136 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Entertainment Cruise Reviews

In general, the ship was well run, clean, and had a great variety of entertainment and activities. She's showing her age, and is definitely due for drydock and overhaul, but other than that I had no complaints about the Navigator ... Read More
In general, the ship was well run, clean, and had a great variety of entertainment and activities. She's showing her age, and is definitely due for drydock and overhaul, but other than that I had no complaints about the Navigator itself. The ice skating rink was a nice touch, and the live shows both in Studio B and the Metropolis were excellent. The bartending staff was probably the best I've had on any cruise. Very personable, interacted heavily with the guests, and just generally all around fun folks. The entertainment director and the port shopping guide were both fantastic. The problem, however, came in with the food. As usual, the specialty restaurants were fantastic. Sabor was some of the best Mexican I've ever had, and Giovanni's was a solid option as well. Johnny Rockets was Johnny Rockets, you can't really go wrong with good burgers. However, that's where the good food ended. The main dining room's food was terrible. The vast majority of the dishes were the exact same food from the Windjammer buffet line - sometimes plated a little differently to disguise it, but sometimes it looked like someone literally just filled a plate and carried it down to serve to us. It was the single overriding complaint I heard from almost everyone we talked with, and it was so bad that by the midpoint of the cruise a good third of the tables were sitting empty every night. The quality and speed of table service contributed to this, with glasses sitting empty half the time and food taking over an hour to arrive after ordering, and then coming to the table lukewarm or cold. In most cases it was both faster and more satisfying to just eat in the Windjammer. A number of people complained, and the head waiter and dining room manager did their best to fix the service aspect - for the last four nights the head waiter for our section personally served our table and a few others who'd clearly complained as well. It was appreciated, but it shouldn't take a complaint to get decent service. Likewise, the last four nights the quality of the food dramatically improved, as I'm guessing at one of our ports we restocked with higher quality supplies. It doesn't excuse the first seven, though. If you're going to bill yourself as a world class dining experience, I expect better food than what I could get at Shoney's. That aspect really hurt our experience. I've cruised frequently - and often enough with RCI to know that that experience is not the norm, or at least wasn't the norm three years ago. For right now I'd have to recommend away from the line, particularly as I see a number of similar complaints from other cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was my family's first cruise so we have nothing really to compare it to, however, we all LOVED this ship-its crew-the food-and the countries we visited. From day one, we were truly treated like guests. Our cabin steward ... Read More
This was my family's first cruise so we have nothing really to compare it to, however, we all LOVED this ship-its crew-the food-and the countries we visited. From day one, we were truly treated like guests. Our cabin steward Catherine-remembered all of our names (important) and went out of her way to make us feel at home. We loved the little towel creatures she created for us and the extra care she took in keeping our stateroom so homey and tidy. The shows were spectacular-especially the ice show. Our favorite restaurant was Giovani's and Andres provided the best of service. The Windjammer had a wonderful variety of foods and when they were closed-the cafe at Promenade filled in the gaps. The flow rider, rock wall and ice skating were a real treat and we often forgot we were on a ship in the middle of the ocean. If you have a family of teens or even young adults, they will LOVE this cruise experience! There is something to do for everyone. We will definitely cruise again and without a doubt-it will be Royal Carribean! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Sailing to MIami for my recently widowed friend to meet her son who lives in USA. So disappointed with the entertainment. I would like to know why we were crammed into and standing up for quizzes in the piano bar when this activity is ... Read More
Sailing to MIami for my recently widowed friend to meet her son who lives in USA. So disappointed with the entertainment. I would like to know why we were crammed into and standing up for quizzes in the piano bar when this activity is so popular, when the Star bar was empty and loads of seating. There was line dancing which was so popular it was full, but this was only offered once or twice, same with the Kareoke which was nightly at 9.45pm for 45 minutes but so popular again crammed, and poor, in house, Kareoke with not enough content why don't they afford ''Virtual DJ'' which you can purchase very cheap online. The ice show which I had seen before on another ship with fantastic costumes, was so disappointing almost hip hop in jeans and tee shirts I was disgusted having raved about it previously. The comedian on stage one night even commented ''oh someone in the audience laughed''. The only night it was great was when the Beatles tribute played but that was only once why didn't they use them somewhere else like the Star lounge as well. I could go on, but like Royal Caribbean I cant be bothered!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Smoking allowed in the casino, you can smell it 3 decks up. Other cruise ship do not allow smoking in the casino. Last cruise on Celebrity we spent lot of time in the non smoking casino. Ship showing its age. Speakers on the ship ... Read More
Smoking allowed in the casino, you can smell it 3 decks up. Other cruise ship do not allow smoking in the casino. Last cruise on Celebrity we spent lot of time in the non smoking casino. Ship showing its age. Speakers on the ship extra loud we could not understand what they were saying. Food choices not so good, can you say ham, ham and more ham? Quality of food not that good I guess that they wanted us to eat at the specialty restaurants. Service OK. One day the room was not made until we had to go and get the cabin Stuart after 2pm. We had a different busboy every night for the 9 nights. Slow waiter we were almost the last ones leaving the dining room every night (early dining 6pm). Idiot passengers that insist on smoking in the balcony and ignoring you when you tell them that they are not allowed to smoke in the balcony. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The Navigator is both elegant and well maintained. But the crew seemed to have lost enthusiasm along with the company´s expansion of the fleet or some other kind of management crisis. Already during boarding expect to be treated like a ... Read More
The Navigator is both elegant and well maintained. But the crew seemed to have lost enthusiasm along with the company´s expansion of the fleet or some other kind of management crisis. Already during boarding expect to be treated like a 2´nd class passenger if you are not a frequent RCCL costumer or travelling in a suite. The main restaurant serves food of a high standard, and service is near perfect. Only other complimentary alternative is the Windjammer cafe which is extremely noisy and serving several hundred guests at the same time. The choise of food in the cafe is poor compared to other Companies, and for some reason you have to stand in line to get coffee from a crew member, while all other food and drink is on self service basis. These places are only open certain hours a day. In the lower deck is a small cafe which is open all day, but far to crowded when other alternatives are closed. Royal Caribbean promises most restaurants to be complimentary, and this i simply not true. You should expect a heavy pressure to try the non-complimentary restaurants from the crew. They addressed us while eating, resting and sunbathing as if we were at a Middle East Bazaar. There are no outside food options at all. Several alternatives exist for outdoor relaxing and bathing in quiet or more active surroundings. Unfortunately the sports programme is limited and frequent last minute cancellations took place during our cruise. Other times the crew member in charge didn´t know the rules of the game or simply ordered the game to be stopped prematurely. There are several offers for nighttime entertainment. The shows in the main theatre shows a steep decline compared to previous cruises with RCCL. But singers and piano players in bars and Casino managed to make for a fine atmosphere. If you are a foreigner be advised that Royal Caribbean insists on setling your account in your own currency (though they ask you to choose during the booking proces) at an exchange rate in their favour. You will benefit from insisting to settle the account in USD while on board, since credit Card Exchange rates are about 3% better. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
After 47 or 48 cruises. Nav Dec 4 ,2016 was boring. Cruise director. Boring. Not very visible,,poor planning. Day of arrival.,,after traveling all day. Embarkation,,,muster drill,,luggage arrival,,unpacking. Dinner. Welcome show,,what ... Read More
After 47 or 48 cruises. Nav Dec 4 ,2016 was boring. Cruise director. Boring. Not very visible,,poor planning. Day of arrival.,,after traveling all day. Embarkation,,,muster drill,,luggage arrival,,unpacking. Dinner. Welcome show,,what were you guys thinking 11pm 70's party, parade,,crazy. Went to bed,,sorry we missed it. Shows. boring. No musical production. No singers and dancers,,we deserve better than a juggler for entertainment,,This was my 5th time ,,going back to 2003. 2005. 2008 April 30 2015' and now. Sorry. No plans to return,,,I am a Diamond Plus. Rccl look out,,other cruise companies looking for my money,,Toby Nathanson. Aka The Godmother Jr suite. Alan,,the concierge was outstanding,,answered all questions. Ready to be helpful,Dinner at Giovonies was very good,,we had 10 in our group. All adults ,,no children matra d accommodating,,,,,dinner in dining room pleasant. My time dining,,food was very average,,,nothing outstanding,,I personally not a gourmet eater,,so for me it was fine. Always watching my weight. ,, To sum up my experience on Nav Dec 4,2016. Cruise was ok,, Two weeks prior. I was on the Grandeur out of Baltimore Nov 12 to Nov 21,2016. That cruise was Outstanding. Thanks for listening.... Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
After driving to Miami, we made it through the port quickly. We had a little wait as they were still waiting on a few folks to disembark, but RCCL kept us in the loop as we waited in a comfortable waiting area. Once we were on board ... Read More
After driving to Miami, we made it through the port quickly. We had a little wait as they were still waiting on a few folks to disembark, but RCCL kept us in the loop as we waited in a comfortable waiting area. Once we were on board Navigator, we started to become familiarized with the beautiful ship. We were able to find Windjammer Cafe very easily because of the digital navigation boards and friendly staff. I was apprehensive about the cafe after a subpar experience in September on Enchantment of the Seas, but this was a completely different, entirely enjoyable experience. Our party of 6 was missing two people who slept in and traveled separately, but waiter Dennis greeted us, put together a table, and made us feel comfortable. Holding two extra seats wasn't an issue as the space in Windjammer on Navigator was ample for everyone boarding to dine. Dennis kept the drinks flowing and service was outstanding. The food was a typical Windjammer selection of classic favorites and some unique dishes that ensured anyone can find something- often too much- of what they enjoy. When our Junior Suite (JS) was ready, we opened the door to find a huge interior space and ample balcony area for the two of us. The other four with us had Oceanview Balcony staterooms that were very nice as well, but the JS was amazing. Note, we did book at the right time to get a JS upgrade at a great rate.The full size shower/tub combination and having extra space to stretch out in the room were worth the extra cost, but if I had to pay the full cost of a JS, I think we would have just kept an Oceanview Balcony since we pack light and don't hibernate in the room much- so a lot of the space went unused. We reserved the Chef's Table for our first night's dinner. When we learned that it would be in the Windjammer Cafe, everyone was on edge regarding what was to come. We totally underestimated what they would put together for us. The food and wine pairing was perfect and the unique cuisine was unimaginably awesome. If there could be a downside, it was that everything after that meal can't compare! However, subsequent nights' dining in the Sapphire main dining room included delicious food and generally excellent service (after a brief discussion with the assistant waiter on the first night). Bar service missed the mark a couple of times with incorrect or forgotten cocktails, but seemed to improve as well. Shows on board Navigator were great. Late night festivities were fun. The itinerary was a perfect mix of ports and sea days. Overall, our Navigator of the Seas cruise was an amazing experience with exceptional service with a price tag that didn't break the bank. It restored our faith in RCCL so much that we booked another cruise for next year! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Ok so where to start, so many things to say. First of all, we had to wait 4 1/2 hours in line in the heat just to get on the ship. We never went to a terminal. It was a tent that was even hotter inside to wait in more lines. After a couple ... Read More
Ok so where to start, so many things to say. First of all, we had to wait 4 1/2 hours in line in the heat just to get on the ship. We never went to a terminal. It was a tent that was even hotter inside to wait in more lines. After a couple hours they finally started passing out water while we waited in line. We didn't leave until 6pm and when we got onboard there we didn't get to grab a bite to eat because we had to go immediately to the muster drill. By the this time we were starving and went looking for food. Could we find any? NO!!! We were supposed to wait for the dining room to open. I had an anxiety attack at this point and started crying and begging for food so I went up to one of the waiters and started yelling at them that I just wanted food and to sit down. Something to the effect of: "Can't we even get fed on this stupid ship? I just want some food and my feet hurt and I want to sit down already. We've only been waiting for hours in line!" Yes, embarrassing, but it happened. I've got to say they found me a seat and within two minutes moved us into the dining room. Probably to keep everyone else from rioting. After A glass of wine and some bread I started to calm down, ate and went straight to the stateroom and to bed. Everything was ok until we got to the royal Caribbean port in Haiti. We booked an excursion for jet skiing. With our friends. The staff on the excursion was rude and antagonizing. The chicks name was HANNAH and she gave us misinformation and was rude to us because we are middle age and treated us like we were geriatric. She almost let our friend drown because she didn't follow safety protocol or recommendations for the excursion. After 30 minutes of our friend in the water she decided to stop laughing and saying Ebro thing was cool and called for help. After the boat came and took our friends away we just wanted to be done and on our way. They charged us twice for the locker because of their mistake. The port shopping was horrible because the people are so aggressive and rude. Plus, they lie to you just to get you to buy. One guy actually got in my husbands face and told him "LOOK AT ME! I'm taking to you." The only good thing was that the ship provided food and beverages. On Wednesday night there was supposed to be a Latin pool party but the whole deck got flooded from the pools because the ship was rocking so badly since we sailed that it was cancelled because they were worried the band would get electrocuted. So were we. They told everyone to go to the Cosmopolitan Club to continue the party. That was a disaster. The do apparently didn't get the memo and some old lady started yelling and cussing at him that no one liked his music and to play something else. When he did, she started yelling at people to get up and dance, so we left. At 1am, said lady was leading a protest two decks below us, stomping and chanting "This stupid "A" (profanity) boat sucks!" because they closed the only dance club early. This went on for 30 minutes. At 4am there was an explosion and I thought the ship was sinking. Never found out what that was about. For the first 3 days the hallway smelled of sewer. There was only one dance club on the ship. The Latin band was awesome! But they only get a corner the deck and it was super crowded because it was the only place that had decent dance music. I called and bought a gift for my husband for our anniversary, which was on the 29th. I waited all day and nothing came. Next day we went to guest services and to find out what happened and they apologized for the error, which I they never said what happened but they ruined the surprise. They tried to make up for it and offered us a bottle of champagne, which we never recieved. They also offered us dinner at one of the premium restaurants to make up for it. That was nice, but ,y husband woke up sick and it wa on the last day of the cruise so I had dinner with my friend and not our anniversary dinner. So no anniversary celebration for us on the ship, thanks to ROYAL CARIBBEAN. Needless to say, we will never ever travel with them again. Worst vacation of our lives. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Wife and I just got back from a 13 night Canaries cruise on Navigator of the Seas (sailed on 28th October 2016), we are diamond + members and this was our 17th cruise with RCI on numerous ships. Embarkation at Southampton: Very ... Read More
Wife and I just got back from a 13 night Canaries cruise on Navigator of the Seas (sailed on 28th October 2016), we are diamond + members and this was our 17th cruise with RCI on numerous ships. Embarkation at Southampton: Very smooth no problems Dining: We were on a table for 10 but only one other couple ever turned up for the evening meals and they were fantastic company Terry and Audrey, our two waiters were great. The food was not up to the usual standard of RCI in our opinion, on some occasions only warm and not a great selection on the menu. We didn't book any excursions on board and did our own thing in each port, we would recommend doing the cable car and down in the baskets in Madeira this is great fun. Poolside entertainment was limited mainly due to the weather, service on board was good and all staff very helpful and pleasant.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We have cruised before with P & O , and Princess, so thought we would try another cruise line. I must say that after reading the reviews on here for many months leading up to our cruise, I became very worried and thought we had made ... Read More
We have cruised before with P & O , and Princess, so thought we would try another cruise line. I must say that after reading the reviews on here for many months leading up to our cruise, I became very worried and thought we had made a huge mistake. so many reviews were terribly negative. So.....we had a wonderful cruise!!! We were on board within half an hour of arriving at Southampton Cabin was great,bigger than I expected, Food was good in Windjammer and very very good in the Sapphire dining room Always got two sun beds Bar staff exceptional Actually....all staff were exceptional Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff. We had an amazing cruising holiday, and will be booking with RC again. We loved every day on this cruise, and the evenings were always busy with entertainment . Loved it!!!! It ended far too quickly !!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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
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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