581 Southampton Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

This was a great cruise, but a problematic second experience with Royal Caribbean. The ship is still beautiful but is undoubtedly starting to feel it's age. Some of the areas are looking tired especially the staterooms which have ... Read More
This was a great cruise, but a problematic second experience with Royal Caribbean. The ship is still beautiful but is undoubtedly starting to feel it's age. Some of the areas are looking tired especially the staterooms which have elements that have chipped surfaces and broken drawers. That being said most areas of the ship are in great condition considering the age of the ship. The entertainment also poor compared to last time, but did pass the time. The dining experience on the ship was far below the standards set by our first Royal Caribbean cruise last year. Despite being on the same ship, the food this time was abysmal and the team struggled to accommodate some basic special dietary needs. The dining service was terrible, our waiter was disinterested and spoilt the experience. Our assistant waiter, however, despite the first day of this cruise being his first ever day with Royal Caribbean, shone through merely due to this effort, but was certainly not supported by our waiter or head waiter. Shore excursion embarkation is very slow; we spent nearly an hour after our 'meeting time' waiting for our number to be called. The wifi also was very slow and didn't work for 24 hours of the cruise and there was a lack of variation in the activities. Overall, it was still a great cruise but Royal Caribbean need to start investing more into both their standards of fleet and staff in order not to be overtaken by the competition. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was the first time taking our girls with us and they absolutely loved it. The bar staff are fantastic - especially Tito from the schooner Bar. (Always smiling and amazing service) The entertainment was also excellent as well as ... Read More
This was the first time taking our girls with us and they absolutely loved it. The bar staff are fantastic - especially Tito from the schooner Bar. (Always smiling and amazing service) The entertainment was also excellent as well as the food. we really enjoyed the talent of Anthony Michael in the schooner Bar. Great piano player and nice bloke. Our balcony state room was very nice and clean and you can tell that a lot of care goes into cleaning the room and shower/bathroom. We would definitely go again. we didnt do any or the port excursions tending to do our own thing by getting a taxi or shuttle bus. This seemed to work just fine. We had room service (breakfast) on one day but it was missing an omelette! Other than that it was a fantastic trip enjoyed by all of our family. Our children are 17 and 19. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The Navigator of the Seas this cruise was exceptional! From the moment you arrive at the Southampton Cruise Terminal the customer service made getting our luggage and ourselves so quickly and easily. All rooms were ready at 1:00 PM. ... Read More
The Navigator of the Seas this cruise was exceptional! From the moment you arrive at the Southampton Cruise Terminal the customer service made getting our luggage and ourselves so quickly and easily. All rooms were ready at 1:00 PM. CABINS- The cabin was clean, stocked and the attendant catered to every need. The beds were super surprisingly comfortable for both my husband and I . The cabin was well insulated and we slept soundly every night. We had absolutely not one issue with our cabin. We wished we would have upgraded to a balcony to get the cool north sea breeze into our room but we didn't think about it . FOOD-The food was exceptional as well. EVERYWHERE. From the windjammer we decided to eat there most evenings. The chef Joseph on this ship prepared fresh fish and chips for our table with different fish every night. This was not the norm. He saw how we enjoyed them on day one and they were not on the menu any other night so he brought a platter each night. Another aspect of the food was they really took great care and made the food comparable to the ports. Like we were in Germany and they had sausages...The mornings they made sure the English and different Europeans had their traditional foods available as well . (We are Americans). The Cafe Promenade Coffee was one of our favorites. They had ILLY coffee which we loved! We highly encourage you to purchase the beverage package. We added it up and even though my husband doesn't drink alcohol by end of day two it paid for itself. The bottles of water , spring, or sparkling was available all day and on the excursions as well. The wines they poured were premium wines. We didn't see one cheap bottle the whole cruise. We did eat in two specialty restaurants. Chops Grille..yes go! and Giovanni ended up being our favorite! We had steak there as well and they brought all the superb Italian entrees as side dishes for us to try. On Board Activities - highly recommend the Sushi Making Class! Flow Rider was a big hit for my husband! He surfed in the North Sea.. SHOWS and Entertainment-They also took great care in the movies they selected. They were for the region we were cruising to and from, We would wrap up on blankets on the pool deck (get your blankets early this was surprisingly popular) and wrap up and watch the movies. The north sea wind didn't stop anyone! It was very fun. Nice Quiet areas- our favorites areas for solitude was the solarium. We love children but this is a nice quiet area for adults. The steam and Sauna we used daily. I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful the ports and cities we visited. I highly recommend the excursion Lubeck in Germany. We enjoyed the service on this ship. It was comforting at night to watch the TV with the cruise director and activities director informing us about the next day , very helpful Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
There is not enough staff The bar service was very slow, Trying to get a beverage at the bar forget about it. The Windjammer, food good never enough clean tables chairs MUGS or staff like Woolworths Cafe 30yrs ago The overall ... Read More
There is not enough staff The bar service was very slow, Trying to get a beverage at the bar forget about it. The Windjammer, food good never enough clean tables chairs MUGS or staff like Woolworths Cafe 30yrs ago The overall crew did the best they could. I asked some of them if they where going ashore they told me that they would like to but they where either working or where to tired 1. Crew and servers were all superb. The problem is that they where ran off their feet 2. 4th floor restaurant was excellent; Milnas and Danielle excellent, food very good and we had a very good time in the restaurant, on 8.30 sitting 3. Cabin was kept immaculate and our steward was very helpful with anything we asked him. Was one the best part of the cruise; He was always happy and always greeted us with a smile, clean and fresh every day. 4 When Royal Caribbean supply a coach to exit port they charge 30$ us. when all other ports supplied coaches free of charge The staff works their tail off and they deserve medal, the staff tries really hard but they can only work with what they are given, and they aren’t given much. The internet, The excursions, And the price-------- what a laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!! This, but far, has got to be ONE OF MY MOST DISAPPOINTING CRUISES THAT I HAVE BEEN ON! I’m willing to admit maybe my expectations of a cruise were too high The overall experience was not up to the standards we expected did not full fill the expectations we had. I will not waste any more time writing anymore becauseI would not recommend the Royal Caribbean to anyone, and I will not use this company ever again Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Mostly smooth sailing except in North Atlantic. Ship clean & maintained. Excellent, quick service. Cabin & shower small as usual. Virtual Balcony was very nice. Excellent entertainment (although focused toward Brits-some humor not ... Read More
Mostly smooth sailing except in North Atlantic. Ship clean & maintained. Excellent, quick service. Cabin & shower small as usual. Virtual Balcony was very nice. Excellent entertainment (although focused toward Brits-some humor not understood). Some problems with shore excursions - late tram in Lisbon, poor audio equipment, hard to understand guides, long walk from/to bus in Pisa. Fun trivia games, especially with Canadian Emily who spoke very clearly. Wish we had an extra day in Rome. Some coordination problems with disembarkation at Vigo-long wait. Transfer bus to airport was stuffy-no air while waiting to leave. Some issues with ship design - only one women’s toilet in gym; automatic door difficult to close. Some lockers too high to reach. Jacuzzi in gym sometimes closed; no jets, not hot enough. Jacuzzi in Solarium no jets only bubbles. Need more variety and more healthy options in Promenade Cafe. Corner of Schooner Bar was stinky but better after notifying Guest Services. Trivia/quizzes need to be in larger venue, especially on sea days. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The cruise was wonderful experience and the service was excellent, our was cabin over looking the Promenade was beautiful, Foods was absolutely tasty. we have thoroughly enjoyed our holidays and will most certainly will cruise again ... Read More
The cruise was wonderful experience and the service was excellent, our was cabin over looking the Promenade was beautiful, Foods was absolutely tasty. we have thoroughly enjoyed our holidays and will most certainly will cruise again with Royal Caribbean cruises again hopefully soon. The entertainments and the activities and the services was excellent. the embarkation and the disembarkation was very smooth we did not encounter any discomfort at all. We quite like dinning in the wind jarmmer simply had massive selection of food to chose from. Down stair cafe was very handy too with tasty snakes every time you fancy a bite to eat. Night entertainments was very good there was always something going on so you never get bored. On the top deck there was so much going on from music to massive screen playing all your favourite films and more simply wonderful themes. We have had absolutely wonderful time. This was our first time on the cruise and we really enjoyed it very much. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We decided on this cruise as it was my twin sisters and my 60th birthday just before we sailed and it was the only one that we could find that suited all of us (always fun travelling with family). We have been on the Navi before, but my ... Read More
We decided on this cruise as it was my twin sisters and my 60th birthday just before we sailed and it was the only one that we could find that suited all of us (always fun travelling with family). We have been on the Navi before, but my twin sister and her hubby have never cruised, so RCI is a good choice for those that don't really like dressing up too much (my brother in law). It has been 11 years since we were last on the Navi, and if you look closely, you can see her age, but that is nick picking. Check in was nice and quick - just had to wait in security - a norm nowadays - and on-board for a spot of lunch and our first cocktail. We managed to be and the gate when the others arrived and enjoy their reaction from the first sight of the Royal Promenade - great. After showing around for a bit it was off to see the cabin - we had decided to have a cabin on deck 7 overlooking the promenade as it is a good vantage point for the parades. The beds are great with lots of room, shower/toilet again plenty of room but the amount of space to actually stow your gear is limited, and I am sure we managed to loose something behind the very small drawers under the TV. Our luggage duly arrived and the unpacking commenced... We had a table for 8 in the main dining room on deck 3 first sitting, I don't know how they do it but we the others on our table we another family of 4 (mum dad son and daughter in law) with the same kind of background and humour as us. We managed to dine every night but only once was it on our own, and in most cases, everybody dressed up as suggested. Our table waiters were great - and of course did the sing along when our birthday cake arrived, and even the head waiter was seen every night. The food was good, on occasion excellent and other times just ok, but that was more down to my taste rather than quality. The entertainment team (not the acts) were mostly british and good fun, we even managed to win a key ring,... some of the headliner acts were not to my taste but those we did see were very good. The singers and dances are good but seem to be lacking in something, not sure what, but considering that they have been on as a troup since january, you would have thought they should be top notch. The ice skating shows are still very good. Some of the quizzes seemed to be more international than others.. Ports of call and trips - well the ports were very good, the ships excursions and shuttle bus costs seem to be very high and in one case we did complain about the cost. We only did the one excursion and rather enjoyed it. Bar prices again were not cheap but we don't drink enough to warrant the drinks package and as we had a reasonable amount of on board credit, it worked out ok for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise due to the number of countries it stoped in.The ship Navigator of the Seas was very clean and the staff on board were simply the best! We started out in Southampton England and since we came in a day early we decided ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to the number of countries it stoped in.The ship Navigator of the Seas was very clean and the staff on board were simply the best! We started out in Southampton England and since we came in a day early we decided to take the train to Windsor and tour the Castle. That was one of the highlights of the vacation.The next morning we boarded the ship with ease.Our cabin was in a great location with easy access to the stairs and elevators.The food all over the ship was wonderful. It always amazes me on how they can prepare so much food for so many people and it still has such great flavor.The service we received was second to none.The entertainment was good overall but there was one comedian that was British and we couldn't really understand him. He also sang and that was really good.The Ice Skating show is a must! Fabulous!! All of the stops we wonderful but our overall favorite was Alicante,Spain.What a beautiful place and so clean. At the completion of the cruise we chose express check out as we had a very early flight. It was a breeze..We definitely will cruise with Royal Caribbean again(as this is our 7th) and I hope it will be very soon. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise line because of the EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE AND LENGTH OF CRUISE. I expected a more Royal experience, but found staff to be overworked and ship understaffed making staff very short in temprement. The 24 hour food ... Read More
We chose this cruise line because of the EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE AND LENGTH OF CRUISE. I expected a more Royal experience, but found staff to be overworked and ship understaffed making staff very short in temprement. The 24 hour food experience is totally overated. Lacking in quality and variety. Beverages available are water coffee and iced tea during meals, forcing cruisers to buy the overpriced beverage packages. The specialty restaurant packages again are very expensive and food is mediocre.Entertainment was of the same but nice and well put together. SCHOONER BAR experience was far the most entertaining and fun. The specialty stores have merchandise that is over priced and can easily be found in the USA at lower cost. I would recomend that they add metchandise that is genuine to the counntries visited. Italian leather, spanish and Portugese products, French products. I found that the fashion jewelry is the thing that I can purchase at my local JC Penny. T shirts jackets clothing is extremely expensive, that is why it probably does not sell. At some point they had a sale of Russian Artifacts that had nothing to do with the destinations that we visited. It seemned as though somebody pulled this out of their sleeve last minute to get rid of past merchandise. Very little attention to detail as far as I am concerned. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Although our cruise on Navigator of the Seas was slightly below our previous experiences with Royal Caribbean (Harmony of the Seas , Legend of the Seas, Song of Norway), it was still a positive experience. Overall, our experience and ... Read More
Although our cruise on Navigator of the Seas was slightly below our previous experiences with Royal Caribbean (Harmony of the Seas , Legend of the Seas, Song of Norway), it was still a positive experience. Overall, our experience and cruise was very positive. Our stateroom (inside with promenade view) was very clean and comfortable. The bed was comfortable. The toilet would not flush one day when we returned from a shore excursion and the issue was quickly addressed by the maintenance staff. The vast majority of the staff members were very pleasant and helpful. The other guests at our main dining room table were very pleasant and friendly; we had a great time talking and getting to know each other during our cruise. Our dining room waiter, Medel, and assistant waiter, Volodymyr, were outstanding -- very friendly and helpful. Our stateroom attendant, Nunun, was very good. While the food was still very good, I felt it was a little better in the dining room on our previous cruises. We purchased the same Internet package as we had on Harmony (VOOM Surf Voyage Package - 3 Devices), the service was not as reliable. I talked with the Internet represent on our third and fourth days because we experienced sporadic problems with access, being "kicked out", and having a screen appear which said we needed to sign in to connect when another screen clearly indicated we were already signed in. He made several changes and the reliability improved, but we still experienced some issues during the remainder of our cruise. We experienced no similar issues on Harmony. Very good variety of activities were offered on-board. We enjoyed our shore excursions, especially the Tuscan Countryside – San Gimignano and Volterra. Unless you wanted your time to be spent shopping and eating, I would not recommend the Cassis (Extended Time) excursion in Marseilles. Our tour guides were informative. We would have liked more time in Lisbon, Portugal and Vigo, Spain. Excursions: Gibraltar - City and Wine Tour (8 rating out of 10) Alicante – Guadalest (9) Rome – Glories of the Gladiators (8) Livorgno – Tuscan Countryside – San Gimignano & Volterra (10) Marseilles – Cassis (Extended Time) (7) Barcelona – Gaudi’s Barcelona (8) Lisbon – Majestic Sceneries & Wines (8) Vigo – The Border Country (8) Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I had done my homework on Royal Caribbean and overall was very happy with the 2 weeks on board, the food and staff especially were the stand out features closely followed by top class entertainment each evening, my only negatives were the ... Read More
I had done my homework on Royal Caribbean and overall was very happy with the 2 weeks on board, the food and staff especially were the stand out features closely followed by top class entertainment each evening, my only negatives were the prices for the excursions which I found too high, the drinks packages were also very expensive, I didn't like the fact you couldn't buy 1 alcohol package especially as my wife doesn't drink, the only way to get this would of ben to provide a doctors note, this was very disappointing, all inclusive could mean that which would of made this a 10/10 holiday. The times in port could of been longer, especially Rome, for me I would of preferred an overnight in Rome and missed one of the other ports, every day was a bit of a rush, but it is a fantastic way to see so many different places. Finally we met some lovely people, some of which we will keep in touch with, this made the holiday that bit more special. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The itinerary was the attraction, embarkation was very good, we had a issue with the cabin on arrival which was dealt with straight away but we had to change cabins next day which all the staff handled very well. After this everything was ... Read More
The itinerary was the attraction, embarkation was very good, we had a issue with the cabin on arrival which was dealt with straight away but we had to change cabins next day which all the staff handled very well. After this everything was very good all the food every where we ate was excellent staff in all resturants where very nice and polite but I do think it is a shame that staff are not clearing tables in the windjammer when they are getting drinks for guests who seem to forget that this is a Buffett resturant nod these guest are quite able to get there own drinks. Ports of call where ok but for Marseille when it was either 1mile walk out of the port then having to get local bus or a 20 doller each transfer to the town even the taxis didn't seem to know what they would charge us,. Entertainment on a whole not very good the production team shows we think where poor but the headliner shows were not to bad watchable. We would travel with Royal Caribbean again it isstilloneof our favourites, Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Although this ship is older it has a great atmosphere. The food was amazing in the dinning room and the buffet is good although I felt it was more like an evening meal selection which for me was not what I would eat for a lunch. So in my ... Read More
Although this ship is older it has a great atmosphere. The food was amazing in the dinning room and the buffet is good although I felt it was more like an evening meal selection which for me was not what I would eat for a lunch. So in my opinion lunch needs to be more light options. The shows on this ship were not up to previous ships that we have been on and some of the acts were terrible but we enjoyed the whole experience. The range of drinks was great although there seemed to be more vodka options and only a few gin options. We could not fault the service as everyone was very friendly and attentive when you needed them. We booked the shore excursions through royal Caribbean and although they were a little more expensive they were worth it as we had a tour guide that explained everything Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was first cruise, and we didn't really know what to expect. But we were blown away! All the staff were fabulous, friendly and helpful. A few people had said the ship looked tired .....WHERE? We thought it was amazing. The ... Read More
This was first cruise, and we didn't really know what to expect. But we were blown away! All the staff were fabulous, friendly and helpful. A few people had said the ship looked tired .....WHERE? We thought it was amazing. The food was fantastic in the main dining room and excellent in the wind jammer. We did prefer breakfast in the dining room just as it was easier to be seated and a nicer surrounding. We had one evening in Chops Grille which was very nice and worth the extra money. We also had a night in Jonny Rockets ... didn't rate this very much though, at $10 per head, food is better in the wind jammer. We decided to upgrade to all inclusive drinks package after much debate 3 weeks before our cruise and glad that we did. It was just much easier, we ordered anything we liked and just showed our card. I feel we drank more than usual because we had paid for it, however we would definitely buy the drinks package again. The kids had the soda package which was great as they could get a drink when they wanted and didn't have to keep finding us to ask for one. We were at the front of the ship deck 12 with floor to ceiling window, great view. I don't think we would ever pay for a balcony as your not in your room enough. We had 2 rough days at sea, but to be honest it was no better on the lower decks so don't let your position of your cabin put you off. We went to the gym which was fully kitted out so worth taking your gym kit. We have 2 boys age 12 and 13 ...... we hardly saw them! They were off at the teen club everyday. 5 Nights they didn't even eat with us as they have teen dining and all go together. They loved the Flowrider and spent most their time there. We were lucky as there were only 30 teens on the ship so when they were on the flowrider there would be only maximum of 6-8 people queuing to do it. On one day the boys had it to themselves for a whole hour ... fabulous! Overall we would definitely go on another cruise and we would definitely go with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
So a group of 6 of us travelled out of Southampton on a 14 night Mediterranean cruise. This was my first cruise from the UK and if I am honest, I am not sure I would do it again. There are definitely pro's to it if you are from the UK ... Read More
So a group of 6 of us travelled out of Southampton on a 14 night Mediterranean cruise. This was my first cruise from the UK and if I am honest, I am not sure I would do it again. There are definitely pro's to it if you are from the UK like unresricted baggage allowance, the hassle free process of no flights etc, but I do feel the first few day and last few days were ruined by bad weather. I appreciate you can get this anywhere but a rainy cloudy day in the Caribbean is still warm but when its gusty and cold, you are restricted to what you can do especially on a sea day. So, to sum up my time. Positives: 1. Service was amazing - Rodney and Dixon in the main dining room were attentive and brilliant. 2. Food was good. It doesn't compare to celebrity in regards to selection but still we had no complaints. 3. Facilities - There is plenty to do on board which was great for those rainy days. 4. Cabin - Both the cabin and cabin steward were fantastic. Negatives - 1. Had some issues in the spa where we kept getting overcharged for treatments. My advice would be to get them to write the price down for you when booking to save any confusion. 2. Shows - Too many comedians (like 6 on a 14 night cruise). They kept repeating the same jokes in the end. 3. The promenade parade. The last time I was on board, they had a huge parade with all the crew involved. Now it is labelled as a circus and lasts around 5 minutes. 4. The biggest bug bear for me was the amount of places they closed for private functions. This leaves little place for the majority to go especially when the weather isn't great so everyone is inside anyway. Overall, great crew, amazing ship but think I will stick to flying somewhere first to give a better chance of good weather. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Food and Shows are getting worse over time... Don’t do this cruise if you have kids. I would spend the extra money and go Disney. The shows were dated and there were several days with comedians which were boring... Excursions were not ... Read More
Food and Shows are getting worse over time... Don’t do this cruise if you have kids. I would spend the extra money and go Disney. The shows were dated and there were several days with comedians which were boring... Excursions were not worth the price payed. Everything is very rushed as some ports have 6 hrs before you have to back on the boat and driving to the loacation takes about an hour. While on the boat, despite confirmation that my child who turned three ball on the cruise would be able to go to the Kids camp was refused admission because their was too many kids and the boat didn’t have enough staff.... they should know this and plan before the ship leaves port!! The room staff is still helpful and kind and do a good job. Overall this cruise is underwilming if you have been on cruises before. It really shows that Royal is putting a lot of energy into the new big boats and has forgotten about the small and medium size boats. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We have been on 6 cruises with Royal Caribbean and there has been a drop in service and quality since our first cruise. We have just returned from a 14 night Mediterranean cruise May 2018 and despite having a great holiday there has been a ... Read More
We have been on 6 cruises with Royal Caribbean and there has been a drop in service and quality since our first cruise. We have just returned from a 14 night Mediterranean cruise May 2018 and despite having a great holiday there has been a drop in standards. Room attendants seem uninterested since tipping became automatic so no need to show any interest in you or their work. Staff in general are friendly and will do anything to help. Food in the main dining room is very good as is the service. The food is the windjammer is buffet style and despite a wide choice the food is warm at best. Buffet breakfast in the main dining room is also cold/warm. Entertainment is a hit or a miss. Some shows are brilliant and others are terrible. We tend not to bother with the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers and these in our opinion are very dull. If Royal Caribbean want to improve one area its the headliner shows. I would suggest to pay a little more for better quality acts and get rid of the same old faces we see on previous cruises. I have to say the quality of food and servicein the cafe promenade on this cruise was amazing. Again it’s a hit or a miss. Our cruise last year in the Caribbean the Cafe promenade was terrible and far too small for oasis class ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Navigator B2B We went on Navigator of the Seas out of Southampton on a Western Mediterranean cruise from May 13-27 and then from May 27-June 3 on a Northern Europe cruise. Funny about weather. Although the Mediterranean was smooth as ... Read More
Navigator B2B We went on Navigator of the Seas out of Southampton on a Western Mediterranean cruise from May 13-27 and then from May 27-June 3 on a Northern Europe cruise. Funny about weather. Although the Mediterranean was smooth as glass for most of our first two weeks, the temperature was much higher in Oslo than in Spain and Italy. We took the Southampton bus from the Heathrow station between terminals 2 and 3. It was fast and easy and we found the driver and other staff to be very helpful. The bus station is close to the dock, but just out of the distance I would want to roll my bag, so we took a cab. We stayed in Southampton for a few days before the cruise at the Holiday Inn right by the dock. It was simple to drag our bags over to the ship. We took the Red Funnel ferry to the Isle of Wight to visit Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s summer residence. This was probably our favourite tourist attraction of the whole trip. We also walked a lot in Southampton and thought the food was quite good. The British people we met on our cruise laughed and said we’d probably spent more time there than most British people who just use Southampton as a parking lot before they get on the ship. First, the ship. We were on Deck 9 in a balcony cabin – 9756. We’ve done a few cruises in Grand Suites lately and were worried about the size. No worries, though! We loved the cabin and even after 3 weeks we weren’t feeling cramped. No noise, smell, or service issues as reported by other cruisers. The only major thing we noticed since our last cruise was that the bag of laundry deal now excludes jeans! We had to ask for our bathrobes but the steward was quick to get them for us. On the first cruise, our fellow cruisers were, overwhelmingly, older people from Britain. Over a thousand had Diamond status and beyond. The Diamond Lounge was extended into the adjacent Cosmopolitan Club from 4:30 – 8:30, with crew checking ID. I spoke to some new cruisers who were surprised by this and felt like second class citizens. There were a few families with very young children, but generally, a quiet lot. The Windjammer was so busy they sometimes opened Giovannis for seating. I wasn’t particularly in love with the design that has Windjammer covered all the way to the back. It was very hot in the window areas.The food was good, though. On our last two cruises, they had removed smoked salmon from the breakfast selections, so I was glad to see it back. Chops, Giovannis, and Izumi were great. Good service and great food! The ship had just changed Sabor from Mexican to a Spanish tapas menu and we LOVED it. We were hesitant but everyone at our 8:30 seating in the main dining room had tried it and were impressed. As they had suggested, we asked our waiter to bring selections until we told him we were full. The Main Dining room was fine, but I was disappointed that the bread selection is no longer warm and presented to each diner. It now sits in the middle of the table. The Spa was as expected. Very nice service but lots of sales pressure. I was surprised to receive sales calls from the Spa on my cabin phone. It’s okay to get email messages on the cabin TV, but really, who wants a sales call while on vacation? Ports of Call – Cruise #1 I kept the info from the excursions desk that describes each of the port areas and how far it is to town, how to get shuttles, etc. I will add those to the information for each of the ports in the appropriate area of Cruise Critic. I want to say that EVERY city, except maybe Gibraltar, was spotlessly clean and we never felt unsafe. Although we were surprised by the cost of public toilets, the toilets were clean and safe. Gibraltar – okay for a short stop. We walked and enjoyed a light lunch but it was very busy everywhere. Alicante – beautiful city. We did the wine tasting tour and they stopped at a church designed by a student of Antoni Gaudi. We enjoyed both and especially the beautiful countryside along the way Rome – we bought express train tickets through RCCL and then did Rome on our own. We found the guide to be very helpful in getting us set up to see as much as possible. Florence- did the same thing as Rome. People we spoke to went into town in Livorno and said they wished they had arranged a tour of had gone to Pisa. Marseille- we’ve been to Provence several times on land, so took the shuttle and walked the old part of the city, which is quite compact. Not a lot to see. We wished we had arranged a tour instead. Plus, the shuttle was 20 Euros each return. Ridiculous and due to traffic rules, we were still blocks away from the fish market areas. Not a big deal to us, but people with canes were very upset. Barcelona – love love love! If you take a shuttle from the ship, the downtown “Las Ramblas” area is totally walkable and entertaining. There are lots of little side streets and probably the best window shopping of our trip. Lisbon – we did a wine trip to an area very close to the coast and they stopped at a tile making factory. There were many people on our bus who had been to Lisbon before and said the excursion was one of the best they had done. Vigo – Another short stop where we just walked the city. There are lots of hills and lots of cobblestones and so we got our exercise, but it was quite a wonderful surprise. End of cruise number one. Back to Southampton. Had a coffee, got back on board, and had the same cabin. Cruise #2 Night and day as far as our fellow passengers. It was half term break in Britain and this cruise was packed with families – lots of tweens and teens. We were told there were over 1000 minors on the cruise. There were also almost 2000 first time cruisers, due to a big promotion run in Britain. There were also far fewer Diamond members but surprisingly some entire families with Diamond status. The Diamond Lounge host did speak to a few kids who came in with shorts and flip-flops after 4:30 and they returned properly dressed. All that said, we had a blast! It was so fun to watch the kids form groups, hang out (everyone we saw was on their best behaviour), and especially, use the sports facilities. The pools, Flow Rider, climbing wall, and basketball court were very popular. Hamburg – this was such a lovely city. I was expecting a port town with not much more than the famous red light district, but it was so much more than that. They have so much innovative architecture, green initiatives. and more canals than Amsterdam! Be sure to get up early so you can follow the long trip in on the river. We did a canal tour that took us through lovely residential areas for miles and miles. Oslo – I have been up the coast of Norway but not to Oslo, so this was much anticipated. Like Hamburg, be sure to get up early to watch the passage through the fjord and to see all the islands along the way. This was the most northerly city on our cruise, but also the warmest day of our trip! It was around 30C. People were jumping into the harbour swimming and the parks were full. We took public transit up to the ski jump, which has been built as a piece of sculpture that shines out over the city. My grandfather was a world champion ski jumper from Norway, so this was very much of interest. The little commuter train winding up the mountain was a treat in itself. I love the Jo Nesbo detective books, so I got to see far more of the residential hillsides than I thought I would. The ski jump and museum are well worth the trip up, and if you can’t manage the hillside climb from the train station, there are ship’s excursions that will take you. One note of caution about the Hop On Hop Off bus company in Oslo. When you get on the bus at the docks, they go counterclockwise through downtown and then the parks, the maritime museum area, and back to the ships. This means that when you are at the maritime museums, every single person trying to get back to the ships will already have a seat on the bus, and due to time constraints, few people will be getting off. We saw some very panicked faces! I asked, and they don’t run any going clockwise to alleviate that situation. Public transit is easy to use in Oslo and it might be easier to do that and then to take a cab back afterward. Brugge – absolutely stunning. I have so many friends who have been and they always rave about it. We took an “on your own” tour that got us to the edge of the city and situated with maps, then we also did a canal trip on our own. We left at 1 and you could hardly move it was so crowded, so go early. Back to Southampton. We dragged our own luggage off, took a 10 pound cab ride to the bus station and then a very fast bus into London’s Victoria Station. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We booked this charter cruise via Voyage Privee at an amazing price. The lead prices were over the top and it looks like they had to be drastically reduced in order to fill cabins. Cruiseco, the charter company, really need to do their ... Read More
We booked this charter cruise via Voyage Privee at an amazing price. The lead prices were over the top and it looks like they had to be drastically reduced in order to fill cabins. Cruiseco, the charter company, really need to do their homework on pricing if they intend chartering ships out of the UK again. They also need to make sure that all agents have it available, as they seemed to be quite selective as to which agents they chose. We initially booked the cheapest inside cabin but were extremely happy to find that, when our documents were emailed to us, we had been given a balcony cabin! Quite a treat. We found our cabin to be of a good size and very well presented and clean. Our stewart did a great job every day and the towel sculptures made us smile! Embarkiation was relatively smooth, although there were very long queues at Southampton. However, once on board, everything went well. We chose to self disembark and had no problem in that regard. We absolutely loved everything about this cruise. The ships was great, all staff fantastic, food great too. We took the drinks package and felt it was well worth it. The choice of premium drinks on board is huge. There were 3 ports of call: Bilbao, Vigo and Lisbon. We had visited Bilbao before, so didn't venture into town on this occasion. Vigo seemed pretty small and we walked around and did our own thing. Lisbon was by far our favourite port, where we had booked a walking tour (independently). This was a fantastic way to the see the city and we plan on returning in the future to spend a few days here. Although we had freedom dining, we only ever ate in the buffet which served a fantastic choice of well cooked dishes. We were always extremely satisfied with the offering and couldn't find much to complain about. However, we did learn very quickly on the first day not to visit the buffet at 1 p.m. (peak time) as you will struggle for somewhere to sit. I guess this was made worse by the formal dining rooms not serving lunches during this cruise. As expected, the entertainment was wonderful and the atmosphere on board superb. We really hope that more cruises of this nature will be scheduled in the future, as we would jump at the chance to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was a chartered cruise by Cruiseco and billed as an 80s theme with over 38 acts performing during the cruise. It was very well organised with added benefit of the Royal Caribbean standard. Booked 3 weeks before departure & ... Read More
This was a chartered cruise by Cruiseco and billed as an 80s theme with over 38 acts performing during the cruise. It was very well organised with added benefit of the Royal Caribbean standard. Booked 3 weeks before departure & benefitted from a half price cost which proved to be great value for money - took out a drinks package which was reasonable price and well worth it. Entertainment was well organised ensuring all got to see headline acts. we were surprisingly allocated a promenade view cabin on deck 8 which exceeded our expectations. Although our preference of anytime dining was not available the restaraunt went out their way to accommodate our needs - the food was the usual high standard as expected and the service could not be faulted. Feel full price was overpriced and hopefully if this is to be an annual event consideration will be to pricing and possibly pitch it in between full & half price - definitely would recommend and look forward to it happening again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We took Navigator of the Seas in May, 2016 from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton . We had smooth sailing all the way so booked the cruise from Southampton to Miami for Nov., 2017. Although we had a great time, it wasn't smooth sailing ... Read More
We took Navigator of the Seas in May, 2016 from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton . We had smooth sailing all the way so booked the cruise from Southampton to Miami for Nov., 2017. Although we had a great time, it wasn't smooth sailing as the seas made up for what we didn't experience the first time. It was all good though as we met several very nice people from Scotland, Wales and England. I enjoyed the morning exercise class with Jenn as well as talking to Lynn and Too (she said "not one, not three but two). Sorry but I don't know correct spelling. Both ladies were fun to chat with before and after class. G who taught the line dance class was funny and patient. We had excellent service in the MDR from Elvis and Austin and our room attendant, Leo, did a great job with our cabin. We couldn't have asked for better service this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
If you want to eat after 10 in the evening and want more then a roll or a burnt pizza. Entertainment was a joke the cruise director needs replacing. Example colouring by numbers as an afternoon entertainment. The cruise seemed to ... Read More
If you want to eat after 10 in the evening and want more then a roll or a burnt pizza. Entertainment was a joke the cruise director needs replacing. Example colouring by numbers as an afternoon entertainment. The cruise seemed to concentrate on people who were returning customers rather then new. Formal nights were a joke, you got dressed up to walk into the dining room for your evening meal which you had done the night before. no captain, no entertainment, nothing special at all. did not bother after the 1st one. If you Smoke you are normally allowed to smoke in casino. Not on this ship on formal days all day, weather was bad so could not go up on deck and had to use cigar room which had such poor extractors and stunk, In the casino ashtray was a floor standing one which staff emptied out the ashtrays from the slot machines into and never got emptied all day. Everyone i spoke to and me included had charges for services not used added to bills. AFter 8 days at sea managed to get 3 hours in Boston. Management of Immigration was a joke we should have been first a 6.30 with people on excursions ( instead approx 1500 in gue, emigration delayed .with people queuing for 3 or more hours, will not go on but all i will say is i saw people crying with boredom, This cruise turned into a prison sentence. so will i use again never twice crew members maimed to music on the bridge on the promenade and that was about as lively as it got. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The ship was lovely and our balcony cabin was roomy and spotlessly clean. The choice and quality of food was excellent especially in the dining room where the service was second to none! We loved the different choices of ... Read More
The ship was lovely and our balcony cabin was roomy and spotlessly clean. The choice and quality of food was excellent especially in the dining room where the service was second to none! We loved the different choices of entertainment and was never at a loss for something to do even on the long journey accross the Atlantic . The staff on the Navigator of the Seas went over and above in their service to all on the cruise, nothing was too much trouble for them. Theiy are a credit to Royal Caribbean! We booked excursions in Boston and New York and found them to be informative and good value for money.. The only downside was Cape Canaveral where we thought we'd do our own thing and found there to be no buses or taxis at the port. We ended up staying on the ship that day. All in all we had a fabulous time. We ate too much drank lots of delicious cocktails and probably gained enough weight to wear the next size in clothing ......We was entertained pampered and made to feel that nothing was too much trouble.........just what the doctor ordered!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Just back from a 13 night Southampton to Miami trans Atlantic repositioning cruise with stops in Boston, New York City, and Cape Canaveral. ( Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas) I loved it ! That is the quick review ; more long ... Read More
Just back from a 13 night Southampton to Miami trans Atlantic repositioning cruise with stops in Boston, New York City, and Cape Canaveral. ( Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas) I loved it ! That is the quick review ; more long winded stuff is below As preamble, my wife and I are not experienced cruisers, we have done three cruises over the last 15 years. So admittedly, we are likely out of the knowledge base with respect to what is out there and expectations. Our embarkation in Southampton was smooth and efficient. Yes, there was queuing up, but the line seemed to move quickly enough, and before we knew it, we were in our room ; 7th level, middle of the ship, starboard balcony. The room was totally adequate in size with lots of drawers, hangers, and nooks to put stuff. We brought along a few magnetic wall magnet hooks that were handy for hanging Sea Pass Lanyards, hats, and other light things. The bathroom was shower, sink, and toilet. Perfectly adequate in size and function. The room steward we had, projected a quiet and gentle image. Our room was kept in immaculate condition and it seemed like whenever we left the room and came back , it was refreshed and ready to go. Prior to this cruise, I had read of a lot of complaints about the dining and food selection choices. I appreciate that everybody had a different take and perspective on things but I really have a hard time in understanding these posts. The food in the Main Dining Room and in the Windjammer Cafe was amazing in diversity and quality. I sampled fish, beef, chicken, lamb, pork and vegetables in both North American / British styles as well as Indian and Oriental presentations. Appetizers, Soups, Salads were amazing as were the desserts, desserts, and desserts. I am no Gordon Ramsey, but if I had been presented the dishes back home, and I was paying out of pocket, I would have been satisfied. Oh, I could quibble that the Chicken Vindaloo was not spiced sufficiently and the Rice and Beans in the buffet was were not super hot but really … We did eat a lunch in the Chops Restaurant ( one of the pay extra places ) and the food was pretty good but I would likely not spend the money next time. We did pay $10 each for an “upgraded” filet in the MDR and that I would do again. Drinks ( as in alcoholic ) are pretty pricy in my view. My wife had one mixed drink and 3 glasses of wine during the cruise and that tab for that was over $60. I do not drink alcohol so for the most part I was okay. Water, iced tea, and lemonade are included as part of the dinner and some juices are as well. We are both fancy smanchy coffee drinkers so we purchased two coffee cards for lattes, espressos and the like. That was worth it for us. There is also free coffee and tea on the Promenade Deck as well as free fruits, pizza, sandwiches, and sweets. I had a few reasons to be connected to home so I paid the internet fee to have a connection for the entire voyage. Let’s just say it brought back fond memories of the good old days of dial-up. But it did the job and there is something funky cool about in the middle of the ocean and being able to chat with someone in our town. One the reasons that we picked an ocean crossing was because it was an ocean crossing. Lots of time to walk the deck, sit and read, sit and write, or sit and just look at the ocean. That is not everybody’s idea of a good time of course but I loved it. There are also lectures on board ( John Wayne Movies to Six Sigma ), Ice Skating ( spectacular ) , listening to music ( the guitar guy and the ship’s band were very good ) and evening stage shows ( no idea, that is not in my interest scope) plus all kinds of little goofy contests. I don’t really understand Ship Board Shopping - if I want a watch I will buy it on Amazon but I am in a minority, as the shops were jammed. I did not really spend any time in the many bars and nooks of the ship. I am more of a “sitting on a deck chair even though it is late at night and no one else is doing it” sort of guy. I did the tour of the ship ; they call it All Access. Yes, it is a nice little money maker for them but it was very interesting. You even get to go to the bridge. In 2016 posts there were a lot of complaints about the arrival into Boston and dealing with the US Immigration authorities. From the time we lined up ( following the instructions we had been issued ) to our final personal clearance was about two hours of standing in line. Some folks were apoplectic. I took the view that in 2017 anyone entering the United States of America is going to encounter delays, bureaucracy, and a certain amount of hassle. I just went with the flow, chatted to people, relaxed and had a good time. Sometimes, it is just a matter of perspective. Sailing into New York City is something I will remember I think for the remainder of my days. At first you see what looks like a haze on the horizon, then you see it is buildings and not just buildings, but the New York Skyline. Soon you pass under the Verrazano Bridge and by the Statue of Liberty. I think the emotion of doing that was collectively felt by everybody on the ship - truly amazing. The ship docks at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal which is very convenient for trekking into New York. I think the fact that Navigator is in NYC for 28 hours or so was very well thought out. The cruise concludes with a stop at Port Canaveral and then on to the conclusion at Miami where disembarkation was smooth. So would I do this cruise again ? Yes, absolutely … it totally met and exceeded my expectations. Maybe not for everybody, but for me, half of an early 60s couple it was perfect. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
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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