Fun cruise, great crew, questionable port: Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by rough_rider
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Fun cruise, great crew, questionable port
Destination: Western Caribbean
The new food menus are really good changes and, as always, the food is always good in all the venues. One negative we noticed was the lack of flowers on any of the tables, including the Captain's table in the main dining room. We don't know if the change is to save money or just a glitch in More contracts but the lack of flowers was noticed by many frequent cruisers and is one of many "little things" that Royal Caribbean has been deleting from our cruises over the past two years. Things like taking away our slippers, then the nighttime chocolates and on this last cruise they even took away the coffee table in our Jr. Suite. So, when breakfast arrived each morning, we were force to eat from trays sitting on the bed. This is not what we were expecting on this cruise.
The Captain, senior staff and crew members were very friendly, helpful and professional. Everyone we met tried very hard to satisfy everyone's needs and wishes. There were a few glitches along the way such as the new system of purchasing photos but, again, everyone tried their best to handle difficult situations. And, the disembarkation was a little disjointed but it was partially caused by a fog delay in docking on return. But, overall, the crew handled problems very well and we were very pleased with all of them.
And, finally, the Port of Galveston is one of the worst layouts of any port we have sailed from in the U.S., other than New Orleans which holds the record as the worst for both parking and traffic flow. Add to that the high probability of fog in the Houston ship channel and you have the makings for frequent delays in both the arrival and departure sailing schedule. There is not much Royal Caribbean can do about the port or the weather but I wanted to voice my opinion of a cruise port that was developed on too little land and with too little regard for the poor travelers who need to get in and out of the port. Less
Cabin review: 9608
Great location relative to the Concierge lounge, elevators and stairs. It is an easy walk to the Windjammer and the view from the balcony is very good to the bow or stern. Plenty of room in the suite, especially since they removed the coffee table (?) which really make room service difficult unless you like putting your food trays on the bed or couch.
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