Sail Date: May 2016
Travelled with husband, daughter and her family plus daughters mum in law, so very varied age group, from 3 years to 85! We Like RCI but feel the Navigator did not provide enough quiet lounge type areas just to sit in. Lots of places ... Read More
Travelled with husband, daughter and her family plus daughters mum in law, so very varied age group, from 3 years to 85! We Like RCI but feel the Navigator did not provide enough quiet lounge type areas just to sit in. Lots of places to sit and drink but these tend to be crowded and noisy. Waiting to be served at bars took some time. Seemed bar staff were very stretched. Dining as always was very good and food varied. Thought cover charge for Chops Grill was a bit much at $35 each tho. Entertainment was first class. Something for everyone. Cabins beautifully kept and speaking for ourselves, spotlessly clean. Our cabin was on deck 8 and although near lifts was very peaceful. Great crew, always on hand to help and always with a smile. Kids club for little ones was super and was well run and supervised. Lots of sporty things to do for teenagers too. Our daughter used spa facilities several times and rated them highly. All in all a good cruise. Shame about weather!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was our first transatlantic cruise and I wasn't sure if we would get bored. But there was plenty to do including bridge lessons and bridge games. There were times that were disorganized such as going out on excursions and in ... Read More
This was our first transatlantic cruise and I wasn't sure if we would get bored. But there was plenty to do including bridge lessons and bridge games. There were times that were disorganized such as going out on excursions and in the Azores it took over an hour to return to the ship because of the security process. But it is a beautiful ship and we enjoyed ourselves. The food was very good and the staff was friendly and tried to make our cruise pleasant. The entertainment was also very good and a few of the shows were excellent. Disembarkation was in Southampton England. Because we were immigration checked our passports on the ship it went smoothly. However the process for doing this was quite long and used up a sea day while waiting to be checked. The excursions we chose were informative and quite nice. We especially enjoyed Paris. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was our first transatlantic cruise and it was wonderful. There were some minor issues which is why I can't give it a 5. I would give a 4.5 if I could however. There was plenty to do on the ship as they really did try to ... Read More
This was our first transatlantic cruise and it was wonderful. There were some minor issues which is why I can't give it a 5. I would give a 4.5 if I could however. There was plenty to do on the ship as they really did try to offer a variety especially with being at sea for 6 days. I brought along some "things to do" anyhow. I especially enjoyed some of the crew offering basic language classes in Spanish, Portuguese and French. We had "cheat sheets" to carry with us just in case. I checked the Compass every evening to see what was going on the next day. Very good evening shows in the theater. The ice dancing show was awesome. We opted for tours in Ponta Delgada & Lisbon, Portugal as well as Paris, France. Very enjoyable and the tour guides were very informative. The 1st day of touring was rather disorganized and many complained about getting off the ship and getting on it. We were at least 45 minutes late in getting off the ship for our tour. It took us about 30 minutes to get back on but for others it was an hr or more. Amends and improvements were made as we received a 15% credit off our excursion cost plus changes were made going forward to make it easier to get off the ship. However there was still a bit of an issue with getting off at the time indicated which could have been due in part to the tides and where to put the ramps. Not their fault. We were pleased with the food offered but then we were looking for some different options. Our dining room servers, Reynante and Boohpendra, were really good as was our bar server Howard. We sometimes asked what their recommendations were for the main entree and weren't disappointed. We don't usually see the head waiter on our cruises but that wasn't the case this time. Unfortunately I don't recall his name but he came over and talked with us a few times. He asked how everything was going, did we have any concerns with the dining or in other areas of the ship. He was very good. We had MyTime dining for the first time and am going with it again on our next cruise. We weren't happy with our room attendant's service but he could have been new to the position or had too many cabins. Our cabin was set up with 2 towels and 1 small bar of soap for 2 people. I asked for a couple more towels but we didn't get that day or the next morning so we had to ask again. The 3rd time I said I would at least like 1 more towel. We didn't get more soap so I had to spend $19 for a bottle of shower gel. I also had to ask at least 3 times for more toilet paper as we were down to less than 1/2 a roll at one point. We had a bath mat one morning but it was taken away and we didn't see another for at least a week so we used a hand towel. After a week onboard, we received a tube of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion. One day our room didn't receive service so I went to the desk. We were in the cabin when the attendant came the 1st time but we left within 30 minutes. He could have come back but he didn't. We didn't have the card to place in the door to make up the room because he took the card on the 1st day. We did eventually get one back. However, in spite of the issues mentioned, the good outweighed the bad so we have booked another cruise on the same ship for next year. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose this cruise for the cost and for the islands visited. Not having to drive down to Miami was also a big plus. We had never cruised on one of the larger ships. This was about twice as big as we had sailed on before, yet it was ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the cost and for the islands visited. Not having to drive down to Miami was also a big plus. We had never cruised on one of the larger ships. This was about twice as big as we had sailed on before, yet it was not one of the HUGE new ones. Surprisingly it did not feel crowded, and it was very easy to find our way around. Our little inside cabin was good sized with a big bed, LOTS of storage in the large closet with many hangers plus drawers in the built in areas. There was even a couch. The bathroom was compact but comfortable - easy to maneuver in. The service was exceptional everywhere on the ship. We ate in the main dining room for most meals and enjoyed the varied menu. The breads/rolls and desserts were the best we've ever had on a cruise. The soups and salads were good - a few exceptionally good. The main entrees were a mixed blessing: some very good; others sounded better than they actually tasted. The ship was well laid out, easy to get around, plenty of elevators and wide stairwells. There were "You are here" illustrations at all main intersections, so it was easy to keep track of location. There were also large touch screens by each bank of elevators for additional information. The main dining room had the evening menu on large touch screens outside the main doors at each level of the room. We looking forward to picking out what we would be eating ahead of time - saved time. The trip was totally for relaxation. We did not attend the shows or take any of the ship sponsored excursions though we did go off on our own in ports with no trouble getting around. Only one complaint about the ship: in the hallways around the cabins there was a constant bathroom/sewage smell - sometimes quite pungent. There must be some way to control that - never encountered it on any other cruises. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was the fourteenth cruise for my wife and myself and our fourth on Royal Caribbean. We are in our early 70's. We chose this cruise because it traveled to a few places in the Caribbean that we had not been to yet. We arrived in Ft ... Read More
This was the fourteenth cruise for my wife and myself and our fourth on Royal Caribbean. We are in our early 70's. We chose this cruise because it traveled to a few places in the Caribbean that we had not been to yet. We arrived in Ft Lauderdale from Dallas a few days before the cruise departure, rented a car and drove to Key West, stayed there for a few nights. While in Key West we took the ferry to Fort Jefferson located in the Dry Tortugas, a bit pricey but well worth it. The day before the cruise we drove back to Lauderdale, turned the car in and stayed at the Hilton Gardens south of the airport, they have a free cruise shuttle. The Hilton is a very nice hotel with friendly service. On the morning of the cruise we took the 11:00 hotel shuttle to the ship. The embarkation process took about an hour and 15 minutes, we were aboard by 12:30. The interior of the ship and the common areas are very clean and well appointed. We particularly liked the deck 5 promenade, this area is like a small city block with shopping, a coffee shop and bar. Our cabin was on deck six, an inside cabin with a bay window overlooking the promenade. The cabin was well appointed, of decent size with a flat screen TV, desk and chair another chair and a couch. The closet and storage areas were adequate for two people. The TV channel offerings were poor, no US based networks just repetitive drivel. I purchased the Wi-Fi package for $160.00, a waste of money, painfully slow and problematic. Overall the food was adequate, nothing to wax poetic about but you won't starve to death. We had the your time dinner seating. On the first night we ate at the assigned restaurant but for the rest of the cruise we took meals at the Windjammer on deck 11, except for one night, we went to the Italian upcharge restaurant. In my opinion, we should saved our money, the Italian fare was not at all enjoyable, probably the worst upcharge experience out of all of the cruises that we have taken. The first port was the RCCL private beach at Labadee, Haiti, great beaches plenty of food, well manicured and things to do for all age groups.. Overall a fun experience except for one downside. There is an area called the Artisans Market, the venders here are extremely aggressive and kept hounding you to buy something for my wife and I, this was an ugly experience, after a few minutes of this we walked away and bought nothing. Just before the Artisans Marked there was an indoor market where you could buy souvenirs without the incessant barking of vendors. The second port was San Juan PR, we walked the streets had a few beers ate at a small local restaurant and walked to both forts, we both had a pleasant day ashore. St Kitts was the third stop. We chose to take a tour with a local tour guide and driver instead of an excursion arranged by the ship, we saved 50% by doing this. When using non ship tours that are offered in the debarkation area use common sense, make sure other people are in the tour group, don't go alone. I chose a young lady named Coleen for our tour aboard a small van, she had a nice personality and seemed to be more trustworthy than some of the men that were also hawking tours. For safety reasons before boarding the van I check the tires. We had an interesting and enjoyable tour around the island seeing many beautiful sights, just remember, there is some risk to taking private tours, use your best judgement, if it does not feel right, don't go. At St. Martin we did a bus tour, arranged by the ship of both the Dutch and French sides of the island. The tour was informative, fun and we did a little shopping on the French side. The only downside to this tour was the long wait in a very long line to board the bus after departing the ship. We were going to go back to the ship after the bus tour but with 3 hours left to stay onshore we decided to take the water taxi to Phillipsburg, glad we did. We did some shopping, walked along the beach and ate at the Hard Rock Café. All in all it was a very good cruise. The sea was calm for the entire trip with no rain at all. The service on the ship was excellent, our cabin attendant was the best. The entertainment was average but there are many fun things to do especially up on the sports deck. The cruise director was ok but seemed to lack the exuberance usually associated with this job. Just like any other cruise line RCCL will make every attempt at separating you from your money. The best advise is to stay out of the Casino, way too much cigarette smoke and the odds are beyond awful, We would both do this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
LOVE Royal Caribbean cruises. Love the ships, the food, the entertainment and all the crew. The food on this ship, I have to say, was just okay. Nothing bad, just okay. We've been on the Oasis, the Allure and the Quantum, their ... Read More
LOVE Royal Caribbean cruises. Love the ships, the food, the entertainment and all the crew. The food on this ship, I have to say, was just okay. Nothing bad, just okay. We've been on the Oasis, the Allure and the Quantum, their food is extraordinary, so I guess we're rather spoiled! The only complaint I have (and I normally don't complain about anything on cruising, because we love it), is the salon on this ship. I had a manicure/pedicure done and was not happy with the price at all! $117.00 for a 'nothing special' job. Complained about the price and she said, 'you asked for a fire and ice!' How could I 'ask' for something that I knew nothing about. This was a 'nothing special' job and I could have gotten something better at a Walmart! And I'm not a Walmart fan. I felt I should have received some sort of discount after mentioning it at the desk. I also told them I would not promote the salon. They didn't care apparently. I was not bitchy, just wanted them to know how I felt about it. I've had this done at the Oasis of the Seas salon and it was heavenly and NOT as expensive. My opinion.....get your nails done BEFORE you go on the Navigator of the Seas or you won't be happy! I was just plain not happy with it at all. Overall, we still LOVE Royal Caribbean cruising and won't let this incident stop us from more cruising! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was our second RCI cruise, first one was on Freedom. Ships almost identical except for size. Embarkation was very slow and line identification poor. Finally on board and walked through Windjammer three times looking for available ... Read More
This was our second RCI cruise, first one was on Freedom. Ships almost identical except for size. Embarkation was very slow and line identification poor. Finally on board and walked through Windjammer three times looking for available table before going to Cafe Promenade. Balcony cabin was spotless and very comfortable. Room steward (Ivan) was very attentive and helpful. Had MTD and chose to keep same table every night because our servers (Ricky and Inyoman) were so good. Food in all the venues was delicious. Had lunch at Sabors and it was excellent. Also did the Galley Tour and Champagne Brunch, loved it. Booked two excursions through ship and one on my own. The ship one in San Juan (tour of city) was okay, guide was good. The non-ship one in St. Kitts (Grey Tours) was more enjoyable, also a city tour. In St. Maarten the double decker bus tour was the worst. Had to wear headphones to hear guide, who was almost unintelligible. 15 minute stops every now and then were spent in bathroom line. No AC in bottom section of bus. The shows were okay, most enjoyable being the illusionist and Beatles cover band. The ice show is always a big hit. Debarkation went much smoother than getting on. Hired a porter and was off the ship and in our car in 20 minutes! We would definitely sail on Navigator again and are planning to try Oasis soon when she comes to FLL. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Chose this as the 1st royal trip, previously cruising on carnival. Overall ship and amenities were very nice. Hallway outside cabin down to elevators smelled very musty and damp. Found out there had been a water leak and carpet was ... Read More
Chose this as the 1st royal trip, previously cruising on carnival. Overall ship and amenities were very nice. Hallway outside cabin down to elevators smelled very musty and damp. Found out there had been a water leak and carpet was needing replacement. No Ac in elevators. AC in main dining and show area was very inefficient. Seemed to cycle on for very short periods of time and then be off way too long. Made for some uncomfortable dinners and shows. Room was ok, bathroom needed a facelift. Pillows were terrible, flat and no support. Plenty of pool and sunning areas. Didn't see many chair hogs with their saved spots. Food in MDR was fantastic. Service very good. Food in Windjammer was very good, lots of options. Labadee was enjoyable. Good bbq lunch and plenty of shade if desired. No issues in FTL either getting on or getting off. Lines moved well for a sold out cruise. Overall very enjoyable experience and would recommend. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was our 29th anniversary and decided to take a cruise since that cruise taken was in 1994 on Celebrity and 1981 on Carnival. The ships have vastly improved since then. The Navigator of the seas was recently renovated and was like a ... Read More
This was our 29th anniversary and decided to take a cruise since that cruise taken was in 1994 on Celebrity and 1981 on Carnival. The ships have vastly improved since then. The Navigator of the seas was recently renovated and was like a new ship. The cabin was clean with a seating area, large closet setup with more than ample shelving space. The bathroom was ample with tri-mirror and shelving and a shower stall with door enclosure rather then shower curtain with rain shower head. The desk/make-up area was good with shelving and storage cabinets, which also housed the refrigerator and safe. The king size bed was very comfortable with plenty of room for large luggage underneath, and Good size balcony. We chose early assigned dining to be assured of having our same servers and made some new friends. Our servers were exceptional, Inyohan and Pedro at table #311. The food was very good and would always have at least one new dish to try each night from the regular menu. Entertainment was very good with variety, d on't miss the comedy shows. Service was great no matter where we were on the ship, we do have to especially compliment our cabin attendant, Donato, who was accommodating to anything we may have asked of him. Our Cruise Director was a hoot and a comedian in his own right, Jerry. All I can say is that we loved the Navigator. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Party of 10 arriving the night before. Stayed at Holiday Inn Express on State Rte. 84. Free airport shuttle to hotel. Asked about getting the shuttle to the pier with the front desk. They use All-Star transport for a reasonable price ... Read More
Party of 10 arriving the night before. Stayed at Holiday Inn Express on State Rte. 84. Free airport shuttle to hotel. Asked about getting the shuttle to the pier with the front desk. They use All-Star transport for a reasonable price of $8 per person. Chose to pre-pay for a transfer to the airport on return for $12 pp. We were picked up with all hotel guests and transported by bus to the pier. Filled two vehicles and trailers. Embarkation was quick, easy, and painless. In fact, go with the 11:00 pickup. We breezed through the process and were seated in the Windjammer before 12:30. Dining in the Windjammer was the oddest experience we have ever encountered. I don't know if it was because of the class of ship, or because we haven't cruised with RCCL for a couple years. One night we went up for a late night snack at 10PM and it had closed at 9PM. Another time, at 5:30 because we wanted to try it instead of the MDR 5:30 seating. Guess what? Closed from 4:30-6:00PM. Better check their hours of operation in the Cruise Compass. Off hours snacks are available in the Café Promenade, but mostly sandwiches and pizza. By sandwiches, I mean mostly a hunk of bread with skimpy toppings. Glad we ate in the MDR the other times. Very good service and didn't find the portions or selections lacking. Enjoyed a glass of wine for $11. I don't normally drink, so I guess I had sticker shock. Cabin 3023 was your basic room. Plenty of storage under the bed. If you have hot flashes or just like your room cold, choose another room. I brought it to the attention of the cabin steward twice. Maintenance even came and took a look at it. I think the fan wasn't working. Just settled, as there wasn't another choice. This block of rooms was really pretty secluded. Tucked off in a hallway next to the elevator bank. Only negative, was trying to get to your room after the shows in the Metropolis Theatre. It was perfect for a group. Really quiet. The port in Falmouth is brand new. No fears. We did the Dunn's River Falls with RCCL because of the length of the drive. If we had docked in Ocho Rios, we would have grabbed a cab. Drive it like you stole it... New phrase should be drive like you are in Jamaica. Head on crashes, motorcycles passing between buses and oncoming traffic. Yikes. Port to the Falls was 1 hour and 20 minutes. We were the oldest in our group climbing all the way to the top. Videographer was VERY pushy. They don't herd you thru the craft market on your way out anymore. Big plus. Maybe that is only if you docked in Falmouth though. Highly recommend this excursion. Grand Cayman-We did a sting-ray city tour for $45 with a local outfitter (Capt Marvins). Walk two blocks left from the pier. Water is crystal clear and sting rays have been handled in the wild for the last 60 years. Then we took 2 short snorkels stops while out in the bay. Again, no fear. Even saw a 6 foot barracuda. They provide juice, water, snorkel gear and life preservers for those who need that comfort. Haiti-I love the beach but wish we had options of seeing the real Haiti. Not just a private beach with barbed wires and security walls. The craft market is HIGH pressure. I recommend that if you don't like that sales tactic, stay in the big building near Adrenaline Beach. BBQ style lunch is provided in 3 pavilions. Ribs, chicken, burgers and dogs. Salads, fruits, and desserts. Grab a Labadoozie while on the beach. They mix them strong, but delicious. If you want to drink from a pineapple hull or coconut, grab it when you get off the pier. It is the only place it is offered. $10. One formal night on Day 2. Oddly, lobster night in the MDR wasn't until day 5. If you are smokers, plan on bringing home cigarettes. 4 cartons of Marlboro for $111. No tax. But be aware that you can only bring home a certain amount without claiming thru customs. I thought the cruise director Jeffery had a dry sense of humor. Refers to certain people as "losers". (People that wait in line, etc.) Who does that? I hate having the TV on the room. But DH has to turn it on first thing. Big Bang Theory and Broke Girls in several different languages seems to be on everyday. Same episode and everything. Disembarking- If you use the self-assist walk off. Take notice they depart from deck four. There is not a marked entrance to the Metropolis theater on that floor. We were in line at 6:15AM. I don't think the Customs Officials even arrive at the dock until 7AM. Once there, easy-peezy. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
Hubby and I enjoyed a relaxing week on Navigator. This was our second time on this ship - the timing and ports just worked out. During this trip we graduated to Diamond level - it only took us 25 years! The ship was in good shape and crew ... Read More
Hubby and I enjoyed a relaxing week on Navigator. This was our second time on this ship - the timing and ports just worked out. During this trip we graduated to Diamond level - it only took us 25 years! The ship was in good shape and crew were very hospitable. We really enjoyed the cruise director Jeffrey - funny guy. We take a cab from FLL, because we "want to get there!" without waiting. Embarkation was unremarkable, south terminal of the port. We were on the ship about 11:30, cabin wasn't available until 1 p.m. Our cabin was inside this time, on deck 9 front of the ship. It seemed being in the front, I felt the movement of the ship more on this trip. Luggage arrived before we sailed. Our steward was like a ninja - we rarely saw him, but the room was always made up. Including a couple towel animals for a surprise. One "ew" is that about the second day, I was looking for a shoe and found someone else's t-shirt under the couch. Gross! Also, having been in a balcony stateroom before, I missed the extra space, but we just kept the room tidy, used a lot of organization tips from other reviews on this site and it worked. Bringing a pop up hamper was very helpful. I also threw away paper every day. I used like to save all the cruise compass papers - but this time I just pitched them and it helped keep clutter down. We selected My Time dining, but did make reservations ahead of sailing. This worked out great. We didn't wait for our table and ended up in the same section 6 of 8 nights. Our dining room team were nice guys, but not as efficient or personable as some we have had in the past. A lot of waiting for food, and sometimes the food was not very hot. One night we ate at the specialty restaurant Sabor. We love Mexican food, but were not impressed. The guacamole and chips were excellent though. We had lunch in the MDR twice and it was very good - community seating, nice way to meet others. They have a nice salad bar and will build it for you and chop it with the dressing. We attended the ice show - first time we have seen it. Very good - a lot of different styles of music, etc. Something for everyone. The Motown/Soul show was excellent - don't miss it. Trivia was fun, and another way to meet people and team up. Sometimes we like bingo for something to do on sea days, but we skipped it. It's also getting very expensive and the jackpots are small - I think they are making a killing on it! Ports: Labadee - was a bust, it poured! Our excursion was cancelled. We did wander around for a little while and eat lunch. The BBQ lunch was poor quality and unorganized. We really missed our beach day there, it's so beautiful. San Juan, PR - weather improved and we took the free trolley around old San Juan and visited the Forts - it was National Parks Week , so free admission! Win! Near the port we decided to have a snack at La Cueva Del Mar - everything was very tasty - we even bought some of their salsa to bring home. St. Kitts - Loved it! First time there. We booked a tour through Grey's Tours. We took the Grand Tour along with about 10 others and had a lovely air conditioned mini bus - we learned a lot from our driver, Dwight. At the end, we had the option to hang at a beach - we went to a little funky place called Shipwreck Beach Club - so casual and laid back. Had a few beers, lounged on a chaise and went in the water. It was great. Would love to go back and spend a week on the island. St. Martin/Maarten - we have been here before and always enjoy it. We planned on a beach day and ended up at Captain Jacks along the boardwalk. The chaises and umbrella were $15.00. The water was beautiful. We stayed there all day. The beach service, was sparse, but we just went into the bar and got a few on our own. There were a lot of women passing by selling jewelry, beach cover ups and massages - it was a little much, but...whatever you're at the beach and it's beautiful. The last two days of our cruise were at sea. It was nice to be able to unwind this way before returning home. We spent time in the Solarium, casino, hitting the dance floor and a little shopping on the promenade. The drink package was a good option for us, considering drinks are about 12.00 each for a martini, or 9.00 for a basic well drink. The R Bar has great bartenders - they are artists. Hubby smokes and was annoyed that there was no smoking in the casino at all on formal nights. Most people probably like this idea, but there are very few places on board for him to smoke and we didn't know about it ahead of time. Overall, it was a great week! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose the Navigator to celebrate my 50th birthday on the 16th and I wanted to leave on that day. Also, we hadn't been to Labadee or St. Kitts. We stayed at the Hyatt Place for one night before the cruise. Super easy and fast ... Read More
We chose the Navigator to celebrate my 50th birthday on the 16th and I wanted to leave on that day. Also, we hadn't been to Labadee or St. Kitts. We stayed at the Hyatt Place for one night before the cruise. Super easy and fast check in, staff was friendly and the hotel was clean. Breakfast was good, plenty of hot and cold choices and guests were polite. Walking distance to numerous restaurants, though we had dinner at the hotel due to pouring rain. Felt secure in leaving our car parked for the duration. We used the hotel shuttle to get to the port, it leaves every hour between 10 am and 1 pm. We chose the 12 noon departure, were the only ones on the shuttle and were onboard the ship by 12:40 pm. Somehow everyone was spread out enough that boarding was super fast. We've been on the Mariner in the past, so the ship layout was familiar. Headed to the pool bar to order our first celebratory drink and wait for the cabin to be ready at 1 pm. After seeing the drink prices, I opted to purchase the package. Drink prices have gone up a lot and they really encourage the purchase of the package without being pushy about it. By the end of the cruise, we just didn't feel like drinking enough to meet the daily cost, so I don't know if it was worth it. Bar menus are few and far between. I only saw them in Boleros and Schooners. The roaming waiters for drink service seem to be limited to the main pool area. We spent most of our sea days in the Solarium and seldom saw them and when they did show up, it took another 30 minutes before they came back. Faster to get your own drinks. We had dinner in Sabor the first night, the guacamole was excellent and I will now compare it in every other Mexican restaurant. Sabor set the bar pretty high. They were booked the remainder of the cruise, so I'm glad was took this opportunity. Would definitely recommend. We also had sushi in Izumi, pretty good, but I would not say spectacular. Pricing seems to be comparable to mainland Sushi restaurants. Dinner in the main dining room was good, no complaints. The portions seemed a bit smaller, but between apps, soup, and salad, we didn't starve. The wait staff was very accommodating and made good recommendations. We had "my time" dining, never had to wait more than two minutes at the most to be seated and ended up in the same section with the same wait staff every night. Our server Mahendran and his assistant Jaikisshan (Maddy and Jai) did a great job. There was a sign out on the first formal night that "short pants were not permitted in the dining room for dinner," but I didn't see it the rest of the cruise and noticed men in shorts even during the second formal night. Food in the Windjammer was okay, plenty of options to include vegetarian. We had room service breakfast every morning, they usually delivered a few minutes before the requested time. Had a D1 balcony stateroom, 8656. A little larger, but there was no table in the room. Standard balcony with two chairs and a table. Bed was hard as a rock, though our cabin steward Kevin added a couple of duvet covers which helped a little. Worst mattress and pillows ever. There was a definite sewage smell in the hallway during the first half of the cruise. I also noticed the smell on the last night on deck 4, both inside and outside on the promenade. Public areas were clean. Entertainment was standard. The ice show is assigned by muster station, so read the daily newsletter. Chair hogs were definitely in the Solarium. If you didn't have a place by 8 am, your were just out of luck. But if you wanted space in the shade, it was available else. The gym was good, plenty of treadmills, ellipticals and weight machines. A small section of free weights. I don't recommend rooms on deck 10, under the gym, pool areas and Windjammer. Labadee was pretty much rained out, though they still had the beach barbeque. The different beach areas looked nice, but we got soaked enough walking to the market. I'm sure it would be a nice beach day when not pouring rain. St. Kitts is like a less developed version of St. Maarten. We took the grand tour with Thenford Gray, which starts with a drive through Basseterre, goes to the poor side of the island with stops at the Batik place and up to Brimstone Hill fort and then moves over to the other, wealthier side of the island and leaves you either at the beach or takes you back to the ship. There are no food stops on this tour until you get to Shipwreck beach, which has a restaurant. St. Maarten is a beach day for us, since we've been several times. Had lunch at Caribbean Blend restaurant, based on a recommendation, food was very good. Three ships in port, but not too crowded. We did self assist debarkation and were off the ship by 6:45. People were leaving before 6:30 am, so we grabbed our bags, headed to the Sapphire restaurant on deck 4, were routed through the restaurant, back out on deck, swiped sea passes, down the escalators to customs and out the door. This process was a little cumbersome, but it kept everyone spread out enough to stop bottlenecks. Had to wait about 10 minutes for a taxi, that took longer than anything else. All in all, it was a good and relaxing cruise. The staff onboard was friendly, the ship is showing it's age and could use an overhaul, but clean. I'd sail Royal Caribbean again, but probably a newer ship. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Great cruise for a family with many ages of kids for over Spring Break. Ship was clean, most workers friendly, and many activities to chose from. I was surprised at how the ship did NOT feel crowded in comparison to last year's ... Read More
Great cruise for a family with many ages of kids for over Spring Break. Ship was clean, most workers friendly, and many activities to chose from. I was surprised at how the ship did NOT feel crowded in comparison to last year's cruise on the Freedom. I loved the pool and hot tub lay out on this ship as it was easy to keep an eye on my kids and find my friends easily. And, the live music on this ship was amazing! Lots of opportunities to sing along, dance, or just relax and enjoy. The only negatives were some of the servers in the dining room. Our waiter was snooty and made demeaning comments to two members of my group (two families together). Our table also had a bar waitress that was mean and grumpy. She cut off people at several tables around us and had a horrible attitude. On the other hand, our assistant waiter was nice and accommodating. She got an extra tip for her friendliness! My room steward was the best I've ever had. He was smiling every day and greeted us by name. He cleaned twice daily and asked a lot if we needed anything. He was awesome. Ports were pretty good. I enjoyed snorkeling in Grand Cayman (Cemetary Beach) and loved the Red Stripe Beach in Falmouth. This beach was relaxing but older kids got bored. Labadee is not my favorite island but I had a good day walking around & swimming. I think they need more excursion selections in Labadee and Falmouth. I guess I will have to try another cruise here to figure it out! ;) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
What made this cruise memorable was the group of family and friends we were with. And the Bon Jovi cover band. Other than that, the ship itself was below average on what we expect from cruising with Royal. Our stateroom attendant was ... Read More
What made this cruise memorable was the group of family and friends we were with. And the Bon Jovi cover band. Other than that, the ship itself was below average on what we expect from cruising with Royal. Our stateroom attendant was great and the staff at the schooner bar was the best I've ever encountered. Our head waiter was practically non existant. He would mumble "his recommendations" and took our orders. That was it. I've never had a waiter that didn't call us all by name or bring extra dishes for us to try. And twice the assistant waiter refilled water glasses with Sprite. the dinner menu has been the same across the fleet for far to long. A little variety would be nice. Activities around the ship were far and few between or all at the same time. It was a spring break cruise so of course it was going to be a full ship but it really seemed crowded. No one patrolling the pool deck. The one person we talked to about people saving chairs said he had "to go get his friend". Clearly not enforcing the rules. Still any day on a cruise is better than one not! 2 more booked and Loyal to Royal Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We brought our 6 year old twins on their 2nd cruise. We flew in late the night before and stayed at Riverfront Hotel the night before (booked through Priceline, very expensive because of Easter Weekend). We used Uber service from airport ... Read More
We brought our 6 year old twins on their 2nd cruise. We flew in late the night before and stayed at Riverfront Hotel the night before (booked through Priceline, very expensive because of Easter Weekend). We used Uber service from airport to hotel, hotel to port and port to airport without a hitch. We cruised on RCI's Navigator of the Seas to Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Jamaica & Labadee Haiti. We had 2 Sea Days. There were 2 formal nights. Food was just ok, bland when they are cooking for so many people. We ate in the main dining room 4 out of 6 nights, windjammer for breakfast and lunch most days and Izumi for one dinner (a la carte). They were pushing the other specialty dining packages & Johnny Rockets but we just didn't feel like spending the extra money. We did have the premium beverage package, which was great. We had a BOGO special, or otherwise not sure if I would have purchased it. Only other comment on the food-hard to find anything after 10pm and room service was sub-par offerings and wait time was about an hour. We took one RCI excursion in Grand Cayman to the Turtle Farm and it was amazing. We booked a private tour in Jamaica and just enjoyed the relaxing beach break in Labadee. Only complaint about Labadee was the artists were aggressively trying to get our business when we were walking to the inflatable/sport area. Service was great on the ship. I never experienced any cleanliness issues. Our cabin was fine for our family of 4. We had an interior cabin on Deck 8 with 2 pullman beds (bunks) above our queen bed. I felt like there was plenty of storage, and I liked the shower having doors instead of a curtain! The kids loved their Adventure Ocean program, and would've gone every waking moment if it was available. We loved it because it gave us a few breaks throughout the day, which is always welcome! The entertainment was so-so. There was a Bon Jovi cover band one night that was amazing. The ice skating show was fun. The other main entertainment was average and we didn't go to any of the comedians. The pier was definitely the most outdated one I've ever checked in (this was our 6th cruise, 2nd with RCI). I'd say embarkation was about 30-45 minutes, we arrived around 11:30. We chose self-assist for debarkation and again that maybe took 45-60 minutes but only because they only had like 2-3 customs people working. We were at the airport by 7:30 am. On a side note, however our return flight from FLL on SW was canceled and we ended up having to rent a car to drive back to Ohio which was not so fun. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was my 10th cruise and 5th with Royal Caribbean. We had been on Voyager of the Seas in 2008 so it was our 2nd Voyager class ship. This was our 13 and 16 year old sons first cruise. Hotel info-We flew in a day early and stayed at ... Read More
This was my 10th cruise and 5th with Royal Caribbean. We had been on Voyager of the Seas in 2008 so it was our 2nd Voyager class ship. This was our 13 and 16 year old sons first cruise. Hotel info-We flew in a day early and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on 17th. Didn't care much for the hotel but you can't beat the location to the port- about 5 minutes away. Embarkation was relatively quick and easy. We arrived about 11:00 and we on board by 11:30. Cabins were ready about 1:00. Ship info- It is very easy to get around the ship and never takes too long to get from one place to another. Yes, the elevators can take a while sometimes but never too bad. My husband and sons spent a lot of time on the sports deck. They all play basketball and were all able to play in some games and tournaments. They play soccer as well but open play soccer was always way too crowded. They enjoyed mini golf, the rock wall, ping pong tables (there are 2) and the flow rider. The flow rider has a small amphitheater where you can watch the "surfers". We enjoyed the outdoor movies by the pool although the movie selection wasn't great. They also show sporting events (NCAA Elite 8) by the pool. My experience with deck chairs on sea days has always been bad and it still is. This rule about only saving a chair for 30 minutes or your items will be removed isn't enforced. I got up to see the sunrise at 7:15 on our first day at sea and dozens of chairs already had towels on it!! I was just looking for 1 chair one day and walked the ship for about 20 minutes before I could find one. The fitness center is very nice and never seemed overly crowded. Service- All aspects of service were excellent. Very hard working and friendly staff. Entertainment- This was just so-so for us. We really enjoyed the comedians but they only appeared 2 nights.The ice show is also really good. But none of the other Broadway style shows appealed to us. Dining-We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer everyday. We never had trouble finding a seat. While the breakfast offerings are the same each day there is so much to choose from we never tired of it. Lunch also had great variety. While the Main Dining room meals were fine I feel like it's no longer exceptional like it was in the past. It almost feels like they toned the quality down a bit to secretly encourage people to go to the specialty restaurants. I also found serving sizes to be quite small. Which isn't really a problem because we could just order a second entree if we were still hungry. We chose My Time Dining which was very disappointing. Each night they had 2 desks where you could check in. One was for guests with reservations and one was for guests without reservations. The line for those with reservations was at least 15 minutes long (just to get to the desk) while there was no line for guests without reservations. I observed also that they would usually be seated right away while we waited and waited. It really made no sense to me and I will go back to traditional seating in the future. Ports- Labadee- We love Labadee! It's so nice to have an easy and cheap day at the beach. It's a lovely spot. We took our time getting off the ship and I worried that we wouldn't find any chairs but there was plenty still available. There was 8 in our group and 5 of us had all day dragon coaster tickets ($35.75). We parked ourselves on Adrenaline Beach right near the entrance to the coaster. It was also right next to restrooms, a bar and lunch. It was perfect because our party easily did the coaster 10 times each. They loved the coaster and the views it offered. Lunch was great- burgers, dogs, ribs, chicken, corn on the cob, salads, rolls and dessert. We also rented a floating mat ($19.75). Grand Cayman- We love 7 mile beach so we spent our time there. We took a taxi ($5pp) to Public beach which is a free beach and they have all the amenities that you can pay for (umbrella, chairs, water sports, food etc). We decided to walk down to Governors Beach and stayed there. This is a very quiet spot but just we we wanted. We walked across the street and grabbed the bus back for $2.50pp. Falmouth- The port area is brand new and very nice with lots of shops and hand crafted goods. We did the Chukka Zipline at Rose Hall excursion through RCCL for $114pp. This was a GREAT choice. The tour guides made the day so fun. It was a great experience that allowed us to see lots of Jamaica. Disembarkation- We had a flight at 11:30 so we chose to do self express departure so we were the first ones off the ship and carried our own luggage. This was smooth and very fast. We had final call from the windjammer at 7:10 and ran back to get our bags. By 8:20 we were through security at FLL (we were not checking any bags). Port Everglades is a great port to sail out of simply because it is so close to the airport. Summary- This is a great choice for a cruise! I really love Voyager class ships- just the right size and lots of amenities. We are trying out Oasis next year so I am curious to see how it compares. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
I will preface this by saying: I am giving an honest review. There are a couple of negatives, BUT by no means would I say don't sail on Navigator. I was able to go on a cruise . . and I LOVE cruising! Embarktion: We flew ... Read More
I will preface this by saying: I am giving an honest review. There are a couple of negatives, BUT by no means would I say don't sail on Navigator. I was able to go on a cruise . . and I LOVE cruising! Embarktion: We flew into Ft. Lauderdale airport, arriving at the port about 11:30 (it's VERY close to the port). My husband's brother (who was joining us on this cruise) picked us up and we parked his car at Port Everglades. We dropped our bags at the ship and parked in the garage ($19 per day). A shuttle was provided back to the ship. A bit of a wait to get on the ship, but not too bad. Went directly to the Windjammer for lunch. Rooms were ready about 15 minutes early . . .bonus!! Our luggage was at the room when we went up . . .BUT . . .our neighbors didn't get theirs until about 5 p.m. Cabin 1390 (AFT balcony): Room is LONG and standard width. There is a long couch and about 5 extra feet between the couch and bed. This additional length was nice, given the couch would become a bed at night. Our cabin steward, Gus, was jolly on the spot to introduce himself to us and bring the sharps container, extention cord, distilled water, and cooler for my husband's diabetic and CPAP needs. We will come to find the GUS is the ABSOLUTE BEST!! Bathroom and storage are both as you come to expect . . . meeting our needs. Now . . . the balcony . . . . OMGosh . . IT IS HUGE!! Two loungers with a low table and two chairs with a higher table . . . .AND STILL ROOM TO MOVE AROUND! We estimated the deck to be 12 feet long by 10 feet wide. Yes, this room is below the Windjammer . . .no it is not noisy. Yes, it's a bit of a walk to get to/from the elevator, but soooo worth the view! The bed was hard, but I still slept fine. I asked Gus for a fan, extra pillows and a blanket (because the comforter was absolutely too heavy). If you have any needs . . ask . . . your cabin steward will truly try to help. OH! Gus even put our icepack in a freezer, so it would freeze to transport my husband's insulin back to Ohio. GUS ROCKS!! The ship is beautiful! It is showing its age, a bit, but it is CLEAN and beautiful!! Windjammer: Staff was friendly and empty dishes never sit. Food was always good. Try the bread pudding . . . VERY GOOD!! If there is no chocolate milk out . . . ask . . . they will get it for you. If you see Virginia (the "washy washy" greeter) . . . tell her I said hello! She LOVES her job and LOVES to make you smile! Main Dining Room: Here is my negative. I must admit . . . many people we spoke to had similar problems during this cruise. Our waiter was very nice . . . Assistant waiter was very nice . . . BUT service was VERY SLOW. We waited forever to get refills on drinks and bread. Many mistakes made (1.: drinks refilled with Coke instead of ice tea, 2.: took the cream from me to give to another table and I was still drinking my coffee, 3.: butter ran out and although we asked mutiple times for more, it never was replenished. 4.: wrong ice cream served and although we asked to have it replaced, it was never replaced). We decided the second night to stop going to the MDR and opted to go to the Windjammer for the rest of the week. Solarium: Wonderful! Royal Promenade: Nice! Bought two purses and a necklace by-the-inch. Cafe Promenade: always something to munch on! This is where the Starbucks is (I purchased the Royal Replenish Package . . . so Starbucks was always on the list, multiple times a day!!). Entertainment: We enjoyed the nightly shows in the theatre. Singers and dancers were really good! Comedian was funny! The a capella group was WONDERFUL! We watched a movie on the big screen . . .fun! Enjoyed the trivia in the Schooner Bar. Tried our luck in the Casino . . . yes, we came out $5 ahead! 70's Party on the Promenade was fun! QUEST . . . OMGosh . . what a riot! Love and Marriage show . . . funny! Ice Show . . . TERRIFIC! We never frequented the night club scene . . . I watched the ocean from our wonderful balcony! Ports: We got off the ship to do a little shopping, but did no excursions. We enjoyed the quiet of the ship while in port. We did take advantage of Labadee . . . BBQ was GREAT! Hubby and brother-in-law went into the ocean . . .loved it! I stayed on shore and did some people-watching . . .loved it! Disembarkation: We opted for "Self-Assist" (carrying our own luggage) . . . because we wanted to be sure to get to the airport without delay. We had breakfast, went back to the cabin and got our luggage, and were off the ship by 8:00 a.m. No delays. Shuttle was there to take us to our car and the trip back to airport was quick. Brother in law dropped us off at the airport (no problems). Now . . .don't ask about the flight home . . that was a nightmare! LOLOL Summary: This vacation was intended to be a relaxing vacation. We had no intentions of doing an excursions . . . just relaxing. It was just that . . . relaxing! The problem with the Main Dining Room did not ruin our time. I did talk to a higher-up in the Windjammer (he said he wished we'd said something, as he would have tried to get our table changed. From the sound of it . . .many people had trouble this cruise, so it may not have helped, even if he could have gotten our table changed. I did appreciate that he listened, cared, and would have tried to "make it right." This was a full ship, this cruise, and we really didn't think anything could be done, so we didn't say anything). My ultimate disappointment: When I first booked this cruise, I was asked if we were celebrating anything. We were . . . our anniversary. It was noted on the booking and appeared each time I checked the booking and received a confimation However . . . on the night it was to be celebrated (Night 2 in the MDR) . . . nothing. They did recognize other birthdays and anniversaries, but we were forgotten. We were also supposed to have an anniversary gift in the room, that was not there either. Our anniversary went unrecognized.....that did disappoint me. I didn't quite know how to say anything . . . Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was our first time cruising on Royal Caribbean. The staff did a great job and we really enjoyed the shows (especially Ice Dancing and Sound Collage). The Windjammer, which is the ongoing buffet was good for breakfast and lunch ... Read More
This was our first time cruising on Royal Caribbean. The staff did a great job and we really enjoyed the shows (especially Ice Dancing and Sound Collage). The Windjammer, which is the ongoing buffet was good for breakfast and lunch with great fries, burgers, hash browns, and omelettes. Bartenders were friendly and quick and bars were everywhere so you did not have to stand in line for very long to get a drink. Drink packages---depends on how much you drink but my husband was definitely happy with the beer and wine package. Food in main dining room was ok but nothing great and unless you wanted to pay extra you ate in same dining room every night unless you wanted to eat at the buffet. We had a room with a balcony but it was small and my teen daughter slept in a "bunk" on top of our king size bed--no fib! We went on a shore excursion in Jamaica to the Blue Waters Beach Club--a total rip off since they advertised free wifi but it was broken all day and untruths were told to us as to the reason and not even a partial refund. Catamaran and stingray trip in Grand Cayman was fabulous. My 16 year old daughter chose the water park in Haiti which was more for younger kids. All in all we had fun but it just was not Disney (of course it was half the price too). Toilet paper not refilled enough in public areas, lights out, plates and cups sitting around but again--you get what you pay for. We can't say enough about the friendliness of the majority of the staff and we would definitely consider going on Royal Caribbean again unless I can find a good deal with Disney :) Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was my wife and I's third cruise together, celebrating our anniversary. Our previous two were on smaller ships, so I picked this one because it was the best combination of ports we hadn't been to, price, and ship size. We ... Read More
This was my wife and I's third cruise together, celebrating our anniversary. Our previous two were on smaller ships, so I picked this one because it was the best combination of ports we hadn't been to, price, and ship size. We booked all of our transportation through Royal Caribbean, flew out of Dallas the morning of, and were on the ship in time for a late lunch. As far as the ship goes, I had read several negative reviews, but we have nothing bad to say about it. Departure day, I noticed a very slight sewage smell in the hall as we approached our cabin, but I never noticed it again. Everything was clean and up-to-date looking. We stayed in a balcony cabin on the 6th deck near the aft end of the ship. Our cabin attendant, Leslie, was great. Our room was always clean, and if he was in the halls and saw us coming, he would have the room open for us when we arrived. My only complaint was the last two nights, someone around us started moving furniture about 3 AM, and it got pretty loud. But not really RC fault. My wife and I are pretty boring cruisers. There was always a lot going on while on the ship, but we love cruising because we can get away from all of that and just relax. So while we did a few things, we didn't partake in many of the onboard activities. The service was outstanding! We did my-time dining, and much to our pleasant surprise, were seated at the same table each night with the same wait staff. Sonny and Ambergail were our waiters, and they were the best! I've never been that well taken care of on a cruise! We visited guest services a couple of times with little questions, and were dealt with quickly each time. Service was great. We had three stops on the trip. Grand Cayman, we just walked around and did some shopping. The pros to GC: clean, felt safe. Cons: Had to tender (which I hate!), and nothing was any cheaper than it is here in the states! We didn't spend very long on shore. Falmouth Jamaica was our second port. We did some shopping, as well as the Rios Kayak adventure. RCI has built up the port in Jamaica, so it was a lot of the same shops as were in GC, but there was a lot more local flavor to it. Our Kayak adventure was a bit of a disaster, and I wouldn't do it again. We had done one in Key West on a previous cruise and loved it, but this one had too many people, and the guides weren't very friendly or helpful. And the trip itself wasn't a very easy tour. Our third port was Labadee Haiti and we loved it! The beaches were beautiful, they fed us lunch on the island, and we were the only ship there. We also did a kayak tour here. It was half the price of the Jamaica trip, the group was smaller, and the guides were great. They even had a boat of other workers following us, taking pictures with our own cameras. As for the food, the main dining room food was good, though maybe not the best I've ever had on a cruise. And the Windjammer was all about quantity, not so much quality. Nothing was bad, but nothing really stood out as great. The ship's staff did treat us to a BBQ while at Labadee, and it was really good. We went to the show every evening except one. The welcome show was a comedian, and he was pretty good. The second night was the RCI singers and dancers. My wife enjoyed it. It wasn't really my thing. The third night was the Las Vegas Tenors, and even though it wasn't really my thing, they were outstanding! The music was great, but they were also funny. Very entertaining. The fourth night was two comedians, Alfred and Seymour, and it was the best! I don't know the last time I've laughed that hard for that long! We skipped the next night, and the last night was another comedian who was awful. I think the only people who laughed were the people who were drunker than he was, and that was pretty tough. We also found the cruise director to be really annoying. Jeffrey spend all of his time trying to be a comedian, but he wasn't that funny. We also saw the ice show, which was fantastic! Disembarkation was pretty easy, but way too early. Our flight (booked through RCI) didn't leave until after 3 pm, but we had to be in our meeting spot by 7, and were at the airport by 8:30, but couldn't check our bags in until 11. So I'm not sure why they were in such a hurry for us to leave! My only real complaint was kind of our fault! We went spring break, so the ship was full of college kids. I mentioned we were boring, just liked to read and be outside. The solarium was nice, but it even got loud at times due to the large number of college kids that didn't quite grasp the concept of the main pool being the place to hang out and yell at each other. But it was a great trip, one I would definitely do again! Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was my second cruise, so I don't have a huge breadth of experience but I always read reviews in advance of travelling to know what to expect so here are a few things that may be helpful when either booking this cruise or prior to ... Read More
This was my second cruise, so I don't have a huge breadth of experience but I always read reviews in advance of travelling to know what to expect so here are a few things that may be helpful when either booking this cruise or prior to embarking. The Port Everglades pier is under construction and while it was very busy we were dropped by our shuttle right by the ship and the process of embarkation began. It wasn't a pretty area but we were processed through line up after line up quickly and efficiently. If at all possible get to the port by noon to make this process easier. It also allowed us to travel around the ship while it was still relatively quiet to get the lay of the land prior to all passengers being on board. The ship is big and beautiful. Previous reviews talked of it showing it's age.... I thought, while colour-schemes, a few fixtures and maybe the odd rusting railing were somewhat dated, everything was really well taken care of. Every area was extremely clean and yet it seemed to all happen without you being aware of it. We ate in the buffet and main dining room for breakfast and dinner. Both were always amply supplied, food was always fresh and being refilled. Service always friendly and helpful. Our waiters in the main dining room, Rodrigues and Bogdan, were amazing. They were kind, unobtrusive and efficient. We had "My Time Dining" which meant we could eat in between the early and late seatings. We made a reservation for the entire week at 7:30 and we usually ate right around that time. This had pros and cons - some of the events on the promenade occurred at about this time, I guess capturing the people in between the dinner seatings, so you missed these but then we didn't have to end our day early to get ready for dinner and we had time afterwards for shows or relaxing. During "at sea" days the ship is busy around the pool. The frustration of getting a lounge chair the first day made us decide we had to get involved in the 'reserve a chair with a towel' game which I detest but otherwise there wasn't a chair to be found anywhere, by the pool or elsewhere. I would have loved to see a few more chairs in quieter areas or decks of the ship where you could be outside enjoying the breeze but not necessarily in the hub of the pool. Grand Cayman was our first stop. Exited the port area and took a taxi to Seven Mile Beach. Only $4 for the taxi $2 to enter the beach area and then you can decide on spending $10 for a lounge chair and $15 for an umbrella. Servers will bring drinks and food directly to your chair if you wish. It was a beautiful, clean beach with washrooms and good food. Taxis then came and waited for you in the afternoon and it was $4 back. A really good, fun and safe day. Jamaica was great. The port area is built up with lots of new tourist shops. We did the Dunns River Falls and VIP Bamboo Beach Excursion. It was great although you want to be sure you do the leg work on understanding what the falls is like to be sure it is for you. It is very touristy. Labadee is beautiful. Just an amazing, relaxing day in paradise. And finally, the teen program was amazing. My 16 year old had the time of her life. She was travelling with a girlfriend and the two of them went to the teen welcome, met a ton of other teens, enjoyed the activities (scavenger hunts, amazing race, dodge ball, rock climging, etc.) that were organized as well as just made friends that they swam and had a blast with. Hats off to a very well-organized program for a not easy age group to please! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Our March cruise was a step up from our last RC experience. It appeared that the crew was really trying to put their best foot forward. Everywhere we went the crewed went above and beyond to make sure we were well taken care of. A Wind ... Read More
Our March cruise was a step up from our last RC experience. It appeared that the crew was really trying to put their best foot forward. Everywhere we went the crewed went above and beyond to make sure we were well taken care of. A Wind Jammer steward made sure she greeted us every morning with our coffee and tea. In the evening she always had something nice to say and a pleasant smile for us. The Wind Jammer appears to be finally trying to upgrade the food. Since we eat all of our meals there it is important to us that the improve their rather lacluster evening meal. They seemed to be serious about improvement and were asking everyone how they could improve. I suggested that they have shrimp once in awhile in the evening, after all it is available in the main dining room. Imagine my surprise when I saw shrimp the next night. I am looking forward to see what their next improvements will be. The evening shows are always a highlight of our cruise with the ice shows being our favorite. With the guest performers and productions shows there is always something new every evening. While we were on Labadee I decided to try the Zip line out. It had been on my bucket list for awhile. I am afraid of heights and had to hang onto the platform with both hands but once they hit the release it was a thrill all of the way. Usually we have experienced delays and long lines with embarkation and disembarkation, this time RC finally got it all right and we moved rapidly thru the modest lines. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Our 4th cruise on Royal and first on Navigator of the Seas. We loved it and was much better then the past few cruise on Royal. We flew down a day early and stayed at the Fort Lauderdale Hyatt Place, 17th Street. Every thing was great ... Read More
Our 4th cruise on Royal and first on Navigator of the Seas. We loved it and was much better then the past few cruise on Royal. We flew down a day early and stayed at the Fort Lauderdale Hyatt Place, 17th Street. Every thing was great here. That Saturday, we departed at about 11AM to head to the ship. It was packed at the port, but really no issues. We were on the ship by 1:15PM, after an eventful start, as my dad fainted just before checking in and this was really our only disappointment in the trip. Nobody from the port or Royal Caribbean came to help as I and a few other passengers held my dad up. We finally, got them to hand a stool from behind the counter, where dad sat and started to feel better. Once checked in we moved to getting on the ship while waiting for crew members to decide which one would push dad on-board in the wheel chair. (They were not doing anything, just sitting around). We went up to the Windjammer for some food and refreshments. It was not that busy and our trip was now starting to get better. This was our first time being on the Navigator, so we had to check it out. Very nice ship and in good shape too. We finally went to our room and waited for the muster drill that went fairly smoothly. Dinner was at 5:30PM and show following. We do wish that they would move dinner back to 6PM. But it still worked out okay. We ate in the Main Dinning room each night except for once. That one night we decided to eat at Chops and it really was very good. The steaks and other food were very good. The service was great too. Back to main dinning room. We had to excellent servers - John Dsouza from India and Viacheslav Polchenko from the Ukraine. We had a table with 9 and we can honestly say that they were the best table mates we have had on a cruise. Our whole table got along together and did many things together too. This really made the cruise great too. Overall food was good, but rather bland and they could really change the menu up, as it seems like the food was the same as our other 3 Royal cruises were. We went to all the shows and the Ice show too. Again changing up the shows is needed here, although they were good and we still enjoyed them. We also went to see Quest for the first time and that was so much fun. We had a blast and can say, yes it is adult humor, but don't miss it for some fun. We had stops at Labadee, San Juan, St. Kitts and St. Maarten. We just did our own thing in Labadee and San Juan, as we have been there many times already. Still nice stops. It was our first time to St. Kitts. We had wanted to do the train ride to get a look at the island, but it was already booked, so we did our own thing there and did a walking food tour from "A Taste of St. Kitts". This was really great and we enjoyed our tour guide, 5 stops of food and walking around the island. In St. Maarten we did one of the ships excursions - The Tall Ship tour with Mercedes and this too was a great time. We were able to go by Maho beach and even see a couple of airplanes land. Cool site. It seems that most crew members were in good spirits, helpful and very friendly this cruise. There did seem to be a lack of servers walking around the deck for drinks we thought, but not a big deal as we found a great bar to go to with super bartenders at the Solarium bar. We had a great cabin - 8392, which is an aft cabin. We really love the aft cabins, as we have had them before. No issues with motion, noise or soot. Lots of room on the balcony for the 3 of us. We had 2 loungers, 2 regular lounge chairs and 2 table and still had room to move around. Loved watching the waves and the sun come up and go down. The room itself was nice and although tight for the 3 of us, we made it work and never had an issue with space. Our cabin steward - Iwayan Sudiarta (ME) from Indonesia was just AWESOME. He was truly the best. Disembarkation went very quick and smooth. No issues, and we decided to get my dad a wheelchair to help him get off the ship this time and this did work out great. Overall, we were very pleased with this cruise. We really liked the fact that it was a 8 night cruise and loved the 2 days at sea coming back, as we were really able to relax. We would go on Navigator again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Embarkation: Delayed due to emergency on ship the night before. Despite that, we were on board within an hour. Ship Shape: We found the ship to be in good ship and almost identical to the Liberty. No complaints on the cabins.Our group ... Read More
Embarkation: Delayed due to emergency on ship the night before. Despite that, we were on board within an hour. Ship Shape: We found the ship to be in good ship and almost identical to the Liberty. No complaints on the cabins.Our group had 5 balcony, one inside Promenade and two outside cabins. All public rooms and venues were well maintained. The Promenade is always a favorite of ours. Entertainment: Most of the entertainment was top notch..especially the Las Vegas Tenors. If we had a complaint about anything on the ship it was the fact that small children (under 10 years of age) were allowed to SWIM and play in the hot tubs In fact, one 6 yr old was actually snorkeling. This was a daily occurrence and on an 8 night cruise was annoying. No signs were posted about age restrictions and no one from RCCL was monitoring the pool.hot tub area. We also wondered why there wasnt a life guard. Shore Excursions: A few of us booked the "Essential St Kitts Tour" for $69. The van had no air conditioning and no microphone. The driver, "Mr.Macintosh", took us through the worst areas of St Kitts. When asked where the resort hotels were he said "on the other side of the island"...apparently they weren't an Essential part of our tour. He threatened to leave 3 passengers at Romney Manor and Carribelle Batik....the best part of the tour..because they were late at the previous stop and his "time is money." Luckily, they returned to the van. As he was leaving us off at the ship a port security guard waved him away from restricted parking but he continued to bypass the guard and park there. A verbal arguement ensued with the guard screaming to us not to get out of the van and Mcintosh screaming to us to get out. We were finally allowed to get out of the van and the guard called the police who headed our way to speak with the driver. Guest Services refunded three of us 50% of the tour. We should have been refunded 100%. Disembarking: Was a breeze.We chose the 8am disembarkation and were outside the terminal with 30 minutes! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We sailed on the Navigator as a family of six, two adults and four children ages 5-15. We stayed in a family room (8200). The room was excellent with plenty of space for all of us and our luggage. I found the closet space a bit awkward ... Read More
We sailed on the Navigator as a family of six, two adults and four children ages 5-15. We stayed in a family room (8200). The room was excellent with plenty of space for all of us and our luggage. I found the closet space a bit awkward as your hanging items block the shelf storage but that was a small issue. Our cabin steward was new to the ship but he was great. It was nice that he came twice a day as one of our children slept on a pull out bed. Our steward always put it back to a couch while we had breakfast. My biggest complaint about the room would be that the upholstered furniture is rather dingy and stained. The location on the eighth level was great. 3 levels down to the promenade and dining room or three levels up to the windjammer and the pools. We rarely used the elevators. The pool areas are crowded. We were unable to find chairs. But we enjoyed swimming although the pool water is very salty. Our kids really enjoyed the climbing wall and the skating rink. Our two younger children used the kids club facilities every day and they loved it! The staff in the youth areas are excellent and we can't say enough good things about the children's programming on the Navigator. We also played on the sports court, and played several games of ping pong and mini golf. The shows were good but not great. We enjoyed the ice show and there was a ventriloquist that was excellent. The tenors of Las Vegas were also very good. There were two other musical type shows that were average. I wish there had been more variety in the type of shows. A comic would have been a great addition. The performers in the pool areas were very good. As for food I have mixed reviews. The Windjammer was a disappointment. This mainly due to lack of variety. It is almost exactly the same every day. And I found the service in the windjammer quite poor. A few times I ordered tea from a server and it would never come. My omelet order was wrong more than it was right. And you have to stand around waiting for your omelet which makes it crowded in that area. The food in the Windjammer was just OK. You can always find something to eat but I felt it could easily be better. I have only been on one other cruise but the buffet offerings on that one were much better. Cafe Promenade is good. The pizza there is better than anywhere else on the ship. However, same problem in that it is the exact same sandwiches and dessert offerings every day. Service is great in the cafe though. The main dining room is what made our trip. It was great. The food was very good and our servers were amazing with our kids. We had my time dining but ended up choosing the same time and table every night as we enjoyed our servers so much. Not every dish was a home run but overall I left satisfied every night. The soups tended to be too salty so I avoided them. The salads were great. For us the main dining room wasn't just about the food but rather the overall experience. Our kids had fun "dressing up" for dinner and trying new foods. Forming a relationship with your servers and having fun during your meal makes it a special part of a cruise. The main dining room is also excellent for lunch, far better than the offerings in the Windjammer. The salad bar in the MDR at lunch is phenomenal and was my favourite thing to eat. My biggest complaint is that we were forced to pay our gratuities at the time of booking because we choose my time dining. Once you do that the gratuities are not able to be adjusted. Because we were a larger group we ended up having to reserve our table each night if we didn't want to wait for a table. So we did not have the flexibility we expected with my time dining and we lost the ability to adjust our gratuities. I am not certain we would have adjusted them but as a family of 6 we paid a lot each day in gratuities and other than the MDR we didn't feel that the service was worth that amount. Our embarkation and disembarkation both went well. I was worried based on previous reviews but it wasn't bad. Yes terminal 29 is not in the greatest condition but we arrived at 12:30 and were were on the ship an hour later and our room was ready. On our return we got off the ship at 8:00, collected our bags, went though customs, and were at the airport by 8:45. Overall it was a great trip. If I could I would give a 3.5 rating as it was better than average but I also wouldn't quite go all the way to very good. Had there been more variety in the Windjammer and if the entertainment was a bit more varied it would easily have been a 4 to 4.5 rating. We would sail with RC again especially since they are among the few cruise lines that offer a family room that sleep six, but we would probably try a different ship next time just to see what the others have to offer. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
We done about seven cruises previously. Picked this cruise because we had not been to any of the ports of call (Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Labadee). Had some trepidation regarding this class of ship; sailed on Freedom Class (?) (one size ... Read More
We done about seven cruises previously. Picked this cruise because we had not been to any of the ports of call (Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Labadee). Had some trepidation regarding this class of ship; sailed on Freedom Class (?) (one size up) last summer and they did not manage the people well - long delays for everything. Thought we might experience the same issues on Navigator and very happy to say we did not! Stayed at The Riverside the night before sailing. Great location - on Las Olas, on the Riverwalk. Bit pricey, but in line with other hotels in the area. Our room was small and tucked in behind one of the elevators. Tons of things to do in the area - sightseeing, shopping or just sitting back at the pub and enjoying the atmosphere. Briney's Irish Pub is a favourite, so we made sure to do supper there and enjoy the sights on the Riverwalk. Took their $7 shuttle to the cruise pier. Processing at the pier and boarding the ship was painless! Staff were gracious and friendly, well organized and efficient. Need I say more! Plenty of food and drink while we waited onboard for our cabin. Staterooms were ready right on time. Great beginning and kept it up throughout the cruise. Bar staff, Windjammer staff, Dining room staff ... everyone we encountered was efficient, attentive and professional. What a difference it makes! Onboard entertainment was good! Enjoyed the ice show and the evening shows. Did not really participate in many of the other activities available, but some of the ones we caught part of looked like fun! Next time ... Most onboard meals were in the dining room; only once or twice did we go to the Windjammer. For us, just too many people and not enough seats. The dining room was quick and the food was hot and delicious and, for us, the atmosphere was more relaxing and set a better tone for the day. We cruised Royal Caribbean in December (2 1/2 months ago); same menu; food and portion size was better on Jewel. What's with so few vegetables? Our stateroom (8348) was starboard side. Very roomy. Bed comfortable. Our attendant did a good job keeping the room clean. Neighbours on one side were party people, so noisy late at night (03h30) ... and on the other side, the guy needed to get up 05h50 every morning to chat (loudly) on his phone while on the balcony! Just our bad luck ... nothing the ship can do to ameliorate this ... and overall, one of very few negatives on this cruise! Ports and Excursions. Grand Cayman is beautiful but way too expensive. We did the Stingray and Snorkel adventure. Stingrays were an incredible experience. My husband is a "first off the boat" kind of guy, so being first in the water and the first boat at the sandbar, the Stingrays immediately swamped us thinking food was coming. Bit unnerving at first ... but so awesome. Experience of a lifetime! Snorkel was a bit disappointing ... moved less than 500 m away to snorkel on the reef; not much to see ... but the water was great and snorkelling even with not much to see is always a welcome addition to our day! Water and watered down fruit punch available on the boat; no food; no after snorkelling bar. Recommend you goto Stingray City on an excursion, but then just head to 7-mile beach and snorkel from there ... cheaper and more to see. Stopped for lunch on our way back to the ship. Jim had shrimp and a beer; I had a burger and a coke. The bill was $56 Cayman, which translated to $70 USD. OMG! Eat lunch on the boat!! Jamaica was another Caribbean jewel. We did not go "outside the wire" other than on our excursion, so felt safe throughout, but did speak to some other passengers who had ventured farther and their stories were a little scary. We did the Catamaran Sail and Snorkel. Excellent excursion. Great team on the boat that ensured we were well taken care of throughout. Those new to snorkelling were given lessons before being turned loose; guides and photographers in the water; well managed; safe; lots to see. Food and non-alcoholic drink enroute to snorkelling site; food and bar post snorkelling; foot massages; wowww ... great trip! Labadee. We were the only ship in port ... would not want to be there if there were more. Water was wonderful. Service at venue was terrific. Great for folks that just like to sit on the beach enjoying the laid back atmosphere ... with thousands of their best friends. Because of a tragic incident sailing back to Fort Lauderdale, the boat was delayed arriving into port, which resulted in delays in debarkation. Still needed to get out of our staterooms so they could be prepared for the next guests, but debarkation did not start until about 09h30. Coffee was available in waiting areas. Given the situation, think the ship should have provided more substantial food in the waiting areas given some folks could not leave until about 11h30; otherwise, handled as best as possible. Jim and I travel a lot, so we've gone through the trusted traveller protocols to become Global members; this gives us access to the short line at customs and really makes debarkation a breeze. Ship staff on shore were happy and helpful; kudos. I would gladly sail again on the Navigator. Would return to Grand Cayman and Jamaica, but Labadee ranks with Coco Cay ... no need to repeat. Read Less
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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