152 Galveston Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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
Background: Family cruise for us. 2nd cruise for my wife and I and the 1st for our kids (12 yr old boy and girl who turned 15 on the cruise). Appreciated the fact that is was out of Galveston and fairly close to the DFW area (5 hrs drive ... Read More
Background: Family cruise for us. 2nd cruise for my wife and I and the 1st for our kids (12 yr old boy and girl who turned 15 on the cruise). Appreciated the fact that is was out of Galveston and fairly close to the DFW area (5 hrs drive - we are out of Aledo, near Ft. Worth) Booking/Room: We initially booked an exterior room on floor 3, with a large window. We called about a month out and asked for upgrade options and got a Superior Balcony room on the 9th floor for a very reasonable price (Room 9658). The boat is laid out where all the food (Main dining, Windjammer, etc.) is at the back and the entertainment (Metropolis, Star Lounge, etc.) is at the front. Flowrider, sports deck is also at the back of the ship. Staying near the back was ideal for us. Hotel: We chose to drive down the day before the cruise and spent the night near NASA south of Houston. It was less expensive than staying in Galveston, but still less than an hour to get there for embarkation. Parking: We choose EZ cruise that was only a couple of blocks from Terminal 2 (RCL terminal). They charge $65 for the week but you can get a $20 discount for walking and not taking their shuttle. Elevated uncovered lot that was very easy to find and convenient. Embarkation: We arrived at around 10:30am and got to the terminal and checked in by 10:45am. They started boarding at 11:00am and we were on the ship by 11:15am. Rooms are not available until 1pm so we took a couple of carry-on bags with swim suits etc. We went to the Windjammer and had lunch and explored the ship until the room was ready at 1pm. Spent the remainder of the day exploring and enjoying. Really maximized than 1st day aboard. Weather: We did have to go through a tropical storm on the way out so our 1st full day at sea was a "rocky" one and all of the outside decks were closed. We made the most of it by exploring inside or sleeping it off. The remainder of the cruise was fabulous! Dining: Specialty Dining – they have 5 different specialty dining places that cost you more: They offer discounts and specials for the first night and at other times so you should never have to pay the full up charge. • Izumi – Sushi that is charged by the item – did not try no opinion • Chops Grille – steak restaurant – did not try no opinion • Sabor – Mexican cuisine – did not try no opinion, but one couple from Texas said they eat Mexican all the time and thought the place was awesome. • Giovanni’s Table – Italian – Loved it We had booked the Murder Mystery dinner at Giovanni’s Table but they had to cancel (something about the actors changing out and not being ready). We went ahead and made reservations for Giovanni’s table for the first night anyway. It is normally an extra $20 per person but we got 25% off on the first night. It was really good – you get a menu with about 10 different appetizers, several pasta options and main courses. You can order as many as you want so we mixed it up and tried all kinds of Italian food. They will bring basic spaghetti for any younger kids too. Excellent very personalized service! • Johnny Rockets – Burgers, etc. – Only an additional $5 per person We ate there for lunch on one of our sea days and it was really good. They play typical diner juke box music and occasionally do a little dancing. You can get as many of the burgers, sandwiches or sides as you want. They brought some fries and onion rings right away and we got some burgers, tuna melt, Chicken BLT and all were good. They have ice cream sundaes and apple pie ala mode for dessert, all good. You can get shakes anywhere on the ship but they are an extra charge even at Johnny Rockets. Normal Dining – Main Dining room, Windjammer Café, and Royal Promenade - Windjammer is the buffet and I would liken it to Golden Corral. Nothing awesome, but not bad either. Lots of selection. We ate breakfast (good, hard to mess up breakfast) there several times and a few times for lunch. Kids would eat there every meal if they could. - Royal Promenade – you can get some sandwiches, pizza, and some desserts at most anytime. They have a Starbucks and Ben and Jerry’s there for additional charge. Good place for a snack or quick bite. - Main Dining room – very nice and we ate every dinner there, except 1st night, and a couple of breakfasts. The menu always had 8-10 appetizers (5 or so that change nightly and a few standbys like Cocktail Shrimp), and 5 or so rotating main dishes with 5 standard options (NY Strip, Salmon, Sliders, etc.) Then they have 3-4 standard desserts (creme brulee, etc.) and a few that rotate nightly. There is a kids menu with standard selections for appetizers, mains, and desserts, as well. The waiters are awesome and will recommend items. You can order as many or whatever you want. My daughter had 1-2 cocktail shrimp orders each night, while my son pretty much had pizza every night. On lobster night I had the lobster and prime rib. We typically got 4 or more desserts to share. We were so spoiled there. There are 2 formal nights always on days at sea, ours were day 2 and day 6 and most people dressed up. Entertainment: - Flowrider – kids absolutely loved it. Must be over 58” to try stand up surfing. My son was not tall enough but he did the boogie boarding (BB) a bunch, seriously, a bunch. They will have different times allocated for BB or surfing, but go early in the trip as it keeps getting busier throughout the trip. You have to sign a waiver and get a wristband so do that the first day. It will cover the flowrider, ice skating, and rock climbing wall. - Ice Skating – small rink and only open a few times. The kids went at a specific kids time through the kids club so they had a good time. - Rock Climbing – at specific times, but can be hot if the sun is shining on it. - Miniature Golf – just show up and play - Sports court – basketball goals, periodically a volleyball net is set or soccer goals. They did dodgeball, volleyball, basketball, and soccer tourneys. - Kids program – they have multiple kids clubs, but we only focused on the 12-14 and 15-17. There is a mixer/meet&greet on the first full day at sea that is a great way to get the kids involved. Since it is summer time there we tons of families and kids on board which we were hoping for. After the first day the kids were always wanting go to the living room (teen area) to hang out and we had to schedule times with them for family stuff (i.e. be back at 5:30pm to get ready for dinner) - Live music - all over the ship at different times – piano guy in the Schooner bar – Guitar guy in the 2 poets pub, Country group, etc. There were all good and we enjoyed listening and singing along. - Shows – the main shows change each day, so they can be a crap shoot. Some were really good and others were ok. We had an acapella group (great), southern lady comedian (great), juggling comedians (good), Elvis impersonator (good) The Ice Dancing show was excellent, unbelievable what they can do in that small space. It was typically at 2pm and 4pm on the at sea days and should not be missed. They will distribute tickets for the various showtimes while on board and open it up to anyone 10 minutes before each show. If you miss the distribution times, you can get remaining tickets at guest services. - Karaoke was a mixed bag – between Wow and are you kidding me - Trivia sessions - We loved going to the various sessions, typically a morning, afternoon and evening session. We teamed up with another family and really enjoyed meeting up each day. The evening music trivia (50's/60's, 80's, etc.) are great as they play song snippets and then when revealing the answers the whole bar is singing along and "dancing in the Schooner bar" as one crew member says. Shore Excursions: 1. Cozumel – We did the Chakanaab snorkel and Sea Lion show Chakanaab is a park area that includes beaches, snorkeling, a periodic sea lion show, dolphin and manatee encounters, walking paths, a crocodile exhibit, swimming pools, etc. Our tour started with snorkeling (great fish and underwater items to view), then we had beach time (we ate at the beach side restaurant and then hung out on the beach and in the surf/reef. The guide then took people on a tour through the paths, but we stayed and hung out at the beach. They had a tequila tasting that we skipped too. We finished with the sea lion show (everyone enjoyed) and then headed back. You could just get a cab there, and do you own thing if you wanted. We were late to Cozymel so we did not have much time at the shops in town. This one has a dock so boarding is easy but the lines can get long at the end of the day. 2. Grand Cayman – We booked the deluxe stingray city tour – this included a bus ride to the dock, boat ride out to the sand bar in a nice boat with walk into the water stairs. Then we were at the sandbar for around an hour where we swam with the rays, touch them and fed them. Kids loved it. The tour was only 2 – 2.5 hours so we had time before our tour in town. We headed to the left from the dock and found a nice seafood restaurant right on the water. Great fish and chips and stairs down into the water where you could swim with the fish and explore. You could throw your leftovers in the water and bring a bunch of fish (big and small). We really enjoyed it, but it was about $80 as it was $60 in Cayman dollars. At Grand Cayman you have to take tenders (boats that seat you and 250 of your closest friends) between the ship and shore. If you have an excursion booked you can go early or leave with any tender group. Otherwise you get a tender group and have to go at certain times. Expect lines and be prepared. 3. Jamaica – We booked the Green Grotto caves and Dunns River Falls tour. Air Conditioned bus from dock to caves. Cave tour was interesting and laid back. Then bus to Dunns River Falls where we climbed the falls in the water with several hundred of our closest friends. We had a great time and everyone enjoyed. After the falls you do have to go through an area of shops and they are very persuasive, so be prepared. The dock is awesome at Jamaica as it was built as a joint venture between Royal Caribbean and Jamaica. They have shops, booths, restaurants (Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and a good Jerk chicken place). The vendors are not pushy at all and you can enjoy. No problem man. Disembarking: You have a choice of tagging your luggage and sending it down the night before and leaving the ship at your specified time or self-carrying your luggage and going during one of several time slots. Breakfast is served in the windjammer and main dining room from 7am to 8:30am. We chose the self-carry and opted for a 9am timeslot. We ate breakfast until 8:15 and went back to the room for the luggage. Walked out at 8:30 and were out and through customs by 9:15am. Good times and look forward to our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was my first cruise in 25 years. It was the first time for my husband and children. We had a wonderful time! The food was good. We always came away with a full stomach! The entertainment was a lot of fun. The boat was ... Read More
This was my first cruise in 25 years. It was the first time for my husband and children. We had a wonderful time! The food was good. We always came away with a full stomach! The entertainment was a lot of fun. The boat was immaculate! We enjoyed the Promenade Cafe for late night snacks. The dining hall was our first choice for meals. We had a wonderful time! We would definitely cruise again with RC! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
It was a repeat trip on the ship and itinerary. Being new to this cruise business, we stayed in our comfort zone and did not regret it. The Navigator had been recently re-done, was very clean and sparkling and had some good upgrades. ... Read More
It was a repeat trip on the ship and itinerary. Being new to this cruise business, we stayed in our comfort zone and did not regret it. The Navigator had been recently re-done, was very clean and sparkling and had some good upgrades. Our balcony cabin served our purposes well even though we didn't really spend much waking time in it. The balcony did provide for some great morning coffee time and evening relax time. Don't go without a balcony unless you plan to spend virtually ALL your awake time out and about on the ship. Service from all involved was again Excellently Outstanding. All took took the time to acknowledge you, tried to remember you, and worked for and with you to make sure you have a good time. They succeed from steward to waiter to bartender, entertainers, and all the crew. Minimal comments about the food: OUTSTANDING IN EVERY WAY. And I'm a foodie and they tolerated and served beyond expectations all while entertaining and interacting. Our ports were repeats so we knew a bit more about what to do and not to do. George Town is a great place to do the town and skip the excursions. Great sights, stores, eateries, easy to get around, friendly folks willing to help, point and answer questions and even some history to take advantage of. Falmouth has limited options unless you want to travel a bit and be active. Not too much for the sedate interested in culture, history and regular life. Cozumel, is Cozumel. Plenty of options with a GREAT coffee shop across the street from the port exit/entrance. A lot of varied options to choose from too from calm, learning experiences to wear-you-out active longing for the ship and hot tub. ANNNNND then there is the shopping. Go for it. Great eateries along the strip too. In and out of Galveston is quite easy which adds to this option being good for beginners. Or repeat versions like us. Royal is a great option and deserving of its high reputation and, to us, well worth the cost. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
So, we've always cruised on Carnival but since the price was the same, we decided to change cruise lines and try another experience. We are a family of 4... wife and I in the 40's, and a 17 yo son with a 16 yo daughter. Booked ... Read More
So, we've always cruised on Carnival but since the price was the same, we decided to change cruise lines and try another experience. We are a family of 4... wife and I in the 40's, and a 17 yo son with a 16 yo daughter. Booked 2 interior rooms on the 10th deck with the virtual balcony. The rooms - seems a little smaller than Carnival but none of us noticed it. The virtual balcony was great. Made it seem as if you had an outside view even though it was just through the rear camera on the boat. Recommend it. Storage was fine and the hair dryer is in a drawer outside the bathroom...one of those good to know things. Shower is a round device but worked great. Plenty of room in the shower and bathroom...one at at time of course. The ship...Navigator of the Seas has undergone the renovation and it certainly shows. It's a beautiful ship. The promenade deck is simply beautiful although somewhat short. You'll love the wine and beer bars there. Of course, that is where all the shops are at but I recommend you make a stop at your local drugstore at get all your needed first aid and sundries before you get on board. One early critcism...the AC. On Magic it seemed if they were trying to hang meat. On NOS, it seemed like it barely kept up during the entire cruise. I'm convinced the thermostat in the room is to make you feel good that you turned it all the way down...temp didn't decrease the entire cruise. You'll definitely do the "legs out" of the sheet the cruise. Highly recommend you bring a small fan. If you are dressed in a suit and get onto the elevator at the 10th floor, be sure you bring a hankerchief because you'll need it by the time you get to the 4th floor for the main dining room. No AC in the elevators...and many of the other areas of the ship. You'll sweat at many points throughout the cruise. So, what was better than Magic? Even though we had a full ship with no empty rooms, there were very few lines...only lines we encountered was at the rock wall and the flow rider. However, my kids never experienced more than a 15 min wait at either. The Windjammer, their buffet, was much better run than Carnival's. Instead of waiting in line to get the included drinks, they have 2 sides where they staff an employee pushing the drinks to you. Instead of waiting in the omelete line, they take your order and let you go fill up your plate. If you don't claim your omelete in time, they come looking for you...and somehow know where you sat...had my omelete come over to me as I was getting up to go get it. Great customer service! We ate every meal in the main dining room, so I can't talk to the speciality restaurants. Service in the first 2 days left me feeling like I needed to say something but all of the sudden, it picked up to what we expected. Food was solid but this is where I felt Magic had an edge...food was good but we all agreed the food in the MDR was better on Magic. Just our opinion. We really enjoyed their mini-golf and their course was in much better shape than Magic. We enjoyed thier ping pong table so much that less than a week off the ship, we have one in our house. My son really enjoyed the basketball court...be sure to make them wear a shirt or put on sun screen! The bars were very courteous and attentive...seemingly more than Magic in my experience. So, to buy a drink package or not? I drink and my wife drinks sparingly. The thing I like more about RC is they allow you to buy a drink package per preson...not the stateroom. On Magic, if you buy a drink package, everyone in the stateroom has to buy it. On RC, they allow you to buy it per person. I normally drink beer but for some reason when I'm on a cruise I like to buy the drink of the day or other fruity drinks. So, for me, it probably would have worked out better to buy a package but defintely not for my wife. Drinks will range from $7.08 for a 16oz Miller Lite to a range of prices for a Rum Runner. Depending on who makes it, it''ll cost $11.08 to over $14. A double Maker's Mark will cost you $21. So, we defintely spent less on alcohol then what I budgeted but only because I watched it. One caution note on the drink packages...seemed like the folks that bought the packages seemed to need to take full advantage of it.... Ice show...highly recommend! They did a great show, about one hour, in a very small rink. We also did ice skating and found it fun...be sure to bring some jeans or other pants since you can't do this in shorts. And after busting my butt, I understand why. And we skated with no delay. Be sure to do the wave riding and rock climbing early. My wife tried to do the rock climbing on the last day at sea and a short rain storm canceled that for her. She wasn't able to do it as they shut it down for the rest of the day even though the rain passed quickly. Excursions. If you book through the cruise line...well, you are a novice cruiser. Go online and book your own excursions at about 40-50% savings. They always get you back to the ship on time...12 cruises talking here. And if you do book through the cruise line, do it before you leave. Could not belive the line the line to book once people were on the ship...only to find out their excusions was already full. The crew constantly greeted you and inquired what they could do to help you. Room service was very good and the menu was different than Magic but still very good. We got quick service (under an hour but many times around 15 mins) but we did tip $2 each time. I felt like a King even though I was in the cheapest room in the ship. So did the rest of my family. My wife and I like to gamble and we spent several nights in the Casino. This is where we thought NOS certainly shined. Every person we dealt with in the casino from the Blackjack dealers, Crap personnel, to the bar crew seemed to have a good time and wanted to engage with us to have a good time. They laughted and joked with us and hated it, seemingly, when we lost. On Magic, it was stoid faces all the time. One other point...you only get "points" on the slots...not at the tables. Not sure what that means but my wife wanted me to make sure I pointed that out. Customer service on RC was outstanding. They addressed every concern very quickly and absolutely to our satisfaction. Internet. We paid for the plan where we had unlimited use on one device for $20 and another device for $10...$210 for the week. So, $30 a day for 2 devices simultaneously logged on at one time. We had 4 devices, so we worked it out with the kids where they could log on one phone at a time and my wife and I could log on. Internet was about what you expect on a ship. It's slow but it defintiely works...200Kb download via speedtest.net. So, what could I use? Email, iMessenger through iOS and basic intenet was easy. Uploading a 12mb picture was a no go. But, I could stream Pandora and download my podcast with no issues. When the internet was knocked off-line for a day due to a very small storm we encountered, customer service had no issue re-imbursing us for the $30 day. So, where did NOS not meet expectations? No robes in the room. But, you can get them if you ask. But, if you are a big guy like me, don't expect them to fit. And by big, I mean 6'2" and 220. Good luck. No towel animals except for formal night...so you get those cruise only features only twice on a 7 night cruise...we missed that. A charge for room service, $3.95, between midnight and 5am. Now this was never an issue but I actually understand this one. Based on thier experience I kind of get people ordering food and not answering the door at 2am. But after losing $$$ at the blackjack table and getting back to my room at 2am, I didn't want to pay anything else...so maybe it was a little issue. More less than expectaions...no amenities in the room. Be sure to bring all your soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc. We asked and got what we wanted but I did tip my room steward on the first day...not sure you can get it if you don't. Also, NOS definitely nickles and dimes you to death. Fresh squeezed OJ at breakfast, $$$. It goes on and on. But, since we didn't care about any of that, it didn't really detract from our experience...just an annoyance. One last annoyance...my oldest son is 17 and turns 18 in Aug. All of the competitive sporting activities were mostly 18 or above and he didn't qualify. Now, my son is a Varsity keeper on his H.S. soccer team and could definitely hold his own on the sporting events like the soccer challenge or the ping pong challenge but didn't feel comfortable breaking the rules. So, he felt a little left out as he's a little too big (6'4") for the "teen" events and not able to participate in the adult events...but we understand there have to be rules. So, would I cruise again on NOS or Magic? For my family, we had a much better time on NOS than Magic. We had such a great time on the Navigator of the Seas. Just hate all my points are on Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We just got off the Navigator of the Seas. It was a beautiful boat. We have sailed the Freedom of the Seas and the Navigator was a bit smaller. That's not a bad thing, it just means you can get to where you are going quicker. It was ... Read More
We just got off the Navigator of the Seas. It was a beautiful boat. We have sailed the Freedom of the Seas and the Navigator was a bit smaller. That's not a bad thing, it just means you can get to where you are going quicker. It was easy to navigate, the Carnival Magic we took last yr, was not! The upgrades they did are nice. The carpet, etc all new. The flow rider was fun, kids loved that and the basketball court and arcade. We did several scheduled activities. We got rained out in Grand Cayman and excursion was cancelled. We had allot of rain. We did a plan B and went to the beach in the rain and had a blast anyway. This was my 5th cruise and embarkation was a snap! Took 15 min. another 15 waiting in the terminal and we were on. Room ready. Entertainment was great. Much better than Carnival Magic's, we were on that last year. RCL has better entertainment and stuff to do daily. Disembarkation was a snap too! Wow! We chose early 7:30am carrying off our own luggage. Meet in the dining room assigned then we were lead off at 7:30am and thru customs in 10 min. Had our car loaded and on the road at 8:15am! We used Galveston Park and Cruise (second time I have used them-I will never use another company) RIGHT across the street. The whole thing was the easiest and fastest I have ever experienced. Cruise was great, we only had one sunny day, the last day at sea, but we found stuff to do and had a ball. RCL is the best by far. I will be loyal to them and we will book another cruise! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Just as a quick bit of background about who I am so you understand my perspective. I'm a 27 year old adrenaline junky, foodie who loves sports and performance arts. Despite being what I would describe as a foodie, I'm also not ... Read More
Just as a quick bit of background about who I am so you understand my perspective. I'm a 27 year old adrenaline junky, foodie who loves sports and performance arts. Despite being what I would describe as a foodie, I'm also not a food snob (I am a coffee snob however) and enjoy comfort foods as well as fine dining. With this being my first cruise I have no basis for comparison to years past that some say were better. If that's true, cruising must have been head in the clouds heaven. I found my experience to be the most enjoyable trip I've ever taken. Were there a couple things I didn't love? Sure, but that's life and what happens when people have their personal opinions on things. Would I take off a star for anything? Nope, the trip was excellent, the ship was beautiful, and the service was outstanding. -Value: I could not get over what all comes for the price. We booked an inside promenade stateroom for just a hair over $200/night essentially with it coming out to about $1500 for my wife and I. For comparison sake, after getting married on May 23rd, we drove to Dallas and stayed the night at a value priced Best Western in Dallas for $100 on the way to Galveston. That did include breakfast but the breakfast wasn't nearly as good as what would be served in the Windjammer (many complain but I find it hard to name a hotel that serves better breakfast and provides turn down service at least twice a day for under this price, much less in the Caribbean). Having a waterfront hotel with all you can eat food and a formal dining room for $200/night for 2 people would have impressed me enough but they also provide entertainment options. -Entertainment: Was every show awesome? No, I wouldn't dare go that far. You're not getting Broadway productions here with super expensive set designs and special effects. You're also not paying $100/person to get in to the show. After considering the hotel + restaurant aspect, I'd say you're getting in the show for free. I really enjoyed Ballroom Fever and Finis Henderson (initially I wasn't sure about him but he got progressively better throughout the show). Those were good shows, but I thought Ice Dancin' in Studio B was incredible! I've never seen an ice show before so I'm no expert and the best production show I ever saw was Book of Mormon in Chicago but again, for what I would consider the cost of $0, I couldn't believe I was getting to see it. -Ship: Having sent my parents on their first cruise on Vision of the Seas a few months prior, I knew Navigator would have a few more amenities being a larger ship. I didn't know if it would stack up well with the Freedom and Oasis class ships. I've never sailed them so I still don't know, but I never wished I was on them while on Navigator. The promenade design works really well for keeping things open and easy to well, navigate. We found ourselves discovering new details on the ship even on the last day of the sailing and we did a fair amount of exploring it throughout the trip. While the pool deck is a lot of fun and the Solarium padded chairs along the windows make for a great nap on a sea day if you can snag one, I gravitated toward the peaceful areas on the ship. If you're looking for a great place to read, head to the front of the ship along the walking track, past the Solarium, and then up the stairs to the very front of the ship above the bridge and spa. You'll find a basically empty deck with chairs where you can hear yourself think. I didn't take advantage of this area a lot but if I was a reader I'd have been up there. My favorite area on the ship was the helicopter pad on deck 5. To get there, walk along deck 4 outside and go up the stairs. It makes for excellent stargazing or is peaceful in the daytime. On top of all of this, the sports area was a space I didn't really utilize and found myself forgetting about which is crazy to me. Being able to play mini golf, basketball, or take on the Flowrider or rock wall for free is really kind of awesome. I wish I had done it more. -Food: Overall, I thought the food was pretty good. I had breakfast every day in Windjammer and was always able to get a window seat after a little bit of work. Usually I would stake out a table and go sit at it while my wife fixed herself a plate. It's a bit chaotic but I always enjoyed it. I would compare the food quality to a Golden Corral. If that's beneath you, avoid it I guess. For the price of the vacation I thought that was a good deal. We used the Main Dining Room (MDR) for dinner all but one night and I thought just about everything was good to excellent. The shrimp cocktail left something to be desired and the seafood salad did as well but the entrees I had were good and the desserts were satisfying as well. On lobster night my waiter asked me how it was and I said, "very good but I just need you to bring me 6 more just like it." He said he would get me another piece and off he went. I thought he was kidding but a few minutes later he brought me another 2 lobster tails! The servers try their best to meet any need. If you're polite they'll go the extra mile. I'm guessing they would even if you weren't. On the last day I gave both my waiter and assistant waiter an extra $20 bill on top of their normal built in gratuity. I wish I could have given them more to be honest. They were outstanding. The Promenade Cafe was a nice option for small sandwiches or desserts 24 hours a day. I can't speak for the specialty restaurants because to be honest, I just never saw the need with how good the complimentary dining options were. My only complaint would be to have at least half the Windjammer open later than 9. It's the easiest place to grab an iced tea near the pool deck without going back down to the Promenade Cafe on deck 5. -Coffee: I'm a coffee snob. The coffee onboard sucked. I added in some half and half and a packet of sugar and drank it gladly. Good coffee is best enjoyed black in my opinion so these add ins were made for exactly this. It was no worse than a standard diner cup of coffee at Denny's, IHOP, etc. I enjoyed having it offered in the MDR with dessert every night and again, just use the add ins. I also would add in a packet of dark chocolate hot chocolate in the Promenade Cafe and take it to the show each night. -Service: I loved it quite simply. I only wish there were some bus tubs around the various venues or trash cans. Instead you would see people pile up a plate in the Windjammer and take it to wherever on some lower deck and just leave it in the bushes, on the floor, on tables in lounges, on the pool deck. It's a never ending battle for the crew to keep up with and I felt lazy having to leave my cup or plate in places like this. I would have at least liked the option of placing it in a tub for them to collect but I'm guessing it may have something to do with sanitation. Debarkation was brutal to be perfectly honest. We signed up for the self-assist (take your own luggage off with you) for the earliest time of 7:30am. We weren't to our car until almost 9:30am. With so many doing self-assist, it jammed up the hallways and felt like I dumb idea on my part pretty quickly. I doubt I really saved any time but I did likely add some frustration. Next time I'll just check it at the end of the trip. I liked carrying my own bags on to start the trip because we didn't get on until almost 2pm and our room was ready for us already. Overall, the trip was excellent, the ship was beautiful, the service was top notch, and I'd do it again tomorrow if I had the vacation and savings! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We were on this ship a couple of years ago on a Mediterranean cruise. It was a nice ship then and it is just as nice since the dry dock. Some of the décor has been updated, but the original style of the ship seemed intact. The ice show ... Read More
We were on this ship a couple of years ago on a Mediterranean cruise. It was a nice ship then and it is just as nice since the dry dock. Some of the décor has been updated, but the original style of the ship seemed intact. The ice show was a new one and it was great. The previous one was one of our favorites, so it would have been nice to keep it, but maybe it will get transferred to one of the new ships. The itinerary was a standard western Caribbean one, so there is not much new to say about Cozumel, Grand Cayman or Falmouth. The only notable thing was the surprise thunderstorm at Grand Cayman that drenched everyone and caused shore excursion cancellations. The tender ride back to the ship was wet and cold! This class of ship has a great Windjammer buffet design and the Navigator's is one of the best, with a really good Asian section and an attentive staff. When I mentioned to Lloyd in the Windjammer that there was no grapefruit, he saw to it that it was there every subsequent day. On a previous Freedom of the Seas cruise they just shrugged their shoulders and did nothing. Well done Lloyd! Magdalena was also a great server with a super personality. The Sapphire dining room food and service was also very good and the lobster platter was the best I have had in a long time. The second of the two production shows was pretty uninspired, but the solo show by the lead male vocalist was really good, especially the backing by the ship's orchestra. Jim in the Schooner Bar was not my favorite, but he was sure loud, to the point you could not hold a conversation. It would have been better if Anna, who only performed one night, had been there every night. Her sophisticated music and style are perfect for a lounge like this. The Bubba Feathers band in Boleros played country, rockabilly, blues and even a Zydeco number. Perfect for a cruise from Texas. The ships officers were not as visible or approachable on this ship as some of the others and there was no meet and greet with the show performers as on other ships. The only real problem with sailing from Galveston is the airport and transfers. They will only provide transfers if your flights fall into some very limited timeframes. Taxis are about $130 I was told, so ship transfers are the only real alternative. From the time my flight touched down to the time I reached the check in desk was four hours! The traffic was terrible and it took a long time to get into the port area from the street. The return transfer was only available for flights leaving after 12:30 and you had to leave the ship at 8:45, no self debarkation option. Also, a week before departing I saw a news story that said that Houston is second only to New York for most expensive airports to fly into. To top it off there was no TSA Pre-check line at the Delta gate at Bush Airport! Galveston is a very difficult place to do a fly/cruise from compared to Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa or even Orlando. This was an excellent cruise and I will look forward to when this ship repositions to Florida for an easier flight and transfer. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My girlfriend and I had reservations across from the Johnson Space center at the Microtel hotel, some 40mins away from the port. A room there seemed a better cost effective option than anything on the island. So on Saturday April 18, we ... Read More
My girlfriend and I had reservations across from the Johnson Space center at the Microtel hotel, some 40mins away from the port. A room there seemed a better cost effective option than anything on the island. So on Saturday April 18, we drove down from Arkansas. The hotel was adequate for our overnight needs, and had no vacancies. Day 1, Sunday, Departing Galveston, TX. : We ate breakfast at the hotel, checked out about 9:00am, and drove to Galveston in about 45mins. I had planned on driving around the island to see the sights before parking, and then start the boarding process around noon. However, someone had picked that day for walk-a-thon type event, and we ran into a traffic mess and barricaded streets. After much delay, due to U-turns, and waiting for participants to cross various streets, we made it to terminal 2 and Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas. I dropped off my luggage along with my companion, and headed out in the traffic again to find Park-N-Cruise. Arriving there about 10:45, I was quickly guided to an indoor parking spot, where I grabbed my backpack, other items, locked the car, and walked over to the terminal. We then rolled our main bags over to the luggage area and a porter stacked them on a cart. We entered the terminal building, and went through the screening process fairly quickly, with my backpack and its two bottles of wine being unquestioned. Stopping by the RC customer counter, we got our ship passes without delay, and boarded the ship at 11:15. We walked around looking over the ship some, and then went to the WindJammer for lunch, where we found many choices. We wound up usually eating breakfast and lunch in the WindJammer, as it was so convenient. Neither of us have any complaints about their food or service at the WindJammer. You will use the germ killer solution entering the restaurant, or they will quickly “offer” you some. Ocean View stateroom, #2314: At 1:15 we were admitted to our room and were both satisfied with the room’s size, cleanliness, appearance, décor, electrical outlets, window size/view/curtains, etc. We pulled away from the dock around 4:50, and all our luggage was outside our door at 5:00. Unfortunately, our room had an adjoining door to the next room. Normal conversation levels came easily through the door, and naturally our neighbors were louder than normal. They argued and carried on for three days on one topic. On the second day I complained to our steward, who said he’d turn it in to security. On the 3rd day, I asked and was told security didn’t catch them in, and so nothing was done. I called the steward into the room one afternoon, where he quickly got a dose of the next door action. He immediately pulled out his phone and reported it, and later I was told they did contact the occupants. While I realize the position this type of complaint puts the crew in, planned active/physical excursions, let alone the whole cruise, would certainly be less enjoyable if one is suffering from insomnia. From night one, we were both forced to use earplugs and a rain sound file on my notepad. By the third night, with excursions looming, I was glad I had brought Rx sleeping pills. Eventually, things got quieter, maybe because they got tired of arguing, or we were more tired from the port adventures. So, point of the story here is, bring your earplugs. We unpacked and walked up to the Sapphire for dinner, which is the main dining room (MDR). Again, the anti-bacterial self-dispensing machines were everywhere, and the hostess watches all who enter. The food and service in the Sapphire, was excellent every time. We had chosen My Time Dining, and ate dinner there every night, and breakfast one morning. We were always seated at a table by ourselves, and you could specify a waiter/table combo. We settled on table #634 with waiter Rodrigo, assisted by Janice, both from the Philippines. I was not bringing a suit or sport coat on my cruise, and reluctantly brought a tie. In a button up shirt and tie, I felt very comfortable at dinner in the Sapphire on those formal nights. I was certainly not alone, and ditched the tie after the first formal night, seeing many others who obviously shared my viewpoint. We had shrimp cocktail, grilled cod, crème brulee for dessert. Day 2, Monday, At Sea: Hot tub that am, suntan time, World’s Sexiest man competition poolside, We had signed up for the Meet and Mingle, but the timing was off as we busy somewhere else (FloRider?), and opted to stay with that. Scallops and lobster bisque, tenderloin, plate with three sample desserts. Around 7:30p, the Captain addressed the audience in the promenade, while we had complimentary wine. Day 3, Tuesday, At Sea: We had our only breakfast in the MDR, with four others at a table. I had salmon eggs benedict, which was very good. Then it was more hot tub, sunshine, steam room, and food. Poolside, we saw the Men’s International Belly Flop contest. In the MDR, we had pork tenderloin w/stacked potatoes, ? for dessert. That evening in the Metropolis theater, Joel Mason as Elton John – a hilarious entertainer, and I’m not easily amused, sorry if you missed it. Day 4, Wednesday, Rotan Excursions – Even though beginners, we opted for only one RC sponsored excursion, along with two private ones, and were pleased with all of them: In Rotan, off the ship at 8:30, Hector from Rony’s tours took good care of us, showing us the island, finding the beachfront Barefeet Bar where we had two lobster plates, including beer for $40. He also took us to a nearby place to snorkel on a reef. He dropped us off in town around 2:00, and we shopped a bit, buying the usual t-shirts and stuff. His car’s AC worked well, which turned out to be an exception elsewhere. I also purchased some jewelry from D.I. in the port terminal. Later, in the MDR, we had crab cakes, encrusted loin of cob fish, and Rum Baba for dessert. Day 5, Thursday, Belize City, BZ. : In Belize, we had our first tender ride, which went smooth and was not a hassle. We went just outside the terminal’s front door as Yhony had indicated in his emails, and easily hooked up with Butts Up (Cave-Tubing.com). After an interesting bus ride thru Belize City and the countryside, we arrived. Bathrooms for changing, and drinks were there, and after grabbing a PFD, we had a good informative hike up to the caves. At the end of the hike, our tubes with neck rests were waiting for us at the water’s edge. Fernando was our guide in the water and through the caves. Afterwards, it was a free boned in chicken tamale like thingy, which tasted pretty good. Of course, we had to each have a beer. Only downside was they ran out of large size Butts-Up t-shirts to buy, so I left without one. It was a nice day, getting a good overview of life in the city and country of Belize. The bus’s AC was not doing that good, so always sit up front as we did. Overall, Butts-Up was a good value for the money. Back on ship, we dined on Shrimp Ceviche, broiled sole, roasted lamb loin, chocolate cake w/ice cream, and strawberry w/kiwi meringue. Day 6, Friday, Cozumel, MX. : In Cozumel, we went into the port that am and got some good prices on T-shirts and stuff. We also had a good $2 lunch and $2 beer in the port at Bar Mandy. I paid the waitress with tip an hour earlier for our first beers, and when leaving she said we didn’t pay. I simply said, “That won’t work with us, you’ve been paid”. We returned later for lunch and had the same waitress, nothing was mentioned and when tipped again she smiled. We had chosen the RC Island Overview and Mayan Ruins tour at 11:30, over the Bar Hop tour, because we wanted to see some ruins and get a handle on the island. Turned out we picked the wrong time (my girlfriend wanted to sleep late), because it didn’t leave us time to get a cab to the town plaza before or after our tour. So about 11:45, driver Morita and tour guide Nico took us out on the road. The roads led us through the city streets and out to the countryside. We stopped at San Gervasio Ruins, and Nico gave a good walk and talk tour of the Mayan’s and the site’s history. We went out on the west side of the island and saw plenty of blue water and white sandy beaches. We also stopped at the Chocolate Factory which had free Wi-Fi. We arrived back at the terminal at 3:45. Again, the van’s AC was not doing much, so always sit up front as we did. Back on board, it was Royal seafood salad, house salad, lobster tail w/shrimp (uhh, ok, I did have two plates), chocolate sensation and baked Alaska for dessert. Then it was time for Earl Turner at the Metropolis. He’s a really wild character that had the audience in a roar. Day 7, Saturday, At Sea: After hot tub, steam room, and breakfast, we went down to the photo shop and ordered up a nice picture the crew had taken of us. Then it was poolside again, pizza and shrimp sandwich lunch at the Promenade Café, the ice rink, and FloRider. Our picture was ready at 3:00pm as promised, price $20. Dinner in the MDR was Cesare salad, scallops and steak, and key lime pie. Afterwards, a walk down the promenade and a drink at Poets lounge. Day 8, Sunday, Arrive Galveston, TX. : We chose the self-disembarking option, and at 8:00am with luggage in tow, we went down to the terminal and proceeded to Customs. It was our first time through a real Customs line, and a fairly long line. Both of us had brand new passports, and she’s asking if I go by another name? And after looking at my girlfriend’s passport several minutes, I was told to leave her there and step outside? Finally she appeared, bewildered by what the delay was. So we walked with our luggage across the street to Park-N-Cruise, and loaded up. At 9:00am I was turning onto Harborside Dr. with little traffic, and waving goodbye to the Navigator of the Seas. We arrived back home in AR. at 5:15p. In Summary: Good weather and calm seas added to the enjoyment during eight days of sailing and excursions. Using Park-N-Cruise and their indoor parking option was a good choice with the many thunderstorms passing through on those dates we were at sea. The boarding process was fairly quick, and self-disembarking is the way to go for those that can, provided your suitcases have two or more wheels. Except for the ill-timed walk-a-thon, I didn’t find Galveston a bad place to set sail from, although I can’t compare it to elsewhere. To Galveston, I would not sponsor a walk-a-thon on a Sunday with thousands of people trying to get off and on two cruise ships. Duh… I saw no sign of anyone being sick whatsoever, and the RC crew was constantly wiping everything down. I often noticed any utensil/food touched, dropped, or mishandled was immediately disposed of. Just an FYI here to any Cruise line reading this… any line that demands/enforces suit and tie in the main dining room won’t have me as a passenger. It’s simply not my thing to pack a suit, to have to wear eating while on vacation. We barely noticed any rocking/rolling motion from the ship in our level two room. We both really enjoyed cruising with Royal Caribbean on the Navigator, and we will be planning another cruise soon. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We have cruised out of Galveston many times and have always been very pleased with the ease of embarkation. This cruise was no different. Easy embarkation as well as disembarkation. This was our first cruise on the NOS, but have sailed ... Read More
We have cruised out of Galveston many times and have always been very pleased with the ease of embarkation. This cruise was no different. Easy embarkation as well as disembarkation. This was our first cruise on the NOS, but have sailed on sister ship Voyager OS. We love the design of the ship. Easy to get around. Promenade was always fun to stroll through and people watch. Can't say enough about the service we received the entire time. The staff was very friendly and always helpful. Our stateroom attendant, Solomon Williams, was excellent. He met all of our special requests, both promptly and with a friendly smile. He kept our stateroom clean & in perfect order. Loved "MaMa" Jaime Oakman in the Bingo games. She was always so fun & kept us laughing. Nadja in the Diamond lounge was excellent in that she was very friendly and helpful. Loved the way she socialized with everyone throughout the Diamond lounge. Francisco Fernando was a wonderful bar server in the Diamond lounge. He remembered our names & our favorite cocktails. He always had a contagious & friendly smile. Everyone made us feel so welcome. Met several couples that we enjoyed sitting with and talking. Our cabin #1390 was great! We've had many balconies toward the aft, but first time we've had an aft cabin on the back of the boat. Cabin & balcony was larger than any we had ever had before. Have booked another aft cabin on the Serenade transatlantic next year. Loved our cabin! We have cruised this same itinerary several times because we live so close to the port. Our goal for this cruise was relaxation. We were not disappointed. It was the most relaxing cruise we've had. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I have to say, this was our best cruise ever. I think the main reason we had such a good time is due to planning, eliminating the things we knew we didn't like and slowing down to enjoy ourselves. We were a little concerned at ... Read More
I have to say, this was our best cruise ever. I think the main reason we had such a good time is due to planning, eliminating the things we knew we didn't like and slowing down to enjoy ourselves. We were a little concerned at first because we were detained getting on the ship due to norovirus but once they let us on everything seemed to be fine. There was no line at the port when we got there and went through registration quickly but they stopped letting people in right after we got there. We started our morning by using room service for breakfast. They always called to let us know the food was on the way and being greeted by a cheerful voice always set the stage for the day. The gentleman who brought our food, Herbert, was so happy! When we asked for something special it was always there! Our first dinner in the main dining room did not go so well. We were seated by ourselves at a table for eight in a corner. The assistant server seemed to be in a daze and he was unable to reach us. We had to stretch to get water refills and hand him our plates across the table when we were finished eating. We were moved to a table for two on the other side of the dining room. We had Eri and Keylash and they were great! We did hear from someone else that the assistant server from the night before was gone. The last night at the main dining room, they servers performed two songs and it was just wonderful! We did not eat any meals in the Windjammer except for lunch when we first boarded and breakfast for our last day. We visited the Cafe Promenade for tea, coffee and water frequently! We had an excursion to the Good Hope House along with rum tasting and a horse and buggy ride. It was so disorganized that we never got the horse and buggy ride. We told them at the excursion desk and received a partial refund on both our tickets. I really did not expect that. The Playa Mia excursion was fun. The beach is rocky so if you go make sure you wear water shoes to walk in the water. The food there was really good, too! The shows were great and the Ice Show is a must. The lady with the hula hoops was incredible. It's one of those things you have to see to believe! There was a singer, Jerome Bell, who had been a sem-finalist on American Idol. He was really good, too! We got off the ship in an orderly manner. Our bags were picked up during the night and were right there when we got to our number. We had a porter pick up our bags and he took us right through customs with no problems at all. We were through and on our way in no time! A lot of people tried to carry their own bags and go through customs. That line was really long. It is worthwhile to pay the porter! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Definately something for everyone in the family, so if you do not have an enjoyable time of the ship, it is your own fault! Western Caribbean Cruise was great with good weather all but a half day. Dining Room staff and Room Steward ... Read More
Definately something for everyone in the family, so if you do not have an enjoyable time of the ship, it is your own fault! Western Caribbean Cruise was great with good weather all but a half day. Dining Room staff and Room Steward were exceptional!! We had 'my time' dining on Deck 5 and buth Umesh and Rhoderick were wonderful:) Always steerred us to great choices when unsure of what to choose ;) Room Steward Beverly was my stealth ninja, anticipating need for extra towels, ice, etc. and the room was always meticulous. Ice show was wonderful!!!! As was the Acapella group and Comedian...note to parents & RCL: Adult Only shows @ 10:30pm should be ADULT ONLY Shows! Keep the young teens out...comedian was 10 minutes into his show which was definately not PG13! There is tons of things going on for these kids! Ports of Roatan, Belize City and Cozumel were very good; we did RCL excursions and no problems had. Also, I realize that people are on vacation however, that is no reason to be rude to others on ship or total slobs!! And RCL....you need review the airport/port transportation. We 'missed' the call for our bus to the port even though we were sitting right there. Give those people a microphone to make announcements AND put in some signage! Princess Cruise lines were moving without any issue and RCL folks were sitting! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is a great Cruise line!! The ships are BEAUTIFUL! We love walking onto the ship, going to the room set down our carry-on bag and then exploring. Speaking of rooms, the cabins are not so special, (unless you get ... Read More
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is a great Cruise line!! The ships are BEAUTIFUL! We love walking onto the ship, going to the room set down our carry-on bag and then exploring. Speaking of rooms, the cabins are not so special, (unless you get a suite) because the ship has activitys, you only sleep in the room! When my family and I go to the dining room, we feel like royalty! It has a HUMOUNGUS chandelir and is just so beautiful! The entertainment and activities are probaly, hmm, the second best thing about a cruise. Not only is it a great time, but you also learn new things! The best part of a cruise is the ports. You get to see what life is like on an island, but you also learn new culture and beliefs! When you are on the ship, you are treated unbelivably amazing. You always have a towel animal on your bed and it is so fun! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our family's 6th Royal Caribbean cruise, half on Voyager Class ships and half on Freedom Class. With the recent renovations - such as the addition of the FlowRider and video screens by the pool - the Navigator is very much ... Read More
This was our family's 6th Royal Caribbean cruise, half on Voyager Class ships and half on Freedom Class. With the recent renovations - such as the addition of the FlowRider and video screens by the pool - the Navigator is very much like the larger Freedom class ships. We had a terrific time. The shore excursions we did in Jamaica and Cozumel, along with the beach day in Grand Cayman were a great complement to our days at sea. Highlights on the ship were a few of the shows in the Theater - Motown Divas and the acapella group were especially good, as was Jerome Bell. A couple of things that we missed from previous cruises was the main dining room singing of O Sole Mio by the waiters. I always enjoyed that. Lots of Texans on the ship and we got along well. Highly recommend this cruise!! Getting on and off in Galveston was a breeze, especially as Crown & Anchor Society members Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Wonderful cruise and the service was amazing! We have cruised on RCCL, Carnival, Disney and MSC so we have some experience with the different cruise lines. We have two children age 11 and 9. We were in cabin 3562 with an ocean view. ... Read More
Wonderful cruise and the service was amazing! We have cruised on RCCL, Carnival, Disney and MSC so we have some experience with the different cruise lines. We have two children age 11 and 9. We were in cabin 3562 with an ocean view. It is on a quiet hallway towards a dead-end, so foot traffic was minimal. I could hear music from the theater sometimes, but by 10 p.m. everything was quiet. I think the shuffleboard on deck 4 must be above the room because at times I could hear something rolling around. We wear earplugs at night, so it wasn't an issue. The room was normal size for a cruise with two drop down Pullman beds for the kids. No obvious problems with the room...clean, quiet, all electrical plugs worked and it didn't smell! Our stateroom attendant Tanoe was amazing and very attentive to the kids. He was quick to clean the rooms, make the beds, and tidy the bathrooms. Jamaica was our first stop. We booked an excursion through the ship for the Green Grotto Caves and Dunn Falls. The kids loved both stops and since we usually just go to a beach it was nice to do something different. There were 6 cruise ships in port, but the caves were not busy when we arrived. The tour guide was knowledgeable and kept the kids entertained. The next stop on the tour was Dunn Falls. It was crazy busy. I mean at least 200-300 people climbing the falls, maybe more. This does not include the group of 200-300 waiting in line for their chance to climb. Did I mention it was spring break?!? Our tour guide said in all his years he had never seen it that busy. Our tour went to the front of the line and we didn't have to wait, which was cool. We started walking up the rocks and my kids LOVED IT! Even though we were crammed body to body with all these people, they only focused on the fact that they were climbing falls! Every time I thought we were finished I would look up and see more rocks and falls. It was not slippery (we had water shoes) and I didn't see anyone fall. It is their number one excursion for the entire trip. My only tip for fellow travelers is to plan on leaving EVERYTHING on the tour bus or stand in a long line for a locker. I mean towels, cell phones, sun block, etc. Just wear your swimsuit and start climbing. By the time we got back to the tour bus we were almost dry anyway. You do need cash to tip the tour guide but they don't care if it is wet! Next stop was Grand Cayman. We were in the port of Falmouth. We took a group taxi to 7 mile beach. Basically we got off the ship, saw the signs for $4 rides (per person/one way) to 7 mile beach and hopped on. It dropped us at Calico Jacks, which was good for our first time. The beach was free and the tables at Calico Jacks are free as long as you buy food and beer. There are lounge chairs and umbrellas up and down the area around the restaurant. $5 per chair and $10 for an umbrella. We were lucky enough to grab a free table, order a bucket of beer and sodas for the kids, and go snorkeling. The water was calm, clear and we saw all sorts of fish. It helped that we brought cereal from the boat! There were showers to clean off and then we caught the taxi back. Across from the ship we shopped a little and my kids found Dollar Deals which is a version of a dollar store. It was on Cardinall and Harbor (I think!) behind Breezes. Across from the RCCL dock. They had stuff priced $1.00 and up so my kids felt rich with $5.00! They got marble turtles, bracelets, little dolls, etc. Last stop was Cozumel. This is one of my favorite places on earth. We paid the taxi fee of $15 from the RCCL port to go to Chankanaab, a national park with a beach, snorkeling, pool, dolphins, etc. The entrance fee was $70 for the four of us and last cruise I found a coupon online for $5 off per person. The water was perfect and we saw at least 20 different fish off the reef by the shoreline. My kids swam out to a platform and had fun jumping off. At the end of the day we went to the pool to clear the salt water and then took a taxi back. There are tons of food options and a bucket of beer cost $18 for six drinks.. We don't do the all you can eat option so we just order nachos and cheese quesadillas and this holds us over until we can get back on the ship. We have done the dolphin swim before and it was fun. This trip we just wanted to relax and swim and the day was perfect. What more?? The food was great. I avoid the buffet because I feel like it is too busy and you are always trying to get in line for food or a table. We went twice and the food was fine. I prefer the sit down meals where someone serves us so I don't have to worry about the kids running around and I don't have to get up to check on them. Both breakfast and lunch in the main dining room had many food options and the portion control kept us from gaining too much weight! This was my first time to do My Time dining. I picked the times I wanted online before the cruise. We eat around 6 with the kids. On the days we were in port I wish I had picked a little later time because we got on the ship and had a snack of pizza, so we weren't really that hungry by 6. We ate anyway!! My Time worked well and our server was Errol. He was great with the kids and very attentive. After dinner my kids wanted to go to kids camp so we had some adult time, which was nice. The only other tip I have is to do the Flow Rider when you are in port around 3-5. The line wasn't that long and my older kid would keep going. I did try it once and the people who worked it were patient with everyone. I made it for 10 seconds and then crashed and burned. Still glad I did it! Long review for an amazing cruise. Hope you have as good a time when you go on your trip! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
NOTS is a great cruise ship. We love the open Promenade design. Much more "fun" than other ships where you have to walk through clubs and casinos or walk down cabin hallways to get from end to end of the ship. Wonderful food ... Read More
NOTS is a great cruise ship. We love the open Promenade design. Much more "fun" than other ships where you have to walk through clubs and casinos or walk down cabin hallways to get from end to end of the ship. Wonderful food in both the cafeteria and the MDR. Extremely gracious crew! Son teen had a fun time with other teens. Daughter teen was less than thrilled with the teen programs. The ship has a great fitness room! It also has a lovely upstairs chapel for quiet prayer time. This cruise stopped at Roatan, Belize and Cozumel, on three consecutive days. A great way to see these wonderful ports. We did an independent tour (Rony's) on Roatan, and it was terrific. Pirates of the Caribbean Zipline Adventures was great. Treat yourself and pack some clothes and soccer balls for local kids. Great orphanages and outlets for our resources. In Belize, half the family booked an indy excursion with cavetubing.bz, and they had a fine time. They enjoyed the fact that the company hauled the tubes enroute to the water, while other companies make you haul your own. My son and I signed up for the ship excursion scuba dive to Turneffe Atoll. We would usually avoid ship diving groups, but we decided to select this one bc (1) in Belize you have to take a tender to the shore, and this added a significant delay to the dive trip, limiting any indy dives to only the Barrier Reef. It was simply too far to take an indy dive op out to Turneffe Atoll. Also, Hugh Parkey ran the ship excursion, and they are very well regarded in the diving community. The dives were great. It was a treat to be picked up and dropped off at the ship. In Cozumel, half the family booked an indy outing to Chankanaab and thoroughly enjoyed the manatee encounter. $20 cab fare and a nice online discount price of $60 pp for a day of fun. Also, Chankanaab is a great beach and snorkel area. My son and I booked an indy dive with Aldora Divers. We had used them before and love them. Best two-tank dive I ever had. Aldora is superb. At sea days were OK, but the first three days in a row (Sun, Mon and Tues) get a little long. That is just a fact of geography. My only question about the cruise ship is RCCL decision to have three "upscale" restaurants onboard. Paying extra for Mexican food seems silly to me (especially being from San Antonio). Overall, it gives one the strange feeling that they are "slumming" if they only eat fine dining that they have already pre-paid for. I know they have done their homework, but it seems a bit of an odd use of ship space. This is a small point, though. Overall the cruise was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We sailed out of Galveston on March 1, 2015. Checking in at the port was very quick and simple. We were on deck 10, so we were asked to show up between 11:30 and 12:00 for check in, which we did. We were through everything in less than 30 ... Read More
We sailed out of Galveston on March 1, 2015. Checking in at the port was very quick and simple. We were on deck 10, so we were asked to show up between 11:30 and 12:00 for check in, which we did. We were through everything in less than 30 minutes. I think people that arrived later had some longer waits. We ate lunch in the Windjammer, which is always packed on sail away day. Our room was ready promptly at 1:00. Our cabin attendant was there to greet us. He was terrific the whole week. We stayed in a virtual balcony interior room. These are pretty new and I didn't know too much about it. The screen is as tall as the room and had a view from the rear of the ship, so everything that someone in a balcony cabin at the back could see, so could we. In fact, we visited one and the view was the same. We just didn't have the opportunity to open the door and actually sit outside, but it was nice to be able to see. When we were in ports, we could watch the people on the docks. Food was fine. We ate most meals in the dining room. Food was better there and it was fairly quick for breakfast and lunch. We also dined in Giovanni's one night, which was very good. We didn't try Sabor, the Mexican restaurant because I felt the premium cost addition of $35 for Mexican food was really overpriced. For a good Mexican restaurant in Houston, $35 would be considered highway robbery. We did the bamboo raft trip on the Martha Brae and it was wonderful. Spence was our guide and he was awesome. He had been doing this for 45 years, so we were in good hands. They do hit you up to buy their handmade items, but these people are poor. I didn't have any trouble just giving him an extra big tip - it's a hard life in Jamaica. We also did the trip to San Gervasio Mayan ruins in Cozumel. It was really interesting and we had a good guide, Gabriel. They added a trip to a chocolate place, which I wasn't really in to and was just another opportunity for buying things. The stop at El Mirador was lovely. It's a great photo op. We enjoyed the live music and shows, but really missed having a classical group playing in any of the bars. In past trips there has always been a duo that played classical. The ice show was really good, make sure to pick you tickets when you can on board prior to the shows. The ship band was terrific, as were their singers. Upon return to Galveston, we took our own luggage off the ship and were in our car headed home by 8AM. Very simple. I suggest doing that if you can, it's is very quick and you don't have to wait for luggage. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Embarkation: The Port of Galveston is not the most friendly locale from which to cruise. Parking lots are located a distance from the cruise terminals. Cruisers must take a shuttle from the parking lots to the terminal. When multiple ... Read More
Embarkation: The Port of Galveston is not the most friendly locale from which to cruise. Parking lots are located a distance from the cruise terminals. Cruisers must take a shuttle from the parking lots to the terminal. When multiple ships are in port at the same time, the congestion is terrible. Once at the terminal, embarkation processing efficiency depended on the time of day one boards. We arrived at 1:00 PM and had a bit of a wait. In fairness, the RCL computers were down for a time which contributed to the delays. Our family boarded around 2:00 PM and were processed through in a very short time. Cabin: We were in a superior balcony cabin located aft of amidships on the 7th deck. The room was comfortable and fairly spacious. It was also very quiet considering that there were 1200 children on board this cruise. The room was very clean and in good repair. However, the balcony showed signs of age with rust evident in several spots. Our cabin attendant, Golda, was excellent (far above the norm if that is possible). Our room was made up within a very short time after we indicated that fact through the makeup room card. She spotted some needed minor repairs and they were promptly attended to. Ship Condition: The Navigator of the Seas is an older ship and it shows. While the ship’s interior public spaces were well maintained, there were signs of rust and areas needing painting on the exterior decks. The ship should have a major yard period soon as it cannot compete with newer shipd of the Royal Caribbean fleet. Dining: The food in the Windjammer buffet was excellent. The variety was good and served many different tastes. As with many cruise ships, seating was at a premium during preferred meal hours. I was surprised that the buffet shut down from 11 AM to 12w PM. They also closed for the night around 9 PM. If memory serves my correctly, this venue used to be open continuously during the day and much later in the evenings. Service in Windjammer depended on where one sat. Some of the food service personnel were fast, efficient, and friendly. Others were not. Sort of a mixed bag. The Sapphire Dining Room offered a nice variety of entrée choices every night. We chose Anytime Dining but were fortunate to have the same waiters every night. Our wait staff of Irene and Neville was wonderful. We had a table of seven and they remembered everyone’s name and food/drink desires. They spent time with our grandchildren and shared some personal stories about their home countries. The kids looked forward to every evening meal. I have read some comments on this site about food quantity. I did not find this to be an issue. The portions were quite generous. Also, there was no hesitation if anyone wanted a second entrée. The food quality was about average for Royal Caribbean. On Board Activities: They were the usual for cruise ships (art auctions, belly flop contests, bingo, etc.) There was an issue with the “sexiest man” contest. Encouraged by the assistant cruise director, it became rather vulgar and crude. Since there were many children present, I felt it to be totally inappropriate. I discussed it by phone with the cruise director who promised to have a meeting with staff to avoid such incidents in the future, especially on cruises with many children as guests. I hope he did follow up. Children activities during the day seemed to be a bit weak. Either the activities were not interesting or there weren’t very many participants. There were sporting contests and informal basketball games to keep guests occupied. The evening activities for teens were wonderful. Our oldest grandson went to the Optix every evening and met a number of other teens. He really enjoyed it. Cruise Staff: The overall impression of the staff was very good. In addition to the aforementioned wait staff and room attendant, others went out of their way to be helpful. My wife needed top use a wheel chair and she was always given special treatment. My grandson forgot his charger to his GoPro camera. One of the staff loaned him his personal charger so that he could charge his camera prior to leaving for a snorkeling shore excursion. This was above and beyond and was most appreciated. Loyalty Program: Royal Caribbean has the best guest loyalty program in the cruise industry. The Diamond Club on board offered continental breakfast each day as well as complimentary cocktails and snacks during the evening hours. This is one of the primary reasons that we cruise on Royal Caribbean almost all of the time. Debarkation: Debarkation was a disaster. Through no fault of RCL, the wait times were awful. The queue was caused by a lack of customs agents as well as their inefficiency. Once we cleared customs, there was the inevitable wait for the parking lot shuttle. It took three shuttle buses before we were able to board and retrieve our car. This was followed by another wait to return to the terminal to pick up passengers. Galveston needs to improve their port or cruisers need to understand and accept the fact that waiting to board and leave is the norm.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our first cruise. We found everything went smoothly, but could have used some more hand holding along the way. Embarkation went smoothly, but we were aided by being suite guests which put us in a much shorter line. Did not realize ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We found everything went smoothly, but could have used some more hand holding along the way. Embarkation went smoothly, but we were aided by being suite guests which put us in a much shorter line. Did not realize we could get our food in the Windjammer and take it to Chops for embarkation lunch - nice suite perk. Windjammer was crowded but we found a table within about 5 minutes. Ate at Chops first night and loved it. Sean was a great waiter. I tried the dry aged steak and felt it was well worth it. Second day at sea was fun. We explored the ship, and were amazed at the public spaces and that all of it was on a ship - simply amazing. Second day at sea was still great fun. There is a lot to do, and we found ourselves engaged when we wanted to be, and relaxing when we wanted to relax. My wife and daughter suffer from motion sickness and did find themselves feeling dizzy and at times in - what we coined as a "cruise coma". The seas were not very rough and we were in the middle of the ship, but up high - deck 10. They never got sick, but did not always feel great. Not sure we would do anything differently, but just want to warn first time cruisers what they might experience. Our second night we discovered that our restaurant reservations were messed up. It turns out that the reservations you make online may not translate properly to the ship's restaurant reservation system. Our concierge could not rectify the situation (the system she looked at had everything correct - she emailed the restaurant manager but to no avail), and this turned out to be a constant problem throughout the cruise. Our TV showed our reservations, the concierge's system showed our reservations, but the restaurants showed other information. My wife's spa reservation also had the same problem - the spa had the reservation for a different date than our information. The second night we ate at Sabor and loved the appetizers, found the entrees and desserts to be very good. Our first shore excursion was to Roatan. We booked a trip to Little French Key independently from RC. We were disappointed. It was very crowded (granted this was during Texas spring break), and the food was average. It took a long time to get off the ship and to Little French Key - almost 2 hours. The van ride was very depressing - Roatan is quite poor and you see some real third world conditions. That night we ate in the main dining room and loved the atmosphere, but found the selection and food average. In Belize we stayed on-board to enjoy a less crowded ship. That night we ate in Giovanni's and had a great meal. In Cozumel my daughter and I went scuba diving arranged by RC. If you are going scuba diving pay close attention to your scuba information which comes in a little envelope. It will tell you to check in with the dive shop on-board before Monday at 5. We did not read this initially and had some nervous moments, but they were able to take care of us. At the very end of the pier and once on land in Cozumel they had signs up for lots of tours, but not ours and there was not a RC representative when we were told to be there - 7:45 am. We roamed around for about 15 minutes and spotted a RC rep who pointed us to the right spot for our tour - never did put out a sign. The diving was incredible - one of the highlights of my life (first time to dive in the ocean). We really enjoyed the skating show. I thought there was a little too much selling of stuff on-board, but it did not bother me. Toilets backed up one day, but our attendant made sure everything was back to normal quickly. As a suite guest we had access to the concierge lounge which we used everyday. It was very nice to have a quiet place to go to get some snacks and drinks, and get answers and help for all our questions. Ate at Johnny Rocket's for lunch on the last sea day, and would probably have eaten there more - not necessarily for the burgers but for their lighter fare - like a salad with chicken chopped into it. Disembarkation was very efficient, but once again being suite guest gets you priority and shorter lines. I do not think we will be cruising annually, but we will definitely do it again and most likely with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I am a senior citizen who loves to cruise. This was my second cruise on the Navigator of the Seas (8th RCI cruise) and it was wonderful. I was on Navigator last March and thought it was a good cruise but this time was even better. This ... Read More
I am a senior citizen who loves to cruise. This was my second cruise on the Navigator of the Seas (8th RCI cruise) and it was wonderful. I was on Navigator last March and thought it was a good cruise but this time was even better. This crew is great, especially the restaurant staff and bartenders. Went to Izumi twice, Glenn and LLoyd made sure the dining experience was excellent each time. Izumi is the perfect venue to enjoy delicious, fresh seafood with friends. Chef Jake in Giovanni's Table was very nice and made sure my meal was perfect. Chop's served the best scallops I have ever eaten. I had meals in the main dining room and the Windjammer and was pleased with everything I tried. Zero complaints about any of the food! Although I could have cocktails in either the Diamond Lounge or the Concierge Lounge, I spent more time visiting my favorite bartenders and trying different drinks. Willy and Constancio are the go-to guys in the Cosmopolitan Lounge. Fernando, in the Casino Bar, makes the best Caipirioska when you want to try something really refreshing. See the lovely young lady named Ngamila when you go the Two Poets Pub for libations. As you probably guessed, I cruise for the food and drinks! However, this cruise I enjoyed the Spa services too. In addition to having my hair done a couple of times, I tried the "Salon Sampler" which offered several treatments. I recommend this service because you can choose what you want and try several things that make you feel so good. Entertainment was good. The Meet & Mingle was fun and lively. The "silent dancing" was a hoot. You just have to see it! This was my first time seeing The Quest. What a hilarious audience participation activity. Park West is doing the Art Auctions once again. Yeah! I should have stayed away, but it is just too much fun and now I have some more art to remind me of this cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation were much better this time! Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
This was my second, and hubby's first, cruise on Navigator of the Seas. I was a little anxious how he'd like it since we are more used to Holland America (which cruises out of our city) but he thought it was a great ship. I ... Read More
This was my second, and hubby's first, cruise on Navigator of the Seas. I was a little anxious how he'd like it since we are more used to Holland America (which cruises out of our city) but he thought it was a great ship. I know he appreciated the excellent signage. We met up with some friends who live in the SE U.S. and had a wonderful time with them. We chose to drive from CA to Galveston, sightseeing and visiting along the way. We spent 2 nights in Galveston prior to the cruise so we had everything pretty well plotted out. We found our EZ Cruise lot so drove right to it Sunday morning. Great folks there - very helpful with we older people getting luggage arranged and such. Embarcation day was great, decent weather and we were quickly onboard. About 1:00 we went to our cabin and met Luis, our cabin steward. Friendly and fully of helpful information for us which we appreciated. Our cabin was always cared for and tidy (we missed seeing more towel animals) We met our friends for dinner ("My Time") and enjoyed the staff so promptly reserved that table for the remainder of the cruise. Rodrigo & Janice were great. Relaxation was our main plan for the cruise and I think we did every bit of that. Hubby has some mobility issues so we didn't plan any major tours or activities, other than to get off at each stop and browse the shops. We're not bingo or trivia players. He loves to people watch so while he did that I immersed myself in my Kindle. He's retired military and found many other gentlemen to visit with. Our one tour in Belize was good but, unfortunately, was not good for hubby. Nothing in the description or reviews discussed the stairs (without handrails) needed to get to the ruins. Without the assistance of one of our tour guides (Peter), he'd never have made it back. I brought this up in my review of this tour. The cruise company, the bus and Chelsea and Peter were excellent. We enjoyed our snack stop,too. Transport from ship to shore and back was seamless. Most of our meals were in the Windjammer since we like variation. We found hot food to be suitably hot and cold food to be cold. Hubby had a beverage card and it was nice to be able to refill his mug at either ice cream stations or at the bar. Not as convenient to get service at a poolside bar. Dinners were good but nothing really outstanding. Well, maybe some of the desserts! We always enjoy the variety available. When nothing else looks good there is always a steak. Friday lunch we "girls" ate at Izumi and totally enjoyed it. Disembarcation is always a mess (jmho ...). We were among the last off the ship so hoped lines had moved along nicely. Wrong! We easily found our 2 suitcases. I inquired about a shorter line for handicapped and we were directed to another line. Made it out, back to our shuttle and car and were on the way back home before noon. In the fog and rain. We enjoyed this cruise enough that we may try another itinerary next year from Galveston, or other Gulf location. Just a head's up to you, Susie & Jim! Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
This is my 7th cruise with Royal, and the crew were definitely the best ever. On the second day I went to customer service asking them if I could get a pillow top mattress because my bed was too hard, it was in my room within 15mins of me ... Read More
This is my 7th cruise with Royal, and the crew were definitely the best ever. On the second day I went to customer service asking them if I could get a pillow top mattress because my bed was too hard, it was in my room within 15mins of me asking. Very impressed with the fast service. I only of one crytism and that is anywhere close to the casino it is very smokey with all the cigarette smoke. I wish they would stop smoking in there, we did not gamble in there for that reason. All in all fantastic cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Background: My wife and I chose this cruise for two reasons, we were celebrating our 10th year anniversary and the ship departed in our home town of Houston. Since this was our first long vacation in a few years and we wanted to splurge ... Read More
Background: My wife and I chose this cruise for two reasons, we were celebrating our 10th year anniversary and the ship departed in our home town of Houston. Since this was our first long vacation in a few years and we wanted to splurge without having the kids, we chose to travel in a grand suite. Having been on other cruise lines from Galveston we wanted try Royal for the first time. Being in our early 30’s we also wanted something less appealing than a party ship but also to avoid the high class on upscale cruise ship and older crowds. Trip: The trip overall was wonderful and the staff very friendly with little to no complaints. The ship is very clean and has a fresh appearance given the recent dry dock and refurbishment a year ago. Getting on and off the ship was quick and painless taking less than 30 minutes in both cases. Granted as suite guest you do have separate lines and disembark times so I cannot confirm if this is the ‘norm’ out of Galveston. Room: Our room number was 1579, a Grand Suite port side deck 10 which included use of the Concierge Club and other amenities. The room was large and felt like a decent hotel room rather than a small cruise ship room. If your budget allows we highly recommend cruising in a suite, it’s well worth the perks and service amenities. The only complaint with regards to our room was towel animals only appeared every other night rather than nightly. Royal does offer Wi-Fi in all rooms however the service is extremely slow. Facebook, email, and small web traffic works fine however Apple Facetime or Skype video calls would not work. We were able to use Skype audio only calls successfully. Prices for the internet varied, we purchased unlimited for the duration of the cruise for $189 – will worth it for calling back home nightly and posting pictures on Facebook. Concierge Club: Our Concierge Nadaja and her staff within the club were fantastic and meet every need on this trip. If we could book cruises based on her being our concierge, we would! As a suite guest we also had a bridge tour, galley tour, reserved seating at the pool, theater / ice shows, and dinner at the Captain’s Table one evening. Other Things: As expected things on the ship are expensive. Cruise pictures averaged $25 each (or through other high priced packages), drinks of the day averaged $10 each, bottle water was $3 each, ect. We had one Royal Replenish package for $20 per day which included everything (such as all Starbucks drinks, bottle water, OJ, ect.) but no alcohol drinks. This worked well considering we had the free open bar in the Concierge club when we wanted a drink. Dinning Onboard: Chops: We were not impressed with Chops having been to other steak restaurants on land. Expected more of a five star treatment though our waiter was less than attentive most of the evening. This restaurant was not packed most nights given the cost of dining and the food was not impressive. If you’re looking for a thicker steak compared to the main dining room this is the place, just don’t expect the quality would see from a local steak house. Sabor Mexican: This by far was our favorite restaurant given how different the food is presented and prepared. The food and staff were fanatic, just wish we could find something similar back home. Highly recommend. Giovanni's: This restaurant is featured as an Italian restaurant but felt nothing more than a general restaurant serving food from the main dinning room. Some general basic Italian dishes expected would have been language or spaghetti neither of which were listed on the menu. Would not recommend eating here based on the menu options. Jonny Rockets Looking for a good burger… this is a great place to eat. Our complaints with this restaurant was the hours open (most days didn’t open until 2PM) and the loud music which made it hard to talk across the table. Windjammer: Food here is average (to say the least). If you want a quick meal such as breakfast on port days, this place it ‘OK’. Main Dining Room: For the dining room we arranged for My Time Dinning which was the best decision we made during our advance booking. Treated more as a first come, first served restaurant we never waited more than five minutes for a table. Food was average, nothing to write home about. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
The crew and staff of the Navigator are great. Destinations are terrific. The ship itself however is showing signs of age. I noticed a lot of rust, the floors of the Balconies are cracking and lifting and some fresh paint might go a long ... Read More
The crew and staff of the Navigator are great. Destinations are terrific. The ship itself however is showing signs of age. I noticed a lot of rust, the floors of the Balconies are cracking and lifting and some fresh paint might go a long way. This was our fifth cruise, and we will go again and sail with RCI. We did not do any shore excursions this time, since our plan was to just enjoy the ship, and we had been here before. Our cruise did not go as planned, since the weather did not cooperate. !0 foot waves, rain and wind were not helpful. Our cruise did not dock at Grand Caymans due to the dangerous waves. The FlowRider is awesome, Pools and Hot Tubs great as always. We had "My Way" Dining on this trip, and we liked it.We picked our dining time, and had a table to ourselves. The dining rooms are so beautiful, and the food as always was wonderful.Our cabin on the eighth floor was clean and well maintained. Definitely had odor problems with the bathrooms both in our stateroom, and in some public areas.Embarkation and Disembarkation was the smoothest ever. High praise for the new system there. So we loved the cruise, but the ship really needs some maintenance.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We arrived a day early in Houston and stayed at Marriott Courtyard. Hotel is ok, nice thing is the Bistro, which allowed for a quick dinner and drink after the flight. Next day we took Island breeze shuttle to the port (really great ... Read More
We arrived a day early in Houston and stayed at Marriott Courtyard. Hotel is ok, nice thing is the Bistro, which allowed for a quick dinner and drink after the flight. Next day we took Island breeze shuttle to the port (really great service) and arrived at the ship early. We had no problem boarding. Lunch was available in the Windjammer, though I wish they would also open a dining room. The food was good during the trip but not exceptional. I agree with one other review, that the Lobster night was disappointing. The other meals had a wide variety, the preparation was good and the food hot when served. We enjoy formal nights but it seems less and less people dress up. Cruise Critic meet and mingle had a good crowd. This is our 6th cruise 3 with Royal. Compared to other lines the deck bar service is slow and bartenders seem inattentive. We are now starting to compare service levels with other lines. On-board during the week the event menu is less than we see on other lines. The crew run events we did attend were fun though. Roatan is a small port for walking and shopping, the straw market has some interesting gifts. In Belize City we took the Altun Ha Mayan Site and River Wallace excursion and we had a blast, relaxing river boat ride (many animals and the dolphin) and good Mayan ruins which were easily accessible. In Cozumel we walked into town 3 mi. (next time a taxi) and shopped. The entertainment was good each night, both comedians were entertaining. Our room was clean and well taken care of (7332). We hung out at Boleros most nights, the music was pretty good. Thank you Monica at Boleros, you made the trip enjoyable. The gym was not crowded and had plenty of machines. We were late into port, Fog, and had a late number for departure. Customs was very slow, good thing the shuttle was just a little late. Over all we had a good time on the Navigator and on the cruise. Were already planning the next adventure. Read Less
Sail Date February 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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