Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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2-3 cruises


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5 out of 5

Flawless cruise experience

Sail Date: February 01, 2010

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Up front, let me say that I am a hard-to-satisfy customer, and can always find something that could or should be better... except this time. Clearly some smart, innovative thinkers designed the ship AND the entire on-board experience -- and quality assurance must be taking place continuously behind the scenes as every detail of food, service and process was truly flawless. We booked a grand suite and it was worth every extra penny. Besides the roomier accommodations, suite service includes valuable amenities like a private lounge with a dedicated concierge (no standing in line for the guest relations desk), complimentary cocktails and sodas, reserved seating throughout the ship, and just generally a more private and intimate interaction with other cruisers. We never ate at any of the "premium" restaurants, nor did we feel the need. The food in main dining was excellent in both quality (high) and portions (modest, as fine dining should be). Having sailed on other cruise lines, we were especially surprised and satisfied by the food in the buffet areas -- an object lesson in quality and variety. Our decision to choose this ship was influenced by the presence of the Asian-inspired Jade "buffet", a separate section within the larger Windjammer buffet. We were not disappointed! Japanese, Thai and Indian food were delicious, and a great break from the meat-heavy cuisine of other ships. In fact, vegetarians especially should consider this ship, as vegetarian options were bountiful, delicious, and clearly identified. Royal Caribbean obviously has made an effort to respect the tastes and nutritional needs of those who wish to eat less or no animal protein. Throughout the cruise, and in all areas of the ship, the staff were consistently attentive and friendly. Finally, the art collection on board was ever-present, tasteful, and truly interesting -- again, Royal Caribbean appears to have invested heavily here and the effort paid off in a visually and intellectually stimulating way!

Pros: Superior service, cabin (suite), food, ship design / decor

Cons: Nothing!

Recommends Navigator of the Seas? Yes!

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