Occupation:Compensation and Benefits Analyst
Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Navigator of the Seas
Sailing Date: 02-14-2009
Itinerary: Ocho Rios and Georgtown
This was our first cruise. Loved it!! Can't wait to do it again. This is the only vacation that I have ever had that I really wasn't ready to go home. After talking to many others on the cruise, Royal Caribbean was the favorite. I was convinced. I find no reason to cruise on a different cruise line as long as Royal Caribbean keeps up the good work. I was impressed with the service, as well as the friendliness of all work staff. You just can't miss the excursion to Sting Ray City in the Grand Caymans. This was our most memorable/enjoyable part of the trip. Everything was great-not one complaint.
There certainly was no shortage of food. The buffet was much better than the typical buffet. With regard to the dining room dinner service, the service was top notch. Gilberto was our waiter. It felt as if I knew him for years. It made me sad to leave him. His service was fun, friendly, in addition to being "high class". The dining room is definitely better than eating in the buffet. If you can't decide between 2 entrees, they will bring you both (or more if you want it). I had steak 2 of the 5 nights. They weren't as big as you may find in a traditional restaurant, but you can always have more. I recommend ordering the steaks rarer than you would like. They are not real thick and can easily be overcooked. Lobster night was awesome. I had 2 tails. On guy at our table had 3 tails and prime rib (you'll be suprised that he was not overweight). Our table had a barrel of fun just watching him enjoy his food. The key lime pie served in the dining room was the best I ever had. You can eat healthy too, if you just have the willpower to pass up some of the more fattening options.
The stateroom was very nice. There was a suprising amount of storage space. You could even put your suitcases under the bed (which often can't be done at most hotels). We had a balcony room. Even if you don't spend a lot of time in your room, the balcony is a nice feature to have. It was roomier than I would have expected on a cruiseship.
The onboard activities were plentiful. The only problem I ran into was that many of the things I wanted to do conflicted with one another (so I missed out on some).
The comedy shows were really good, as well as the ice show.
The broadway style shows were just "so-so".
Turtle Farm and Sting Ray City in Grand Caymans were great. They are a must do. The tour guide was very good. He stopped at the rum cake factory for a short visit. We also visited "hell" (which was somewhat different than I expected)-not many people around "hell" so I guess that was actually a good thing.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica-I was glad to say that I was there, but have no desire to go back. The people bug you to death-in particular for a taxi ride. I was told not to take a taxi ride with any of them. We did the dolphin touch excursion. It was nice, but not as nice as the excursion in the Grand Caymans. Dunn's River falls was a very beautiful place to visit. Watch out for Jamaican's that "give you something" such as a welcome to Dunn's river necklace or bottled water an then "hit" you up for some $. By the time this is all said and done, you have the necklace on and have opened the water. After that experience, I wouldn't touch anything that someone tried to "give" to me.
As mentioned before, this was our first cruise. Can't wait to go back. I'll definitely book with Royal Caribbean, but will probably skip Jamaica the next time around.