152 Galveston Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We are a family of 4 that booked this trip only 2 months in advance as a last minute school vacation get away. We stayed in Galveston for 3 days prior to the cruise and enjoyed local activities (NASA, Moody Gardens, Kemah Boardwalk, Mardi ... Read More
We are a family of 4 that booked this trip only 2 months in advance as a last minute school vacation get away. We stayed in Galveston for 3 days prior to the cruise and enjoyed local activities (NASA, Moody Gardens, Kemah Boardwalk, Mardi Gras parades, and Paradise Pier!). We stayed at Casa Del Mar and it was good for our family of 4 - it met our expectations and was exactly as described online (uncomfortable queen bed, strange layout, but we were expecting it!). The biggest problem with this cruise was transportation. There are very limited opportunities for car rental and ship shuttles in Galveston, so we ended up with a rental that we parked at the port for our cruise. We paid 525$ for the rental and parking at the port for our entire trip (11 nights), and had complete access to the car. It would have cost ~400$ just for transfers from Houston to the ship with no car access before the trip so this ended up being cost effective for us. Parking at the port was very easy. We parked at EZ Cruise and walked to the port to save money. We would do it again to avoid waiting for a shuttle. Embarkation was fairly smooth. The longest wait was for the security line. Overall - it took us ~40 - 50 minutes to actually cross the ship threshold including all of the lines and photos. We did My Time Dining - when we got to the ship we went straight to guest services to get a 'The Planner' to decide what times we wanted to eat during the week and then went to schedule our dinners. Dinner options to pre-book were limited to 5:30, 5:45, 7:15, 7:30, and 8:00, 8:30. We opted for some combination of 5:45 and 7:30. 7:30 times allow you to see the early show and then proceed to dinner. We had planned for our early dinners so that the kids could go straight to the kids club at 6:40 while we finished dinner. The Family Time Dining option is intended to allow the kids to eat in less than 40 minutes to make it there. We did this several times, but it felt like a first for our servers and they always seemed really rushed/stressed to make it happen. They always DID make it happen - but it didn't seem like it was something done often. For us, we loved it. We would enjoy desert/coffee alone, sometimes even our entrée! The kids club staffed meets at the 4th floor dining room at 6:40 to whisk the children away!! Our kids LOVED the kids club - they would have spent every minute of every day in those rooms. My 4 year old did crafts and science every day, and my 8 year old played sports, videos, and did science every day. They had a great time and really bonded with all of the staff there. We sailed past Grand Cayman due to high winds along with several other ships. I was expecting this as a possibility - I think its easier to expect it and be happy if you get to go than the other way around. The ship amenities were great. We thought everything we wanted was there! We enjoyed the ship a lot. We would have preferred more activities be scheduled though, and we found towards the end of the week that there were several other parents like us who were feeling a bit bored while their kids were having so much fun in Adventure Ocean!! We would have liked to see a few more 'mingle' activities for the 'parents' - maybe we could have found some folks to hang out with in the evenings. Overall - we will happily cruise on NOS again. I think that the flowrider was a big hit so that will likely be a requirement for any future cruises we take on Royal. The kids would also prefer ships with fresh water pools.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We are RCCL regulars, in the upper tier group and have been on Navigator a few times before. Have to say that this cruise was just not up to RCCL standards in several ways, the first being entertainment. The first song and dance show was ... Read More
We are RCCL regulars, in the upper tier group and have been on Navigator a few times before. Have to say that this cruise was just not up to RCCL standards in several ways, the first being entertainment. The first song and dance show was awful from beginning to end. I have to say that I have never seen a bad show on RCCL, so this was a disappointing surprise for us. Then, the "adult" comic was a bomb. We began to think it was us, but thankfully all shows got much better with the ventriloquist being fantastic. Casual cruisers should be warned that RCCL has changed their enforcement of dinner attire on non-formal nights to exclude shorts of any kind, even nice ones. We never had a problem with this before, and decided to cut down on our luggage requirements. No shorts of any kind are permitted, due to customer complaints. I guess RCCL is moving to cater to an older customer. Other than that, I can say the Navigator is an impressive ship, very clean and wonderfully relaxing. Embarkation procedures are much improved, but the disembarkation is still a cluster... well a horrible mess if you carry your own luggage off the ship. We thought the food in Windjammer was excellent as usual, but we found the February cruise to be really full. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
My husband and I have been on 5 cruises before this cruise. All of them with Royal Caribbean. Each time we've gone we have had an amazing time! After years of promising out 5 children that we would take them we finally did it! We ... Read More
My husband and I have been on 5 cruises before this cruise. All of them with Royal Caribbean. Each time we've gone we have had an amazing time! After years of promising out 5 children that we would take them we finally did it! We chose to cruise out of Galveston because we figured we could drive to Texas from Colorado and save ourselves the airfare. This made the expense of our family vacation very economical! I will say that the terminal at Port of Galveston does not flow as well as Royal Caribbeans other ports in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale but if you are patient and know that you may have to wait a little it is not bad at all!! I read some of the reviews before we left and I was terrified that it was going to be a nightmare and it wasn't. Just be patient! You'll get on that ship and if you have to wait a little it will be worth it!!! Navigator was the first cruise ship that my husband and I had sailed on so we were happy to go back on it with our children. When we booked we did not realize that Navigator had gone through renovations so we were so happy when we found out that a flow rider had been added to this ship!!! My 15 year old son spent hours and hours on that things. Because we traveled during the school year there were not a ton of families or young children on this cruise. It was mostly older couples and seniors. We LOVED this!!! It was not a party cruise! It was not a drink fest!! It was a nice relaxing cruise that never lacked in entertainment!! There were just enough youth for all of our kids t make friends with. Especially our teenage children. They met lots of fun kids their age and spent most of their days and nights with them and continue to keep in touch with them via text and social media. Our younger boys enjoyed Royal Caribbeans Adventure Ocean and especially loved that they were old enough to come and go as they please. Some of our favorite highlights are: the all you can eat self serve ice cream, flow rider, Sinaga and Pande (our Sapphire dinning room servers), the ice show, the movies under the stars, playing shuffle board for the first time ever! The fact that there weren't waiters hounding you every second to buy alcohol like on RC larger ships (we don't drink so this was awesome for us!) the fact that the ship never felt crowded. Getting off and on at different ports was easy and no big deal. The weather was awesome. The crew was accommodating! We loved it all!! Overall this was hands down THE BEST FAMILY VACATION we have ever taken and we dream of the day we can do it again!!!   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Embarkation tedious and long lines, but guess that is to be expected. The ship itself is lovely. Food in the windjammer could be better...this is our third cruise, and the food quality has definitely gone down. The food in the dining room ... Read More
Embarkation tedious and long lines, but guess that is to be expected. The ship itself is lovely. Food in the windjammer could be better...this is our third cruise, and the food quality has definitely gone down. The food in the dining room is good, but very small portions. We frequently requested either double appetizers or entrees as we found ourselves leaving dinner and being hungry in an hour! Our waiter was not very friendly and rarely smiled or spoke. I don't think he appreciated our requests for the extra appetizers or entrees, There may have been a language barrier though...not really sure. His assistant continued to push the bread/rolls on us all week even though we always refused...thinking they wanted us to fill up on the bread instead! The strip steak was horrible. The salmon was good. The lamb was very good. Shrimp was ok, we missed the lobster night. The desserts were very average...not enough good chocolate in the dining room or windjammer. Everyone made a big deal out of the cherries jubilee, which to me tasted as though someone had thrown a can of pie cherries into the microwave and heated them up! Would like to see more cake or brownies offered. We really did enjoy having a carafe of coffee and breakfast brought to our room each morning...that was our alarm! The coffee is very good! We also ate breakfast in the windjammer, but enjoyed having coffee and a small breakfast to nibble on while dressing in the morning. The room "service" was excellent and always delivered within the time frame requested. We had requested a table for 8 for dinner, and ended up at a table for 4 but did enjoy their company, so no big deal. We did not try any of the specialty restaurants. Despite the average food offered on the ship, I did manage to gain weight that week! The variety and quality of activities on the ship is excellent! There truly is something for everyone on this ship and we were never bored or lacking in an activity we wanted to participate in. Despite the number of people on the ship, it never felt crowded, and you could get away to a private quiet area if so desired. Pools and hot tubs very nice and not overly crowded. Solarium (or adult only pool) nice to get more quiet and out of the wind if need be. We only went to one show, he was a comedian and I cannot remember his name, but he was very funny and had me laughing the whole way through his show...he is very heavy, obese if that helps any!! We checked out the skating rink and it is tiny, so decided to forgo that show. Husband climbed the rock wall and enjoyed it. We had fun watching others try out the flowrider. The gym looked to be very well equipped with its own hot tub. We did try to walk a couple miles a day on the track and enjoyed that...nice to exercise and have an awesome view at the same time, although it does get a little crowded with non exercisers walking in your way. The nightclub was a lot of fun! The bars were fun as well, and many very good dancers to watch! We are not gamblers, but did enjoy having a few drinks at the casino bar, and it was very well attended! Looks to have been a gamblers dream as far as the available games, etc. We had an inside cabin which was very well laid out and designed. It did not feel as cramped as previous inside cabins we have had although believe it was the same square footage...just very well designed. Large closet with plenty of hangers for both of us. Plenty of drawers for storage. Mattress was excellent and had no problem being rocked to sleep each night! :) It was very quiet as well, even during the day. Shower is very small and round, but I actually enjoyed it as I could stick my elbows out and steady myself if the ship was rocking! Adjustable height shower head very nice as well. We loved being on the 9th floor and would do it again as we could take the stairs up and 2 floors and be at the pools and windjammer within 45 seconds of leaving our room! Our room attendant was excellent and straightened up it seemed anytime we left the room, even re made beds after naps, and came back to turn down sheets during dinner. Kept bathroom neat and well stocked with fresh towels. As far as ports, Falmouth, Jamaica was our first. The enclosed shopping area is ok, very commercial and touristy feel to it. We ventured out of the gates to see the real Falmouth, and fairly quickly re entered the port area. We were hounded by pushy locals trying to sell their goods and begging for money. It was dirty and smelly...thinking sanitation may be a problem. Lots of locals who appeared to be homeless and smelled as though they had not had a bath in quite a while. Not to be critical, but this is obviously a very impoverished area. I would do an organized excursion, or just stay on the ship next time. Next stop..Grand Cayman. We tendered, but waited a couple hours to get off and had no problem getting off and didn't wait at all. We left the tender area, turned right and walked 10 minutes to Eden Rock which is a snorkel and dive facility, not an organized excursion. It was awesome and cannot recommend this place enough. We rented all snorkel equipment for $14.00 per person. a locker for $5.00. They have a bathroom where you can change. It is a rocky entrance so you climb down a ladder and must swim out about 100 yards to the reef, actually 2 reefs...devils grotto and eden rock. The reef is a good ways out so not really for swimmers who are not confident, although they do provide life vests. It was outstanding and I swam the length of both reefs 4 times it was so beautiful! It was not crowded at all and no lines. Saw plenty of parrotfish, black durgon, sergeant major, reef squid, tarpon, trumpet fish and rock beauty. This is supposedly the best shore snorkeling in Grand Cayman and I believe it!! Very inexpensive and a wonderful, easy activity!! It was fun to snorkel over the divers going in and out of the caves at devils grotto. They had some loungers so laid in the sun for a while to dry after rinsing in the outside shower, changed and went to lunch before getting back onto the ship. Grand Cayman is quite the opposite of Falmouth...very clean and lovely. Never felt intimidated at all. Next stop Cozumel. We took a 16.00 cab to Nachi Cocum beach club and loved it. 55 per person for use of facility all day, all food and all you can drink included. Loungers under shade. Not crowded, only take 100 reservations and had plenty of space to ourselves. Pool, hot tub and swim up bar. White sand and turquoise water...lovely! Service was good, food was very good. Reserved this online directly with them before cruise. Great value and no hassle. Would do this again in a heartbeat! We did the self express disembarkation...guess we got off quicker but not really sure...you take your own luggage down, still long line to go through customs. It was nice to have access to our luggage until the last minute versus putting it into the hallway the night before though and would do this again. The cruise was a dream, loved every minute!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
The Navigator worked well for my wife and I. We arrived early at the main entrance of the terminal and were provided two wheelchairs as soon as debarkation from the previous cruise was complete. Check-in and boarding were effortless; they ... Read More
The Navigator worked well for my wife and I. We arrived early at the main entrance of the terminal and were provided two wheelchairs as soon as debarkation from the previous cruise was complete. Check-in and boarding were effortless; they brought us to deck 11 for lunch as we were early and cabin was not ready. After lunch we went up to deck 14 (Cosmopolitan Lounge) and watched the football playoffs with a packed crowd of fellow cruisers. When we got to our cabin our rented mobility scooters were there, fully charged. We rented from CareVacations.com, one of the two companies referred by Royal Caribbean. There was plenty of room in our accessible cabin (7600). The scooters were life-savers as the ship is large and we could not walk from one end to the other without a lot of pain (arthritis, bad knees, back). There was also room in the elevators for both scooters plus 4-6 standing passengers. We just needed to be careful backing out. The scooters were no problem at the ports. We used the normal ramp. And the port where tenders were used also posed no difficulty--I rode the scooter right onto the tender. The big disappointment was inability to do most of the excursions unless we wanted to leave the scooters behind. There was not a lot of transportation that had room for scooters. The Score Access department at RCCL was helpful but all they could do was contact their excursion partner and ask if transport was possible. We later learned that the ship's shore excursion desk had no information about the one excursion that said they could take us-- apparently the Shore Access people don't talk to the folks on the ship. The people on the ship told me that next time I should advise the ship's staff of any arrangements made by the RCCL Shore Access people. Other than that it was a great cruise. Lots of accommodations made for people in wheelchairs and scooters at the shows, dining venues, in bars, everywhere except the casino, which was so packed it was hard to move around. Just as well. Probably spent the money I would have lost on souvenirs and gifts. The food was what you expect when cooking for thousands at once, although the Italian restaurant on deck 11 was outstanding, and some of the entrees at the buffet restaurant were also quite good. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Mid 40s no kids who booked this on a whim about 3 weeks out. first time on this class of ship. Embarkation: Galveston has a well deserved reputation for being a CRAPPY embarkation port. Booked Lighthouse parking( covered slots) . close ... Read More
Mid 40s no kids who booked this on a whim about 3 weeks out. first time on this class of ship. Embarkation: Galveston has a well deserved reputation for being a CRAPPY embarkation port. Booked Lighthouse parking( covered slots) . close enough to see the ship, very friendly and efficient staff who loaded our bags on the shuttle quickly and got us to Terminal 2 in no time at all. word of advice: spend the money on a porter. if you wanted to 'self check' your bags, the workers could not be bothered to look you in the face, or even bypass the party of 8 in front of you who did not have luggage tags already on, forcing the next 4 groups behind them who DID to wait about ten minutes while they ran off and stood in line to get tags. if you portered it, you could go directly to the check in line. the usual division of lines based on C&A status applied, although the person at the lead tried to shunt us down the extra long Gold line despite being in a suite( and Emerald). there is NOT a lot of room in the terminal once you got checked in, and NO separation by boarding number. you had to push you way through the SRO crowd. they called Pinnacle first, then Suites. there was a huge number of WC assistance parties required. Began boarding about 1115 or so and was in the Promenade eating a light snack before noon( we wandered around a bit first) cabin were ready at 1 though no announcement was made. GS balcony ( I thought) was smaller than I was used to, with no lounger at all but the cabin itself was nice and large and had more than enough storage space. it was about equidistant from both sets of elevators. one floor down from aft stairs was the CL and one floor up from Aft was the Pool/solarium/windjammer. Solarium is NOT covered although there is enough of a ceiling to provide plenty of shade. both hot tubs are covered. impossible to get a seat on sea days, with many people spending all day reading( NOT 'reserving') or bouncing between napping and soaking in the hot tubs(including me!) it was often not until noon or later before pool towels were supplied in the Solarium and on port days even more of a hassle as the main pool area did not have any either until the bulk of the pax got off the ship. WJ continues to disappoint, especially for lunch. it was literally the same offerings every day. maybe one new curry dish a day. if you want a burger, go to Johnny Rockets and spend the cover charge. Promenade had easy access to free coffee and drinks 24 hours , a great plus. MDR is the same old same old, most days I can find something that really tickles my fancy. as a suite guest we had cooked to order breakfast in Chops daily, with a very limited selection but since Eggs Benedict was on the list I was fine with that. CL was PACKED every night.. as in SRO for the first hour minimum. Li Ping was the main bartender and she was very personable. Her companion was less effusive but kept the snacks well stocked. Ricardo was the CL and very friendly every night, helping deliver drinks as well as making the rounds every night to personally greet everyone who came in. Overall, the Ship's officers were pretty visible all over the ship, but especially the Promenade, which is AWSOME. a lot of energy all day yet inside the Pub or Vintages was very peaceful Ports were Falmouth, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. enjoyed Falmouth, but had been to the other two prior so didn't get off at all. we are neither beach goers, heavy duty shoppers or drinkers so the ports were of limited interest to us. all but the last sea day we had great weather. last day was choppy( not enough to get out the seasick bags but enough cancel all poolside and outdoor activities like flowrider and rock climbing) Disembarkation was slightly less painful, with the Customs line for US citizens basically EMPTY and our luggage all ready to go. waited maybe 10 minutes for our Lighthouse shuttle to fill and were in our car by 9 am to begin the drive back to San Antonio. you WILL pay a tax on any liquor or cigarettes brought into Texas. even the duty free stuff. lines did not look be that bad. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This was my third time on Navigator and 16th time on a Royal Caribbean ship. I found the ship to be in very good condition. The food was slightly different on the dinning room menus then I recalled, and everyone was happy. We traveled ... Read More
This was my third time on Navigator and 16th time on a Royal Caribbean ship. I found the ship to be in very good condition. The food was slightly different on the dinning room menus then I recalled, and everyone was happy. We traveled with my sister and her husband, both diamond members, and my son and his future wife. It was her first cruise. :) Of course it was great for us to see the cruise through a first timers eyes again. She loved it!!! Yeah!! She will fit right into this family. :) The ports were Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. It was my 6th time in Roatan and we went to Little French Key. I wrote a review on Trip advisor if you are interested. I have stayed in Belize for a week in the past, and had gone in by ship a few times also. This time we just shopped inside and outside the gate. Everything went well. Dont miss the MOHO chocolate shop inside the gate. Really good coconut ice cream there. :) and very good chocolate chip cookies. This was my 28th time in Cozumel. I have been a Scuba Diver for over 15 years, so that kinda explains why I have been there so many times. However, this time we wet to Paradise Beach. I love it there. 3.00 to get in, as long as you spend 10.00 a person once you are in. The pool and beach are very clean and the food is very good. Dont miss the drinks in the coconuts! All in all.. a very good cruise. if you have any questions..feel free to email me. Natasha708 at aol dot com Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We left out of Galviston. The process went as smooth as silk getting on and off the ship. The best I have ever had. Now the issues on the first day. My luggage did not show up till 6:20 pm. The issue was I had dinner reservations at ... Read More
We left out of Galviston. The process went as smooth as silk getting on and off the ship. The best I have ever had. Now the issues on the first day. My luggage did not show up till 6:20 pm. The issue was I had dinner reservations at Chops at 6:30 with another couple. I got changed fast and tried to slow everything down to enjoy dinner. The waiter placed us at a table right by the window, great location. My steak was terrible, had no taste at all. By then I was so mad I just wanted to get out of Chops and start to enjoy the rest of the ship. After that first day issues the rest of the cruise went well. Missed the small mints they used to leave on the pillow each night (cutback). The main dining room was good, we had the mytime dinning and ate on deck 5 each night, the waiters were outstanding. We were at table 613 with Ronnie and Anthony they were the best, made every evening fun.The food was average but presented very well. Just don't understand why they have price adders on the main dining room menues. Just makes no sense. Another cutback going on here ? We made diamond status half way thru the cruise but were told we could not use the Diamond facilities until the next booked cruise. Not a great way to reward loyal Royal Caribbean cruisers. Way to go Royal Caribbean more cutbacks. Overall a good cruise but would not leave out of Galviston (my mistake) due to cold weather leaving and coming back in January. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
The cruise was wonderful; the weather cooperated. Embarkation (wheel chair assist) was the easiest it ever had been. ALL the servers on the ship were excellent. The restaurants and bars were good, although the main dining room offerings ... Read More
The cruise was wonderful; the weather cooperated. Embarkation (wheel chair assist) was the easiest it ever had been. ALL the servers on the ship were excellent. The restaurants and bars were good, although the main dining room offerings were bland and mass-produced tasting. All desserts there were gelatinous, even the cakes. The gym and spa were very clean and useable. Spin class was boring rather than energizing. Stateroom attendant, Solomon, was attentive and excellent. The debarkation, wheel chair assist was disastrous. Finally when the Captain announced that all passengers should be off the ship, My wife got out of the chair and took her cane and we slowly made out way down to the gangway. The terminal was a zoo...the longest lines I have ever seen on any cruise debarkation. At least my wife got to sit down. Despite debarkation and bland dining room food, the cruise was perfect for us and the servers superb in attitude and efficiency Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We arrived in Houston from the west coast the day before our sailing of January 18/15. Picked up our rental car and were on our way to Galveston for an overnight at the Comfort Inn. Having never been to Texas before we were looking forward ... Read More
We arrived in Houston from the west coast the day before our sailing of January 18/15. Picked up our rental car and were on our way to Galveston for an overnight at the Comfort Inn. Having never been to Texas before we were looking forward to seeing a little of Galveston prior to the Cruise. The city is quite charming and has much to offer it's visitors. We drove Seawall Blvd, checked out the Strand area and did some shopping both in Galveston and at the Baybrook Mall. We certainly could have spent more time here. Had a wonderful dinner at the Saltgrass Steakhouse and picked up some wine and water at Kroger's for the cruise. The morning of the cruise was spent exploring with our rental car. Our plan was to board as late as possible to maximize our time in Galveston. We dropped the car at the Comfort Inn (where it would stay until we picked it up for our return to the airport). Our cab got us to the port about 2:45pm which was perfect. Skipped all the lines, picked up our Seapass Cards, posed for a quick pic in front of the fake backdrop(which they promptly rolled up as soon as we were done)! We were onto the Ship and able to get into our cabin right away. It was a balcony 6648, great location only one floor down to the Promenade, and we enjoyed being close to the water, hearing the ship cut through the waves. We attended the Mystery Dinner Theatre at Giovanni's and thoroughly enjoyed it. The actors are having so much fun and they take their guests right along with them. The play is done in campy style with New Joisey accents and a lot of ad libbing that plays off the audience. The menu was mostly preset, but there was some choice and food was really good. At a cost of $55.00 it was money well spent. Other specialty restaurants we ate at were Sabor and Chops. Sabor is, as described, modern Mexican. The ambiance, staff and food were wonderful. Chops was a real treat, we indulged in goat cheese salad, Bacon, truffled corn, baked potato and filet. Delicious! Adding to the experience was the attentive staff and manager. To top it off there was a thunderstorm in view out the expansive windows! We always attend the shows and they are a highlight for us. The two shows we saw did not disappoint. The ballroom show was beautifully danced by the lead couple and very well supported by the Royal Caribbean dancers and singers. The second show Now and Forever has a lot of great recognizable music. The singers are fantastic, all four of them. The dancers are energetic and enthusiastic and well trained. They present a polished enjoyable show! Our weather wasn't fabulous especially on the three sea days, We would have enjoyed a little more deck time had the weather cooperated. But the port days were quite lovely and we enjoyed our three stops. Overall, had a really great time. The Navigator is a beautiful ship, with really wonderful crew and entertainment, A truly excellent adventure! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Just completed sailing all 5 Voyager Class ships and we love them! You wouldn't believe me if I told you that we have booked them all just by chance and was not even looking for the Voyager Class when we booked the last 3 sailings ... Read More
Just completed sailing all 5 Voyager Class ships and we love them! You wouldn't believe me if I told you that we have booked them all just by chance and was not even looking for the Voyager Class when we booked the last 3 sailings with RCCL, it was pure luck and chance. Enjoyed the ship and the crew, loved eating at Chops Restaurant for a little special treatment. The Diamond Lounge service was to much to ask for and the service and friendliness of the staff was a warm welcome as this was our first time using the Diamond Lounge. The gym needs some updating and repairs as it is falling apart (water leaks, showers not working, steam room was cold, equipment old and most not working properly). The rest of the ship and amenities were great and we had a great time. Zip Lined in Roatan---A+ Awesome Zip Lined in Belize---C- Not enough stations, no safety briefing. Lunch was unexpected and was fantastic local cuisine. Cozumel, Took a taxi downtown and did some shopping, walked all the way back! Good times and sore feet. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We cruised on the Navigator of the Seas on January 4th, the week after the New Year’s cruise. The ship is beautiful and very spacious. We had a Superior Ocean View (balcony) on Deck 6 that was very comfortable, cabin 6240. The crew is ... Read More
We cruised on the Navigator of the Seas on January 4th, the week after the New Year’s cruise. The ship is beautiful and very spacious. We had a Superior Ocean View (balcony) on Deck 6 that was very comfortable, cabin 6240. The crew is really friendly. We are Diamond Plus members, but we chose to visit the Diamond Lounge because of the friendly staff there, including the Concierge, Mahmoud Messaoudi. He always seemed happy to see us. The appetizers were better than we remembered on previous cruises. The Diamond Lounge has an outdoor area where you can watch the Rock Climbers, soccer players, basketball players, dodge ball, and volleyball. And the beautiful ocean views. . . As Diamond Plus, we also had (3) drink vouchers pre-loaded onto our SeaPass cards every day to be used between 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM. So if you wanted to visit the pub, or Vintages, you could get the same drinks that are available in the Diamond & Concierge Lounges. We also enjoyed a “Top Tier” event in the Star Lounge on Day 6. It was a very nice cocktail party with entertainment. The ice show was amazing. We had an excellent lunch at Giovanni’s. The food in the Windjammer was always hot and they offered an excellent variety. Drinks were quickly offered and refilled. Managers hovered around, making sure everyone was happy. An awesome cruise, thanks to the crew of the Navigator of the Seas!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We cruised over the Christmas holiday with our two adult children and their spouses. Everyone had a very good time and we would do it again. (We have been on several cruises in the past but this one was the first over a holiday and it was ... Read More
We cruised over the Christmas holiday with our two adult children and their spouses. Everyone had a very good time and we would do it again. (We have been on several cruises in the past but this one was the first over a holiday and it was a great way to get the family together for the holiday and enjoy an adventure together.) RCI has done a nice job in redecorating the public areas and rooms – very pretty. We booked a junior suite on the tenth deck for us, and outside cabins on the seventh deck for the kids. We have always booked junior suites on past cruises and I was concerned about the cabins the kids had, but they were wonderful! I still prefer the junior suite because of the extra amenities (early boarding, bathrobes, etc.) and the balcony, however I was impressed that the outside cabins were as nice and roomy as they are. The room stewards for our cabin and our adult children’s cabins were all fabulous, as always, on RCI. “Gift” orders on the RCI website for the cruise were hit-and-miss. My son’s in-laws ordered items for all of us, and a special package for their daughter and our son in celebration of their 2nd anniversary and not all of the items (such as the champagne) arrived. The “gift” items are very expensive to begin with and to not have items show up as ordered was a big disappointment. We used “My Time Dining,”, scheduling dinners around shows and busy excursion days, as worked best for our group. For some reason we were unable to schedule dinner times through the RCI website until just a few days prior so some time slots we wanted were not available. We tried to rectify the problem with the help of RCI Customer service, spending many hours with several customer service reps, however they could not figure out what was wrong, and could not book reservations for us either. We were very disappointed in that because we’ve had great success with My Time Dining reservations on previous cruises. Wondered if something was wrong with their web design…. We dined at two of the specialty restaurants – Izumi and Chops – and other than the fact that we were unable to make reservations on-line and had to wait until we were on board – the experiences and food were very good. The food in the Windjammer is reasonably good with a lot of variety so there is something for everyone. The Dining Room food was good – although we felt it was not as good as it had been on past cruises and we wondered if RCI had lowered the quality a little. The service was spectacular – the waiters, assistant waiters and the wine steward (who was an adorable young women with a great sense of humor!) The shipboard entertainment was terrific. We especially enjoyed the Ice Dancing Show and the Headliner Show featuring James Stephens III, a comedian who had us laughing through the entire show. The Christmas holiday seemed to have fully penetrate the ship which was dressed in a very festive mode with a huge Christmas tree on the Promenade deck – providing a wonderful place for family photo ops. The entire staff and our fellow passengers all seemed to be enjoying the holiday spirit and were more than pleasant. The ship was full (3,500+ passengers) with many multi-generation family groups. For the most part this was not a negative with the exception of a few families who let their young children run rampant causing problems in some hallways, stairs, and with all the buttons pushed in the elevators (because they thought it was funny). Most parents were very responsible so the problem was limited to less than a dozen kids.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was our 4th cruise on RCCL and by far, the best organized one. There was no confusion as where to go or when. There was no overcrowding for any of the events on board. I was a little disappointed with the shows. In September, on the ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise on RCCL and by far, the best organized one. There was no confusion as where to go or when. There was no overcrowding for any of the events on board. I was a little disappointed with the shows. In September, on the same ship, the shows were much better. The food was about the same & most of the time still warm by the time it arrived to our table. This was the first time we chose "my time" dining and it worked great. We loved the excursions offered in Roatan & Cozumel. In Roatan, We did the Tabyana beach and the coral reef was a short distance from the shore. Then, in Cozumel, we did the catamaran snorkel & beach break. Had fun there too but I must admit that the sand was like quicksand so getting in & out of the water was difficult for someone with bad knee's. We had a balcony room. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We went a group of 9 other people, all of us were family in one way or another. I had a wonderful time! The food was great in both the dining room and Windjammer. All of the crew were very polite, entertaining and helpful. I would have ... Read More
We went a group of 9 other people, all of us were family in one way or another. I had a wonderful time! The food was great in both the dining room and Windjammer. All of the crew were very polite, entertaining and helpful. I would have booked my cruise if my husband would have let me! All of the ports were fun and had plenty of souvenir shopping available as well as lots of snorkling opportunities. I am ready to go again! Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
In general is was a very nice cruise. The ships staff were wonderful. They were engaging and very friendly. The ship is very clean and looks great after the refurbishment earlier in 2014. For the most part the passengers were friendly and ... Read More
In general is was a very nice cruise. The ships staff were wonderful. They were engaging and very friendly. The ship is very clean and looks great after the refurbishment earlier in 2014. For the most part the passengers were friendly and enjoying the holiday season. In the main dining room the service was very good. With a waiter and assistant waiter we were well attended to. There was never a delay in courses or the water glass being topped off. The food in the main dining room was ok. The soups were nice and varied. The deserts were good and not too large. The main meals did seem bland to us. Also in our opinion they could not properly cook a baked potato. The specialty restaurants that we tried were very good. We did Chops for dinner one night and Giovani's table for lunch. Both were very good and in our opinion worth the cover charge. We had a balcony cabin and our cabin steward was fantastic. The itinerary was Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. All of our excursions, which were booked through RCL, were great. In Cozumel we took the Tulum tour and marveled at the Mayan ruins. In Grand Cayman we took the submarine tour and dove to 100 feet. In Jamaica we did the zip line and bobsled run, this was the most fun of the three. We did have technical issues in the cabin with some of the ships infrastructure but they were eventually resolved by the end of the cruise. All in al it was a very nice cruise that had relaxation and exhilaration. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was our first time cruising out of Galveston and our first time on the Navigator of the Seas since it's upgrade. Enjoyed the flow rider and the TV screen out by the pool. Our waitstaff and room steward were WONDERFUL! We're ... Read More
This was our first time cruising out of Galveston and our first time on the Navigator of the Seas since it's upgrade. Enjoyed the flow rider and the TV screen out by the pool. Our waitstaff and room steward were WONDERFUL! We're diamond members on RCCL and this was one of the first times that the cafe on the promenade did not server different sandwiches. Every day was the same thing so if you didn't like what they were serving on day one you were out of luck for the rest of the week. The dining room now has shrimp cocktail and escargot on the menu every night. The shrimp was really good. I didn't so much like the escargot as it came to me at room temperature each time. Dipping my delicious bread in the room temperature garlic butter was not pleasant. With the upgrade NOS now has two additional specialty restaurants. There is a Mexican and Japanese restaurant. The Mexican restaurant is an additional $25 and the Japanese Restaurant is a la cart. We saw on the TV in our cabin that the last day on ship all sushi is 25% off so we quickly booked a reservation. We found out later that they will only give you the 25% off if you mention that you saw the add on the TV. The sushi was really fresh. We were told that they get their fish fresh from each port. The views from the restaurant was beautiful. To check out your pictures everything is now digital. They have computer screens for you to scan your sea pass card to check out all your photos. Towards the end of the cruise it was hard to find one that wasn't being used but that's expected. At least you no longer have to hunt your pictures down. Of course, it eliminates someone from walking off with your pictures. Like who does that?????? LOL All in all we did enjoy the ship and the cruise. Disembarkation was a NIGHTMARE!!!!!!!!!! We got off the ship at 9:14am and were still in line to go through customs at 11:00. Needless to say we missed out flight. In all our cruises we have never seen this before. I would definitely recommend for those that don't have their car at the pier to just state in your on-line check-in that you have an early flight so you are in the first group to get off. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Let me began by stating we are veteran cruisers and have cruised on Carnival, Princess, Celebrity, and Royal. We continue to prefer Royal because the crew is happy and there is a mix of age groups aboard the ships. Our last trip was out ... Read More
Let me began by stating we are veteran cruisers and have cruised on Carnival, Princess, Celebrity, and Royal. We continue to prefer Royal because the crew is happy and there is a mix of age groups aboard the ships. Our last trip was out of Galveston in December. We arrived late, around 2:00, and the lines to get aboard were long. It just reconfirmed my goal of arriving at 11:00. Still, the staff did their best and from the bus to the ship only took about 30 minutes. Once onboard we went to the restaurant and reconfirmed our My Time Dining Reservation. We also greeted the maitre dei and told him we were happy to be aboard the Navigator. He remembered us each night and made sure we had a good waitor each night. This time we had an interior stateroom on deck 8 aft. The cabin was large and not claustrophobic as it can be on the older cruise ships. Our stateroom attendant always did his best to keep the room immaculate.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We were on the Navigator 12/07-12/14, 2014. Since being home I have read CC for the week we were on the ship. Sometimes I wonder if we are even on the same ship with some of the others. I have read complaints about no hot water, ours was ... Read More
We were on the Navigator 12/07-12/14, 2014. Since being home I have read CC for the week we were on the ship. Sometimes I wonder if we are even on the same ship with some of the others. I have read complaints about no hot water, ours was very good. Some said flooring on balconies was bad ours and all the friends travelling with us were good. We thought the entertainment was good. Food is usually the only issue because it is not the type of food that we normally eat at home, however I like trying new dishes and if we don't like something they are always so happy to bring us something else from the menu. Even something not from the menu. One night my husband didn't like any of the deserts and jokingly he said he would like a banana split. In about 5 minutes there it was before him. The whole table was surprised. The last comment I have is about embarkation and debarkation. We had no problems with either. On the 7th we walked straight through the terminal, security and waited about 3 minutes to get to the counter to check-in. After check-in we walked straight to getting picture taken for sea pass purposes then onto the ship. On the 14th we got off at our appointed time of 9:00 and had no lines in the terminal until we got to customs and we were 3 couples back. The lines were short and moving very quickly. There were others writing that is was horrible and long lines, therefore I sometimes wonder if we were even on the same ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We love Royal Caribbean and cruised on Navigator of the Seas on February 23rd after 4 weeks out of drydock. After a few minor problems and a few comments on the comment card, we decided to give Navigator of the Seas another try and booked ... Read More
We love Royal Caribbean and cruised on Navigator of the Seas on February 23rd after 4 weeks out of drydock. After a few minor problems and a few comments on the comment card, we decided to give Navigator of the Seas another try and booked onboard for turkey week. To us, a vacation is a cruise vacation! Had a beautiful day leaving our home in Cypress Texas for the 1 hour and 15 minute drive to Galveston. We decided that Royal has a reason for asking you to come at a certain check-in time so we decided instead of getting there real early we would abide by our 11:45 AM check-in. In the past, we have always arrived at 10 AM. The first problem we had was 1-45 South to Galveston construction closure. We were not the only ones in this major traffic jam, saw many shuttles, busses, and cars with luggage all in the same bumper to bumper traffic. Couldn't wait to get there. Once past Nasa Road 1, we were anxious to get there. Got to the pier, unloaded luggage, hubby went to parking lot, came back quick, and we immediately went inside. We arrived about 12:20 and were on the ship when the rooms were cleared. Really smooth compared to back in February. We were in room 9610 balcony. The one we picked back at Next Cruise in February so we knew what our room looked liked. One perk about booking on board, find the cabin you want and reserve it. Ronald Holt was our steward. Met us, greeted us in the hall, opened our door, we had ice twice a day, and reminded us about our excursion the night before. Room was always clean. Greatest steward ever. We also WOW ed him. Changes that we found 100% better than February 2014......(1) Bartenders walked around the pool more and took your order. No need to have to go to the Sky Bar all the time. Of course the Skybar was a great hangout. Bartenders there were great and after 1st day they knew your name . (2) Food in the diningroom was fantastic and hot. Recommendations given by our Royal Hostess were fantastic. Big improvement from February. Bar staff took our orders so we always had wine. We had late seating and we always out of diningroom by 9:45 PM. We also gave our waitstaff extra money on the last night because she was so sweet, corgial, and just the best ever. Back in February I did not care for the green sauce on the lobster so this time they brought me the lobster without it. As a matter of fact they gave me 3. All of the food in the diningroom was good and the beef tenderloin and the fish was very appetizing. We also did the specialty restaurants on this cruise. We did Chops in February and did not do it this time. We did Sabor, and the guacamole was so good. Wished we had more. The food was really good. Was so full, I dozed off during the comedy show. We also went to Izumi. Remember that Izumi is a la carte. We enjoyed picking many different dishes to share. Be sure to get the tenderloin that you cook on the hot rock. We also went to Giovanti's table the last night. It was very good as well. We are breakfast at the Windjammer every morning and we were happy with selection. Had our Bloody Mary (Windjammer Bar) they make the best, and got my Starbucks with my beverage package. Just sat by the window, relaxed, and waited for our friends to touchbase. We did eat at the diningroom during breakfast one morning. I found it easier just to go to the Windjammer because you were not rushed to order or to get up and leave. We did eat at diningroom twice during lunch and it was really good. Highly suggest it. Salad bar really good. Last cruise we did Johnny Rockets but this cruise for some reason did not get there. But it sure is nice to just get a hamburger and fries and a milkshake. As for the Promendade café, yes they could do a little makeover in the sandwiches and pizza department. But I had no problem after coming back from excursion and getting a couple pieces of pizza or a sandwich since dinner was at 8:30. Ice Cream on deck also took care of the sweet tooth. Entertainment was good. Our crowd really enjoyed it especially "Quest". Now I know what to bring on next cruise to be able to help participate in this scavenger hunt. Love and Marriage was good also but I think the old married couple already decided they were going to be on the show and had written down there answers. Their answers were exact but it was fun. Ice Skating show was great and we loved the bands. Only problem is when you have late seating you miss some of the dancing. Missed Bubba Feathers dancing most of the time. They really need to put the dancing in the Cosmo Lounge on 14. More room to dance. Baleros is kinda small especially for Bubba. We loved the Rock and Roll Trivia, 80's trivia, in the Schoover Bar but I kinda wished it was in the am because eating dinner or being somewhere had us trying to get there. The activity cruise staff made it fun and enjoyable. Casino is not part of our cruise but we heard if you played the first night you had a good chance of winning so after dinner the first night I put a dollar in Wheel of Fortune slot and won $600.00. That was enough for me. Cashed in and left. Plus it did start getting smoky. Heard reviews about disco etc. There is plenty of dancing, country, rock, dancing with headphones on, etc. Something for everyone. We had a beautiful week on the cruise. Spent time up on top deck watching all of the kids on FloRider, and rock wall. Played putt putt golf, watched the dodge ball and enjoyed our alcohol beverages. Got some great sunshine. As for shopping on board, yes they have the t-shirts for $10.00 on the last day. I like picking up a few and also my clip magnets and emory boards, I do not do the jewelry. Did that a couple cruises ago. We also stopped buying the alcohol on board like on previous cruises. Kinda crazy with all of the people picking up those souveners but you're on vacation. Everyone needs to be flexible. And yes there is only 1 person or 2 in gift shop but be patient and just talk to your fellow passengers. I found out one of them in line lived in the same subdivision. We decided not to take our luggage off and let Royal do it. We had a 9:30 departure time. It was 9:45 when he headed down to customs. I got in line, hubby found luggage no problem. Got in line with me and together we went through customs. Took 45 minutes if that long. No problems. We were on shuttle bus and in our car 10:45. Headed home 45 North and saw the traffic jam again on the other side. What a bummer. Had a great trip and back to reality. Cruising is the best. Nothing is 100%. Yes there might be a few things you do not like but brush it off. We booked again while on board. Best deal ever. Sticking with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
In spite of the rainy and windy weather, the cruise was really great. The crew just couldn't do enough for each passenger. As always the food was terrific. What was most interesting to me was the importance the ship's officers ... Read More
In spite of the rainy and windy weather, the cruise was really great. The crew just couldn't do enough for each passenger. As always the food was terrific. What was most interesting to me was the importance the ship's officers showed to the Cruise Critic group. There were almost a hundred of us Cruise Critic members at the Meet And Greet, and quite a few on the Cabin Crawl and poker catch. I was impressed with the visibility of the ship's Master. I must have seen the captain once or twice every day, usually just chatting with the vacationers, sharing pictures, or walking with the guests - I have not ever seen a Captain so often. The stops we're not all that great. Costa Maya was OK. There was not much to do at Rotan in the heavy rain. But, Cosmel MX was excellent. I took the long trip to Chichen Itsa but there was too little time to enjoy it, and the tour guides were way below par. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I am writing this review as I could not find a lot of info for when we took the cruise so I thought since this is the beginning of the season down there I would give some hopefully helpful clues! Port of Galveston: getting there is the ... Read More
I am writing this review as I could not find a lot of info for when we took the cruise so I thought since this is the beginning of the season down there I would give some hopefully helpful clues! Port of Galveston: getting there is the biggest challenge so I would highly recommend the TransGates Limousine Service of HOUSTON, TX, 77093 (281) 217-0772 they were clean, flexible, well dressed and friendly! My only warning is to book them much later for the pickup on your return trip as getting off the ship and thru customs is a three hour nightmare thanks to RC! The ship in front of us got right off and out but there are very few customs agents for RC and it takes forever to even get off the ship. We were scheduled at 9:30 we exited at 11:00 then had to get thru customs. FYI get a porter to help you they push you right thru! And the TransGates Limousine was patiently waiting for us, thank you to them!! Port of Costa Maya: hmmmm what is RC thinking? The town is a dump filled with hockers and not clean at all! Maybe someday it could be nice. The only diamond in the rough was a place run by an American guy named Steve at Tropicante. http://www.sandalsandskis.com Web Site He is great and the $30 for an hour massage was the best I've ever had! Only 2$ per person by cab to get there, the cabs were safe! Port of Roatan: let me just say Little French Key is the perfect place on the whole trip! Super clean and friendly and the animals are incredible. Great snorkeling and you could really feel safe with kids or we took our older parents and they said it was the perfect place to relax! info@littlefrenchkey.com Port of Cozumel: I don't need to even post a review it is the best snorkeling ever, right off the ship and plenty to do right at the pier! So the second reason I posted this review is because there are great places to go without paying an arm and a leg to RC for an excursion! And make sure you are prepared for possible rain and rough seas! We've been to Alaska and this trip was way more rough on the sea by far. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
This was my 2nd time on Navigator this year. The first time was in August, a family vacation. This time was a group cruise with about 20 ladies. Both times we truly enjoyed ourselves and loved the ship, but this 2nd time, I was able to ... Read More
This was my 2nd time on Navigator this year. The first time was in August, a family vacation. This time was a group cruise with about 20 ladies. Both times we truly enjoyed ourselves and loved the ship, but this 2nd time, I was able to experience more of the activities on board, such as the various bars, one of the specialty restaurants, and the spa services. We also booked excursions through the ship this time, and those were well organized and so much fun. Let's start with embarkation: I don't know if it was because the bike rally that weekend slowed traffic down, but once we actually made it to the port, check-in could not have been easier. Back in August, we showed up at approx. 11:00am, and we had to wait in line and then wait some more before they let us on to the ship after 12:00pm. This time though, we got to the port at 10:50am and were on the ship by 11:00am! It couldn't have been easier! Same as last time, the only areas available for lunch on embarkation day are the Windjammer (buffet) and the cafe on the Promenade deck 5. I despised the buffet last time, so I never set foot in it this time. We instead grabbed a few croissant sandwiches at the cafe and then went to the Two Poets pub for a drink, then I took my friend for a tour of the ship before we made our way to the helipad to wave good-bye to the cameras at sail away. Then our rooms were ready by 1:30pm, so we made our way to our Junior Suite on deck 9. This was my first time in a Junior Suite, (9308, starboard side, mid aft) and I was thrilled with the size of the room and the balcony. It's much wider than the balcony we had last time. There was a little extra seating area with coffee making station, and the balcony was longer with a lounger as well as the 2 chairs and small table. There was a walk-in closet! The restroom was a bit larger and had a combo bathtub/shower. The room had so much storage space we actually kept losing things, because we'd forget where we stored them. The only complaints I had about the room were that the beds are extremely hard and uncomfortable, and our room got very hot at night for some reason. We turned the AC down to the coldest setting and it would be freezing during the day, but every night it was so hot. When we had a balcony room last cruise, I complained to our steward about the bed being too hard, and he brought me a foam (egg carton style) pad, and that helped a lot once he put it under the sheet. This time in the suite, the beds came with a slightly padded mattress cover, and that helped a little bit, but it was still very hard. They need to invest in better beds. We sailed NCL Epic last fall, and the inside cabin had the most comfortable beds I've ever experienced! RC needs to find out which beds NCL purchased and replace theirs. Our room steward, Howard, was friendly and took really good care of us. 6 of the 7 nights we ate at the main dining room. The first night we were at a large table with some of our group, but the 2nd night we switched to My Time dining, even though they originally told us we should have booked it ahead of time. They were able to switch us, and we preferred the smaller table, which meant faster service. There are 2 formal nights on this cruise, and lobster night was on the friday 2nd formal night. The food in the main dining room was good, but we've noticed that all the major cruise lines seem to be cutting corners on the food the past few years. It was good, but nothing to write home about. Our wait staff was very friendly though and made us feel welcome & special. The last night, we were able to walk-in at Sabor, the specialty Mexican restaurant, without a reservation, and it was amazing! They charge $25 per person, but the food was so incredible, I would have eaten there more than once if we hadn't waited so long. My friend and I both had drink packages, and it was nice to never have to worry about what we ordered, and what our bill would be at the end, but with 3 port days, it's difficult to get your money's worth. I got the ultimate package, and it helped to be able to get coffees at Starbucks & after dinner. On Sea Days, we definitely got our money's worth at the bars. The martini bar was amazing! I fell in love with Lemon Drops, Dirty Martinis & something that tasted like a girl scout thin mint cookie! The best place to go for drinks without a long line was usually Two Poets. We also enjoyed the Cosmopolitan Lounge on 14. We only attended a couple of the shows, because they didn't really appeal to us. The comedian the first night was just OK. The Ice Skating show was a lot of fun. Don't miss it! Most of the time, I hung out at Solaris, the adult pool area, which is quiet and relaxing. Get there early for a lounge chair, as they go quickly. I visited the spa on 1 of the sea days and experienced the 5 steps to Heaven (75 minutes of full body massage and facial) for $139 and got baby doll (permed & tinted lashes) for $125. The spa personnel were professional and I enjoyed it. My friend went crazy & really treated herself to botox, facial, bamboo massage, baby doll lashes & a keratin blow out. She was thrilled with all of her services. We booked 2 excursions through the ship: Dolphin Encounter at Chankannab in Cozumel & Deluxe Stingray City Snorkeling in Grand Cayman. We loved both excursions, and they were worth every penny. For the Cozumel Dolphin Encounter, we met at the pier and were taken by vans to Chankannab park, a 10 minute drive. It took a while to herd everyone inside & explain everything and then get our life jackets & divide us into small groups, but once we got in the water with the dolphin, it was incredible! I would do it again in a heartbeat! After the dolphin experience, we had 2 hours to enjoy the beach or pool/bar/restaurant, walking trails, sea lion show, etc on site. I wish we had a couple more hours there, it wasn't quite long enough to enjoy everything the park has to offer, but this was my 3rd time to Chankannab, since we usually just jump in a cab & go there for beach & snorkeling. It's a great place to spend a day. They returned us to the ship in 3 shifts: 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. We opted for 3pm, and the guide just made sure we all got into vans & she paid them. Easy & lots of fun! Our Stingray City excursion wasn't supposed to meet at the pier until 2:30pm in Cayman, so we jumped on the 1st tender & had plenty of time to shop in Georgetown & have some drinks at a couple of the bars. Once we all gathered at the pier, we were put onto a couple of buses and taken to the marina. Our boat was beautiful. It was a dinner cruise style boat, with curved windows covering our dining tables where we sat for the 20 minute ride to stingray city sandbar. We chose this excursion, because the boat had stairs that drop down into the water, making it easy to get on and off the boat as much as you want. We were provided snorkel gear, and our guides helped everyone touch, kiss, catch and feed the adorable stingrays. It was incredible. This was my 3rd time to Stingray City sandbar & this was the best tour we've been on so far. We've had a great time with Moby Dick & Captain Marvin, so I would highly suggest them as well, especially if you want to do more actual snorkeling at the reef and/or coral gardens. This excursion was for the sandbar only. It was great to know the ship would not leave without us if we were late, because our buses did actually arrive at the pier late, but there was a tender waiting for us and no risk of being left behind, since we were on a ship excursion. The tenders are a pain, but they are well organized and run non-stop. If you've booked an excursion through the ship, you show your ticket and walk directly to deck 1 to get on the 1st tender. You don't have to mess with meeting points like the tender tickets do. Falmouth is not a great port in my opinion. In August we were not interested in any of the ship's excursions, so we thought we would walk off and catch a cab to a beach or something. That did not work out, since everything is very expensive there. It would have cost $120 round trip for a family of 4 to visit a beach, so we decided to just hang out at Margaritaville and swim. That was so much fun that I told everyone in our group about it, and that's what we ended up doing this time too. But my friend & I did take the $22 pp trolley ride through historic Falmouth, just to see what town looked like. We couldn't wait to get back to the port. Town was dirty and nothing to look at. The port shopping area is new, clean and safe. So I would suggest staying there if you decide not to book an excursion. We chose to walk off the ship with out luggage when we arrived back in Galveston. We got in line at 7:30am, and it was a bit awkward with the line blocking the elevators and everyone trying to get off and into the line, but we were off the ship by 8am. There was more of a line to get through customs and immigration this time, as opposed to August, but it was well organized and moved quickly. My friend's husband picked us up out front & I was in my car at her house in Galveston by 8:40am! Be prepared to pay tax on alcohol and cigarettes if you declare them at customs. There's a table set up for TABC as you get ready to exit. Texas figured out an easy way to make some money off of you if you declare your goods. If you don't though, there's a chance they could decide to check your bags. Overall, this was a great cruise, and we love RC and the Navigator. Since I'm from the Houston area, and this is a very easy, affordable trip for us, I would take this cruise again & again, but I would try to do the other itinerary that includes Belize, Cozumel & Roatan instead of Cozumel, Cayman & Falmouth. If you've cruise RC before, then you are a member of the Crown & Anchor society. Don't forget to mention it when you book your 2nd and other future cruises, because they automatically put coupons/discounts on your Sea Pass card, such as 2 for 1 beer or wine once, 2 for 1 milkshake at Johnny Rockets once, 10% discount on a spa service, etc.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
The NOS was renovated this year, and the ship is beautiful. The entertainment was quite good. Plenty of live music for listening and dancing. Production shows in the theater were top notch. The headliner shows were entertaining. And the ... Read More
The NOS was renovated this year, and the ship is beautiful. The entertainment was quite good. Plenty of live music for listening and dancing. Production shows in the theater were top notch. The headliner shows were entertaining. And the Ice Skating Show was spectacular. Service in the main dining room was very good and the food was good enough. Food in the Windjammer was good. We ate at the "Chops Grill" and the food and service there were excellent. All of the ship's crew we came in contact with were very helpful and friendly, and the ship was kept clean and orderly. In Cozumel, we spent the day at the El Cid resort (just a couple hundred feet outside the port entrance). El Cid has two different day passes: At $20 US you have access to the beach, pool and a $12 food & drink credit. At $48 US you have unlimited drinks & food (but not breakfast) and pool, beach and snorkel equipment. The "beach" is man-made (but okay) with a retaining wall holding imported sand. The main view from the beach was the NOS. Cayman required tenders to port; we waited until the masses had been transported to shore, checked out George Town, and returned to the ship. Falmouth, Jamaica was not a tourist attraction until a few years ago when Royal Caribbean needed a port in Jamaica for the Oasis. So they reached an agreement to build a "tourist village" at the port to be built for the Oasis. The village is nice enough with all the tourist shops you might expect plus an area for local craft sellers. There wasn't/isn't much of interest for tourists in the city of Falmouth, though it is located as well as Montego Bay as far as traveling to excursion locations. We took the ship's excursion to Dunn's River Falls and climbed the falls. Nice excursion. All in all, a very nice cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We have gone on 21 cruises on 3 different cruise lines, so we are somewhat experienced cruisers. We thoroughly enjoyed the Navigator...she looks good after her refurbishing. Dining: The main dining room staff was wonderful...since we ... Read More
We have gone on 21 cruises on 3 different cruise lines, so we are somewhat experienced cruisers. We thoroughly enjoyed the Navigator...she looks good after her refurbishing. Dining: The main dining room staff was wonderful...since we were B2B they let us pick our table for the following week. We were able to get a "table for 2" each week which is a rarity. The food was above average with very attentive service. We did several nights of specialty restaurants. Sabor was amazing...although very quiet since the word hasn't gotten out yet. LOVED the guacamole...(could have made a meal of just that). Chops was terrible...steak was inedible. Giovanni's was excellent...filet was flavorful and extremely tender...one of the best I have ever had. I do, however, miss Portofino...it is one of the specialty restaurants we go to at least 3 times on any given cruise. Love the bread and dipping oils. Maybe they could combine some of the best from Giovann's & Portofino? We did the Mystery Dinner in Giovanni's--loved both food and entertainment. Only drawback on these size ships is there is absolutely nowhere to sit when it is raining...the solariums are all open. Wish there was some way they could retrofit these class ships with a moveable canopy. I only say this because the second week had 4 out of 7 days of rain and all those people who had only that week were out of luck for much poolside enjoyment or lounging. The shows were all excellent. Our only glitches on entire 2 weeks was when we tried to change (prepaid) dinner reservations from Chops to Giovanni's. RCCL offers a preboarding package where you get a percentage off if you book & pay for 3 dinner reservations in their specialty restaurants. They charged us for the new reservation and then it took 4 trips to the desk to get a refund of $70 for Chops. They kept telling us that the manager of Chops had to do the actual refund, so I guess he was not in any hurry to do so. We new that the last day of the cruise the lines at the desk would be mega-long so we wanted to get this corrected early...HA! HA! We did end up getting the refund but it should not have taken 4 trips. Diamond lounge staff were excellent...just hard to get a seat a rush hour! Most Diamond (+) guests do not take advantage of the 3 drink availability at various other venues on the ship, so the lounge is almost always overcrowded. We did go to another venue on two occasions to get a pre-dinner drink and were made to feel uncomfortable by the servers...perhaps they don't get the guaranteed, included tip? The "top-tier" event consisted of drinks and the captain pushing the newest ship...The Quantum...we all heard MANY times how excited he was to be the new captain of the newest ship. The event was scheduled during one of the shows so we arrived late and had a difficult time getting anyone to serve us ONE drink...no food...RCCL needs to let their repeat cruisers know how valuable they are...we are the ones who are filling your cabins on all your ships...not just the newest & shiniest! I must, however, tip my hat to Mr. Lindsay...he went out of his way to speak to us every time we saw him..especially as we entered the top-tier event...now, HE made us feel important! (I believe he said he was going to be on the Vision in a GS on our next cruise in March) We look forward to speaking to him again. All in all, this was one of our most enjoyable cruises! We are looking forward to our next three cruises booked on RCCL! Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
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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