602 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Cruise was sold out, meaning there were lots of lines for most everything. Ship was the biggest one we've ever sailed on (10+ cruises). Had two rooms that weren't next to each other, which was our own fault for reserving rooms ... Read More
Cruise was sold out, meaning there were lots of lines for most everything. Ship was the biggest one we've ever sailed on (10+ cruises). Had two rooms that weren't next to each other, which was our own fault for reserving rooms rather late. We are cheap cruisers, so we don't ever use the spa or specialty restaurants. Pros: Wait staff (Radmir and Oleksii) were exceptional in main dining room. Our balcony room (8416) was the most forward one on the 8th floor, with a plexiglass window that looked forward. A very nice touch that made it seem less claustrophobic as a balcony. Room staff (Siri) was attentive and took great care of us. Food was great, loved the variety. The comedian the first two nights was very funny, as was the juggler. Embarkation was swift and well run, though to be honest, a guide thought we were diamond members so we got to stand in the shorter line. Cons: Our promenade room 7257 was small and very noisy on party nights. It was great for people watching, but was at the very end of the promenade, making it difficult to see the whole thing. Not much of a shore excursion selection as the cruise only had two shore days. We did go to a beach/mayan ruins excursion in cozumel, and got lucky as it was the only day where it was truly warm enough for the beach. Debarkation was slow, there were computer issues. We had to stand outside while they figured some stuff out, it was around 40 degrees in Miami that day so it was pretty uncomfortable. Not sure the terminal was at all heated. Would we go again? Probably not. I did enjoy the new years eve party, but it was pretty darn crowded, and not worth the extra money (it was an expensive sailing due to the NYE date) Many of our complaints/problems, though, were due to things beyond RC's control, like the weather and the fact that the earlier hurricane season had forced many cruises and cruisers to the western Caribbean vs the eastern one. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Overall, my wife and I enjoyed the cruise. Dining was consistently good, and our room was excellent except for 1 point. We had a junior suite (9330), but this was not 'suite enough' to be allowed into the suite lounge 30 feet ... Read More
Overall, my wife and I enjoyed the cruise. Dining was consistently good, and our room was excellent except for 1 point. We had a junior suite (9330), but this was not 'suite enough' to be allowed into the suite lounge 30 feet from our door (we chose our room specifically to be near this lounge). Why not call junior suites 'Big Rooms' instead and set expectations accordingly? The Captain's reception for the Platinum and above club members was a short performance (good) and a big sales pitch (not so good). They missed the opportunity to have a longer performance, a very short sales pitch, and have us tell people about how special we were treated, which would have incentivized others to achieve this level. The gym programs were very good – the spin classes were strong and well attended. Massage services were poor. Curacao was OK, and Aruba was a big honky tonk near the port with a poor island tour and was a waste of time and $. In all fairness to RC, we met people who were staying on Aruba in hotels, and they independently said they were disappointed as well. Entertainment, like most Royal Caribbean brands, was barely OK - they really should start licensing some shows and bring their game up a notch. Even better, let me Bluetooth my tablet to their TV. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
WE traveled here for the first time. Beautiful jungle experience. Had a minor hi cup with transportation. Guy didn't know where he was going missed the drop off by at least 10 miles and taxis had to come get us. All inclusive beach ... Read More
WE traveled here for the first time. Beautiful jungle experience. Had a minor hi cup with transportation. Guy didn't know where he was going missed the drop off by at least 10 miles and taxis had to come get us. All inclusive beach was beautiful and friendly staff but really disliked the walking harassing vendors waking me up from a nap to sell me crap! Really annoying!! If not for that I liked it better than Cozumel. The zip line/water park is amazing a lot of fun for family's and kids! Ship was nice but they did close the one pool on a sailing day. They also closed one or two hot tubs in the evening and ended up with lots of kids in the hot tub that was open and really ruined the night. Johnny Rockets was good, didnt know that you can eat as many burgers as you wanted and just pay a flat fee. I was scared to order anything because no one explained that to us. Other than that nice trip! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We mainly chose this cruise since we had not been in Bonaire before (all other ports of call we've visited before). SHORE EXCURSION: The best shore excursion on this cruise was the "Fun Beach Express, Sightseeing & ... Read More
We mainly chose this cruise since we had not been in Bonaire before (all other ports of call we've visited before). SHORE EXCURSION: The best shore excursion on this cruise was the "Fun Beach Express, Sightseeing & Snorkel" tour in Curacao. Our guide was Melissa and her driver was Cedric. Melissa was so pleasant and had a wealth of knowledge. Saw a lot & the bus was open-air, so taking pictures/videos was a breeze (pun intended). One thing to note - before you cruise: check out the shore excursions online. About 10 weeks prior to our sailing date, Royal Caribbean started offering 10-30% off if you booked the excursion prior to your sail date. Well worth it! DINING: We did find that crew must've been told to "push" for the Specialty Dining Package. I'm assuming they get commission, since we were almost tackled about this on every corner of the ship. We finally gave in and purchased a 3-dinner Specialty Dining package. The experience in the Chops Grille was fantastic and well worth the extra $. The Filet Mignon is grilled to perfection and everything from the service to the side dishes is a perfect complement. Truly makes for a special evening, so I do recommend that you visit Chops at least once during this cruise. We also visited Giovanni's Table - which I cannot recommend after our experience (service was lackluster and came with an "attitude", main entrees came out cold, etc.). We did not visit Sol (Mexican Specialty) as the menu only includes appetizer style food & enchiladas - something I can get in Southern California and certainly won't pay extra for. Our friends visited Izumi (Japanese/Sushi Specialty Restaurant). They went back twice, raving about the quality of the food. Note: if you go to Izumi, you will order "a la carte". Cover charge is $35 and you can order whatever you like, but after reaching $35 value of foods ordered you will pay a la carte price extra for each item you order. ENTERTAINMENT: Headliner shows were great and excellent variety, from Comedy to Singing (e.g. Las Vegas Tenors). Production Shows featured predominantly 70s & 80s music. Our cruise featured a professional ballroom couple from Ukraine - they have won several awards and rightfully so - they are spectacular to watch. They also hosted 1/2 hour dance lessons for all to attend (no cost) during the cruise, which was great and we enjoyed every lesson! The Ice Show was also fantastic - a must see - I still can't believe how these professional ice skaters make it look so easy on this tiny ice skating rink inside the ship, even when the ship is moving. Pure talent at work! SPA: booked a 50-minute Swedish massage prior to sailing (special discount). Was "upsold" to hot stone massage ($20 more). Massage & service overall was good and pleasant (although I do prefer the massage therapist at my Chiropractors office for therapeutic purposes; the Spa massage on the ship was more of a "feel good" activity than truly therapeutic). Afterwards, be aware that they will try to sell you about $150 worth of extras (sponges, ointments, free acupuncture consultation). It's ok to say no, but you might start seeing some of the smiles fade.... ONBOARD: if you are looking for a quiet place to read a book, look for Deck 13 on the front of the ship. Hundreds of free chaise loungers and plenty of space. If you are looking for activities, be near to the pool area. Sports Deck offers lots of variety (FlowRider, MiniGolf, RockClimbing, Basketball, Table Tennis). Ice Skating Rink is also open during sea days (bring long pants if you want to try this out!). They do play major picture movies on the big screen by the pool area. During the day, fun "failarmy" videos are being played for general entertainment. CREW: very friendly, extremely helpful; cruise director staff was excellent and offered lots of fun activities during sea days; service in main dining room and Windjammer Buffet was excellent, as was the quality of the food itself. OVERALL: I would definitely recommend this cruise and would go again (but book a different cabin - see my comments under Cabin details below). I've been on about 12 cruises and although I've tried other cruise lines, keep coming back to Royal Caribbean due to value & quality. Navigator is a very clean ship & great size (140,000 ton, Voyager class). Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The cabin was an inside stateroom. It was a great size for me and my traveling companion. The food at Chops Grille and main dining room were excellent. The ship had pretty good activities onboard. There is an ice skating rink, miniature ... Read More
The cabin was an inside stateroom. It was a great size for me and my traveling companion. The food at Chops Grille and main dining room were excellent. The ship had pretty good activities onboard. There is an ice skating rink, miniature golf, rock climbing and more. The Dragon Tail coaster in Labadee was amazing! It was a great adrenaline rush. Curacao was nice. We did a private excursion to see the island and enjoyed it! Bonaire seemed to be scarce of excursion activity. The town market was nice. There were lots of handmade crafted items sold. The beaches seemed further than just walking distance. I did however enjoy this nice lunch spot called Julians. The food was a great price and tasty. In Aruba I did an ATV exscursion with Kini Kini tours which was an adventure itself. Definitely not for beginners. The ports were easy to get in/out. The mango daiquiri onboard was amazing! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Navigator of the Sea or Carnival/Southern Caribbean 9 day cruise I have traveled 4 times with Carnival and once on Royal Caribbean. My husband and I are in our early 60’s and work full time. We like to cruise a couple times a year ... Read More
Navigator of the Sea or Carnival/Southern Caribbean 9 day cruise I have traveled 4 times with Carnival and once on Royal Caribbean. My husband and I are in our early 60’s and work full time. We like to cruise a couple times a year and pick cruises from 8- 10 days in length. We chose this RC trip due to the dates and itinerary. We don’t drink but do buy the Wi-Fi package. The following are my observations: PROS for Navigator of the Sea, Royal Caribbean: Fast loading on the ship, virtually no lines. Better and healthier food selection from the buffet (Windjammer) better than Carnival’s buffet. Quiet at night after 9:30pm (not much to do – possibly a pro or a con). We took a Lyft and it was fast and cheap from FLL to Port of Miami. Wi-Fi was good but slower at busy times. CONS for Navigator of the Sea, Royal Caribbean: They over sold the early dining and any-time dining by about 200 people! Cruisers had confirmation for early or any-time dining but were told after going on the ship they would be eating at 8:30pm. Perhaps a deal breaker if they were told earlier. Not a professional way to conduct business. RC over packed the early dining so all but 90 cruisers were able to eat at their desired time. The waiters were run to death and even upper management tried to help out during the early dining – mass confusion! I truly felt upset for the waiters who were doing their best but with too many cruisers-not a good situation for the employees or cruisers. The food in the sit down dining room (Sapphire) on RC was NOT as good as the Carnival line. We experienced lack of flavor except for the fish dishes, which were very fishy. The texture for many dishes was mushy even the fried entrées. Carnival wins hands down for its formal dining room experience and quality of food in their formal dining area. The buffet on Carnival was not as good or healthy as RC ‘s buffet but I did love the other stations offered on the Carnival (Guys Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina etc. and they were free!). This is not an option on the RC. RC has additional areas to dine (with spending additional money) but I did not try these and did not notice any lines for these venues. Carnival has much better entertainment and more of it! So I think if you want to only eat at the buffet and go to bed early the RC is a great choice, but if you enjoy formal dining (and want to received the time selected) and want to enjoy the entertainment choose Carnival. I hope to cruise the Panama Canal next and will use Carnival or Princess. Carnival also had cute towel animals on your bed at night and this only happened a couple of times on RC. Not a problem for us but a nice touch. Age was a mix on Carnival and tended to be an older group on Royal Caribbean. There is a library and game/card room on RC but never had the time to find it on the Caribbean cruises I have been on. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Was on Navigator week of Dec 8-17th. Although well maintained the ship is showing her age. Some of the seats in the theatre and Studio B are well worn. Saw some loungers on the pool deck broken. Food in main dinnng room was ok as well as ... Read More
Was on Navigator week of Dec 8-17th. Although well maintained the ship is showing her age. Some of the seats in the theatre and Studio B are well worn. Saw some loungers on the pool deck broken. Food in main dinnng room was ok as well as the Windjammer but service as excellent. Had a very attentive room Stewart who called us every second day if she didn’t see us to check if we needed anything. Did an ship excursion Highlights of Bonaire that was complete disappointment.sat on a bus for 2 1/2 hrs.while we drove around the island allowed off only to buy drinks and pay to use washroom and to view slave huts. The rest of the time we took pictures thru windows of bus of flamingos and salt hills. Loved Cuddy and Claire of the cruise director and assistant. Found the production shows and the ice show to be average. Really liked the musicians who played around the ship and the comedians. As always the Quest was very funny and enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose his cruise for the southern caribbean itinerary. We always enjoy the Dutch islands.and seldom get to visit them. Navigator is an older ship but still offers an excellent cruise experience minus the latest bells and whistles. Our ... Read More
We chose his cruise for the southern caribbean itinerary. We always enjoy the Dutch islands.and seldom get to visit them. Navigator is an older ship but still offers an excellent cruise experience minus the latest bells and whistles. Our superior balcony room was in very good condition. Overall, the ship has a worn look. That is not a big negative, but competition is stiff, and the flaws show.. Entertainment was generally good, but, again, they cannot compete with the mega ships. The MDR food is satisfactory, but only satisfactory. They seem to be cutting back .Service, on the other hand, was outstanding! Our waiters and head waiter were among the best we have ever encountered.The windjammer seemed to be a bit improved in our opinion. We ate in two of the specialty restaurants. Giovannis was very good in terms of food and service. Sabor, on the other hand was a disappointment. The service was very good, but food quality left a lot to be desired, and at that price, it was a total rip off. We are crown and Anchor diamond plus, and thoroughly enjoyed the club rooms, happy hours and special events.. We recommend this ship and itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Navigator of the Seas; 9-day Nov 24 – Dec 4 (Labadee, Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba). We are in our very early 60’s and still working. We’ve taken about 25 to 30 cruises, around 10 with RCCL over about the past 20 years. ... Read More
Navigator of the Seas; 9-day Nov 24 – Dec 4 (Labadee, Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba). We are in our very early 60’s and still working. We’ve taken about 25 to 30 cruises, around 10 with RCCL over about the past 20 years. Embarkation: D- This was the second worst embarkation we’ve had. We had stayed at a local hotel and took their shuttle to the pier in Miami. When we got there about 11:30 the place was pandemonium and the porter that took our bags was particularly in-your-face about getting a tip. Then there were problems clearing the ship so people entering the terminal kept getting packed in tighter and tighter. It became extremely crowded (claustrophobic) to the point people could not move from their spot. It was like being on a subway/metro train at rush hour (think NY/DC). One of the RCCL folks working in the terminal said this was the worst embarkation experience she’d ever seen. What was worse is the people that had checked in, lined up by escalators in front of the line for people needing wheelchairs and such, completely blocking their ability to check in or move. Finally, RCCL started letting people board around 1:00. There never was an explanation of what the delay was. Debarkation: B It was a breeze. Waited in promenade and when they called our number, we walked off. No lines. Luggage easy to find and retrieve and then we just walked out of the terminal. Easy peasy…until you get outside and try to find your transportation. Super crowded and confusing. Someone made a comment that the ships keep getting bigger (more passengers) and the terminals cannot smoothly handle the crowds. People were jockeying to find their transport vehicles, horns honking, vehicles triple parked. We waited an hour for ours. We stayed at a hotel (Holiday Inn Express Doral) about 20 minutes away the night before the cruise and we were able to leave our car there for no charge. They offer this as a package for cruisers. Decent free breakfast and in a nice section of town (clean and newer) with a Coopers Hawk Winery and Restaurant a three-minute walk away plus other restaurants. We ate at Coopers Hawk the night before the cruise. We really like that place and their wines. Cabin: B+ Cabin 1694 junior suite rear-facing. Very spacious and large balcony with two padded lounge chairs with a small round table and two regular chairs with a bigger and taller table for dining. Right wall of balcony as you face the ocean was solid metal and the left wall was opaque plastic with an opening about 4 inches wide which diminished privacy. The opening was adjacent to sliding glass doors. Even though the back of the ship was sloped, no one can look down onto this balcony because the Windjammer eating area is right above completely covering the balcony. But we could look down to all other balconies below our cabin. Something to consider if privacy is important and you want a rear-facing cabin. From the size of both the room and balcony, this is a great cabin. Reviews on these cabins right below the eating area did not indicate a noise problem from breakfast. However, we heard noise (furniture being dragged and banging) from above our cabin every night between 2:00am to 3:00am when the crew was cleaning and moving furniture in the Windjammer. The area in the Windjammer is carpeted too! Never heard passengers, just crew in the middle of the night. It was not bad enough to make me regret booking this cabin, but was for my husband. The few nights we called and asked for the crew to not be so heavy-handed resulted in them offering us a sizable credit towards a future cruise which was totally unexpected. One night when we called, we were told there was a leak that required pulling up of the carpet and that night it was especially noisy. This is DEFINITELY something to consider if noises in the middle of the night wakes you up. The beds were hard and we asked upon embarkation for some egg-crate foam to be put on the bed. They didn’t have any but put another comforter that goes in the duvet on top of the mattress. It was minimally helpful but still the bed was hard. This is the first cruise of any we have been on that egg crate was not available. Not enough outlets for charging electronics. Nothing by the bed. RCCL needs to update this as so many people travel with multiple electronic devices these days. Even the in-cabin coffee maker had to be moved to an outlet from its minimally functional wall table. The safe was at eye level small but was small. I was barely able to fit in my IPad 9.7. The closet is a walk-in, big enough for me to get dressed in as I am an early riser and my husband isn’t. LOTS of storage - didn’t even use some of the drawers. There is a small drip coffee maker in room that I used to heat water. We brought Starbucks instant coffee packets (good price at Costco) as the coffee served on board is utterly horrible. Plus I didn’t have the leave the cabin to have that first cup of morning coffee. The brand of TV in the cabin is a Samsung and not an LG. My husband wanted me to report this because several bloggers were talking about how to hook up video devices to the TV. Some reported that the TVs were LG brand and if you bring an LG remote from home, you could use it to activate the HDMI input ports. However the brand of the TV in our cabin was Samsung so the remote we brought didn’t work. Fortunately we found that channel 3 received input from HDMI port #1. Unfortunately our ROKU stick would not connect properly to the ship’s WiFi due to a nonstandard login sequence and we did not have an AV adaptor for our iPad. But the iPad would probably have worked to stream video. I have no idea what all this means as my husband dictated this info and I typed it into this review. There is no movie channel but you can purchase them for about $12 each. Only American current news channel is FOX but I did also see CNN doing international news that included US news and special series. Main Dining Room: Service A+, Food A to C Our waiter and assistant waiter were excellent, much better than the specialty restaurants. Attentive and always had our preferred items within moments of sitting down (iced teas and lemons). We sat in a quiet area on the top level at the window with a wall right behind our table (#620). I say this because my husband is hard-of-hearing in noisy environments and the noise level here was low enough for us to talk. Food was always nicely prepared and presented but not all the meals were to our personal taste which is typical for everyone who cruises. I will tell you though that the mushroom soup served in the dining room was excellent. Husband had lunch in main dining room one sea day and he thought it was a great experience. I wished I had tried it too but did not feel well that day. Oh, try the pesto salad dressing. Excellent. Actually not sure if is primarily a salad dressing as the Italian restaurant served it with an appetizer but did not offer it as a dressing when asked. Even could use as a dip for bread. Windjammer: Service B, Food B Typical buffet for a cruise. No complaints. Seemed crowded most mornings. Ate here for breakfast and sometimes to grab a snack around lunchtime. Lots of variety. Oh, this is the only ship I’ve been on where I could get fried eggs well done without them coming out dark, crispy and rubbery. Very pleased with this as I loaded up on protein in the mornings. Also tasted the mushroom soup served here one evening and again it was excellent. Not sure what’s going on with Chops where it was really terrible. Chops Grill: Service D, Food D This was our most disappointing meal of the entire cruise. Service was harried and the food wasn’t good. Our steaks were overcooked and not only at our table but also at our neighbors table. No one came by to refill iced tea even when our glasses were empty and catching the waiter was hard. However, they made multiple attempts to keep refilling our wine glasses. The steaks did not seem prime. My husband’s filet had a bit of gristle. We had a much better steak at Coopers Hawk the previous week. We’ve also had much better steak on other cruise ships and lines. Certainly nowhere near a Morton’s or Ruth’s Chris. The cream of mushroom soup tasted like pureed raw mushrooms - not at all buttery and not good at all. After a few spoons, I stopped. The restaurant manager tried to talk us into giving chops a second chance (we declined) but after we left I realized I did by having them recook my steak and it was still dry. Plus when they took my plate away with the sides on it, they were not replaced when the new steak was served. I would have asked the waiter to replace the sides but he was super busy and was not able to be as attentive as we would have expected from this premium dining venue. Our assistant waiter in the main dining room told us they only have waiters and no assistant waiters in the specialty restaurants which could explain the harried and inattentive service. Giovanni’s: Service B-, Food A- We ordered the steak and it was fabulous. Juicy, tender and not over cooked. As a matter of fact it was a bit under cooked for my taste but way better than Chops. So if you want a steak, skip the steakhouse and go Italian. We ran into the folks we sat next to in Chops and they also said the food in Giovanni’s was much better. Again, no assistant waiters so service not as attentive and could explain the somewhat brisk service by our waiter. We also talked to another crew member in restaurant management and that person validated our observation about the steaks being much better in Giovanni’s. Service was haphazard. In an Italian restaurant one expects to receive the antipasto course, followed by the pasta course, then the main entrée. The waiter brought out the main entrée before the pasta, then when we asked, brought it all at once. Izumi: Service A, Food B+ This Asian restaurant really excelled in ambiance, location and food. It is located at the top of the ship with large sloping windows looking out over the ocean and over the ship (pretty at nights when the ship’s lights come on). Sunset was beautiful from this view. Service was great. Emily our server was patient in explaining the menu. Seaweed salad was great as was many other items we tried. Also enjoyed sesame balls with plum sauce for dessert. Really a very pleasant evening that felt upscale. The highlight of all our dining experiences on board. About half way through the cruise they offered a 20% discount at this restaurant which cannot be combined with the dining package, which we had. Jump on it if you can. We wished we had not waited until towards the end of cruise to try this restaurant and would have loved a second meal here, especially instead of going to Chops. Sabors: Location D (didn’t eat there) Having grown up in Texas, my husband was eager to try Sabors. However, we opted out after we saw where it is – right outside the casino and seemed like a dark hole of a dining room (no windows). We went to see it around the peak dinner hour and they only had two occupied tables. Entertainment: B For the shows, the ship offers hearing-assist devices provided at the guest services desk. They also provide headphones for the devices (with no ear pads) but any headphones including ear buds would work. Just make sure they have fresh batteries when you pick them up as the one we checked out died halfway through a really good show. Saw ice show and it was entertaining. Should catch it if you’ve never seen one at sea on other RCCL ships. Husband saw ventriloquist and he laughed a lot. He thought the guy was very talented and hysterical. Pub singer is a fantastic guitarist and a lot of fun. One of the male performers who sings in shows joined him in the pub one evening and they seemed to have a great time performing impromptu together and the cruisers loved it. A definite highlight. Saw the show with Motown group Horizons and they were very entertaining. High energy, talented and interacted with the audience quite a bit. Also had a sense of humor. I don’t usually go to shows but my better half talked me into this one and I enjoyed it. Movies are shown on the jumbotron at the pool, but times were not convenient and the movies were ones we never heard of. Very few people watched movies at night on deck as it seemed difficult to get an unobstructed view of the screen. For us, it was very noticeable they had a lack of dancing venues. And they played very short sets when you could find a band that played music you could dance to. Just when they got the crowd up and dancing, they’d stop. Really frustrating for lots of folks. One band was particularly bad (I think it was named Sea Wind). The other that usually played island tunes at the pool was much better. Misc info: Prices changed as of November 1 now 18% gratuity tacked on to price of dining and beverage packages. Ten drink card is now $88 plus 18% gratuity and was offered the third day into cruise. The last days of the cruise they dropped the price to $75. Also, gratuity is now added to dining packages, which we avoided by pre-booking. They served the same beer everywhere on ship except in pub where there are pale ales. Pizza is pretty good but too heavy on cheese for me. Lookout to bridge is right outside the fitness center windows. Very cool. The ship seemed somewhat crowded but was told that previous week there were 600 more passengers. That was Thanksgiving week and I wonder if it was from families with kids in same cabin as this cruise was reportedly sold out. Curacao. Did 2 excursions through ship. A morning trolley tour and an evening walking tour to include the city Christmas lights. Both were disappointing. Trolley tour started with nine of us crammed into a mini bus taxi and driven about 15 minutes to the open air trolley. It was difficult to understand the driver due to noise and not being familiar with the accent. Actual trolley tour was OK with some interesting historical and architectural facts presented. But a lot of this was repeated on the walking tour. Our bad for not realizing that they could be highly redundant. Afterwards we walked around and bought some Curaçao liquor including Tamarind flavored which was just released in March and evidently is in high demand as we found many places that were out of it. Supposedly it is limited release and not being exported. One little shop close to the boat had some and their price was only slightly higher than downtown merchants. Walking tour started off great and the Christmas lights, set up in September, should not be missed. However tour guide did not want to use her mic and did not have a flag or something else she could hold up so we could identify and follow her, especially as it got dark. Some of us got separated from her about three quarters into the tour. One young Italian girl who was by herself on the tour recognized us and latched on as she also got separated and quite honestly was scared to be alone and to get back to the ship by herself. Poor thing. She stayed with us. The guide was at the entry gate back by the ship and was relieved to see us and asked us to tell the ship people we were the last ones so evidently others lost track of her as well. Not good. Next time we visit we will take a tour of the distillery and snorkel which others reported as terrific especially at Playa Lagoon. Another couple we met rented an Avis car right next to where the boat docks. It was $50 for the day and they raved about a National Park and snorkeling at Playa Lagoon. Some folks who attempted a tour of the distillery said it was not up and running so it was disappointing. I guess it’s best to find out ahead of time. Bonaire We took the ship’s excursion Glass bottom kayak with snorkeling tour and thought it was great. We kayaked a little less than one mile each way to the snorkeling site. Maybe there were a dozen kayaks total with 2 per kayak. We took our own snorkels, fins and vests. The tour provides all these items except the fins because they don’t want the coral to be damaged. So we had to be extra careful but were able to use them appropriately as experienced snorkelers. I guess they don’t want those without experience using fins and I get that. Snorkeling was terrific and I saw fish and coral I have not seen anywhere else in the Pacific, Gulf, or Caribbean. Tour operators were great, patient, helpful and courteous. A total of four of them were with us throughout the entire excursion. A definite recommend - KAYAK TOURS BONAIRE. You can see pics on their FB page. Oh, Bonaire beaches are very rocky with broken coral and I strongly recommend beach shoes or suffer the pain of trying to get in and out of the water barefooted. Aruba Took a tourist bus to Eagle Beach about a 10 to 15 minute drive ($5 per person each way. Taxi is $14 each way and you pay by trip not by number of passengers). Rented two lounge chairs with an umbrella for $20 total. Was supposed to be $30 but asked for a lesser charge as we were only going to be there less than 2 hours. In that heat and sun, especially after being in the sun all yesterday afternoon in Bonaire, that was about right for us. Beach has soft sand. Great for just hanging out in the water. It’s a very Long Beach and popular but it did not feel crowded at all. No rocks and beautiful aqua water that was very clear. Took the free trolley to downtown shopping and bought a few things and had some ice cream and a local pastry. Trolley is very pleasant and some are double-decker but could be too sunny for those on top in the middle of the day. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Our cruise aboard Navigator was prefaced with a 5-night stay on Miami Beach. We enjoyed the time exploring this area of Florida and the location within walking distance of many restaurants and attractions could not have been better. A ... Read More
Our cruise aboard Navigator was prefaced with a 5-night stay on Miami Beach. We enjoyed the time exploring this area of Florida and the location within walking distance of many restaurants and attractions could not have been better. A short Uber ride brought us to the Miami Cruise port and as a first time Platinum cruiser, we were allowed to be seated to await boarding. Embarkation went smoothly and we were on the ship by 11:30 p.m. and eating lunch in the Windjammer. We booked this cruise in October of 2016 for a November 2017 sailing and picked a deluxe ocean view cabin on the "hump" on deck 8 (8318). The cabin was very cozy with plenty of storage space for us. The bathroom was typical for a balcony room and did have the glass sliding doors. The air conditioning and all other amenities worked well. The ship felt full on this holiday sailing, many families and lots of noise, even in the Solarium. Food in the Windjammer was just ok but the MDR was much better. We also tried a couple specialty restaurants: Chops and Sabor, Sabor came out ahead of Chops. We felt that the steak in the MDR was just as good. What made Sabor a bit better was the atmosphere. We really enjoyed the decor and lighting here and because we ate here on Thanksgiving evening, we finally found a quiet space. Service on NOS was just as good as all other RCCL ships we have sailed. Our cabin attendant knew just the right amount of service we required. We don' like to be overly pampered and he made sure we weren't bothered. We ported at Costa Maya and Cozumel and had private excursions booked for both which made each port a fantastic stay. We reserved Maya Chan, an All-Inclusive Beach stay for the second time, and it was as good as our first visit. We also booked Omar's Volkswagen Buggy tour of Cozumel through Cozumel Cruise Excursions by Island Marketing and this was also fabulous. Of course the weather helped by being sunny and warm each day of our cruise. We, however, will probably not do a holiday cruise again and will probably not sail Navigator as we prefer the newer ships with more upscale entertainment. I will also not sail out of Port Miami again until the new Royal Terminal is complete. We had a 45-minute wait during disembarkation because of the backlog of passengers through customs and also were delayed 1 hour getting off the ship. This again could have been due to a Holiday sailing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This cruise was our first with Royal Caribbean... It was wonderful.. We had a Balcony and the air conditioning had a problem and after 4 hours and 4 men , my husband called guest services and told them we needed to be moved and they ... Read More
This cruise was our first with Royal Caribbean... It was wonderful.. We had a Balcony and the air conditioning had a problem and after 4 hours and 4 men , my husband called guest services and told them we needed to be moved and they figured the problem out very quick...they have connector in the balcony door that was not connecting...the air will not turn on unless it does..they had to adjust the door and never another problem. We loved the food , the pools the only thing will NEVER do again is Costa Maya...it was just ok and once you have been there you have seen it all.. The food was fantastic and we ate ONLY in the dinning room. the drink package was great for all of the water i ate.. The tour to Tulum was Spot on and the coach was great and so was our guide.... Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise because the other (Jewel) transatlantic 's destination was Puerto Rico. We were stuck with the dates. Entertainment during the long cold crossing was far below our expectations. Nothing at all of intrest. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the other (Jewel) transatlantic 's destination was Puerto Rico. We were stuck with the dates. Entertainment during the long cold crossing was far below our expectations. Nothing at all of intrest. We appreciated the ice skating show and some evening events. Not all. By far The television showed the same programs on and on... Day by day. Library was almost empty. But....there was a movie shown on the deck every evening....in the Northern Atlantic in November !!!! Not a soul watching but still....every evening There were two or three sunny days. That gave work to the three life-savers in full red regalia standing watch over empty pools. Public spaces were overcrowded since no one could sit outside. We recommend the two waiters of the concierge lounge. Chop's grill was the worst. An example of total incompetence. On two occasions we abandoned our table there to revert to the main sell-service restaurant Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose the Navigator for a change as it was visiting Boston, where we had never been, and overnighting in New York. We have completed many Transatlantics on board Independence and Queen Mary 2 as it’s a convenient way to get to and ... Read More
We chose the Navigator for a change as it was visiting Boston, where we had never been, and overnighting in New York. We have completed many Transatlantics on board Independence and Queen Mary 2 as it’s a convenient way to get to and from Florida. Boarding at Southampton was extremely quick and easy and we were very pleased with our cabin, 9500, which is an enormous family stateroom directly under the bridge so it has a fantastic view. The ship is very nice, just a shortened version of Independence, and the Royal Caribbean ships are the easiest to find your way around with the Royal Promenade in the middle and stairs/lifts at each end. It is however looking a bit ragged around the edges and dated now. There are a lot of gapping carpets in the corridors, chipped paint on the bunk beds in our cabin and the bathroom was quite marked around the shower, in the cupboards etc. It looks in need of a refresh. Everything else was clean and well maintained considering it’s age. We decided to try a 3 speciality dining experience for a change, starting with the Galley Brunch with bottomless sparkling wine; very well presented with an interesting tour of the galley. We made our next trip lunch in Chops which was very disappointing, there is no real ambience in there, not helped by the disappearance of all the fresh flowers in the last couple of years on the line. The restaurant is fairly featureless and the “gigantic “ prawn cocktail arrived with 5 average sized prawns sitting on a pile of ice. Mushroom soup was excellent as were the steaks however the only choice of vegetables was asparagus. After asking for green beans they took more than 10 minutes after the steak was served to arrive. Dessert choice was small but gigantic portions and then staff just seemed to disappear. When we informed the customer service desk that we wanted a refund for the remaining meal the manager of Chops contacted us to apologise and asked us to go back for an evening meal, which we did on the second New York night and were very impressed. The manager was extremely pleasant and helpful and a credit to the company.It was completely different, very good service and all the food up to standard. We then went to Giovannis Italian restaurant for lunch which was faultless, great service and an extensive tasty menu almost the same during the day as at night. These speciality restaurants need to be kept special to justify charging upwards of $25 per head, the meal and service should be even better than the dining room and smart casual dress code observed, also not great to see Pinnacle passengers wandering around with bowls of food from the Windjammer in there! Entertainment and activities were plentiful as always, the daily progressive trivia was disappointing compared to the others we have done in the past, squashed into the Cosmopolitan bar and more like an ordinary trivia. Joff and indeed Jamie on Independence have raised it to cult status with 60 plus teams on all our other crossings. Dining room was excellent in the evenings, slow and disorganised at breakfast and lunch often the same on previous trips. Overall the cruise was very enjoyable but very marred when it came to the immigration process in Boston and disembarkation. We had lots of letters to the stateroom detailing how we were to queue at Boston, including pictures of all the muster stations on cabin cards and allotted times. This letter told us to queue at 6.30am, first in line, two evenings before. The next night another lettter moved it to 6am then the night before it was announced as 6.30 again...I had also booked an early shore excursion having experienced people stuck onboard till 3pm the year before in St Thomas. We went to queue at the correct time of 6.15 to find we joined it at the Star Lounge, the entire length of the ship, when it should only have been people from our muster station there. No one in authority was there to police the line or offer any advice until the Cruise Director told people to go to breakfast more than an hour after we had been standing there. We stood for two hours. There was a system in place and no one bothered to implement it. Total chaos and most of our subsequent walking tour left early as we simply didn’t want to walk or stand any longer. The same thing happens every year and it is not simply immigration’s fault, Royal Caribbean need to organise things from the start and stick to a plan. I ate breakfast in the queue, many people had none. Our early disembarkation (at Port Canaveral for Orlando) was even more of a fiasco. Having paid upfront to get off a day early (yes, really) I spent the next few weeks attempting to confirm that we could stay on the ship most of our last day then pick up our hire car at 3pm when I had booked it. The main desk could only say we would probably get a letter, then a meeting was arranged, bizarrely involving a lot of senior crew and sparkling wine which descended into chaos when we were informed everyone would have to carry off their own luggage. This didn’t bother us but some people had 6+ bags for several months! We were then told that we could stay on board until 3. This changed again the next day when we got back to our cabin at 5pm to a letter saying we must be off by 9am the following morning. To cut an extremely long story short, after arguing with crew about them paying any extra charge for our car hire as we would be so early, let alone missing the whole day onboard, we were escorted off last. If I had been told from the outset that problems can occur with customs and immigration due to early disembarkation I would have planned to get off first thing and booked a car accordingly. I had no information whatsoever from the company and also met many passengers who were getting off early and had not informed or paid RCI in advance. Boston was lovely but spoilt by the disorganisation, New York was fantastic and mooring at Hells Kitchen meant just a 20 minute walk to Times Square enabling a trip to see Chicago the first night. I would make the trip again but not necessarily on Royal Caribbean due to their attitude to giving the relevant information needed for going ashore. We have only learnt through bad experience how to organise ourselves and it spoils the overall cruise. 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Sail Date November 2017
We had cruised with Royal Caribbean before and liked the friendly, relaxed atmosphere on board. I agree with another post that the food in the Main Dining Room was not as nice or varied as it was last year so we ate in the Windjammer ... Read More
We had cruised with Royal Caribbean before and liked the friendly, relaxed atmosphere on board. I agree with another post that the food in the Main Dining Room was not as nice or varied as it was last year so we ate in the Windjammer most nights and that was fine and always possible to find something we liked. We try and avoid School Holidays but still there were lots of children aboard. As much as I like children, our main moan is that there is no where to get away from them. The kids have their own club, as do the teenagers but none of the bars on board are adults only (even when a curfew of 10pm is given in the Cruise Compass) I do object to listen to tired children whining at 11 o'clock at night when I am trying to enjoy a quiet drink. The entertainment on the Main promenade was exactly the same as when we last cruised 18 months ago which was a little disappointing and some of the shows (Darren Day) was also the same.The ports were lovely and we found the sun and generally had a relaxing time! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Just returned from an excellent family cruise around the Canary Islands. We were a group of 6 adults and one very young child occupying three staterooms No. 8368 a port side aft balcony, No. 8690 an aft balcony and No. 1655 an internal ... Read More
Just returned from an excellent family cruise around the Canary Islands. We were a group of 6 adults and one very young child occupying three staterooms No. 8368 a port side aft balcony, No. 8690 an aft balcony and No. 1655 an internal virtual Balcony. The port side balcony was very roomy with a 4 seat couch. The aft balcony stateroom was rather restricted in size for the 2 adults and a small child in a cot. The virtual balcony stateroom was more like a broom cupboard with room only for a bed and one chair. Due to a slight mix upin our transport arrangements to the Southampton cruise terminal, we arrived rather early at around 10:30hrs. Much to our surprise and delight we were ushered immediately through both security and the check in process and were on board the Navigator by 10:45hrs. My wife and I settled down in the Solarium while the others charged around the almost deserted ship. The staterooms were opened up on schedule at 13:00hrs and our luggage was delivered around 14:30, an Ideal start to any cruise. The required safety drill was held at 16:30 and we set off soon after on our way down the Solent and into the English channel. Ports of Call: Apart from Gran Canary the time scheduled in the various ports was rather limited, which was a bit annoying. I assume these timings were fixed to reduce the very costly consumption of ships fuel when travelling at max speed and not for our benefit. We managed to walk into each of the ports taking between 20 to 30 minutes to do so. At this time of the year, with the temperatures around 23C it made for a very pleasant and easy walk. Entertainment: We watched the majority of the shows and there were some very good acts and some average. The RCL singers and band put on an excellent performance on one occasion, simply singing well know musical numbers. The slightly different ventriloquist and the string quartet acts were excellent. The Ice show as normal was superb; ice dancing on a moving ship has to be classed as very impressive. There were lots of organised quizzes and music playing around the ship so overall I would say it was good value for the money. Have to mention we were not too overly impressed by the cruise director; her rapport with the audience at the shows etc. was rather limited. Dinning Food and Beverage. Very pleased to report, that the Windjammer on the Navigator we consider to be the best in the fleet. “The Hot food was kept hot” and “The cold food cold” we have done numerous cruises with RCL where the windjammer food was served lukewarm. There was also a noticeable change in the variety of food served and with more British style dishes on offer and also in the quality which we though was much improved. Fully agree with many reviewers if you go in the windjammer at the peak times it is occasionally very hard to find an empty table. We avoid this issue by going in either early or later and avoid the busy peak times at breakfast and lunch. The food in the main dinning room was much of an RCL standard and both our waiters Chetan and Wilson were excellent, with no request for changes or additions being too difficult for them to achieve. I can never fully understand some cruise reviews where there are complaints about insufficient quantity, when all you have to do is ask for more…… Two of our party had a full drinks package, two had a soft drinks package and we had the loyalty free drinks a plenty in the evening and a coffee package. Our grandson stuck with his formula milk…. Various points: The normal hard sell to upgrade or buy RCL packages was in evidence but thankfully was not quite so pronounced or long lasting as we have experienced on previous RCL cruises. The ship appeared to be in very good and clean condition, having been I believe recently refurbished. The photo prices and ship booked excursions are now so costly, we seldom purchase either. Our stateroom safe proved somewhat temperamental from day one and failed completely on day three. This was removed from our stateroom for service but regrettably no immediate replacement was a available. From anecdotal evidence I believe there were issues with quite a number of safes. We were offered use of a safe deposit box in the customer relations office however that would hardly have been convenient to use on a regular basis. There would appear to be very little in the way of onboard services for the under 1 year olds. This despite having to pay almost full price fare and be expected to pay full gratuities…. In respect of gratuities, we along with many many others removed our auto gratuities on the first day. There appeared to be pages of people doing this. After years of paying full rate gratuities, cruise after cruise, we have decided to stop doing so. We gave tips to every person who served us a beverage, also to our stateroom attendant to our MD waiters and a couple of servers in the windjammer who we got to know. Having gone up from a reasonable 6$ to 14$, it is just not on. It is now long past time the various cruise companies to pay improved wages to all their staff and not rely on gratuities to compensate for low wages. Sad to say we encountered quite a few drunken passengers this cruise, who as well as being unable to hold their liquor were unable to control their foul mouthed language. Acceptable this may be in in some places but most certainly not on a family cruise ship, it is not pleasant to see people staggering around, cursing and swearing. Never did hear the fate of Mr and Mrs Thomson of Deck 5 who sadly missed the ship sailing from port, mid cruise. 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Sail Date October 2017
A good 2nd RC cruise, generally. The ship is lovely; there's lots to do. The food is great, the staterooms nice and the staff/service are amazing. Sadly it's getting quite Butlins. For the price, it's less swish and ... Read More
A good 2nd RC cruise, generally. The ship is lovely; there's lots to do. The food is great, the staterooms nice and the staff/service are amazing. Sadly it's getting quite Butlins. For the price, it's less swish and luxurious than you'd imagine, especially compared to other lines. Whilst it was fun, it was over-crowded, and quite ropey in-parts, where activities/entertainment were aimed at families/young children. It was quite low-brow and populist; endless Bingo and Karaoke, people going to dinner in hoodies/tracksuits. There were children everywhere, and this was encouraged by nature of the activities/entertainment. It felt more like a holiday-camp than a nice, posh cruise, which seems a shame, given it's marketed as a luxury. Also, facilities couldn't accommodate the number of passengers. The Windjammer was over-capacity, bars were full; you couldn't find a seat anywhere. Too many people packed-on without thought of how they would spend their time on-board. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
R ecommended by others! They are cruiser experts! Entertainment and activities were great for our extended family! The staff were always friendly and happy whoever and wherever you went! The ship as clean and bright. Stateroom had a high ... Read More
R ecommended by others! They are cruiser experts! Entertainment and activities were great for our extended family! The staff were always friendly and happy whoever and wherever you went! The ship as clean and bright. Stateroom had a high standard of cleanliness. Food amazing with great selection whether canteen style or fine dining, can personally recommend The Chefs Table £63 each extra. Going across The Bay of Biscay was exciting but none of the party were seasick and we had the opportunity to see amazing seabirds and loads of dolphins! The shows were professional and a great variety from juggling to singing and the brilliant Ice Show. Our trip to Bilbao was absolutely fabulous the on shore staff were very helpful and there was lots to see, The Guggenheim and the Fenicular especially, Le Havre less so but the residents were very friendly. I would suggest a balcony stateroom, ours was right at the front of the ship which was exciting when watching for land day or night, and the people who needed to do their Titanic moment! Book and enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Fitted in well with school holidays and always good to sail from Southampton. Ship is a good one although a little tired in places. The last time we had Clo as a cruise director she was disappointing but she was bang on form on this ... Read More
Fitted in well with school holidays and always good to sail from Southampton. Ship is a good one although a little tired in places. The last time we had Clo as a cruise director she was disappointing but she was bang on form on this cruise. Main dining was good service but main dining food was not as good as it used to be and significantly lower in standard than NCL who we used for the first time this year. Service has improved since the same time last year and a good itinerary made for a good holiday. Excursions were varied but in my opinion very overpriced and 50% cheaper to organise yourself in some cases. Speciality restaurant prices have gone up significantly over the last few years and generally, menus have reduced in variety and not changed much in the last 8 years. Hypnotist show was brilliant, and whilst it may seem like a moanathon, still a good holiday and we will use again if it's a good deal Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Retirement gift. Always wanted to go on a cruise. It was a very good experience and would do it again sometime. People were very friendly and staff was good and very pleasant. Food was very good, fresh, and well cooked and seasoned. ... Read More
Retirement gift. Always wanted to go on a cruise. It was a very good experience and would do it again sometime. People were very friendly and staff was good and very pleasant. Food was very good, fresh, and well cooked and seasoned. Activities were very good and a lot to do for everyone. Ship was very clean and arranged very nicely. Captain was very professional and on top of every detail. He also kept the passengers abreast of all we needed to know. Locations picked for the cruise were really nice places to go. This was my first time abroad and it was very enjoyable experience. People were very friendly everyplace we went. It was a good experience to go to the various countries to learn how various live and their way of life. There was always a lot to do on the ship for everyone, along with restaurants that had the right food for everyone. Royal Carribian was a good time and a good mix of people. Our waiters were the best especially, Valentino who gave us the best service each and everyone night. Will do another cruise in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise to get a taste of the ports. We had never been to any of the countries of the port and wanted to see if these countries would be places we would want to go back and stay longer. If you want to see Paris a cruise is not ... Read More
We chose this cruise to get a taste of the ports. We had never been to any of the countries of the port and wanted to see if these countries would be places we would want to go back and stay longer. If you want to see Paris a cruise is not the way to go. We took the ships transportation and the ship got into port by 7:00 but our bus did not leave until 9:15-9:30. Then the bus HAD to stop a 1/2 hour before we get into Pair (15 min is more like 30). We reached Paris in 3 hours and was originally told we would have 4 hours, which turned into 3 1/2. Then the bus was late to pick us up. No stop on the way back to ship. To rushed. if I did again I would find something to do closer to ship. Would be a good port for cruise ships to stay overnight. Day at sea because of cold weather not much activities on ship, so as long as you can entertain yourself it was fine. Cruising into Oslo was beautiful. We had 1 1/2 days there and it was a safe and clean place to go out on your own. We saw the Viking ship museum, the statue park (beautiful in the fall), ski jump and more. No rush Enjoyed port! Next port Amsterdam. Then to Zeebrugge, We took a bus into Bruges and had a wonderful time. Very friendly people and beautiful. a must do is the canal boat ride. Our cabin was toward the back of the ship which ewe seem to feel a lot of vibration. Out room was always clean, but we only saw our cabin steward 2 times in 9 days. Our friends cabin was on the same deck and but more mid ship and we saw and got to know there guy real well. Entertainment was good. Since we left out of UK we had more British on the cruise so the entertainment was more British too, which was no problem. We went to one of the quiz get together and all questions were for them. The dinning room was good, although they cut out the lobster night. The windjammer was a little below par but we only went there if we had to. All in All we had a great time with good friends. I believe spending time with good friends and meeting new ones make a difference. Life is what you make of it.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We were looking for destinations out of the ordinary. I called this the European Kiss... Ports of call that we would not normally choose, yet wanted to explore. Certainly filled the bill for us. We would give this cruise an Excellent ... Read More
We were looking for destinations out of the ordinary. I called this the European Kiss... Ports of call that we would not normally choose, yet wanted to explore. Certainly filled the bill for us. We would give this cruise an Excellent Review but there were a few exceptions that kept it from a 5 star. Our initial on-board experience felt like an onslaught of timeshare salesmen. We barely arrived on the ship and were greeted with people hawking the beverage packages, trying to take our picture, up-selling restaurants and dining packages. Really? It was not the way to start a cruise and it continued each and every day - including our poor dining staff having to try to get us to leave them for a meal somewhere else on the ship. During the cruise I enjoyed a spa special and was, again, pushed to buy products i didn't need or want... It spoiled what was a wonderful experience... Having spent my life in sales, there are more considerate ways of up-selling that RC should be thinking about if they want 5 star reviews from professionals. With the exception of France, we felt our tour guides were well versed and easy to understand. Our French guide, Marc, was almost impossible to understand. His accent was so deep that we struggled to understand what he was trying to say at each stop. This was heightened when we toured the D-Day locations. There was no attempt to use a whisper system and we traveled long distances without being able to hear him. We were a very large group of 50 people... I could have done the tour on my own had I realized just how awful it would be with him as our guide. The ship takes a beating with each and every cruise. While our overall experience in the cabin was excellent, there were several items that seemed travel weary. And the halls of decks 6 and 9 had a distinct odor of mold... hmmm.... I was disappointed that the RC survey didn't include a place for notes of concern about specific items. Hoping this review will reach them. Overall, we loved this cruise and hope that our observations will be noted for the future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Well organised enjoyable cruise. Ship lovely, interior well maintained, clean and attractive. Cabin 9655 interior, good location not too far from lifts, and main restaurants. Although nearer the rear of the ship and on deck 9 it was a ... Read More
Well organised enjoyable cruise. Ship lovely, interior well maintained, clean and attractive. Cabin 9655 interior, good location not too far from lifts, and main restaurants. Although nearer the rear of the ship and on deck 9 it was a good position when we experienced rough weather. Quality of the food was great, enjoyed the variety in the windjammer buffet restaurant, the main restaurant had good service, but we found that the food became a little boring after eating there for a few nights. Shows and entertainment were excellent, mainly appealing to the British sense of humour which suited us fine! Look out for the free activity sessions... flow rider, ice-skating, climbing wall as private sessions are expensive. The enrichment lectures were brilliant, really enjoyed the forensic CSI talk. Service excellent, but remember that you do not need to pay gratuities in advance; get the automatic gratuity charge removed, and reward the good service at the end of the cruise... like it should be! You can also survive the cruise without a drinks package (although individual alcoholic drinks are very expensive) we found tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, squash and water freely available from the windjammer restaurant and café promenade, the main restaurant is also happy to provide iced water. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This is the first RCL cruise , we've done most other ship lines eg Carnival, Norwegian, Princess, HAL, MSC. The ship itself was excellent, and the cabin was larger than the other ships. Surprisingly, the food in the main dining room ... Read More
This is the first RCL cruise , we've done most other ship lines eg Carnival, Norwegian, Princess, HAL, MSC. The ship itself was excellent, and the cabin was larger than the other ships. Surprisingly, the food in the main dining room was average, with the meat items below average; would have rated it a 3 if not for the beautiful ship. The annoying thing was the constant upselling of their specialty restaurants, reminded several times by our waiter about the special package " 5 specialty restaurants for $$"; also one night got a upsell talk from 2 staff from the Izumi restaurant after our main course in the main dining room. All this begs the impression that the food in the main dining room was purposely done not so good to encourage people to go to the specialty restaurants? Another annoying tactic was surf and turf was never on the menu in the main dining room for dinner, but we accidentally had it in the Windjammer at dinner one time!! why? All other ships as far as we know, serve that in the main dining room at dinner, and we can see the menu before hand; there's no menu for the Windjammer. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was a back to back with the Mediterranean cruise. The ship was great. All the amenities we required. Smaller than Indy but that did not detract. We moved from a standard cabin to a disabled access cabin It was great to get the ... Read More
This was a back to back with the Mediterranean cruise. The ship was great. All the amenities we required. Smaller than Indy but that did not detract. We moved from a standard cabin to a disabled access cabin It was great to get the extra room for the scooter and the wet room The couple who had this cabin before had cleaned it from top to bottom as they were very disappointed with the standard of cleanliness That gave the cabin steward a good start but edges and corners were not cleaned until well into the cruise. We stock with the windjammer due to poor experience in dining room on previous cruise. Windjammer was very good, great selection, lots of vegetarian options., We loved the food and service in Johnny Rockets and dined three times in Sabor, the specialist Indian cuisine Best Indian meal ever. Stage shows did not attract us in as we had seen them last cruise, same with ice shows. Service in the Diamond Lounge was great Hats off to Kevin, Concierge, Alexandrou and JJ, bar staff. They made our visits feel personal and welcome. Ports were good but very naughty of RCI not to tell us that there were no disabled shuttles and no suitable infrastructure in Morocco We got a note on our beds late the night before we docked. Some of us had cruised because we wanted to see Morocco. For one it was on his Bucket List. They should have told us when we booked disabled access cabins Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We picked this ship sailing out of Southampton England for its fantastic itinerary; Portugal, Morocco, The Canaries, Madeira and Le Havre. The food was good to very good though some nights it was difficult to find something that appealed ... Read More
We picked this ship sailing out of Southampton England for its fantastic itinerary; Portugal, Morocco, The Canaries, Madeira and Le Havre. The food was good to very good though some nights it was difficult to find something that appealed to me. The lunches were adequate and the breakfasts I ordered were made-to-order omelets which were fine. The room was a decent size. The cruse Director Clo and her staff was fantastic! The entertainment, however was skewed to suit a British crowd with British comics, magicians and singers. As an American I often found that their accents and their frames of reference made it difficult to appreciate their performances. But again we picked this cruise for its itinerary. It was well maintained though often it was difficult to obtain the services of a waiter at the pool areas. Overall, we had a good time and visited places we had never been to before. Read Less
Sail Date September 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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