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Some cruise tips: Pack drinks (water bottles, juices, sodas, and liquor) in carry on and you can Check one bag of liquor and/or soda(you can do this on some ships) Pack candy and snacks for kids (you pay extra for these) Pack extra clothes if you don't want to pay to send your laundry out Don't sign up for the cruise line to pay out your tips. Get envelops and tip who you desire to in cash Pack a lot of cash - our boat's ATM machine was out of service most of the trip Note-ships will allow you to cash a check of up to $200 with id and your soc.sec number Get there early so you can eat and grab something to drink, they close down lunch rooms early and you will have nothing to drink for several hours - unless you had packed something in your carry on. Have a backpack with your bathing suit, sun screen, towel, and entertainment handy why you wait for your room to be ready Be the last one to leave the ship - it helps you to miss the crowds and lines. Get up early on the last day, eat breakfast and bring snack back to the room until its time to leave. Royal Caribbean, First off- boarding sucked! It was so unorganized, slow and just horrible for a family with kids. Getting off was better because we requested to get off with the last group. We had no lines, no hangups with customs and no problem finding our luggage. Has lots to offer. We went on the Navigator of the Seas boat and it was gorgeous. It had a rock climbing wall, ice skating rink, putt putt, roller rink (which was lacking) and tons of clubs. We enjoyed all of these and were pleased with them except the roller rink which was rather small. My older teen kids hated the kids camps on Royal compared to Carnival or Disney Cruises (the kids aged 13-16). The kids said the staff was rarely involved and the activities were boring and repetitive. Several times they told me that the counselors weren't even their to start any of the events. My oldest son used some of the activities he remembered from the Disney/Carnival cruise to do with his new found friends and some of the kids started to think he was a counselor. They even started to follow him around. You know the kid camps are bad with your child and their new friends spend time riding the elevators up and down for two hours! Also, there were horrible lines waiting for the elevators. So if you don't feel like being a victim to your elevator, pick a lower floor so walking down the steps is easier than walking up. Also, the rooms over the promenade suffered a lot of noise. They had an ice show that was great, and a Motown show that was really nice, but the other shows were subpar. The parades they had were wonderful and they did add a party feel with some of their impromtu entertainment in the common areas. What we didn't like was the feeling that the ship was nickle and diming us on everything. They had 4 restaurants that we had to pay extra to eat at. Also, the Johnny Rockets where the kids wanted to eat charged $4.95 per person - Huh? The formal dinners weren't that good and the over all service was subpar. We stayed in 2288 and 2292 which were great places to be because it gave us easy access to get off the ship without waits. Also, since it was a lower floor, when lines for the elevators piled up, we just simply walked downstairs. When going to Cozumel or Grand Cayman - skip the excursions offered by the boat. It's cheaper to do your research and get a cab to the places you want to go or haggle with the tour sales people at the port for excursions. We paid $16 for all of us in Grand Cayman's to get to the beach. In Cozumel we got better deals at the dock than in town, and there was only a $12 charge for all of us to take a cab to the beach.

Navigator of Seas...Just Okay, Not great for Teens

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by lprstn

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Some cruise tips:



Pack drinks (water bottles, juices, sodas, and liquor) in carry on and you can

Check one bag of liquor and/or soda(you can do this on some ships)



Pack candy and snacks for kids (you pay extra for these)



Pack extra clothes if you don't want to pay to send your laundry out



Don't sign up for the cruise line to pay out your tips. Get envelops and tip who you desire to in cash



Pack a lot of cash - our boat's ATM machine was out of service most of the trip



Note-ships will allow you to cash a check of up to $200 with id and your soc.sec number



Get there early so you can eat and grab something to drink, they close down lunch rooms early and you will have nothing to drink for several hours - unless you had packed something in your carry on.



Have a backpack with your bathing suit, sun screen, towel, and entertainment handy why you wait for your room to be ready



Be the last one to leave the ship - it helps you to miss the crowds and lines. Get up early on the last day, eat breakfast and bring snack back to the room until its time to leave.



Royal Caribbean,



First off- boarding sucked! It was so unorganized, slow and just horrible for a family with kids. Getting off was better because we requested to get off with the last group. We had no lines, no hangups with customs and no problem finding our luggage.



Has lots to offer. We went on the Navigator of the Seas boat and it was gorgeous. It had a rock climbing wall, ice skating rink, putt putt, roller rink (which was lacking) and tons of clubs. We enjoyed all of these and were pleased with them except the roller rink which was rather small.



My older teen kids hated the kids camps on Royal compared to Carnival or Disney Cruises (the kids aged 13-16). The kids said the staff was rarely involved and the activities were boring and repetitive. Several times they told me that the counselors weren't even their to start any of the events. My oldest son used some of the activities he remembered from the Disney/Carnival cruise to do with his new found friends and some of the kids started to think he was a counselor. They even started to follow him around.



You know the kid camps are bad with your child and their new friends spend time riding the elevators up and down for two hours! Also, there were horrible lines waiting for the elevators. So if you don't feel like being a victim to your elevator, pick a lower floor so walking down the steps is easier than walking up. Also, the rooms over the promenade suffered a lot of noise.



They had an ice show that was great, and a Motown show that was really nice, but the other shows were subpar. The parades they had were wonderful and they did add a party feel with some of their impromtu entertainment in the common areas.



What we didn't like was the feeling that the ship was nickle and diming us on everything. They had 4 restaurants that we had to pay extra to eat at. Also, the Johnny Rockets where the kids wanted to eat charged $4.95 per person - Huh? The formal dinners weren't that good and the over all service was subpar.



We stayed in 2288 and 2292 which were great places to be because it gave us easy access to get off the ship without waits. Also, since it was a lower floor, when lines for the elevators piled up, we just simply walked downstairs.



When going to Cozumel or Grand Cayman - skip the excursions offered by the boat. It's cheaper to do your research and get a cab to the places you want to go or haggle with the tour sales people at the port for excursions. We paid $16 for all of us in Grand Cayman's to get to the beach. In Cozumel we got better deals at the dock than in town, and there was only a $12 charge for all of us to take a cab to the beach.
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Cabin 2288
We stayed in 2288 and 2292 which were great places to be because it gave us easy access to get off the ship without waits. Also, since it was a lower floor, when lines for the elevators piled up, we just simply walked downstairs.
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