39 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Entertainment Cruise Reviews

This was my 8th cruise and first time on the Navigator. Overall, it was a great ship with a great crew. The ship is very similar to the Independence and Freedom of the Seas, which I've sailed on before and thoroughly enjoyed. Lets ... Read More
This was my 8th cruise and first time on the Navigator. Overall, it was a great ship with a great crew. The ship is very similar to the Independence and Freedom of the Seas, which I've sailed on before and thoroughly enjoyed. Lets start with the good: - The Ice show. This was fantastic and shouldn't be missed. They have a coordinated light show using drones as part of the show and it's amazing. - The guitar singer in the Windjammer singing "washy washy" songs. Haven't seen this on any other ships, and it always brought a smile to hear the days rendition of some song converted to a "wash your hands" song. Loved it. - Cruise director and staff were very energetic and funny. - Balloon drop at midnight on the first night of the cruise. I've done a New Years eve cruise and this reminded me of that scene. It was really cool. This was the first cruise where I decided to try the specialty dining as I've always been impressed with the MDR food, so was looking forward to seeing how much better the food would be. I tried Chops and Jamie's Italian restaurants. Chops was decent, but this was no where near as good as it should have been for the price. I was expecting something along the lines of a Morton's steakhouse or Ruth's Chris quality, but it really wasn't even close...more like an Outback experience. It was good, but not worth the extra money. We had a similar experience at Jamie's, though it was even more of a disappointment. Never been to an Italian restaurant where they didn't play Italian music...instead they're playing some pop/techno stuff, that just didn't fit. I've also never been to an Italian restaurant where they don't immediately serve you bread along with some form of spread. Instead, Jamie's has some different breads as part of the appetizer menu. Also the waitress seems to over explain everything. I appreciated her knowledge, but it got to the point where we just wanted her to shut up and let us eat. The staff was wearing jeans and flannel shirts...not sure how this is Italian themed, but maybe I'm not hipster enough to get it. The desserts were hit and miss...the lemon meringue cheese cake was wonderful, the tiramisu was lacking and short of any coffee flavor. I didn't get a chance to do the escape room. It wasn't open on our last sea day so you'll want to get in early so you don't miss that. Also, one night there was an even on the cruise planner for "Stargazing on the helipad". We weren't sure what would be involved with this but assumed it would have some crew lead event of sort. Nope, it was just a bunch of people on the helipad at night, all wondering what was going on. Overall, it was a great cruise and I would definitely go on it again Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This is the second time that we are on this ship. We also cruised for New Year's last year and booked this cruise while we were on the ship. I have to say last year was better. The ship is getting ready to go in for dry dock for ... Read More
This is the second time that we are on this ship. We also cruised for New Year's last year and booked this cruise while we were on the ship. I have to say last year was better. The ship is getting ready to go in for dry dock for a major renovation. We live in Miami so we used Lyft to go to the port. We got there at 11:30 am. Embarkation was quick - we are Emerald and the line was very small. Our room would be ready at 1:30 so we went to the buffet to have lunch and wait for our cabin. We had an interior cabin - 9643 - it was confortable - had lots of storage space and drawers. Our cabin steward was excellent, We cleaned our room twice a day, brought us ice and was attentive to all our needs. We had Mytime dining and we had made reservations for 7:30 3 nights a and 2 nights 8:00. Out waiters were ok - not as friendly and attentive as what we are used to - maybe they had too many tables to serve. The food was ok - nothing expectacular. They never served lobster. We were on the Harmony in September and the food and the service was excellent. We ate in the buffet for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast was good - they had a good selection of items but lunch was not so good. It was like eating the previous night reheated leftovers. You could not even make yourself a great salad. The staff was attentive and friendly. We enjoyed the shows - there two production shows, one hypnotist, a comedian and a tribute to BonJovi. There were all good. We spent quite a bit of time in the Casino. The slots were not paying much. Even the high rollers were not winning big jackpots. There was a lot of smoking in the casino which I don't like - specially people who don't play go there to smoke. Non smoking slot section is very small. They had raffles but if the person was not there they did not pay the price and did not any more names. We had two stops - Nassau and Labadee. In Nassau we took a cab to Baha Mar Resort and Casino. Beautiful resort and a great casino. In Labadee we went to the beach and spent the day there and enjoyed the ships BBQ. Since we live close to the port we cruise a lot and have been to these ports several times but always enjoy going again. Disembarkation was easy. We were off the ship by 8:45 am after picking up our luggage and quickly going through Customs. The New Year's celebration was good. They had music by the pool and also in the Promenade. This year they were selling tables in both areas so people would have reserved seating. The promenade was packed so we went up to the pool deck. Overall we enjoyed the cruise. Like this ship - not too big not too small. All the staff was friendly and attentive and we would cruise on it again. Compared to the Oasis class ship what I like about the Navigator is that it has a lot of open areas to sit where you can watch the ocean like in lounges. (deck 4 & 5) What I don't like is that they have limited venues to eat - Park Cafe is very small - it has sandwiches and pizza and when the buffet is closed (3:30 to 5:30) it's the only place you can grab something to eat (for free). Coming back from Nassau there must have been 100 people in line to grab a snack. Whereas the larger ships have many more options. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Have cruised with RCCI previously. Expected the ship to feel big, like Independence, but in reality seemed a little smaller..didn't matter though. Quality of musicians in the bars around Navigator were exceptional. Bar tenders very ... Read More
Have cruised with RCCI previously. Expected the ship to feel big, like Independence, but in reality seemed a little smaller..didn't matter though. Quality of musicians in the bars around Navigator were exceptional. Bar tenders very friendly and attentive. Remembered our name, cabin number and drinks preference, really quickly, was very impressed. Jacuzzis lovely and warm and quite easy to find sunbeds most days. Food delicious, one other reviewer here has complained at the length of time that it took to have dinner. For me, going out for dinner is an occasion, that doesn't want to be rushed. A little empathy and a pleasant personality ensures that your requirements are met. We had no trouble getting a table in the area we preferred, with the fabulous waiting staff we preferred (Edwin, Karan, Fabiano) and catered for by Estefania at the door...very very attentive and ensured we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Perhaps if other passengers are wanting to be 'fed quickly', they should eat in the Wind Jammer...quality food and service takes time. I do agree there was a lack of accompanying vegetables with the starter and main meals, however, if you add up all the calories, from start to finish of the 3 course dinner, plus drinks, there is certainly no shortage of calories there. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Wanted a longer cruise outside the school holiday. Never been to the Canaries before. The ship was Beaty with a lot of decoration and art. Clean and good taken care of. Our incide cabin had everything we needed and a lot of places to ... Read More
Wanted a longer cruise outside the school holiday. Never been to the Canaries before. The ship was Beaty with a lot of decoration and art. Clean and good taken care of. Our incide cabin had everything we needed and a lot of places to store our things, perfectly located on deck nine between the two lifts. Our stateroom attendant Ida did a Great job and kept it clean and was so nice to us all the time. Had read so many reviews about the need of upgrade, but that was not my experience. Always chairs available outside and it was never difficult to swim in the three pools or find a place in one of the jacuzzi. The food was very good. Specially impressed by the food in Windjammer that had a lot of choices. Also had very nice food in the MD and very good service thanks to Luise and Felix. Did take the Galley brunch and visit the kitchen and can understand how much work it is for the people in the kitchen and for the waiters to serve all the passengers. Also had some meals in chops grill and Giovanni as part of a prebooked 5dinner package. The entertainment was overall very good with some extra memorable experiences as the ice-show, the Barricade boys, Perry Grant and Craig Halliday. Cuddly was a very good as entertainment manager. Only one bad experience; with the spa treatment with a big pressure of bying products, so don’t think I will take any more spa treatments in the future. Did very excursion wit RCCL in Lisbon and Agadir. The Hippo Hippo tour with Anna in Lisbon was fantastic fun and let us see some of the major places. I don’t think We would like to go by our self in Agadir but had an very nice guide and did not felt unsafe during the excursion. I also think they was so pushing selling things in Agadir as earlier experience in Morocco. The best excursion we had was in Lanzarote with Lanzarote Experience. We had a group of 13 with our very nice guide and driver Angela on the whole day trip called grand tour. We was able to see the Timanfaya National Park, wine growing area, cactus garden, Cuevas de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua. We also had a tour in La Corunna with Hercules tours, a two hour tour around the city. The other places as Vigo, Las Palmas and Madeira we just walked around the city, easy from the chip. Will recommend Navigator and the Canaries. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was our honeymoon cruise we told the cruise line this having been on other cruises I knew what to expect it was my wife's first cruise I told her what to expect however the small touches were missing lots of corners cut simple ... Read More
This was our honeymoon cruise we told the cruise line this having been on other cruises I knew what to expect it was my wife's first cruise I told her what to expect however the small touches were missing lots of corners cut simple things like chocolate on your pillow bed turn down I don't expect these things to me done but on past experiences it has been done and always think it's a lovely little touch.ive always syayed in interior cabins and I knew what to expect but the cabin was very grubby. I did not like the dining experiance we were only offered 6.30 or 8.30 dining didn't get offered my time dining when booked Going to dinner on the first night and being sat with 8 people we didn't know and this would be our table for the next 14 nights we had never been so uncomfortable I do not like eating in front of people I don't know we was on our honeymoon and wanted our own space. We went to customer services and ask them to help us out was told to speak to restaurant manager which we did the following evening we was told he has 3 sheets of paper of people asking for tables for two may be Royal Carribean should look into share dining a bit more a lot of people we spoke to did not like the share table and choose to eat in windjammer which is a shame because fine dining is all about the experiance of a cruise.ship very dusted in public places bar areas broken chairs other passengers who have been on this ship a few times said its the worse it has been lots of corners being cut. We all knew it was going to dry docks in January but it's not a excuse for cleanliness. Staff also seem very sparse but they did work very hard and always very polite and friendly but maybe a bit short staffed Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
First time for us on a Royal Caribbean ship with over 20 cruises under our belts mostly with Thomson TUI and P&O we thought why not give them a try. The Navigator is a big ship and requires alot of walking both stairs and passage ways ... Read More
First time for us on a Royal Caribbean ship with over 20 cruises under our belts mostly with Thomson TUI and P&O we thought why not give them a try. The Navigator is a big ship and requires alot of walking both stairs and passage ways and definitely more rides in lifts etc and getting on and off the ship for tender boats and to go a shore can take some time. The ship its self is showing its 15yrs in service a lot of the soft furnishings and carpets need some TLC. The cost of every thing is expensive on board and prices of things has the wow factor. OK now to the important part the food amazing it is and we enjoyed meals in the MDR and the Windjammer buffet and we ate well. They have a good pastry chef on this galley thats for sure and all the chefs know what there doing. Entertainment was good a really good collection of musicians in the nine piece orchestra brilliant to back up the dances and singers. Headline acts were Darren Day, Roy Walker. East coast boys singing Frankie Valli songs brilliant and they were introduced by a lively cruise director. Ok service was good waiters in the MDR very well trained and keen to help. House keeping was good all seemed cheerful and happy. On the bar work waiters seemed a bit stressed and short handed under pressure. Will we go on another RCI cruise yes we have already booked it on the Independence of the Sea for next year. Thats about it really happy cruising BYE. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Ship was in generally good shape. Some wear but upkept well. Clean roomy ship, bright and cheery. Easy on, easy off. Well organized and pleasant staff. We traveled with mostly folks from Great Britain (we’re from Chicago, USA) and ... Read More
Ship was in generally good shape. Some wear but upkept well. Clean roomy ship, bright and cheery. Easy on, easy off. Well organized and pleasant staff. We traveled with mostly folks from Great Britain (we’re from Chicago, USA) and they were terrific. Courteous and friendly. Main Dining. Generally, I enjoy eating at the dining room. I like the formality of dressing for dinner, accompanied by good food and service. However, the quality of the food in the main dining room has deteriorated in all cruise ships. Food is hit or miss. Had oso buco and instead of a full, meaty oxtail, braised if a rich sauce, was served a curled piece of thin cut of beef, curled and brown. Our main waiter was below average. Still learning his job. World disappear for long stretches and could not be found. Assistant server, top notch and attentive. Our steak and shrimp combo dinner came without the shrimp. Our waiter didn’t notice or didn’t care. We had to bring to his attention at which point he would try to correct. I’m sure good help is hard to find, and it shows. Our waiter gave us the feeling that he was hoping we would just leave him alone. Buffet: Better than average. I detest most buffetts but this one was good. Good abundant selection, good variety. Ate here often for quick satisfying meal, mostly breakfast but also lunch an dinner a few times. Clean and well presented choices. Specialty dining, very good. Chops food and service fantastic. Great appetizers, bacon, shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, bone in rib eye, filet and desert. Top notch food, good wine selection and great professional service. Ate at Giovanni’s table. Also very good but not great. Kids really liked Johnny Rockets. Entertainment was world class. Great shows, talented staff, enjoyed main theater almost every night. Comedians, hypnotists and the ever-talented singers and dancers very enjoyable. Ice show was fun. Enjoyed casino, every night. Not enough poker. Went to yoga class, used steam room, sauna. Kids hung out at teen club, nice athletic activity center, rock climbing wall, plenty to do. Pools nice but never enough chairs. Went to cigar lounge, enjoyed a quality cigar. We played bingo, lost. My son won the Star Wars trivia contest. Also, won 2nd place in archery contest. The itinerary was out of this world. Gibraltar (wife attacked by apes—she’s ok) , Alicante, Spain (beach, reat tapas and gelato winding through narrow city streets), Mallorca overnight (beach, party like a Mediterranean), Sardinia (great coffee in historic villa) Cadiz (walled city, beach and cathedral) Lisbon’s, city tour on foot) Good value trip in exotic, less traveled western Mediterranean beach cities. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Boarding as always with RC very easy and slick. Great cruise destinations although four port days with the two middle days being St Petersburg was very tiring as we had booked the two day tour of St Petersburg which i0 hours each day. ... Read More
Boarding as always with RC very easy and slick. Great cruise destinations although four port days with the two middle days being St Petersburg was very tiring as we had booked the two day tour of St Petersburg which i0 hours each day. It was also quite crowded at the main attractions, but the world cup was on so that didn't help. Food and service in the main sapphire dining room was poor we had five night speciallity dining package which was good so only had five nights dining in the sapphire dining room. the other two nights we spent in the windjammer which was better by far then the main dining room. We were on Navigator in December 16 and the main dining experiance has certainly got worse. not that it was that good then either. The entertainment was also exactly the same as December 16 vertually word for word and dance for dance. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The cruise was good, as was the food and entertainment. Cruise ship staff were excellent. If I have a criticism it would be the distance the ship was docked from the the town/city we were visiting, also the length of time we were ... Read More
The cruise was good, as was the food and entertainment. Cruise ship staff were excellent. If I have a criticism it would be the distance the ship was docked from the the town/city we were visiting, also the length of time we were allowed to spend on shore at some ports of call was not enough. Food/Dining Cabin Entertainment we all excellent I would go again, but would necessarily go shore at all locations. Tallinn and Saint Petersburg were the highlights of the cruise and would highly recommend visiting them. I did the one and a half day St Petersburg trip. This was very good, but don't expect to see everything, at the places you will be visiting as the museum's and the crowds, are huge. This makes it difficult to get around. Also the is very little time for shopping. Except for one place they take you to, which, is quite expressive. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Although the ship is in need of a few repairs, all in all its still in good shape. The entertainment is good in all areas especially the main theatre. Service is good as you would expect from Royal. The highlights have been with ... Read More
Although the ship is in need of a few repairs, all in all its still in good shape. The entertainment is good in all areas especially the main theatre. Service is good as you would expect from Royal. The highlights have been with the tours we have chosen. With the cruise tours been to expensive with went with Alla Tours and I have to say they are the best we have ever had from a cruise ship. From the ease of booking and dealing with them, to the expert and friendly guides. I would highly recommend them. Our cabin was spacious and clean with a extra large balcony at the rear of the ship, sometimes sute did lodge outside but room attendant kept it cleaned. The ship was just the right size for us not to big and not to small. The main theatre had two shows a night which were very good. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Cruising with friends and family.6 in the party all adults. Had a great time . the weather was great , we was round the pool area on sea days . Very comfortable , great laughs from Daniels entertainment . Of the headliner shows Bobby ... Read More
Cruising with friends and family.6 in the party all adults. Had a great time . the weather was great , we was round the pool area on sea days . Very comfortable , great laughs from Daniels entertainment . Of the headliner shows Bobby Davro and Jack Pack and Mick miller were excellent shows. Ricci Jay was rubbish . All staff were so helpful and always smiling . The room was cleaned twice a day , and towels changed. Very good service . The food was wonderful in all the resturants , especially in sapphire evening dining.All waiters were great. We all liked a drink and the bar service was fantastic in all the bars .the waiters were so quick with the drinks . Smoking room was a godsend for me aswell . Karaoke was a bit of a let down , not enough songs to choose from and was only on once for the adults, but daniel was a great host. I wasn't happy paying 52 dollar to get to Bruges that was a bit expensive , and went on the 8am bus and when we got there nothing was open till 10am , very disappointing . Bruges itself was beautiful. Overall a great holiday . Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The cruise was wonderful experience and the service was excellent, our was cabin over looking the Promenade was beautiful, Foods was absolutely tasty. we have thoroughly enjoyed our holidays and will most certainly will cruise again ... Read More
The cruise was wonderful experience and the service was excellent, our was cabin over looking the Promenade was beautiful, Foods was absolutely tasty. we have thoroughly enjoyed our holidays and will most certainly will cruise again with Royal Caribbean cruises again hopefully soon. The entertainments and the activities and the services was excellent. the embarkation and the disembarkation was very smooth we did not encounter any discomfort at all. We quite like dinning in the wind jarmmer simply had massive selection of food to chose from. Down stair cafe was very handy too with tasty snakes every time you fancy a bite to eat. Night entertainments was very good there was always something going on so you never get bored. On the top deck there was so much going on from music to massive screen playing all your favourite films and more simply wonderful themes. We have had absolutely wonderful time. This was our first time on the cruise and we really enjoyed it very much. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
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
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
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
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
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
We mainly chose this cruise since we had not been in Bonaire before (all other ports of call we've visited before). SHORE EXCURSION: The best shore excursion on this cruise was the "Fun Beach Express, Sightseeing & ... Read More
We mainly chose this cruise since we had not been in Bonaire before (all other ports of call we've visited before). SHORE EXCURSION: The best shore excursion on this cruise was the "Fun Beach Express, Sightseeing & Snorkel" tour in Curacao. Our guide was Melissa and her driver was Cedric. Melissa was so pleasant and had a wealth of knowledge. Saw a lot & the bus was open-air, so taking pictures/videos was a breeze (pun intended). One thing to note - before you cruise: check out the shore excursions online. About 10 weeks prior to our sailing date, Royal Caribbean started offering 10-30% off if you booked the excursion prior to your sail date. Well worth it! DINING: We did find that crew must've been told to "push" for the Specialty Dining Package. I'm assuming they get commission, since we were almost tackled about this on every corner of the ship. We finally gave in and purchased a 3-dinner Specialty Dining package. The experience in the Chops Grille was fantastic and well worth the extra $. The Filet Mignon is grilled to perfection and everything from the service to the side dishes is a perfect complement. Truly makes for a special evening, so I do recommend that you visit Chops at least once during this cruise. We also visited Giovanni's Table - which I cannot recommend after our experience (service was lackluster and came with an "attitude", main entrees came out cold, etc.). We did not visit Sol (Mexican Specialty) as the menu only includes appetizer style food & enchiladas - something I can get in Southern California and certainly won't pay extra for. Our friends visited Izumi (Japanese/Sushi Specialty Restaurant). They went back twice, raving about the quality of the food. Note: if you go to Izumi, you will order "a la carte". Cover charge is $35 and you can order whatever you like, but after reaching $35 value of foods ordered you will pay a la carte price extra for each item you order. ENTERTAINMENT: Headliner shows were great and excellent variety, from Comedy to Singing (e.g. Las Vegas Tenors). Production Shows featured predominantly 70s & 80s music. Our cruise featured a professional ballroom couple from Ukraine - they have won several awards and rightfully so - they are spectacular to watch. They also hosted 1/2 hour dance lessons for all to attend (no cost) during the cruise, which was great and we enjoyed every lesson! The Ice Show was also fantastic - a must see - I still can't believe how these professional ice skaters make it look so easy on this tiny ice skating rink inside the ship, even when the ship is moving. Pure talent at work! SPA: booked a 50-minute Swedish massage prior to sailing (special discount). Was "upsold" to hot stone massage ($20 more). Massage & service overall was good and pleasant (although I do prefer the massage therapist at my Chiropractors office for therapeutic purposes; the Spa massage on the ship was more of a "feel good" activity than truly therapeutic). Afterwards, be aware that they will try to sell you about $150 worth of extras (sponges, ointments, free acupuncture consultation). It's ok to say no, but you might start seeing some of the smiles fade.... ONBOARD: if you are looking for a quiet place to read a book, look for Deck 13 on the front of the ship. Hundreds of free chaise loungers and plenty of space. If you are looking for activities, be near to the pool area. Sports Deck offers lots of variety (FlowRider, MiniGolf, RockClimbing, Basketball, Table Tennis). Ice Skating Rink is also open during sea days (bring long pants if you want to try this out!). They do play major picture movies on the big screen by the pool area. During the day, fun "failarmy" videos are being played for general entertainment. CREW: very friendly, extremely helpful; cruise director staff was excellent and offered lots of fun activities during sea days; service in main dining room and Windjammer Buffet was excellent, as was the quality of the food itself. OVERALL: I would definitely recommend this cruise and would go again (but book a different cabin - see my comments under Cabin details below). I've been on about 12 cruises and although I've tried other cruise lines, keep coming back to Royal Caribbean due to value & quality. Navigator is a very clean ship & great size (140,000 ton, Voyager class). Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
A good 2nd RC cruise, generally. The ship is lovely; there's lots to do. The food is great, the staterooms nice and the staff/service are amazing. Sadly it's getting quite Butlins. For the price, it's less swish and ... Read More
A good 2nd RC cruise, generally. The ship is lovely; there's lots to do. The food is great, the staterooms nice and the staff/service are amazing. Sadly it's getting quite Butlins. For the price, it's less swish and luxurious than you'd imagine, especially compared to other lines. Whilst it was fun, it was over-crowded, and quite ropey in-parts, where activities/entertainment were aimed at families/young children. It was quite low-brow and populist; endless Bingo and Karaoke, people going to dinner in hoodies/tracksuits. There were children everywhere, and this was encouraged by nature of the activities/entertainment. It felt more like a holiday-camp than a nice, posh cruise, which seems a shame, given it's marketed as a luxury. Also, facilities couldn't accommodate the number of passengers. The Windjammer was over-capacity, bars were full; you couldn't find a seat anywhere. Too many people packed-on without thought of how they would spend their time on-board. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Fitted in well with school holidays and always good to sail from Southampton. Ship is a good one although a little tired in places. The last time we had Clo as a cruise director she was disappointing but she was bang on form on this ... Read More
Fitted in well with school holidays and always good to sail from Southampton. Ship is a good one although a little tired in places. The last time we had Clo as a cruise director she was disappointing but she was bang on form on this cruise. Main dining was good service but main dining food was not as good as it used to be and significantly lower in standard than NCL who we used for the first time this year. Service has improved since the same time last year and a good itinerary made for a good holiday. Excursions were varied but in my opinion very overpriced and 50% cheaper to organise yourself in some cases. Speciality restaurant prices have gone up significantly over the last few years and generally, menus have reduced in variety and not changed much in the last 8 years. Hypnotist show was brilliant, and whilst it may seem like a moanathon, still a good holiday and we will use again if it's a good deal Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Been on explorer of the seas loved it gave Navigator a try and were let down by charges for drinks(we were all-inclusive), and towels which were returned and not cleared off our accounts.Toilet not working one night was rectified then last ... Read More
Been on explorer of the seas loved it gave Navigator a try and were let down by charges for drinks(we were all-inclusive), and towels which were returned and not cleared off our accounts.Toilet not working one night was rectified then last night/last morning no toilet or water.Got email when home apologising but not good enough Royal Caribbean. Positives were mostly good staff, exceptional in Sapphire restaurant. Negatives were spent a lot of time at customer services and advise you check your bill for surprises on the last morning that get added even when you owe nothing. Food was of a good/high quality and varied.Waiters and restaurant staff were exceptional. Bar staff were always polite and helpful and you could have a laugh with them. Pool deck was often wet and not cleaned of water so they were a hazard. Pools were closed as children on two occasions were either sick in the pool or something more undesirable was floating in the pool. Smoking on pool deck should not be allowed on a family cruise and smoking on balconies is meant to be banned but the family below my daughters cabin were smoking. And why is smoking allowed in certain parts of the casino on some nights not others? Not all gamblers smoke so why inflict it on others. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
It is a nice ship but I think it does need attention in some areas. The cabin was nice and of a good size, however, the doors to the balcony were very stiff and you had to slam them hard. The balcony itself was in need of a bit of ... Read More
It is a nice ship but I think it does need attention in some areas. The cabin was nice and of a good size, however, the doors to the balcony were very stiff and you had to slam them hard. The balcony itself was in need of a bit of maintenance ie. painting. Outside our cabin the carpet had a musty smell. We did mention it and they did attempt to deal with it and it was better but not solved completely. The food was good in the dining room and the food in the speciality restaurants was excellent, although you do have to pay extra. The entertainment was of a good standard on the whole. Most of the staff were friendly and attentive however there were a few that clearly missed the customer service training. Our biggest problem was the number of children and the fact that there were not enough adult only areas. I have to take my holiday in school holidays now so don't have a choice, but I will not do a cruise again this time of year. Although there was plenty of things for them to do, some thought it was a good game playing in the lifts and running up and down the stairs and along the corridors. Not wishing to sound snobbish but standards do seem to have slipped. Cruising used to be a luxury. We enjoyed the ports of call mainly Barcelona, Valencia and Malaga. We had plenty of time in Barcelona (2 days) however, we had very little time in Valencia which was a real shame. We don't do the excursions as we feel these are far too expensive. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Great cruise option for families- we loved it and re booked whilst on board. Great food, bars and activities for all ages and interests. Never cruised before so initially disappointed by cabin, basically kitted out with few luxury ... Read More
Great cruise option for families- we loved it and re booked whilst on board. Great food, bars and activities for all ages and interests. Never cruised before so initially disappointed by cabin, basically kitted out with few luxury touches. However it did the job perfectly well if we kept it tidy!! Cabin steward great. Windjammer very busy but served excellent food of a very high standard. We nick named it the crazy café though as it was so busy, we were put off by the plastic plates and fellow cruisers pushing and shoving. Main dining room excellent with great table service. Menu got repetitive towards end of 2 weeks. Pools small filled with sea water. Would do better with 1 larger pool with designated areas. Entertainment surprisingly good- go to see the shows they are great. They don't last too long to take up all your time. Bar service very good with highly trained staff. Some a little crowded with little sitting space which could be frustrating. My child was 11 turning 12 on this holiday. He was in between both kids club ages and felt didn't fit into either. He enjoyed the flowrider, climbing wall and golf. Travelled during school holidays so as expected lots of kids. Number of feral kids wandering about playing in lifts and running un checked was a problem. A fellow cruiser even felt bullied and intimidated by them. This would be my suggestion to RC- to put on some security to prevent kids getting too out of hand- whilst letting them enjoy the safety and freedom cruising allows. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We needed a holiday where one of us would absorb the sun, one could explore the various cities and the 9 year old child would not be bored. All boxes were ticked. After years of being frustrated at airports and seeing and doing the same ... Read More
We needed a holiday where one of us would absorb the sun, one could explore the various cities and the 9 year old child would not be bored. All boxes were ticked. After years of being frustrated at airports and seeing and doing the same old things on package holidays, we've finally found the perfect way to holiday. If anybody tells you that it's too expensive, just remind them you get what you pay for. From the minute we stepped out of the car at Southampton we were treated with courtesy, respect and efficiency. Within 1 hour we were sat in the Schooner bar with our first drinks. Worryingly i was called to Guest Services within the hour to ask me to inspect one of our cases for an unidentifiable item. Fear not, when i realised what they had found on the x-ray machine i was more than impressed of the security measures in place. The interior cabin was not over-sized but was sufficient for 2 adults and 2 children. We slept, showered and dressed in it. If you want to see the open sea, you will have enough opportunities on deck. Also there is enough room for storage if done correctly. We did the 'My time dining', which was ideal if the child/ren are in their respective clubs although he did attend once with us, under protest. The windjammer cafe has everything you would wish for and more if you want to be totally relaxed. The daily itinerary or/and entertainment was unbelievable and catered for absolutely everyone. I attended art auctions, lectures, quizzes and the belly flop championships to name but a few.The evening shows in the theatre were exceptional, from family entertainment to adult humour. The service we received from everyone was explicable, they could not do enough for you. The gratuities were cancelled on day one, as recommended by seasoned cruisers, and the state room attendant, favourite bar staff and favourite waiter were tipped handsomely at the end of the cruise. As mentioned initially, the wife stayed on board whilst i visited all the ports. As it was our 1st cruise we didn't book any shore excursions but in future i would book particular ones which suit. Although i feel a little expensive for families they are allegedly well organised. We did hear that on this particular cruise, some people were saying 'there were too many kids on board'. For goodness sake, kids make holidays and if those people want none or fewer children, book in school term time and go with P&O or Cunard with an elderly contingent. I will finish by saying that my wife and 9 year old child had an amazing time and have booked again already for next year ;-). Read Less
Sail Date August 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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