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This was a repositioning cruise with unusual ports of call on RCCL Navigator of the Seas Nov 5, 2007- that's what attracted us. 13 night from Southampton, one sea day to La Caruna Spain, Lisbon, two sea days to Madiera Island, Las Palmas Canary Islands and 6 sea days transatlantic to Ft Lauderdale. While we enjoy RCCL, it's been about 3 yrs since our last one with them. This cruise was a vivid reminder that RCCL is 'all about the marketing'. They start selling you the minute you board and don't stop till you're in the luggage bay. Even RCCL TV in your stateroom is loaded with their commercials selling you logo items, photos, drink of the day, excursions, ad nauseam. Someone said they are known as Royal Cash Register Cruise Lines...it fits. This cruise needed only three things - An Italian chef to better cook pasta and a red sauce that is less like tomato juice. Their pizza was not good at all-- reminded me of the drive-in movies as a kid (remember that?) Pizza was tasteless, the dough was rigid and the cheese like glue. tasteless. They should trade a chef with Costa Cruises. Hmmm? They also needed better management of the excursions. Shore excursion choices were very limited. They admitted that they had never been to a couple of ports, and it showed. Badly organized, tour guides but came up short, and bus drivers could care less. At the volcano stop on Madiera,4-6 tour buses arrived together - all from our ship. we ran to the museum shop for the bathrooms and found it closed. We waited another forty minutes for 'Jose' to show up and open the doors. Local Vendors were overwhelmed, like the wine tasting shop - in his home. He couldn't fit hundreds of people, so we had to wait on the roadside until each bus finished their wine tasting in turn. Similar situation at the pottery shop. We couldn't all fit in the museum or the gift shop. And so on… Lastly, I would have added one Caribbean port before reaching Fort Lauderdale. A beach day at Labadee or Nassau or Puerto Rico would have been the cherry on top. Entertainers were good - especially comics. Their production shows were lack luster, but the ice skating shows were great. Daily entertainment was sparse - bingo, trivia, napkin folding. No dance lessons at all, and few games. Despite my barbs, this was a great trip. The staff were exceptionally pleasant – servers, stewards, cruise staff, and crew. Perhaps that was because most contracts were ending with this cruise and they were happy to be going home – still it was nice to have happy people on board. Would we do it again? Probably, but I’d check the excursions first.

Navigator of the Seas - Trans-Atlantic

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by logbog

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This was a repositioning cruise with unusual ports of call on RCCL Navigator of the Seas Nov 5, 2007- that's what attracted us. 13 night from Southampton, one sea day to La Caruna Spain, Lisbon, two sea days to Madiera Island, Las Palmas Canary Islands and 6 sea days transatlantic to Ft Lauderdale.
While we enjoy RCCL, it's been about 3 yrs since our last one with them. This cruise was a vivid reminder that RCCL is 'all about the marketing'. They start selling you the minute you board and don't stop till you're in the luggage bay. Even RCCL TV in your stateroom is loaded with their commercials selling you logo items, photos, drink of the day, excursions, ad nauseam. Someone said they are known as Royal Cash Register Cruise Lines...it fits. This cruise needed only three things - An Italian chef to better cook pasta and a red sauce that is less like tomato juice. Their pizza was not good at all-- reminded me of the drive-in movies as a kid (remember that?) Pizza was tasteless, the dough was rigid and the cheese like glue. tasteless. They should trade a chef with Costa Cruises. Hmmm?
They also needed better management of the excursions. Shore excursion choices were very limited. They admitted that they had never been to a couple of ports, and it showed. Badly organized, tour guides but came up short, and bus drivers could care less. At the volcano stop on Madiera,4-6 tour buses arrived together - all from our ship. we ran to the museum shop for the bathrooms and found it closed. We waited another forty minutes for 'Jose' to show up and open the doors. Local Vendors were overwhelmed, like the wine tasting shop - in his home. He couldn't fit hundreds of people, so we had to wait on the roadside until each bus finished their wine tasting in turn. Similar situation at the pottery shop. We couldn't all fit in the museum or the gift shop. And so on…
Lastly, I would have added one Caribbean port before reaching Fort Lauderdale. A beach day at Labadee or Nassau or Puerto Rico would have been the cherry on top.
Entertainers were good - especially comics. Their production shows were lack luster, but the ice skating shows were great. Daily entertainment was sparse - bingo, trivia, napkin folding. No dance lessons at all, and few games.
Despite my barbs, this was a great trip. The staff were exceptionally pleasant – servers, stewards, cruise staff, and crew. Perhaps that was because most contracts were ending with this cruise and they were happy to be going home – still it was nice to have happy people on board.
Would we do it again? Probably, but I’d check the excursions first.
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