3 New Orleans to Caribbean - Eastern Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Reviews

This was our fourth cruise, and first with Royal Caribbean. Getting on board was a quick and easy process. From the moment we parked our car to the moment our keys were unlocking our cabin door took less than an hour. Our cabins were in ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise, and first with Royal Caribbean. Getting on board was a quick and easy process. From the moment we parked our car to the moment our keys were unlocking our cabin door took less than an hour. Our cabins were in level 6, an inside cabin and a cabin with. Window. Both were immaculately clean, with comfortable beds and nice furnishings. Both bathrooms were small, of course. I appreciated the bathroom shelving and good water pressure. Our cabins had 8 drawers and a closet with 7 shelves and room for hanging clothes. The vanity desk in each cabin had vanity lights, 2 electrical outlets, and a good hair dryer. There is also an outlet in the bathroom. The televisions were older models, but decent quality. The temperature, bedding, and everything else I can think of were good quality and comfortable. The service on board was flawless. Every team member we dealt with was smiling, and quick to help. Our room steward, the mechanic who fixed our safe, the service desk, shop keepers, wait staff in all of the eateries, plus any staff member we randomly came across were smiling and pleasant without fail. The batteries in our tv remote died, and our steward had them replaced in a few minutes. Our towel animals were a big treat, especially the kissing swans that formed a heart and included a Valentine from the Housekeeping staff. The food was phenomenal. The Promenade, just a quick walk down one flight of steps from our cabin, was open 24/7, with pizza, pastries, and sandwiches. A nice variety of teas, coffee, and hot chocolate mix are available self serve. Our first meal was at the Windjammer buffet. They offered a good variety of soups, salads, entrees, sides, and desserts. We ate at the Windjammer and adjoining Jade Asian buffet about fifteen times, and we enjoyed new dishes every day. The Indian food was especially nice. There was a chick pea stew and Basmati rice dish that was divine. The list of excellent foods would be too long, so I will only provide our top 5: baked macaroni and cheese, blackened salmon, key lime pie, all of the curries, and honey stung fried chicken, with an honorable mention to the extensive and fresh salad bar, pasta bar, and taco bar. And the chicken ala king was so good we have to mention that as well. We also made use of the three soft serve ice cream stations on board, all on level 11. We always found a good seat, usually by the window. We enjoyed fine dining at 8:30 each evening. The service and presentation were superb. The food was 90% excellent & 10% fair. When our waiters noticed a dish we did not eat, they always offered to bring something in its place. The Grand Mariner vanilla souffle was the best dessert our sons have ever tasted. The fitness facility was very nice, well appointed, and easy to use. I had access to the yoga mats and an exercise ball in the empty aerobics studio a few times, and used the machines as well. The hydro therapy hot tub was huge, beautiful, and inviting, but I skipped it. Did not take a class, though several were offered. We used the walking track on deck 12 most of all. We spent time in the chapel on level 14, lovely and sunlit. Banked with white flowers, it looks made for intimate weddings. Nice that it is open to all who wish to use it, and an un-lead chapel service was advertised for Friday night at 5:30. The rock climbing walk, putt-putt golf, inline skating, ice skating, board games,basketball court, volleyball, dodgeball, and much more looked fun and inviting. Between the four of us we played basketball, board games, and spent time at the pool and the hot tubs,which were always clean and never crowded. We saw a few shows. Two of us saw the welcome variety show, which was okay. The ice show is a must see. Kenny James was absolutely outstanding in every way, the hi light of our cruise! The last show, a comedian and balancing act were good. The disco party on the Promenade was really fun. Ports of call: Jamaica has a city tour by tram we thoroughly enjoyed. It was $20 per person,and purchased off the ship in the nice shop area within the gate. We purchased a tour I. Our own for $30 pp in the Caymans. It was an air conditioned mini bus with a guide that took us to "Hell," the turtle exhibit, and 5 other places. Also bought off ship. We saw Cozumel on our own. A taxi took all if us downtown for $8. We have toured the ruins and snorkeled and such on previous trips, but really enjoyed playing it by ear this time. Getting on and off the ship, even the tender to and from Grand Cayman, was pretty seamless. A few things I appreciated: We were never forced to have photos made. Our fellow cruisers seemed to be nice people. I only saw two tween girls who were loud. The ship was decorated beautifully. I must admit, we were treated "Royally." During our last dinner, our dons asked if we could take the same cruise next year. Best vacation ever:). Disembarkation: We always self assist. We walked out of our cabin at 7:33am, and reached our car at 8:00am. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Have just returned from a great cruise-Left from the Port of New Orleans and embarkation was a breeze. Have cruised many times in the past and this was by far the easiest and quickest-no waiting-just signed in and off we were to the ship. ... Read More
Have just returned from a great cruise-Left from the Port of New Orleans and embarkation was a breeze. Have cruised many times in the past and this was by far the easiest and quickest-no waiting-just signed in and off we were to the ship. Just slightly disappointed with the room-had an inside cabin which was standard but the drawers had not been wiped out-actually hair inside some of the drawers. Also the carpet did not appear to have been swept. Two pills were left on the floor and purposely left them to see if they would be swept up. They were on the 2nd day of cruise. After that the room was kept very clean. Have to request ice in room or you will not receive it. I have to comment there was a sulphur like odor the entire length of cruise inside and outside of our cabin as we walked down the halls. Was a little disappointed that many on the slots in the casino were not in service the entire length of the cruise. Dinner in main dining room was very good-Windjammer Cafe was OK-nothing outstanding however the pastries in the coffee shop on the Promenade were very tasty! Enjoyed many of the evening shows but the ice show was outstanding! Ports of call were Falmouth, Jamaica(we did not get off the ship), Grand Caymen(7 ships were all in port the same time and shopping in town was a mess-hard to move there were so many people. Last port was Cozumel(did a taxi tour)This was wonderful-about 2 hours and saw a great deal of the island. Last but not least was disembarkation-VERY EASY. This port of New Orleans and RCCL have really done a great job of simplifying what used to be the worst part of cruising. I would definitely recommend this cruiseline and port. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Background on me: Experience cruiser with over 20 cruises on a variety of lines and I have never been on a bad cruise. I am male, 50, traveling with spouse and two boys ages 14 and 12. We have sailed out of New Orleans many times (we ... Read More
Background on me: Experience cruiser with over 20 cruises on a variety of lines and I have never been on a bad cruise. I am male, 50, traveling with spouse and two boys ages 14 and 12. We have sailed out of New Orleans many times (we live in NO) and find the best time to get to the port is about 11:00 AM. This year we arrived about 11:20 and were in the Windjammer by 12. Also if you are a past cruiser register with the Crown and Anchor program by RC, there is another line for C&A members and it is much shorter than general boarding. My brother arrived at the Port about 1:00 and it took him over two hours to get on the ship. Alcohol tip here, if you want to bring extra wine on the ship. Just put two bottles in your carry on, but have your spouse go through another security line with another two bottles in their carry on. We got four bottles of wine on board, but could have brought much more, no one pays any attention in security to who is with who, just don't put more than two bottles in each bag. Also, we brought two case of water on board that we checked at the pier and both made it to our cabins. I met someone on board who paid $88 for the "water package" this seems pretty high to me for water. Also did not buy the new drink package as it is just way to expensive considering all adults in one cabin have to purchase this package. A big problem at the pier is many people do not have luggage tags and this takes the Porters about 2 minutes per bag to tag causing a back up. RC may be saving money by not sending these luggage tags (I know you can print them) but it is adding much delay to the boarding process. If you are arriving by cab your driver will simply drop you off at the curb, if you are driving you will be parking in the Whale lot, just ask and an officer will direct you. You can also have your luggage taken here and it is just about a five minute walk to the ship. Parking is about $112 for the week paid in advance. Having sailed on the Voyager last year (and loved it) I found this ship, The NOS to be just as beautiful. We had an outside balcony on deck 8 and the room was clean and your typical cruising cabin. However, my boys ages 14 and 12 had an inside cabin with a view of the Promenade deck. This was a very nice feature and the noise never woke anyone up or keep them awake. We choose two cabins over one because we felt the extra bathroom was better than just upgrading to a suite. The extra bathroom and extra cabin IMO is the way to go for families if you can. Once again the ship is clean and very beautiful, but I won't sail this class of ship again, having sailed on the VOS last year, this seemed like the same exact ship from last year and I discovered what I like is exploring and learning a new ship on my cruises. The food in the dining room is some bad, some good, some excellent. Ask you waiter, he knows what is good. We ate in Chops one night and thought is was a waste of money. The filet in Chops was excellent, but everything else (the sides) was also available at some time in the MDR. Also, on most nights the food in the Windjammer is the same exact food being served in the MDR. Breakfast is the same EVERY day and gets very boring toward the end of the cruise. Never ate breakfast in MDR but they have nice lunches in the MDR and the Tuttie salad bar is outstanding. I really miss the fact that the VOS and NOS have no grill around the pool. I just love the smell of those hamburgers grilling as I lounge around the pool. Both my kids had fun and enjoyed the teen programs. However, we won't sail again on a ship unless it has a better pool area. This ship only has two small pools with hot tubs, no slides or other H2O areas for the kids to play. The shows were really bad and your typical cruise ship shows, however the ice show was very nice and is the only must see show of the week. I think RC could do a better job of giving out tickets rather than making you go wait in line for them on your first sea day. The lounges really stink of smoke and were kind of boring, not much going on in them. Found a great new place to go on Couzmel called Paradise beach, a great place and found for the kids with tons of stuff to do. Also, do Dunns River falls in Falmouth, it was outstanding. Overall a good ship and a great time, if you have questions just ask. PG Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.5 4.2

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