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Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We have cruised on RCI many times, been on many of their ships. This was the third time on Nav of the Seas. We arrived to the port early and good thing we did as we were stuck in a little building for hours, nothing to eat or even a bottle of water was offered. We waited and waited as the "Coast Guard" checked out the ship. RIGHT..we found out later, there was some nasty bug on the ship and they had to clean....we were the lucky ones, the poor people outside were stuck in the heat, at least we were inside with something to sit on...RCI did a very POOR job with that. They have been in business way too long to have handled that situation the way they did. They got BAD marks on that one.

We finally did get on board and at least the ship was clean and shiny... We were able to go to our stateroom immediately, due to the timing. We did have an incredible stateroom attendant. He was incredible and such a great guy. Hope he is enjoying his time at home...He was getting ready More to have a break and boy do they earn their time off. Ash, is you're reading this, have fun with your family.

We did four ports, all but St. Kitts we have been to before. We loved St. Kitts, it's now right up there with my favorite spot to visit. Want to go back there for a week or so. We ended up not having an excursion and we found an incredible tour guide right off the ship. He took us for a tour of the entire island and what an incredible day it was. What a great way to see the place.

If you ever go to St. Marteen, DON'T do the Lord Sheffeld. It's a horrible excursion and the first time in my sailing with RCI that we had a bad experience with on RCI's excursions. The excursion desk wasn't helpful with it either. Bad marks on this one. All across the board.

Another bad mark was the wine paring in Chops. Don't do it. If you want to go to Chops, I say go for the regular dinner. The wine paring is a rip off. You pay too much money and the food isn't any different than what you get in the dinning room. The service was horrible and let's just say, it was a BAD experience and one we will never do again.

Our dining room staff was AWESOME. We just loved Lang and Alexander. They made our week awesome. You know your dining room staff can make or break you. We had two of the most fun. They should get points and cudos as they are great....

For the most part, it was a great cruise. However, you can sure see RCI cutting back on everything. The service in the Windjammer, there was NONE. I don't know what has happened, however, I am thinking it's almost time to look at other lines again. We have always been loyal to Royal, however, it appears they are really falling down. Less

Published 12/31/11

Cabin review: D2 Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Our cabin was clean (great cabin steward). Our location was great. Balcony furniture is a little uncomfortable, however it was doable. Would be nice to have a little more room under the beds to store larger suitcases. All in all, the space is doable for two people.

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Port and Shore Excursions

I think this is suppose to be Haiti (Labadee). We have been there many times before, beautiful private island. However, there was another RCI ship in port at the same time (before us). Way too crowded. Too many people and not enjoyable at all. Too many lines to stand in. Too much.... Didn't enjoy ourselves this time. RCI should have only one ship at a time in this port. Even though they have built it up, more of a money maker for RCI then an enjoyable spot to visit for the day.
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Not enough time in San Juan this time. We ended up being confronted by too many people on the port. We took a quick tour of the island, only because the other couple had never been there. It's a little over rated and pretty dirty. The port taxes are very expensive and the ships have to pay for each hour they are in port. If RCI is going there, they should stay a little longer, not enough time to see the high spots. Very expensive port to visit.
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Beautiful island. We obtained a personal shuttle for the four of us and were thrilled we did so. It was a great visit and we were thrilled we didn't do a RCI excursion. We saw the entire island by a resident and saw things that most wouldn't see. A must see island and one that is on our list to go back to.
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Terrible experience here. The last time we were there, it was great. If you go to this port, don't take the Lord Sheffeled pirate cruise. It's terrible. Also, if you are going to shop here, don't go to Diamond's International. If you do, make 100% certain you are in love with your purchase. They don't back their products. Also, if you want to shop, go to the French side, don't stay on the side where the port is.....Terrible.

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