Sail Date: March 2017
The staff, boat the trip everything was wonderful., Next cruise will we Royal Caribbean, but different ship. My daughter would have loved some slides. The dinner staff was out of this world.. We were treated like kings and queens. This was ... Read More
The staff, boat the trip everything was wonderful., Next cruise will we Royal Caribbean, but different ship. My daughter would have loved some slides. The dinner staff was out of this world.. We were treated like kings and queens. This was my fort cruise and Royal Caribbean made it wonderful. I did an excursion on each island, I wasn't impressed with my Bahamas excursion, that wasn't anyone's fault, it's what i picked. I swan with the dolphins in Cozumel, that was great. The prices for pictures on the ship was ridiculous. I spend 300.00 on a picture package that had only 35 pictures. The ship knows you going to buy the pictures so they jack the price of them. They didn't have too many protographers taking pictures so your paying a lot for a small amount of pictures. It was my first cruise so I did learn some things.. Thank you Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
I joined a group organized by a blogger who focuses on Royal Caribbean and had a great time meeting the 80 or so people who joined. We sailed from Port Miami on February 17 on a 9 night itinerary. Embarkation was pretty smooth, but ... Read More
I joined a group organized by a blogger who focuses on Royal Caribbean and had a great time meeting the 80 or so people who joined. We sailed from Port Miami on February 17 on a 9 night itinerary. Embarkation was pretty smooth, but being a lowly Gold in the Crown and Anchor Society did not yield any benefits over non-members. Our line for check-in a little after 10 am was the longest. It took about 25 minutes from curb to boarding. The 9 night itinerary was a perfect duration with the right number of sea days and the right number of port days. The first port was Labadee, Haiti. We pre-booked the Dragons Breath zip line, and knocked that off our bucket list. It was a complete blast despite the $98 cost. I would have done it immediately afterward for another $50 if it was offered. The rest of the day involved swimming and drinking Labadoozies. Labadee was followed by a Sea Day as we headed toward Willemstad, Curacao. We toured the Chobolobo distillery, ate at Gouverneur de Rouville restaurant across from the Punda area of Willemstad which I highly recommend. The beer and the meal were delicious and memorable, and the service was wonderful. The next port was Oranjestad, Aruba. We joined our group for a fun tour of the island with Kuku Kanookoo and ended with a couple of hours on the beach at a day resort. The tour was goofy fun, but the day resort portion was over crowded and over priced for food and alcohol. I will choose something else next time I am on the island. I would probably do one of the ATV tours I saw. The final port was Krallendijk, Bonaire. The is a small population on the island, so the offerings are few, but high quality. The snorkeling on Klein Bonaire was the best I have done. I really, really liked this island. The cruise drew to a close with two sea days back to Miami. I have to say that this is easily my favorite itinerary so far. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
The itinerary was just what we were loooking for. Beaches were great and the snorkeling was unbelievable especially in Bonaire. I enjoy cruising with RC. Ships are always spotless and the food is great! I have never had a dirty or ... Read More
The itinerary was just what we were loooking for. Beaches were great and the snorkeling was unbelievable especially in Bonaire. I enjoy cruising with RC. Ships are always spotless and the food is great! I have never had a dirty or unkempt cabin. My stateroom attendant always keeps it spotless. They also are very good at providing you with the little extras, such as keeping ice in your ice bucket! After more than a dozen cruises on RC, I can honestly say that I prefer them for my cruise vacations. Whan I needed to contact maintenance regarding an issue with my toilet, they came within 5 minutes and resolved it. The plumber was very friendly and wanted to make sure that I was satisfied with his work before he left. I also had some special menu requests and the dining room was very happy to fulfill my requests. No cruise line is perfect, but RC tries very hard to be perfect! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
Been on Voyager before on an Atlantic repo. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Tried a virtual balcony interior room. Great experience. would do it again although we prefer "real" balconies. Food quality and presentation was excellent. ... Read More
Been on Voyager before on an Atlantic repo. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Tried a virtual balcony interior room. Great experience. would do it again although we prefer "real" balconies. Food quality and presentation was excellent. Had a group of 9 with Miami Open tennis post cruise. Only thing re the food, was the lobster on last formal night. A bit soft and likely frozen. We preffered Windjammer buffet for breakfast and lunch. Did miss sitting outside at the aft with the meal, but walked back into Deck 11 pool area instead. Pools were busy, but did not have trouble finding a lounge in the shade. Some people still reserve chairs which they shouldn't/ Pool towel exchange was unfortunately on port side Deck 11 which was smoking; Also casino still allows smoking and many non casino guests smoke there. We tried to avoid this area as well as Deck 11 port side smokers Shows and entertainers were very good. The impressionist was average. First cruise as Diamond and loved the quiet of the Diamond Lounge on Deck 14, nice to read, breakfast in the am and cookies/fruit all day as well as a coffee machine with various premium coffees. 4:30 to 8 pm hor d'oeuvres were brought out and drinks flowed. Same for adjacent Viking Crown lounge. Ship staff ensure Diamond cards only. Also having 3 cocktails at any bar at this time was a nice touch. Had a Bailey's after dinner! Movie screen on Deck 11 was nice but showed some flicks late at 10:30 pm, LaLa Land, Moana were playing. CNN/ESPN Caribbean channels, not networks. some comedy channels, movies were available on PPV. Nice HD tv/ Room steward, Sharon was outstanding. Rei and Dexter in dining room also super. Remembered the smallest items. Disembarkation and embarkation went very well. Really enjoy the promenade on these ships and higher classes/ Had a parade on the last night. Disappointed that the 70's promenade party was so late 11:30, we missed it. Cuddy cruise director from UK was fine. First Canadian captain we have encountered. Smooth seas to Aruba/Curacao/Bonaire. nice 9 night itinerary. previous 5 night cruise had 1000 children! Avoid the March/April short spring break cruises if you want a bit of quiet. Overall service was excellent/ Deposited Next Cruise onboard, recommend everyone should do a deposit and not even have to pick a date. You get a nice onboard credit if booked onboard. Lots of activities, we did lots of reading. Disappointing that the library is quite thin. Daily puzzles though and lots of card tables. Should be more card tables on Deck 11 Solarium and pool area. Deck 4 walking deck Starboard side nice place to read and relax and walk aft to forward/ Used gym a lot on Deck 11. First sea day, it was heavily congested with gym posers, then these thinned out as the cruise went along. An older crowd, around 60 average perhaps. elevators were quite busy, so we used a lot of stairs. Ship is excellent for children with Adventure Ocean program. Some minor things like low quality orange juice in the am was disappointing. Also all juices had ice pre-added. Workers served you at beverage stations. Overall would definitely sail Royal again Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
This 9 night voyage on the Navigator of the Seas was a spring break vacation for the whole family. We sailed on her back in 2011 for our first Thanksgiving at sea (have not stopped since, will be on the Freedom this year for our 6th ... Read More
This 9 night voyage on the Navigator of the Seas was a spring break vacation for the whole family. We sailed on her back in 2011 for our first Thanksgiving at sea (have not stopped since, will be on the Freedom this year for our 6th turkey day cruise). Our experience on her this time was just as good and even better than 6 years ago. We are junkies of the Flowrider and it was added to the ship in 2014. Now the whole family is hooked!!! Anyway here are the main topics people want to read about: Embarkation= Very smooth process! Check in representative was very nice, fast, courteous and made us feel very welcomed. Stateroom was ready at 1:30 as promised. We had Junior Suite stateroom 9270. Ship info= In our opinion, the Navigator is probably the best ship in the voyager class. It was one of the two in that class that had the modern, open balconies, compared to the more enclosed ones that you might find on the Explorer, Voyager, and Adventure of the Seas. The ship has also gone under multiple major renovations in its lifetime, the most recent one taking place in 2014, where multiple favorites were added to the ship such as the flowrider, Giovanni's Table, and Sabor Modern Mexican. In essence, the Navigator is what I might call a "mini Freedom class" style of ship. Stateroom= For this voyage, we were in a Junior Suite (room 9270). Traveling as a family of four this enabled us to have more room on a longer cruise. The room itself was huge and there was plenty of space for people to walk around and not feel cramped. The room even had a full size walk in closet, that had enough storage space for the whole family. The bathroom was also amazing, as it was larger compared to one from an ocean view balcony and it had a large tub. Also thanks to the extra width of the room, there was plenty of walking space even when the pull out couch was fully extended. The balcony had room for one lounge chair, two chairs and a table that the four of us could fit around. Everything in the suite was in working order, clean and sufficient. Pool/Deck Area= This is an area that the Voyager Class ships shine!!! Even on the four seas days lounge chairs were abundant. Yes, you may not get one pool side but who wants to be around that rat race. We have been on different cruise lines that have ships similar in size to the Navigator with far less deck space. The Navi design on the top decks gives you plenty of options where you want to hang out. Ports= We hit the "ABC" islands and Labadee. I will give my "review writing time" to Bonaire. She is an island that has not lost it Caribbean charm or feel. We did not book any excursion so we just walked off the pier and explored. We felt very safe. Ok I lied, Aruba reminded me of Marco Island on the west coast of Florida and Curacao was ok . Dining=We visited the MDR, Windjammer Café, Café Promenade, Chops, Giovanni's Table and Sabor. MDR=We were pleasantly surprised to see new items on the menu. Not only were they a welcomed change but all the food was good and served hot. Our servers Nikhil and Gusti were top notch. Windjammer Café= All the standard food stations that you expect with good food temperature and service. All Specialty Restaurants= Excellent. We did mentioned to our self that next time we go to Giovanni's we will just pick a couple of appetizers and one additional item like pasta or entrées. Way to much food if you pick from each course. Entertainment=To be very honest, we only went to the Magic show which was good. Navigator did not have any Broadway shows. The wife and daughter went to the ice show and said it was awesome. Disembarkation - No issues at all! Overall summary= It was a great cruise and I would go on her again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
My husband wanted to go on a cruise and our adult children were coming with us, our daughter did some research and picked the cruise by destination. this cruise was Haiti, Curacao, Aruba, and Bonaire. This was a 9 day cruise. we ... Read More
My husband wanted to go on a cruise and our adult children were coming with us, our daughter did some research and picked the cruise by destination. this cruise was Haiti, Curacao, Aruba, and Bonaire. This was a 9 day cruise. we hadn't been to any of the destinations before so we thought we'd give it a try. I was not thrilled with Labadee Haiti, but the rest of the destinations were great! the Dining Room staff was really attentive. the main buffet style dining hall had lots of choices to pick from, and also had some specialty foods for people who wanted more international fare, or gluten free, etc.all of the food ranged from pretty good to really excellent, depending on where you ate. There is a ton of things to do on the ship, and it's great that besides your TV schedule, print schedule, you can also walk up to screens mounted by all the elevators and see "what to do right now." you could do any or none of any of the activities - your choice. This was our first cruise and we would definitely do it again Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This cruise was a well deserved vacation for my family after over two years of varied family issues. My wife and I had decided to treat ourselves and our children (24 & 21) to a vacation. The kids had the same spring break from ... Read More
This cruise was a well deserved vacation for my family after over two years of varied family issues. My wife and I had decided to treat ourselves and our children (24 & 21) to a vacation. The kids had the same spring break from their classes so the week seemed perfect. We booked a deluxe balcony for ourselves and the kids had a guaranteed interior stateroom. The kids ended up in a Superior-outside stateroom and my wife and I were in a Jr. Suite. We flew down to Miami the day before the cruise and took a cab over to the Port of Miami. During the drive (5 minutes) my wife and I both realized we had not put the luggage tags on our bags. The porter who met us from the cab was so nice with a stapler ready at hand. Check in was very easy. Having the suite status definitely helped. We boarded around 11:30 so we had lunch in the Windjammer while we were waiting for the rooms to be ready at 1:15. At this point we realized that college kids in the 21st century take cruises for Spring Break. Overall, we found the Navigator in good condition clean and well kept. Any signs of wear, I thought were consistent with the age of the ship. Well maintained over all. I never saw room service trays in the hall for hours that I have seen on other cruises. Our staterooms were ready at 1:15. Our bags arrived quite promptly (before dinner). The kids had there last bag by 9:00. Michael, our steward, was extremely nice. Very polite and helpful. We did not see him much, but the room was always perfect. I believe, Stephen was the steward for my kids cabin. He probably should be sainted he had a number of cabins that were spring breakers ( including mine) and I do not know how much he was able to do keeping the rooms tidy. We had signed up for My Time Dining. The first evening we had such a great table and wait staff that we requested the same table. The host said she would see what she could do but no guarantees. We had the same table by the window every evening. Our waitress, Eglan, and her assistant Carl were great. They even anticipated personal likes ie. a second glass of wine or a cappuccino with dessert. The food was good, well presented and well served. However, it was not hot. It was very warm, but not hot. We were on the third level of the dining room so probably furthest from the kitchen. The flavors were very nice. Eglan was wonderful she deserves a 10+. The entertainment was good. Not Broadway, but entertaining for an hour. The ice show was very good. The shows in the Metropolis were good with some very good individual performers. The lounges had some great music we sampled most of them. The casino was fun for an evening. Won over $300 playing with $10 on the slots. The ports were good. My wife and I have been to both Nassau and Cozumel. In Nassau we did the harbor and city tour fun but prolonged. In Cozumel, we went to Tulum which was great. (definitely recommend) The ferry ride to Playa del Carmen was bad nearly a third of the people were ill. Overall, this cruise was what we wanted it to be. A time when just the four of us can be together. It might be the last? It is fun to really start interacting with the kids now that they are not kids. Have a cocktail together but then still play a game of Scrabble (even if some of the tiles were missing except there were two Q's). Thank you to Royal Caribbean!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
I travel with my husband, all our children, grandchildren and brother, and sometimes his children- so anywhere from 2 to 21 people at a time. This time there were 8, from 11 to 75. This was our second cruise on Royal Caribbean, our first ... Read More
I travel with my husband, all our children, grandchildren and brother, and sometimes his children- so anywhere from 2 to 21 people at a time. This time there were 8, from 11 to 75. This was our second cruise on Royal Caribbean, our first was a wedding cruise (not ours) on the Allure. I have 15 cruises with Carnival, and two with Norwegian, and we were trying things out. I had read every Cruise Critic comment about this ship and was prepared for the best and the worst., luckily, for the most part, we got the best. We departed Miami, which is always a disaster, but at least we weren't under the dreaded white tent. The biggest frustration is that you are given a "boarding time" with your on-line check in. But, to do the on-line check in, you have to already have your transportation arranged. There aren't that many planes from Atlanta to Miami which will get you to the port on time. Our plane arrived at 10:45---yet our "boarding time was 2:30. Not having it, went on to the port. Took about 70 minutes to board, start to finish. Went to the cabin to drop off carry-on bags, because we've seen the big pile-up on the pool deck and the buffet restaurants. Nope-- passageway doors were secures and we were not allowed to access them until 2:30. Minor annoyance. Also not enough places for people to sit and eat while they were waiting for the doors to open. Minor annoyance that ties in-- the pool deck restaurant didn't flow out to the pool deck. You couldn't conveniently carry your tray to the poolside tables, and there was no outdoor grill or restaurant. Okay, got inside. Muster drill, preferred Norwegian, where we sit civilized in chairs in the lounges, but whatever...its required. Our staterooms were more than adequate, clean, well maintained. Couldn't adjust the temperature, and the refrigerator isn't really a fridge. Its a "chiller," but doesn't really chill, either. So you have to have ice. Our cabin attendant 3 times forgot to bring back our ice chest. Had to ask several times for our water and cokes for the chiller. Our room was very quiet. About 10 doors down from the front elevators. Convenient to everything except the MDR. The MDRs were great, food was delicious, we were well attended. Ate in CHOPS for my birthday-- takes something off the specialness when you enter through the same hallway as the buffet restaurant...but the food was indeed special! Also ate at Sabor, great Mexican fusion. When they say spicy guacamole, they mean it. Lots and lots of things to do on ship--it was fun just sitting and lounging and watching the flo-riders. Also a rock climbing wall, ice skating, and the usual poolside activities. The Library was nicely arranged with tables and chairs over-looking the Atrium, so you didn't feel locked away. Good music almost everywhere you go. Some starange combinations- like why have the LGBT Meet-up at the same time in the same place as the "Sherry Tasting?" Also, my husband and son complained that there were not enough blackjack tables for the number of passengers who wanted to play, and crammed 7 people at tables intended for 5. I really loved the walking track on the Allure, felt semi-private, and you could just walk along and see the ocean from 3 sides, there were loungers on the fantail. On the Navigator it was over the pool-deck and a different atmosphere. There were great children's activities. The 11 year old granddaughter would not partake. But I saw other children having fun. Other grandchildren/great-neices/nephews enjoyed the activites on the previous ship. Just no this grandchild. Having been to all these ports except Bonaire, I did not use ships excursions, Labadee, great, fun, perfect first stop. Curacao, getting a little bit tires (this was our 4th time) hired a TUK-TUK city tour. Petrified half the time, climbing over the big Queen Juliana bridge in a three seat- moped equivalent. Still did get us close to the historic sites. In Aruba, I arranged for Wind-sailing classes for my son and son-in-law. We went along to watch and play in the water. Our cab got us there an hour before the guys!! But it was fun and beautiful. Very brisk for beginner windsailers. :oved watching the 10 or so kite-surfers there. Worth every penny- and it wasn't that much. Then dinner on the beach and back to the ship. When I last saw Bonaire 30 years ago, there were two dive shacks and some food. Now the waterline is packed. over 5,500 divers a year. We got a Eco-Tuk-Tuk (last minute, ordered on line from the ship, not a ship's excursion) and our driver , Martin, and the manager, Hanna, were great. Excellent tour in a tuk-tuk for 8, saw the White Slave Huts, the salt pans, the old salt pans,the walk-in beach dive spots. Martin is a dive iinstructor and Dive Master, who does these tours each morning. Came to Bonaire 5 years ago for 6 months of diving. Still there. Lovely area just off the pier in the downtown shopping area-- have all Bonaire made items. Big signs "Not made in China." Had a great lunch of fresh seafood, the the guys dived for a while. Debarcation was a minor nightmare. Everyone had arranged transportation based on the statement that the ship usually started debarcation at 7:30. Then, the last night, on the overhead and in the newsletter, the Cruise Director announced that the USA would go on Daylight Savings Time at 2am, but please don't change your watches until after you disembarked. Panic City, as people believed that the 8am we disembarked was going to be 9am Miami time, and lots of transportation issues. didn't happen quite that badly, howeve a lot of people decided to go self-express. Now the escalator down, can only handle a certain weight, and all these idiots balancing a big bag, and a small bag, and a carry-on bag past the sign that said "1 bag only," caused the escalator to break. Frequently. Just a note- there was a medical emergency within 4 hours of leaving. Captain announced the emergency and asked Oneg blood donors to consider going to the Sick Bay. My son went and said over 50 people were in line to help. Very professionally don. Don't know the problem, but it was an older woman, and her husband was taking names to write thank you notes. Continued through the evening, and around 6am, the ship turned back to meet up with a Coast Guard Medivac Helicopter. They shuttered the windows and cleared the decks so we couldn't watch; and we went through a major storm 3 times- going, coming back through and going again, to get the ship close enough. I didn't hear any complaints about missed time, possibly missing ports. It was just a professional job well done (I used to run medivac units, so I know) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
It was my in-law's 50th wedding anniversary and we were looking for something that everyone in the family could do--18 people from age 80s to babies. It was a very enjoyable experience, service wonderful and almost everyone could ... Read More
It was my in-law's 50th wedding anniversary and we were looking for something that everyone in the family could do--18 people from age 80s to babies. It was a very enjoyable experience, service wonderful and almost everyone could find something to do. On initial research, we thought there was a pool designated for kids and there was however the kids needed to be potty trained so this was not good for the babies traveling with us. That said, the food and service were great. We didn't feel too crowded. The excursions were right-sized and organized. We had the complete food and beverage package which was well worth it. This was my husband's and my first time on a large cruise (had done a much smaller 14-person cruise previously) and I was concerned about the experience before setting sail--I was very pleasantly surprised about how much we enjoyed it and by how great is was for everyone in the family. We would definitely do a cruise again--especially when we are older. I didn't like that many of the shows were so late. We enjoyed the mini-golf and spa also nice. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2017
We cruised 26February-3March. We boarded in Miami for a 5 day Caribbean cruise with stops is Nassau and Cozumel. We stayed in Stateroom #6320, it has a balcony. This was our first cruise (my daughter and me) and we will do this again. ... Read More
We cruised 26February-3March. We boarded in Miami for a 5 day Caribbean cruise with stops is Nassau and Cozumel. We stayed in Stateroom #6320, it has a balcony. This was our first cruise (my daughter and me) and we will do this again. The ship was huge, well maintained, food was plentiful and have a huge selection of dishes and service was outstanding. There was nothing to complain about this cruise, just a very relaxing and enjoyable time spent at sea. There was a lot to do, they have a pool, Jacuzzi, theater, different dining options, they cater to most of what you want to do. If you just want to stay in your stateroom the TV has movies you can buy or you can just watch the shows you like for free. The last day of the cruise, there was a huge sale in the Promenade. We will surely consider another cruise with Royal Caribbean again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We went on this cruise with 12 other family members. It was our second cruise, the first being many years ago on Carnival. We really enjoyed this cruise, this itinerary, the ship and our cabin. We found the ship to be nicely laid out and ... Read More
We went on this cruise with 12 other family members. It was our second cruise, the first being many years ago on Carnival. We really enjoyed this cruise, this itinerary, the ship and our cabin. We found the ship to be nicely laid out and generally in good condition. There are small signs of wear, but nothing major. The crew was always helpful, friendly and a lot of fun. We had an issue with dining where our group was split into 3 separate areas. The dining room manager was able to get us all together at two adjoining tables by the third evening. Our room attendant, Elroy, was very attentive and did everything possible to make our vacation enjoyable. We loved the onboard amenities and activities. We attended many of the entertainment events and joined some of the planned activities. It was a blast. The food wasn't the absolute highlight of the cruise, but we liked trying new dishes. If we have any complaint, it isn't the fault of Royal Caribbean. We found many of our fellow passengers to be very rude and inconsiderate. People cut in front of you in the buffet line and at the bar. They gather in large groups in congested public area. The exact same people would take up seats in the same venues every night without considering that other passengers may want to have a chance to enjoy the place at some point. I think that my only complaint with Royal Caribbean is that I truly believe that a 1 AM curfew for children is excessive. There were groups of teens at adult only entertainment in the evenings, hanging out in the Café Promenade and playing around in the elevators. There are plenty of planned activities for kids throughout the day, they do not need to be present that late in the evening during adult activities. I truly believe that 11 PM would be a much better curfew time for anyone under 18. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We were on this cruise for an extended family event and we had our 3 teens with us. It was my first cruise with my boys but my husband and his daughter have been on many. Both the embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and it was ... Read More
We were on this cruise for an extended family event and we had our 3 teens with us. It was my first cruise with my boys but my husband and his daughter have been on many. Both the embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and it was nice to see an option to self assist by carrying off your own luggage and not wait for a departure time. We didn't choose that option but may try it the next time. An inside state room and a balcony room were our 'home' for this 9 night adventure and was available by 1:30 pm. I couldn't believe how much space we had and so many storage options! Very impressed with the cleanliness of both our rooms and even the comfort of the beds. Our room attendant Richie was absolutely amazing and took care of us very well. He even assisted us with a scavenger hunt we were on with family and friends. I had read many reviews of the Navigator prior to our cruise and was worried about the condition of the ship and the food in both the MDR and the WJ as many were negative. I am very relieved to have discovered that I do not share the opinion of the negative reviews. This ship was very well maintained in appearance and in the quality of the furnishings (carpets, drapes, bedding, towels, dishes etc etc). There was a bit of a disappointment with one of the $ dining options which I mentioned in the progress report onboard and it was acknowledged by the staff within hours and a very nice surprise awaited us in our room in the form of chocolate covered strawberries to make it up to us. It really wasn't necessary for them to do that, as our 'disappointment' was only mentioned to maybe help the next patrons have a bit better experience. They went above and beyond. The MDR service was excellent and because we were travelling with about 60 other people in our 'group' we had a section mostly to ourselves and got to change up tables and have a variety of waitstaff. They were all GREAT and worked so hard to make it so enjoyable. There were lots of choices on the menu and it was nice to try new dishes and desserts(...and really for me, such a treat to not have to cook and do dishes!! :) ) My family really enjoyed it too! The WJ also was a pleasant surprise with all the different choices and you could make lots of healthy picks. I love Indian food and am happy to report that these options were tasty and had some nice 'kick' to them! Everywhere on the ship, in all the lounges/bars or on deck there was always a friendly staff member offering to serve up a beverage. The kids loved the activities and shows and the cookies available in the cafe. All of the ports were beautiful and harassment free. Bonaire was the best in my opinion, so beautiful and pristine! I would go again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We chose this cruise for the ABC island itinerary. DH and I flew (50s) in from Ohio to FLL a day early; Got there around noon, Uber'd to our hotel on the beach, walked to a nice place for lunch, walked back to the hotel (got our ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ABC island itinerary. DH and I flew (50s) in from Ohio to FLL a day early; Got there around noon, Uber'd to our hotel on the beach, walked to a nice place for lunch, walked back to the hotel (got our steps in!), then napped. Walked to a new Argentinian restaurant a block from the hotel, had dinner, then to bed. Uber'd to POM the next AM. Embarkation was a breeze! We walked right up, got our Seapass cards and met up with my 2 brothers/wife/girlfriend, also from OH, as we entered the ship. Lunch in the WJ, then explored the ship until our luggage arrived. We had been on NOTS in 2013. Thought it was a beautiful ship then, but it's been refurbished and is even better. The carpet and window treatments in our balcony cabin (a "hump") were new. The cabin had a clean, sophisticated feel. There was plenty of room for our things with space left over. There were some different things on the Royal Promenade this time. Sorrento's is gone and it seems to have been combined with the Promenade Cafe. Some of the stores looked a little different, too. We think there was a nightclub on Deck 4 that was called The Crypt that is now a specialty Mexican restaurant. We like late dining and my brothers like early, so we had dinner in MDR at late seating. We were at a table for 8 and we really enjoyed our dinner companions. The shows were mostly OK, the comedians were usually funny (but we had heard some of the jokes before), the juggler was good, and the Elton John guy was good too. The Quest seemed quite toned down from the ones we remember from the past, but we enjoyed it. The ice show was worth seeing--how they can do those jumps and land gracefully on a moving ship is a true art! Staff was very friendly and attentive. Our head waiter actually visited our table every night! Our waiter Josue and asst waiter Ahmad were a great pair. Our cabin steward Santiago kept the place spotless! My brothers were on a different deck from us and their cabin attendant had a real sense of humor. Instead of a towel animal at turn-down, they had a 'body' in the bed, complete with sunglasses and shoes, 'feet and legs' hanging out of the toilet, etc. The ship was very clean. We enjoyed it very much. We thought the food in the MDR was good. The 2nd formal night was 'lobster night' and our table was offered 'seconds.' (Noticed that Celebrity Equinox Feb '16 and Royal Princess Feb '15 didn't offer lobster at all). We frequently had breakfast and lunch in MDR and ate in the WJ a few times. The food in MDR was good. We had dinner at Giovanni's one night-->the osso bucco was fabulous! The risotto was also very good. Ports of Call: Labadee: Got a few chairs on the beach. Had the picnic lunch. My brother's girlfriend had never been on RCCL, and as we were lolling on the beach she said 'This doesn't suck.' Well, that was the phrase we used on everything for the rest of the cruise! We're all still working and compared each day on the cruise to a day at work and there wasn't a day on the cruise that didn't suck! We signed up for the Tuk Tuk tour in Curacao, but the guy never showed up! We walked around the main town and did a little shopping, then back to the ship. They're going to refund our $; it was the only excursion that was paid-for up front. In Aruba we did the Trikes-->WOW! Our best excursion ever! It was SO MUCH FUN!!! On Bonaire, we did a Vista tour and saw the salt flats, flamingoes, cactus fences and much more. Would go on the Trikes again and with Vista again. Only one thing RCCL didn't do well-->Debarkation! We did the early walk-off due to our earlyish flight out of FLL. Instructed to meet in MDR on deck 5 at 7 AM. The DR was full and the line we were in snaked back into the casino. People didn't start getting off the ship until after 8:00. We all had to go all the way around the DR, dragging our suitcases. No one seemed to know what was going on or why there was such a delay in getting off the ship. No one kept us informed. Then, once off the ship we had to enter the terminal and go up the escalator, but everyone needed to have one hand free to ride the escalator. Both of hour hands were full so we had to wait for a tiny elevator, along with many others. Twice RCCL staff had the elevator full when it arrived back up at the top and no one could get on it. There was some sort of cart that had to be retrieved from another floor (?). It was frustrating, as by this time we had been waiting almost 1.5 hours to get to our transportation to FLL. The experience, fortunately, was the complete opposite of what we encountered during the cruise. We enjoyed Navigator and would go back on her again. Booked on Freedom out of FLL next Feb! Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Miami cruise port First of all, if you are driving, the Miami traffic is very congested. We got into Miami at 9:30 am Allow 1/2 to 1 hour extra time. After checking all the reviews for parking and shuttles, I recommend paying the ... Read More
Miami cruise port First of all, if you are driving, the Miami traffic is very congested. We got into Miami at 9:30 am Allow 1/2 to 1 hour extra time. After checking all the reviews for parking and shuttles, I recommend paying the extra money ($20 / day) and park at the terminal. This will save you a lot of headaches. The parking garage is literally right across the street from the RCI cruise terminal. We parked on the first floor, got our luggage and crossed the street into the cruise terminal! Embarkation This embarkation was the easiest, most efficient process of any of the cruise lines. From the time we entered the cruise terminal, in 30 minutes, we were on the ship! Including the pre cruise picture!. First impression. The Navigator of the Seas is a Voyager class ship. It is built like the Freedom class which we love, but shorter. It still has the Royal Promenade “Main Street”, the Flow Rider, the Putt-putt course, Rock climbing wall, and the Ice Arena. This is an older ship and if you are looking for details, you will notice the age showing through. Just little things like paint chips and a little rust at the bottom of a door frame, etc. Windjammer is the buffet restaurant on deck 11. I was a little disappointed with the lack of variety in this buffet. Muster - The required muster drill is on the promenade deck. This makes for a very hot 30+ minutes standing. The poor PA system makes it very difficult to hear the instructions. Some other cruise lines have this inside and use the “sail pass” to check you in, which is much more efficient. Theater - The theater in this ship is large and comfortable. They only had a few production shows over the nine day cruise. The other days were comedians, magicians, juggler etc. The orchestra was one of the best cruise line orchestras I have heard. Bravo! Announcements : I wish they would announce activities over the loudspeaker. I would appreciate an announcement that you need to go the the 11th floor to pick up towels (using your “sail pass”) before you go down to the first floor to leave the ship at one of the ports. Also an announcement stating what deck to disembark at the port and when you can start leaving the ship. The Cafe Promenade is a favorite location and stop of ours on the ship. Small bites to eat including pizza, and desserts and free coffee. Sapphire Dining room. We love the 3 story dining room on the RC cruise ships. Very elegant indeed!! The food was excellent on this cruise. The Salmon, fish, lamb, turkey were amongst the best I have tasted. The prime rib and steak was all excellent. I do need to add that my wife had the NY strip steak that was on the daily menu and this was just okay!. Labadee, Haiti was our first port of call. This is a RCI owned area of Haiti and therefore very well maintained and furnished. Lounge chairs are provided along an excellent beach area. Locals will set up your chairs wherever you like for a tip. If you want to go in the water, I recommend getting water shoes because there is a lot of coral on the bottom. Dragon’s Breath Zip-line. Wow, what an awesome experience. I need to say that I did not do this a few years ago because I thought $100 for a one minute thrill was a little expensive. However, this time, I could not resist. I have heard horror stories about other zip-lines where you are dangling from the cable and have to wear gloves and have to reach up to brake yourself. Here, the entire experience is very detailed and geared towards your safety. 1st is the signing of the waivers. 2nd is the area where they help you put on the safety harness. They fit you and double check everything to be sure that safety is top priority! This is no ordinary harness. This comes complete with its own type of seat! 3rd They take you to a practice zip-line. This is just like the real thing, only shorter and closer to the ground. I was very impressed and when I got done with this run, I was very comfortable going to the Dragon’s Breath. This is the longest zip-line over water in the world. It is almost a mile long and starts out at a little than 1000 feet high. The truck ride was the worst part! Maybe that is what the waiver signing was for!!! The views from the top were worth the trip. When it came my turn, I was ready. All buckled up and ready to fly! The trip was smooth, fast, and exhilarating! 60 secs and it was over. What a great experience. If you want someone to take your picture besides the ship photographer, wear a bright color so you can be spotted. I will do this again, next time my wife will do it too!!! Vender area. Some people were concerned about how pushy the venders are on this island. First of all the venders are all in one area and you don’t have to go there. On a previous trip, we did go into the market area, and yes there are aggressive. If you don’t want the hassle then just don’t go inside. I believe the sign above the building says “market”. If that doesn’t bother you and you like to barter, then this is the place for you! Lunch on the island is provided. They have a huge cook-out with a great variety. Hamburgers, hotdogs, BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs, salads, rice, potatoes, desserts. Drinks include water, iced tea, and fruit punch. All delicious! Curacao We loved the Southern Caribbean islands. At Curacao we took the Curacao Highlights and Beach break. This was a very nice comfortable tour of the island in an air-conditioned coach. This tour took us past the Queen Emma floating pontoon bridge, and cross the Queen Juliana Bridge. This is an extremely high bridge which allows large tanker ships to pass under. This also allows for a great view of the harbor. The tour took us to the Blue Curacao Liqueur factory. Most everything is done my hand from orange peals. We tasted 3 liqueurs. The tour then took us through residential areas and past some resorts. We were then taken to Mambo Beach. This is a beautiful beach with beach chairs for rent at a nominal cost. This beach has pure white sand, the water is crystal clear and fine sand also- no rocks. One of the beast beaches I have been to! There are Tiki bars, restaurants, and shops. A great time!! After the tour brought us home we went back out and crossed the harbor via the free ferry because the pontoon bridge was opening at that time. All the buildings are very colorful and well kept. We came back walking on the pontoon bridge and it opened while we were on it. A great experience. Love, love this island. Aruba In Aruba, we took the Sea and See tour. This starts on an air conditioned coach which takes us from the port area through the town and past the high-rise resorts. On the northern side of the island we stopped to see the lighthouse. Great views from the area without going inside the lighthouse. We then went back to the resort area and boarded a boat to take us out to a mini submarine. This is really a special boat that the center has a glass enclosed viewing area below the water level. This gave us great views of a sunken ship and many beautiful fish. Next the land tour took us to the Natural Bridge. This bridge collapsed in 2005 but the remains of the bridge and a large picture is there. There is also a Baby natural bridge which is still in good shape. This is a beautiful area to view and a must see when in Aruba. Next we stopped at the Natural rock formations. When volcanic eruptions formed this island, this area was formed by huge smooth rocks (some as large as a small house) being pushed to the surface and stacked on top of each other. We were able to climb many of these formations which afforded great views of the island. Bonaire Bonaire is the more natural of the southern Caribbean Islands, We took the 4X4 truck tour. This took us inland towards the “farmlands” . We got great views of the Pink Flamingos. The tour continued around the eastern side where there is a small resort area for swimming, and water sports. This wasn’t a very large beach area so we just took in the views. Next, to the salt flats. We could see the process of channeling the ocean water inland into holding ponds. As the water evaporated with the help of the Eastern trade winds, it is then systematically pumped into to ponds leading to the final ponds where the solid salt it harvested, loaded into trucks and elevated into huge mountains of salt. We also saw the slave huts. Bon Tuk Tour. We took this tour because we were intrigued by the “Tuk-tuk” vehicle which is really just a large golf cart. This tour took us around the town viewing the churches, jails, hospitals. We did not have a very good tour guide for this. Our driver had trouble backing out of the parking area and then we clipped the side mirrors of a charter coach at our first stop. This pretty much ruined the tour for us. We were on edge the rest of the way and couldn’t wait till our 1 hour was up! Disembarkation A few days into the cruise we were given a form to choose our disembarkation time. We then received tags and were given an area to meet prior to disembarkation. We arrived at Port of Miami about 30 minutes late and therefore disembarkation was delayed. However by the time our scheduled time came we were pretty close to schedule. We did have a little glitch with the Port Authority as we got into the terminal that delayed us abut 20 minutes. However, when things got moving again the process was smooth. Thank you RCI for an enjoyable cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary as we have never been to the ABC islands before. We were also interested in taking a cruise that was loner than a week and found the 9 night to be wonderful. We had folks from 21-80 and everyone ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary as we have never been to the ABC islands before. We were also interested in taking a cruise that was loner than a week and found the 9 night to be wonderful. We had folks from 21-80 and everyone enjoyed the ship and the ports. The food was hit or miss but we never went hungry. Service in my time dining was outstanding. Chops was delicious as was Johnny Rockets. We were disappointed the 70's dance party was not scheduled to begin until 11:45pm. We found this to be quite late for this event. One of the best cabin stewards ever in our large ocean view and an interior. Our luggage arrived before muster and we were thrilled to be unpacked before dinner. Entertainment was okay but again hit or miss. Cast shows were poor but headliners performances were good. This was our first time on Royal Caribbean and most likely will not be our last. We especially liked the shower doors instead of shower curtains. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2017
Being from cold and snowy northern Ontario, my wife and I like to cruise in January. Since retiring 7 years ago, this was our 10th one. Once again we had an enjoyable time on the Navigator of the Seas. This was our 3rd time on this ... Read More
Being from cold and snowy northern Ontario, my wife and I like to cruise in January. Since retiring 7 years ago, this was our 10th one. Once again we had an enjoyable time on the Navigator of the Seas. This was our 3rd time on this particular ship it being the size that we most prefer. This time we decided to try a virtual balcony stateroom. It was good but not as enjoyable as a real balcony. We prefer to eat in the main dining room and were fortunate to be seated with 5 fantastic people at our table. The food was excellent although not quite up to the level as just a few years ago. The service from our waiter and assistant waiter was very good.. We visited Labadee, Aruba, Curacao & Bonaire. Bonaire turned out to be our favorite. If there was anything to complain about it was the constant soliciting of additional services mainly dining at extra cost restaurants although I'm sure that this happens on all ships and all cruise lines. Health permitting, we will be back on a Royal Caribbean ship again next January. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Loved that it went to the Southern Caribbean and was 9 days instead of 10. We went with a group of 23 and had a great time. Everyone kind of did their onw thing, but many times we met up ad did things together. So much to do on the ... Read More
Loved that it went to the Southern Caribbean and was 9 days instead of 10. We went with a group of 23 and had a great time. Everyone kind of did their onw thing, but many times we met up ad did things together. So much to do on the ship. It had been awhile since I had been to Chops Grill. Loved it again. Only negative was we had already paid a extra fee to eat there, that was no problem, but then of you wanted the porter house steak or lobster that was much extra. They should figure it all into the price. Just my opinion. The steak (NY Strip) in the main dining room, could be improved. It was tough. The other meal choices were primo! Overall the whole cruise was great and the behind the scenes tour was the best! The pool was cold but refreshing on really hot days. The martini bar was the BEST Bar Ever! Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
As a background we have cruised with RCCL 7 times previously, on all of the Freedom class ships plus Oasis, Allure and Anthem. We have also cruised with NCL on Getaway, Breakaway and Epic. We booked this cruise back in summer 2015, based ... Read More
As a background we have cruised with RCCL 7 times previously, on all of the Freedom class ships plus Oasis, Allure and Anthem. We have also cruised with NCL on Getaway, Breakaway and Epic. We booked this cruise back in summer 2015, based principally on the Southern Caribbean itinerary which we had never done – and incidentally was fantastic! Having kept an eye on the (mostly poor) reviews since booking, plus the fact this was the oldest and technically smallest ship our extended family of seven (ages 19-72) had ever been on, I was just a little concerned about what we would encounter. I needn’t have worried. We had a fabulous time, possibly one of our best cruises ever. To the multiple reviewers who state this ship is “showing it’s age”, what exactly do you expect from a ship built in 2002 ??? In my opinion The Navigator looks fantastic for her age. Sure, if I got down on my hands and knees with a magnifying glass I might spot a few rust spots on the balcony door or a small carpet stain here and there, but seriously if that’s what offends you when going on a well deserved holiday, then I feel sorry for you. The public rooms all looked great, the Royal Promenade no different to any I’ve seen previously and our cabins were just fine, all 4 of them. The crew were all welcoming, friendly and efficient notably Aladdin in the R bar and O’Neal our drinks waiter at dinner – top guys both of them. I guess one common complaint I can empathise with was the standard of food in the MDR. To be fair it was mostly OK, though with a few shockers along the way - but on the other hand especially good on New Year’s Eve. Giovanni’s and Izumi were both enjoyable although avoid the scallops – chewy and tasteless. Windjammer always fine in our opinion. The casino was unbearable at times smoke wise, but I guess a function of it being smaller than most. We used it occasionally but not for long. Internet worked just fine – we bought one package and alternated users as and when required, easy. The ship had been beautifully decorated for Christmas and the effort made by the whole crew on New Year’s Eve in the dining room and on the Royal Promenade will live long in the memory. Overall we had a fantastic Christmas and New Year aboard the Navigator, and to my own surprise I will now always have a soft spot for this ship. Sadly, I suspect many will still continue to find nitpicking faults with her, but everything is there for you to have a great time, which is surely what a holiday is all about ….. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This was my family's first cruise so we have nothing really to compare it to, however, we all LOVED this ship-its crew-the food-and the countries we visited. From day one, we were truly treated like guests. Our cabin steward ... Read More
This was my family's first cruise so we have nothing really to compare it to, however, we all LOVED this ship-its crew-the food-and the countries we visited. From day one, we were truly treated like guests. Our cabin steward Catherine-remembered all of our names (important) and went out of her way to make us feel at home. We loved the little towel creatures she created for us and the extra care she took in keeping our stateroom so homey and tidy. The shows were spectacular-especially the ice show. Our favorite restaurant was Giovani's and Andres provided the best of service. The Windjammer had a wonderful variety of foods and when they were closed-the cafe at Promenade filled in the gaps. The flow rider, rock wall and ice skating were a real treat and we often forgot we were on a ship in the middle of the ocean. If you have a family of teens or even young adults, they will LOVE this cruise experience! There is something to do for everyone. We will definitely cruise again and without a doubt-it will be Royal Carribean! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We cruised with a family group of 10. Our immediate family of 6 had cruised before but we had 4 newbies. Embarkation went smoothly and we were on the ship by noonish. Everyone in our group had a great time despite our 20yr old dd getting ... Read More
We cruised with a family group of 10. Our immediate family of 6 had cruised before but we had 4 newbies. Embarkation went smoothly and we were on the ship by noonish. Everyone in our group had a great time despite our 20yr old dd getting bad motion sickness this time and our 22 yr old ds not listening to his mother and not putting on enough sun screen and drinking enough water. We found the sea bands in one of the stores on day 5 and that those helped dd. We did not try any of the specialty dining. We had my time dinning and requested to be sat with the same wait staff after our first night because our waiters Atacan and Radmir took amazing care of us. We mostly ate breakfast in the windjammer and Atacan would keep an eye out for us and help us find a table and make sure we had everything we needed. I am a picky eater so I didn't care for breakfast in the mdr or the windjammer, but I always found something to eat. But the rest of our group had no problem. For lunch we went to the mdr a few times and the windjammer other times. Both were very good. Oh we did do Johnny Rockets one day for lunch. It was very good but greasy and did not like me about an hour later. We watched the ice show and that was really good. The casino was too smoky to try and go there, just going through that deck on the stairs it was really strong. Our 12 and 17 yr old dds had fun in the teen group. Some of our group tried out the flow rider and the rock climbing wall and really enjoyed those. My husband, son, and nephew played basketball almost every night and we all really enjoyed the movies out on the pool deck. Since we were in the RFS we had access to the concierge lounge. Nadja was super friendly and helped us with reservations and invited us to go on a bridge tour. Lei was the bartender in the lounge, she was amazing and knew what we liked to drink after the first night. Labadee- Half of our group did the yoga on the beach in the morning. We had a Standard Cabana on Barefoot beach club. The buffet lunch was very good. It was not very crowded on that beach, the weather wasn't super great in the morning so maybe that was why. Six of us did the zip line. I was brave and did it, I am so glad I did, it was amazing. Curacao- We did a half day tour with Irie tours, they had open air buses and did a tour of the town and a stop at the distillery and then you could either choose to stay at sea aquarium beach for 1 or 2 hours. We went back to the ship and grabbed something to eat and then went back out to check out the stores around the port. Aruba- Here we rented a 12 passenger van and drove around on our own. We went to the natural bridge, the California light house, the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, and we stopped at a beach and swam for awhile, not sure which one. Bonaire- I had booked us a snorkeling trip with Woodwind and this was my favorite excursion we did. The staff is amazing. All of us on the boat were split in 3 groups with about 8/9 people in each group and had a guide. It was a drift snorkel and went along the reef. They had a photographer and you could buy the usb for $40, which was definitely worth it. This was our first cruise with RCI and we booked our next one while on board. Read Less
57 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
My family and I had never cruised before and hadn't known anyone who had been on a cruise so we booked this holiday completely blind. We chose Royal Caribbean because we were told by a travel agent that they were one of the best for ... Read More
My family and I had never cruised before and hadn't known anyone who had been on a cruise so we booked this holiday completely blind. We chose Royal Caribbean because we were told by a travel agent that they were one of the best for families. Because of our lack of experience in cruising we relied heavily on the internet forums and review sites. After reading through the reviews I don't deny I was starting to think I'd made a mistake. Some of the reviews for Royal Caribbean, and especially the Navigator, were scathing. The reviews were so bad I contemplated just cancelling, despite losing some money on the booking. However, in the end I chose to go with it and make my own mind up and I am so glad we did. My family and I had one of the best holidays we've ever had. Firstly, the embarkation was fantastic. Had no idea what the procedure was but as soon as we pulled up at the drop off point (we got a lift to the port) a member of staff was there and took our cases. We then just queued to get through security, which moved quickly (15 minutes) and within the hour we were on the ship. One of the first things I noticed was that the cleanliness was excellent. I'm not obsessive about these things but I do think cleanliness is a good mark of how much pride is taken in an establishment. To be fair, our cabin (oceanview cabin, deck 2), whilst perfectly functional and fine for our needs, was slightly tired but always kept spotless by our room attendant. The location of our cabin (2330) was brilliant. It was so quiet as we barely heard any foot traffic and nothing at all from the deck above. As we were a family of 4, the room had the pullman beds which wasn't ideal as we all banged our heads on them at least once during the week but the room attendant folded them away during the daytime which provided a bit more room. The shower cubicle in the bathroom had sliding doors and is quite roomy. My husband is on the larger side and he also didn't feel too squashed in it. We sailed on a Sunday and tried the Windjammer for breakfast on the Monday. This wasn't a great experience to be honest. The place was very crowded and there were no spare tables. When we did eventually find a table, we were pleased with the food on offer. There is nothing they don't do! They absolutely cannot cope with the volume of people who descend into the Windjammer for breakfast. If you are a party of 2 it may be easier to find a table at busier times but as we are typically early risers we found that finding a table wasn't an issue the rest of the week for a famly of 4 as we were in there before 9.30am which is from when it seems to start getting busy. However, it is worth noting that food from the Windjammer can be eaten elsewhere on the ship so if it is busy you can always get your food and eat it by the pool, in your room, in another public area etc. We tried breakfast in the dining room a couple of times and I personally preferred this set up. There wasn't as much choice as in the Windjammer but I liked being seen to a table and the waiting service so that my family and I could discuss the day ahead. With dining, the only disappointment we had was at Johnny Rockets. We went there on a Friday night and were seriously underwhelmed. We personally felt the food was average and the service mediocre. I understand they are meant to dance on the half hour too but despite being there for just under an hour and a half, this didn't happen. We had seen them dance for customers throughout the week so we know they did do it so we weren't quite sure why we didn't get that too. We didn't bother to ask and just put it down to experience. On the days we decided to sit by the pool we had no issue getting beds by the pool - even on sea days. Many of the reviews I read online before we left said that there was no chance of this but by the time we'd finsihed breakfast and gone back to our room and changed we never really go to the pool before 10am and there was always lots of spare beds. Only a handful of beds were ever reserved. Either we were incredibly lucky or the other reviewers are incredibly unlucky. I personally didn't go in the pool but the kids absolutely loved it. We didn't experience any kids running riot or being left unattended. We didn't take part in any of the daytime activities, such as the quizzes, but the evening entertainment was great. We saw a good hypnotist, a band and a comedy magician. All shows were of good quality. There was a vocalist on one of the nights but unfortunately I didn't get to that show. We also saw the ice show. It started off a bit cheesy but quickly picked up pace. The Brit Rock Party on the last night was probably the best of the entertainment. It was a great atmosphere and everyone was singing along to the best of British rock music. My general opinion of the crew was that they are incredibly hard working and really do want you to have a good holiday. On one night in the dining room my husband ordered fish pie but didn't like it. Our waitress spotted this and assured him he'd have something he did like in 2 minutes. My husband re-ordered and sure enough, the food was in front of him in record time so that he could carry on eating with us. The staff were attentive without being overbearing and were very professional at all times. My children (aged 6 and 11) wanted to try the kids clubs. My 6 year old absolutely loved the club and asked to go each night. She had a great time. My 11 year old found his club a bit hit and miss but on the whole liked it. He did say that there were some "silly boys" there one night but you get this everywhere. He said there was also a bunch of them that stayed away from the "silly boys" so it was fine. We didn't make them go to the kids clubs so if either of them had really hated it they would have kept clear of them but they went to them more often than not. We only got off the ship at Bilbao and Vigo. Vigo was so easy as you don't need a shuttle bus - you step off and you're there. If you want the great views that Vigo have to offer then be prepared to climb a lot, and I mean A LOT, of steps!! The views are worth it though. We probably didn't skim the surface of Bilbao but what we did see was great. We didn't go in the Guggenheim but instead chose to walk around Bilbao and take in the sights. It looks like a great city. It was 35 degree heat and very hot and the kids were not coping with the walking in the heat too well so we did cut the day short just to stop the whinging but if we go again we will plan it much better and set ourselves an itinery for the day. Despite there being a couple of disappointments we had a fabulous time and all the good things about this trip far outweighed the not so good. And to be honest the not to good things weren't even bad things really. Now I've experienced the Navigator for myself I really do not understand the negative reviews. The ship has 3000 people on it, it is unrealistic to think you're going to 'approve' of everyone on there. That is not real life. As I said at the start, we chose Royal Caribbean, and this ship, as were told it was best for families and so again, if you don't want to be around kids then don't chose a family ship. If you expect all children to be seen and not heard, don't leave your house! People tend to only leave reviews if they're really pleased (like me) or are really disappointed. Those who have a great time through having their expectations met, tend not to review. Out of the thousands and thousands of passengers this ship carries, how many reviews are you relying on? I would sail with Royal Caribbean in a heartbeat and would be delighted to sail on Navigator again. If you're booked to sail with them have a great cruise :-) Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This is out 5 cruise 3rd with RCI. First from the UK port of Southampton. We have only cruised the Med and the Caribbean in the past. The ship was amazing as always and the staff are the best again as they always are. ... Read More
This is out 5 cruise 3rd with RCI. First from the UK port of Southampton. We have only cruised the Med and the Caribbean in the past. The ship was amazing as always and the staff are the best again as they always are. The main dining room is probably the best I have been to. The food was good, not AMAZING however then you think they are doing 18000 covers per day it is very impressive. Anyone who has travelled with RCI in the past know just how amazing they can be and my grips where only with the passengers. The all inclusive drinks offer was very good and to be fair we made the most of it but with this deal came 100's of Footie T shirt wearing types. These may be lovely folk (I didn't speak to them) but not my type. Also, again this is no fault of the ships but the Parents. Kids Kids Kids. Jumping in lifts, screaming down the stairs, knock down ginger on my cabin. Kids will be Kids it didn't bother me all that but did leave a stain on the experience. I would certainly travel again with RCI but I would pick a different location out of the kids holiday season. I would probably pay a bit more to as the price bracket for this trip attracted a type of client that I'm not too comfortable being around. One thing RCI needs to sort out is Sunbeds. We always got a bed as we where early risers however to many people turn up with the towels and disappear for their tours ashore then come back 3-4 pm for a few hrs of sunshine. there should be a 1 hr Policy on towels. I did speak with the staff but they appear to be two scared to take action. This is my biggest gripe. They did however keep kids out of the solarium (under 16's) personally Id make is over 21's. Chops Grill amazing as always. The two guys in Vintages where fantastic. Very knowledgeable, we went in there every night before dinner. They would recognise us and have our wine of choice ready without having to ask, we love this. The ship itself is a little tired but they didn't bother us. We have been on Allure which is different gravy but also Majesty (or the old tug as we called it) all 3 ships excelled in service and experience. Overall a good holiday. We will booking up Anthem or Quantum soon :D Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We had a fantastic time, entertainment was great, service was great, food was good just too much of it hehehe. Sapphire restaurant was lovely food. And great service from the staff. We could not find anything to complain about. We had ... Read More
We had a fantastic time, entertainment was great, service was great, food was good just too much of it hehehe. Sapphire restaurant was lovely food. And great service from the staff. We could not find anything to complain about. We had Renaldo and Ashleigh on our table, very entertaining the both of them. We had a bit of a todo with a Spanish lady and her husband, they left their sun beds for more than an hour and a half, so I took over one of them to sit with my family, when she came back she wanted it back, she did not speak English so her husband came over and said they only went for something to eat and a shower!, I explained Why I took it, they were not happy, apparently if you leave your sun bed for more than half an hour you will lose it, the attendants remove the towels so someone else can use the sun bed. So if you want a sun bed get there early. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
It was our first cruise so we wanted it to be special. The Navigator of the seas really stood out from all of the other cruise ships leaving for the Med at the same time. We were not disappointed with our choice and have booked to sail on ... Read More
It was our first cruise so we wanted it to be special. The Navigator of the seas really stood out from all of the other cruise ships leaving for the Med at the same time. We were not disappointed with our choice and have booked to sail on her again next summer Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
The cruise was very good, MDR was excellent did read reviews before going and was a little put off but I found it excellent especially our waitress and waiter (Emily and Rafael). The 2 poets pub was great and Wainwright really made our ... Read More
The cruise was very good, MDR was excellent did read reviews before going and was a little put off but I found it excellent especially our waitress and waiter (Emily and Rafael). The 2 poets pub was great and Wainwright really made our experience memorable. The Windjammer was also very good but was crowded at times. The ship was full but it was the school holidays and there were about 1300 kids on board including the 4 with us. The shows was very good and the Ice show was excellent. Café promenade was good and you could get snacks there at any time. Our stateroom attendant (Delroy) was excellent, very polite and we loved the animals he'd make out of the towels. We had the Select drink packages which was good as I think we drank what we paid for. We paid about £90 for the kids to have a drink package each for the 2 weeks and they had their monies worth especially when they found out they could have Starbucks. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and have already booked again for next year. Read Less
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
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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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