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My husband and I just returned from the 1/8/12 sailing of the Navigator. We are RCCL diamond members and it has been about two years since we sailed on RCCL, electing to do more Celebrity and Princess cruises. The ship was in good shape--we sailed on it three times before. The crew was great and everyone was friendly and provided excellent service. Our big issue was with the food, especially in the Nutcracker dining room. The food quality was fair to poor at best. The presentation of the food was bad as well--they just slapped it on our plate. One night featured an iceberg wedge salad--ours came with the outside leaves brown and soggy--actually rotten. These salads passed by the person who made them, the chef who inspects them and our waiter. We got the normal apology from the head waiter. Crab Cake appetizer--avoid it. After sending ours away, we learned these are cooked on shore and heated up--they were awful and everyone around us seemed to think so. Dry meat, even when ordered medium rare, was the standard fare for the week. The food quality and taste was much better in the Windjammer buffet. We chose to eat the last four nights in Portofino and Chops...Great service and food and really good wine selection. Lucky for us we can afford this option. It seems that as RCCL builds bigger ships--the food quality has gone done. Nighttime entertainment--they basically had one event per evening and we are late dinner people who hate those pre-dinner shows. They did have an innovative new game developed by a crew member called, "If you know it, Dance it." It was a hoot and we hope to see this spread to other RCCL ships. The audience had a blast. While any cruise is a good cruise, this one was average at best. We won't book on RCCL for a while and will stick to the higher end options of Celebrity and our other favorite lines.

Navigator--Want good Food? Try another line...

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by degan

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My husband and I just returned from the 1/8/12 sailing of the Navigator. We are RCCL diamond members and it has been about two years since we sailed on RCCL, electing to do more Celebrity and Princess cruises.

The ship was in good shape--we sailed on it three times before. The crew was great and everyone was friendly and provided excellent service.

Our big issue was with the food, especially in the Nutcracker dining room. The food quality was fair to poor at best. The presentation of the food was bad as well--they just slapped it on our plate. One night featured an iceberg wedge salad--ours came with the outside leaves brown and soggy--actually rotten. These salads passed by the person who made them, the chef who inspects them and our waiter. We got the normal apology from the head waiter.

Crab Cake appetizer--avoid it. After sending ours away, we learned these are cooked on shore and heated up--they were awful and everyone around us seemed to think so.

Dry meat, even when ordered medium rare, was the standard fare for the week. The food quality and taste was much better in the Windjammer buffet.

We chose to eat the last four nights in Portofino and Chops...Great service and food and really good wine selection. Lucky for us we can afford this option.

It seems that as RCCL builds bigger ships--the food quality has gone done.

Nighttime entertainment--they basically had one event per evening and we are late dinner people who hate those pre-dinner shows. They did have an innovative new game developed by a crew member called, "If you know it, Dance it." It was a hoot and we hope to see this spread to other RCCL ships. The audience had a blast.

While any cruise is a good cruise, this one was average at best. We won't book on RCCL for a while and will stick to the higher end options of Celebrity and our other favorite lines.
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