185 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Family Cruise Reviews

We have travelled as a family with Royal caribbean for a number of years on different ships. Our age group ranges from now 7 to 81 with a teenager and us early 50's in the middle. We do like all that the company has to offer hence ... Read More
We have travelled as a family with Royal caribbean for a number of years on different ships. Our age group ranges from now 7 to 81 with a teenager and us early 50's in the middle. We do like all that the company has to offer hence staying loyal to them. We went on the navigator last year and as a slightly different itinerary we decided to go on Her again this year, plus we prefer to travel from Southampton. As always we had no problems with our embarkation and settling in to life on board. The staff were all extremely helpful and attentive and as we had got on first thing, we were able to appreciate all the shiney cleanliness that you get on your first day! We had booked a corner aft cabin on deck 10 and as we had been on the ship last year, we had already seen what the cabin was going to be like so we were really excited. it didn't disappoint. It was slightly wider than cabins in the past which was great as my daughter is getting bigger so we need a bit more space so as not to fall over each other! The cabin was kept lovely and clean throughout our cruise and at one point when my husband had hurt himself and was confined for a few days, the attendant looked after him with fresh ice packs regularly. The food was great and we ate most of our meals in the main Dining Room. We did eat at Sabors one night which has been turned into an Indian Restaurant for European sailings rather than the Mexican theme. It was nice, although the main courses were very spicey. Personally we preferred the Mexican last year but as I say, it was still nice and at $19 per head extra that was a good deal. The entertainment was typical RCI and easy going. For me the highlight of the entertainment was Comedian and Vocal Impressionist Darren Day. He was fantastic and I recommend everyone to go and see him if you get chance on any future cruise. There seemed to be more to do on the last 2 days at seas as well with a circus parade down the Main Promenade which was a light relief from the packing!! Outside, as with last year, they could quite keep on top of the water between the two pools and there were a number of accidents resulting in both adults and children wearing casts on their legs or arms. On an extremely positive note, on day 4 of our cruise, they introduced LifeGuards to this Ship. There was one based at every pool, including the adult only one. Apparently they are being put on every ship in the fleet. It didn't stop us watching our own children with our group, but it did give you peace of mind and meant you could relax a little more. We had a drinks package as I think the prices are quite high and it was beneficial that we did. I was disappointed though that my nephew who had the soda package was only allowed soda........not even water!!! Maybe I didn't expect it to be so literal and assumed that they would want to encourage kids to drink water as well rather than loads of E numbers to make them hyper!!! A downside for us, hence to title of this review was the kids club. My daughter complained of a lad picking on her in the club so I raised it with the Staff. They totally denied it yet as I was waiting for my daughter to get ready when I was collecting her, I heard the staff inform 4 separate parents that their children had been hitting other kids and were therefore on a last warning before being excluded from the club. We again raised it but once again it was denied. Luckily though my daugher had met a friend so she didn't spend as much time in the club this year as in the past and I suspect that as she gets older she will want to do more things in and around the pool. The only other downside for us was that the casino on here is still a place where you can smoke indoors. There are designated areas but obviously the smoke will drift over. Again, that is personal to us as we are not smokers. We didn't go on any organised excursions so I can't comment on that. Most places though were within walking distance. The only place we thought was a bit of a waste of time was Valencia. This was because we arrived early in the morning on a sunday when there was little or nothing open and we left early in order to get to Malaga the next day. There were quite a few people who stayed on the ship that day as well. We had an overnight stay in Barcelona and that was nice as something different as it took the pressure off coming back to the ship on time. We love Gibraltar but unfortunately we never seem to stay there long enough! Would we go again? yes definitely. In fact we had already booked our 2018 cruise five months before going on this one!! We do love cruising and everything about it. I love the variety of entertainment; the ease at getting off in port (even though we have done all the ports now but that isn't an issue for us); the standard and general quality of the kids entertainment (despite what I said earlier) and above all, the safety of cruising. They take the security of the Ship very seriously as they should and this, for us, adds to being able to relax more. My daughter loves it and my teenage nephew found there was more than enough for him as well. All in all, we enjoyed the Ship. Next year we are back on the Independence after her refurb so it will be a few years before we consider the Navigator again, but we will consider her. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this because we live within driving distance of Southampton. Embarkation went really smoothly. Heard some comments that the platinum / diamond / pinnacle lines weren't selective, but the queues were quick to get through and ... Read More
We chose this because we live within driving distance of Southampton. Embarkation went really smoothly. Heard some comments that the platinum / diamond / pinnacle lines weren't selective, but the queues were quick to get through and the staff very helpful. The ship took some exploring - the promenade area is a real visual treat. Our cabin was great for what we wanted and really appreciated the balcony for some space to sit. Dining was brilliant - we shared a table with 2 other families, one of whom left after the first evening for a table to themselves. We got on really well with the other family and it was a real pleasure to sit and chat each evening. The waiter and his assistant were amazing - the assistant waiter (Manuel) kept us entertained each night with tricks and puzzles. Our main waiter, Bapusaheb, was softly spoken but really attentive and we couldn't have asked for better staff. We tried the windjammer for a few meals but eventually, after struggling to find a table for 4 of us each time, decided that we would stick to the Sapphire (MDR) for all our meals - the a la carte breakfast was wonderful as was the buffet and many days we didn't end up needing lunch, but if we fancied something the salad selection in the MDR was perfect. The nightly entertainment was great - some real surprises. We had a Queen tribute band, singers, dancers, comedians, a ventriloquist and a hypnotist on different nights and then most evenings we ended up in the Cosmopolitan bar for karaoke each evening. Our shore excursions were through cruiseexcusions.com and they were really good. We tried one of the explorer buses in Genoa (the red hop-on, hop-off ones you see everywhere) but regretted it so after that did our own thing with taxis and walking - would really recommend the idea of a taxi up the hill to wander back down especially in Malaga and Lisbon. (Memo to self - don't walk up the rock in Gibraltar on your own; get a taxi next time!) Children's clubs - our 10 year old attended the relevant one for his age (9-11) on the first night but felt it was a little 'babyish' fr him so didn't go back. My 13 year old eventually made friends with some others and did some of the teen stuff - very selective and enjoyed what they did do. Overall we felt this was our best family holiday we had had and will definitely be back on the seas at some point in the future. Some tips: We didn't get the wifi packs and really didn't feel we missed the emails. Didn't get the drinks packs either - we would have never got through $65 a day in alcohol, coffee or soft drinks each, but we did have some occasional cocktails so didn't miss out. Speaking to others, what most people do is buy one full pack and another non-alcohol pack and share depending on who wants what when. I didn't take black tie for the formal evenings as I'd read on cruise critic that most people now don't dress up. I really regretted it as most people were in bow ties and dresses on the first formal night, so I hired a dress suit from the on-board tailor for the other 2 nights and t really made a difference. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This particular cruise included a couple of destinations we had previously not visited and we wished to visit Rome again as a family. We have previously cruised with Royal Caribbean on Independence of the Seas. By comparison the ship did ... Read More
This particular cruise included a couple of destinations we had previously not visited and we wished to visit Rome again as a family. We have previously cruised with Royal Caribbean on Independence of the Seas. By comparison the ship did appear a little dated and in need of refurbishment/modernisation. We attended a number of performances in the Theatre some of which were excellent. In particular Gareth Oliver (ventriloquist) and David Knight (hypnotist) were exceptionally funny. We only used one shore excursion to Rome by train. This was well organised, on time and our guide Georgia was excellent. The food throughout the cruise was excellent but it was the level of service by our main waiter Boney (Table 427 - 8.30 sitting) which impressed the most and will be one of our abiding memories of this cruise. Ably assisted by his colleague Oshando, Boney was always polite, informative, attentive and helpful going the extra mile throughout. A very solid 10 out of 10 performance by Boney which made the every evening meal thoroughly enjoyable. We would like to pass on our great appreciation for all his efforts. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was our 5th cruise with RCI, the third one sailing from the UK as a group of 3, myself, hubby and teenage daughter. We arrived in Southampton at 9.45am and were guided to park the car right under the front of the ship. Our luggage ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with RCI, the third one sailing from the UK as a group of 3, myself, hubby and teenage daughter. We arrived in Southampton at 9.45am and were guided to park the car right under the front of the ship. Our luggage was collected immediately, so we had time to visit the shops in the city centre before returning to the terminal. Embarkation was very well organised, and we were called to board as soon as the ship was ready. Disembarkation in Southampton was smooth, with timed departures and luggage was easy to find. Access to cabins was at 2pm. Our cabin (inside on deck 10) was immaculately clean, and was well maintained throughout our cruise. The furniture and bathroom are starting to show their age and look at bit dated but everything worked, the beds were comfortable and there was sufficient storage space for our clothes etc. We had plenty of fluffy white towels and extra pillows. We had dinner iat 8.30 pm in the main dining room for 13 out of the 14 nights. Service was excellent, and the meals were always hot, well presented and tasted great. Having read reviews about the quality of the food before sailing I was a little apprehensive, but can honestly say the food was fine. We ate in the Windjammer when we returned from our day in Florence/Pisa but preferred the service of the MDR. Breakfast and lunch was in the Windjammer. As usual, the WJ was very busy at peak times and there are too many tables in the space at the back of the ship, which makes it difficult to move around. We found it easier to sit at a table along the side of the buffet rather than in the main dining area at the back of the ship. There was a good selection of hot and cold meals, and desserts. Wait staff were happy to bring any drinks to the table and cleared tables quickly. Cafe Promenade had a great selection of snacks/pizzas/sandwiches etc each day. Bar service was generally ok. Some bar staff were very pleasant, others less so. The poolside bars were very busy and understaffed at peak times. Entertainment in the theatre was great, we enjoyed all of the headliner shows and the ice show was excellent. The RC singers, dancers and musicians performing in the theatre were great but the musicians and singers in the bars around the ship were not so good. They were lacking in lots of ways, poor vocals from tired looking performers, following the same RC script - time for a change! We had seen the ventriloquist in 2015 on a different RC ship and his act was exactly the same in 2017. We had also seen the same promenade shows on the Brilliance and Independence (70s dance party and Rock Britannia). Although the cruise compass had a lot of activities listed each day, there were a number of things that were really sales presentations. There were poolside competitions, plenty of open climbing and skating sessions, and quizzes. Empty sunbeds on the pool decks were hard to find, lots of towels on beds but no occupants! We could usually find somewhere quiet to sit as we weren't wanting to sunbathe during the day and our late dinner time meant we could enjoy the evening sunshine when there were fewer people by the pool. We left Southampton at 4.30pm Saturday, and arrived in Gibraltar at around midday on Tuesday. Gibraltar was a disappointment. I had prebooked tickets for the cable car and nature reserve, but wasted my money. The ship docked late morning, so by the time we got to the cable car station it was very busy. We queued for about an hour (prebook does not mean fast track, you just don't have to wait in the first long queue to buy your tickets, but still have to wait in the next long queue to get in the cable car) before deciding to abandon our visit or risk missing the ship sail! A taxi from the ship to the top of the rock would have been far better in the limited time we had in port. After leaving Gibraltar at around 5pm, we had another full day at sea before our next port of call on Thursday. With hindsight I realised that we had spent a lot of the first week of the trip at sea as Gibraltar was only a short afternoon stop. Villefranche required tender boat tickets which were timed. We were told not to get tickets until we were ready to leave the ship so had breakfast then went to get our tickets. We then had a wait of 1.5 hours before our slot at 11 am. The ticket process did prevent massive queues for the tender boats but meant leaving the ship later than we would have liked. We were happy to wander around the very scenic town, and visited the Citadel, but it would have been tricky to travel independently outside of Villefranche with the limited time window ashore. Civitavecchia for Rome: We have been to Rome before so knew exactly what we wanted to see and do. I had booked train tickets on the fast train from Civitavecchia to Termini in the UK. We arrived in Rome just before 10am, spent 4 hours visiting the places we wanted to see, and were back in Civitavecchia before 3pm. We took the shuttle bus from the ship to the drop off point, then the public bus (2 euros each per journey) to the station. I think we left the ship at 7.45am for a train at 9.16am and had about 20 mins to wait on the platform for our train. Livorno: I had booked an excursion to Florence and Pisa with TuscanyBus for 38 euros each. We took the shuttle to the centre of Livorno where we met our guide and driver. The trip was excellent. We had enough time to explore Florence and see the tower in Pisa and were back at the shuttle stop for transfer to the ship at the stated time. Genoa: Another port with an early sail time (all aboard at 3.30pm), which limited what you could do independently. We walked along to the harbour, took a land train tour of the city (8 euros each) and then visited the aquarium (25 euros each). Another sea day then Malaga: We walked from the ship, past the beach, along the waterfront to the shopping area and walked back through the gardens to the port entrance. Malaga was a pleasant stop. Last stop was Lisbon. The ship docked at around midday so another late start! We enjoyed exploring Lisbon on our own, visited the Castle and had great views of the city. There were lots of people offering trips by taxi or tuk tuk as we left the terminal so plenty of choice. Overall, we enjoyed our trip and thought it represented good value for money. We will travel with RC again, but would look more carefully at the timings before booking our next trip. This was a long trip (in total we travelled over 6,000 miles) but the route had a lot of time at sea and the ship was crowded in places on those sea days, especially the pool areas. Also, the RC entertainment format for a UK sailing seems to be very much the same, so we are probably ready for a change! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was our second cruise having previously sailed to the Canaries on the Explorer. We booked this one for it's itinerary and the fact we would feel at home on a similar ship. Family of 4 with a teenage daughter and an 8 year old ... Read More
This was our second cruise having previously sailed to the Canaries on the Explorer. We booked this one for it's itinerary and the fact we would feel at home on a similar ship. Family of 4 with a teenage daughter and an 8 year old boy. Pro's Embarkation was trouble free, although with the park and ride system we arrived later that on the previous cruise and had to queue for about 30 minutes. Not too painful. Once on board the ship was laid out as per the Explorer and we instantly felt at home. Wandered up to the Windjammer which was very busy but as always great selection and quality of food with lots of waiters on hand to assist with drinks, clear tables etc. The food was of an excellent standard and no complaints could be made around the Sapphire dining room. Shaun and Hank were our waiters and always chirpy and efficient serving great food and amusing the kids at the same time. We had the my time dining and other than a couple of late days usually ate at 6pm. Shame about the formal evenings with people in shorts and one night a gentlemen eating dinner with a baseball cap on! (basic manners) The headline shows were quite good with a wide variety of stuff over the 2 weeks although talking to a fellow cruiser more regular than I, stated the entertainment is the same as 5 years ago! We had seen the queen tribute act on the Explorer 2 year previous. The Tenors of rock were great and brought a bit of Vegas to the ship. The ice dancers were also very good as expected. As previously stated the service is second to none (crowds apart which I will address below) with the stateroom attendant always on hand for anything we needed (more coffeeeee please) and the bar staff really did try their best in trying conditions. Dewar in the R Bar is possibly one of the most overworked but cheery people I have ever met and always greeted us with a smile and a chat. As previously stated we chose this cruise for the itinerary, so: Gibraltar - lovely place, had a quick whistle stop tour on one of the local taxis (£25 per head) and can thoroughly recommend them. Would have preferred a bit longer there. Villefranche -Beautiful just beautiful. We decide with the weather not to go on a trip and to use this location for a beach day and what a lovely day it was. Civitavecchia - Booked an RCI trip for this one getting dropped at the colosseum for about 1.5 hours, then Spanish steps and Trevi fountain for an hour or so and finally a trip to the Vatican. Didn't have time to go in the colosseum but queued (in 32 degrees) to go into the basilica and Wow! Glad we did, amazing history. Beautiful city spoiled by aggressive beggars and hawkers. Livorno - Again decided not to travel to Florence or Pisa so just had a walk around the town. It was a Saturday and the market was in full flow. The town had a nice village vibe about it but unfortunately there were still some beggars hanging around the touristy bits (McDonalds lol) Genoa- Walked into the centre, smelt of urine, drunks everywhere, hawkers constantly in your face - Never again! Honestly unless on a trip, do not get of the ship at this port. Malaga - Beautiful, clean, friendly and a welcome respite after our previous experience in Italy. Lisbon - Another beautiful European city which we would loved to have spent more time in. It has that cosmopolitan feel with outside cafes and bars with families and well dressed folk eating and drinking. Even the street performers were cheery and in no way intimidating (as per Rome and Genoa) Cons This is a biggie and the reason why we probably will try a different cruise line next time. We will definately also be taking the next one outside the school holidays and happily pay the fine. It would appear that some people think that once on the ship you just dish out the sea pass cards to your offspring and meet them (I assume at a designated area) on disembarkation day! From day one there were marauding groups of kids from 8 up to 16/17 years old running around the ship for the whole fortnight. Don't get me wrong I have two of my own and not a grumpy old man (debatable) but it does wear a bit thin waiting 5 minutes for a lift to arrive and 8 kids run out giggling and you then visit every deck of the ship. One morning on exiting our cabin, all the Do not disturb cards were strewn along the corridor with glasses knocked over and food just chucked on the floor. One night the noise of a group giggling and banging in their cabin didn't stop till about 0330 so quite irritating. The 0100 curfew seemed to be ineffective . Lots of people have stated the bar staff have been rude but I must say (listen up RCI) there are simply too many people on this ship with not enough bar staff. Remember you are catering to Brits. With all you can drink packages. What do you think is going to happen? The bar staff do their best but are overwhelmed with our British, ahem habits. All in all a great cruise but tempered by the gangs of kids and the almost impossibility of getting a seat in the evening on sea days. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I find every time I cruise with Royal Caribbean my holiday really feels like a holiday and not one which you need a rest after like some I have had , the staff always try and do as much as they can for you and with a smile , food is ... Read More
I find every time I cruise with Royal Caribbean my holiday really feels like a holiday and not one which you need a rest after like some I have had , the staff always try and do as much as they can for you and with a smile , food is always plentiful and varied and if you decide to dine on a formal night you can expect a grand evening feeling like you are part of something very special that no other holiday can provide , and when you are walking the evening meal off on the external promenade watching dolphins swim by you will wish it could go on forever . staff on board are fantastic . shows and entertainment are amazing . We went on a RC shore excursion to Rome via a very plush private train and had a great day seeing the coliseum , Trevi fountain , Spanish steps and the Vatican. my only negative is the Navigator is starting to show it's age a bit with some poor maintenance mainly externally, . Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This is our 1st cruise & don't have another one to compare to. We have always been on package holidays or been to Florida in a villa. We found the holiday very enjoyable, the food in the dining room was excellent & the ... Read More
This is our 1st cruise & don't have another one to compare to. We have always been on package holidays or been to Florida in a villa. We found the holiday very enjoyable, the food in the dining room was excellent & the waiter staff exceptional. We usually attended the 1st show after our evening meal & there was a variety of shows on offer, and we always enjoyed them. We always found the bars very busy at night, and quite often went back to our room earlier than we would have liked as there were no free seats available for us. We did have the deluxe drinks package & are not big drinkers but found it to be worth having as we could have a drink anytime we wanted. I do love a cocktail but often found them to be quite sweet in taste. Most of the staff were very friendly & polite but some of the bar staff were run off their feet at times & came across as being slightly rude. We did not book any shore excursions as we found it too expensive for us especially having to pay for the 4 of us, so just did our own thing instead. Our teenagers did enjoy their holiday, we did have to buy the wifi package to keep them amused at times. They used the gym & the flow rider & the arcade sometimes too. We may go on another cruise again, but without the 'kids' Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My husband and daughter chose this cruise, it's not something that I would have chosen since I like warmer weather. After some education, I looked forward to the cruise and was not disappointed. It is a long cruise at 12 nights but ... Read More
My husband and daughter chose this cruise, it's not something that I would have chosen since I like warmer weather. After some education, I looked forward to the cruise and was not disappointed. It is a long cruise at 12 nights but the variation between sea days and ports is good. The staff and crew were great, from embarkation to debarkation, we really didn't have any major problems. The dining especially in the main dining room was better than we've had recently. The windjammer was usually packed and not my favorite place for breakfast. I wish that they would have had some of the other dining options open later than they were. The music and a lot of the entertainment was really geared for an older crowd. Don't expect to have broadway quality shows on this ship. Since this is a colder weather cruise, most of the venues are usually packed and hard to find a seat. The ports are great especially if you're into history and architecture. The only port that we didn't have a lot to see or do was in Finland. Would have loved more time in Bruge. I didn'tlike the amount of time that we needed to travel from port to town - now I know. Overall, we had a great time and would recommend this cruise to family and friends! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
While this cruise seems to focus more on St Petersburg, Russia, there are several other port stops worth mentioning: Oslo, Norway, Copenhagen, Denmark, Talinn, Estonia, and Helsinki, Finland. St Petersburg is the big city, about 5.2 ... Read More
While this cruise seems to focus more on St Petersburg, Russia, there are several other port stops worth mentioning: Oslo, Norway, Copenhagen, Denmark, Talinn, Estonia, and Helsinki, Finland. St Petersburg is the big city, about 5.2 Million people, containing several attractions, including the Islands, the Neva River, and the Hermitage Museum. With a city this size, you're sure to have crowds. The Hermitage is a very crowded venue, but if you don't go, you'll wish you had. We spent a couple hours there, moving through the vast rooms of this winter palace. If one had time to view each and every exhibit for 8 hours a day, it wold take about 10 years to see everything. Many great art treasures are there. The ship spent between 32 and 36 hours in port. The only hassle might be going through immigration in Russia. The first time off the ship, you lose an hour or two getting through the lines. This is the only port we've ever experienced anything like this. Talinn, the capital of Estonia, a former Soviet Baltic state is an interesting place where most people didn't really know what to expect. The city has about 600,000 people with an efficient transportation system which seems to center around light rail and buses. It rained here as it did in Russia, but still, the stop was enjoyable. Oslo was nice but Helsinki and Copenhagen are two cities I'd like to visit again. I would have loved to have seen Stockholm too, but it's not part of this cruise. As for the cruise itself, there is another highlight which was a surprise for me. We had to sail beneath the Oresund Bridge which via a tunnel, connects Malmo Sweden with Copenhagen, Denmark. The bridge carries cars, trucks and trains. This cruise was round trip from Southampton England, lasting 12 days. It was fun. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this because it was going to St Petersburg. The dates also suited us. We also wanted one that spent 2 days there. We did RCI 10 years ago and were very happy with it then. Pluses- 1.Superb entertainment in theatre ... Read More
We chose this because it was going to St Petersburg. The dates also suited us. We also wanted one that spent 2 days there. We did RCI 10 years ago and were very happy with it then. Pluses- 1.Superb entertainment in theatre 2.Incredible ice show. 3.Excellent food in self service Windjammer 4.Helpful attentive staff. 5.Any time dining -great go anytime you want and sit as a couple if you want. 6.Easy boarding and disembarkation -well organised Minuses. 1.Late docking in several ports-Oslo/Tallinn 2.Early departure at 3pm from Helsinki 3 Good few daytime activities but not much really interesting 4.Spa seminars are a waste of time -only for selling you one of their expensive products 5.Rip -off prices for drinks.Basic wine $13 for a glass.Other cruise liners you can get a bottle for $26 ! The drinks package is an incredible $65 per day! 6.Uninspiring choice of food in Sapphire Restaurant ----better food in Windjammer 7.Windjammer early morning opening time is not early enough for some of the excursions Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I choose this cruise to visit the homeland of my grandfather and walk the streets that he walked as a child and young man. took my daughter and her children with me so they too could experience part of their heritage. apart from that I ... Read More
I choose this cruise to visit the homeland of my grandfather and walk the streets that he walked as a child and young man. took my daughter and her children with me so they too could experience part of their heritage. apart from that I wanted to see countries that I never believed I would see in my life time. outside of seeing where my grandfather once guarded the royal family of Denmark I found the most interesting tours to be two that experienced the life style of two countries. one the Russian experience in Estonia and the farm life in Helsinki to be more informative than the standard city tours. on both we got the city tour but got to see what their lives were like years ago and how they remain today. I found those tours to be the most pleasurable of all. the ship was large enough to provide a number of activities for all ages. since I was traveling with grand children of varying ages there was something for everyone. entertainment was not as exciting as some other ships I have been on and the shows ranged from just okay to good. the impressionist brought in from England was the best fo the shows that we saw. dinning was a little disappointing as many of the standard items that I was used to having on the menu were not on this ship but one meal in particular stood out for me and that was a braised shank served in the main dinning room. have had this before on other ships and it never hit the mark but this chef really served up the dish as I remember it from my childhood. service was better than what I experienced on my last cruise on a larger royal ship. less people to please and a happier crew. my advice is to stay with the voyager class of ship if you want big boat experience and still get reasonable service. if you want to see history, this is the cruise to take. if you are looking for a beachy trip then do not take this cruise as the weather is not predictable and these are cold water cruises. this is more an adult cruise but even the younger set can find fun on this ship. grand daughter just seven loved the evenings in the ocean club, climbing the rock wall and ice skating. got one day in the hot tub and pool but out of twelve days it was the only one suitable for that activity. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The ship was a great ship, food was outstanding, bars and theatre where great but finding a seat was very difficult at times. The staff where polite and helpful. the cabin was a good size but the bed sheets pillows and mattress where ... Read More
The ship was a great ship, food was outstanding, bars and theatre where great but finding a seat was very difficult at times. The staff where polite and helpful. the cabin was a good size but the bed sheets pillows and mattress where stained and yellowing in colour, carpets and sofa where also stained. Royal Promanade shows i,e Britannia and Dance Party are repetitive ship to ship so once seen, you only see same again just different people so this could now do with an overhaul, to maintain entertainment shows on the promanade. The Cafe food is now alot better than previous years with alot more variety available. Seating is still a problem, dispite warning signs the water stations are still being breached with people contaminating the water barrels by placing used bottles unter the taps so to refill them this is not pleasant for other users and is a big risk of spreading any health infections from these offendors to the other passengers. so if you are guilty of this then please "STOP DOING IT !!! and stop using your children to do this for you too. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
First time for 20 years with Royal Caribbean. We had a balcony cabin on deck 7. The cabin was a nice size with ample storage space. An adequate but small shower facility. The King sized bed was really comfortable with a firm mattress, ... Read More
First time for 20 years with Royal Caribbean. We had a balcony cabin on deck 7. The cabin was a nice size with ample storage space. An adequate but small shower facility. The King sized bed was really comfortable with a firm mattress, just the way we like it. The tv had few channels and needs an upgrade in our opinion. Charging for films was a bit of a suprise and was also unreasonably priced. Our cabin steward whilst being friendly we felt was not on the ball and did the bare minimum every day. Windjammer restaurant was run like a school canteen and the layout was badly organised with no set fluency. Food was ok but that was about it. We had the My Time dining which on reflection was a good choice as the quality and choice of food was very good. We were fortunate to have two excellent servers in Alvind and Stephen. For breakfast we decided to go down to the sapphire dining room on deck 3 as this was much better than the bun fight in windjammer. Good selection of hot and cold buffet foods so no complaints. For lunch it was only on sea days we were allowed to use the same dining room. There was a ridicolous insistence on the staff putting your salad plate together for you. A buffet salad should be exactly that, you help yourself, please explain this RCL? The main course menu was extensive and very good quality. Another major complaint was the bread choice was the worst we have ever experienced. Whats happened to the crusty rolls you can cut yourself and where's the brown and wholemeal bread? On a positive the staff were always on the ball and friendly. Unless you have already purchased a drinks package the bar prices are extortionate. An average price for a glass of wine was around the 12$ mark with a beer coming in around 9$. If we had not already prepaid the drinks I would have been forced to go tee total. Entertainment was well produced, varied and exceptionally good. The major complaint was the extras. Costs of wifi for the week 150$. Totally unwarranted and just plain and simple crazy pricing. Shore excursions again totally overpriced. If you compete with the onshore providers RCL you will have no problems selling these and still make adequate profit. The premium restaurants again had silly pricing issues. The staff are obviously told to push these but nobody with any sense is gonna take these up at the extra prices insisted on. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
this was our first cruise, we found the ship to be very clean and the staff very pleasant, the food both in the windjammer and main dining room was excellent, but I would suggest getting a table 1st for the windjammer and sorting out where ... Read More
this was our first cruise, we found the ship to be very clean and the staff very pleasant, the food both in the windjammer and main dining room was excellent, but I would suggest getting a table 1st for the windjammer and sorting out where your food types are before loading your plates as by the time you find a table which is not occupied your food tends to be cold. there is loads to do for families but not a lot early in the mornings unless you like lounging around the pool, also a lot of the attractions, flow rider, climbing wall and ice rink were not open much, no reason was given and we weren't told before our cruise, but this did not affect us as we are middle aged and preferred a quieter cruise anyway. families with children will love the ship. the only fault we found was there was not enough time in Lisbon but loads of time in the 2 other ports this information was not available to us both before we booked and when we boarded which for us as middle aged people meant we didn't have much to do in vigo or le havre as walking far from the ship can be a bit hilly unless of course you decide to pay for a shore excursion., so as a result we cut our shore trips short and enjoyed a quieter ship. the information supplied for the ports was vague unless you attended the seminar the night before in one of the bars the main problem we found was that there was not enough seating throughout the ship which tended to mean we spent a lot of time going to different bars and shows etc a lot earlier than we would normally do just to make sure we got a seat, bit frustrating really. overall though we would still go on this cruise again irrespective of the couple of minor points and seating issue which did not appeal to us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Chose the cruise because 1. we wanted to go to the Normandy memorials/beaches 2. there was a 60% discount for second person 3. we are Celebrity Captain's Club and some of our status transferred. The ship left Southampton and was 90% ... Read More
Chose the cruise because 1. we wanted to go to the Normandy memorials/beaches 2. there was a 60% discount for second person 3. we are Celebrity Captain's Club and some of our status transferred. The ship left Southampton and was 90% Brits onboard - a friendly group of people. We especially enjoyed the private room on deck 14 for nightly happy hours or even just to get away during a cruising day to read. I liked the layout of the cabin over the typical Celebrity cabin - I found there to be more room in the closet with convenient shelving. The balcony was smaller but the weather wasn't warm so we didn't spend much time outside. What was confusing and served to cause us problems for one of our shore excursions is the concept of "ship time" vs. local time. I don't recall this ever being an issue with our Celebrity cruises but we were told to keep with "ship time" which was confusing with our tour pickup time. More children/families on this cruise. Never met the captain although we went to most nightly entertainment events. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This cruise was booked as a large family holiday, there were 16 of us in total with ages raging from 20 months to 78 years old. There's plenty for the kiddies to do and at the same time, the adults can just relax. The entertainment ... Read More
This cruise was booked as a large family holiday, there were 16 of us in total with ages raging from 20 months to 78 years old. There's plenty for the kiddies to do and at the same time, the adults can just relax. The entertainment this year was ok, not as good as when we were on the Navigator last year but still ok. I felt as though we spent a long time on the ship this time, the stops in Spain & Portugal weren't really long enough. Our stateroom was a nice size, perfect for the 2 of us and we had a window to see out onto the Promenade. The main dining room was just amazing food and service wise, everything was presented well and you didn't need to ask for anything as the waiters were always one step ahead. I would definitely travel on the Navigator of the Seas again, she's a beautiful ship with plenty to do on board for everyone. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our 1st cruise. Myself, Partner and 6yo daughter took the plunge and set off into the unknown. Overall we were very pleased with the whole experience. Pro's: Service all round was fantastic. Anything you ask for will ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise. Myself, Partner and 6yo daughter took the plunge and set off into the unknown. Overall we were very pleased with the whole experience. Pro's: Service all round was fantastic. Anything you ask for will be accomidated for. In particular, the dining room staff (Motie & Hank) were spot on. Cleanliness was fantastic throughout, there are cleaners at every point without being overly noticeable. Our Stateroom was well maintained and kept in good order by Jorge. The evening shows were good with a good mix of shows from comedy, dance and Broadway. The food was good, the windjamma had plenty of variety and was of good quality. The main dining was fantastic with a different selection of dishes every night. We did not try any of the speciality restaurants. Cons: Entertainment, Whilst the shows were good we didnt seem to find any of the day time activities to our appeal or engaging. I wasn't a particular fan of the cruise director (Cuddy), everything seemed to be about him often about his weight, This humour is funny day 1-3 , past that it becomes tiresome and slightly irritating. My only real frustration all cruise was the disembarkation time, 8am. This put me in a bit of a grumpy mood - we had to be up at 6am for breakfast and off the ship by 8am, chucku in a couple of hours travel and i turned a bit frustrated, trivual but could have been avoided. - Sam Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
places visited were good,only drawback a lot of ports were far out of town and you had to pay your own way into town unless you had booked an excursion, navigator is a well laid out ship its one of the few you can walk all around some ... Read More
places visited were good,only drawback a lot of ports were far out of town and you had to pay your own way into town unless you had booked an excursion, navigator is a well laid out ship its one of the few you can walk all around some decks without going up top, the cabins are a good size its nice to book a balcony and sit out and enjoy meals, we found it best to book first sitting6 oclock, meals are ok but theres been a bit of penny pinching veg is now on plates not in seperate trays and you get very little,always pushing the 4 other dining rooms but you have to pay a hefty supplement ,a couple of peaple we spoke to told they had booked a package and when trying to book a night they couldnt get in also they couldnt get there money refunded,televisions in cabins were a waste of time 50% of time no signal but you could pay extra and hire a film, entertainment was good everybody worked hard , lots of activities to keep you entertained,crew very polite and hardworking, drinks are a bit expensive comes as a it of a shock when you first buy one and they put a service charge on top for each drink even on coffee, Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose it for the ports and we like the larger ships. Food was exceptional on this particular ship, better than normal. We don't usually like the windjammer but the food was really good for lunch and our children sometimes had ... Read More
We chose it for the ports and we like the larger ships. Food was exceptional on this particular ship, better than normal. We don't usually like the windjammer but the food was really good for lunch and our children sometimes had dinner there and they really enjoyed it, fantastic selection and high quality for a buffet. Don't like the smoking in the casino. Concierge not as good as other ships. Stateroom was lovely, clean and spacious our room attendant, Josephine was brilliant. Entertainment was ok, the pub music should start earlier than 10, the chap in the pub not as good as other ships. Somehow smoking needs to be controlled on stateroom balconies as this was highly annoying, security asked our neighbor to stop but they continued and our cabin smelt of smoke if we opened our door. Embarkation and disembarkation was fast and efficient. overall we loved the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
My Wife's 70th and Grandson's 21st and our 50th anniversary. We liked the Dining room and Windjammer for the casual meals, the food was good. Drinks and shore excursions were very expensive when compared to the online ... Read More
My Wife's 70th and Grandson's 21st and our 50th anniversary. We liked the Dining room and Windjammer for the casual meals, the food was good. Drinks and shore excursions were very expensive when compared to the online booking prices and the onshore (local tours) The exchange rate for South Africans made it even worse. Shore excursion members were not very helpful when asked for info on doing our own thing such as where to go. The ship was good but starting to show it's age, some automatic doors did not work properly and occasionally stayed open, really noticeable on bad weather days. Rust patches were visible although small there were quite a few. The Ice show and Beatles show were excellent, but some of the other musical entertainers and Bands were obviously "low budget" and disappointing. The guy who did presentations on Flying was very good and interesting. TV movies, there was only one and repeated every day for the whole 14 day cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I treated my wife (and myself) to a 14 day cruise for her birthday this year and chose this cruise because it sailed out of Southampton and therefore could take decent sized cases on-board as this was a no-fly holiday and you need lots of ... Read More
I treated my wife (and myself) to a 14 day cruise for her birthday this year and chose this cruise because it sailed out of Southampton and therefore could take decent sized cases on-board as this was a no-fly holiday and you need lots of clothes for the various themed nights. Got down to Southampton the day before sailing (as I have done a few times now) and the weather was really great and the city was clean and tidy as usual with plenty shops to buy those last minute summer things. Took a taxi to the docks which costs around £5-£10 which drops you off outside departures. I don't think you can walk to the terminal and for that price who would with cases. As a crown and anchor member I was able to jump the queue so was aboard the ship less than 30 minutes from getting in the taxi at the hotel. It was my first time on this ship although I have been on Freedom and Vision ones. The ship was in very good condition for its age - better than the Indy was when I was on it last October. There were also some new shows on the ship including a new ice show which was excellent. There was always something going on somewhere if you traveled around the ship and everyone seemed to be in good spirits. The staff in the various bars were kind and polite and the entertainments staff (especially Dominic in the Scooner bar) were very good at their jobs. The Cruise Director was good on stage, but sadly I did not see him at all around the ship like I have done many times with Clo O'Conner and Bill Brunkhorst. The food in the windjammer was the same as any other windjammer and it was very busy in there most of the time. I was on My Time dinning in the MDR and had the same waiters each night who were very good - although I had paid my gratuities up front so they should be! One good thing about this ship was that you could use your Diamond vouchers in the MDR (during DL hours) instead of ordering or bringing your drink with you. Not sure if this is a new RCI policy or just on this ship - I am on the Rhapsody next month so I will find out! Did my own thing at the ports of call except for Livorno were I took their trip to Florence. I was out from noon to nearly midnight and done in by the end of it. It was a brilliant trip and my wife loved it but we just wish the ship had docked earlier so we could have got back to enjoy the shows and have a drink etc. Another thing to mention is that this ship was very calm and stable during the whole cruise and I never felt a thing the whole time - even in the Bay of Biscay. During this cruise we went to Gibraltar, Livorno (for Florence/Pisa), Civitavecchia for Rome (1 hour on the train for less than £10 euro), Corsica, Barcelona, Valencia (well just outside), Malaga and Cadiz. I have been to most of these places before, and will do again as this is the perfect way to see all of these places. I had an inside cabin just below the Scooner bar which was handy as I did not have far to crawl last thing at night. Cabin was clean and tidy and the room attendant soon got used to our coming and going habits. Managed to climb the Rock wall (not bad for my age) but didn't bother with the flow rider (lasted 2 seconds on the Indy back in 2008 so never again). There was a nice big whirlpool inside the Gym which I have not seen on any of the other RCI ships I have been on. Had a game of golf each day - even in the Bay of Biscay which was a bit windy - but fun! There were only a handful of kids on this cruise and they were well behaved and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves which is a nice thing to witness on holiday. I must say that this has been one of my favourite cruises in recent years - just a shame the Cruise Director didn't get more involved with passengers during the daytime. I believe the Navigator is doing the Med and Canneries next year so I may book it again! Hope this helps. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We were looking for a 2 week cruise relatively close to home before a longer far east cruise in the Autumn. Having cruised quite a number of times but never from Southampton we gave it a go keeping a careful eye on the Bay of Biscay ... Read More
We were looking for a 2 week cruise relatively close to home before a longer far east cruise in the Autumn. Having cruised quite a number of times but never from Southampton we gave it a go keeping a careful eye on the Bay of Biscay weather. Embarcation was seamless, quick and efficient. We booked a Junior Suite (guarantee) cabin for the first time. The room was spacious with bath and shower room, walk in wardrobe and large lounge. The balcony was only marginally bigger than adjacent non suite balcony cabin. The room was clean and very comfortable, the bathroom a bit dated and tired. Lack of basic toiletries and bathrobes did not go down well with my wife. The balcony glass looked liked it hadn't been cleaned since leaving the States and coming transatlantic - it was very difficult to see through - we requested it be cleaned......and it was the day we were getting off the ship! ENTERTAINMENT: Tribute act "The Beatles" - actually very, very good ! "Queen" tribute almost as good. Production shows - about as tied and jaded as our balcony was. Several of the shows we were notified was their last - thank goodness. Other acts - nothing special the usual mix of violin players and comics. Ice show excellent. FOOD: Dining room service particulaly at breakfast and lunch was superb with excellent, attentive and friendly staff. By Dinner service they must have tired as parts of orders were forgotten, tea etc not offered or offered to some only. FOOD QUALITY: Fish of the day....ALWAYS SALMON! Main courses - we were surprised to see lots of "pies" on the menu - eg, cottage pie - how many 4 star restaurants offer pie? Also, curries....eh? There was always something.......except no "lobster" night ......yet another cut HOWEVER......for $20 extra you could have it !! ONE BIG BONE OF CONTENTION: FORMAL NIGHTS ! - Why do we bother dressing up for dinner when, RCCI do nothing special - it's a complete anticlimax - it always has been so, come on RCCI - Do something to make it worthwhile bringing all the clothes! Both my wife and I are Diamond members and, while the "benefits" are continually being chiselled away the ONLY real benefit is the staff and the Diamond lounge happy hour. Change that and we will be gone!! Finally, the "welcome back party" for platinum, diamond, diamond plus and pinnacle - Poor, poor, poor - worst ever. Crammed and herded into the ice show area, offered a glass of indescribable drink and forced to listen to "ice staff" introduce themselves one by one. As always the "prize" for most cruises goes to an aged American gent whom (I worked out) must have spent the equivalent of 6 years cruising.......why not change this to "the person who has travelled furthest to be here" or something !! Give others a chance RCCI !!!! Finally finally - the ports - all good save for some where only half day there so, limited travel opportunity save for shore excursions by RCCI. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We were a group of 8 that sailed on the 9 days Southern Caribbean cruise on Navigator of the Seas on April 14th. We as a party of 8 sailed on this same ship last April. We had a great time on this cruise. We had a long 2 year count ... Read More
We were a group of 8 that sailed on the 9 days Southern Caribbean cruise on Navigator of the Seas on April 14th. We as a party of 8 sailed on this same ship last April. We had a great time on this cruise. We had a long 2 year count down. So excited to be able to go to the Southern Caribbean leaving from a US port. The Navigator is a little older ship having come into service back in 2002. The ship has one of the prettiest dining rooms. And the Promenade deck was wonderful and fun with the parties and walking thru people watching. But you could see some things are starting to show the ship's age. Some of our group had rooms that had nicer cabinets and drawers. You could tell they had been redone in the last refurbish. Our room had the older stuff. In the theater you could see chairs that had the bottoms falling out. I felt like the dining room and most all the common areas looked pretty good and clean. I thought our hall was let go. The floors needed to be vacuumed all week. This I thought was not normal for RCL. Embarkation was a breeze for us. We drove down from TN. We pulled in the parking garage at the port at 9:35. Gathered our stuff and took luggage across to the porter. We were in line by 10. They didn't open until 10:30. We were on the ship by 11:00. We went to the Windjammer. They were to open at 11:30. But due to inspectors didn't open until 11:50. Was very hectic and wild. Never seen it quite like that before. I didn't eat much. Didn't want to fight the crowd. The crew was all amazing. Very friendly and attentive. Our Waiter was John and Komang was his assistant. John took great care of us all week. Two of our party never had to order. He took their menu away each night and said he had them covered. Komang was so sweet. She picked up on that we were southern and loved our sweet tea. She started bringing us warm melted sugar to sweeten the tea. I felt like the Windjammer had stepped it up a notch since our cruise last year. I only in the past remember the desserts in the Windjammer as being okay. They were really good this time, which was bad for my waistline. They also had chicken wings a couple of nights that we went to the buffet to eat. They were really good. One down side was the lunch salad bar in the Windjammer. Not a lot of options. At night there were more salad items available. The entertainment that was brought in for the week was all very good. I would say except for the big ships with the big budgets that this was some of the best entertainment we have had for a solid week. We had Etta Mae who was so funny. Would love to see her again. We had Scott Record, very talented and funny as well. We had a juggler, Charles Peachock. I was unsure when I saw that on the cruise compass. He was very good and very entertaining. They also brought in the group, The Unexpected Boys. They put on a great show. The ship's production shows were okay. Some parts better than others. Our ports were all great. We started with Labadee. Was a very beautiful day. Just little windy and water started getting little rough. But great beach day and BBQ. Curacoa, my husband and I rented a car. We had a great time. We drove 100 miles on the island. We stopped at Playa Kalki. We snorkeled and sat on beach for awhile. We then drove to Playa Lagun. Here we snorkeled again. Saw lots of sea turtles, was amazing. We then headed back towards port. We turned in the rental and walked around Curacoa. The beautiful colored buildings and the Queen Emma bridge are not to be missed. I was lucky and was able to get on the bridge one of the many times it opened. Aruba- this was my groups favorite stop. I had booked several months in advance the Aruba Trike tour. This made for an Amazing day. We took the early tour. They picked us up from port. Took us to the office to pay and fill out paperwork. Each couple had a trike. Each driver was given a quick lesson. Since we were a group of 8 they gave us a tour guide of our own and off we went. Our guide did a great job. Took us to parts of Aruba that we would have never found on our own. We drove around a good part of the island. We stopped near the water for pictures. Went to Ayo Rock Formations. We stopped for good 20 minutes to walk up to the top and take pictures. Great view of Aruba. We went to the Alto Vista Chapel. Another stop to walk around and take pictures. Then we went to the California lighthouse. We got to ride a little over 3 hours. And we were the attraction to a lot of the tourist. Many took our pictures. After the tour I asked the taxi driver if he could drop my husband and I off at Eagle Beach. You couldn't come to Aruba and not see the beach and get your feet wet. We stopped at a food vendor and bought a plate lunch as soon as he dropped us off. I should have taken picture of the sign. The food was so good. We then started walking along the beach. We ended up walking the 2.79 miles back to port. We got to see so many beautiful sights by doing this. Would love to go back to see more of Aruba. Bonaire- my husband and I and another couple rented a car again. We drove up and saw some great views on the northern end. Drove thru the Flamingo Sanctuary. Then came back near the ship so the guys could rent some tanks for diving. They did one dive at Divi Dive in order to get their Bonaire Dive Orientation. Then we drove to Hilma Hooker and they did a 2nd dive. I snorkeled while they were down. The water was a little rough and didn't want to venture out to far on my own. I found one little reef that was full of fish. I just hung out right over it. Was so relaxing. The guys enjoyed their dive. They just said the hardest part was getting out of the water from that location. You had to climb up on rough rocks as the waves were hitting you. It was then time to rush back to port. Really enjoyed Bonaire, but not near enough time to do all that I wanted to do. This year I felt like a few more activities was offered during the day. My husband played in Ping Pong, Mini Golf and Bag Toss Tournaments. They had few movies at night up on the top deck but first few days was just too windy. Then we were too busy at night to go up. Wish they would show a movie or so during the week in the Theater. Was really a great cruise. Was our first 9 day. Last year we did 8 day. I discovered....9 days is not nearly long enough. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was a family easter cruise. We usually never celebrated easter with a vacation, but this time around we wanted to do something different. The itinerary was the definite attraction, but having cruised before I was overall satisfied ... Read More
This was a family easter cruise. We usually never celebrated easter with a vacation, but this time around we wanted to do something different. The itinerary was the definite attraction, but having cruised before I was overall satisfied with the status of the Navigator of the Seas. Embarking the ship was no real drama, and everyone was quite anxious to get onboard. The weather leaving out of Miami wasn't great, but it wasn't raining either, so things started out rather smoothly. The debarkation process is another story altogether. It seemed chaotic, with no real leadership evident anywhere. There are not enough customs agents to process people quicker. Some how they should begin to implement the process they have in the airport, where its automated. Simply put, the pier agents need to get it together. There really isn't much that I can say about the cabin, other than it was an interior stateroom, kept nice and clean. The attendant Rouston was outstanding. Very helpful, concerned, committed, a great asset for Royal. (I hope you guys value your assets) The main dining room staff were also outstanding. Radmir and Tais. We had a large table, and ate together every night. We were always the last ones to leave. The dining experience was the best. We had such a great time! Radmir and Tais added to an already stellar group of people, who will be considered by this reviewer, as great friends. The ports of call were great. I won't get into detail about them, they are beautiful places need to be seen. I must say however, that Bonaire has some of the most amazing waters I have ever laid eyes on. I now understand why it's a diver's paradise. Someone needs to check the pricing scale on some of the shore excursions. There is no way transportation prices should be jacked up over 300%. We did not pay nearly as much for a taxi as some people for the same kind of excursion. Ridiculous. Some of the Spa attendants were not very helpful. I would believe that protocol would have them be more engaging. Completely ignoring your customers is not an enticing way for upselling. I also don't believe being charged $1.75 per minute for a 30 minute shave makes any sense. While not all crew members were outstanding, they did try their best to provide great service. The condition of the ship overall was satisfactory in terms of food, beverages, etc. The prices of some of the drinks were a bit farfetched, but it is a vacation afterall. Our overall experience is a positive one, but only because we surrounded ourselves with positive people, and had a great time. Otherwise I believe that Royal should contemplate increasing the salary of an exhausted crew, that clearly deserve to be valued more by their employers. I'd like to see the CEO work those types of shifts, and keep a smile on his face for 8 or 9 months with a few hours of breaks every day nonstop. Let's see if he's still as radiant after the 9 months is up. Pay your crew, so that we can have a better experience as loyal, paying customers. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We were in multiple rooms with the kids 8230 which was nice and a balcony ocean side. Was great our Stewart was great learned all the kids name. We had the kids in 8229 and 8231.Inside interior rooms they were about the size we expected. ... Read More
We were in multiple rooms with the kids 8230 which was nice and a balcony ocean side. Was great our Stewart was great learned all the kids name. We had the kids in 8229 and 8231.Inside interior rooms they were about the size we expected. the entertainment from Royal we felt was "soso" everyone raves about royal entertainment but it was amateur to say the best The ice skating though was great, the outside groups they brought on the jersey boy guys were great!!. We felt that Dave Devine was ok cruise director didn't see him much on board... and the fun stuff like volleyball etc didn't pick up until Thursday almost 5 days into the cruise. The food and service was great they treated us great all the time getting drinks, cleaning etc... The windjammer was good also we did try CHOPS, and the Giovanni table. We liked CHOPS but on other cruise lines the chef comes out to great you, you feel special here I felt it was just a sit down dinner, The steak was good but no special appetizer missing that personal touch. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.5 4.2

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