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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Crazy 5 night cruise from Malaga

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Peter

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2009
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean

Well where to begin......

We had organised our own flights to Malaga and arrived at the port at approx 11.30am The taxi tried to get us as close to the embarkation hall at the port as possible in Malaga but this in itself took 45 mins from the main port entrance. The queue was something we had never witnessed ever before, and this was our 12th cruise. We got our bags and got in line with everyone else but quickly got annoyed at the vast numbers of people skipping the queue. It took us 40 mins to reach the actual embarkation hall and the chaos inside the hall was absolutely unbelievable. There were people everywhere trying to join queues which were just out of control. We eventually found 3 desks marked for Diamond & Platinum members and the queue amounted to about 30 people. It took us over 2 hours to reach our turn because 1)Nobody had filled out their documents 2)The people queuing at the diamond & platinum desks were not actually members but the RCI staff did not turn them away 3)About 10 people skipped the queue claiming to be feeling unwell and needing to lie down on the ship. We eventually got onboard shortly before 3pm and went to the windjammer for food. The scenes in the Windjammer was equally chaotic. There was absolutely nowhere to sit down. We had to take the food back to our room and eat it there. The windjammer continued like this for the duration of the cruise, with nowhere to sit for breakfast of lunch. Our cabin was on the deck 6 and was a promenade view cabin. Overall it was comfortable & clean and better value then the balcony cabin for this particular cruise. We took advantage of the open dining which we found to be a great idea. We ate each evening at 7.15 and there were no queues at all for the dining room at this time, but each night we left the restaurant the queues were very long.

Entertainment was fantastic, and the Beatles tribute band rates among the best I have ever seen onboard.

In the evening the bars got very busy and smoking was for some strange reason permitted in non smoking areas of the bars which was very frustrating.

Disembarkation was not too bad and we left the ship at about 8.45am

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Promenade cabin on deck 6 was surprisingly spacious with plenty of seating space. The decor is getting a little tatty and could do with an upgrade sometime soon.

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