2,352 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Synopsis: Sailing on the Navigator was a relaxing and memorable experience. The main ingredient that made it so great was the crew. Their professionalism and courtesy was awesome! Day 1: Stayed overnight in Galveston and arrived at the ... Read More
Synopsis: Sailing on the Navigator was a relaxing and memorable experience. The main ingredient that made it so great was the crew. Their professionalism and courtesy was awesome! Day 1: Stayed overnight in Galveston and arrived at the cruise terminal prior to suite boarding at 11:30. Once the time began, an orderly procession through the terminal onto the ship, I would say less than 1 hour. I was a little warm/humid, but that's the Houston/Galveston area for you too. Luggage arrived on time to cabin, did the drill and enjoyed dinner in the main dinning room. Doston our waiter was great, and made a great first impression on my 3 year old daughter. Days 2 and 3: Sailing days. Daughter participated in Adventure Ocean both mornings, and really enjoyed it. Lunch in the Windjammer both afternoons. The food was very good, if you're expecting the same luxury as the main dinning room, you'll be disappointed. None of the food, however, was cold or was stale as I've seen in other reviews. Wife and I did some putt-putt and trivia, which were both fun. Long naps also taken too. Dinner in the main dinning room on Day 2 and at Giovanni's Table on Day 3. I wanted to get Chop's but they filled up fast, so pre-book or book on Day 1 if you want to go for dinner. Service, food selection and food itself was awesome at Giovanni's. Day 4: Port day in Roatan. Didn't have any excursions booked so did a little shopping in the area near the port. Typically shopping area. Did some swimming in the pool that afternoon and other lounging around the ship/cabin. Day 5: Port day in Belize. Had to tender to get to this port. Instructions for tender tickets given day before and very clear, and no problems with the tender. Weather was nice and directed easily to the Calypso Train tour. At the start of the train, the guide gave us some basic information on Belize and Belize City before we set out, as well as a presentation on where we would be going. Very interesting to see the two sides of the city (poor/rich). As we passed by, people on the street would smile or wave if you made eye contact (or vendors would try to sell you a coconut full of rum!). Didn't do any shopping but they had some places near the tender location. Special treat that night, as we had been invited to eat at the captain's table. Great group of fellow crusiers there and a fantastic meal and wine service. Very memorable. Day 6: Port day in Cozumel. Early day for our excursion, but no real issues getting off the ship (the elevators were not very cooperative). Got to the excursion point a little early, so did some window shopping. Since Cozumel has been doing the cruise port business for some time, there are not too many opportunities for bargaining, but more reassurance that the goods are decent quality. Once the excursion was ready to go, we walked a short distance to the sub. Once on board, the guide gave us some introductory remarks and off we went. A good excursion all in all. Day 7: At sea. Enjoyed the pool in the morning and then tried Johnny Rockets for lunch. I had heard people rave about the burgers and shakes, so I really wanted to try it. There was quite a line there when it opened at 11:30, so that further bolstered my expectations. Unfortunately, it fell a little below my expectations. The burgers and shakes were good, but not different from a good local establishment. Wasn't too bad for the price. Nice goodbye dinner in the dinning room. Disembarkation: Breakfast at the windjammer, our number was called. Elevators the only real issue, but the concierge helped out. Once we were in the process, we went from ship to car in 1 hour. Lines for customs moved the whole time. No complaints. All during the trip, whether getting on the ship, dinning, activities, or excursions, the crew was really the best. Everyone went out of their way to make sure your needs were met and our daughter got called "Princess" so many times, so might think she is royalty! Questions were answered promptly, and officers could be seen going about the ship at all time. Our room attendant Maggie was great, kept the room very clean and made up the sofa be every night for my daughter. Tip of the hat to the crew! We had so much fun we booked another, sadly it won't be until Feb 2016! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Background: This was our 5th cruise, the 4th on Royal Caribbean. 3rd time out of Galveston. Parking in Galveston: We parked at Galveston Park N Cruise. Booked online. It is located directly across from the Carnival cruise terminal, not ... Read More
Background: This was our 5th cruise, the 4th on Royal Caribbean. 3rd time out of Galveston. Parking in Galveston: We parked at Galveston Park N Cruise. Booked online. It is located directly across from the Carnival cruise terminal, not the Royal Caribbean cruise terminal. When facing the terminals, Royal Caribbean is on the left, just a short walk. This was a great place to park and if you need assistance, they have golf carts to move you around. Embarkation from Galveston: We arrived at the port at 12:30 pm. There was a line at security but it was inside the building. We waited a little over 30 minutes. After going through security, check in at Royal Caribbean was fast. Ship Information: We sailed on Navigator of the Seas last time in November 2012. Since then, the ship went into dry dock for refurbishing. They removed the in-line skating area and replaced it with the Flow Rider. They refurbished the mini golf course. The balcony rooms have flat screen TVs. It looked like most of the carpet throughout the ship is new. Not sure but think the atrium sculptures also are new. Cabin: Our cabin was a balcony room on the 7th floor, about the center of the ship, starboard side. Nice room. Comfortable bed and pillows. We did notice some rust near the balcony door on the wall and the back side of the blackout drapes were dirty. Would be hard for the staff to see so that's probably why it hadn't been taken care of. We asked for ice the first day and had ice without asking every day. Dining: We had the 5:30 pm seating in the Main Dining Room. The lobster was a nice surprise. It was cooked perfectly and a good size. Last time the lobsters were really small. On previous cruises, the appetizers and salads were separate courses on the menu. Now they have been merged into one, although you can still order both. The service was good every night but the first night. Perhaps they were just getting into the swing. Room Service: We ordered room service one morning. It was nice not to have to get dressed just to go get coffee. We had toast, fruit, and coffee. Windjammer: We ate at the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch. We were satisfied with the selection. Timing is everything as some food can be cold if it has set out too long. Specialty Restaurants: We ate lunch at Giovanni's. It's $15 per person at lunch vs $20 at dinner. They are only open for lunch on 'at sea' days. It was great. Highly recommend it. Great food and great service. Another couple we met on the ship ate at both Giovanni's and Chops for dinner and they liked Giovanni's better. Watch out for the bottled water. They offer still or carbonated water but don't tell you that there's an extra charge for it. It's $7 so ask for tap water if you prefer it or don't want to spend the extra money. Entertainment: The Ice Show is new since we saw it 2 years ago. And we think it's better than last time. The other shows were ok but nothing noteable. We were relieved to hear a variety of music played throughout the ship. Perhaps Royal Caribbean listened as several previous reviewers complained that nothing but country music was played. We enjoyed the trivia contests. The yoga class is not for beginners. It's very fast paced, cardio oriented, with little or no instruction. In the library, there are daily sudoku and trivia quizzes in hardcopy form. We didn't discover this until late in the cruise but enjoyed taking them along to work on. They also offered 2 half hour beginning Spanish language classes which were good. Port & Shore Excursions: We booked all our excursions through Royal Caribbean. You can get them cheaper on your own but we like the guarantee that the ship won't leave you if your excursion is late getting back to the ship. We have seen people get left on previous cruises. And we've also seen the ship wait for their own excursions to arrive. Roatan, Honduras: Our excursion was the Roatan Island Tour and Highlights. Transportation was in a VW type van. The air conditioner barely worked so it was pretty warm. The tour made 4 stops. The first was Panorama Hill at what appeared to be a mostly abandonded shopping plaza. This stop was primarily for taking pictures of our ship in port. The second stop was to the Pirates Bay Tourist resort. There was a small beach here. The next stop was Cyndie's Paradise Point. The owners are a couple formerly of Fort Lauderdale, FL. They bought the land and had the house built a few years ago. They have great porches and views of the north and south coasts. Very reasonable prices for rum shots, coke, and bottled water. The final stop was Parrot Tree Beach Resort. This is a resort owned by Century 21. Not sure if these are condos or timeshares but there was no sales pitch involved in the tour. Nice man-made bay and beach. Lounge chairs, tables and chairs, and covered areas. This was a nice excursion for an overview of the island. Frankly, we weren't that impressed with Roatan. We were warned by our dining room waiter not to venture out on your own. A few months ago, one of the Carnival cruise line employees got shot in Roatan. There's nothing much to see within walking distance anyway. Most of the shops of interest are right at the port. Belize: We did the Airboat Adventure & Belize City Tour. Transportation was a nice Greyhound type bus with good air conditioning. The city tour was good and very informative. We really liked the airboat ride although we didn't see any manatees. They provide hearing protection for the boat ride. We wanted to ride an airboat for sometime so this tour fit our needs well. It is not an adventure tour. You do have to be able to walk up and down stairs and get in a boat, but there's no real physical activity. We heard lots of good reviews on the Cave Tubing. We will try that next time. Cozumel: Our excursion was Salsa, Salsa, and Margaritas. There are 2 main downsides to this excursion. First, the ride to/from is in taxis. If you want to leave early, you have to have a taxi full of people (normally 8) before they will leave. Secondly, the room isn't air conditioned. They have fans blowing but in late August, it was still hot. Be prepared and ask for water, first thing. Otherwise, we really enjoyed the excursion. They provide chef hats and aprons. You divide into pairs and one person chops and the other mashes. 6 different salsas are prepared including guacamole, red, green, pico de gallo, mango/melon, pineapple, and dessert salsa. They also serve small servings of cheese quesadillas and chicken taquitos. The margaritas aren't very strong so don't worry about getting drunk unless you drink a lot of them. All the food and drinks were good including the hibiscus tea. The host chefs were very entertaining and kept everything moving. It was fun. Disembarkation at Galveston: We signed up for self assist express departure. We were off the ship and out of the terminal by 7:55 am. Much better organized than when we did it 2 years ago. Final Thoughts: We won't be cruising to the Caribbean again in late August. It was too hot with very little, if any, breeze. And we used to live in Houston so we know hot and humid. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
(not in any order, just off the top of my head) Just got back from a back to back so we had 2 weeks to see if things were different (this was our fourth time on this ship) cons - galveston traffic (not the ships fault) winjammer ... Read More
(not in any order, just off the top of my head) Just got back from a back to back so we had 2 weeks to see if things were different (this was our fourth time on this ship) cons - galveston traffic (not the ships fault) winjammer closing times shortened - at breakfast on the first morning I was told "no more sausages" while it was still open and a lot of people mulling about looking for breakfast. The bacon looked like you would wear it as combat vest. on the first night the dining room food was cold, we ordered wine at about the time we sat down, and received it with dessert. they gave my seapass card back to a lady at our table - we had a good laugh we never went back to the dining room in 2 weeks, ate at the specialty restaurants, and windjammer if we could make it before 9., the only food available was the same room service menu, and one little coffee shop on the promenade which had the same pizza and one poor fellow giving out the same tiny sandwiches with one slice of ham and half a slice of cheese. we had a water issue in our cabin, but was resolved successfully by the hotel staff we had a sewage smell in the corridor to our cabin on deck 8 midship, and one night it came into our cabin with a vengeance, maintenance was right on top of it and put something in the toilet that made it go away the bed was horrible, it was shaped like a hammock, but only in the middle, and for the first 4 nights I woke up with pain on both sides of my back...I switched with my wife who slept the other way around and it worked....but not ideal. Our cabin attendant basically did her job, but actually got annoyed because I was napping 2 times when she wanted to come in. One night she did not even make up the cabin. the disembarkation in Galveston was an absolute nightmare, and the worst we've seen in 31 cruises. They only had a few TSA booths open and 2 ships trying to get off. I saved the Pro's for last all of the public areas of the ship were immaculate and constantly cleaned. In addition to being wiped down for virus, everything was usually kept spotless. Most of the staff tried very hard to make the vacation enjoyable. There were 2 exceptional people who really made it fun for us, the diamond concierge (we spent a couple of hours in there everyday), and the casino host was a lot of fun (we spent more than a couple of hours in there every night). Ships security was always efficient, and the process smooth, especially at peak time disembarking and embarking in busy ports. We dined a lot in the specialty restaurants. Sabor and Izumi are an absolute 10/10 every time we went there. Giovanni's was very good also, but I almost hurt someone when a button popped off from all the eating. Overall, it seems some company changes like cutting back on the quality and availability of food was disappointing. During refit, the addition of Sabor and Izumi was an excellent decision. The diamond lounge is a fantastic addition (very quiet, no kids). The upgrades to the cosmetics inside the ship are well done, but the "guts" of the ship are still old and need more maintenance than a newer ship (the maintenance people and hotel staff tried their best to rectify issues, but these issues arose more often, with more different people than we have seen in the past) Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We just got back from this cruise. It was our second cruise on Royal. We were disappointed! The disappointment started when we got to the terminal. We dropped off our bags and then had to stand in line outside in the heat!! Only those ... Read More
We just got back from this cruise. It was our second cruise on Royal. We were disappointed! The disappointment started when we got to the terminal. We dropped off our bags and then had to stand in line outside in the heat!! Only those with suites or wheelchairs were able to go inside to air conditioning ! I have been on several cruises, but that was a first. The terminal is big enough, nobody should be left outside in the heat like that!!! As we boarded the ship, we just walked in and to the buffet- first cruise that didn't have crew at entrance to welcome us onboard. The "welcome aboard" buffet lunch was fair at best. Our rooms were ready on time. My parents had a balcony room, my daughters & friends had adjoining promenade rooms, & my bf & I had a virtual balcony room. The 1st 30min in the room, my girls saw a couple (honeymooners?) in their room across ... The couple didn't close the curtain first! Our virtual balcony was kinda dumb, but learned to enjoy it later in the week. When I booked the cruise, the only dining option was "my time". At 5:30 we went to dining room, and were advised to make reservations. I still don't understand why I needed reservations, but couldn't book "early dining". Whatever. We were seated and advised that we would have that table and servers all week. I would have requested to change after the second night of 2.5hrs for dinner, but some in our party said others got worse service. The air conditioner was set way too cold at our table!! We had to bring jackets and blankets to try to stay warm enough to eat! The food was good. We had to stop servers to get our water glass refilled! Service at dining room sucked!! At breakfast, we went to the Windjammer (buffet). Half the things were empty. We had to stand in line to get eggs!! Just to get eggs, had to wait in line while they cooked eggs for buffet ...then fried eggs (special request). So frustrating! So the rest of the week we had breakfast in dining room. It was not faster, but could sit and visit while waiting . Overall, we had a good time. Is always good to not be at work, cook own food, clean up after ourself... So can't complain. Just that we had such a good experience on our 1st Royal (allure of the seas in Mar) Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was our 10th cruise but the first with Royal Caribbean. Of all the ships I've been on, this was the prettiest. The balcony room was larger than others and was well appointed. The staff on this ship were always pleasant and ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise but the first with Royal Caribbean. Of all the ships I've been on, this was the prettiest. The balcony room was larger than others and was well appointed. The staff on this ship were always pleasant and offered a smile and hello at every turn. Our room steward did an excellent job keeping it neat and orderly. The food was fantastic. Ate all dinners in the main dining room. Somewhat slow at times. One night it took 50 minutes to get the appetizer. It took 2 hours most nights to go through the courses. It may be that our table had 12 people so that may be a factor. Ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer and it was always good with plenty of variety. The shows were terrible. Looked like high school performances. I did enjoy the ice skaters though. It took less than an hour to get on and off the ship. The Port of Galveston does a tremendous job handling the vast amount of people leaving and arriving from two ships at the same time..   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We went for spring break. We are in our 40's, our kids are 12 & 14. We had a room for 2 w/balcony and our kids had a room right across the hall from us. Their inside room had a window that overlooked the promenade...and they loved ... Read More
We went for spring break. We are in our 40's, our kids are 12 & 14. We had a room for 2 w/balcony and our kids had a room right across the hall from us. Their inside room had a window that overlooked the promenade...and they loved to people watch. I have not cruised in 13 yrs and was surprised that they still had key cards! What a pain! I would have preferred a wristband key like they have at the water park hotels. So we had to pay almost $10/person to buy lanyards. You know the things that go around your neck that you can buy at Wal-Mart for $1. So save yourself some $ and bring one from home for each person in your family. Preferably one that has a clip, not a key ring circle. You can go to guest services and they will punch a hole in your key card and you can attach it to the clip/lanyard. You have to have this key card for everything (getting into your room, drinks, getting on/off the ship). I didn't want my kids to lay their card in their towel by the pool and loose it, so the lanyard is a MUST have! This is the one piece of advice I did not read about prior to going on the cruise so I wanted to share it w/others. The ship was great, drinks great (not watered down), lots of chairs around the deck area (didn't have to get up before the sun to get a good lounge chair-and we were there during spring break). The coffee is SUPER HOT!!! Beware! My father didn't have his lid on tight & it spilled down his stomach leaving a burn mark! Even the showers and bathrooms frequently seemed to run out of cold water & the hot was VERY HOT, so check the water before washing your little ones hands. We did not book any excursions through the ship...I went on tripadvisor and booked directly with tour companys. Rony's Tours in Roatan, Edwin's tours in Belize and we just went to Chankanaab Park in Cozumel ($11 taxi ride). Great vacation! Looking forward to our next cruise!   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
I traveled with a group of 13 (aged 26-30) and this was our third time with RC. The previous two cruises were perfect, this one not so much. The ship is highly understaffed. Last year drink waiters were walking around the pool decks asking ... Read More
I traveled with a group of 13 (aged 26-30) and this was our third time with RC. The previous two cruises were perfect, this one not so much. The ship is highly understaffed. Last year drink waiters were walking around the pool decks asking for drink orders, this year they were non existent. I also got an unfriendly stateroom attendant. He was there just to clean up and that's it, no effort for conversation like on my other cruises. The main dining room had some issues as well. Our waiter was Christi Zimick and asst. waiter was Jose Colaco. Christi was just there to take our order and bring the food. She made no effort to talk to any of the 13 of is at the table. We also had to pretty much drink water throughout the dinner because Jose would not bring soft drinks or tea we requested in a timely manner. Numerous times when I asked him for tea, he would point and tell Me "it's over there", as if I needed to get up and get it myself. Also, if you are looking for a nightlife atmosphere on the Navigator, look elsewhere. The Dungeon was replaced with staterooms and the cosmopolitan club hardly compares. We were amazed that out of the 3,000 plus passengers, our group of 13 plus a few others were the only ones who kept the night going. It is very apparent that RC is becoming a cruise line for strictly older people. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
This was our first cruise and we loved every second of it. The ship, the food, and most of all the friendliness of the staff could not be faulted. We spent 3 days in Civitivecchia awaiting our ship and stayed in the San Giorgio hotel ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we loved every second of it. The ship, the food, and most of all the friendliness of the staff could not be faulted. We spent 3 days in Civitivecchia awaiting our ship and stayed in the San Giorgio hotel right on the sea front which was excelent for our needs. We arrived at the embarkation area around 11.00 am and shortly after some administrative paper work we were soon on board exploring the ship. We took the premium drinks package and although it was good to be able to order our drinks without worrying about costs it was a shame that my wife could not choose her wine as she had to have the house wine by the glass, luckily it was to her liking, although it did mean she could not try other types. Our two 14 year old children loved the teenagers club and after the first night of eating with us in the main diding room they decided to eat with all their new friends in the Windjammer and choose from the endless buffet choices. After that we hardly saw them unless we were all together on an excursion or late evening in our cabins - my wife and I never thought that the children would find so much confidence and independance in such a short time, the kids can't wait for the next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Boarding went quickly and smoothly, much more so than last September when we did the same cruise. First week had cabin 3528, second week moved over to 3552. These were the quietest and most stable cabins we have ever had - no noise from ... Read More
Boarding went quickly and smoothly, much more so than last September when we did the same cruise. First week had cabin 3528, second week moved over to 3552. These were the quietest and most stable cabins we have ever had - no noise from the theater or disco, no passing traffic and no balcony doors slamming. With the high winds almost every day, we were far better off than the people in the cabins on the upper decks. Having done the same cruise on the Navigator last year, same ports, we only got off in the ports to wander around for an hour or two - pleasure to be on board with everyone on shore, a real holiday. Only complaint - I would like to see a separate section for vegetarians (the layout of the buffet in the Windjammer with its islands is ideally set up for this) - every day I saw passengers using the same tongs for the salads and the meat or fish which is placed alongside. Also, alongside the plain salad you find a pasta and tuna, coleslaw and shrimp, corn and meat salad - again, I saw people cross contaminating the salads with the meat/fish. One day a dish was labeled vegetarian stir fried noodles - on asking I was told no meat only shrimps in the noodles - totally unacceptable. Food and beverage manager told me they have staff checking that each bowl has its own tongs and they are on duty to make sure no one uses the same tongs for different dishes, but even the cheese is placed alongside the cold meat and people were using the same utensils for both. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
My wife and I sailed on the Navigator of the seas from May 5, to May 12, 2013 and this was a first cruise for both my wife and myself. I can not comment on price as my wife purchased this as a surprise for my birthday. We flew to Rome ... Read More
My wife and I sailed on the Navigator of the seas from May 5, to May 12, 2013 and this was a first cruise for both my wife and myself. I can not comment on price as my wife purchased this as a surprise for my birthday. We flew to Rome on the same day that we boarded to Ship. We have traveled in Italy before and because of that we were familiar with the trains. We purchased ticket from the Airport to the Port online. Planning and research allowed us to leave enough time so our transfer at Rome Trastevere, even though we had to go up and down stairs, not all elevators were working. the walk from the Station in Civitaveccia was not long, very flat and there is a shuttle from the entrance to the port to the embarkation area. The check-in process was amazing, very short and the person who checked us in explained everything very clearly. We arrived in the afternoon so we proceeded directly to our cabin and dropped off our carry-ons and started to explore the ship. Touring the ship at this point was suggested to us and in advance we printed out deck plans and went everywhere. This helped us later on in knowing how to get places. At 4PM there is a muster drill and it is very important. We departed on time and shortly after we received our tickets for our shore excursion. We chose My Time Dining - we suggest this as well. the menu was varied and interesting and changed every day. The food was superb. Shore Excursions - as I said we received our tickets and we went to sleep early right after we returned from dinner. Apparently even though our tickets were printed our excursion was canceled due to lack of participation. - If there was not enough participation, why were the tickets printed? guest relations did try to contact us and they left voice mail on the phone. We had retired early after our travels but even in the morning when we got to the room were the tour was supposed to depart from, there was no sign stating that our excursion was cancelled so we really didn't have a chance to book something else. Activities - were many and varied, the shows were a lot of fun and watching an ice show on a cruise ship is a special treat! The Navigator is quite a large vessel. It is big enough so anyone can find their own space, if they want to. The Solarium is a great place to be by the pool and it is quiet - we spent much of our pool side time there. The work-out area is well appointed with many machines. Summary - An Amazing experience! a really great time with really great service! The only comment we have is about the cancellation of our shore excursion. why was it cancelled not only after the tickets were printed but after the tickets were delivered. And even if attempts were made, and they were, to contact everyone, why not put up a sign saying that this/these excursions were cancelled. Posting this might have allowed us to sign up to an alternate excursion. Great Job Navigator of the Seas Staff and Crew!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
You can never blame the cruise line for the weather. That being said I will probably not sail out of New Orleans again. We have always sailed out of Florida ports and Florida is always warm...even in February. But New Orleans was cold ... Read More
You can never blame the cruise line for the weather. That being said I will probably not sail out of New Orleans again. We have always sailed out of Florida ports and Florida is always warm...even in February. But New Orleans was cold and drizzly. Just yucky. We were in NOLA 2 days before to take in some sites and enjoy the local flavor. It is a great fun and historic city, I would have enjoyed it more if it was warmer. But like I said, no one's fault. We arrived at port around noon and were on the boat by 12:15. They had an awful lot of stations to get you processed quickly. I counted roughly 35 attendants. The boat is beautiful. We were on the Independence a few years ago and they are both very similar. It was shorts weather the day we left though. I was anxious for the boat to get moving to a warmer climate. The itinerary called for 2 days at sea, 3 days in port and 1 day at sea going back to New Orleans. Sunday, the first day at sea, it was a bit warmer, but the winds on the pool deck were ferocious and I probably got more windburn than sunburn. The weather didnt really start to warm up until Monday though, the 2nd day at sea. Once we got to the Caribbean the weather was wonderful. The 3 ports are all fine and I think what you do while in port is a matter of personal preference. The first port was Falmouth Jamacia and it really is a nice little port, but it appears to be new and there was a lot of contruction still going on. And the area just outside the port is non-exisitent, so you really needed transportation to get around if you wanted to leave the little port area. Grand Cayman is an awesome port and so is Cozumel. The thing with Cozumel though is that they have a few different cruise terminals and it seems as though the Disney ships get the better terminal. Punta Langosta. Thats really where you want to be when you go to Cozumel. I had to take a taxi to get there from the International Pier. Regarding the ship and the food and the service. The service on the ship is awesome, you cannot complain about that. But the food. We didnt go to any of the specialty restaurants. We ate in the main dining room every night. The food is good. Not great, not memorable, not stupendous. The idea of going on a cruise to get amazing food is long gone I think. UNLESS! UNLESS you want to pay the extra money and go to a specialty restaurant. There was a time when you could go on a cruise and every dinner would be the top quality amazing memorable meal that now you can only get if you pay for dinner. That saddens me quite a bit. And I get it too....I mean how can they justify giving the same amazing meal to the ones that are paying extra in the specialty restaurants to the people who are not paying in the main dining room. So the food in the dining room while it is certainly better than any meal i might cook for myself at home is not amazing and memorable like you want oon a cruise. None of it. The last cruise I took that had amazing memorable food was on the Disney Magic in 2003. Since then if you want a memorable meal, you should plan to pay extra and go to one onf the specialty restaurants on board. One more note about food, and I made a point of talking about this in my review about the Independence of the Seas. The juice they serve in the morning at the Windjammer should not be called juice. In fact it should not even be consumed by anyone. It is truly horrid and not only is it different every day, it is different from glass to glass. If you grab 3 glasses of OJ from the serving area in the Windjammer each one will taste differently and all 3 should be thrown away. They give you these horrible juices because if you want something really good, you have to pay $3.95 per glass to get it....I didnt do that, but I would bet it would be real good if I did. We lost pool day on the last at sea day because it was so cold as we sailed back to New Orleans. No one was at the pool. No one. Not a soul, when usually on an at sea day you cant get a chair by the pool. It was in the 50s. and in New Orleans when we got back is was 48°. So like others who also reviewed this cruise, it was okay. Nothing great. We may also try a different cruise line next time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Have just returned from a great cruise-Left from the Port of New Orleans and embarkation was a breeze. Have cruised many times in the past and this was by far the easiest and quickest-no waiting-just signed in and off we were to the ship. ... Read More
Have just returned from a great cruise-Left from the Port of New Orleans and embarkation was a breeze. Have cruised many times in the past and this was by far the easiest and quickest-no waiting-just signed in and off we were to the ship. Just slightly disappointed with the room-had an inside cabin which was standard but the drawers had not been wiped out-actually hair inside some of the drawers. Also the carpet did not appear to have been swept. Two pills were left on the floor and purposely left them to see if they would be swept up. They were on the 2nd day of cruise. After that the room was kept very clean. Have to request ice in room or you will not receive it. I have to comment there was a sulphur like odor the entire length of cruise inside and outside of our cabin as we walked down the halls. Was a little disappointed that many on the slots in the casino were not in service the entire length of the cruise. Dinner in main dining room was very good-Windjammer Cafe was OK-nothing outstanding however the pastries in the coffee shop on the Promenade were very tasty! Enjoyed many of the evening shows but the ice show was outstanding! Ports of call were Falmouth, Jamaica(we did not get off the ship), Grand Caymen(7 ships were all in port the same time and shopping in town was a mess-hard to move there were so many people. Last port was Cozumel(did a taxi tour)This was wonderful-about 2 hours and saw a great deal of the island. Last but not least was disembarkation-VERY EASY. This port of New Orleans and RCCL have really done a great job of simplifying what used to be the worst part of cruising. I would definitely recommend this cruiseline and port. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
We flew to New Orleans and got there around 1:30 to meet a huge group of people. I didn't like going through 3 rooms of wait lists. Went to eat at Jade and didn't realize there was a better restaurant at the Windjammer just ... Read More
We flew to New Orleans and got there around 1:30 to meet a huge group of people. I didn't like going through 3 rooms of wait lists. Went to eat at Jade and didn't realize there was a better restaurant at the Windjammer just behind it. Hot dogs and greasy chicken was not very good for our first meal. We got a great price on a room on the 3rd floor. It did have a bad odor getting to it in the hallway, but our room was fine. I was worried about noise from the nightclub, but we heard nothing. Toilets and shower worked fine. Carpeting on all floors to cabins needs replaced. Main areas of the ship were very nice and well maintained. I got to thinking at the last minute, that perhaps what we saved, we could get a drink package. The price was $630 for two for the week for wine and beer. Each cabin member had to get the package. It was nice to not have to worry about the money and perhaps we did drink more than we would have normally. The wine was bottom of the barrel cheap. Ironically, the merlot tasted okay, but by the end of the week, my body didn't like it. In hindsight, buying a better glass of wine may have been better. Hubby liked his beer package. Then on the last day of the cruise, I got the norovirus. I was up all night long, and very worried about the double plane ride home. Fortunately that went well, and the $10 extra per flight was worth advanced seating on Southwest. Very weak the next day. Laundry had to wait. The food was adequate. I can't say we had bad food but nothing to write home about. Breakfast on Celebrity's buffet was always an adventure. Very creative every morning! The food was the same every day on RC. Lunches were okay. Lots of salt though, as my face and fingers were swollen from the start. Dinners in the main dining room were okay. Steaks were tough, fish was fine, lobster was small. I guess we just got spoiled on previous cruises, and I know the ships have to cut somewhere with the price of fuel. Now the good: I liked the ship layout, service was good. There was more entertainment aboard ship than Celebrity, which I liked. A crazy mardi gras night dancing to oldies in the Promenade was a lot of fun. We were close to the Seattle coffee shop so that was great. I would have to say it was more of a fun ship. The entertainment musical groups were pretty good. The weather got very hot in Jamaica, cloudy in Grand Cayman, very windy in Cozumel, and down right cold and windy on last sea day. So our weather was not the best, and very little tan for me. We did the river raft in Jamaica which was good, and Passion Island would have been better had it not been so windy. But they did a nice buffet on Passion Island and guacamole & mahi was great. The beach was nice to walk on barefoot. I was disappointed in the little things you got on Celebrity that was missing here: No beach bag, no Q-tips & cotton, no cream rinse, no lotions, no midnight chocolate, no water pitcher. Also, on Celebrity you didn't need to lug your towels all week so you didn't get charged. So, I had to buy a beach bag. I probably shouldn't compare, but being the same parent company, I thought it would be the same. But looking back on our photos, yes, we did have fun. It was a nice getaway, but we spent too much. Sigh, I guess that is to be expected. Bottom line, you should try Celebrity as the captains club points are combined. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
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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