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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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We thoroughly enjoyed the Navigator

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by jerseygirl74

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2014
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Promenade Stateroom

We have gone on 21 cruises on 3 different cruise lines, so we are somewhat experienced cruisers.

We thoroughly enjoyed the Navigator...she looks good after her refurbishing.

Dining: The main dining room staff was wonderful...since we were B2B they let us pick our table for the following week. We were able to get a "table for 2" each week which is a rarity. The food was above average with very attentive service.

We did several nights of specialty restaurants. Sabor was amazing...although very quiet since the word hasn't gotten out yet. LOVED the guacamole...(could have made a meal of just that). Chops was terrible...steak was inedible. Giovanni's was excellent...filet was flavorful and extremely tender...one of the best I have ever had. I do, however, miss Portofino...it is one of the specialty restaurants we go to at least 3 times on any given cruise. Love the bread and dipping oils. Maybe they could combine some of the best from Giovann's & Portofino? We did the Mystery Dinner in Giovanni's--loved both food and entertainment.

Only drawback on these size ships is there is absolutely nowhere to sit when it is raining...the solariums are all open. Wish there was some way they could retrofit these class ships with a moveable canopy. I only say this because the second week had 4 out of 7 days of rain and all those people who had only that week were out of luck for much poolside enjoyment or lounging.

The shows were all excellent.

Our only glitches on entire 2 weeks was when we tried to change (prepaid) dinner reservations from Chops to Giovanni's. RCCL offers a preboarding package where you get a percentage off if you book & pay for 3 dinner reservations in their specialty restaurants. They charged us for the new reservation and then it took 4 trips to the desk to get a refund of $70 for Chops. They kept telling us that the manager of Chops had to do the actual refund, so I guess he was not in any hurry to do so. We new that the last day of the cruise the lines at the desk would be mega-long so we wanted to get this corrected early...HA! HA! We did end up getting the refund but it should not have taken 4 trips.

Diamond lounge staff were excellent...just hard to get a seat a rush hour! Most Diamond (+) guests do not take advantage of the 3 drink availability at various other venues on the ship, so the lounge is almost always overcrowded. We did go to another venue on two occasions to get a pre-dinner drink and were made to feel uncomfortable by the servers...perhaps they don't get the guaranteed, included tip?

The "top-tier" event consisted of drinks and the captain pushing the newest ship...The Quantum...we all heard MANY times how excited he was to be the new captain of the newest ship. The event was scheduled during one of the shows so we arrived late and had a difficult time getting anyone to serve us ONE drink...no food...RCCL needs to let their repeat cruisers know how valuable they are...we are the ones who are filling your cabins on all your ships...not just the newest & shiniest!

I must, however, tip my hat to Mr. Lindsay...he went out of his way to speak to us every time we saw him..especially as we entered the top-tier event...now, HE made us feel important! (I believe he said he was going to be on the Vision in a GS on our next cruise in March) We look forward to speaking to him again.

All in all, this was one of our most enjoyable cruises! We are looking forward to our next three cruises booked on RCCL!

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Cabin Review

Promenade Stateroom
Cabin PR 6609

Very conveniently located. Quiet during the day, only heard some noise from bar late in the evening. Newly refurbished so everything looked updated. Room attendant was meticulous and made the most towel animals we have ever seen! Room safe a good size (the one on the Oasis is too small to put anything in).Cabin size and configuration is exactly the same as other class ships. Flat screen TV was a good size but stations & programming were terrible. Every night i would find a movie to watch but it was always in another language. If most of the guests are English speaking, then they really need to do a better job of offering English speaking TV shows & movies. The alternative is pay-per-view at $11.95!

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