Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by cruzernewbie99
- Sail Date: August 2011
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom
Embarkation was quick and easy, less than 20 minutes.
Note: if you want to change into bathing suit/evening clothes, etc, keep a carry on with such items with you, as luggage is delivered to the stateroom up to 9pm. We were told it would be delivered within the hour and were waiting. When we happened to leave the room, we noticed the luggage in the hall,but it was not within an hour.
Although we were travelling with two teenagers, they did not partake in the youth club activities, so cannot rate those.
In general, ship was in good shape and clean.
Found all staff to be very friendly.
We had a grand suite with a balcony, which was a good size for 4 people.
Activities - we found the pool area too crowded, even the adult only solarium had young people at times. We did not use the pools at all, but I would say that two pools is not enough for a ship this size.
We had no problem getting loungers, as there were reserved ones for suite guests.
Shows - the ice dancing show was excellent. The other show we saw was a broadway hits show, it was good. Didn't see any other shows.
Dining - we dined in the dining room every night. Our waiters were wonderful, very attentive, gave the kids soda (we purchased one soda package, Nutcracker lounge Loochya and Shekar were the waiter/assistant waiter.
Food was good, portion sizes a bit small, but no complaints with the food quality.
Windjammer - food was ok only, only free drinks were watered-down juice/lemonade. Coffee was awful and cold. It was ok for breakfast, but again, would prefer the dining room for that too if not in a rush for time.
Johnny Rockets - good portion sizes (refills on the fries/onion rings), burgers were tasty.
Cafe Promenade - great desserts here. also have small sandwiches, pizza, calzones.
Only complaint is all the extras you get charged on, eg. bottled water, wine, espresso. Not having cruised before, didn't know what was included. I would suggest the cruise lines increase the prices to cover that versus all the extra charges. We ordered a bottled water package the first day, we were short changed on the amount of water bottles delivered to our room. Had to call down a couple of times, they told us to take bottles from the mini fridge and replace when ours arrived. They never arrived AND we were charged for the ones we took out of the fridge. The concierge was kind enough to help us sort it out with the beverage folks, however, when we got our final statement on disembarkation day, the charges had still not been reversed.
Also, the gratuities are ridiculous. We went with the prepaid gratuities and it was close to $400. We didn't like how they allocated the gratuities so ended up leaving some extra for our waiters (and felt amount given to the stateroom attendant was far too much for what he did).
also, our teens racked up quite a bit of charges in the arcade, so be aware (again, why isn't stuff like this included?).
Shore excursions - we booked two through the ship, one privately on our own prior to our cruise.
Be aware - many europeans on this cruise, we found them very rude, and pushy.
Teen girls everywhere, screaming etc. No manners.
Overall, it was a nice cruise, but in future, i would do more research on the ports, as we didn't even get off in Chania.
sicily - visited the town of Taormina, used the ship's excursion. was ok, but not much time to shop on own, or get a bite to eat.
Ephesus Turkey - another of the ship's excursions we purchased. It was good, felt a bit rushed (didnt' get to go into the roman theatre for example).
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