in line to take a shuttle bus. We gave our luggage to the porters. We got there about 12:30p and ... Read More
Our family of 4 drove from DFW area to Galveston. We parked right across from the Carnival cruise ship area so we didn't have to stand in line to take a shuttle bus. We gave our luggage to the porters. We got there about 12:30p and waited in one of the four lines. The check-in process took about 1 hr. We saw some people carrying all their luggage. We dropped our carry on in our rooms since they were ready. We went up to the Windjammer to eat. There was a pretty big selection of food including ethnic food (Chinese and Indian dishes). We went to explore the ship and put on our bathing suit and headed for the jacuzzi. There are 6 jacuzzis. The best ones are by the Solarium, if they are full or is too cold outside the one inside the gym is good. My husband couldn't go because our suitcase didn't come until 7p. Next time, we'll bring our suitcases with us. It would be actually easy to manage with luggage with wheels and elevators. For dinner we had the second seating which worked perfectly with our teenagers (if we got hungry before dinner, we would grab a snack at the promenade deck-open all day with sandwiches, pizza, dessert, drinks and fruit). The first night we were paired with unfriendly family. To our surprise, the second night they were moved to their own private table and we were paired with a wonderful, friendly family. I was concerned about getting seasick, so I put a patch on before boarding. I didn't get sick at all but my head was a little fuzzy so I didn't put another one after 3 days and I was fine. My son that gets seasick like me didn't put one on and after one day of taking it easy in the room and eating, he was fine. I believed that getting a ocean view room with the big window helped a lot. The ship looks great after the remodeling. Very elegant and well maintained and cleaned. Some people were slobs and left their alcoholic drinks all over the place and the crew always picked up after them. The shows were very good specially the ice show. We got tickets but were not really necessary. They didn't take them and there were plenty of seats for all. We liked the comedian, magic show, singers. We didn't take any excursions with the ship. They were too expensive. I read Trip advisor and selected our own tours. We had a great time. We'll be back! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I'll keep this short since I really don't have a comparison point. My family had a great time on the Navigator. It was Spring Break for my school aged kids, so there were lots of families on the boat. This was great as my kids ... Read More
I'll keep this short since I really don't have a comparison point. My family had a great time on the Navigator. It was Spring Break for my school aged kids, so there were lots of families on the boat. This was great as my kids were easily able to find other kids to hang with either in Adventure Ocean or at the Arcade/Sports Court. My kids loved getting to be on a nice vacation with us and having some independence on the boat (10 and 12 years old). We brought walkie talkies so that we could make contact and check in with them when needed. We signed up for My Time Dining, which worked out perfectly for us. The food was great most nights, but we were most impressed with the excellent service from our wait staff. They really deserved the extra gratuity on the last night. All areas were clean and well maintained. My husband took advantage of the gym and spin classes. I enjoyed browsing the shops, attending the shows, ice skating with the kids, playing mini golf, and relaxing at the pool and on our balcony. Our room was small, but we made the this was perfect for first timers). Roatan was also our favorite port as we spent a little best of it. We enjoyed having a balcony on the right side of the boat (we could see the ports- Roatan & Cozumel from our side- I never really thought of that when I picked the room). We booked our own shore excursions online with independent companies, which worked out well, but if I ever sail to Belize again, I will book off the ship because the passangers who did had priority getting off of the boat (on earlier tenders). There was a long line and wait to get on the tenders in Belize- some people we talked to missed their excursions due to not getting to port in time. My family agrees that our favorite activity while in port was doing the zipline course at the Mayan Jungle Canopy in Roatan. It was worth the $45 per person cost and we would do it again (or a more advanced course, but extra $ and had a private driver (Best of Roatan Tours) who drove us around and took us to the zipline, sightseeing, and to a beach resort. Overall, it was a great family experience and I can't wait to cruise again! My kids are saying that they want to sail on Royal Caribbean again b/c they don't want to take a chance on another cruiseline...that's how much they enjoyed it! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
NOTS is a great cruise ship. We love the open Promenade design. Much more "fun" than other ships where you have to walk through clubs and casinos or walk down cabin hallways to get from end to end of the ship. Wonderful food ... Read More
NOTS is a great cruise ship. We love the open Promenade design. Much more "fun" than other ships where you have to walk through clubs and casinos or walk down cabin hallways to get from end to end of the ship. Wonderful food in both the cafeteria and the MDR. Extremely gracious crew! Son teen had a fun time with other teens. Daughter teen was less than thrilled with the teen programs. The ship has a great fitness room! It also has a lovely upstairs chapel for quiet prayer time. This cruise stopped at Roatan, Belize and Cozumel, on three consecutive days. A great way to see these wonderful ports. We did an independent tour (Rony's) on Roatan, and it was terrific. Pirates of the Caribbean Zipline Adventures was great. Treat yourself and pack some clothes and soccer balls for local kids. Great orphanages and outlets for our resources. In Belize, half the family booked an indy excursion with cavetubing.bz, and they had a fine time. They enjoyed the fact that the company hauled the tubes enroute to the water, while other companies make you haul your own. My son and I signed up for the ship excursion scuba dive to Turneffe Atoll. We would usually avoid ship diving groups, but we decided to select this one bc (1) in Belize you have to take a tender to the shore, and this added a significant delay to the dive trip, limiting any indy dives to only the Barrier Reef. It was simply too far to take an indy dive op out to Turneffe Atoll. Also, Hugh Parkey ran the ship excursion, and they are very well regarded in the diving community. The dives were great. It was a treat to be picked up and dropped off at the ship. In Cozumel, half the family booked an indy outing to Chankanaab and thoroughly enjoyed the manatee encounter. $20 cab fare and a nice online discount price of $60 pp for a day of fun. Also, Chankanaab is a great beach and snorkel area. My son and I booked an indy dive with Aldora Divers. We had used them before and love them. Best two-tank dive I ever had. Aldora is superb. At sea days were OK, but the first three days in a row (Sun, Mon and Tues) get a little long. That is just a fact of geography. My only question about the cruise ship is RCCL decision to have three "upscale" restaurants onboard. Paying extra for Mexican food seems silly to me (especially being from San Antonio). Overall, it gives one the strange feeling that they are "slumming" if they only eat fine dining that they have already pre-paid for. I know they have done their homework, but it seems a bit of an odd use of ship space. This is a small point, though. Overall the cruise was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Don't get me wrong.....I am a fan of RCCL. They always provide a very good combo of value and satisfaction. The short 7 day itineraries out of Galveston are, IMO, the best option for the first time/ occasional cruisers and/or young ... Read More
Don't get me wrong.....I am a fan of RCCL. They always provide a very good combo of value and satisfaction. The short 7 day itineraries out of Galveston are, IMO, the best option for the first time/ occasional cruisers and/or young families. The crowd is generally local, within a 300-500 mile radius and very happy, sometimes taking "casual" to new limits. For the more experienced traveler these cruises can be a bit too predictable and short on style and élan, but never the less always good to very good. This March 8th trip was an "orientation" for my new domestic partner. She is well travelled and sophisticated, a veteran of European River Cruises, but this was her first experience with Cruise Ships and salt water. She adored it! We are leaving on a 20 day Trans Atlantic to Rome on MSC in late April and her enthusiasm knows no bounds...Thank You Royal Caribbean. Navigator must presently be a happy ship and is reflected in the attitude of the staff. Universally accommodating, friendly,knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. Alas, not always the case on some ships and lines. The cost/benefit pressures of the times is making itself felt in the Cruise Industry and RCCL is not immune. I've cruised regularly for a looong time and can't ignore a decline in the on board Dining Experience. Gone are those little flourishes that make dining an event rather than just a meal. On board, the variety and quality is good and always adequate.....just not memorable. However, for the price it is very good and certainly not to be criticized. The Specialty Restaurants are a pleasant change, but you be the judge of whether they are worth it. As for indulgments, a Spa Massage or Treatment at sea is special, but the tab can grow exponentially. On board WiFi, etc. is outrageous in cost. If you can't tear yourself away from the Internet and other worldly contact wait for a Port and find a local Hot Spot. TIP: Be prepared for planned chaos and long (1-2+ hour) waits at disembarkation . Not RCCL's fault, but rather the Port Authority and our beloved Customs and Immigration management.....write your Congressman. The agents do their best, but staffing size is never sufficient to handle the 3000+ travelers. Adding to the existing mess is a higher level of scrutiny and security for ships that have stopped in Honduras. Be prepared and have your paperwork 100%. Overall, our trip was exactly what I expected....pleasant, fun, great value and relaxes. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
After going on a Disney cruise two years ago and a Royal Caribbean 5 years ago, I had high expectations. Royal Caribbean disappointed. - Food - Disappointing. On previous cruises on Royal Caribbean & Disney, the food was exceptional. ... Read More
After going on a Disney cruise two years ago and a Royal Caribbean 5 years ago, I had high expectations. Royal Caribbean disappointed. - Food - Disappointing. On previous cruises on Royal Caribbean & Disney, the food was exceptional. The dinner food was decent, but worse than other cruises. The breakfast in Windjammer was terrible. Royal Caribbean pushed the paid dining - Are they making the free food poor on purpose? I talked to a bunch of people and everyone was disappointed by the food. - I couldn't enjoy the "special" activities on this ship. Ice skating was all booked the last day. The Flowrider and rock wall always had monster lines. - Departure - Leaving was a complete disaster. I booked two rooms next to each other and the two rooms had different departure times. It took forever. Huge lines everywhere. It was impossible to get a porter so I dragged 4 suitcases with my 3 kids in tow. - Service - It was good not great. The automatic "gratuities" may have something to do with it. They should change the $12 gratuity name to a fee because it's not option. - Laundry - Poor that there is no self-service (like Disney) and the bag option took 2 days and 2 of my white shirts were turned green (and later rewashed and I didn't get it back until late on the last day). - Kids Club - My two boys (11 and 9 years old) had an exceptional time in the kids club. They liked this kids club much much better than Disney's from 2 years ago. The activities were engaging and the staff did an amazing job. I also liked that the boys had to participate instead of just playing video games. I was surprised that Royal Caribbean trumped Disney for kids activities but they did for my two sons. - The big pro of Royal Caribbean over Disney is the casino. Playing craps and black jack and other games are options that Disney doesn't offer. I love cruises and this will not be my last cruise. I could have saved 30% by going with Carnival, and I felt like I paid more and got Carnival-like food & service. I'll either save money and go with Carnival next time or pay more and go with Disney for better service & food.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This cruise was my wife and my seventh Royal Caribbean cruise, and first since having children. We swapped to Disney for the previous 2 cruises since Disney sailed from Galveston for a time (Disney Magic), and we live around 45 minutes ... Read More
This cruise was my wife and my seventh Royal Caribbean cruise, and first since having children. We swapped to Disney for the previous 2 cruises since Disney sailed from Galveston for a time (Disney Magic), and we live around 45 minutes from the port. With Disney moving out of Galveston and Royal Caribbean bringing in a ship (Navigator of the Seas) that has a nursery and kids club for our 13 month and 3 year old, we decided to give Royal a try with kids. We booked an Owners Suite, number 1330, the Hawaiian Suite, to give us a room with a bathtub and a curtain that would separate us from the kids so that when they fell asleep, we could stay up or sneak out on the balcony. There are two doors to the balcony on an Owner’s Suite. The embarkation onto the ship was painless. We left after our younger DD’s morning nap and arrived around 11:15 am to drop off the luggage. We were eating lunch at the Windjammer by noon. There is a long road leading to the turn in for Terminal 1 (Carnival) and Terminal 2 (Royal Caribbean). The road backs up for around half a mile but there are multiple streets that turn right into old downtown Galveston. The area is a grid so a quick left and some stop signs brings you to the street you turn left on to pull into the terminal area. We checked out the kids clubs areas after eating lunch. The nursery is significantly smaller than the one on the Disney Magic (maybe a third of the size) but the counselor we met was very pleasant, and we booked from 7 to 9 pm each evening, as our youngest DD normally goes to bed at 7 pm ($8 / hour). The thought being we’d all enjoy dinner at the early main dining room seating (5:30 pm), go to the room and change into pajamas, and then let her sleep, while the oldest DD would go to the play area for older kids, Aquanauts. There is a program where the counselors from the older kids play area will pick them up each night at 6:40 pm. We viewed the larger play area, which had several main rooms, where I assume they split up the age groups. Our oldest DD was drawn to the mock boat and slide area in the front but there were also areas for drawing, for “cooking”, for playing video games, and for dancing. She asked and asked to go and play even almost throwing a tantrum, which made us feel promising regarding our plan. We dropped her off the 2nd night of the cruise to play and were called close to time to pick her up that she wanted to come back to the room. I think the issue was that she wanted to free play and the Aquanauts activities are set, i.e. story time, coloring time, cooking time, etc. The Aquanauts program has many great fun sounding activities but no choice. Our oldest DD has gone to Mother’s Day out for almost two years and loves it so we were surprised she didn’t take to it. Talking to other couple’s in the Concierge Lounge, most kids under the age of about eight didn’t enjoy the kids clubs. I went into this detail in case you are thinking that you will have a supervised activity your children will love while you and your spouse get some quiet time. Didn’t happen but we made the best of it as we love hanging out with our oldest DD, and it was special as she has had to “share” us with her younger sister. Overall the cruise made us realize Disney offers a much better experience for people with kids. However, it goes beyond this as we were excited this cruise would make us Diamond, and we’ve had several “dream of the future” conversations where we’d sail with Royal Caribbean when we retire some day. Positives: - Concierge Lounge = petit fours were tasty, bartenders were very attentive, and people were pleasant, even with us toting two small children with us for a pre-dinner drink each night. Was a bit worried seeing the comments on Cruise Critic but most had children and enjoyed “playing” or talking to our kids. My DW and I enjoyed Capuccinos from the machine as it was the only drinkable coffee on the ship, other than paying for Starbucks. - Suite Benefits = we took advantage of the Playstation 3 to borrow a controller and have movies from home while we got dressed or sun screened up. The before mentioned Concierge Lounge. I grabbed a donut for the older DD several mornings when getting coffee. Once we discovered how nice eating breakfast was in Chops, we ate there every morning (no fighting the Windjammer crowd, looking for a high chair when there weren’t readily available, and options expanded = Eggs Benedict, Omelet, etc). There was a lunch for Suite Guests that featured food from each of the specialty restaurants that was attended by all of the ships officers. The Captain was very personable. Ricardo contacted us before the cruise and booked us a reservation for Sabor for the last sea day. Finally, we used the suite section at the pool deck multiple times throughout the cruise. - Spa = my wife thoroughly enjoyed a one hour Swedish massage, and the prices weren’t that different that a shore massage. - Ports = we’ve done them all before several times and with little ones, this time we focused on getting off the ship to eat lunch where we ported and then do a bit of shopping. In Jamaica we ate at Margaritaville (crowded and confusing on how to get a table / long wait for check / very humid but music and food were good), Breezes in Grand Cayman (ridiculously slow but it was slammed due to spring break), and Senor Frogs in Cozumel (best of the bunch due to music and nice breeze but very pricey). - Swimming on Ship before lunch = spring break cruise so folks staying up late slept in giving us an almost empty pool. - Windjammer = ate there the last night and for a couple of snacks while younger DD was in nursery. Nightly ice cream with different toppings. Negatives: - Room = ordered a pack and play (crib) well ahead of the cruise and confirmed multiple times it would be set up upon arrival. Wasn’t there and so went to guest services, who stated earliest arrival would be 5 pm. By then our youngest DD missed her afternoon nap, making for a cranky customer and a rough first night. Could be due to room attendant who was kind of bad, considering we splurged for a suite. - Room Doorbell = spring break cruise, you’d expect some kids to ring it every once in a while. Turns out our main offender was a woman in her 40’s who was ringing it late at night (between 1 am and 3 am), which woke up our youngest DD and again caused a rough night. Our room attendant then informed us you can turn it off. - Room Side of Ship = don’t expect to enjoy your balcony out of Galveston with your room on the starboard (right) side of the ship. Sun was blazing after around 10 am and made afternoon enjoyment not possible. Also on the wrong side to view anything but ocean on all 3 stops. Somehow amazingly even on the trip back it was too hot to stay outside for long. - Room Balcony = from prior cruises with Royal Caribbean, one being in a Grand Suite, we skipped a stop and stayed on the balcony. There was a cleaning crew that came and scrubbed the glass and handrail daily. This cruise, the glass was so dirty you couldn’t see through it, the deck furniture left filth on your clothing, and each day they’d wash down the upper deck down onto your balcony. We had standing water each morning with cigarette butts, used straws from drinks, and even women’s hair (my oldest DD stated look, there’s a mommy hair one morning). So if you’re thinking of splurging for a balcony, don’t. - Room Inside Cleanliness = bathtub had to be cleaned by my wife and I prior to giving our daughters their first bath. My oldest daughter had various items in her hair after rough housing with her sister on the floor. - Drink Prices = we splurged with a room service Mimosa that was 50% or better orange juice for $12 a piece before the 18% tip. My favorite RCL drink is the lava flow but not at $12 pool side bar (which I decided to splurge on a second and found out we’d been overcharged the first time as the 2nd was $10). - Main Dining Service Speed = even had my oldest DD wanted to go to the play area, we’d never have been done by 6:40 pm without skipping dessert and some cases the main meal. Disney kicks Royal Caribbean out of the water for kid service, offering to make literally anything your child wants, having their drink of choice already table side when you arrive, and understanding you can’t serve a bowl of fruit to kids and then expect them to wait over an hour for their “dinner” to arrive. Our oldest DD filled up on bread by the time her dinner arrived. - Main Dining Food = some positives but definitely a downgrade to the recent Disney Magic on food quality. Soups used to be a highlight but I didn’t finish any this cruise. Lamb dish was so starving for meat, that I was hungry 15 minutes after eating. We skipped dessert to make the 7 pm nursery time twice and headed to the Windjammer for the last evening. Lobster was pretty good and we splurged on a Chops Filet, which was tasty. No meal stood out that I’d wait in line to order at a restaurant. Quality overall less than Olive Garden to give a sense. - Pool after Lunch = again Disney Magic wins over Navigator with a splash area. Navigator has a shallow area for kids out of diapers, as it connects to the main pool. On Navigator, there’s the Solarium pool, two 5’ deep pools, and the shallow area. After lunch, there are organized classic games that take out the shallow area and one of the 5’ pool from around 1 to 3 pm each sea day. The other pool becomes so crowded as to be unsafe to swim. - Coffee Anywhere on the Ship other than Concierge Lounge / Starbucks = lousy, undrinkable. Very acidic in taste. I drink my coffee black these days and only way to make drinkable is 4-6 packs of sugar and a bunch of milk. I think they are trying to drive folks to purchasing coffee at Starbucks by making the “free” coffee terrible. We used to enjoy an afternoon cup on the balcony daily from room service but didn’t order after the first couple of trys. - Auto-tips = service has overall suffered. We are the ones that would pay the tips and a bit extra. The only “Wow” personnel were the nursery personnel, the Concierge bartenders and the Chops waiters. Disney blows Royal Caribbean away on this. Like comparing a Gold medalist to a 60th place finisher in a race. - Towel Animals = ridiculous that it's no longer daily. Cost cutting to the point of stupidity. Our oldest DD would ask where's the towel animal on nights without them. We skipped the shows due to having the little ones but did catch the ice show. It was as good as we remembered and the kids enjoyed. That’s another suite benefit = don’t have to get tickets. As mentioned above, we ate at Sabor and it was good but not worth the entry price. The stuffed chicken and tortilla soup were the highlights other than the desert tray, which offered some tasty unusual desserts. I wasn’t impressed with my overcooked fish or DW’s shrimp dish, though she thought it was one of the bet of the trip. We hit up Johnny Rockets, which was worth it as it has been in the past with yummy burgers, fries / onion rings, and shakes. They missed on the order a bit and no longer dance (which we thought the girls would like). All in all I’m left with a conversation I overheard when disembarking (yet another suite perk, as they walk you to the front of the line). One gentleman stated that this was his family’s 5th and last Royal Caribbean cruise. The other gentleman responded with this was our 1st and last Royal Caribbean cruise. I don’t think Royal Caribbean is going to win over repeat business for newcomers or loyalists unless they up their game and make the value received match the ever increasing prices. For us, Royal Caribbean gets one more shot to “Wow” us in 2016. After that it’ll be Disney or land based vacations.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our 5th cruise and first on Royal Caribbean (have another one planned in Oct). Have sailed Norwegian and Princess twice each before. Since we live in Texas, Galveston is great to sail from as no air travel is needed. Something ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise and first on Royal Caribbean (have another one planned in Oct). Have sailed Norwegian and Princess twice each before. Since we live in Texas, Galveston is great to sail from as no air travel is needed. Something broke down on embarkation and line was long and slow, but disembarkation was fast and early! SHIP: Needs a third bank of elevators at the aft - long walk to them from our cabin. Remodeled, but the Promenade Deck 5 was way too crowded - bars, shops, kiosks in the middle - way too much. Way too many jewelry stores and not enough clothing stores. At sale times, the Promenade looks more like a Morrocan Bazaar than an elegant shopping area. RC could take some design tips from Princess. The Casino is in middle of ship on Deck 4 with both ends open so bars with entertainers like Boleros & Schooners on Deck 4 smelled the smoke. Smoke drifted up the open stairs to Deck 5 all the time. You had to pass thru Casino to get from one area to another on 4. Also, there was a staircase going from the Casino up to the Promenade on 5 and acted like a chimney and funneled all that smoke up. Worst thing - it was right next to the wine bar on 5 so did not make for good swirling, sniffing, and sipping of wine. Very poor design. Stairs need to be closed. Casino needs to be at one end, up high, vented to outside and completely closed from rest of ship - gamblers will find it! but other passengers will not have to smell it! ENTERTAINMENT: Never went to the theater but heard comedian wasn't very good. Best entertainment was the ice skating show. It was marvelous! Very professional and did a lot in that small space. Wish they had 2 different shows each cruise. Liked the CW band at Boleros, but time interferred with dinner so not much time to dance until started again at 10:45 - too late for me. Never made it to the piano bar at Schooners as was always too crowded. Both of these entertainment bars need to be given more space and away from smoke. Watched the flow rider and rock climbing wall - wish I was young enough to do it. DINING: Ate one breakfast and lunch in Windjammers - OK but nothing special. Coffee was awful, so we bought Starbucks at the Promenade Cafe and sat on our deck to drink it. Food was great in the dining room at lunch (3) and dinner (3). Had anytime dining with no problem getting in and had same area and waitstaff - Eglan & Carl. Ate at all 4 specialty restaurants - all very good, but Izumi is all a la carte pricing with no added fee. Turned out to be very expensive. The others are worth the surcharge. EXCURSIONS: Only went on one excursion through the ship - Salsa, Salsa, Margaritas (Cozumel) - and really enjoyed it. Was not available privately. Did the stingray/snorkel tour privately on Grand Caymen. No need to pay ship prices as all people/boats do same thing at same time so find cheapest. Tendering on GC is a hassle. They need to build a port like at Falmough. Line to get back to ship was so long, I am surprised no one was left (don't really know). OVERALL: Except for some design flaws, really enjoyed the ship and cruise, but probably won't do those islands again. Will try the Eastern Caribbean next and may or may not go RC depends on time, price, cabin availability. The ship is not as important to me as the itinerary. 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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