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This was our 3rd cruise but our 1st RC cruise, we found ourselves comparing the 2. We cruised with some friends who. Had never been on a cruise, they have been to several all inclusive resorts which they were comparing their experience to. Embarkation went quickly & smoothly, our rooms weren't ready until about 3 which was no biggie we went about exploring the ship & had some lunch. When we got to our rooms which we both had the same category room ( large oceanview), our rooms were the last 2 rooms aft on the level 6. Even tho we both had the same type room our friends room was approx 4.5 to 5 feet longer than ours. We had a love seat size couch & our friends room had a sofa size couch, this was because there was a storage closet taking up the difference. It wasn't a big problem so much that we wanted moved but it would've been nice to know when we booked that there was that much difference in the room size. The buffet was good but we actually liked Carnivals buffet better. There was one morning that there wasn't enough seats In the buffet that we were seated in the Italian restaurant. We ate in the dining room 5 of the 8 nights, we had the my time dining, but found that making reservations was preferred. I am on a special diet & the head waiter was awesome & made sure that I was able to see the next nights menu so that I could make my selections. The waiter & asst. waiter we had the first night were outstanding! The next 2 nights we chose to not make reservations & the waiter & asst. waiter was friendly but very very slow! Dinner on both those nights took close to 3 hours!!! So for the remainder of dining room meals we made reservations & requested to be moved, and the service for those nights were back to outstanding! All of the food we had was very good, it was always hot or cold when it was supposed to be! On the sea days we tried to get deck chairs near the pool but found that unless you got out there before 8 am all those chairs were taken. Even with the signs up saying that you aren't permitted to save chairs, that's exactly what was happening & the no saving chair policy was NOT enforced. So we got up extra early & and got seats but we didn't leave towels on them & go to breakfast we stayed In our seats! Some of those said chairs didn't have anyone in them until close to 10-11am!! During one of the at sea days they had an Armenian lunch & activities which is fine but it would have been nice to know ahead of time. The ice skating show was AMAZING!! The comediennes were hilarious but the musicals not so much. My hubby is a drinker so he got a beverage pkg, they had a water one but it was for Evian water which is just nasty! They did sell Dasani water but only thru a vending machine in the gym. It would have been nice to have the Dasani or purified water included in one of their beverage pkgs. The one thing we really was disappointed that they didn't have was self service laundry facilities. And their laundry fees are not cheap. To have a pair of jeans cleaned was $4.95! A bit too pricey! Disembarkation was a bit slow. I'm disabled and have no problems with people in scooters or who use walkers/canes but the line we were in was next to the handicapp line, the couple we were with went thru ahead of us but right after them several scooters, wheelchairs & people using walkers were lined up, they let all of them thru because their policy & that's fine but the couple we were traveling with were already in a taxi waiting for us before we could get thru the line! If their policy is that they need to go before non handicapp then they should have a separate line for customs not to stop our line completely.

Not Our First Cruise; First RC Cruise

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by OHPainterswife

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2016
  • Destination: Caribbean
This was our 3rd cruise but our 1st RC cruise, we found ourselves comparing the 2. We cruised with some friends who. Had never been on a cruise, they have been to several all inclusive resorts which they were comparing their experience to. Embarkation went quickly & smoothly, our rooms weren't ready until about 3 which was no biggie we went about exploring the ship & had some lunch.

When we got to our rooms which we both had the same category room ( large oceanview), our rooms were the last 2 rooms aft on the level 6. Even tho we both had the same type room our friends room was approx 4.5 to 5 feet longer than ours. We had a love seat size couch & our friends room had a sofa size couch, this was because there was a storage closet taking up the difference. It wasn't a big problem so much that we wanted moved but it would've been nice to know when we booked that there was that much difference in the room size. The buffet was good but we actually liked Carnivals buffet better. There was one morning that there wasn't enough seats In the buffet that we were seated in the Italian restaurant.

We ate in the dining room 5 of the 8 nights, we had the my time dining, but found that making reservations was preferred. I am on a special diet & the head waiter was awesome & made sure that I was able to see the next nights menu so that I could make my selections. The waiter & asst. waiter we had the first night were outstanding! The next 2 nights we chose to not make reservations & the waiter & asst. waiter was friendly but very very slow! Dinner on both those nights took close to 3 hours!!! So for the remainder of dining room meals we made reservations & requested to be moved, and the service for those nights were back to outstanding! All of the food we had was very good, it was always hot or cold when it was supposed to be!

On the sea days we tried to get deck chairs near the pool but found that unless you got out there before 8 am all those chairs were taken. Even with the signs up saying that you aren't permitted to save chairs, that's exactly what was happening & the no saving chair policy was NOT enforced. So we got up extra early & and got seats but we didn't leave towels on them & go to breakfast we stayed In our seats! Some of those said chairs didn't have anyone in them until close to 10-11am!!

During one of the at sea days they had an Armenian lunch & activities which is fine but it would have been nice to know ahead of time. The ice skating show was AMAZING!! The comediennes were hilarious but the musicals not so much. My hubby is a drinker so he got a beverage pkg, they had a water one but it was for Evian water which is just nasty! They did sell Dasani water but only thru a vending machine in the gym. It would have been nice to have the Dasani or purified water included in one of their beverage pkgs.

The one thing we really was disappointed that they didn't have was self service laundry facilities. And their laundry fees are not cheap. To have a pair of jeans cleaned was $4.95! A bit too pricey! Disembarkation was a bit slow. I'm disabled and have no problems with people in scooters or who use walkers/canes but the line we were in was next to the handicapp line, the couple we were with went thru ahead of us but right after them several scooters, wheelchairs & people using walkers were lined up, they let all of them thru because their policy & that's fine but the couple we were traveling with were already in a taxi waiting for us before we could get thru the line! If their policy is that they need to go before non handicapp then they should have a separate line for customs not to stop our line completely.
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