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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Navigator of the Seas

3 Night Bahamas & Perfect Day (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 27, 2019

Ship: Navigator of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 1530

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We chose the Navigator of the Seas because this three (3) day weekend cruise occurred between Christmas and New Year's Eve and during Hanukkah. Leaving from Miami was an added bonus and a short car ride from where we live. The ship had recently been refurbished and I wanted to compare it to the Mariner of the Seas. While in college, I had worked on several cruise ships. We have also gone on many cruises with multiple cruise lines. The new Royal Caribbean Terminal in Miami was very Impressive.The embarkation was very organized and we were on the ship in a few minutes. Our cabin was ready on arrival. The Bedroom Steward was outstanding. The Windjammer was never overcrowded and the staff was very helpful. There were multiple selections. I found the food did not compare to the Dining Room. The Breakfasts there did not have fresh fruit (blueberries or strawberries) for cereal or yogurt. El Loco Fresh was very good. We all partook of the Mexican Entrees. The Cafe Promenade was a surprise. The coffee was always available, fresh and the best on the ship. There were also pastries,cookies, salads and small sandwiches available. Much to our surprise, the pizza was the best that I have had on any cruise ship. We had My Time Dining. There was never a significant wait. We had a Window Table (150) for four (4). Our waitress and assistant waiter were excellent. Although the dining room menu was similar to the Mariner of the Seas, the taste and presentation was much better on the Navigator of the Seas. The food was delicious and well prepared. Although we missed the Ice Show, the other shows were excellent. On previous cruises, the Art Auctions were informative and entertaining. These Art Auctions were disappointing and this was reflected in the decreasing sparse attendance. While on the ship, you never felt overcrowded. obtaining a deck chair or a seat in the theater was never a problem. The Diamond Club is always a high point of the cruise. However, placing it on Deck 5 was disappointment. The staff there was very helpful, but not being on a high deck with a view detracted from the experience. Coco Cay was a welcome addition. Multiple beaches, water parks, children"s areas , entertainment and feeding areas. We enjoyed the island. Downtown Nassau is even more rundown than before. The downtown stores had multiple vacancies. The area needs to be redeveloped or an alternative found. Disembarkation was organized and smooth. They used photo recognition. Pickup was also well organized. The other members of our group thought that this was their best cruise. We all had a wonderful time.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Very Fast

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The dining room was excellent. The Buffets were average and at breakfast, there were no fresh berries for cereal or yogurt. El Loco Fresh was very popular with our group. Cafe Promenade had the best, fresh coffee on the ship. They also had salads, small sandwiches and pastries. When hot, the Pizza there was the best that i've ever had on a ship. Although tucked away on Deck 5, the Diamond Lounge was very good.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The Fitness Center was crowded and the equipment was first rate. Obtaining a Lounge Chair at the pool was never a problem. The Track was also popular.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The Entertainment was" First Rate." Unfortunately, we missed the Ice She.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The Waiter, Assistant Waiter, Room Steward and Diamond Lounge Employees were excellent

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
we thought that the Diamond Lounge should have remained on an Upper Deck with a view and access to the outside and outdoor seating.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The cabin was well designed.

Ship tip

Plan your activities, meals, entertainment and touring.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida Did not visit port

We Live there.

Nassau, Bahamas

2 out of 5
At One time, Nassau was one of my favorite ports. Downtown Nassau is even more rundown than before. The downtown stores had multiple vacancies. The area needs to be redeveloped or an alternative found.

Perfect Day At Coco Cay, Bahamas

4 out of 5
Coco Cay has water parks, children's areas, multiple beaches, and several areas for entertainment. Everyone was able to have a Beach Lounge Chair. I still believe that the food can still be improved.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
No Wait and Photo Recognition at Customs.
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