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This was our third cruise, second TA, and 3rd cruise line. There were six of us in the party. Overall we had a very nice time. Embarkation was a breeze. No one helped us to the room, but I do pretty well around ships so no problem getting to the room. Room was excellently appointed and bed was very comfortable. Enjoyed having the bed adjacent to the balcony slider. This trip had 3000 passengers. Navigator did a pretty good job absorbing the crowds. Occasionally, the buffets were packed at peak times. The Promenade was very nice with 4 decks of open space and again handled the crowds fairly well. Everyone seemed to enjoy the entertainers in the various lounges. However, I found a couple of them fairly small and when they tried cramming trivia game (or the like) they were just too cramped. The theatre was terrific and the shows as good as you can expect. Navigator has an ice skating rink and a couple shows. Ticket availability for the first one was hard to get and people waited 45 minutes to pick them up...the second show later in the cruise was a little easier...The entertainment staff were personable and made life fun during the at-sea day events. Port calls were nice and relaxing for those of us who go on our own and walk around. Excursions seemed to be well received, although we didn't use them. One area I was disappointed was the food. Buffets were ok, nothing special. I found the main dining room a disappointment. They screwed up our seating for 6 and had to "find" us a table before we sailed, but it was ok even though stuffed out of the way. Food was unspectacular and sometimes bad. Lobstertails turned into big prawns...meat was under or overcook. Maitre'd was personable, but shallow with all the right words and no action to back them up. Our wait staff was adequate, asst waiter was on his second cruise and tried hard. Overall I'd give them a "C" for food. Disembarkation seemed a bit slow and chaotic at the luggage pick up, but nothing to get too upset with...we heard that someone had a heart attack during the process, so I'm sure that didn't help things. Overall, I'd give the cruise a "B-". Navigator is a beautiful ship which does a reasonable job absorbing the many passenger. They cruise after ours had over 3500 and that may have tipped the scales a bit. Since TA's are a lot about dining, this was my hot topic. I must admit to be more the fan of smaller ships. However, with the right itinerary and price, Navigator would be a lovely ship to revisit.

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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Rhino73

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This was our third cruise, second TA, and 3rd cruise line. There were six of us in the party. Overall we had a very nice time. Embarkation was a breeze. No one helped us to the room, but I do pretty well around ships so no problem getting to the room. Room was excellently appointed and bed was very comfortable. Enjoyed having the bed adjacent to the balcony slider. This trip had 3000 passengers. Navigator did a pretty good job absorbing the crowds. Occasionally, the buffets were packed at peak times. The Promenade was very nice with 4 decks of open space and again handled the crowds fairly well. Everyone seemed to enjoy the entertainers in the various lounges. However, I found a couple of them fairly small and when they tried cramming trivia game (or the like) they were just too cramped. The theatre was terrific and the shows as good as you can expect. Navigator has an ice skating rink and a couple shows. Ticket availability for the first one was hard to get and people waited 45 minutes to pick them up...the second show later in the cruise was a little easier...The entertainment staff were personable and made life fun during the at-sea day events. Port calls were nice and relaxing for those of us who go on our own and walk around. Excursions seemed to be well received, although we didn't use them.
One area I was disappointed was the food. Buffets were ok, nothing special. I found the main dining room a disappointment. They screwed up our seating for 6 and had to "find" us a table before we sailed, but it was ok even though stuffed out of the way. Food was unspectacular and sometimes bad. Lobstertails turned into big prawns...meat was under or overcook. Maitre'd was personable, but shallow with all the right words and no action to back them up. Our wait staff was adequate, asst waiter was on his second cruise and tried hard. Overall I'd give them a "C" for food.
Disembarkation seemed a bit slow and chaotic at the luggage pick up, but nothing to get too upset with...we heard that someone had a heart attack during the process, so I'm sure that didn't help things.
Overall, I'd give the cruise a "B-". Navigator is a beautiful ship which does a reasonable job absorbing the many passenger. They cruise after ours had over 3500 and that may have tipped the scales a bit. Since TA's are a lot about dining, this was my hot topic. I must admit to be more the fan of smaller ships. However, with the right itinerary and price, Navigator would be a lovely ship to revisit.
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