152 Galveston Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We stayed in a deluxe balcony, which was upgrade over the standard. Very satisfied with the size of unit. Bathroom was large enough and functional. Did use a plastic shoe storage, over the door, for bath and personal storage. Very nice ... Read More
We stayed in a deluxe balcony, which was upgrade over the standard. Very satisfied with the size of unit. Bathroom was large enough and functional. Did use a plastic shoe storage, over the door, for bath and personal storage. Very nice to have all the items organized without having to dig through a bag. Thanks cruise critic for this advice. Our third cruise, and sadly this was the last for the Navigator before it moves to Florida. Ship is very nice, and all the shows very well done. Food in the buffet was pretty much as any buffet and plenty available. The dinner table service with my time dinning was excellent. Staff very good. Loved the different menu items. You won't leave hungry. Comics and head liner were excellent. If i would change anything i would have upgraded to the junior suite. Worth the extra as we toured one after in port. Did have storm the last night that was very rough. Ship and captain handled and did not get seasick. Sign up for the my time dinning option if possible. We did an early seating and were always early so no waiting. The excursions were ok, but rain did make them a challenge. The tender experience was functional. Please take the advice of crew and only go where you are told. Signed up for a new cruise on board as the 30 percent discount is better than the buy one get one half off sale usually found everywhere. You do get perks for this method. Get a reservation as there are many waiting to take advantage. Love the adult area pool on the 11th deck. Were not a lot of kids on this cruise. Compliments to all crew members, you made us into cruisers! Galveston port was a breeze as we arrived a little early and got through the lines easily. So many agents still made lines move well. No complaints here over the port. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We were to leave out of Galveston on Sunday October 25th. Because of a tropical storm the captain made the decision to stay in port until Monday morning. It was somewhat disappointing but the weather was horrible with heavy rain and winds. ... Read More
We were to leave out of Galveston on Sunday October 25th. Because of a tropical storm the captain made the decision to stay in port until Monday morning. It was somewhat disappointing but the weather was horrible with heavy rain and winds. Everything on board was great, they just couldn't open the shops or the casinos. Other than that it felt like you truly had started your cruise vacation. On Monday morning the captain did a wonderful job in maneuvering the ship from its pier. It was quite the big deal as he had to make a 80 degree turn in a very small space. The winds were howling and if you were outside like us it was cold and very very windy! Once he had done his fantastic job we were on our way. 5 hours later we were in sun and warmth. What a difference. The ship looks beautiful with the renovations. I really have no complaints except that I felt the room steward really didn't care about you. He was nice, but not the friendly persona I have been used to on my other 6 cruises with Royal Caribbean. On the other hand, Patrick our waiter at table 420 was fantastic. He met all our expectations and more!! The order of our ports had to be changed because of the late departure. We went to Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. In Honduras we took a beach tour, in Belize a city tour and Cozumel a shopping tour!!! Spent too much money. LOL.. Departure was hell! My son-in-laws luggage was lost and it took almost an hour for someone to finally find it. The lines through Customs were so long and there was no organization. I've never experienced those problems at any of the departure ports in Florida. I will always remain a RCC Fan. Excited that I am now in the Emerald class. Can't wait for my next cruise.! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Our Western Caribbean cruise on Navigator of the Seas was wonderfully relaxing. We hit the weather just right on all three ports -- Cozumel (Mexico), George Town (Grand Cayman) and Falmouth (Jamaica) -- all in the warm 80s. We caught the ... Read More
Our Western Caribbean cruise on Navigator of the Seas was wonderfully relaxing. We hit the weather just right on all three ports -- Cozumel (Mexico), George Town (Grand Cayman) and Falmouth (Jamaica) -- all in the warm 80s. We caught the tail end of Hurricane Patricia (wind and rain that had moved eastward across Mexico) right at the end of the cruise coming into Galveston, causing a short disembarkation delay. Food on the ship was one of the best experienced on Royal. High marks for the consistently good morsels in the Dining Room and the Windjammer. Our Junior Suite was perfect for us -- a restful oasis between all the fun things. Spent a lot of time in the Solarium. This is a nice spot on Navigator. Entertainment was real good -- especially the comedic ventriloquist and the Elton John tribute/comedy. No travel experience is perfect, but this cruise was nearly so for us. The only "minus" for the experience was the distance between the Houston airport and Galveston. But this is geography and not the fault of the Cruise Line. High marks for a great Room Attendant and the food service all week!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We booked this cruise to celebrate our granddaughter's 21st birthday. My wife and I had previously sailed on Freedom of the Seas in a Grand Suite. We’ve also cruise with our granddaughter 10 years ago on the Disney Wonder. We ... Read More
We booked this cruise to celebrate our granddaughter's 21st birthday. My wife and I had previously sailed on Freedom of the Seas in a Grand Suite. We’ve also cruise with our granddaughter 10 years ago on the Disney Wonder. We prefer suites for the size and amenities. We chose an Owner’s Suite for the extra room and small price difference over the Grand Suite. We flew into Houston Hobby airport on Saturday before the cruise. We rented a car and stayed at the Springhill Suites by Marriott on NASA Parkway, near Kemah. We arrive early that morning and spent the day visiting Space Center Houston that day, and Kemah Boardwalk that evening. We enjoyed both and thought they were a good value. I highly recommend the Springhill Suites. It was nice, clean and safe. On Sunday morning, we took highway 147 south through Kemah to I-45, to Galveston. It was an easy drive, with little traffic once out of Kemah. The cruise terminal at Galveston is a mess, but with help from Cruise Critic, I was able to navigate is easily. Because of our pre and post-cruise activities, we decided to rent a car and park it at the port. We chose Galveston Park-N-Cruise based on location, price and recommendations from other CC members. It was a good choice and worked out well. Driving into the terminal to drop luggage will take some time. There’s a lot of cross traffic to deal with – both automobile and pedestrian. Patience, studying maps, and reading the CC posts about it will make it easier. It was about an hour from the time we arrived in Galveston to the time we stepped onto deck 4 of the ship. It would have been a bit longer if we did not have access the suite check-in line. We found Navigator to be nicely familiar to Freedom. Even though it’s been two years since its dry dock refurb, its looks great. Like anything out in the salt air of the ocean, and being used by thousands of people every day for years, there are always going to be a few blown bulbs, some chipped paint, and weathered wood, but these things were minimal and greatly overshadowed by all the wonderful décor. The ship never felt crowded, though the elevators always seemed to be just a bit slow and just bit too full. We found the crew to be awesome! Even our worst encounter with a crew member was far better than the typical customer service interactions we get in retail stores, hotels, and restaurants on shore. We saw many smiling friendly faces ready to help. We really liked the food. I have no complaints about it at all. Of course not every dish was wonderful, but nothing was terrible, and much of it was very good. The ambiance in the MDR and specialty restaurants is wonderful and the service was the best. We went in expecting the quality and service of a typical chain store casual dining restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised. We spent a lot of time relaxing. The only shows we saw were the ice dancing performance in Studio B and the comedian’s family show. Both were great. We enjoyed the pool deck activities, though mostly we were just spectators. We did the galley tour brunch on Friday. It’s $30 per person, and I believe well worth it. Over a two hour time, we had champagne and mimosas, heard stories from several top officers in food and beverage, toured the galley on MDR deck 4, and then had a buffet of samples from the specialty restaurants. We also participated in the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle and had a great time. If nothing else, go for the swag! The only excursion we did was the Chukka Zip Line in Rose Hall Jamaica. I highly recommend it. The ride to the zip line is an adventure in itself. Everyone from the drivers to the guides were great. This I a lot of fun and does not require any special skills, just slight sense of adventure. It’s well worth the price and I felt completely safe the entire time. Just understand that for about an hour of zip lining, you’ll spend almost 4 hours traveling, waiting around, getting your harness on, and being trained. Just enjoy being on vacation, take in the scenery, and relax and you’ll have a great time. Overall, this was a great cruise. I have no complaints. Of course I could offer some things that would have made the cruise better, but these are all minor details. The staff was great, the food was great, the ship was enjoyable, and even our fellow passengers were mostly courteous and friendly. I’d do this all over again without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This ship had the best service overall than any other cruise we have been on. From the great room attendant to the fabulous wait staff to the fantastic bartenders in many of the venue bars. The R bar staff was incredible. The ship is the ... Read More
This ship had the best service overall than any other cruise we have been on. From the great room attendant to the fabulous wait staff to the fantastic bartenders in many of the venue bars. The R bar staff was incredible. The ship is the perfect size for everyone. The entertainment in the main theater was ok. Not my favorite. The ice skating show was great. Cuddy is awesome and full of energy. They need more general trivia but it was always fun to play. I would go back on this ship in a heartbeat if it would be out of any other port. I will not go to Galveston again. Too hard to get to. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We had a great cruise, weather was magnificent, water was calm all week long. Cruise was Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth Jamaica. Couldn't ask for a better cruise. The staff on the ship was courteous, friendly and seemed eager to make ... Read More
We had a great cruise, weather was magnificent, water was calm all week long. Cruise was Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth Jamaica. Couldn't ask for a better cruise. The staff on the ship was courteous, friendly and seemed eager to make your experience the best ever. Dining was good, ate at Chops three times including the Wine paring dinner which was excellent, Giovani's Table once and the food there was also very good, Sabor once and had a very nice meal there. main dining room "my time" twice. Both times we were seated in the same area and had the same waiter and assistant waiter. Both were excellent. The Windjammer as usual is pretty good buffet style food, but lots of variety, although they didn't have any smoked Salmon or Lox which my wife enjoys. another thing, they used to have really beautiful Ice sculptures, and sculptures from Watermelons and other fruits, sadly this also has gone away, I suppose they are economizing every way they can. Ice Dancin' was really nice. We aren't gamblers so we only walked through the Casino, but we did spend a lot of time in the R Bar which is a Martini Bar that is located where the Champagne Bar was before. The Bartenders were really entertaining and made great drinks. My wife lover it, partially because the two bartenders Guy and gal were from her home country. Our cabin was great. We had a Jr. Suite, and it was really big, with a Sofa and chair and ottoman, big balcony with nice chairs and table. Our cabin attendant was super nice and did a great job of taking care of the cabin. I do have one negative, the internet service sucks!! We paid 210.00 USD for two devices for seven days, and it reminded me of the worst dial up service we had back at the dawn of the internet. It was really disappointing, webpages wouldn't load, or took so much time the server timed out. This really reflects badly on RCI, to at least warn people that the service is slow, and not to expect the same speeds as you have at home or work with DSL or Cable. Outside of the irritating internet, this is probably ranks right up at the top of the best cruises we have been on. Sorry to see navigator reposition, to be replaced by Liberty which is a larger ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Was on the Navigator in 2013 and had bad experiences. It was going in to be refurbished . RCCL was so gracious to give us a discount for our many problems with our state room. The updated ship was great. Our room was wonderful, all the ... Read More
Was on the Navigator in 2013 and had bad experiences. It was going in to be refurbished . RCCL was so gracious to give us a discount for our many problems with our state room. The updated ship was great. Our room was wonderful, all the staff was great, we enjoyed our cruise so much more than before. The food was excellent. The mingle and meet was very nice. A lot of members already knew each other from the roll call. Great time to meet new cruisers. We enjoyed the growth at the berth in Jamica with new business. Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville was the best for free wi fi. Look up Laura to wait on you she goes beyond just being a waitress. We didn't have to go into town all the shopping you could want is right outside your ship. We would do it again. The entertainment was 5 star. The ice skating is a must. The entertainers we almost Vegas Style. The hot tubs were HOT not only heat but with the friends we met in early AM. Be sure you check the new Flowrator surfing. If you don't want to try, just watching was entertaining. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I wrote this information for myself and thought I'd share it with everyone, as it contains information I wish I'd had before sailing. Cruise line: Royal Caribbean Ship: Navigator of the Seas Cruise Dates: Oct. 4-11, ... Read More
I wrote this information for myself and thought I'd share it with everyone, as it contains information I wish I'd had before sailing. Cruise line: Royal Caribbean Ship: Navigator of the Seas Cruise Dates: Oct. 4-11, 2015 Western Caribbean (Starting at Galveston, Texas, and traveling to Cozumel, Mexico; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Falmouth, Jamaica) 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise Cruise Amenities (non-exhaustive): Surf Rider, rock climbing, ping pong, basketball, mini-golf, spas, gym, outdoor track, large outdoor television screen, 3 pools, 3 hot tubs Day 1 (Boarding/Sea) Boarding is from 11am – 4pm. We arrived around 11:30am (drove from Dallas). Royal Caribbean is terminal 2. You first drop people and luggage off and then take the car to park at a nearby parking lot. The parking lots have shuttles that bring you back to the boarding area. It will likely take about 30-45 minutes to complete the process (drop people off, take care to lot, come back). While the cars go park, everyone else drops off their luggage at the luggage drop off. Make sure to print out your luggage tags before you get to the port and make sure to tape/staple them to your luggage to save you time. There is no food at the port but you can eat as soon as you enter ship. The total check-in process took about 1 hour. We got in line while the people parked but it was difficult for us get them to skip back in line. I heard, though have not confirmed, that there is now a parking lot where you can go with your luggage and you can bring it back to the terminal to avoid the whole drop off/take car to lot/come back process. Apparently it’s called “Parking Lot B.” We brought in water bottles (filled) in our luggage and those went through. Since you drop off your luggage and then don’t see it until it’s delivered to your room, I’m assuming they checked our luggage but have no way to confirm. They only officially allow 2 bottles of wine per stateroom. We brought those in our carry-ons. When they saw that I had 2 bottles they asked me to "register" with a man seated at a table. First of all they didn't tell everyone in our group to register, even though everyone had wine bottles in their carry-ons so it's clearly not enforced strictly. Also the “registration” involved a man writing down on a piece of paper my room number and number of bottles I had. So it's not high tech at all and we could have easily brought in more bottles. There is a mandatory safety drill at 4pm. They check every room to make sure you've evacuated. You can't skip this. They even took attendance at the drill. General tips It's a good idea to bring a small bag to hold your sea pass and other small stuff while on the ship. Also, remember to bring a beach bag for the actual beach or just lounging by the pool. Make sure to bring cash and in dollars for tipping. There were many times I wanted to tip someone (attendants or when we were off on our excursions) but I did not have enough singles. There is no need to exchange currency – everyone accepted American currency. Water, tea, coffee, and lemonade are included in the price of the trip (so no need to buy a beverage package if you’re okay with just having these drinks available). This particular ship did not have an iron in the stateroom, but they did have hairdryers. Bring water bottles so you can refill them on the ship and take with you when you dock. There is a Johnny Rockets on the ship. It is $6.95 USD all you can eat except for shakes. Tips for choosing a room: Choose a room closest to the top so you don't have to walk far. The dining room and pools are at the top, so you’ll have to walk less to get to them (which is where we spent most of our time). Also, choose a room on the side of the big dining room (Wyndjammer). Day 2 (Sea) This was a cruising day. This was our first formal attire night at the dining room. We had a set time to eat (8:30pm) every day in the main dining room. People wear suits and cocktail dresses. I did see some people in tuxedos but only a few. Anything you’d wear to a wedding or church should suffice. They will not turn you away if you’re wearing jeans. Day 3 (Cozumel) We rented a car from Alamo for 14 people for a total of $140 USD (paid with credit card), not including gas or insurance. We went to the San Gervasio ruins. It costs $9.50 USD per person, so bring exact change as credit is not accepted. You might want to bring bug spray, though it didn’t bother me much. The ship arrived in Cozumel at 7am but we disembarked at 9:30am. By the time we found the car rental and gathered everyone together, it was 10:30am. It took 30 minutes to drive to the San Gervasio ruins from the terminal. We found a tour guide that works for tips, and he provided very good service. It was very sunny, so definitely bring protection. Then we drove to Sky Reef Beach. We wanted to find Ocean Beach as that was recommended to us but we sort of got off the access road and then weren't able to find it. When you rent car they give you a map. It is not a big island. You need to be back on the ship by 3:30pm. Check to see what sort of insurance your credit card company offers for car rentals. Day 4 (Georgetown, Grand Cayman) The beach is a 30 minute cab ride. It's about 4 miles away from the port. To disembark, you first have to take a tender (small boat) from the ship to the land. The process took about 30 minutes total which includes getting in line, getting on the tender, and then leaving. The actual ride is about 10 minutes from ship to land. We went to Paradise Restaurant to do some snorkeling. It was $18 USD for full gear (mask, flippers, and life vest) and then $5 to rent a locker. They accept credit cards. We walked from the port to Paradise Restaurant. It is a green building right on the water. It took about 7 minutes to walk there. There were plenty of fish to see here. The water was very nice and it was very enjoyable. I did not eat at the restaurant but obviously there is food available there, as well as alcoholic drinks. Day 5 (Falmouth, Jamaica) The ship arrived at 8:00am and we had to be back on board at 4:30pm. When you arrive at the port, there is a tiny little booth that is pale green and says “Tours and Information.” It’s to the right and further down (closer to the exit).There we found horse riding that includes riding in the water on the beach. It was $70 USD per person for horse riding and transportation to and from the beach. It was $25 for just transportation to and from the beach. The drive to the beach was 20 minutes from the port. We were able to pay cash and credit. We went to Braco Tours/Stables. The tour itself was 2 hours in total (not including travel time). First they took us to the stable. We signed waivers, paid, and then mounted our horses. We rode for about an hour to the beach. You do not get into the water with your horse until you get to a small pool area at the beach. At the beach, there is a little pool area that they take you in one person at a time with your horse. Then you ride back and they take you to port. The beach area is private and no one was there except for a few locals. They have some food and drinks there you can buy. The guides were all extremely nice. My parents stayed at the private beach area and waited for us. There is a small store there where you can buy snacks and drinks (including Jamaican beer). Also, the store has a porch area that provides shelter from the sun and they had chairs out so my parents weren’t physically on the beach/in the sand. There are bathrooms there too. Day 6 (Sea) More tips: Laundry and getting your clothes pressed is expensive. I went to the lost and found by the pool where they distribute towels. I told them that I lost my sunscreen and they showed me several bottles they had there. I asked if I could keep one and they said yes so that's how I got free sunscreen. Food: We never ordered room service. The food in the buffet (Wyndjammer) is average. We only went there for breakfast and lunch. There is lots of variety. The dining room food was much better quality. You can have breakfast in the dining room, but you have to go before 9:30 am. The food on the 5th floor in the café was good, but they mostly had sandwiches. Weather: It was mostly warm to downright hot. You should, however, bring a light jacket or sweater as it can get chilly at night. Cabin: We had an interior stateroom with no windows. This was actually great, as there was no light in the morning to wake us up. It was much easier to sleep/stay asleep. Yes, it's small but we're not large people and we kept the room tidy so it was never, ever a problem. Day 7 (Sea) Do those things you didn’t get to do, like rock climbing. Day 8 (Galveston/Arrival) Express self-serve checkout means you carry out your own bags. If you want to do this, they ask you to get a ticket the last night before you leave which gives you the time you're supposed to leave. This is absolutely necessary as they didn't ask for it. (And they aren't going to keep you on the boat because you're leaving at a different time than it says on your ticktet). It's best to leave on the very last express time because most people doing express are off the boat by then. It takes about 30-45 to get off and get your car and be on the road. If you do not take express, then the night before, they leave you luggage tags and the time you're supposed to disembark. (Again, I doubt this is actually enforced.) You go through immigration which is relatively painless but there are a lot of people (this is of course applicable to self-express as well). The difference between express and this option is that you then have to find your luggage. They have them all waiting for you in a large warehouse, and though you have a number that leads you in the general direction of your bag, it can be a bit chaotic with all the bags and people trying to find their stuff. Definitely identify your bag in an obvious way to make finding it in literally hundreds of other bags much easier. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was one of many cruises that we have taken on RC. We started out in Atlanta, GA in which we used buyreservations.com in order to book a room at the Courtyard Atlanta Airport South which turned out to be a very good choice. Check in ... Read More
This was one of many cruises that we have taken on RC. We started out in Atlanta, GA in which we used buyreservations.com in order to book a room at the Courtyard Atlanta Airport South which turned out to be a very good choice. Check in was no problem and we left our car there for 9 days. All for the cost of one night stay. The next morning was no problem as we had an early morning flight and did not have to wait on a shuttle no more than 5 minutes. We flew into IAH and met friends that we travel with and at that point we went to Enterprise and rented a car which went very well. It is quite a long distance from the airport to the cruise terminal so we had booked a room at the Quality Inn at the seawall in Galveston for the night. The room was clean and that was all that we needed but it did need some updating. The next morning the four of us were on our way to the cruise terminal in which was just about 15 minutes from where we had stayed the night before. We were on Navigator of the Seas and the time it took us to get from the terminal to when we were on board ship was no more than 20 minutes. The ship was very clean, service was great and we could not have had a better time. The food was really good, our cabin was clean and we were treated so well. We could not have ask for a better cruise. It did take 1 hour and 15 minutes to disembark but we had allowed enough time because we know it just takes time. The line went well but it just takes time. We would rate this cruise 10 out of 10. The only downside is the cost of getting from the airport to the cruise terminal. It is a good hour and 15 minute drive. All is all a wonderful week. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our 6th cruise total and 4th cruise on Royal and our 3rd time onboard the Navigator of the Seas. We drove to Galveston from Dallas early sunday morning and got to the port around 10:30 am and they made an announcement they ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise total and 4th cruise on Royal and our 3rd time onboard the Navigator of the Seas. We drove to Galveston from Dallas early sunday morning and got to the port around 10:30 am and they made an announcement they were delayed a little bit. We are used to the port of Galveston being crowded and long lines, so we were onboard the ship by 12:00. They are building a bigger port, so I'm sure once it's done it will be better, but other than that, just have to have a little patience! :) We had an excellent time this cruise! We have always cruised alone as a couple and this time we brought our good friends, my mom and my aunt. We all had a blast together, and they all loved this ship as first time cruisers! The ship itself is beautiful just like it has been the other two times we have been on it. The service is always so nice and pleasant and they are always willing to help with whatever you need. Our room attendant, Reynaldo did a great job with our room. Always clean and made sure to stop and say hi to us the first day and throughout the rest of the trip. We ate in the MDR every night for dinner and the food is great! I was excited to eat some of my favorite menu items and thoroughly enjoyed them each night. Our head waiter Sandeep was right on point, he did a fabulous job of explaining the menu every night and waiting on us and letting us know what the next day held as far as weather, tendering and etc. However, the assistant waiter is not what we are used too. This was his first week in the MDR learning all of the ropes, so we didn't get great service, but we understood it was his first time doing this and just let him know what we needed each night. I'm pretty certain he will do a great job the more he does it! He was very nice! I'm addicted to the shows each night and the shows were really good this trip! The Royal cast was fabulous, and my favorite show was the Broadway Hits the last night of the cruise, they did fantastic! The Ice Skating Show is a MUST SEE! It's absolutely beautiful and fun to watch! Ports of Call: Cozumel - we had a nice warm day, we rented a taxi and took it over to Chankanaab National Park and snorkeled on our own (Best Snorkeling site around), ate some lunch at the beach while were there, saw the sea lion show (adorable) and had a really great day! We left there and did a little bit of shopping back at the port before we got back on the ship. Chankanaab is really nice fun place with a great beach and lots to see! We go there every time we are in Cozumel. It's $21 per person to get in, but if you go to their website beforehand, you can print off a $2 coupon. It's a great price for all the access you get inside. Grand Cayman - We had to tender in this port of call, and the tendering went really well. We had a shore excursion, so we were one of the first groups to get off the ship. We took the Jeep & Snorkel Excursion - we got to drive our own jeep and they took us around the island, we stopped at a really nice beach spot but we couldn't swim because there was a ton of seaweed, but it was beautiful to look at. The water is incredible. Our next stop was to the town of "Hell" - there we saw why it was named Hell and went into the gift shop and etc. After that they took us to another stop to enjoy some samples of Rum Cake and Rum. After that, we went to 7 Mile Beach where we could enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or just laying on the beach. This excursion was a little misleading, as we thought we would be snorkeling out somewhere nice, but it was just right at the beach at your own leisure so it wasn't much to see. Still a great time though! Jamaica - We took the Dunns River Falls Excursion - we got on a bus and took a 1 hour ride to Dunns River Falls - here we left all our belongings on the bus as we couldn't take anything with us per our tour guides and climbed the beautiful falls! I think everyone should at least do this once in Jamaica, it was breathtakingly beautiful and an absolute blast! Our guide on the falls was so much fun!!!! However, we were really sad that we couldn't tip him since we couldn't bring any money in. After that, they took us to a beautiful beach where they brought us different plates food (jerk chicken was so yummy!) and free drinks (lemonade, rum punch and etc) - we had about an 1 1/2 here to relax. We really enjoyed this excursion. The Disembarkation was a pretty easy process, lines as normal, but we were off the ship by 8:30am, so we were on good timing to get back to Dallas by early afternoon. All in All, we absolutely love Royal and will continue to sail with them! Thanks for a wonderful vacation!! :) Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Embarkation: If you’re a Crown and Anchor member you’re fine, the lines were quick and easy. If you’re not, get ready for a long wait! Everything was quite orderly the day of embarkation, no complaints, we were on the ship by ... Read More
Embarkation: If you’re a Crown and Anchor member you’re fine, the lines were quick and easy. If you’re not, get ready for a long wait! Everything was quite orderly the day of embarkation, no complaints, we were on the ship by 11:30am! Cozumel: Getting through security points was easy; aside from a sea pass we were never asked for more identification. While people were generally kind, we were duped when we took a taxi that, instead of charging $4/person, decided to charge us $17/person. It was our mistake for not getting into a van jammed full of people I guess. We went to Mr. Sanchos Beach Club and paid for the all-inclusive experience ($55/person); which was worth it for us. The drinks were great, we were brought to our chairs where we had a waiter for the next several hours and the private beach was incredibly relaxing. If you get food, order it off the menu, it’s fantastic. The “buffet” is a joke and incredibly sparse, don’t even bother going up for it. All in all I’d go back to this resort, it takes care of the pampered “fix” with the attentive waiter, good drinks, relaxing private beach and amenities. Grand Cayman: Again, getting through security was a breeze, we were only ever asked for our sea pass. Taxis here were nominal at around $4 to get to several beaches…we went in a packed van this time. People on the island were absolutely fantastic, very kind and bubbly. We spent the day at the Royal Palms and I could not recommend this spot more! Yes, there is a $2 entry fee but the beach is beautiful, private and incredible. Since there aren’t any “water sports/kids water toys/etc” it was sparse of kids/teens, which made for a quiet and peaceful day! This spot is purely a la carte, beach chairs are $8, drinks ran anywhere from $10 on up and were well made, some of the best drinks I had on the trip. Again, if we ever go back to this port we’ll be at this location, it was fabulous! Grand Cayman is a port I would go back to over and over again :-) Jamaica: First, let me say, the port at Falmouth is fantastic. It’s new and full of great shopping; definitely try to make time to look around! But since I hadn’t heard the best things about Falmouth we decided to make this our excursion day. We did the Chukka Ziplining Canopy and Dunns River Falls tour. Our guides were great, very informative and funny during the hour long drive to Chukka. Once we arrived we were fitted with gear then sent on a 10-15 minute hike towards the start of the zipline. During our hike several of the male guides began to make conversation, most of it polite, some of it not. Case in point, when myself and another woman were “barked” at by a young guide who thought this was either flattering or funny. We found it to be neither. But moving along we began our adventure and the ziplining in and of itself was fun. There are lines, you do wait a while, and you WILL be tired at the end of it. It took us a good two hours to complete everything simply due to the volume of people in our group. Once you get back to home base they have a buffet set out for you. I use the term ‘buffet’ lightly. In fact, they shouldn’t call it that; it’s a spread of chicken, rice and beans, and salad (which, you know, we’re told not to eat anyway!). It was disappointing to say the least, you would do well to bring along some other snacks. Oh and, unlike the other ports, we were asked for tips several times after the tour. From there we went to Dunns River Falls, which was 20 minutes away. Dunns River is pretty neat when you take it in, however, you will be soaked head to toe when done. The climb isn’t terrible if you’re in decent shape but just know you can’t bring any phones/video/etc so it kind of takes away from documenting the experience…bring waterproof gear if you want to do that. I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t terribly impressed by this excursion though it was beautiful to behold. It was the type that sounded more exciting v. the actual experience. I definitely wouldn’t recommend doing this tour together with the ziplining only because it is A LOT of physical exertion…this is coming form someone who runs half marathons. I had enough midway through; it’s just too much for one day of activity. Again, at the end, we were asked for tips. Honestly out of all of the ports this was my least favorite. Jamaica is very poor (which you will see as you drive through the country), the people are kind but the constant barraging for tips (and I am a tipper!) just leaves you feeling nickeled and dimed and guilty for not throwing money to everyone who makes eye contact. I wouldn’t get off the ship if I found myself at this port again. Experience on the Ship: I have nothing negative to say. Every single staff member we came across was friendly and kind. Props to our waiter Bovino, if I could have him on every vacation I would…he would always bring us extra treats and was very attentive, just a lovely person. The food overall was good, of course, some dinners were better than others but I don’t have any complaints. The shows: I appreciated the entertainment for what it was and with that I’ll say the shows with live music compilations definitely received more positive feedback from the crowd. Karaoke was a nice way to kill time and have a drink in between events and the singers were actually very good on this cruise. This was our first time with Quest and I will be sure to be at every single one from now on, I have not laughed so hard, what a great time! We had a Promenade room, which was decently sized (for what it was) and having the window to look out of did make the room seem more open and comfortable -- I’d book this room again. My favorite place though was the Two Poets Pub…a warm and relaxing atmosphere, good beer and just a nice way to chill out. This was my first time on this class of ship and I was extremely happy with the amenities, this is a new standard of sailing for sure! Disembarkation: Holy crap, I have no idea what the heck happened but it was the biggest mess of people and luggage I’ve ever been in the middle of. There were no lines outside of the ones we formed ourselves. No people to navigate us. No rhyme or reason to ANY of it. COMPLETE CHAOS. Somehow we managed to find a line and get out….lol. This is my third cruise with RCCL and I have no reason to look anywhere else, I just love them. We booked our 4th on the ship and can’t wait for our next adventure! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We were on the Navigator of the Seas from Sept 5-13/15 which sailed in/out of Galveston and visited the ports of Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Falmouth Jamaica. It was our girls trip this year and the two of us travelled from Canada. Our ... Read More
We were on the Navigator of the Seas from Sept 5-13/15 which sailed in/out of Galveston and visited the ports of Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Falmouth Jamaica. It was our girls trip this year and the two of us travelled from Canada. Our flight arrived in Houston at 10:30 am and we had arranged for airport to port transfers with RC transfer service which began just after 11:30 am. When checking in with the RC rep at the transfer desk (baggage claim area), we were told that the buses were running behind and that they should be there "shortly". This was the only information that was given to passengers waiting and the whole process seemed a bit disorganized - but we were patient and eventually we were loaded onto a bus at 12:45 pm. (bathroom on board). It does take about 1.5 hours to get to the port but in our case, traffic was pretty heavy and we arrived at the port at 2:45pm. Embarkation was easy as the crowds were gone and we breezed through all the checkpoints and on the ship in about 20 minutes. Stateroom: JS9268 We were in a Junior Suite on deck 9, forward location/starboard side. This was our first time in a junior suite and we appreciated the extra space. The stateroom was about the size of a typical hotel room, which compared to the regular staterooms, is quite large. The bathroom has a bathtub/shower, great water pressure and temperature. We appreciated the tub/shower combo as it was as big as a standard bathroom in your house. The balcony (covered) was bigger with two nice chairs and a round table. Inside the stateroom, we had a sofa, chair with ottoman, tea/coffee station, vanity with lit up mirror, mini fridge (did not keep things very cold), hair dryer (in a drawer), plenty of drawers, cupboard space, twin beds with night stands and a walk in closet with hangers, shelf space, iron/board. Our room steward was Susan and she was an absolute delight. Always smiling and accommodating and she surprised us most nights with imaginative towel art. Being on deck nine, we had staterooms above and below us, so it was very quiet. We were right across from the service area where they collect the luggage, etc.., but honestly, we were not disturbed during the night and slept well. The beds were comfortable and while we each had two pillows, they were not to our liking but that is just personal preference. Sleeping with one pillow was too flat but two was too much. We enjoyed room service breakfast each morning (coffee, fruit, yogurt, toast) and enjoyed it out on our deck. In the morning, we always received a phone call to let us know breakfast was on the way. Nice touch. Ship activities According to the Cruise Compass, there was a lot of activities and things to choose from. If you were interested in being pool side, there was three pools to choose from. One pool was in the Solarium area (adults only) and while the pool was open air, the seating area around it plus the huge hot tub was all undercover so it actually had the sauna effect going on rather than having any breeze. The main pool area had two pools side by side. There was a small area partitioned off for the kiddie wading pool. Wait staff did their rounds poolside for drink orders and it was easy to get drinks yourself at the two pool bars. There are lots of lounge chairs both at the pool deck as well as one level up overlooking the pool. We did not have difficulty finding two chairs and noted that staff did a good job of removing towels placed on chairs if the occupant didn't return within 45 minutes or so. There was plenty of signs up telling people that reserving chairs and leaving them unoccupied would result in the towels being removed. This made it fair for everyone to have a chair poolside at various times. The Flowrider looked challenging and we enjoyed watching but did not participate. Same with rock climbing. There was mini golf, ping pong, basketball, etc and many poolside events (men's bellyflop contest, trivia, beanbag toss, and bands playing). Deck 5, Promenade deck was like a shopping/entertainment floor with shops, restaurants, bars lining both sides. We were a bit disappointed that the Two Poets pub did not have a selection of beer on tap - rather it was bottles and cans. We found the service in the pub lacking customer service. There was no acknowledgement by bar staff as you waited. On two occasions, we were the only people standing at the bar waiting to be served. The bartenders were busy making drink orders for those at tables and although they were mixing right in front of us, there was no hello or be right with you. We found the same at Schooner's. R Bar, Boleros and Vintages wine bar had wonderful bartenders/sommeliers. We did spend a lot of time in Vintages trying different wines, learning from the sommeliers, Robert and Daniel and enjoying the atmosphere. It was fun to have a nice glass of wine, enjoy some complimentary tapas and watch the craziness of the shoppers (pushing and shoving!!) in the Promenade from our vantage point in Vintages. We saw the majority of the shows at night. The RC Orchestra are very good and supported most acts/performances. The production show singers and dancers (ballroom and toast to Broadway) were "ok" - nothing special. The comedian/ventriloquist Ron Lucas, was terrific, the fellow who did the tribute to Motown was terrific as well as the singer/impressionist Greg London. The Ice Dancing shows held in Studio B (ice rink on deck 3) are professionally done and very entertaining. We attended two art auctions and while we did not buy anything it was interesting learning about the artists and pieces and seeing what price points they were. Dining: We were on My Time dining and enjoyed it. Prior to sail date, we had made a reservation for 7:30 pm under My Time dining for the first night's dinner as our experience with cruising is that the first night is a bit of a gong show. This worked out well given the long line up of My Time diners who did not have a reservation and had to wait. We were seated in a lovely section and looked after well by head waiter Albert and assistant waiter Marcello. I truly believe that the wait staff can either add or detract from your dining experience and we were fortunate enough to be seated at table 614. After night one dinner we asked to be seated in the same section at a standing 7:30 pm reservation. There was always something on the menu that suited us and we enjoyed many dishes. The rack of lamb stood out as a wonderfully prepared dish, as well as the salmon, lasagna, escargot, French onion soup, and the decadent desserts. As we had a shipboard credit, we ate at Sabor (gourmet Mexican) and Giovanni's table (Italian). At Sabor they make your guacamole tableside (big!) and also make your margarita's tableside as well. Dessert here is a 6 piece sampler plate so it gives you the opportunity to have a few bites of 6 different items. We also enjoyed Giovanni's table where the food is served "family style". The appetizer portions are not big, so our waiter encouraged us to have three so that we could try different things. For example, the scallop appetizer was two scallops (one each), beautifully prepared and presented. They also do a pretty impressive filet mignon. Ports: Cozumel - we just walked the boardwalk/malecon from the cruise ship to the marina. It was about 10 kilometers/6 miles one way. We took a taxi back towards the cruise ship ($5) and got out to enjoy a beer ($2.50) and snack at a palapa bar overlooking the water. It was a hot/humid sunny day with a bit of a breeze coming from the water. Grand Cayman - we had an excursion booked through RC doing a catamaran cruise and swimming with the sting rays. Grand Cayman is a tender port so we hopped on the 11 am tender to give us some time to check out Georgetown prior to our excursion scheduled at 1:30 pm. Georgetown is pretty and friendly and we had a good walk around. At 1:30 at our designated meeting point (clearly marked on the pier) we got on a bus and drove to the other side of the island to the yacht club to board our catamaran. It was another beautiful sunny day. The water is crystal clear with varying shades of blue and is not deep. It took about 30 minutes to get to Stingray city. Our guides were very good about explaining what to expect, safety precautions and making sure everyone felt comfortable. The water was only waist deep so for those not comfortable in the water or thinking that you have to be a strong swimmer, consider this excursion as no swimming is involved. the guides show how to feed the stingrays (they don't have teeth) and how to touch and hold them. A photographer comes along and takes a variety of photos of you and the stingrays which you can purchase for $40. The excursion is about 3 to 3.5 hours and they tour company brings you back to the pier. At the pier, there is a shopping area/craft stalls set up exclusively for cruisers along with a bar on the water and food stands. Jamaica- we did an excursion through RC for the Green Grotto Caves and Dunn's River Falls (5.5 hour excursion starting at 8:30 am). Falmouth port is a laid back shopping/craft centre with bars/restaurants, etc. Excursion pick up was again clearly marked. We were loaded on a bus for a 30 minute drive to Green Grotto Caves (traveling from Falmouth towards Ochos Rios). Once at the caves, we had to put on hair nets with hard hats overtop. There are tons of bats in the caves, so be forewarned. Our guide took us through the cave system and gave us the history of the run-away slaves taking refuge in these caves for many years. Going through the cave pathways, there are places were you have to duck, go up and down man made stairs, and watch your footing as the pathways are not even. There were a couple of elderly folks in our group who found it difficult to navigate the stairs and walk the pathways. They did do it, but were slower. At the end of the cave tour, you are given a complimentary non-alcoholic glass of punch which is appreciated! You cannot take any food or drink in with you to the caves. We thought it might be cooler in the caves but it really is not. You are pretty hot and thirsty by the end. There is also a little snack bar if you want to buy cold bottled water or 7up or snacks, plus there are clean bathrooms. If you are not already wearing your bathing suits the tour guide will suggest you get changed here, so that we won't have to wait in line once at the Falls. Back on the bus it another 30 minutes to the Falls. We were fortunate to be able to leave all our belongings on the locked bus but there are lockers to rent. Because you get wet when climbing the falls, you are cautioned not to bring your phone or camera, etc as there is a good possibility they could be ruined. They also rent water shoes but we just wore our sneakers which worked out just fine. We were a group of 14 and they added 6 more folks with us to be led by one of the Falls' guides. Our Fall's guide was a young man named Andrew who was very good and conscientious. Each group is also joined by a guy who does a video ($40) of your group for the whole climb. The fellow who did our video, while I applaud his enthusiasm, it was annoying to keep hearing him want us to scream "ya mon", "Jamaica mon" and "oowa oowa". The climb itself was a lot of fun. It is about 900 feet in total but there are level parts as well as climbing spots. The guides do a good job of taking you through safe routes and encourage your group to hold hands and help each other along the way. No one in our group slipped or fell and I did not encounter any overly slippery rocks. There were people of all ages and shapes and sizes. It takes about 45 minutes to climb but this is due to a couple of factors 1) it is crowded! 2) the guides take you at a slow pace for safety. Once at the top you do need to pass through an artisan village and while we did not encounter aggressive vendors, many others did to the point where they felt a bit intimidated. Dunn's River Falls is a very touristy thing to do but it is fun and is nice to be in water during 100 degree sunny/humid weather. Back on the bus, it takes an hour to get back to the port. We wandered around the port and stopped in for a red ($5 each) at one of the bar/restaurants. Disembarkation: The self assist express folks started getting off at 8:15 am. As we had airport transfers, we were slated to get off the ship at 8:45 am. We had breakfast in Windjammer and our group was called right at 8:45 am. The line ups to get through customs, etc., took over an hour in total and we were on the transfer bus at 10 am. Traffic was easy Sunday morning and we arrived at Houston Airport at 11:15 am. In summary, we were very happy with the cruise and felt we were treated very well. Each staff member we passed in the hallways or other areas (with a couple of exceptions) were friendly and greeted us warmly. Will said RCI again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Took this cruise with my wife, son and daughter in law. My wife and I have taken 15 cruises together, 6 with Royal Caribbean. We invited my son and his wife to go along. This was their first cruise and we were excited about having them ... Read More
Took this cruise with my wife, son and daughter in law. My wife and I have taken 15 cruises together, 6 with Royal Caribbean. We invited my son and his wife to go along. This was their first cruise and we were excited about having them join us. We drove to Galveston the morning of the cruise from Louisiana and my son and daughter in law drove from Dallas. I was a bit skeptical about this cruise after reading some negative reviews on this web site. I shouldn’t have worried. We had a wonderful time. Some people only notice the negative side. We had a balcony cabin on level 10 and the kids had a balcony on level 8. We had dinner every night in the dining room except for the night we went to Chops. I think that was the best steak I have ever eaten. Over all the food was good to excellent. The buffet was good at breakfast, but we usually ate lunch at some of the other venues. We had my time dining and had our evening meal at 6:30 each evening. Christ, our waiter was from India and she did an excellent job. Some of the reviews we read said that people were not friendly and acted like they had rather be doing something else. That was not the case with us. Each person we came in contact with was smiling and friendly. Our cabin steward was Igusti. We did not see much of him the first several days, but he seemed to know when our room needed attention. He did a great job. We especially enjoyed the ice show, love and marriage game and the quest. The first comedian we heard was very funny. The second one was just OK. We always go the shows in the theater and they were all good. Even though I do not participate in some of the activities such as rock climbing and flow rider, I like seeing the younger crowd enjoy themselves. We went to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. Although we have done this itinerary several times, we still like going there. The four of us did the Catamaran sail, snorkel and beach tour. It was the best snorkeling we have ever done. Did a little shopping in Grand Cayman. It did take a little while to get off the ship, but the lines moved quickly. My wife and I did not get off in Jamaica. It was nice staying on the ship on a port day. And yes the elevators were a slow at times, but that is why God made stairs. Not only were the employees friendly but the passengers were as well. For the most part, people were friendly and courteous and just having a good time.Gotta love those Texans. The ship looked very good for her age. Just a few things that showed some wear. We like cruising with Royal Caribbean. They have never disappointed us. I would recommend them to anyone who likes cruising. They have something for all ages. We also like cruising out of Galveston because it is only a 5 hour drive and we don’t have to fly. Can’t wait to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I have been on 8 Carnival cruises, but this was my 1st Royal Caribbean cruise. I am a pretty loyal Carnival cruiser as I have always enjoyed Carnival, but I was interested to find out if RC really is better. The answer is....yes. I still ... Read More
I have been on 8 Carnival cruises, but this was my 1st Royal Caribbean cruise. I am a pretty loyal Carnival cruiser as I have always enjoyed Carnival, but I was interested to find out if RC really is better. The answer is....yes. I still love Carnival and will be happy to cruise with them again, but RC is definitely more polished. The passengers are older and more genteel. Carnival is the "fun ship" and fun it is! It's loud and gawdy and I love it. The Navigator is more subdued. The crowd is certainly not rowdy. They are a well behaved bunch. At first I was a little worried as I thought I was in for snooze city, but that was not the case...at all. First I'll address my dislikes, of which there are only two. Only one deck (12) and the small deck 13 are open decks. Deck 11, with the pools, is actually closed with windows. This bugged me to no end. The adult-only Solarium area is also closed in with windows. Yes, you can open every other one, but most were left closed. It was HOT and HUMID in the Solarium. I don't know how the passengers could stand it. There was absolutely no breeze at all. It's pretty, but super hot. Most of the Solarium is shaded, which is nice because it provides the older passengers with the option of sitting poolside, but not becoming fried by the sun. However I do not understand why the outside pool deck is closed. All of the decks on Carnival are open and this is really nice. You can walk around several of the decks on Carnival ships, but not on the Navigator. My second dislike was the production shows. Please note that I am not a complainer. I never ever complain about cruises. I am so happy to be on board that I think everything is great! However....I must call a spade a spade. While the orchestra is fantastic, the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers are terrible. I mean T.E.R.R.I.B.L.E. I can see a better production at my local high school. There are 2 pairs of singers and they have absolutely no chemistry with each other. They look so stiff together. One of the male singers showed up in the first production with long, greasy looking hair and he was unshaven. He looked so smarmy it was no wonder the girls looked uncomfortable next to him. And the male dancers...where did they find these kids? And kids they are! These prepubescent boys couldn't lift the girls, and one actually dropped his partner. They were out of sync and can't jump. Please note that I realize this isn't Broadway nor So You Think You Can Dance....my bar of expectation isn't all that high. I expect cheesy performances and cheesy costumes and I'm okay with that. But this....this was painful. There really was no excuse for this. There are really good dancers all over the U.S. who would love to dance on cruise ships....where did they find these kids???? They only had 2 productions over the 7 day cruise. They need to spend the other 5 days in the fitness center working on upper body strength. Their second production wasn't any better. It was a train wreck. Carnival has the Navigator beat hands down in regard to production. While the RC singers and dancers were terrible, the Ice Show was AMAZING! RC has brought on professional skaters, as in an Olympian and several national title holders, and they perform a fantastic show. The choreography is great. The costumes are great. They are smiling and look like they are having a great time. They are in sync (take note, dancers...). This was a top of the line production. Be sure to watch the Compass for the ticket distribution and get to the show early. You don't want to miss this one! Like I mentioned previously, the orchestra is great, as are the other bands, such as Bubba Feathers and others. The live music by the pool was great! The comedians were hilarious. There was also a ventriloquist and a juggler. Superb entertainment. Royal Caribbean surpasses Carnival in this type of entertainment, and Carnival can't compete with the ice show. The FlowRider was great! My husband spent HOURS on the FlowRider. Watching was fun as the crowd claps and cheers when passengers do well and encourages everyone. It was a great time. Now for FOOD! We went to the Main Dining Room every night except one and it was great. The food is much, much better than the food on Carnival. I only had one entree that I didn't like and that was the pork chop. It's pretty tough. Think shoe leather. However our server was superb and I think he anticipated the shoe leather as he also brought a salmon dish which was excellent. The service was impeccable. The food delicious. And the desserts were of course the highlight of the meal. The food in the Windjammer was meh. Not terrible, but nothing to write home about. The burgers are better than they look. Other than that, I don't have much to say about it. We skipped breakfast as we tried to save our appetites for lunch and dinner. We went to Johnny Rockets one day. I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. It was okay. Guy's Burgers on Carnival has Johnny Rocket's beat by miles. Guy's Burgers are delicious. Johnny Rocket's is a cute place, but the fries are like frozen Or Ida fries from the freezer section. I ordered bacon cheese fries and it's just frozen fries with cheapy cheese from a can spooned on with some bacon bits. Not quite what I had in mind, but of course I ate them anyway. My opinion: save your money. It's not all that. We went to Chops Grille the night we didn't go to the MDR. Chops Grille was A+. We have been to the Steakhouse on Carnival twice and thought it was meh. Chops Grille is heads above Carnival's steakhouse. If you like Carnival's Steakhouse, you'll LOVE Chops. If you hate Carnival's Steakhouse, you'll LOVE Chops. The service was outstanding and the meal was perfection. The service on the ship is friendly and accommodating. They sell the drink packages like they do on Carnival, but I didn't see any drunk passengers. That's certainly a change from Carnival. One night we enjoyed the hot tub and it was so quiet on the pool deck it was surprising. I am used to the laughter and rowdiness of the Carnival deck. I think the Carnival passengers enjoy their beverage packages more than the RC passengers. (We don't purchase the drink packages as we don't drink much alcohol.) The other thing I noticed is that Carnival really pushes the drinks. A waiter stops by your lounge chair every 10 minutes on Carnival. The Navigator didn't push the drinks as much. I'm not saying this was good or bad, just an observation. Disembarking was fine. There was a delay due to a computer issue in the terminal, but this didn't have anything to do with RC. I'm sure this was stressful to people who had a plane to catch, but it didn't bother us. In regard to embarkation, it was a breeze. We were at the terminal by 10:30 and was on the ship by 11:00. Parked at EZ Cruise and as always they were super efficient and friendly. This was a fantastic cruise. One of my favorites! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My wife and I (both in our early ‘50s) just returned from the 8/23 sailing of the Navigator of the Seas from Galveston to Cozumel, Grand Cayman & Falmouth, Jamaica. Overall, this was a very exception cruise. It was our third ... Read More
My wife and I (both in our early ‘50s) just returned from the 8/23 sailing of the Navigator of the Seas from Galveston to Cozumel, Grand Cayman & Falmouth, Jamaica. Overall, this was a very exception cruise. It was our third cruise (Norwegian Jade & RCL’s Splendor of the Seas were the others, both in Europe), and the ship was much bigger than those first two. We were a little worried that it would seem more crowded, but to be honest, the feeling was about the same. The pool was packed on sea days. The shopping areas get packed at night. But our anxieties were misplaced…it was populated with lots of people but VERY rarely did it particularly merit notice. The passengers were mostly American and mostly from Texas. A sprinkling of folks from around the world filled in the rest (I heard Spanish, Hindi, German, French and others I didn’t recognize). It was a friendly group with better elevator manners than some others. The ship was renovated in early 2014 and overall it looks GREAT. To really find signs of wear, look UP. The ceilings in many of the public places like the main dining room were a bit grimy. But for the most part, it all looked quite shiny! Now, for specific categories. EMBARKATION: Galveston port is a chaotic mess. We were in port with the Carnival Magic, also taking on passengers, so the drive up to the terminal took awhile. Once I unloaded my wife and our luggage, a porter from RCL came to us almost immediately, and whisked away our bags, but first took the time to actually ask us if we had our passports and other documents. Nice touch. Then taking the car to the Port of Galveston parking was another traffic jam challenge, and then you have to wait for a shuttle to take you back to the terminal. Of course, it was very hot outside. My wife waited for me at the terminal and said it was even hotter inside the big metal building than standing in the shade outside. I would say from time we arrived at the port area to the time I was reunited with my wife after dropping the car was 45 minutes. My biggest complaint is that the port doesn’t have enough signage. You really are left to your own to figure out how to manage. We got there at 11:15, and most of the passengers from the cruise before were gone, but it was still chaos. Our past experiences have been Barcelona and Civitavecchia…both of those were a complete breeze, BUT I wasn’t driving either. Once reunited, y wife and I checked in and were on the ship in 20 minutes, most that time spent waiting on Deck 4 to get our Sea Passes scanned. Overall, not too bad. Once onboard, we got a drink at the nearest bar and then began to explore, including a stop at the buffet. (No other dining options on embarkation day.) STATEROOM: We were in 8298, a balcony room. Our luggage arrived by our cabin by 5pm, if not sooner (we weren’t there to see it delivered. The balcony is very small, the smallest we’ve had. 2 chairs and a small table, with room for almost nothing else. We just like to go out there to look out at the surroundings and to sit and read, so our purposes were met. The carpet and walls out there could have used some renovating, I suppose. The room itself, while small (SHOCKER!!) was clean and efficient. We actually had plenty of storage space. The bed was comfortable. The little table/dresser area was handy. Note that there are two outlets built into the dresser, and that’s IT for outlets. You can’t get at the one behind the fridge (I’ve done that on a past cruise). So bring cords or something to expand your options. The fridge was not terribly cold. The closest was nicely sized (again, for a cruise ship). Bathroom was small, but I like that RCL has actual useable counter space at the sink AND some actual shelves in the mirror. We were fine with this. The shower is a small round tube. (Same as we had on SPLENDOR). It is certainly tiny but perfectly utilitarian. The carpet in the room looked pretty new. Bernadette was our stateroom attendant, and she was perfectly friendly. We didn’t see much of her, but she was always great when we did. She did NOT empty our mini-bar as requested, but always kept us stocked with ice and extra towels, as requested on day one. I’ve had flashier attendants, but she was more than okay. COMPLIMENTARY DINING: We had My Time Dining, and we got off to a rough start. We went there at about 1pm to make our dinner reservation for that night (7 pm). When we showed up, they seemed almost unprepared to see us and the table we were given was not acceptable. Carts with dirty dishes went past us constantly. We could practically have handled the water jug refills for them! Also, our waiter that night was not very friendly or helpful and I’m not sure we ever saw our assistant waiter. Just not off to a good start AT ALL. After dinner, we asked for new seating and the lady who helped us was not very helpful. “Well, you may have to sit with others.” Nope, no go, we said. Then she gave a non-specific reply that left us not feeling very good about things. The next morning, we went back and spoke to a young man from Slovenia who was a bit more reassuring. And they obviously put some notes about us in their seating software, because after that, everyone was super aware of us (they probably said we were “picky” or something….which I don’t think we are overall). But we got a nice table and a much better waiter (Umesh) and assistant (Rohan) than before. After that, aside from a couple of nights were the host staff was a bit harried, we had great service. The meals themselves ranged from fine to great. Day 6, by the way, was lobster. We usually got an appetizer each with a third to split. Almost all were very good. Main courses were generally okay, although one night my wife’s pork was very fatty and I had the “classic” menu strip steak which was very average indeed. But most other meals excelled, and the desserts were varied and fun. (Lobster night, the Grand Marnier Souffle was really exceptional.) We frequently had breakfast in Sapphire (the main dining room) and it was always good without ever being great. The French toast was nice. The bacon was variable. The fried eggs over easy were always runny (a plus). The toast was thin and hard, more like a giant Melba cracker than bread. But we enjoyed it. We ate lunch there one day, and it was very nice. The tossed salad bar was fun. You tell the guy what you want on your salad and he dumps it all into a bowl and then tosses your salad with your dressing so you get a very nice stirred salad…better than you could do yourself without risking a mess. We used room service twice for breakfast on excursion days. On time both times, and exactly what we ordered. We seldom went to the buffet after embarkation day, but did try once for breakfast and once for lunch. It was perfectly fine…a cattle call experience, but with nice presentation and a very friendly staff. The food was always perfectly acceptable, and the Jamaican Beef stew as really tasty! The big disappointment in “Free food” was the 24 hour option. The Promenade Café (part of the Royal Promenade that makes up the middle of deck 5…think of it as the shopping mall) is open all the time, but only has so-so pizza and little sandwiches. Plus a few dessert choices. You go through a deli line for your food. Water and tea available to drink, but no ice nearby. On our previous two cruises, we enjoyed the “anytime” options because on the Jade, you could sit and order from a menu, even at 2 am and the Splendor had a café that was aft, with outside seating perfect for watching sailaways (although I gather that is gone now). In fact, there is no place aft to sit outside at a table. There are some spots with loungers, but I missed having something like the Great Outdoors on the Jade, where you could sit outside either under sun or shade, and have your drink at a table and just enjoy the views. (Oh, dress code. Casual except for Days 2 & 6, which are formal). On the casual days, yes, there were guys in shorts and flip flops in the dining room. It’s disappointing, but not a total distraction. On formal days, everyone looked very nice, but I saw only one actual Tuxedo. Never bothered me. Take a sportscoat…you’ll be covered, in my opinion. Yes, plenty of men wore ties, but plenty didn’t. But the overall effect was still one of “I’m on a Caribbean vacation, gosh darn it, and wearing a coat and slacks is pretty darn dressy.” And it was!) PREMIIUM DINING: We had dinner one night at Chops. (We started a tradition on our first cruise of having a “Date Night” where we splurge a bit on the food and wine.) Chops was quite good. The French onion soup is killer…the single favorite think I ate all week. The steak was very good and the side items ranged from okay to great. Dessert was decadent (although they had fewer choices than I would have expected). We got great service and the atmosphere was very intimate. Worth the extra, in my opinion. We did not try the other venues, although Izumi is on our list for next time. On the Navigator, it is near the top of the ship and has some great views! BARS: We are not the kind to “hang around in bars”, but we did play some trivia at Schooners. It was a nice spot, but the bar service there was always a bit slow. Bolero’s was right by the door we entered the ship on Day 1, so the first place we got a drink. It was a nice place, but we didn’t spend much time there. We never did anything at the R Bar, but it actually looked pretty nice. Our favorite spot to sit and chill (as far as bars) was the pub. The only place on the ship where you can get a different selection of beer. Still not a staggering choice, but better, with a couple of Belgian Wit Biers which I enjoyed. Most nights, a guitarist played there, singing “classic rock” tunes. He was okay. (Schooners had their “piano man” but we were never there for that.) If you’re looking for a relaxing bar, try the Cosmopolitan Club up on Deck 14. At night, it is the late-night club, but during the day, it provides great views, comfy seating, no crowds and good A/C! So relaxing. The ship also has Vintages, a wine bar, but we never went in, and from the looks of it, not many other people went there either. I never saw more than two tables occupied, even though it was right in the middle of the promenade. The Star Lounge is the bigger club, where Karaoke and other such events take place. In the evening, it’s tough to find a seat there…you have to arrive well ahead of the events. It’s a nice enough space though. ENTERTAINMENT: We really enjoyed most of the entertainment, which was heavy on comedy. Here’s what we had: Night 1: One show only. Navigator the Seas orchestra played for about 10 minutes (they are a very tight outfit…should be used more) and then a very funny comedian rounded out the show. All ages show. Night 2: The “ship’s company” did a ballroom dancing show. There was a guest couple, who have won some dancing competitions, and they were suitably skilled and impressive. But the rest of the show was extremely lackluster. Dancing was sloppy and signing was uninspired. Worst show we saw. That night, the same comedian did a 10:30 “adult only” show. It was a bit racier, but really not much more than PG-13. Very funny. Night 3: An “Elton John impersonator with a comedic twist”. This turned out be really entertaining. Not much singing (5 songs or parts of songs, I think), but great costumes and lots of humor. Big surprise…worth seeing for sure. (Show featured the orchestra…very good again.) Night 4: No show. The Ice skating venue had two shows, but we had tickets for Saturday afternoon. Night 5: A comedy duo. This was a very high energy duo who just bounced all over the place, including doing some great mocking of the latecomers. (Why would you ever come late to a comedy show and then try to sit down front???) We laughed a lot. Night 6: Another comedian. Very funny. Night 7: The orchestra played as the company did a “salute to Broadway” show. Some of the stuff was very obscure, but this show was much better than the ballroom dancing show. Concluded with a MAMMA MIA medley that was a good capper. The orchestra was excellent again. At 10:15 pm, the comedian did his adult’s only show. It was VERY R-rated, and often bordered on the offensive. He got quite nasty with a lady who heckled him. Yes, she deserved a good comeback (which she got!), but then he mocked her graphically throughout. I am not a prude at all, but the show made me uncomfortable at times with its nastiness. We REALLY enjoyed the Ice show. Get your tickets on Day One (distribution started at 3pm for us) and enjoy. Yes, there were some falls, but again, the ship is gently rocking throughout. But the fun-factor was high and crowd was really into it, which helps. We were back in Studio B on night 6 for the Quest Show. GO TO THIS. Even if you don’t participate, it is a blast to watch. DON’T TAKE YOUR KIDS. OUTSIDE: As always, there were chair hogs galore on the chairs around the pool (Deck 11). But Deck 12, the area that overlooks the pool, was NEVER crowded. We got some nice tans and never had trouble finding a place to sit. We also spent a little time (actually on Day 1, before we even sailed) watching folks wipe out on the Flowrider. Go check it out, even if you have no interest in doing it yourself. The basketball/volleyball court was always in use, which was nice to see. The ping pong tables were frustrating because there is always a breeze at sea, so it was tough to get in a reasonable game. Miniature golf was challenging (again, the ship is always listing slightly), so we played one perfunctory round. Do not bother with the golf simulator. I did it, and consider it to have been a waste of my $25. Observation deck was gorgeous (Deck 5) and hardly anyone was ever there because it gets windy. Deck 4 has the walkway almost all the way round (a promenade of sorts, I guess) and we did play some shuffleboard there. Never any crowds. SHOPPING; the shopping is extremely typical, with the same watches, jewelry (Tanzanite! Zultanite!!!) and perfume as always, but I did appreciate the overall aesthetics of the Royal Promenade. It is a lovely space. I liked that they changed the lighting from “daytime” to “night” (with a sunset in between). There was also a couple of big events there a couple of nights (Disco Night) and the whole area became party central. It is a nice space, even if you don’t want to shop. PORTS: We did private excursions (just the 2 of us) each stop. This review is more for the ship, of course, but let me just touch on a few items. Cozumel: We did an excursion to the ruins of Tulum. It was worth doing, but it does eat up a chunk of your day. Next time, we’ll stay on the island and do some more adventuresome activity there. The shopping “Mall” as you exit the ship is a mazelike zoo of very pushy vendors. Just too much, and very ineffective, because we just rushed through in an effort to get away from the obnoxious vendors. Be prepared for this place…there is no straight-shot from ship to main street; you have to navigate the maze. Grand Cayman: We did a boat tour. Visited Star Fish bay, Stingray City (Great fun!!) and did some good snorkeling at the reef. All in a 4 hour tour. The island is much more laid back, no crazy salespeople. Ironically, we spent the most money here, buying gifts. This is a tender port. There were 3 ships in that day (Navigator plus Carnival Magic & Breeze). I’ve heard the tender process can be brutal here, but we had NO such experience. Smooth as can be both coming and going. Falmouth: Another shopping mall here to greet you, but the vendors are much more chilled out and the mall is lovely. And you can quickly walk through it if you so choose. We took a private tour for zip lining, with lunch afterwards at Scotchie’s (in Discovery Bay) for jerk chicken and pork. Go there if you can. I know it’s “touristy” but we arrived at 12:30 and there were few folks there that early. The food was GREAT! And inexpensive. I didn’t know what the currency rate was, so I worried a bit, but our whole chicken, 3 large side items and 2 Red Stripes was $24 USD!! MISC: The staff, overall, was friendly, but I’d say a tiny bit less friendly than others we’ve had. Nothing bad (expect what I mention above), but there were a few folks (random bar staff or hosts) who just weren’t in to it. Internet service was maddeningly slow. I expected it, but it had been 3 years since we cruised, so I had hoped it might be a little bit better. No dice. The photographers were just as bad as they always are with their cheesy poses. Yes, minor grips throughout, but considering the logistics of a cruise, and how great so many other things were, I can’t give less than 5 stars. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I was really surprised to see so many negative reviews of this cruise. We just returned and I have to say this was an amazing vacation. We have been on four previous cruises (Princess, Holland America and Disney) and Navigator of the ... Read More
I was really surprised to see so many negative reviews of this cruise. We just returned and I have to say this was an amazing vacation. We have been on four previous cruises (Princess, Holland America and Disney) and Navigator of the Seas stacked up in all categories. We traveled with our two children (ages 7 & 10) and my kids said they liked in better than Disney. We had two adjoining balcony rooms which was the perfect set-up for our family. The staterooms very clean and nice. We received excellent service from our cabin steward. We loved the food! No, it is not equal to a five star restaurant but that is not our expectation on a cruise where the staff is preparing meals for thousands of people at the same time! It was equal to or better than our previous cruises and much better than Disney. Our dinners in the main dining room were simply excellent. We ate in the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch most days. I thought the variety was good. There was a beautiful salad bar, wonderful soups and the bread and baked goods were outstanding. We did eat at Johnny Rockets for one lunch which was a lot of fun and I highly recommend. One evening we at Sabor which was just okay. We are from San Antonio and have access to a lot of good Mexican food, though. We probably won't do the specialty restaurants again as it doesn't seem worth it. The pools were not especially good for kids. We were able to go when it wasn't super crowded and it was fine. It would have been nice to have some water slides. There were a lot of other activities that my kids enjoyed (Flow rider, basketball court, putt-putt, arcade). I would say if you have much younger children, the activities are more limited. Yes, the elevators were slow but we understood that there was almost 4,000 passengers on the ship. If you don't have a mobility issue, you will want to take the stairs. This is a great way to burn some extra calories from all of the food we were eating! We went to a couple of shows. One was pretty bad and we loved the other one. We don't choose a cruise based on the evening entertainment, so this wasn't a huge issue for us. Overall, this was a wonderful cruise. The service was great and I felt taken care of the entire week which is really what makes the vacation for me! We're booked on Liberty of the Seas next summer and we can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I went on this cruise with my husband and three daughters 21,19 and 15. We had a great time. The Port of Galveston does seem a little confusing and a few signs would minimize some of the chaos but we were ready for that. We were in ... Read More
I went on this cruise with my husband and three daughters 21,19 and 15. We had a great time. The Port of Galveston does seem a little confusing and a few signs would minimize some of the chaos but we were ready for that. We were in line by 10:50 and on the ship by 11:30. We drove so we left our car at the hotel and took a taxi to the port. We did not eat at the Windjammer very often. I enjoyed the dinning room for breakfast and dinner. We all thought the food at dinner was excellent. Our servers were very friendly and helpful. Having the family eat together every night was a highlight of the trip for me. We could leisurely relax and be served and talk about the day. Gilberto and Aimen were are servers. Breakfast in the dinning room was great. We enjoyed the fruit and granola bar as well as ordering off the menu. We did eat at Johnny Rockets for lunch one day. It's $6.95 + the usually 18% gratuity. It did not disappoint. We ate the french fries, onion rings, cheesy fries, burgers, and chicken sandwich. Everything was excellent. We were too full to try a shake. We ate our share of ice cream cones that you could get most of the time on Deck 11. We found plenty to do on the ship. We had more than enough to do during the cruise days. We spent a lot of time at the Flow Rider and rock climbing wall. The attendants were always helpful and kind. We took full advantage of the fitness room and all that was offered there. My husband and I enjoyed the music of James Brown in the Two Poets Pub several times during the week. He was an excellent musician, very friendly and entertaining. I noticed in the other review it was mentioned that one of the evening shows was cancelled. It was actually postponed because the comedian had not gotten his luggage. We did go to his show and it was a nice way to spend an evening. The ice skating show was excellent. I was surprised how good it was since the rink is a little small. They were very talented to pull off some of those tricks in such a small area. We were very happy with the excursions that we chose. In Cozumel we did the Dolphin Royal swim. It was really great. We were in a group with the five of us and three other people. We were in the water for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. We swam with two adult dolphins then we helped train a baby dolphin. We also got to fed a manatee some lettuce. It was a once in a life time opportunity. The whole dolphin park was great. We walked around the Mayan area and my husband toured the tequila store. We also watched the sea lion show. In Belize with did that Lamanai boat trip. This excursion exceeded our expectations. The bus ride was about an hour. The tour guide used that time to tell us about Belize. One the way the boat ride was about 1 1/2 hours. They did an excellent job of showing us some interesting sites and animals. We were able to climb on three Mayan ruins. Which we all enjoyed. This is a physically demanding excursion. Even the walk to the ruins. Make sure you are ready for it if you are thinking about going. Wear the right shoes and bring your own water. The lunch provided with this excursion was delicious. Honduras was beautiful. The people were friendly and helpful. My family split up this day. Me and my daughter went on the Best of Roatan tour. While they weren't as professional as the tours in Cozumel and Belize they gave it their all and did their best to teach us about their country. We were able to meet some local people see them dance and eat some of their food. We had fun shopping and eating lunch at a local restaurant were we ate iguana. It taste like pork. The other three members of my family went on the Extreme zip lining adventure. They also enjoyed their day. I loved all three ports. This cruise exceeded my expectations. After reading these reviews before we left I thought there would be something that we would not be happy about. But it was all amazing. I think it helps to be polite. A please and thank you go along way. If you are going just relax and enjoy yourself. If something happens to make you upset don't dwell on it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I will never forget this wonderful ship and the amazing staff that all played a part of an amazing vacation! We took this cruise as a family vacation/wedding/honeymoon event. I have never felt so important and appreciated in my life! ... Read More
I will never forget this wonderful ship and the amazing staff that all played a part of an amazing vacation! We took this cruise as a family vacation/wedding/honeymoon event. I have never felt so important and appreciated in my life! These staff members (especially Vesyl-server in the main dining room and Glendon- waiter in the pool area) should come to Oklahoma and teach our restaurants, bars, hotels, etc... a little about customer service! I have been back a week and I wake up every morning from dreams about being back on this cruise. I told my husband that I feel like I live on the ship now and have been doing everything I can to plan my next cruise on this ship! Simply wonderful and unforgettable! We played miniature golf, swam in the pools, relaxed in the hot tubs, enjoyed the spa, bars, and restaurants, and even shopped! There were so many options for activities but my now husband and I chose to relax since we were getting married (and we all know how chaotic that can be!) Our Oceanview Stateroom with a balcony was a perfect size and was cleaned twice a day. We came in multiple times to champagne in the room. The only bad part about this cruise was getting off of it :( Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was a phenomenal vacation. We traveled with 2 adults and 2 teenagers (17). It's hard to find some place to go where teenagers don't get bored. But they never got bored on this cruise. The entire cruise was remarkable. I ... Read More
This was a phenomenal vacation. We traveled with 2 adults and 2 teenagers (17). It's hard to find some place to go where teenagers don't get bored. But they never got bored on this cruise. The entire cruise was remarkable. I mean over all most of the trip was all 5 stars. We had very few complaints. Our only complaints were the following: Trying to get on and off the ship. That was pretty bad. Getting off much worse than getting on. Around the pool was very slippery and lots of people fell but no on seemed to get hurt very bad, myself included. It was like a slip and slide. And when I reported it, I got a lot of attitude. And the food was most of the time amazing, like 98%. Very rarely did we find something that we didn't care for. Sometimes we had to wait what I considered too long for a drink around the pool. The ice performers were a must see show. A Las Vegas type show. Our sons loved the flow rider. Most of the service was AMAZING except for the jerk by the pool. But as you can see, in the scheme of things, our complaints are so minor and the good by far outweighs the bad. Put this trip down as an "amazing, must do trip!" I can't believe this ship is only rated a 4.0. It should be rated a 4.9 all day long. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
First of all, I understand some people have had some serious issues on this or other cruises, but keep in mind, most people only post when they are upset with their service. So the 3200+ other guests reviews may not be listed but it does ... Read More
First of all, I understand some people have had some serious issues on this or other cruises, but keep in mind, most people only post when they are upset with their service. So the 3200+ other guests reviews may not be listed but it does not mean they were dissatisfied. (Sorry I had to get that out of the way. I was scared to death for this cruise because of other reviews) IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A GOOD TIME, YOU WILL! Embarkation: We arrived about 10:30am (line was long to drop me off, but moved quickly), my husband dropped the bags and I off and went to park across the street (Cruise Park- I recommend). We then had to wait about 20-30 min for others in our party. Once everyone arrived, embarkation was a breeze. Lines were manageable and better than expected. We were on the boat by 12:30. Room/Boat: We had room 8572 Balcony in the middle of the ship. Our room was just as it should be! Clean, plenty of storage space, etc. We met our room steward right away (Eduardo). We didn't see much of him (although he answered promptly when we needed him), but our room was straightened/cleaned almost 3-4 times a day. It was amazing service and something my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed!! (next time I will ask for an egg crate though as I have a terrible time sleeping away from home and think this might have helped). The ship was always clean and well maintained. As others have mentioned, there are parts that are a little dated, but we were very pleased with the cleanliness and upkeep of everything! We especially loved the little bars/meeting areas (Bolleros, R Bar, etc) as this provided a place for our group to get together for drinks before dinner. Shows: We only saw the Adult Comedy Show on Tuesday I think and thoroughly enjoyed it!! I guess shows aren't really our thing lol. I did watch the Newlywed? show on TV and it was hilarious! Dining: Windjammer- First of all, know what to expect. You will not get 5 star dining at the Windjammer. It is a buffet of food running almost all day. It offers some variations as well as classics (hamburgers, nachos, or a few Indian dishes etc). It is good food but not great, which is perfectly fine with me for a fast lunch on the go. We chose to go to the dining room for breakfast on days we could. Much better atmosphere if you have the time. We only ate lunch in the Windjammer twice I think. Other days were filled with excursions and we ate Johnny Rockets on the last day. Main Dining Room- I was very pleased with my dinner every single night (we ate specialty on nights 5 and 7). The appetizers were yummy and the food was always spot on. Not 5 star food I would say, but REALLY good food none the less! Our servers Dotson and Camila were amazing! I literally wanted to put Camila in my pocket and take her home! One of the most genuinely NICE people I have ever met! Chops Grill: They were about 30 minutes late seating us (we had a party of 10), but the manager brought us all a glass of champagne and we were fine with it. The seas were pretty rocky that night so my husband had to go back to the room and miss dinner, boo, but other than that, it was GREAT! Appetizers, steaks, sides, service! GREAT! Giovanni's Table- Family Style Appetizers, pastas, and your own entrée selection....it was PHENOMENAL food! omg! We sampled almost every app I think. I ordered the lamb chops and they were cooked perfectly!! My husband had the fish and it was amazing as well. Probably our favorite dinner of the cruise! Johnny Rockets- Just perfect. Right on the water. Endless fries and really good onion rings (you can even order bacon/cheese or chili/cheese fries, etc). I had the smokehouse burger w/ bacon and onion rings and bbq...OMW! Apple pie for dessert and all for like $6. NUTS! and YUMMMM! As you can see, food is my favorite part of the cruise...that and the ports/excursions. Cozumel: Deluxe Playa Mia Beach Break- Perfect! We were able to get seats right in front of the water and me and party of 10 enjoyed a full day beach, food, drinks, rented a jet ski and nearly killed myself (lol jk). It was a perfect day hanging with my friends! (also got a pretty sweet deal on some cigars at the shop there). Belize City: Lamanai and New River Safari- LOVED IT! Be sure you are prepared for a 1.5 hour(ish) bus ride, and 1.5 hr boat trip to the ruins. The boat trip back is only about 45 minutes. This was really great tour! The tour guide was very informative all the way through Belize and provided a lot of insight into the city. The boat ride was amazing! Saw a few animals, spider monkey, iguanas, etc. Once you arrive at Lamanai, be prepared for a bit of a walk. This excursion was pretty physical actually, but that is probably because we decided to climb the ruins. WHICH WERE AMAZING! This was my husband's birthday and he absolutely LOVED IT! Great excursion, great guides, great food! Roatan: Extreme Caribe Ziplining- Greatest. Excursion. Ever! After about a 20 min bus ride we arrived. The guides were amazing and very helpful!! I am the one that picked this excursion for our group and then I got there and freaked out. Probably got closer to a panic attack than I ever care to be, but my husband and guide walked me through it. I went off the first line w/ the guide strapped to me (tandem). The next two were tandem lines anyway, so I rode w/ my husband. After that, there was no stopping me!! I did the next 9 by myself and could have gone all day! The view you get from the 2nd and 3rd lines are some of the best I have seen in my life!! This port was by far our favorite and we are considering a vacation there in the future. Debarkation: We chose the 7:30am self assist option. We arrived to the meeting place about 7:30am and were through customs by 8:30am. I consider that a successful debarkation!! :) Hubby left me with the luggage, went and grabbed the car across the street and we were on the road before 9am. I don't really know what else to say, except take the reviews with a grain of salt. Go to have fun and relax. I am sure if I were looking for issues, flaws, etc, I could have found them but for me and the group of 9 others....we had a FABULOUS vacation that we will remember for a lifetime!! Let's hope another cruise isn't too far in my future!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Navigator July 19-July 26: (First time sailing on RCCL) 14 year old son and Dad arrived at Galveston Park-n-Cruise parking at 10:20 a.m. Walked across the street and gave luggage to porter. Got in line outside terminal at 10:30 a.m. As ... Read More
Navigator July 19-July 26: (First time sailing on RCCL) 14 year old son and Dad arrived at Galveston Park-n-Cruise parking at 10:20 a.m. Walked across the street and gave luggage to porter. Got in line outside terminal at 10:30 a.m. As approached inside of terminal, far right line opened and walked directly to check-in counter. Completed check-in and went directly onto ship. Time was now 10:57 a.m. Check-in was a breeze. Walked around exploring and went to Windjammers for lunch at 11:30 a.m. which was not crowded. Food was decent for a buffet. Explored ship after lunch and went to room at 1:10 p.m. and changed into swimsuits for a nice dip in the pools. Luggage did not arrive until 6:00 p.m. Room Stewart (Jennifer) stated that those first on the ship usually got their luggage last. We had early supper seating. Food was great every night in Main Dining Room except last night (Pomodoro). (If you are going to choose a specialty restaurant, do so on “Pomodoro” menu night.) We had two starters/apps and two main courses every night except lobster night (Friday) when we had 3 lobster tails along with two starters/apps. Was asked if we wanted another but declined. Head waiter stated that shorts are allowed in Main Dining Room except for the two formal nights. We wore khaki pants, white shirts, and ties on formal nights. We wore shorts the other nights. We sat at a table of six and service was quick. My son did activities with the 12-14 year old group on sea days/evenings and on shore days in the evenings. He had a great time with the activities and just walking around/hanging out with his new friends. We went to the 3:30 p.m. Ice Show on Monday. It was a great show. Do not miss this show. Weather was great every day. We visited Cozumel (Mr. Sancho’s All-Inclusive Beach Resort: ask for Martin for your waiter. All you can eat and drink. The coconut shrimp were great. I ate 10 of them along with various other items such as chicken fajitas, rice, beans, and 3 shrimp cocktails.) on Tuesday. On Wednesday we visited Belize (RCCL Wildlife and Zoo Tour: had a great time and lunch was included.) On Thursday we visited Roatan (RCCL Tabyana Beach Break Excursion: had a great time and a great buffet was included.) Thursday Night on the pool deck there was a big party with all of the bands each playing beginning at 9:45 p.m. and at 10:30 p.m. there was a finger food type buffet. We ate lunch in Johnny Rockets on Saturday. Very good food along with a great milk shake. Overall, we had a great time and the food was really good in the Main Dining Room except for the Pomodoro menu. The RCCL staff was nice everywhere on the ship. Even though it was summer break, there were not a lot of kids running around. They behaved real well. With the ship’s guests you could however tell who was from Texas and who was not. Guests from up north were ruder, especially getting on/off the elevators and in Windjammers. The folks from Texas were much nicer saying “excuse me”, etc. whereas this was not in the other folks vocabulary. When someone was rude, I asked them if they were from somewhere besides Texas and they then asked me how did I know that. I told them that I had “ESP”. Getting off of the ship was a piece of cake. We had #15 (9:30 a.m.) but went earlier with no problem. Once in the terminal we got a porter and breezed through customs. Getting a porter is the best way to go. It took less than 20 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
I have nothing but good things to say about our cruise on the Navigator of the Seas. Room This was the first time we had a balcony. We didn't use the balcony that much but we did enjoy the extra space for the two of us. The ... Read More
I have nothing but good things to say about our cruise on the Navigator of the Seas. Room This was the first time we had a balcony. We didn't use the balcony that much but we did enjoy the extra space for the two of us. The bathroom was a "pod" which makes it a bit tight if you're a large person, but the pod is better than the clingy shower curtains! They provide a cheap shampoo and bar soap, so if you want anything else, bring it. Our room steward was Mari Grace and she was fantastic. Ship All areas were in good shape, no maintenance issues. Beware of the brown tile and flooring around the pools...it gets very hot! Spent most of our time in the solarium. Chairs are more comfortable there. Food Food was great...no issues. We ate in the Sapphire most nights. Great service with Rey and Natalia. Everything was cooked well and many in our group had double portions...no issues. Windjammer was very good for breakfast and lunch. Lots to choose from. We did eat in Sabor one night. Got a deal for $20 instead of $25. LOTS of food and it was very good. Entertainment All of the shows were fantastic. Can't say enough and the Metropolis theater was very comfortable. Ports We rented a car in Cozumel and drove around ourselves since we were familiar with the island. We did the stingray city/dolphin encounter in GC. The pics for stingrays were $60 for all pics (about 20) but the dolphins were very expensive...$35 for one or $35 x each member of your group for all of the pics. I would advise definitely doing an excursion in Falmouth. Nothing to do outside of the pier area which is very touristy. We took a city trolley tour for an hour and then returned to the ship. Internet They have several packages..with my gold member discount it was $149(?) for unlimited for one device or $189 for unlimited for two devices. I purchased the two device package and we all shared it. It is SLOW and not much use for anything other than e-mails. Embarkation was a breeze---went right on about noon . We took a case of water with us--gave it to the porter with a tip. No problems. Many people were taking water/sodas onboard. Disembarkation was easy as well. The earliest groups started at 7:15 and we were in the last group (21) and were off at 9:30. You have to be out of your room by 8:30. Ship transfers---We used LJ at http://www.cruiseshipshuttle.com/ Very inexpensive, $140 each way for 8 of us! Prompt and personable! Other companies were quoting us $300 each way. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This cruise was excellent. The cabins were ready early, the luggage delivered long before dinner, the staff was attentive & professional. Have sailed the Navigator before, but this ship is so much nicer (& cleaner) than it was ... Read More
This cruise was excellent. The cabins were ready early, the luggage delivered long before dinner, the staff was attentive & professional. Have sailed the Navigator before, but this ship is so much nicer (& cleaner) than it was before. This was my first time to sail from Galveston, & if the passengers on this cruise are the norm, I'll sail from here again in a heartbeat. The people were so polite & patient, waiting their turn w/o the pushing to be first or to get to the front. Usually I only go to the Windjammer if there is no other choice. With this crowd, it was actually enjoyable even at the busiest times. We flew into Houston Hobby then drove a rental car to Galveston (45 min in rush hour the day before July 4th traffic) & spent two nights at the Marriott Courtyard. Loved the fireworks over the beach & the girls (18 & almost 20) loved spending the afternoon riding the rides on Pleasure Pier -$16.00 for all day, all rides, $10 for access to the pier & no rides. Dress code (shirts & shoes) strictly enforced. Ate at Bubba Gumps which had the bonus of free wifi on the beach & pier for the entire day & night. We drove to the port the next morning & used the municipal parking for the port $65 for the duration of the cruise w/ free shuttle to & from your car. The wait for the shuttle was long at departure, but might have been quicker had we arrived earlier than noon (traveling with 2 girls has its challenges). Thankfully the shuttle process was quicker when we returned on the 12th since clearing Customs took forever. We had a noon flight out of Houston, which should have been adequate as we disembarked at 9 am & our luggage was waiting there for us in the correct zone. I was checking our bags in by 11:30 while my friend returned the car. We had TSA Pre so flew through security & got to our gate just as they were asking if there were any more As. Of conspires, this had to happen the first time I ever had A16, but we made our plane, made our connection in Vegas as did our luggage which was tagged "Late check-in" & got home in time for the girls to get to their swim team banquet. Our cabin, 1358, was a roomy junior suite starboard side aft. The girls shared the pullout sofa bed that they found uncomfortable until our stateroom attendant added extra mattress pads on it for them #SkinnyGirlProblems I was happy to see the changes the Navigator had undergone since I was last on it 3 years ago. Portofino was now a more family-oriented Giovanni's Table & the Japanese restaurant Izumi was where the underutilized Cloud Nine & Seven Hearts rooms were. Navigator now has a dedicated Diamond Club complete with a concierge named Hong who was delightful. It is in the same area as when it was called the 19th Hole, but now requires a key to enter. I'm Diamond Plus, but the friend I was traveling with is Diamond so we went there instead of the Concierge. A little disappointed that the Dungeon night club has been replaced with inside canins on the lower level & Sabor on the upper level. I don't use inside cabins & live in AZ so have no desire to pay extra for a Mexican food specialty restaurant, but I did like to have the occasional dance off with my traveling companions in the Dungeon. The kids went to what was supposed to be a meet-up for the 18-21+ crowd in the Cosmopolitan Club (aka Viking Crown) but left because it was mostly 40 something men trolling for young women. Of course, they thought the men were in their 30s so I went up to the next one to see if they were off by a decade ... which they were but the men were 10 years older not 10 years younger than they thought. When the girls cruised before, the under 18 curfew was 11:30. It's now 1 a.m. which made them mad, but not me since I liked them having an earlier curfew so I could sleep. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our second cruise with RCL. Navigator is smaller in size than the Freedom of the Seas we took last year. Loved the food and dining! With the smaller sized ship, however, the entertainment wasn't as good. The ice show was ... Read More
This was our second cruise with RCL. Navigator is smaller in size than the Freedom of the Seas we took last year. Loved the food and dining! With the smaller sized ship, however, the entertainment wasn't as good. The ice show was wonderful! The Elton John impersonator was fantastic -- all else were just, eh. We should have skipped the last show in the theater, we all got bored. Excursions: Cozumel/Belize/Roatan We LOVED our excursions! In Cozumel we shopped and played at the beach -- we just played it by ear, nothing planned in advance. Very relaxing day. Taxi service is super inexpensive. We were able to find a quiet secluded beach and did some great snorkeling. In Belize we booked a tour with cavetubing.bz --SOOOO FUN! Go with cavetubing.bz -- and book them outside of the ship (saves so much $$$, and so worth it). They are very trustworthy, drive nice vehicles, carry your tubes so you can site see while they teach you about the vegitation and all about their country. Our guides were so fun and knowledgeable. They kept our belongings secure. The caves are a must see, lunch was great afterwards. Other groups were carrying tubes and speeding past us on the trail. I felt bad that they weren't getting the same treatment we were. I highly recommend them! Our last excursion was Roatan Honduras. We went through Rony's Tours which were recommended by a friend. Again, our service was FANTASTIC and saved us so much money. We did the zipline/monkey adventure. Our guide was Carla, we also met Roney himself -- both were so so so friendly and taught us so much about their country. I think in total the zip line was 16 zips to get down the mountain. We and our adult children LOVED it. It was a very rainy day. The constant rain didn't damper our spirits none - we had a blast. After the zip line you take an awesome tour and see beautiful wild life and vegetation. Loved playing with the monkeys and parrots! Got some great pics. After our excursion Carla took us to a beach to snorkel as I kept hearing how clear the water is (so pretty!) -- we were able to see some really coloful fish! Carla stood by while we snorkled, she's such a trooper! We got about 40 minutes in before we were hit with a down poor (not an understatment). Not once did Carla complain, even though everyone of us (including her) were soaken wet. Our excursion guides in both Roatan and Belize got us back to the ship with plenty of time to spare. Again, highly recommend them both. So glad they were recommended to us. Last year we had four excursions in our 7-day cruise, Navigator had three excursions. I prefer the three day excursion deal better, left us more time to relax at sea and see all that the amazing ship has to offer. I love how RCL ships are laid out, and how CLEAN and beautiful everything is. Our room steward and dining room attendants were nothing short of fantastic, and always so helpful and trustworthy. I'm hooked on Royal Caribbean! On one of the nights a storm blew in, we got to see quite a lightning show! With all that, we only slightly felt the ship rock. How cool is that?! None of us got sick, and none of us took anything to prevent sea sickness. I wish I could remember the cruise director's name, he is hilarious! Very entertaining and honest. Tune in to Channel 14 in the morning, he always gives great instructions so you know what you are doing and what to expect. Love that feature! Embarkation: We arrived at the ship an hour early, and they let us right on! Felt like we had the ship to ourselves for a while. AMAZING! Getting off the ship went smoothly as well. I highly recommend Royal Caribbean. If you like the party crowd, there are places to hang out. If you like quiet, there are plenty of places for that too (we like the quiet). Can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was our 4th Royal Caribbean cruise and we were a little reluctant about sailing on Navigator since our last cruise was on Allure, a much bigger ship. However, we were NOT disappointed. The Junior Suite was spacious and boasted a huge ... Read More
This was our 4th Royal Caribbean cruise and we were a little reluctant about sailing on Navigator since our last cruise was on Allure, a much bigger ship. However, we were NOT disappointed. The Junior Suite was spacious and boasted a huge closet, nice bath tub, and is well worth the additional cost. Cabin stewards were very attentive and the room has a coffee pot so that you don't have to send for room service every day if you like having coffee on the balcony. Make sure to dine in the dining room. The service was superb, and the food was absolutely amazing. We have always found dining room food to be good, but nothing to brag about. However, that is not the case on Navigator. The prime rib, salmon, lobster, and lamb were all quite tasty, and everyone in our group of 14 was extremely pleased with their dinner selection each evening. Try the appetizer shrimp cocktail, which is available every evening. The entertainment on our cruise was three different comedians, and all were quite entertaining, but don't miss the ice skating show - it was truly amazing! The only negative about this cruise was waiting for the ice show tickets. The daily planner stated that they would be handed out the first day at 3:00. Many guests began lining up at 2:00. Unfortunately, cruise staff waited until 3:00 to make the announcement that the tickets had been "misprinted" and would not be handed out that day. Those guests who had waited more than an hour were understandably upset. The best port was Grand Cayman. Some of our group did the glass bottom boat and island tour, which we really enjoyed. Saw a couple of ship wrecks and lots of multi-colored fish. Others did the dolphin encounter, and they said that it was great. Mexico is Mexico, and Jamaica's Red Stripe Beach excursion would have been great except that the day we were in port was really windy and so we actually left early - no one's fault, just Mother Nature! The lounge on the 14th floor was a fabulous place to have a drink, and it has the best views on the ship. It was quiet and intimate just before dinner and we enjoyed being up there as the ship left each port. We also really enjoyed dancing to the music of the Christian Simmons Band. They were at various venues on the ship each evening. They are well worth a listen! Read Less
Sail Date June 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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