Sailing on Royal Caribbean’s
Navigator of the Seas
Navigator of the Seas Cruise Itinerary
- Sunday February 14 -Leave from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- February 15 -At Sea
- Tuesday February 16 -George Town, Grand Cayman
- February 17 -Falmouth, Jamaica
- Thursday February 18 -Labadee, Haiti
- February 19-At Sea
- Saturday February 20 -Arrive back in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Cruise Line and Ship
Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas. I am two points away from being a Platinum Crown & Anchor Society member and I did not feel that I got as many perks for being a Gold member as I have with other cruise lines.
My Favorite Thing at Each Port of Call:
Royal Palm Beach Club is my favorite place to go in George Town, Grand Cayman. This is the perfect beach destination for cruisers! You can read about our day at Royal Palms Beach Club here. Downtown George Town is really fun, too. They have lots of great restaurants and tons of shopping.
The Margaritaville in Falmouth, Jamaica is so much fun. They have three separate bar locations, a huge swimming pool, restaurant, and gift shop. Margaritaville offers free Wi-Fi, has an onsite DJ, and a huge drink menu. Blake and I had a blast spending our day at Falmouth’s Margaritaville!
Labadee, Haiti is an awesome cruise port because whether you want to walk around the area and explore or just sit by the beach, you can make a whole day of it. They also offer zip lining, a rollercoaster that takes you around the island, and water activities. There is so much to do at Labadee that I wrote an entire article on it.
Why I Chose This Cruise
I was looking for a cruise that fell during Blake’s birthday, February 16th. The Navigator of the Seas’ dates happened to include Valentine’s Day, too. We did not want to travel very far, so we opted to leave out of Florida. This cruise fit our dates and departure area perfectly.
Playing slots at the casino, bingo (although unorganized), comedian Michele Balan, The Love and Marriage Game Show, Alfred and Seymour (if you have never heard of them you must look them up!), and comedian Collin Moulton.
Food Worth Mentioning
Chops Grille was awesome! We dined here for Blake’s birthday and it was the perfect choice. Johnny Rockets was a great lunch spot. I will say that although I am usually not a fan of buffet food, the Navigator of the Seas’ buffet was pretty good. The selection of food was massive and there was definitely something for everyone.
Special Offerings by Royal Caribbean
On night four, guests could buy drink cards paying a discounted rate for so many drinks (it was like $80 for six drinks, but I do not remember specifically). This card saves you money if you drink a lot of alcohol.
Best Part of the Cruise
Blake proposed! It happened our first night onboard after we sang karaoke. I am disappointed that Royal Caribbean did not acknowledge our onboard engagement at any point of our vacation.
Worst Part of the Cruise
I was a huge Royal Caribbean fan, but I was really disappointed with our trip. From the moment that we got to the cruise terminal until the time that we got off the ship, everything was incredibly disorganized and chaotic. Check in was horrible; no staff member was directing the line. Hundreds of guests fought their way to the terminal door to check in.
Disembarkation was even worse! We waited on the ship over an hour past our designated time to leave because too many people were trying to get off of the boat at the same time. Blake and I were near the two staff members in our area so we knew what the problem was, but all of the other guests did not. No one bothered to alert the passengers of the issue. When we finally did get to the terminal, the crew was rude and corralled us through rows of chairs trying to squeeze in many people as they could. Everyone was frustrated and I know that a few people ended up missing their flight.
Getting a tender ticket for Grand Cayman was a nightmare. Cruisers lined up all over the Promenade level, throughout the dining room, and up to other floors trying to get a ticket. Aside from the one staff member giving out the tickets at the front of the line, there was no one else directing passengers. Tickets did not have a time on them so you had to sit and wait for your number to be called. We were on vacation and did not need to spend our time standing in line and waiting to be dismissed off of the boat. If you did not have an excursion, tickets should have been randomly passed out to each stateroom.
Navigator of the Seas’ onboard restaurant Izumi really let me down. I had dined at Izumi on another ship and although the food was good, our server spent the entire time trying to upsell us on everything in the restaurant. If we wanted appetizers, alcohol, bottled water, to attend the sushi making class, dessert, or to make a future reservation, we would have ordered them. It was a pretty annoying way to spend our Valentine’s Day.
The spa did not have all of the typical amenities, a let down for me. For the first time ever, we had a dirty stateroom. Our bed had a stain on it when we arrived and all of our towels throughout the week had stains on them as well. There was also an open Coke in the refrigerator and the couches desperately needed vacuumed. We brought this to housekeeping’s attention and I will say that the housekeeping manager fixed the issue; but I bet this was a problem for other guests as well.
We went on this cruise to celebrate Blake’s birthday. Royal Caribbean never acknowledged it. Apparently, there are birthday packages you can buy, but I had no idea. Since we gave all of our personal information when booking the cruse, I assumed that it would be in the system. However, when I talked to Guest Services, the woman informed me that everybody onboard was celebrating something and they did not have time to keep up with all of them. Well okay then…
Blake and I opted for the inside room that overlooks the Promenade because it was not that much more expensive and we had never had one of those rooms before. We were disappointed with it; it added nothing to our vacation.
Other than those in the dining room, this was the rudest group of cruise staff that I have ever encountered. Crew members would run in front of you when you were walking around the ship and it was clear that they did not want to help you. I visited Guest Services to tell them about our experiences onboard and the woman just stared me in the face and gave me a very insincere apology.
FYI: The online cruise planner is supposed to help save time when you get on vacation, but I had numerous problems with it. I had to call to make multiple reservations.
TIP: If Zac Coombs is performing at the Pub on your ship you HAVE to go! This was my second cruise with him and he is so much fun. Zac plays the guitar and sings nightly, teaching the audience sing-a-long songs that you will be in love with by the end of the trip. Get to the pub early; it will fill up.
Bonus: I got to play in the ship’s onboard slot tournament and I won third place. Other than getting engaged, it was the highlight of my time aboard Navigator of the Seas. Blake also got to play one night with the Cruise Director, Jerome.
Lastly, the Navigator of the Seas was recently renovated and it is beautiful! I love the new style of the Promenade and open Solarium.
Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
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