35 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Fitness Cruise Reviews

The Navigator of the Seas this cruise was exceptional! From the moment you arrive at the Southampton Cruise Terminal the customer service made getting our luggage and ourselves so quickly and easily. All rooms were ready at 1:00 PM. ... Read More
The Navigator of the Seas this cruise was exceptional! From the moment you arrive at the Southampton Cruise Terminal the customer service made getting our luggage and ourselves so quickly and easily. All rooms were ready at 1:00 PM. CABINS- The cabin was clean, stocked and the attendant catered to every need. The beds were super surprisingly comfortable for both my husband and I . The cabin was well insulated and we slept soundly every night. We had absolutely not one issue with our cabin. We wished we would have upgraded to a balcony to get the cool north sea breeze into our room but we didn't think about it . FOOD-The food was exceptional as well. EVERYWHERE. From the windjammer we decided to eat there most evenings. The chef Joseph on this ship prepared fresh fish and chips for our table with different fish every night. This was not the norm. He saw how we enjoyed them on day one and they were not on the menu any other night so he brought a platter each night. Another aspect of the food was they really took great care and made the food comparable to the ports. Like we were in Germany and they had sausages...The mornings they made sure the English and different Europeans had their traditional foods available as well . (We are Americans). The Cafe Promenade Coffee was one of our favorites. They had ILLY coffee which we loved! We highly encourage you to purchase the beverage package. We added it up and even though my husband doesn't drink alcohol by end of day two it paid for itself. The bottles of water , spring, or sparkling was available all day and on the excursions as well. The wines they poured were premium wines. We didn't see one cheap bottle the whole cruise. We did eat in two specialty restaurants. Chops Grille..yes go! and Giovanni ended up being our favorite! We had steak there as well and they brought all the superb Italian entrees as side dishes for us to try. On Board Activities - highly recommend the Sushi Making Class! Flow Rider was a big hit for my husband! He surfed in the North Sea.. SHOWS and Entertainment-They also took great care in the movies they selected. They were for the region we were cruising to and from, We would wrap up on blankets on the pool deck (get your blankets early this was surprisingly popular) and wrap up and watch the movies. The north sea wind didn't stop anyone! It was very fun. Nice Quiet areas- our favorites areas for solitude was the solarium. We love children but this is a nice quiet area for adults. The steam and Sauna we used daily. I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful the ports and cities we visited. I highly recommend the excursion Lubeck in Germany. We enjoyed the service on this ship. It was comforting at night to watch the TV with the cruise director and activities director informing us about the next day , very helpful Read Less
Sail Date May 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
BACKGROUND I am writing this on the day we returned from the cruise, so everything is still pretty fresh on my mind. Our second cruise with Royal Caribbean was again outstanding. Our first was just my wife an I on a honey moon. We loved ... Read More
BACKGROUND I am writing this on the day we returned from the cruise, so everything is still pretty fresh on my mind. Our second cruise with Royal Caribbean was again outstanding. Our first was just my wife an I on a honey moon. We loved it and wished to go back with the family. This time, about 7 years later, was with my 2 small children, my parents, my brother, his wife and 3 children. Amazing experience overall. Loved it. Wish I had brought walkie-talkies to communicate. BOARDING We came from Fort Lauderdale on I-95, so we followed Google until we took exit 2D to I-395. This was key as Google told us to go through another way. We simply followed the signs for Port Miami through the Tunnel and got there easily. Once we arrived at the terminal, our bags were immediately taken by the terminal staff. Next we made our way through customs and checked into the ship. Even though my dad forgot his SeaPass print out, we were in the ship within 25 minutes of arriving. Which was very speedy in my opinion. CABIN The cabin was small, but they made great use of the space. I got the most inexpensive interior cabin, so I expected it to be small, however, we slept on the king size bed and my kids were each on their own bunk above the main bed. They loved it and so did we. FOOD Great food, both at the Windjammer and at the Main Dining Room. There was absolutely no need for the specialty restaurants, in my opinion. Vegetarian options for my wife, very actually very delicious as well. ENTERTAINMENT - SPORTS ACTIVITIES Very, very fun. Participated in 2 soccer tournaments and a ping pong tournament with my dad. Lots of fun and medals were awarded. It was competitive, but not rough or professional. Also played basketball with him and a fellow cruise goer on the first night. Rock climbing was fun for my wife and I, and FlowRider was very fun as well. ENTERTAINMENT - CHILDRENS' ACTIVITIES Not great on this ship for us. The arcade was high priced and over in the blink of an eye. Also, we don't really like leaving our kids with anyone, especially someone we do not know. I do wish there were more family oriented activities for families with small children. I know the Liberty of the Seas has H2O Zones, but this one does not, which was a bummer. ENTERTAINMENT - SHOWS Didn't really go to too many shows. Ice skating show on the first night, and a "Minute to Win it" like show. Both were good. Went to to other 'talks' or giveaways, which turn out to be sales pitches. Waste of time. STAFF Outstanding in every way. Friendly, courteous, and genuinely want to make you happier while on the cruise. Some fellow cruise-goers were rude, especially with the staff, the kind of people that have never had a service job. Unfortunately, these people also have to be served. Yet the staff still does their best to give you a memorable experience. SPA The SPA hot stone massage was phenomenal. My dad had knots on his back and had pain and difficulty moving his neck. During the massage was quite painful, but after, he felt like a new man. He enjoyed the cruise with a new way. It was a bit pricey, at $208 + service fee for 75 minutes, but it was worth every penny seeing my dad enjoy the rest of the cruise. EXCURSIONS Cozumel was a let down from last time, partially because of the weather. It was cloudy and very windy. So much so that many excursions were cancelled because of the wind. This time we didn't go on the Cruise excursion, but decided to have a tour guide take us to different places. For 11 people, it was definitely less expensive, but also was not that great. The taxis were cutthroat. It went from $200 for a taxi for 4 hours, to $120 and they tell you to keep it quiet so you think you're getting a good deal. It's best to go directly to the taxi instead of the guys standing trying to sell you the service as they simply refer you to the taxi and get a commission. The places there weren't great. We saw the ruins, which was an OK experience. The tequila place was also just OK. Everybody is trying to sell you something and you can always cut the price by at least half. Less of an experience, and more of a everyone trying to make a buck. I guess it is what it is. Costa Maya was much different. The prices were great, the experience was great. We simply went to the public beach by the ferry ride ($3/person) and then just reserved a bed literally on the shore. We ordered (virgin) drinks and just relaxed in the sun, went in the beach, and my mom got a massage. The massage was very sub-par, but what do you expect for a $20/hour massage? It was very nice, and we were back on the ship for lunch. DISEMBARKATION Had a small issue with having towels left from the day before which we were charged $25/towel for. There looked to be a problem in the system, but at the end the towels were returned and the charges taken off. The bags were taken the night before at 11 PM and we left the room shortly before 8 AM. We had breakfast, had a small family worship in the chapel, and off we went to our area to leave the ship. From the time we were called to the terminal were about 20 minutes or less. So baggage claim, customs, and walking were less than 20 minutes. Super impressive. Very organized. OVERALL Overall, we loved the experience, and were already planning our next cruise. It will most likely be on the Freedom or Oasis as they offer more children-oriented things. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Retirement gift. Always wanted to go on a cruise. It was a very good experience and would do it again sometime. People were very friendly and staff was good and very pleasant. Food was very good, fresh, and well cooked and seasoned. ... Read More
Retirement gift. Always wanted to go on a cruise. It was a very good experience and would do it again sometime. People were very friendly and staff was good and very pleasant. Food was very good, fresh, and well cooked and seasoned. Activities were very good and a lot to do for everyone. Ship was very clean and arranged very nicely. Captain was very professional and on top of every detail. He also kept the passengers abreast of all we needed to know. Locations picked for the cruise were really nice places to go. This was my first time abroad and it was very enjoyable experience. People were very friendly everyplace we went. It was a good experience to go to the various countries to learn how various live and their way of life. There was always a lot to do on the ship for everyone, along with restaurants that had the right food for everyone. Royal Carribian was a good time and a good mix of people. Our waiters were the best especially, Valentino who gave us the best service each and everyone night. Will do another cruise in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Magnificent ship with staff that went out if there way to help out and make my family cruise a holiday not to forget. There was so much food in quantity and diversity and the quality was second to none. All over the ship there was ... Read More
Magnificent ship with staff that went out if there way to help out and make my family cruise a holiday not to forget. There was so much food in quantity and diversity and the quality was second to none. All over the ship there was different entertainment going on so everyone had a brilliant time. We were all treated like royalty and every corner you turned there was a happy smiling faced member of crew. From the moment we stepped on board to the excursions, the staff couldn't do enough for us. This was our first cruise and we were unsure if we would like the experience. We loved the fact we could step off our floating hotel and see different cultures and people. Take in the architecture and sample local foods and wine. All excursions were professionally undertaken and we personally couldn't wait to get back onboard at the end of the day to feast in one of the many restaurants. We are now converted, roll on the next cruise Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
First of all, I previously cruised with Royal Caribbean "Allure of the Seas", and it was so exhilarating, I was looking forward to cruising with their Navigator of the Seas. Alas, I was completely disappointed in my experience ... Read More
First of all, I previously cruised with Royal Caribbean "Allure of the Seas", and it was so exhilarating, I was looking forward to cruising with their Navigator of the Seas. Alas, I was completely disappointed in my experience with this ship. Here are some of the reasons: 1. When the ship docked, there was no one to direct passengers to the gangway. Yes, there were signs posted on the walls, but when a whole crowd of people are in the hallway, the signs can't be seen, and there is a lot of confusion about which way to go - right or left. Some passengers, were even saying that the exit was at the other end of the ship. This same confusion and scenario repeated itself at subsequent ports. It would have been so simple if there was a staff member at, or near the elevators directing people to the exit door leading to the gangway. 2. All the poultry and fish in the main dining room and the Windjammer were overcooked. The gravest, culinary sin was the "Filet Mignon" in the Windjammer, which was way overdone, chewy, and quite ghastly. A hockey puck would have tasted better. 3. The majority of food was also over-salted, yet the scrambled eggs, omelets, etc. had no salt and were quite tasteless. 4. To be fair, the tastiest food on the Navigator of the Seas was the Italian food. This is not my favourite type of food, but it was the tastiest on this ship. 5. For those passengers who do not particularly like gambling or drinking, there were not enough other activities to keep one interested and entertained on this ship. A lot of the activities were quite boring, and too many of them ended up being sales pitches, and "buy", "buy", "buy" events. 6. The shows were amateurish, almost laughable compared to those on the "Allure of the Seas" (for example). They were lacking professionalism, polish and finesse, and they reminded us passengers of high school concerts that just don't quite make the grade. 7. A few times, the Dance Fit classes were scheduled to be held pool side, but because of inclement weather, the activity moved inside to the Cosmopolitan Club, and no announcement was made, so those of us who arrived a minute or two later, had to ask the lifeguard where was the class, and if he did not know, he had us ask the Towel Rental guy about it. Lovely. Such poor communication and customer service for a cruise ship. This was aggravating and irritating to us passengers. 8. The Line Dance class was cancelled, and no announcement was made. Those of us who showed up for it at poolside then thought that it must have moved to the Cosmopolitan Club. So the group of us headed up to the Club. Nothing was happening there, and the personnel there knew nothing about any Line Dance class. Rushing down to Guest Services, we were then informed that the class was cancelled. When we asked why was the cancellation not announced, the answer was that "not too many people are interested in that class". A simple announcement saying that the "Line Dance class has been cancelled" would have been the courteous thing for Royal Caribbean to do for the few of us who wanted to do this activity. 9. Some of us tried to enjoy table tennis, but Deck 14 was so windy for so many days, that it was impossible to play. If this happens more often than not, why doesn't Royal Caribbean devise some sort of enclosure that blocks off the wind so that passengers can enjoy this activity? Thumbs down for this ship, its activities, its entertainment, and its food. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose the cruise of where the ship went to . We have sailed with Royal Caribbean before, and had a great experience this time no exception. Breakfast and lunch we enjoy in the windjammer, only dinner we like to eat in the main ... Read More
We chose the cruise of where the ship went to . We have sailed with Royal Caribbean before, and had a great experience this time no exception. Breakfast and lunch we enjoy in the windjammer, only dinner we like to eat in the main dining room no extra pounds to gain Excursions went great lots of fun and on and of board went easy, and we got lots of information on the excursions. Information was easy to get and everything provided on each part of the ship ik needed. The daily cruise paper was very helpfull in understanding what was going on on the ship where and on what time , even the weather forecast and time changes where repeatedly shared to not miss anything. So go on a cruise be Nice to the staff they work very hard for you, and iT Will not hurt to smile or be Nice . Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Chose this cruise as it was from Southampton (no flying) and 6 nights just about as long as I can leave my elderly mum. 1st time on Navigator, shes a large ship, not the newest but immaculate, beautiful and feels very grand. Loved the ... Read More
Chose this cruise as it was from Southampton (no flying) and 6 nights just about as long as I can leave my elderly mum. 1st time on Navigator, shes a large ship, not the newest but immaculate, beautiful and feels very grand. Loved the fact you can walk around the entire ship on deck 4, and even get right to the front to do a "titanic" pose! From the moment me and the missus boarded we had a ball. Plenty of lively bars, and a late night club on deck 14 that rocked until 5am every night! So many fun things to do during the day, lots of entertainment by the pool decks etc We particularly enjoyed the casino, which was very busy even at 3am. The staff were really fun. The food was great, we mainly ate in the buffet it was that tasty. I would recommend the drinks package as its nice to try a load of different cocktails, and its nice to not sign for anything lol Overall Ive done 5 cruises, and this was my Fav ship and Fav staff. 10/10 Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
For this years' family friends group holiday we decided to go for a cruise - and it was one the best decisions. It is very convenient holiday and yet full of everything. It starts with parking your car and ship attendants are ... Read More
For this years' family friends group holiday we decided to go for a cruise - and it was one the best decisions. It is very convenient holiday and yet full of everything. It starts with parking your car and ship attendants are already at the car park to pick up your luggage. Once checked in, and on-board, it felt like completely different world. We even joked among our friends that this is the ideal society everybody should be dreaming of - just show you sail card and you get everything you need! It was the magic of the premium package sticker on the card - all you drinks were free - wow. Just walking in to the Sapphire dining room felt great and we are dining there everyday. Windjammer is a great place to eat with lot of varieties of food. It was so good and popular that often you won't find table to sit down!" There were so many activities and entertainment events going on - there was not sufficient time for all of them. Jogging on track on Deck 12 was unique experience. Overall it was a very good trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I have always wanted to visit Scandinavia and particularly St Petersburg. The cruise was even better than I had hoped for and I was sad to leave the ship at the end. My favourite places actually turned out to be Oslo, Helsinki and Bruges ... Read More
I have always wanted to visit Scandinavia and particularly St Petersburg. The cruise was even better than I had hoped for and I was sad to leave the ship at the end. My favourite places actually turned out to be Oslo, Helsinki and Bruges (we have decided to spend a long week-end in Bruges as we were so impressed with its architecture and mediaeval beauty - oh, and the chocolate of course!). The food on board was delicious, our stateroom with balcony was perfect and there seemed to be loads of storage space even for the contents of my 3 huge suitcases. The staff can't do enough for you and on day 10 we received a complimentary plate of cakes from the Room Service Manager. I really recommend this trip with Royal Caribbean. I even booked my next Royal Caribbean cruise with my grown up daughter to the Norwegian Fijords whilst I was on board because I was so impressed with the whole cruise. you won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Our experience at the royal Caribbean cruise as be so lovely. Their cabin are the perfect size for a couple looking for a getaway. Their dish at the main dining room are so appetizing. The big selection of food at the buffet is very highly ... Read More
Our experience at the royal Caribbean cruise as be so lovely. Their cabin are the perfect size for a couple looking for a getaway. Their dish at the main dining room are so appetizing. The big selection of food at the buffet is very highly pleasant to taste. The Navigator of the seas have many delightful cuisine from different ethnicity such as Caribbean food, Asian food and many more. There's many big variation of fun activities inside the boat for any age. Taking a vacation can affect they way our physic look, but the Navigator of the seas offer a gym, with different classes such as pilates, it's a good way to stay in shape during a pleasant vacation. The staff were wonderful, we can't say enough good things about them, they were great. Helpful, friendly and just in general very lovely at what they do.The Captain and his team were also incredible, they have offer us a wonderful trip without getting lost but just staying on track. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This 9 night voyage on the Navigator of the Seas was a spring break vacation for the whole family. We sailed on her back in 2011 for our first Thanksgiving at sea (have not stopped since, will be on the Freedom this year for our 6th ... Read More
This 9 night voyage on the Navigator of the Seas was a spring break vacation for the whole family. We sailed on her back in 2011 for our first Thanksgiving at sea (have not stopped since, will be on the Freedom this year for our 6th turkey day cruise). Our experience on her this time was just as good and even better than 6 years ago. We are junkies of the Flowrider and it was added to the ship in 2014. Now the whole family is hooked!!! Anyway here are the main topics people want to read about: Embarkation= Very smooth process! Check in representative was very nice, fast, courteous and made us feel very welcomed. Stateroom was ready at 1:30 as promised. We had Junior Suite stateroom 9270. Ship info= In our opinion, the Navigator is probably the best ship in the voyager class. It was one of the two in that class that had the modern, open balconies, compared to the more enclosed ones that you might find on the Explorer, Voyager, and Adventure of the Seas. The ship has also gone under multiple major renovations in its lifetime, the most recent one taking place in 2014, where multiple favorites were added to the ship such as the flowrider, Giovanni's Table, and Sabor Modern Mexican. In essence, the Navigator is what I might call a "mini Freedom class" style of ship. Stateroom= For this voyage, we were in a Junior Suite (room 9270). Traveling as a family of four this enabled us to have more room on a longer cruise. The room itself was huge and there was plenty of space for people to walk around and not feel cramped. The room even had a full size walk in closet, that had enough storage space for the whole family. The bathroom was also amazing, as it was larger compared to one from an ocean view balcony and it had a large tub. Also thanks to the extra width of the room, there was plenty of walking space even when the pull out couch was fully extended. The balcony had room for one lounge chair, two chairs and a table that the four of us could fit around. Everything in the suite was in working order, clean and sufficient. Pool/Deck Area= This is an area that the Voyager Class ships shine!!! Even on the four seas days lounge chairs were abundant. Yes, you may not get one pool side but who wants to be around that rat race. We have been on different cruise lines that have ships similar in size to the Navigator with far less deck space. The Navi design on the top decks gives you plenty of options where you want to hang out. Ports= We hit the "ABC" islands and Labadee. I will give my "review writing time" to Bonaire. She is an island that has not lost it Caribbean charm or feel. We did not book any excursion so we just walked off the pier and explored. We felt very safe. Ok I lied, Aruba reminded me of Marco Island on the west coast of Florida and Curacao was ok . Dining=We visited the MDR, Windjammer Café, Café Promenade, Chops, Giovanni's Table and Sabor. MDR=We were pleasantly surprised to see new items on the menu. Not only were they a welcomed change but all the food was good and served hot. Our servers Nikhil and Gusti were top notch. Windjammer Café= All the standard food stations that you expect with good food temperature and service. All Specialty Restaurants= Excellent. We did mentioned to our self that next time we go to Giovanni's we will just pick a couple of appetizers and one additional item like pasta or entrées. Way to much food if you pick from each course. Entertainment=To be very honest, we only went to the Magic show which was good. Navigator did not have any Broadway shows. The wife and daughter went to the ice show and said it was awesome. Disembarkation - No issues at all! Overall summary= It was a great cruise and I would go on her again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Embarkation was slow but Disembarkation was excelent Excellent service in the dining restaurant with Mr Shalton & Bobie waiters, Bad food quality in buffet aeria such time lot salty items & sauces poor maintenance ... Read More
Embarkation was slow but Disembarkation was excelent Excellent service in the dining restaurant with Mr Shalton & Bobie waiters, Bad food quality in buffet aeria such time lot salty items & sauces poor maintenance service ( loose aluminum ceiling plate my room)also water leakage problems bad smell & mold on carpet. Cracked chairs & loose painting in the dining room. 2 of our friends has big leaking problem in there room because of shower , bad small in the room they want the help desk the maintenance made carpet shampoo & used air dryers for few our but with out result for the first days . the help desk clam non any arty cabin available but after three days of claims finally the find another cabine in the deck #8 could you imagine the 2 ladies sleeping with bad cabine.They offre theme 50.00$ each for compasation. this situation is not acceptable for there first cruise with your company. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The ship is still beautiful. The staff is great. The only problem we had was the times for food service. When the Windjammer closes before the main dinner second seating ends, that is not right. The Windjammer needs to be open later, at ... Read More
The ship is still beautiful. The staff is great. The only problem we had was the times for food service. When the Windjammer closes before the main dinner second seating ends, that is not right. The Windjammer needs to be open later, at least midnight but closes at 9. It made the trip difficult as my wife was part of a dance fitness group and needed to eat more often, but the only food available most of the day was pizza and sandwiches. The embarkation was very smooth. Disembarkation was a bit backed up once you left the ship as the hold you in a walkway off the ship so that the luggage retrieval area does not get too full. The diners in the main dining room were very tasty and had a great selection. I am disappointed with Royal Caribbean allowing the formal dining room to become so casual. There were people wearing jeans, tee shirts, and baseball hats on formal night. If they are going to allow such a lack setting, they should provide a separate area in the formal dining room for those that want to follow the traditional dress code. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
At the age of 63 it was time to embark on a new journey. As a child I traveled with my family, as a young woman I ventured to a beach resort with some other friends, as a married woman I traveled with my husband and as a single mother to ... Read More
At the age of 63 it was time to embark on a new journey. As a child I traveled with my family, as a young woman I ventured to a beach resort with some other friends, as a married woman I traveled with my husband and as a single mother to visit family members who wintered in Florida. As my son grew up we discovered cruising together, and then shared that joy as a family when I remarried. Although I still share traveling with my grown son and my husband it was time for just me. Many woman wait until they are widowed-not me-no time like the present. I eagerly anticipated being anonymous but at the same time apprehension as I am a very social being and the thought of no meaningful conversation or connection for 2 weeks was a bit creepy, to say the least. What I found was shear exhilaration, liberation, joy, life, laughter and discovery It was a 13 night transatlantic crossing on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas. We began in Ft. Lauderdale, were at sea for 7 consecutive nights, first stop was the Azores, another night at sea, then Port in Lisbon. Portugal and Port the following day in Vigo, Spain, another day at Sea then last day/port Le Havre, France then disembark in Southampton, Great Britain. This was not just a transatlantic cruise but a journey of independence, a journey of freedom, a journey of self expression, a journey to feel, to experience, to express and to reconnect my former self back to my new self. I must thank my wonderful husband John who planted the seed for this trip, if it hadn’t been for his desire and planning to ride his bicycle solo through Italy and at the right time, I wouldn’t have had this amazing opportunity. It was our plan for me to meet him “across the pond” as I had when he rode solo the “End to End” starting in John of Groats, Scotland and ending in Lands End, Great Britain. That trip was in July 2 years ago, and traveling via British Airways, although my favorite way to fly, is certainly no feat in independence and self expression, although lugging his bicycle suitcase to the train station and transferring trains was a physical feat in itself but not much more. The only thing gained from it was knowing that working out regularly makes a difference, This solo cruise adventure boils down to one thing, as Cyndi Lauper stated about her 1981 song ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun' “I want it to be an anthem for women around the world - and I mean all women - and a sustaining message that we are powerful human beings. I made sure that when a woman saw the video, she would see herself represented, whether she was thin or heavy, glamorous or not, and whatever race she was." As for the other wonderful women I met - We were all of that. We were of many shapes, sizes, nationalities, ethnicities, colors, lifestyles and ages but our one common denominator was to embark on an adventure where we were completely unknown, unrestrained and to be solo incc a predominantly couples oriented group. But each of us, regardless of age, had a sense of adventure, openness and acceptance one glass of wine at a time. A big thank you to the Navigator Cruiser Director who organized a solo sailor 9:30 am meeting for the first 2 mornings. His personality was engaging, truly warm, genuine and welcoming. He quickly determined the solos, singles, and single solos so everyone knew who was who. Jeff made it a point to get to know each of us and not just to lead the group but to make the group the one everyone on the ship wanted to be on. (Yes, we were the in crowd-the cool kids) He coordinated daily lunches for the group where there was more mingling and soon we were recognizing each other on the dance floor, in different venues on the ship and making a shout out when someone was absent from the group get togethers. I hadn’t been given a set dining time with group table so I decided I would just go to the Windjammer to eat rather than sitting alone in the dining room. That idea was a bit depressing for me because I enjoy getting “cleaned up” for dinner, having a glass of wine and pleasant conversation. So the idea of 13 lonely dinners was a real downer. Lucky for me, one of the solo group invited me to join his early seating table of 8 on the second evening (first full day at sea). He felt quite lucky that he had such a great group to eat with and he was happy to share. To the dismay of the waiter (as the tables are set up for 8, he made room for me, #9. And the best part was at the end of the dinner, the others voted me in to be with them for the duration of the cruise. I didn’t realize I was being interviewed. This worked out so well that we even went to t the nightly entertainment together as a group, and what a blend of folks we were; 2 sisters originally from the Ukraine who now reside in San Francisco, a married couple who reside in Sebring FL, he is a retired naval commandeering who is now a private boat captain and delivers/transports boats (he stated he has water on the brain), the gentleman from Canada who invited me to sit with them was headed to Scotland to golf (his passion), 2 other male solo travelers who since retiring from their respective careers spend lots of time cruising, and then there was the life of the party an author of romance novels from Wisconsin. She always had a smile on her face no matter where or when you saw her, such a beautiful zest for life. (Her unlimited beverage package didn’t hurt much on that count, I’m sure) Once dinner was worked out the party began. Where best to make it happen than on the dance floor. Girls, music, flashing lights, smiles, hips moving, bodies swaying, singing along, this is what it is about. On that dance floor there is no age (other than knowing the words to some really old songs), we are transported to bygone years, the beauty is we know spending hours fixing our hair and makeup just right, the perfect outfit and shoes doesn’t matter at all. Comfortable shoes sweat able clothes and we are all set. Not looking to or for anyone, just “Girls Wanna Have Fun”, and yes, a few guys joined us. But only one could hang with the big girls, as he cruised ship to ship only spending a few months a year on land. He knows what life is about as he had retired 12 years earlier. No put ons, come ons, just let’s live life to the fullest one smile, laugh, story, drink and dance at a time. Never meet a stranger! Get togethers on shore were coordinated, some had already booked excursions and some just looking to explore or rediscover ports visited in the past. Regardless of the day’s activities or events there was always joy, celebration and laughter following. The days always ended with new found kinship in expressing one's self untethered by the questioning or demands of others. Truly liberation from time, age or finances, there was no additional cost to enjoy the company of perfect strangers who became soul mates. On this adventure I wasn’t a wife, a mother, a business owner or even a recent cancer survivor. I was a Girl who wanted to have fun-and I did. And I am booked for next year. Yes, this isn’t backpacking the Appalachian Trail or traveling Europe alone, and I so admire those who do. When I was an adolescent we were protesting he Vietnam War, just getting full access to birth control and women were going to college for more than their MRS. I think of the song “Vogue” by Madonna where she says ‘Express Yourself’, and in that 13 night adventure I certainly did. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I went on this cruise with family and we had a good time overall. Out balcony cabin was just enough room for 2 people, and the bathroom was adequate. Don't expect an adventurous dining experience. The Windjammer had hot dogs, ... Read More
I went on this cruise with family and we had a good time overall. Out balcony cabin was just enough room for 2 people, and the bathroom was adequate. Don't expect an adventurous dining experience. The Windjammer had hot dogs, hamburgers, and Americanized Indian curries (often made with beef) at lunch and dinner. Breakfast consisted of oranges, apples, bananas, eggs, sausage, and pastries. In the dining room, you could have steak or farm-raised grilled salmon. If you're looking for something healthy/paleo/gluten free/vegetarian, you will have to starve at breakfast and eat tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and olives for lunch and dinner on the salad bar. Occasionally, there was fried codfish, canned tuna, and steamed broccoli available. Although this cruise went to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, not once did we have any kind of regional cuisine pertaining to our port destination. This was a big disappointment. I had an excellent reflexology treatment in the spa, which was a highlight of my time on the ship. The entertainment was nothing to write home about, but I was more "entertained" by exploring the ship and relaxing on deck 12. The jacuzzis in the fitness center/solarium were often not being used (especially in the evenings), which made the ship not seem so crowded. The ports and the shore excursions were also nothing special, though we all had a good time anyway. We just wanted a getaway and a chance to get some sun without getting scorched. (The weather was sunnier and cooler than the 107 degree temps back home.) Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
First thing I want to mention is how incredible the crew was considering the ship had norovirus present, the cruise before us has over 100 cases, the virus was all but gone when we disembarked. We had to board late due to sanitizing the ... Read More
First thing I want to mention is how incredible the crew was considering the ship had norovirus present, the cruise before us has over 100 cases, the virus was all but gone when we disembarked. We had to board late due to sanitizing the ship but that was a minor inconvenience. We were a party of 4, in two staterooms and none of us caught the bug. :) Yeah! Royal Caribbean notified us of the virus before we left for the port and that there was a delay boarding. They were professional and everything was super clean. Us two couples travel together cruising and on land and we had a great time. We drove to the port and spent one night in New Orleans, boarding was late but efficient considering the extra precautions due to Norovirus. The windjammer was not open at the time of boarding which I thought was poor planning. They opened the windjammer (buffet dining) at 2:00 which meant everyone was on board and very hungry. Norovirus on board meant that they had to serve us in the buffet lines and the biggest problem was rude inpatient cruisers. We were all in the same boat (so to speak) and they had plenty food, people were just impatient, these people complained and were impatient the entire cruise, even though the Captain and crew were working hard to keep us all healthy. I had no complaints except chapped hands from an allergic reaction to hand sanitizer. Food was good but not great, I found it was not as good as our first cruise on Navigator of the seas in 09. NOS Captain was highly concerned about the virus and it was handled well. The port of New Orleans is nice for the New Orleans experience. The port itself was like navigating through a maze. Navigator is in the voyager class, has plenty to offer- multiple pools one of them an adults only pool with large hot tubs in the area, spa, beautiful 3 level dinning room, casino,clubs, and 24 hour cookie and snack shop on the Royal Pramenade. I had heard there are no quiet spots on mega ships, not true, there are numerous seating areas you can quietly sit back and relax. We found one next to the sky bar and played cards when we had extra time or wanted to unwind, just the 4 of us. We also had our private balconies. Our cabins we were on deck 8, room 8603, balcony room, great clean room, comfortable bed and quiet location. We were around the corner from the elevators but had no noise from that,we have booked same general area and we will continue to book this area, close to elevators and the internet cafe. I did not pack my own computer but enjoyed a few minutes to check on my family back home from the internet cafe. Speaking of internet is is slow, all ships have slow internet, you just expect that from a ship internet. The entertainment was a comedian who was very good his name is Scott Record but and an Elvis impersonator, he was talented guy but I do not enjoy a tall skinny Elvis as my headliner entertainment. The ship crew shows were OK, usual show for RCI. We always do the Ice Show, which is excellent, Love and Marriage show (always a blast) and the QUEST!!! A MUST SEE! (for adults ONLY!) There are two formal nights on the 7 night cruise, some still wear Tuxedos and Gowns, I prefer a nice cocktail dress. Our ports were Falmouth Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel. Falmouth is still a port being developed and there is not that much do to there. Grand Cayman is beautiful and rich, which is why it stands out from other islands. Cozumel is typical tourist local with plenty to offer. We docked at Falmouth and Cozumel and had to tender to Grand Cayman. The tendering process was easy even though we were doing it during a storm. No problems at the ports getting on or off the ship. The Navigator is showing her age a little bit, I believe she is on the list to be refurbished, I think this was more apparent since we were just on a newer larger ship 6 months before this cruise. I would recommend this ship for a family, couple, or group of friends who want an affordable enjoyable week away in the beautiful Blue Caribbean Sea or Gulf of Mexico. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
While it was hard not to compare (and unfair as well since, to me, the Allure is an impossible act to follow), I thought the Navigator was a beautiful ship in its own right. Even though we went from a balcony on the Allure to an inside on ... Read More
While it was hard not to compare (and unfair as well since, to me, the Allure is an impossible act to follow), I thought the Navigator was a beautiful ship in its own right. Even though we went from a balcony on the Allure to an inside on the Navigator, the second cruise being a bargain cruise I found on line to keep us out of the Canadian winter longer, we were pleasantly surprised at all the great areas to sit outside on this ship and didn't miss the balcony at all - well, most of the time :-) The room was spacious enough, with even more storage room than the Allure balcony cabin had, and the pools, mini golf and fitness centre were great. The ice show was excellent. We only ate in the dining room twice (we had My Time Dining) and enjoyed the casual atmosphere in the Windjammer or the Cafe Promenade for something to eat in the evening. Breakfasts could be busy in the Windjammer and a couple of times people asked if they could join us but we enjoyed that since it was nice to meet others. I would have no hesitation taking another cruise on the Navigator. Really the only negative was that the disembarkation was very chaotic and took much longer than expected. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
Once again my husband and I have taken to the water aboard the Navigator Of The Seas. It's one of Royal Caribbean's older and slightly smaller ships. For her age she's a fine vessel but as of next year (2013) she will be ... Read More
Once again my husband and I have taken to the water aboard the Navigator Of The Seas. It's one of Royal Caribbean's older and slightly smaller ships. For her age she's a fine vessel but as of next year (2013) she will be heading to dry dock for a bit of a much needed makeover. Our cabin 9636 was really nice with lots of closet space for us to fully unpack and put the suitcases away. We had a nice balcony and we would have had a very relaxing time out there had it not been for our neighbours who smoked on their balcony. Our itinerary took us from her home port of Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Cayman, to the brand new port of Falmouth, Jamaica to their own island in Labadee, Haiti and back to Ft. Lauderdale. Check-in was a breeze. I think it took us a grand total of 10 minutes from our shuttle to the ship. I was amazed as there was a big crowd but the line moved quickly. Especially since we are gold members and had a different line from everyone else. We got there early and our stateroom wasn't ready yet so we headed off to the Windjammer for some lunch. The food there was ok, with many choices. My one complaint was that it was packed and we had a tough time finding a place to sit. After lunch our room was ready and we were able to drop off our carry-on luggage and explore the ship. Our other luggage took until almost 9:00 p.m. to arrive and we were getting rather worried that it would never show up. Our stateroom attendant Clinton went to find it for us. He was a great guy. Just before we set sail everyone gathered for a muster drill. This was the first time we were not required to wear or bring our life jackets to our muster stations. The drill lasted for about half an hour and then we were set free to explore the ship or take part int he sail away party. That night we were able to wear whatever we wanted to dinner, which was a good thing as many people were still were waiting for luggage. We were seated in the Nutcracker Dining room on deck 3. Directly behind our table was the Captain's table. Day 1 Was at sea but there were plenty of activities to keep us busy. There was a 9-hold mini-golf course, in-line skating, ice skating, rock wall climbing and of course swimming. My one criticism was that many activities that we wanted to try were all scheduled at the same time. It was hard to get enough time to try all of the things we wanted to try. One day we joined a competition to play Wii bowling and the husband and I actually won. We had a great time but wanted to play a second game with everyone just for fun but after only one game it was all over. I'm not sure why? Day 2 was our first port visit. We stopped in Grand Cayman and had to tender into port. Thankfully the waves were small and the weather was excellent that day. We've been there before and it was less than ideal for a ride in the tiny tender boat. We walked around in the town for a bit but really how many jewellery stores and tourist shops can one person see? One thing we saw that was interesting was chickens walking around all over the place. They didn't seem to belong to anyone. I have never seen that before. For the rest of the day we visited with family who live on the island. That night was our first formal night. We got all dressed up in our finest. They had photographers taking pictures all around the various dining locations. Dinner was elegant. The show that night was a comedian and was very funny. Day 3 We arrived in the brand new port of Falmouth, Jamaica. This port has just recently been welcoming cruise ship traffic this year. Some of the buildings are still in the process of being built. But once again it was all jewellery stores and souvinere shops. That day it was extremely windy. So windy in fact that our tour aboard a pirate ship got cancelled. So while everyone was off in Jamaica, the husband and I went back to the ship to explore. It was a wonderful day as we didn't have to wait in line for anything. I went in-line skating that morning and I was the only person on the track. Then we tried our hand at the mini-golf course. Because of the wind the ball did some really crazy things but we had so much fun. After lunch it was time for a swim in the freezing cold pool. Later on that night after dinner we went skating on the ice rink. Yes this ship actually has a real ice rink. Then we went to the production show that was singing and dancing. Day 4 We arrived in Labadee, Haiti which is Royal Caribbean's own island. As we were pulling up the Liberty Of The Seas also pulled into port. This was not a good thing as the island became over crowded very fast. There are 4 beaches here on the island, a children's play area, a roller coaster, zip-line, and various other water activities. The husband rented a kayak and I rented a stand up paddle board. At first the guy didn't want to rent it to me but then he finally did. I heard the attendants say in French, they are tourists let them do what they want. He tried to give me the wrong paddle but later found the correct one and brought it out to me. Maybe nobody ever rented one before. We had previously been here 5 years ago on our honeymoon but we were told that a hurricane totally destroyed the island so it was very different than we remembered it. When we were there before, there was only one little shop on the island selling tourist things now there's a while line of locals bugging tourists to buy their stuff. I have to admit this really bothered me. We go there to have fun and relax and not be pestered by the locals. If we want to buy things we will come to them not having them come to us. When we wouldn't come to their shops they called us names. Then it was time for our island BBQ lunch. I lined up for close to an hour to get food only to find out that there was no vegetarian option. I got some salad and a fruit and then the rest was for my husband who was holding a place at the table for me. After lunch we'd had enough of the crowds and went back on the ship and I got some better food at Cafe Promenade. This was a little bakery shop on deck 5 that served pastry, pizza and sandwiches and Seattle's Best Coffee and tea. What a great idea. All of this is included but the Ben & Jerry's is an added cost. That night was our 2nd formal night. Dinner was very elegant and the captain was sitting at the table directly behind us. As they started to serve desert, I mentioned that I would love to photograph the captain's desert because it was different from what we were served and a very beautiful chocolate creation. Well, as luck would have it, the captain had to leave and his desert was left uneaten. All of the sudden his desert was placed at our table. I got my photograph and I shared it with the rest of the table. We were as happy as can be but the rest of the guests around us just shot daggers at us. Oh well too bad for them. The show that night was the ice skating show. Oh my goodness this show was great! I do think that some of the performers need to practice a little more so that they will be able to land their jumps but all in all they did a great job considering that we had rough seas that night. One part of the show that stood out was the hoola hooper. She was fantastic. She was skating and hoola hooping and at one point she must have been spinning 30 hoops while skating. Very impressive!!! Day 5 Was our last day at sea. We went back and did all of the activities that we enjoyed all week. We were kind of bummed that the cruise was over the next day. Dinner that night was nice and then we saw another singing and dancing production show. I didn't really care much for it and was falling asleep during the show. Day 6 The ship docked in Ft. Lauderdale very early in the morning. We had a nice breakfast in the dining room and then we took our bags off the ship ourselves. This is a far better option than putting our luggage out the night before and then having to claim it at the depot. We quickly went though customs and then found a taxi to take us to our hotel. All in all we had a great trip on the Navigator. If you enjoy sports this is the cruise for you. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
We spent 3 nights in Rome prior to taking a very convenient, comfortable 1st class train ride to the Port. The train terminal in Civitavecchia Northbound was awkward no escalators so down and up the stairs with 4 suitcases, I certainly ... Read More
We spent 3 nights in Rome prior to taking a very convenient, comfortable 1st class train ride to the Port. The train terminal in Civitavecchia Northbound was awkward no escalators so down and up the stairs with 4 suitcases, I certainly felt sorry for the older passengers. The Embarkation was rapid and quick took all of 15 minutes before we were having lunch in The Windjammer. Our room was very comfortable an inside 6th floor and our room steward was always very friendly and efficient. This was our 20th cruise but our 1st Transatlantic and we can say that the 14 days flew by and that sailing on the Atlantic at this time was very comfortable. We will certainly be doing more crossings. The average age was 75 we're 63 with the majority being return cruisers not surprising for 14 days in November. Dan Dan the Party Man the cruise director is certainly better suited to a party crowd such as Florida sailings. The night time scheduling did not take into consideration this age group needless to say that the 10:45PM Headliner Showtime as well as the 11:45PM comedian were poorly attended. The specialty acts: Il Divo and Motown revues were excellent. The least entertaining shows were the Ships own song and dance productions you can certainly get better entertainment watching TV shows such as Glee,Sing-Off or X-Factor. The ice skating show was a real highlight these performers on a moving small ice surface were beautiful to watch As previously informed on Cruise critic we did get in line 30 minutes before the show, when the doors opened it was a shambles resembled Black Friday store openings every passenger for himself surely a better way to proceed can be found. The ports visited were wonderful we took a ships excursion to Florence and Marseilles well worth the views and plenty of time to shop and visit. Barcelona and Cartagena were an easy walk to the main sections and enjoyable to soak in Old Europe. RESTAURANTS The Windjammer for breakfast and lunch was above par the choices were excellent. The idea of no trays actually added a sense of class the table waiters were very attentive. There was always a table to satisfy your tastes if you looked a little. The Nutcracker dining room was the principal weakness on this ship compared to other similar cruise lines. The food selections were inferior and the quality/preparation of the red meats was the worst we have had in 20 cruises. Surf and Turf usually means a whole small Lobster tail on other ships NOT a half a small lobster tail with so-so filet mignon.The choices of Desserts was even poorer. We ate 1 breakfast and 1 lunch in this Dining room sorely disappointed and looked forward to getting back to the Windjammer. Many passengers chose to eat Dinner in the Windjammer with a similar or better selection along with Jade that offered Sushi and atmosphere. We dined in the Chops steak restaurant the portions are exceptionally large the Desserts exquisite however the steak cuts and preparation we're not worth the extra 60$/couple. Captain Erick was the most present and prominent Captain we have ever had you could even understand his English Noon Message. He did take the proper decision of staying in Port 12 extra hours in Toulon due to high seas(15 to 20' waves) and therefore had to skip the Azores, security and health of the passengers is always Number 1.The Captain's night cocktail was better than other Cruise lines drinks and champagne for all for an hour. The Welcome party for Returning Guests could have taken place in a better Lounge than the ice skating rink.A Major weakness in all the dining areas was the attention to health and passenger sanitation. There are hand sanitizer stations at all the entrances however their usage is not enforced by the hostess who stands 20 feet away inside the Restaurant scrutinizing passenger dress code rather than the health and well being of all. Other Cruise lines enforce this discipline. The captain's answer at his talk was that the ship didn't feel responsible to police hand sanitization which was a major concern especially in the self serve Windjammer where all the salad dishes had nowhere to deposit tongs except back in the middle of the salad platters.Coincidentaly by the last 2 days the excessive coughing and sneezing of fellow passengers was very noticeable including ourselves. The Gym was very well equipped and plenty of different machines It was nice to see how crowded and well used it was especially in the early morning certainly reflects an older clientele. The lockers were disgraceful the original locks took everyone 5 minutes to open and close, replace these locks their only worth $4.The floor tiles were not slip proof and were even dangerous to walk on when wet. Half the shower valves were dangerous for scalding and impossible to adjust. We chose to self debark at 7 AM and we were waiting for our shuttle 15 minutes later a very smooth process. In closing this was our 5th cruise with RCCL The Navigator would now be rated as follows Celebrity a 10,Princess a 9,Carnival an 8 finally Navigator a 6 which is certainly far less than a few years ago. Would we sail this ship again YES if the price was as exceptional as it was this year. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
I have cruised on several Royal Caribbean cruises and I want to say that I am very easy-going and positive person, but this cruise was a little disappointing. Some on the ship said it was because it had just returned from the Mediterranean ... Read More
I have cruised on several Royal Caribbean cruises and I want to say that I am very easy-going and positive person, but this cruise was a little disappointing. Some on the ship said it was because it had just returned from the Mediterranean for several months and that Royal workers had told them, that many had left the ship and they were just placing people into positions to try to fill them. Whatever the reason, the ship seemed boring,and many workers seemed tired. Boarding and Embarkation were a breeze, but then upon boarding we went up to get something to eat and the dining room was closed and not open for another hour. The sail-away party there was not even music playing because they were not ready .... They scheduled the "sail-away party" and a parade on the promenade at the same time, and if you had early dining you had to chose between which of the three to go to.... After that there was no need to choose because there was nothing to choose from. No impressive shows, just pulling people from the crowd and doing very low-cost shows.Seemed to be flying by the seat of their pants alot. Same line dancing with the same people at the pool everyday, just very repetitive. There was little entertainment the entire cruise if you did not drink or gamble. Yes, they had a singing and dancing show but very boring. There were 2 things to not miss, the ice skating show and some said the adult comedian was good,but he was late, and I missed him. The magic show was good. One night the headliner entertaiment was ballroom dancing. I overheard others on the ship comment that this seemed more like a Celebrity cruise for the 55 and over crowd. I found that it was for either partiers and gamblers....... or the over 55 crowd and very little to do if you were in-between those groups who wanted good, clean fun. Many said they would switch to Carnival after this cruise just for something to do! I was there for the relaxation,and pool, and made the most of it, but would not book this cruise again. I want to put people at ease about Falmouth, it was actually very beautiful and nice. Not completed... but I was pleasantly surprised! We did venture out past the protected gate about a block but that was it, after that I would have felt uncomfortable if not with a group. I knew of one family that "tipped" a police officer to escort them around the town. There was plenty of police protection but really not much to see. We took a trolley for $15 a person and they tried to make it a "tour" but really they were pointing out old cemeteries with brick walls and at one point said "if you stand up on your seat and hold your camera above your head you will get a picture of the graves inside". But we saw a 20 min idea of how the Jamaicans live in and around that port and felt safe. Grand Caymen we did a tour apart from Royal Caribbean and had a great tour guide named Rueben. For $20 a person we saw 2 1/2 hours of Grand Caymen including Hell, The turtle farm, Discovery Cove with the dolphins and the Rum Cake factory. He told us many interesting facts and answered all our questions.....we really enjoyed him, and the tour! We then went to Margaritaville and had 2 margaritas and a plate of nachos and our bill was $57!!! Labadee was absolutely beautiful!!! Favorite port! We did see the hungry children behind the barb wire fence when we were eating and found a way to throw food over to the children behind one of the cement bathrooms way to the back...... So sad that the cruise ship is unable to give the leftovers to the people of Haiti who are suffering so badly. My favorite beach was just to the left of where the "private cabanas" are that people who are in the suites can rent. It was a quiet cove with beautiful beach, and wonderful for floating on a mat that you can rent for $12 for the day. Lunch was ribs, hot dogs,hamburgers. Lots of do if you want to be busy..... or great for a quiet beach day. Haitians are VERY pushy to get you to buy from their stalls. Labadee is a paradise created by Royal Caribbean. Went to the Circus parade on the 70's day of the cruise...offered during the week on the promenade with my teenage son and was absolutely embarrassed. It was 5-6 half naked men all girrating on the rails above our heads. SO INAPPROPRIATE for "family entertainment" and not in a bar, but in the promenade with 800 children aboard. Poorly done as it was just so inappropriate and obviously thrown together.... what did that have to do with circus or 70's??? Seriously a male-stipper show with all the sleazy moves..... and if I had brought my young girls to that, I would have been horrified.... I wouldn't take small children to this activity if your going...... The pool musicians were not that great, in fact the key board player was off quite often and I wondered if they had just grabbed him to fill in for someone. He would play off key and then just keep going as if no one would notice....really irritating and unbelievable at times. Having cruised on other Royal Caribbean cruises the food was o.k...... but not fantastic. Promenade food good. Johnny Rockets was not open for lunch and too busy after 4 p.m. so never got to go. We were on the ship for Thanksgiving and the only thing "Thanksgiving-like" was turkey on the menu that night....,no Thaksgiving activites other than drink-specials in the bars. We made many wonderful friends, had fun but as this is a review...i hope that now that Navigator is doing the Western and Eastern Caribbean the entertainment,performers and others will greatly improve. "Dan-Dan the party man" was the cruise director and I really think he did not live up to his hype. Personal opinion. You know,,,,,,having just read my own review I guess I was more disappointed than I wanted to admit. We made the best of it and met some great friends, but what Royal Caribbean offered us on Navigator did not meet up to the other Royal cruises I had been on before. It's a cruise....if your already booked you can make the most of it, if you haven't I would look at another ship in the same class. Mariner, Voyager, any were better than this one. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
This was our first transatlatic. The whole experience was very positive and we had a great time. Embarkation at Fort Lauderdale was fine and we were in about thirty minutes already inside the ship. We had lunch and started our tour at ... Read More
This was our first transatlatic. The whole experience was very positive and we had a great time. Embarkation at Fort Lauderdale was fine and we were in about thirty minutes already inside the ship. We had lunch and started our tour at this lovely ship. Our room was nice and spacious and being a promenade room, we had the opportunity to watch the activities which were always going on at the promenade. It was a litle loud but it did not disturbed us. If some of you want to book a promenade room you might also want to take with you something to protect you from the noise. Food was to our opinion very good in all restaurants. The waiters were friendly and did a good job. The shows were most of the time fine, but we were not very impressed with them. We did not like the attitude of a Celine Dion singer, who was not well prepared for her presentation and had a funny attitude towards the band and towards the public. The ice shows were the best. The guest relations employes were according to us, not very motivated in their job. It must be very difficult to try to solve the problems and requests from so many people and probably requires a special personality to be kind and helpful for such a long time. Unfortunately, with a few exceptions ( for example a lady of China) most of the others did not display that type of personality. One of the most common complaint was the malfunctioning of the Internet connection. Maybe the people at guest relations in these ship cand be helped if somebody takes care that the internet connection works more reliable. Unfortunately we got lost one day while looking for the conference room and ended up at the crew quarters on the second floor. My friend was shouted very loud by a guy from Serbia (He said his name was Nikolai or something similar) who kept yelling we should get out of there inmediately without letting us explain we were lost. Kind of funny experience... The captain had a friendly personality and although he was very young, he seemed to have every thing under control. We also met the ships doctor, who made a very nice impression on us. We also found that Michelle at the Crown and Anchor desk was very helpful and always ready to accomodate our requests. Thank you Michelle! The ship was beautiful and the activities plenty. We made good friends, specially with members of cruise critics. We were very happy to meet people fom so many places and to be able to share time and activities with our cruise critic fellows. Thanks Dorothy, Sandra and Marie for organizing the tour in Teneriffe, the Murder Mistery afternoon and the Pink ribbon luncheon! Thank you Navigator of the seas for treating us cruise critic members with a lovely meet and mingle party. Thank you also for having plenty of activities for your crown and anchor members. We have enjoyed your hospitality. In general we had a fantastic time. We would like to thank to all those people at the Navigator of the seas who have contributed to our positive experience. Thank you so much and until next time! The ports of call were Teneriffe, Palma de Mallorca, Ajaccio and Rome. They were all different and interesting. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Just came back from a 5 day cruise on Navigator of the seas to Labadie, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica. The ship was clean, spacious and overall friendly. There were lots of activities like Inline skating, Ice skating and Miniature golf. I ... Read More
Just came back from a 5 day cruise on Navigator of the seas to Labadie, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica. The ship was clean, spacious and overall friendly. There were lots of activities like Inline skating, Ice skating and Miniature golf. I enjoyed having a separate area for adults only at the Solarium. It had a swimming pool, two hot tubs, sunny and shady areas to relax in and sauna. Ice skating show was good. We especially enjoyed a guest skater from Moscow, Russia. He was doing amazing things with two gigantic wheels. Here is a word of advice: take ear plugs to every show! All of the shows are very, very laud. Food was fresh and tasty every day. We mostly ate in Windjamer and Jade. Contrary to several reviews that I read before we left and to my great joy they do serve smoked salmon during breakfast in Jade buffet! I'm usually picky when it comes to food quality and I was happy. They had new deserts at every lunch and dinner every day. The deserts were both light and fruity and others were chocolaty and reach. During our day in Labadie, Haiti they served us a barbeque lunch. If you like pork ribs, you will not be disappointed. The biggest disappointment at Labadie was that there was no access to drinking water. It is a basic necessity and they only had bottled water for purchase. Our first stop was on Labadie, Hatie. There are several beaches there. The outer beach is all stones, so when you get on the beach go toward the right past the beach for gold color card holders. There you would find a smaller, sandy beach. But get there fast, like I said it is small. Our second stop was at Falmouth, Jamaica. We did not plan ahead, so it was disappointing. Plan where and when before you get there. The new port is still under construction. It is going to be really beautiful one day. We were recommended a Doctor's Cave as the best beach. It would take $20 both ways and a $5 per person entrance fee. I had a good time and would gladly do it again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
BACKGROUNDWe traveled with a family of 10, myself, DH and our 3 girls (9, 8 and 4), my sister and her 2 boys (7 and 4) and my parents. We are diamond members and have cruised with RCI many times. We are huge RCI fans, so I hope this ... Read More
BACKGROUNDWe traveled with a family of 10, myself, DH and our 3 girls (9, 8 and 4), my sister and her 2 boys (7 and 4) and my parents. We are diamond members and have cruised with RCI many times. We are huge RCI fans, so I hope this review doesn't seem too negative. We stayed in cabins 9520, 9522 and 9524.PRE-CRUISE HOTELStayed at the Westin Beach Resort for two nights pre-cruise. Hotel is very nice. Pool felt like bath water, and there is a skywalk to the beach. Hotel has a Shulas, a poolside cafe and a Starbucks. We ate breakfast each morning at Starbucks. The poolside cafe had horrible service, took us nearly 45 minutes to get our lunch. We ate dinner both nights at Shula's. Great food and service at high prices. If you have more than an overnight, this hotel would be a good choice. Otherwise, save your money and stay someplace less expensive. EMBARKATIONWe arrived at the port around 11, and were on the ship in the Windjammer at 11:45. Embarkation was a breeze.STATEROOMSStateroom attendant was Leevaw. Cabin was fine, but we had to request robes and diamond invites, all the while he seemed rather annoyed. 9520 has a great view (is the first balcony cabin facing the front). The welcome aboard package for diamond members is lame. They left us 3 waters, 1 coke and some trail mix. Then we had mini bar charges on our account when we drank the waters! I had to stand in the line at guest relations to get the charges removed. Also, we requested that the mini bar items be removed. The mini bar attendant told us that she would stack the stuff on the TV?!. I explained to her that we had small children and did not want the mini bar items stacked on the TV, so she packed the items in our upper cabinets instead of taking them away. Then she turned our refrigerator off! We missed the old amenity. Kids still got crayons and my oldest got an RCI bag, but nothing for adults. We would have rather had a hat than trail mix that we did not eat and bottled water that RCI tried to charge us for. Just one more obvious cut-back.FOODThe food in both the Windjammer and the main dining room was very good. There were many options in the Windjammer and the menu in the main dining room included a great variety of foods including lobster (which I had read was not available in previous reviews). We did not eat at the specialty restaurants because we enjoy family meal time and the dining room experience. We did eat at Johnny Rockets and it was okay at best. The onion rings were delicious. We aren't fast food people, so my kids were very disappointed with the burgers and the club sandwich (probably has more to do with our personal eating habits than a true reflection of the food).SERVICEThe service on NOS was not on par with other RCI ships. For example, in the Windjammer I was refused iced tea for breakfast. I know it isn't a big deal, but on other ships the staff did not tell us "no" for simple requests. The tea is made from concentrate. They pour it over water. Also, in the Windjammer there was a guy walking around soliciting sales of orange juice, Perrier, and wine decanters. He frequently interrupted us while trying to enjoy our breakfast or lunch to sell us stuff. This was extremely irritating. Have they resorted to trying to nickel and dime us during meals? For the first time, we felt like a number instead of a valued customer. All the while, tables were not bused, nobody walked around with coffee or water. This is bad policy and should be stopped immediately. Service in the MDR was good. We had the dynamic duo of Carlos (waiter) and Carlos (assistant waiter). Leslie was our head waiter. Dinner took at least 2 full hours every night. Granted, we had a table of 10, but it made it difficult for the children to sit for so long. Not sure who to blame for the length of the meal, we did feel that Carlos was working extremely hard the entire time, and it could have been the kitchen (I guess). Regardless families, don't let this dissuade you from enjoying the MDR together. It truly is one of the highlights of the cruising experience. And on previous cruises, dinner never took so long.DRESS CODEThe relaxed nature of the attire worn in the MDR was unbelievable to me. I am not sure if this is industry wide, or just because NOS has a shorter itinerary, but people were so underdressed. RCI - please enforce the dress code. If someone choses to wear shorts to dinner, let them eat at the Windjammer. I am trying to enforce etiquette and good manners with my children, and want them to enjoy a formal dining experience. It is difficult when they are surrounded by shorts, flip-flops and wife-beater tank tops. I am not asking for people to be decked to the nines, but I do expect some effort to be made.And if you chose not to dress for dinner, then chose to eat elsewhere.SPORTS DECKThe sport deck (like the rest of NOS) seemed understaffed. We were 2nd in line at the rock wall one morning when it opened. We waited 45 minutes before we began climbing. At 9:40 when finally opened the wall, there was only one attendant working the ropes, and it appeared that he was also working the inline skating desk, because he kept running back and forth between the two! Mini golf and ping pong were fun. We did not play on the sports court.ENTERTAINMENTThe ice dancing show and Paul Boland (comedian impressionist) are MUST SEES. Paul Boland had me belly laughing. Make sure to bring your kids to both. Paul Boland called all the kids onto the stage. If you have a budding superstar like I do, this will be a huge hit. The other shows were good, but these two stood out.TIME CHANGENOS has you turn your clocks back the first night and forward the last sea day. I have never been on a ship that changed ship time. Normally, we are just told when going ashore to stay on ship time. That proved problematic for us in Grand Cayman, since it didn't occur to me that I had turned my clock back 1 hour, and I ended up 1 hour late for our excursion. Fortunately we had booked privately with Native Way watersports online, and they couldn't have been nicer about the mix up. Please heed my warning - make sure you are clear on time AND time zone when booking a private excursion. Read more about our fabulous Native Way adventure below! OVERALL EXPERIENCEPlease take my complaining with a grain of salt, we really did have a great vacation. Cruising is such a wonderful way to please everyone. But for the first time on NOS, I felt like RCI has some real improvements to make with regards to service, particularly if they want to make first time cruisers want to return to RCI. DEBARKATIONWas a nightmare! Spoke to a woman who works in the terminal. She claims that the terminal used for NOS is too small to handle the size of the ship. She said that they are going to reconfigure the terminal when NOS leaves for Europe. Be prepared for long lines outside in the FL heat. We have never taken advantage of priority departure before, because we are never in a hurry to get off of the ship, but this time we wished that we had. If you have the status to be able to take advantage of priority departure, you should consider it on NOS. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
We wife and I are somewhat experienced cruisers and like to be a little pampered and be made to feel we are experiencing something upscale. The ports were all good, the service on board was very good, the overall quality of the ship ... Read More
We wife and I are somewhat experienced cruisers and like to be a little pampered and be made to feel we are experiencing something upscale. The ports were all good, the service on board was very good, the overall quality of the ship was fine. We haven't cruised on one of the large lines in a couple of years, so we could see where there have been cutbacks. These are the little touches which were noticed and appreciated. Gone are the individual bottles of shampoo, lotion and conditioner, and chocolates on the pillow. They don't even put pens and stationery in the room. On several cruise lines we have been on, balcony rooms received special treatment with afternoon hors d'ourves and a fruit bowl. These are gone. Breakfast in the dining room appears to be discouraged. The time you can be served is limited, and the staff ratio is reduced. Service is extremely slow. But the Windjammer Buffet was very good. Wonderful quality and variety. Meals at dinner were quite adequate, but it no longer has the special look and taste. Portion sizes have been reduced, which is ok as we usually over eat anyway, and they will always give you seconds or an additional choice. The head waiters are very accmodating and can be entertaining. The onboard entertainment was good. Great Ice Show. Late evening entertainment was fun. We took our own bags on and off the ship, so we didn't need to wait for them to arrive at our reoom or wait to be called to disembark. We booked three weeks before the cruise and received a great deal. So we really have no complaints or regrets. Our next trip is a China River Cruise with Viking in May, and we have done the Danube. It was great. Next time we plan a "large ship" cruise we will likely look at Azemera, Regency or Silver Seas. Their all inclusive pricing including air fare looks like good comparable value. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
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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