The right mix of sea days and excursion days that met our demand. We did not make the stop in
Nice France because of incident on the beach the night before our arrival. This cruise was the second leg of a back to back with different cabins. The crew very efficiently moved our luggage for us by 8:30 am which allowed us to tour South Hamption. Excursions were great and the reason for our cruise. Be aware that restrooms are limited and not available on the tour buses. Bus drivers keep the restrooms locked and won't open them, so NEVER miss an oppournity to go. I would gladly pay a little more for the excursion ticket knowing the restroom would be available for an emergency. The RCL transfers to/from the airport were excellent way to go.
we thought the cruise was catered to the British mostly. The second week on the cruise they ran out of American bacon. The food was kind of bland and overcooked. The entertainment was only British headlines and extremely hard to understand as a Canadian. The ports were nice but paying for a bus transport to the end of the pier for 5 or 9 euros was a little nickel and diming. A taxi was cheaper. Also , you sold us Hop on hop off bus tours that were cheaper on site. We bought one for $21US and $25US and both were 12 euros there. Didn't appreciate being ripped off by you. Also, rust was dripping off to our balcony and ruined two pairs of shorts I had out on our balcony. The last days out was falling on our balcony chairs and all.i have pictures of this. The railings are all chipped up and need repair badly. Poor ship maintenance in my opinion.
The shore excursions to St Petersburg, Russia is a must.
Most of the staff very average, breakfast, lunch and dinner the Windjammer was unimaginative. Really disappointing in quality, taste etc. The better food was in the specialty restaurants. The entertainment also fell short. There was maybe one headliner worth attending his performance.
I was expecting more from Royal Caribbean, I like the cruise line.
The Navigator of the Seas needs to improve in many ways if it wants to compete with other ships/lines.
The hallway carpets by the cabins (at least on Deck 6, where we stayed), are very stained. The cabin on the other hand, was very nice, clean and spacious.
Food is a major, disappointing area. The buffet at the Windjammer is the same food, day in, day out.
Service in the dining room is spotty...sometimes waiting for a tea can take a long time. The dinner and lunch menus were o.k....nothing special.
It wasn't until we complained about the slow service, that things improved, at least for us. We still heard many people complaining.
On this cruise, everything in the shops was taxed 20%, even though we were in international waters. When we questioned them, we really didn't get a complete answer. They said it was because the ship didn't go to a non-EU country.
Prices of goods and drinks were outrageous.
Smoking in the casino is an issue as well; the entire casino will smell of smoke, and you have to go through it to get to some other areas. Very annoying.
Our previous cruise on the Independence of the Seas was not fantastic, but compared to the Navigator, it turned out to be a lot better.
The Navigator is just not a great ship at all.
We were mostly in cold weather, and even though it has several swimming pools, not one has a (retractable) cover on it, so people were inside most of the time, which made it very crowded. Bar service or even finding a seat somewhere became a challenge.
The daily schedule, just like the food, was always the same. Many activities would cost you additional $$.
One very annoying thing, to try to get more $$ from the passengers, was the sale for the extra dining packages. You couldn't get away from it...even in the dining room, they would come and try to sell you the packages. Also, in the dining room, if you wanted better food, it would cost you.....you want a better steak...pay up...you want a lobster tail...sure...it'll cost you.
Mexican food would cost you $25.00 p.p. You want sushi....same thing.
RCL gets people on board with lower up front prices, but one there...watch out.
My favorite stop for the cruise would have been LeHavre, France and a tour of the D-Day beaches but this was cancelled because of a French dock workers strike. As a result, I feel like we spent too many days at sea. Ship provided plenty to do but still too many days at sea for me. I saw little too do in Gijon, Spain - a different stop might be considered in the future. Other stops were nice.
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