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Getting on the ship was fantastic - so organised at Southampton. Drop cases off, drop car off, get in a small queue to get Sea pass, passport control, security and onto the ship. We were on ship just after 11am, but cabins opened at 1.30pm, so time to explore ship and get something to eat and drink. We had already purchased a non alcoholic drinks package with coffee, water, soda and non alcoholic drinks prior to the cruise, but I wished I'd purchased the one with wine or beer, as each glass of wine ranged from $9 to nearly $15 including the rip off 18% charges. We asked for the charges to be removed but they were compulsory. One bottle of wine ended up being $63 with the 18%charge and it cannot be removed.Some bottles were cheaper. Speciality coffee from $2.95 from Starbuck and windjammer. Coffee with milk is free in windjammer and royal promenade.Water is also free but not bottled water - that is $2.50. Tea is free also in rooms, windjammer and royal promenade but we drink coffee. Wi fi - buy before you go - rip off charges onboard $12.99-$17.99 per day onboard. We paid over $100 for wi fi onboard - we couldn't always get service with our provider. Rooms basic - plenty of room for storage - we left a full case of shoes in the bottom of the wardrobe - I took 10 pairs.Tea and milk provided (no coffee). Basic small bar soap. Soap dispenser in shower. Hairdryer. 2 Hand towels, 2 bath towel and 2 face clothes. Extra toilet roll.Rooms tidied and towels changed morning and night by friendly attendant. Our disappointment that our room was noisy - they came to look at it 3 times but said it was the air conditioning system that was new. You obtain your beach towels on deck 11 by the pool. Can be changed as frequently as you like. People complained there weren't enough sun-beds but we never had a problem. Large screen by pool to watch football and olympics during day. 3 bars near pool generally packed - queued for drinks regularly. Free ice-cream near pool and in windjammer - many children just wasted the ice cream. There were many unsupervised children running around the ship everywhere. Playing with lifts so you stopped at every floor. I have children but they were never unruly and rude like some of the children this time. Many disabled people this time too - it would be nice to have a separate pool for them. Some poor children in wheelchairs appeared to be in them for the entire holiday. It would have been nice for somewhere for them, as the normal pools were packed and not suitable. The adult pool was ice cold. Boiling hot jaccuzzi - inside and out. Many kids clubs - but as said before - many kids were just unsupervised and running everywhere. Mini golf was great - didn't use flowrider or rockwall. Food Poor - quality and choice not as good as last time. Delton and Sravan lovely, but other staff in restaurants were like robots. They might as well have had a tape recorder. My husband only had 3 starters in the entire cruise over 2 weeks and I missed the starter a few times. They push the specialty restaurants. All food was repetitive and deserts were not the best. The Jonny rockets that we paid for was the worst meal ever at lunch time. Eat as much as you like for $6.95 cover charge but it was rubbish. Cold inedible food. We sent our food back 3 times. milk shake $4.95. Entertainment - poor. The orchestra were fantastic and the compare was nice. However, the navigator of the seas singers could have been better. It was like watching a school production. We enjoyed the visiting acts. The ice skating shows were on during the day - who wants to go during the day they should be at night and you can only go at certain times according to your cabin number. Obviously we didn't get to see it. Stupid system. Bar singers - repetitive every night. Spa - I had my nails done - she was tired - she worked from 7.30am-9.30pm- not much conversation. It was like she just wanted to get it over with. Spa continuously pushing products and services. Gym and classes good. Art auctions - continually pushed - ranging from $495.00 to $19,500.00. Not the best of collections and not sure if all bids were genuine. Expensive. Shops - not much for children. We didn't take children, but my husband purchased some cadburys chocolates that cost less than £2 here for $10 onboard. Casino - good fun - onboard lottery $2 per day. Didn't win. Disappointment - only 3 formal night out of 14 days. I like dressing up in an evening but lets just say many people didn't. Excursions - Malaga - Marbella and Puerto Banus. Not enough time - rushed and difficult to understand Tour Guide. Lisbon - supposed to be wine tasting - not shown how wine is made and given 2 small samples in tiny glass. Wouldn't recommend. Another rushed trip. Late back to ship. On our own Gibraltar - big queue for lift - didn't go to top but excellent duty free shops. Bus or many taxi trips available. Cigarettes £20 at port. We dont smoke. Liverno/ Florence - do it yourself by train is cheaper but check train times, before you go and make sure you get the last train by about 3pm, as they are not always guaranteed on a Sunday. Genoa - bus tour outside - 12 euros each. Unfortunately shops closed for bank holiday. We had been to Rome before so didn't get off ship. Nice or monte carlo - tender - can be done yourself on train next to port - or stay near port lovely restaurants and beach. We had been before so stayed near the port for a nice lunch. Back at Southampton - they can take your bags off if they are ready the night before or we chose to take our own off. No problems - great disembarking. Give them a time on your sheet of paper - night before they give you an area to go to - then straight off the ship. Bags waiting in Southampton or we took our own off. Overall - I wouldn't recommend cruise. It was a bit creeky on the way back in bad weather - it is an older ship and you can tell by the interiors. The food wasn't the best and the entertainment was average. Onboard and excursions were expensive too. Didn't like 18% compulsory charges either. You think you are getting a good deal until it starts adding up.

Not as good as our previous cruise on Navigator of the Seas

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Puma64

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Getting on the ship was fantastic - so organised at Southampton.

Drop cases off, drop car off, get in a small queue to get Sea pass, passport control, security and onto the ship.

We were on ship just after 11am, but cabins opened at 1.30pm, so time to explore ship and get something to eat and drink.

We had already purchased a non alcoholic drinks package with coffee, water, soda and non alcoholic drinks prior to the cruise, but I wished I'd purchased the one with wine or beer, as each glass of wine ranged from $9 to nearly $15 including the rip off 18% charges. We asked for the charges to be removed but they were compulsory. One bottle of wine ended up being $63 with the 18%charge and it cannot be removed.Some bottles were cheaper.

Speciality coffee from $2.95 from Starbuck and windjammer. Coffee with milk is free in windjammer and royal promenade.Water is also free but not bottled water - that is $2.50.

Tea is free also in rooms, windjammer and royal promenade but we drink coffee.

Wi fi - buy before you go - rip off charges onboard $12.99-$17.99 per day onboard.

We paid over $100 for wi fi onboard - we couldn't always get service with our provider.

Rooms basic - plenty of room for storage - we left a full case of shoes in the bottom of the wardrobe - I took 10 pairs.Tea and milk provided (no coffee). Basic small bar soap. Soap dispenser in shower. Hairdryer. 2 Hand towels, 2 bath towel and 2 face clothes. Extra toilet roll.Rooms tidied and towels changed morning and night by friendly attendant.

Our disappointment that our room was noisy - they came to look at it 3 times but said it was the air conditioning system that was new.

You obtain your beach towels on deck 11 by the pool. Can be changed as frequently as you like. People complained there weren't enough sun-beds but we never had a problem.

Large screen by pool to watch football and olympics during day.

3 bars near pool generally packed - queued for drinks regularly.

Free ice-cream near pool and in windjammer - many children just wasted the ice cream.

There were many unsupervised children running around the ship everywhere. Playing with lifts so you stopped at every floor. I have children but they were never unruly and rude like some of the children this time.

Many disabled people this time too - it would be nice to have a separate pool for them. Some poor children in wheelchairs appeared to be in them for the entire holiday. It would have been nice for somewhere for them, as the normal pools were packed and not suitable.

The adult pool was ice cold. Boiling hot jaccuzzi - inside and out.

Many kids clubs - but as said before - many kids were just unsupervised and running everywhere.

Mini golf was great - didn't use flowrider or rockwall.

Food Poor - quality and choice not as good as last time. Delton and Sravan lovely, but other staff in restaurants were like robots. They might as well have had a tape recorder.

My husband only had 3 starters in the entire cruise over 2 weeks and I missed the starter a few times.

They push the specialty restaurants.

All food was repetitive and deserts were not the best.

The Jonny rockets that we paid for was the worst meal ever at lunch time.

Eat as much as you like for $6.95 cover charge but it was rubbish. Cold inedible food.

We sent our food back 3 times. milk shake $4.95.

Entertainment - poor.

The orchestra were fantastic and the compare was nice.

However, the navigator of the seas singers could have been better. It was like watching a school production.

We enjoyed the visiting acts.

The ice skating shows were on during the day - who wants to go during the day they should be at night and you can only go at certain times according to your cabin number. Obviously we didn't get to see it. Stupid system.

Bar singers - repetitive every night.

Spa - I had my nails done - she was tired - she worked from 7.30am-9.30pm- not much conversation. It was like she just wanted to get it over with.

Spa continuously pushing products and services.

Gym and classes good.

Art auctions - continually pushed - ranging from $495.00 to $19,500.00. Not the best of collections and not sure if all bids were genuine. Expensive.

Shops - not much for children. We didn't take children, but my husband purchased some cadburys chocolates that cost less than £2 here for $10 onboard.

Casino - good fun - onboard lottery $2 per day. Didn't win.

Disappointment - only 3 formal night out of 14 days. I like dressing up in an evening but lets just say many people didn't.

Excursions -

Malaga - Marbella and Puerto Banus.

Not enough time - rushed and difficult to understand Tour Guide.

Lisbon - supposed to be wine tasting - not shown how wine is made and given 2 small samples in tiny glass. Wouldn't recommend. Another rushed trip. Late back to ship.

On our own

Gibraltar - big queue for lift - didn't go to top but excellent duty free shops.

Bus or many taxi trips available.

Cigarettes £20 at port. We dont smoke.

Liverno/ Florence - do it yourself by train is cheaper but check train times, before you go and make sure you get the last train by about 3pm, as they are not always guaranteed on a Sunday.

Genoa - bus tour outside - 12 euros each. Unfortunately shops closed for bank holiday.

We had been to Rome before so didn't get off ship.

Nice or monte carlo - tender - can be done yourself on train next to port - or stay near port lovely restaurants and beach. We had been before so stayed near the port for a nice lunch.

Back at Southampton - they can take your bags off if they are ready the night before or we chose to take our own off. No problems - great disembarking. Give them a time on your sheet of paper - night before they give you an area to go to - then straight off the ship.

Bags waiting in Southampton or we took our own off.

Overall - I wouldn't recommend cruise. It was a bit creeky on the way back in bad weather - it is an older ship and you can tell by the interiors.

The food wasn't the best and the entertainment was average.

Onboard and excursions were expensive too. Didn't like 18% compulsory charges either.

You think you are getting a good deal until it starts adding up.
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Rooms basic but clean - plenty of room for storage - we left a full case of shoes in the bottom of the wardrobe - I took 10 pairs.Tea and milk provided (no coffee). Basic small bar soap. Soap dispenser in shower. Hairdryer. 2 Hand towels, 2 bath towel and 2 face clothes. Extra toilet roll.Rooms tidied and towels changed morning and night by friendly attendant.
Mini fridge - not included in packages but good for storing own water.
Our disappointment that our room was noisy - they came to look at it 3 times but said it was the air conditioning system that was new.
Friendly attendant.
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