Navigator of the Seas Cruise Ship Review

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Ship Review: A Ship Way Ahead of Her Time!

First Impressions

Upon boarding the Navigator of the Seas, one might expect to step into a time capsule, given its launch over 21 years ago. However, the reality couldn’t be more different. The ship’s $115 million refurbishment in 2019 has ensured that it not only keeps pace with newer ships but in many aspects, outshines them. The public spaces are a testament to this, with contemporary furnishings, polished decks, and vibrant atmospheres in bars, lounges, and restaurants. The pool areas, often the first sign of wear on older ships, were immaculate and inviting.

Navigator of the Seas in Mazatlan - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Navigator of the Seas in Mazatlan / Sail Away Magazine

Accommodation: A Mixed Bag

The cabins on Navigator of the Seas reveal the ship’s age, albeit with a dignified grace. The standard balcony cabins, measuring 185 square feet, offer ample space for a comfortable stay. The recent refurbishment introduced new carpeting and addressed necessary repairs, yet the decor and amenities like the storage, vanity units, and bathroom fixtures remain a nod to the ship’s original design ethos. These spaces are clean and functional but lack the modern touches found in newer vessels. The absence of USB ports, a standard in today’s accommodations, was noted as a minor inconvenience.

Navigator of the Seas Balcony Cabin - Eat Sleep Cruise
Credit: Navigator of the Seas Balcony Cabin / Eat Sleep Cruise

Despite these quirks, the balcony, equipped with reclining chairs and a breakfast table, provides a private oasis to enjoy the ocean’s tranquility. The practicalities of storage were well thought out, with sufficient wardrobes, drawers, and bedside units to stow belongings. The interactive TV system, while slightly dated, offered a connection to various ship services, albeit with a limited selection of on-demand movies.

Dining: A Culinary Journey

Navigator of the Seas prides itself on a dining experience that caters to every palate, with the Windjammer buffet and specialty restaurants leading the charge. The Windjammer, known for its variety, does not disappoint. With daily changing themes and a plethora of dishes, it remains a highlight for casual dining. The inclusion of themed nights adds a delightful twist to the dining experience, allowing guests to embark on a culinary journey without leaving the ship.

Speciality Dining aboard Navigator of the Seas - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Speciality Dining aboard Navigator of the Seas / Sail Away Magazine

Specialty dining on Navigator ranges from the sublime to the slightly underwhelming. Chop’s Grille, the onboard steakhouse, offers a selection of finely prepared meats and seafood, rivaling the quality of high-end steakhouses. In contrast, Jamie’s Italian, while promising in concept, falls short in delivering the authentic Italian experience expected at its price point. The disappointment here is not in the effort but in the execution, with dishes lacking the depth of flavor and finesse found in comparable dining establishments at sea.

Mediocre Main Dining aboard Navigator of the Seas - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Mediocre Main Dining aboard Navigator of the Seas / Sail Away Magazine

Izumi stands out for its exceptional Asian cuisine, with a menu that excites and delights in equal measure. The quality of sushi and other dishes, coupled with the restaurant’s ambiance, makes it a must-visit. Conversely, the main dining room experiences inconsistency, with limited menu options and lackluster presentation, highlighting an area ripe for improvement.

Entertainment and Activities: Never a Dull Moment

Royal Caribbean has long set the standard for onboard entertainment, and the Navigator of the Seas is no exception. From high-energy poolside activities to more serene pursuits like mini-golf and rock climbing, the ship offers something for everyone. The Flowrider and ice skating rink are particular highlights, offering unique experiences that are hard to find elsewhere at sea.

Part of the Royal Promenade aboard Navigator of the Seas - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Part of the Royal Promenade aboard Navigator of the Seas / Sail Away Magazine

The evening entertainment is equally impressive, with a range of shows, quizzes, and live music catering to diverse tastes. The Royal Theater’s productions are of particular note, offering professional, engaging performances that could easily grace stages on land. The ice shows, a unique feature of Royal Caribbean, provide mesmerizing performances that captivate audiences of all ages.

Pool Deck on Navigator of the Seas - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Pool Deck on Navigator of the Seas / Sail Away Magazine

Service: Exceeding Expectations

Service aboard Navigator of the Seas is where the ship truly shines. Even at full capacity, the crew manages to deliver personalised, attentive service that makes each guest feel valued. This level of service, consistent across dining venues, bars, and other public areas, significantly enhances the cruising experience, setting a benchmark for others to follow.

Main Dining Room on Navigator of the Seas - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Main Dining Room on Navigator of the Seas / Sail Away Magazine

Connectivity and Value

In an age where staying connected is more important than ever, the Navigator of the Seas offers robust Wi-Fi options through its Voom package. Despite the high seas, connectivity is reliable, allowing guests to stream, browse, and stay in touch with ease. The value of drink packages, however, is a subject of debate. While offering a wide selection of beverages, the cost can be prohibitive for some, suggesting that guests carefully consider their options based on personal consumption habits.

Conclusion: A Timeless Journey

The Navigator of the Seas stands as a testament to Royal Caribbean’s commitment to excellence, blending tradition with modernity in a package that appeals to cruisers of all ages. While certain areas reflect the ship’s age, the overall experience is one of comfort, adventure, and unparalleled service. From the culinary delights to the array of entertainment options and the warmth of the crew, the Navigator offers a cruising experience that is both timeless and memorable.

Navigator of the Seas in Mexico - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Navigator of the Seas in Mexico / Sail Away Magazine

In choosing the Navigator of the Seas, passengers are not just booking a voyage; they are embarking on a journey that bridges the past and present, offering a glimpse into the future of cruising. It’s a ship that not only has “still got it” but continues to set the bar for what a cruise can and should be.

Watch Our Navigator of the Seas Full Ship Tour Below!

Navigator of the Seas Full Ship Tour - Sail Away with Dan & Jay
Credit: Navigator of the Seas Full Ship Tour / Sail Away with Dan & Jay

Networks

Instagram Logo - Sail Away Magazine
YouTube Logo
Facebook Logo - Sail Away Magazine

Newsletter - Sign up

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Instagram Logo - Sail Away Magazine
YouTube Logo
Facebook Logo - Sail Away Magazine

Privacy Preference Center