We booked Navigator because of the varied activities advertised. There were 8 of us in our party - aged from 75 down to 18, so we wanted things to keep us all happy and occupied.
Having previously cruised several times on Celebrity, we had high hopes of this being better equipped for the two younger members of our party and, indeed, that proved to be the case. However it was definitely less luxurious than Celebrity.
For the first time, my travelling companion and I decided to treat ourselves to a suite (1294) and we were really delighted with the extra space it gave us. Best of all there was a walk-in wardrobe with more than ample space for all our clothes, shoes, suitcases and general bits and bobs. That made a HUGE difference! In fact there was a massive amount of storage space throughout.
Some irritation about a unit specifically for a kettle and coffee machine, though - a useful unit but no nearby socket in which to plug either machine?? Poor planning. In the event we found the machine coffee pretty foul and ended up using sachets of instant, plugging in the kettle on the dressing table area.
The balcony was a little disappointing - room for a table and two generous chairs, but barely enough for the (single) sun bed as well. However, having a sun bed crammed in was better than not having one at all.
The bathroom was very compact, but adequate. From a personal point of view, having the shower over the bath in such a tiny space was much less appealing than having a walk in shower.
The suite was kept spotlessly clean and our attendant, Kunal, was very conscientious about clean linen and towels as required. Room service was prompt and efficient, though some of the ordered food seemed a little less than fresh.
Generally we found the food ok - but not special. Occasionally, however, it was absolutely first class, most especially the 'at sea' buffet lunches in the dining room. Dinner could be very iffy and several times one or other of our party found a dish completely inedible. Again from a personal point of view, I think the portions were far too big. The steaks were huge which I found off-putting and, despite requests for half-portions, they couldn’t seem to oblige. The amount of wasted food must have been enormous.
Service in the restaurants and bars was, almost always, excellent. Pretty much every member of staff we encountered was helpful, friendly, humorous and efficient. Some went above and beyond and Ali, the restaurant manager in the MDR, was hugely helpful in arranging to get us all seated together at times that weren’t necessarily convenient to them.
Entertainment was varied and, obviously, subjective. An excellent male quartet singing songs from the shows but singing and dancing by crew members we thought was very amateurish. Our evenings, however, were dominated by nightly performances in the Schooner bar, near the main theatre, by Perry Grant - who was spectacularly entertaining. Although the format of the show was the same every evening, it was never boring and our only complaint was that we found laughing so much became quite physically painful!! Perry is a born entertainer - a brilliant musician and singer, with a warmth and wit that was outstanding.
Activities for the two younger members of our group (18 and 21) were varied, well run and supervised.
For the older members the biggest complaint was the noise! This holiday was out of school time so there were few youngsters on board. I would hazard a guess would be that the average age of passengers was around 60. So, music blaring out of giant speakers ALL day, was both disturbing and, at times, quite distressing. It was hard-to-impossible to find a quiet spot near the pools on deck 11, 12 and 13. Films blared out at top volume or music played, sometimes so loud it was actually painful. I love music but, in communal areas, it should be background music. In many places it was simply impossible to have a normal conversation!
Trips were well arranged but, like other reviewers, I would urge people to use taxis on shore, rather than pay the ship's unnecessarily extortionate prices - often for a lesser service. In Agadir our party paid $15 per head for a coach into a nearby square. In scorching heat, the coach had no air conditioning, was packed out, and some of the seats were broken. Having experienced that we took a couple of comfortable, cool, taxis back, at $5 per taxi. On our return we voiced our complaints (as did others) but the ship was less than sympathetic to (many) complaints and point-blank refused to refund a part of the cost we’d paid them because they said we were warned that coaches might not be up to international standards. That was not the case when the tickets were booked, but 'Guest Services' weren’t interested.
So, on the whole we had a good trip. Would I use Royal Caribbean again? Not sure. I think possibly the good outshone the bad, but I’d personally prefer Celebrity to RC.