OUR BEST CRUISE EVER!!! SAILING 12/22/12: Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by ladylois38

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Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans
EMBARKATION: We flew non-stop from Washington,D.C. to New Orleans on Dec.21 and stayed with our children and grandchildren at the Marriott Springhill Suites in the warehouse district. We particularly like Springhill Suites because they include a free breakfast. The Hotel is close enough to the pier so that our kids just walked with their luggage to the pier. We took a taxi, left our luggage with the porters and were on board the ship within fifteen to twenty minutes..best embarkation ever!! We loved sailing on the Mississippi River..much more interesting than going right into the ocean.

SHIP INTERIOR: The Navigator of the Seas is still a beautiful vessel! We sailed a few years ago on her sister ship, Explorer of the Seas, so we knew our way around at once. Our staterooms were on deck three, oceanview..we had four cabins side by side...our daughter and her husband had connecting cabins with their three children which is a perfect arrangement, because, among other things, More it allows them to have two bathrooms. The cabins are beautifully designed, with plenty of storage behind mirrors, shelves in the closets and great lighting! Our cabin attendant was fine, and did the towel animals almost every evening which is always entertaining. They were especially cute in our grandchildren's cabin. We really did not ask for anything special except for a bucket of ice each day, however, our grandkids' cabin did require a bit more effort.

DINING ROOM: We were at table #291 and table #294. There were twenty of us altogether in our party, all cousins, who had decided to take this cruise. My travel agent was able to link the two tables, so we had two oval tables together on deck three in the Nutcracker Dining Room. Our server, Ivor, and his assistants, Robert and Ruben were FABULOUS!!! This was the best service we have ever had on any cruise and the dining room experience can make or break a cruise! The food is adequate..not gourmet, but tasty! The soups are superb, especially the cold fruit soups, and the desserts were always good. They had lobster tails two nights, which were fine, and they had prime rib, which was also very good. They also offer a menu for those who are trying to be calorie conscious, which is quite satisfactory. We did not use any of the specialty restaurants although one of my grandchildren went to Johnny Rockets, which was just okay! ENTERTAINMENT: The entertainment on this ship was my greatest disappointment. I have the feeling that Royal Caribbean is using their entertainment budget to enhance the programs on their newer and larger ships, and are neglecting their older ships. The performers are talented, but the productions were not worthy of their talent. The costumes were cheap, there were no sets and until the third program, I did not even know they had an orchestra. The ice show was the only show that was really professionally done and it was excellent!!! The Schooner Bar also had a pianist with an amazing repertoire and he packed the place every night!!

MISCELLANEOUS: The only port we had not been to was Jamaica, which was okay, but the guides never forgot to remind us that they wanted to be tipped. We went to Paradise Beach in Cozumel, which is the best beach of all and the most reasonable for what you get, and in the Caymans we went to the Royal Palms Beach Club, where our daughter had reserved a cabana and four beach chairs in advance for $100. It was expensive but lovely. The hotels on the Caymans do not give day passes at Christmas, so there were not too many options since we had already done the Stingray thing. Our disembarkation was easy. We had an eleven o'clock flight back to D.C. so we arranged for an early disembarkation..the process is not quite as organized as the embarkation, but we purchased transfers for a quick bus ride via Royal Caribbean, and went quickly through customs.

This was really our best cruise ever and can't wait to sail again!! Less

Published 01/04/13

Cabin review: F Large Oceanview Stateroom

we were on the third deck, oceanview cabin, no balcony. The location is near the theatre but the rooms are very quiet! There are no inside cabins in this corridor. The only downside, this part of deck three does not go through to the centrum. In order to get to the other side of the ship you must go up to deck 4, walk through the casino, which reeks of smoke, (they do not care about the kids cutting through the casino)and then go back to deck three if your dining deck is on three. If you are going to the Windjammer, you can go directly to deck 11, but then you will walk through the Solarium, the pool area and then come out at the Windjammer. Nevertheless, we don't mind walking and we do love the lower deck.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Our favorite port on this trip. We went to Paradise Beach which is absolutely beautiful! It has been enlarged and redone since our last trip and they now have a large, gorgeous swimming pool, where they actually have submerged some of the lounge chairs in the water...very cool!!! Their beach is the best and for a few dollars more, you can use the water toys in the sea, which are plentiful and so much fun!! Their food is very good, the service is excellent and I highly recommend that beach...there is a very small entrance fee if you want to rent a beach chair and umbrella, and I am sure Paradise Beach is one of the best on the island.
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We purchased our excursion through Royal Caribbean..it seems to be easier in this case. Our kids and our younger cousins went tubing on the River Bueno and loved it. We took a trip, partly by bus, into the mountains and then took a rafting trip on bamboo rafts with guides who did the paddling and ended up at a drink tasting. It was okay but a very long time spent on a bus! The cost was $69 per person, which is considered pretty reasonable for a Royal Caribbean excursion.
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our daughter had rented, in advance, a cabana which included 4 beach chairs for $100 at the Royal Palms Beach Club. Food was extra. The beach there was lovely, but it was an expensive day. The hotels on Grand Cayman do not offer day passes at Christmas and we did not want to do Sting Ray city again.

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