2,364 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

I have been cruising for over 25 yrs i have been on all different cruise lines and this is the worse they nickel and dime you for everything .they i even charge for roomservice dosent matter the time . Horrible food wasn't even up ... Read More
I have been cruising for over 25 yrs i have been on all different cruise lines and this is the worse they nickel and dime you for everything .they i even charge for roomservice dosent matter the time . Horrible food wasn't even up to basic sanders i had raw chicken served to me and uncooked fish i had informed my waiter and nothing was done from the raw food to the hard donuts i was so disappointed on this ship this dosent include the brown water that was coming out of my faucet . I was on the 12th floor when i brought it to there attention there responce was we take showers with black water and we are ok. Really grose i will never ever cruise on royal caribbean again. I almost forgot they would put random charges on your bill hoping for you not to catch it. That might work with spring breakers but not me . so beware spring breakers not worth a dollar so beware save your money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our first Royal Caribbean Cruise, and it will likely be our last. It's not for lack of trying from some of the staff, however. We had a GREAT head waiter who worked hard to rectify my complaints, a fantastic room steward and ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean Cruise, and it will likely be our last. It's not for lack of trying from some of the staff, however. We had a GREAT head waiter who worked hard to rectify my complaints, a fantastic room steward and very good service desk personnel. The problem is that I had to complain about anything on a cruise. The major problem my family experienced was with the organization and availability of food on board. If you're used to a 24 hour availability and ease of obtaining food, this is not your cruise. That's not to say it doesn't exist, it does in a small cafe called the Cafe Promenade. But it is a SMALL cafe, and there are 3,800 guests. The other 24 hour option is room service, but beware...it comes with a $7.95 delivery charge and an 18% gratuity. On the week we sailed, it was also a spring break week. These kids were hungry, thirsty...and LOUD. The largest dining room on the ship, the Windjammer Cafe, closed at 9:00 p.m. How foolish with so many kids on board. Pizza, hotdogs and hamburgers should've been on speed dial. In general, food service seemed to suffer from poor organization and lack of preparation. In addition to these concerns we also experienced a late room service delivery with the incorrect order. Our Cabin Steward was also top notch...great guy who kept us supplied with ice and quickly responded to our needs. But again, we had them. Overall our room was very clean, but we did experience one curious event. We received a note that our balcony was to be painted while we were in port. That was okay as we were "in port' and out of our room the entire day. When we returned, our balcony railing had been varnished. It was beautiful...but we noticed what appeared to be blood droplets across our bed linens. We couldn't figure out how they got there...I presumed one of the workers had cut him/herself. But we'll never know. Steve (our steward) quickly changed all of our linens. The entertainment on board ship was hit or miss. LOVED the ice show (Ice Dancin')...saw it twice. We experienced two of the big production shows: one centered around ballroom dancing and the other was also a musical review called "Backstage Access." All three were sort of period musical reviews and could've benefited from more variety. I wasn't impressed with the Latin band that played throughout the various venues. They were talented enough, but none had an overabundance of personality. The same can be said for the majority of the staff on board. Most were pleasant, few were effusive. Nur, Roy, Nuron (these were our Sapphire Dining wait staff) were wonderful...as were a few other folks I met along the way: Wilbur, Christian and Cuddy come to mind. This was my daugher-in-law's first cruise experience. She enjoyed it. It was my sixth...I did too, but not enough to heartily commend Royal Caribbean to someone else. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This is my 18th cruise on RCCL ships since the 1980's, and now as a "super senior" cruiser, I can reflect upon the recent changes in the RCCL cruise experience. This cruise was on Navigator of the Seas, Sunday, March 11, ... Read More
This is my 18th cruise on RCCL ships since the 1980's, and now as a "super senior" cruiser, I can reflect upon the recent changes in the RCCL cruise experience. This cruise was on Navigator of the Seas, Sunday, March 11, through March 16, 2018, out of the Miami cruise port. GETTING THERE: Booked airfare independently from RCCL's Choice Air, arrived at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport on SWA. Purchased RCCL's round trip ground transportation (bus) to the Miami cruise port. If you do fly into FLL in the morning anticipate arriving at the Miami cruise port after 12 noon or later. EMBARKMENT: Once you arrive at the port, you luggage will be off loaded and porters will take your luggage to be transported to the ship. Getting into the cruise port building is somewhat chaotic, they first check you sea pass and passport, then up the escalator to go through the metal detectors, then you get into your designated lines dependent upon your cruise level status (I am at Diamond level) so the line wasn't that long. They take you information and credit card take your photo and present you with your seapass key card which is your on board charge card. Getting on the ship after that was quick. ON BOARD: Once on board, time to hit the Windjammer Buffet on Deck 11 aft (rear). The presentation and quality was okay, not great, but not bad. It will be crowded. The staterooms opened up shortly after 1:00 pm. YOUR STATEROOM: more details below, I was greeted by my cabin steward, they are now called "stateroom attendants", which sounds like a downgrade, I prefer to use "steward". My steward was Rupesh Kimar, who asked if I had any request, and I had only two a bucket of ice in the evening and only a evening bed turn down as I sometimes nap in the afternoons. ROAMING THE SHIP: This was my second trip on Navigator of the Seas it has a very nice promenade with the shops and where the sea day merchandise "sales" are located. Be prepared to be bombarded with the ship's staff trying to up sell you to the "dining" package/specialty restaurants, spa treatments, liquor and soda packages. MAIN DINING ROOM (MDR): I selected the "my dining time (MDT) in the Sapphire main dining room on deck 5 at 5:15 pm. I was seated at table 615 and received excellent service from Galwin and Mohammed through out my cruise. I dined in the MDR four of the five nights. I have noticed a streamlining of the service, the assistant waiter used to present you with a tray and serve you rolls or bread, now there is a basket of bread and rolls on the table (self service). The menu selections have been "standardized" on one page for the appetizers, main course and desserts. The dessert menu used to be on a separate menu. The quality of the food in the MDR is fine, not large portions but adequate to satisfy your hunger. There is a vegan, pasta, meat, poultry and fish selection with some daily offerings. On the appetizers, escargot was offered only three nights, it used to be served every night, but not too many people like snails. The shrimp cocktail is only four minimum sized shrimp, you can order two if you like. During this cruise, they did NOT service lobster tails, but did have prime rib on the menu on the last evening. Overall the quality of the food was average. ENTERTAINMENT: Production shows, music from the ship's band and a comedian, were fine, its not Broadway or Las Vegas. BEVERAGES: Mixed drinks are expensive, cocktails go for $10+ and beers ate $6.75 for a 16 oz aluminum bottle, specialty drinks are about $10, this plus the 18% tip can add up. It almost encourages you to purchase the drink package, but then you may have a tendency to drink to excess. THE CASINO: The casino has a variety of older generation slot machines, and quite frankly, during the entire cruise, I did not hear of any big winners, but alot of passengers who lost money in the machines. It now takes $5 to get ONE POINT, towards the quest for a free room under the casino program. To get a free interior cabin it takes 2400 points, an ocean view it takes 3600 points and for a balcony it takes 4800 points, so to get a interior room, you have to run about $12,000 through the slot machines. On the table games, I gambled about 20 hours for the entire five day cruise at the $5 minimum bet on Ultimate Texas Hold'em, which amounts to $20 a hand, and only "earned" a $300 cruise discount off a future cruise which must be booked within 30 days of this cruise. THE CROWD: Like I mentioned early, this was a college spring break cruise, so the ship was loaded with college aged "kids" (young adults). For the most part these "kids" were well behaved, there was enhanced ship security, which took care of the few minor problems. If you travel during the NCAA "March Madness" tournament, expect the pool bars to be packed five or six deep, as most of the "kids" get the drink package on these short cruises. Beverage waiters are few and far between by the pool on sea days as most of the young passengers get their drinks at the pool bars. SPA and SHORE EXCURSIONS: I did not do the spa or any shore excursions, as I have been to Mexico on several occasions and been there, done that. LIQUOR and SPIRIT PURCHASES on board: For the most part, you do get a deal on liquor and cordials from the ship's store, however, I have noted that the prices have increased about $5 a bottle for my Jack Daniels sipping whiskey. But you can still get vodka and amaretto for about $20 a bottle which is still a good deal. DISEMBARKMENT: Is a breeze, you can eat in the Sapphire Dining Room or the Windjammer Buffet. In the Windjammer, avoid what tastes like powder scrambled eggs, it is dry and tasteless. The last morning buffet ibreakfast is scaled down. Getting off the ship, once you tag number is called if you do not do the walk off with your luggage took only about 15 minutes, you go into the cruise terminal and pick up your luggage and go through customs. The whole process took about a half an hour. A final TIP: if you book via RCCL's Choice Air expect a very early flight on the day of departure and a very late flight on the way home. Consider booking via Choice Air to get to te ship, take the ground transportation, then book the return flight independently with RCCL's ground transportation to get a early afternoon flight for your trip home if it is offered by our airline of your own choosing. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our tenth ocean cruise (Seabourn, Cunard, HAL, Celebrity) and first on RCCL. Based on previous reviews, we expected a ship needing some refurbishment, mediocre service and disappointing food in the main dining room. None of this ... Read More
This was our tenth ocean cruise (Seabourn, Cunard, HAL, Celebrity) and first on RCCL. Based on previous reviews, we expected a ship needing some refurbishment, mediocre service and disappointing food in the main dining room. None of this was our reality and we were very pleased, We chose the cruise based on timing and length of cruise (5 nights during my wife's spring break [she works at a college]). Embarkation went smoothly in Miami and we were surrounded by college students, some families with young children and a few middle age/early retirement couples which met our expectations for a March Caribbean itinerary. We did arrive early in the boarding window which may have helped. The ship is in great shape and very appealing. Perhaps there is too much glitz, but not as much as one would experience in Las Vegas. Were there a couple things to tidy up on maintenance? Minimal to none that we saw. And the crew did a marvelous job of keeping things clean and tidy. No rumors of significant illness, other than a likely epidemic of hangovers for 18 year olds. The lines at the bars were significant, but fellow cruisers with RCCL experience said that was unusual. Cabin 8640 (balcony) was perfectly located just aft of the stern stairwell. Three decks up to the pool/buffet/fitness center and 3 decks down to our MDR level. Perhaps a coffee table would have fit, but the space was open and the storage was exceptional. The only better storage space we have experienced are walk in closets on Seabourn ships. Great design! The expected small bathroom of course. Of note, bar soap and shampoo was provided, contrary to other reviews. Our steward was efficient, friendly and unobtrusive. We had excellent service in the MDR for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The specialty restaurants (Chops and Giovanni) were very good and probably worth the up-charge. Our only gripe/disappointment was the lack of adherence to the dress code. Should adults, adolescents and children appear at dinner in the restaurants in shorts, t-shirts and sporting baseball caps on their heads? At the risk if being old fashioned, I say NO! It is discourteous to fellow dinners and is insulting to the staff. If RCCL has a dress code (yes), they should enforce it. Otherwise, drop the pretense of a dress code. There, our only real disappointment was fellow travelers. This sloppiness was not restricted to college students, more the shame Entertainment was fair to good, except for an excellent, do-not-miss ice show. Really, it was spectacular despite a couple falls and near falls. Great performers, stagecraft, lighting and music. If you travel on a RCCL ship that offers this show, make a point of seeing it. Cruise Director was nearly invisible other than production shows and daily announcements. We were fine with that, he was uninspiring. The DJs, as usual, played the music way too load. Do you need to strip the paint off the neighboring ships with your pool deck speakers? This is not unique to RCCL, so sad to say. We did excursions in both ports and booked them independently. Our Mayan guide at Costa Maya was exceptional. Finding your way out of the fake port of Costa Maya is a real challenge, sort of like trying to get out of a Las Vegas casino. Just keep going left past the pool. Cozumel, with 8 ships in port, was crowded but surprisingly the Playa Mia beach resort was not real busy. We learned to make salsa there and had a great time. This was the least expensive cruise we have experienced, so the value was very high. With tips and not including air fare and independent excursions, we paid less than $200 per person per night. We bought 2 bottles of wine and had one or 2 additional drinks (no beverage package purchased) each night and still came under $200. Based on our experience, we may very well cruise RCCL again. I was expecting a one time experience, but they have won one me over as a potential repeat traveler. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 day cruise on the Navigator Of The Seas. Our stateroom experience was fabulous, which was enhanced by our attendant, Dextar Delpesche, who was friendly and most accommodating, who clearly deserves a 10+. Our ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 day cruise on the Navigator Of The Seas. Our stateroom experience was fabulous, which was enhanced by our attendant, Dextar Delpesche, who was friendly and most accommodating, who clearly deserves a 10+. Our dining room waiter, Diomedes Livingston, and our assistant waiter, Johann Arif Safii, were very professional, and went out of their way to please us. They both earned a 10. The biggest disappointment was the absence of the traditional lobster dinner on formal night. We also took note of the lack of photographers that came around to our table during dinner. This is the only cruise we've been on where there hasn't been any photographers at our ports of call when we leave the ship. We booked a private sitting at the black and white portrait studio, and had purchased over $500 worth of prints. Regrettably, the ships printer had a malfunction, and all of our photos were printed out with coloured lines down them. We were originally supposed to be first off the ship at 7:45 am, as we had a 30 hour drive back to Canada to look forward to, but due to the reprinting of the photos, we didn't end up leaving the ship until 10:30, without our purchased prints. Fortunately, they were able to send the pictures to our home via FedEx. In the Windjammer, staff members Sebastiano and Louis Legrand were friendly, hard working, and knowledgeable. Being loyal cruisers with Royal Caribbean for the past 9 years, we have always been thrilled with the exceptional service and social aspect of the staff in the Windjammer. However, this cruise, we were greatly disappointed with the lack of communication and friendliness from the majority of the Windjammer staff. It felt like it was their first days on the job. They didn't make any effort to serve us, or acknowledge our requests, and didn't offer us so much as a smile. We recognize we cruised over the first week of March break, but the number of students onboard was overwhelming. Their language, attire, behavior, and alcohol consumption on the pool decks were incredibly inappropriate, especially considering the families with young children onboard. Overall, we enjoyed our experience onboard, and would recommend it to our friends. However, we would suggest cruising at an alternative time to March break. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our third cruise with RC, our first on Navigator of the Seas, our first time leaving from Port of Miami. We picked this cruise to spend time with friends attending Pool School on board. We live near Tampa and we decided to ... Read More
This was our third cruise with RC, our first on Navigator of the Seas, our first time leaving from Port of Miami. We picked this cruise to spend time with friends attending Pool School on board. We live near Tampa and we decided to drive to Miami port that Morning. If you are driving in, consider driving down a day before and stay at hotel near the port to avoid concerns about traffic/flight tires/car issues etc. If you are flying in, fly in a couple of days earlier and enjoy Florida. Avoid meltdowns from airplane delays by giving yourself a cushion. Also, when you return, make sure you give yourself time to make your flight. Traffic is bad in Miami. Use Self Assist (you carry own bags) and leave at 7:45AM to beat the crowds. We did and were very happy with the experience. Our Drive to Miami port was without incident. We found departing terminal G, got our bags to the porter, and parked at the parking garage. The garage parking costs $20 a day, and they take cash or credit card payment when you leave. I like the convenience of being able to walk to the car when returning from the cruise. Getting our seapasses only took a few minutes. Tip:If your set sail docs indicate "Suite" make sure you get into the Suite line. We had a junior suite and an inside cabin. Junior Suite was sweet, if you can afford to splurge it is worth it. We got on the ship around noon and the ship was gorgeous. There were 16 of us in the group we travelled with, so we never had a dull moment at dinners. We ate at three upcharge restaurants : Sabor (Mexican), Giovanni (Italian), Chops Grille (Steak). The other two nights we ate at the Sapphire Dining Room. Chops was my favorite. Great Ribeye, excellent Mushroom soup. I splurged for the lobster. It was tasty. Our wait staff were from Turkey and they were awesome. Big compliments. Teşekkür ederim!! Everyone on my party liked Sabor, I am not big Mexican food fan, so I defer to my family and friends who were with me on the cruise. Great service. Giovanni's kitchen service was slow and the entree's were brought before the pasta, which was somewhat irritating, and we requested the entrees be sent back and the pasta be served prior to entrees. It would behoove them to consider serving the pasta family style to speed up service. On a good note, the filet was excellent and the staff was very kind. It would behoove the manager to come to the table and check on things. Our Waiter Mr. Singh was King in the Sapphire Main dining room. He made a point to learn our names and the service a superlative. He and his assistant were superlative in service. धन्यवाद (Thank you./Dhantavaad). I hope we meet again, I was honored to meet Mr. Singh. Foodwise at Main Dining, the quality appears to be reflecting the push to get people to eat at the upcharge restaurants. The "Jumbo Tiger Prawns" were anything but jumbo and the shrimp cocktail had small shrimp. All my entrees were delicious, The Lamb Chops were great. When anyone at our table requested something else the food appeared with friendly service. As an aside I wish they brought back Lobster night. My friend from work went on the Carnival Magic and enjoyed lobster. That being said, the cook staff have a daunting challenge daily of preparing so many delicious meals and I applaud them for doing so successfully night after night. Köszönöm!! Breakfast was available in the dining room and windjammer. Both were good. The hash browns in dining room and the diced potatoes in Windjammer need some work. Eggs Benedict were good but I wish the eggs were more Poached and less soft boiled. The mushroom omelet is good. Service was very good. We ate at Johnny Rockets for lunch Monday. It was good but the upcharge is now $10 and used to be $5, and does not include shakes. Also, the drink packages do not apply there. Just a caveat. Service there was great!!! Дякую!!! There are three drink packages (Soda, Soda/Coffee/Smoothies/Water Bottles, Alcohol plus Soda/Coffee/Smoothies). If you order ONLINE before you arrive the price is cheaper. Whether to choose a package and which one is based on your personal preference. Café promenade on deck five had pizza and tasty snacks. Pizza was poor the first couple of days but last day was much improved. You can get Ben & Jerry's ice cream or shake for a small charge. I purchased WIFI to be able to text others in our party. I was not terribly impressed as I stlll was unable to text from time to time. This may have been user error, your results may vary. Our Steward was attentive and very courteous. धन्यवाद (Thank you./Dhantavaad). We ate late so we did not attend the shows. Our three kids did not participate in the youth programs this time. We had two ports of call, in Costa Maya and Cozumel (Mexico). Both were tourist spots with plenty of shopping and food/drink. Both places accept USD and charge US style prices, . Margaritaville in Cozumel made the Guacamole to order at your table, my compliments. At Costa Maya, some in our party swam with Dolphins. Photo packages were pricey. In Cozumel we met Moses, who took us to El Cid Hotel next to port and 10 of the 16 went on a snorkeling trip while the rest of us stayed at the hotel beach. We were on cruise during spring break, so the hotel pool was full of fun and bubbles and they had a DJ playing enthusiastic music. My compliments to the boat service as they took care of our people and got them back early so we could all return to the ship on time. Overall a great trip. My only caveat would be that due to our cruise being during spring break, the pools and jacuzzis were full on sea days. For our family we had a great time and I met some very nice students from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida. The ship was very clean and the staff attentive and courteous. I compliment the crew for its hard work. I will return to cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
First let me say this was my first cruise so I didn't know what to expect. I am handicapped and rely on either a mobility scooter or a wheelchair with my wife pushing. Since this was my first cruise we opted for the wheelchair so ... Read More
First let me say this was my first cruise so I didn't know what to expect. I am handicapped and rely on either a mobility scooter or a wheelchair with my wife pushing. Since this was my first cruise we opted for the wheelchair so that I could get off the ship in ports and enjoy the area a little. We stayed in room 7304 which is a handicapped accessible room so they say. From the very first time entering the room we knew there was going to be a problem There is a large lip that goes from the hallway into room. In order to get back out of the room I would have to stand up and have my wife assist me out into the hall then she would bring the chair out and then take me around the ship. We could not get the chair and me out of the room at the same time due to this lip. Also the room is not very roomy. It has a lot of unneeded furniture in it that limits your accessibility. You can not get your wheelchair out to the balcony without help from your partner. Another real problem came with entry ways thru out the ship. If you didn't hit them just right you will nearly be thrown out of your chair. The ramp leading out of the casino is one of the worst. First it is a down hill so you pick up a little speed then at the bottom where it goes back to carpet there is this big lip and again you are nearly thrown from your chair. There were several people on the cruise in wheelchairs that seemed to have the same issues as we did. So unless you have a mobility scooter or don't mind getting out of your chair at every doorway or transition then I recommend staying away from this ship. Another real issue is with the food. At their buffet called windjammers the food is always cold day and night and lacks flavor. When you complain they say well thats what you get when you try serving so many people. As for the main dinning room the first 2 nights of the cruise the food was excellent but as every day went by the food got worse and worse. We had breakfast on the 4th day and it too was cold and we had to continually ask for coffee or other items we needed. When we went to breakfast there might have been 50 people in the whole restaurant. For the number of servers we should have had better service than this Another real issue with this cruise. We went to Costa Maya and Cozumel. Costa Maya is not a bad port. It is pretty flat so being pushed around is not a big issue. It is a long walk from the ship into the port though so tell your traveling companion to bring good shoes. After checking out the port we thought about going into town. The problem with that is trying to find a handicapped cab. They are few and far between so we didn't risk getting into town and not being able to get a way back. The excursion we went on at Costa Maya was the Dolphin Encounter. It is handicapped accessible and is right in the port so its within walking distance. I recomment anyone that likes dolphins to do either of the dolphin excursions at this port. The picture package for all 12 pics encluding downloading on your phone is $70. As for Cozumel. It is definetly not a handicapped friendly place. First royal carrebian parks at the International pier. Here again it is a pretty decent walk in to the port. Once in the port you can not get around easily with a wheelchair. Everything is on a hill or a slant making it almost impossible to get around. You can get to a few cheap jewlery stores and when I say cheap I mean expensive junk. Other than than the rest of the port is unaccessible to the average handicapped person. We did find our way thru the port to the exit to town and went on an excursion. It is the only one on the entire cruise that says it is handicapped friendly. Well if you can't climb into a van then its not handicapped friendly. You must climb into a van then they pick up the wheelchairs and load them in beside you. The excursion was See Mexico. It was an ok tour. Nothing to write home about. A few steep ramps and very rough sidewalks to go thru. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
the room was nice, the islands were beautiful the staff was pleasant, but the food on the buffet was one step above prison food. The steak house was good, The Italian restaurant was a hit or miss one day good the next horrible. The buffet ... Read More
the room was nice, the islands were beautiful the staff was pleasant, but the food on the buffet was one step above prison food. The steak house was good, The Italian restaurant was a hit or miss one day good the next horrible. The buffet was always in need of cleaning, and the staff ignored it. So food was always on the counters and floors, not very appealing. and we were nickeled and dimed everywhere we turned. We had a son hop and I word a hot pink poodle skirt with a matching shirt scarf socks and saddle shoes, we had a photo taken and without telling us the photographer took one in black and white. Then could not understand why we were upset with it. Other than that the cruise was with a singing group so there was always something to do , with 4 private concerts for those who booked with them. Not enough chairs near the pool, but plenty of pool room. The promenade was awesome with a circus parade the last day. All in all the cruise was a success because of the singing group we booked with. We have already booked the next cruise with them. It is not with Royal. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Chose because friends wanted itinerary out of hurricane damages. We had never been here before so felt good about new experiences. Cabin overlooking promenade on 8 was a great choice. Perfectly situated to easily climb up to ... Read More
Chose because friends wanted itinerary out of hurricane damages. We had never been here before so felt good about new experiences. Cabin overlooking promenade on 8 was a great choice. Perfectly situated to easily climb up to pool/windjammer or down to promenade. Pleased with ports although not a fan of Laberdee. I prefer stops where one can experience local culture something beyond “canned” tourist experiences and beyond Cruiseline owned stores. Disappointed at early leaving from Curaçao and Bonaire when it wasn’t needed to travel the distance to Aruba. Why not stay longer allowing the possibility of a sunset cruise or an early dinner of local cuisine? Food was not as exceptional as in the past...not bad just not exceptional. I Liked the change of happy hour for Diamond members although food was picked over and dried out by the time the second sitting diners made there way there. It was hard to follow Captains announcements...as they were very monotone. Perhaps trading off so that the entertainment announcements were made by someone from the entertainment staff and the captain making the maritime announcements. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I love cruising my husband and I cruise 1-3 x per year. We are in our 50s. We planned this trip with my cousins then my brother and his wife joined in. We choose this cruise for the itinerary. My DH and I have traveled via Navigator of ... Read More
I love cruising my husband and I cruise 1-3 x per year. We are in our 50s. We planned this trip with my cousins then my brother and his wife joined in. We choose this cruise for the itinerary. My DH and I have traveled via Navigator of the Seas two other times and enjoyed both trips. I gave this trip a 3 out of 5 for one reason. The beds were as hard as a brick. I complained and the room attendant padded it and put a comforter under the sheet but that was only mildly effective. I was in a group and everyone was complaining. I overheard a gentleman in the elevator and he said everyone in his group had the same complaint. Royal knows the beds are hard and need to fix it. Sleep or no sleep can make or break a vacation. One night my cousin slept sitting in the chair to avoid the rock hard mattress. I feel bad for the stewards because people were irritated with them that they could not fix the problem. The ship was clean, the staff TOP NOTCH!! We had wonderful room stewards and wait staff in MDR. Oliver and Ahmad were great at taking care of all our needs in the dining room. I will try to break this trip down into categories: Dining: We mostly ate in the main dining room for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast had a nice selection and we enjoyed it. Dinner menu was boring, the food was OK but Royal Caribbean seems to be pushing the up-charged restaurants by making serious cuts to the MDR menu. I would like a little variance in the menu not the same foods over and over. Lunch was generally in the Windjammer. There are many selections and most were good. We had no food that wow-ed us. We did decide as a group to try Chops and Sabor. Chops night happened to be on a night that I was a little seasick so my review from the others is the food was delicious. My steak was over done but Ok but when the food showed up I was feeling green so I am not going to give that a review. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their food. Sabor was good but not as good as on the Oasis when we ate there. It was fine and the ambiance was nice and quiet except for our group! We enjoyed it. Stateroom: We were in 7330 a balcony stateroom it was categorized as aft but it was one of the most forward of the aft rooms. Compared to other oceanview balcony rooms we have had our stateroom was large, clean and very quiet at night. My only complaint was the rock hard bed. I loved the location very near the elevators but we could not hear them at all. I am all about the balcony. We had standard 2 chairs and a table on our balcony. The balcony and room were clean and carpets and curtains were nicely updated since our last sailing on Navigator of the seas. Ports: Labadee and the ABC Islands of the Southern Caribbean. Aruba Bonaire and Curacao. I love Labadee period. I love the view sailing into Labadee and with the Navigator being a smaller ship it is very nice and not too crowded. We lounged in a beach chair and played in the water all day. We had a perfect beach day. Curacao was interesting We did a RCI sponsored excursion on a boat. Was supposed to be a tour and beach day. The beach was actually more of a lagoon, and not really a nice sandy beach. We did have a shelter to avoid too much sun and one little cup of coke included. The tour part was the Captain of the little boat telling us what we were looking at. After our tour and beach time was over we boarded the ship and went back out exploring on our own. We felt safe in this port, we went to the fort and then to the floating bridge. These were two things my DH wanted to see. We enjoyed shopping in port and picked up a couple of little things for our grandson. We experienced no aggressive vendors. Bonaire: We again booked an excursion to local sites and a beach. This beach was un swim-able without water shoes due to rock and coral some of it fire coral which will leave you with nasty burns if you touch it. It was not a very wide beach. Again we were dropped at a beach and this one had no shelter and we were not given even one little drink. We hailed a taxi and left early. Not a lot to see on Bonaire. We did gt 5 minutes to get a photo of the Salt flat and slave hut. Aruba was a shopping day for us and my cousins went to Eagle beach. They said it was very nice wide sandy beach. We enjoyed walking around on our own. We were never bothered by vendors this trip. Ship activities: We enjoyed playing trivia or games in Schooner bar. They offered the typical ship entertainment. Sexy Man competition, Love and Marriage show, and of course the adult Quest. The entertainment was lacking this trip. After midnight not much was offered. One more thing if you are booking your cruise you might want to google the cruise and date, we had a very large group on board that basically took over the adult pool and area. You could not get a chair there or in the pool without a mob of them being there as if it was their own area. They were mostly very nice people but some were rude and obnoxious. I will not travel with that group again due to that. When you entered the area it was as if you were crashing a private party. I am not sure why Royal Caribbean let them do this but it was an issue. So my three rating on this cruise is #1 due to HARD BEDS, #2 Royal Caribbean cutbacks and #3 Large crowd owned the adult pool and bar which kept the rest out. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our second cruise with RC. We choose this cruise as it has longer sailing days without stopping at a port every day - so we could relax and unwind. The Ship was spacious and clean. Both other guest and staff were friendly - ... Read More
This was our second cruise with RC. We choose this cruise as it has longer sailing days without stopping at a port every day - so we could relax and unwind. The Ship was spacious and clean. Both other guest and staff were friendly - with a good mix of people from different countries and ages. Our stateroom on Deck 7 at the front of the ship was spacious - and our room attendant Leonard was very friendly and attentive to our needs and kept our room clean and lively with the different displays (made with towels). This put a smile on our faces every day. Thank you. There was a lot of actively on the ship to do and a range of entertainment which we enjoyed (especially the comedy shows). The RC singers also performed on several evenings which was also very good. The special events put on by the Captain with free Champagne as also welcome and brought the guest together. Although the ship was full, you never got the sense of being overcrowded. There was always a lovely atmosphere. Unfortunately, the food in the Sapphire restaurant was not very good - for example , the lamb chops were rubbery; Lasagne dish had no taste. so after trying it on three separate evenings we decided to use the main dining room; where there was a large selection of food, which seemed to be cooked to a higher standard. I was disappointed and shocked on the amount of wastage of food , being binned every day. Hopefully RC will take this into account and budget/plan more carefully. Plenty of time on shore to explore the islands - great excursions offered. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We used to love Royal Caribbean, and maybe it's just the smaller ships that are not as good as they used to be. We loved Allure when we were on it 3 years ago, but Navigator was a disappointment. We were not overly happy with the ... Read More
We used to love Royal Caribbean, and maybe it's just the smaller ships that are not as good as they used to be. We loved Allure when we were on it 3 years ago, but Navigator was a disappointment. We were not overly happy with the food (not much flavor to the meat) and the lack of variety on the dinner menu. It seemed like the same items every night, with maybe one or two different options. The service was great, but the food wasn't. There was only one show a night, so not much to do after it ended at 8:45. The headliners were pretty good, but the ships dancers were not all that great. The orchestra was wonderful.... really great musicians. There was music all over the shipping the evenings (which was always great) but not enough places to sit and listen to it. There were two "adult"shows, but one wasn't until 11:00. Not much to do between 8:45 and 11:00. The ship seemed over crowded all the time, from embarkation until the last day. The Windjammer was packed to the gills all day......hard to find seating. "Main Street" was a mass of people, and leaving the theater was a total road jam. Not planned well. There was no Captains party or cocktail party for returning guests. We will either try other cruise lines or only do the mega ships. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I have tried a couple other cruises, but NO ONE comes close to the people that work for Royal Caribbean.. The ships are very well maintained, The foods is over the top, and the choices are never ending, I enjoy just being on the ship ... Read More
I have tried a couple other cruises, but NO ONE comes close to the people that work for Royal Caribbean.. The ships are very well maintained, The foods is over the top, and the choices are never ending, I enjoy just being on the ship because of all the actives that are offered, if you like shows there is something for everyone, comedy game shows and more. The shore excursions are great and not a bad price, if you are on a budget there are still things to see and do on and off the ship, if you have children there is a game room for them when you are at sea and the crew will interact with the children as well, We have cruised with family and friends aging from teens to 75 year olds and everyone had something to do at all times. If you are traveling alone it is a great place to meet new people and make new friends, since we really started cruising 10 years ago we have met the GREATEST people and have made some life long friends that we still travel with and keep in contact with.. Happy Cruising and I hope we run into you on our next cruise.. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The cruise and staff were friendly, the ship is showing its age starting to get run down and dated. All services were ok no issues bar staff was friendly drinks were ok. Seemed like some of the drinks were sub par in some bars almost ... Read More
The cruise and staff were friendly, the ship is showing its age starting to get run down and dated. All services were ok no issues bar staff was friendly drinks were ok. Seemed like some of the drinks were sub par in some bars almost watered down. The food in the windjammer was tasteless and lacking quality. Many of the same choices night after night with a different name. All the fish tasted the same some nights very dry others almost raw, Most of all the choices were lacking any flavor with the exception some were extremely salty. Very sad that the Nachos and tacos on the last night were probably the tastiest items of most dinners. Breakfast wasn't bad if you got an omelet for egg choices the scrambled eggs were disgusting watery almost like they were made from powder. The shows and entertainment were great the casino was fun with the exception of the strong stench of smoke. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was a group cruise arranged by our community to the ABC islands. We also traveled with my elderly parents who have some mobility issues. We rented a scooter that was in the cabin at check in. That helped tremendously. Just be ... Read More
This was a group cruise arranged by our community to the ABC islands. We also traveled with my elderly parents who have some mobility issues. We rented a scooter that was in the cabin at check in. That helped tremendously. Just be aware that the scooter will not fit in the back of the dining room when it is full. Dining room staff permitted those with mobility issues to be seated before the general public was admitted to be seated. Dining staff was very accommodating and after first night, had deserted beverages on table when we entered. Room cabin attendant was fine. Not exceptional but not horrible either. We arranged tours on our own outside of the cruise line Worth it to mention that on Labadee they have assistants the push the wheelchairs when you get off the ship all the way to the beach. Again extremely helpful. That was a nice relaxing day Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our ninth cruise in the Caribbean; the entertainment on the ship was fine, a good crowd overall friendly and inviting. The meals in the dinning room were of decent quality with excellent service. The buffet was the same cheap ... Read More
This was our ninth cruise in the Caribbean; the entertainment on the ship was fine, a good crowd overall friendly and inviting. The meals in the dinning room were of decent quality with excellent service. The buffet was the same cheap offering daily low quality meats with cold "warm meals" it was the same offering every day with no change, although we found breakfast and the evening meal to be enough. All the ports were very good and the weather was great. The excursions we chose were well worth the money spent and we enjoyed each one. Our Balcony room was clean and well maintained. There are too many areas where "smoking" is permitted and it was a problem, On the pool deck area they allow smoking along the one side of the ship so if the wind is blowing the wrong way the smoke goes everywhere. There are bars where you can't walk by because the smoke is so heavy and the Casino in one large blue cloud of smoke with open entrance ways at each end where the smoke travels freely as well as the staircase up to the promonode where the smoke just wafts out to the cafe area. It seems that Royal Caribbean does not have a concern with the fact that " second hand smoke kills". Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The staff on the cruise was great, friendly and welcoming. The games on the ship were fun and we enjoyed the food very much. The shows were not good at ll!!!!! After 3 shows we stopped going and just went up on deck to watch the movies. ... Read More
The staff on the cruise was great, friendly and welcoming. The games on the ship were fun and we enjoyed the food very much. The shows were not good at ll!!!!! After 3 shows we stopped going and just went up on deck to watch the movies. Our dining staff was great making suggestions on the meals as well as giving us a heads up on what was going to be on the menu the next day. Our stateroom guy was so friendly and kept out room fresh and clean. Amon in the dining room was just amazing, and he made us feel like we were part of his family. The Ports were just wonderful, Wish we could've stayed longer in Bonaire. Aruba was a bit windy but I would go again anytime. Lastly getting off the ship was an easy process, but getting the luggage was a long process, I missed the days of all the luggage being in the big room and you get your bags. Waiting for it to come off the line was just long and painful.... We got one bag and had to wait 15 mins before the other one came. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Embarkation: We sailed on Navigator of the Seas on March 2, 2018. Embarkation was a breeze. The port in Miami is very organized and from the time we arrived at the port to the time on the ship was only took about 20 minutes. Ship ... Read More
Embarkation: We sailed on Navigator of the Seas on March 2, 2018. Embarkation was a breeze. The port in Miami is very organized and from the time we arrived at the port to the time on the ship was only took about 20 minutes. Ship Condition: Navigator of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It was smaller than other ships we have sailed on, but we loved it. Everything looked very clean, in good shape, I didn't notice anything that looked worn or needed replacing. I think that Royal Caribbean does a very good job keeping things in good shape. Ports: We sailed to Labadee, Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba. Royal Caribbean offered a good variety of excursions, but since all of the ports had a lot of shopping, we chose not to do any formal excursions and instead just explored the port area. We have been to Labadee a number of times so we didn't leave the ship. Food: We were really disappointed with the quality food on this cruise. On all of our past cruises the food has been really good and there have always been times when I thought, this is the best thing I have ever tasted, but not this cruise. I felt that the food in the Windjammer was the same day after day with very little change. The desserts were particularly disappointing...the donuts tasted like a biscuit with icing, nothing seemed to have much sugar. The food in the dining room was not much better, everything came out hot (or cold if it was meant to be cold) but just very bland. Dining Room Staff: We had the best waiter and assistant waiter that we have ever had on any cruise we have taken. Our Waiter was Arwin and our assistant Waiter was Rodney. I can't say enough good things about these two. Not only did they provide excellent service every night, but they were both very personable and engaged us in conversation each evening. I particularly liked that Arwin would always come over at the end of our meal with a summary of the next day's schedule. We also saw Rodney working in the Windjammer and the Theater and he gave excellent service there as well. I noticed on this cruise, more than on others that we have taken, that the crew overall just seemed happy, liked what they were doing, and that it was a pleasure to offer their services (if not, that is the way it was perceived). Navigator of the Seas should be very proud of their crew. Drink Package: I got the Soft Drink Package, and I know this may seem petty, but I got upset because they would not give me an unopened soft drink can, they wanted to only fill my cup. I like to always have a soft drink in my cabin so that I don't have to go out every time I want a drink. When we were on Celebrity last year, they only gave you unopened cans rather than filling your cup. I don't understand the difference - they opened a can and poured the whole can in my cup so why could they not give me an unopened can? Theater - We were very disappointed in the theater options. They had a comedian one night and a hypnotist but other than that, the shows were all done by RC singers and dancers so we only saw a couple of shows. Stateroom Attendant: Our Stateroom attendant (Rupesh) was great. We we in our stateroom a lot because of the huge balcony, but he soon learned our schedule and even if we were only gone a few minutes, when we returned our room had been cleaned. We never had to ask for anything. Concierge Lounge: The Concierge was very attentive. She contacted us to see if she could provide any services and arranged for a complimentary tour of the bridge, galley, and theater (behind the scenes). The Concierge Lounge on the other hand was pretty useless. You do have access to it 24 hours a day, however, you can only get drinks a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the evening. They should at the very minimum, have an ice dispenser and water dispenser with cups available 24 hours a day. Cruise Perks: I love Royal Caribbean, we have been on 6 cruises all but one on Royal Caribbean. We booked a Hawaiian cruise for next year but decided to go with Celebrity because Royal Caribbean was not offering any perks other than a discount on the suite for a 12 night cruise. Celebrity on the other hand (owned by the same parent company) was offering a 10 night cruise, and for a suite included gratuities for two, internet for two, the full drink package for two, and $300 on board credit. Even with all of these extras, it was about $200 less than the 12 night with Royal Caribbean with nothing included. I think that if Royal Caribbean cannot be more generous with their perks, we may change to Celebrity or some other cruise line that offers more. Disembarkation: Disembarkation was the easiest and fastest that we have ever experienced. Since we were in a suite, we were told to meet in a bar on deck 5 anytime between 8:30 and 10:30. The Concierge was there and she led us through the ship with no waiting time. Again, the Miami port was very organized and we were off the ship and in a taxi within 20 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Chose this to fit in with a ptior stay in Grand Cayman. Miami airport so much improved in last 10 years..almost a pleasure. Embarkation was much better than ladt time on RC, and this was a bigger ship. Cabin ready by 1330 which is ... Read More
Chose this to fit in with a ptior stay in Grand Cayman. Miami airport so much improved in last 10 years..almost a pleasure. Embarkation was much better than ladt time on RC, and this was a bigger ship. Cabin ready by 1330 which is fine..luggage arrived about Boat drill time. Our cabin steward was an absolute delight and made our holiday! Sadly RC have moved him to the Med on their new ship. The band were brilliant , their jazz and big band concerts were amazing. Food was usual standard..lobster tails a bit small so had two! No probs. Service in the evening was very variable..personnel wise excellent friendly eyc., but sometimes it took 45 for 1st course, another..15 mins..My only niggle of the whole cruise. Loads of loungers on decks..so much better that Serenade where there were never enough. Also, this ship did not seem to be so ‘loud’ except right next to the pool. Much quieter around the plave. All bar staff were great..espresso bar on 5th on the street were fine but whereas bar staff in 4 bars knew what we wanted when they saw us..coffee team not so, and not so friendly, though attentive and certainly not rude. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The ship was awesome, so much to do, never a dull moment. I slept so well on this ship, it is so beautiful and clean. I felt that the stateroom was spacious for me and my husband, the views that we had {it happened to be a full moon during ... Read More
The ship was awesome, so much to do, never a dull moment. I slept so well on this ship, it is so beautiful and clean. I felt that the stateroom was spacious for me and my husband, the views that we had {it happened to be a full moon during our cruise} were awesome. The stateroom attendant was great, he kept our room clean and was very helpful, even with us changing clothes and showering at least 2-3 a day. The music/game trivia was so much fun, we missed some of the late night activities cause we did so much during the day we poop out. I enjoyed Costa Maya and Cozumel, both ports were very beautiful and shopping was great. We got a chance to get some authentic Mexican food at a street vendor and enjoyed it very much. I would love to go back to Cozumel again, the water on the beach was beautiful. We had the best tour guide, her name was Luz and his name was Isreal on the Mayan and beach excursion. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My daughter wanted to go to Mexico. We choose the ship for activities & ports. We also choose based on dates and prices available for the Caribbean. The food and service was fantastic and that's why we went again only 11 months ... Read More
My daughter wanted to go to Mexico. We choose the ship for activities & ports. We also choose based on dates and prices available for the Caribbean. The food and service was fantastic and that's why we went again only 11 months after our first cruise. Only wish there were more late night snack options available. There were great snacks or light meal choices in the Windjammer from 4-515 every day which was nice when returning from ports. Then you could rest and enjoy a later dinner. If you went to early dinner and wanted a late snack your choice was limited and the same each night. We only had a cooler in the room verses actual refrigerator. You could not save food/drinks to eat later. The cakes that that were offered the one night were so beautiful and delicious. The ice show was spectacular even though it was a small area. Entertainment had nice variety. The ice show was the best and the ventriloquist was the next enjoyed. I would choose a cruise verses an all inclusive resort every time for a vacation for the value and choices available. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
7th time on Navigator of the Seas Lots to do and the Navigator of the Seas Band is a Fantastic Professional Band Plays a large selection of music and styles. This year was better as it brought an interaction of the band to the ... Read More
7th time on Navigator of the Seas Lots to do and the Navigator of the Seas Band is a Fantastic Professional Band Plays a large selection of music and styles. This year was better as it brought an interaction of the band to the audience. Also the Music Entertainment through out the ship is all great. The J Wind band was great and sounds great with a large selection of old time favorites. The music in the Poets Bar the music was great and it added a fantastic touch when the Music Director from the Navigator Band added her saxophone to the guitar and singing. Are cabin was looked after with great care. The ship has always been clean and neat. Food was also great both in the Wind Jammier and Dinning Room We went on our own excursion which worked out great, I did not give a rating on Shore Excursion as we did our own. If you go to Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico you must visit the Cazy Lobster. We had a nice lazy day on the beach and cheap drinks and good food. No one harassing you like we found walking along that area. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
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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