We went on a Mediterranean cruise July 3rd to 10th 2011. The Navigator of the Seas is a huge ship with a crew from many different countries. I will focus on the negative things on this cruise in this review, to help those who are looking for something exclusive and wonderful when searching for a cruise line. First of all, the ships focus on selling merchandise is enormous. They display and push their goods all around the ship, and it felt as if we were in a bazaar. Cheap watches, different souvenirs of various quality, cheap jewels, T-shirts. The list goes on.
The service on the ship varied so much, that their self-exclaimed Gold Anchor service, which is supposed to be supreme, seemed ridiculous. Our State Attendant (the man who serviced our rooms and cleaned it) was kind and polite. Most of the waiters were alert and attentive, but it felt forced sometimes. The Portofino restaurant had an exceptional staff. Very service-minded and smiling.
We played Bingo, and won, but had to share the prize because someone else had bingo too, and even if they didn't shout Bingo, as we were thoroughly explained we had to in order to get the prize, they got half of the prize. This was not explained in advance, rather to the contrary, they said that there was only one prize:$300, and we felt cheated. We mentioned this in the Guest relations Desk, and they had the Cruise Director call us. He just said this was the way they did it, but we could get some cards and play the next day.The game-shows were identical to the shows on a RCCL cruise we went on in January 2009 in Mexico.
Spacious harmonious Junior Suite. Beautiful double bed, rounded on the "foot-side". Lots of light coming in from large doors/windows. Spacious bathroom. Plenty of towels. Walk in closet. Nice terrace with one sunbed and two chairs and a table.
We celebrated my 50 birthday in Sicily, Messina, Taormina. Took a taxi to Taormina and went to the beach there. Clean beautiful water, and definitely worth it. We paid 240 Euro, but we didn't agree on a price before we left Messina (the port)and the driver waited for us for one and a half hour in Taormina.
On the day we arrived in Athens there was a Taxi strike in Greece. We wanted to o to Glyfada, which is a part of Athens and has a great beach-promenade. We walked from the ship to the end of the pier, and found a bus station further along the way. There were buses that went to Glyfada, but we decided not to go, as everything was uncertain due to the strike.
We had our daughter with us, and she had a broken leg, so we didn't want to go on an excursion. We asked somebody as we got off the ship, and were told of something called The Jade Beach Club. It was great! Only three-five minutes away by taxi (ca 5 Euro). We payed 10 Euro pr person, children were free. It was clean and elegant with sofas, sunbeds, umbrellas, big open tents with large cushions in them to relax on, hammocks and more, even playground. There was a restaurant, but one can order food where you lay. The water is clear and green, and the sand is more like little stones, but not sharp.
The port of call is Souda, close to Chania. We went to a beach approx. 10 min. east of Chania where the sand was wonderful and the ocean clean and green. RCCL had shuttles going from the ship to Chania, 1,50 Euro one way. Taxi to C. is 11 Euro.