926 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

7th time on Navigator of the Seas Lots to do and the Navigator of the Seas Band is a Fantastic Professional Band Plays a large selection of music and styles. This year was better as it brought an interaction of the band to the ... Read More
7th time on Navigator of the Seas Lots to do and the Navigator of the Seas Band is a Fantastic Professional Band Plays a large selection of music and styles. This year was better as it brought an interaction of the band to the audience. Also the Music Entertainment through out the ship is all great. The J Wind band was great and sounds great with a large selection of old time favorites. The music in the Poets Bar the music was great and it added a fantastic touch when the Music Director from the Navigator Band added her saxophone to the guitar and singing. Are cabin was looked after with great care. The ship has always been clean and neat. Food was also great both in the Wind Jammier and Dinning Room We went on our own excursion which worked out great, I did not give a rating on Shore Excursion as we did our own. If you go to Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico you must visit the Cazy Lobster. We had a nice lazy day on the beach and cheap drinks and good food. No one harassing you like we found walking along that area. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our first cruise and it was great! The ship was very nice even though it was older. There was plenty of things to do to keep you occupied and relaxed. The food was amazing and our cabin, which was a balcony cabin, had plenty of ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was great! The ship was very nice even though it was older. There was plenty of things to do to keep you occupied and relaxed. The food was amazing and our cabin, which was a balcony cabin, had plenty of room. Our room attendant was truly amazing and our waiters at our dinner service were so awesome that we requested to be seated in their section every night. We swam with the dolphins at Cozumel, and if you have never done this or are thinking about it, I would highly recommend it. The experience is unbelievable. As we are members with World Wide Travel Experts we booked our cruise and flights through them. With our membership we were able to find and save about $80/ticket on 4 airline tickets and as we did save a little on our cruise. Our larger savings will be on our next vacation with utilizing the points we earned on this one. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
After reviewing other guests comments regarding Navigator of the Seas, my wife and I decided on a brief five day cruise Beginning with the boarding process, we found the curb side baggage handlers to be obliging as long as they are ... Read More
After reviewing other guests comments regarding Navigator of the Seas, my wife and I decided on a brief five day cruise Beginning with the boarding process, we found the curb side baggage handlers to be obliging as long as they are provided with a gratuity. Our handler removed one of our tags which was secured by three staples. He acted in retaliation because he was not given a gratuity. With the help of Deck Supervisor. missing piece was found in lost and found minusluggage tag. Others said this was not an isolated case, The ship itself was in in excellent condition. Every area was clean and the members of the crew was constantly performing house cleaning duties. Our cabin was comfortable but the bed allowed us less then eight inches to maneuver on both sides. Only negative comment I can offer is our mattress was lumpy and needs to be replaced. Other then this minor discomfort, our cabin steward offered excellent service and care during our stay. Though we did not eat in the main dinning area, we took advantage of the specialty restaurants and the many choices they offered. A special thank you to Chops for the great service and fantastic steaks. With out elaborating further, my wife and I feel based on the large number of cruises we have enjoyed we would rate our experience on Navigator of the Seas as one of the finest. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We choice this cruise for our 40th Anniversary. As fate would have it, Navigator was our 1st cruse ship we sailed on several years priviously. Our cabin was 1340, located on Deck 10, a Junior Suite. I must admit, we were impressed; Walk ... Read More
We choice this cruise for our 40th Anniversary. As fate would have it, Navigator was our 1st cruse ship we sailed on several years priviously. Our cabin was 1340, located on Deck 10, a Junior Suite. I must admit, we were impressed; Walk in closet, 2 robes, large vanity, even a tub! Of course the typical drawback, lack of power outlets. This was easily solved by bring along a surge protector and an extra extension cord.The balcony was large and spacious, I just wish they would pay more attention to the exterior windows. I cannot comment on the entertainment, as I never attended any of the shows. I did hear that the Ice Skating Sows were spectacular. We ate our evening meals with some delightful people. Our dinning staff was excellent and the meals were good. Honestly, some dinners were better then others, but still acceptable. The Port of Calls were fun. Having been to both Costa Maya and Cozumel, we knew the areas well. The only minor inconvenience was at Cozumel; The ship was anchored at the new international port, which is located the furthest from the center of town. Getting back to the Navigator of The Seas, we enjoyed being able to see the bridge from behind panel glass. There was also a nice chapel on top as well. We enjoyed the openness of the prominode, the bands playing, people lounging having drinks or coffee. Even the weather perfect! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
It's my first time boarding Navigator of the Seas with my parents and siblings. I would say our overall experience was incredible. I am usually not a fan of spending my vacation on the sea but this one had been an awesome experience. ... Read More
It's my first time boarding Navigator of the Seas with my parents and siblings. I would say our overall experience was incredible. I am usually not a fan of spending my vacation on the sea but this one had been an awesome experience. I will rate my experience in detail: Ship: 4.5/5 The ship is so big and there were so many places in the ship where you can find yourself entertained or relax and have a quiet time. It's well equipped and all decks were maintained clean. As far as the decorations, I am beyond impressed (you will really feel you are in a cruise ship, which was great). Cabin: 5/5 I don't really mind having a studio sized stateroom as long as it is well maintained and clean. I mean sheets, linens, and bath towels were changed in a timely manner. Our stateroom attendant Basille (or Basil) - our stateroom was Deck 8, room 8653 - was excellent and very attentive. He was very thorough with his job and made sure that everything was perfect. As for our bathroom, there were so many spaces where I can put my toiletries and personal items. Closet was big enough to keep our clothing (there were 3 of us in the room) tidy. Lighting were excellent, just what I needed in a room. Room temperature was perfect. TV was okay (I have watched shows that I liked, but most of the time I am not really in my room so that's okay) Dining: 4.5/5 VERY EXCELLENT!!! > Windjammer: OMG, lots of food choices although I felt that breakfast was kind of repeated every day. Food was still delicious and hot (for hot foods). I just hope there were more options for fruit juices. Rate: 4/5 > Café Promenade: Best place for snacking 24 hours (well the only place that is open for 24 hours). Their pizza were delicious and freshly made. Service was very fast and they usually let you know how long it will take for the food to be ready. Again, I just wished there were more options for fruit juices. Rate: 4.5/5 > Sapphire Dining: THE BEST PLACE/SERVICE WE'VE EVER GOT. Our waiter Jackson and waiter's assistant Luciana were the best. They provided us excellent food service and great enthusiasm. They have great personality, were very cheerful, and were pretty much COOL! The manager along with Jackson and Luciana welcomed us with a huge smile on their faces. They also made sure that our experience was excellent with great satisfaction. Food was definitely delicious. WE REALLY ENJOYED OUR TIME HERE! Also, we got extra food since the manager prepared specialty food plus extra desserts on our second night at this dining room. THANK YOU SOO MUCH! You are 5/5 or 10/10 :) Entertainment/Activities: 5/5 There were so many activities to choose from (i.e. games, shows, fitness exercises, sports tournament, rock climbing, etc). Some of the things I wanted to do were scheduled at the same time so I had to choose which ones I would enjoy the most. However, those activities you were not able to do on the other day, they were offered in different days as well so you have the option to do them. Live music, dancing, parades, movies, shows were excellent (can't complain about it). Overall great experience. Service: I have mentioned earlier that we received excellent service so that's a 5/5 Ports and Shore excursions: I LOVE THEM ALL! Rating 5/5 in Costa Maya (Chacchoben and beach tour) with Israel (sales - excellent and he accommodated us well, customer service was excellent, and very friendly), Joel (our tour guide - very informative and I learned so much from him; he's great), and Guillermo (tour driver - very good, made sure our trip was smooth and on timely manner). Rating 4/5 in Cozumel for Snorkelling (I think I'm not a fun of snorkelling for long periods of time especially the waves were strong, but experience was still good). I would recommend Navigator of the Seas for family, friends, or couples cruise experience. It's worth it! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
It is nice to be on a cruise with beautiful facilities and accommodation, but it's the best experience and heartwarming when you have people on board who treat you like family. We treasure the experiences we had with Royal ... Read More
It is nice to be on a cruise with beautiful facilities and accommodation, but it's the best experience and heartwarming when you have people on board who treat you like family. We treasure the experiences we had with Royal Caribbean International cruises (so far with Empress of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas). Our family did not just enjoy our wonderful experience with the our latest cruise with the Navigator of the Seas, but also the very good relationship that we have found with crew members to mention Jackson, Luciana, Mary Joy and the other male supervisor (sorry to forget his name but he is a very great person), all of them of the Sapphire Dining Lounge, are so awesome! Everyone were so professional, respectful and friendly. Our room attendants were all so great (we stayed at rooms 8653, 6259 and 6261), Jane and Chris of the Windjammer were so great too. Also Emely, who facilitated activities at Bolero and Schooner was so kind and fun. The entertainments at the theater were so fantastic. We also met Eileen at the Promenade cafe who is so kind. Dave Sibongo, the ship pianist, made us sing with by heart.Washy Washy, we love him. Of course, Cuddy, the ship director! He's so caring. Overall, it was so great! Neil, Eileen, Diane, Tolly, Yang, Nuriam and Hanjin Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We initially chose this cruise because: 1) We wanted to join friends we hadn't seen in a few years who were already booked on this cruise (we surprised them when they saw us on the ship!) and 2) The ABC ports (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) ... Read More
We initially chose this cruise because: 1) We wanted to join friends we hadn't seen in a few years who were already booked on this cruise (we surprised them when they saw us on the ship!) and 2) The ABC ports (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) were places we had not been to before. Our stateroom attendant, waiter, and assistant waiter were awesome and even joined us in singing "Happy Birthday" to my mother-in-law during the cruise! The ship was beautiful and just the right size to make both my husband and I happy (he likes bigger ships, and I like them smaller). We tried Sabor for the first time and were not crazy about it except for the freshly made chips and guacamole. Chops was great, as always! I can't say enough about the excursions! We don't normally take excursions on Labadee, but we joined our friends for the Sandbar Catamaran Tour, and we had a blast! A couple Haitian crew members joined me in dancing the Cupid Shuffle while onboard! We also took the "best of" of "highlights" excursions in Curacao, Bonaire, and Aruba, which we had chosen due to my mother-in-law's limited mobility. They were all amazing and very informative! The buildings in Curacao are all in bright, cheerful colors, the salt flats in Bonaire is definitely a must-see, as is the natural bridge in Aruba. It is so hard to believe that these three of the six Dutch-owned islands are so different from one another! I managed to catch all the nighttime shows from musical tributes, to comedians, to juggler Aaron Bonk; and I thoroughly enjoyed them all! Our friends were traveling with a five-year-old girl who LOVED the Adventurers Club! During our meals, she kept telling her parents that she wanted to hurry and finish so she could go back! If you have not been to the "ABC" islands, I HIGHLY recommend this cruise and would definitely go again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I chose this trip for the itinerary and the 4 cruising days. It was an awesome time. Our wait staff and dining bartender were excellent. Best ever. We were able to find chairs on cruising days so this was a plus. Not crazy about the ... Read More
I chose this trip for the itinerary and the 4 cruising days. It was an awesome time. Our wait staff and dining bartender were excellent. Best ever. We were able to find chairs on cruising days so this was a plus. Not crazy about the Royal singers and dancers show, but that is just my opinion. Not my kind of entertainment. Bar service was good and so was service in most places. We dined in the Sabors restaurant and did the endless champagne brunch galley tour. Both were excellent, but felt Galley tour was not worth the money. It was hard to hear our guide in the galley. Cubby the cruise director was great and our captain seemed personable. I would go on this ship again, but some of the areas are looking tired. I think it is soon getting a bow to stern refurbishment. We always cruise with Royal and were not disappointed in this. There was 8 in our group Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
BACKGROUND I am writing this on the day we returned from the cruise, so everything is still pretty fresh on my mind. Our second cruise with Royal Caribbean was again outstanding. Our first was just my wife an I on a honey moon. We loved ... Read More
BACKGROUND I am writing this on the day we returned from the cruise, so everything is still pretty fresh on my mind. Our second cruise with Royal Caribbean was again outstanding. Our first was just my wife an I on a honey moon. We loved it and wished to go back with the family. This time, about 7 years later, was with my 2 small children, my parents, my brother, his wife and 3 children. Amazing experience overall. Loved it. Wish I had brought walkie-talkies to communicate. BOARDING We came from Fort Lauderdale on I-95, so we followed Google until we took exit 2D to I-395. This was key as Google told us to go through another way. We simply followed the signs for Port Miami through the Tunnel and got there easily. Once we arrived at the terminal, our bags were immediately taken by the terminal staff. Next we made our way through customs and checked into the ship. Even though my dad forgot his SeaPass print out, we were in the ship within 25 minutes of arriving. Which was very speedy in my opinion. CABIN The cabin was small, but they made great use of the space. I got the most inexpensive interior cabin, so I expected it to be small, however, we slept on the king size bed and my kids were each on their own bunk above the main bed. They loved it and so did we. FOOD Great food, both at the Windjammer and at the Main Dining Room. There was absolutely no need for the specialty restaurants, in my opinion. Vegetarian options for my wife, very actually very delicious as well. ENTERTAINMENT - SPORTS ACTIVITIES Very, very fun. Participated in 2 soccer tournaments and a ping pong tournament with my dad. Lots of fun and medals were awarded. It was competitive, but not rough or professional. Also played basketball with him and a fellow cruise goer on the first night. Rock climbing was fun for my wife and I, and FlowRider was very fun as well. ENTERTAINMENT - CHILDRENS' ACTIVITIES Not great on this ship for us. The arcade was high priced and over in the blink of an eye. Also, we don't really like leaving our kids with anyone, especially someone we do not know. I do wish there were more family oriented activities for families with small children. I know the Liberty of the Seas has H2O Zones, but this one does not, which was a bummer. ENTERTAINMENT - SHOWS Didn't really go to too many shows. Ice skating show on the first night, and a "Minute to Win it" like show. Both were good. Went to to other 'talks' or giveaways, which turn out to be sales pitches. Waste of time. STAFF Outstanding in every way. Friendly, courteous, and genuinely want to make you happier while on the cruise. Some fellow cruise-goers were rude, especially with the staff, the kind of people that have never had a service job. Unfortunately, these people also have to be served. Yet the staff still does their best to give you a memorable experience. SPA The SPA hot stone massage was phenomenal. My dad had knots on his back and had pain and difficulty moving his neck. During the massage was quite painful, but after, he felt like a new man. He enjoyed the cruise with a new way. It was a bit pricey, at $208 + service fee for 75 minutes, but it was worth every penny seeing my dad enjoy the rest of the cruise. EXCURSIONS Cozumel was a let down from last time, partially because of the weather. It was cloudy and very windy. So much so that many excursions were cancelled because of the wind. This time we didn't go on the Cruise excursion, but decided to have a tour guide take us to different places. For 11 people, it was definitely less expensive, but also was not that great. The taxis were cutthroat. It went from $200 for a taxi for 4 hours, to $120 and they tell you to keep it quiet so you think you're getting a good deal. It's best to go directly to the taxi instead of the guys standing trying to sell you the service as they simply refer you to the taxi and get a commission. The places there weren't great. We saw the ruins, which was an OK experience. The tequila place was also just OK. Everybody is trying to sell you something and you can always cut the price by at least half. Less of an experience, and more of a everyone trying to make a buck. I guess it is what it is. Costa Maya was much different. The prices were great, the experience was great. We simply went to the public beach by the ferry ride ($3/person) and then just reserved a bed literally on the shore. We ordered (virgin) drinks and just relaxed in the sun, went in the beach, and my mom got a massage. The massage was very sub-par, but what do you expect for a $20/hour massage? It was very nice, and we were back on the ship for lunch. DISEMBARKATION Had a small issue with having towels left from the day before which we were charged $25/towel for. There looked to be a problem in the system, but at the end the towels were returned and the charges taken off. The bags were taken the night before at 11 PM and we left the room shortly before 8 AM. We had breakfast, had a small family worship in the chapel, and off we went to our area to leave the ship. From the time we were called to the terminal were about 20 minutes or less. So baggage claim, customs, and walking were less than 20 minutes. Super impressive. Very organized. OVERALL Overall, we loved the experience, and were already planning our next cruise. It will most likely be on the Freedom or Oasis as they offer more children-oriented things. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Had a great cruise, we flew in fromCincinnati day of cruise with a obligatory stop in Atlanta without issues. Embarkation was fast and easy, was eating lunch at Windjammer by 12:00. I have read lots of bad reviews about selection and ... Read More
Had a great cruise, we flew in fromCincinnati day of cruise with a obligatory stop in Atlanta without issues. Embarkation was fast and easy, was eating lunch at Windjammer by 12:00. I have read lots of bad reviews about selection and quality of food. We found the food to be very good throughout the nine day voyage with relly good selection. Our room the large panaramic view was best stateroom we ever had, yes better than a balcony. The extra space and awesome view was well worth the price. We bought the ultimate dining package on Black Friday for 30% off so we ate at chops 4 times and Giovanis 3 times and Isumi (sp) All food and service was excellent. We do this again well worth the money, we found the MDR on past cruises to have very slow service and bland food. The dining package also included lunch so on sea days so we ate at Sabors and Johnny rockets again great food and great service. The entertainment was also very good, the singers never missed a note they are some of the best singers at sea. The ice show was very good and so was the top tier show with the skaters The headliners were very good. there was a juggler from AGT who was very good,sorry I dont remember his name. There was an Illussionist (sp) people seemed to enjoy it, me not so much. The Diamond Lounge was very nice especially when they opened up the Cosmo club for the overflow.The first night they had football there. Curucoa WE did the feed the sharks and turtles trough royal caribbean it was at times unorganized but very exciting being so close to sharks. I t also had a dolphin show that had tricks you would see at Sea World. Aruba We did the Jolly Roger Pirates on our own. Great trip took a10.00 taxi ride to dock checked in had great time.The snorkeling was great saw lots of fish and a shipwreck.WE also did the rope swing and lots of pina colodas. Bonaire WE did the snorkel excurionsion to Coco beach booked through RC Was not a great trip we took a bus to the beach got snorkeling equipment and our chair.To get to snorkle you had tocross over slippery rocks, not fun.There wasnt much to see, water was kinda of choppy. Labbaddee WE rented a jet ski lots of fun. Overall great cruise only bad time was the Bonaire excursion. We did self disembarkment without issue. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Plenty to do on the ship. Loved the ports of call. We booked the Eco Tour RIB Mangroves in Bonaire through Royal Caribbean. Highly recommend it! Saw flamingoes and the islands wild donkeys and goats close up on the ride to Lac Bay. Lac ... Read More
Plenty to do on the ship. Loved the ports of call. We booked the Eco Tour RIB Mangroves in Bonaire through Royal Caribbean. Highly recommend it! Saw flamingoes and the islands wild donkeys and goats close up on the ride to Lac Bay. Lac Bay is beautiful and remote. Informative tour of the mangrove forests. In Aruba, we booked the Kuku Kanuku tour. It was a fun ride on the party bus to a beautiful beach. We booked a Promenade stateroom. Found it roomy for an interior room. Excellent meals in the Main Dining Room and Windjammer Cafe. Friendly and conscientious staff onboard. We enjoyed the comedy shows onboard in the evening and joined in with a few dance classes and sporting competitions on the sea days. We found Navigator of the Seas in tip-top shape, no complaints. There were plenty of deck chairs available around the swimming pools during the days at sea, even with the beautiful weather. No need to worry about saving a chair of sunning. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We choose this cruise to visit the ABC islands in the Southern Caribbean. Also we selected the 9 day sailing. Our home is in Charlotte NC so for previous cruises, we drove to south Florida for a 7 day cruise, I have to take of 6 work ... Read More
We choose this cruise to visit the ABC islands in the Southern Caribbean. Also we selected the 9 day sailing. Our home is in Charlotte NC so for previous cruises, we drove to south Florida for a 7 day cruise, I have to take of 6 work days. This time we flew for a 9 day cruise and still only needed 9 days of from work. We were able to fly direct non stop on the same day the cruise departed and returned. We arrived at the Port of Miami about 2:10PM and had zero time waiting. We were next up at security, next up at RCI check in and walked right on board. This was a fantastic beginning. Previous embarkation experiences were very good, but it could not have been any better this time. I did have difficulty using UBER for the first time and failed from Miami airport to Port of Miami. Probably I was the reason for the failure. Anyway we selected LYFT and it worked flawlessly. We had a mid afternoon flight out of Miami Int'l airport. We choose to disembark later to let the crowd clear out some. We did not self carry our luggage off. It was nice to get on the elevators and not have to be bothered with dragging the luggage along. We did have one problem at the luggage terminal. RCI process was for us to go to the second carousel to get our luggage based on their tag/location assignment. Our luggage never came to the second carousel. We heard others had collected their luggage at the third carousel (not as directed), We found our luggage circling around the third carousel (not as directed). This was a bit troubling, but we had plenty of time, so it did not impact our schedule with the airline. The balcony cabin 7376 had plenty of storage in the closet with lots of hangers. There was plenty of drawers and cabinets and shelves for all our belongings. If I chose a different cabin it would have been just a little more forward toward the rear elevators for better convenience. Dining - My wife and I chose main dining room second seating 8:00 PM at a table for two. We ate there 8 out of nine nights, the other night was in Windjammer. This suited our desire very well. We did not feel rushed to get to dinner. We like hanging out on deck by the pool as long as possible, and love to take in the sunsets. You have to forfeit these if you eat at 5:30 or 6:00 We ate breakfast 8 out of 9 mornings in the Windjammer. The other morning we ate in the main dining room. The server told us about the great salad bar in the main dining room on days at sea between 11:30 and 1:00 We loved it an recommend it. They also have a limited hot bar and deserts and a menu to order from if your interested. IMPORTANT go by 12:00 it gets busy. (because it is so good) Entertainment - We went to see a very good comedian one night. Another night we listed to a phenomenal ship band. We give them 5 stars. Another night we had a treat to see a juggler that went the farthest on AGT. His performance was outstanding! These 3 alone were superior. We were too busy to get to the ice dancing shows shown 4 times. We saw other ice dancing shows on the Oasis and Harmony and found them to be world class- and amazing. We hate we missed it this time and heard from other cruisers how good they were. We really recommend this even though we missed it this time. All the crew made you feel their goal was to provide you with an outstanding vacation experience. They succeeded their goal with us. Ports and shot excursions. Curacao - just off the pier were little souvenirs to buy, then a tent for "taxis" We love the beach so we got a ride to Kokomo Beach for $10 each person each way. The beach was beautiful the water very clear. They have a large covered deck with drinks and a separate building for bathrooms. We used beach lounge chairs at no charge. Not sure if this was the norm but no one asked us for money. The beach had a lot of rocks to watch out for. They had a pier with steps into the water, which provided a way in the water and miss some of the rocks. Some people snorkeled there. My opinion is there is nothing at this beach fo bother with snorkeling. Bonaire- We went on a sailboat snorkeling trip booked with Compass directly thru their website. The have various trips to offer depending on your time at this island. They were busy with 3 boats going out that morning. We had about 11 passengers which I like that is does not get too crowded. Suggestion to all -- book snorkeling trips early for Bonaire. The highly rated Woodwind trip was sold out 10 months before we arrived. We were very satisfied with Compass. Very personable crew and captain. Aruba- we took a taxi $5.00 per person each way to Eagle beach. Rated among the 50 best beaches in the world. It was about 15 minute ride. It was the most beautiful beach I have seen. There are lounge chairs to rent for $10 each. They will place them in the shade of trees for you. The entree to the ocean was easy. I rented a jet ski for the first time. I paid $50 for 30 minuets. This was plenty enough time. Lots of fun. Across the street was a lunch restaurant. Then along the street came an ice cream truck that also sold frozen drinks at a good price. Great trip if your time and budget fits. I would go again on my next cruise without any hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Chose this cruise to be on the Navigator. Had a very enjoyable cruise starting with ship, staff, food and entertainment. The machines in the casino could use some update! The food on board was very good. You could never go hungry. The ... Read More
Chose this cruise to be on the Navigator. Had a very enjoyable cruise starting with ship, staff, food and entertainment. The machines in the casino could use some update! The food on board was very good. You could never go hungry. The pasta bar and salad bar in the main dining room for lunch was GREAT. Of course on the days at port the Windjammer was our place to eat lunch. The soup to start off was always the best. You could always find one out of the three you would like. The rest of the food was great also. But RC did NOT disappoint me again. Can't wait for next cruise with RC which will be in 4 wks. Always counting the days until the next one. We always tell our friends and family, if you don't have a good time and can't find enough to eat, well no one to blame but yourself. Thank you Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the length (9 nights). We are retired and love to cruise and wish Royal Caribbean did more longer cruisers (we sometimes do back to back on DIFFERENT ships). We do not like to stay on the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the length (9 nights). We are retired and love to cruise and wish Royal Caribbean did more longer cruisers (we sometimes do back to back on DIFFERENT ships). We do not like to stay on the same ship for back to back cruises because the entertainment is one of our favorite activities and it is repeated. I will admit that the Ice Show was so good on the Navigator that I saw it three times! My husband did not - went to the casino instead. We love the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao). Snorkeling is our favorite activity off of the ship and Bonaire cannot be beat. We usually book the Seacow Double Dip day excursion through the ship but Royal Caribbean has an age limit of 75 for snorkeling so we cannot book through them next time. Highly recommend the Seacow - you are in groups of 10 people at a time and they are very professional and also lots of fun. The Navigator is an older ship but we love the size and especially the swimming pool in the Solarium. Plus the hot tubs are hotter than on some of the newer ships. The staff were very friendly and the food was fantastic. We always eat in the main dining room at night and usually ate there for lunch. Highly recommend this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was our first cruise and wanted to try the virtual balcony and had good pricing.We were on the Navigator of the seas in a virtual balcony room. We had poor weather for everyday and ship movement to the point the pools were overflowing ... Read More
This was our first cruise and wanted to try the virtual balcony and had good pricing.We were on the Navigator of the seas in a virtual balcony room. We had poor weather for everyday and ship movement to the point the pools were overflowing onto the deck but the staff were great and did everything they could to make the guests comfortable. Ship is showing some wear but is nice and has lots of things to do on-board.We went to many shows and inside events since the pools were closed and it was cold out making it hard to sit and watch outdoor movies. The one thing I didn't do was bring enough long pants or any sweaters with me since I figured the Caribbean would be warm. Do yourself a favor and bring some anyways since the winds and weather can make even warm Caribbean feel cold after being outside for a long period of time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Wanted to go to the Southern Caribbean. Cruising on our way down to the ABC islands we ran into some very rocky waves. Plus it was chilly. The captain made the decision not to stop at Laberdee RC private island. So we kept cruising to ... Read More
Wanted to go to the Southern Caribbean. Cruising on our way down to the ABC islands we ran into some very rocky waves. Plus it was chilly. The captain made the decision not to stop at Laberdee RC private island. So we kept cruising to curacao . We got there the evening before we were suppose to get there. The ship docked around 8:00 pm. Getting there that early in the evening was great. It gave us some evening time in Curacao. Such a pretty town at night. Nice decision to get there early. The cruise was wonderful. Best cabin steward ever have had on any cruise. Food was great. All around great cruise. Only thing upset about is the spa. Had some acupunture done, Plus bought some health supplies from the spa. These two items were pretty expensive. Charged these to my sign and sail card. End of cruise was billed to my credit card. Now I notice these two charges are pending coming through again. Worse thing these charges have already been taken out of my account again. Since its pending just have to wait for them to release back to our account. Dont think its right to take charges out twice. My word of advise watch your charges through the spa. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I have gone on over 10 Carnival cruises and 3 NCL cruises in the past. This was my first time on a royal ship. I haven't done royal in the past due to high prices than normal but receiving a free trip I obviously wasnt going to turn ... Read More
I have gone on over 10 Carnival cruises and 3 NCL cruises in the past. This was my first time on a royal ship. I haven't done royal in the past due to high prices than normal but receiving a free trip I obviously wasnt going to turn it down. Embarkation Was smooth from Miami and was on the ship by 11:15. Got the drink package online ahead of time and saved 20%. Was definitely worth getting for a 5 day cruise. Wifi was 80$ for the 5 days and was pretty good. Much better than Carnivals. Room was a inside room but nice and my room steward was great. Room was done twice a day before 11:00 and 7:00. The breakfast food at the windjammer was surprisingly very very good. A lot of bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit and much more. As well as multiple omelette stations. The quality of the food exceeded my expectations. I purchased a 4 night specialty dining package before the trip and saved 20% on that as well and all 4 specialty restaurants were outstanding. The steakhouse had great apps and sides as well as a 16 ounce Rib eye that was incredible. Both the Italian and Mexican restaurants were very very good. The Japanese is A La Cart so with a dining package you get $35 to spend and anything over you pay the difference. Food was very good but without a dining package I would not of eaten there. Prices for a cruise A La cart restaurant were much higher than I was expecting (5 pot stickers for $8.) The dinner my 5th night at the buffet had a prime rib carving station and all the food looked great. Overall the food was one of the best parts of the trip which is never a bad thing. The ship was in excellent shape and condition on all the floors especailly the 5th floor where all the shops and the Ben and Jerrys was. I thought the ship was 5-6 years old but then found out it was turning 16 this year. So kudos to the staff and Royal for keeping the older ship in great shape. The on board entertainment was good. There is a ice skating rink on board so during sea days you can skate and during port days they did a show which was also good. The live music was very good and had all different types of genres. Country, rock, jazz, and of course leaving fro Miami Hispanic/salsa music which was very good. The outside pool deck was very nice and had 2 bars with multiple bartenders in each for pretty quick service. The ports were fine. Ive been to Cozumel and Costa Maya many times each so I did a walk around both and went back into the ship. Getting off the boat was very easy and smooth. I always take my own luggage off the ship and the people that chose to do that were the first ones off so once we got cleared to leave I was off the boat and done with immigration in less than 15 minutes. Cant ask for much more. The only dissapointing thing with this ship is that I was told at one point across from the Pub on the 5th floor there was a sports bar. Im a big sports fan and there was playoff football going on. Turns out they turned the sports bar into a vineyard or a wine bar. There was no more than 2 or 3 couples in there at a time. There were some places to go watch the game but only 1 or 2 TVs and of the smaller size. Every cruise ship should have a sports bar and its too bad they decided to get rid of there's for a bar that doesnt get much use. Overall it was a good cruise that exceeded my expectations and Will for sure for the right price be willing to cruise again with Royal. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Wanted to try this ship. Good value. Wanted to visit Costa Maya. Embarkation was a bit disorganized. Broken escaltor meant having to use one elevator to get to the check in hall. Smooth going with RCCL after the elevator. We enjoy ... Read More
Wanted to try this ship. Good value. Wanted to visit Costa Maya. Embarkation was a bit disorganized. Broken escaltor meant having to use one elevator to get to the check in hall. Smooth going with RCCL after the elevator. We enjoy the activities, food and wait staff service (Roy and Wu), the nightly shows and especially the ice shows, the music in the lounges (Simon John and the Nav band), the enrichment activities (Daniel Edward), ship layout and size(not too big and not too crowded and the Promenade), Peek-a-Boo bridge is a favorite. Missed opportunities to dance in the Star Lounge though. Roy and Wu in the My Time Dining Room. Michael Kelly Martin, our room attendant and was particularly attentive and responsive to our needs (loved the towel animals!) Daniel Edward for his enrichment activities , overall activities and his filling in for the cruise director while the CD was ill, Rosebeth in Windjammer. All were excellent and greatly added to our enjoyment of the cruise. Shows: Welcome Aboard - a bend of headliner comedian and short performances by the Navigator Singers and Dancers and the (great) Band! Ballroom Fever - performances from the featured ballroom couple, Andrii and Tetiana, the Navigator Singers and Dancers and Band! All Access - contemporary entertainment with performances from the ballroom couple, Andrii and Tetiana, the Navigator Singers and Dancers and Band! Ice Dancin' - spectacular ice show. How do they do all those moves on such a small sheet of ice? Good Dining Room meals: salmon, beef tenderloin, spicy pork, love those cold fruit soups for appetizers! Many of the main dining room offerings are also available in the Windjammer for dinner. The chocolate bread pudding in W'jammer was good, the tiramitsu and cheesecake in the MD room were good. Great time with Simon John in the Schooner Bar each night. Good music selections (getting tired of Sweet Caroline repeated requests though.) Friendly came to say Hi most nights to passengers during breaks. Star Lounge had various jam session with members of the Navigator Band playing with entertainers from the other lounges. Hugh and Henry were full of energy and fun! Go see Daniel Edward enrichment session on mindfulness if you like this sort of thing. He was interesting and engaging and funny! Good selection of snacks in Cafe Promenade. We were so busy that we didn't play mini golf for the first time in ten (10) cruises. We had a great time and hope you do also!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Took a 9 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean in early January to get away from the cold Ohio weather and glad we did. First time on the Navigator but we had sailed on the Adventure so we already were familiar with the layout. Flew to ... Read More
Took a 9 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean in early January to get away from the cold Ohio weather and glad we did. First time on the Navigator but we had sailed on the Adventure so we already were familiar with the layout. Flew to Miami a day early so we weren't as rushed and just in case the weather was bad. Deicing in Cincinnati caused us to miss our connecting flight but we received another one quickly so we arrived in Miami only an hour or two later than scheduled. Hotel in Miami said they had no record of us having a reservation though our TA had confirmed it before we left. A quick call to her resulted in a booking at the Miami Airport Wingate hotel which proved to be a good alternative. Not only did they pick us up at the airport, we got a great room with breakfast included and a shuttle for $12 each person to the ship the next morning, which was about a 20 minute ride. Embarkation we very well. From the time the shuttle dropped us off to the time we were actually on board was no more than 1/2 hour. We arrived about 11am so it may have helped that a lot of people had not yet arrived. We booked a Promenade cabin (7559), something new for us. A little more spacious with 2 small sofas and the window for people watching. We were very pleased with it. Our steward (Steven) was excellent, took very good care of both us and the cabin. For the first time ever we did My Time dining... mixed feelings on that. We did get to eat at whatever time was convenient for us (usually about 7 pm), but we had a different waiter each night so we never really got to know them like we have when we have a regular seating time. Food and service were very good, usually we were in the dining room about 1 - 1 1/2 hours each evening. A couple of nights we ate at the Windjammer instead out of convenience and not wanting to get all dressed up for the dining room. Entertainment was ok but not spectacular. We enjoyed a few shows in the theater after the evening meal and the ice skating show one afternoon while at sea. I guess it all depends on what you enjoy and how you want to spend your time. Weather the first 2 days was a little rainy and cool as were leaving Miami so we weren't outside a lot. We bypassed our stop in Labadee due to storms there but that just gave us an extra day at sea. Our stops in Curacao, Bonaire, and Aruba all went well and we were able to enjoy the sun and warm temperatures. We had arranged our own excursions for Curacao & Bonaire and in Aruba we did the Sailaway Beach Break through Royal which was very enjoyable and well worth the money. Debarkation went just as well as embarkation. We booked and excursion in Miami since our return flight wasn't until evening. Lines were not very long and passing through customs was easy. We were on our bus to leave for the excursion at 9 am. For us, having been through some hardships over the last year or so it was a much needed and very enjoyable break. We would not hesitate to do it again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was my 34th cruise overall, 8th on Royal Caribbean. I traveled with my husband (his 34th cruise, too). Here is the explanation for my title: We planned to fly from New York JFK to Miami on January 5 to board the cruise on the same ... Read More
This was my 34th cruise overall, 8th on Royal Caribbean. I traveled with my husband (his 34th cruise, too). Here is the explanation for my title: We planned to fly from New York JFK to Miami on January 5 to board the cruise on the same day. However, because of the blizzard on January 4th, all flights were cancelled. In order to not be penalized for the airline tickets, we flew again on Monday the 8th to Miami, and then flew to Curacao (with a stop in Santo Domingo) to catch the ship in Curacao when it arrived in port on the 9th. We booked a hotel in Curacao overnight so that we would meet the ship in the morning. When we got to Curacao, we went out to eat at the Iguana Cafe overlooking the floating bridge, and our waitress explained to us that the restaurant was understaffed because the Navigator of the Seas came in. We didn't expect to hear that, and then the people at the next table explained that they had just come off the Navigator, and that it had skipped Labadee because of bad weather ahd had arrived at Curacao to stay overnight. (If we had known that, we would probably have boarded the ship that night.) Boarding the ship in Curacao was no big deal at all! The security person at the pier went to the security at the ship and told them we were there, then we walked down the pier pulling our suitcases. The Royal Caribbean ship security officer at the bottom of the gangway handed us our sea pass cards, and the security officer at the top of the gangway took our pictures and let us on. We went to guest services and told them we were there. Just to let you know, getting on a ship mid-cruise has some consequences. For instances, we had to get our passports stamped that we leaving Curacao, so we had to go to the immigration building to do so. It was a nice walk; that was the upside. Also, at the end of the cruise in Miami, we had to go to a special waiting area on the ship and be led off by a guest services staffer, to get our passports stamped by immigration. The upside of that … we were the first people off the ship and there were no lines. Unfortunately, we missed 4 days of the cruise, but because the ship skipped Labadee, we saw as many ports as everyone else! We also missed the first formal night/Captain’s cocktail party, Cruise Critic party and the Top Tier event for Diamond Members, and, of course, some of the entertainment. Our cruise director, Cuddy, was so welcoming; on my first night in the theatre, he personally welcomed me aboard and said that I was part of the family now. The ship looks great! I did not notice any of the problems noted on Cruise Critic. We had a fabulous cabin – 1816 on deck 12 – the panoramic oceanview stateroom with floor-to-ceiling windows. This cabin was a new addition to the ship where there had previously been open deck, and the furnishings and color scheme were different than the rest of the ship (blond wood, wall-mounted giant screen TV). Would definitely recommend this category. Dining was very good – not exceptional. I was waiting for that “yum” moment, but it never came, although the cold fruit soups were always scrumptious. Service in the dining room and in the Windjammer was excellent. Our dining room waiters were very attentive and friendly. Activities were pretty much limited to trivia and for-a-fee events. I attended one trivia game and an activity called “Learn to write your name in Chinese” which should have been called, “The Activities Staff guy who is Chinese writes your name in Chinese on the back of a torn piece of trivia paper when you tell him what your English name is.” Though I missed 4 days of entertainment, I really enjoyed what I saw. There was a guy who could balance a chair on his nose while playing the banjo, an a capella Doo Wop group, a comedian named Rich Aronovich who was very clever and quick (and also did a midnight show), and the production shows. Though the production shows are really lots of songs tied together with no common theme, the singers have very strong voices and the dancers are very talented. No one should really ever complain about production shows because the cast works very hard. Of course, there was also the “Love and Marriage Game” as well as “The Quest,” which are always a blast. I’d love to see a real old-fashioned “Farewell Show” where they sing the “Til We Meet Again” song! I wasn’t thrilled by the piano player in the Schooner Bar. The acoustic guitar player, Henry Hood, in Two Poets Pub, had a large following, and the production singers would join him for sets. The shops onboard really didn’t have a lot of nice merchandise, in my opinion. As far as service, as I mentioned before, the crew was always eager to please and friendly. I have absolutely no complaints about this. I do have complaints about the attitudes of fellow guests, like the guest who had a laptop out on the table (where his place setting should go) during the entire dinner service! What we did in each port … Curacao: We went to the synagogue, which we had done before. The congregants volunteering in the synagogue museum and gift shop are very, very nice. Willemstad is just so pretty to walk around. Bonaire: While my husband booked a 2-tank dive through the ship, I took a sightseeing tour and beach break, which was very nice. The sightseeing part took us to the salt refinery, the slave huts (the slaves harvested the salt) and the highest point in Bonaire. Then we had chairs waiting for us at Coco Beach, where I rented a snorkel for $10. Beaches in Bonaire are rocky, let me warn you. Bonaire is very laid back and not at all a tourist trap, and I like it that way! Aruba: We did a catamaran, snorkel and beach break shore excursion. The first snorkeling was at 15 feet and the second was at 60 feet – there was a wreck down there but it was very hard to see. This tour included alcohol and a barbecue lunch overlooking the gorgeous turquoise water – it was a good value for $89 per person. So, for half a cruise, we had a great time. I’d definitely recommend this ship and this itinerary to all who read this. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was our first cruise. We just LOVED IT! We are both in the late 20s, and were afraid that we were alone in the age, but it was very nice blend and we became familiar with lots of people. When we first got into the boat, we were ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We just LOVED IT! We are both in the late 20s, and were afraid that we were alone in the age, but it was very nice blend and we became familiar with lots of people. When we first got into the boat, we were greeted with a glass of proseco. We had obviously ordered a drink package in advance and did not regret 1 second. We cost us a lot, very nice boat and always something to do. Super service. In the ala cart resturant there was always good food and service, we used to have dinner there, and breakfast and lunch at the buffet. Really recommend this boat to people, and of course RCL. We have actually booked 2 new cruises, and are very excited! The only negative thing I can find is that there was no exceptionally good nightclub, they changed one of the places to the night club after a certain time. But there was too much light from both lamps and windows. Would recommend this boat, cruise line and the trip to my best friends. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was our annual Apparel Decorators Cruise (10th). It was a great cruise. We (group of 29) had access to a great conference room for our classes each day. The only problem was the internet. I paid a lot of money for "the ... Read More
This was our annual Apparel Decorators Cruise (10th). It was a great cruise. We (group of 29) had access to a great conference room for our classes each day. The only problem was the internet. I paid a lot of money for "the fastest internet on the sea" or some such crap. The service was lousy. It kept logging me off, it was EXTREMELY slow, and it was a lengthy process to log back on each time. I had purchased the package because I intended to continue running our business from the ship. We didn't get to stop at Labadee due to weather, and I don't think we were properly compensated for missing that. I did really enjoy the food, both in the dining room, and the buffet area. We also felt the quality of the entertainment was lacking. It was rather amateurish. We did enjoy the comedians. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We arrived in Miami a day early and was able to have dinner at Yardbird with my cousin. We used Uber to get from the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay to the cruise ship and it was quick and easy. Getting on the ship didn't take that ... Read More
We arrived in Miami a day early and was able to have dinner at Yardbird with my cousin. We used Uber to get from the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay to the cruise ship and it was quick and easy. Getting on the ship didn't take that long considering how many people where there, getting off the ship was also smooth. We loved the ship, it is an older ship but it was beautiful. This was the first time that we had a balcony and we loved it, we sat out there every day and enjoyed just looking out. The food in the dining room was not as good as I remember but we left every night satisfied, I'm sure our table mates and servers had a lot to do with that. It was a bummer that we didn't get to go to Labadee but safety should always come first. We would go again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Our trip on this ship was excellent. We loved the people, the food, and the cleanliness. The Navigator to the Sea is a very beautiful ship. Everything was easy and convenient. Our table was 347 with Omar and Sergei, I can't begin ... Read More
Our trip on this ship was excellent. We loved the people, the food, and the cleanliness. The Navigator to the Sea is a very beautiful ship. Everything was easy and convenient. Our table was 347 with Omar and Sergei, I can't begin to tell how nice, kind and considerate both of them are. Both have very sweet spirits about them, we did appreciate them. Kenneth Marriott was our room attendant in cabin #3722. He did everything he could to make us comfortable, he asked everyday if we needed anything and was prepared to help us. My husband was in a wheelchair and he always asked if I needed help, others on the ship did also. We loved the window in our room, I wasn't at all claustrophobic. We loved laying on the bed and watching the waves, and happy to see islands that we passed. The entertainment was so, so great. It was clean, not dirty talk. The ice dancers, the comedians, the music, singers and all. Everywhere we sat was clean and comfortable. Thank you to all of you that made this trip beautiful. Sandy and Noel Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This is only our second cruise and have been hesitant to take it on Navigator due to lukewarm reviews here and being an older, smaller ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. I guess lowering our expectations may have helped, because we had ... Read More
This is only our second cruise and have been hesitant to take it on Navigator due to lukewarm reviews here and being an older, smaller ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. I guess lowering our expectations may have helped, because we had one of the best vacations on board of the Navigator and on the shore. The highlight for us it has been the quality of the food and the service in the main (Sapphire) dining room at dinner time and the quality of the food in the Windjammer. I know, some people may call us crazy for praising the Windjammer food. Of course, we all have different standards, however I know that our family of 5 plus live-in nanny spends $2,400+ per month in food at home and we rarely if ever get such quality food as we did at the complimentary restaurants on the navigator. It is true though, we are not big on steaks, we have tried some, however we focused a lot on fish, sea food, veggies and fruits when available. The ship overall looks surprisingly good despite its age. The cabin also had a very practical layout and it was roomy. Some little things may have needed a repair and the age of the ship was more obvious in some details in the cabin (such as rust around the bed frame for instance). The entertainment options have been plentiful too. While we travelled with kids and could not enjoy a lot of the shows, there were always few shows or live performances to watch. They may not have been top productions but they were entertaining nonetheless. We skipped Labadee due to inclement weather and it turned out to be a good call as then we heard of an earthquake and a tsunami from worried relatives. Of course, the captain could not have known about the upcoming earthquake, it just turned out to be a good call, especially as we were sailing South, to warmer weather. The ABC islands were very nice, our favorite has been Curaçao for being more laid back, not so aggressively touristic as Aruba and for having nice sandy beaches with calm waters for kids and yet with some basic snorkeling opportunities, again for our first time learning kids. We would definitely go again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.5 4.2

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