9 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Europe - British Isles & Western

Great choice of food at Windjammer and staff always going the extra mile to make you cruise memorable, good choice of activities but not the best ships if you have children under 4 years old. Returned to ship after 10 years and ... Read More
Great choice of food at Windjammer and staff always going the extra mile to make you cruise memorable, good choice of activities but not the best ships if you have children under 4 years old. Returned to ship after 10 years and couldn't believe how much the price of drinks have increased, cheapest bottle of wine $34 going to $330., bottle drinks you are looking at least $8 for a can of Boddingtons bitter or 500ml bottle of Old Speckled Hen as an example. All drinks have an 18% service change so please budget for this additional cost. Deluxe drinks package is not built for a light / moderate drinker, budget for nearly £70 per day on your drinks as a couple. A deluxe package for a 14-night cruise will set you back $910 (£685) if you have not managed to have this added to your deal. Look at booking on another ship of the fleet if you are traveling with young children, any babies or children no toilet trained as unable to go into the pool (no even with swim nappy). Fantastic ship for couples and a mature traveller, mixed activities to keep all the guests entertained. Ask Royal Caribbean to avoid adding Morocco to future port of call. Shore Excursions can also set you back if you are planning to sign up for a tour, anything from $35 to $150 as a guideline per person. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was a back to back with the Mediterranean cruise. The ship was great. All the amenities we required. Smaller than Indy but that did not detract. We moved from a standard cabin to a disabled access cabin It was great to get the ... Read More
This was a back to back with the Mediterranean cruise. The ship was great. All the amenities we required. Smaller than Indy but that did not detract. We moved from a standard cabin to a disabled access cabin It was great to get the extra room for the scooter and the wet room The couple who had this cabin before had cleaned it from top to bottom as they were very disappointed with the standard of cleanliness That gave the cabin steward a good start but edges and corners were not cleaned until well into the cruise. We stock with the windjammer due to poor experience in dining room on previous cruise. Windjammer was very good, great selection, lots of vegetarian options., We loved the food and service in Johnny Rockets and dined three times in Sabor, the specialist Indian cuisine Best Indian meal ever. Stage shows did not attract us in as we had seen them last cruise, same with ice shows. Service in the Diamond Lounge was great Hats off to Kevin, Concierge, Alexandrou and JJ, bar staff. They made our visits feel personal and welcome. Ports were good but very naughty of RCI not to tell us that there were no disabled shuttles and no suitable infrastructure in Morocco We got a note on our beds late the night before we docked. Some of us had cruised because we wanted to see Morocco. For one it was on his Bucket List. They should have told us when we booked disabled access cabins Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary & pricing. We stopped in Amsterdam in advance & stayed overnight in Southampton.Embarkation went smoothly. We boarded the ship & went straight to The Windjammer. We had access to our ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary & pricing. We stopped in Amsterdam in advance & stayed overnight in Southampton.Embarkation went smoothly. We boarded the ship & went straight to The Windjammer. We had access to our cabins at 1:00 pm. The ship was amazing, the size & the layout.We were new to the inside promenade with shops and entertainment areas. 4 of us were in two virtual balcony cabins on the 9th deck. The 5th was in an inside cabin on deck 8.The cabins were a decent size and it was fun having the virtual balcony.Great service from our room attendant, Alexandre was always smiling and very helpful.We ate most breakfasts in the buffet and most dinners in the dining room with my time dining. The food was good, even in the promenade cafe.Our wait staff in the dining room were very attentive & always smiling. The seating areas were very overcrowded making it very difficult to maneuver through the chairs.Both in the dining room & the buffet. In the buffet there was a constant call to move out & let others in, one could not even enjoy an extra cup of coffee in peace. The din from the clatter of things was loud.The shows and entertainment were good. Amazing to watch the ice show on a moving ship. Again at the various bar areas there was little seating and they were jammed as well. Especially on the promenade deck.The ports were amazing, we took some RC shore excursions & did some on our own. The port experts/lecturers showed little or no enthusiasm & even had trouble pronouncing port names.RC needs to improve the organization of the gathering prior to shore excursions leaving the ship Quite chaotic and mixed up misinformation on the part of the staff. There was quite an upset on the beach transfer buses in Lanzarote. Problems in Agadir, although some were port problems. As well directions on leaving the ship in a group was very confusing due to poor communication between the staff members. For this itinerary I might suggest doing more ports on your own We had a great time on this cruise and as it was a busy itinerary we enjoyed the sea days. Again, the loungers on deck were jammed together to provide more seating making it difficult to get on and off them. Only on one sea day were most of the loungers used. Would highly recommend this itinerary, Just some minor ship updates as she is starting to look tired in areas. My guess with the tight seating areas they are trying to please the complaints of lack of seating, but now things are too crowded together. Had a wonderful cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We spent 3 days in London before our cruise began. On the third day a tour service picked us up at our hotel and before boarding he ship we had a tour of Stonehenge whith we really enjoyed. We picked this cruise because we liked the ... Read More
We spent 3 days in London before our cruise began. On the third day a tour service picked us up at our hotel and before boarding he ship we had a tour of Stonehenge whith we really enjoyed. We picked this cruise because we liked the itinerary. It was one of RCCL's midsize ships and easy to explore. We had a wonderful time and met the most amazing people...we even attended a wedding which included a tour of the bridge. The food was a little better than good but our head waiter and assistant waiter had the best personalities and they made the entire table look forward to dinner. If you've traveled RCCL before you should know that they now charge for room service. The lunch and dinners in the windjammer was really appealing and different. For anyone looking to take this cruise you need to know that there is a lot of walking and I felt that some of the tours were very expensive.. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
First of all, I previously cruised with Royal Caribbean "Allure of the Seas", and it was so exhilarating, I was looking forward to cruising with their Navigator of the Seas. Alas, I was completely disappointed in my experience ... Read More
First of all, I previously cruised with Royal Caribbean "Allure of the Seas", and it was so exhilarating, I was looking forward to cruising with their Navigator of the Seas. Alas, I was completely disappointed in my experience with this ship. Here are some of the reasons: 1. When the ship docked, there was no one to direct passengers to the gangway. Yes, there were signs posted on the walls, but when a whole crowd of people are in the hallway, the signs can't be seen, and there is a lot of confusion about which way to go - right or left. Some passengers, were even saying that the exit was at the other end of the ship. This same confusion and scenario repeated itself at subsequent ports. It would have been so simple if there was a staff member at, or near the elevators directing people to the exit door leading to the gangway. 2. All the poultry and fish in the main dining room and the Windjammer were overcooked. The gravest, culinary sin was the "Filet Mignon" in the Windjammer, which was way overdone, chewy, and quite ghastly. A hockey puck would have tasted better. 3. The majority of food was also over-salted, yet the scrambled eggs, omelets, etc. had no salt and were quite tasteless. 4. To be fair, the tastiest food on the Navigator of the Seas was the Italian food. This is not my favourite type of food, but it was the tastiest on this ship. 5. For those passengers who do not particularly like gambling or drinking, there were not enough other activities to keep one interested and entertained on this ship. A lot of the activities were quite boring, and too many of them ended up being sales pitches, and "buy", "buy", "buy" events. 6. The shows were amateurish, almost laughable compared to those on the "Allure of the Seas" (for example). They were lacking professionalism, polish and finesse, and they reminded us passengers of high school concerts that just don't quite make the grade. 7. A few times, the Dance Fit classes were scheduled to be held pool side, but because of inclement weather, the activity moved inside to the Cosmopolitan Club, and no announcement was made, so those of us who arrived a minute or two later, had to ask the lifeguard where was the class, and if he did not know, he had us ask the Towel Rental guy about it. Lovely. Such poor communication and customer service for a cruise ship. This was aggravating and irritating to us passengers. 8. The Line Dance class was cancelled, and no announcement was made. Those of us who showed up for it at poolside then thought that it must have moved to the Cosmopolitan Club. So the group of us headed up to the Club. Nothing was happening there, and the personnel there knew nothing about any Line Dance class. Rushing down to Guest Services, we were then informed that the class was cancelled. When we asked why was the cancellation not announced, the answer was that "not too many people are interested in that class". A simple announcement saying that the "Line Dance class has been cancelled" would have been the courteous thing for Royal Caribbean to do for the few of us who wanted to do this activity. 9. Some of us tried to enjoy table tennis, but Deck 14 was so windy for so many days, that it was impossible to play. If this happens more often than not, why doesn't Royal Caribbean devise some sort of enclosure that blocks off the wind so that passengers can enjoy this activity? Thumbs down for this ship, its activities, its entertainment, and its food. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We have just returned home after 1 month on Navigator of the Seas, we have sailed on this ship many times before and as usual it was a great experience. The standards of cleanliness are second to none and the staff are hard working ,polite ... Read More
We have just returned home after 1 month on Navigator of the Seas, we have sailed on this ship many times before and as usual it was a great experience. The standards of cleanliness are second to none and the staff are hard working ,polite and extremely helpful, we were in a JS on deck 9 and our cabin steward was Richard Bryon, he kept our room spotless and well stocked with amenities and always had a smile and time to say hi! The food has improved since our last trip in May and we cannot fault the food anywhere on the ship. I have read some of the negative reviews relating to other people’s experiences on Navigator and I begin to wonder if they were on th same ship as me. If the food was so bad why do people pile their plates as if they are expecting a famine, I am sure they do not eat this way at home. The selection of food in the Windjammer was really very good throughout the day with speciality foods relating to ports of call. Speciality restaurants are excellent and also the Cafe Promenade have a great selection throughout the day too. We do not always use the Mdr as we prefer to choose when we wish to dine. There are passengers who dump glasses and plates etc in the corridors when it is so easy to leave them in the cabin or leave them somewhere safe. We enjoyed the shows even thought we had seen some of them before, the ice skating is very good and well worth a visit. Overall we loved it and also the opportunity to meet up with friends from previous cruises. Can’t wait for the next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
this was our first cruise, we found the ship to be very clean and the staff very pleasant, the food both in the windjammer and main dining room was excellent, but I would suggest getting a table 1st for the windjammer and sorting out where ... Read More
this was our first cruise, we found the ship to be very clean and the staff very pleasant, the food both in the windjammer and main dining room was excellent, but I would suggest getting a table 1st for the windjammer and sorting out where your food types are before loading your plates as by the time you find a table which is not occupied your food tends to be cold. there is loads to do for families but not a lot early in the mornings unless you like lounging around the pool, also a lot of the attractions, flow rider, climbing wall and ice rink were not open much, no reason was given and we weren't told before our cruise, but this did not affect us as we are middle aged and preferred a quieter cruise anyway. families with children will love the ship. the only fault we found was there was not enough time in Lisbon but loads of time in the 2 other ports this information was not available to us both before we booked and when we boarded which for us as middle aged people meant we didn't have much to do in vigo or le havre as walking far from the ship can be a bit hilly unless of course you decide to pay for a shore excursion., so as a result we cut our shore trips short and enjoyed a quieter ship. the information supplied for the ports was vague unless you attended the seminar the night before in one of the bars the main problem we found was that there was not enough seating throughout the ship which tended to mean we spent a lot of time going to different bars and shows etc a lot earlier than we would normally do just to make sure we got a seat, bit frustrating really. overall though we would still go on this cruise again irrespective of the couple of minor points and seating issue which did not appeal to us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Chose the cruise because 1. we wanted to go to the Normandy memorials/beaches 2. there was a 60% discount for second person 3. we are Celebrity Captain's Club and some of our status transferred. The ship left Southampton and was 90% ... Read More
Chose the cruise because 1. we wanted to go to the Normandy memorials/beaches 2. there was a 60% discount for second person 3. we are Celebrity Captain's Club and some of our status transferred. The ship left Southampton and was 90% Brits onboard - a friendly group of people. We especially enjoyed the private room on deck 14 for nightly happy hours or even just to get away during a cruising day to read. I liked the layout of the cabin over the typical Celebrity cabin - I found there to be more room in the closet with convenient shelving. The balcony was smaller but the weather wasn't warm so we didn't spend much time outside. What was confusing and served to cause us problems for one of our shore excursions is the concept of "ship time" vs. local time. I don't recall this ever being an issue with our Celebrity cruises but we were told to keep with "ship time" which was confusing with our tour pickup time. More children/families on this cruise. Never met the captain although we went to most nightly entertainment events. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Although the ship has been refurbished handsomely, I found my cruise experience to be below average. I have always felt pampered on the cruises I have sailed on before this one. The small amenities that I have been accustomed to on ... Read More
Although the ship has been refurbished handsomely, I found my cruise experience to be below average. I have always felt pampered on the cruises I have sailed on before this one. The small amenities that I have been accustomed to on cruises I have been on previously, were not there. (Lotion, shower cap, pen, small pad, chocolate on the pillow, robe and slippers, etc.) The pricier menu items, like filet mignon and lobster were only served at an additional price ($35 - $40) in the main dining room. The service was not as good as I am accustomed to. Although the servers were excellent there weren't enough of them especially in the Windjammer which is the cafeteria style restaurant on the pool deck. On other cruises there were more servers to help you get your food to your table on rough sailing days, and to serve hot drinks. I stayed on this ship for a back to back cruise to Norway as well. The same comments apply.as well. During the two weeks I was aboard the meals and entertainment were repeated day for day. The same production shows were repeated The selection of foods was not great in the dining room. There were always at least two Indian dishes at every dinner as well as vegetarian offerings which limited the variety. Lunch in the dining room was half buffet and half served. I would have preferred to have a variety of salads that were composed and served to me. instead of waiting on a line to have the salad made. There are plenty of activities for younger sports minded people and activities for children and teenagers, but little for older travelers. The lectures were always spa related. The ports and excursions were good, but the excursions were very pricey. One railway train tour in Norway, which we could walk to from the ship went from $111 to $l42 depending on whether you were getting a snack of waffles and coffee. The railway ticket could be purchased at the train station for $35. This was the fourth and fifth cruise I have taken on Royal Caribbean and it will be my last.i. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
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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