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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Cruise from Galveston

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by a1bigtuna

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2015
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

First, like I usually do, I book a motel a day before the cruise (just to insure no timing problems). So I booked this cruise from Galveston and then a motel there. Then air from San Diego to Houston, and thinking I would just rent a car at the airport and drop it off on the island, go on the cruise and rend another car when we returned and visit my cousin in Katy then fly home. Problem:

You can not just rent a car at the airport and drop it off at that port. The only car rental on the island is Enterprise and they don't accept other car companies cars. So, the choice is take a taxi for a lot of money to the port. Same back as Enterprise charges $200 a day if you try to rent a car from the island and drop it off somewhere. So, what to do? I looked at the web, to find a lot of people had/have the same issue. The fact that .Royal Caribbean had a shuttle for the cruises on the web, not Royal C. No Royal C people told me about this. So, I cancel the island motel, book one by the airport and am going to use the ship shuttle. I call and find I can not buy a ticket over the phone/web. one has to just to appear on Sunday morning (they are closed except Sunday) and buy a spot on the bus to the port. So, we show up on Sunday morning (again, there is no one there except Sunday) and buy our tickets, I try to buy a return ticket, but you can not. You have to buy it on the ship. So late in the cruise I try to book the return shuttle, but NO, I had to do it a day before I tried to book them. Was told I had to do it a day earlier!! I was ticked, told the clerk that this was most likely the first and last Royal Caribbean cruise. So, luckily our dinner mates found out and we returned back to the airport with them, rented a car there to do some Texas visiting. We were also billed for a higher beverage package than I had purchased, glad I caught it, they had to cancel it and reduce the charges.

Food was the worse I have had on some 10 cruises. The lobster night was a 1/4 pound thing that was cut in half and was almost impossible to get the meat out of. I had to use two knives, our dinner mates had to have the servers remove their lobster meat. Also did not care for 2 formal nights in one week.

Looking at the prices for the Wi-Fi is not worth it.

I was not impressed with this cruise/line

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
Cabin E2 9340

Large cabin, was fine. My wife uses a C pac machine, and we had to get an extension cord to make it work. No plug anywhere near the bed. Cabin designers need to look at stuff like this.

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