152 Galveston Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We just took our 13th cruise (11th with Royal Caribbean) and sadly we wasted time reading reviews on how bad everything had gotten. We found nothing of the sort. The embarkation was a little slow for Crown and Anchor guests because of only ... Read More
We just took our 13th cruise (11th with Royal Caribbean) and sadly we wasted time reading reviews on how bad everything had gotten. We found nothing of the sort. The embarkation was a little slow for Crown and Anchor guests because of only having one scanning place open. Our room attendant was fantastic and was stealth on getting in and fixing our room before we would get back from breakfast, swimming, etc. He must have been in there at least 3 times a day. Note: ice in your stateroom is now by request. Once we requested, we never had to ask again. We also asked for only diet drinks in the fridge and was supplied with such the whole week. We didn't wait in any lines for drinks as said in previous posts. The food was fantastic, probably the best we've had on ANY ship and the wait staff was superior. We did all of our evening meals in the dining room while lunch and breakfast was in the Windjammer. We sat at Bolero's most times for drinks and there did not seem to be any confusion by the bartenders on whether or not the drink packages allowed for whatever. We did witness fellow cruisers trying to get by with ordering more than one drink at a time (having purchased the drink packages) and the staff was pretty much on top of that. People seemed to think they could cheat the system, but it didn't really look like they got away with it from where we sat. We liked how they now have all the information embedded into your sea pass card and there was no questions on what you were entitled to, if anything. When leaving the ship, they seem to have a lot better system and we were at our car by 8:00 am and on our way. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was our second cruise and we were concerned that it would not be as good as the first. Our first seemed flawless to us so we thought, there was no way that we could have two great cruises. We were wrong. This cruise was as good as the ... Read More
This was our second cruise and we were concerned that it would not be as good as the first. Our first seemed flawless to us so we thought, there was no way that we could have two great cruises. We were wrong. This cruise was as good as the first. Embarkation: This was painless for us. We arrived about 9:45 and waited for about 45 min before they let us in. We went right in, through security and then to the counters to get our sea passes. We had to wait a little bit for everyone to get off of the boat but then we went right on. We were eating in the Windjammer by 11:15. We were able to get into our rooms at 1pm. We had a balcony room on deck 6. We were just fwd of the main stairs on the forward/starboard side of the ship. It was great. We were less than a minute from the promenade deck. Sailing: It was great. The ship is awesome. There is always something to do. Excursions: We went with a RC excursion. I hear that going it on your own is cheaper. As this was only our second cruise we did not want to risk it. We went to Playamaya in Cozumel. That was over rated unless you had kids. We just laid on the beach which was nice but it was not worth the $90. We did a catamaran and snorkel over the USS Kittywake...this was awesome!! Perfect weather and water temp. In Jamaica we just went shopping. I like the watch selections in Jamaica. Entertainment: We love the shows on the ship. We enjoy going to dinner strolling down the promenade and then going to the show. Now...it is not Broadway but it is entertaining and we always have fun. Disembarkation: We took advantage of the "Self Assist" program. This is where you carry your own luggage off the ship. This was great. We arrived at our "muster" area at 7:15 and we were in our car by 7:45. We will always do this from now one. Overall: It was once again a fantastic cruise and we have already booked another for next year. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
First cruise for our family with two daughters 7 &15  I was a little concerned prior to the cruise due to negative reviews on this site. I am not sure if our standards are lower being first time cruisers, but we really enjoyed our ... Read More
First cruise for our family with two daughters 7 &15  I was a little concerned prior to the cruise due to negative reviews on this site. I am not sure if our standards are lower being first time cruisers, but we really enjoyed our time on the ship. I realize people who have bad experiences are more likely to write a review, but I just do not get all the negative reviews. We got to the terminal about 11:00 am, on the ship by 12:45. Crowded, but a simple process even with kids. Cabin- We had a balcony on the 10th floor. All four of us were in one room. The room actually has a lot of storage for a small room. We enjoyed the balcony and would recommend it to first time cruisers. Public areas- The ship is absolutely beautiful through out. Food- The food and service in the main dining room far exceeded our expectations. Victorio and Carl were outstanding. The Windjammer was fine but we used the main dining room as much as possible. Entertainment- Texas Tenors and the Ice Dancing Show were the best shows of the week. Cozumel- We did the Playa Mia excursion through the ship. We also went snorkeling through Playa Mia. It was a great day Grand Cayman- Turtle Farm excursion through the ship. Kids had a lot of fun holding and swimming with the turtles. Jamaica- We did a sight seeing tour of Falmouth and Ocho Rios. The tour include a short stay at Bamboo Beach. I WOULD NOT recommend this excursion. I would however, recommend an excursion to Bamboo Beach. Disembarkation-Our group number was called at 9:00 to leave the ship, by 10: am we were driving over the bridge leaving Galveston Island. Do Not Worry About The Negative Reviews. Get ready to have a great time   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Background Info My husband and I live in The Woodlands, TX, have been married for 8 years, have 2 kids and LOVE to cruise. This was our 3rd cruise overall and our 1st time to sail with Royal Caribbean. Since we lived just 80 miles north ... Read More
Background Info My husband and I live in The Woodlands, TX, have been married for 8 years, have 2 kids and LOVE to cruise. This was our 3rd cruise overall and our 1st time to sail with Royal Caribbean. Since we lived just 80 miles north of Galveston, we did not stay in a hotel and rather drove down on Sunday morning. Embarkation We had heard terrible reviews and even personal stories about the Galveston Cruise terminal and the crowds as well as overall slow check-in process so we planned ahead and got there early. We did get a text from RC saying wait to get to the terminal until 2 pm since we were on deck 4-7 but we ignored it and got there as early as possible. This was BY FAR the best decision we made the whole trip. We met someone who didn’t know so followed the text and arrived at 1:30 and didn’t get on until 4:15 (Which we did leave late bc of such crowds). So if you ever get a text about Galveston terminal… do not follow it would be my advice! We arrived at the port around 9:30am to find the ship, as well as the Carnival Magic, disembarking from the previous week’s cruise. We parked at “Cruise N Park” directly across from the terminal and was transported via shuttle bus to the terminal around 10. We quickly made our way to luggage drop-off and dumped our luggage. We were in the terminal, through security, checked in and waiting to board the ship by 10:45am. Around, 11:00am they began to call for Pinnacle, Diamond and Jewel members and by 11:15am we were on board the Navigator. We quickly went to the Windjammer only to find that it was not ready to be opened. In fact, we waited over an hour and a half waiting for it to be opened. This did not leave a pleasant taste in our mouth, literally or figuratively on behalf of Royal Caribbean. But we vowed to keep an open mind and I am glad we did because we were wowed later in the trip. Our rooms were ready by 1:00pm just like promised. Cabin We stayed in cabin 7320 which was a “Deluxe” balcony cabin. The location of the cabin was PERFECT! It was the 1st cabin off of the elevator entrance yet we never were bothered by the elevator lobby noise! However, this cabin was listed at 184 sqft but it felt MUCH smaller. We have only cruised on balconies and this was the smallest yet. The bed was HARD AS A ROCK and almost unsleepable! Many evenings we found ourselves in the Solarium napping on the amazing lounge chairs. This was and still is a “deal breaker” for us as we do not want to pay the money for a cruise if we cannot sleep well during our vacation! We have a cruise coming up in March 2015 and I hope this bed will be much better and the Navigator was just a “fluke”. Ship Activities WOW… This is where the Navigator really impressed us. There was SO MUCH TO DO on this boat. Between the FlowRider, Rockwall, Ice skating and other activities, we were busy form dusk until dawn every day. We prefer this style of cruising but we still were not even able to see and do it all. If you are a real adventure type of cruiser than NOS is for you. Service Again, Royal really hit it out of the park with this category. Our room steward, MDR wait staff, specialty restaurants wait staff and everyone in between was absolutely FABULOUS and truly treated us like Royalty! I was beyond impressed! Dining I was not as impressed with the Royal Caribbean MDR selections as I hoped I would be but it was still much better than on land. We had only cruised on Carnival before and their food was FANTASTIC. I would say that while Royal Caribbean had several individual dishes that were better, the overall taste and selection of Carnival was better. However, Chops Grille was suburb and we will be dining there again! Shore Excursions/ Ports We really enjoyed this itinerary and the fact that the 2 sea days were at the beginning and not the end! For whatever reason it really made the cruise feel longer and not as rushed! Cozumel – Paradise Beach This was a FANTASTIC beach with snorkeling, kayaking, jet ski, paddle boats, and even parasailing as activity options. The entrance fee included a beach chair, umbrella, use of showers and pools. The cost of the taxi ride was only $14 per couple and was very affordable. We thoroughly enjoyed this day and the beach and will be going there again when we go to Cozumel. Grand Cayman- SNUBA Wow… this was an incredible experience and well worth the money. This was an excursion offered via Royal Caribbean and was well organized and easy to get to from the tender boat. In fact, we walked form the tender boat to the diving destination. The guides and leaders were well trained and friendly. The gear was in excellent condition and I never felt “gross” after using it. We loved SNUBA and are officially hooked! Jamaica- CHUKKA Zipline and Dunns River Falls This excursion was also booked via RC and it was a FULL DAY of activities. In fact, it was a little bit too much activity for our cruising style but we had fun nonetheless. We traveled 1 hour to Chukka to do zip-lining which was exhilarating to say the least. Then we had a true Jamaican lunch of jerked chicken and rice. We then traveled 45 minutes further to Ocho Rios to climb Dunns River Falls. This was a once in a lifetime type of opportunity and it was incredible! I highly recommend either of these excursions, or both if you like all day type of excursions, to anyone who is in Jamaica! Also, we thoroughly enjoyed the port of Falmouth, a lot better than Montego Bay that Carnival uses. I could really tell that RC was in charge of this pier. It was remarkably nicer and classier! Children’s Club We did not travel with our children so we did not get to experience this part of the ship or Royal Caribbean; however, we saw enough to know that if and when we travel with our kids Royal Caribbean will be a great option. Entertainment The entertainment was very good. I am a band director so I enjoyed the LIVE orchestra. The singers and dancers seemed about “par” for a cruise ship. The hired entertainment ranged from amazing, good to just awful and needs a drink to make it through. This would depend on your actual cruise dates too. The show “MOTOWN” was fantastic and I highly recommend it! However, the activites during the day such as trivia and karaoke, seemed lacking to me. Now there was so much to do elsewhere on the ship but there were times where my husband and I felt like “We need to be entertained” and it was usually during the day! Disembarkation This process went very smoothly and we were off of the boat, through customs and in our car driving away at 9:30am. In fact, it was the smoothest disembarkation of our 3 cruises. Summary Having only cruised 3 times, I am not as experienced as some but my overall thoughts were Carnival- Fun and Royal- Excellence. So you have to ask yourself “Do I want a FUN vacation or Excellent vacation”. The Navigator of the Seas was an AMAZING ship and I hope to cruise on her again soon! Royal goes for the WOW factor and I would say they achieved it on almost every level!   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I read a lot of the reviews here, and went to the port wondering if I had made the correct choice for my family. Obviously, there were lines, but one expects that when loading 3900 people. We were greeted with smiles and hello's by ... Read More
I read a lot of the reviews here, and went to the port wondering if I had made the correct choice for my family. Obviously, there were lines, but one expects that when loading 3900 people. We were greeted with smiles and hello's by almost every staff member we met. The ship was clean, and our stateroom was nice and cool. Our stateroom attendant Juan was courteous and friendly. We attended the shows most nights, and were entertained. My kids enjoyed the shows as well as the flow-rider and the rock climbing wall. The Dining room staff were very nice, and we felt the food was great. Maihi and Vladamer were our attendants, and we rarely wanted for anything. We had no trouble getting off or on the ship for our excursions, however I did notice that the queue was rather long if you waited until the last minute to board. We chose our excursions through RC and enjoyed all 3. We did buy the Royal Replenish, however if we choose to cruise again, I might not buy a drink package as we are not big soda or smoothie drinkers. My only complaint is that we bought the picture package, and at the end of the cruise it was not ready, and they were very vague about when we would get the photos. All in all we cam back relaxed and wishing it was not already over.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This was my 9th Cruise. Four on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Four on Carnival Cruise Lines and one on Norwegian. It had been 18 years (1996) since my last RCL cruise. So that is my qualifier. Now the Port of Galveston started things off ... Read More
This was my 9th Cruise. Four on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Four on Carnival Cruise Lines and one on Norwegian. It had been 18 years (1996) since my last RCL cruise. So that is my qualifier. Now the Port of Galveston started things off on a bad note by having the lousiest run "official" Parking Service there is in the world. $70.00 to park for a week uncovered and they do not even have enough buses to service the parking lot. No sidewalks and crosswalks if you decide to walk. So on a 98 degree F day you are standing in the SUN waiting on a bus or walking about 4 city blocks across un-mowed grass and railroad tracks to get to the cruise terminal. Royal Caribbean lines you up and starts boarding at 10:30am and they send you a text to try to get everyone to space it out by telling you a time to get there. FORGET THAT!. They have six X-ray machines but will not run more than three at a time so any semblance of organization is out of the window. Get there so that you are at the terminal at 10:30 and fall into the cue, first come, first served. That was my first lesson learned. Because I was told to get there at 1:30PM by RCL. I started parking my car at 11:30PM, was at the gate at 1:00pm and was 3:30PM getting on the Ship. Lousy experience mostly caused by the Port of Galveston and Royal Caribbean's contracted Security Service. The ship is awesome. It is a thing to behold. RCL has the top of the class when it comes to Large Cruise Ships. Since my significant other works in education we had to schedule the cruise in the summer months of June or July. That was a mistake for us as we are both approaching 60 with no kids. The ship had booked a record capacity of 3,900 people with 1,100 of them being kids ( Our stateroom was an inside one which is what I try to book because I never spend time in any hotel room or accommodation I ever have. I am a get up and get to seeing and doing kind of a person. Besides the inside staterooms sleep the best because they are so dark you cannot see your hand in front of your face. The room was wonderful and the room attendant was great. Not as good as I have had in the past but way above adequate. Food is something that I do not live for but main dining was good and we had dinner at main dining all but one night, because of a wonderful family we met at our table the first night. We enjoyed their company so much we just could not stand not seeing them. The ship was straining at the seams so some of the food was served not hot. It was lukewarm which is a pet peeve of mine. But I suffered that because I do not try to find fault. I will have to mention that RCL has went to what they call open dining for Breakfast and Lunch but it is more like assigned seating and filling empty slots. Any sense of choice is lost and I did not care for it so we only tried main dining once for breakfast and walked out when they tried to sit us at a table with 10 other people. I am not that friendly at breakfast. I did not like it and I have wrote RCL about it. I liked the way it used to be where you walk in and sit yourself. That is open dining. The Windjammer, is wonderful and was the best buffet of any ship I have been on and it was always warm, clean and inviting. Sometimes you had to wait for a table because of the crowds (I suspect from no one using the main dining) but you did not have to wait very long. My only complaint was the soft serve machine on the Port side was constantly broke down overloading the one on the Starboard side. And they never put enough ice in the drinks. But if that is all that you can complain about you are in pretty good shape. I did not use any of the premium dining venues as they were booked. I personally do not agree with the concept but it makes them a lot of money evidently. So I cannot report on them. Everything else we tried was wonderful. I do not like the fact they do not have movie theaters anymore and instead have ice skating rinks but then I am older. CONCLUSION: I think that from observation it works like this. Bigger is not better if you are say 50 and older with no kids. I am not going to use boogie boards, basketball courts and ice skating rinks, etc. Also when you get over a number some where between 2,700 and 3,900 passengers on board a ship there is a point of diminishing returns in the area of service and personalization. It is a numbers game after all. Now if you have kids or are in your 40's and younger you should go all the way to the Oasis class or as large as you can. It gives you so much variety and you will use those amenities. But for me I am going to resign myself to the smaller passenger ships so we booked on the Radiance Class ship for the next one. I will report on that in January of 2015. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We cruised on the Navigator of the Seas from July 27 to Aug 3. We departed from Galveston and had ports of call including Roatan, Belize City, and Cozumel. This was the first cruise I took my family on - I had cruised many years ago on ... Read More
We cruised on the Navigator of the Seas from July 27 to Aug 3. We departed from Galveston and had ports of call including Roatan, Belize City, and Cozumel. This was the first cruise I took my family on - I had cruised many years ago on both Windstar and Carnival. Prior to this cruise, I did read many of the cruiser reviews for Navigator on this website. So I will begin with the embarkation process - the main point I will make here is TRY AND GET ONBOARD AS EARLY AS THEY WILL ALLOW. I signed up for the transfer through RCI from Hobby Airport. The ticket they gave me indicated that I should arrive between 11 am and 12. Since I am a planner, I always arrive early. We didn't leave until 12:45. The lady who was in charge at the airport was not particularly organized. Not impressed. We arrived in Galveston at 2:00. I agree with other critics that the port is poorly organized. No signs, no good direction about where to go or how to start the process. Once in the port, the lines were long but I thought they moved reasonably quickly. The cruise line has a priority method of boarding. I can understand you want to treat your loyal customers well. But we felt that by boarding very late, it was a disadvantage for certain lines and activities on board. As for the cruise experience, I really thought RCI did a pretty good job. There is an abundance of things to do. The NOS did have a renovation in February. They now have the big screen pool and the Flowrider which was a hit with my sons. The actual pool area is not that large - pool did get crowded on the at sea days. I have to say the entertainment was just "ok". The comedian was average at best. The juggling show at the end of cruise was entertaining. The ice show was better than average but not anything to write home about. The live music venues were average - the piano bar guy, the pool music and the country band. Not bad, but not anybody I would actually sit in a place and wait to hear them play. The food was above average. The service in Sapphire (the main dining room) was really outstanding. I have to say the people who are on the boat were all great. Mehmet and Karlos took care of us in the main dining room and were outstanding. Christopher was our wine person at dinner and was great. We also ate at Chops, one of the specialty restaurants. The food there was very good. The steaks were done perfectly and the choices of appetizers were all very very good. There are many activities each day. Gets pretty overwhelming. I would recommend each night before to take a close look at the next day's activities. Maybe focus on the two or three you really want to do. If you try and do everything, it will be frustrating. Many activities are stacked in the same time frame - so you end having to prioritize. The ports were good. We enjoyed Roatan very much. We took an excursion that wasnt that well promoted by RCI. We went to Maya Key. This is a private isle area a short jaunt by ferry from the docking site. The snorkeling here is very good. We have snorkeled in Maui, Kauai, Grand Cayman, etc... The Roatan reef is beautiful. This excursion was not that expensive - included a great lunch - and the isle has an animal reserve as well. Nice beach to lounge on. I will say this I was very disappointed in the the knowledge base of the RCI excursion staff. They have no clue. I asked about a certain excursion in Belize - about simply where the excursion took you - and the person had no clue. They need to improve this. There are many comments about the tender process at Belize. My take on that is this - if you want to leave early, do an excursion thru RCI and pay the extra money. There is no way around this. Overall, we had a very nice time. The staff really try to enhance your experience. The bar lines got long sometimes but contrary to other reviews, I found the pool bar wait staff to be plentiful. Just like any trip, its a matter of managing expectations. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Pre Cruise- arrived a day earlier and stayed downtown Houston at the Hilton Americas beautiful hotel. Ate dinner at Mia Bella fantastic food. Transportation- Used Stamax limo they had great reviews on yelp and now I know why, our flight ... Read More
Pre Cruise- arrived a day earlier and stayed downtown Houston at the Hilton Americas beautiful hotel. Ate dinner at Mia Bella fantastic food. Transportation- Used Stamax limo they had great reviews on yelp and now I know why, our flight was delayed out of Oakland, CA didn't arrive till 2am even with that the driver was on time and received a text informing us he was outside. Embarkation, smooth was on the ship and eating lunch within an hour. Cruise- The ship is beautiful upgrades were very nice, well layed out. We had booked a grand suite and was well worth the money you get access to the Concierge lounge Ricardo and his staff were very nice which had free drinks(ask for the Dwayne special) and snacks. The other advantages was that there was a reserved area by the pool for lounging. We attended the meet and mingle, good crowd even picked my own name to win a prize (I swear I didn't look) Our cabin Stewart was friendly however if he had just a little more attention to detail, but hey were sure he works long hard hours so cant complain too much. Dining Room- mostly ate here are waitress (Elvira) was fantastic and assistant Joseph. The food was fine for us and found it to be flavorful with lots of choices. Chops- After 4 cruises the wife and I finally booked a specialty restaurant. Service was spot on, and the food was good however we found that Texas Roadhouse was just as good. Activities- Do attend the quest show , we also attended many trivia games, saw two comedians . Roatan-Snokreling with the Jolly Roger, great crew and very good lunch they serve Belize-Snorkeling Barrier Reef, nice one wish lunch was included. The tender broke down on the way back to the ship but within 30 minutes had two more arrive to get everyone. Cozumel- Did the Dolphin Push Pull and Swim, short taxi drive away and it was very hot that day and our tour guide like to talk. Fantastic Cruise cant wait to go again with Royal   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We just returned from our RCCL cruise and had a great time...so much so that we've already booked our next cruise. The ship was awesome!! Recently renovated, the rooms and public areas are beautiful, clean and comfortable. Plenty of ... Read More
We just returned from our RCCL cruise and had a great time...so much so that we've already booked our next cruise. The ship was awesome!! Recently renovated, the rooms and public areas are beautiful, clean and comfortable. Plenty of activitives on board, and lots of places to just relax and unwind. First, we chose a Promenade room to save a little money, and this is something we would not do again. If you are a light sleeper or hope to turn in early, be prepared for noise...and lots of it. Cabin 6279 was a good size, comfortable and nicely appointed. BUT, the constant blaring of music and activity from the Promenade lasted until midnight or later and was annoying to say the least! We had wonderful meals in the main dining room, as well as at Sabor and Chops. The only disappointment was lobster night...tough and tasteless. Don't expect sweet and succulent Maine lobster. The comedy shows and adults only shows were the most fun!! Lots of laughs to be had at all three. The ice show and the Texas Tenors were not our cup of tea, but lots and lots of people enjoyed them. The casino was fun...and one fellow cruiser won over 30K on a slot machine. This is a great itinerary for all ages!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
My Grandparents took the family (12 adults total) for a cruise for their 60th Anniversary! The ship, Navigator of the Seas, was amazing. I've never been on a cruise before so I don't have anything to compare it to but I was ... Read More
My Grandparents took the family (12 adults total) for a cruise for their 60th Anniversary! The ship, Navigator of the Seas, was amazing. I've never been on a cruise before so I don't have anything to compare it to but I was surprised at how friendly the staff was. We ate at the Wind Jammer (buffet) for breakfast every morning and usually for lunch. At the entrance to every restaurant, there are hand sanitizer stations set up. At dinner, we sat with the family at our assigned tables (my time dining). There were 12 of us and the largest table only accommodated 8, so 4 of us had to rotate each night at a smaller table. The wait staff quickly learned everyone's preferences and as soon as we sat down, they had our tea or half and half for the coffee on the table. The meals were delicious! We were never bored on the ship. With rock climbing, Flow Rider, basketball, miniature golf, ping pong, swimming pools, ice skating, comedy shows, bars... bars... and more bars... who COULD be bored?! We stopped in Roatan, Honduras; Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico. The ports are okay. I'm assuming the ports are all the same for the most part. Vendors trying to sell you their souvenirs', knock off handbags and sunglasses, maybe a couple restaurants. I have 4 kids and was definitely looking forward to relaxing. I was skeptical of being able to do that because there were a lot of kids on the ship BUT... they never once bothered me. They were well behaved and didn't run around everywhere. I think the ship keeps them pretty busy. They have quite a few activities for them to do and the teenagers have their own little club they can go to. I think my kids would have enjoyed it! That's something for us to think about in the future! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
My family and I embarked on the Navigator of the Seas on 6/22/14 for a 7 day cruise that included stops in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth, Jamaica. It was our 4th cruise on RC and our 5th overall. We had been to these ports before and ... Read More
My family and I embarked on the Navigator of the Seas on 6/22/14 for a 7 day cruise that included stops in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth, Jamaica. It was our 4th cruise on RC and our 5th overall. We had been to these ports before and did not prebook any excursions as we felt like we had done most of the things that were offered. I did decide after getting on the ship to do a Beginner Scuba excursion in Cozumel. The experience was a good one and I would recommend it for anyone interested. Our cabin was a Junior suite on deck 10 and was located on the starboard side just aft of amidship. The interior had some update furnishings but was otherwise similar to our previous experience in this cabin-plenty of room for my wife and me. Our two sons had an interior cabin immediately across the hall from us with one of the new updates on this ship- a virtual balcony. This was essentially a large screen hung vertically with a live image of the sea passing by. It really did give the cabin an illusion of bigger space and it was a nice effect. The balcony could be turned off with a remote control. The service given by the cabin attendant was very good and was worthy of an extra gratuity. The food in the main dining room was good but not great. The service by our main waitress and assistant waitress was exemplary especially considering the extra accommodation given to my wife and son with their gluten intolerance. We did dine together one evening at Giovanni's Table- one of the restaurants that charges a per person surcharge. I must say that my expectations were modest going in to the meal, but I was completely blown away by the superb quality of the food and service in this restaurant. I would rate it as one of the best meals I have had on vacation and would recommend it to anyone without hesitation. We also ate lunch at Sabor which is another pp charge restaurant serving interesting high quality Mexican food. It was also very very good and would recommend it as well. Try the table-side guacamole and the Red Snapper with Mango. Absolutely delicious! The activity offerings on board were the usual fun things we enjoy- trivia, bingo, poolside games, sports, etc. All done well by the cruise director staff who were great. The entertainment included some we had seen before but were overall pretty good. The musical talent on board was quite good. One of our favorite events on board- The Quest- did not disappoint. It was as wild and fun as ever! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
I sailed on the Navigator of the Seas on 6/22/14. This was my 4th cruise but first with Royal Caribbean Int'l. This was also my first inside cabin and that is something I thought I would never do. Reason, touch of claustraphobia and ... Read More
I sailed on the Navigator of the Seas on 6/22/14. This was my 4th cruise but first with Royal Caribbean Int'l. This was also my first inside cabin and that is something I thought I would never do. Reason, touch of claustraphobia and once you go balcony, you just never want to do anything else. But when my travel mates and I heard of the new virtual balconies, we were curious. So we decided to give them a try. Well, they won't replace my preference for balconies but it wasn't bad. I liked having a view and I could opt to hear the outside noise if I wanted. The window/balcony did add light to the room and the room did not feel so closed-in so the claustraphobia did not kick in. So I would recommend it to someone who wanted to save the expense of a balcony room but was concerned about the closed in feeling of an inside room. Now for the rest of the review. Even though I've resided in Houston for over 20 years, this was my first time to depart out of Galveston and while I've heard others complain about the terminal and embarkation/debarkation out of Galveston, I feel it went quite smoothly. I had no major problems to report. Except that it was hot but hey, it's Texas in June, what do you expect? The ship is very nice. The large glass flower decorations and light fixtures on the Promenade were quite impressive. My neighbors who were my travel companions and I enjoyed all of our meals in the main dining room. Marichrist and Conroy were the best servers, top notch and very competent. We also ate in the MDR for breakfast a couple of times and that's the way to start the day. The Promenade Cafe always had a generous supply of cookies and sandwiches to snack on. Our rooms were maintained superbly by Raoul in housekeeping. And since I'm naming names here, our cruise director John Perry is a total "hoot" and a lot of fun. He is quite the entertainer and if you get a chance to attend "The Quest" which is an adult game show/event at the end of the cruise, by all means go...its a lot of fun. Poolside action was great as we were able to watch the World Cup games from the pool on the large screen outside. And while my friends and I never won any of the trivia games we participated in, we still had a great time with Ricardo from Jamaica leading the fun. In Cozumel, we shopped and then enjoyed lunch at a private beach we went to via taxi. In Grand Cayman, we did the Stingray city express. I had a blast. I got some great videos of the stingrays on my camera. These creatures are awesome and our guides were very informative. I booked through Royal Caribbean and I recommend this excursion to everyone. This was my second trip to stingray city. In Jamaica, I did the Dunns River excursion and I can't say I enjoyed it. Some people do and that's great but I was not aware of how difficult it would be. I know the info for the excursion advises to be aware of your abilities but if you do not know that you will be climbing up over 900 ft of waterfalls over rocks that are not exactly even or visible, you might not be aware of your ability to complete the climb. I sure wasn't. Plus once you are done climbing, you do not get to hang out and play in the falls. Once done, you're done. Excursion over. Not quite how the video depicts it. But for those who completed the climb, they did feel a sense of completion so I'm not saying it can't be done or enjoyed. Then we shopped! :) The cruise was over way too quickly but I look for to booking the NOS again soon now that I know how easy to whole process is out of Galveston. Til next time...Smooth Sailing! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
I dont claim to be a seasoned critic since this was my 2nd cruise. previous was crown princess. this time we took our teenage girls. teenagers formed their own gang to hangout. you can search youtube for navigator videos and pictures but ... Read More
I dont claim to be a seasoned critic since this was my 2nd cruise. previous was crown princess. this time we took our teenage girls. teenagers formed their own gang to hangout. you can search youtube for navigator videos and pictures but here is my comments: want to be alone?---the cruise was full capacity but visit the bridge overlook to get away from the crowds and music. minimal people there to layout in the sun or relax in the shade of the 'radar tower'. touchscreen at the elevators was nice to find the nearest bathroom,cafe, activities,ect. room--we had interior stateroom since we didnt plan to be in the there much so room was not a priority. no complaints with the room or service. shower might be bigger than crown princess. excellent AC in the room. the virtual balcony is a large live video camera so you can see the conditions outside with audio. only 2 electrical outlets that are crammed next to each other. hair dryer in the drawer. tv offered a few channels and RC promotions. food---only once place for a free snack at cafe promenade. be prepared to wait in line if full capacity. no free cokes or booze on the trip. pay a daily amount for a card to get that. sapphire dining had excellent service and flexible to any dislike of food since our kids tried unfamiliar foods. johnny rockets is tricky since its about 6 bucks to eat there and 'all you can eat' and good but then you get hit several bucks for milkshakes so beware. weather---never saw many whitecaps but very minimal movement when winds got high. we got lucky with no severe heat and dead calm seas. at cozamel we were docked next to the monster ship allure. shows----great ice dancing show and musicians. internet---wifi everywhere on ship. we didnt take a chance on the severe roaming charges so cell phones were disabled. we used my itouch and the wifes ipad. be aware connection is slow and if you pay by the minute you will burn up many just getting connected. so we paid unlimited minuted for nearly $200, one user at a time. email and pics were ok but be aware it did not allow audio so that means no skype no magicjack. however, i hear there is a hi speed internet sat system coming for cruise ships. communications----as a ham geek i brought the FRS radios with PL tones. that means we only hear each other and not every 8 year old that plays with one. some people complain about the radio but i will let you do all the walking around to find somebody. it wont punch thru the whole ship but better than nothing. RC praises----the front 'helicopter deck' is unlit at nite so if you want to behold the heavens make a trip there. touchscreen gives great info if you forget something. RC complaints---- no ham radio. as a ham geek i want to talk from the seas with low power unit. staff cant tell me why its prohibited. back to princess for that. no washer and dryer rooms. they can do it for a large fee. back to princess for that. no internet audio. cant make phone calls from ship internet. back to princess for that.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
I was a little worried about this cruise because I read so many bad reviews about leaving out of Galveston. We had a fabulous time, with little complaints if any. We traveled with 11 people, 3 families and kids all over the age of 19. We ... Read More
I was a little worried about this cruise because I read so many bad reviews about leaving out of Galveston. We had a fabulous time, with little complaints if any. We traveled with 11 people, 3 families and kids all over the age of 19. We flew from Ohio to Houston Busch airport a day before the cruise. We booked super shuttle to take us to our hotel. Once we picked up our luggage there was a supper shuttle desk in the baggage claim area where we checked in and was on our way in about 10 minutes. I pre-paid this ahead of time and it cost me $125 for 5 people. The Super shuttle took us to South Shore Harbour Resort in League City Texas about 40 minutes from airport. I tried to book hotels in Galveston but they where all booked up because of Memorial Day weekend. I paid $105 for the night. The pool was beautiful with a swim up bar and a DJ playing music. That evening we went to Kemah Boardwalk that is about 5 miles from hotel. We had a great time there. My only complaints are the beds where small, and at 1:00AM our smoke detector started chirping every now and then. Finally at 3:00AM I called the front desk and they sent someone up to change the batteries. Super Shuttle picked us up next morning about noon and took us to cruise port. Paid $95 for this. Going into Galveston was really crowded and he knew a short cut so we avoided all the traffic. Got to the cruise port, checked in with ease. Gold members had their own line so we did not have to wait. I had no problems with the ship or our room. We had a balcony 7298. We only saw our room attendant once. She came in and introduced herself. She did everything we needed so I never needed to contact her. We brought bottled water onboard with us and I had to go pick that up the next day. For whatever reason they don't deliver them to the room. We ate dinner every night in main dining room at 8:00PM. The pool was always crowded but we seemed to find chairs. This is our 4th cruise with RC. The pool staff seemed to be missing. We had to go up to pool bar to get drinks. Before on cruises they would hound you for drinks. I kind of miss that. I think its because tips are included now so they don't seemed so urgent to get you drinks. We went to Schooner bar every night at 7:30 before dinner to play trivia. Our group won two or three times. It was fun then we all went to dinner. After dinner we usually went to casino for a little bit. We did so go see the quest show...if you have never been to one of these you need to go see it and get there early because seats go quick. We also saw the comedian show, it was pretty funny and entertaining. We ate a Johnny rockets for lunch a few times. Its good, and all you can eat for $5.95. A few of us played bingo, thats fun even though we didn't win. We also bought the alcohol package before boarding. If you buy ahead of time everyone in your room must buy. TIP: friend of ours did not buy alcohol package before boarding but went up and purchased it on the first day. He only bought for himself. He was not forced to buy for his wife. Excursions: We stopped in Cozumel. We did not book anything here. We went to senor frogs which is at the end of the pier. We hung out there and at the beach there. We had a great time. Did a little shopping. Next stop was Grand Cayman. We booked the swim with the stingrays. It was an awesome experience. I would recommend it. My only complaint was we took a catamaran boat there and I thought it would be more entertaining. Usually on these boats they have drinking, snacks and some dancing or games. Our last stop was Jamaica and we did Dunns River Falls and a dolphin encounter. I had been before but was going because our friends wanted too. It was fun...make sure you have water shoes for the falls. To get off ship Gold members have their own waiting room and it was nice. Once we where called we exited and got off before other passengers. Once off the boat I called supper shuttle and they where there in 20 minutes to get us and take us to airport. Paid $200 for 5 people, that includes the tip. We had a GREAT time and even booked another one for next year while on the ship. They where offering a buy one get one 50% off so we will be cruising again next year! Can't wait...   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
After experimenting with a few other cruise lines, it is good to be back on a good ship. Embarkation was quick around 1:30. We went on the ship and got a snack. The cabin steward was attentive, friendly and learned our names. The Navigator ... Read More
After experimenting with a few other cruise lines, it is good to be back on a good ship. Embarkation was quick around 1:30. We went on the ship and got a snack. The cabin steward was attentive, friendly and learned our names. The Navigator of the Seas is a very beautiful ship with this 5 story sculpture at the end of the Promenade. We went to the dining room as we prefer that to the buffet as food is paced out in a civilized manner. And there the attentive wait staff learned our names and kept prompting us for any needs we may have. The food was good and hot. Activities were fun as we like the trivia games, A shout out to Carolyn and Dick who were a lot of fun. We always meet the nicest people playing trivia. The entertainment in the theater was great as well as the ice shoe. One night we did the Chops Steakhouse, a extra charge for this restaurant, but it was fantastic. Really good service and great steaks. The 4 cheese onion soup was a meal itself. We had to take our desserts to go. Anyway is was sad to leave. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
My husband and I sailed last week (may 18th 2014) to celebrate our 20 year anniversary. The Navigator is a beautiful ship and offers plenty of things to do and decent entertainment. We had a Grand Suite and enjoyed double sinks and good ... Read More
My husband and I sailed last week (may 18th 2014) to celebrate our 20 year anniversary. The Navigator is a beautiful ship and offers plenty of things to do and decent entertainment. We had a Grand Suite and enjoyed double sinks and good closet space as well as a nice sitting area and roomy balcony. We enjoyed breakfast delivered a couple of mornings so that we could eat out on the balcony and enjoy the ocean and whatever view was offered. Not so crazy about our bed as it was too hard. We did not say anything to our cabin steward about this and there may be a solution to the problem for our preference of a less hard bed. One thing that was different on RCCL this time was the quality of the food. I did notice quite a bit of difference in the Windjammer. Not that the food was bad but that it was not up to the standard we have experienced in the past. We were on the Mariner about one year ago and felt the food was considerably better. This is particularly true of the specialty restaurant, Chops. The restaurant itself is intimate and pleasing. The service is good and servers were knowledgeable and certainly pleasant. But we paid the extra $ willingly last time because the meal in the Chops on the Mariner was over the top good . This time, we were disappointed and certainly agreed we would think twice about spending the extra money again. You want truly special if you are going to leave your pleasant dining room experience where the food is certainly good . On the other hand, our evening at Sabor, was definitely special and was probably the best meal and time we spent on board. Hopefully RCCL will try to bring Chops back to the level it enjoyed before. We never made it to Giovanni's Table but we did eat at Johnny Rockets. It was fun and the food was ok. You can't beat a milkshake and a jukebox. We are planning another cruise on the Navigator early next year.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
And, after 25 cruises, it's high time I write a review! Review of Navigator of the Seas 5-18-14 Galveston – Roatan – Belize – Cozumel Pre-cruise: What TxDOT official decided it was a good time to close I-45 for ... Read More
And, after 25 cruises, it's high time I write a review! Review of Navigator of the Seas 5-18-14 Galveston – Roatan – Belize – Cozumel Pre-cruise: What TxDOT official decided it was a good time to close I-45 for construction?!! Other than the driving frustrations, we had a great pre-cruise day. We stayed at Moody Gardens, ate dinner at Salsa’s, had an awesome after dinner Meet and Greet at Moody Gardens and then had another smooth parking experience at Park N Cruise. Embarkation: All the passengers received an email instructing us on the time to board. I suspect this helped with luggage delivery as everything was handled efficiently and timely. Our luggage was in the room by 1:30! The ship: She’s beautiful … everything felt fresh and new. Captain Claus runs a great ship! He’s highly visible, quite accessible, and rather verbose. This was our 5th time on a Voyager Class ship, and with the new refurbishments, Navigator might just be the perfect marriage of the Voyager and Freedom Class. Some random thoughts and notes: Pool, towels and loungers: The pool towel system is very simple and efficient. You pick up a towel from the towel station and then you return it. There is no checking it out by room number or the threat of charges. The pool butlers are very good. Unattended towels are removed in a timely fashion. The location of sun loungers for the gold card guests was between decks 11 and 12 on either side of the pool bar and sky bar. Our room (GS 1282) did not have a lounge chair… an old web strap one was quickly provided on our request. Drinking and dining: We had My Time Dining and reserved our times before the cruise. This worked quite well. We also had the Premium drink package and were pleased that this was the right choice. Sabor was good but we will probably not repeat. The Queso Fundito was amazing. The specialty Margarita made at the table was excellent, as was the made at the table guacamole. The atmosphere was also very nice. However, being from Texas, we enjoy nice Mexican restaurants at home for far less cost. Giovanni’s Table was a nice surprise. This GT was much more upscale than the GT on Oasis. We had a fantastic meal and wonderful atmosphere. The jumbo shrimp were “stupid good” and I’m still regretting that I didn’t order the tenderloin. We definitely will be back. Izumi has a lunch that is just Sushi, if that's your thing... However, the hot stone tenderloin grilled at the table has a very good reputation and we will try it for dinner next time. Chops has been and will always be a tradition for us. The new pretzel bread is excellent as are the cheesy potato tots. They had my favorite 6 oz filet and it was cooked perfectly. As always, it was an awesome meal. It’s no big deal that the table cloths are gone. The placemats are very nice. We were slightly disappointed in the new recipes for the mud pie and red velvet cake but the liquid center chocolate cake was outstanding. We also had the pleasure of receiving an invitation to the Officers dinner in the Windjammer. This was an outstanding Surf & Turf buffet. If you get the invite (probably Diamond suite guests), be sure to go! The “R” Bar is not to be missed. This is the “mixology” bar. There are many items that are not on a menu and take a long time to make. Ask when they’re not busy! The Chocolate Cheesecake Martini is to die for! There was no drink voucher provision for Diamond members on our cruise. Apparently this is a system that is put into place when the numbers of Diamond and above members on a cruise cause an overflow of the Diamond lounge. Entertainment and activities on board: Our Meet and Mingle was very well attended and we had a fun gift exchange following the official RCCL door prizes. Thanks to the many very active participants on our roll call. On Monday, we particularly enjoyed the Darrell Joyce’s Comedy show. We needed to get there earlier to get a seat. On Friday, Bowzer (of Sha Na Na) was the Headliner show. This was a great show also. He is a very talented musician who trained at Julliard, talked of playing Carnegie Hall and even played some Chopin! The Wi-Fi in the rooms worked very well. Also, it was very easy to use the interactive TV for information. Shore Excursions: In Roatan we booked directly with Bananarama. This was our second time there and will probably be our last. They are now the location for the beach portion of Victor Bodden’s tours. It gets very crowded and there’s not that much beach. The Monkey La-Las, food and music were very good. Also very good was our snorkeling excursion (booked when we got there) to the Blue Channel. We saw lots of beautiful fish and coral. Roatan is my favorite place to snorkel in the Caribbean. Cave tubing in Belize was the highlight of our trip. We went with Dave’s Cave Tubing R Us. Axel was our guide and the day was just perfect (except the battery on my camera died). The trip was highly personalized and was capped off by a home cooked lunch that was fabulous! In Cozumel we took the Bar Hop Bus excursion to the other side of the island. This was the fourth time we’ve been on Tom’s excursion and it won’t be the last. It’s always fun! Debarkation: This went as smoothly as our embarkation. It took 45 minutes from our assigned waiting location until we were in our car and headed home. Bottom Line: Another great cruise and we can’t wait to repeat it in October! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
I took my 9 and 11 year old kids on this cruise so my review will be most helpful to families. CABIN: We had an ocean view cabin forward on Deck 2 and it was just a little tight but definitely manageable. My daughter and I shared the king ... Read More
I took my 9 and 11 year old kids on this cruise so my review will be most helpful to families. CABIN: We had an ocean view cabin forward on Deck 2 and it was just a little tight but definitely manageable. My daughter and I shared the king bed and every evening our cabin steward brought down a bunk bed from the ceiling for my son. I think it would be difficult to have both bunk beds down at once as they hang directly over the bed. There was ample storage space for our clothes and luggage. The shower is tiny so just be prepared for that. We were in a cabin near the Metropolis Theater but were far enough away that we never heard noise. ENTERTAINMENT: The kids loved the pool side movies at night (although only 2 of the 7 nights were kid friendly movies), the flow rider (they were too short for stand up surfing but could do boogie boarding), the rock wall, the ice skating and even the acrobatics show on the last night. I took them to the kids club and showed them around and they were not impressed and didn't want to go there. There weren't that many kids on the ship in early May so I think it just wasn't as lively as other times of the year. POOLS: There are a couple of pools and a few hot tubs but there are no water slides for the kids. There were always plenty of deck chairs and they were happy to swim for an hour or two each day. FOOD: The Windjammer buffet had tons of choices for the kids and they were always thrilled to eat there. Near the Windjammer there are ice cream stations but they only seem to be open a few hours a day. We had breakfast and lunch in the dining room once or twice. At breakfast they made the kids chocolate milks. At lunch there is a nice salad bar where you get to pick what you want and an attendant will mix your salad for you. Dinner in the dining room is lovely but a 90 minute to 2 hour event. My kids actually enjoyed it but it might not be for everyone. There is a kids' menu but mine are mostly from the adult menu. Our waiter was willing to order special dishes like an iceburg salad with Ranch for my kids. We also ordered breakfast in our room a couple of mornings and that worked really well. There is also a cafe on the promenade deck that has scones and pastries and we liked to go there in the afternoon for a snack. EXCURSIONS: Since I was traveling alone with my kids I booked excursions at each port through Royal Caribbean. In Cozumel we did the Playa Beach break and it is very kid-friendly with a big pool, slides, ocean swimming/snorkeling, lunch buffet, an amazing floating obstacle course, hammocks and even a few beach games. This would be a great excursion if you have a toddler because there was a large splash area/pool just for them. In Grand Caymen we went to the turtle farm and again this was a great choice for kids. We learned a lot about the turtles and they let us hold them. Then we could swim/snorkel in a lagoon or in a pool and there was a reasonably priced restaurant on site. The gift shop there was also very nice and reasonably priced. In Jamaica we went river tubing and then hiked the Dunns River Falls. Kids loved every minute of it.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
This is my first ever cruise review and my third cruise. I decided to put things in this review that would help answer questions people may have that Royal Caribbean simply doesn't answer prior to the cruise. Sorry if things may have ... Read More
This is my first ever cruise review and my third cruise. I decided to put things in this review that would help answer questions people may have that Royal Caribbean simply doesn't answer prior to the cruise. Sorry if things may have no order to them as I will type things as I think of them. EMBARKATION: We got there at 11:00 am and were able to board at that time even though our recommended boarding time was 2 pm. We had a difficult time getting a ride from the City run parking lot but it only took about 10 minutes. I imagine it was much more difficult for the people that arrived later. The covered parking there was first come first serve and there are not many spots available so I would get there early if that is a concern. Getting on board was very smooth and we went straight to the Windjammer buffet and it was alreadt serving. They would not let anyone get in there rooms until 1:30 pm. CRUISING: I recommend getting to know the ship early as it can be confusing. Only the 11th and 5th floor go all the way across so make those floors your primary travel floors. The elevators are ridiculously slow so we took a lot of stairs. DINING: MAIN DINING ROOM:We ate in the dining room every night but one and it was very good. The lobster night was the last formal night and it is excellent. The prime rib and filet mignon was also perfect. The steak that is on the menu everynight is absolutely AWFUL! We tried it 3 times and it was never good. Avoid it at all costs. While the meals were very good to excellent, we were very dissapointed in the desserts. It seems the dessert chef has a fetish for mousse and jello textures. Nearly everything he made had this qualtity to it. He also clearly dislikes chocolate. Every chocolate dish he made included some type of fruit with it. For instance; chocolate pear pie was on the menu a lot. We did not care for it. They really need to make plain old chocolate cake as an option. WINDJAMMER: The buffet was always good but never great. Something to keep in mind is the Windjammer will have prime rib the day after the main dining room had it. Good time to go to the Windjammer. This is the only place we ate breakfast and it was always good. They have the cook to order eggs and omelets down to a science. You place your order and they call your number when it is done. PROMENADE CAFE: VERY dissapointed in this place. It serves small snack sandwhiches that are usaully stale and pizza that sits under a heat lamp. They also have overcooked crispy cookies. This is your only option after 9 pm (other then room service) and I found it very inadaquate. ROOM SERVICE: I could never find any type of menu before boarding so I will post what I can remember on here. They have good but not great burgers, fried chicken patties, spinach artichoke dip (its good), fruit plates, a turkey panini, cookies (just like the promenades), and salads. This was also very dissapointing. They also charge you $3.95 per order from midnight until 5 am. At least now, if you are reading this, you will have some idea what to expect. SPECIALTY DINING: We did not partake in any of the pay reastaurants but we heard they were good from fellow cruisers. We did try the Johnny Rockets burger shack. It is not a bad deal at $5.95 a person. This includes all the food (burgers and hot dogs with fries and onion rings) you want. It comes with a sundae that is simply vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup with whipped cream on it. The shakes are an additional $7.00. Don't expect anything great here as the food is simply like a sonic drive ins food. It is worth it though if you are to late for the Windjammer and dining room and are tired of room service. They are open until midnight and you can eat with an ocean view. A hidden gem of this place is the APPLE PIE. Get it instead of the sundae for no additonal cost and we all loved it. PORTS: The only excursion we did was swimming with the dolphins at Cozumel. This was also a disappointment as it was highly unorganized. It was OK but that is about it. Be prepared for the ship to basically shut down while in port. The only place to get food is the Windjammer. Even the pay places close down. The are basically trying to kick you off the ship so you will go spend money. ACTIVITIES: KIDS: We took our 13 and 16 year olds and they did not care too much for the kids activities but still had a great time on the rock wall and other teen areas. SPORTS: I recommend you play the volleyball tournaments as they were a lot of fun. I was hesitant to eneter since I had not played in years but the quality of players was not good. Just people having fun trying to win 'medals'. I wanted to enter the table tnnis tournament but for some stupid reason they had it going on formal night at 5 pm. That didnt work well for us early diners! They also had a free throw shooting contest that was very unorganized. Still fun though. SHOWS: the ice show was really good. The comedians were average at best (we left early). The love and marriage show was funny but be forewarned....it gets nasty. We had hopes of being picked as a couple but this is how they picked the contestants. The longest tenured marriage got picked, then they had all of the newlyweds (less then 2 years) stand up and the one that gave the best passionate kiss got picked by applause level. The ones that one were basically having sex with their clothes on in front of everyone. The last couple chosen were all of the other couples that wanted to 'audition'. They all stood up and the one that got the most applause for the dirtiest dancing got picked. Again....it got nasty. The show itself though was very funny. We went to the Quest game show the last night and it was hilarious. Be forewarned again though....it gets even worse. They break everyone down into teams of about 30-40 people each and they will ask things like "bring me down a business card" and the teams that get there first get the most points. It gets to where they are asking for a man to come down with 4 bras on his head and women start taking them off. If you are a man that doesn't want to be embarrassed, I recommend sitting near the top. I got chosen to go on stage with 2 other men and they made us dance...topless! Again....just wanting to let you know what this event is all about. It was VERY funny though. CASINO: The casino is very small and I did not see many winners on slots. I did see a few though so there is hope. The table games were pretty bust but if you went at off times you could usually get a spot. They had 3 card poker, craps, caribbean stud, roulette, and blackjack. All were $5 minimums. Craps only has single odds. I did not like the fact that they close pretty early. They were closed up by 1:30 or 2 every night. It didnt matter if people wanted to play either. ALSO....You can draw money off your seapass. This can be dangerous, as it was for me! OVERALL: We had a good time and look forward to riding the Navigator again soon.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
My wife and I arrived in Galveston on Friday before the cruise. We stayed at the Galveston Beach Hotel, on the island. The room was very nice. It appeared to have been remodeled and was very clean. The only problem was that the motel was ... Read More
My wife and I arrived in Galveston on Friday before the cruise. We stayed at the Galveston Beach Hotel, on the island. The room was very nice. It appeared to have been remodeled and was very clean. The only problem was that the motel was rented out by a high school band who were very noisy. We changed rooms to the top floor and had no more problems. The motel staff was very nice and professional. We dined at Landry's and the Fisherman's Warf. Both were excellent. On Sunday, the Motel Manager called a cab for us and we were quickly taken to the cruise terminal. We were able to board the ship within 20 minutes. We were allowed to park in the motel's secure parking lot for $25. The cabin on board was a Junior Suite. After we unpacked, we walked to the helicopter pad and watched as the ship left Galveston. We explored the ship, shops, bars, and theaters. Our stateroom attendant was very friendly and really took care of us. Food at the Windjammer and MDR was very good. We ate at Chops on night. The steaks were great. I recommend that everyone try the cheese stuffed tator tots. We went to the wine tasting and actually learned a lot about wines. The casino was large with plenty of room for all the guests. The slots and dice table were very nice to me. The pool areas and hot tubs were nice. The pools were a little cool due to the time of the year. Bar service at the pool was excellent. During embarkation, we were assigned to leave at 9:15. By 9:40, we had reclaimed out vehicle at the hotel and were on the way to Houston. I must say Houston has the worst traffic, even on Sundays. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
On Sunday morning, my BFF & I drove to Galveston to sail on Navigator of the Seas for a 6-day cruise to the western Caribbean. We arrived at our parking lot about 10:45 a.m. and were immediately transported to the pier. Check-in was ... Read More
On Sunday morning, my BFF & I drove to Galveston to sail on Navigator of the Seas for a 6-day cruise to the western Caribbean. We arrived at our parking lot about 10:45 a.m. and were immediately transported to the pier. Check-in was absolutely flawless; were on the ship and eating lunch in the Windjammer at 11:30. Since we couldn’t go to our cabins till 1:30, we did some exploring after lunch. We also picked up ice show tickets at a table on the Royal Promenade…no waiting in line, no hassle. Our cabin, #6624, was a hump balcony; my first balcony on a RCL ship. The cabin itself was a little larger than the “standard” cabin I was used to, but not much. The cabin was very comfortable and had plenty of room for our stuff. The balcony was small but big enough for the two of us; had two standard chairs and one small table. We were on the port side and had direct sun on the balcony in the late afternoon. Unwanted light was never a problem inside the cabin because there are black-out drapes as well as sheers; made it easy enough to take a nap in the afternoon. Day 1, the evening entertainment in the Metropolis Theater was a comedian, Rick Corso. There was only one show for everyone, 10:00 p.m. He was “fair”, but his late-night adult comedy show was very raunchy. Can’t say that I’d really want to see him again. Went by the liquor tasting on the Royal Promenade and it was almost a joke. They had one person working and only offered tastings of 2 different things, and had no liqueurs at all. Day 2 dawned sunny & beautiful for an at-sea day on the way to Costa Maya. Various trivia games were going on several times a day every day. They were usually well attended and lots of fun. Outdoor movies showed every evening, but we were never interested in what was showing…”Saving Mr. Banks”, “The Nut Job”, “Grown Ups 2” & “Jukebox London Live-Born in the USA”. Production show that night was the RC singers & dancers doing Now & Forever. VERY talented young people singing & dancing, but the show itself just wasn’t very exciting to me. The songs they chose for the show were not familiar for the most part, and the show really didn’t do the performers justice. They had two shows; 6:30 for late diners & 8:30 for early diners. We went to hear piano man James Morris, and although he could play the piano extremely well, we didn’t think he sang very well and consequently one time was all we tried that. We did however discover Henry, who played piano (no singing) outside Boleros every sea day afternoon for two hours. He took requests and he was awesome. He also played at dinner each night in the Sapphire Dining Room. This was our first formal night. The gym is located inside the spa on deck 11. I found it very nice, comfortable and not crowded in the least. The equipment was good except for one broken pedal on a stationery bicycle which I’m not sure that they ever fixed. There is an awesome adult only hot tub inside the spa; very large and nice. It closes at 10:00 p.m. when the spa & gym close. And great changing facilities/showers right beside the hot tub. Day 3 had us docking in Costa Maya at 10:30 a.m. It was a beautiful day, and when 80% of the ship’s passengers disembarked to go ashore, man was the ship great! No problem getting a lounge chair in the Solarium then. All kinds of games & activities were available for those staying on the ship. The evening show in the theater was Craig A. Meyer, an Elton John impersonator. He had the pizzazz & flamboyance (& dress) of Liberace, but sounded just like Elton John; really good. They had two shows; 8:30 for early diners and 10:15 for late diners. On port days the Sapphire Dining Room is not open for lunch. Day 4 had us docking in Roatan at 8:00 a.m. It was another beautiful warm sunny day. The evening entertainment was the ice skating show in Studio B; performances at 6:30 & 8:30. The show was really great, and the “featured performers” Dmitry & Anna were totally outstanding. I’ve seen the show several times and it never gets old. There was a $10 sale on the Royal Promenade offering purses, scarves, watches and various costume jewelry items, among other things. Much of the stuff is pretty much junk, but you really can find some neat things if you’re willing to work thru the mob to look and stand in a long line to pay out. The Love & Marriage Game Show was at 10:00 p.m. and as always, it was hilarious. They gave really nice prizes, especially to the 1st place winner. Day 5 had us docking in Cozumel at 8:30 a.m. This is where I always buy my Mexican vanilla, so we got off the ship long enough to do a little shopping. The evening entertainment was “Ballroom Fever”, with the singers & dancers. Although the singers & dancers are very talented, I just wasn’t thrilled with this show either. The entertainment just isn’t what it used to be, and comparatively speaking, I really don’t like it as well as I used to. Maybe they try to be too “modern” instead of just presenting something that is timeless & classic. Tonight was the 2nd formal night and lobster was on the menu. The captain dined at his table (which was very near ours) and he had a number of guests with him. Captain Claus Andersen is maybe the youngest captain I’ve ever sailed with, and he’s very interactive with the passengers. He’s personable & approachable and has a very visible presence all over the ship. He and a group of other officers were “judges” for the men’s belly-flop contest. I’ve NEVER seen that before! Tonight was the infamous Quest game show at 11:00 p.m. in Studio B. As usual, it was hilarious and highly entertaining. The cruise director, John Perry, was great in hosting this. He was an excellent CD; friendly, outgoing & very visible. Day 6 was our last sea day, sailing back to Galveston. It was a beautiful warm sunny day, one last chance for that suntan (or sunburn) before going home. Today was the last chance for all kinds of outside activities, games, demonstrations, gatherings, shopping specials, etc. At 11:00 a.m. was “Walk for Wishes”, where Captain Claus participated along with other officers and passengers. They had two more performances of the ice skating show, at 2:00 & 4:00. The shows don’t cost anything but you do have to have a ticket to get in. The farewell show in the Metropolis Theater was a contortionist/acrobat/hula-hoop performer named Maia Margiyeva. She was totally amazing! Also a brief performance by the singers & dancers and the orchestra. This show was one of the best all week. Showtime was 6:30 p.m. for late diners and 8:30 p.m. for early diners. At 10:30 was late-night adult comedy with Tom McTigue. Even tho it was definitely “adult” it wasn’t what I would consider raunchy or offensive…it was just funny. The mini golf course up on the sports deck is new and very nice. The porch in the Diamond Lounge on Deck 14 overlooks the sports deck. Very relaxing and comfortable place; only enjoyed that one time tho. One of my favorite things is the soft-serve ice cream machines. One is in the Windjammer; the one outside on the pool deck opens about 11:00 a.m. and closes down about 9:00 at night. Makes it difficult to enjoy a late-night ice cream, and I really wish they would keep it open till at least 11:00 p.m. Some cruise lines have 24-hour ice cream! The only other snack alternative is the Café Promenade, which is at the forward end of the Royal Promenade on Deck 5. Everything there is free, and they have breakfast things till lunch, then sandwiches & sweets the rest of the day & evening. The cranberry cookies & the sunflower granola bars are super! The other cookies seemed to be overcooked, and the scones were awful. Available all the time there is coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate (instant w/water), fresh fruit & milk. Prom Café is open 24-hours. Right beside there is a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and a Starbucks; both cost dearly. Overall the food on the Navigator was very good. The main dining room had quite a varied selection every night and the things I ate ranged from very good to excellent. The Windjammer had a very nice variety and I enjoyed eating lunch there most every day, as well as breakfast most mornings. If you couldn’t find something to please you, then you’re so picky that nothing would please. RCL has cut back on so many things they used to provide; we didn’t even have a note pad & pen in our cabin. You have to ask for ice, and it almost takes an act of congress to have the beverages removed from your refrigerator so you can use it. The internet café is on Deck 8 and has about 8 computers. The connection is VERY SLOW! I learned the hard way, when you sign off you don’t just click a link at the bottom of the screen that says “Click to Sign Off”…no…that won’t do the job. You have to go up to your browser and type in “LOGOFF.COM and click enter. That’s the proper way to end your internet session. Be warned…learn from my mistake! We did the early self-assist disembarkation…along with about 75% of the passengers. It was well organized, orderly and quite efficient. We were off the ship by 7:45 a.m., back at our parking lot at 8:05 and on the road home at 8:10. Had a little wait in the customs line, but overall it was very smooth. My BFF & I took this cruise for 6 days of total R&R, and nothing more. We rested & relaxed in style; we didn’t participate in a lot of things or take any shore excursions, but definitely accomplished our purpose.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
New carpeting, technology, and venues around the ship. Definitely nicer to have flatscreens and I'm assuming the virtual balconies were a nice change for those interior staterooms that got that upgrade. The digital wayfinders ... Read More
New carpeting, technology, and venues around the ship. Definitely nicer to have flatscreens and I'm assuming the virtual balconies were a nice change for those interior staterooms that got that upgrade. The digital wayfinders definitely come in handy to figure out the name changes and how to find your way around the ship. Having been on the Voyager last year before it got revamped, I could see how things changed and I think most of them make a lot of sense. My biggest gripe is in getting rid of the Dungeon nightclub (the Vault on Voyager). Last thing we need on a ship going out of Texas is an upscale Mexican restaurant...We get plenty of great Tex-Mex food in Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas. I highly doubt any difference is worth paying for. The only nightclub left is the Viking Crown and it has a very small uninteresting dance floor. Apparently, they are trying to make up for this by turning the Solarium into an outdoor nightclub one night which doesn't work at all and to try to make it work, they close the Viking Crown down on that night. Can we say an early night to bed? A revamp of the Viking Crown is probably in order. The ice show is very good and you definitely want to go find your tickets for that the first afternoon you are on the ship. The entertainment in the theater was average to good. The variety shows are fine, but my wife hates them, so I find myself sitting through those on my own. We did the Mystery Theater dinner and it was ok...Very cheesy, but somewhat entertaining. The food was excellent, but you *are* paying extra for it. Book that early if you want to do the Mystery Theater because there won't be any more spots left if you wait until you get on board. The 70's night was kind of weak. It's never been phenomenal or anything, but honestly, it was more fun with the Aussies. The food in the dining room while good...is definitely being downgraded in order to encourage people to pay for their dinner again by going to the specialty restaurants. Morning room service on port days is extremely spotty and on the last day, you will be lucky if you get it before you have to vacate your cabin. If you choose to hit the Windjammer on the last morning, don't be late or you will get shut out. They have also taken to shutting the Windjammer completely down in between meals, so if you get there a little early for lunch or dinner, you will be waiting. In Honduras, we went on the beach excursion which was nice, but if you don't order the snorkels ahead of time expect to either not be able to purchase them there or get a lot of pushback/delay before you are able to purchase them. In Belize, we went to the Mayan ruins at Xunantunich which was great. A long bus ride that allows you to see a good chunk of Belize and a tasty chicken and spanish(like) rice meal with a drink. Climbed to the top of the pyramid and it was quite the site. In Cozumel, we did the Salsa, Salsa and Margaritas. All of that was good and you can definitely get enough Margaritas to have a good time...And making the Salsa was interesting as well as good to eat. The embarkation and disembarking is painful. Using the official parking is probably the best way to go and if you book it early on the official port website, you can pay $55 or $60 for 7 days instead of $70. I dropped my wife off with all of our luggage and drove the car to the parking just to wait for all the people who were hauling their luggage on the buses from the parking area. I guess that's what I will do next time too since my Wife got forced into the area to get signed in and boarding and I had to finagle my way into where she was after I finally got back to the terminal. In general, a lot of disorganization. Getting off the boat was worse...We ended up being in the last group and we got to stand in line forever behind every other group that had already been in line and delayed because of the disorganization. They really need to consider revamping that whole process or build a new facility somewhere else to clean up that process. I know it can be done because in Sydney, getting on and off of Voyager was light years better than in Galveston. The crew and cabins are very good. Really didn't have any problems with anyone or anything in the cabins. They forgot to separate our beds again, but that was easily corrected. All in all, the headaches are short-lived and it was a fun time in between, so we are going again in September on the other itinerary going out of Galveston, so I will see if they have fixed anything in the intervening 5 months and have an additional review of Grand Cayman.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
BACKGROUND Me and my college aged son on our 7th cruise, 4th on Royal Caribbean. Looking to relax after the harsh Ohio winter and do some scuba diving. PRE CRUISE We flew into Hobby airport around 1:30. We pre-booked Cool Tours for our ... Read More
BACKGROUND Me and my college aged son on our 7th cruise, 4th on Royal Caribbean. Looking to relax after the harsh Ohio winter and do some scuba diving. PRE CRUISE We flew into Hobby airport around 1:30. We pre-booked Cool Tours for our transportation from Hobby to hotel. As soon as we landed I turned my phone on and they called with instructions to find them. Very smooth operation. Our driver was friendly and shared with us a lot of Galveston history. It was interesting and enjoyable. Since we wanted to visit NASA we stayed at the Courtyard Marriott across the street from it which was a good choice. Nice hotel with several restaurants and a CVS pharmacy within walking distance. EMBARKATION We again booked Cool Tours to get us from hotel to Port Galveston. We scheduled our ride for 9:30. They called at 9:20 and were waiting outside. Since we didn't get to see Galveston, our driver took us the scenic route showing us some highlights of the island. He shared a lot of history and facts making the ride again interesting and pleasurable. This has to be the smoothest embarkation ever. We arrived at the port by 10:15. Someone immediately took our bags and we got in line. By 10:30 they were letting us inside to proceed with our paperwork. In full disclosure, having a JS allowed us priority boarding but both lines were moving equally fast. After getting 'signed in' we sat for a short time and by 11:00 were in the Windjammer enjoying lunch. FOOD We mostly ate in the main dining room. I am not a 'foodie' but there were many choices and the food was good. We are not buffet people so only ate twice at the Windjammer. Food was fine and tables were plenty. We used room service a couple of times and enjoyed what we ordered. I absolutely love the bistro burgers on the menu. For the first time we decided to try Johnny Rockets. We ended up going there three times for lunch. The burgers were good but I was mainly going for the apple pie they offer for dessert. It's tasty! SERVICE Our room steward was Stephanie from Jamaica and she was awesome. She kept our cabin spotless and did a good job of getting in and out around our crazy schedule. Our main dining room waiters were excellent. Our head waiter asked us to call him Sing as we couldn't pronounce his name. He and his assistant Deandra worked their tails off and we never wanted for anything. The only service complaint I have is Johnny Rockets. Each of the 3 times we ate there the service was not good. And the workers there seemed to be genuinely miserable. The first visit we witnessed 2 servers arguing over whether a specific table was theirs or not. Definitely a downer and not the experience you expect. PORTS Since we scheduled private scuba dives in Cozumel and Grand Cayman I wont spend much time on ports. We had some of the best dives ever. If anyone wants info on who we booked with just ask. In Jamaica we did a little shopping and got back on the ship. ENTERTAINMENT We attended the parade which was very enjoyable, even for adults. And we also attended my favorite, the 70's Street Party. We went to the Love and Marriage game show which was hilarious. Also made it to the ice show, titled Ice Dancing. This show is awesome! Went to Quest which is always a good time. We didn't make it to any of the other shows. DEBARKATION We pre booked our transfer back to Hobby through RCI. We were told to be in the Metropolis Theater by 8:30. We went at 7:15 and around 8:00 they were leading us off the ship. I have read complaints about lengthy waits to get through customs at this port but we had no problems. By 8:45 we were on the transfer bus headed back to Hobby. GALVESTON We really enjoyed cruising out of Galveston. I mean no insult to other home ports, but I have to say that hands down the people on this cruise were the friendliest and most polite I have cruised with. It just stood out. I would have to guess that a large percentage of them are from Texas. While I enjoyed touring NASA, I regret that I didn't get to see much of Galveston. For those of you who avoid this port because of possible fog and transportation challenges, all I can say is it's your loss. This is a great port! Due to our schedules, and the fact that my son and lots of my money go to Ohio State University, I dont get to cruise as often as I would like. Therefore I choose my cruises carefully. With this in mind, a future cruise out out of Galveston will definitely be at the top of my list. FINAL THOUGHTS I have enjoyed all of my cruises but this one is my favorite thus far. Everything went smooth. Fellow cruisers as well as most of the ship staff were pleasant and fun. Because I need to keep in touch back home, I purchased the unlimited internet package for 1 device. Cost was $189.95 and was totally worth it. Used my Nook tablet most of the time and was able to logon all over the ship. Unlimited for 2 devices cost $229.95, Daily Plan for a 24 hour span is $59.90, 3 Day Special Plan is $140.95, 1 hour is $29.95 and for 30 minutes it cost $10.00. The ship played Country & Western music the majority of the time. Not a big fan of it. On a Caribbean cruise it would have been nice to hear a better mix of music styles. Didn't make or break my cruise, just sayin. Not sure what happened in Grand Cayman. This was our 4th time there and it never took as long to tender off the ship as it did on this cruise. We pre-booked and put deposits on scuba dives which we nearly missed. In prior JS cabins we had a coffee table which we made full use of. For whatever reason this JS did not which was kind of inconvenient. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
My wife and I sailed RCI Navigator of the Seas on May4-10, 2014 from Galveston, Texas. As a senior couple now retired we take cruises as our only form of vacation. This was our 11th cruise, we have sailed 3 Carnival, 2 Royal Caribbean, 2 ... Read More
My wife and I sailed RCI Navigator of the Seas on May4-10, 2014 from Galveston, Texas. As a senior couple now retired we take cruises as our only form of vacation. This was our 11th cruise, we have sailed 3 Carnival, 2 Royal Caribbean, 2 Norwegian Caribbean, 2 Princess, 1 Celebrity, & 1 Commodore(now defunct) cruises, and I must say we have enjoyed every one of them. We just enjoy getting away from hectic everyday life and leaving all worries behind. Since Navigator of the Seas was just returning from a refurbishment, we wanted to sail on it while it was still fairly new. We had sailed Carnival Magic in December, 2013 and we liked the size of these 2 ships. Since we live only 90 miles from Galveston, Texas in Southwest Louisiana, we drove our car to the cruise terminal. We had reserved our parking in advance at one of the parking lots across the street from the cruise terminal, paying only $45 for the 6 days. Embarkation was a little faster at the Carnival Terminal as they are more organized than the RCI terminal, even though they are right next to each other. Both have long wait lines before getting on the ships. Our cabin, (8336) was a Superior Balcony mid-ship on Deck 8. It had plenty of storage areas, with many drawers and a nice sized closet. The bathroom shower had a curved sliding door which I liked better than the shower curtain that we had on the Magic. Balcony was average size with 2 chairs & small table. We liked the layout of this ship, it was very easy to navigate and with the touch screen monitor at each elevator area, you could see how to get anywhere on the ship, (A very convenient item). The Royal Promenade is unique with the shops along with the bar & cafe. We opted for My Time Dining and reserved our table & time in advance so we never had to wait to be seated and had the same waiters for the entire cruise, and they were fabulous, always had our iced tea and bread of our choice available upon seating. The food was average-it seems that the quality of food has gone down in recent years on most cruise lines. We liked Johnny Rockets for a nice change with their burgers, fries & malts, also the waiters danced to the 50's music. We ate most breakfast & lunches at the Windjammer Buffet. The omelets were not as good as those on Carnival Magic. There was a lot of activities while at sea, especially enjoyed watching the Rock Climbing and the Flo Rider Surf Simulator participants. Entertainment was average but the Ice Skating Show is a must see, it was great. We had only one shore excursion as my wife has bad knees(waiting on replacements) and is limited to lesser activities. We went on a Glass Bottom Boat ride and a bus village tour in Honduras. I had booked a zip line excursion in Honduras but two weeks before we left I received an email from RCI stating that age restrictions were put in effect after I booked so they cancelled my excursion and returned my payment. Needless to say I was upset because that is on my bucket list. I have since found that Austin, Texas has zip-lining and no restrictions. Disembarkation was a breeze as we opted to carry off our luggage, we were off the ship and in our car in less than 20 minutes We enjoyed this cruise so much we booked another on Navigator of the Seas sailing November 2014. We have also booked on Liberty of the Seas in November 2015 as she will be at the Galveston port at that time. We will continue sailing on both Carnival & Royal Caribbean as well as any other cruise lines that leave out of Galveston or New Orleans, as they are within a few hours driving of my home and we prefer not to fly. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
After years of turning down cruise options for a vacation my husband and me finally gave in and went on this one, we had a wonderful time, weather was great, and we just can't say enough about the staff. Every one of them was ... Read More
After years of turning down cruise options for a vacation my husband and me finally gave in and went on this one, we had a wonderful time, weather was great, and we just can't say enough about the staff. Every one of them was outstanding, Ports of Roatan, Belize City and Cozumel were very good; we did RCL excursions and no problems had. We arrived early at port because it was our first time; the check-in process took about 1 hr. We saw some people carrying their entire luggage. We dropped our carry on in our rooms since they were ready as soon as we boarded. We went up to the Windjammer to eat. There was a pretty big selection of food including ethnic food. We went to explore the ship and then put on our bathing suits and headed for the Jacuzzi. There are several Jacuzzis on board. The best ones are by the Solarium; if they are full the one inside the gym is good. Watching the sunsets in the Cosmopolitan Club on the 14th deck was a special great. We signed up for My Time Dining, which worked out perfectly for us. The food was great most nights, but we were really impressed with the excellent service from our wait staff. They really deserved the extra gratuity on the last night. All areas were clean and well maintained. I enjoyed the shops, attending the shows, playing mini golf, and relaxing at the pool and on our balcony. I loved my morning coffee on the balcony. Our room 9376 was at the back of the ship on deck 9 and was just right since we were first timers. We only heard noise a couple times being at the back. Navigator is large but easy to, no pun intended, but navigate, we enjoyed the Mexican restaurant, Sabor. The menu at Chops Grille was great also. The bars and cafe, which serves coffee, ice cream, pastries and pizza was open 24/7. The Promenade where the captain hosts the welcome-aboard reception is beautiful, there is so much to do on Navigator, and we were never bored. The ship has a friendly vibe. Many passengers hail from Texas &/or Oklahoma and most are warm, hospitable, so you'll be greeted with plenty of smiles and enjoyable table-mates for dinner. Country music is on the sound systems, and some of the on-board musical entertainers also specialize in country music. The bars and dance club were bustling, our favorite was the piano bar, but not too crowded, on most nights during our sailing. The ship is beautiful, and fun. Read Less
Sail Date April 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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