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My wife and I (now in our sixties) have cruised many times with RCCL on their Sovereign, Vision and Radiance class ships. We also cruise with Celebrity and P&O and we knew that the Voyager Class Navigator of the Seas would present a different experience for us. Our agent booked direct flights for us to Barcelona flying out the day before our cruise. We stayed overnight at the Apsis Splendid near to Catalunya Square and whilst this was in no way a luxury hotel it was very pleasant and made a nice start to our holiday.. The following day we booked a taxi from the hotel to the port which cost us 16 Euros plus tip. We arrived at the port around 11.30am and since we had completed our Sea Pass online and are Crown & Anchor Platinum members we went quickly through the check-in process. Barcelona is an excellent port in our experience both for departure and arrival and there was adequate seating for us whilst we waited for boarding to commence. Again as Crown & Anchor Platinum members we were given priority boarding at 12 noon although cabins were not available until 1pm. Our cabin 8692 on the stern of the ship was very nice. The bonus with this cabin is the huge balcony. There was plenty of storage space and the bed was very comfortable with room beneath for our luggage. The only down side was the shower enclosure which looks quite nice with solid sliding doors (as opposed to a shower curtain) but it was quite small. Now to the ship - as you would expect from Royal Caribbean the ship is spectacular, very glitzy and glamorous. The focal point of the ship is the Royal Promenade with spectacular atriums at each end. Alas for us the Royal Promenade did not do it for us. It is a 4 deck high affair with shops and bars on the lower level and 3 decks of Promenade view cabins above. To us the Promenade view cabins looked like flats over a block of shops with ill fitting window drapes and sometimes views of the occupants which I'm sure they never intended us to see. The promenade had 2 pubs along its length (to be fair one is billed as a wine bar) and the entire area had a 'pub' feel about it. We feel that this leads to the ship not being as 'classy' as the other classes of ship in the fleet e.g. Radiance class. Another disappointment for us was the Viking Crown Lounge which is not as big or as glamorous as the similar venue on other ships. Whilst the food in general was good the evening dinner has been reduced to 3 courses from 5 - lots of people were complaining about this. Right, enough of the groaning the signature Champagne Bar is very nice with excellent service from the wonderful Christina and some super table top magic from another member of the wine bar team Antero. We dined one evening in the speciality restaurant Portofino and at $20 this was excellent- the food was very good and very well served by a very charming team. We did not dine in Chops grille but this was said to be good also. As a couple who never eat Hamburgers and have only been in McDonalds once with our grandchildren we thought it would be fun to try Johnny Rockets the American diner on the top of the ship. We were not disappointed the food was excellent and the staff perform a dance routine every 30 minutes. The thick shakes are wonderful. There is a $3.95 cover charge and you also pay for drinks. The entertainment was good although to be honest we have seen better production shows. Other entertainment was provided by Jackie Scott an excellent West End singer and also a wonderful multi-instrumentalist called Samantha Jay. The Beatle Maniacs had everyone on their feet - we've seen them before. The Cruise Director, Gordon was probably the best we have ever seen and has a fantastic singing voice which unfortunately we only got to hear on the last night. Our ports of call were: Sicily and we took the excursion 'Taormina on your own' - If you haven't been don't miss this beautiful village up in the mountains, we had about 4 hours there. You can go under your own steam but a taxi will cost more then the tour and the train leaves you with a considerable walk. Our next port was Thessaloniki which is a city with a pleasant long promenade - nothing special. We had an overnight stay in Istanbul - the traffic is horrendous and some people who took tours were very frustrated being stuck for long spells in traffic. We took the shuttle bus into the centre but it is quite easy to walk back to the ship. We visited the Blue Mosque which for us did not live up to all the hype! The Grand Bazaar is OK but you can't look in a shop window without being confronted by the owner. Our final port was Valletta Malta the sail in is spectacular but the city itself for us was 'scruffy' and on reflection we regretted that we had not taken an island tour to get a better view of Malta on which we have heard very mixed reviews. In summary this was a most enjoyable cruise but we feel that Voyager Class ships are primarily aimed at families and younger people. We will choose the older RCCL ships in future and the fabulous Celebrity ships. Please enter your review.

Very enjoyable cruise but............

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Alan R

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My wife and I (now in our sixties) have cruised many times with RCCL on their Sovereign, Vision and Radiance class ships. We also cruise with Celebrity and P&O and we knew that the Voyager Class Navigator of the Seas would present a different experience for us.
Our agent booked direct flights for us to Barcelona flying out the day before our cruise. We stayed overnight at the Apsis Splendid near to Catalunya Square and whilst this was in no way a luxury hotel it was very pleasant and made a nice start to our holiday..
The following day we booked a taxi from the hotel to the port which cost us 16 Euros plus tip. We arrived at the port around 11.30am and since we had completed our Sea Pass online and are Crown & Anchor Platinum members we went quickly through the check-in process. Barcelona is an excellent port in our experience both for departure and arrival and there was adequate seating for us whilst we waited for boarding to commence. Again as Crown & Anchor Platinum members we were given priority boarding at 12 noon although cabins were not available until 1pm.
Our cabin 8692 on the stern of the ship was very nice. The bonus with this cabin is the huge balcony. There was plenty of storage space and the bed was very comfortable with room beneath for our luggage. The only down side was the shower enclosure which looks quite nice with solid sliding doors (as opposed to a shower curtain) but it was quite small.
Now to the ship - as you would expect from Royal Caribbean the ship is spectacular, very glitzy and glamorous. The focal point of the ship is the Royal Promenade with spectacular atriums at each end. Alas for us the Royal Promenade did not do it for us. It is a 4 deck high affair with shops and bars on the lower level and 3 decks of Promenade view cabins above. To us the Promenade view cabins looked like flats over a block of shops with ill fitting window drapes and sometimes views of the occupants which I'm sure they never intended us to see. The promenade had 2 pubs along its length (to be fair one is billed as a wine bar) and the entire area had a 'pub' feel about it. We feel that this leads to the ship not being as 'classy' as the other classes of ship in the fleet e.g. Radiance class. Another disappointment for us was the Viking Crown Lounge which is not as big or as glamorous as the similar venue on other ships. Whilst the food in general was good the evening dinner has been reduced to 3 courses from 5 - lots of people were complaining about this.
Right, enough of the groaning the signature Champagne Bar is very nice with excellent service from the wonderful Christina and some super table top magic from another member of the wine bar team Antero. We dined one evening in the speciality restaurant Portofino and at $20 this was excellent- the food was very good and very well served by a very charming team. We did not dine in Chops grille but this was said to be good also. As a couple who never eat Hamburgers and have only been in McDonalds once with our grandchildren we thought it would be fun to try Johnny Rockets the American diner on the top of the ship. We were not disappointed the food was excellent and the staff perform a dance routine every 30 minutes. The thick shakes are wonderful. There is a $3.95 cover charge and you also pay for drinks.
The entertainment was good although to be honest we have seen better production shows. Other entertainment was provided by Jackie Scott an excellent West End singer and also a wonderful multi-instrumentalist called Samantha Jay. The Beatle Maniacs had everyone on their feet - we've seen them before. The Cruise Director, Gordon was probably the best we have ever seen and has a fantastic singing voice which unfortunately we only got to hear on the last night.
Our ports of call were: Sicily and we took the excursion 'Taormina on your own' - If you haven't been don't miss this beautiful village up in the mountains, we had about 4 hours there. You can go under your own steam but a taxi will cost more then the tour and the train leaves you with a considerable walk. Our next port was Thessaloniki which is a city with a pleasant long promenade - nothing special. We had an overnight stay in Istanbul - the traffic is horrendous and some people who took tours were very frustrated being stuck for long spells in traffic. We took the shuttle bus into the centre but it is quite easy to walk back to the ship. We visited the Blue Mosque which for us did not live up to all the hype! The Grand Bazaar is OK but you can't look in a shop window without being confronted by the owner. Our final port was Valletta Malta the sail in is spectacular but the city itself for us was 'scruffy' and on reflection we regretted that we had not taken an island tour to get a better view of Malta on which we have heard very mixed reviews.
In summary this was a most enjoyable cruise but we feel that Voyager Class ships are primarily aimed at families and younger people. We will choose the older RCCL ships in future and the fabulous Celebrity ships. Please enter your review.
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