2,371 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

I am writing this review as I could not find a lot of info for when we took the cruise so I thought since this is the beginning of the season down there I would give some hopefully helpful clues! Port of Galveston: getting there is the ... Read More
I am writing this review as I could not find a lot of info for when we took the cruise so I thought since this is the beginning of the season down there I would give some hopefully helpful clues! Port of Galveston: getting there is the biggest challenge so I would highly recommend the TransGates Limousine Service of HOUSTON, TX, 77093 (281) 217-0772 they were clean, flexible, well dressed and friendly! My only warning is to book them much later for the pickup on your return trip as getting off the ship and thru customs is a three hour nightmare thanks to RC! The ship in front of us got right off and out but there are very few customs agents for RC and it takes forever to even get off the ship. We were scheduled at 9:30 we exited at 11:00 then had to get thru customs. FYI get a porter to help you they push you right thru! And the TransGates Limousine was patiently waiting for us, thank you to them!! Port of Costa Maya: hmmmm what is RC thinking? The town is a dump filled with hockers and not clean at all! Maybe someday it could be nice. The only diamond in the rough was a place run by an American guy named Steve at Tropicante. http://www.sandalsandskis.com Web Site He is great and the $30 for an hour massage was the best I've ever had! Only 2$ per person by cab to get there, the cabs were safe! Port of Roatan: let me just say Little French Key is the perfect place on the whole trip! Super clean and friendly and the animals are incredible. Great snorkeling and you could really feel safe with kids or we took our older parents and they said it was the perfect place to relax! info@littlefrenchkey.com Port of Cozumel: I don't need to even post a review it is the best snorkeling ever, right off the ship and plenty to do right at the pier! So the second reason I posted this review is because there are great places to go without paying an arm and a leg to RC for an excursion! And make sure you are prepared for possible rain and rough seas! We've been to Alaska and this trip was way more rough on the sea by far. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Service was excellent everywhere. The crew goes out of their way to be friendly ad accommodating. The ship itself is amazing and beautifully maintained. If you are a drinker, make sure and buy "UP" - the Ultimate Package. All ... Read More
Service was excellent everywhere. The crew goes out of their way to be friendly ad accommodating. The ship itself is amazing and beautifully maintained. If you are a drinker, make sure and buy "UP" - the Ultimate Package. All premium alcohol is included, as is Starbucks coffee. At $9-11 USD per drink, you don't have to be a lush to get value from this package. Now the weaknesses: 1. Internet. Horribly slow and grotesquely expensive. If you need Internet, buy the unlimited package. I bought two one hour packages and wasted my money. It can take 15 minutes to log on ad just download some email. 2. Restrooms. They didn't build enough in the public areas. Usually lines in both men's and woemn's. 3. Food in the dining rooms. It is just "OK," nothing special, and feels mass-produced as it is. I actualy found the food in the coffee shop (next to Starbucks) to be the most consistent. The sushi bar is also excellent (but it is a la carte.) 4. Itinerary. I have been on many cruises and generally stay on the ship now. That is especially true in Roatan, Belize and Cozumel -- all not worth the time unless you are going on a tour to do something you like. Otherwise, nothing worth seeing in these places. Overall, I would rate the experience "good," but always leave cruises wondering why I didn't just find a 4 or 5-star all-inclusive and spend less time traveling and more time relaxing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
This is a quick recap of our 2nd consecutive Thanksgiving Cruise on the Navigator. We submitted a review of the previous cruise here: http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=245331 We had such a good time that ... Read More
This is a quick recap of our 2nd consecutive Thanksgiving Cruise on the Navigator. We submitted a review of the previous cruise here: http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=245331 We had such a good time that we decided to do a repeat and invite extended family to join us. In many, many respects our shipboard experience could not have been more similar, including the mediocre weather and the missed call at Grand Cayman as a result. Both were great experiences: the shows, the enthusiastic staff, the dining and the lounge entertainment were equally wonderful. What made this experience different for us was travelling with extended family, changes made to the Navigator during recent refurb and our choice of shore excursions. The opportunity to get together with family was a plus for us, while the changes made to Navigator had overwhelming negative impact. Our shore excursions were very different this time around as they were geared to accommodate ages 15 to 75. First the positives: Having a year to get used to Galveston, the NOTS crew were no longer discombobulated as they were on their first cruise of the season last year, but a broken gangway (one of 2) delayed our embarkation and debark. Our wait staff was awesome: Glen & and assistant waiter Jioa doted over us and made every family dinner an event. The AMD was always present and made sure all of the special dietary requirements of DM were met by presenting her with tomorrow’s menu a day ahead of time so that her meals could be specially prepared. In preparation for China sailings, RCCL has been hiring from China, selecting special crew members such as Jioa who was ALWAYS there at exactly the right time with a gracious smile and whatever we needed. Again, the crew made the most of the opportunity to make Thanksgiving at Sea special when the Cayman call was wiped out, including NFL games on the new Big Screen at the pool. The new flow rider ran flawlessly and was never over crowded. DW thought the removal of the coffee table from the cabin was the biggest improvement as it felt much less cluttered. Perhaps the biggest plus was that we paid $850 less for our two cabins (a D3 balcony and an OV guarantee) – and we booked with almost the exact same lead time (6 weeks out) - and last time kiddos had an inside and this time they had a gigantic window in one of the new cabins on Deck 3. One could argue that the extra capacity installed during the recent refurb (along with NCL and Princess coming to Houston) made this possible, but the extra passengers made the pools, windjammer and promenade feel over-crowded. As to the negatives, one of the two biggies was the plumbing. Both of our cabins had “Bathroom issues.” RCCL defenders will always say it’s something the passengers did – but we had the same issues on two different floors and I doubt that our bathroom “habits” have changed since our last cruise. Most noticeably, several of the public restrooms had a commode or urinal out of order. 23 cruises (including 1 on the Navigator and 4 on her sisters), and this has never happened to us: yet we had it happen 7 times in two cabins including 3 calls from one of the brand new cabins. It would be very difficult to convince me that anything but the extra “butts” were at the root of the problem. I also sincerely doubt that they added any extra bar staff to accommodate the extra passengers after the refurb. It’s also true that more beverage packages are being purchased and it sure seems like RCCL is trying to limit consumption on these packages by limiting service. I gave up trying to get seated service at the casino and the pool and I was not alone. The bars at these areas were SWAMPED – at one point I waited 20 minutes at the bar to get a beer I already paid for! I very much enjoy a glass of wine with my bread and appetizer but did not even see our bar servere until the entrée was served the first two nights. I complained to the Maiter’d and he saw to it to some degree, but even then it was not up to par. This was also an area where my parents were disappointed. They haven’t cruised in 12 years but go to Atlantic City frequently. I put considerable effort in to prepping them for the fact that they would have to pay for drinks in the casino, but they were not pleased at all to have to leave their machine to fetch (and pay for) their own drink at the bar. Fortunately the machines they left did not “hit” while they were waiting, sometimes for as long as 10 to 15 minutes to be served at the bar (and they were not on a package). They also felt the machines were “tight” - but that could just be luck – and the comps are quite pitiful by comparison (a key chain vs a free resort hotel night for the same level of play). We also missed the Dungeon that was replaced by cabins and a Mexican restaurant as well as the back nine of mini-golf course that is was supposed to be where the in-line skating used to be (at least according to the deck plans). No problem with the extra cabins around the Spa, especially since it created more deck space on deck 13 forward: Unsolicited suggestion for RCCL, move the solarium for adults up there and turn the existing solarium in to something for the kiddos as the main pool area was completely over-run. With just two port calls and Grandparents in tow, it was difficult to come up with something that was right for everyone. I feel like we nailed it with Chuka at Falmouth and Chukakannab in Cozumel. Chukka was a jungle mountain resort, with a very lazy river tube ride, zip lines and a nice uncrowded pool. We bought a resort day pass on the dock (that was charged to my sea pass) that included transport and then paid for what we wanted at the resort as we went. Saved a bundle vs the prices on the ship. We had not been to Chukakannab in over 10 years and boy has it grown. Botanical Gardens, sea lion shows and walk in snorkeling for all and Scuba for DS and I, Manatee touch for DW and DD. Just took a cab and paid $22/pp to get in so all could do what they wanted from there. HUGE shout out to the woman at the information desk who recommended Jerry at Booth #3 for scuba. DS and I had never done this and (after a very good, 20 minute orientation) enjoyed our own private experience for over an hour under water that included caves, lobsters and thousands of fish we never would have seen while snorkeling. Just $60/pp (plus a very well deserved tip) to start what might be a very expensive hobby. Too bad Grand Cayman got washed out as we had a nice private charter scheduled for that day. Other random stuff: Pre Cruise we all rendezvoused at the Hampton Inn at the Hobby airport, I flew in from work in Cali, Grandparents and Uncle from NY, and DW and the kids drove up from the border. I originally intended to shuttle everyone to and from there (two 1.5 hr round trips) but in the end I burned some National comp days to park a second car at the pier. Parking rates have gone up due to new surcharges at the pier, but EZ cruise lets you pay less if you walk (after dropping bags at the pier). I love Texas and am proud to call it our home, but they are getting intrusive with what they expect while the ship is in Texas waters (no imported beers served, photo shop closed at 11pm Saturday) plus the duty table on the pier…. None of this is consistent with the business friendly mindset that has allowed Texas to prosper. In summary, we had a great time (even though DS did not win free cruise bingo like he did last time) and feel very blessed to have the opportunity to repeat and share a great experience with our extended family; However, in our opinion, the Navigator is not as good as she was before her $80 million dollar refurb. We’ll wait for a different ship before we cruise RCCL out of Galveston again.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
This was my 2nd time on Navigator this year. The first time was in August, a family vacation. This time was a group cruise with about 20 ladies. Both times we truly enjoyed ourselves and loved the ship, but this 2nd time, I was able to ... Read More
This was my 2nd time on Navigator this year. The first time was in August, a family vacation. This time was a group cruise with about 20 ladies. Both times we truly enjoyed ourselves and loved the ship, but this 2nd time, I was able to experience more of the activities on board, such as the various bars, one of the specialty restaurants, and the spa services. We also booked excursions through the ship this time, and those were well organized and so much fun. Let's start with embarkation: I don't know if it was because the bike rally that weekend slowed traffic down, but once we actually made it to the port, check-in could not have been easier. Back in August, we showed up at approx. 11:00am, and we had to wait in line and then wait some more before they let us on to the ship after 12:00pm. This time though, we got to the port at 10:50am and were on the ship by 11:00am! It couldn't have been easier! Same as last time, the only areas available for lunch on embarkation day are the Windjammer (buffet) and the cafe on the Promenade deck 5. I despised the buffet last time, so I never set foot in it this time. We instead grabbed a few croissant sandwiches at the cafe and then went to the Two Poets pub for a drink, then I took my friend for a tour of the ship before we made our way to the helipad to wave good-bye to the cameras at sail away. Then our rooms were ready by 1:30pm, so we made our way to our Junior Suite on deck 9. This was my first time in a Junior Suite, (9308, starboard side, mid aft) and I was thrilled with the size of the room and the balcony. It's much wider than the balcony we had last time. There was a little extra seating area with coffee making station, and the balcony was longer with a lounger as well as the 2 chairs and small table. There was a walk-in closet! The restroom was a bit larger and had a combo bathtub/shower. The room had so much storage space we actually kept losing things, because we'd forget where we stored them. The only complaints I had about the room were that the beds are extremely hard and uncomfortable, and our room got very hot at night for some reason. We turned the AC down to the coldest setting and it would be freezing during the day, but every night it was so hot. When we had a balcony room last cruise, I complained to our steward about the bed being too hard, and he brought me a foam (egg carton style) pad, and that helped a lot once he put it under the sheet. This time in the suite, the beds came with a slightly padded mattress cover, and that helped a little bit, but it was still very hard. They need to invest in better beds. We sailed NCL Epic last fall, and the inside cabin had the most comfortable beds I've ever experienced! RC needs to find out which beds NCL purchased and replace theirs. Our room steward, Howard, was friendly and took really good care of us. 6 of the 7 nights we ate at the main dining room. The first night we were at a large table with some of our group, but the 2nd night we switched to My Time dining, even though they originally told us we should have booked it ahead of time. They were able to switch us, and we preferred the smaller table, which meant faster service. There are 2 formal nights on this cruise, and lobster night was on the friday 2nd formal night. The food in the main dining room was good, but we've noticed that all the major cruise lines seem to be cutting corners on the food the past few years. It was good, but nothing to write home about. Our wait staff was very friendly though and made us feel welcome & special. The last night, we were able to walk-in at Sabor, the specialty Mexican restaurant, without a reservation, and it was amazing! They charge $25 per person, but the food was so incredible, I would have eaten there more than once if we hadn't waited so long. My friend and I both had drink packages, and it was nice to never have to worry about what we ordered, and what our bill would be at the end, but with 3 port days, it's difficult to get your money's worth. I got the ultimate package, and it helped to be able to get coffees at Starbucks & after dinner. On Sea Days, we definitely got our money's worth at the bars. The martini bar was amazing! I fell in love with Lemon Drops, Dirty Martinis & something that tasted like a girl scout thin mint cookie! The best place to go for drinks without a long line was usually Two Poets. We also enjoyed the Cosmopolitan Lounge on 14. We only attended a couple of the shows, because they didn't really appeal to us. The comedian the first night was just OK. The Ice Skating show was a lot of fun. Don't miss it! Most of the time, I hung out at Solaris, the adult pool area, which is quiet and relaxing. Get there early for a lounge chair, as they go quickly. I visited the spa on 1 of the sea days and experienced the 5 steps to Heaven (75 minutes of full body massage and facial) for $139 and got baby doll (permed & tinted lashes) for $125. The spa personnel were professional and I enjoyed it. My friend went crazy & really treated herself to botox, facial, bamboo massage, baby doll lashes & a keratin blow out. She was thrilled with all of her services. We booked 2 excursions through the ship: Dolphin Encounter at Chankannab in Cozumel & Deluxe Stingray City Snorkeling in Grand Cayman. We loved both excursions, and they were worth every penny. For the Cozumel Dolphin Encounter, we met at the pier and were taken by vans to Chankannab park, a 10 minute drive. It took a while to herd everyone inside & explain everything and then get our life jackets & divide us into small groups, but once we got in the water with the dolphin, it was incredible! I would do it again in a heartbeat! After the dolphin experience, we had 2 hours to enjoy the beach or pool/bar/restaurant, walking trails, sea lion show, etc on site. I wish we had a couple more hours there, it wasn't quite long enough to enjoy everything the park has to offer, but this was my 3rd time to Chankannab, since we usually just jump in a cab & go there for beach & snorkeling. It's a great place to spend a day. They returned us to the ship in 3 shifts: 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. We opted for 3pm, and the guide just made sure we all got into vans & she paid them. Easy & lots of fun! Our Stingray City excursion wasn't supposed to meet at the pier until 2:30pm in Cayman, so we jumped on the 1st tender & had plenty of time to shop in Georgetown & have some drinks at a couple of the bars. Once we all gathered at the pier, we were put onto a couple of buses and taken to the marina. Our boat was beautiful. It was a dinner cruise style boat, with curved windows covering our dining tables where we sat for the 20 minute ride to stingray city sandbar. We chose this excursion, because the boat had stairs that drop down into the water, making it easy to get on and off the boat as much as you want. We were provided snorkel gear, and our guides helped everyone touch, kiss, catch and feed the adorable stingrays. It was incredible. This was my 3rd time to Stingray City sandbar & this was the best tour we've been on so far. We've had a great time with Moby Dick & Captain Marvin, so I would highly suggest them as well, especially if you want to do more actual snorkeling at the reef and/or coral gardens. This excursion was for the sandbar only. It was great to know the ship would not leave without us if we were late, because our buses did actually arrive at the pier late, but there was a tender waiting for us and no risk of being left behind, since we were on a ship excursion. The tenders are a pain, but they are well organized and run non-stop. If you've booked an excursion through the ship, you show your ticket and walk directly to deck 1 to get on the 1st tender. You don't have to mess with meeting points like the tender tickets do. Falmouth is not a great port in my opinion. In August we were not interested in any of the ship's excursions, so we thought we would walk off and catch a cab to a beach or something. That did not work out, since everything is very expensive there. It would have cost $120 round trip for a family of 4 to visit a beach, so we decided to just hang out at Margaritaville and swim. That was so much fun that I told everyone in our group about it, and that's what we ended up doing this time too. But my friend & I did take the $22 pp trolley ride through historic Falmouth, just to see what town looked like. We couldn't wait to get back to the port. Town was dirty and nothing to look at. The port shopping area is new, clean and safe. So I would suggest staying there if you decide not to book an excursion. We chose to walk off the ship with out luggage when we arrived back in Galveston. We got in line at 7:30am, and it was a bit awkward with the line blocking the elevators and everyone trying to get off and into the line, but we were off the ship by 8am. There was more of a line to get through customs and immigration this time, as opposed to August, but it was well organized and moved quickly. My friend's husband picked us up out front & I was in my car at her house in Galveston by 8:40am! Be prepared to pay tax on alcohol and cigarettes if you declare them at customs. There's a table set up for TABC as you get ready to exit. Texas figured out an easy way to make some money off of you if you declare your goods. If you don't though, there's a chance they could decide to check your bags. Overall, this was a great cruise, and we love RC and the Navigator. Since I'm from the Houston area, and this is a very easy, affordable trip for us, I would take this cruise again & again, but I would try to do the other itinerary that includes Belize, Cozumel & Roatan instead of Cozumel, Cayman & Falmouth. If you've cruise RC before, then you are a member of the Crown & Anchor society. Don't forget to mention it when you book your 2nd and other future cruises, because they automatically put coupons/discounts on your Sea Pass card, such as 2 for 1 beer or wine once, 2 for 1 milkshake at Johnny Rockets once, 10% discount on a spa service, etc.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Galveston isn't a hard port to navigate, but it wasn't the easiest one either. The ship is older, but after a refurbish, it looks good. We didn't plan to do much this trip, as we just wanted a getaway, so we didn't do ... Read More
Galveston isn't a hard port to navigate, but it wasn't the easiest one either. The ship is older, but after a refurbish, it looks good. We didn't plan to do much this trip, as we just wanted a getaway, so we didn't do most of the activities. The ice skating show was good, even though I don't like ice skating. Food was average, but plentiful. No midnight buffets and windjammer isn't open late were turnoffs, but didn't ruin anything for us. Giovanni's had good food, but not worth the extra money. Tablemates made dinner fun in the main dining room, but the service and food was just average. We went to Little French Key in Roatan and that was a great place to go for the day. We will definitely go back there again. We used Belize Exotic Adventures in Belize to visit the Baboon Sanctuary and Altun Ha. I would also definitely recommend this company. We only wandered in Cozumel, as we have been there plenty of times. Having 3 sea days was great and never had a problem finding a place to sit. The pool attendants kept taking towels from vacant chairs, which was great. Royal did a good job enforcing their policy of no saving chairs, at least from what we saw. This was a good cruise, but it didn't "WOW" us. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
The NOS was renovated this year, and the ship is beautiful. The entertainment was quite good. Plenty of live music for listening and dancing. Production shows in the theater were top notch. The headliner shows were entertaining. And the ... Read More
The NOS was renovated this year, and the ship is beautiful. The entertainment was quite good. Plenty of live music for listening and dancing. Production shows in the theater were top notch. The headliner shows were entertaining. And the Ice Skating Show was spectacular. Service in the main dining room was very good and the food was good enough. Food in the Windjammer was good. We ate at the "Chops Grill" and the food and service there were excellent. All of the ship's crew we came in contact with were very helpful and friendly, and the ship was kept clean and orderly. In Cozumel, we spent the day at the El Cid resort (just a couple hundred feet outside the port entrance). El Cid has two different day passes: At $20 US you have access to the beach, pool and a $12 food & drink credit. At $48 US you have unlimited drinks & food (but not breakfast) and pool, beach and snorkel equipment. The "beach" is man-made (but okay) with a retaining wall holding imported sand. The main view from the beach was the NOS. Cayman required tenders to port; we waited until the masses had been transported to shore, checked out George Town, and returned to the ship. Falmouth, Jamaica was not a tourist attraction until a few years ago when Royal Caribbean needed a port in Jamaica for the Oasis. So they reached an agreement to build a "tourist village" at the port to be built for the Oasis. The village is nice enough with all the tourist shops you might expect plus an area for local craft sellers. There wasn't/isn't much of interest for tourists in the city of Falmouth, though it is located as well as Montego Bay as far as traveling to excursion locations. We took the ship's excursion to Dunn's River Falls and climbed the falls. Nice excursion. All in all, a very nice cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We have gone on 21 cruises on 3 different cruise lines, so we are somewhat experienced cruisers. We thoroughly enjoyed the Navigator...she looks good after her refurbishing. Dining: The main dining room staff was wonderful...since we ... Read More
We have gone on 21 cruises on 3 different cruise lines, so we are somewhat experienced cruisers. We thoroughly enjoyed the Navigator...she looks good after her refurbishing. Dining: The main dining room staff was wonderful...since we were B2B they let us pick our table for the following week. We were able to get a "table for 2" each week which is a rarity. The food was above average with very attentive service. We did several nights of specialty restaurants. Sabor was amazing...although very quiet since the word hasn't gotten out yet. LOVED the guacamole...(could have made a meal of just that). Chops was terrible...steak was inedible. Giovanni's was excellent...filet was flavorful and extremely tender...one of the best I have ever had. I do, however, miss Portofino...it is one of the specialty restaurants we go to at least 3 times on any given cruise. Love the bread and dipping oils. Maybe they could combine some of the best from Giovann's & Portofino? We did the Mystery Dinner in Giovanni's--loved both food and entertainment. Only drawback on these size ships is there is absolutely nowhere to sit when it is raining...the solariums are all open. Wish there was some way they could retrofit these class ships with a moveable canopy. I only say this because the second week had 4 out of 7 days of rain and all those people who had only that week were out of luck for much poolside enjoyment or lounging. The shows were all excellent. Our only glitches on entire 2 weeks was when we tried to change (prepaid) dinner reservations from Chops to Giovanni's. RCCL offers a preboarding package where you get a percentage off if you book & pay for 3 dinner reservations in their specialty restaurants. They charged us for the new reservation and then it took 4 trips to the desk to get a refund of $70 for Chops. They kept telling us that the manager of Chops had to do the actual refund, so I guess he was not in any hurry to do so. We new that the last day of the cruise the lines at the desk would be mega-long so we wanted to get this corrected early...HA! HA! We did end up getting the refund but it should not have taken 4 trips. Diamond lounge staff were excellent...just hard to get a seat a rush hour! Most Diamond (+) guests do not take advantage of the 3 drink availability at various other venues on the ship, so the lounge is almost always overcrowded. We did go to another venue on two occasions to get a pre-dinner drink and were made to feel uncomfortable by the servers...perhaps they don't get the guaranteed, included tip? The "top-tier" event consisted of drinks and the captain pushing the newest ship...The Quantum...we all heard MANY times how excited he was to be the new captain of the newest ship. The event was scheduled during one of the shows so we arrived late and had a difficult time getting anyone to serve us ONE drink...no food...RCCL needs to let their repeat cruisers know how valuable they are...we are the ones who are filling your cabins on all your ships...not just the newest & shiniest! I must, however, tip my hat to Mr. Lindsay...he went out of his way to speak to us every time we saw him..especially as we entered the top-tier event...now, HE made us feel important! (I believe he said he was going to be on the Vision in a GS on our next cruise in March) We look forward to speaking to him again. All in all, this was one of our most enjoyable cruises! We are looking forward to our next three cruises booked on RCCL! Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
The positives, our room steward was excellent and was the staff in the dining room, including the head waiter. I anticipated after a call to Royal Caribbean that I would go hungry since I am vegan but they did an excellent job of finding ... Read More
The positives, our room steward was excellent and was the staff in the dining room, including the head waiter. I anticipated after a call to Royal Caribbean that I would go hungry since I am vegan but they did an excellent job of finding me something to eat. The lows start with the lines to embark the ship. If you have no status with the ship (this was only my 3rd Royal Caribbean Cruise) then you are nothing. The lines and crowds are everywhere. We did find a great spot that was quiet (if you want to enjoy a book or just want some peace and quiet not in your room) at the very back on the 14th floor. It is not a friendly ship, half the staff don't even say hello. I will not return. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Departed Nov 16th for the 7 night cruise, This was the one with the Roatan Honduras, Playa Maya and Cozumel itinerary. Embarkation and parking was a nightmare, worst I have ever seen. Clearly boarding 2 ships is more that Galveston can ... Read More
Departed Nov 16th for the 7 night cruise, This was the one with the Roatan Honduras, Playa Maya and Cozumel itinerary. Embarkation and parking was a nightmare, worst I have ever seen. Clearly boarding 2 ships is more that Galveston can handle. I used port parking and I had prepaid but it was still a traffic jam. I suggest using an off site parking lot, that transports you to the pier, they can get you in and out faster than the port lot. It was raining and we had to stand out in the rain waiting for a shuttle to take us to the ship. Once onboard the ship was nice, and the staff and passengers were friendly, but clearly RCI has cut back on crew and wait staff, getting a drink when we got onboard was impossible and we couldn't find a seat in the windjammer.. We booked this cruise only 1 week before sailing and since its only a 9 hour drive we set out Saturday drove to Houston and got at the port at noon on Sunday. We got our cruise for $298.00 each and had an outside room on Deck 3, We usually have a balcony room but for the price we thought we would "rough" it. The stateroom was of normal size, and layout and actually very convenient. Cant complain about the room or price. This was my first time out of Galveston but I have noticed the price of these cruises are very affordable. This was also my first time to use " my time dining", and I found it very convenient. we had the same waiter every night and seemed to get faster service than those with an assigned time. The food was good but nothing special for a cruise. Windjammer always very busy, and we dined one night in Chops, it was great but had to spring for another 30 bucks each. I would generally say food was a little below what I expected. My wife enjoyed a spa day, I visited the steam room daily, unfortunately it rained on our sea days and only had 2 generally nice days all week, Cant blame that on the cruise, but I heard those who bought balcony rooms complain they couldn't even go out (guess it made my cheap room an even better value.) We did have some extremely good staff at the Boleros Tequila Bar. The cruise directors staff were nice but not out of the ordinary and the entertainment below normal, the special entertainment was better than the onboard folks. Special mention does however go to the Ice Skating crew for a great show. The singer in Schooner bar was so bad I couldn't stand to get a drink there. Decent shopping, nice ship, but nothing special (except Boleros bar and ice skating)!   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
my husband and two children (ages 6 &9) sailed on a 7 night cruise out of Galveston November 2-9, 2014. we have cruised 4 times previously with Disney, but it was our first time with RCI. we had 3 other families with children traveling ... Read More
my husband and two children (ages 6 &9) sailed on a 7 night cruise out of Galveston November 2-9, 2014. we have cruised 4 times previously with Disney, but it was our first time with RCI. we had 3 other families with children traveling with us for our kids' school fall break, all of whom had cruised several times before with other cruise lines. i read cruise critic quite often, and we picked this cruise because we heard about the ships' refurbishment, and we would be able to cruise out of galveston and avoid air travel. Our family takes one big vacation every year, and we try to make the most of our limited time off. therefore, we generally have pretty high expectations of the experience, and RCI did not live up to our hopes. so here goes... the pros: -embarkation was very easy and quick -many of the common areas were very beautiful/nicely decorated -the flow rider, rock wall, and ice skating were a lot of fun -food and service at Johnny Rockets was great the cons: -the stabilizers on the boat were not functional for our 2nd day at sea. several members of our party experienced severe motion sickness, which essentially meant they lost a day of the trip because they were sick in the cabin. they were repaired while in port on day 3, but no sort of compensation was offered. -the room: housekeeping was fair. most of the time, they did not vacuum our room unless i specifically asked. we stayed in a balcony room that had been "refurbished" but storage space/cabinets/shelves had not been redone, appeared dated, but most of all, we had very little storage. i had to keep my clothes stored in my suitcase all week. drawers were difficult to open and close. here were no toiletries in the room (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc). i thought this was a pretty basic expectation to have on a ship or hotel. also, there was a strange smell in the hallway outside our room (kind of like poop) all week long. -dining- food was mediocre at best in the main dining room for dinner. same things over and over again. kind of like "golden corral" quality on meat or a chain restaurant. service OK, seemed a little disinterested at times. there is a dress code - no shorts allowed- and they refused entry to my husband on the 3rd night because he was in shorts- he didn't have any clean pants to change into because we did not realize there was a dress code prior to getting on the ship & his pants smelled of cigar smoke from the night before. (seriously, my husband was in Brooks Brother's shorts and wearing a Rolex, it wasn't like he'd just come in from the beach). we spoke with guest services and they insisted that this rule could not be flexed. they did offer him complementary cleaning service on a few items so we could attend dinner for the remainder of the cruise. - Kids Club- the most troublesome thing about the kids club is that they do not give you any type of pager or phone to contact you in the event of an emergency with your child. on the 6th night, my son sustained a minor injury while at the kids club; they called our room (once, while we were out, and did not leave a message), but made no other attempts to reach us. he ended up being fine, but at the time, it bothered him enough that he was still in tears 2 hours later when we returned to pick him up. seems like an after-thought. had odd hours, closed for a while in the middle of the day at meal times- (ok, i could deal with that). however, some of the staff did not seem at all interested in caring for the kids and not interactive. when we left our kids later than 10 PM (there is a $7/hour fee afterwards, which we were willing to pay) but we got attitude, and a staff member actually lied to a member of our party about how much we would be charged (saying it would be $1/minute) to dissuade them from leaving their children there after 10PM. - other random nit-picky stuff: gym was small, jogging track essentially unusable because it wound through other areas and activities on deck 11. there was no self-service laundry on the ship. soda selection very basic i will end by mentioning that overall, we had a great time on this trip, but mostly because we traveled and spent time with friends and family; our enjoyment of this trip had little to do with anything exceptional related to Royal Caribbean's service. the other families that cruised with us agreed that the cruise line itself was lacking in several key areas (cabins, dining, kids activities), even compared to their experiences with Carnival. for us, i can deal with lack of storage, dated cabinets, mediocre food, excessive motion; however, not being able to be contacted about your child in an emergency is a deal-breaker. RCI may be more suitable for cruisers without children. we will not cruise with Royal Caribbean in the future, and i recommend other parents take this into strong consideration when planning a vacation with their family. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
My wife and I went on this cruise for my 50th birthday. It was our 4th cruise and 3rd with RCI. We had a Prom view cabin and thought it was fine. I will list both positives and negatives. Positives: Got to the port around 10:45 and were ... Read More
My wife and I went on this cruise for my 50th birthday. It was our 4th cruise and 3rd with RCI. We had a Prom view cabin and thought it was fine. I will list both positives and negatives. Positives: Got to the port around 10:45 and were on board in about 30 mins. The crew were very friendly on this ship as were the other cruisers. Most from Texas and surrounding states. The food was good, we had traditional seating in MDR. We made good friends with a couple at our table. I did enjoy the lobster tail. They went all out to make my meals without dairy, head waiter brought out the next days menu for me to order from every night. The other MDR staff were fun and hard working. We enjoyed all the live music they offered on this ship. They had a country band, island type band, piano bar and a young lady playing/singing in the pub. All were very good. The late night comedy guy was good and funny. Never had much trouble finding a window seat in the Windjammer for breakfast. Staff there were great as well. Sabor was very good. We enjoyed the staff at the R Bar very much. Francisco and Fernando were awesome. Never had a problem finding chairs in pool areas. Flow Rider was a ton of fun. Able to bring on two bottles of wine. Negatives: Stateroom attendant wasn't that great. I had to ask 3 times for a remote control for our TV. Got it on the 3rd day. I also felt she could have cleaned better. We brought 2 bottles of wine with us and I always had to hunt her down for glasses, I feel she should have had them replaced without asking. Limited drinks at sail away due to Texas laws. No sail away party at all due to a light off and on rain. I cut my foot in Cozumel and Med Staff wouldn't give my any band aids. They sent me to the service desk and they did. Disembarking wasn't as smooth as it could be. It was delayed for 90 mins, so that meant waiting in the theater for awhile. They did have coffee, water and snacks for us. Once off we found our bags and made it to the bus in 40 mins or so. We had a great time and met some really nice and fun people on our cruise. Cant wait until our next time.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Departure: Normally we cruise on Celebrity out of Florida (we live in Florida) but with friends from Texas, we sailed out of Galveston. Poor signage to the port parking but we found it by following the other cars (Sunday cruises park in ... Read More
Departure: Normally we cruise on Celebrity out of Florida (we live in Florida) but with friends from Texas, we sailed out of Galveston. Poor signage to the port parking but we found it by following the other cars (Sunday cruises park in Lot B, Saturday and other days use Lot A per our shuttle bus driver). Found our parking and buses came right away. Easy drop off of luggage. Check in lines moved fast (Diamond status helped with that), only slow part was before security. We could not get to our cabin till 1p.m. Our luggage did not show up till after 5:30 so plan accordingly. We heard some people had to go downstairs to find their luggage. Easy life boat drill with some passengers in dining room and theater with others out on deck. No need to take or wear life vests, no video just a short announcement. Ports: Roatan: Took the Maya Key private island tour through the cruise line. Quick boat ride over to the island, you don't even exit the port gates to get on the boat. Rented snorkel equipment and followed their underwater trails. Very easy snorkeling as the water is not deep at all, watch out for shallow coral though. Lots of fish to see. Plenty of chairs under the trees give shade. Got bit by sand fleas or sand flies, don't know which but had red spots and itching for a few days after. Lunch included but be prepared for a huge line, one small buffet for hundreds of folks. Fun to see the animals on the island. Belize: Did cave tubing with the .bz website tour group. Booked this on our own, much cheaper than ship excursion and not on a huge bus. Vitalino's staff did an amazing job, very organized, informative, nice new vans (14 passengers) and they carry your tubes to the beginning for you. Passed out water in the van. Highly recommended. Caves were longer and larger than expected. Don't expect rapids or excitement on the water, it is a slow relaxed ride. Water cooler than expected and you will get wet. Some of us ate the termites and held the tarantula on the jungle walk. Cozumel: Salsa, salsa excursion. Fun except for the fact with 5 ships in port including the Allure, everything in town was busy including this excursion which they moved from a beachside room with windows into a large windowless ballroom to accomodate the hoardes. Food on Board: Nice variety in the Windjammer. Don't understand why there is no outdoor seating, which would be nice. Don't listen to other negative reviews, it was fine. Sometimes Indian and Asian choices. Sabor: Went the first night and enjoyed the guac and appetizers. Did not like the main entrees (perhaps we ordered the wrong things). Dessert is a variety of things on a tray, nice selection and not too sweet. Chops: Excellent as always but we were in a corner that was VERY dark. They need to increase the lighting in some parts. Excellent steak. Red velvet cake was the best I ever had. 3 hour meal. Johnny Rockets: Undercooked fries and cold onion rings brought out first. Good burger, yum. Excellent oreo sundae (had to ask, not on the menu) Ship: I am not a fan of the huge jumbotron by the pool. The movies at night were either ancient (Ghostbusters?) or obscure. Football was popular but why not just create a real sports bar. And on my morning walk or sitting by the pool on vacation, I do not want to see CNN Headline News blaring over the pool with bad news. Too bad the solarium pool is not really covered, as on cooler windy days, this could have been a nice refuge. Still nice to have a ship with a real promenade deck. I DID NOT LIKE the cluttering up of the Grand Promenade (indoor mall) with permanent sales kiosks and the daily display and sale of dollar store items (cheap scarves, jewelry, etc.) which adds to the traffic congestion. Bad move. And with the removal of the theater, they should have free movies on your cabin TV, but no, they charge $11.99 for a recent DVD release. The ship is in good shape, maintained well. Elevator wait can be long sometimes during the week. Departure day elevators are completely overloaded. Many folks wanting to walk off with their luggage just overwhelm the capacity. The other passengers are mostly Texans, very friendly and polite. More kids on board than I would think for the first week in November but were never unruly or annoying. Lots of repeat passengers, one couple had been on for 7 weeks in a row. Found nothing but friendly staff on board. I had read some negative reviews, did not see any of that. Departure: We walked our luggage off in Group A. Huge line down the exterior promenade deck and then inside. Moved quickly once it began moving. Short lines at Passport Control. From cabin to car in 45 min, most of that waiting in line on deck till they started letting people off. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Getting around Texas after flying into IAH is inconvenient, no doubt about it. Because the week that we were traveling bordered on a holiday, we were unable to get a one-way car rental from Enterprise in Houston to Galveston - in either ... Read More
Getting around Texas after flying into IAH is inconvenient, no doubt about it. Because the week that we were traveling bordered on a holiday, we were unable to get a one-way car rental from Enterprise in Houston to Galveston - in either direction. They say that it is up to the issuing agency whether they will allow one-way at an additional fee or not. TIP: Call multiple locations and ask their policy, because it can vary. In our case, it was almost cheaper to rent a car at the airport and pay for the car and parking at the port for the whole duration of the cruise, rather than using shuttle services. Ultimately, because we were a group of 8, we rented a car for our time in Houston, then returned it to the airport and used Super Shuttle to get back and forth from/to Bush Continental Airport, about 1 hr 45 min. The port was crazy, but not terrible. Lines outside were not well controlled. Porters were bypassing the people waiting patiently in line to drop off luggage in favor of getting bags from people at their cars - because the people at the cars were tipping better. Tip: get it taken at curb if possible, wave $$ wherever you are. Also, when they send you luggage tags to print as part of your welcome packet - they mean it! If you don't print and attach them before you get to port, you have to wait in an additional line just to get the tags, before you can get in line for luggage, before you can get in line to enter the terminal, before you can get in line for security screening, before you can get in line to check in for the cruise. Also, in our family's case, their Platinum status didn't print on their boarding pass- which meant that they were not allowed to use the express line for premium members. Make sure you have proof of your membership status or the man controlling lines will treat you like a commoner. The ship itself is an interesting mix of old and new. Our last cruise was on the Freedom of the Seas. After Navigator had a face lift this year, we were curious as to what to expect. The ship is comparable in the sense that it has ice skating, FlowRider, Adventure Ocean, the Promenade, rock climbing. Navigator does not have the Dreamworks Experience for kids. On Navigator, the pool area lacks the large kid-friendly shallow pools and the Promenade is not as large as on Freedom. In fact, the Promenade was beautiful, but kind of a bottleneck for the ship, especially with the super large Christmas tree in it. There are only a few shops, so don't plan on doing much shopping on board unless you want to purchase alcohol, perfume, or watches. There is a Card Room & Library combo on the 7th level, it was frequently full. There is no movie theater. The main theater for show nights seemed of standard size. The public restroom situation was less than perfect. Considering that the Windjammer buffet and the pool have to share a bathroom, it is shocking that the bathroom only has 4 stalls. And with regards to the Windjammer, it is only open until 9pm. That was a huge disappointment for those of us with Main Dining at 5:30 and the Show at 8:30 - we'd get out at 9:15pm and our only snack option was sandwiches, pastries, or a slice of cold pizza in the Cafe on the Promenade - a selection that didn't change. Ever. In Roataon, Honduras, we docked at the port. The port is behind a gate with security controlling who gets in and out. We did not see a line of private taxis waiting to take people around like we usually do see at ports, so I'm not sure what is offered. Because rain was in the forecast and we assumed all beach time was out, we used a ship excursion to take us to Gumbalimba Park. There, we got a tour of the property, learned a little history, held spider monkeys and parrots, and got rained on really really hard. The property had a small beach and a large pool that we were not prepared to use, but would have been fun for the kids after the tour was over. Lockers cost $3 and there were no covered areas in the animal area. On the rope bridge we saw turtles when we looked down and flying Macaws when we looked up. They also had zip lining, which we didn't do. (Also on Roaton was a park or beach called Turtle Bay that looked really nice.) The guide that jumped into the van with us was our tour guide for the whole day. TIP: be prepared for rain and sun, if you get one you're likely to also get the other. In Belize City, Belize, we hired a company called EcoTours to take us to a beach and snorkeling. We didn't realize it was 30 minutes by boat. Went to tiny Goff Caye where the guides snorkeled off the boat, but water was murky. Cuty, tiny private island - the areas is full of them. Kids got to catch hermit crabs and live brittle stars. Toilets were gross. Rum punch was good but unsure how it was made. They poured it from a Tropicana bottle, but.... In Cozumel, this was the only port that searched our bags on the way in and took away all food and fruit. We hired a taxi for $32 each way to take the eight of us to Playa Mia. Entrance fee was $30 for adults, close to the same for kids to get in. For more $ you can get all you can eat buffet and all you can drink as well. The resort has great beaches and an inflatable jungle gym in the water. On land, there is a water play area, pools, and a water slide. Back at the ocean, you can check out kayaks, water boats, and sail boats for no additional fee (but note that all are two person only. The sailboat holds three, but that third is the resort employee unless you know how to sail). Jet skis were available for an additional fee. From the port to to the beaches there is just one road that runs along the coast (but has bushes on both sides) and we passed San Francisco Beach, Carlos & Charlie's Beach, and Mr Sanchez's beach along the way. Those would have been good to check out too. Bags were screened before we could get back on ship in a giant screening room and all shells, slingshots, and food was confiscated or tossed. Alcohol was confiscated to be returned on the day you get off the ship. TIP: If you have a wooden slingshot to keep or some other trinket that may get confiscated: put it in your pocket. Disembarking was rough the way we did it. Because we had a late flight, we wanted to stay on the ship. Breakfast was only served until 8:30am then we had to wait in a theater, then a half hour line to find our luggage, then almost an hour for customs, before we were out of the port building. Next time, we will keep our luggage with us and do early walk off/self-service no matter what. Flying out on Alaska Airlines was also rough. Because our flight wasn't until 5:40pm, and Alaska only has about 2 flights a day leaving from Houston, they closed the luggage counter until 2:30pm! Even though we arrived before 1pm at the airport, we had to stay in the bag drop area until we could get in line at 2:30pm to deposit our bags. We couldn't enter the main part airport because we couldn't go through security with our luggage. Unsure if there is any way to avoid this or know about this in the future - but be warned!   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
1.Change your food menu in the promenade deck. The same old sandwiches and same desserts get old when your on a 7 day cruise. This also goes for your food in the Windjammer. You could tell they were cutting corners how some of the main ... Read More
1.Change your food menu in the promenade deck. The same old sandwiches and same desserts get old when your on a 7 day cruise. This also goes for your food in the Windjammer. You could tell they were cutting corners how some of the main entrees and desserts were prepared. I sailed on Voyager back in 2010 and that was the best cruise all around. 2.Your service is good in some area and poor in others. The retail shop Fashion District had one person working and had long lines at the register that she could not assist me with my needs. 3. The Retail Fashion shop did not have my size in shirts which is XXL. I asked for help from the staff members and was always told that she would have to wait and go to warehouse on the ship. She would check and get back with me. I left my number and she never called me back. This happened several times. 4.The balcony was not cleaned up from previous cruise. The window and railing was left dirty from last cruise. The floor on the balcony was dirty with finger nail clipping and long hair. The service was not good in windjammer and the prominade deck cafe. The waiter never asked us if we wanted drinks at our table while on this cruise in the windjammer. I had to get it. 5. The pillow cases were dirty. 6. I had originally requested that both twin beds be put together as one. I had to ask the room attendant several times to fix this. 7. Sewage was really very strong every day out in the hallways and when in certain areas of the ship and outside when at port in Jamaica you could smell it. 8. Went to Falmouth Jamaica and when I went into one of the shops I took off a magnet to look at it. It slipped out of my hands and it chipped. The manager of the shop made me pay for it. He acted very ugly about this and threatened to call the police if I refuse to pay. 9. When we were on the bus for our excursion we went through some very scary areas to get from Falmouth to Montego Bay. I was scared out of my wits. People would walk out in front of the driver. I prayed to God the bus didn't break down. The area was not safe. Then we were approached buy several guys while walking to go eat in Montego Bay trying to sell us drugs. 10. The ship needs to be painted and needs a face lift again. I cant see what was done to help the ship in the last dry dock. The boat looked like it was falling apart. 11. During the ice skating show we had to sit in the stools by the spotlight. While there an employee there were carrying on a conversation with another cruiser wanting to go to sleep together. I had to tell them to be quiet. 12. Where is the nice bar ware with the Royal Caribbean logo or anchor. Voyager had this and was very nice. 13. The blue towels that have the waves on them used out at the pool area were so worn and stained. I picked up one that was very ripped. 14. I had a hot stone message and it was not relaxing at all. The lady talked he entire time. 15. The ship looked like it had not been refurbished in dry dock. Very dirty in places on inside and the exterior needing painting so bad. The Liberty of the Seas was parked beside us in Cozumel and our ship looked like it needing painting badly in spots. I am very disappointed in Royal Caribbean. We spent a lot of money on this cruise and even did a balcony upgrade from a regular stateroom. Not sure if I will be returning to RCCL in 2015.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We have sailed 15 times on RCCL and this was the first trip out of Galveston. Although a little hard to get to from the west coast we enjoyed the port and embarkation and debarkation were easy. We have sailed Navigator before and the ... Read More
We have sailed 15 times on RCCL and this was the first trip out of Galveston. Although a little hard to get to from the west coast we enjoyed the port and embarkation and debarkation were easy. We have sailed Navigator before and the upgrades were wonderful. We enjoyed the ports and would recommend this trip to anyone. Our one issue was with the new bar configuration. RCCL has done a great job in creating a couple of specially bars (RBar an Ballaro). The drinks are outstanding but they require a great deal of effort on the part of the bartenders, who also act as wait staff. The waits for drinks during evening hours was completely unacceptable. Twice we had to give up trying to get a drink at the RBAR. It has noting to do with the staff, they were working as hard and fast as they could and providing the usually RCCL friendly service. It is in the staffing by the ship of these bars at key periods. We ate at specially dinning three nights and enjoyed it a great deal. After our last two cruises on Allure and Oasis it was a little hard to get use to the small ship but they have done a nice job with the upgrades. Once they fix the bar issue it will be perfect. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
As back round we flew into Hobby Airport the day before the cruise and stayed at the Comfort Suites. Nothing special but they had a good rate so it was good enough. We took 24hourairport taxi to the terminal the next day and arrived there ... Read More
As back round we flew into Hobby Airport the day before the cruise and stayed at the Comfort Suites. Nothing special but they had a good rate so it was good enough. We took 24hourairport taxi to the terminal the next day and arrived there about 10:30 and was on the ship in an hour. Very easy process with no chaos at all that has been described in other postings. The ship itself is very nice. I can't say it looks brand new from the refurb it went through earlier this year but it didn't appear old either. We hung around the pool after changing into bathing suites and went to our cabin when we thought our luggage would be there. Sure enough by 3pm we were good to go. The activities were plentiful. My wife did the Zumba class poolside the kids did the rock climbing wall and had an absolute blast on the Flowrider. We stayed on the ship on the day the ship was in Jamaica and the kids had the Flowrider almost to themselves. Otherwise count on some pretty long wait periods when you are using it. We went to almost all the shows. Very good entertainment as my 10 and 12 year olds have not been to this type of venue and they really enjoyed them. We sat in the front row every time and it's pretty cool to be up front and close to the action and I highly recommend the ice show and dancing show but they were all good. Very talented crew putting on a good show. The service in all areas of the ship was outstanding. In the Windjammer, the servers would come around and offer to get you a drink. My 10 year old spilled a drink and 2 servers were on it in a flash and another was on his way to get her another drink with a smile on his face! Almost the entire crew would greet you with a "good morning" or " hello, sir". Just old fashion good manners. Our room attendant was named Elroy on deck 10 and if you get him you are lucky to have him. He was so nice to me and my family and the girls would run to the room after dinner to see what towel animal he made! WE ate at Chops one night and it was fantastic. One of the best steaks I've ever had. The Windjammer had a good variety of food that I enjoyed as well. We ate in the MDR one night and I did not care for the food. Seemed a bit bland to me for the occasion. I have a hard time sitting through a 1 1/2 hour dinner as well. Disembarkation was a breeze. We were off the ship by 7:40 and even my driver could not believe we were off so quickly. No chaos whatsoever so don't believe everything you read here. All in all a great family cruise and I would highly recommend you get on board and experience some of the things I did. You won't regret it!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Synopsis: Sailing on the Navigator was a relaxing and memorable experience. The main ingredient that made it so great was the crew. Their professionalism and courtesy was awesome! Day 1: Stayed overnight in Galveston and arrived at the ... Read More
Synopsis: Sailing on the Navigator was a relaxing and memorable experience. The main ingredient that made it so great was the crew. Their professionalism and courtesy was awesome! Day 1: Stayed overnight in Galveston and arrived at the cruise terminal prior to suite boarding at 11:30. Once the time began, an orderly procession through the terminal onto the ship, I would say less than 1 hour. I was a little warm/humid, but that's the Houston/Galveston area for you too. Luggage arrived on time to cabin, did the drill and enjoyed dinner in the main dinning room. Doston our waiter was great, and made a great first impression on my 3 year old daughter. Days 2 and 3: Sailing days. Daughter participated in Adventure Ocean both mornings, and really enjoyed it. Lunch in the Windjammer both afternoons. The food was very good, if you're expecting the same luxury as the main dinning room, you'll be disappointed. None of the food, however, was cold or was stale as I've seen in other reviews. Wife and I did some putt-putt and trivia, which were both fun. Long naps also taken too. Dinner in the main dinning room on Day 2 and at Giovanni's Table on Day 3. I wanted to get Chop's but they filled up fast, so pre-book or book on Day 1 if you want to go for dinner. Service, food selection and food itself was awesome at Giovanni's. Day 4: Port day in Roatan. Didn't have any excursions booked so did a little shopping in the area near the port. Typically shopping area. Did some swimming in the pool that afternoon and other lounging around the ship/cabin. Day 5: Port day in Belize. Had to tender to get to this port. Instructions for tender tickets given day before and very clear, and no problems with the tender. Weather was nice and directed easily to the Calypso Train tour. At the start of the train, the guide gave us some basic information on Belize and Belize City before we set out, as well as a presentation on where we would be going. Very interesting to see the two sides of the city (poor/rich). As we passed by, people on the street would smile or wave if you made eye contact (or vendors would try to sell you a coconut full of rum!). Didn't do any shopping but they had some places near the tender location. Special treat that night, as we had been invited to eat at the captain's table. Great group of fellow crusiers there and a fantastic meal and wine service. Very memorable. Day 6: Port day in Cozumel. Early day for our excursion, but no real issues getting off the ship (the elevators were not very cooperative). Got to the excursion point a little early, so did some window shopping. Since Cozumel has been doing the cruise port business for some time, there are not too many opportunities for bargaining, but more reassurance that the goods are decent quality. Once the excursion was ready to go, we walked a short distance to the sub. Once on board, the guide gave us some introductory remarks and off we went. A good excursion all in all. Day 7: At sea. Enjoyed the pool in the morning and then tried Johnny Rockets for lunch. I had heard people rave about the burgers and shakes, so I really wanted to try it. There was quite a line there when it opened at 11:30, so that further bolstered my expectations. Unfortunately, it fell a little below my expectations. The burgers and shakes were good, but not different from a good local establishment. Wasn't too bad for the price. Nice goodbye dinner in the dinning room. Disembarkation: Breakfast at the windjammer, our number was called. Elevators the only real issue, but the concierge helped out. Once we were in the process, we went from ship to car in 1 hour. Lines for customs moved the whole time. No complaints. All during the trip, whether getting on the ship, dinning, activities, or excursions, the crew was really the best. Everyone went out of their way to make sure your needs were met and our daughter got called "Princess" so many times, so might think she is royalty! Questions were answered promptly, and officers could be seen going about the ship at all time. Our room attendant Maggie was great, kept the room very clean and made up the sofa be every night for my daughter. Tip of the hat to the crew! We had so much fun we booked another, sadly it won't be until Feb 2016! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
This was the first cruise for my whole family (myself, husband, MIL, and 2 children ages 10 and 8). We flew into IAH and took Galveston Shuttle which was a large SUV to the port. It was a nice vehicle but the driver never said a word to ... Read More
This was the first cruise for my whole family (myself, husband, MIL, and 2 children ages 10 and 8). We flew into IAH and took Galveston Shuttle which was a large SUV to the port. It was a nice vehicle but the driver never said a word to us. Once we arrived it looked confusing and people were everywhere, so we just grabbed our luggage and went to the nearest porter to drop it off. I don't think the people standing around realized you could do it, but I wasn't going to stand around in the heat (we're from Seattle and were already melting!) And even though our check in time was still an hour away, they let us go right in. People were standing around waiting, but if you went up to ask, they let you in. We got checked in fairly quickly. Total time from curb to ship was maybe 30 minutes. We were very impressed with the ship. It was beautiful. The one thing we also were impressed with is that all the staff were so nice to everyone. The food was good most of the time. We would have breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer (if not in port) and dinner in the Sapphire main dining room. Loved the chilled soup appetizers for dinner. Our servers for table 615- Rodrigo and Virgel were awesome! They would do brain teasers with the kids and brought them extra food-making sure they didn't go hungry! We loved playing mini golf, getting some great deals shopping on the last day at sea, and the Ice Dancing show. Views from the Cosmopolitan Club on deck 14 are spectacular and don't miss going out on the peek-a-boo bridge (out of the Solarium on deck 11) and seeing the "bridge" where they drive the ship! We had a few complaints. One was the elevators. Too bad they didn't have any mid-ship, especially since my MIL who is 70 had a hard time getting around the ship sometimes. They only have them in forward and aft and there just isn't enough especially after shows, embarkation and around meal times. The elevators are slow and sometimes would just by-pass the floors. They are also hot and stuffy. And not that it's the cruise lines' fault, but some people were just so rude they would shove their way in front of you to get on the elevators before you could get to it (again, trying to get to an elevator with my 70 year old MIL) The bathrooms on Deck 11 by the restaurants smelled really bad. I don't think they ever changed the diaper pails in the women's restroom. It was bad all week long! And one thing that really annoyed us was on the last day we ordered room service for breakfast to be delivered between 0630 and 0700 since we had to disembark early for a shore excursion to the Houston Space Center- well at 0645 we get a call from room service saying that they don't deliver room service on the last day. It would of been nice to be told that ahead of time, like when we ordered! Or better yet, we shouldn't of been able to order at all! (We ordered on the tv) So we had to scramble to finish getting ready for the day and get something to eat before getting to our meeting place. Again as a first time cruiser, we didn't know this kind of info! Although the pools are small it didn't feel too crowded-probably because there wasn't too many kids on the ship, and the weather was quite windy our last two sea days. In fact the pools were closed the last sea day. Which brings me to the entertainment on the ship. We utilized the library. The games were ok and would be better if pieces weren't missing or mixed with other games. Also, young people would come in there and be loud and the tables were always messy. Too bad they don't have a "librarian" to help control some of that. Other than that I was kinda disappointed because I thought they had jewelry making and cooking classes and scrapbooking classes? I never saw any of that... As far as the ports go we loved Cozumel- went to Chankanaab for the dolphin encounter. definitely worth the money. We just wish we could of stayed there longer! Grand Cayman was ok. We didn't have any excursions. We took a taxi to Hell. They let us stay for 20 minutes but with that we barely had time to look at the rock formation, go into 1 of the stores and the post office. There is about 5 stores there and I was disappointed I didn't have time to go to the others. The taxi then took us to 7 Mile Beach. He tried to take us to a beach where we would of had to pay, even after we had agreed on our price and location, so be careful. Once we got to the beach we had a relaxing afternoon swimming and playing. Falmouth Jamaica was very hot. We also didn't do any excursions there. We walked around the port which was set up nicely. We didn't run into any pushy vendors (they were more pushy in Cozumel) and ended up with a lot of nice souvenirs. The only thing besides the heat I didn't like was Margaritaville- horribly way overpriced! Overall a wonderful first cruise experience as we didn't let the few bad things ruin all the many great things! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
My husband and I sailed on NOS in October 2014 to celebrate our 22nd anniversary. We are in our mid 40’s and were looking to relax and enjoying being together. We were able to do that. Our room was great, it was centrally located on the ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on NOS in October 2014 to celebrate our 22nd anniversary. We are in our mid 40’s and were looking to relax and enjoying being together. We were able to do that. Our room was great, it was centrally located on the ship in an effort to reduce my queasiness and I think I fared pretty well. I did end up buying some essential oils on the ship to combat my nausea and I was mostly fine. We had a great time on the cruise. The ship was beautiful, very clean and everyone was very friendly. Our cabin steward was awesome and went above and beyond whenever we asked him for anything. We loved the specialty restaurants and main dining room but were disappointed in the windjammer and with room service (breakfast). The powdered eggs were shameful! Who eats that? We spent WAY too much money on ourselves, but we don’t regret it. We found out we are light weight drinkers and love afternoon naps! We enjoyed singing along at the piano bar, which we both found surprising. We did NOT love the Fury Catamaran shore excursion in Cozumel. It had to be the worst snorkeling experience we have ever had. The beach break was nice, tons of stuff to do, beer and margaritas were free flowing, just don’t choose this one if you want to snorkel! We are already watching the dates for 2016 to go back with the kids. WE LOVED IT!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
I was recently on the Navigator for a 7 day cruise with several family members. It was my first time on Royal Caribbean, and I was mostly happy with the experience. The ship is beautiful, much more elegant than the Magic, which is what I ... Read More
I was recently on the Navigator for a 7 day cruise with several family members. It was my first time on Royal Caribbean, and I was mostly happy with the experience. The ship is beautiful, much more elegant than the Magic, which is what I have cruised on previously. I spent a lot of time in the spa and solarium. Both are great, but I did miss the Thermal Suite that the Magic has. This was my first time in a balcony room, and I loved it. Our room was very pretty, again more elegant than Carnival. The ship seemed well maintained, kept very clean. The food was great, and the service excellent. There was no shortage of activities. This may be a small thing, but we only got towel animals 3 nights. Our group was all in the same area and none of the cabins got them more than that. Like I said, I know its a small thing, but I really missed getting a different towel animal each night. I don't know if this is standard for Royal, or if it was just our room steward. Also, I have to say that most of the shows were really bad. I just did not enjoy them, and most of those in our group of 16 didn't like them either. Another small thing is the gifts for winning contests. We won highlighters for a trivia contest. HIGHLIGHTERS. Really Royal, this is all you can spare? Again, it may seem silly, but we really loved our ship on a stick from Carnival. I feel like almost anything would have been better than highlighters. My list of complaints are minor. I would recommend anyone who is not sure to go ahead and check out Royal Caribbean. I think it really comes down to personal preference, and I can't really say anyting terrible about my experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Southwest Airlines and Houston Hobby: My wife and I flew into Houston Hobby early the day before our cruise. Just about everyone knows the pros and cons of flying S.W. My only question, did the seats get smaller or my butt get bigger?? ... Read More
Southwest Airlines and Houston Hobby: My wife and I flew into Houston Hobby early the day before our cruise. Just about everyone knows the pros and cons of flying S.W. My only question, did the seats get smaller or my butt get bigger?? Hobby was a very nice and easy airport to fly in and out of. Lady Bird Limo: I researched ground transportation through trip adviser and cruise critic. I decided to go with Ladybird Limo. Working with Susan through e-mails, texts and phone calls was smooth. When compared to other services YES there are cheaper, HOWEVER being met at baggage claim, not waiting on others passengers, the comfort of the Lincoln Navigator and a straight shot to the hotel was worth the couple extra dollars. The one minor snag, not a fault of Ladybird, is the nearly daily traffic jam at the construction area between Houston and Galveston. Make sure you are adding some extra time for this. Hilton Galveston: Again trying to get the best bang for the buck I did my research. I would have preferred to stay at the Harbor House but they required a two night minimum. So we booked with our second choice, The Hilton Galveston Island Resort. Upon arrival the doorman was great to work with. Check in was quick and easy at the front desk. However the room was not ready because of our early arrival. They stored our bags, the doorman got us a Taxi and we were off to The Strand (see below). When we returned, they had upgraded our room to the top (10th) floor in a newly remodeled room and gave us free Wi-Fi. The view of the Galveston coast line was awesome and the bed was extremely comfortable. The next morning the itemized bill was under the door. My wife and I had the breakfast buffet, which had a good selection and was very good, finished packing and headed to the free cruise port shuttle. I overwhelmingly give them a five star rating Galveston Island: Keeping in mind that Galveston Island is largely a tourist area. Our taxi took us from one side of the island to The Strand on the other side for 15 dollars. We walked the main street with all eclectic shops. There was nothing that we needed to purchase before the cruise but it was enjoyable. Being “Off Season”, Almost all the movies, tours, exhibits had limited hours so we missed those. With many choices for dining, we decided on Olympia the Grill at Pier 21. We see (taste) why they have won the trip advisor award three years in a row. Highly Recommended!! Boarding: We took the free hotel shuttle to the cruise port. After a quick stop to pick up drivers, who were dropping off cars, we were at terminal 2 in fewer than 20 minutes (11 am). We used a porter for our bags, just about walked up to the counter, signed a few documents, got our sea passes and were walking on the ship in less than 30 more minutes. Cabin: I reserved an aft balcony cabin, Deck 10, cabin 1692. We explored the ship until 1 PM when the cabins were ready and our bags were waiting at our door. Our cabin was very spacious with plenty of closet, drawer and cabinet space. The balcony was well worth the extra money. It fit two lounge chairs plus two balcony chairs and a small table with enough room to walk around. Many breakfasts and early evenings were spent relaxing watching the wake of the ship. We never heard a sound from the Windjammer on the deck above and the reputed movement in the aft felt more like a fluid train movement than the rise and fall of a boat. Our steward, Elroy, was good. Our room was always well kept and we rarely saw him, when we had a special request he saw to it. Roatan: We booked a private “Best of Roatan” tour with Victor Boden tours. Our scheduled driver wasn't available, but we very quickly had a replacement and who was great-- very informative and he drove us around the island in a nice comfortable car. The iguana farm and V.B.’s Monkey Business were fun with great photo opportunities. We went to the highest point on the island for some more photo ops, walked the public beach and shopping area and then a nice lunch overlooking the bay across from the public beach. Belize: Again booking privately with Cavetubing.bz, we booked the zip line and cave tubing and had a blast! The ship got into port earlier than scheduled. We hopped on the very first tender without any wait or tender ticket and was ashore in less than 20 minutes. After the first 10 people arrived we jumped in the van and headed out to the zip line portion. Our guides introduced themselves (Jose, Lionel and our driver Jr.) during the ride, and remained with us throughout the excursion keeping us informed and entertained. Upon arrival we signed the waiver, were harnessed up and walked to the first platform. With double lines and triple safety we were zipping above the jungle, platform to platform in no time. Once un-harnessed we were off to the national park for the cave tubing portion. A quick 20 minute educational walk through the jungle, crisscrossing the river twice, and we were at the river near the cave mouth. The river tube ride under/through the mountain was fun. After we exited the cave all the other groups were getting out of the river and walking up stairs, our group continued down and exited where we initially crossed the river the first time. We were then driven back to our initial stop for a traditional lunch of chicken, rice and beans, coleslaw and a soda, and a sip of cashew wine. We returned to the port with plenty of time to browse the port shops. Cozumel: For this port we booked the Salsa and Salsa through RCCL. We woke that morning with a slight bump as the boat docked. By the time the boat was cleared we were walking off and had plenty of time to browse the shops prior to our scheduled 10 am excursion time. Our group met at the designated place and we were ushered off two by two to awaiting van for a quick trip to the resort. Once all the seats around all the tables were full, we met our two cute and funny hosts. We were taught how to make two different types of Margaritas, after which our glasses were never empty; 6 different types of salsa (do not touch the pepper, use the fork) and then a workout learning to Salsa dance (where did everyone go??) There was plenty of food, drink, and dance to enjoy! Disembarking: While this wasn't really terrible, it was the worst part of the trip--both because the great week was over, and because it took quite a while. Since we booked late flights and had plenty of time to get to the airport, we were in nearly the last group to leave. Our group waiting area was the Metropolis Theater with complimentary coffee, tea, juice and bakery. Once our group was called we waited in line to get off the boat, we waited in line to get our bags, and we waited in line to get through customs. All of this due to backlogs in the understaffed customs area. The staff they had was efficient, just overwhelmed. It took over 2 hours to get from the waiting area to curbside. This port has a long way to go to compare to Florida ports. This being our first trip with Royal Caribbean, we had a very good overall experience. Comparing it with our only other cruise, RCCL did some things a lot better and others needed improvement. PROS: Boarding Process, Stateroom, Bartenders CONS: Disembarkation, 2 sea days in a row, Second formal night on a port day   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We had five incredible days and nights aboard The Royal Caribbean Navigator of The Seas. Our trip was tragically cut short. We were notified of an impending death in the family within hours, on Thursday night. Up until that time our cruise ... Read More
We had five incredible days and nights aboard The Royal Caribbean Navigator of The Seas. Our trip was tragically cut short. We were notified of an impending death in the family within hours, on Thursday night. Up until that time our cruise was perfect. We had the best cruise mates in our close friends, five other couples who joined us, and the best sea days. We also had the best Room Steward, Wilbur on deck 9 and the most attentive Sapphire Dining Room Waiters, Jaun and Salim who served delicious meals and always made us fee so special. We especially love the dining room because you get to know your waiters and vice versa. Ladies Salim was from Istanbul, and resembled a gorgeous young Yul Brenner. Because it was our 40th anniversary cruise my husband had purchased a romance package. Seeing Roatan, Maya Key was incredible. Our group snorkeled in crystalline waters full of fish. Lots of exotic animals, lazy sun tanning and Mayan history.The included lunch was delicious. Thursday was Belize and OMG the ancient Mayan Lamanai Ruins and the long trip are indescribable as far as beauty, history and experience. We truly lucked out because our tour guide was an instructor at the university. He had notebooks full of Mayan language he had personally deciphered from the statuary, stella, and pyramids. Only five of seven hundred sites have been unearthed at Lamanai. Unlike Chitsinitsa, you can climb this pyramid to the top. The steps are typically short but have huge depth as far as height. When we did get the tragic news. Royal Caribbean was wonderful. Albert handled everything for us. We had internet for purchasing airline tickets, and ship to shore at the desk to talk with family.. All these charges were removed from our bill. By early Friday we went to an onboard immigration agent, were cleared to leave each charged twenty six extra dollars apiece and were on our way across Mexico to Cozumel airport. One sad note We paid for pictures that were erased when we turned in our ship card to quickly disembark. Luckily we linked our photos to one of the group, because they could not bring theirs up. Our folder was empty by Saturday Another friend found the photographer and saved a group and dinning room shot. We were suppose to get a silver frame with our Romance PKG and that got erased. Our friend fought valiantly to get us our frame. This cruise was wonderful in spite of a few glitches. If you had an emergency like we did, Royal Caribbean is wonderful to you. Nothing is perfect, but this cruise came close. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
My first cruising experiences were with Disney, so I've had high standards from the beginning. The RCL Navigator was very close to Disney in quality, and head-and-shoulders above the Carnival Triumph- and Magic-class boats. (Life is ... Read More
My first cruising experiences were with Disney, so I've had high standards from the beginning. The RCL Navigator was very close to Disney in quality, and head-and-shoulders above the Carnival Triumph- and Magic-class boats. (Life is too short to cruise Carnival... no matter how cheap.) I haven't been on the Norwegian lines in a while, so don't remember well enough to compare, but I think they're comparable. I've heard too many people say Princess is like Carnival, so I haven't even tried. Pros: * Ship is freshly refurbished, and in immaculate condition. Kept excruciatingly clean. * Attentive dining room and cabin staff. Outstanding entertainment (especially the ice show). * Excellent quality food, both in the main dining room and WIndjammer. The 24-hour Cafe' had sandwiches to die for - and I don't generally get excited about sandwiches. Try the Jive Turkey and muffuletta. They're served dry, so find the condiment packages. * Morning room service was always prompt, even on port days. The fruit plate was wonderful! * The Windjammer is entirely indoors, making it much eaisier to find a seat in hot or inclement weather. * The WJ staff circulate to bring you water, iced tea, and a yummy strawberry-kiwi water. * Lobster night is spectacular. Someone at my table ordered two entrees, and ran out of time to order a third. * Good general layout of the ship; it's easy to get wherever you're going, except Johnny Rockets, which is accessed from outside. They have outdoor seating, and limited indoor seating. * Really nice, quality ship mates; dinner was always interesting and we made some lasting friends. Cons: * The dinner seating only serves 3 courses, so if you're accustomed to 4, you'll need to double-order an appetizer. There were one or two appetizers I didn't care for (e.g. chilled fruit soups), so I was glad to leave one untouched. * Elevators: There were fewer elevators than on most ships, but they were generally larger. Still, on formal nights, when women were reluctant to climb stairs in ultra-high heels, the wait for an elevator was rough. DItto for getting on and off the ship. Be prepared to climb stairs - a lot. Ports of call * Roatan, Honduras. Docked port-side (but nothing to see but a bunch of trees). The Roatan stop was almost a waste of time. Maybe 5 shops are open at the pier with overpriced, unoriginal merchandise. No internet, but I did find a tiny booth with $1/min calls to the US. Tours will take you past grinding poverty (tough for sensitive children). By all means, stay within the touristy pier area, where you're protected from aggressive begging. It's a good day to stay on the boat and chill, or take classes (belly dancing and ballroom were great). * Belize City, Belize. Ships tender about 5 miles out - plan 30 minutes to get to/from shore. The bar right by the pier (second floor) offers free internet service; just buy a $2 can of soft drink. It's also a great place to watch the line for the tenders, and choose your time to get in line. The best prices on prescription pharmaceuticals was in Belize. Cozumel was twice the price. * Cozumel (docks starboard side, great view). The shopping at Cozumel was excellent. Internet service was easy to find in local bars. There were 4 mega ships that day: the RCL Allure, the RCL Navigator, Carnival Magic and Dream. Tourists vastly outnumbered the locals. It was a little crowded, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Best shore excursions. Suggestions: * Events, like giving out ice show tickets, start the very first day - even before the ship departs - so find a Compass and get going! * With such outstanding service, the staff deserves higher tips (so budget for it). * Decks 3 and 4 don't go through the ship; Deck 3 has the ice rink, and Deck 4 has the casino. If you're late, it's fastest to walk through level 6, with cabins. Getting through level 5 (Promenade) can be tough if it's crowded. * The really good food in the Windjammer is at the very back (onion gravy over mashed potatoes - yummm!). There can be lines at peak times. * People dress well for every evening meal. Formal night often means a tux, but almost always a suit. Ladies often change into nicer dresses for dinner (no flip flops, even if they're formal). * Bring an ice chest, and stop by the local fish market (the pier is just down from the cruise terminal) to buy some fresh shrimp and fish. They'll supply the ice. Ask any local for help. * Must do Quest - outrageously funny. The Married Game is typical for all ships (and answers are faked). Galveston on/off ship: * The Galveston terminal is largely un-air conditioned, with pretty much no seating, so waiting in line can be truly miserable. The less time you spend here, the better. * Boarding is from boarding from 11:30 - 3:00. We asked; the staff at terminal said best time to arrive was either 9:30 or after 2:00. During peak times, 12:00 - 2:30, the wait can exceed 2 1/2 hours. * We arrived at 2 pm and sailed right through, with a brief wait to get our room cards. Our cabin was ready. However, we had to rush to grab a bite before the Windjammer closed for the mandatory drill. Since events start at noon, next time we'll get there at 9:30. It's cooler then, too. * Luggage doesn't appear until the evening, so I recommend carrying your own on board. * Leaving the ship, we were in the first self-assist group (pick up a ticket at Customer Service the day before, being queuing *at least* 15 minutes early) and again, sailed right through with a brief wait at Customs because the two parties ahead of us didn't fill out their Customs Declaration forms. Both were between 30-45 minutes. * We stayed at a local hotel with free parking. Taxis were abundant, just cross the street; no waiting. Taxi was $20 including a generous tip to the pier, and a bit less for the return trip (no traffic). Getting a taxi was ~far~ easier than waiting for a hotel shuttle, which will wait for more guests to arrive, clogging the driveway, etc. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
After cruising well over 200 nights with RCI, I feel that I can judge with experience the pros and cons of my recent week on the Navigator. We decided to experience, for the first time, a virtual inside cabin. Totally LOVED it! Ample room ... Read More
After cruising well over 200 nights with RCI, I feel that I can judge with experience the pros and cons of my recent week on the Navigator. We decided to experience, for the first time, a virtual inside cabin. Totally LOVED it! Ample room and storage plus the virtual "window" was amazing. Loved watching the sunrises, It was also a positive to be able to "see" the weather before getting dressed. We ate in all 4 specialty restaurants and loved each one! Although it was additional costs, the food was absolutely amazing and the service above reproach. A true negative that we have found on this cruise (and previous Navigator cruises the past year or so) is the decline in activities. The Cruise Compass seems to be filled more with upcoming sales (everything from the stores to Bingo). I, personally, love relaxing activities such as crafting and reading. Both the Scrap-booking and Jewelry classes have decreased from 3x weekly to once a week... and moved to 9am instead of 3pm. The library area is now the card/game area. Hence, the decrease in books by probably 80%. Plus, due to game-playing it is not quiet for reading (the comfortable chairs are gone, also). The most severe negative is the lack of evening entertainment. The Schooner Bar had mediocre activity a few nights and empty most (even Phil Anderson was gone). Two Poets Pub was dull and dead (where is Derek Lewis and Kamikaze Karaoke when I need him). Bubba Feathers was basically the only entertainment for music and dancing. PLEASE bring Derek Lewis back on the Navigator of the Seas and watch the Two Poets Pub overflow with happy guests and busy bartenders. In addition, Dining in the Main dining room has declined. Possibly due to our continual cruising it has become repetitive and mundane. While the service was 4 star level, the food tasted and looked like "assembly-line" food. We ate in the Main dining room the first night and then ate in all 4 specialty restaurants and also the Windjammer. The pros still outweigh the negatives and we are booked for 9 more cruises. Royal Caribbean is still the best in the way they treat their guests (past guests especially). I'm still "Loyal to Royal".   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We cruised out of Galveston last week and had an incredible time. We drove down and visited relatives and arrived at the pier at around 10:30 on Sunday. We parked at Park N Cruise which is right across the street from the cruise terminal. ... Read More
We cruised out of Galveston last week and had an incredible time. We drove down and visited relatives and arrived at the pier at around 10:30 on Sunday. We parked at Park N Cruise which is right across the street from the cruise terminal. It could not have been any easier. Book it early as both their interior and exterior parking areas are limited and sell out quickly. Embarkation is a bit of a mess with dropping off luggage. There is not a lot of organization or sense of direction. Once in the terminal, check in went quickly and we were on the boat by 11:30 having lunch in the Windjammer. Our cabin was ready by 1:00PM and our luggage showed up by 4:00PM. Navigator recently underwent a refurbishment and it looks fantastic. The crew was friendly and helpful. Our kids had a great time and we really could not ask for a better week. Our itinerary was Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth Jamaica. Three islands in a row will wear you out! The last two sea days were recovery time for everyone on the ship. The shows on ship were great. Our children were enthralled by the song and dance productions and the ice show. Make sure and get tickets on the first day for the ice show as seating is limited. We opted for self disembarkation and were off the boat and in the car by 7:45AM. Again, it was awesome to just walk across the street to our car and get on down the road.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
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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