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Cyndi McDaniel

Age: 41

Occupation:Sales Manager

Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Navigator of the Seas

Sailing Date: March 3rd, 2007

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

This was our fourth cruise, 3 of which have been on Royal Caribbean. We were renewing our vows on the ship for our 15th anniversary. We got to Miami a day ahead and spent the day shopping at the Market place.

We took a shuttle from River Park Hotel and Suites about 10:30 and arrived at the pier around 11:00. We were on the ship by 12:15 and our room was ready when we got on. We had previously purchased a vow renewal package from the RC Royal Romance program and they had wine, decorations and lots of other goodies ready in our 10th floor balcony room.

The rooms were very nice and had new white duvets with a nice green accent pillows. The bed was very comfortable. The shower had curved doors that shut easily with magnets and was a big step above the curtains on Carnival. There was ample space for all of our suitcases. Which by the way arrived to our stateroom by 1:00pm.

Ship rooms:
I thought the ship was gorgeous and I was really impressed with how classy everything looked. The windjammer was the first we had been in that did not smell like or look like a cafeteria. We loved the Promenade, pools, different bars etc.

Shows: We went to most every show and I was impressed by them and pleased that the costumes were much more classy than some other lines. I was a little turned off that some of the singers did not seem to take care of their bodies though. The ice show was magnificent and I can't wait to take the kids on the next cruise so they can experience that. All of the performers were very good at what they did and you could tell they had spent many hours in rehearsals. The cruise director was just so-so and probably my least favorite from any ship we'd been on though. His humor, interaction with the guests seemed forced and he wasn't that fun. I believe the previous cruise director had just been sent to The Freedom though so he could have been new.

Ports of Call:
I absolutely adored the private island as did my husband. We did a kayak tour here and I wish we had signed up for one at other ports. It was a blast and a great way to see Haiti. I was a missionary to this country 15 years ago and I have such a soft spot for people. It was gorgeous here but the people were so sweet. The buffet was excellent and I wish we could have stayed here a few days.

Jamaica...okay I've read review after review warning about Jamaica so we decided to book a tour though the ship that lasted the entire day. Boy was that a great idea. We had a blast and our tour guide was outstanding. She did not let anyone get to close to us. We went to tour Brennar hall, had lunch at a beach resort and then went to climb the falls and then on to shopping. She stuck right beside us and did not let locals badger us. She took us shopping before going to the ship and went in every store with us. Even though this tour was through the ship there were only 6 of us so we got allot of personal attention. The tour was about $70 I believe but the guide deserved that much just for herself.

Grand Cayman:
All the stingray tours were cancelled because of undertow and wind. This was my least favorite port. It was way to crowded and made us feel more claustrophobic than the muster drill. The Freedom and 2 other ships were in port with us. I read complaints about tendering but that was really organized and quick. We went to 7 mile beach but there were 2 other cruise lines just packed in with us.

Here again we booked a long tour through the ship and it was wonderful and worth every dime. We had a jeep 4x4 tour where we went snorkeling, drive around the entire distance of the island, went to a private island on the other side of the island for lunch and the beach, went to a Mayan ruin and then back to the ship. It was gorgeous and the snorkeling was really good. We saw all kinds of fish and the guides took food to feed the fish so we had schools of them swimming around us. Shopping was good but the locals were the most pushy here than other port. There was still allot of damage from the hurricane and I could not believe how different some things looked from the time we went before the hurricane.

Vow Renewal:
Okay if anyone is on the fence about doing this all I can say is do it! We got the royal treatment every day with something new in the room each day. We renewed our vows in the chapel at sunset Tuesday night and had a reception in one of the rooms on the 13th floor. We got a photographer for an hour and he took us all around the ship for pictures. The photos were so professionally done it looked like our wedding pictures and we bought a huge package. That said we tried. They gave us 10 free photos and then credited our shipboard account for some of those. If you get on this ship go find Percy because he is just outstanding. We got champagne, cake, bouquet etc. We both cried during the ceremony. We went to Portfolios afterwards which was also great.

The food was good but I would not call it outstanding. We did request Creme Brule one night and it wasn't on the menu so they made it for our entire table the night of our actual anniversary and served champagne and another cake. Our waitress was wonderful though and when told her we liked to have room service on the balcony to limit serving sizes in the mornings and to spend time together she pulled our sheets each morning and brought it herself. If we wanted something not listed she told us to write it on the sheet and she would go to the Windjammer and get it herself. We had great table mates none of whom we knew previously. We made some lasting friendships on this cruise.

Pool: The pool had close to ample room for everyone but there was extensive chair saving on this cruise, more than any we've been on before. There were some spring breakers but mostly international. I've never been on a cruise with so many international passengers but we really enjoyed it.

The ship just started a new airport valet service for $10 per person to check your bags right after customs. We booked an Everglades tour and had to be in the Theatre by 6am with our luggage. We were off of the ship and through customs by 6:30. We spent the day touring and enjoying Ft. Lauderdale and did not see our luggage until we got home to NC. That service was wonderful and worth every dime. I've never been off of a ship so quick and easy, if you've got a little time to kill book at tour at the end of your cruise.

To summarize: There were a few little things I did not care for but all in all this ship does an excellent job with all kinds of service and have great staff and activities.

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