After years of turning down cruise options for a vacation my wife and I finally gave in and went on this one during spring break with our youngest son and his family, including three younger children. We had a wonderful time, weather was great, and we just can't say enough about the staff. Everyone of them were outstanding. Special "shout-out" to Elvis in the dining room and Leon who took care of our stateroom all week. These two gentlemen went way above and beyond whatever their job description states.
The shore excursion that we all enjoyed in particular was swimming with rays and sharks off the coast of Belize. While the smaller boat trip was a bit long, it was well worth it and the cost as the guides (especially Phillipe who was assigned to us) were extremely helpful. He was incredibly attentive and made sure our younger grandchildren, as well as my wife (who didn't even snorkel in Hawaii!) felt safe and had the opportunity to experience everything possible along the reef. A life-remembering experience on this excursion.
Another huge shout-out to the Navigator of the Seas staff who made every possible attempt to keep us healthy by constantly cleaning all public areas. None of us, not even the children, had any sickness whatsoever. My wife and I are discriminating travelers so to give this high of an evaluation is meaningful.
I guess this is a typical stateroom at this level of expense. Being our first cruise, we had nothing to compare it to. This being said, the things that stand out were the many areas to store cloths, etc,, Leon (who attended to us all week), and how clean we always found it. We didn't spend much time in the room but when we did it was sufficient, despite the fact that we are accustom to having MUCH MORE room at home.
Went to West Bay beach ourselves and had a wonderful time. Saved a lot of money doing it this way and had the same experience as those who paid much more. You have to negotiate a MUCH lower fee than what is offered when you get off the ship.
We arrived right before the ship set sail and left for the airport when we returned. Therefore, we did not have enough time to do anything in Galveston. If I would have planned this part of my trip better, I would have flown out a day or two earlier and taken the Johnson Space Center tour as I am a "space enthusiast".