2,357 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because of the deal. Buy one get second half price and Deluxe drinks package included in the price. Embarkation was smooth and efficient and very early! This was our first time with Royal Caribbean and we very very ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the deal. Buy one get second half price and Deluxe drinks package included in the price. Embarkation was smooth and efficient and very early! This was our first time with Royal Caribbean and we very very impressed. The layout of the ship was impressive, not too big but with plenty on offer. Balcony cabin was spacious and maintained beautifully by the cabin attendant Andy. Food was excellent, we had previously booked the 4 night a la carte dining package but the food in the main restaurant was really good so next time we will probably only book 2. However Sabor, the Tapas restaurant was superb so we went twice! We also booked the Chef's table which was worth every penny, a truly memorable experience. We took 2 RCI excursions and one outside company for Oslo. They offered a longer tour and cheaper price which was fabulous.Hamburg with RCI was only OK as the roads were very busy at rush hour in the morning, but the RCI Bruges tour by coach and boat was really good. Last year we were on the P & O Ventura which we enjoyed but the Navigator experience was much much better. We are hooked now on RCI but not with the newest biggest ships, they will be too big for us! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
Excellent service, Awesome ship, Amazing trip altogether. The best cruise ever taken. I would recommend Navigator of the Sea! Staff are extremely helpful, polite, genuine. My adult children loved trying out the Flow Rider Wake pool. ... Read More
Excellent service, Awesome ship, Amazing trip altogether. The best cruise ever taken. I would recommend Navigator of the Sea! Staff are extremely helpful, polite, genuine. My adult children loved trying out the Flow Rider Wake pool. Always something to do nomatter your age. Well planned activities. The staff give it their all always. We are mostly in the Sapphire main dining room. The food and service was exceptional. We sat with the same waiter every night. They made you feel special. The Royal Promenade Deck 5 was really nice. We gathered there every night. We had pre-dinner drinks in their lounges. A very nice atmosphere. Met a lot of interesting people from all over the world. Exchanged our stories.The pool area was very busy. Had a hard time finding a chair in the shade for myself. I wish this area was better suppervised or they offered more shaded areas. Ok for sun worshipers like my kids but when you enjoy the sunshine but need to be in the shade. People would reserve their chair in the morning and not leave it for the entire day. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was our first cruise and now we are addicted. Royal Caribbean made everything so simple which made for a very relaxing vacation with my family. The ship was awesome...our balcony cabin was perfect for the 2 of us and our 11 year old ... Read More
This was our first cruise and now we are addicted. Royal Caribbean made everything so simple which made for a very relaxing vacation with my family. The ship was awesome...our balcony cabin was perfect for the 2 of us and our 11 year old son. The food did not disappoint...from the windjammer, the main dining room, Izumi, and Chops...We did the sushi making class on our first day at sea and loved it...we learned to make sushi and then enjoyed our creations. Our son loved the flowrider. The female instructor is the bomb and so wonderful with kids and teaching boogie boarding or surfing. The service both for dining and throughout the ship was awesome. Our ports were Costa Maya and Cozumel. We chose the dolphin adventure in Costa Maya for our son and he loved it. In Cozumel, we did the beach resort of Mr. Sanchos and it was perfect...all inclusive food and drink. The beach massage was great...and the water park in the ocean was great for our son. This was a perfect family vacation...I am already looking into our next Royal Caribbean adventure. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our first cruise as a family, and it won't be our last. Kids had a blast (9 + 6), and we found the perfect mix of family time and date night time. The kids enjoyed the evening sessions at Adventure Ocean. Service was ... Read More
This was our first cruise as a family, and it won't be our last. Kids had a blast (9 + 6), and we found the perfect mix of family time and date night time. The kids enjoyed the evening sessions at Adventure Ocean. Service was wonderful, particularly in the MDR. Common areas of the ship were in great shape. State room was showing it's age but not in a way that made a difference for our overall experience. Kids loved the rock climbing, and our daughter enjoyed the Flowrider. Entertainment was good, particularly worth seeing the Ice skating show. Although it was difficult to find a chair by the pool at peak times, it didn't feel nearly as crowded as I expected given it was a sold-out cruise. We had a balcony room, and ended up using the balcony far more than anticipated. We'll be doing an Oasis Class ship for our next cruise, but we wouldn't hesitate to sail on this class again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
My hubby and I each needed 4 more points till D+ so booked a 5 day to Mexico (but stayed on the ship). We arrived at the port of Miami at 11:30am and were on board by noon. This was our first time on Navigator which was pretty much the ... Read More
My hubby and I each needed 4 more points till D+ so booked a 5 day to Mexico (but stayed on the ship). We arrived at the port of Miami at 11:30am and were on board by noon. This was our first time on Navigator which was pretty much the same as Explorer. This cruise was during spring break so there were over 1,000 children on board which was 25% of the passengers. However they were involved in age appropriate activities so we were never bothered by them. We never ate in the dining room. I purchased the Specialty Dining BOGO for the first two nights. First night was Chop’s Grille where we both had steak medium rare. It was done perfectly. Second night at Giovanni’s and again the filet was perfect. Third night at Izumi’s where we cooked filet on hot rocks. Yum! We ate all breakfasts and lunches in the Windjammer as well as the last two nights. I especially like the Asian food on the buffet at lunch. The Windjammer was very crowded except for the port days, so we always got there when they first opened for lunch to make sure we could get a table. We never went to any of the production shows as they are pretty much the same on all cruises and hold no fascination for us. However we did go to the Ice Skating Show the first night. It was very good. What talent those skaters have! We also went to a couple of movies since we don’t go to many at home. Every evening we went to the Diamond Club where we made new friends. The concierge was very friendly and attentive and the service of the staff was superb! We were in balcony cabin 8334. It isn’t as large as the junior suites that we normally book, but was still roomy enough for the two of us. Our cabin steward Henrique Took good care of us. As far as debarkation, everything went very smoothly. We were off the ship by 8am, went through customs in a flash and were on our way. We have Global Entry cards so were able to go through customs in a very short line. All in all, a very nice cruise! We love Royal. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We had never been to the ABCs. We had a nice JS on the hump just 33 steps from the Concierge Lounge where JJ and Harry took great care of us. We had my time dining but sought out Mr. Russia and Sun ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We had never been to the ABCs. We had a nice JS on the hump just 33 steps from the Concierge Lounge where JJ and Harry took great care of us. We had my time dining but sought out Mr. Russia and Sun Yang for every meal. They were excellent. The ship was very clean, especially since the Navigator in going in for refurb soon. We had a very active roll call on Cruise Critic which organized a cabin crawl, poker run, slot pull, and pub crawl. We enjoyed Labadee where we did the zip line. We used outside operators for great excursions on the islands, We loved the ice dance show and the Love and Marriage game. All in all, we loved the Navigator and her friendly, helpful crew. We will look for a chance to sail on her again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Navigator of the Seas was the right size. Not too big but not too small. Felt comfortable. Plenty of room to move around. Great atmosphere. Clean. Remember washy washy! My cabin choice was ideal. It was interior but I highly ... Read More
Navigator of the Seas was the right size. Not too big but not too small. Felt comfortable. Plenty of room to move around. Great atmosphere. Clean. Remember washy washy! My cabin choice was ideal. It was interior but I highly recommend getting an interior room over the promenade. It makes the room seem so much larger and has the feeling of freedom. The dining experience would be that the choices of food remain the same with each and every cruise I have taken with Royal Caribbean. Not to say that the food was bad, just saying they are predictable but I still appreciated the taste and flavor. Entertainment on board is great. I especially enjoyed the ice show. A must see if offered on your cruise. The service is friendly and always with a smile. Have yet to have negative experience. Plan excursions early! The good excursions get picked over early. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We booked this cruise October 2017 with the RC UK doing BOGO Half Price plus free all-inclusive. It was a no-brainer for us as we loved the ABC island previously visiting them with Carnival. Plus it was a good opportunity to try the ... Read More
We booked this cruise October 2017 with the RC UK doing BOGO Half Price plus free all-inclusive. It was a no-brainer for us as we loved the ABC island previously visiting them with Carnival. Plus it was a good opportunity to try the competition. After two cruises with Carnival and a couple with the European Cruise Line TUI, we think that we will be future "Loyal to Royal" cruisers. We got to Port of Miami for about 1030 and was on board for 1110, very quick and easy. We were some of the first people on board. Making full use of the All Inclusive! I have to admit the ship is outstanding! the biggest ship we have been on to date, we often looked down the Royal Promenade and thought how does this float? The ships main areas such as the dining room, promenade and Atrium still look pretty fresh and up to date, however in the rooms you can see slight age and wear and tear. The sofa, in particular, has seen better days and the dated 00's woodwork also shows the ships true age. The main thing for us was that the room was clean, which it certainly was by our steward Raul. I understand the ship is due a dry dock refurb next year so I will look forward to the result. Food was pretty good on the ship and this along with the service is basically was has swung us to Royal. Windjammer was the usual buffet food, nice mixture of everything. Food looked fresh and well presented. The crew were always about asking if you wanted tea, coffee at breakfast and cold drinks at lunch. Only thing I didn't rate was the breakfast, no eggs Bennie was a gripe of mine at the Windjammer as we don't usual have that served much in the UK. We often went to Cafe Promenade for a quick continental Breakfast along with a iced coffee (AI) The main dinning room was fab, the decor centered around this amazing chandelier was wonderful, our waiters Elvis and Igor made our holiday. We were a 8pm sitting and where the only ones at a 8 top table, fortunately for us we were treated like kings and made a fuss over. Both were very down to earth and attentive. Igor had a promotion one of the nights and told us he was getting promoted to Waiter from Assistant. Good Luck to him! Entertainment was a bit of a let down apart from the Ice Skating show which was outstanding, a true highlight of the 9 days. The Royal Caribbean production was such a let down. Especially the Ball Room fever... by any means I am not hard to please, however it was that bad we walked out, as did others. We heard people joking in the elevators about the two male singers, they were awful. The dancers were pretty good but. We had a juggler and a Comedian. We stayed away from the RC productions after this. Carnivals Entertainment was far superior. Cuddy was ok, he seemed very scripted, I know this is the norm with a cruise director but you could really tell he was saying the same jokes for the last three months. It sounds very blunt but he didn't really add anything to my cruise. People who have been moaning about this ship, cannot take away the fact that this ship has had some of the friendliest crew members I have ever sailed with. We loved Boleros, the guys and gals were wonderful, always smiling and making up drinks for you when you wanted something new. Everyone from the bar staff all the way to guest services was great. I cannot comment on the officers and we did not see any of them once in the full 9 days we were there. We once seen the captain on the Carnival Liberty with his kids at the buffet at night, along with others. Carnival seem to be very actively meeting guest or at least be seen. All the ports of call where what we expected as we have been before, except Labadee which was pretty awesome. Very pretty and relaxing. Overall I don't have any major complaints about the ship or service. We have been looking at RC next year and are considering one of the Oasis class ships. Hopefully they will bring back the free All Inclusive upgrade for 2019. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
we were able to get on the boat around 11, and rooms where ready by 130.our room attendant was very nice and always had the room spotless when we got back from our daily activities. All of the staff was friendly and most of them had a ... Read More
we were able to get on the boat around 11, and rooms where ready by 130.our room attendant was very nice and always had the room spotless when we got back from our daily activities. All of the staff was friendly and most of them had a smile on their faces! If you get the chance to see May San Jose and Yue in the main dining room, they are the best!! so friendly and cheerful! we spend the first 2 nights in chops and the Italian restaurant. by far the BEST steak at the Italian place! there was always something to do on board, and almost had to not sleep to do everything we wanted. we got the drink package and it definitely was worth it! we did a shore excursion for each port and that was the way to go. we did tours for 3/4 ports and i loved learning a little bit of history of new places. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I have tried a couple other cruises, but NO ONE comes close to the people that work for Royal Caribbean.. The ships are very well maintained, The foods is over the top, and the choices are never ending, I enjoy just being on the ship ... Read More
I have tried a couple other cruises, but NO ONE comes close to the people that work for Royal Caribbean.. The ships are very well maintained, The foods is over the top, and the choices are never ending, I enjoy just being on the ship because of all the actives that are offered, if you like shows there is something for everyone, comedy game shows and more. The shore excursions are great and not a bad price, if you are on a budget there are still things to see and do on and off the ship, if you have children there is a game room for them when you are at sea and the crew will interact with the children as well, We have cruised with family and friends aging from teens to 75 year olds and everyone had something to do at all times. If you are traveling alone it is a great place to meet new people and make new friends, since we really started cruising 10 years ago we have met the GREATEST people and have made some life long friends that we still travel with and keep in contact with.. Happy Cruising and I hope we run into you on our next cruise.. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was a group cruise arranged by our community to the ABC islands. We also traveled with my elderly parents who have some mobility issues. We rented a scooter that was in the cabin at check in. That helped tremendously. Just be ... Read More
This was a group cruise arranged by our community to the ABC islands. We also traveled with my elderly parents who have some mobility issues. We rented a scooter that was in the cabin at check in. That helped tremendously. Just be aware that the scooter will not fit in the back of the dining room when it is full. Dining room staff permitted those with mobility issues to be seated before the general public was admitted to be seated. Dining staff was very accommodating and after first night, had deserted beverages on table when we entered. Room cabin attendant was fine. Not exceptional but not horrible either. We arranged tours on our own outside of the cruise line Worth it to mention that on Labadee they have assistants the push the wheelchairs when you get off the ship all the way to the beach. Again extremely helpful. That was a nice relaxing day Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The staff on the cruise was great, friendly and welcoming. The games on the ship were fun and we enjoyed the food very much. The shows were not good at ll!!!!! After 3 shows we stopped going and just went up on deck to watch the movies. ... Read More
The staff on the cruise was great, friendly and welcoming. The games on the ship were fun and we enjoyed the food very much. The shows were not good at ll!!!!! After 3 shows we stopped going and just went up on deck to watch the movies. Our dining staff was great making suggestions on the meals as well as giving us a heads up on what was going to be on the menu the next day. Our stateroom guy was so friendly and kept out room fresh and clean. Amon in the dining room was just amazing, and he made us feel like we were part of his family. The Ports were just wonderful, Wish we could've stayed longer in Bonaire. Aruba was a bit windy but I would go again anytime. Lastly getting off the ship was an easy process, but getting the luggage was a long process, I missed the days of all the luggage being in the big room and you get your bags. Waiting for it to come off the line was just long and painful.... We got one bag and had to wait 15 mins before the other one came. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Embarkation: We sailed on Navigator of the Seas on March 2, 2018. Embarkation was a breeze. The port in Miami is very organized and from the time we arrived at the port to the time on the ship was only took about 20 minutes. Ship ... Read More
Embarkation: We sailed on Navigator of the Seas on March 2, 2018. Embarkation was a breeze. The port in Miami is very organized and from the time we arrived at the port to the time on the ship was only took about 20 minutes. Ship Condition: Navigator of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It was smaller than other ships we have sailed on, but we loved it. Everything looked very clean, in good shape, I didn't notice anything that looked worn or needed replacing. I think that Royal Caribbean does a very good job keeping things in good shape. Ports: We sailed to Labadee, Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba. Royal Caribbean offered a good variety of excursions, but since all of the ports had a lot of shopping, we chose not to do any formal excursions and instead just explored the port area. We have been to Labadee a number of times so we didn't leave the ship. Food: We were really disappointed with the quality food on this cruise. On all of our past cruises the food has been really good and there have always been times when I thought, this is the best thing I have ever tasted, but not this cruise. I felt that the food in the Windjammer was the same day after day with very little change. The desserts were particularly disappointing...the donuts tasted like a biscuit with icing, nothing seemed to have much sugar. The food in the dining room was not much better, everything came out hot (or cold if it was meant to be cold) but just very bland. Dining Room Staff: We had the best waiter and assistant waiter that we have ever had on any cruise we have taken. Our Waiter was Arwin and our assistant Waiter was Rodney. I can't say enough good things about these two. Not only did they provide excellent service every night, but they were both very personable and engaged us in conversation each evening. I particularly liked that Arwin would always come over at the end of our meal with a summary of the next day's schedule. We also saw Rodney working in the Windjammer and the Theater and he gave excellent service there as well. I noticed on this cruise, more than on others that we have taken, that the crew overall just seemed happy, liked what they were doing, and that it was a pleasure to offer their services (if not, that is the way it was perceived). Navigator of the Seas should be very proud of their crew. Drink Package: I got the Soft Drink Package, and I know this may seem petty, but I got upset because they would not give me an unopened soft drink can, they wanted to only fill my cup. I like to always have a soft drink in my cabin so that I don't have to go out every time I want a drink. When we were on Celebrity last year, they only gave you unopened cans rather than filling your cup. I don't understand the difference - they opened a can and poured the whole can in my cup so why could they not give me an unopened can? Theater - We were very disappointed in the theater options. They had a comedian one night and a hypnotist but other than that, the shows were all done by RC singers and dancers so we only saw a couple of shows. Stateroom Attendant: Our Stateroom attendant (Rupesh) was great. We we in our stateroom a lot because of the huge balcony, but he soon learned our schedule and even if we were only gone a few minutes, when we returned our room had been cleaned. We never had to ask for anything. Concierge Lounge: The Concierge was very attentive. She contacted us to see if she could provide any services and arranged for a complimentary tour of the bridge, galley, and theater (behind the scenes). The Concierge Lounge on the other hand was pretty useless. You do have access to it 24 hours a day, however, you can only get drinks a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the evening. They should at the very minimum, have an ice dispenser and water dispenser with cups available 24 hours a day. Cruise Perks: I love Royal Caribbean, we have been on 6 cruises all but one on Royal Caribbean. We booked a Hawaiian cruise for next year but decided to go with Celebrity because Royal Caribbean was not offering any perks other than a discount on the suite for a 12 night cruise. Celebrity on the other hand (owned by the same parent company) was offering a 10 night cruise, and for a suite included gratuities for two, internet for two, the full drink package for two, and $300 on board credit. Even with all of these extras, it was about $200 less than the 12 night with Royal Caribbean with nothing included. I think that if Royal Caribbean cannot be more generous with their perks, we may change to Celebrity or some other cruise line that offers more. Disembarkation: Disembarkation was the easiest and fastest that we have ever experienced. Since we were in a suite, we were told to meet in a bar on deck 5 anytime between 8:30 and 10:30. The Concierge was there and she led us through the ship with no waiting time. Again, the Miami port was very organized and we were off the ship and in a taxi within 20 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Chose this to fit in with a ptior stay in Grand Cayman. Miami airport so much improved in last 10 years..almost a pleasure. Embarkation was much better than ladt time on RC, and this was a bigger ship. Cabin ready by 1330 which is ... Read More
Chose this to fit in with a ptior stay in Grand Cayman. Miami airport so much improved in last 10 years..almost a pleasure. Embarkation was much better than ladt time on RC, and this was a bigger ship. Cabin ready by 1330 which is fine..luggage arrived about Boat drill time. Our cabin steward was an absolute delight and made our holiday! Sadly RC have moved him to the Med on their new ship. The band were brilliant , their jazz and big band concerts were amazing. Food was usual standard..lobster tails a bit small so had two! No probs. Service in the evening was very variable..personnel wise excellent friendly eyc., but sometimes it took 45 for 1st course, another..15 mins..My only niggle of the whole cruise. Loads of loungers on decks..so much better that Serenade where there were never enough. Also, this ship did not seem to be so ‘loud’ except right next to the pool. Much quieter around the plave. All bar staff were great..espresso bar on 5th on the street were fine but whereas bar staff in 4 bars knew what we wanted when they saw us..coffee team not so, and not so friendly, though attentive and certainly not rude. Read Less
Sail Date March 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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