Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by JKA87
- Sail Date: February 2016
- Destination: Western Caribbean
Stayed at The Riverside the night before sailing. Great location - on Las Olas, on the Riverwalk. Bit pricey, but in line with other hotels in the area. Our room was small and tucked in behind one of the elevators. Tons of things to do in the area - sightseeing, shopping or just sitting back at the pub and enjoying the atmosphere. Briney's Irish Pub is a favourite, so we made sure to do supper there and enjoy the sights on the Riverwalk. Took their $7 shuttle to the cruise pier.
Processing at the pier and boarding the ship was painless! Staff were gracious and friendly, well organized and efficient. Need I say more! Plenty of food and drink while we waited onboard for our cabin. Staterooms were ready right on time. Great beginning and kept it up throughout the cruise. Bar staff, Windjammer staff, Dining room staff ... everyone we encountered was efficient, attentive and professional. What a difference it makes!
Onboard entertainment was good! Enjoyed the ice show and the evening shows. Did not really participate in many of the other activities available, but some of the ones we caught part of looked like fun! Next time ...
Most onboard meals were in the dining room; only once or twice did we go to the Windjammer. For us, just too many people and not enough seats. The dining room was quick and the food was hot and delicious and, for us, the atmosphere was more relaxing and set a better tone for the day. We cruised Royal Caribbean in December (2 1/2 months ago); same menu; food and portion size was better on Jewel. What's with so few vegetables?
Our stateroom (8348) was starboard side. Very roomy. Bed comfortable. Our attendant did a good job keeping the room clean. Neighbours on one side were party people, so noisy late at night (03h30) ... and on the other side, the guy needed to get up 05h50 every morning to chat (loudly) on his phone while on the balcony! Just our bad luck ... nothing the ship can do to ameliorate this ... and overall, one of very few negatives on this cruise!
Ports and Excursions.
Grand Cayman is beautiful but way too expensive. We did the Stingray and Snorkel adventure. Stingrays were an incredible experience. My husband is a "first off the boat" kind of guy, so being first in the water and the first boat at the sandbar, the Stingrays immediately swamped us thinking food was coming. Bit unnerving at first ... but so awesome. Experience of a lifetime! Snorkel was a bit disappointing ... moved less than 500 m away to snorkel on the reef; not much to see ... but the water was great and snorkelling even with not much to see is always a welcome addition to our day! Water and watered down fruit punch available on the boat; no food; no after snorkelling bar. Recommend you goto Stingray City on an excursion, but then just head to 7-mile beach and snorkel from there ... cheaper and more to see. Stopped for lunch on our way back to the ship. Jim had shrimp and a beer; I had a burger and a coke. The bill was $56 Cayman, which translated to $70 USD. OMG! Eat lunch on the boat!!
Jamaica was another Caribbean jewel. We did not go "outside the wire" other than on our excursion, so felt safe throughout, but did speak to some other passengers who had ventured farther and their stories were a little scary. We did the Catamaran Sail and Snorkel. Excellent excursion. Great team on the boat that ensured we were well taken care of throughout. Those new to snorkelling were given lessons before being turned loose; guides and photographers in the water; well managed; safe; lots to see. Food and non-alcoholic drink enroute to snorkelling site; food and bar post snorkelling; foot massages; wowww ... great trip!
Labadee. We were the only ship in port ... would not want to be there if there were more. Water was wonderful. Service at venue was terrific. Great for folks that just like to sit on the beach enjoying the laid back atmosphere ... with thousands of their best friends.
Because of a tragic incident sailing back to Fort Lauderdale, the boat was delayed arriving into port, which resulted in delays in debarkation. Still needed to get out of our staterooms so they could be prepared for the next guests, but debarkation did not start until about 09h30. Coffee was available in waiting areas. Given the situation, think the ship should have provided more substantial food in the waiting areas given some folks could not leave until about 11h30; otherwise, handled as best as possible.
Jim and I travel a lot, so we've gone through the trusted traveller protocols to become Global members; this gives us access to the short line at customs and really makes debarkation a breeze. Ship staff on shore were happy and helpful; kudos.
I would gladly sail again on the Navigator. Would return to Grand Cayman and Jamaica, but Labadee ranks with Coco Cay ... no need to repeat.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
FalmouthBoat crew were outstanding.View All 1,324 Falmouth Cruise Port Reviews
Food and non-alcoholic beverages available before snorkelling; food and open bar afterwards.
Photographers on the boat and in the water!
Staff provided instruction for those new to snorkelling and permitted those of us with experience to head off on our own right away.
Boat crew really looked after us ... bringing us the food and drink ... checking on our welfare ... chatting and providing local information.
Best excursion of the trip!
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Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)We've been to Fort Lauderdale numerous times. Plans for the day were fluid. Debarkation later as a result of ship getting into port later, so we were grateful our plans were fluid. Because our flight was not until 20h00, we checked our luggage ($5/bag) at The Riverside, which freed us up to enjoy the sights. Concierge at The Riverside arranged transport for us back to the airport.View All 1,922 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Port Reviews
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Grand Cayman (Georgetown)Got back on the boat after Stingray City and travelled less than 500 yards to the reef where we snorkelled. Water was beautiful. Not much to see; area too well travelled.View All 3,387 Grand Cayman (Georgetown) Cruise Port Reviews
Tour staff OK, but not all that enthusiastic. Water and watered down fruit punch available ... nothing else; no food; no post-snorkelling bar.
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Grand Cayman (Georgetown)Visit to Stingray City was awesome! We were the first boat at the sandbar and Jim and I were the first passengers into the water. We were bombarded by the rays looking for food. What an experience! Unnerving ... exciting ... amazing!View All 3,387 Grand Cayman (Georgetown) Cruise Port Reviews
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LabadeeWe were the only ship in port ... thank heavens!View All 1,795 Labadee Cruise Port Reviews
Service in the venues was good.
Water was great.
Wonderful location for folks who want a beach atmosphere ... with thousands of their closest friends sitting inches away!
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