I was looking for a Royal Caribbean cruise to Aruba, Bonaire, & Curacao, and the Navigator of the Seas, sailing out of Miami, had just the itinerary I was looking for. My wife and I booked one of the two new panoramic suites above the bridge. We found the accommodations spacious, and the view out the floor-to-ceiling windows spectacular, which overlooked the helipad at the front of the ship. The suite perks were excellent, and the Suites Concierge, Grecia Guillen, was exceedingly helpful, energetic, and always smiling. She assisted us in getting dining reservations one night when we were previously told the time slot was full. For all suite guests, she also arranged a luncheon and tours of the Galley and Studio B, the ship's ice rink and multipurpose venue. As a suite guest, we were given priority embarkation and disembarkation processing, which went smoothly both ways. The entertainment quality was world class, featuring a different show each night of the 9 day cruise. One of the favorites was the Royal Caribbean produced ice skating show starring some current and former Olympians, and other top-notch professionals. Other highlights included world renowned ventriloquist Ronn Lucas, "Diva of the Seas" Stephanie Baker, juggler Adam Kario, with comedian Ralph Harris closing out on the cruise's final night with a hilarious routine. Additionally, there were three Royal Caribbean original production shows.featuring the Navigator's in-house orchestra. They were amazing, performing nightly at all of the shows in the main theater and at other locations around the ship.
Off of the ship, on port days in Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire, we participated in bus tours of each of the three Islands. The bus drivers and tour guides were professional and courteous. We found all of the tours to be interesting and informative, and were started and ended in a timely manner without incident. Prior to those islands, the ship docked at Labadee, Haiti, which is Royal Caribbean's own private resort. We had been to Labadee on a previous cruise and did not book any shore excursions at that port of call.
Our cabin steward, "Sandy" was extremely attentive to our needs, keeping the suite clean and organized twice daily. He came in to make up the beds in the morning, and to prepare them for sleeping each evening Although there were just my wife and I cruising, the suite accommodated up to 6 guests, with a King Size bed, 2 twin bunk beds, and a queen sized sofa bed. This Panoramic Ocean View suite, one of only two on the ship, was recently added during renovations. It featured 1.5 bathrooms, with a small stand-up shower in the larger bathroom (no tub), and large floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the front of the ship.