27 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Western from Galveston

1) Royal Caribbean does not allow criticism, just accolades in their web reviews. 2) Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines are now floating retail malls intent on selling you every minute on board. Even in the food service in their ... Read More
1) Royal Caribbean does not allow criticism, just accolades in their web reviews. 2) Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines are now floating retail malls intent on selling you every minute on board. Even in the food service in their main dining room (in the past superb), their menus are becoming dull and not as well prepared as though promoting their expanding "on board paid" restaurants now provide the best they have to offer. Main dining table service remains excellent. 3) After five cruises, the dancing and singing shows remain great (especially the Broadway Fever performance with Margaryta Garmash-Kyiv and Levgen Tkachenko / 5 stars) as well as the ice dancing and the Platters. However, they could have left the comics on shore. Personally, we would have preferred to see more of the Royal Caribbean Dancers and Singers. 4) It bothers us that some have historically slighted the service crew on deserved tips (their primary income), but Royal Caribbean now processes passenger automatic tips. You have to go to the desk to opt out if you want to direct your gratuities to those working their best for you in the now "WOW" program. 5) There is no space provided on the Royal Caribbean survey for anything like the above and "that" is a management issue. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We live in Houston, and Galveston is only an hour away from our home. My husband and I have sailed on Royal Caribbean several times and are seasoned cruisers. Age 57-53. Embarkation- was a breeze, got to the port at 10:30AM and was on ... Read More
We live in Houston, and Galveston is only an hour away from our home. My husband and I have sailed on Royal Caribbean several times and are seasoned cruisers. Age 57-53. Embarkation- was a breeze, got to the port at 10:30AM and was on the ship by 11:15AM. Stateroom available at 1PM. Service- on board the ship was awesome. Drink service a bit slow, but was not because of the service, just they did not have enough help to manage the crowd. Our cabin steward was beyond great. Cabin- bed was beyond horrible. It was like sleeping on the floor. We asked for a foam topper to be told they no longer provided. Again, the bed was horrible!! Main dining room-food was the worse than we have ever had on a cruise. The steak did not have the texture of a steak. It was like spam in a steak form. Disgusting. Windjammer-food was like a local buffet, breakfast was the same every day. Chops-excellent food, but the waiter seemed disinterested and only wanted reassurance that we would rate him high on the survey that you received after you got home. Tender-to Grand Cayman-I KID YOU NOT-TOOK US THREE HOURS TO GET OFF THE SHIP!!! Three hours of our cruise waiting to get on a boat to take us to shore. Jamaica-did not do an excursion thru Royal Caribbean. Did a private excursion and had the time of our lives! Cozumel-nothing special-been there-done that. Main show-high school kids could do a better job. Terrible. Comedian-raunchy doesn’t make it funny. Ice Show-Day one they made you wait in line for tickets, and show night didn’t even ask for them. Show-not bad-not great Pictures-they have you look on a kiosk to decide if you would like to purchase, and have writing all across the pictures so you cannot tell until after you buy them if you have say your eyes closed or something doesn’t look right. One night the entire ship lost power for maybe 2 minutes, totally freaked. However, you would think nothing happened. Drink service continued. People just didn’t seem to even notice. Way funny. One woman on board stayed drunk the entire trip-falling down drunk-got mean and loud and no one stepped in to take care of it. Every show she was loud and trying to get attention and again no one from Royal Caribbean stepped in to stop her. One show she was in the front seat and started to cry and blaming the performer for her troubles. Stopped the whole show- Again, no one stepped in to stop her. TIPS-watch out peeps- people take their karaoke very serious! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We like cruising. Our room was bigger than expected and the bathroom not surprisingly small but usable. Our room attendant Emmanuel was professional and kept our room very tidy. It was nice to always come back to a clean room. The main ... Read More
We like cruising. Our room was bigger than expected and the bathroom not surprisingly small but usable. Our room attendant Emmanuel was professional and kept our room very tidy. It was nice to always come back to a clean room. The main room was fine dining and wished I brought more formal dresses to wear for dinner. Our waiters Melvin and Rohan were very attentive. We made sure to get a table with them each night. Lot of activities to do and watch on the high seas. Our favorite excursion Tabyana Beach Break - white beaches, clear water, seeing different kinds of fishes when we snorkeled, lunch & light beverages included. Now we know the reason people love cruising. Same hotel & service everyday and wake up in a different city most days. Lessons learned. 1. Ask for more details when getting advice. We did not book an excursion in Cozumel and we got taken. Don't book an excursion in Cozumel, grab a taxi, etc. Spent $60 on a taxi trip to a small white beach full of drunk men. My husband and I were the only tourists and no visible taxis around (except the one we took). We immediately went back to our ship and stayed there. Our advice pay extra for the ship excursion when in Cozumel. 2. The excursion tickets have two times listed. Our Belize excursion tickets listed Meeting time 7:45 am and departing time 8:30 am. We arrived at the meeting place at 7:30 am. RC ship director started tendering groups at 7:45 but did not specify which time she was using. She was calling groups by time and we missed our time. Others also missed their call time. To RC's credit we got to go on different and cheaper excursion and RC refunded us the difference. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our 6th cruise total and 4th cruise on Royal and our 3rd time onboard the Navigator of the Seas. We drove to Galveston from Dallas early sunday morning and got to the port around 10:30 am and they made an announcement they ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise total and 4th cruise on Royal and our 3rd time onboard the Navigator of the Seas. We drove to Galveston from Dallas early sunday morning and got to the port around 10:30 am and they made an announcement they were delayed a little bit. We are used to the port of Galveston being crowded and long lines, so we were onboard the ship by 12:00. They are building a bigger port, so I'm sure once it's done it will be better, but other than that, just have to have a little patience! :) We had an excellent time this cruise! We have always cruised alone as a couple and this time we brought our good friends, my mom and my aunt. We all had a blast together, and they all loved this ship as first time cruisers! The ship itself is beautiful just like it has been the other two times we have been on it. The service is always so nice and pleasant and they are always willing to help with whatever you need. Our room attendant, Reynaldo did a great job with our room. Always clean and made sure to stop and say hi to us the first day and throughout the rest of the trip. We ate in the MDR every night for dinner and the food is great! I was excited to eat some of my favorite menu items and thoroughly enjoyed them each night. Our head waiter Sandeep was right on point, he did a fabulous job of explaining the menu every night and waiting on us and letting us know what the next day held as far as weather, tendering and etc. However, the assistant waiter is not what we are used too. This was his first week in the MDR learning all of the ropes, so we didn't get great service, but we understood it was his first time doing this and just let him know what we needed each night. I'm pretty certain he will do a great job the more he does it! He was very nice! I'm addicted to the shows each night and the shows were really good this trip! The Royal cast was fabulous, and my favorite show was the Broadway Hits the last night of the cruise, they did fantastic! The Ice Skating Show is a MUST SEE! It's absolutely beautiful and fun to watch! Ports of Call: Cozumel - we had a nice warm day, we rented a taxi and took it over to Chankanaab National Park and snorkeled on our own (Best Snorkeling site around), ate some lunch at the beach while were there, saw the sea lion show (adorable) and had a really great day! We left there and did a little bit of shopping back at the port before we got back on the ship. Chankanaab is really nice fun place with a great beach and lots to see! We go there every time we are in Cozumel. It's $21 per person to get in, but if you go to their website beforehand, you can print off a $2 coupon. It's a great price for all the access you get inside. Grand Cayman - We had to tender in this port of call, and the tendering went really well. We had a shore excursion, so we were one of the first groups to get off the ship. We took the Jeep & Snorkel Excursion - we got to drive our own jeep and they took us around the island, we stopped at a really nice beach spot but we couldn't swim because there was a ton of seaweed, but it was beautiful to look at. The water is incredible. Our next stop was to the town of "Hell" - there we saw why it was named Hell and went into the gift shop and etc. After that they took us to another stop to enjoy some samples of Rum Cake and Rum. After that, we went to 7 Mile Beach where we could enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or just laying on the beach. This excursion was a little misleading, as we thought we would be snorkeling out somewhere nice, but it was just right at the beach at your own leisure so it wasn't much to see. Still a great time though! Jamaica - We took the Dunns River Falls Excursion - we got on a bus and took a 1 hour ride to Dunns River Falls - here we left all our belongings on the bus as we couldn't take anything with us per our tour guides and climbed the beautiful falls! I think everyone should at least do this once in Jamaica, it was breathtakingly beautiful and an absolute blast! Our guide on the falls was so much fun!!!! However, we were really sad that we couldn't tip him since we couldn't bring any money in. After that, they took us to a beautiful beach where they brought us different plates food (jerk chicken was so yummy!) and free drinks (lemonade, rum punch and etc) - we had about an 1 1/2 here to relax. We really enjoyed this excursion. The Disembarkation was a pretty easy process, lines as normal, but we were off the ship by 8:30am, so we were on good timing to get back to Dallas by early afternoon. All in All, we absolutely love Royal and will continue to sail with them! Thanks for a wonderful vacation!! :) Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Please understand we love cruising and couldn't wait for our first time on Royal Caribbean but we just want people to be warned to set your expectations low!! Pros-- Cozumel always awesome with the beautiful water and great people ... Read More
Please understand we love cruising and couldn't wait for our first time on Royal Caribbean but we just want people to be warned to set your expectations low!! Pros-- Cozumel always awesome with the beautiful water and great people Belize ok but if we don't go back no big deal Roatan awesome our first time there and Maya Key was amazing The comedy show of Alfred and Seymour were hilarious Cons-- notice that none of the pros were related to the ship other than the comedy show, where to start, well it smelled like mildew on the 8th floor (we warned you) the windjammer food is nearly inedible, the biscuits for breakfast can double as hockey pucks, the eggs were obviously instant eggs and not real, the dinner is below Golden Corral or Furrs, and the worst part is the windjammer closed at 9!!! The main dining room really the only good option was the lobster one night, the rest of the nights were average to below average at best, and the portions are pathetic. Don't complain about the food or you will be asked if you have tried the pay options of Chops or Sabor, which we didn't book the cruise so that we could pay addl money for food we should be getting served in the main dining room. Also if you have been on Carnival and had the luxury of Guys Burger joint you don't get that on RC no you get to pay for a burger at Johnny Rockets which was unfortunately the best meal we had. Next up is the pool area, the best seats that are facing the pool are reserved for suite holders so if you aren't in a suite (99% of the people) you will get to try to find one of the seats that don't face the TV screen or the action, and as for the TV screen don't worry it is all commercials for royal Caribbean and the bigger ships that are "better" than the one you paid for. The promenade that they are so proud of is a waste of space, Also PLEASE stop trying to get me to buy tanzanite I don't care!!!!! I could go on but you probably stopped reading anyway, to make a long story short (too late) we will NEVER cruise RC again not worth it! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Mixed feelings about RCCL. We are age 43 years old and thought we'd try a more "mature cruise". The ship was beautiful, loved our room, balcony view and deck. We felt that the first couple days were really great ... Read More
Mixed feelings about RCCL. We are age 43 years old and thought we'd try a more "mature cruise". The ship was beautiful, loved our room, balcony view and deck. We felt that the first couple days were really great considering we were still in the oooh's and awe's of the ship. However, as the days went on we were finding it hard to find anything to really do other than the usual drinking, sunbathing and shopping. This cruise just seemed to be missing more activities for our taste. Found ourselves a bit bored and searching for things to do. On other cruises we seemed to always run into a game, line dancing lessons, trivia etc...We previously cruised Carnival Magic which is who I am comparing to. I really enjoyed Carnival overall. I will try another ship with RCCL before I totally count them out. Disappointed in the lack of 'open' good places to find a snack on the ship, the only place was at the royal promenade cafe and the food was pretty bad. The other cruises I've been on always had at least burgers, pizza and ice cream easily accessible near the pool and movie deck. One of the best meals we did have was when we ordered room service after midnight, it was delish! The meals at dinner were good. I mostly ordered what our waiter suggested and was always satisfied. The dinner staff did not seem to have as much fun like the Carnival waiters who would sing and dance most nights. Plus the breakfast in the Saphire dining was terrible. Your best option is to stick with the buffet for breakfast and lunch. Or visit Johnny Rockets (fee) for lunch, but do not sit inside unless you want to be stuffy. The entertainment on the pool deck was lacking. The pool big screen showed videos that did not match the entertainment on the pool deck. They should of either played the music videos with the matching sound or had a camera focused on the entertainment for all to see. Seemed like there was a lot of silence, we felt like elevator music should of been at least piped throughout the ship in some places. The piano man was not very good. We really were entertained by the guest singer he had instead of him. He seemed to want to sing a whole Elton John Album verses a variety of other songs. Most of the singers/bands in the bars were wonderful, but again more drinking and just hanging out. The live shows in the auditorium were good as well the Promenade Parties were lively. We visited the Cosmopolitan for club dancing. The DJ wasn't very lively. He sat mostly and I don't remember seeing him look up very often or interact. People danced, but mostly it was just to drink and hang out...again. Funny to see the teens sneak up the elevators to bust a few moves in the hallway. The drinks were very pricey although the best was only having to buy 1 drink card because I am not a big drinker where as my hubby enjoys his beer. Hated the routine to get our luggage when got back. The signs were not posted high enough to see where your luggage was and for some stupid reason, a lot of it was piled in the center of the customs building. They pushed us out of the ship too soon. We would of been more comfortable waiting in the theatre for customs to clear out a bit. -Not a lot of photographers snapping your photo like the Carnival. Which meant having to wait in line to get a photo on the dressup nights. -Loved the Service team, be sure to tip them extra. They work so hard to please. -Request Ice twice daily, to let melt for drinking. Bring a water bottle. They have coolers with drinking water at the pool bars. -Select Early dining to not miss evening shows or Select Late dining to get extra desserts or entres....Especially for Lobster night. -Formal, is not "too formal". Ladies, skip the gown if you want. Although on Formal nights I saw anywhere from capris to Prom dresses. Shirt and Tie and slacks are great for the fellas. It's just an opportunity for you to really dress up if you wish. -Decorate your door with magnetic items. Also buy strong Magnetic hooks to hang your swimwear to dry (the walls are metal behind the wallpaper) All in all I wasn't impressed with the activities on the ship but I Loved my room and the pools. Will try again with RCCL just on a different ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I will never forget this wonderful ship and the amazing staff that all played a part of an amazing vacation! We took this cruise as a family vacation/wedding/honeymoon event. I have never felt so important and appreciated in my life! ... Read More
I will never forget this wonderful ship and the amazing staff that all played a part of an amazing vacation! We took this cruise as a family vacation/wedding/honeymoon event. I have never felt so important and appreciated in my life! These staff members (especially Vesyl-server in the main dining room and Glendon- waiter in the pool area) should come to Oklahoma and teach our restaurants, bars, hotels, etc... a little about customer service! I have been back a week and I wake up every morning from dreams about being back on this cruise. I told my husband that I feel like I live on the ship now and have been doing everything I can to plan my next cruise on this ship! Simply wonderful and unforgettable! We played miniature golf, swam in the pools, relaxed in the hot tubs, enjoyed the spa, bars, and restaurants, and even shopped! There were so many options for activities but my now husband and I chose to relax since we were getting married (and we all know how chaotic that can be!) Our Oceanview Stateroom with a balcony was a perfect size and was cleaned twice a day. We came in multiple times to champagne in the room. The only bad part about this cruise was getting off of it :( Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
First of all, I understand some people have had some serious issues on this or other cruises, but keep in mind, most people only post when they are upset with their service. So the 3200+ other guests reviews may not be listed but it does ... Read More
First of all, I understand some people have had some serious issues on this or other cruises, but keep in mind, most people only post when they are upset with their service. So the 3200+ other guests reviews may not be listed but it does not mean they were dissatisfied. (Sorry I had to get that out of the way. I was scared to death for this cruise because of other reviews) IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A GOOD TIME, YOU WILL! Embarkation: We arrived about 10:30am (line was long to drop me off, but moved quickly), my husband dropped the bags and I off and went to park across the street (Cruise Park- I recommend). We then had to wait about 20-30 min for others in our party. Once everyone arrived, embarkation was a breeze. Lines were manageable and better than expected. We were on the boat by 12:30. Room/Boat: We had room 8572 Balcony in the middle of the ship. Our room was just as it should be! Clean, plenty of storage space, etc. We met our room steward right away (Eduardo). We didn't see much of him (although he answered promptly when we needed him), but our room was straightened/cleaned almost 3-4 times a day. It was amazing service and something my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed!! (next time I will ask for an egg crate though as I have a terrible time sleeping away from home and think this might have helped). The ship was always clean and well maintained. As others have mentioned, there are parts that are a little dated, but we were very pleased with the cleanliness and upkeep of everything! We especially loved the little bars/meeting areas (Bolleros, R Bar, etc) as this provided a place for our group to get together for drinks before dinner. Shows: We only saw the Adult Comedy Show on Tuesday I think and thoroughly enjoyed it!! I guess shows aren't really our thing lol. I did watch the Newlywed? show on TV and it was hilarious! Dining: Windjammer- First of all, know what to expect. You will not get 5 star dining at the Windjammer. It is a buffet of food running almost all day. It offers some variations as well as classics (hamburgers, nachos, or a few Indian dishes etc). It is good food but not great, which is perfectly fine with me for a fast lunch on the go. We chose to go to the dining room for breakfast on days we could. Much better atmosphere if you have the time. We only ate lunch in the Windjammer twice I think. Other days were filled with excursions and we ate Johnny Rockets on the last day. Main Dining Room- I was very pleased with my dinner every single night (we ate specialty on nights 5 and 7). The appetizers were yummy and the food was always spot on. Not 5 star food I would say, but REALLY good food none the less! Our servers Dotson and Camila were amazing! I literally wanted to put Camila in my pocket and take her home! One of the most genuinely NICE people I have ever met! Chops Grill: They were about 30 minutes late seating us (we had a party of 10), but the manager brought us all a glass of champagne and we were fine with it. The seas were pretty rocky that night so my husband had to go back to the room and miss dinner, boo, but other than that, it was GREAT! Appetizers, steaks, sides, service! GREAT! Giovanni's Table- Family Style Appetizers, pastas, and your own entrée selection....it was PHENOMENAL food! omg! We sampled almost every app I think. I ordered the lamb chops and they were cooked perfectly!! My husband had the fish and it was amazing as well. Probably our favorite dinner of the cruise! Johnny Rockets- Just perfect. Right on the water. Endless fries and really good onion rings (you can even order bacon/cheese or chili/cheese fries, etc). I had the smokehouse burger w/ bacon and onion rings and bbq...OMW! Apple pie for dessert and all for like $6. NUTS! and YUMMMM! As you can see, food is my favorite part of the cruise...that and the ports/excursions. Cozumel: Deluxe Playa Mia Beach Break- Perfect! We were able to get seats right in front of the water and me and party of 10 enjoyed a full day beach, food, drinks, rented a jet ski and nearly killed myself (lol jk). It was a perfect day hanging with my friends! (also got a pretty sweet deal on some cigars at the shop there). Belize City: Lamanai and New River Safari- LOVED IT! Be sure you are prepared for a 1.5 hour(ish) bus ride, and 1.5 hr boat trip to the ruins. The boat trip back is only about 45 minutes. This was really great tour! The tour guide was very informative all the way through Belize and provided a lot of insight into the city. The boat ride was amazing! Saw a few animals, spider monkey, iguanas, etc. Once you arrive at Lamanai, be prepared for a bit of a walk. This excursion was pretty physical actually, but that is probably because we decided to climb the ruins. WHICH WERE AMAZING! This was my husband's birthday and he absolutely LOVED IT! Great excursion, great guides, great food! Roatan: Extreme Caribe Ziplining- Greatest. Excursion. Ever! After about a 20 min bus ride we arrived. The guides were amazing and very helpful!! I am the one that picked this excursion for our group and then I got there and freaked out. Probably got closer to a panic attack than I ever care to be, but my husband and guide walked me through it. I went off the first line w/ the guide strapped to me (tandem). The next two were tandem lines anyway, so I rode w/ my husband. After that, there was no stopping me!! I did the next 9 by myself and could have gone all day! The view you get from the 2nd and 3rd lines are some of the best I have seen in my life!! This port was by far our favorite and we are considering a vacation there in the future. Debarkation: We chose the 7:30am self assist option. We arrived to the meeting place about 7:30am and were through customs by 8:30am. I consider that a successful debarkation!! :) Hubby left me with the luggage, went and grabbed the car across the street and we were on the road before 9am. I don't really know what else to say, except take the reviews with a grain of salt. Go to have fun and relax. I am sure if I were looking for issues, flaws, etc, I could have found them but for me and the group of 9 others....we had a FABULOUS vacation that we will remember for a lifetime!! Let's hope another cruise isn't too far in my future!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We arrived at port at 10:30 AM, which was a great time. We were on board the ship by 11:30. We had a room on deck 8 balcony in the middle of the "hump". We had a great time on board the ship. It is a little old, but they ... Read More
We arrived at port at 10:30 AM, which was a great time. We were on board the ship by 11:30. We had a room on deck 8 balcony in the middle of the "hump". We had a great time on board the ship. It is a little old, but they have tried to update as much as possible. We enjoyed the formal dining room, our waiters were Deandra and Joel, and they were great !! Didn't eat but once in the Wind Jammer café, due to what others have said about the serving utensils being used by everyone. We toured the Mayan Ruins in Cozumel and went to a beach for an hour and half, which was awesome but they were having a HORRIBLE problem with mosquitos, which isn't their fault, it was due to the previous weeks rains. In Grand Cayman we just walked around ate lunch at Margaretville, which was exciting. In Jamaica we went on the catamaran sail and it was a BLAST...HIGHLY recommend the Sun Dreamer, Montego Bay Catamaran sail. WOW...they really entertain you PLUS let you snorkel and they are very nice ....that was probably our highlight of our cruise. The cruise director Jeffery on board was a great guy...he really knows his stuff. Shows on board were great too. Getting off the boat was not fun at all. One, they do not have a good system in force to get that many people off in a short amount of time, and once you are off, you walk into a huge room with all this luggage and lines EVERYWHERE , which is confusing...that part WAS NOT fun...but...all in all we had a fantastic cruise ! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Just as a quick bit of background about who I am so you understand my perspective. I'm a 27 year old adrenaline junky, foodie who loves sports and performance arts. Despite being what I would describe as a foodie, I'm also not ... Read More
Just as a quick bit of background about who I am so you understand my perspective. I'm a 27 year old adrenaline junky, foodie who loves sports and performance arts. Despite being what I would describe as a foodie, I'm also not a food snob (I am a coffee snob however) and enjoy comfort foods as well as fine dining. With this being my first cruise I have no basis for comparison to years past that some say were better. If that's true, cruising must have been head in the clouds heaven. I found my experience to be the most enjoyable trip I've ever taken. Were there a couple things I didn't love? Sure, but that's life and what happens when people have their personal opinions on things. Would I take off a star for anything? Nope, the trip was excellent, the ship was beautiful, and the service was outstanding. -Value: I could not get over what all comes for the price. We booked an inside promenade stateroom for just a hair over $200/night essentially with it coming out to about $1500 for my wife and I. For comparison sake, after getting married on May 23rd, we drove to Dallas and stayed the night at a value priced Best Western in Dallas for $100 on the way to Galveston. That did include breakfast but the breakfast wasn't nearly as good as what would be served in the Windjammer (many complain but I find it hard to name a hotel that serves better breakfast and provides turn down service at least twice a day for under this price, much less in the Caribbean). Having a waterfront hotel with all you can eat food and a formal dining room for $200/night for 2 people would have impressed me enough but they also provide entertainment options. -Entertainment: Was every show awesome? No, I wouldn't dare go that far. You're not getting Broadway productions here with super expensive set designs and special effects. You're also not paying $100/person to get in to the show. After considering the hotel + restaurant aspect, I'd say you're getting in the show for free. I really enjoyed Ballroom Fever and Finis Henderson (initially I wasn't sure about him but he got progressively better throughout the show). Those were good shows, but I thought Ice Dancin' in Studio B was incredible! I've never seen an ice show before so I'm no expert and the best production show I ever saw was Book of Mormon in Chicago but again, for what I would consider the cost of $0, I couldn't believe I was getting to see it. -Ship: Having sent my parents on their first cruise on Vision of the Seas a few months prior, I knew Navigator would have a few more amenities being a larger ship. I didn't know if it would stack up well with the Freedom and Oasis class ships. I've never sailed them so I still don't know, but I never wished I was on them while on Navigator. The promenade design works really well for keeping things open and easy to well, navigate. We found ourselves discovering new details on the ship even on the last day of the sailing and we did a fair amount of exploring it throughout the trip. While the pool deck is a lot of fun and the Solarium padded chairs along the windows make for a great nap on a sea day if you can snag one, I gravitated toward the peaceful areas on the ship. If you're looking for a great place to read, head to the front of the ship along the walking track, past the Solarium, and then up the stairs to the very front of the ship above the bridge and spa. You'll find a basically empty deck with chairs where you can hear yourself think. I didn't take advantage of this area a lot but if I was a reader I'd have been up there. My favorite area on the ship was the helicopter pad on deck 5. To get there, walk along deck 4 outside and go up the stairs. It makes for excellent stargazing or is peaceful in the daytime. On top of all of this, the sports area was a space I didn't really utilize and found myself forgetting about which is crazy to me. Being able to play mini golf, basketball, or take on the Flowrider or rock wall for free is really kind of awesome. I wish I had done it more. -Food: Overall, I thought the food was pretty good. I had breakfast every day in Windjammer and was always able to get a window seat after a little bit of work. Usually I would stake out a table and go sit at it while my wife fixed herself a plate. It's a bit chaotic but I always enjoyed it. I would compare the food quality to a Golden Corral. If that's beneath you, avoid it I guess. For the price of the vacation I thought that was a good deal. We used the Main Dining Room (MDR) for dinner all but one night and I thought just about everything was good to excellent. The shrimp cocktail left something to be desired and the seafood salad did as well but the entrees I had were good and the desserts were satisfying as well. On lobster night my waiter asked me how it was and I said, "very good but I just need you to bring me 6 more just like it." He said he would get me another piece and off he went. I thought he was kidding but a few minutes later he brought me another 2 lobster tails! The servers try their best to meet any need. If you're polite they'll go the extra mile. I'm guessing they would even if you weren't. On the last day I gave both my waiter and assistant waiter an extra $20 bill on top of their normal built in gratuity. I wish I could have given them more to be honest. They were outstanding. The Promenade Cafe was a nice option for small sandwiches or desserts 24 hours a day. I can't speak for the specialty restaurants because to be honest, I just never saw the need with how good the complimentary dining options were. My only complaint would be to have at least half the Windjammer open later than 9. It's the easiest place to grab an iced tea near the pool deck without going back down to the Promenade Cafe on deck 5. -Coffee: I'm a coffee snob. The coffee onboard sucked. I added in some half and half and a packet of sugar and drank it gladly. Good coffee is best enjoyed black in my opinion so these add ins were made for exactly this. It was no worse than a standard diner cup of coffee at Denny's, IHOP, etc. I enjoyed having it offered in the MDR with dessert every night and again, just use the add ins. I also would add in a packet of dark chocolate hot chocolate in the Promenade Cafe and take it to the show each night. -Service: I loved it quite simply. I only wish there were some bus tubs around the various venues or trash cans. Instead you would see people pile up a plate in the Windjammer and take it to wherever on some lower deck and just leave it in the bushes, on the floor, on tables in lounges, on the pool deck. It's a never ending battle for the crew to keep up with and I felt lazy having to leave my cup or plate in places like this. I would have at least liked the option of placing it in a tub for them to collect but I'm guessing it may have something to do with sanitation. Debarkation was brutal to be perfectly honest. We signed up for the self-assist (take your own luggage off with you) for the earliest time of 7:30am. We weren't to our car until almost 9:30am. With so many doing self-assist, it jammed up the hallways and felt like I dumb idea on my part pretty quickly. I doubt I really saved any time but I did likely add some frustration. Next time I'll just check it at the end of the trip. I liked carrying my own bags on to start the trip because we didn't get on until almost 2pm and our room was ready for us already. Overall, the trip was excellent, the ship was beautiful, the service was top notch, and I'd do it again tomorrow if I had the vacation and savings! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
The food was quite good, particularly the chef's suggestions, service was outstanding, and enjoyed activities such as the Flowrider, rock climbing, the theater, pools/hot tubs, etc. Watching the sunsets in the Cosmopolitan Club on ... Read More
The food was quite good, particularly the chef's suggestions, service was outstanding, and enjoyed activities such as the Flowrider, rock climbing, the theater, pools/hot tubs, etc. Watching the sunsets in the Cosmopolitan Club on the 14th deck was a special treat. Ports, however, left something to be desired. First port at Falmouth was disappointing. Royal Caribbean built a harbor there to dock their ships so Falmouth is "artificial" and basically an outlet mall. Iron gates separate the shopping area from the town, and it's easy to see why. Falmouth is not much better than a 3rd world slum, if you venture there. Have to take some excursion to get away from Falmouth and see at least some of the "real" Jamaica. Grand Cayman was much more accommodating, in part because we took a very enjoyable excursion to Sting Ray City and snorkeling. But the island seemed to be a step or two up from Jamaica. Last port at Cozumel was sort of a cross between Port Aransas, TX and Nuevo Laredo--lots of Mexican tourist trinkets to buy, "party bars" for spring breakers, the ubiquitous high-end jewelry and watch stores (present on all three islands), which were interspersed with local bars, many featuring Tequila tastings. You have to wonder if the jewelry is really the bargain that not only the stores advertise as such, but also the cruise ship itself. Again, you have to get off the main drag in Cozumel--renting a motor scooter lis one option. Another is to visit the Mayan ruins--Tulum can be done in 4-5 hours. Unfortunately, the major Mayan ruin, Chichen Itza, is a good 4 hours by bus each way, leaving very little time to explore the ruins (guide books recommend at least 4 hours) and return to the ship on time. One major disappointment was I told RCCL my wife and I were celebrating our 50th anniversary and two of our grandchildren (28 and 23) were celebrating their birthday during the cruise. The only thing RCCL did was to give my wife and I and our two grandchildren one of the small, finger desserts (with one candle--that's about all that would fit) from the luncheon buffet at the Windjammer. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
As a new cruiser, I have only small river barges as comparison, but I loved this trip on the Navigator! The crew, every one I encountered, were wonderful, professional and friendly. Dias, our Steward, couldn't have been kinder or more ... Read More
As a new cruiser, I have only small river barges as comparison, but I loved this trip on the Navigator! The crew, every one I encountered, were wonderful, professional and friendly. Dias, our Steward, couldn't have been kinder or more helpful. He knew right away I didn't like to get up early. I thought the food was very good considering the number of passengers and crew. I wish they didn't have to resort to pre-made foods, but it is probably cost-prohibitive to make everything from fresh ingredients. The only bad meal I had was in the dining room--a crab cake appetizer I ordered for dinner--which was obviously not prepared fresh. I would sail on the navigator again in a minute! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We have been on a number of cruises on several different lines, and RC never disappoints. The service is excellent from the wit staff to the cabin stewards. I wish there had been some "enrichment activities" but as far as I ... Read More
We have been on a number of cruises on several different lines, and RC never disappoints. The service is excellent from the wit staff to the cabin stewards. I wish there had been some "enrichment activities" but as far as I could tell there were none other than Port Talks which are just where to shop advertisements. Guess what Diamonds International is everywhere. As for the ship it was sparkling clean, modern looking, and well equipped. I especially enjoyed the free Seattle's Best Coffee just forward of the fancy latte shop. Johnny Rocket's was great and well worth the modest charge. There is an outdoor promenade deck that with a little stair climbing at the bow you can walk the entire circuit of the decks, much better than the tiny jogging track topside. • Personal Background Information - highly educated, well traveled (50 countries) • Travel To Port of Embarkation - I drove, wife flew • Hotel Info (if any) Tremont House in Galveston, walked to Cruise Terminal (3 blocks) • Embarkation - pretty smooth, but agent gave us wrong keys at first, so that was slow, after that boarding was smooth, bags already there waiting on us. • Stateroom - fine, standard "superior ocean view w/balcony • Ship Info - Gross Tonnage 138,279 Length 1,020 ft Max Beam 157.5 ft Draft 29 ft Cruising Speed 22 knots best feature a promenade that encircled deck 4 (except at bow you had to climb up to deck 5 for a complete circuit) • Dining - good in MDR (service great), great in steakhouse, excellent at Johnny Rocket esp. the Apple Pie) Too bad that some cowboys had to wear their ball caps at dinner. • Activities (didn't use) • Children's Clubs (didn't use) • Staff & Service excellent throughout • Entertainment (didn't use much, shows I went to were fine) • Shore Excursions (didn't use, done 'em all anyway) • Disembarkation - smooth and fast, much faster than expected really • Summary great cruise, quality service, good value. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Embarkation tedious and long lines, but guess that is to be expected. The ship itself is lovely. Food in the windjammer could be better...this is our third cruise, and the food quality has definitely gone down. The food in the dining room ... Read More
Embarkation tedious and long lines, but guess that is to be expected. The ship itself is lovely. Food in the windjammer could be better...this is our third cruise, and the food quality has definitely gone down. The food in the dining room is good, but very small portions. We frequently requested either double appetizers or entrees as we found ourselves leaving dinner and being hungry in an hour! Our waiter was not very friendly and rarely smiled or spoke. I don't think he appreciated our requests for the extra appetizers or entrees, There may have been a language barrier though...not really sure. His assistant continued to push the bread/rolls on us all week even though we always refused...thinking they wanted us to fill up on the bread instead! The strip steak was horrible. The salmon was good. The lamb was very good. Shrimp was ok, we missed the lobster night. The desserts were very average...not enough good chocolate in the dining room or windjammer. Everyone made a big deal out of the cherries jubilee, which to me tasted as though someone had thrown a can of pie cherries into the microwave and heated them up! Would like to see more cake or brownies offered. We really did enjoy having a carafe of coffee and breakfast brought to our room each morning...that was our alarm! The coffee is very good! We also ate breakfast in the windjammer, but enjoyed having coffee and a small breakfast to nibble on while dressing in the morning. The room "service" was excellent and always delivered within the time frame requested. We had requested a table for 8 for dinner, and ended up at a table for 4 but did enjoy their company, so no big deal. We did not try any of the specialty restaurants. Despite the average food offered on the ship, I did manage to gain weight that week! The variety and quality of activities on the ship is excellent! There truly is something for everyone on this ship and we were never bored or lacking in an activity we wanted to participate in. Despite the number of people on the ship, it never felt crowded, and you could get away to a private quiet area if so desired. Pools and hot tubs very nice and not overly crowded. Solarium (or adult only pool) nice to get more quiet and out of the wind if need be. We only went to one show, he was a comedian and I cannot remember his name, but he was very funny and had me laughing the whole way through his show...he is very heavy, obese if that helps any!! We checked out the skating rink and it is tiny, so decided to forgo that show. Husband climbed the rock wall and enjoyed it. We had fun watching others try out the flowrider. The gym looked to be very well equipped with its own hot tub. We did try to walk a couple miles a day on the track and enjoyed that...nice to exercise and have an awesome view at the same time, although it does get a little crowded with non exercisers walking in your way. The nightclub was a lot of fun! The bars were fun as well, and many very good dancers to watch! We are not gamblers, but did enjoy having a few drinks at the casino bar, and it was very well attended! Looks to have been a gamblers dream as far as the available games, etc. We had an inside cabin which was very well laid out and designed. It did not feel as cramped as previous inside cabins we have had although believe it was the same square footage...just very well designed. Large closet with plenty of hangers for both of us. Plenty of drawers for storage. Mattress was excellent and had no problem being rocked to sleep each night! :) It was very quiet as well, even during the day. Shower is very small and round, but I actually enjoyed it as I could stick my elbows out and steady myself if the ship was rocking! Adjustable height shower head very nice as well. We loved being on the 9th floor and would do it again as we could take the stairs up and 2 floors and be at the pools and windjammer within 45 seconds of leaving our room! Our room attendant was excellent and straightened up it seemed anytime we left the room, even re made beds after naps, and came back to turn down sheets during dinner. Kept bathroom neat and well stocked with fresh towels. As far as ports, Falmouth, Jamaica was our first. The enclosed shopping area is ok, very commercial and touristy feel to it. We ventured out of the gates to see the real Falmouth, and fairly quickly re entered the port area. We were hounded by pushy locals trying to sell their goods and begging for money. It was dirty and smelly...thinking sanitation may be a problem. Lots of locals who appeared to be homeless and smelled as though they had not had a bath in quite a while. Not to be critical, but this is obviously a very impoverished area. I would do an organized excursion, or just stay on the ship next time. Next stop..Grand Cayman. We tendered, but waited a couple hours to get off and had no problem getting off and didn't wait at all. We left the tender area, turned right and walked 10 minutes to Eden Rock which is a snorkel and dive facility, not an organized excursion. It was awesome and cannot recommend this place enough. We rented all snorkel equipment for $14.00 per person. a locker for $5.00. They have a bathroom where you can change. It is a rocky entrance so you climb down a ladder and must swim out about 100 yards to the reef, actually 2 reefs...devils grotto and eden rock. The reef is a good ways out so not really for swimmers who are not confident, although they do provide life vests. It was outstanding and I swam the length of both reefs 4 times it was so beautiful! It was not crowded at all and no lines. Saw plenty of parrotfish, black durgon, sergeant major, reef squid, tarpon, trumpet fish and rock beauty. This is supposedly the best shore snorkeling in Grand Cayman and I believe it!! Very inexpensive and a wonderful, easy activity!! It was fun to snorkel over the divers going in and out of the caves at devils grotto. They had some loungers so laid in the sun for a while to dry after rinsing in the outside shower, changed and went to lunch before getting back onto the ship. Grand Cayman is quite the opposite of Falmouth...very clean and lovely. Never felt intimidated at all. Next stop Cozumel. We took a 16.00 cab to Nachi Cocum beach club and loved it. 55 per person for use of facility all day, all food and all you can drink included. Loungers under shade. Not crowded, only take 100 reservations and had plenty of space to ourselves. Pool, hot tub and swim up bar. White sand and turquoise water...lovely! Service was good, food was very good. Reserved this online directly with them before cruise. Great value and no hassle. Would do this again in a heartbeat! We did the self express disembarkation...guess we got off quicker but not really sure...you take your own luggage down, still long line to go through customs. It was nice to have access to our luggage until the last minute versus putting it into the hallway the night before though and would do this again. The cruise was a dream, loved every minute!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We were very excited to join the royal loyal following of RCI only to be met with disappointment after disappointment on this, our first (and possibly last) cruise with RCI. This was not only the Christmas cruise but it was our honeymoon ... Read More
We were very excited to join the royal loyal following of RCI only to be met with disappointment after disappointment on this, our first (and possibly last) cruise with RCI. This was not only the Christmas cruise but it was our honeymoon as well. A few highlights: 1) Our a/c was not working properly and our room never fully cooled. They tried to fix it - once - but it did little to alleviate the problem. Actually, the whole ship was overheated - we were sweating at dinner, walking in the halls and for SURE in the un-airconditioned elevators. 2) Service was sub-par. Our server was exceptionally awful and rude and eventually just 'left the ship' when we docked in Jamaica (his home country). Room service attendant sighed at me and argued with me (claiming they had NO salads with chicken on them, which was untrue and she later realized), etc. 3) Food was disgusting. Greasy, bland, cold....even the 'grilled' chicken left a grease film on our plates. They also close all dining options at 9 unless they're paid restaurants, and the room service menu is very limited. 4) Limited hours - of everything. Instead of a carefree vacation we felt strapped to timetables the whole time. 5) The TV booking system didn't work correctly which caused us to miss our excursion. 6) Little decoration for Christmas on this, the Christmas Cruise. The best part? Disembarking was quick with the self-serve option. All you have to do is schlepp your own stuff and have a US Passport and you're homefree! Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
It seems RCI is lowering their standards to compete with other lines. Having cruise multiple times with Royal I and my traveling companions were disappointed with the main dining room menu selection. For example there was a time when Royal ... Read More
It seems RCI is lowering their standards to compete with other lines. Having cruise multiple times with Royal I and my traveling companions were disappointed with the main dining room menu selection. For example there was a time when Royal had a surf and turf night and other specialties in the main dining room, no more. This has now been added as an extra with the extra cost. We ate in the specialty restaurant, Chops, a couple of nights and it was excellent as usual. But I don't appreciate being directed to eat there by the lack of choice in the main dining room menu to eat at the specialty restaurants. The wait staff on the pool deck was practically non-existent for most of the cruise. Royal's crew members were using the passenger elevators and Royal Promenade for moving luggage carriers during peak hours. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
1.Change your food menu in the promenade deck. The same old sandwiches and same desserts get old when your on a 7 day cruise. This also goes for your food in the Windjammer. You could tell they were cutting corners how some of the main ... Read More
1.Change your food menu in the promenade deck. The same old sandwiches and same desserts get old when your on a 7 day cruise. This also goes for your food in the Windjammer. You could tell they were cutting corners how some of the main entrees and desserts were prepared. I sailed on Voyager back in 2010 and that was the best cruise all around. 2.Your service is good in some area and poor in others. The retail shop Fashion District had one person working and had long lines at the register that she could not assist me with my needs. 3. The Retail Fashion shop did not have my size in shirts which is XXL. I asked for help from the staff members and was always told that she would have to wait and go to warehouse on the ship. She would check and get back with me. I left my number and she never called me back. This happened several times. 4.The balcony was not cleaned up from previous cruise. The window and railing was left dirty from last cruise. The floor on the balcony was dirty with finger nail clipping and long hair. The service was not good in windjammer and the prominade deck cafe. The waiter never asked us if we wanted drinks at our table while on this cruise in the windjammer. I had to get it. 5. The pillow cases were dirty. 6. I had originally requested that both twin beds be put together as one. I had to ask the room attendant several times to fix this. 7. Sewage was really very strong every day out in the hallways and when in certain areas of the ship and outside when at port in Jamaica you could smell it. 8. Went to Falmouth Jamaica and when I went into one of the shops I took off a magnet to look at it. It slipped out of my hands and it chipped. The manager of the shop made me pay for it. He acted very ugly about this and threatened to call the police if I refuse to pay. 9. When we were on the bus for our excursion we went through some very scary areas to get from Falmouth to Montego Bay. I was scared out of my wits. People would walk out in front of the driver. I prayed to God the bus didn't break down. The area was not safe. Then we were approached buy several guys while walking to go eat in Montego Bay trying to sell us drugs. 10. The ship needs to be painted and needs a face lift again. I cant see what was done to help the ship in the last dry dock. The boat looked like it was falling apart. 11. During the ice skating show we had to sit in the stools by the spotlight. While there an employee there were carrying on a conversation with another cruiser wanting to go to sleep together. I had to tell them to be quiet. 12. Where is the nice bar ware with the Royal Caribbean logo or anchor. Voyager had this and was very nice. 13. The blue towels that have the waves on them used out at the pool area were so worn and stained. I picked up one that was very ripped. 14. I had a hot stone message and it was not relaxing at all. The lady talked he entire time. 15. The ship looked like it had not been refurbished in dry dock. Very dirty in places on inside and the exterior needing painting so bad. The Liberty of the Seas was parked beside us in Cozumel and our ship looked like it needing painting badly in spots. I am very disappointed in Royal Caribbean. We spent a lot of money on this cruise and even did a balcony upgrade from a regular stateroom. Not sure if I will be returning to RCCL in 2015.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I'm going to start by saying I'm very disappointed in the reviews for Navigator of the Seas that I have read recently! I'm not sure where people are getting that this ship needs work and is falling apart and that trash was ... Read More
I'm going to start by saying I'm very disappointed in the reviews for Navigator of the Seas that I have read recently! I'm not sure where people are getting that this ship needs work and is falling apart and that trash was left by the pools or that the service was rude in some areas! This is our second time on the Navigator of the Seas within 9 months and we absolutely love it!! We are pretty picky people when it comes to cleanliness and having high standards for service, but this ship exceeded our expectations! Never once was there trash that I could see around the pools or the ship, the carpet is just fine and the ship never smelled at all! The public restrooms were in prestige condition and didn't smell like urine, from what some reviews said below. I have no idea what they are talking about. So my Cruise: :) Getting on the ship in Galveston took about 45 minutes, they do have a smaller terminal than Carnival does, so it takes quite a bit longer to get on the ship. However, not a problem at all.....we were on the ship around Noon and went straight up to the Windjammer to have lunch (cookies were so yummy!) and then the rooms were available at 1:00pm and we went up to our room to check it out since this was our first balcony room we had booked! It was beautiful! We loved the view and enjoyed the beautiful sea view everyday! Our stateroom attendant, Presley, was awesome!!!!!!! He kept our room so nice and clean and in great condition, we never went without anything that we needed and he made it a point to ask how we were everyday, what our plans were and to have a great time! He even made us a stingray towel animal in our room when we got back from Grand Cayman since we told him we were swimming with the stingrays that day!! Great great service from him!! We ate in the MDR every night except Wednesday night, which we went to Chops Grille! We always make it a point to at the steakhouse! The MDR service was great, and our menu every night was wonderful with great and unique selections! We enjoyed the food and have no complaints. Chops Grille was very good too and we always enjoy eating there! We also tried out the new Mexican restaurant called Sabor and it was delicious!!!!! Such great modern Mexican food! We had it for lunch on Friday and it was a nice switch from eating my normal cheeseburger and French fries from the Windjammer, even though it was very yummy too! :) The only complaint I might have is that maybe the chef that cooks their chocolate cakes might need a little more help! I'm a huge fan of good ole chocolate cake and it was not that on the ship! But that was just a minor minor minor thing.... I had plenty of other great desserts to choose from!! The Entertainment on the ship was awesome! We enjoyed the circus parade in the promenade on the first night aboard the ship and also the 70's Disco night as well. We went to the shows in the theatre every night and enjoyed them so much! One night they had an all acapella group called "The Edge Effect" and they were awesome!! Great job to the Cruise Director, Jeffrey for getting great shows together! We especially enjoyed the Ice Skating Show! That was awesome!!!! To do all of that stuff on the ice skating rink on a moving ship, is unbelievable!! We loved it! I also had fun doing different thing like the music trivia and rock climbing, watching the flowrider and etc. I LOVED how there wasn't any pressure to buy alcohol on this cruise! We sailed with Carnival this past May and they covered us at the pool with constant pressure to buy alcohol! It was awful! So I was thankful to be able to lay out by the pool and not be bothered hardly! The service is great out there! All in All, it was an AMAZING cruise and we enjoyed ourselves immensely and were so relaxed! It's always hard to leave a good cruise!! We have already booked 2 more cruises with Royal for next year and can't wait to go back!! Thank you Royal for another wonderful vacation!!! It was Awesome!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
This was our honeymoon. We had a great time together but would never choose Royal Caribbean again. The ship was beautiful, and well maintained. I'll start with the positive- kinda. We had an amazing room with balcony. 9060 - huge ... Read More
This was our honeymoon. We had a great time together but would never choose Royal Caribbean again. The ship was beautiful, and well maintained. I'll start with the positive- kinda. We had an amazing room with balcony. 9060 - huge balcony off the back of the ship. The one next to us was a little bigger but it was nice for us. The chairs on the balcony were horrible. They were so uncomfortable. I tried twice to have someone get us new chairs - nothing. Very disappointing because my back was not the best at the beginning so I couldn't enjoy just relaxing out on the balcony. The food was great in the dinning room. We ate in the dinning room for almost every meal - breakfast, lunch and dinner! The only good service we got the whole week. The buffet was so crowded and food was just okay. Room service was a joke. It took an hour and a half to get our snack - no joke - a plate of chips and some fruit. We liked to sit out on deck 12 by the track and relax in the sun. The pool deck was to crazy and loud for us. There were maybe 2 bar waiters walking around the whole 7 days, and only one of them asked us once if we needed anything. The service on this ship was very low. I was so disappointed in how the crew worked. They got paid what they got because of the prepaid gratuities and you could tell. There was no motivation to work any harder. Also one thing I really disliked about this cruise was there was always an option to spend more money - even in the Dinning Room. I paid a good amount of money to eat what I want. I understand spending a little for a specialty dinner - but the dinning room??? They liked to sell EVERYTHING. They advertise for budget friendly vacations but are selling thousands of dollar watches and diamonds. Doesn't make since to me. We booked all our excursions with 3rd party companies - the locals. Belize was so frustrating because we had to be tendered. But they would only let RCI excursions on the first tenders - an hour and a half later we finally got a tender to shore. That made our excursion late and almost missed the ship coming back. Going 3rd party is the way to do it - support the local economy and businesses - makes sense. Every one paid to get on the cruise but only those who booked with RCI for excursions got special advantages for our short visit to Belize. Honduras was our favorite! Cozumel was expensive and HOT. When we got back to Galveston - it was horrible. Ship was 2 hours behind getting everybody off the boat, then forced all 3000 people into the customs line where we waited another 2.5 hours. 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
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
My wife and I were first time cruisers and I thought it would be nice to take a cruise to Belize, Roatan and Cozumel through Galveston. Embarkation was easy and I have to say, I was very impressed with Royal Carribbean service on board. ... Read More
My wife and I were first time cruisers and I thought it would be nice to take a cruise to Belize, Roatan and Cozumel through Galveston. Embarkation was easy and I have to say, I was very impressed with Royal Carribbean service on board. The food was good, if not exceptional and there was plenty to do on sea days. We were not bored. We had an ocean view room and the room service was exceptional. The on board entertainment we enjoyed most (surprisingly) was the stand up comic. The guy was hilarious. Food wise, we tended to stay away from the Windjammer cafe, I'm not a huge fan of buffet food, but on the occasions we ate there, it was acceptable. Our table mates at the main dining hake were pretty uninteresting so we opted to eat out. The latin/fusion restaurant was the least impressive of the lot. But otherwise I would say the cruise was good value for the money. It was the disembarkation where Royal Carribbean fell down. It might have been poor coordination with the TSA (whom I also blame btw) but we waited over 3 hours to move the 100 feet to go through customs. I felt awful for the British citizen who missed his flight. This experience has convinced me that we will never sail out of Galveston again. It was a miserable end to what was otherwise an excellent cruise. Oh well. Read Less
Sail Date July 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
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
Instead of harping on the negative aspects of our cruise (which I will get to later), I wanted to highlight all the positive things that we will always cherish. Getting on the ship was a breeze. My youngest cannot stand in long lines, so ... Read More
Instead of harping on the negative aspects of our cruise (which I will get to later), I wanted to highlight all the positive things that we will always cherish. Getting on the ship was a breeze. My youngest cannot stand in long lines, so we are able to use the wheelchair line that breezes you in the ship. They allow the entire family (of four) to go with her. We heard there was a power outage after we were boarded that led to a delay of many passengers getting onboard. But that did not effect us. Stateroom attendant was not the over friendly personality as we expected, but she got the job done was courteous and got everything we asked for very quickly. We had a sofabed for the kids to sleep on, but we requested a cot and got it the very first night. Our attendant thought we were crazy, but one kid slept on the sofa and the other on the cot and that solved a lot of fighting issues between them! Our room was cleaned every morning while we were at breakfast and every evening during dinner. Ports of call: My husband and I had taken this same itinary last year without the kids, so we knew what to expect. In Jamaica, we went to the Dunn River Falls express. My youngest could not climb the falls so my oldest and I climbed while my husband and youngest played in the lower part of the river and had a blast. I would highly recommend this excursion to anyone. However, the locals are VERY aggressive in their selling and even cornered my oldest at one point and scared her by asking her name and where she lived...Do not leave your children unattended there. We went to the turtle farm in the Grand Caymans. The kids loved being able to hold the turtles and learn how to calm them down. We waded in the lagoon, as I am the only family member who can swim, but it was nice and quiet and enjoyable. When you go to Hell, look for the iguanas in the trees and the chickens in the brush. We saw a mother hen and two chicks, and the kids were more amazed by that then anything else at Hell! Cozumel we went to Playa MIa. This was our third time there and we bought our passes online instead of through the cruise ship. You can take a taxi there for $16 per day and overall it's about $100 cheaper to book on your own. All rental equipment is included in the price except for waverunners. They have added a waterslide and we all had a great time as always! Windjammer was OK. We are a picky family and ate mostly burgers and fries for lunch all week. It would've been nicer to have some more plain options for picky eaters. Breakfast was amazing in the Windjammer, except for the rude attendant at the omelet staion. We only had omelets once... Dinner in the main dining room was great! We requested a big table and made some great new friends! Our headwaiter, Jose, even got the chef to make Indian food one night for those at the table who like it! And he went out of his way to order to go food for my oldest the first few nights when she was too sich to make it to dinner. One more last positive: Go to the spa- the massage side and get pampered! I had a hot stone massage and a deep tissue/ scalp massage and both were fabulous.! I highly recommend Ria! OK negatives: I had a nail appt online and when I got to the salon, they informed me they did not have time to do both acrylic and shellac, which is what I had made the appt for. I was disappointed, but made an appt for the next day. But the nail job I got was horrible. My nails chipped, fell off and were not even filed evenly. The girl who did my nails was more concerned with how she would be paid and caused a scene with her supervisor right in front of me. Needless to say, I did complain and ended up getting my nails redone by Peta, who did the fabulous job I expected, but I would not get my nails done on the ship again. My oldest got a sinus infection on day 2 of the cruise, so she was confined to the room (by our choice) and did not get to explore or hang out with the teens as she normally would. Luckily I always carry extra antibiotic for cases like this and she was better by the end of the week, but she never did get out on her own. This particular cruise was spring break for Mexico, which was not much of a problem for us, but our dinnermates had partiers next door to them who kept them up all night. after complaining, the situation was resolved, but they said they would not cruise during this time again. Also there were a lot of non supervision of kids around the pool areas and we were only able to go to the pool once because of the rudeness and crowdedness of the kids at the pool. My youngest did not enjoy the kids club and said the staff were not kid friendly or kind to her. She went three times all week long and did make a friend, but asked not to go back to RC (as she has traveled on other lines) unless they get friendlier staff. Last complaint: DO NOT GET YOUR THUMB STUCK IN THE CABIN DOOR! When we were bringin in the luggage, my husband closed the door (hinge side) on my thumb and I had to go to medic and get it x-rayed. Luckily it was not broken, but it hurt like the dickens for the first few days! All in all I would go on RC again. It would be nice to see better enforcement of pool rules (especially for kids) and friendlier kid staff and maybe more picky eater options in the Windjammer.   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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