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We chose this cruise for the cost and for the islands visited. Not having to drive down to Miami was also a big plus. We had never cruised on one of the larger ships. This was about twice as big as we had sailed on before, yet it was not one of the HUGE new ones. Surprisingly it did not feel crowded, and it was very easy to find our way around. Our little inside cabin was good sized with a big bed, LOTS of storage in the large closet with many hangers plus drawers in the built in areas. There was even a couch. The bathroom was compact but comfortable - easy to maneuver in. The service was exceptional everywhere on the ship. We ate in the main dining room for most meals and enjoyed the varied menu. The breads/rolls and desserts were the best we've ever had on a cruise. The soups and salads were good - a few exceptionally good. The main entrees were a mixed blessing: some very good; others sounded better than they actually tasted. The ship was well laid out, easy to get around, plenty of elevators and wide stairwells. There were "You are here" illustrations at all main intersections, so it was easy to keep track of location. There were also large touch screens by each bank of elevators for additional information. The main dining room had the evening menu on large touch screens outside the main doors at each level of the room. We looking forward to picking out what we would be eating ahead of time - saved time. The trip was totally for relaxation. We did not attend the shows or take any of the ship sponsored excursions though we did go off on our own in ports with no trouble getting around. Only one complaint about the ship: in the hallways around the cabins there was a constant bathroom/sewage smell - sometimes quite pungent. There must be some way to control that - never encountered it on any other cruises.

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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by jphilli

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We chose this cruise for the cost and for the islands visited. Not having to drive down to Miami was also a big plus. We had never cruised on one of the larger ships. This was about twice as big as we had sailed on before, yet it was not one of the HUGE new ones. Surprisingly it did not feel crowded, and it was very easy to find our way around. Our little inside cabin was good sized with a big bed, LOTS of storage in the large closet with many hangers plus drawers in the built in areas. There was even a couch. The bathroom was compact but comfortable - easy to maneuver in.

The service was exceptional everywhere on the ship. We ate in the main dining room for most meals and enjoyed the varied menu. The breads/rolls and desserts were the best we've ever had on a cruise. The soups and salads were good - a few exceptionally good. The main entrees were a mixed blessing: some very good; others sounded better than they actually tasted.

The ship was well laid out, easy to get around, plenty of elevators and wide stairwells. There were "You are here" illustrations at all main intersections, so it was easy to keep track of location. There were also large touch screens by each bank of elevators for additional information. The main dining room had the evening menu on large touch screens outside the main doors at each level of the room. We looking forward to picking out what we would be eating ahead of time - saved time.

The trip was totally for relaxation. We did not attend the shows or take any of the ship sponsored excursions though we did go off on our own in ports with no trouble getting around.

Only one complaint about the ship: in the hallways around the cabins there was a constant bathroom/sewage smell - sometimes quite pungent. There must be some way to control that - never encountered it on any other cruises.
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Cabin 6521
Surprisingly roomy. The closet was big with plenty of hangers and permanent and fold down shelves. The mirrored "desk" area had storage drawers on each side, and the night stands also had drawers. The bathroom was nearly as big as my one at home. The rounded shower doors made it plenty big to move around without bumping into walls and fixtures.
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