2 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Expedition Cruise Reviews

We love RCI and have taken 6 cruises with them since 2007; when they no longer satisfy us we will look for an alternative company. This is the second cruise on Navigator and while I agree that she is looking a little worn in places she ... Read More
We love RCI and have taken 6 cruises with them since 2007; when they no longer satisfy us we will look for an alternative company. This is the second cruise on Navigator and while I agree that she is looking a little worn in places she stands up well to scrutiny. We no longer book outside or balcony cabins, figuring we would rather spend the extra money on our visits. There were subtle changes this time though, that we feel RCI are making in light of the economic plight we're all in. For example we only got 3 towel animals, no chocolate on the pillow, no ice bucket in the room (available on request). We used to buy the wine packages but didn't think the wine justified the cost so don't bother now but the prices in the bars are expensive. We paid $18.40 for two cans of Fosters, albeit they were litre tins I think. The destinations we visited were Messina, Athens I(got caught in a protest), Kusadasi, Crete. We didn't fancy Turkey so left the ship a little later but were pleasantly surprised when we finally stepped foot in Turkey. We thought the Parthenon was great but Athens is a dump, sorry if I offend anyone but it really is. The entertainment was the usual formula; 70s Parade, Ice Show, RCI dancers but this was another area we thought suffered comparing it with previous cruises. The production sets consisted of softly billowing silk curtains whereas on previous cruises they had taken the time to build sets and work a routine around that. This time it was just singing and dancing which gers a little boring after a while. The staff were really good and we never had any issues with them. We chose the second seating on a table for two but on the first night were seated bext to a Spanish couple and a family of 3 from Brazil. Very nice people, I'm sure but when nobody can understand the other's language it can be very tiresome. We were moved to another table on the .2nd night and made fast friends with Julie and Hannah (mother and daughter) and Joyce and Patricia (travelling companions) . It was my birthday during our holiday and they very kindly bought me a posy of flowers. I know this sounds a little neative, I don't mean it to, I just like to present a balanced view If possible. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
I've never cruised on my own before but would definitely do it again. Started in Rome and left out of Civitavecchia port, next day we were in Scilly (Messina). I had booked a tour through the ship to see Taormina. I found the guide ... Read More
I've never cruised on my own before but would definitely do it again. Started in Rome and left out of Civitavecchia port, next day we were in Scilly (Messina). I had booked a tour through the ship to see Taormina. I found the guide very organized and informative and enjoyed seeing the ancient city, originating in 1440's. Even though I was the only person not "coupled up" I was welcomed and treated friendly by other guests. After a long day traveling it was a delight to go back to my balcony room all clean and tidy. My cabin steward was an angel, I miss him now I'm home. My room was extra large as the balcony bowed out from the ship I was starboard aft and could see the bridge at the front but also close to the end of the ship. My only complaint about the balcony was my neighbors were heavy smokers and it drifted into my room whenever I opened the balcony. I choose late dining as we were in port fairly early, the service was top notch and attentive but had a friendly tone. The food was average, none of the meals stood out even on formal nights. I think the RCCL could improve in this area. That being said, the entertainment was wonderful. Second night was a BeeGee's tribute show that had everyone dancing in the isles. I saw the ice show and it was very entertaining, I still don't know how the performers managed such high jumps! In the promenade one evening everyone was dancing to a group of dancers doing the Village People impression. I didn't join in the conga line but maybe I would have if I was drinking. There broadway rendition was also first rate. The entire atmosphere of the ship was calm and efficient. Another port of call I booked with the ship was the ruins of Ephesus. We left Kusadasi port early and the excursion lasted 5 hours exploring the ancient Roman ruins dating back to the 11th century. A lot of walking on marbled streets filled with chariot ruts but well worth the 3 mile trek. The tour guide had the frailest guest set the pace. Day 4 was Athens which I did on my own but wasn't impressed. Got ripped off for $160 eu for a lunch I didn't order, I only wanted a snack. Wouldn't bother with Athens again. My all time favorite is Chania, Crete. I rented a convertible and drove up around the mountains with the beautiful turquoise waters following me. The only traffic I saw was a few mountain goats. Followed the road along the Northwest coast up to ancient Monasteries, tranquil little villages with the sound of birds calling me further up. I stopped at the British Commonwealth War Cemetary, which lies on a small plateau, just above sea level on the Souda Bay.Along the winding "old road" of Crete I saw many honey farms. The last day out was a sea day, so I took advantage of the saltwater pool on board, it was cold, but refreshing. Overall a great experience. What I would like to see improved would be the food, the spa, the pursers desk (not helpful), and disembarkation process. I was thrown out 3 hours prior to my transfer. Still I would recommend this to any solo travelers or couples. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
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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