Sail Date: August 2015
My husband and I have been on many cruises (about 20) on various cruise lines. We prefer Royal Caribbean! The food and entertainment are the best. Port: I had read a lot of negative remarks about the Galveston port so I was ... Read More
My husband and I have been on many cruises (about 20) on various cruise lines. We prefer Royal Caribbean! The food and entertainment are the best. Port: I had read a lot of negative remarks about the Galveston port so I was somewhat prepared. We got to the port around 10:30. Were on the ship by 11:15. This part was smooth. Even though the rooms are not available to go to until 1:00, at least we were on the ship and enjoying the cool and drinks. Disembarking was a different story all together. First of all, you are given a time you can leave the ship. Our time was 9:15 (#16). We had plenty of time to eat breakfast and sat in the lounge until our number was called. They were prompt in calling the numbers on time. However, when we got off the ship the port was TOTAL mass confusion!! No one checked your number as you got off so there were numbers from 15 to 26 so needless to say, too many people trying to find their luggage. No signs where to get in line to go to customers. Lines going left and lines going right. Not to mention the fact that it was 90 degrees in the port with little or no air!! I don't see how some of the older people could handle it. Then we were in line for 45 minutes and the man and woman in front of us, called their family over (there were 6 more of them) and they all cut into the line in front of us!! This part was horrible!!! ENOUGH OF THAT!! Cozumel: We did the Royal Swim with the dolphins and it was truly AMAZING! Would highly recommend to anyone. There was even a 3 year old little girl that did it and loved it. She actually cried when it was over. Belize City: We did the Trolley tour just to see the city. This place could be missed as far as I could see. Most of the excursions were water based and you have to take an hour to hour and a half ride to get to anywhere pretty. If we went here again, I would stay on the ship. Rotan: We did the Park animal refuge tour. Played with the cappuccino monkeys! It was so HOT but I would do this again. The monkeys made it all worth it. I could have skipped the rest but it was still fun. You can not take any bags or water (and they really mean it) because the monkeys will take them away from you. Overall, the cruise was so fun and relaxing! Would defiantly recommend and do this one again!! Make sure to do the flow rider. Lots of fun and you don't need any skills to do it. Also, I did not like the idea of paying extra for a meal but the couple we went with wanted to go to Chops so we did. It was truly worth the extra money. Just make sure you don't eat anything the rest of the day before you go. there is sooo much food but very good!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
I went on this cruise with family and we had a good time overall. Out balcony cabin was just enough room for 2 people, and the bathroom was adequate. Don't expect an adventurous dining experience. The Windjammer had hot dogs, ... Read More
I went on this cruise with family and we had a good time overall. Out balcony cabin was just enough room for 2 people, and the bathroom was adequate. Don't expect an adventurous dining experience. The Windjammer had hot dogs, hamburgers, and Americanized Indian curries (often made with beef) at lunch and dinner. Breakfast consisted of oranges, apples, bananas, eggs, sausage, and pastries. In the dining room, you could have steak or farm-raised grilled salmon. If you're looking for something healthy/paleo/gluten free/vegetarian, you will have to starve at breakfast and eat tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and olives for lunch and dinner on the salad bar. Occasionally, there was fried codfish, canned tuna, and steamed broccoli available. Although this cruise went to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, not once did we have any kind of regional cuisine pertaining to our port destination. This was a big disappointment. I had an excellent reflexology treatment in the spa, which was a highlight of my time on the ship. The entertainment was nothing to write home about, but I was more "entertained" by exploring the ship and relaxing on deck 12. The jacuzzis in the fitness center/solarium were often not being used (especially in the evenings), which made the ship not seem so crowded. The ports and the shore excursions were also nothing special, though we all had a good time anyway. We just wanted a getaway and a chance to get some sun without getting scorched. (The weather was sunnier and cooler than the 107 degree temps back home.) Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Galveston is a very inconvenient departure port especially coming from the west coast requiring an overnight stay. The next day we showing up at the airport to take the RC bus to Galveston. Honestly, don't they do this every day? ... Read More
Galveston is a very inconvenient departure port especially coming from the west coast requiring an overnight stay. The next day we showing up at the airport to take the RC bus to Galveston. Honestly, don't they do this every day? How can it get so messed up and be over an hour late? So we got to Navigator after 1:30 and got through check-in quickly due to my Emerald status but the other lines were jammed. First off our cabin just stank. There was trash (pizza and cigar wrappers( still in the trash can. The couch was filthy, as if kids had been jumping on it with dirty shoes and the toilet anointed our bathroom with an inch of water for our arrival. So sorry no other rooms. Water vacuumed up but nothing to do about the smell. Oh well. Balcony in disrepair and unusable most of the cruise due to maintenance crew tearing up the deck. Why couldn't this have been done in dry dock? Our party of four; instead of our requested table for four was split up at two tables for six on other floors. When I asked for a table together I was told nothing was available, which as we all know is nonsense. I very pleasantly told the supercilious head waiter that I was certain something could be found and I would stand there until it was and if necessary take me meals there. Amazingly a table showed up! Waiters very good. Food hit and miss continuing the gradual decline of MDR food discussed in detail on the boards. Chops and Giovanni's excellent but we went there more to avoid the MDR than to treat ourselves so their evil plan is working. Entertainment also hit and miss with a strange combination of comedians during the week. Take into account lots of kids were aboard (not a problem for us) and lots of Texans too this was a strange mix. So I will certainly cruise RC again but I'm not going to Galveston again unless some twist of fate finds me living in the Lone Star State. It's easier to fly to Florida. Navigator needs work and they shouldn't be doing it on my vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Arrived at 10am at the Galveston Port from a transfer from Hotel Galvez. In line and on board at 1045. It was amazing!!! We read reviews about the nightmare it is and we had none on that day. We left the cruise at 845am on disembarkation ... Read More
Arrived at 10am at the Galveston Port from a transfer from Hotel Galvez. In line and on board at 1045. It was amazing!!! We read reviews about the nightmare it is and we had none on that day. We left the cruise at 845am on disembarkation day and got our luggage immediately, a porter and was out of the terminal to transfers in 45 min. - it was going very quickly. Cabins were ready at 1pm, luggage was delivered around 3pm. Food was good. Nothing outstanding. Had teen boys who could order as much as they needed and it was no problem at all. Service was great in dining rooms and specialty restaurants. Ate at Chops, Gioviannis and Sushi. Again, good but my opinion nothing outstanding. I can see if the general public doesn't really cook at home it would be great for them. We love to cook and eat well. Actually loved going into the Sapphire dining room for breakfast. Not crowded and relaxing. I thought the only bars that had good service was Schooner and the adult pool bar. Pools are way overcrowded on sea days, and music at pool was extremely loud. Need more fun activities inside cruise ship when people have had enough of the crowed pools and unsupervised children. Pool decks slippery and hot, both in adult solarium and family pool. Cabins- balcony room, lots of room compared to Disney and Celebrity balcony rooms. Just bring own shampoo, soap etc... Loved the wine bar every afternoon before heading to showers for dinner. Chose MY time dining at 730pm. We went to the 630 showtime and then ate and had the rest of the evening free to listen to music, watch people karaoke etc... Now that I have been on 3 cruises, I feel they are all about the same with the exception of food quality, types of crowd-families with children, adults, seniors etc... but in the end game - all similar. We have done Disney, Celebrity, and Royal Caribbean. We Might want to look at Norwegian or Crystal next. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
The wife and I have cruised many times to Mexico and Alaska, but this was our first cruise in the Caribbean. The ship was just as we expected, with excellent service from Dennis our cabin attendant, and Jahjah our waiter in the main dining ... Read More
The wife and I have cruised many times to Mexico and Alaska, but this was our first cruise in the Caribbean. The ship was just as we expected, with excellent service from Dennis our cabin attendant, and Jahjah our waiter in the main dining room. My sister and brother in law were onboard with us, and we celebrated her birthday on the ship. Sis wanted to go to Chops for her birthday, mostly because it was a formal night, and none of our group felt like dressing up for the event. We knew the food was going to be good, but we were pleasantly surprised at the top notch service. Darwin our waiter was fabulous. His attention to detail, and overall caring attitude made a good evening great. The ports that we visited were very good, with the visit to Georgetown, Grand Cayman's Stingray City being the best. Marineland Tours took us to Stingray City, where Bert, one of our guides was outstanding. The Stingray City visit should not be missed if you have the opportunity to take part in this excursion. I guess the fact that we booked another Navigator of the Seas cruise, while on the Navigator, is the best indication of our level of satisfaction with this ship and our cruise. The only reason that this cruise was not given an excellent, was because the Windjammer food was not as good as we have experienced on previous cruises. I was a little disappointed in the selections, and the wait staff service in that particular venue. Overall, this was a great trip, and we are really looking forward to our next adventure on the Explorer of the Seas next year. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Hotel-Stayed at a Farfield inn in Texas city 26 minutes from ship. Sufficient for pre cruise. This was our 7th ruise Embarkation-The port of Galveston is organized chaos. 3100 new cruisers on 1 street. However, we arrived at ... Read More
Hotel-Stayed at a Farfield inn in Texas city 26 minutes from ship. Sufficient for pre cruise. This was our 7th ruise Embarkation-The port of Galveston is organized chaos. 3100 new cruisers on 1 street. However, we arrived at 10:30 and were on board in an hour. This inlcuded dropping off bags and parking the car. Parking is well marked and cost $70 for the week. Shuttle carries you back to ship. Almost no one is in line at that time. Took about 10 minutes. Ship-Showing some wear but absolutely nothing that intefered with our enjoyment. It was clean and well maintained. 3100 passengers Activities-Numerous activities for cruisers of all ages. Grandkids enjoyed the climbing wall and wave machine. Some of the cruise directors were hard to understand but were enthusiastic. Entertainment-A bit disappointed with the productions. About the quality of a high school group. Average at best. Out of step many times. The former American idol singer was great-don't remember his name. Juggler/commedian was very good. Rock group-I hated it, but that is just not my style. Ice skaters-production was first class. Crew and staff-all worked very hard to make our cruise enjoyable Dining-I thought the main dining room was excellent. Very wide selection and it changed nightly. Its much better than most of us have at home. Our waiter Arnold and his assistants K'anne and Miothan were professional and delightful. K'anne was a sweetheart. Buffet-Ok. I am not fond of buffets, but this one was good enough.Very wide variety Ports-This is a cruise that centers on beach and water activities. I am getting too old for that but the younger generations enjoyed it. Cozumel-There is plenty of shopping in the dock area. Some in our party took a taxi to a beach. One went to the Myan ruins and said that were not too impressive. Belize-some shops in the port area.We all took the cave tubing and enjoyed it. Roatan-One of the group went to the private island and said that it was great. All of the ports are filled with the typical tourist shops. Overall, nice family trip. I personally enjoy cruises to non beach countries but this trip was not about me. The cruise line did their job in delivering us and I will sail with them again-If the price is right and they are going where I want to go. Disembarkation--WALK OFF ON YOUR OWN-BETWEEN 7:00 & 7:30 IF YOU CAN CARRY YOUR BAGS. WE WALKED STRAIGHT THROUGH CUSTONS AND IMMIGRATION WITH NO WAITING. There were 3100 people and you do not want to be at the back of the line Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
We arrived at port at 10:30 AM, which was a great time. We were on board the ship by 11:30. We had a room on deck 8 balcony in the middle of the "hump". We had a great time on board the ship. It is a little old, but they ... Read More
We arrived at port at 10:30 AM, which was a great time. We were on board the ship by 11:30. We had a room on deck 8 balcony in the middle of the "hump". We had a great time on board the ship. It is a little old, but they have tried to update as much as possible. We enjoyed the formal dining room, our waiters were Deandra and Joel, and they were great !! Didn't eat but once in the Wind Jammer café, due to what others have said about the serving utensils being used by everyone. We toured the Mayan Ruins in Cozumel and went to a beach for an hour and half, which was awesome but they were having a HORRIBLE problem with mosquitos, which isn't their fault, it was due to the previous weeks rains. In Grand Cayman we just walked around ate lunch at Margaretville, which was exciting. In Jamaica we went on the catamaran sail and it was a BLAST...HIGHLY recommend the Sun Dreamer, Montego Bay Catamaran sail. WOW...they really entertain you PLUS let you snorkel and they are very nice ....that was probably our highlight of our cruise. The cruise director Jeffery on board was a great guy...he really knows his stuff. Shows on board were great too. Getting off the boat was not fun at all. One, they do not have a good system in force to get that many people off in a short amount of time, and once you are off, you walk into a huge room with all this luggage and lines EVERYWHERE , which is confusing...that part WAS NOT fun...but...all in all we had a fantastic cruise ! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
Just returned from our Navigator RCI cruise out of Galveston. Used Cruise Critic extensively so we were not surprised about many of the things that happened. Arrived about 11am with moderate traffic until hitting the port area. Some ... Read More
Just returned from our Navigator RCI cruise out of Galveston. Used Cruise Critic extensively so we were not surprised about many of the things that happened. Arrived about 11am with moderate traffic until hitting the port area. Some brilliant person with about a third grade education decided to funnel the cars droppings off luggage for both ships to one choke point before separating the two lines. We therefore had to pass well by the Navigator and the Carnival ship before being able to take a left where they then divided the traffic to each ship. Utterly stupid. I recommend that you take the road to the north or right of the port road and go up well past 25th street and come in the other way. Far less traffic and a much faster ingress to the baggage area. Once through the drop off line, it was not bad in the terminal itself and we saved some time since we were Crown and Anchor Platinum members and junior suite guests as well. Everything else went pretty smoothly and we were able to get our bags in a fairly timely fashion. Staterooms were ready at about 1:30 pm. Junior suite was pretty nice...bring an extension cord as very few electrical outlets. Coffee machine had good Starbucks coffee but had to move it off of the provided bar as there was no outlet. We turned the AC down all the way and left it there the whole cruise in order to keep the room nice. Can't imagine what will happen in July and August when it gets really Texas warm. No toiletries in the room whatsoever except for a dispenser on the wall which had either soap or shampoo in it...not sure which. TV was nice as it allowed for TV viewing as well as ship activities and the ability to review accounts. Bought the 1 device package on day 2 and found it to be worthwhile though fairly slow and no video streaming. If you want to use a second device, it costs more so we just made sure only one device was connected at the same time. Room service was good but limited menu. Unfortunately I pulled a hamstring on day 2 but medical was excellent and no charge since it happened on board the ship. Flowrider was pretty crowded and since we were in a group of 26, I rented it out for an hour just for us and it was super. Lots of rides and the kids loved it. Food was disappointing and has declined in quality every RC cruise we have taken...now our fourth. Lobster nice was average at best and steaks were thin and only satisfactory. Food description on the menu sounds marvelous but portions are tiny and tasteless in many cases. Fisher mans platter was about as good as a McDonalds fish sandwich. Salmon was overlooked and soups disappointing. The wine list was a joke. We ordered a bottle to find out ten minutes later that they did not have it. Went to second selection and same deal. Finally told the beverage gal to choose but wine arrived after we had already finished main course. 80% of the wines on the list were not in stock. On the first night, We were told that it was still being unboxed but that was BS since the same thing happened the next night. Apparently they changed the wine list and did not update it on the menus provided to the passengers. Extremely poor performance there. We chose the early sitting for dinner to allow the kiddos a chance to eat and then head to ocean club and allow the parents an enjoyable kid free meal. Unfortunately service was so slow that when they came to get the kids at 6:45pm, they had not finished nor had even ordered dessert. Another disappointment. Giovanni's was surprisingly excellent but you need to overlook them trying to constantly sell you additional visits or wine pourers. Food was far superior to the main dining room. Good wine selection too. Did not go to Chops as a previous cruise found it to be overpriced and not all that good. No extra C&A points though I paid for 21 people and 7 staterooms which was a little disappointing. Also the concierge club which used to be open to Junior Suite folks is now only open to the better suites. Ice show was good and pools not too crowded until the two days at sea when it was a mob. Lunch buffets by the pool were good. Windjammer buffet was okay but my son mentioned he had just returned from a Carnival cruise where their buffet was superior. Fresh squeezed OJ comes with th ultimate package and it was good. Recommend this if you like the drink of the days, the OJ, Starbucks coffee, and bottled water. Johnny Rokets made good burgers and shakes but fries were not as crispy and good as Windjammer. Ice show was good except a few animal characters for the kiddos would have been nice. Promenade was enjoyable and enjoyed Two Poets which was never crowded and a good singer and guitar player named Dallas was great. Ports would have been better for snorkeling but rain messed up Belize and Roatan. Enjoyed a tour of the monkeys and sloths in Roatan. Disembarkation was not as bad as we had heard. Follow the instructions and it is pretty painless except that the customs line was a bit long because of our visits to Belize and Honduras. RCI has lots to improve upon before I would select them again even with my C&A status. Not enough benefits for repeat cruisers to make it worthwhile. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
We cruised on the Navigator of the Seas out of Galveston with my extended family, 17 people total, ranging in age from 2 to 71. The itinerary was a 7 night cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. This was my third cruise and the ... Read More
We cruised on the Navigator of the Seas out of Galveston with my extended family, 17 people total, ranging in age from 2 to 71. The itinerary was a 7 night cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. This was my third cruise and the first time with Royal Caribbean. We are from San Antonio and Austin which makes leaving from Galveston convenient. The traffic at the port was a mess and took a long time. The embarkation process was okay, but the lines were long and slow. We arrived around noon and were onboard by 1:30pm. We were able to go to our staterooms, but when we got there, the cabin was so small, I thought they had made a mistake. We had four cabins in a row on the 3rd floor, each with adults and children. My parents had a balcony room on the 7th floor (which was much larger and very nice). We were 2 adults (in our 40’s) and 2 children (ages 12 and 13) in our room but there was only a king sized bed. We looked around bewildered and could not figure out where the supposed bunk beds would be. Furthermore, I could not find an attendant or a single person to ask. Other people were wandering around the hallway asking the same thing. I ended up going up to guest services and was told the beds come down from the ceiling and our stateroom attendant would lower them after dinner. Basically, the bunk beds hang over the king sized bed. I had looked online before the trip and had even called Royal Caribbean about the sleeping arrangements in a family room, and could not find any information. There are no pictures of this room configuration on the website or anywhere else. I took some pictures once the beds were down and will post them online so others will know what to expect. In addition, the cabin itself was really dirty. It seemed the only thing done between the prior guests’ departure and our arrival was to make the beds. There was hair in the bathroom and on the window sill above the bed, sand all over the floor and couch, some kind of smeary stains (blood?) on the walls, dried vomit on the curtains above the bed, and a disgusting toilet brush that lingered in the bathroom during our entire stay. Our stateroom attendant came by and introduced himself (Leon) and assured us the beds would be lowered after dinner time and he would vacuum the floor. I did not mention the other things because I would basically be asking him to clean the room properly, but I didn’t want to get off on the wrong note. It was getting late so we went to the Wind Jammer for lunch. The food was good with lots of variety. After lunch, we explored the ship. We watched the departure from the top deck and enjoyed a drink. We returned to the cabin late in the afternoon thinking we might unpack, but none of the luggage had arrived to our room. Leon assured us the luggage would be there soon. But by dinner time, our luggage had still not arrived, even though all my family in the other cabins had theirs. I had to go to dinner wearing shorts with holes in them. Bummer. Next time, I’ll pack my dinner clothes in my carry on. We had a 5:30 pm dining time. Our group of 17 was split amongst two tables next to one another. We ended up eating in the main dining room every night of the cruise. I really didn’t care for the food, but everyone liked the experience of eating in the dining room. Some of the items were better than others (salmon was good, steaks were not good). The kids became increasingly adventurous with what they ordered each night (escargot, lamb, duck, etc.), which was fun to watch. Everyone enjoyed the interesting desserts and being able to order as many items as they liked from the menu. The portions were very small (ex., 5 chips served with the spinach and artichoke dip made us laugh), but that was fine since none of us are really big eaters anyway. Our waiter was not friendly and was actually abrupt and sometimes downright rude. He was always behind the other tables in his service cycle. Not that we wanted to rush, but he was consistently slow and seemed very stressed out. The wine steward was also rude and not knowledgeable about the wine list and his service was very slow also. But the young lady who brought the bread basket around each night and refilled tea and water glasses was so sweet. She smiled the whole time and was so warm and pleasant. She needs a promotion!!! After dinner, our luggage arrived and we were able to unpack. The cabin had very little storage for 4 people. It would have been fine for 2, but with 4 people, there definitely was not adequate space to unpack our things. I had to get pretty creative to make it work. At the end of the first day, I was kind of annoyed and disappointed. It had not been the best beginning for a cruise. But luckily, the rest of the trip went so much better and despite a rough start, the cruise itself was wonderful. The second day was a sea day and we had to pass through a tropical storm. It was pretty rough waters and the boat was rocking, not enough to make people ill, but enough to through off your balance. They closed the upper decks until we were through the storm by the late afternoon. My husband decided to buy a beverage package on the second day (beer, wine and soda), which was probably a cost saver in the long run. The prices of the drinks are really high! Being able to bring two bottles of wine onboard (plus the ones my sister carried on for me, since she doesn't drink wine) was perfect for me. Surprisingly, no one even used the soda cup. In the end, I think we got our money's worth, but it would be nice if there was an allowable amount of beer you could bring too. While I'm on the subject, the policy on bringing water onboard seems a bit fuzzy. Most of our group had no trouble and just put a luggage tag on our water case and it arrived at the room with the luggage. But we saw another person carrying water during boarding who had it confiscated. So stupid. They should just make an allowance for bringing on a case of water to keep in your stateroom. Jeez... The third day we docked in Cozumel. We arrived later than scheduled due to the weather the day before, but that was nice because we got to sleep in a little later. We had booked the Fury Catamaran Snorkel and Beach Break through Royal Caribbean. This was so much fun. The catamaran’s crew were very capable and kept the beers and margaritas flowing. The snorkeling location was not that great. There weren’t that many fish and the waters were pretty rough that day. But at least it was memorable. The private beach had lots of inflatables to play on and the kids had a blast. You could order a hamburger or hotdog that was made fresh in front of the guests. They are enormous and delicious and could easily be split between two people. We stayed at the beach for about an hour and a half then boarded the catamaran for the trip back to the boat. The crew played music and got the passengers dancing on the deck. It was really entertaining to watch everyone. We were back in time to do some shopping in the port before getting back onboard the ship. The fourth day, we tendered in Grand Cayman. It was a late arrival (10 am) and they prioritized those guests with excursions booked through Royal Caribbean to get off the ship first. Everyone else needed a numbered ticket to disembark and the process was slow. We didn’t get off the ship until almost noon. We did not have an excursion booked because we had heard how beautiful the beaches are and decided to take cabs on our own. It was easy to get a cab and we were taken to Public Beach. Our cab driver said she would take us back and we arranged a time. There was a bar/restaurant where we ordered buckets of beer and headed out to the beach. This beach was very narrow and pretty crowded. We rented a couple of chairs and umbrellas. The kids snorkeled and played in the water. We ordered food from the bar, which was very good. But it was very hot that day and we only stayed at the beach for a couple of hours. Our driver returned to pick us up and we asked to be dropped off near the port to shop. Grand Cayman is clean and safe to walk around, but we had to remind the kids to be careful crossing the street since they drive on the other side of the road. We bought a few souvenirs and returned to the tenders for the ride back to the ship. It was enjoyable, but we probably would have had more fun if we had booked an excursion. The fifth day, we docked in Falmouth, Jamaica. I had booked an excursion through a private company (Liberty Tours) for a trip to Blue Hole. This was such an amazing day and I cannot say enough good things about the experience. I had been given directions by the tour company on where to meet our guides and we found the meeting place easily. We divided into two groups and were taken to the comfortable, air conditioned vans. The driver of our van was Rose Marie. She was so friendly and outgoing and kept us entertained the whole way. She would answer any and all questions happily and knowledgeably. There was never a lull in the conversation and the facts she told us about life in Jamaica were fascinating. The drive to Blue Hole is over an hour, but was part of the fun. Seeing the homes and people of Jamaica going about their day was really cool. It is such a unique culture. The drive up to the falls was off the main road and along a bumpy, windy, narrow dirt road. Once we arrived, we were led up to the falls by our guides; two young Jamaican guys who were very friendly (Irving and Morgan). Our group was led up the falls and shown where to jump off into the pool below. You could jump from different heights depending on how adventurous you wanted to be. Some were easy (about 6 feet or so) and some were really high (30 plus feet). Everyone in my group jumped from various heights, and even the oldest generation braved the most treacherous of the falls. The guides held onto each person securely as they walked to the edges of the falls. These young men were so strong and capable, we felt very safe. However, this is not an easy excursion. It is best to be up for a little adventure!!! There was a rope swing at the end which was fun too. Once everyone in the group had jumped, the guides would run off the falls and do the most amazing flips and dives. Very impressive!!! It is suggested to wear water shoes, and while they are certainly no fashion statement, I was glad I had them. The rocks could get pretty sharp in some places. After the falls, we were driven in the vans back down the mountainside to “Scotchies” for lunch. Our drivers had called ahead, so the food was ready when we arrived. We sat outdoors and enjoyed the wonderful jerk chicken, rice and “peas” (beans), and sodas they brought us. The portions were large and by that time everyone had worked up an appetite. The food was fresh, hot and delicious. There was a bar for those of us who wanted a Red Stripe or Rum Runner. After lunch we headed back to the port with over an hour to spare. This was everyone’s favorite excursion and was truly a unique experience. The sixth and seventh days were at sea and we enjoyed everything the ship had to offer. We watched the ice show (wonderful), climbed the rock wall, played on the Flow Rider, worked out at the gym, lounged by the pool, and caught the nightly shows in the theatre. Disembarkation went smoothly and we were on the road by 10:30 am. Overall, this cruise was one of our family’s favorite vacations. The kids said they had more fun on this trip than on our Disney World vacations. My parents even booked themselves another cruise for next year. Comparing the two cruise lines I have taken out of Galveston, there are some things I like more about Royal Caribbean and some things I prefer about Carnival. I guess the deciding factor in the future will be promotional prices and destinations. But we really had a great time on this cruise and look forward to more in the future. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2015
Loved our balcony cabin in room 1826 (more below in cabin review) and had great service from our room steward. PROS: Navigator was refurbished a couple of years ago and is still well maintained and looks great. The overall layout ... Read More
Loved our balcony cabin in room 1826 (more below in cabin review) and had great service from our room steward. PROS: Navigator was refurbished a couple of years ago and is still well maintained and looks great. The overall layout with the Promenade deck is nice. Service in the dining room was fantastic and food in the dining room was very good. The ice skating show is top notch. CONS: Drink prices are outrageous! $14 for a Moscow Mule in R Bar and over $10 for the drink of the day special. RCI's shore excursions really aren't great. In Cozumel we went with a snorkeling excursion and the water was way too rough for snorkeling (our guides assured us it would be better once we were actually in the water) and the equipment wasn't good quality (my daughter's mask never fit properly which we didn't learn until we were in the water, my fins had a defective strap that kept coming off, daughter's life jacket had a grimy blow-up tube that left black marks on her face). In Grand Cayman the ship arrived early so we were told to get off early only to arrive at our excursions meeting point and end up waiting an hour and 20 minutes in the heat (way past even the original meeting time). The shows weren't very good and did not seem to fit the audience on the ship. They debuted a brand new ballroom dance show one night and it had a very Latin them with lot of songs in Spanish. Most of the people around us had walked out before it was over. There was also an Elvis impersonator (really only appealed to the older crowd, and not to any of the younger couple/families) and a comedy show. I was surprised they didn't have an aerialist show or big singing/dancing show other than the ballroom dancing. Read Less
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.5 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
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