Navigator of the Seas Review
September 20, 2015
Just The Facts
Ship: Navigator of the Seas
Sailing: September 20, 2015
Captain: Frank Martinsen
Cruise Director: John Perry
Ports: Galveston-Cozumel-Grand Cayman-Falmouth, Jamaica-Galveston
Weather: Sunny with occasional clouds…Warm
I am cruising with my DW (dear wife) and another couple both good friends and experienced cruisers. This is my 19th Royal Caribbean cruise and third on the beautiful Navigator of the Seas although this is my 6th cruise with Captain Frank. I had booked this cruise very early in order to get our favorite aft facing cabin with large balcony on deck seven.
|Great over-sized Balcony!
Day Two—Monday—at Sea
|Woody's our Cozumel HQ
A good nights sleep overnight. We have decided to stay on board the ship today. We had a very nice breakfast on the balcony and enjoyed the sea breeze and view of the island. We went to the Solarium area located on the lido deck forward and enjoyed the swimming pool and extra large hot tubs. It’s really nice to use the ships’ wonderful facilities when most passengers are off the ship. Very nice indeed. After a full morning in the Solarium it was off to the Windjammer for lunch, they had a great veal cutlet today. I spent the afternoon enjoying cabin time and the balcony, I did bring a small sound system for music on the large balcony…a very nice relaxing day. Soon it was cocktail hour so up to the Diamond Club for some cocktails and their nice Hors d'oeuves/Appetizers (the chicken wings were great). The Crown & Anchor past guest party was this evening @ 7:15, but it was really much better just staying in the Diamond Club in my opinion. I really like the Cosmopolitans they prepare on the Voyager, only a ‘touch’ of cranberry. We had an earlier light dinner in the Windjammer and they do a very good job there for dinner...it was enjoyable and the food is better in the evenings. Only glitch is they lost power on the ship while we were eating. We had tickets to the first Ice Show this evening at 8:00 pm. The sound was slightly off (due to the earlier power outage) so they stopped and restarted the show and it was flawless from that point. An ice show, especially at sea, is always entertaining and we had very good seats. This evening was the Love & Marriage Show in the Metropolis Theater, but I watched it later on cabin TV.
Day Five—Thursday—Falmouth, Jamaica
|The new cruise terminal in Falmouth
|Sapphire Dining Room
Beautiful sea day. We enjoyed another nice breakfast on the balcony. DW was off to the Solarium to swim and I enjoyed balcony time this morning. I have enjoyed the Windjammer lunches all week and did so again today. This afternoon I walked around the ship and enjoyed just relaxing. They did have a lot of day events such as: two Ice Shows, dance classes, bingo, and more. Wouldn’t miss cocktail hour+ … in fact we enjoyed it so much we missed the production show: Motown Live although I have seen it previously. This was the second scheduled formal night and we’ve missed our English tablemates the previous two nights. Dinner was again very good, I had two very good Snow Crab Salads and the dessert was Baked Alaska. After dinner the primary event was the adult Quest game in Studio B. Other entertainment included the usual ship performers including the 'Salsa Band', the ‘Rock’ band, and the Piano Bar.
Day Seven--Saturday--at Sea
|Cosmopolitan Club - our cocktail hour HQ
We were docked by 7:00 am and it is a rainy day in Galveston. I was up early and finished packing. No room service on debarkation morning, but a full breakfast menu is served in the dining room. We are doing the self debarkation and have a 7:45 - 8:00 am meet time for our self-debark Group A. You have to request self-debark on the Navigator and get a ticket at Guest Services the day prior. Since we docked a bit early I suspected the debark would as well and it did but there was a very large self group guests, I suspect B’s and C’s were also there at the early time. I think the smart think would be to go with Group B and let the anxious folks get out of the way. We were off fairly soon though after a long line started moving and customs went smooth. They did have a TABC booth set up to collect taxes on liquor and cigarettes as we left the terminal. We took the shuttle over to EZ Cruise parking and we were off the island by 8:40. We dropped our friends at the Houston Hobby airport and were on our way. We stopped in Hearne at the old Anna’s location and had Miga’s. They were good, but not Anna’s. We got gas in China Springs and made the ranch about 1:15 pm. A safe travel day.
The Navigator of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s current ‘Texas’ ship being the first to berth in Galveston year round since the Rhapsody of the Seas. After Navigator it is to be the Liberty of the Seas and following that is supposed to be an Oasis class in Galveston. With a large ship there are a lot of people and the pools can be very crowded during peak times and the elevators are always full, but the additional size also means that there is room for an ice skating arena, the photo gallery, casino, bars, etc. without any one of them dominating an entire deck. The Grand Promenade is very impressive indeed and must be experienced. The theme of the ship seems to be Hollywood Movies with movie posters decorating the passageways and stairwells. They have added a Flow Rider, the Sabor restaurant, Diamond Lounge, Digital photo displays on deck three, of course the virtual balconies on deck ten. I really like the new interactive touchscreen information centers located near all the elevators and other locations. They have the daily Cruise Compass, guides, maps, and more. They also have interactive menus at the Windjammer and on all entry floors of the Sapphire Dining room. The swimming pools are saltwater and nicely designed. Great Solarium and Lido deck areas.
We had cabin 7688 our favorite cabin with the large aft facing corner balcony. You can find in from the outside by find the two large 'O' cut outs in the superstructure. The upper 'O' is our side balcony view. (see lead photo above at top of review) The room is a standard size balcony with: key pad safe, hair dryer, refrigerator, couch, full chair at vanity/desk, nice sliding shower door, and great lighting. The second great feature was the flat screen TV that could be adjusted to view from anywhere in the room. Very well designed. The air conditioning & water pressure worked well, but I’m glad I brought my personal cabin fan for circulation.
Overall very good and my individual crew contacts such as cabin steward and MDR waiters were excellent. Manuel Stirling my Stateroom attendant was actual exceptional. John Perry the CD was to my liking, he does not try to be an entertainer...just a good host.
Our dining room was the Sapphire Dining Room, deck four the middle level of the 3 level restaurant. The waiters were nice and service was good. The bread and appetizers were very good, and you can order the Escargot, Cesar Salad, Shrimp Cocktail, or NY Strip Steak every night. The Windjammer is also a very good place to eat, the quality of food was very good. It’s the best food buffet at sea IMHO. Room service was always good and prompt averaging 30 minutes for delivery. Johnny Rockets was a good alternative for lunch or afternoon snack. Lunch in the Sapphire Dining Room has the same menu each day with one special item that does change daily. There are several ice crème and yogurt machines.
Complementary cocktails loaded on Sail Card