Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by subtchr
- Sail Date: May 2016
- Destination: Baltic Sea
Boarding in Southampton was relatively quick and very easy. We walked to the terminal from our hotel, the Holiday Inn, after shopping at the nearby mall that morning. (British Airways had misplaced my husband's luggage, so we had to replace all his necessary items, at BA's expense!). We arrived at the port by 11:30, and were aboard a little after noon. The terminal is comfortable and roomy.
We ate in the Windjammer upon boarding, which was crowded. A worker helped us find a table, and we had an enjoyable lunch. After we ate, we walked around a while before the cabins were ready at 1:30.
We had a "hump" balcony, 7318, which was a great location. Easy access to stairs and elevators, two decks down to the Promenade, 3 up to the Windjammer and pool deck. Our room steward, Paola, was fantastic. We asked for robes, wine glasses, and ice refills each day, all of which she provided with a smile. The cabin itself was nicely appointed, with plenty of storage space, and nice chairs and a table on the balcony. The bed was firm but comfortable. Entertainment on the tv was minimal, but we don't cruise to watch tv, so that wasn't a big issue.
We had booked My Time Dining, as we usually do when cruising just the two of us. We had a wonderful experience in the MDR! The woman at the sign-in desk was so accommodating, assigning us to a lovely table for 2 next to a window (perfect for a summer cruise at this north latitude, where it is light until very late, and the fjords provided wonderful views most evenings). Our waiter and assistant were fantastic, and we asked for and were happily assigned to the same table for each of the nights we ate in the MDR. Food ranged from very good to just okay, but we were always able to find something we liked. One night we ate at Sabor, which was very good, and on the other formal night (we decided not to bring formal attire this trip), we ate in the Windjammer and had a very tasty meal there. We had two lunches in the MDR, but all of our breakfasts and the other lunches were all in the Windjammer.
The weather at Bergen was miserable (foggy and drizzly), but we had beautiful weather at the other ports. We just walked around Bergen; at Olden we took an RC excursion to Lake Loen that was fantastic; at Alesund we took an RC kayaking excursion that was just okay, mostly because it had too many people; and at Stavanger we booked a Lysefjord cruise on our own that was breathtaking.
Entertainment had some hits and some misses. The ice show was fantastic, so much so that we saw it twice! There was a Beatles' tribute band that was excellent, but a Motown group that was mediocre at best. We did not visit the casino or spend much time in the bars.
Overall we thought service on board was excellent. The folks at the Excursions desk were friendly and helpful, and we enjoyed talking with Elise, the activities manager. Everyone we encountered was professional and friendly.
The passengers were about 75-80% British, 10-15% American, and a smattering of other nationalities. The CD was from Liverpool and had lots of corny jokes.
I find the constant "sales" in the middle of the Royal Promenade annoying, as well as the Art auction and bingo, but none of that was too intrusive.
Overall a fantastic cruise to gorgeous locations!
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