2 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Holiday Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

I am a 2nd time cruiser and my friend a first time cruiser. This is the 2nd time I have sailed with Royal Caribbean and will sail with them again. The ship was very big and plenty to do. I booked the whole fly and cruise deal with ... Read More
I am a 2nd time cruiser and my friend a first time cruiser. This is the 2nd time I have sailed with Royal Caribbean and will sail with them again. The ship was very big and plenty to do. I booked the whole fly and cruise deal with Royal Caribbean, this was easy, their website is extremely user friendly. The whole cruise including return flight from Heathrow to Rome was 625.00 for the week. This was great value for money and worth every penny. From the minute we checked in on our chartered flight at Heathrow, it was painless. BMI flight Rome, all on time, you collected your luggage, and handed over to the waiting Royal Caribbean staff, they then took care of our luggage and delivered this to the ship for you. We were then shown to our waiting coaches to take us to the ship, the transfer time to the port was 70 minutes. The guide on the tour gave us some local info on Rome and the surrounding areas. Embarkation onto the ship took no more than 10 mins, very professional, organised and a well oiled process. Onto the ship we went, and we were not disappointed, our Stateroom was nice, good size, very clean, the shower was amazing the water pressure was the best ever, our Stateroom attendant was Vic and he was very nice, and kept our room spotless, the work very hard and take pride in their jobs The ship had too many activities to mention, definitely a highlight was learning to make towel animals- life long skill now learnt. Outside area were great, although ship was almost full to capacity, no shortage of sunbeds etc. The food on board was plentiful, good quality and service was brilliant we ate twice in the formal dining areas on the formal nights (optional you do not have too)The service was great, and the quality was also great. We were on anytime dining and first time, we sat with four other people and had great conversation. We did not eat in the speciality restaurants as the food in the other areas was of such a good standard and variety. Entertainment, the shows were a dancing show, with professional ballroom dancers which was amazing, Abbamax tribute show- excellent, Emperors of Soul- brilliant, Ice Dance show, which was the amazing and the final show was called Now and Forever (mix of different Broadway shows) The shows were all very professional, and a very high standard. There was also a Love and Marriage show that was very very funny. Karaoke competition was also great fun. Final Parade down the Royal Promenade was a Circus show, this was the first time the crew had performed this. Costumes were great, a giant Nelly the Elephant and various other animals were amazing. What impressed me the most that all staff you were in contact with even passing in a corridor, spoke to you said Hi, were very pleasant and helpful. This was further highlighted that the cruise director Warren (in charge of entertainment) personally saying goodbye to you as we left the ship. Considering he must have only had around 5hrs sleep after the final Circus parade this was a very personal touch and a great way to end our cruise Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We had 1 night in Rome prior to departure which gave us some time to visit the sights of the city. We took the train from Rome termini to the port (Cittavecchia) on Sunday morning for a fare of 7 Euro's (First class -â€" worth ... Read More
We had 1 night in Rome prior to departure which gave us some time to visit the sights of the city. We took the train from Rome termini to the port (Cittavecchia) on Sunday morning for a fare of 7 Euro's (First class -â€" worth it), a journey time of 1 hours. On arrival it was a 5 minute walk towards the Port entrance where free shuttle buses took us on a 5 minute trip to the ship terminal. There is no pedestrian access inside the port. Check-in was completed within 10 minutes and we were onboard having lunch soon after. We had been told that check-in was from 1 pm, but in fact check-in normally starts 2 to 3 hours before the advertised time, and it is usually far quicker. The general decor of the ship was excellent, it had a "nice feel", beautifully decorated with two Atrium's and plenty of lifts made it very easy to get around. We had a large ocean view cabin on deck 7 facing the front of the ship giving us excellent views. Plenty of storage space, a decent size bathroom with a shower door and not curtains. The TV had plenty of channels, with many in English. We ate all our breakfasts & lunches in the Windjammer -â€" a wide variety of dishes, good quality, and plenty of it. Could get busy at times. All our evening meals were in the main restaurant (which went over three levels). The 8.30, second sitting, suited us and helped break up the evening nicely. Again an excellently dining room with good choice and quality. Service was a little slow and disorganized as our waiters who were nice and friendly but did not work together very well. We had pre-ordered the 7 bottle wine package and found it to be well worth it and cost effective. The cafe on the promenade was open 24 hours, was free, with a variety of hot drinks, cakes, biscuits, & snacks -â€" very popular. We did use room service for a pre-breakfast tea/coffee and occasionally a mid-afternoon snack. This was excellent, and food and drink was delivered quickly and delivery was always preceded with a phone call to confirm our order and to tell us it was on its way. There were a variety of Bars for all tastes, but drinks were on the expensive side. Entertainment in the main theatre was better than we anticipated having read previous reviews. The Ice skating was amazing and should not be missed. Also some of the entertainment on the promenade was quite enjoyable. The Casino is one of the Glitziest on-board Casino's we have seen -â€" very Las Vegas. As we had been to most of the Ports of call previously we tended to be independent. In Palermo we picked up a map at the information bureau on the wharf a got an excellent walking route that took us on an approximately 2 hour tour -â€"to places we would not have found. A great idea if the weather is good. In Athens, to get to the Acropolis, you can walk from Terminal B, keeping the Sea/port on your left, go for 10-15 minutes until you find a foot bridge with an escalator to take you over the main road and down to the railway station. Get two single 1.40 euro tickets (one for the return) and get off at Monastiraki. A journey of about 15 mins. And then follow the marked road up to the Acropolis entrance. (Entrance 12 Euro's or 6 Euro's for seniors). At Kusedasi, if you haven't been to Ephesus, it's really worth taking the tour. Or you can get a taxi from just outside the port -â€" a good deal if there are four of you. Kusedasi itself is a great place for the shops. At Crete, Chania, there was a 3 Euro shuttle into town, very pretty with shops & cafes looking over the sea. We also took a taxi to the Souda War memorial cemetery (British & commonwealth soldiers from World War 2 ) a short trip around the bay the ship was in. The taxi waited for us for 20 minutes, cost 17 euro's. A great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 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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