3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This is only our second cruise and have been hesitant to take it on Navigator due to lukewarm reviews here and being an older, smaller ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. I guess lowering our expectations may have helped, because we had ... Read More
This is only our second cruise and have been hesitant to take it on Navigator due to lukewarm reviews here and being an older, smaller ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. I guess lowering our expectations may have helped, because we had one of the best vacations on board of the Navigator and on the shore. The highlight for us it has been the quality of the food and the service in the main (Sapphire) dining room at dinner time and the quality of the food in the Windjammer. I know, some people may call us crazy for praising the Windjammer food. Of course, we all have different standards, however I know that our family of 5 plus live-in nanny spends $2,400+ per month in food at home and we rarely if ever get such quality food as we did at the complimentary restaurants on the navigator. It is true though, we are not big on steaks, we have tried some, however we focused a lot on fish, sea food, veggies and fruits when available. The ship overall looks surprisingly good despite its age. The cabin also had a very practical layout and it was roomy. Some little things may have needed a repair and the age of the ship was more obvious in some details in the cabin (such as rust around the bed frame for instance). The entertainment options have been plentiful too. While we travelled with kids and could not enjoy a lot of the shows, there were always few shows or live performances to watch. They may not have been top productions but they were entertaining nonetheless. We skipped Labadee due to inclement weather and it turned out to be a good call as then we heard of an earthquake and a tsunami from worried relatives. Of course, the captain could not have known about the upcoming earthquake, it just turned out to be a good call, especially as we were sailing South, to warmer weather. The ABC islands were very nice, our favorite has been Curaçao for being more laid back, not so aggressively touristic as Aruba and for having nice sandy beaches with calm waters for kids and yet with some basic snorkeling opportunities, again for our first time learning kids. We would definitely go again! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our first cruise. We just LOVED IT! We are both in the late 20s, and were afraid that we were alone in the age, but it was very nice blend and we became familiar with lots of people. When we first got into the boat, we were ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We just LOVED IT! We are both in the late 20s, and were afraid that we were alone in the age, but it was very nice blend and we became familiar with lots of people. When we first got into the boat, we were greeted with a glass of proseco. We had obviously ordered a drink package in advance and did not regret 1 second. We cost us a lot, very nice boat and always something to do. Super service. In the ala cart resturant there was always good food and service, we used to have dinner there, and breakfast and lunch at the buffet. Really recommend this boat to people, and of course RCL. We have actually booked 2 new cruises, and are very excited! The only negative thing I can find is that there was no exceptionally good nightclub, they changed one of the places to the night club after a certain time. But there was too much light from both lamps and windows. Would recommend this boat, cruise line and the trip to my best friends. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our second cruise with RCI the first one was on the Independance of the Seas. Food and service was as we expected, spectacular! Ports and excursions were great, we will definitely be back to Cozumel in a future cruise. Only ... Read More
This was our second cruise with RCI the first one was on the Independance of the Seas. Food and service was as we expected, spectacular! Ports and excursions were great, we will definitely be back to Cozumel in a future cruise. Only disappointment, the nightly shows...orchestra is ok but we had been so blown away by the musicals on the Independance (Once Upon a Time and Grease), that we were expecting the same :( However, the late night comedy was hilarious. My adult children (21 and 23) had a blast and loved every bit of it. Best family vacation in a long time, something for everyone :) This will definitely be something to do again but maybe on an other ship. We are from Québec and our first language is French so it was nice that many employees were from Ile Maurice and spoke fluent French and they seemed happy to exchange in french with us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We never had been on a Christmas cruise before and had never travelled to the Southern Caribbean; therefore, Curaçao, Bonaire, and Aruba and Labadee, Haiti were intriguing choices. We live in Miami, so it was an easy journey to and from ... Read More
We never had been on a Christmas cruise before and had never travelled to the Southern Caribbean; therefore, Curaçao, Bonaire, and Aruba and Labadee, Haiti were intriguing choices. We live in Miami, so it was an easy journey to and from the terminal. Our interior room with a virtual balcony was fine! We could see the ports of call and the ocean. It was a nice touch! Were were on Deck 9 mid-ship and port side which was quiet and centrally located. The cabin’s vanity and storage areas were large, plus we had a safe and a small refrigerator and a flat screen tv which pulled out of the wall. The bathroom was small and clean and the shower had plenty of hot water. The shower stall has circular, rotating doors instead of a yucky shower curtain that sticks to your backside! The bed was reasonably comfortable, plus the AC control worked well. Cuddy, the Cruise Director was perfect for the job! He was approachable and enthusiastic! We were singing Christmas Carols on the Royal Promenade on Christmas Eve. They even handed out cookies and songbooks while we sang with the professionals. It was a joyful experience! The ship’s band was superb and played in various acts and ship activities. It was a pleasure listening to them! Horizon, a Motown act, and Jack London, a Las Vegas entertainer gave quality performances. I also recommend the ice show. The costumes and choreography were mesmerizing! Speaking of costumes and choreography, the Royal Caribbean performers rivaled some Broadway shows in terms of talent, theater sets, costumes, and technical aspects. We didn’t miss one of their shows. There were comedians as well, but we couldn’t see them all. The Windjammer’s food was exceptional! There was expensive oxtail stew along with steak and goat and lamb curries and stews. There was also Indian and American fare. The salads and fruits and vegetables were pleasing as well. There were even large shrimp and paella-like dishes throughout the cruise. On Day 8 there was a large variety of torts and cakes to sample which were artistically presented. The gingerbread display added holiday cheer as well as the 2 greeters who were delightful! “Washy Washy Your Hands!” The Sapphire dining room boasted lobster and leg of lamb and many other treats. The service was excellent and consistent in both eateries. We didn’t eat at the upcharge restaurants. We participated in a champagne tasting which was reasonable and educational and fun! There are plenty of ship activities to choose from including wine tasting, salsa dancing, going to the gym, swimming, big screen pool movies, and shopping lectures. You can even ice skate or rock climb! Simply reading or ocean watching or sipping and napping were great in the adults only Solarium. I highly recommend the Captain’s Bridge Tour and the Bottomless Brunch Tour! Labadee was an exquisite resort. We rented a beach cabana for 2 and rode the Dragon’s Breath Alpine Coaster. Aruba was our favorite island due to its architecture and range of activities and natural beauty, but Bonaire and Curaçao had their charm as well. We took the Royal Caribbean tours which were of high quality and comfortable. Royal Caribbbean consistently delivers a high quality vacation to cruisers of all walks of life. The crew and passengers we met were positive, and yes, we’d go back again in a heartbeat! Here’s to more adventures in 2018! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
Also posted this on the discussion boards but thought I would include here too. We travelled on Navigator of the Seas as a family Christmas vacation. A short summary and highlights from the trip. Travelled with my wife and two ... Read More
Also posted this on the discussion boards but thought I would include here too. We travelled on Navigator of the Seas as a family Christmas vacation. A short summary and highlights from the trip. Travelled with my wife and two teenage kids (one boy, one girl). Stayed at Hampton Inn & Suites (Miami Brickell Downtown) the night before. Hotel was good, didn’t use many of the services but the check-in was smooth. Good pub just a few steps from the front door. The hotel stay included hot breakfast which has a very good selection. We also booked a deal thru cruise critic and got two shuttle seats to port included. Purchased an additional two shuttle seats ($8/pp). As always we were up early the day of the cruise excited for our adventure. We were at Starbucks down the street by 6 am! Took a 10:30 shuttle and arrived at the port (~10-15 min ride). Check-in was very smooth and we walked right thru all the various security and check-in lines. We were onboard by 11:30 and rooms were available by 1:00. We had a balcony room with kids directly across the hall in an interior stateroom. Rooms were in good condition and our room steward was excellent. Always very friendly and the room was kept clean with a few towel animals on various nights. The cruise director was Cuddy who did a fine job. He was funny during the belly flop competition and Love and Marriage game. The nightly entertainment was some of the best I’ve seen (we’ve been on 8 cruises). The juggling act, the hypnotist and comedian were top notch. We didn’t use the pools at all but they did look busy, but not as noticeable of a party atmosphere on the pool deck as some of the other cruise lines (i.e. Norwegian and Carnival). There was the normal completion for deck chairs, but in my opinion, if you want a seat by the pool get there early. If you just want a seat there were lots available especially on Deck 13 fwd. We ate a Giovanni’s (twice), Sabor and Chops. I was a little disappointed with Chops but Giovanni’s was outstanding. The food was fabulous and our waiter (Johnathan) was awesome. The main dining room service staff was also very good and we enjoyed having dinner there all the other nights. I must say, I can’t get over some guests on board and their need to complain. One morning at breakfast in the dining room, a couple was seated at a table next to us. After maybe two minutes the man got up muttering ‘this table is awful, no one has come to see us yet’ and went to complain. Relax people you are on vacation, the staff are working hard. In my opinion there are many people with expectations that are too high. Since we were sailing over Christmas the kids got a free gift from Santa and there were lots of other Christmas/holiday themed events. Well done by Royal. We all ordered the beverage package and internet combo before we sailed. The internet was brutal, awful, and terrible. Royal should be embarrassed by the price they charge for the service provided. One day my daughter couldn’t login at all. Only after standing in line at the Voom desk with 20 other people was the problem resolved. Royal needs to work on this big time. At Labadee our ‘Speedboat and Snorkeling’ excursion unfortunately got cancelled. Boat motor issues after first tour of the morning (we were booked at 11:00 tour). Curacao was spent walking downtown to do some shopping but it appeared that a number of the stores were closed (due to boxing day?). We had reserved a beach day at the Curacao Hilton (thru Resort for a Day website). The resort was nice but beach very small and crowded, tough to get a chair. However, the snorkeling (equipment for rent on site) was outstanding. Best of the beach snorkeling I’ve seen. Day included $25 food/beverage voucher for each person. We ate in pool side restaurant with service very very slow and food just okay. Bonaire we went snorkeling with Epic Tours Bonaire. We did a last minute booking (after Labadee excursion fell thru). They were quick to respond (even on Christmas day). Great excursion with a nice sail and the snorkeling was outstanding. Good amount of fish like Curacao but the coral was even better. We were also very surprised by the amount of shopping available at this port, we had not expected much based on pre-trip reading, however we were wrong. Nice shopping areas and very friendly people. Last stop was Aruba and did the De Palm Island excursion booked thru Royal. Okay excursion, not the best of views (with power plant or something on the shore). Generally pretty crowded but overall the family had fun. Snorkeling, zip line, air jumpers and other activities available. All trips must come to an end unfortunately. Debarkation was okay, about 30 minutes behind schedule from our designated times but generally pretty efficient. We were at the airport by 11 and on our way home. Overall a great trip, Royal did a good job and Navigator of the Seas is a great size ship in my opinion. Lots of things to do, easy to navigate and never seemed overly crowded. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
My wife surprised my daughter and I with this Christmas cruise a few days before Christmas. We travel a lot and have done at least a few cruises together, mostly on Norwegian (which we loved), but this was our first try with RCL. We ... Read More
My wife surprised my daughter and I with this Christmas cruise a few days before Christmas. We travel a lot and have done at least a few cruises together, mostly on Norwegian (which we loved), but this was our first try with RCL. We aren't the type to spend much time on deck in the sun (especially around the loud music), so we probably aren't your average cruisers and you should take the remainder of this review in that context. Dining: For dining, we prefer to dine in the upscale themed restaurants and the Navigator of the Seas had several options to choose from. We dined at all of them except Chef's Table as the 3+ hour dinner was too much for our five year old to handle. Service in the themed restaurants was excellent. Our favorite was Izumi (the Sushi restaurant). We spent a lot of time chatting with our all of the staff there and received excellent service from our alternating servers Ashwin and Virgilio. Along with Izumi's awesome manager, Messaoud Haykel, our dining experiences could not have been better. The whole team worked exceedingly hard to meet or exceed all of our requests. The team did things like getting our daughter whatever she wanted for dinner from anywhere else on the ship, getting my wife her favorite liquid center chocolate cake from Chops, and me glasses of port that came from another bar on the ship. That said, we went through much of the menu at Izumi and loved it. It was much better than any sushi restaurant we can find in our home town of Charlotte, NC. (I'm getting hungry just writing about it.) We really enjoyed the other restaurants that we dined at as well. Chops is the second most expensive restaurant on the ship (Chef's Table is the most expensive) and the quality of the food, dining room and service reflect that. Muameer and Manolo at Chops were a pleasure to speak with as well as the rest of the staff. Its well worth the splurge, in our opinion. We also ate at Sabor, the Mexican themed restaurant. It was quite good Mexican food with good service in a pretty dining room, but not anything over-the-top. We had one dinner at Giovanni's Table, their Italian themed restaurant. Although the service was excellent and the dining room was lovely, the food was hit and miss in our opinion. The meat mains were OK, the appetizers were things I do better at home, but the pasta was excellent. Perhaps we just made poor choices. I took my daughter to Johnny Rockets for lunch while my wife was enjoying a reasonably priced massage package and it was a very enjoyable experience. We visited almost all the bars on board for a glass of wine or champagne while on board and found them all lovely places to sit and relax. Service was friendly and their decor was great. Finally Saphire, the main dining room. We did not experience the main dining room for dinner although we did visit briefly for dessert (arranged at our request by our guardian and new friend (Haykel from Izumi). Dessert was great, but we got to see what it was like in full rush hour at about 7PM. Servers were working fast and hard and it appeared to be a very different experience as compared with the specialty dining locations. We did eat breakfast and lunch almost every day in the main dining room however and at first weren't receiving great service. Asking for almond milk cappuccinos (three times emphasizing the almond milk part) got us regular cappuccinos instead. It turns out that some things we were asking for took additional work or needed to be serviced elsewhere on the ship, so some servers weren't making the extra effort. In addition, the service could be quite slow even though we were were in the first wave of patrons. We frequently couldn't sit by ourselves near windows because all of the tables near windows were shared large tables. We couldn't get servers to get fruit juice for our daughter that comes from the bars (pineapple) from most of the servers. Hamburgers at lunch were served without ketchup and mustard. Asking for ketchup from a server would result in him returning with a squirt bottle that he dolled onto your plate. (We thought this was odd compared to providing us with a little container.) Seating for lunch on day 2 (a day when there was a time zone change) was limited to 1.5 hours forcing many to go to the buffet. Anyway, we had a long chat with kind manager, Somchai, who went out of his way to look out for us the rest of our breakfast/lunches and things much improved. Service improved exponentially when we discovered Sergei and Radmir, a dynamic duo. We specifically asked for them the rest of our breakfast/lunch trips to Saphire and had truly excellent service from them. Cabin: Our cabin was a stateroom with balcony at the front of the port side. This allows you to look forward through a window which the other balcony cabins don't have. There are about 8 of these cabins and they don't cost more than other balconies, so look out for them. Our cabin steward, Leonard, was great. We couldn't have asked for better service and wished we could bring him home with us. Our cabin was clean, well laid out and comfortable but not as nice as the suites on Norwegian (probably an unfair comparison). We spent many evenings on the balcony after our daughter went to sleep and thoroughly enjoyed the view of the dark sea, sipping wine. Shipboard Activities: Outside of my daughter's daily hour visit to the hot-tub, we didn't spend too much time on outside while on the ship. We did rock climbing a couple times which was really enjoyable, my daughter enjoyed the kids club a few times and we enjoyed watching people surf / body-board at the flow-rider. We also went ice skating a couple times which my daughter truly loved. We saw at least a few of the shows and were impressed. Ports and Shore Excursions: We did a couple non-ship related activities at the ports that my wife had arranged in advance. They were generally much cheaper than the ship sponsored activities. A warning to Christmas travelers though, very few people are working on December 26th, so taxis, for example, are almost impossible to find. We enjoyed our ports for the most part though. Aruba and Bonaire especially. The locals were friendly and the islands clean. There was good shopping at all four countries we visitied (Labadee in Haiti and Curacao being the other two). In conclusion, we were as happy with this cruise as our experiences with Norwegian, which is great. We would happily cruise with RCL. As with any ship, we just had to find the right people and processes to get exactly what we wanted, when we wanted it. Once we found these 'on-board angels', we had a fantastic time. One final note. We did notice that the ship's crew were working 7 day weeks though. As I recall from Norwegian, the people had one day off a week and seemed happier / more refreshed overall. I can't imagine anyone being at the top of their game working 7 days a week for a contract of 6 months or so. This despite their workloads apparently being cut back significantly from a year or so prior, so it must have been really tough on the crew previously. Anyway, thanks to any of the crew on the Navigator of the Seas who may see this review. We will have happy memories of this trip and hope to join you for a future cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
This was my third cruise with Royal Caribbean. I have also been on a Carnival cruise. Royal Caribbean has become a family favorite. My son and I only look for cruises offered by Royal Caribbean. This was our second trip on the ... Read More
This was my third cruise with Royal Caribbean. I have also been on a Carnival cruise. Royal Caribbean has become a family favorite. My son and I only look for cruises offered by Royal Caribbean. This was our second trip on the Navigator of the Seas. We cruised to Cozumel once before and felt we had to do it again. Both embarkation and disembarkation were a smooth process. The ship offers so many great activities from sports games to comedy shows. My favorite however is the dining experience in the main dining room. On both cruises we had such great waiters. The variety of food served is excellent and the staff are very accommodating and even encourage you to try something different. I would recommend this cruise to anyone. The staff onboard are friendly and go the extra mile to ensure you are happy and well satisfied with your experience. I have already started planning my next Royal Caribbean cruise and look forward to seeing what else this fantastic cruise line has to offer in the way of exciting ports of call to fabulous food. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We have done many cruises. This one was Exceptional. We were a group of 4 couples. Our cabins were all close by and on the same floor. We had a wonderful time. Overall, the ship was clean. Courtesy and respect were demonstrated by staff ... Read More
We have done many cruises. This one was Exceptional. We were a group of 4 couples. Our cabins were all close by and on the same floor. We had a wonderful time. Overall, the ship was clean. Courtesy and respect were demonstrated by staff at all times. We all had an Ocean View Cabin which were just right for space, and very comfortable. The cleaning services were excellent. We will come back to our room and depict a well made up bed, and everything there in their right place. The food on the ship was exceptional, everything was tasty. There was a large spread of delicious cuisine in the Windjammer. Food was always fresh. Formal dining was also exceptional. Waiters, and maitre d were also exceptional. Entertainment was good also. We were all of Caribbean background, therefore loved the Caribbean band on board. We followed the Band where ever they were playing, and jumped up to their Caribbean music. We will definitely do another vacation cruise on this ship. We had no complaints. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
12/8/17, 9 night Southern Caribbean cruise is now crossed off the bucket list. DH, myself and our adult daughter planned this cruise with 2 set of Sibling in laws joining us. We drove the 11 hours to the cruise with a quick stop over ... Read More
12/8/17, 9 night Southern Caribbean cruise is now crossed off the bucket list. DH, myself and our adult daughter planned this cruise with 2 set of Sibling in laws joining us. We drove the 11 hours to the cruise with a quick stop over night in Savannah GA. Had to park on top level in the sun which was a bummer...but embarking was quick and easy for us. The new cruiser line was much shorter than return cruisers and although they had more people working, we still made it through faster. Windjammer for lunch was INSANE. And I am not going to lie, I felt this way many times during this cruise. I should say this was my 12th cruise but first on RC...(we will be back!) Off to our room which was 9568. Met our room attendant, Harry Potter! He was the best...friendly and helpful and stealthy! He definitely made our trip easier. The room layout was good except for the Pullman bed over our heads Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Third cruise with RC, as a family including grandparents in their seventies. Superb facilities for young chilldren . A disco for small children was the only thing that we missed, half an hour 7.30 ish would have been great . Service from ... Read More
Third cruise with RC, as a family including grandparents in their seventies. Superb facilities for young chilldren . A disco for small children was the only thing that we missed, half an hour 7.30 ish would have been great . Service from all the staff was very good , dining room was lovely , food excellent with lots of choice. Seven and five year old ate with us in dining room and were very well looked after. We had two cabins with an adjoining door which worked very well for babysitting duties in the evening. The sound insulation between the cabins was very good. More cabins like this please.The standard of the Kids Club was high and the children loved it , Staff were superb. Lots of activities very well organised, not just putting kids infront of a screen! This was a great holiday for all of us highly recommend this ship Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our first cruise which is way we chose this 5 day mini cruise from Southampton. From the very start we were taken care of by the wonderful Royal Caribbean staff who looked after our every need. The food in both the Windjammer ... Read More
This was our first cruise which is way we chose this 5 day mini cruise from Southampton. From the very start we were taken care of by the wonderful Royal Caribbean staff who looked after our every need. The food in both the Windjammer Café and the main dining room was excellent. I've never seen people work so hard to keep everyone happy. There was so much to do from eating & drinking through to quizzes in the bar, fun by the pool, films or watching the fantastic ice show and theatre shows. The guest artists in the evening theatre shows were excellent. The only very minor gripe was that the price of the drinks on board was a little bit expensive although not enough to put me off having a few. This was a great way to start our cruise experience and we will be back with Royal Caribbean again.. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I travelled in a group of 8. This was my 6th cruise. My 1st Royal Caribbean Ship. I don't think I will be travelling on any other ship until I have done all the Royal Caribbean ships. Embarkation and disembarkation was so quick and ... Read More
I travelled in a group of 8. This was my 6th cruise. My 1st Royal Caribbean Ship. I don't think I will be travelling on any other ship until I have done all the Royal Caribbean ships. Embarkation and disembarkation was so quick and smoothly. everything about the ship was wonderful. The stateroom (I like that name instead of cabin) sound posh. There was everything that you needed was in the room.It was clean and spacious. The dining room was a luxury. Food was wonderful. Our waiters Zainal and Sivakumar were such gentlemen. They were so polite and courteous toward us. Entertainment and activities. There were lots of entertainment going on around the ship. the heater shows were exceptional. The service was exceptional all around. on this cruise there were only 2 port of call which we took the shuttle bus into the town area. I find the excursions price very expensive. I would most definitely do this again. my only disappointment was that shops on board was very poorly stocked. I could no find a bathing suit to buy on board and I so to have wanted to have a sauna. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
The cruise was excellent. We traveled as a family with several under the age of three (all in a family stateroom). It was a nice time to travel in Europe, and the ship provided excellent service. We were especially impressed with Royal ... Read More
The cruise was excellent. We traveled as a family with several under the age of three (all in a family stateroom). It was a nice time to travel in Europe, and the ship provided excellent service. We were especially impressed with Royal Tots for our young ones, and the professionalism (and assistance) that the crew provided throughout our voyage with kids. They were always assisting with finding a table for breakfast or lunch, meeting our food allergy needs, or just helping us navigate the ship. We did have some issues with the shore excursions and how family friendly they were, especially since we had a small team of toddlers. The staff was very helpful though, and after our initial less-then-expected experience, made sure that the appropriate accommodations were made for our future excursions. Cruising in the fall made the temperatures on the lower end (50's and 60's), but it was enjoyable with the less busy port stops. We also were lucky to cruise the week before school holidays in most ports, which provided a lot of additional time for our younger children to experience all the ship had to offer. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Magnificent ship with staff that went out if there way to help out and make my family cruise a holiday not to forget. There was so much food in quantity and diversity and the quality was second to none. All over the ship there was ... Read More
Magnificent ship with staff that went out if there way to help out and make my family cruise a holiday not to forget. There was so much food in quantity and diversity and the quality was second to none. All over the ship there was different entertainment going on so everyone had a brilliant time. We were all treated like royalty and every corner you turned there was a happy smiling faced member of crew. From the moment we stepped on board to the excursions, the staff couldn't do enough for us. This was our first cruise and we were unsure if we would like the experience. We loved the fact we could step off our floating hotel and see different cultures and people. Take in the architecture and sample local foods and wine. All excursions were professionally undertaken and we personally couldn't wait to get back onboard at the end of the day to feast in one of the many restaurants. We are now converted, roll on the next cruise Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
For the ports of call and the overall Royal Caribbean experience. We arrived on 9/29 at the air port by the RC transportation service who where on time, warm and welcoming. We decided not to come a day in advance but to fly directly to ... Read More
For the ports of call and the overall Royal Caribbean experience. We arrived on 9/29 at the air port by the RC transportation service who where on time, warm and welcoming. We decided not to come a day in advance but to fly directly to London and onto the ship. The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The overall experience was really great. The weather was a little colder than expected however, the RC experience was executed as normal. The ship, entertainment, activities, service and excursions were worth the trip. We would no doubt go again. My cabin however was a different story... Our cabin on the onset seem to be nice however after a closer look the story was different. I was accustom to having good accommodations, however, I began to notice several things: The room had not being dusted or vacuumed properly; I notice and picked up huge dust bunnies that I personally gathered with the door stop. The same underneath the desk. The bathroom was smelly due to septic problem which caused the toilet to be black inside. I did report it and an engineer came the next day. The stateroom attendant tried to assist but to no avail. Nevertheless, the smell was unwelcomed and continued. Also, it seemed that the cabin had not been clean properly. The towels were thrown onto the shelves and strings were hanging. This showed me the person did not care or was lazy. We were given a bottle of champagne for the inconvenience. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
Chose this cruise 'cuz we had not been to any of the ports the Navigator was scheduled to visit. This was a great decision. We had a blast. Stateroom attn'd and dinning room service were great and the dinners were tasty and ... Read More
Chose this cruise 'cuz we had not been to any of the ports the Navigator was scheduled to visit. This was a great decision. We had a blast. Stateroom attn'd and dinning room service were great and the dinners were tasty and served hot. Loved the fitness center on the Navigator; plenty of machines, etc. The Capt. was very approachable and answered questions thoroughly. We already have three cruises booked for 2018. Loved it. Ports of call were very interesting, especially the Canarie Islands. Agadir, Morroco was a hoot. Even got to ride a camel and pet a big snake. Fortunately we did not have to compete with a lot of other cruise ships when in port so touring as not one line after another. As usual the staff on the Navigator were very friendly and exceptionally accommodating. Windjjammer food was excellent and we ate breakfast and lunch there daily. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
The destinations were what we were wanted to visit. Having already cruised with this company on the Adventure and Explorer of the Seas we were happy with the standard. They all carry approximately 3k passengers and there is plenty of ... Read More
The destinations were what we were wanted to visit. Having already cruised with this company on the Adventure and Explorer of the Seas we were happy with the standard. They all carry approximately 3k passengers and there is plenty of room in the various areas of the ship, although when the weather is inclement seats are at a premium. Entertainment is good as well as all the staff, especially in the restaurants and bars. They all work very hard, long, hours and are very appreciative of praise when given. Food is of a very good standard and very plentiful; you can always ask for more if you feel unfulfilled. It is worth taking out the premium drinks package if you enjoy a few glasses of wine and spirits per day. Otherwise you have to pay for all drinks, even bottled water, and they are expensive. We opted to not pay gratuities up front and spoke with customer services once we were on board to make sure we were not charged the daily charge. We chose to show our appreciation of service personally to those who deserved it over a god spread of staff. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Although this was my first ever cruise, I used to work on a six star cruise ship so I know what to expect. The ships Is beautiful, very clean and well laid out. I think the outside decks could have better seating with tables for ... Read More
Although this was my first ever cruise, I used to work on a six star cruise ship so I know what to expect. The ships Is beautiful, very clean and well laid out. I think the outside decks could have better seating with tables for drinking/eating on nice a evenings as sunbeds are not great if you just want a nice drink and chat. Could also do with a few small extra special touches, perhaps a popcorn machine for some shows in the theatre and films on the outside screen. Also the outside area could perhaps use more events such as live music in the evenings I feel. Some of the bars could do with more seating in particular The Two Poets English pub which seemed to be the favourite bar on our cruise and very hard to get a seat here in the evening. Overall though, I had a fantastic time cruising on The Navigator of the seas. A beautiful well laid out ship with outstanding service provided by a clearly committed crew. Great drinks, delicious food and lovely ports...I look forward to cruising again with Royal Caribbean hopefully soon again. I would definitely recommend. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose the cruise of where the ship went to . We have sailed with Royal Caribbean before, and had a great experience this time no exception. Breakfast and lunch we enjoy in the windjammer, only dinner we like to eat in the main ... Read More
We chose the cruise of where the ship went to . We have sailed with Royal Caribbean before, and had a great experience this time no exception. Breakfast and lunch we enjoy in the windjammer, only dinner we like to eat in the main dining room no extra pounds to gain Excursions went great lots of fun and on and of board went easy, and we got lots of information on the excursions. Information was easy to get and everything provided on each part of the ship ik needed. The daily cruise paper was very helpfull in understanding what was going on on the ship where and on what time , even the weather forecast and time changes where repeatedly shared to not miss anything. So go on a cruise be Nice to the staff they work very hard for you, and iT Will not hurt to smile or be Nice . Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
the restaurant services were excellent in all regards especially when dealing with allergies. even the bars had workarounds even though there were few of them though do remember for those who have severe allergies that "CC" ... Read More
the restaurant services were excellent in all regards especially when dealing with allergies. even the bars had workarounds even though there were few of them though do remember for those who have severe allergies that "CC" Cross contamination" is a thing and is hard to avoid especially under these conditions I'd suggest bringing a liquid variant to Piriton with your times. i mean i got CC once for gluten and had to spend the rest of he day in bed unable to do anything because of some pineapple or somebody did not wash there hand ect... and my joints aches for 3 days more on top of that. now on to the packages that they offered i suggest you stick to the water one as that should be enough they have many things to offer though stay away from the "arcade" they have there it is not very good and is a lot of hassle if anything goes wrong in there other than that the jacuzzis (whirlpools) were nice i would also suggest checking out the hot room next to the sauna in the gym section. or the flow rider surfing simulator they have available. The below section is a rebuttal against the one thing i found wrong with the ship i am only saying this so save you the same fate: WARNING I REPEAT DO NOT buy there over priced pictures packages advertised as "professional" they are a COMMERCIAL people with DSRL cameras no tri-pods and no idea how to use them . Confusing the zoom part of a lenses for the aperture (the bit with the numbers) leading to smiley faces and out dated poses along with massive warping of any pictures foreground and back ground as well as slightly above subtle over and under exposing on there photos exorbitant prices. I took better pictures on my phone camera you know the sad thing is i am not over exaggerating on this part (samsung 2016 modle) on manual. which has no precision compared with DSLR camera. my suggestion take you own camera if you know how to use one to save you self a lot of money. ------ over all 8/10 would go again would not pay form pictures or drink (alcohol package or wifi) to save money good ride had lots of fun and mostly good memories Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Could not fault anything, truly a wonderful holiday Cabin great and what a view from the stateroom huge window! Room made up twice a day! It was so quiet Amazing facilities and such variety, kids of all ages are well catered for. ... Read More
Could not fault anything, truly a wonderful holiday Cabin great and what a view from the stateroom huge window! Room made up twice a day! It was so quiet Amazing facilities and such variety, kids of all ages are well catered for. They can't wait o go again! The food was outstanding! We didn't g to any of the specialist restaurants (which charge extra) as the food in the dining room and daily canteen (windjammer) was truly outstanding, better than any food I've had at top restaurants at home. Entrainment great....talented team and so funny! Such amazing value, you don't need to spend another penny, which is not what you do on other holidays! All the food and drink ( if you go for the drinks package) than you could ever want! Needs slim now!, I don't drink alot and wasn't going to go for the drinks package when all my friends were, it I suggest if you're unsure...just do It! You're on Holiday! Relax fully! And you try cocktails you wouldn't normally have. A couple of glasses during the day, a coffee or two and a couple in the evening and you've covered it! We'd not been on a cruise before and was going with friends. (It's such a great holiday to do as a group) my husband was unsure if he'd like it and came back a fan! There's lots going, but equally plenty of quiet spots too. This is the ship to go on if you have kids. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Because of the kids facilities on board we booked this. Added bonus was that Premium drinks package was included, I reckon that saved me around £500 in a week. Ignore the reviews elsewhere on here criticising the food, the Windjammer ... Read More
Because of the kids facilities on board we booked this. Added bonus was that Premium drinks package was included, I reckon that saved me around £500 in a week. Ignore the reviews elsewhere on here criticising the food, the Windjammer Cafe had the most tremendous range of foods you could imagine, no one would ever be stuck for something to eat. We had a 2 night package to go to two of the specialty restaurants, Giovannis was great and Chops Grille was fantastic. The main dining room we went to twice and that was very good too. We had the Galley tour on the last day for lunch and a special lunch was included for around £26 each, well worth it, fantasic lunch. The entertainment was really good, especially the Ice Show which you should not miss; also the Musical theatre is also very good in Metropolis. The only absolute negative was the organisation and frequency that the Ice rink was open for kids, pretty abysmal really. Oh and signing of multiple waivers every time you want to do a different activity, one waiver at the start would be a good move for every activity on board. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
For this years' family friends group holiday we decided to go for a cruise - and it was one the best decisions. It is very convenient holiday and yet full of everything. It starts with parking your car and ship attendants are ... Read More
For this years' family friends group holiday we decided to go for a cruise - and it was one the best decisions. It is very convenient holiday and yet full of everything. It starts with parking your car and ship attendants are already at the car park to pick up your luggage. Once checked in, and on-board, it felt like completely different world. We even joked among our friends that this is the ideal society everybody should be dreaming of - just show you sail card and you get everything you need! It was the magic of the premium package sticker on the card - all you drinks were free - wow. Just walking in to the Sapphire dining room felt great and we are dining there everyday. Windjammer is a great place to eat with lot of varieties of food. It was so good and popular that often you won't find table to sit down!" There were so many activities and entertainment events going on - there was not sufficient time for all of them. Jogging on track on Deck 12 was unique experience. Overall it was a very good trip. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Two weeks on board this lovely ship. The friendliest crew,great entertainment and amazing food. Cabin number 8328 and brother and sister in law in 8326 balcony. Fantastic rooms and opened balcony divider which was fantastic as made it ... Read More
Two weeks on board this lovely ship. The friendliest crew,great entertainment and amazing food. Cabin number 8328 and brother and sister in law in 8326 balcony. Fantastic rooms and opened balcony divider which was fantastic as made it really easy to relax all together. Sebastiao our attendant was really good making different animals each night with the towels. Very clean room and fresh towels each day. Kettle,fridge and hairdryer in cabin. Cabins really good size with plenty of storage. Raymond (Mr washy washy hands ) fantastic each morning greeting us into the windjammer every morning. Entertainment manger Cuddy was fantastic. Must see comedians and hypnotist fantastic entertainment. Saw lots of acts Bohemian (queen tribute) worth seeing and four men doing rock threw the decades excellent. Swimming pools good and jacuzzi were very good. Party down the promenade is a must to see Lots of food to choose from was very good only downside sometimes could of been hotter. Would recommend this ship and would deffo go back on board. Excursions gaudies Barcelona and cathedral Majorca a must to see. Overall one fantastic holiday 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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