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While overall we enjoyed the cruise it wasn't a patch on last years Rhapsody of the Seas. Hate to focus on the negative but it was the small things which were missing. We cruised at exactly the same time last year which means my wife's birthday fell during the cruise. Last year there were strawberries dipped in chocolate and a card in the room the night before her birthday. This year nothing. My main problem with the navigator a lack of a central area. The shopping street reminded me of Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh. It was basically shops and eating/drinking places with a view of the sea. Which is what Ocean terminal is. The likes of the Captains Party lacked a central place to be where you could sit and watch. The 70's night was a damp squid compared to Rhapsody. Not enough seats in the bars. Too many chairs on the deck taken by towels without owners for hours and RCI doing nothing about it. We have learned a couple of things from the cruise. We won't be sailing again from Southampton on the first week the English schools break up. Cruisers numbers were 3005 of which over 1000 were children including our one!. It wasn't the multi-national holiday we had last year. Vast majority were from the South of England. Yes honestly we did enjoy it. Perhaps we will stick to the smaller ships. No idea what 5000 people would be like on the bigger ships. More likely to fly to cruise than leave from Southampton. Cabin was excellent on Deck 12. Great view. Easy access to the pool deck. While the headliners were good the in house shows were tired and need updating.

Good cruise but those extra touches were missing

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Dinglebert

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Spacious Panoramic Ocean View
While overall we enjoyed the cruise it wasn't a patch on last years Rhapsody of the Seas.

Hate to focus on the negative but it was the small things which were missing. We cruised at exactly the same time last year which means my wife's birthday fell during the cruise. Last year there were strawberries dipped in chocolate and a card in the room the night before her birthday. This year nothing.

My main problem with the navigator a lack of a central area. The shopping street reminded me of Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh. It was basically shops and eating/drinking places with a view of the sea. Which is what Ocean terminal is.

The likes of the Captains Party lacked a central place to be where you could sit and watch. The 70's night was a damp squid compared to Rhapsody.

Not enough seats in the bars. Too many chairs on the deck taken by towels without owners for hours and RCI doing nothing about it.

We have learned a couple of things from the cruise. We won't be sailing again from Southampton on the first week the English schools break up. Cruisers numbers were 3005 of which over 1000 were children including our one!. It wasn't the multi-national holiday we had last year. Vast majority were from the South of England.

Yes honestly we did enjoy it. Perhaps we will stick to the smaller ships. No idea what 5000 people would be like on the bigger ships. More likely to fly to cruise than leave from Southampton.

Cabin was excellent on Deck 12. Great view. Easy access to the pool deck.

While the headliners were good the in house shows were tired and need updating.
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Cabin Review

Spacious Panoramic Ocean View
Cabin 1L 1858
Great location, great view. Was a bit on the rocky side on the return up the Bay of Biscay but manageable.
Deck 12 Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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