After nearly two and a half years and several cancellations it was really nice to get back on a cruise ship. This was our seventh cruise overall and second on Navigator having sailed on her pre-amp in Europe. We also had a couple of firsts on this cruise: first time in a suite and first time with the Unlimited Dining Package.
The boarding process was pretty quick and easy. We showed all our documents including the negative at-home covid test results and were promptly on board. We boarded a bit early than our check in time, as suite guests are allowed and went to Playmakers which wasn't quite ready for food. So we got sandwiches across the way from the Prominade Cafe.
Our cabin steward was not annoyingly friendly (as some can be) and proved to be very helpful. Our grand suite was comped by the casino and I found it very nice. If I had been paying for it directly instead of through the gambling that we were doing anyway, I don't think it would be worth it but that is a whole different kind of discussion. In any event, the steward went out of his way to get a fan for my wife and the room was well maintained as always.
Like I said above, I really enjoyed staying in a Grand Suite for the first time. We stayed in suite . The extra space, including the balcony was nice. We pay for our staterooms by gambling in the casino which we will do regardless of the type of cabin we book. So, if we were not gamblers I am not sure we would pay the extra for a suite over a balcony.