88 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

Go to better, cleaner Caribbean islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) As a Diamond + traveler and using Jr. Suites, we had access to the Diamond and Concierge Lounges. How they screwed all diamond plus travelers by eliminating the ... Read More
Go to better, cleaner Caribbean islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) As a Diamond + traveler and using Jr. Suites, we had access to the Diamond and Concierge Lounges. How they screwed all diamond plus travelers by eliminating the concierge lounge and dumping all diamond+ travelers to the diamond lounge, small, no view, overcrowded, dark, etc Next cruise we will shop around with other cruise lines. No sense in being loyal to Royal Caribbean. Loyalty is a one way street with this Company. Food quality continues to diminish every year, they nickel dime you on everything and who can assure us that the mandatory gratuities ends up in the workers hands Anything you buy has a line for additional gratuities. If you purchase a drink or a food item, they each on an 18% gratuity and expect you to add an additional tip. Some elevators just go by you, usually the wait is on the long side Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose this cruise based on price and intinerary. It was our first on RCCL and third cruise overall. Traveled as a family of four, with kids ages 9 and 11. We thought this cruise and ship were outstanding. We didn't realize upon ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on price and intinerary. It was our first on RCCL and third cruise overall. Traveled as a family of four, with kids ages 9 and 11. We thought this cruise and ship were outstanding. We didn't realize upon booking that it was going in for refurbishment, so that was a great surprise. Embarking and disembarking for us went well, but we were there very early at 11:30am. My understanding is that those that arrived even a half hour later waited for quite some time to board. The staff was outstanding, especially to our kids. The Flowrider and waterslide assistants were particularly helpful! Dining room staff and stateroom attendant were all very good, though I'd stop short of saying excellent. We were never nickel and dimed for anything. Just a few offers from staff for the specialty restaurants, but nothing beyond that. The photographers are there of course, but tolerable. Elevators were a struggle throughout the cruise. Waiting times were long and even when a car arrived, it was often full. Elevators were sometimes marked out of service. It would be improved if able bodied people who were only going one level would just use the stairs. For reasons I don't understand, the aft starboard set was the most reliable for us. We took great advantage of most of what the ship had to offer: - Waterslides: excellent. The single rider one is a bit fast for adults so I only rode it a few times. The double slide, where I could go with my kids, we did dozens of times. It was busy from 11-2 or so, and we avoided those times. After 4pm, we had the place to ourselves and took advantage! Great fun! It was usually open until 8pm. - Flowrider: My kids did this many times. Staff was outstanding in helping them! - Mini golf: Very well done and the best mini golf I've seen on a ship. Only complaint is that it is VERY poorly lit at night and it mostly unusable after sundown. - Basketball courts, table tennis, etc: your standard stuff. Equipment in great shape. - Pool loungers and pool: While the pool area was often crowded, away from the pool it never seemed too crowded. There were always plenty of chairs available somewhere on the ship. The areas by the mini golf course were usually available and well designed with wind blocks. The round sofa loungers are excellent and I want some for my backyard! A hidden gem is if you go to the Flowrider, on the starboard side is a staircase that goes down one level - there were 30 or so chairs down there that no one knew about. I usually had the whole place to myself, though it was sometimes shady depending on how the ship was oriented. The pools were excellent and never too crowded. My kids enjoyed them. - Laser tag: average. Music was painfully LOUD!!! We didn't go more often just because of the noise level in here. Bring earplugs. - Ice skating: My daughter loved it. Very nice setup and not crowded at all. Food: Windjammer: It's a buffet with standard buffet food. Desserts were excellent. I usually opted for whatever was on the carving tray and it was quite good. Music again too loud in here, and on too short a loop so that you hear the same songs over and over. By Day 5 of 10, it was irritating. It was well laid out and the all you can eat seafood buffet on the last night was excellent. Main Dining Room: We did My Time Dining and it worked out pretty well. We dined here 5 of the 9 nights. (The rest of the nights we were busy doing other things and just wanted a quick bite in the buffet.) One night they sent us to a table that was already occupied, but otherwise it was flawless. Service and food were very good. Prime rib on Night 1 was excellent. Same thing on Night 7 was disappointing. Not sure why. But otherwise, pretty good. Service was just as quick as an American restaurant. Loco Fresh: We loved this place for a quick bite to eat for lunch. Freshly made and great taste. No clue what to do with my dishes afterward though? We did not do any of the specialty restaurants or Johnny Rockets as the "included" food was plenty good for us. Entertainment: I thought it was excellent. We saw almost every show. The ventriloquist and hypnotist were our favorites. The Showgirl show was excellent, but the follow up Ballroom Show was very disappointing and slow. All other shows were above average. Live music throughout the ship was pretty good although there were some hits and misses mostly based on personal taste. Cabin: Small, as expected. We booked very late so we were on level 2. Not so bad 90% of the time, but there were two nights in which there was excessive noise (maintenance or machinery) from below, which woke us up, sometimes for an hour or so. I would try to avoid this level, though if it was all that was available, I'd still book it as the rest of the cruise was great! Temperature was perfect (although the rest of the ship was warm.) Shore excursions we did all on our own or third party. Haiti: beach (food provided on the beach is average to below average.) Aruba: horse riding with Rancho Notorious. Curacao: wandered Willemstad and visited the Maritime Museum, local shops, etc. Bonaire: glass bottom kayaking and (first time) snorkeling. Despite the few hiccups (noise, elevators) we would absolutely do this same cruise again. The staff were fantastic and the ship was immaculate. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We needed a break, and since our youngest was celebrating her 21st birthday the week before the cruise, we decided this was a perfect time. This was Navigator's third trip after her recent yard period, and she didn't disappoint. ... Read More
We needed a break, and since our youngest was celebrating her 21st birthday the week before the cruise, we decided this was a perfect time. This was Navigator's third trip after her recent yard period, and she didn't disappoint. On this cruise we had me (59), SWMBO (54), our son (26), our daughter (21), SWMBO's sister (59) and her husband (68). We travel often with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law and will continue to do so as long as they will have us. We always have a great time with them. Embarkation: Normally, embarkation is quick with little to no wait. Not this time. It seemed the folks from the cruise before ours were slow to leave the ship, so we were standing around in a crowded embarkation center for quite some time. We arrived around 1030 and didn't board until between 1200 and 1230. There was a large group that had been corresponding on social media and here on Cruise Critic and we were able to meet up with some friends of ours while waiting to board. Meals - Windjammer: The food in the Windjammer this cruise was up to its usual standard - decent, not outstanding, but it filled the void. Some was very good (especially the desserts) and some not so much (avoid the Eggs Benedict - the toughest English Muffins I have ever seen). As usual, the staff in the Windjammer was great, and overall it fit the bill. Meals - My Time Dining: Before cruising, we booked My Time Dining for 1800 each night of the cruise. First night - no problem. We were promptly seated and had a great table - first table on the left as you enter the dining room. The table has a decorative wall surrounding it that made it feel more private than the other tables. We really liked it. The second night, the computer system had our reservations at a different time 1715, but having booked everything for 1800 before leaving, we arrived at 1800. Of course, our table was given to another group, so we got moved to a new table with a different waiter and assistant waiter. It all worked out great though, as our waiter, Francisco, and his assistant, Shuzhen, were wonderful. Shuzhen is from China, and she told us some folks have trouble pronouncing her name, so she told us to call her by her family name - Moh. They were so friendly and attentive - absolutely terrific. The food was very good, except for one night when a number of us ordered the Braised Beef Short Rib - it was so bland. As for the rest of it - truly excellent. Bars - we all had the drink package and, as usual, it did not disappoint. The bar staff on the Navigator make killer Frozen Mojitos, Bushwhackers, and Mudslides. Their Moscow Mule could use some work though - theirs is basically vodka and ginger beer with a lime garnish. Ports: we hit Labadee, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao on this cruise. We only booked excursions thru RC for Labadee - the Jet Ski excursion (we love this one), and my daughter loves the Zip Line. As for the other ports - In Aruba, we booked the JetLev (the water jet pack) for our son and daughter thru a local company (Red Sail Sports if I recall correctly - SWMBO did the research and booked it). Our son took to it immediately and loved it. Our daughter had a face-plant in the water and got a snoot-full of ocean, so she decided that was enough for her. The folks at Red Sail were outstanding. They meet you at the pier and drive you to their location. The driver gave us great tips for using the bus system in Aruba as the plan was to go to Arashi Beach after the JetLev. We grabbed lunch with our friends from NJ (whose son also did the JetLev) at a small joint by the beach - nothing special there. Afterwards, my daughter wanted to go back to the ship, so she and I took the bus back to the port while the rest took the bus in the other direction to Arashi Beach. Aruba is beautiful, and everyone had a great time. In Curacao we walked around town and did some shopping and sight-seeing - took it easy that day. We ate lunch at the Iguana Café along the canal next to the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge. We got to see the bridge open and close a few times while we ate. Pretty good food there - we pretty much dined on the appetizer menu and really enjoyed it. It is an easy walk from the ship. In Bonaire, we rented golf carts for the day from Bonaire Cruisers, and that is definitely the way to go. They are two blocks from the dock, and they gave us great directions and maps and off we went to explore the island. From the salt flats, flamingo sanctuary, the old slave quarters, the lighthouse, the windsurfers and all the divers, we really enjoyed the leisurely trip around Bonaire. Highly recommended. Disembarkation - things ran a little slowly as the escalator that takes you from the ship to customs broke down. There was about an hour delay getting off the ship as a result, but we got our bags and got thru customs with no problems. Overall, we loved this cruise and were ready to get right back on the ship when we disembarked. I highly recommend this itinerary Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We had a wonderful time on the newly refurbished Navigator. We chose this cruise because we had always wanted to see the ABC islands and this was a nice 9 day out of Miami, saving us airfare to Puerto Rico. We had sailed on Navigator ... Read More
We had a wonderful time on the newly refurbished Navigator. We chose this cruise because we had always wanted to see the ABC islands and this was a nice 9 day out of Miami, saving us airfare to Puerto Rico. We had sailed on Navigator before and were excited to see her after this impressive refit. We booked a balcony and travelled with my sister's family who has kids the same age as ours (10 and 12). We had adjoining rooms and were able to open the balcony door to share the space. As with anything there were some hits and some misses that I will summarize: Hits - the new water slides are great. By far the most fun we have tried at sea. The two person raft slide was perfect to go down with our kids. - the addition of a splash pad for the little ones was appreciated by several families - the new El Loco Fresh was a hit. Great tasting Tex Mex fajita style food that was included at no extra charge. Nicely located by the pool for lunch or a snack - the new sports bar was very popular - they actually had a professor of astronomy on board giving lectures. They were fascinating and our oldest loved it - the new ice show was a great production with some effects I've never seen before - The evening shows were entertaining. The Royal productions shows had very talented singers and dancers. The comedians were hysterical. - this itinerary was all we hoped for. We thought Aruba would be the highlight, but snorkeling at Bonaire was simply like swimming in an aquarium. Truly an unspoiled gem Misses - the new Johnny Rockets Express was disappointing. The food was good, but it is now an open area next to the pool. You lose the charm of dining in a 50's diner and no more dancing and singing staff. The pool noise was so loud that the manger actually had to unplug the speaker near Johnny's so that the staff could hear what people were ordering. - speaking of noise, I lost count of the number of people wearing noise cancellation at the pool deck. Someone had it turned to "11" ! - our cabin was disappointing. Our glass door to the balcony had a wind leak. We had maintenance out twice to fix, but they could never get a good seal. For a ship just out of dry dock, they had not fixed some of the basics. Also, the door that lets you merge two adjoining balconies would not latch and would bang around if you didn't keep it closed. Definite design issue here. - the ship definitely is more crowded. The staff told us that with the additional cabins and 3rd or 4th person bunks, they could cram an additional 1400 people on Navigator. You noticed it at show times, dinner seating and elevators. Not horrible, but definitely noticeable. - the crew as a whole seemed to be finding their feet. Not sure if it is because they came out of dry dock 2 weeks prior, but there seemed to be a lot of scrambling. Two of our dinners took 2 hours+ for no really good reason. Our cabin steward was simply the worst we ever had with Royal. Barely was seen and often didn't get to our rooms until lunch time and around 9:00pm at night - we wanted to do the Escape Room but had to pass. They charge $20 per person regardless of party size. If the 8 of us signed up it would be $160! We could do 4 escape rooms back home for that much. Also, no children under 12 were permitted, so we passed. I never talked with anyone that had done it the entire cruise. I'm guessing it won't be around long. - the Main Dining Room was good most of the time. My concern is that the menu choices seem to be fewer and fewer with each cruise. For all that, we had a wonderful time. I don't want to give the impression that I'm one of those people that complain they are on a cruise! Just want to give you an honest assessment. The ship is beautiful with lots of great spaces and features after this refit. The ABC's lived up to their billing! Nine days was just right for us!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We (a group of 31) chose this ship because of the "new water slide and water coaster." The ship was to be refurbished and greater than ever. The first original sailing on February 24th was canceled and RC should have canceled the ... Read More
We (a group of 31) chose this ship because of the "new water slide and water coaster." The ship was to be refurbished and greater than ever. The first original sailing on February 24th was canceled and RC should have canceled the next couple cruises. Only one water slide was open part of the time, the other leaked to the floors below. RC failed to check the air conditioning units on the ship while it was ported...it was extremely hot in the rooms, in the dinning areas, in the casino, in all areas. only 1/3 of the elevators worked and a few of the public restrooms were either closed or had water problems. The new cabanas on deck 12 were nice but the light fixtures in them were not secure, one fell on some of our group members and thankfully they didn't get hurt too badly. The next day, RC removed all of the light fixtures from the cabanas. The fitness centered was located on the deck...the room was not ready for equipment so they had a few things on the deck. We didn't have children with us but the children's areas did not open until March 6. The casino was so jam packed with chairs in both the table and slots areas that the folks using chairs could not possibly get through. The staff was very friendly as usual. Some of them were obviously just starting to work together, some of the tables took a very long time to get their dinners which were not what the people ordered. I found this to be very unusual since the dining staff is typically on top of things. It was so hot in the dining area that it was almost unbearable. I felt as if we were being forced to go dine at one of the pay restaurants... I was very disappointed that Royal Caribbean made the decision to set sail when it was obviously not ready. I would have rather rescheduled it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because of the 9 day itinerary. And because of how long we were in port at each stop. But unfortunately because Royal decided to set sale with the ship not being at 100% we did not get the full benefit. If you ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the 9 day itinerary. And because of how long we were in port at each stop. But unfortunately because Royal decided to set sale with the ship not being at 100% we did not get the full benefit. If you had a child on this cruise you were very disappointed, which we did in our group. Adventure Ocean did not open until the 7th day of our 9 day cruise. Royal should have disclosed this to families up front before they had us all on board. But the worst part was, they kept saying, "it will be open tomorrow", and it never was until the 7th day. Also the one water slide never opened when we were on board and the gym, which my husband would have used everyday, never opened. We all felt like they could have been more transparent of what work still wasn't done and let us make the choice if we still wanted to sale or reschedule. The food in the dining room was very good, once we got it. Most nights it was over an hour before we got our entrees, and one night was 1 hr. 40 minutes, with a 5 year old at our table. We also loved the entertainment they had on board. Great Comedians and shows. Also, we had a lot of fun in the casino. The Bar staff in the Casino were great and helped to make our trip. A big shout out to Alex, who over sees the Casino Bar, he was great! The Itinerary though was fabulous, we loved everyone of our stops and how long we got to spend at each place. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Pretty loyal to Royal and a very good cruise overall, but have to say I am disappointed in what I feel is a slippage in quality of food and communication. We booked this cruise about 8 months prior to departure. Brought our adult children ... Read More
Pretty loyal to Royal and a very good cruise overall, but have to say I am disappointed in what I feel is a slippage in quality of food and communication. We booked this cruise about 8 months prior to departure. Brought our adult children as well. 5 rooms total. Selected this particular ship for length of cruise and itinerary. Our room was a regular balcony. The children were all in various interior rooms. Let me start with the concerns. Navigator was coming out of dry dock after major renovations. The cruise before ours was cancelled because the ship was not ready. Many people were wondering if our cruise was going to sail or not. RCCL would have been wise to email all of us with an update and to assure the cruise was on but there was no communication at all. The upgrades were wonderful on the pool deck. Really liked the new look and vibe; however, one new water slide never opened on our cruise, the youth space never opened, and, most upsetting to me, was that the fitness center never opened. Additionally, there was NO communication from the ship’s staff about these closures nor if and when they would open. Daily trips to Guest Services and asking directly of Hotel Senior Staff members provided a variety of reasons and excuses for lack of openings but were always told they would open at some point during the cruise. They never did. Again, RCCL would have best served its guests by providing consistent, written, and proactive communication. The Guest Services Manager did not return my call to her so I had to track her down personally. She deferred me to corporate guest services, but after the cruise, corporate referred me back to the ship’s guest services. Being just shy of Diamond status, I found this lack of communication very unsettling and unprofessional. To cap it off, not once during the cruise did I receive any invitations or communication around being an Emerald member or any sense of welcome back to RCCL. This has left me questioning my loyalty to RCCL. Having sailed Holland America just before this cruise, I also felt the food in the Windjammer was subpar compared to HA’s wonderful buffet service. Main dining room food and service was quite good on Navigator though. Love the Mexican eatery on the pool deck. Ate there a lot. Enough of the concerns. Our balcony room was clean and spacious. Bathroom was the usual tight squeeze but I am used to this. The continual pool deck music and vibe were outstanding. Music was excellent at all venues. Entertainment for the shows was also pretty good. Room service was also solid. The theme nights were fun. The ice show was outstanding—went twice. Played laser tag—also fun. Couldn’t run on the outdoor jogging track—too crowded and temporary gym (7 machines) was less than excellent. The exercise bikes were found in 1-2 inches water every morning because of deck washing at night. Labadee (spelling?) beach was beautiful. Pretty crowded at lunch time and food was just okay. Our ports of call were all good though Bonaire stands out as exceptional after taking the water taxi out to Little Bonaire for snorkeling. Such blue waters and lots of fish. Everyone in our group had a lot of fun. There’s plenty to do on the ship during sea days. Getting on and off the ship was seamless. Everyone in our group was sad when the cruise ended and I think everyone would enjoy another another RCCL Cruise. My expectations are high though, especially after spending as much money as we did to make this cruise happen, and they were not fully met on this cruise. I am not sure if I will cruise RCCL again, even though I am one cruise away from Diamond status. This makes me sad because I have been loyal to Royal all these years. We’ll see. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
First cruise after it being refurbished. We chose this cruise because of its itinerary and it being 9 days. The renovations to the ship are very nice. Unfortunately some were not complete so, therefore, we didn’t get the full ... Read More
First cruise after it being refurbished. We chose this cruise because of its itinerary and it being 9 days. The renovations to the ship are very nice. Unfortunately some were not complete so, therefore, we didn’t get the full benefit. If I would of had children along I would have been disappointed because one of the slides was not operational yet and the children’s play areas were not complete. For 70 year olds that didn’t care about those things it was great. Food, service and entertainment were all excellent. We were traveling with a group of 12 and everyone had a great time. Small complaint was the first couple of nights were slow in the main dining room but it got better as the week went on. Also, the only movies offered in the cabin you had to pay for. There should be at least one or two movies a day you don’t have to pay for. About the only TV was MSNBC and Fox News. I know you are not on a cruise to watch TV but sometimes you like a little quiet time away from the crowds and music. They showed movies out on the pool deck but you couldn’t hear and who wants to sit in the hot sun to watch a movie. We did feel that the ship felt a little crowded. I don’t know if it was because some venues were not open yet and everyone was pushed into the areas that were but at times it was crowded. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We enjoy cruising at Christmas - no cooking, no planning, no decorating, just enjoying time together as an extended family. Last year during our Western Caribbean Christmas Cruise on the Rhapsody, we pre-booked this cruise. We were ... Read More
We enjoy cruising at Christmas - no cooking, no planning, no decorating, just enjoying time together as an extended family. Last year during our Western Caribbean Christmas Cruise on the Rhapsody, we pre-booked this cruise. We were looking forward to it as we've never been to the ABC islands. However, as we started looking at shore excursions, we found we were limited because we don't dive. We decided to just wing it at each port. More on that later. Miami proved to be a bit more difficult to get to - really having to fly from Atlanta rather than spend almost 4 days driving. But we flew into FLL and Uber-ed into Coconut Grove - the Hampton Inn there proved a great central location for exploring. We walked into the Grove for sightseeing and dinner the night before and the morning of our cruise, had a great private tour with John Simmons of Miami Native tours. He dropped us right at the port after several hours of highlights around Coral Gables and Miami. Embarkation was smooth in Miami and I appreciated the small cards RCCL gave out letting us know what was open for lunch and where things were as we boarded. Lunch in the Windjammer was a zoo that first day - I was disappointed they didn't offer limited service in the Sapphire Dining Room at least to alleviate some crowds. The Navigator itself is a beautiful ship. Public areas are well-decorated, offering comfortable seating options and stunning works of art. The Promenade is a nice touch but we found ourselves wishing it offered more variety of shops and restaurant/bars. We went to Two Poets for a drink shortly after sail-away and were surprised there was no food offered - even themed snacks would be a nice touch here & at Vintages (wine bar). My Black & Tan turned out pretty much all black, which was also a bit disappointing. Our assigned dinner was at 5:30 in the Sapphire and we enjoyed meeting our tablemates and server Raj and assistant waiter Sheik. Dinner was good, with 3-4 options in each category changing every night and the rest stable for the full 9 days. Some things could have been better - I ordered Vegetable Korma one evening and specified to Raj that I was not a fan of cauliflower, if they could limit the amount of that. I think he mis-understood as mine included 1 piece of carrot, a handful of peas, and all cauliflower. My husband's contained almost none of the white vegetable. This was not the first time that happened, but we did enjoy their service, especially when Sheik brought out his ukulele and serenaded our table! Throughout the cruise, we dined in Chops for the Holiday Dinner Christmas Eve (which was amazing), Chops again for dinner on night 8 (which left much to be desired although our server Mummah(?) was fantastic), Sabor (Stephen was terrific), and the Chef's Table which was also a special treat. We had lunch on day 9 at Izumi which was also well-prepared. Windjammer was nice, although we found we did not find the variety we've found before on previous RCCL travel. They offer a late-night snack at 9:30 of burgers, hot dogs, tacos, mac & cheese, pizza, fries. No major changes to this throughout the cruise. We know this because we were there every night, getting drinking water for our cabin. It seems like it was very difficult to find ice water on this particular RCCL ship - it's at the cafe in the Promenade, on the bar in the Solarium (although not cold), and in the Windjammer. As for Entertainment, they offered the usual variety of Trivia (which was hysterical thanks to Nicholas and Dominic as well as others on the Cruise Director's staff), shows (which varied and seemed to feature 3 nights of solo singers - a bit old after the first night), a Journey Tribute Band which was great, the Ice Dancing show (terrific!), Magician (good), Comedian (didn't see him), and Juggler (great). A guest lecturer told us about the history of each port, but they moved her location several times making it hard to find and honestly, once found, she was not a great presenter. They also offered some mild hit movies at the pool and in the theater, but they were at odd times for our schedule (at the pool just after Formal Dinner) so we didn't catch any of them sadly. Movies in the cabin run $12 which was a little disappointing as sometimes that's a nice break after a few hours in the sun. The New Year's Eve celebration at 10pm in the Promenade a few nights before the real thing was actually a lot of fun, featuring live music and a huge balloon drop with stomping to pop! Public areas overall seemed a bit crowded during our 4 days at sea. The Cosmopolitan Club on 14 was a favorite hangout for us to read but it was frequently closed for private functions. The lounges on Deck 4 would have provided a nice area to sit and read, but the Casino smoke lingered too much to be comfortable for long. The R-Bar was a great spot to catch up on reading or iPad game playing, but was frequently filled with tweens playing loud games. This cruise seemed to have a preponderance of unsupervised tween groups - more so than previous holiday cruises - and this led to a lot of games of "stop at every floor" on the elevators as they ran from level to level, pressing buttons. As for lounges in the evenings, the R-Bar was easy access for a pre-dinner drink, but we were horrified by some of the concoctions they served us! Before our Holiday Chops meal on Christmas Eve, mom & I ordered Dirty Martinis. These came out with an odd yellow color. When asked, our server explained it was because of the olive juice. No. I enjoy dirty martinis, even make them at home on special occasions. Olive juice is not yellow. Yup, tasted like someone added limoncello to a dirty martini. The cosmopolitans they brought instead were perfect though. Mom ordered a Kir (not Kir Royal she explained to them) and it still came in a champagne glass with cherry. No. Finally, one of the last evenings, we ordered Cosmos again because they were good the first time. This time they came out cloudy with orange slices. Yup - cranberry juice and orange juice. Not a cosmo. So the bartenders there definitely need some help with cocktail craft, but service was good. Shore excursions - the only ones we booked through the ship were on Labadee but the Kayak Adventure was well-executed and we enjoyed our time very much. We rented a clamshell (beach lounger for two) and a floating mat. Our tickets said to go to Adrenaline Beach but the Beach Loungers were a special section a good hike from there. There is a trolley to help get around the resort, but perhaps better directions would have helped. They gave us a hard time about getting a 3rd chair. There are 3 in my family - we've always done this & rotated our time in the sun, but this time they were not as friendly. We still enjoyed our time & really liked the Labadoozie specialty drink. Pool - as usual, the empty towels on chairs flooded the pool deck each day at sea. I was impressed to see notes left on some "saved" that RCCL noted the time and said they would remove the items after X time. However, it was not consistent or enforced. Once, which reading in the Cosmopolitan Club for almost 2 1/2 hours, I eyed a set of 4 empty towel chairs in a prime sunny spot. One person came & sat on one for about 3 minutes while re-applying sunscreen, but they sat unwrinkled the whole time while I watched a woman fold a towel nearby to sit on the ground against a pole to take advantage of the sun. Overall, this cruise was enjoyed by all - from 15 1/2 to 75 1/2 year olds. We all felt very relaxed and caught up on a lot of reading. Bring games and your own entertainment - especially if you're not planning to gamble, surf, ice skate, or rock climb. I would recommend it, especially if you plan to take advantage of the diving opportunities in these islands. Well-done RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Overall, the ship was very accommodating. A few bumps in the road but overall, another great cruise. Folks were very helpful as I navigated the elevator, etc. in a scooter. I was traveling with a torn meniscus and didn't want to ... Read More
Overall, the ship was very accommodating. A few bumps in the road but overall, another great cruise. Folks were very helpful as I navigated the elevator, etc. in a scooter. I was traveling with a torn meniscus and didn't want to cancel the cruise. Even though we had an interior cabin, the crew took the scooter for me each evening to charge it since it wouldn't fit adequately in the cabin. We had some issues in the My Time dining with a table next to us that was quite loud and demanding so we had to be moved. It caused our waiter to give us less than stellar service but we brought it to their attention and then things improved. We are going on the ship when it comes out of dry dock to see the improvements. Overall, crew was friendly but some were less than professional - the future cruise desk personnel my husband spoke with was beyond incompetent. The ship looked pretty good for her age. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was our first cruise with RC. We chose this ship for the itinerary: ABC islands. Unfortunately, we could not dock in Aruba due to high winds, but hey, it's Mother Nature. No one really wanted to go to Nassau AGAIN....but at ... Read More
This was our first cruise with RC. We chose this ship for the itinerary: ABC islands. Unfortunately, we could not dock in Aruba due to high winds, but hey, it's Mother Nature. No one really wanted to go to Nassau AGAIN....but at least the captain found us another port...HA! We arrived at the Miami port around noon. We were in our cabin by 1:30! Luggage did not come to our room until about 5:30 though. No worries, my daughter and I were having a Swedish massage in the spa. We both had an excellent experience and were not pressured to buy spa products. Make sure you book online before the cruise to get one of the better deals offered. The Spa staff was very nice. Our cabin steward, Peter, was VERY efficient. He brought ice every day and was able to secure an extra chair for our balcony. The bed was quite comfy, and the cabin was clean, but I did notice a musty odor from time to time so when my husband wasn't there to be the energy police, I opened the balcony door and let the sea breeze in for a few minutes. We ate on the 4th deck in MDR several nights. We had excellent service from our waiter, Hemanshu, and his assistant, Jaya. Overall, the food was hot but was not memorable for dinner. We enjoyed the Galley Tour/Bottomless Champagne Brunch in the MDR with our guide, Chef Scion Frame. He was great and everyone seemed to respect him. The food was delicious and we enjoyed talking to our table guests. We also enjoyed the MDR for lunch on sea days. We enjoyed the food in Windjammer for dinner more than eating in the MDR, even though we missed seeing Hemanshu and Jaya. While dining in the Windjammer, we were impressed that several "managers" came by to ask if our service and experience was good. We tried to go when they were not as crowded. I was not that impressed with Promenade Cafe and pizza. I ordered continental breakfast twice and room service was prompt and polite. We traveled April 13-22 and there were NOT many children and basically all college students were finishing up classes and getting ready for exams. My husband and I are retired school teachers, and our daughter is a pediatric dentist, so we were thrilled that there was only a small herd of tweens running around from time to time. The "older" crowd was very polite and well mannered ...except for, as mentioned by others, those selfish solarium slugs who stored their towels on the lounge chairs 24/7. My daughter said that the Solarium was where old people went to die...HA! Glad we had a balcony. As far as entertainment, we enjoyed the World Champion Ballroom dancers (husband and wife) who also taught people how to salsa; the comic; the comedian juggler was hilarious; young Elvis impersonator; and Las Vegas tenors. The NOS orchestra was fantastic, but the singers and dancers were average. The ice show was also impressive; be sure to get there early (people were lined up 45 minutes before). I was disappointed that there wasn't more line dancing and fun by the pool ...but I guess Carnival is the FUN ship---LOL! Indoor movies in Metropolis and outdoor movies were good....but NO POPCORN:( Overall, I thought the cruise director, Simona, did a nice job. Other info: Gym facilities were clean, but the staff were not very friendly the couple of times we were there...always talking on the phone or to each other. I wasn't super impressed with guest services or shore excursion staff. Photographers were not pushy and intrusive but their services were poor---kiosks/computers half worked and people lined up while staff "acted" like they were doing something. Kudos to the cabin stewards and food service folks---who despite their long work days, were always smiling and greeting us . Overall, I was impressed with the cleanliness of the ship considering the thousands on board. Based on previous reviews, I thought the ship would be in much worse shape. It is obvious that refurbishing is in process. I saw people painting and carpeting looked new. I saw "officers" walking around discussing renovations, too. We enjoyed a nice relaxing beach day on Labadee. We were off the ship and sitting under a palm tree on the bay side by 8:30. We quickly walked through the shopping area. And yes, don't go if you don't want to be harrassed a bit, but I certainly didn't encounter any "thugs" as someone else posted. In fact, the fellows we talked to were quite nice after we told them we weren't going to buy anything because we were trying to get rid of things in our house. They did manage a small purchase from our daughter though. We decided to return to the ship about 1:00 and eat in the Windjammer. If you want to avoid crowds and sunburn, getting up early is the way to go in Labadee. In Willemstad we just toured with one of the groups that you can't miss right when you get off the ship. For about $20 a person we had a three hour tour in a small bus with AC. The tour included a stop at the distillery. My only regret is that I didn't buy a bottle of Blue Curacao liqueur. We had very personable tour guides on both the bus and at the distillery. After the bus tour, we toured the Kura Hulanda Museum on our own. It was quite an experience. We paid a few dollars extra for a personal guide. OMG! We were there for about three hours ...and the museum is not that big. The guide was very detailed, and he kept saying that most people do not know the history of slavery, but we hung in there until the very end. I don't know if he spent that much time with us because we were the only people there or what, but his lecture was INTENSE. No need to tell him that my husband and I both taught history, but we respected his passionate perspective. After touring the museum, we walked across the Queen Emma Bridge and spent about 45 minutes window shopping before heading back to the ship. Our favorite port was Kralendijk. We liked the laid back atmosphere, friendly people, and less commercialized feeling there compared to Willemstad. We went on the Double Dip Snorkel excursion on the Sea Cow. I had tried to book this myself but was informed they were full. Then something miraculously was arranged through RC shore excursions and we snagged it. Although the day was cloudy, we had a delightful experience with Henk, Gea, and the gang. When we got back to the ship about 10:30 many people were just getting off. We showered, ate lunch, and then walked around town. We would definitely go back to Bonaire. We had no problem with debarkation because we were one of the many who carried off our own luggage. We left our room at 7:30 ---yes, the biggest problem was getting on the crowded elevator so we finally rode up to ride down to deck 4 for the mass exodus. We were off the ship by 8:30. The early bird gets the worm. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We have been on approximately 11 cruises, seven of which have been on RCCL. We chose this cruise because it was going to four places we had never been to before. We will remember this cruise for all the wrong reasons. While this cruise ... Read More
We have been on approximately 11 cruises, seven of which have been on RCCL. We chose this cruise because it was going to four places we had never been to before. We will remember this cruise for all the wrong reasons. While this cruise had a number of minor annoyances, the two major issues were the fact that the cruise to Aruba did not go to Aruba, and the snorkeling excursion in Bonaire did not permit us to snorkel. We purchased the shore excursion well in advance. One week before sailing, RCCL arbitrarily changed the minimum age for snorkeling, so my youngest son was not able to snorkel. We were told he could sit on the beach, but he would not be allowed to enter the water. The Aruba issue had to do with weather, and I understand ship safety, but this cruise was two years in the planning and was selected because of the destinations. I can live with the above issues, but the customer service I received after the cruise is what has really frustrated me. The goal of customer service is generally to diffuse these types of situations. Every time I spoke to someone I was left more agitated. The responses were almost robotic with no ability to relate to people. They have absolutely no appreciation for long time customers or the impact a bad experience can have on a family. I will not be sailing RCCL ever again. Related to the ship directly, here are some of my issues: No self-service soda machines. I had to wait at a bar every time I wanted a soda. When I asked about it, I was told by a bartender it was so we could get excellent service. My experience was that it had the exact opposite affect. Bad experience at the Windjammer. It was hard to get a table, and long lines for items cooked to order. I am an early riser, and I was surprised to find that the Windjammer did not open until 7:00 am on some days, but what was more frustrating was that the doors to the Windjammer and the main dining room never opened on time. It was often five to ten minutes after the scheduled opening time that doors actually opened. Not a lot to do for the kids. No water slides or kids aquatic area. My youngest son likes mini-golf. The course is in rough shape, and one morning it was littered with broken glass from an adult beverages. We had connecting promenade view staterooms. While you could not hear regular activity and traffic, you could hear major activity, such as when they were having shows in the promenade. Some kind of disco party kept us awake on night. Anyway, as I mentioned, we will not be cruising on RCCL again, but if we did, it would likely not be on the Navigator of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise because I'm never ready to get off the ship on seven day cruises and this was a nine day. Just right!! Port of Miami is a nightmare. Every time that we go out of Miami there is some kind of debacle. We arrived ... Read More
We chose this cruise because I'm never ready to get off the ship on seven day cruises and this was a nine day. Just right!! Port of Miami is a nightmare. Every time that we go out of Miami there is some kind of debacle. We arrived at 10;30 documents and passports in hand. We were quickly checked in and given our seapass cards. Then, as in the past were not permitted to board. We stood in a massive line for two hours. This is our eighteenth cruise and we have never run into this at any other port. They need to either have a waiting room with seating, or have the ship/and boarding later after the ship has been cleared/cleaned and ready to receive passengers. We have been on two of the sister ships of the Navigator of the Seas and always enjoyed the size of the ships. The ship was clean and nicely decorated. We had a balcony on deck seven. Our room and balcony were larger than usual and our room steward was outstanding. We did have an "issue" with our mattress, however. The one side was perfect and the other side had a bunch of hard lumps. Our room steward did try to fix the problem with some success. We loved the staff on this ship! As stated earlier, our cabin steward was the best. The staff in the Windjammer was very friendly and helpful and the food was great. The food and staff in the main dining room was good also, however there was hardly any variety from day to day and the staff was clearly short-handed, and rushed. There was some compromise on the service in the main dining room because of the short-handed staff. We also ate in Chops Grill one night. The food and service was good but I don't know if it was worth the extra money. The entertainment was "good" the ice show outstanding. We went to the beach in Curacao. It was nice and clean and there was plenty of shade for my easily sunburned spouse. This was our first time in Bonaire. We booked an excursion to Spice Beach. VERY disappointed with the old run-down not air conditioned school bus that was sent to pick us up, driven by the aloof driver. No help, no conversation. Spice Beach Resort has a nice bar/restaurant and a large pool. This beach is perfect for snorkelers, not swimming as it is rough coral then a five foot drop off. There were lots of beautiful fish to see while snorkeling. Our stop in Aruba was canceled because of the weather there. We went to Nassau instead and although we have been there countless times, we have never been to Pearl Island. This turned out to be the nicest excursion on the whole cruise. It's beautiful in every way---so glad we discovered it. We stayed in Miami an extra day so we were not in a big rush to get off of the ship. We had breakfast and waited our turn and found our luggage easily due to the new system. All in all it was a nice cruise, however if Royal Caribbean keeps cutting back they will have to change their name to Ordinary Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Excellent service, Awesome ship, Amazing trip altogether. The best cruise ever taken. I would recommend Navigator of the Sea! Staff are extremely helpful, polite, genuine. My adult children loved trying out the Flow Rider Wake pool. ... Read More
Excellent service, Awesome ship, Amazing trip altogether. The best cruise ever taken. I would recommend Navigator of the Sea! Staff are extremely helpful, polite, genuine. My adult children loved trying out the Flow Rider Wake pool. Always something to do nomatter your age. Well planned activities. The staff give it their all always. We are mostly in the Sapphire main dining room. The food and service was exceptional. We sat with the same waiter every night. They made you feel special. The Royal Promenade Deck 5 was really nice. We gathered there every night. We had pre-dinner drinks in their lounges. A very nice atmosphere. Met a lot of interesting people from all over the world. Exchanged our stories.The pool area was very busy. Had a hard time finding a chair in the shade for myself. I wish this area was better suppervised or they offered more shaded areas. Ok for sun worshipers like my kids but when you enjoy the sunshine but need to be in the shade. People would reserve their chair in the morning and not leave it for the entire day. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
First time Royal cruise, most likely the last. 8 prior Princess Cruises, going back to Princess. The food was mediocre. Desserts are tasteless and dry. Cafe promenade is the only food venue open after 9:00 pm after events such as ... Read More
First time Royal cruise, most likely the last. 8 prior Princess Cruises, going back to Princess. The food was mediocre. Desserts are tasteless and dry. Cafe promenade is the only food venue open after 9:00 pm after events such as theater shows. The cafe has the exact same sandwiches every night, and exact same boring and tasteless desserts each night. It’s a small seating area. The pool area was jammed packed with people being allowed to save every chair by 7 a.m. each day and leaving the chairs “saved” for hours with no one ever coming to sit on many. Numerous passengers complained , although nothing was done by staff. They even have a 30 minute rule that is not adhered to. Staff not friendly and in Windjammer & even dining room staff didn’t clean me around to ask about drinks and we had to ask for coffee in the dining room. Embarkation we got off the elevator and could move no further. Next elevator down, those passengers were stuck in elevator with no where to go. We were jammed up for 45 min. An older lady wad crying another lady panicking because Air was beginning to get stifling. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise for the Itinerary first Aruba, Bonaire, Curacoa and Labadee... Let me start with the Islands, Labadee other than the locals hounding you to buy merchandise (we did buy some stuff to help out as this is a poor ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the Itinerary first Aruba, Bonaire, Curacoa and Labadee... Let me start with the Islands, Labadee other than the locals hounding you to buy merchandise (we did buy some stuff to help out as this is a poor Island) the set up here is very nice, Nice beach, OK not great BBQ lunch, drinks can be bought on sign and sail card. IF you want to do anything other than just swim and enjoy the water $$$$ depending on what you choose. Aruba we did the Depalma Island this was worth the money spent free lunch buffet or Grill items (breakfast if you make it there early) Free drinks, Burgers, chicken and ribs were good. Snorkeling was great (this was free). Water slides for kids, banana boat (free). Snuba extra $$ Bonaire we just walked through the town and straw type market with local vendors, Not pushy at sll. Curacoa we did a tour with the beach this was a very nice set up to swim and relax. Food and Drinks and lounge extra $ Now for the ship the Good- Crew was extremely friendly and very attentive Food was good, Windjammer got a little stale same breakfast every morning, lunch they tried to mix it up. Dinner in the Dining room we had Succoro and Rene excellent very attentive to our needs and made very good suggestions for dinner Not so Bad- Ship is ready to be refurbished in some areas this was evident but the crew continuously worked painting etc... and the staff tried to keep it picked up after all the passengers. Bad- Very must and moldy smelling in many areas, Only saw the cruise director in the evening or on TV. There were very few announcements on what was going on during the day or evening. Entertainment never attended any when we found them they were started or getting over. During the day they had scrapbooking, cards, napkin folding, Salsa lessons, some trivia We are not the scrapbooking, card playing, napkin folding type... Salsa and trivia could not be found until it was almost over. Disembarkation was a mess very unorganized- We did self assist they had us out on the promenade for over an hour and when we got inside they had several other lines merging into our line... Talk about some upset guest!!! If you go on this ship at least you MUST be married to your daily paper for activities, (we never received ours until well into the after noon).. that was hard trying to find things to do. We generally cruise Carnival and will go back due to the fact that they seem better organized, and there is so much to do that you have to choose what you really want to do. they also give you announcements telling you when things are happening. Almost for got to mention the Clubs the Teen Club for out 16 year old son was full of tweens so he did not go there. Flow Rider was packed and rock climbing also. So 16 year old made friends and stayed at pool and jacuzzie, played basket ball.. Club for age 11 catered to mostly the Younger ones in that group so our 11 year old was bored and did not attend after the first day All in all.. Loved the Islands... Ship and RCL just Ok. I have Friends and RCL is all they Cruise. This was my 3rd trip with them and will return to Carnival Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We were not impressed with our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We expected it to be higher quality than the Princess and Norwegian cruises we usually take. It wasn’t. In fact, it was of lesser quality and just above Carnival, in our ... Read More
We were not impressed with our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We expected it to be higher quality than the Princess and Norwegian cruises we usually take. It wasn’t. In fact, it was of lesser quality and just above Carnival, in our view. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly. Dining: The meals were uninspired. Most menu selections were typical restaurant fare—nothing special—and repeated night after night. We were annoyed by breakfast in the dining room when they tried to steer us towards a buffet set up in the dining room. My wife ordered waffles with a carmel sauce from the menu and was told to get it herself from the buffet! If we wanted the buffet, we would not have gone to the dining room! Service at all meals was mediocre. The staff was friendly and helpful, but they simply had too many tables assigned to them to provide good service. Another negative was that the buffet and soft ice cream machines shut down at 9 pm! We couldn’t believe it. Also, they ran out of grapefruit halfway through the cruise. Teen Club: Our daughter was in the 12-14 year olds. This club was terrible! Worst of any cruise we have been on. The staff was lazy and didn’t bother coordinating many of the activities that were planned. In addition, they had few supplies. For example, for a bandana-decorating activity, they had exactly 4 bandanas. For 20 kids. Pitiful and inexcusable. Entertainment: The Royal Caribbean singers and dancers were very average. Also, the major entertainment on Saturday night was a decent comic, but he only did 30 minutes! Really? RC couldn’t spring for a 45-50 minute set? Sad. There were some positives: The morning Zumba class was excellent. The ship excursion in Aruba (Pelican sailing beach and snorkel tour) was very good. The temperature on the ship was generally comfortable, not ice cold like we’ve experienced on many other ships. The rock climbing wall and FlowRider were fun, though the latter typical had a 20-30 minute wait. Last note: Other cruisers told us that one must get on the newer and bigger RC ships (i.e. more expensive cruises) to get the experience RC is known for and that we were expecting. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the date and itinerary. We were traveling with our older kids, in their 20s. Embarkation was OK, but it always feels a bit disappointing when there is no one to even great you as you walk on board. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the date and itinerary. We were traveling with our older kids, in their 20s. Embarkation was OK, but it always feels a bit disappointing when there is no one to even great you as you walk on board. If you are a new cruiser, you don't really know where to go, what to do. There was no one on board as we walked in. We proceeded to the cabins as they were ready. The highlight of my cruise was my junior suite. I absolutely loved it. Our kids were in an Oceanview. The Navigator is looking a bit tired. It was my 3rd time on it. I am a diamond member on RCL but recently have mostly been sailing Celebrity. This cruise reminded me of why. What was most disappointing was the fact that in the afternoon, you can't get food anywhere, except the promenade cafe. Between 3:30 and 6:00 pm. So pizza, for which there is always a huge line up and they are constantly running out, or pre-done sandwiches. My daughter is Vegan and unlike our recent celebrity cruises, feeding her was a challenge. I asked if we could get a sandwich that would suit her, but we were told yes, but we would have to come back the next day for it…. Main dining room was also a challenge for her. On day 4 of 9, after I complained, we finally got them to acknowledge her diet. Drink service was slow. The first 3 nights we were never offered coffee or tea, and not until after dessert. On the 4th night, I said, I really like my coffee WITH my dessert. They brought it to me, but never offered anyone else. Service got better around day 6. I must say that I believe this was due to poor leadership from the head waiter. He was so unpleasant, and creepy that I can't imagine the staff working under his guidance. He would come to our table and hover, stand there, and really not helpful at all. Entertainment was good, the ports excellent. The staff at the front desk very helpful. our cabin attendant, was very moody and as a result, I reduced the tips. I rarely do so, but up until the very last minute, she was up and down. Disembarkation was a disaster, but this was due to issues in there terminal building. Although, I do hate being yelled at like a piece of cattle in the morning. It was really unpleasant. I know the staff does this day in, day out, but it's their job and the staff that would greet you as you got off the elevator were really rude. It's early, everyone is carrying stuff, it's the end of the vacation and being treated like this really takes away from the good vacation memory. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our 6th cruise and our first with Royal Caribbean. We traveled with other immediate family, adult children and friends. We booked this cruise based on the length of cruise and especially the destinations, which were all ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise and our first with Royal Caribbean. We traveled with other immediate family, adult children and friends. We booked this cruise based on the length of cruise and especially the destinations, which were all wonderful. The ship was beautiful and spacious and offered numerous activities. Our stateroom attendant and our Sapphire dining head waiter and assistant waiter were all fantastic. The Sapphire dining food menu was repetitive on numerous nights and some of the food wasn't as tasteful as I would have expected for a main dining room. The open buffet dining in the Windjammer was Very Good and (with the exception of the lobster meal)was much better. This 9 day cruise had 3 days at sea which we chose to spend primarily at the pool areas, and specifically the adult pool / hot tub area. Only once at anytime on this entire cruise was there a roving bar server that actually took and delivered our drink orders for us, which has not been our experience on any of our other cruises. We also felt that there were many services / activities that required additional payments vs being included in the actual package price of the cruise. Our group always looks forward to the headliner shows / entertainment on board and on this ship it was mediocre at best. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The ship was huge and it never felt crowded even though there were lots of people on it. Always enough staff around to assit with anything. Cabin was nice, spacious. no complaints Entertainment....Headliners, comedians were ... Read More
The ship was huge and it never felt crowded even though there were lots of people on it. Always enough staff around to assit with anything. Cabin was nice, spacious. no complaints Entertainment....Headliners, comedians were awesome and super funny. The band was really great but the horn players were excellent!! There is always something to do esp in the evening. The service was really good. Honestly great except one particular woman "cashier" in the Casino but not going to let that efect the overall experience. Bartenders are all great!! friendly and fast service. DO your homework on ports of call before you get on the ship. I rented a car on Curacao and Bonaire so we could explore the beaches and snorkel. If you know in advance the best beaches you will save time trying to figure out last min while driving. RESERVE your car rental in advance. It took almost 1 and half hour in Curacao to rent a car, remeber its island time and they dont have many employees. Just one usually who checks you in, then brings you to the car then goes back to the next person waiting. Plus they will usually sell out of cars before you even get to sit down. You can do tours with the ship or walk around and find your own for less cost but you should book ahead of time (at home) before you arrive. DON'T Sleep in when at port. There is not enough time to explore and shop, eat ETC if you are taking your time. Don't be late getting back give yourself ATLEAST 30 mins spare time before you're supposed to get back incase of traffice or unforseen issues. My son is 12 and luckily Royal Carribean pts them in the teen group. So 12- and up. HE LOVED IT!!! so many kids and they have so much to do including their own dinner nights. Its not the same when you have a 12 year old who has to go in 12 and under group like some other cruises do. Let them be young adults and have fun!!! I met most of the kids he hung out with and they were all just happy to kinda do thier own thing when you let them. Don't forget your digital underwater- waterproof camera. a must have for these beautiful islands. Hope this review helped :-) Have fun!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We booked this cruise October 2017 with the RC UK doing BOGO Half Price plus free all-inclusive. It was a no-brainer for us as we loved the ABC island previously visiting them with Carnival. Plus it was a good opportunity to try the ... Read More
We booked this cruise October 2017 with the RC UK doing BOGO Half Price plus free all-inclusive. It was a no-brainer for us as we loved the ABC island previously visiting them with Carnival. Plus it was a good opportunity to try the competition. After two cruises with Carnival and a couple with the European Cruise Line TUI, we think that we will be future "Loyal to Royal" cruisers. We got to Port of Miami for about 1030 and was on board for 1110, very quick and easy. We were some of the first people on board. Making full use of the All Inclusive! I have to admit the ship is outstanding! the biggest ship we have been on to date, we often looked down the Royal Promenade and thought how does this float? The ships main areas such as the dining room, promenade and Atrium still look pretty fresh and up to date, however in the rooms you can see slight age and wear and tear. The sofa, in particular, has seen better days and the dated 00's woodwork also shows the ships true age. The main thing for us was that the room was clean, which it certainly was by our steward Raul. I understand the ship is due a dry dock refurb next year so I will look forward to the result. Food was pretty good on the ship and this along with the service is basically was has swung us to Royal. Windjammer was the usual buffet food, nice mixture of everything. Food looked fresh and well presented. The crew were always about asking if you wanted tea, coffee at breakfast and cold drinks at lunch. Only thing I didn't rate was the breakfast, no eggs Bennie was a gripe of mine at the Windjammer as we don't usual have that served much in the UK. We often went to Cafe Promenade for a quick continental Breakfast along with a iced coffee (AI) The main dinning room was fab, the decor centered around this amazing chandelier was wonderful, our waiters Elvis and Igor made our holiday. We were a 8pm sitting and where the only ones at a 8 top table, fortunately for us we were treated like kings and made a fuss over. Both were very down to earth and attentive. Igor had a promotion one of the nights and told us he was getting promoted to Waiter from Assistant. Good Luck to him! Entertainment was a bit of a let down apart from the Ice Skating show which was outstanding, a true highlight of the 9 days. The Royal Caribbean production was such a let down. Especially the Ball Room fever... by any means I am not hard to please, however it was that bad we walked out, as did others. We heard people joking in the elevators about the two male singers, they were awful. The dancers were pretty good but. We had a juggler and a Comedian. We stayed away from the RC productions after this. Carnivals Entertainment was far superior. Cuddy was ok, he seemed very scripted, I know this is the norm with a cruise director but you could really tell he was saying the same jokes for the last three months. It sounds very blunt but he didn't really add anything to my cruise. People who have been moaning about this ship, cannot take away the fact that this ship has had some of the friendliest crew members I have ever sailed with. We loved Boleros, the guys and gals were wonderful, always smiling and making up drinks for you when you wanted something new. Everyone from the bar staff all the way to guest services was great. I cannot comment on the officers and we did not see any of them once in the full 9 days we were there. We once seen the captain on the Carnival Liberty with his kids at the buffet at night, along with others. Carnival seem to be very actively meeting guest or at least be seen. All the ports of call where what we expected as we have been before, except Labadee which was pretty awesome. Very pretty and relaxing. Overall I don't have any major complaints about the ship or service. We have been looking at RC next year and are considering one of the Oasis class ships. Hopefully they will bring back the free All Inclusive upgrade for 2019. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our ninth cruise in the Caribbean; the entertainment on the ship was fine, a good crowd overall friendly and inviting. The meals in the dinning room were of decent quality with excellent service. The buffet was the same cheap ... Read More
This was our ninth cruise in the Caribbean; the entertainment on the ship was fine, a good crowd overall friendly and inviting. The meals in the dinning room were of decent quality with excellent service. The buffet was the same cheap offering daily low quality meats with cold "warm meals" it was the same offering every day with no change, although we found breakfast and the evening meal to be enough. All the ports were very good and the weather was great. The excursions we chose were well worth the money spent and we enjoyed each one. Our Balcony room was clean and well maintained. There are too many areas where "smoking" is permitted and it was a problem, On the pool deck area they allow smoking along the one side of the ship so if the wind is blowing the wrong way the smoke goes everywhere. There are bars where you can't walk by because the smoke is so heavy and the Casino in one large blue cloud of smoke with open entrance ways at each end where the smoke travels freely as well as the staircase up to the promonode where the smoke just wafts out to the cafe area. It seems that Royal Caribbean does not have a concern with the fact that " second hand smoke kills". Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
the room was nice, the islands were beautiful the staff was pleasant, but the food on the buffet was one step above prison food. The steak house was good, The Italian restaurant was a hit or miss one day good the next horrible. The buffet ... Read More
the room was nice, the islands were beautiful the staff was pleasant, but the food on the buffet was one step above prison food. The steak house was good, The Italian restaurant was a hit or miss one day good the next horrible. The buffet was always in need of cleaning, and the staff ignored it. So food was always on the counters and floors, not very appealing. and we were nickeled and dimed everywhere we turned. We had a son hop and I word a hot pink poodle skirt with a matching shirt scarf socks and saddle shoes, we had a photo taken and without telling us the photographer took one in black and white. Then could not understand why we were upset with it. Other than that the cruise was with a singing group so there was always something to do , with 4 private concerts for those who booked with them. Not enough chairs near the pool, but plenty of pool room. The promenade was awesome with a circus parade the last day. All in all the cruise was a success because of the singing group we booked with. We have already booked the next cruise with them. It is not with Royal. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We used to love Royal Caribbean, and maybe it's just the smaller ships that are not as good as they used to be. We loved Allure when we were on it 3 years ago, but Navigator was a disappointment. We were not overly happy with the ... Read More
We used to love Royal Caribbean, and maybe it's just the smaller ships that are not as good as they used to be. We loved Allure when we were on it 3 years ago, but Navigator was a disappointment. We were not overly happy with the food (not much flavor to the meat) and the lack of variety on the dinner menu. It seemed like the same items every night, with maybe one or two different options. The service was great, but the food wasn't. There was only one show a night, so not much to do after it ended at 8:45. The headliners were pretty good, but the ships dancers were not all that great. The orchestra was wonderful.... really great musicians. There was music all over the shipping the evenings (which was always great) but not enough places to sit and listen to it. There were two "adult"shows, but one wasn't until 11:00. Not much to do between 8:45 and 11:00. The ship seemed over crowded all the time, from embarkation until the last day. The Windjammer was packed to the gills all day......hard to find seating. "Main Street" was a mass of people, and leaving the theater was a total road jam. Not planned well. There was no Captains party or cocktail party for returning guests. We will either try other cruise lines or only do the mega ships. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I have tried a couple other cruises, but NO ONE comes close to the people that work for Royal Caribbean.. The ships are very well maintained, The foods is over the top, and the choices are never ending, I enjoy just being on the ship ... Read More
I have tried a couple other cruises, but NO ONE comes close to the people that work for Royal Caribbean.. The ships are very well maintained, The foods is over the top, and the choices are never ending, I enjoy just being on the ship because of all the actives that are offered, if you like shows there is something for everyone, comedy game shows and more. The shore excursions are great and not a bad price, if you are on a budget there are still things to see and do on and off the ship, if you have children there is a game room for them when you are at sea and the crew will interact with the children as well, We have cruised with family and friends aging from teens to 75 year olds and everyone had something to do at all times. If you are traveling alone it is a great place to meet new people and make new friends, since we really started cruising 10 years ago we have met the GREATEST people and have made some life long friends that we still travel with and keep in contact with.. Happy Cruising and I hope we run into you on our next cruise.. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
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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