Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Third Mate

Experience
1 cruise (first)

Review
1

Helpful Votes
15

4 out of 5

First cruise, very enjoyable, great service!

Sail Date: August 23, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

This was our first cruise and we didn't have super high expectations after hearing of experiences from our friends.  As it turns out, the ship was very large (no seasickness!), it had great service (especially in the main dinner dining room), and tons of things to do onboard (flowrider, rock climbing, casino, etc.).  The lines at the cruise ports were shorter for Royal Caribbean than for Carnival (both ships had similar stops) and we were able to better maximize our time at each location.  Rooms were larger than I expected since we only booked interior staterooms.  There was even one dinner where we had lobster tails, which was delicious.  Great value overall.

Cabin / Stateroom
Nice stateroom attendant, room was larger than we expected. Bed could be two twins on the side of the rooms or a queen in the center. Small sofa (smaller than loveseat, larger than one seater) and vanity with chair. Good enough overall as you don't generally stay in your room.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Regular priority lines to check in took about an hour and half with no air conditioning. Lines to disembark were crazy long without people checking ticket times/numbers.
Ship Quality
Nice large ship, rooms are cleaned twice daily.
Destinations and Excursions
Had a great time on the excursions I planned that were not part of Royal Caribbean, the Royal Caribbean excursion was like herding sheep as they put you with large groups and you have to do a lot of waiting.
Onboard Activities
Flowrider (surfing and boogie boarding) and rock climbing for those that are sporty, casino for those that are gamblers, and pool for those that want to relax.
Entertainment
The comedy shows were decent, the ice dancing and broadway singing/dancing left a little bit more to be desired.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Great service in the main dining room. Buffet upstairs had a ton of options.
Galveston, Texas
Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel has gorgeous views of the water. Snorkeling here is fun, you see some interesting fish and other sea life. The real mayan ruins are far away. Having lunch with an ocean view was amazing.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Easiest port to just walk and do stuff if you don't want to do an excursion. Lots of shopping and food easily available. Stingray sandbar was quite an experience, at first the stingrays are scary, but you get use to them and start having fun
Falmouth, Jamaica
Minus some jewelry and souvenir stores, not much dining options near the cruise port if you just want to walk around. Fun island, Dunns River Falls excursion highlight recommended for those in decent shape.

Tip

If you don't want to purchase the drink packages, they always have water, Seattle's best coffee, and hot tea available all day (Cafe Prommenade). For breakfast you can get juices for free, for lunch you get ice tea and lemonade. Be sure to get in line early for ports that require tendering!



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