431 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Wife and I just got back from a 13 night Canaries cruise on Navigator of the Seas (sailed on 28th October 2016), we are diamond + members and this was our 17th cruise with RCI on numerous ships. Embarkation at Southampton: Very ... Read More
Wife and I just got back from a 13 night Canaries cruise on Navigator of the Seas (sailed on 28th October 2016), we are diamond + members and this was our 17th cruise with RCI on numerous ships. Embarkation at Southampton: Very smooth no problems Dining: We were on a table for 10 but only one other couple ever turned up for the evening meals and they were fantastic company Terry and Audrey, our two waiters were great. The food was not up to the usual standard of RCI in our opinion, on some occasions only warm and not a great selection on the menu. We didn't book any excursions on board and did our own thing in each port, we would recommend doing the cable car and down in the baskets in Madeira this is great fun. Poolside entertainment was limited mainly due to the weather, service on board was good and all staff very helpful and pleasant.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The cruises were a good price but the ship is tired and the crew even tireder. Dining in the Windjammer & Main Dining Room had fine service but lackluster choices. The activities were abysmal. The shows were poor on the first ... Read More
The cruises were a good price but the ship is tired and the crew even tireder. Dining in the Windjammer & Main Dining Room had fine service but lackluster choices. The activities were abysmal. The shows were poor on the first cruise and average on the transatlantic. The Veterans Day Service was welcome as at least Royal had one but it was primarily a bible thumping event with no veteran recognition short of Taps on the bugle & the British equivalent. The women's steam room did not function for 11 of the 13 days on the first cruise and 7 of the 13 days of the second. The Internet failed while in port in New York & Port Canaveral. The television had recycled movies and very little in English. Nothing as fine as our cruises on Royal in the past (Brilliance, Rhapsody, Legend, Grandeur, Explorer, Serenade, etc.) Navigator needs some esprit de corp! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Was a last minute, good offer in school half-term holidays. However, the overall quality of food in the self service restaurant (Windjammer) was poor, repetitive and nowhere near sufficient seating for a full ship. The food in the ... Read More
Was a last minute, good offer in school half-term holidays. However, the overall quality of food in the self service restaurant (Windjammer) was poor, repetitive and nowhere near sufficient seating for a full ship. The food in the MDR was slightly better, however service was pretty slow. Entertainment for kids, and the ship was FULL of kids, was poor..... Ports were as expected. Onboard entertainment in evenings was poor/average. Generally, the ship could do with a well needed facelift, although public areas are generally clean, there are signs of wear just about everywhere. Embarkation was a breeze, which made a change Cabin was POOR. lots of rust on balcony, but the couch (sofabed) was truly 'minging'....Covered in stains and smelt pretty bad. Needless to say, we didnt use it! We have booked another cruise with Royal Caribbean in Summer 2017 in East Caribbean on Oasis of the Seas. Hoping that is much better then this, or wont be booking RCI again.... Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We wanted a short break and this suited us as we have enjoyed RCI cruises before. I was disappointed that they just weren't as good as they used to be - a good example is the cheap, made in China toiletries in the bathroom - suites ... Read More
We wanted a short break and this suited us as we have enjoyed RCI cruises before. I was disappointed that they just weren't as good as they used to be - a good example is the cheap, made in China toiletries in the bathroom - suites used to have premium, named brands, not nasty cheap no-name stuff. We felt drinks were very expensive and the 18% added to every charge on board is annoyingly excessive. Food in main dining room and the Italian restaurant was very good and really delicious, but the rest was quite average. As with a previous reviewer, we found Chops Grille a very expensive disappointment - service and food both well below what we expected. They charge to go in (we paid £56 beforehand) and a further $40 on the night for 'specials' that attracted an additional charge. Also, the wine list in Chops does not include the cheaper bottles of wine, so expect to pay $40++ for your wine. Chilean Merlot was $53!!! Not sure we'll be rushing back to RCI anytime soon as the standards are not as high as they were 10 years ago. Such a shame because they used to be the best cruise line for us and we really did enjoy previous trips with them. Other cruisers that we spoke to felt the same - that we were being chased to spend, spend, spend the whole time. Example: $4.50 plus 18% gratuity for a freshly squeezed orange juice with breakfast in the buffet restaurant. I also agree with the reviewer that the shows by the entertainment staff are amateurish, random and strange. A dreadful comedian, like some throwback from the 1970s on the first evening but a fabulous trio of young ladies playing violins and piano that were excellent. The casino wasn't great as the slot machines took most of the space, leaving the tables crushed into a too-small space on the edge. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Had a very good offer on an inside cabin so booked..we are actually going on the transatlantic repositioning cruise next month as well. Room was a reasonable size with good storage space, lots of room for all our clothes. The bathroom ... Read More
Had a very good offer on an inside cabin so booked..we are actually going on the transatlantic repositioning cruise next month as well. Room was a reasonable size with good storage space, lots of room for all our clothes. The bathroom was a reasonable size. The main dining room was excellent, we had chosen 1st sitting, and our waiters were really good. The standard of meals in the Windjammer was typical cruise fare but ok. Now for the reason I only gave the cruise an average rating... Only soap in the cabin, no shampoo or conditioner...although you could buy it. For some reason our cabin steward made the bed with about 2foot at the bottom without a sheet. Our feet were then on the mattress protector and not on a sheet. The solarium was open to the elements, therefore rather chilly, we didn't brave the pool. The film was also on deck,open to the elements..again far too cold. Except for the day we were in Le Havre when it was being shown in the theatre at 1pm. No enrichment lectures at all, very disappointing. Not a great deal to do during the day on sea days. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my fourth cruise with RC so I was ready for the constant sales pitch, although it seems to get slightly worse each time or perhaps I just forget. Photographers every night at the table-did that always happen? You couldn’t buy a ... Read More
This was my fourth cruise with RC so I was ready for the constant sales pitch, although it seems to get slightly worse each time or perhaps I just forget. Photographers every night at the table-did that always happen? You couldn’t buy a photo frame (I was looking for one to make up my set of the navigator class of ships). Instead you had to buy a photo album. Is that perhaps because a frame holds one picture at $20 whereas an album could hold an incredible 35 ($700 of “memories”-you are kidding!) Like one of the other reviewers we had also purchased the select package which is no longer available. You could upgrade but does anyone else feel that once again, RC are trying to appeal to the worst market. Naturally most people will try to get value for money and if you have spent £350 on drinks (cleverly marketed as £50 a day-doesn’t seem as bad), then you are going to drink as much alcohol as you possibly can. At least this time we didn’t have the shouting and swearing from drunk passengers at 4PM on departure day (yes really). The negative about this cruise as far as I was concerned in RC’s attempt to do movies under the stars. Get one of your staff to go on a princess cruise to see how it works. On days where it is raining or rough seas they put it on in the theatre, not outside. Just how warm do you think it is at midnight outside in the Atlantic ocean in October? Also, from memory one of the films was a kids film-only on at 10.45 (might have been 10.30) at night. Get a grip RC. Ports I liked: Vigo-walk straight into town, Gijon-bit off putting to dock in the middle of nowhere in the middle of what could only be described as a petro chemical plant (just like landing in Grangemouth in Scotland for those familiar!). Bilbao-fantastic city. Guggenheim was awe inspiring and that is from people who find art lovers pretentious snobs. Le Havre-surprisingly big but Paris-don’t be ridiculous, a 6 hour round trip on a bus costing 120euros each. I could take my family of four for a weekend there and fly direct from home town for that kind of money. By no means a bad holiday and perhaps just what I needed after my heart attack early this summer. However, won’t do it again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Like other reviews for this cruise mixed feelings by us and our two friends. We have enjoyed many cruises with most of the cruise company's including previous cruises with R C. Having sailed on Independence and Radiance our ... Read More
Like other reviews for this cruise mixed feelings by us and our two friends. We have enjoyed many cruises with most of the cruise company's including previous cruises with R C. Having sailed on Independence and Radiance our expectations were high. Embarkation at Southampton was swift and efficient, we were on board by 11.30am. Balcony Cabin was great, clean, roomy we asked for and got robes, and we had tea and coffee making facilities. Our dining arrangements were for 8.30pm and we had a table for four as asked for right in front of the bronze ballerina. Waiter was charming, and did a good service. Assistant waiter was rushed of his feet and seemed to be covering some not so enthusiastic servers. Our Wine waiter was neither here or there, he just always seemed to be hovering, and that meant our waiter was also doing our drinks. We didn't have drinks package as couldn't justify the cost as we are not big drinkers. It's a shame that the evening Wine Package of 6, 10 or12 bottles of wine has stopped. The wine on board by the bottle is very very expensive especially when adding18% gratuity. Food was Ok not exceptional and there was no wow factor, didn't expect to have Sheppard pie, and Sunday lunch served on a cruise ship. The desserts were bland, and the cheesecakes and mouse were rubbery. The Creme Brulee was gorgeous but not when you are eating it four 2 weeks. The ports of call were good, Maderia being really lovely. We had been many places already, but still managed to dock in areas not previously visited. As with another guest we too had complaints with Agadir, so information given him was not true. We booked the shuttle bus to town centre and was then dropped at a taxi where we had to run the gauntlet of taxi drivers wanting to take us to either the market, or the beach. Most people on our Shuttle bus complained and got their money back. The whole experience was very intimidating and very scary for the more vulnerable on the bus. Entertainment. The highliners were good, especially the magician/juggler. The ice show magnificent. The ship's entertainment was spoiled by a really poor sound system/or operator. There was obviously talent in the cast, but the music/chosen songs were obscure and not popular. There seemed no story or theme and no scenery. Such a shame after the Broadway shows put onboard the Indi. Finally dress code standards have been relaxed to our great disappointment, with people entering the Main Dining Room even on formal night's in T/shirts, Jeans and one person in shorts, and no one seemed willing to question this. Not the sort of example to have displayed for our American and Australian guests, or those who want that special cruise experience as opposed to a Butlins on water. Many commenting to us that it was typical of a British cruise. All these 'little' changes were disappointing, but didn't detract from the overall good cruise experience. And we would still cruise with R.C if the itinery was right, but would drop our expectations sadly. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our tenth cruise, and fifth with RCI. Bottom line is how standards have slipped. The cruise started really well with the best and quickest embarkation we have ever experienced, unfortunately after that there isn't many ... Read More
This was our tenth cruise, and fifth with RCI. Bottom line is how standards have slipped. The cruise started really well with the best and quickest embarkation we have ever experienced, unfortunately after that there isn't many positives to write about. Our cabin attendant was very low key and not as attentive as most we have experienced in the past, at one point there was a dirty glass in our cabin for three days and it didn't look like the balcony was cleaned at all during the cruise. In general, service in the public bars and Sapphire dinning room at best felt like the staff were going through the motion of doing the minimum of what they had to do, with the exception of Aladdin who was our wine waiter in the MDR he provided an excellent service to all the tables he was servicing throughout the holiday, 5*'s to Aladdin. We took advantage of the early offers on the specialty dinning and booked both Giovanni's and Chops Grill. To be fair Giovanni's was a good experience with decent service and good quality food, Chops Grill however was a poor experience all round. The menu on offer in the MDR was poor compared to previous cruises, examples being pizza and fish and chips (Fine dining? what a joke!), and no Lobster on any of the three formal nights (unless you paid a premium). The quality and quantity of other menu choices on offer was poor, you may as well eat in the Windjammer buffet restaurant. Entertainment on board was poor and amateurish (including the cruise director and entertainment manager), with the exception of one or two of the 'Headliner' acts. The general appearance of the public rooms was good and mainly kept clean. My overall view and feeling of the majority of staff on this boat is of an unhappy crew. Are RCI putting all their bucks and better staff into the new big ships? I will definitely be considering other cruise lines when picking our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Itinerary was great -- very nice. This is the second time I cruised on the Navigator this year both 2 week cruises, one in may and then this one in Oct. The may cruise was deplorable in terms of ship management, cruise director etc. ... Read More
Itinerary was great -- very nice. This is the second time I cruised on the Navigator this year both 2 week cruises, one in may and then this one in Oct. The may cruise was deplorable in terms of ship management, cruise director etc. This last cruise far improved however some things don't change. 1) No such thing as seeing the Captain on this ship. As we laughed in May the same is true in October, never saw him. I think his announcements are taped. 2) The beds are horrible! They need to change them, they are probably 6 month beyond when they should be changed. Just plain awful. 3) They turn the entire air conditioning system off at night and you just swelter to death in your room. We didn't hesitate to tell the cabin steward to get rid of the comforter out of room. We tried sleeping with the door open at night for air..that helped but the people next door kept their balcony light on all night so we couldn't sleep. There is no reason under the sun why they turn off the air conditioning...way too many people complained. Food was better, Cruise Director was better, overall it was much better than in May, however, the itinerary had a lot to do with it and we met up with several friends from previous cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We booked this cruise in February 2016 in order to get some Autumn sun rather than for the ports of call as we have visited most ports for holiday in the past. When we booked we received the inclusive drinks package, which, based on ... Read More
We booked this cruise in February 2016 in order to get some Autumn sun rather than for the ports of call as we have visited most ports for holiday in the past. When we booked we received the inclusive drinks package, which, based on previous cruises, included wine by the galss, beer, soft drinks, spirits and cocktails (all with a $ limit on each drink). However, a couple of weeks prior to sailing (and after final payment) we received an email explaining that the 'Select' drinks package was no longer available but would be honoured for this cruise: what would be covered was beer, wine, fountain sodas and non-alcoholic cocktails, but with the option to upgrade to the 'Ultimate' package on-board. Not a great start. Check-in at Southampton was efficient (much better than our last cruise from Southampton) and we were soon on board by about 11:30am. We did upgrade to the 'Ultimate' drinks package on the basis that a piña colada and bottle of San Peligrino water each day would more than cover the upgrade cost. We had intended to go to the Solarium to chill out after our journey. What we didn't know is that this solarium has no roof, so was too cold to change into swimming shorts. Never been on a ship before where the solarium has no roof; always thought the idea of the solarium was that it was somewhere warm to go regardless of outside weather conditions. So instead we went to book a table in the Saphire dinroom for 'my time dining'. While waiting we were tempted by the boarding day offer of two meals in the spaciality restaurants for $60 instead of $35 each. We booked tables for 6:30pm at Giovani's Table for the first night and Chops for the second night. Giovani's Table was excellent. The food was very good and the service matched, with the waiter very attentive but not overwhelming. Unfortunately, as good as Giovani's Table was, Chops was the complete opposite. First we received a voice message to say that our booking had been changed from 6:30 to 6:00. When I checked I was told that they were very busy and wanted us there earlier so they could accomoextra guests: so much for the guest gets what the guest wants. When we arrived the restaurant was almost empty, so could not understand why our time needed to be changed. The service throughout was rushed, with the waiter constantly looking to see if we had finished each course, and the next course arriving within minutes of finishing the previous. We both ordered steaks for our main course, and were both disapp. My wife ordered the 6oz NY strip and I had the 12oz cooked medium rare. Mine was rare on the inside but almost burnt to a crisp on the outside, and absolutely no flavour. Not a good experience. The Saphire Dining room was generally very good. We were often seated in the same section so were served by the same waiter and assistant, and wine waiter. Can't fault the waiters, but would like to say Alladin the wine waiter was the best we've had on 11 cruises: although we were ordering wine by the glass he always brought the bottle to the table to serve rather than bringing full glasses (I could actually see I was getting what I had ordered). The entertainment in Metropolis Theatre was mixed. The 'headliner' acts were all very good (tailored to a British audience as it was a Southampton sailing). Unfortunately the same can't be said for the production shows, which had poor scenery/sets, strange choreography and costumes, erratic singing. As has been said elsewhere the sound system was loud to the extent of distorting the music, so didn't much help the performances. There was not much plot/thread to the shows, just a mix of singing and dancing. Only tried to go to a couple of quizes, but found the locations they were held not very appropriate (either too small for the numbers attending or not possible for everybody to see what was going on). (Can't imagine how the newer larger ships handle trivia quizzes?) The other game shows involving audience participation were rather amateurish in their organisation, with the staff having little character or charisma. Managed to get to a couple of 'enrichment lectures' (which were excellent) but as these were at 9:00am were too early to get to them all. I have seen reports that sunbeds can be hard to find when the ship is full. Well our cruise was full and rhere were plenty of sunbeds to be had. Yes, the beds nearest the pools went early, but there were plenty more on other decks. We never had any problem getting senbeds at any time of the day. I would agree with others that there is an air about the ship of RCI constantly trying to get more money out of you. All the restaurants (including specialty restaurants) have 'premium' offerings at additional cost; 'Johnny Rockets' has an additional cover charge (nowhere else to get a burger or hot dog during the day); Starbucks Coffee and Ben & Jerry ice cream are extra. We never used RCI shore excursions as they are very expansive (most Cruise Critic member will know this), so the only tour we did was as a private small group through the CC forum for our cruise (and was very good and reasonably priced). Apologies if this sounds very negative, but having completed a few cruises have found that what's included has diminished over the years, and the standard of what is provided has similarly fallen. Having said that, we had an enjoyable cruise, met some nice people from across the globe, and had some good sunshine (which is why we wenr). Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
After two great cruises with RCI in previous years we had high hopes for the Navigator, but our dreams did not come true. RCI has become the king of the upsell, and the continuous hounding to buy buy buy severely detracted from the overall ... Read More
After two great cruises with RCI in previous years we had high hopes for the Navigator, but our dreams did not come true. RCI has become the king of the upsell, and the continuous hounding to buy buy buy severely detracted from the overall experience. A few vestiges of what cruising used to be remain, but we will be looking elsewhere the next time around. Embarkation from Southampton was well organized and went quickly. Our inside cabin (6509) at the front of the ship was adequately sized. I was initially concerned because the cabin was directly above the Star Lounge, but we couldn't hear any noise from the entertainment. There were odd tapping and clattering noises periodically throughout the night, but earplugs took care of those. Our room steward was very friendly and very responsive to the few requests that we made, but was not very efficient or consistent. The room wasn't vacuumed once during the entire cruise, and didn't appear to have been vacuumed before our arrival. We found a pair of womans' shoes under the couch that I tried to pass off to my cousins, but could find no takers. We left them for the next guest. Service in the dining room was wonderful, one of the last vestiges of the traditional cruise experience that RCI has managed to retain. Our waiter and assistant waiter quickly learned our preferences and frequently brought us an extra appetizer or entree for our table to share. Food quality ranged from average to excellent. Don't look for surf and turf or that lobster dinner that you enjoyed on previous cruises unless you want to pay an additional $35. In addition to the four specialty extra cost restaurants on board, RCI even managed to find a way to upsell you in the main dining room. For shame. Food in the Windjammer was average cruise ship fare. The breads and breakfast pastries were very good but the desserts were generally a disappointment. The three production shows were a big disappointment. Although the singers and dancers were very talented, they were betrayed by the poor quality of the material they were given to work with. Much of the choreography was especially awkward. To add insult to injury the sound in the Metropolis Theater was poorly mixed, loud to the point of distortion, with the orchestra drowning out the vocals. Word must have spread quickly because the theater was never more than half full for any of the three production shows. The headliner acts that RCI had little hand in producing were much better, and were very enjoyable. Other than the theater, public spaces on the ship felt very crowded, but you could often find a table or seat in the bars if you hovered like a vulture or it was later in the evening. Activities on sea days seemed sparse compared with other cruises that we have taken. Negative comments notwithstanding she's a beautiful ship; it's a shame that she doesn't have better management. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We really enjoy cruising from the UK also this being our 12 RCCI cruise we were happy to choose them again. We had been on Anthem last year and Ovation in April both being excellent cruises and the non observance of the adults only policy ... Read More
We really enjoy cruising from the UK also this being our 12 RCCI cruise we were happy to choose them again. We had been on Anthem last year and Ovation in April both being excellent cruises and the non observance of the adults only policy in the solarium on the Ovation by the crew being our only grumble. How very different this cruise was! the quality of the food in the dining room coupled with poor service was disappointing. The entertainment was poor in the theatre, on the last night the magician was introduced as straight from Las Vegas I joked with a fellow passenger that I thought he had probably been employed there as a car park attendant. The ships company at best were amateur I don't include the lady singer and the comedian from this critique both excellent For a ship that was 16 years old we found it very clean and presentable also it's fair to mention that the food and service in the Windjammer and the Promenade Café was quite excellent. We left with the distinct impression that RCCI are putting all their resources into their new ships and if that's the case how about an Oasis or Quantum class ship being based in Southampton. Lastly I feel I must mention the Diamond Lounge. As Diamond Crown & Anchor members we thought the loyalty lounge was the best one we had ever experienced. So you see RCCI the critique is not all negative Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We selected this cruise for the ports and had selected My Time Dining. We were booked in the Grand Suite which was a fabulous space with tons of closet space and an amazingly large bathroom. We had so many empty drawers when we finished ... Read More
We selected this cruise for the ports and had selected My Time Dining. We were booked in the Grand Suite which was a fabulous space with tons of closet space and an amazingly large bathroom. We had so many empty drawers when we finished unpacking that I could have brought another full suitcase. The My Time Dining worked really well and we always got the exact same table and the same waiter and assistant waiter. A big shout out to our assistant waiter Sanjeet, who made every dinner very enjoyable and entertaining. We did try Chops twice and Izumi once and both were very good, although Izumi had the final bill all mixed up with the other couple we were dining with. Being in the Grand Suite provided us access to Chops for breakfast daily and lunch on sea days. Although the breakfasts were very good, the menu was small and didn't change over the 13 days so was a bit boring towards the end of the cruise. The suite also gave us access to the Concierge Lounge which was nice, great service from the staff, although it is quite small and often we couldn't find a seat. As the cruise was out of Southampton the menus in the main dining room had been altered for the large component of brits on board, removing the staples like roasted chicken breast and adding in a daily pot pie and curry dish. We did find the selection of salads wasn't very good, and a lack of fresh vegetables with the meals, but other than that the food was much better than I expected it to be given some of the reviews I had read. The Entertainment was also geared to the Brits, so we couldn't participate in any of the quizzes and didn't get many of the jokes in the entertainment, but the Brits were rolling with laughter. Service was hit and miss. Our stateroom attendant wasn't very good at all, which was surprising, but the service in the main dining room and in Chops was very good. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this for the itinerary. But have to say it was not what we expected we stopped at Corsica would avoid this port it was a Sunday and all shops were closed and every where you walked there was dog poo disgusting destination Also ... Read More
We chose this for the itinerary. But have to say it was not what we expected we stopped at Corsica would avoid this port it was a Sunday and all shops were closed and every where you walked there was dog poo disgusting destination Also never been on a ship where they close the buffet (deck 11) restaurant at 4.30 in the afternoon until 6.00 and again at 9.30 until the next morning so if you want a cup of tea at 5.00 you have to go down to deck 5. Also it would appear that they serve mashed potato with everything. and desserts were very bland and some served in plastic pots heard of cost cutting but, other passengers who have used RCI before said that you could tell they were doing a lot of cost cutting even the orange juice was watered down Our room steward Sekou was excellent as was Irene & Manjeet out restaurant staff We will be heading back to Princess having done 28 cruises with them and this was only our 2nd with RCI but we have a 3rd booked in November so hope things improve for us by then a our 1st experience with RCI was not good either Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Having done 4 Cruises before we decided to try a different cruise line. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly and we were very impressed with this however I was extremely disappointed with this cruise. I travelled with my work ... Read More
Having done 4 Cruises before we decided to try a different cruise line. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly and we were very impressed with this however I was extremely disappointed with this cruise. I travelled with my work colleague and was really looking forward to it. The first few days didn't seem too bad as we were excited however after that we got completely fed up with the constant music blaring out wherever you went. On deck, in the bars on the promenade, it was constant. My friend went up on deck at 4.30 in the morning because she couldn't sleep and it was even blasting out then. The DJ seemed to have nothing else to play but loud rubbish. He didn't look at his audience in the late night club. If he had he would have tempered the music accordingly. The sail aways were awful with the music being the ridiculous Aga Do, The Macarena etc. Just like butlins at sea. The food in The Sapphire Restaurant was lovely and the service we received from Derel, Glendon and Craig in seating area 500 was brilliant. Such nice guys. The bar service was also great. Most of the entertainment was focused around the Promenade in the evenings which was aimed at getting you to spend money in the shops. There was nowhere nice to sit on deck comfortably in the evenings to appreciate the night sky's only sun beds and a few very hard white chairs. On other ships there have been wicker chairs and tables to sit in around the pool bars. The cabins were very nice, we had a balcony on deck 7. Mind you the balconies weren't that clean. The shower was pretty good with proper doors instead of the horrible curtains that tend to cling to you when showering. I don't think I will cruise with RC again especially having sailed with Celebrity and P&O before. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The service on board was great and we found that all the staff and crew were friendly and helpful. The food was a little repetitious however for a 14 night cruise, that it sometimes to be expected. Usually the standard was good, however ... Read More
The service on board was great and we found that all the staff and crew were friendly and helpful. The food was a little repetitious however for a 14 night cruise, that it sometimes to be expected. Usually the standard was good, however when using the self service buffet it was sometimes somewhat chaotic, although usually when excursions got back late after a very long day and there were hundreds more people eating in the buffet rather than the restaurant. We have not cruised with Royal Caribbean for some years, using mainly NCL. We found the ship not adequately equipped with sufficient seating within the bars and cafes, many times not being able to find a seat to have a drink or cup of coffee. Crowds of people would converge into the Promenade only to find that they had to wander aimlessly around looking for places to sit, so not good in that respect. We felt that standards were not as high as on other ships we had experienced and cost cutting by RCI was certainly noticeable. All in we enjoyed the holiday and the excursions we booked with RCI were both enjoyable and well organised. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I had booked The Navigator of the Seas (NotS) cruise 18 months before the sail date and reserved the ‘my time dining’ well in advance. About 4 weeks before departure on checking my booking with RCCL online I was shocked to see that ... Read More
I had booked The Navigator of the Seas (NotS) cruise 18 months before the sail date and reserved the ‘my time dining’ well in advance. About 4 weeks before departure on checking my booking with RCCL online I was shocked to see that RCCL had deleted (I think a computer glitch) all my dining reservations and also a paid up excursion. The excursion got reinstated but not the dining reservations and all that RCCL customer services would say is that there is nothing they can do!. This is appalling customer services practice and when we got on board many other passengers were experiencing similar problems, so beware! Embarkation went smoothly and we got on board nearly 30 minutes early. Once on board we were able to resolve the dining reservations relatively quickly but once we had finished there was a lengthy queue waiting to correct/amend reservations and all this was before 11.00am. I suspect many of those passengers boarding later were disappointed at not being able to change or reinstate their dining reservations. My initial view was that the NotS appeared clean and relatively well maintained despite some earlier reviews I had read and throughout my 14 day cruise the maintenance staff were carrying out minor repairs, external ships paintwork and varnishing hand rails. I guess this is something that they could not do during July & August when the ship has so many children on board. Our cabin was clean and well attended. The ship is big and the Royal Promenade (deck 5) on first sight is very impressive with a number of shops, bars, café etc. It’s a large ship so you will get lost or at times confused not knowing exactly where you are or in what direction you are facing but there is very good signage and interactive information boards normally located where the lifts are where you can find out where venues are and how to get to them and also ‘what’s on’. Whilst mentioning the lifts they do at time seem to have a mind of their own and 2 sometimes 3 will remain or be stuck on one deck whilst the remaining lift transports everyone up and down. I have no idea why. Also on the floor of the lift is the day of the week and this is apparently changed shortly after midnight, quite a nice touch. The pool deck is very big with a large number of sunbeds, also an upper level (side, front and aft) and whilst we never experienced any problem with obtaining beds, at around 1 – 2 pm it sometimes looked full and obviously days at sea very busy. I do not know the number of passengers on board I would guess somewhere around the 3,200 mark with very few children. To be totally honest I never really saw more that 20 or so on board and most were preschool. There is a big lack of chairs (steamer seats) on the lower open deck. I counted only approx. 25 each side of the ship and it is evident that far more, (additional say 80 minimum each side), are really needed. This is the only ship I have been on with so few. Talking to some ships staff on earlier cruises during the school holidays there was at one time 1200 children on board making the ship very crowded with difficulty getting sunbeds etc. The bars at this time were also packed with children trying to get soft drinks (soda’s as the Americans say!) personally I never really experienced any real wait to get a drink at the bars inside or out but then again there wasn’t 1200 children on board! With approx. 3,200 on our cruise I can only but imagine what the ship would be like with an additional 600+ on board. We ate in the main ding room for all our evening meals. The food was prepared and cooked well but we found that there was limited choice and the menu had been cut back to 3 courses as opposed to the more normal 4 courses on other cruise lines. In saying that I never left the dining room hungry. For lunch we tended just to have a snack in the Windjammer and we found the food OK. Some mornings we had breakfast in the main dining room and the eggs benedict were some of the best I have ever had. My wife had the kippers a few times and thoroughly enjoyed them. The service was impeccable. One thing we noticed was that RCCL had stopped the traditional afternoon tea. We found the bar menus very limited with circa 10 cocktails/martinis etc although if you knew a drink you wanted such as a frozen Daiquiri, Manhattan etc they would willingly make you one with no effort. Inside the ship we found the air conditioning to be hit and miss with some areas most of the times very warm whilst in others the air conditioning worked fine. The air conditioning in our cabin was good. All the bars were relatively comfortable but at times and especially in the evenings there was an evident lack of seating and in my opinion at least other 200+ seats are required. When the ship is full to capacity at 3,800+ I really dread to think what it would be like inside especially during the evenings. The overcrowding may be partly down to the last refurbishment when the ‘night club’ with 240 seats was removed to accommodate more cabins. The Metropolis Theatre is large and there are quite a few seating areas where you cannot see the stage that well, so it is advised to get to the theatre at least 15 – 20 mins or more before the show begins. Most of the evening acts in the theatre were guest acts and generally quite good I would give a special mention to ‘Graffitti’ comic/classic music group and to ‘Dav’ the ‘armenian’ comic who both delivered exceptionally entertaining shows. Sadly the ships own production shows were, I have to admit, some of the worst and most boring I have seen in more than 20 cruises. The entertainment staff themselves are very talented but it was the choice of music, dance and the overall production that was poor. Many other passengers commented on this and guests could be seen leaving during the shows and yes I was one of them. Contrary to the theatre entertainment the Ice Production show was superb and not to be missed. You could hear guests talk about the ice show for days after it really was that good. Apart from the guest acts and the Ice Show the rest of the entertainment was pretty average to poor. The outdoors big screen is very good showing films late at night but when the weather is poor becomes unattractive for obvious reasons and at these times I never knew why the films were not transferred into the Metropolis Theatre which was empty and unused apart from the odd night. In addition the screening room (part of conference centre) was never used to show films during the day probably because RCCL want you to purchase films to watch in your cabin. I have been on many other ships with small cinemas and they were generally well used. Come on RCCL put the screening room back into use! We had been to all the ports before and mainly did our own thing ashore. Gibraltar – short walk from ship to centre. Taxis and mini buses available by ship for independent tours of the rock. Livorno – took shuttle into town (5 euros) and then caught the Hop on hop off (HoHo) bus for 12 euros each. Lasted 1.5 hours and very worth doing. Civitavecchia – took free shuttle to port gates and just went for a walk. Barcelona – took shuttle (5 eu) into town and walked down the Rambles or should I say ‘shambles’ as it is getting dirtier by the year. Malaga & Cadiz took leisurely walk into town Valencia – took ships excursion to the San Jose underground caves . This was a very good excursion and well worth doing and thoroughly enjoyed the underground boat trip. Ajaccio – walked from ship and did the coastal HoHo which is really good. There are HoHo’s available at Barcelona, Cadiz and Malaga and all are easy to find. There is a HoHo in Valencia but you will need to take a ships shuttle into town. We never had any problems with disembarking at the ports of call. RCCL seem to be targeting families as their prime business which is fine however please be prepared for the ship to get very congested. Will I be going on a RCCL cruise again No. The ship is good and the staff truly excellent but it just seems as if it becoming a bit like a holiday camp good for many but just not for me. Talking to other passengers over dinner and at the bars a number also said that they will not cruise with RCCL again. RCCL are delivering a good package for families but at times when the ‘silver surfers’ are the vast majority of passengers on board they need to make a few subtle adjustments to cater for the age range. It seemed that there was a programme set for the summer months which was not to be changed. RCCL could easily make small changes at no cost which would enhance the passengers cruise experience especially first timers. Very similar to Thomson cruises. I have tried to give a fair assessment and apologise for the length of this review. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Boarding process and Disembarkation were both Excellent Ship: Bit tired looking and didn't really have a wow factor. Probably not helped by weather being poor and things look less well in the rain Entertainment: Easily poorest ... Read More
Boarding process and Disembarkation were both Excellent Ship: Bit tired looking and didn't really have a wow factor. Probably not helped by weather being poor and things look less well in the rain Entertainment: Easily poorest we ever encountered. Only the Michael Buble, Juggler and Ice Show impressed. Other shows very disappointing Windjammer: OK at best. Nearly always crowded and the level of wastage by passengers was really very high. Food fairly varied but compared with other buffets it definitely didn't stand out Sapphire: Most of the staff were excellent. Food better than our previous RC cruise. We didn't go in order to just eat (like some!) so found Sapphire good, if unexceptional. Fellow Cruisers: Very mixed crowd. Mostly British but also Americans, Irish, Indians etc. At risk of coming across as snobbish there were far too many that resembled football supporters with their dress sense, tattoos, permanently parked with beer in hand etc. etc. In fairness we didn't come across any drunkenness or anti social behaviour during the trip. For what it is worth it also seemed that there was a disproportionate number of grossly obese people on board. Hygiene: OK however hand santisers were often empty. I mentioned that one at entrance to gym was empty to a staff member and 4 hours later it was still empty. I could go on, and on but truth is that experience was really just mediocre and accordingly I wouldn't recommend Navigator of the Seas to anyone nor will I cruise on it again Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We have always wanted to do the fjords but were very disapointed I know the rain is not the ships fault but it rained every day and one port Flam had one shop which most of the 3000 odd guests headed to it took no time at all to visit this ... Read More
We have always wanted to do the fjords but were very disapointed I know the rain is not the ships fault but it rained every day and one port Flam had one shop which most of the 3000 odd guests headed to it took no time at all to visit this port as it was raining the ship was full to the brim so as usual no where to sit we spent most of our time in the cabin Not enough waiters in the bars if you were luckily enough to get a seat. Food very good waiters did a brilliant job. We had already booked the tranaslantic in November on this ship not looking forward to it tried to cancel but would lose to much money.This is the worst of 6 cruises we have had with this company will review again when we come back in November to see if anything has changed Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I was very impressed by how smoothly embarkation at Southampton went, we were on Navigator within 30 minutes. I had never cruised with RC before, previously I'd used Celebrity, however I chose RC for the ports they were visiting. ... Read More
I was very impressed by how smoothly embarkation at Southampton went, we were on Navigator within 30 minutes. I had never cruised with RC before, previously I'd used Celebrity, however I chose RC for the ports they were visiting. I found the ship extremely busy, especially Windjammer, it didn't matter what time of the day I visited finding a table was very difficult if not impossible on some occasions. You definately had to find a table and leave someone sitting there whilst selecting your food. Most of the tables needed a good clean and we never sat at a table that didn't have food on the floor underneath the table, we weren't impressed and tried other places to eat rather than use Windjammer. There was a large selection of food but the same or very similar food appeared everyday. My tip would be to have your breakfast, lunch & dinner in The Sapphire Dining Room, much more civilised. However the food was dissapointing, more pub food than fine dining. I wouldn't expect to find pies, fish & chips & quiche on the menu in MDR. The bar areas didn't have enough seats for all the passengers who wanted to sit down, we were queuing for a table most nights. The bars were all very short staffed with few staff taking orders at tables for most of the evening, the staff that worked in the bars were all quite surly, they very obviously didn't enjoy their jobs and weren't very "people friendly". Also noticed a smoky smell in the bar which was drifting in from The Casino which was a "smoking area". There aren't enough toilets in the public areas on Navigator, only 4 ladies toilets on Deck 4 outside MDR and none on Deck 3. All the public toilets were filthy with wet floors, toilet paper on the floors and doors that didn't always lock, not very pleasant when wearing long dresses, we resorted to going back to our cabins to use the bathroom. We enjoyed the Ice Show, it was very professional, but the rest of the entertainment in the theatre was very amateur. How can a show that is Music from Broadway have 35 minutes of music that no one recognised, the last 10 minutes was ABBA and everyone sung along! The art on the ship is unusual, lots of glass in the public areas which was lovely. We enjoyed the ports of call including Bergen, Stavanger, Flam & Skjolden despite the fact we had rain at every port of call! The cabin steward and our waiter in MDR were excellent, but they were the exceptions. Navigator looked tired in a lot of areas and was very dissapointing after the standards we are used to on Celebrity, I won't be cruising with RC again Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Chose this week long cruise for the sunny destinations: Vigo, Gijon and Balbao with a stop at Le Havre on way back to Southampton next morning. The date of departure tied in with a return same day to Southampton from a different cruise ... Read More
Chose this week long cruise for the sunny destinations: Vigo, Gijon and Balbao with a stop at Le Havre on way back to Southampton next morning. The date of departure tied in with a return same day to Southampton from a different cruise with P and O.. Unfortunately for us this cruise was a family end-of-school-holiday cruise. Approximately one thousand children although one certainly did not see that many children at once. I can only suspect that RCL supplied a great kids club. There a few children happily riding the elevators on sea days much to the detriment of passengers who may have preferred transit to other decks more efficiently. The ship. At first appearance, all glitz and glam. With more scrutiny public areas were dirty. Hand marks on right wall on entry to Deck 3 restaurant that never disappeared. Filthy stains on upholstered chairs I sat on and observed in general. Food crumbs around table pedestal bases. Mould in corridor outside my cabin. This was noticed by the markings on carpet and the smell. I must state when this was drawn to staff attention, mouldy was cleaned but smell returned. Possibly there had previously been a leak in shower of this cabin. Food was very average in dining room. Not enough vegetables and too much potato. Enjoyed dining room salads on sea days. Well done RCL. Staff worked well from a passenger viewpoint. Did not appreciate US$20 return pp to travel from docked area to Gijon, apparently charged by port authorities. Same charge and reason for more than twice the distance to Balboa from the docking area. No definite information given out at onboard port information session attended about what the cost actually was. Given this was a family cruise transportation may have been excessive for some families. Duty free shopping on board had an additional VAT tax of approximately 10% within from memory 12km of Spanish waters. Surprisingly this was still the case when we were in French waters the night before Le Havre! This apparently also applied as an additional charge to the 18% surcharge on bar drinks. This was my second RCL cruise. I would think twice before joining RCL again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our first cruise and we chose to do it after many flight delays and too much airport stress in previous years. That aspect of the holiday was so easy. We parked, some very friendly people took our luggage out of our car and we saw ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose to do it after many flight delays and too much airport stress in previous years. That aspect of the holiday was so easy. We parked, some very friendly people took our luggage out of our car and we saw it again on the ship. All we had to do was walk to the ship with our hand luggage and check in - a very simple procedure. It was even easier on the way off as our luggage was picked up the night before, and we collected it from a large hangar space when we disembarked. The ship itself was magnificent on first sight - with circular staircases and sculptures. It was also huge and there are some excellent facilities. It was rather surreal watching a football match on an enormous screen, while sunbathing on the top deck with a Pina Colada and a buffet lunch from the restaurant. Great fun! Also pretty surreal playing mini-golf on the top deck in the middle of the night in 30 mph wind. The flow-rider is excellent and the staff do their best to help everyone stay on. The kids club that my 14 yr old attended was also very good as it allowed the kids to do their own thing while giving them a safe place and activities that they could do if they so pleased. There was a separate pool area for over 16s which was great when you needed to escape from unsupervised children who were mucking about in the main pools and hot tubs. It's worth pointing out that these kids were playing in the large hot tubs because the pools were ridiculously cold. There was a well-equipped gym, spa, poorly equipped library and loads of shops. The cleanliness of the cabin was good although it did put me in mind of a Travelodge. Nothing wrong with Travelodge but it's not luxury. The food itself was amazing and I doubt that many people came home without having gained many pounds! Service in the restaurants was also superb.The evening shows were good and there were some great side shows, eg the pianist in Schooners bar, the guitarist in the pub and the string players. Formal nights are great and just about everyone on the ship got into the spirit. It looked lovely. However, there were two main problems with this cruise. Firstly, the ship was very crowded. I was given 2 different passenger totals: 3744 and 3960.This resulted in queues, over crowding and a distinct lack of seating in the bars. (There was no problem with getting deck chairs, especially if you weren't bothered about being right next to the pool.) For example, there is an ice-skating rink on the ship and it was only open for 2 hours of public skating. People started queuing 40 minutes before it started and many got turned away even after they had queued for a long time. There were some events in the main Promenade and it was so packed with people that it was nearly impossible to move. You queued at the bars, the cafe, to get into the restaurant, etc. Not good enough really. Secondly, the excursions were extremely expensive and disappointing. We did two and wouldn't do any more. The first - a trip to Samil Beach - was good although I'm not sure that paying nearly £70 for a 20 minute bus ride is value for money. The second - a trip to a religious site at Covadonga - was horrendous. We were off ship for over 6 hours and 5 of these were on the bus. We arrived at the first place to be told that we had 25 minutes to see 2 places. Then we went to our lunch with no prior consideration for dietary requirements. Then it was back on the bus for another long drive back. The excursion cost approximately £240 for 3 adults. Ridiculously expensive and disgusting value. Would I go on another cruise? Yes, though possibly not with Royal Caribbean and certainly not on this ship. Any tips? Yes. Buy a drinks package. Also, only buy one wi-fi package and share it between devices. They advise you to do that onboard. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our first time with RCI. We travelled in a group of 10 and had booked early 6pm dining. When we got on at Southampton and cruise ship departed. It was 5-45 and still no bags delivered to cabin. I asked staff and was told it ... Read More
This was our first time with RCI. We travelled in a group of 10 and had booked early 6pm dining. When we got on at Southampton and cruise ship departed. It was 5-45 and still no bags delivered to cabin. I asked staff and was told it didn't matter if I went to dinner casual as it was first night. I was in clothes I had been in all day and I minded! Went into bathroom and there was NO toiletries whatsoever, not even a bar of soap. Never before have I known this on a cruise ship. Didn't see any soap or our cabin attendant till approx day 5. However the cabin attendant Kearon Alexander for cabins 8387 and 8385 was amazing. My family in those cabins genuinely got to know him and he couldn't do enough. Dinner in Saphire restaurant was of good quality. We had booked a drinks package but spent so much time of our holiday queuing at the bar. Not enough bar staff or bars. Everywhere was packed. Most nights nowhere to sit. Spent a lot of evenings wondering around looking for someone leaving a table. I feel this ship has fitted too many cabins for entertainment space. Biggest gripe of holiday was for the teenagers in group. RCI do not cater for 16 to 18 year olds. They were bored! They would go to sports deck to do activities and were always told they were too old or too young Ie why have 18plus volleyball at 3-30 pm Then flow rider was only surfing between 4-30 and 6-30 most days ( we were at dinner at 6) so for people who complain about teenagers roaming around please remember they have paid the same price as everyone else but have been short changed in activities. I have been on over 10 cruises and have NEVER before written a review but this is the first cruise I have felt so underwhelmed. This was not the fault of the majority of the crew onboard as we met some fantastic staff. They were doing their best. I feel RCI are all about selling and profit. Pack them in and make them spend and give them a bit of average entertainment along the way. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Getting on the ship was fantastic - so organised at Southampton. Drop cases off, drop car off, get in a small queue to get Sea pass, passport control, security and onto the ship. We were on ship just after 11am, but cabins opened at ... Read More
Getting on the ship was fantastic - so organised at Southampton. Drop cases off, drop car off, get in a small queue to get Sea pass, passport control, security and onto the ship. We were on ship just after 11am, but cabins opened at 1.30pm, so time to explore ship and get something to eat and drink. We had already purchased a non alcoholic drinks package with coffee, water, soda and non alcoholic drinks prior to the cruise, but I wished I'd purchased the one with wine or beer, as each glass of wine ranged from $9 to nearly $15 including the rip off 18% charges. We asked for the charges to be removed but they were compulsory. One bottle of wine ended up being $63 with the 18%charge and it cannot be removed.Some bottles were cheaper. Speciality coffee from $2.95 from Starbuck and windjammer. Coffee with milk is free in windjammer and royal promenade.Water is also free but not bottled water - that is $2.50. Tea is free also in rooms, windjammer and royal promenade but we drink coffee. Wi fi - buy before you go - rip off charges onboard $12.99-$17.99 per day onboard. We paid over $100 for wi fi onboard - we couldn't always get service with our provider. Rooms basic - plenty of room for storage - we left a full case of shoes in the bottom of the wardrobe - I took 10 pairs.Tea and milk provided (no coffee). Basic small bar soap. Soap dispenser in shower. Hairdryer. 2 Hand towels, 2 bath towel and 2 face clothes. Extra toilet roll.Rooms tidied and towels changed morning and night by friendly attendant. Our disappointment that our room was noisy - they came to look at it 3 times but said it was the air conditioning system that was new. You obtain your beach towels on deck 11 by the pool. Can be changed as frequently as you like. People complained there weren't enough sun-beds but we never had a problem. Large screen by pool to watch football and olympics during day. 3 bars near pool generally packed - queued for drinks regularly. Free ice-cream near pool and in windjammer - many children just wasted the ice cream. There were many unsupervised children running around the ship everywhere. Playing with lifts so you stopped at every floor. I have children but they were never unruly and rude like some of the children this time. Many disabled people this time too - it would be nice to have a separate pool for them. Some poor children in wheelchairs appeared to be in them for the entire holiday. It would have been nice for somewhere for them, as the normal pools were packed and not suitable. The adult pool was ice cold. Boiling hot jaccuzzi - inside and out. Many kids clubs - but as said before - many kids were just unsupervised and running everywhere. Mini golf was great - didn't use flowrider or rockwall. Food Poor - quality and choice not as good as last time. Delton and Sravan lovely, but other staff in restaurants were like robots. They might as well have had a tape recorder. My husband only had 3 starters in the entire cruise over 2 weeks and I missed the starter a few times. They push the specialty restaurants. All food was repetitive and deserts were not the best. The Jonny rockets that we paid for was the worst meal ever at lunch time. Eat as much as you like for $6.95 cover charge but it was rubbish. Cold inedible food. We sent our food back 3 times. milk shake $4.95. Entertainment - poor. The orchestra were fantastic and the compare was nice. However, the navigator of the seas singers could have been better. It was like watching a school production. We enjoyed the visiting acts. The ice skating shows were on during the day - who wants to go during the day they should be at night and you can only go at certain times according to your cabin number. Obviously we didn't get to see it. Stupid system. Bar singers - repetitive every night. Spa - I had my nails done - she was tired - she worked from 7.30am-9.30pm- not much conversation. It was like she just wanted to get it over with. Spa continuously pushing products and services. Gym and classes good. Art auctions - continually pushed - ranging from $495.00 to $19,500.00. Not the best of collections and not sure if all bids were genuine. Expensive. Shops - not much for children. We didn't take children, but my husband purchased some cadburys chocolates that cost less than £2 here for $10 onboard. Casino - good fun - onboard lottery $2 per day. Didn't win. Disappointment - only 3 formal night out of 14 days. I like dressing up in an evening but lets just say many people didn't. Excursions - Malaga - Marbella and Puerto Banus. Not enough time - rushed and difficult to understand Tour Guide. Lisbon - supposed to be wine tasting - not shown how wine is made and given 2 small samples in tiny glass. Wouldn't recommend. Another rushed trip. Late back to ship. On our own Gibraltar - big queue for lift - didn't go to top but excellent duty free shops. Bus or many taxi trips available. Cigarettes £20 at port. We dont smoke. Liverno/ Florence - do it yourself by train is cheaper but check train times, before you go and make sure you get the last train by about 3pm, as they are not always guaranteed on a Sunday. Genoa - bus tour outside - 12 euros each. Unfortunately shops closed for bank holiday. We had been to Rome before so didn't get off ship. Nice or monte carlo - tender - can be done yourself on train next to port - or stay near port lovely restaurants and beach. We had been before so stayed near the port for a nice lunch. Back at Southampton - they can take your bags off if they are ready the night before or we chose to take our own off. No problems - great disembarking. Give them a time on your sheet of paper - night before they give you an area to go to - then straight off the ship. Bags waiting in Southampton or we took our own off. Overall - I wouldn't recommend cruise. It was a bit creeky on the way back in bad weather - it is an older ship and you can tell by the interiors. The food wasn't the best and the entertainment was average. Onboard and excursions were expensive too. Didn't like 18% compulsory charges either. You think you are getting a good deal until it starts adding up. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our first cruise after hearing so many good things about it, I'm now left wondering where we just unlucky or what is all the fuss about? We visited some lovely cities and the ship was lovely, the entertainment was good ... Read More
This was our first cruise after hearing so many good things about it, I'm now left wondering where we just unlucky or what is all the fuss about? We visited some lovely cities and the ship was lovely, the entertainment was good especially David in the Schooner, the stateroom attended was fantastic as where all the staff on board BUT the ship was simply too overcrowded, The chances of getting a sunbed were slim because they were all covered in blue towels from 8.00 onwards, the bars were standing room only on most nights. The lifts were only there for kids to play hide and seek in of a night and the balconies overlooking the royal promenade became little areas for the kids to "sit off" of at night. I travelled with my own children BUT I knew where they where most of the time. I Must add when I say kids I'm talking teenagers not the under tens who were very well behaved both in the pools and the entertainment areas of an evening with their parents. I'm tempted to give it another go simply because so many people love it, have I missed something? Although its no fault of RCI the bay of Biscay also had a say with a force 8 on the way back, not my idea of fun haha. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
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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