Exceeded High Expectations: Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by thad6337

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Exceeded High Expectations

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Pre-cruise activities and accommodations: Rome, Italy; Hotel Navona, city center three nights. Clean, well-located hotel, though we actually stayed in one of their satellite apartments (they called it a suite). Tiny bathroom and shower (welcome to Italy!), but excellent service. -Great food, great tours, great city.

Navigator of the Seas: Unbelievable facilities and service that far exceeded our very high expectations.

Room: Our room (interior) was certainly large enough, and the size of, and water pressure in the shower was surprising. The only time the room seemed small was when we were packing or unpacking. Our stateroom attendant (Taylor) was friendly and delivered excellent service in our absence. The fact that the room had no outside access actually made for some of the most restful sleep we'd ever had!

Fitness/ Spa: Worked out several times and wife got a facial. We were pleased with the extent of these facilities.

Pools: Very nice, More though for our cruise it was unseasonably cool and not always sunny on 'at sea' days. Still found time to catch some rays and a soak in the tubs.

Promenade: This was amazing. Such a huge area to spend your time or pass through on the way to dinner or to the shows at night. The jewelery store had a fantastic selection, and the souvenir shop was nice, too. The Two Poets Pub offered a relaxing atmosphere and great selection of the ales of the world. We loved the Cafe Promenade. It was always our stop after getting on the ship after excursions for a quick snack to hold us off for late dinner. Always have pizza and the best chocolate cannoli I've ever had.

Casino: Great for low-speed (penny machine) gamblers like my wife and I. Not too smokey at all, and formal nights are smoke-free.

Shows: Top notch dancing and singing. Ice show was great, too. We really enjoyed the 'Quest' and 'Love and Marriage Game'.

Dining: The Windjammer offers the biggest selection I've seen at a buffet, though we really enjoyed our meals in the dining room, whenever possible. We had all our dinners there- loved our table-mates- and several lunches. The salad bar at lunch is the best kept secret on the whole ship. There were a couple of nights when the selection for dinner wasn't my favorite, but there was always a nice variety. And if you wanted to try something different, just order it. They are so accommodating and no amount of entrees (or starters or desserts) is too much to handle. Service from our waiter (Nuno) was impeccable.

Embarkation/ Disembarkation: Smooth for such a large amount of passengers. The only backup was in Egypt, but that was due to a slow customs agent.

Overall: We've already booked our next cruise with RCI! Less

Published 06/09/10

Cabin review: 9305

Only issue with our cabin was when it was time to pack/ unpack. Got a little tight. Bathroom was actually bigger than we'd imagined, and the rounded shower gave plenty of room to get clean and shave.

Port and Shore Excursions

Egypt is a third world country, and as such, is dirty. With that said, the two excursions we took were amazing!

Cairo: LONG day, but you get to see pyramids, The Sphinx, and ride camels and four wheelers. Food was all right, but nothing compared to the ship. Vendors gave new meaning to pushy, but understand no- the fifth time you say it!

Alexandria: Nice city. Quite modern, compared with Cairo.

Athens is not a very nice city. Second world, at best. Lots of traffic and a little bit dirty. The Acropolis and Parthenon were nice, but in general, this excursion under-delivered. Not the fault of the cruise line, that's just the way it is. Highlight: The cafe the ship recommended for lunch... delicious!

Ephesus was a well restored city and amazing to walk through, even having spent time in Italy prior. Our group also stopped at the house of the Virgin mary, which was nice. Kusadasi was not the shopping mecca it was made out to be. Prices were VERY overpriced, and the vendors were pushy... very pushy.

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We took the Amalfi Drive with lunch excursion. One word: amazing! Great food, great views, great shopping, great guide (Eugenio). Absolutely no complaints. Also, some of the most reasonable prices we saw on our trip!

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Amazing! Rhodes is exactly how we'd imagined Greece would be. Our guide (Demetrious) was easily the best we had our entire trip, and we had a bunch of good ones. We went to Lindos, which is beautiful. Demetrious gave us so much interesting information about Greek life that enriched our experience. Good shopping. Great food. Rhodes Town, right outside the port, was great too.

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Like Rhodes, Greece and Sorrento... exactly what we had pictured Europe to be. Situated high above town on cliffs overlooking the ocean, this quaint shopping and eating stop was just what the doctor ordered this late in the trip.

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