Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by chattyCathie
- Sail Date: February 2017
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
We had been on NOTS in 2013. Thought it was a beautiful ship then, but it's been refurbished and is even better. The carpet and window treatments in our balcony cabin (a "hump") were new. The cabin had a clean, sophisticated feel. There was plenty of room for our things with space left over.
There were some different things on the Royal Promenade this time. Sorrento's is gone and it seems to have been combined with the Promenade Cafe. Some of the stores looked a little different, too. We think there was a nightclub on Deck 4 that was called The Crypt that is now a specialty Mexican restaurant.
We like late dining and my brothers like early, so we had dinner in MDR at late seating. We were at a table for 8 and we really enjoyed our dinner companions. The shows were mostly OK, the comedians were usually funny (but we had heard some of the jokes before), the juggler was good, and the Elton John guy was good too. The Quest seemed quite toned down from the ones we remember from the past, but we enjoyed it. The ice show was worth seeing--how they can do those jumps and land gracefully on a moving ship is a true art!
Staff was very friendly and attentive. Our head waiter actually visited our table every night! Our waiter Josue and asst waiter Ahmad were a great pair. Our cabin steward Santiago kept the place spotless! My brothers were on a different deck from us and their cabin attendant had a real sense of humor. Instead of a towel animal at turn-down, they had a 'body' in the bed, complete with sunglasses and shoes, 'feet and legs' hanging out of the toilet, etc.
The ship was very clean. We enjoyed it very much. We thought the food in the MDR was good. The 2nd formal night was 'lobster night' and our table was offered 'seconds.' (Noticed that Celebrity Equinox Feb '16 and Royal Princess Feb '15 didn't offer lobster at all). We frequently had breakfast and lunch in MDR and ate in the WJ a few times. The food in MDR was good. We had dinner at Giovanni's one night-->the osso bucco was fabulous! The risotto was also very good.
Ports of Call: Labadee: Got a few chairs on the beach. Had the picnic lunch. My brother's girlfriend had never been on RCCL, and as we were lolling on the beach she said 'This doesn't suck.' Well, that was the phrase we used on everything for the rest of the cruise! We're all still working and compared each day on the cruise to a day at work and there wasn't a day on the cruise that didn't suck! We signed up for the Tuk Tuk tour in Curacao, but the guy never showed up! We walked around the main town and did a little shopping, then back to the ship. They're going to refund our $; it was the only excursion that was paid-for up front. In Aruba we did the Trikes-->WOW! Our best excursion ever! It was SO MUCH FUN!!! On Bonaire, we did a Vista tour and saw the salt flats, flamingoes, cactus fences and much more. Would go on the Trikes again and with Vista again.
Only one thing RCCL didn't do well-->Debarkation! We did the early walk-off due to our earlyish flight out of FLL. Instructed to meet in MDR on deck 5 at 7 AM. The DR was full and the line we were in snaked back into the casino. People didn't start getting off the ship until after 8:00. We all had to go all the way around the DR, dragging our suitcases. No one seemed to know what was going on or why there was such a delay in getting off the ship. No one kept us informed. Then, once off the ship we had to enter the terminal and go up the escalator, but everyone needed to have one hand free to ride the escalator. Both of hour hands were full so we had to wait for a tiny elevator, along with many others. Twice RCCL staff had the elevator full when it arrived back up at the top and no one could get on it. There was some sort of cart that had to be retrieved from another floor (?). It was frustrating, as by this time we had been waiting almost 1.5 hours to get to our transportation to FLL. The experience, fortunately, was the complete opposite of what we encountered during the cruise.
We enjoyed Navigator and would go back on her again. Booked on Freedom out of FLL next Feb!
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