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Pre-Cruise:We bought RCL's pre-cruise package of spending one night in Fort Lauderdale prior to departure. The Sheraton Ocean Beach was comfortable and offered a great view of the ocean from our room on the tenth floor. Transportation to the ship was easy and convenient.Embarkation:Boarding was reasonably easy. We had the option of using a check-in line for frequent cruisers but elected to use the first line that was available. The entire process took less than 20 minutes. Since cabins were not ready until 1 PM, we were directed to the Windjammer cafe for lunch. As you can imagine, the buffet was packed but the ship's staff assisted in finding us a table in short order. Our cabin was located in the stern of the vessel on the 7th deck. It was roomy for a cruise ship and within an hour or so, our checked luggage was delivered to our cabin.Ship's Condition;The Navigator of the Seas is a ten-year old ship but is quite well maintained. The brassware was polished, carpets looked new and the paint was fresh. However, the TV's in the cabins were also 10 years old and needed replacement with new flat panel sets. Our cabin was an ocean view and located near the stern of the ship. It was quiet and comfortable. It is one of the largest non-balcony cabins in this class of ships. On the negative side, the refrigerator barely cooled water. It was reported the second day of the cruise and was never replaced nor repaired. Additionally, the television was ten years old and needed replacing years ago. The color was faulty and picture quality terrible. Our stateroom attendant was quietly efficient, and did an excellent job of keeping our room neat and tidy.Food Service and Quality:We were assigned early dining at 5:30 PM. Initially, mealtime took well over two hours. When this was brought to management's attention, the situation was corrected. Meal selection could stand some improvement as choices included a disproportionate number of vegetarian meals. Food quality ranged from very good to marginal in the dining room. Service was excellent, however. We loved to have lunch in the dining room some of the time as the made-to-order salads were outstanding as were the homemade rolls. Breakfast was usually in the Windjammer and was average for a cruise ship. Eggs were not always hot when served and some of the pastries seemed dry. Service in the Windjammer was excellent. RCL has made substantial improvement in the attitude of the wait staff from previous cruises. There folks were friendly and very helpful.On-Board Entertainment and Facilities:The fitness center was well-equipped, although some of the weight equipment had seen better days. The cardio machines were in reasonable shape. The major issue in the center was the temperature. I made several complaints to Guest Services about the high temperature and humidity in the center...nothing changed. If RCL would as a minimum installed fans to circulate the air, it would be very much appreciated.The Internet Cafe was expensive (as is the case on most cruise ships) and service was very slow. I decided not to use the internet for the above reasons. I did hear several guests complain, however.The library needed to be restocked. The books were old and somewhat worn. And the selection was not very good. Libraries on Holland America ships were exponentially better.Evening entertainment ranged from very good to below average. The Elton John impersonator was wonderful as was the tenor from London's West End. We walked out on the violinist and the Celine Dion impersonator. The ship's orchestra was excellent albeit a bit loud. The production shows were below RCL standards. I feel it was the shows themselves that weren't very good rather than the singers and dancers. The Cruise Director was average....corny at times.The enrichment lecturer, Joe, was outstanding. He was well-infomed and an excellent presenter. His sessions were always well-attended.Kudos to RCL for providing religious services during the voyage. There was a Catholic priest on board throughout the entire trip. On Sunday, Protestant services were held as well using a visiting pastor.Port Calls:We visited Tenerife, Canary Islands, Palma De Mallorca, and Corsica. All ports were interesting. We took RCL sponsored tours in Tenerife and Palma. Both were very good and not overly pricey. We were dockside for all three port visits.Debarkation:Debarkation at Civitavecchia was easy and orderly. However, with 3000 passengers leaving at nearly the same time, the elevators were the usual problem. A suggestion would be to arrive at your designated debarkation point early so allow time to take the elevator.Summary:Overall this was an enjoyable repositioning cruise. Some small glitches but nothing serious enough to ruin a good vacation. We have already booked an RCL repositioning cruise from Civitavecchia to Galveston in 2012.

A Pleasent Crossing

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Bucky63

Trip Details
Pre-Cruise:We bought RCL's pre-cruise package of spending one night in Fort Lauderdale prior to departure. The Sheraton Ocean Beach was comfortable and offered a great view of the ocean from our room on the tenth floor. Transportation to the ship was easy and convenient.Embarkation:Boarding was reasonably easy. We had the option of using a check-in line for frequent cruisers but elected to use the first line that was available. The entire process took less than 20 minutes. Since cabins were not ready until 1 PM, we were directed to the Windjammer cafe for lunch. As you can imagine, the buffet was packed but the ship's staff assisted in finding us a table in short order. Our cabin was located in the stern of the vessel on the 7th deck. It was roomy for a cruise ship and within an hour or so, our checked luggage was delivered to our cabin.Ship's Condition;The Navigator of the Seas is a ten-year old ship but is quite well maintained. The brassware was polished, carpets looked new and the paint was fresh. However, the TV's in the cabins were also 10 years old and needed replacement with new flat panel sets. Our cabin was an ocean view and located near the stern of the ship. It was quiet and comfortable. It is one of the largest non-balcony cabins in this class of ships. On the negative side, the refrigerator barely cooled water. It was reported the second day of the cruise and was never replaced nor repaired. Additionally, the television was ten years old and needed replacing years ago. The color was faulty and picture quality terrible. Our stateroom attendant was quietly efficient, and did an excellent job of keeping our room neat and tidy.Food Service and Quality:We were assigned early dining at 5:30 PM. Initially, mealtime took well over two hours. When this was brought to management's attention, the situation was corrected. Meal selection could stand some improvement as choices included a disproportionate number of vegetarian meals. Food quality ranged from very good to marginal in the dining room. Service was excellent, however. We loved to have lunch in the dining room some of the time as the made-to-order salads were outstanding as were the homemade rolls. Breakfast was usually in the Windjammer and was average for a cruise ship. Eggs were not always hot when served and some of the pastries seemed dry. Service in the Windjammer was excellent. RCL has made substantial improvement in the attitude of the wait staff from previous cruises. There folks were friendly and very helpful.On-Board Entertainment and Facilities:The fitness center was well-equipped, although some of the weight equipment had seen better days. The cardio machines were in reasonable shape. The major issue in the center was the temperature. I made several complaints to Guest Services about the high temperature and humidity in the center...nothing changed. If RCL would as a minimum installed fans to circulate the air, it would be very much appreciated.The Internet Cafe was expensive (as is the case on most cruise ships) and service was very slow. I decided not to use the internet for the above reasons. I did hear several guests complain, however.The library needed to be restocked. The books were old and somewhat worn. And the selection was not very good. Libraries on Holland America ships were exponentially better.Evening entertainment ranged from very good to below average. The Elton John impersonator was wonderful as was the tenor from London's West End. We walked out on the violinist and the Celine Dion impersonator. The ship's orchestra was excellent albeit a bit loud. The production shows were below RCL standards. I feel it was the shows themselves that weren't very good rather than the singers and dancers. The Cruise Director was average....corny at times.The enrichment lecturer, Joe, was outstanding. He was well-infomed and an excellent presenter. His sessions were always well-attended.Kudos to RCL for providing religious services during the voyage. There was a Catholic priest on board throughout the entire trip. On Sunday, Protestant services were held as well using a visiting pastor.Port Calls:We visited Tenerife, Canary Islands, Palma De Mallorca, and Corsica. All ports were interesting. We took RCL sponsored tours in Tenerife and Palma. Both were very good and not overly pricey. We were dockside for all three port visits.Debarkation:Debarkation at Civitavecchia was easy and orderly. However, with 3000 passengers leaving at nearly the same time, the elevators were the usual problem. A suggestion would be to arrive at your designated debarkation point early so allow time to take the elevator.Summary:Overall this was an enjoyable repositioning cruise. Some small glitches but nothing serious enough to ruin a good vacation. We have already booked an RCL repositioning cruise from Civitavecchia to Galveston in 2012.
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Cabin 7682
This is one of the largest non-balcony cabins on this class of ship. There are only eight of these (four on deck six and four on deck seven). Very quiet and close to all dining venues via elevator. Some distance from the fitness center and theater, however but definitely not an issue.
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