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We chose this particular cruise because it worked well within the time frame we were looking at. Wanted to be back home in plenty of time for Easter. As well, we liked the fact that it departed from Miami and had stops in Bahamas and Mexico. The price point was great too as we were able to have a balcony room for a decent price. I read a lot of reviews that weren't great on the ships appearance, food, etc. This was our first cruise with RCCL so we had nothing to compare it to, but we were not disappointed and cannot wait to go back. We've already started planning our next trip and may take the exact same ship again. Will likely bring our kids next time though as we do thing they would enjoy it. Last cruise I did was with Carnival 23 years ago so can't really compare. Embarkation went fine. We got there around 11:30 and were on the ship by 12:45. It seemed a bit chaotic when we arrived at the port, but it went smoothly once inside the terminal. Disembarkation was fine as well. We picked a time of 9:30 to get off and left the boat around 9:15 to make our way out to the terminal. Our bags were there waiting for us on the luggage belt. From the time we left our station on the ship to going through customs, picking up our luggage, and in a taxi on the way back to the airport was 30 minutes. The ship was great. Could see a bit of sign of aging, but that's expected. For the most part very clean although I did find that our room could have been a bit cleaner. Cabin was a great size. Dining was very good. Limited selection in the main dining room but still liked the food and the service was great (Sheriton and Polvin). My husband complained that he found the portions weren't very big in the main dining room, but I thought they were fine. We had My Time Dining and went to the main dining room three times for supper and once for breakfast. We really liked the My Time Dining and would do that again. I had made reservations ahead of time online before boarding. That worked well. We had a late breakfast on the day of boarding so we didn't eat lunch on board which was fine. We tried to avoid it as many people commented how busy it was at lunch time. We ate at the Windjammer the first night which was fine. Busy, but not too overwhelming. We also ate there once for lunch and for breakfast. I found it annoying that it was a difficult process go get something to drink other than water and some juices. On our third night we ate at Chops Grills. It was amazing. I don't even like steak but ate every bite. Appetizers, desert, service excellent! We ate at Johnny Rockets for lunch once which was okay. Typical burger joint I suppose. I wasn't happy with the fact that the waitress didn't explain that the milkshakes would cost extra (over and above the $6.95 charge for our meal) when she asked if we wanted milkshakes. They were $4.50 each. Definetly would not have gotten them or at least not two. Promenade Cafe was fine for evening snacks. Entertainment was great. We saw the Ice Dance show the first night which I enjoyed, by husband could have gone without seeing it, but still said it was fine. Saw a comedian that same night, as well as the next night for the adult only show. Watched an Illusionist which was okay and a Comedian the very last night which was good. We also took part in The Quest game the last night which was alot of fun. We didn't take in any of the production shows or jazz performances as its not really our thing. Went to the Casino most nights, typical casino, smoking was a bit bothersome but we knew it would be. We spent some time at the pool area on the sea days, but it was rather annoying trying to find a place to sit. Many people just had towels on their seats and would be gone for hours. We were lucky to get two spots in the solarium around lunchtime as two people had left. Beautiful spot and free of kids. We booked our own port excursions before taking the cruise. We booked through a private snorkeling place in Nassau, Bahamas, highly recommend (Blue Hole Watersports). There were only four of us on the boat going out to snorkel which was nice. We also did some shopping and ate lunch at Senor Frogs. In Mexico we spent the day at Mr. Sanchos Beach Resort, again booked privately and also did some shopping on the way back to the ship. Great day and would highly recommend.

First time cruising with RCCL was a great experience!

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Nikki71

Trip Details
We chose this particular cruise because it worked well within the time frame we were looking at. Wanted to be back home in plenty of time for Easter. As well, we liked the fact that it departed from Miami and had stops in Bahamas and Mexico. The price point was great too as we were able to have a balcony room for a decent price. I read a lot of reviews that weren't great on the ships appearance, food, etc. This was our first cruise with RCCL so we had nothing to compare it to, but we were not disappointed and cannot wait to go back. We've already started planning our next trip and may take the exact same ship again. Will likely bring our kids next time though as we do thing they would enjoy it. Last cruise I did was with Carnival 23 years ago so can't really compare.

Embarkation went fine. We got there around 11:30 and were on the ship by 12:45. It seemed a bit chaotic when we arrived at the port, but it went smoothly once inside the terminal. Disembarkation was fine as well. We picked a time of 9:30 to get off and left the boat around 9:15 to make our way out to the terminal. Our bags were there waiting for us on the luggage belt. From the time we left our station on the ship to going through customs, picking up our luggage, and in a taxi on the way back to the airport was 30 minutes.

The ship was great. Could see a bit of sign of aging, but that's expected. For the most part very clean although I did find that our room could have been a bit cleaner. Cabin was a great size. Dining was very good. Limited selection in the main dining room but still liked the food and the service was great (Sheriton and Polvin). My husband complained that he found the portions weren't very big in the main dining room, but I thought they were fine. We had My Time Dining and went to the main dining room three times for supper and once for breakfast. We really liked the My Time Dining and would do that again. I had made reservations ahead of time online before boarding. That worked well. We had a late breakfast on the day of boarding so we didn't eat lunch on board which was fine. We tried to avoid it as many people commented how busy it was at lunch time. We ate at the Windjammer the first night which was fine. Busy, but not too overwhelming. We also ate there once for lunch and for breakfast. I found it annoying that it was a difficult process go get something to drink other than water and some juices. On our third night we ate at Chops Grills. It was amazing. I don't even like steak but ate every bite. Appetizers, desert, service excellent! We ate at Johnny Rockets for lunch once which was okay. Typical burger joint I suppose. I wasn't happy with the fact that the waitress didn't explain that the milkshakes would cost extra (over and above the $6.95 charge for our meal) when she asked if we wanted milkshakes. They were $4.50 each. Definetly would not have gotten them or at least not two. Promenade Cafe was fine for evening snacks.

Entertainment was great. We saw the Ice Dance show the first night which I enjoyed, by husband could have gone without seeing it, but still said it was fine. Saw a comedian that same night, as well as the next night for the adult only show. Watched an Illusionist which was okay and a Comedian the very last night which was good. We also took part in The Quest game the last night which was alot of fun. We didn't take in any of the production shows or jazz performances as its not really our thing. Went to the Casino most nights, typical casino, smoking was a bit bothersome but we knew it would be.

We spent some time at the pool area on the sea days, but it was rather annoying trying to find a place to sit. Many people just had towels on their seats and would be gone for hours. We were lucky to get two spots in the solarium around lunchtime as two people had left. Beautiful spot and free of kids.

We booked our own port excursions before taking the cruise. We booked through a private snorkeling place in Nassau, Bahamas, highly recommend (Blue Hole Watersports). There were only four of us on the boat going out to snorkel which was nice. We also did some shopping and ate lunch at Senor Frogs. In Mexico we spent the day at Mr. Sanchos Beach Resort, again booked privately and also did some shopping on the way back to the ship. Great day and would highly recommend.
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Cabin 9300
Cabin was a great size. We spent alot of time on our balcony. We had room service breakfast three mornings and ate out there. Awesome! Also spent quite a bit of time there on our last day as the pools were so congested and in the evenings after supper. Bathroom was small but not too bad. Lots of storage space. Mattress was a bit hard but you got used to it. Hairdryer is provided, but not the best, luckily I didn't need to use it much. If you need to use a CPAP or anything of that nature, I recommend bringing an extension cord, glad we had one!
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Beach
    Had booked this excursion privately before our trip. Also booked a wave runner at Mr. Sanchos. Was an all inclusive beach day. Great time and great place. Would highly recommend. Make reservations before hand as they only let 400 people so its not too crowded.
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  • Miami
    We arrived the day before our cruise. Glad we did! We stayed at the Interconntinental Miami right down on the waterfront. Amazing hotel. We spent some time at the market, ate supper, then took a boat tour (Thriller) after supper. Great experience.
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  • Snorkeling
    We did some shopping, ate at Senor Frogs for lunch and then headed to our snorkeling excursion which I had booked before our trip. They were great and we really enjoyed our trip. There were only four of us on the boat and in the water. It was a bit windy that day, but it was still a great experience. Highly recommend.
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