Navigator to Western Caribbean: Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by cqpate

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Navigator to Western Caribbean

Sail Date: June 2014
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston
I dont claim to be a seasoned critic since this was my 2nd cruise. previous was crown princess. this time we took our teenage girls. teenagers formed their own gang to hangout.

you can search youtube for navigator videos and pictures but here is my comments:

want to be alone?---the cruise was full capacity but visit the bridge overlook to get away from the crowds and music. minimal people there to layout in the sun or relax in the shade of the 'radar tower'.

touchscreen at the elevators was nice to find the nearest bathroom,cafe, activities,ect.

room--we had interior stateroom since we didnt plan to be in the there much so room was not a priority. no complaints with the room or service. shower might be bigger than crown princess. excellent AC in the room.

the virtual balcony is a large live video camera so you can see the conditions outside with audio. only 2 electrical outlets that are crammed next to each other. hair dryer in the drawer. More tv offered a few channels and RC promotions.

food---only once place for a free snack at cafe promenade. be prepared to wait in line if full capacity.

no free cokes or booze on the trip. pay a daily amount for a card to get that. sapphire dining had excellent service and flexible to any dislike of food since our kids tried unfamiliar foods.

johnny rockets is tricky since its about 6 bucks to eat there and 'all you can eat' and good but then you get hit several bucks for milkshakes so beware.

weather---never saw many whitecaps but very minimal movement when winds got high. we got lucky with no severe heat and dead calm seas.

at cozamel we were docked next to the monster ship allure.

shows----great ice dancing show and musicians.

internet---wifi everywhere on ship. we didnt take a chance on the severe roaming charges so cell phones were disabled. we used my itouch and the wifes ipad. be aware connection is slow and if you pay by the minute you will burn up many just getting connected. so we paid unlimited minuted for nearly $200, one user at a time. email and pics were ok but be aware it did not allow audio so that means no skype no magicjack. however, i hear there is a hi speed internet sat system coming for cruise ships.

communications----as a ham geek i brought the FRS radios with PL tones. that means we only hear each other and not every 8 year old that plays with one. some people complain about the radio but i will let you do all the walking around to find somebody. it wont punch thru the whole ship but better than nothing.

RC praises----the front 'helicopter deck' is unlit at nite so if you want to behold the heavens make a trip there. touchscreen gives great info if you forget something.

RC complaints----

no ham radio. as a ham geek i want to talk from the seas with low power unit. staff cant tell me why its prohibited. back to princess for that.

no washer and dryer rooms. they can do it for a large fee. back to princess for that.

no internet audio. cant make phone calls from ship internet. back to princess for that. Less

Published 07/13/14

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