Fourteen years had passed since my last cruise but nothing really has changed except to say it was a top notch experience on the 3 day sailing of the Navigator of the Seas. Boarding at the Miami Port was a cinch with my self carry on luggage. I was traveling with a group of 16 and making our dinner reservations appeared seamless.
The balcony cabin #8362 provided adequate space for this short jaunt especially if you’re extra neat, organized and don’t over pack. The cabin steward was unobtrusive and sight unseen. The aft deck location was ideal because every thing was in a “column” position above and below providing easy navigation. Figuring out the the entire layout and how to access all public areas took only minutes. Elevators were always available even at times you’d there would be a longer wait. The ship was tastefully decorated for the holidays. Guest services was a super fast experience and like everything else A~ easy peasy.
The entire crew were incredibly friendly, responsive and clearly wanted you to have an awesome experience on this spotless ship.
The private island was truly lovely. The merchants were a pleasure. Super easy to disembark and return at the end of the day was a breeze.
There weren’t many children on board. I imagine it would be too much work preparing for this short stay and navigating around the ship.
Cons in no particular order:
The towels are scratchy but did the job.
The hair dryer is of the lowest quality.
The food ~ this is simply my opinion and may not have been experienced by anyone else. I will say the 1st night the baked onion soup was cheese laden, super hot and delicious. The 3rd night not so much. The seafood soups, both NE clam chowder and lobster bisque tasted as though they were made of fish tank water. The steamed 2 lb lobster was extremely dry and appeared as though it must have sat under the heating lights a tad too long. The mussels were actually very tasty. The thawed frozen shrimp was edible. I’m not a “breakfast eater” per se but the oatmeal was delicious and there truly seemed to be something for everyone. The vast selection offered at the BBQ buffet on the private island is pretty much what’d you’d expect. You won’t leave hungry!
The entertainment ~ that was pretty much a disappointment for me. I found it very boring and the second night I stayed in my cabin after dinner because there was nothing beckoning me to stay out longer. I don’t gamble so can’t speak about the casino but it appeared to be very nice. The bars were okay but it just felt like a strong case for “failure to launch”. Very low energy in all of them.
The highlight was being sung to by a spirited group of young performers who sand songs of the season. The band on the promenade was spectacular and the disco performers did a great job. It was odd that no one was dancing but I think it was because of the location in the promenade.
Early morning disembarking was unbelievably stress free.
RCCL you’ve always had a solid reputation in the cruise industry. Thank you for bringing me back to port safely.