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14 nights of non-stop partying really sums up what this is ship is all about. We arrived late about 4pm since traffic in Southampton is pretty bad on a July Saturday. Embarkation was busy but smooth and simple. We were on board by 5pm and had dinner at 6pm - main. Fortunately we were seated with another family of similar ages and also from England which was good, we all seemed to get along pretty well. Couldn't help but notice that many guests sported lots of tattoos and seemed a little out of place... Food is not the strong point of this ship. Service was great both in the dining rooms and on deck so no complaints there - except perhaps room service in the cabins which seemed to vary from 30 - 50 minutes. Again room service meals were bland and breakfast variable in terms of what was delivered. Main dining room food was bland hotel style food, usually edible but sometimes barely edible at all. Soups were almost always horrible. main courses just about adequate. Desserts bland and cheap. All this poor/average food was served with a smile in a pleasant dining room which helped somewhat. Wine was ok and cost around $35-$45 a bottle at the lower end and was reasonably good for the most part. Only 3 formal nights in 14 days, many diners v.casually dressed. For more casual dining, there was a massive complex at the rear of the navigator on deck 11 which went under the dual names of Jade and Windjammer. lots of choice but way way to many people for comfort. Mealtimes here are a little like feeding time at the Zoo with thousands of people all walking around in a frenzy trying to find a tasty morsel or two to eat and then a drink to go with it - a truly unpleasant atmosphere to eat in. Food quality here was variable, an good roast brisket but a poor salad. Lots of choice of bland style food but no decent Asian cuisine at all and V.poor sushi. We tried the a la carte restaurants which are actually just adjacent to the Windjammer/Jade complex. Chops grill was a steak house which owing to its smaller size felt a little more intimate charge for the $20/head included food but not drinks. Again steak was just ok many in the US would say its not nearly as good as most steakhouses. Again setting and service were way better than the food. Similar comments apply to the Portofino restaurant, great service albeit to keen to pour the wine and get rid of the bottle, nice setting but the food... Whoa! not in the least bit italian as far as we were concerned. Diner next to me was complaining bitterly about his poor food and didn't like the service either. Staff are v.friendly and try but they simply do not understand anything about the food they are serving or the wine. Jonny Rockets was a rather nasty restaurant that smelled of old food and garbage - fries way to oily. atmosphere a bit lacking. Burgers fatty, juicy, greasy and horrible. Served by people who clearly didn't really understand the food and had little interest in it - cost us $30 for 4 Decks were best usually crowded and it can be hard to find a space on days at sea, bit like sardines in a can. And always music in the main areas. No on deck bar service after 9pm anywhere which was disappointing if you like to watch the sunset with a drink in your hand. Our cabin had a balcony and was good, clean and quiet. Cabin Steward was excellent, bed v.comfortable and we certainly slept well. No alcohol in the minibar. Library usually full of noisy kids. Gym - lots of running machines were badly in need of maintenance, aircon not adequate. excursions - they get you back on the boat for dinner and drinks so no time to enjoy a leisurely dinner at ports of call - usually only a few hours at each port so little time to do much. For us this ship is was about entertainment, people and most of all seemed to be a booze cruise - if we asked for a beer or cocktail at any time in almost any place that was fine - but just try and ask a waiter to get you a decent cappuccino or a latte and no chance at all. The public areas have v. attractive decor and are inviting. The entertainers could be good, a pub with a good folk singer was enjoyable, the shows were fun and there was live music in most bars which were all usually fairly busy if not crowded. So we boozed and talked and enjoyed ourselves and met lots of plumbers and builders and so forth - we had a great vacation on a beautiful ship. However, I think we would prefer better food, less people and a slightly more laid back atmosphere with less emphasis on heavy drinking and yes perhaps a bit more upmarket. Oh, nearly forgot to say that all the drinks and a couple of meals at chops and portofino cost us about $500/week per person

Navigator of the Seas - Western Mediterranean

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by jb100

Trip Details
14 nights of non-stop partying really sums up what this is ship is all about. We arrived late about 4pm since traffic in Southampton is pretty bad on a July Saturday. Embarkation was busy but smooth and simple. We were on board by 5pm and had dinner at 6pm - main. Fortunately we were seated with another family of similar ages and also from England which was good, we all seemed to get along pretty well. Couldn't help but notice that many guests sported lots of tattoos and seemed a little out of place...
Food is not the strong point of this ship. Service was great both in the dining rooms and on deck so no complaints there - except perhaps room service in the cabins which seemed to vary from 30 - 50 minutes. Again room service meals were bland and breakfast variable in terms of what was delivered.
Main dining room food was bland hotel style food, usually edible but sometimes barely edible at all. Soups were almost always horrible. main courses just about adequate. Desserts bland and cheap. All this poor/average food was served with a smile in a pleasant dining room which helped somewhat. Wine was ok and cost around $35-$45 a bottle at the lower end and was reasonably good for the most part. Only 3 formal nights in 14 days, many diners v.casually dressed.
For more casual dining, there was a massive complex at the rear of the navigator on deck 11 which went under the dual names of Jade and Windjammer. lots of choice but way way to many people for comfort. Mealtimes here are a little like feeding time at the Zoo with thousands of people all walking around in a frenzy trying to find a tasty morsel or two to eat and then a drink to go with it - a truly unpleasant atmosphere to eat in. Food quality here was variable, an good roast brisket but a poor salad. Lots of choice of bland style food but no decent Asian cuisine at all and V.poor sushi.
We tried the a la carte restaurants which are actually just adjacent to the Windjammer/Jade complex. Chops grill was a steak house which owing to its smaller size felt a little more intimate charge for the $20/head included food but not drinks. Again steak was just ok many in the US would say its not nearly as good as most steakhouses. Again setting and service were way better than the food. Similar comments apply to the Portofino restaurant, great service albeit to keen to pour the wine and get rid of the bottle, nice setting but the food... Whoa! not in the least bit italian as far as we were concerned. Diner next to me was complaining bitterly about his poor food and didn't like the service either. Staff are v.friendly and try but they simply do not understand anything about the food they are serving or the wine.
Jonny Rockets was a rather nasty restaurant that smelled of old food and garbage - fries way to oily. atmosphere a bit lacking. Burgers fatty, juicy, greasy and horrible. Served by people who clearly didn't really understand the food and had little interest in it - cost us $30 for 4
Decks were best usually crowded and it can be hard to find a space on days at sea, bit like sardines in a can. And always music in the main areas. No on deck bar service after 9pm anywhere which was disappointing if you like to watch the sunset with a drink in your hand.
Our cabin had a balcony and was good, clean and quiet. Cabin Steward was excellent, bed v.comfortable and we certainly slept well. No alcohol in the minibar.
Library usually full of noisy kids.
Gym - lots of running machines were badly in need of maintenance, aircon not adequate.
excursions - they get you back on the boat for dinner and drinks so no time to enjoy a leisurely dinner at ports of call - usually only a few hours at each port so little time to do much.
For us this ship is was about entertainment, people and most of all seemed to be a booze cruise - if we asked for a beer or cocktail at any time in almost any place that was fine - but just try and ask a waiter to get you a decent cappuccino or a latte and no chance at all. The public areas have v. attractive decor and are inviting. The entertainers could be good, a pub with a good folk singer was enjoyable, the shows were fun and there was live music in most bars which were all usually fairly busy if not crowded.
So we boozed and talked and enjoyed ourselves and met lots of plumbers and builders and so forth - we had a great vacation on a beautiful ship. However, I think we would prefer better food, less people and a slightly more laid back atmosphere with less emphasis on heavy drinking and yes perhaps a bit more upmarket. Oh, nearly forgot to say that all the drinks and a couple of meals at chops and portofino cost us about $500/week per person
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