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This was our 6th cruise with Royal Caribbean in the past three years. For the most part, I believe that travelers make their own luck and their own fun. If you're looking for a good time, you'll find it and if you're looking for stuff to criticize, the same also applies. This cruise was no exception. We found plenty of great fellow travelers to get to know, great food, great crew, and a great bar to hang out in most evenings. What fell short for us was the lack of possible activities on board and the poor timing of many of them. For example, if the two headliner shows are at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm, how exactly is that supposed to work for those of us with the second seating in dining room at 8:00 pm? It doesn't, and we missed out on several shows because of that. There were also inexplicable lulls in activities. For example, there was a show that got out at 9:30, just as the pub entertainer was taking an extended break until 10:30...and no other activities possible either. Nothing at the pool, nor in any clubs or other bars. Just...nothing. That sort of thing happened a few times this sailing, and--to me--felt like the entertainment director just dialing it in for the last few weeks before Navigator goes to dry dock. Dining: We loved our waiter, Andel, and thought the food in the main dining room was some of the best we've ever had on RC ships. We had purchased a 5 night specialty restaurant package ahead of time and ended up regretting it because our dining room experience was so pleasurable. The ABC Islands: This was our first time to Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao...and it won't be the last. Our favorite of the three was Bonaire. We took the advice of other Cruise Critic folks and rented a golf cart from the company Bonaire Cruisers. They were a joy to work with: professional, efficient, and friendly. The golf cart cost $95 for the day. We met a Bonaire Cruisers rep just outside of the dock, and he took us to their office a few short blocks away where we filled out paperwork and paid. Then we were handed off to the map lady who gave us a map and took her time thoroughly explaining the two recommended routes (North and South), the highlights of each, and approximately how long each route would take (not counting stops). We got a lunch recommendation, too. And we were off! It was a marvelous day on a marvelous pristine island teeming with clear waters and wildlife. We are already looking around for another cruise to these islands, especially Bonaire.

Great Crew, Terrible On Board Activity Schedule

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by SoCal2Paradise

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This was our 6th cruise with Royal Caribbean in the past three years. For the most part, I believe that travelers make their own luck and their own fun. If you're looking for a good time, you'll find it and if you're looking for stuff to criticize, the same also applies. This cruise was no exception. We found plenty of great fellow travelers to get to know, great food, great crew, and a great bar to hang out in most evenings.

What fell short for us was the lack of possible activities on board and the poor timing of many of them. For example, if the two headliner shows are at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm, how exactly is that supposed to work for those of us with the second seating in dining room at 8:00 pm? It doesn't, and we missed out on several shows because of that. There were also inexplicable lulls in activities. For example, there was a show that got out at 9:30, just as the pub entertainer was taking an extended break until 10:30...and no other activities possible either. Nothing at the pool, nor in any clubs or other bars. Just...nothing. That sort of thing happened a few times this sailing, and--to me--felt like the entertainment director just dialing it in for the last few weeks before Navigator goes to dry dock.

Dining:

We loved our waiter, Andel, and thought the food in the main dining room was some of the best we've ever had on RC ships. We had purchased a 5 night specialty restaurant package ahead of time and ended up regretting it because our dining room experience was so pleasurable.

The ABC Islands:

This was our first time to Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao...and it won't be the last. Our favorite of the three was Bonaire. We took the advice of other Cruise Critic folks and rented a golf cart from the company Bonaire Cruisers. They were a joy to work with: professional, efficient, and friendly. The golf cart cost $95 for the day. We met a Bonaire Cruisers rep just outside of the dock, and he took us to their office a few short blocks away where we filled out paperwork and paid. Then we were handed off to the map lady who gave us a map and took her time thoroughly explaining the two recommended routes (North and South), the highlights of each, and approximately how long each route would take (not counting stops). We got a lunch recommendation, too. And we were off! It was a marvelous day on a marvelous pristine island teeming with clear waters and wildlife. We are already looking around for another cruise to these islands, especially Bonaire.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 4D 8298
We stayed in Balcony Room 8298, on the 8th level. I love the 8th level because it's only three flights of stairs up to the pool deck/Windjammer and only three flights down to the Royal Promenade. This makes choosing the stairs over the elevator a much more viable option much of the time. Our cabin was a fine size for the two of us. Though not as large as the ones on the Oasis class ships, it was blessedly larger than the ocean view balcony room on the Radiance class ships. The cabin was showing its age, though the only thing in disrepair was a bedside lamp that wouldn't stop flickering even after a bulb change.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    We took a snorkeling/sunset cruise on the Black Pearl. I highly recommend it. It was three hours round trip from the dock and stopped at two snorkeling spots. The most appealing thing to me about this particular company and boat is that they limit the number of guests to 24, and there are padded loungers on deck for everyone, situated in pairs. It was lazy and loungy and nobody was in a hurry. There was an open bar with quick service from the staff of four, and there was no pressure to snorkel for a long time (or at all). It was the opposite of a party boat. So relaxing and fun. Just what I needed! After the second snorkeling stop, the crew passed out cheese sandwiches, more drinks, and we bobbed in the water watching the sun get lower in the horizon. When the sun started to set, the boat slowly made its way back to the dock, pulling in just as the last bit of sun disappeared on the horizon.
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  • Bonaire
    Easily our favorite excursion. We'd do it again in a heartbeat. For details, see my thorough review in the my main cruise review section.
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  • Beach
    UGH. Skip the Blue Bay Beach Break. It's a very small, very rocky beach with litter dotting the shore, old uncomfortable beach loungers, and a bunch of construction happening just behind you. The food was expensive and terrible. The guide was not very animated and difficult to understand.
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  • Labadee
    We took the tram to Adrenaline Beach, which is really misnamed because it is totally relaxing. No kids around and a floating bar, as well as another bar on land. It was the perfect place to soak in the water with a drink in hand and chat with like-minded travelers.
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