1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This is my second RC cruise, 20th overall cruise, this was the most disappointing. I believe in celebrating the positives so I'll start there. Nine days with great weather, met some awesome people and had the BEST/most enthusiastic ... Read More
This is my second RC cruise, 20th overall cruise, this was the most disappointing. I believe in celebrating the positives so I'll start there. Nine days with great weather, met some awesome people and had the BEST/most enthusiastic activities staff EVER (on any ship or line). Now why this got a two star: worst, most bland food of any cruise, Princess held this title for nine years but Navigator of the Seas now claims the title. I say this strictly from Windjammer and late seating main dining. My food was cold or luke warm when it should have been hot, and multiple dishes were straight up bland and flavorless. I addressed this during on board surveys and with waiters and head waiters, and even the staff seemed to know it. When the staff won't even drink the orange juice because it's color water there's a fundamental problem. To be fair the turkey dinner was good and the pizza in the promenade cafe was delicious. Sadly at one point my fellow guests and I questioned if this was a corporate decision to make subpar food included so that you would pay the surcharge and eat at specialty restaurants. I cannot speak from first hand about any of these but three different groups had not been happy with hooked or the chop house either. Biggest complaint cold, bland food. The burritos at Loco Fresh were good but the hours are just afternoon. Ben and Jerrys was tasty and reasonably priced (free soft serve by the pool was not good). Drinks were bad. I thought I would enjoy some fun tropical drinks on this vacation but the flavor and quality was all over the place. Some drinks were too strong and imbalanced others too watered down and flavorless. I'm really glad I did not get the drink package. Best drinks were served by the solarium pool. They were a positive and cheerful staff and most consistent. Schooner Bar was all over the place, some great, others undrinkable. Disappointed that movies in your stateroom had a $12 cost, that's crazy when other cruise lines movies are free. The room was regularly cleaned (loved the magnets on the door to notify staff). The pools were well monitored by lifeguards and after an early rumble for chairs by the pool there was a nice staff member who pulled towels and bags if people didn't show up within 30 minutes. I was impressed with RC that they followed through with this. Muster drill was efficient. Illusionist and ventriloquist were great shows (two of the best ever). Comedians were disappointing. I had a great time on this cruise but I think I'll take a break from this line. I hadn't been super impressed with my first experience and unfortunately this one didn't improve upon it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We had a wonderful time on the newly refurbished Navigator. We chose this cruise because we had always wanted to see the ABC islands and this was a nice 9 day out of Miami, saving us airfare to Puerto Rico. We had sailed on Navigator ... Read More
We had a wonderful time on the newly refurbished Navigator. We chose this cruise because we had always wanted to see the ABC islands and this was a nice 9 day out of Miami, saving us airfare to Puerto Rico. We had sailed on Navigator before and were excited to see her after this impressive refit. We booked a balcony and travelled with my sister's family who has kids the same age as ours (10 and 12). We had adjoining rooms and were able to open the balcony door to share the space. As with anything there were some hits and some misses that I will summarize: Hits - the new water slides are great. By far the most fun we have tried at sea. The two person raft slide was perfect to go down with our kids. - the addition of a splash pad for the little ones was appreciated by several families - the new El Loco Fresh was a hit. Great tasting Tex Mex fajita style food that was included at no extra charge. Nicely located by the pool for lunch or a snack - the new sports bar was very popular - they actually had a professor of astronomy on board giving lectures. They were fascinating and our oldest loved it - the new ice show was a great production with some effects I've never seen before - The evening shows were entertaining. The Royal productions shows had very talented singers and dancers. The comedians were hysterical. - this itinerary was all we hoped for. We thought Aruba would be the highlight, but snorkeling at Bonaire was simply like swimming in an aquarium. Truly an unspoiled gem Misses - the new Johnny Rockets Express was disappointing. The food was good, but it is now an open area next to the pool. You lose the charm of dining in a 50's diner and no more dancing and singing staff. The pool noise was so loud that the manger actually had to unplug the speaker near Johnny's so that the staff could hear what people were ordering. - speaking of noise, I lost count of the number of people wearing noise cancellation at the pool deck. Someone had it turned to "11" ! - our cabin was disappointing. Our glass door to the balcony had a wind leak. We had maintenance out twice to fix, but they could never get a good seal. For a ship just out of dry dock, they had not fixed some of the basics. Also, the door that lets you merge two adjoining balconies would not latch and would bang around if you didn't keep it closed. Definite design issue here. - the ship definitely is more crowded. The staff told us that with the additional cabins and 3rd or 4th person bunks, they could cram an additional 1400 people on Navigator. You noticed it at show times, dinner seating and elevators. Not horrible, but definitely noticeable. - the crew as a whole seemed to be finding their feet. Not sure if it is because they came out of dry dock 2 weeks prior, but there seemed to be a lot of scrambling. Two of our dinners took 2 hours+ for no really good reason. Our cabin steward was simply the worst we ever had with Royal. Barely was seen and often didn't get to our rooms until lunch time and around 9:00pm at night - we wanted to do the Escape Room but had to pass. They charge $20 per person regardless of party size. If the 8 of us signed up it would be $160! We could do 4 escape rooms back home for that much. Also, no children under 12 were permitted, so we passed. I never talked with anyone that had done it the entire cruise. I'm guessing it won't be around long. - the Main Dining Room was good most of the time. My concern is that the menu choices seem to be fewer and fewer with each cruise. For all that, we had a wonderful time. I don't want to give the impression that I'm one of those people that complain they are on a cruise! Just want to give you an honest assessment. The ship is beautiful with lots of great spaces and features after this refit. The ABC's lived up to their billing! Nine days was just right for us!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
This is our 12 cruise and we have sailed with different cruise lines but this is our second time with RC. We choose this cruise as a taster cruise for our friends, the itinerary was perfect for a first cruise. Embarkation was very ... Read More
This is our 12 cruise and we have sailed with different cruise lines but this is our second time with RC. We choose this cruise as a taster cruise for our friends, the itinerary was perfect for a first cruise. Embarkation was very quick, we arrived at the port at 11am, our cases were taken from us straight way, we then checked in and we were onboard within 15 minutes, RC are one of the best cruise lines that organise the embarkation perfectly, just make sure you complete the check in details online. Once on board we had plenty of time to explore and get our bearings on where everything is, a very easy ship to get around. Our rooms were ready at 1pm and our luggage had arrived at the cabin door. Dinner in the MD was excellent, we had great waiters and nothing was too much trouble, some of us had more than one starter, which was never an issue, we also ordered extra veg with our meals and again there were no issue with this. The food always arrived in good time, good quality and hot. We never had to wait for drinks. We ate at chops grill one night, steak is to die for but to be honest we all loved the MD so didn’t book any other speciality restaurants. We didn’t attend any of the shows so can’t comment on these, but there is one show that is in the schooner bar, Perry Grant, he is a much see, so funny and great sing along. Disembarkation was very easy, we did the walk off with our cases. Overall the ship is a little tired but the staff are awesome and hard working. The ship is the right size if you don’t like queues. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
Cruising with friends and family.6 in the party all adults. Had a great time . the weather was great , we was round the pool area on sea days . Very comfortable , great laughs from Daniels entertainment . Of the headliner shows Bobby ... Read More
Cruising with friends and family.6 in the party all adults. Had a great time . the weather was great , we was round the pool area on sea days . Very comfortable , great laughs from Daniels entertainment . Of the headliner shows Bobby Davro and Jack Pack and Mick miller were excellent shows. Ricci Jay was rubbish . All staff were so helpful and always smiling . The room was cleaned twice a day , and towels changed. Very good service . The food was wonderful in all the resturants , especially in sapphire evening dining.All waiters were great. We all liked a drink and the bar service was fantastic in all the bars .the waiters were so quick with the drinks . Smoking room was a godsend for me aswell . Karaoke was a bit of a let down , not enough songs to choose from and was only on once for the adults, but daniel was a great host. I wasn't happy paying 52 dollar to get to Bruges that was a bit expensive , and went on the 8am bus and when we got there nothing was open till 10am , very disappointing . Bruges itself was beautiful. Overall a great holiday . Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
Our third cruise aboard a member of the RCI fleet this, we think, proved to be the best so far. Although Hamburg, Oslo and Bruges don't perhaps have the tropical appeal of our earlier voyage on Splendour, this itinerary, with a day ... Read More
Our third cruise aboard a member of the RCI fleet this, we think, proved to be the best so far. Although Hamburg, Oslo and Bruges don't perhaps have the tropical appeal of our earlier voyage on Splendour, this itinerary, with a day at sea in between each port of call proved both very interesting and delightfully relaxing. Check-in at Southampton was busy but smooth and our cabin up to the usual high standards. The ship looked great and the facilities on board were excellent and accesable even on this sell-out, half-term voyage. The food in both the Windjammer and Sapphire dining room was excellent and, of course plentiful. The service was prompt, polite and friendly and, as we have learned over the years, we were glad we had pre-booked a drinks package so we could have as much or as little as we wanted. Nice to see the freshly squeezed orange juice is now included in the drinks package as opposed to the add-on it has been in the past. The entertainment was of a high standard in all venues and there was always plenty going on for the party animals on board. Our one slight niggle was the level of the piped music played in the Sky Bar which was just a little too loud for those seeking a quiet corner during the day to chat or chill. I'm not saying there shouldn't be any background music but this was not really in the background but dominated the room to such an extent that my wife and I left to find somewhere else on one occasion. A minor niggle but one that is probably worth resolving. Overall we had a wonderful week and returned to Southampton rested and revitalised. We will be back on board the RCI fleet soon! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
For a vacation to relax, we took our dance shoes with us, normally on RCCL, there is dance (ball room) music before dinner and after dinner and if you are lucky the bands can play later too ball room music. On the Navigator of the Seas ... Read More
For a vacation to relax, we took our dance shoes with us, normally on RCCL, there is dance (ball room) music before dinner and after dinner and if you are lucky the bands can play later too ball room music. On the Navigator of the Seas this time, pre recorded music, dancefloor was too small. The big band can play jazz very well, but no ball room music, the waltz was too quick, rumba too quick, only the cha cha cha went well. the other bands was more for latin lovers. We were very disappointed even wrote the Hotel director Cary Davies to draw his attention to this fact but after calling the last day guest service, why he did not answer our letter, it seems that he lost our letter (we gave this letter personally to him, on the Diamond and above event) a lot of excuses, but it was the last day so no ball room for us, only excuses. Overall the food was very good. The ice show was spectecular we enjoy two times one show was specialy for diamonds and above. The ping pong tables were situated on a bad position, only one table was used the whole day by a group they played with 4, so waiting time was more than one hour while the rule is half an hour, this was bad organized. not sophisticated and certainly not sportive to fellow guests. From Southampton nothing was organized to go to the centre 15 minutes walk, no bus shuttle, only taxis. 1608 atlantic cruise no sun shine on the balcony be aware. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Chose Royal Caribbean as our last experience was so great. Talked three families that have no cruising experience into joining us and we so embarrassed due to the terrible food and cancellation of multiple excursions. Food was so bad ... Read More
Chose Royal Caribbean as our last experience was so great. Talked three families that have no cruising experience into joining us and we so embarrassed due to the terrible food and cancellation of multiple excursions. Food was so bad we all could not wait to get off ship at ports to eat at a local restaurant. One of our traveling couples bought the three dinners at non main dinning room places on board ship and after first dinner asked for a refund. Then they were given a free dinner at same place by staff and it was no better than the first. They both are frequent cruisers and they also said this was the worst experience they have ever had on any cruise and they cruise a lot, (30 plus cruises). Multiple Shore excursion were canceled at last minute giving us no time to rebook or change plans. One excuse was weather related and it was the nicest day of whole cruise. Departure day back in Miami was a total mess. Took hours to get off boat and people were missing excursions and travel connections. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise for the Itinerary first Aruba, Bonaire, Curacoa and Labadee... Let me start with the Islands, Labadee other than the locals hounding you to buy merchandise (we did buy some stuff to help out as this is a poor ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the Itinerary first Aruba, Bonaire, Curacoa and Labadee... Let me start with the Islands, Labadee other than the locals hounding you to buy merchandise (we did buy some stuff to help out as this is a poor Island) the set up here is very nice, Nice beach, OK not great BBQ lunch, drinks can be bought on sign and sail card. IF you want to do anything other than just swim and enjoy the water $$$$ depending on what you choose. Aruba we did the Depalma Island this was worth the money spent free lunch buffet or Grill items (breakfast if you make it there early) Free drinks, Burgers, chicken and ribs were good. Snorkeling was great (this was free). Water slides for kids, banana boat (free). Snuba extra $$ Bonaire we just walked through the town and straw type market with local vendors, Not pushy at sll. Curacoa we did a tour with the beach this was a very nice set up to swim and relax. Food and Drinks and lounge extra $ Now for the ship the Good- Crew was extremely friendly and very attentive Food was good, Windjammer got a little stale same breakfast every morning, lunch they tried to mix it up. Dinner in the Dining room we had Succoro and Rene excellent very attentive to our needs and made very good suggestions for dinner Not so Bad- Ship is ready to be refurbished in some areas this was evident but the crew continuously worked painting etc... and the staff tried to keep it picked up after all the passengers. Bad- Very must and moldy smelling in many areas, Only saw the cruise director in the evening or on TV. There were very few announcements on what was going on during the day or evening. Entertainment never attended any when we found them they were started or getting over. During the day they had scrapbooking, cards, napkin folding, Salsa lessons, some trivia We are not the scrapbooking, card playing, napkin folding type... Salsa and trivia could not be found until it was almost over. Disembarkation was a mess very unorganized- We did self assist they had us out on the promenade for over an hour and when we got inside they had several other lines merging into our line... Talk about some upset guest!!! If you go on this ship at least you MUST be married to your daily paper for activities, (we never received ours until well into the after noon).. that was hard trying to find things to do. We generally cruise Carnival and will go back due to the fact that they seem better organized, and there is so much to do that you have to choose what you really want to do. they also give you announcements telling you when things are happening. Almost for got to mention the Clubs the Teen Club for out 16 year old son was full of tweens so he did not go there. Flow Rider was packed and rock climbing also. So 16 year old made friends and stayed at pool and jacuzzie, played basket ball.. Club for age 11 catered to mostly the Younger ones in that group so our 11 year old was bored and did not attend after the first day All in all.. Loved the Islands... Ship and RCL just Ok. I have Friends and RCL is all they Cruise. This was my 3rd trip with them and will return to Carnival Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We were not impressed with our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We expected it to be higher quality than the Princess and Norwegian cruises we usually take. It wasn’t. In fact, it was of lesser quality and just above Carnival, in our ... Read More
We were not impressed with our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We expected it to be higher quality than the Princess and Norwegian cruises we usually take. It wasn’t. In fact, it was of lesser quality and just above Carnival, in our view. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly. Dining: The meals were uninspired. Most menu selections were typical restaurant fare—nothing special—and repeated night after night. We were annoyed by breakfast in the dining room when they tried to steer us towards a buffet set up in the dining room. My wife ordered waffles with a carmel sauce from the menu and was told to get it herself from the buffet! If we wanted the buffet, we would not have gone to the dining room! Service at all meals was mediocre. The staff was friendly and helpful, but they simply had too many tables assigned to them to provide good service. Another negative was that the buffet and soft ice cream machines shut down at 9 pm! We couldn’t believe it. Also, they ran out of grapefruit halfway through the cruise. Teen Club: Our daughter was in the 12-14 year olds. This club was terrible! Worst of any cruise we have been on. The staff was lazy and didn’t bother coordinating many of the activities that were planned. In addition, they had few supplies. For example, for a bandana-decorating activity, they had exactly 4 bandanas. For 20 kids. Pitiful and inexcusable. Entertainment: The Royal Caribbean singers and dancers were very average. Also, the major entertainment on Saturday night was a decent comic, but he only did 30 minutes! Really? RC couldn’t spring for a 45-50 minute set? Sad. There were some positives: The morning Zumba class was excellent. The ship excursion in Aruba (Pelican sailing beach and snorkel tour) was very good. The temperature on the ship was generally comfortable, not ice cold like we’ve experienced on many other ships. The rock climbing wall and FlowRider were fun, though the latter typical had a 20-30 minute wait. Last note: Other cruisers told us that one must get on the newer and bigger RC ships (i.e. more expensive cruises) to get the experience RC is known for and that we were expecting. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
It was an affordable vacation on Spring Break as a family. Navigator of the Seas was a decent ship. It was not that modern. You could tell it was refurbished at some point. The decor was inviting, a little above average. The room was as ... Read More
It was an affordable vacation on Spring Break as a family. Navigator of the Seas was a decent ship. It was not that modern. You could tell it was refurbished at some point. The decor was inviting, a little above average. The room was as expected, same decor and size as most ships. The staff was above average. Very efficient, polite, everyone greeted us. Service was very quick and friendly. We were impressed by the service We didnt partake in any excursions so no comments here The entertainment on the ship was pretty good, not mind blowing, but you could tell they made an effort to keep us entertained especially on sea days. One exceptional thing on the ship was the ladies that took care of the youth programs. AMAZING WOMEN. My daughter never wanted to leave. The only part of the cruise that my wife and I were really disappointed was the quality and variety of the food, especially in the Windjammer buffet. Felt more like the Unjammer at times. Food was very mediocre, and the choices were limited. Dining room was ok but the menu needs more choices. I would recommend themed night, like Italian or Mexican, those are always fun Overall, the cruise was average. What you would expect nothing more. Nothing to blow your mind. This was a good cruise for a family vacation, or couple of college kids with little cash who just want a fun week together. Read Less
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
Rates 4.5 0.0

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