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Sail Date: November 2017
The ship was lovely and our balcony cabin was roomy and spotlessly clean. The choice and quality of food was excellent especially in the dining room where the service was second to none! We loved the different choices of ... Read More
The ship was lovely and our balcony cabin was roomy and spotlessly clean. The choice and quality of food was excellent especially in the dining room where the service was second to none! We loved the different choices of entertainment and was never at a loss for something to do even on the long journey accross the Atlantic . The staff on the Navigator of the Seas went over and above in their service to all on the cruise, nothing was too much trouble for them. Theiy are a credit to Royal Caribbean! We booked excursions in Boston and New York and found them to be informative and good value for money.. The only downside was Cape Canaveral where we thought we'd do our own thing and found there to be no buses or taxis at the port. We ended up staying on the ship that day. All in all we had a fabulous time. We ate too much drank lots of delicious cocktails and probably gained enough weight to wear the next size in clothing ......We was entertained pampered and made to feel that nothing was too much trouble.........just what the doctor ordered!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Just back from a 13 night Southampton to Miami trans Atlantic repositioning cruise with stops in Boston, New York City, and Cape Canaveral. ( Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas) I loved it ! That is the quick review ; more long ... Read More
Just back from a 13 night Southampton to Miami trans Atlantic repositioning cruise with stops in Boston, New York City, and Cape Canaveral. ( Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas) I loved it ! That is the quick review ; more long winded stuff is below As preamble, my wife and I are not experienced cruisers, we have done three cruises over the last 15 years. So admittedly, we are likely out of the knowledge base with respect to what is out there and expectations. Our embarkation in Southampton was smooth and efficient. Yes, there was queuing up, but the line seemed to move quickly enough, and before we knew it, we were in our room ; 7th level, middle of the ship, starboard balcony. The room was totally adequate in size with lots of drawers, hangers, and nooks to put stuff. We brought along a few magnetic wall magnet hooks that were handy for hanging Sea Pass Lanyards, hats, and other light things. The bathroom was shower, sink, and toilet. Perfectly adequate in size and function. The room steward we had, projected a quiet and gentle image. Our room was kept in immaculate condition and it seemed like whenever we left the room and came back , it was refreshed and ready to go. Prior to this cruise, I had read of a lot of complaints about the dining and food selection choices. I appreciate that everybody had a different take and perspective on things but I really have a hard time in understanding these posts. The food in the Main Dining Room and in the Windjammer Cafe was amazing in diversity and quality. I sampled fish, beef, chicken, lamb, pork and vegetables in both North American / British styles as well as Indian and Oriental presentations. Appetizers, Soups, Salads were amazing as were the desserts, desserts, and desserts. I am no Gordon Ramsey, but if I had been presented the dishes back home, and I was paying out of pocket, I would have been satisfied. Oh, I could quibble that the Chicken Vindaloo was not spiced sufficiently and the Rice and Beans in the buffet was were not super hot but really … We did eat a lunch in the Chops Restaurant ( one of the pay extra places ) and the food was pretty good but I would likely not spend the money next time. We did pay $10 each for an “upgraded” filet in the MDR and that I would do again. Drinks ( as in alcoholic ) are pretty pricy in my view. My wife had one mixed drink and 3 glasses of wine during the cruise and that tab for that was over $60. I do not drink alcohol so for the most part I was okay. Water, iced tea, and lemonade are included as part of the dinner and some juices are as well. We are both fancy smanchy coffee drinkers so we purchased two coffee cards for lattes, espressos and the like. That was worth it for us. There is also free coffee and tea on the Promenade Deck as well as free fruits, pizza, sandwiches, and sweets. I had a few reasons to be connected to home so I paid the internet fee to have a connection for the entire voyage. Let’s just say it brought back fond memories of the good old days of dial-up. But it did the job and there is something funky cool about in the middle of the ocean and being able to chat with someone in our town. One the reasons that we picked an ocean crossing was because it was an ocean crossing. Lots of time to walk the deck, sit and read, sit and write, or sit and just look at the ocean. That is not everybody’s idea of a good time of course but I loved it. There are also lectures on board ( John Wayne Movies to Six Sigma ), Ice Skating ( spectacular ) , listening to music ( the guitar guy and the ship’s band were very good ) and evening stage shows ( no idea, that is not in my interest scope) plus all kinds of little goofy contests. I don’t really understand Ship Board Shopping - if I want a watch I will buy it on Amazon but I am in a minority, as the shops were jammed. I did not really spend any time in the many bars and nooks of the ship. I am more of a “sitting on a deck chair even though it is late at night and no one else is doing it” sort of guy. I did the tour of the ship ; they call it All Access. Yes, it is a nice little money maker for them but it was very interesting. You even get to go to the bridge. In 2016 posts there were a lot of complaints about the arrival into Boston and dealing with the US Immigration authorities. From the time we lined up ( following the instructions we had been issued ) to our final personal clearance was about two hours of standing in line. Some folks were apoplectic. I took the view that in 2017 anyone entering the United States of America is going to encounter delays, bureaucracy, and a certain amount of hassle. I just went with the flow, chatted to people, relaxed and had a good time. Sometimes, it is just a matter of perspective. Sailing into New York City is something I will remember I think for the remainder of my days. At first you see what looks like a haze on the horizon, then you see it is buildings and not just buildings, but the New York Skyline. Soon you pass under the Verrazano Bridge and by the Statue of Liberty. I think the emotion of doing that was collectively felt by everybody on the ship - truly amazing. The ship docks at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal which is very convenient for trekking into New York. I think the fact that Navigator is in NYC for 28 hours or so was very well thought out. The cruise concludes with a stop at Port Canaveral and then on to the conclusion at Miami where disembarkation was smooth. So would I do this cruise again ? Yes, absolutely … it totally met and exceeded my expectations. Maybe not for everybody, but for me, half of an early 60s couple it was perfect. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We have just returned from a fabulous voyage on board RCI Navigator of the seas, embarkation was a breeze and we were aboard in less than 20 minutes. Navigator is a mid sized ship for Royal and she is getting older now, but she is kept ... Read More
We have just returned from a fabulous voyage on board RCI Navigator of the seas, embarkation was a breeze and we were aboard in less than 20 minutes. Navigator is a mid sized ship for Royal and she is getting older now, but she is kept spotlessly clean. Our cabin was a promenade view room which was quite spacious, it had a bowed window with a window seat so that you could sit and watch what was going on down below, it also had another small 2 seater sofa which was very comfortable, the beds were very comfy too and there was more than enough floor space. It was also nice to have sliding doors on the shower instead of one of these nasty shower curtains, all in all we had plenty of space and Donna our stateroom attendant was a joy. On our anniversary she decorated the cabin in silk red roses and happy anniversary messages all around the room, we had a beautiful chocolate cake and a bottle of champagne all complimentary, it was really lovely. We had early diner at 6pm in the MDR and went there most evenings. The food was good and our waiters were very attentive, on the 2nd evening we had a smoked fish starter which was delicious and I sent my compliments to the chief and said that I could eat that every evening as the starter, he sent a message with the waiter to ask if I would really like it every evening, and I had this yummy dish served to me every night and it was amazing. I dont eat deserts so I asked for fruit and got a lovely dish of strawberries most nights. The chief and the waiters were the best we have ever had, diner times were very enjoyable indeed. We had very good entertainers on board and every seat was taken at most shows, but for us the stars were the crew shows, this was a new thing for this cruise. Crew members from different nations performed and sang for us in the theatre, it was fabulous they were the real stars of this cruise. The first port of call was Boston which was nice, we had a trolley ride around the city then had some shopping time. Of course the big thing for most people was arriving in New York, and it didnt disappoint, the sail up the Hudson will stay in my memory forever, especially sailing past The Statue of Liberty, it was wonderful, and the city itself was awesome we rode the subway, went up the empire state building ate bagels and hot dogs and shopped in times square,we even sat and watched the skaters on the ice rink at the rockefeller centre, what a day it was amazing., In Port Canaveral we went to Coco beach and just chilled for a few hours, very relaxing. What a wonderful cruise, the best we have had for a while, the ship the staff and ports just made it very special. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We took Navigator of the Seas in May, 2016 from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton . We had smooth sailing all the way so booked the cruise from Southampton to Miami for Nov., 2017. Although we had a great time, it wasn't smooth sailing as the ... Read More
We took Navigator of the Seas in May, 2016 from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton . We had smooth sailing all the way so booked the cruise from Southampton to Miami for Nov., 2017. Although we had a great time, it wasn't smooth sailing as the seas made up for what we didn't experience the first time. It was all good though as we met several very nice people from Scotland, Wales and England. I enjoyed the morning exercise class with Jenn as well as talking to Lynn and Too (she said "not one, not three but two). Sorry but I don't know correct spelling. Both ladies were fun to chat with before and after class. G who taught the line dance class was funny and patient. We had excellent service in the MDR from Elvis and Austin and our room attendant, Leo, did a great job with our cabin. We couldn't have asked for better service this cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Activities and Events were scheduled all over the place. The Atrium was consistently used where decks or clubs would have been better. Planning could have been much better. Needs maintenance throughout the ship. The food was OK but ... Read More
Activities and Events were scheduled all over the place. The Atrium was consistently used where decks or clubs would have been better. Planning could have been much better. Needs maintenance throughout the ship. The food was OK but nothing spectacular. The dinning staff we had were excellent. Deserved the WOW we gave them (extra gratuity). The day to day activities were not planned out the best as far as time. Many things were cut short as they over lapped each other. The entertainment was excellent but thr Cruise director was boring. Information daily was not the greatest and the weather was poor. The ship seemed just a ship! Nothing spectacular and as far as memories they will be negative. Unfortunately a poor cruise over all!! Our next RCL Cruise will be on the Anthem of the Seas and hopefully it will be a better experience. The JEWEL was no JEWEL!! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
I enjoyed the cruise the staff was wonderful however, the entertainment in the piano bar was a bit dull. I thought the food was good; The shore excursions could have been a bit better; The fashion show was fun and enjoyable. The staff ... Read More
I enjoyed the cruise the staff was wonderful however, the entertainment in the piano bar was a bit dull. I thought the food was good; The shore excursions could have been a bit better; The fashion show was fun and enjoyable. The staff in the stores were pleasant, The weather was not great but it is the season. I really enjoyed meeting new people not many single travelers on this cruise. I sat at dinner with a group of 4 others which was nice; I received a fruit basket and bottle of wine upon my arrival from Carrie whom I booked the cruise with at Royal; The transfers went smoothly although the airport in San Juan was horrible due to the hurricane. Everything moved at a snail pace and very upsetting with the flight delays; I did not like the transfer from the ship to San Juan airport since your luggage follows on a truck, Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We'd been to Rome in 2006 and therefore stayed in Civitavecchia for 2 days beforehand (Hotel San Giorgio). If you want food groceries, snacks, and wine you will want to walk 6-7 blocks up the hill on the main drag to the larger grocery ... Read More
We'd been to Rome in 2006 and therefore stayed in Civitavecchia for 2 days beforehand (Hotel San Giorgio). If you want food groceries, snacks, and wine you will want to walk 6-7 blocks up the hill on the main drag to the larger grocery store as it has the best prices and selection. Hear are our random thoughts on our Nov. 6 transatlantic to Puerto Rico: - this ship is beautiful with lots of glass but many parts of it have been repainted often - lots of creaking as it moved - our JS (#1040) did not have a fridge, only a cooler that LOOKS like a mini-fridge - first time without a drinks package but I DID buy a 10-drink package onboard for $85 USD - bought the soda package and the 100+ flavours in the 2 Windjammer machines were fantastic. I used the Fanta Zero choices the most. Beware, though, that there is no access to these special machines after 9:00 p.m. - the guitarists in the various bands were exceptional, and my favourite was Dmytro, the classical player from the Ukraine - Karaoke on the sea days ran from 9-10:00 p.m. and it would have been nice to have it go a little longer - on our 1st cruise on the Liberty in '14 there was a speaker in our stateroom for the Captain's announcements; the speaker could be attenuated with a dial...why can't they have this on all their ships? It certainly wasn't available to us on the Jewel - Voom was extremely un-Voom-ey; a friend was taking online classes and actually had to stop as her streaming version was way too unreliable. Ours was the same, and the price for the wifi is absolutely ridiculous - Analiza Ching, the rock 'n' roll violinist was, as expected, the best entertainer on our junket - Trivia in the Schooner was fun, but some of the various hosts' accents made it quite difficult to discern what they were saying - From the Hoho bus, Valencia was pleasant and nice - in Lisbon you can take a Hoho bus within yards of the ship; no need for the $8 shuttle. Lisbon was gorgeous - it was wonderful to see Gibraltar and Tunisia in the daylight hours, and the weather cooperated - We did an all-day 4x4 tour on the Azores island we landed at. Sergio, the driver, was good but seemed to soft sell requests for tips on the way back to the ship; do NOT ask for good ratings on Trip Advisor and then ask for tips, please as most will tip regardless. That being said, the island we were on (Sao Miguel) rivals Bora Bora for pure beauty! It was green, lush, magical, and gorgeous. - the weather after the Azores was cloudy, rainy, and gloomy. It was easily the worst any of us had seen on a transatlantic - Regarding our JS, the toilet and those nearby had a few issues one morning. Our bed with two light and very thin toppers was hard, but we are side-sleepers. Friends had a JS underneath the Windjammer and could not sleep as carts over the tiled floor above rattled all night long. They brought up the issue twice and were then given a 2-bedroom spot near the rear-most elevators for the remainder of the cruise - We guitar players are a dime a dozen, so why doesn't every resort and ship in the world have a few available for rental??? - Our CD, Cruisin' Susan and the Activities Director (Martin) were very good - For any who have heard of the legendary Cruise Critic Host "Clarea", he, his wife (they had the stateroom next to ours), and their "Bob"-tourage were a lot of fun! - The Puerto Ricans on this journey seemed to take over some of the night spots but we were happy for them as the hurricanes hit their island very hard recently - One of our roll call crew organized "California Kitchen" and "Chef's Table" meals; these were wonderful with lots of wine but the one with 20 attendees lasted FOUR hours! - Our fave server was LaToya in the Schooner Bar - We had "My Time" dining and rarely used the Dining Room. The food was alright there but there was ALWAYS something to love at the Windjammer - The large shrimp in Chops were to die for. My favourite food, though, was a smokey tomato soup served at the Chef's Table - Our slot pull was, by far the worst we have ever seen re: results; it was fun but the return on $15.00 was only $3.50. Do NOT go into Casino Royale for ANY reason (other than for $2 Mimosas or a slot pull) if you can at all avoid it! - Overall the entire staff was kind and helpful, including Guest Services - Those who went to the Diamond-and-higher 5:30 p.m. daily get-togethers in the Safari Club said the munchies, etc. were the best they every had. Thanks in part to the positive vibe from our numerous Roll Call posters, we had an absolutely fantastic time. The Jewel is a quaint, loveable smaller vessel that has lots of glass and is the perfect middle-aged conveyance for a transatlantic crossing. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Trans-Atlantic Cruise. Lots of time on the ship with close friends. I personally enjoy the trivia. Some of the activity personnel seemed to need more training in running the trivia. For example: The day they had "Beatles" trivia, ... Read More
Trans-Atlantic Cruise. Lots of time on the ship with close friends. I personally enjoy the trivia. Some of the activity personnel seemed to need more training in running the trivia. For example: The day they had "Beatles" trivia, the young lady couldn't find the Beatles trivia, so she replaced it with Elvis Trivia that was to be used on another day. I felt bad for her as when she played the "Elvis" trivia she didn't realize she was playing the answers, so everyone got the answers right. It was humorous but I felt bad for the young lady. The meals/service in dining were outstanding. Cabins were well kept. Especially loved Lisbon and Azores!! The crew was outstanding. The Canadian Captain was quite friendly and quite professional. It was nice to see the officers attending out Diamond events. They were very friendly and positive about everything. The maître d at our dinner had asked how everything was going. We told him we had one incident where one of our friends didn't receive their breakfast room service. He immediately took care of it and our friends received their breakfast on time the next day. The maître d went beyond his way to have chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to all of our rooms as a gesture of commitment. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
This was our 4th or 5th cruise on the Jewel. Beautiful ship with a fantastic crew. However there are a few things that seem to be unfolding on Royal. New cabins have expanded the guest population but have also reduced the number of ... Read More
This was our 4th or 5th cruise on the Jewel. Beautiful ship with a fantastic crew. However there are a few things that seem to be unfolding on Royal. New cabins have expanded the guest population but have also reduced the number of crew. The Main Dining room has become crowded with fewer wait staff and more congestion. The food was good. As I have a very bland pallet it does not take much to please me. What I did do was over eat. Our cabin was one of the newer cabins on Deck 11. Since we were on a back to back we had to switch cabins after the first 12 days and moved down the hall to a second one. All Royal Caribbean advertisements list these balcony cabins at 204 sq ft. Trust me they are not. I would venture to say they are no more than 175 sq ft. Lastly I do wish Royal would enforce the hand sanitizers on their ships. The health of the crew and passengers are important and the sanitizers should not be an option to only "suggest". Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Bucket list trip for both of us. Enjoyed three unforgettable days in Rome before embarking on the 13 day cruise. Overall accommodations were very good. Frustrated with length of time in Valencia, Spain due to poor timing of port security ... Read More
Bucket list trip for both of us. Enjoyed three unforgettable days in Rome before embarking on the 13 day cruise. Overall accommodations were very good. Frustrated with length of time in Valencia, Spain due to poor timing of port security to do their jobs which prevented us from leaving the ship on time to spend a full day there. Beware of any port of call that is on a Sunday. Most of these sleepy little towns are not open or open later after lunch. Finally, the cruise lines and Puerto Rico are trying to get back to normal but they are NOT, right now. Disembarkation was a nightmare and the good old USA customs and security folks will make you wish you had not picked this port as the last stop. Long lines and the inability to handle two cruise ships unloading and reloading thousands of passengers in one day is not within the capacity of the port authority, the hotels or the airport as of this writing. Royal Caribbean may want to say that all is well but it is definitely not. We certainly hope that the reconstruction efforts will improve things in time but we don't expect anything resembling any improvement for months. Book wisely. Read Less
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