Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: March 01, 2008
Ship: Navigator of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Review SummaryWe selected this cruise because of the length (5 days) and RCCL's reputation for value. While the ship could use some upgrading, it is generally in decent shape save for some of the sports venues like golf.
The food was passable but we have had better and more imaginative fare on other lines. They did have an assortment of lo-cal and sugar free desserts, which for those of us dieting, was nice. Late seating dinner was not well attended, many folks opting for the Windjammer buffet. Wait staff were friendly and attentive.
We opted for a stern located stateroom (10th deck) with balcony. We were at first a bit hesitant when our travel agent recommended it but actually the balcony was bigger and watching ports disappear in the distance along with some beautiful sunsets made for a nice surprise. Highly recommend it and will likely choose from now on.
Port of call were marginal. They all pretty much have the same shops, similar bars, etc. We had been to Jamaica and Grand Cayman before so spent little time on the island, thus more time on the ship which during port time are not crowded (poolside) and becomes instantly pleasant. I really wish cruise lines would provide more at sea time - "cruise to no where" for those of us who just want to relax at sea. There is something about a ship moving through the water that is totally relaxing.
Disembarkation was a zoo. We opted for early off (scheduled for 7:45) so that I could make a meeting in Ft. Lauderdale. Massive crowds in public areas all trying to get off the ship is what greeted us. RCCL needs to do a better job of managing this option. Only one staff member was available to manage the crowds. We got off the ship finally an hour later.
Ports of Call
Pros: Relaxed atmosphere
Cons: Ship needs updating