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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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2,315 Reviews

Nice ship, DISAPPOINTING casino experience

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by wisnir

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2017
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom

My review will focus on the casino aspect of the ship as well as my overall opinion of the trip. The Navigator of the Seas is in the Voyager class, and is similar to the Independence of the Seas in its layout.

EMBARKMENT: Went quickly from the bus ride with only two passengers, myself and one other person from Fort Lauderdale airport to the Port of Miami. The check in process took less than one half hour.

Once on the ship about 1pm, the staterooms were not ready until 1:30 pm, so I went up to the Windjammer buffet on Deck 11, and it was standard varieties of buffet foods.

STATEROOM: As I was traveling solo, I usually get a interior cabin unless, I get an free upgrade to oceanview or balcony, since I am really there just to nap/sleep, shower, dress and out of the room. It is good size but there is little room when the two twins are put together to make a king/queen size bed, its about six inches of space between the end of the bed and the sofa on one side and the dresser on the other side. Two outlets,eight drawers, and a spacious closet. The bathroom has the sink with two medicine/toiletry cabinets and the round shower with doors, just don't drop the soap when showering as it is difficult to pick up. One shower gel or shampoo dispenser in the shower stall.

PROMENADE: There is a spacious promenade in the center of the ship with bars, shops and "Promenade Cafe". There are the standard evening sales on port days and all day "special sales" on sea days.

THE FOOD:

Promenade Cafe: This has a Ben and Jerry's and Starbuck Coffee shop connected with it, for a additional fee. The cafe part has the free coffee and tea, the breakfast pastries, that you can get in the main dining room and the Windjammer buffet. It is open 24 hours. The "lunch and dinner" sandwiches are EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING, its basically a submarine sandwich bread cut in half and one slice of a meat, one leaf of lettuce and slice of tomato and maybe a slice of cheese on some sandwiches. What you wind up doing is getting two or three sandwiches to make one sandwich and then tossing the bread, what a WASTE of FOOD.

Main Dining Room: Traditional early seating at 5:30pm and late seating at 8:00pm in the Sapphire Dining Room on deck 3, with their "my time dining on the 4th and 5th decks. The food was a meat, seafood, poultry and vegetarian selections rotating daily with some standard mainstay available every evening. The wait staff at table #280, Jorden and May provided excellent service, though at times, it took some for the food to get out of the galley. Overall, the food was excellent, with several appetizers, and main dishes to select, with a couple of exceptions, don't bother to order the potato pie main dish or the turkey dinner which appeared to consist of some white turkey breast and a dark turkey meat roll, and I do mean roll, looking at the dark meat is spiral, I did not order it but my table mate indicated that it was tasteless. Other than these two selections the food was better than served on my past Carnival cruises.

Windjammer Buffet: Serving the "masses" is difficult to maintain a high quality standard, the staff did the best they could with some limited variety on the main meats, its better then Golden Corral.

MAIN POOL and SERENITY POOL: Both areas were popular and in heavy use on sea days, the main pool lounges fill up early so you have to go to the sun deck for an available seating.

BARS and LOUNGES: Many bars, with excellent service. As a Diamond member of the Crown and Anchor Society, I get automatically added to my SeaPass card three free drinks each day, non cummulative, so you can go to any bar on the ship, outside the MDR and buffet and get three free adult beverages or sodas between 5 pm and 8:30 pm. For Diamond and Pinnacle members there is an exclusive DIAMOND CLUB for evening cocktails and appetizers and they pour a most generous Jack Daniels on the rocks.

EXCURSIONS: I have been to Nassau and Cozumel so I did not do any excursions. The shopping at both ports are filled with silver outlets.

CASINO ROYALE: I got a reduced accomodations rate, as I do gamble, and I must say that of all the casino, on the Royal Caribbean cruise ships I have been on, which is 5 different ships, this was the most disappointing. There are ample card tables, with craps, three card poker, Ultimate Texas hold em poker, one poker table, a Carribean Poker table, roulette and several blackjack tables. The dealers are extremely friendly and helpful. The DISAPPOiNTMENT are the SLOT machines. There were several slot machines that were out of service including the popular "Wheel of Fortune" slot machines, for the ENTIRE CRUISE. Also, several of the machines, you had to repeatedly insert and re insert you Seapass card in order for it to register your number so you can get credit for you playing time and monies inserted in the slot machines.

The casino host was absent for most of the time except for doing the slot, blackjack tournaments and the nightly hot seat and other giveaways. I am used to the casino host circulating and talking to the casino patrons. The casino is somewhat smoke, but the non smoking areas are a little better.

ENTERTAINMENT: Better than on Carnival cruise line ships. The cruise director, a Brit, named Cuddy, is a HOOT!

DEMBARKMENT: Was at my assigned station, at 7am debarkement on deck 4 of the MDR, but the process of the carry your luggage walk off did not start until 8 am, and I was finally off the ship about 9:15 pm, get my luggage was very quick and the customs lines when smoothly, I was on the bus and at the Fort Lauderdale Interantional Airport by 10:30 am.

OVERALL: its a nice ship, if you don't gamble, it would be a very good cruise.


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Cabin Review

Interior Stateroom
Cabin N 6343

Standard interior cabin, not much room to move around the bed when they are put together as there is about six inches between the end of the bed and the sofa and dresser on each side. Generous closet space, and eight dresser drawers. The lavatory is standard, commode, round shower with plastic circular doors, two toiletry/ medicine cabinets with three shelves each.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Nassau

Nice port good shopping district, I have been there many times before. Avoid the Atlantis resort, deli sandwiches cost up to $20, dealers in the casino are rude.


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