Navigator of the Seas - October 2016
Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe
Sail Date: October 15, 2016
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 months ago
We don't normally write reviews as I always think it is a matter of personal preference and some people will find fault with anything and everything. However, we decided that we would this to one.
I guess the thing that struck us was that many people thought the ship look a little tired. However, we were impressed.
The check in in process in Southampton was the quickest and most efficient we have encountered on any of the cruise lines we have travelled with. Arrived at 11.00am and were on board at 11.35am. We were lucky to have a beer and cider beverage package as part of the cruise price, and when we got on board we went to see how much it would cost to upgrade to the "cocktail" package. Usually we have to upgrade as a couple, but RCI allow you to upgrade one cabin member! Bonus points to Royal Caribbean. (It was £61.00 extra for the week of cocktails, beer, cider and wine. Well worth it in my book!).
We had a balcony cabin on deck 9. It is the largest we have had on any cruise line. Plenty of wardrobe space, drawers and lots of room to walk around.
Bar Facilities: the staff at the Sky bar outside on top deck were so friendly. It quickly became our "go to" bar. Luckily we had lovely weather!
Meals: we ate in Sapphire dining room every night. Again the waiters we had were superb! My goodness, they work hard. We also called in here on the 2 sea days for lunch. WOW. Worth a visit.
On particularly hungry days, we also had a bite to eat at lunch time in the buffet restaurant. The choice and quality of food is again second to none.
We didn't try the speciality restaurants on this cruise, as there was so much choice everywhere else, we really didn't feel there was any need to.
This may not be the most helpful review, but all I can say is that if there is a problem, we will bring it to someone's attention to get it rectified. We do it nicely, and give people the chance to put it right. However, we had no issues at all.The crew, were all happy, attentive and more importantly to us, seemed to enjoy being on board!
We we didn't do organised excursions, and just wandered on our own. Taxis in all the ports were cheaper than the ship excursions. However on another cruise we did use cruisingexcursions.com. So much cheaper, and really, really good! I believe they cover all the cruise lines, and we will certainly use them again in the future.
We we will definitely travel RCI again, and this ship will happily be on our list.