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We chose this cruise for the price first and the itinerary second. It's been 14 years since we sailed on the Navigator, which was our wedding cruise. The ship looks good and now has the specialty restaurants and flowrider. All good improvements in our eyes. The entertainment was a well-rounded mix and all of it was good. We especially enjoyed comedian Steve McGrew, the All Access show, and the circus parade. They also had the singers come out two different times and do Christmas songs in the promenade, there was a Christmas light show and the orchestra did a set as well. There is a beautiful Christmas tree onboard. For specialty dining we ate at Chops, Johnny Rockets and Sabor. Sabor never fails to disappoint. Delicious food and excellent attentive service. Our service was off at Chops and it took a very long time for dinner, but the food more than made up for it. I had the NY steak and we also shared the seafood tower at our table which was delicious. The specialty dining prices increased at the beginning of December so Sabor is now $22, Johnny Rockets $8.20 per person. We booked Chops early on a special so we aren't sure the current pricing on it. The Johnny Rockets pricing took us aback as to dine and get shakes, our table of 4 paid $56 for diner food, (that's with getting 2 shakes free). We can do that at home so we probably won't dine there on ship again. Too bad as we always really enjoyed it. I'd rather put the money toward finer dining at that rate. This was our first experience doing My Time dining. It took us a bit to figure out that you still need to make reservations and the earlier the better especially for lobster night. We went that morning to book for lobster night and were told there was nothing available until 7:45. We took a chance and showed up when they opened at 5:15 and they were able to seat us as long as we were willing to share a table with others. So we got lucky. Live and learn! In Labadee we just hung out at the swimming beach near the zipline. Very nice beach and close to the marketplace and a food hub. The building they built that has local wares for sale was a much better shopping experience than the local marketplace that sits behind it. Nobody bothered us while we looked in the building but the marketplace they are very aggressive. Not scary or mean, but very desperate to make a sale which was having the opposite effect on many shoppers besides ourselves. And they start some of the pricing outrageously high. We did purchase from both the building and the marketplace, but the marketplace wasn't overall a very good experience. What we did enjoy is there are a lot of handmade items by local artisans and some of the ports just don't have much of that anymore. Curacao we did the boat and beach excursion through the ship. We took a boat ride over to the Sea Aquarium beach which is all part of the Kontiki area we remembered from years ago. This resort area is awesome and even better than it was when we were last here. Beautiful scenery, lots of palm trees, good swimming, good snorkeling, amenities etc. After the tour we walked downtown and shopped. Good prices in Curacao and lots of stores and items to peruse. Bonaire we did the water taxi through the ship. It was our first time here and wow, wow, wow! The water taxi took us to Klein Bonaire, an uninhabited island. The snorkeling here was the best we have done in the Caribbean. Lots of living coral, tons of varieties of fish and we had a playful encounter with a sea turtle we will remember forever. Such a great place. The shopping area in Bonaire is minimal and the items were expensive. There is an area with tents that have some handmade jewelry and art and that is where we made our purchases. But the overall variety for shopping was small. Aruba was overcast the entire day so we did not go to the beach as we had planned but just walked around and shopped. We really like the Mopa Mopa art, and in the years since we were last there, the art is much more colorful and varied. We really enjoyed their stores and purchased a new piece for our collection. You can get reasonably priced souvenirs in this port as well. We had really great weather most of this cruise. Aruba was overcast and our first sea day was overcast. Otherwise sunny and beautiful. The entertainment was great. Lots of variety and talented artists. Comedian Steve McGrew was a hit. The Las Vegas Tenors were also a highlight. The Navigator orchestra was exceptional this cruise. Our cruise director was Cuddy Cudworth and he was hilarious. One aspect we really enjoyed about this cruise was it felt a bit old school. Such as we had an experienced state room attendant that jokes around with you in the halls and you see often and kind of build a relationship with over the week. The cruise director opened and closed all the shows so you got to know him over the week. We just felt we got to know the staff a lot more on this ship than we did the Allure and while that is fine, we really appreciated that piece of this cruise. It's one of the things we love about cruising. We were in an inside cabin: room 6527. Room was fine but it is directly below the Star Lounge. So while we loved how close it was to the promenade and our favorite Deck 4, at times you could hear them moving furniture around and music being played in the lounge. I am a deep sleeper so once I got to sleep it did not wake me up, but I can see how a light sleeper might be bothered by that. Bottom line: great ship, great staff, great entertainment, rocking itinerary. Can't really go wrong! We will look at doing this again next year.

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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by mel47

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We chose this cruise for the price first and the itinerary second. It's been 14 years since we sailed on the Navigator, which was our wedding cruise. The ship looks good and now has the specialty restaurants and flowrider. All good improvements in our eyes.

The entertainment was a well-rounded mix and all of it was good. We especially enjoyed comedian Steve McGrew, the All Access show, and the circus parade. They also had the singers come out two different times and do Christmas songs in the promenade, there was a Christmas light show and the orchestra did a set as well. There is a beautiful Christmas tree onboard.

For specialty dining we ate at Chops, Johnny Rockets and Sabor. Sabor never fails to disappoint. Delicious food and excellent attentive service. Our service was off at Chops and it took a very long time for dinner, but the food more than made up for it. I had the NY steak and we also shared the seafood tower at our table which was delicious. The specialty dining prices increased at the beginning of December so Sabor is now $22, Johnny Rockets $8.20 per person. We booked Chops early on a special so we aren't sure the current pricing on it. The Johnny Rockets pricing took us aback as to dine and get shakes, our table of 4 paid $56 for diner food, (that's with getting 2 shakes free). We can do that at home so we probably won't dine there on ship again. Too bad as we always really enjoyed it. I'd rather put the money toward finer dining at that rate.

This was our first experience doing My Time dining. It took us a bit to figure out that you still need to make reservations and the earlier the better especially for lobster night. We went that morning to book for lobster night and were told there was nothing available until 7:45. We took a chance and showed up when they opened at 5:15 and they were able to seat us as long as we were willing to share a table with others. So we got lucky. Live and learn!

In Labadee we just hung out at the swimming beach near the zipline. Very nice beach and close to the marketplace and a food hub. The building they built that has local wares for sale was a much better shopping experience than the local marketplace that sits behind it. Nobody bothered us while we looked in the building but the marketplace they are very aggressive. Not scary or mean, but very desperate to make a sale which was having the opposite effect on many shoppers besides ourselves. And they start some of the pricing outrageously high. We did purchase from both the building and the marketplace, but the marketplace wasn't overall a very good experience. What we did enjoy is there are a lot of handmade items by local artisans and some of the ports just don't have much of that anymore.

Curacao we did the boat and beach excursion through the ship. We took a boat ride over to the Sea Aquarium beach which is all part of the Kontiki area we remembered from years ago. This resort area is awesome and even better than it was when we were last here. Beautiful scenery, lots of palm trees, good swimming, good snorkeling, amenities etc. After the tour we walked downtown and shopped. Good prices in Curacao and lots of stores and items to peruse.

Bonaire we did the water taxi through the ship. It was our first time here and wow, wow, wow! The water taxi took us to Klein Bonaire, an uninhabited island. The snorkeling here was the best we have done in the Caribbean. Lots of living coral, tons of varieties of fish and we had a playful encounter with a sea turtle we will remember forever. Such a great place. The shopping area in Bonaire is minimal and the items were expensive. There is an area with tents that have some handmade jewelry and art and that is where we made our purchases. But the overall variety for shopping was small.

Aruba was overcast the entire day so we did not go to the beach as we had planned but just walked around and shopped. We really like the Mopa Mopa art, and in the years since we were last there, the art is much more colorful and varied. We really enjoyed their stores and purchased a new piece for our collection. You can get reasonably priced souvenirs in this port as well.

We had really great weather most of this cruise. Aruba was overcast and our first sea day was overcast. Otherwise sunny and beautiful.

The entertainment was great. Lots of variety and talented artists. Comedian Steve McGrew was a hit. The Las Vegas Tenors were also a highlight. The Navigator orchestra was exceptional this cruise.

Our cruise director was Cuddy Cudworth and he was hilarious.

One aspect we really enjoyed about this cruise was it felt a bit old school. Such as we had an experienced state room attendant that jokes around with you in the halls and you see often and kind of build a relationship with over the week. The cruise director opened and closed all the shows so you got to know him over the week. We just felt we got to know the staff a lot more on this ship than we did the Allure and while that is fine, we really appreciated that piece of this cruise. It's one of the things we love about cruising.

We were in an inside cabin: room 6527. Room was fine but it is directly below the Star Lounge. So while we loved how close it was to the promenade and our favorite Deck 4, at times you could hear them moving furniture around and music being played in the lounge. I am a deep sleeper so once I got to sleep it did not wake me up, but I can see how a light sleeper might be bothered by that.

Bottom line: great ship, great staff, great entertainment, rocking itinerary. Can't really go wrong! We will look at doing this again next year.
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