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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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2,315 Reviews

Beautiful ship/horrible food/Labadee is beautiful

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by tam-tam

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2016
  • Destination: the Caribbean

This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise (Navigator of the Seas) after numerous cruises on Carnival and Princess. Our last cruise was five years ago. Embarkation was pretty painless; lines moved quickly.

Overall: The ship just was refurbished and was in very good shape. The bars and restaurants were all clean. There were plenty of bars and restaurants. The promenade shopping area is very nice. The staff on this ship is very attentive and friendly; service was excellent. Drinks were weak. There is a constant push to buy an extra shot for a drink, pay to eat in the specialty restaurant, or buy the special chef's choice in the dining room. I felt like I was being nickel and dimed through the trip; too much pushy upselling.

Cabin: we had a balcony cabin. The room had lots of storage space. The bed was hard as a rock. The slider was difficult to maneuver but offered a great view. The bathroom was adequate but with little counter space. There was a medicine cabinet, which was nice. The shower was small but functional.

Food: This was the biggest disappointment. The buffet food was boring and bland. It was a challenge to find enough to eat for breakfast or lunch. The dining room food was not much better. There were a couple good vegetarian dishes. There are several specialty dining restaurants and they push them pretty heavily; we did not try any of them.

Entertainment: The production show we went to was terrible. The dancers were not in synch and the singers were not exciting. There was a Beatles tribute show that was fantastic. The guitar player/singer in the pub (Jimmy B) was very entertaining. We did not try the disco. Movies were shown nightly by the pool. The television in the cabin was very limited and showed the same episodes of Big Bang Theory and Two Broke Girls over and over; dismal. Movies on the television were pay per view; not what I'm accustomed to from Carnival.

Ports: We stopped at Grand Cayman and walked around town; been there before. We went on a tour of Hope Plantation in Falmouth Jamaica; that was interesting. I'm not a fan of Falmouth overall versus Ocho Rios or Montego Bay. Our last port was Labadee and it was the best of all; we had a perfect day on the beautiful beach.

Debarkation: Very fast and straightforward. You can carry your luggage off yourself, use a valet who will take your bags to the airport for you, or go through the normal route of being called by group according to your travel (flight) time.

While we did enjoy the cruise we will likely not try this cruise line again. The quality of the food is a deal killer for us.

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Plantation Tour

Brief tour of Falmouth followed by a 20 minute bus ride to the Hope Plantation. Tour guide was very good. The plantation was beautiful. Jerk chicken and cornbread at lunch were wonderful

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Had the perfect beach day lounging in a chair enjoying rum drinks. The beach is rocky so I recommend water shoes. Water is shallow on Adrenaline beach.

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Average port. Quick embarkation. Stayed at Courtyard Beach Hotel but do not recommend it due to several issues.

Grand Cayman (Georgetown)

Went to Margaritaville for drink and chips/salsa. Saw a huge iguana. Drinks were less than great and salsa came from a jar; very surprised.

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