925 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

To anyone who is looking for a cruise line Royal Caribbean is the way to go. I have only been on the Navigator of the Seas but spoke with other passengers who have enjoyed so many other of their cruise ships and destinations. The ... Read More
To anyone who is looking for a cruise line Royal Caribbean is the way to go. I have only been on the Navigator of the Seas but spoke with other passengers who have enjoyed so many other of their cruise ships and destinations. The service, cleanliness and food is wonderful. All the staff are always willing to help or ask if you need any assistance. There is a large variety to do at all times or you can just veg out, the relaxation factor is superior. You also have many options to keep you busy at all times. The food selection is very good and fresh. The ports were all fun with a lot to do. There could have been a better variety in shopping and quick grab snacks in the Windjammer but all around the entire experience was a total success.. I highly recommend Royal Caribbean for anyone including families. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Had 10 in our family group from 87 year old parents to twenty something nieces and nephews. Every one found something to do that kept us engaged and fulfilled. From the wave machine to the dinner to the shopping - everyone loved it. The ... Read More
Had 10 in our family group from 87 year old parents to twenty something nieces and nephews. Every one found something to do that kept us engaged and fulfilled. From the wave machine to the dinner to the shopping - everyone loved it. The staff made you feel like their family. They were truly interested in your experience. Every day a guy in the retail stores would ask us how our day was = What did we do? They all seemed like extended family. We will be back - Oh heard the 5 day Spring break cruise was over the top wild with drunk and disorderly college students so I would stay clear of those dates. For a Spring break with the family - this 9 day cruise on this ship was perfect. We made so many wonderful memories - Again - you feel like the staff was your family and you were coming back home. if you haven't cruised in a while - this ship will make you wonder why you stayed away. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My friend invited me to join her and her family and friends. I had never been on a cruise before, but turning 50 I am changing things up a bit and trying NEW things! I had the best time. I have the Sunburn to prove it!! Swam with ... Read More
My friend invited me to join her and her family and friends. I had never been on a cruise before, but turning 50 I am changing things up a bit and trying NEW things! I had the best time. I have the Sunburn to prove it!! Swam with dolphins in Cozumel, shopped in Nassau, loved the food, the service, the everything! JEVI was the best waiter and James the best Cabin service of all time!! The Ice dancing show was great, Quest was so fun, I took my bra off!!!! The Belly Flop and sexiest guy competitions were hilarious! The comedian was terrific, the Hair band imitator was awesome! The all inclusive cocktails were magnificent, (but there could have been more bar staff to serve our needs....we waited quite a while for drinks) The 5night seemed the perfect time away. Can't wait to get back on one of these ships!! LOVED IT!!! I'll be Back!! :) Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We had an excellent vacation on the Navigator of the Seas. A fairly long line to check in to board but now we know to arrive earlier. Once on board, we were given directions to easily find our room. Our room attendant, David, was right ... Read More
We had an excellent vacation on the Navigator of the Seas. A fairly long line to check in to board but now we know to arrive earlier. Once on board, we were given directions to easily find our room. Our room attendant, David, was right there to introduce himself, given us information, make himself available for any questions. The food was amazing whether in the Main Dining Room or Windjammer buffet. You could not ask for better! Prompt, attentive service everywhere on the ship. We took a snorkel trip in Nassau which we really enjoyed, just be prepared for a quick hike on the way to the boat! In Cozumel, we took the Jaguar tour and had a blast! BEST crew working the tour!! Thoroughly enjoyed the experience! The room attendant provided daily literature about things to do, scheduled ship activities, etc., we were kept so very well informed! This was our first cruise and it was a wonderful, wonderful experience! I would highly recommend this ship for anyone!! Thank you Royal Caribbean for a most enjoyable vacation for a great price! You will definitely see us again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The staff, boat the trip everything was wonderful., Next cruise will we Royal Caribbean, but different ship. My daughter would have loved some slides. The dinner staff was out of this world.. We were treated like kings and queens. This was ... Read More
The staff, boat the trip everything was wonderful., Next cruise will we Royal Caribbean, but different ship. My daughter would have loved some slides. The dinner staff was out of this world.. We were treated like kings and queens. This was my fort cruise and Royal Caribbean made it wonderful. I did an excursion on each island, I wasn't impressed with my Bahamas excursion, that wasn't anyone's fault, it's what i picked. I swan with the dolphins in Cozumel, that was great. The prices for pictures on the ship was ridiculous. I spend 300.00 on a picture package that had only 35 pictures. The ship knows you going to buy the pictures so they jack the price of them. They didn't have too many protographers taking pictures so your paying a lot for a small amount of pictures. It was my first cruise so I did learn some things.. Thank you Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My husband wanted to go on a cruise and our adult children were coming with us, our daughter did some research and picked the cruise by destination. this cruise was Haiti, Curacao, Aruba, and Bonaire. This was a 9 day cruise. we ... Read More
My husband wanted to go on a cruise and our adult children were coming with us, our daughter did some research and picked the cruise by destination. this cruise was Haiti, Curacao, Aruba, and Bonaire. This was a 9 day cruise. we hadn't been to any of the destinations before so we thought we'd give it a try. I was not thrilled with Labadee Haiti, but the rest of the destinations were great! the Dining Room staff was really attentive. the main buffet style dining hall had lots of choices to pick from, and also had some specialty foods for people who wanted more international fare, or gluten free, etc.all of the food ranged from pretty good to really excellent, depending on where you ate. There is a ton of things to do on the ship, and it's great that besides your TV schedule, print schedule, you can also walk up to screens mounted by all the elevators and see "what to do right now." you could do any or none of any of the activities - your choice. This was our first cruise and we would definitely do it again Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I joined a group organized by a blogger who focuses on Royal Caribbean and had a great time meeting the 80 or so people who joined. We sailed from Port Miami on February 17 on a 9 night itinerary. Embarkation was pretty smooth, but ... Read More
I joined a group organized by a blogger who focuses on Royal Caribbean and had a great time meeting the 80 or so people who joined. We sailed from Port Miami on February 17 on a 9 night itinerary. Embarkation was pretty smooth, but being a lowly Gold in the Crown and Anchor Society did not yield any benefits over non-members. Our line for check-in a little after 10 am was the longest. It took about 25 minutes from curb to boarding. The 9 night itinerary was a perfect duration with the right number of sea days and the right number of port days. The first port was Labadee, Haiti. We pre-booked the Dragons Breath zip line, and knocked that off our bucket list. It was a complete blast despite the $98 cost. I would have done it immediately afterward for another $50 if it was offered. The rest of the day involved swimming and drinking Labadoozies. Labadee was followed by a Sea Day as we headed toward Willemstad, Curacao. We toured the Chobolobo distillery, ate at Gouverneur de Rouville restaurant across from the Punda area of Willemstad which I highly recommend. The beer and the meal were delicious and memorable, and the service was wonderful. The next port was Oranjestad, Aruba. We joined our group for a fun tour of the island with Kuku Kanookoo and ended with a couple of hours on the beach at a day resort. The tour was goofy fun, but the day resort portion was over crowded and over priced for food and alcohol. I will choose something else next time I am on the island. I would probably do one of the ATV tours I saw. The final port was Krallendijk, Bonaire. The is a small population on the island, so the offerings are few, but high quality. The snorkeling on Klein Bonaire was the best I have done. I really, really liked this island. The cruise drew to a close with two sea days back to Miami. I have to say that this is easily my favorite itinerary so far. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Embarkation went smoothly and on disembarkation we were off the ship in 1/2 hour. The ship was the right size with lots of activities. Enjoyed the circus parade down the Royal Promenade. I was a little disappointed with the many choices on ... Read More
Embarkation went smoothly and on disembarkation we were off the ship in 1/2 hour. The ship was the right size with lots of activities. Enjoyed the circus parade down the Royal Promenade. I was a little disappointed with the many choices on the menu in the MDR. Was unable to try everything I wanted. Entertainment was outstanding. The comedians Derrick Cameron and Adam Kario were great. I would love to see the Ultimate Entertainer "Finis Henderson" again, this is a show you must see. Everytime we see the Ice Skating show it seems to get better. Can't say enough of all the shows, they were great. We shared a dining table with a couple from Chicago and a couple from Attawa, Canada and we looked forward each night sharing a meal. Our Stateroom Steward, Waiter, Assistant Waiter and Matre'd all exceeded our expectations and all recieved an extra gratuity. This was our second time on this ship and will not hesitate to book another cruise on this ship. In Aruba we did an Island Sightseeing tour and in Bonaire we did an Island Tour. I would recommend both. Since we had previously been to Curacao we just walked into town and did some shopping. On the Island of Labadee we took to the beach for some sun, swimming and relaxation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Each port of call (Labadee, Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao) was awesome and different enough from the other in character, landscape, architecture, etc. that we were glad to have stopped at each one and done an excursion. The Navigator ... Read More
Each port of call (Labadee, Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao) was awesome and different enough from the other in character, landscape, architecture, etc. that we were glad to have stopped at each one and done an excursion. The Navigator Orchestra and the High C Horns were among our favorite entertainment available on the ship. We were not fans of the promenade part of the ship, but for our next cruise, we have chosen a smaller ship without this feature. This cruise was both a vacation and a celebration of my birthday, and the wait staff bent over backwards to make out dinner special. The beach cookout at Labadee was outstanding, and it is a beautiful private port. The décor of the central area and in the Boleros bar is really pretty, as is the tile work in the Solarium area of the ship. The Star Lounge is a cool venue of the ship that was somewhat underutilized on our cruise. We are eager to return to some of these ports of call again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our first cruise in over 20 years, wow has it changed! Getting on the ship was controlled chaos, it appeared when we arrived at 11:30 am to be a madhouse, but we were through security and on board in no time, about 35 minutes.Once ... Read More
This was our first cruise in over 20 years, wow has it changed! Getting on the ship was controlled chaos, it appeared when we arrived at 11:30 am to be a madhouse, but we were through security and on board in no time, about 35 minutes.Once on board food was readily available in the Windjammer Cafe. We had 5:30 dining in the MDR and had a table for 2. We found the meals very good and the waiters attentive. We had scheduled a night at Sabor before leaving home, but once onboard got the hard sell for different restaurant packages, 3 for $150, we took the bait.Our choices included Chops, Giovannis, and Sabor, with Sabor and Chops being our favorites. On a side note our dining times were 7pm and 6:30 pm, ad all three restaurants had many empty tables. Service in every dining venue was excellent and were well taken care of. We enjoyed all the shows we went to missing only one night We had scheduled all shore excursions before leaving home through RC. Our first port Labadee was a fun time and e enjoyed relaxing here after a thrilling trip on the Zip Line. Next Curacao, we were scheduled to do a Mini- ute (Razers) tour. This didnt go so well, first as we wer to cross the high bridge there was an accident, after sitting in traffic for about 15-20 minutes another tour bus told ours to go the long way around to our destination.We were late by about an hour and another tour had gone out before we were scheduled and came back while we were waiting. Tour guide said our tour would be cut short because the next tour after us had a deadline to be back on ship. We all decided to return to the port and do other things. Our money was promptly refunded by 7 pm that night into onboard account. Aruba was great , beautiful beaches, easier lifestyle here than Curacao. Toured here in Yamaha 4wheelers, saw great sites,Mattew our guide was great, had a lot of fun.. be forewarned you will get dirty ion this tour, most is offroad in the dust and sand. Bonair our final, stop was a great little island we enjoyed it very much, the topogragraphy is so unique here and a tour off the beaten path provides a close look at the islands make-up and culture. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This 9 night voyage on the Navigator of the Seas was a spring break vacation for the whole family. We sailed on her back in 2011 for our first Thanksgiving at sea (have not stopped since, will be on the Freedom this year for our 6th ... Read More
This 9 night voyage on the Navigator of the Seas was a spring break vacation for the whole family. We sailed on her back in 2011 for our first Thanksgiving at sea (have not stopped since, will be on the Freedom this year for our 6th turkey day cruise). Our experience on her this time was just as good and even better than 6 years ago. We are junkies of the Flowrider and it was added to the ship in 2014. Now the whole family is hooked!!! Anyway here are the main topics people want to read about: Embarkation= Very smooth process! Check in representative was very nice, fast, courteous and made us feel very welcomed. Stateroom was ready at 1:30 as promised. We had Junior Suite stateroom 9270. Ship info= In our opinion, the Navigator is probably the best ship in the voyager class. It was one of the two in that class that had the modern, open balconies, compared to the more enclosed ones that you might find on the Explorer, Voyager, and Adventure of the Seas. The ship has also gone under multiple major renovations in its lifetime, the most recent one taking place in 2014, where multiple favorites were added to the ship such as the flowrider, Giovanni's Table, and Sabor Modern Mexican. In essence, the Navigator is what I might call a "mini Freedom class" style of ship. Stateroom= For this voyage, we were in a Junior Suite (room 9270). Traveling as a family of four this enabled us to have more room on a longer cruise. The room itself was huge and there was plenty of space for people to walk around and not feel cramped. The room even had a full size walk in closet, that had enough storage space for the whole family. The bathroom was also amazing, as it was larger compared to one from an ocean view balcony and it had a large tub. Also thanks to the extra width of the room, there was plenty of walking space even when the pull out couch was fully extended. The balcony had room for one lounge chair, two chairs and a table that the four of us could fit around. Everything in the suite was in working order, clean and sufficient. Pool/Deck Area= This is an area that the Voyager Class ships shine!!! Even on the four seas days lounge chairs were abundant. Yes, you may not get one pool side but who wants to be around that rat race. We have been on different cruise lines that have ships similar in size to the Navigator with far less deck space. The Navi design on the top decks gives you plenty of options where you want to hang out. Ports= We hit the "ABC" islands and Labadee. I will give my "review writing time" to Bonaire. She is an island that has not lost it Caribbean charm or feel. We did not book any excursion so we just walked off the pier and explored. We felt very safe. Ok I lied, Aruba reminded me of Marco Island on the west coast of Florida and Curacao was ok . Dining=We visited the MDR, Windjammer Café, Café Promenade, Chops, Giovanni's Table and Sabor. MDR=We were pleasantly surprised to see new items on the menu. Not only were they a welcomed change but all the food was good and served hot. Our servers Nikhil and Gusti were top notch. Windjammer Café= All the standard food stations that you expect with good food temperature and service. All Specialty Restaurants= Excellent. We did mentioned to our self that next time we go to Giovanni's we will just pick a couple of appetizers and one additional item like pasta or entrées. Way to much food if you pick from each course. Entertainment=To be very honest, we only went to the Magic show which was good. Navigator did not have any Broadway shows. The wife and daughter went to the ice show and said it was awesome. Disembarkation - No issues at all! Overall summary= It was a great cruise and I would go on her again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Shore agents were wonderful. Lost our passports and they were able to help us get copies of our birth certificates. Boarding was very smooth after getting access. Rooms were ready at 1 and luggage arrived shortly therafter. Room was ... Read More
Shore agents were wonderful. Lost our passports and they were able to help us get copies of our birth certificates. Boarding was very smooth after getting access. Rooms were ready at 1 and luggage arrived shortly therafter. Room was clean and had plenty of storage room. Stateroom attendant, Sebastiao, was terrific. Main dining room food was ok to good. Service was very good except when four people sitting at the table next to us showed up 30 minutes late every night and expected the wait staff to drop everything to wait on them. Cuddy, Cruise Director, was very good. Booked all of our excursions before boarding. No issues and all were very good. Entertainment for the most part was good to very good with headliners very good. Ship orchestra played to loud for size of theatre. We could always fine a lounge chair on deck 12. Lounge chairs on pool deck were always taken but mostly empty with the chair hogs. Departure was very smooth with self carryoff. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Been on Voyager before on an Atlantic repo. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Tried a virtual balcony interior room. Great experience. would do it again although we prefer "real" balconies. Food quality and presentation was excellent. ... Read More
Been on Voyager before on an Atlantic repo. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Tried a virtual balcony interior room. Great experience. would do it again although we prefer "real" balconies. Food quality and presentation was excellent. Had a group of 9 with Miami Open tennis post cruise. Only thing re the food, was the lobster on last formal night. A bit soft and likely frozen. We preffered Windjammer buffet for breakfast and lunch. Did miss sitting outside at the aft with the meal, but walked back into Deck 11 pool area instead. Pools were busy, but did not have trouble finding a lounge in the shade. Some people still reserve chairs which they shouldn't/ Pool towel exchange was unfortunately on port side Deck 11 which was smoking; Also casino still allows smoking and many non casino guests smoke there. We tried to avoid this area as well as Deck 11 port side smokers Shows and entertainers were very good. The impressionist was average. First cruise as Diamond and loved the quiet of the Diamond Lounge on Deck 14, nice to read, breakfast in the am and cookies/fruit all day as well as a coffee machine with various premium coffees. 4:30 to 8 pm hor d'oeuvres were brought out and drinks flowed. Same for adjacent Viking Crown lounge. Ship staff ensure Diamond cards only. Also having 3 cocktails at any bar at this time was a nice touch. Had a Bailey's after dinner! Movie screen on Deck 11 was nice but showed some flicks late at 10:30 pm, LaLa Land, Moana were playing. CNN/ESPN Caribbean channels, not networks. some comedy channels, movies were available on PPV. Nice HD tv/ Room steward, Sharon was outstanding. Rei and Dexter in dining room also super. Remembered the smallest items. Disembarkation and embarkation went very well. Really enjoy the promenade on these ships and higher classes/ Had a parade on the last night. Disappointed that the 70's promenade party was so late 11:30, we missed it. Cuddy cruise director from UK was fine. First Canadian captain we have encountered. Smooth seas to Aruba/Curacao/Bonaire. nice 9 night itinerary. previous 5 night cruise had 1000 children! Avoid the March/April short spring break cruises if you want a bit of quiet. Overall service was excellent/ Deposited Next Cruise onboard, recommend everyone should do a deposit and not even have to pick a date. You get a nice onboard credit if booked onboard. Lots of activities, we did lots of reading. Disappointing that the library is quite thin. Daily puzzles though and lots of card tables. Should be more card tables on Deck 11 Solarium and pool area. Deck 4 walking deck Starboard side nice place to read and relax and walk aft to forward/ Used gym a lot on Deck 11. First sea day, it was heavily congested with gym posers, then these thinned out as the cruise went along. An older crowd, around 60 average perhaps. elevators were quite busy, so we used a lot of stairs. Ship is excellent for children with Adventure Ocean program. Some minor things like low quality orange juice in the am was disappointing. Also all juices had ice pre-added. Workers served you at beverage stations. Overall would definitely sail Royal again Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The itinerary was just what we were loooking for. Beaches were great and the snorkeling was unbelievable especially in Bonaire. I enjoy cruising with RC. Ships are always spotless and the food is great! I have never had a dirty or ... Read More
The itinerary was just what we were loooking for. Beaches were great and the snorkeling was unbelievable especially in Bonaire. I enjoy cruising with RC. Ships are always spotless and the food is great! I have never had a dirty or unkempt cabin. My stateroom attendant always keeps it spotless. They also are very good at providing you with the little extras, such as keeping ice in your ice bucket! After more than a dozen cruises on RC, I can honestly say that I prefer them for my cruise vacations. Whan I needed to contact maintenance regarding an issue with my toilet, they came within 5 minutes and resolved it. The plumber was very friendly and wanted to make sure that I was satisfied with his work before he left. I also had some special menu requests and the dining room was very happy to fulfill my requests. No cruise line is perfect, but RC tries very hard to be perfect! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This cruise was a well deserved vacation for my family after over two years of varied family issues. My wife and I had decided to treat ourselves and our children (24 & 21) to a vacation. The kids had the same spring break from ... Read More
This cruise was a well deserved vacation for my family after over two years of varied family issues. My wife and I had decided to treat ourselves and our children (24 & 21) to a vacation. The kids had the same spring break from their classes so the week seemed perfect. We booked a deluxe balcony for ourselves and the kids had a guaranteed interior stateroom. The kids ended up in a Superior-outside stateroom and my wife and I were in a Jr. Suite. We flew down to Miami the day before the cruise and took a cab over to the Port of Miami. During the drive (5 minutes) my wife and I both realized we had not put the luggage tags on our bags. The porter who met us from the cab was so nice with a stapler ready at hand. Check in was very easy. Having the suite status definitely helped. We boarded around 11:30 so we had lunch in the Windjammer while we were waiting for the rooms to be ready at 1:15. At this point we realized that college kids in the 21st century take cruises for Spring Break. Overall, we found the Navigator in good condition clean and well kept. Any signs of wear, I thought were consistent with the age of the ship. Well maintained over all. I never saw room service trays in the hall for hours that I have seen on other cruises. Our staterooms were ready at 1:15. Our bags arrived quite promptly (before dinner). The kids had there last bag by 9:00. Michael, our steward, was extremely nice. Very polite and helpful. We did not see him much, but the room was always perfect. I believe, Stephen was the steward for my kids cabin. He probably should be sainted he had a number of cabins that were spring breakers ( including mine) and I do not know how much he was able to do keeping the rooms tidy. We had signed up for My Time Dining. The first evening we had such a great table and wait staff that we requested the same table. The host said she would see what she could do but no guarantees. We had the same table by the window every evening. Our waitress, Eglan, and her assistant Carl were great. They even anticipated personal likes ie. a second glass of wine or a cappuccino with dessert. The food was good, well presented and well served. However, it was not hot. It was very warm, but not hot. We were on the third level of the dining room so probably furthest from the kitchen. The flavors were very nice. Eglan was wonderful she deserves a 10+. The entertainment was good. Not Broadway, but entertaining for an hour. The ice show was very good. The shows in the Metropolis were good with some very good individual performers. The lounges had some great music we sampled most of them. The casino was fun for an evening. Won over $300 playing with $10 on the slots. The ports were good. My wife and I have been to both Nassau and Cozumel. In Nassau we did the harbor and city tour fun but prolonged. In Cozumel, we went to Tulum which was great. (definitely recommend) The ferry ride to Playa del Carmen was bad nearly a third of the people were ill. Overall, this cruise was what we wanted it to be. A time when just the four of us can be together. It might be the last? It is fun to really start interacting with the kids now that they are not kids. Have a cocktail together but then still play a game of Scrabble (even if some of the tiles were missing except there were two Q's). Thank you to Royal Caribbean!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We choose this cruise for the ship, itinerary, and great price. Flew in a day early and stayed at the Majestic in south beach. The following morning called uber and headed to port. Embankment: we arrived about 12:30 and so did ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the ship, itinerary, and great price. Flew in a day early and stayed at the Majestic in south beach. The following morning called uber and headed to port. Embankment: we arrived about 12:30 and so did everyone else or so it felt. But the lines moved along and we were on the ship in no time at all. I found the ship to be beautiful, and very clean. all the crew members were friendly and eager to please. Food: Windjammer very good with two cooked to order egg stations. They took you name and called you when your order was ready. Really eliminated the lines, and you could get your other breakfast items then pick up your eggs. Waitstaff would bring you, your beverages and refills quickly. Nice not to have to juggle your coffee, oj, and plate. Lunch had quite a selection. The only negative was the constant upselling of specialty restaurants while you were eating. We had 5 different crew members approach us while we were eating. after a few days this grows old. Main dining room: Beautiful decor. Waitstaff and food was wonderful. Service was a tad slow, but the ship was sold out. Room service: If you put your order out the night before they were right on time with it. Gave a phone call a couple of minutes before they arrived. Nice. Johnny Rockets: Great burgers and the milkshakes are the bomb. Shows: We saw two in the theater, song and dance type. They were just ok. The ice skating show was wonderful. : Cabins: very clean at all times Cabin steward was the best. We had high winds and rain on our first few days. After that really enjoyed the open decks and the pool area. Nice solarium as well. They had good sales in the promenade. We visited Labadee, Curacao, aruba, and Bonaire. Loved them all. I enjoyed everything about this cruise and the ship, Would love to do it again sometime. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I travel with my husband, all our children, grandchildren and brother, and sometimes his children- so anywhere from 2 to 21 people at a time. This time there were 8, from 11 to 75. This was our second cruise on Royal Caribbean, our first ... Read More
I travel with my husband, all our children, grandchildren and brother, and sometimes his children- so anywhere from 2 to 21 people at a time. This time there were 8, from 11 to 75. This was our second cruise on Royal Caribbean, our first was a wedding cruise (not ours) on the Allure. I have 15 cruises with Carnival, and two with Norwegian, and we were trying things out. I had read every Cruise Critic comment about this ship and was prepared for the best and the worst., luckily, for the most part, we got the best. We departed Miami, which is always a disaster, but at least we weren't under the dreaded white tent. The biggest frustration is that you are given a "boarding time" with your on-line check in. But, to do the on-line check in, you have to already have your transportation arranged. There aren't that many planes from Atlanta to Miami which will get you to the port on time. Our plane arrived at 10:45---yet our "boarding time was 2:30. Not having it, went on to the port. Took about 70 minutes to board, start to finish. Went to the cabin to drop off carry-on bags, because we've seen the big pile-up on the pool deck and the buffet restaurants. Nope-- passageway doors were secures and we were not allowed to access them until 2:30. Minor annoyance. Also not enough places for people to sit and eat while they were waiting for the doors to open. Minor annoyance that ties in-- the pool deck restaurant didn't flow out to the pool deck. You couldn't conveniently carry your tray to the poolside tables, and there was no outdoor grill or restaurant. Okay, got inside. Muster drill, preferred Norwegian, where we sit civilized in chairs in the lounges, but whatever...its required. Our staterooms were more than adequate, clean, well maintained. Couldn't adjust the temperature, and the refrigerator isn't really a fridge. Its a "chiller," but doesn't really chill, either. So you have to have ice. Our cabin attendant 3 times forgot to bring back our ice chest. Had to ask several times for our water and cokes for the chiller. Our room was very quiet. About 10 doors down from the front elevators. Convenient to everything except the MDR. The MDRs were great, food was delicious, we were well attended. Ate in CHOPS for my birthday-- takes something off the specialness when you enter through the same hallway as the buffet restaurant...but the food was indeed special! Also ate at Sabor, great Mexican fusion. When they say spicy guacamole, they mean it. Lots and lots of things to do on ship--it was fun just sitting and lounging and watching the flo-riders. Also a rock climbing wall, ice skating, and the usual poolside activities. The Library was nicely arranged with tables and chairs over-looking the Atrium, so you didn't feel locked away. Good music almost everywhere you go. Some starange combinations- like why have the LGBT Meet-up at the same time in the same place as the "Sherry Tasting?" Also, my husband and son complained that there were not enough blackjack tables for the number of passengers who wanted to play, and crammed 7 people at tables intended for 5. I really loved the walking track on the Allure, felt semi-private, and you could just walk along and see the ocean from 3 sides, there were loungers on the fantail. On the Navigator it was over the pool-deck and a different atmosphere. There were great children's activities. The 11 year old granddaughter would not partake. But I saw other children having fun. Other grandchildren/great-neices/nephews enjoyed the activites on the previous ship. Just no this grandchild. Having been to all these ports except Bonaire, I did not use ships excursions, Labadee, great, fun, perfect first stop. Curacao, getting a little bit tires (this was our 4th time) hired a TUK-TUK city tour. Petrified half the time, climbing over the big Queen Juliana bridge in a three seat- moped equivalent. Still did get us close to the historic sites. In Aruba, I arranged for Wind-sailing classes for my son and son-in-law. We went along to watch and play in the water. Our cab got us there an hour before the guys!! But it was fun and beautiful. Very brisk for beginner windsailers. :oved watching the 10 or so kite-surfers there. Worth every penny- and it wasn't that much. Then dinner on the beach and back to the ship. When I last saw Bonaire 30 years ago, there were two dive shacks and some food. Now the waterline is packed. over 5,500 divers a year. We got a Eco-Tuk-Tuk (last minute, ordered on line from the ship, not a ship's excursion) and our driver , Martin, and the manager, Hanna, were great. Excellent tour in a tuk-tuk for 8, saw the White Slave Huts, the salt pans, the old salt pans,the walk-in beach dive spots. Martin is a dive iinstructor and Dive Master, who does these tours each morning. Came to Bonaire 5 years ago for 6 months of diving. Still there. Lovely area just off the pier in the downtown shopping area-- have all Bonaire made items. Big signs "Not made in China." Had a great lunch of fresh seafood, the the guys dived for a while. Debarcation was a minor nightmare. Everyone had arranged transportation based on the statement that the ship usually started debarcation at 7:30. Then, the last night, on the overhead and in the newsletter, the Cruise Director announced that the USA would go on Daylight Savings Time at 2am, but please don't change your watches until after you disembarked. Panic City, as people believed that the 8am we disembarked was going to be 9am Miami time, and lots of transportation issues. didn't happen quite that badly, howeve a lot of people decided to go self-express. Now the escalator down, can only handle a certain weight, and all these idiots balancing a big bag, and a small bag, and a carry-on bag past the sign that said "1 bag only," caused the escalator to break. Frequently. Just a note- there was a medical emergency within 4 hours of leaving. Captain announced the emergency and asked Oneg blood donors to consider going to the Sick Bay. My son went and said over 50 people were in line to help. Very professionally don. Don't know the problem, but it was an older woman, and her husband was taking names to write thank you notes. Continued through the evening, and around 6am, the ship turned back to meet up with a Coast Guard Medivac Helicopter. They shuttered the windows and cleared the decks so we couldn't watch; and we went through a major storm 3 times- going, coming back through and going again, to get the ship close enough. I didn't hear any complaints about missed time, possibly missing ports. It was just a professional job well done (I used to run medivac units, so I know) Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We cruised 26February-3March. We boarded in Miami for a 5 day Caribbean cruise with stops is Nassau and Cozumel. We stayed in Stateroom #6320, it has a balcony. This was our first cruise (my daughter and me) and we will do this again. ... Read More
We cruised 26February-3March. We boarded in Miami for a 5 day Caribbean cruise with stops is Nassau and Cozumel. We stayed in Stateroom #6320, it has a balcony. This was our first cruise (my daughter and me) and we will do this again. The ship was huge, well maintained, food was plentiful and have a huge selection of dishes and service was outstanding. There was nothing to complain about this cruise, just a very relaxing and enjoyable time spent at sea. There was a lot to do, they have a pool, Jacuzzi, theater, different dining options, they cater to most of what you want to do. If you just want to stay in your stateroom the TV has movies you can buy or you can just watch the shows you like for free. The last day of the cruise, there was a huge sale in the Promenade. We will surely consider another cruise with Royal Caribbean again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
It was my in-law's 50th wedding anniversary and we were looking for something that everyone in the family could do--18 people from age 80s to babies. It was a very enjoyable experience, service wonderful and almost everyone could ... Read More
It was my in-law's 50th wedding anniversary and we were looking for something that everyone in the family could do--18 people from age 80s to babies. It was a very enjoyable experience, service wonderful and almost everyone could find something to do. On initial research, we thought there was a pool designated for kids and there was however the kids needed to be potty trained so this was not good for the babies traveling with us. That said, the food and service were great. We didn't feel too crowded. The excursions were right-sized and organized. We had the complete food and beverage package which was well worth it. This was my husband's and my first time on a large cruise (had done a much smaller 14-person cruise previously) and I was concerned about the experience before setting sail--I was very pleasantly surprised about how much we enjoyed it and by how great is was for everyone in the family. We would definitely do a cruise again--especially when we are older. I didn't like that many of the shows were so late. We enjoyed the mini-golf and spa also nice. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We flew into Fort Lauderdale and Ubered to Miami. The Uber driver was very unfriendly which is very different from my previous Uber experiences. Note: if getting picked up from the airport and have luggage do not use UberPool, we ... Read More
We flew into Fort Lauderdale and Ubered to Miami. The Uber driver was very unfriendly which is very different from my previous Uber experiences. Note: if getting picked up from the airport and have luggage do not use UberPool, we didn't know this. The driver made a big stink about it. Traveling from Wisconsin my husband and I wanted to make sure that we were in on time so we flew in the night before and stayed at the Fairfield by Miami airport. Great place to stay. Offer a shuttle to the port but their is a cost to that one. Probably would have been cheaper to go through Uber but being this was our first time, it was nice to be with someone that new what they were doing. The ship was fantastic, we were able to get on quite early and seamlessly. The food was fantastic throughout the cruise, cabin was great, service spectacular. Nassau was not the best but Cozumel was amazing. We were so happy we booked our next one right away. We had an early flight out of Fort Lauderdale so we did the express check-out. This was really easy and we made our 12:20 flight with plenty of time to spare. The cruise itself was fantastic although I don't have anything for comparison. The staff was friendly, food was great, place was clean. We just did shopping in Nassau and walking around. I didn't care for that. The vendors at the Straw Market were extremely pushy and wouldn't leave you alone. Our next port was Cozumel. We had a RCI shore excursion booked for this one. We went snorkeling at Sky Reef and tequila tasting. I'm not a tequila drinker but I gave it a try. Was not disappointed. Good tequila is great. The snorkeling was amazing, saw some great fish. The cruise had lots of shows to see. We saw the comedy and ice skating show. Both were fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our 1st time on a Royal Caribbean ship. We chose it because we had never been 2 the "ABC" islands(Aruba,Bonaire,Curacao)&really wanted 2 visit those. We were concerned about such a large ship, but we actually enjoyed ... Read More
This was our 1st time on a Royal Caribbean ship. We chose it because we had never been 2 the "ABC" islands(Aruba,Bonaire,Curacao)&really wanted 2 visit those. We were concerned about such a large ship, but we actually enjoyed it&loved the wonderful crew! All the employees were very friendly&really seemed 2 like their jobs. We might try RC again. (Was not happy about not being able 2 bring our 12pk sodas w/us----$$on ship too high!) Entertainment was very good, loved the ice show! The piano guy was wonderful! All the musicians & dancers were fabulous! Biggest complaint (besides soda issue) was that there is not much choice of "eats" offered on port days when u return from xcursions about 3-5pm totally starving after hiking,swimming,&don't go 2 dinner til 8:00pm! This has never been a problem on other cruise lines that offer hamburger grills, taco bars, even salad bars to tide us over til dinner @ 8:00+pm. The Cafe was only offering small(mostly bread)sandwiches& small,thin pieces of pizzas w/ looonnng lines as people returned from shore&we didn't want 2 stand in line & wait....... Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise for the ABC island itinerary. DH and I flew (50s) in from Ohio to FLL a day early; Got there around noon, Uber'd to our hotel on the beach, walked to a nice place for lunch, walked back to the hotel (got our ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ABC island itinerary. DH and I flew (50s) in from Ohio to FLL a day early; Got there around noon, Uber'd to our hotel on the beach, walked to a nice place for lunch, walked back to the hotel (got our steps in!), then napped. Walked to a new Argentinian restaurant a block from the hotel, had dinner, then to bed. Uber'd to POM the next AM. Embarkation was a breeze! We walked right up, got our Seapass cards and met up with my 2 brothers/wife/girlfriend, also from OH, as we entered the ship. Lunch in the WJ, then explored the ship until our luggage arrived. We had been on NOTS in 2013. Thought it was a beautiful ship then, but it's been refurbished and is even better. The carpet and window treatments in our balcony cabin (a "hump") were new. The cabin had a clean, sophisticated feel. There was plenty of room for our things with space left over. There were some different things on the Royal Promenade this time. Sorrento's is gone and it seems to have been combined with the Promenade Cafe. Some of the stores looked a little different, too. We think there was a nightclub on Deck 4 that was called The Crypt that is now a specialty Mexican restaurant. We like late dining and my brothers like early, so we had dinner in MDR at late seating. We were at a table for 8 and we really enjoyed our dinner companions. The shows were mostly OK, the comedians were usually funny (but we had heard some of the jokes before), the juggler was good, and the Elton John guy was good too. The Quest seemed quite toned down from the ones we remember from the past, but we enjoyed it. The ice show was worth seeing--how they can do those jumps and land gracefully on a moving ship is a true art! Staff was very friendly and attentive. Our head waiter actually visited our table every night! Our waiter Josue and asst waiter Ahmad were a great pair. Our cabin steward Santiago kept the place spotless! My brothers were on a different deck from us and their cabin attendant had a real sense of humor. Instead of a towel animal at turn-down, they had a 'body' in the bed, complete with sunglasses and shoes, 'feet and legs' hanging out of the toilet, etc. The ship was very clean. We enjoyed it very much. We thought the food in the MDR was good. The 2nd formal night was 'lobster night' and our table was offered 'seconds.' (Noticed that Celebrity Equinox Feb '16 and Royal Princess Feb '15 didn't offer lobster at all). We frequently had breakfast and lunch in MDR and ate in the WJ a few times. The food in MDR was good. We had dinner at Giovanni's one night-->the osso bucco was fabulous! The risotto was also very good. Ports of Call: Labadee: Got a few chairs on the beach. Had the picnic lunch. My brother's girlfriend had never been on RCCL, and as we were lolling on the beach she said 'This doesn't suck.' Well, that was the phrase we used on everything for the rest of the cruise! We're all still working and compared each day on the cruise to a day at work and there wasn't a day on the cruise that didn't suck! We signed up for the Tuk Tuk tour in Curacao, but the guy never showed up! We walked around the main town and did a little shopping, then back to the ship. They're going to refund our $; it was the only excursion that was paid-for up front. In Aruba we did the Trikes-->WOW! Our best excursion ever! It was SO MUCH FUN!!! On Bonaire, we did a Vista tour and saw the salt flats, flamingoes, cactus fences and much more. Would go on the Trikes again and with Vista again. Only one thing RCCL didn't do well-->Debarkation! We did the early walk-off due to our earlyish flight out of FLL. Instructed to meet in MDR on deck 5 at 7 AM. The DR was full and the line we were in snaked back into the casino. People didn't start getting off the ship until after 8:00. We all had to go all the way around the DR, dragging our suitcases. No one seemed to know what was going on or why there was such a delay in getting off the ship. No one kept us informed. Then, once off the ship we had to enter the terminal and go up the escalator, but everyone needed to have one hand free to ride the escalator. Both of hour hands were full so we had to wait for a tiny elevator, along with many others. Twice RCCL staff had the elevator full when it arrived back up at the top and no one could get on it. There was some sort of cart that had to be retrieved from another floor (?). It was frustrating, as by this time we had been waiting almost 1.5 hours to get to our transportation to FLL. The experience, fortunately, was the complete opposite of what we encountered during the cruise. We enjoyed Navigator and would go back on her again. Booked on Freedom out of FLL next Feb! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise as we had never been on the ABC island itinerary plus Labadee, Haiti. I do have to say this is our 3rd time on the Navigator and 6th cruise, one being on the newest NCL. We love this ship. Even though it has shown ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we had never been on the ABC island itinerary plus Labadee, Haiti. I do have to say this is our 3rd time on the Navigator and 6th cruise, one being on the newest NCL. We love this ship. Even though it has shown signs of wear, it was truly a great time. Glad we took the 9 days instead of the usual 7. The ports were all ok, however, I get tired of all the jewelry stores, which all have the same things. I would rather give my money to the local citizens. People be aware of the store in Curacao where they offer their phone to you to use to call back to the United States to your "loved ones." They do this to get a phone number and then call your family (your family knowing you are over seas) and telling them they need money to get you out of jail, etc. It's a scam. Just be aware of this. The only thing we found to be bad was the bed! It was very hard, and I even brought my own foam 1" mattress. My husband and friends who were traveling with us said the exact thing. We had an awesome stateroom attendant, Ezra Tannis. HE WAS FANTASTIC!!! Fixed everything we told him about. No questions asked. Entertainment was great! Better than the brand new NCl we had gone on a year ago. I agree there should be something done different about people reserving chairs on the decks. Shame on them!!! I love this ship and we WILL be going back!!! Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We went on this cruise with 12 other family members. It was our second cruise, the first being many years ago on Carnival. We really enjoyed this cruise, this itinerary, the ship and our cabin. We found the ship to be nicely laid out and ... Read More
We went on this cruise with 12 other family members. It was our second cruise, the first being many years ago on Carnival. We really enjoyed this cruise, this itinerary, the ship and our cabin. We found the ship to be nicely laid out and generally in good condition. There are small signs of wear, but nothing major. The crew was always helpful, friendly and a lot of fun. We had an issue with dining where our group was split into 3 separate areas. The dining room manager was able to get us all together at two adjoining tables by the third evening. Our room attendant, Elroy, was very attentive and did everything possible to make our vacation enjoyable. We loved the onboard amenities and activities. We attended many of the entertainment events and joined some of the planned activities. It was a blast. The food wasn't the absolute highlight of the cruise, but we liked trying new dishes. If we have any complaint, it isn't the fault of Royal Caribbean. We found many of our fellow passengers to be very rude and inconsiderate. People cut in front of you in the buffet line and at the bar. They gather in large groups in congested public area. The exact same people would take up seats in the same venues every night without considering that other passengers may want to have a chance to enjoy the place at some point. I think that my only complaint with Royal Caribbean is that I truly believe that a 1 AM curfew for children is excessive. There were groups of teens at adult only entertainment in the evenings, hanging out in the Café Promenade and playing around in the elevators. There are plenty of planned activities for kids throughout the day, they do not need to be present that late in the evening during adult activities. I truly believe that 11 PM would be a much better curfew time for anyone under 18. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We were on this cruise for an extended family event and we had our 3 teens with us. It was my first cruise with my boys but my husband and his daughter have been on many. Both the embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and it was ... Read More
We were on this cruise for an extended family event and we had our 3 teens with us. It was my first cruise with my boys but my husband and his daughter have been on many. Both the embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and it was nice to see an option to self assist by carrying off your own luggage and not wait for a departure time. We didn't choose that option but may try it the next time. An inside state room and a balcony room were our 'home' for this 9 night adventure and was available by 1:30 pm. I couldn't believe how much space we had and so many storage options! Very impressed with the cleanliness of both our rooms and even the comfort of the beds. Our room attendant Richie was absolutely amazing and took care of us very well. He even assisted us with a scavenger hunt we were on with family and friends. I had read many reviews of the Navigator prior to our cruise and was worried about the condition of the ship and the food in both the MDR and the WJ as many were negative. I am very relieved to have discovered that I do not share the opinion of the negative reviews. This ship was very well maintained in appearance and in the quality of the furnishings (carpets, drapes, bedding, towels, dishes etc etc). There was a bit of a disappointment with one of the $ dining options which I mentioned in the progress report onboard and it was acknowledged by the staff within hours and a very nice surprise awaited us in our room in the form of chocolate covered strawberries to make it up to us. It really wasn't necessary for them to do that, as our 'disappointment' was only mentioned to maybe help the next patrons have a bit better experience. They went above and beyond. The MDR service was excellent and because we were travelling with about 60 other people in our 'group' we had a section mostly to ourselves and got to change up tables and have a variety of waitstaff. They were all GREAT and worked so hard to make it so enjoyable. There were lots of choices on the menu and it was nice to try new dishes and desserts(...and really for me, such a treat to not have to cook and do dishes!! :) ) My family really enjoyed it too! The WJ also was a pleasant surprise with all the different choices and you could make lots of healthy picks. I love Indian food and am happy to report that these options were tasty and had some nice 'kick' to them! Everywhere on the ship, in all the lounges/bars or on deck there was always a friendly staff member offering to serve up a beverage. The kids loved the activities and shows and the cookies available in the cafe. All of the ports were beautiful and harassment free. Bonaire was the best in my opinion, so beautiful and pristine! I would go again. Read Less
Sail Date February 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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