1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Have cruised with RCCI previously. Expected the ship to feel big, like Independence, but in reality seemed a little smaller..didn't matter though. Quality of musicians in the bars around Navigator were exceptional. Bar tenders very ... Read More
Have cruised with RCCI previously. Expected the ship to feel big, like Independence, but in reality seemed a little smaller..didn't matter though. Quality of musicians in the bars around Navigator were exceptional. Bar tenders very friendly and attentive. Remembered our name, cabin number and drinks preference, really quickly, was very impressed. Jacuzzis lovely and warm and quite easy to find sunbeds most days. Food delicious, one other reviewer here has complained at the length of time that it took to have dinner. For me, going out for dinner is an occasion, that doesn't want to be rushed. A little empathy and a pleasant personality ensures that your requirements are met. We had no trouble getting a table in the area we preferred, with the fabulous waiting staff we preferred (Edwin, Karan, Fabiano) and catered for by Estefania at the door...very very attentive and ensured we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Perhaps if other passengers are wanting to be 'fed quickly', they should eat in the Wind Jammer...quality food and service takes time. I do agree there was a lack of accompanying vegetables with the starter and main meals, however, if you add up all the calories, from start to finish of the 3 course dinner, plus drinks, there is certainly no shortage of calories there. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We booked Navigator because of the varied activities advertised. There were 8 of us in our party - aged from 75 down to 18, so we wanted things to keep us all happy and occupied. Having previously cruised several times on Celebrity, we ... Read More
We booked Navigator because of the varied activities advertised. There were 8 of us in our party - aged from 75 down to 18, so we wanted things to keep us all happy and occupied. Having previously cruised several times on Celebrity, we had high hopes of this being better equipped for the two younger members of our party and, indeed, that proved to be the case. However it was definitely less luxurious than Celebrity. For the first time, my travelling companion and I decided to treat ourselves to a suite (1294) and we were really delighted with the extra space it gave us. Best of all there was a walk-in wardrobe with more than ample space for all our clothes, shoes, suitcases and general bits and bobs. That made a HUGE difference! In fact there was a massive amount of storage space throughout. Some irritation about a unit specifically for a kettle and coffee machine, though - a useful unit but no nearby socket in which to plug either machine?? Poor planning. In the event we found the machine coffee pretty foul and ended up using sachets of instant, plugging in the kettle on the dressing table area. The balcony was a little disappointing - room for a table and two generous chairs, but barely enough for the (single) sun bed as well. However, having a sun bed crammed in was better than not having one at all. The bathroom was very compact, but adequate. From a personal point of view, having the shower over the bath in such a tiny space was much less appealing than having a walk in shower. The suite was kept spotlessly clean and our attendant, Kunal, was very conscientious about clean linen and towels as required. Room service was prompt and efficient, though some of the ordered food seemed a little less than fresh. Generally we found the food ok - but not special. Occasionally, however, it was absolutely first class, most especially the 'at sea' buffet lunches in the dining room. Dinner could be very iffy and several times one or other of our party found a dish completely inedible. Again from a personal point of view, I think the portions were far too big. The steaks were huge which I found off-putting and, despite requests for half-portions, they couldn’t seem to oblige. The amount of wasted food must have been enormous. Service in the restaurants and bars was, almost always, excellent. Pretty much every member of staff we encountered was helpful, friendly, humorous and efficient. Some went above and beyond and Ali, the restaurant manager in the MDR, was hugely helpful in arranging to get us all seated together at times that weren’t necessarily convenient to them. Entertainment was varied and, obviously, subjective. An excellent male quartet singing songs from the shows but singing and dancing by crew members we thought was very amateurish. Our evenings, however, were dominated by nightly performances in the Schooner bar, near the main theatre, by Perry Grant - who was spectacularly entertaining. Although the format of the show was the same every evening, it was never boring and our only complaint was that we found laughing so much became quite physically painful!! Perry is a born entertainer - a brilliant musician and singer, with a warmth and wit that was outstanding. Activities for the two younger members of our group (18 and 21) were varied, well run and supervised. For the older members the biggest complaint was the noise! This holiday was out of school time so there were few youngsters on board. I would hazard a guess would be that the average age of passengers was around 60. So, music blaring out of giant speakers ALL day, was both disturbing and, at times, quite distressing. It was hard-to-impossible to find a quiet spot near the pools on deck 11, 12 and 13. Films blared out at top volume or music played, sometimes so loud it was actually painful. I love music but, in communal areas, it should be background music. In many places it was simply impossible to have a normal conversation! Trips were well arranged but, like other reviewers, I would urge people to use taxis on shore, rather than pay the ship's unnecessarily extortionate prices - often for a lesser service. In Agadir our party paid $15 per head for a coach into a nearby square. In scorching heat, the coach had no air conditioning, was packed out, and some of the seats were broken. Having experienced that we took a couple of comfortable, cool, taxis back, at $5 per taxi. On our return we voiced our complaints (as did others) but the ship was less than sympathetic to (many) complaints and point-blank refused to refund a part of the cost we’d paid them because they said we were warned that coaches might not be up to international standards. That was not the case when the tickets were booked, but 'Guest Services' weren’t interested. So, on the whole we had a good trip. Would I use Royal Caribbean again? Not sure. I think possibly the good outshone the bad, but I’d personally prefer Celebrity to RC. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
First time for us on a Royal Caribbean ship with over 20 cruises under our belts mostly with Thomson TUI and P&O we thought why not give them a try. The Navigator is a big ship and requires alot of walking both stairs and passage ways ... Read More
First time for us on a Royal Caribbean ship with over 20 cruises under our belts mostly with Thomson TUI and P&O we thought why not give them a try. The Navigator is a big ship and requires alot of walking both stairs and passage ways and definitely more rides in lifts etc and getting on and off the ship for tender boats and to go a shore can take some time. The ship its self is showing its 15yrs in service a lot of the soft furnishings and carpets need some TLC. The cost of every thing is expensive on board and prices of things has the wow factor. OK now to the important part the food amazing it is and we enjoyed meals in the MDR and the Windjammer buffet and we ate well. They have a good pastry chef on this galley thats for sure and all the chefs know what there doing. Entertainment was good a really good collection of musicians in the nine piece orchestra brilliant to back up the dances and singers. Headline acts were Darren Day, Roy Walker. East coast boys singing Frankie Valli songs brilliant and they were introduced by a lively cruise director. Ok service was good waiters in the MDR very well trained and keen to help. House keeping was good all seemed cheerful and happy. On the bar work waiters seemed a bit stressed and short handed under pressure. Will we go on another RCI cruise yes we have already booked it on the Independence of the Sea for next year. Thats about it really happy cruising BYE. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our honeymoon cruise we told the cruise line this having been on other cruises I knew what to expect it was my wife's first cruise I told her what to expect however the small touches were missing lots of corners cut simple ... Read More
This was our honeymoon cruise we told the cruise line this having been on other cruises I knew what to expect it was my wife's first cruise I told her what to expect however the small touches were missing lots of corners cut simple things like chocolate on your pillow bed turn down I don't expect these things to me done but on past experiences it has been done and always think it's a lovely little touch.ive always syayed in interior cabins and I knew what to expect but the cabin was very grubby. I did not like the dining experiance we were only offered 6.30 or 8.30 dining didn't get offered my time dining when booked Going to dinner on the first night and being sat with 8 people we didn't know and this would be our table for the next 14 nights we had never been so uncomfortable I do not like eating in front of people I don't know we was on our honeymoon and wanted our own space. We went to customer services and ask them to help us out was told to speak to restaurant manager which we did the following evening we was told he has 3 sheets of paper of people asking for tables for two may be Royal Carribean should look into share dining a bit more a lot of people we spoke to did not like the share table and choose to eat in windjammer which is a shame because fine dining is all about the experiance of a cruise.ship very dusted in public places bar areas broken chairs other passengers who have been on this ship a few times said its the worse it has been lots of corners being cut. We all knew it was going to dry docks in January but it's not a excuse for cleanliness. Staff also seem very sparse but they did work very hard and always very polite and friendly but maybe a bit short staffed Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
This is a BIG ship, but easy enough to find your way around after initial familiarisation. We chose to visit Northern Europe - Hamburg (OK, but not scintillating), Oslo (excellent) and Bruges (always lovely), since apart from Bruges these ... Read More
This is a BIG ship, but easy enough to find your way around after initial familiarisation. We chose to visit Northern Europe - Hamburg (OK, but not scintillating), Oslo (excellent) and Bruges (always lovely), since apart from Bruges these were destinations that we had not previously visited (we generally prefer smaller ships). We booked at the beginning of the year and paid just over £80 each per day for our inside-cabin on the seven-night cruise. The food quality was excellent (we preferred to dine in the main restaurant, but used the Windjammer on a number of occasions when port-excursions meant that this was the only 'standard' option) and service was generally of a very high standard everywhere on the ship. The professional ice-dancing show was pretty amazing and one or two of the other evening productions were just good entertainment. Frankly, those who have criticised the ship/crew/food/entertainment/ports of call probably onyl have themselves to blame for not seeking out the best possible deal on prices - but based on our own experiences II do not believe that we would have been disappointed even if we had paid at least one-nad-a-half times as much. In summary, an enjoyabe 'large ship' experience with plenty to do on board (that said, the library is pretty pathetic - but that is probaby because the ship does not typically cater for 'bookworms'). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Because the price was right,not to expensive and the destinations.We've been with the Royal Caribbean a number of times, all though the Independance of the seas is our favourite ship we do find the prices have shot up since its been ... Read More
Because the price was right,not to expensive and the destinations.We've been with the Royal Caribbean a number of times, all though the Independance of the seas is our favourite ship we do find the prices have shot up since its been refurbished.Children seem to be thier priority. The last cruise we've been on was the Navigator of the Seas, tidy size ship,we were on deck two,room 2286 sea view, room nice and spacious,queen size bed,plenty of wardrobe space,the only problem was having a warm or hot shower,you had to run the tap between 10 to 20 min to get hot water running through.A notice in the bathroom said save the waves don't leave the tap running when cleaning you're teeth? They got a cheek.So if you are allocated this room expect to wait for a hot shower.If you want a hot shower in the morning or night time,unless you got time on you're hands,then by all means book it. The entertainment was in house most ot the time, you might be lucky and get a comedian or a good artist booked for the cruise. It wasn't my cup of tea sorry. The cabin attendant was very good he was not in your face like other cabin attendants we've had in the past, he done is job and off he'd go. The food on board was to die for,we dined in the Windjammer mostly, because the dining in the main Restraunts was either to early 5.30 or 8.30 to late for us. As we booked a early saver cruise, as a pensioner I got to watch my pennies you know what I MEAN. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Booked cruise on reviews as our first cruise. Don't get me wrong staff where great but expected a cabin with more room as did explain my daughter was wheel chair bound. Only just got here in with wheelchair in room may need to paint ... Read More
Booked cruise on reviews as our first cruise. Don't get me wrong staff where great but expected a cabin with more room as did explain my daughter was wheel chair bound. Only just got here in with wheelchair in room may need to paint door after we have gone. They new we had a daughter in a wheelchair when we booked but never explained how small cabins are and still let us book. The restaurant staff were excellent so where our room service. We have been told since that royal c should not of allowed us to book this cabin with our daughter as she is wheelchair bound and if a fire our emergency had happened and we had been in cabin she would have struggled. As I have said royal caribbean staff where excellent it is just the way they took our money on booking and definitely didn't explain the cabin sizes and the disab policy regarding cabins ........... ............................ Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We booked this for a family holiday. 2 in our late 50's and 2 adult children 20 and 21. We booked a suite as it worked out cheaper then 2 rooms and gave us access to a range of suite benefits. Cabin 8694 - had it as a 3 bed apartment ... Read More
We booked this for a family holiday. 2 in our late 50's and 2 adult children 20 and 21. We booked a suite as it worked out cheaper then 2 rooms and gave us access to a range of suite benefits. Cabin 8694 - had it as a 3 bed apartment setup. Worked well for us. Priority boarding and disembarkation _ very smooth. Access to the Concierge lounge _ small but complimentary drinks and canapes_ very nice. We found most other public areas very crowded so it was a relief to have this facility. A la carte breakfast in Chops Grille or use the buffet and eat here, no queue for a table. Bonus ! MDR was good , used 4/7 nights. We like speciality dining and build it in to our holiday cost. Chops Grille _ excellent Giovanniss _ Food good but would have liked more choice Isumu_ interesting and enjoyable Ports of call, _ good transport arrangements in place. Hamburg,Oslo, Brugees. All different and interesting.used our concierge lady for info and booking trips. Quizzes were well run but the area they use gets too crowded. Cafes were always busy - not a problem to us but if I was in a different category it would have been. Entertainment _ ice show good, The quest_ hilarious. Production shows need rethinking. We have previously cruised with Celebrity and couldn't t help compare even our children preferred Celebrity, just more room to chill. It's showing signs of wear and tear but spotlessly clean. Excellent staff in all areas.t Overall we give this a 4/5 but would definitely consider RCL again. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
It's the 2nd time we have been on the Navigator of the Seas. It is looking a bit tired and in need of a refit now (especially some of the soft furnishings) but it's still a great looking ship. We picked the Navigator as ... Read More
It's the 2nd time we have been on the Navigator of the Seas. It is looking a bit tired and in need of a refit now (especially some of the soft furnishings) but it's still a great looking ship. We picked the Navigator as it's very convenient to sail out of Southampton - drive down, park in car park where your luggage is picked up and straight onto the ship - swift embarkation. Disembarkation we always hate - trying to find luggage in the large warehouse (there is always one piece of our luggage which ends up in the wrong 'pile' despite having the right number tag) and trying to find a trolley. Our cabin was a little tired looking but kept wonderfully clean by our stateroom attendant. Wouldn't cruise without a balcony - love having that extra bit of space and great to sit and soak up the sun's rays. We ate in the MDR most nights and had great service from our waiter and assistant waiter. Food was generally good - pork and beef dishes particularly good, but veal , chicken and fish occasionally a little dry. Desserts were slightly disappointing in terms of choice - often a better choice of desserts in Windjammer ( and a great selection of cheeses up there as well!). Enjoyed great food and service in Giovannis (lovely lamb chops) and also Sabor (Tapas on this sailing). Lunch on seas days in Sapphire Dining Room is a must - great salads made up personally for you. Self service breakfast in Sapphire also good (and less 'manic' than the Windjammer) but a little more variety from day to day would be nice. Although it was the middle of August and the ship was very full, we did manage to find quieter places to be when we wanted them (the Helipad is always a lovely place to sit) and the Schooner Bar in early evenings was a quiet place to have a drink (except for when they had quizzes in there - just not our sort of thing and the staff doing them not always great).Service in the bars was good and we got to know the staff in the bars we frequented regularly. We did a mixture of our own things and RC excursions in the ports. Disappointed that 2 excursions we had booked before we went were cancelled short notice (less than 48 hours before) due to 'lack of participation', which meant spending extra time trying to decide what else we were going to do - never had an excursion cancelled on previous 4 cruises. Generally getting on and off at ports was fine except it is always really slow getting back on at Gibraltar and getting off at Vigo was very slow as they had technical difficulties. We did have one or 2 little 'issues' over the 2 weeks, but always found a member of staff who was keen to sort for us ( sometimes it took a while to find just the 'right' person to speak to.... Overall, we still enjoy sailing with RC and love visiting the Med ports. Will definitely sail with RC again Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Embarkation at Southampton was excellent, very fast and efficient and we were onboard by 10.45am. Cold, wet and windy weather meant a rocky journey to Gibraltar and the Royal Parade was extremely busy as everyone was indoors for 2 days. ... Read More
Embarkation at Southampton was excellent, very fast and efficient and we were onboard by 10.45am. Cold, wet and windy weather meant a rocky journey to Gibraltar and the Royal Parade was extremely busy as everyone was indoors for 2 days. (The 2 days back at the end though were sunny and warm so we were able to stay around the pool.) Our cabin , a grand suite, was lovely, and we enjoyed breakfast on the balcony several times. Our stateroom attendant was great, very friendly, efficient and attentive, knowing all our names from day 1. The windjammer buffet restaurant was great for breakfast and lunches generally, something for everyone, but didn’t cater brilliantly for egg, dairy and nut allergies as nothing was labelled and I had to ask the chefs’ advice everyday. The main dining room menus were very good, service was good, although Giovanni ‘s I have to say was better and more like the standard we enjoyed in the main dining room on previous cruises. It was a bit disappointing to be placed in 5 different areas of the dining room over ther 2 weeks as it was difficult to build a rapport with the waiters but our Headwaiter on day 1 checked up on us every single day which was much appreciated. Shows in the theatre were very good and a broad range of artistes were presented to us. The ports that we encountered were lovely, and the shore excursions that we did really enhanced the experience, apart from Montserrat , a 5 hour round trip with only 45 minutes there. Seville and Lisbon were particular favourites with us. Disembarkation with the concierge was excellent, swiftly off at 8.15 and taken straight to our cases. Our main issue with the ship were the hoards of teenage who gathered every night in each of the stairwells from decks 6 to 10, with pretty poor behaviour and bad language, unsupervised and unchallenged by staff or parents, and running along deck 11 above our stateroom until the early hours. This would prevent me from sailing on Navigator in the future. The other issue that spoiled our evenings was the lack of seating in the smaller bars around the ship where there was live music. We only managed to get a seat on 1 night out of 14. Despite all that, we did have a really good holiday and I would sail with Royal Caribbean again, but probably on a smaller ship. Read Less
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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