4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was my first cruise and I was pleasantly surprised. Embarkation was simple and there were plenty of staff to guide us in the right direction. It was me and my mom and we are both very afraid of water. Once we were on the boat, ... Read More
This was my first cruise and I was pleasantly surprised. Embarkation was simple and there were plenty of staff to guide us in the right direction. It was me and my mom and we are both very afraid of water. Once we were on the boat, however, it was easy to forget we were not on land. The staff was very friendly and always making sure we were enjoying ourselves. The rooms were small but had everything you could ever need and had plenty of storage. The shows were entertaining but I wish they had more shows available during the daytime/afternoon on the "at sea" days. My favorite shows were the comedians and the "love and marriage" show was hilarious. The boat was a bit rocky the last two days of the cruise and I did have to take Dramamine one day but was surprised I did not need it more since I tend to get motion sick easily. The food in the dining room was very good and the service was excellent. I was not a huge fan of the food at the buffet (Windjammer) but I am not typically a fan of buffet style food to begin with. There was a snack bar that was open 24/7 that provided pizza, fruit, small sandwiches, and desserts. This was my favorite area and I enjoyed trying the different options they provided each day. My mom is gluten intolerant and there was a gluten free section at the buffet and gluten free options at the dinning room. The ship had several lounging areas where you could sunbathe or look out over the water and/or pool areas. These areas were a bit overwhelming since people would save their lounge chairs with bags and towels. Very few people were actually lounging around but it was almost impossible to find seats due to the "saving seats" problem (even though signs said you could not do that, no one was enforcing it). That was probably my least favorite part. There was a rock climbing wall that was a lot of fun and a surfing simulator that was fun to watch (I did not participate). The ports were interesting and a lot of fun. The Bahamas was a bit overwhelming with the locals yelling at you to take a taxi or buy their products. Way too much "salesman pressure". I could not just look and enjoy like some other places I have been too. Because of this, I ended up avoiding those areas and not buying much. The tour was ok in the Bahamas. We did a city tour that advertised itself as visiting a rum cake factory, the queens staircase, the governors house, a rum distillery and ending with a fish fry on the beach. The rum cake factory was a store with free samples (delicious but crowded), the queens staircase was the best part with lots of history told to us by a local, the distillery was interesting but a bit chaotic (normally a self guided tour with a sample of pina colada by the door, we actually got a tour guide for ours), and the fish fry on the beach was actually the name of a bar/restaurant that was near a beach and if we wanted food we had to order it off the menu and pay extra. The tour guide on the bus was great but the tour itself was misleading. The excursion we did in Cozumel was amazing. The tour guide was excellent and spent over an hour giving us a tour of the ruins on the island. We then went to a chocolate factory and saw a demonstration on making Mayan chocolate. This tour was the best part of the trip. We also did an excursion in Miami on a Hop-on-Hop-off Big Bus tour. We did not get off the bus but we had plenty of time to do two different routes through the city and got very lucky with another excellent tour guide. The transfer to the airport was not very well done. The bus was late getting to the airport and I believe many with earlier departures missed their flights. They dropped everyone off in a back area and left us all to fend for ourselves. Luckily, I fly 4-6 times a year and know my way around an airport so we did not miss our flight, but we were close. If you do a post-cruise excursion I would recommend taking a later flight (4pm or later, with the boat getting to shore before 8am). Overall, I enjoyed the cruise and I would definitely recommend Royal Caribbean to others. While I will not be going on a cruise every six months like some of the people we met, I would definitely consider doing one again in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was our first time cruising from Miami, first time to Nassau, third time to Cozumel, fourth time on RCCL. We booked our excursions through the ship and did the Balmoral Island beach break in Nassau and the 3 Reef Snorkeling in ... Read More
This was our first time cruising from Miami, first time to Nassau, third time to Cozumel, fourth time on RCCL. We booked our excursions through the ship and did the Balmoral Island beach break in Nassau and the 3 Reef Snorkeling in Cozumel. I highly recommend the snorkeling and Gil and his crew. As it was just my wife and I, Main Dining was a hit or miss. We ate with two other couples 3 out of 5 nights. The impression was that they were also wishing they were sitting by themselves. We went to the Mexican restaurant the night we left Cozumel and then hit the Windjammer the last night. Good vacation for us. We briefly met more people at breakfast in Windjammer while sitting at big round end tables. Ice show was grand. We weren’t too impressed with dance and vocal troupe in Metropolitan Theatre. Nothing stood out. We met lots of back-to-back cruisers. We enjoyed the Filipino rock band and the Meringue band that played at the Bolero the last night. RCCL delivered on the promise and all ground and flight connections were made flawlessly. Oh yeah, the free bottle of wine in the room was great for bon voyage from Nassau and Cozumel. Thanks RCCL and we look forward to sailing with you again! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This cruise departed from the Port of Miami. We stayed the night before the cruise in Dania Beach and it was a short 30 minute drive to the port via I-395 and the new tunnel. The tunnel makes getting to the port a breeze. We try to ... Read More
This cruise departed from the Port of Miami. We stayed the night before the cruise in Dania Beach and it was a short 30 minute drive to the port via I-395 and the new tunnel. The tunnel makes getting to the port a breeze. We try to avoid the Port of Miami because it is very congested and the terminal drop off areas and building are very small and difficult to navigate. We parked in Garage G across from the terminal at $20 per day. The entrance to the garage is on the south side of the building and the exit is on the east side of the garage. Directional signing in the garage is very poor and it took us several attempts to find the exit when leaving the garage after the cruise. Curacao and Aruba are our favorite islands to visit in the Caribbean. We had a good time on the cruise and would recommend this cruise itinerary. We had a room that overlooked the Promenade. The room was clean and in good condition. Our room steward provided excellent service. Fun Tip: On the ships in this class, the room number signs adjacent to the door to each room is a wave, and the high point of the wave always points to the front of the ship. The ship is 15 years old, being built in 2002. Overall, the ship was in good condition, but several areas are showing wear and corrosion (public bathrooms and Solarium), Many of the automatic doors did not work, and the soda supply system in several bars did not work. We had dinner each night in the main dinning room. While we requested a table of four, we were seated at a table of 10. As it turned out, we enjoyed meeting the four other couples (NY, NY, MO, and NH/SC) at our table and enjoyed the nightly conversation. We considered the food in the main dinning room to be average, with the exception of the beef entrees, which were tough and not very good. Service was excellent.j We also discovered the evening dessert selection in the Windjammer was better than that offered in the dining room. Entertainment on this cruise was a mixed bag. The ice skating show was outstanding. The music group Horizon, the comedian Basile, the Impressionist James Stevens, and Ventriloquist Brad Cummings were quality acts and were enjoyable. We did not enjoy the production shows as the theme of the shows was hard to follow and the sound was not balanced as the music was too loud for the level of vocals with supporting orchestra. My wife really enjoyed the water color enrichment classes (4). Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Overall, I have no complaints with our 9 days aboard Navigator of the Seas. It was all typical Royal Caribbean fare. I lead a travel group for a Florida agency and have cruised many times so know what to expect and never get too ... Read More
Overall, I have no complaints with our 9 days aboard Navigator of the Seas. It was all typical Royal Caribbean fare. I lead a travel group for a Florida agency and have cruised many times so know what to expect and never get too concerned if everything isn't "perfect". Dining...it isn't what I'd call 5 star, but is at least 4 stars better than my usual menu at home. There was generally something for everyone on the menu. Table service in the dining room was excellent except for one evening where some seating changes interrupted the flow of service. This was the fault of the Maitre d'. The waiter and assistant waiter were superb. We found the Windjammer to have a nice variety for breakfast and lunch. We don't use the specialty dining options but only hear good reviews from those that do. Cabin...we were in balcony cabin 7320 and loved it. It was immediately off the stairwell so convenient to getting up or down on the elevators or stairwells. Like everything on the ship, it shows some wear here and there, but nothing is thread bare. FYI...Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are all port side docking. Miami and Labadee are starboard side to the pier. Entertainment...All the usual RCCL activities are on board during the week and done well. Love and Marriage, Quest, etc. "Magic" Marvin Wilson is the cruise director. He isn't our favorite of all time, but did a nice job. We encountered him on Vision of the Seas a couple years ago. The RCCL singers on the cruise were just OK for me but entertained. The headliner acts wire very good and worth the time. The ice show is a must see as it is on all RCCL ships with that feature. Ports...Labadee is a pleasant beach day. The best swimming and snorkeling is at the far end of the bay on the ocean side. The bay side beaches are sandy for swimming but offer nothing for snorkeling. The snorkeling on the ocean side is really only a tune up opportunity for the other ports of call. Water shoes are a must if entering the water on the ocean side beaches. Curacao...we took an excursion tour that ended up at the Momba Beach Resort. The tour was informative and took us through the Curacao Liquor place. The beach resort was excellent for swimming. We had a couple hours at the beach that were very enjoyable. There is free internet access throughout Curacao. Aruba...we just roamed the town while there and ended up at Mojito's Bar to sample the local brew. It's across the mall from Iguana Joe's. There's lots of internet access here as well at various establishments. Bonaire...we snorkeled aboard the Sea Cow on the Double Dip excursion. I HIGHLY recommend this excursion. The snorkeling is off the charts and the staff very organized. It is without question, the best snorkeling we have encountered in the Caribbean. The port town is a short walk from the pier and offers a little souvenir shopping. For a treat, go to GIO's for a dish or cone of ice cream. All homemade ice cream that you won't believe. Bottom line is the cruise was very nice. The dining room menus could, in my opinion, be a little more creative. In particular, I think the sea food is rather bland in many cases. On the other hand, I never left the dining room hungry. Our cabin was nice and the steward, Leroy, was outstanding. Service throughout the ship was first class. I think this is one of the better itineraries RCCL has to offer. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2017
We chose this cruise for the ports. The cruise was overall pretty good the ship is in pretty good shape for her age there were a couple things that needed repair but were taken care of in a timely manner. The food was fairly good we ate ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports. The cruise was overall pretty good the ship is in pretty good shape for her age there were a couple things that needed repair but were taken care of in a timely manner. The food was fairly good we ate mostly in the windjammer but did eat one night in Chops which was very good we also ate in Sabor this is a little different. Had a great time on Aruba we did the trike ride and it was awesome. At Bonaire we rented golf carts and rode all over the Island it was great. The crew did not seem as friendly as in the past but it was ok. Would do this cruise again. The entertainment was good the Ice show was awesome. The headliner shows were pretty good. We had a Jr suite (1650) the cabin was in good shape the air conditioner did not work all that well stayed a little warm in the cabin. The closet was big and roomy good place to store suitcases. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
The ship is still beautiful. The staff is great. The only problem we had was the times for food service. When the Windjammer closes before the main dinner second seating ends, that is not right. The Windjammer needs to be open later, at ... Read More
The ship is still beautiful. The staff is great. The only problem we had was the times for food service. When the Windjammer closes before the main dinner second seating ends, that is not right. The Windjammer needs to be open later, at least midnight but closes at 9. It made the trip difficult as my wife was part of a dance fitness group and needed to eat more often, but the only food available most of the day was pizza and sandwiches. The embarkation was very smooth. Disembarkation was a bit backed up once you left the ship as the hold you in a walkway off the ship so that the luggage retrieval area does not get too full. The diners in the main dining room were very tasty and had a great selection. I am disappointed with Royal Caribbean allowing the formal dining room to become so casual. There were people wearing jeans, tee shirts, and baseball hats on formal night. If they are going to allow such a lack setting, they should provide a separate area in the formal dining room for those that want to follow the traditional dress code. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We really have but a few complaints and many praises for this cruise. My fiancé and I boarded the ship in Miami with no problems or delays. Once aboard, beverages were plentiful and we had plenty of assistance finding our way around the ... Read More
We really have but a few complaints and many praises for this cruise. My fiancé and I boarded the ship in Miami with no problems or delays. Once aboard, beverages were plentiful and we had plenty of assistance finding our way around the ship. Our luggage was promised to arrive by 2:00 p.m., and it did. We did not see much of our cabin steward Mary, however, our room was always in order. Loved the elaborate towel animals on our bed each night. We caught some really great shows, most notably the ice show, which was amazing! Also loved Finis Henderson, a true Vegas entertainer who featured singing, dancing, impressions, and did not disappoint. Plenty of trivia games during the day, lots of live music, bartenders and servers were top notch. We even learned to salsa dance while on board! Fitness area is fantastic and well-equipped with gorgeous views while on the treadmill. Unfortunately the food was a real disappointment. Believe the other reviews you read here. I truly don't want to complain about my cruise, but the Windjammer Café was for the most part bland and not good quality. The pizza was inedible. If the food can't be festive, it should at least be decently prepared. There are not near enough dining tables for the volume of passengers and you fear for your life darting back and forth from the food bars in the utter chaos. The main dining hall was far less chaotic, but the food was average wedding quality at best. The bland meals drove my partner and I to the specialty restaurants which I suspect was the idea all along. Specialty restaurants were very good, but at a price. There is but one other "free" restaurant onboard, Deck 5, (the only one open 24 hrs) which served very small, dried up danish and breads, the quality of any run of the mill grocery store. Nassau and Cozumel were lovely as expected and we had no troubles disembarking. Overall, if the food was better prepared, I would have given this trip 5 stars. I have cruised RC one time before, but we will consider other cruise lines next time around. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Hi everyone, My wife and I took the little 5 day cruise to Nassau and Cozumel. It was my first time on on RCI and my wife's second. Our previous history includes Carnival (a long time ago, but a good time with the kids), ... Read More
Hi everyone, My wife and I took the little 5 day cruise to Nassau and Cozumel. It was my first time on on RCI and my wife's second. Our previous history includes Carnival (a long time ago, but a good time with the kids), Norwegian, then Celebrity. My wife saw a deal, and that was that. We purchased the drinks package and BOGO (the first 2 nights dinner package). We loved them both and would do both again. The Ship: She is in good shape. You can find something if you want to look hard enough. Some parts of her might be a little dated, but all in all, I thought she was pretty. We were in a standard balcony on deck 8. Plenty of storage, the A/C worked fine, the balcony was nice, if not huge. She is big enough to have most of the stuff RCI is known for without the need for months in advance reservations to see or use them. Reservations alone will keep me off of the bigger ships, I think. The Bars: The drink plan worked well, the bartenders were mostly very nice, but finding a good Bloody Mary was the challenge. A good Martini, no problem. Dining: Chops was excellent. Sabor was very good. Main dining dinners were surprisingly good We tended to eat late (8:30 or so) and got in and out in an hour. Didn't feel rushed either. The waiters were great, attentive without being obtrusive. Windjammer breakfasts were fine. Seemed to have everything but herring and English bacon. Windjammer lunches were another story. My wife and I had trouble finding much that was good. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. The Windjammer lunch is what makes this a 4 star cruise for us. Fellow Passengers: Diverse, young and old with an amazing number of kids. Well behaved kids. They may have started to crumble a little on the last night but a lot of us were slowing down by the last night too. Our fellow passengers were almost all fun, open, easy to talk to and a joy to be around. They were some of the nicest cruisers I have been around. What we did: Nassau. We didn't even get off the ship. We have been there a lot and decided to enjoy a quiet ship. We did and had a nice day. Cozumel. Went to Mr. Sanchos. Mr. Sanchos is a cheesy name for a really nice all inclusive day time resort. 2 pools with swim up pool bars, a nice beach with tables, chairs, umbrellas, and lounge chairs. The food, drinks, and service were great. We will go back if we ever end up in Cozumel again. Would we sail RCI again? We have to get over the lunches. You don't have a lot of choice for lunch unless you want to change your clothes and pay $20 per person to eat lunch at Sabor or Giovanni's. The Windjammer lunch just didn't really cut it for us. That being said, if the right cruise at the right price came along we would probably book it and would get by just fine. First world problems, 'eh? However, if I was a parent with little or not so little kids, I'd live on those ships. But not on 5 day cruises. Too short. Read Less
46 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
First off to all the Veteran Cruisers, Let's face it the industry has changed dramatically. The days of the Deck Parties, Ice Carvings, Midnight Buffets, Festive sail away parties and Theme nights are a thing of the past. Not sure ... Read More
First off to all the Veteran Cruisers, Let's face it the industry has changed dramatically. The days of the Deck Parties, Ice Carvings, Midnight Buffets, Festive sail away parties and Theme nights are a thing of the past. Not sure what the reasoning is behind all of these cuts is because these in the past were very enjoyable and highly anticipated events. I'm sure it has something to do with $$ though :-).That being said, To you not so seasoned cruisers who are clueless to what I'm referring to will know no difference. Anyway Contrary to the negativity of the reviews this ship has been getting, This was a terrific cruise. I fell into the trap of believing all of the negativity and even with all of my experience in cruising, was extremely concerned that I was in for a bad experience. Shame on you folks that submitted some of these wildly false and negative reviews. What happened on the transatlantic portion on this ship and the Boston debacle has nothing to do with the Caribbean sailings. Different ports, different processes. Be aware that in the new age of cruising, some of the responsibility of you having a good time rests on your own shoulders. Its not the ships responsibility to make sure that you are happy 100% of the time. If that is your expectation then your setting yourself up for a huge disappointment. The ship provides the opportunity, It's up to you to make it happen. Embarkation- Not so smooth for us. We normally go early, this time since it was a 9 day cruise, we figured we would try a later boarding experience. Bad idea. We are Emerald members who are suppose to get priority boarding privileges but were not allowed to use the Emerald line until we went through a majority of the regular line. So not very smooth for us. Others also seemed slightly frustrated with the process, but we all made it just in time to get immediately into our cabins. Now to the ship- Very well maintained. It is a bit dated and Yes could use a renovation soon. But definitely acceptable. Our cabin on Deck 7 was a typical balcony cabin. No problems. Dining Room was very nice. Service was a bit slow at times and food was Average. Staff was very attentive, but at times showed some frustration, but all in all was good Windjammer- Food was actually quite good up there.Better than some other RCCL ships we have been on. Always seemed busy though. Also keep in mind that most people have that its their world and you just live in it mentality, so if your not ready for battle, be prepared to get bumped, shoved, cut in front of etc.. Just stand your ground. Entertainment- Comedians were fantastic, Ice show even though not my thing, was quite good. Did not do any of the production shows, If seen one you've pretty much seen em all. On board feedback from other guest was not very favorable for the shows. Many walk outs. Cruise Director Cuddy was a bit of a phony, but had most convinced that he was the man. Entertainment staff were pretty good. If you are going on to participate in the trivia games, Be aware of the "Googlers". Hard to believe people would cheat to win small meaningless prizes, but it happens. Schooner bar Piano Guy David Curtis is quite entertaining. Definitely worth a look.. He is the late night guy. Terrific improv talent. But very important for crowd to participate. Ports of call - Labadee, Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba. All were very good. Labadee was just a quick walk around for us because we have been there several times. The other 3 were very nice and we were not disappointed in any way. I was the leader of a group of 24, So I had booked all our excursions months in advance through private vendors. I have submitted reviews on all of our excursions on Trip Advisor. The three tours we did were Irie Tours on Curacao, Caribe Water Sports Snorkel Tour on Bonaire, and ABC Jeep tour on Aruba. First 2 were excellent, ABC tour had potential to be great but heavy downpours throughout the day put a bit of a damper on that excursion. Bar Service - Not the greatest. We purchased the premium drink package (in advance..much cheaper). Bars in public areas (pools and windjammer)at times were quite busy and had to wait up to 5 minutes at times for service. Very few drink guys walking around as they used to hound you like used car salesmen before the package era became popular..hmmm!! Guest Services - Very busy at times, but took care of most issues. Our safe malfunctioned twice. Had problems with keys etc.. billing and credit issues were resolved efficiently. Just go when they are not busy. Promenade Area - Very good.. Did parades, bars and snacks as well as shops were all available. Nice open area to stroll around at various times. Kind of like a mall atmosphere if I had to describe it. Disembarkation - A breeze for us because we used self assist. Were off the ship and thru customs with luggage in hands and in our van within 30 minutes after departing our cabin. In Closing we really enjoyed this cruise. Disregard the negativity and trust me on this one. I get the fact that some things happen that can cause folks to not enjoy their vacations, but most of the negativity is just coming from those that have nothing better to do but complain. Was it perfect, absolutely not..But in comparison to other sailings Iv'e been on, It ranks pretty high. Enjoy and I hope I offered some good insight. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was a great family cruise for us. The kids loved the kids club. The teens loved the teen club. The food was great, but not excellent, but the service was excellent. The entertainment was good, but not excellent. The ports of call ... Read More
This was a great family cruise for us. The kids loved the kids club. The teens loved the teen club. The food was great, but not excellent, but the service was excellent. The entertainment was good, but not excellent. The ports of call were great. You know what you are getting in Labadee. Aruba Bonaire and Curacao were great places to visit. I was expecting them to be hot, but they were only 81 degrees. I was expecting the water to be warm, but it was a little cool. They are very different islands from the rest of the Caribbean. I would do it again. The water clarity was incredible. We even saw a 4 foot shark in Bonaire! The downside was that we took our family on this cruise and ended up with a $600 gratuity bill. I will do something about that on my next cruise. That's just too much. The cruise was overall a good value for the money, costing $750 for a 9 night cruise. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Okay, background information about us: we're 40-something DINKS (for those not familiar with what a DINK is "double income, no kids", we have lots of hobbies and stay active and absolutely love cruising. Our main activity ... Read More
Okay, background information about us: we're 40-something DINKS (for those not familiar with what a DINK is "double income, no kids", we have lots of hobbies and stay active and absolutely love cruising. Our main activity while cruising is scuba diving so all 7 of our cruises have been to the Caribbean. We drove to Miami from northern Florida and stayed at the YVES hotel. Great boutique hotel just a few minutes away from the Port of Miami. No on-site parking but just a block away was $25 all night parking which we used while we stayed at the hotel. They offer a "free drink of the day" to all guests (1 per guest) it was a rum and coke for us. For the cruise we used the parking garage at the Port, we looked into off-site long term parking, but most seemed sketchy and you had to leave your car keys behind. Also, though they provide transportation to and from the Port, you'll have to wait for it, you just can't get in your car and drive away. Okay, the cruise. We checked in as soon as possible around 11:30 a.m., this is the busiest time to check in as everyone, like us, wanted to get their vacation started asap. It took about 45 minutes to check in, due to the LONG line of guests, nothing against the cruise terminal. We were in a regular terminal, no "tent" and the air conditioning worked well. No snag check in, immediately boarded the ship, no waiting in a lounge. Rooms were not ready until 1 p.m., but considering that the ship disembarks the previous cruised just that morning, that is an amazing turn around time. When we did get to our room our luggage was already waiting for us...INCREDIBLE! We have been on the Navigator once before in 2009, and enjoyed the upgrades such as the touch screen info TVs on each level and the flow rider. We did not dine in any of the specialty restaurants so I have nothing to report on those. For the age of the ship and how hard it works (constantly cruising) it is in really good shape. Sail away had not hitches, my only complaint about the first day is about my fellow passengers who took up tables in the Windjammer and did not make room for others to sit and eat (so many people just sitting at the tables chit chatting, not eating). The crew however found us a lovely seat in Giovanni's for lunch and even got us an ice bucket to chill our bubbly that we brought for sail away. Immediately I was impressed by the hard working crew. We usually opt for an interior cabins as I mentioned, we're active, we do not hang out in our cabin, it's where we go to sleep and clean up. Our attendant, Katherine, was great! I think she tidied up after us every time we left our cabin. The water in the shower was super hot (which was great after the cool, rainy day in Aruba) but the sink water did not get so hot, which is fine for brushing teeth, but for my partner did not get a good shave with luke warm water. The food was good, several meals in the main dining room were utterly amazing (lamb chops, lamb shanks, escargot, lobster and the prime rib are highly recommended). The cheese plate was not impressive, we found that they served better cheeses in the Windjammer at dinner, but as soon as we asked our head waiter about a better cheese selection, we got an amazing cheese plate every night from that point (and enough cheese to feed the entire table of 6 plus leftovers). Service was good, however, beyond the waiters' control, one night dinner took forever, not sure what happened in the kitchen that night. Oshando and Nadia (our waiter and assistant waiter) worked hard each night, I cannot imagine having that much energy all day long for 10 months at a time. Two thumbs up for this duo. I will say that the food quality may have gone down a notch, but it is still way better than what we usually cook at home. I think cruise lines (not just RCI) are pushing the upgraded specialty dinning spots so they are decreasing the quality in the "complimentary" dinning room (though our cruise ticket includes this, and since we paid for a ticket, it is not really complimentary). We did not eat too much at the Windjammer mainly because of my complaint above. TOO many passengers just take up seats and not eat, they finish their meal and continue to sit at the table to chit chat, drink coffee, read a book and we could never find a place to sit to eat. When we did eat at the Windjammer the selection was broad and the food good, especially the Indian curries. I do suggest visiting the Windjammer prior to dinner in the main dinning room (second seating people of course) for a nice cheese plate or other small appetizer that is not available in the main dining, they did have some yummy things in the Windjammer for dinner. For those who do not know, the 3rd floor of the main dining room offers both breakfast and lunch (lunch on sea days only) so you do not need to ever eat in the Windjammer. You are given menus to order from and you sit randomly at a table with other cruisers. We ate here a lot since we could always get a seat immediately. The ice show is a MUST see, what an amazing job with that show "Ice Dancing". The production shows were not as good, they have definitely waned since our last RCI cruise in 2011. All of the comedians were great, but modern, so if you do not like curse words, topics of race, sex, nationality, they are not for you. These were not your Bob Hope types of comedians. The juggler (Davis Lucas) was fantastic and the two other performers/singers were highly entertaining and accomplished; Marcus Terrell and the Serenades and Finis Henderson (very talented man). Service was great, anything we asked for, we got. Crew always said good morning/afternoon. No issues with service. We even saw one crew member down on his knees with a toothbrush type tool cleaning the floor molding area. We had not yet been to any southern Caribbean ports so we were excited about this trip, each port was great. We were concerned about Labadee, Haiti just because that country has some serious political issues and we could not imagine much from Haiti, boy were we surprised. We are not beach goers normally (though we have beautiful beaches in our home town) laying on the beach and spending a day is just not something we do. The beach at Labadee is beautiful, well kept, clean and with lots of options for the type of beach that you want and lots of chairs for everyone, I cannot imagine someone being disappointed. I personally do not think the cabanas are worth the cost, but that's me. There are more than enough beach chairs and palm trees to find a nice spot in the shade. There were 4-5 lunch huts spread throughout the beach, so there were no lines for lunch. The Indian food was much better than the American BBQ food. Water and juice was available (they brought gallon jugs of bottled water to fill the water dispensers) as well as clean bathrooms and showers to wash the sand off of you. FYI, bring $1, the ladies bathroom have attendants and it is nice to give them a little change for their efforts. We had perfect weather and a gorgeous day for this port. Great intro to the Caribbean. There is not much reef, so snorkeling was not exciting, this is just a lazy beach location. In Curacao we rented a car. POINTER, use Budget and rent prior to your arrival, OMG Avis had no cars available and Budget had one clerk to check you in and take you to the car for inspection. It was a slow process about 1 1/2 hours to rent a car. (that is not RCIs fault, they have nothing to do with outside vendors, this is just a pointer I am giving out). The rental agency is in the Renaissance Hotel. We drove pretty much the entire island, went to a national park: Shete Boka, $6 per person admission and this is not, let me repeat, NOT an excursion for anyone who is mobile impaired, this is a strenuous trek across, sharp jagged rocks. The "beach" is exposed coral and the views were amazing, but bring lots of water, sunscreen and a hat if it is a sunny day when you visit and expect to sweat and get tired from walking. We ate lunch at a restaurant on a cliff that had a platform for cliff diving. What a beautiful spot it was! Lunch was a bit pricey, we share one entree and had 4 beers for about $36 US dollars. Sorry, I do not remember the name of this place. We stopped at a supermarket (I love visiting local supermarkets to gain an understanding of the local culture) and it was an Asian supermarket, lol; very nice people. Bought a couple of beers which you have to drink there as they want to keep the bottles for the deposits. They had stools to sit on. After driving around the island I was not so impressed by Curacao as I was lead to believe it was an amazingly beautiful island, it is, but I think most stay around the touristy part and don't see the grit and grime that is more inland and on the other side of the island. Still a lovely place and worth visiting. In Bonaire we went scuba diving, this port was our favorite, probably because we went to a dive "resort" and did 3 shore dives for only $43 each using Nitrox! and the dives were amazing, the wall was only 25 feet or so from shore. (I put "resort" in quotes b/c any diver knows that these are nothing like resorts, no cabana, pool, beach umbrellas, full service bars or such, just rooms and a full service dive shop, a place that only divers would appreciate). The dive shop is managed by Dive Friends of Bonaire, they have several locations, we went to the Hamlet Oasis to do independent shore dives, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! (look them up on Trip Advisor) Loved Bonaire, wished we could have spent as much time on shore here as in Curacao. Aruba was the final port, we booked a dive charter with SE Fly and Dive, great outfit, they sent a van to pick us up and transport us to the dive shop. The crew was fantastic and the dive master great people. However, the diving in Aruba was not that impressive, which was a bit of a disappointment, THOUGH, Caribbean diving is always amazing, it's just that there are other locations with much better viz, coral and sea life. What was pretty cool were the sunken airliners that we dove, but the viz was bad. Overall RCI provided a wonderful cruise experience. My only complaint about this cruise and would be what eventually turns me off from cruising are you, my fellow passengers. I have never heard so much complaining and discontentment on any cruise before this one. Especially from the over 65 year old group, 'yall are ungrateful individuals who do not appreciate anything, including waking up each day to live another day. We did meet some wonderful people our age, who were as appreciative of their trip as we were. I also met some nice older people, but in general I found a lot of grumpiness on this trip. Lighten up people, you're on a luxury vacation! On our next RCI cruise we will bump up to Platinum level, excited for this. I was bummed that the Viking Lounge (Cosmopolitan Club as it is now called) is closed every evening prior to dinner for the Diamond Diamond Plus happy hour. This was our favorite bar to get a pre-dinner drink but because we were not the correct level, we were denied access, boo to this. These levels have their own private areas, move this happy hour to one of those and leave the Viking Lounge open to all, all of the time. Final note, we ice skated, rock wall climbed boogie boarded and surfed. We love the activities on RCI ships and no other cruise line offers anything in comparison. We had a great trip, cannot wait until the next one. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was our first time on Royal Caribbean so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. In the I have been on Carnival, Holland American, and Disney. My overall impression is positive: we had a good time and enjoyed the ship. Our cabin (the ... Read More
This was our first time on Royal Caribbean so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. In the I have been on Carnival, Holland American, and Disney. My overall impression is positive: we had a good time and enjoyed the ship. Our cabin (the cheaper verandah) was the typical size for a room with a balcony. It was clean and we had no issues with outside noise throughout the trip. The top decks of the ship were great to walk around at night time. They have a "jogging track" that we walked around on while others were watching a movie on the large screen by the pool. Minor complaint: Embarkation for the regular line was LONG. It took us at least an hour to go through the line. There was also a long line to get off the ship and onto the tender to go to Coco Cay. We waited probably about 30 minutes during the very end of peak time. Perhaps my only notable complaint is that the food in the main dining room was average and slow. For a table for two it took over 1.5 hours to get through all the food because we took a LONG time waiting for everything. The taste of the food was OK, but nothing impressive. The staff was friendly and did their best to help out. I have a food allergy and I was disappointed at the lack of options for dessert even though I had told them MONTHS ago that I had this allergy. It was pretty much jello for me each night. Additionally, they did not serve a lot of food at dinner. We got in the routine of eating in the dining room and then an hour later going up to the buffet (Windjammer Cafe?) and having a second dinner. The food at dinner in the buffet was actually really good and we started looking forward to that more than the dining room. Aside from the slow, average food in the dining room and a few long lines, we had a great time. The staff was friendly and the ship is beautiful. The buffet food was great and seemed to get better each day. There are lots of other ships out there, so we will likely try another Royal Caribbean in the future, but if the opportunity arose we wouldn't hesitate to get back on the Navigator of the Seas. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
I would have rated higher, but the condition of ships that I have been on lately (this one, the Navigator, and the Rhapsody in early December) were both in need of some TLC. The crew was great as usual. The food was above average but the ... Read More
I would have rated higher, but the condition of ships that I have been on lately (this one, the Navigator, and the Rhapsody in early December) were both in need of some TLC. The crew was great as usual. The food was above average but the menu selection was not as good as usual. I enjoyed the cruise a lot. The ports were great. The entertainment was not as good as I have experienced on other Royal and Celebrity ships. The cruise director was average. One of the headliners shows had to be cancelled. The service was above average as usual with a great, friendly crew. In particular our waiter, Atarulla, and assistant waiter, Bingbing, were superior. They were very friendly and interesting while providing excellent service. I hope to see them in the future and would love to have them wait on me on a future sailing. They made me want to come back. Also, our room steward, Caffique, was outstanding. He did an excellent job and was always pleasant to deal with. He was very helpful when we had any requests. The smoking on the ship is awful. People smoke in areas other than the designated areas. In one case when I pointed this out to a member of the crew, they just said there was nothing they could do about it. Smoke would come into the cabin at night, not sure where it was coming from, but it made me ill. I know that smokers need to be accommodated, but something should be done to ensure that they stick to the designated areas and the air in the casino needs to be better filtered. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
AWFUL: PADI service. We understand the policy of not serving kids under 12 years old. What it is unacceptable is that the guy from South Africa in charge does not help in contacting other PADI centers to facilitate diving to families ... Read More
AWFUL: PADI service. We understand the policy of not serving kids under 12 years old. What it is unacceptable is that the guy from South Africa in charge does not help in contacting other PADI centers to facilitate diving to families with children under 12. “Go online and search” is a rude answer and definitely not a Royal Caribbean style answer. We lost the opportunity of diving in 3 islands. ROOM TO IMPROVE: 1. Mattresses: Please include foam pads for back pain sufferers. Mattresses are too hard. 2. WATER PLEASE! It is very complicated to get bottles of water. We had to purchase them at the bars because ROOM SERVICE is slow, inefficient and expensive. Put them back in the room refrigerators and charge as minibar. 3. BREAKFAST AND FRUITS: more variety and quality. Other RY ships have much better breakfast. 4. Desserts: they can get better, like the Chocolate Lava cake. 5. ENTERTAINERS: learn from the Mexican all inclusive entertainers. Need better quality / trained people for teens. 6. ROOM SERVICE is awfully slow in taking calls and delivering simple things like water. EXCELLENT 1. The stateroom attendant RAMON (8673) was amazing. He solved the problem of the bad quality mattress by bringing comforters and pads. He made a great difference. 2. RAKESH at the Sapphire dining room: he also made a great difference giving our son his favorite Indian food every night. 3. MARY and VALENTINO: excellent waiters. 4. THE SHOWS were excellent. Christmas environment was perfect, the mass at midnight and caroling was amazing. Cruise director did a great job too. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We are residents of Florida and cruising is a hobby. We have been on numerous cruises and are Diamond Plus with Royal Caribbean. Ship is a decent size and has all the amenities that we require to have a great cruise. Staff is all about ... Read More
We are residents of Florida and cruising is a hobby. We have been on numerous cruises and are Diamond Plus with Royal Caribbean. Ship is a decent size and has all the amenities that we require to have a great cruise. Staff is all about service. Suite concierge and wait staff in the concierge lounge where A1. It is sad that The Navigator Of The Seas can not get the disembarkation right. Crew is not directing people. Diamond Plus is useless. This is the second time on the Navigator, once out of Fort Lauderdale and now out of Miami. SHIPS FAULT!! No organization which is a shame since this reflects on Royal Caribbean and it is NOT a fleet problem!! We had a outside balcony and it was standard. Dining room was good waiter was good but the cutbacks are easy to see. Entertainment was good even if one night was no show. Nassau is not a port that I look forward to going to since it is so played out and very little to do if you are not into water sports. I would go again since sea days are better then port days for kicking back. Price was right as a getaway. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2016
Great time cruise for the price. The perfect quick getaway to me in the holiday spirit. Our dining room staff were excellent and made for a great dining experience. Not that crazy about the ship since I was previously on the Oasis of the ... Read More
Great time cruise for the price. The perfect quick getaway to me in the holiday spirit. Our dining room staff were excellent and made for a great dining experience. Not that crazy about the ship since I was previously on the Oasis of the Seas where I preferred the cabin over looking the boardwalk. Had been to Nassau so many times I didn't bother to get off the ship. Wish there had been more lower deck relaxation spots that overlooked the ocean away from the music. I was truly looking for a broadway type of show like I experienced on the Oasis, I can say the ice show was great though. I went with my cousin so there were no children. I am definitely going again and will do Royal Caribbean. Oasis of the Seas or the new Harmony of the Seas will be my choice. Let's sail away, soon !! Looking for bargains in 2017. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
I would have given this cruise 5 stars but for the unfortunate boarding experience in the parking lot at Miami.....My husband and I got on very quickly (1/2 hour)....but then had to watch our luggage sit in the parking lot and not loaded ... Read More
I would have given this cruise 5 stars but for the unfortunate boarding experience in the parking lot at Miami.....My husband and I got on very quickly (1/2 hour)....but then had to watch our luggage sit in the parking lot and not loaded until 6pm. And we finally got it after dinner. I do want to state that this was the fault of Port of Miami Baggage Handlers Union. Those guys in the white hats refused to work with RCCL and to be quite frank, they are a lazy bunch of money grabbing porters. One told me that for $30 he would deliver my luggage to my room in ten minlutes.....that is pants on fire lying. He could not board the ship. Being more or less seasoned cruisers, we booked the dining package for 4 nights....and both Chopped and Giovanni's were excellent. I still remember the Osso Buco....lovely. We only had dinner one night in the MDR and that was the Puerto Rico stop when most of the people were off the ship and it was very nice. We did eat in the Windjammer for dinner two night and we had no complaints...especially about the staff....they were really great. I was on the same ship as many of there other reviewers but evidently did not have the same experience, I never had a problem getting served in the Windjammer, nor did I experience a problem with the food. We actually liked it. And to the gentleman who only saw ham being carved....I had chicken, roast beef and pork roast on different days. Still love the egg station and frankly could care less about lobster night. I have read a lot of negative reviews here about the November cruise and totally understand it started out on a negative tone....but for us, the rest of the cruise was delightful. The famous robes, we had two. If I had one complaint about the cruise, it was that the Captain was invisible. We had sailed on Navigator in April and had Captain Ari and he was fun...all over the ship and talking to everyone. When I mentioned it to some of the crew, they told me they had never seen this Captain either....part of being Captain is PR.....and this one totally dropped the ball. The ship does seem to represent the Captain's attitude and that might have been part of the negative reviews, a dull Captain = a dull ship. Our cabin, Deck 12, 1864, was wonderful....clean, spacious and I love the 25 feet of floor to ceiling windows. We would eat breakfast there most days. What a view.....And I was never cold....but I am from Miami and used to freezing air conditioning. One really positive thing was that my husband had some heart problems on the ship and for the first time we had to visit the Medical Facility....and I can tell you they are top notch. We took their treatment records to a very renowned cardiologist in Miami and he said we were very fortunate.....we could not have gotten better treatment any place. So thanks to the two Doctors and the nurses, we were able to finish our cruise in good health. All in all we have Navigator booked for the April Southern Caribbean.....and Captain Ari Medina will be back so we expect to have a rocking cruise..... Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We really enjoyed this ship but the little things that make a cruise special, were missing. Our stateroom was large and had plenty of storage space. The balcony was a good size too. The room was quiet,especially at night. However we ... Read More
We really enjoyed this ship but the little things that make a cruise special, were missing. Our stateroom was large and had plenty of storage space. The balcony was a good size too. The room was quiet,especially at night. However we only got a bar of soap and gel in the shower. Which,to us ,was very basic. There was a kettle and cups but only useful if you liked tea. ( they did not provide coffee) At night, the little chocolate bar, left on the pillow has been made obsolete to save money. This always added a touch of happiness! At dinner we shared a table with two other families and thankfully we all got on well, however the service was very slow and we were often waiting long periods In-between courses. We had to ask for drinks with our meals and they served tea/coffee after the main course! On two occasions the coffee was like dish water. Most evenings our dining experience was over two hours but there was a good choice of menu and the food was above average. The Windjammer was always packed at breakfast but the variety of food was good. The entertainment on whole was very good. The ice show was fantastic. Despite some chilly weather, everything was kept running outside. The staff were very friendly throughout the ship. ( If your children want to ice skate expect a huge queue, long wait and chaos.) Another disappointment was the distance of the towns from the ports. The transfer buses were expensive and charged the same for children. In Gijon we had no alternative but to use the buses and we arrived into a run down,graffitied town. It was dreadful.( cost 30 euros and was 4 miles away but you could not walk in the port) In, Le Harve we ended up with a private taxi to take us to, Honfleur. It was expensive as the taxi waited for us. Honfleur was amazing and full of history. We took the transfer bus into Bilboa,as it was 9 miles away. The ship tours were ridiculously priced. All in all we have mixed feelings about our first time on Royal Caribbean. We have experienced a variety of ships and this line looses out in several areas. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
First time with RCI previously P&O and Cunard went for a change and glad we did had a great holiday. Ship very well maintained good spacious public areas great pools and recreation areas you can walk right around the ship on ... Read More
First time with RCI previously P&O and Cunard went for a change and glad we did had a great holiday. Ship very well maintained good spacious public areas great pools and recreation areas you can walk right around the ship on promende deck. Cabins well spacious and kept immaculate. Resturants good choice of cuisine tried speciality resturants very good sapphire resturant is stunning serving great choice of food. Bars good selection something to suite all tastes the night club cosmopolitan lounge is the best I have experienced on any ship with stunning panoramic views out to sea. Entertainment live shows good catered for all age groups and large airy theater and the Royal Promende shows were great fun getting everyone involved. All staff very friendly and happy to help you. Took advantage of the all inclusive deluxe drinks package on board and all good quality premium brands. In summary we enjoyed the relaxed friendly and fun atmosphere RCI works hard to create and would definately cruise with them again Read Less
30 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We have cruised before with P & O , and Princess, so thought we would try another cruise line. I must say that after reading the reviews on here for many months leading up to our cruise, I became very worried and thought we had made ... Read More
We have cruised before with P & O , and Princess, so thought we would try another cruise line. I must say that after reading the reviews on here for many months leading up to our cruise, I became very worried and thought we had made a huge mistake. so many reviews were terribly negative. So.....we had a wonderful cruise!!! We were on board within half an hour of arriving at Southampton Cabin was great,bigger than I expected, Food was good in Windjammer and very very good in the Sapphire dining room Always got two sun beds Bar staff exceptional Actually....all staff were exceptional Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff. We had an amazing cruising holiday, and will be booking with RC again. We loved every day on this cruise, and the evenings were always busy with entertainment . Loved it!!!! It ended far too quickly !!!!!! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our 7th cruise, previously cruising with P&O & Thomson's. My friend is wheelchair bound & we used a manual wheelchair. I will try & write this mainly from her perspective as a disabled cruiser. Embarkation was ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise, previously cruising with P&O & Thomson's. My friend is wheelchair bound & we used a manual wheelchair. I will try & write this mainly from her perspective as a disabled cruiser. Embarkation was very easy, although I do now wish I'd accepted the offer of help pushing her w/chair as the ramp to the ship was quite steep. That was my choice. We had to wait until 1.30pm before cabins were ready to enter but that was no hardship as we were busy looking around the ship. Suitcases were left in the hallways, not always easy to get a w/chair past them and although 2 of the cases were outside our cabin I had to go searching for the 3rd. I was not alone, a number of guests had to search for their cases. We had an accessible inside cabin on the 9th deck, very roomy although we did need to ask for more clothes hangers! Moving around the ship was very easy, flooring allowed easy pushing & there were more than enough lifts so that we rarely had to wait for one. Disappointed with the shops on the Royal Promenade which we found to be small and pricey. Remember the prices are all in $ so we kept having to work out the sterling equivalent. On there is also the Two Poets Pub (always busy in evening) and the Café (also busy) which serves snacks 24hrs a day. We used to go there around 5.00pm for a coffee and watched the world go by (well passengers). Entertainment was fine in the evening, we went to a few nights in the Theatre expecting not much and ended up really enjoying ourselves! ( we did get there 45 minutes before shows to ensure seating for myself next to the w/chair). There was also the Start Lounge with alternative entertainment such a quizzes and music and a number of other smaller venues with music. We were disappointed with the day activities , especially when at sea as you either had to be active( rock climbing wall, flowrider etc) or interested in the Spas pricey offers. We spent a lot of time walking around the ship, 30 minutes at a quiz, watched the people on the flow rider etc....nothing that kept us interested apart from people watching! LOL Drinks were very expensive, especially as they add a further 18% surcharge even if you have already paid tips. We usually only have a couple of drinks so a package was not worth it. We normally dined in the Windjammer as my friend prefers self service rather than being waited on. The maitre'd always helped us to find a table, although in the morning this was usually in the Italian restaurant which meant a fair amount of walking for me to get the food! Food was average, nothing to write home about and sometimes not as hot as we would have liked. We did not go to any of the speciality restaurants as there was an extra charge of around £25 each and did not use the free Sapphire restaurant due to my friends preference. Disembarkation at ports was very easy with low gangways and onsite assistance. No waiting around at all, very impressed. Ports on this cruise (Oct 1-15) mainly had long promenades to walk down, w/chair accessible shuttle buses were limited. Only a couple of tours we could have gone on but choose not to deciding in Lisbon to get a taxi to sightsee. We spent over 3 hrs driving around the city with Paulo, to places a coach could not have got too for 70 euros in total. He insisted on getting out with us and pushed the chair which was a welcome break for me and meant that we saw far more than either of us could have imagined. Southampton disembarkation...a mess for wheelchair users and people needing assistance. We were told to wait in the Star Lounge 15 minutes before our disembarkation time, and found it standing room only! In other words it was packed by people who had been waiting, for some almost an hour. There was no one in charge, passengers were arriving and as soon as a crew member arrived was grabbed to help by the nearest person even if they had only just arrived themselves. A better system needs to be put in place. I chose after 15 minutes wait and only seeing one crew member to disembark myself, which wasn't easy once we got to the suitcases lounge as I needed to push both the chair and them but somehow did manage. Royal Caribbean please look into this, even I could arrange a better system and not involving more staff! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I enjoyed the ports of Call....new to us & would enjoy if my travels caused me to repeat them..I would not go out of my way to do a repeat of this specific cruise. the only poor excursion was the one booked thru RCI in Morrocco. I ... Read More
I enjoyed the ports of Call....new to us & would enjoy if my travels caused me to repeat them..I would not go out of my way to do a repeat of this specific cruise. the only poor excursion was the one booked thru RCI in Morrocco. I was told no one else had complained..so my take away was if one person says something..it didn't happen! It was suggested that my expectations were too high? I replied I expected to get what I paid for! I like Southampton, pleasant town to stroll..Friday night is not a beehive of activity & that might have surprised some. Entertainment was first class and varied..food was decent..all cruise lines have reduced their culaniary experience for the regular dining room..Anytime dining, whatever they call it..sucked..almost everyone made reservations for a specific time..so 3 nights we sat at a table of 6 or 8 alone..no one to share..this has not happened on any other cruise line..but we Americans were in the minority..it might be a cultural difference. Cabin was fine, our toilet "leaked" from the vent in the wall at 5AM..we mopped it with towels, told the room steward but we had no note from maintenance... Our guy was very non-pulsed with the news..apparently these things happen..another pax had it happen at 11PM ..maintanance came right away and blah blah .... Yes, they nickel dime you and it seemed everyday they had the same one day sale with nothing to buy..leftover & picked over.. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
This was an enjoyable cruise, overall. Dining room experience, however, was limited by extended shore excursions. RCCL did not provide dining room options for those attending their excursions. We were told by head waiter he could make ... Read More
This was an enjoyable cruise, overall. Dining room experience, however, was limited by extended shore excursions. RCCL did not provide dining room options for those attending their excursions. We were told by head waiter he could make specialty restaurant reservations for us, but dining room accommodations were not possible, even though the dining room tables were often empty. Windjammer was the only option, except for Moroccan tour that arrived back ten minutes before it closed. Room service took 45 minutes once you orderied, as no pre-ordering was possible except for breakfast starting at 6:30. Early departures for trips and late openings for restaurant and Windjammer made full breakfasts difficult as well. Set schedules did not seem to work with this itinerary. Ice skating show delightful! Outside entertainment offered a variety of acts and each was enjoyable. Ship production numbers suffered from one week singer who did not blend with the other performers. Enrichment speaker on ports was interesting and informative. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We have just come back from 2 weeks on the Navigator and we really loved this boat, there is plenty to do and lots of room, we had a balcony cabin and it was one of the best cabins we have ever had on a cruise, plenty of hanging space and ... Read More
We have just come back from 2 weeks on the Navigator and we really loved this boat, there is plenty to do and lots of room, we had a balcony cabin and it was one of the best cabins we have ever had on a cruise, plenty of hanging space and lots of drawers and cupboards. The bathroom is small and you only get soap and towels, you get no shampoo, conditioner or anything else. The boat is a bit tatty in places but we thought it added to its charm. The food was outstanding both in the main dinning room and the windjammer, the crew were exceptional and very helpful at all times. Check in at Southampton was fast and very simple. I really enjoyed our holiday but the problem is with Royal Caribbean is the price of everything on board and you have to buy everything including bottles of water $2.95 for a small bottle $4.95 for a large bottle. We had two bottles of wine at dinner $129 and they were about the cheapest wines. If you buy the drinks packages be careful it may not include the drink you want. There is no slim tonic and all mixers come from a pump not a bottle or can, but you are paying a top price for that drink. They give you nothing other than a room, food and entertainment and some of that you have to pay for. The was very little information in the cabin about the boat most of it is interactive on the TV or screens near the lift. If you do a long cruise there is no laundrette and it was $30 for a bag of washing and that was no ironing. The price of drinks is very expensive once you add the 18% gratuity to every drink plus they added a further 10% tax for being in Spanish waters!!! They also want you to pay $13.50 per person, per day gratuity they say this goes to the crew! What about the millions you have paid to go on the ship in the first place. There is no luxury on these cruises they are very functional and my view is stack them high sell them cheap but rip you off once on board, and where can you go, now where Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This was our first cruise. Embarkation was very good, everything was explained, I was very nervous, but was made to feel at ease. Our dinner table was with others, asked to have table for two, which was easy to change. Cabin was ... Read More
This was our first cruise. Embarkation was very good, everything was explained, I was very nervous, but was made to feel at ease. Our dinner table was with others, asked to have table for two, which was easy to change. Cabin was ready at 1pm, our cases were outside our cabin on arrival. The cabins are compact, we had a balcony, which was lovely. The main dining room was very good, excellent food, and service. We did find that the shore excursions were not very good, over priced, and our guides was not informative. There are shuttle buses to locations, at a small fee , this is the best way to see sights at your leisure. There were ice shows, and musicals in the evening, we did also watch some films, which could be seen inside, and out. We played mini golf, bingo, and joined in the quiz, you can do as little or as much as you want. I had top to toe massage, which was amazing. The overall service on the ship was excellent, the staff were always happy to help. Our only complaint, was disembarkation, we had to find our own cases, at the number we had been given (7). We searched for about 15 minutes, only to find them in number (12). We enjoyed this cruise, and have booked again for next year, and will be taking the whole family. Read Less
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
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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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