931 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS November 15, 2003 Western Caribbean The Navigator of the Seas is one 'BBC!' While a BBC is synonymous with one of Royal Caribbean's signature cocktails, I use it in this context: "Big Beautiful ... Read More
NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS November 15, 2003 Western Caribbean The Navigator of the Seas is one 'BBC!' While a BBC is synonymous with one of Royal Caribbean's signature cocktails, I use it in this context: "Big Beautiful Cruiseship." Although not perfect, it's as close to perfection as one can get. As mentioned in other reviews on Voyager-class ships, it is a floating city. And, as with cities, it can be a bit crowded at times. This was most noticeable when events were scheduled in the Royal Promenade (downtown), such as the Captain's Welcome Reception, street entertainment and parades. The Promenade is a larger version of a main atrium on smaller class ships - with an assortment of the typical shops found on board most, with the addition of a champagne bar, coffee bar, snack bar, and maybe one or two others I missed. You may purchase alcohol for cabin consumption in the Gift Shop, but there is a $9 per bottle surcharge, which basically means it'll cost about what you pay for it at home. Traffic flow seemed to be very good, even with 3000 people on board, but I was able to get lost/turned around at least several times a day; the children on board did a better job of finding their way. STATEROOM: (category D2 - was a D8 when I booked it). This is a balcony cabin on Deck 8. With every new ship, improvements are made. There is more than ample storage for 2 people for a 7-day, or even a back-to-back cruise. Lots of nooks and crannies. Closets are roomy, with shelving on one side, a bar for hanging, and two fold down bars for added hanging space, if desired. The bathroom shower appears to have more space than most ships, due to the rounded-out sliding shower doors - no more curtain that sticks to the body! There is a shampoos dispenser in the shower. The only disappointment is that RCI has done away with one amenity - lotion - unless you are a 'Diamond Member.' The cabin decor was a combination of soft but bright (if that makes sense) colors and wood. A hair dryer is proved in the top desk drawer. All cabins have safes (you program the code) and mini refrigerators, which is stocked with beverages and snacks. These aren't free! I've heard from various sources, that you should not remove or move these items or you will be charged. Ask your room steward to do it. Stateroom rating: A. FOOD - MAIN DINING ROOM (there are 3 - Swan Lake, Coppelia, Nut Cracker): Again, this is a matter of personal taste (no pun intended). I found the quality better than I expected. Having read others commenting on how RCI has gone downhill in this department, I was pleasantly surprised. There were 4 or 5 entrees offered every evening that included beef, poultry, fish, lamb/pork, vegetarian and pasta. If none of these were to your liking, they also had a steak, chicken breast, salmon and fettuccini Alfredo every night. Live, soft dinner music, either piano or strings, played throughout. Our dining room was Swan Lake, which is the uppermost tier and the brightest. The Nut Cracker was on the first level and was much larger and also had the Captain's Table. We had all of our dinners in the dining room, so I can not comment on the Portofino Restaurant or Chops Grille. Rate it as excellent (A). FOOD - WINDJAMMER AND JADE CAFES: Buffet style, and visited several times for breakfast (opens earlier than the dining room) and lunch. And again, I think for buffet food, it was very good. They had some basics every day but also had many new additions mixed in. One of the better buffets I've had on board a ship in awhile. Rate it as Very Good to Almost Excellent (A-). FOOD - JOHNNY ROCKETS: This is a "must do," "do not miss." It takes all of us older folks back to the 50's and 60's, and shows the younger folks what they missed. Food is free, drinks, except for water, are extra, and you can get the largest glass of beer on the ship - 20 oz - for $3.50. There are booths with nickel jukeboxes and a soda fountain type counter with swivel bar stools (all plastic covered of course), with more juke boxes; lots of chrome, old style napkin dispensers, salt and pepper shakers - the works. It's a step back in time. Oh, yes, the food! The best burgers and (Nathan's) hot dogs served on the ocean! You begin with (what else), 'Starters.' which is a platter of french fries and onion rings, with two dipping bowls - ketchup and ranch dressing. Yes, ranch dressing - I never realized how good fries are with it. There are 5 or 6 variations of hamburgers. Also on the one page menu (plastic coated, of course), are a selection of club sandwiches and chili. Oh, and when there's a real beat tune on the jukebox ("YMCA", "Stayin' Alive," etc.), the waiters and waitresses stop what they're doing and dance to the music. WARNING: The burgers and dogs are very messy - wear something already stained. I had lunch/late lunch here 5 days. Rate it as exceptional (A+). POOL AREA AND SUN DECK: Wow! More cruise lines should follow RCI's lead. You are issued two pool towels in your stateroom, for which you are responsible. Once used, you can exchange them for clean ones poolside, or your cabin steward will replace them that evening. This cut down considerably on 'Lounge Hogs.' The 2 pools seemed small for this size ship, as well as the Solarium pool, but they were never overly crowded and there was always an ample amount of lounges available. Now, if they could only enforce the policy of children not swimming in the hot tubs, I'd probably rate this experience an A. The Solarium pool is for adults only. ENTERTAINMENT: I walked into the first main show, just as it was beginning, and there was not a seat to be had, so I missed it. I went back to drown my sorrow (money) in the casino, which I might add, didn't take too much away over the entire week. Actually, come to think about it, it treated me kindly. The other productions I saw, which was most of them, were very, very good. The Ice Show is another 'Must See.' It's free, but you have to get tickets the day before, because it only seats so many. I didn't catch any of the lounge acts, but what I did see, I'd say was excellent (A). SERVICE: Both the room steward and dining staff were very efficient and pleasant. It was one of the few times we saw our assistant maitre d' every day. The shops' personnel were a little standoffish, but that wasn't a big deal. Rate the service an A-. EMBARKATION/DEBARKATION: Again, RCI has this down to a science. Arrived at the cruise terminal at 11:00am. went to the special check-in for Platinum and Diamond members, on the ship and in my cabin by 11:30am. Was one of the first to be called for debarkation at a little after 7:00am, spent a half hour at the baggage carousal for my luggage, hopped in a cab, and was sitting at my airway gate at Miami International by 8:30am. Initially, I was worried - I had an 11:30am flight. Rate this as superb (A+). ITINERARY: LABADEE, HAITI: One of RCI's private oasises. Probably as close to a total paradise beach experience as one can get. Royal Caribbean keeps updating and improving here, with 4 beach areas, more outbuildings, water toys and activities. It just keeps getting better and better with each visit. OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA: Used this as a 'Sea Day' the past several times, having ported in Jamaica numerous times, both here and Montego Bay, with unpleasant experiences. This time was different - found it to be VERY clean, and the local people friendly and non-aggressive; totally different from the past. James Bond Beach was a recommended beach, but that was a $120 round trip cab ride. We hung out in town and at the Village Island complex - $3.00 admission to their beach. A surprisingly very pleasant experience. GRAND CAYMAN: Another beach day. The cruise line recommended the Beach Club Colony ($3.00pp cab fare) but the taxi driver talked us into going a little further ($4.00pp) to the beach across the street from the Holiday Inn. I'm glad we did. We saw the beach at the Beach Club, and the one near the Holiday Inn was far superior, wider and less crowded. Well worth the extra buck each way. COZUMEL: Was going to be another beach day at Playa Azul, but ended up a light shopping day. Got hung up with an Independence (Revolution) Day Parade, but that was kind of fun. Then headed to our favorite store - Los Cinco Soles. Good quality cotton wear and the least expensive vanilla anywhere, and in lightweight plastic bottles - good gift idea and stocking stuffers. Then down to Bye-Bye - more cotton wear. Between Los Cinco Soles and Bye-Bye, there is a great leather goods shop (quality - brand names) where prices are VERY negotiable. Since I've been to these ports before, I've done the adventuring thing and tours. This cruise was meant to be, and was, total relaxation, from start to finish! I know I skipped a lot of information in this report, and it wasn't intentional. There were just so many things to see and do on the ship that time, and in some cases, space here, does not allow. Overall experience - Excellent (A). If I can be of any help with Information about the Navigator of the Sea, or the ports of call, please feel free to contact me. "The next best thing to cruising is talking about it." Wes Carter (aka mainecruiser) wesnbarb@maine.rr.com Read Less
Sail Date November 2003
Wow....there is no other way to describe Navigator of the Seas. She was in port bow to bow with her sister ship, Explorer of the Seas. Mammoth does not even begin to describe the two ships. We traveled to Miami the day prior to embarkation ... Read More
Wow....there is no other way to describe Navigator of the Seas. She was in port bow to bow with her sister ship, Explorer of the Seas. Mammoth does not even begin to describe the two ships. We traveled to Miami the day prior to embarkation & stayed in a hotel overlooking the port. Arrived at the ship around 10:20 am & were in our cabin by 11:30 am. Took off to rent an Internet modem (which was broken & so was the replacement) then headed to the Windjammer for the buffet. My son had two online classes, so he spent quite a bit of time in the Internet Cafe at 50 cents per minute. Turns out, the Guest Relations Manager gave him a free 15 minute session when he explained about his online classes & the only reason we came on the trip was because they advertised 24 hr. Internet access from your cabin for only $100/week, which is what we thought we would be paying. With over 3,000 on board, the ship never seemed crowded; even on sea days, there were plenty of vacant deck chairs in both the shade for me & the sun for my son. This was a relaxing vacation for me with lots of time spent on the balcony reading. If you can afford it at all, go for the balcony. It was the best ocean-front room I've ever had. Left the balcony door open at night (which turns the A/C off automatically) so we sometimes had to close it til the room cooled a bit. Our waiter, Laura, & her assistant, Christian, were fantastic. They made our dining experience so enjoyable, I looked forward to dinner every night just to talk with them & we had great tablemates. A couple from St. Louis were especially interesting to discuss our day's activities with. The casino was an enjoyable place for me to spend $50 or so, winning $25 of it back. Cafe Promenade was a great place to grab a quick bite & people watch. The iced tea was the best I've ever tasted, whether in the dining room, Windjammer buffet or from room service. We ordered room service several times through the interactive TV. It was prompt & always delivered with a smile, even at 2 am. The only disappointment was our cabin steward. Rudolph may have been new; we only saw him once to speak to him on the first day (well, twice, he did come by on tip night); I had read about other cruisers' experiences with their cabin stewards & was looking forward to talking with him. I didn't even get a chance to ask where he was from, but he did honor a couple special requests so we tipped him the amount the cruise lines recommended. We also ate at Johnny Rockets & liked the food. It was mostly deserted due to it being a port day; we had returned to the ship early. We had to pay for our sodas here. Read Less
Sail Date November 2003
Navigator is a fantastic ship for children and adults. Stateroom: My wife and I traveled with our two teen daughters and family and had great rooms, 2 suites and one balcony room. With the concierge services it made the trip. Very worth ... Read More
Navigator is a fantastic ship for children and adults. Stateroom: My wife and I traveled with our two teen daughters and family and had great rooms, 2 suites and one balcony room. With the concierge services it made the trip. Very worth wild for those traveling with children. Suites are incredible, elegantly decorated with fantastic wet bar area where we entertained and truly had plenty of closet space -- his and hers closets just like home, marble bath, jetted tub, plenty of room and space even for those of us who have to pay extra $$ for our luggage...to get it aboard the plane... Amenities: The casino, dining, and overall ship activities were fantastic plenty to do and for all ages. Terrific for families. Embarkation/Disembarkation: Took a long time and was difficult but worth it. But this is standard for the larger ships with more passengers. This was the worst part of the trip getting on and off of the ship including shore excursions..but the ship makes up for the delays.. Food: Food was great had plenty of everything and the services including those at the buffet -- the "tray to table" service made it a first class experience. The food quality and variety was a great deal for your money, the teens were happy with their choices "American Cuisine" and we had fantastic variety in the dining room with good quality. Entertainment: Fantastic shows, ice shows, Broadway numbers, great variety everyone in the family had a great time at the shows. Casino: Great location and great gaming. The Voyager class is fantastic and RCI as usual is a great value for your money. Read Less
Sail Date October 2003
Let me just start off by saying that this was one of the best vacations that we have ever taken. We started off at the airport in Ft. Lauderdale and met a Royal Caribbean rep. to get us on our transfer to Miami. One of the nicest men we ... Read More
Let me just start off by saying that this was one of the best vacations that we have ever taken. We started off at the airport in Ft. Lauderdale and met a Royal Caribbean rep. to get us on our transfer to Miami. One of the nicest men we have ever met. VERY well organized also. We got down to the port in Miami and we saw a loooong line. We thought "here we go" but surprising, the line moved VERY quickly downstairs (showing our passports to up to check in) We got up the escalator and again...VERY well organized. I think that we waited on line for a total of maybe 3-4 min tops. The reps placing travelers with a rep at the counter and the reps at the counter were very good. The whole process was extremely quick and we were on the ship in no time. Oh, and about a week prior to the sailing, we were able to get an upgrade to a better class room. (this will come in to play in a bit. There was a purpose for that statement). We went to our room and were very pleased with it. We got upgraded from an interior to an oceanview. It was in the front of the ship on deck 6(There was more room than a usual oceanview). The old room was on deck 8 all the way in the back. One of the only problems (complaints) that we had on this ship were that they did not transfer luggage. They said that it would be all taken care of and it turns out that our luggage was sitting in front of our old room and they did not transfer it. We were VERY late for our first dinner because we had no clothes and had to chase down our bags. This was my wife's first cruise, so she really didn't know what to expect. We went to dinner and were extremely happy with the variety, selection and quality of the food. The dining staff that we had throughout our cruise could not have gotten any better. They were outstanding. The first day was a day at sea. What a way to start a cruise. The cruise goes by so fast and with a day at sea to start makes the cruise seem longer and you really get to know the ship the first day. Especially given the size of it. We went to the spa and had a couples morning there. Very much recommended. Really relaxes you and starts off your week right. And then we just relaxed the rest of the day and enjoyed the ship. Our second day we were in Labadee and what a beautiful island. We did the waiverunner experience and that was so much fun. Highly recommended. We also did some snorkeling but there were no fish to be found. But, the mountains and landscape there was just so beautiful and relaxing. Great private island! The third day we were went to Ocho Rios Jamaica. If we never went back there that would be fine with me. It was on the itinerary and we thought that we it would be a great place to see. When we got there the locals were EXTREMELY pushy and VERY, VERY RUDE!!! I am a big guy and did not feel safe there at all. All they did was try and sell you "smoke" (if you know what I mean)and 2 of them even pushed me when I was polite about it and turned them down. The cruise shopping specialists were right though about watches. I found a great dive watch that I always wanted for over half the price as found in the states...so that was a HUGE bonus. The one place that you can go is the shopping area as soon as you get off the ship and through the security gates on the island. There is a Jimmy Buffets and ALOT of shopping. NO LOCALS are allowed in there. Makes for a very pleasant shopping experience. The sales people in all of the shops were also extremely knowledgeable and very nice. Also..very willing to haggle. Day four was Grand Cayman Island. I didn't think that islands got any more beautiful than this until I went to Cozumel but I will get to that next. Grand Cayman was extremely clean, beautiful, nice. The people were very nice there. Not a single worry. You could have walked the streets at 3am in the morning and felt very safe. We cannot wait to go back there again. We did the submarine excursion and that was really cool. Saw lots of fish. The guides in the submarine were very nice and knowledgeable. Had an awesome day here. Didn't want to leave. Day five was Cozumel, Mexico. We were very skeptical about this island because of stories that you hear and pictures that you see of Mexico. Quite the contrary....this was the most beautiful islands that we have ever seen. We had so much fun here. The views were amazing, the shopping was good, you can haggle pretty good here to. The locals were extremely nice and courteous. They would ask you to come into their shop and if you said no thank you, they would say thank you and have a nice day. Cannot wait to go back here either. Went back to the ship kicking and screaming. Did not want to leave here. FYI - we found out later on that if you go and listen to a hotel talk about time shares for an hour, you get free transportation all day to and from town, free food and drinks all day at there resort and free beach access across from there resort. No pressure either. We will do that next time. You spend enough on cruise extras that this would be a welcomed thing. Day 6 was a full day at sea again. What a way to end the cruise. Another relaxing day of doing nothing. Did the spa again. They had specials going and we took advantage of them. By the way, we forgot to mention the cabin steward. He was great!!! The room was always immaculate, anything that we asked for was always in there right away. He was great! Even all of the cabin stewards in the hallways were always nice to you and joked around with you. They were not even getting money for a tip from you and they were just so nice. Real pleasant atmosphere to be in. I read in another review of a different ship and this is true....brings LOTS of extra money. Pictures, excursions, spa, bar etc. There is alot included and there is also a bunch not included. On the ship, all of the extras were great. The rock climbing wall, miniature golf, Johnny Rockets, shows, entertainment, spa, gym....the list just keep going on. We knew what we wanted from a ship and that is why we picked the Navigator but there was even more on there than we read about and ever imagined. We cannot wait to go on it again. Everything was TOP NOTCH!!! Bravo Royal Caribbean!! VERY MUCH looking forward to our next cruise with you. Any questions at all, please feel free to contact me. Will be more than happy to help you out with any questions you may have. Read Less
Sail Date October 2003
This Ship and her crew were above and beyond our expectations by far. I have booked another cruise on her sister ship the Adventure of the Seas, I can not wait to go. The aft cabins are the best sunset views when heading east and sun ... Read More
This Ship and her crew were above and beyond our expectations by far. I have booked another cruise on her sister ship the Adventure of the Seas, I can not wait to go. The aft cabins are the best sunset views when heading east and sun rise when headed west, WOW that was awesome. When you think of high class cruising this ship really moved the bar up several notched. I knew RCCL was good but now as my name states I am a true FAN of RCCL and the Voyager Class ships. All of the ports of call were great and the crew was fun and helpful in deciding what tours to take. The shopping advice we received on the ship allowed me to know I could dicker for a price on a chess set in Mexico, and I did, the price started a $90 US, and I got it for $39 US with both the chess pieces and the checkers pieces. The ICE Shows on the ship need to be seen, if you feel you must miss something on this ship do not let it be the ICE Shows. Disembarkation was very smooth, fast and friendly with the ship and US Customs. The only bad thing I could add is that my cruise ended and I was thinking I would love to live on that ship full time. Really nothing in any way was bad, the Dinner Table service staff "Eskra" and her "YUMMY YUMMY TIME" (dessert for those that do not know her) was a truly fun time and looked forward to by all at our table. Read Less
Sail Date September 2003
I would have to say that my experience on the Navigator of the Seas was one of the most memorable vacations I've ever had. My husband and I booked this cruise to celebrate our anniversary and this was truly a great experience. We were ... Read More
I would have to say that my experience on the Navigator of the Seas was one of the most memorable vacations I've ever had. My husband and I booked this cruise to celebrate our anniversary and this was truly a great experience. We were first time cruisers and weren't sure exactly what to expect. We had been to all-inclusive resorts before, but this was even better. From day one we were given top-rate service by everyone. From the bartenders and the dining room staff, to our room attendant, we can't say enough about this experience. One of the best bartenders aboard this ship is Adrian in the Boleros Lounge. From the night we met Adrian, he would greet us by name everytime we would stop by. With thousands of passengers on this cruise, we thought this was amazing that he would remembers us by name. He was also fun to be around and took the time to tell some stories and laughs. Our dining experience was also exquisite. Our waiter, Jorge, from Portugal was great. He took the time to speak to us about some of his experiences aboard this ship and others. He gave us some great tips for our shore excursions also. He is definitely one of a kind. One of the things we noticed about our cruise was the how clean everything was kept. We didn't see one speck of dirt or dust anywhere on this ship. If we hadn't known this ship was over 1 year old, we would have thought it was brand new. It is a beautifully decorated vessel and definitely well designed. Some things not to miss on this cruise would be the ice show, and the nightly entertainment. We couldn't wait each day to find out what kind of show would be in the theater. The shows were very professional and entertaining. Overall, I would say this was the best vacation we ever had. Although we were traveling alone, we met some great people. We have two children that we will be bringing on the next cruise. We are all looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2003
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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