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Navigator of the Seas Review

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Editor Rating
4.5
Very Good
Gina Kramer
Cruise Critic Contributor

It doesn't take long for passengers on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas to get into vacation mode. From the ship's Caribbean-themed pool deck -- with colorful cabanas, hammocks and in-water loungers -- to its bustling Royal Promenade lined with fun bars and eateries, you could easily feel like you're at a tropical resort from the moment you step onboard.

Pros

A trendy ship, with virtual balconies in inside cabins and entertainment consists of drone light shows

Cons

Not a quiet, subdued ship, nor does it have modern cabins with features like multiple outlets and USB ports

Bottom Line

Navigator of the Seas is a great ship for a short, family-friendly getaway

About

Passengers : 3,386
Crew : 1,200
Passenger to Crew : 2.82:1
Launched : 2002
Shore Excursions : 41

Sails To

Rest assured: There's far more to do onboard than laze away, dine and imbibe. Daredevils will love the ship's Perfect Storm duo of waterslides -- The Blaster aqua coaster and Riptide headfirst mat racer -- in addition to glow-in-the-dark laser tag, an escape room and Royal Caribbean staples like the rock climbing wall and FlowRider surf simulator.

Don't think the outdoor fun ends before dusk, either. The pool deck remains a popular attraction at any time of day, mostly thanks to the lively Lime and Coconut, a three-level bar that transforms from a daytime sunbathing spot to a nighttime, open-air lounge with a string light-dimmed balcony and rooftop -- the perfect place to catch movies on the pool screen with a bag of popcorn.

This laid-back atmosphere is ideal for families and groups looking for a worry-free getaway, where they don't have to dress up and go out for dinner if they don't want to. (Though, ladies might be motivated by the blow-dry bar that offers updos with a side of Champagne.)

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When it comes to dining, Navigator of the Seas offers a nice variety for different tastes and budgets. But most, including newer additions like Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, Hooked Seafood and Jamie's Italian, do charge extra.

Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in the three main dining rooms and Windjammer Marketplace, as well as at Cafe Promenade and El Loco Fresh; continental room service breakfast
  • Main theater entertainment
  • Most activities and events, except as noted
  • Use of the fitness center (but not most classes), as well as the ice skating rink, sports court, water slides, Flowrider surf simulator and Splashpad
  • The Adventure Ocean Kids Club (ages 6 months to 17 years) up to 10 p.m.
  • Daily gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Onboard gratuities ($14.50 per person, per day for Junior Suites and below; $17.50 per person, per day for Grand Suites or higher)
  • 18 percent auto-gratuities applied to salon, spa and beverage purchases, as well as specialty dining reservations
  • Drinks excluding water, tea (including iced tea), basic coffee and selected juices from the Windjammer Marketplace buffet
  • Room Service ($7.95 per order) excluding continental breakfast
  • Most alternative dining venues
  • Spa and salon treatments
  • Most fitness classes in the gym, along with personal training
  • Sessions in the Royal Escape Room
  • Activities like the behind-the-scenes ship tour, arcade games, arts and crafts, bingo, bottomless galley brunch and alcohol tastings
  • Shore excursions
  • Kids Club programming after 10:00 p.m. in Adventure Ocean
  • Wi-Fi access and packages
  • Photos, artwork and retail shop purchases

Fellow Passengers

Families and groups, mostly hailing from the U.S., are what make up the majority of cruisers onboard Navigator of the Seas. You'll see kids everywhere, even at some of the bars and lounges.

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Dress Code

Daytime:Passengers dress casually during the day.

Evening:At night, passengers are encouraged to wear smart casual attire (jeans and collared shirts for men, and sundresses and blouses for women are a few examples). Some specialty restaurants enforce more formal dress codes -- collared shirts with jackets for men, and dresses, skirts and pantsuits for women. Jeans are generally allowed in all venues at dinner. Depending on the length of your sailing there will be at least one designated formal night for which you might wish to dress up. Outfit suggestions for these nights include suits and ties and tuxedos for men, and cocktail dresses or gowns for women.

Not permitted: Shorts are not allowed at dinner, regardless of the venue (with the sole exception of the buffet).

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Royal Caribbean.

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Where does Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas sail from?

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas departs from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Port Everglades

Where does Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas sail to?

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas cruises to Miami, Nassau, Perfect Day at CocoCay, and Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

How much does it cost to go on Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas?

Cruises on Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas start from $148 per person.

Is Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas a good ship to cruise on?

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas won 5 awards over the years, including Best for Embarkation and Best for Fitness & Recreation in 2019.
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