2,357 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

This was the first time taking our girls with us and they absolutely loved it. The bar staff are fantastic - especially Tito from the schooner Bar. (Always smiling and amazing service) The entertainment was also excellent as well as ... Read More
This was the first time taking our girls with us and they absolutely loved it. The bar staff are fantastic - especially Tito from the schooner Bar. (Always smiling and amazing service) The entertainment was also excellent as well as the food. we really enjoyed the talent of Anthony Michael in the schooner Bar. Great piano player and nice bloke. Our balcony state room was very nice and clean and you can tell that a lot of care goes into cleaning the room and shower/bathroom. We would definitely go again. we didnt do any or the port excursions tending to do our own thing by getting a taxi or shuttle bus. This seemed to work just fine. We had room service (breakfast) on one day but it was missing an omelette! Other than that it was a fantastic trip enjoyed by all of our family. Our children are 17 and 19. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The Navigator of the Seas this cruise was exceptional! From the moment you arrive at the Southampton Cruise Terminal the customer service made getting our luggage and ourselves so quickly and easily. All rooms were ready at 1:00 PM. ... Read More
The Navigator of the Seas this cruise was exceptional! From the moment you arrive at the Southampton Cruise Terminal the customer service made getting our luggage and ourselves so quickly and easily. All rooms were ready at 1:00 PM. CABINS- The cabin was clean, stocked and the attendant catered to every need. The beds were super surprisingly comfortable for both my husband and I . The cabin was well insulated and we slept soundly every night. We had absolutely not one issue with our cabin. We wished we would have upgraded to a balcony to get the cool north sea breeze into our room but we didn't think about it . FOOD-The food was exceptional as well. EVERYWHERE. From the windjammer we decided to eat there most evenings. The chef Joseph on this ship prepared fresh fish and chips for our table with different fish every night. This was not the norm. He saw how we enjoyed them on day one and they were not on the menu any other night so he brought a platter each night. Another aspect of the food was they really took great care and made the food comparable to the ports. Like we were in Germany and they had sausages...The mornings they made sure the English and different Europeans had their traditional foods available as well . (We are Americans). The Cafe Promenade Coffee was one of our favorites. They had ILLY coffee which we loved! We highly encourage you to purchase the beverage package. We added it up and even though my husband doesn't drink alcohol by end of day two it paid for itself. The bottles of water , spring, or sparkling was available all day and on the excursions as well. The wines they poured were premium wines. We didn't see one cheap bottle the whole cruise. We did eat in two specialty restaurants. Chops Grille..yes go! and Giovanni ended up being our favorite! We had steak there as well and they brought all the superb Italian entrees as side dishes for us to try. On Board Activities - highly recommend the Sushi Making Class! Flow Rider was a big hit for my husband! He surfed in the North Sea.. SHOWS and Entertainment-They also took great care in the movies they selected. They were for the region we were cruising to and from, We would wrap up on blankets on the pool deck (get your blankets early this was surprisingly popular) and wrap up and watch the movies. The north sea wind didn't stop anyone! It was very fun. Nice Quiet areas- our favorites areas for solitude was the solarium. We love children but this is a nice quiet area for adults. The steam and Sauna we used daily. I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful the ports and cities we visited. I highly recommend the excursion Lubeck in Germany. We enjoyed the service on this ship. It was comforting at night to watch the TV with the cruise director and activities director informing us about the next day , very helpful Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
There is not enough staff The bar service was very slow, Trying to get a beverage at the bar forget about it. The Windjammer, food good never enough clean tables chairs MUGS or staff like Woolworths Cafe 30yrs ago The overall ... Read More
There is not enough staff The bar service was very slow, Trying to get a beverage at the bar forget about it. The Windjammer, food good never enough clean tables chairs MUGS or staff like Woolworths Cafe 30yrs ago The overall crew did the best they could. I asked some of them if they where going ashore they told me that they would like to but they where either working or where to tired 1. Crew and servers were all superb. The problem is that they where ran off their feet 2. 4th floor restaurant was excellent; Milnas and Danielle excellent, food very good and we had a very good time in the restaurant, on 8.30 sitting 3. Cabin was kept immaculate and our steward was very helpful with anything we asked him. Was one the best part of the cruise; He was always happy and always greeted us with a smile, clean and fresh every day. 4 When Royal Caribbean supply a coach to exit port they charge 30$ us. when all other ports supplied coaches free of charge The staff works their tail off and they deserve medal, the staff tries really hard but they can only work with what they are given, and they aren’t given much. The internet, The excursions, And the price-------- what a laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!! This, but far, has got to be ONE OF MY MOST DISAPPOINTING CRUISES THAT I HAVE BEEN ON! I’m willing to admit maybe my expectations of a cruise were too high The overall experience was not up to the standards we expected did not full fill the expectations we had. I will not waste any more time writing anymore becauseI would not recommend the Royal Caribbean to anyone, and I will not use this company ever again Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Mostly smooth sailing except in North Atlantic. Ship clean & maintained. Excellent, quick service. Cabin & shower small as usual. Virtual Balcony was very nice. Excellent entertainment (although focused toward Brits-some humor not ... Read More
Mostly smooth sailing except in North Atlantic. Ship clean & maintained. Excellent, quick service. Cabin & shower small as usual. Virtual Balcony was very nice. Excellent entertainment (although focused toward Brits-some humor not understood). Some problems with shore excursions - late tram in Lisbon, poor audio equipment, hard to understand guides, long walk from/to bus in Pisa. Fun trivia games, especially with Canadian Emily who spoke very clearly. Wish we had an extra day in Rome. Some coordination problems with disembarkation at Vigo-long wait. Transfer bus to airport was stuffy-no air while waiting to leave. Some issues with ship design - only one women’s toilet in gym; automatic door difficult to close. Some lockers too high to reach. Jacuzzi in gym sometimes closed; no jets, not hot enough. Jacuzzi in Solarium no jets only bubbles. Need more variety and more healthy options in Promenade Cafe. Corner of Schooner Bar was stinky but better after notifying Guest Services. Trivia/quizzes need to be in larger venue, especially on sea days. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The cruise was wonderful experience and the service was excellent, our was cabin over looking the Promenade was beautiful, Foods was absolutely tasty. we have thoroughly enjoyed our holidays and will most certainly will cruise again ... Read More
The cruise was wonderful experience and the service was excellent, our was cabin over looking the Promenade was beautiful, Foods was absolutely tasty. we have thoroughly enjoyed our holidays and will most certainly will cruise again with Royal Caribbean cruises again hopefully soon. The entertainments and the activities and the services was excellent. the embarkation and the disembarkation was very smooth we did not encounter any discomfort at all. We quite like dinning in the wind jarmmer simply had massive selection of food to chose from. Down stair cafe was very handy too with tasty snakes every time you fancy a bite to eat. Night entertainments was very good there was always something going on so you never get bored. On the top deck there was so much going on from music to massive screen playing all your favourite films and more simply wonderful themes. We have had absolutely wonderful time. This was our first time on the cruise and we really enjoyed it very much. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We decided on this cruise as it was my twin sisters and my 60th birthday just before we sailed and it was the only one that we could find that suited all of us (always fun travelling with family). We have been on the Navi before, but my ... Read More
We decided on this cruise as it was my twin sisters and my 60th birthday just before we sailed and it was the only one that we could find that suited all of us (always fun travelling with family). We have been on the Navi before, but my twin sister and her hubby have never cruised, so RCI is a good choice for those that don't really like dressing up too much (my brother in law). It has been 11 years since we were last on the Navi, and if you look closely, you can see her age, but that is nick picking. Check in was nice and quick - just had to wait in security - a norm nowadays - and on-board for a spot of lunch and our first cocktail. We managed to be and the gate when the others arrived and enjoy their reaction from the first sight of the Royal Promenade - great. After showing around for a bit it was off to see the cabin - we had decided to have a cabin on deck 7 overlooking the promenade as it is a good vantage point for the parades. The beds are great with lots of room, shower/toilet again plenty of room but the amount of space to actually stow your gear is limited, and I am sure we managed to loose something behind the very small drawers under the TV. Our luggage duly arrived and the unpacking commenced... We had a table for 8 in the main dining room on deck 3 first sitting, I don't know how they do it but we the others on our table we another family of 4 (mum dad son and daughter in law) with the same kind of background and humour as us. We managed to dine every night but only once was it on our own, and in most cases, everybody dressed up as suggested. Our table waiters were great - and of course did the sing along when our birthday cake arrived, and even the head waiter was seen every night. The food was good, on occasion excellent and other times just ok, but that was more down to my taste rather than quality. The entertainment team (not the acts) were mostly british and good fun, we even managed to win a key ring,... some of the headliner acts were not to my taste but those we did see were very good. The singers and dances are good but seem to be lacking in something, not sure what, but considering that they have been on as a troup since january, you would have thought they should be top notch. The ice skating shows are still very good. Some of the quizzes seemed to be more international than others.. Ports of call and trips - well the ports were very good, the ships excursions and shuttle bus costs seem to be very high and in one case we did complain about the cost. We only did the one excursion and rather enjoyed it. Bar prices again were not cheap but we don't drink enough to warrant the drinks package and as we had a reasonable amount of on board credit, it worked out ok for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise due to the number of countries it stoped in.The ship Navigator of the Seas was very clean and the staff on board were simply the best! We started out in Southampton England and since we came in a day early we decided ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to the number of countries it stoped in.The ship Navigator of the Seas was very clean and the staff on board were simply the best! We started out in Southampton England and since we came in a day early we decided to take the train to Windsor and tour the Castle. That was one of the highlights of the vacation.The next morning we boarded the ship with ease.Our cabin was in a great location with easy access to the stairs and elevators.The food all over the ship was wonderful. It always amazes me on how they can prepare so much food for so many people and it still has such great flavor.The service we received was second to none.The entertainment was good overall but there was one comedian that was British and we couldn't really understand him. He also sang and that was really good.The Ice Skating show is a must! Fabulous!! All of the stops we wonderful but our overall favorite was Alicante,Spain.What a beautiful place and so clean. At the completion of the cruise we chose express check out as we had a very early flight. It was a breeze..We definitely will cruise with Royal Caribbean again(as this is our 7th) and I hope it will be very soon. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise line because of the EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE AND LENGTH OF CRUISE. I expected a more Royal experience, but found staff to be overworked and ship understaffed making staff very short in temprement. The 24 hour food ... Read More
We chose this cruise line because of the EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE AND LENGTH OF CRUISE. I expected a more Royal experience, but found staff to be overworked and ship understaffed making staff very short in temprement. The 24 hour food experience is totally overated. Lacking in quality and variety. Beverages available are water coffee and iced tea during meals, forcing cruisers to buy the overpriced beverage packages. The specialty restaurant packages again are very expensive and food is mediocre.Entertainment was of the same but nice and well put together. SCHOONER BAR experience was far the most entertaining and fun. The specialty stores have merchandise that is over priced and can easily be found in the USA at lower cost. I would recomend that they add metchandise that is genuine to the counntries visited. Italian leather, spanish and Portugese products, French products. I found that the fashion jewelry is the thing that I can purchase at my local JC Penny. T shirts jackets clothing is extremely expensive, that is why it probably does not sell. At some point they had a sale of Russian Artifacts that had nothing to do with the destinations that we visited. It seemned as though somebody pulled this out of their sleeve last minute to get rid of past merchandise. Very little attention to detail as far as I am concerned. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Although our cruise on Navigator of the Seas was slightly below our previous experiences with Royal Caribbean (Harmony of the Seas , Legend of the Seas, Song of Norway), it was still a positive experience. Overall, our experience and ... Read More
Although our cruise on Navigator of the Seas was slightly below our previous experiences with Royal Caribbean (Harmony of the Seas , Legend of the Seas, Song of Norway), it was still a positive experience. Overall, our experience and cruise was very positive. Our stateroom (inside with promenade view) was very clean and comfortable. The bed was comfortable. The toilet would not flush one day when we returned from a shore excursion and the issue was quickly addressed by the maintenance staff. The vast majority of the staff members were very pleasant and helpful. The other guests at our main dining room table were very pleasant and friendly; we had a great time talking and getting to know each other during our cruise. Our dining room waiter, Medel, and assistant waiter, Volodymyr, were outstanding -- very friendly and helpful. Our stateroom attendant, Nunun, was very good. While the food was still very good, I felt it was a little better in the dining room on our previous cruises. We purchased the same Internet package as we had on Harmony (VOOM Surf Voyage Package - 3 Devices), the service was not as reliable. I talked with the Internet represent on our third and fourth days because we experienced sporadic problems with access, being "kicked out", and having a screen appear which said we needed to sign in to connect when another screen clearly indicated we were already signed in. He made several changes and the reliability improved, but we still experienced some issues during the remainder of our cruise. We experienced no similar issues on Harmony. Very good variety of activities were offered on-board. We enjoyed our shore excursions, especially the Tuscan Countryside – San Gimignano and Volterra. Unless you wanted your time to be spent shopping and eating, I would not recommend the Cassis (Extended Time) excursion in Marseilles. Our tour guides were informative. We would have liked more time in Lisbon, Portugal and Vigo, Spain. Excursions: Gibraltar - City and Wine Tour (8 rating out of 10) Alicante – Guadalest (9) Rome – Glories of the Gladiators (8) Livorgno – Tuscan Countryside – San Gimignano & Volterra (10) Marseilles – Cassis (Extended Time) (7) Barcelona – Gaudi’s Barcelona (8) Lisbon – Majestic Sceneries & Wines (8) Vigo – The Border Country (8) Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I had done my homework on Royal Caribbean and overall was very happy with the 2 weeks on board, the food and staff especially were the stand out features closely followed by top class entertainment each evening, my only negatives were the ... Read More
I had done my homework on Royal Caribbean and overall was very happy with the 2 weeks on board, the food and staff especially were the stand out features closely followed by top class entertainment each evening, my only negatives were the prices for the excursions which I found too high, the drinks packages were also very expensive, I didn't like the fact you couldn't buy 1 alcohol package especially as my wife doesn't drink, the only way to get this would of ben to provide a doctors note, this was very disappointing, all inclusive could mean that which would of made this a 10/10 holiday. The times in port could of been longer, especially Rome, for me I would of preferred an overnight in Rome and missed one of the other ports, every day was a bit of a rush, but it is a fantastic way to see so many different places. Finally we met some lovely people, some of which we will keep in touch with, this made the holiday that bit more special. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The itinerary was the attraction, embarkation was very good, we had a issue with the cabin on arrival which was dealt with straight away but we had to change cabins next day which all the staff handled very well. After this everything was ... Read More
The itinerary was the attraction, embarkation was very good, we had a issue with the cabin on arrival which was dealt with straight away but we had to change cabins next day which all the staff handled very well. After this everything was very good all the food every where we ate was excellent staff in all resturants where very nice and polite but I do think it is a shame that staff are not clearing tables in the windjammer when they are getting drinks for guests who seem to forget that this is a Buffett resturant nod these guest are quite able to get there own drinks. Ports of call where ok but for Marseille when it was either 1mile walk out of the port then having to get local bus or a 20 doller each transfer to the town even the taxis didn't seem to know what they would charge us,. Entertainment on a whole not very good the production team shows we think where poor but the headliner shows were not to bad watchable. We would travel with Royal Caribbean again it isstilloneof our favourites, Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Although this ship is older it has a great atmosphere. The food was amazing in the dinning room and the buffet is good although I felt it was more like an evening meal selection which for me was not what I would eat for a lunch. So in my ... Read More
Although this ship is older it has a great atmosphere. The food was amazing in the dinning room and the buffet is good although I felt it was more like an evening meal selection which for me was not what I would eat for a lunch. So in my opinion lunch needs to be more light options. The shows on this ship were not up to previous ships that we have been on and some of the acts were terrible but we enjoyed the whole experience. The range of drinks was great although there seemed to be more vodka options and only a few gin options. We could not fault the service as everyone was very friendly and attentive when you needed them. We booked the shore excursions through royal Caribbean and although they were a little more expensive they were worth it as we had a tour guide that explained everything Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was first cruise, and we didn't really know what to expect. But we were blown away! All the staff were fabulous, friendly and helpful. A few people had said the ship looked tired .....WHERE? We thought it was amazing. The ... Read More
This was first cruise, and we didn't really know what to expect. But we were blown away! All the staff were fabulous, friendly and helpful. A few people had said the ship looked tired .....WHERE? We thought it was amazing. The food was fantastic in the main dining room and excellent in the wind jammer. We did prefer breakfast in the dining room just as it was easier to be seated and a nicer surrounding. We had one evening in Chops Grille which was very nice and worth the extra money. We also had a night in Jonny Rockets ... didn't rate this very much though, at $10 per head, food is better in the wind jammer. We decided to upgrade to all inclusive drinks package after much debate 3 weeks before our cruise and glad that we did. It was just much easier, we ordered anything we liked and just showed our card. I feel we drank more than usual because we had paid for it, however we would definitely buy the drinks package again. The kids had the soda package which was great as they could get a drink when they wanted and didn't have to keep finding us to ask for one. We were at the front of the ship deck 12 with floor to ceiling window, great view. I don't think we would ever pay for a balcony as your not in your room enough. We had 2 rough days at sea, but to be honest it was no better on the lower decks so don't let your position of your cabin put you off. We went to the gym which was fully kitted out so worth taking your gym kit. We have 2 boys age 12 and 13 ...... we hardly saw them! They were off at the teen club everyday. 5 Nights they didn't even eat with us as they have teen dining and all go together. They loved the Flowrider and spent most their time there. We were lucky as there were only 30 teens on the ship so when they were on the flowrider there would be only maximum of 6-8 people queuing to do it. On one day the boys had it to themselves for a whole hour ... fabulous! Overall we would definitely go on another cruise and we would definitely go with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
So a group of 6 of us travelled out of Southampton on a 14 night Mediterranean cruise. This was my first cruise from the UK and if I am honest, I am not sure I would do it again. There are definitely pro's to it if you are from the UK ... Read More
So a group of 6 of us travelled out of Southampton on a 14 night Mediterranean cruise. This was my first cruise from the UK and if I am honest, I am not sure I would do it again. There are definitely pro's to it if you are from the UK like unresricted baggage allowance, the hassle free process of no flights etc, but I do feel the first few day and last few days were ruined by bad weather. I appreciate you can get this anywhere but a rainy cloudy day in the Caribbean is still warm but when its gusty and cold, you are restricted to what you can do especially on a sea day. So, to sum up my time. Positives: 1. Service was amazing - Rodney and Dixon in the main dining room were attentive and brilliant. 2. Food was good. It doesn't compare to celebrity in regards to selection but still we had no complaints. 3. Facilities - There is plenty to do on board which was great for those rainy days. 4. Cabin - Both the cabin and cabin steward were fantastic. Negatives - 1. Had some issues in the spa where we kept getting overcharged for treatments. My advice would be to get them to write the price down for you when booking to save any confusion. 2. Shows - Too many comedians (like 6 on a 14 night cruise). They kept repeating the same jokes in the end. 3. The promenade parade. The last time I was on board, they had a huge parade with all the crew involved. Now it is labelled as a circus and lasts around 5 minutes. 4. The biggest bug bear for me was the amount of places they closed for private functions. This leaves little place for the majority to go especially when the weather isn't great so everyone is inside anyway. Overall, great crew, amazing ship but think I will stick to flying somewhere first to give a better chance of good weather. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Food and Shows are getting worse over time... Don’t do this cruise if you have kids. I would spend the extra money and go Disney. The shows were dated and there were several days with comedians which were boring... Excursions were not ... Read More
Food and Shows are getting worse over time... Don’t do this cruise if you have kids. I would spend the extra money and go Disney. The shows were dated and there were several days with comedians which were boring... Excursions were not worth the price payed. Everything is very rushed as some ports have 6 hrs before you have to back on the boat and driving to the loacation takes about an hour. While on the boat, despite confirmation that my child who turned three ball on the cruise would be able to go to the Kids camp was refused admission because their was too many kids and the boat didn’t have enough staff.... they should know this and plan before the ship leaves port!! The room staff is still helpful and kind and do a good job. Overall this cruise is underwilming if you have been on cruises before. It really shows that Royal is putting a lot of energy into the new big boats and has forgotten about the small and medium size boats. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We have been on 6 cruises with Royal Caribbean and there has been a drop in service and quality since our first cruise. We have just returned from a 14 night Mediterranean cruise May 2018 and despite having a great holiday there has been a ... Read More
We have been on 6 cruises with Royal Caribbean and there has been a drop in service and quality since our first cruise. We have just returned from a 14 night Mediterranean cruise May 2018 and despite having a great holiday there has been a drop in standards. Room attendants seem uninterested since tipping became automatic so no need to show any interest in you or their work. Staff in general are friendly and will do anything to help. Food in the main dining room is very good as is the service. The food is the windjammer is buffet style and despite a wide choice the food is warm at best. Buffet breakfast in the main dining room is also cold/warm. Entertainment is a hit or a miss. Some shows are brilliant and others are terrible. We tend not to bother with the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers and these in our opinion are very dull. If Royal Caribbean want to improve one area its the headliner shows. I would suggest to pay a little more for better quality acts and get rid of the same old faces we see on previous cruises. I have to say the quality of food and servicein the cafe promenade on this cruise was amazing. Again it’s a hit or a miss. Our cruise last year in the Caribbean the Cafe promenade was terrible and far too small for oasis class ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Navigator B2B We went on Navigator of the Seas out of Southampton on a Western Mediterranean cruise from May 13-27 and then from May 27-June 3 on a Northern Europe cruise. Funny about weather. Although the Mediterranean was smooth as ... Read More
Navigator B2B We went on Navigator of the Seas out of Southampton on a Western Mediterranean cruise from May 13-27 and then from May 27-June 3 on a Northern Europe cruise. Funny about weather. Although the Mediterranean was smooth as glass for most of our first two weeks, the temperature was much higher in Oslo than in Spain and Italy. We took the Southampton bus from the Heathrow station between terminals 2 and 3. It was fast and easy and we found the driver and other staff to be very helpful. The bus station is close to the dock, but just out of the distance I would want to roll my bag, so we took a cab. We stayed in Southampton for a few days before the cruise at the Holiday Inn right by the dock. It was simple to drag our bags over to the ship. We took the Red Funnel ferry to the Isle of Wight to visit Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s summer residence. This was probably our favourite tourist attraction of the whole trip. We also walked a lot in Southampton and thought the food was quite good. The British people we met on our cruise laughed and said we’d probably spent more time there than most British people who just use Southampton as a parking lot before they get on the ship. First, the ship. We were on Deck 9 in a balcony cabin – 9756. We’ve done a few cruises in Grand Suites lately and were worried about the size. No worries, though! We loved the cabin and even after 3 weeks we weren’t feeling cramped. No noise, smell, or service issues as reported by other cruisers. The only major thing we noticed since our last cruise was that the bag of laundry deal now excludes jeans! We had to ask for our bathrobes but the steward was quick to get them for us. On the first cruise, our fellow cruisers were, overwhelmingly, older people from Britain. Over a thousand had Diamond status and beyond. The Diamond Lounge was extended into the adjacent Cosmopolitan Club from 4:30 – 8:30, with crew checking ID. I spoke to some new cruisers who were surprised by this and felt like second class citizens. There were a few families with very young children, but generally, a quiet lot. The Windjammer was so busy they sometimes opened Giovannis for seating. I wasn’t particularly in love with the design that has Windjammer covered all the way to the back. It was very hot in the window areas.The food was good, though. On our last two cruises, they had removed smoked salmon from the breakfast selections, so I was glad to see it back. Chops, Giovannis, and Izumi were great. Good service and great food! The ship had just changed Sabor from Mexican to a Spanish tapas menu and we LOVED it. We were hesitant but everyone at our 8:30 seating in the main dining room had tried it and were impressed. As they had suggested, we asked our waiter to bring selections until we told him we were full. The Main Dining room was fine, but I was disappointed that the bread selection is no longer warm and presented to each diner. It now sits in the middle of the table. The Spa was as expected. Very nice service but lots of sales pressure. I was surprised to receive sales calls from the Spa on my cabin phone. It’s okay to get email messages on the cabin TV, but really, who wants a sales call while on vacation? Ports of Call – Cruise #1 I kept the info from the excursions desk that describes each of the port areas and how far it is to town, how to get shuttles, etc. I will add those to the information for each of the ports in the appropriate area of Cruise Critic. I want to say that EVERY city, except maybe Gibraltar, was spotlessly clean and we never felt unsafe. Although we were surprised by the cost of public toilets, the toilets were clean and safe. Gibraltar – okay for a short stop. We walked and enjoyed a light lunch but it was very busy everywhere. Alicante – beautiful city. We did the wine tasting tour and they stopped at a church designed by a student of Antoni Gaudi. We enjoyed both and especially the beautiful countryside along the way Rome – we bought express train tickets through RCCL and then did Rome on our own. We found the guide to be very helpful in getting us set up to see as much as possible. Florence- did the same thing as Rome. People we spoke to went into town in Livorno and said they wished they had arranged a tour of had gone to Pisa. Marseille- we’ve been to Provence several times on land, so took the shuttle and walked the old part of the city, which is quite compact. Not a lot to see. We wished we had arranged a tour instead. Plus, the shuttle was 20 Euros each return. Ridiculous and due to traffic rules, we were still blocks away from the fish market areas. Not a big deal to us, but people with canes were very upset. Barcelona – love love love! If you take a shuttle from the ship, the downtown “Las Ramblas” area is totally walkable and entertaining. There are lots of little side streets and probably the best window shopping of our trip. Lisbon – we did a wine trip to an area very close to the coast and they stopped at a tile making factory. There were many people on our bus who had been to Lisbon before and said the excursion was one of the best they had done. Vigo – Another short stop where we just walked the city. There are lots of hills and lots of cobblestones and so we got our exercise, but it was quite a wonderful surprise. End of cruise number one. Back to Southampton. Had a coffee, got back on board, and had the same cabin. Cruise #2 Night and day as far as our fellow passengers. It was half term break in Britain and this cruise was packed with families – lots of tweens and teens. We were told there were over 1000 minors on the cruise. There were also almost 2000 first time cruisers, due to a big promotion run in Britain. There were also far fewer Diamond members but surprisingly some entire families with Diamond status. The Diamond Lounge host did speak to a few kids who came in with shorts and flip-flops after 4:30 and they returned properly dressed. All that said, we had a blast! It was so fun to watch the kids form groups, hang out (everyone we saw was on their best behaviour), and especially, use the sports facilities. The pools, Flow Rider, climbing wall, and basketball court were very popular. Hamburg – this was such a lovely city. I was expecting a port town with not much more than the famous red light district, but it was so much more than that. They have so much innovative architecture, green initiatives. and more canals than Amsterdam! Be sure to get up early so you can follow the long trip in on the river. We did a canal tour that took us through lovely residential areas for miles and miles. Oslo – I have been up the coast of Norway but not to Oslo, so this was much anticipated. Like Hamburg, be sure to get up early to watch the passage through the fjord and to see all the islands along the way. This was the most northerly city on our cruise, but also the warmest day of our trip! It was around 30C. People were jumping into the harbour swimming and the parks were full. We took public transit up to the ski jump, which has been built as a piece of sculpture that shines out over the city. My grandfather was a world champion ski jumper from Norway, so this was very much of interest. The little commuter train winding up the mountain was a treat in itself. I love the Jo Nesbo detective books, so I got to see far more of the residential hillsides than I thought I would. The ski jump and museum are well worth the trip up, and if you can’t manage the hillside climb from the train station, there are ship’s excursions that will take you. One note of caution about the Hop On Hop Off bus company in Oslo. When you get on the bus at the docks, they go counterclockwise through downtown and then the parks, the maritime museum area, and back to the ships. This means that when you are at the maritime museums, every single person trying to get back to the ships will already have a seat on the bus, and due to time constraints, few people will be getting off. We saw some very panicked faces! I asked, and they don’t run any going clockwise to alleviate that situation. Public transit is easy to use in Oslo and it might be easier to do that and then to take a cab back afterward. Brugge – absolutely stunning. I have so many friends who have been and they always rave about it. We took an “on your own” tour that got us to the edge of the city and situated with maps, then we also did a canal trip on our own. We left at 1 and you could hardly move it was so crowded, so go early. Back to Southampton. We dragged our own luggage off, took a 10 pound cab ride to the bus station and then a very fast bus into London’s Victoria Station. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We booked this charter cruise via Voyage Privee at an amazing price. The lead prices were over the top and it looks like they had to be drastically reduced in order to fill cabins. Cruiseco, the charter company, really need to do their ... Read More
We booked this charter cruise via Voyage Privee at an amazing price. The lead prices were over the top and it looks like they had to be drastically reduced in order to fill cabins. Cruiseco, the charter company, really need to do their homework on pricing if they intend chartering ships out of the UK again. They also need to make sure that all agents have it available, as they seemed to be quite selective as to which agents they chose. We initially booked the cheapest inside cabin but were extremely happy to find that, when our documents were emailed to us, we had been given a balcony cabin! Quite a treat. We found our cabin to be of a good size and very well presented and clean. Our stewart did a great job every day and the towel sculptures made us smile! Embarkiation was relatively smooth, although there were very long queues at Southampton. However, once on board, everything went well. We chose to self disembark and had no problem in that regard. We absolutely loved everything about this cruise. The ships was great, all staff fantastic, food great too. We took the drinks package and felt it was well worth it. The choice of premium drinks on board is huge. There were 3 ports of call: Bilbao, Vigo and Lisbon. We had visited Bilbao before, so didn't venture into town on this occasion. Vigo seemed pretty small and we walked around and did our own thing. Lisbon was by far our favourite port, where we had booked a walking tour (independently). This was a fantastic way to the see the city and we plan on returning in the future to spend a few days here. Although we had freedom dining, we only ever ate in the buffet which served a fantastic choice of well cooked dishes. We were always extremely satisfied with the offering and couldn't find much to complain about. However, we did learn very quickly on the first day not to visit the buffet at 1 p.m. (peak time) as you will struggle for somewhere to sit. I guess this was made worse by the formal dining rooms not serving lunches during this cruise. As expected, the entertainment was wonderful and the atmosphere on board superb. We really hope that more cruises of this nature will be scheduled in the future, as we would jump at the chance to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was a chartered cruise by Cruiseco and billed as an 80s theme with over 38 acts performing during the cruise. It was very well organised with added benefit of the Royal Caribbean standard. Booked 3 weeks before departure & ... Read More
This was a chartered cruise by Cruiseco and billed as an 80s theme with over 38 acts performing during the cruise. It was very well organised with added benefit of the Royal Caribbean standard. Booked 3 weeks before departure & benefitted from a half price cost which proved to be great value for money - took out a drinks package which was reasonable price and well worth it. Entertainment was well organised ensuring all got to see headline acts. we were surprisingly allocated a promenade view cabin on deck 8 which exceeded our expectations. Although our preference of anytime dining was not available the restaraunt went out their way to accommodate our needs - the food was the usual high standard as expected and the service could not be faulted. Feel full price was overpriced and hopefully if this is to be an annual event consideration will be to pricing and possibly pitch it in between full & half price - definitely would recommend and look forward to it happening again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We recently took a Transatlantic Cruise on RCL Naviagator of the Seas. We booked an aft cabin (6388). Having cruised many times before in aft cabins we like the ability to see behind us - it makes for great pictures, particularly when ... Read More
We recently took a Transatlantic Cruise on RCL Naviagator of the Seas. We booked an aft cabin (6388). Having cruised many times before in aft cabins we like the ability to see behind us - it makes for great pictures, particularly when leaving a port. Nowhere in any brochure or online does it state that this cabin has an obstructed view. We could not see directly down to the water as there was an extended inaccessable deck outside our balcony which had railings and poles and a crew access deck directly below us. The cruise was completely booked so we could not change our cabin to a regular outside balcony. Upon returning from our cruise I contacted RCL to let them know that overall we were happy with the cruise however our cabin was not was it was advertised as. I even sent them pictures. Their response.......if you can see the horizon of the water, it's not obstructed and therefore should not have interfered with the enjoyment of our cruise. It most certainly did. Our Travel Agent was in agreement with us and will warn potential cruisers of this misinformation. Buyer beware! Remainder of cruise met our expectations. Dining room staff was very good and extremely accommodating. I’m a fussy eater but they always made sure there was something for me on the menu or they made me something special. Couldn’t have asked for more. Loved the fact the Customs was aboard the ship so the day before we docked, we went through customs so upon arrival in Southampton we could quickly depart the ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
DH and I had a wonderful transatlantic -our first! Navigator of the Seas is a beautiful ship. Food choices were good, lots of entertainment and things to do, and lots of relaxing while enjoying a week at sea before hitting the first port. ... Read More
DH and I had a wonderful transatlantic -our first! Navigator of the Seas is a beautiful ship. Food choices were good, lots of entertainment and things to do, and lots of relaxing while enjoying a week at sea before hitting the first port. We had a promenade cabin which allowed us to watch the parade and disco dancing from the comfort of our cabin. The cruise was a good value, catering to a middle class crowd. Ports: After spending a week at sea, we docked in Ponta Delgada, Azores. We went on a tour of the twin lakes (Sete Cidades)- one green, one blue. We then headed out to a park, and finally a very rushed visit to the pineapple plantation. We had only 20-25 minutes there and needed 45. We did visit the various stations (greenhouses) to see how the pineapple grew, however, there was a huge line to get into the gift shop, so we skipped that and got back on the bus. There were many other buses there at the same time which caused backups at all of the greenhouses. Really unfortunate that the arrival times of the various tours could not have been spread out a bit more. Next up was Lisbon where we did a walking tour, once again booked through Royal. We had a great guide and went on a hike up and down the narrow and beautiful streets of Lisbon. We sampled pastry and fish/potato pancakes along the way. Our next two ports were in Spain. In Vigo, we walked around on our own and visited O Castro. In A Coruna we hiked on our own to the Tour of Hercules and all the way to the top inside for great views of the bay. Fantastic place to visit- how often do you get to explore a lighthouse dating back to Roman times? Our last port was Le Havre, France. We took the Royal excursion to Honfleur and then walked around Le Havre in the afternoon. Honfleur, a beautiful fishing village, was spared the WWII bombings that destroyed much of Le Havre, which earned distinction in the way it was rebuilt after the war, leading Le Havre to become an UNESCO site. The walk from the ship to the train station in Southampton was much worse than I had expected due to all of our luggage. I definitely will reassess how I want to get from Southampton to London next time around. There is a nice Starbucks across the street from Platform One in which to relax while waiting if you do decide to take the train from Southampton to your next destination. Entertainment: The was a big mix of entertainment to choose from: the performers in the theater, ice dance shows, bands, a DJ, singers, and a guitar player. Landry was funny, the production shows were good (although I would prefer seeing Grease and Mama Mia on all the ships instead of the specially created shows for Royal), as well as the special show they did for the transatlantic. The singers from the productions who were featured in their own show one night hit the right notes. The magician, Bill Cook, did one trick at the end of his act which was a show stopper- don’t know how he did it! Jimmy Tamley did a funny ventriloquist act. Stephani Parker did an amazing job with her Whitney Houston tribute. What an amazing voice! DH loved the juggler, Pete Mattews, and all of the funny stuff which involved the audience helping out. Singers Gary Lovini and Darren Day did a great job, and the Beatles Celebration was fab. Our last show was the comedian, Mick Miller- didn’t understand all of the jokes, being American, but he got a lot of laughs. The Ice Dancing show was wonderful and not to be missed! We also enjoyed the special show that was done for the Top Tier evening celebration for the Crown and Anchor members. Food: The MDR remans challenging for vegetarians, however, the head waiter did stop by on the first night to ask if there was anything special that I needed, which I appreciated. There are a number of speciality restaurants- one of which, Johnny Rockets- ended up my favorite place on the ship. One day at sea, it was the only place we ate at all day. Loved it! The Windjammer was a great place to go for any meal because you could always find something. My only cause for concern was the fact that the second time I decided to enjoy some pasta with tomato sauce, it had (unlike the first day I tried it) what looked like peas in it. I ate some of it, and it didn’t taste the same as before. Then I found a tiny piece of bacon in it. Not cool. I did not choose that version of tomato sauce with the peas in it again. Spa: Unlike other Royal ships, this one does not have a Thermal Spa with the typical tiled hot chairs, sauna, steam rooms, aromatherapy room, and scented showers, however, I enjoyed the three stations that were available to use: the oversized whirlpool near the workout area and the sauna and steam room located in the ladies’ locker room. Cruise Critic event: We had a huge turn out for our meet-and-greet. The ship gave away prizes and served snacks/beverages. My thanks to all of the people who organized all of the extra events, such as the gift exchange. (On a side note, one of the gifts I brought, having gone out of my way by twenty miles round trip to buy it at the only place it was for sale in my hometown, was abandoned on the gift exchange table. I guess not everyone participating understood the concept: you bring something unique from your city/town/area that you can’t get elsewhere. Oh, well. Thanks for arranging the gift exchange, even if not everyone appreciated it). My two cents: I’m not going to complain about the food (which was good with the exception of the pizza which tasted like Jeno’s frozen pizza), nor the service (everyone works really hard- from the people cleaning your cabin, to the servers in the Cafe Promenade, to the entertainers). What I will complain about is the uncouth behavior of my fellow passengers. At every show I attended in the theater, people got up and walked out- while the performer was still taking a bow! Even the Beatle Celebration show, which was packed, had people leaving instead of showing their appreciation. Yes, you paid your fare, but does that give you the right to be rude? I would ask if they had been born in a barn, but that would be insulting to the people who actually had been. Are you in that much of a hurry to hit the buffet or lose your money in the casino that you can’t spare one minute to show your appreciation for the performer’s hard work? The uncouth behavior continued in the Windjammer where I witnessed one man take a piece of bread with his hand from the display only to put it back. I took the slice of bread out and set it aside explaining to a crew member what had happened. Another woman reached in to grab a bunch of grapes with one hand while holding the utensil she was suppose to use to select her fruit in the other hand. She then transferred the grapes from her hand to the utensil. Yikes. This was a wonderful trip despite some of my fellow passengers. Royal continues to produce a product which is a good value for middle class passengers. Sure, there are cuts here and there in order to save money (such as in the MDR), but I would prefer keeping fares down and deciding when and where to spend the savings in order to engage in dining and activities which match my needs rather than pay a higher fare in order to enjoy Cherries Jubilee at dinner. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We did the Miami to Southampton trans Atlantic cruise april 2018. The navigator is from 2002 and there are signs of aging but this did not affect our experience. We had an internal cabin and was very small but had everything we needed. A ... Read More
We did the Miami to Southampton trans Atlantic cruise april 2018. The navigator is from 2002 and there are signs of aging but this did not affect our experience. We had an internal cabin and was very small but had everything we needed. A bed, a bathroom and plenty of space to hang our clothes. The bathroom was not very clean because there was some molt on the wall where it was impossible to clean. This is not the fault of the staff, just a design error. The staff was extremely friendly and worked hard. The food was fantastic and the entertainment plentiful. The ports of call where not of our interest and we just walked on our own, which was nicer than expected. The only thing to complain about is the behaviour of other guests. Eating while walking in the windjammer, Reserving seats around the pools, questioning every answer during quizzes and just being arrogant, ignorant, rude and demanding. The pinnacle status is going to their heads. (Pinheads) We are definitely going to cruise with royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
For a vacation to relax, we took our dance shoes with us, normally on RCCL, there is dance (ball room) music before dinner and after dinner and if you are lucky the bands can play later too ball room music. On the Navigator of the Seas ... Read More
For a vacation to relax, we took our dance shoes with us, normally on RCCL, there is dance (ball room) music before dinner and after dinner and if you are lucky the bands can play later too ball room music. On the Navigator of the Seas this time, pre recorded music, dancefloor was too small. The big band can play jazz very well, but no ball room music, the waltz was too quick, rumba too quick, only the cha cha cha went well. the other bands was more for latin lovers. We were very disappointed even wrote the Hotel director Cary Davies to draw his attention to this fact but after calling the last day guest service, why he did not answer our letter, it seems that he lost our letter (we gave this letter personally to him, on the Diamond and above event) a lot of excuses, but it was the last day so no ball room for us, only excuses. Overall the food was very good. The ice show was spectecular we enjoy two times one show was specialy for diamonds and above. The ping pong tables were situated on a bad position, only one table was used the whole day by a group they played with 4, so waiting time was more than one hour while the rule is half an hour, this was bad organized. not sophisticated and certainly not sportive to fellow guests. From Southampton nothing was organized to go to the centre 15 minutes walk, no bus shuttle, only taxis. 1608 atlantic cruise no sun shine on the balcony be aware. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
If you are stopping in Lisbon on your cruise, do not select the tour by Tuk Tuk. We paid almost $100 apiece for what was supposed to be a 3 hour tour. We got barely 2 hours of touring and much of that time was spent sitting and waiting ... Read More
If you are stopping in Lisbon on your cruise, do not select the tour by Tuk Tuk. We paid almost $100 apiece for what was supposed to be a 3 hour tour. We got barely 2 hours of touring and much of that time was spent sitting and waiting to move from one place to another. Total rip-off! Overall, this transatlantic cruise is a good deal. The stops before reaching Southampton were great even though the Lisbon tour was terrible. Some of the entertainment was great but a lot of it was not appealing (ex. a juggler). Singer in the Schooner bar (Anthony Michael is the name, I think) was fantastic as was the Beatles Celebration band. Also the Whitney Houston tribute singer (forgot her name but can still hear the voice). Food is decent overall but had a couple of bad experiences (inedible entrees) in the main dining room and heard about a couple of others (outrageously slow service included) from fellow passengers. Our stateroom attendant was wonderful and made us different towel animals each evening! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We have been on approximately 11 cruises, seven of which have been on RCCL. We chose this cruise because it was going to four places we had never been to before. We will remember this cruise for all the wrong reasons. While this cruise ... Read More
We have been on approximately 11 cruises, seven of which have been on RCCL. We chose this cruise because it was going to four places we had never been to before. We will remember this cruise for all the wrong reasons. While this cruise had a number of minor annoyances, the two major issues were the fact that the cruise to Aruba did not go to Aruba, and the snorkeling excursion in Bonaire did not permit us to snorkel. We purchased the shore excursion well in advance. One week before sailing, RCCL arbitrarily changed the minimum age for snorkeling, so my youngest son was not able to snorkel. We were told he could sit on the beach, but he would not be allowed to enter the water. The Aruba issue had to do with weather, and I understand ship safety, but this cruise was two years in the planning and was selected because of the destinations. I can live with the above issues, but the customer service I received after the cruise is what has really frustrated me. The goal of customer service is generally to diffuse these types of situations. Every time I spoke to someone I was left more agitated. The responses were almost robotic with no ability to relate to people. They have absolutely no appreciation for long time customers or the impact a bad experience can have on a family. I will not be sailing RCCL ever again. Related to the ship directly, here are some of my issues: No self-service soda machines. I had to wait at a bar every time I wanted a soda. When I asked about it, I was told by a bartender it was so we could get excellent service. My experience was that it had the exact opposite affect. Bad experience at the Windjammer. It was hard to get a table, and long lines for items cooked to order. I am an early riser, and I was surprised to find that the Windjammer did not open until 7:00 am on some days, but what was more frustrating was that the doors to the Windjammer and the main dining room never opened on time. It was often five to ten minutes after the scheduled opening time that doors actually opened. Not a lot to do for the kids. No water slides or kids aquatic area. My youngest son likes mini-golf. The course is in rough shape, and one morning it was littered with broken glass from an adult beverages. We had connecting promenade view staterooms. While you could not hear regular activity and traffic, you could hear major activity, such as when they were having shows in the promenade. Some kind of disco party kept us awake on night. Anyway, as I mentioned, we will not be cruising on RCCL again, but if we did, it would likely not be on the Navigator of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.5 4.2

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