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We cruised over the Christmas holiday with our two adult children and their spouses. Everyone had a very good time and we would do it again. (We have been on several cruises in the past but this one was the first over a holiday and it was a great way to get the family together for the holiday and enjoy an adventure together.) RCI has done a nice job in redecorating the public areas and rooms – very pretty. We booked a junior suite on the tenth deck for us, and outside cabins on the seventh deck for the kids. We have always booked junior suites on past cruises and I was concerned about the cabins the kids had, but they were wonderful! I still prefer the junior suite because of the extra amenities (early boarding, bathrobes, etc.) and the balcony, however I was impressed that the outside cabins were as nice and roomy as they are. The room stewards for our cabin and our adult children’s cabins were all fabulous, as always, on RCI. “Gift” orders on the RCI website for the cruise were hit-and-miss. My son’s in-laws ordered items for all of us, and a special package for their daughter and our son in celebration of their 2nd anniversary and not all of the items (such as the champagne) arrived. The “gift” items are very expensive to begin with and to not have items show up as ordered was a big disappointment. We used “My Time Dining,”, scheduling dinners around shows and busy excursion days, as worked best for our group. For some reason we were unable to schedule dinner times through the RCI website until just a few days prior so some time slots we wanted were not available. We tried to rectify the problem with the help of RCI Customer service, spending many hours with several customer service reps, however they could not figure out what was wrong, and could not book reservations for us either. We were very disappointed in that because we’ve had great success with My Time Dining reservations on previous cruises. Wondered if something was wrong with their web design…. We dined at two of the specialty restaurants – Izumi and Chops – and other than the fact that we were unable to make reservations on-line and had to wait until we were on board – the experiences and food were very good. The food in the Windjammer is reasonably good with a lot of variety so there is something for everyone. The Dining Room food was good – although we felt it was not as good as it had been on past cruises and we wondered if RCI had lowered the quality a little. The service was spectacular – the waiters, assistant waiters and the wine steward (who was an adorable young women with a great sense of humor!) The shipboard entertainment was terrific. We especially enjoyed the Ice Dancing Show and the Headliner Show featuring James Stephens III, a comedian who had us laughing through the entire show. The Christmas holiday seemed to have fully penetrate the ship which was dressed in a very festive mode with a huge Christmas tree on the Promenade deck – providing a wonderful place for family photo ops. The entire staff and our fellow passengers all seemed to be enjoying the holiday spirit and were more than pleasant. The ship was full (3,500+ passengers) with many multi-generation family groups. For the most part this was not a negative with the exception of a few families who let their young children run rampant causing problems in some hallways, stairs, and with all the buttons pushed in the elevators (because they thought it was funny). Most parents were very responsible so the problem was limited to less than a dozen kids.  

Wonderful Holiday Family Get-together

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by OCCruiseQueen

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We cruised over the Christmas holiday with our two adult children and their spouses. Everyone had a very good time and we would do it again. (We have been on several cruises in the past but this one was the first over a holiday and it was a great way to get the family together for the holiday and enjoy an adventure together.)
RCI has done a nice job in redecorating the public areas and rooms – very pretty.
We booked a junior suite on the tenth deck for us, and outside cabins on the seventh deck for the kids. We have always booked junior suites on past cruises and I was concerned about the cabins the kids had, but they were wonderful! I still prefer the junior suite because of the extra amenities (early boarding, bathrobes, etc.) and the balcony, however I was impressed that the outside cabins were as nice and roomy as they are. The room stewards for our cabin and our adult children’s cabins were all fabulous, as always, on RCI.
“Gift” orders on the RCI website for the cruise were hit-and-miss. My son’s in-laws ordered items for all of us, and a special package for their daughter and our son in celebration of their 2nd anniversary and not all of the items (such as the champagne) arrived. The “gift” items are very expensive to begin with and to not have items show up as ordered was a big disappointment.
We used “My Time Dining,”, scheduling dinners around shows and busy excursion days, as worked best for our group. For some reason we were unable to schedule dinner times through the RCI website until just a few days prior so some time slots we wanted were not available. We tried to rectify the problem with the help of RCI Customer service, spending many hours with several customer service reps, however they could not figure out what was wrong, and could not book reservations for us either. We were very disappointed in that because we’ve had great success with My Time Dining reservations on previous cruises. Wondered if something was wrong with their web design….
We dined at two of the specialty restaurants – Izumi and Chops – and other than the fact that we were unable to make reservations on-line and had to wait until we were on board – the experiences and food were very good.
The food in the Windjammer is reasonably good with a lot of variety so there is something for everyone. The Dining Room food was good – although we felt it was not as good as it had been on past cruises and we wondered if RCI had lowered the quality a little. The service was spectacular – the waiters, assistant waiters and the wine steward (who was an adorable young women with a great sense of humor!)
The shipboard entertainment was terrific. We especially enjoyed the Ice Dancing Show and the Headliner Show featuring James Stephens III, a comedian who had us laughing through the entire show.
The Christmas holiday seemed to have fully penetrate the ship which was dressed in a very festive mode with a huge Christmas tree on the Promenade deck – providing a wonderful place for family photo ops. The entire staff and our fellow passengers all seemed to be enjoying the holiday spirit and were more than pleasant. The ship was full (3,500+ passengers) with many multi-generation family groups. For the most part this was not a negative with the exception of a few families who let their young children run rampant causing problems in some hallways, stairs, and with all the buttons pushed in the elevators (because they thought it was funny). Most parents were very responsible so the problem was limited to less than a dozen kids.
 
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Cabin 1636
Cabin was very nice -- enjoyed the balcony in particular!
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