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Mid 40s no kids who booked this on a whim about 3 weeks out. first time on this class of ship. Embarkation: Galveston has a well deserved reputation for being a CRAPPY embarkation port. Booked Lighthouse parking( covered slots) . close enough to see the ship, very friendly and efficient staff who loaded our bags on the shuttle quickly and got us to Terminal 2 in no time at all. word of advice: spend the money on a porter. if you wanted to 'self check' your bags, the workers could not be bothered to look you in the face, or even bypass the party of 8 in front of you who did not have luggage tags already on, forcing the next 4 groups behind them who DID to wait about ten minutes while they ran off and stood in line to get tags. if you portered it, you could go directly to the check in line. the usual division of lines based on C&A status applied, although the person at the lead tried to shunt us down the extra long Gold line despite being in a suite( and Emerald). there is NOT a lot of room in the terminal once you got checked in, and NO separation by boarding number. you had to push you way through the SRO crowd. they called Pinnacle first, then Suites. there was a huge number of WC assistance parties required. Began boarding about 1115 or so and was in the Promenade eating a light snack before noon( we wandered around a bit first) cabin were ready at 1 though no announcement was made. GS balcony ( I thought) was smaller than I was used to, with no lounger at all but the cabin itself was nice and large and had more than enough storage space. it was about equidistant from both sets of elevators. one floor down from aft stairs was the CL and one floor up from Aft was the Pool/solarium/windjammer. Solarium is NOT covered although there is enough of a ceiling to provide plenty of shade. both hot tubs are covered. impossible to get a seat on sea days, with many people spending all day reading( NOT 'reserving') or bouncing between napping and soaking in the hot tubs(including me!) it was often not until noon or later before pool towels were supplied in the Solarium and on port days even more of a hassle as the main pool area did not have any either until the bulk of the pax got off the ship. WJ continues to disappoint, especially for lunch. it was literally the same offerings every day. maybe one new curry dish a day. if you want a burger, go to Johnny Rockets and spend the cover charge. Promenade had easy access to free coffee and drinks 24 hours , a great plus. MDR is the same old same old, most days I can find something that really tickles my fancy. as a suite guest we had cooked to order breakfast in Chops daily, with a very limited selection but since Eggs Benedict was on the list I was fine with that. CL was PACKED every night.. as in SRO for the first hour minimum. Li Ping was the main bartender and she was very personable. Her companion was less effusive but kept the snacks well stocked. Ricardo was the CL and very friendly every night, helping deliver drinks as well as making the rounds every night to personally greet everyone who came in. Overall, the Ship's officers were pretty visible all over the ship, but especially the Promenade, which is AWSOME. a lot of energy all day yet inside the Pub or Vintages was very peaceful Ports were Falmouth, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. enjoyed Falmouth, but had been to the other two prior so didn't get off at all. we are neither beach goers, heavy duty shoppers or drinkers so the ports were of limited interest to us. all but the last sea day we had great weather. last day was choppy( not enough to get out the seasick bags but enough cancel all poolside and outdoor activities like flowrider and rock climbing) Disembarkation was slightly less painful, with the Customs line for US citizens basically EMPTY and our luggage all ready to go. waited maybe 10 minutes for our Lighthouse shuttle to fill and were in our car by 9 am to begin the drive back to San Antonio. you WILL pay a tax on any liquor or cigarettes brought into Texas. even the duty free stuff. lines did not look be that bad.

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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by spookwife

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2015
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom
Mid 40s no kids who booked this on a whim about 3 weeks out. first time on this class of ship.
Embarkation: Galveston has a well deserved reputation for being a CRAPPY embarkation port. Booked Lighthouse parking( covered slots) . close enough to see the ship, very friendly and efficient staff who loaded our bags on the shuttle quickly and got us to Terminal 2 in no time at all. word of advice: spend the money on a porter. if you wanted to 'self check' your bags, the workers could not be bothered to look you in the face, or even bypass the party of 8 in front of you who did not have luggage tags already on, forcing the next 4 groups behind them who DID to wait about ten minutes while they ran off and stood in line to get tags. if you portered it, you could go directly to the check in line. the usual division of lines based on C&A status applied, although the person at the lead tried to shunt us down the extra long Gold line despite being in a suite( and Emerald). there is NOT a lot of room in the terminal once you got checked in, and NO separation by boarding number. you had to push you way through the SRO crowd. they called Pinnacle first, then Suites. there was a huge number of WC assistance parties required. Began boarding about 1115 or so and was in the Promenade eating a light snack before noon( we wandered around a bit first)
cabin were ready at 1 though no announcement was made. GS balcony ( I thought) was smaller than I was used to, with no lounger at all but the cabin itself was nice and large and had more than enough storage space. it was about equidistant from both sets of elevators. one floor down from aft stairs was the CL and one floor up from Aft was the Pool/solarium/windjammer.
Solarium is NOT covered although there is enough of a ceiling to provide plenty of shade. both hot tubs are covered. impossible to get a seat on sea days, with many people spending all day reading( NOT 'reserving') or bouncing between napping and soaking in the hot tubs(including me!) it was often not until noon or later before pool towels were supplied in the Solarium and on port days even more of a hassle as the main pool area did not have any either until the bulk of the pax got off the ship.
WJ continues to disappoint, especially for lunch. it was literally the same offerings every day. maybe one new curry dish a day. if you want a burger, go to Johnny Rockets and spend the cover charge. Promenade had easy access to free coffee and drinks 24 hours , a great plus. MDR is the same old same old, most days I can find something that really tickles my fancy. as a suite guest we had cooked to order breakfast in Chops daily, with a very limited selection but since Eggs Benedict was on the list I was fine with that.
CL was PACKED every night.. as in SRO for the first hour minimum. Li Ping was the main bartender and she was very personable. Her companion was less effusive but kept the snacks well stocked. Ricardo was the CL and very friendly every night, helping deliver drinks as well as making the rounds every night to personally greet everyone who came in.
Overall, the Ship's officers were pretty visible all over the ship, but especially the Promenade, which is AWSOME. a lot of energy all day yet inside the Pub or Vintages was very peaceful
Ports were Falmouth, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. enjoyed Falmouth, but had been to the other two prior so didn't get off at all. we are neither beach goers, heavy duty shoppers or drinkers so the ports were of limited interest to us.
all but the last sea day we had great weather. last day was choppy( not enough to get out the seasick bags but enough cancel all poolside and outdoor activities like flowrider and rock climbing)
Disembarkation was slightly less painful, with the Customs line for US citizens basically EMPTY and our luggage all ready to go. waited maybe 10 minutes for our Lighthouse shuttle to fill and were in our car by 9 am to begin the drive back to San Antonio. you WILL pay a tax on any liquor or cigarettes brought into Texas. even the duty free stuff. lines did not look be that bad.
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