Exceeds expectations

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Sail Date: February 01, 2009
Ship: Navigator of the Seas
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
We just did a 5 nighter on Navigator, and it exceeded our expectations. As former Disney cruisers, we were warned that we would not be pleased with RCL - staff not as friendly, ship not as nice, etc. We were pleasantly surprised - for the most part. While the crew did not always have the same "polish" as a Disney crew, they were generally very friendly and helpful, and we couldn't complain about the ship. It was very clean and showed few signs of wear. The best surprise was what we feared most - the potential to be "crowded" on a ship with a capacity of 3500. Despite all rooms being full, we never once felt crowded. There was always space available with deck chairs, and we noticed that you could have as rowdyor sedate a cruise as you liked.

The only drawback were the number of seniors onboard who really should have stayed home. We are relatively quiet 40-somethings, who primarily sat in our deck chairs and read or wrote. Despite this, we would frequently get sour looks from elderly cruisers who appeared to think we were crashing their private "club." This was particularly true in the concierge lounge, to which we had access by virtue of booking an owner's suite. To be fair, we met some lovely senior citizens, but this was definitely the exception. I cannot imagine the glares we would have received had we had the "nerve" to bring our children . . . .

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food definitely gets a mid-grade. Portofino was superb, and Chops was good - not great - as well. However, neither the main dining room or Windjammer had very good food. Disney DEFINITELY wins here.


5 out of 5
We didn't really take advantage of all the shows; however, we had friends who did, and they much enjoyed them. We saw one magician/comedian who was wonderful.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Again, mixed bag. Carlos the concierge and Christoper his assistant were wonderful, as were the managers in the private restaurants and main dining room. Many of the other employees seemed to have a less-than-great disposition; however, again, if I had to work with a bunch of sour seniors who did not tip, but - as we observed - were frequently ugly to the staff, i don't know how happy I would be.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our stateroom was simply awesome; however, it was one of the largest owner's suites and adjacent to the royal suite, so no real surprise. What was surprising was how little time we spent in it, and, in retrospect, we probably would have gone with a grand suite and saved the $800 difference. But it was wonderful to do once.

Pros: No crowds!

Cons: Sour senior citizens

Recommends Navigator of the Seas? Yes!

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