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NOTS is a great cruise ship. We love the open Promenade design. Much more "fun" than other ships where you have to walk through clubs and casinos or walk down cabin hallways to get from end to end of the ship. Wonderful food in both the cafeteria and the MDR. Extremely gracious crew! Son teen had a fun time with other teens. Daughter teen was less than thrilled with the teen programs. The ship has a great fitness room! It also has a lovely upstairs chapel for quiet prayer time. This cruise stopped at Roatan, Belize and Cozumel, on three consecutive days. A great way to see these wonderful ports. We did an independent tour (Rony's) on Roatan, and it was terrific. Pirates of the Caribbean Zipline Adventures was great. Treat yourself and pack some clothes and soccer balls for local kids. Great orphanages and outlets for our resources. In Belize, half the family booked an indy excursion with cavetubing.bz, and they had a fine time. They enjoyed the fact that the company hauled the tubes enroute to the water, while other companies make you haul your own. My son and I signed up for the ship excursion scuba dive to Turneffe Atoll. We would usually avoid ship diving groups, but we decided to select this one bc (1) in Belize you have to take a tender to the shore, and this added a significant delay to the dive trip, limiting any indy dives to only the Barrier Reef. It was simply too far to take an indy dive op out to Turneffe Atoll. Also, Hugh Parkey ran the ship excursion, and they are very well regarded in the diving community. The dives were great. It was a treat to be picked up and dropped off at the ship. In Cozumel, half the family booked an indy outing to Chankanaab and thoroughly enjoyed the manatee encounter. $20 cab fare and a nice online discount price of $60 pp for a day of fun. Also, Chankanaab is a great beach and snorkel area. My son and I booked an indy dive with Aldora Divers. We had used them before and love them. Best two-tank dive I ever had. Aldora is superb. At sea days were OK, but the first three days in a row (Sun, Mon and Tues) get a little long. That is just a fact of geography. My only question about the cruise ship is RCCL decision to have three "upscale" restaurants onboard. Paying extra for Mexican food seems silly to me (especially being from San Antonio). Overall, it gives one the strange feeling that they are "slumming" if they only eat fine dining that they have already pre-paid for. I know they have done their homework, but it seems a bit of an odd use of ship space. This is a small point, though. Overall the cruise was wonderful.

Wonderful ship and cruise

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by bilboinsa

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NOTS is a great cruise ship. We love the open Promenade design. Much more "fun" than other ships where you have to walk through clubs and casinos or walk down cabin hallways to get from end to end of the ship. Wonderful food in both the cafeteria and the MDR. Extremely gracious crew! Son teen had a fun time with other teens. Daughter teen was less than thrilled with the teen programs. The ship has a great fitness room! It also has a lovely upstairs chapel for quiet prayer time.

This cruise stopped at Roatan, Belize and Cozumel, on three consecutive days. A great way to see these wonderful ports. We did an independent tour (Rony's) on Roatan, and it was terrific. Pirates of the Caribbean Zipline Adventures was great. Treat yourself and pack some clothes and soccer balls for local kids. Great orphanages and outlets for our resources.

In Belize, half the family booked an indy excursion with cavetubing.bz, and they had a fine time. They enjoyed the fact that the company hauled the tubes enroute to the water, while other companies make you haul your own. My son and I signed up for the ship excursion scuba dive to Turneffe Atoll. We would usually avoid ship diving groups, but we decided to select this one bc (1) in Belize you have to take a tender to the shore, and this added a significant delay to the dive trip, limiting any indy dives to only the Barrier Reef. It was simply too far to take an indy dive op out to Turneffe Atoll. Also, Hugh Parkey ran the ship excursion, and they are very well regarded in the diving community. The dives were great. It was a treat to be picked up and dropped off at the ship.

In Cozumel, half the family booked an indy outing to Chankanaab and thoroughly enjoyed the manatee encounter. $20 cab fare and a nice online discount price of $60 pp for a day of fun. Also, Chankanaab is a great beach and snorkel area. My son and I booked an indy dive with Aldora Divers. We had used them before and love them. Best two-tank dive I ever had. Aldora is superb.

At sea days were OK, but the first three days in a row (Sun, Mon and Tues) get a little long. That is just a fact of geography.

My only question about the cruise ship is RCCL decision to have three "upscale" restaurants onboard. Paying extra for Mexican food seems silly to me (especially being from San Antonio). Overall, it gives one the strange feeling that they are "slumming" if they only eat fine dining that they have already pre-paid for. I know they have done their homework, but it seems a bit of an odd use of ship space. This is a small point, though. Overall the cruise was wonderful.
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