Sail Date: November 2008
We took a Thanksgiving cruise on the Navigator of the Seas, and based on the other reviews, were a little worried. However, whatever problems RC has in the Mediterranean seem to have been resolved for the Caribbean. We had a great time. ... Read More
We took a Thanksgiving cruise on the Navigator of the Seas, and based on the other reviews, were a little worried. However, whatever problems RC has in the Mediterranean seem to have been resolved for the Caribbean. We had a great time. We are experienced cruisers, having previously been on Celebrity, Princess and Holland America. Navigator completely outperformed both Princess and Holland America. Embarkation was quick and easy we were able to get on before noon, with no lines, and with the cabins being ready by 1:00 p.m., and luggage arriving by 4:00 p.m. in plenty of time for even the early setting people to get dressed. The cabins were much larger than comparable ones on other ships, with plenty of space for clothes the built-in closets helped significantly in finding places for shorts, shirts, etc. Food all times in all venues was good much better menus, and much better quality than Princess, for example. And the menus were extensive enough that everyone in our group from the grandparents on restricted diets, to the mid-40s parents trying to lose weight (believe it or not, even on a cruise) to the pre-teens and teens always found something to eat. And the buffets were good enough in quality that you could go there for dinner and not be disappointed. We spent one night at Chops, the steak restaurant, and it was good (it should be for an extra $25pp). The person who had the veal chop said it was the best she'd eaten anywhere. One note unlike some cruises, Navigator did not offer a lot of food choices late at night. No big deal for us since we were full after the late seating dinner, but those who like to have a substantial nosh or almost a second dinner late forget it. There is some food, but it is limited in nature. The staff was incredibly friendly (everyone had a smile and a hello throughout the ship in fact, if you walked by someone else's cabin attendant, they made sure to greet you) and customer service oriented. Anything we asked, the first response was either an unqualified "yes", or at worst a "we should be able to do something for you". Lots of special requests by us all satisfied. A small vignette to demonstrate the pervasiveness of the customer experience I was in the gym, and was walking over the trash can to throw out a tissue. A staff member was walking the other way with a trash bag in her hand, saw my tissue, stopped and opened her bag so I could throw out my trash without having to walk the extra 5 steps. This type of service was replicated everywhere. Speaking of the gym it was one of the largest I had seen on a ship, with a really good complement of weights/benches/machines and LOTS of treadmills/ellipticals. Which was a good thing the ship's gym was busier than the gym at home. The quality of the shows was only fair the "review" numbers were creative, but the quality of the singers was only fair. There didn't seem to be as many things to do at night and lots of fun things seemed to be aimed at the early seating people and not replicated for those with the late seating. Our kids had a great time we didn't see them. They didn't use the kids clubs for much, but there is enough to do that they found friends and engaged in their own activities. The one nice option is the late night option it goes from 10 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. later than most other ships. We would definitely take Royal Caribbean again. (BTW, Navigator is a beautiful ship, with the idea of the Royal Promenade as a central place pretty cool). The most important things to us good food, fun activities for the kids, lying out in the sun (didn't see much problem getting pool deck lounges), great service all were there for our Thanksgiving cruise. Read Less
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.5 4.2

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