27 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Caribbean - Western

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
I loved this cruise. I would first like to say how great the staff were. Our waiters in the dining room were a joy to talk to and the stateroom staff were also very nice and made you feel welcome. There was never a time where we didn’t ... Read More
I loved this cruise. I would first like to say how great the staff were. Our waiters in the dining room were a joy to talk to and the stateroom staff were also very nice and made you feel welcome. There was never a time where we didn’t have something to do on the ship. I enjoyed lounging on the poolside and in the hot tubs for times where we wanted to relax. As for the entertainment, there’s so much to say. The comedy shows were amazing, the game shows are a blast to watch, and live music and karaoke was fun. We also enjoyed mini golfing, ice skating + an ice skating show, the arcade, family bingo, and ping pong. As for the food, everything we ate was complimentary and it wasn’t bad. Most of the things were delicious, and only a few things could’ve been better. I loved going to the Windjammer every morning for breakfast, grabbing a bite from the Cafe Promenade, and dining at the Saphire Dining Room fo dinner. The gym had lots to do. I had tons of fun on this ship, even if it’s an older ship. I wouldn’t have been able to tell it was built in 2002 if I didn’t find out. New Year’s eve was also a great time, despite our balloons being stuck, but that was all joy and laughter. The days at sea were mainly lounging but if we had “nothing” to do, we could always go exploring around on the ship or the Star Lounge was a great spot for entertainment. For the ports, Nassau and Labadee were great experiences, and we were always on time. This was a great experience for my first time cruising. I think it’s great for all ages. The only negatives would be some rocking on the ship but I got used to it. Thank you Royal Caribbean!! I will miss this ship a lot. Read Less
Sail Date December 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
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
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
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
My wife and I went on this cruise because we purchased a new Kia. This was my first cruise with Royal and it was outstanding. The ice skating show was out of this world, it was amazing how much they could do in such little space. ... Read More
My wife and I went on this cruise because we purchased a new Kia. This was my first cruise with Royal and it was outstanding. The ice skating show was out of this world, it was amazing how much they could do in such little space. Growing up in Florida, I have never had the chance to try ice skating for myself so it was great to be on such a wonderful cruise and learn to ice skate. As a Floridian, the artificial wave was a great hit for me. Learning how to ski and kneeboard without a rope was spectacular and exciting. The shows on the boat were also very unique. The dancers did a wonderful job with broadway style dancing that my wife and I greatly enjoyed. I believe my cruise with Royal greatly outdid my previous cruises with Carnival and I would recommend any avid "cruiser" to check out Royal ships and enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was my first trip with Royal Caribbean, after more than a dozen cruises with Cunard, Carnival and NCL. I didn't have unreal high expectations however, after this experience, I wonder why is it that RCI is considered a higher ... Read More
This was my first trip with Royal Caribbean, after more than a dozen cruises with Cunard, Carnival and NCL. I didn't have unreal high expectations however, after this experience, I wonder why is it that RCI is considered a higher standard in cruising? My first negative impression came from staff members, whom I suspect are underpaid and in less than decent conditions on the boat (they can't all be moody!). Most of them have questionable attitudes, as if they cannot be bothered. I am not one of those annoying, obnoxious, demanding customers, actually I have compassion and respect for workers, especially since I worked with Cunard myself. Our deluxe balcony cabin lacked bathroom supplies (no tissues, shampoo, or even bags for garbage) and seemed outdated, there was mold in the shower and in the toilet, yucks. Beds were hard and there were no individual controls for lights, which were either blinding or left us in the dark. Internet service package...I might as well not have wasted my money! Was expecting a work contract and needed to have email available, but was unable to refresh, let alone do anything online. Entertainment was mediocre at best, however I didn't expect super talent aboard a boat. What surprised me the most was the very, very poor quality of the food. Windjammer was distracting due to the buffet nature and variety...but their main dining room, Saphire, omg, every dish looked and tasted like a $3 dollar microwave meal. Don't know if I would give RCI another shot, would have to read reviews. For now, as far as big cruise liners, I believe NCL is a much better choice. This was like Carnival, with less desperate feeders and a higher quality crowd, but overly stuffed the same. Did I mention we waited 3 hours for disembarkation? Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
5 days (Bahamas & Cozumel) THE GOOD: I can't say enough good things about the staff, they were great. Helpful, friendly, courteous, and great at what they do. The ship activities are decent enough, but there probably are ... Read More
5 days (Bahamas & Cozumel) THE GOOD: I can't say enough good things about the staff, they were great. Helpful, friendly, courteous, and great at what they do. The ship activities are decent enough, but there probably are not enough for the amount of people on board. The food was pretty good (with one exception), we ate at every location (minus Izumi). There were a couple items at each location that were really good. THE BAD: Expect to get bombarded every turn about buying something, even if you already did. Purchased a couples massage only to get "harassed" about buying product after the massage. Purchased the 5 night dining package only to get "harassed" about buying the dining package. Extra fees, extra fees, extra fees. Even after paying for the tips in advance, expect to get blindsided by extra fees that aren't mentioned anywhere prior to the cruise. Room service? oh yeah, but it's $8 each time, and while most foods are included there are some that are only available for an extra fee (lobster, some steak items). Flow rider? great but it's only available for maybe about 4 hours each day, and if you pre-booked something, or are at a scheduled lunch? tough luck. Need a late night snack? OR couldn't make the assigned dining times? Only one other place to eat (open 24 hours) and the food was either bad sandwiches, or semi-warm gas station pizza. It was by far the worst food on the ship. THE UGLY: Worst bed I've ever slept on, hard as a rock. For all the marketing and sales pitches they throw at you for Cariloha you would expect them to have their mattresses and sheets in the room. You wanna sell a product let me sleep on it and try it out. Golfing simulator was broken the entire trip. Rooms aren't as "clean" as they should be, not dirty, but not clean. Internet was pathetic. It would work, then not work, then be great, then horrible. Expect the pools to be overcrowded, they are way to small for the number of people on board. Excursion was nice, until we get there and aren't allowed to take any pictures of video (even though the description said different). You have to purchase whatever the excursion took (only another $120). OVERALL: This was our first cruise. It was decent. Will we cruise again? Probably, but I'm just not sold on Royal Caribbean being our choice. We have 4 kids from 10-18, they didn't come this time, and I'm pretty sure they would have been bored after day 3. The constant sales pitches turned a needed vacation into a "I'm tired of hearing about anything you have to offer." Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose this cruise because it was a 5 day cruise, and I wanted to visit Conzumel. I'm familiar with the ship and its amenities and I knew we would enjoy our vacation. The food is awesome. great variety of places and things to eat. ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was a 5 day cruise, and I wanted to visit Conzumel. I'm familiar with the ship and its amenities and I knew we would enjoy our vacation. The food is awesome. great variety of places and things to eat. The pool area was not crowded but like always, other cruisers tend to reserve chairs for hours at a time and forget about the other people that want a chair to sit and relax. The staff at the bars work swiftly to avoid lines and avoid keeping the people from waiting too long. The entertainers need to be looked into. the wardrobe appeared to be homemade and did not fit the bodies of the individuals. The music was old fashion and they need to be focusing on the current trends and new artists. The fitness center is appropriate for the occasion. Kept very clean and all of the equipment in its place and in working order. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this particular cruise based on the itinerary and dates available for our daughter's spring break. We fly in from Seattle and could not do a full week cruise, so we needed the shorter option to be able to arrive in time to ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise based on the itinerary and dates available for our daughter's spring break. We fly in from Seattle and could not do a full week cruise, so we needed the shorter option to be able to arrive in time to board and depart. The lowest point of the cruise was probably at arrival, getting onboard. We stood in line for over 3 hours as we waited to check in. This was my fourth cruise and the first for my husband and daughter and I've never experienced such a horrible check in process. Once we were onboard though, everything was smooth sailing. The activities on the boat were a lot of fun. We had our 17 year old daughter and there were many things that kept her interested both throughout the day and in the evenings, things that kept her engaged with others her age, and not awkwardly trying to fit in. The staff in the main dining room was soooo friendly and helpful. We did not try any of the other restaurants (aside from Windjammer) simply because we truly enjoyed our waitstaff in our assigned dining slot. We went to the Illusionist and had a blast, he was very entertaining, we also went to the Marriage Game Show and enjoyed that as well. The production number was a little long, maybe not my speed so much, but great dancing. We loved the comedian and really really enjoyed the 70s disco party on the Promenade. We spent many nights at the Schooner bar listening to the pianist as well and really enjoyed him, however he did tend to go a little long committing to one singer or another and not mixing it up and involving the crowd as much as I would have liked. I was really impressed with the fitness center. I think all but one machine were working which I consider a huge bonus! I am used to having some out of order! The waitstaff on the pool deck was always available and helpful. We paid for the internet and had really spotty connection. I wasn't disappointed or surprised given we are at sea, but at some point, this should be improved. Another disappointing factor was that paying for the soda package for our daughter, $8/day did not include bottled water for her. This seems like a huge miss. It also seems like bottled water should be included in the state room since we paid for the beverage package. It would be nice to see a late night dining option other than pizza and cold sandwiches. That got old really fast. Jonny Rockets was a good deal at $7 each for all you can eat, however we didn't get to take advantage of this because when we did go it was so busy that we sat for 10 minutes and never got service. I'm not sure what the room attendant's role is aside from making the bed and changing out towels but I didn't really feel like much was picked up compared to what I experience at a typical hotel room service. Usually my vanity area is straightened a bit and I didn't get that. I don't know if that's to be expected or not. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was a spring break trip with my family. This was our 5th cruise but 1st with RCL. We flew into Miami on the day the cruise was leaving since we booked the flights with Royal Caribbean. We arrived just fine and were put on a bus and ... Read More
This was a spring break trip with my family. This was our 5th cruise but 1st with RCL. We flew into Miami on the day the cruise was leaving since we booked the flights with Royal Caribbean. We arrived just fine and were put on a bus and taken to the ship, no problems. The ship is very pretty and looks pretty well maintained except for some of the artwork around the ship. The shadow boxes seem to feature different types and styles of fashion. Many of the objects were covered in at least an inch of dust, dresses displayed behind the glass were falling apart and again covered in a ton of dust. If its something that is falling apart - it should be removed and replaced. We were happy about the hand sanitized stations all over the ship. Nobody in our group got sick so that was a good thing. We stayed in an inside cabin for the first and last time. I wanted to experience it since I am a travel agent, I did not want to suggest a type of room unless I had stayed in one. The room was smaller than my bathroom, it really was - we measured it when we came home. How they expect 4 people to stay in that room is crazy. The bathroom was very tiny and it was hard to turn around in the shower, you could sit on the toilet and wash your hands at the sink at the same time. They don't change the sheets in your room ever- there was a small red mark on my side of the sheets and it was always there. The floor in our room was only cleaned once after we brought sand in on our shoes from Cozumel. Shopping on the ship was bad, everything was cheaply made but expensive. The shopping on other ships we have been on was wonderful, this was just bad. Johnny Rockets was the only place that had warm food and good service. When we ate at the Windjammer Cafe (buffet) the selection was not very good, there was no service, the food was cold and it was hard to a seat. In the main dining room it took a long time to get our food, it was always cold unless it was ice cream and that was usually pretty well melted. We all had the soda package but we had to go to the bar and they took everyone who needed mixed drinks first so we waited a long time. Most of the entertainment was boring, we love going to the shows on the other ships we have been on. This ship only offered one show an evening and all except one was so boring (unless you are 70 years old) The first show was a ballroom dancing show so we thought it would be like Dancing with the Stars type of show but, it started with the song Moon River ... and just got worse. I was jealous of the people who were able to walk out, we were stuck in the middle of a row so we could not sneak out. Then we saw the ice skating show - it was nice but the one skater kept falling down. They had a Bon Jovi tribute band on another night and since we love Bon Jovi we enjoyed that show. We missed the show on the last night so I can't comment about that one. Overall the service on the ship was not friendly. The staff was super serious and not cheerful or outgoing. We had to flag down to get any help. I use a motorized scooter and it seemed to annoy the staff. We have sailed on 4 other Carnival Cruises and they were always helpful, friendly, outgoing and just so much better in every way. The only Wow we had was the Wow why didn't we sail on Carnival again. We love to snorkel on our cruises and were really excited to take a tour in the Bahamas but we were not in port long enough to take the tour we were really wanted to take. We took a tour with the cruise line, it was ok. We were only in the water about an our and it only stopped in one place. In Cozumel - we have been there 5 times in the past so we did our own excursion and spent the day at a resort, we had a nice day. On Carnival they have a long pier but they allow rickshaw drivers to pick you up and take you to the shopping area, you just give them a tip but, they don't have any on RCL so it makes it hard if you can't walk far distances. I traveled with my husband, 13 year old daughter and 11 year old son. They did not like this cruise either. It would be great if you just wanted to get on a ship, lay out in the sun and go to bed early. We will never go on this ship again. I already booked another cruise on RCL for Christmas but, I am going to see if that ship has better reviews or I am going to cancel it and go on NCL or Carnival. Being a travel agent, I would not suggest this ship for anyone under 70 years old. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My friend invited me to join her and her family and friends. I had never been on a cruise before, but turning 50 I am changing things up a bit and trying NEW things! I had the best time. I have the Sunburn to prove it!! Swam with ... Read More
My friend invited me to join her and her family and friends. I had never been on a cruise before, but turning 50 I am changing things up a bit and trying NEW things! I had the best time. I have the Sunburn to prove it!! Swam with dolphins in Cozumel, shopped in Nassau, loved the food, the service, the everything! JEVI was the best waiter and James the best Cabin service of all time!! The Ice dancing show was great, Quest was so fun, I took my bra off!!!! The Belly Flop and sexiest guy competitions were hilarious! The comedian was terrific, the Hair band imitator was awesome! The all inclusive cocktails were magnificent, (but there could have been more bar staff to serve our needs....we waited quite a while for drinks) The 5night seemed the perfect time away. Can't wait to get back on one of these ships!! LOVED IT!!! I'll be Back!! :) Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Hi everyone, My wife and I took the little 5 day cruise to Nassau and Cozumel. It was my first time on on RCI and my wife's second. Our previous history includes Carnival (a long time ago, but a good time with the kids), ... Read More
Hi everyone, My wife and I took the little 5 day cruise to Nassau and Cozumel. It was my first time on on RCI and my wife's second. Our previous history includes Carnival (a long time ago, but a good time with the kids), Norwegian, then Celebrity. My wife saw a deal, and that was that. We purchased the drinks package and BOGO (the first 2 nights dinner package). We loved them both and would do both again. The Ship: She is in good shape. You can find something if you want to look hard enough. Some parts of her might be a little dated, but all in all, I thought she was pretty. We were in a standard balcony on deck 8. Plenty of storage, the A/C worked fine, the balcony was nice, if not huge. She is big enough to have most of the stuff RCI is known for without the need for months in advance reservations to see or use them. Reservations alone will keep me off of the bigger ships, I think. The Bars: The drink plan worked well, the bartenders were mostly very nice, but finding a good Bloody Mary was the challenge. A good Martini, no problem. Dining: Chops was excellent. Sabor was very good. Main dining dinners were surprisingly good We tended to eat late (8:30 or so) and got in and out in an hour. Didn't feel rushed either. The waiters were great, attentive without being obtrusive. Windjammer breakfasts were fine. Seemed to have everything but herring and English bacon. Windjammer lunches were another story. My wife and I had trouble finding much that was good. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. The Windjammer lunch is what makes this a 4 star cruise for us. Fellow Passengers: Diverse, young and old with an amazing number of kids. Well behaved kids. They may have started to crumble a little on the last night but a lot of us were slowing down by the last night too. Our fellow passengers were almost all fun, open, easy to talk to and a joy to be around. They were some of the nicest cruisers I have been around. What we did: Nassau. We didn't even get off the ship. We have been there a lot and decided to enjoy a quiet ship. We did and had a nice day. Cozumel. Went to Mr. Sanchos. Mr. Sanchos is a cheesy name for a really nice all inclusive day time resort. 2 pools with swim up pool bars, a nice beach with tables, chairs, umbrellas, and lounge chairs. The food, drinks, and service were great. We will go back if we ever end up in Cozumel again. Would we sail RCI again? We have to get over the lunches. You don't have a lot of choice for lunch unless you want to change your clothes and pay $20 per person to eat lunch at Sabor or Giovanni's. The Windjammer lunch just didn't really cut it for us. That being said, if the right cruise at the right price came along we would probably book it and would get by just fine. First world problems, 'eh? However, if I was a parent with little or not so little kids, I'd live on those ships. But not on 5 day cruises. Too short. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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
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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