August 2014 - Navigator of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
We have been on 5 cruises. 1 on Norwegian, 2 Carnival and 2 Royal Caribbean. This was a great cruise. We had a AFT cabin with a large balcony but the ship has some decorative iron work that obstructs your view. This was disappointing to us but we still enjoyed the time on the balcony listening to the ocean. The staff had a "do what it takes" attitude regarding customer service. We were greeted by staff members whenever they passed us in the hall. The food was good and the wait staff excellent. Muargan, our assistant waiter, was wonderful and kept our drink full and dinner timely. I would avoid the Windjammer and eat in the dining room if possible. Food was "ok" in Windjammer but it's busy and congested. The ship is kept very clean and the staff was constantly out cleaning the handrails etc. Our room steward Earl was professional yet very friendly and homey! We loved the Solarium area. This area is for adults,16 and older. It is quieter with no blaring music videos and loud kids. You have plenty of space in the main pool area for that. The Solarium has a great pool, lots of lounge chairs and a bar.
We were a little disappointed in some amenities cuts, cute towel animals were not done every night, no mints on pillow, and the only food late at night was room service or a small area in the Promenade (pizza, cold sandwiches, sweets, coffee, water, tea).
We did not get a drink package and did just fine with tea, water, and flavored water. If you want wine, drinks, etc. everyday, get a drink package. RC does not push drinks on you like Carnival. There are plenty of staff to serve you but they do not constantly bring a drink to you and try to sell you one.
Shows at night were good, Ice show was wonderful. Most shows were family oriented and when it was not plenty of warning was given. These shows are late at night. Most karaoke was "family" so lots of kids trying to sing, great for mom and dad but for the rest of us uncomfortable. The only adult karaoke was in a small bar and hard to hear. We like going to karaoke on other ships, you heard some really good singer. Not on this one. But if you want fun for the family, this would be great on RC.
We loved the ports we visited especially Grand Cayman. Be award that you are tethered at Grand Cayman not docked, so you must wait for a ferry to take you ashore. It takes some time and you get a number unless you are doing a ship sponsored excursion. It goes fairly smoothly and I actually like the experience. Grand Cayman is very quaint and has beautiful clear water. There is an old coin shop on the main street that has a place with watercolor prints from local artists. We have 2 of the prints to remind us of our stops on the island. We got our first print on our honeymoon 25 years and got another one this year. Amazing the shop still there and has same artist!
We will plan on taking another RC. RC will be our cruise line of choice.