Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
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3 out of 5

Great Cruise for History Buffs!

Sail Date: July 29, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

Beautiful ship and design. Spacious stateroom, gorgeous dining room. We found our way around easily. This ship is comparable to a Deluxe Hotel, and with a few exceptions, the service was quite good. Registration/check-in at the pier went quickly and easily. Very low stress.

Pros: Lovely cabin; great Cabin Steward; Beautiful Dining Room; Great Excursions

Cons: Too many small children; poor on-board shopping merchandise selection; dining staff service was uneven

Recommends Navigator of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
Very large ship\, yet good directional signage for way-finding. Several \"quiet areas\" available to escape the large crowds. Only concern was the slowness of the elevators\, which made moving large numbers of guests frustrating - especially after coming in from excursions.
Food and Dining
Very good variety of selections each night. Happily surprised to see a sugar-free dessert offered every night! Given that the kitchen prepares 21\,000 meals each day (according to the Head Chef)\, the food is reasonably good. Dining times were convenient at 6:30 and 9:00. Plenty of time to enjoy your meal Sadly\, our server rushed our table through dinner each night\, often removing plates before the guest(s) were finished!
Cabin / Stateroom
We had a \"triple\" which was a queen sized bed\, with a fold-out sofa\, which our 15 year old said was very comfortable. We loved the balcony\, and found our room\, although compact\, easily navigable.
Service and Staff
With the exception of our table's Dining Room servers\, we found the Guest Relations Staff and our Cabin Steward to be outstanding. Unparalleled in follow-up. I would match them with their equals in any 4-star hotel.
Entertainment
On-board activities for adults were trite and somewhat cheesy. I was expecting something a bit more classy from RCCL. The evening floor shows were just ok. State-of-the-art technologies supported community-theatre-caliber performers. Shore excursion offers were great: varied and of good quality.
Children's Programs
Too many infants\, toddlers on board. Crying babies during dinner\, during floor shows. Unwatched toddlers in danger of being trampled by large groups of adults. School-aged children (7-12) unsupervised and groups of them running loose and plays tag on the elevators\, in the corridors and stairwells. Really a danger to themselves and others. I expected better from RCCL.


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