We sailed in October on the Navigator, and hoped this cruise would be an improvement. We had been looking forward to this cruise particularly visiting Boston which neither of us had been to. We usually have an inside cabin but on this occasion we decided to have a virtual balcony cabin, we are still uncertain if we liked it or not. in my honest opinion it was a bit of something and nothing. Sailing and embarkation in Southampton was easy and we were quite quickly on board. ...... We opted for first sitting in the main dining room on a table for 6 we were lucky in our dining companions, and the waiter and assistant waiter were fabulous... nothing was too much trouble...all requests dealt with efficiently and promptly. The food however was uninspiring and bland, particularly the desserts. The same applied also to the buffet restaurant the Windjammer, which in addition was very repetitive. ...
Now to lead onto the sailing, showing films on deck in November on a Transatlantic sailing, was a particularly ridiculous idea, why the theatre could not have been utilized I can't understand. Daytime activities were dire and sadly lacking. The bands were excellent but again the band in the Star lounge repeated the same songs every night.
The ports of call should have been the high spots after an 8 day spent cruising, but enough has been said by other reviewers about our arrival in Boston we only managed to walk around the port in the time allocated, and then we suffered the indignity of leaving late. The captain giving everyone a free drink was not good enough to make up for this, particularly as many people had purchased the drinks package, and some like us do not drink. New York was excellent. Port Canaveral was too far from anywhere to walk. Miami was interesting although we were shuttled to the airport many hours before our 10pm flight, with no lounges or anywhere to eat until you went through the departure gate. To add insult to injury on return home our Visa bill has shown a deduction from the ship for minibar use...yes I queried it and yes it has been removed, but how many passengers bills has this been applied to, and how many people have not noticed.
Quite difficult to move around the bed, which was set up as a queen size. plenty of storage room. only liquid soap and hand soap supplied in the bathroom.
Boston could have been really nice, however we only so the Port. Ship blaming USA authorities , think a great deal more could have been done to make this a seamless operation. Probably the worse experience on board ship we have ever had.
Docked in Manhattan within walking distance of everywhere. Sail into New York was fantastic.
Too expensive and nothing at the beach.