42 Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Caribbean - Western

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
Sail Date March 2018
This was our first cruise as a family, and it won't be our last. Kids had a blast (9 + 6), and we found the perfect mix of family time and date night time. The kids enjoyed the evening sessions at Adventure Ocean. Service was ... Read More
This was our first cruise as a family, and it won't be our last. Kids had a blast (9 + 6), and we found the perfect mix of family time and date night time. The kids enjoyed the evening sessions at Adventure Ocean. Service was wonderful, particularly in the MDR. Common areas of the ship were in great shape. State room was showing it's age but not in a way that made a difference for our overall experience. Kids loved the rock climbing, and our daughter enjoyed the Flowrider. Entertainment was good, particularly worth seeing the Ice skating show. Although it was difficult to find a chair by the pool at peak times, it didn't feel nearly as crowded as I expected given it was a sold-out cruise. We had a balcony room, and ended up using the balcony far more than anticipated. We'll be doing an Oasis Class ship for our next cruise, but we wouldn't hesitate to sail on this class again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I have been cruising for over 25 yrs i have been on all different cruise lines and this is the worse they nickel and dime you for everything .they i even charge for roomservice dosent matter the time . Horrible food wasn't even up ... Read More
I have been cruising for over 25 yrs i have been on all different cruise lines and this is the worse they nickel and dime you for everything .they i even charge for roomservice dosent matter the time . Horrible food wasn't even up to basic sanders i had raw chicken served to me and uncooked fish i had informed my waiter and nothing was done from the raw food to the hard donuts i was so disappointed on this ship this dosent include the brown water that was coming out of my faucet . I was on the 12th floor when i brought it to there attention there responce was we take showers with black water and we are ok. Really grose i will never ever cruise on royal caribbean again. I almost forgot they would put random charges on your bill hoping for you not to catch it. That might work with spring breakers but not me . so beware spring breakers not worth a dollar so beware save your money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This is my 18th cruise on RCCL ships since the 1980's, and now as a "super senior" cruiser, I can reflect upon the recent changes in the RCCL cruise experience. This cruise was on Navigator of the Seas, Sunday, March 11, ... Read More
This is my 18th cruise on RCCL ships since the 1980's, and now as a "super senior" cruiser, I can reflect upon the recent changes in the RCCL cruise experience. This cruise was on Navigator of the Seas, Sunday, March 11, through March 16, 2018, out of the Miami cruise port. GETTING THERE: Booked airfare independently from RCCL's Choice Air, arrived at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport on SWA. Purchased RCCL's round trip ground transportation (bus) to the Miami cruise port. If you do fly into FLL in the morning anticipate arriving at the Miami cruise port after 12 noon or later. EMBARKMENT: Once you arrive at the port, you luggage will be off loaded and porters will take your luggage to be transported to the ship. Getting into the cruise port building is somewhat chaotic, they first check you sea pass and passport, then up the escalator to go through the metal detectors, then you get into your designated lines dependent upon your cruise level status (I am at Diamond level) so the line wasn't that long. They take you information and credit card take your photo and present you with your seapass key card which is your on board charge card. Getting on the ship after that was quick. ON BOARD: Once on board, time to hit the Windjammer Buffet on Deck 11 aft (rear). The presentation and quality was okay, not great, but not bad. It will be crowded. The staterooms opened up shortly after 1:00 pm. YOUR STATEROOM: more details below, I was greeted by my cabin steward, they are now called "stateroom attendants", which sounds like a downgrade, I prefer to use "steward". My steward was Rupesh Kimar, who asked if I had any request, and I had only two a bucket of ice in the evening and only a evening bed turn down as I sometimes nap in the afternoons. ROAMING THE SHIP: This was my second trip on Navigator of the Seas it has a very nice promenade with the shops and where the sea day merchandise "sales" are located. Be prepared to be bombarded with the ship's staff trying to up sell you to the "dining" package/specialty restaurants, spa treatments, liquor and soda packages. MAIN DINING ROOM (MDR): I selected the "my dining time (MDT) in the Sapphire main dining room on deck 5 at 5:15 pm. I was seated at table 615 and received excellent service from Galwin and Mohammed through out my cruise. I dined in the MDR four of the five nights. I have noticed a streamlining of the service, the assistant waiter used to present you with a tray and serve you rolls or bread, now there is a basket of bread and rolls on the table (self service). The menu selections have been "standardized" on one page for the appetizers, main course and desserts. The dessert menu used to be on a separate menu. The quality of the food in the MDR is fine, not large portions but adequate to satisfy your hunger. There is a vegan, pasta, meat, poultry and fish selection with some daily offerings. On the appetizers, escargot was offered only three nights, it used to be served every night, but not too many people like snails. The shrimp cocktail is only four minimum sized shrimp, you can order two if you like. During this cruise, they did NOT service lobster tails, but did have prime rib on the menu on the last evening. Overall the quality of the food was average. ENTERTAINMENT: Production shows, music from the ship's band and a comedian, were fine, its not Broadway or Las Vegas. BEVERAGES: Mixed drinks are expensive, cocktails go for $10+ and beers ate $6.75 for a 16 oz aluminum bottle, specialty drinks are about $10, this plus the 18% tip can add up. It almost encourages you to purchase the drink package, but then you may have a tendency to drink to excess. THE CASINO: The casino has a variety of older generation slot machines, and quite frankly, during the entire cruise, I did not hear of any big winners, but alot of passengers who lost money in the machines. It now takes $5 to get ONE POINT, towards the quest for a free room under the casino program. To get a free interior cabin it takes 2400 points, an ocean view it takes 3600 points and for a balcony it takes 4800 points, so to get a interior room, you have to run about $12,000 through the slot machines. On the table games, I gambled about 20 hours for the entire five day cruise at the $5 minimum bet on Ultimate Texas Hold'em, which amounts to $20 a hand, and only "earned" a $300 cruise discount off a future cruise which must be booked within 30 days of this cruise. THE CROWD: Like I mentioned early, this was a college spring break cruise, so the ship was loaded with college aged "kids" (young adults). For the most part these "kids" were well behaved, there was enhanced ship security, which took care of the few minor problems. If you travel during the NCAA "March Madness" tournament, expect the pool bars to be packed five or six deep, as most of the "kids" get the drink package on these short cruises. Beverage waiters are few and far between by the pool on sea days as most of the young passengers get their drinks at the pool bars. SPA and SHORE EXCURSIONS: I did not do the spa or any shore excursions, as I have been to Mexico on several occasions and been there, done that. LIQUOR and SPIRIT PURCHASES on board: For the most part, you do get a deal on liquor and cordials from the ship's store, however, I have noted that the prices have increased about $5 a bottle for my Jack Daniels sipping whiskey. But you can still get vodka and amaretto for about $20 a bottle which is still a good deal. DISEMBARKMENT: Is a breeze, you can eat in the Sapphire Dining Room or the Windjammer Buffet. In the Windjammer, avoid what tastes like powder scrambled eggs, it is dry and tasteless. The last morning buffet ibreakfast is scaled down. Getting off the ship, once you tag number is called if you do not do the walk off with your luggage took only about 15 minutes, you go into the cruise terminal and pick up your luggage and go through customs. The whole process took about a half an hour. A final TIP: if you book via RCCL's Choice Air expect a very early flight on the day of departure and a very late flight on the way home. Consider booking via Choice Air to get to te ship, take the ground transportation, then book the return flight independently with RCCL's ground transportation to get a early afternoon flight for your trip home if it is offered by our airline of your own choosing. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our tenth ocean cruise (Seabourn, Cunard, HAL, Celebrity) and first on RCCL. Based on previous reviews, we expected a ship needing some refurbishment, mediocre service and disappointing food in the main dining room. None of this ... Read More
This was our tenth ocean cruise (Seabourn, Cunard, HAL, Celebrity) and first on RCCL. Based on previous reviews, we expected a ship needing some refurbishment, mediocre service and disappointing food in the main dining room. None of this was our reality and we were very pleased, We chose the cruise based on timing and length of cruise (5 nights during my wife's spring break [she works at a college]). Embarkation went smoothly in Miami and we were surrounded by college students, some families with young children and a few middle age/early retirement couples which met our expectations for a March Caribbean itinerary. We did arrive early in the boarding window which may have helped. The ship is in great shape and very appealing. Perhaps there is too much glitz, but not as much as one would experience in Las Vegas. Were there a couple things to tidy up on maintenance? Minimal to none that we saw. And the crew did a marvelous job of keeping things clean and tidy. No rumors of significant illness, other than a likely epidemic of hangovers for 18 year olds. The lines at the bars were significant, but fellow cruisers with RCCL experience said that was unusual. Cabin 8640 (balcony) was perfectly located just aft of the stern stairwell. Three decks up to the pool/buffet/fitness center and 3 decks down to our MDR level. Perhaps a coffee table would have fit, but the space was open and the storage was exceptional. The only better storage space we have experienced are walk in closets on Seabourn ships. Great design! The expected small bathroom of course. Of note, bar soap and shampoo was provided, contrary to other reviews. Our steward was efficient, friendly and unobtrusive. We had excellent service in the MDR for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The specialty restaurants (Chops and Giovanni) were very good and probably worth the up-charge. Our only gripe/disappointment was the lack of adherence to the dress code. Should adults, adolescents and children appear at dinner in the restaurants in shorts, t-shirts and sporting baseball caps on their heads? At the risk if being old fashioned, I say NO! It is discourteous to fellow dinners and is insulting to the staff. If RCCL has a dress code (yes), they should enforce it. Otherwise, drop the pretense of a dress code. There, our only real disappointment was fellow travelers. This sloppiness was not restricted to college students, more the shame Entertainment was fair to good, except for an excellent, do-not-miss ice show. Really, it was spectacular despite a couple falls and near falls. Great performers, stagecraft, lighting and music. If you travel on a RCCL ship that offers this show, make a point of seeing it. Cruise Director was nearly invisible other than production shows and daily announcements. We were fine with that, he was uninspiring. The DJs, as usual, played the music way too load. Do you need to strip the paint off the neighboring ships with your pool deck speakers? This is not unique to RCCL, so sad to say. We did excursions in both ports and booked them independently. Our Mayan guide at Costa Maya was exceptional. Finding your way out of the fake port of Costa Maya is a real challenge, sort of like trying to get out of a Las Vegas casino. Just keep going left past the pool. Cozumel, with 8 ships in port, was crowded but surprisingly the Playa Mia beach resort was not real busy. We learned to make salsa there and had a great time. This was the least expensive cruise we have experienced, so the value was very high. With tips and not including air fare and independent excursions, we paid less than $200 per person per night. We bought 2 bottles of wine and had one or 2 additional drinks (no beverage package purchased) each night and still came under $200. Based on our experience, we may very well cruise RCCL again. I was expecting a one time experience, but they have won one me over as a potential repeat traveler. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 day cruise on the Navigator Of The Seas. Our stateroom experience was fabulous, which was enhanced by our attendant, Dextar Delpesche, who was friendly and most accommodating, who clearly deserves a 10+. Our ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 day cruise on the Navigator Of The Seas. Our stateroom experience was fabulous, which was enhanced by our attendant, Dextar Delpesche, who was friendly and most accommodating, who clearly deserves a 10+. Our dining room waiter, Diomedes Livingston, and our assistant waiter, Johann Arif Safii, were very professional, and went out of their way to please us. They both earned a 10. The biggest disappointment was the absence of the traditional lobster dinner on formal night. We also took note of the lack of photographers that came around to our table during dinner. This is the only cruise we've been on where there hasn't been any photographers at our ports of call when we leave the ship. We booked a private sitting at the black and white portrait studio, and had purchased over $500 worth of prints. Regrettably, the ships printer had a malfunction, and all of our photos were printed out with coloured lines down them. We were originally supposed to be first off the ship at 7:45 am, as we had a 30 hour drive back to Canada to look forward to, but due to the reprinting of the photos, we didn't end up leaving the ship until 10:30, without our purchased prints. Fortunately, they were able to send the pictures to our home via FedEx. In the Windjammer, staff members Sebastiano and Louis Legrand were friendly, hard working, and knowledgeable. Being loyal cruisers with Royal Caribbean for the past 9 years, we have always been thrilled with the exceptional service and social aspect of the staff in the Windjammer. However, this cruise, we were greatly disappointed with the lack of communication and friendliness from the majority of the Windjammer staff. It felt like it was their first days on the job. They didn't make any effort to serve us, or acknowledge our requests, and didn't offer us so much as a smile. We recognize we cruised over the first week of March break, but the number of students onboard was overwhelming. Their language, attire, behavior, and alcohol consumption on the pool decks were incredibly inappropriate, especially considering the families with young children onboard. Overall, we enjoyed our experience onboard, and would recommend it to our friends. However, we would suggest cruising at an alternative time to March break. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our third cruise with RC, our first on Navigator of the Seas, our first time leaving from Port of Miami. We picked this cruise to spend time with friends attending Pool School on board. We live near Tampa and we decided to ... Read More
This was our third cruise with RC, our first on Navigator of the Seas, our first time leaving from Port of Miami. We picked this cruise to spend time with friends attending Pool School on board. We live near Tampa and we decided to drive to Miami port that Morning. If you are driving in, consider driving down a day before and stay at hotel near the port to avoid concerns about traffic/flight tires/car issues etc. If you are flying in, fly in a couple of days earlier and enjoy Florida. Avoid meltdowns from airplane delays by giving yourself a cushion. Also, when you return, make sure you give yourself time to make your flight. Traffic is bad in Miami. Use Self Assist (you carry own bags) and leave at 7:45AM to beat the crowds. We did and were very happy with the experience. Our Drive to Miami port was without incident. We found departing terminal G, got our bags to the porter, and parked at the parking garage. The garage parking costs $20 a day, and they take cash or credit card payment when you leave. I like the convenience of being able to walk to the car when returning from the cruise. Getting our seapasses only took a few minutes. Tip:If your set sail docs indicate "Suite" make sure you get into the Suite line. We had a junior suite and an inside cabin. Junior Suite was sweet, if you can afford to splurge it is worth it. We got on the ship around noon and the ship was gorgeous. There were 16 of us in the group we travelled with, so we never had a dull moment at dinners. We ate at three upcharge restaurants : Sabor (Mexican), Giovanni (Italian), Chops Grille (Steak). The other two nights we ate at the Sapphire Dining Room. Chops was my favorite. Great Ribeye, excellent Mushroom soup. I splurged for the lobster. It was tasty. Our wait staff were from Turkey and they were awesome. Big compliments. Teşekkür ederim!! Everyone on my party liked Sabor, I am not big Mexican food fan, so I defer to my family and friends who were with me on the cruise. Great service. Giovanni's kitchen service was slow and the entree's were brought before the pasta, which was somewhat irritating, and we requested the entrees be sent back and the pasta be served prior to entrees. It would behoove them to consider serving the pasta family style to speed up service. On a good note, the filet was excellent and the staff was very kind. It would behoove the manager to come to the table and check on things. Our Waiter Mr. Singh was King in the Sapphire Main dining room. He made a point to learn our names and the service a superlative. He and his assistant were superlative in service. धन्यवाद (Thank you./Dhantavaad). I hope we meet again, I was honored to meet Mr. Singh. Foodwise at Main Dining, the quality appears to be reflecting the push to get people to eat at the upcharge restaurants. The "Jumbo Tiger Prawns" were anything but jumbo and the shrimp cocktail had small shrimp. All my entrees were delicious, The Lamb Chops were great. When anyone at our table requested something else the food appeared with friendly service. As an aside I wish they brought back Lobster night. My friend from work went on the Carnival Magic and enjoyed lobster. That being said, the cook staff have a daunting challenge daily of preparing so many delicious meals and I applaud them for doing so successfully night after night. Köszönöm!! Breakfast was available in the dining room and windjammer. Both were good. The hash browns in dining room and the diced potatoes in Windjammer need some work. Eggs Benedict were good but I wish the eggs were more Poached and less soft boiled. The mushroom omelet is good. Service was very good. We ate at Johnny Rockets for lunch Monday. It was good but the upcharge is now $10 and used to be $5, and does not include shakes. Also, the drink packages do not apply there. Just a caveat. Service there was great!!! Дякую!!! There are three drink packages (Soda, Soda/Coffee/Smoothies/Water Bottles, Alcohol plus Soda/Coffee/Smoothies). If you order ONLINE before you arrive the price is cheaper. Whether to choose a package and which one is based on your personal preference. Café promenade on deck five had pizza and tasty snacks. Pizza was poor the first couple of days but last day was much improved. You can get Ben & Jerry's ice cream or shake for a small charge. I purchased WIFI to be able to text others in our party. I was not terribly impressed as I stlll was unable to text from time to time. This may have been user error, your results may vary. Our Steward was attentive and very courteous. धन्यवाद (Thank you./Dhantavaad). We ate late so we did not attend the shows. Our three kids did not participate in the youth programs this time. We had two ports of call, in Costa Maya and Cozumel (Mexico). Both were tourist spots with plenty of shopping and food/drink. Both places accept USD and charge US style prices, . Margaritaville in Cozumel made the Guacamole to order at your table, my compliments. At Costa Maya, some in our party swam with Dolphins. Photo packages were pricey. In Cozumel we met Moses, who took us to El Cid Hotel next to port and 10 of the 16 went on a snorkeling trip while the rest of us stayed at the hotel beach. We were on cruise during spring break, so the hotel pool was full of fun and bubbles and they had a DJ playing enthusiastic music. My compliments to the boat service as they took care of our people and got them back early so we could all return to the ship on time. Overall a great trip. My only caveat would be that due to our cruise being during spring break, the pools and jacuzzis were full on sea days. For our family we had a great time and I met some very nice students from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida. The ship was very clean and the staff attentive and courteous. I compliment the crew for its hard work. I will return to cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Our cabin was by far the best thing about our cruise and if we had only two in the cabin we would rate it a 5 but with three passengers in the cabin the upper berth above the bed was an issue on multiple occasions. Windjammer in general ... Read More
Our cabin was by far the best thing about our cruise and if we had only two in the cabin we would rate it a 5 but with three passengers in the cabin the upper berth above the bed was an issue on multiple occasions. Windjammer in general is not a preferred experience so breakfast in the main dining rooms is our own option. The coffee card for Promenade Cafe was an excellent value and I highly recommend it, the only poor experience is that one employee punched the card twice for an extra express however no one else ever did. It was a better choice to pay the $.80 for the extra shoot versus losing an entire drink but ideally they should all charge the same. My time dining was perfect, never a wait, seated at the same table. Treated myself to three spa treatments and enjoyed the service but did not appreciate the attempts to sell everything, very obvious the staff works on commissions so I just needed to shut it down as soon as they tried to sell anything. Teenagers, what an eye opening experience on how bold and aggressive they can be. We traveled with another couple and we each had 15 years kids. Our friends daughter was asked on numerous occasions to head back to cabins with teens. After the first night she never returned to the living room to avoid any interaction with the overly aggressive teens. While this was our third cruise with Royal the reality is we do prefer to pay more and cruise with Celebrity since the food is much better and less children overall. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I have been cruising with Royal for a while now, and have been on Navigator once before. This has been my best cruise so far! We had amazing service in the dining room and loved our servers, Diogo and Delsa. They made sure we were 100% ... Read More
I have been cruising with Royal for a while now, and have been on Navigator once before. This has been my best cruise so far! We had amazing service in the dining room and loved our servers, Diogo and Delsa. They made sure we were 100% satisfied each meal! The gentlemen, Aurin and Earl, who worked at the Solarium bar were great! They kept us laughing and made drinks that were made based on our likes. The best part was that everyone we met, that worked on the ship, remembered our names after one meeting! The only negative was that the Broadway show in the main theater on the second night was pretty bad. The songs were not well known, so my whole party lost interest pretty quickly. Plus, the singing was not 100%. In Cozumel, we went on the Dolphin Push, pull and swim with lunch break and it was AMAZING!!! The dolphin experience was fun and exciting and the food and drinks after were delicious! Overall, this was an amazing trip and I cannot wait to go again!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We were looking for a larger ship but not to large for a family cruise of 12 people and this was the perfect size ship. This ship has plenty to do especially if you have children, they have an awesome arcade, pool areas, flow rider, kids ... Read More
We were looking for a larger ship but not to large for a family cruise of 12 people and this was the perfect size ship. This ship has plenty to do especially if you have children, they have an awesome arcade, pool areas, flow rider, kids club, and kid friendly meals. We really loved that they had 3 pools and 1 of them is an adult pool along with 2 huge hot tubs near it, oh and how could I forget a bar for those yummy drinks. The main dining room is nice with 3 levels but if you are like me I like a variety for dinner and the Windjammer definitely offers a variety of food from different countries. My favorite entertainment is the game Quest and it makes everyone participate and is a riot. This cruise we took 1st place and the last cruise we took 2nd place, its amazing with everyone will do for a cheap medal around your neck but so worth it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this particular cruise based on the itinerary and dates available for our daughter's spring break. We fly in from Seattle and could not do a full week cruise, so we needed the shorter option to be able to arrive in time to ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise based on the itinerary and dates available for our daughter's spring break. We fly in from Seattle and could not do a full week cruise, so we needed the shorter option to be able to arrive in time to board and depart. The lowest point of the cruise was probably at arrival, getting onboard. We stood in line for over 3 hours as we waited to check in. This was my fourth cruise and the first for my husband and daughter and I've never experienced such a horrible check in process. Once we were onboard though, everything was smooth sailing. The activities on the boat were a lot of fun. We had our 17 year old daughter and there were many things that kept her interested both throughout the day and in the evenings, things that kept her engaged with others her age, and not awkwardly trying to fit in. The staff in the main dining room was soooo friendly and helpful. We did not try any of the other restaurants (aside from Windjammer) simply because we truly enjoyed our waitstaff in our assigned dining slot. We went to the Illusionist and had a blast, he was very entertaining, we also went to the Marriage Game Show and enjoyed that as well. The production number was a little long, maybe not my speed so much, but great dancing. We loved the comedian and really really enjoyed the 70s disco party on the Promenade. We spent many nights at the Schooner bar listening to the pianist as well and really enjoyed him, however he did tend to go a little long committing to one singer or another and not mixing it up and involving the crowd as much as I would have liked. I was really impressed with the fitness center. I think all but one machine were working which I consider a huge bonus! I am used to having some out of order! The waitstaff on the pool deck was always available and helpful. We paid for the internet and had really spotty connection. I wasn't disappointed or surprised given we are at sea, but at some point, this should be improved. Another disappointing factor was that paying for the soda package for our daughter, $8/day did not include bottled water for her. This seems like a huge miss. It also seems like bottled water should be included in the state room since we paid for the beverage package. It would be nice to see a late night dining option other than pizza and cold sandwiches. That got old really fast. Jonny Rockets was a good deal at $7 each for all you can eat, however we didn't get to take advantage of this because when we did go it was so busy that we sat for 10 minutes and never got service. I'm not sure what the room attendant's role is aside from making the bed and changing out towels but I didn't really feel like much was picked up compared to what I experience at a typical hotel room service. Usually my vanity area is straightened a bit and I didn't get that. I don't know if that's to be expected or not. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was a spring break trip with my family. This was our 5th cruise but 1st with RCL. We flew into Miami on the day the cruise was leaving since we booked the flights with Royal Caribbean. We arrived just fine and were put on a bus and ... Read More
This was a spring break trip with my family. This was our 5th cruise but 1st with RCL. We flew into Miami on the day the cruise was leaving since we booked the flights with Royal Caribbean. We arrived just fine and were put on a bus and taken to the ship, no problems. The ship is very pretty and looks pretty well maintained except for some of the artwork around the ship. The shadow boxes seem to feature different types and styles of fashion. Many of the objects were covered in at least an inch of dust, dresses displayed behind the glass were falling apart and again covered in a ton of dust. If its something that is falling apart - it should be removed and replaced. We were happy about the hand sanitized stations all over the ship. Nobody in our group got sick so that was a good thing. We stayed in an inside cabin for the first and last time. I wanted to experience it since I am a travel agent, I did not want to suggest a type of room unless I had stayed in one. The room was smaller than my bathroom, it really was - we measured it when we came home. How they expect 4 people to stay in that room is crazy. The bathroom was very tiny and it was hard to turn around in the shower, you could sit on the toilet and wash your hands at the sink at the same time. They don't change the sheets in your room ever- there was a small red mark on my side of the sheets and it was always there. The floor in our room was only cleaned once after we brought sand in on our shoes from Cozumel. Shopping on the ship was bad, everything was cheaply made but expensive. The shopping on other ships we have been on was wonderful, this was just bad. Johnny Rockets was the only place that had warm food and good service. When we ate at the Windjammer Cafe (buffet) the selection was not very good, there was no service, the food was cold and it was hard to a seat. In the main dining room it took a long time to get our food, it was always cold unless it was ice cream and that was usually pretty well melted. We all had the soda package but we had to go to the bar and they took everyone who needed mixed drinks first so we waited a long time. Most of the entertainment was boring, we love going to the shows on the other ships we have been on. This ship only offered one show an evening and all except one was so boring (unless you are 70 years old) The first show was a ballroom dancing show so we thought it would be like Dancing with the Stars type of show but, it started with the song Moon River ... and just got worse. I was jealous of the people who were able to walk out, we were stuck in the middle of a row so we could not sneak out. Then we saw the ice skating show - it was nice but the one skater kept falling down. They had a Bon Jovi tribute band on another night and since we love Bon Jovi we enjoyed that show. We missed the show on the last night so I can't comment about that one. Overall the service on the ship was not friendly. The staff was super serious and not cheerful or outgoing. We had to flag down to get any help. I use a motorized scooter and it seemed to annoy the staff. We have sailed on 4 other Carnival Cruises and they were always helpful, friendly, outgoing and just so much better in every way. The only Wow we had was the Wow why didn't we sail on Carnival again. We love to snorkel on our cruises and were really excited to take a tour in the Bahamas but we were not in port long enough to take the tour we were really wanted to take. We took a tour with the cruise line, it was ok. We were only in the water about an our and it only stopped in one place. In Cozumel - we have been there 5 times in the past so we did our own excursion and spent the day at a resort, we had a nice day. On Carnival they have a long pier but they allow rickshaw drivers to pick you up and take you to the shopping area, you just give them a tip but, they don't have any on RCL so it makes it hard if you can't walk far distances. I traveled with my husband, 13 year old daughter and 11 year old son. They did not like this cruise either. It would be great if you just wanted to get on a ship, lay out in the sun and go to bed early. We will never go on this ship again. I already booked another cruise on RCL for Christmas but, I am going to see if that ship has better reviews or I am going to cancel it and go on NCL or Carnival. Being a travel agent, I would not suggest this ship for anyone under 70 years old. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Had 10 in our family group from 87 year old parents to twenty something nieces and nephews. Every one found something to do that kept us engaged and fulfilled. From the wave machine to the dinner to the shopping - everyone loved it. The ... Read More
Had 10 in our family group from 87 year old parents to twenty something nieces and nephews. Every one found something to do that kept us engaged and fulfilled. From the wave machine to the dinner to the shopping - everyone loved it. The staff made you feel like their family. They were truly interested in your experience. Every day a guy in the retail stores would ask us how our day was = What did we do? They all seemed like extended family. We will be back - Oh heard the 5 day Spring break cruise was over the top wild with drunk and disorderly college students so I would stay clear of those dates. For a Spring break with the family - this 9 day cruise on this ship was perfect. We made so many wonderful memories - Again - you feel like the staff was your family and you were coming back home. if you haven't cruised in a while - this ship will make you wonder why you stayed away. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The staff, boat the trip everything was wonderful., Next cruise will we Royal Caribbean, but different ship. My daughter would have loved some slides. The dinner staff was out of this world.. We were treated like kings and queens. This was ... Read More
The staff, boat the trip everything was wonderful., Next cruise will we Royal Caribbean, but different ship. My daughter would have loved some slides. The dinner staff was out of this world.. We were treated like kings and queens. This was my fort cruise and Royal Caribbean made it wonderful. I did an excursion on each island, I wasn't impressed with my Bahamas excursion, that wasn't anyone's fault, it's what i picked. I swan with the dolphins in Cozumel, that was great. The prices for pictures on the ship was ridiculous. I spend 300.00 on a picture package that had only 35 pictures. The ship knows you going to buy the pictures so they jack the price of them. They didn't have too many protographers taking pictures so your paying a lot for a small amount of pictures. It was my first cruise so I did learn some things.. Thank you Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I choose this cruise based on the destination. I should have chosen a different line and ship. This ship boats 10 pools and whirlpools when in fact there are really only 2 main pools and an adult pool. They also count a small slash pool ... Read More
I choose this cruise based on the destination. I should have chosen a different line and ship. This ship boats 10 pools and whirlpools when in fact there are really only 2 main pools and an adult pool. They also count a small slash pool that must be only 1 foot deep and about 2 feet all they way around. They also count a whirlpool that is in the spa that you must pay for. The food is bad quality and little variety. The food in the main dining room is bad. They just overdo everything by trying to make it look fancy and it taste like nothing. They prepared my well done steak, rare with pink meat, 3 times! There were children diving in the whirlpools and empty cups and bowls in the elevators. There were kids running loudly up and down the halls taking out the do not disturb signs out of the cabin doors. This resulted in an anxious maid coming in my room while I was undressed. Navigator of the Seas does not live up to it's hype and is a waste of money. We were so happy to get back to home good food! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The Navigator was a clean and well maintained ship. Love the lay out. Food in the dining room was excellent for breakfast,lunch and dinner. Food at Windjammer was poor. Salads were fresh, nice cut up fruit but eggs and breakfast ... Read More
The Navigator was a clean and well maintained ship. Love the lay out. Food in the dining room was excellent for breakfast,lunch and dinner. Food at Windjammer was poor. Salads were fresh, nice cut up fruit but eggs and breakfast potatoes were disgusting ( except fried eggs ). Fish was dried out, tasteless. Lots of kids of all ages. All had fun. Lots of activities- Flow rider, golf, ice skating.All very polite. Lines were not too bad. Ship did not feel crowded. Live music was great. Initiatives band was wonderful. Boleras band was very good.DJ played good music. Embarkation and disembarkation was hard. Had to take a shuttle from parking garage to ship and back. Large crowds and confusion. Most employees were nice, helpful. Had issue with account- Guest Services was not helpful or nice. Most employees were very nice and helpful. Loved Coco - one of the bar servers. A bar server was rude- cut off all the 21 year old college kids who were just having fun cheering the staff on. Diamond club was very nice with excellent employees. Overall- good cruise. Will stick to a newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Great cruise for a family with many ages of kids for over Spring Break. Ship was clean, most workers friendly, and many activities to chose from. I was surprised at how the ship did NOT feel crowded in comparison to last year's ... Read More
Great cruise for a family with many ages of kids for over Spring Break. Ship was clean, most workers friendly, and many activities to chose from. I was surprised at how the ship did NOT feel crowded in comparison to last year's cruise on the Freedom. I loved the pool and hot tub lay out on this ship as it was easy to keep an eye on my kids and find my friends easily. And, the live music on this ship was amazing! Lots of opportunities to sing along, dance, or just relax and enjoy. The only negatives were some of the servers in the dining room. Our waiter was snooty and made demeaning comments to two members of my group (two families together). Our table also had a bar waitress that was mean and grumpy. She cut off people at several tables around us and had a horrible attitude. On the other hand, our assistant waiter was nice and accommodating. She got an extra tip for her friendliness! My room steward was the best I've ever had. He was smiling every day and greeted us by name. He cleaned twice daily and asked a lot if we needed anything. He was awesome. Ports were pretty good. I enjoyed snorkeling in Grand Cayman (Cemetary Beach) and loved the Red Stripe Beach in Falmouth. This beach was relaxing but older kids got bored. Labadee is not my favorite island but I had a good day walking around & swimming. I think they need more excursion selections in Labadee and Falmouth. I guess I will have to try another cruise here to figure it out! ;) Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
What made this cruise memorable was the group of family and friends we were with. And the Bon Jovi cover band. Other than that, the ship itself was below average on what we expect from cruising with Royal. Our stateroom attendant was ... Read More
What made this cruise memorable was the group of family and friends we were with. And the Bon Jovi cover band. Other than that, the ship itself was below average on what we expect from cruising with Royal. Our stateroom attendant was great and the staff at the schooner bar was the best I've ever encountered. Our head waiter was practically non existant. He would mumble "his recommendations" and took our orders. That was it. I've never had a waiter that didn't call us all by name or bring extra dishes for us to try. And twice the assistant waiter refilled water glasses with Sprite. the dinner menu has been the same across the fleet for far to long. A little variety would be nice. Activities around the ship were far and few between or all at the same time. It was a spring break cruise so of course it was going to be a full ship but it really seemed crowded. No one patrolling the pool deck. The one person we talked to about people saving chairs said he had "to go get his friend". Clearly not enforcing the rules. Still any day on a cruise is better than one not! 2 more booked and Loyal to Royal Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We brought our 6 year old twins on their 2nd cruise. We flew in late the night before and stayed at Riverfront Hotel the night before (booked through Priceline, very expensive because of Easter Weekend). We used Uber service from airport ... Read More
We brought our 6 year old twins on their 2nd cruise. We flew in late the night before and stayed at Riverfront Hotel the night before (booked through Priceline, very expensive because of Easter Weekend). We used Uber service from airport to hotel, hotel to port and port to airport without a hitch. We cruised on RCI's Navigator of the Seas to Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Jamaica & Labadee Haiti. We had 2 Sea Days. There were 2 formal nights. Food was just ok, bland when they are cooking for so many people. We ate in the main dining room 4 out of 6 nights, windjammer for breakfast and lunch most days and Izumi for one dinner (a la carte). They were pushing the other specialty dining packages & Johnny Rockets but we just didn't feel like spending the extra money. We did have the premium beverage package, which was great. We had a BOGO special, or otherwise not sure if I would have purchased it. Only other comment on the food-hard to find anything after 10pm and room service was sub-par offerings and wait time was about an hour. We took one RCI excursion in Grand Cayman to the Turtle Farm and it was amazing. We booked a private tour in Jamaica and just enjoyed the relaxing beach break in Labadee. Only complaint about Labadee was the artists were aggressively trying to get our business when we were walking to the inflatable/sport area. Service was great on the ship. I never experienced any cleanliness issues. Our cabin was fine for our family of 4. We had an interior cabin on Deck 8 with 2 pullman beds (bunks) above our queen bed. I felt like there was plenty of storage, and I liked the shower having doors instead of a curtain! The kids loved their Adventure Ocean program, and would've gone every waking moment if it was available. We loved it because it gave us a few breaks throughout the day, which is always welcome! The entertainment was so-so. There was a Bon Jovi cover band one night that was amazing. The ice skating show was fun. The other main entertainment was average and we didn't go to any of the comedians. The pier was definitely the most outdated one I've ever checked in (this was our 6th cruise, 2nd with RCI). I'd say embarkation was about 30-45 minutes, we arrived around 11:30. We chose self-assist for debarkation and again that maybe took 45-60 minutes but only because they only had like 2-3 customs people working. We were at the airport by 7:30 am. On a side note, however our return flight from FLL on SW was canceled and we ended up having to rent a car to drive back to Ohio which was not so fun. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
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We had much expectation for this cruise for our surprise the ship is big but very old, after embarking we headed to Winjamer cafe was clean but food was ok with very little variety. The story began when we got to the stateroom it had ... Read More
We had much expectation for this cruise for our surprise the ship is big but very old, after embarking we headed to Winjamer cafe was clean but food was ok with very little variety. The story began when we got to the stateroom it had strong odor of rat urine it was unsupportable, the pillows were old and stinky we requested new one not with out giving the housekeeping a cash tip. Was the worst nightmare ever. The sapphire restaurant manu is limited the reason of this is to pressure guests to go and buy dinner at their high pricey specialty restaurants. The only good thing this ship has is the HUMAN RESOURCES EVERYONE WENT OUT AND BEYOND TO TAKE CARE EVERY GUESS NEEDS. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
The Navigator of the Seas is a beautiful ship. There were a few spots showing age, like the peeling paint on the balcony, but generally, the ship was very well maintained throughout. We were met at the Houston airport with a bus that ... Read More
The Navigator of the Seas is a beautiful ship. There were a few spots showing age, like the peeling paint on the balcony, but generally, the ship was very well maintained throughout. We were met at the Houston airport with a bus that accommodated the wheelchair. The driver was very knowledgeable about the lift, tie down process, and was super friendly. After a drive to Galveston, we were shown the long lines to begin the embarkation process, but were pulled out of the line due to the wheelchair and were escorted to the special needs line. Not sure if it went any faster or not since it took more time to get through security. Then we waited for a while to be helped by the two clerks checking in the disabled. They were somewhat efficient, though one didn't really know how to use a computer. Once on board we enjoyed a lunch, made our way to the room and relaxed before dinner. Even though we had expressed a need (requirement) to be placed in a table that had easy wheelchair access, we were placed in the back corner. Only seven different people had to get up in order for my wife to use the restroom. On the second day at sea we decided to double check with the passenger services to ensure that an accessible bus would be available for us on disembarkation. Despite being told by four different people four different times on the phone that we would be able to make our flight, the passenger services staff told us in no uncertain terms that we would miss our flight since the accessible bus would not be leaving the port until 10:30. With a flight of 11:55, we would not make it. Passenger services was unsympathetic and told us there was nothing they could do. After paying for international fees for making calls, we finally arranged transportation back to the airport. Overall, it probably cost us 4 times the amount to get transported back to the airport than it should have. We noticed that fellow passengers arrived at the airport at the same time as us but on the ship transportation. At another time they told us that the accessible tour we had arranged would not be accessible. Luckily he dug into the tour a little deeper and discovered he had given us the wrong information. Our lesson: don't listen to passenger services staff, as they don't seem to know what they are doing. Norovirus was present on the ship. Hand sanitizers were plentiful and I noticed they changed the tongs at the buffet quite often. Otherwise, I didn't see many other measures that were extraordinary. Dining was not anything spectacular. Once we were assigned to a permanent table, we had wonderful table mates. The food was adequate. Our waiter and assistant waiter, Abraham and Galen were efficient and a pleasure. We splurged one night and went to Sabor's. That was a waste of money and time. Menu choices were horrible and the food was just as bad. The table side guacamole was excellent, but that was the highlight of the meal. Service was not half as good as we received in the dining room. Being at the tail end of spring break, there were a lot of kids on board. unfortunately, security must have taken their break because there were numerous problems with kids all over the ship. Overall, it was a nice cruise. being our 10th cruise, it won't be counted as a favorite and unless Royal Caribbean has the right itinerary, we probably wont be cruising with them again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
After years of turning down cruise options for a vacation my wife and I finally gave in and went on this one during spring break with our youngest son and his family, including three younger children. We had a wonderful time, weather was ... Read More
After years of turning down cruise options for a vacation my wife and I finally gave in and went on this one during spring break with our youngest son and his family, including three younger children. We had a wonderful time, weather was great, and we just can't say enough about the staff. Everyone of them were outstanding. Special "shout-out" to Elvis in the dining room and Leon who took care of our stateroom all week. These two gentlemen went way above and beyond whatever their job description states. The shore excursion that we all enjoyed in particular was swimming with rays and sharks off the coast of Belize. While the smaller boat trip was a bit long, it was well worth it and the cost as the guides (especially Phillipe who was assigned to us) were extremely helpful. He was incredibly attentive and made sure our younger grandchildren, as well as my wife (who didn't even snorkel in Hawaii!) felt safe and had the opportunity to experience everything possible along the reef. A life-remembering experience on this excursion. Another huge shout-out to the Navigator of the Seas staff who made every possible attempt to keep us healthy by constantly cleaning all public areas. None of us, not even the children, had any sickness whatsoever. My wife and I are discriminating travelers so to give this high of an evaluation is meaningful. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
RCCL's Navigator has something for everyone! The activities are plentiful and non-stop, with lots of choices! We loved the sports deck, the music trivia,the ice skating show, karaoke and the Beatlemania performance! We enjoyed the ... Read More
RCCL's Navigator has something for everyone! The activities are plentiful and non-stop, with lots of choices! We loved the sports deck, the music trivia,the ice skating show, karaoke and the Beatlemania performance! We enjoyed the poolside band, "Ridden Wave" and the games. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The main dining room was very good, with great service(love Errol & Andre). The breakfast in the Windjammer(buffet) was fair-poor. By day 4, I stopped trying to eat the eggs at all. However, for lunch they have an excellent salad bar. The teen groups seemed to really have a lot to offer and my 13 year old mad some great friends! My daughter also competed in a basketball tournament, and my husband & I enjoyed the climbing wall. There were drink specials off & on and there is a specials flyer you can find around one of the bars that is helpful. We booked a private tour with Patrice Bailey in Jamaica and did Dunn River Falls, which was fun! In Grand Cayman, we took bus to 7 mile beach at Royal Palms. Beach & water was stunningly amazing, all I ever dreamed of. However, food was expensive(basic lunch for four was over $100 us with taxes & gratuities) In Cozumel, we chose to do the RCCL Tulum & Beach Break, which was okay at best. Tulum is cool, but we arrived at 11:30, and it was 88 degrees in the shade! The transport was extensive with a ferry of 200 people, then a bus of 50 people. Guides were awesome, but I wished we had done a private tour instead, or done a different tour on the water. The "beach break" was a joke. We went to rustic resort, food was decent, but beach was crowded, and small, and covered in seaweed. After Grand Cayman, it didn't compare well. The tour took up the entire day and there was no time before or after for shopping at all. Overall, I really enjoyed RCCL, our room, service, and experiences. We had the panoramic ocean view room, which was fabulous, but I missed having a balcony. I think the value for the cost was good, however, the drink prices are high. I would go with RCCL again, and I would definitely return to GCayman & Jamaica! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our family's 6th Royal Caribbean cruise, half on Voyager Class ships and half on Freedom Class. With the recent renovations - such as the addition of the FlowRider and video screens by the pool - the Navigator is very much ... Read More
This was our family's 6th Royal Caribbean cruise, half on Voyager Class ships and half on Freedom Class. With the recent renovations - such as the addition of the FlowRider and video screens by the pool - the Navigator is very much like the larger Freedom class ships. We had a terrific time. The shore excursions we did in Jamaica and Cozumel, along with the beach day in Grand Cayman were a great complement to our days at sea. Highlights on the ship were a few of the shows in the Theater - Motown Divas and the acapella group were especially good, as was Jerome Bell. A couple of things that we missed from previous cruises was the main dining room singing of O Sole Mio by the waiters. I always enjoyed that. Lots of Texans on the ship and we got along well. Highly recommend this cruise!! Getting on and off in Galveston was a breeze, especially as Crown & Anchor Society members Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I'll keep this short since I really don't have a comparison point. My family had a great time on the Navigator. It was Spring Break for my school aged kids, so there were lots of families on the boat. This was great as my kids ... Read More
I'll keep this short since I really don't have a comparison point. My family had a great time on the Navigator. It was Spring Break for my school aged kids, so there were lots of families on the boat. This was great as my kids were easily able to find other kids to hang with either in Adventure Ocean or at the Arcade/Sports Court. My kids loved getting to be on a nice vacation with us and having some independence on the boat (10 and 12 years old). We brought walkie talkies so that we could make contact and check in with them when needed. We signed up for My Time Dining, which worked out perfectly for us. The food was great most nights, but we were most 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. My husband took advantage of the gym and spin classes. I enjoyed browsing the shops, attending the shows, ice skating with the kids, playing mini golf, and relaxing at the pool and on our balcony. Our room was small, but we made the this was perfect for first timers). Roatan was also our favorite port as we spent a little best of it. We enjoyed having a balcony on the right side of the boat (we could see the ports- Roatan & Cozumel from our side- I never really thought of that when I picked the room). We booked our own shore excursions online with independent companies, which worked out well, but if I ever sail to Belize again, I will book off the ship because the passangers who did had priority getting off of the boat (on earlier tenders). There was a long line and wait to get on the tenders in Belize- some people we talked to missed their excursions due to not getting to port in time. My family agrees that our favorite activity while in port was doing the zipline course at the Mayan Jungle Canopy in Roatan. It was worth the $45 per person cost and we would do it again (or a more advanced course, but extra $ and had a private driver (Best of Roatan Tours) who drove us around and took us to the zipline, sightseeing, and to a beach resort. Overall, it was a great family experience and I can't wait to cruise again! My kids are saying that they want to sail on Royal Caribbean again b/c they don't want to take a chance on another cruiseline...that's how much they enjoyed it! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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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