16 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

Ok so where to start, so many things to say. First of all, we had to wait 4 1/2 hours in line in the heat just to get on the ship. We never went to a terminal. It was a tent that was even hotter inside to wait in more lines. After a couple ... Read More
Ok so where to start, so many things to say. First of all, we had to wait 4 1/2 hours in line in the heat just to get on the ship. We never went to a terminal. It was a tent that was even hotter inside to wait in more lines. After a couple hours they finally started passing out water while we waited in line. We didn't leave until 6pm and when we got onboard there we didn't get to grab a bite to eat because we had to go immediately to the muster drill. By the this time we were starving and went looking for food. Could we find any? NO!!! We were supposed to wait for the dining room to open. I had an anxiety attack at this point and started crying and begging for food so I went up to one of the waiters and started yelling at them that I just wanted food and to sit down. Something to the effect of: "Can't we even get fed on this stupid ship? I just want some food and my feet hurt and I want to sit down already. We've only been waiting for hours in line!" Yes, embarrassing, but it happened. I've got to say they found me a seat and within two minutes moved us into the dining room. Probably to keep everyone else from rioting. After A glass of wine and some bread I started to calm down, ate and went straight to the stateroom and to bed. Everything was ok until we got to the royal Caribbean port in Haiti. We booked an excursion for jet skiing. With our friends. The staff on the excursion was rude and antagonizing. The chicks name was HANNAH and she gave us misinformation and was rude to us because we are middle age and treated us like we were geriatric. She almost let our friend drown because she didn't follow safety protocol or recommendations for the excursion. After 30 minutes of our friend in the water she decided to stop laughing and saying Ebro thing was cool and called for help. After the boat came and took our friends away we just wanted to be done and on our way. They charged us twice for the locker because of their mistake. The port shopping was horrible because the people are so aggressive and rude. Plus, they lie to you just to get you to buy. One guy actually got in my husbands face and told him "LOOK AT ME! I'm taking to you." The only good thing was that the ship provided food and beverages. On Wednesday night there was supposed to be a Latin pool party but the whole deck got flooded from the pools because the ship was rocking so badly since we sailed that it was cancelled because they were worried the band would get electrocuted. So were we. They told everyone to go to the Cosmopolitan Club to continue the party. That was a disaster. The do apparently didn't get the memo and some old lady started yelling and cussing at him that no one liked his music and to play something else. When he did, she started yelling at people to get up and dance, so we left. At 1am, said lady was leading a protest two decks below us, stomping and chanting "This stupid "A" (profanity) boat sucks!" because they closed the only dance club early. This went on for 30 minutes. At 4am there was an explosion and I thought the ship was sinking. Never found out what that was about. For the first 3 days the hallway smelled of sewer. There was only one dance club on the ship. The Latin band was awesome! But they only get a corner the deck and it was super crowded because it was the only place that had decent dance music. I called and bought a gift for my husband for our anniversary, which was on the 29th. I waited all day and nothing came. Next day we went to guest services and to find out what happened and they apologized for the error, which I they never said what happened but they ruined the surprise. They tried to make up for it and offered us a bottle of champagne, which we never recieved. They also offered us dinner at one of the premium restaurants to make up for it. That was nice, but ,y husband woke up sick and it wa on the last day of the cruise so I had dinner with my friend and not our anniversary dinner. So no anniversary celebration for us on the ship, thanks to ROYAL CARIBBEAN. Needless to say, we will never ever travel with them again. Worst vacation of our lives. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We have been cruising for years and always had a wonderful time.We had never booked with Royal Caribbean, but heard great things about them. Sadly this was not the case on Navigator of the Seas !! We arrived at the port a couple hours ... Read More
We have been cruising for years and always had a wonderful time.We had never booked with Royal Caribbean, but heard great things about them. Sadly this was not the case on Navigator of the Seas !! We arrived at the port a couple hours early and expected a wait, but not to be bused over to Bayside and never picked back up. Most people had to get a cab back to the ship in fear of missing the sailing. When we finally arrived back at the port it was to LONG lines of VERY angry cruisers waiting to board and we were screamed and yelled at for being moved to the front of the line. The dining room staff was GREAT, and the only place on the ship that had palatable food, the rest was TERRIBLE. First time I have ever been served a crab cake made with imitation crab meat.....GROSS !!! Prime rib was on the menu, but we were told they were out when we tried to order it. We purchased the drink package only to find out they did not offer the brands they had listed on their website. Toilet was backed up the first two-three days and the A/C was a hit and miss adventure. We had some sincere "I am sorry" from the staff and we received an apology note and fruit plate from the dining room staff on our last cruise day. Very sad when your waiter has to apologize for the food he is serving you !!! NO poolside entertainment, they had a small band that played for 1-2 hours each day at sea and a few contest. We truly could not wait to get off this ship !!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
RCCL Navigator of the Seas We cruised 7 days from November 27 to December 4, 2016, and this was our 57th cruise. We are rated Diamond with RCCL and we cruise with several other cruise lines. We had a balcony cabin. Cabin condition ... Read More
RCCL Navigator of the Seas We cruised 7 days from November 27 to December 4, 2016, and this was our 57th cruise. We are rated Diamond with RCCL and we cruise with several other cruise lines. We had a balcony cabin. Cabin condition and its size were fine. Ship’s public areas were all fine. The food offerings in the main dining room and on the Deck 11 buffets were way below what we have ever experienced before. No salmon or fish for breakfast on Deck 11 – first time ever. They had prime rib on the main restaurant dinner menu twice. The first time it was very thin. The second time they said they were out and substituted pot roast. The appetizers were fine but the entrée offerings were limited and well below what we have experienced before. The check-in was terrible and the worst we ever experienced. The ship was NOT docked at a terminal but docked at a flat pier adjacent to a parking area. We arrived at about 12:00 noon and the line was estimated to be about 1000 waiting people winding around in a parking lot. No cover or roof over the long line. If it rained, we would have all been soaked. There were no seats to wait in. There also were no separate priority lines (as they promised) until you reached the inside of the relatively small tent structure. So we followed 1000 other passengers in the line, most of whom were not rated Diamond or better. So much for our rating. None of the RCCL staff seemed to care about how people were being treated. I estimate that we boarded the ship at about 1:30 pm, but did not write the time down. At 330 pm, the line was still at least 200 long, and there were still several hundred bags standing around the parking lot to be loaded. I have photos taken from our balcony cabin. We departed about 2 hours late because of the time it took getting the last bags on board. All the restaurant staff in every venue were 5-star great as in the past!!! There was only one production show during the 7-day show, and it was 5-star great! All the other evening entertainment in the theater was poor and way below average. The ice-skating show was 5-star great. The internet package offered for the 7-day cruise was the best ever offered to me. Instead of being limited to and worrying about minutes, we purchased a 7-day 24/7 package for one device for about $60.00 after our diamond discount. My wife and I could both log on using different devices but at different times. I was surprised by how many people were complaining and a few voiced real anger. Regardless, for the money we paid, we had a great vacation. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I chose this cruise because it was priced right and I wanted to experience this ship. I also had never been to Labadee, their private island. The ship was beautiful and very clean. The cabin and especially the bathroom was quite ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was priced right and I wanted to experience this ship. I also had never been to Labadee, their private island. The ship was beautiful and very clean. The cabin and especially the bathroom was quite small for a balcony stateroom. We had purchased 3 nights in specialty restaurants prior to the cruise. When we got on board, a man from the Sabor Mexican restaurant said we could save money if we purchased a 5 night dining pkg. So he said he would make all the arrangements for us and cancel our original reservations. He didn't! It took us 3 days to get it all straightened out. I even went to the front desk for help and they handed me their phone. No customer service at all. I do not recommend the specialty restaurants. I never met the lady who cleaned our cabin. She gave us 3 bath towels on day one and only 2 every day after that. The Ice Dancing show was very nice. Nice costumes and music. Lots of talent!! The food was nothing to write home about. I would not recommend the Isumi Asian restaurant unless you enjoy cooking your own food on a hot rock. Chops Grill was pretty good. Don't order the lasagna in Giovanni's because there is no cheese in it, meat sauce and noodles. I asked the waiter at lunch in the dining room for the soup of the day. I just wanted to know what it was. His response... "I'll get to that". Wear your shoes to the beach in Labadee because the sand is full of rocks and coral, very bad for cuts and bruises. Watch the vendors on Labadee because they are more aggressive than what you see in Mexico! Labadee is nothing compared to Half Moon Cay. You cruisers from HAL know how staff offer to bring you a drink on the beach at Half Moon Cay? Well, you will not see that service on Labadee. They even charged us for a chair to sit down!! We did not do any excursions because we have been to all the islands previously. We are four star mariners on Holland America. We will stick with them in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The itinerary, was a little unique, the ability to do an 8 day cruise, as opposed to a 'normally offered' 7 day cruise. I was interested in sailing with the Navigator, as I had sailed on this ship within the past 8 years. It ... Read More
The itinerary, was a little unique, the ability to do an 8 day cruise, as opposed to a 'normally offered' 7 day cruise. I was interested in sailing with the Navigator, as I had sailed on this ship within the past 8 years. It 'supposedly' had been dry-docked for modernization and refresh, but it still showed plenty of signs of age(ageing), lack of continuous maintenance, and required many updates to keep up with some other RCCL ships in their fleet. I'm hoping (and was told) that this ship will be going for dry dock in the next couple of seasons, as really does need the extra amenities, and modernization, as the other ships; that represent the RCCL name and product. The R Bar still shows the same reflection of The Champagne Bar, and the Diamond/Diamond Plus and Concierge Lounge still do not have enough room for its loyal, repeat and Concierge level cruising passengers Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Navigator of the Seas – March 5th 2016 Sailing My wife and I are seasoned cruisers and I have completed Cruise Critic entries of our past voyages, I certainly do not use this forum to criticize at least that is not my intent. I do ... Read More
Navigator of the Seas – March 5th 2016 Sailing My wife and I are seasoned cruisers and I have completed Cruise Critic entries of our past voyages, I certainly do not use this forum to criticize at least that is not my intent. I do however share my thoughts and experiences based on previous cruises and comparable voyages. With that being said this is my review of the MS Navigator of the Seas from Cruise Port to Embarking to disembarkation. Ft. Lauderdale Cruise Port Embarkation Unfortunately the MS Navigator was delayed 2 hours prior to docking in Ft. Lauderdale on March5th this meant that the furthest Southern Dock was used which is not very passenger friendly to say the least. The Traffic is a mess and not very organized. Nonetheless we managed to get through without that big of a deal. Just an FYI to Platinum and above RCCL members – The signs for Check in are not advertised to well so you need to ask where these areas are, it does make a difference. The only good thing about Ft. Lauderdale is they finally finished the freeway construction into the Port (Only took a couple years). As for Disembarkation the terminal is just as dis-organized going out as it is coming in and we generally take the early off the ship option so I cannot imagine what it is like if we waited until Nine or Ten AM. Thus my only advise is, feel it out when you arrive and make your best educated decision on what you see it’s like. MS Navigator of the Seas Well we were told that the Navigator is the sister ship to the Freedom and you wouldn’t notice too much difference – well not quite, the MS Navigator is actually smaller in Width and Length so there is a noticeable difference but you will overcome the differences rather quickly so it’s not a show stopper. The ship is arranged similar to that of the Freedom Class ships so getting around should be relatively easy. The Promenade is smaller in width and this is probably where you will see the most difference. As for the Location of the dining rooms and specialty restaurants - Just an FYI Giovanni’s and Chops Grill are located right inside the Windjammer (Left and Right) sides AFT Ship so no worries about running cross country to find these. The Ship overall has had some face lifts but is still in need of a few minor things that will make it complete. For example the elevators on AFT Starboard side seemed to be a lot slower than the elevators on the AFT Port side. We even experienced one of the Starboard side elevator doors opening and closing several times before it finally reset and started running its normal cycle. Also the women’s rest rooms on Deck 11 (Windjammer Side) seemed to be out of order for the week of our cruise not sure what happened after day 1 but it never recovered for use. The Sliding doors seem to be a little of with Sensors on Deck 4 and deck 11. As aforementioned the ship is a tad bit smaller but it is definitely not a show stopper. MS Navigator of the Seas CREW Words cannot describe how ecstatic we are with the Crew – We had a group of six and there was not one crew member that did not make us feel like part of the RCCL Family. We have taken over Nine cruises and although we had great service from the staff, the MS Navigator Crew raised the bar on Customer Satisfaction we were absolutely mind blown on the interaction – the service and the commitment this crew had absolutely amazing, we made some awesome lifelong friends with this RCCL Staff and already conversing on social media. It was something we didn’t expect and something we will never forget. So with that as I said in the beginning words cannot describe how awesome this crew was during our trip and we hope you have the same interaction. Windjammer / Specialty Dining Well honestly we only used the Windjammer for Breakfast, most of our dinners were in the main dining room as our wait-staff was so top notch we could bear not having dinner with them on a nightly bases. Although when we did use the Windjammer the food was good although it appeared it was more crowded than normal but that could certainly be about timing. There could have been more staff on hand during the breakfast service but nothing extremely bad. We did not try any of the Specialty restaurants as the timing just wasn’t there for us. But I didn’t hear any bad reviews from anyone on the ship. The Main Dining Room (Sapphire) was absolutely incredible from the Hostess down to the wait staff it was fantastic. During one of our dinners the wait staff let us know that there was a Galley Excursion that costs about $30.00 per person, Although we were a little reluctant to do it – we decided to anyway and I will be the first to say it was well worth the experience in understanding firsthand how the Galley works I highly recommend you take this tour if the opportunity presents itself. Games and Shows on Navigator We only made a couple shows (Quest and Love and Marriage) both are great shows and if you have time it would be worth seeing / participating in either one. As for the headliner shows, honestly there wasn’t allot of advertisement on the ship about the headliner shows so I couldn’t even tell you who was on board, generally you would see this advertised on the ship or a marquee but honestly I don’t remember seeing much of anything. BINGO – Well this was our first and last time playing bingo, it’s not your typical bingo play – you have 3 rounds of Bingo and depending on how you play – Soft Card or Electronic will determine how much it cost to play. You can figure and averages start about $25 and go up from there. Game 1 is your general BINGO Straight or Diagonal Cover, Game 2 is 4 Corner and Game 3 is Cover All. Now I am not an expert BINGO player but I heard allot of people complaining when game one was over in 4 Number Picks and we all found out there is only one prize for each round. No one was expecting anything extravagant but come on RCCL a T-Shirt and or a Specialty restaurant Gift Card would be nice 2nd and 3rd Place prizes especially after 5 minutes playing round one. Round two went a little longer with only one prize awarded and round 3 was for a Free Cruise, So it just so happened that there was a 3 way tie and the answer to the tie is, The MC would pull a number and if that number is on your card you win. Uhm… Not good – and no one was happy of how this all ended. So do your-self a favor and ASK the questions before you play – How much? How Many Prizes and how Tie Breakers are handled. As for the Pool Side – Pretty much the norm as any other cruise except my overall standing complaint is the music is way too loud, not that it’s a bad thing but it is nice to sit on the deck and have a conversation that doesn’t require a bull horn to communicate with your party who is two and a half feet in front of you. Overall Appearance on Navigator The ship was very clean except the pool area; I certainly don’t blame the workers I do however believe that RCCL and Passengers bear most of the Brunt on this. First we are smokers and we are polite smokers meaning we will not wander into a nonsmoking area, we keep our areas clean and do not impede on others to clean up after ourselves in any shape or form. RCCL needs more trash and recycling containers on deck 11 and need table ashtrays as well. These two simple and low cost products can help allot of unnecessary work for everyone, but more importantly help to detour those passengers who like to leave their garbage anywhere and everywhere. Restrooms were clean and the only non-operational Restroom was the aforementioned Women’s area on Deck 11 Windjammer. Gest Services Officers Utterly fantastic – never met such an awesome Guest Services crew. We had some room issues that we later found out were are issues. Which I will explain below – Nonetheless they were very helpful and very patient with us. Stateroom 3626 Deck 3 AFT three doors from the Elevators – Awesome area, great for immediate access to dining rooms, elevators, casino etc. We liked it so much we are booked next year on the same ship same room. As I mentioned before there was a slight room problem that RCCL failed to alert us of. They have staterooms that are POWER EFFICIENT meaning there is a trigger Pocket below the light switch that when activated it allows your lights to turn on and off. If you don’t place the cards into the slot the correct way your lights will not work. Well it took us a few days before someone finally explained it to us (Guest Services) although we felt silly we laughed quite hard about it because we were sure there was an issue with our room’s electric. So check with your State Room Attendant and ask if you have such a room – I think they are retrofitting these rooms a little at a time. Overall The MS Navigator is a great ship, with a great Crew and we are looking forward to sailing on her again in March 2017 if not sooner. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We were on deck 8. At 3 AM Thursday I heard the neighbors sliding door thump and got up to see what was afoot. Water in the cabin. I went OH S***! we're sinking but looked out and could see we were still high and dry except for the ... Read More
We were on deck 8. At 3 AM Thursday I heard the neighbors sliding door thump and got up to see what was afoot. Water in the cabin. I went OH S***! we're sinking but looked out and could see we were still high and dry except for the floor. The water closet between our rooms broke a pipe. I went back to bed after deciding nothing was going to be destroyed to the hum of vacuums. We were put out of our rooms all day til 4, then the smell of glue was so bad my wife got sick. They moved us to deck 9. After all that they offered us $200. The food aboard was better than Norwegian, not as good as Princess in Main Dining and about the same as Princess at windjammer. Besides we had a 5:30 assigned seating so I ate in Windjammer mostly. Steward service was not the best, we had a dirty sink for 2 days. Varnish is wearing off the railings and no-one is repainting. Wonder why? They varnished our deck rail on Princess at sea. Dining area was clean but people can sure be ill mannered, expecting you to walk around them even if you have plate for you and 1 for your wife. One steward in dining spent most of the time hiding but the rest were quite good. I am very unimpressed so will try another Cruise Line. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
First off I would like to say that this was my first cruise and my wifes 11th and I was very excited and looking forward to this trip for months and then this all happened. Check in took 2.5 hours as their computers were down, so we ... Read More
First off I would like to say that this was my first cruise and my wifes 11th and I was very excited and looking forward to this trip for months and then this all happened. Check in took 2.5 hours as their computers were down, so we were herded under a shelter to wait in line as it was raining very hard, all guest luggage was put onto trollies but were left out in the rain, everyone's bags got soaked and clothes as well, we tried our best to dry them but went to our first dinner in damp clothing. Because all our clothes were wet in the case for so long they got a musty smell so we used the ships laundry service and it took 2 full days to get the clothing back, needless to say, I was in the same shirt for three days, I wasn't happy. I had to buy shirts in Haiti just to get bye. We decided to buy the drink package for myself but not for my wife as she only had the occasional drink, the front desk made a mistake and put the drink package on sharons card and not mine so I was still being billed. The next day I went back to the front desk and told them and was told, it did not matter as the cards were linked together that I would not be billed. Happy about this I went back to my vacation at the bar. Later that night I checked the bill on the tv in our room and of course it was not fixed. So for a third time I went back to the front desk and explained again. They then corrected the problem and the drink package was put on my card. I also asked at this point about the charges for those drinks as they never should have been on there in the first place, the front desk manager agreed and removed the charges. The next day I checked our tv account again and found that the charges had been removed and then put back on again. So of course, now for a fourth time, I had to go back to the front desk and ask what was going on? as you can imagine, by this point I am very frustrated and lining up for a half our every day to fix the same problem over and over was annoying. I was told that the charge was put back on by the bar manager and I would have to speak with him. They called him down and I had to explain myself to him just like I did every other day to the front desk staff, and yes now that he knew the situation and what error was made he then took off the charges again. Food: The one thing I had heard about cruising was that the food was amazing, we found the very first night fantastic, I don't think I had ever had prime rib that tender, simply awesome and the service was excellent. It went down hill from here though. Every other piece of beef was tough or loaded with fat, we found ourselves ordering another dinner or just going to the buffet. One of our nights we went to Chops Grille, my wife ordered the fillet mignon and I had the 12oz strip loin, hers was a little tough and mine was like leather, I had a steak knife but felt like I was using a butter knife, I ate 1/4 of the steak and called the waiter, I told him that I could not eat this, he then said "I will tell him, and what can I get you for desert" I said another steak would be nice, so he handed me the desert menu, we ordered desert and left without eating it as both our appetites were gone. We did enjoy the breakfast buffet in the windjammer, and if you liked your scrambled eggs with the texture of vanilla pudding then you would have loved it or if you liked your sunny side up eggs undercooked then this was the place for you. Other than the eggs I did enjoy the rest of their food, and I really liked all the fresh buns, very nice. Music: This would have been great if we had it everyday. Instead we got tennis, yes I said tennis, EVERY DAY!! When out on deck all you heard every day was the sounds of two men grunting as they hit the ball with their tennis rackets. The big screen played tennis or football with the volume on every day. No music at the bars or the pool, just tennis. There was a live band on two of the days out at the pool, and on those days, once the band had finished about 5 songs, the DJ would play music till they came back, but once they were done, so was the music. The only time people on our ship got to dance and listen to music was when we were in port and parked beside another ship that was playing music. This was an onboard joke at the bars after awhile, because it did not feel like a vacation on board at all without music. I guess if I was a tennis lover, this would have been a dream vacation. My wife kept telling new people we would meet on the first and second day that this was my first cruise, and all said the same thing "you are going to love it" by day 5 and 6, those same people were saying to me, "don't let this sour you on cruising, its normally much better than this". For awhile I was just thinking that it was me, that maybe cruising just wasn't for me, but after speaking and making so many new friends I found that everyone was disappointed in some way, shape or form. Upon arrival to Haiti I was up early, 6am, excited to pull into port, I had just opened the patio door to the balcony when the engines made a weird sound and a large plume of thick black smoke poured over the back of the ship and completely engulfed our balcony, I honestly thought the ship was on fire it was that bad, our room smelled of diesel fumes for the next couple of hours. I asked one of the cleaners if there was a problem with the ship and was told no. But clearly over the next two days we were running on one engine only. I asked the front desk about the smoke and was told this was normal. I said normal to fill a room with thick black smoke and laughed. Later on in the trip they shut the elevators down for a test on an emergency generator (or so they said) I sat on my balcony listening to the engine trying to start and watching for more think black smoke, there was some smoke but once it was running again the smoke went away and we were now clearly running on two engines. If we did lose an engine I understand not to tell the passengers so they don't panic, but to tell me that black smoke in my room was normal, well that's just laughable. When we got back we complained to Royal Caribbean and they offered us a $250 voucher for each of us that we must use by the end of the 2016 or it expires. So what they are saying is, "spend another $4200 with us and we will give you $500 off". This to us does not feel like RC really cares about its customers and we will never travel with them again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Don't be afraid to take this cruise after reading the reviews. We almost didn't and that would have been unfortunate. At the end of the day, NOS is a beautiful ship with a wonderful, hardworking crew. The 8-night is a ... Read More
Don't be afraid to take this cruise after reading the reviews. We almost didn't and that would have been unfortunate. At the end of the day, NOS is a beautiful ship with a wonderful, hardworking crew. The 8-night is a wonderful itinerary. Unfortunate that it departs from Port Everglades. Be prepared for an unattractive port with no signage next to an airport with chocking jet fuel fumes. Still, you don't have to deal with that for very long and once you are on the ship you're fine. Other reviewers have covered the nightmare experienced on boarding the ship so I won't comment on that. We decided to put the experience behind us and enjoy our vacation but decided to depart from Port Canaveral on future cruises going forward. This was our 5th cruise,4th on RCCL. We are in our 50's prefer quieter areas on the ship, don't drink or gamble, just wanted to recharge our batteries and relax. Our first impression of the ship is that it was absolutely gorgeous. We were able to access our stateroom right away but because of the port delay it was a while until we go our luggage. Stateroom: We were on Deck 10, center of ship in an interior cabin with a virtual balcony. The room was lovely with lots of storage to accommodate clothing and toiletries. The virtual balcony was nice but didn't work all the time. Tip: ask for ice and an extra blanket. We didn't find the mattress to hard as mentioned in other reviews but the pillows were terrible. You may want to bring your own. Food: We booked a few specialty restaurants but cancelled the reservations after dining in the MDR. The food is good, some meals were great and the service awesome. WIndjammer was hit or miss. Tip: take a look at all offerings before you decide to fill your plate. Breakfast: go for the made to order eggs and omelettes in the back. Lunch: Stick with fresh sandwiches and salads. On sea days the MDR is open for lunch and they had some delicious choices. Sugar Chicken (Asian) was sooo good. The café on the promenade was a great place to grab coffee. The coffee is Seattles Best and not instant. Nice and strong. Went down at 6:00am every morning for a cup and a pastry. I can't believe people were lining up to pay for Starbucks when there was such good coffee for no charge. Pool: We enjoyed the Solarium area. Beautiful and quiet. There's a door at the end of the solarium (near the spa) that accesses a lovely deck that no one really utilizes. So quiet that you feel you're on your own private yacht. Great for when you are pulling into a port. Deck 4 is also a great area that no one uses. Perfect for reading. Halfway through the cruise my husband came down with the flu so get your flu shots, and take Vitamin C before and during your cruise. We did book a cruise for next year while on board, great incentives to do so. Look forward to a healthier cruise next November. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
The Navigator was a wonderful ship. I love the larger ships with a promenade. We were in a balcony cabin D2-9252 which was roomy and plenty of storage. We also loved the location and easy access to everywhere we wanted to go. The ship ... Read More
The Navigator was a wonderful ship. I love the larger ships with a promenade. We were in a balcony cabin D2-9252 which was roomy and plenty of storage. We also loved the location and easy access to everywhere we wanted to go. The ship offered many classes from making pasta to making sushi. We did take the sushi class it was great and then we got to eat our creations. Every night I would devour the cruise compass to plan for the next day. I didn't want to miss anything on-board. There were plenty of activities day and night. The Quest was hilarious. We took early dining at 6pm if I had to do it again I think I would prefer my time dining. I found it was a little rushed to get there for 6 especially if you were on a tour. But we had fabulous table mates that I looked forward to seeing every night. Since we traveled alone we were able to meet so many wonderful and interesting people at Breakfast and lunch where the dining room encouraged table sharing. The headliner entertainment was fabulous. Ice show awesome. Even the smaller bar/lounges offered great bands. Two Poets offered a guitar player/singer that we closed every night. Our first stop in Labadee was great, we were there last year too and loved it. A perfect/scenic beach location. My only complaint is in the excursions. In St Kitts we took Scenes of St Kitts $45.75 because our originally booked tour was cancelled at the last minute. The tour bus was very small and unfortunately we were the last two to board so we had to sit separately (single seats were on one side) and we had the two front single seats. Bob had to climb over the bus mechanical compartment (which I could not do) and I had to sit sideways the whole trip. Not an inch offered for your feet. Even the couple in the double seat next to me had to sit sideways. AWFUL! Don't expect to see a botanical garden as advertised, I have more flowers in my yard. For the price would expect to at least have a decent seat. Then in St.Maarten, We took Magical highlights tour for $95.75. A catamaran tour & trip to Marigot. Again on a small bus. No joke the aisle was about 4 inches wide and I had to displace all my internal organs to get thru. If you weight more than 150 lbs or had a pot belly this was not the bus for you. The catamaran ride was a huge disappointment. Every stop was torture to get off. I know we like the security of RCCL tours but tours offered off the ship that my table mates took were only $20 in St Kitts, including beer/drinks and $40 in St. Maarten. They followed the same tour route but didn't include the boat ride which would have been just fine. Their buses were roomy and comfortable. So I would definitely rethink booking RCCL tours. Disembarkation was very easy and well organized. I loved the ship and services and attention was superb. My only issue was tours. They need to be careful what tour operators they choose. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We have gone on 21 cruises on 3 different cruise lines, so we are somewhat experienced cruisers. We thoroughly enjoyed the Navigator...she looks good after her refurbishing. Dining: The main dining room staff was wonderful...since we ... Read More
We have gone on 21 cruises on 3 different cruise lines, so we are somewhat experienced cruisers. We thoroughly enjoyed the Navigator...she looks good after her refurbishing. Dining: The main dining room staff was wonderful...since we were B2B they let us pick our table for the following week. We were able to get a "table for 2" each week which is a rarity. The food was above average with very attentive service. We did several nights of specialty restaurants. Sabor was amazing...although very quiet since the word hasn't gotten out yet. LOVED the guacamole...(could have made a meal of just that). Chops was terrible...steak was inedible. Giovanni's was excellent...filet was flavorful and extremely tender...one of the best I have ever had. I do, however, miss Portofino...it is one of the specialty restaurants we go to at least 3 times on any given cruise. Love the bread and dipping oils. Maybe they could combine some of the best from Giovann's & Portofino? We did the Mystery Dinner in Giovanni's--loved both food and entertainment. Only drawback on these size ships is there is absolutely nowhere to sit when it is raining...the solariums are all open. Wish there was some way they could retrofit these class ships with a moveable canopy. I only say this because the second week had 4 out of 7 days of rain and all those people who had only that week were out of luck for much poolside enjoyment or lounging. The shows were all excellent. Our only glitches on entire 2 weeks was when we tried to change (prepaid) dinner reservations from Chops to Giovanni's. RCCL offers a preboarding package where you get a percentage off if you book & pay for 3 dinner reservations in their specialty restaurants. They charged us for the new reservation and then it took 4 trips to the desk to get a refund of $70 for Chops. They kept telling us that the manager of Chops had to do the actual refund, so I guess he was not in any hurry to do so. We new that the last day of the cruise the lines at the desk would be mega-long so we wanted to get this corrected early...HA! HA! We did end up getting the refund but it should not have taken 4 trips. Diamond lounge staff were excellent...just hard to get a seat a rush hour! Most Diamond (+) guests do not take advantage of the 3 drink availability at various other venues on the ship, so the lounge is almost always overcrowded. We did go to another venue on two occasions to get a pre-dinner drink and were made to feel uncomfortable by the servers...perhaps they don't get the guaranteed, included tip? The "top-tier" event consisted of drinks and the captain pushing the newest ship...The Quantum...we all heard MANY times how excited he was to be the new captain of the newest ship. The event was scheduled during one of the shows so we arrived late and had a difficult time getting anyone to serve us ONE drink...no food...RCCL needs to let their repeat cruisers know how valuable they are...we are the ones who are filling your cabins on all your ships...not just the newest & shiniest! I must, however, tip my hat to Mr. Lindsay...he went out of his way to speak to us every time we saw him..especially as we entered the top-tier event...now, HE made us feel important! (I believe he said he was going to be on the Vision in a GS on our next cruise in March) We look forward to speaking to him again. All in all, this was one of our most enjoyable cruises! We are looking forward to our next three cruises booked on RCCL! Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We decided in mid 2011 to celebrate our 30th anniversary with a cruise. Booking through Vacations to Go was a breeze and there was never a question that was not answered promptly and accurately. Ours was a 9 night cruise from Ft. ... Read More
We decided in mid 2011 to celebrate our 30th anniversary with a cruise. Booking through Vacations to Go was a breeze and there was never a question that was not answered promptly and accurately. Ours was a 9 night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to the eastern Caribbean with stops in St. Maarten, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, San Juan, and Royal Caribbean's private facility at Labadee, Haiti. Embarkation was fast and efficient. We arrived at the pier about an hour before the listed boarding time and fully expected to wait a while, but were boarded right away. We purposely chose an interior cabin on deck 7. I guess a balcony would be nice but we prefer dark and quiet when it's time to sleep. With an interior cabin that's what you get! The cabin was squeaky clean and ready for us when we boarded. There was even an anniversary bottle of wine and an onboard credit voucher from our travel agent (Vacations to Go) waiting for us! As we set sail (about an hour late due to port traffic) I began to notice the demographics of this cruise were heavily weighted toward senior citizens. Not just senior, but REALLY senior. Many appeared to be in the octogenarian ranks with all manner of physical afflictions. It was sort of like "Welcome aboard the Nursing Home of the Seas." With that said, it should be quite obvious that using the lifts was a struggle and just moving about the ship in general had to be carefully planned. After a day and a half at sea, we diverted into St. Thomas on a medical emergency. Unfortunately a passenger failed to heed the contract clause that states "Passengers must be able to withstand the rigors of sailing . . . etc." and reported to sick bay early on. For reasons unknown the pax. could not be helicoptered off, thus the diversion. (Did not affect port schedule at all.) Medical problems aside, many of the oldsters on this cruise had some of the WORST attitudes and displayed some of the WORST manners and discourteous behavior I have ever seen in my life! They would bitch and complain about the most ridiculous things, jump the line to enter shows, dining room, etc., break wind in crowded spaces, argue loudly with one another, treat crew members disrespectfully, and treat fellow passengers worse. Most seemed to hail from "up nawth" including a cadre of rude Canadians. Just one thing to say - If you can't behave any better than what you displayed on this trip, stay in "snow land" or buy your own ship to sail on! You are an embarrassment to we seniors who are aging with grace and dignity. As I mentioned, embarkation in Ft. Lauderdale was a breeze largely because passengers arrived over a period of about 3 1/2 hours. Disembarking was another story. You would think that a busy port would plan ahead for several ships turning around on the same day. Nope! Port Everglades was woefully understaffed to manage the crowds trying to get from CBP to their ground transportation provider. Actually leaving the ship was uneventful. We made it through CBP in about 5 minutes and that's where the "fun" began. At pier 29 everyone must use ground transportation of some kind as their is no parking deck close enough to walk to. Problem is this, there is no signage and no personnel to direct and control the people waiting for shuttle buses, cabs, limos, etc. There are 2 local deputy sheriffs whom make it clear their only responsibility is to keep traffic moving. Many of the rude and disgusting "nawtheners" jumped the lines and boarded the shuttles ahead of those who had been waiting. We finally had to physically block people from jumping line to get on the Park n' Go shuttle to the apparent amusement of the 2 deputies. Bottom line is this: We will do everything possible to AVOID Ft. Lauderdale/Port Everglades when we cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
My husband and I flew out of LAX thursday night, got in to FLL at 6am. We had reservations at the Hilton Marina close to the port and airport. It was a great hotel but of course we couldn't check in that early. We decided to drop off ... Read More
My husband and I flew out of LAX thursday night, got in to FLL at 6am. We had reservations at the Hilton Marina close to the port and airport. It was a great hotel but of course we couldn't check in that early. We decided to drop off our bags with the hotel and walk to get breakfast somewhere. It's not a very far walk to restaurants, a mile, mile and a half but you are on a main street. Breakfast was okay, we ate at Joe's Cafe. It wasn't anything special but it was open. When you have about 4 hours to kill before your room will be ready, this is what you should do:1-Eat breakfast/lunch (Panera is close too) 2. Wait until Ross opens and peruse for last minute outfits/shoes 3. Go to the ATM to get cash 4. Go to Walgreens Dinner: Go to Kelly's Landing( around the corner from Ross) yummy food, great little place. We ordered Lobstah rangoons, Lobstah roll(warm with butter) mmmmm.... Get the Boston cream pie for dessert, it won't disappoint! If you are staying at Hilton Marina, take Taxi/shared van to Port Everglades Since it was just 2 of us we had to take a Taxi, it was about $15. We left Hotel room at 11am and boy was it a circus! My advice, Leave earlier.....After waiting for a Taxi and Pier traffic we made it to our Pier at 11:45am. Line was pretty long but moved quickly once they opened the main doors. Got onboard a little before 1pm when our rooms were available. We had interior cabin at the back of the ship, great price but it really was the back back of the ship. Cozy room but we really felt the ship move back there. I won't be staying in the back again, plus the crew door was adjacent to ours and it squeaked everytime it was opened. It needed WD-40 bad.... We dropped off carry-ons and headed up to Windjammer like everyone else. Food in the Windjammer is buffet and it tastes like buffet food. They did have one day where they had pork ribs and they were really good!! Breakfast and Dinner was amazing in the main dining room. My husband and I were in the Nutcracker dining room, which is the main dining floor, second seating (8:30pm). Service was excellent and I really miss our waiters Isaias and Simon. Shows were eh. The adult comedian was funny and the Love and Marriage game was fun to watch. We went to the iceskating show and 3 singing/dancing productions but left during one of them... It's just not our thing. I would've rather seen an Improv show or more comedic performances. The theatre wasn't even half full the nights we went. Deck chairs are an issue, as well as towels. Bring your own beach towel because they ran out many times and on the port days too, so we had to take our room towels off the ship. We went during spring break so there were a lot of college people wanting to bake in the sun all day. People left their stuff on them or a towel but who knows if they ever came back to those "saved chairs". Rude people that go on cruises are rude cruise people, they don't magically become nice just because so if you see a chair without personal items or towels, take it! Don't think about it, just do it.... or you will most likely never get a chair. Oh, and by the way, I'm a nice person on and off the ship :) Although my husband and I had an amazing time it does feel like Royal Caribbean is feeling the economic situation like a lot of people are. You can feel it around the ship, not all the time but it is noticeable.... Now, after making that comment, I am still going to cruise with them, in fact I just booked another cruise this afternoon. October 7, 2012- Freedom of the Seas Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
We just got back yesterday from our 6 night cruise aboard the beautiful Navigator of the Seas. This is the largest ship my husband and I have been on and our first time with a balcony, which we LOVED and felt it was worth the extra money ... Read More
We just got back yesterday from our 6 night cruise aboard the beautiful Navigator of the Seas. This is the largest ship my husband and I have been on and our first time with a balcony, which we LOVED and felt it was worth the extra money especially since we were celebrating our 20th Anniversary. I loved the Royal Promenade and the spaciousness of it. I found the decore all over the ship beautiful and the staff always so attentive and helpful. We enjoyed the shows we saw, only one production show, Ballroom Fever and it was the entertainers first cruise and they had to be fitted and reherse.There was a magician/comedian who was wonderful and we caught the end to the Nelson Brothers' Show which was good. Lots of different music all over the ship. This was our third cruise with RC and I felt that the food in the dining room was note quite as good as on the Grandure and Enchantment, however what was good was that there were more choices for light dinning other than the Windjammer, which is always so crowded during meal times no matter which ship you go on. My husband loved Chops, but unfortunately I was not feeling 100% that night and couldn't enjoy it as I wanted to. We did our own thing in each port. Labadee was extremely beautiful, however there were two ships in port, us and Explorer and each ship had approximately 3000 passangers, so with 6000 people on the beach it got crowded. We ended up going back to the ship and having the Solarium almost to ourselves. I love sea days, but one problem with all the ships is enough pool side seating, but I'm not sure how they could solve this. Overall we had a wonderful time and even put a deposit down for a future cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
I have been on several other cruise lines and was told about Royal Caribbean being so nice, I will review my experience as follows: Inside Promenade view was as expected room ok, always smaller than you would like, boarding ship and ... Read More
I have been on several other cruise lines and was told about Royal Caribbean being so nice, I will review my experience as follows: Inside Promenade view was as expected room ok, always smaller than you would like, boarding ship and leaving OK! Food: Not very good, not even fresh ,hours of availability poor, a room service a fee after midnight, only a small and mean small selection of food after hours in a snack shop in promenade drinks served---( water and coffee)-- Yes only water and coffee to drink(hot tea too)- if you wanted to drink lemonade or mystery drink of day fruit punch or strawberry kiwi had to walk to back of ship and staff prepared drink for you- ice always melted and diluted drinks- no food or drinks near pools( except pay/purchased beverages) Bottled water yes bottled water was a charge! Chops restaurant horrible-$30 each up-charge you can order fillet any time from regular dining for an add of $14.95 same steak half the price? Chops-the worse up charge meal I have ever had. This cruise the worst experience ever with food quality and availability. C- This was rather disappointing especially since being referred to royal carib. Shows: Ice skating was a good show but 3000 passengers 800 seating only way to see is arrive early and wait 30 min prior to show-- make more shows available! One comedian cut short to 30 min bit he was great but only one and only one 30 min show. this was a 8 day cruise the comedian was on ship for three more days with absolutely no more appearances- good gig for him! Other shows stuff give a C for quality and availability. Reading back I was disappointed in entertainment and food quality/availability. The Windjammer was often closed to one side only, tacos one day and line 35' long-ice cream machine always needed more ice cream and have to wait to get cold-- Our dinner staff was great, room Stuart average,ship had wear and tear and hardly seen staff cleaning Princess and Carnival cleaned ship all night long smoking on ship could be better Casino should be smoke free it was busy on formal nights because it was smoke free FYI Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Windjammer lunch was not very good. First night in the My Time Dining Room (Swan lake dining room), we were there for over two hours. They never could get my dressing right on my salad, so I ended up not even eating it. Hubby got vidalia ... Read More
Windjammer lunch was not very good. First night in the My Time Dining Room (Swan lake dining room), we were there for over two hours. They never could get my dressing right on my salad, so I ended up not even eating it. Hubby got vidalia onion tart, and it was good. Rolls were almost too hard to eat. I got some kind of white truffle oil linguine dish as my entree' which was VERY good. Hubby got prime rib. It was good. Dessert was strawberry pavlova. It was "ok", but I wish I would have gotten something else. We were not impressed at all with the parade on the promenade. The cruise director was annoying. Not impressed with the ballroom dancers, a couple from Russia. Day 2 breakfast in the windjammer was better than lunch, however, beware of the scrambled eggs. They are not good. Lunch in the main dining room, we got the catfish. It was good, as well as the oreo cheesecake. THe banana chocolate crunch dessert was not that good. Pool water was extremely cold, but we managed to get in and tolerate it somewhat. Large hot tubs are nice. Lava flows, strawberry daquiries were 7 dollars. Budweiser were 4.25 (not including fees) Second night was formal night, we ate at Chops. Service was very good. Ordered Beef tenderloin & eggplant tower. It came out bloody, so I got a salad instead. Hubby liked it though. Server also offered Hubby another appetizer. He got the crabcake. He said it was good but I did not try it. We don't know much about wine, but we described what we would like and the server chose perfectly! Ordered filet mignon well done. Server tried to convince me to get medium well. I said no. It came out perfectly and was delicious. Hubby ordered strip steak medium well. Came out well done, and he said it was too dry for him. We got the apple pie and the cheesecake for dessert. We were happy with our dessert choices. We went to the Dungeon, which was really cool, but we did have a weird security experience. After two whole days of ordering alcoholic beverages and no one asking for ID, we were approached by two security men in the Dungeon who asked for our seapasses. They took them and returned and asked for my husband's ID, and took it. (This happened even AFTER we had ordered drinks in there and was sitting drinking them) So they came back and said they couldn't tell it was him at first because he had GLASSES on in the pic on his seapass card. So apparently if you wear eyeglasses, and sometime wear contacts, you look like a completely different person--at least to the dungeon security!lol Day 3- We had room service breakfast. It's the same stuff from the windjammer, without the trip up there. We got room service lunch as well, after returning from the beach on Labadee. We got the fried honey stung chicken with sweet potatoe fries. It was very good. Better than anything we tried in the windjammer. The spinach and artichoke dip is very good, too. But take my advice and request EXTRA chips. We had dinner in the main dining room tonight. Better & quicker service than the first night-different server. We had some kind of garlic soup for appetizer. It was just ok. It had the texture of a grainy potatoe soup w/o the chunks. Hubby ordered rigatoni. The server said he was going to bring out lamb for him to try as well. I ordered chicken marsala. I was told the lamb dish was not good, but the rigatoni was (the rigatoni with the spicy sausage). My dish was just ok. It was basically chicken breasts with gravy. We ordered tiramisu for dessert. We did NOT like it. It was unlike any I've had before. It was really wet and sloppy. Later that night we went to Johnny Rockets. We really enjoyed it there. They automatically bring you a plate with fries and onion rings. I didn't care for the fries, but the onion rings were good. We also paid extra for shakes, but I would say to save your money and go for the oreo sundae that's included in the price, because it is just as good if not better (we had that the next night). The ventriloquist was good up until the part he brings a monkey out. I could have definitely skipped that part of the show. Day 4 we were in Montego Bay. We got a call from room service saying they were bringing up our order. I told them we did not order anything. It was from yesterday, so since we hadn't eaten yet, we told them to go ahead and bring it up. It worked out. We took a hot spot taxi to Margaritaville and ate there. I got the nachos with chicken, and hubby got the fish n chips. The fish was not very good. On Day 5 I went up to the windjammer to hopefully get some bananas and apples, but there were not bananas this day, and the apples were not in great shape. There were mushy spots all over them. I grabbed some yogurt to take to the room. It was not good at all. We had lunch in the mdr. I got some kind of chicken yakitori and it was just ok. Hubby ordered a steak sandwich. It was not a sandwich (no top bun) and not very good. We got the strawberry napoleon for dessert, and that was good. We caught the juggler act on the tv and he was good. His comedy was not funny, but he was talented in his juggling. Overall, I would recommend Johnny rockets, and chops grille. Stay away from the scrambled eggs. Beware that when you order a sandwich, it may not be an actual sandwich. I was disappointed with the limited ice skating times. We never did get to ice skate :( We were happy with our room, 8622, with a hump balcony. Read Less
Sail Date January 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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