Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

Great Family Vacation

Sail Date: August 24, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Suite

The cruise was a great opportunity to get the extended family together and booking a suite was great.  It served as an informal meeting area and general spot to have a conversation virtually anytime of the day or night.  There are some great amenities on the Nav of the Seas including Johnny Rockets, the FlowRider, climbing wall, mini golf, casino, and just great venues for laying around to read a book.  Meals were nice and varied beyond what I normally have at home but not quite up to the quality on Celebrity.  The waiters were excellent and fantastic at delivering immediate food service for my 15 month grandchild while the rest of us studied menus. 


The drawbacks are the ports of call.  Roatan had beautiful beaches but what a desperately poor island with desperate people trying to make money; it is one thing for a country to encourage tourism but depressing when the poverty level is so high.  Belize was great with lots to do but the tender situation is ridiculous; either find another port or dredge that one so ships can get to shore.  As to Cozumel, in a few years with global warning and rising ocean levels the problems of this port will be solved.  I summary, only Belize was worth the stop but very limited in time by the long tender rides. 


I would advise some considerable change to the disembarking.  I am willing to bet that half the problem was arriving in the middle of a three day weekend (Labor Day) and the longshoremen were likely the least senior if not just hired that day.  But you should have anticipated this and taken charge.  Yeah, I hear you saying you can't interfere with the unions; then stop porting at Galveston.  You threat to leave and things will straighten up. 

Ship Quality
great activities and only minimial waiting for some things like the Flow Rider
Food and Dining
fantastic conversational time with family but average food quality
Service and Staff
waiter and assistant (table 352) were fantastic and accomodating of 15 month old needing food quickly
Only the Illusionist/comedian was worth seeing and I saw every show. The Beach Boys music let alone voices didn't sound like the real band. The first night's comedian wasn't even funny..
Children's Programs
both the ice show and the check in tots program were excellent.
Onboard Activities
FlowRider, climbing wall, casino all great; enjoyed mini goal and shuttleboard too
Destinations and Excursions
Forget all three ports, Belize might be one exception if you can get them to build a decent harbor
Cabin / Stateroom
Family suite is way to go
Galveston, Texas don't know, no time to visit
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
poverty stricken and desperate people
Belize City, Belize
put tendering it a pain and uses up two hours (not counting waiting in line for the tender) of your short time ashore.
Cozumel, Mexico
Why bother


Conserige Club is a fantastic place to read a book in quiet in a beautiful setting.

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