2,364 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

I've always cruised RCI but never on the Navigator. In fact, my last cruise was Nov. 2010 on The Liberty and it was stupendous! Since the Navigator was a little older than The Liberty, I was a tad nervous because I was trying to ... Read More
I've always cruised RCI but never on the Navigator. In fact, my last cruise was Nov. 2010 on The Liberty and it was stupendous! Since the Navigator was a little older than The Liberty, I was a tad nervous because I was trying to impress my 2 friends who hadn't experienced RCI before. I found just about everything to be very similar in terms of decor and layout of the ship and rooms. This was my first time having a balcony room and it is the only way for me now! We had an issue with the pull out sofa, which is really a daybed and stiff as a board! It seems that ours was broken and the stateroom attendant didn't pull it out for us...so by the time we got around to it, it was in the weee hours of the morning and had to call Maintenance. When the maintenance guy came, he tried to no avail and so the front desk ended up finding an empty room for my friend to sleep for the night. The next morning, the pull-out board (I mean bed) was fixed by 9am, we had a beautiful bouquet of flowers and 2 bottles of champagne for our inconvenience. WAY TO RECOVER!!!FOODPlenteous and much better than average. REAL mashed potatoes at Wind Jammer! My friends loved the taste of the all night pizza and cookies. I was impressed with the cold cut sandwiches. The evening dining in the Nutcracker was pretty good. I still miss the days of lobster. However the Prime Rib, Chicken Breast, Tiger Shrimp were tasty. The NY Strip was very lackluster.the big plus for me in terms of food was that the ship had the impressive Pool Party complete with all the trimmings! Love that they brought out the ice sculptures and the fruit carvings which were missing from my 2 previous cruises.BARLove Boleros. That is always command central for me on RCI. The Bartender Claudiu was awesome and explained why the drinks that he makes for me at the bar taste better than the ones that the BAR SERVER brings to me. I will forever more have the bartender make it and then carry it to my seat myself! :)MUSICLove music so I was always on a dance floor either with the Salsa music at Bolero's or in the DUNGEON. That Dungeon is an experience! So cool! The 21 and over crowd blends well and everyone has a good time and respected one another. ADULT POOLI enjoyed the adult poolside and the 2 Jacuzzis. Had to get the pool attendant to clear towels off of chairs because folks still tend to want to reserve despite the NO RESERVE policy.ICE SHOWI thought it was okay...Liberty has one that is far more excitingFAREWELL PRODUCTIONThis was great and the dancing and singing was awesome!PHOTOGRAPHYI don't know how they do it but they certainly made me look far better in those photos. Excellent! Can't beat the turn around either...SHOPPINGThis ship had few shops than The Liberty but the quality was good. Didn't find many bargains though. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner table mates. GREAT folks! We also enjoyed the spirit of all of the cruisers we met throughout the ship. That's a constant with RCI. I always meet nice folks!We had absolutely no problem when we returned to ft. lauderdale. we left our room about 8am and was out of customes and in taxi by 8:50am. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
We decided to take a short cruise for a long weekend and picked RCCL to cruise with. We usually cruise with Seabourn but short hops have been on Celebrity and Princess. Check in was fairly smooth and embarking the ship and finding our ... Read More
We decided to take a short cruise for a long weekend and picked RCCL to cruise with. We usually cruise with Seabourn but short hops have been on Celebrity and Princess. Check in was fairly smooth and embarking the ship and finding our cabin was effortless. Our cabin steward was there to greet us with a friendly smile. Our first encounter at the Windjammer Restaurant for a buffet lunch was fairly hectic with a limited selection, which included pasta, stir fires, a different carved meat each day, hot dogs and hamburgers which had previously been cooked and stacked in a pan, small salad selection and a dessert bar with fairly unattractive offerings. One nice touch, self service soft serve ice cream in the Windjammer and on the pool deck, was appreciated by young and old. Breakfast and lunch can also be enjoyed in the main dining room which is a nice alternative to the Windjammer Cafe. We spent our days reading in the rather large Solarium pool area for adults only. This was adjacent to the main pool and was a fairly quiet place to spend our time.Two out of the four nights we ate in the specialty restaurants and the remaining two we did My Time Seating where we requested and were seated promptly at 8:00PM at a table for two, without a wait. It was a welcome change from the traditional 6:30 and 8:30 seatings. Service was fair and we felt rushed in the main dining room. There was a good selection of appetizers and entrees but the food was only fair. Desserts were much better than expected and the wine list offered a good selection of reasonably priced bottles. The second night we ate in the Portofino specialty restaurant for $20 a person and the food and service were very good. I was able to make this reservation online although the restaurant did not appear to be at capacity. The fourth night we ate at Chops for a $25 per person surcharge. The food was good there but not as well prepared as it was at Portofino. No one told us to leave room for the midnight buffet that was held that night, so we just went up to the pool deck to watch others gorge themselves on hot dogs, chicken fingers, desserts, etc. and we had a good laugh.Entertainment on the ship was good although one of the revues was music from very old Broadway shows and rather boring. The show on the last night was more contemporary and we enjoyed it a lot more. The huge seating area was never full. We saw the Ice Dance show and it was very professional and entertaining and we were amazed at the quality of the skating in a fairly small ice rink. We also got to watch the end of the NCAA final game in the same room and that was a nice touch as well.The Promenade is fun to walk on but fairly limited in the quantity and quality of items for sale. Each day there were new "sales" of cheap items put out to entice you to spend money but nothing was very appealing. The last day tee shirts were brought out to the main pool and sold for two for $20 which was a good way to get souvenirs for friends and relatives. Perfumes were relatively expensive and there was a very limited selection. Liquor was well priced but had to be picked up on the day of departure which seemed like a hassle, unlike other lines that deliver it to your door the night before.The casino is large and there are a lot of slot machines. It may have filled up later in the evening but between 10 and 12, there were not that many people playing. As expected, there were art auctions, dance lessons, bingo, etc. but we preferred to read our books. Another nice touch was the "Make a Wish" walk which RCCL does to raise money to take deserving children on cruises with their families. Eight of the ten dollars spent on the shirt went to the charity. My birthday was the last day of the cruise and when my husband went to the Front Desk to see if he could buy a card, they offered to send chocolate dipped strawberries. They also threw in a bottle of champagne, which was quite a surprise and we were both very appreciative.All in all, the staff was very friendly, the ship was fairly well appointed and clean and we had a really nice weekend away. Disembarkation was not quite as smooth as embarkation since there were many people, all trying to drag their bags down to the first floor. It was nice that we could leave any time up to 10:15 which would have been leisurely if we didn't have to wait on line to go through customs along with people from an even larger Carnival ship but one can't blame RCCL for that. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
This is my second time sailing Navigator of Seas. We first sailed her in May of 2003 when she was fairly brand new. I must say that I found the ship to be just as nice as when we first sailed her. For this trip, there were four adults ... Read More
This is my second time sailing Navigator of Seas. We first sailed her in May of 2003 when she was fairly brand new. I must say that I found the ship to be just as nice as when we first sailed her. For this trip, there were four adults traveling. My mother and I shared a cabin and my adult daughter and her fiancE were in the other. Here are the highlights.Getting There: We rented a Ford Explorer and drove from Maryland/Pennsylvania. We stopped in Port St. Lucie, Florida and stayed at the Homewood Suites/Tradition. Fairly new hotel. Lovely accommodations. We had a one-bedroom suite with 2 queen beds. The room came with a full kitchen and small living room. The sofa pulls out, but I did not think I would have an adult sleep on it. Beds in the room were so comfortable that I didn't want to get up in the morning. Call hotel directly to see if you can get a better rate than posted online. There was a shopping center directly across the street with a grocery store, Target, and other stores if you need to pick up anything. We took advantage of their free breakfast in the morning before heading out. The hotel was about an hour and 30 minutes from the port.Parking: We left our car at the ParknGo. I booked my reservation online prior to leaving. I thought the price for parking was $6.99 a day. The lady checking us in told us that the rate was for airport parking only. She said our rate would be $12 a day with the fifth day free. I almost pulled off, but figured why not just deal with it. Well, happily upon our return, we were only charged $36 and some change for parking. YEAH! What I liked about ParknGo is that the shuttle comes to your car and loads and unloads your luggage at the port. They also were quick with the return pick up. Again, they handled our luggage once we got out of the terminal. I did tip the driver. The porters then of course take over and give you the speech about how they are the last people to handle your luggage. Blah, Blah, Blah! Gave him a couple of bucks. Luggage arrived in stateroom just fine.Check In: As we arrived around 11:30, check in was a breeze. No waiting, no lines. Just walked on to the ship and headed out to get some lunch.Staterooms: We had first two port side D3 cabins in the very forward of the ship (bubble cabin). Nice location. Cabin was in good shape. Spent a lot of time on the balcony relaxing. Had heard some prior complaints about the condition of the ship and cabins. Other than some stains on the hallway carpets, I could not find anything to complain about. Clyde was our cabin attendant and she was wonderful. Felt a little motion first couple of days as it was really windy outside. Did not get sick (used the wrist bands and only took Bonine the first night). I would choose this cabin again.We were sailing during my daughter's college spring break. Needles to say, we had some wild characters on board. The entire row of inside row of cabins opposite from us had young college kids in the rooms. There were only a few instances that I could hear them making any noise. I don't know how they fit up to 20 or more people in one room for their gatherings. But they were nice and polite, not too bad at all. Did not hear them at night or I am very hard sleeper. Now the younger children were a pain. The usual playing in stairs and elevators. Running around and yelling and bumping into you without any regard for your person. Dining Room and Food: Now this would be my only area of complaint. We had 8:30 dining in Coppellia. Our servers were excellent. I found the food n the ship to be lacking in variety as well as taste. The desserts were just plain nasty (no flavor and dry). I made sure to always order a scoop of sherbet or ice cream with my choice of dessert, just in case. Each night, I ate the ice cream after taking a bite of the offered dessert. Did I go hungry? No. However, I had some difficulty in finding something to eat each day. I could normally get by with ordering a Caesar salad with each meal. The rolls were good also. I had the garlic tiger shrimp and the shrimp and mahi mahi tempura, which was good. Also, breakfast in the dining rooms was good. Had to really be creative in the Windjammer to hunt out a decent meal.Activities and Shows: There was always something going on. Everyone was happy with the activities he/she chose to participate in. Slots as per usual were tight. The ice show looked vaguely familiar. Do they change out the shows? I think I saw the hockey piece in 2003. Anyway, it was still entertaining. We were happy with the gym and pool areas. The shows were okay. The last show (I think its called All Access), the producers could have left out a few of those numbers (esp. Tina Turner, Proud Mary, not done well at all). Went to the movies twice.Labadee: Got a late start. Went over to Columbus Cove. Weather was a little chilly, but we got in the water for a little bit. We then spent the rest of the afternoon in the sun and shopping. Make sure you bring money to tip the gentlemen helping you set up your chairs. I spent about $80 buying souvenirs in the market. The people are so poor and desperate that I just had to buy a few items there. They are a little pushy, but nice and mean well. I'm not a big drinker, but the Labadoozies were good. Had to get 2 of them.Falmouth: The port reminded me of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. The port seems as if it will have the same vibe, with the recreation of the port as it was in the past. Booked the Hilton Rose Hall all-inclusive through Jamaica for a day. Paid $20 per person online to reserve a spot. Paid the balance of $55 per person when we arrived at the resort. Each person received a wrist band. Security is tight on the property. You will be escorted to the check in desk. Did not book using their transfers. Just walked off the ship to the taxi stand within in the gated complex. Taxi was $20 per person round trip not including the tip. We tipped an additional $5 each way for a total of $90. You can arrange for the same driver to pick you up. We, however, opted to have the hotel call us a cab when we were ready.We had a blast at the resort. We had use of their beach, pools, lazy river, and water slides. We snagged chairs on the beach with cushions. We were given cards for 2 towels for each person. Make sure you return your towels and get the cards back for check out. Food was excellent. Breakfast was not included, but lunch started at 12:00 noon. Although the two young adults with us did sneak in and had breakfast. No one said anything to them. All alcoholic drinks were included, except for top shelf liquor. Mojitos were not included. However beer, soda, and other mixed drinks are available. Bottled water is not available, but water stations with cups are located on the property.Disembarking and Closing Remarks: A good time was had by all. Met some really nice people. I'm beginning to like 5 day cruises. Took one last summer on Carnival. Had breakfast on the last morning in the restaurant. We were given brown tags to disembark at 8:15 a.m. Getting off was a little tedious, but not too bad. I would only self-assist if I had one small bag, as it is quite a ways to get off the ship and out of the terminal. We used a porter, which really helped. Tipped him well. Got back on the road by 9:30 a.m. Arrived back home to some light snow showers. Vacation over! Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Lovely 5 days with grandchildren, ages 3 are 11 and 1 is 9. labadee has come a long way and is now a most enjoyable water destination. falmouth is very much a work in progress and not ready for prime time. That said we were greeted in ... Read More
Lovely 5 days with grandchildren, ages 3 are 11 and 1 is 9. labadee has come a long way and is now a most enjoyable water destination. falmouth is very much a work in progress and not ready for prime time. That said we were greeted in falmouth by wonderful local bands, clowns, and an open air market with a variety of local goods. We were able to bargain for everything with the exception of "blue mountain coffee". The ship was perfect, the cabin (Royal Family Suite) excellent value with lots of extra amenities that the children enjoyed. Suite dining area, special seating for shows, chocolate covered strawberries and "treats" every night. We book the Suite as it can accommodate up to 8 adults, with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a sitting area, it fits our needs well. The week we cruised, coincided with spring break - as such there were a number of young adults that were out of control. Several were warned about their behavior and when again they became disruptive, they were put off the ship. Many of us were happy to agree ... the captain did they right thing. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
This is our 4th cruise with RC, but first time on the Voyager class. Absolutely blown away with the different amenities offered from the lower class ships. The boarding process went off without a hitch, we arrived about 3 hours ... Read More
This is our 4th cruise with RC, but first time on the Voyager class. Absolutely blown away with the different amenities offered from the lower class ships. The boarding process went off without a hitch, we arrived about 3 hours before the departure time and thought that we were very early as it was not crowded at all. Our cruise left at 5:00, but the attendant was telling us that people begin to board as early as 10:30 am. Loved the fact that our room was available at the very start of the cruise, we normally have to wait for a couple of hours while the staff is getting the room ready. We had to wait a bit for our luggage, but this was understandable. The room itself was very spacious, we opted for the balcony because there were several full days at sea and we wanted to take advantage of the view and privacy. Well worth the cost - it even had a refrigerator in it and the bathroom could easily fit 2 people. Loved the various offerings available on the ship, we took full advantage of the mini golf and the basketball court. But make sure you take advantage of the golf early, it tends to fill up quickly later in the day. Not sure what people are talking about the boat age, we thought it was great. Only took advantage of the dining room for the formal night, we tend to graze quite a bit during the day and stick to the Windjammer for frequent meals. However, we did check the menu each day to see if we were missing anything, which we were not. The menu was not that impressive enough to draw us in. We did enjoy room service a couple of times on our balcony and it was heaven. Cozumel is really nothing to write home about, but we were there for the ship and not the port. I would not recommend walking arounnd the area outside of the close shopping vacinity. Next time we will ensure that we book an excursion for diving, we heard it was great. The Love and Marriage show is and always has been one of my favs, and it did not disappoint on this trip. I recommend the final ice show as well, it was great. The rink is pretty small, so very surprised on the amount of jumps etc that they actors were able to perfrom. Surprisingly, we did not spend any $$ in the Casino. The Blackjack table prices were to high for us and we only saw people losing rather than winning. Drink for price rate finds that Fosters oil cans are the best bang for the buck on board, we pretty much stuck to this as our drink of choice. The offloading was handled very poorly, we opted for the self-assist program and the attendant made us line up in several areas that really did not make sense to anyone participating. Several people were very upset - you would think that this process would be down-pat by RC, but it apparently is not. However, even with the confusion we were off the ship in 10 mins. Can't wait for our next voyage! Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
BACKGROUNDWe traveled with a family of 10, myself, DH and our 3 girls (9, 8 and 4), my sister and her 2 boys (7 and 4) and my parents. We are diamond members and have cruised with RCI many times. We are huge RCI fans, so I hope this ... Read More
BACKGROUNDWe traveled with a family of 10, myself, DH and our 3 girls (9, 8 and 4), my sister and her 2 boys (7 and 4) and my parents. We are diamond members and have cruised with RCI many times. We are huge RCI fans, so I hope this review doesn't seem too negative. We stayed in cabins 9520, 9522 and 9524.PRE-CRUISE HOTELStayed at the Westin Beach Resort for two nights pre-cruise. Hotel is very nice. Pool felt like bath water, and there is a skywalk to the beach. Hotel has a Shulas, a poolside cafe and a Starbucks. We ate breakfast each morning at Starbucks. The poolside cafe had horrible service, took us nearly 45 minutes to get our lunch. We ate dinner both nights at Shula's. Great food and service at high prices. If you have more than an overnight, this hotel would be a good choice. Otherwise, save your money and stay someplace less expensive. EMBARKATIONWe arrived at the port around 11, and were on the ship in the Windjammer at 11:45. Embarkation was a breeze.STATEROOMSStateroom attendant was Leevaw. Cabin was fine, but we had to request robes and diamond invites, all the while he seemed rather annoyed. 9520 has a great view (is the first balcony cabin facing the front). The welcome aboard package for diamond members is lame. They left us 3 waters, 1 coke and some trail mix. Then we had mini bar charges on our account when we drank the waters! I had to stand in the line at guest relations to get the charges removed. Also, we requested that the mini bar items be removed. The mini bar attendant told us that she would stack the stuff on the TV?!. I explained to her that we had small children and did not want the mini bar items stacked on the TV, so she packed the items in our upper cabinets instead of taking them away. Then she turned our refrigerator off! We missed the old amenity. Kids still got crayons and my oldest got an RCI bag, but nothing for adults. We would have rather had a hat than trail mix that we did not eat and bottled water that RCI tried to charge us for. Just one more obvious cut-back.FOODThe food in both the Windjammer and the main dining room was very good. There were many options in the Windjammer and the menu in the main dining room included a great variety of foods including lobster (which I had read was not available in previous reviews). We did not eat at the specialty restaurants because we enjoy family meal time and the dining room experience. We did eat at Johnny Rockets and it was okay at best. The onion rings were delicious. We aren't fast food people, so my kids were very disappointed with the burgers and the club sandwich (probably has more to do with our personal eating habits than a true reflection of the food).SERVICEThe service on NOS was not on par with other RCI ships. For example, in the Windjammer I was refused iced tea for breakfast. I know it isn't a big deal, but on other ships the staff did not tell us "no" for simple requests. The tea is made from concentrate. They pour it over water. Also, in the Windjammer there was a guy walking around soliciting sales of orange juice, Perrier, and wine decanters. He frequently interrupted us while trying to enjoy our breakfast or lunch to sell us stuff. This was extremely irritating. Have they resorted to trying to nickel and dime us during meals? For the first time, we felt like a number instead of a valued customer. All the while, tables were not bused, nobody walked around with coffee or water. This is bad policy and should be stopped immediately. Service in the MDR was good. We had the dynamic duo of Carlos (waiter) and Carlos (assistant waiter). Leslie was our head waiter. Dinner took at least 2 full hours every night. Granted, we had a table of 10, but it made it difficult for the children to sit for so long. Not sure who to blame for the length of the meal, we did feel that Carlos was working extremely hard the entire time, and it could have been the kitchen (I guess). Regardless families, don't let this dissuade you from enjoying the MDR together. It truly is one of the highlights of the cruising experience. And on previous cruises, dinner never took so long.DRESS CODEThe relaxed nature of the attire worn in the MDR was unbelievable to me. I am not sure if this is industry wide, or just because NOS has a shorter itinerary, but people were so underdressed. RCI - please enforce the dress code. If someone choses to wear shorts to dinner, let them eat at the Windjammer. I am trying to enforce etiquette and good manners with my children, and want them to enjoy a formal dining experience. It is difficult when they are surrounded by shorts, flip-flops and wife-beater tank tops. I am not asking for people to be decked to the nines, but I do expect some effort to be made.And if you chose not to dress for dinner, then chose to eat elsewhere.SPORTS DECKThe sport deck (like the rest of NOS) seemed understaffed. We were 2nd in line at the rock wall one morning when it opened. We waited 45 minutes before we began climbing. At 9:40 when finally opened the wall, there was only one attendant working the ropes, and it appeared that he was also working the inline skating desk, because he kept running back and forth between the two! Mini golf and ping pong were fun. We did not play on the sports court.ENTERTAINMENTThe ice dancing show and Paul Boland (comedian impressionist) are MUST SEES. Paul Boland had me belly laughing. Make sure to bring your kids to both. Paul Boland called all the kids onto the stage. If you have a budding superstar like I do, this will be a huge hit. The other shows were good, but these two stood out.TIME CHANGENOS has you turn your clocks back the first night and forward the last sea day. I have never been on a ship that changed ship time. Normally, we are just told when going ashore to stay on ship time. That proved problematic for us in Grand Cayman, since it didn't occur to me that I had turned my clock back 1 hour, and I ended up 1 hour late for our excursion. Fortunately we had booked privately with Native Way watersports online, and they couldn't have been nicer about the mix up. Please heed my warning - make sure you are clear on time AND time zone when booking a private excursion. Read more about our fabulous Native Way adventure below! OVERALL EXPERIENCEPlease take my complaining with a grain of salt, we really did have a great vacation. Cruising is such a wonderful way to please everyone. But for the first time on NOS, I felt like RCI has some real improvements to make with regards to service, particularly if they want to make first time cruisers want to return to RCI. DEBARKATIONWas a nightmare! Spoke to a woman who works in the terminal. She claims that the terminal used for NOS is too small to handle the size of the ship. She said that they are going to reconfigure the terminal when NOS leaves for Europe. Be prepared for long lines outside in the FL heat. We have never taken advantage of priority departure before, because we are never in a hurry to get off of the ship, but this time we wished that we had. If you have the status to be able to take advantage of priority departure, you should consider it on NOS. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
This is my first post so please bear with me.My wife and I took our first cruise on Royal's Majesty of the Seas in 1995 on a 7 night Western Caribbean cruise and we had a great time. Then came the kids and we haven't been back ... Read More
This is my first post so please bear with me.My wife and I took our first cruise on Royal's Majesty of the Seas in 1995 on a 7 night Western Caribbean cruise and we had a great time. Then came the kids and we haven't been back on a cruise until now. Now that the kids (14 yr old boy and 11 yr old girl) have outgrown their 'Disney' phases, we wanted to try something new and something mom and dad could enjoy on their own terms.We chose the 5 night Western Caribbean cruise aboard RCCL's Navigator of the Seas. We thought it would be a good 'in between' duration, just in case the kids ended up not liking too much. Turns out that I had nothing to worry about, THEY LOVED IT!Having spaces and activities just for kids, and segmented by ages, was terrific for them/us. My son met up with kids his age within a day and we hardly saw him after that except for dinners and excursions. My daughter too had a similar experience hanging out in the room for 9-11 yr olds, especially after dinner, she couldn't wait to leave the table to join in the fun. As a parent it was great since we could let the kids loose a bit and not have to be overly concerned with where they might be. Only so far to go on a boat, right? And while they weren't locked in the activity rooms, with all the kids areas close together on the Navigator, we always had a good chance of finding one of them with a quick walk through the area.The one so-so part them was the dinners. Being kids, they just weren't interested in trying 'new' things on the menu so usually stuck with the simpler items. Not that they went hungry, they both loved the Windjammer and even more, Johnny Rocket's.My wife and I also had a fantastic time (always easier to do when the kids are having fun). The ship was beautiful and a nice step up from what I remember of the Majesty of the Seas. We just loved all of the options for on-board entertainment from the sports area to the pool, the shows and casino, and can't forget the Bingo especially since my wife won $300+. I would agree with most of the reviews here that the food was good, but not great, but with great service overall (kind of slow by the pool, but understandable I suppose), and lots of friendly people, it made for a great vacation.We booked 2 outside staterooms next to each other on deck 2. The rooms were nice and clean and about what I expected, maybe even a bit larger than I thought they would be. Our room attendant, Ruan, was great and the kids loved their towel pets.We had such a great time and the kids loved it so much, we're now booked on the Oasis of the Seas for Nov. 19 (Thanksgiving) and we even booked a cabin for grandma to come along. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
This was a very last minute trip for us. My sons 11th birthday was April 3rd and two weeks prior we still had nothing planned. At the last minute I decided to look up cruises for the heck of it and see if there were any decent deals. We ... Read More
This was a very last minute trip for us. My sons 11th birthday was April 3rd and two weeks prior we still had nothing planned. At the last minute I decided to look up cruises for the heck of it and see if there were any decent deals. We lucked out and they had a cruise on the Navigator of the Seas for the weekend of my sons birthday. Unfortunately my husband was unable to go and it ended up being just the two of us. We had the BEST time ever! I had cruised twice before but this was a first for my son. Boarding the ship was super easy we were in our cabin in no time at all. Our cabin was perfect for the two of us we were quite comfortable not to mention you didn't hear a single thing at night it was very quiet and very smooth we didn't feel a thing either. Our room was spotless (I even packed cleaning wipes just in case...didn't need to use them). The room steward made sure everything was perfect every single time we left our room. We would come back to a spotless room with fresh ice and glasses. The shower was a touch small but in the big scheme of things after the first day I didn't really care :) The ship was beyond what I had expected as I said I had taken two previous cruises and this ship blew me away. Every single inch of the ship was spotless and throughout our cruise you would ALWAYS see people cleaning and wiping everything down and everyone said hello as you passed by. I kept telling my husband when returned home that the only way you really knew that you were on a cruise ship was if you went outside and saw the water...if you were inside you felt as if you were in a beautiful resort. Everything is done in granite and marble and again spotless. The bars were beautiful and full every night. I was traveling with my son so I didn't get to take advantage of the bars or casino..but they all looked great and people seemed to be having a wonderful time. The dining room was amazing with three levels it was HUGE. Beautifully decorated. We had the 6:00pm dinner which worked out perfect for us. Our wait staff was excellent. Our food every night was excellent and the fact that Marco and the other staff knew all of our names by the 2nd night and had a pretty good idea of our likes and dislikes sold me pretty quickly. On the 3rd evening I went to get up to cut my sons steak for him and Marco and the other waiter told me to sit ...they went around and cut all the kids at the tables food for them and basically told the parents to sit, eat and relax. They were extremely attentive. We ate breakfast and dinner in the dining room everyday. Everything was great. We ate at Johnny Rockets for lunch twice...very good...worth the extra few dollars..my son LOVED it. We also ate at Cafe Promenade one afternoon and we had sandwiches and pizza both were ver good. I got my son the soda package which was worth EVERY penny. I drank bottled water everyday and it worked out great. Even with 5 days on the ship we didn't see everything but here were some highlights: The pool was great...always able to find a chair...my son LOVED the whirlpools and the pool. He also liked the contests that they did. He even joined in one of the dances on deck. He had a great time. I enjoyed the pool and was very easy to relax they played music and had a band that was very good. We usually stayed at the pool until 1:30 or so and the we would have lunch. The theater was very nice and we saw two shows that we both enjoyed very much. I took my son to the arcade every night...he LOVED it. He made friends with the other kids at our dining table so each night we would take the kids to the arcade to play. We went ice skating with our new friends and had a blast. The weather was PERFECT our entire trip. When we went to Cozumel we did the Beach Party excursion that was great. There was literally 100 different things to do and the kids had a BLAST! The staff on the ship was excellent! Everyone was friendly and helpful. Embarking and disembarking were a breeze. I came home and when my husband asked how the trip was...my reply: There isn't one single thing that I can complain about...It was perfect! Not to mention it was a great bonding experience for me and my son. He will always remember his 11th bday cruise and the great time we had! Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
We are a mother and teenage daughter cruising together for the third year in a row. We cruised with Royal Caribbean last year, on the Voyager, and it was a good experience, so we decided to sail with Royal Caribbean again this year for ... Read More
We are a mother and teenage daughter cruising together for the third year in a row. We cruised with Royal Caribbean last year, on the Voyager, and it was a good experience, so we decided to sail with Royal Caribbean again this year for spring break on the Navigator. It was a very good experience. Except for one exception mentioned below, I have no complaints about Royal Caribbean or the Navigator - it was a wonderful experience. We flew in late the night before embarkation and took a cab to the Best Western Airport on Stirling Road. The hotel was fine, room was nice and clean with a luxury tub/shower, and they provide a free hot breakfast with freshly made waffles. The breakfast room is crowded but the the food was fine. I recommend the hotel to anyone flying in the night before. They have a shuttle service to the cruise terminal at $8 per person and that worked out fine - just be sure to reserve your seats in advance. They drop you off right at your cruise line and ship.The embarkation process was totally smooth and quick. We were on board in no time and the rooms were already cleaned and ready. Our cabin steward introduced himself right away, gave us some explanations, and took great care of us for the whole cruise. We ate the Nutcracker restaurant at 6:00 p.m. every night, and Royal Caribbean had done a great job of matching us up with wonderful dinner companions - another mom and daughter, and two sisters. The food wasn't exceptional, but they had a variety of interesting selections and we got to try food that we wouldn't normally eat in real life, such as escargot. Desserts were okay. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer. It was fine. Typical buffet food. We also snacked in the Promenade cafe, and I got my morning coffee and pastry there too. Our balcony room was fine, clean, with plenty of storage. Beds are so comfortable. The fitness center was really nice with up-to-date and well maintained equipment. The ice show was really fun, and the shows in the theater were okay. They had two performers doing quite a bit of singing solos, which to be honest, was pretty boring. The dancers were good. A comedian who did impressions was good. I've seen better entertainment on previous cruises. My 17 year old daughter had a blast meeting other teenagers and roaming the ship with them. I met most of them and some of their parents, they all seemed like good kids.One complaint - I know they try really hard to keep public areas clean, but one thing they don't do well is requiring diners to use hand sanitizers. The stands are set up, but from what I could tell, only about 1/3 of people entering the Windjammer actually used the sanitizer. On disembarkation day, I woke up with a cough, and ended up with one of the worst colds I've had in years. No way of knowing if it was the buffet or something else, but I think the ship staff should require everyone to use hand sanitizer each time they enter a dining area.Overall - nice ship, great staff, fun, super vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
We had a good trip on the Navigator. It was a spring break cruise and loaded with kids -- from college students down to young children. We were told there were over 800 kids on the ship. The ship itself is quite nice - certainly the ... Read More
We had a good trip on the Navigator. It was a spring break cruise and loaded with kids -- from college students down to young children. We were told there were over 800 kids on the ship. The ship itself is quite nice - certainly the best ship in the industry for a trip of less than 7 days. Typically the ships that cater to the 3-5 day market are older and don't have the bells & whistles of a ship like the Navigator. It was nice to have the ice rink, the upgraded mini golf, the inline skating, Johnny Rockets, 2 speciality restaurants, the Royal Promenade shops and bars, etc. The ship was also in good condition. The staterooms might be a bit tired (it was launched in 2002) but I think the public rooms are generally good. There are areas that could surely use some sprucing up but in general it is in good shape. The food was good. We found the food in the dining room to be better than the Windjammer but I think most people feel that way. The Windjammer and Jade did have a great variety of foods - from typical American fare to Indian, Chinese, Italian, etc. But based on the massive quantities that they serve they do an excellent job. The Dining room was also very good and a step up from the Windjammer. The portions in the dining room are very reasonable. I think if we had all of our meals in the Dining room instead of at the buffet, we would have eaten better and much less. The service in the dining room was excellent the first 3 nights and then slow the last 2 nights. I think it took 20 minutes to even take our orders the last 2 nights. But we weren't in a big rush to it wasn't a problem. I would say the dinners took 2 full hours. We did go to the Windjammer one night for dinner and they had the exact same food as in the dining room only buffet style. Jade has a nice selection of sushi and that was very popular. The ship is quite casual, or perhaps it was more casual on our cruise based on the young demographic. Years ago you had to dress up for dinner - on this cruise it was common to see people in shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops. Even on the formal night there were many people who were dressed in just a polo type shirt. I personally do not love getting dressed up in a formal suit or tuxedo (as it is perhaps too formal) but I think there is a balance that needs to be achieved in separating the ambience of dining room to that of the Windjammer. The ports were decent. Grand Cayman is built to a much better standard than Cozumel. The town is also much nicer. Both have lots of excursions, mostly beach or water type activities. In both places we found that you could very easily organize your own excursion right off the ship. We did not have any problems getting a lounge chair at the pool (which is something I have read is problematic) but we were outside by 9:00am. The band that plays Caribbean music poolside was great, the jacuzzis were hot, the bar service at the pools were also great. The drink prices have gone up in recent years (a pina colada at the pool was $7.00 ($8.05 with tip); beers were $4.75-$5.75 plus tip). Its not unreasonable but it surely adds up over the course of the cruise. Also, the tips came to $48 per person for the waiter/asst waiter/head waiter/room steward for the 5 day cruise. Embarcation took about 30 minutes but we arrived at peak time. Leaving the ship was a breeze. It was very well organized in Fort Lauderdale. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Well, I have not written these for every cruise, I should. We started cruising just a year ago, have taken 5 in the last year. We consider ourselves seasoned travelers and when traveling by land, prefer to stay at luxury properties - 4S, ... Read More
Well, I have not written these for every cruise, I should. We started cruising just a year ago, have taken 5 in the last year. We consider ourselves seasoned travelers and when traveling by land, prefer to stay at luxury properties - 4S, Waldorf, Ritz. So we are bit spoiled and prefer the nicer things. And we just may have taken our last RC cruise. Blech describes the overall experience. We will stick with Celebrity and Princess and HAL moving forward. I already have Mem Day booked on the RC Freedom so we may stick with that one, we have a family suite and the ship is newer so am hopeful.BEST thing about the Nav was Portofino, DEEEEElightful! Best $20 I spent. Loved it, everything about it: food, service, superb.WORST think about the Nav - it is in terrible shape. Seriously - the bars inside the elevators looked as if they had been gnawed. The carpet was so disgusting down our hallway and the smell so bad, I had to hold my nose for the walk to the room. The whole experience was like a really bad Hilton. When we were on the Solstice, I felt like I was on the 4S at Sea...lovely! Ahh, happy memories.Bottom line - if RC gave me the Royal Suite for a trip the Mediterranean for FREE on the Nav, I would pass. It was in poor shape, the food in the MDR was decent, the buffet was disgusting, the service was hit or miss. Certainly there are always a few who just go above and beyond. Some awfully nice service people aboard but honestly, why anyone would say nice things about this experience is beyond me. If you like 'nice' and you want a lido that has at least decent food, you are on the WRONG ship and possibly the wrong cruise line. We'll see what I think of the Freedom in May. Meanwhile, I am on the HAL Westerdam next week, with high expectations! Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
We took our two grandchildren, ages 16 and 13, on their first cruise during their winter break from school. This was a 5 night cruise which fit perfectly into all our schedules. The weather was perfect and a super break from the snowy ... Read More
We took our two grandchildren, ages 16 and 13, on their first cruise during their winter break from school. This was a 5 night cruise which fit perfectly into all our schedules. The weather was perfect and a super break from the snowy winters in our home states of NJ and MA. EMBARKATION: The experience was a difficult start to our trip. We had filled out all the set sail documents online, but when we got to the dock to check in, we were told that we needed a letter from the children's parents authorizing us to take them out of the country. We were never made aware of this requirement by the travel agent (CruCon). Our daughter and son-in-law were in France at the time and it was an unbelievable hassle getting a letter faxed to RCCL. For several hours, we really thought that we would not be allowed to board the ship and that our vacation was ruined. When we returned home, we checked our cruise confirmations and there was no indication of this requirement. I only mention this to avoid other families from encountering the same situation. DINING: We chose the My Time dining option which worked very well for us. It helps to make a reservation if you want to eat at 7:00 o'clock. The waiters were superb and were extremely accommodating in helping to assure that a special dietary request was met. The food at dinner was very good, and the teenagers really enjoyed the experience of trying new things. They especially liked most of the cold fruit soups. The Windjammer breakfasts and lunches were diverse and plentiful, but finding a table was always difficult. CABINS: We reserved two cabins because we couldn't imagine sharing the space of one cabin with 4 adult sized people, though I know that a lot of families do so. The ship's dEcor is a bit outdated, but the furniture and carpet were still in good shape. One of our cabin stewards was not visible throughout the cruise and one or two requests were not honored. The kids got a big kick out of the towel animals. No more chocolates on your pillow though. EXCURSIONS: This cruise stopped at two ports, Labadee and Jamaica. Labadee is a port developed by Royal Caribbean on the part of the island of Haiti not affected by the hurricane. There are a myriad of activities to choose, but most of them incur hefty additional charges. The teens really loved the hour they spent at the water park on the trampolines, slides and iceberg rock climbers. We all went on the dragon coaster which is a cross between an easy roller coaster and an alpine slide. We spent some time at the beach coves which are clean and have calm surf. The craft market is interesting; be sure to bargain with the shopkeepers. The only thing on Labadee that we would not recommend is the barbeque lunch. There is garbage and flies everywhere. Next time I would go back to the ship to eat. The Navigator was one of the first ships to dock at Falmouth in Jamaica. Some day, and I repeat "some day," this will be a fully developed port. Right now it is still under heavy construction. We found that organization of the excursions is poor. Everyone leaving the ship for excursions was clustered in one crowded location at the same time. The crew seemed to be as confused as the passengers in knowing what to do. Royal Caribbean tried to soften the experience by having music and stilt walkers at the pier to welcome the passengers. When we finally got on the pier, we could not find our guide and then waited over 45 minutes to get started on the tour. We choose the excursion which included the Green Grotto Caves and Dunns River Falls. Touring the caves with an informative guide was enjoyable for all of us, especially seeing bats huddled together in holes in the top of the cave. The teens had a fantastic time climbing the Dunns River Falls, something we did years ago on a previous cruise. We followed them on the boardwalk and took photos. Upon disembarking from the ship at the end of the cruise, we had a long wait for our flight back north, so we booked the excursion to the Florida Everglades which then takes you back to the airport. The bus took us to a privately owned area near the park where we boarded an airboat for a narrated ride through the "river of grass." We saw birds and alligators along the way. Afterward there was an alligator wrestling demonstration and discussion of rescuing alligators that wander onto private property. ENTERTAINMENT: There is always enough to do or the chance to do nothing. If you are into bingo, belly flopping contests or ice sculpting, it's available. Our grandchildren did rock climbing on the top sports deck of the ship. They ice skated during the open skating session. We played miniature golf. The pool deck is very crowded on the sea days. Many of the chairs reserved for suite guests stay empty all day. We attended a show every night. The song and dance production shows were good but not as outstanding as we have seen on other cruises. The two specialty acts and the comedian were absolutely excellent though. The group Mosaic uses their voices to provide all the music. They are a hugely professional and funny act. The juggler/comedian was very entertaining and amazing. The cruise director usually shines during the special events such as the Marriage Game, which we didn't attend. So, we can't specifically say anything about our cruise director, Mike from Australia. The ice dancing show is shown 4 times during the cruise and it was wonderful. This was a special opportunity to share our love of cruising with our grandkids. I know it sparked their interest in cruising again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Embarkation was quick with no lines or issues. The Navigator of the Seas is a very large ship but never feels that way. Things are marked very well and the royal promenade makes getting around quite easy. I was very happy ... Read More
Embarkation was quick with no lines or issues. The Navigator of the Seas is a very large ship but never feels that way. Things are marked very well and the royal promenade makes getting around quite easy. I was very happy with the crew members that always greeted us with nice "hello" and a big smile. We only had one issue with a man who would ignore us when we tried to get a soda filled. We stopped going to him. Our balcony room was very nice. Clean, and fresh smelling... I was amazed how nice the cabin was for an older ship. I had read someplace that the railings on the balconies were in rough shape but that was not the case. All the railings that I used had a nice varnish on them. The food in the dining room was very good, night after night. My other half has a chocolate allergy; our waiter Leonardo, had creme brulee made special for our table on a night when all the desserts had chocolate in them. Oh, and the Chops filet mignon, very good for only the $14.95 up-charge. the "Windjammer" was nothing to write home about though. After one meal in the buffet we ate at the dining room for the rest of the cruise. Other things that are worth mentioning would be the 24/7 pools! Being able to use the pools on our time was great. Many times we had the entire solarium to ourselves. For a ship with 3,000 people on board, it certainly did not feel crowded. In fact sometimes, we were wondering where all the people were. We went down to "The Dungeon" on night and there we only 4 people on the dance floor. This may not be the boat for crazy nightlife. Overall, This cruise was wonderful and I would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
My friend and I (25 and 26 years old) went on this cruise at sort of a last minute just as a "we need to get away from work" getaway for the two of us. I've been on two Carnival cruises before, she has never been on a ... Read More
My friend and I (25 and 26 years old) went on this cruise at sort of a last minute just as a "we need to get away from work" getaway for the two of us. I've been on two Carnival cruises before, she has never been on a cruise. We arrived at Port Everglades around 10:30AM and they'd just opened the doors to embarkation. Stood around for a minute waiting on a porter, dropped the luggage, and were onboard within 30 minutes. We were the first line of people onboard. Port Everglades is a great port for booking, VERY warehouse-ish, but coordinated well. The boat was beautiful. Everything on it was spotless. I liked the layout of the boat better than Carnival's. I loved the promenade and the various food eateries that were included in the fare (coffeeshop specifically). We booked an interior room on the 8th deck forward. First time I've ever stayed in one and it did not disappoint. For a longer cruise I would at least get an oceanview but the interior was fine for 4 nights and 2 people. We never had a room service menu, despite repeated attempts with the steward (and a call to room service), we never got one. I liked that the shower had a DOOR on it instead of a curtain and the water pressure was awesome and always hot. The outdoor promenade that goes all the way around the ship was awesome, as were the two centrums and glass elevators. I also liked that you could go all the way to the very front of the boat on the helicopter landing pad, something I've never done before. The wind was awful but at night, you can stand out there on the front and see every star in the sky. Casino was fun, Captains reception was nice with the free champagne. I like that they do it on the promenade over the theatre. We never saw any of the shows. We never had a problem finding a pool chair, whether it be in the sun or out of it. I liked being by the pool during the day, it was very active. The Solarium seemed to attract an older crowd. The putting greens and sports courts were kept up well and we played golf on the last day. Went to the ice skating rink but didn't skate because I forgot socks!! That was the only regret of this cruise was that I wanted to ice skate and completely forgot about socks. The buffet layout was awesome, we never really waited in any lines. They had it divided between Jade and Windjammer. Only had a problem finding a seat once, and that was lunch on the last full day of the cruise. We ate at a peak time though. On Superbowl day they had a special event going on in Studio B. There was a lady on the promenade painting faces. I got mine done, but didn't attend the Superbowl party. Others that went said it was fun. ESPN was broadcasting from the ship. MyTimeDining was a nightmare. I won't book that again. We booked and reserved a 7pm slot on the MyTimeDining. First night onboard we ate at the buffet because we were dead tired. On the 2nd night of the cruise we went to eat in the MTD room and were told we were on traditional dining at 6pm. So we go to the first level of the dining room and were told since it was 7pm (and we had NO table assignment), they could seat us, but we would have to hurry since another group was coming at 8pm. We only ate in the MDR one time, and that was this night, never again. I called customer relations and had the three nights gratuties for the MDR refunded, something they couldn't do on board. No one onboard or even the customer service office knows what happened to my dining reservations. Nightclub on the ship was neat. I liked that it was 2 stories and had blue lighting to give that true allure of a club. They actually checked ID's here. The Spa was also nice. I love the steam and sauna rooms. The spa is two stories as well - top is the spa - bottom is the fitness center. They did offer some free fitness classes and a thalssotherapy pool which were both nice. It's sad that you now have to pay to use the spa on the Oasis class ships. Cozumel was awesome, always is. Met some really cool people here. There are two areas in which Royal lacks over the Carnival. The food quality and daytime organized activities. There was an abundance of food, everything you could possibly want, but it all just seemed really tasteless. There wasn't much flair to it at all. The MDR menu wasn't any better. It all just lacked taste. We ate at Johnny Rockets one day and it was nice to eat "fast food" flavored food over the cruise fare (if that even makes sense.) We looked at the Cruise Compass every day and it never seemed like there was anything going on other than a fitness/spa seminar (which we attended once and it was a joke) or live music. They don't have any overlapping activities like Carnival does. Many times we found ourselves sitting in a chair, staring out over the ocean and literally just "cruising." Which is fine, but when you're younger, it can get boring. Only part of the boat I could see that needed improvement might have been the Solarium. Areas of it looked beat up, but it's a cruise ship, so it's expected. I would cruise Royal Caribbean again. But I think I would go on a bigger Freedom or Oasis class ship that offered the Flowrider and additional outdoor activities to make up for the lack of organized activities they have. I would also bring socks for ice skating!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Booked the Navigator for a quick getaway with My wife and could not be happier. We had a great time and here is the breakdown: Embarkation- On the ship from dropoff in 10 minutes, excellent! Ship overall- The Navigator is as ... Read More
Booked the Navigator for a quick getaway with My wife and could not be happier. We had a great time and here is the breakdown: Embarkation- On the ship from dropoff in 10 minutes, excellent! Ship overall- The Navigator is as beautiful as the first time we sailed her. The promenade is still an excellent gathering place. Stateroom- The usual fare. Great accommodations. Our Cabin Steward Alberto was excellent, friendly, helpful and took time to get to know us and talk to us. Entertainment- Very good as usual. Not up to the Oasis Class but still very good! Great comedian/ magician! The Ballroom dancing show was also very good. The Ice Skating Show is one of the best that RCCL has on it's ship with the exception of the one on the Independence, maybe. Food- I don't understand some of the negative postings on the food on board Navigator. My wife and I found it to be very good and on some occasion downright excellent. Our wait staff of "Ed" and Valentin were awesome. Also took time to get to know us and talked to us every night. Great experience..... Service overall- Did not use the bar service or casino service but the service at the Windjammer, Cafe Promenade, Guest Services and abroad was excellent. We were always treated with a smile. Highly recommend for a four or five day getaway. The competition for this market does not compete with this ship! Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
I had some very shocking experiences on my last cruise. I inquired about all of these issues while on board, but nothing was ever resolved. Every time I spoke with someone I was either told to go talk to someone else, I don't handle ... Read More
I had some very shocking experiences on my last cruise. I inquired about all of these issues while on board, but nothing was ever resolved. Every time I spoke with someone I was either told to go talk to someone else, I don't handle that (I would go to about 3 people and after being told the same thing over and over, just gave up,) or wow, that's never happened before. I put all of my concerns on my comment card, requesting someone contact me, but never heard back from anyone besides a mass email thanking me for cruising. Below are some of my concerns:• During the formal evening our wait staff seemed to disappear after the main entree was served. After about 15 minutes a new waiter, (he never introduced himself) put down dessert menus at our table and walked off. He came back 5 minutes later and asked what I wanted. I asked what the flavor of ice cream was. He said, "I do not know." I asked what the flavor of sherbet was. He said, "I do not know." He then rolled his eyes at me, stepped away to ask someone, and came back and said "rainbow." I asked if this was the ice cream as well, he simply said "rainbow." At this point I was very uncomfortable so I just said OK. He came back with rainbow sherbet and mumbled something about our waiter being behind because of lobster night and he was happy to serve me. He plopped down the dessert and left. No one ever came back that evening to check on us. I never did find out what the specials were for dessert that night, or what his name was, but I did find out he was from Turkey. He always had a scowl on his face.• My room mini bar had 2 half drunken drinks. We only became aware of this because someone came into the room to check it, and he pulled out water that was half empty. He asked if we drank it, we said no. He removed it, and replaced it with a new one. He then checked the rest of the items and pulled out another used drink. We stated we had not touched the mini bar. He took the used items and left. He was very upset by this, as if we had done something. No explanation or apology. • Drawers in the room did not open and close properly. Many of the drawers were so worn that they had splinters and wood pieces sticking out. Railings on the balcony had rust on them.• Many bathrooms were out of order. They would either be locked or have signs stating out of order. None of the toilets were repaired during the cruise. By the end of the week there was at least 1 non-working toilet in each woman's restroom. In addition, many of the restrooms had an odor to them. Basically they smelled of urine.• Hallways were difficult to get through because of all the carts belonging to the room attendants. They were out most of the day. Maybe this is why the hallways had an old musty odor too.• Bar staff at the pool would not accept my platinum coupon for the buy one get one free drinks, because an edge had been torn. He saw me tear it from the booklet, but said he could not accept that. I ended up paying for both drinks, in addition to having to tip him the extra 15%• When I would order a drink, if I did not tip extra, the waiter would look at the tip area and walk off without a thank you. If I tipped a dollar extra I would usually at least get thank you, but in a rude manner• I went to get extra ice for a bucket of beers at the pool area. After standing for 10 minutes, the bar tender asked me where I got the beer from, and that I wasn't allowed to bring alcohol on the ship from outside. I was confused because I had bought them just yesterday at the same pool bar, and told him this. He claimed he didn't know of Bud Light bottles ever being sold near the pool, but would give me ice anyway. • You list the following perks for Platinum members but did not come through with them:• Exclusive invitation to Welcome Back Party: I was told this ship did not do this.• SeaPass Card recognition: I was never recognized at all, except at check in at the dock.• Priority check-in: I was told this was not available. • Private departure lounge with continental breakfast:I was told this was only for diamond members from one person, sent to the wrong location from another, and that they had never heard of such a thing from another.• Robes for use onboard: I was told these were not available. • Signature lapel pin: I never did receive this, nor did I get any gift like on previous cruises.Why list these if they are not available or do not happen. If certain ships do not provide most of the perks-they should not be listed.• The crown and anchor society ambassador was very unhelpful. She never asked me my name, she never asked me how I was enjoying myself and she never even referred to my status when looking into future cruises. I had to remind her I was a platinum member and that I thought I got discounted balcony rates. She said oh yeah, then gave me a discounted rate. When I mentioned my concerns she said had never heard of such problems, and that these things never happen. I finally asked for tape so I could tape back the coupon for the buy one get one free drink. She then said I'm sorry and gave me a new coupon, and to enjoy the rest of my cruise. Basically what I am saying is I am not used to such inconsistent service, especially not after my previous experiences on Royal Caribbean. The message you can take away is this ship was very inconsistent, and very different from my other experiences. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
This was our 23 or 24 cruise and 3rd cruise on Navigator of the Sea. The ship and the atmosphere has changed a lot in a last few years, they no longer have European crew and you can feel this in the food quality, presentation, cabins, etc. ... Read More
This was our 23 or 24 cruise and 3rd cruise on Navigator of the Sea. The ship and the atmosphere has changed a lot in a last few years, they no longer have European crew and you can feel this in the food quality, presentation, cabins, etc. The food selection in the buffet was so limited that after first day we decided to only eat in a restaurant. They never served lox, hearing, smoked fish for breakfast or lunch in a buffet, no chocolate croissants, all croissants were uneatable anywhere on the ship, and most dishes had hot peppers or curry added - shrimp bisque was disgusting blend that looked and tasted like liquidy cream of wheat, chicken ala king has curry powder and smelled terrible, beef stroganoff has hot halopenio peppers, etc. restaurant section was better but the way dishes were prepared showed Asian not European influence. None of the deserts were good during 5 days on the ship. There were no new movies on TV, and Cinema on the ship was showing Toy Story 3 and some vampire movie. Entertainment was poor, we walked out of the show that we watched last time when we were on this ship, this time the singer's voices were unbearable. Comedian was so-so, there was nothing else and ship director chosen very boring couples for newlywed game. Ice skating show was terrific and a total highlight of the whole entertainment. Crooners or Schooners, one of the bars with piano music, was always packed with people over 70, so we could never find a spot there. There was very nice group called Inspirations in Cosmopolitan Launch, the singer was good and variety of songs was great, but times that they played was terrible - we had an 8:30 dinner time and most production shows were at 7 pm, this group was playing from 7 pm to 8 pm and from 8:30 pm to 10 pm, so it was either have dinner and a show or dance hungry. Cabin was clean but room steward was barging in without knocking 3 or 4 times, every time I passed her by in the hall and say "hi, how are you?", she would say - "oh, it's just another day, I am so busy". There was never a chocolate on the pillow or anything surprising or special as far as cabin goes. Last day on the ship, we put a do not disturb sign on the door, first knock was from a bar steward who came to check if we used anything from the refrigerator, next knock was from liquor store clerk who brought us our liquor purchases, last knock was from room steward asking if we are going for lunch so she can clean the cabin. During the 2 days at sea there were no empty lounges anywhere near the pool, both decks were packed with no empty spaces anywhere. Ship also looks very run down to compare to how it looked 2 years ago. It is too bad that all new ships are super giants with tons of people; I'd love to take another cruise on a normal size ship but new. Navigator and Voyager are getting too old and too used for my taste. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Just returned from our 5 night RCCL Navigator of the Seas cruise! What a great time and I just wanted to share some of what we experienced. Stuff that's very helpful to a first time cruiser in particular. EMBBARKING: A friend ... Read More
Just returned from our 5 night RCCL Navigator of the Seas cruise! What a great time and I just wanted to share some of what we experienced. Stuff that's very helpful to a first time cruiser in particular. EMBBARKING: A friend tipped us that although your ship sails at 5pm and they say you must be on board by 4pm, you can get on the ship as early as 11am. This is such a great thing to do so you can avoid lines and start your overeating at the Windjammer buffet for lunch! You won't be able to get into your cabins until 1pm, but that's no problem since you'll be walking around this beautiful ship as soon as you get on. We couldn't believe how efficient the embarking process was for us arriving early. We were on the ship in less than 20 minutes and our luggage was waiting outside our cabin when we went there at 1pm. If you can, splurge on a balcony room...worth every extra penny! FOOD: Okay, the Windjammer buffet is pretty standard buffet food. Meals in the dining room is better and even when some of the things we selected weren't the best we'd ever had, the service and the beautiful decor still makes it for a fun experience. We had some great meals there! I know people complain about the food on RCCL but really, you're on vacation, get over it. Beats cooking at home! ENTERTAINMENT: Your daily compass will give you a list of activities and you'll find many things to do. Don't miss trivia games...seriously, very fun! We're sort of dorky so we didn't miss a napkin artistry or scrap booking group! Scrap booking is really nothing than getting a free RCCL pages kit to do at home, that worked for us! There is something going on every minute of the day, you'll have to pick and choose and that's fun for a vacation to have too many things to do. The shows are great! Well, at least the "headliner" performances were great. Acts from Vegas..so much fun! They change all the time so no point in going into each one. RCCL definitely knows good talent and books them for their ships. The RCCL dancers and singers, eh..they're ok..just not my cup of tea. Go to the Ice Dancing show..it's fun. TEENS: This is a tricky group to entertain. Our 17 year old found it painful that she wasn't old enough to go to the Dungeon (THE nightclub/disco) after 10pm. She would've loved it and she was too old to be lumped in with the "teens". Over all she had a GREAT time, but if you have a soon to be 18 year old, take your cruise after their birthday! Teen activities seemed to never be going on. Just too awkward at that age. I credit RCCL for trying to accommodate teens but face it, tough crowd to please. PORTS: Oh c'mon, it's all about the ships and who cares where it's going. So I won't waste your time here! REALLY?: Whoa..no little shampoos in the bathroom! Wasn't expecting that since we thought it was like staying at a hotel. You can buy a $4 bottle of White Rain in the general store. They do provide a hair dryer, so leave yours at home. Anyway, have a wonderful time! We just loved our time on Navigator and hope you do, too! Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We drove to Ft Lauderdale from Georgia and stayed at hotel night before. We arrived a few hours early to port. Dropping off our bags, parking and check-in was a breeze. Our room was ready so we headed to check it out. We were quickly ... Read More
We drove to Ft Lauderdale from Georgia and stayed at hotel night before. We arrived a few hours early to port. Dropping off our bags, parking and check-in was a breeze. Our room was ready so we headed to check it out. We were quickly approached by our cabin steward with a nice greeting. As far as the cabin was concerned this was my first time staying in an interior cabin but we managed the space well although I would not wish to stay in one with my family. It was pretty clean except for the full length mirror which being women we noticed that right away. After the 1st day the cabin steward was not seen until day 4. One day they had not set up all the beds for the evening and we had to call to get service. Another steward came to assist us. We also found the ice bucket was not refilled. We felt different people were making up the room because it was never done the same way. On the last days we saw him several times. We prepaid our tips but felt he was not worth it. As this was my friend's first trip we tried to enjoy as much as the ship has to offer except for trivia which they don't enjoy. I did talk them in attending the Adult Quest game and they had a fun time. One night before dancing we went to see Sex and the City 2 in the theatre. While we enjoyed the movie, the theatre was freezing and the seats were the most uncomfortable. The 70's dance party was the Best! The ship show productions were just ok, we ended not seeing most of their shows infact we walked out on some. The Guest entertainment, MOSAIC were unbelievable. We truly ejoyed them and would love to see them again! The Ice Skating performance was also great! We ate at Windjammer for the first lunch and 1st breakfast. While we enjoyed our meals at Windjammers, we did most of meals in the Main dining Hall (Nutcracker) By doing this we met some wonderful people for breakfast and lunch. We opted to eat here for lunch to enjoy their salad bar which was great. We had second seating for dinner, they sat us at a table with 6 other ladies that were also traveling without children and husbands. We had the best times with these ladies and a lot of laughs. Our serving crew were the best. They made our great meals even more enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We wife and I are somewhat experienced cruisers and like to be a little pampered and be made to feel we are experiencing something upscale. The ports were all good, the service on board was very good, the overall quality of the ship ... Read More
We wife and I are somewhat experienced cruisers and like to be a little pampered and be made to feel we are experiencing something upscale. The ports were all good, the service on board was very good, the overall quality of the ship was fine. We haven't cruised on one of the large lines in a couple of years, so we could see where there have been cutbacks. These are the little touches which were noticed and appreciated. Gone are the individual bottles of shampoo, lotion and conditioner, and chocolates on the pillow. They don't even put pens and stationery in the room. On several cruise lines we have been on, balcony rooms received special treatment with afternoon hors d'ourves and a fruit bowl. These are gone. Breakfast in the dining room appears to be discouraged. The time you can be served is limited, and the staff ratio is reduced. Service is extremely slow. But the Windjammer Buffet was very good. Wonderful quality and variety. Meals at dinner were quite adequate, but it no longer has the special look and taste. Portion sizes have been reduced, which is ok as we usually over eat anyway, and they will always give you seconds or an additional choice. The head waiters are very accmodating and can be entertaining. The onboard entertainment was good. Great Ice Show. Late evening entertainment was fun. We took our own bags on and off the ship, so we didn't need to wait for them to arrive at our reoom or wait to be called to disembark. We booked three weeks before the cruise and received a great deal. So we really have no complaints or regrets. Our next trip is a China River Cruise with Viking in May, and we have done the Danube. It was great. Next time we plan a "large ship" cruise we will likely look at Azemera, Regency or Silver Seas. Their all inclusive pricing including air fare looks like good comparable value. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Went on a 5 day cruise with Royal Carribbean on Navigator of the seas in February. Two ports of call were Grand Caymen and Cozumel. Embarkation was Fort Lauderdale. Had a great time, but wanted to share some tips and tricks with you so you ... Read More
Went on a 5 day cruise with Royal Carribbean on Navigator of the seas in February. Two ports of call were Grand Caymen and Cozumel. Embarkation was Fort Lauderdale. Had a great time, but wanted to share some tips and tricks with you so you can have a great time too. First of all, my husband and I went with my sister and her husband, so we had two couples in our group. Our ages range from 42-49. We did not have children with us. We flew to Ft. Lauderdale the night before embarkation, and my sister booked us a hotel on priceline. The hotel was great, Sheraton, $75.00 per night. The only problem was, it was a $40 taxi ride from the airport to the hotel, and another $40 from the hotel to the cruise port. ADVICE: find a hotel that has a free shuttle to and from airport/cruise terminal. The cruise line said to arrive no earlier than 2 p.m., but we had to check out of the hotel and were excited to get going. This was my sister's first cruise, and my fourth. All of my cruises have been on Royal. We arrived at noon. There were others ready to get on as well so no problem. My sister did not print out her cruise documents so she was a little concerned, but there was no problem at all. Once onboard we went to the Viking Lounge, had a frozen cocktail and waited for the ship to leave port. Overall the ship was great. I have been on the smaller class ships previously, and actually I prefer the smaller ships. The schooner bar is cozier on the small ships. On Navigator it was more of a walk by hallway kind've bar. Anyway, the Navigator has a huge promenade which reminded me of the hotels in Vegas, ie..shopping, bars, etc all along the hallway. They had singers and music there at night which was nice. We spent a lot of time in the casino playing black jack, and we won most of the nights. Granted, we play under $50 a night, but most nights we came out 20-50 ahead. My sister was positive at the end of the trip and I was down a bit, but I don't mind if I can sit at the table for a couple of hours and play on 20 bucks. Before we left home we spent a great deal of time reviewing things to do on Grand Caymen and Cozumel. I really wanted to do the stingray trip, (although it sounds cheesy). I booked a trip before we left, however, they did not take any money down to reserve the space. Once we got to Grand Caymen there were trip "sales people" all over the place offereing discounts. Plus, the stingray city was closed due to waves and winds. We booked a trip with Rowan, and they took us to a different location to snorkel. It was wavy but we are actually divers so used to the water. Couple of stingray showed up so we ended up having a good time. ADVICE: These trip sales people are all wheeling and dealing. Everyone on our boat paid a different price from 25-40 dollars each. Made me mad that I paid more so I did not feel the need to tip. BOOK YOUR TRIP AT THE PORT AND TRY TO NEGOTIATE YOUR PRICE. Our next stop was Cozumel. We booked a dive excersion through the ship because even though we are certified we have not done a dive in a long time and wanted a refresher. Cost was $99. Our dive master Adrian was great. The dive was ok, a little hokey..ie: not too much to see. We were able to walk right in from shore. After that, we got a taxi and asked him to take us to a beach. He took us to Paradise Beach Club. Do not go there. We tried to get some drinks and nachos and after 1 hour and 20 minutes we still were not served so we up and left. Everyone there was mad. We got dropped off at a cute little beach with a restaurant/shack. Had great food and a 40 minute massage on the beach for $30.00. Had a great time on the ship. Food was good, shows were great, except for some bad comedian, but hey it was fun and entertaining. Ice skaing show was good. Went to the trivia game, 80's dance night in the dungeon (cool kind've underground disco). Staff was nice. Drinks were priced reasonable. Disembarkation was a little annoying. We carried our bags off and they corralled everyone and made them wait. When we got off we had to go by a drug dog, many people were pulled aside. And, a young man had cuban cigars in his bag and he got detained, so don't get any ideas. Taxi back to airport was weird. The drivers were all trying to rip us off with different prices. We got a taxi for $30 price, and I think our driver was either drunk, high, or stupid because he was driving like a crazy person. The meter said $14 and we gave him a $20 and he said ok. ADVICE: GET A SET PRICE ON THE TAXI TO THE AIRPORT> All in all way had a great time. My sister is ready for her next cruise and so am I!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We got bit by the cruise 'bug' immediately after getting on the Navigator of the Seas! Once we checked in, which was well coordinated and easy, we followed the crowd to the lunch buffet. We ate breakfasts in the main dining room ... Read More
We got bit by the cruise 'bug' immediately after getting on the Navigator of the Seas! Once we checked in, which was well coordinated and easy, we followed the crowd to the lunch buffet. We ate breakfasts in the main dining room every morning, which was very good. Lunch, we went to the buffet and do not have anything but nice things to say about the lunch buffet. Wide variety and what I had was very good. Dinners - main dining room. Awesome, great food. One of our waiters, named "Nestor" was particulary fun to be around. He always had us laughing and smiling. We really looked forward to seeing him. The specialty restaurants on board "Portofino" and "Chops Grille" were totally booked up once we thought about dining there after being on board a day. My advice is to book these in advance of sailing, if you can. Two Ports visited were Cozumel and Belize. This cruise was only 5 days. Our first one and we weren't sure if we would like it - how crazy is that?! LOL.. It was awesome. Nothing but wonderful things to say about everything. Service, food, accomodations! Best sleep I've ever had - beds were comfy. We had a balcony which probably spoiled us.. never will go without one now. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
After we booked the 4 night Navigator of the Seas cruise, we realized we booked over Super Bowl weekend. We figured that there would be a "viewing party" for those interested, but once onboard, we found out that this was a ... Read More
After we booked the 4 night Navigator of the Seas cruise, we realized we booked over Super Bowl weekend. We figured that there would be a "viewing party" for those interested, but once onboard, we found out that this was a special "ESPN SUPERBOWL AT SEA" cruise. Oh no. Having been on the Navigator only a year earlier, she is still in good shape, and she's a beautiful vessel with a lot to do. Unfortunately, RCCL's cutbacks were extremely noticeable. The menu's are EXACTLY the same as last year, and they are the same as the last several years. The date on the menus (in the bottom corner) was 2008. Sad that no new menus have been developed. The food was okay. Just okay. Nothing stood out as "fantastic". As this was only a 4 night cruise, there was no lobster, just steak one night, and shrimp another. Day 1 - We boarded and went to the Windjammer. I was surprised that the Honey Stung Chicken is now a boneless chicken patty. Last year it was fried chicken pieces, and was much better. This was a disappointment. As usual, the buffet was very sad and lacked inspiration. Why even have "JADE" on these ships? They never have any type of real asian foods. It's always a repeat of other items on the buffet like burgers, hot dogs, etc. We went to dinner (we had My-Time) and were disappointed that you could no longer pre-reserve a table for the entire cruise (even though we had 6pm reservations). You now had to request that section each night and they would try to accomodate it. We were lucky that they were able to accomodate it - but we were at a different table each night with the same servers (even though we were usually the first person in the dining room). They also no longer use the entire 5th floor for MY TIME. They only use half of the floor. They said that there are fewer people booking MY TIME, so they are using regular dinner seatings on the other side. I was on the cruise celebrating 2 birthdays. They were both notated in the reservation (I even verified the confirmation). They were supposed to celebrate one the first day and one the last day. They only celebrated the first birthday - on the second day rather than the first. They forgot the second one. Oh well. It happens. We went to the show that night to find that it was the ESPN cheerleaders, followed by ESPN commentators. We left that show. Not interested! We had 2 connecting cabins - 6506 and 6507. Unfortunately, the second cabin (6507) had plumbing problems in the bathroom nearly the entire cruise. We reported the issue and was told they would fix it. And, they did something to partially fix it each night, but it broke by each morning. The toilet wouldn't flush. We were told that there was an issue on the previous cruise with a guest flushing something that should not have been placed there, and they were having issues with that entire line and could not get it fully repaired. Room Service - Every night we ordered room service for a snack. Each night it arrived wrong. Either they forgot something, gave us something we didn't ask for, or gave us way too much (like 5 of one order instead of 1). Day 2 - We were at sea, so we planned to have breakfast and lunch in the Dining Room. They have revamped the breakfast menus. With NO Eggs Benedict!!! It is something that I look forward to on every cruise. I asked the server, who told me that they still had it, and he could get it for me, but it was being phased out - which is why it is no longer on the menu. WHAT? In the main dining room, you only have a few breakfast choices now. They push the "EXPRESS" breakfast - which is pretty much a similar menu to the Windjammer. Very disappointing. Lunch in the dining room was much better than breakfast. Day 3 - Cozumel. We took a taxi for a 3 hour tour and went to the local ruins (San Gervasio), saw the beach, etc. It was nice. Overall comments - You can definitely see the cutbacks at RCCL (and several people on board were heard complaining). From the cutback on Eggs Benedict at breakfast, the same menus they have had for years in the dining room, no shrimp on the lunch salad buffet in the dining room, no shrimp salad sandwiches in the Promenade Cafe, no chocolates on the pillow during turn down service (although that disappeared a long time ago), it's very disappointing to see cut after cut on RCCL. Another pet peeve is that they continue to allow people out of proper dress into the dining room. The first night, I saw tank tops, white undershirts, shorts, jeans, etc in the dining room. And I saw that EVERY night. Even formal night. It was a joke. The maitre'd should be policing this and sending people who can not dress appropriately to the Windjammer. At least have a tie on for formal night. Seeing someone dressed in a t-shirt and shorts in the dining room is very upsetting (and one Customer made a scene at the front door when he saw they were letting people in that didn't follow the dress code). THEY NEED TO POLICE THIS MORE - other cruise lines do!!! The cruise, which we had hoped to be a "fun" getaway turned into more of a "relaxing" getaway since we spent a lot of time in our room and on deck - just trying to stay away from Super Bowl activities. I'd go again, just never during the Super Bowl. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Navigator of Seas departed FLL on 2/12/11. There were 3 of us: me, spouse and our girlfriend. We are Diamond status. This was our 3rd time on Navigator this year. We like the ship and love the waiter Lucien Maftei. We chose the ship ... Read More
Navigator of Seas departed FLL on 2/12/11. There were 3 of us: me, spouse and our girlfriend. We are Diamond status. This was our 3rd time on Navigator this year. We like the ship and love the waiter Lucien Maftei. We chose the ship specifically for him this time. Requested him, but to no avail. However, after considerable work, the asst maitre d' (an extremely nice woman) managed to move us around, add an extra chair, etc. and we got Lucian at table 341 (Nutcracker). We were very happy. Naturally, he remembered all 3 of us and was very pleased to see us again. He is Plato's ideal waiter. Embarkation was smooth, painless and friendly. Took taxi from airport. 10 minutes $15 including extra person charge and tip. Although Diamonds go to head of line, all lines looked reasonable. We even arrived early, roughly 12:15 pm, and the rooms were ready. We had 2 rooms on deck 8. 8392 which faces aft and has a great balcony and 8681, which is on the outside but counts as an inside room. Both were quiet and extremely well kept. No particular signs of wear. The stewards in both rooms were excellent. Food: We ate in the Windjammer for breakfast every day but one. All onboard lunches, too. The food was reasonably good. The Asian and Indian items are still the best bet. We ate at the Diamond breakfast one sea day and were very pleased. Much better service than in the past. Quick turnaround and good coffee and tasty food and bagels and lox. (No longer have that in Windj.) We ate in dining room every night. The sail away prime rib was disappointing. The 3rd night prime rib was excellent. Unlike prior cruises were the food deteriorates as the days wear on, this cruise it improved. The lobster was excellent, the duck was top notch. And, the soups (especially the fruit soups) were wonderful. A distinct improvement over recent cruises. Ports: We have done these many times. We use Capt Marvin in Grand Cayman to go to Stingray City. Unfortunately, on the tender over--which went off with no issues at all--the sea was high. When we got to Marvin's we learned the marine police had closed the park. Disappointed, but Marvin's took us to Hell, the turtle farm, rum cake, etc. and the beach. Driver Carl even returned to pick us up at the beach 1.5 hours later, saving $4 each on fare. It was great service and well done. Next day was Cozumel. Always fearing a late ferry, we took the ship's tour to Tulum and beach break. Well done. One of the few RCL tours I approve of and was well organized and executed. Worth doing. Entertainment: Did not get to any shows. Disco was fine until the DJ started playing Latino music. This is the least favorite of all dance music but there are always 15 or so of his friends who want to hear it and he is Cuban. That tends to ruin things. Need a better mix of Top 40. Cruise staff changed out from the ones we knew. I never miss a trivia. Danny was very good. Aubrey was rude and should be canned. Did not see the Cruise Director so no comment. Diamond lounge: Spectacular. We really enjoy this C&A perk. We met great people, as we always do. Became very close with several, including Sylvia who is 91 and in phenomenal shape. This was a highlight of every evening and RCL MUST keep it. The wait service here was top notch. Not so in the bars. It was very hard to get a drink and they were very stingy with all the pours. Tragedy: On our first night we were seated with a couple from Michigan and a family of 4 from Texas: father and mother and daughter and fiance. It was a bit tough at first because of differing backgrounds, but worked out. I dance a lot and the second night commented thereon. Mother ('Gay') said she liked to dance, but husband 'Steve' did not. But they came down to disco for the Michael Jackson set and I whirled her about the dance floor. Gay really enjoyed it. Cozumel day they missed dinner. At start of dinner there was an Alpha Alpha call and I said: that can't be good. But, you never assume it is anyone you know. Next night only daughter and fiance came to dinner. Mother Gay was the Alpha and died. It was horrible. She had a heart attack. Now, there are worse places and ways to die than on a great cruise with your family when you are having fun, but it did ruin their vacation. RCL Class response: Even though RCL did everything possible to help save Gay's life (only 59 years old), it was not possible. RCL comped the cruise. They acquired all the photos taken of the family and gave them to Steve and the kids. They contacted all the relatives at no cost and arranged all the logistics for the family. Nothing can take away the intense pain, but we were incredibly impressed with the effort made by the line to ease this family's suffering. Often times the Line does stupid, miserly things, but this time they went beyond any expectation and I applaud them. We gave the cruise an 8.5 of 10, which is a very good rating from us. We had a great time and loved meeting everyone and pray for the McCul... family. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Windjammer lunch was not very good. First night in the My Time Dining Room (Swan lake dining room), we were there for over two hours. They never could get my dressing right on my salad, so I ended up not even eating it. Hubby got vidalia ... Read More
Windjammer lunch was not very good. First night in the My Time Dining Room (Swan lake dining room), we were there for over two hours. They never could get my dressing right on my salad, so I ended up not even eating it. Hubby got vidalia onion tart, and it was good. Rolls were almost too hard to eat. I got some kind of white truffle oil linguine dish as my entree' which was VERY good. Hubby got prime rib. It was good. Dessert was strawberry pavlova. It was "ok", but I wish I would have gotten something else. We were not impressed at all with the parade on the promenade. The cruise director was annoying. Not impressed with the ballroom dancers, a couple from Russia. Day 2 breakfast in the windjammer was better than lunch, however, beware of the scrambled eggs. They are not good. Lunch in the main dining room, we got the catfish. It was good, as well as the oreo cheesecake. THe banana chocolate crunch dessert was not that good. Pool water was extremely cold, but we managed to get in and tolerate it somewhat. Large hot tubs are nice. Lava flows, strawberry daquiries were 7 dollars. Budweiser were 4.25 (not including fees) Second night was formal night, we ate at Chops. Service was very good. Ordered Beef tenderloin & eggplant tower. It came out bloody, so I got a salad instead. Hubby liked it though. Server also offered Hubby another appetizer. He got the crabcake. He said it was good but I did not try it. We don't know much about wine, but we described what we would like and the server chose perfectly! Ordered filet mignon well done. Server tried to convince me to get medium well. I said no. It came out perfectly and was delicious. Hubby ordered strip steak medium well. Came out well done, and he said it was too dry for him. We got the apple pie and the cheesecake for dessert. We were happy with our dessert choices. We went to the Dungeon, which was really cool, but we did have a weird security experience. After two whole days of ordering alcoholic beverages and no one asking for ID, we were approached by two security men in the Dungeon who asked for our seapasses. They took them and returned and asked for my husband's ID, and took it. (This happened even AFTER we had ordered drinks in there and was sitting drinking them) So they came back and said they couldn't tell it was him at first because he had GLASSES on in the pic on his seapass card. So apparently if you wear eyeglasses, and sometime wear contacts, you look like a completely different person--at least to the dungeon security!lol Day 3- We had room service breakfast. It's the same stuff from the windjammer, without the trip up there. We got room service lunch as well, after returning from the beach on Labadee. We got the fried honey stung chicken with sweet potatoe fries. It was very good. Better than anything we tried in the windjammer. The spinach and artichoke dip is very good, too. But take my advice and request EXTRA chips. We had dinner in the main dining room tonight. Better & quicker service than the first night-different server. We had some kind of garlic soup for appetizer. It was just ok. It had the texture of a grainy potatoe soup w/o the chunks. Hubby ordered rigatoni. The server said he was going to bring out lamb for him to try as well. I ordered chicken marsala. I was told the lamb dish was not good, but the rigatoni was (the rigatoni with the spicy sausage). My dish was just ok. It was basically chicken breasts with gravy. We ordered tiramisu for dessert. We did NOT like it. It was unlike any I've had before. It was really wet and sloppy. Later that night we went to Johnny Rockets. We really enjoyed it there. They automatically bring you a plate with fries and onion rings. I didn't care for the fries, but the onion rings were good. We also paid extra for shakes, but I would say to save your money and go for the oreo sundae that's included in the price, because it is just as good if not better (we had that the next night). The ventriloquist was good up until the part he brings a monkey out. I could have definitely skipped that part of the show. Day 4 we were in Montego Bay. We got a call from room service saying they were bringing up our order. I told them we did not order anything. It was from yesterday, so since we hadn't eaten yet, we told them to go ahead and bring it up. It worked out. We took a hot spot taxi to Margaritaville and ate there. I got the nachos with chicken, and hubby got the fish n chips. The fish was not very good. On Day 5 I went up to the windjammer to hopefully get some bananas and apples, but there were not bananas this day, and the apples were not in great shape. There were mushy spots all over them. I grabbed some yogurt to take to the room. It was not good at all. We had lunch in the mdr. I got some kind of chicken yakitori and it was just ok. Hubby ordered a steak sandwich. It was not a sandwich (no top bun) and not very good. We got the strawberry napoleon for dessert, and that was good. We caught the juggler act on the tv and he was good. His comedy was not funny, but he was talented in his juggling. Overall, I would recommend Johnny rockets, and chops grille. Stay away from the scrambled eggs. Beware that when you order a sandwich, it may not be an actual sandwich. I was disappointed with the limited ice skating times. We never did get to ice skate :( We were happy with our room, 8622, with a hump balcony. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
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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