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Don't get me wrong.....I am a fan of RCCL. They always provide a very good combo of value and satisfaction. The short 7 day itineraries out of Galveston are, IMO, the best option for the first time/ occasional cruisers and/or young families. The crowd is generally local, within a 300-500 mile radius and very happy, sometimes taking "casual" to new limits. For the more experienced traveler these cruises can be a bit too predictable and short on style and élan, but never the less always good to very good. This March 8th trip was an "orientation" for my new domestic partner. She is well travelled and sophisticated, a veteran of European River Cruises, but this was her first experience with Cruise Ships and salt water. She adored it! We are leaving on a 20 day Trans Atlantic to Rome on MSC in late April and her enthusiasm knows no bounds...Thank You Royal Caribbean. Navigator must presently be a happy ship and is reflected in the attitude of the staff. Universally accommodating, friendly,knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. Alas, not always the case on some ships and lines. The cost/benefit pressures of the times is making itself felt in the Cruise Industry and RCCL is not immune. I've cruised regularly for a looong time and can't ignore a decline in the on board Dining Experience. Gone are those little flourishes that make dining an event rather than just a meal. On board, the variety and quality is good and always adequate.....just not memorable. However, for the price it is very good and certainly not to be criticized. The Specialty Restaurants are a pleasant change, but you be the judge of whether they are worth it. As for indulgments, a Spa Massage or Treatment at sea is special, but the tab can grow exponentially. On board WiFi, etc. is outrageous in cost. If you can't tear yourself away from the Internet and other worldly contact wait for a Port and find a local Hot Spot. TIP: Be prepared for planned chaos and long (1-2+ hour) waits at disembarkation . Not RCCL's fault, but rather the Port Authority and our beloved Customs and Immigration management.....write your Congressman. The agents do their best, but staffing size is never sufficient to handle the 3000+ travelers. Adding to the existing mess is a higher level of scrutiny and security for ships that have stopped in Honduras. Be prepared and have your paperwork 100%. Overall, our trip was exactly what I expected....pleasant, fun, great value and relaxes.

Routine and Mass Market, but Very Good as always

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by sailingfinn

Trip Details
Don't get me wrong.....I am a fan of RCCL. They always provide a very good combo of value and satisfaction. The short 7 day itineraries out of Galveston are, IMO, the best option for the first time/ occasional cruisers and/or young families. The crowd is generally local, within a 300-500 mile radius and very happy, sometimes taking "casual" to new limits. For the more experienced traveler these cruises can be a bit too predictable and short on style and élan, but never the less always good to very good. This March 8th trip was an "orientation" for my new domestic partner. She is well travelled and sophisticated, a veteran of European River Cruises, but this was her first experience with Cruise Ships and salt water. She adored it! We are leaving on a 20 day Trans Atlantic to Rome on MSC in late April and her enthusiasm knows no bounds...Thank You Royal Caribbean.

Navigator must presently be a happy ship and is reflected in the attitude of the staff. Universally accommodating, friendly,knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. Alas, not always the case on some ships and lines.

The cost/benefit pressures of the times is making itself felt in the Cruise Industry and RCCL is not immune. I've cruised regularly for a looong time and can't ignore a decline in the on board Dining Experience. Gone are those little flourishes that make dining an event rather than just a meal. On board, the variety and quality is good and always adequate.....just not memorable. However, for the price it is very good and certainly not to be criticized. The Specialty Restaurants are a pleasant change, but you be the judge of whether they are worth it.

As for indulgments, a Spa Massage or Treatment at sea is special, but the tab can grow exponentially. On board WiFi, etc. is outrageous in cost. If you can't tear yourself away from the Internet and other worldly contact wait for a Port and find a local Hot Spot.

TIP: Be prepared for planned chaos and long (1-2+ hour) waits at disembarkation . Not RCCL's fault, but rather the Port Authority and our beloved Customs and Immigration management.....write your Congressman. The agents do their best, but staffing size is never sufficient to handle the 3000+ travelers. Adding to the existing mess is a higher level of scrutiny and security for ships that have stopped in Honduras. Be prepared and have your paperwork 100%.

Overall, our trip was exactly what I expected....pleasant, fun, great value and relaxes.
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Cabin 6604
Accessible Balcony..... Spacious and comfortable for 2 seniors. No maintenance problems, everything worked fine, quiet (except for the gangs of teen and preteens roaming at late night ala any Spring Break). Despite the recent refurb the room and ship are showing their age. Service in the room was outstanding....unobtrusive, attentive and friendly.
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