Westen Caribbean Dec 1-8 2013, with TIPS.: Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Sat1

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Westen Caribbean Dec 1-8 2013, with TIPS.

Sail Date: December 2013
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston
First, a few tips, Be sure to bring 2 or 3 ball point pens, also extra batteries, AA are very expensive on ship. Also a small folding bag to use on shopping tours.

Four bus load of cruisers, arrived at the ship terminal about 12:45, note RCL uses terminal 2. I was told to move to the front of the line, as I am 85, traveling alone, and use a walker. Just inside the terminal, which appeared more like a huge warehouse, was then told to use the wheelchair lane, and moved to the next agent. Showed my documents, then over to the security line, just like at the airports.

Walked to the opposite end of the area, qued up, when an agent held up a number sign, proceeded to check in. Gave my documents to Rebecca, had a photo taken, then given my Sea Pass. No picture on it, but when the Sea Pass is scanned as you enter, or leave the ship, your picture is on the screen for security to view. Neat.

Then walk back to the security area, exited to another room, presented my Sea More Pass, and up to the next floor. The gangway i here and up to deck 4 to board. Now the Sea Pass is scanned and I entered the ship. Here is where the confusion starts. All want to go up to their rooms, (cruisers like to use nautical terms, ok, staterooms.) TIP, elevators are called lifts, so look for one that is going down, get in. When it is ready to go up, tap in your deck number.

Remember, Starboard (right), port (left.) Door to my room, was quite heavy, the interior was adequate for me, two is ok, four is a crowd. The shower is about 40" diameter. A bar of soap in shower and next to wash basin. The used one will not be replaced.

The TV set was about an 18", with good display, ships activities was being shown. On the bed was the ship's Cruise Compass. It will help you decide what events you wish to do/see the next day. Mark them down, It will help you.

There is muster a 4 this is the life preserver drill. Although the TV indicated to bring preservers with you, don't. If you wish to have a seat, arrive at 3:45, the drill will be about 15 minutes.

There is a circus parade at 5:15 at the Royal Promenade, deck 5. Dinner is served at 6 in the Windjammer Cafe, you won't be allowed to enter early. When you do enter, head to your right past the bar, the Jade portion is here, for the Asian styled food. Pass this to the main food area. TIP. No trays, also no spoons with the fork and knife. Pick up one at the soup, or desert area.

Coffee, tea, water and a strawberry-kiwi drinks are free. The wait staff was extremely helpful. They wanted to carry my food for me. Take names, if you can, of all that help. TIP. Remember food is aft,entertainment is forward. Also public restrooms, men on port, ladies on, yep, right.

TIP. The ships movement is shown on the TV, I think 14, take a picture of the screen, but turn off the flash first. You will find this interesting as you pass into the Gulf, and the Mexican ports.

TIP. On deck 4, to reach forward, or aft, you must walk through the maze if slots, easier on deck 5. Also the life boats are on this deck, medical on deck 1. To reach deck 14, use port side lifts.

The main show is in the Metropolis Theater, decks 3 and 4. Wheel chair passengers, should use deck 4, as the area just inside is reserved for this use. The Dungeon is the disco room, deck 4 is the bar area, while deck 3 is the dance floor. A fun place, was here past 11:00, for a few nights.

Internet fee is .75 per minute, or 38 minutes for $24.95! A WOW card may be on your bed, last night, to express who did an outstanding job to assist you. The ice show was on the second day, and a must see. Be sure to obtain tickets early, and also arrive early for a good seat. the show was fabulous! It is on deck 3, best to either walk down, or use the forward lifts.

I wanted to visit the bridge overlook on deck 11. Use the exit doors, near the spa,then walk forward. You can look down into the bridge, and perhaps an officer might be at the controls. Must have been on auto-pilot when I looked in.

As I explored the ship, discovered there are about 150 deck chairs on the aft side of deck 12. seems the poolside chairs are in demand for the swimmers. Johnny Rocket's is also on this level, on the port side. As others have mentioned, the fee for ordering is $4.95, but all you can eat. Beverages are extra, and the shake was really, really delicious.

The Navigator had docked, port side, in Roatan early in Wednesday morning. Roatan is an island 40 miles from the mainland of Honduras. RCL uses the docks at Coxen Hole. A tribe of Garifnas live in a village nearby, and several of them were on the dock welcoming our guests, as they got off the boat, OK, disembarked. TIP The ships stores will be closed when in a foreign port.

As I did not book any tours, I took photographs from both deck 11, then deck 4. Now just past the port security, is a shopping area called Town City, past the entrance were the tour buses. If you don't plan a tour,just get off, walk through the Town City entrance for an excellent view of the Navigator.

We left that evening at 5:00 pm. If you can, be on deck to photograph the sunset over the island. You will enjoy this opportunity.

Thursday, found us off the coast of Belize. As the water is too shallow for the cruise ship to dock, they must remain off shore, about a 20 minute boat ride to the shore. The depth of the water is about 40', and the ship's draft is 29'. This permits an 11" variance in case of an ocean surge. TIP. Use the starboard lifts to go down to deck 2, as the port side is in use to board the tenders. Tenders are catamaran boats, that can carry up to 200 passengers . Take your Sea Pass, as it will permit you to return to the ship. A German cruis ship, Aida Bella was also visiting Belize this day.

There is not really much to see at the dock area, a few bars, many shops, etc. To see the city, or other areas, you can take a tour, or use a taxi. When you return, look for a water fountain, just past security, good cold water!

We left Belize at 6:00 pm, and headed for Galveston. I didn't mention the find dining, I did have dinner there the second and last nights. The last mostly for the Baked Alaska! Each of us on our tour were assigned a table to be used each time for dinner. Elegant, attractive and excellent tastes. These were the two formal nights, takes about an hour and a half, from start to finish. This provides ample time to socialize with your fellow cruisers.

I had more fun this week, than I have had for the past three years! Last TIP, explore the ship, the cities, get lost (?), but have FUN! Less

Published 01/07/14
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Cabin review: 8233

Clean, as a single cruiser, the two beds were made into a king size. I would not do this again, too hard to get into, also for the steward to make up the bed. Small, but adequate. Plenty of hangers, desk drawers, and area for suit case. Note, can also slide under bed. Small "coffee" table, chair, couch for two. Ample lighting.

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