We've only sailed with RCI. Navigator is perfect size for our active family. We love the Flowrider and try to ride at least once every day (if not twice)...Flowrider staff made sure us "old folks" (50 and 60 years old) were pampered! The fulll-sized sports court is good for father/son (17-year old) open play basketball and soccer. Also allows RCI sponsored cricket, volleyball, soccer and basketball games. Ice rink, mini-golf, ping-pong and shuffleboard are good for family fun. Fully-equipped gym with free weights, tons of cardio machines (always found an open bike/treadmill every day for 2 weeks), yoga room. The food is awesome food and the entertainment superb (the ice show was phenomenal). Cabin attendant, dining staff and bartenders were great. We didn't participate in any RCI sponsored excursions. Lisbon, Gibraltar, Rome, Genoa and Malaga have activities or access to public transport directly from the ship. Florence required an RCI shuttle to leave the port. You need to get an early start if you want to hit Pisa and Florence using public transport or you need to take an RCI excursion.
Junior Suite conveniently near staircase. Directly above/below dining and sports court which is where we spent most of our time. Perfect.
Very efficient check-in and customs upon departure
Port is within walking distance and downtown. Dolphin safaris are available without reservations and 1/3 cost of ship excursion (just ask the tourism desk within the entrance hall when you exit the ship). Also has SCUBA diving near the Dolphin safari shops. Wind sometimes shuts down the tram to the top (to see the apes), so you may need to take a taxi.
Port visit was cancelled because of the Bastille Day tragedy.
Just walked to a beach directly south of the port (about 15 minutes). Not much to see, but need to bring water shoes because the rocks are too rough to walk bare-foot.
Need to take shuttle to reach taxis, buses and trains. If you want to do both Pisa and Florence, then you need to start early or take an excursion.
A few minutes in front of port is a subway stop which provides access to Genoa and the main train station. Easy public transport to/from Portofino.
Great beaches directly in front of the port. Small fee to use lounge chair/umbrellas.
Train station directly in front of port with 2 stops to "old town". Walked uphill to the Alfama neighborhood, took a tram to the top (St George's castle), walked down and then took a Tuk Tuk back to the ship. Very relaxing.