37 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Western

Stateroom 6552 very quiet and calm location. Enjoyed the balcony very much! Vandie was our cabin attendant and was awesome! We were close to the elevators too. We purchased the unlimited dining package. It was great dining at the ... Read More
Stateroom 6552 very quiet and calm location. Enjoyed the balcony very much! Vandie was our cabin attendant and was awesome! We were close to the elevators too. We purchased the unlimited dining package. It was great dining at the finer restaurants every night, but were not big sushi or seafood eaters so Hooked and Izumi didn’t really appeal to us. We wished we would have purchased the three day dining package and eight and the regular dining room the other two nights. Jamie’s was our favorite restaurant and we ate there three times. The lemon meringue cheesecake was heavenly. The shortribs & the lasagna was also great. We enjoyed the solarium area every day and were able to secure a cabana bed almost every time we went out there if we woke up around 7:00 am. One thing that I didn’t realize before this cruise is that they pre-authorize charges on your card daily so while they take the final balance on the last day of your cruise you’re accruing charges or pre-authorizations every day on your credit card for things like gratuities drinks souvenirs etc. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We choice this cruise for our 40th Anniversary. As fate would have it, Navigator was our 1st cruse ship we sailed on several years priviously. Our cabin was 1340, located on Deck 10, a Junior Suite. I must admit, we were impressed; Walk ... Read More
We choice this cruise for our 40th Anniversary. As fate would have it, Navigator was our 1st cruse ship we sailed on several years priviously. Our cabin was 1340, located on Deck 10, a Junior Suite. I must admit, we were impressed; Walk in closet, 2 robes, large vanity, even a tub! Of course the typical drawback, lack of power outlets. This was easily solved by bring along a surge protector and an extra extension cord.The balcony was large and spacious, I just wish they would pay more attention to the exterior windows. I cannot comment on the entertainment, as I never attended any of the shows. I did hear that the Ice Skating Sows were spectacular. We ate our evening meals with some delightful people. Our dinning staff was excellent and the meals were good. Honestly, some dinners were better then others, but still acceptable. The Port of Calls were fun. Having been to both Costa Maya and Cozumel, we knew the areas well. The only minor inconvenience was at Cozumel; The ship was anchored at the new international port, which is located the furthest from the center of town. Getting back to the Navigator of The Seas, we enjoyed being able to see the bridge from behind panel glass. There was also a nice chapel on top as well. We enjoyed the openness of the prominode, the bands playing, people lounging having drinks or coffee. Even the weather perfect! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
It's my first time boarding Navigator of the Seas with my parents and siblings. I would say our overall experience was incredible. I am usually not a fan of spending my vacation on the sea but this one had been an awesome experience. ... Read More
It's my first time boarding Navigator of the Seas with my parents and siblings. I would say our overall experience was incredible. I am usually not a fan of spending my vacation on the sea but this one had been an awesome experience. I will rate my experience in detail: Ship: 4.5/5 The ship is so big and there were so many places in the ship where you can find yourself entertained or relax and have a quiet time. It's well equipped and all decks were maintained clean. As far as the decorations, I am beyond impressed (you will really feel you are in a cruise ship, which was great). Cabin: 5/5 I don't really mind having a studio sized stateroom as long as it is well maintained and clean. I mean sheets, linens, and bath towels were changed in a timely manner. Our stateroom attendant Basille (or Basil) - our stateroom was Deck 8, room 8653 - was excellent and very attentive. He was very thorough with his job and made sure that everything was perfect. As for our bathroom, there were so many spaces where I can put my toiletries and personal items. Closet was big enough to keep our clothing (there were 3 of us in the room) tidy. Lighting were excellent, just what I needed in a room. Room temperature was perfect. TV was okay (I have watched shows that I liked, but most of the time I am not really in my room so that's okay) Dining: 4.5/5 VERY EXCELLENT!!! > Windjammer: OMG, lots of food choices although I felt that breakfast was kind of repeated every day. Food was still delicious and hot (for hot foods). I just hope there were more options for fruit juices. Rate: 4/5 > Café Promenade: Best place for snacking 24 hours (well the only place that is open for 24 hours). Their pizza were delicious and freshly made. Service was very fast and they usually let you know how long it will take for the food to be ready. Again, I just wished there were more options for fruit juices. Rate: 4.5/5 > Sapphire Dining: THE BEST PLACE/SERVICE WE'VE EVER GOT. Our waiter Jackson and waiter's assistant Luciana were the best. They provided us excellent food service and great enthusiasm. They have great personality, were very cheerful, and were pretty much COOL! The manager along with Jackson and Luciana welcomed us with a huge smile on their faces. They also made sure that our experience was excellent with great satisfaction. Food was definitely delicious. WE REALLY ENJOYED OUR TIME HERE! Also, we got extra food since the manager prepared specialty food plus extra desserts on our second night at this dining room. THANK YOU SOO MUCH! You are 5/5 or 10/10 :) Entertainment/Activities: 5/5 There were so many activities to choose from (i.e. games, shows, fitness exercises, sports tournament, rock climbing, etc). Some of the things I wanted to do were scheduled at the same time so I had to choose which ones I would enjoy the most. However, those activities you were not able to do on the other day, they were offered in different days as well so you have the option to do them. Live music, dancing, parades, movies, shows were excellent (can't complain about it). Overall great experience. Service: I have mentioned earlier that we received excellent service so that's a 5/5 Ports and Shore excursions: I LOVE THEM ALL! Rating 5/5 in Costa Maya (Chacchoben and beach tour) with Israel (sales - excellent and he accommodated us well, customer service was excellent, and very friendly), Joel (our tour guide - very informative and I learned so much from him; he's great), and Guillermo (tour driver - very good, made sure our trip was smooth and on timely manner). Rating 4/5 in Cozumel for Snorkelling (I think I'm not a fun of snorkelling for long periods of time especially the waves were strong, but experience was still good). I would recommend Navigator of the Seas for family, friends, or couples cruise experience. It's worth it! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
It is nice to be on a cruise with beautiful facilities and accommodation, but it's the best experience and heartwarming when you have people on board who treat you like family. We treasure the experiences we had with Royal ... Read More
It is nice to be on a cruise with beautiful facilities and accommodation, but it's the best experience and heartwarming when you have people on board who treat you like family. We treasure the experiences we had with Royal Caribbean International cruises (so far with Empress of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas). Our family did not just enjoy our wonderful experience with the our latest cruise with the Navigator of the Seas, but also the very good relationship that we have found with crew members to mention Jackson, Luciana, Mary Joy and the other male supervisor (sorry to forget his name but he is a very great person), all of them of the Sapphire Dining Lounge, are so awesome! Everyone were so professional, respectful and friendly. Our room attendants were all so great (we stayed at rooms 8653, 6259 and 6261), Jane and Chris of the Windjammer were so great too. Also Emely, who facilitated activities at Bolero and Schooner was so kind and fun. The entertainments at the theater were so fantastic. We also met Eileen at the Promenade cafe who is so kind. Dave Sibongo, the ship pianist, made us sing with by heart.Washy Washy, we love him. Of course, Cuddy, the ship director! He's so caring. Overall, it was so great! Neil, Eileen, Diane, Tolly, Yang, Nuriam and Hanjin Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My wife and I went on this cruise because we purchased a new Kia. This was my first cruise with Royal and it was outstanding. The ice skating show was out of this world, it was amazing how much they could do in such little space. ... Read More
My wife and I went on this cruise because we purchased a new Kia. This was my first cruise with Royal and it was outstanding. The ice skating show was out of this world, it was amazing how much they could do in such little space. Growing up in Florida, I have never had the chance to try ice skating for myself so it was great to be on such a wonderful cruise and learn to ice skate. As a Floridian, the artificial wave was a great hit for me. Learning how to ski and kneeboard without a rope was spectacular and exciting. The shows on the boat were also very unique. The dancers did a wonderful job with broadway style dancing that my wife and I greatly enjoyed. I believe my cruise with Royal greatly outdid my previous cruises with Carnival and I would recommend any avid "cruiser" to check out Royal ships and enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this particular cruise because it worked well within the time frame we were looking at. Wanted to be back home in plenty of time for Easter. As well, we liked the fact that it departed from Miami and had stops in Bahamas and ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because it worked well within the time frame we were looking at. Wanted to be back home in plenty of time for Easter. As well, we liked the fact that it departed from Miami and had stops in Bahamas and Mexico. The price point was great too as we were able to have a balcony room for a decent price. I read a lot of reviews that weren't great on the ships appearance, food, etc. This was our first cruise with RCCL so we had nothing to compare it to, but we were not disappointed and cannot wait to go back. We've already started planning our next trip and may take the exact same ship again. Will likely bring our kids next time though as we do thing they would enjoy it. Last cruise I did was with Carnival 23 years ago so can't really compare. Embarkation went fine. We got there around 11:30 and were on the ship by 12:45. It seemed a bit chaotic when we arrived at the port, but it went smoothly once inside the terminal. Disembarkation was fine as well. We picked a time of 9:30 to get off and left the boat around 9:15 to make our way out to the terminal. Our bags were there waiting for us on the luggage belt. From the time we left our station on the ship to going through customs, picking up our luggage, and in a taxi on the way back to the airport was 30 minutes. The ship was great. Could see a bit of sign of aging, but that's expected. For the most part very clean although I did find that our room could have been a bit cleaner. Cabin was a great size. Dining was very good. Limited selection in the main dining room but still liked the food and the service was great (Sheriton and Polvin). My husband complained that he found the portions weren't very big in the main dining room, but I thought they were fine. We had My Time Dining and went to the main dining room three times for supper and once for breakfast. We really liked the My Time Dining and would do that again. I had made reservations ahead of time online before boarding. That worked well. We had a late breakfast on the day of boarding so we didn't eat lunch on board which was fine. We tried to avoid it as many people commented how busy it was at lunch time. We ate at the Windjammer the first night which was fine. Busy, but not too overwhelming. We also ate there once for lunch and for breakfast. I found it annoying that it was a difficult process go get something to drink other than water and some juices. On our third night we ate at Chops Grills. It was amazing. I don't even like steak but ate every bite. Appetizers, desert, service excellent! We ate at Johnny Rockets for lunch once which was okay. Typical burger joint I suppose. I wasn't happy with the fact that the waitress didn't explain that the milkshakes would cost extra (over and above the $6.95 charge for our meal) when she asked if we wanted milkshakes. They were $4.50 each. Definetly would not have gotten them or at least not two. Promenade Cafe was fine for evening snacks. Entertainment was great. We saw the Ice Dance show the first night which I enjoyed, by husband could have gone without seeing it, but still said it was fine. Saw a comedian that same night, as well as the next night for the adult only show. Watched an Illusionist which was okay and a Comedian the very last night which was good. We also took part in The Quest game the last night which was alot of fun. We didn't take in any of the production shows or jazz performances as its not really our thing. Went to the Casino most nights, typical casino, smoking was a bit bothersome but we knew it would be. We spent some time at the pool area on the sea days, but it was rather annoying trying to find a place to sit. Many people just had towels on their seats and would be gone for hours. We were lucky to get two spots in the solarium around lunchtime as two people had left. Beautiful spot and free of kids. We booked our own port excursions before taking the cruise. We booked through a private snorkeling place in Nassau, Bahamas, highly recommend (Blue Hole Watersports). There were only four of us on the boat going out to snorkel which was nice. We also did some shopping and ate lunch at Senor Frogs. In Mexico we spent the day at Mr. Sanchos Beach Resort, again booked privately and also did some shopping on the way back to the ship. Great day and would highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
After driving to Miami, we made it through the port quickly. We had a little wait as they were still waiting on a few folks to disembark, but RCCL kept us in the loop as we waited in a comfortable waiting area. Once we were on board ... Read More
After driving to Miami, we made it through the port quickly. We had a little wait as they were still waiting on a few folks to disembark, but RCCL kept us in the loop as we waited in a comfortable waiting area. Once we were on board Navigator, we started to become familiarized with the beautiful ship. We were able to find Windjammer Cafe very easily because of the digital navigation boards and friendly staff. I was apprehensive about the cafe after a subpar experience in September on Enchantment of the Seas, but this was a completely different, entirely enjoyable experience. Our party of 6 was missing two people who slept in and traveled separately, but waiter Dennis greeted us, put together a table, and made us feel comfortable. Holding two extra seats wasn't an issue as the space in Windjammer on Navigator was ample for everyone boarding to dine. Dennis kept the drinks flowing and service was outstanding. The food was a typical Windjammer selection of classic favorites and some unique dishes that ensured anyone can find something- often too much- of what they enjoy. When our Junior Suite (JS) was ready, we opened the door to find a huge interior space and ample balcony area for the two of us. The other four with us had Oceanview Balcony staterooms that were very nice as well, but the JS was amazing. Note, we did book at the right time to get a JS upgrade at a great rate.The full size shower/tub combination and having extra space to stretch out in the room were worth the extra cost, but if I had to pay the full cost of a JS, I think we would have just kept an Oceanview Balcony since we pack light and don't hibernate in the room much- so a lot of the space went unused. We reserved the Chef's Table for our first night's dinner. When we learned that it would be in the Windjammer Cafe, everyone was on edge regarding what was to come. We totally underestimated what they would put together for us. The food and wine pairing was perfect and the unique cuisine was unimaginably awesome. If there could be a downside, it was that everything after that meal can't compare! However, subsequent nights' dining in the Sapphire main dining room included delicious food and generally excellent service (after a brief discussion with the assistant waiter on the first night). Bar service missed the mark a couple of times with incorrect or forgotten cocktails, but seemed to improve as well. Shows on board Navigator were great. Late night festivities were fun. The itinerary was a perfect mix of ports and sea days. Overall, our Navigator of the Seas cruise was an amazing experience with exceptional service with a price tag that didn't break the bank. It restored our faith in RCCL so much that we booked another cruise for next year! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our 6th cruise total and 4th cruise on Royal and our 3rd time onboard the Navigator of the Seas. We drove to Galveston from Dallas early sunday morning and got to the port around 10:30 am and they made an announcement they ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise total and 4th cruise on Royal and our 3rd time onboard the Navigator of the Seas. We drove to Galveston from Dallas early sunday morning and got to the port around 10:30 am and they made an announcement they were delayed a little bit. We are used to the port of Galveston being crowded and long lines, so we were onboard the ship by 12:00. They are building a bigger port, so I'm sure once it's done it will be better, but other than that, just have to have a little patience! :) We had an excellent time this cruise! We have always cruised alone as a couple and this time we brought our good friends, my mom and my aunt. We all had a blast together, and they all loved this ship as first time cruisers! The ship itself is beautiful just like it has been the other two times we have been on it. The service is always so nice and pleasant and they are always willing to help with whatever you need. Our room attendant, Reynaldo did a great job with our room. Always clean and made sure to stop and say hi to us the first day and throughout the rest of the trip. We ate in the MDR every night for dinner and the food is great! I was excited to eat some of my favorite menu items and thoroughly enjoyed them each night. Our head waiter Sandeep was right on point, he did a fabulous job of explaining the menu every night and waiting on us and letting us know what the next day held as far as weather, tendering and etc. However, the assistant waiter is not what we are used too. This was his first week in the MDR learning all of the ropes, so we didn't get great service, but we understood it was his first time doing this and just let him know what we needed each night. I'm pretty certain he will do a great job the more he does it! He was very nice! I'm addicted to the shows each night and the shows were really good this trip! The Royal cast was fabulous, and my favorite show was the Broadway Hits the last night of the cruise, they did fantastic! The Ice Skating Show is a MUST SEE! It's absolutely beautiful and fun to watch! Ports of Call: Cozumel - we had a nice warm day, we rented a taxi and took it over to Chankanaab National Park and snorkeled on our own (Best Snorkeling site around), ate some lunch at the beach while were there, saw the sea lion show (adorable) and had a really great day! We left there and did a little bit of shopping back at the port before we got back on the ship. Chankanaab is really nice fun place with a great beach and lots to see! We go there every time we are in Cozumel. It's $21 per person to get in, but if you go to their website beforehand, you can print off a $2 coupon. It's a great price for all the access you get inside. Grand Cayman - We had to tender in this port of call, and the tendering went really well. We had a shore excursion, so we were one of the first groups to get off the ship. We took the Jeep & Snorkel Excursion - we got to drive our own jeep and they took us around the island, we stopped at a really nice beach spot but we couldn't swim because there was a ton of seaweed, but it was beautiful to look at. The water is incredible. Our next stop was to the town of "Hell" - there we saw why it was named Hell and went into the gift shop and etc. After that they took us to another stop to enjoy some samples of Rum Cake and Rum. After that, we went to 7 Mile Beach where we could enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or just laying on the beach. This excursion was a little misleading, as we thought we would be snorkeling out somewhere nice, but it was just right at the beach at your own leisure so it wasn't much to see. Still a great time though! Jamaica - We took the Dunns River Falls Excursion - we got on a bus and took a 1 hour ride to Dunns River Falls - here we left all our belongings on the bus as we couldn't take anything with us per our tour guides and climbed the beautiful falls! I think everyone should at least do this once in Jamaica, it was breathtakingly beautiful and an absolute blast! Our guide on the falls was so much fun!!!! However, we were really sad that we couldn't tip him since we couldn't bring any money in. After that, they took us to a beautiful beach where they brought us different plates food (jerk chicken was so yummy!) and free drinks (lemonade, rum punch and etc) - we had about an 1 1/2 here to relax. We really enjoyed this excursion. The Disembarkation was a pretty easy process, lines as normal, but we were off the ship by 8:30am, so we were on good timing to get back to Dallas by early afternoon. All in All, we absolutely love Royal and will continue to sail with them! Thanks for a wonderful vacation!! :) Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I will never forget this wonderful ship and the amazing staff that all played a part of an amazing vacation! We took this cruise as a family vacation/wedding/honeymoon event. I have never felt so important and appreciated in my life! ... Read More
I will never forget this wonderful ship and the amazing staff that all played a part of an amazing vacation! We took this cruise as a family vacation/wedding/honeymoon event. I have never felt so important and appreciated in my life! These staff members (especially Vesyl-server in the main dining room and Glendon- waiter in the pool area) should come to Oklahoma and teach our restaurants, bars, hotels, etc... a little about customer service! I have been back a week and I wake up every morning from dreams about being back on this cruise. I told my husband that I feel like I live on the ship now and have been doing everything I can to plan my next cruise on this ship! Simply wonderful and unforgettable! We played miniature golf, swam in the pools, relaxed in the hot tubs, enjoyed the spa, bars, and restaurants, and even shopped! There were so many options for activities but my now husband and I chose to relax since we were getting married (and we all know how chaotic that can be!) Our Oceanview Stateroom with a balcony was a perfect size and was cleaned twice a day. We came in multiple times to champagne in the room. The only bad part about this cruise was getting off of it :( Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
First of all, I understand some people have had some serious issues on this or other cruises, but keep in mind, most people only post when they are upset with their service. So the 3200+ other guests reviews may not be listed but it does ... Read More
First of all, I understand some people have had some serious issues on this or other cruises, but keep in mind, most people only post when they are upset with their service. So the 3200+ other guests reviews may not be listed but it does not mean they were dissatisfied. (Sorry I had to get that out of the way. I was scared to death for this cruise because of other reviews) IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A GOOD TIME, YOU WILL! Embarkation: We arrived about 10:30am (line was long to drop me off, but moved quickly), my husband dropped the bags and I off and went to park across the street (Cruise Park- I recommend). We then had to wait about 20-30 min for others in our party. Once everyone arrived, embarkation was a breeze. Lines were manageable and better than expected. We were on the boat by 12:30. Room/Boat: We had room 8572 Balcony in the middle of the ship. Our room was just as it should be! Clean, plenty of storage space, etc. We met our room steward right away (Eduardo). We didn't see much of him (although he answered promptly when we needed him), but our room was straightened/cleaned almost 3-4 times a day. It was amazing service and something my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed!! (next time I will ask for an egg crate though as I have a terrible time sleeping away from home and think this might have helped). The ship was always clean and well maintained. As others have mentioned, there are parts that are a little dated, but we were very pleased with the cleanliness and upkeep of everything! We especially loved the little bars/meeting areas (Bolleros, R Bar, etc) as this provided a place for our group to get together for drinks before dinner. Shows: We only saw the Adult Comedy Show on Tuesday I think and thoroughly enjoyed it!! I guess shows aren't really our thing lol. I did watch the Newlywed? show on TV and it was hilarious! Dining: Windjammer- First of all, know what to expect. You will not get 5 star dining at the Windjammer. It is a buffet of food running almost all day. It offers some variations as well as classics (hamburgers, nachos, or a few Indian dishes etc). It is good food but not great, which is perfectly fine with me for a fast lunch on the go. We chose to go to the dining room for breakfast on days we could. Much better atmosphere if you have the time. We only ate lunch in the Windjammer twice I think. Other days were filled with excursions and we ate Johnny Rockets on the last day. Main Dining Room- I was very pleased with my dinner every single night (we ate specialty on nights 5 and 7). The appetizers were yummy and the food was always spot on. Not 5 star food I would say, but REALLY good food none the less! Our servers Dotson and Camila were amazing! I literally wanted to put Camila in my pocket and take her home! One of the most genuinely NICE people I have ever met! Chops Grill: They were about 30 minutes late seating us (we had a party of 10), but the manager brought us all a glass of champagne and we were fine with it. The seas were pretty rocky that night so my husband had to go back to the room and miss dinner, boo, but other than that, it was GREAT! Appetizers, steaks, sides, service! GREAT! Giovanni's Table- Family Style Appetizers, pastas, and your own entrée selection....it was PHENOMENAL food! omg! We sampled almost every app I think. I ordered the lamb chops and they were cooked perfectly!! My husband had the fish and it was amazing as well. Probably our favorite dinner of the cruise! Johnny Rockets- Just perfect. Right on the water. Endless fries and really good onion rings (you can even order bacon/cheese or chili/cheese fries, etc). I had the smokehouse burger w/ bacon and onion rings and bbq...OMW! Apple pie for dessert and all for like $6. NUTS! and YUMMMM! As you can see, food is my favorite part of the cruise...that and the ports/excursions. Cozumel: Deluxe Playa Mia Beach Break- Perfect! We were able to get seats right in front of the water and me and party of 10 enjoyed a full day beach, food, drinks, rented a jet ski and nearly killed myself (lol jk). It was a perfect day hanging with my friends! (also got a pretty sweet deal on some cigars at the shop there). Belize City: Lamanai and New River Safari- LOVED IT! Be sure you are prepared for a 1.5 hour(ish) bus ride, and 1.5 hr boat trip to the ruins. The boat trip back is only about 45 minutes. This was really great tour! The tour guide was very informative all the way through Belize and provided a lot of insight into the city. The boat ride was amazing! Saw a few animals, spider monkey, iguanas, etc. Once you arrive at Lamanai, be prepared for a bit of a walk. This excursion was pretty physical actually, but that is probably because we decided to climb the ruins. WHICH WERE AMAZING! This was my husband's birthday and he absolutely LOVED IT! Great excursion, great guides, great food! Roatan: Extreme Caribe Ziplining- Greatest. Excursion. Ever! After about a 20 min bus ride we arrived. The guides were amazing and very helpful!! I am the one that picked this excursion for our group and then I got there and freaked out. Probably got closer to a panic attack than I ever care to be, but my husband and guide walked me through it. I went off the first line w/ the guide strapped to me (tandem). The next two were tandem lines anyway, so I rode w/ my husband. After that, there was no stopping me!! I did the next 9 by myself and could have gone all day! The view you get from the 2nd and 3rd lines are some of the best I have seen in my life!! This port was by far our favorite and we are considering a vacation there in the future. Debarkation: We chose the 7:30am self assist option. We arrived to the meeting place about 7:30am and were through customs by 8:30am. I consider that a successful debarkation!! :) Hubby left me with the luggage, went and grabbed the car across the street and we were on the road before 9am. I don't really know what else to say, except take the reviews with a grain of salt. Go to have fun and relax. I am sure if I were looking for issues, flaws, etc, I could have found them but for me and the group of 9 others....we had a FABULOUS vacation that we will remember for a lifetime!! Let's hope another cruise isn't too far in my future!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Just as a quick bit of background about who I am so you understand my perspective. I'm a 27 year old adrenaline junky, foodie who loves sports and performance arts. Despite being what I would describe as a foodie, I'm also not ... Read More
Just as a quick bit of background about who I am so you understand my perspective. I'm a 27 year old adrenaline junky, foodie who loves sports and performance arts. Despite being what I would describe as a foodie, I'm also not a food snob (I am a coffee snob however) and enjoy comfort foods as well as fine dining. With this being my first cruise I have no basis for comparison to years past that some say were better. If that's true, cruising must have been head in the clouds heaven. I found my experience to be the most enjoyable trip I've ever taken. Were there a couple things I didn't love? Sure, but that's life and what happens when people have their personal opinions on things. Would I take off a star for anything? Nope, the trip was excellent, the ship was beautiful, and the service was outstanding. -Value: I could not get over what all comes for the price. We booked an inside promenade stateroom for just a hair over $200/night essentially with it coming out to about $1500 for my wife and I. For comparison sake, after getting married on May 23rd, we drove to Dallas and stayed the night at a value priced Best Western in Dallas for $100 on the way to Galveston. That did include breakfast but the breakfast wasn't nearly as good as what would be served in the Windjammer (many complain but I find it hard to name a hotel that serves better breakfast and provides turn down service at least twice a day for under this price, much less in the Caribbean). Having a waterfront hotel with all you can eat food and a formal dining room for $200/night for 2 people would have impressed me enough but they also provide entertainment options. -Entertainment: Was every show awesome? No, I wouldn't dare go that far. You're not getting Broadway productions here with super expensive set designs and special effects. You're also not paying $100/person to get in to the show. After considering the hotel + restaurant aspect, I'd say you're getting in the show for free. I really enjoyed Ballroom Fever and Finis Henderson (initially I wasn't sure about him but he got progressively better throughout the show). Those were good shows, but I thought Ice Dancin' in Studio B was incredible! I've never seen an ice show before so I'm no expert and the best production show I ever saw was Book of Mormon in Chicago but again, for what I would consider the cost of $0, I couldn't believe I was getting to see it. -Ship: Having sent my parents on their first cruise on Vision of the Seas a few months prior, I knew Navigator would have a few more amenities being a larger ship. I didn't know if it would stack up well with the Freedom and Oasis class ships. I've never sailed them so I still don't know, but I never wished I was on them while on Navigator. The promenade design works really well for keeping things open and easy to well, navigate. We found ourselves discovering new details on the ship even on the last day of the sailing and we did a fair amount of exploring it throughout the trip. While the pool deck is a lot of fun and the Solarium padded chairs along the windows make for a great nap on a sea day if you can snag one, I gravitated toward the peaceful areas on the ship. If you're looking for a great place to read, head to the front of the ship along the walking track, past the Solarium, and then up the stairs to the very front of the ship above the bridge and spa. You'll find a basically empty deck with chairs where you can hear yourself think. I didn't take advantage of this area a lot but if I was a reader I'd have been up there. My favorite area on the ship was the helicopter pad on deck 5. To get there, walk along deck 4 outside and go up the stairs. It makes for excellent stargazing or is peaceful in the daytime. On top of all of this, the sports area was a space I didn't really utilize and found myself forgetting about which is crazy to me. Being able to play mini golf, basketball, or take on the Flowrider or rock wall for free is really kind of awesome. I wish I had done it more. -Food: Overall, I thought the food was pretty good. I had breakfast every day in Windjammer and was always able to get a window seat after a little bit of work. Usually I would stake out a table and go sit at it while my wife fixed herself a plate. It's a bit chaotic but I always enjoyed it. I would compare the food quality to a Golden Corral. If that's beneath you, avoid it I guess. For the price of the vacation I thought that was a good deal. We used the Main Dining Room (MDR) for dinner all but one night and I thought just about everything was good to excellent. The shrimp cocktail left something to be desired and the seafood salad did as well but the entrees I had were good and the desserts were satisfying as well. On lobster night my waiter asked me how it was and I said, "very good but I just need you to bring me 6 more just like it." He said he would get me another piece and off he went. I thought he was kidding but a few minutes later he brought me another 2 lobster tails! The servers try their best to meet any need. If you're polite they'll go the extra mile. I'm guessing they would even if you weren't. On the last day I gave both my waiter and assistant waiter an extra $20 bill on top of their normal built in gratuity. I wish I could have given them more to be honest. They were outstanding. The Promenade Cafe was a nice option for small sandwiches or desserts 24 hours a day. I can't speak for the specialty restaurants because to be honest, I just never saw the need with how good the complimentary dining options were. My only complaint would be to have at least half the Windjammer open later than 9. It's the easiest place to grab an iced tea near the pool deck without going back down to the Promenade Cafe on deck 5. -Coffee: I'm a coffee snob. The coffee onboard sucked. I added in some half and half and a packet of sugar and drank it gladly. Good coffee is best enjoyed black in my opinion so these add ins were made for exactly this. It was no worse than a standard diner cup of coffee at Denny's, IHOP, etc. I enjoyed having it offered in the MDR with dessert every night and again, just use the add ins. I also would add in a packet of dark chocolate hot chocolate in the Promenade Cafe and take it to the show each night. -Service: I loved it quite simply. I only wish there were some bus tubs around the various venues or trash cans. Instead you would see people pile up a plate in the Windjammer and take it to wherever on some lower deck and just leave it in the bushes, on the floor, on tables in lounges, on the pool deck. It's a never ending battle for the crew to keep up with and I felt lazy having to leave my cup or plate in places like this. I would have at least liked the option of placing it in a tub for them to collect but I'm guessing it may have something to do with sanitation. Debarkation was brutal to be perfectly honest. We signed up for the self-assist (take your own luggage off with you) for the earliest time of 7:30am. We weren't to our car until almost 9:30am. With so many doing self-assist, it jammed up the hallways and felt like I dumb idea on my part pretty quickly. I doubt I really saved any time but I did likely add some frustration. Next time I'll just check it at the end of the trip. I liked carrying my own bags on to start the trip because we didn't get on until almost 2pm and our room was ready for us already. Overall, the trip was excellent, the ship was beautiful, the service was top notch, and I'd do it again tomorrow if I had the vacation and savings! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Embarkation tedious and long lines, but guess that is to be expected. The ship itself is lovely. Food in the windjammer could be better...this is our third cruise, and the food quality has definitely gone down. The food in the dining room ... Read More
Embarkation tedious and long lines, but guess that is to be expected. The ship itself is lovely. Food in the windjammer could be better...this is our third cruise, and the food quality has definitely gone down. The food in the dining room is good, but very small portions. We frequently requested either double appetizers or entrees as we found ourselves leaving dinner and being hungry in an hour! Our waiter was not very friendly and rarely smiled or spoke. I don't think he appreciated our requests for the extra appetizers or entrees, There may have been a language barrier though...not really sure. His assistant continued to push the bread/rolls on us all week even though we always refused...thinking they wanted us to fill up on the bread instead! The strip steak was horrible. The salmon was good. The lamb was very good. Shrimp was ok, we missed the lobster night. The desserts were very average...not enough good chocolate in the dining room or windjammer. Everyone made a big deal out of the cherries jubilee, which to me tasted as though someone had thrown a can of pie cherries into the microwave and heated them up! Would like to see more cake or brownies offered. We really did enjoy having a carafe of coffee and breakfast brought to our room each morning...that was our alarm! The coffee is very good! We also ate breakfast in the windjammer, but enjoyed having coffee and a small breakfast to nibble on while dressing in the morning. The room "service" was excellent and always delivered within the time frame requested. We had requested a table for 8 for dinner, and ended up at a table for 4 but did enjoy their company, so no big deal. We did not try any of the specialty restaurants. Despite the average food offered on the ship, I did manage to gain weight that week! The variety and quality of activities on the ship is excellent! There truly is something for everyone on this ship and we were never bored or lacking in an activity we wanted to participate in. Despite the number of people on the ship, it never felt crowded, and you could get away to a private quiet area if so desired. Pools and hot tubs very nice and not overly crowded. Solarium (or adult only pool) nice to get more quiet and out of the wind if need be. We only went to one show, he was a comedian and I cannot remember his name, but he was very funny and had me laughing the whole way through his show...he is very heavy, obese if that helps any!! We checked out the skating rink and it is tiny, so decided to forgo that show. Husband climbed the rock wall and enjoyed it. We had fun watching others try out the flowrider. The gym looked to be very well equipped with its own hot tub. We did try to walk a couple miles a day on the track and enjoyed that...nice to exercise and have an awesome view at the same time, although it does get a little crowded with non exercisers walking in your way. The nightclub was a lot of fun! The bars were fun as well, and many very good dancers to watch! We are not gamblers, but did enjoy having a few drinks at the casino bar, and it was very well attended! Looks to have been a gamblers dream as far as the available games, etc. We had an inside cabin which was very well laid out and designed. It did not feel as cramped as previous inside cabins we have had although believe it was the same square footage...just very well designed. Large closet with plenty of hangers for both of us. Plenty of drawers for storage. Mattress was excellent and had no problem being rocked to sleep each night! :) It was very quiet as well, even during the day. Shower is very small and round, but I actually enjoyed it as I could stick my elbows out and steady myself if the ship was rocking! Adjustable height shower head very nice as well. We loved being on the 9th floor and would do it again as we could take the stairs up and 2 floors and be at the pools and windjammer within 45 seconds of leaving our room! Our room attendant was excellent and straightened up it seemed anytime we left the room, even re made beds after naps, and came back to turn down sheets during dinner. Kept bathroom neat and well stocked with fresh towels. As far as ports, Falmouth, Jamaica was our first. The enclosed shopping area is ok, very commercial and touristy feel to it. We ventured out of the gates to see the real Falmouth, and fairly quickly re entered the port area. We were hounded by pushy locals trying to sell their goods and begging for money. It was dirty and smelly...thinking sanitation may be a problem. Lots of locals who appeared to be homeless and smelled as though they had not had a bath in quite a while. Not to be critical, but this is obviously a very impoverished area. I would do an organized excursion, or just stay on the ship next time. Next stop..Grand Cayman. We tendered, but waited a couple hours to get off and had no problem getting off and didn't wait at all. We left the tender area, turned right and walked 10 minutes to Eden Rock which is a snorkel and dive facility, not an organized excursion. It was awesome and cannot recommend this place enough. We rented all snorkel equipment for $14.00 per person. a locker for $5.00. They have a bathroom where you can change. It is a rocky entrance so you climb down a ladder and must swim out about 100 yards to the reef, actually 2 reefs...devils grotto and eden rock. The reef is a good ways out so not really for swimmers who are not confident, although they do provide life vests. It was outstanding and I swam the length of both reefs 4 times it was so beautiful! It was not crowded at all and no lines. Saw plenty of parrotfish, black durgon, sergeant major, reef squid, tarpon, trumpet fish and rock beauty. This is supposedly the best shore snorkeling in Grand Cayman and I believe it!! Very inexpensive and a wonderful, easy activity!! It was fun to snorkel over the divers going in and out of the caves at devils grotto. They had some loungers so laid in the sun for a while to dry after rinsing in the outside shower, changed and went to lunch before getting back onto the ship. Grand Cayman is quite the opposite of Falmouth...very clean and lovely. Never felt intimidated at all. Next stop Cozumel. We took a 16.00 cab to Nachi Cocum beach club and loved it. 55 per person for use of facility all day, all food and all you can drink included. Loungers under shade. Not crowded, only take 100 reservations and had plenty of space to ourselves. Pool, hot tub and swim up bar. White sand and turquoise water...lovely! Service was good, food was very good. Reserved this online directly with them before cruise. Great value and no hassle. Would do this again in a heartbeat! We did the self express disembarkation...guess we got off quicker but not really sure...you take your own luggage down, still long line to go through customs. It was nice to have access to our luggage until the last minute versus putting it into the hallway the night before though and would do this again. The cruise was a dream, loved every minute!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
I'm going to start by saying I'm very disappointed in the reviews for Navigator of the Seas that I have read recently! I'm not sure where people are getting that this ship needs work and is falling apart and that trash was ... Read More
I'm going to start by saying I'm very disappointed in the reviews for Navigator of the Seas that I have read recently! I'm not sure where people are getting that this ship needs work and is falling apart and that trash was left by the pools or that the service was rude in some areas! This is our second time on the Navigator of the Seas within 9 months and we absolutely love it!! We are pretty picky people when it comes to cleanliness and having high standards for service, but this ship exceeded our expectations! Never once was there trash that I could see around the pools or the ship, the carpet is just fine and the ship never smelled at all! The public restrooms were in prestige condition and didn't smell like urine, from what some reviews said below. I have no idea what they are talking about. So my Cruise: :) Getting on the ship in Galveston took about 45 minutes, they do have a smaller terminal than Carnival does, so it takes quite a bit longer to get on the ship. However, not a problem at all.....we were on the ship around Noon and went straight up to the Windjammer to have lunch (cookies were so yummy!) and then the rooms were available at 1:00pm and we went up to our room to check it out since this was our first balcony room we had booked! It was beautiful! We loved the view and enjoyed the beautiful sea view everyday! Our stateroom attendant, Presley, was awesome!!!!!!! He kept our room so nice and clean and in great condition, we never went without anything that we needed and he made it a point to ask how we were everyday, what our plans were and to have a great time! He even made us a stingray towel animal in our room when we got back from Grand Cayman since we told him we were swimming with the stingrays that day!! Great great service from him!! We ate in the MDR every night except Wednesday night, which we went to Chops Grille! We always make it a point to at the steakhouse! The MDR service was great, and our menu every night was wonderful with great and unique selections! We enjoyed the food and have no complaints. Chops Grille was very good too and we always enjoy eating there! We also tried out the new Mexican restaurant called Sabor and it was delicious!!!!! Such great modern Mexican food! We had it for lunch on Friday and it was a nice switch from eating my normal cheeseburger and French fries from the Windjammer, even though it was very yummy too! :) The only complaint I might have is that maybe the chef that cooks their chocolate cakes might need a little more help! I'm a huge fan of good ole chocolate cake and it was not that on the ship! But that was just a minor minor minor thing.... I had plenty of other great desserts to choose from!! The Entertainment on the ship was awesome! We enjoyed the circus parade in the promenade on the first night aboard the ship and also the 70's Disco night as well. We went to the shows in the theatre every night and enjoyed them so much! One night they had an all acapella group called "The Edge Effect" and they were awesome!! Great job to the Cruise Director, Jeffrey for getting great shows together! We especially enjoyed the Ice Skating Show! That was awesome!!!! To do all of that stuff on the ice skating rink on a moving ship, is unbelievable!! We loved it! I also had fun doing different thing like the music trivia and rock climbing, watching the flowrider and etc. I LOVED how there wasn't any pressure to buy alcohol on this cruise! We sailed with Carnival this past May and they covered us at the pool with constant pressure to buy alcohol! It was awful! So I was thankful to be able to lay out by the pool and not be bothered hardly! The service is great out there! All in All, it was an AMAZING cruise and we enjoyed ourselves immensely and were so relaxed! It's always hard to leave a good cruise!! We have already booked 2 more cruises with Royal for next year and can't wait to go back!! Thank you Royal for another wonderful vacation!!! It was Awesome!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
This was our second cruise and we were concerned that it would not be as good as the first. Our first seemed flawless to us so we thought, there was no way that we could have two great cruises. We were wrong. This cruise was as good as the ... Read More
This was our second cruise and we were concerned that it would not be as good as the first. Our first seemed flawless to us so we thought, there was no way that we could have two great cruises. We were wrong. This cruise was as good as the first. Embarkation: This was painless for us. We arrived about 9:45 and waited for about 45 min before they let us in. We went right in, through security and then to the counters to get our sea passes. We had to wait a little bit for everyone to get off of the boat but then we went right on. We were eating in the Windjammer by 11:15. We were able to get into our rooms at 1pm. We had a balcony room on deck 6. We were just fwd of the main stairs on the forward/starboard side of the ship. It was great. We were less than a minute from the promenade deck. Sailing: It was great. The ship is awesome. There is always something to do. Excursions: We went with a RC excursion. I hear that going it on your own is cheaper. As this was only our second cruise we did not want to risk it. We went to Playamaya in Cozumel. That was over rated unless you had kids. We just laid on the beach which was nice but it was not worth the $90. We did a catamaran and snorkel over the USS Kittywake...this was awesome!! Perfect weather and water temp. In Jamaica we just went shopping. I like the watch selections in Jamaica. Entertainment: We love the shows on the ship. We enjoy going to dinner strolling down the promenade and then going to the show. Now...it is not Broadway but it is entertaining and we always have fun. Disembarkation: We took advantage of the "Self Assist" program. This is where you carry your own luggage off the ship. This was great. We arrived at our "muster" area at 7:15 and we were in our car by 7:45. We will always do this from now one. Overall: It was once again a fantastic cruise and we have already booked another for next year. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Background Info My husband and I live in The Woodlands, TX, have been married for 8 years, have 2 kids and LOVE to cruise. This was our 3rd cruise overall and our 1st time to sail with Royal Caribbean. Since we lived just 80 miles north ... Read More
Background Info My husband and I live in The Woodlands, TX, have been married for 8 years, have 2 kids and LOVE to cruise. This was our 3rd cruise overall and our 1st time to sail with Royal Caribbean. Since we lived just 80 miles north of Galveston, we did not stay in a hotel and rather drove down on Sunday morning. Embarkation We had heard terrible reviews and even personal stories about the Galveston Cruise terminal and the crowds as well as overall slow check-in process so we planned ahead and got there early. We did get a text from RC saying wait to get to the terminal until 2 pm since we were on deck 4-7 but we ignored it and got there as early as possible. This was BY FAR the best decision we made the whole trip. We met someone who didn’t know so followed the text and arrived at 1:30 and didn’t get on until 4:15 (Which we did leave late bc of such crowds). So if you ever get a text about Galveston terminal… do not follow it would be my advice! We arrived at the port around 9:30am to find the ship, as well as the Carnival Magic, disembarking from the previous week’s cruise. We parked at “Cruise N Park” directly across from the terminal and was transported via shuttle bus to the terminal around 10. We quickly made our way to luggage drop-off and dumped our luggage. We were in the terminal, through security, checked in and waiting to board the ship by 10:45am. Around, 11:00am they began to call for Pinnacle, Diamond and Jewel members and by 11:15am we were on board the Navigator. We quickly went to the Windjammer only to find that it was not ready to be opened. In fact, we waited over an hour and a half waiting for it to be opened. This did not leave a pleasant taste in our mouth, literally or figuratively on behalf of Royal Caribbean. But we vowed to keep an open mind and I am glad we did because we were wowed later in the trip. Our rooms were ready by 1:00pm just like promised. Cabin We stayed in cabin 7320 which was a “Deluxe” balcony cabin. The location of the cabin was PERFECT! It was the 1st cabin off of the elevator entrance yet we never were bothered by the elevator lobby noise! However, this cabin was listed at 184 sqft but it felt MUCH smaller. We have only cruised on balconies and this was the smallest yet. The bed was HARD AS A ROCK and almost unsleepable! Many evenings we found ourselves in the Solarium napping on the amazing lounge chairs. This was and still is a “deal breaker” for us as we do not want to pay the money for a cruise if we cannot sleep well during our vacation! We have a cruise coming up in March 2015 and I hope this bed will be much better and the Navigator was just a “fluke”. Ship Activities WOW… This is where the Navigator really impressed us. There was SO MUCH TO DO on this boat. Between the FlowRider, Rockwall, Ice skating and other activities, we were busy form dusk until dawn every day. We prefer this style of cruising but we still were not even able to see and do it all. If you are a real adventure type of cruiser than NOS is for you. Service Again, Royal really hit it out of the park with this category. Our room steward, MDR wait staff, specialty restaurants wait staff and everyone in between was absolutely FABULOUS and truly treated us like Royalty! I was beyond impressed! Dining I was not as impressed with the Royal Caribbean MDR selections as I hoped I would be but it was still much better than on land. We had only cruised on Carnival before and their food was FANTASTIC. I would say that while Royal Caribbean had several individual dishes that were better, the overall taste and selection of Carnival was better. However, Chops Grille was suburb and we will be dining there again! Shore Excursions/ Ports We really enjoyed this itinerary and the fact that the 2 sea days were at the beginning and not the end! For whatever reason it really made the cruise feel longer and not as rushed! Cozumel – Paradise Beach This was a FANTASTIC beach with snorkeling, kayaking, jet ski, paddle boats, and even parasailing as activity options. The entrance fee included a beach chair, umbrella, use of showers and pools. The cost of the taxi ride was only $14 per couple and was very affordable. We thoroughly enjoyed this day and the beach and will be going there again when we go to Cozumel. Grand Cayman- SNUBA Wow… this was an incredible experience and well worth the money. This was an excursion offered via Royal Caribbean and was well organized and easy to get to from the tender boat. In fact, we walked form the tender boat to the diving destination. The guides and leaders were well trained and friendly. The gear was in excellent condition and I never felt “gross” after using it. We loved SNUBA and are officially hooked! Jamaica- CHUKKA Zipline and Dunns River Falls This excursion was also booked via RC and it was a FULL DAY of activities. In fact, it was a little bit too much activity for our cruising style but we had fun nonetheless. We traveled 1 hour to Chukka to do zip-lining which was exhilarating to say the least. Then we had a true Jamaican lunch of jerked chicken and rice. We then traveled 45 minutes further to Ocho Rios to climb Dunns River Falls. This was a once in a lifetime type of opportunity and it was incredible! I highly recommend either of these excursions, or both if you like all day type of excursions, to anyone who is in Jamaica! Also, we thoroughly enjoyed the port of Falmouth, a lot better than Montego Bay that Carnival uses. I could really tell that RC was in charge of this pier. It was remarkably nicer and classier! Children’s Club We did not travel with our children so we did not get to experience this part of the ship or Royal Caribbean; however, we saw enough to know that if and when we travel with our kids Royal Caribbean will be a great option. Entertainment The entertainment was very good. I am a band director so I enjoyed the LIVE orchestra. The singers and dancers seemed about “par” for a cruise ship. The hired entertainment ranged from amazing, good to just awful and needs a drink to make it through. This would depend on your actual cruise dates too. The show “MOTOWN” was fantastic and I highly recommend it! However, the activites during the day such as trivia and karaoke, seemed lacking to me. Now there was so much to do elsewhere on the ship but there were times where my husband and I felt like “We need to be entertained” and it was usually during the day! Disembarkation This process went very smoothly and we were off of the boat, through customs and in our car driving away at 9:30am. In fact, it was the smoothest disembarkation of our 3 cruises. Summary Having only cruised 3 times, I am not as experienced as some but my overall thoughts were Carnival- Fun and Royal- Excellence. So you have to ask yourself “Do I want a FUN vacation or Excellent vacation”. The Navigator of the Seas was an AMAZING ship and I hope to cruise on her again soon! Royal goes for the WOW factor and I would say they achieved it on almost every level!   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
My husband and I sailed last week (may 18th 2014) to celebrate our 20 year anniversary. The Navigator is a beautiful ship and offers plenty of things to do and decent entertainment. We had a Grand Suite and enjoyed double sinks and good ... Read More
My husband and I sailed last week (may 18th 2014) to celebrate our 20 year anniversary. The Navigator is a beautiful ship and offers plenty of things to do and decent entertainment. We had a Grand Suite and enjoyed double sinks and good closet space as well as a nice sitting area and roomy balcony. We enjoyed breakfast delivered a couple of mornings so that we could eat out on the balcony and enjoy the ocean and whatever view was offered. Not so crazy about our bed as it was too hard. We did not say anything to our cabin steward about this and there may be a solution to the problem for our preference of a less hard bed. One thing that was different on RCCL this time was the quality of the food. I did notice quite a bit of difference in the Windjammer. Not that the food was bad but that it was not up to the standard we have experienced in the past. We were on the Mariner about one year ago and felt the food was considerably better. This is particularly true of the specialty restaurant, Chops. The restaurant itself is intimate and pleasing. The service is good and servers were knowledgeable and certainly pleasant. But we paid the extra $ willingly last time because the meal in the Chops on the Mariner was over the top good . This time, we were disappointed and certainly agreed we would think twice about spending the extra money again. You want truly special if you are going to leave your pleasant dining room experience where the food is certainly good . On the other hand, our evening at Sabor, was definitely special and was probably the best meal and time we spent on board. Hopefully RCCL will try to bring Chops back to the level it enjoyed before. We never made it to Giovanni's Table but we did eat at Johnny Rockets. It was fun and the food was ok. You can't beat a milkshake and a jukebox. We are planning another cruise on the Navigator early next year.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
After years of turning down cruise options for a vacation my husband and me finally gave in and went on this one, we had a wonderful time, weather was great, and we just can't say enough about the staff. Every one of them was ... Read More
After years of turning down cruise options for a vacation my husband and me finally gave in and went on this one, we had a wonderful time, weather was great, and we just can't say enough about the staff. Every one of them was outstanding, Ports of Roatan, Belize City and Cozumel were very good; we did RCL excursions and no problems had. We arrived early at port because it was our first time; the check-in process took about 1 hr. We saw some people carrying their entire luggage. We dropped our carry on in our rooms since they were ready as soon as we boarded. We went up to the Windjammer to eat. There was a pretty big selection of food including ethnic food. We went to explore the ship and then put on our bathing suits and headed for the Jacuzzi. There are several Jacuzzis on board. The best ones are by the Solarium; if they are full the one inside the gym is good. Watching the sunsets in the Cosmopolitan Club on the 14th deck was a special great. We signed up for My Time Dining, which worked out perfectly for us. The food was great most nights, but we were really impressed with the excellent service from our wait staff. They really deserved the extra gratuity on the last night. All areas were clean and well maintained. I enjoyed the shops, attending the shows, playing mini golf, and relaxing at the pool and on our balcony. I loved my morning coffee on the balcony. Our room 9376 was at the back of the ship on deck 9 and was just right since we were first timers. We only heard noise a couple times being at the back. Navigator is large but easy to, no pun intended, but navigate, we enjoyed the Mexican restaurant, Sabor. The menu at Chops Grille was great also. The bars and cafe, which serves coffee, ice cream, pastries and pizza was open 24/7. The Promenade where the captain hosts the welcome-aboard reception is beautiful, there is so much to do on Navigator, and we were never bored. The ship has a friendly vibe. Many passengers hail from Texas &/or Oklahoma and most are warm, hospitable, so you'll be greeted with plenty of smiles and enjoyable table-mates for dinner. Country music is on the sound systems, and some of the on-board musical entertainers also specialize in country music. The bars and dance club were bustling, our favorite was the piano bar, but not too crowded, on most nights during our sailing. The ship is beautiful, and fun. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Instead of harping on the negative aspects of our cruise (which I will get to later), I wanted to highlight all the positive things that we will always cherish. Getting on the ship was a breeze. My youngest cannot stand in long lines, so ... Read More
Instead of harping on the negative aspects of our cruise (which I will get to later), I wanted to highlight all the positive things that we will always cherish. Getting on the ship was a breeze. My youngest cannot stand in long lines, so we are able to use the wheelchair line that breezes you in the ship. They allow the entire family (of four) to go with her. We heard there was a power outage after we were boarded that led to a delay of many passengers getting onboard. But that did not effect us. Stateroom attendant was not the over friendly personality as we expected, but she got the job done was courteous and got everything we asked for very quickly. We had a sofabed for the kids to sleep on, but we requested a cot and got it the very first night. Our attendant thought we were crazy, but one kid slept on the sofa and the other on the cot and that solved a lot of fighting issues between them! Our room was cleaned every morning while we were at breakfast and every evening during dinner. Ports of call: My husband and I had taken this same itinary last year without the kids, so we knew what to expect. In Jamaica, we went to the Dunn River Falls express. My youngest could not climb the falls so my oldest and I climbed while my husband and youngest played in the lower part of the river and had a blast. I would highly recommend this excursion to anyone. However, the locals are VERY aggressive in their selling and even cornered my oldest at one point and scared her by asking her name and where she lived...Do not leave your children unattended there. We went to the turtle farm in the Grand Caymans. The kids loved being able to hold the turtles and learn how to calm them down. We waded in the lagoon, as I am the only family member who can swim, but it was nice and quiet and enjoyable. When you go to Hell, look for the iguanas in the trees and the chickens in the brush. We saw a mother hen and two chicks, and the kids were more amazed by that then anything else at Hell! Cozumel we went to Playa MIa. This was our third time there and we bought our passes online instead of through the cruise ship. You can take a taxi there for $16 per day and overall it's about $100 cheaper to book on your own. All rental equipment is included in the price except for waverunners. They have added a waterslide and we all had a great time as always! Windjammer was OK. We are a picky family and ate mostly burgers and fries for lunch all week. It would've been nicer to have some more plain options for picky eaters. Breakfast was amazing in the Windjammer, except for the rude attendant at the omelet staion. We only had omelets once... Dinner in the main dining room was great! We requested a big table and made some great new friends! Our headwaiter, Jose, even got the chef to make Indian food one night for those at the table who like it! And he went out of his way to order to go food for my oldest the first few nights when she was too sich to make it to dinner. One more last positive: Go to the spa- the massage side and get pampered! I had a hot stone massage and a deep tissue/ scalp massage and both were fabulous.! I highly recommend Ria! OK negatives: I had a nail appt online and when I got to the salon, they informed me they did not have time to do both acrylic and shellac, which is what I had made the appt for. I was disappointed, but made an appt for the next day. But the nail job I got was horrible. My nails chipped, fell off and were not even filed evenly. The girl who did my nails was more concerned with how she would be paid and caused a scene with her supervisor right in front of me. Needless to say, I did complain and ended up getting my nails redone by Peta, who did the fabulous job I expected, but I would not get my nails done on the ship again. My oldest got a sinus infection on day 2 of the cruise, so she was confined to the room (by our choice) and did not get to explore or hang out with the teens as she normally would. Luckily I always carry extra antibiotic for cases like this and she was better by the end of the week, but she never did get out on her own. This particular cruise was spring break for Mexico, which was not much of a problem for us, but our dinnermates had partiers next door to them who kept them up all night. after complaining, the situation was resolved, but they said they would not cruise during this time again. Also there were a lot of non supervision of kids around the pool areas and we were only able to go to the pool once because of the rudeness and crowdedness of the kids at the pool. My youngest did not enjoy the kids club and said the staff were not kid friendly or kind to her. She went three times all week long and did make a friend, but asked not to go back to RC (as she has traveled on other lines) unless they get friendlier staff. Last complaint: DO NOT GET YOUR THUMB STUCK IN THE CABIN DOOR! When we were bringin in the luggage, my husband closed the door (hinge side) on my thumb and I had to go to medic and get it x-rayed. Luckily it was not broken, but it hurt like the dickens for the first few days! All in all I would go on RC again. It would be nice to see better enforcement of pool rules (especially for kids) and friendlier kid staff and maybe more picky eater options in the Windjammer.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Sailed March 2-9; Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Cozumel itinerary. We booked this a week before sailing after RCCL had just released the newly added Panoramic Ocean View Rooms for a great price. We usually book Balconies or Jr. Suites, but were ... Read More
Sailed March 2-9; Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Cozumel itinerary. We booked this a week before sailing after RCCL had just released the newly added Panoramic Ocean View Rooms for a great price. We usually book Balconies or Jr. Suites, but were interested in checking out these newly engineered rooms at the front of the ship on Deck 12. We had cabin #1874 which was larger than expected, floor to ceiling glass wall for awesome views (somewhat cantilevered out over the water), great storage, near elevators, same deck as Spa, jogging deck, Adventure Ocean (for kids) and Sky Bar. Highly recommend one of these rooms unless you must have a balcony. One deck below us was the Solarium Pool (adults only) which had been redesigned tastefully. Did not use the Spa on this cruise, but you can get some great deals during the week if you watch the Cruise Compass for specials offered by the Spa. Had My Time Dining and because we booked late, our dining times were all over the place. However, the dining staff was wonderful, helpful, and we had great service at table 576 (Paul & Stanley). We love Chops Grille on most ships but were a little disappointed in the service on this ship and the price increase. The menu has changed and sorry to see some favorites off the menu. Windjammer was great for breakfast and lunch. If you don't care for crowds in the morning, order room service breakfast the night before (breakfast order forms are in your room, just hang outside your door before going to bed). We find room service breakfast to be on time and hot. Since we are Diamond Members, we were pleased to find the Viking Crown Lounge dedicated to the nightly Diamond and Diamond Plus event from 4:30-8:00. The concierge, Nadjia, was very gracious and accommodating. Waiters were attentive and hustling to serve everyone. Free cocktails and very nice hot/cold appetizers are a nice perk. Plus watching the sunset from the panoramic views of this lounge are awesome. We enjoy this itinerary. Falmouth is finally finished, great shopping, fun restaurants/bars and great excursions are available. Dunns River Falls is always a favorite and rafting the Martha Brae River is fun. Some people like to explore the beaches near Montego Bay or Ocho Rios. Grand Cayman is a personal favorite--love the town, dining, gorgeous water, shopping, Seven Mile Beach, water sports and snorkeling. Cozumel is also a fun port. You can get to great beaches, snorkeling, water sports, shopping at the cruise terminal and in Old Town, restaurants and bars. Had an awesome fajita lunch at Las Palmas in Old Town complete with Margaritas and Mariachis. Usually pass on the song and dance shows, but we saw a terrific comedian/magician Cheswick and a special showing for the Texas Tenors who put on a marvelous and moving performance. We had a blast and met people from all over the US. This ship has a lot to offer: 15 deck; 10 pools/whirlpools; 16 bars/lounges; Flow Rider surfing; Rock Climbing; Sports court; ice-skating rink; Royal Promenade filled with shops, a café, bars; newly added panoramic rooms; Adventure Ocean for kids/toddlers; 8 dining choices; the casino; and the outdoor big screen for movies/events poolside. Don't understand some of the negative reviews. I know some people are upset over fog issues, but that is not RCCL's fault. We were able to leave Galveston before the sea fog got too bad and we had no issue with fog on arrival at the end of the cruise. Our weather was great for a March cruise, temps 75-84 and no rain during the day. I would highly recommend the Navigator.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Disembarked two days ago from our first ever cruise. It was our 25th wedding anniversary. It was a western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean, Navigator of the Seas. I am sorry this review is a little scattered but I am listing the items ... Read More
Disembarked two days ago from our first ever cruise. It was our 25th wedding anniversary. It was a western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean, Navigator of the Seas. I am sorry this review is a little scattered but I am listing the items as I think about them. I travel a lot for my job. My wife has been able to travel with me most of the time. We have been a lot of places. Orlando, Disney; CA, Disney; Niagara Falls; San Fran, LA, Vegas, Aspen (free ski-in/ski-out house) just to name a few. Without a doubt this is the best vacation we have ever been on. We had a superfantastic time. Getting on the ship was extremely painless. We stood in a line for about 20 min. Walked into the terminal waited another 10 then right through the metal detector over to the counter filled out a very small amount of paperwork and were allowed right on the ship. From the time we unloaded our luggage to when we were on the ship was about 1.5 hours, if that. We were on the ship by 10:42. All of the bad things you might here on this website and others....we did not even come close to seeing. For a few examples. The bathrooms were plenty big. They are not huge but they are not as small as we were led to believe by reading some reviews. There was plenty of space for all of our bathroom supplies. We took way too many clothes, but there was still plenty of room in our cabin for ALL of them. The pictures of the rooms, I think, make the rooms look smaller than they actually are. Our room was very spacious and we had the smallest balcony room you could get. I was worried about the size of our balcony but it was perfect for me and my wife to have breakfast out there. Crowds - our ship had over 3400 people on it and the only day it seemed crowded was the last day at the pool and when we exited the ship to get our luggage (I will come back to disembarking in a second) and we saw all the people. I waited in line for the flowrider but that was no big deal at all. There were maybe 8 people in a line and we all cycled through several times. We waited once when we arrived early to eat but as soon as they opened the doors we went right in. I was amazed at the fact that the ship just did not seem crowded. I am a very impatient person with ADD and it was the most relaxing thing we have ever done. Getting on and off the ship for excursions was very easy as well. Even when we had to use a tender boat for getting to the pier. I thought there might be a big wait but we went down to the disembarkation area and were able to get right on the tender boat. We did not want to miss anything. We took a bunch of 5 hour energy drinks with us so we could stay up late and get up early. We were up by 630 and to the gym and we did not go to bed before midnight at all. Our service staff was incredible, the shows were fantastic (not sound of music or phantom of the opera) but all original RC shows that were well done and very entertaining. Getting people off the ship I am sure has been a challenge for years, but for us it was pretty painless. Again, tend to be impatient so when things do go perfectly I start to get irritable. But we were fine. We left our cabin earlier than required and went to our assigned waiting area. We were there for about 45 minutes but it gave us time to check emails and get on line (we were in port and had phone service by that time). When our number was called us and about 100 or more other folks got up and walked right of the ship. This line of folks stopped once for about 8 min and then we moved right into where we get our luggage. We then waited for customs and we were out of the terminal. From the time we stood up to leave our waiting area to when we entered our vehicle to leave was 1 hour. I hope I covered everything. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We have been on over twenty cruises on eight different cruise lines and are platinum members with Royal Caribbean. We are in our early sixties and very active. I am very picky when it comes to food and service on a ship, so I will not ... Read More
We have been on over twenty cruises on eight different cruise lines and are platinum members with Royal Caribbean. We are in our early sixties and very active. I am very picky when it comes to food and service on a ship, so I will not hold back. Fortunately I have very few negative comments about this cruise. The check in process was short and easy, but the young man checking us in was not very pleasant, so things got started off poorly.(one bad comment). We boarded the ship about 12:15 and had to wait until 1pm for our cabin, but that is stated in the paperwork. We had a superior balcony #8548 which was in the front of the ship. It was a great cabin with plenty of drawers and closet space. The only thing I would change next time is the location. This ship only has four elevator banks which are located far forward and far aft. Most of the action on this ship happens aft, so I would choose aft next time. If you are located by the elevator area it can be noisy. Not from the elevators, but from the Promenade area on deck five where they play music late and have street parties. It echos up through the ship. Our room steward Angel was great. We did have a problem with the toilet (one time) and with the shower (one time). The shower got stopped up and flooded the bathroom, but they fixed both immediately. They also had to fix the refrigerator. This ship is going to dry dock next year for a refit, but it still looks great with very little wear. The dinning room is beautiful and I thought the food and service was excellent and much better than many of the other lines we have been on. The only problem we had was the fact that they moved our dinner time from 6pm to 5:30pm which really rushed us in the afternoon, and left a lot of time in the evening. There is very little to do on this ship between 8pm and 9:30pm if you don't go to the show or gamble. There is some dancing between 7:15 and 8pm and then again around 9:30. We like to dance and found the dance floors to be very very small and crowded, but the music was pretty good. We did eat at Portofinos which was good, but I am not sure we would eat there again since the food in the dinning room was so good and our table mates were very nice. In fact I must say the people on this ship were some of the nicest I have ever met. The age range was probably 40 to 65, and a lot of nice southern people. We also ate at Johnny Rockets where the burgers were really good, but the charge is $4.95 for food and $6 for a shake!!! Our waitress was terrible, but we got a good laugh out of it. The ports were very good. In Cozumel we went on the Tulum beach break excursion which was very interesting. The private beach was beautiful and the lunch was great, but there is no time to shop. In Jamaica we went on the Dreamer catamaran with snorkeling and drinks. I highly recommend that excursion, it is a blast and the reef is beautiful. In Cayman we snorkeled at Edan Rock dive shop which is a short walk from the tender pier. We did that on our own and it is free if you don't have to rent equipment. For our cruise, the sea days were very long because it was to cold and windy to enjoy being outside. That is a chance you take going out of New Orleans in the winter, so be prepared to do something other than lay by the pool and be sure to take a jacket. We also spent a day and night in New Orleans, which is always a lot of fun. We stayed at the Embassy Suits, which is right by the port. You can park your car there while you cruise for $15 per day. The disembarkation was very fast and easy with no problems except we could not find our luggage in the designated spot. Right as I was about to panic, the porter suggested we look in a special area, which it happened to be in. (the tags had been torn off). Other than a few minor problem we had a great time on a really beautiful ship with great service and great food. I would highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
My husband and I returned yesterday from a fabulous 7-day cruise on Navigator of the Seas. We left from New Orleans on March 2. Embarkation was not bad - it took about 2 hours total. We stayed at the Wyndham, Riverfront, which was ... Read More
My husband and I returned yesterday from a fabulous 7-day cruise on Navigator of the Seas. We left from New Orleans on March 2. Embarkation was not bad - it took about 2 hours total. We stayed at the Wyndham, Riverfront, which was in a perfect location to get on the cruise boat, right across the street. Our room was charming, clean, and had high ceiling, but it did not include any sort of breakfast or even coffee in the morning. We paid about $150 for the room, which came to about $180 including taxes and fees. We were able to walk across the street in the morning to embark. The boat is amazing - it really is a floating town on the sea, with a promenade down the middle of the boat. The architecture and flow of the boat is amazing. It felt that someone put love and thought into the flow of the boat, so that it never felt crowded. The only exception was lunch at the Windjammer on the first day. There was always something to see or do, including putt putt, work out (great gym with free weights, numerous cardio machines overlooking the ocean, aerobics/yoga classes, sauna, and hot tub in the gym), dance, go to the festivals on the promenade, get in the hot tub or pools, and of course, eat. The cruise went to Cozumel, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Georgetown, Cayman Island. We did not do any tours while at these locations, but instead we tried to be cheap. On Cozumel, we took a taxi to Playa Mia, which our Guest Relations person on the boat said was the closest beach. The taxi cost $16 each way, and there was a $30 dollar per person entrance fee to this beach (ouch). We could have taken the tour to Playa Mia and would have come out about even. The beach was beautiful and felt safe, and they had a buffet lunch available for an additional fee. The bartender poured very heavily, which was nice, and I had my picture made holding an iguana. The only detriments were that the beach was a bit crowded and had a steep entrance fee. We were able to walk to the beach at Georgetown, which was great. Not only did we save money, but we were able to get to know the island more intimately. We ended up at a beach with the other Royal Caribbean cruisers, where we were able to get two chairs and an umbrella for $20 total. It was a gorgeous beach, and I was really happy there. At Falmouth, we got off the boat, entered into a fabricated gaited area with all sort of stores and shopping (standard tourist traps), and then ventured out beyond the gates. It was intense out there, with cops patrolling everywhere. We went around the block and came back in the gates. Next time, we'll probably do a tour, although I've done the Dunn River Falls climb before, and found it to be less than exciting. The food on the boat was fantastic. I like to eat, and the food was generally EXCELLENT. My husband and I were blown away at the quality of the food. Of course, there were a few less than excellent items here and there (and the white wine was consistently served less than chilled), but overall, the food was amazing. My favorites were the lobster served on Thursday night and the lamb shank served on Friday night. The food in the Windjammer was always excellent. I have no idea how they manage to make so much food consistently taste so great. Our interior cabin was as good as an interior cabin without a window on a boat could be. Waking up in the dark was made easier by the room service delivery. See the ice show!!!!!! It is wildly creative and fun! They kicked up the activities by the pool and on the promenade on the last two days on the boat, the days at sea. We had a blast! When we returned, we did a tour in New Orleans because we had 8 hours before our flight left. It was great - very worthwhile. I recommend it. Overall, this was a wonderful cruise, and I wish I were back on the Navigator of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
After cruise #4 we're still loyal to the Royal! The Port of New Orleans is wonderful. We've sailed out of Miami, Tampa, and New Jersey and this was the fastest and easiest. Clean, nice looking, efficient, & friendly port ... Read More
After cruise #4 we're still loyal to the Royal! The Port of New Orleans is wonderful. We've sailed out of Miami, Tampa, and New Jersey and this was the fastest and easiest. Clean, nice looking, efficient, & friendly port staff. Also, porters weren't NEARLY as pushy about taking our luggage as they have been in other ports. We arrived at 10 and were on the ship by 10:45. It's a large port - we left out of Julia Street, #2. Do your homework before you drive there. When we arrived at 10, cruisers were still disembarking from the previous cruise, so we asked a port employee when we could expect them to start to allow us on. She told us to go shopping across the street at the RiverWalk! Luckily we knew not to do that, and soon enough they called for us. Very nice to have a separate desk for suite and C&A guests. Cookies and water for all while we waited. Security and x-ray scanning while getting on board was a breeze - they didn't say a word about our 2 bottles of wine. Even though this is allowed now we figured they'd be a lot more stringent about counting them and making sure you're following the policy, but it was easy! Navigator is beautiful. Yes, she's due for some upgrades, but that doesn't mean she's not a beautiful ship. They see 3000 people every week, so she's bound to have some wear. Loved the decor - beautiful opera & dance art work! - We had the 5 bottle wine package and free drinks in the concierge lounge from 5-8:30. Because of that we only spent a total of about $250 on alcohol over 7 nights. As in the past, most cocktails were priced between $6.75 and $9. The liquor package would have been a waste for us, based on those factors. - Solarium rules WERE enforced - it was a LOT more peaceful than last time we cruised - Windjammer had a crayfish bar going out of NOLA! - Ricardo Mock is a WONDERFUL concierge. Great cappuccino/coffee machine in the lounge. We've changed to an 8:30 dinner time from now on so we can spend a few hours in the lounge drinking! - Spa is great, as always. Loved the Couples Massage and the Rasul (1-hour steam room, salt scrub, seaweed wrap, etc.) for couples to do together, unsupervised). BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT RIGHT AWAY. At-sea days fill up instantly. - Beautiful fitness center - just as nice as the Y at home. Free weights, machines, elliptical, treadmill, space to stretch, etc. - Chops and Portofinos ARE worth the extra money. The food is delicious, the staff are thoughtful, and it's very romantic and peaceful. - The Mystery Dinner is fun! Kind of cliche, but cute, good food, and fun camaraderie with the rest of your team. - We changed an excursion at the last minute - the staff at guest services was more than happy to refund us for the first excursion and book us on a new one. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
We picked this cruise to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary; we were married onboard Enchantment of the Seas 12/15/07. Decided to sail on Navigator because she was sailing out of New Orleans, which allowed us to drive down from ... Read More
We picked this cruise to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary; we were married onboard Enchantment of the Seas 12/15/07. Decided to sail on Navigator because she was sailing out of New Orleans, which allowed us to drive down from Missouri. The drive was not bad, split up into a couple of days. Stayed at Springhill Suites by Marriott in NOLA the night before the cruise (rate $80 by using hotwire.com). Parked at Fulton Place Parking Garage for $12/day, which was walking distance to hotel. So, parked at the garage when we arrived on Friday and there was a little confusion with trying to locate the parking garage office but finally figured it out. Ate dinner at Cochon which was just a few blocks from the hotel. Saturday morning walked over to Riverwalk to see the sites and view the ship as it was too early to go to the pier for pre-boarding process. Around 11am made our way back to the parking garage to catch the shuttle to the pier. Upon arrival, our check-in process went pretty quick and we were onboard eating lunch at Windjammer by noon. Got to our stateroom at 1 and at 1:30 our luggage was delivered, quickest delivery ever! Many of our dinner mates told stories about delays at the pier and still hadn't received their luggage by 6pm. I think our key to success was arriving around 11:30, later than the early birds but earlier than the later arrivals so it worked well for us. This is the largest ship we have been on and it was at first overwhelming. But thanks to the maps near the elevators we were able to "navigate" Navigator fairly easy. I thought it was comical that the carpet in the elevators had the day of the week on it, until around Tuesday when I was thankful to know which day it was. Afterall, every day is Saturday when you are on vacation! Our stateroom attendant, Russell, was great! We requested an ice bucket and every day he filled it with ice during the day and at night. When he was out and about and saw us walking toward the cabin, he had his key ready and opened the door for us - so helpful! Only ate in the main dining room the first two nights, then ate at windjammer, Johnny Rockets, and Chops on the other nights. Pre-paid gratuities so didn't have to worry about handing out the envelopes on the last night. Had room service delivered (free!) every morning, just coffee, oj, and milk. This is a great service and we tipped the delivery person a few bucks each morning. I really miss that coffee delivery, it was great to wake up & have some coffee while getting ready for the day. Then, had real breakfast at windjammer a little later in the morning. One afternoon we had lunch in the dining room, they have a fantastic little salad bar where you pick the ingredients and they mix your salad for you. So good. Other days we had lunch in the windjammer, Johnny Rockets, and/or on shore while in port. We registered for the meet & mingle in advance and participated in the roll call threads prior to the cruise. Met a great, fun couple at meet & mingle that we ended up hanging out with throughout the week, and we feel we have made friends for life! Falmouth, Jamaica - the pier area was nice and we took excursion to Red Stripe Beach ($24 per person). Nice beach area but the drive there shows a bit of the real Jamaica. The staff we encountered at the pier and during the excursion to the beach were super nice. I would not, however, feel safe just out and about walking around the town. The pier area is a gated, guarded compound as was the beach area. Grand Cayman - fantastic! On one of our previous cruises the port call was cancelled due to rough seas (can't tender if waves are too rough) so I was so excited to finally make it onshore at the cayman's. We met another couple during the meet & mingle on Day 2, so the four of us decided to get together and hire a driver to show us the island for the afternoon. Saw some great sites, stopped at the rum cake factory for rum cakes & rum, as well as the brewery for a beer. Ate lunch at a restaurant just outside the pier area before getting back on the ship. Stopped at Margaritaville for some t-shirts. Cozumel - our new friends that we met at meet & mingle told us about Nachi Cocom, a private beach club that costs around $55 per person for the day. All-inclusive drinks & food, it was a bargain. You don't reserve Nachi Cocom onboard the ship though, you have to reserve online before you arrive. Our friends added our reservation for us the day before, once we arrive at Grand Cayman. Took a cab to the beach club, taxi cost was $15 each way for our group of 4. Upon arrival to Nachi Cocom, drinks were ordered and delivered to our spot often. We rented one of those large rafts that's tethered in the water just off the beach for $40 for the day. Had a fantastic authentic Mexican lunch, also included in the daily fee. Try the dirty monkey drink if you visit Nachi Cocom, it's similar to a mudslide. Drank way too much but didn't have to drive so all was good. Took taxi back to the pier and our new friends did some jewelry shopping while we went back to the ship. All in all, this was a great cruise on Navigator. Would definitely sail again from NOLA on this ship or any other ship from that port, as it is an easy drive from our home in Missouri. Will still consider Florida sailings as well though. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
First thing I want to mention is how incredible the crew was considering the ship had norovirus present, the cruise before us has over 100 cases, the virus was all but gone when we disembarked. We had to board late due to sanitizing the ... Read More
First thing I want to mention is how incredible the crew was considering the ship had norovirus present, the cruise before us has over 100 cases, the virus was all but gone when we disembarked. We had to board late due to sanitizing the ship but that was a minor inconvenience. We were a party of 4, in two staterooms and none of us caught the bug. :) Yeah! Royal Caribbean notified us of the virus before we left for the port and that there was a delay boarding. They were professional and everything was super clean. Us two couples travel together cruising and on land and we had a great time. We drove to the port and spent one night in New Orleans, boarding was late but efficient considering the extra precautions due to Norovirus. The windjammer was not open at the time of boarding which I thought was poor planning. They opened the windjammer (buffet dining) at 2:00 which meant everyone was on board and very hungry. Norovirus on board meant that they had to serve us in the buffet lines and the biggest problem was rude inpatient cruisers. We were all in the same boat (so to speak) and they had plenty food, people were just impatient, these people complained and were impatient the entire cruise, even though the Captain and crew were working hard to keep us all healthy. I had no complaints except chapped hands from an allergic reaction to hand sanitizer. Food was good but not great, I found it was not as good as our first cruise on Navigator of the seas in 09. NOS Captain was highly concerned about the virus and it was handled well. The port of New Orleans is nice for the New Orleans experience. The port itself was like navigating through a maze. Navigator is in the voyager class, has plenty to offer- multiple pools one of them an adults only pool with large hot tubs in the area, spa, beautiful 3 level dinning room, casino,clubs, and 24 hour cookie and snack shop on the Royal Pramenade. I had heard there are no quiet spots on mega ships, not true, there are numerous seating areas you can quietly sit back and relax. We found one next to the sky bar and played cards when we had extra time or wanted to unwind, just the 4 of us. We also had our private balconies. Our cabins we were on deck 8, room 8603, balcony room, great clean room, comfortable bed and quiet location. We were around the corner from the elevators but had no noise from that,we have booked same general area and we will continue to book this area, close to elevators and the internet cafe. I did not pack my own computer but enjoyed a few minutes to check on my family back home from the internet cafe. Speaking of internet is is slow, all ships have slow internet, you just expect that from a ship internet. The entertainment was a comedian who was very good his name is Scott Record but and an Elvis impersonator, he was talented guy but I do not enjoy a tall skinny Elvis as my headliner entertainment. The ship crew shows were OK, usual show for RCI. We always do the Ice Show, which is excellent, Love and Marriage show (always a blast) and the QUEST!!! A MUST SEE! (for adults ONLY!) There are two formal nights on the 7 night cruise, some still wear Tuxedos and Gowns, I prefer a nice cocktail dress. Our ports were Falmouth Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel. Falmouth is still a port being developed and there is not that much do to there. Grand Cayman is beautiful and rich, which is why it stands out from other islands. Cozumel is typical tourist local with plenty to offer. We docked at Falmouth and Cozumel and had to tender to Grand Cayman. The tendering process was easy even though we were doing it during a storm. No problems at the ports getting on or off the ship. The Navigator is showing her age a little bit, I believe she is on the list to be refurbished, I think this was more apparent since we were just on a newer larger ship 6 months before this cruise. I would recommend this ship for a family, couple, or group of friends who want an affordable enjoyable week away in the beautiful Blue Caribbean Sea or Gulf of Mexico. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
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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