928 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Our trip on this ship was excellent. We loved the people, the food, and the cleanliness. The Navigator to the Sea is a very beautiful ship. Everything was easy and convenient. Our table was 347 with Omar and Sergei, I can't begin ... Read More
Our trip on this ship was excellent. We loved the people, the food, and the cleanliness. The Navigator to the Sea is a very beautiful ship. Everything was easy and convenient. Our table was 347 with Omar and Sergei, I can't begin to tell how nice, kind and considerate both of them are. Both have very sweet spirits about them, we did appreciate them. Kenneth Marriott was our room attendant in cabin #3722. He did everything he could to make us comfortable, he asked everyday if we needed anything and was prepared to help us. My husband was in a wheelchair and he always asked if I needed help, others on the ship did also. We loved the window in our room, I wasn't at all claustrophobic. We loved laying on the bed and watching the waves, and happy to see islands that we passed. The entertainment was so, so great. It was clean, not dirty talk. The ice dancers, the comedians, the music, singers and all. Everywhere we sat was clean and comfortable. Thank you to all of you that made this trip beautiful. Sandy and Noel Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This is only our second cruise and have been hesitant to take it on Navigator due to lukewarm reviews here and being an older, smaller ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. I guess lowering our expectations may have helped, because we had ... Read More
This is only our second cruise and have been hesitant to take it on Navigator due to lukewarm reviews here and being an older, smaller ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. I guess lowering our expectations may have helped, because we had one of the best vacations on board of the Navigator and on the shore. The highlight for us it has been the quality of the food and the service in the main (Sapphire) dining room at dinner time and the quality of the food in the Windjammer. I know, some people may call us crazy for praising the Windjammer food. Of course, we all have different standards, however I know that our family of 5 plus live-in nanny spends $2,400+ per month in food at home and we rarely if ever get such quality food as we did at the complimentary restaurants on the navigator. It is true though, we are not big on steaks, we have tried some, however we focused a lot on fish, sea food, veggies and fruits when available. The ship overall looks surprisingly good despite its age. The cabin also had a very practical layout and it was roomy. Some little things may have needed a repair and the age of the ship was more obvious in some details in the cabin (such as rust around the bed frame for instance). The entertainment options have been plentiful too. While we travelled with kids and could not enjoy a lot of the shows, there were always few shows or live performances to watch. They may not have been top productions but they were entertaining nonetheless. We skipped Labadee due to inclement weather and it turned out to be a good call as then we heard of an earthquake and a tsunami from worried relatives. Of course, the captain could not have known about the upcoming earthquake, it just turned out to be a good call, especially as we were sailing South, to warmer weather. The ABC islands were very nice, our favorite has been Curaçao for being more laid back, not so aggressively touristic as Aruba and for having nice sandy beaches with calm waters for kids and yet with some basic snorkeling opportunities, again for our first time learning kids. We would definitely go again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was our second cruise with RCI the first one was on the Independance of the Seas. Food and service was as we expected, spectacular! Ports and excursions were great, we will definitely be back to Cozumel in a future cruise. Only ... Read More
This was our second cruise with RCI the first one was on the Independance of the Seas. Food and service was as we expected, spectacular! Ports and excursions were great, we will definitely be back to Cozumel in a future cruise. Only disappointment, the nightly shows...orchestra is ok but we had been so blown away by the musicals on the Independance (Once Upon a Time and Grease), that we were expecting the same :( However, the late night comedy was hilarious. My adult children (21 and 23) had a blast and loved every bit of it. Best family vacation in a long time, something for everyone :) This will definitely be something to do again but maybe on an other ship. We are from Québec and our first language is French so it was nice that many employees were from Ile Maurice and spoke fluent French and they seemed happy to exchange in french with us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise because it was only 5 days, was on RCCL and left from the port of Miami. For a New Year Cruise it was reasonably priced and the Navigator is a nice ship only a little smaller than Freedom. We used LYFT to get to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was only 5 days, was on RCCL and left from the port of Miami. For a New Year Cruise it was reasonably priced and the Navigator is a nice ship only a little smaller than Freedom. We used LYFT to get to the Port of Miami. We arrived at 11 am and walked right in and got on the ship in a few minutes. We are Platinum so there was only two people in line in front of us. Our cabin was going to be ready by 1 pm so we went to have lunch at the Windjammer. The buffet was good had good variety of foods to choose from and everything was served at the proper temperature and tasted good. Our rooms were ready right on time as promised. The ship is very well maintained and clean. It was beautifully decorated fo r the Christmas Holiday. The staff was friendly and attentive. We had breakfast and lunch most of the time in the buffet. The staff was extremely attentive brought you water, juice, coffee. I find that there is a lot of variety of international foods - asian, indian, vegeterian but not a big selection of american food or foods of the ports we visited. We went to Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico and they did not have a day where they served Mexican food for lunch or dinner. We had lunch at the MDR one day and really enjoyed it. You could make a salad that they chop for you or they can cook pasta. Great dessert selection. The entertainment was very good. Along with the variety show they had two very good comedians and a Las Vegas entertainer who was outstanding. We got the ship in both ports but did our own tours. In Costa Maya we visited the shops and restaurants at the port and went to Mahahual Beach. Beautiful beach. In Cozumel we took a taxi with 12 people who were traveling with us visited the Tequila Factory and then toured the town. The bars and the service was good, they are not pushy trying to sell you drink packages or bottles of champagne on New Years eve like they do on other cruise lines. Dining room service was excellent. Our waiter and his assistant were very good and tended to all our requests. The food was very good. Disembarkation was very quick, we left at 9 am, we carried our own luggage and just walked off the ship went right through customs. The one thing I did not like about the ship was that they allow smoking in the Casino and people who are not playing the slots come to the Casino to smoke. That should not be allowed. It is bad enough that those who play smoke Overall this was a very enjoyable cruise. We liked it so much that we booked again for next New Year's cruise on the same ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I chose this cruise because I only travel with Royal Caribbean. I love the nationalities and the ages of the passengers. I love the formal nights who are disappearing on the other cruise-lines. It was my second time to the ABC ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I only travel with Royal Caribbean. I love the nationalities and the ages of the passengers. I love the formal nights who are disappearing on the other cruise-lines. It was my second time to the ABC islands and propably I will go back again. I love to cruise when it is winter in Western Europe and for that time the cruises in the caribbean are the best for having good weather. I only went 3 times to the main dinner because I love to eat in the speciality-restaurants. Especially Izumi is very good and I can recommend the sushi-class to everybody. I do think that the therapies in the Spa are for to expensive. I payed 460 dollars for a 90 minutes couples massage. it was my 13th cruise with Royal Caribbean and the pleasant thing is that I always meet bartenders that I had on a previous cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We never had been on a Christmas cruise before and had never travelled to the Southern Caribbean; therefore, Curaçao, Bonaire, and Aruba and Labadee, Haiti were intriguing choices. We live in Miami, so it was an easy journey to and from ... Read More
We never had been on a Christmas cruise before and had never travelled to the Southern Caribbean; therefore, Curaçao, Bonaire, and Aruba and Labadee, Haiti were intriguing choices. We live in Miami, so it was an easy journey to and from the terminal. Our interior room with a virtual balcony was fine! We could see the ports of call and the ocean. It was a nice touch! Were were on Deck 9 mid-ship and port side which was quiet and centrally located. The cabin’s vanity and storage areas were large, plus we had a safe and a small refrigerator and a flat screen tv which pulled out of the wall. The bathroom was small and clean and the shower had plenty of hot water. The shower stall has circular, rotating doors instead of a yucky shower curtain that sticks to your backside! The bed was reasonably comfortable, plus the AC control worked well. Cuddy, the Cruise Director was perfect for the job! He was approachable and enthusiastic! We were singing Christmas Carols on the Royal Promenade on Christmas Eve. They even handed out cookies and songbooks while we sang with the professionals. It was a joyful experience! The ship’s band was superb and played in various acts and ship activities. It was a pleasure listening to them! Horizon, a Motown act, and Jack London, a Las Vegas entertainer gave quality performances. I also recommend the ice show. The costumes and choreography were mesmerizing! Speaking of costumes and choreography, the Royal Caribbean performers rivaled some Broadway shows in terms of talent, theater sets, costumes, and technical aspects. We didn’t miss one of their shows. There were comedians as well, but we couldn’t see them all. The Windjammer’s food was exceptional! There was expensive oxtail stew along with steak and goat and lamb curries and stews. There was also Indian and American fare. The salads and fruits and vegetables were pleasing as well. There were even large shrimp and paella-like dishes throughout the cruise. On Day 8 there was a large variety of torts and cakes to sample which were artistically presented. The gingerbread display added holiday cheer as well as the 2 greeters who were delightful! “Washy Washy Your Hands!” The Sapphire dining room boasted lobster and leg of lamb and many other treats. The service was excellent and consistent in both eateries. We didn’t eat at the upcharge restaurants. We participated in a champagne tasting which was reasonable and educational and fun! There are plenty of ship activities to choose from including wine tasting, salsa dancing, going to the gym, swimming, big screen pool movies, and shopping lectures. You can even ice skate or rock climb! Simply reading or ocean watching or sipping and napping were great in the adults only Solarium. I highly recommend the Captain’s Bridge Tour and the Bottomless Brunch Tour! Labadee was an exquisite resort. We rented a beach cabana for 2 and rode the Dragon’s Breath Alpine Coaster. Aruba was our favorite island due to its architecture and range of activities and natural beauty, but Bonaire and Curaçao had their charm as well. We took the Royal Caribbean tours which were of high quality and comfortable. Royal Caribbbean consistently delivers a high quality vacation to cruisers of all walks of life. The crew and passengers we met were positive, and yes, we’d go back again in a heartbeat! Here’s to more adventures in 2018! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Also posted this on the discussion boards but thought I would include here too. We travelled on Navigator of the Seas as a family Christmas vacation. A short summary and highlights from the trip. Travelled with my wife and two ... Read More
Also posted this on the discussion boards but thought I would include here too. We travelled on Navigator of the Seas as a family Christmas vacation. A short summary and highlights from the trip. Travelled with my wife and two teenage kids (one boy, one girl). Stayed at Hampton Inn & Suites (Miami Brickell Downtown) the night before. Hotel was good, didn’t use many of the services but the check-in was smooth. Good pub just a few steps from the front door. The hotel stay included hot breakfast which has a very good selection. We also booked a deal thru cruise critic and got two shuttle seats to port included. Purchased an additional two shuttle seats ($8/pp). As always we were up early the day of the cruise excited for our adventure. We were at Starbucks down the street by 6 am! Took a 10:30 shuttle and arrived at the port (~10-15 min ride). Check-in was very smooth and we walked right thru all the various security and check-in lines. We were onboard by 11:30 and rooms were available by 1:00. We had a balcony room with kids directly across the hall in an interior stateroom. Rooms were in good condition and our room steward was excellent. Always very friendly and the room was kept clean with a few towel animals on various nights. The cruise director was Cuddy who did a fine job. He was funny during the belly flop competition and Love and Marriage game. The nightly entertainment was some of the best I’ve seen (we’ve been on 8 cruises). The juggling act, the hypnotist and comedian were top notch. We didn’t use the pools at all but they did look busy, but not as noticeable of a party atmosphere on the pool deck as some of the other cruise lines (i.e. Norwegian and Carnival). There was the normal completion for deck chairs, but in my opinion, if you want a seat by the pool get there early. If you just want a seat there were lots available especially on Deck 13 fwd. We ate a Giovanni’s (twice), Sabor and Chops. I was a little disappointed with Chops but Giovanni’s was outstanding. The food was fabulous and our waiter (Johnathan) was awesome. The main dining room service staff was also very good and we enjoyed having dinner there all the other nights. I must say, I can’t get over some guests on board and their need to complain. One morning at breakfast in the dining room, a couple was seated at a table next to us. After maybe two minutes the man got up muttering ‘this table is awful, no one has come to see us yet’ and went to complain. Relax people you are on vacation, the staff are working hard. In my opinion there are many people with expectations that are too high. Since we were sailing over Christmas the kids got a free gift from Santa and there were lots of other Christmas/holiday themed events. Well done by Royal. We all ordered the beverage package and internet combo before we sailed. The internet was brutal, awful, and terrible. Royal should be embarrassed by the price they charge for the service provided. One day my daughter couldn’t login at all. Only after standing in line at the Voom desk with 20 other people was the problem resolved. Royal needs to work on this big time. At Labadee our ‘Speedboat and Snorkeling’ excursion unfortunately got cancelled. Boat motor issues after first tour of the morning (we were booked at 11:00 tour). Curacao was spent walking downtown to do some shopping but it appeared that a number of the stores were closed (due to boxing day?). We had reserved a beach day at the Curacao Hilton (thru Resort for a Day website). The resort was nice but beach very small and crowded, tough to get a chair. However, the snorkeling (equipment for rent on site) was outstanding. Best of the beach snorkeling I’ve seen. Day included $25 food/beverage voucher for each person. We ate in pool side restaurant with service very very slow and food just okay. Bonaire we went snorkeling with Epic Tours Bonaire. We did a last minute booking (after Labadee excursion fell thru). They were quick to respond (even on Christmas day). Great excursion with a nice sail and the snorkeling was outstanding. Good amount of fish like Curacao but the coral was even better. We were also very surprised by the amount of shopping available at this port, we had not expected much based on pre-trip reading, however we were wrong. Nice shopping areas and very friendly people. Last stop was Aruba and did the De Palm Island excursion booked thru Royal. Okay excursion, not the best of views (with power plant or something on the shore). Generally pretty crowded but overall the family had fun. Snorkeling, zip line, air jumpers and other activities available. All trips must come to an end unfortunately. Debarkation was okay, about 30 minutes behind schedule from our designated times but generally pretty efficient. We were at the airport by 11 and on our way home. Overall a great trip, Royal did a good job and Navigator of the Seas is a great size ship in my opinion. Lots of things to do, easy to navigate and never seemed overly crowded. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My wife surprised my daughter and I with this Christmas cruise a few days before Christmas. We travel a lot and have done at least a few cruises together, mostly on Norwegian (which we loved), but this was our first try with RCL. We ... Read More
My wife surprised my daughter and I with this Christmas cruise a few days before Christmas. We travel a lot and have done at least a few cruises together, mostly on Norwegian (which we loved), but this was our first try with RCL. We aren't the type to spend much time on deck in the sun (especially around the loud music), so we probably aren't your average cruisers and you should take the remainder of this review in that context. Dining: For dining, we prefer to dine in the upscale themed restaurants and the Navigator of the Seas had several options to choose from. We dined at all of them except Chef's Table as the 3+ hour dinner was too much for our five year old to handle. Service in the themed restaurants was excellent. Our favorite was Izumi (the Sushi restaurant). We spent a lot of time chatting with our all of the staff there and received excellent service from our alternating servers Ashwin and Virgilio. Along with Izumi's awesome manager, Messaoud Haykel, our dining experiences could not have been better. The whole team worked exceedingly hard to meet or exceed all of our requests. The team did things like getting our daughter whatever she wanted for dinner from anywhere else on the ship, getting my wife her favorite liquid center chocolate cake from Chops, and me glasses of port that came from another bar on the ship. That said, we went through much of the menu at Izumi and loved it. It was much better than any sushi restaurant we can find in our home town of Charlotte, NC. (I'm getting hungry just writing about it.) We really enjoyed the other restaurants that we dined at as well. Chops is the second most expensive restaurant on the ship (Chef's Table is the most expensive) and the quality of the food, dining room and service reflect that. Muameer and Manolo at Chops were a pleasure to speak with as well as the rest of the staff. Its well worth the splurge, in our opinion. We also ate at Sabor, the Mexican themed restaurant. It was quite good Mexican food with good service in a pretty dining room, but not anything over-the-top. We had one dinner at Giovanni's Table, their Italian themed restaurant. Although the service was excellent and the dining room was lovely, the food was hit and miss in our opinion. The meat mains were OK, the appetizers were things I do better at home, but the pasta was excellent. Perhaps we just made poor choices. I took my daughter to Johnny Rockets for lunch while my wife was enjoying a reasonably priced massage package and it was a very enjoyable experience. We visited almost all the bars on board for a glass of wine or champagne while on board and found them all lovely places to sit and relax. Service was friendly and their decor was great. Finally Saphire, the main dining room. We did not experience the main dining room for dinner although we did visit briefly for dessert (arranged at our request by our guardian and new friend (Haykel from Izumi). Dessert was great, but we got to see what it was like in full rush hour at about 7PM. Servers were working fast and hard and it appeared to be a very different experience as compared with the specialty dining locations. We did eat breakfast and lunch almost every day in the main dining room however and at first weren't receiving great service. Asking for almond milk cappuccinos (three times emphasizing the almond milk part) got us regular cappuccinos instead. It turns out that some things we were asking for took additional work or needed to be serviced elsewhere on the ship, so some servers weren't making the extra effort. In addition, the service could be quite slow even though we were were in the first wave of patrons. We frequently couldn't sit by ourselves near windows because all of the tables near windows were shared large tables. We couldn't get servers to get fruit juice for our daughter that comes from the bars (pineapple) from most of the servers. Hamburgers at lunch were served without ketchup and mustard. Asking for ketchup from a server would result in him returning with a squirt bottle that he dolled onto your plate. (We thought this was odd compared to providing us with a little container.) Seating for lunch on day 2 (a day when there was a time zone change) was limited to 1.5 hours forcing many to go to the buffet. Anyway, we had a long chat with kind manager, Somchai, who went out of his way to look out for us the rest of our breakfast/lunches and things much improved. Service improved exponentially when we discovered Sergei and Radmir, a dynamic duo. We specifically asked for them the rest of our breakfast/lunch trips to Saphire and had truly excellent service from them. Cabin: Our cabin was a stateroom with balcony at the front of the port side. This allows you to look forward through a window which the other balcony cabins don't have. There are about 8 of these cabins and they don't cost more than other balconies, so look out for them. Our cabin steward, Leonard, was great. We couldn't have asked for better service and wished we could bring him home with us. Our cabin was clean, well laid out and comfortable but not as nice as the suites on Norwegian (probably an unfair comparison). We spent many evenings on the balcony after our daughter went to sleep and thoroughly enjoyed the view of the dark sea, sipping wine. Shipboard Activities: Outside of my daughter's daily hour visit to the hot-tub, we didn't spend too much time on outside while on the ship. We did rock climbing a couple times which was really enjoyable, my daughter enjoyed the kids club a few times and we enjoyed watching people surf / body-board at the flow-rider. We also went ice skating a couple times which my daughter truly loved. We saw at least a few of the shows and were impressed. Ports and Shore Excursions: We did a couple non-ship related activities at the ports that my wife had arranged in advance. They were generally much cheaper than the ship sponsored activities. A warning to Christmas travelers though, very few people are working on December 26th, so taxis, for example, are almost impossible to find. We enjoyed our ports for the most part though. Aruba and Bonaire especially. The locals were friendly and the islands clean. There was good shopping at all four countries we visitied (Labadee in Haiti and Curacao being the other two). In conclusion, we were as happy with this cruise as our experiences with Norwegian, which is great. We would happily cruise with RCL. As with any ship, we just had to find the right people and processes to get exactly what we wanted, when we wanted it. Once we found these 'on-board angels', we had a fantastic time. One final note. We did notice that the ship's crew were working 7 day weeks though. As I recall from Norwegian, the people had one day off a week and seemed happier / more refreshed overall. I can't imagine anyone being at the top of their game working 7 days a week for a contract of 6 months or so. This despite their workloads apparently being cut back significantly from a year or so prior, so it must have been really tough on the crew previously. Anyway, thanks to any of the crew on the Navigator of the Seas who may see this review. We will have happy memories of this trip and hope to join you for a future cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was my third cruise with Royal Caribbean. I have also been on a Carnival cruise. Royal Caribbean has become a family favorite. My son and I only look for cruises offered by Royal Caribbean. This was our second trip on the ... Read More
This was my third cruise with Royal Caribbean. I have also been on a Carnival cruise. Royal Caribbean has become a family favorite. My son and I only look for cruises offered by Royal Caribbean. This was our second trip on the Navigator of the Seas. We cruised to Cozumel once before and felt we had to do it again. Both embarkation and disembarkation were a smooth process. The ship offers so many great activities from sports games to comedy shows. My favorite however is the dining experience in the main dining room. On both cruises we had such great waiters. The variety of food served is excellent and the staff are very accommodating and even encourage you to try something different. I would recommend this cruise to anyone. The staff onboard are friendly and go the extra mile to ensure you are happy and well satisfied with your experience. I have already started planning my next Royal Caribbean cruise and look forward to seeing what else this fantastic cruise line has to offer in the way of exciting ports of call to fabulous food. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Bonaire was the main reason I chose this cruise. It is a delightful little port that is easy to walk. It must be the shoe capital of the Caribbean with a shoe store on every block. The ship is due for a refitting as evidenced by worn ... Read More
Bonaire was the main reason I chose this cruise. It is a delightful little port that is easy to walk. It must be the shoe capital of the Caribbean with a shoe store on every block. The ship is due for a refitting as evidenced by worn furniture and carpets. But the food was very good and a variety of dishes were always available. Service in the dining room was spotty, they are trying to get more work out of fewer people. Entertainment was very good, especially the ice dancing show. Since we arrived later in Miami embarkation was quick and debarment was also seamless. A very positive experience. Our ocean view cabin was spacious but the shower was tiny. The stewards were friendly and efficient. The Navigator has a great solarium with a small pool and two big whirlpools that kids did not use. I will definitely go on this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
12/8/17, 9 night Southern Caribbean cruise is now crossed off the bucket list. DH, myself and our adult daughter planned this cruise with 2 set of Sibling in laws joining us. We drove the 11 hours to the cruise with a quick stop over ... Read More
12/8/17, 9 night Southern Caribbean cruise is now crossed off the bucket list. DH, myself and our adult daughter planned this cruise with 2 set of Sibling in laws joining us. We drove the 11 hours to the cruise with a quick stop over night in Savannah GA. Had to park on top level in the sun which was a bummer...but embarking was quick and easy for us. The new cruiser line was much shorter than return cruisers and although they had more people working, we still made it through faster. Windjammer for lunch was INSANE. And I am not going to lie, I felt this way many times during this cruise. I should say this was my 12th cruise but first on RC...(we will be back!) Off to our room which was 9568. Met our room attendant, Harry Potter! He was the best...friendly and helpful and stealthy! He definitely made our trip easier. The room layout was good except for the Pullman bed over our heads Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Live in Fort Lauderdale so hubby and I drove and parked at Port of Miami. Embarkation went well took probably 20 minutes tops. Faster than anticipated. The cabin Superior Ocean View 1236 was larger than expected. The Ship was clean, ... Read More
Live in Fort Lauderdale so hubby and I drove and parked at Port of Miami. Embarkation went well took probably 20 minutes tops. Faster than anticipated. The cabin Superior Ocean View 1236 was larger than expected. The Ship was clean, the crew was outstanding. We ate our meals at the Windjammer as there were more choices and we didn't have to rush to finish eating. Special mention of Maheshwar JoyPaul who kept our cabin clean and inquired about our day. Windjammer crew: Sadeki Edwards Sous Chef, Johan Safii, Muhammad Nuzooa and Vikram More and front desk Veronica who all made our trip more enjoyable. The two guys at the entrance to Windjammer were a blast. We truly looked forward to see what outfit one of them was wearing from Captain America to Superman. Really funny. We choose to do shore excursions on our own and enjoyed especially Aruba. The prices were the cheapest of all the Ports. Disembarkation was quick, we were home by 8:45am. We are regular Royal Caribbean cruisers and that will NEVER change. Thank you Royal Caribbean the "BEST CRUISE LINE". See you soon! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The ship is large, but that means that there are additional activities and amenities. The cabin was in very good condition and we appreciated that it was more spacious than some inside cabins. The seas were smooth, so no insight into ... Read More
The ship is large, but that means that there are additional activities and amenities. The cabin was in very good condition and we appreciated that it was more spacious than some inside cabins. The seas were smooth, so no insight into ship stability, but given the size of the ship, it should be good. We had the early dining at a table for 8. The service was excellent and the food very good at a minimum. Can't say as much for the buffet, which was off and on. The food was bad on boarding, it seemed to have been left out too long and was hard and tasteless. Subsequent meals were good standard cruise fare with good service. There are a wide range of entertainment and activities including recent release films, ice dancing (particularly good), various entertainers, a production cast and more activities than you can count. We enjoyed the ice skating but didn't try the rock wall or wave rider. In my opinion, the singers were pushing too hard on songs to test their talents and not focusing enough on pleasant, familiar songs that they do justice to the original. A couple did a series on Pirates that had potential, but was poorly delivered. However, there was an excellent series on positive aging put on by one of the staff with a psychology background. The fitness area had many aerobic machines, but unfortunately, more than a few were in need of repair. Still enough machines, but you had to look for one that worked. There were some good trivia events put on by the staff, who were adaptable to the size of the group. However, they might want to move some of the popular ones to a different venue. Cabin attendant was excellent with the room being made up frequently, but never disturbing us. The embarkation and disembarkation were very good, but then we carried our luggage so didn't have to wait for anything. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao were all pleasant to walk around. Felt safe and comfortable even venturing outside the touristy part of the towns. Labadee was okay, but hardly Haiti. I know that there are challenges in Haiti, but I really would have preferred to see the country than an artificial playground peninsula. Certainly enjoyed it, but no need to return to any of the destinations. If I were heading in that direction (especially Bonaire) I would taken advantage of the snorkelling opportunities. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise for the price first and the itinerary second. It's been 14 years since we sailed on the Navigator, which was our wedding cruise. The ship looks good and now has the specialty restaurants and flowrider. All good ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the price first and the itinerary second. It's been 14 years since we sailed on the Navigator, which was our wedding cruise. The ship looks good and now has the specialty restaurants and flowrider. All good improvements in our eyes. The entertainment was a well-rounded mix and all of it was good. We especially enjoyed comedian Steve McGrew, the All Access show, and the circus parade. They also had the singers come out two different times and do Christmas songs in the promenade, there was a Christmas light show and the orchestra did a set as well. There is a beautiful Christmas tree onboard. For specialty dining we ate at Chops, Johnny Rockets and Sabor. Sabor never fails to disappoint. Delicious food and excellent attentive service. Our service was off at Chops and it took a very long time for dinner, but the food more than made up for it. I had the NY steak and we also shared the seafood tower at our table which was delicious. The specialty dining prices increased at the beginning of December so Sabor is now $22, Johnny Rockets $8.20 per person. We booked Chops early on a special so we aren't sure the current pricing on it. The Johnny Rockets pricing took us aback as to dine and get shakes, our table of 4 paid $56 for diner food, (that's with getting 2 shakes free). We can do that at home so we probably won't dine there on ship again. Too bad as we always really enjoyed it. I'd rather put the money toward finer dining at that rate. This was our first experience doing My Time dining. It took us a bit to figure out that you still need to make reservations and the earlier the better especially for lobster night. We went that morning to book for lobster night and were told there was nothing available until 7:45. We took a chance and showed up when they opened at 5:15 and they were able to seat us as long as we were willing to share a table with others. So we got lucky. Live and learn! In Labadee we just hung out at the swimming beach near the zipline. Very nice beach and close to the marketplace and a food hub. The building they built that has local wares for sale was a much better shopping experience than the local marketplace that sits behind it. Nobody bothered us while we looked in the building but the marketplace they are very aggressive. Not scary or mean, but very desperate to make a sale which was having the opposite effect on many shoppers besides ourselves. And they start some of the pricing outrageously high. We did purchase from both the building and the marketplace, but the marketplace wasn't overall a very good experience. What we did enjoy is there are a lot of handmade items by local artisans and some of the ports just don't have much of that anymore. Curacao we did the boat and beach excursion through the ship. We took a boat ride over to the Sea Aquarium beach which is all part of the Kontiki area we remembered from years ago. This resort area is awesome and even better than it was when we were last here. Beautiful scenery, lots of palm trees, good swimming, good snorkeling, amenities etc. After the tour we walked downtown and shopped. Good prices in Curacao and lots of stores and items to peruse. Bonaire we did the water taxi through the ship. It was our first time here and wow, wow, wow! The water taxi took us to Klein Bonaire, an uninhabited island. The snorkeling here was the best we have done in the Caribbean. Lots of living coral, tons of varieties of fish and we had a playful encounter with a sea turtle we will remember forever. Such a great place. The shopping area in Bonaire is minimal and the items were expensive. There is an area with tents that have some handmade jewelry and art and that is where we made our purchases. But the overall variety for shopping was small. Aruba was overcast the entire day so we did not go to the beach as we had planned but just walked around and shopped. We really like the Mopa Mopa art, and in the years since we were last there, the art is much more colorful and varied. We really enjoyed their stores and purchased a new piece for our collection. You can get reasonably priced souvenirs in this port as well. We had really great weather most of this cruise. Aruba was overcast and our first sea day was overcast. Otherwise sunny and beautiful. The entertainment was great. Lots of variety and talented artists. Comedian Steve McGrew was a hit. The Las Vegas Tenors were also a highlight. The Navigator orchestra was exceptional this cruise. Our cruise director was Cuddy Cudworth and he was hilarious. One aspect we really enjoyed about this cruise was it felt a bit old school. Such as we had an experienced state room attendant that jokes around with you in the halls and you see often and kind of build a relationship with over the week. The cruise director opened and closed all the shows so you got to know him over the week. We just felt we got to know the staff a lot more on this ship than we did the Allure and while that is fine, we really appreciated that piece of this cruise. It's one of the things we love about cruising. We were in an inside cabin: room 6527. Room was fine but it is directly below the Star Lounge. So while we loved how close it was to the promenade and our favorite Deck 4, at times you could hear them moving furniture around and music being played in the lounge. I am a deep sleeper so once I got to sleep it did not wake me up, but I can see how a light sleeper might be bothered by that. Bottom line: great ship, great staff, great entertainment, rocking itinerary. Can't really go wrong! We will look at doing this again next year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We have done many cruises. This one was Exceptional. We were a group of 4 couples. Our cabins were all close by and on the same floor. We had a wonderful time. Overall, the ship was clean. Courtesy and respect were demonstrated by staff ... Read More
We have done many cruises. This one was Exceptional. We were a group of 4 couples. Our cabins were all close by and on the same floor. We had a wonderful time. Overall, the ship was clean. Courtesy and respect were demonstrated by staff at all times. We all had an Ocean View Cabin which were just right for space, and very comfortable. The cleaning services were excellent. We will come back to our room and depict a well made up bed, and everything there in their right place. The food on the ship was exceptional, everything was tasty. There was a large spread of delicious cuisine in the Windjammer. Food was always fresh. Formal dining was also exceptional. Waiters, and maitre d were also exceptional. Entertainment was good also. We were all of Caribbean background, therefore loved the Caribbean band on board. We followed the Band where ever they were playing, and jumped up to their Caribbean music. We will definitely do another vacation cruise on this ship. We had no complaints. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
It seemed perfect for a relaxing getaway. Wonderful sea days interspersed with charming low key islands. The weather was perfect and breakfast on the balcony was a delightful way to start the day. Every crew member tried to make our trip ... Read More
It seemed perfect for a relaxing getaway. Wonderful sea days interspersed with charming low key islands. The weather was perfect and breakfast on the balcony was a delightful way to start the day. Every crew member tried to make our trip a pleasure, and they succeeded. Boarding the ship was a breeze, we literally walked on the ship. Our cabin was ready in short order and we were able to settle in. We were midship, close to the elevators so navigating was very convenient. The signage was so well done that you always knew where you were in relation to where you wanted to go. And the ship was spotless, with the cleaning crew working tirelessly. Our scale will attest to the food! We are both starting diets. I adore the appetizers and usually cannot make up my mind, so I order both. The beef was the incredibly tender, and the prime rib the best I have had in a long while. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We choose this cruise for Aruba port stop and the time of year, when most schools are open. We are trying to book cruises on RCI so we can accumulate points. We took a taxi from Miami airport we appreciated not having to go to a hotel for ... Read More
We choose this cruise for Aruba port stop and the time of year, when most schools are open. We are trying to book cruises on RCI so we can accumulate points. We took a taxi from Miami airport we appreciated not having to go to a hotel for the night and unpack. Ship departed from Miami at 5pm giving us plenty of time for checking in. The onboard process was smoother and quicker than previous cruise which departing from Fort Lauderdale. More checkin stations and just walk in service at 11:30am. Windjammer opened at 12noon. We hung out in the pool area enjoying the music until 1pm when rooms were ready. NOS was decorated for the holidays and everyone was in a festive spirit. Only a few school age children onboard this 9day cruise and families with infants & toddlers. Ship was full and seniors were the majority. Ship was quiet and deserted after midnight. Shows were enjoyable, especially the late night adult comedy shows. We only did 1 of the 2 formal nights using the my time dining option. We went to the Windjammer for meals. We enjoyed the trivia games and hubby went to casino once. We did RCI sightseeing panoramic excursions at each port. We only layed out on the beach at Labadee. RCI provided a fantastic beach side lunch on their island port of Labadee. Most relaxing cruise and great opportunity to meet people from all over the world. This was the first of two back-to-back cruises for us. Same ship and in same cabin, leaving Miami on 12/17 for 5day Western Carribean Cruise. Big difference in atmosphere from the first cruise. See that cruise review for details. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was a company plan trip. One of the stop we was Belize, and Belize my last visit was 15 years ago so say things has change is a understatement.... the port at Belize is small and you only have a small shopping area to shop at. If ... Read More
This was a company plan trip. One of the stop we was Belize, and Belize my last visit was 15 years ago so say things has change is a understatement.... the port at Belize is small and you only have a small shopping area to shop at. If you try to walk outside of the shopping area the security guard will stop you and advice you not to go into the area because it is not safe for tourist. So you are very limited on where you can shop at or areas you can visit. Now the ship the Navigator of the Seas. The ship was super, and was very clean. The staff at all areas was great and gave you all the time you may need in helping you or getting something for you. The food was some of the best we had on a cruise in a long time. Everything cook the way you like it and the taste was the best. Will sail again on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We were on the Fuccillo Kia “Cruise for Huge” promotional cruise. There were mom, son & daughter-in-law on the trip. Two ports of call, Belize and Cozumel. We went on one excursion in each port. On Belize we took the Wallace River ... Read More
We were on the Fuccillo Kia “Cruise for Huge” promotional cruise. There were mom, son & daughter-in-law on the trip. Two ports of call, Belize and Cozumel. We went on one excursion in each port. On Belize we took the Wallace River boat tour to the Altun Ha ruins. The ruins were awesome and took you back in time. Wednesday we went on a catamaran to snorkel and swim at the beach. The water in the Caribbean is fabulous. The color is so blue and clear. We had a great time. Guides were very knowledgeable. Food, stateroom, service, shopping, entertainment on the ship and excursions were wonderful and top of the line! The 5 days flew by. The entertainers were exceptional. The cruise line has the “people mover” down to a science. Embarking, luggage handling, food service, attendants. All were excellent. This is my third RC Cruise. We became with friends with many passengers. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My wife and I went on this cruise because we purchased a new Kia. This was my first cruise with Royal and it was outstanding. The ice skating show was out of this world, it was amazing how much they could do in such little space. ... Read More
My wife and I went on this cruise because we purchased a new Kia. This was my first cruise with Royal and it was outstanding. The ice skating show was out of this world, it was amazing how much they could do in such little space. Growing up in Florida, I have never had the chance to try ice skating for myself so it was great to be on such a wonderful cruise and learn to ice skate. As a Floridian, the artificial wave was a great hit for me. Learning how to ski and kneeboard without a rope was spectacular and exciting. The shows on the boat were also very unique. The dancers did a wonderful job with broadway style dancing that my wife and I greatly enjoyed. I believe my cruise with Royal greatly outdid my previous cruises with Carnival and I would recommend any avid "cruiser" to check out Royal ships and enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My husband and I initially chose this cruise for the timing and value and I'm glad we did. The embarkation was a little rough because the ship did not clear customs in a timely manor and there was a computer glitch. The lines were ... Read More
My husband and I initially chose this cruise for the timing and value and I'm glad we did. The embarkation was a little rough because the ship did not clear customs in a timely manor and there was a computer glitch. The lines were terrible! We were in line, outside for about 30 minutes and then again inside for about 15. I did feel that they were doing their best to get us on board but a bottle of cold water or a cool towel would have been appreciated! That is all the negatives I have about this cruise. The ship was wonderful and looked especially beautiful all decked out for Christmas. We chose an inside cabin and were pleased with the spaciousness and appointments. Our steward, Clive, was very helpful and efficient. Our cabin was always clean and well stocked. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer and were very satisfied with the variety and abundance of food. Dinner was always in the main dining room and we had the BEST server and assistant on board. Zuki and Gusti could not have been more eager to please. The meals were fabulous and the chef's choices were always the best. We went to the theater every night for the entertainment and were never disappointed. We loved ABC Islands and just did our own thing in every port. We usually do shore excursions and have never had a problem but this time was just lazy time in the sun and sand. Labadee was no exception. We chose to just hang out and be lazy. We would choose this itinerary again because the islands were so beautiful and the people so friendly. Royal Caribbean is a great line to travel. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Went on the navigator nov 24 to dec 03rd had read alot of bad reviews for this ship but management appears to have listened and made improvements. The ship itself was very clean and beautifully decorated. All the crew on board were ... Read More
Went on the navigator nov 24 to dec 03rd had read alot of bad reviews for this ship but management appears to have listened and made improvements. The ship itself was very clean and beautifully decorated. All the crew on board were friendly and geared towards you having a good experience. Hats off to cuddy the cruise director who was always present and so funny. The main headliner shows could use some improvement but were good all the other shows were fantastic. Ice skating show is a must see. We were a group of 17 women from canada and all had a great time. Our waiters at tables 407 and 408 radmir, ranjit hemanshu and luyao were exceptional and made our dining experience very pleasant. Radmir went over and beyond in paticular for 1 guest who is gluten and lactosse free. Overall would definitely sail again on this ship. Lots of activities and good pours throughout all the bars. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I was traveling with a group of people and we decided on this cruise when a longer cruise we were looking at became cost prohibitive. This cruise was a nice compromise, not too short and had several stops. it would have been nicer if ... Read More
I was traveling with a group of people and we decided on this cruise when a longer cruise we were looking at became cost prohibitive. This cruise was a nice compromise, not too short and had several stops. it would have been nicer if we were to have a full day in port - maybe be able to sample the night life as well. The dining room was excellent and the buffet had a nice wide selection. We had dinner at "Chops" one night - it was ok..but would not miss it if we skip next time. The food in the dining room was just as good. when we arrived on board, the air conditioning in my room and my sisters room was not working - we spoke to our room steward wh had it fixed before we left Miami - very impressive. Receiving small gifts for my first time made it special as well..fruit plate the first night..followed by a cheese plate..followed by a dessert plate were nice touches by the Hotel Manager (Sanjay - per business card attached). All in all it was a fun trip full of friendly helpful staff and yes, i would go again and recommend Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We took Navigator of the Seas in May, 2016 from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton . We had smooth sailing all the way so booked the cruise from Southampton to Miami for Nov., 2017. Although we had a great time, it wasn't smooth sailing ... Read More
We took Navigator of the Seas in May, 2016 from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton . We had smooth sailing all the way so booked the cruise from Southampton to Miami for Nov., 2017. Although we had a great time, it wasn't smooth sailing as the seas made up for what we didn't experience the first time. It was all good though as we met several very nice people from Scotland, Wales and England. I enjoyed the morning exercise class with Jenn as well as talking to Lynn and Too (she said "not one, not three but two). Sorry but I don't know correct spelling. Both ladies were fun to chat with before and after class. G who taught the line dance class was funny and patient. We had excellent service in the MDR from Elvis and Austin and our room attendant, Leo, did a great job with our cabin. We couldn't have asked for better service this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The ship was lovely and our balcony cabin was roomy and spotlessly clean. The choice and quality of food was excellent especially in the dining room where the service was second to none! We loved the different choices of ... Read More
The ship was lovely and our balcony cabin was roomy and spotlessly clean. The choice and quality of food was excellent especially in the dining room where the service was second to none! We loved the different choices of entertainment and was never at a loss for something to do even on the long journey accross the Atlantic . The staff on the Navigator of the Seas went over and above in their service to all on the cruise, nothing was too much trouble for them. Theiy are a credit to Royal Caribbean! We booked excursions in Boston and New York and found them to be informative and good value for money.. The only downside was Cape Canaveral where we thought we'd do our own thing and found there to be no buses or taxis at the port. We ended up staying on the ship that day. All in all we had a fabulous time. We ate too much drank lots of delicious cocktails and probably gained enough weight to wear the next size in clothing ......We was entertained pampered and made to feel that nothing was too much trouble.........just what the doctor ordered!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
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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