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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Eastern Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)
Sail Date: July 29, 2012
Ship: Navigator of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 5 years ago
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.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
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!

Entertainment

1 out of 5
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

1 out of 5
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.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
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.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
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.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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.

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!

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