Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by verntern
- Sail Date: May 2007
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
Embarkation processing was efficient and smooth at Southampton. Our luggage was being delivered to our cabin at the same time as we negotiated this vast ship to find our cabin! An excellent start. We did some unpacking and then decided to visit the Windjammer Restaurant for 'embarkation snacks'. An absolutely superb choice of hot/cold food for a first meal. In no way could the choice be called snacks.
We then went on to meet our cabin steward who was excellent in every way. He had a great sense of humor, politeness and a genuine interest in us. This quality of service was maintained throughout the whole cruise.
The first hiccup occurred at dinner in the main restaurants on the first night. We had asked for 2nd sitting at 8.30. There was a problem and we didn't get into the restaurant until 9.00 pm and the service after that was slow and very poor. We advise asking for 1st sitting at 6.00 pm. The efficiency of the service improved after the first night. The quality of the food in the evening restaurants was only just adequate. All meals are served 'plated up' and in a 'designer' presentation ie a little squiggle of gravy or sauce in a artistic fashion. Virtually no vegetables as the British would like.
A lot of people abandoned the main restaurants and went for the Windjammer Buffet Restaurant on Deck 5. A huge choice of excellent food where you could mix and match, choose whatever you desired and go back for more.
Overall, this is an amazing ship. Kept beautifully clean and hygienic.
Pros: Very smooth cruising. You forget you are in the middle of an ocean. Nice cabins (recommend you pay the extra for a balcony). Superb choice of food in the Windjammer restaurant for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and even dinner. Brilliant ice show extravaganza. Not to be missed. Very helpful crew. Cons: Ship too crowded (3,200 passengers) for the space available.
The American tipping culture. DON'T pay for tips in advance. DON'T allow your onboard account to be automatically debited for tips. Request a form from the Customer Services Desk to signify that you may tip as you please.
The pathetic alcohol policy. You find a nice bottle of local wine in Barcelona or elsewhere that you would like to enjoy on your balcony. On getting back on board all baggage is X-rayed ( Good for safety and feeling of security).
However, if your bottle of wine or spirits is spotted then it is confiscated until the last day of the cruise. There is an alarming group of heavyweights waiting to take and store your alcohol. All designed to make you spend more on board.
Overall a good cruise experience but P & O do better for the British.
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