602 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

All of us cruisers are well aware of the rampant upselling on all mass market cruise lines and RCCL is no exception. Enough said about that. The Navigator was recently refurbished and it shows. Everything looked shiny and new. There were ... Read More
All of us cruisers are well aware of the rampant upselling on all mass market cruise lines and RCCL is no exception. Enough said about that. The Navigator was recently refurbished and it shows. Everything looked shiny and new. There were some nice additions such as a hand washing station at the entrance to the buffet. Being a vegetarian I was disappointed that the previously available vegetarian menu has now disappeared. The staff however went the extra mile to try and meet my dietary needs. I never left the table hungry. The food was overall just OK. Nothing special but nothing to complain about either. The entire staff was always friendly and did a great job at keeping the ship immaculate. .The ships activities were mostly geared toward income generating activities. Entertainment was typical for cruise shows. The ice skating show was good as was the comedian/magician. All in all nothing to complain about but nothing memorable either. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Wanted a longer cruise outside the school holiday. Never been to the Canaries before. The ship was Beaty with a lot of decoration and art. Clean and good taken care of. Our incide cabin had everything we needed and a lot of places to ... Read More
Wanted a longer cruise outside the school holiday. Never been to the Canaries before. The ship was Beaty with a lot of decoration and art. Clean and good taken care of. Our incide cabin had everything we needed and a lot of places to store our things, perfectly located on deck nine between the two lifts. Our stateroom attendant Ida did a Great job and kept it clean and was so nice to us all the time. Had read so many reviews about the need of upgrade, but that was not my experience. Always chairs available outside and it was never difficult to swim in the three pools or find a place in one of the jacuzzi. The food was very good. Specially impressed by the food in Windjammer that had a lot of choices. Also had very nice food in the MD and very good service thanks to Luise and Felix. Did take the Galley brunch and visit the kitchen and can understand how much work it is for the people in the kitchen and for the waiters to serve all the passengers. Also had some meals in chops grill and Giovanni as part of a prebooked 5dinner package. The entertainment was overall very good with some extra memorable experiences as the ice-show, the Barricade boys, Perry Grant and Craig Halliday. Cuddly was a very good as entertainment manager. Only one bad experience; with the spa treatment with a big pressure of bying products, so don’t think I will take any more spa treatments in the future. Did very excursion wit RCCL in Lisbon and Agadir. The Hippo Hippo tour with Anna in Lisbon was fantastic fun and let us see some of the major places. I don’t think We would like to go by our self in Agadir but had an very nice guide and did not felt unsafe during the excursion. I also think they was so pushing selling things in Agadir as earlier experience in Morocco. The best excursion we had was in Lanzarote with Lanzarote Experience. We had a group of 13 with our very nice guide and driver Angela on the whole day trip called grand tour. We was able to see the Timanfaya National Park, wine growing area, cactus garden, Cuevas de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua. We also had a tour in La Corunna with Hercules tours, a two hour tour around the city. The other places as Vigo, Las Palmas and Madeira we just walked around the city, easy from the chip. Will recommend Navigator and the Canaries. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We booked Navigator because of the varied activities advertised. There were 8 of us in our party - aged from 75 down to 18, so we wanted things to keep us all happy and occupied. Having previously cruised several times on Celebrity, we ... Read More
We booked Navigator because of the varied activities advertised. There were 8 of us in our party - aged from 75 down to 18, so we wanted things to keep us all happy and occupied. Having previously cruised several times on Celebrity, we had high hopes of this being better equipped for the two younger members of our party and, indeed, that proved to be the case. However it was definitely less luxurious than Celebrity. For the first time, my travelling companion and I decided to treat ourselves to a suite (1294) and we were really delighted with the extra space it gave us. Best of all there was a walk-in wardrobe with more than ample space for all our clothes, shoes, suitcases and general bits and bobs. That made a HUGE difference! In fact there was a massive amount of storage space throughout. Some irritation about a unit specifically for a kettle and coffee machine, though - a useful unit but no nearby socket in which to plug either machine?? Poor planning. In the event we found the machine coffee pretty foul and ended up using sachets of instant, plugging in the kettle on the dressing table area. The balcony was a little disappointing - room for a table and two generous chairs, but barely enough for the (single) sun bed as well. However, having a sun bed crammed in was better than not having one at all. The bathroom was very compact, but adequate. From a personal point of view, having the shower over the bath in such a tiny space was much less appealing than having a walk in shower. The suite was kept spotlessly clean and our attendant, Kunal, was very conscientious about clean linen and towels as required. Room service was prompt and efficient, though some of the ordered food seemed a little less than fresh. Generally we found the food ok - but not special. Occasionally, however, it was absolutely first class, most especially the 'at sea' buffet lunches in the dining room. Dinner could be very iffy and several times one or other of our party found a dish completely inedible. Again from a personal point of view, I think the portions were far too big. The steaks were huge which I found off-putting and, despite requests for half-portions, they couldn’t seem to oblige. The amount of wasted food must have been enormous. Service in the restaurants and bars was, almost always, excellent. Pretty much every member of staff we encountered was helpful, friendly, humorous and efficient. Some went above and beyond and Ali, the restaurant manager in the MDR, was hugely helpful in arranging to get us all seated together at times that weren’t necessarily convenient to them. Entertainment was varied and, obviously, subjective. An excellent male quartet singing songs from the shows but singing and dancing by crew members we thought was very amateurish. Our evenings, however, were dominated by nightly performances in the Schooner bar, near the main theatre, by Perry Grant - who was spectacularly entertaining. Although the format of the show was the same every evening, it was never boring and our only complaint was that we found laughing so much became quite physically painful!! Perry is a born entertainer - a brilliant musician and singer, with a warmth and wit that was outstanding. Activities for the two younger members of our group (18 and 21) were varied, well run and supervised. For the older members the biggest complaint was the noise! This holiday was out of school time so there were few youngsters on board. I would hazard a guess would be that the average age of passengers was around 60. So, music blaring out of giant speakers ALL day, was both disturbing and, at times, quite distressing. It was hard-to-impossible to find a quiet spot near the pools on deck 11, 12 and 13. Films blared out at top volume or music played, sometimes so loud it was actually painful. I love music but, in communal areas, it should be background music. In many places it was simply impossible to have a normal conversation! Trips were well arranged but, like other reviewers, I would urge people to use taxis on shore, rather than pay the ship's unnecessarily extortionate prices - often for a lesser service. In Agadir our party paid $15 per head for a coach into a nearby square. In scorching heat, the coach had no air conditioning, was packed out, and some of the seats were broken. Having experienced that we took a couple of comfortable, cool, taxis back, at $5 per taxi. On our return we voiced our complaints (as did others) but the ship was less than sympathetic to (many) complaints and point-blank refused to refund a part of the cost we’d paid them because they said we were warned that coaches might not be up to international standards. That was not the case when the tickets were booked, but 'Guest Services' weren’t interested. So, on the whole we had a good trip. Would I use Royal Caribbean again? Not sure. I think possibly the good outshone the bad, but I’d personally prefer Celebrity to RC. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Have cruised with RCCI previously. Expected the ship to feel big, like Independence, but in reality seemed a little smaller..didn't matter though. Quality of musicians in the bars around Navigator were exceptional. Bar tenders very ... Read More
Have cruised with RCCI previously. Expected the ship to feel big, like Independence, but in reality seemed a little smaller..didn't matter though. Quality of musicians in the bars around Navigator were exceptional. Bar tenders very friendly and attentive. Remembered our name, cabin number and drinks preference, really quickly, was very impressed. Jacuzzis lovely and warm and quite easy to find sunbeds most days. Food delicious, one other reviewer here has complained at the length of time that it took to have dinner. For me, going out for dinner is an occasion, that doesn't want to be rushed. A little empathy and a pleasant personality ensures that your requirements are met. We had no trouble getting a table in the area we preferred, with the fabulous waiting staff we preferred (Edwin, Karan, Fabiano) and catered for by Estefania at the door...very very attentive and ensured we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Perhaps if other passengers are wanting to be 'fed quickly', they should eat in the Wind Jammer...quality food and service takes time. I do agree there was a lack of accompanying vegetables with the starter and main meals, however, if you add up all the calories, from start to finish of the 3 course dinner, plus drinks, there is certainly no shortage of calories there. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was our honeymoon cruise we told the cruise line this having been on other cruises I knew what to expect it was my wife's first cruise I told her what to expect however the small touches were missing lots of corners cut simple ... Read More
This was our honeymoon cruise we told the cruise line this having been on other cruises I knew what to expect it was my wife's first cruise I told her what to expect however the small touches were missing lots of corners cut simple things like chocolate on your pillow bed turn down I don't expect these things to me done but on past experiences it has been done and always think it's a lovely little touch.ive always syayed in interior cabins and I knew what to expect but the cabin was very grubby. I did not like the dining experiance we were only offered 6.30 or 8.30 dining didn't get offered my time dining when booked Going to dinner on the first night and being sat with 8 people we didn't know and this would be our table for the next 14 nights we had never been so uncomfortable I do not like eating in front of people I don't know we was on our honeymoon and wanted our own space. We went to customer services and ask them to help us out was told to speak to restaurant manager which we did the following evening we was told he has 3 sheets of paper of people asking for tables for two may be Royal Carribean should look into share dining a bit more a lot of people we spoke to did not like the share table and choose to eat in windjammer which is a shame because fine dining is all about the experiance of a cruise.ship very dusted in public places bar areas broken chairs other passengers who have been on this ship a few times said its the worse it has been lots of corners being cut. We all knew it was going to dry docks in January but it's not a excuse for cleanliness. Staff also seem very sparse but they did work very hard and always very polite and friendly but maybe a bit short staffed Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
First time for us on a Royal Caribbean ship with over 20 cruises under our belts mostly with Thomson TUI and P&O we thought why not give them a try. The Navigator is a big ship and requires alot of walking both stairs and passage ways ... Read More
First time for us on a Royal Caribbean ship with over 20 cruises under our belts mostly with Thomson TUI and P&O we thought why not give them a try. The Navigator is a big ship and requires alot of walking both stairs and passage ways and definitely more rides in lifts etc and getting on and off the ship for tender boats and to go a shore can take some time. The ship its self is showing its 15yrs in service a lot of the soft furnishings and carpets need some TLC. The cost of every thing is expensive on board and prices of things has the wow factor. OK now to the important part the food amazing it is and we enjoyed meals in the MDR and the Windjammer buffet and we ate well. They have a good pastry chef on this galley thats for sure and all the chefs know what there doing. Entertainment was good a really good collection of musicians in the nine piece orchestra brilliant to back up the dances and singers. Headline acts were Darren Day, Roy Walker. East coast boys singing Frankie Valli songs brilliant and they were introduced by a lively cruise director. Ok service was good waiters in the MDR very well trained and keen to help. House keeping was good all seemed cheerful and happy. On the bar work waiters seemed a bit stressed and short handed under pressure. Will we go on another RCI cruise yes we have already booked it on the Independence of the Sea for next year. Thats about it really happy cruising BYE. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This is a BIG ship, but easy enough to find your way around after initial familiarisation. We chose to visit Northern Europe - Hamburg (OK, but not scintillating), Oslo (excellent) and Bruges (always lovely), since apart from Bruges these ... Read More
This is a BIG ship, but easy enough to find your way around after initial familiarisation. We chose to visit Northern Europe - Hamburg (OK, but not scintillating), Oslo (excellent) and Bruges (always lovely), since apart from Bruges these were destinations that we had not previously visited (we generally prefer smaller ships). We booked at the beginning of the year and paid just over £80 each per day for our inside-cabin on the seven-night cruise. The food quality was excellent (we preferred to dine in the main restaurant, but used the Windjammer on a number of occasions when port-excursions meant that this was the only 'standard' option) and service was generally of a very high standard everywhere on the ship. The professional ice-dancing show was pretty amazing and one or two of the other evening productions were just good entertainment. Frankly, those who have criticised the ship/crew/food/entertainment/ports of call probably onyl have themselves to blame for not seeking out the best possible deal on prices - but based on our own experiences II do not believe that we would have been disappointed even if we had paid at least one-nad-a-half times as much. In summary, an enjoyabe 'large ship' experience with plenty to do on board (that said, the library is pretty pathetic - but that is probaby because the ship does not typically cater for 'bookworms'). Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Because the price was right,not to expensive and the destinations.We've been with the Royal Caribbean a number of times, all though the Independance of the seas is our favourite ship we do find the prices have shot up since its been ... Read More
Because the price was right,not to expensive and the destinations.We've been with the Royal Caribbean a number of times, all though the Independance of the seas is our favourite ship we do find the prices have shot up since its been refurbished.Children seem to be thier priority. The last cruise we've been on was the Navigator of the Seas, tidy size ship,we were on deck two,room 2286 sea view, room nice and spacious,queen size bed,plenty of wardrobe space,the only problem was having a warm or hot shower,you had to run the tap between 10 to 20 min to get hot water running through.A notice in the bathroom said save the waves don't leave the tap running when cleaning you're teeth? They got a cheek.So if you are allocated this room expect to wait for a hot shower.If you want a hot shower in the morning or night time,unless you got time on you're hands,then by all means book it. The entertainment was in house most ot the time, you might be lucky and get a comedian or a good artist booked for the cruise. It wasn't my cup of tea sorry. The cabin attendant was very good he was not in your face like other cabin attendants we've had in the past, he done is job and off he'd go. The food on board was to die for,we dined in the Windjammer mostly, because the dining in the main Restraunts was either to early 5.30 or 8.30 to late for us. As we booked a early saver cruise, as a pensioner I got to watch my pennies you know what I MEAN. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We booked this for a family holiday. 2 in our late 50's and 2 adult children 20 and 21. We booked a suite as it worked out cheaper then 2 rooms and gave us access to a range of suite benefits. Cabin 8694 - had it as a 3 bed apartment ... Read More
We booked this for a family holiday. 2 in our late 50's and 2 adult children 20 and 21. We booked a suite as it worked out cheaper then 2 rooms and gave us access to a range of suite benefits. Cabin 8694 - had it as a 3 bed apartment setup. Worked well for us. Priority boarding and disembarkation _ very smooth. Access to the Concierge lounge _ small but complimentary drinks and canapes_ very nice. We found most other public areas very crowded so it was a relief to have this facility. A la carte breakfast in Chops Grille or use the buffet and eat here, no queue for a table. Bonus ! MDR was good , used 4/7 nights. We like speciality dining and build it in to our holiday cost. Chops Grille _ excellent Giovanniss _ Food good but would have liked more choice Isumu_ interesting and enjoyable Ports of call, _ good transport arrangements in place. Hamburg,Oslo, Brugees. All different and interesting.used our concierge lady for info and booking trips. Quizzes were well run but the area they use gets too crowded. Cafes were always busy - not a problem to us but if I was in a different category it would have been. Entertainment _ ice show good, The quest_ hilarious. Production shows need rethinking. We have previously cruised with Celebrity and couldn't t help compare even our children preferred Celebrity, just more room to chill. It's showing signs of wear and tear but spotlessly clean. Excellent staff in all areas.t Overall we give this a 4/5 but would definitely consider RCL again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Booked cruise on reviews as our first cruise. Don't get me wrong staff where great but expected a cabin with more room as did explain my daughter was wheel chair bound. Only just got here in with wheelchair in room may need to paint ... Read More
Booked cruise on reviews as our first cruise. Don't get me wrong staff where great but expected a cabin with more room as did explain my daughter was wheel chair bound. Only just got here in with wheelchair in room may need to paint door after we have gone. They new we had a daughter in a wheelchair when we booked but never explained how small cabins are and still let us book. The restaurant staff were excellent so where our room service. We have been told since that royal c should not of allowed us to book this cabin with our daughter as she is wheelchair bound and if a fire our emergency had happened and we had been in cabin she would have struggled. As I have said royal caribbean staff where excellent it is just the way they took our money on booking and definitely didn't explain the cabin sizes and the disab policy regarding cabins ........... ............................ Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
It's the 2nd time we have been on the Navigator of the Seas. It is looking a bit tired and in need of a refit now (especially some of the soft furnishings) but it's still a great looking ship. We picked the Navigator as ... Read More
It's the 2nd time we have been on the Navigator of the Seas. It is looking a bit tired and in need of a refit now (especially some of the soft furnishings) but it's still a great looking ship. We picked the Navigator as it's very convenient to sail out of Southampton - drive down, park in car park where your luggage is picked up and straight onto the ship - swift embarkation. Disembarkation we always hate - trying to find luggage in the large warehouse (there is always one piece of our luggage which ends up in the wrong 'pile' despite having the right number tag) and trying to find a trolley. Our cabin was a little tired looking but kept wonderfully clean by our stateroom attendant. Wouldn't cruise without a balcony - love having that extra bit of space and great to sit and soak up the sun's rays. We ate in the MDR most nights and had great service from our waiter and assistant waiter. Food was generally good - pork and beef dishes particularly good, but veal , chicken and fish occasionally a little dry. Desserts were slightly disappointing in terms of choice - often a better choice of desserts in Windjammer ( and a great selection of cheeses up there as well!). Enjoyed great food and service in Giovannis (lovely lamb chops) and also Sabor (Tapas on this sailing). Lunch on seas days in Sapphire Dining Room is a must - great salads made up personally for you. Self service breakfast in Sapphire also good (and less 'manic' than the Windjammer) but a little more variety from day to day would be nice. Although it was the middle of August and the ship was very full, we did manage to find quieter places to be when we wanted them (the Helipad is always a lovely place to sit) and the Schooner Bar in early evenings was a quiet place to have a drink (except for when they had quizzes in there - just not our sort of thing and the staff doing them not always great).Service in the bars was good and we got to know the staff in the bars we frequented regularly. We did a mixture of our own things and RC excursions in the ports. Disappointed that 2 excursions we had booked before we went were cancelled short notice (less than 48 hours before) due to 'lack of participation', which meant spending extra time trying to decide what else we were going to do - never had an excursion cancelled on previous 4 cruises. Generally getting on and off at ports was fine except it is always really slow getting back on at Gibraltar and getting off at Vigo was very slow as they had technical difficulties. We did have one or 2 little 'issues' over the 2 weeks, but always found a member of staff who was keen to sort for us ( sometimes it took a while to find just the 'right' person to speak to.... Overall, we still enjoy sailing with RC and love visiting the Med ports. Will definitely sail with RC again Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Embarkation at Southampton was excellent, very fast and efficient and we were onboard by 10.45am. Cold, wet and windy weather meant a rocky journey to Gibraltar and the Royal Parade was extremely busy as everyone was indoors for 2 days. ... Read More
Embarkation at Southampton was excellent, very fast and efficient and we were onboard by 10.45am. Cold, wet and windy weather meant a rocky journey to Gibraltar and the Royal Parade was extremely busy as everyone was indoors for 2 days. (The 2 days back at the end though were sunny and warm so we were able to stay around the pool.) Our cabin , a grand suite, was lovely, and we enjoyed breakfast on the balcony several times. Our stateroom attendant was great, very friendly, efficient and attentive, knowing all our names from day 1. The windjammer buffet restaurant was great for breakfast and lunches generally, something for everyone, but didn’t cater brilliantly for egg, dairy and nut allergies as nothing was labelled and I had to ask the chefs’ advice everyday. The main dining room menus were very good, service was good, although Giovanni ‘s I have to say was better and more like the standard we enjoyed in the main dining room on previous cruises. It was a bit disappointing to be placed in 5 different areas of the dining room over ther 2 weeks as it was difficult to build a rapport with the waiters but our Headwaiter on day 1 checked up on us every single day which was much appreciated. Shows in the theatre were very good and a broad range of artistes were presented to us. The ports that we encountered were lovely, and the shore excursions that we did really enhanced the experience, apart from Montserrat , a 5 hour round trip with only 45 minutes there. Seville and Lisbon were particular favourites with us. Disembarkation with the concierge was excellent, swiftly off at 8.15 and taken straight to our cases. Our main issue with the ship were the hoards of teenage who gathered every night in each of the stairwells from decks 6 to 10, with pretty poor behaviour and bad language, unsupervised and unchallenged by staff or parents, and running along deck 11 above our stateroom until the early hours. This would prevent me from sailing on Navigator in the future. The other issue that spoiled our evenings was the lack of seating in the smaller bars around the ship where there was live music. We only managed to get a seat on 1 night out of 14. Despite all that, we did have a really good holiday and I would sail with Royal Caribbean again, but probably on a smaller ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We booked our cruise with Cruise Village who were amazing througout the whole booking process. We drove to Southampton & check in was seamless everyone was extremely helpful. Boat & staff were amazing. Food outstanding!! Kids ... Read More
We booked our cruise with Cruise Village who were amazing througout the whole booking process. We drove to Southampton & check in was seamless everyone was extremely helpful. Boat & staff were amazing. Food outstanding!! Kids clubs were great my 3 young children loved it. We loved waking up in a different place most days. Particularly loved Valencia & Lisbon. Our twins celebrated there 6th birthday on board and staff really did make a big fuss of them especially in the Windjammer restaurant. Some negatives are; Pool area too small for volume of holiday makers. Dining times in main restaurant far too restrictive. Alcoholic drinks were ridiculously expensive. Not much variety of merchandise in on board shops. Evening entertainment not great a bit 80’s cabaret (cheesy)! Could not believe no ironing/ self service laundry-especially with having 3 young children. Loved the whole experience though & would use Royal Carribean again but probsbly a different ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our first cruise so nothing to compare with but our overall feeling was that the ship was run down. The staterooms were quite tatty looking and in need of a revamp - we expected more for what we paid. The cruise itself was great ... Read More
This was our first cruise so nothing to compare with but our overall feeling was that the ship was run down. The staterooms were quite tatty looking and in need of a revamp - we expected more for what we paid. The cruise itself was great and we had a fab time with some great entertainment. The entertainment team were great. Flowrider I think should be a bit better organised - kids were having to stand and queue in full sun for long lengths of time - this put my lad off so he only went on twice. Perhaps some form of ticket system would be better. Some great films were shown on big screen - would be good if this filtered through to TV’s in rooms as we started watching films but had to miss end to go and get ready. We did feel that Royal Caribbean want to charge you for everything. We had the drinks package but they wouldn’t let me get a soft drink for my kids and wanted to charge us $10 per day per child for soft drinks package. We were given soft drinks cups to refill which we did for the kids but they couldn’t go and get a drink with them. Food and drinks were good quality and plenty of it. The cafe promenade was great for a late night snack. Favourite bar was Star Lounge and Two Poets pub - Ian Miller was brilliant and staff were great. Overall a great cruise but ship needs some work. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
While overall we enjoyed the cruise it wasn't a patch on last years Rhapsody of the Seas. Hate to focus on the negative but it was the small things which were missing. We cruised at exactly the same time last year which means my ... Read More
While overall we enjoyed the cruise it wasn't a patch on last years Rhapsody of the Seas. Hate to focus on the negative but it was the small things which were missing. We cruised at exactly the same time last year which means my wife's birthday fell during the cruise. Last year there were strawberries dipped in chocolate and a card in the room the night before her birthday. This year nothing. My main problem with the navigator a lack of a central area. The shopping street reminded me of Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh. It was basically shops and eating/drinking places with a view of the sea. Which is what Ocean terminal is. The likes of the Captains Party lacked a central place to be where you could sit and watch. The 70's night was a damp squid compared to Rhapsody. Not enough seats in the bars. Too many chairs on the deck taken by towels without owners for hours and RCI doing nothing about it. We have learned a couple of things from the cruise. We won't be sailing again from Southampton on the first week the English schools break up. Cruisers numbers were 3005 of which over 1000 were children including our one!. It wasn't the multi-national holiday we had last year. Vast majority were from the South of England. Yes honestly we did enjoy it. Perhaps we will stick to the smaller ships. No idea what 5000 people would be like on the bigger ships. More likely to fly to cruise than leave from Southampton. Cabin was excellent on Deck 12. Great view. Easy access to the pool deck. While the headliners were good the in house shows were tired and need updating. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
The ship is starting to look tired and a little shabby in some places i.e. Carpets and stairs on the pool deck. But the cleanliness on board is second to none and the staff work tirelessly to ensure your holiday is the best. Food was ... Read More
The ship is starting to look tired and a little shabby in some places i.e. Carpets and stairs on the pool deck. But the cleanliness on board is second to none and the staff work tirelessly to ensure your holiday is the best. Food was wonderful. Plenty of choice in the Windjammer. Very busy at times but always managed to find a table. Food was hot, presented well and delicious. Table clearing was very swift and efficient. Food in the main restaurant Saphire was also delicious and well presented. Staff were very accommodating and tried to get a table booking as close to our requested time. This restaurant is very busy and you do have to wait a while for your food at very busy times. Plenty of ice cold drinking water was provided if you didn't want wine. Drinks were very expensive on board. We didn't take the drinks package which was on offer as felt that was expensive as well. Having said this there was plenty of soft drinks, hot and cold drinks readily available. Although the coffee was very stewed at times. So if you are a fresh coffee lover, perhaps avoid the coffee. This was our first cruise and despite a rough time due to weather in the Bay of Biscay on the return I would definitely recommend Royal Caribbean cruising. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Our 3rd cruise with RC but this time with extended family. We love the informal feel of this company and had an amazing time however the choice of food in the main dining has got more restricted each time. The waiter did say we could ask ... Read More
Our 3rd cruise with RC but this time with extended family. We love the informal feel of this company and had an amazing time however the choice of food in the main dining has got more restricted each time. The waiter did say we could ask for things not on the menu but when my daughter asked for Salmon and rice she was told that wasn't on the menu for tonight! Although the headline entertainment acts have changed the events/ entertainment on each of our previous cruises is identical e.g. Circus parade and best of British. Also, no adult only areas/bars. I don't want to listen to your tired, whingy child at 11pm thank you. The Cosmopolitan club says no children after 10pm but this is not enforced. This time we did our own thing on shore and that worked well for us loved Cagliari, Cadiz and Lisbon. We were quite a walk from the town centre in Palma and I refuse to pay 40 euros to get 4 people in to town. This was an overnight and on reflection it may have been better to hire a car. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This is our 6th cruise and 5th with Royal Caribbean. We were on Navigator last year for a Baltic cruise and even booked this cruise onboard, but we were a lot less impressed this time around. Embarkation at Southampton was efficient and ... Read More
This is our 6th cruise and 5th with Royal Caribbean. We were on Navigator last year for a Baltic cruise and even booked this cruise onboard, but we were a lot less impressed this time around. Embarkation at Southampton was efficient and very fast as always. Upon boarding the ship, we were informed that due to the Norovirus outbreak on the previous sailing, the rooms wouldn't be ready until 2pm. This meant that we had to wait in the library for over an hour until the rooms were ready, which was an inconvenience as we had an early morning flight from Belfast and were exhausted. Our room was in Deck 7, and the carpets here had a very unpleasant and musty smell. As well as this, even after midnight, you could hear children running up and down the corridors, shouting and screaming. This was very annoying, especially when you are trying to sleep. The room itself, while kept clean, was very dated and tired looking. We chose to have My Time Dining, as we have had on all our previous cruises. On Navigator last year, this was not a problem - however, this time, we experienced a number of issues related to queueing and reservations. On the first night, we had to queue for 30 minutes before we even got to our table. We were seated at table 675 which was were we wanted to sit for the rest of the cruise. We subsequently booked this table for 7:30pm every night, and we got this table most nights, but some nights we ran into problems. On one of the nights, we went to the dining room at 7:30pm for dinner, only to be told that our table wasn't ready and we'd have to return in 20 minutes. We did this but we had to rejoin the lengthy queue and when we reached the end again, we were told to have a seat at the side. When we finally entered the dining room, we found that our usual table was taken and we had to sit elsewhere with different waiters. Other than that problem, the food in the dining room in general was excellent. Food options at lunchtime were sparse. Windjammer was constantly packed, and it was almost like a fight trying to get a table. This often resulted in someone keeping the table while the other person went to get food. Despite this, the food here was also good. We found that every day, especially on sea days, it was impossible to get a deck chair, as people were leaving towels on them and not returning for hours. The policy of "we will remove your towels from deck chairs after 30 minutes" was not enforced at all. The entertainment was average. We enjoyed the Beatles tribute act, the hypnotist and the ventriloquist, but the Queen tribute band were awful. Overall, the ports visited were excellent, but we felt that the time spent in port was very short, especially in Lisbon and the second day in Palma. For all of the ports we just walked off and got hop-on hop-off tickets ashore, with the exception of Palma as we had onboard credit to use. The excursions were extortionately expensive, and the tour in Palma was short and rather boring. Overall, we had a good holiday, but it was let down by the short port days and tired ship. Navigator is in desperate need of renovation as it looks and feels rather dated. The crew also seemed rather bored in comparison to the other Royal Caribbean cruises we've done. We would strongly consider trying a different cruise line for our next cruise, as Royal Caribbean haven't been as impressive as usual. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Travel Agent recommended by a friend & cruise recommended by the Travel Agent. Brilliant cruise experience, no issues will definitely do it again with Royal Caribbean & this ship. Only downside were the onboard prices, the WiFi is ... Read More
Travel Agent recommended by a friend & cruise recommended by the Travel Agent. Brilliant cruise experience, no issues will definitely do it again with Royal Caribbean & this ship. Only downside were the onboard prices, the WiFi is not included & @ $12.99 per person per day is very expensive, the photos were great but again very expensive @ $19.99 for just 1. The Spa has fantastic treatments but again is very expensive e.g. file & polish $22 dollars. The staff, service & food were all great, premium drinks at great value with the Deluxe Drinks Package. I paid gratuities up front when booking but would not do this again, it seems better to speak to Guest Services on day 1 of the cruise & ask them to remove any service charges throughout the cruise, then you can tip who you want as much as you want as & when you want to. The onboard movies are promoted as "recent movies" but they weren't really e.g. Mama Mia there were 6 shown & they were repeated throughout the cruise so by week 2 we were . The other onboard activities were fun I particularly enjoyed the Dance Exercise sessions, the Aqua Zomba & the Crew & Passengers pool volley ball. The entertainment in the evening was really good, the orchestra & headline shows were very enjoyable, the ice show was also very good. The various lounge, poolside singers etc. were great particularly the piano man in the Schooner Bar & The Vendettas. Lots of passengers were saving seats in the theatre, tables in the dining room & sun loungers they were also some videoing the shows which was not permitted & in annoying this needs to be monitored much better & dealt with as it can cause arguments among other more considerate guests. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Boarding in Southampton is so easy and the staff are very informative. Unfortunately there had been an outbreak of norovirus on the previous cruise but staff gave us all the advice we needed for us to stay bug free for the 2 weeks ... Read More
Boarding in Southampton is so easy and the staff are very informative. Unfortunately there had been an outbreak of norovirus on the previous cruise but staff gave us all the advice we needed for us to stay bug free for the 2 weeks cruising. Once on the ship, it was obvious she was looking very tired and in real need of a facelift. We had a stateroom on deck 7 where the corridors absolutely stank of must and damp, thankfully this didn't extend into our room. The carpet on deck 7 had definitely seen better days, there were lots of sections that had been cut and patched and in several places, it was clear passengers had been sick which had stained badly. Not the sort of thing you really want to see after paying so much money for a dream holiday. Our room attendant, Iwayane was amazing, he worked so hard all of the time and was pleasant, friendly and always there to answer any questions. Our room was clean, tidy and perfect for our needs. The balcony was perfect for the warm evening nights. The food in the dining room was beautifully presented and tasted delicious every night. Our 2 waiters, Iputu and Sorrin made our mealtimes fun and interesting. They bent over backwards to cater for anything we wanted, they stood and chatted a lot and we learnt lots about their lives. We did a galley tour and it was incredible to see the workings of the kitchens onboard, it was also great to see just how clean the areas were. The entertainment onboard can only be described as lazy and lacklustre. Acts that we had seen 2 years ago did the exact same show again. The tribute acts were poor (in my opinion). The RC dancers and singers did an amazing job and showed a lot of commitment, their voices were incredible. The comedian Josh Daniels and the ventriloquist who had won Americans got talent were the highlights of the trip. The theatre unfortunately smelt musty and in places, we swear we could smell urine. Not pleasant. The ports we stopped in were beautiful and everything was perfect, we didn't book any excursions and just wandered off to explore by ourselves. As far as I could see, the ship excursions were extremely expensive. Overall, the staff onboard did an amazing job to make everybody feel happy and relaxed. Most chatted when they passed you and when we stopped in the bars or shops, the staff made us feel like we were very valued customers. Staff have an incredible pride in their work, which is very obvious to see. Their energy levels are total unbelievable. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
PORTS: Good cruise although length of stay at each port too short; needs to be longer to make the most of each stop. Some of the disembarking at ports was rather chaotic, with queues of guests winding through several stair wells for some ... Read More
PORTS: Good cruise although length of stay at each port too short; needs to be longer to make the most of each stop. Some of the disembarking at ports was rather chaotic, with queues of guests winding through several stair wells for some time Not great when the length of stay at each port is short. SUNBED: the sunbed/towel situation is out of control. No where near enough beds for the amount of guests onboard, resulting in guests 'reserving' sunbeds from sunrise; even though they have no intent of using them for hours (sometimes reserving them, whilst they go off ship!). Staff should stick to the apparent rule of beds not to be reserved for more than 30 minutes; and actually remove the towels. FOOD: Food excellent although I am gluten intolerant and options for me were quite limited. DRINKS: Very affordable deal with full drinks package free; well worth it. BALCONY: Balcony is a must as there is very limited room on deck, with little space and limited sun beds for the amount of guests on board. Balcony provides your own space. All in all, a good holiday but Royal Caribbean can improve. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Ship was in generally good shape. Some wear but upkept well. Clean roomy ship, bright and cheery. Easy on, easy off. Well organized and pleasant staff. We traveled with mostly folks from Great Britain (we’re from Chicago, USA) and ... Read More
Ship was in generally good shape. Some wear but upkept well. Clean roomy ship, bright and cheery. Easy on, easy off. Well organized and pleasant staff. We traveled with mostly folks from Great Britain (we’re from Chicago, USA) and they were terrific. Courteous and friendly. Main Dining. Generally, I enjoy eating at the dining room. I like the formality of dressing for dinner, accompanied by good food and service. However, the quality of the food in the main dining room has deteriorated in all cruise ships. Food is hit or miss. Had oso buco and instead of a full, meaty oxtail, braised if a rich sauce, was served a curled piece of thin cut of beef, curled and brown. Our main waiter was below average. Still learning his job. World disappear for long stretches and could not be found. Assistant server, top notch and attentive. Our steak and shrimp combo dinner came without the shrimp. Our waiter didn’t notice or didn’t care. We had to bring to his attention at which point he would try to correct. I’m sure good help is hard to find, and it shows. Our waiter gave us the feeling that he was hoping we would just leave him alone. Buffet: Better than average. I detest most buffetts but this one was good. Good abundant selection, good variety. Ate here often for quick satisfying meal, mostly breakfast but also lunch an dinner a few times. Clean and well presented choices. Specialty dining, very good. Chops food and service fantastic. Great appetizers, bacon, shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, bone in rib eye, filet and desert. Top notch food, good wine selection and great professional service. Ate at Giovanni’s table. Also very good but not great. Kids really liked Johnny Rockets. Entertainment was world class. Great shows, talented staff, enjoyed main theater almost every night. Comedians, hypnotists and the ever-talented singers and dancers very enjoyable. Ice show was fun. Enjoyed casino, every night. Not enough poker. Went to yoga class, used steam room, sauna. Kids hung out at teen club, nice athletic activity center, rock climbing wall, plenty to do. Pools nice but never enough chairs. Went to cigar lounge, enjoyed a quality cigar. We played bingo, lost. My son won the Star Wars trivia contest. Also, won 2nd place in archery contest. The itinerary was out of this world. Gibraltar (wife attacked by apes—she’s ok) , Alicante, Spain (beach, reat tapas and gelato winding through narrow city streets), Mallorca overnight (beach, party like a Mediterranean), Sardinia (great coffee in historic villa) Cadiz (walled city, beach and cathedral) Lisbon’s, city tour on foot) Good value trip in exotic, less traveled western Mediterranean beach cities. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
In the last 8 years this would be our 11th cruise, 7 of which have been RCI. We chose this itinerary mainly for the overnight stop in Saint Petersburg and that it called in Oslo, Tallinn and Copenhagen. With a free Deluxe Drinks ... Read More
In the last 8 years this would be our 11th cruise, 7 of which have been RCI. We chose this itinerary mainly for the overnight stop in Saint Petersburg and that it called in Oslo, Tallinn and Copenhagen. With a free Deluxe Drinks Package and Free Gratuities, the price for an outside accessible cabin (one of our party in a wheelchair) was quite reasonable. Over the years we've come to expect a certain standard from RCI, the food is normally great, the entertainment some of the best we've seen on land or at sea and the itineraries and arrangements very good indeed. Boarding in Southampton, we were not disappointed, at most 20 minutes from parking the car to boarding the ship. Rooms were ready so we were able to drop our hand luggage and straight off to explore the ship and grab a snack in the Windjammer. My first thought during the Muster Drill was that it seemed very disorganised. In fact, normally there would be a tannoy announcement about the mandatory drill happening at N o'clock, but we heard no announcement, only saw crew stood in stairways with hi-vis jackets and screens advising to proceed to your muster station. One kind crew member took a look at our cards and directed us to the Forward Starboard area where we would find our muster station. When we got there, we actually noticed on one of the way finder screens, that actually our muster station was on the Port side and to the rear of the ship! Our first experience in the dining room was that once again, even though we book a wheelchair accessible room, the table we were allocated for dinner was right at the back of the dining room, off to one side, probably one of the most awkward places to get to. We don't mind, but the other guests tend to get a little annoyed when you're trying to squeeze past them, interrupting their dinner. The menu on night one was ok, nothing special but we had to wait a considerable time as the waiter for our table was alone, and it was his first day. We didn't eat in the main dining room on night 2 as the menu had nothing on it that any of our party fancied, but we accept that this sometimes happens, so just went to the Windjammer, which worked out well as we also wanted to catch a show which would have made dining in the Main Dining Room a rushed affair. As we had purchased a speciality restaurant package for 3 nights and booked the Mystery Theatre Dinner, we ate in Chops grill on night 3, Giovanni's on night 4 and due to a long day ashore, the Windjammer again on night 5. We checked the MDR menu every night and apart from Spaghetti Bolognese or Strip Steak, there was hardly anything that all of us would eat, so we largely continued eating in the Windjammer or Chops. We did return to the MDR on two more occasions, the first of which was again an acceptable meal, but nothing special. The second I actually could not finish my main meal as it was incredibly salty and actually made me feel ill. I had the Strip Steak and honestly had i not ordered it, I'd have thought it was gammon instead of beef!. Entertainment on board was more or less what we expected from RCI. A few guests were not impressed but largely people seemed to enjoy the shows and guest artists. We mostly did our own thing in all the ports as most docked within a short walk to the main town or attractions. The only exception was Saint Petersburg where an organised tour was needed unless you had an independent visa or other escorted tour organised. As a first time in that port, we opted for the safety of the RCI tour, which was a most enjoyable two days, but did feel a little rushed in places. It might have been better to visit a few less churches or museums to have more time in one or two churches and museums, but we still enjoyed it anyway. I am not going to go in detail about each port as everyone has their own taste and can find out a lot of information by googling the locations or looking at sites like Trip Advisor. All I will say is I was not disappointed by any of the ports of call and would certainly return to all of them. In summary, I really enjoyed the cruise and the ports and the features on board the ship, but... RCI are clearly cutting costs, mostly in staff. Bar waiters were lacking, ending up going to bars ourselves to get drinks otherwise we'd be waiting until we were about to leave to get a drink. The food in the Windjammer was largely good with a wide selection for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and we never struggled to find a spot to sit for our group of 4. The Main Dining Room menu has gone downhill in our opinion. The ingredients are simply too specific so people who do not like or are allergic to certain ingredients, such as mushrooms, had a limited selection to start with and nobody really wants to eat a Strip Steak every night for 12 nights! My incident with a salty meal aside, the service was pleasant enough but it did not feel special, or even like a top class restaurant. Chops Grille was as good as always. On the quieter nights the food and service was exceptional, more like that we'd expected in the Main Dining Room, but on the last night, it was very busy and they seemed to struggle to cook consistently good food in the same efficient manner. Once again it seemed that another waiter or two might have been needed, and probably another chef. Our room attendant "Dexter" was great. Very pleasant and helpful and took the time to get to know us and our routines so we was both visible but invisible too, if that makes sense. Finally, I was disappointed that for the first time on any RCI cruise, there was no "The Quest" gameshow put on. This has always been a really great night and something we look forward to, but it simply did not happen. I would certainly look at a baltic cruise again and would consider the Navigator, but I can't help feeling a little disappointed in the experience this time. I'm not sure if it's just being spoilt in the past with prior cruises, or if it's cost cutting, but this time the "special" was not there for me. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Cruise chosen because of destinations. Dining and entertainment was excellent the variety and performers were top class. The service provided by dining room staff and stateroom attendant was excellent and the food was excellent too. The ... Read More
Cruise chosen because of destinations. Dining and entertainment was excellent the variety and performers were top class. The service provided by dining room staff and stateroom attendant was excellent and the food was excellent too. The ship was well maintained, clean with first class hygiene standards. We found the excursion staff not as helpful as I would have expected and one or two were quite surly. While an airport transfer was not available on the RCI website in advance a transfer to Gatwick was available on board at $100 whereas National Express was £24 after a short taxi ride for £5. WiFi was $12.99 a day and one had to purchase 12 days. The WiFi was extremely slow and expensive. I would have expected WiFi to be free as it is on board Emirates flights and many coffee shops, airports and National Express buses. We found the ship to be too big and crowded and difficult to find seating in coffee shop, windjammer and lounges. The time ashore at some of the ports of call was too short and the excursions desk would not or could not provide adequate information as to alternative tour arrangements available dockside. On the whole though the cruise was enjoyable with 4 relaxing days at sea and well chosen ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
By way of background this with my first cruise with Royal Caribbean having previously cruised with P&O and Disney. I am a Brit (relevant as we are never as effusive as our US cousins) and travelling with my Mum on a girls holiday. The ... Read More
By way of background this with my first cruise with Royal Caribbean having previously cruised with P&O and Disney. I am a Brit (relevant as we are never as effusive as our US cousins) and travelling with my Mum on a girls holiday. The trip was 12 nights to the Baltic from Southampton. Ship I know that Navigator of the Seas is due for a dry dock but generally the ship was in good repair even if some of the décor is a little dated now. The ship is of a good size and easy to navigate. I found the boards at the lift (elevators) both useful and informative. This did not of course prevent me regularly walking up the wrong corridor to reach my cabin! Cabin We had a Grand Suite (15654) on Deck 10. This was of a good size (particularly the bathroom) and was kept spotless throughout by our cabin steward Joseph who was friendly and keen but due to limited English we didn't exchange much more than pleasantries in the corridor. The suite had a sofa bed as well as the main bed which worked well for Mum and I giving us both separate sleeping areas. Before cruising I had read a lot about uncomfortable beds but both of us had no issues at all and slept very well. Suite Benefits I know there are a lot of questions about the benefits of a suite and whilst there is a generic list I think there is variety in practice. By way of summary we had: Priority Embarkation Concierge Lounge with canapés and drinks from 5-8pm daily and continental breakfast Breakfast service in Chops Grille Dedicated Seating Area in Metropolis Theatre Reserved Seating on Deck by the Main Pool Priority seating in Anytime Dining Priority Disembarkation from Vintages with Patricia our concierge Dining This is one of two areas where I had issues. We had anytime dining. Firstly if we hadn't had priority seating with our gold card the wait would have been untenable. I heard reports of well over an hour waits. On previous cruises the majority of our dining was in the main dining room at night however due to a mixture of quality of food and menus that held no appeal whatsoever other than 3 nights we dined in the Windjammer. Other guests in the concierge lounge reported long waits and cold or poor quality food on main dining. In one case dinner took 3 hours due to shocking waits between courses. Onto more positive aspects of dining, Chops Grille was fantastic for dinner and the Windjammer was consistently good and often had many of the choices from the main dining room. As there seems to be an obsession with Lobster on the boards I would highlight that this was only available once in the main dining room (second formal night) and as I dined at Chops that night I can't comment on whether it was also available in the Windjammer. Entertainment and Activities First the good: the Soul group that headlined the first night and Tenors Unlimited were excellent. I can't comment on the comedians or musician as we didn't attend those nights. Darren Day was also on the cruise as a headliner and whilst I didn't see the show I think the term headliner is stretching the term. Outside the main theatre the ice show was enjoyable and the guitarist playing on board was always pleasant to listen to. Onto the bad: the ships own performers who did 3 shows (I saw 2) were awful. The quality was frankly embarrassing. With a couple of exceptions the dancers were untalented and disinterested and the singers were decidedly average. We voted with our feet. Service In our cabin and the concierge lounge service was faultless. Elsewhere on the ship there was the usual mix of great, good and fair service. I don't make any particular demands on the staff so can't comment further. Ports and Shore excursions We predominantly self toured with the exception of St Petersburg where we took 3 ship tours (Hermitage (and Gold Room), Peterhof and Fountains, and, a folk evening at the theatre). All ship tours were well organised and the folk evening in particular was fabulous. Slight niggles: the ship could organise disembarkation at St Petersburg better as it was a melee and we were delayed over 30 minutes when 5 from our tour got stuck in the queue which had just stopped moving in the immigration hall. Oslo was visited on a Sunday and it was shut. Unfortunately the same could be said for Helsinki as it was the Midsummer holiday and all shops and some museums were shut. Internet The internet merits its own comments. The speed was particularly poor and in no way could you stream. Embarkation and Disembarkation Both were extremely easy with no issues whatsoever. Summary We have had a wonderful trip and would cruise again with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.5 4.2

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