7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Sail Date: July 08, 2006 Ship: Navigator of the Seas Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Family (older children) Reviewed: 11 years ago
The Navigator of the Seas is an awesome ship. We enjoyed everything about it. It will be hard to have our next family vacation measure up to this one! (We even had a full moon for a few nights!)
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The food was very good, though not gourmet. There were lots of different choices, so we never tired of the menus or buffets. The dining rooms were beautiful! Our family of five was seated at a table with another family and our teens were all the same age, so that was nice to have in common. We didn't try any of the specialty dining (extra charge). The most popular spot seemed to be the the self-serve frozen yogurt in the Windjammer and at poolside. There was food available literally all day long and a couple of nights they had a midnight buffet. The room service food wasn't great, but it was nice to have that option. (We had it once for breakfast and once for lunch, I don't know how dinner was.)
5 out of 5
The hired comedians were awesome! The ship's own musical theatre entertainers left a little to be desired, but the bands were great. The "adults only"(over 18) disco lounge, THE DUNGEON, was neat and a couple of nights they had family night so the young kids could dance, too. There was karaoke and ice skating, too.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
We loved our waiter - he learned our names very quickly and was always showing our youngest son little tricks. He was helpful with menu choices. Our stateroom attendants were invisibly helpful: you knew they had cleaned and came if you called, but otherwise tried to leave you alone and cleaned while you were at breakfast or dinner. Also the people at the excursions desk were very helpful.
5 out of 5
This was one clean ship!
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Our staterooms were great and they were cleaned top to bottom twice each day. We were given new towels and washcloths, fresh ice, and a turn down service. We felt very pampered!
I heard the Stingray City tour that allowed you to actually swim with the stingrays was good. The shops in the town were fun to walk through and were right at the port.
Don't Miss: Seven mile beach was beautiful. Our taxi driver took us to the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the beach was very uncrowded. We rented jetskis there and had a blast!
We had fun parasailing, but didn't do any excursions. It was HOT in the village shopping area. Just a bunch of tourist shops. We considered eating at Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritaville", but it was very crowded and LOUD.
The town wasn't much to see, unless you're into "Diamonds International" (which got way over-hyped by the ship, in our opinion. And it was HOT there!) We had to taxi to the shops. We enjoyed the beach, Playa Mia. (Which was in the opposite direction of the town, about a 15 minute taxi ride). There was an open bar and use of floating mats, trampoline, ect. included in the admission. You had to pay for shade umbrellas. I wouldn't recommend going for lunch - it was a Mexican Food Buffet, and didn't look too appetizing.
Pros: The clean staterooms and friendly staff
Cons: The long line for dis-embarking when the cruise was over
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