9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We've only sailed with RCI. Navigator is perfect size for our active family. We love the Flowrider and try to ride at least once every day (if not twice)...Flowrider staff made sure us "old folks" (50 and 60 years old) were ... Read More
We've only sailed with RCI. Navigator is perfect size for our active family. We love the Flowrider and try to ride at least once every day (if not twice)...Flowrider staff made sure us "old folks" (50 and 60 years old) were pampered! The fulll-sized sports court is good for father/son (17-year old) open play basketball and soccer. Also allows RCI sponsored cricket, volleyball, soccer and basketball games. Ice rink, mini-golf, ping-pong and shuffleboard are good for family fun. Fully-equipped gym with free weights, tons of cardio machines (always found an open bike/treadmill every day for 2 weeks), yoga room. The food is awesome food and the entertainment superb (the ice show was phenomenal). Cabin attendant, dining staff and bartenders were great. We didn't participate in any RCI sponsored excursions. Lisbon, Gibraltar, Rome, Genoa and Malaga have activities or access to public transport directly from the ship. Florence required an RCI shuttle to leave the port. You need to get an early start if you want to hit Pisa and Florence using public transport or you need to take an RCI excursion. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was my 2nd cruise - my husbands 1st, we travelled with our 12 year old daughter. We had a great time by all age groups •Ship - Excellent no issues at all highly recommend and will look at the Navigator again. Great ship with ... Read More
This was my 2nd cruise - my husbands 1st, we travelled with our 12 year old daughter. We had a great time by all age groups •Ship - Excellent no issues at all highly recommend and will look at the Navigator again. Great ship with plenty to do for all age groups. Mini golf, climbing wall, flow rider, basketball court, ice rink, swimming pool with Jacuzzis are all the thing that we took advantage of. Norway was phenomenal •Service - Excellent service from all staff on board •Port & shore excursions - we did our own thing at each port. •Cabin #6328 excellent big balcony. The room had a large double bed with sofa bed which was big enough for 2 children •Dining - MDR excellent our waiter Jeffrey was great, the menus and service were exceptional. windjammer was great superb with an excellent variety of foods •Disembarkation - Excellent and fast Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We booked this cruise 1.5 years ago. It was a first sibling cruise for my husband's siblings and spouses. There were 8 of us traveling together. We arrived at the Port at 10 AM. By 11:15 we were able to board the ship. We did a ... Read More
We booked this cruise 1.5 years ago. It was a first sibling cruise for my husband's siblings and spouses. There were 8 of us traveling together. We arrived at the Port at 10 AM. By 11:15 we were able to board the ship. We did a quick walk thru the Promenade and then up to the Windjammer for lunch. The windjammer got really busy around noon so we left our table so others would have a place to eat and we started exploring. Our rooms were ready shortly after 1. Our luggage did not arrive until almost 4. The first day was busy getting settled in, going to the first night's show and dinner in the MDR. We fell in love with our server's in the MDR. They were very attentive and provided great service. We had Mario and Xuemei. They really added to our whole cruise experience. I found the staff of the ship to be some of the best I have seen. (This was my 8th cruise on multiple lines). The staff all seemed happy to be there. They spoke when they saw you and were all very polite and helpful. Most of my crowd likes to stay active. They all found plenty to keep them busy. We have our own shuffle board tournaments. My husband played in table tennis tournaments. He tried the flow rider several days. The gym was very nice. We normally went in afternoons when less crowded. They was a huge hot tub in the gym that we also used several times. It tended to be less crowded. In the shower area of the gym were a sauna and steam room. We girls went to the steam room several days. The food in the Windjammer was all very good. Basically what you expect for cruise buffet. A little more variety would be nice. But no reason anyone should go hungry. We all enjoyed the food in the MDR. There was a pretty good selection of choices each night. As the norm, chairs near the pool were hard to come by. But there were plenty to be found in other areas or on the deck above the pool. The ship is starting to show it's age. It was recently in dry dock, so cosmetically looked fine. But some of the fixtures were showing age. We always book inside rooms. Our room was a good size for us. Loved all the storage room. We did have issues with our room not being very cool. We were only one in our group with this complaint. We did have maintenance come take a look, but it didn't help. Thankfully we had brought a small fan. The shows for the most part were pretty good. The Ice Show was spectacular. We went to it twice. 2 of the night shows were just okay. (Probably not our taste/style of music). They had a tribute band to the Beatles one night, they were excellent. The Motown show was also excellent. Overall it was a great cruise and many wonderful memories were made. Of the 3 other couples 1 had never cruised before. The other 2 couples had never cruised with RCL. 2 Couples booked while on board a future cruise on Freedom of the Seas. The other couple has been booked for the last year with use for next year's Navigator 9 day cruise. Read Less
37 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Sailed 5 times, 4 with RCI. Is it a floating Ritz-Carlton? No, but they over-deliver for their price-point, and if you have realistic expectations about the logistics of feeding, serving and entertaining thousands "royally," ... Read More
Sailed 5 times, 4 with RCI. Is it a floating Ritz-Carlton? No, but they over-deliver for their price-point, and if you have realistic expectations about the logistics of feeding, serving and entertaining thousands "royally," you will be delighted, and feel quite pampered and relaxed. If you're determined to find fault with every detail--then I pray I never sail with you & get stuck at your table at breakfast. Complaints on this site seem to center on food-- Windjammer food is a buffet, after all-- but we've always found it to be varied and good quality (their French fries are addictive). On this particular cruise, there was an excellent chef preparing Indian food (note, Jade is gone on the Navigator, and the only sushi to be found is in the extra-charge Izumi). If you've sailed before with RCI, you'll have had the identical MDR menus--but they are good and the staff is superb. Breakfast and lunch there is great as well. We've found the extra-charge restaurants to be no better than anything on land, and so do not "experience" those or the accompanying "nickle & dime" feeling. Truly, the food is fine, abundant, and well-presented and served--everywhere, period. Other things: Terminal 29 in Lauderdale is indeed a squalid warehouse; we arrived late-ish at 2:45 and practically walked on. Debarkation is a cattle call of snaking lines to a Soviet-era Customs desk--as it is, alas, whenever & wherever you enter the "welcoming" USA these days. The drinks packages have changed from last year, and now seem reasonable. Your less-than-alcoholic cabin-mate/spouse no longer has to buy it too--and can share the wine at dinner. The "ultimate" package suited my besotted inclinations well: I felt I got my money's worth--be sure, though, to make certain your 40% off bottles of wine is correctly processed--I had to check every time in the MDR. Cocktails are interesting and well made--R-Bar & Bolero's particularly innovative, & the Solarium pool bar particularly boozy. Entertainment is ok; the ice show, however, excellent and not to be missed. Ship's band is wonderful and whenever they perform-go. The cruise director was great and funnier than the comedians. The ship itself is well maintained, beautiful, and clean. Commenters here who say otherwise were apparently sailing on the S.S. Nitpicker of the Seas. Staff is friendly, welcoming, accommodating. In addition to saying "thanks," I recommend looking at their tag and asking something about their home country--you will be amazed the reaction that gets, and they will remember you. If you treat them as your personal slave for the week--then I suspect you will be commenting on their "disinterested inattentiveness." Ports of Call (does any shop right off the pier sell anything other than "diamonds," perfume, booze, watches and t-shirts? Of course not.): Labadee is a great beach, Nellie's Cove at the Town Center probably best. Brave the craft market and buy something--these friendly people really do need your dollars and the bargaining can be fun--they're not going to kidnap you! The ship's entry into San Juan harbor is the most spectacular arrival in the entire Caribbean & Old San Juan is delightful--why get all excited over crumbling, communist Havana when you can go to a fully-restored US twin? St. Kitts is naturally beautiful & Brimstone Hill Fort great for history nerds like me. St. Maarten is a fun island--we went to Maho beach on our own (jet landings perfect for boys & girls of all ages), just note traffic is terrible & the drawbridges open at set times in the p.m.--plan your return taxi ride accordingly to return to the ship on time. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Here is my review of the 3/19 - 3/27 Eastern Caribbean sailing on RCCL’s Navigator of the Seas out of Ft. Lauderdale with stops in Labadee, San Juan, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten. Pre-Cruise I was cruising with a group of 15 people. ... Read More
Here is my review of the 3/19 - 3/27 Eastern Caribbean sailing on RCCL’s Navigator of the Seas out of Ft. Lauderdale with stops in Labadee, San Juan, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten. Pre-Cruise I was cruising with a group of 15 people. We were all taking the same direct flight on United to Ft. Lauderdale at 8:25AM from Denver International Airport the day before the cruise as we typically do. We awoke that morning only to find 4 inches of snow on the ground and still snowing. The usual 40 minute drive for my family from my house to DIA took 1 hour and 15 minutes and my family and I arrived at our gate right when our group was boarding. The flight was then delayed 1 hour due to the weather and deicing but only arrived 20 minutes late. We grabbed our luggage and proceeded to the shuttle waiting area for our hotel shuttles. Our group was actually staying in two different hotels for our 1 night stay. Ten of us were booked at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port Hotel on 1800 N. Federal Hwy. (formerly the Comfort Suites) and the other five were booked at the Hyatt Convention Center on 17th Street. We waited about 30 minutes for the shuttles and we found both of these hotels to be adequate for the overnight stay. After checking in we rounded up the troops and started looking for a place to grab some dinner. The front desk people at our hotel, the Ft. Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port Hotel, recommended Ernie’s B-B-Q across the street. However, my daughter did a quick search on her iPhone only to find that the ratings were not that favorable. We then headed out walking down 17th Street when we came across 3 police officers so my son decided to ask them for a recommendation. They suggested a few places so we went with one of them, Gilberts 17th Street Grill, which was only a few blocks away in the Harbor Shops. What an excellent choice this was! They have great burgers, ribs, wings, homemade soups and salads, and daily specials. They also serve beer and wine. You order at the counter, find a table, then your food is brought to you. Everyone in our group was able to find something to suit their taste and no one was disappointed. I would highly recommend this restaurant. After dinner we went to the Publix in the Harbor Shops and the Harbordale Spirit Shoppe to purchase some wine to bring onboard the ship, along with some other alcoholic beverages to enjoy by the pool at the Hyatt before calling it a night. Embarkation Day The following morning everyone ate at the free continental breakfast at their respective hotel. It was the usual fair, bagels, doughnuts, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, sausage, waffles, cold cereals, coffee and juices. Good enough to hold us over until we boarded the ship. The Ft. Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port Hotel offers a shuttle service to the pier for $6 per person so those of us staying there opted in when we arrived at the hotel the previous day and chose the 10:30 departure time. We were at the pier and checked in by 11:45 but were held in the waiting area for a short period of time because the ship had not been cleared for boarding of new passengers. I believe that the Hyatt also offers a shuttle to the pier for a fee as the rest of our party was already waiting for us in the waiting area. Once the ship was clear the boarding process began and we were in the Windjammer eating lunch by 12:30 or 1:00. After lunch we ventured off to our cabins. Our luggage had not yet arrived but was there after the muster drill. We unpacked then and went up to the deck for sail away. It was at this point that my 24 year old son informed me that he had received a note from security requesting him to retrieve his luggage in person. After a drink or two, myself and another person in our group ventured down to deck 1 with my son to retrieve his suitcase. When we arrived we were informed that x-ray indicated that he had a power strip packed in his suitcase and that these were not allowed onboard. They had him remove it and turn it over until debarkation day at which point he would receive it back. We thought for certain that they had identified the large water bottle, which now contained alcohol, and confiscated it. We were surprised and confused at the same time since many of us, myself included, also packed a power strip as we always do. From that point on we referred to our group as “team power strip”. Ship Love, love, love the Voyager class of ships! They are the perfect size for me. This was our fourth sailing on a Voyager class ship and the second on Navigator so we are familiar with the ships amenities. The ship is in great shape. I believe she recently went through a dry dock. They are constantly cleaning and polishing something. I really enjoy this class of ships especially for all of the little places to mingle, plus the Promenade is a great people watching venue. We also took advantage of booking a cruise while onboard for the first time. It was so cheap, only $50 per cabin not per person, so six of us booked something for August 2017 in the Mediterranean. Cabin Our group consisted of three married couples, we are all in our early 50’s, and our adult children, 9 of them, none of which are married. We had cabins on two different decks, 2 and 9. The couples were on deck 2 in ocean view cabins and the children were on deck 9 in four interior cabins. It was nice to be back in an ocean view cabin. On previous sailings with our children we would get 2 interior cabins but since they were paying their own way this time they chose an interior cabin and my wife and I chose an ocean view. I enjoy having the window since I like to look out at the sea while we’re sailing, plus it helps wake you up in the morning since a small amount of light does shine through the shades. My wife and I were in cabin 2600 and my daughter and son and their companions were in cabins 9375 and 9377. The layout of these cabins was just as I remembered from previous sailings on this class of ships. I was glad to see the removal of the small sofa table, it just seemed to get in the way. Overall, the cabins were in good shape. Our cabin steward was Debbie and she did a nice job of keeping our cabin clean and tidy, she had towel animals for us every evening, and she always said good morning, good afternoon, or good evening when we passed her in the hallway. Our children absolutely loved their cabin steward Abdul. They even took up a collection for an additional tip and wrote him a nice letter. They said that he cried when they gave it to him. Food We enjoy traditional dining and went with late seating, 8PM, for our entire group and were assigned to the Sapphire dining room on deck 3. Our TA made arrangements to have the 3 couples sit at one table and the 9 children at another. Everything worked out perfectly as the tables were right next to each other. Our waiter was Assis and his assistant was Nuni. Both were amazing! I found the food in the dining room to be up to par from what we had experienced on our previous sailings with RCCL. I did enjoy my fair share of appetizers and soups, sometimes to the point of leaving no room for my main dish. The deserts were less appealing to me on this cruise. I actually had trouble finding something each night that just jumped out and made me feel like “I have to get this”. Probably a good thing since I only gained 3 pounds on this cruise. We only ate in the Windjammer I think twice for breakfast and once for lunch. I enjoy having breakfast and lunch in the dining room, especially on sea days. I must say that the eggs benedict I had in the dining room were rather small and just OK. On the other hand, the tutti salad bar in the dining room during lunch was delicious. One of my favorite places to grab a snack is the Promenade Café. I love the chocolate doughnuts in the mornings and the little sandwiches in the afternoons and evenings. The chocolate chip and chocolate chocolate chip cookies are yummy there too. I was disappointed this trip because they no longer had the type of chocolate doughnuts or cookies that I’ve enjoyed in the past. The little sandwiches were still delicious especially the ham croissandwiches and the muffuletta sandwiches. The pizza was tasty too. We never ate at Johnny Rockets or any of the specialty restaurants. All in all I have no real complaints about the food. Drinks Many of our group opted in for the mid-range drink package, I believe it was $55 a day and I have to say that everyone that purchased the package got their monies worth. I did not purchase the package nor did my wife. We had $150 in onboard credit so we used that towards our drinks along with an occasional drink from someone in our group who had purchased the drink package. Most of us did agree that the drinks were not strong and wonder if in fact that they were watered down. I will say that one of our favorite bars was the R Bar located on deck 5 aft. Olisia and the gals at this bar know how to make some serious martinis along with many other drinks! They took good care of us both night and day. We tipped them during the cruise and on the last night for all of their hospitality. If you are onboard Navigator any time soon you need to go see the gals at the R Bar. Ports Labadee – This was only our second visit to Labadee, the first was in 2003, and boy has it changed! In 2003 you had to tender as there was no dock. The north side of the island had yet to be developed. There were no zip lines, no roller coaster, no parasailing, no waterslide, and no beach cabanas. You could take an earlier version of a trolley over to what was then called Dragon’s Rock. On that visit we nestled in at Columbus Cove so this time we ventured over to Adrenaline Beach. We walked off of the ship shortly after the gangway was put out and made the long walk over since the trolley was not running yet. Workers were still cleaning and setting up for the new day. Once we arrived at the beach we were greeted by an attendant who quickly helped us setup loungers in the spot of our choice, applied our sunscreen and Off with Deet, then just relaxed in the sun. Some of our group did snorkel but said that they only saw fish further out by the breaker. Once the Schooner Bar opened we grabbed some drinks and bottled water. This would be our watering hole for the day. Lunch was served around 11:30 in the pavilion just adjacent to the Schooner Bar. It was quite tasty especially the BBQ chicken and the red beans and rice. Towards the end of the day we packed up our things on the beach and just lounged in the shade in some Adirondack chairs at the Schooner Bar sipping a few more drinks, it was a hot one that day! We ventured back to the ship around 2:30. This was just a great beach day. San Juan – We have been to San Juan many times but this time would be a little different. One of my nieces is married to a man who is originally from Puerto Rico, he still has family there and his parents own a condo there. It turned out that they would be on vacation in Puerto Rico during our stop there so we were going to meet up with them once we got off of the ship! The rest of my nieces family, her father, mother, brother and sister, were traveling with us so they contacted her by phone once we were off the ship and made arrangements on where to meet us. We met them at the J Bar on Calle Recinto Sur, just a short walk from the pier. This day just happened to be my nieces’ birthday so we toasted with Sangrias and beers then we were off to walk around Old San Juan. We headed towards El Morro stopping at Ostra Cosa on the corner of Calle San Sebastian and Calle Del Cristo where we had some tappas and drinks. Some of us walked up to the park in front of El Morro just to take some pictures since no one really wanted to go inside of the actual fort. We then continued our walk heading back towards the pier doing some shopping along the way and stopping at the Catedrál de San Juan Bautista on Calle Del Cristo. The first time we were ever in San Juan we actually attended mass at this cathedral. By this time we needing to start heading to Café La Princesa since my niece and her husband had made dinner reservations for 6:00 for our group. We walked towards the water then along Paseo del Morro until we reached the restaurant. What a beautiful walk that was. We got to see a part of San Juan that we had never seen before. Dinner at Café La Princesa was amazing! There were many traditional Puerto Rican dishes like paella and mofongo, and others with an added Puerto Rican flair. I chose the risotto with skirt steak and plantains and it was to die for! Everyone in our group absolutely loved this place. After dinner we finished the walk back to the ship and said our goodbyes to my niece and her husband. Truly a great day in San Juan. St. Kitts – On this day our group had pre-booked a half-day catamaran snorkel and sail excursion with Blue Water Safaris. Our excursion was scheduled to begin at 10:30 so we were off of the ship promptly at 10:00 once the gangway was out. At first glance the weather did not look like it was going to cooperate as there was a dark cloud over the pier and the wind was blowing. There were a few scattered drops of rain but the wind carried off the apparent storm and the skies were now clear. We met a representative from Blue Water Safaris just outside of the security gates at the end of the pier then walked over to where the catamaran was docked. Once everyone was onboard, I estimate the total size of the group to be around 30-40 people, we were given instructions as to how our day would go then we shoved off and motored out of the harbor. When we were out far enough to catch the wind the crew hoisted the sails and we cruised to our snorkeling destination. Now I do not snorkel, can’t get the breathing thing down, and I was not alone. I did however, put on a snorkeling vest, inflated it generously, and got in the water to float around with others for a period of time. It was relaxing and refreshing and the water was so clear you could see the fish even without a mask and snorkel. Once the snorkeling time was over we returned to the catamaran and the crew began to setup what was supposed to be a “light lunch” but it was anything but that. They served us a delicious chicken curry salad along with a pasta salad and a green salad. They had several different varieties of snack size bags of chips and some banana nut bread. The salads and banana bread appeared to be homemade. Refreshments consisting of water, soda, beer, and rum punch were also served. This was way more than any other catamaran excursion that we have ever taken. The sails were once again hoisted, music was turned on and we sailed back to the pier. The crew was very interactive with everyone, dancing and refilling our drinks. Needless to say a good time was had by all. I would definitely use Blue Water Safaris again and highly recommend them if you are ever in St. Kitts. After we got off of the catamaran we walked back to the shopping area at the pier and did some light shopping then returned to the ship. Once again another great day! St. Maarten - Our group had decided on going to Orient Bay for half of the day then to Front Street for shopping the other half of the day so we were promptly off of the ship once the gangway was out. My son and I ventured out ahead of the group to find transportation. We ended up using a taxi and found one that would hold our entire group of 15, I guess it was more of a van. The prices were as posted at the taxi stand, $8 per person each way. The driver originally tried to take us to a newer part of the beach at the south end but once we saw it we asked him to take us to Bikini Beach as we had been there before on a previous visit. Once we were dropped off it began to rain but it passed over quickly, the sun came out and we began our quest to find a place to enjoy our day. We were able to find a section offering 2 chairs an umbrella and 2 drinks for $15. We soaked up the sun for a couple of hours then found a taxi (van) to take us back to Front Street for some shopping. A few of us decided to forgo the shopping so we walked along the boardwalk and stopped in at the Dirty Sanchez bar for a few drinks. Those that did shop spent their time looking for jewelry bargains, sunglasses and the like. A few made purchases at Kay Jeweler’s since they know the owner, Archie. After they had finished making their purchases at Kay’s, Archie walked them over to the Barefoot Terrace Bar & Restaurant where the rest of just so happened to be eating lunch. Archie is such a nice guy that he picked up the tab for our entire group, even for those of us who had not gone into his store! Well, those of us who had not yet visited Kay’s decided to go over after finishing lunch. We did end up making some small purchases and Archie continued to be a class act by offering us refreshments while we shopped. Stop by Kay’s the next time you’re in St. Maarten, you won’ regret it. Once everyone had their fill of Front Street we made the walk back to the ship following the boardwalk then down the street just outside of the pier. It looked much longer than it was but we enjoyed the walk and made it back to the ship in plenty of time. This put a cap on four great port days as we were now to have two sea days before returning to Ft. Lauderdale. Misc. Casino – The casinos on the Voyager class of ships are very nice. We visited it on several nights after dinner but the smoke was too much for me to handle. It was nice on the two formal nights since they did not allow smoking then. I’m not a big gambler but when I do gamble I like to play craps. I ended up only loosing $50 so I was happy about that. My sister-in-law won $100 on slots the first night of the cruise. I think she said that she was only into it for $10 when she hit the jackpot. A couple people from our group did well at the roulette table over the course of the cruise. My son was infatuated with that game that cost a $1 to move this key up and over then into a variety of keyholes to win a prize. He was sure he was going to win the $1000 prize but never did. Shows – We did not attend any of the shows. Going to them after having late dinner seating only puts me to sleep and we do not like to go before dinner. We did see the children’s orchestra from Colorado that was onboard and performing on one of the sea days. They were very impressive, especially the 6th grade solo violinist. Other – My son and I played putt-putt on one of the sea days and we grabbed another guy from our group to play in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament one day. On sea days our group lounged on deck 12, just above the pool, for most of the day. Now the chair hogs were out in full force on these days and we might have been guilty too but we do not just throw items on several chairs and disappear. We actually had 3 or 4 people from our party stay with the chairs until others in our group would arrive. We visited the night club on two occasions but the DJ was really bad! Seemed like he played the music that he wanted to hear rather than what the crowd wanted to hear. Several times he had the dance floor full then would throw something on and clear it. Why wouldn’t he just stick with the genre of music that everyone was dancing to? Several of us in our group are Crown and Anchor members and were repeat cruisers so we expected to be invited to a Crown and Anchor cocktail party as we were in the past but that never happened. Has this been done away with? Debarkation This is always the worse part of a cruise however I thought it went quite well. Since we were in no hurry to get off of the ship having a 4:35 flight from Ft. Lauderdale, we ate breakfast in the Windjammer then grabbed our carry-ons from our cabins and headed to our waiting area, the Metropolis Theater, until it was time for us to disembark. We actually waited there until we heard the announcement for all remaining passengers to disembark, it was about 10:30. Finding our luggage was a breeze since most everyone was already gone. The only problem was that one piece of luggage from someone in our group could not be found. After talking to several representatives from RCI they located the missing piece. Turns out that the main zipper had broken when it was loaded off of the ship and it could not be closed back up. Fortunately my brother had packed a roll of duct tape so he and the owner closed it up as best they could using that. The bigger question was would it make it back to Colorado in one piece, well I am happy to report that it did. Since all 15 of us were on the same flight we contacted Alianza Transportation, they were the service used by the Ft. Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port Hotel to shuttle us to the pier, and arranged a pickup for transportation to the Ft. Lauderdale airport. We arrived in plenty of time to play the waiting game for our flight and were not allowed to check-in until 12:30. Once we were checked in we went through security then to our gate. We had plenty of time to eat at one of the places on the concourse so 6 of us decided to go to Chili’s, big mistake. We got our names on the waiting list but after observing how unorganized they were we left and walked down to Shula’s instead. This place was excellent! You order at the counter, find a table, then they bring your food to you. We were in and out of there in 45 minutes. The flight was 20 minutes late but it was a direct flight back to DIA. When we landed we gathered our luggage and went our separate ways. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2016
The itinerary, was a little unique, the ability to do an 8 day cruise, as opposed to a 'normally offered' 7 day cruise. I was interested in sailing with the Navigator, as I had sailed on this ship within the past 8 years. It ... Read More
The itinerary, was a little unique, the ability to do an 8 day cruise, as opposed to a 'normally offered' 7 day cruise. I was interested in sailing with the Navigator, as I had sailed on this ship within the past 8 years. It 'supposedly' had been dry-docked for modernization and refresh, but it still showed plenty of signs of age(ageing), lack of continuous maintenance, and required many updates to keep up with some other RCCL ships in their fleet. I'm hoping (and was told) that this ship will be going for dry dock in the next couple of seasons, as really does need the extra amenities, and modernization, as the other ships; that represent the RCCL name and product. The R Bar still shows the same reflection of The Champagne Bar, and the Diamond/Diamond Plus and Concierge Lounge still do not have enough room for its loyal, repeat and Concierge level cruising passengers Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Family of 6 travelling on spring break. Stayed in Weston, Florida on Friday night which was very convenient to the Port area. Received notification of delay in boarding due to unfortunate accident the night prior but turned out fine. We ... Read More
Family of 6 travelling on spring break. Stayed in Weston, Florida on Friday night which was very convenient to the Port area. Received notification of delay in boarding due to unfortunate accident the night prior but turned out fine. We arrived by 11:30 and was on board by 1:00. Ship is beautiful!! We toured the ship, had some lunch at Windjammer, and in our rooms by 2:15. We had 3 rooms on 7th floor overlooking the Promenade by front elevators which could not have been any better location. Quiet and close to everything!! Our Cabin Steward and MDR staff were AWESOME!! I tell my children all the time a Cruise is what you make of it--Can be the best week of your life or you can complain and be miserable all week. Food--Windjammer is same food everyday--A sandwich station would be nice. Rating C Café Promenade was very good. Pizza was fresh and good sandwich variety. Rating A MDR--Breakfast was very good. Dinner was good just not great. Rating B Service--Bar, Windjammer, Café was good. Rating B MDR Service--Excellent A+ Haiti--weather was not great but had a good time on island. Stay away from the market area they are very aggressive. Roller Coaster was pretty cool. San Juan--great old city, walked, ate, shopped, very good stop St. Kitts--went to Cockleshell beach which was awesome. Small taxi ride across island to beach. We paid $ 7 per person and used beach chairs for free. Ship excursion charged $ 50 per person for ride and use of chairs. St Maarten--we took the Robinson Boat tour around island. Very rough seas but it was a AWESOME day seeing the island's beach's, yachts, food, planes, etc. We booked this tour on our own which we always like to do. Very small walk from port and cool boats and captains to take care of you for the day. Drinks--my children had the drink packages which paid for themselves by day 3. Sea Days--only complaint is they should provide some music during times without scheduled events. Bar staff was very good. Chairs are hard to find later in the day so get our there and reserve. Pool boy gave us a hard time but everybody does it. Casino--very big casino and great staff. Not the lucky week I was hoping for but win some lose some. Disembarkation--we self assisted and will never wait around again for number to be called. If you do nothing else pack light enough so you can leave on your own early and not have to wait in the cattle line. Overall--Awesome week with some great ports of call and beautiful ship!! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Navigator of the Seas – March 5th 2016 Sailing My wife and I are seasoned cruisers and I have completed Cruise Critic entries of our past voyages, I certainly do not use this forum to criticize at least that is not my intent. I do ... Read More
Navigator of the Seas – March 5th 2016 Sailing My wife and I are seasoned cruisers and I have completed Cruise Critic entries of our past voyages, I certainly do not use this forum to criticize at least that is not my intent. I do however share my thoughts and experiences based on previous cruises and comparable voyages. With that being said this is my review of the MS Navigator of the Seas from Cruise Port to Embarking to disembarkation. Ft. Lauderdale Cruise Port Embarkation Unfortunately the MS Navigator was delayed 2 hours prior to docking in Ft. Lauderdale on March5th this meant that the furthest Southern Dock was used which is not very passenger friendly to say the least. The Traffic is a mess and not very organized. Nonetheless we managed to get through without that big of a deal. Just an FYI to Platinum and above RCCL members – The signs for Check in are not advertised to well so you need to ask where these areas are, it does make a difference. The only good thing about Ft. Lauderdale is they finally finished the freeway construction into the Port (Only took a couple years). As for Disembarkation the terminal is just as dis-organized going out as it is coming in and we generally take the early off the ship option so I cannot imagine what it is like if we waited until Nine or Ten AM. Thus my only advise is, feel it out when you arrive and make your best educated decision on what you see it’s like. MS Navigator of the Seas Well we were told that the Navigator is the sister ship to the Freedom and you wouldn’t notice too much difference – well not quite, the MS Navigator is actually smaller in Width and Length so there is a noticeable difference but you will overcome the differences rather quickly so it’s not a show stopper. The ship is arranged similar to that of the Freedom Class ships so getting around should be relatively easy. The Promenade is smaller in width and this is probably where you will see the most difference. As for the Location of the dining rooms and specialty restaurants - Just an FYI Giovanni’s and Chops Grill are located right inside the Windjammer (Left and Right) sides AFT Ship so no worries about running cross country to find these. The Ship overall has had some face lifts but is still in need of a few minor things that will make it complete. For example the elevators on AFT Starboard side seemed to be a lot slower than the elevators on the AFT Port side. We even experienced one of the Starboard side elevator doors opening and closing several times before it finally reset and started running its normal cycle. Also the women’s rest rooms on Deck 11 (Windjammer Side) seemed to be out of order for the week of our cruise not sure what happened after day 1 but it never recovered for use. The Sliding doors seem to be a little of with Sensors on Deck 4 and deck 11. As aforementioned the ship is a tad bit smaller but it is definitely not a show stopper. MS Navigator of the Seas CREW Words cannot describe how ecstatic we are with the Crew – We had a group of six and there was not one crew member that did not make us feel like part of the RCCL Family. We have taken over Nine cruises and although we had great service from the staff, the MS Navigator Crew raised the bar on Customer Satisfaction we were absolutely mind blown on the interaction – the service and the commitment this crew had absolutely amazing, we made some awesome lifelong friends with this RCCL Staff and already conversing on social media. It was something we didn’t expect and something we will never forget. So with that as I said in the beginning words cannot describe how awesome this crew was during our trip and we hope you have the same interaction. Windjammer / Specialty Dining Well honestly we only used the Windjammer for Breakfast, most of our dinners were in the main dining room as our wait-staff was so top notch we could bear not having dinner with them on a nightly bases. Although when we did use the Windjammer the food was good although it appeared it was more crowded than normal but that could certainly be about timing. There could have been more staff on hand during the breakfast service but nothing extremely bad. We did not try any of the Specialty restaurants as the timing just wasn’t there for us. But I didn’t hear any bad reviews from anyone on the ship. The Main Dining Room (Sapphire) was absolutely incredible from the Hostess down to the wait staff it was fantastic. During one of our dinners the wait staff let us know that there was a Galley Excursion that costs about $30.00 per person, Although we were a little reluctant to do it – we decided to anyway and I will be the first to say it was well worth the experience in understanding firsthand how the Galley works I highly recommend you take this tour if the opportunity presents itself. Games and Shows on Navigator We only made a couple shows (Quest and Love and Marriage) both are great shows and if you have time it would be worth seeing / participating in either one. As for the headliner shows, honestly there wasn’t allot of advertisement on the ship about the headliner shows so I couldn’t even tell you who was on board, generally you would see this advertised on the ship or a marquee but honestly I don’t remember seeing much of anything. BINGO – Well this was our first and last time playing bingo, it’s not your typical bingo play – you have 3 rounds of Bingo and depending on how you play – Soft Card or Electronic will determine how much it cost to play. You can figure and averages start about $25 and go up from there. Game 1 is your general BINGO Straight or Diagonal Cover, Game 2 is 4 Corner and Game 3 is Cover All. Now I am not an expert BINGO player but I heard allot of people complaining when game one was over in 4 Number Picks and we all found out there is only one prize for each round. No one was expecting anything extravagant but come on RCCL a T-Shirt and or a Specialty restaurant Gift Card would be nice 2nd and 3rd Place prizes especially after 5 minutes playing round one. Round two went a little longer with only one prize awarded and round 3 was for a Free Cruise, So it just so happened that there was a 3 way tie and the answer to the tie is, The MC would pull a number and if that number is on your card you win. Uhm… Not good – and no one was happy of how this all ended. So do your-self a favor and ASK the questions before you play – How much? How Many Prizes and how Tie Breakers are handled. As for the Pool Side – Pretty much the norm as any other cruise except my overall standing complaint is the music is way too loud, not that it’s a bad thing but it is nice to sit on the deck and have a conversation that doesn’t require a bull horn to communicate with your party who is two and a half feet in front of you. Overall Appearance on Navigator The ship was very clean except the pool area; I certainly don’t blame the workers I do however believe that RCCL and Passengers bear most of the Brunt on this. First we are smokers and we are polite smokers meaning we will not wander into a nonsmoking area, we keep our areas clean and do not impede on others to clean up after ourselves in any shape or form. RCCL needs more trash and recycling containers on deck 11 and need table ashtrays as well. These two simple and low cost products can help allot of unnecessary work for everyone, but more importantly help to detour those passengers who like to leave their garbage anywhere and everywhere. Restrooms were clean and the only non-operational Restroom was the aforementioned Women’s area on Deck 11 Windjammer. Gest Services Officers Utterly fantastic – never met such an awesome Guest Services crew. We had some room issues that we later found out were are issues. Which I will explain below – Nonetheless they were very helpful and very patient with us. Stateroom 3626 Deck 3 AFT three doors from the Elevators – Awesome area, great for immediate access to dining rooms, elevators, casino etc. We liked it so much we are booked next year on the same ship same room. As I mentioned before there was a slight room problem that RCCL failed to alert us of. They have staterooms that are POWER EFFICIENT meaning there is a trigger Pocket below the light switch that when activated it allows your lights to turn on and off. If you don’t place the cards into the slot the correct way your lights will not work. Well it took us a few days before someone finally explained it to us (Guest Services) although we felt silly we laughed quite hard about it because we were sure there was an issue with our room’s electric. So check with your State Room Attendant and ask if you have such a room – I think they are retrofitting these rooms a little at a time. Overall The MS Navigator is a great ship, with a great Crew and we are looking forward to sailing on her again in March 2017 if not sooner. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2016
It was a wonderful bonding time for my 19 yr-old daughter and me. Knowing that we will spend most of our time outside our cabin, we chose an inner stateroom (8237) which served us just fine. Our attendant (Adela Benliss-Nicaragua) was ... Read More
It was a wonderful bonding time for my 19 yr-old daughter and me. Knowing that we will spend most of our time outside our cabin, we chose an inner stateroom (8237) which served us just fine. Our attendant (Adela Benliss-Nicaragua) was the sweetest and took good care of our needs. We took advantage of a lot of the activities offered in the ship: aerobics, jogging deck, hot tub, treadmill, pool deck for relaxing/reading/getting tan/watching movies, rock climbing, dancing, listening to bands, singing karaoke. The entertainment was top of the class - from Vox Audio (Acapella group), Broadway-type song and dance productions to Ice Show. We also loved the audience participation-type shows (Love and Marriage and Quest). Dining in the Sapphire room was a great experience! Our servers (Subbiah-India and Savran-Mauritius) spoiled us. I liked how the portions are smaller, so we can sample a second starter or dessert if we like. We booked the stingray experience in the Grand Cayman which did not happen due to weather. In Jamaica, we drove about an hour to the Reggae Hill for a relaxing swim, garden walk, lots of reggae music/dancing while sampling tapas-style food and lots of drinks with Jamaican rum. Naioka, our guide, was very friendly. In Labadee, Haiti, we jet-skied for the first time. My daughter drove and we had a blast! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
My husband and I have cruised before, but this was our girls' (ages 8 & 6) first cruise, and our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. We were delighted. The food and service at Sapphire was excellent. Every night there would be a ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised before, but this was our girls' (ages 8 & 6) first cruise, and our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. We were delighted. The food and service at Sapphire was excellent. Every night there would be a fruit salad waiting for my girls and even though a children's menu was available, my girls ordered off the main menu and to my surprise, ate everything! The self-serve soft ice cream on the pool deck was probably the highlight of their trip! The food at Windjammer offered a great variety of choices, and my vegetarian husband was pleased that there was always something new for him to try! It can get a bit crowded there, however, and finding a table was sometimes an adventure. Although I had read some reviews regarding the age of the ship, I never found it to be rundown or decrepit. I absolutely loved all the beautiful artwork that was displayed all over the entire ship. My only complaint is that on several occasions, the public bathrooms were closed for maintenance causing a frantic search for a working one. On one occasion this was the case right before the skating show and after checking a total of 4 floors - all of which had the bathrooms closed, we had to go all the way back to our room, causing us to be somewhat late for the show and missing out on getting better seats. The ice show was terrific, however, and we enjoyed seeing it very much. We had a wonderful time on this cruise and would definitely sail on this ship again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2015
After reading the reviews about the Navigator, we were really concerned about our upcoming cruise and worried that we had made a mistake, however, we were pleasantly surprised at how nice the ship was and how friendly and welcoming the ... Read More
After reading the reviews about the Navigator, we were really concerned about our upcoming cruise and worried that we had made a mistake, however, we were pleasantly surprised at how nice the ship was and how friendly and welcoming the crew was. My husband and I traveled with our 14 and 17 year old girls for a 6 night cruise over Christmas. We arrived at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale at around 11:30 a.m.. Everyone greeted us in a friendly manner and there were no lines so we got on the ship shortly after we arrived at the Port. Our cabin wasn't ready (but this was no surprise since this was our 15th cruise and this has been the case on every one) but the Windjammer was open and the food was ready for us to have lunch. The food on this cruise wasn't the best that we've ever had but there was a good variety and it was always fresh. We chose to eat at 3 specialty restaurants (Sabor, Izumi and Chops) for dinner and we enjoyed all 3 and thought that they were worth the extra money. We were asked several times if we wanted to book a specialty restaurant (while we ate in the dining room) but once we said that we had already booked or that we weren't interested, they politely said thank you and left us alone. When we ate in the dining room, the staff was always courteous, efficient and went out of their way to make our dinner an enjoyable experience. Our daughter is lactose intolerant and our server Nadia and the head waiter made sure that there was no dairy in any of her food choices. They even had a special lobster prepared for her, without butter. The man in charge of our beverages, Putu, did an excellent job making sure that we were never thirsty! We met Raquel, one of bartenders at the Bolero Bar, on our first day and she remembered our names and greeted us with a smile and great drinks every time we stopped by there. She took the time to chat with us and ask us what kinds of drinks we like so that she could serve us our favorites. Some of the reviews that we had read said that they had received poor service with the drink packages but we never felt this way. The only time that we had poor bar service was on the last sea day at the Sky Bar. We understand that it was very busy and a few of the bartenders were trying to get drinks made quickly but a few others had no interest in serving the passengers quickly or at all! We stopped in Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Labadee, Haiti. We only got off the ship in Grand Cayman and Haiti and had a wonderful time on both islands. We didn't enjoy the tender in Grand Cayman but the ride was short and we understand that this is sometimes necessary. Our cabin attendant, Berline, was great. She kept our cabin clean and often asked us questions about how we slept etc...She was visible and always greeted us with a smile. We had read reviews about how hard and uncomfortable the beds were and how flat the pillows were but we slept just fine. We went to a few shows and if I had to complain about 1 thing on this ship, it would be the entertainment in the theater and the piano bar, but it didn't ruin our experience on the Navigator, we just found other things to do. This was our first vacation away from home during Christmas and we felt as though the crew did a very nice job of keeping the Christmas spirit alive, with the decorations, music, caroling, Christmas cookies and cake etc....On our last day, we chose to walk off the ship with our luggage since we had an early flight and our girls are old enough to take care of their own luggage. We walked off the ship at 7:15 a.m., with no lines and no trouble at all. We have cruised with Princess, Norwegian and several cruises with Royal Caribbean, including on one of their biggest and newer ships, the Oasis (4 years in a row!) and we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on the Navigator and would recommend it to others. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
This ship had the best service overall than any other cruise we have been on. From the great room attendant to the fabulous wait staff to the fantastic bartenders in many of the venue bars. The R bar staff was incredible. The ship is the ... Read More
This ship had the best service overall than any other cruise we have been on. From the great room attendant to the fabulous wait staff to the fantastic bartenders in many of the venue bars. The R bar staff was incredible. The ship is the perfect size for everyone. The entertainment in the main theater was ok. Not my favorite. The ice skating show was great. Cuddy is awesome and full of energy. They need more general trivia but it was always fun to play. I would go back on this ship in a heartbeat if it would be out of any other port. I will not go to Galveston again. Too hard to get to. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
I wrote this information for myself and thought I'd share it with everyone, as it contains information I wish I'd had before sailing. Cruise line: Royal Caribbean Ship: Navigator of the Seas Cruise Dates: Oct. 4-11, ... Read More
I wrote this information for myself and thought I'd share it with everyone, as it contains information I wish I'd had before sailing. Cruise line: Royal Caribbean Ship: Navigator of the Seas Cruise Dates: Oct. 4-11, 2015 Western Caribbean (Starting at Galveston, Texas, and traveling to Cozumel, Mexico; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Falmouth, Jamaica) 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise Cruise Amenities (non-exhaustive): Surf Rider, rock climbing, ping pong, basketball, mini-golf, spas, gym, outdoor track, large outdoor television screen, 3 pools, 3 hot tubs Day 1 (Boarding/Sea) Boarding is from 11am – 4pm. We arrived around 11:30am (drove from Dallas). Royal Caribbean is terminal 2. You first drop people and luggage off and then take the car to park at a nearby parking lot. The parking lots have shuttles that bring you back to the boarding area. It will likely take about 30-45 minutes to complete the process (drop people off, take care to lot, come back). While the cars go park, everyone else drops off their luggage at the luggage drop off. Make sure to print out your luggage tags before you get to the port and make sure to tape/staple them to your luggage to save you time. There is no food at the port but you can eat as soon as you enter ship. The total check-in process took about 1 hour. We got in line while the people parked but it was difficult for us get them to skip back in line. I heard, though have not confirmed, that there is now a parking lot where you can go with your luggage and you can bring it back to the terminal to avoid the whole drop off/take car to lot/come back process. Apparently it’s called “Parking Lot B.” We brought in water bottles (filled) in our luggage and those went through. Since you drop off your luggage and then don’t see it until it’s delivered to your room, I’m assuming they checked our luggage but have no way to confirm. They only officially allow 2 bottles of wine per stateroom. We brought those in our carry-ons. When they saw that I had 2 bottles they asked me to "register" with a man seated at a table. First of all they didn't tell everyone in our group to register, even though everyone had wine bottles in their carry-ons so it's clearly not enforced strictly. Also the “registration” involved a man writing down on a piece of paper my room number and number of bottles I had. So it's not high tech at all and we could have easily brought in more bottles. There is a mandatory safety drill at 4pm. They check every room to make sure you've evacuated. You can't skip this. They even took attendance at the drill. General tips It's a good idea to bring a small bag to hold your sea pass and other small stuff while on the ship. Also, remember to bring a beach bag for the actual beach or just lounging by the pool. Make sure to bring cash and in dollars for tipping. There were many times I wanted to tip someone (attendants or when we were off on our excursions) but I did not have enough singles. There is no need to exchange currency – everyone accepted American currency. Water, tea, coffee, and lemonade are included in the price of the trip (so no need to buy a beverage package if you’re okay with just having these drinks available). This particular ship did not have an iron in the stateroom, but they did have hairdryers. Bring water bottles so you can refill them on the ship and take with you when you dock. There is a Johnny Rockets on the ship. It is $6.95 USD all you can eat except for shakes. Tips for choosing a room: Choose a room closest to the top so you don't have to walk far. The dining room and pools are at the top, so you’ll have to walk less to get to them (which is where we spent most of our time). Also, choose a room on the side of the big dining room (Wyndjammer). Day 2 (Sea) This was a cruising day. This was our first formal attire night at the dining room. We had a set time to eat (8:30pm) every day in the main dining room. People wear suits and cocktail dresses. I did see some people in tuxedos but only a few. Anything you’d wear to a wedding or church should suffice. They will not turn you away if you’re wearing jeans. Day 3 (Cozumel) We rented a car from Alamo for 14 people for a total of $140 USD (paid with credit card), not including gas or insurance. We went to the San Gervasio ruins. It costs $9.50 USD per person, so bring exact change as credit is not accepted. You might want to bring bug spray, though it didn’t bother me much. The ship arrived in Cozumel at 7am but we disembarked at 9:30am. By the time we found the car rental and gathered everyone together, it was 10:30am. It took 30 minutes to drive to the San Gervasio ruins from the terminal. We found a tour guide that works for tips, and he provided very good service. It was very sunny, so definitely bring protection. Then we drove to Sky Reef Beach. We wanted to find Ocean Beach as that was recommended to us but we sort of got off the access road and then weren't able to find it. When you rent car they give you a map. It is not a big island. You need to be back on the ship by 3:30pm. Check to see what sort of insurance your credit card company offers for car rentals. Day 4 (Georgetown, Grand Cayman) The beach is a 30 minute cab ride. It's about 4 miles away from the port. To disembark, you first have to take a tender (small boat) from the ship to the land. The process took about 30 minutes total which includes getting in line, getting on the tender, and then leaving. The actual ride is about 10 minutes from ship to land. We went to Paradise Restaurant to do some snorkeling. It was $18 USD for full gear (mask, flippers, and life vest) and then $5 to rent a locker. They accept credit cards. We walked from the port to Paradise Restaurant. It is a green building right on the water. It took about 7 minutes to walk there. There were plenty of fish to see here. The water was very nice and it was very enjoyable. I did not eat at the restaurant but obviously there is food available there, as well as alcoholic drinks. Day 5 (Falmouth, Jamaica) The ship arrived at 8:00am and we had to be back on board at 4:30pm. When you arrive at the port, there is a tiny little booth that is pale green and says “Tours and Information.” It’s to the right and further down (closer to the exit).There we found horse riding that includes riding in the water on the beach. It was $70 USD per person for horse riding and transportation to and from the beach. It was $25 for just transportation to and from the beach. The drive to the beach was 20 minutes from the port. We were able to pay cash and credit. We went to Braco Tours/Stables. The tour itself was 2 hours in total (not including travel time). First they took us to the stable. We signed waivers, paid, and then mounted our horses. We rode for about an hour to the beach. You do not get into the water with your horse until you get to a small pool area at the beach. At the beach, there is a little pool area that they take you in one person at a time with your horse. Then you ride back and they take you to port. The beach area is private and no one was there except for a few locals. They have some food and drinks there you can buy. The guides were all extremely nice. My parents stayed at the private beach area and waited for us. There is a small store there where you can buy snacks and drinks (including Jamaican beer). Also, the store has a porch area that provides shelter from the sun and they had chairs out so my parents weren’t physically on the beach/in the sand. There are bathrooms there too. Day 6 (Sea) More tips: Laundry and getting your clothes pressed is expensive. I went to the lost and found by the pool where they distribute towels. I told them that I lost my sunscreen and they showed me several bottles they had there. I asked if I could keep one and they said yes so that's how I got free sunscreen. Food: We never ordered room service. The food in the buffet (Wyndjammer) is average. We only went there for breakfast and lunch. There is lots of variety. The dining room food was much better quality. You can have breakfast in the dining room, but you have to go before 9:30 am. The food on the 5th floor in the café was good, but they mostly had sandwiches. Weather: It was mostly warm to downright hot. You should, however, bring a light jacket or sweater as it can get chilly at night. Cabin: We had an interior stateroom with no windows. This was actually great, as there was no light in the morning to wake us up. It was much easier to sleep/stay asleep. Yes, it's small but we're not large people and we kept the room tidy so it was never, ever a problem. Day 7 (Sea) Do those things you didn’t get to do, like rock climbing. Day 8 (Galveston/Arrival) Express self-serve checkout means you carry out your own bags. If you want to do this, they ask you to get a ticket the last night before you leave which gives you the time you're supposed to leave. This is absolutely necessary as they didn't ask for it. (And they aren't going to keep you on the boat because you're leaving at a different time than it says on your ticktet). It's best to leave on the very last express time because most people doing express are off the boat by then. It takes about 30-45 to get off and get your car and be on the road. If you do not take express, then the night before, they leave you luggage tags and the time you're supposed to disembark. (Again, I doubt this is actually enforced.) You go through immigration which is relatively painless but there are a lot of people (this is of course applicable to self-express as well). The difference between express and this option is that you then have to find your luggage. They have them all waiting for you in a large warehouse, and though you have a number that leads you in the general direction of your bag, it can be a bit chaotic with all the bags and people trying to find their stuff. Definitely identify your bag in an obvious way to make finding it in literally hundreds of other bags much easier. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
Took this cruise with my wife, son and daughter in law. My wife and I have taken 15 cruises together, 6 with Royal Caribbean. We invited my son and his wife to go along. This was their first cruise and we were excited about having them ... Read More
Took this cruise with my wife, son and daughter in law. My wife and I have taken 15 cruises together, 6 with Royal Caribbean. We invited my son and his wife to go along. This was their first cruise and we were excited about having them join us. We drove to Galveston the morning of the cruise from Louisiana and my son and daughter in law drove from Dallas. I was a bit skeptical about this cruise after reading some negative reviews on this web site. I shouldn’t have worried. We had a wonderful time. Some people only notice the negative side. We had a balcony cabin on level 10 and the kids had a balcony on level 8. We had dinner every night in the dining room except for the night we went to Chops. I think that was the best steak I have ever eaten. Over all the food was good to excellent. The buffet was good at breakfast, but we usually ate lunch at some of the other venues. We had my time dining and had our evening meal at 6:30 each evening. Christ, our waiter was from India and she did an excellent job. Some of the reviews we read said that people were not friendly and acted like they had rather be doing something else. That was not the case with us. Each person we came in contact with was smiling and friendly. Our cabin steward was Igusti. We did not see much of him the first several days, but he seemed to know when our room needed attention. He did a great job. We especially enjoyed the ice show, love and marriage game and the quest. The first comedian we heard was very funny. The second one was just OK. We always go the shows in the theater and they were all good. Even though I do not participate in some of the activities such as rock climbing and flow rider, I like seeing the younger crowd enjoy themselves. We went to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. Although we have done this itinerary several times, we still like going there. The four of us did the Catamaran sail, snorkel and beach tour. It was the best snorkeling we have ever done. Did a little shopping in Grand Cayman. It did take a little while to get off the ship, but the lines moved quickly. My wife and I did not get off in Jamaica. It was nice staying on the ship on a port day. And yes the elevators were a slow at times, but that is why God made stairs. Not only were the employees friendly but the passengers were as well. For the most part, people were friendly and courteous and just having a good time.Gotta love those Texans. The ship looked very good for her age. Just a few things that showed some wear. We like cruising with Royal Caribbean. They have never disappointed us. I would recommend them to anyone who likes cruising. They have something for all ages. We also like cruising out of Galveston because it is only a 5 hour drive and we don’t have to fly. Can’t wait to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
This was our 6th cruise total and 4th cruise on Royal and our 3rd time onboard the Navigator of the Seas. We drove to Galveston from Dallas early sunday morning and got to the port around 10:30 am and they made an announcement they ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise total and 4th cruise on Royal and our 3rd time onboard the Navigator of the Seas. We drove to Galveston from Dallas early sunday morning and got to the port around 10:30 am and they made an announcement they were delayed a little bit. We are used to the port of Galveston being crowded and long lines, so we were onboard the ship by 12:00. They are building a bigger port, so I'm sure once it's done it will be better, but other than that, just have to have a little patience! :) We had an excellent time this cruise! We have always cruised alone as a couple and this time we brought our good friends, my mom and my aunt. We all had a blast together, and they all loved this ship as first time cruisers! The ship itself is beautiful just like it has been the other two times we have been on it. The service is always so nice and pleasant and they are always willing to help with whatever you need. Our room attendant, Reynaldo did a great job with our room. Always clean and made sure to stop and say hi to us the first day and throughout the rest of the trip. We ate in the MDR every night for dinner and the food is great! I was excited to eat some of my favorite menu items and thoroughly enjoyed them each night. Our head waiter Sandeep was right on point, he did a fabulous job of explaining the menu every night and waiting on us and letting us know what the next day held as far as weather, tendering and etc. However, the assistant waiter is not what we are used too. This was his first week in the MDR learning all of the ropes, so we didn't get great service, but we understood it was his first time doing this and just let him know what we needed each night. I'm pretty certain he will do a great job the more he does it! He was very nice! I'm addicted to the shows each night and the shows were really good this trip! The Royal cast was fabulous, and my favorite show was the Broadway Hits the last night of the cruise, they did fantastic! The Ice Skating Show is a MUST SEE! It's absolutely beautiful and fun to watch! Ports of Call: Cozumel - we had a nice warm day, we rented a taxi and took it over to Chankanaab National Park and snorkeled on our own (Best Snorkeling site around), ate some lunch at the beach while were there, saw the sea lion show (adorable) and had a really great day! We left there and did a little bit of shopping back at the port before we got back on the ship. Chankanaab is really nice fun place with a great beach and lots to see! We go there every time we are in Cozumel. It's $21 per person to get in, but if you go to their website beforehand, you can print off a $2 coupon. It's a great price for all the access you get inside. Grand Cayman - We had to tender in this port of call, and the tendering went really well. We had a shore excursion, so we were one of the first groups to get off the ship. We took the Jeep & Snorkel Excursion - we got to drive our own jeep and they took us around the island, we stopped at a really nice beach spot but we couldn't swim because there was a ton of seaweed, but it was beautiful to look at. The water is incredible. Our next stop was to the town of "Hell" - there we saw why it was named Hell and went into the gift shop and etc. After that they took us to another stop to enjoy some samples of Rum Cake and Rum. After that, we went to 7 Mile Beach where we could enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or just laying on the beach. This excursion was a little misleading, as we thought we would be snorkeling out somewhere nice, but it was just right at the beach at your own leisure so it wasn't much to see. Still a great time though! Jamaica - We took the Dunns River Falls Excursion - we got on a bus and took a 1 hour ride to Dunns River Falls - here we left all our belongings on the bus as we couldn't take anything with us per our tour guides and climbed the beautiful falls! I think everyone should at least do this once in Jamaica, it was breathtakingly beautiful and an absolute blast! Our guide on the falls was so much fun!!!! However, we were really sad that we couldn't tip him since we couldn't bring any money in. After that, they took us to a beautiful beach where they brought us different plates food (jerk chicken was so yummy!) and free drinks (lemonade, rum punch and etc) - we had about an 1 1/2 here to relax. We really enjoyed this excursion. The Disembarkation was a pretty easy process, lines as normal, but we were off the ship by 8:30am, so we were on good timing to get back to Dallas by early afternoon. All in All, we absolutely love Royal and will continue to sail with them! Thanks for a wonderful vacation!! :) Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
I was really surprised to see so many negative reviews of this cruise. We just returned and I have to say this was an amazing vacation. We have been on four previous cruises (Princess, Holland America and Disney) and Navigator of the ... Read More
I was really surprised to see so many negative reviews of this cruise. We just returned and I have to say this was an amazing vacation. We have been on four previous cruises (Princess, Holland America and Disney) and Navigator of the Seas stacked up in all categories. We traveled with our two children (ages 7 & 10) and my kids said they liked in better than Disney. We had two adjoining balcony rooms which was the perfect set-up for our family. The staterooms very clean and nice. We received excellent service from our cabin steward. We loved the food! No, it is not equal to a five star restaurant but that is not our expectation on a cruise where the staff is preparing meals for thousands of people at the same time! It was equal to or better than our previous cruises and much better than Disney. Our dinners in the main dining room were simply excellent. We ate in the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch most days. I thought the variety was good. There was a beautiful salad bar, wonderful soups and the bread and baked goods were outstanding. We did eat at Johnny Rockets for one lunch which was a lot of fun and I highly recommend. One evening we at Sabor which was just okay. We are from San Antonio and have access to a lot of good Mexican food, though. We probably won't do the specialty restaurants again as it doesn't seem worth it. The pools were not especially good for kids. We were able to go when it wasn't super crowded and it was fine. It would have been nice to have some water slides. There were a lot of other activities that my kids enjoyed (Flow rider, basketball court, putt-putt, arcade). I would say if you have much younger children, the activities are more limited. Yes, the elevators were slow but we understood that there was almost 4,000 passengers on the ship. If you don't have a mobility issue, you will want to take the stairs. This is a great way to burn some extra calories from all of the food we were eating! We went to a couple of shows. One was pretty bad and we loved the other one. We don't choose a cruise based on the evening entertainment, so this wasn't a huge issue for us. Overall, this was a wonderful cruise. The service was great and I felt taken care of the entire week which is really what makes the vacation for me! We're booked on Liberty of the Seas next summer and we can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
I went on this cruise with my husband and three daughters 21,19 and 15. We had a great time. The Port of Galveston does seem a little confusing and a few signs would minimize some of the chaos but we were ready for that. We were in ... Read More
I went on this cruise with my husband and three daughters 21,19 and 15. We had a great time. The Port of Galveston does seem a little confusing and a few signs would minimize some of the chaos but we were ready for that. We were in line by 10:50 and on the ship by 11:30. We drove so we left our car at the hotel and took a taxi to the port. We did not eat at the Windjammer very often. I enjoyed the dinning room for breakfast and dinner. We all thought the food at dinner was excellent. Our servers were very friendly and helpful. Having the family eat together every night was a highlight of the trip for me. We could leisurely relax and be served and talk about the day. Gilberto and Aimen were are servers. Breakfast in the dinning room was great. We enjoyed the fruit and granola bar as well as ordering off the menu. We did eat at Johnny Rockets for lunch one day. It's $6.95 + the usually 18% gratuity. It did not disappoint. We ate the french fries, onion rings, cheesy fries, burgers, and chicken sandwich. Everything was excellent. We were too full to try a shake. We ate our share of ice cream cones that you could get most of the time on Deck 11. We found plenty to do on the ship. We had more than enough to do during the cruise days. We spent a lot of time at the Flow Rider and rock climbing wall. The attendants were always helpful and kind. We took full advantage of the fitness room and all that was offered there. My husband and I enjoyed the music of James Brown in the Two Poets Pub several times during the week. He was an excellent musician, very friendly and entertaining. I noticed in the other review it was mentioned that one of the evening shows was cancelled. It was actually postponed because the comedian had not gotten his luggage. We did go to his show and it was a nice way to spend an evening. The ice skating show was excellent. I was surprised how good it was since the rink is a little small. They were very talented to pull off some of those tricks in such a small area. We were very happy with the excursions that we chose. In Cozumel we did the Dolphin Royal swim. It was really great. We were in a group with the five of us and three other people. We were in the water for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. We swam with two adult dolphins then we helped train a baby dolphin. We also got to fed a manatee some lettuce. It was a once in a life time opportunity. The whole dolphin park was great. We walked around the Mayan area and my husband toured the tequila store. We also watched the sea lion show. In Belize with did that Lamanai boat trip. This excursion exceeded our expectations. The bus ride was about an hour. The tour guide used that time to tell us about Belize. One the way the boat ride was about 1 1/2 hours. They did an excellent job of showing us some interesting sites and animals. We were able to climb on three Mayan ruins. Which we all enjoyed. This is a physically demanding excursion. Even the walk to the ruins. Make sure you are ready for it if you are thinking about going. Wear the right shoes and bring your own water. The lunch provided with this excursion was delicious. Honduras was beautiful. The people were friendly and helpful. My family split up this day. Me and my daughter went on the Best of Roatan tour. While they weren't as professional as the tours in Cozumel and Belize they gave it their all and did their best to teach us about their country. We were able to meet some local people see them dance and eat some of their food. We had fun shopping and eating lunch at a local restaurant were we ate iguana. It taste like pork. The other three members of my family went on the Extreme zip lining adventure. They also enjoyed their day. I loved all three ports. This cruise exceeded my expectations. After reading these reviews before we left I thought there would be something that we would not be happy about. But it was all amazing. I think it helps to be polite. A please and thank you go along way. If you are going just relax and enjoy yourself. If something happens to make you upset don't dwell on it. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
I will never forget this wonderful ship and the amazing staff that all played a part of an amazing vacation! We took this cruise as a family vacation/wedding/honeymoon event. I have never felt so important and appreciated in my life! ... Read More
I will never forget this wonderful ship and the amazing staff that all played a part of an amazing vacation! We took this cruise as a family vacation/wedding/honeymoon event. I have never felt so important and appreciated in my life! These staff members (especially Vesyl-server in the main dining room and Glendon- waiter in the pool area) should come to Oklahoma and teach our restaurants, bars, hotels, etc... a little about customer service! I have been back a week and I wake up every morning from dreams about being back on this cruise. I told my husband that I feel like I live on the ship now and have been doing everything I can to plan my next cruise on this ship! Simply wonderful and unforgettable! We played miniature golf, swam in the pools, relaxed in the hot tubs, enjoyed the spa, bars, and restaurants, and even shopped! There were so many options for activities but my now husband and I chose to relax since we were getting married (and we all know how chaotic that can be!) Our Oceanview Stateroom with a balcony was a perfect size and was cleaned twice a day. We came in multiple times to champagne in the room. The only bad part about this cruise was getting off of it :( Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
Navigator July 19-July 26: (First time sailing on RCCL) 14 year old son and Dad arrived at Galveston Park-n-Cruise parking at 10:20 a.m. Walked across the street and gave luggage to porter. Got in line outside terminal at 10:30 a.m. As ... Read More
Navigator July 19-July 26: (First time sailing on RCCL) 14 year old son and Dad arrived at Galveston Park-n-Cruise parking at 10:20 a.m. Walked across the street and gave luggage to porter. Got in line outside terminal at 10:30 a.m. As approached inside of terminal, far right line opened and walked directly to check-in counter. Completed check-in and went directly onto ship. Time was now 10:57 a.m. Check-in was a breeze. Walked around exploring and went to Windjammers for lunch at 11:30 a.m. which was not crowded. Food was decent for a buffet. Explored ship after lunch and went to room at 1:10 p.m. and changed into swimsuits for a nice dip in the pools. Luggage did not arrive until 6:00 p.m. Room Stewart (Jennifer) stated that those first on the ship usually got their luggage last. We had early supper seating. Food was great every night in Main Dining Room except last night (Pomodoro). (If you are going to choose a specialty restaurant, do so on “Pomodoro” menu night.) We had two starters/apps and two main courses every night except lobster night (Friday) when we had 3 lobster tails along with two starters/apps. Was asked if we wanted another but declined. Head waiter stated that shorts are allowed in Main Dining Room except for the two formal nights. We wore khaki pants, white shirts, and ties on formal nights. We wore shorts the other nights. We sat at a table of six and service was quick. My son did activities with the 12-14 year old group on sea days/evenings and on shore days in the evenings. He had a great time with the activities and just walking around/hanging out with his new friends. We went to the 3:30 p.m. Ice Show on Monday. It was a great show. Do not miss this show. Weather was great every day. We visited Cozumel (Mr. Sancho’s All-Inclusive Beach Resort: ask for Martin for your waiter. All you can eat and drink. The coconut shrimp were great. I ate 10 of them along with various other items such as chicken fajitas, rice, beans, and 3 shrimp cocktails.) on Tuesday. On Wednesday we visited Belize (RCCL Wildlife and Zoo Tour: had a great time and lunch was included.) On Thursday we visited Roatan (RCCL Tabyana Beach Break Excursion: had a great time and a great buffet was included.) Thursday Night on the pool deck there was a big party with all of the bands each playing beginning at 9:45 p.m. and at 10:30 p.m. there was a finger food type buffet. We ate lunch in Johnny Rockets on Saturday. Very good food along with a great milk shake. Overall, we had a great time and the food was really good in the Main Dining Room except for the Pomodoro menu. The RCCL staff was nice everywhere on the ship. Even though it was summer break, there were not a lot of kids running around. They behaved real well. With the ship’s guests you could however tell who was from Texas and who was not. Guests from up north were ruder, especially getting on/off the elevators and in Windjammers. The folks from Texas were much nicer saying “excuse me”, etc. whereas this was not in the other folks vocabulary. When someone was rude, I asked them if they were from somewhere besides Texas and they then asked me how did I know that. I told them that I had “ESP”. Getting off of the ship was a piece of cake. We had #15 (9:30 a.m.) but went earlier with no problem. Once in the terminal we got a porter and breezed through customs. Getting a porter is the best way to go. It took less than 20 minutes. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2015
First of all, I understand some people have had some serious issues on this or other cruises, but keep in mind, most people only post when they are upset with their service. So the 3200+ other guests reviews may not be listed but it does ... Read More
First of all, I understand some people have had some serious issues on this or other cruises, but keep in mind, most people only post when they are upset with their service. So the 3200+ other guests reviews may not be listed but it does not mean they were dissatisfied. (Sorry I had to get that out of the way. I was scared to death for this cruise because of other reviews) IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A GOOD TIME, YOU WILL! Embarkation: We arrived about 10:30am (line was long to drop me off, but moved quickly), my husband dropped the bags and I off and went to park across the street (Cruise Park- I recommend). We then had to wait about 20-30 min for others in our party. Once everyone arrived, embarkation was a breeze. Lines were manageable and better than expected. We were on the boat by 12:30. Room/Boat: We had room 8572 Balcony in the middle of the ship. Our room was just as it should be! Clean, plenty of storage space, etc. We met our room steward right away (Eduardo). We didn't see much of him (although he answered promptly when we needed him), but our room was straightened/cleaned almost 3-4 times a day. It was amazing service and something my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed!! (next time I will ask for an egg crate though as I have a terrible time sleeping away from home and think this might have helped). The ship was always clean and well maintained. As others have mentioned, there are parts that are a little dated, but we were very pleased with the cleanliness and upkeep of everything! We especially loved the little bars/meeting areas (Bolleros, R Bar, etc) as this provided a place for our group to get together for drinks before dinner. Shows: We only saw the Adult Comedy Show on Tuesday I think and thoroughly enjoyed it!! I guess shows aren't really our thing lol. I did watch the Newlywed? show on TV and it was hilarious! Dining: Windjammer- First of all, know what to expect. You will not get 5 star dining at the Windjammer. It is a buffet of food running almost all day. It offers some variations as well as classics (hamburgers, nachos, or a few Indian dishes etc). It is good food but not great, which is perfectly fine with me for a fast lunch on the go. We chose to go to the dining room for breakfast on days we could. Much better atmosphere if you have the time. We only ate lunch in the Windjammer twice I think. Other days were filled with excursions and we ate Johnny Rockets on the last day. Main Dining Room- I was very pleased with my dinner every single night (we ate specialty on nights 5 and 7). The appetizers were yummy and the food was always spot on. Not 5 star food I would say, but REALLY good food none the less! Our servers Dotson and Camila were amazing! I literally wanted to put Camila in my pocket and take her home! One of the most genuinely NICE people I have ever met! Chops Grill: They were about 30 minutes late seating us (we had a party of 10), but the manager brought us all a glass of champagne and we were fine with it. The seas were pretty rocky that night so my husband had to go back to the room and miss dinner, boo, but other than that, it was GREAT! Appetizers, steaks, sides, service! GREAT! Giovanni's Table- Family Style Appetizers, pastas, and your own entrée selection....it was PHENOMENAL food! omg! We sampled almost every app I think. I ordered the lamb chops and they were cooked perfectly!! My husband had the fish and it was amazing as well. Probably our favorite dinner of the cruise! Johnny Rockets- Just perfect. Right on the water. Endless fries and really good onion rings (you can even order bacon/cheese or chili/cheese fries, etc). I had the smokehouse burger w/ bacon and onion rings and bbq...OMW! Apple pie for dessert and all for like $6. NUTS! and YUMMMM! As you can see, food is my favorite part of the cruise...that and the ports/excursions. Cozumel: Deluxe Playa Mia Beach Break- Perfect! We were able to get seats right in front of the water and me and party of 10 enjoyed a full day beach, food, drinks, rented a jet ski and nearly killed myself (lol jk). It was a perfect day hanging with my friends! (also got a pretty sweet deal on some cigars at the shop there). Belize City: Lamanai and New River Safari- LOVED IT! Be sure you are prepared for a 1.5 hour(ish) bus ride, and 1.5 hr boat trip to the ruins. The boat trip back is only about 45 minutes. This was really great tour! The tour guide was very informative all the way through Belize and provided a lot of insight into the city. The boat ride was amazing! Saw a few animals, spider monkey, iguanas, etc. Once you arrive at Lamanai, be prepared for a bit of a walk. This excursion was pretty physical actually, but that is probably because we decided to climb the ruins. WHICH WERE AMAZING! This was my husband's birthday and he absolutely LOVED IT! Great excursion, great guides, great food! Roatan: Extreme Caribe Ziplining- Greatest. Excursion. Ever! After about a 20 min bus ride we arrived. The guides were amazing and very helpful!! I am the one that picked this excursion for our group and then I got there and freaked out. Probably got closer to a panic attack than I ever care to be, but my husband and guide walked me through it. I went off the first line w/ the guide strapped to me (tandem). The next two were tandem lines anyway, so I rode w/ my husband. After that, there was no stopping me!! I did the next 9 by myself and could have gone all day! The view you get from the 2nd and 3rd lines are some of the best I have seen in my life!! This port was by far our favorite and we are considering a vacation there in the future. Debarkation: We chose the 7:30am self assist option. We arrived to the meeting place about 7:30am and were through customs by 8:30am. I consider that a successful debarkation!! :) Hubby left me with the luggage, went and grabbed the car across the street and we were on the road before 9am. I don't really know what else to say, except take the reviews with a grain of salt. Go to have fun and relax. I am sure if I were looking for issues, flaws, etc, I could have found them but for me and the group of 9 others....we had a FABULOUS vacation that we will remember for a lifetime!! Let's hope another cruise isn't too far in my future!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
This was a phenomenal vacation. We traveled with 2 adults and 2 teenagers (17). It's hard to find some place to go where teenagers don't get bored. But they never got bored on this cruise. The entire cruise was remarkable. I ... Read More
This was a phenomenal vacation. We traveled with 2 adults and 2 teenagers (17). It's hard to find some place to go where teenagers don't get bored. But they never got bored on this cruise. The entire cruise was remarkable. I mean over all most of the trip was all 5 stars. We had very few complaints. Our only complaints were the following: Trying to get on and off the ship. That was pretty bad. Getting off much worse than getting on. Around the pool was very slippery and lots of people fell but no on seemed to get hurt very bad, myself included. It was like a slip and slide. And when I reported it, I got a lot of attitude. And the food was most of the time amazing, like 98%. Very rarely did we find something that we didn't care for. Sometimes we had to wait what I considered too long for a drink around the pool. The ice performers were a must see show. A Las Vegas type show. Our sons loved the flow rider. Most of the service was AMAZING except for the jerk by the pool. But as you can see, in the scheme of things, our complaints are so minor and the good by far outweighs the bad. Put this trip down as an "amazing, must do trip!" I can't believe this ship is only rated a 4.0. It should be rated a 4.9 all day long. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
I have nothing but good things to say about our cruise on the Navigator of the Seas. Room This was the first time we had a balcony. We didn't use the balcony that much but we did enjoy the extra space for the two of us. The ... Read More
I have nothing but good things to say about our cruise on the Navigator of the Seas. Room This was the first time we had a balcony. We didn't use the balcony that much but we did enjoy the extra space for the two of us. The bathroom was a "pod" which makes it a bit tight if you're a large person, but the pod is better than the clingy shower curtains! They provide a cheap shampoo and bar soap, so if you want anything else, bring it. Our room steward was Mari Grace and she was fantastic. Ship All areas were in good shape, no maintenance issues. Beware of the brown tile and flooring around the pools...it gets very hot! Spent most of our time in the solarium. Chairs are more comfortable there. Food Food was great...no issues. We ate in the Sapphire most nights. Great service with Rey and Natalia. Everything was cooked well and many in our group had double portions...no issues. Windjammer was very good for breakfast and lunch. Lots to choose from. We did eat in Sabor one night. Got a deal for $20 instead of $25. LOTS of food and it was very good. Entertainment All of the shows were fantastic. Can't say enough and the Metropolis theater was very comfortable. Ports We rented a car in Cozumel and drove around ourselves since we were familiar with the island. We did the stingray city/dolphin encounter in GC. The pics for stingrays were $60 for all pics (about 20) but the dolphins were very expensive...$35 for one or $35 x each member of your group for all of the pics. I would advise definitely doing an excursion in Falmouth. Nothing to do outside of the pier area which is very touristy. We took a city trolley tour for an hour and then returned to the ship. Internet They have several packages..with my gold member discount it was $149(?) for unlimited for one device or $189 for unlimited for two devices. I purchased the two device package and we all shared it. It is SLOW and not much use for anything other than e-mails. Embarkation was a breeze---went right on about noon . We took a case of water with us--gave it to the porter with a tip. No problems. Many people were taking water/sodas onboard. Disembarkation was easy as well. The earliest groups started at 7:15 and we were in the last group (21) and were off at 9:30. You have to be out of your room by 8:30. Ship transfers---We used LJ at http://www.cruiseshipshuttle.com/ Very inexpensive, $140 each way for 8 of us! Prompt and personable! Other companies were quoting us $300 each way. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
This was our second cruise with RCL. Navigator is smaller in size than the Freedom of the Seas we took last year. Loved the food and dining! With the smaller sized ship, however, the entertainment wasn't as good. The ice show was ... Read More
This was our second cruise with RCL. Navigator is smaller in size than the Freedom of the Seas we took last year. Loved the food and dining! With the smaller sized ship, however, the entertainment wasn't as good. The ice show was wonderful! The Elton John impersonator was fantastic -- all else were just, eh. We should have skipped the last show in the theater, we all got bored. Excursions: Cozumel/Belize/Roatan We LOVED our excursions! In Cozumel we shopped and played at the beach -- we just played it by ear, nothing planned in advance. Very relaxing day. Taxi service is super inexpensive. We were able to find a quiet secluded beach and did some great snorkeling. In Belize we booked a tour with cavetubing.bz --SOOOO FUN! Go with cavetubing.bz -- and book them outside of the ship (saves so much $$$, and so worth it). They are very trustworthy, drive nice vehicles, carry your tubes so you can site see while they teach you about the vegitation and all about their country. Our guides were so fun and knowledgeable. They kept our belongings secure. The caves are a must see, lunch was great afterwards. Other groups were carrying tubes and speeding past us on the trail. I felt bad that they weren't getting the same treatment we were. I highly recommend them! Our last excursion was Roatan Honduras. We went through Rony's Tours which were recommended by a friend. Again, our service was FANTASTIC and saved us so much money. We did the zipline/monkey adventure. Our guide was Carla, we also met Roney himself -- both were so so so friendly and taught us so much about their country. I think in total the zip line was 16 zips to get down the mountain. We and our adult children LOVED it. It was a very rainy day. The constant rain didn't damper our spirits none - we had a blast. After the zip line you take an awesome tour and see beautiful wild life and vegetation. Loved playing with the monkeys and parrots! Got some great pics. After our excursion Carla took us to a beach to snorkel as I kept hearing how clear the water is (so pretty!) -- we were able to see some really coloful fish! Carla stood by while we snorkled, she's such a trooper! We got about 40 minutes in before we were hit with a down poor (not an understatment). Not once did Carla complain, even though everyone of us (including her) were soaken wet. Our excursion guides in both Roatan and Belize got us back to the ship with plenty of time to spare. Again, highly recommend them both. So glad they were recommended to us. Last year we had four excursions in our 7-day cruise, Navigator had three excursions. I prefer the three day excursion deal better, left us more time to relax at sea and see all that the amazing ship has to offer. I love how RCL ships are laid out, and how CLEAN and beautiful everything is. Our room steward and dining room attendants were nothing short of fantastic, and always so helpful and trustworthy. I'm hooked on Royal Caribbean! On one of the nights a storm blew in, we got to see quite a lightning show! With all that, we only slightly felt the ship rock. How cool is that?! None of us got sick, and none of us took anything to prevent sea sickness. I wish I could remember the cruise director's name, he is hilarious! Very entertaining and honest. Tune in to Channel 14 in the morning, he always gives great instructions so you know what you are doing and what to expect. Love that feature! Embarkation: We arrived at the ship an hour early, and they let us right on! Felt like we had the ship to ourselves for a while. AMAZING! Getting off the ship went smoothly as well. I highly recommend Royal Caribbean. If you like the party crowd, there are places to hang out. If you like quiet, there are plenty of places for that too (we like the quiet). Can't wait to go again! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Background: Family cruise for us. 2nd cruise for my wife and I and the 1st for our kids (12 yr old boy and girl who turned 15 on the cruise). Appreciated the fact that is was out of Galveston and fairly close to the DFW area (5 hrs drive ... Read More
Background: Family cruise for us. 2nd cruise for my wife and I and the 1st for our kids (12 yr old boy and girl who turned 15 on the cruise). Appreciated the fact that is was out of Galveston and fairly close to the DFW area (5 hrs drive - we are out of Aledo, near Ft. Worth) Booking/Room: We initially booked an exterior room on floor 3, with a large window. We called about a month out and asked for upgrade options and got a Superior Balcony room on the 9th floor for a very reasonable price (Room 9658). The boat is laid out where all the food (Main dining, Windjammer, etc.) is at the back and the entertainment (Metropolis, Star Lounge, etc.) is at the front. Flowrider, sports deck is also at the back of the ship. Staying near the back was ideal for us. Hotel: We chose to drive down the day before the cruise and spent the night near NASA south of Houston. It was less expensive than staying in Galveston, but still less than an hour to get there for embarkation. Parking: We choose EZ cruise that was only a couple of blocks from Terminal 2 (RCL terminal). They charge $65 for the week but you can get a $20 discount for walking and not taking their shuttle. Elevated uncovered lot that was very easy to find and convenient. Embarkation: We arrived at around 10:30am and got to the terminal and checked in by 10:45am. They started boarding at 11:00am and we were on the ship by 11:15am. Rooms are not available until 1pm so we took a couple of carry-on bags with swim suits etc. We went to the Windjammer and had lunch and explored the ship until the room was ready at 1pm. Spent the remainder of the day exploring and enjoying. Really maximized than 1st day aboard. Weather: We did have to go through a tropical storm on the way out so our 1st full day at sea was a "rocky" one and all of the outside decks were closed. We made the most of it by exploring inside or sleeping it off. The remainder of the cruise was fabulous! Dining: Specialty Dining – they have 5 different specialty dining places that cost you more: They offer discounts and specials for the first night and at other times so you should never have to pay the full up charge. • Izumi – Sushi that is charged by the item – did not try no opinion • Chops Grille – steak restaurant – did not try no opinion • Sabor – Mexican cuisine – did not try no opinion, but one couple from Texas said they eat Mexican all the time and thought the place was awesome. • Giovanni’s Table – Italian – Loved it We had booked the Murder Mystery dinner at Giovanni’s Table but they had to cancel (something about the actors changing out and not being ready). We went ahead and made reservations for Giovanni’s table for the first night anyway. It is normally an extra $20 per person but we got 25% off on the first night. It was really good – you get a menu with about 10 different appetizers, several pasta options and main courses. You can order as many as you want so we mixed it up and tried all kinds of Italian food. They will bring basic spaghetti for any younger kids too. Excellent very personalized service! • Johnny Rockets – Burgers, etc. – Only an additional $5 per person We ate there for lunch on one of our sea days and it was really good. They play typical diner juke box music and occasionally do a little dancing. You can get as many of the burgers, sandwiches or sides as you want. They brought some fries and onion rings right away and we got some burgers, tuna melt, Chicken BLT and all were good. They have ice cream sundaes and apple pie ala mode for dessert, all good. You can get shakes anywhere on the ship but they are an extra charge even at Johnny Rockets. Normal Dining – Main Dining room, Windjammer Café, and Royal Promenade - Windjammer is the buffet and I would liken it to Golden Corral. Nothing awesome, but not bad either. Lots of selection. We ate breakfast (good, hard to mess up breakfast) there several times and a few times for lunch. Kids would eat there every meal if they could. - Royal Promenade – you can get some sandwiches, pizza, and some desserts at most anytime. They have a Starbucks and Ben and Jerry’s there for additional charge. Good place for a snack or quick bite. - Main Dining room – very nice and we ate every dinner there, except 1st night, and a couple of breakfasts. The menu always had 8-10 appetizers (5 or so that change nightly and a few standbys like Cocktail Shrimp), and 5 or so rotating main dishes with 5 standard options (NY Strip, Salmon, Sliders, etc.) Then they have 3-4 standard desserts (creme brulee, etc.) and a few that rotate nightly. There is a kids menu with standard selections for appetizers, mains, and desserts, as well. The waiters are awesome and will recommend items. You can order as many or whatever you want. My daughter had 1-2 cocktail shrimp orders each night, while my son pretty much had pizza every night. On lobster night I had the lobster and prime rib. We typically got 4 or more desserts to share. We were so spoiled there. There are 2 formal nights always on days at sea, ours were day 2 and day 6 and most people dressed up. Entertainment: - Flowrider – kids absolutely loved it. Must be over 58” to try stand up surfing. My son was not tall enough but he did the boogie boarding (BB) a bunch, seriously, a bunch. They will have different times allocated for BB or surfing, but go early in the trip as it keeps getting busier throughout the trip. You have to sign a waiver and get a wristband so do that the first day. It will cover the flowrider, ice skating, and rock climbing wall. - Ice Skating – small rink and only open a few times. The kids went at a specific kids time through the kids club so they had a good time. - Rock Climbing – at specific times, but can be hot if the sun is shining on it. - Miniature Golf – just show up and play - Sports court – basketball goals, periodically a volleyball net is set or soccer goals. They did dodgeball, volleyball, basketball, and soccer tourneys. - Kids program – they have multiple kids clubs, but we only focused on the 12-14 and 15-17. There is a mixer/meet&greet on the first full day at sea that is a great way to get the kids involved. Since it is summer time there we tons of families and kids on board which we were hoping for. After the first day the kids were always wanting go to the living room (teen area) to hang out and we had to schedule times with them for family stuff (i.e. be back at 5:30pm to get ready for dinner) - Live music - all over the ship at different times – piano guy in the Schooner bar – Guitar guy in the 2 poets pub, Country group, etc. There were all good and we enjoyed listening and singing along. - Shows – the main shows change each day, so they can be a crap shoot. Some were really good and others were ok. We had an acapella group (great), southern lady comedian (great), juggling comedians (good), Elvis impersonator (good) The Ice Dancing show was excellent, unbelievable what they can do in that small space. It was typically at 2pm and 4pm on the at sea days and should not be missed. They will distribute tickets for the various showtimes while on board and open it up to anyone 10 minutes before each show. If you miss the distribution times, you can get remaining tickets at guest services. - Karaoke was a mixed bag – between Wow and are you kidding me - Trivia sessions - We loved going to the various sessions, typically a morning, afternoon and evening session. We teamed up with another family and really enjoyed meeting up each day. The evening music trivia (50's/60's, 80's, etc.) are great as they play song snippets and then when revealing the answers the whole bar is singing along and "dancing in the Schooner bar" as one crew member says. Shore Excursions: 1. Cozumel – We did the Chakanaab snorkel and Sea Lion show Chakanaab is a park area that includes beaches, snorkeling, a periodic sea lion show, dolphin and manatee encounters, walking paths, a crocodile exhibit, swimming pools, etc. Our tour started with snorkeling (great fish and underwater items to view), then we had beach time (we ate at the beach side restaurant and then hung out on the beach and in the surf/reef. The guide then took people on a tour through the paths, but we stayed and hung out at the beach. They had a tequila tasting that we skipped too. We finished with the sea lion show (everyone enjoyed) and then headed back. You could just get a cab there, and do you own thing if you wanted. We were late to Cozymel so we did not have much time at the shops in town. This one has a dock so boarding is easy but the lines can get long at the end of the day. 2. Grand Cayman – We booked the deluxe stingray city tour – this included a bus ride to the dock, boat ride out to the sand bar in a nice boat with walk into the water stairs. Then we were at the sandbar for around an hour where we swam with the rays, touch them and fed them. Kids loved it. The tour was only 2 – 2.5 hours so we had time before our tour in town. We headed to the left from the dock and found a nice seafood restaurant right on the water. Great fish and chips and stairs down into the water where you could swim with the fish and explore. You could throw your leftovers in the water and bring a bunch of fish (big and small). We really enjoyed it, but it was about $80 as it was $60 in Cayman dollars. At Grand Cayman you have to take tenders (boats that seat you and 250 of your closest friends) between the ship and shore. If you have an excursion booked you can go early or leave with any tender group. Otherwise you get a tender group and have to go at certain times. Expect lines and be prepared. 3. Jamaica – We booked the Green Grotto caves and Dunns River Falls tour. Air Conditioned bus from dock to caves. Cave tour was interesting and laid back. Then bus to Dunns River Falls where we climbed the falls in the water with several hundred of our closest friends. We had a great time and everyone enjoyed. After the falls you do have to go through an area of shops and they are very persuasive, so be prepared. The dock is awesome at Jamaica as it was built as a joint venture between Royal Caribbean and Jamaica. They have shops, booths, restaurants (Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and a good Jerk chicken place). The vendors are not pushy at all and you can enjoy. No problem man. Disembarking: You have a choice of tagging your luggage and sending it down the night before and leaving the ship at your specified time or self-carrying your luggage and going during one of several time slots. Breakfast is served in the windjammer and main dining room from 7am to 8:30am. We chose the self-carry and opted for a 9am timeslot. We ate breakfast until 8:15 and went back to the room for the luggage. Walked out at 8:30 and were out and through customs by 9:15am. Good times and look forward to our next cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2015
This was my first cruise in 25 years. It was the first time for my husband and children. We had a wonderful time! The food was good. We always came away with a full stomach! The entertainment was a lot of fun. The boat was ... Read More
This was my first cruise in 25 years. It was the first time for my husband and children. We had a wonderful time! The food was good. We always came away with a full stomach! The entertainment was a lot of fun. The boat was immaculate! We enjoyed the Promenade Cafe for late night snacks. The dining hall was our first choice for meals. We had a wonderful time! We would definitely cruise again with RC! Read Less
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.5 4.2

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