136 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Entertainment Cruise Reviews

I've only been cruising for a few years, and I'm rather young compared to I think the average age here, but Royal Caribbean has provided a very consistent experience onboard Navigator and their other ships. Service has been ... Read More
I've only been cruising for a few years, and I'm rather young compared to I think the average age here, but Royal Caribbean has provided a very consistent experience onboard Navigator and their other ships. Service has been excellent, and while I cannot recall a specific moment of outstanding work, I was never once disappointed with a staff member on board. The facilities on the ship were well maintained. I do miss a proper running track (Navigator's takes a weird bend on it that makes it ill suited for actually running laps) and the Gym was predictably clogged at peak hours. Still, everything was clean and orderly and I think the fixtures in my stateroom were probably the best they've ever looked without a chip or dent in sight. Dining was predictable. Main Dining room service was on point, and damn, do those pumpkin seed buns taste good. Server was courteous and professional which is all I ask for. Windjammer was a zoo at times, but so long as you know what to expect, it serves it's purpose well. We did an upgraded dining experience at Sabor that was, well, upgraded, offering interesting and unique meals. I do not know if there was enough variety to justify going back however. Portion sizes were a little large, but I hardly think that's something to complain about. One thing I'd like to bring up, is that there has to be a better way to seat small couples for main room dining. Three different couples we talked to had a nearly identical experience at being seated at a 8 or 10 person table filled with a large family and them being the odd ones out. I'd really rather prefer to be seated with several other groups roughly our size. C'est la vie. The shows and entertainment were the highlight I think. Without fail every one was well produced and some of the talent on-board (especially the ice show) was incredibly impressive. The Bands produced music for all tastes (although there was an unpleasant amount of country music for my liking). They were all highly professional, with few exceptions. I found a few good shore excursions that matched my tastes and they were fun and exciting. Biking around Bonaire was the highlight for me. As expected, the beaches were pristine. We got very good value for our money on this nine day cruise. For what we paid (roughly $2,000 per person all told), I did not expect nor could have asked for a more pleasant experience. Overall, I have to say, there wasn't anything that absolutely wow'd me onboard Navigator. What I got was a consistently great experience with few worries or concerns. It was perfect for a relaxing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I have been cruising for over 25 yrs i have been on all different cruise lines and this is the worse they nickel and dime you for everything .they i even charge for roomservice dosent matter the time . Horrible food wasn't even up ... Read More
I have been cruising for over 25 yrs i have been on all different cruise lines and this is the worse they nickel and dime you for everything .they i even charge for roomservice dosent matter the time . Horrible food wasn't even up to basic sanders i had raw chicken served to me and uncooked fish i had informed my waiter and nothing was done from the raw food to the hard donuts i was so disappointed on this ship this dosent include the brown water that was coming out of my faucet . I was on the 12th floor when i brought it to there attention there responce was we take showers with black water and we are ok. Really grose i will never ever cruise on royal caribbean again. I almost forgot they would put random charges on your bill hoping for you not to catch it. That might work with spring breakers but not me . so beware spring breakers not worth a dollar so beware save your money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our tenth ocean cruise (Seabourn, Cunard, HAL, Celebrity) and first on RCCL. Based on previous reviews, we expected a ship needing some refurbishment, mediocre service and disappointing food in the main dining room. None of this ... Read More
This was our tenth ocean cruise (Seabourn, Cunard, HAL, Celebrity) and first on RCCL. Based on previous reviews, we expected a ship needing some refurbishment, mediocre service and disappointing food in the main dining room. None of this was our reality and we were very pleased, We chose the cruise based on timing and length of cruise (5 nights during my wife's spring break [she works at a college]). Embarkation went smoothly in Miami and we were surrounded by college students, some families with young children and a few middle age/early retirement couples which met our expectations for a March Caribbean itinerary. We did arrive early in the boarding window which may have helped. The ship is in great shape and very appealing. Perhaps there is too much glitz, but not as much as one would experience in Las Vegas. Were there a couple things to tidy up on maintenance? Minimal to none that we saw. And the crew did a marvelous job of keeping things clean and tidy. No rumors of significant illness, other than a likely epidemic of hangovers for 18 year olds. The lines at the bars were significant, but fellow cruisers with RCCL experience said that was unusual. Cabin 8640 (balcony) was perfectly located just aft of the stern stairwell. Three decks up to the pool/buffet/fitness center and 3 decks down to our MDR level. Perhaps a coffee table would have fit, but the space was open and the storage was exceptional. The only better storage space we have experienced are walk in closets on Seabourn ships. Great design! The expected small bathroom of course. Of note, bar soap and shampoo was provided, contrary to other reviews. Our steward was efficient, friendly and unobtrusive. We had excellent service in the MDR for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The specialty restaurants (Chops and Giovanni) were very good and probably worth the up-charge. Our only gripe/disappointment was the lack of adherence to the dress code. Should adults, adolescents and children appear at dinner in the restaurants in shorts, t-shirts and sporting baseball caps on their heads? At the risk if being old fashioned, I say NO! It is discourteous to fellow dinners and is insulting to the staff. If RCCL has a dress code (yes), they should enforce it. Otherwise, drop the pretense of a dress code. There, our only real disappointment was fellow travelers. This sloppiness was not restricted to college students, more the shame Entertainment was fair to good, except for an excellent, do-not-miss ice show. Really, it was spectacular despite a couple falls and near falls. Great performers, stagecraft, lighting and music. If you travel on a RCCL ship that offers this show, make a point of seeing it. Cruise Director was nearly invisible other than production shows and daily announcements. We were fine with that, he was uninspiring. The DJs, as usual, played the music way too load. Do you need to strip the paint off the neighboring ships with your pool deck speakers? This is not unique to RCCL, so sad to say. We did excursions in both ports and booked them independently. Our Mayan guide at Costa Maya was exceptional. Finding your way out of the fake port of Costa Maya is a real challenge, sort of like trying to get out of a Las Vegas casino. Just keep going left past the pool. Cozumel, with 8 ships in port, was crowded but surprisingly the Playa Mia beach resort was not real busy. We learned to make salsa there and had a great time. This was the least expensive cruise we have experienced, so the value was very high. With tips and not including air fare and independent excursions, we paid less than $200 per person per night. We bought 2 bottles of wine and had one or 2 additional drinks (no beverage package purchased) each night and still came under $200. Based on our experience, we may very well cruise RCCL again. I was expecting a one time experience, but they have won one me over as a potential repeat traveler. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I have tried a couple other cruises, but NO ONE comes close to the people that work for Royal Caribbean.. The ships are very well maintained, The foods is over the top, and the choices are never ending, I enjoy just being on the ship ... Read More
I have tried a couple other cruises, but NO ONE comes close to the people that work for Royal Caribbean.. The ships are very well maintained, The foods is over the top, and the choices are never ending, I enjoy just being on the ship because of all the actives that are offered, if you like shows there is something for everyone, comedy game shows and more. The shore excursions are great and not a bad price, if you are on a budget there are still things to see and do on and off the ship, if you have children there is a game room for them when you are at sea and the crew will interact with the children as well, We have cruised with family and friends aging from teens to 75 year olds and everyone had something to do at all times. If you are traveling alone it is a great place to meet new people and make new friends, since we really started cruising 10 years ago we have met the GREATEST people and have made some life long friends that we still travel with and keep in contact with.. Happy Cruising and I hope we run into you on our next cruise.. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
7th time on Navigator of the Seas Lots to do and the Navigator of the Seas Band is a Fantastic Professional Band Plays a large selection of music and styles. This year was better as it brought an interaction of the band to the ... Read More
7th time on Navigator of the Seas Lots to do and the Navigator of the Seas Band is a Fantastic Professional Band Plays a large selection of music and styles. This year was better as it brought an interaction of the band to the audience. Also the Music Entertainment through out the ship is all great. The J Wind band was great and sounds great with a large selection of old time favorites. The music in the Poets Bar the music was great and it added a fantastic touch when the Music Director from the Navigator Band added her saxophone to the guitar and singing. Are cabin was looked after with great care. The ship has always been clean and neat. Food was also great both in the Wind Jammier and Dinning Room We went on our own excursion which worked out great, I did not give a rating on Shore Excursion as we did our own. If you go to Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico you must visit the Cazy Lobster. We had a nice lazy day on the beach and cheap drinks and good food. No one harassing you like we found walking along that area. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our first cruise and it was great! The ship was very nice even though it was older. There was plenty of things to do to keep you occupied and relaxed. The food was amazing and our cabin, which was a balcony cabin, had plenty of ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was great! The ship was very nice even though it was older. There was plenty of things to do to keep you occupied and relaxed. The food was amazing and our cabin, which was a balcony cabin, had plenty of room. Our room attendant was truly amazing and our waiters at our dinner service were so awesome that we requested to be seated in their section every night. We swam with the dolphins at Cozumel, and if you have never done this or are thinking about it, I would highly recommend it. The experience is unbelievable. As we are members with World Wide Travel Experts we booked our cruise and flights through them. With our membership we were able to find and save about $80/ticket on 4 airline tickets and as we did save a little on our cruise. Our larger savings will be on our next vacation with utilizing the points we earned on this one. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
2nd time on this ship. WAS our favorite ship. But over all experience has dropped. Food, shows, ports of call, just was not as good. Big disappointment. two days before debarking my wife came down with the Norovirus or food ... Read More
2nd time on this ship. WAS our favorite ship. But over all experience has dropped. Food, shows, ports of call, just was not as good. Big disappointment. two days before debarking my wife came down with the Norovirus or food poisoning. They didn't want her to leave the cabin which I understand why. They said the will send someone to help her get off ship. on debarkation day, and After 3 calls they finally said no one is available to help her. As I write this she is still recovering. The chiefs table however was a great experience!. food was outstanding. The buffet however on galley tour was well, I rather have eaten a hamburger somewhere else. The excursions; just junk store. liquor stores jewelry stores, in a very small location, not town villages to visit and see. anywhere else cost big dollars! The shows just not as good as I remember. I cruise about once a year. I think my cruising days are over. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
It's my first time boarding Navigator of the Seas with my parents and siblings. I would say our overall experience was incredible. I am usually not a fan of spending my vacation on the sea but this one had been an awesome experience. ... Read More
It's my first time boarding Navigator of the Seas with my parents and siblings. I would say our overall experience was incredible. I am usually not a fan of spending my vacation on the sea but this one had been an awesome experience. I will rate my experience in detail: Ship: 4.5/5 The ship is so big and there were so many places in the ship where you can find yourself entertained or relax and have a quiet time. It's well equipped and all decks were maintained clean. As far as the decorations, I am beyond impressed (you will really feel you are in a cruise ship, which was great). Cabin: 5/5 I don't really mind having a studio sized stateroom as long as it is well maintained and clean. I mean sheets, linens, and bath towels were changed in a timely manner. Our stateroom attendant Basille (or Basil) - our stateroom was Deck 8, room 8653 - was excellent and very attentive. He was very thorough with his job and made sure that everything was perfect. As for our bathroom, there were so many spaces where I can put my toiletries and personal items. Closet was big enough to keep our clothing (there were 3 of us in the room) tidy. Lighting were excellent, just what I needed in a room. Room temperature was perfect. TV was okay (I have watched shows that I liked, but most of the time I am not really in my room so that's okay) Dining: 4.5/5 VERY EXCELLENT!!! > Windjammer: OMG, lots of food choices although I felt that breakfast was kind of repeated every day. Food was still delicious and hot (for hot foods). I just hope there were more options for fruit juices. Rate: 4/5 > Café Promenade: Best place for snacking 24 hours (well the only place that is open for 24 hours). Their pizza were delicious and freshly made. Service was very fast and they usually let you know how long it will take for the food to be ready. Again, I just wished there were more options for fruit juices. Rate: 4.5/5 > Sapphire Dining: THE BEST PLACE/SERVICE WE'VE EVER GOT. Our waiter Jackson and waiter's assistant Luciana were the best. They provided us excellent food service and great enthusiasm. They have great personality, were very cheerful, and were pretty much COOL! The manager along with Jackson and Luciana welcomed us with a huge smile on their faces. They also made sure that our experience was excellent with great satisfaction. Food was definitely delicious. WE REALLY ENJOYED OUR TIME HERE! Also, we got extra food since the manager prepared specialty food plus extra desserts on our second night at this dining room. THANK YOU SOO MUCH! You are 5/5 or 10/10 :) Entertainment/Activities: 5/5 There were so many activities to choose from (i.e. games, shows, fitness exercises, sports tournament, rock climbing, etc). Some of the things I wanted to do were scheduled at the same time so I had to choose which ones I would enjoy the most. However, those activities you were not able to do on the other day, they were offered in different days as well so you have the option to do them. Live music, dancing, parades, movies, shows were excellent (can't complain about it). Overall great experience. Service: I have mentioned earlier that we received excellent service so that's a 5/5 Ports and Shore excursions: I LOVE THEM ALL! Rating 5/5 in Costa Maya (Chacchoben and beach tour) with Israel (sales - excellent and he accommodated us well, customer service was excellent, and very friendly), Joel (our tour guide - very informative and I learned so much from him; he's great), and Guillermo (tour driver - very good, made sure our trip was smooth and on timely manner). Rating 4/5 in Cozumel for Snorkelling (I think I'm not a fun of snorkelling for long periods of time especially the waves were strong, but experience was still good). I would recommend Navigator of the Seas for family, friends, or couples cruise experience. It's worth it! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
It is nice to be on a cruise with beautiful facilities and accommodation, but it's the best experience and heartwarming when you have people on board who treat you like family. We treasure the experiences we had with Royal ... Read More
It is nice to be on a cruise with beautiful facilities and accommodation, but it's the best experience and heartwarming when you have people on board who treat you like family. We treasure the experiences we had with Royal Caribbean International cruises (so far with Empress of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas). Our family did not just enjoy our wonderful experience with the our latest cruise with the Navigator of the Seas, but also the very good relationship that we have found with crew members to mention Jackson, Luciana, Mary Joy and the other male supervisor (sorry to forget his name but he is a very great person), all of them of the Sapphire Dining Lounge, are so awesome! Everyone were so professional, respectful and friendly. Our room attendants were all so great (we stayed at rooms 8653, 6259 and 6261), Jane and Chris of the Windjammer were so great too. Also Emely, who facilitated activities at Bolero and Schooner was so kind and fun. The entertainments at the theater were so fantastic. We also met Eileen at the Promenade cafe who is so kind. Dave Sibongo, the ship pianist, made us sing with by heart.Washy Washy, we love him. Of course, Cuddy, the ship director! He's so caring. Overall, it was so great! Neil, Eileen, Diane, Tolly, Yang, Nuriam and Hanjin Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was a charter cruise for us on the Navigator of the Seas 5 day trip that was originally scheduled for Falmouth Jamaica and Labadee, Haiti. Thank you to Royal Carribean for switching ports to Coco Cay Bahamas after the reports of ... Read More
This was a charter cruise for us on the Navigator of the Seas 5 day trip that was originally scheduled for Falmouth Jamaica and Labadee, Haiti. Thank you to Royal Carribean for switching ports to Coco Cay Bahamas after the reports of violence in Jamaica. Lets gets to the good stuff. Getting on the ship was a breeze...literally. Almost no wait time in checking in and getting our cards etc. We were early so the rooms were not ready so we hung out for 30 minutes at Cafe Promenade and had coffee and lemonade. Finally the room was ready and we dropped off our luggage, checked out the tv, room and we met our room steward Dexter who was divine the entire trip. The ship provided me with complimentary gallon of distilled water for my CPAP machine and extension cord. All the employees were extremely pleasant and helpful on this cruise. Now the negative. The food was lackluster. It was more like cafeteria food at a hospital than a fine cruise line. It was mostly the same things in the Cafe and the buffet. Also, the buffet closes during certain times and they take down the majority of the buffet at other times and the choices are VERY small. A lot of wasted man power and time appears to be happening around the drink stations. At breakfast there are 2-3 workers making up glasses of apple juice, orange juice and water which were being made too quickly and the ice was melting and making the drinks watery. You had to ask for coffee. They did have several choices of tea for hot teas if that is your thing. they also had gluten free and sugar free options. The ship itself was difficult to navigate which caused us problems. No map of the ship was offered to us but they do have digital boards by the elevators to assist you. The Two Poets bar could be bigger, that seemed to be one hub of activity for cruisers on our cruise. The shops were not really functional and too much space is used on the ship for this purpose. Musical acts in the Metropolus Theatre had sound problems with entire cruise. Hopefully they will figure that out in the future. We were in Cabot 3562 on deck 3 which is same level as Threatre and we could not hear the shows in the cabin. We never used the fitness facilities or the pool because of scheduling of activities on the charter. This was my first cruise on RC and if I were choosing a cruise for my family or a vacation which was not a charter, I would not choose RC based on our experience on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Our son arranged this cruise for us as an anniversary gift. We had a ride waiting to take us directly to the port when we arrived in Miami and when we left the ship for home. Getting on/off the ship was very simple and smooth. ... Read More
Our son arranged this cruise for us as an anniversary gift. We had a ride waiting to take us directly to the port when we arrived in Miami and when we left the ship for home. Getting on/off the ship was very simple and smooth. The cabin was well arranged and kept clean and comfortable during the cruise. We especially enjoyed the decorative towel animals the housekeeper kept putting in the stateroom. The food was excellent in the two dining rooms we used (Sapphire deck 5 and Windjammer deck 11). We ate our breakfast and lunch in the windjammer as they had a larger selection. The entertainment and activities were not in our interests. We are not drinkers/partiers. The service was excellent. Everyone we asked questions of answered us or referred us to someone who was more knowledgeable. When we needed something for the cabin, it was brought promptly. We probably wouldn't go again as there was nothing we enjoyed doing on board except watching movies and drinking coffee. We are not jewelry wearers and most clothing was too fancy to wear to places we visit at home. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This cruise is the perfect complement to the 9 night cruise which does Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. Book them back to back and you have 14 nights and 15 days of great times. The cruise ship is out of Miami Florida. We booked a Jr Suite, ... Read More
This cruise is the perfect complement to the 9 night cruise which does Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. Book them back to back and you have 14 nights and 15 days of great times. The cruise ship is out of Miami Florida. We booked a Jr Suite, it was the first time on any Royal Ship, we were in a suite. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. The room was very spacious, the balcony was big enough to do whatever you would like to do and relax. The walk in closet is oversized and clean. Our Stateroom attendant (Moose) was so great. Talk about taking care of his guests, Moose was flat out a perfect host. The Jr Suite was meticulous and clean from top to bottom. All kinds of room to store clothing. The only minus was the amount of slate RCL uses for mattresses. I am thinking only 2 inches slate with about 1/2 inch of foam which tempered the great room. Aside from that negative, the positive was how RCL keeps its cleaning staff so happy is a wonder. Moose was exceptional at what he did. This was our 11th cruise on RCL and I cannot remember any crew member better at keeping a room spotless. We did not do any excursions. We actually wanted to spend as much time as possible on the ship. The Navigator is a bit older, but it is still a awesome ship. We were just on this ship a few weeks ago for the 9 night itinerary. There were a few changes - some positive and some negative so hopefully Royal will look at this feedback and attempt to tweak things for the better. The Dining Room experience changed a bit. Royal was implementing some changes in there. We experienced those changes on Oasis of the Seas. The result was it took an 1 1/2 hours just to get dinner delivered. I spoke with our waiter, assistant head waiter, and head of the dining facilities as well as the senior manager of the dining facility. In every case, our concerns were heard. I saw the same thing on OASIS, it should not take over 1.5 hours to get an appetizer and dinner to the table. To their credit, on the last night, we were able to have a complete meal in an 1.5 hour. The concern is just two weeks ago there was never a time problem getting dinner once ordered within an hour. I would suggest someone at RCL's head office who is the MBA working on squeezing a few more sheckles out of the dinning experience, to take a hard look at the supposed operational efficiency they believe they are achieving . Perhaps getting out of the ivory tower and spending some time in the dining hall observing and asking questions may allow one to see there maybe other ways to achieve "cost efficiency". We saw the same problem on OASIS and now the problem may infect Navigator. Everyone on Navigator tried their best to correct the issue, I was quite impressed with the effort. But these get professionals do follow orders and sometimes those orders are not so good. Entertainment and Activities: Was very good. The ice entertainers were very very good, as were all the headliner acts. The cruise director staff had a bit of a shake up from two weeks ago. It appears that an existing member of the cruise staff was elevated to "Activities Manager". This new manager will do exceeding well in this new capacity, the activities on the shorter cruise were better than the 9 night cruise we were just on January 5, 2018. The Cruise Director (Cuddy) and his entire staff are really good at what they do. It was if they were family members making sure we were going to have a great time. From all the games, trivia, and sports activities they put on, really great fun. These are really good people too which makes it that much better. Service: For the most part 99.5%, the wait staff, hotel staff and bar staff are outstanding. They are so good and want to make the experience so great. However, Royal may want to re-examine their "top tier event" strategy. As a Crown and Anchor member, we have traditionally been invited to one top tier event that lasts about 45 minutes. It typically has some type of special entertainment, some what of a limited open bar for the duration and recognition for a few of the Pinnacle Members. Well, just like the welcome aboard party, the top tier event was nothing more than a big marketing speech with the highlight being a 5 minute dance by two of the entertainers along with cheap sparking wine for about 10 minutes. We were told how much we were valued by the Captain, he spoke for about 6 minutes and as soon as he stopped speaking the booze was shut off. Then we were told to hurry up and get out because the lounge was going to be used for a private function. Two weeks earlier (with a different Captain), the Top Tier event on this shop was held in Studio B with a specially choreographed ice show and the open bar lasted a solid 40 minutes. Quite frankly, the way we were treated was Embarrassing. If Royal Caribbean International wants to keep its "top tier" cruisers happy, making them feel cheap isn't the way to go. Sadly, this was the worst "top tier event" we have ever attended. Aside from the experience above and the slate top mattress, Navigator and its crew will make sure you have a great vacation. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
BACKGROUND I am writing this on the day we returned from the cruise, so everything is still pretty fresh on my mind. Our second cruise with Royal Caribbean was again outstanding. Our first was just my wife an I on a honey moon. We loved ... Read More
BACKGROUND I am writing this on the day we returned from the cruise, so everything is still pretty fresh on my mind. Our second cruise with Royal Caribbean was again outstanding. Our first was just my wife an I on a honey moon. We loved it and wished to go back with the family. This time, about 7 years later, was with my 2 small children, my parents, my brother, his wife and 3 children. Amazing experience overall. Loved it. Wish I had brought walkie-talkies to communicate. BOARDING We came from Fort Lauderdale on I-95, so we followed Google until we took exit 2D to I-395. This was key as Google told us to go through another way. We simply followed the signs for Port Miami through the Tunnel and got there easily. Once we arrived at the terminal, our bags were immediately taken by the terminal staff. Next we made our way through customs and checked into the ship. Even though my dad forgot his SeaPass print out, we were in the ship within 25 minutes of arriving. Which was very speedy in my opinion. CABIN The cabin was small, but they made great use of the space. I got the most inexpensive interior cabin, so I expected it to be small, however, we slept on the king size bed and my kids were each on their own bunk above the main bed. They loved it and so did we. FOOD Great food, both at the Windjammer and at the Main Dining Room. There was absolutely no need for the specialty restaurants, in my opinion. Vegetarian options for my wife, very actually very delicious as well. ENTERTAINMENT - SPORTS ACTIVITIES Very, very fun. Participated in 2 soccer tournaments and a ping pong tournament with my dad. Lots of fun and medals were awarded. It was competitive, but not rough or professional. Also played basketball with him and a fellow cruise goer on the first night. Rock climbing was fun for my wife and I, and FlowRider was very fun as well. ENTERTAINMENT - CHILDRENS' ACTIVITIES Not great on this ship for us. The arcade was high priced and over in the blink of an eye. Also, we don't really like leaving our kids with anyone, especially someone we do not know. I do wish there were more family oriented activities for families with small children. I know the Liberty of the Seas has H2O Zones, but this one does not, which was a bummer. ENTERTAINMENT - SHOWS Didn't really go to too many shows. Ice skating show on the first night, and a "Minute to Win it" like show. Both were good. Went to to other 'talks' or giveaways, which turn out to be sales pitches. Waste of time. STAFF Outstanding in every way. Friendly, courteous, and genuinely want to make you happier while on the cruise. Some fellow cruise-goers were rude, especially with the staff, the kind of people that have never had a service job. Unfortunately, these people also have to be served. Yet the staff still does their best to give you a memorable experience. SPA The SPA hot stone massage was phenomenal. My dad had knots on his back and had pain and difficulty moving his neck. During the massage was quite painful, but after, he felt like a new man. He enjoyed the cruise with a new way. It was a bit pricey, at $208 + service fee for 75 minutes, but it was worth every penny seeing my dad enjoy the rest of the cruise. EXCURSIONS Cozumel was a let down from last time, partially because of the weather. It was cloudy and very windy. So much so that many excursions were cancelled because of the wind. This time we didn't go on the Cruise excursion, but decided to have a tour guide take us to different places. For 11 people, it was definitely less expensive, but also was not that great. The taxis were cutthroat. It went from $200 for a taxi for 4 hours, to $120 and they tell you to keep it quiet so you think you're getting a good deal. It's best to go directly to the taxi instead of the guys standing trying to sell you the service as they simply refer you to the taxi and get a commission. The places there weren't great. We saw the ruins, which was an OK experience. The tequila place was also just OK. Everybody is trying to sell you something and you can always cut the price by at least half. Less of an experience, and more of a everyone trying to make a buck. I guess it is what it is. Costa Maya was much different. The prices were great, the experience was great. We simply went to the public beach by the ferry ride ($3/person) and then just reserved a bed literally on the shore. We ordered (virgin) drinks and just relaxed in the sun, went in the beach, and my mom got a massage. The massage was very sub-par, but what do you expect for a $20/hour massage? It was very nice, and we were back on the ship for lunch. DISEMBARKATION Had a small issue with having towels left from the day before which we were charged $25/towel for. There looked to be a problem in the system, but at the end the towels were returned and the charges taken off. The bags were taken the night before at 11 PM and we left the room shortly before 8 AM. We had breakfast, had a small family worship in the chapel, and off we went to our area to leave the ship. From the time we were called to the terminal were about 20 minutes or less. So baggage claim, customs, and walking were less than 20 minutes. Super impressive. Very organized. OVERALL Overall, we loved the experience, and were already planning our next cruise. It will most likely be on the Freedom or Oasis as they offer more children-oriented things. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We choose this cruise to visit the ABC islands in the Southern Caribbean. Also we selected the 9 day sailing. Our home is in Charlotte NC so for previous cruises, we drove to south Florida for a 7 day cruise, I have to take of 6 work ... Read More
We choose this cruise to visit the ABC islands in the Southern Caribbean. Also we selected the 9 day sailing. Our home is in Charlotte NC so for previous cruises, we drove to south Florida for a 7 day cruise, I have to take of 6 work days. This time we flew for a 9 day cruise and still only needed 9 days of from work. We were able to fly direct non stop on the same day the cruise departed and returned. We arrived at the Port of Miami about 2:10PM and had zero time waiting. We were next up at security, next up at RCI check in and walked right on board. This was a fantastic beginning. Previous embarkation experiences were very good, but it could not have been any better this time. I did have difficulty using UBER for the first time and failed from Miami airport to Port of Miami. Probably I was the reason for the failure. Anyway we selected LYFT and it worked flawlessly. We had a mid afternoon flight out of Miami Int'l airport. We choose to disembark later to let the crowd clear out some. We did not self carry our luggage off. It was nice to get on the elevators and not have to be bothered with dragging the luggage along. We did have one problem at the luggage terminal. RCI process was for us to go to the second carousel to get our luggage based on their tag/location assignment. Our luggage never came to the second carousel. We heard others had collected their luggage at the third carousel (not as directed), We found our luggage circling around the third carousel (not as directed). This was a bit troubling, but we had plenty of time, so it did not impact our schedule with the airline. The balcony cabin 7376 had plenty of storage in the closet with lots of hangers. There was plenty of drawers and cabinets and shelves for all our belongings. If I chose a different cabin it would have been just a little more forward toward the rear elevators for better convenience. Dining - My wife and I chose main dining room second seating 8:00 PM at a table for two. We ate there 8 out of nine nights, the other night was in Windjammer. This suited our desire very well. We did not feel rushed to get to dinner. We like hanging out on deck by the pool as long as possible, and love to take in the sunsets. You have to forfeit these if you eat at 5:30 or 6:00 We ate breakfast 8 out of 9 mornings in the Windjammer. The other morning we ate in the main dining room. The server told us about the great salad bar in the main dining room on days at sea between 11:30 and 1:00 We loved it an recommend it. They also have a limited hot bar and deserts and a menu to order from if your interested. IMPORTANT go by 12:00 it gets busy. (because it is so good) Entertainment - We went to see a very good comedian one night. Another night we listed to a phenomenal ship band. We give them 5 stars. Another night we had a treat to see a juggler that went the farthest on AGT. His performance was outstanding! These 3 alone were superior. We were too busy to get to the ice dancing shows shown 4 times. We saw other ice dancing shows on the Oasis and Harmony and found them to be world class- and amazing. We hate we missed it this time and heard from other cruisers how good they were. We really recommend this even though we missed it this time. All the crew made you feel their goal was to provide you with an outstanding vacation experience. They succeeded their goal with us. Ports and shot excursions. Curacao - just off the pier were little souvenirs to buy, then a tent for "taxis" We love the beach so we got a ride to Kokomo Beach for $10 each person each way. The beach was beautiful the water very clear. They have a large covered deck with drinks and a separate building for bathrooms. We used beach lounge chairs at no charge. Not sure if this was the norm but no one asked us for money. The beach had a lot of rocks to watch out for. They had a pier with steps into the water, which provided a way in the water and miss some of the rocks. Some people snorkeled there. My opinion is there is nothing at this beach fo bother with snorkeling. Bonaire- We went on a sailboat snorkeling trip booked with Compass directly thru their website. The have various trips to offer depending on your time at this island. They were busy with 3 boats going out that morning. We had about 11 passengers which I like that is does not get too crowded. Suggestion to all -- book snorkeling trips early for Bonaire. The highly rated Woodwind trip was sold out 10 months before we arrived. We were very satisfied with Compass. Very personable crew and captain. Aruba- we took a taxi $5.00 per person each way to Eagle beach. Rated among the 50 best beaches in the world. It was about 15 minute ride. It was the most beautiful beach I have seen. There are lounge chairs to rent for $10 each. They will place them in the shade of trees for you. The entree to the ocean was easy. I rented a jet ski for the first time. I paid $50 for 30 minuets. This was plenty enough time. Lots of fun. Across the street was a lunch restaurant. Then along the street came an ice cream truck that also sold frozen drinks at a good price. Great trip if your time and budget fits. I would go again on my next cruise without any hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Had a great cruise, we flew in fromCincinnati day of cruise with a obligatory stop in Atlanta without issues. Embarkation was fast and easy, was eating lunch at Windjammer by 12:00. I have read lots of bad reviews about selection and ... Read More
Had a great cruise, we flew in fromCincinnati day of cruise with a obligatory stop in Atlanta without issues. Embarkation was fast and easy, was eating lunch at Windjammer by 12:00. I have read lots of bad reviews about selection and quality of food. We found the food to be very good throughout the nine day voyage with relly good selection. Our room the large panaramic view was best stateroom we ever had, yes better than a balcony. The extra space and awesome view was well worth the price. We bought the ultimate dining package on Black Friday for 30% off so we ate at chops 4 times and Giovanis 3 times and Isumi (sp) All food and service was excellent. We do this again well worth the money, we found the MDR on past cruises to have very slow service and bland food. The dining package also included lunch so on sea days so we ate at Sabors and Johnny rockets again great food and great service. The entertainment was also very good, the singers never missed a note they are some of the best singers at sea. The ice show was very good and so was the top tier show with the skaters The headliners were very good. there was a juggler from AGT who was very good,sorry I dont remember his name. There was an Illussionist (sp) people seemed to enjoy it, me not so much. The Diamond Lounge was very nice especially when they opened up the Cosmo club for the overflow.The first night they had football there. Curucoa WE did the feed the sharks and turtles trough royal caribbean it was at times unorganized but very exciting being so close to sharks. I t also had a dolphin show that had tricks you would see at Sea World. Aruba We did the Jolly Roger Pirates on our own. Great trip took a10.00 taxi ride to dock checked in had great time.The snorkeling was great saw lots of fish and a shipwreck.WE also did the rope swing and lots of pina colodas. Bonaire WE did the snorkel excurionsion to Coco beach booked through RC Was not a great trip we took a bus to the beach got snorkeling equipment and our chair.To get to snorkle you had tocross over slippery rocks, not fun.There wasnt much to see, water was kinda of choppy. Labbaddee WE rented a jet ski lots of fun. Overall great cruise only bad time was the Bonaire excursion. We did self disembarkment without issue. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I booked this cruise back in June 2017 for sailing in January 2018. I found a great deal on the Royal Caribbean website and told my friends. It was a 48 hour sale and a bunch of us ended up booking the cruise, in total it was 19 adults and ... Read More
I booked this cruise back in June 2017 for sailing in January 2018. I found a great deal on the Royal Caribbean website and told my friends. It was a 48 hour sale and a bunch of us ended up booking the cruise, in total it was 19 adults and 6 kids. This was my first experience on Royal Caribbean. In the past 13 months, I travelled on Holland America and Silversea with my father. I'm in my early 30s, single and not married. I planned to share an interior cabin with my roommate. About a month later, another friend asked to share our room and we switched to an interior room with pullmans. We live in South Florida, about an hour away from the Port of Miami. We left our house around 10:30am on embarkation day and arrived about 11:30am. We dropped our bags off with the porters and 4 of us waited at the terminal, while 2 people parked the car in the cruise parking garage. We previously discussed parking offsite but decided that we would just split the cost of parking and enjoy the convenience of parking at the port. It took about 10 minutes for us all to meet up again to enter the terminal. We entered the terminal about 11:45am. We had to show our SetSail passes and passports to enter. Then we went through security where they checked our carryons, there were no lines to enter or security. Then we proceeded to check in. We went to the Gold line since we had previous cruisers. There were about 3 groups ahead of us in line, be we got to an agent within 5 minutes. Some of our friends we saw outside the terminal went to the regular line. It took them about 20 minutes. We all boarded the ship together and went straight to the Windjammer. It was about 12:15pm. One of my friends went directly to the fitness center. Although busy, we were able to find a table for 6. As we finished lunch, they made an announcement that the staterooms were now available. That was about only a couple of minutes before 1pm. We went to the cabin and found it pretty roomy despite it being an interior cabin for 3 adults with suitcases. I knew I needed to lower my standards since my last couple cruises were in suites with rooms more than double the size. We all found the rooms to be quite adequate in terms of storage space and size, but we spent very little time in the rooms during the day. I will say that the WORST part of the cruise was the MATTRESS. It wasn't just a little uncomfortable. It was the worst that ever slept on. It was actually painful to rest on my side. I started to sleep on top of the comforter and it helped slightly. The ship itself appears to be in good condition. I enjoyed most of the bars and venues on board. I did not spend much time on the pool deck because it was windy and chilly, which is not uncommon for this time of year. Plus I'm from Florida so I didn't feel the need to go to the pool. The hot tubs were very crowded though because the pools were cold. Also, I felt that the ship never seemed too crowded. There also weren't tons of kids since winter break was over. I really enjoyed the activities director, Daniel, and activities staff member Carlos. They were both hilarious. I went to both adult comedy shows and The Quest. I found them to be entertaining. The Disco Inferno was awesome. You have to get to trivia very early since it is held in the Schooner bar and it's not very big. Tables fill up 15 minutes before. The food wasn't amazing in the Main Dining Room and especially the Windjammer. I enjoyed my meals in the MDR, but I only went to Windjammer for breakfast if possible. I went to lunch a couple times and was not impressed. I did make myself a nice cheese plate before dinner. The best dining venue is Sabor. The margaritas are included in the deluxe package and were fabulous. I had 3 at dinner! We had 10 people at dinner in Sabor and they brought us out everything on the menu to sample. I also had sushi at Izumi that was very good and did the sushi making class. It was worth the money since you got a lot of sushi for your money. Brasserie 30 in the MDR on sea days is the best spot for lunch! The service is great! I really enjoyed our room attendant and waiter in the MDR. The bartenders were all excellent too. It was so easy to get a drink all of the time. We got our drink package for $41/day plus 18% gratuity about 3 months in advance during a sale in cruise planner. It was worth the money!! Our cruise went to Costa Maya and Cozumel. We did not prebook any excursions. My friends did the adventure park in Costa Maya. There are a bunch of places to book excursions when you get off the ship. I walked around the port area. I was disappointed with the "tex-mex" food options, since I wanted authentic food. There isn't anywhere else to go besides the port. It was fun to walk around and explore. Our ship was the only one in port. In Cozumel, we walked off and rented a 15 passenger van from Hertz (note that the cars are manual shift). It cost about $200. We drove to the San Gervasio Mayan ruins. It was a 30 minute drive on very well paved roads. It cost $9.50 to see the ruins. We drove around the island a bit before going back to the ship. Our friends had kids and they were in Adventure Ocean during the evenings. We had the 8pm MDR dinner. The ones that were 5 and younger usually ate in the Windjammer and then went to Adventure Ocean and one went to the Nursery (23 months). The kids ages 6-9 ate dinner in the MDR and one of their parents would drop them off at Adventure Ocean and come back. They ordered the kids' meals as soon as we sat down and they usually came by the time we had appetizers. They nursery closes at 12AM, but time has to be reserved in advance. Only one time they had to pick up at 11pm, but they were able to get time each evening. Adventure Ocean has babysitting from 10pm-2am. They were usually asking to go to Adventure Ocean so they didn't have to sit with us through dinner. There aren't many, if any, activities for children in the evening except in Adventure Ocean. I also got a spa service when we were in Costa Maya. I did the special for $129 for 75 minutes which included a 50 minute Swedish back massage, facial, back exfoliation, and scalp massage. The specials are only advertised on port days in the daily compass. I would go again, but I would read reviews about the beds for the ship. I enjoyed everything else about the cruise. I would also skip the Windjammer for all lunches since I really didn't like it. It's perfectly fine for breakfast though. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Our trip on this ship was excellent. We loved the people, the food, and the cleanliness. The Navigator to the Sea is a very beautiful ship. Everything was easy and convenient. Our table was 347 with Omar and Sergei, I can't begin ... Read More
Our trip on this ship was excellent. We loved the people, the food, and the cleanliness. The Navigator to the Sea is a very beautiful ship. Everything was easy and convenient. Our table was 347 with Omar and Sergei, I can't begin to tell how nice, kind and considerate both of them are. Both have very sweet spirits about them, we did appreciate them. Kenneth Marriott was our room attendant in cabin #3722. He did everything he could to make us comfortable, he asked everyday if we needed anything and was prepared to help us. My husband was in a wheelchair and he always asked if I needed help, others on the ship did also. We loved the window in our room, I wasn't at all claustrophobic. We loved laying on the bed and watching the waves, and happy to see islands that we passed. The entertainment was so, so great. It was clean, not dirty talk. The ice dancers, the comedians, the music, singers and all. Everywhere we sat was clean and comfortable. Thank you to all of you that made this trip beautiful. Sandy and Noel Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was our first cruise. We just LOVED IT! We are both in the late 20s, and were afraid that we were alone in the age, but it was very nice blend and we became familiar with lots of people. When we first got into the boat, we were ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We just LOVED IT! We are both in the late 20s, and were afraid that we were alone in the age, but it was very nice blend and we became familiar with lots of people. When we first got into the boat, we were greeted with a glass of proseco. We had obviously ordered a drink package in advance and did not regret 1 second. We cost us a lot, very nice boat and always something to do. Super service. In the ala cart resturant there was always good food and service, we used to have dinner there, and breakfast and lunch at the buffet. Really recommend this boat to people, and of course RCL. We have actually booked 2 new cruises, and are very excited! The only negative thing I can find is that there was no exceptionally good nightclub, they changed one of the places to the night club after a certain time. But there was too much light from both lamps and windows. Would recommend this boat, cruise line and the trip to my best friends. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this cruise because it was only 5 days, was on RCCL and left from the port of Miami. For a New Year Cruise it was reasonably priced and the Navigator is a nice ship only a little smaller than Freedom. We used LYFT to get to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was only 5 days, was on RCCL and left from the port of Miami. For a New Year Cruise it was reasonably priced and the Navigator is a nice ship only a little smaller than Freedom. We used LYFT to get to the Port of Miami. We arrived at 11 am and walked right in and got on the ship in a few minutes. We are Platinum so there was only two people in line in front of us. Our cabin was going to be ready by 1 pm so we went to have lunch at the Windjammer. The buffet was good had good variety of foods to choose from and everything was served at the proper temperature and tasted good. Our rooms were ready right on time as promised. The ship is very well maintained and clean. It was beautifully decorated fo r the Christmas Holiday. The staff was friendly and attentive. We had breakfast and lunch most of the time in the buffet. The staff was extremely attentive brought you water, juice, coffee. I find that there is a lot of variety of international foods - asian, indian, vegeterian but not a big selection of american food or foods of the ports we visited. We went to Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico and they did not have a day where they served Mexican food for lunch or dinner. We had lunch at the MDR one day and really enjoyed it. You could make a salad that they chop for you or they can cook pasta. Great dessert selection. The entertainment was very good. Along with the variety show they had two very good comedians and a Las Vegas entertainer who was outstanding. We got the ship in both ports but did our own tours. In Costa Maya we visited the shops and restaurants at the port and went to Mahahual Beach. Beautiful beach. In Cozumel we took a taxi with 12 people who were traveling with us visited the Tequila Factory and then toured the town. The bars and the service was good, they are not pushy trying to sell you drink packages or bottles of champagne on New Years eve like they do on other cruise lines. Dining room service was excellent. Our waiter and his assistant were very good and tended to all our requests. The food was very good. Disembarkation was very quick, we left at 9 am, we carried our own luggage and just walked off the ship went right through customs. The one thing I did not like about the ship was that they allow smoking in the Casino and people who are not playing the slots come to the Casino to smoke. That should not be allowed. It is bad enough that those who play smoke Overall this was a very enjoyable cruise. We liked it so much that we booked again for next New Year's cruise on the same ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Traveled with my family of 6 and extended family of 20 for our 3rd cruise as a group. Food was sub par, not good at all. Many times served cold and most times was not good. Charging for room service delivery is a disappointment. ... Read More
Traveled with my family of 6 and extended family of 20 for our 3rd cruise as a group. Food was sub par, not good at all. Many times served cold and most times was not good. Charging for room service delivery is a disappointment. Coffee or something small on balcony was something I looked forward to. Entertainment was high school level at Best. Service was not as good as years past. RC has def cut back. Would NOT recommend this ship, but more importantly would not recommend Royal Caribbean to anyone. I would consider RC the Walmart of cruise lines. Carnival and Norwegian are with out question much better food, entertainment and value. Traveled with large group, waiter seemed inconvenienenced to get things, entertainment director is very low on talent and the shows and choice of shows was not good. Can’t say enough how disappointed I am, poor management has ruined this cruise line! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise to the Caribbean for the dates. The process of getting aboard was worse than the security lines at the airport. it took so long they had to offer wheelchairs to various older adults in the queues! We queued for ... Read More
We chose this cruise to the Caribbean for the dates. The process of getting aboard was worse than the security lines at the airport. it took so long they had to offer wheelchairs to various older adults in the queues! We queued for nearly 90 minutes and then it took another 20ish minutes to get sorted before we could board. The entertainment was certainly hit and miss. The ice skating shows were great but the main entertainment in the evening theatre were VERY variable. The three twenty somethings were not impressed with the entertainment or activities. Nothing really hit the mark for them during the whole 9 days. On the other hand our teenager loved the teenage group and loved meeting lots of different people. He had a blast! The ports were quite similar but not sure what we expected from a Caribbean island! Activities were VERY expensive for instance at Labadee in Haiti the zip wire was $110 per person!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We never had been on a Christmas cruise before and had never travelled to the Southern Caribbean; therefore, Curaçao, Bonaire, and Aruba and Labadee, Haiti were intriguing choices. We live in Miami, so it was an easy journey to and from ... Read More
We never had been on a Christmas cruise before and had never travelled to the Southern Caribbean; therefore, Curaçao, Bonaire, and Aruba and Labadee, Haiti were intriguing choices. We live in Miami, so it was an easy journey to and from the terminal. Our interior room with a virtual balcony was fine! We could see the ports of call and the ocean. It was a nice touch! Were were on Deck 9 mid-ship and port side which was quiet and centrally located. The cabin’s vanity and storage areas were large, plus we had a safe and a small refrigerator and a flat screen tv which pulled out of the wall. The bathroom was small and clean and the shower had plenty of hot water. The shower stall has circular, rotating doors instead of a yucky shower curtain that sticks to your backside! The bed was reasonably comfortable, plus the AC control worked well. Cuddy, the Cruise Director was perfect for the job! He was approachable and enthusiastic! We were singing Christmas Carols on the Royal Promenade on Christmas Eve. They even handed out cookies and songbooks while we sang with the professionals. It was a joyful experience! The ship’s band was superb and played in various acts and ship activities. It was a pleasure listening to them! Horizon, a Motown act, and Jack London, a Las Vegas entertainer gave quality performances. I also recommend the ice show. The costumes and choreography were mesmerizing! Speaking of costumes and choreography, the Royal Caribbean performers rivaled some Broadway shows in terms of talent, theater sets, costumes, and technical aspects. We didn’t miss one of their shows. There were comedians as well, but we couldn’t see them all. The Windjammer’s food was exceptional! There was expensive oxtail stew along with steak and goat and lamb curries and stews. There was also Indian and American fare. The salads and fruits and vegetables were pleasing as well. There were even large shrimp and paella-like dishes throughout the cruise. On Day 8 there was a large variety of torts and cakes to sample which were artistically presented. The gingerbread display added holiday cheer as well as the 2 greeters who were delightful! “Washy Washy Your Hands!” The Sapphire dining room boasted lobster and leg of lamb and many other treats. The service was excellent and consistent in both eateries. We didn’t eat at the upcharge restaurants. We participated in a champagne tasting which was reasonable and educational and fun! There are plenty of ship activities to choose from including wine tasting, salsa dancing, going to the gym, swimming, big screen pool movies, and shopping lectures. You can even ice skate or rock climb! Simply reading or ocean watching or sipping and napping were great in the adults only Solarium. I highly recommend the Captain’s Bridge Tour and the Bottomless Brunch Tour! Labadee was an exquisite resort. We rented a beach cabana for 2 and rode the Dragon’s Breath Alpine Coaster. Aruba was our favorite island due to its architecture and range of activities and natural beauty, but Bonaire and Curaçao had their charm as well. We took the Royal Caribbean tours which were of high quality and comfortable. Royal Caribbbean consistently delivers a high quality vacation to cruisers of all walks of life. The crew and passengers we met were positive, and yes, we’d go back again in a heartbeat! Here’s to more adventures in 2018! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My wife surprised my daughter and I with this Christmas cruise a few days before Christmas. We travel a lot and have done at least a few cruises together, mostly on Norwegian (which we loved), but this was our first try with RCL. We ... Read More
My wife surprised my daughter and I with this Christmas cruise a few days before Christmas. We travel a lot and have done at least a few cruises together, mostly on Norwegian (which we loved), but this was our first try with RCL. We aren't the type to spend much time on deck in the sun (especially around the loud music), so we probably aren't your average cruisers and you should take the remainder of this review in that context. Dining: For dining, we prefer to dine in the upscale themed restaurants and the Navigator of the Seas had several options to choose from. We dined at all of them except Chef's Table as the 3+ hour dinner was too much for our five year old to handle. Service in the themed restaurants was excellent. Our favorite was Izumi (the Sushi restaurant). We spent a lot of time chatting with our all of the staff there and received excellent service from our alternating servers Ashwin and Virgilio. Along with Izumi's awesome manager, Messaoud Haykel, our dining experiences could not have been better. The whole team worked exceedingly hard to meet or exceed all of our requests. The team did things like getting our daughter whatever she wanted for dinner from anywhere else on the ship, getting my wife her favorite liquid center chocolate cake from Chops, and me glasses of port that came from another bar on the ship. That said, we went through much of the menu at Izumi and loved it. It was much better than any sushi restaurant we can find in our home town of Charlotte, NC. (I'm getting hungry just writing about it.) We really enjoyed the other restaurants that we dined at as well. Chops is the second most expensive restaurant on the ship (Chef's Table is the most expensive) and the quality of the food, dining room and service reflect that. Muameer and Manolo at Chops were a pleasure to speak with as well as the rest of the staff. Its well worth the splurge, in our opinion. We also ate at Sabor, the Mexican themed restaurant. It was quite good Mexican food with good service in a pretty dining room, but not anything over-the-top. We had one dinner at Giovanni's Table, their Italian themed restaurant. Although the service was excellent and the dining room was lovely, the food was hit and miss in our opinion. The meat mains were OK, the appetizers were things I do better at home, but the pasta was excellent. Perhaps we just made poor choices. I took my daughter to Johnny Rockets for lunch while my wife was enjoying a reasonably priced massage package and it was a very enjoyable experience. We visited almost all the bars on board for a glass of wine or champagne while on board and found them all lovely places to sit and relax. Service was friendly and their decor was great. Finally Saphire, the main dining room. We did not experience the main dining room for dinner although we did visit briefly for dessert (arranged at our request by our guardian and new friend (Haykel from Izumi). Dessert was great, but we got to see what it was like in full rush hour at about 7PM. Servers were working fast and hard and it appeared to be a very different experience as compared with the specialty dining locations. We did eat breakfast and lunch almost every day in the main dining room however and at first weren't receiving great service. Asking for almond milk cappuccinos (three times emphasizing the almond milk part) got us regular cappuccinos instead. It turns out that some things we were asking for took additional work or needed to be serviced elsewhere on the ship, so some servers weren't making the extra effort. In addition, the service could be quite slow even though we were were in the first wave of patrons. We frequently couldn't sit by ourselves near windows because all of the tables near windows were shared large tables. We couldn't get servers to get fruit juice for our daughter that comes from the bars (pineapple) from most of the servers. Hamburgers at lunch were served without ketchup and mustard. Asking for ketchup from a server would result in him returning with a squirt bottle that he dolled onto your plate. (We thought this was odd compared to providing us with a little container.) Seating for lunch on day 2 (a day when there was a time zone change) was limited to 1.5 hours forcing many to go to the buffet. Anyway, we had a long chat with kind manager, Somchai, who went out of his way to look out for us the rest of our breakfast/lunches and things much improved. Service improved exponentially when we discovered Sergei and Radmir, a dynamic duo. We specifically asked for them the rest of our breakfast/lunch trips to Saphire and had truly excellent service from them. Cabin: Our cabin was a stateroom with balcony at the front of the port side. This allows you to look forward through a window which the other balcony cabins don't have. There are about 8 of these cabins and they don't cost more than other balconies, so look out for them. Our cabin steward, Leonard, was great. We couldn't have asked for better service and wished we could bring him home with us. Our cabin was clean, well laid out and comfortable but not as nice as the suites on Norwegian (probably an unfair comparison). We spent many evenings on the balcony after our daughter went to sleep and thoroughly enjoyed the view of the dark sea, sipping wine. Shipboard Activities: Outside of my daughter's daily hour visit to the hot-tub, we didn't spend too much time on outside while on the ship. We did rock climbing a couple times which was really enjoyable, my daughter enjoyed the kids club a few times and we enjoyed watching people surf / body-board at the flow-rider. We also went ice skating a couple times which my daughter truly loved. We saw at least a few of the shows and were impressed. Ports and Shore Excursions: We did a couple non-ship related activities at the ports that my wife had arranged in advance. They were generally much cheaper than the ship sponsored activities. A warning to Christmas travelers though, very few people are working on December 26th, so taxis, for example, are almost impossible to find. We enjoyed our ports for the most part though. Aruba and Bonaire especially. The locals were friendly and the islands clean. There was good shopping at all four countries we visitied (Labadee in Haiti and Curacao being the other two). In conclusion, we were as happy with this cruise as our experiences with Norwegian, which is great. We would happily cruise with RCL. As with any ship, we just had to find the right people and processes to get exactly what we wanted, when we wanted it. Once we found these 'on-board angels', we had a fantastic time. One final note. We did notice that the ship's crew were working 7 day weeks though. As I recall from Norwegian, the people had one day off a week and seemed happier / more refreshed overall. I can't imagine anyone being at the top of their game working 7 days a week for a contract of 6 months or so. This despite their workloads apparently being cut back significantly from a year or so prior, so it must have been really tough on the crew previously. Anyway, thanks to any of the crew on the Navigator of the Seas who may see this review. We will have happy memories of this trip and hope to join you for a future cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I chose this cruise because I only travel with Royal Caribbean. I love the nationalities and the ages of the passengers. I love the formal nights who are disappearing on the other cruise-lines. It was my second time to the ABC ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I only travel with Royal Caribbean. I love the nationalities and the ages of the passengers. I love the formal nights who are disappearing on the other cruise-lines. It was my second time to the ABC islands and propably I will go back again. I love to cruise when it is winter in Western Europe and for that time the cruises in the caribbean are the best for having good weather. I only went 3 times to the main dinner because I love to eat in the speciality-restaurants. Especially Izumi is very good and I can recommend the sushi-class to everybody. I do think that the therapies in the Spa are for to expensive. I payed 460 dollars for a 90 minutes couples massage. it was my 13th cruise with Royal Caribbean and the pleasant thing is that I always meet bartenders that I had on a previous cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Navigator of the Sea or Carnival/Southern Caribbean 9 day cruise I have traveled 4 times with Carnival and once on Royal Caribbean. My husband and I are in our early 60’s and work full time. We like to cruise a couple times a year ... Read More
Navigator of the Sea or Carnival/Southern Caribbean 9 day cruise I have traveled 4 times with Carnival and once on Royal Caribbean. My husband and I are in our early 60’s and work full time. We like to cruise a couple times a year and pick cruises from 8- 10 days in length. We chose this RC trip due to the dates and itinerary. We don’t drink but do buy the Wi-Fi package. The following are my observations: PROS for Navigator of the Sea, Royal Caribbean: Fast loading on the ship, virtually no lines. Better and healthier food selection from the buffet (Windjammer) better than Carnival’s buffet. Quiet at night after 9:30pm (not much to do – possibly a pro or a con). We took a Lyft and it was fast and cheap from FLL to Port of Miami. Wi-Fi was good but slower at busy times. CONS for Navigator of the Sea, Royal Caribbean: They over sold the early dining and any-time dining by about 200 people! Cruisers had confirmation for early or any-time dining but were told after going on the ship they would be eating at 8:30pm. Perhaps a deal breaker if they were told earlier. Not a professional way to conduct business. RC over packed the early dining so all but 90 cruisers were able to eat at their desired time. The waiters were run to death and even upper management tried to help out during the early dining – mass confusion! I truly felt upset for the waiters who were doing their best but with too many cruisers-not a good situation for the employees or cruisers. The food in the sit down dining room (Sapphire) on RC was NOT as good as the Carnival line. We experienced lack of flavor except for the fish dishes, which were very fishy. The texture for many dishes was mushy even the fried entrées. Carnival wins hands down for its formal dining room experience and quality of food in their formal dining area. The buffet on Carnival was not as good or healthy as RC ‘s buffet but I did love the other stations offered on the Carnival (Guys Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina etc. and they were free!). This is not an option on the RC. RC has additional areas to dine (with spending additional money) but I did not try these and did not notice any lines for these venues. Carnival has much better entertainment and more of it! So I think if you want to only eat at the buffet and go to bed early the RC is a great choice, but if you enjoy formal dining (and want to received the time selected) and want to enjoy the entertainment choose Carnival. I hope to cruise the Panama Canal next and will use Carnival or Princess. Carnival also had cute towel animals on your bed at night and this only happened a couple of times on RC. Not a problem for us but a nice touch. Age was a mix on Carnival and tended to be an older group on Royal Caribbean. There is a library and game/card room on RC but never had the time to find it on the Caribbean cruises I have been on. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
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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