Wow....there is no other way to describe Navigator of the Seas. She was in port bow to bow with her sister ship, Explorer of the Seas. Mammoth does not even begin to describe the two ships. We traveled to Miami the day prior to embarkation & stayed in a hotel overlooking the port. Arrived at the ship around 10:20 am & were in our cabin by 11:30 am. Took off to rent an Internet modem (which was broken & so was the replacement) then headed to the Windjammer for the buffet. My son had two online classes, so he spent quite a bit of time in the Internet Cafe at 50 cents per minute.
Turns out, the Guest Relations Manager gave him a free 15 minute session when he explained about his online classes & the only reason we came on the trip was because they advertised 24 hr. Internet access from your cabin for only $100/week, which is what we thought we would be paying. With over 3,000 on board, the ship never seemed crowded; even on sea days, there were plenty of vacant deck chairs in both the shade for me & the sun for my son. This was a relaxing vacation for me with lots of time spent on the balcony reading. If you can afford it at all, go for the balcony. It was the best ocean-front room I've ever had. Left the balcony door open at night (which turns the A/C off automatically) so we sometimes had to close it til the room cooled a bit.
Our waiter, Laura, & her assistant, Christian, were fantastic. They made our dining experience so enjoyable, I looked forward to dinner every night just to talk with them & we had great tablemates. A couple from St. Louis were especially interesting to discuss our day's activities with.
The casino was an enjoyable place for me to spend $50 or so, winning $25 of it back. Cafe Promenade was a great place to grab a quick bite & people watch. The iced tea was the best I've ever tasted, whether in the dining room, Windjammer buffet or from room service. We ordered room service several times through the interactive TV. It was prompt & always delivered with a smile, even at 2 am.
The only disappointment was our cabin steward. Rudolph may have been new; we only saw him once to speak to him on the first day (well, twice, he did come by on tip night); I had read about other cruisers' experiences with their cabin stewards & was looking forward to talking with him. I didn't even get a chance to ask where he was from, but he did honor a couple special requests so we tipped him the amount the cruise lines recommended. We also ate at Johnny Rockets & liked the food. It was mostly deserted due to it being a port day; we had returned to the ship early. We had to pay for our sodas here.