2,357 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

A little background: ADA cruiser lugging medical support stuff. We arrived at the terminal at the time stated on the documents (11am) and were told rather rudely we couldn't get into the terminal until 1pm. So here I am, an ADA ... Read More
A little background: ADA cruiser lugging medical support stuff. We arrived at the terminal at the time stated on the documents (11am) and were told rather rudely we couldn't get into the terminal until 1pm. So here I am, an ADA (Americans with Disiabilities Act) person, having to stand outside in the cold for two hours. RCCL to the rescue: one of their agents heard the discussion and went inside and brought me a chair. When we finally boarded, we were told it would be another hour before we could go to our cabins. Went to the Windjammer;it had a line out to the pool area. FINALLY got to the cabin, luggage had arrived--but not the medical supplies (finally located at 11pm). This ship is not for older persons. It's a long way from the forward elevators to the dining areas and from the dining areas to the showroom. (And anywhere else for that matter). Dining: Food has slipped a few steps on RCCL. So has service. Waiter was ok. Assistant waiter was very good. Housekeeping:Best feature of the ship (considering my medical requirements), he just rolled with the flow and was REAL nice about it. Windjammer wasn't like the Windjammers of old on the Rhapsody, Sovereign, and others. Food wasn't as good, presentation wasn't as efficient, area wasn't as clean, and dining area manager was not as nice. Neither was the manager of the forum sandwich shop (NEVER saw him smile once during the entire week. (Sandwich shop was was GREAT for a snack or quick coke or coffee or tea). Shore tours? Efficiently handled and good. Shows? WOW! One bad one out of many! Ice show was REALLY good. Casino? It's a casino, but very comprehensive (needs another poker table imho!) Bars and Bar service? Very good. Especially late night jazz in the Crown and Anchor and the Schooner Bar. It sounds like we had a terrible time, but I'm being critical here. Summary: I never thought I would ever say that RCCL has slipped a few notches, but they have. But it's still a FAR better cruise experience than the big "C." Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Last July when deciding where to go for our pre-Christmas vacation my wife and I looked at several options we finally decided to try a Western Caribbean cruise and after looking at several ships and intenerates we decided since we have not ... Read More
Last July when deciding where to go for our pre-Christmas vacation my wife and I looked at several options we finally decided to try a Western Caribbean cruise and after looking at several ships and intenerates we decided since we have not been to New Orleans and after not getting the response we wanted from Carnival we decided to book our cruise on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas. Since our departure was in mid-December and we were not sure of what the weather would be and we wanted to see some of New Orleans before leaving on our cruise we decided to fly in the night before our cruise. After leaving our home at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 14, 2012 we arrived in New Orleans around 6:30 PM and were in our hotel room at the Drury Inn by 7:30 PM. We found the Drury on the forums on the Cruise Critic. The hotel was excellent and after waling over to the French Quarter to have dinner at the Bourbon House and stopping at a local CVC to get some last minute items that we needed for our trip we had a nice night. On Saturday morning we had a wonderful breakfast we went out and walked around the French Quarter where we visited Jackson Square and stopped at Cafe Du Monde for coffee and beignets then it was back to the hotel to pick up our luggage and to check out. At 12:15 PM we were in a cab and heading to the Julia Street cruise ship terminal. By 12:30 PM and after waiting in line we were at the entrance to the terminal and since we had all ready tagged our bags we dropped them off with the porter and made our was in side the terminal where we waited on four lines was to show our ticket and id to enter the second line which was for security these lines went pretty fast the third line was to enter to line for check in to combat the Norovirus everyone had to use hand sanitize before proceeding to the line for check in as part of the check in process both my wife and my self had to fill out a heal form stating we were not exposed to the flu or any flue like virus after that was done we received our SeaPass cards and it was off to the gangway where the cards were activated and welcome photo were taken. We then headed to deck 10 where our cabin was ready and we found our shore excursion tickets, tickets to Sundays Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle. After dropping off our carry on bags we went up to the Windjammer on deck 11 for lunch around 2:00 PM. Before heading to the buffet I bought the unlimited soda package. However it should be noted that the soda selection are limited on the Navigator has the ship has not been outfitted with the new Coke machines that Royal Caribbean is rolling out through out its fleet. After checking out the menu for Chops the ships steakhouse it was off to the buffet which featured two identical lines beginning with Jade the ships Asian buffet then the Windjammer line which featured a salad bar, pizza, sandwiches then an area with various hot foods and desert bar. We found that some of the hot food was not has hot as it should have been. I had two Hot Dogs that were nicely grilled but that the ship used sandwich rolls instead of buns for the food. After lunch we headed back to our cabin where we found our bags had been delivered so we began the process of unpacking. The closet in the cabin had plenty of hangers and there was ample space all of our clothes the only problem was storing our luggage since the storage space in the cabin was limited so one our carry on bags were stored in one of our larger pieces of luggage. At 4:00 PM we headed to our muster station for the life boat drill. Unlike our previous two cruises attendance was taking at the drill I could not determine if this was done in response to the Costa Concordia disaster. At the conclusion of the drill the ships Captain Frank Martinsen gave a briefing on the ships course and departure time we then processed up to deck to get some photos and to watch the ship depart. Since we had to wait for the Carnival Elation to depart and to get down river. We finally pulled away and were underway at 5:05 PM about thirty five minutes after departure the ship used it reversers to pull away from the dock it then made a 180 degree turn in the Mississippi River to head south to the Gulf of Mexico after watching New Orleans disappear in the distance we went down to the Royal Promenade on deck 5 to have a drink and watch the Circus Parade which featured the ships entertainment staff and Jimmy Rhodes our cruise director. After reviewing the menu for dinner and being tired we had dinner at the buffet and went to bed early since we were both tired. Before going to bed I did check out the ships on board TV which was quite limited and was really geared to times when the ship is cursing the medterian since it had 4 different channels for moves in foreign languages and no CNN International in English. Sunday was the first of three Sea days we both got up and were well rested after getting dressed we then headed to the Windjammer deck where we had a nice breakfast but what we also found was that the Omelets were premade and most of the hot food was not hot at all which was a pattern that continued for the rest of our trip. After breakfast we wanted to work our on the treadmills in the fitness center but all of the treadmills were in use so we walked on the walking/jogging track on deck 12. At 9:30 AM I left my wife to wait on line to get tickets to one of the 4 Ice shows in Studio B the ships Ice Rink. After working out we changed and did some shopping along the Royal Promenade for souvenirs which we bought. At 11:30 AM we headed to the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle which was in the Dungeons the ships disco which was rather small and cramped for the size of the crowed and there were not enough food or gifts for every one who attended. Since we arrived late our gifts were derived a day later to our room. After the meet and mingle and having made our way to the bow of the ship on deck 5 we went and has a delicious lunch in the Nutcracker Dinning Room after lunch and checking out that evenings dinner menu we returned to our room while I checked the lone NFL game available on the TV then we had a delicious snack at the Cafe on the Royal Promenade. We then got dressed for the first of two formal nights on the cruise where we went to the Captains Reception and got our photos taken with the Captain along with several of the other photo stations before going to dinner and that evenings show Ballroom Fever which my wife enjoyed but I found to be rather slow. Before going to bed since the ship was heading into the Eastern Time Zone our clocks had be set forward one hour. Monday was also spent at sea since I wanted Eggs Benedict and it was not available in the Windjammer we had a much better breakfast in the main dinning room. After breakfast we checked out our photos from forma night and bought a water camera. After setting up the new camera we went to the sports deck where we played some minnture golf. After playing golf I had lunch at Johnny Rockets which was well worth the $4.95 cover charge since I had a meal that if I bought it on shore would have cost me around $10-12.00 including tip was a great deal. Since I had Johnny Rockets my wife had her lunch at Jade and had a massage at the ships spa. While she was at the Spa I went and checked out the observation window into the bridge where there was not very much activity going on since we were just cursing along at sea and I went to the Viking Crown to have a drink in the lounge. After picking my wife up at the Spa we had a snack on the Royal Promenade and went to the evening's show which was El Gaucho which was a little bit of music, comedy and some work with the rope. We then had dinner and later that evening we went to the 70's disco party on the Royal Promenade which we found since the shows were sill open to be rather small and cramped for a party which may have been better to have had on the upper deck by the pool. It was then to bead as the next day was the first of three port days. Tuesday was the first of three days in port after breakfast went up on deck to watch our arrival at the Royal Caribbean built dock at the historic town of Falmouth, Jamaica this time the ship was backed into the port. Once we were cleared to debark we got off and proceeded to join our shore excursion which was an excellent trip to the Duns River Falls our guide Charm and our driver Peter were terrific as they brought us to the Falls where we were introduced to Tamara Douse who is the only female guide at the falls who brought us up the falls safely and it was a memorable experience on the way back to the ship we stopped at Columbus Park for a chance to have some Jamaican Barbeque. The excursion returned us to the ship by 2:00 PM which gave us time to clean up and get off the ship to check out the shops returning to the ship at 4:30 PM. At 6:00 PM we went up on deck to watch the ship sail off. Although we had tickets for the 9:00 PM Ice Show that would have meant having diner at 7:00 PM and we were not yet hungry so we went to Studio B where we were permitted to attend the 7:00 PM show since it was not "sold out". While it was strange to be watching a skating show while sailing the Caribbean the show was outstanding was the best show we attended on the entire cruise. Then we had dinner and went to bed since it was going to be an early arrival at our next port of call. Wednesday morning had us getting up early since it was an early arrival in our next port which was on Grand Cayman since the island doe not have a port our ship had to anchor off shore and every one was brought over in small ferries. It was here we were joined by sister ship Jewel of the Seas and Holland America's Westerdam. unlike the Holland America's ship which carries it's own tenders we had to use local ferries that tendered everyone to shore in groups of 200. Even tough our shore excursion was not until 10:00 AM we came ashore early so that we could do some shipping in the port. The shore excursion was Turtle, Stingray Land and Sea Adventure. Our guide LeRoy was good the trip started with a visit to a place called Hell that was only worth visiting due to it's unique name we then vested the Tortuga Rum Cake factory which was basically a store where you can try Rum or Rum Cake and was very crowded. The next stop was the Turtle farm which was very interesting. The last stop was at our excursion boat which took us out to Sting Ray City which is a sandbar where you can get in the water and encounter the Sting Rays after about an hour we returned to meet our guide who got us back to the port to get in line to be transferred back to the ship after getting cleaned up we went up to the Windjammer to get some lunch as we watched the Caymans Sail off into the horizon. For our sail to Cozumel we were joined by the Jewel and Westerdam. That evening we attended the concert by a band called Revolution which was a" Beatles Tribute" band that was very good since we did not want to get dressed as it was smart causal night and did not like the selections in the dining room we decided to have dinner in the Windjammer and at 11:00 PM we went to the pool deck to attend the deck party and to have snacks. Thursday we woke up got dressed had breakfast and as the ship was arriving in Cozumel, Mexico where in addition to the Jewel and Westerdan we were joined by Carnival's Triumph. We repotted to the Metropolis Theater where every one who was going on an excursion was given a sticker so they would no who was being transferred to the mainland we were then escorted off the ship first and transferred to a dedicated ferry which brought us the Play Del Carmen where we met our tour guide Andres who brought us to our motor coach for our 90 minute drive to Coba which was one of the many Mayan cities located through the Yucatan Peninsula it was very interesting as we were given a tour of the ruins than we got back on the coach and brought back to Playa del Carmen where we were brought to a restaurant that was in a former cave for lunch and a Mayan Cultural Show and were than brought back to the ferry for transfer back to the Navigator. The trip would have been better if the lunch and show were replaced with a stop where we could have had lunch have done some shopping. The dedicated ferry got us back to the ship a little after 5:30 PM which gave us time to get ready for the last formal night where we attended a show called All Access and then had dinner in the main dining room where we asked by our head waiter and table waiter to make sure you give the food service good rating on the survey. Friday we were at sea and we had planned on going to the pool however the ship had encountered a frontal system with high winds and rough seas and as a result the pools and the upper decks were closed. This also resulted in the Walk for Whishes to be cancelled. After breakfast we did one last round of shopping on the Royal Promenade we went a played some bingo. After lunch in the Windjammer we completed our packing and prepared our bags to be picked up, we gave our room steward his tip and returned our surveys. We then went to the farewell show featuring the comedy of Bud Andersen which was terrific and the final farewell number featured the entertainment staff and some of the ships crew along with a taped farewell message from the Captain we then had one final dinner returned to our room to put our bags out had one last drink in the Cosmopolitan Club and then it was off to bed as it would be an early day. Saturday was another early wake up as we were scheduled to arrive in New Orleans at 6:00 AM. We had one last breakfast in the Windjammer then returned to our room to make sure we had packed every thing grabbed our carry on's and since we decided to take a New Orleans City tour with an airport transfer we reported to the Metropolis Theatre where were given a stick identifying us as taking the city tour and were escorted off the Navigator one last time. When we arrived in the baggage area only one of our bags was in the designated area. I then approached a porter who said that some times the tags come off the bags and directed me to the area where the bags without tags would be left I went there still no bags I then approached anther representative with the port agent who was basically of very little help sting they would only assist once all the bag's were off loaded while waiting I noticed a large number of bags under zones whose passengers would have all ready debarked from the ship so I started looking and found our other bag without tag placed in a different zone location instead of in the area for bags without tags. We then proceeded through customs and out to where our motor coach was our guide Chris was ok but the tour gave us a chance to see the rest of the city by 12:00 Noon we were dropped at the New Orleans Airport for our flight home. Overall we thought the cruise was good but was not as good as Carnival which offers better food service than Royal Caribbean would we sail again on Royal Caribbean we would but only if Royal Caribbean was the only option. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Flight to Barcelona was 3 1/2 hours late in leaving this was not to bad considering hurricane sandy and the troubles other folks had. Hotel Rivalto was great, room was clean, staff was great, location excellent will definitely go there ... Read More
Flight to Barcelona was 3 1/2 hours late in leaving this was not to bad considering hurricane sandy and the troubles other folks had. Hotel Rivalto was great, room was clean, staff was great, location excellent will definitely go there again. Arrived at ship 1 pm on Sat. very smooth embarkation stateroom was ready dropped off carry on, off to windjammer. Our cabin needed a do over as the carpets were not clean and bathroom was still dirty. our cabin was never really cleaned like previous cruises and if was really was an effort to get it cleaned before 11.30 most mornings even after putting his make room card out at 8 am. Just to say we are really happy go lucky couple with many cruise on rcl, this is my first and probably my last attempt at doing a review. This transatlantic our 7th left a lot to be desired. Food. very disappointed with selection, and quality, our wait staff were excellent, but the food coming out of kitchen was never hot. we were a table of 8 and all had similar complaints. Shows were weak other than ice show and the Platters who did a great job with the oldies, other than these two just fair Day time activities less than exciting, trivia fun, sudoku ok,guest speakers no comment Debarkation was close to 4 hrs from start to finish what a mess, Please RCL bring your product up to your old standards us loyal cruisers have supported you in the past but you will lose us in the future unless you improve your attitude and services. PS Ricardo in the cc lounge is the best assest on the ship, a real gentleman with a great way of taking care of his guests. Overall 6 out of 10 Still love cruising GOING ON A 14 DAY CRUISE WITH A PRESIDENTAL ELECTION IN THE MIDDLE WAS QUITE AN EXPERIENCE ALMOST LIKE BEING IN CONGRESS WHERE THERE WERE TWO SIDES WHO NEVER AGREE GOD BLESS AMERICA Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We booked a cruise from cheapcruises at the end of August for sailing immediately after Thanksgiving. When we booked the cruise, there was some back and forth e-mails with the agent. About a month before departure, we got an e-mail telling ... Read More
We booked a cruise from cheapcruises at the end of August for sailing immediately after Thanksgiving. When we booked the cruise, there was some back and forth e-mails with the agent. About a month before departure, we got an e-mail telling us we needed to preregister. I delayed acting on this e-mail because I was traveling for work, but registered about 7 days in advance. The website said we missed the 10-day cut off to have luggage tags mailed to us, but that a porter would help. (We later found that no one got luggage tags mailed to them regardless of how early you registered). Then about 3 days before the cruise, we realized we never received details on the cruise, no communication from RC what so ever. We are experienced cruisers, but wanted some specific details. My wife called the 1-800 number for RC and talked to a lady. We asked about the number of formal nights so we would know how to pack. The service lady told us that Navigator exclusively had "My Time" dining and that it was all casual. My wife asked that we had requested late dining and was told that no longer an option. The lady again confirmed there was no other option other than my time dining. We also asked if we could bring a bottle or two of wine. We were told that absolutely no alcohol or any beverages of any kind could be brought on board. We get to New Orleans and board the ship. As we were waiting in line to get our Sea Passes, we noticed another family with two large cases of water. Not sure if he made it on board, but we had already been though several checkpoints at that time. Anyway, we get on board. Since we don't normally spend much time in the stateroom, we normally just get inside staterooms on a lower deck. But, this ship had a promenade and we though we would give it a shot. We loved the room. Anytime, day or night you could look out and see people walking buy and enjoying drinks at the pub right below our windows. The artificial light in the promenade is matched to the real light outside. We thought it was really neat. The room is also the largest we have ever had with a 2 person loveseat in front of the window and a 2nd loveseat on the side of the room between the bed and the window. We were very impressed. One disappointment. New Orleans is quite a ways up the Mississippi river from the Gulf of Mexico. I think we spent about 6 hours each way cruising the Mississippi. All of the travel was at night. I think it would have been cool to see the cruise down the river. A summer cruise where the sun sets later would have allowed this, but in November, the sun set as we departed port. As we were sailing on the Mississippi, my wife was talking with another passenger and confirmed that traditional dinning was still available. She noted on our Sea Pass, that we did indeed have late dining and pointed out our table number. So, at this point we knew, the 2 formal night would be enjoyed in my "Formal Polo Shirt". RC lie #1. When we do get to dinner, we are seated at a 6-top table with 2 other couples similar in age to us. One of the wives, Sue, was telling us about the wine she brought on board. I guess you are allowed 1 bottle per person (or stateroom not sure which). You just have to show it to security when boarding. RC lie #2. Towards the end of day #2, a sea day, the captain got on the PA system and said that overnight 25 people had reported Norovirus symptoms, and that if we experienced vomiting and/or diarrhea, that we should call the desk for further instructions. By the morning, they were up to 50 cases, and at that point, we could no longer serve ourselves food at the buffets. As soon as you got up from a table, they cleared the dishes and cleaned with this stuff in a purple bottle. There was a crew of maybe 10 people that just roamed the ship, day and night, wiping down elevators, hand rails, and anything that might get touched. By the end of the cruise, they had 180 cases (not all active at the same time). Here are my thoughts. They told us the carrier was tracked down to a family of 5 that came from Australia. So, if you are sick, be honest with the cruise line. There are 4-5000 passengers and crew in a small confined area. Illness spreads exponentially. Out of respect for fellow passengers, just be honest. It is possible that they got infected on the flight and didn't know they were sick prior to boarding, so I can't blame them if they honestly didn't know. Royal Caribbean, I think, did a great job of containing this. I enjoyed being served food at the buffets. This cruise had an older crowd and so many people would stand in front of the pan of fried chicken, for example, looking for that perfect piece. I thought the lines moved quicker because you got the piece of chicken they gave you. We had one of the couples at dinner get quarantined, two different people at an adjacent table, and at least 4 staterooms in our hallway had quarantined passengers (yellow square over their door). So, people were getting sick all around us, but luckily, we avoided it. One thing I think RC did not do a good job of, was providing details of the illness, like how it is transmitted, incubation time, etc. If you are going to take a cruise, I would print out details from the internet on Norovirus and take it with you. I would also recommend watching the movie "Contagion". It is not the best movie I have seen, but it really drives home how these things spread. The first two nights of dinning, none of us through the food was that good. There was some kind of seafood skewer that most of the table got one night, and the sauce on it tasted weird. However, friends of ours got that in early dining and thought it was fantastic. Apart from that, the food wasn't bad, it was just below average. The head waiter stopped by and asked how everything was going, and we mentioned that the food was sub-par. He apologized. For the remainder of the cruise, the food was very good. So, I don't know how all of that transpired, but they definitely took care of the situation. Overall the on-ship staff was fantastic. The entertainment was very good. One thing most of the passengers noted was that there was no way the ship was full. Usually we get to the shows early to make sure we get a seat, but we never saw the theater more than 1/2 full. We never waited in line for food and never had problem getting a lounge chair by the pool. One thing I have said is that every cruise we have taken is worse than the one before. As the ships keep getting bigger and bigger and there are more and more ships, coupled with a declining economy, the cruise lines have to deeply discount fares, and that can only mean that have to cut corners. I am happy to say, this cruise broke the trend. It was not the best, but it did land somewhere in the middle, and cost about 20% of what the best cost us. The last couple cruises, the staff has been downright aggressive in pushing alcohol and photos, and they scaled back to an acceptable level. A bartender was available if you wanted a drink, but if you just wanted to lay by the pool and read or sleep, they weren't interrupting you every 5 minutes to see if you wanted a "Bahama Mamma" or whatever. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
The food on this cruise is the worst that I have ever experienced on a cruise. There was not food available on the pool deck and swim suits were not allowed in the Windjammer buffet, so you would have to get dressed to go eat. They ... Read More
The food on this cruise is the worst that I have ever experienced on a cruise. There was not food available on the pool deck and swim suits were not allowed in the Windjammer buffet, so you would have to get dressed to go eat. They were extremely slow about clearing tables in the buffet. There was a lot of socializing among the crew when they should have been working. Supervisors would join in on the socializing. Who was minding the store? The food in the dining rooms was not good either. We ate at Johnny Rockets and Chopps a couple of times. The food in these venues was good, but it should have been because you pay a premium to eat there. If you wanted a late night snack and did not want to eat in your room there was only one place to get something. They had pre-made cold sandwiches, pizza under a heat lamp sponge cake and cookies. The pizza was not even grocery store quality. The bars where there was live music were small and so smoke filled you could not enjoy it if you were even able to find a seat. The ship was hot in all areas even the stateroom. Two days into the cruise there was a Norovirus outbreak. There were over 102 reported cases. This put a damper on the cruise for fear of catching it. The staff had to be pulled from other duties to constantly disinfect the public areas. The service on the ship suffered. I spoke with several seasoned cruisers and they expressed the same complaints that I had, so I feel I was not being over critical. Now please do not get me wrong we had a great time on the cruise but it was not to the standards that we are accustomed to. We were told that other ships in the RC line were great, that it was just the bad management of this ship. I may give one of their other ships a try but I could not recommend the Navigator of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We did this same cruise at the same time last year but on Voyager instead of Navigator, so the ship layout was same. Once again we stayed at Hampton Inn, Metarie, where we left our car for no charge for the week. Embarked before noon and ... Read More
We did this same cruise at the same time last year but on Voyager instead of Navigator, so the ship layout was same. Once again we stayed at Hampton Inn, Metarie, where we left our car for no charge for the week. Embarked before noon and headed for Two Poets for drinks and food from Cafe. Our jr suite included a coffee maker, robes, and walk-in closet. Very clean and tidy. Dinner was early seating in MDR at ten top with very congenial tablemates. Ate all dinners and several lunches there. One meal in WJ was enough. Missed pool grill that is on other ships. Never went to shows(music usually too loud), casino, or pool. Mostly ate, drank, and slept. These were same ports we had done twice before. In Cozumel we enjoyed the chocolate factory tour that we booked on-line. In Georgetown we took an independent tour of rum cake factory etc. In Falmouth we stayed in port and shopped. Norovirus meant crew was constantly washing railings and not allowing passengers to serve own food. The last night all glasses were removed from our room until I bitterly complained about having nothing to use while taking pm and am pills. Why could they not leave us paper cups? The last morning we left our cabin early for the written promise of refreshments in dining room while waiting to disembark. No food available. Were they afraid we would get sick while leaving ship? Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
This was our fourth cruise. Now feel ready to feed the internet with feedback. Have read many reviews, usually finding the negative side to contain the most useful information. Bringing liquor on board On previous cruises we have ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise. Now feel ready to feed the internet with feedback. Have read many reviews, usually finding the negative side to contain the most useful information. Bringing liquor on board On previous cruises we have packed a bottle of Baileys for the room. My wife likes it in her coffee and I like the odd shot before dinner or in the morning. Well Royal Caribbean thinks this cuts into their drink sales and abuses the safety security scanning to confiscate liquor. Your bag just doesn't show up and when ask staff, they say to check with security on deck 1. Down there, they get you to open your bag, give them the bottle for safe keeping, then send you on your way to haul luggage through the ship to your stateroom. Not exactly the classiest way to start a transatlantic crossing. Have no problem paying corkage at any of the dining venues, but what we do in our stateroom is our business. Imagine if a hotel tried crap like this. Liquor on board Expensive, around $8 for a pint of beer or their mixed drink of the day. Two Poets pub had a sad selection of only two lager beers on draft, Heineken and Amstel light. Our local pub down the hill has about 10 on draft, including several types of ales and a stout. Also, the Two Poets atmosphere is polluted with cigarette smoke. RC should get into the 21st century and start protecting their staff and customers from this hazard. Stateroom Paid a bit extra for an outside window stateroom. The first night we noticed how hot the room was even though set to maximum cold and there was a humming noise similar to a bathroom fan coming from the wall on the left side of the window. The next morning went to Customer Service for first time ever to ask for a cooler and quieter stateroom. Am informed there is no hope in hell we will be moved and that Maintenance will come have a look. Guy in overalls quickly fixed the broken air conditioning but said can do nothing about the vibrating wall. We got somewhat used to the constantly slightly noisy stateroom. Later talked to a couple that had an inside room on deck 10 with unbearable pool sloshing noise and were changed to a quieter room. So it looks like will get moved if room has serious problem but are stuck with minor problems. It would be nice if RC would just let customers know about room defects or if someone would start (or find) a website similar to the excellent http://www.seatguru.com/ for airline seats. As a nice gesture, RC provided a free bottle of red wine with a couple of glasses. Bathroom Just soap, shampoo and towels are provided. Bought conditioner in one of the Spanish ports. Tap water Colour light amber, nose of dirt and chlorine. Found out at Captain's presentation that water was purchased at port in Cartagena. Drinking water seemed better in dining room and buffet but this could be because had more time to breathe or the added ice numbed the senses. Water quality improved over the days as more was desalinated onboard. Bought some spring water in most of the ports. No hassle bringing onboard. Pool towels Have to show seapass card to get pool towels on deck 11, then give room number when returning to same location. Purpose is to get passengers to clean up their towels. Side effect is can reserve deck chairs by placing towels. Laundry No laundry rooms to wash clothes or iron shirts. They have a fill bag wash and fold service for $25. Strangely, it says can only put undergarments, t-shirts, and pajamas in but will charge full rip-off rate for pants, sweaters etc. Can't quite picture a land based laundry doing this for long. Internet Bought the 5 bottle wine packages ahead of time. Am not very knowledgeable about wine, so got our wine expert friend to help compile a list. The dining room staff brought the first bottle of wine but took the list and lost it. Oops. Told them I could easily retrieve the list by remotely connecting to my home computer. So the dining room staff very graciously got me $10 free internet time. Went to the Royal Caribbean Online room and quickly found that Windows Remote Desktop software is locked out. Asked IT staff guy for help but he said can do nothing, then suggested I go to an internet cafe at next port to waste my time and money retrieving this file. Also, my paranoia says it is dicey typing my passwords into a possibly infected internet cafe computer. Dining room staff suggested I go back to Customer Service and get them to hook me up with the IT manager. As far as talking with IT manager, ran into a firewall at Customer Service. However, they asked if phone access would help and gave me a free phone call. Called a friend who remotely connected to my home computer, retrieved the text file and emailed it to my work email that has a web interface. Was then able to go back to Royal Caribbean Online room, log onto my work email and get the list. So Customer Service was able to help resolve this, but when it comes to computers on board, the 'Nation of Why Not' quickly becomes the 'Nation of Can't Do It'. Ports An interesting selection of ports. Problem is spend too little time actually in the ports, for example, pulled out of Tenerife at 2:30pm to start 6 days at sea. It looks like fuel efficiency is more important than time in port. Find other people's perception of ports interesting. In the dining room breakfast the next morning after Tenerife one of our table mates said 'didn't think much of the place' while we had been scheming on how to get back to this spectacular island. Sea days One of the best parts of the cruise. Lots of relaxation with no shortage of things to do, such as eating, exploring the ship, rock climbing, swimming, cooking in the steam room, more eating, nightly entertainment. Could do this for weeks. Many people enjoyed the outer decks with mostly warm weather, low winds and calm seas. The enrichment we went to was just a slide show with some commentary. RC could learn from Cunard in this area. Summary Navigator of the Seas is a large beautiful slightly tired cruise ship with good design and many amenities. Staff provided excellent service even with constraining policies. Overall good value for the dollar. Will likely try another line for out next cruise to see how they do things. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We love RCI and have taken 6 cruises with them since 2007; when they no longer satisfy us we will look for an alternative company. This is the second cruise on Navigator and while I agree that she is looking a little worn in places she ... Read More
We love RCI and have taken 6 cruises with them since 2007; when they no longer satisfy us we will look for an alternative company. This is the second cruise on Navigator and while I agree that she is looking a little worn in places she stands up well to scrutiny. We no longer book outside or balcony cabins, figuring we would rather spend the extra money on our visits. There were subtle changes this time though, that we feel RCI are making in light of the economic plight we're all in. For example we only got 3 towel animals, no chocolate on the pillow, no ice bucket in the room (available on request). We used to buy the wine packages but didn't think the wine justified the cost so don't bother now but the prices in the bars are expensive. We paid $18.40 for two cans of Fosters, albeit they were litre tins I think. The destinations we visited were Messina, Athens I(got caught in a protest), Kusadasi, Crete. We didn't fancy Turkey so left the ship a little later but were pleasantly surprised when we finally stepped foot in Turkey. We thought the Parthenon was great but Athens is a dump, sorry if I offend anyone but it really is. The entertainment was the usual formula; 70s Parade, Ice Show, RCI dancers but this was another area we thought suffered comparing it with previous cruises. The production sets consisted of softly billowing silk curtains whereas on previous cruises they had taken the time to build sets and work a routine around that. This time it was just singing and dancing which gers a little boring after a while. The staff were really good and we never had any issues with them. We chose the second seating on a table for two but on the first night were seated bext to a Spanish couple and a family of 3 from Brazil. Very nice people, I'm sure but when nobody can understand the other's language it can be very tiresome. We were moved to another table on the .2nd night and made fast friends with Julie and Hannah (mother and daughter) and Joyce and Patricia (travelling companions) . It was my birthday during our holiday and they very kindly bought me a posy of flowers. I know this sounds a little neative, I don't mean it to, I just like to present a balanced view If possible. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
We wanted to do a family cruise with two grown up children and booked two Superior Balcony Staterooms. The cabins were fine, quite spacious with lots of storage and a reasonably sized balcony. Why have they let their balcony ... Read More
We wanted to do a family cruise with two grown up children and booked two Superior Balcony Staterooms. The cabins were fine, quite spacious with lots of storage and a reasonably sized balcony. Why have they let their balcony interconnecting doors seize up so they are never able to open them? The crew, almost without exception (except a rude and indifferent barman in the Sky Bar) were first class. One annoying thing however that started last week on our cruise is that if you pre-pay gratuities to 'Save the Waves"!! the gratuities are automatically paid with the staff salaries so you no longer get a voucher or anything to give the waiters and room attendant on the last night. All rather embarrassing just saying thank you despite the fact that RC said the staff were given a printed list of who had prepaid gratuities. My advice is NOT to prepay gratuities and give the people who looked after you cash on the last night. Food in the Dining room at Breakfast, lunch on sea days and dinner was excellent. The Windjammer and Jade were more like fodder feeders with punters' plates stacked high with food (much of it left) with huge numbers of people and not a good experience. We didn't do any organised excursions as other than Turkey we had visited all the ports before. Messina, we simply walked into the town that is a 5 minute stroll away, found some nice bars with free wifi and just had some drinks in the heat. Athens was not a good stop, very little to do in Piraeus and didn't want the Parthenon experience again. The positive thing is that the boat was quiet as everyone seemed to go on excursions. Turkey was good, a beautiful bustling town where the port is. Our two adult children went for a Turkish Bath and are still talking about the experience -not in a good way! We went to Ephesus. The taxis immediately outside the port are a rip off and wanted 260 Turkish Lira, 150 yards away we got a taxi for 130 Turkish Lira. Beware however that they will try to encourage you to go to Mary's House which is higher up the mountain from Ephesus and adds another 80 Lira. Don't bother, it is a commercial scam and to be honest, we found it a waste of time and money. Ephesus is well worth visiting, the ruins are impressive but it is very open and very hot. Don't waste your money on the audio guides, they are poorly done, if they work, and you are better spending a bit more and hiring a guide when you get there. The port of Souda in Crete is grim but the transit buses to Chania are waiting right outside the boat and run every 10 minutes. It costs 1.5 Euros a person each way and is very easy to get into the town which is really nice and the Old Town on the waterfront is very atmospheric, again with cafes with free wifi. Now to the wifi on the ship. Awful. It costs .65 dollars a minute unless you buy bundles but is so slow it is out of the ark. This means that it costs you a load of money before it even connects with the site you want - keep well clear. I found it irritating that 15% is added to every drink you buy on the boat. To try to get value for money we bought two Gold wine packages which saw us through for dinner and the wine bar on the right of the Promenade just past the Reception area has deals on wine, selling them for approximately 20 dollars a bottle plus, of course, 15%. The wines on offer are chalked on a board so we bought them and took them back to the cabin fridge to have drinks on the balcony. The boat was too big for us and we didn't use hardly any of the activities. Decks were crowded with sunbathers but strangely, if you want to sit for an evening drink on deck and watch the sun go down or in the shade with a drink at lunchtime, there are hardly any small tables and chairs. A BBQ was served for lunch one day which was poor and you were told to sit on the edge of the lounger and eat the BBQ - we didn't bother. The ice show was great, some of the evening entertainment was fine, the Art Auction is interesting and you can drink as much sparkling wine as you like, and free! For four of us it cost £5000 including flights and transfers plus almost another £1000 for drinks for the week. Whereas we enjoyed it I will be looking at Silversea next time as the extra money you have to pay isn't that great when you consider what's included. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Let me begin by saying that we spent months preparing for this trip and, together with the new friends we met on Cruise Critic along with valuable advice from our travel agent, it was a complete success! The time spent researching and ... Read More
Let me begin by saying that we spent months preparing for this trip and, together with the new friends we met on Cruise Critic along with valuable advice from our travel agent, it was a complete success! The time spent researching and planning in advance is well worth it ... the time on vacation flies by so quickly you'd hate to get home and realize you missed out on something you really would have enjoyed. We flew into Rome three days early and I'm so glad we did because the city is really magical. The history is rich and interesting, the Vatican is an experience everyone should have - regardless of your religious beliefs - and the people there are so warm, friendly and inviting. I'm also glad we did it because we had time to adjust to the time change (we are from SE USA) so when we boarded the ship we were refreshed and ready to go. (I could write for days about the wonderful things we did in Rome, but since this is a cruise review, I'll stop myself!) We took the train to the port ... it was easy and economical. Be advised though ... the track for the train is not in the main terminal so you'll have to walk about 10 minutes carrying your own luggage. You'll have to load your own luggage onto the train and when you arrive at Civitavecchia you'll have about another 10-15 minute walk to get to the port. It's not difficult, but be prepared. Boarding was not as polished as it is at other ports we've been to (Canaveral, Everglades and Miami). After all, it's a cargo port so no pretty embarkation area, no music, no friendly RCCL reps greeting you at the curb. But, don't stress, once you're on the Navigator it will be everything you expected it to be. Disembarkation is VERY early so all of the cabins were ready when we boarded around lunchtime. Three best things I packed for this trip: 1. Brita water bottle with built-in filter -- fountains are readily available all over Rome and ports on this trip, but having the bottle with the filter made me feel better about drinking it vs. purchasing bottled water (up to $5USD at some places). 2. Tova hiking sandals (another brand is called Chocko's) -- some of the pathways, rocks and steps in Turkey, Greece and Italy were quite slick. Several people I met on the ship fell at some of the sites. Get some sandals/shoes with good traction on the bottom. 3. A small umbrella -- if you go in the summer, it is HOT. Most of the ruins have no shade, so be prepared with sunblock, hat, umbrella, etc. Three best things about the ship: 1. The RCCL staff really goes out of their way to make the cruise special. Our waiter in the dining room (Leonardo) and his assistant (Carol) were just wonderful. Our room steward was friendly and happily left a bucket of ice in our cabin each night. Simone, the cruise director, was funny and charming and did an amazing job speaking in both English and Italian without missing a beat. (We did have a miserable experience with the guitar player in the Pub, but since it is such a rare exception from what we typically experience on RCCL, I won't go into it.) 2. The entertainment. I have been on many cruises and without a doubt, the best show we've ever seen was on this trip. The group was called the Beatle Maniacs and they were a tribute band. The costumes, music quality, corresponding video clips all proved to be ideal. The crowd was on their feet singing along and dancing. It was really great. The Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers are great ... so versatile. 3. The size. Navigator is big enough to keep you busy for a week (Promenade, Ice Skating, Mini Golf, Very active sports desk, big theater, nice casino, etc.) but also small enough that you don't feel like you're getting lost or walking half a mile to dinner. You make friends on this ship easily and bump into them frequently. At the same time, it's big enough that if you want so have a little space it's easy enough to find a spot. Quick port reviews: Sicily - we did a private tour here (thank you Mary!) and that worked out really well because we got to move at our own pace. I loved Messina/Sicily. The views were breathtaking, everything you remember from any romantic Italian movie you've ever seen can be found in Sicily -- mountain views, stunning shorelines, quaint villages with cobblestone streets and winding alleys filled with verandas and little shops, quiet churches on hilltops, the list goes on and on ... Athens - we did Athens on our own and it was completely do-able. We walked up to the top of the Acropolis and it was amazing. Beautiful, so much history, view of the entire city with mountainscapes in the background. Really, really humbling. We paid $20eu for four people by taxi to get to the center of all the activity (lunch at Plaka then walked to Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch) and walked from there. We skipped the museum but I heard it was very good. It was $12eu for adults to Acropolis and kids under 18 are free (bring your student ID). Turkey - we did the ship's tour here and I was glad we did because the sites were quite far from port. We visited Mary's House, which was inspiring and I especially liked the prayer/wish wall. We really enjoyed this tour and I recommend it highly. We visited Esphesus which was simply amazing. So well-preserved. At the end of the tour they take you to a "carpet presentation" (translation - sales pitch to buy rugs) but it's in the air conditioning and we got to sit and relax and have a cool drink, so nobody complained. but, nobody on our bus bought a rug either. From there you walk back to the ship. BEWARE ... there is a market area across from the port where everybody goes to buy gifts. The pickpockets there are bold. My husband caught someone opening the zipper to his backpack and when he yelled half a dozen shop owners raced out to the sidewalk to defend the guy. He didn't get anything from us, but we immediately returned to the ship. So, skip the Turkish Bazaar and get your souveniers at the sites you visit would be my advice. Also the shopkeepers are very aggressive. If you touch something and don't buy it, they will yell at you and chase you. So, if you go, look but don't touch unless you're buying. Crete - The beaches are beautiful. The ride to town is bleak. But there's a good little market area where you can pick up last minute souveniers for good prices. It's a short port stop but a nice little break. The photographers on the ship were wonderful -- friendly and creative. I was thrilled to get a nice family photo to take home. The casino is nice and the dealers are helpful. Lots of smokers in there late at night though. The food was very good, there wasn't a meal we didn't like. Usually, we visit the upgrade restaurants once or twice on a cruise, but we liked our waiters so much that we didn't do it this time. The drink prices were fair -- I never felt like I was being ripped off and the drinks were strong. Don't stay up too late on the last night, they were in our room at 6:30am to check the minibar on disembarkation day! Quest is raunchy but super fun -- don't bring your kids! Some people had kids in there and I was uncomfortable sitting near them. A note for families with kids ... not too many elementary/middle school aged kids on our ship. LOTS of high schoolers though. The ship had so many activities for them -- they were busy all the time. They loved it! Also, unlike the Caribbean cruises we've been on ... formal night really means formal night. Tuxedos, Flowing evening gowns, up-do's and everything. The folks in our dining room dressed up (cocktail dresses and suit jackets) for the other nights. And, finally, regarding pre-pay tips. We did it for the first time and I didn't like it. I felt badly the last night at dinner not having envelopes to leave and worried that my room steward would be disappointed when he went in on Sunday morning and didn't find anything. We ultimately wrote them thank you notes and let them know their tips had been pre-paid. We also left some additional cash for each. Enjoy your cruise~!!!! It really is the trip of a lifetime!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
This was our fourth RCI cruise - one with Celebrity and three with Royal Caribbean. On this trip, as always, the quality was excellent, the food, service and accommodation was flawless. We loved the whole experience (with the exception ... Read More
This was our fourth RCI cruise - one with Celebrity and three with Royal Caribbean. On this trip, as always, the quality was excellent, the food, service and accommodation was flawless. We loved the whole experience (with the exception below), and it was a memorable trip. Our other trips have been Caribbean, which is mainly for Americans and this trip was more international, and a bit more laid back than USA dominated cruises. But the quality right across the board was intact. Our stateroom, 6330, with a balcony, was excellent and we loved being reasonably close to the water (this was the lowest deck that has balconies). we went to sleep at night with the balcony open - drifting off to sleep with the sound of the sea is magical! Our stateroom attendant, Stephen, was courteous and efficent and the room was spotless. Our dining room experience as always was excellent. The way we have cruised makes the dining room experience central to the trip. This was no exception, adn once again RCI came up with the goods. Our Serbian waiter, Marjan, was outstanding, and his assistant, Anak was excellent. Together they kept up RCI's reputation for excellent service. The excursions we went on were fine, if a bit pricey - but you don't have to do them if you don't want. The after dinner entertainment as always was great and varied, well hosted by the Italian cruise Director, Simona, who brought some real class to the cruise entretainment program. All in all a great cruise. But we have only given it a four - not a five. At the start of our cruise, going with RCI was a foregone conclusion. Now if we were to book a cruise, we would seriously consider going elsewhere. What has happened? The problem for us is in the number of cruisers on the boat. On our three previous trips with RCI, on board the Century, the Enchantment and the Radiance, the experience was faultless. On the Navigator our impression was that there were 50% more cruisers packed into the same space. For us this showed up most in the Windjammer. Whereas in the past it has been a pleasure to eat at any time in the Windjammer, and five of us, including our children, never had any problem at all in finding somewhere to eat, eating in the Windjammer on this trip with just two of us was hell on wheels. The quality of food, the service etc was fine...but there were just too many people. Finding somewhere to sit was a nightmare...sorry to go on about it but it really affeted our impression of RCI. The pool deck was the same...more like Butlins on a boat than an expensive cruise. Not disrespect to Butlins or those who enjoy it...but it just not wht we wanted on a relatively expensive cruise. Was this a one off? or is it a trend with RCI? I don't know ,but it would make me think carefully again about cruising with them. Maybe its just what RCI have to do to remain profitable, but it meant that for us this cruise gets a four rather than a five. A real shame, because just about everything about RCI, this shop and its staff is excellent. The crew could not have done anything more to make our experience a good one...it's just a mangement decision which I hope they will take a look at. So once again. well done RCI on your outstanding quality and value for money. But crowding out the ship as in my opinion you did, takes the gloss off, and we may look elsewhere next time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
This was my first R.C. cruise and Navigator is the biggest I've cruised with. The centre Royal Promenade is very enjoyable, but was packed like sardines when they hold activities or sales. Good selection of shops. The 8 storey atrium ... Read More
This was my first R.C. cruise and Navigator is the biggest I've cruised with. The centre Royal Promenade is very enjoyable, but was packed like sardines when they hold activities or sales. Good selection of shops. The 8 storey atrium was very impressive and loved all the view points from the decks. The main 2 pool area crowded, noisy,children everywhere. Lack of parental controls, so not able to relax and sunbathe, young ones not potty trained were in pools and hot tubs. Thankfully there is a great,but too small, adult area pool with 2 hot tubs, small 'sun' deck (people vying for chairs in the sun), lots of shaded area, all with great padded loungers. Bar drink prices high, and can't recall any waiter service. My superior Stateroom Deck 9 was a good size, great storage, cute bathroom, plus adequate balcony, all furnishings very nice. Much better room size and furnishings than my ms Zuiderdam deluxe verandah stateroom. Wish smoking would be banned from balconies as I often had to go back in due to adjacent smokers. Windjammer buffet restaurant had great variety, I enjoyed the food. Quite noisy, busy with majority being families, so at meal times hard to get a seat, and people pushing/jumping in and out to buffet tables. Table clean-up service can't keep up.I don't partake in many activities normally, but adequate number offered. Evening shows disappointing (Princess & Holland much better). Normally I prefer 'dine as you want' but had to take 6pm seating. Was pleasantly surprised as our long table was half empty, only 8 of us which worked out well for small talk and decent food wait times. Reasonable menu but limited vegetarian options (Holland was best). Most times we rated food as 'ok', sometimes good, but no raves, none excellent. I felt cruise had perfect number of ports, good selection of excursions. All arrangements went well. Note that port of Souda in Crete was unsightly industrial, nothing to see or do. Ensure you book excursion as everyone raved about them and how lovely town of Chania was. Sicily/Messini: I chose 'Taormina on your own'. Fabulous, must see. Quaint town, well done up, tons of shopping, many cafes/restaurants, but busy with tourists. I got lost & dead-ended on lovely narrow steep streets several times, but can't complain as it was a charming place to wander. I would say the cruise was 50% Italian, mostly families, 30-40% were english speaking (US, Can, UK & Austrialian), remainder spoke other languages. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Our first time on Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas. Embarcation was a breeze. We were on the ship in 15 minutes. Our Grand Suite was impressive and spotless. The entire ship was clean. The entire staff on board were very helpful and ... Read More
Our first time on Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas. Embarcation was a breeze. We were on the ship in 15 minutes. Our Grand Suite was impressive and spotless. The entire ship was clean. The entire staff on board were very helpful and eger to please. The food was good. We ate at the Windjammer only once for breakfast and spent the rest of the cruise eating breakfast in the Nutcracker resturant on deck 3. The eggs benidict were good. We didnt eat lunch much of the time as we were out on shore excursions. We had a 6pm dinner seating each night and the food was excellent except for the prime rib dinner night. It was a poor cut of beef. We ate a Portifinos and Chops once also. Chops was the best. Get the 18 oz Porter house steak. We did not eat at Johnny Rockets. There were 2 formal nights. Some people dressed up while most just wore a sport coat and no tie. The royal promenade had numerous specialty shops such as Ben and Jerry's, and an Irish pub for a wide selection of beers but at additional cost. What saved our liquor bill was the Concierge lounge and its happy hour from 5-8:30 daily. Free drinks. Normally a glass of wine was $10 (including the 15% tip added in) and the cheapest beers were about $7 each. But with the grand suite we got came the free happy hour. Internet access is expensive. $.65 cents a minute. The entertainment was OK. Nothing special. The ice show was good as was the Motown singers and the rock group, The Zoots. Since the cruise was in the med there were not a lot of kids on board. Mostly mid to upper aged individuals. Lots of non-Americans. There is an adult only pool and hot tub as well as the regular pool and 4 hot tubs for the rest of the world to use. I didn't see any topless women as I expected since this was a European cruise. Chairs were hard to come by on days at sea, except if you had a suite, there was reserved seating. Getting off the boat was a breeze. We docked at 5 am and walked off the ship at 6:45 with our bags in hand. No crowds. We had a private limo take us to the airport for about a 45 minute drive and for 100 euros. We didn't feel like waiting on a bus to take us and 50 other people. Overall an excellent vacation. The only bad part was the long flight home to the states. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
While I have a lot of criticism in this review, let me say that we had a great time, and if you really drill down there is no doubt that the value was fantastic on this cruise. There is nowhere, other than staying in your backyard, where ... Read More
While I have a lot of criticism in this review, let me say that we had a great time, and if you really drill down there is no doubt that the value was fantastic on this cruise. There is nowhere, other than staying in your backyard, where you can spend 15 nights for less than the cost of sailing transatlantic. All that said, there were some annoyances, and I'll throw a few of these out. Embarkation: Pretty good considering we showed up way too early and were at the port at 11:00am. We were in the Windjammer by noon, and that in my mind was not bad at all. Arrived in Lauderdale, stayed at the Sleep Inn, and always a great stay. Common Rooms. The Navigator suffers from not having enough bars that are practical. We usually like to have a pre-dinner drink, and the choice was limited to the Schooner, the Constellation, or Boleros. The Schooner was somtetimes not available due to trivia, Boleros has a Latin flavour which is an acquired taste that I haven't yet acquired. We usually settled on the Constellation, which is good, but 11 floors from the dining room. One other irritant was the number of people who used the Windjammer as their private rec room, as on a daily basis the whole front section was taken up by card players and mah jongers. No consideration at all for the fact this is a dining room, not a games room. Sorry to point fingers, but most of the culprits were Cruise Critic badge wearers, of which there were more than 275 on the ship. Not good! Activities: Lots of trivia which was a lot of fun. In particular there were 2 couples from Minnesota that knew more about TV than the head of CBS. Nice people who I hope I run into on future cruises, if you're reading this. Casino was great, staff very friendly, a little disappointed there weren't more craps players, but that's the luck of the draw. Keep up the good work RCL casino staff. Dining: Best wait staff on any cruise ship I've ever been on. The Head Waiter actually did more than sidle around on the last night, and often was seen cleaning off tables. Waiters Gilberto and Li deserve recognition for there efforts and pleasant personalities. Food was really nothing to write home about, with poor beef and small lobster portions, but given the great cost of this trip, I understand that something has to be cut back in order to make a profit for the ship. Rooms: We had a small balcony on the port side of the ship. Lacked a little storage space but it was roomy enough. The TV's in the rooms have been around since "I Love Lucy" and really need to be replaced as a priority. This was particularly important given our 15 nights at sea, 9 of which we were at sea. Excursions: Took the Pisa/Florence tour. Most of this time was on the bus, and a long walk from the bus drop-off. Now I've seen the Tower I doubt I'll ever go back, but glad we went. Toulon (Aix au Provence) was great and I would recommend. Despite all my negativity, I loved the trip. It was great to have so many sea days and it's our intention to do this again in the fall of 2013, starting in Europe and coming west to North America Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We sailed transatlantic and then back to back Mediterranean, so we were on the RCL ship 21 days. The dinner menu basically had one vegetarian alternative -- Indian. I like Indian. Often eat at Indian restaurants. But I don't like ... Read More
We sailed transatlantic and then back to back Mediterranean, so we were on the RCL ship 21 days. The dinner menu basically had one vegetarian alternative -- Indian. I like Indian. Often eat at Indian restaurants. But I don't like Indian food enough to have it for dinner 21 nights in a row, in addition to having it for lunch as well. Moreover, the Indian fare for dinner gave me heartburn every night I had it (the Indian dishes at the lunch buffet didn't). Rarely did they have other vegetarian entrees. My wife ended up eating a baked potato and salad nearly every night. RCL had a different menu each night of the transatlantic, But the next 7 days of the Mediterranean cruise repeated 7 of the TA menus. If RCL wants to encourage back to back cruising they should have different menus for the first cruise after a re-positioning cruise. Coffee was not good -- too strong & bitter. We were told it was Seattle's Best, which we like. Since I don't eat eggs I requested scrambled tofu in the dining room for breakfast; every morning I got the same blank look. After several mornings the cooks actually learned to cook the tofu and not just warm it a bit. I appreciated the head waiter who facilitated my getting the tofu. For nearly the whole cruise one of the pools was empty. That made the remaining pool crowded. Customer service ran out of euros very early (even though the news letter each day encouraged passengers to change their money there). Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
as I said ship was incredible..shows were better than decent..food was passable..wait staff was beyound perfect..they do accomodate gluten free if needed..they don't really accomodate people watching their weight..I ate salmon and ... Read More
as I said ship was incredible..shows were better than decent..food was passable..wait staff was beyound perfect..they do accomodate gluten free if needed..they don't really accomodate people watching their weight..I ate salmon and green veggies..18 out of 23 nights..there were no low calorie..low fat choices..no non fat sugar free soft serve yogurt,,very difficult for even if you are diabetic..no brown rice or whole wheat pasta..buffet closes at 9pm, so you then had to pay for ben and jerry's..and they did have sugar free..[one flavor]..but no fat free= sugar free.. wine package [cheapest] was $155 for 5 regular size bottles..that included 15% tip...Ice show was incredible...Promenade was full of stores and great shows in some evenings..If you are not fussy about what you eat..no washing machines on board and paying $25.00 for a small bag of wash..you won't have a problem..Just remember to reread everything We wnt to Chops for dinner anticipating rack of Lamb..$30.00 pp and after getting the menu found out rack of lamb has been off the menu for a year..It would have been nice if they changed their website to tell all about changes.. so to make a long story short..It was a great cruise..weather was perfect..people were nice..crew was great..shows were good..but as i said ...they nickle and dime you to death Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
The process of getting on board the ship was fairly painless. I flew into Ft. Lauderdale and was greeted by the RCCL rep, who directed me to a waiting shuttle bus. I packed for a 15-day cruise, so I had two nearly 50 lb suitcases, plus a ... Read More
The process of getting on board the ship was fairly painless. I flew into Ft. Lauderdale and was greeted by the RCCL rep, who directed me to a waiting shuttle bus. I packed for a 15-day cruise, so I had two nearly 50 lb suitcases, plus a carry-on. That's a lot of luggage for a lone woman to handle! There were carts available at the airport to rent, but it would have been nice to have a porter to help. I was there about 2 hours before boarding time, but was allowed to board early. There was a long line at check-in, even though I had filled out all the forms online which stated it would make check-in quicker and easier. The first 8 days of cruisng was a REAL vacation! I had a balcony room (which I recommend for anyone who is on a ship that long) and enjoyed watching the ocean whenever I had a chance. The cruise line had a jam packed itinerary for all passengers. I didn't need all the activity, but according to the daily updates, more people than they'd counted on were taking part in the activities. I especially enjoyed the daily lectures and evening entertainment. The food at the Windjammer was just okay. On a scale of one to ten, I'd have to give it a five. The same with the main dining room. Just okay food. I ate at two specialty restaurants, Chops and Portofino, and the food there was excellent. My cabin steward, Ray, was outstanding. He was so kind to me and though I didn't require much attention, he was always nearby with a smile and willing attitude. The waiters in the main dining room were excellent, as well. I really enjoyed getting to know them. I was seated with 5 of the most interesting and lively women, who I enjoyed tremendously. Thanks to all of them for making dinner time the highlight of my day! There was a fantastic ice dancing show that required getting special tickets. That didn't go so well, in my opinion. We were told tickets would be handed out at 10:00 one morning. (This was the second round of ticket giveaways.) I went down at about ten minutes before hand, and the line already spread over the length of the ship. I probably stood in line for 45 minutes. I believe that could have been handled differently. Why not just have the room attendants leave tickets under the door? On the first day of excursions in Tenerife, it was a nightmare--a complete and utter failure of the activity director (or whoever handled it) to have an organized departure for those taking tours. We stood in line and then were seated, waiting, for over an hour--time that was supposed to have been spent on our tour. After complaining loudly--on the phone and in writing--I was refunded a portion of my fee, and then the following days the tours went smoothly. Hundreds of people were digusted on that day and I'm sure made their voices heard. We had some problems with people saving seats in the Metropolis Theater--when there were signs everywhere, and announcements everywhere, that saving seats was prohibited. Some people just don't like to follow rules. It makes it very frustrating when you go early enough to get a good seat, only to find that someone is saving 8 seats for friends who don't get there until 5 minutes before show time. I believe that could have been handled by having ushers seat everyone. First come, first serve. Instead, people were rude and unkind--on both ends. I didn't visit the movie theater on board one time, primarily because the movies weren't any good. Also, they ran the same movies over and over on TV. It would have been nice to have a better selection. CBS was the TV station providing some shows, and they ran the same shows the entire trip. Why couldn't they have recorded a couple of weeks worth of shows, instead of repeating the same things? My cabin was excellent. The staff was excellent. There was plenty of entertainment for whoever wanted it. So aside from a few glitches, the cruise was fun and left me with mostly good memories. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We decided in mid 2011 to celebrate our 30th anniversary with a cruise. Booking through Vacations to Go was a breeze and there was never a question that was not answered promptly and accurately. Ours was a 9 night cruise from Ft. ... Read More
We decided in mid 2011 to celebrate our 30th anniversary with a cruise. Booking through Vacations to Go was a breeze and there was never a question that was not answered promptly and accurately. Ours was a 9 night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to the eastern Caribbean with stops in St. Maarten, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, San Juan, and Royal Caribbean's private facility at Labadee, Haiti. Embarkation was fast and efficient. We arrived at the pier about an hour before the listed boarding time and fully expected to wait a while, but were boarded right away. We purposely chose an interior cabin on deck 7. I guess a balcony would be nice but we prefer dark and quiet when it's time to sleep. With an interior cabin that's what you get! The cabin was squeaky clean and ready for us when we boarded. There was even an anniversary bottle of wine and an onboard credit voucher from our travel agent (Vacations to Go) waiting for us! As we set sail (about an hour late due to port traffic) I began to notice the demographics of this cruise were heavily weighted toward senior citizens. Not just senior, but REALLY senior. Many appeared to be in the octogenarian ranks with all manner of physical afflictions. It was sort of like "Welcome aboard the Nursing Home of the Seas." With that said, it should be quite obvious that using the lifts was a struggle and just moving about the ship in general had to be carefully planned. After a day and a half at sea, we diverted into St. Thomas on a medical emergency. Unfortunately a passenger failed to heed the contract clause that states "Passengers must be able to withstand the rigors of sailing . . . etc." and reported to sick bay early on. For reasons unknown the pax. could not be helicoptered off, thus the diversion. (Did not affect port schedule at all.) Medical problems aside, many of the oldsters on this cruise had some of the WORST attitudes and displayed some of the WORST manners and discourteous behavior I have ever seen in my life! They would bitch and complain about the most ridiculous things, jump the line to enter shows, dining room, etc., break wind in crowded spaces, argue loudly with one another, treat crew members disrespectfully, and treat fellow passengers worse. Most seemed to hail from "up nawth" including a cadre of rude Canadians. Just one thing to say - If you can't behave any better than what you displayed on this trip, stay in "snow land" or buy your own ship to sail on! You are an embarrassment to we seniors who are aging with grace and dignity. As I mentioned, embarkation in Ft. Lauderdale was a breeze largely because passengers arrived over a period of about 3 1/2 hours. Disembarking was another story. You would think that a busy port would plan ahead for several ships turning around on the same day. Nope! Port Everglades was woefully understaffed to manage the crowds trying to get from CBP to their ground transportation provider. Actually leaving the ship was uneventful. We made it through CBP in about 5 minutes and that's where the "fun" began. At pier 29 everyone must use ground transportation of some kind as their is no parking deck close enough to walk to. Problem is this, there is no signage and no personnel to direct and control the people waiting for shuttle buses, cabs, limos, etc. There are 2 local deputy sheriffs whom make it clear their only responsibility is to keep traffic moving. Many of the rude and disgusting "nawtheners" jumped the lines and boarded the shuttles ahead of those who had been waiting. We finally had to physically block people from jumping line to get on the Park n' Go shuttle to the apparent amusement of the 2 deputies. Bottom line is this: We will do everything possible to AVOID Ft. Lauderdale/Port Everglades when we cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Just got back from Navigator of the Seas Eastern Caribbean. Boarding the ship went real smooth and leaving was even faster. Supper in the main dinning hall was good. We had late dinning, in Nutcracker, the first day and the wait ... Read More
Just got back from Navigator of the Seas Eastern Caribbean. Boarding the ship went real smooth and leaving was even faster. Supper in the main dinning hall was good. We had late dinning, in Nutcracker, the first day and the wait staff appeared like they were disorganized. We got our dinning changed to early dinning, Swan Lake, for the rest of the trip. The wait staff in Swan Lake was really great. Selections were ok and the food was great. Lunch at the main dinning room, Fantastic salad bar. Windjammer I felt was just ok. Just like going to any restraunt buffet. Nothing to write home about. Being a Sushi fan, I was looking forward to Jade. It was a big let down. Salomon, shrimp and veggie offerings. Would of like to see some Tuna, Mackrel and the like. Excursion were good. My wife and SIL did the Dolphin encounter in Cozmule I did the Bottom Fishing. We all enjoyed our excursions. I Grand Caymen we did the Pirate Encounter. Even though we didn't have grandkids along, it was great watching the crew interact with the little ones. I would highly recomend this excursion if you are traveling with kids. Shows: We only went to the Ice Show. It was great and not to be missed. I spent most of my time in Two Poets. The guitar player was very good. Went to 19th Hole once. The bartender even remembered my name the next day when I went up to Cloud 9. Same way in the cigar lounge after one visit. Don't know how they do it. Ship: Everything was beautiful. We had cabin 3600. It was very quiet. The room attendent was was very good and attentive to his job, but not really outward going in personality like the rest of the crew. The whole section of cabins had a water problem. Sometimes you couldn't get cold water. Try taking pills or brushing your teeth with water hot enough to make tea. The problem was not solved all week. I got the feeling that the crew wasn't in tune with some of the needs of a senior citizen. Overall, our last 2 cruises on The Majesty was a lot better. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Our family decided to try the Grand Suite luxuries on the Navigator of the Seas as our first experience with Royal Caribbean and our first experience leaving from Port Everglades. We flew into Ft Lauderdale on Friday, March 30th and ... Read More
Our family decided to try the Grand Suite luxuries on the Navigator of the Seas as our first experience with Royal Caribbean and our first experience leaving from Port Everglades. We flew into Ft Lauderdale on Friday, March 30th and stayed at the Hampton Inn North for the night--nice room, free airport and cruise port transfers--good value. Sailed March 31st, Easter Caribbean itinerary. The ship is beautiful and we had a good time, however, the process of getting on board was greatly disappointing and left us rethinking our decision. Arrived at the port at 10:30, left our luggage outdoors with the porters (which was our first head-scratcher)and headed to the terminal. Not much organization outside the building while we waited, but oh boy, what a surprise awaited us when we got inside! The place resembled a warehouse--concrete walls with a few random RCI posters stuck to the walls and a check-in desk that looked temporary at best. Exposed ventilation ducts, industrial lighting, noisy, etc. Chin up--we still had the "priority boarding" area for GS and above to look forward to..and what a WOW factor THAT turned out to be(and not in a good way)! After check-in, ALL passengers were directed to large lines of connected chairs to await boarding---our "priority boarding" area was a roped off area of about 4 lines of these pretty-disgusting looking chairs. Ugh! Our rows WERE called first to board, but not at ALL a good first impression of RCI, and everybody knows what they say about first impressions. On Board a little after noon, we were told our cabins would be ready by 1:30--no big deal, we headed for lunch at Windjammer. Looking around the ship, we were impressed by the decor and especially the Grand Promenade. Beautiful! This ship really doesn't show it's age. Before going in to eat, we noticed it was raining outside, quite heavily, too. Nice buffet, good meal, and we were impressed by the number of choices. Our cabin, our Grand Suite, was ready as promised and it was beautiful! Birthday decorations were in place on the door and in the room for my daughter's birthday to her great surprise. For our family of four, there was more than enough room and tons of storage space for our things. We knew our bags would be delivered at some point, so we kept checking back throughout the afternoon to see if they arrived. Alas, they did not arrive before dinner. We like to dress for dinner but were forced to enter the beautiful Main Dining Room for the first seating in very casual clothes. We weren't alone. Checking our cabin after dinner, our bags had arrived---four out the the six were WET! Not sure why some of the first bags to arrive at the dock were STILL not on the ship or at least under cover in their trolleys or a holding area by the time that rain came. First the warehouse, now this? Time to find out how our GS Concierge service worked. Quite well, it turned out. Concierge Karen Hernandez is wonderful! Her customer service skills are outstanding. Commiseration, free laundry service and a bottle of wine later, we left her lounge happy. She must have been inundated with similar problems that day, but never appeared frazzled---what a gem she is!The Sail Away "party" was another disappointment--they just kept coming on Day 1 for us. This ship seriously is not for families with children--this "party" was a dud and we left. After that first day, things did get better. The ship is lovely, beautifully appointed and well-maintained. The cabin stewards are very friendly--we had Ray and he was terrific (although he did miss a pair of undershorts tucked into the vanity chair during the quick turnover from the previous occupants---or maybe that was just another perk for a GS?). I loved the day-of-the-week inserts in the carpeting of the elevators. Usually crowded though, and Spring Break travel brings lots of unsupervised teens who would quickly press ALL the buttons before exiting so that the cars stopped at all floors. Not impressed by how some parents can't teach their kids to behave. Our cabin doorbell was rung late hours a couple times, the Happy Birthday poster on the door was stolen, and, on the last day, the "make up the room" card was cut into pieces and inserted back into the door slot on just about every suite that we saw on our way to the aft elevators. The Casino was great fun, but the theatrical performances were blah-the RCI lip-syncing "singers" and dancers were not that good. The ice show was a WOW! The comedian Bobby Collins was hysterical--wish he had been booked for TWO shows. James the jewelry guy wasn't a favorite--I won a necklace in one of his drawings(on Day 2)and chased after him until Day 7 before I got my prize(thank you Karen for helping!). Labadee was beautiful--Barefoot Beach was beautiful and I'm SO glad I rented a cabana(B2)--it was comfy for the family and we had our best day there. Grandson loved the kid's club on board--the counselors there kept the children engaged and active in fun games and competitions. One of the nicest perks of the GS was the valet luggage service for debarkation--sign up with Karen early for this! We received our special tags for our bags, set them outside our door and off they went at 11:00pm the night before debarkation, not to be seen again until Baggage Claim at your home airport. No searching through the warehouse for your color section, no lugging them through customs yourself or shuffling them to transport. WOW! Overall, we liked this cruise although you might not be able to tell from all the verbiage above. WE had a great time despite the diversions. Will we cruise RCI again? Probably, but not soon. And never again out of Port Everglades. Overall, not even the Suite life can lure us away from our favorite, Disney. Our next cruise is booked on the Fantasy. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
My husband and I are new to cruising and we'd been to the fjords last year with P & O so chose a another cruise company to get a different experience. We had one week in Orlando before driving to Fort Lauderdale to board the ... Read More
My husband and I are new to cruising and we'd been to the fjords last year with P & O so chose a another cruise company to get a different experience. We had one week in Orlando before driving to Fort Lauderdale to board the Navigator of the Seas for a 6 night cruise to the Western Caribbean. Leaving the car at the airport was a breeze and instructions to get the shuttle to the ship quite straightforward. Embarkation however was very messy with queues right out the building in the morning heat. Staff were very efficient and we got on-board and into our cabins. We were advised to take our swimsuits in our hand-luggage as the suitcases didn't arrive for another couple of hours so we got our bearings and had lunch and went to the pools. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 just in front of the bulge so couldn't see the back of the ship but the views were wonderful anyway. The bathroom was larger than expected and the shower with sliding doors very practical as water is kept inside and doesn't spill all over the floor.They also have shower gel in a container on the wall which is replenished as required. The queen size bed big enough but very hard even with a pillowtop. Our stateroom attendant Jorge was extremely helpful and couldn't do enough for us. Nothing was too much trouble as with the Freedom dining choice and staff in that dining room. We never tried the other two dining rooms which have a surcharge because we were quite happy with the choices we had. Food choices in the buffet style dining were excellent. You could not fault the freshness or quality. We found the staff not as cheerful but then you're in and out quicker than in the other dining options. Entertainment accommodated dining sittings with two shows in the evenings so you didn't feel you'd missed out one by choosing the other. The newsletter put in your cabin every evening allowed you to plot what you wanted to do the following day. The ice-skating show was very good as was the "Broadway show" with all the costumes on the last night. The casino seemed to attract a lot of custom but we made a point of going around it because the smoking allowed in that area was so intense it ruined it for us. We enjoyed the Solarium the most as it's adults only and with the salt water pool and two hot water jacuzzis you felt yourself unwind. The spa is beautiful with treatment rooms overlooking the sea but the Elemis treatments were too expensive to indulge in everyday especially with the 15% surcharge on top of the price. The fitness center was also very good and the kingsize jacuzzi excellent to melt away tight muscles. There were quite a few children on board but they had their own space onboard with their own activities so we didn't see much of them which for some is very important. We saw several families with young children in the dining room and a credit to their parents because they so well behaved. The negative is the 15% surcharge on everything. The drinks, treatments, wine, beer, cocktails and excursions we found to be overpriced because they have us as a captive audience and then you have to add the 15% on top. No alcohol is allowed to be taken onboard even when bought in the ports we visited. It is taken off you on embarkation and returned to you the evening before you disembark to pack in your suitcase. All in all though, a very pleasant experience. Something for all age groups from the sporty to the more laid back customer. I'll certainly be trying another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
We went with a neighborhood group of 17 people who commonly cruise together. The embarkation process at pier 29 in Fort Lauderdale was terrible. Our luggage was outside getting wet in the rain. The line to get through security was long ... Read More
We went with a neighborhood group of 17 people who commonly cruise together. The embarkation process at pier 29 in Fort Lauderdale was terrible. Our luggage was outside getting wet in the rain. The line to get through security was long and very slow. They had 4 security stations for 3000+ passengers. Disembarking was worse. We couldn't get off the ship until 10AM and then waited another half hour to get through the customs line. I will never sail from Fort Lauderdale at pier 29 again. The dining room menu selection and food was not good. All of us were disappointed. Interestingly enough, the Windjammer buffet was very good. We at ate both Chops, their steakhouse and Portofino's italian restaurant. Chops was good. Portofino's was outstanding. The prices, $30 and $20 per person respectively, are very reasonable given the quality of the food and service. you have to try the sandwiches at the Sandwich Bar on the promenade. They're great! We sailed on Superbowl weekend. One of our group had a suite and wanted to set up a bar with finger food and have us all watch the game. They wouldn't do it. They won't allow you to buy a bottle of liquor and mixers for your stateroom. We thought that was odd since there are 14 bars on the ship. They encourage alcohol consumption, why not allow you to buy alcohol for your room. Even the mini bar in the room had no alcohol. The ice show was fantastic. The stage shows were good, although we could have done without the juggler. The parades on the promenade were also great. The ship is beautiful and the staff is absolutely great!! All in all, we had a good cruise. I'd recommend the Navigator to anyone who isn't overly concerned about the food. Other than that, you can't help but have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
My 3rd cruise alone after my wife passed away in 2009. I decided to give RCI a spin after several cruises on Holland-America and last year on Carnival Dream. It is tough to find a decent price when you travel alone. I selected a ... Read More
My 3rd cruise alone after my wife passed away in 2009. I decided to give RCI a spin after several cruises on Holland-America and last year on Carnival Dream. It is tough to find a decent price when you travel alone. I selected a Promenade stateroom on Deck 8 midship.....not a bad selection. Departure was not as bad as one review stated. Arrived at Terminal 29 at 12:10 pm. Was on board at 12:48. Room were ready by 1:30 pm with suitcase by 4 pm. Muster drill was efficient and we were sailing! Nutcracker dining room on deck 3, table 353. Sat with 8 others - very enjoyable. I have always had good table mates; it certainly adds to the pleasure of cruising. Cabin was a bit disappointing in size - especially the bathroom. Smaller than Holland-America or Carnival. Food was as good on Navigator as on H-A or Carnival. I really couldn't see much difference. Certainly do miss the Chocolate Extravaganza and Ice Carvings from previous years! TV channel selection was better than H-A or Carnival; had CNN and Fox News (well most of the time!) Ambiance on the ship is a bit subdued. Dining room, theater, etc. does not have the richness (my opinion anyway!) of Carnival Corp. ships. Loved the Solarium - great place to spend time reading and relaxing. I don't like the layout for walking however. Can't walk outside the entire perimeter of the ship on Deck 3; you have to continue on Deck 4. Deck 12 is walkable except for the tremendous wind. Cruise Director Dan Dan the Party Man was the least effective of any cruise I have been on. Entertainment on the ship was mediocre at best. We started with Super Bowl on theater screen. Shows were short - basically one hour and production value was sub-par. Ice show is okay (well I have seen plenty ice shows in my day). Contract act of skating hula-hoop artist was quite good. Service was good. Room Attendant Samiel (Philippines) was absolutely outstanding; dining room waitress Turkessa (Jamaica) was fantastic (a real sweetheart!). Never had to wait for an elevator as I climbed the stairs the entire cruise - never once used an elevator. Debarkation started about 30 minutes late. I was off ship at 8 am (instead of 7:30). Not sure I will sail RCI next time but, heck, that's just my opinion! St. Maarten/St Martin is good port. Philipsburg is better than Marigot. St. Kitts was neat experience - did the Sugar Cane train. Their FREE pina coladas are better than on the ship. Old San Juan is always a neat visit. Labadee wasn't too exciting for me; was very humid! Gratuities were a bit odd. RCI encourages standard tips for Head Waiter, Waiter, Asst. Waiter and Room Attendant. I couldn't see why head waiter needs a tip. I did standard and gave extra to great service of waiter and attendant. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
We just got back yesterday from our 6 night cruise aboard the beautiful Navigator of the Seas. This is the largest ship my husband and I have been on and our first time with a balcony, which we LOVED and felt it was worth the extra money ... Read More
We just got back yesterday from our 6 night cruise aboard the beautiful Navigator of the Seas. This is the largest ship my husband and I have been on and our first time with a balcony, which we LOVED and felt it was worth the extra money especially since we were celebrating our 20th Anniversary. I loved the Royal Promenade and the spaciousness of it. I found the decore all over the ship beautiful and the staff always so attentive and helpful. We enjoyed the shows we saw, only one production show, Ballroom Fever and it was the entertainers first cruise and they had to be fitted and reherse.There was a magician/comedian who was wonderful and we caught the end to the Nelson Brothers' Show which was good. Lots of different music all over the ship. This was our third cruise with RC and I felt that the food in the dining room was note quite as good as on the Grandure and Enchantment, however what was good was that there were more choices for light dinning other than the Windjammer, which is always so crowded during meal times no matter which ship you go on. My husband loved Chops, but unfortunately I was not feeling 100% that night and couldn't enjoy it as I wanted to. We did our own thing in each port. Labadee was extremely beautiful, however there were two ships in port, us and Explorer and each ship had approximately 3000 passangers, so with 6000 people on the beach it got crowded. We ended up going back to the ship and having the Solarium almost to ourselves. I love sea days, but one problem with all the ships is enough pool side seating, but I'm not sure how they could solve this. Overall we had a wonderful time and even put a deposit down for a future cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
We enjoyed our third Royal Caribean cruise on the Navigator during the NE school vacation February 18-26th (our sixth in total)after being on the Explorer and Mariner in the last three years. We are a family of four with two older teens. ... Read More
We enjoyed our third Royal Caribean cruise on the Navigator during the NE school vacation February 18-26th (our sixth in total)after being on the Explorer and Mariner in the last three years. We are a family of four with two older teens. It was an eight day cruise visiting St Martin, St. Kitts, San Juan and Labadee. Having been on two similar ships, it felt deja vu and very comfortable. In fact, the Explorer seemed to follow us on 3:4 ports (more about that later) We arrived from the warm NE three days early to do some sightseeing in the Fort Lauderdale Area. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn booked via an internet agency for very reasonable price. We were very satisfied with the Fairfield especially the cleanliness and the breakfast. It was centrally located off of 95 if you had a car;however without a car, it was isolated if you were to stay there more than one night. We returned our Alamo rent a car after noon on the day of embarkation. It took about an hour to get to the port via their shuttle bus. The first one was too crowded so we had to wait for another. Then it took a bit longer to get into the port where there was an accident between a private vehicle and tour bus. Then of course they stopped at each of the seven piers and we were the last one. Keep an eye on your luggage as the driver almost unloaded some poor couples luggage at the wrong pier We arrived around 1pm; we breezed through the check-in and were on the ship within 15 minutes. We immediately dropped off our carry ons in our room and then went to the Windjammer. It wasn't even that crowded as most had eaten. I enjoyed my obligatory Honey Stung Chicken and salad. After lunch, my husband and I worked out and then went to unpack our luggage which arrived sometime after 3pm right before the 4pm muster We were seated in Table 357 and we were surprised for our family of four to be seated with at a table of 6. We found out that another family of six were separated and seated two each at the nearbye tables. They were reasonably upset but we got along so well they kept their arrangements and they would switch tables daily which made interesting. The food was OK, not good or bad. The service was quite good; though we made a point to tell our waiters to have our sodas and iced tea available to us upon arrival (as the first three nights it took 30 minutes to arrive). After that things got better. My old favorites like vidalia onion tart etc seemed different. Some of the foods came lukewarm; but we didn't make a big deal of it. I did not like; however when the mahi tempora was full of bones. We ate some snacks in promenade, one lunch in MDR and a couple of room service snacks (though 30-40 minute wait, they were always hot and delicious) Ports: St Martin: We went on Bernards Tours with "Sugar" as our driver. We had a fantastic time, one of the best excursions ever in my six cruises. We felt that we got a comprehensive tour of the island and he really listened to our needs. We saw the iguanas, sea urchins, Orient Beach, Marigot, Maho. I made a request to stop at Rimas, he was more than happy to oblige, let us off with another family, gave us enough time and picked us up to return to the ship. We were 1:7 ships that day. St Kitts: RCL sponsored volcano hike: I had a miserable time on Mt Misery. Despite being experienced hikers, it rained in the rainforest in the entire time, making for dangerous conditions. We hiked to the top, was given minutes to rest plus there was nothing to see due to the clouds. I am surprised that RCL runs such a dangerous excursion. Without the rain and the ankle deep much, it would have been better but it is unpredictable. San Juan: Too short as usual. We were next to the Explorer again. We used the day to shop around the island, since we couldn't shop in St Kitts due to being covered with mud. We enjoyed the small shops and the jewelry street vendors who have some unusual reasonably priced costume jewelry. Labadee: Again we were with the Explorer with over 6000 passengers. It was easy to get seats as the attendants would bring you one; however the wait for the food was 30-40 minutes. The most confusing part was that the ships were on different times. We had turned our clocks back the night before while the Explorer still was on Caribean time. So each time we asked the time so not to miss our excursion, we would get a different answer depending on what ship the person was from. We did the jet skiing which we did before and it was a lot of fun. The entertainment was mixed. The ice show was nice but I enjoyed the shows more on the other ships. The company dancers were OK, they were leaving the ship after this cruise and it showed. They had a fantastic comedien and I really enjoyed the Nelson brothers. We enjoyed working out, the free classes and took stairs everywhere which kept the weight gain down. All in all, it was a great cruise Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
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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