Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by tightjaws
- Sail Date: April 2016
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
On the morning of the cruise we took the 11:00 hotel shuttle to the ship. The embarkation process took about an hour and 15 minutes, we were aboard by 12:30. The interior of the ship and the common areas are very clean and well appointed. We particularly liked the deck 5 promenade, this area is like a small city block with shopping, a coffee shop and bar. Our cabin was on deck six, an inside cabin with a bay window overlooking the promenade. The cabin was well appointed, of decent size with a flat screen TV, desk and chair another chair and a couch. The closet and storage areas were adequate for two people. The TV channel offerings were poor, no US based networks just repetitive drivel. I purchased the Wi-Fi package for $160.00, a waste of money, painfully slow and problematic.
Overall the food was adequate, nothing to wax poetic about but you won't starve to death. We had the your time dinner seating. On the first night we ate at the assigned restaurant but for the rest of the cruise we took meals at the Windjammer on deck 11, except for one night, we went to the Italian upcharge restaurant. In my opinion, we should saved our money, the Italian fare was not at all enjoyable, probably the worst upcharge experience out of all of the cruises that we have taken.
The first port was the RCCL private beach at Labadee, Haiti, great beaches plenty of food, well manicured and things to do for all age groups.. Overall a fun experience except for one downside. There is an area called the Artisans Market, the venders here are extremely aggressive and kept hounding you to buy something for my wife and I, this was an ugly experience, after a few minutes of this we walked away and bought nothing. Just before the Artisans Marked there was an indoor market where you could buy souvenirs without the incessant barking of vendors.
The second port was San Juan PR, we walked the streets had a few beers ate at a small local restaurant and walked to both forts, we both had a pleasant day ashore.
St Kitts was the third stop. We chose to take a tour with a local tour guide and driver instead of an excursion arranged by the ship, we saved 50% by doing this. When using non ship tours that are offered in the debarkation area use common sense, make sure other people are in the tour group, don't go alone. I chose a young lady named Coleen for our tour aboard a small van, she had a nice personality and seemed to be more trustworthy than some of the men that were also hawking tours. For safety reasons before boarding the van I check the tires. We had an interesting and enjoyable tour around the island seeing many beautiful sights, just remember, there is some risk to taking private tours, use your best judgement, if it does not feel right, don't go.
At St. Martin we did a bus tour, arranged by the ship of both the Dutch and French sides of the island. The tour was informative, fun and we did a little shopping on the French side. The only downside to this tour was the long wait in a very long line to board the bus after departing the ship. We were going to go back to the ship after the bus tour but with 3 hours left to stay onshore we decided to take the water taxi to Phillipsburg, glad we did. We did some shopping, walked along the beach and ate at the Hard Rock Café.
All in all it was a very good cruise. The sea was calm for the entire trip with no rain at all. The service on the ship was excellent, our cabin attendant was the best. The entertainment was average but there are many fun things to do especially up on the sports deck. The cruise director was ok but seemed to lack the exuberance usually associated with this job. Just like any other cruise line RCCL will make every attempt at separating you from your money. The best advise is to stay out of the Casino, way too much cigarette smoke and the odds are beyond awful,
We would both do this cruise again.
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