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Embarkation was very smooth. We had no trouble getting on a shuttle at Civitavecchia to take us to the ship and no line up to receive our sea pass and board. (We arrived around noon.) We had sunny days in every port. Any rain happened at night up to our last day before Fort Lauderdale when we hit the edge of Hurricane Tomas. I loved the fact that Captain Patrik was very visible. He did regular ship announcements and was available quite a few times for pictures and participated in the Make a Wish marathon we did as a fundraiser. Paul Rutter, the cruise director, also made announcements and introduced the evening entertainment. He kept us up to date without dragging everything out like on some other cruises I've been on. The meals were pretty good although our table found the soups and sauces to be salty. We didn't go to Chops or Portofinos even though we had intended to because our tablemates were great companions and we preferred to eat with them. The kitchen had quite a few new people and meals were slow to come out. We had first seating at 6 pm and were never finished until around 8:15 with second seating having to come in for 8:30. We had 6 hours to turn back on our clocks and this was done one hour at a time on sea days. Most people thought it was crazy when they announced the time would go back one hour at 3 in the afternoon so we lived 2-3 in the afternoon over again 6 times. But actually it gave us all an extra hour naptime! I think the ship's idea was to make the staff work an extra hour and the cruisers to spend an extra hour's worth of drink or shopping money. I would definitely do another transatlantic. Having the long flight to Rome first and then flying only a few hours home from Ft. Lauderdale was a good idea as we were anxious to get home. Our first port was Toulon, France. It was a Sunday so many things were closed but we took a tour on the little train and it had an informative English commentary and was an inexpensive way to see some of Toulon. Second port was Barcelona, described separately. Third port was Cartagena, described separately. Fourth port was Malaga where we went on RCI's Caves of Nerja tour. Excellent. You will get wonderful pictures. Only problem here was that the tour left the ship very early and when we got to the town of Nerja the shops were not yet open. Last port was Tenerife, described separately.

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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Paddy41

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Embarkation was very smooth. We had no trouble getting on a shuttle at Civitavecchia to take us to the ship and no line up to receive our sea pass and board. (We arrived around noon.) We had sunny days in every port. Any rain happened at night up to our last day before Fort Lauderdale when we hit the edge of Hurricane Tomas. I loved the fact that Captain Patrik was very visible. He did regular ship announcements and was available quite a few times for pictures and participated in the Make a Wish marathon we did as a fundraiser. Paul Rutter, the cruise director, also made announcements and introduced the evening entertainment. He kept us up to date without dragging everything out like on some other cruises I've been on. The meals were pretty good although our table found the soups and sauces to be salty. We didn't go to Chops or Portofinos even though we had intended to because our tablemates were great companions and we preferred to eat with them. The kitchen had quite a few new people and meals were slow to come out. We had first seating at 6 pm and were never finished until around 8:15 with second seating having to come in for 8:30. We had 6 hours to turn back on our clocks and this was done one hour at a time on sea days. Most people thought it was crazy when they announced the time would go back one hour at 3 in the afternoon so we lived 2-3 in the afternoon over again 6 times. But actually it gave us all an extra hour naptime! I think the ship's idea was to make the staff work an extra hour and the cruisers to spend an extra hour's worth of drink or shopping money. I would definitely do another transatlantic. Having the long flight to Rome first and then flying only a few hours home from Ft. Lauderdale was a good idea as we were anxious to get home.

Our first port was Toulon, France. It was a Sunday so many things were closed but we took a tour on the little train and it had an informative English commentary and was an inexpensive way to see some of Toulon.

Second port was Barcelona, described separately.

Third port was Cartagena, described separately.

Fourth port was Malaga where we went on RCI's Caves of Nerja tour. Excellent. You will get wonderful pictures. Only problem here was that the tour left the ship very early and when we got to the town of Nerja the shops were not yet open.

Last port was Tenerife, described separately.
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Cabin 6504
Our cabin was level 6 forward. It was oceanview. Because we had one night of near hurricane force winds, between France and Spain, it was probably noisier than other cabins might have been but all in all we slept well even that night. I found it a bit disturbing that there was always a faint sound of music even all night but at least it was not the drumming sort of music. I think it was from the Ixtapa Lounge right below us and they must leave a sound system on all the time. The cabin is not quite rectangular because of it's position at the front of the ship...the window wall is slanted. But this did not present a problem.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Barcelona
    We booked the Tapa Tasting excursion through RCI and it was excellent. We saw the Familia Church first and then went to 3 tapa restaurants and had wonderful tapas and red or white Spanish wine which was really great. I really recommend this excursion.
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  • Cartagena (Colombia)
    We did our own thing after reading on Cruise Critic how someone else recommended walking. At dock walk straight ahead to first road and turn right. Turn left at next street and walk until you see a metal elevator. Take the elevator up to the top to tour the castle. It was only around 4 euros per person (we said we were walking back down) and well worth it. Great view of the ancient amphitheatre they have found and the castle was great to tour. Try to walk down the back way and you'll arrive in the shopping area. Here we ordered some tapas on our own. Everything was very inexpensive. Walk back down to the street that leads to the dock and before you reach the dock you will find a sign for the tourist bus. This is a 2 decker open-air bus and for 4.5 euros each they gave us a cassette which we plugged in and listened to the commentary as the bus drove us around Barcelona. Everything is very clean and well laid out.
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  • Tenerife
    Very different landscape from the rest of our ports. Did you know that Tenerife has the highest mountain in Spain. The Canary Islands belong to Spain. Volcanic landscape. We toured the island and saw the landscape change around almost every bend. Sometimes pines, most often just rock but different types of rock. The film the Ten Commandments was filmed here. We went up to a high enough elevation that we could look down on the clouds formed by the trade winds that were covering the small villages along the coast. They have great highways here and even though a lot of the road was narrow and windy I didn't feel unsafe at all even when I could sometimes look straight down a cliff.
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