Occupation:Retired (Data Processing)
Number of Cruises: 21
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Navigator of the Seas
Sailing Date: January 22nd, 2005
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
This is the first time that my wife and I sailed on the same ship and so soon after the first time. We have cruised on the same line before but we liked the NV so, we were back. The 'ritual of discovery' was eliminated. We knew where to go... where to avoid (there really were few areas to avoid... the Dungeon is really geared to the under 30 crowd and, as a 'reformed smoker' the Casino was a little too smoky for me at times... but you will find that on ANY cruise ship).
My wife and I are really night folks and the only problem that we found with the room service breakfast was how early we had to schedule it. And... yeah... the coffee is REALLY strong. Go for the scrambled eggs and bacon or sausage. The fruit is great and I'm really sorry that another contributor to this called the breakfast dreadful... it is not! Keep a couple of bucks for the tip on the table and a clean spot to put the tray and it will be OK! They call the room about 10 minutes before delivery and it comes hot and ready to eat... no problem!
Labadee is delightful. They 'tender' you to the island and imagine a T... the bottom is where the tender lets you off and there is a TRAM that can take you to either side of the top of the T or you can choose to stay put. To the East, your kids can romp on water borne trampolines or rock climbing things or there is a super beach to the West. The ship serves up barbecue and the drinks and ice are from the ship so you don't have to worry about becoming sick.
In Ocho Rios... do the Dunn's River Falls if you are fit... otherwise... just go like we go to Margarita Ville.
I would recommend the Sting Ray City Tour in the Cayman Islands. These sea rays are about 4 feet across and will rub your legs like a kitten as you stand in the waist deep water. You can feed them squid (which is provided) and they will suck it up out of your hand like a vacuum cleaner. It is a little scary at first but just try to not step on one.
RCCI doesn't do the Midnight Buffet every night... that is OK with me but some folks feel that it is a standard feature and they miss that.
The ship is huge and you will not likely feel any pitching and yawing.
At the door of 60... it is not a bad thing to have the Assistant Cruise Director (30's Something... Blonde and British) come up and say Looie... You are back and hug your neck).
We will be back on Oct 15th... we know a good thing when we see it!
When you read reviews from first-time cruisers, I think there are a lot of misunderstandings about what to expect on a ship.