RCL's Navigator of the Seas; a worthwhile cruising vacation

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 05, 2015
Ship: Navigator of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 6316
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

The ship is beautiful, the size perfect; you can walk easily from one end to the other without being exhausted. All of the staff provided exemplary service. Food in the Sapphire Dining Room was always delicious. The buffet in Windjammer Cafe was good, but could have been a bit more varied in selections. We did not partake of any of the specialty restaurants. Entertainment was high quality. There were many different activities available. There was an outbreak of Noro Virus on board, but it was quickly contained and dealt with efficiently.

There were a couple of negatives. Boarding took too long, and disembarkation was a disaster. We will avoid the Galveston port for future cruises. It's too small to handle three thousand six hundred people getting off at the same time. We would also avoid going Easter week or spring break. Eleven hundred children were on board. Unruly children, obnoxious teenagers, and oblivious parents were tough to deal with and, at times, were a wet blanket on everyone's fun. 

Our favorite cruise line is Celebrity. RCL came close, but the negatives above leaves them in second place for us. This was my ninth cruise and here is how I would rate them: Celebrity #1, RCL #2, Carnival #3, Norwegian #4, Princess 0 ( never to go on again)

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Sapphire Dining Room

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Lots of varied activities available

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We enjoyed all of the entertainment

Children's Programs

Not applicable to us

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent service in all areas

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Beautiful ship

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Nice room, great closet set up.

Ship Tip

Music trivia in the Schooner Bar nightly @7:30 was a blast
The cafe on Main Street 5th level is great for a light/ quick bite to eat

1 out of 5
Boarding took an hour & was disorganized, disembarkation took 3 hours & was a disaster
5 out of 5
Roatan Trips & Tours found on Trip Advisor/ GREAT tour
5 out of 5
Alton Ha & River Wallace/ wear a hat, take water, sunscreen & bug spray
5 out of 5
Playa Mia; great beach day & left time for shopping
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