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After going on a Disney cruise two years ago and a Royal Caribbean 5 years ago, I had high expectations. Royal Caribbean disappointed. - Food - Disappointing. On previous cruises on Royal Caribbean & Disney, the food was exceptional. The dinner food was decent, but worse than other cruises. The breakfast in Windjammer was terrible. Royal Caribbean pushed the paid dining - Are they making the free food poor on purpose? I talked to a bunch of people and everyone was disappointed by the food. - I couldn't enjoy the "special" activities on this ship. Ice skating was all booked the last day. The Flowrider and rock wall always had monster lines. - Departure - Leaving was a complete disaster. I booked two rooms next to each other and the two rooms had different departure times. It took forever. Huge lines everywhere. It was impossible to get a porter so I dragged 4 suitcases with my 3 kids in tow. - Service - It was good not great. The automatic "gratuities" may have something to do with it. They should change the $12 gratuity name to a fee because it's not option. - Laundry - Poor that there is no self-service (like Disney) and the bag option took 2 days and 2 of my white shirts were turned green (and later rewashed and I didn't get it back until late on the last day). - Kids Club - My two boys (11 and 9 years old) had an exceptional time in the kids club. They liked this kids club much much better than Disney's from 2 years ago. The activities were engaging and the staff did an amazing job. I also liked that the boys had to participate instead of just playing video games. I was surprised that Royal Caribbean trumped Disney for kids activities but they did for my two sons. - The big pro of Royal Caribbean over Disney is the casino. Playing craps and black jack and other games are options that Disney doesn't offer. I love cruises and this will not be my last cruise. I could have saved 30% by going with Carnival, and I felt like I paid more and got Carnival-like food & service. I'll either save money and go with Carnival next time or pay more and go with Disney for better service & food.  

Good Not Great; Poor Food

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by markmatz

Trip Details
After going on a Disney cruise two years ago and a Royal Caribbean 5 years ago, I had high expectations. Royal Caribbean disappointed.
- Food - Disappointing. On previous cruises on Royal Caribbean & Disney, the food was exceptional. The dinner food was decent, but worse than other cruises. The breakfast in Windjammer was terrible. Royal Caribbean pushed the paid dining - Are they making the free food poor on purpose? I talked to a bunch of people and everyone was disappointed by the food.
- I couldn't enjoy the "special" activities on this ship. Ice skating was all booked the last day. The Flowrider and rock wall always had monster lines.
- Departure - Leaving was a complete disaster. I booked two rooms next to each other and the two rooms had different departure times. It took forever. Huge lines everywhere. It was impossible to get a porter so I dragged 4 suitcases with my 3 kids in tow.
- Service - It was good not great. The automatic "gratuities" may have something to do with it. They should change the $12 gratuity name to a fee because it's not option.
- Laundry - Poor that there is no self-service (like Disney) and the bag option took 2 days and 2 of my white shirts were turned green (and later rewashed and I didn't get it back until late on the last day).
- Kids Club - My two boys (11 and 9 years old) had an exceptional time in the kids club. They liked this kids club much much better than Disney's from 2 years ago. The activities were engaging and the staff did an amazing job. I also liked that the boys had to participate instead of just playing video games. I was surprised that Royal Caribbean trumped Disney for kids activities but they did for my two sons.
- The big pro of Royal Caribbean over Disney is the casino. Playing craps and black jack and other games are options that Disney doesn't offer.
I love cruises and this will not be my last cruise. I could have saved 30% by going with Carnival, and I felt like I paid more and got Carnival-like food & service. I'll either save money and go with Carnival next time or pay more and go with Disney for better service & food.
 
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Cabin Review

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Cabin was fine. I liked the sleeping room with Disney better as with Disney we were able to put a curtain across the room to isolate the kids sleeping.
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