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.
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.