All in all, an enjoyable trip.
Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern
The Navigator is the largest of the 16 ships (9 trips with Royal Caribbean) on which we have sailed and we "went for the warm" since we had visited all of the ports in the past. High points were ease of boarding (unfortunately the disembarking was a bit chaotic), the pleasantness of the crew, the entertainment (mainly the singers and dancers) and the ice show, which was fantastic.
The larger ship was a mixed bag (one which we will probably not repeat). Crowds, particularly in the food service court left us with little privacy and much searching. The design of the ship put many pillars in the way. I know they are there to hold the roof up but the placement is awkward on this ship.
We learned from the crew that the plan is to take the Navigator in for refurbishing after this season, a great idea but a bit too late for us. Balconies were in poor shape as was some of the flooring.
Food offerings were a bit more ordinary than on other cruises but palatable. The usual emphasis on regional dishes was not evident. The ever popular soft freeze machines were barely functional but they did their best to pump out (if rather runny) a bit of tasty coolness.
Probably the most annoying aspect of the cruise was the ever present and obvious pitches to separate passengers from their cash. A growing number of ever more pricey "specialty restaurants", traffic blocking photographers, expensive but ordinary ship-sponsored tours and solicitors for the specialty restaurants that wandered through the Windjammer.
The price of alcoholic drinks is a bit high but more bothersome is the short quantities of booze in the drinks. You shouldn't try to make profits off of both ends. This is particularly true of martinis. The nut and raisin mixes were a nice touch that gave a sense that RC wanted to make passenger happy and not just separate them from their money.
One of the most heard complaints was smoking in the casino. This might have been tempered if the smokers were not directly in the path of folks going from theater to dining hall.
I hope that RC's future plans include building of a few smaller ships. Having seen what Viking has done with their expansion plans I think smaller may have more of a future than building ever larger ships. If the desire for big ones goes south, it might impact RC more than others which would be a shame.
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Go for the cruise and the weather and pack light.