Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Fun in the Sun--Low on Brew

Sail Date: March 09, 2014

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

We always have had a good time on Royal Caribbean, but this cruise had a few problems.  Upon our arrival, we wanted to celebrate with a cocktail and had a hard time finding a bar open.  After finding one, we had to wait in a long line to get to one of two bartenders working hard to please many customers.  You would think that RC would be ready to help all the fresh passengers get in the vacation spirit.  They also were out of beer for my husband by the time we made it up to the front.  It seemed like lack of bartenders and crowded bars were a theme throughout the cruise.  We are not big drinkers, fortunately, but found that very unaccommodating.  The ports were fabulous, and we really enjoyed our excursions, which were not RC, and that leads to another problem.  RC makes it seem like all other excursions are not allowed to leave the ship until RC excursions have gone--via announcements and literature.  We almost missed ours, until we made our way down and complained.  The crew member graciously let us on and acted like we could have gone at anytime.  Mixed messages were definitely sent.  Our dinner service was slow, and we missed at least one show due to this.  It was not our waiter's fault.  He was also assigned to a large, convention type party that would come in extremely late and get him way off schedule.  He should not have been put in charge of our table, knowing his station was linked to this party full of singles, coming and going as they please. Food is good and plentiful with RC, but we did run out of butter before the cruise is over.  Disembarkation was crazy due to heavy fog, which is understandable, but one would think the crew would be well-versed in disembarkation procedures in light of delays.  It almost seemed like everything was brand new to so many of the crew.  This has not been our usual experience with RC.  In spite of all the annoyances, we still enjoyed the cruise and will go again.  

Ship Quality
The ship seems new, but don't try to use their internet service. It is very spotty!
Food and Dining
I would classify the food on this cruise as good, definitely not great:)
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Near the end of the week, it would be nice to introduce new activities.
Destinations and Excursions
Galveston, Texas
We live in Houston and have been to Galveston many times. There are some nice sights to see, but the port itself is one of the ugliest I've ever seen.
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
We went to Little French Key--beautiful beach, decent food, and private feeling.
Belize City, Belize
Cave tubing and ATV through Butts-up was fun, adventurous, and beautiful.
Cozumel, Mexico
I think I've done just about everything there is to do in Cozumel, so we went to Paradise Beach. It was overcrowded and not that pretty of a beach.


Don't follow the announcements about when to get off at ports. You may miss your non-RC excursion if you do so.

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