Sail Date: November 2013
Spent one night in the Port town of Civitaveccia (Rome) pre cruise at the hotel San Gorgio. Embarkation was very quick & efficient & found ourselves on board by lunchtime. The ship is very large & beautiful. It is maintained ... Read More
Spent one night in the Port town of Civitaveccia (Rome) pre cruise at the hotel San Gorgio. Embarkation was very quick & efficient & found ourselves on board by lunchtime. The ship is very large & beautiful. It is maintained very well with only small wear & tear marks here & there. We had a large balcony room on the hump on Deck 7. The location was very handy to the lifts. The design & storage areas of the room made for a very pleasant cabin. Entertainment was good overall, not as good as I have seen on other cruises but still enjoyable. The times or nights of the week they chose to do some of the main shows didn't seem to flow well with this particular cruise. Food in the Buffet was quite good with plenty of choices & little to no lines to wait for food. Looking for a table in peak times seemed to take longer than getting your food. The dining room is a large beautiful room however we thought the food was just ok. Not bad in any way, just not brilliant either. This is our second cruise on RCI & in my opinion we have enjoyed the dining room experience more on other lines such as Carnival, Costa, & Celebrity. We had My Time Dining as we usually do on most cruises & the waiters on this cruise were good but not as good as we have come across. The Promenade café was good & handy for a snack & Johnny Rockets is always a bit of good old fun. Most of the staff seemed fairly friendly & approachable. The captain was often seen at events however he always seemed to speak like he was reading from a script he had rehearsed many times before. I realise English was not his first language but his speeches didn't always seem to come from the heart. Didn't use the pool as weather was bit cold for it but did make use of Hot Tubs, as well as enjoy other outdoor facilities like mini golf, walking track, etc. Disembarkation in Barcelona was also very quick. We just walked off with our own bags & once outside of the Terminal we paid to have our bags taken to the airport for us by a local company while we jumped in a Taxi & explored Barcelona on our own for a few hours before going to the airport later in the day. This was a very Port intensive cruise so we did not get to enjoy the ship to it's fullest but with the right Itinerary I would sail this ship again & overall we had a great cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
We took our second cruise Oct 2013 out of Rome to Eastern Mediterranean (our first cruise was to Caribbean Feb 2012 with Freedom). We come from Turku, where many RCCL cruise ships have been built - along with Navigator. So we actually had ... Read More
We took our second cruise Oct 2013 out of Rome to Eastern Mediterranean (our first cruise was to Caribbean Feb 2012 with Freedom). We come from Turku, where many RCCL cruise ships have been built - along with Navigator. So we actually had been onboard Navigator while it was brand new, before it sailed away from Finland. We managed to get a great deal for JS so we had plenty of space, as it was just the two of us this time (both 44yrs). Our cabin was just lovely, very spacious with a walk in closet and bath tub with amenities on deck 9. The ship is in good shape although the carpets are a bit dusty and some furniture (especially chairs in MDR) is worn out. Other than that, we found the ship to be in very good condition. We flew out from Helsinki directly to Rome, and had booked a transfer with Civitavecchia Cab. The driver was waiting for us with our name tag, so we found him very easily. This was a shared ride, so there was another 2 persons already waiting for us. So no wait time for us, but about 20 mins for them they had arrived from Romania, and spoke very limited English, so there was no conversation in the car. It took about 45 mins to arrive to Civitavecchia port. The driver took us directly to the door where we left our luggage, after which we walked to check inn and to ship  all this took less than 5 minutes at about 11am. Cabins were ready by 1 pm and first piece of luggage had already arrived followed by the second piece in about 20 min. I had 2 bottles of wine with me one in check in luggage and the other in carry on neither of them caused any questions. Nobody seemed to care. We enjoyed everything on our cruise very much. We ordered breakfast twice to our room and the rest we had in Windjammer. We also tried out room service a couple of times, sometimes there was a good waiting time before the food arrived, but it was nevertheless delicious. We ate lunch at windjammer, in our room, at Johnny Rockets or at Café Promenade. We only had MDR dinner, which we both enjoyed very much. Service was good  especially the drinks waiter was hilarious. We had prepurchased Premium Drinks Package. Originally we wanted just soft drinks package with a wine package, but after doing some serious calculating we decided to upgrade to Premium Drinks Package since the difference was after all not that bad. Oh boy did we fully utilize it! I do not remember having been drinking for 7 continuous days since college/university. But neither of us was really drunk at any occasion  nor did we feel hung over at any morning. We were just on a "happy cruising mood” every night. We tried out so many different drinks - almost fully through the bar menu, and only 2-3 drinks we left unfinished either because we did not like them or because we felt that we needed no more drinking and headed to cabin. I admit that we drank much more than what we would have done without the package. It was lovely to try out drinks we would not normally try for example I had never had a Pina Colada before. Also the bar menu was much different from the drinks that are offered in Finland much more adventurous. House white wine as well as house sparkling was okay to us we are not fussy with our wine as long as it is dry enough. Would I have the package again? Probably yes, if there was just the 2 of us, but if our daughter was with us never. I’d then stick to just soft drinks and wine at the dinner. We did not do any paid excursions although we did find our way out of the ship at every port to do sightseeing on our own. In Athens we took a taxi from the port directly to Acropolis with 20 euro (fare was 18 euros, but we tipped 2 e) and were there at 9 am before most of the cruise ship crowds. When we walked to Plaka, it started raining and eventually after a quick lunch at a café we decided to return to ship with metro. We unfortunately decided to continue walking at Pireus, and it took really really long until we reached the ship which was at the far end of the port. We should have taken a taxi from the metro station. We had been to Efesos twice so we only shopped around the Kusadasi bazaars in Turkey. It was very windy so we had waited for almost 3 hours at sea before we could safely dock. So captain prolonged our stay with 1 hour so everybody was able to return from their excursions. In Chania we utilized the 3 euro bus to Chania city and came back early to enjoy the pool. Loved the solarium pool on sea days so quiet and without music or noise. We saw some shows like the ice show (good!) and Celine Dion impersonator (very good indeed) and found out the Navigator entertainment team to be not so good. The musicians were talented, but the dancers and singers only moderate. Simona was the cruise director. Overall the staff was friendly. But we did meet some individuals who clearly should not have been near customers. For example I accidentally knocked over my full coke glass spilling it entirely on pool deck at solarium pool. And I know how sticky it becomes when it is half dry. I asked a staff member (Pool patrol) for something to clean it with and the answer was "Don’t bother”. Well I do bother if I were to mess my bare feet on someone’s coke spills. Disembarkation was smooth out of the ship. But the line for the shuttle was long we waited about 30 mins in queue. Then we walked to train station, and took a regular train to Rome where we stayed a day. If you are traveling by train, please remember to VALIDATE your ticket. There was an inspector on the train and we saw several people getting fined although they had purchased a ticket. They had failed to validate it before entering the train and that is considered traveling without a valid ticket. So they had to pay upfront to the inspector. There is also not much space for your luggage, so as our pieces were standing in the walkway, we got nasty looks and words which we pretended not to notice/understand as we speak no Italian! Well, what can you do? Overall we had most wonderful cruise most of it has to do with us being just together we could speak Finnish together without others understanding as there was only few other Finnish passengers which were easy to spot but also because of the lovely cruise ship. I fell in love with cruising during our first cruise, so I am very much sure that we’ll be back, someday, somewhere and hopefully very soon!   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
This was out first Med cruise and the itinerary was perfect for us with a mix of amazing history and amazing scenery. We traveled with my parents (their first cruise ever) for our anniversaries. We spent 3 busy days in Rome before the ... Read More
This was out first Med cruise and the itinerary was perfect for us with a mix of amazing history and amazing scenery. We traveled with my parents (their first cruise ever) for our anniversaries. We spent 3 busy days in Rome before the cruise, home-based at the lovely Hotel Maryelen near Termini Station. The location of our hotel was perfect since we could walk two blocks to the metro, the bus or the trains. We used all three (the Roma Pass was great for the bus & metro), ultimately taking the train from Termini to the port at Civitavecchia. The train was a nice way to travel to the boat other than some stairs down then back up to cross the tracks at the end of the ride. There is a short walk to the port gate, then a complementary bus to the ship. The check in process was hectic looking but well run, and we were on board with little delay. Our cabins were ready upon boarding, though we were amongst the last to get our luggage. We dined in the main dining room on all but one night of the trip and thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service. It was rare that we weren't debating multiple choices on the menu and I never had a disappointing meal. We preferred the Windjammer buffet for breakfast and lunch which always had a good variety and some really good veggie/salad selections & desserts. There was plenty of availability for water/flavored water/teas for those forgoing the soda program. The only time there was a shortage of anything was the last day's breakfast when silverware/napkin sets became sparse. We spent one very nice evening at the Portofino restaurant and had a very relaxed and delicious dinner. I was surprised to see that the fine dining venues did not seem busy despite the entreaties to book them early. The public areas were gorgeous. One could see a little wear and tear in a few spots, but the ship was in amazing shape considering it's heading in for refit in the Spring of 2014. Some of the fittings in the cabins showed their age more than the rest of the ship. Our TV was an LCD, awkwardly mounted in a table designed for an old tube TV. We focused on our shore excursions and dining, so didn't use many of the ship's facilities, but I was impressed that places never got overcrowded (except the Promenade during special sales, LOL). The library didn't stock much at all and lacked reference books that would have been nice for looking up maps and information about other countries. Wireless internet access was only available in certain areas of the ship and ran $0.75 a minute, or less with packages (we didn't bother). We loved the ports of call, but chose to do our own excursions and had no regrets. For Messina we chose Taormina Tour (www.taorminatour.com) with our wonderful driver and guide, Joseph. He was gracious, knowledgeable and spoke impeccable English. We drove to Taormina, where he treated us with Sicilian pastries, but even better, up above to Castelmola where we wandered and had a relaxing lunch on a terrace looking out over Mt Etna. Castelmola is the beatiful hillside village that Taormina advertises, with even better views. We did drive back down to see the Greek theater and spent some time there. Definitely get off the main street with all it's crowds and high-end shops ASAP while in Taormina. We also saw some sites in Messina and stopped for a gelato at Joseph's favorite shop. A gorgeous tour! In Athens we had the great experience of touring with Christos (www.athenstours.gr). We had a nice Mercedes taxi for the four of us and headed straight out as the tour buses were slowly loading. There's so much to see in Athens, but Christos did a great job guiding us and adjusting the tour to our preferences. We started at the Acropolis, then worked our way around various sites in Athens, both old and new (well, relatively new). Aside from the Parthenon, one of our favorites was Lycabettus Hill providing breath taking views over the whole of Athens, well above the height of the Acropolis. We chose to forgo a sit down lunch for time in the Acropolis Museum (still tough decisions to make on vacation), but we did have some brief breaks for spanikopita, iced coffee and later souvlaki to help keep our batteries up. Christos then took us on the scenic ride back to the ship, cruising through Athens picturesque portside areas. I can't recommend Christos enough as a great guide, excellent driver and incredibly knowledgable host. Ephesus was a surprise for all of us, being much more impressive than we expected. At Kusadasi, we disembarked and were met by Murat, an energetic, smart and charming guide and this time, a separate driver. This was great as Murat was able to talk with us and show us maps as an introduction to Turkey and Ephesus while we drove to the site from the port. We wound our way down from the State Agora through the main streets to the public agora and giant theater. There were many impressive structures, but the facade of the Temple of Celsus is stunning in person. A side tour of the Terrace Houses (separate admission) is well worthwhile as the preservation of some of the structures and artwork here really brings this city back to life. we did some brief shopping in the mini bazaar after the exit, then moved on to the temple of Artemis, formerly one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, now a rather sad, single stack of column drums. One is able to get some sense of the size of the Artemision in it's day and It also provides the revealing backdrop of the Mosque of Isa Bey, the Basilica of St John and the Ottoman Grand Fortress displaying a diverse span of Turkish history in one vista. We had a relaxed lunch nearby with traditional Turkish foods, then moved over to a carpet making demonstration next door. The demonstration was fascinating, the carpets beautiful, but we skipped on buying something that large and expensive. After returning to Kusadasi, we had a little time left to stroll through the bazaar just outside of the dock area, shopped a little and dragged ourselves back on the Navigator. Murat was awesome as a guide: http://www.privatephesustours.com/ We took it easy on our last stop at Chania (ported at Souda) on Crete. With the early departure there at 2:30, we opted to take the inexpensive city provided shuttle bus into Chania to shop and stroll. The Venetian port is very pretty and the streets in the port area are lined with shops, restaurants and a few museums. We stopped at the Naval Museum (my wife would say we stalled there) where my dad and I had a great time looking at artifacts and models of ships from the Minoans to today. If you are into models, find the room where two gentlemen construct ship models of all sorts from scratch with unbelievable detail - they are happy to show off their handiwork. The old mosque in the middle of the port is no longer in religious use and is somewhat neglected, but still picturesque. the Venetian lighthouse is a standout you can't miss. the old Venetian boathouses are rather rough looking, but still in use as warehouses. There is also a replica Minoan ship on the east side of the port worth a stop if you like that kind of thing. My wife does not. There are plenty of great places to eat and shops to browse making this a good "lazy" port of call. Our last day at sea, we went to our only show, the farewell show which featured a cirque de soleil juggler/physical comedy act that was far, far better than it sounds as I write this. Truly excellent and hilarious, actually. The ice skating and dance shows just weren't our style, nor were the music reviews, so we didn't bother. The casino didn't seem as busy as on a Caribbean cruise, but I just strolled through a few times. we did quite a bit less on the ship than on Caribbean cruises because we were much more tired after our go-go day trips, but I was fine using the ship for transportation and dining purposes primarily. We self disembarked which wasn't bad at all. I thought elevators would be hard to come by, but that wasn't the case. We had a taxi service hired which picked us up shortly after we were off the boat, just outside the disembarkation area. From there it took us to our hotel in Fiumicino, near the airport where we stayed another day before returning home. Last, but not least, the staff worked their tails off for our benefit and were wonderful. Our steward was always on top of room but never obtrusive. Our waiters were very attentive, fun and professional, always ensuring we had a great dinner. Everywhere on the ship, people were gracious and working hard. I had no complaints about any of the Royal Caribbean crew. Even the maintenance guys coming through to fix things had a smile and greeting as we would pass in the corridors. Well done, Royal Caribbean! Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2011
This was our first cruise. When we had to pick the cruise we found out that Royal Caribbean had the best price/quality. So we expected a great holliday, The Cruise turned out to be even greater than we expected. A very important reason for ... Read More
This was our first cruise. When we had to pick the cruise we found out that Royal Caribbean had the best price/quality. So we expected a great holliday, The Cruise turned out to be even greater than we expected. A very important reason for our enthousiasm was the ship and the crew. Our waiter and assistant waiter were very kind people and the ship was beautifull. You can do exactly what you like and because the ship is so big it is even possible to miss all the things you don't like. The entertainment was fantastic, allthough the singers of RCCL were not that great, the shows en productions were superb. Service was outstanding and so were the excursions. Overall: a wonderfull experience. Food was excellent. The windjammer and the Jade offered many choices and the quality was excellent. The food in the main diningroom was also very good. And sometimes, after 5 years, we still miss our waiter and assistant waiter Pharell and Adina. Civitavecchia is not the ideal port since it's pretty far from Rome and the airport and a little chaotic. After this first cruise we had two other cruises. Also with Royal Caribbean. All cruises were great, but the Navigator is still our favourite 1 ship. Read Less
Navigator of the Seas Ratings
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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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