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This was our 20th cruise overall, our 10th cruise with Royal Caribbean International, our 12th cruise in the Caribbean Sea, and our 1st cruise on the Navigator of the Seas. At the time of our sailing (Oct 2014) on the Navigator of the Seas, this ship was 12 years old (2002) and had been refurbished earlier in the year. This was the fourth time that we had cruised on RCI Voyager-Class ships, so we were already familiar with the layout, staterooms, public spaces, facilities, and amenities onboard this ship, because they are substantially similar to what we had experienced previously. We found this ship to be very well-maintained, and with very little, if any, signs of wear. Almost all of the crew members that we encountered on the ship were friendly, cheerful, attentive, and accommodating towards us throughout the week. After dealing with traffic problems in Houston, and especially in the vicinity of the Port of Galveston, the embarkation process went relatively smoothly, with only minimal delays inside the cruise terminal for security, check-in, and boarding. We boarded the ship around 11:30 a.m. The staterooms were available for passengers at 1:00 p.m. on embarkation day, and our luggage was delivered to us before the 4 o’clock mandatory lifeboat drill. The ship sailed just before 5:45 p.m. We ate all of our evening meals in the main dining room, where we always found a variety of interesting menu selections, and the delicious food was nicely served by our waiter, assistant waiter, and head waiter. My wife has some special dietary requirements, and our wait-staff were always careful to provide her with meal options that would be safe for her. They took excellent care of her needs. We also ate meals from the Windjammer buffet, and snacks from the Café Promenade, and the Diamond Club. There always was an abundance of nutritious food. On one or two occasions, there didn’t appear to be enough crew members clearing tables in the Windjammer after the tables had been vacated. Once, a waitperson in the Windjammer went out of his way to deliver a gluten-free pizza that had been specially prepared for my wife – we were impressed! Entertainment onboard was excellent! We especially liked the Royal Caribbean Singers & Dancers, the Ice Dancin’ Show (including acrobatic stuntman Cornell Freeney), musical impressionist Greg London, special ballroom dancers Anastasia & Igor, the Temptations Tribute Show, and juggler/comedian Billy Prudhomme. The instrumental musicians that we particularly enjoyed included the Navigator Orchestra, Tropical Breeze band, and pianist David. We also listened to the Bubba Feathers Band, and Riddim Wave band. Our Cruise Director was Jeffrey Arpin – he kept things lively and fun! Cruise entertainment also included the usual trivia games, sexiest man contest, belly flop contest, bingo games, scavenger hunt, love & marriage game show, and the Quest, plus napkin folding, line dance classes, towel folding. And because Halloween occurred during our cruise, there was an awesome Halloween costume parade involving several hundred of our cruisers! I worked-out in the Navigator’s Fitness Center on 6 out of 7 days, and I found that facility to be well-equipped and excellent. My wife and I also walked laps on the deck every day. We saw the climbing wall, miniature golf course, sports court, and flowrider, but we didn’t use those attractions ourselves. We didn’t take any of the ship-sponsored shore excursions. Instead, we participated in our own self-guided touring ashore. It didn’t take our observant stateroom attendant, Othniel, long to figure out our pattern of comings-and-goings – our cabin was always made up whenever we returned. A feature on this ship that we made use of every day was the Diamond Club lounge. We enjoyed having a quiet, exclusive place to visit when all of the ship’s public spaces were busy, we enjoyed “happy hour” there every day before dinner, and the Diamond Concierge Nadja Durdevic always saw to it that we had ice show tickets, priority tendering service, and anything else that we wanted! She provided fantastic service for Diamond and Diamond-Plus members! One area which could really use some improvement is RCI’s debarkation process. We opted for the Self-Assist Express Departure, but were saddened to find ourselves among an unorganized mob of cruisers, all clamoring to get off of the ship first. As we waited for debarkation to begin, there was very little direction or information received from crew members. My wife and I did manage to exit the ship before 8 o’clock, but it was an unnecessarily stressful process.  

Another Great RCI Cruise!

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by DrBanjo

Trip Details
This was our 20th cruise overall, our 10th cruise with Royal Caribbean International, our 12th cruise in the Caribbean Sea, and our 1st cruise on the Navigator of the Seas. At the time of our sailing (Oct 2014) on the Navigator of the Seas, this ship was 12 years old (2002) and had been refurbished earlier in the year. This was the fourth time that we had cruised on RCI Voyager-Class ships, so we were already familiar with the layout, staterooms, public spaces, facilities, and amenities onboard this ship, because they are substantially similar to what we had experienced previously. We found this ship to be very well-maintained, and with very little, if any, signs of wear. Almost all of the crew members that we encountered on the ship were friendly, cheerful, attentive, and accommodating towards us throughout the week.
After dealing with traffic problems in Houston, and especially in the vicinity of the Port of Galveston, the embarkation process went relatively smoothly, with only minimal delays inside the cruise terminal for security, check-in, and boarding. We boarded the ship around 11:30 a.m. The staterooms were available for passengers at 1:00 p.m. on embarkation day, and our luggage was delivered to us before the 4 o’clock mandatory lifeboat drill. The ship sailed just before 5:45 p.m.
We ate all of our evening meals in the main dining room, where we always found a variety of interesting menu selections, and the delicious food was nicely served by our waiter, assistant waiter, and head waiter. My wife has some special dietary requirements, and our wait-staff were always careful to provide her with meal options that would be safe for her. They took excellent care of her needs. We also ate meals from the Windjammer buffet, and snacks from the Café Promenade, and the Diamond Club. There always was an abundance of nutritious food. On one or two occasions, there didn’t appear to be enough crew members clearing tables in the Windjammer after the tables had been vacated. Once, a waitperson in the Windjammer went out of his way to deliver a gluten-free pizza that had been specially prepared for my wife – we were impressed!
Entertainment onboard was excellent! We especially liked the Royal Caribbean Singers & Dancers, the Ice Dancin’ Show (including acrobatic stuntman Cornell Freeney), musical impressionist Greg London, special ballroom dancers Anastasia & Igor, the Temptations Tribute Show, and juggler/comedian Billy Prudhomme. The instrumental musicians that we particularly enjoyed included the Navigator Orchestra, Tropical Breeze band, and pianist David. We also listened to the Bubba Feathers Band, and Riddim Wave band. Our Cruise Director was Jeffrey Arpin – he kept things lively and fun! Cruise entertainment also included the usual trivia games, sexiest man contest, belly flop contest, bingo games, scavenger hunt, love & marriage game show, and the Quest, plus napkin folding, line dance classes, towel folding. And because Halloween occurred during our cruise, there was an awesome Halloween costume parade involving several hundred of our cruisers!
I worked-out in the Navigator’s Fitness Center on 6 out of 7 days, and I found that facility to be well-equipped and excellent. My wife and I also walked laps on the deck every day. We saw the climbing wall, miniature golf course, sports court, and flowrider, but we didn’t use those attractions ourselves.
We didn’t take any of the ship-sponsored shore excursions. Instead, we participated in our own self-guided touring ashore. It didn’t take our observant stateroom attendant, Othniel, long to figure out our pattern of comings-and-goings – our cabin was always made up whenever we returned. A feature on this ship that we made use of every day was the Diamond Club lounge. We enjoyed having a quiet, exclusive place to visit when all of the ship’s public spaces were busy, we enjoyed “happy hour” there every day before dinner, and the Diamond Concierge Nadja Durdevic always saw to it that we had ice show tickets, priority tendering service, and anything else that we wanted! She provided fantastic service for Diamond and Diamond-Plus members!
One area which could really use some improvement is RCI’s debarkation process. We opted for the Self-Assist Express Departure, but were saddened to find ourselves among an unorganized mob of cruisers, all clamoring to get off of the ship first. As we waited for debarkation to begin, there was very little direction or information received from crew members. My wife and I did manage to exit the ship before 8 o’clock, but it was an unnecessarily stressful process.
 
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Cabin Review

Cabin 7570
Very nice stateroom with a balcony on the port side of the ship, located just slightly forward of midship. Quiet, with very minimal exterior noise. And very little motion from the waves outside.
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