6 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Caribbean - All Cruise Reviews

We cruised with a family group of 10. Our immediate family of 6 had cruised before but we had 4 newbies. Embarkation went smoothly and we were on the ship by noonish. Everyone in our group had a great time despite our 20yr old dd getting ... Read More
We cruised with a family group of 10. Our immediate family of 6 had cruised before but we had 4 newbies. Embarkation went smoothly and we were on the ship by noonish. Everyone in our group had a great time despite our 20yr old dd getting bad motion sickness this time and our 22 yr old ds not listening to his mother and not putting on enough sun screen and drinking enough water. We found the sea bands in one of the stores on day 5 and that those helped dd. We did not try any of the specialty dining. We had my time dinning and requested to be sat with the same wait staff after our first night because our waiters Atacan and Radmir took amazing care of us. We mostly ate breakfast in the windjammer and Atacan would keep an eye out for us and help us find a table and make sure we had everything we needed. I am a picky eater so I didn't care for breakfast in the mdr or the windjammer, but I always found something to eat. But the rest of our group had no problem. For lunch we went to the mdr a few times and the windjammer other times. Both were very good. Oh we did do Johnny Rockets one day for lunch. It was very good but greasy and did not like me about an hour later. We watched the ice show and that was really good. The casino was too smoky to try and go there, just going through that deck on the stairs it was really strong. Our 12 and 17 yr old dds had fun in the teen group. Some of our group tried out the flow rider and the rock climbing wall and really enjoyed those. My husband, son, and nephew played basketball almost every night and we all really enjoyed the movies out on the pool deck. Since we were in the RFS we had access to the concierge lounge. Nadja was super friendly and helped us with reservations and invited us to go on a bridge tour. Lei was the bartender in the lounge, she was amazing and knew what we liked to drink after the first night. Labadee- Half of our group did the yoga on the beach in the morning. We had a Standard Cabana on Barefoot beach club. The buffet lunch was very good. It was not very crowded on that beach, the weather wasn't super great in the morning so maybe that was why. Six of us did the zip line. I was brave and did it, I am so glad I did, it was amazing. Curacao- We did a half day tour with Irie tours, they had open air buses and did a tour of the town and a stop at the distillery and then you could either choose to stay at sea aquarium beach for 1 or 2 hours. We went back to the ship and grabbed something to eat and then went back out to check out the stores around the port. Aruba- Here we rented a 12 passenger van and drove around on our own. We went to the natural bridge, the California light house, the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, and we stopped at a beach and swam for awhile, not sure which one. Bonaire- I had booked us a snorkeling trip with Woodwind and this was my favorite excursion we did. The staff is amazing. All of us on the boat were split in 3 groups with about 8/9 people in each group and had a guide. It was a drift snorkel and went along the reef. They had a photographer and you could buy the usb for $40, which was definitely worth it. This was our first cruise with RCI and we booked our next one while on board. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Great ship great cruise great food great entertaiment great ports of call great drinks package wines and beers and soft drinks as you might have assumed the whole thing was great :) one slight moan there was no toiletrys in the rooms only ... Read More
Great ship great cruise great food great entertaiment great ports of call great drinks package wines and beers and soft drinks as you might have assumed the whole thing was great :) one slight moan there was no toiletrys in the rooms only a small soap no shower gel or shampoo even though there was a shower gel dispenser in the shower we had taken our own so no big problem we called to four ports San Juan Haitti St Kitts & Nevis and Grand Cayman all the ports were nice my wife prefered San Juan mostly because of the shopping none of the ports we called at did we get harrassed by the locals to buy stuff or take taxis like we have on previous cruises that called to Jamaica we dislike Jamaica because of this harrassment and now avoid cruises that go there which is a shame as i expect it is a nice place Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We were to leave out of Galveston on Sunday October 25th. Because of a tropical storm the captain made the decision to stay in port until Monday morning. It was somewhat disappointing but the weather was horrible with heavy rain and winds. ... Read More
We were to leave out of Galveston on Sunday October 25th. Because of a tropical storm the captain made the decision to stay in port until Monday morning. It was somewhat disappointing but the weather was horrible with heavy rain and winds. Everything on board was great, they just couldn't open the shops or the casinos. Other than that it felt like you truly had started your cruise vacation. On Monday morning the captain did a wonderful job in maneuvering the ship from its pier. It was quite the big deal as he had to make a 80 degree turn in a very small space. The winds were howling and if you were outside like us it was cold and very very windy! Once he had done his fantastic job we were on our way. 5 hours later we were in sun and warmth. What a difference. The ship looks beautiful with the renovations. I really have no complaints except that I felt the room steward really didn't care about you. He was nice, but not the friendly persona I have been used to on my other 6 cruises with Royal Caribbean. On the other hand, Patrick our waiter at table 420 was fantastic. He met all our expectations and more!! The order of our ports had to be changed because of the late departure. We went to Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. In Honduras we took a beach tour, in Belize a city tour and Cozumel a shopping tour!!! Spent too much money. LOL.. Departure was hell! My son-in-laws luggage was lost and it took almost an hour for someone to finally find it. The lines through Customs were so long and there was no organization. I've never experienced those problems at any of the departure ports in Florida. I will always remain a RCC Fan. Excited that I am now in the Emerald class. Can't wait for my next cruise.! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Was on the Navigator in 2013 and had bad experiences. It was going in to be refurbished . RCCL was so gracious to give us a discount for our many problems with our state room. The updated ship was great. Our room was wonderful, all the ... Read More
Was on the Navigator in 2013 and had bad experiences. It was going in to be refurbished . RCCL was so gracious to give us a discount for our many problems with our state room. The updated ship was great. Our room was wonderful, all the staff was great, we enjoyed our cruise so much more than before. The food was excellent. The mingle and meet was very nice. A lot of members already knew each other from the roll call. Great time to meet new cruisers. We enjoyed the growth at the berth in Jamica with new business. Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville was the best for free wi fi. Look up Laura to wait on you she goes beyond just being a waitress. We didn't have to go into town all the shopping you could want is right outside your ship. We would do it again. The entertainment was 5 star. The ice skating is a must. The entertainers we almost Vegas Style. The hot tubs were HOT not only heat but with the friends we met in early AM. Be sure you check the new Flowrator surfing. If you don't want to try, just watching was entertaining. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is a great Cruise line!! The ships are BEAUTIFUL! We love walking onto the ship, going to the room set down our carry-on bag and then exploring. Speaking of rooms, the cabins are not so special, (unless you get ... Read More
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is a great Cruise line!! The ships are BEAUTIFUL! We love walking onto the ship, going to the room set down our carry-on bag and then exploring. Speaking of rooms, the cabins are not so special, (unless you get a suite) because the ship has activitys, you only sleep in the room! When my family and I go to the dining room, we feel like royalty! It has a HUMOUNGUS chandelir and is just so beautiful! The entertainment and activities are probaly, hmm, the second best thing about a cruise. Not only is it a great time, but you also learn new things! The best part of a cruise is the ports. You get to see what life is like on an island, but you also learn new culture and beliefs! When you are on the ship, you are treated unbelivably amazing. You always have a towel animal on your bed and it is so fun! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Wonderful cruise and the service was amazing! We have cruised on RCCL, Carnival, Disney and MSC so we have some experience with the different cruise lines. We have two children age 11 and 9. We were in cabin 3562 with an ocean view. ... Read More
Wonderful cruise and the service was amazing! We have cruised on RCCL, Carnival, Disney and MSC so we have some experience with the different cruise lines. We have two children age 11 and 9. We were in cabin 3562 with an ocean view. It is on a quiet hallway towards a dead-end, so foot traffic was minimal. I could hear music from the theater sometimes, but by 10 p.m. everything was quiet. I think the shuffleboard on deck 4 must be above the room because at times I could hear something rolling around. We wear earplugs at night, so it wasn't an issue. The room was normal size for a cruise with two drop down Pullman beds for the kids. No obvious problems with the room...clean, quiet, all electrical plugs worked and it didn't smell! Our stateroom attendant Tanoe was amazing and very attentive to the kids. He was quick to clean the rooms, make the beds, and tidy the bathrooms. Jamaica was our first stop. We booked an excursion through the ship for the Green Grotto Caves and Dunn Falls. The kids loved both stops and since we usually just go to a beach it was nice to do something different. There were 6 cruise ships in port, but the caves were not busy when we arrived. The tour guide was knowledgeable and kept the kids entertained. The next stop on the tour was Dunn Falls. It was crazy busy. I mean at least 200-300 people climbing the falls, maybe more. This does not include the group of 200-300 waiting in line for their chance to climb. Did I mention it was spring break?!? Our tour guide said in all his years he had never seen it that busy. Our tour went to the front of the line and we didn't have to wait, which was cool. We started walking up the rocks and my kids LOVED IT! Even though we were crammed body to body with all these people, they only focused on the fact that they were climbing falls! Every time I thought we were finished I would look up and see more rocks and falls. It was not slippery (we had water shoes) and I didn't see anyone fall. It is their number one excursion for the entire trip. My only tip for fellow travelers is to plan on leaving EVERYTHING on the tour bus or stand in a long line for a locker. I mean towels, cell phones, sun block, etc. Just wear your swimsuit and start climbing. By the time we got back to the tour bus we were almost dry anyway. You do need cash to tip the tour guide but they don't care if it is wet! Next stop was Grand Cayman. We were in the port of Falmouth. We took a group taxi to 7 mile beach. Basically we got off the ship, saw the signs for $4 rides (per person/one way) to 7 mile beach and hopped on. It dropped us at Calico Jacks, which was good for our first time. The beach was free and the tables at Calico Jacks are free as long as you buy food and beer. There are lounge chairs and umbrellas up and down the area around the restaurant. $5 per chair and $10 for an umbrella. We were lucky enough to grab a free table, order a bucket of beer and sodas for the kids, and go snorkeling. The water was calm, clear and we saw all sorts of fish. It helped that we brought cereal from the boat! There were showers to clean off and then we caught the taxi back. Across from the ship we shopped a little and my kids found Dollar Deals which is a version of a dollar store. It was on Cardinall and Harbor (I think!) behind Breezes. Across from the RCCL dock. They had stuff priced $1.00 and up so my kids felt rich with $5.00! They got marble turtles, bracelets, little dolls, etc. Last stop was Cozumel. This is one of my favorite places on earth. We paid the taxi fee of $15 from the RCCL port to go to Chankanaab, a national park with a beach, snorkeling, pool, dolphins, etc. The entrance fee was $70 for the four of us and last cruise I found a coupon online for $5 off per person. The water was perfect and we saw at least 20 different fish off the reef by the shoreline. My kids swam out to a platform and had fun jumping off. At the end of the day we went to the pool to clear the salt water and then took a taxi back. There are tons of food options and a bucket of beer cost $18 for six drinks.. We don't do the all you can eat option so we just order nachos and cheese quesadillas and this holds us over until we can get back on the ship. We have done the dolphin swim before and it was fun. This trip we just wanted to relax and swim and the day was perfect. What more?? The food was great. I avoid the buffet because I feel like it is too busy and you are always trying to get in line for food or a table. We went twice and the food was fine. I prefer the sit down meals where someone serves us so I don't have to worry about the kids running around and I don't have to get up to check on them. Both breakfast and lunch in the main dining room had many food options and the portion control kept us from gaining too much weight! This was my first time to do My Time dining. I picked the times I wanted online before the cruise. We eat around 6 with the kids. On the days we were in port I wish I had picked a little later time because we got on the ship and had a snack of pizza, so we weren't really that hungry by 6. We ate anyway!! My Time worked well and our server was Errol. He was great with the kids and very attentive. After dinner my kids wanted to go to kids camp so we had some adult time, which was nice. The only other tip I have is to do the Flow Rider when you are in port around 3-5. The line wasn't that long and my older kid would keep going. I did try it once and the people who worked it were patient with everyone. I made it for 10 seconds and then crashed and burned. Still glad I did it! Long review for an amazing cruise. Hope you have as good a time when you go on your trip! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.5 4.2

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