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Navigator of the Seas Review

Navigator of the Seas
Navigator of the Seas

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Navigator of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0 Cruise Critic Editor Rating
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A trendy ship, with virtual balconies in inside cabins and entertainment consists of drone light shows


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


Passengers 3,386
Crew 1,200
Passenger to Crew 2.82:1
Launched 2002
Shore Excursions 33

Gina Kramer
Cruise Critic Contributor

Navigator of the Seas Overview

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.

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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.)

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.

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.

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Gratuity

Royal Caribbean passengers are charged $14.50 per person, per day ($17.50 for those staying in suites). An automatic gratuity of 18 percent is added to all bar tabs, mini-bar items, and spa and salon services.

Note: Australians and New Zealanders do not have the stateroom service charge added to their account; fares automatically include this gratuity as long as it was booked in AU/NZ dollars.

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2015 Best for Fitness
2015 Best for Families
2013 Best for Value

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Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Member Reviews

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Sail Date: Dec 2018
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