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Our cruise aboard Navigator was prefaced with a 5-night stay on Miami Beach. We enjoyed the time exploring this area of Florida and the location within walking distance of many restaurants and attractions could not have been better. A short Uber ride brought us to the Miami Cruise port and as a first time Platinum cruiser, we were allowed to be seated to await boarding. Embarkation went smoothly and we were on the ship by 11:30 p.m. and eating lunch in the Windjammer. We booked this cruise in October of 2016 for a November 2017 sailing and picked a deluxe ocean view cabin on the "hump" on deck 8 (8318). The cabin was very cozy with plenty of storage space for us. The bathroom was typical for a balcony room and did have the glass sliding doors. The air conditioning and all other amenities worked well. The ship felt full on this holiday sailing, many families and lots of noise, even in the Solarium. Food in the Windjammer was just ok but the MDR was much better. We also tried a couple specialty restaurants: Chops and Sabor, Sabor came out ahead of Chops. We felt that the steak in the MDR was just as good. What made Sabor a bit better was the atmosphere. We really enjoyed the decor and lighting here and because we ate here on Thanksgiving evening, we finally found a quiet space. Service on NOS was just as good as all other RCCL ships we have sailed. Our cabin attendant knew just the right amount of service we required. We don' like to be overly pampered and he made sure we weren't bothered. We ported at Costa Maya and Cozumel and had private excursions booked for both which made each port a fantastic stay. We reserved Maya Chan, an All-Inclusive Beach stay for the second time, and it was as good as our first visit. We also booked Omar's Volkswagen Buggy tour of Cozumel through Cozumel Cruise Excursions by Island Marketing and this was also fabulous. Of course the weather helped by being sunny and warm each day of our cruise. We, however, will probably not do a holiday cruise again and will probably not sail Navigator as we prefer the newer ships with more upscale entertainment. I will also not sail out of Port Miami again until the new Royal Terminal is complete. We had a 45-minute wait during disembarkation because of the backlog of passengers through customs and also were delayed 1 hour getting off the ship. This again could have been due to a Holiday sailing.

Navigator of the Seas Holiday Cruise

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by ransrider

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Our cruise aboard Navigator was prefaced with a 5-night stay on Miami Beach. We enjoyed the time exploring this area of Florida and the location within walking distance of many restaurants and attractions could not have been better. A short Uber ride brought us to the Miami Cruise port and as a first time Platinum cruiser, we were allowed to be seated to await boarding. Embarkation went smoothly and we were on the ship by 11:30 p.m. and eating lunch in the Windjammer. We booked this cruise in October of 2016 for a November 2017 sailing and picked a deluxe ocean view cabin on the "hump" on deck 8 (8318). The cabin was very cozy with plenty of storage space for us. The bathroom was typical for a balcony room and did have the glass sliding doors. The air conditioning and all other amenities worked well. The ship felt full on this holiday sailing, many families and lots of noise, even in the Solarium. Food in the Windjammer was just ok but the MDR was much better. We also tried a couple specialty restaurants: Chops and Sabor, Sabor came out ahead of Chops. We felt that the steak in the MDR was just as good. What made Sabor a bit better was the atmosphere. We really enjoyed the decor and lighting here and because we ate here on Thanksgiving evening, we finally found a quiet space. Service on NOS was just as good as all other RCCL ships we have sailed. Our cabin attendant knew just the right amount of service we required. We don' like to be overly pampered and he made sure we weren't bothered. We ported at Costa Maya and Cozumel and had private excursions booked for both which made each port a fantastic stay. We reserved Maya Chan, an All-Inclusive Beach stay for the second time, and it was as good as our first visit. We also booked Omar's Volkswagen Buggy tour of Cozumel through Cozumel Cruise Excursions by Island Marketing and this was also fabulous. Of course the weather helped by being sunny and warm each day of our cruise. We, however, will probably not do a holiday cruise again and will probably not sail Navigator as we prefer the newer ships with more upscale entertainment. I will also not sail out of Port Miami again until the new Royal Terminal is complete. We had a 45-minute wait during disembarkation because of the backlog of passengers through customs and also were delayed 1 hour getting off the ship. This again could have been due to a Holiday sailing.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 8318
Cabin 8318 was a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom (E2) on the "hump". The bathroom was nice with the glass shower door and the living area had plenty of room for us to move around in. We had ample storage space and our empty luggage fit well under the bed. The balcony was rather small and held 2 chairs (not loungers) and a large circular table. We prefer the 2-piece lounger chairs and small table found on the Quantum Class ships.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Beach
    This was a repeat visit for us at Maya Chan. Can't say enough good about the all-inclusive beach day. The staff take great care of their customers. Transportation to and from the resort is included (the road to MC is rough but worth it). Activities included: Paddle boards, Kayaks, water chairs, volley ball, bean bag toss and other various games. Food included: Authentic Mexican style taco meal where you build your taco as you like it. And of course the best Sex on the Maya Chan drinks!
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  • Cozumel
    After researching unique activities to do when at Cozumel, we decided to book Omar's 5-hour tour our Cozumel. We were looking to see more of the island this time rather than an all-day beach stay. We booked in February for a November cruise (9 months in advance) and made a small deposit. I got cold feet 6 months prior to the tour and contacted CCE. They were wonderful to work with and reassured me that Omar was excellent at what he does. It was important to us that we be able to have just the 2 of us in our car with my husband as the sole driver and CCE promised this would happen. About the tour: We took a taxi to the center of Cozumel ($8) to meet up with the tour. Omar was at the assigned meeting place well in advance of the required time. Our group of 8 in 3 vehicles took off on time. Our buggy was a Volkswagen car with a dune buggy-style body and we loved riding around the island in it with its open-air feel. Our first stop was at the Dzul Ha Reef where guests could snorkel if they wanted. Omar provided snorkel gear, life vests and a guided tour of the reef for about 45 minutes. Those who chose not to snorkel had a wonderful shaded spot to sit and watch or order food and drinks. A Mexican Style lunch was provide next on the beach of El Diablo. I've never had a better picnic view and Omar's famous guacamole was the best ever! Our next stop was at another beach to enjoy the waves and the seaside views–spectacular! We then traveled back towards town. Omar was very accommodating and made adjustments when needed for our group. He also made sure we all got back in plenty of time get back to our ships. What's included: Omar's pleasant personality, unique VW buggy, scenic seaside, small group experience, 3 beach stops, snorkel gear, beach side lunch, beer and water. What's not included: Mixed drinks, towels, tip. Will we do this tour again? You bet!
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