Great Cruise Despite Error: Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by cruisologist

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Great Cruise Despite Error

Sail Date: March 2013
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans
Embarkation in New Orleans was quick and easy. From drop off till boarding was about fifteen minutes. Be sure to arrive a day or two before your cruise to enjoy the many offerings of New Orleans. The music, food, and vibe are well worth the extra time and money.

This was our first cruise on the Navigator, so we were excited about exploring the ship. Each Voyager class ship is the same layout, but different in venue names and colors. We were also excited to see the stage shows and the ice show. The shows were very well done. The casino was actually in a Mardi Gras theme...very fitting! All in all, the appearance of the ship was very pleasing.

The glitch came on the day we ported in Jamaica. We got off the ship to do some t-shirt shopping and just explore the new Falmouth terminal. After all the walking, we were hot and sweaty and looking forward to getting back on the ship, going to our room, and taking a shower. Didn't happen. We got back on the ship, got More to our stateroom and found the door propped open and the smell of paint overwhelming us, and workers out on our balcony. I have no clue to the kind of paint they use, but it burns your nose and eyes. They had masks, we didn't. We were not asked if workers could come into our cabin while we were gone, nor were we informed this was going to happen. We were upset that anyone could have come into our cabin and taken anything they wanted because the workers had no clue who belonged there. On top of that, we were unable to shower and change clothes. When they finally left our cabin, we discovered that the fumes were impossible to ignore. We were so angry. After some heated discussion (us), RC gave us a nice on board credit and a new room of equal quality. After we packed, they sent some people up to move everything. It was refreshing for a cruise line to acknowledge their mistake and then fix it. Thank you. Yes, I will cruise RC again. I also tell others to cruise RC.

The food was very nice on this ship. Room service was friendly and quick on the three occasions we used it. We really loved Portofino's. The Filet Mignon was perfect and the Risotto was yummy.

Cruise staff and cruise director were really great. My favorite was Roberto from Mexico. He was so funny and full of personality. I usually don't like Karaoke, but he made it all worthwhile.

Debarkation was smooth and fast. Even with our glitch, our cruise was a positive experience. I hope to sail RC again in the near future. Less

Published 03/14/13

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We have been to Cozumel so many times. This cruise was for relaxing and we did not exit the ship. I will say that the view from the ship was awesome and the color of the water was (as always) surreal.
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BUYER BEWARE! We found a lot of irregular shirts they were trying to pass off as perfect in several shops at $20.00 dollars or more. The Margaritaville at this port is unbelievable. We picked out two t-shirts...T-SHIRTS...that they tried to get us to pay $74.95 for. They added on over $20.00 in so called taxes to our purchase. We snatched our credit card out of the clerks hand and told him #ell no! We have been to two other ports in Jamaica and NEVER had this happen. The on board shopping "expert" was clueless. Montego Bay Margaritaville has always been fair, so I really don't understand how the one at Falmouth can get away with trying to rip people off.
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We took a tender to shore and just walked around and shopped. Stopped at the Swarovski Store to buy a new piece to add to our collection. Tax free shopping is always more fun.

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