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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by maxbannister

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2018
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony

Needing a wheelchair adapted balcony stateroom this was the only cruise available 9 months ago. My husband and I have cruised with RCI many times and deceided that as we had never been to the Baltics before we would give it a go.

Much of the ship is looking a bit tired however Navigator is due for a re-fit soon. The stateroom was ok the cabin steward very attentive without being intrusive.

We refuse to use the main dinning room (Saphire) due to a bad experience last time with the service. Windjammers, offers a buffet style dinning option that is, in our opinion, far superior although the downside is you don't get to dine with the same people each night.

The shows are generally great yet if you've sailed within the last 12 months expect some repitition.

Oslo was a lovely clean place. Great people and the food at Olivias by the harbour was reasonably priced. Slight difficultly with drop kerbs in some parts which limited us as to what we could reasonable manage.

Copenhagen was a bit tramatic due to the lack of drop kerbs at the drop off, but once in the centre was easy to get around. We ventured to the Tivoli gardens only to find no wheelchair access. Again not the cheapest place to grab a bargain or enjoy a reasonable priced coffee but hey your on holiday.

Tallin we opted for a shore excursion as I knew that the old part was cobblestones. Even in the coach it was a nightmare. The amount of tramlines and potholes making it a very uncomfortable journey. My advice would be to save your money, walk off the ship and take a look round the stalls at the harbour.

St Petersburg private tour which was amazing fabulous can't wait to return. Our driver stopped every time my husband wanted to, got him off the mini bus, loaded him back on. Our guide, Yulia was terrific and promptly brought out an ipad for the bits that my husband couldn't get close enough to.

The Hermitage was totally accessible, they have a wheelchair stairlift at the rear then lifts to the floors above and disabled toilets. The Church of the spilt blood was just as accessible.

Hell sinki - waste of time! Took the Wheelchair Adapted tour. Held captive for 1.5hr thought it would never end. Absolutely Not Suitable for Wheelchair users unless you like to be thrown about and go up and down side steets, see Marks & Spencers, H&Ms and a Post Office. Several people complained and were given complimentary meals.

Skagen A pearl of a place. Probably took 20 mins to walk in to the centre but very flat and lots of drop kerbs. Quaint place with lots of shops and galleries. Stunning!

Shops on the ship are a bit rubbish. Despite the 50% off flash sales you can generally get the same goods cheaper on shore.

The connoisseur club (cigar, smoking room and bar where good conversation is had without background music) had the best crowd of people you are every likely to meet. Up to 20 of us made our own entertainment each night. Sandor our bar man was brilliant. Such a shame this room is being abolished. Not everyone smoked but had come to join the ad hoc singing, laughter and conversations.

1st time we've been to the Spanish Tapas Sabor food was authentic and very delicious. Staff were attentive.

Previously visited Chops and Giovannis which I would also recommend.

Would def go back to a few places. But as they are getting rid of the smoking room (my husband doesn't smoke) we're heading back to P&O in 2019.

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Cabin Review

Spacious Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 6B 6304

Great space for manuel wheelchair and electric powerchair without feeling clutered. Ramp access to balcony great. A little dated and tired in places. Concerned that the water from shower floor seeps up and the flooring is loose.

Lots of storage space.

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