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This was a nine night southern Caribbean cruise with three days at sea. The ship is in good shape although it is scheduled for a major dry dock early next year. The ports of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are less visited than the eastern and western Caribbean. I had not been to Bonaire before and picked up a tour on shore for $25. It was great and I highly recommend a tour of the island this way. Half the price of the ships tour. Weather and sea conditions were near perfect this voyage. There is a belief on this ship and some other Royal ships that no one is having fun unless the volume at all venues is set so loud that it is painful, even though people were complaining and leaving due to the extreme decibel levels. When the cruise director was advised of the problem he was sympathetic, but no change was in evidence. Deserts in the Windjammer remain poor, with no Key Lime pie in sight. Ran out of grapefruit days before the cruise ended. No regular coffee or toast five minutes after opening on more than one morning. Saw no bananas the last morning. Pretty basic items to be having such problems with. The production shows are not the best and the ice show is the weakest of the six or so I have seen. Alex Jane in the Schooner Bar was one of the best pianests ever at that venue and her singing was a big plus. And her show was one that had a suitable volume level. Proabably helps explain the fact that the bar was full when she was performing. The ships orchestra was very good with the jazz concerts in the Royal Promenade and backing the performers in the main theatre. The salsa band lacked a percussionist thus it was not very good performing that type of music. The calypso band seemed to be more of a soul group and lacked the necessary steel drummer. I can't say much about the guitarist in the pub because the volume there was the loudest ever. Surely an OSHA violation for the workers there. The front desk people, Diamond Club, Concierge Club and cabin steward were all excellent. But I will not soon rush back to this ship due to the easily avoidable problems mentioned. It is funny how some ships in the same line are ones you warm up to and others not. Sadly this is one that doesn't create that warm feeling.

Navigator was a little off course

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Fast Alongside

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This was a nine night southern Caribbean cruise with three days at sea. The ship is in good shape although it is scheduled for a major dry dock early next year.

The ports of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are less visited than the eastern and western Caribbean. I had not been to Bonaire before and picked up a tour on shore for $25. It was great and I highly recommend a tour of the island this way. Half the price of the ships tour. Weather and sea conditions were near perfect this voyage.

There is a belief on this ship and some other Royal ships that no one is having fun unless the volume at all venues is set so loud that it is painful, even though people were complaining and leaving due to the extreme decibel levels. When the cruise director was advised of the problem he was sympathetic, but no change was in evidence.

Deserts in the Windjammer remain poor, with no Key Lime pie in sight. Ran out of grapefruit days before the cruise ended. No regular coffee or toast five minutes after opening on more than one morning. Saw no bananas the last morning. Pretty basic items to be having such problems with.

The production shows are not the best and the ice show is the weakest of the six or so I have seen. Alex Jane in the Schooner Bar was one of the best pianests ever at that venue and her singing was a big plus. And her show was one that had a suitable volume level. Proabably helps explain the fact that the bar was full when she was performing. The ships orchestra was very good with the jazz concerts in the Royal Promenade and backing the performers in the main theatre. The salsa band lacked a percussionist thus it was not very good performing that type of music. The calypso band seemed to be more of a soul group and lacked the necessary steel drummer. I can't say much about the guitarist in the pub because the volume there was the loudest ever. Surely an OSHA violation for the workers there.

The front desk people, Diamond Club, Concierge Club and cabin steward were all excellent. But I will not soon rush back to this ship due to the easily avoidable problems mentioned. It is funny how some ships in the same line are ones you warm up to and others not. Sadly this is one that doesn't create that warm feeling.
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