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Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
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Great Service, Gym and Spa; Bad Food

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Navigator of the Seas | Sail Date: May 18, 2014

The ship was very clean and the service from the staff was great.  There were lots of activities and the gym and spa were fantastic.   However, the food was bad, which was very disappointing.

 

The ports on this cruise were disappointing as well/   The port activites were expensive, expecially for what you got.  In Honduras, we went to the recommended beach (which had armed guards, because crime is so prevelant), and the waiters tried to rip us off and double charge us for drinks.  The waiters also charged us for beach chairs in the sun (even though we already paid for the beach package and there were plenty of open chairs).   In Belize, there is no beach option - you either have to do an active jungle tour or hang out in lame shopping area in port.   The recommended beach in Cozumel was fine and the service was very good.   I would not do these ports again - lots of poverty and the port locations were not great. 

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Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Family summer vacation June 2014

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Navigator of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 08, 2014

We had a fabulous time. The renovations on the Navigator of the Seas make it feel brand new. Love the layout of the ship and especially love the promenade. the ice show was very nicely done, along with the performance of the Texas Tenors. however they need to get better comedians did not enjoy them at all. the food at the Windjammer buffet was just average. the food in the dining hall was very good. Only ate at the Portofino specialty restaurant it was so good we ate there towo lunch times. The dining staff and our room steward were fabulous, as well as all of the other customer service we received on the ship very happy with it all. the spa is smaller than the last cruise I went on however the services were good and I was treated as if they knew me on a regular basis. enjoyed my first massage so scheduled a second one and also had a pedicure. love that they had a variety of unique little bars to go and sit and listen to different types of music and enjoy different drinks. We have gone on both Carnival and Royal Caribbean, Carnival 3times and his was our second Royal Caribbean. We will never go Carnival again. We will go Caribbean for all future cruises. we really like this ship and had a great time that we would sail on her again.

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First morning arriving in Cozemel Jamica Promonade view

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Couple

Room Type:
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Experience:
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Death by 1000 cuts!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Navigator of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 06, 2014

I have cruised 4 times before traveling one Royal Caribbean or the Navigator of the Seas. I really enjoy cruising as a vacation. However, this trip left a very bad taste in my mouth. First, the positives. The ship it's quite beautiful very well appointed for younger traveller. The shows were very entertaining and the food was quite nice. It should have been a fantastic vacation but it was not. We traveled out of Galveston and followed all the recommendations for how to board the ship. We were on our feet for 2 hours and 55 minutes before we reached our state room. Most of that time was spent in an air conditioned areas with temperatures in the mid 90's. We traveled to Cozumel Mexico where they try to charge you $30 a person or more to swim on the beach. Every traveler I spoke with talked about how the locals did everything they could to rip you off. And that set the tone for the entire trip. Royal Caribbean tried to reach in my pocket at every turn for the entire trip. If you want an aged New York strip steak at chops restaurant it will cost you 35 dollars extra to make the reservation plus they will charge you another 12 or 18 for the meal. That approach to dealing with travelers was consistent throughout the trip and was immortalized by having the captain of the ship hawking DVDs on the last day of the cruise while explaining how to leave. My dining room waitress began asking for 10 star evaluations after day 4. And the begging continued every night until we got off of the ship. I witnessed a member of the staff mocking an elderly passenger who was concerned about something at the poolside. He rolled his eyes and made fun of the man behind his back and this gentleman was in charge of Guest Relations. One associate cruise director, in charge of a game show, was stern and no fun at all while hosting a game on board ship. During the game she took a phone call and spoke loudly while the rest of us sat in silence. At one point she said on her phone conversation "I've gotta let you go on old fart is trying to cheat." The man was simply trying to get a game card. On the night we arrived two porters were arguing over luggage. It was already 7 o'clock and I had checked my bag at noon. .They were fighting over who was being the most lazy. I peeked into the holding room to see if I could find my luggage and they suggested that I was to blame for all the luggage being late and ordered me to leave. I was standing in a public area. On one occurrence, I ordered a specialty drink from The bar. The bartender was unfamiliar with 1 of the drink specials they advertise. In attempt to figure out how to make my drink she spoke to another bartender who informed her I was saying the wrong drink. He then told me three more times I was ordering the wrong drink. He even opened up the drink specials book and pointed to the drink he was talking about. I took the book from his hands, flipped the book back 2 pages and showed him the drink that I wanted. He then suggested I had not been saying that drink special and that the confusion was entirely my fault. At the buffet, I witnessed three young men joking, giving each other hi fives, and grabbing their own groins while also handling the food. I also had not experienced shore shopping like this before. there was a person on board ship who provided maps and suggested places to shop. It was like QVC on steroids everyday all day. shopping ran on at least one perhaps two of the television channels 24 7 while on board the ship. we were told by Royal Caribbean that the prices were amazing. However, a quick internet search showed that Amazon full virtual a everything at a better price. I was put off by the fact the ship staff would tell us blatantly false information. I did by some jewellery while in Grand Cayman. The same jewelry was for sale on board the ship. The clerk in charge of the jewelry shop told me over and over that they had the best prices and after several minutes of painful negotiations I was told the price they were offering was too low to even make. the Royal Caribbean offer was simply three times as high as I paid for the same exact jewelry. They were trying to rip me off amber lane directly to my face. The entire experience was quite off putting. I guess I just expected a higher degree of professionalism with the staff. These are but a few of the problems I had dealing with the personnel on board the Navigator of the Seas. If you ignore this portion of my review and still decide to take this trip I would suggest you book your excursion trips through Royal Caribbean directly. Royal Caribbean places people who buy from them at the front of the line for departure. While this may not seem very important it can to take an hour or more just to get off a ship this size. Additionally, the excursion I purchased through Priceline in Jamaica left without me and then refused to provide me with any assistance to get to our location. The instructions I received never stated there was a specific time for departure just at the buses would begin running at a set time. When I arrived 45 minutes after the buses were to begin they were all gone. And the excursion company refused to help me. My only choice was to spend an additional $50 for a taxi cab drive and they were not sure they could bring me back. The moral of the story is don't book excursions with third party vendors. In summary, facilities great service terrible. And when you are paying for the service it ruins the vacation.

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Experience:
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Port of Galveston

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Navigator of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 01, 2014

This would have been 5 stars but upon arrival at The Port of Galveston the customer service agents were very rude.  After being dropped off, my daughter's husband had to park the car.  There was a party of 22 and we were made to stand out in the sun until he came back.  There was no organization at the port.  

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Room Type:
Balcony

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Great Relaxing getaway!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Navigator of the Seas | Sail Date: May 11, 2014

WE always enjoy cruising on Royal Caribbean and the Navigator or the Seas is a wonderful ship.It was a pleasure to meet so many nice people who were traveling and also the couples at our dinner table. We found out we are from right around the Dallas area.   The excursions and ports were fun and interesting. The Trolley ride in Grand Cayman gave us lots of history about the island.  We had not really liked Jamaica before but Royal Caribbean built the new port at Falmouth. This was our first time to see it and it was just great. We felt very safe and it even had a DQ where we enjoyed a Blizzard!  Our Red Stripe Beach excursion was wonderful.  The water was beautiful and warm, the sand was smooth and even had shade trees to lie under. We had the most wonderful massage right on the beach.  I highly recommend this fun day...but use lots of sun screen.  I got a little burn because I didn't think I was going to be out very long....doesn't take long to get too much sun.  We really enjoyed this day and would do it again when we return to Jamaica.  Can't wait to start planning our next cruise.  Maybe back to Alaska.  If anyone plans to cruise very much, consider joining the Crown and Anchor group on Royal Caribbean.  You are treated like royalty because they really appreciate return customers.  Of course all cruisers are treated great, but you even get a few more perks the more often you return to RC.  The curfew for kids makes the nights much more restful than on other ships we have sailed.  For us Texans, Galveston is a wonderful port to drive to and  not have to worry about all the rules on planes these days. 

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Take advantage of the free on-board activities such as trivia, the quest, and late night comedy.

Bring a few extension cords. The room had only a few outlets.

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Navigator of the Seas
33
Members on Cruise

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Nov 02, 2014
Ship Name: Navigator of the Seas
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Members on Cruise

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Aug 31, 2014
Ship Name: Navigator of the Seas
30 Ship Mate app members

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29
Members on Cruise

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 05, 2014
Ship Name: Navigator of the Seas
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