August 2014 - Navigator of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
The cruise was a great opportunity to get the extended family together and booking a suite was great. It served as an informal meeting area and general spot to have a conversation virtually anytime of the day or night. There are some great amenities on the Nav of the Seas including Johnny Rockets, the FlowRider, climbing wall, mini golf, casino, and just great venues for laying around to read a book. Meals were nice and varied beyond what I normally have at home but not quite up to the quality on Celebrity. The waiters were excellent and fantastic at delivering immediate food service for my 15 month grandchild while the rest of us studied menus.
The drawbacks are the ports of call. Roatan had beautiful beaches but what a desperately poor island with desperate people trying to make money; it is one thing for a country to encourage tourism but depressing when the poverty level is so high. Belize was great with lots to do but the tender situation is ridiculous; either find another port or dredge that one so ships can get to shore. As to Cozumel, in a few years with global warning and rising ocean levels the problems of this port will be solved. I summary, only Belize was worth the stop but very limited in time by the long tender rides.
I would advise some considerable change to the disembarking. I am willing to bet that half the problem was arriving in the middle of a three day weekend (Labor Day) and the longshoremen were likely the least senior if not just hired that day. But you should have anticipated this and taken charge. Yeah, I hear you saying you can't interfere with the unions; then stop porting at Galveston. You threat to leave and things will straighten up.