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.