Sail Date: April 2017
We were in multiple rooms with the kids 8230 which was nice and a balcony ocean side. Was great our Stewart was great learned all the kids name. We had the kids in 8229 and 8231.Inside interior rooms they were about the size we expected. ... Read More
We were in multiple rooms with the kids 8230 which was nice and a balcony ocean side. Was great our Stewart was great learned all the kids name. We had the kids in 8229 and 8231.Inside interior rooms they were about the size we expected. the entertainment from Royal we felt was "soso" everyone raves about royal entertainment but it was amateur to say the best The ice skating though was great, the outside groups they brought on the jersey boy guys were great!!. We felt that Dave Devine was ok cruise director didn't see him much on board... and the fun stuff like volleyball etc didn't pick up until Thursday almost 5 days into the cruise. The food and service was great they treated us great all the time getting drinks, cleaning etc... The windjammer was good also we did try CHOPS, and the Giovanni table. We liked CHOPS but on other cruise lines the chef comes out to great you, you feel special here I felt it was just a sit down dinner, The steak was good but no special appetizer missing that personal touch. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
We did this cruise because of the itinerary. We have sailed on Navigator three times before when she sailed from Galveston. The ship was pretty much the same as we had seen her before, but she is starting to age. Our balcony had quite a ... Read More
We did this cruise because of the itinerary. We have sailed on Navigator three times before when she sailed from Galveston. The ship was pretty much the same as we had seen her before, but she is starting to age. Our balcony had quite a bit of rust/corrosion on it, the toilet glazing was pretty thin in the state room, the sofa/couch fabric was pretty threadbare, and the pool lounges are pretty old and beat up. Overall though we enjoyed the ship and the service! We did all of the specialty restaurant except Izumi. They were all very good. I was disappointed that Sabor did not make the guacamole table side like they had in the past though. The service more than made up for it. The Chefs Table was also excellent. It lasted almost three hours, but each dish was made perfectly and Andres the waiter/sommelier took his time explaining each course. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We chose this particular cruise for the itinerary and we were not disappointed! We were pleasantly surprised by the high level of service we received from the crew of the ship. Everyone seemed to truly enjoy their work, always smiling and ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise for the itinerary and we were not disappointed! We were pleasantly surprised by the high level of service we received from the crew of the ship. Everyone seemed to truly enjoy their work, always smiling and happy to make our cruise enjoyable. Our cabin steward was fantastic (I believe his name was Ezra) and our cabin was always in order. We booked a second cabin across the hall for our two teenagers so you can only imagine what condition it was in each morning, but they would come back to a clean and tidy space each day. For the first time we had an assigned dining time and was again impressed by the level of service. Our waiter knew our names the first night, made excellent recommendations and would tell us about the upcoming menu for the next night. The service was speedy but not rushed so I do not understand the other reviews saying how dinner would drag out for hours. We ran into our waiter several times in other parts of the ship and he would still greet us by name and ask about our day! He was excellent! The ports on the cruise were just amazing. On Labadee we did the daypass for the Dragon's Tail which was a blast. There is a new floating bar off of Adrenaline beach to try out:-) I Aruba we did an ATV excursion which was a blast since there were "no rules"!! Our teenage son REALLY liked that. On Curacao we did the East Island Tour which we found to be fun and informative. Our favorite was Bonaire as it was so laid back. I hope it keeps its charm....I want to keep it a secret! We will definitely go back for more incredible diving. Overall another great Royal Caribbean vacation!! Another first for us was that we booked out next cruise while on board. We are super excited to experience the Symphony of the Seas. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We truly enjoyed the cruise. Excellent variety of food in the main and buffet restaurants. Excellent service. The servers are plesant and very helpful. There is quite a bit to do on the ship, as well as, the excursions offered. Always ... Read More
We truly enjoyed the cruise. Excellent variety of food in the main and buffet restaurants. Excellent service. The servers are plesant and very helpful. There is quite a bit to do on the ship, as well as, the excursions offered. Always something to enjoy while at sea for all. The entertainment was enjoyable. We enjoyed the ice show. There are a variety of stores to purchase your souvenirs and clothing, if required. The ship was very clean, in the hallways, washrooms, bars, etc. When we arrived at the peir, the porter demanded a tip to take care of our luggage, which we did, but when we received it at the cabin, it was broken. Guest services did replace it, so that was good. The departure was very confusing and congested. Didn't seem like the departure was very organized. There were not enough announcements on directions. A lot of people were confused and kept asking questions. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
As a bit of background info, this was my 10th cruise overall (7th with RCI). I was Platinum at the beginning of the cruise and became Emerald midway through the cruise. I sailed with my roommate (her 3rd cruise) and we are in our mid ... Read More
As a bit of background info, this was my 10th cruise overall (7th with RCI). I was Platinum at the beginning of the cruise and became Emerald midway through the cruise. I sailed with my roommate (her 3rd cruise) and we are in our mid 50s. We flew into FL via PBI 3 days prior to the cruise. We rented a car and drove to MIA where we dropped off the car and then took a taxi to the Holiday Inn - Port of Miami Downtown across the street from Bayside Marketplace. Prior to the cruise we did the red HOHO Big Bus for two days enabling us to do 2 of the 3 bus routes along with a 2 hour boat tour. The night before our cruise began we had an informal CC M&M at Bubba Gumps. On embarkation day we were at the port at 9 a.m. (we took a cab). We were 3rd and 4th in line. Doors opened at 10 a.m. and we whizzed up to the security area where we cooled our heels until about 10:45 (we watched people trickling out of the ship above us). Once through security we went straight to check in where there was a minor delay due to some computer issues then we were sent to the Platinum and Emerald waiting area directly to the right of the escalator leading up to the ship. We only sat there about 5 minutes before we were allowed to board NOS. We then headed up to the Windjammer where we again had to wait nearly 45 minutes before they opened the doors (health inspectors were checking things out and were delayed). Windjammer quickly became a zoo, but since we had our seats and food we were fine. Cabins were available around 1:30. We had our aft corner cabin 7388. It is the 2nd time I've had that particular cabin. I have had the opposite aft corner 7688 as well. We dropped off our things and then went out to explore the ship. This was my 4th Voyager class ship to sail on so I am familiar with the layout. We found the ship in very good shape. No complaints there. This was the first time I had My Time Dining where I actually scheduled our times in advance online. Most nights we scheduled for 6:00, but some nights showed up at 5:45 and they seated us right away. On our first night when we checked in they asked if we wanted a table for 2 and we said yes. We were seated at table 568 and had Ivor as our waiter and Douglas as our assistant waiter. They would prove to be the best wait staff I have ever had on a cruise and we loved them. They were a great team, funny and polite and always ready to meet our every dining need. I am gluten intolerant so I eat gluten-free as much as possible and every night they would check to make sure that what I ordered was gluten-free. Ivor even took a plate away from me when he realized the sauce wasn't gluten-free. We found the food in the dining room to be excellent. I particularly enjoyed the strip steak which I found juicy and flavorful. Servings were generally large and Ivor was always bringing us extra appetizers to try that we hadn't ordered if he thought we would enjoy them. Some we did and some we didn't but we appreciated his thoughtfulness. My only complaint about the dining room was the lack of variety in the gluten-free bread offered at dinner. It was always a dry white or wheat bread and quickly became extremely boring to eat. I want to add that every night when we checked in at the desk I simply said we were in cabin 7388 and we were at table 568 and they would check to make sure no one had been seated there and then they would wave us off to seat ourselves. So that is how we were "assigned" to table 568 for MTD. We did not go to any of the shows except for the ice dancing show which we enjoyed. I still find it amazing that the skaters can leap and jump on a moving ship and land on those blades without falling down. We attended the 2nd showing and Studio B was packed out. One highlight of our cruise was performing in the Michael Jackson "Thriller" number prior to the Quest. They offered the first class on the first sea day at 12:30. We had about 30 people at the first rehearsal which lasted nearly 2 hours. It was listed in the Compass, so keep your eyes open for it if it sounds interesting to you. If you want to see what it looks like, check out YouTube and search for "Royal Caribbean Thriller" and several years worth of videos will pop up. We had 2 sea day rehearsals and then the day of the Quest show we met for a 3rd tidying up rehearsal in the afternoon followed by an hour dress rehearsal in Studio B prior to the Quest. We had a total blast performing and ended up with about 18 people in our actual performance. We did not stay for the Quest since we were pooped after our Thriller workout! Since this was a Southern Caribbean cruise, our ports were Haiti, Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire. We are not water sports or beach fans so Labadee is boring for us. We got off the ship just to get off and take a few pictures before returning to the ship and spent the rest of the day in the almost empty Solarium. On Curacao we did RCI's "Beauties of Curacao" shore excursion. The only part we liked of this shore excursion was stopping at the Jan Kock estate where Nena Sanchez lives and has an extended gallery of her works which we really like. We bought 2 tiles (we bought 2 tiles at her gallery in town on our last cruise to Curacao) that we liked. In Aruba we did the "Best of Aruba" shore excursion offered by RCI and found that one to be a bit more enjoyable than the Curacao shore excursion (it helped that Aruba was much more interesting to look at than Curacao). We stuck to simply shopping in Bonaire and enjoyed the open air market on the way to the town. We found the locals in the ABCs to be very friendly. Disembarkation wasn't as easy as my Freedom cruise out of Port Canaveral last year, but it was still relatively pain-free and fast. We had #4 luggage tags so we were supposed to disembark at 8:30, but there was a delay and we didn't actually get called until close to 9 a.m. There was also a delay once we did get off the ship supposedly due to overcrowding down in the customs area by those who chose to walk off. Not sure if that was true or not, but they held us upstairs by the elevator and escalator for about 15 minutes after they called our luggage tag number. Once downstairs there are several rooms where the conveyor belts are located and there is a board listing which luggage tag numbers are serviced by that room. We had to go through 3 rooms to get to our room where our luggage was quickly located. We snagged a porter right away (they are worth every penny you tip them) and once he found out that our final destination was the Alamo rental office at MIA, once through customs (and you simply show your passport to the agent, no more forms to fill out) he took us directly to where the Alamo shuttle bus was to pick us up at. You MUST have a confirmed Alamo reservation and the paperwork proving it to take the bus. The bus driver will NOT allow you on the bus if you don't have that paperwork. Overall we enjoyed our Southern Caribbean cruise on NOS. I know there was a lot of negative talk about NOS back in December and it would appear that RCI dealt with all the negative issues in a good way. We found the staff onboard the ship to be friendly and never experienced anything negative during our time on NOS. They seemed to go out of their way to make us happy. We only had 2 instances where we were approached about going to one of pay restaurants, but thankfully they weren't pushy. I would not hesitate to go on NOS again. Only complaint I had was that the weather wasn't as warm and dry as I was expecting, but RCI has no control over that! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
We had a restful time and there were few problems. This ships staff were friendly kind and understanding when problems came up. It is problably the most restful cruise that I have been on as we usually go on 7 days or more. The fool in the ... Read More
We had a restful time and there were few problems. This ships staff were friendly kind and understanding when problems came up. It is problably the most restful cruise that I have been on as we usually go on 7 days or more. The fool in the main resturaunt was great and the dining room staff was friendly. The cabin attendant was a happy and very upbeat each time we saw her. The buffett could be better but was what was expected for cruise ship food. We had four cabins on board and everyone in our group was satisfied and the kids had a great time, this ship was very kid friendly. The ports were the best but we were there more for the ship than the ports of call. Overall great ship, great staff and a wonderful experience was had by all that traveled with us on board the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
I chose this cruise because it was a 5 day cruise, and I wanted to visit Conzumel. I'm familiar with the ship and its amenities and I knew we would enjoy our vacation. The food is awesome. great variety of places and things to eat. ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was a 5 day cruise, and I wanted to visit Conzumel. I'm familiar with the ship and its amenities and I knew we would enjoy our vacation. The food is awesome. great variety of places and things to eat. The pool area was not crowded but like always, other cruisers tend to reserve chairs for hours at a time and forget about the other people that want a chair to sit and relax. The staff at the bars work swiftly to avoid lines and avoid keeping the people from waiting too long. The entertainers need to be looked into. the wardrobe appeared to be homemade and did not fit the bodies of the individuals. The music was old fashion and they need to be focusing on the current trends and new artists. The fitness center is appropriate for the occasion. Kept very clean and all of the equipment in its place and in working order. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We were looking for a larger ship but not to large for a family cruise of 12 people and this was the perfect size ship. This ship has plenty to do especially if you have children, they have an awesome arcade, pool areas, flow rider, kids ... Read More
We were looking for a larger ship but not to large for a family cruise of 12 people and this was the perfect size ship. This ship has plenty to do especially if you have children, they have an awesome arcade, pool areas, flow rider, kids club, and kid friendly meals. We really loved that they had 3 pools and 1 of them is an adult pool along with 2 huge hot tubs near it, oh and how could I forget a bar for those yummy drinks. The main dining room is nice with 3 levels but if you are like me I like a variety for dinner and the Windjammer definitely offers a variety of food from different countries. My favorite entertainment is the game Quest and it makes everyone participate and is a riot. This cruise we took 1st place and the last cruise we took 2nd place, its amazing with everyone will do for a cheap medal around your neck but so worth it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I have been cruising with Royal for a while now, and have been on Navigator once before. This has been my best cruise so far! We had amazing service in the dining room and loved our servers, Diogo and Delsa. They made sure we were 100% ... Read More
I have been cruising with Royal for a while now, and have been on Navigator once before. This has been my best cruise so far! We had amazing service in the dining room and loved our servers, Diogo and Delsa. They made sure we were 100% satisfied each meal! The gentlemen, Aurin and Earl, who worked at the Solarium bar were great! They kept us laughing and made drinks that were made based on our likes. The best part was that everyone we met, that worked on the ship, remembered our names after one meeting! The only negative was that the Broadway show in the main theater on the second night was pretty bad. The songs were not well known, so my whole party lost interest pretty quickly. Plus, the singing was not 100%. In Cozumel, we went on the Dolphin Push, pull and swim with lunch break and it was AMAZING!!! The dolphin experience was fun and exciting and the food and drinks after were delicious! Overall, this was an amazing trip and I cannot wait to go again!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This Cruise was veryy enjoyable! My partner and I enjoyed this Ship very much due to variety of things to do on the ship, the shows were very good at night; the shows on the promenade deck were very good as well; the food at the buffet was ... Read More
This Cruise was veryy enjoyable! My partner and I enjoyed this Ship very much due to variety of things to do on the ship, the shows were very good at night; the shows on the promenade deck were very good as well; the food at the buffet was good; and we ate at the main dining room every night and thought the food was good; also loved that there was some entertainment in the main dining room on the last days on board; the waiters were nice and attentive even at the buffet; the ship is gorgeous..sort of a renaissance style decor but lovely; yes, there was a lot of people a bit older than us...we are in our late 40's...but we actually did not mind as we prefer to have that onboard, than to have young wild and noisy crowds on the ship. The islands were beautiful; we did a simple excursion in Labadee but fun; in Aruba we did a tour of the islands, in Curacao we just walked to the floating bridge and to some shops; and in Bonaire we went to the beach Eden Beach that is also known as Spice Beach Club; the beach is not huge it is more for snorkeling which we do not do..but we went anyway and then we also used the pool for no charge of the Beach club..it was nice and there was a restaurant with music right there and nice spot to take pictures. We had an oceanview room and it was spacious! The only negatives, did not like the pizza on this ship, and the noise in the bar that is in the back of the show room (metropolis theater) the servers were noisy while the show was going on; the disembarkation took a little longer than expected but still a smooth and organized process; I loved that everything on this ship seemed to be organized and aimed to please everyone! Overall a great experience and lovely time spent on this ship and the islands! One of our best traveled Cruises of many we have taken; one of our favorites now added to our list. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
We have sailed many times on Royal Caribbean. This time we took a 9 day spring break cruise. I was surprised by how few young families there were on the ship and how many seniors were on the trip. Next time we will take a 7 day cruise. ... Read More
We have sailed many times on Royal Caribbean. This time we took a 9 day spring break cruise. I was surprised by how few young families there were on the ship and how many seniors were on the trip. Next time we will take a 7 day cruise. The ship was very nice and clean. The venues were good but there wasn't a lot going on. On the days at sea I was expecting a daytime trivia or couples game or something but nothing....other than the bingo which cost way too much! The night time entertainment was very good. We enjoyed each show. Our cabin was nice and well kept and the stateroom attendant was there for whatever we needed. Our dining experience was ok. After a few days you get tired of the same foods over and over again. We had dinner at chops for our anniversary and the overall ambience of the restaurant was very nice. The food was ok and the waiter was wonderful. The only problem we have with the dining on the ship at dinner in the main dining room and at chops is that they let you in there to dine wearing just about whatever you want. I feel that if you go to a nice place and are paying more you should dress in more than jean shorts and flip flops. We loved the ports of call. We would go back and visit all of them except Curacao...not too impressed with that island. Nothing inparticular...l just liked Aruba and Bonnaire better. One thing about Royal caribbean I think they need to become more of a fun ship. LIke I said we were hard pressed to find something to do on the at sea days other than sit by the pool, which was fine. I personally enjoy playing group trivia and games. The cruise director was great but there was some other woman who was working with him and she was very low energy. She was a nice lady but not the kind of person who should be in front of a crowd. Next year we are already booked for a 7 day cruise on the Oasis with the dreamworks experience. We have two young children ages 8 and 10 and it was so hard to pull them from the adventure ocean room. They lived there for the entire week, which was great for us! The only thing is that we compare the adventure ocean to the carnival kids club. When we cruised on Carnival our kids brought home some type of keepsake craft after every visit to the club. This time not so much, they got a bandana and a pillow case. The prices after 10 for child care are very reasonable. I am hoping for a younger crowd and a more fun ship experience next year...if not we may revisit Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
I chose this cruise for the destination. I was satisfied that my balcony room was roomy and not smaller because I was alone. The crew were very friendly. The dining experience was average when compared to other cruise vacations that I ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the destination. I was satisfied that my balcony room was roomy and not smaller because I was alone. The crew were very friendly. The dining experience was average when compared to other cruise vacations that I have taken. The excursions were good and were informative. Some of the crew members dressed up daily. The person at the Windjammer dining room that greeted you each day had a unique way of greeting guest and reminding them to use the antiseptic gel each day, He dressed in a new hat each day which was fun to see. Some of the shopping crew dressed in the clothes that were being sold. I do think they need to find some new items to sell besides watches and jewelry. Overall this cruise was a good experience and I would recommend if someone is looking for a cruise to the ABC islands. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
We are just off the 9-day ABC islands cruise on Navigator. This was our first cruise with RCCL in 12 years. Our previous cruises were all on the Voyager. It was interesting to see how RCCL had changed, or not, over the past decade. ... Read More
We are just off the 9-day ABC islands cruise on Navigator. This was our first cruise with RCCL in 12 years. Our previous cruises were all on the Voyager. It was interesting to see how RCCL had changed, or not, over the past decade. Overall, this was a wonderfully relaxing vacation with the perfect mixture of four port days and four sea days. --The ship-- The Navigator is a beautiful ship that is showing its age. It looks like it could use some fresh paint and a thorough cleaning of all of the windows. But still beautiful. We loved the common areas, particularly the Schooner bar and the Two Poets pub. Fantastic musician playing guitar and singing in Two Poets several nights! Loved going up to deck 12 and just looking out at sea. Going to the pool is an important part of any vacation for me. I was surprised that when I showed up at the Solarium pool at 8 am on sea days, every single lounger was already taken. Guess you have to awaken at the crack of dawn. Still, I was able to get a lounger by the pool -- I just dragged one over from the shady area. I was disappointed that the staff did nothing to enforce the rule about not saving chairs. Saw many chairs with towels and books on them for hours, the guests nowhere in sight. The hot tubs were very nice and we spent a lot of time in those. The two main pools on the pool deck were crammed with children and we avoided those. --Our cabin-- We were in 6554, a balcony stateroom near the front of the ship. Our cabin steward was very friendly and conscientious. Being on the left side of the ship meant that we were facing the port in all but one of the islands where we docked. I loved being on our balcony. I especially enjoyed getting a snack from Sabor or Izumi and having it in the afternoons on the balcony. (You can order chips and guacamole or sushi to go; you just pay the $10 cover charge.) --Food-- This was where we saw a significant drop off from our last RCCL cruise 12 years ago. The food served in the main dining room was nothing special. Shrimp cocktail consisted of three tiny shrimp on wilted lettuce. NY Strip steak was seasoned nicely, but was only about 1/2 inch thick and extremely tough. Overall, it was hard for us to find items we wanted to order on the menu each night. Bland food, mostly. Our waiter was also kind of odd and made us uncomfortable-- he was awkward, was constantly hovering, and tried to make jokes that weren't funny. (Like asking us, "how's the cow?" as we were eating steak.) We ended up eating in the Windjammer many nights and we were pleasantly surprised. It's very quiet there at dinner, with dim lighting, totally unlike the breakfast-lunch experience, and there's a nice variety. On formal nights, the Windjammer offers a delicious "Mongolian grill" where the chefs will make your stir fry dish to order. (And it's casual, so no need to dress up.) The Windjammer also had consistently delicious Indian food every night. I love Indian food, so I ate it most nights for dinner. On the final night, they had an extensive Indian buffet. We tried Sabor one night and I was blown away by their guacamole! Everything else was very good, too, and service was wonderful. Totally worth eating there. The service in Sabor reminded me of how the service was in the main dining room a decade ago. We heard people saying the other specialty restaurants were also great. RCCL really pushes these, with staff constantly going around hawking reservations. I came away from the cruise feeling that RCCL wants to push guests into the extra-fee dining and has moved away from focusing on the main dining room as a special experience. --Staff-- Not very impressed overall with the staff. The folks at the guest services desk seemed particularly apathetic. Likewise for some of the employees working in the gym. Again, unlike 12 years ago, I didn't have the sense that RCCL would do anything to make the vacation special for guests. Some of the best staff were those who are probably the lowest paid-- the men and women clearing dishes in Windjammer. They were consistently friendly, energetic and nice to be around. Knowing what RCCL pays these employees (very, very little), I gave some of them a cash tip. --Ports-- Labadee: We took a shore excursion to Amiga Island, a beautiful little island 20 minutes away. Beautiful beach and water! Great place to go if you don't want to be around crowds. We tried snorkeling but there wasn't much to see. Curaçao-- The port is in an industrial area. We just walked around the town, didn't do a shore excursion. Loved the floating bridge! Came back to the ship early and enjoyed having the pool to ourselves. Aruba-- One of our favorite islands! We paid $13 for a cab to Eagle Beach and rented an umbrella and chairs for $35 for the day. If you just want to go to the beach on Aruba, don't bother with a shore excursion. It's much cheaper and you'll have more time at the beach if you take a cab on your own. Gorgeous, warm water. It was very windy so we spent most of the time in the water because of stinging sand. Another great option on Aruba is to go to the Renaissance hotel (right by the cruise ship) and buy a day pass to the Renaissance private island. It's expensive ($100) but comes with food, a floating mat, everything you need. Bonaire-- This was my favorite port. It's like a smaller, quieter, less touristy Aruba. We took the water taxi to Klein Bonaire and snorkeled. A gorgeous, protected reef, tons of fish. Not as good snorkeling as Grand Cayman but still really good. The highlight was that a sea turtle appeared and I floated next to her for a good 10 minutes. Unfortunately there were many little jellyfish-- I guess April is their high season-- and my husband and I were each stung 3 times, so we didn't spend as long snorkeling as I would have liked. After snorkeling we went back to port and walked around the town. What a cute, unspoiled, uncommercial little town! Lots of little shops and bars and restaurants right on the water. I also loved that there are places to swim basically right there next to the ship-- just walk down a few steps and jump in to the gorgeous clear blue water. There was a little waterside bar about 1/4 mile from the ship where people were enjoying beers and swimming. Just a great island -- I'd spend a week there for a totally laid back vacation! So all in all, a wonderful trip. We will go on RCCL again but probably on one of the newer ships, and will budget to eat in the specialty dining restaurants for more of the nights. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
My wife and I decided to take our two teenage kids on their first cruise with mixed results. We haven't cruised in over 15 years and it was disappointing how some things have changed with RCL. Gone are the days of the midnight ... Read More
My wife and I decided to take our two teenage kids on their first cruise with mixed results. We haven't cruised in over 15 years and it was disappointing how some things have changed with RCL. Gone are the days of the midnight buffet with ice sculptures, lobster at the captain's dinner, and bar waiters that came around whenever your drink was gone. Now you wait in line at the bar for your drinks and pay an additional fee for a lobster or nice steak at dinner. With that being said, my wife and I had a really good time. My kids became a little bored, that's on them. There's enough to keep kids entertained, they just need to be willing to get involved. We had a junior suite, 1352 which was very spacious for the four of us. The ship itself is very nice with many things to do and many place to hang out. Our waitstaff and housekeeping both did a great job. I just wish we could tip them individually instead of having a $54 gratuity charge added to our account every day to supplement the crews wages. We stopped at Nassau and Cozumel. Both were fun ports. We took the cruise's excursion the Blue Lagoon Island in the Bahamas and had a nice time there. In Cozumel we went with a 5 hour island tour through Safetours and were very happy with them. Much less expensive than other tours and it included a nice lunch. Overall we had a good time and will probably cruise again someday. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
This 5 night cruise to Cozumel and Nassau fit perfectly into my our schedule. My husband and I work at a beach resort on The west coast of Florida. We take at least a cruise per year the past few years! This was our 3rd on Rcl. We have ... Read More
This 5 night cruise to Cozumel and Nassau fit perfectly into my our schedule. My husband and I work at a beach resort on The west coast of Florida. We take at least a cruise per year the past few years! This was our 3rd on Rcl. We have been on Independence, Enchantment, and now Navigator. We have also been on Norwegian, Celebrity and Carnival. I prefer Royal! I love the more open concept of the ship common areas and the understated elagance of the decor. Navigator was a beautiful ship! We arrived in Miami at 11:30 am, parked at the port and were on board by 12:30. We decided on the promenade view room 7555. It overlooks the forward part of promenade and across from Cafe. It cost a small amount more but, was so worth it! I loved the window seat! It was nice to see what was going on and people watch. We just couldn't afford a balcony view. We only had one dinner in MDR. We had 5:30 reservations and found it was a bit too early. We did go on formal night and to our surprise, were the only couple at a table for 8! Our server was very nice. I had the chefs selection snapper. It was good but, a bit bland. My husband loved his prime rib. The lemon meringue pie was THE best dessert I've had yet on Royal! The other 4 nights we had Windjammer and it was always great with plenty of variety. I do not agree with the reviews that say otherwise! The coffee in Royal promenade cafe was actually much better this cruise. I believe they may have changed brands? I'm almost embarrassed to say as for the ports: been there, done that and we didn't even bother getting off of this beautiful vessel! Instead, we lounged in the solarium hot tub and enjoyed the quieter atmosphere onboard. Our room steward was superb and our room was very clean. We didn't even see any dirt on the Lysol wipes we use to wipe down the room, ( we do work at a resort and know how things get overlooked;). The entertainment was mostly very good! I thought the singers and dancers were great and loved the performances! Loved the ice show. The first comedian was not that great. The comedian last night was pretty funny. (Names?). I enjoyed the cruise director Drew but, his assistant -again name? (Younger guyBritish), was great and had a fun, dry humor! we did the self disembarkation Friday morning and got to the dining room, as directed, about 30 min prior to the time and were up front in line. Once we moved we were whisked off in 15 min flat and after paying our parking fee of $100 for five days, we were back on the road. Yes, we loved Navigator. Yes, we'd go again! Perfect size! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
The ship was mostly great. My wife and I thought that the beds were not up to par for most ships in the fleet. My mother is in a wheelchair. Deck 5 is the most used deck to go front to back. Our staterooms were forward and dining in the ... Read More
The ship was mostly great. My wife and I thought that the beds were not up to par for most ships in the fleet. My mother is in a wheelchair. Deck 5 is the most used deck to go front to back. Our staterooms were forward and dining in the aft. With everything going on and all the stuff that is on display in the center of the walk space really makes it hard to get around. I know RCL wants to separate people from their money, but putting the displays on the sides would make more since. This ship had a large amount of handicapped people onboard, but we see more and more handicapped on cruises. This is wonderful! Running into people with a wheelchair who suddenly stop to look at sale items in not. Escargot at each dinner. My favorite! Always a great menu! If you are lucky enough to have the entertainer David Curtis Mutter on your cruise do not miss him. He plays and sings for 3 hours NON STOP! WOW! The best I have seen in many years. He is a MUST SEE! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
This was our 4th cruise in the last 8 years. We are from the Midwest and in our late 50's. We chose this cruise for the ports. Flew in and stayed the night before. Got to the port at 10:30am on ship by 11:45am. Most of the ship looks ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise in the last 8 years. We are from the Midwest and in our late 50's. We chose this cruise for the ports. Flew in and stayed the night before. Got to the port at 10:30am on ship by 11:45am. Most of the ship looks really good, some wear and tear, but who cares. We had balcony on deck 7. Plenty of space and attendant was nice and friendly. Beds are firm, and pillows are flat. Food in dining room was good, not great. Less options. Waiter was good, asst. waiter was learning. Windjammer was good not great, with not many healthy choices. Did not spend more money in special restaurants. When booking we requested a table for 6 (at 8pm), we got a table for 10. One couple never showed up and some others missed some nights to go to specialty places. We did enjoy talking to the two couples that were there most nights. The whole dining room was half empty all week. Kind of boring. Had drink package, no problems getting what we wanted, but bar service was slow. There were waiters walking around pool, but seemed to also take a long time to get drinks from them. Some drinks made differently depending on bar. Activities were varied, and sometimes not on time, or not much participation. Some music events were scheduled, but sometimes didn't happen. Singers and dancers were really good, and jazz orchestra was outstanding. They have such a variety. Cruise director was OK, but AD was boring and typical. Fitness center was well equipped but warm. Avoided the Casino as we hate smoke. CC Meet and Mingle was a joke and insult to us long time members. It was scheduled at 11:30am before we cruised. The day of the cruise some people got notice in cabin of the change to 10am. Many people missed it. Basically it was just a raffle, and then get out of the club because they had another event happening. Late night dancing did not have much action as the DJ is not so good. There were different musicians and entertainers each night at different locations. They were mostly really good. Did all RC shore excursions and they were good. Although during the Kayak trip at Labadee the leader stopped at a little beach so the residents could push their stuff. We arrived back to port on time in Miami. Getting off was somewhat organized, but at one point they just started telling everyone to get off. There were lines for customs, but once at the official....they said OK and good bye without much review. We would sail RC again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
This cruise was chosen because of the ports it was stopping at, port stops were great. Labadee Aruba Curacao and Bonare, The staff was excellent and the ship was clean. Most shows were good however some did not seem to be enjoyed by all ... Read More
This cruise was chosen because of the ports it was stopping at, port stops were great. Labadee Aruba Curacao and Bonare, The staff was excellent and the ship was clean. Most shows were good however some did not seem to be enjoyed by all folks. Food plenty of it and most meals were great. Food select was good but a few more choices would make it great. Hot soups available with the dining room meal would have been nice. Dining room service was excellent. Internet WiFi should be cheaper or free. Entertainment was good but some shows good have been better. Overall we would hesitate to tell others to travel with this cruise line. Strongly recommend that the internet and WiFi be available for no cost. This should not be an extra charge. Also Drink package should be available for less money EXAMPLE choice of 10 drinks at a time Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2017
Our group found this cruise when rcl cancelled our cruise on the rhapsody of the seas. A 9 night cruise thru costco for $1240 for 2 in a promenade room looked like a good deal, it was. We had some rocking in the beginning and even an ... Read More
Our group found this cruise when rcl cancelled our cruise on the rhapsody of the seas. A 9 night cruise thru costco for $1240 for 2 in a promenade room looked like a good deal, it was. We had some rocking in the beginning and even an emergency airlift but we traveled on. labadee is as always great and 4 of our group did the zip line. in curacao we took a tour with irie tours, great people and even sampled blue curacao. Aruba we had a day pass to occidental hotel with unlimited beach, pool, food and drink. on bonaire we went to harbor village resort, a great place with great people. Crystal clear water. Ships crew was great and cd cuddy was fun. The ship lacks some of what the newer ships have ( pizzeria) (grill with hot dogs and burgers) both they were available in the buffet. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2017
This was our second RC cruise. The ship layout was good, plenty of bars, strategic restrooms and the Royal Promenade was great. Service was good, plenty of entertainment options and it amazes me how they can put 3300 passengers on the ... Read More
This was our second RC cruise. The ship layout was good, plenty of bars, strategic restrooms and the Royal Promenade was great. Service was good, plenty of entertainment options and it amazes me how they can put 3300 passengers on the ship yet it never seems crowded. The Sapphire evening dining room was very elegant and the service was great. The food was very good and there was plenty of it. Our waiters Ozzie and Caroline were very good and friendly. The NY strip steak was excellent every night. The wines were also very tasty. We dined at the Windjammer buffet several times. It was good but if you go, bypass the initial line and move deeper into the restaurant. There seemed to be more choice toward the back. Embarkation was OK, Disembarkation was better. If you're in a hurry opt for the self-assist checkout. It goes much faster. We'll cruise again. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2017
This was our 2nd cruise with Royal.Caribbean. The ports were the main reason we choose this cruise and they lived up to the hype. All ports on this itinerary were fantastic. Our first RCI cruise was on the "Super friendly Rhapsody ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise with Royal.Caribbean. The ports were the main reason we choose this cruise and they lived up to the hype. All ports on this itinerary were fantastic. Our first RCI cruise was on the "Super friendly Rhapsody of the Seas" and unfortunately this ships name was not preceded by "Super Friendly" but rather the "Beautiful NOS". We did not get the same warm and fuzzy feeling about the NOS, the staff seemed to be less happy than the ROS, and unfortunately it showed. The meals in the included dining room were not as good as the ROS, and it almost seemed as though this was intentional to upsell the pay for restaurants. For us it worked, we ate at Chops twice, Giovanni 's and also the Chefs table, all of which were amazing. We loved the Royal Promenade and our Jr. suite was amazing, large and well appointed, everything we could ask for, I would definitely treat yourself if you can afford the extra few bucks. Also we loved vintages and the two poets pub and spent a lots of time there. We had a very relaxing vacation and would definitely recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2017
Ready to read the most detailed review ever?! I used topic headings to make it easier. ;-) Booked Online: In a flash sale, my mother invited me to cruise with her for 9 days through the Caribbean to Haiti and the ABC Countries I ... Read More
Ready to read the most detailed review ever?! I used topic headings to make it easier. ;-) Booked Online: In a flash sale, my mother invited me to cruise with her for 9 days through the Caribbean to Haiti and the ABC Countries I hadn't yet visited. Any Caribbean experience in February is bound to be warmer than staying in NYC, so I booked flights to the Miami port, which were surprisingly more expensive than usual, and made it happen. One thing that was not clear online was that when I thought I had reserved excursions and on-board experiences in advance- I actually had not reserved any without officially checking out with full credit card payment in advance of being on the cruise- so definitely know that you need to not just reserve in advance, but fully pay and check out in advance for those reservations to be valid before getting on board. Boarding: I used the Lyft app to hire a car ride from an Airbnb location in Miami Beach for about $12 to reach the Miami Port cruise terminal. I carried my own carry-on luggage and backpack on about 30 minutes after the initial boarding time started. I didn't realize that I had a Gold category sea pass and was able to use the Gold sea pass lanes- but it really wasn't necessary as there was hardly any wait during the early embarkation time. The only problem once on board was where I should put my luggage, since I decided to carry it on early, but rooms weren't ready until 1:15pm, and the attendant staff was very strict about sticking to that. I decided to spend that early time taking advantage of spa services on board, where my luggage could just hang out with me until the cabin was ready. Spa: The Vitality Spa signature services that they try to upsell frequently are often about double the price of the regular services, and in the end, only worth paying for if you decide to book enough to get one free. I requested a deep tissue massage and pure sole pedicure which ended up being less than booking two of their signature services, and I received 10% off for being a Gold sea pass card holder in addition to a reduced rate for booking on the first day. The spa services are both salon hair and nail services as well as massage, facial, teeth whitening, and a type of skin firming treatment services. The heated bamboo used for the deep tissue massage felt good at first, but ultimately left me more sore than if I'd just had a deep tissue massage with hands. I probably would request they not use the bamboo the next time. The Pure Sole Pedicure was an excellent foot scrub along with nail care and nail paint- which was much needed after a fall and winter of keeping my toes covered. I was given some complimentary eye treatment product while having the pedicure done as well. Fitness Center / Lockers / Sauna / Steam Rooms: Before getting into your room, you can still use the fitness center lockers, locker room sauna, steam room, and showers if you want to use the hot tubs or pools right away. They have a basic body bath/shampoo inside the fitness center showers in case you need to do any manscaping or ladyscaping in something a bit larger than your cabin bathroom. The only thing I don't quite like about this set up is that the Sauna/Steam Rooms are gender segregated into locker rooms, which means you can't enjoy them with your opposite sex friends/partner. There's also only one bathroom in the female locker room and it is supposed to serve both the spa and the fitness center classes, which means it's often in use and insufficient. The spa and fitness staff forget to remind people about the next closest ones in the pool area that can be used as well. I signed up for 4 Pilates Classes (all sea days) for $10/ea. which was a much better class deal than I get at gyms in NYC. The same deal applied for Yoga and other classes as well- a good incentive to get up and do something healthy before being a sloth at the pool and windjammer buffet all day. Cabin w/ Virtual Balcony: The idea of a virtual balcony seemed pretty odd before experiencing it in person, however, once we had it in the room, we actually really enjoyed having it as part of our interior room experience. We actually came to really appreciate having an outside view in the mornings and evenings as we decided how light it was outside for walking around the ship, and what kind of sounds let us know how close we were to the port without looking - much like having a window open without actually having a window. The only time it was disappointing was when we didn't have a remote to control the amount of noise or volume, and the occasional times when it wasn't working due to a technical blip- but overall it was a great addition to the interior stateroom experience. This particular cabin room had two twin beds, a large vanity and desk with plenty of storage, two night stands with storage, a chair and ottoman with storage, and a plenty large closet with storage. Once we stored our empty luggage under the beds, we found that we still had plenty of storage space to spare in all of the drawers and vertical spaces for smaller items. Windjammer Cafe: If you prefer fast food service, or have kids that can't sit still for more than 15min, you'll likely find yourself dining more frequently in the Windjammer than the Sapphire Dining Room. The Windjammer Buffet was great at all times of day with plenty of food options to choose from and heavily staffed for regular drink service, clean up, and maintenance. It was probably the most heavily staffed location on the ship most of the day. Great and friendly service at all times and I never had a concern about cleanliness or safety at the buffet. You may struggle to find a seat at peak breakfast and lunch times (usually 9am-10am, and 12:30pm-1:30pm) but most guests were happy to share tables when they had extra seats or people took their plates back outside to the pool and lounge areas elsewhere. Sapphire Dining: If you prefer to have a guaranteed seat at a table and to be served with professional staff, you can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Sapphire Dining room. In general, this is a much slower level of service and is much more limited in the hours of availability. The food selection is much more limited for breakfast and lunch than what you'll find at the Windjammer, however, breakfast does offer more granola options with yogurt, and lunch offers a few more greens options for salad. We had booked a Mystery Theatre Dinner in advance and a 3 Specialty Dining Package in advance, then we choose Johnny Rockets one night, so we only ate in the Sapphire Dining room 4 of the 9 nights of our cruise and tried it once for breakfast and once for lunch. We didn't develop the same relationship with our dining staff that you would if you were in the dining room every evening, but after we came back a second and third time, the service did improve and the staff remembered our special requests- which always feels wonderful and special. While a water glass might stay full during dinner, many dinner guests decided that ordering alcohol at a bar elsewhere on the ship and bringing it into the dining room was often faster than ordering a glass of wine with the dining staff in the dining room. This is likely due to the distance and hassle the servers must go through to obtain the specialty drink or cocktail- so this could definitely be improved. Specialty Dining: Booking the 3 Dinner Package and the Mystery Dinner Theatre gave us a taste of all the speciality restaurants on board- and they were all worth stepping away from the dining room for. Even if we hadn't made the advance dinner package reservations, the restaurants never seemed too full to accommodate a last minute request for an early or late dinner time. We often got in around 6pm and found that each restaurant was usually only half full around 7pm. Each restaurant has its own specialty menu with items you really won't find elsewhere on the ship. The $30 fee ($75 for 3 advance commitment) included everything you'd want to order except alcohol. Izumi was great even if you aren't a sushi person- just get the hot rock grilled meat skewers instead of the sushi options. Definitely get the guacamole, empanadas, and dessert sampler at Sabor. Ask for multiple sauces with your steak at Chops. One tip that most people don't consider is that you can actually have more than one appetizer and even more than one entree if you'd like. So if you don't see an entree you like, just try several different appetizers instead- it's all included in your flat rate. At Johnny Rocket's they just defaulted to giving us a plate of onion rings and fries when we sat down, as anything except milkshakes are included in the $6.95 fee. There were a few funny mishaps with the Italian kitchen alarm going off during the Mystery Dinner Theatre- which would have been more entertaining if they'd improved and worked it into the show rather than continuing and everyone being alarmed by it. Chops had a similar situation with someone trying to fix the plumbing during dinner which made the most terrible noise and disruption to the atmosphere, but my drink was complimentary in exchange for the disturbance. Izumi definitely has the most special environment with its location at the top of the ship away from everything else happening. Entertainment: Don't miss the Ice Show. Wow. They held the show 5 times during our cruise, so if you don't make it the first time, they'll likely offer another on a longer cruise. It was the best show on board, and I would have expected to pay $50 a ticket to see that show on land. I heard we missed an amazing comedian show from other passengers. The Royal Caribbean shows were very nicely done with talented performers. A few more recognizable songs for the audience to identify with might have captured the audience a bit more when it comes to staff productions, but even without that, it was still decent entertainment every single night. If you can catch the orchestra/band playing live Jazz elsewhere on the ship - that's also a great experience. The other pool and lounge performers were great as well, mostly playing covers or themed music for the lounge experience. Game Shows: All of the ones that invite other guests to participate are quite hilarious. Cutty, the cruise director, especially seems to enjoy a bit of guest torture and has a talent for picking guests who are more than willing to participate and go all the way. If you can stay up late for those, you will likely laugh until you hurt- even if you're the one participating. Another guest-participant experience would be Karaoke, which attracted a crowd when it was just for fun, but fewer people were interested in participating when it was intended to be a game-show elimination style event. Bars/Lounges: Each bar has its own kind of drink menu based on a particular set of cocktails or liqueurs, so if you're a fan of Gin, you'll likely end up most nights at the Schooner Bar. If you're a fan of whiskey, you'll likely end up in the pub most nights with fellow whiskey lovers. You can always grab things from one bar and head to another, but the only full bar on board with all selections seems to be the Windjammer bar just outside of the pool area and the Metropolis Theatre bar if you're in the front lower part of the ship before or during a performance. Most sea-days there was a $1 mimosa drink special at the Casino bar -and veteran happy hour attendees would often order two and combine them into a larger glass with ice. Pool: I'm not much of a pool person or a crowd person - it often seemed packed during the day - so I only went to the Solarium or shady areas around 2pm when everyone else was done with the pool for the day. I don't think I actually ever got into a pool or hot tub while I was there, but I did use the Sauna, Steam Room, and Showers in the Fitness Center Locker Room which often felt like private areas since very few other people used them. I ordered one fruity drink from a pool bar and found a lounger in the shade looking out at the ocean for reading in the Solarium a couple times. I never used Flow Rider, the Rock Climbing Wall, the Mini Golf, the Basketball Court, or the Shuffleboards on Deck 4, but I did frequently walk Deck 4 after dinner, and the walking track in the morning during sunrise before people were at the pool. Classes: Most educational classes around fitness, health, pampering, art, or shopping had something to sell as part of the educational experience, which meant that they really weren't that interesting to attend after a while. Even when they gave things away as part of the class, it all just felt like a bit sales pitch after a while. However, there were a few exceptions: a watercolor painting experience which required no additional fee and didn't sell anything but was restricted to 50 ppl was the most attended. I think there was a Meditation class offered as well that was free and heavily attended too. There were a few free fitness classes that weren't listed on the Vitality Fitness Menu, but were mentioned in the daily Cruise Compass- like a fit dancing class at the pool- and that was very well received and well attended. Not everything was a sales pitch, but when it was, it often made the experience less desirable than if they'd just been more educational and less sales-pitch-based. Excursions I took: - Haiti: Labadee Traditions Tour - an excellent look at local life and history beyond the Royal Caribbean property (see photos), then spent the rest of the day at the beach. Only wandered briefly into the Artists Market which had a lot of people hustling for customers and wasn't the greatest browsing or shopping experience. The good news is that there's another low-key artists market with locally made goods in a little building in front of the Artisan Market where you can buy things without being hassled or bothered during your browsing. - Curacao: Fascinating Curacao Tour - visited an herbalist's garden and took a tour of the original curacao liquor factory, then went on own to the African Museum & Boutique Hotel and had a frozen lemonade at the Governor's Restaurant with a great view of the canal. - Aruba: Landrover Off Road Tour - visited the Alto Vista Chapel, Gold Mills, Natural Bridge, Lighthouse, and Arashi Beach along with some off-roading bumps and hills - locals call it the "shake & bake" tour, but it was a great way to spend half the day with the rest in the city on the Trolley in the shopping area. - Bonaire: Kayak & Snorkel - this felt like it needed another 30 minutes snorkeling in the water to make it feel like a quality experience with some time to take a break on land before going back in again, however, because there were no bathroom facilities at the beach, it likely needed to be 2 hrs to avoid too many other difficulties. It felt like you didn't see much of the island though because the kayak and snorkel all happened while still being within sight of the ship the entire time. I might choose something that snorkels on a different part of the island further from the ship for a more expanded experience of the island. We spent the rest of the day in town at the artist pop-up market and at the new museum. The town was actually the most enjoyable of all with a few small businesses and plenty of people willing to sell you an experience rather than a trinket, which was a nice change from other islands. Would I Do It Again? Overall, this was a great cruise and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the same itinerary. The ship had plenty to do- sometimes even feeling like too much to do- but you can always choose to sit back and relax instead of keeping up with it all. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Just returned from the 9-day Nav cruise to the ABCs. Our first time in a Jr. Suite was great, especially for a long cruise. We spent a lot of time on our cabin's balcony (1652) rather than try to fight for deck chairs. As usual, ... Read More
Just returned from the 9-day Nav cruise to the ABCs. Our first time in a Jr. Suite was great, especially for a long cruise. We spent a lot of time on our cabin's balcony (1652) rather than try to fight for deck chairs. As usual, people grabbed the chairs in the solarium early in the a.m. and left their towels there all day. A couple of times we dragged loungers from the main pool area into the solarium (to get away from the noise and still have access to a pool) and during the space of about 3 hours we never saw anyone come to the four chairs next to us. Just towels and a couple of books (to make it legit, I guess). Be that as it may -- great to have that balcony even though it wasn't one of the deeper ones. It was plenty wide for the two of us to stretch out on loungers. Next, our cabin attendant, Viktor, was superb. The best ever. Next, the food: The MDR was the weakest part of this cruise. The food was consistently the worst we've had on RCI cruises. To be fair, our waiter was really burdened with four tables, 2 quite large, our 6-top, and a 4-top, and the two large tables had some, shall we say, very needy diners. The result was our food would arrive barely warm. The meats were overcooked and dry. The gluten-free bread was a joke -- little oval hockey pucks that were so dried out that they should have been an embarrassment to serve. We wound up in the Windjammer for several meals and these were much higher quality. We spoke to the WJ manager (who was always present) and complimented him on the variety and quality of the food there. Also in the WJ: a good variety of vegetarian and gluten-free items, all identified as such and in their own areas. A highlight was a delicious, chocolatey, fudge GF creation, in my opinion, the best dessert on board. Finally, for those who have posted that the Nav is "tired", we found it to have some very nice upgrades from its last dry-dock. Newer carpeting and drapes, very few "dings", and very clean. The crew was great and the entertainment good, particularly the ice show and, of all things, a juggler. I took some convincing to go to that show and was very glad I did. All in all, a good cruise. I don't like the Nav as much as the Liberty but she's a good ship with a good crew and I'm guessing the food issue was an isolated problem. One last point: We'd never sailed to the ABCs before and I have to say that from a walking around perspective I loved Bonaire. The Cruise Compass makes it look pretty weak because the stores/shops don't advertise and don't have relationships with the cruise lines but if you're looking for a quieter island with a lot of interesting local stuff (and considerably less expensive), Bonaire is the place for you. We very much enjoyed strolling its streets without being harassed and hawked. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Always heard Royal Carribean was a notch above some of the other major lines. After finally sailing I have to agree that they are committed to excellence. Was everything perfect? No but overall very good. Food was good the negative reviews ... Read More
Always heard Royal Carribean was a notch above some of the other major lines. After finally sailing I have to agree that they are committed to excellence. Was everything perfect? No but overall very good. Food was good the negative reviews aren't being honest and fair. If you got a dish you don't like, get another ! They will work with you. Buffet food had average selections. Very disorganized rude people cutting the que all the time. But that may have been th demographic of the passengers. The passengers were probably 50% Americans most coming from NY NJ and northern states. Lot of Canadians but a good overall mix from other countries. Entertainment was really good! Dance troupe was great varied it up quite a bit. For a 9 day cruise they kept the variety by flying in new talent. Bands on the ship were talented but I have to say they were pretty indigent playing what they want rather than playing to the crowd. I appreciate reggae and salsa but you get to the point where you want something to dance to. DJ in disco was great that was the only venue we danced in but didn't start till 11:15 pm so it left lulls. Piano guy is the best! I chose Cruise for the itinerary and length, and of course the opportunity to try Royal. The ABC islands were awesome! We bought a package that included an excursion on ABC islands. I don't regret buying through ship it was worth the peace of mind. However If I go back I would just hire tours on shore as it is safe and would give you more control. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was our 3rd cruise and we had sailed with RCI once before (loved it) followed by Carnival (not as good) and decided to go back to RCI. Turns out that in 5 years there's been a lot of cuts on the luxury RCI used to give you and ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise and we had sailed with RCI once before (loved it) followed by Carnival (not as good) and decided to go back to RCI. Turns out that in 5 years there's been a lot of cuts on the luxury RCI used to give you and there's a lot of things you'd want to upgrade by paying extra. My husband and I did the 9 night ABC itinerary and thought it was a great one. Loved the islands. Being in our early thirties (31-34) we were kind of shocked to see that most of the passengers were over the age of 50, and even 60. I asked a crew member and they said that it's been like that since the itinerary started. I guess families can't take their kids out of school for that long. We enjoyed some of the entertainment onboard, mostly the headliners, but didn't care for the singers. The food was good but that's up to individual taste. The service received was great. The ship is showing a bit of its age but is totally fine. We did have problems with our toilet not flushing and calling maintenance on 4 different times though. The bed was very hard although we asked for an extra duvet put on top of the mattress. Altogether, we had a good time, but we're considering only sailing on newer/bigger ships in the future and perhaps going back to Carnival which is cheaper and offers a bit of better value for money. Read Less
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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