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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Western Mediterrenean

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by galveston Cruiser

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  • Sail Date: May 2008
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: undefined

This was a very last second cruise. Two nights prior to arriving in Barcelona on the Voyager of the Seas, received word of a great rate for inside cabins on the NOS. DH didn't think twice about us taking this cruise. Could not book through RCCL as less than 48 hours to sailing so called TA in U.S. Had confirmation number in an hour and we were all set. The Navigator was docked behind the Voyager in Barcelona so we walked the 150 yds to the terminal. The VOS transferred our luggage. Another couple, with whom we made friends and were table mates on the VOS, joined us for the 3 hour wait. time went by fast as they were new crew members arriving and sitting near us. We volunteered to apply for jobs on the ship, but I guess they felt we were a little too old. As we booked through our TA's and had no documents but a confirmation number, it took quite awhile to get us assigned cabins. But, this too worked out. We all ended up with Promenade cabins vs no window. For 5 nights this is okay, but you never know what the weather is like. This is the first time we have had an inside/promenade cabin. It was okay and could do again if it was the absolutely only way we could sail. I would send DH to an upper deck in the morning for a weather report as there is no way of knowing what to wear. The Navigator is a beautiful ship as she is much newer than VOS. It shows. The appointments and finishes are first class. The staff was great, friendly and extremely helpful. The dining staff again, seem overworked and under staffed. The Maitre'd was outstanding. As we all had no pre-arranged seating, he arranged a fabulous table next to the Captain's table and a third couple, a lovely mother & daughter to join us. Again, used the Gym which seemed smaller than VOS, but still enjoyed. As the Voyager, the Solarium needs to be enclosed. Could not enjoy the pool areas due to cool and very windy weather. The signage for not saving chaise lounges is useless. People must get up at 4am to put their stuff on a chair. We never could get a chaise in the sun. Many never had a person on them, only their bags. We didn't want to be there all day, just an hour or two, but others were adamant that the people would be right back. This never occured. I must say, the majority were German and far from friendly. I am an American, but have lived all over the world. There was absolutely no give and take when it came to the lounges. The buffet cafes are an improvement over the Windjammer and liked the more european style of foods. Cleaning tables seemed to be problem the first day, but that was soon corrected. We do not use the shore excursions, but took off on our own. First stop, Marseilles, France. I don't think one should have to pay for transportation from the dock to the city area if the dock is inaccessible. However, we had no choice and the buses were comfortable and a necessity. Once in town, walked around then took the tram for 4.5Eu/each up to the Basilica and back. Best deal around. Stayed several hours, attending Sunday Mass and touring the area. Picked up the tram to town, walked around since stores were closed. Chose a small outdoor cafe to have a great French lunch. Delighted myself by remembering enough French to translate menu for DH and order for both of us. Weather was great, did some small shopping on the quay side then picked up the bus to return to ship. Next stop, Cagliari, Sardinia - Wet and cool, but walked around town, stopped for espresso, people watched and tried to stay dry. Shops closed in afternoon and department store not of any interest. Found a small cafe to enjoy cheese, proscuitto and wine before walking back to ship. Palermo, Sicily - another port you can walk to to town. Strolled the old streets before hiring a carriage to drive us around for an hour. Carriages at port were asking 80Eu for two, negotiated 40Eu for two of us. However, at the end, driver wanted another 40Eu. Just stood my ground and he walked away. This cruise arrives in ports during the afternoon siesta and shops, restaurants, etc are not open. Not good timing. Dined early this time due to the much later seating on the Mediterranean run. This afforded us to see the shows. Shows much better on this ship. Cruise Director was great, best ever. Enjoyed the ice show which we did not see on the VOS as tickets only distributed once for all performances. This show was open seating and never full. We went to the Platinum members lounge for coffee and rolls which is a real plus. They called our tag color in 30 minutes. Disembarkation was a breeze. Off the ship by 8:30 and in a taxi headed to the train station to pick up rent car. Overall, would definitely sail the Navigator again and take the Mediterranean cruise. Great value for the money.


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