2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
I give this a 3 but some areas I would only give 2 Food Main restaurant Mostly Cold. When asked for the food hot, it was warmed up so that it was scalding. This was a daily occurrence until we stopped going into the dining room. The ... Read More
I give this a 3 but some areas I would only give 2 Food Main restaurant Mostly Cold. When asked for the food hot, it was warmed up so that it was scalding. This was a daily occurrence until we stopped going into the dining room. The food looked nicely presented - just stone cold. Food Windjammer - Excellent always tasty. Some was a little repetitive Bar - not enough staff. waiting times not good. Never saw a member of staff by pool to get drinks - you always had to get your own and queue at the bar. Ship- Very nicely decorated . Mid size ship. Entertainment - geared to American audience. Guests - Mostly European/Mexican 10/20% UK and USA Rooms- Ours was fine but our daughters had a smell of sewage for the whole time we were there. This was addressed finally on the last day. This was a daily visit to the front desk with a surprised looking staff member and basically nothing done and a felling of being fobbed off daily until we spoke to a manger on the last day. This is not our usual experience on a ship. We normally travel P&O and I would have to say my opinion from this is that RCI standards have slipped dramatically from our last experience with them. This was a Christmas cruise I would have expected a lot more considering this is an optimum time of year. We were given a discount off a future cruise but I done think I could bring myself to invest with them again. Ports of call - excellent selection Transfer to and from ship. Lost one bag at Miami airport. Shocking transition. We had to pick up our bags at Atlanta and then drop to a bag drop. Then they were lost in Miami only to be waiting for 2 hours being told the bag was in Atlanta , to find it after all in Miami on anther carousel. At all costs do not go for a split flight. No security at all. We would normally not see our bags from when we check in at the departure airport. Positive note. We had an all inclusive drinks package , this was a great addition and it could be used on Labadee when we stopped there. The staff were very flexible apart from a rude staff member in the R bar. Every encounter with him ended up in an argument. Again not the service we are used to on P&O. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We cruised with a family group of 10. Our immediate family of 6 had cruised before but we had 4 newbies. Embarkation went smoothly and we were on the ship by noonish. Everyone in our group had a great time despite our 20yr old dd getting ... Read More
We cruised with a family group of 10. Our immediate family of 6 had cruised before but we had 4 newbies. Embarkation went smoothly and we were on the ship by noonish. Everyone in our group had a great time despite our 20yr old dd getting bad motion sickness this time and our 22 yr old ds not listening to his mother and not putting on enough sun screen and drinking enough water. We found the sea bands in one of the stores on day 5 and that those helped dd. We did not try any of the specialty dining. We had my time dinning and requested to be sat with the same wait staff after our first night because our waiters Atacan and Radmir took amazing care of us. We mostly ate breakfast in the windjammer and Atacan would keep an eye out for us and help us find a table and make sure we had everything we needed. I am a picky eater so I didn't care for breakfast in the mdr or the windjammer, but I always found something to eat. But the rest of our group had no problem. For lunch we went to the mdr a few times and the windjammer other times. Both were very good. Oh we did do Johnny Rockets one day for lunch. It was very good but greasy and did not like me about an hour later. We watched the ice show and that was really good. The casino was too smoky to try and go there, just going through that deck on the stairs it was really strong. Our 12 and 17 yr old dds had fun in the teen group. Some of our group tried out the flow rider and the rock climbing wall and really enjoyed those. My husband, son, and nephew played basketball almost every night and we all really enjoyed the movies out on the pool deck. Since we were in the RFS we had access to the concierge lounge. Nadja was super friendly and helped us with reservations and invited us to go on a bridge tour. Lei was the bartender in the lounge, she was amazing and knew what we liked to drink after the first night. Labadee- Half of our group did the yoga on the beach in the morning. We had a Standard Cabana on Barefoot beach club. The buffet lunch was very good. It was not very crowded on that beach, the weather wasn't super great in the morning so maybe that was why. Six of us did the zip line. I was brave and did it, I am so glad I did, it was amazing. Curacao- We did a half day tour with Irie tours, they had open air buses and did a tour of the town and a stop at the distillery and then you could either choose to stay at sea aquarium beach for 1 or 2 hours. We went back to the ship and grabbed something to eat and then went back out to check out the stores around the port. Aruba- Here we rented a 12 passenger van and drove around on our own. We went to the natural bridge, the California light house, the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, and we stopped at a beach and swam for awhile, not sure which one. Bonaire- I had booked us a snorkeling trip with Woodwind and this was my favorite excursion we did. The staff is amazing. All of us on the boat were split in 3 groups with about 8/9 people in each group and had a guide. It was a drift snorkel and went along the reef. They had a photographer and you could buy the usb for $40, which was definitely worth it. This was our first cruise with RCI and we booked our next one while on board. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I liked that there were lots of beach chairs on deck. Checking out towels each day was a pain. And people did save chairs even though they weren't supposed to. The captain was super hard to understand and didn't really keep us ... Read More
I liked that there were lots of beach chairs on deck. Checking out towels each day was a pain. And people did save chairs even though they weren't supposed to. The captain was super hard to understand and didn't really keep us updated. The food in the windjammer was not great. Always the same things and too many rice dishes or one pot dishes. The windjammer was always closed too. The deck was dirty. Needed to be swept and cleaned and dusted. Our room steward was pretty awesome. Her name was Tracy from Jamaica. I loved the soap. The food at dinner was good in the dining room. Service was a bit slow for my son and husband and the other party at our table. The cruise compass didn't have enough details. The shows were not given good descriptions. I sat through mo town which was good but I might not have picked it if I had known what it was. I only saw one comedian. He was not PG. I missed another comedian and I didn't see a magician. The tv shows and movies on tv were awful. I really missed Zumba. They offered Latin dance but the instructor was not prepared, late and had technical difficulties. She couldn't speak English and it was a disappointment. The decor on the boat was nice. The carpet was nice. I wish that sometimes the crew would offer more service. Serve my lobster out of shell, offer straws, napkins. Pull out my chair. A cool cloth after shore excursions. Mints on pillow. Offer bar service a bit earlier. Esp on Haiti. Provide more drink stations on deck. Catholic mass was not offered this cruise. Too short of times in port for my husband and son to see everything. The exercise classes didn't have an Instructor show or the stretching class started late. The music pool side was not great. My son said lines were long to enjoy the flow rider. Embarkation was a bit rough. Hard to find port terminal. No instructions on website. The terminal and parking are separate and very confusing. Not explained on boarding info. We rcd several e mails about our cruise but nothing about getting to port. Disembarkation was dreadful. It took over two hours to get off the ship. I don't know how people flying were able to do it. The shuttle to the parking garage was efficient from the ship. There was too many smoking areas on the ship. On deck by windjammer and pool, in bars on deck. And on deck four. It is 2016. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We signed up for this cruise the year before while on an Alaskan cruise: husband, daughters (2) with their husbands and both sets of in laws (2 grandbabies have since arrived). We had a balcony cabin and the others had 4 inside promenade ... Read More
We signed up for this cruise the year before while on an Alaskan cruise: husband, daughters (2) with their husbands and both sets of in laws (2 grandbabies have since arrived). We had a balcony cabin and the others had 4 inside promenade rooms across the hall from us. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale the before and stayed at the Embassey Suites on 17th. Across the street were a grocery store, Totally Wine and restaurants. Kelly's Landing was a great place for lunch or dinner. We had the shuttle service from the airport and then to the port the next day. Happy hour and breakfast are included. We got to the port around 11:00am and had. Very short wait until we were getting our picture taken on board. Windjammer for lunch, always found good things to eat, but love going to the main dining room for breakfast and lunch when available. We didn't do any of the specialty resturants, we had a table for 10 and two high chairs at MTD of at 6:00 PM every night. The waiter had fruit every night first off for the Grandbabies. I enjoyed escargot every night! We had really good food and service. We tipped the guys on Laberdee to get 8 lounge chairs and 2 cabanas for the day right near the water. The weather was sunny and warm, everyone enjoyed the water. I used my water shoes, because it was rocky in spots. We didn't arrive into San Juan until after 3 PM, we hired a van to take all of us to the Barardi Rum factory, stopped to buy lotto tickets ( it was for the BIG one) and back to the port area. St Kitts again we found a van and driver to take us on an island tour, $20 pp, babies free. St Martin we pre arranged Jo Junie Tours, which I had used last year when my husband I were there. Tour included Orient Beach, Sunset Beach (airplanes over head), geckos, and monkeys too! We went to the diamond lounge a few times, but enjoyed having the three drinks on the card available too. The ice show is a do not miss! We didn't go to any of the other shows. The staff that we interacted with were all great, friendly and helpful. We left the ship after breakfast in the dining room around 8:30 AM, got through customs, called Embassey Suites and spent another night there. We could've check in yet, but they store the luggage and we went poolside. Great cruise was had by all! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
Just back home to Scotland. Ship was excellent as is norm but this time the theatre shows were so poor and amateurish and very little live entertainment at pool.I overheard some staff in windjammer talking about other staff and on the ... Read More
Just back home to Scotland. Ship was excellent as is norm but this time the theatre shows were so poor and amateurish and very little live entertainment at pool.I overheard some staff in windjammer talking about other staff and on the ramps to the tables where i had ti squeeze between them wirh my plate and some of them were miserable looking, again not the usual courtesy you get. The only other thing was the hard selling tactics on the ship from shopping to waiters directly asking us when we were going to order more cocktails!I did find out later from a female waiter at the bar that they are on commission!says it all. apart from that had a wonderful break but royal carribean needs to inform guests why they don't port for whatever reason.we were due first portvif call to Bahamas and by sheer luck I checked messages on stateroom TV where we were informed that it was cancelled.. Later managedvti find out that unsafe for tenders due to high winds but they should have announced this..other guests complained about this too. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
We arrived in Galveston early used Lighthouse Parking (which we always use) and got on the ship within 30 minutes. The ship is pretty and clean. Our cabin was nice and located in a great area on the ship but it was so hot in there we ... Read More
We arrived in Galveston early used Lighthouse Parking (which we always use) and got on the ship within 30 minutes. The ship is pretty and clean. Our cabin was nice and located in a great area on the ship but it was so hot in there we could not stand it. I immediately requested a fan and it was delivered and problem solved. The service in the dining room was extremely slow and we had to ask for water and tea. Our waiter spent most of his time jumping on his poor assistant. We only ate there 3 times and we were dissappointed each time. On formal night you could not find anyone to take a picture of you and if you did you had to wait forever. I thought that was so odd. The Windjammer buffet was good not great. They had a good selection and we ate there a lot but they are only open certain times of the day. If you get hungry after 9 pm good luck in trying to find something to eat. Everything closes early. Ice Cream is not 24 hrs and neither is pizza so if you want anything you have to get room service. We spent a lot of time in the little cafe drinking coffee and having a snack. We were hassled a lot about going to eat at the speciality restaurants. We would be trying to enjoy lunch at Windjammer and someone would walk up everyday to try to get us to try the restaurants and $20 per person (no thanks)! The shows were great all of them! We loved the comedians, ice show and ventriliquist. I never saw the Cruise Director except at the shows announcing the performers. He was never just walking around talking to cruisers. Our cabin Steward Bev was great. We loved her! We booked all private tours and they were great! The activities during sea days were ok. This was our first Royal Carribean and have always cruised Carnival so I was comparing a lot. The ship was laid out great, easy to get to things and much prettier than Carnival but all in all we just have more fun on Carnival. The service in the dining room is definitely better on Carnival and the food is better and you can get something to eat late at night. We were with a great group of people and we had fun but will probably be going back to Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Galveston wouldn't be my first choice of ports, but it was uneventful (that's a good thing). I was hesitant to believe how good the food was before I took my first cruise. After my first cruise (Carnival Conquest), I was ... Read More
Galveston wouldn't be my first choice of ports, but it was uneventful (that's a good thing). I was hesitant to believe how good the food was before I took my first cruise. After my first cruise (Carnival Conquest), I was hooked. The food was off the chart good. skip to this cruise... My first Royal Caribbean Cruise (thinking it was a slightly higher end) and my fears were realized. While service was good all over the ship, the food was barely edible. It was beyond bad. Poor quality food with uninspired preparation. Canned clam chowder, steaks taste like they came from a box of frozen steaks bought at Walmart or Sams. Even the crew said they go off the boat to find good food. There was literally nothing on the boat that was exceptional that was intended to be consumed. To be fair, the lobster and escargot were pretty good. Literally nothing else was any better than high school cafeteria fare. Even the cocktails weren't very good. The boat was fun. The service was good and even great in places with the exception of cocktail service to the casino tables (a drink every 90 minutes was the norm unless you got up to get one for yourself). They had one waiter there and he could most often be found talking to pretty girls instead of his job. Melvin and Rohan (dining room staff) couldn't have been better. Not their fault they are serving slop. Bands and music were pretty good. The Reggae band at the pool was awesome. The country band in Bolero's was pretty good (but only played one night that I heard). The guitar guy in Two Poets was good. Problem was, not enough music or for long enough. There were times when you couldn't find a band anywhere. Shows were disappointing. I didn't like the constant marketing. I didn't expect high pressure sales tactics on my vacation. I bought a few things, would have bought much more without the in your face tactics. Mini fridge in my stateroom was broken and maintenance never came to fix it despite daily requests. I guess they were too busy ripping up and grinding away balcony flooring with power tools just outside my stateroom most of the cruise. I wasn't and am not bitter, I just found Royal Caribbean (or at least this ship) severely lacking in comparison to other choices out there. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
This is my 4th cruise. My first 3 with Carnival and the last with royal caribbean We though that they will have better service, food, entertainment for adults and kids, and daily activities. 1.Housekeeping people just barely say hi ... Read More
This is my 4th cruise. My first 3 with Carnival and the last with royal caribbean We though that they will have better service, food, entertainment for adults and kids, and daily activities. 1.Housekeeping people just barely say hi to you, and they not even clean well your stateroom 2. During the whole week the food from the buffet always was the same food, not any variety. 3. Shows were boring we just went 2 times and never come back 4. they don't have any kids pool and if your little one is still in diaper ...forget...... you can use any pool for him/her 5. The bast activities were during they were on port, so when we are at see they didn't have any fun activities for the whole family. 6. They don't have any night club for adults they have little bars with small dance floors Royal caribbean try to make more money in the ship that is why the occupy more spaces with restaurants, stores and bars at extra charge I will totally recommend Carnival, every single day they have different food from different nationalities, they have kids pool and they have more entertainment for kids also, they have more night clubs for adults and teenagers and more of their space is occupy with things that you can use to entertain yourself for free. soda card at royal caribbean is 60 dlls per adult and carnival is only 30 dlls. With carnival you can have more entertainment, better food, better service for a better price. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2015
This was our sixth cruise, our third on Royal Caribbean, and I've never written a review on any of our trips. However, the issues getting on this ship in Galveston were so frustrating, I felt a need to let others know. We drove to ... Read More
This was our sixth cruise, our third on Royal Caribbean, and I've never written a review on any of our trips. However, the issues getting on this ship in Galveston were so frustrating, I felt a need to let others know. We drove to Galveston that morning and arrived at the port at noon. We saw a long line outside and got in it on this hot early afternoon. We were standing in line a total of three hours before getting to the actual check in counter! The first hour and a half getting through security and the second hour and a half to check in and get seas passes etc. before boarding. This was the most chaotic boarding process we have ever seen. By the time we finally got on the ship, they were sending people to the lifeboat drill and we were not able to even get a drink! By the time we were able to sit down out of the heat, it had been 4 and 1/2 hours! The security line was somewhat understandable and we are glad bags are carefully checked in todays world, but the line to get checked in on the boat was just a long mess with not nearly enough personal to check in passengers. We have never seen anything like this. Im not sure we would try this ship again, but if you do, go very very early, no matter what the phone call you get from Royal Caribbean tells you as far as time to arrive! Once aboard, our cruise was enjoyable. Our room and dining attendants were awesome, the ice show was exceptional as well. The Magic show and guest singer were also very good. Other shows we saw with the ship dancers were not nearly as good and I probably would not go to those again. I would have to say that food was just so so, I believe the quality has gone downhill over the years we have cruised. We really did not have one good desert the entire trip. Drinks such as lemonade and tea were very very watered down. The coffee was just bad. We opted for My Time dining for the first time, and that did not go smoothly at all. Our time was 6:30, and we were given a pager every night and told there were no tables. We were told 6:30 was a bad time to reserve as tables fill earlier and others are not finished yet. We are not sure why they even let you book that time. The dining room hostess acted irritated with us for selecting that time. She seemed very stressed and irritable. Our teen (16), did have a wonderful time and enjoyed the teen room and meeting other kids. The staff did a great job with the kids and sports activities, mixers etc. He enjoyed the climbing wall, putt putt, pools, gym etc... I am not sure that the good things about this trip outweighed the bad. Though we loved our Port stops of Cozumel, Belize and Roatan, the ship experience could be greatly improved! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
2 ships. 2 cruises taken a year apart (Carnival June 2014 & RCI 2015). Same port (Galveston). Same destinations (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica). Both family vacations with children ranging from elementary age to college age. ... Read More
2 ships. 2 cruises taken a year apart (Carnival June 2014 & RCI 2015). Same port (Galveston). Same destinations (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica). Both family vacations with children ranging from elementary age to college age. Cabins: Navigator of the Seas had slightly more spacious cabins (balcony). Nothing huge, but noticeable. Main Dining Sitting: Carnival Magic had a more lively atmosphere. Food tasted about the same. Wait staff worked equally hard and was attentive on both but I'd lean towards the Magic. Beverages: Equal variety. Alcohol drink packages seemed easier with Navigator of the Seas. Bar Staff Friendliness: The main reason for this review! With only a few exceptions Navigator of the Seas bar staff is rude and at times completely inappropriate (comments to guests when ordering virgin drinks), frowns when ordering bottled water, ignoring simple questions of what's in the "drink of the day", serving completely wrong drinks, an overall feeling of "they hate their job", etc. These actions weren't specific to just one bar but was at every bar we tried except two (2 Poets Pub with outstanding staff & the Snack Bar). General Staff Friendliness: Equal. No noticeable difference. Both will generally greet you. Tendering to Grand Cayman: Magic without a doubt. Navigator of the Seas debarks passengers who have purchased ship excursions first leaving those who want to explore on the own waiting 3-4 hours on the ship. Yes, 1/2 the time in port is waiting to disembark. Disembarking to Cozumel & Jamaica: Equal. Daytime Ship Atmosphere: Magic by far has a more lively daytime atmosphere. Even with the Navigator of the Seas' Flow Rider and Rock Wall the Magic was still better. Nighttime Ship Atmosphere: Magic again. Navigator of the Seas doesn't have any. They show a movie at 730 (but if you have the 8:00 dinner time..), they have the "midnight buffet" at 1030.. the nets on the 2 pools go on earlier than I thought it would.. Yes both have a dancing club and we had fun at both but the Navigator of the Seas seriously lacks nighttime activities. Nighttime Shows: I'd go with Navigator of the Seas. Magic seemed to fall short. Outside Ship Cleanliness: Magic. Navigator of the Seas seemed... old and worn out. Final Disembarking: Navigator of the Seas if you choose the "I'll take my own luggage" option. So overall: Carnival Magic easily has a more entertaining cruise if you want to have a good time. If you don't, Navigator of the Seas may be a better choice. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
We cruised on the Navigator of the Seas out of Galveston with my extended family, 17 people total, ranging in age from 2 to 71. The itinerary was a 7 night cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. This was my third cruise and the ... Read More
We cruised on the Navigator of the Seas out of Galveston with my extended family, 17 people total, ranging in age from 2 to 71. The itinerary was a 7 night cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. This was my third cruise and the first time with Royal Caribbean. We are from San Antonio and Austin which makes leaving from Galveston convenient. The traffic at the port was a mess and took a long time. The embarkation process was okay, but the lines were long and slow. We arrived around noon and were onboard by 1:30pm. We were able to go to our staterooms, but when we got there, the cabin was so small, I thought they had made a mistake. We had four cabins in a row on the 3rd floor, each with adults and children. My parents had a balcony room on the 7th floor (which was much larger and very nice). We were 2 adults (in our 40’s) and 2 children (ages 12 and 13) in our room but there was only a king sized bed. We looked around bewildered and could not figure out where the supposed bunk beds would be. Furthermore, I could not find an attendant or a single person to ask. Other people were wandering around the hallway asking the same thing. I ended up going up to guest services and was told the beds come down from the ceiling and our stateroom attendant would lower them after dinner. Basically, the bunk beds hang over the king sized bed. I had looked online before the trip and had even called Royal Caribbean about the sleeping arrangements in a family room, and could not find any information. There are no pictures of this room configuration on the website or anywhere else. I took some pictures once the beds were down and will post them online so others will know what to expect. In addition, the cabin itself was really dirty. It seemed the only thing done between the prior guests’ departure and our arrival was to make the beds. There was hair in the bathroom and on the window sill above the bed, sand all over the floor and couch, some kind of smeary stains (blood?) on the walls, dried vomit on the curtains above the bed, and a disgusting toilet brush that lingered in the bathroom during our entire stay. Our stateroom attendant came by and introduced himself (Leon) and assured us the beds would be lowered after dinner time and he would vacuum the floor. I did not mention the other things because I would basically be asking him to clean the room properly, but I didn’t want to get off on the wrong note. It was getting late so we went to the Wind Jammer for lunch. The food was good with lots of variety. After lunch, we explored the ship. We watched the departure from the top deck and enjoyed a drink. We returned to the cabin late in the afternoon thinking we might unpack, but none of the luggage had arrived to our room. Leon assured us the luggage would be there soon. But by dinner time, our luggage had still not arrived, even though all my family in the other cabins had theirs. I had to go to dinner wearing shorts with holes in them. Bummer. Next time, I’ll pack my dinner clothes in my carry on. We had a 5:30 pm dining time. Our group of 17 was split amongst two tables next to one another. We ended up eating in the main dining room every night of the cruise. I really didn’t care for the food, but everyone liked the experience of eating in the dining room. Some of the items were better than others (salmon was good, steaks were not good). The kids became increasingly adventurous with what they ordered each night (escargot, lamb, duck, etc.), which was fun to watch. Everyone enjoyed the interesting desserts and being able to order as many items as they liked from the menu. The portions were very small (ex., 5 chips served with the spinach and artichoke dip made us laugh), but that was fine since none of us are really big eaters anyway. Our waiter was not friendly and was actually abrupt and sometimes downright rude. He was always behind the other tables in his service cycle. Not that we wanted to rush, but he was consistently slow and seemed very stressed out. The wine steward was also rude and not knowledgeable about the wine list and his service was very slow also. But the young lady who brought the bread basket around each night and refilled tea and water glasses was so sweet. She smiled the whole time and was so warm and pleasant. She needs a promotion!!! After dinner, our luggage arrived and we were able to unpack. The cabin had very little storage for 4 people. It would have been fine for 2, but with 4 people, there definitely was not adequate space to unpack our things. I had to get pretty creative to make it work. At the end of the first day, I was kind of annoyed and disappointed. It had not been the best beginning for a cruise. But luckily, the rest of the trip went so much better and despite a rough start, the cruise itself was wonderful. The second day was a sea day and we had to pass through a tropical storm. It was pretty rough waters and the boat was rocking, not enough to make people ill, but enough to through off your balance. They closed the upper decks until we were through the storm by the late afternoon. My husband decided to buy a beverage package on the second day (beer, wine and soda), which was probably a cost saver in the long run. The prices of the drinks are really high! Being able to bring two bottles of wine onboard (plus the ones my sister carried on for me, since she doesn't drink wine) was perfect for me. Surprisingly, no one even used the soda cup. In the end, I think we got our money's worth, but it would be nice if there was an allowable amount of beer you could bring too. While I'm on the subject, the policy on bringing water onboard seems a bit fuzzy. Most of our group had no trouble and just put a luggage tag on our water case and it arrived at the room with the luggage. But we saw another person carrying water during boarding who had it confiscated. So stupid. They should just make an allowance for bringing on a case of water to keep in your stateroom. Jeez... The third day we docked in Cozumel. We arrived later than scheduled due to the weather the day before, but that was nice because we got to sleep in a little later. We had booked the Fury Catamaran Snorkel and Beach Break through Royal Caribbean. This was so much fun. The catamaran’s crew were very capable and kept the beers and margaritas flowing. The snorkeling location was not that great. There weren’t that many fish and the waters were pretty rough that day. But at least it was memorable. The private beach had lots of inflatables to play on and the kids had a blast. You could order a hamburger or hotdog that was made fresh in front of the guests. They are enormous and delicious and could easily be split between two people. We stayed at the beach for about an hour and a half then boarded the catamaran for the trip back to the boat. The crew played music and got the passengers dancing on the deck. It was really entertaining to watch everyone. We were back in time to do some shopping in the port before getting back onboard the ship. The fourth day, we tendered in Grand Cayman. It was a late arrival (10 am) and they prioritized those guests with excursions booked through Royal Caribbean to get off the ship first. Everyone else needed a numbered ticket to disembark and the process was slow. We didn’t get off the ship until almost noon. We did not have an excursion booked because we had heard how beautiful the beaches are and decided to take cabs on our own. It was easy to get a cab and we were taken to Public Beach. Our cab driver said she would take us back and we arranged a time. There was a bar/restaurant where we ordered buckets of beer and headed out to the beach. This beach was very narrow and pretty crowded. We rented a couple of chairs and umbrellas. The kids snorkeled and played in the water. We ordered food from the bar, which was very good. But it was very hot that day and we only stayed at the beach for a couple of hours. Our driver returned to pick us up and we asked to be dropped off near the port to shop. Grand Cayman is clean and safe to walk around, but we had to remind the kids to be careful crossing the street since they drive on the other side of the road. We bought a few souvenirs and returned to the tenders for the ride back to the ship. It was enjoyable, but we probably would have had more fun if we had booked an excursion. The fifth day, we docked in Falmouth, Jamaica. I had booked an excursion through a private company (Liberty Tours) for a trip to Blue Hole. This was such an amazing day and I cannot say enough good things about the experience. I had been given directions by the tour company on where to meet our guides and we found the meeting place easily. We divided into two groups and were taken to the comfortable, air conditioned vans. The driver of our van was Rose Marie. She was so friendly and outgoing and kept us entertained the whole way. She would answer any and all questions happily and knowledgeably. There was never a lull in the conversation and the facts she told us about life in Jamaica were fascinating. The drive to Blue Hole is over an hour, but was part of the fun. Seeing the homes and people of Jamaica going about their day was really cool. It is such a unique culture. The drive up to the falls was off the main road and along a bumpy, windy, narrow dirt road. Once we arrived, we were led up to the falls by our guides; two young Jamaican guys who were very friendly (Irving and Morgan). Our group was led up the falls and shown where to jump off into the pool below. You could jump from different heights depending on how adventurous you wanted to be. Some were easy (about 6 feet or so) and some were really high (30 plus feet). Everyone in my group jumped from various heights, and even the oldest generation braved the most treacherous of the falls. The guides held onto each person securely as they walked to the edges of the falls. These young men were so strong and capable, we felt very safe. However, this is not an easy excursion. It is best to be up for a little adventure!!! There was a rope swing at the end which was fun too. Once everyone in the group had jumped, the guides would run off the falls and do the most amazing flips and dives. Very impressive!!! It is suggested to wear water shoes, and while they are certainly no fashion statement, I was glad I had them. The rocks could get pretty sharp in some places. After the falls, we were driven in the vans back down the mountainside to “Scotchies” for lunch. Our drivers had called ahead, so the food was ready when we arrived. We sat outdoors and enjoyed the wonderful jerk chicken, rice and “peas” (beans), and sodas they brought us. The portions were large and by that time everyone had worked up an appetite. The food was fresh, hot and delicious. There was a bar for those of us who wanted a Red Stripe or Rum Runner. After lunch we headed back to the port with over an hour to spare. This was everyone’s favorite excursion and was truly a unique experience. The sixth and seventh days were at sea and we enjoyed everything the ship had to offer. We watched the ice show (wonderful), climbed the rock wall, played on the Flow Rider, worked out at the gym, lounged by the pool, and caught the nightly shows in the theatre. Disembarkation went smoothly and we were on the road by 10:30 am. Overall, this cruise was one of our family’s favorite vacations. The kids said they had more fun on this trip than on our Disney World vacations. My parents even booked themselves another cruise for next year. Comparing the two cruise lines I have taken out of Galveston, there are some things I like more about Royal Caribbean and some things I prefer about Carnival. I guess the deciding factor in the future will be promotional prices and destinations. But we really had a great time on this cruise and look forward to more in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
My wife and I along with our 2 daughters ages 4 and 1 sailed the Navigator on 5/17. We've been on 4 Carnival cruises but wanted to try RC for the childcare due to our 1 ye old. Ship is outdated, old, pink hallways. Staterooms and ... Read More
My wife and I along with our 2 daughters ages 4 and 1 sailed the Navigator on 5/17. We've been on 4 Carnival cruises but wanted to try RC for the childcare due to our 1 ye old. Ship is outdated, old, pink hallways. Staterooms and balcony are ok on size. Bathrooms only have hot and NO cold water until debarkation day. Windjammer buffet tastes of all hospital food. Very rude lady that works left hand side when you walk in told my 1 year old she "beat her hand" if she spilled sugar from the caddy. I thought it was a funny joke until she repeated it 3-4 times and I told her to get lost. MC on the pool deck got very annoying throughout most of the day. Room service never picks up the phone and I was on hold for 35 minutes one day before I got them to pick up. We were invited to the captains dinner table for dinner on Friday night. Took 45 minutes to get out drinks. We had already been served bread and appetizers by this point. Kids were done with dinner before they received drinks. Last night of cruise AC stopped working. bartenders on pool deck were usually rude most of the time. The only day the juices in the windjammer weren't halfway watered down was debarkation morning. Also, in the same parts of the ship smell horrible of sewer waste. You'd get a whiff here or there and avoid those parts of the ship. Childcare was great in babies and aquanaughts. Girls in the R bar know how to make great drinks. We made the best of it but NEVER again. Especially for how much more we paid. We will head back to Carnival any day. RC Navigator disappoints. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is a great Cruise line!! The ships are BEAUTIFUL! We love walking onto the ship, going to the room set down our carry-on bag and then exploring. Speaking of rooms, the cabins are not so special, (unless you get ... Read More
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is a great Cruise line!! The ships are BEAUTIFUL! We love walking onto the ship, going to the room set down our carry-on bag and then exploring. Speaking of rooms, the cabins are not so special, (unless you get a suite) because the ship has activitys, you only sleep in the room! When my family and I go to the dining room, we feel like royalty! It has a HUMOUNGUS chandelir and is just so beautiful! The entertainment and activities are probaly, hmm, the second best thing about a cruise. Not only is it a great time, but you also learn new things! The best part of a cruise is the ports. You get to see what life is like on an island, but you also learn new culture and beliefs! When you are on the ship, you are treated unbelivably amazing. You always have a towel animal on your bed and it is so fun! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Wonderful cruise and the service was amazing! We have cruised on RCCL, Carnival, Disney and MSC so we have some experience with the different cruise lines. We have two children age 11 and 9. We were in cabin 3562 with an ocean view. ... Read More
Wonderful cruise and the service was amazing! We have cruised on RCCL, Carnival, Disney and MSC so we have some experience with the different cruise lines. We have two children age 11 and 9. We were in cabin 3562 with an ocean view. It is on a quiet hallway towards a dead-end, so foot traffic was minimal. I could hear music from the theater sometimes, but by 10 p.m. everything was quiet. I think the shuffleboard on deck 4 must be above the room because at times I could hear something rolling around. We wear earplugs at night, so it wasn't an issue. The room was normal size for a cruise with two drop down Pullman beds for the kids. No obvious problems with the room...clean, quiet, all electrical plugs worked and it didn't smell! Our stateroom attendant Tanoe was amazing and very attentive to the kids. He was quick to clean the rooms, make the beds, and tidy the bathrooms. Jamaica was our first stop. We booked an excursion through the ship for the Green Grotto Caves and Dunn Falls. The kids loved both stops and since we usually just go to a beach it was nice to do something different. There were 6 cruise ships in port, but the caves were not busy when we arrived. The tour guide was knowledgeable and kept the kids entertained. The next stop on the tour was Dunn Falls. It was crazy busy. I mean at least 200-300 people climbing the falls, maybe more. This does not include the group of 200-300 waiting in line for their chance to climb. Did I mention it was spring break?!? Our tour guide said in all his years he had never seen it that busy. Our tour went to the front of the line and we didn't have to wait, which was cool. We started walking up the rocks and my kids LOVED IT! Even though we were crammed body to body with all these people, they only focused on the fact that they were climbing falls! Every time I thought we were finished I would look up and see more rocks and falls. It was not slippery (we had water shoes) and I didn't see anyone fall. It is their number one excursion for the entire trip. My only tip for fellow travelers is to plan on leaving EVERYTHING on the tour bus or stand in a long line for a locker. I mean towels, cell phones, sun block, etc. Just wear your swimsuit and start climbing. By the time we got back to the tour bus we were almost dry anyway. You do need cash to tip the tour guide but they don't care if it is wet! Next stop was Grand Cayman. We were in the port of Falmouth. We took a group taxi to 7 mile beach. Basically we got off the ship, saw the signs for $4 rides (per person/one way) to 7 mile beach and hopped on. It dropped us at Calico Jacks, which was good for our first time. The beach was free and the tables at Calico Jacks are free as long as you buy food and beer. There are lounge chairs and umbrellas up and down the area around the restaurant. $5 per chair and $10 for an umbrella. We were lucky enough to grab a free table, order a bucket of beer and sodas for the kids, and go snorkeling. The water was calm, clear and we saw all sorts of fish. It helped that we brought cereal from the boat! There were showers to clean off and then we caught the taxi back. Across from the ship we shopped a little and my kids found Dollar Deals which is a version of a dollar store. It was on Cardinall and Harbor (I think!) behind Breezes. Across from the RCCL dock. They had stuff priced $1.00 and up so my kids felt rich with $5.00! They got marble turtles, bracelets, little dolls, etc. Last stop was Cozumel. This is one of my favorite places on earth. We paid the taxi fee of $15 from the RCCL port to go to Chankanaab, a national park with a beach, snorkeling, pool, dolphins, etc. The entrance fee was $70 for the four of us and last cruise I found a coupon online for $5 off per person. The water was perfect and we saw at least 20 different fish off the reef by the shoreline. My kids swam out to a platform and had fun jumping off. At the end of the day we went to the pool to clear the salt water and then took a taxi back. There are tons of food options and a bucket of beer cost $18 for six drinks.. We don't do the all you can eat option so we just order nachos and cheese quesadillas and this holds us over until we can get back on the ship. We have done the dolphin swim before and it was fun. This trip we just wanted to relax and swim and the day was perfect. What more?? The food was great. I avoid the buffet because I feel like it is too busy and you are always trying to get in line for food or a table. We went twice and the food was fine. I prefer the sit down meals where someone serves us so I don't have to worry about the kids running around and I don't have to get up to check on them. Both breakfast and lunch in the main dining room had many food options and the portion control kept us from gaining too much weight! This was my first time to do My Time dining. I picked the times I wanted online before the cruise. We eat around 6 with the kids. On the days we were in port I wish I had picked a little later time because we got on the ship and had a snack of pizza, so we weren't really that hungry by 6. We ate anyway!! My Time worked well and our server was Errol. He was great with the kids and very attentive. After dinner my kids wanted to go to kids camp so we had some adult time, which was nice. The only other tip I have is to do the Flow Rider when you are in port around 3-5. The line wasn't that long and my older kid would keep going. I did try it once and the people who worked it were patient with everyone. I made it for 10 seconds and then crashed and burned. Still glad I did it! Long review for an amazing cruise. Hope you have as good a time when you go on your trip! Read Less
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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