35 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

My husband and I planned this cruise a while ago. We have never been to the southern Caribbean so this was a great itinerary. We very much enjoyed the ports that we went to and would recommend to anyone wanting to explore it. We are ... Read More
My husband and I planned this cruise a while ago. We have never been to the southern Caribbean so this was a great itinerary. We very much enjoyed the ports that we went to and would recommend to anyone wanting to explore it. We are very loyal to Royal and love what all they have to offer. Aruba, Bonaire and curacao were 3 of the best ports that we have been to, and might go back in the future. The ship Navigator was in decent shape and the crew was great!! The only issue we had as far as the ship was concerned was that it was FREEZING all the time. I understand having it cold but it was a little much, and my husband is never cold and he was shivering at certain times on the ship. The food was great in the MDR, as well as all the shows that we saw. The cabin was in great order and our room attendant Nicholas was on top of our every need. There were two formal nights which were very nice. The captain was informative to us and kept us in the loop with weather, the course we were taking etc. Overall we were very pleased with the entire cruise and everything that came along with it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was the third time we have done the Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao itinerary and the 4th time I have been on navigator. Each time gets better! We left the day after Thanksgiving out of the Port of Miami. The only real huge drawback of ... Read More
This was the third time we have done the Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao itinerary and the 4th time I have been on navigator. Each time gets better! We left the day after Thanksgiving out of the Port of Miami. The only real huge drawback of the entire trip was the cruise-port! This cruise-port in Miami is now borderline abysmal. We left out of terminal G. Boarding the ship took far too long. As a Diamond member the "expedited process" taking over 40 minutes was a joke. Note to the Royal Caribbean senior management bean counters - when you treat people like cattle, you have a problem. You need to fix this process. It was pretty sad. But once on board, the Navigator Magic was there. The entire staff knows this ship is going to dry dock for a major overhaul, but there they were, a crew committed to making sure their passengers would have a great time. Sure the ship is in need of updating, but the staff who run the ship dulls the age of it. The captain and his crew were awesome and the cruise director and his staff were equally all in. We had an inside cabin on Deck 7 - Aft. Our stateroom attendant Melky was simply awesome. The room was spotless everyday. Anything we asked for, he had it there in a flash. The bed however had the typical 4 inch slate pool table slab for a matress. If you want to feel like toothpaste can be squeezed out of you then you'll find out it feels. Melky did try to remedy the situation with a padded insert. It was successful in making the 4 inch slate feel like padded 4 inch slate. The toothpaste just doesn't squeeze out as fast..... Dinner in the dining room was very good. Our waiter Yu and her assistant Awayan were totally attentive and did their absolute best every night. They were impressive. Our Head Waiter Naji also was visible and made sure all the details were spot on. The whole team was top notch. We had the opportunity to spend time in the Diamond lounge and Crown Viking Bar. We were served by an outstanding staff. Zoltan was behind the bar with his colleague O'jarvis. Cruisers, it you want to be served, these two are two of the best. Zoltan gets the nod for being the absolute best, both were engaging, helpful, made the experience that much better. The viking crown is a special place, looking out at a port or stars at night, the planners at RCL knew what they were doing. But these two made the place that much better. The entertainment was excellent. The comedy, ventriloquist, dancing and ice show were all great. One thing that the Navigator has is a orchestra with a horn section. Trumpets, trombone and Saxophones. Everytime on board we enjoy this orchestra that much more. Whether they are playing in the Metropolis Theater, Royal Promenade or any other venue, the shows they put on are amazing! Ports Aruba - did an Island tour the last time, but we wanted to do some jewelry shopping and play in a few casinos. We wound up buying a very nice pair of earrings and palm tree with opal inlay at Kay's Jewelry. Aruba is a great place. The beaches are nice and so are the people. Bonaire - Spent time perusing the local shops, like Aruba, we toured the Island the last time there. But we should have taken the sunset cruise. Next time there we will do that excursion. We saw the boat go buy our ship and then we saw pictures of someone who did the excursion and took amazing sunset shots of the sun setting. Like the Grand Canyon, pictures just don't tell the whole story, you want to see it. Curacao - Another great Island. The locals are so Friendly. We did the Island tour the last time so we stayed local to Port. There is plenty of great shopping in Port and the locals are so friendly there. Next time back we will go to a beach for a few hours and enjoy it. I might not have said a lot about these three Islands, but they are all exceptional to visit. These Islands have so much individual personality to suit anyone's tastes so before going, check out travel sites and this one for ideas on excursions. Labadee was part of the itinerary - it is a great beach Island. Taking the jetski's out for a ride is a great thing for anyone old enough to do. You will enjoy RCL's island! The Fitness Center is pretty good - except they keep MSNBC on the TV's. It ruins the good vibes in the place. There should not be political on board a cruiseship - stop the nonsense. There should be music and fans too. But instead, you see the crackpots on while you are working out. Think about it... Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Cruise was very nice. Ship doesn’t look worn at all. Minor issues but all ships do. Cabin was amazing and very spacious. Main dinning room was great for 7 out of 9 nights. Terminal for boarding was a nightmare. Was standing in ... Read More
Cruise was very nice. Ship doesn’t look worn at all. Minor issues but all ships do. Cabin was amazing and very spacious. Main dinning room was great for 7 out of 9 nights. Terminal for boarding was a nightmare. Was standing in line right by the escalators to board then a rude worker stated everyone needs to be seated or no one will board so we had to go to back of terminal to find a seat. Then they would call out levels/statuses. Of course nobody came by use to tell everyone about boarding suites so we were skipped and had to go when they called for emerald. The chefs table was amazing and well worth the price (lasted from 6:30 until almost 11). Ports were nice and not crowded, most of them we were the only ship there! Loved Bonaire and Curaçao. Aruba wasn’t that nice looking or attractive. So nice to not have many kids aboard. The total count was around 3,600 and only about 300 kids. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was a cruise for our 5th anniversary and it was one of the BEST!!!! Loved the Navigator. Ship was beautiful, cabin was terrific, food was terrific, entertainment was awesome....especially the matinee starring Deana. She is an ... Read More
This was a cruise for our 5th anniversary and it was one of the BEST!!!! Loved the Navigator. Ship was beautiful, cabin was terrific, food was terrific, entertainment was awesome....especially the matinee starring Deana. She is an amazing talent. The production shows were great as always. Staff was awesome and we never fail to have a terrific time in the DL. We did the specialty restaurant package this time and were so glad we finally gave it a try. Chops, Giovanni's and the mexican restaurant were all extremely good. Food and service were top-notch. We will definitely do this again. Ate breakfast in the WIndjammer each morning, lunch was varied..sometimes Windjammer, other times Promenade Cafe. Main dining room had good food as usual, We have been traveling on Royal for many, many years and as usual, couldn't ask for any better. Best service and our cruises are always "top notch" thanks to Royal Caribbean. We will remain loyal to Royal!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Wanted to finish our exploration of the Caribbean with going to the ABC's. Cruise was great though lots of complaining from crew over recent changes and it is showing up in their service. Dining and casino staff has been cut back, ... Read More
Wanted to finish our exploration of the Caribbean with going to the ABC's. Cruise was great though lots of complaining from crew over recent changes and it is showing up in their service. Dining and casino staff has been cut back, couldn't even start playing Texas Holdem because they didn't have a dealer available, so we the customers had to wait! Poorly scheduled timing of shows with dinner times!! The first finale show we went to where the dept heads and captain couldn't even attend. They instead showed a pre-filmed sequence showing just how CHEAP they are getting. Half the times we ordered room service which now you have to PAY for, it didn't show up. Though we called to complain and received it for FREE for being so late! This was our 9th cruise on RCCL and maybe our last............ just to many other choices out there right now. Yes you can have the biggest and newest ships out there but if you can't give a good experience, people will go elsewhere!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I've only been cruising for a few years, and I'm rather young compared to I think the average age here, but Royal Caribbean has provided a very consistent experience onboard Navigator and their other ships. Service has been ... Read More
I've only been cruising for a few years, and I'm rather young compared to I think the average age here, but Royal Caribbean has provided a very consistent experience onboard Navigator and their other ships. Service has been excellent, and while I cannot recall a specific moment of outstanding work, I was never once disappointed with a staff member on board. The facilities on the ship were well maintained. I do miss a proper running track (Navigator's takes a weird bend on it that makes it ill suited for actually running laps) and the Gym was predictably clogged at peak hours. Still, everything was clean and orderly and I think the fixtures in my stateroom were probably the best they've ever looked without a chip or dent in sight. Dining was predictable. Main Dining room service was on point, and damn, do those pumpkin seed buns taste good. Server was courteous and professional which is all I ask for. Windjammer was a zoo at times, but so long as you know what to expect, it serves it's purpose well. We did an upgraded dining experience at Sabor that was, well, upgraded, offering interesting and unique meals. I do not know if there was enough variety to justify going back however. Portion sizes were a little large, but I hardly think that's something to complain about. One thing I'd like to bring up, is that there has to be a better way to seat small couples for main room dining. Three different couples we talked to had a nearly identical experience at being seated at a 8 or 10 person table filled with a large family and them being the odd ones out. I'd really rather prefer to be seated with several other groups roughly our size. C'est la vie. The shows and entertainment were the highlight I think. Without fail every one was well produced and some of the talent on-board (especially the ice show) was incredibly impressive. The Bands produced music for all tastes (although there was an unpleasant amount of country music for my liking). They were all highly professional, with few exceptions. I found a few good shore excursions that matched my tastes and they were fun and exciting. Biking around Bonaire was the highlight for me. As expected, the beaches were pristine. We got very good value for our money on this nine day cruise. For what we paid (roughly $2,000 per person all told), I did not expect nor could have asked for a more pleasant experience. Overall, I have to say, there wasn't anything that absolutely wow'd me onboard Navigator. What I got was a consistently great experience with few worries or concerns. It was perfect for a relaxing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Booked this cruise very last minute (about 3 weeks before departure) as a much-needed getaway. Chose to stay on boat at Labadee, as we have been there many times. But thoroughly enjoyed the stops on the ABC islands, as we had never been to ... Read More
Booked this cruise very last minute (about 3 weeks before departure) as a much-needed getaway. Chose to stay on boat at Labadee, as we have been there many times. But thoroughly enjoyed the stops on the ABC islands, as we had never been to any of those. We chose to walk off the ship in Bonaire & Curacao and directly purchase our own tours. Both islands have fairly small ports so it is quite easy to walk off and go to the tourism area and find tour guides, etc. We were very pleased with our choices as we were able to tour each island then be dropped off at a beach to enjoy. On Aruba, we chose to book a snorkeling excursion through the ship and thoroughly enjoyed the day out on the water, although our last dive spot of the day at a shipwreck was so filled with snorkelers, we felt like sardines...too crowded. Very nice mix of sea days vs. port days. Enjoy this size class ship on RC...not too big, not too small. Entertainment in main theatre was not always the best, but thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the Schooner Bar listening to a wonderful pianist/singer named Alex each evening. She was definitely the most talented musician on the ship! Noticed a few slight changes by RC to save/make money (things like now charging on-demand fees to watch movies that used to be free on the TV). Also noticed a few things that needed repair, like missing thresholds or broken tiles. Overall, would do this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
we were able to get on the boat around 11, and rooms where ready by 130.our room attendant was very nice and always had the room spotless when we got back from our daily activities. All of the staff was friendly and most of them had a ... Read More
we were able to get on the boat around 11, and rooms where ready by 130.our room attendant was very nice and always had the room spotless when we got back from our daily activities. All of the staff was friendly and most of them had a smile on their faces! If you get the chance to see May San Jose and Yue in the main dining room, they are the best!! so friendly and cheerful! we spend the first 2 nights in chops and the Italian restaurant. by far the BEST steak at the Italian place! there was always something to do on board, and almost had to not sleep to do everything we wanted. we got the drink package and it definitely was worth it! we did a shore excursion for each port and that was the way to go. we did tours for 3/4 ports and i loved learning a little bit of history of new places. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Embarkation: We sailed on Navigator of the Seas on March 2, 2018. Embarkation was a breeze. The port in Miami is very organized and from the time we arrived at the port to the time on the ship was only took about 20 minutes. Ship ... Read More
Embarkation: We sailed on Navigator of the Seas on March 2, 2018. Embarkation was a breeze. The port in Miami is very organized and from the time we arrived at the port to the time on the ship was only took about 20 minutes. Ship Condition: Navigator of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It was smaller than other ships we have sailed on, but we loved it. Everything looked very clean, in good shape, I didn't notice anything that looked worn or needed replacing. I think that Royal Caribbean does a very good job keeping things in good shape. Ports: We sailed to Labadee, Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba. Royal Caribbean offered a good variety of excursions, but since all of the ports had a lot of shopping, we chose not to do any formal excursions and instead just explored the port area. We have been to Labadee a number of times so we didn't leave the ship. Food: We were really disappointed with the quality food on this cruise. On all of our past cruises the food has been really good and there have always been times when I thought, this is the best thing I have ever tasted, but not this cruise. I felt that the food in the Windjammer was the same day after day with very little change. The desserts were particularly disappointing...the donuts tasted like a biscuit with icing, nothing seemed to have much sugar. The food in the dining room was not much better, everything came out hot (or cold if it was meant to be cold) but just very bland. Dining Room Staff: We had the best waiter and assistant waiter that we have ever had on any cruise we have taken. Our Waiter was Arwin and our assistant Waiter was Rodney. I can't say enough good things about these two. Not only did they provide excellent service every night, but they were both very personable and engaged us in conversation each evening. I particularly liked that Arwin would always come over at the end of our meal with a summary of the next day's schedule. We also saw Rodney working in the Windjammer and the Theater and he gave excellent service there as well. I noticed on this cruise, more than on others that we have taken, that the crew overall just seemed happy, liked what they were doing, and that it was a pleasure to offer their services (if not, that is the way it was perceived). Navigator of the Seas should be very proud of their crew. Drink Package: I got the Soft Drink Package, and I know this may seem petty, but I got upset because they would not give me an unopened soft drink can, they wanted to only fill my cup. I like to always have a soft drink in my cabin so that I don't have to go out every time I want a drink. When we were on Celebrity last year, they only gave you unopened cans rather than filling your cup. I don't understand the difference - they opened a can and poured the whole can in my cup so why could they not give me an unopened can? Theater - We were very disappointed in the theater options. They had a comedian one night and a hypnotist but other than that, the shows were all done by RC singers and dancers so we only saw a couple of shows. Stateroom Attendant: Our Stateroom attendant (Rupesh) was great. We we in our stateroom a lot because of the huge balcony, but he soon learned our schedule and even if we were only gone a few minutes, when we returned our room had been cleaned. We never had to ask for anything. Concierge Lounge: The Concierge was very attentive. She contacted us to see if she could provide any services and arranged for a complimentary tour of the bridge, galley, and theater (behind the scenes). The Concierge Lounge on the other hand was pretty useless. You do have access to it 24 hours a day, however, you can only get drinks a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the evening. They should at the very minimum, have an ice dispenser and water dispenser with cups available 24 hours a day. Cruise Perks: I love Royal Caribbean, we have been on 6 cruises all but one on Royal Caribbean. We booked a Hawaiian cruise for next year but decided to go with Celebrity because Royal Caribbean was not offering any perks other than a discount on the suite for a 12 night cruise. Celebrity on the other hand (owned by the same parent company) was offering a 10 night cruise, and for a suite included gratuities for two, internet for two, the full drink package for two, and $300 on board credit. Even with all of these extras, it was about $200 less than the 12 night with Royal Caribbean with nothing included. I think that if Royal Caribbean cannot be more generous with their perks, we may change to Celebrity or some other cruise line that offers more. Disembarkation: Disembarkation was the easiest and fastest that we have ever experienced. Since we were in a suite, we were told to meet in a bar on deck 5 anytime between 8:30 and 10:30. The Concierge was there and she led us through the ship with no waiting time. Again, the Miami port was very organized and we were off the ship and in a taxi within 20 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We choose this cruise to visit the ABC islands in the Southern Caribbean. Also we selected the 9 day sailing. Our home is in Charlotte NC so for previous cruises, we drove to south Florida for a 7 day cruise, I have to take of 6 work ... Read More
We choose this cruise to visit the ABC islands in the Southern Caribbean. Also we selected the 9 day sailing. Our home is in Charlotte NC so for previous cruises, we drove to south Florida for a 7 day cruise, I have to take of 6 work days. This time we flew for a 9 day cruise and still only needed 9 days of from work. We were able to fly direct non stop on the same day the cruise departed and returned. We arrived at the Port of Miami about 2:10PM and had zero time waiting. We were next up at security, next up at RCI check in and walked right on board. This was a fantastic beginning. Previous embarkation experiences were very good, but it could not have been any better this time. I did have difficulty using UBER for the first time and failed from Miami airport to Port of Miami. Probably I was the reason for the failure. Anyway we selected LYFT and it worked flawlessly. We had a mid afternoon flight out of Miami Int'l airport. We choose to disembark later to let the crowd clear out some. We did not self carry our luggage off. It was nice to get on the elevators and not have to be bothered with dragging the luggage along. We did have one problem at the luggage terminal. RCI process was for us to go to the second carousel to get our luggage based on their tag/location assignment. Our luggage never came to the second carousel. We heard others had collected their luggage at the third carousel (not as directed), We found our luggage circling around the third carousel (not as directed). This was a bit troubling, but we had plenty of time, so it did not impact our schedule with the airline. The balcony cabin 7376 had plenty of storage in the closet with lots of hangers. There was plenty of drawers and cabinets and shelves for all our belongings. If I chose a different cabin it would have been just a little more forward toward the rear elevators for better convenience. Dining - My wife and I chose main dining room second seating 8:00 PM at a table for two. We ate there 8 out of nine nights, the other night was in Windjammer. This suited our desire very well. We did not feel rushed to get to dinner. We like hanging out on deck by the pool as long as possible, and love to take in the sunsets. You have to forfeit these if you eat at 5:30 or 6:00 We ate breakfast 8 out of 9 mornings in the Windjammer. The other morning we ate in the main dining room. The server told us about the great salad bar in the main dining room on days at sea between 11:30 and 1:00 We loved it an recommend it. They also have a limited hot bar and deserts and a menu to order from if your interested. IMPORTANT go by 12:00 it gets busy. (because it is so good) Entertainment - We went to see a very good comedian one night. Another night we listed to a phenomenal ship band. We give them 5 stars. Another night we had a treat to see a juggler that went the farthest on AGT. His performance was outstanding! These 3 alone were superior. We were too busy to get to the ice dancing shows shown 4 times. We saw other ice dancing shows on the Oasis and Harmony and found them to be world class- and amazing. We hate we missed it this time and heard from other cruisers how good they were. We really recommend this even though we missed it this time. All the crew made you feel their goal was to provide you with an outstanding vacation experience. They succeeded their goal with us. Ports and shot excursions. Curacao - just off the pier were little souvenirs to buy, then a tent for "taxis" We love the beach so we got a ride to Kokomo Beach for $10 each person each way. The beach was beautiful the water very clear. They have a large covered deck with drinks and a separate building for bathrooms. We used beach lounge chairs at no charge. Not sure if this was the norm but no one asked us for money. The beach had a lot of rocks to watch out for. They had a pier with steps into the water, which provided a way in the water and miss some of the rocks. Some people snorkeled there. My opinion is there is nothing at this beach fo bother with snorkeling. Bonaire- We went on a sailboat snorkeling trip booked with Compass directly thru their website. The have various trips to offer depending on your time at this island. They were busy with 3 boats going out that morning. We had about 11 passengers which I like that is does not get too crowded. Suggestion to all -- book snorkeling trips early for Bonaire. The highly rated Woodwind trip was sold out 10 months before we arrived. We were very satisfied with Compass. Very personable crew and captain. Aruba- we took a taxi $5.00 per person each way to Eagle beach. Rated among the 50 best beaches in the world. It was about 15 minute ride. It was the most beautiful beach I have seen. There are lounge chairs to rent for $10 each. They will place them in the shade of trees for you. The entree to the ocean was easy. I rented a jet ski for the first time. I paid $50 for 30 minuets. This was plenty enough time. Lots of fun. Across the street was a lunch restaurant. Then along the street came an ice cream truck that also sold frozen drinks at a good price. Great trip if your time and budget fits. I would go again on my next cruise without any hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was our first cruise. We just LOVED IT! We are both in the late 20s, and were afraid that we were alone in the age, but it was very nice blend and we became familiar with lots of people. When we first got into the boat, we were ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We just LOVED IT! We are both in the late 20s, and were afraid that we were alone in the age, but it was very nice blend and we became familiar with lots of people. When we first got into the boat, we were greeted with a glass of proseco. We had obviously ordered a drink package in advance and did not regret 1 second. We cost us a lot, very nice boat and always something to do. Super service. In the ala cart resturant there was always good food and service, we used to have dinner there, and breakfast and lunch at the buffet. Really recommend this boat to people, and of course RCL. We have actually booked 2 new cruises, and are very excited! The only negative thing I can find is that there was no exceptionally good nightclub, they changed one of the places to the night club after a certain time. But there was too much light from both lamps and windows. Would recommend this boat, cruise line and the trip to my best friends. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We mainly chose this cruise since we had not been in Bonaire before (all other ports of call we've visited before). SHORE EXCURSION: The best shore excursion on this cruise was the "Fun Beach Express, Sightseeing & ... Read More
We mainly chose this cruise since we had not been in Bonaire before (all other ports of call we've visited before). SHORE EXCURSION: The best shore excursion on this cruise was the "Fun Beach Express, Sightseeing & Snorkel" tour in Curacao. Our guide was Melissa and her driver was Cedric. Melissa was so pleasant and had a wealth of knowledge. Saw a lot & the bus was open-air, so taking pictures/videos was a breeze (pun intended). One thing to note - before you cruise: check out the shore excursions online. About 10 weeks prior to our sailing date, Royal Caribbean started offering 10-30% off if you booked the excursion prior to your sail date. Well worth it! DINING: We did find that crew must've been told to "push" for the Specialty Dining Package. I'm assuming they get commission, since we were almost tackled about this on every corner of the ship. We finally gave in and purchased a 3-dinner Specialty Dining package. The experience in the Chops Grille was fantastic and well worth the extra $. The Filet Mignon is grilled to perfection and everything from the service to the side dishes is a perfect complement. Truly makes for a special evening, so I do recommend that you visit Chops at least once during this cruise. We also visited Giovanni's Table - which I cannot recommend after our experience (service was lackluster and came with an "attitude", main entrees came out cold, etc.). We did not visit Sol (Mexican Specialty) as the menu only includes appetizer style food & enchiladas - something I can get in Southern California and certainly won't pay extra for. Our friends visited Izumi (Japanese/Sushi Specialty Restaurant). They went back twice, raving about the quality of the food. Note: if you go to Izumi, you will order "a la carte". Cover charge is $35 and you can order whatever you like, but after reaching $35 value of foods ordered you will pay a la carte price extra for each item you order. ENTERTAINMENT: Headliner shows were great and excellent variety, from Comedy to Singing (e.g. Las Vegas Tenors). Production Shows featured predominantly 70s & 80s music. Our cruise featured a professional ballroom couple from Ukraine - they have won several awards and rightfully so - they are spectacular to watch. They also hosted 1/2 hour dance lessons for all to attend (no cost) during the cruise, which was great and we enjoyed every lesson! The Ice Show was also fantastic - a must see - I still can't believe how these professional ice skaters make it look so easy on this tiny ice skating rink inside the ship, even when the ship is moving. Pure talent at work! SPA: booked a 50-minute Swedish massage prior to sailing (special discount). Was "upsold" to hot stone massage ($20 more). Massage & service overall was good and pleasant (although I do prefer the massage therapist at my Chiropractors office for therapeutic purposes; the Spa massage on the ship was more of a "feel good" activity than truly therapeutic). Afterwards, be aware that they will try to sell you about $150 worth of extras (sponges, ointments, free acupuncture consultation). It's ok to say no, but you might start seeing some of the smiles fade.... ONBOARD: if you are looking for a quiet place to read a book, look for Deck 13 on the front of the ship. Hundreds of free chaise loungers and plenty of space. If you are looking for activities, be near to the pool area. Sports Deck offers lots of variety (FlowRider, MiniGolf, RockClimbing, Basketball, Table Tennis). Ice Skating Rink is also open during sea days (bring long pants if you want to try this out!). They do play major picture movies on the big screen by the pool area. During the day, fun "failarmy" videos are being played for general entertainment. CREW: very friendly, extremely helpful; cruise director staff was excellent and offered lots of fun activities during sea days; service in main dining room and Windjammer Buffet was excellent, as was the quality of the food itself. OVERALL: I would definitely recommend this cruise and would go again (but book a different cabin - see my comments under Cabin details below). I've been on about 12 cruises and although I've tried other cruise lines, keep coming back to Royal Caribbean due to value & quality. Navigator is a very clean ship & great size (140,000 ton, Voyager class). Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Live in Fort Lauderdale so hubby and I drove and parked at Port of Miami. Embarkation went well took probably 20 minutes tops. Faster than anticipated. The cabin Superior Ocean View 1236 was larger than expected. The Ship was clean, ... Read More
Live in Fort Lauderdale so hubby and I drove and parked at Port of Miami. Embarkation went well took probably 20 minutes tops. Faster than anticipated. The cabin Superior Ocean View 1236 was larger than expected. The Ship was clean, the crew was outstanding. We ate our meals at the Windjammer as there were more choices and we didn't have to rush to finish eating. Special mention of Maheshwar JoyPaul who kept our cabin clean and inquired about our day. Windjammer crew: Sadeki Edwards Sous Chef, Johan Safii, Muhammad Nuzooa and Vikram More and front desk Veronica who all made our trip more enjoyable. The two guys at the entrance to Windjammer were a blast. We truly looked forward to see what outfit one of them was wearing from Captain America to Superman. Really funny. We choose to do shore excursions on our own and enjoyed especially Aruba. The prices were the cheapest of all the Ports. Disembarkation was quick, we were home by 8:45am. We are regular Royal Caribbean cruisers and that will NEVER change. Thank you Royal Caribbean the "BEST CRUISE LINE". See you soon! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We choose this cruise for Aruba port stop and the time of year, when most schools are open. We are trying to book cruises on RCI so we can accumulate points. We took a taxi from Miami airport we appreciated not having to go to a hotel for ... Read More
We choose this cruise for Aruba port stop and the time of year, when most schools are open. We are trying to book cruises on RCI so we can accumulate points. We took a taxi from Miami airport we appreciated not having to go to a hotel for the night and unpack. Ship departed from Miami at 5pm giving us plenty of time for checking in. The onboard process was smoother and quicker than previous cruise which departing from Fort Lauderdale. More checkin stations and just walk in service at 11:30am. Windjammer opened at 12noon. We hung out in the pool area enjoying the music until 1pm when rooms were ready. NOS was decorated for the holidays and everyone was in a festive spirit. Only a few school age children onboard this 9day cruise and families with infants & toddlers. Ship was full and seniors were the majority. Ship was quiet and deserted after midnight. Shows were enjoyable, especially the late night adult comedy shows. We only did 1 of the 2 formal nights using the my time dining option. We went to the Windjammer for meals. We enjoyed the trivia games and hubby went to casino once. We did RCI sightseeing panoramic excursions at each port. We only layed out on the beach at Labadee. RCI provided a fantastic beach side lunch on their island port of Labadee. Most relaxing cruise and great opportunity to meet people from all over the world. This was the first of two back-to-back cruises for us. Same ship and in same cabin, leaving Miami on 12/17 for 5day Western Carribean Cruise. Big difference in atmosphere from the first cruise. See that cruise review for details. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The ship is large, but that means that there are additional activities and amenities. The cabin was in very good condition and we appreciated that it was more spacious than some inside cabins. The seas were smooth, so no insight into ... Read More
The ship is large, but that means that there are additional activities and amenities. The cabin was in very good condition and we appreciated that it was more spacious than some inside cabins. The seas were smooth, so no insight into ship stability, but given the size of the ship, it should be good. We had the early dining at a table for 8. The service was excellent and the food very good at a minimum. Can't say as much for the buffet, which was off and on. The food was bad on boarding, it seemed to have been left out too long and was hard and tasteless. Subsequent meals were good standard cruise fare with good service. There are a wide range of entertainment and activities including recent release films, ice dancing (particularly good), various entertainers, a production cast and more activities than you can count. We enjoyed the ice skating but didn't try the rock wall or wave rider. In my opinion, the singers were pushing too hard on songs to test their talents and not focusing enough on pleasant, familiar songs that they do justice to the original. A couple did a series on Pirates that had potential, but was poorly delivered. However, there was an excellent series on positive aging put on by one of the staff with a psychology background. The fitness area had many aerobic machines, but unfortunately, more than a few were in need of repair. Still enough machines, but you had to look for one that worked. There were some good trivia events put on by the staff, who were adaptable to the size of the group. However, they might want to move some of the popular ones to a different venue. Cabin attendant was excellent with the room being made up frequently, but never disturbing us. The embarkation and disembarkation were very good, but then we carried our luggage so didn't have to wait for anything. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao were all pleasant to walk around. Felt safe and comfortable even venturing outside the touristy part of the towns. Labadee was okay, but hardly Haiti. I know that there are challenges in Haiti, but I really would have preferred to see the country than an artificial playground peninsula. Certainly enjoyed it, but no need to return to any of the destinations. If I were heading in that direction (especially Bonaire) I would taken advantage of the snorkelling opportunities. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I am seasoned cruiser, Platinum on one and have been on three other lines and this is the first cruise on Royal Caribbean. The ship is large, but not too large that you cannot find your way around easily. I chose this cruise for 2 ... Read More
I am seasoned cruiser, Platinum on one and have been on three other lines and this is the first cruise on Royal Caribbean. The ship is large, but not too large that you cannot find your way around easily. I chose this cruise for 2 reasons...it had ports I had not visited and Costco travel offered a good price. The ship was clean and tastefully appointed with a high end feel to the decor. I booked an inside, virtual balcony. Other cruise lines allow you to bring on a case of soft drinks, this one does not. If you want Cokes, you will need to purchase a Coke sticker, which they put onto your sea pass card. You will need to show this at the restaurants and bars for drinks, the cost for this is around $9-10 per day. It has many dining options to choose from, the Windjammer being the buffet on the 11th deck. The buffet for breakfast is a disorganized mess for several reasons....on the first station are eggs, breakfast meats cold cuts, then onto second for bagels and toast, and onto the third is hash browns; this is a little bit of a walk around and by the time you get to your seat, everything is cold. People do not form a line, they just cut in, whenever, to get what item they need. Unless you have someone cook the eggs, the scrambled ones are not very good and the bacon is crumbles and greasy. The lunch selection is average, I was a little put off by the pre made hamburgers floating in a pan of boiling water to keep warm! The room service is to be avoided...there is a charge of $7.95, plus you need to tip the delivery person. I ordered the philly cheese steak, and it was not edible; the "meat" was grey and sparse in a very dry roll, with dried cheese and mayo! Horrible! Wings had a freezer burn flavor and the were boiled/baked and tough. The cheesecake was dry and the chocolate cake was just average. The main dining room was beautifully decorated and they had very good service; the food was presented well and most items were prepared well, some were not. If you are not happy with your entree, they will bring you something else. Like most cruise lines, the coffee is very strong and a bitter. If you want specialty coffee, you need to go to the coffee bar...you will pay between 4-6 dollars there for a custom cup. This can total up fast if you like several cups a day! They really push you about filling out the survey and giving them high marks. Several types of workers do not get a day off unless they get so many positive comments on these surveys. It is a nice ship, they really need to adjust the dining a bit. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The price is right and we would like to try Royal Caribbean due to the port that we visited. The ship is older and I think it needs a little update. Bonaire island is our favorite. We would love to go back there again God's ... Read More
The price is right and we would like to try Royal Caribbean due to the port that we visited. The ship is older and I think it needs a little update. Bonaire island is our favorite. We would love to go back there again God's willing. The staff are hardworking people. They need promotions and a day off at least! Dancing on the ice is unique and water surfing. Our first time to experience this and other cruise lines does not offer any of this. I am thankful that during the Easter Sunday that we are there we had a Catholic mass for spiritual people like us. I love the huge Easter cake with lots of Easter eggs for the guests and kids most especially. The shopping experience is wonderful. I like the cruise director. He is very talented and funny. I am not well pleased with the food's taste and presentation. The bread is good though. I love the staff with their smile serving the vacationers who needs a little pampering including myself. I like to focus on good things so overall it is a very good experience for us even with the little flaws. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We always fly in the day before our cruise. The last time our flight came in to Fort Lauderdale and we stay in Hollywood Beach. We had a great time so this time we booked our Hotel at Margaritaville Resorts to give this vacation the right ... Read More
We always fly in the day before our cruise. The last time our flight came in to Fort Lauderdale and we stay in Hollywood Beach. We had a great time so this time we booked our Hotel at Margaritaville Resorts to give this vacation the right way to start. We took the water Taxi to Fort Lauderdale and got to see some great homes and Yachts and lunch on the beach with a beautiful view. Embarkation went smoothly of course everyone is excited about the trip and thinks it takes way to long to get on the ship. But if everyone would just breath it doesn't really take that long. same with the disembarkation if you have a time slot to get off the ship if you actually waited till your time it would go smoothly and people would be nicer. This is our 10th cruise our preference is RCI the Staff is always amazing we have never had a bad experience on RCI we have had a few on Carnival. We always dine in the specialty restaurants for two reasons its quiet and the food is always amazing. The bar of choice for us is alway the Schooner Bar which always seems to be right out side of our set of elevators and down two floors. Always great to meet new people and make new friends. The Schooner Bar Staff is always in a good mood and ready to serve up some great drinks. Guest Services is always on point aboard RCI. We also do the UP card for our drinks and it pays for its self in one time from the specialty coffees on the Promenade deck to what every your heart wants to drink and I love that I can get a bottle of water to take back to the room for later. The shore excursions and ports on this cruise we outstanding on Labadee we took a yacht cruise and only had two other couples with us so it was well worth the money to not be crowded. In Curacao we did a speed boat ride and swim had a great time. In Aruba we went to the Butterfly Farm and Natural Bridge what a breath taking view. In Bonaire we did the catamaran swim and snorkel WOW this one and Labadee were the top two of our trip. The fish swim right up to you. We walked back to the ship so we could do some shopping on the way back. Cariloha bamboo store and Delosol store had lunch at a local beach restaurant. We also always get a balcony cabin on Portside front of ship. Love to wake up and see the ocean waves or the Port of Call. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose this cruise mainly for the Itinerary and the length of the cruise. The embarkation went very smooth on board within minutes of arriving at the port. The ship was very beautiful and well laid out lots to do and the entertainment ... Read More
I chose this cruise mainly for the Itinerary and the length of the cruise. The embarkation went very smooth on board within minutes of arriving at the port. The ship was very beautiful and well laid out lots to do and the entertainment great except for the opening night welcome aboard show that was very high school quality. The service on this ship was exceptional the best i have experienced and i have been on 5 previous cruises with 4 different cruise companies. I wish I could say the food on this ship was as good as everything else I experienced but I want to be honest and fair. The food wasn't good at all and at times was quite terrible but I did manage to find things to eat...On other cruises when eating a meal I often said to my wife this is delicious....I don't think I spoke those words once on this ship. I had Prime rib one night that was soooooo bad it was shocking. I remember thinking that all the nationalities of the world has food stations, Indian,asian etc etc....I found the flavours run into the typical American/Canadian food. weird tasting gravy etc. I'm going to stop on the food as I don't want anyone to think this was a disaster. Im just hoping someone who can make a difference is reading and fixes this problem. I spoke with many people on this ship who felt as I did. I will remember this ship with many fond memories. don't miss the parade in the Grand Lobby on deck 5...it is nothing short of spectacular. This ship is large and I'm sure anyone who sails her with find their own special spots. Ours was out in the roman adult pool area..it was simply gorgeous there. overal this cruise was awesome and i wish I could do it all over again. Getting off this ship was another story ....a very slow 2 and a half hours but I can over look that. Read Less
Sail Date April 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
We picked this cruise based on the ports of call (aside from crappy Labadee) and we wanted to try RC as we had heard good things. BEWARE, they will nickle and dime you to death if you let them. EVERYTHING is way over priced and sub ... Read More
We picked this cruise based on the ports of call (aside from crappy Labadee) and we wanted to try RC as we had heard good things. BEWARE, they will nickle and dime you to death if you let them. EVERYTHING is way over priced and sub standard. The buffet food was TERRIBLE for the most part. The "juice" they offer is just fake sugar water not real juice (unless you want to pay a lot extra). The Adult Beverages are weak, WAY over priced and poorly made for the most part. Bar service is very slow and altogether unfriendly (except in the Concierge Club). The staff in general was unfriendly and seemed to genuinely dislike their jobs (except our main dining room wait staff and specialty restaurant staff, they were great!). They were unwilling to accommodate even simple requests. The coffee they serve is VERY good. The ship itself was nice but I would just give it an average overall rating for layout and design. We will never sail on RC again unless it is a GREAT deal with GREAT ports. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this vacation to get away and enjoy the sun, participate in lots of activities as well as relax and have some down time. This cruise covered all our expectations and more. We spent 2 days in Miami prior to the ships departure ... Read More
We chose this vacation to get away and enjoy the sun, participate in lots of activities as well as relax and have some down time. This cruise covered all our expectations and more. We spent 2 days in Miami prior to the ships departure touring Lincoln Blvd. and Ocean Dr. We also spent time around the pool at our beach front hotel and on the beautiful Miami beach itself. Embarkation went very smoothly, and the only issue with disembarkation we had was that we didn't want to go home. The Navigator of the Seas is considered a smaller ship, but it is still very large with 3500 guests and 1700 staff and it's a very pretty ship. The cabins are a good size and I would never cruise without a balcony, to me a balcony is a little quite place in all the excitement where you can just get away sit back and relax. It doesn't matter where you eat on the ship, the food is fantastic, it really just depends on what your mood is at the moment. The ships entertainment and activities are very good and accommodate everyone from small children to seniors. Finally, you will visit some of the most beautiful countries in the world no matter what Royal Caribbean ship you are on with staff who provide professional and outstanding service. We can't wait for our next adventure. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was the last Caribbean cruise that we haven't done before. All of the others were excellent and knew we couldn't go wrong sailing with RC. Easy getting on the ship and except for a slight delay with customs, easy off. This ... Read More
This was the last Caribbean cruise that we haven't done before. All of the others were excellent and knew we couldn't go wrong sailing with RC. Easy getting on the ship and except for a slight delay with customs, easy off. This was our first time in a suite and loved the accommodations. We have booked our next cruise with suite (junior) accommodations already for our Mediterranean cruise. The shore excursions were great. Our jeep excursion in Curaçao was the best! Friendly guides and just an exciting time! We always cruise with RC as we have never been disappointed. No need to try other cruise lines. The Crown and Anchor club is a great way to make you feel like royalty. The more you sail, the more perks you get. It's the little details that make you feel they want to make your cruise special for you such as robes in the cabin and snacks delivered to your cabin as a surprise treat. Well done Royal Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our 4th cruise in the last 8 years. We are from the Midwest and in our late 50's. We chose this cruise for the ports. Flew in and stayed the night before. Got to the port at 10:30am on ship by 11:45am. Most of the ship looks ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise in the last 8 years. We are from the Midwest and in our late 50's. We chose this cruise for the ports. Flew in and stayed the night before. Got to the port at 10:30am on ship by 11:45am. Most of the ship looks really good, some wear and tear, but who cares. We had balcony on deck 7. Plenty of space and attendant was nice and friendly. Beds are firm, and pillows are flat. Food in dining room was good, not great. Less options. Waiter was good, asst. waiter was learning. Windjammer was good not great, with not many healthy choices. Did not spend more money in special restaurants. When booking we requested a table for 6 (at 8pm), we got a table for 10. One couple never showed up and some others missed some nights to go to specialty places. We did enjoy talking to the two couples that were there most nights. The whole dining room was half empty all week. Kind of boring. Had drink package, no problems getting what we wanted, but bar service was slow. There were waiters walking around pool, but seemed to also take a long time to get drinks from them. Some drinks made differently depending on bar. Activities were varied, and sometimes not on time, or not much participation. Some music events were scheduled, but sometimes didn't happen. Singers and dancers were really good, and jazz orchestra was outstanding. They have such a variety. Cruise director was OK, but AD was boring and typical. Fitness center was well equipped but warm. Avoided the Casino as we hate smoke. CC Meet and Mingle was a joke and insult to us long time members. It was scheduled at 11:30am before we cruised. The day of the cruise some people got notice in cabin of the change to 10am. Many people missed it. Basically it was just a raffle, and then get out of the club because they had another event happening. Late night dancing did not have much action as the DJ is not so good. There were different musicians and entertainers each night at different locations. They were mostly really good. Did all RC shore excursions and they were good. Although during the Kayak trip at Labadee the leader stopped at a little beach so the residents could push their stuff. We arrived back to port on time in Miami. Getting off was somewhat organized, but at one point they just started telling everyone to get off. There were lines for customs, but once at the official....they said OK and good bye without much review. We would sail RC again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I joined a group organized by a blogger who focuses on Royal Caribbean and had a great time meeting the 80 or so people who joined. We sailed from Port Miami on February 17 on a 9 night itinerary. Embarkation was pretty smooth, but ... Read More
I joined a group organized by a blogger who focuses on Royal Caribbean and had a great time meeting the 80 or so people who joined. We sailed from Port Miami on February 17 on a 9 night itinerary. Embarkation was pretty smooth, but being a lowly Gold in the Crown and Anchor Society did not yield any benefits over non-members. Our line for check-in a little after 10 am was the longest. It took about 25 minutes from curb to boarding. The 9 night itinerary was a perfect duration with the right number of sea days and the right number of port days. The first port was Labadee, Haiti. We pre-booked the Dragons Breath zip line, and knocked that off our bucket list. It was a complete blast despite the $98 cost. I would have done it immediately afterward for another $50 if it was offered. The rest of the day involved swimming and drinking Labadoozies. Labadee was followed by a Sea Day as we headed toward Willemstad, Curacao. We toured the Chobolobo distillery, ate at Gouverneur de Rouville restaurant across from the Punda area of Willemstad which I highly recommend. The beer and the meal were delicious and memorable, and the service was wonderful. The next port was Oranjestad, Aruba. We joined our group for a fun tour of the island with Kuku Kanookoo and ended with a couple of hours on the beach at a day resort. The tour was goofy fun, but the day resort portion was over crowded and over priced for food and alcohol. I will choose something else next time I am on the island. I would probably do one of the ATV tours I saw. The final port was Krallendijk, Bonaire. The is a small population on the island, so the offerings are few, but high quality. The snorkeling on Klein Bonaire was the best I have done. I really, really liked this island. The cruise drew to a close with two sea days back to Miami. I have to say that this is easily my favorite itinerary so far. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
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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