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Our family of 4 drove from DFW area to Galveston. We parked right across from the Carnival cruise ship area so we didn't have to stand in line to take a shuttle bus. We gave our luggage to the porters. We got there about 12:30p and waited in one of the four lines. The check-in process took about 1 hr. We saw some people carrying all their luggage. We dropped our carry on in our rooms since they were ready. We went up to the Windjammer to eat. There was a pretty big selection of food including ethnic food (Chinese and Indian dishes). We went to explore the ship and put on our bathing suit and headed for the jacuzzi. There are 6 jacuzzis. The best ones are by the Solarium, if they are full or is too cold outside the one inside the gym is good. My husband couldn't go because our suitcase didn't come until 7p. Next time, we'll bring our suitcases with us. It would be actually easy to manage with luggage with wheels and elevators. For dinner we had the second seating which worked perfectly with our teenagers (if we got hungry before dinner, we would grab a snack at the promenade deck-open all day with sandwiches, pizza, dessert, drinks and fruit). The first night we were paired with unfriendly family. To our surprise, the second night they were moved to their own private table and we were paired with a wonderful, friendly family. I was concerned about getting seasick, so I put a patch on before boarding. I didn't get sick at all but my head was a little fuzzy so I didn't put another one after 3 days and I was fine. My son that gets seasick like me didn't put one on and after one day of taking it easy in the room and eating, he was fine. I believed that getting a ocean view room with the big window helped a lot. The ship looks great after the remodeling. Very elegant and well maintained and cleaned. Some people were slobs and left their alcoholic drinks all over the place and the crew always picked up after them. The shows were very good specially the ice show. We got tickets but were not really necessary. They didn't take them and there were plenty of seats for all. We liked the comedian, magic show, singers. We didn't take any excursions with the ship. They were too expensive. I read Trip advisor and selected our own tours. We had a great time. We'll be back!

Best spring vacation ever

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by bendecida

Trip Details
Our family of 4 drove from DFW area to Galveston. We parked right across from the Carnival cruise ship area so we didn't have to stand in line to take a shuttle bus. We gave our luggage to the porters.

We got there about 12:30p and waited in one of the four lines. The check-in process took about 1 hr. We saw some people carrying all their luggage. We dropped our carry on in our rooms since they were ready.

We went up to the Windjammer to eat. There was a pretty big selection of food including ethnic food (Chinese and Indian dishes). We went to explore the ship and put on our bathing suit and headed for the jacuzzi. There are 6 jacuzzis. The best ones are by the Solarium, if they are full or is too cold outside the one inside the gym is good. My husband couldn't go because our suitcase didn't come until 7p. Next time, we'll bring our suitcases with us. It would be actually easy to manage with luggage with wheels and elevators.

For dinner we had the second seating which worked perfectly with our teenagers (if we got hungry before dinner, we would grab a snack at the promenade deck-open all day with sandwiches, pizza, dessert, drinks and fruit). The first night we were paired with unfriendly family. To our surprise, the second night they were moved to their own private table and we were paired with a wonderful, friendly family.

I was concerned about getting seasick, so I put a patch on before boarding. I didn't get sick at all but my head was a little fuzzy so I didn't put another one after 3 days and I was fine. My son that gets seasick like me didn't put one on and after one day of taking it easy in the room and eating, he was fine. I believed that getting a ocean view room with the big window helped a lot.

The ship looks great after the remodeling. Very elegant and well maintained and cleaned. Some people were slobs and left their alcoholic drinks all over the place and the crew always picked up after them.

The shows were very good specially the ice show. We got tickets but were not really necessary. They didn't take them and there were plenty of seats for all. We liked the comedian, magic show, singers.

We didn't take any excursions with the ship. They were too expensive. I read Trip advisor and selected our own tours.

We had a great time. We'll be back!
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Cabin 3566, 3778
Our rooms 3566 and 3778 were ocean view and had a big round window (other levels had a smaller window). The only bad thing is that they were not next to each other were separated by Studio B (the skating ring) so we had to go up and down 2 floors(up 1 floor was the casino and we don't like smoke) to be able to go to each other rooms.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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