Sail Date: November 2012
We did this same cruise at the same time last year but on Voyager instead of Navigator, so the ship layout was same. Once again we stayed at Hampton Inn, Metarie, where we left our car for no charge for the week. Embarked before noon and ... Read More
We did this same cruise at the same time last year but on Voyager instead of Navigator, so the ship layout was same. Once again we stayed at Hampton Inn, Metarie, where we left our car for no charge for the week. Embarked before noon and headed for Two Poets for drinks and food from Cafe. Our jr suite included a coffee maker, robes, and walk-in closet. Very clean and tidy. Dinner was early seating in MDR at ten top with very congenial tablemates. Ate all dinners and several lunches there. One meal in WJ was enough. Missed pool grill that is on other ships. Never went to shows(music usually too loud), casino, or pool. Mostly ate, drank, and slept. These were same ports we had done twice before. In Cozumel we enjoyed the chocolate factory tour that we booked on-line. In Georgetown we took an independent tour of rum cake factory etc. In Falmouth we stayed in port and shopped. Norovirus meant crew was constantly washing railings and not allowing passengers to serve own food. The last night all glasses were removed from our room until I bitterly complained about having nothing to use while taking pm and am pills. Why could they not leave us paper cups? The last morning we left our cabin early for the written promise of refreshments in dining room while waiting to disembark. No food available. Were they afraid we would get sick while leaving ship? Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
This was our fourth cruise. Now feel ready to feed the internet with feedback. Have read many reviews, usually finding the negative side to contain the most useful information. Bringing liquor on board On previous cruises we have ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise. Now feel ready to feed the internet with feedback. Have read many reviews, usually finding the negative side to contain the most useful information. Bringing liquor on board On previous cruises we have packed a bottle of Baileys for the room. My wife likes it in her coffee and I like the odd shot before dinner or in the morning. Well Royal Caribbean thinks this cuts into their drink sales and abuses the safety security scanning to confiscate liquor. Your bag just doesn't show up and when ask staff, they say to check with security on deck 1. Down there, they get you to open your bag, give them the bottle for safe keeping, then send you on your way to haul luggage through the ship to your stateroom. Not exactly the classiest way to start a transatlantic crossing. Have no problem paying corkage at any of the dining venues, but what we do in our stateroom is our business. Imagine if a hotel tried crap like this. Liquor on board Expensive, around $8 for a pint of beer or their mixed drink of the day. Two Poets pub had a sad selection of only two lager beers on draft, Heineken and Amstel light. Our local pub down the hill has about 10 on draft, including several types of ales and a stout. Also, the Two Poets atmosphere is polluted with cigarette smoke. RC should get into the 21st century and start protecting their staff and customers from this hazard. Stateroom Paid a bit extra for an outside window stateroom. The first night we noticed how hot the room was even though set to maximum cold and there was a humming noise similar to a bathroom fan coming from the wall on the left side of the window. The next morning went to Customer Service for first time ever to ask for a cooler and quieter stateroom. Am informed there is no hope in hell we will be moved and that Maintenance will come have a look. Guy in overalls quickly fixed the broken air conditioning but said can do nothing about the vibrating wall. We got somewhat used to the constantly slightly noisy stateroom. Later talked to a couple that had an inside room on deck 10 with unbearable pool sloshing noise and were changed to a quieter room. So it looks like will get moved if room has serious problem but are stuck with minor problems. It would be nice if RC would just let customers know about room defects or if someone would start (or find) a website similar to the excellent http://www.seatguru.com/ for airline seats. As a nice gesture, RC provided a free bottle of red wine with a couple of glasses. Bathroom Just soap, shampoo and towels are provided. Bought conditioner in one of the Spanish ports. Tap water Colour light amber, nose of dirt and chlorine. Found out at Captain's presentation that water was purchased at port in Cartagena. Drinking water seemed better in dining room and buffet but this could be because had more time to breathe or the added ice numbed the senses. Water quality improved over the days as more was desalinated onboard. Bought some spring water in most of the ports. No hassle bringing onboard. Pool towels Have to show seapass card to get pool towels on deck 11, then give room number when returning to same location. Purpose is to get passengers to clean up their towels. Side effect is can reserve deck chairs by placing towels. Laundry No laundry rooms to wash clothes or iron shirts. They have a fill bag wash and fold service for $25. Strangely, it says can only put undergarments, t-shirts, and pajamas in but will charge full rip-off rate for pants, sweaters etc. Can't quite picture a land based laundry doing this for long. Internet Bought the 5 bottle wine packages ahead of time. Am not very knowledgeable about wine, so got our wine expert friend to help compile a list. The dining room staff brought the first bottle of wine but took the list and lost it. Oops. Told them I could easily retrieve the list by remotely connecting to my home computer. So the dining room staff very graciously got me $10 free internet time. Went to the Royal Caribbean Online room and quickly found that Windows Remote Desktop software is locked out. Asked IT staff guy for help but he said can do nothing, then suggested I go to an internet cafe at next port to waste my time and money retrieving this file. Also, my paranoia says it is dicey typing my passwords into a possibly infected internet cafe computer. Dining room staff suggested I go back to Customer Service and get them to hook me up with the IT manager. As far as talking with IT manager, ran into a firewall at Customer Service. However, they asked if phone access would help and gave me a free phone call. Called a friend who remotely connected to my home computer, retrieved the text file and emailed it to my work email that has a web interface. Was then able to go back to Royal Caribbean Online room, log onto my work email and get the list. So Customer Service was able to help resolve this, but when it comes to computers on board, the 'Nation of Why Not' quickly becomes the 'Nation of Can't Do It'. Ports An interesting selection of ports. Problem is spend too little time actually in the ports, for example, pulled out of Tenerife at 2:30pm to start 6 days at sea. It looks like fuel efficiency is more important than time in port. Find other people's perception of ports interesting. In the dining room breakfast the next morning after Tenerife one of our table mates said 'didn't think much of the place' while we had been scheming on how to get back to this spectacular island. Sea days One of the best parts of the cruise. Lots of relaxation with no shortage of things to do, such as eating, exploring the ship, rock climbing, swimming, cooking in the steam room, more eating, nightly entertainment. Could do this for weeks. Many people enjoyed the outer decks with mostly warm weather, low winds and calm seas. The enrichment we went to was just a slide show with some commentary. RC could learn from Cunard in this area. Summary Navigator of the Seas is a large beautiful slightly tired cruise ship with good design and many amenities. Staff provided excellent service even with constraining policies. Overall good value for the dollar. Will likely try another line for out next cruise to see how they do things. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
We love RCI and have taken 6 cruises with them since 2007; when they no longer satisfy us we will look for an alternative company. This is the second cruise on Navigator and while I agree that she is looking a little worn in places she ... Read More
We love RCI and have taken 6 cruises with them since 2007; when they no longer satisfy us we will look for an alternative company. This is the second cruise on Navigator and while I agree that she is looking a little worn in places she stands up well to scrutiny. We no longer book outside or balcony cabins, figuring we would rather spend the extra money on our visits. There were subtle changes this time though, that we feel RCI are making in light of the economic plight we're all in. For example we only got 3 towel animals, no chocolate on the pillow, no ice bucket in the room (available on request). We used to buy the wine packages but didn't think the wine justified the cost so don't bother now but the prices in the bars are expensive. We paid $18.40 for two cans of Fosters, albeit they were litre tins I think. The destinations we visited were Messina, Athens I(got caught in a protest), Kusadasi, Crete. We didn't fancy Turkey so left the ship a little later but were pleasantly surprised when we finally stepped foot in Turkey. We thought the Parthenon was great but Athens is a dump, sorry if I offend anyone but it really is. The entertainment was the usual formula; 70s Parade, Ice Show, RCI dancers but this was another area we thought suffered comparing it with previous cruises. The production sets consisted of softly billowing silk curtains whereas on previous cruises they had taken the time to build sets and work a routine around that. This time it was just singing and dancing which gers a little boring after a while. The staff were really good and we never had any issues with them. We chose the second seating on a table for two but on the first night were seated bext to a Spanish couple and a family of 3 from Brazil. Very nice people, I'm sure but when nobody can understand the other's language it can be very tiresome. We were moved to another table on the .2nd night and made fast friends with Julie and Hannah (mother and daughter) and Joyce and Patricia (travelling companions) . It was my birthday during our holiday and they very kindly bought me a posy of flowers. I know this sounds a little neative, I don't mean it to, I just like to present a balanced view If possible. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2012
We wanted to do a family cruise with two grown up children and booked two Superior Balcony Staterooms. The cabins were fine, quite spacious with lots of storage and a reasonably sized balcony. Why have they let their balcony ... Read More
We wanted to do a family cruise with two grown up children and booked two Superior Balcony Staterooms. The cabins were fine, quite spacious with lots of storage and a reasonably sized balcony. Why have they let their balcony interconnecting doors seize up so they are never able to open them? The crew, almost without exception (except a rude and indifferent barman in the Sky Bar) were first class. One annoying thing however that started last week on our cruise is that if you pre-pay gratuities to 'Save the Waves"!! the gratuities are automatically paid with the staff salaries so you no longer get a voucher or anything to give the waiters and room attendant on the last night. All rather embarrassing just saying thank you despite the fact that RC said the staff were given a printed list of who had prepaid gratuities. My advice is NOT to prepay gratuities and give the people who looked after you cash on the last night. Food in the Dining room at Breakfast, lunch on sea days and dinner was excellent. The Windjammer and Jade were more like fodder feeders with punters' plates stacked high with food (much of it left) with huge numbers of people and not a good experience. We didn't do any organised excursions as other than Turkey we had visited all the ports before. Messina, we simply walked into the town that is a 5 minute stroll away, found some nice bars with free wifi and just had some drinks in the heat. Athens was not a good stop, very little to do in Piraeus and didn't want the Parthenon experience again. The positive thing is that the boat was quiet as everyone seemed to go on excursions. Turkey was good, a beautiful bustling town where the port is. Our two adult children went for a Turkish Bath and are still talking about the experience -not in a good way! We went to Ephesus. The taxis immediately outside the port are a rip off and wanted 260 Turkish Lira, 150 yards away we got a taxi for 130 Turkish Lira. Beware however that they will try to encourage you to go to Mary's House which is higher up the mountain from Ephesus and adds another 80 Lira. Don't bother, it is a commercial scam and to be honest, we found it a waste of time and money. Ephesus is well worth visiting, the ruins are impressive but it is very open and very hot. Don't waste your money on the audio guides, they are poorly done, if they work, and you are better spending a bit more and hiring a guide when you get there. The port of Souda in Crete is grim but the transit buses to Chania are waiting right outside the boat and run every 10 minutes. It costs 1.5 Euros a person each way and is very easy to get into the town which is really nice and the Old Town on the waterfront is very atmospheric, again with cafes with free wifi. Now to the wifi on the ship. Awful. It costs .65 dollars a minute unless you buy bundles but is so slow it is out of the ark. This means that it costs you a load of money before it even connects with the site you want - keep well clear. I found it irritating that 15% is added to every drink you buy on the boat. To try to get value for money we bought two Gold wine packages which saw us through for dinner and the wine bar on the right of the Promenade just past the Reception area has deals on wine, selling them for approximately 20 dollars a bottle plus, of course, 15%. The wines on offer are chalked on a board so we bought them and took them back to the cabin fridge to have drinks on the balcony. The boat was too big for us and we didn't use hardly any of the activities. Decks were crowded with sunbathers but strangely, if you want to sit for an evening drink on deck and watch the sun go down or in the shade with a drink at lunchtime, there are hardly any small tables and chairs. A BBQ was served for lunch one day which was poor and you were told to sit on the edge of the lounger and eat the BBQ - we didn't bother. The ice show was great, some of the evening entertainment was fine, the Art Auction is interesting and you can drink as much sparkling wine as you like, and free! For four of us it cost £5000 including flights and transfers plus almost another £1000 for drinks for the week. Whereas we enjoyed it I will be looking at Silversea next time as the extra money you have to pay isn't that great when you consider what's included. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Let me begin by saying that we spent months preparing for this trip and, together with the new friends we met on Cruise Critic along with valuable advice from our travel agent, it was a complete success! The time spent researching and ... Read More
Let me begin by saying that we spent months preparing for this trip and, together with the new friends we met on Cruise Critic along with valuable advice from our travel agent, it was a complete success! The time spent researching and planning in advance is well worth it ... the time on vacation flies by so quickly you'd hate to get home and realize you missed out on something you really would have enjoyed. We flew into Rome three days early and I'm so glad we did because the city is really magical. The history is rich and interesting, the Vatican is an experience everyone should have - regardless of your religious beliefs - and the people there are so warm, friendly and inviting. I'm also glad we did it because we had time to adjust to the time change (we are from SE USA) so when we boarded the ship we were refreshed and ready to go. (I could write for days about the wonderful things we did in Rome, but since this is a cruise review, I'll stop myself!) We took the train to the port ... it was easy and economical. Be advised though ... the track for the train is not in the main terminal so you'll have to walk about 10 minutes carrying your own luggage. You'll have to load your own luggage onto the train and when you arrive at Civitavecchia you'll have about another 10-15 minute walk to get to the port. It's not difficult, but be prepared. Boarding was not as polished as it is at other ports we've been to (Canaveral, Everglades and Miami). After all, it's a cargo port so no pretty embarkation area, no music, no friendly RCCL reps greeting you at the curb. But, don't stress, once you're on the Navigator it will be everything you expected it to be. Disembarkation is VERY early so all of the cabins were ready when we boarded around lunchtime. Three best things I packed for this trip: 1. Brita water bottle with built-in filter -- fountains are readily available all over Rome and ports on this trip, but having the bottle with the filter made me feel better about drinking it vs. purchasing bottled water (up to $5USD at some places). 2. Tova hiking sandals (another brand is called Chocko's) -- some of the pathways, rocks and steps in Turkey, Greece and Italy were quite slick. Several people I met on the ship fell at some of the sites. Get some sandals/shoes with good traction on the bottom. 3. A small umbrella -- if you go in the summer, it is HOT. Most of the ruins have no shade, so be prepared with sunblock, hat, umbrella, etc. Three best things about the ship: 1. The RCCL staff really goes out of their way to make the cruise special. Our waiter in the dining room (Leonardo) and his assistant (Carol) were just wonderful. Our room steward was friendly and happily left a bucket of ice in our cabin each night. Simone, the cruise director, was funny and charming and did an amazing job speaking in both English and Italian without missing a beat. (We did have a miserable experience with the guitar player in the Pub, but since it is such a rare exception from what we typically experience on RCCL, I won't go into it.) 2. The entertainment. I have been on many cruises and without a doubt, the best show we've ever seen was on this trip. The group was called the Beatle Maniacs and they were a tribute band. The costumes, music quality, corresponding video clips all proved to be ideal. The crowd was on their feet singing along and dancing. It was really great. The Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers are great ... so versatile. 3. The size. Navigator is big enough to keep you busy for a week (Promenade, Ice Skating, Mini Golf, Very active sports desk, big theater, nice casino, etc.) but also small enough that you don't feel like you're getting lost or walking half a mile to dinner. You make friends on this ship easily and bump into them frequently. At the same time, it's big enough that if you want so have a little space it's easy enough to find a spot. Quick port reviews: Sicily - we did a private tour here (thank you Mary!) and that worked out really well because we got to move at our own pace. I loved Messina/Sicily. The views were breathtaking, everything you remember from any romantic Italian movie you've ever seen can be found in Sicily -- mountain views, stunning shorelines, quaint villages with cobblestone streets and winding alleys filled with verandas and little shops, quiet churches on hilltops, the list goes on and on ... Athens - we did Athens on our own and it was completely do-able. We walked up to the top of the Acropolis and it was amazing. Beautiful, so much history, view of the entire city with mountainscapes in the background. Really, really humbling. We paid $20eu for four people by taxi to get to the center of all the activity (lunch at Plaka then walked to Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch) and walked from there. We skipped the museum but I heard it was very good. It was $12eu for adults to Acropolis and kids under 18 are free (bring your student ID). Turkey - we did the ship's tour here and I was glad we did because the sites were quite far from port. We visited Mary's House, which was inspiring and I especially liked the prayer/wish wall. We really enjoyed this tour and I recommend it highly. We visited Esphesus which was simply amazing. So well-preserved. At the end of the tour they take you to a "carpet presentation" (translation - sales pitch to buy rugs) but it's in the air conditioning and we got to sit and relax and have a cool drink, so nobody complained. but, nobody on our bus bought a rug either. From there you walk back to the ship. BEWARE ... there is a market area across from the port where everybody goes to buy gifts. The pickpockets there are bold. My husband caught someone opening the zipper to his backpack and when he yelled half a dozen shop owners raced out to the sidewalk to defend the guy. He didn't get anything from us, but we immediately returned to the ship. So, skip the Turkish Bazaar and get your souveniers at the sites you visit would be my advice. Also the shopkeepers are very aggressive. If you touch something and don't buy it, they will yell at you and chase you. So, if you go, look but don't touch unless you're buying. Crete - The beaches are beautiful. The ride to town is bleak. But there's a good little market area where you can pick up last minute souveniers for good prices. It's a short port stop but a nice little break. The photographers on the ship were wonderful -- friendly and creative. I was thrilled to get a nice family photo to take home. The casino is nice and the dealers are helpful. Lots of smokers in there late at night though. The food was very good, there wasn't a meal we didn't like. Usually, we visit the upgrade restaurants once or twice on a cruise, but we liked our waiters so much that we didn't do it this time. The drink prices were fair -- I never felt like I was being ripped off and the drinks were strong. Don't stay up too late on the last night, they were in our room at 6:30am to check the minibar on disembarkation day! Quest is raunchy but super fun -- don't bring your kids! Some people had kids in there and I was uncomfortable sitting near them. A note for families with kids ... not too many elementary/middle school aged kids on our ship. LOTS of high schoolers though. The ship had so many activities for them -- they were busy all the time. They loved it! Also, unlike the Caribbean cruises we've been on ... formal night really means formal night. Tuxedos, Flowing evening gowns, up-do's and everything. The folks in our dining room dressed up (cocktail dresses and suit jackets) for the other nights. And, finally, regarding pre-pay tips. We did it for the first time and I didn't like it. I felt badly the last night at dinner not having envelopes to leave and worried that my room steward would be disappointed when he went in on Sunday morning and didn't find anything. We ultimately wrote them thank you notes and let them know their tips had been pre-paid. We also left some additional cash for each. Enjoy your cruise~!!!! It really is the trip of a lifetime!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
This was our fourth RCI cruise - one with Celebrity and three with Royal Caribbean. On this trip, as always, the quality was excellent, the food, service and accommodation was flawless. We loved the whole experience (with the exception ... Read More
This was our fourth RCI cruise - one with Celebrity and three with Royal Caribbean. On this trip, as always, the quality was excellent, the food, service and accommodation was flawless. We loved the whole experience (with the exception below), and it was a memorable trip. Our other trips have been Caribbean, which is mainly for Americans and this trip was more international, and a bit more laid back than USA dominated cruises. But the quality right across the board was intact. Our stateroom, 6330, with a balcony, was excellent and we loved being reasonably close to the water (this was the lowest deck that has balconies). we went to sleep at night with the balcony open - drifting off to sleep with the sound of the sea is magical! Our stateroom attendant, Stephen, was courteous and efficent and the room was spotless. Our dining room experience as always was excellent. The way we have cruised makes the dining room experience central to the trip. This was no exception, adn once again RCI came up with the goods. Our Serbian waiter, Marjan, was outstanding, and his assistant, Anak was excellent. Together they kept up RCI's reputation for excellent service. The excursions we went on were fine, if a bit pricey - but you don't have to do them if you don't want. The after dinner entertainment as always was great and varied, well hosted by the Italian cruise Director, Simona, who brought some real class to the cruise entretainment program. All in all a great cruise. But we have only given it a four - not a five. At the start of our cruise, going with RCI was a foregone conclusion. Now if we were to book a cruise, we would seriously consider going elsewhere. What has happened? The problem for us is in the number of cruisers on the boat. On our three previous trips with RCI, on board the Century, the Enchantment and the Radiance, the experience was faultless. On the Navigator our impression was that there were 50% more cruisers packed into the same space. For us this showed up most in the Windjammer. Whereas in the past it has been a pleasure to eat at any time in the Windjammer, and five of us, including our children, never had any problem at all in finding somewhere to eat, eating in the Windjammer on this trip with just two of us was hell on wheels. The quality of food, the service etc was fine...but there were just too many people. Finding somewhere to sit was a nightmare...sorry to go on about it but it really affeted our impression of RCI. The pool deck was the same...more like Butlins on a boat than an expensive cruise. Not disrespect to Butlins or those who enjoy it...but it just not wht we wanted on a relatively expensive cruise. Was this a one off? or is it a trend with RCI? I don't know ,but it would make me think carefully again about cruising with them. Maybe its just what RCI have to do to remain profitable, but it meant that for us this cruise gets a four rather than a five. A real shame, because just about everything about RCI, this shop and its staff is excellent. The crew could not have done anything more to make our experience a good one...it's just a mangement decision which I hope they will take a look at. So once again. well done RCI on your outstanding quality and value for money. But crowding out the ship as in my opinion you did, takes the gloss off, and we may look elsewhere next time. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
This was my first R.C. cruise and Navigator is the biggest I've cruised with. The centre Royal Promenade is very enjoyable, but was packed like sardines when they hold activities or sales. Good selection of shops. The 8 storey atrium ... Read More
This was my first R.C. cruise and Navigator is the biggest I've cruised with. The centre Royal Promenade is very enjoyable, but was packed like sardines when they hold activities or sales. Good selection of shops. The 8 storey atrium was very impressive and loved all the view points from the decks. The main 2 pool area crowded, noisy,children everywhere. Lack of parental controls, so not able to relax and sunbathe, young ones not potty trained were in pools and hot tubs. Thankfully there is a great,but too small, adult area pool with 2 hot tubs, small 'sun' deck (people vying for chairs in the sun), lots of shaded area, all with great padded loungers. Bar drink prices high, and can't recall any waiter service. My superior Stateroom Deck 9 was a good size, great storage, cute bathroom, plus adequate balcony, all furnishings very nice. Much better room size and furnishings than my ms Zuiderdam deluxe verandah stateroom. Wish smoking would be banned from balconies as I often had to go back in due to adjacent smokers. Windjammer buffet restaurant had great variety, I enjoyed the food. Quite noisy, busy with majority being families, so at meal times hard to get a seat, and people pushing/jumping in and out to buffet tables. Table clean-up service can't keep up.I don't partake in many activities normally, but adequate number offered. Evening shows disappointing (Princess & Holland much better). Normally I prefer 'dine as you want' but had to take 6pm seating. Was pleasantly surprised as our long table was half empty, only 8 of us which worked out well for small talk and decent food wait times. Reasonable menu but limited vegetarian options (Holland was best). Most times we rated food as 'ok', sometimes good, but no raves, none excellent. I felt cruise had perfect number of ports, good selection of excursions. All arrangements went well. Note that port of Souda in Crete was unsightly industrial, nothing to see or do. Ensure you book excursion as everyone raved about them and how lovely town of Chania was. Sicily/Messini: I chose 'Taormina on your own'. Fabulous, must see. Quaint town, well done up, tons of shopping, many cafes/restaurants, but busy with tourists. I got lost & dead-ended on lovely narrow steep streets several times, but can't complain as it was a charming place to wander. I would say the cruise was 50% Italian, mostly families, 30-40% were english speaking (US, Can, UK & Austrialian), remainder spoke other languages. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Our first time on Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas. Embarcation was a breeze. We were on the ship in 15 minutes. Our Grand Suite was impressive and spotless. The entire ship was clean. The entire staff on board were very helpful and ... Read More
Our first time on Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas. Embarcation was a breeze. We were on the ship in 15 minutes. Our Grand Suite was impressive and spotless. The entire ship was clean. The entire staff on board were very helpful and eger to please. The food was good. We ate at the Windjammer only once for breakfast and spent the rest of the cruise eating breakfast in the Nutcracker resturant on deck 3. The eggs benidict were good. We didnt eat lunch much of the time as we were out on shore excursions. We had a 6pm dinner seating each night and the food was excellent except for the prime rib dinner night. It was a poor cut of beef. We ate a Portifinos and Chops once also. Chops was the best. Get the 18 oz Porter house steak. We did not eat at Johnny Rockets. There were 2 formal nights. Some people dressed up while most just wore a sport coat and no tie. The royal promenade had numerous specialty shops such as Ben and Jerry's, and an Irish pub for a wide selection of beers but at additional cost. What saved our liquor bill was the Concierge lounge and its happy hour from 5-8:30 daily. Free drinks. Normally a glass of wine was $10 (including the 15% tip added in) and the cheapest beers were about $7 each. But with the grand suite we got came the free happy hour. Internet access is expensive. $.65 cents a minute. The entertainment was OK. Nothing special. The ice show was good as was the Motown singers and the rock group, The Zoots. Since the cruise was in the med there were not a lot of kids on board. Mostly mid to upper aged individuals. Lots of non-Americans. There is an adult only pool and hot tub as well as the regular pool and 4 hot tubs for the rest of the world to use. I didn't see any topless women as I expected since this was a European cruise. Chairs were hard to come by on days at sea, except if you had a suite, there was reserved seating. Getting off the boat was a breeze. We docked at 5 am and walked off the ship at 6:45 with our bags in hand. No crowds. We had a private limo take us to the airport for about a 45 minute drive and for 100 euros. We didn't feel like waiting on a bus to take us and 50 other people. Overall an excellent vacation. The only bad part was the long flight home to the states. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
While I have a lot of criticism in this review, let me say that we had a great time, and if you really drill down there is no doubt that the value was fantastic on this cruise. There is nowhere, other than staying in your backyard, where ... Read More
While I have a lot of criticism in this review, let me say that we had a great time, and if you really drill down there is no doubt that the value was fantastic on this cruise. There is nowhere, other than staying in your backyard, where you can spend 15 nights for less than the cost of sailing transatlantic. All that said, there were some annoyances, and I'll throw a few of these out. Embarkation: Pretty good considering we showed up way too early and were at the port at 11:00am. We were in the Windjammer by noon, and that in my mind was not bad at all. Arrived in Lauderdale, stayed at the Sleep Inn, and always a great stay. Common Rooms. The Navigator suffers from not having enough bars that are practical. We usually like to have a pre-dinner drink, and the choice was limited to the Schooner, the Constellation, or Boleros. The Schooner was somtetimes not available due to trivia, Boleros has a Latin flavour which is an acquired taste that I haven't yet acquired. We usually settled on the Constellation, which is good, but 11 floors from the dining room. One other irritant was the number of people who used the Windjammer as their private rec room, as on a daily basis the whole front section was taken up by card players and mah jongers. No consideration at all for the fact this is a dining room, not a games room. Sorry to point fingers, but most of the culprits were Cruise Critic badge wearers, of which there were more than 275 on the ship. Not good! Activities: Lots of trivia which was a lot of fun. In particular there were 2 couples from Minnesota that knew more about TV than the head of CBS. Nice people who I hope I run into on future cruises, if you're reading this. Casino was great, staff very friendly, a little disappointed there weren't more craps players, but that's the luck of the draw. Keep up the good work RCL casino staff. Dining: Best wait staff on any cruise ship I've ever been on. The Head Waiter actually did more than sidle around on the last night, and often was seen cleaning off tables. Waiters Gilberto and Li deserve recognition for there efforts and pleasant personalities. Food was really nothing to write home about, with poor beef and small lobster portions, but given the great cost of this trip, I understand that something has to be cut back in order to make a profit for the ship. Rooms: We had a small balcony on the port side of the ship. Lacked a little storage space but it was roomy enough. The TV's in the rooms have been around since "I Love Lucy" and really need to be replaced as a priority. This was particularly important given our 15 nights at sea, 9 of which we were at sea. Excursions: Took the Pisa/Florence tour. Most of this time was on the bus, and a long walk from the bus drop-off. Now I've seen the Tower I doubt I'll ever go back, but glad we went. Toulon (Aix au Provence) was great and I would recommend. Despite all my negativity, I loved the trip. It was great to have so many sea days and it's our intention to do this again in the fall of 2013, starting in Europe and coming west to North America Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
We sailed transatlantic and then back to back Mediterranean, so we were on the RCL ship 21 days. The dinner menu basically had one vegetarian alternative -- Indian. I like Indian. Often eat at Indian restaurants. But I don't like ... Read More
We sailed transatlantic and then back to back Mediterranean, so we were on the RCL ship 21 days. The dinner menu basically had one vegetarian alternative -- Indian. I like Indian. Often eat at Indian restaurants. But I don't like Indian food enough to have it for dinner 21 nights in a row, in addition to having it for lunch as well. Moreover, the Indian fare for dinner gave me heartburn every night I had it (the Indian dishes at the lunch buffet didn't). Rarely did they have other vegetarian entrees. My wife ended up eating a baked potato and salad nearly every night. RCL had a different menu each night of the transatlantic, But the next 7 days of the Mediterranean cruise repeated 7 of the TA menus. If RCL wants to encourage back to back cruising they should have different menus for the first cruise after a re-positioning cruise. Coffee was not good -- too strong & bitter. We were told it was Seattle's Best, which we like. Since I don't eat eggs I requested scrambled tofu in the dining room for breakfast; every morning I got the same blank look. After several mornings the cooks actually learned to cook the tofu and not just warm it a bit. I appreciated the head waiter who facilitated my getting the tofu. For nearly the whole cruise one of the pools was empty. That made the remaining pool crowded. Customer service ran out of euros very early (even though the news letter each day encouraged passengers to change their money there). Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
as I said ship was incredible..shows were better than decent..food was passable..wait staff was beyound perfect..they do accomodate gluten free if needed..they don't really accomodate people watching their weight..I ate salmon and ... Read More
as I said ship was incredible..shows were better than decent..food was passable..wait staff was beyound perfect..they do accomodate gluten free if needed..they don't really accomodate people watching their weight..I ate salmon and green veggies..18 out of 23 nights..there were no low calorie..low fat choices..no non fat sugar free soft serve yogurt,,very difficult for even if you are diabetic..no brown rice or whole wheat pasta..buffet closes at 9pm, so you then had to pay for ben and jerry's..and they did have sugar free..[one flavor]..but no fat free= sugar free.. wine package [cheapest] was $155 for 5 regular size bottles..that included 15% tip...Ice show was incredible...Promenade was full of stores and great shows in some evenings..If you are not fussy about what you eat..no washing machines on board and paying $25.00 for a small bag of wash..you won't have a problem..Just remember to reread everything We wnt to Chops for dinner anticipating rack of Lamb..$30.00 pp and after getting the menu found out rack of lamb has been off the menu for a year..It would have been nice if they changed their website to tell all about changes.. so to make a long story short..It was a great cruise..weather was perfect..people were nice..crew was great..shows were good..but as i said ...they nickle and dime you to death Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2012
The process of getting on board the ship was fairly painless. I flew into Ft. Lauderdale and was greeted by the RCCL rep, who directed me to a waiting shuttle bus. I packed for a 15-day cruise, so I had two nearly 50 lb suitcases, plus a ... Read More
The process of getting on board the ship was fairly painless. I flew into Ft. Lauderdale and was greeted by the RCCL rep, who directed me to a waiting shuttle bus. I packed for a 15-day cruise, so I had two nearly 50 lb suitcases, plus a carry-on. That's a lot of luggage for a lone woman to handle! There were carts available at the airport to rent, but it would have been nice to have a porter to help. I was there about 2 hours before boarding time, but was allowed to board early. There was a long line at check-in, even though I had filled out all the forms online which stated it would make check-in quicker and easier. The first 8 days of cruisng was a REAL vacation! I had a balcony room (which I recommend for anyone who is on a ship that long) and enjoyed watching the ocean whenever I had a chance. The cruise line had a jam packed itinerary for all passengers. I didn't need all the activity, but according to the daily updates, more people than they'd counted on were taking part in the activities. I especially enjoyed the daily lectures and evening entertainment. The food at the Windjammer was just okay. On a scale of one to ten, I'd have to give it a five. The same with the main dining room. Just okay food. I ate at two specialty restaurants, Chops and Portofino, and the food there was excellent. My cabin steward, Ray, was outstanding. He was so kind to me and though I didn't require much attention, he was always nearby with a smile and willing attitude. The waiters in the main dining room were excellent, as well. I really enjoyed getting to know them. I was seated with 5 of the most interesting and lively women, who I enjoyed tremendously. Thanks to all of them for making dinner time the highlight of my day! There was a fantastic ice dancing show that required getting special tickets. That didn't go so well, in my opinion. We were told tickets would be handed out at 10:00 one morning. (This was the second round of ticket giveaways.) I went down at about ten minutes before hand, and the line already spread over the length of the ship. I probably stood in line for 45 minutes. I believe that could have been handled differently. Why not just have the room attendants leave tickets under the door? On the first day of excursions in Tenerife, it was a nightmare--a complete and utter failure of the activity director (or whoever handled it) to have an organized departure for those taking tours. We stood in line and then were seated, waiting, for over an hour--time that was supposed to have been spent on our tour. After complaining loudly--on the phone and in writing--I was refunded a portion of my fee, and then the following days the tours went smoothly. Hundreds of people were digusted on that day and I'm sure made their voices heard. We had some problems with people saving seats in the Metropolis Theater--when there were signs everywhere, and announcements everywhere, that saving seats was prohibited. Some people just don't like to follow rules. It makes it very frustrating when you go early enough to get a good seat, only to find that someone is saving 8 seats for friends who don't get there until 5 minutes before show time. I believe that could have been handled by having ushers seat everyone. First come, first serve. Instead, people were rude and unkind--on both ends. I didn't visit the movie theater on board one time, primarily because the movies weren't any good. Also, they ran the same movies over and over on TV. It would have been nice to have a better selection. CBS was the TV station providing some shows, and they ran the same shows the entire trip. Why couldn't they have recorded a couple of weeks worth of shows, instead of repeating the same things? My cabin was excellent. The staff was excellent. There was plenty of entertainment for whoever wanted it. So aside from a few glitches, the cruise was fun and left me with mostly good memories. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
We decided in mid 2011 to celebrate our 30th anniversary with a cruise. Booking through Vacations to Go was a breeze and there was never a question that was not answered promptly and accurately. Ours was a 9 night cruise from Ft. ... Read More
We decided in mid 2011 to celebrate our 30th anniversary with a cruise. Booking through Vacations to Go was a breeze and there was never a question that was not answered promptly and accurately. Ours was a 9 night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to the eastern Caribbean with stops in St. Maarten, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, San Juan, and Royal Caribbean's private facility at Labadee, Haiti. Embarkation was fast and efficient. We arrived at the pier about an hour before the listed boarding time and fully expected to wait a while, but were boarded right away. We purposely chose an interior cabin on deck 7. I guess a balcony would be nice but we prefer dark and quiet when it's time to sleep. With an interior cabin that's what you get! The cabin was squeaky clean and ready for us when we boarded. There was even an anniversary bottle of wine and an onboard credit voucher from our travel agent (Vacations to Go) waiting for us! As we set sail (about an hour late due to port traffic) I began to notice the demographics of this cruise were heavily weighted toward senior citizens. Not just senior, but REALLY senior. Many appeared to be in the octogenarian ranks with all manner of physical afflictions. It was sort of like "Welcome aboard the Nursing Home of the Seas." With that said, it should be quite obvious that using the lifts was a struggle and just moving about the ship in general had to be carefully planned. After a day and a half at sea, we diverted into St. Thomas on a medical emergency. Unfortunately a passenger failed to heed the contract clause that states "Passengers must be able to withstand the rigors of sailing . . . etc." and reported to sick bay early on. For reasons unknown the pax. could not be helicoptered off, thus the diversion. (Did not affect port schedule at all.) Medical problems aside, many of the oldsters on this cruise had some of the WORST attitudes and displayed some of the WORST manners and discourteous behavior I have ever seen in my life! They would bitch and complain about the most ridiculous things, jump the line to enter shows, dining room, etc., break wind in crowded spaces, argue loudly with one another, treat crew members disrespectfully, and treat fellow passengers worse. Most seemed to hail from "up nawth" including a cadre of rude Canadians. Just one thing to say - If you can't behave any better than what you displayed on this trip, stay in "snow land" or buy your own ship to sail on! You are an embarrassment to we seniors who are aging with grace and dignity. As I mentioned, embarkation in Ft. Lauderdale was a breeze largely because passengers arrived over a period of about 3 1/2 hours. Disembarking was another story. You would think that a busy port would plan ahead for several ships turning around on the same day. Nope! Port Everglades was woefully understaffed to manage the crowds trying to get from CBP to their ground transportation provider. Actually leaving the ship was uneventful. We made it through CBP in about 5 minutes and that's where the "fun" began. At pier 29 everyone must use ground transportation of some kind as their is no parking deck close enough to walk to. Problem is this, there is no signage and no personnel to direct and control the people waiting for shuttle buses, cabs, limos, etc. There are 2 local deputy sheriffs whom make it clear their only responsibility is to keep traffic moving. Many of the rude and disgusting "nawtheners" jumped the lines and boarded the shuttles ahead of those who had been waiting. We finally had to physically block people from jumping line to get on the Park n' Go shuttle to the apparent amusement of the 2 deputies. Bottom line is this: We will do everything possible to AVOID Ft. Lauderdale/Port Everglades when we cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
Just got back from Navigator of the Seas Eastern Caribbean. Boarding the ship went real smooth and leaving was even faster. Supper in the main dinning hall was good. We had late dinning, in Nutcracker, the first day and the wait ... Read More
Just got back from Navigator of the Seas Eastern Caribbean. Boarding the ship went real smooth and leaving was even faster. Supper in the main dinning hall was good. We had late dinning, in Nutcracker, the first day and the wait staff appeared like they were disorganized. We got our dinning changed to early dinning, Swan Lake, for the rest of the trip. The wait staff in Swan Lake was really great. Selections were ok and the food was great. Lunch at the main dinning room, Fantastic salad bar. Windjammer I felt was just ok. Just like going to any restraunt buffet. Nothing to write home about. Being a Sushi fan, I was looking forward to Jade. It was a big let down. Salomon, shrimp and veggie offerings. Would of like to see some Tuna, Mackrel and the like. Excursion were good. My wife and SIL did the Dolphin encounter in Cozmule I did the Bottom Fishing. We all enjoyed our excursions. I Grand Caymen we did the Pirate Encounter. Even though we didn't have grandkids along, it was great watching the crew interact with the little ones. I would highly recomend this excursion if you are traveling with kids. Shows: We only went to the Ice Show. It was great and not to be missed. I spent most of my time in Two Poets. The guitar player was very good. Went to 19th Hole once. The bartender even remembered my name the next day when I went up to Cloud 9. Same way in the cigar lounge after one visit. Don't know how they do it. Ship: Everything was beautiful. We had cabin 3600. It was very quiet. The room attendent was was very good and attentive to his job, but not really outward going in personality like the rest of the crew. The whole section of cabins had a water problem. Sometimes you couldn't get cold water. Try taking pills or brushing your teeth with water hot enough to make tea. The problem was not solved all week. I got the feeling that the crew wasn't in tune with some of the needs of a senior citizen. Overall, our last 2 cruises on The Majesty was a lot better. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
Our family decided to try the Grand Suite luxuries on the Navigator of the Seas as our first experience with Royal Caribbean and our first experience leaving from Port Everglades. We flew into Ft Lauderdale on Friday, March 30th and ... Read More
Our family decided to try the Grand Suite luxuries on the Navigator of the Seas as our first experience with Royal Caribbean and our first experience leaving from Port Everglades. We flew into Ft Lauderdale on Friday, March 30th and stayed at the Hampton Inn North for the night--nice room, free airport and cruise port transfers--good value. Sailed March 31st, Easter Caribbean itinerary. The ship is beautiful and we had a good time, however, the process of getting on board was greatly disappointing and left us rethinking our decision. Arrived at the port at 10:30, left our luggage outdoors with the porters (which was our first head-scratcher)and headed to the terminal. Not much organization outside the building while we waited, but oh boy, what a surprise awaited us when we got inside! The place resembled a warehouse--concrete walls with a few random RCI posters stuck to the walls and a check-in desk that looked temporary at best. Exposed ventilation ducts, industrial lighting, noisy, etc. Chin up--we still had the "priority boarding" area for GS and above to look forward to..and what a WOW factor THAT turned out to be(and not in a good way)! After check-in, ALL passengers were directed to large lines of connected chairs to await boarding---our "priority boarding" area was a roped off area of about 4 lines of these pretty-disgusting looking chairs. Ugh! Our rows WERE called first to board, but not at ALL a good first impression of RCI, and everybody knows what they say about first impressions. On Board a little after noon, we were told our cabins would be ready by 1:30--no big deal, we headed for lunch at Windjammer. Looking around the ship, we were impressed by the decor and especially the Grand Promenade. Beautiful! This ship really doesn't show it's age. Before going in to eat, we noticed it was raining outside, quite heavily, too. Nice buffet, good meal, and we were impressed by the number of choices. Our cabin, our Grand Suite, was ready as promised and it was beautiful! Birthday decorations were in place on the door and in the room for my daughter's birthday to her great surprise. For our family of four, there was more than enough room and tons of storage space for our things. We knew our bags would be delivered at some point, so we kept checking back throughout the afternoon to see if they arrived. Alas, they did not arrive before dinner. We like to dress for dinner but were forced to enter the beautiful Main Dining Room for the first seating in very casual clothes. We weren't alone. Checking our cabin after dinner, our bags had arrived---four out the the six were WET! Not sure why some of the first bags to arrive at the dock were STILL not on the ship or at least under cover in their trolleys or a holding area by the time that rain came. First the warehouse, now this? Time to find out how our GS Concierge service worked. Quite well, it turned out. Concierge Karen Hernandez is wonderful! Her customer service skills are outstanding. Commiseration, free laundry service and a bottle of wine later, we left her lounge happy. She must have been inundated with similar problems that day, but never appeared frazzled---what a gem she is!The Sail Away "party" was another disappointment--they just kept coming on Day 1 for us. This ship seriously is not for families with children--this "party" was a dud and we left. After that first day, things did get better. The ship is lovely, beautifully appointed and well-maintained. The cabin stewards are very friendly--we had Ray and he was terrific (although he did miss a pair of undershorts tucked into the vanity chair during the quick turnover from the previous occupants---or maybe that was just another perk for a GS?). I loved the day-of-the-week inserts in the carpeting of the elevators. Usually crowded though, and Spring Break travel brings lots of unsupervised teens who would quickly press ALL the buttons before exiting so that the cars stopped at all floors. Not impressed by how some parents can't teach their kids to behave. Our cabin doorbell was rung late hours a couple times, the Happy Birthday poster on the door was stolen, and, on the last day, the "make up the room" card was cut into pieces and inserted back into the door slot on just about every suite that we saw on our way to the aft elevators. The Casino was great fun, but the theatrical performances were blah-the RCI lip-syncing "singers" and dancers were not that good. The ice show was a WOW! The comedian Bobby Collins was hysterical--wish he had been booked for TWO shows. James the jewelry guy wasn't a favorite--I won a necklace in one of his drawings(on Day 2)and chased after him until Day 7 before I got my prize(thank you Karen for helping!). Labadee was beautiful--Barefoot Beach was beautiful and I'm SO glad I rented a cabana(B2)--it was comfy for the family and we had our best day there. Grandson loved the kid's club on board--the counselors there kept the children engaged and active in fun games and competitions. One of the nicest perks of the GS was the valet luggage service for debarkation--sign up with Karen early for this! We received our special tags for our bags, set them outside our door and off they went at 11:00pm the night before debarkation, not to be seen again until Baggage Claim at your home airport. No searching through the warehouse for your color section, no lugging them through customs yourself or shuffling them to transport. WOW! Overall, we liked this cruise although you might not be able to tell from all the verbiage above. WE had a great time despite the diversions. Will we cruise RCI again? Probably, but not soon. And never again out of Port Everglades. Overall, not even the Suite life can lure us away from our favorite, Disney. Our next cruise is booked on the Fantasy. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
My husband and I are new to cruising and we'd been to the fjords last year with P & O so chose a another cruise company to get a different experience. We had one week in Orlando before driving to Fort Lauderdale to board the ... Read More
My husband and I are new to cruising and we'd been to the fjords last year with P & O so chose a another cruise company to get a different experience. We had one week in Orlando before driving to Fort Lauderdale to board the Navigator of the Seas for a 6 night cruise to the Western Caribbean. Leaving the car at the airport was a breeze and instructions to get the shuttle to the ship quite straightforward. Embarkation however was very messy with queues right out the building in the morning heat. Staff were very efficient and we got on-board and into our cabins. We were advised to take our swimsuits in our hand-luggage as the suitcases didn't arrive for another couple of hours so we got our bearings and had lunch and went to the pools. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 just in front of the bulge so couldn't see the back of the ship but the views were wonderful anyway. The bathroom was larger than expected and the shower with sliding doors very practical as water is kept inside and doesn't spill all over the floor.They also have shower gel in a container on the wall which is replenished as required. The queen size bed big enough but very hard even with a pillowtop. Our stateroom attendant Jorge was extremely helpful and couldn't do enough for us. Nothing was too much trouble as with the Freedom dining choice and staff in that dining room. We never tried the other two dining rooms which have a surcharge because we were quite happy with the choices we had. Food choices in the buffet style dining were excellent. You could not fault the freshness or quality. We found the staff not as cheerful but then you're in and out quicker than in the other dining options. Entertainment accommodated dining sittings with two shows in the evenings so you didn't feel you'd missed out one by choosing the other. The newsletter put in your cabin every evening allowed you to plot what you wanted to do the following day. The ice-skating show was very good as was the "Broadway show" with all the costumes on the last night. The casino seemed to attract a lot of custom but we made a point of going around it because the smoking allowed in that area was so intense it ruined it for us. We enjoyed the Solarium the most as it's adults only and with the salt water pool and two hot water jacuzzis you felt yourself unwind. The spa is beautiful with treatment rooms overlooking the sea but the Elemis treatments were too expensive to indulge in everyday especially with the 15% surcharge on top of the price. The fitness center was also very good and the kingsize jacuzzi excellent to melt away tight muscles. There were quite a few children on board but they had their own space onboard with their own activities so we didn't see much of them which for some is very important. We saw several families with young children in the dining room and a credit to their parents because they so well behaved. The negative is the 15% surcharge on everything. The drinks, treatments, wine, beer, cocktails and excursions we found to be overpriced because they have us as a captive audience and then you have to add the 15% on top. No alcohol is allowed to be taken onboard even when bought in the ports we visited. It is taken off you on embarkation and returned to you the evening before you disembark to pack in your suitcase. All in all though, a very pleasant experience. Something for all age groups from the sporty to the more laid back customer. I'll certainly be trying another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
We went with a neighborhood group of 17 people who commonly cruise together. The embarkation process at pier 29 in Fort Lauderdale was terrible. Our luggage was outside getting wet in the rain. The line to get through security was long ... Read More
We went with a neighborhood group of 17 people who commonly cruise together. The embarkation process at pier 29 in Fort Lauderdale was terrible. Our luggage was outside getting wet in the rain. The line to get through security was long and very slow. They had 4 security stations for 3000+ passengers. Disembarking was worse. We couldn't get off the ship until 10AM and then waited another half hour to get through the customs line. I will never sail from Fort Lauderdale at pier 29 again. The dining room menu selection and food was not good. All of us were disappointed. Interestingly enough, the Windjammer buffet was very good. We at ate both Chops, their steakhouse and Portofino's italian restaurant. Chops was good. Portofino's was outstanding. The prices, $30 and $20 per person respectively, are very reasonable given the quality of the food and service. you have to try the sandwiches at the Sandwich Bar on the promenade. They're great! We sailed on Superbowl weekend. One of our group had a suite and wanted to set up a bar with finger food and have us all watch the game. They wouldn't do it. They won't allow you to buy a bottle of liquor and mixers for your stateroom. We thought that was odd since there are 14 bars on the ship. They encourage alcohol consumption, why not allow you to buy alcohol for your room. Even the mini bar in the room had no alcohol. The ice show was fantastic. The stage shows were good, although we could have done without the juggler. The parades on the promenade were also great. The ship is beautiful and the staff is absolutely great!! All in all, we had a good cruise. I'd recommend the Navigator to anyone who isn't overly concerned about the food. Other than that, you can't help but have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
My 3rd cruise alone after my wife passed away in 2009. I decided to give RCI a spin after several cruises on Holland-America and last year on Carnival Dream. It is tough to find a decent price when you travel alone. I selected a ... Read More
My 3rd cruise alone after my wife passed away in 2009. I decided to give RCI a spin after several cruises on Holland-America and last year on Carnival Dream. It is tough to find a decent price when you travel alone. I selected a Promenade stateroom on Deck 8 midship.....not a bad selection. Departure was not as bad as one review stated. Arrived at Terminal 29 at 12:10 pm. Was on board at 12:48. Room were ready by 1:30 pm with suitcase by 4 pm. Muster drill was efficient and we were sailing! Nutcracker dining room on deck 3, table 353. Sat with 8 others - very enjoyable. I have always had good table mates; it certainly adds to the pleasure of cruising. Cabin was a bit disappointing in size - especially the bathroom. Smaller than Holland-America or Carnival. Food was as good on Navigator as on H-A or Carnival. I really couldn't see much difference. Certainly do miss the Chocolate Extravaganza and Ice Carvings from previous years! TV channel selection was better than H-A or Carnival; had CNN and Fox News (well most of the time!) Ambiance on the ship is a bit subdued. Dining room, theater, etc. does not have the richness (my opinion anyway!) of Carnival Corp. ships. Loved the Solarium - great place to spend time reading and relaxing. I don't like the layout for walking however. Can't walk outside the entire perimeter of the ship on Deck 3; you have to continue on Deck 4. Deck 12 is walkable except for the tremendous wind. Cruise Director Dan Dan the Party Man was the least effective of any cruise I have been on. Entertainment on the ship was mediocre at best. We started with Super Bowl on theater screen. Shows were short - basically one hour and production value was sub-par. Ice show is okay (well I have seen plenty ice shows in my day). Contract act of skating hula-hoop artist was quite good. Service was good. Room Attendant Samiel (Philippines) was absolutely outstanding; dining room waitress Turkessa (Jamaica) was fantastic (a real sweetheart!). Never had to wait for an elevator as I climbed the stairs the entire cruise - never once used an elevator. Debarkation started about 30 minutes late. I was off ship at 8 am (instead of 7:30). Not sure I will sail RCI next time but, heck, that's just my opinion! St. Maarten/St Martin is good port. Philipsburg is better than Marigot. St. Kitts was neat experience - did the Sugar Cane train. Their FREE pina coladas are better than on the ship. Old San Juan is always a neat visit. Labadee wasn't too exciting for me; was very humid! Gratuities were a bit odd. RCI encourages standard tips for Head Waiter, Waiter, Asst. Waiter and Room Attendant. I couldn't see why head waiter needs a tip. I did standard and gave extra to great service of waiter and attendant. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
We just got back yesterday from our 6 night cruise aboard the beautiful Navigator of the Seas. This is the largest ship my husband and I have been on and our first time with a balcony, which we LOVED and felt it was worth the extra money ... Read More
We just got back yesterday from our 6 night cruise aboard the beautiful Navigator of the Seas. This is the largest ship my husband and I have been on and our first time with a balcony, which we LOVED and felt it was worth the extra money especially since we were celebrating our 20th Anniversary. I loved the Royal Promenade and the spaciousness of it. I found the decore all over the ship beautiful and the staff always so attentive and helpful. We enjoyed the shows we saw, only one production show, Ballroom Fever and it was the entertainers first cruise and they had to be fitted and reherse.There was a magician/comedian who was wonderful and we caught the end to the Nelson Brothers' Show which was good. Lots of different music all over the ship. This was our third cruise with RC and I felt that the food in the dining room was note quite as good as on the Grandure and Enchantment, however what was good was that there were more choices for light dinning other than the Windjammer, which is always so crowded during meal times no matter which ship you go on. My husband loved Chops, but unfortunately I was not feeling 100% that night and couldn't enjoy it as I wanted to. We did our own thing in each port. Labadee was extremely beautiful, however there were two ships in port, us and Explorer and each ship had approximately 3000 passangers, so with 6000 people on the beach it got crowded. We ended up going back to the ship and having the Solarium almost to ourselves. I love sea days, but one problem with all the ships is enough pool side seating, but I'm not sure how they could solve this. Overall we had a wonderful time and even put a deposit down for a future cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
We enjoyed our third Royal Caribean cruise on the Navigator during the NE school vacation February 18-26th (our sixth in total)after being on the Explorer and Mariner in the last three years. We are a family of four with two older teens. ... Read More
We enjoyed our third Royal Caribean cruise on the Navigator during the NE school vacation February 18-26th (our sixth in total)after being on the Explorer and Mariner in the last three years. We are a family of four with two older teens. It was an eight day cruise visiting St Martin, St. Kitts, San Juan and Labadee. Having been on two similar ships, it felt deja vu and very comfortable. In fact, the Explorer seemed to follow us on 3:4 ports (more about that later) We arrived from the warm NE three days early to do some sightseeing in the Fort Lauderdale Area. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn booked via an internet agency for very reasonable price. We were very satisfied with the Fairfield especially the cleanliness and the breakfast. It was centrally located off of 95 if you had a car;however without a car, it was isolated if you were to stay there more than one night. We returned our Alamo rent a car after noon on the day of embarkation. It took about an hour to get to the port via their shuttle bus. The first one was too crowded so we had to wait for another. Then it took a bit longer to get into the port where there was an accident between a private vehicle and tour bus. Then of course they stopped at each of the seven piers and we were the last one. Keep an eye on your luggage as the driver almost unloaded some poor couples luggage at the wrong pier We arrived around 1pm; we breezed through the check-in and were on the ship within 15 minutes. We immediately dropped off our carry ons in our room and then went to the Windjammer. It wasn't even that crowded as most had eaten. I enjoyed my obligatory Honey Stung Chicken and salad. After lunch, my husband and I worked out and then went to unpack our luggage which arrived sometime after 3pm right before the 4pm muster We were seated in Table 357 and we were surprised for our family of four to be seated with at a table of 6. We found out that another family of six were separated and seated two each at the nearbye tables. They were reasonably upset but we got along so well they kept their arrangements and they would switch tables daily which made interesting. The food was OK, not good or bad. The service was quite good; though we made a point to tell our waiters to have our sodas and iced tea available to us upon arrival (as the first three nights it took 30 minutes to arrive). After that things got better. My old favorites like vidalia onion tart etc seemed different. Some of the foods came lukewarm; but we didn't make a big deal of it. I did not like; however when the mahi tempora was full of bones. We ate some snacks in promenade, one lunch in MDR and a couple of room service snacks (though 30-40 minute wait, they were always hot and delicious) Ports: St Martin: We went on Bernards Tours with "Sugar" as our driver. We had a fantastic time, one of the best excursions ever in my six cruises. We felt that we got a comprehensive tour of the island and he really listened to our needs. We saw the iguanas, sea urchins, Orient Beach, Marigot, Maho. I made a request to stop at Rimas, he was more than happy to oblige, let us off with another family, gave us enough time and picked us up to return to the ship. We were 1:7 ships that day. St Kitts: RCL sponsored volcano hike: I had a miserable time on Mt Misery. Despite being experienced hikers, it rained in the rainforest in the entire time, making for dangerous conditions. We hiked to the top, was given minutes to rest plus there was nothing to see due to the clouds. I am surprised that RCL runs such a dangerous excursion. Without the rain and the ankle deep much, it would have been better but it is unpredictable. San Juan: Too short as usual. We were next to the Explorer again. We used the day to shop around the island, since we couldn't shop in St Kitts due to being covered with mud. We enjoyed the small shops and the jewelry street vendors who have some unusual reasonably priced costume jewelry. Labadee: Again we were with the Explorer with over 6000 passengers. It was easy to get seats as the attendants would bring you one; however the wait for the food was 30-40 minutes. The most confusing part was that the ships were on different times. We had turned our clocks back the night before while the Explorer still was on Caribean time. So each time we asked the time so not to miss our excursion, we would get a different answer depending on what ship the person was from. We did the jet skiing which we did before and it was a lot of fun. The entertainment was mixed. The ice show was nice but I enjoyed the shows more on the other ships. The company dancers were OK, they were leaving the ship after this cruise and it showed. They had a fantastic comedien and I really enjoyed the Nelson brothers. We enjoyed working out, the free classes and took stairs everywhere which kept the weight gain down. All in all, it was a great cruise Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
We are a family of 5 and cruised with my husbands parents, his sisters family as well as my girlfriend. We flew from Buffalo to Orlando a few days before via Southwest and drove to Fort Lauder dale the day of the cruise. We dropped our ... Read More
We are a family of 5 and cruised with my husbands parents, his sisters family as well as my girlfriend. We flew from Buffalo to Orlando a few days before via Southwest and drove to Fort Lauder dale the day of the cruise. We dropped our rental car at a Budget location next to the port as they provided free shuttle service. We will not do this again as we had to wait an hour for that free shuttle. Next time we will drop at the airport and just pay for a taxi. We arrived at Port Everglades at 1pm which is much later than we usually do and there was a long line outside as we had expected due to other reviews on Terminal 29. Fortunately the line moved quickly and we were on board by 2pm. We booked a Royal Family Suite which we have never had as its too expensive but we shared it with my sister n law and it was about the same price as us getting 2 inside rooms for our family of 5. Great deal!. The balcony is the best part and for the first time I finally ordered room service on my balcony because I could order eggs Benedict. We enjoyed the concierge each night but did not get to take full advantage of it as we were travelling with kids. We took them a few times but mostly left them in the room with my eldest. Another perk that worked for us is the private seating in Portofinos for breakfast and lunch. With a group of 14 we did not have to worry about finding seats together plus all the cutlery and drinks were there for you as well as an omelet station. We also took advantage of special seating at the pool and the shows. Our room steward was pleasant but our room was never cleaned until after 2pm which we did not like. We have cruised with Carnival and Disney and we have done every class in the RCI fleet. We love RCI but we did not love the demographics of this ship for a family cruise. I think passengers looking to get away from the bigger family centred cruises are choosing the voyager class. There were a lot of seniors which is fine with me as most of my cruises are like that but a lot of these seniors were not happy to be in the presence of my children. I thought my children were well behaved and supervised but I received many glares everywhere we went from fellow passengers. We also met some very nice seniors as well and they had nice things to say to my kids however I was not feeling the love on this cruise and in the future I will save our family cruises for the bigger ships and save this class for our adults only cruise. The elevators were very busy on this cruise and became annoying very quickly. The Navigator is another beautiful RCI ship. We all enjoyed the rock climbing wall, basketball court, minigolf and the inline roller blading track The shows were all pretty good and we especially loved the 2 musical comedians. My in laws "Joe and Gail" were on the Love and Marriage show which was a hit and they enjoyed the positive reaction they received throughout the rest of the cruise. Quest was really funny as usual and the ice show was spectacular. We thought that there could have been more family events like a family karaoke but most events were very late and for adults only. On Freedom and Allure they have pool volleyball which I really enjoy but they did not have on this ship. On Allure I took part in water aerobics every morning which I was also hoping to do but I think I only saw it one day and it was at a strange time. A lot of activities were at strange times that did not work for us. I am not trying to complain but I hope that RCI appreciates my suggestions. I found the food to be great and nothing different from the usual RCI fare. We went on a Carnival cruise after we got off this one and we really enjoyed their food as well as it provided a change. One of the favourite things about a cruise for my kids is Adventure Ocean. Not this time. I put my 12 year old in the 9-11 year old club because we were travelling with her 11 year old cousin. Due to low numbers they joined the clubs so all of their activities were done with the 6-8 years old which included my 7 year old son. The girls did not like it and did not go the rest of the week. On Day 5 we went and signed both girls up for the teen club. They liked this much better but again due to low numbers they joined them with the 15-17 year olds which they didn't like either. On our Carnival cruise the age groups were all done properly and my kids loved Camp Carnival. My kids will tell you that they loved Carnival but I did not as I despised the layout of their ships and the crowding. I will discuss more in my Carnival Valor review. We had a very active cruise critic group on this sailing and I enjoyed meeting a few of them and joining them for quest. I would have loved to have partied more with them but hard to do with the business of our kids and our big group. Weather was perfect on this cruise and except for the first few days the seas were calm. All of our ports were great and we all agreed ST. Kitts was our favourite but San Juan will remain one of my all time favourite ports. Labadee was also a great day and I will always look for this port on an itinerary. We collected eyeglasses to bring to Haiti. We gave them to guest services who is supposed to donate them. We talked to RCI's Haitian workers and they told us it is better to give donations to them personally as RCI's donations go to the government and the people that live on Labadee will not get them. They told us the best things we can bring them are educational materials as education is the most important thing they can get to improve life on their island Debarkation was easy and we found a taxi quickly which took us back to budget to rent a car to take us to the next leg of our cruise in Miami. This was another great cruise with awesome ports but as I said we will stick to the bigger ships for cruises with our kids. We also missed flowrider very much but the deal we got on the Royal Family Suite was too good to pass up! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
Background: This was my 5th cruise on Royal Caribbean, the previous ones being on the Radiance, Explorer, Liberty, and Allure over the past 4 years. I am in my mid-20's, and this time I was travelling with my Mother on a ... Read More
Background: This was my 5th cruise on Royal Caribbean, the previous ones being on the Radiance, Explorer, Liberty, and Allure over the past 4 years. I am in my mid-20's, and this time I was travelling with my Mother on a "girls-trip". Pre-Cruise: We flew into FLL on Sunwing from Canada one day pre-cruise. We booked a hotel on Priceline, and thanks to my "mis-click", we ended up with the Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek in north Fort Lauderdale. This necessitated a car rental which we had not planned on, but it all worked out okay. While I would not book that hotel again in the future due to it's age and some cleanliness issues, it was okay for 1 night and we were able to get where we wanted to go in our rental car. We dropped off the car at Budget's SE 17th Street location on the morning of our cruise and took their free shuttle to Port Everglades. Check in / Embarkation: We arrived at terminal 29 at Port Everglades at 10:45am. The terminal is set up a little bit strange and we had to run through the large lot in the rain from where the shuttle dropped us and our luggage off to the door of the terminal. Once inside, we were able to check in at the "early check in desk" in the "warehouse" area of the terminal. We were asked to sit and wait for about 10 minutes, and at 11am sharp, we were led into the main terminal area to have our pictures taken for our seapasses, and then onto the ship immediately. Overall despite the odd layout of the terminal, particularly outside, check-in was a breeze. The Ship: The ship is 10 years old but has been very well maintained. While there were a few signs of age showing including some stains on the carpets in the cabin hallways and missing elevator buttons, the ship is in excellent condition and does not show it's age overall. Some favorite areas of the ship include the Royal Promenade which is full of stores, bars, and Cafe Promenade, the pool deck, and the sports deck. Stateroom: We had a Promenade Room on deck 7. It was a little bit small, but more than adequate for 2 people with an extensive amount of storage space for our stuff. We enjoyed sitting on the window seat and watching activities and parades down below. We had the thermostat turned all the way to cold, however it did feel a little bit uncomfortably warm on occasion. Our room attendant was generally great, however we were not provided with hand towels one day, and on returning to our room one night, there was garbage in the toilet. We did get 3 towel animals - the cruise compass stated we'd receive them every 2 nights and this was almost spot on. Overall we felt the room offered great value for the money without feeling claustrophobic in an interior room. Crew: The captain on this sailing was Tommy Nyseter from Norway. He seemed like a very personable man and we enjoyed his daily updates. The Hotel Director was Robert Taggart. The Cruise Director was Dan Whitney, he did a great job running the shows, activities, etc. Dining: The Windjammer Buffet, deck 11 - The Windjammer was open daily for breakfast from 6:30-11am, lunch from 11:30am-3:30pm, afternoon snacks (an extension of some lunch items with the addition of a taco/nacho bar, bread pudding, etc) from 3:30-5:00, and for dinner from 6:30-9pm. We enjoyed breakfast here almost every day, and they had everything we could imagine from pancakes and waffles to a made-to-order egg station, to fruit, cereal, breads and spreads, oatmeal, etc, and even miso soup. This was by far our favourite place for breakfast. Lunch offered sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, pastas, some Asian and Indian dishes, a meat carving station, and more. Some options were the same each day, and others changed daily. Dinner had an incredible selection and offered a nice, quiet, laid back retreat from the Main Dining Room. They even had a crepe station on the evening that we ate there. The Main Dining Room, decks 3, 4, and 5: The Main Dining Room was open daily for breakfast (short hours) and dinner (6:00 or 8:30 seating, or My Time Dining), and on sea days for lunch. We found breakfast here was extremely slow, although the chocolate breakfast on day 5 was a nice treat. We did not eat here for lunch on this cruise. Dinner service was average, as was the food. The lobster on night 5, however, was cooked to perfection and we were offered seconds. It's clear that the waiters work very hard, however the service was not 100% up to par. Cafe Promenade, deck 5: Cafe Promenade was open 24/7 on our sailing, and offered everything from pastries at breakfast, to various little sandwiches, pizza, cookies, and desserts in the afternoon and night. The snacks along with ice water and self-serve coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are included in the cruise fare. They also serve Seattles Best specialty coffees for a charge. Tip: Try the frozen blended coffee beverages - they were delicious! Portofino, deck 11: Portofino has a cover charge of $20 per person. We dined there on the first night of the cruise and thoroughly enjoyed it - particularly the seafood skewer and the filet mignon. We did find however, that the lobster in the main dining room later in the cruise was larger and tasted better. It was a nice experience though and I'd recommend it. Chops, deck 11: $30 cover charge. We did not dine at Chops on this sailing so I cannot comment. Room Service: Room service is free, however there is a $3.95 service charge from midnight to 5:00am. We did not use room service on this sailing so again, I cannot comment, however they have a decent menu for breakfast as well as lunch/dinner/snacks. Activities: There were plenty of activities going on at all times throughout the day, and we still managed to miss a lot of them. The activities team was wonderful and got everyone involved. They had everything from the usual "Sexiest Man" competition and Belly Flop contest, to things we've never seen before like "If you Know it, Dance it!". The Quest gameshow was the best run that I have seen to date, and the Love and Marriage show was a hoot. Entertainment: The shows on this cruise were not up to par with those on our past cruises. There were 2 Royal Caribbean production shows, "All Access" and "Now and Forever", a comedian Rick Corso, a family of Las Vegas performers, The Scintas, and a juggler/comedian, Paul DiMuzio. We enjoyed All Access the most. Unfortunately we felt the entertainment was not up to par with larger ships like the Liberty and Allure. The ice show, however was great - very high energy despite a few falls with the rough seas. The best part is the Navigator did not require tickets for the ice show as on other ships. Ports: Grand Cayman - the tendering process ran extremely smoothly with minimal waits going to and from the island. We opted to just walk around Georgetown and do some shopping here. Falmouth, Jamaica - The construction in the port area is finally complete and most stores are open. The port area is beautiful and very clean. Having been here before, we opted to walk around and check out the port, and then return to the ship for a pool day. Labadee, Haiti - This is my all-time favorite port. We spent the day lounging on the beach, swimming, and exploring the island. The beaches along the right side when walking from the ship (i.e. Nellies Beach and Columbus Cove) are the nicest for swimming, with sandy beaches and calm water. Adrenaline Beach on the left side of the island under the zipline has more rocks and shells, and more waves, however Royal Caribbean has built a short breakwall to cut down on this. There are multiple picnic areas for lunch with shaded tables, beverages, and large buffets consisting of burgers, hot dogs, ribs, etc, and various salads, corn, rice and beans, and a few dessert options. Despite being in port with the Liberty of the Seas, the lines were not horrendous and we were able to easily find a table. For those looking to do more than a day at the beach, there is the rollercoaster, zip-line, watersport rentals, and more, all available for a fee. Disembarkation: We opted to do self-assist disembarkation due to our morning flight out of FLL. We left our room at 7:45, easily got an elevator down to the gangway on deck 4, and were in line at customs soon after. The line moved quickly and we only waited for approximately 10 minutes. We then walked through the lot, past the shared airport shuttles ($10pp) to the taxi's and we were on our way to the airport in no time at a cost of $17 including tip. Despite the long check-in line for Sunwing, we were checked in, through security, and waiting at our gate by 8:40am. It was just too bad that our flight ended up being delayed until 8am the following day due to mechanical problems. The airport got very busy in the mid-morning until around 2:00pm, so I'd recommend getting there very early if you have a morning flight out to try to beat the crowds. Overall: Overall we loved our cruise on the Navigator. The ship still looks great depsite her age, there were plenty of activities going on, and we enjoyed the itinerary. The food was average, but that has become our expectation on recent cruises. The service was not outstanding, but there was nothing that would push me to complain as it was adequate. Would I recommend a cruise on the Navigator? Absolutely, especially if the price is right! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
Cruised on the Voyager class ten years ago on the Explorer. This was our first time back with Royal Caribbean. Still love the layout and the Navigator is lovely. Got a great deal from Crucon (so good that 16 other people joined us) ... Read More
Cruised on the Voyager class ten years ago on the Explorer. This was our first time back with Royal Caribbean. Still love the layout and the Navigator is lovely. Got a great deal from Crucon (so good that 16 other people joined us) The Good: We felt the food was still really good. Our waitstaff were terrific (Lak and her assistant, Miguel) We did one dinner in Chops and it was fabulous. Way too much food but excellent quality. Our outside stateroom was fine, just a little noisy. To be honest, we're happy with inside cabins. They're inexpensive and quiet and you don't feel much of the ship's movement. Service was excellent everywhere on the ship. Ate most breakfasts and lunches at the Windjammer. Very fresh food, lots of variety, nothing to complain about. Drink service was good and we found that drinks weren't as expensive as we were expecting. (not that it was cheap!) The Bad: Very little, except that we requested that our group of 18 be seated together in the dining room. When we boarded the ship our party was broken up in separate dining rooms at 5 different tables. I sent all our booking and stateroom numbers in April and phoned to check on the seatings a week before we sailed. We were assured that we were all seated together at two tables. We spent an hour and a half the day we boarded trying to get the tables rearranged. We got most of the group changed but never did all get seated together. Disembarkation was very slow. From meeting in the lounge to getting on the shuttle bus to our car was two hours and a half. I think it was customs that was the hold up but it was annoying. Ports: We just did a beach day at Labadee. The changes are amazing since we'd last been there. It is really lovely. Grand Cayman was a walk about town and bus to the beach. It was fine. Falmouth- we used Trevor Hudlin tours to do Dunn's River Falls and river tubing. Trevor was 30 minutes late and then kept us waiting for another 30 minutes for two people that never showed up. The tour was fine and Trevor was very nice but the wasted hour was frustrating. Dunn's river falls was a precarious climb, fun but a bit dodgy. Very touristy. River tubing was a blast. We all really enjoyed it. We all had a great time and a few little glitches would never spoil our vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
We took a great cruise to the western caribbean on Navigator. This was during the week before Christmas so there were a good number of kids on the ship - including our own (age 6 and 9). Embarkation was a little chaotic but moved ... Read More
We took a great cruise to the western caribbean on Navigator. This was during the week before Christmas so there were a good number of kids on the ship - including our own (age 6 and 9). Embarkation was a little chaotic but moved relatively quickly. We reserved a suite but there was no real priority boarding for us (as opposed to our experience with NCL which was much nicer). The ship is beautiful and in very good shape for being nearly 20 years old. Our room was in a great location (deck 10, midship) and was very nice. The food on the ship was only ok though. Dinners were occasionally good but, for instance, my salmon filet was dry and the selection was mediocre. We ate in Portofino once which was excellent. My 6 year old eats small meals all the time and we constantly had problems with her being hungry around 5PM and had no where to eat. It is tough to get to shows with first seating for dinner and kids (shows are often at 9P or later) but the ones we saw were forgettable. I was not impressed overall with the entertainment. The service overall was excellent! The kids suprised us and really enjoyed the Adventure Ocean camps. I am not sure why because it seemed a little lacking to me but it turns out the staff do a great job and the actificites are fun. We were under the impression they had their own pool area, but they do not (the newer RCL ships do though). In terms of ports, we first went to Grand Cayman. We like it here and arranged a horseback riding excursion on own own. The ship's excursion had a min age of 12 but the one we did (same place, I think, as the ship) had a min age of 5 so our 6 year old had her own horse! We loved it! We had them drop us off afterwards at 7 mile beach and hung out there until it was time to go back to the ship. The kids snorkled off the beach but there was nothing to really see. We had a tip though to go to the Paradise restaurant, which is near the dock, and to snorkle off thier beach. We did that and though there is no coral, the fish there were great and the kids loved it! We had to skip Jamaica unfortunately because of high surf. We had a day pass arranged with the Hilton Rose Hall whcih sounded great. Too bad.... Labadee Haiti was great, actually. I was afraid it would be too artificial. It was a little but the place is beautiful and we all had probably the bexst day of the trip there. We went to Barefoot beach, which is for suite guests only. The other beaches were beautiful but more crowded. We did not rent a cabana ($200 for the ones near the water, which did not seem worth it) but instead got under a little thatch umbrella and got chairs. This worked out great! No real snorkeling off the beach here either but had a great time. Went and did the Aqua Park with the kids which was an extra $15 each but worth it (and exhausting!!). Navigator of the Seas was a great ship and a little cheaper to book than the newer RCL ships. Overall we had a great trip and would recommend this itinerary to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
After cruising Thanksgiving week with another couple that are younger than us about 50 years old, we found that the ship lacked the luster that we expectd from this line. The cabins, although we had the highest grade of balcony (before a ... Read More
After cruising Thanksgiving week with another couple that are younger than us about 50 years old, we found that the ship lacked the luster that we expectd from this line. The cabins, although we had the highest grade of balcony (before a suite) was worn. Bathrooms looked a bit chipped, some rust of exposed plumbing. They no longer provide complimentary toiletries at all or even a chocolate on your pillow. We had been on the Celebrity Solstice a year before and though the food was about the same on both, Navigator needs some sprucing up. A few weeks in dry dock, re doing the cabins and the balconies which had worn and dirty indoor/outdoor carpet made it hardly a relaxing upgrade. The food was less than average and we found the service fine. We had a nice waiter, Bovino, but it was slow. The hallways were filled with electric scooters every night and it was hard to get past to get to your cabin. Seemed like a fire hazard to me. A ship board credit was sent to me a a birthday gift ( celebrated on board). It never came and RCI charged the giver. They had to fight to get their money back. On their private island in Haiti, they do not have enough cabannas, they so not rent umbrellas, so if you don't want to fry you need to head back to the ship pretty early. The Champagne Bar was where we hung out and they changed the prices as soon as we boarded. We were told management wanted to charge more in America than in Europe for the same bottle. RCI no longer ( at least on this ship ) gives a gift to Crown and Anchor members. I have received gifts on the 3 night Majesty of the Seas cruises. That all being said, we ad a great time because we were with friends, but the line needs to note that the ship is tired and need to return to being more regal. Read Less
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.5 4.2

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