Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by NuzCruz
- Sail Date: April 2016
- Destination: Caribbean
We take a cab from FLL, because we "want to get there!" without waiting. Embarkation was unremarkable, south terminal of the port.
We were on the ship about 11:30, cabin wasn't available until 1 p.m. Our cabin was inside this time, on deck 9 front of the ship. It seemed being in the front, I felt the movement of the ship more on this trip. Luggage arrived before we sailed. Our steward was like a ninja - we rarely saw him, but the room was always made up. Including a couple towel animals for a surprise. One "ew" is that about the second day, I was looking for a shoe and found someone else's t-shirt under the couch. Gross! Also, having been in a balcony stateroom before, I missed the extra space, but we just kept the room tidy, used a lot of organization tips from other reviews on this site and it worked. Bringing a pop up hamper was very helpful. I also threw away paper every day. I used like to save all the cruise compass papers - but this time I just pitched them and it helped keep clutter down.
We selected My Time dining, but did make reservations ahead of sailing. This worked out great. We didn't wait for our table and ended up in the same section 6 of 8 nights. Our dining room team were nice guys, but not as efficient or personable as some we have had in the past. A lot of waiting for food, and sometimes the food was not very hot. One night we ate at the specialty restaurant Sabor. We love Mexican food, but were not impressed. The guacamole and chips were excellent though. We had lunch in the MDR twice and it was very good - community seating, nice way to meet others. They have a nice salad bar and will build it for you and chop it with the dressing.
We attended the ice show - first time we have seen it. Very good - a lot of different styles of music, etc. Something for everyone. The Motown/Soul show was excellent - don't miss it. Trivia was fun, and another way to meet people and team up. Sometimes we like bingo for something to do on sea days, but we skipped it. It's also getting very expensive and the jackpots are small - I think they are making a killing on it!
Ports: Labadee - was a bust, it poured! Our excursion was cancelled. We did wander around for a little while and eat lunch. The BBQ lunch was poor quality and unorganized. We really missed our beach day there, it's so beautiful.
San Juan, PR - weather improved and we took the free trolley around old San Juan and visited the Forts - it was National Parks Week , so free admission! Win! Near the port we decided to have a snack at La Cueva Del Mar - everything was very tasty - we even bought some of their salsa to bring home.
St. Kitts - Loved it! First time there. We booked a tour through Grey's Tours. We took the Grand Tour along with about 10 others and had a lovely air conditioned mini bus - we learned a lot from our driver, Dwight. At the end, we had the option to hang at a beach - we went to a little funky place called Shipwreck Beach Club - so casual and laid back. Had a few beers, lounged on a chaise and went in the water. It was great.
Would love to go back and spend a week on the island.
St. Martin/Maarten - we have been here before and always enjoy it. We planned on a beach day and ended up at Captain Jacks along the boardwalk. The chaises and umbrella were $15.00. The water was beautiful. We stayed there all day. The beach service, was sparse, but we just went into the bar and got a few on our own. There were a lot of women passing by selling jewelry, beach cover ups and massages - it was a little much, but...whatever you're at the beach and it's beautiful.
The last two days of our cruise were at sea. It was nice to be able to unwind this way before returning home. We spent time in the Solarium, casino, hitting the dance floor and a little shopping on the promenade.
The drink package was a good option for us, considering drinks are about 12.00 each for a martini, or 9.00 for a basic well drink. The R Bar has great bartenders - they are artists.
Hubby smokes and was annoyed that there was no smoking in the casino at all on formal nights. Most people probably like this idea, but there are very few places on board for him to smoke and we didn't know about it ahead of time.
Overall, it was a great week!
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