January 2015 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Cruise on Navigator of the Seas
I tend to focus on the positive things in life, but this cruise was really disappointing. My husband and I went to celebrate his birthday and our 25th anniversary. So we decided to try Royal Caribbean based on the "upscale reputation". It started out horribly with the incredibly unorganized port (4hrs) in Galveston and ended the same way. We have cruised before during January, so we know that the weather can be a factor, but this ship has an extreme sway to it even in not so rough weather. Also there are limited things to do if you can't go outside. While we enjoy meeting new people and spending time at the bar/lounges, there isn't much else to due but drink and shop at the same shops each day. The inside promenade is not large enough for all the passengers to stroll through comfortably. It would help if there wasn't "sale" tables every few feet. Some days it felt like it was a mad dash through an after x-mas clearance sale, no joke! The most disappointing thing for us was the food. Both the selection and availability has changed. The included food in the buffet line, was repetitive and difficult with the other hundreds of people trying to eat at the same time, because there are such limited hours of operation. The dining room food was good (not great selection) and the service was wonderful, but the hours to eat, again limited.... Unfortunately, it felt like it was on purpose to force you to purchase your food at the other restaurants. We spent A LOT more money than we have ever spent before on a cruise for on board expenses, not counting excursions.
The Staff and service people were absolutely the Best !! The Virtual Window in the interior cabins only on Deck 10 are amazing. The décor is very beautiful, But the ship is not as accommodating as others. By the 4th day, we knew we would not take a cruise with RC Navi of Seas again... Sorry ;(