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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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RCI not as good as they used to be.

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Yamsmos21

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2016
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe
  • Cabin Type: Junior Suite

We wanted a short break and this suited us as we have enjoyed RCI cruises before. I was disappointed that they just weren't as good as they used to be - a good example is the cheap, made in China toiletries in the bathroom - suites used to have premium, named brands, not nasty cheap no-name stuff.

We felt drinks were very expensive and the 18% added to every charge on board is annoyingly excessive. Food in main dining room and the Italian restaurant was very good and really delicious, but the rest was quite average. As with a previous reviewer, we found Chops Grille a very expensive disappointment - service and food both well below what we expected. They charge to go in (we paid £56 beforehand) and a further $40 on the night for 'specials' that attracted an additional charge. Also, the wine list in Chops does not include the cheaper bottles of wine, so expect to pay $40++ for your wine. Chilean Merlot was $53!!!

Not sure we'll be rushing back to RCI anytime soon as the standards are not as high as they were 10 years ago. Such a shame because they used to be the best cruise line for us and we really did enjoy previous trips with them.

Other cruisers that we spoke to felt the same - that we were being chased to spend, spend, spend the whole time. Example: $4.50 plus 18% gratuity for a freshly squeezed orange juice with breakfast in the buffet restaurant.

I also agree with the reviewer that the shows by the entertainment staff are amateurish, random and strange. A dreadful comedian, like some throwback from the 1970s on the first evening but a fabulous trio of young ladies playing violins and piano that were excellent.

The casino wasn't great as the slot machines took most of the space, leaving the tables crushed into a too-small space on the edge.


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Junior Suite

Standard stuff, nothing fancy. Bathroom was OK and walk-in wardrobe worked well. We have had better suites on RCI and other cruise lines.


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