It's been 4 years since we last cruised on the sister ship to The Navigator of the Seas. Covid pretty much dictated our schedule for the last 3 years. Now, we saw an opportunity to set sail again. We tried last September, but a Covid outbreak pushed the schedule back until this April. Prior to the cruise we signed up for the KEY program as well as the Refreshment package. The KEY allowed us to board the ship early, have a great lunch, offer us use of the VOOM Internet package for one of our devices, get preference on Tender rides to shore as well as depart the ship early. Our room was very spacious, comfortable with a large outdoor patio. Our cabin steward took care of us all the way including finding a bathing suit bottom the winds had carried down several cabins. My wife did wish the ship carried make-up mirrors in the rooms, as the sister ship had done. Food was good, but less of it compared to other cruises, but we liked having lesser portions. Our dining room attendents kept the liquids and the food coming. Besides we could go to the Promenade Cafe or the Windjammer Cafe to fill our empty needs. Plenty of sports activities to watch or, participate in. We couldn't believe the energy of the performers on the ship. The crew were super friendly, very helpful in filling in the gaps of the ship's layout. Boarding the ship was fast. Debarking from the ship was also very fast. RCCL does their best to keep their guests happy. The ship was full or very close. Yet with all of the other passengers, my wife and I did not catch Covid or anything else. The ship encourages safe hygiene practices among all passengers. We look forward to our next cruise on Navigator in September.
Cabo was hot and humid. Several passengers told us stories of being hounded by locals selling non-prescription drugs, to the point they retreated to the ship. We stayed long enough to have a beer at a local establishment by the harbor, as well as do a little shopping. The highlight of the visit was a baby Orca entertaining boaters in the harbor by breaching the surface several times.
Compared to Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada remains the sleepy little town. Plenty of shopping with the locals. Good restaurants and side trips to the Bufadora as well as local wineries.