After taking a cruise in May 2002 on the Adventure of the Seas and being very impressed with it our group (3 married couples) decided to cruise again on the Adventure?s sister ship, the Navigator. We knew that the ship was brand new but we didn?t realize that it was its first 7-day cruise. So, here are my impressions of the Navigator?s maiden voyage. First, the good stuff. This new ship is amazing, it had all the amenities that impressed us so much on the Adventure of the Seas plus some extra things, such as the Asian buffet called ?Jade? and the steakhouse ($20 extra). The food was great, the shows were pretty good and the guest comedians and entertainers were first class. We all thought the entertainment part was better on the Navigator than on the Adventure. Our waiter Nikolay was by far the best we?ve ever had on any cruise (it?s number 4 for me). Now, here is a list of things that need improvement. The debarkation process was the worst thing. We almost missed our flight because no one called our tag color (they assign you a color tag based on the time your flight home leaves from Miami). The line to go through U.S. Customs was huge and it took us almost an hour to go through it. The next unpleasant surprise was outside the terminal where thousands of people were trying to get a taxi to the airport. There were not enough cabs and the traffic around the terminal was horrible. Something needs to be done about that. Few other minor complaints: the breakfast at Windjammer cafe did not feature the same selection of juices we had on AOS. They only had orange and grapefruit juices, but on the Adventure they had cranberry and apple juices as well. Also, there were no pool towels by the pools, you had to bring your own from your stateroom. On the Adventure there were tons of towels lying around the swimming pools.
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