This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean, and overall, we were pleased with the Navigator. However, the Navigator was on its last cruise out of Galveston. The day that we disembarked, it was on its way to Florida. The replacement will be Liberty of the Seas which is a larger ship.
Embarkation: It was great. We arrived at the pier at 11:00am and were on the ship by 11:45. No waiting at all. Our cabin was ready by 1:00pm as promised.
Ship: We really liked the Promenade located on Deck 5. This deck included most of the stores, shops, etc. all in one place. The Cafe Promenade was nice to sit and people watch. We were travelling with 2 friends and spent quite a lot of time there. The one thing that was annoying to us was how the sales people tried to whip people into a frenzy when they had sales. They kept counting down the time until the items were available for sale. By the time of the actual event, the people were lining up 6 deep to buy a $10 t-shirt. However, the crew members were very friendly and courteous.
Dining: We ate at Sabor, Giovanni's Table, and Chops Grille. Overall, the food was good. Although at Chops Grille, my husband and our friend ordered their steak medium and it came out almost raw. They sent it back but it still wasn't cooked enough. The service at all the restaurants was excellent. We tried My Time Dining and really liked it. The food was ok, not extraordinary. Our servers were great. We ate breakfast and lunch at the Windjammer, and were mostly pleased. There is a wide variety of food so it isn't hard to find something you like. The best thing is about the buffet is that there were no long lines like on Carnival. It may be the way they have the various stations configured but we never had to stand in line.
Entertainment: The ice show was entertaining. The Headliner show was good. The show on the last night was cancelled due to rough weather. We hit the casino several nights and actually broke even.
We had good weather in Cozumel and just shopped a little. This was our 5th trip to Cozumel so we weren't that excited about excursions. It was raining in Grand Cayman so our stingray excursion was cancelled which was ok due to the weather. We walked around for a while and did some more shopping. We went to Red Stripe Beach in Jamaica and it was actually good. We swam and enjoyed the sun for a while. The shuttle comes about every hour so you don't have to stay the entire time.
The last night we had to sail through some sort of disturbance and the ship was really rolling and rocking. We were extremely glad to see Galveston. Disembarkation was a breeze. We carried our luggage and were off the ship and on our way home by 7:45am.
All in all, I would say that we had a good time on this cruise. Of course, we were with good friends which made it much more enjoyable than if we had been by ourselves. If we cruise again, we will definitely do it with Royal Caribbean.
Our cabin was nice and always made up while we were gone. Adela, our steward, was great. Whenever we asked her for something, it was there. The bed must have been comfortable because we slept soundly almost every night. The one weird thing is that the time changed back to CST the day we left so sunrise was really early. We would wake up to daylight and it would be 6:00am The balcony was good although there were a couple nights that we couldn't sit on it due to rain.
Beach was pretty and kept clean. The shuttle arrived each hour so to and from ship was flexible.
Our stingray excursion was cancelled due to weather.