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What’s good Much cleaner than some other major cruise lines particularly in the rest rooms Excellent musicians and dancers Excellent ice shows Good range of quality food in the Windjammer self serve Waiters are very good, and unlike on some other RC cruises they are not trying to sell you a drink literally every five minutes Two faults reported were fixed the same day each with just one call to guest services. On some other major cruise lines such faults have required 4 separate discussions over 2 days. Improvement opportunities If you are someone who likes to spend a good day in each port from 0800 – 1700, this is not the cruise for you. At some ports we were not allowed off until 1030, at some we were required back on by 1500. So check the itineries carefully before booking. RC repeatedly threatened to leave at the stated time with or without passengers who had not booked on an RC tour, but several times there were passengers seen strolling back from independent trips such as hop on hop off buses. Especially on sea days there was very little to stretch the mind unlike other cruise lines I have used. No talks on anything historical, political, technical or anything else thought provoking.. Only one ballroom dance class. It is literally Butlins at sea, so just leave your brain at home. Much of the program consists of sales of amazing new gemstones exclusive to cruise ships, exclusive American art by famous American artists no one has heard of, mindless pub quizes etc. There was a port talk on Oslo by John Rossi who was introduced as an IT academic, but this was just a powerpoint show of random content that could have been assembled by a small child. ‘Cruise Director’ Cuddy appeared to just be the happy clappy chappy who introduced many of the shows, but on more than one occasion he did not appear to know where were going. There were announcements about going under bridges between Denmark and Sweden and Denmark and Norway, in fact we only went under a bridge linking two parts of Denmark. Reservations for the formal dining room experience with the reservation assistant or whatever she called herself – when asked what was the ‘fish of day’ with ‘chefs selection of vegetables’ on the menu, she made four phone calls to find out. When I later sat down in the restaurant the waiter advised me something completely different which turned out to be correct! As for the rest of the formal dining experience, several little details are disappointing. - the menu did not change much over the trip, eg French onion soup was offered on several nights, - Sugar was served in paper sachets on a plastic dish - Salad dressing was served in bottles - Very artificial cream was served as cream with desserts. I discovered that a sample of this cream that was left out for several days did not change at all, no mould, no smell etc, so one wonders how it is stored on board. - Dress codes are not enforced at all. In the evening you can go in the formal restaurant in jeans or go in the Windjammer in shorts and a vest. Children. I have never encountered so many noisy children on a cruise and who were encouraged by there parents. I suspect most of them were from the home country of the cruise line although they did not all speak English.

Nice ship but cruise could have been so much better

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Mark15198

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Trip Details
What’s good

Much cleaner than some other major cruise lines particularly in the rest rooms

Excellent musicians and dancers

Excellent ice shows

Good range of quality food in the Windjammer self serve

Waiters are very good, and unlike on some other RC cruises they are not trying to sell you a drink literally every five minutes

Two faults reported were fixed the same day each with just one call to guest services. On some other major cruise lines such faults have required 4 separate discussions over 2 days.

Improvement opportunities

If you are someone who likes to spend a good day in each port from 0800 – 1700, this is not the cruise for you. At some ports we were not allowed off until 1030, at some we were required back on by 1500. So check the itineries carefully before booking.

RC repeatedly threatened to leave at the stated time with or without passengers who had not booked on an RC tour, but several times there were passengers seen strolling back from independent trips such as hop on hop off buses.

Especially on sea days there was very little to stretch the mind unlike other cruise lines I have used. No talks on anything historical, political, technical or anything else thought provoking.. Only one ballroom dance class. It is literally Butlins at sea, so just leave your brain at home.

Much of the program consists of sales of amazing new gemstones exclusive to cruise ships, exclusive American art by famous American artists no one has heard of, mindless pub quizes etc.

There was a port talk on Oslo by John Rossi who was introduced as an IT academic, but this was just a powerpoint show of random content that could have been assembled by a small child.

‘Cruise Director’ Cuddy appeared to just be the happy clappy chappy who introduced many of the shows, but on more than one occasion he did not appear to know where were going. There were announcements about going under bridges between Denmark and Sweden and Denmark and Norway, in fact we only went under a bridge linking two parts of Denmark.

Reservations for the formal dining room experience with the reservation assistant or whatever she called herself – when asked what was the ‘fish of day’ with ‘chefs selection of vegetables’ on the menu, she made four phone calls to find out. When I later sat down in the restaurant the waiter advised me something completely different which turned out to be correct!

As for the rest of the formal dining experience, several little details are disappointing.

- the menu did not change much over the trip, eg French onion soup was offered on several nights,

- Sugar was served in paper sachets on a plastic dish

- Salad dressing was served in bottles

- Very artificial cream was served as cream with desserts. I discovered that a sample of this cream that was left out for several days did not change at all, no mould, no smell etc, so one wonders how it is stored on board.

- Dress codes are not enforced at all. In the evening you can go in the formal restaurant in jeans or go in the Windjammer in shorts and a vest.

Children. I have never encountered so many noisy children on a cruise and who were encouraged by there parents. I suspect most of them were from the home country of the cruise line although they did not all speak English.
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Cabin 6000
Very clean, quiet and comfortable, could have been a little larger. I wont specify my actual number but it was a starboard towards around the middle.
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