3 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

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
Jumped on the low pricing and took an interior cabin on the 6th deck. Boarding in Miami - very fast - from the moment I parked the car to entering the room was only 23 minutes. Interior Room - nice, clean and lots of storage space. Ship - ... Read More
Jumped on the low pricing and took an interior cabin on the 6th deck. Boarding in Miami - very fast - from the moment I parked the car to entering the room was only 23 minutes. Interior Room - nice, clean and lots of storage space. Ship - fantastic. We were very impressed. Beautiful pools, plenty of big hot tubs. Everything was tasteful and well laid out. Food - I thought the food was really good on this cruise. In the past the food has been so-so, but this was excellent. The waiters were efficient and very accommodating. Fitness center - we really like the fitness center. Did a spin class and used the treadmills and weight room. Nice instructors. Docking at the ports - no long lines to get on or off. Very well run. Room Steward - our room steward needs to find a new line of work. He was just a sad pitiful man and could barely make it through the day. We felt sorry for him. Medical Personnel - OUCH - this is the only item that RCI loses points on. A woman slipped and fell on the deck. It took 17 minutes for her to get aid. The team that showed up seemed clueless. They couldn't even raise and lower the gurney without help. I would suggest that the Security and Medical people need to practice their emergency procedures to improve their response time and their first aid skills. Entertainment - - average to awesome. The comedian told a bunch of old jokes and the magician wasn't as good as some street performers that I have seen. The pianist in the bar was very good and the live band on the pool deck was very good as well. The violinist was incredible and the ice dancers were simply amazing. Disembarkation - did the express exit by carrying our own luggage. Got in line and was off the ship and loaded into the car in 27 minutes. OVERALL - I would definitely do this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
First off, Navigator of the Seas is a great ship. Spacious, reasonably clean, for the most part an attentive staff. But all that means nothing if you don't feel safe or everything you try to do is a lot of work. Arriving at the port, ... Read More
First off, Navigator of the Seas is a great ship. Spacious, reasonably clean, for the most part an attentive staff. But all that means nothing if you don't feel safe or everything you try to do is a lot of work. Arriving at the port, which really does look like a warehouse and has absolutely no creature comforts (except a table of cookies), the processing as pretty easy. Once on the ship, the photo ops begin. Travelling with my obviously frail 75 year old mother in law, instead of being directed to the nearest elevator, we get directed to the nearest photographer. Group shot, solo shot, more group shot. Great. Here's where everything started to go wrong. When booking, we didn't realize it was spring break. We saw lots of what appeared to appeared to be teenagers getting on. We didn't worry, but I was surprised that RC wasn't putting wristbands on adult vs underage guests. It was my fist cruise during spring break, and I assumed it was not theirs, so they must know what they were doing. Nope. The room was adequate. Small bathroom, but to be expected. Horrible water pressure in the shower though. You're better off using the showers in the gym. More spacious, better water pressure. The muster was quick and easy, and a fun way to meet your neighbors. Dinner the first night was a fiasco. Both the wine package and birthday cake we had preordered were among the missing (but the charges on the credit card were not...) But the staff were helpful and overly apologetic. Less apology, more bringing me my overpriced wine. And never ask for ginger ale, unless you don't need it for 45 minutes. After dinner, you started to see the drunken messes and rowdiness that would become standard the next 5 days. Adults were buying for teens, just passing drinks back and forth. Apparently, as long as 1 person in your cabin is 21, Royal Caribbean says party on and looks the other way. The 'family' pool was overrun with loud music, more drunk kids, and no place to take your little kid. I guess the only thing that could have made the trip worse is if I brought kids with me into that mess. There were a few legendary fights there as well. It was like buying a cruise and getting some Ultimate Fighting Championship thrown in for free. The adult pool, while certainly smaller in the solarium was a much more subdued atmosphere. The nightclubs were overrun and there were fights there as well. By the 3rd night, the ship started putting wristbands on people. And thanks for carding me, because at 36, people often confuse me for 20 every other day. And also thanks for thinking since I didn't want to get punched or thrown up on, close everything but the main club at 1130 or midnight. I would have spent double what I did on drinks if there were places open for us to enjoy it, rather than chug it. Back to the rooms we went. Adequate food, actually had better on Carnival if you can believe it (except in the specialty restaurants Chops and Portofino-definitely worth the upgrade fee) but nothing to do at night unless you wanted to get punched or thrown up on. The cruise really did cater to the spring breakers. The ports of call were ok. Cozumel was the pier 4 miles outside the city, so you couldn't easily go to downtown Cozumel. Belize is home to many proud people. And many miles of unpaved road. The last night of the trip had a group of drunken teens making a ton of noise, yelling, music and smoking pot 3 rooms down from us (and 1 room next to my mother in law) at 4am. This took close to an hour to resolve, including 4 trips down to the desk and 5 phone calls. The mall cop that responded just showed me a piece of paper that had all these complaints on it. I don't really care. Do your job and make me feel secure. I'm on Royal Caribbean, not Excuses International. Fix it. Fix it. FIX IT. (BTW, they were kind enough to fix our group for talking loudly in the foyer on night 2-so it can be done). Was actually pretty glad to get back to the warehouse on Saturday morning. Which was the exact opposite feeling I think you should have at the end of a 'vacation'. So-in summary-great boat, decent food, if the staff can't help you they certainly apologize enough to you, and as far as feeling safe-well, not this time. I'd be willing to give Royal Caribbean another shot, but it's been 3 days since I sent them a similar email to the above and no response. I guess since I didn't cause a fight, break anyone's jaw, puke all over the place and over-tipped my staff they don't really care about me. Back to Carnival.... Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
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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