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This is only our second cruise and have been hesitant to take it on Navigator due to lukewarm reviews here and being an older, smaller ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. I guess lowering our expectations may have helped, because we had one of the best vacations on board of the Navigator and on the shore. The highlight for us it has been the quality of the food and the service in the main (Sapphire) dining room at dinner time and the quality of the food in the Windjammer. I know, some people may call us crazy for praising the Windjammer food. Of course, we all have different standards, however I know that our family of 5 plus live-in nanny spends $2,400+ per month in food at home and we rarely if ever get such quality food as we did at the complimentary restaurants on the navigator. It is true though, we are not big on steaks, we have tried some, however we focused a lot on fish, sea food, veggies and fruits when available. The ship overall looks surprisingly good despite its age. The cabin also had a very practical layout and it was roomy. Some little things may have needed a repair and the age of the ship was more obvious in some details in the cabin (such as rust around the bed frame for instance). The entertainment options have been plentiful too. While we travelled with kids and could not enjoy a lot of the shows, there were always few shows or live performances to watch. They may not have been top productions but they were entertaining nonetheless. We skipped Labadee due to inclement weather and it turned out to be a good call as then we heard of an earthquake and a tsunami from worried relatives. Of course, the captain could not have known about the upcoming earthquake, it just turned out to be a good call, especially as we were sailing South, to warmer weather. The ABC islands were very nice, our favorite has been Curaçao for being more laid back, not so aggressively touristic as Aruba and for having nice sandy beaches with calm waters for kids and yet with some basic snorkeling opportunities, again for our first time learning kids. We would definitely go again!

Amazing food and service in the main dining room

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by croasy

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This is only our second cruise and have been hesitant to take it on Navigator due to lukewarm reviews here and being an older, smaller ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet.

I guess lowering our expectations may have helped, because we had one of the best vacations on board of the Navigator and on the shore. The highlight for us it has been the quality of the food and the service in the main (Sapphire) dining room at dinner time and the quality of the food in the Windjammer. I know, some people may call us crazy for praising the Windjammer food. Of course, we all have different standards, however I know that our family of 5 plus live-in nanny spends $2,400+ per month in food at home and we rarely if ever get such quality food as we did at the complimentary restaurants on the navigator. It is true though, we are not big on steaks, we have tried some, however we focused a lot on fish, sea food, veggies and fruits when available.

The ship overall looks surprisingly good despite its age. The cabin also had a very practical layout and it was roomy. Some little things may have needed a repair and the age of the ship was more obvious in some details in the cabin (such as rust around the bed frame for instance).

The entertainment options have been plentiful too. While we travelled with kids and could not enjoy a lot of the shows, there were always few shows or live performances to watch. They may not have been top productions but they were entertaining nonetheless.

We skipped Labadee due to inclement weather and it turned out to be a good call as then we heard of an earthquake and a tsunami from worried relatives. Of course, the captain could not have known about the upcoming earthquake, it just turned out to be a good call, especially as we were sailing South, to warmer weather.

The ABC islands were very nice, our favorite has been Curaçao for being more laid back, not so aggressively touristic as Aruba and for having nice sandy beaches with calm waters for kids and yet with some basic snorkeling opportunities, again for our first time learning kids.

We would definitely go again!
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Cabin 6200
Very nice and practical layout, plenty of space, plenty of closets, however many little details show the age of the ship and maybe some needed maintenance. Some hinges for the closets were not properly attached, the bunk beds were showing some rust at the metal frame, the drain cover in the shower was loose..
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