925 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Chose cruise for itinerary first week & second week was just to complete our back to back cruise. Ship was very clean. Crew was friendly & helpful. Cabin steward kept our room vety clean & was also friendly & helpful. ... Read More
Chose cruise for itinerary first week & second week was just to complete our back to back cruise. Ship was very clean. Crew was friendly & helpful. Cabin steward kept our room vety clean & was also friendly & helpful. Waiter, bus boy & head waiter both weeks were great! Provided wonderful service. Food in MDR was good. Ate at three specialty restaurants. Chops & Giovani's were excellent & waiters were top notch. Did not have a good experience in Sabaro nor was the food anything special. Short staffed & not very organized. Would never spend the extra money to eat there again. Labadee was beautiful. ABC islands were very nice to visit. Entertainment was good. Had great weather & very calm seas which also added to the perfect vacation. We have cruised many times with RCCL & have sailed on most classes of their ships. The Navigator was a great ship & would sail on it again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Miami cruise port First of all, if you are driving, the Miami traffic is very congested. We got into Miami at 9:30 am Allow 1/2 to 1 hour extra time. After checking all the reviews for parking and shuttles, I recommend paying the ... Read More
Miami cruise port First of all, if you are driving, the Miami traffic is very congested. We got into Miami at 9:30 am Allow 1/2 to 1 hour extra time. After checking all the reviews for parking and shuttles, I recommend paying the extra money ($20 / day) and park at the terminal. This will save you a lot of headaches. The parking garage is literally right across the street from the RCI cruise terminal. We parked on the first floor, got our luggage and crossed the street into the cruise terminal! Embarkation This embarkation was the easiest, most efficient process of any of the cruise lines. From the time we entered the cruise terminal, in 30 minutes, we were on the ship! Including the pre cruise picture!. First impression. The Navigator of the Seas is a Voyager class ship. It is built like the Freedom class which we love, but shorter. It still has the Royal Promenade “Main Street”, the Flow Rider, the Putt-putt course, Rock climbing wall, and the Ice Arena. This is an older ship and if you are looking for details, you will notice the age showing through. Just little things like paint chips and a little rust at the bottom of a door frame, etc. Windjammer is the buffet restaurant on deck 11. I was a little disappointed with the lack of variety in this buffet. Muster - The required muster drill is on the promenade deck. This makes for a very hot 30+ minutes standing. The poor PA system makes it very difficult to hear the instructions. Some other cruise lines have this inside and use the “sail pass” to check you in, which is much more efficient. Theater - The theater in this ship is large and comfortable. They only had a few production shows over the nine day cruise. The other days were comedians, magicians, juggler etc. The orchestra was one of the best cruise line orchestras I have heard. Bravo! Announcements : I wish they would announce activities over the loudspeaker. I would appreciate an announcement that you need to go the the 11th floor to pick up towels (using your “sail pass”) before you go down to the first floor to leave the ship at one of the ports. Also an announcement stating what deck to disembark at the port and when you can start leaving the ship. The Cafe Promenade is a favorite location and stop of ours on the ship. Small bites to eat including pizza, and desserts and free coffee. Sapphire Dining room. We love the 3 story dining room on the RC cruise ships. Very elegant indeed!! The food was excellent on this cruise. The Salmon, fish, lamb, turkey were amongst the best I have tasted. The prime rib and steak was all excellent. I do need to add that my wife had the NY strip steak that was on the daily menu and this was just okay!. Labadee, Haiti was our first port of call. This is a RCI owned area of Haiti and therefore very well maintained and furnished. Lounge chairs are provided along an excellent beach area. Locals will set up your chairs wherever you like for a tip. If you want to go in the water, I recommend getting water shoes because there is a lot of coral on the bottom. Dragon’s Breath Zip-line. Wow, what an awesome experience. I need to say that I did not do this a few years ago because I thought $100 for a one minute thrill was a little expensive. However, this time, I could not resist. I have heard horror stories about other zip-lines where you are dangling from the cable and have to wear gloves and have to reach up to brake yourself. Here, the entire experience is very detailed and geared towards your safety. 1st is the signing of the waivers. 2nd is the area where they help you put on the safety harness. They fit you and double check everything to be sure that safety is top priority! This is no ordinary harness. This comes complete with its own type of seat! 3rd They take you to a practice zip-line. This is just like the real thing, only shorter and closer to the ground. I was very impressed and when I got done with this run, I was very comfortable going to the Dragon’s Breath. This is the longest zip-line over water in the world. It is almost a mile long and starts out at a little than 1000 feet high. The truck ride was the worst part! Maybe that is what the waiver signing was for!!! The views from the top were worth the trip. When it came my turn, I was ready. All buckled up and ready to fly! The trip was smooth, fast, and exhilarating! 60 secs and it was over. What a great experience. If you want someone to take your picture besides the ship photographer, wear a bright color so you can be spotted. I will do this again, next time my wife will do it too!!! Vender area. Some people were concerned about how pushy the venders are on this island. First of all the venders are all in one area and you don’t have to go there. On a previous trip, we did go into the market area, and yes there are aggressive. If you don’t want the hassle then just don’t go inside. I believe the sign above the building says “market”. If that doesn’t bother you and you like to barter, then this is the place for you! Lunch on the island is provided. They have a huge cook-out with a great variety. Hamburgers, hotdogs, BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs, salads, rice, potatoes, desserts. Drinks include water, iced tea, and fruit punch. All delicious! Curacao We loved the Southern Caribbean islands. At Curacao we took the Curacao Highlights and Beach break. This was a very nice comfortable tour of the island in an air-conditioned coach. This tour took us past the Queen Emma floating pontoon bridge, and cross the Queen Juliana Bridge. This is an extremely high bridge which allows large tanker ships to pass under. This also allows for a great view of the harbor. The tour took us to the Blue Curacao Liqueur factory. Most everything is done my hand from orange peals. We tasted 3 liqueurs. The tour then took us through residential areas and past some resorts. We were then taken to Mambo Beach. This is a beautiful beach with beach chairs for rent at a nominal cost. This beach has pure white sand, the water is crystal clear and fine sand also- no rocks. One of the beast beaches I have been to! There are Tiki bars, restaurants, and shops. A great time!! After the tour brought us home we went back out and crossed the harbor via the free ferry because the pontoon bridge was opening at that time. All the buildings are very colorful and well kept. We came back walking on the pontoon bridge and it opened while we were on it. A great experience. Love, love this island. Aruba In Aruba, we took the Sea and See tour. This starts on an air conditioned coach which takes us from the port area through the town and past the high-rise resorts. On the northern side of the island we stopped to see the lighthouse. Great views from the area without going inside the lighthouse. We then went back to the resort area and boarded a boat to take us out to a mini submarine. This is really a special boat that the center has a glass enclosed viewing area below the water level. This gave us great views of a sunken ship and many beautiful fish. Next the land tour took us to the Natural Bridge. This bridge collapsed in 2005 but the remains of the bridge and a large picture is there. There is also a Baby natural bridge which is still in good shape. This is a beautiful area to view and a must see when in Aruba. Next we stopped at the Natural rock formations. When volcanic eruptions formed this island, this area was formed by huge smooth rocks (some as large as a small house) being pushed to the surface and stacked on top of each other. We were able to climb many of these formations which afforded great views of the island. Bonaire Bonaire is the more natural of the southern Caribbean Islands, We took the 4X4 truck tour. This took us inland towards the “farmlands” . We got great views of the Pink Flamingos. The tour continued around the eastern side where there is a small resort area for swimming, and water sports. This wasn’t a very large beach area so we just took in the views. Next, to the salt flats. We could see the process of channeling the ocean water inland into holding ponds. As the water evaporated with the help of the Eastern trade winds, it is then systematically pumped into to ponds leading to the final ponds where the solid salt it harvested, loaded into trucks and elevated into huge mountains of salt. We also saw the slave huts. Bon Tuk Tour. We took this tour because we were intrigued by the “Tuk-tuk” vehicle which is really just a large golf cart. This tour took us around the town viewing the churches, jails, hospitals. We did not have a very good tour guide for this. Our driver had trouble backing out of the parking area and then we clipped the side mirrors of a charter coach at our first stop. This pretty much ruined the tour for us. We were on edge the rest of the way and couldn’t wait till our 1 hour was up! Disembarkation A few days into the cruise we were given a form to choose our disembarkation time. We then received tags and were given an area to meet prior to disembarkation. We arrived at Port of Miami about 30 minutes late and therefore disembarkation was delayed. However by the time our scheduled time came we were pretty close to schedule. We did have a little glitch with the Port Authority as we got into the terminal that delayed us abut 20 minutes. However, when things got moving again the process was smooth. Thank you RCI for an enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our second cruise with RCI. We enjoyed the first one so much we booked another one with NextCruise. We sailed out of Miami to Labadee, Curacao, Aruba & Bonaire. The ship is fantastic. Clean, well appointed and plenty of great ... Read More
This was our second cruise with RCI. We enjoyed the first one so much we booked another one with NextCruise. We sailed out of Miami to Labadee, Curacao, Aruba & Bonaire. The ship is fantastic. Clean, well appointed and plenty of great staff attending to your every need. For the first time we splurged and booked a Junior Suite (9248). It was perfect. We will never go back to a smaller room....just our opinion, but the extra room, walk in closet, full size shower/tub and extra long balcony were ideal. We had done Chef's Table on the first cruise and loved it so much that we booked it for this cruise as well. It did not disappoint. Alessandro, our head waiter and our personal chef, were outstanding and the 5-course dinner was incredible. Each course had its own specific wine that paired with the food. It is so worth the money. We will be doing it again on our next cruise April 2018. Unfortunately, the dinner at Chops was not so great. My soup was tasteless and I sent it back and exchanged it for the scallop appetizer, which was also dismal, as the scallops were over cooked and rubbery. The highlight, as is should be, was the filet mignon, which was perfect and delicious. Dessert was red velvet cake and it was dry and kind of stale. It was not worth an additional $35 per person. It was funny, the next night in the dining room, they offered filet mignon for an additional $10! If I had known that was going to happen, I would have not gone to Chops! Anyway, others on the ship loved their meals at Chops, so maybe we were just unlucky that evening. It certainly did not ruin my vacation, that's for sure! The food in the dining room was great, and our dinner mates were the best! Lots of fun getting to know other people! :) Hope we see them again on a future cruise! The Island stops were great and we enjoyed all 4, hoping to go back again someday! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary as we have never been to the ABC islands before. We were also interested in taking a cruise that was loner than a week and found the 9 night to be wonderful. We had folks from 21-80 and everyone ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary as we have never been to the ABC islands before. We were also interested in taking a cruise that was loner than a week and found the 9 night to be wonderful. We had folks from 21-80 and everyone enjoyed the ship and the ports. The food was hit or miss but we never went hungry. Service in my time dining was outstanding. Chops was delicious as was Johnny Rockets. We were disappointed the 70's dance party was not scheduled to begin until 11:45pm. We found this to be quite late for this event. One of the best cabin stewards ever in our large ocean view and an interior. Our luggage arrived before muster and we were thrilled to be unpacked before dinner. Entertainment was okay but again hit or miss. Cast shows were poor but headliners performances were good. This was our first time on Royal Caribbean and most likely will not be our last. We especially liked the shower doors instead of shower curtains. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Loved that it went to the Southern Caribbean and was 9 days instead of 10. We went with a group of 23 and had a great time. Everyone kind of did their onw thing, but many times we met up ad did things together. So much to do on the ... Read More
Loved that it went to the Southern Caribbean and was 9 days instead of 10. We went with a group of 23 and had a great time. Everyone kind of did their onw thing, but many times we met up ad did things together. So much to do on the ship. It had been awhile since I had been to Chops Grill. Loved it again. Only negative was we had already paid a extra fee to eat there, that was no problem, but then of you wanted the porter house steak or lobster that was much extra. They should figure it all into the price. Just my opinion. The steak (NY Strip) in the main dining room, could be improved. It was tough. The other meal choices were primo! Overall the whole cruise was great and the behind the scenes tour was the best! The pool was cold but refreshing on really hot days. The martini bar was the BEST Bar Ever! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Being from cold and snowy northern Ontario, my wife and I like to cruise in January. Since retiring 7 years ago, this was our 10th one. Once again we had an enjoyable time on the Navigator of the Seas. This was our 3rd time on this ... Read More
Being from cold and snowy northern Ontario, my wife and I like to cruise in January. Since retiring 7 years ago, this was our 10th one. Once again we had an enjoyable time on the Navigator of the Seas. This was our 3rd time on this particular ship it being the size that we most prefer. This time we decided to try a virtual balcony stateroom. It was good but not as enjoyable as a real balcony. We prefer to eat in the main dining room and were fortunate to be seated with 5 fantastic people at our table. The food was excellent although not quite up to the level as just a few years ago. The service from our waiter and assistant waiter was very good.. We visited Labadee, Aruba, Curacao & Bonaire. Bonaire turned out to be our favorite. If there was anything to complain about it was the constant soliciting of additional services mainly dining at extra cost restaurants although I'm sure that this happens on all ships and all cruise lines. Health permitting, we will be back on a Royal Caribbean ship again next January. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I must first say my wife and I cruise at least twice a year. We've chosen RCL as our cruise line of preference. Living in Florida we have a lot of choices, and RCL has never disappointed us and currently we're Diamond Status. ... Read More
I must first say my wife and I cruise at least twice a year. We've chosen RCL as our cruise line of preference. Living in Florida we have a lot of choices, and RCL has never disappointed us and currently we're Diamond Status. We been looking forward to this cruise for the past year and were not disappointed. The Port of Miami was busy for a Friday, but we had no issues with boarding. Once on the Navigator, we went directly to Chops and booked our three nights of specialty dinning (2 in Chops, 1 in Giovontis' table) they were GREAT! Since I'm talking about food, every meal in the dining room and Wind Jammer were very good. Entertainment each night was some of the best we've seen. I would even say each performance was Las Vegas quality. Our first stop was Labadee, which was a perfect way to start the trip. We opted for two covered lounge chairs. The beach, barbecue was delicious,and weather was perfect. Curaçao was a beautiful island. The island was clean ant the each person we met was very friendly. We did the island tour and learned the history of the island and its heritage. Bonaire was our next stop. We been been to a lot of Caribbean islands and this may now be my favorite. If you love nature and the unspoiled beautiful blue water, you've come to Heaven on Earth. Other Caribbean island focus on shopping, but they focus on nature. Our last stop was Aruba. Once again the island was beautiful but the most commercialized of the ABC islands. We once again took the island tour and had a great time. The Aruba experienced was finished with shopping for t-shirts to take back to the Grandchildren. The last thing I need to mention is the Ship, which was provided everything we like and the service we were given by the crew. I have only one suggesting for RCL, they need more waiters in the Dineing room. We were celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary and they forgot to recognize it as they told us they would during one of two formal nights. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
As a background we have cruised with RCCL 7 times previously, on all of the Freedom class ships plus Oasis, Allure and Anthem. We have also cruised with NCL on Getaway, Breakaway and Epic. We booked this cruise back in summer 2015, based ... Read More
As a background we have cruised with RCCL 7 times previously, on all of the Freedom class ships plus Oasis, Allure and Anthem. We have also cruised with NCL on Getaway, Breakaway and Epic. We booked this cruise back in summer 2015, based principally on the Southern Caribbean itinerary which we had never done – and incidentally was fantastic! Having kept an eye on the (mostly poor) reviews since booking, plus the fact this was the oldest and technically smallest ship our extended family of seven (ages 19-72) had ever been on, I was just a little concerned about what we would encounter. I needn’t have worried. We had a fabulous time, possibly one of our best cruises ever. To the multiple reviewers who state this ship is “showing it’s age”, what exactly do you expect from a ship built in 2002 ??? In my opinion The Navigator looks fantastic for her age. Sure, if I got down on my hands and knees with a magnifying glass I might spot a few rust spots on the balcony door or a small carpet stain here and there, but seriously if that’s what offends you when going on a well deserved holiday, then I feel sorry for you. The public rooms all looked great, the Royal Promenade no different to any I’ve seen previously and our cabins were just fine, all 4 of them. The crew were all welcoming, friendly and efficient notably Aladdin in the R bar and O’Neal our drinks waiter at dinner – top guys both of them. I guess one common complaint I can empathise with was the standard of food in the MDR. To be fair it was mostly OK, though with a few shockers along the way - but on the other hand especially good on New Year’s Eve. Giovanni’s and Izumi were both enjoyable although avoid the scallops – chewy and tasteless. Windjammer always fine in our opinion. The casino was unbearable at times smoke wise, but I guess a function of it being smaller than most. We used it occasionally but not for long. Internet worked just fine – we bought one package and alternated users as and when required, easy. The ship had been beautifully decorated for Christmas and the effort made by the whole crew on New Year’s Eve in the dining room and on the Royal Promenade will live long in the memory. Overall we had a fantastic Christmas and New Year aboard the Navigator, and to my own surprise I will now always have a soft spot for this ship. Sadly, I suspect many will still continue to find nitpicking faults with her, but everything is there for you to have a great time, which is surely what a holiday is all about ….. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was my family's first cruise so we have nothing really to compare it to, however, we all LOVED this ship-its crew-the food-and the countries we visited. From day one, we were truly treated like guests. Our cabin steward ... Read More
This was my family's first cruise so we have nothing really to compare it to, however, we all LOVED this ship-its crew-the food-and the countries we visited. From day one, we were truly treated like guests. Our cabin steward Catherine-remembered all of our names (important) and went out of her way to make us feel at home. We loved the little towel creatures she created for us and the extra care she took in keeping our stateroom so homey and tidy. The shows were spectacular-especially the ice show. Our favorite restaurant was Giovani's and Andres provided the best of service. The Windjammer had a wonderful variety of foods and when they were closed-the cafe at Promenade filled in the gaps. The flow rider, rock wall and ice skating were a real treat and we often forgot we were on a ship in the middle of the ocean. If you have a family of teens or even young adults, they will LOVE this cruise experience! There is something to do for everyone. We will definitely cruise again and without a doubt-it will be Royal Carribean! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We cruised with a family group of 10. Our immediate family of 6 had cruised before but we had 4 newbies. Embarkation went smoothly and we were on the ship by noonish. Everyone in our group had a great time despite our 20yr old dd getting ... Read More
We cruised with a family group of 10. Our immediate family of 6 had cruised before but we had 4 newbies. Embarkation went smoothly and we were on the ship by noonish. Everyone in our group had a great time despite our 20yr old dd getting bad motion sickness this time and our 22 yr old ds not listening to his mother and not putting on enough sun screen and drinking enough water. We found the sea bands in one of the stores on day 5 and that those helped dd. We did not try any of the specialty dining. We had my time dinning and requested to be sat with the same wait staff after our first night because our waiters Atacan and Radmir took amazing care of us. We mostly ate breakfast in the windjammer and Atacan would keep an eye out for us and help us find a table and make sure we had everything we needed. I am a picky eater so I didn't care for breakfast in the mdr or the windjammer, but I always found something to eat. But the rest of our group had no problem. For lunch we went to the mdr a few times and the windjammer other times. Both were very good. Oh we did do Johnny Rockets one day for lunch. It was very good but greasy and did not like me about an hour later. We watched the ice show and that was really good. The casino was too smoky to try and go there, just going through that deck on the stairs it was really strong. Our 12 and 17 yr old dds had fun in the teen group. Some of our group tried out the flow rider and the rock climbing wall and really enjoyed those. My husband, son, and nephew played basketball almost every night and we all really enjoyed the movies out on the pool deck. Since we were in the RFS we had access to the concierge lounge. Nadja was super friendly and helped us with reservations and invited us to go on a bridge tour. Lei was the bartender in the lounge, she was amazing and knew what we liked to drink after the first night. Labadee- Half of our group did the yoga on the beach in the morning. We had a Standard Cabana on Barefoot beach club. The buffet lunch was very good. It was not very crowded on that beach, the weather wasn't super great in the morning so maybe that was why. Six of us did the zip line. I was brave and did it, I am so glad I did, it was amazing. Curacao- We did a half day tour with Irie tours, they had open air buses and did a tour of the town and a stop at the distillery and then you could either choose to stay at sea aquarium beach for 1 or 2 hours. We went back to the ship and grabbed something to eat and then went back out to check out the stores around the port. Aruba- Here we rented a 12 passenger van and drove around on our own. We went to the natural bridge, the California light house, the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, and we stopped at a beach and swam for awhile, not sure which one. Bonaire- I had booked us a snorkeling trip with Woodwind and this was my favorite excursion we did. The staff is amazing. All of us on the boat were split in 3 groups with about 8/9 people in each group and had a guide. It was a drift snorkel and went along the reef. They had a photographer and you could buy the usb for $40, which was definitely worth it. This was our first cruise with RCI and we booked our next one while on board. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We had sailed on Navigator of the seas, (NOS), back in 2003, 2004 and 2006 and as newer and larger ships came out we gravitated toward them. I found that a nine night trip had opened that left out of Miami and went to Labadee, (RCCL's ... Read More
We had sailed on Navigator of the seas, (NOS), back in 2003, 2004 and 2006 and as newer and larger ships came out we gravitated toward them. I found that a nine night trip had opened that left out of Miami and went to Labadee, (RCCL's private island), Curacao, Oranjestad, and Bonaire. Except for Labadee, theses were places we had not been to in many years. We booked the Royal Suite so embarkation was really fast, The Concierge had offered to greet us and escort us to the room, but I declined as the room was a surprise for my wife. The ship had been redone in 2014 so there were many improvements such as Sabor and izumi restaurants, digital locators, new carpet, new store fronts, pool area and more. It was like being on a new ship and very clean. All the staff and crew we came in contact with were very friendly and helpful. I suppose I am being a hypocrite to lodge a complaint about all the people who live for nothing better than to find things to whine and complain about. It's a cruise folks, and there are thousands of people the ship is trying to accommodate and I think they do a good job and also for all of the thousands of meals that they prepare, I find it so hard to believe there are those who can't find anything they like - what do you eat at home that they don't have? The following are actual things people were upset about and couldn't seem to get over: Too much ice in the drinks, not enough ice in the drinks, elevators too crowded, elevators too slow, ship too hot, ship too cold, no where to sit in Windjammer, (solve this issue by getting up an hour earlier - no one is there), lines to long to get off the ship and on and on. But my personal favorite was a small group in the elevator just getting back on the ship that were complaining about Labadee, (the private island noted for beaches and water) was too sandy. Ridiculous. For all of you that were sooo miserable that you will never sail on RCCL again - I thank you - and I'm sure the staff and crew feel the same. You're not being there will make it much more enjoyable for the rest of us. We went to Chops a couple of nights which is a specialty restaurant that they charge extra for. The food and service was outstanding. Food in the Windjammer was hot and fresh and even prepared eggs to order for breakfast. The main dining room food was served hot and the servers were very attentive and always had a smile. I think the quality is very good considering the volume of meals they serve. I enjoy going to the shows, while my wife is happier donating to the casino. I found all the shows entertaining and am always amazed that the production show singers and dancers can do all that they do on a ship that is constantly moving with out falling. This is especially true of the ice show - they do some amazing things on a moving ship and on a small ice rink. I also enjoyed watching the football games on the big screen out on the pool deck - very relaxing. My wife had a fall on the ship and unfortunately was in a wheel chair for most of the trip so we did not get off in Labadee. We had a nice day on the boat where we had it mostly to ourselves. I was able to push her around in the other ports that had shops close to the ship so we could get our souvenirs and stop in a couple of places to have a drink and some snacks. We will try to book this trip again sometime and explore a little further out. It was still all good as the weather was great for the whole trip. Was every aspect of the trip perfect - no, but I choose to focus on the 99.9% of the trip that was great rather than dwell on the one or two things that weren't. We have never been on another cruise line other than RCCL since 1996 and will continue to do so as we look forward to the next cruise on Harmony of the Seas in May of 2017. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
After driving to Miami, we made it through the port quickly. We had a little wait as they were still waiting on a few folks to disembark, but RCCL kept us in the loop as we waited in a comfortable waiting area. Once we were on board ... Read More
After driving to Miami, we made it through the port quickly. We had a little wait as they were still waiting on a few folks to disembark, but RCCL kept us in the loop as we waited in a comfortable waiting area. Once we were on board Navigator, we started to become familiarized with the beautiful ship. We were able to find Windjammer Cafe very easily because of the digital navigation boards and friendly staff. I was apprehensive about the cafe after a subpar experience in September on Enchantment of the Seas, but this was a completely different, entirely enjoyable experience. Our party of 6 was missing two people who slept in and traveled separately, but waiter Dennis greeted us, put together a table, and made us feel comfortable. Holding two extra seats wasn't an issue as the space in Windjammer on Navigator was ample for everyone boarding to dine. Dennis kept the drinks flowing and service was outstanding. The food was a typical Windjammer selection of classic favorites and some unique dishes that ensured anyone can find something- often too much- of what they enjoy. When our Junior Suite (JS) was ready, we opened the door to find a huge interior space and ample balcony area for the two of us. The other four with us had Oceanview Balcony staterooms that were very nice as well, but the JS was amazing. Note, we did book at the right time to get a JS upgrade at a great rate.The full size shower/tub combination and having extra space to stretch out in the room were worth the extra cost, but if I had to pay the full cost of a JS, I think we would have just kept an Oceanview Balcony since we pack light and don't hibernate in the room much- so a lot of the space went unused. We reserved the Chef's Table for our first night's dinner. When we learned that it would be in the Windjammer Cafe, everyone was on edge regarding what was to come. We totally underestimated what they would put together for us. The food and wine pairing was perfect and the unique cuisine was unimaginably awesome. If there could be a downside, it was that everything after that meal can't compare! However, subsequent nights' dining in the Sapphire main dining room included delicious food and generally excellent service (after a brief discussion with the assistant waiter on the first night). Bar service missed the mark a couple of times with incorrect or forgotten cocktails, but seemed to improve as well. Shows on board Navigator were great. Late night festivities were fun. The itinerary was a perfect mix of ports and sea days. Overall, our Navigator of the Seas cruise was an amazing experience with exceptional service with a price tag that didn't break the bank. It restored our faith in RCCL so much that we booked another cruise for next year! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was a first trans atlantic cruise and particularly wanted to do New York. The cruise was excellent just a few things that let it down. Firstly not enough evening entertainment on the fabulous promenade, the Boston stop should be ... Read More
This was a first trans atlantic cruise and particularly wanted to do New York. The cruise was excellent just a few things that let it down. Firstly not enough evening entertainment on the fabulous promenade, the Boston stop should be looked at as it was so disappointing we did not get of the ship until just before 2 pm and had to be back on board by 4.30pm even though they knew the ship would not sail until after 7.30 as a lot of the tours were running late. This stop should be an overnight to allow for the lengthy customs procedure that way people would get a chance to experience this beautiful city. The food although presented nicely was very bland and tasteless even in the speciality restaurants the only one I would say was a speciality was Givonnis were food was excellent. Other than that the cruise was excellent and the service was exceptional I am putting the food and entertainment problem being because it was a re-positioning cruise as on my previous RCI cruise food was excellent. The biggest disappointment was Boston not getting to see it properly and to add insult to injury to find an apology by the way of 2 free drinks vouchers when I was already fully inclusive does not smack of a personal service. So hopefully RCI will look at the Boston part of the trip and re-think it or at least advertise it as a customs stop with possibility of getting of ship for a few hours. My highlight was sailing in to New York and then finding we were docked on the bottom of 50th Street which was a 15 minute walk to Times Square RCI definitely got that one right. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We love the Navigator of the Seas, it is our all time favorite ship. No complaints with the ship. We are higher Diamond Plus cruisers (over 400 points), the diamond plus lounge and the diamond lounges were both OK, but the coffee ... Read More
We love the Navigator of the Seas, it is our all time favorite ship. No complaints with the ship. We are higher Diamond Plus cruisers (over 400 points), the diamond plus lounge and the diamond lounges were both OK, but the coffee machines were broken for the majority of the days. We were also very disappointed with concierge attendants were probably the worst we have ever experienced. Not at all helpful or friendly and did not make a point of getting to know the people they were supposed to serve. The cruise director was also not very good either. We had very few trivia contests and they were crowded into the Schooner Bar and the Two Poets Pub. Not big enough for a group of seasoned T/A cruisers that seem to really like as much as we do. We were unable to Play several times because there simply was not enough room. We really miss the special Diamond section in the dining room for breakfast - can't imagine why this was discontinued. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Our trip was a fantastic experience from start to finish.Our stateroom was a wow when we opened the door .Kingsize bed etc amazing.Our steward Gamma was very efficient and polite.The night dining experience was amazing our waiters omah and ... Read More
Our trip was a fantastic experience from start to finish.Our stateroom was a wow when we opened the door .Kingsize bed etc amazing.Our steward Gamma was very efficient and polite.The night dining experience was amazing our waiters omah and bing bing were excellent very efficient and the food was lovely to.The ship Navigator of the seas was huge and very nice.The entertainment overall was good a show every night and a ice skating show twice a week witch were all very good.The group on in the stardust bar were excellent.We had quizzes in the afternoon and evening every day in various venues.Went in the swimming pools and the whirlpools more than once the whirlpools water was really hot could have stayed in for hours and you could watch and listen on the big outside screen it was massive,Boarding and departing were very well organised they were done deck by deck great idea.Docking and leaving the port were so smooth did not feel anything,Cannot wait to go again.My wife had dialysis on board which went very smoothly organised by head nurse Dillis and her two nurses very friendly and good at there job.Overall 10 out of 10. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This cruise was made brilliant by the ship staff and the entertainment. The Moroccan stop was disappointing as its definitely not as good as Tangier where we have been before. The canaries stops are what you would expect and great for ... Read More
This cruise was made brilliant by the ship staff and the entertainment. The Moroccan stop was disappointing as its definitely not as good as Tangier where we have been before. The canaries stops are what you would expect and great for the winter sun. LaHavre is way too far from paris so we went to a quaint little fishing villiage instead. I have to say I really enjoyed the stops and some were great for relaxing and others great for exploring. The food was good as always although as always the windjammer was very hectic with food you would expect from a cafe rather than somewhere with fine dining. I think they have cut out too much of the windjammer for the 2 speciality restaurants they inserted as this has undoubtedly stolen space from the free dining of the windjammer. I would also say that the dining room was also better than the speciality restaurants and so I wouldn't bother paying for those again. We enjoyed this cruise so much though that we did book our next one while on board!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We sailed on this ship in May and booked a back to back for September because we like the ship size and the staff were so friendly and obliging, the ship was spotless, the food was good, Giovannis was excellent and the ice skating was ... Read More
We sailed on this ship in May and booked a back to back for September because we like the ship size and the staff were so friendly and obliging, the ship was spotless, the food was good, Giovannis was excellent and the ice skating was amazing as always, I feel that the shows did leave room for improvement but some artists were ok.The orchestra was very good but having cruised on Navigator previously we had seen most of the entertainment before but it didn't spoil our cruise. I think RCI have created their own problem by not asking guests to adhere to the dress code, Cruise Compass is a guide to attire for the evening and part of the enjoyment of cruising is making that extra effort occasionally but each to his own I guess. My husband and I have been cruising for 25 years and can't think of a better way to spend our holidays, we have met some very interesting people from all over the world and have remained friends with them, if you are a first time cruiser don't be put off by negative comments, it is the best way to holiday. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Got a great deal on this cruise, balcony for the same price as an inside/oceanview cabin. We loved every minute of it! Embarkation was very smooth, straight to cabin and then to Windjammer for late lunch! The cabin was fine, clean, ... Read More
Got a great deal on this cruise, balcony for the same price as an inside/oceanview cabin. We loved every minute of it! Embarkation was very smooth, straight to cabin and then to Windjammer for late lunch! The cabin was fine, clean, decent bathroom, ample storage etc. Food was lovely and plentiful,we ate in the Windjammer, the Sapphire dining room and Chops Grill. The staff were very friendly and attentive, they couldn't do enough for you! Some good shows, including the Ice show ,a juggler, a ventriloquist and a couple of very good singers. There were lots of activities going on through the day but we were off the ship every day for eight continuous days and didn't really bother with them. Ports visited were Gibralter, Cartagena, Palma, Barcelona, Valencia,Malaga ,Cadiz and Lisbon. All well worth a visit but Barcelona, Cadiz, Malaga and Cartagena were our favourites.We did our own thing in every port. We thought the ship was great but there is a shortage of places to just sit and watch the world go by but hey, we coped! Service charge on drinks is however excessive...18%!!! We would do this cruise again and would also recommend it. Have seen negative reviews on here for Navigator but we loved it! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Everything was wonderful about this cruise, I cant think of 1 fault. The cabin was spacious and comfortable, food excellent and the service second to none. The bar staff remembered our names and drinks even though we used nearly all the ... Read More
Everything was wonderful about this cruise, I cant think of 1 fault. The cabin was spacious and comfortable, food excellent and the service second to none. The bar staff remembered our names and drinks even though we used nearly all the bars on the ship. The excursions where good apart from the one we booked in Barcelona but that was because we had chosen the wrong one for us. We would go again with this cruise line. This was our first cruise and a thoroughly marvellous holiday. We did not see any of the shows etc on board as they are not our thing, but if you want entertaining there was plenty to do. The food was great if you couldnt find anything to eat on the menus there is something wrong with your diet, eat as much or as little or as healthily as you can wish for. Pool areas very good but chairs and sunbeds can b a little too close to your neighbours, plenty of towels around the pool. liked the sharing breakfast tables enabled us to meet new people every day Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our first cruise and our honeymoon. Having read previous reviews about this ship I was slightly worried but I really do not know where the negative views come from. The ship was absolutely beautiful and from the ease of boarding ... Read More
This was our first cruise and our honeymoon. Having read previous reviews about this ship I was slightly worried but I really do not know where the negative views come from. The ship was absolutely beautiful and from the ease of boarding the ship, to the choice in dining and the entertainment, there is not one thing I could complain about. Our cabin was a stateroom (8264) with a balcony which we made good use of. Everything was clean and the room attendant came at least twice a day to remake the beds and change the towels. We chose anytime dining and it was the best thing we did. The Main Dining Room was beautiful and we used it a couple of times for dinner but without a doubt the star of the ship is the Windjammer Café with hundreds of choices of meals and beautiful views out the floor to ceiling windows. We went to a couple of shows and all were first class. Every member of staff we dealt with were helpful, knowledgeable and completely professional. We only got off the ship a couple of times but when we did everything was explained and well managed. Please do not listen to the negative reviews of this ship or cruise line.! If you want to relax, meet new people and have lots of fun this is perfect. My only note would be we did go outside school holidays so the usual sunbed issues described didn't really exist and there were very few children aboard. If I had one negative comment it would be there are only really two English TV channels in the rooms which meant the choices when getting ready to go out were "Come Dine with Me" or "Top Gear" which got a bit dull. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Many previous reviews have been extremely negative and in some cases completely unfair, however each passenger has a different experience or point of view. Thankfully I have come off the ship having had a fantastic weeks cruise in Norway. ... Read More
Many previous reviews have been extremely negative and in some cases completely unfair, however each passenger has a different experience or point of view. Thankfully I have come off the ship having had a fantastic weeks cruise in Norway. Firstly this was a very different cruise to a 14 night Med cruise so no sun bed issues (we were not blessed with sunshine) and the clientele probably differ to the sun seekers. My biggest concern was the complaints of badly behaved kids but I think there were a lot less kids on this cruise and I witnessed no bad behavior at all. The other big complaint is that the ship is run down but to be honest I disagree. I first sailed the Navigator in 2007 and it’s just as nice now as it was then. Check in was quick and smooth and we were on the ship by midday. I was expecting a bit of madness in the Windjammer that day and that’s exactly what I got, however we managed to get a table fairly quickly and was able to escape to the cabin at 1330hrs. Our cabin was one of the new additional balcony cabins on deck 12 and was everything I expected. The bed was comfy, had a nice size balcony and was spotlessly clean. Location was great for the Solarium, spa, pool area, gym and bar. I do have a few negatives though. On the first night we had high wind and were woken about 3am to the clanging of sunbeds being tossed around above us. Quick stop at the guest relations desk the next morning and they had them piled up and secured by that afternoon. Very impressed by the speedy action!! The other problem was the plumbing, on three occasions the flush stopped working and one morning we had yellow water coming out of the taps and shower… lovely! Also walls are paper thin, so I got to know the people either side of us better than I would have liked! Food was generally very good and we mainly used the MDR for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Service was always excellent. Also great selection of items in the Café Promenade including lots of pic nic type goodies like scotch eggs and pork pies, obviously put on for us Brits! Entertainment was mostly excellent. Loved the Michael Bouble tribute and Classical Graffiti but the others were not as good (but not bad either). Missed the 70s party on the Royal Promenade but the Brit pop one was fun. We loved doing there various quizzes in the Star Lounge and Scooner.. great fun!! Ice show was AMAZING and much better than the show on the Allure last year. Overall it was a fantastic week and the crew on this ship really work damn hard. I never encountered rude staff, bad food or a tired ship. I would sail the Navigator anyday! Tips – 1) Take your own shower gel/shampoo and hand wash. RCL give you the absolute basics. 2) Kettles and teabags are provided in the room but if you like coffee take a small jar of instant. Apparently the free coffee on board is vile. Thankfully I don’t touch the stuff. 3) Avoid the Windjammer on sea days and stick to the MDR for breakfast or lunch. 4) DO NOT purchase RCL excursion’s. A little research and pre planning will save you £££. We got our fingers burnt last year on the Allure ! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Myself and my family had not cruised before so this was our first experience and it was great. My wife found this cruise from Royal Caribbean and given it left from Southampton and was for only 7 nights it was a great first experience. ... Read More
Myself and my family had not cruised before so this was our first experience and it was great. My wife found this cruise from Royal Caribbean and given it left from Southampton and was for only 7 nights it was a great first experience. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and the level of customer service was exceptional. We were really made to feel like we mattered and that our holiday experience was important to them. Of course this should always be the case but on this occasion it felt genuine. We were told that Royal Caribbean would be a better option given we have small children and whilst I haven't experienced any other cruise companies and I would certainly agree. The dining experience in the main Dining Room was great and the staff were very attentive. The Windjammer can be busy and on one occasion we couldn't get seated but this was only once. The evenings entertainment was very good. Prior to going I was unsure of the cruising experience given all the info out there about formal nights, what to wear, drinks packages, excursions, how things work etc but don't worry. The holiday is about your enjoyment and it was all very relaxed once on board. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My family and I had never cruised before and hadn't known anyone who had been on a cruise so we booked this holiday completely blind. We chose Royal Caribbean because we were told by a travel agent that they were one of the best for ... Read More
My family and I had never cruised before and hadn't known anyone who had been on a cruise so we booked this holiday completely blind. We chose Royal Caribbean because we were told by a travel agent that they were one of the best for families. Because of our lack of experience in cruising we relied heavily on the internet forums and review sites. After reading through the reviews I don't deny I was starting to think I'd made a mistake. Some of the reviews for Royal Caribbean, and especially the Navigator, were scathing. The reviews were so bad I contemplated just cancelling, despite losing some money on the booking. However, in the end I chose to go with it and make my own mind up and I am so glad we did. My family and I had one of the best holidays we've ever had. Firstly, the embarkation was fantastic. Had no idea what the procedure was but as soon as we pulled up at the drop off point (we got a lift to the port) a member of staff was there and took our cases. We then just queued to get through security, which moved quickly (15 minutes) and within the hour we were on the ship. One of the first things I noticed was that the cleanliness was excellent. I'm not obsessive about these things but I do think cleanliness is a good mark of how much pride is taken in an establishment. To be fair, our cabin (oceanview cabin, deck 2), whilst perfectly functional and fine for our needs, was slightly tired but always kept spotless by our room attendant. The location of our cabin (2330) was brilliant. It was so quiet as we barely heard any foot traffic and nothing at all from the deck above. As we were a family of 4, the room had the pullman beds which wasn't ideal as we all banged our heads on them at least once during the week but the room attendant folded them away during the daytime which provided a bit more room. The shower cubicle in the bathroom had sliding doors and is quite roomy. My husband is on the larger side and he also didn't feel too squashed in it. We sailed on a Sunday and tried the Windjammer for breakfast on the Monday. This wasn't a great experience to be honest. The place was very crowded and there were no spare tables. When we did eventually find a table, we were pleased with the food on offer. There is nothing they don't do! They absolutely cannot cope with the volume of people who descend into the Windjammer for breakfast. If you are a party of 2 it may be easier to find a table at busier times but as we are typically early risers we found that finding a table wasn't an issue the rest of the week for a famly of 4 as we were in there before 9.30am which is from when it seems to start getting busy. However, it is worth noting that food from the Windjammer can be eaten elsewhere on the ship so if it is busy you can always get your food and eat it by the pool, in your room, in another public area etc. We tried breakfast in the dining room a couple of times and I personally preferred this set up. There wasn't as much choice as in the Windjammer but I liked being seen to a table and the waiting service so that my family and I could discuss the day ahead. With dining, the only disappointment we had was at Johnny Rockets. We went there on a Friday night and were seriously underwhelmed. We personally felt the food was average and the service mediocre. I understand they are meant to dance on the half hour too but despite being there for just under an hour and a half, this didn't happen. We had seen them dance for customers throughout the week so we know they did do it so we weren't quite sure why we didn't get that too. We didn't bother to ask and just put it down to experience. On the days we decided to sit by the pool we had no issue getting beds by the pool - even on sea days. Many of the reviews I read online before we left said that there was no chance of this but by the time we'd finsihed breakfast and gone back to our room and changed we never really go to the pool before 10am and there was always lots of spare beds. Only a handful of beds were ever reserved. Either we were incredibly lucky or the other reviewers are incredibly unlucky. I personally didn't go in the pool but the kids absolutely loved it. We didn't experience any kids running riot or being left unattended. We didn't take part in any of the daytime activities, such as the quizzes, but the evening entertainment was great. We saw a good hypnotist, a band and a comedy magician. All shows were of good quality. There was a vocalist on one of the nights but unfortunately I didn't get to that show. We also saw the ice show. It started off a bit cheesy but quickly picked up pace. The Brit Rock Party on the last night was probably the best of the entertainment. It was a great atmosphere and everyone was singing along to the best of British rock music. My general opinion of the crew was that they are incredibly hard working and really do want you to have a good holiday. On one night in the dining room my husband ordered fish pie but didn't like it. Our waitress spotted this and assured him he'd have something he did like in 2 minutes. My husband re-ordered and sure enough, the food was in front of him in record time so that he could carry on eating with us. The staff were attentive without being overbearing and were very professional at all times. My children (aged 6 and 11) wanted to try the kids clubs. My 6 year old absolutely loved the club and asked to go each night. She had a great time. My 11 year old found his club a bit hit and miss but on the whole liked it. He did say that there were some "silly boys" there one night but you get this everywhere. He said there was also a bunch of them that stayed away from the "silly boys" so it was fine. We didn't make them go to the kids clubs so if either of them had really hated it they would have kept clear of them but they went to them more often than not. We only got off the ship at Bilbao and Vigo. Vigo was so easy as you don't need a shuttle bus - you step off and you're there. If you want the great views that Vigo have to offer then be prepared to climb a lot, and I mean A LOT, of steps!! The views are worth it though. We probably didn't skim the surface of Bilbao but what we did see was great. We didn't go in the Guggenheim but instead chose to walk around Bilbao and take in the sights. It looks like a great city. It was 35 degree heat and very hot and the kids were not coping with the walking in the heat too well so we did cut the day short just to stop the whinging but if we go again we will plan it much better and set ourselves an itinery for the day. Despite there being a couple of disappointments we had a fabulous time and all the good things about this trip far outweighed the not so good. And to be honest the not to good things weren't even bad things really. Now I've experienced the Navigator for myself I really do not understand the negative reviews. The ship has 3000 people on it, it is unrealistic to think you're going to 'approve' of everyone on there. That is not real life. As I said at the start, we chose Royal Caribbean, and this ship, as were told it was best for families and so again, if you don't want to be around kids then don't chose a family ship. If you expect all children to be seen and not heard, don't leave your house! People tend to only leave reviews if they're really pleased (like me) or are really disappointed. Those who have a great time through having their expectations met, tend not to review. Out of the thousands and thousands of passengers this ship carries, how many reviews are you relying on? I would sail with Royal Caribbean in a heartbeat and would be delighted to sail on Navigator again. If you're booked to sail with them have a great cruise :-) Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This is out 5 cruise 3rd with RCI. First from the UK port of Southampton. We have only cruised the Med and the Caribbean in the past. The ship was amazing as always and the staff are the best again as they always are. ... Read More
This is out 5 cruise 3rd with RCI. First from the UK port of Southampton. We have only cruised the Med and the Caribbean in the past. The ship was amazing as always and the staff are the best again as they always are. The main dining room is probably the best I have been to. The food was good, not AMAZING however then you think they are doing 18000 covers per day it is very impressive. Anyone who has travelled with RCI in the past know just how amazing they can be and my grips where only with the passengers. The all inclusive drinks offer was very good and to be fair we made the most of it but with this deal came 100's of Footie T shirt wearing types. These may be lovely folk (I didn't speak to them) but not my type. Also, again this is no fault of the ships but the Parents. Kids Kids Kids. Jumping in lifts, screaming down the stairs, knock down ginger on my cabin. Kids will be Kids it didn't bother me all that but did leave a stain on the experience. I would certainly travel again with RCI but I would pick a different location out of the kids holiday season. I would probably pay a bit more to as the price bracket for this trip attracted a type of client that I'm not too comfortable being around. One thing RCI needs to sort out is Sunbeds. We always got a bed as we where early risers however to many people turn up with the towels and disappear for their tours ashore then come back 3-4 pm for a few hrs of sunshine. there should be a 1 hr Policy on towels. I did speak with the staff but they appear to be two scared to take action. This is my biggest gripe. They did however keep kids out of the solarium (under 16's) personally Id make is over 21's. Chops Grill amazing as always. The two guys in Vintages where fantastic. Very knowledgeable, we went in there every night before dinner. They would recognise us and have our wine of choice ready without having to ask, we love this. The ship itself is a little tired but they didn't bother us. We have been on Allure which is different gravy but also Majesty (or the old tug as we called it) all 3 ships excelled in service and experience. Overall a good holiday. We will booking up Anthem or Quantum soon :D Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
It was our first cruise so we wanted it to be special. The Navigator of the seas really stood out from all of the other cruise ships leaving for the Med at the same time. We were not disappointed with our choice and have booked to sail on ... Read More
It was our first cruise so we wanted it to be special. The Navigator of the seas really stood out from all of the other cruise ships leaving for the Med at the same time. We were not disappointed with our choice and have booked to sail on her again next summer Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.5 4.2

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