Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Navigator of the Seas
When is Navigator of the Seas slated to resume operations?
Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas will go back into service on November 19, 2021. Sailing from Los Angeles, the ship will offer a series of 3-, 4- and 7- night Mexican Riviera and California Coast cruises. Depending on itinerary, port stops include Cabo San Lucas (Mexico), Mazaltan (Mexico), Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), and Catalina Island (California).
For all sailings through March 31, 2022, Royal Caribbean guests ages 12 years and older are required to bring proof of vaccination, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination record card, with the final dose of the vaccine completed at least 14 days before sailing (not counting the sail date). Guests under the age of 12, who are considered fully vaccinated, should follow the guidance for vaccinated guests. Unvaccinated children ages 2 to 11 must present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken no more than 3 days prior to sailing in order to board. There continues to be no testing required for guests under age 2.
In addition to presenting proof of COVID vaccine, all guests 2 and older must present a negative COVID test result. Vaccinated guests must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before sailing. Unvaccinated children ages 2-11 must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days prior to sailing.
Cruising on Navigator of the Seas? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Navigator of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s large-sized ships. It last went through a complete overhaul in 2021, where it received the ‘Royal Amplified’ amenity updates. The refurbishment added new dining rooms, more nightlife options, and family-friendly activities. On Navigator’s top deck, Royal Caribbean transformed the pool area into a resort-style water activity center complete with a Riptide mat racer and Blaster aqua coaster.
At full capacity (prior to COVID restrictions) Navigator of the Seas can carry 3,114 total passengers and 1,181 crew members. There are 1,695 total cabins, which are broken down into 64 category types.
Activities + Entertainment: Like most of Royal Caribbean's fleet, Navigator of the Seas is designed for fun and adventure. The ship’s highlights include mini-golf, laser tag, an adults-only Solarium, FlowRider surf simulators, four pools and seven hot tubs, an escape room, casino, duty-free shopping, a hair salon, and a day spa and fitness center.
Entertainment options on Navigator of the Seas include theatre productions, ice skating shows, live music, and comedy shows. Adults looking for a fun night ‘out’ can sample cocktails and craft beers at any of the numerous lounges and bars onboard.
Dining: Navigator of the Seas dining options cater to both families and foodies. With a number of included eateries and specialty restaurants, there’s certain to be something to please palates of all varieties. Restaurants that are included for all passengers are the Main Dining Rooms, Windjammer, Cafe Promenade, and El Loco Fresh. Those looking to splurge on a specialty experience can check out Izumi Hot Rocks and Sushi, Chef’s Table, Jamie’s Italian, Chops Grille, Hooked Seafood, Starbucks, and Johnny Rockets.
Pricing: With a high-demand from travelers wanting to sail on this popular ship, sailings are filling up quickly with Navigator of the Seas return to cruising.
Right now you can expect to pay about $50 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Considering a balcony cabin? For just a little bit extra, this class of room currently starts at around $85 per person per night and goes up from there based on location and category. We recommend booking NOW as prices are likely to only go up!
What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Protocols
There are a number of evolving protocols that Royal Caribbean has implemented for the embarkation process. All guests ages 12 and older (regardless of vaccination status) will need to take a COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) with an accredited test provider no more than two days before arriving at the terminal for embarkation. Unvaccinated children ages 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than three days before boarding day.
Prior to sailing, Royal Caribbean suggests passengers download the Royal Caribbean App to check into their cruise as well as select a time slot for arrival on boarding day. One day before departure, all guests must complete the app’s Guest Health Questionnaire. When you arrive to board the ship, all passengers should be prepared to present the following: Passport/Passport Card or a state-certified U.S. Birth Certificate, COVID vaccine card, COVID-19 test result, proof of travel insurance, and the completed health questionnaire.
When indoors on the ship, CDC guidelines require all guests two and older to wear masks unless they are actively eating or drinking. Per the guidelines, Royal Caribbean will make allowances for guests to remove their masks in venues and events dedicated to fully-vaccinated parties. Masks are not required in your stateroom when you are with your traveling party, outside on the open decks, or at Perfect Day at CocoCay unless in a crowded setting.
Highly recommend going on a refurbished ship. It was bright, shiny and new. The staff was very friendly, and service was great! I was happy with how many included food areas there were! - egreenberg
Activities everywhere all day, all the time. Something for everyone and at every pace. - Girlscruise20
Excellent service from waiters, room stewards, and any crew members. I have never seen such a well trained and courteous staff. - FirstCruiseAV
The cruise was wonderful. Loved the escape room, drink package, entertainment and bars. - jeannemariepayt
With so much to see and do in the various Caribbean ports which Navigator of the Seas visits, we recommend planning your shore excursions before you get onboard. Top-rated excursions by port include:
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Latest Update: November 11, 2021