Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

One of the best cruises ever!

Sail Date: May 20, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

A spectacular boat! So many places to go and hang out. Never felt packed even though 3000+ people on board. Always able to find a lawn chair. It's my third cruise but first time getting matched up for dinner (always with big family before) - it was such fun and made meeting new people so much easier.

Pros: The people! The band! The Quest! So many places onboard to sit!

Cons: Lack of Cruise Director Staff activities

Food and Dining
Windjammer breakfast: Very good - you give your order at the egg station and return later instead of waiting in long lines - very very convenient and quick!......Windjammer lunch: OK - but nothing special........Windjammer dinner: Only went once and enjoyed it - the service is great - they bring you drinks and dessert to your table.....Johnny Rockets: lots of fun - milkshakes should be included though...........Formal Dining Room Dinner: Food was very good but I enjoyed it more on previous cruises - they have a Ceaser salad everyday but not a plain vegetable one - not enough interesting vegetarian dishes - desserts were usually dissapointing, just not as tasty as on other cruises - no flourless chocolate cake.
The Carribean pool side band was excellent and created a great atmosphre. The promenade parades were cool - but so difficult to watch since there's no room there. Ice Skating show was spectacular - a true must-see - better than Disney on ice. Sports deck always has something to do. We had 4 port days so there were not as many opportunities to have a lot of Cruise Director Staff activities, but the 2 at sea days were far from being jam packed - and the activities we did attend were short and lacked enthusiasm from the leaders - poolside was often quiet and did not have as many events as usual. The big Quest game show was a riot - a must see - very very entertaining. The special guests were very good too. The in house entertainment were cheesy and boring - nothing original at all - which is surprising since the talent is there and the sets are tremendous.
Ship Quality
It's BIG but doesn't feel huge. Pretty easy to get everywhere but sometimes not everything is listed clearly on the layout signs next to the elevators. Nicest dining areas I've seen. Always able to find seating to eat and to lounge. Everywhere inside was clean and freah. However, many pool chairs were stained. Ship had far too many indoor smoking areas - this was a constant issue.
Cabin / Stateroom
First time on a high deck - it was one floor down from the Lido Deck so very convenient - was worried about noise from above but it was ALWAYS quiet - bed was comfy - phone was easy to use and right next to the bed - night lights have multiple settings which was very nice - bathroom was a bit smaller than others and had less medicine storage - I liked the real shower doors though - sheets had stain and cigarette hole but were changed after being asked - sufficient storage space in room - problem: TV only visable well from one bed - problem: there was a glow in the dark lifejacket sign right next to the head of one bed, a bit annoying - problem: difficult to get very cold water from tap, usually just warm.
Service and Staff
Overall everyone was extremelly very friendly! Especially the greeter at the Windjammer in the morning. Pursor desk was always nice and helpful. Our waiter team very very friendly and professional but was not as chatty or open as other cruises - we didn't really get to know them, or them us. Head waiter never introduced himself. Stateroom attendants didn't introduce themselves and the main lady was not overly friendly - she always looked tired and not happy for being there.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
A beautiful city. Easy to walk to from port and fun to walk around. Shops were a bit more interesting than other stops.
Don't Miss: The park full of hundreds of pigeons.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Nice to walk around - stores are the same as everywhere else though. There's a nice beach right at the port (after taking the water taxis ashore). Orient beach is pricy to go to - but the nudity is interesting - and the sand and water are A+. Lots of water acitvities available at Orient.
Nassau, Bahamas
It was my favorite place to walk around. Much less of the junk that some other ports have - and the straw market is fun. The beach is least beautiful of all the others but cheap to get to and has fun waves.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Taxi's were reasonable getting around. Saphire beach was spectaculat - great sand and water - mats and kayaks available. I didn't like the shopping area - everyone a bit too pushy. We went up the gondola - paradise point - not really worth it - just a view - nothing else.
Don't Miss: The beaches and views.

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