Number of Cruises: 8
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Navigator of the Seas
Sailing Date: January 4th, 2003
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
Navigator is an amazing ship. Rooms are very comfortable. We had 9262 and 9263. Lots of space, quiet and well-maintained. The interior of the ship was immaculate. They cleaned constantly.
The public areas are a delight. Lots of lounges, and entertainment areas. The skating rink and outdoor sports areas are great. The kids club has been expanded to 22,000 square feet, which is awesome. The counselors were really enthusiastic and caring.
The dining rooms are well done. The three levels works well and the staff was very courteous and well trained for only the 5th cruise. The food was better than usual.
Portofino's was actually worth the extra $20 each. The food was good and the atmosphere very nice.
Entertainment was greatly improved over previous cruises. The Osmonds were corny, but the rest was good.
Windjammer was not as well designed as on Radiance, but the food offered many varieties, including lots of Asian.
The itinerary is still mixed. Labadee is a total waste. RCCL should begin to change this location. Way too expensive and the natives are unfriendly in the market, and we don't usually mind this at all. The tenders to Labadee were poorly done and took forever in both directions.
Jamaica has improved greatly. We took a private ocean horseback riding trip with Hooves. Also swam with the dolphins on the ship's tour.
Cayman is the same as always. Went out with Capt. Marvin on private stingray and snorkel trip. Much better than ship's tour and a lot cheaper.
Took the ships tour in Cozumel over to Tulum and Xel-Ha. This was quite well done. We had an excellent guide.
Embarkation was still the usual nightmare, but debarkation was smooth and much improved.
The promenade and theater and dining room and solarium make this ship an absolute must for a vacation.