Evaluate: Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas From Galveston

I experienced prepared this cruise for seven months. A pal and I who experienced earlier cruised with Carnival and Celeb had been keen to try out Royal Caribbean after hearing so numerous favourable points about the beauty of the ship, high quality of meals and company, and many others. For the next time, I astonished my retired moms and dads by getting them with us (the earlier calendar year I experienced stunned them with an Alaskan cruise which I will evaluate later), and they were unquestionably giddy with exhilaration when they discovered out that they would when once again be traveling aboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas, which they claimed was their beloved ship of 13 other cruises they had taken. With the ship fresh new out of dry dock for upgrades, were set to go to some brand name-new destinations none of us experienced at any time visited: Roatan Island, Honduras and Belize City. Anticipations have been significant.

Then cruise time came. Though I am not organized to say that we had a Terrible time on this cruise, I assume it is good to say that our expectations have been a little bit deflated, rather much from the moment we arrived at the Port of Galveston. Make it possible for me to acquire you via the superior and low lights of existence on the significant seas aboard Navigator of the Seas.

The Highs

Our dining practical experience– Most absolutely the greatest assistance we gained on the ship was in the major Sapphire Dining Home, which is devoid of a question the most magnificent eating space I have witnessed on a cruise ship. Walking into the eating space is like getting into a regal opera dwelling entire with grand stair case and a few amounts of dining with windows on every single side. Our two servers ended up particularly attentive, noting my action-mother’s desire of earning her very own ice tea with two glasses of ice, 2 tea bags and some hot h2o, which was ready for her each individual night soon after evening a single. I could fault her for staying a “tea snob,” but then I would have to seem at myself in the mirror with my Starbucks in hand turning my nose up at Folgers. All of us enjoyed the variety of food selections and imagined the food was of extremely higher high quality, with services functioning like clock work. It was truly a satisfaction to dine each night.

Right here we are at dinner. I am the goof-ball in blue.

The Cabin– Within cabin 7667 (Aft Port) was property sweet household for our week at sea. My dad and mom were right upcoming doorway in 7669. For an within cabin, there was a great deal of home to stow all of our things and have a entirely clear house to move in. I would say the bed was a little bit hard, but it is all about your desire as my good friend and traveling lover Jay (the dude in purple) reported his was just appropriate. Ample closet and drawer house allowed us to each individual have enough space to unpack. Our steward company was also leading-notch, re-stocking and tidying up two times daily.

The ship– Navigator is undoubtedly a attractive ship. Of note is the Royal Promenade, a series of shops, dining establishments and bars managing aft to ahead giving cruisers the truly feel of strolling down a cobblestone avenue although at sea. I propose the Two Poets Pub for some pleasant ambiance and people today-seeing. The principal atrium is attractive, and the many lounges and bars are developed with a really stylish however cozy truly feel. The pool deck is also extraordinary, that includes two most important swimming pools flanked by quite a few hot tubs, some of which are shaded. For the most component there are a lot of chairs equally in and out of the shade, but if your cruise is full you experienced superior get there early to snag a person. We also thought the nightclub overlooking the pool deck with its flooring-to-ceiling home windows added a wonderful touch to the ship’s choices. The ship’s casino is also very good, but considering that smoking cigarettes is allowed in there, you may arrive out smelling like an ash tray.

Overlooking the Royal Promenade

The Grand Atrium

Beverage Offer–Three of us on this cruise experienced the high quality package deal for $55 per working day, but due to the fact my dad only drinks beer, we acquired him the essential package. At to start with look, this offer could possibly appear to be a little bit expensive (Royal Caribbean’s beverage offers are some of the most high-priced at sea), but overall we acquired our money’s well worth. What I specially favored was that mainly absolutely nothing on the consume menu was off boundaries quick of the tremendous top quality things. You could even choose for Gray Goose vodka at no additional cost. The flip aspect right here is the bar service (see down below).

Theatre Entertainment–If you at any time come across you on Navigator of the Seas, never miss out on the ice-skating demonstrate. It is excellent and was substantially better than I imagined it was going to be. We also loved the Elton John impersonator, the bar aptitude show and the adult recreation demonstrate.

The Lows

Embarkation/Debarkation–The terms fiasco, nightmare, eternity and disorganization appear to intellect for both. This was hands-down the WORST embarkation/debarkation method I have ever skilled, and my mom and dad who experienced been on 13 former cruises agreed. We must have expected this when Royal Caribbean sent us out an e-mail prior to the cruise instructing us to arrive at particular instances based on the deck on which our cabin was found. As it happened, we experienced flown into Houston, and our transfer dropped us off ideal at the time we were being supposed to be there, which was 12:30 p.m. We did not action foot on the ship right up until almost 2 p.m, as we were caught two different strains, both equally of which were being very gradual-transferring. This is definitely not the way you want to get started your getaway, and really number of smiles have been to be located in the security and test-in lines. Thoughts you, I entirely be expecting a little bit of a wait examining in, but this was just absurd. I think the longest wait around I have ever seasoned prior to this was 30 minutes tops. I certainly expressed my dissatisfaction to the check out-in girl.

Debarkation was virtually just as lousy. Due to the fact we had a driver ready for us, we opted for the self test-out and ended up supplied a distinct time and position to meet up with. We have done this on other cruises with small waiting around, with customs officers boarding the ship to collect types. In the earlier, we have in essence just walked off the ship. Not this time. When we arrived at the appointed place we then waited another excellent 45 minutes just to be allowed to disembark. At the time off the ship, guess what? An additional line, another 45 minutes to go by customs. I finished up currently being a charged an further wait fee by my driver, thanks to Royal Caribbean and the Port of Galveston.

Base line–I will never ever cruise from Galveston, Texas once again as they plainly do not have the skill to manage the volume of men and women that cruise ships have. In essence, Royal Caribbean still left a destructive 1st impact and a detrimental last impact.

Services–Apart from our servers at supper, support in the bars and lounges on this ship was normal at most effective and undoubtedly not what I am accustomed to on a cruise. Whilst some bartenders had been standouts, it frequently took eternally to get a drink and often you felt as if you were being a trouble to the bartender or server. The worst company was possibly at the pool bar. Some could possibly say that I am way too demanding, but when I devote my really hard-earned revenue on trip I want first rate services. Time period. I did not definitely get it on this cruise. My dad and mom also commented that “issues just were not the very same on this cruise” as their earlier knowledge on Navigator of the Seas.

Young ones, young children, young ones– Okay, I am probably going to get some eye-rolls for this, and possibly for some it would not be a negative, but there have been just much too a lot of children taking more than the primary pool place on this ship. As with anyplace else, mother and father are partially to blame below, allowing their tiny monsters to run amuck and splash some others in the major pool, but I fault Royal Caribbean for not imposing pool rules. On earlier cruises, youngsters were not even allowed in very hot tubs, but they were being in this one. Granted, there is an adults-only pool and scorching tub, but the difficulty is that there isn’t really any entertainment there (not that the entertainment at the principal pool was nearly anything to create household about).

We did not take part in any excursions on this cruise, so I won’t be able to discuss to their excellent. We did listen to a variety of comments that the excursions ended up in excess of-priced and not well worth the dollars. A person tour was even more than an hour late and had to be sent to the ship by boat as it was departing Honduras.

The verdict–If I experienced to decide on involving Royal Caribbean and Carnival, I would possibly go with Carnival primarily based on previous experiences. I am not completely shut to giving Royal Caribbean one more opportunity, but they would have to absolutely WOW me to hold me coming again.