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Sail Date: June 2018
In the last 8 years this would be our 11th cruise, 7 of which have been RCI. We chose this itinerary mainly for the overnight stop in Saint Petersburg and that it called in Oslo, Tallinn and Copenhagen. With a free Deluxe Drinks ... Read More
In the last 8 years this would be our 11th cruise, 7 of which have been RCI. We chose this itinerary mainly for the overnight stop in Saint Petersburg and that it called in Oslo, Tallinn and Copenhagen. With a free Deluxe Drinks Package and Free Gratuities, the price for an outside accessible cabin (one of our party in a wheelchair) was quite reasonable. Over the years we've come to expect a certain standard from RCI, the food is normally great, the entertainment some of the best we've seen on land or at sea and the itineraries and arrangements very good indeed. Boarding in Southampton, we were not disappointed, at most 20 minutes from parking the car to boarding the ship. Rooms were ready so we were able to drop our hand luggage and straight off to explore the ship and grab a snack in the Windjammer. My first thought during the Muster Drill was that it seemed very disorganised. In fact, normally there would be a tannoy announcement about the mandatory drill happening at N o'clock, but we heard no announcement, only saw crew stood in stairways with hi-vis jackets and screens advising to proceed to your muster station. One kind crew member took a look at our cards and directed us to the Forward Starboard area where we would find our muster station. When we got there, we actually noticed on one of the way finder screens, that actually our muster station was on the Port side and to the rear of the ship! Our first experience in the dining room was that once again, even though we book a wheelchair accessible room, the table we were allocated for dinner was right at the back of the dining room, off to one side, probably one of the most awkward places to get to. We don't mind, but the other guests tend to get a little annoyed when you're trying to squeeze past them, interrupting their dinner. The menu on night one was ok, nothing special but we had to wait a considerable time as the waiter for our table was alone, and it was his first day. We didn't eat in the main dining room on night 2 as the menu had nothing on it that any of our party fancied, but we accept that this sometimes happens, so just went to the Windjammer, which worked out well as we also wanted to catch a show which would have made dining in the Main Dining Room a rushed affair. As we had purchased a speciality restaurant package for 3 nights and booked the Mystery Theatre Dinner, we ate in Chops grill on night 3, Giovanni's on night 4 and due to a long day ashore, the Windjammer again on night 5. We checked the MDR menu every night and apart from Spaghetti Bolognese or Strip Steak, there was hardly anything that all of us would eat, so we largely continued eating in the Windjammer or Chops. We did return to the MDR on two more occasions, the first of which was again an acceptable meal, but nothing special. The second I actually could not finish my main meal as it was incredibly salty and actually made me feel ill. I had the Strip Steak and honestly had i not ordered it, I'd have thought it was gammon instead of beef!. Entertainment on board was more or less what we expected from RCI. A few guests were not impressed but largely people seemed to enjoy the shows and guest artists. We mostly did our own thing in all the ports as most docked within a short walk to the main town or attractions. The only exception was Saint Petersburg where an organised tour was needed unless you had an independent visa or other escorted tour organised. As a first time in that port, we opted for the safety of the RCI tour, which was a most enjoyable two days, but did feel a little rushed in places. It might have been better to visit a few less churches or museums to have more time in one or two churches and museums, but we still enjoyed it anyway. I am not going to go in detail about each port as everyone has their own taste and can find out a lot of information by googling the locations or looking at sites like Trip Advisor. All I will say is I was not disappointed by any of the ports of call and would certainly return to all of them. In summary, I really enjoyed the cruise and the ports and the features on board the ship, but... RCI are clearly cutting costs, mostly in staff. Bar waiters were lacking, ending up going to bars ourselves to get drinks otherwise we'd be waiting until we were about to leave to get a drink. The food in the Windjammer was largely good with a wide selection for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and we never struggled to find a spot to sit for our group of 4. The Main Dining Room menu has gone downhill in our opinion. The ingredients are simply too specific so people who do not like or are allergic to certain ingredients, such as mushrooms, had a limited selection to start with and nobody really wants to eat a Strip Steak every night for 12 nights! My incident with a salty meal aside, the service was pleasant enough but it did not feel special, or even like a top class restaurant. Chops Grille was as good as always. On the quieter nights the food and service was exceptional, more like that we'd expected in the Main Dining Room, but on the last night, it was very busy and they seemed to struggle to cook consistently good food in the same efficient manner. Once again it seemed that another waiter or two might have been needed, and probably another chef. Our room attendant "Dexter" was great. Very pleasant and helpful and took the time to get to know us and our routines so we was both visible but invisible too, if that makes sense. Finally, I was disappointed that for the first time on any RCI cruise, there was no "The Quest" gameshow put on. This has always been a really great night and something we look forward to, but it simply did not happen. I would certainly look at a baltic cruise again and would consider the Navigator, but I can't help feeling a little disappointed in the experience this time. I'm not sure if it's just being spoilt in the past with prior cruises, or if it's cost cutting, but this time the "special" was not there for me. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Cruise chosen because of destinations. Dining and entertainment was excellent the variety and performers were top class. The service provided by dining room staff and stateroom attendant was excellent and the food was excellent too. The ... Read More
Cruise chosen because of destinations. Dining and entertainment was excellent the variety and performers were top class. The service provided by dining room staff and stateroom attendant was excellent and the food was excellent too. The ship was well maintained, clean with first class hygiene standards. We found the excursion staff not as helpful as I would have expected and one or two were quite surly. While an airport transfer was not available on the RCI website in advance a transfer to Gatwick was available on board at $100 whereas National Express was £24 after a short taxi ride for £5. WiFi was $12.99 a day and one had to purchase 12 days. The WiFi was extremely slow and expensive. I would have expected WiFi to be free as it is on board Emirates flights and many coffee shops, airports and National Express buses. We found the ship to be too big and crowded and difficult to find seating in coffee shop, windjammer and lounges. The time ashore at some of the ports of call was too short and the excursions desk would not or could not provide adequate information as to alternative tour arrangements available dockside. On the whole though the cruise was enjoyable with 4 relaxing days at sea and well chosen ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
By way of background this with my first cruise with Royal Caribbean having previously cruised with P&O and Disney. I am a Brit (relevant as we are never as effusive as our US cousins) and travelling with my Mum on a girls holiday. The ... Read More
By way of background this with my first cruise with Royal Caribbean having previously cruised with P&O and Disney. I am a Brit (relevant as we are never as effusive as our US cousins) and travelling with my Mum on a girls holiday. The trip was 12 nights to the Baltic from Southampton. Ship I know that Navigator of the Seas is due for a dry dock but generally the ship was in good repair even if some of the décor is a little dated now. The ship is of a good size and easy to navigate. I found the boards at the lift (elevators) both useful and informative. This did not of course prevent me regularly walking up the wrong corridor to reach my cabin! Cabin We had a Grand Suite (15654) on Deck 10. This was of a good size (particularly the bathroom) and was kept spotless throughout by our cabin steward Joseph who was friendly and keen but due to limited English we didn't exchange much more than pleasantries in the corridor. The suite had a sofa bed as well as the main bed which worked well for Mum and I giving us both separate sleeping areas. Before cruising I had read a lot about uncomfortable beds but both of us had no issues at all and slept very well. Suite Benefits I know there are a lot of questions about the benefits of a suite and whilst there is a generic list I think there is variety in practice. By way of summary we had: Priority Embarkation Concierge Lounge with canapés and drinks from 5-8pm daily and continental breakfast Breakfast service in Chops Grille Dedicated Seating Area in Metropolis Theatre Reserved Seating on Deck by the Main Pool Priority seating in Anytime Dining Priority Disembarkation from Vintages with Patricia our concierge Dining This is one of two areas where I had issues. We had anytime dining. Firstly if we hadn't had priority seating with our gold card the wait would have been untenable. I heard reports of well over an hour waits. On previous cruises the majority of our dining was in the main dining room at night however due to a mixture of quality of food and menus that held no appeal whatsoever other than 3 nights we dined in the Windjammer. Other guests in the concierge lounge reported long waits and cold or poor quality food on main dining. In one case dinner took 3 hours due to shocking waits between courses. Onto more positive aspects of dining, Chops Grille was fantastic for dinner and the Windjammer was consistently good and often had many of the choices from the main dining room. As there seems to be an obsession with Lobster on the boards I would highlight that this was only available once in the main dining room (second formal night) and as I dined at Chops that night I can't comment on whether it was also available in the Windjammer. Entertainment and Activities First the good: the Soul group that headlined the first night and Tenors Unlimited were excellent. I can't comment on the comedians or musician as we didn't attend those nights. Darren Day was also on the cruise as a headliner and whilst I didn't see the show I think the term headliner is stretching the term. Outside the main theatre the ice show was enjoyable and the guitarist playing on board was always pleasant to listen to. Onto the bad: the ships own performers who did 3 shows (I saw 2) were awful. The quality was frankly embarrassing. With a couple of exceptions the dancers were untalented and disinterested and the singers were decidedly average. We voted with our feet. Service In our cabin and the concierge lounge service was faultless. Elsewhere on the ship there was the usual mix of great, good and fair service. I don't make any particular demands on the staff so can't comment further. Ports and Shore excursions We predominantly self toured with the exception of St Petersburg where we took 3 ship tours (Hermitage (and Gold Room), Peterhof and Fountains, and, a folk evening at the theatre). All ship tours were well organised and the folk evening in particular was fabulous. Slight niggles: the ship could organise disembarkation at St Petersburg better as it was a melee and we were delayed over 30 minutes when 5 from our tour got stuck in the queue which had just stopped moving in the immigration hall. Oslo was visited on a Sunday and it was shut. Unfortunately the same could be said for Helsinki as it was the Midsummer holiday and all shops and some museums were shut. Internet The internet merits its own comments. The speed was particularly poor and in no way could you stream. Embarkation and Disembarkation Both were extremely easy with no issues whatsoever. Summary We have had a wonderful trip and would cruise again with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Boarding as always with RC very easy and slick. Great cruise destinations although four port days with the two middle days being St Petersburg was very tiring as we had booked the two day tour of St Petersburg which i0 hours each day. ... Read More
Boarding as always with RC very easy and slick. Great cruise destinations although four port days with the two middle days being St Petersburg was very tiring as we had booked the two day tour of St Petersburg which i0 hours each day. It was also quite crowded at the main attractions, but the world cup was on so that didn't help. Food and service in the main sapphire dining room was poor we had five night speciallity dining package which was good so only had five nights dining in the sapphire dining room. the other two nights we spent in the windjammer which was better by far then the main dining room. We were on Navigator in December 16 and the main dining experiance has certainly got worse. not that it was that good then either. The entertainment was also exactly the same as December 16 vertually word for word and dance for dance. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We have visited the Baltic before and realised that there is much more to see and do than one cruse can cater for. We were in a Grand Suite on deck 10 which was roomy and clean. The suite attendant was efficient but we would have expected ... Read More
We have visited the Baltic before and realised that there is much more to see and do than one cruse can cater for. We were in a Grand Suite on deck 10 which was roomy and clean. The suite attendant was efficient but we would have expected a resupply of fruit on a 12 day cruise. The MDR was a disappointment from the start. The two of us were assigned to a table for ten and no one else showed up! Nevertheless it still took almost two hours to get served and the food was mediocre and lukewarm. The next night (a formal evening) we went to Izumi where the food and service was excellent. The following night we did not like the menu in the MDR and ate in the Windjammer. Our actions prompted both the maitre’d and concierge to interrogate us as to why we were not using the MDR. Judging by the amount of people in the Windjammer we were not alone. We spent the rest of the cruise dining in the Winjammer, Izumi and Chops Grill. All were good but the service in Izumi got very slow towards the end. With the exception of the Ice Show, which was excellent, the production shows were poor. There was no spectacle and the songs were by and large unknown. The cast seemed disinterested and just went through there paces. To make matters worse much of it is mimed. By contrast the ice dancers really look like they are enjoying themselves and as a result so does the audience, The featured performers were average to good. The shore trips organised by RCL were very good with excellent guides. In St Petersburg we participated in the 2 day exclusive tour. As There were only 16 participants the guide was able to get us around quite quickly without the need to be constantly round up stragglers. This meant we had more time in locations. I do not think we could have seen more in the two days. Embarkation and disembarkation were effortless in both cases taking less than ten minutes. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We had a lovely cruise vacation experience. The crew and staff on board did a great job, working very hard to make sure all your wishes and desires are accommodated. We did only shore excursions through RCI some of which were better ... Read More
We had a lovely cruise vacation experience. The crew and staff on board did a great job, working very hard to make sure all your wishes and desires are accommodated. We did only shore excursions through RCI some of which were better than others, times in some of the ports felt very short and lead to feeling rushed on some of the excursions. Really heavy traffic in some of the ports of call also lead to some discomfort and resulted in delays. Cruising is becoming increasingly popular and it seems that the smaller ports of call cannot accommodate and handle the amount of ships and guests flooding their shores. These were minor issues and I believe ultimately it's what you make of every situation. If you go with an open mind and a bit of patience your vacation experience could be just as great. The variety of entertainment was also very good. Some of the shows were a bit load and some events resulted in the promenade getting flooded with too many guests. If you don't mind to stay clear of over crowded areas while activities are happening then you should be in good shape. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
The cruise was good, as was the food and entertainment. Cruise ship staff were excellent. If I have a criticism it would be the distance the ship was docked from the the town/city we were visiting, also the length of time we were ... Read More
The cruise was good, as was the food and entertainment. Cruise ship staff were excellent. If I have a criticism it would be the distance the ship was docked from the the town/city we were visiting, also the length of time we were allowed to spend on shore at some ports of call was not enough. Food/Dining Cabin Entertainment we all excellent I would go again, but would necessarily go shore at all locations. Tallinn and Saint Petersburg were the highlights of the cruise and would highly recommend visiting them. I did the one and a half day St Petersburg trip. This was very good, but don't expect to see everything, at the places you will be visiting as the museum's and the crowds, are huge. This makes it difficult to get around. Also the is very little time for shopping. Except for one place they take you to, which, is quite expressive. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Wanted to visit St Petersburg and do it with family. Overall a very positive experience but not sure if cruising is for us. It’s campervan all the way now because we’ve just bought one. Royston excursion manager excellent and well ... Read More
Wanted to visit St Petersburg and do it with family. Overall a very positive experience but not sure if cruising is for us. It’s campervan all the way now because we’ve just bought one. Royston excursion manager excellent and well organised,plus getting on and off board smooth. Security checks slick and organised. I had researched a number of ports so new what I wanted to do. We wanted to experience the midnight sun. Cruise compass daily magazine informative and useful. We would have liked a short talk about ship soon after boarding so that we could become familiar with layout and what to expect. State room attendant very friendly and efficient. Parking at port efficient and made embarkation easy as luggage boarded for you the same goes for disembarkation. Drinks package a must and worry free if you want to enjoy the large variety of drinks. Choose front or outside cabin if you want plenty of room. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
Although the ship is in need of a few repairs, all in all its still in good shape. The entertainment is good in all areas especially the main theatre. Service is good as you would expect from Royal. The highlights have been with ... Read More
Although the ship is in need of a few repairs, all in all its still in good shape. The entertainment is good in all areas especially the main theatre. Service is good as you would expect from Royal. The highlights have been with the tours we have chosen. With the cruise tours been to expensive with went with Alla Tours and I have to say they are the best we have ever had from a cruise ship. From the ease of booking and dealing with them, to the expert and friendly guides. I would highly recommend them. Our cabin was spacious and clean with a extra large balcony at the rear of the ship, sometimes sute did lodge outside but room attendant kept it cleaned. The ship was just the right size for us not to big and not to small. The main theatre had two shows a night which were very good. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Needing a wheelchair adapted balcony stateroom this was the only cruise available 9 months ago. My husband and I have cruised with RCI many times and deceided that as we had never been to the Baltics before we would give it a go. Much ... Read More
Needing a wheelchair adapted balcony stateroom this was the only cruise available 9 months ago. My husband and I have cruised with RCI many times and deceided that as we had never been to the Baltics before we would give it a go. Much of the ship is looking a bit tired however Navigator is due for a re-fit soon. The stateroom was ok the cabin steward very attentive without being intrusive. We refuse to use the main dinning room (Saphire) due to a bad experience last time with the service. Windjammers, offers a buffet style dinning option that is, in our opinion, far superior although the downside is you don't get to dine with the same people each night. The shows are generally great yet if you've sailed within the last 12 months expect some repitition. Oslo was a lovely clean place. Great people and the food at Olivias by the harbour was reasonably priced. Slight difficultly with drop kerbs in some parts which limited us as to what we could reasonable manage. Copenhagen was a bit tramatic due to the lack of drop kerbs at the drop off, but once in the centre was easy to get around. We ventured to the Tivoli gardens only to find no wheelchair access. Again not the cheapest place to grab a bargain or enjoy a reasonable priced coffee but hey your on holiday. Tallin we opted for a shore excursion as I knew that the old part was cobblestones. Even in the coach it was a nightmare. The amount of tramlines and potholes making it a very uncomfortable journey. My advice would be to save your money, walk off the ship and take a look round the stalls at the harbour. St Petersburg private tour which was amazing fabulous can't wait to return. Our driver stopped every time my husband wanted to, got him off the mini bus, loaded him back on. Our guide, Yulia was terrific and promptly brought out an ipad for the bits that my husband couldn't get close enough to. The Hermitage was totally accessible, they have a wheelchair stairlift at the rear then lifts to the floors above and disabled toilets. The Church of the spilt blood was just as accessible. Hell sinki - waste of time! Took the Wheelchair Adapted tour. Held captive for 1.5hr thought it would never end. Absolutely Not Suitable for Wheelchair users unless you like to be thrown about and go up and down side steets, see Marks & Spencers, H&Ms and a Post Office. Several people complained and were given complimentary meals. Skagen A pearl of a place. Probably took 20 mins to walk in to the centre but very flat and lots of drop kerbs. Quaint place with lots of shops and galleries. Stunning! Shops on the ship are a bit rubbish. Despite the 50% off flash sales you can generally get the same goods cheaper on shore. The connoisseur club (cigar, smoking room and bar where good conversation is had without background music) had the best crowd of people you are every likely to meet. Up to 20 of us made our own entertainment each night. Sandor our bar man was brilliant. Such a shame this room is being abolished. Not everyone smoked but had come to join the ad hoc singing, laughter and conversations. 1st time we've been to the Spanish Tapas Sabor food was authentic and very delicious. Staff were attentive. Previously visited Chops and Giovannis which I would also recommend. Would def go back to a few places. But as they are getting rid of the smoking room (my husband doesn't smoke) we're heading back to P&O in 2019. Read Less
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.5 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
Rates 4.5 0.0

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