Cruise Ship Review: Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas

Cruise ship review: Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas

Quite honestly from first setting foot on the ship to disembarkation it was a flawless experience. And this was the second time on the ship for me. First visit was years ago out of Ft Lauderdale in a balcony room. I remembered how impressive I thought the ship was then and as we soon discovered it is still an amazing ship.

The Royal Promenade during the daytime is where so much is located and is fun to stroll down.
The Royal Promenade during the daytime is where so much is located and is fun to stroll down.

Our cruise took place out of Civitaveccia (Rome) and it was an easy procedure to board the ship.  My partner hadn’t been on one of this class of ship before and it had been a while since I had so we had fun. exploring.  Immaculate is an understatement.

The Viking Crown Lounge on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.
The Viking Crown Lounge on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.

Our cabin was a promenade view which we actually really really liked.  There are advantages to all types of cabins (I absolutely love an interior cabin for sleep) but this was particularly great for people watching.  We were almost above the pub on the promenade.

Promenade Room seating area on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.
Promenade Room seating area on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.

Oh, the promenade was excellent with shops, food, drink and more all along the way.  It is a great concept for a cruise ship and at night there was fun entertainment in this area.  It really has been one of my favourite ships and concepts.

The really fun Two Poets Pub located on the Royal Promenade of the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.
The really fun Two Poets Pub located on the Royal Promenade of the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.

The food was very good and room service was as well.  We generally ate upstairs in the casual buffet but the dining room was excellent when we visited.  Always a lot of questions on dress so I included a shot of the promenade on one of the formal nights.

Formal night promenading on the Royal Promenade of the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.
Formal night promenading on the Royal Promenade of the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.

The gym was excellent, there were plenty of things to do including an ice skating rink, the usual rock climbing wall (for RCCL) and basketball/football area and a miniature golf course that you can observe from the 19th Hole pub which we really enjoyed.

Mini Golf onboard the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.
Mini Golf onboard the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.
The ubiquitous rock climbing wall is always popular.  This one aboard the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.
The ubiquitous rock climbing wall is always popular. This one aboard the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.
Sports courts onboard the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.
Sports courts onboard the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.

The views on deck are always fabulous and going thru the Staits of Messina and past some Greek Islands was the highlight of this trip with beautiful sunsets every night.  I honestly can’t think of anything to improve about the ship or the experience which is unusual.  There’s always something but in this case everything was excellent.

Going through the Straits of Messina on the RCCL Navigator of the Seas from the Sky Bar.
Going through the Straits of Messina on the RCCL Navigator of the Seas from the Sky Bar.

Congratulations to Royal Caribbean for a flawless trip on a superior ship that has held up extremely well over time and is probably better than I first remembered sailing on her.

Ice Skating Rink on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.
Ice Skating Rink on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.

We’re looking forward to another adventure on the Navigator of the Seas some time.

Every sunset looks fabulous when you're onboard the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.
Every sunset looks fabulous when you’re onboard the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.

Happy Sailing!

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2 thoughts on “Cruise Ship Review: Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas

  1. We had a Promenade room before (above the pub, too.) It was great for people watching. We just had one “bad” day where a party on the deck lasted until midnight (or 1 am) and we had a 8:00am excursion. I’m sure they corrected that going forward, but otherwise great experience. Also, these rooms feel larger than inside rooms. Great review – now I want to get on a Voyager-class ship again.

  2. Thanks! Yes, they definitely felt much bigger than most inside cabins. I can’t wait to do another one. We just booked up for a Labor Day weekend cruise – on Carnival – just to Cozumel but should be fun. First Carnival cruise since 2007 for me.

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