Sail Date: April 2005
Second cruise on this line. Was very disappointed in the dress code in the dining room. One "gentlemen" wore a muscle shirt, sweatshirt shorts, and a ball cap!!! Many in there with hats on, jeans, and sneakers. Dress code needs ... Read More
Second cruise on this line. Was very disappointed in the dress code in the dining room. One "gentlemen" wore a muscle shirt, sweatshirt shorts, and a ball cap!!! Many in there with hats on, jeans, and sneakers. Dress code needs to be addressed. Also, food was nothing to right home about. It was almost the exact same menu as the Western cruise in 2004. Dining room entertainment by the waitstaff was unimpressive. Our waitstaff, MaryJane and Agnes were exceptional!!!! However, this ship is beautiful. It has a great program for teenagers. The ship also stressed the behavior of children in theaters and other public areas. Can't say enough about the bartenders in Two Poets Pub on the Promenade. Shout out to Dane, Lenore, and Jocelyn!!!! Was a problem day of embarkment. We arrived to check in at 12:15 which was a breeze. However, we had to stand in line for another hour plus to get on ship. Cruise Line stated there was a problem of clearing people off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2005
I'd have to say that this cruise was a success, and that by-and-large I was happy with the entire package. That said, I have my reservations about cruising on this size ship again, and with Royal Caribbean specifically. Everything was ... Read More
I'd have to say that this cruise was a success, and that by-and-large I was happy with the entire package. That said, I have my reservations about cruising on this size ship again, and with Royal Caribbean specifically. Everything was fine, nothing blew me away, some things were disastrous. Embarkation - A hardcore full on disaster. Arrived port 1030, got on board ship somewhere between 1330-1400. Normally this is not so much the line's fault as customs, but in this instance it was all RCCL. 7 crew members were caught smuggling drugs into the country and thus the ship was FOREVER getting cleared. RCCL herded us into various chaotic holding areas as this time drug on. I hear that around 1300 some people were given juice, and light snacks, but I personally saw none of this. I sat, with cattle, and starved as breakfast was a LONG time since. Stateroom - Deluxe Ocean View Room, Starboard, slightly aft, 7306. No complaints here at all. Loved the central location, being just a few decks above Royal Promenade, a mere 4 decks directly above the dining hall proved invaluable in skipping the dreaded "wait for the elevator". Room was by no means spacious, but was modern, quiet, well-equipped with storage space. Balcony was very nice, private, and spacious, and equipped with two chairs, and a small table. Television was a little un-reliable but I never watch on a cruise anyway, so no issue there. The seapass account was nearly impossible to view on the TV 3-4 minute wait when it DID come up, which was totally hit or miss, and the folio was not updated until day five, which I thought was a little ridiculous. Public Rooms - This was a highlight. The entire public area of this ship is A+. Truly breath-taking art collection on board, literally everywhere you look is something exquisite. Royal Promenade is awe-inspiring, as are the two atriums at either end. Other highlights: Cosmopolitan Lounge, Two Poets Pub, Champagne Bar, and the connoisseur Club. Dining - This was one of the low-lites I'm sorry to say. The Dining Room itself is a treasure. I was on main floor, Deck 3, Nutcracker. The food was quite obviously mass-produced. I don't mind that it was mass food, since there were over 3,000 guests on board, but I do mind that it was so painfully impersonal. Things that should have been hard and caramelized were soft, and soggy. There was very little to no possibility of having anything seasoned to your specific taste, or getting anything off menu. Sadly, I'd have to say this food was far below what you'd expect at any medium rated restaurant. The classic "MMmmmm" never came close to escaping my mouth. The food was similar to what you'd find at a slightly low quality chain I guess. TGI Friday's like perhaps. None of it was horrid, but some of it was close, while nothing really came close to grand. The menu was quite unimaginative, and limited. Nothing positive I can say about this. Our waiter was a total failure. No personality, night seven I was still sir, never got to know my name, never asked, never once made eye contact. When taking my order he mumbled, and seemed annoyed and displeased when I'd have say two starters instead of one. EVERY day I got a fruit bowl instead of a salad. Days 5 and 6 he brought me salad for some unknown reason, and only brought the fruit when asked. Quite possibly one of the least friendly waiters of my life, but for 7 nights in a row. It was not for lack of trying, he was not slacking, just very shy, and with no personality. Due to this, I blame not him, but RCCL for putting him in a position he was clearly not comfortable with. I asked out Ass't waiter if our waiter was new one night, to which he replied "nooooo, sir, very senior." SIGH! The aforementioned Ass't waiter was A+. He was fast with the bread, attentive to the drinks, funny, engageable, and had a fabulous memory. Head Waiters was pleasant, and fine. Nothing great, or horrid. Aside from that the food on the ship was relatively all over the place. The buffet Windjammer IMO was the best food option on the ship. Excellent, in every way. Johnny Rockets was the biggest ripoff on the ship. $3.95 on your seapass all you can eat, 'cept for your shakes which of course are also $3.95 and just happen to be what Johnny Rockets are known for. I dropped $13 on the place, but could have had the same meal for free in the Windjammer. Cafe Promenade was the spot for late night diners, and was fine, but not impressive at all. Room Service was often earlier than ordered, or later than ordered but when you got it, was quite nice. However, one night my order never arrived. I ordered, waited an hour, called back to be told there was no order for me, replaced order, waited another hour got nothing, called back and cancelled and was told again no order was in for me? Not sure what happened there. Entertainment - gets a passing grade, though not much more. In the main theatre one show was SUPER, two were good, one was decent, and another was so bad I left in the middle. I skipped one altogether as I wanted to just hang out. Shipboard activities were well varied and from what I saw very well organized. Had only good times, not a single negative here. RCCL personnel - ran the gamut from great, to awful. I was treated like a king, and like a piece of trash. Mostly in between of course. All in all, the good outweighed the bad. Shore excursions - Labadee I opted to just hang out and do whatever. Did some climbing exploring in the Dragons's Head area, swam a bit, etc. Did not really prefer this port, but can't really say anything bad about it either. Good place to relax and be unfettered. Ocho Rios, Jamaica - Did the Dunn's River Falls/Dolphin Cove combo. Dunn's river was great, took a boat from the pier to the beach where the falls end. Climbed up apart from the guides with just the wife and myself. Great fun. Dolphin's Cove is a total waste. Lame excuse for a zoo where uninterested guides take you on a walk and show you birds, snakes, and coffee. Then, they say "look, here are dolphins" in this cage, aren't they funny? Worst experience in a port ever. Never, ever again. My advice is to skip the excursions, take a taxi to the falls and have a blast. George Town - Scheduled Rays and Reef Combo but as usual they cancelled as the water was "a tad choppy" and apparently the 6 year olds they had booked stood a strong chance of drowning. Anyway, found a divemaster on our own, and did the Rays and Reef anyway. Good clean fun here, Rays are a trip. George Town itself has no soul, no personality other than being a place of commerce. Generally a place to avoid I'd say. Cozumel - Tulum Express. Focus on express. Here are the ruins, look, pretty, now, see them in the rear view mirror? Just too quick. Aside from that I did enjoy myself. Great tour guides, very interested in providing good experience, and very gracious and kind. As I say, some great, some ok, some bad, some awful. I think I'll give it a grade of C+. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2005
Embarkation was a breeze, was at the port at 11 am and on the ship by 11:30. Our stateroom was ready so we were able to drop our carry on's in the stateroom and change. Up to the Windjammer for lunch and to the pool. Unfortunately, ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze, was at the port at 11 am and on the ship by 11:30. Our stateroom was ready so we were able to drop our carry on's in the stateroom and change. Up to the Windjammer for lunch and to the pool. Unfortunately, our cross bookings with friends was not followed thru and we were originally scheduled for different floors and different tables in the dining room. maitre d's showed a poor attitude and it became difficult to sit together until I had a long conversation with the customer service representative. The ship is lovely, clean and it great shape. First night the show is at 8 p.m. for both seatings and dinner for the late seating is at 9 p.m. The Parade is at 11 p.m. down the Promenade. Chops dinner was wonderful..a great evening to go in the Caribbean night in the dining room....unless you like Jamaican style food. Sea day (Sunday), great weather and a lovely day to relax and drink in the warm sunshine. Labadee (Monday) again another warm sunny day. Lunch was nice on the beach.. in several locations. Most of the ship is closed while the ship is there, including the Windjammer and Cafe Promenade,so is you want to stay on board only the dining room is open for lunch. This was the first formal night and the night of the Captain;'s welcome aboard party. App 80% of the cruisers adhered to the dress code. Jamaica (Tuesday), went on the horseback riding excursions, we rode for while and then rode bareback in the ocean. A good time was had by all. We went into town for awhile, cab fare is 6 round-trip per person, but there are now enough shops where the ship docks to make this unnecessary. We had a lovely dinner in Chops. Grand Cayman (Wed.). Friends went swimming with the stingrays, as we had done this the last time we were there, we walked around town and went back to the ship. There were 4 other ships tendering along with ours. Tendering was not a problems and very easy to get on and off the ships. Grand Cayman is still showing some of the effects of the hurricane, especially on some of thee back streets you can still see some of the destruction and rebuilding is still going on. This was also the second formal night, and the night Lobster is served for dinner. It is also the night they have the Grand Buffet. Found that only 50-60% adhered to the dress code with people showing up in jeans and shorts for dinner in the dining room. Cozumel (Thurs). We were one of 8 ships in Port that day. Went swimming with the dolphins and had a great time. We took a taxi downtown and did some shopping (cost in 6 each way for the taxi....not pp) and went back to relax on the ship. Quest was played that night along with Rockin thru the Decades in Studio B. Sea Day (Friday). Just lounged around the solarium pool and in the Hot Tub relaxing. Farewell show is at 7 p.m. that night and had a relaxing diner with friends, who remembered our anniversary and had a cake for us that night. This week was President's week with a lot of families and children on board(was told there were 1100 children, who for the most part where very well behaved) However, suggested dress code was not at all adhered to with people showing up Formal night or any night for that matter in jeans and shorts to the Main dining room and this was true of the adults also. We had 3 different comics that where excellent, along with the singer who sang the theme from the TV show "Happy Days" The RCI singers and dancers and shows were very weak. Disembarking was very easy with just a short wait thru customs, we left the ship at around 8:30, and was in a taxi on our way to the Ft Lauderdale airport by 9:15. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2004
Navigator of the Seas - Western Caribbean Sail Date: 2004 12 11 Remember that each review is a representation of personal experiences and our likes and dislikes may not be yours. This was our 6th cruise and 2nd with RCI. The ship is ... Read More
Navigator of the Seas - Western Caribbean Sail Date: 2004 12 11 Remember that each review is a representation of personal experiences and our likes and dislikes may not be yours. This was our 6th cruise and 2nd with RCI. The ship is the most fascinating ship we have seen to date. The ship is beautiful from the outside and inside and really smooth sailing. Who would imagine a mall like The Promenade that is 4 decks high with a pub, coffee shop and various shops. The service on the ship was excellent! Nothing more to say! The food was good to very good. There is a good selection of items on the menu for dinner. One night at dinner we causally mentioned to our waiter that we like Indian cuisine. Right then and there, he arranged an Indian entrEe to be prepared for us for the next evening. The meal was very good. Now that is service. We had our breakfast and lunch on deck 11 buffet. Plenty of choices, you will not go hungry. The entertainment was excellent! The main theater shows, ice show, bands, parades in the Promenade were all excellent. One area for improvement will be the availability of fluids. On the sun decks, you can only get bar service. Many other ships have lemonade, ice tea and water available from self serve fountains. On the Navigator you need to go the to deck 11 buffet to get free lemonade and ice tea. Also, if you asked for ice tea or lemonade outside of the dinning room or buffet, a charge would apply. Disappointing for RCI to penny-pinch like that! Our excursion in Cozumel to the mainland was not a good experience. The ferry to the mainland and back was rough and made some passengers seasick. The trip is about 35-50 minutes long with about 500 passengers depending on which ferry was used. On the return, depending on which excursion was booked you were dropped off in downtown Cozumel and then at your expense, take a taxi to the ship. Others had to wait for the 6:00 p.m. ferry to Cozumel then transfer to another ferry which took us to the ship. The ship was to leave at 7:00 p.m. but waited until we arrived at 7:15 p.m. Thank goodness the excursion was booked with the ship otherwise, the ship would have left us behind! And last but not least the Cruise Critic group. What a great group of new friends! As the group was more than 25, RCI arranged a gathering for us where we had a chance to meet everyone and also meet the captain. Great vacation, fantastic ship, made new friends and booked the Mariner Of The Seas for May 2005! Simon & Toni - simon_toni@hotmail.com Read Less
Sail Date: June 2004
I have sailed on other Royal Caribbean cruise ship and as far as I am concerned they just can't be beat. I did find the food on this ship, in the dining room, was not as good as other Royal Caribbean ships I have sailed on. An ... Read More
I have sailed on other Royal Caribbean cruise ship and as far as I am concerned they just can't be beat. I did find the food on this ship, in the dining room, was not as good as other Royal Caribbean ships I have sailed on. An example is a shrimp and pasta main entree that I ordered. I was so disappointed when I got it. It contained no shrimp, not even shrimp flavor. The choices were as bad as those on Carnival ships I have sailed on. The service was excellent, as is the usual with Royal Caribbean ships. My grandson, who is 4 years old (his 3rd cruise) really enjoyed the children's activities and constantly wanted to be with the group. My 13 year old grandson had the time of his life. This was his first cruise. We were with a group, and everyone, with the exception of my children (who have sailed before), had never sailed on Royal Caribbean before. But after cruising on this ship they vowed to go Royal Caribbean all the time. Everyone said they really enjoyed the entertainment that was on this ship. The entire group joined the Crown and Anchor society while on board, but what made me feel real good, being the group leader, was that each one of them said they saw why I brag on Royal Caribbean so Much. The Navigator of the Seas only improvement that I see needed is the food in the main dining room at night. KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK ROYAL CARIBBEAN. Read Less
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.5 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
Rates 4.5 0.0

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