This was a group cruise our travel agent put together that she was going on with her family and friends. We have sailed with her before, and had a wonderful time so we thought we’d book again. We sailed on the Adventure of the Seas a year ago and loved the ship, which was similar before the renovations. We knew the Navigator would be extra nice, and we were not disappointed. We did not know about the planned refurbishment until a year or so ago, so we were pleasantly surprised with all of the wonderful additions!! We were all very happy our cruise was not cancelled, as the previous planned cruise was.
We were excited to go back to Aruba and Curacao, and were happy to see Labadee and Bonaire, new islands for us. Bonaire was wonderful for snorkeling! We walked down to the Divi Flamingo, just a 5 minute walk to the right of the port, paid our $20 Day Pass, Fee total for 2, and chose a great location on their pier, full of empty chairs and umbrellas surrounded by rocks and coral, and tons of colorful fish!! It was a wonderful day!!! We rented our snorkel mask and fins from their dive shop for $12 each, enjoyed a pina colada from their bar, and totally relaxed. We were entertained by crabs walking around, and spoke to nice Norwegian guests staying at the resort, surrounded by many empty chairs. We were the only cruisers from our ship and had the place to ourselves. I rained that day for a good hour but we were totally protected under the grass umbrellas.
In Aruba we took a cab to Eagle Beach for a change, recommended by the cab driver, but should have went back to Palm Beach. It was VERY windy and not an expected fun day at all. It cost $40 for 2 chairs and an umbrella, and we will never go back to that beach again. We should have left and went to Palm Beach, where there is food and shopping, a Dunkin Donuts and none or less wind.
In Curacao we had a nice day. We walked around the town and had a delicious soft ice cream cone at Kentucky Fried Chicken. Yes, shocking. Lol! There was a big picture of an ice cream cone outside and we decided it was worth the risk. Ice cream at a chicken place? Go for it! it was delicious and refreshing!
In Labadee we enjoyed a delicious bbq lunch provided by the ship. We had paid for the cabana umbrella and 2 chairs for $38 total for 2, but we left after we realized it was not what we wanted. The ocean was joy smooth and relaxing. It was rocky, had tons of coral to dodge and not get cut (without beach shoes), itchad a strong current with an undertow and a dip in the sand I had trouble getting in and out of the water without falling. Just not my idea of a relaxing day. We left and walked a short distance to Nellie’s Beach. Nellie’s Beach is on the Caribbean side. It had free chairs, calm clear water, no coral or rocks, no dips Gerri g in and out of the water, and trees to put your chairs under for shade, if you wanted. They offered umbrellas for a cost hutvwecwere totally fine where we were. It was a much better spot for what we wanted for our day in Labadee.
Overall it was a great cruise! My hubby went down the one slide open (after the refurbishment) and we played mini golf.
The shows were all fantastic in the theater! The band was terrific, especially the piano player who would be seen olying in the elevators on many occasions! Too funny! He could play anything and give it 110% The band by the pool was terrific, as was the DJ and entertainment staff! Hugo, the DJ, was fantastic! Lol! So much energy!! Where he gets it, I do not know! He truly loves his job! Talks way too fast but okay. We got used to it. Our cabin steward Davis was excellent, and very accommodating! He always greeted us by our names and asked how he could help us the first time we met him. He brought us extra hangers, extra towels daily and filled our ice bucket 2 times a day. Much appreciated!! Our waiters in the dining room o were outstanding!! We were at table 413. They were very nice and served our meals very well and were so nice and friendly!! We wanted to take them home with us! Atish and Sasicha were two of the best waiters we’ve ever had in our 14th cruises!
The fried eggs in MDR and in the Windjammer were always underdone and runny. They sadly just never got it right. Oh well, everything else was terrific, especially their soft rolls and the carving stations! Loved the roast beef, ham and pork!
I wish the gift shops sold post cards of the ports we were going to so we could write a few on the ship. Other lines have them in their gift shops onboard. Just my suggestion.
Go to the shows! The comedians were too funny!!! Some nights we went twice to laugh again! The singers and dancers were very talented, as the bad was! Loved the music in the promenade, especially the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music themed dance parties!!
All in all we enjoyed our vacation on the Navigator and hope to sail her again!
Happy cruising!! Any day on a cruise vacation is a Happy Hour!
Our cabin was very nice. The carpet, chair, sofa, mattress... all brand new after the dry dock refurbishment, and very nice! Davis, our cabin steward, was wonderful and kept everything nice. We asked for extra hangers, towels, and ice filled in the am and at night. He was pleasant, always greeted us by name, wished us a nice day and later how our day was. We looked forward to our conversations with Davis.
Double decker hop on and hop off bus
We spent a LOT of time ducking trees and branches! Too many!! Our driver and guide Pablo was fantastic!!
Didnt like the beach and left and went to Nellies Beach (free, no strong current or rocks, coral, dips in the sand or undertow). We loved the calm water at Nellies Beach! It was free there, no dips, rocks or coral. Just chairs under trees or out in the sun if you want. Nice day!!View All undefined undefined Reviews
The port was nice. We did not like Beach we went to. VERY windy!!! Go to Palm Beach!!!
We did our own thing and walked into town. Has a great day!!