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

We chose this cruise as it is about a month out of dry dock from an extensive renovation. We have previously sailed on the Majesty, Allure, Freedom, and Mariner of the seas. We have also sailed on the Disney Wonder and MSC Seaside. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it is about a month out of dry dock from an extensive renovation. We have previously sailed on the Majesty, Allure, Freedom, and Mariner of the seas. We have also sailed on the Disney Wonder and MSC Seaside. We arrived at the port around 1:30 and basically walked onto the ship. Very quick and easy. We only got a chance to do the Riptide slide as we didn't feel like waiting in line for the blaster. We really enjoyed the solarium for adults only. We are early risers so we never had an issue getting chairs. I was thrilled to see them actually keep track of chairs that people tried to save. There were plenty of chairs all over in case they were all taken at the pool. We spent a good deal of time at the casino. We had fun but there was a lot of smoke that made it difficult to breathe. Our stateroom was great. We had a balcony towards the back and didn't have anyone above us. Our balcony was the last one, so it was slightly bigger than normal. We generally spend a good amount of time in the room, so we were disappointed with the few choices there were for tv. Even the movies you had to pay for didn't have good choices. We didn't do any excursions, so we splurged on specialty restaurants. We dined at Hooked the first night, which was decent. The food was good, but the service was lacking. We went to Jamie's Italian the second night and it was so good we went back again the final night. The main dining room was seriously lacking in food and service compared to the specialty restaurants. Even the plating was mediocre. I cook much better food at home. The food is one of the main things that we look forward to when cruising. I would absolutely recommend the dining package if it's something you're able to do. Food in the Windjammer wasn't as good as we have experienced in the past. El loco fresh was an excellent addition to the included restaurants. They do need to improve the queso though as it was tasteless and way too watery. We only had the pizza at the promenade which was good. We got wings from playmakers that were good as well, but they took much longer than we expected. Overall, we really enjoyed this cruise. We spent a LOT of time relaxing, which we desperately needed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was my 8th cruise and first time on the Navigator. Overall, it was a great ship with a great crew. The ship is very similar to the Independence and Freedom of the Seas, which I've sailed on before and thoroughly enjoyed. Lets ... Read More
This was my 8th cruise and first time on the Navigator. Overall, it was a great ship with a great crew. The ship is very similar to the Independence and Freedom of the Seas, which I've sailed on before and thoroughly enjoyed. Lets start with the good: - The Ice show. This was fantastic and shouldn't be missed. They have a coordinated light show using drones as part of the show and it's amazing. - The guitar singer in the Windjammer singing "washy washy" songs. Haven't seen this on any other ships, and it always brought a smile to hear the days rendition of some song converted to a "wash your hands" song. Loved it. - Cruise director and staff were very energetic and funny. - Balloon drop at midnight on the first night of the cruise. I've done a New Years eve cruise and this reminded me of that scene. It was really cool. This was the first cruise where I decided to try the specialty dining as I've always been impressed with the MDR food, so was looking forward to seeing how much better the food would be. I tried Chops and Jamie's Italian restaurants. Chops was decent, but this was no where near as good as it should have been for the price. I was expecting something along the lines of a Morton's steakhouse or Ruth's Chris quality, but it really wasn't even close...more like an Outback experience. It was good, but not worth the extra money. We had a similar experience at Jamie's, though it was even more of a disappointment. Never been to an Italian restaurant where they didn't play Italian music...instead they're playing some pop/techno stuff, that just didn't fit. I've also never been to an Italian restaurant where they don't immediately serve you bread along with some form of spread. Instead, Jamie's has some different breads as part of the appetizer menu. Also the waitress seems to over explain everything. I appreciated her knowledge, but it got to the point where we just wanted her to shut up and let us eat. The staff was wearing jeans and flannel shirts...not sure how this is Italian themed, but maybe I'm not hipster enough to get it. The desserts were hit and miss...the lemon meringue cheese cake was wonderful, the tiramisu was lacking and short of any coffee flavor. I didn't get a chance to do the escape room. It wasn't open on our last sea day so you'll want to get in early so you don't miss that. Also, one night there was an even on the cruise planner for "Stargazing on the helipad". We weren't sure what would be involved with this but assumed it would have some crew lead event of sort. Nope, it was just a bunch of people on the helipad at night, all wondering what was going on. Overall, it was a great cruise and I would definitely go on it again Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Our son arranged this cruise for us as an anniversary gift. We had a ride waiting to take us directly to the port when we arrived in Miami and when we left the ship for home. Getting on/off the ship was very simple and smooth. ... Read More
Our son arranged this cruise for us as an anniversary gift. We had a ride waiting to take us directly to the port when we arrived in Miami and when we left the ship for home. Getting on/off the ship was very simple and smooth. The cabin was well arranged and kept clean and comfortable during the cruise. We especially enjoyed the decorative towel animals the housekeeper kept putting in the stateroom. The food was excellent in the two dining rooms we used (Sapphire deck 5 and Windjammer deck 11). We ate our breakfast and lunch in the windjammer as they had a larger selection. The entertainment and activities were not in our interests. We are not drinkers/partiers. The service was excellent. Everyone we asked questions of answered us or referred us to someone who was more knowledgeable. When we needed something for the cabin, it was brought promptly. We probably wouldn't go again as there was nothing we enjoyed doing on board except watching movies and drinking coffee. We are not jewelry wearers and most clothing was too fancy to wear to places we visit at home. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This trip was to celebrate my New Year's Day birthday. We had a smooth embarkation and disembarkation. First stop upon boarding... Vintages to order wine for the five day festivities! We surprised our favorite Sommelier, Nikola! ... Read More
This trip was to celebrate my New Year's Day birthday. We had a smooth embarkation and disembarkation. First stop upon boarding... Vintages to order wine for the five day festivities! We surprised our favorite Sommelier, Nikola! Luggage arrived by 2:30! We had carried on our formal wear since we boarded on NYE. Dinner first night was in the main dining room. We were quite disappointed. Service was great, food was not. We attempted to go to Specialty dining after that but others had the same idea. It wasn't easy getting in. Chops was great, Sabor excellent. We weren't really interested in the ports. Stayed by the pool in Costa Maya. Been there before and once was enough. Cozumel, we got off and had lunch with a friend. Our main entertainment was wine tasting and enjoying the bottles we bought. NYE was spent in the VIP party at Vintages. Appetizers and the wine.. of course. The balloon drop was right outside the venue! The officers mingled, Fun! A very special thing happened that is a great example of why we return to RCCL. When we first arrived, we caught up with Nikola and shared life events... he got married, is having a baby and we lost our home to Hurricane Harvey floods. I told him we were okay about the loss of furnishings, appliances, clothing but the sentimental things like baby pictures and wine label collection was difficult. On a prior cruise Nikola and his colleague took the labels off of our wine and mounted them on special paper, signed and dated them. So he knew what I was talking about. On the last day, he said he had a surprise for me... he came from behind the bar with the labels from the wines we enjoyed on the trip. He mounted them on hard paper! I was so overwhelmed with appreciation, I cried... what a heartfelt gesture... it's that extra special treatment that keeps us returning! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Our cruise aboard Navigator was prefaced with a 5-night stay on Miami Beach. We enjoyed the time exploring this area of Florida and the location within walking distance of many restaurants and attractions could not have been better. A ... Read More
Our cruise aboard Navigator was prefaced with a 5-night stay on Miami Beach. We enjoyed the time exploring this area of Florida and the location within walking distance of many restaurants and attractions could not have been better. A short Uber ride brought us to the Miami Cruise port and as a first time Platinum cruiser, we were allowed to be seated to await boarding. Embarkation went smoothly and we were on the ship by 11:30 p.m. and eating lunch in the Windjammer. We booked this cruise in October of 2016 for a November 2017 sailing and picked a deluxe ocean view cabin on the "hump" on deck 8 (8318). The cabin was very cozy with plenty of storage space for us. The bathroom was typical for a balcony room and did have the glass sliding doors. The air conditioning and all other amenities worked well. The ship felt full on this holiday sailing, many families and lots of noise, even in the Solarium. Food in the Windjammer was just ok but the MDR was much better. We also tried a couple specialty restaurants: Chops and Sabor, Sabor came out ahead of Chops. We felt that the steak in the MDR was just as good. What made Sabor a bit better was the atmosphere. We really enjoyed the decor and lighting here and because we ate here on Thanksgiving evening, we finally found a quiet space. Service on NOS was just as good as all other RCCL ships we have sailed. Our cabin attendant knew just the right amount of service we required. We don' like to be overly pampered and he made sure we weren't bothered. We ported at Costa Maya and Cozumel and had private excursions booked for both which made each port a fantastic stay. We reserved Maya Chan, an All-Inclusive Beach stay for the second time, and it was as good as our first visit. We also booked Omar's Volkswagen Buggy tour of Cozumel through Cozumel Cruise Excursions by Island Marketing and this was also fabulous. Of course the weather helped by being sunny and warm each day of our cruise. We, however, will probably not do a holiday cruise again and will probably not sail Navigator as we prefer the newer ships with more upscale entertainment. I will also not sail out of Port Miami again until the new Royal Terminal is complete. We had a 45-minute wait during disembarkation because of the backlog of passengers through customs and also were delayed 1 hour getting off the ship. This again could have been due to a Holiday sailing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This 5 night cruise to Cozumel and Nassau fit perfectly into my our schedule. My husband and I work at a beach resort on The west coast of Florida. We take at least a cruise per year the past few years! This was our 3rd on Rcl. We have ... Read More
This 5 night cruise to Cozumel and Nassau fit perfectly into my our schedule. My husband and I work at a beach resort on The west coast of Florida. We take at least a cruise per year the past few years! This was our 3rd on Rcl. We have been on Independence, Enchantment, and now Navigator. We have also been on Norwegian, Celebrity and Carnival. I prefer Royal! I love the more open concept of the ship common areas and the understated elagance of the decor. Navigator was a beautiful ship! We arrived in Miami at 11:30 am, parked at the port and were on board by 12:30. We decided on the promenade view room 7555. It overlooks the forward part of promenade and across from Cafe. It cost a small amount more but, was so worth it! I loved the window seat! It was nice to see what was going on and people watch. We just couldn't afford a balcony view. We only had one dinner in MDR. We had 5:30 reservations and found it was a bit too early. We did go on formal night and to our surprise, were the only couple at a table for 8! Our server was very nice. I had the chefs selection snapper. It was good but, a bit bland. My husband loved his prime rib. The lemon meringue pie was THE best dessert I've had yet on Royal! The other 4 nights we had Windjammer and it was always great with plenty of variety. I do not agree with the reviews that say otherwise! The coffee in Royal promenade cafe was actually much better this cruise. I believe they may have changed brands? I'm almost embarrassed to say as for the ports: been there, done that and we didn't even bother getting off of this beautiful vessel! Instead, we lounged in the solarium hot tub and enjoyed the quieter atmosphere onboard. Our room steward was superb and our room was very clean. We didn't even see any dirt on the Lysol wipes we use to wipe down the room, ( we do work at a resort and know how things get overlooked;). The entertainment was mostly very good! I thought the singers and dancers were great and loved the performances! Loved the ice show. The first comedian was not that great. The comedian last night was pretty funny. (Names?). I enjoyed the cruise director Drew but, his assistant -again name? (Younger guyBritish), was great and had a fun, dry humor! we did the self disembarkation Friday morning and got to the dining room, as directed, about 30 min prior to the time and were up front in line. Once we moved we were whisked off in 15 min flat and after paying our parking fee of $100 for five days, we were back on the road. Yes, we loved Navigator. Yes, we'd go again! Perfect size! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our first time cruising from Miami, first time to Nassau, third time to Cozumel, fourth time on RCCL. We booked our excursions through the ship and did the Balmoral Island beach break in Nassau and the 3 Reef Snorkeling in ... Read More
This was our first time cruising from Miami, first time to Nassau, third time to Cozumel, fourth time on RCCL. We booked our excursions through the ship and did the Balmoral Island beach break in Nassau and the 3 Reef Snorkeling in Cozumel. I highly recommend the snorkeling and Gil and his crew. As it was just my wife and I, Main Dining was a hit or miss. We ate with two other couples 3 out of 5 nights. The impression was that they were also wishing they were sitting by themselves. We went to the Mexican restaurant the night we left Cozumel and then hit the Windjammer the last night. Good vacation for us. We briefly met more people at breakfast in Windjammer while sitting at big round end tables. Ice show was grand. We weren’t too impressed with dance and vocal troupe in Metropolitan Theatre. Nothing stood out. We met lots of back-to-back cruisers. We enjoyed the Filipino rock band and the Meringue band that played at the Bolero the last night. RCCL delivered on the promise and all ground and flight connections were made flawlessly. Oh yeah, the free bottle of wine in the room was great for bon voyage from Nassau and Cozumel. Thanks RCCL and we look forward to sailing with you again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
1) Royal Caribbean does not allow criticism, just accolades in their web reviews. 2) Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines are now floating retail malls intent on selling you every minute on board. Even in the food service in their ... Read More
1) Royal Caribbean does not allow criticism, just accolades in their web reviews. 2) Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines are now floating retail malls intent on selling you every minute on board. Even in the food service in their main dining room (in the past superb), their menus are becoming dull and not as well prepared as though promoting their expanding "on board paid" restaurants now provide the best they have to offer. Main dining table service remains excellent. 3) After five cruises, the dancing and singing shows remain great (especially the Broadway Fever performance with Margaryta Garmash-Kyiv and Levgen Tkachenko / 5 stars) as well as the ice dancing and the Platters. However, they could have left the comics on shore. Personally, we would have preferred to see more of the Royal Caribbean Dancers and Singers. 4) It bothers us that some have historically slighted the service crew on deserved tips (their primary income), but Royal Caribbean now processes passenger automatic tips. You have to go to the desk to opt out if you want to direct your gratuities to those working their best for you in the now "WOW" program. 5) There is no space provided on the Royal Caribbean survey for anything like the above and "that" is a management issue. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We like cruising. Our room was bigger than expected and the bathroom not surprisingly small but usable. Our room attendant Emmanuel was professional and kept our room very tidy. It was nice to always come back to a clean room. The main ... Read More
We like cruising. Our room was bigger than expected and the bathroom not surprisingly small but usable. Our room attendant Emmanuel was professional and kept our room very tidy. It was nice to always come back to a clean room. The main room was fine dining and wished I brought more formal dresses to wear for dinner. Our waiters Melvin and Rohan were very attentive. We made sure to get a table with them each night. Lot of activities to do and watch on the high seas. Our favorite excursion Tabyana Beach Break - white beaches, clear water, seeing different kinds of fishes when we snorkeled, lunch & light beverages included. Now we know the reason people love cruising. Same hotel & service everyday and wake up in a different city most days. Lessons learned. 1. Ask for more details when getting advice. We did not book an excursion in Cozumel and we got taken. Don't book an excursion in Cozumel, grab a taxi, etc. Spent $60 on a taxi trip to a small white beach full of drunk men. My husband and I were the only tourists and no visible taxis around (except the one we took). We immediately went back to our ship and stayed there. Our advice pay extra for the ship excursion when in Cozumel. 2. The excursion tickets have two times listed. Our Belize excursion tickets listed Meeting time 7:45 am and departing time 8:30 am. We arrived at the meeting place at 7:30 am. RC ship director started tendering groups at 7:45 but did not specify which time she was using. She was calling groups by time and we missed our time. Others also missed their call time. To RC's credit we got to go on different and cheaper excursion and RC refunded us the difference. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We arrived at port at 10:30 AM, which was a great time. We were on board the ship by 11:30. We had a room on deck 8 balcony in the middle of the "hump". We had a great time on board the ship. It is a little old, but they ... Read More
We arrived at port at 10:30 AM, which was a great time. We were on board the ship by 11:30. We had a room on deck 8 balcony in the middle of the "hump". We had a great time on board the ship. It is a little old, but they have tried to update as much as possible. We enjoyed the formal dining room, our waiters were Deandra and Joel, and they were great !! Didn't eat but once in the Wind Jammer café, due to what others have said about the serving utensils being used by everyone. We toured the Mayan Ruins in Cozumel and went to a beach for an hour and half, which was awesome but they were having a HORRIBLE problem with mosquitos, which isn't their fault, it was due to the previous weeks rains. In Grand Cayman we just walked around ate lunch at Margaretville, which was exciting. In Jamaica we went on the catamaran sail and it was a BLAST...HIGHLY recommend the Sun Dreamer, Montego Bay Catamaran sail. WOW...they really entertain you PLUS let you snorkel and they are very nice ....that was probably our highlight of our cruise. The cruise director Jeffery on board was a great guy...he really knows his stuff. Shows on board were great too. Getting off the boat was not fun at all. One, they do not have a good system in force to get that many people off in a short amount of time, and once you are off, you walk into a huge room with all this luggage and lines EVERYWHERE , which is confusing...that part WAS NOT fun...but...all in all we had a fantastic cruise ! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
The food was quite good, particularly the chef's suggestions, service was outstanding, and enjoyed activities such as the Flowrider, rock climbing, the theater, pools/hot tubs, etc. Watching the sunsets in the Cosmopolitan Club on ... Read More
The food was quite good, particularly the chef's suggestions, service was outstanding, and enjoyed activities such as the Flowrider, rock climbing, the theater, pools/hot tubs, etc. Watching the sunsets in the Cosmopolitan Club on the 14th deck was a special treat. Ports, however, left something to be desired. First port at Falmouth was disappointing. Royal Caribbean built a harbor there to dock their ships so Falmouth is "artificial" and basically an outlet mall. Iron gates separate the shopping area from the town, and it's easy to see why. Falmouth is not much better than a 3rd world slum, if you venture there. Have to take some excursion to get away from Falmouth and see at least some of the "real" Jamaica. Grand Cayman was much more accommodating, in part because we took a very enjoyable excursion to Sting Ray City and snorkeling. But the island seemed to be a step or two up from Jamaica. Last port at Cozumel was sort of a cross between Port Aransas, TX and Nuevo Laredo--lots of Mexican tourist trinkets to buy, "party bars" for spring breakers, the ubiquitous high-end jewelry and watch stores (present on all three islands), which were interspersed with local bars, many featuring Tequila tastings. You have to wonder if the jewelry is really the bargain that not only the stores advertise as such, but also the cruise ship itself. Again, you have to get off the main drag in Cozumel--renting a motor scooter lis one option. Another is to visit the Mayan ruins--Tulum can be done in 4-5 hours. Unfortunately, the major Mayan ruin, Chichen Itza, is a good 4 hours by bus each way, leaving very little time to explore the ruins (guide books recommend at least 4 hours) and return to the ship on time. One major disappointment was I told RCCL my wife and I were celebrating our 50th anniversary and two of our grandchildren (28 and 23) were celebrating their birthday during the cruise. The only thing RCCL did was to give my wife and I and our two grandchildren one of the small, finger desserts (with one candle--that's about all that would fit) from the luncheon buffet at the Windjammer. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
As a new cruiser, I have only small river barges as comparison, but I loved this trip on the Navigator! The crew, every one I encountered, were wonderful, professional and friendly. Dias, our Steward, couldn't have been kinder or more ... Read More
As a new cruiser, I have only small river barges as comparison, but I loved this trip on the Navigator! The crew, every one I encountered, were wonderful, professional and friendly. Dias, our Steward, couldn't have been kinder or more helpful. He knew right away I didn't like to get up early. I thought the food was very good considering the number of passengers and crew. I wish they didn't have to resort to pre-made foods, but it is probably cost-prohibitive to make everything from fresh ingredients. The only bad meal I had was in the dining room--a crab cake appetizer I ordered for dinner--which was obviously not prepared fresh. I would sail on the navigator again in a minute! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We have been on a number of cruises on several different lines, and RC never disappoints. The service is excellent from the wit staff to the cabin stewards. I wish there had been some "enrichment activities" but as far as I ... Read More
We have been on a number of cruises on several different lines, and RC never disappoints. The service is excellent from the wit staff to the cabin stewards. I wish there had been some "enrichment activities" but as far as I could tell there were none other than Port Talks which are just where to shop advertisements. Guess what Diamonds International is everywhere. As for the ship it was sparkling clean, modern looking, and well equipped. I especially enjoyed the free Seattle's Best Coffee just forward of the fancy latte shop. Johnny Rocket's was great and well worth the modest charge. There is an outdoor promenade deck that with a little stair climbing at the bow you can walk the entire circuit of the decks, much better than the tiny jogging track topside. • Personal Background Information - highly educated, well traveled (50 countries) • Travel To Port of Embarkation - I drove, wife flew • Hotel Info (if any) Tremont House in Galveston, walked to Cruise Terminal (3 blocks) • Embarkation - pretty smooth, but agent gave us wrong keys at first, so that was slow, after that boarding was smooth, bags already there waiting on us. • Stateroom - fine, standard "superior ocean view w/balcony • Ship Info - Gross Tonnage 138,279 Length 1,020 ft Max Beam 157.5 ft Draft 29 ft Cruising Speed 22 knots best feature a promenade that encircled deck 4 (except at bow you had to climb up to deck 5 for a complete circuit) • Dining - good in MDR (service great), great in steakhouse, excellent at Johnny Rocket esp. the Apple Pie) Too bad that some cowboys had to wear their ball caps at dinner. • Activities (didn't use) • Children's Clubs (didn't use) • Staff & Service excellent throughout • Entertainment (didn't use much, shows I went to were fine) • Shore Excursions (didn't use, done 'em all anyway) • Disembarkation - smooth and fast, much faster than expected really • Summary great cruise, quality service, good value. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
It seems RCI is lowering their standards to compete with other lines. Having cruise multiple times with Royal I and my traveling companions were disappointed with the main dining room menu selection. For example there was a time when Royal ... Read More
It seems RCI is lowering their standards to compete with other lines. Having cruise multiple times with Royal I and my traveling companions were disappointed with the main dining room menu selection. For example there was a time when Royal had a surf and turf night and other specialties in the main dining room, no more. This has now been added as an extra with the extra cost. We ate in the specialty restaurant, Chops, a couple of nights and it was excellent as usual. But I don't appreciate being directed to eat there by the lack of choice in the main dining room menu to eat at the specialty restaurants. The wait staff on the pool deck was practically non-existent for most of the cruise. Royal's crew members were using the passenger elevators and Royal Promenade for moving luggage carriers during peak hours. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was a reasonably priced cruise and our first 5 night-er. We stayed overnight in Miami and got to the pier about 11:30 pm. Check in was fast. Although my husband gets priority boarding, it seems that on the last three cruises that ... Read More
This was a reasonably priced cruise and our first 5 night-er. We stayed overnight in Miami and got to the pier about 11:30 pm. Check in was fast. Although my husband gets priority boarding, it seems that on the last three cruises that means absolutely nothing. I had read the reviews that the Windjammer was crowded and I didn't want to go up there. But my husband did, and it wasn't that crowded and we had a pleasant lunch. The rooms were available at 1pm and our room had a bit extra space because it was on the bowed out part of the ship. But, around the bed there was a smell. Musty? My husband went to the desk and told them. All they did was spray. Later the cabin steward said his supervisor asked him to wipe down around the bed. What he wiped, I don't know. But, the smell persisted the entire cruise. Rm 8626. On the first night, the steward did turn the bed down, but didn't pick up towels. He did after that. Towel art a few nights, no chocolates on the pillow. (I think they stopped doing that). We did have RCCL robes, but they were in need of some darning. For dinner, we were in the "Nutcracker" dining room, table #342. It was a table for two and we had Luis (waiter) & Samuel (assistant waiter). They were both great! Our head waiter greeted everyone around us, but us. It was as though we were invisible to him. He did come over the third night. This is the only time we have ever been snubbed by the head waiter. When I mentioned it to Luis, he said the headwaiter was pretty busy with the other tables special needs diets. But, he made time for everyone else, even the folks that appeared to be using the 'my time dining'..... We had one dinner in Chops Grille and I would recommend this especially for couples. They pamper you/it feels intimate/and we enjoyed it very much. The first day out was a sea day and it was a bit cold. But, we found a place in the sun by the pool and warmed up and rested. Our second stop was Labadee and it was cloudy and overcast- but warm. We liked the new dock and just walking off the ship. We didn't put on our swimsuits, but just walked around. We had been here two years ago, and it has really changed. I think I preferred the way it was before, a bit more rustic. But, I can see the merits of the way it is now. They had numerous trams running so folks who couldn't do a lot of walking got to see it all, the new vendor huts were nice, and many people really enjoyed the zip line and roller coaster. The lunch was plain but good and we had a few beers at the bar while listening to the band and enjoying the scenery. The next stop was Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It was sunny/pretty/warm. We put on our suits and walked to the fenced beach 5 min. away. You can see it from the ship. Entrance fee is $2.50 each and they stamp your hand so if you want to leave and shop and come back. A beach attendant approached us and to rent chairs it was $5 each. We did and he was also the beverage guy. There wasn't anyplace to eat or get a drink. You paid him and he would bring you a drink. Just outside the fence was shopping, but I don't enjoy shopping in Jamaica - they are too aggressive for me. So, we relaxed and enjoyed the water and beach day. We were going to walk to Jimmy Buffet's, but my bones seemed to have melted and I had enough strength to get myself back to the ship and lunch of course! The next day was a sea day, and it was very very very windy. We did use the hot tub, and still enjoyed our day. We really enjoyed the entertainment. The ice show was fabulous, the man of a 1,000 voices was hilarious. The RCCL singers and dancers shows are not my cup of tea, but my husband enjoys them, and they were very professionally done. We always tried to listen to the live bands before/after dinner. We enjoyed Studio 4 band and the Rosario Strings and we followed the Latin band around every night they preformed. I do miss the special treatment that loyal cruisers use to get. Such as; a lounge with drinks and H'ordorves, an onboard credit AND a cabin discount, the small gifts as a token of their appreciation. This is the first time that we have NOT booked another cruise while onboard. There wasn't an incentive to book it. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves/the ship/and the 5 night cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
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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