We chose this cruise because it was only 5 days, was on RCCL and left from the port of Miami. For a New Year Cruise it was reasonably priced and the Navigator is a nice ship only a little smaller than Freedom.
We used LYFT to get to the Port of Miami. We arrived at 11 am and walked right in and got on the ship in a few minutes. We are Platinum so there was only two people in line in front of us. Our cabin was going to be ready by 1 pm so we went to have lunch at the Windjammer. The buffet was good had good variety of foods to choose from and everything was served at the proper temperature and tasted good. Our rooms were ready right on time as promised.
The ship is very well maintained and clean. It was beautifully decorated fo r the Christmas Holiday. The staff was friendly and attentive.
We had breakfast and lunch most of the time in the buffet. The staff was extremely attentive brought you water, juice, coffee. I find that there is a lot of variety of international foods - asian, indian, vegeterian but not a big selection of american food or foods of the ports we visited. We went to Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico and they did not have a day where they served Mexican food for lunch or dinner. We had lunch at the MDR one day and really enjoyed it. You could make a salad that they chop for you or they can cook pasta. Great dessert selection.
The entertainment was very good. Along with the variety show they had two very good comedians and a Las Vegas entertainer who was outstanding.
We got the ship in both ports but did our own tours. In Costa Maya we visited the shops and restaurants at the port and went to Mahahual Beach. Beautiful beach. In Cozumel we took a taxi with 12 people who were traveling with us visited the Tequila Factory and then toured the town.
The bars and the service was good, they are not pushy trying to sell you drink packages or bottles of champagne on New Years eve like they do on other cruise lines.
Dining room service was excellent. Our waiter and his assistant were very good and tended to all our requests. The food was very good.
Disembarkation was very quick, we left at 9 am, we carried our own luggage and just walked off the ship went right through customs.
The one thing I did not like about the ship was that they allow smoking in the Casino and people who are not playing the slots come to the Casino to smoke. That should not be allowed. It is bad enough that those who play smoke
Overall this was a very enjoyable cruise. We liked it so much that we booked again for next New Year's cruise on the same ship.
We had an interior cabin on the 9th floor. It was spacious, had lots of storage space, a fridge, a safe and a small sofa, Our cabin attendant took very good care of us and kept our cabin very clean.
We live in Miami. We used LYFT to travel to to and from the port
Similar to Grand Turk. You walk off the port and there are shops, a pool, restaurants, entertainment. We took a tram ($3 p.p) to Mahahual Beach. Beautiful beach with lots of restaurants, street vendors. We took a cab back to the port for $3 p/p