BIG CHANGE SINCE THE LAST TIME I WAS ON THE NAVIGATOR!!!
Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
And the changes were not necessarily for the best!
I love Royal Carribean but they remodeled the ship since the last time I was on. The Promenade now has display cases showing the items they'll be selling throughout the trip. Trust me, people know about the sales with the need of the display cases.
They were all about selling dinners at their restaurants. We had one lady ask us to book a dinner at the Japanese restaurant. We said, very politely, no thank you. She said "Why? Don't you like sushi?" WHAT????? I don't think anyone has to explain why or why not they want to eat there.
For the gratuities, it used to be that you handed you waiter, assistant waiter, stateroom attendant a voucher for your gratuities. That was a very nice way to thank them and to give them a little extra if you would like. NOW IT IS JUST AUTOMATICALLY ADDED TO YOUR BILL!!! (which I actually think it's illegal to just automatically charge my card without my permission!) I do not remember seeing anywhere that the gratuities would be added automatically and I certainly didn't sign anything for them to do that!
The Santa parade...lame! I've never seen sadder looking elves.
The activities staff...with exception of two (the Scotish girl and a British girl without glasses) were rude and had not excitement. The one staff member was late for an activity. You could see that she was sleeping because of the fabric marks on her skin!
The best thing I did was not a Royal Caribean thing. My first excursion I've ever taken in all of my cruises was to SNUBA!!!!! Best activity ever!
I love Royal Caribean but the changes they made to the Navigator are very sad!
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You can chose to not have the ship automatically add gratuities. That's what I did so that I could hand the staff members an envelope directly and thank them.