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Navigator Of The Seas 1/15/2012 7 day Western Caribbean Navigator may not be RCCL's current "darling" but she is still a wonderful ship with many great features. Embarkation- Arrived by taxi at Pier 29 around 10:40 am. Walked into what turned out to be the "early check-in" line. 10 minutes later we had checked in. Waited around 15 minutes and walked on the ship. We were among the first 100 or so passengers on board. Bags at the door prior to 1PM when the cabins were available. Cabin- D1 Superior Oceanview with Balcony-cabin #7358. A few minor signs of wear in the cabin but nothing you would not expect on a ship approaching 10 years old. Comfortable bed, no plumbing problems, decent sized balcony. Old school TV. Very happy with cabin location-7 is the library floor so there is minimal foot traffic in the cabin hallways. Quiet all the time. Might move a few cabins forward as the staff access door was opposite our cabin door, but this really was not a problem. Our cabin attendant his job well but was honestly not memorable. Staff- Everyone was very upbeat and helpful. The only time I ever saw any crew member act less than wonderfully toward a guest was at Nellie's Bar on Labadee where the poor bartender was being hassled mercilessly by a couple of appalling human beings. Special mention to the Adventure Ocean staff who took wonderful care of our little girl-we didn't dump her for a full day like some people do but she really enjoyed going to her "camp". Dining- Very Good overall. Windjammer could have a little more selection at lunch but everything was fresh and of good quality. MDR dinner (early seating, Nutcracker) was a great experience every night. Waiter (Ferrol) and Assistant Waiter (Tolga) were both exceptional. Food was a solid "8". We don't expect cruise ship food to be the best representation of whatever we order and we were honestly very pleasantly surprised with everything we were served at dinner. Ports/Excursions- Traveling with a 6 year old on her first cruise, we decided to handle our own time off the ship as opposed to being locked into lengthy and costly excursions that our daughter might not have the stamina for. In Cozumel, we grabbed a cab ($13 us) to "Paradise Beach", one of the beach clubs that are popular with cruisers. Could not have been happier there-they charge $2 per person for beach chairs and access to beach and HEATED pool (the ONLY one at ANY of these facilities). There is a $12 additional charge per person for use of mats and inflatables which we did not do. They also ask for each guest to spend a $10 minimum on food/drink-we had bottled water ($2.50 per), beer ($4-5), smoothies ($6) and some nachos and a cheese quesadilla. Food came quickly and was very good. Tony was our waiter and was attentive but not pushy. Check was $59, $70 with tip. Grand Cayman was a short stop-6 foot swells slowed the tenders. We got off the ship around 1, walked around a bit, had a drink, and was back on the ship around 4. Falmouth, Jamaica has a very nice port area with some shopping and light food/drink. I was not too excited about exploring the town on our own so we stayed close to the ship. Labadee, Haiti is the "private island" and this was by far our best port day. RCCL has spent a lot of money on this facility and it shows. We spent a great day lounging and swimming in one of the coves on the bay side. Our daughter loved the Adventure Ocean Water Park. Weather was picture perfect, water was clear and warm, everything was just great. Overall- The reviews on this ship seem very polarized. We went into the trip cautiously optimistic and our expectations were exceeded. We realized that we were not cruising on Allure/Oasis-we were also not paying Allure/Oasis fares either. The ship was well maintained. The crew/staff was great. Food was better than expected. The Voyager Class Ships are still very nice even if they have been overshadowed by the bigger ships. We had a GREAT cruise on Navigator and would not hesitate to sail her again.

Excellent Cruise

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Funky Chicken

Trip Details
Navigator Of The Seas 1/15/2012 7 day Western Caribbean

Navigator may not be RCCL's current "darling" but she is still a wonderful ship with many great features.

Embarkation-
Arrived by taxi at Pier 29 around 10:40 am. Walked into what turned out to be the "early check-in" line. 10 minutes later we had checked in. Waited around 15 minutes and walked on the ship. We were among the first 100 or so passengers on board. Bags at the door prior to 1PM when the cabins were available.

Cabin-
D1 Superior Oceanview with Balcony-cabin #7358. A few minor signs of wear in the cabin but nothing you would not expect on a ship approaching 10 years old.
Comfortable bed, no plumbing problems, decent sized balcony. Old school TV. Very happy with cabin location-7 is the library floor so there is minimal foot traffic in the cabin hallways. Quiet all the time. Might move a few cabins forward as the staff access door was opposite our cabin door, but this really was not a problem. Our cabin attendant his job well but was honestly not memorable.

Staff-
Everyone was very upbeat and helpful. The only time I ever saw any crew member act less than wonderfully toward a guest was at Nellie's Bar on Labadee where the poor bartender was being hassled mercilessly by a couple of appalling human beings.
Special mention to the Adventure Ocean staff who took wonderful care of our little girl-we didn't dump her for a full day like some people do but she really enjoyed going to her "camp".

Dining-
Very Good overall. Windjammer could have a little more selection at lunch but everything was fresh and of good quality. MDR dinner (early seating, Nutcracker) was a great experience every night. Waiter (Ferrol) and Assistant Waiter (Tolga) were both exceptional. Food was a solid "8". We don't expect cruise ship food to be the best representation of whatever we order and we were honestly very pleasantly surprised with everything we were served at dinner.

Ports/Excursions-
Traveling with a 6 year old on her first cruise, we decided to handle our own time off the ship as opposed to being locked into lengthy and costly excursions that our daughter might not have the stamina for. In Cozumel, we grabbed a cab ($13 us) to "Paradise Beach", one of the beach clubs that are popular with cruisers. Could not have been happier there-they charge $2 per person for beach chairs and access to beach and HEATED pool (the ONLY one at ANY of these facilities). There is a $12 additional charge per person for use of mats and inflatables which we did not do. They also ask for each guest to spend a $10 minimum on food/drink-we had bottled water ($2.50 per), beer ($4-5), smoothies ($6) and some nachos and a cheese quesadilla. Food came quickly and was very good. Tony was our waiter and was attentive but not pushy. Check was $59, $70 with tip.
Grand Cayman was a short stop-6 foot swells slowed the tenders. We got off the ship around 1, walked around a bit, had a drink, and was back on the ship around 4.
Falmouth, Jamaica has a very nice port area with some shopping and light food/drink. I was not too excited about exploring the town on our own so we stayed close to the ship.
Labadee, Haiti is the "private island" and this was by far our best port day.
RCCL has spent a lot of money on this facility and it shows. We spent a great day lounging and swimming in one of the coves on the bay side. Our daughter loved the Adventure Ocean Water Park. Weather was picture perfect, water was clear and warm, everything was just great.

Overall-
The reviews on this ship seem very polarized. We went into the trip cautiously optimistic and our expectations were exceeded. We realized that we were not cruising on Allure/Oasis-we were also not paying Allure/Oasis fares either.
The ship was well maintained. The crew/staff was great. Food was better than expected. The Voyager Class Ships are still very nice even if they have been overshadowed by the bigger ships. We had a GREAT cruise on Navigator and would not hesitate to sail her again.
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Good overall location on Library floor-quiet!!!
Cabin door directly opposite a staff entrance door-would consider a cabin on either side of this one to be a slight improvement but the door was really not a big deal. Next time on a Voyager Class ship we will book a cabin that ends in "350".
Liked the Starboard side for this sailing because the itinerary was West to East-we were on the sunny side of the ship most of the time.
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