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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 Cruisers 2018

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Grand Suite

Embarkation at Southampton was excellent, very fast and efficient and we were onboard by 10.45am. Cold, wet and windy weather meant a rocky journey to Gibraltar and the Royal Parade was extremely busy as everyone was indoors for 2 days. (The 2 days back at the end though were sunny and warm so we were able to stay around the pool.) Our cabin , a grand suite, was lovely, and we enjoyed breakfast on the balcony several times. Our stateroom attendant was great, very friendly, efficient and attentive, knowing all our names from day 1. The windjammer buffet restaurant was great for breakfast and lunches generally, something for everyone, but didn’t cater brilliantly for egg, dairy and nut allergies as nothing was labelled and I had to ask the chefs’ advice everyday. The main dining room menus were very good, service was good, although Giovanni ‘s I have to say was better and more like the standard we enjoyed in the main dining room on previous cruises. It was a bit disappointing to be placed in 5 different areas of the dining room over ther 2 weeks as it was difficult to build a rapport with the waiters but our Headwaiter on day 1 checked up on us every single day which was much appreciated. Shows in the theatre were very good and a broad range of artistes were presented to us. The ports that we encountered were lovely, and the shore excursions that we did really enhanced the experience, apart from Montserrat , a 5 hour round trip with only 45 minutes there. Seville and Lisbon were particular favourites with us. Disembarkation with the concierge was excellent, swiftly off at 8.15 and taken straight to our cases. Our main issue with the ship were the hoards of teenage who gathered every night in each of the stairwells from decks 6 to 10, with pretty poor behaviour and bad language, unsupervised and unchallenged by staff or parents, and running along deck 11 above our stateroom until the early hours. This would prevent me from sailing on Navigator in the future. The other issue that spoiled our evenings was the lack of seating in the smaller bars around the ship where there was live music. We only managed to get a seat on 1 night out of 14. Despite all that, we did have a really good holiday and I would sail with Royal Caribbean again, but probably on a smaller ship.

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Cabin Review

Grand Suite
Cabin GS 1282

Beautiful, spacious, lovely balcony. Lots of storage.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Good to get off after 3 days, it was a mini England - Marks & Spencer’s, Debenhams, Next, Pizza Hut, Costa Coffee yippee and Holland & Barrett, thank goodness, I could get some soya yoghurts to have with breakfast.

Cartagena (Spain)

Very pretty and easy walking distance from the ship

Montserrat Walking Tour

A 5 hour round trip with only 45 minutes there unfortunately as it was a beautiful place but no time to enjoy it.

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Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Beautiful, wish we’d got off the ship sooner but it was over 40 degrees that day. One to go back to. Shuttle bus run by the ship was excellent and cheaper than taxis to the cathedral.

Efficient transfer and a mix of walking tour and independent time with a great tour guide

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Legendary Seville

Wow what a city! Mainly spent with tour guide but he was fantastic and an excellent lunch was included at a hotel in the Macarena district. We paid extra for the small group tour of no more than 8 guests, but there were actually 24! The guide managed us really well though and we fell in love with the city, definitely a city to visit again.

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6 of us in a Tuk Tuk, whizzing around the city with a fantastic, very knowledgeable driver, seeing the gorgeous old town and the beautiful city centre. What a special place Lisbon is, a real high to end our holiday on and another city that we will definitely visit again. (Cheaper arranging privately , 130 euros for 6 )

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