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My first cruising experiences were with Disney, so I've had high standards from the beginning. The RCL Navigator was very close to Disney in quality, and head-and-shoulders above the Carnival Triumph- and Magic-class boats. (Life is too short to cruise Carnival... no matter how cheap.) I haven't been on the Norwegian lines in a while, so don't remember well enough to compare, but I think they're comparable. I've heard too many people say Princess is like Carnival, so I haven't even tried. Pros: * Ship is freshly refurbished, and in immaculate condition. Kept excruciatingly clean. * Attentive dining room and cabin staff. Outstanding entertainment (especially the ice show). * Excellent quality food, both in the main dining room and WIndjammer. The 24-hour Cafe' had sandwiches to die for - and I don't generally get excited about sandwiches. Try the Jive Turkey and muffuletta. They're served dry, so find the condiment packages. * Morning room service was always prompt, even on port days. The fruit plate was wonderful! * The Windjammer is entirely indoors, making it much eaisier to find a seat in hot or inclement weather. * The WJ staff circulate to bring you water, iced tea, and a yummy strawberry-kiwi water. * Lobster night is spectacular. Someone at my table ordered two entrees, and ran out of time to order a third. * Good general layout of the ship; it's easy to get wherever you're going, except Johnny Rockets, which is accessed from outside. They have outdoor seating, and limited indoor seating. * Really nice, quality ship mates; dinner was always interesting and we made some lasting friends. Cons: * The dinner seating only serves 3 courses, so if you're accustomed to 4, you'll need to double-order an appetizer. There were one or two appetizers I didn't care for (e.g. chilled fruit soups), so I was glad to leave one untouched. * Elevators: There were fewer elevators than on most ships, but they were generally larger. Still, on formal nights, when women were reluctant to climb stairs in ultra-high heels, the wait for an elevator was rough. DItto for getting on and off the ship. Be prepared to climb stairs - a lot. Ports of call * Roatan, Honduras. Docked port-side (but nothing to see but a bunch of trees). The Roatan stop was almost a waste of time. Maybe 5 shops are open at the pier with overpriced, unoriginal merchandise. No internet, but I did find a tiny booth with $1/min calls to the US. Tours will take you past grinding poverty (tough for sensitive children). By all means, stay within the touristy pier area, where you're protected from aggressive begging. It's a good day to stay on the boat and chill, or take classes (belly dancing and ballroom were great). * Belize City, Belize. Ships tender about 5 miles out - plan 30 minutes to get to/from shore. The bar right by the pier (second floor) offers free internet service; just buy a $2 can of soft drink. It's also a great place to watch the line for the tenders, and choose your time to get in line. The best prices on prescription pharmaceuticals was in Belize. Cozumel was twice the price. * Cozumel (docks starboard side, great view). The shopping at Cozumel was excellent. Internet service was easy to find in local bars. There were 4 mega ships that day: the RCL Allure, the RCL Navigator, Carnival Magic and Dream. Tourists vastly outnumbered the locals. It was a little crowded, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Best shore excursions. Suggestions: * Events, like giving out ice show tickets, start the very first day - even before the ship departs - so find a Compass and get going! * With such outstanding service, the staff deserves higher tips (so budget for it). * Decks 3 and 4 don't go through the ship; Deck 3 has the ice rink, and Deck 4 has the casino. If you're late, it's fastest to walk through level 6, with cabins. Getting through level 5 (Promenade) can be tough if it's crowded. * The really good food in the Windjammer is at the very back (onion gravy over mashed potatoes - yummm!). There can be lines at peak times. * People dress well for every evening meal. Formal night often means a tux, but almost always a suit. Ladies often change into nicer dresses for dinner (no flip flops, even if they're formal). * Bring an ice chest, and stop by the local fish market (the pier is just down from the cruise terminal) to buy some fresh shrimp and fish. They'll supply the ice. Ask any local for help. * Must do Quest - outrageously funny. The Married Game is typical for all ships (and answers are faked). Galveston on/off ship: * The Galveston terminal is largely un-air conditioned, with pretty much no seating, so waiting in line can be truly miserable. The less time you spend here, the better. * Boarding is from boarding from 11:30 - 3:00. We asked; the staff at terminal said best time to arrive was either 9:30 or after 2:00. During peak times, 12:00 - 2:30, the wait can exceed 2 1/2 hours. * We arrived at 2 pm and sailed right through, with a brief wait to get our room cards. Our cabin was ready. However, we had to rush to grab a bite before the Windjammer closed for the mandatory drill. Since events start at noon, next time we'll get there at 9:30. It's cooler then, too. * Luggage doesn't appear until the evening, so I recommend carrying your own on board. * Leaving the ship, we were in the first self-assist group (pick up a ticket at Customer Service the day before, being queuing *at least* 15 minutes early) and again, sailed right through with a brief wait at Customs because the two parties ahead of us didn't fill out their Customs Declaration forms. Both were between 30-45 minutes. * We stayed at a local hotel with free parking. Taxis were abundant, just cross the street; no waiting. Taxi was $20 including a generous tip to the pier, and a bit less for the return trip (no traffic). Getting a taxi was ~far~ easier than waiting for a hotel shuttle, which will wait for more guests to arrive, clogging the driveway, etc.

HIghly recommended. Very nice attention to detail

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by txauntiemame

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My first cruising experiences were with Disney, so I've had high standards from the beginning. The RCL Navigator was very close to Disney in quality, and head-and-shoulders above the Carnival Triumph- and Magic-class boats. (Life is too short to cruise Carnival... no matter how cheap.) I haven't been on the Norwegian lines in a while, so don't remember well enough to compare, but I think they're comparable. I've heard too many people say Princess is like Carnival, so I haven't even tried.
Pros:
* Ship is freshly refurbished, and in immaculate condition. Kept excruciatingly clean.
* Attentive dining room and cabin staff. Outstanding entertainment (especially the ice show).
* Excellent quality food, both in the main dining room and WIndjammer. The 24-hour Cafe' had sandwiches to die for - and I don't generally get excited about sandwiches. Try the Jive Turkey and muffuletta. They're served dry, so find the condiment packages.
* Morning room service was always prompt, even on port days. The fruit plate was wonderful!
* The Windjammer is entirely indoors, making it much eaisier to find a seat in hot or inclement weather.
* The WJ staff circulate to bring you water, iced tea, and a yummy strawberry-kiwi water.
* Lobster night is spectacular. Someone at my table ordered two entrees, and ran out of time to order a third.
* Good general layout of the ship; it's easy to get wherever you're going, except Johnny Rockets, which is accessed from outside. They have outdoor seating, and limited indoor seating.
* Really nice, quality ship mates; dinner was always interesting and we made some lasting friends.
Cons:
* The dinner seating only serves 3 courses, so if you're accustomed to 4, you'll need to double-order an appetizer. There were one or two appetizers I didn't care for (e.g. chilled fruit soups), so I was glad to leave one untouched.
* Elevators: There were fewer elevators than on most ships, but they were generally larger. Still, on formal nights, when women were reluctant to climb stairs in ultra-high heels, the wait for an elevator was rough. DItto for getting on and off the ship. Be prepared to climb stairs - a lot.
Ports of call
* Roatan, Honduras. Docked port-side (but nothing to see but a bunch of trees). The Roatan stop was almost a waste of time. Maybe 5 shops are open at the pier with overpriced, unoriginal merchandise. No internet, but I did find a tiny booth with $1/min calls to the US. Tours will take you past grinding poverty (tough for sensitive children). By all means, stay within the touristy pier area, where you're protected from aggressive begging. It's a good day to stay on the boat and chill, or take classes (belly dancing and ballroom were great).
* Belize City, Belize. Ships tender about 5 miles out - plan 30 minutes to get to/from shore. The bar right by the pier (second floor) offers free internet service; just buy a $2 can of soft drink. It's also a great place to watch the line for the tenders, and choose your time to get in line. The best prices on prescription pharmaceuticals was in Belize. Cozumel was twice the price.
* Cozumel (docks starboard side, great view). The shopping at Cozumel was excellent. Internet service was easy to find in local bars. There were 4 mega ships that day: the RCL Allure, the RCL Navigator, Carnival Magic and Dream. Tourists vastly outnumbered the locals. It was a little crowded, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Best shore excursions.
Suggestions:
* Events, like giving out ice show tickets, start the very first day - even before the ship departs - so find a Compass and get going!
* With such outstanding service, the staff deserves higher tips (so budget for it).
* Decks 3 and 4 don't go through the ship; Deck 3 has the ice rink, and Deck 4 has the casino. If you're late, it's fastest to walk through level 6, with cabins. Getting through level 5 (Promenade) can be tough if it's crowded.
* The really good food in the Windjammer is at the very back (onion gravy over mashed potatoes - yummm!). There can be lines at peak times.
* People dress well for every evening meal. Formal night often means a tux, but almost always a suit. Ladies often change into nicer dresses for dinner (no flip flops, even if they're formal).
* Bring an ice chest, and stop by the local fish market (the pier is just down from the cruise terminal) to buy some fresh shrimp and fish. They'll supply the ice. Ask any local for help.
* Must do Quest - outrageously funny. The Married Game is typical for all ships (and answers are faked).
Galveston on/off ship:
* The Galveston terminal is largely un-air conditioned, with pretty much no seating, so waiting in line can be truly miserable. The less time you spend here, the better.
* Boarding is from boarding from 11:30 - 3:00. We asked; the staff at terminal said best time to arrive was either 9:30 or after 2:00. During peak times, 12:00 - 2:30, the wait can exceed 2 1/2 hours.
* We arrived at 2 pm and sailed right through, with a brief wait to get our room cards. Our cabin was ready. However, we had to rush to grab a bite before the Windjammer closed for the mandatory drill. Since events start at noon, next time we'll get there at 9:30. It's cooler then, too.
* Luggage doesn't appear until the evening, so I recommend carrying your own on board.
* Leaving the ship, we were in the first self-assist group (pick up a ticket at Customer Service the day before, being queuing *at least* 15 minutes early) and again, sailed right through with a brief wait at Customs because the two parties ahead of us didn't fill out their Customs Declaration forms. Both were between 30-45 minutes.
* We stayed at a local hotel with free parking. Taxis were abundant, just cross the street; no waiting. Taxi was $20 including a generous tip to the pier, and a bit less for the return trip (no traffic). Getting a taxi was ~far~ easier than waiting for a hotel shuttle, which will wait for more guests to arrive, clogging the driveway, etc.
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Cabin 6314
Just like the picture, except no curtain between bed and sofa, and no sofa table (you can bring in the one from the balcony if you really need one). There was a triangle of extra space (3' at widest) between the balcony curtain and the balcony, because the ship bowed out slightly. It was a great place to stow baggage if it didn't fit under the bed. Very quiet. Very.Around the corner from the elevator - so convenient! Great location for main dining room, Windjammer and ice rink; just step off the elevator. The theater and the largest lounge were on the other end of the ship, though.Lots of cubby holes to put your stuff, so, even though the cabin was small, we had enough storage.Bring an extension cord / surge protector for chargers, laptops, etc.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Belize City
    Ships tender about 5 miles out - plan 30 minutes to get to/from shore. The bar right by the pier (second floor) offers free internet service; just buy a $2 can of soft drink. It's also a great place to watch the line for the tenders, and choose your time to get in line. The best prices on prescription pharmaceuticals was in Belize. Cozumel was twice the price.
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  • Cozumel
    Docked starboard side, great view of an active harbor and colorful buildings. The shopping at Cozumel was excellent. Caveat emptor, as always. Internet service was easy to find in local bars (again, just buy a $2 can of soda). There were 4 mega ships that day: the RCL Allure, the RCL Navigator, Carnival Magic and Dream. Tourists vastly outnumbered the locals. It was a little crowded, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Best shore excursions.
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  • Roatan
    Docked port-side, but nothing to see but a bunch of trees. The Roatan stop was almost a waste of time. Very few excursions. The trip to the nature area (monkeys climb on you, and birds land on your head for photos) was almost a waste of time.A small number of shops are open at the pier with overpriced, unoriginal merchandise. No internet, but I did find a tiny booth with $1/min calls to the US. Tours will take you past grinding poverty (tough for sensitive children). By all means, stay within the touristy pier area, where you're protected from aggressive begging. It's a good day to stay on the boat and chill, or take classes (belly dancing and ballroom were great).It's a great location for a church Mission trip, but not for a cruise port of call.
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