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This was our first cruise. We found everything went smoothly, but could have used some more hand holding along the way. Embarkation went smoothly, but we were aided by being suite guests which put us in a much shorter line. Did not realize we could get our food in the Windjammer and take it to Chops for embarkation lunch - nice suite perk. Windjammer was crowded but we found a table within about 5 minutes. Ate at Chops first night and loved it. Sean was a great waiter. I tried the dry aged steak and felt it was well worth it. Second day at sea was fun. We explored the ship, and were amazed at the public spaces and that all of it was on a ship - simply amazing. Second day at sea was still great fun. There is a lot to do, and we found ourselves engaged when we wanted to be, and relaxing when we wanted to relax. My wife and daughter suffer from motion sickness and did find themselves feeling dizzy and at times in - what we coined as a "cruise coma". The seas were not very rough and we were in the middle of the ship, but up high - deck 10. They never got sick, but did not always feel great. Not sure we would do anything differently, but just want to warn first time cruisers what they might experience. Our second night we discovered that our restaurant reservations were messed up. It turns out that the reservations you make online may not translate properly to the ship's restaurant reservation system. Our concierge could not rectify the situation (the system she looked at had everything correct - she emailed the restaurant manager but to no avail), and this turned out to be a constant problem throughout the cruise. Our TV showed our reservations, the concierge's system showed our reservations, but the restaurants showed other information. My wife's spa reservation also had the same problem - the spa had the reservation for a different date than our information. The second night we ate at Sabor and loved the appetizers, found the entrees and desserts to be very good. Our first shore excursion was to Roatan. We booked a trip to Little French Key independently from RC. We were disappointed. It was very crowded (granted this was during Texas spring break), and the food was average. It took a long time to get off the ship and to Little French Key - almost 2 hours. The van ride was very depressing - Roatan is quite poor and you see some real third world conditions. That night we ate in the main dining room and loved the atmosphere, but found the selection and food average. In Belize we stayed on-board to enjoy a less crowded ship. That night we ate in Giovanni's and had a great meal. In Cozumel my daughter and I went scuba diving arranged by RC. If you are going scuba diving pay close attention to your scuba information which comes in a little envelope. It will tell you to check in with the dive shop on-board before Monday at 5. We did not read this initially and had some nervous moments, but they were able to take care of us. At the very end of the pier and once on land in Cozumel they had signs up for lots of tours, but not ours and there was not a RC representative when we were told to be there - 7:45 am. We roamed around for about 15 minutes and spotted a RC rep who pointed us to the right spot for our tour - never did put out a sign. The diving was incredible - one of the highlights of my life (first time to dive in the ocean). We really enjoyed the skating show. I thought there was a little too much selling of stuff on-board, but it did not bother me. Toilets backed up one day, but our attendant made sure everything was back to normal quickly. As a suite guest we had access to the concierge lounge which we used everyday. It was very nice to have a quiet place to go to get some snacks and drinks, and get answers and help for all our questions. Ate at Johnny Rocket's for lunch on the last sea day, and would probably have eaten there more - not necessarily for the burgers but for their lighter fare - like a salad with chicken chopped into it. Disembarkation was very efficient, but once again being suite guest gets you priority and shorter lines. I do not think we will be cruising annually, but we will definitely do it again and most likely with Royal Caribbean.

First time but not last

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by CanuckHorn

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This was our first cruise. We found everything went smoothly, but could have used some more hand holding along the way. Embarkation went smoothly, but we were aided by being suite guests which put us in a much shorter line. Did not realize we could get our food in the Windjammer and take it to Chops for embarkation lunch - nice suite perk. Windjammer was crowded but we found a table within about 5 minutes. Ate at Chops first night and loved it. Sean was a great waiter. I tried the dry aged steak and felt it was well worth it. Second day at sea was fun. We explored the ship, and were amazed at the public spaces and that all of it was on a ship - simply amazing. Second day at sea was still great fun. There is a lot to do, and we found ourselves engaged when we wanted to be, and relaxing when we wanted to relax. My wife and daughter suffer from motion sickness and did find themselves feeling dizzy and at times in - what we coined as a "cruise coma". The seas were not very rough and we were in the middle of the ship, but up high - deck 10. They never got sick, but did not always feel great. Not sure we would do anything differently, but just want to warn first time cruisers what they might experience. Our second night we discovered that our restaurant reservations were messed up. It turns out that the reservations you make online may not translate properly to the ship's restaurant reservation system. Our concierge could not rectify the situation (the system she looked at had everything correct - she emailed the restaurant manager but to no avail), and this turned out to be a constant problem throughout the cruise. Our TV showed our reservations, the concierge's system showed our reservations, but the restaurants showed other information. My wife's spa reservation also had the same problem - the spa had the reservation for a different date than our information. The second night we ate at Sabor and loved the appetizers, found the entrees and desserts to be very good. Our first shore excursion was to Roatan. We booked a trip to Little French Key independently from RC. We were disappointed. It was very crowded (granted this was during Texas spring break), and the food was average. It took a long time to get off the ship and to Little French Key - almost 2 hours. The van ride was very depressing - Roatan is quite poor and you see some real third world conditions. That night we ate in the main dining room and loved the atmosphere, but found the selection and food average. In Belize we stayed on-board to enjoy a less crowded ship. That night we ate in Giovanni's and had a great meal. In Cozumel my daughter and I went scuba diving arranged by RC. If you are going scuba diving pay close attention to your scuba information which comes in a little envelope. It will tell you to check in with the dive shop on-board before Monday at 5. We did not read this initially and had some nervous moments, but they were able to take care of us. At the very end of the pier and once on land in Cozumel they had signs up for lots of tours, but not ours and there was not a RC representative when we were told to be there - 7:45 am. We roamed around for about 15 minutes and spotted a RC rep who pointed us to the right spot for our tour - never did put out a sign. The diving was incredible - one of the highlights of my life (first time to dive in the ocean). We really enjoyed the skating show. I thought there was a little too much selling of stuff on-board, but it did not bother me. Toilets backed up one day, but our attendant made sure everything was back to normal quickly. As a suite guest we had access to the concierge lounge which we used everyday. It was very nice to have a quiet place to go to get some snacks and drinks, and get answers and help for all our questions. Ate at Johnny Rocket's for lunch on the last sea day, and would probably have eaten there more - not necessarily for the burgers but for their lighter fare - like a salad with chicken chopped into it. Disembarkation was very efficient, but once again being suite guest gets you priority and shorter lines. I do not think we will be cruising annually, but we will definitely do it again and most likely with Royal Caribbean.
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Great room. Might want to switch to a starboard suite next time. In Galveston port side looks out at channel and oil equipment. In Roatan port side looked out to sea. In Belize you are so far from shore you do not see much on either side. In Cozumel the port side looked at Allure of the Seas. The room felt larger than the photos portrayed it. We actually spent quite a bit of time in the room just sitting out on the balcony or reading in the room. Balcony only had two chairs and a table - no lounger. The door to the balcony did not automatically close which was nice to allow the sound of the sea and the breeze to enter the room. Found the room very relaxing with plenty of space for three. The bath does have a big step to get in. Good water pressure. Toilet did flood one day. Found it strange that when we called maintenance they were aware of the problem, but yet they did not warn people to not flush. There are plenty of drawers and storage space. Everything was in good order and clean. Great location - just a short walk and down the stairs to the concierge lounge which offers great help, good breakfast snacks, appetizers and free drinks.
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