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  1. Hi everyone, My BF and I are going on our first “together” cruise! He is a cigar smoker. Does the NOS have a cigar bar, since the refurb? If not, where can someone smoke a cigar without bothering others? Thanks!
  2. Looking for some advice from that know. Would you have a room by an elevator or would that be really loud with people going by. Any advice?
  3. That's right friends, it's time to (pretend to) cruise again and you're all invited! I truly can't believe my two (non-existent) cruise is finally here, and I am headed back on my two favorite ships, Mariner Of The Seas And Navigator Of The Seas!! On The first Leg it will be a four night cruise out of PC on Mainer of the seas to coco cay, Nassau, and back to coco cay! And then after the first leg it is time for a quicks drive down to navigator for a quick two night cruise to coco cay! On both legs We have a Jr Suite booked for the sailing. After all, nothing is too good (especially if it's all pretend). So I hope you will join me as we "Cruise" Again!
  4. Hello Cruise critic, Longtime lurker on cruise critic, first time posting a cruise review. Reading cruisecritic reviews is one of my favorite activities, full confession I read them almost everyday. These last few weeks without reviews to read has been a little depressing. Which has made me think well, maybe I’ll write a review to help fill the void. So here it goes. This might be a bumpy ride given that I have never post pictures or anything to this site. This past December a group of friends joined me for a semi-annual celebration of my birthday for a 3 day mostly fun filled adventure on the Navigator of the Seas. There were 17 ladies traveling. Yes, I convinced 17 ladies to abandon their families during the holiday season to do nothing by fun for 3 days. I can’t help it my birthday is in December. But let’s back up a little, this was not my first birthday cruise. It all started when I turned 41 and was complaining to my husband about not doing anything special to celebrate my 40th birthday. He wisely suggested a cruise and just say it is for my 40th. He even offered to go with me if a willing friend would not volunteer. Lucky for him (or unlucky) several friends jumped at the chance to come celebrate turning 40, even though it was actually my 42 birthday. We had a wonderful time on the Majesty in Dec 2013. Along comes December 2014, me and my friends are sitting in cold dreary Ohio wondering “why are we not on a cruise?” After a flurry of texting it was decided the birthday cruise should happen again and a brave cast of characters boarded the Majesty for a second birthday cruise in 2015 starting the tradition of a birthday cruise every other year in December. The 2019 cruise was the fourth birthday cruise, this time on a newly refurbished Navigator.
  5. Does anyone know if Independence & Navigator still have their sauna/steam room? Recently (Feb) was on Voyager and it was removed. Thanks in advance for your reply.
  6. I'm on the phone with RC right now. They are giving me the complete run around on our March 20 sailing that they cancelled, saying they're "pretty confident" it isn't eligible for conversion into a refund. I cited that (1) they cancelled the sailing and (2) they sent and email saying I could call to get a refund. Not enough apparently. He tried to get me to hang up because they're busy, instead of waiting 90 minutes on hold while he's on hold with another department. I said I'd wait. Anyone else get this kind of runaround? I've seen posts about the long delays in getting refund but wasn't sure if anyone has run into them not wanting to even issue the refund.
  7. Hello, just booked Navigator cabin 1170. Just wondering if anyone has any information on this cabin. Can you walk out the cabin door directly to the Solarium ? Would be nice. Thanks for any help!
  8. Sailing navigator in May. Any tips? Sent from my iPad using Forums
  9. Crew on Navigator of the Seas have been put on lock-down and can only leave cabins for assigned work. The ship is in port of Miami now. It would seem this would be related to possible Coronavirus cases among the crew. http://crew-center.com/navigator-seas-issues-strict-guidelines-crew Navigator of the Seas crew received a letter with the following safety guidelines: 1. Only crew that are assigned to work can leave their room 2. Crew that are not working MUST STAY in their room. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action up to termination. 3. Smokers are NOT ALLOWED out of their rooms to smoke. Smoking in the cabin is also NOT ALLOWED. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action up to termination. 4. Food and water will be delivered to your room, the menu selection will be on your television. 5. In-room movies will be available within few hours, please be patient as we need to add you into the system first. 6. Please treat the room with respect, keep it clean and tidy. This is still a guest stateroom. 7. Fresh linen and toilet paper will be provided. 8. The moment you experience and of the following symptoms call the nurse on duty: High Fever, Coughing, Breathing Problems. 9 We will continue with our twice-daily temperature check, your management team will come to you, DO NOT leave your cabin. 10. Keep your self healthy by practicing good hygiene and wash your hands as often as possible.
  10. Just got off the last sailing on the Harmony. We did the Royal up bid and ended up with a 2 bedroom grand suite! LOVED the suite perks. Now booked on Navigator of the seas and was wondering what the perks are on that ship. I see they don't have coastal kitchen - is there still a suite lounge? Is there a special area by the pool for suite guests? I would appreciate any help you could pass my way. thanks!
  11. Pure speculative thread; I am surprised the Navigator of the Seas is departing Miami. Will they have a revised itinerary? Is Bahamas still willing to accept ships this weekend? Cruise to nowhere?
  12. Hello - it's time for another live review! I'm CatLadyFemme, a professor at the University of Michigan, a cat lady (obviously, though we have lost two of our fur babies in the past 8 months, including one on our last cruise), and a moderately experienced cruiser. I am disabled/live with chronic pain, and so walk with a cane, plus I am a vegetarian and have Celiac disease, so am super duper gluten free. In addition to things like photos of the rooms, cruise compasses, etc., I will post about finding vegetarian GF food (we've had some AMAZING luck like with Belic on the Explorer, and some not great experiences where I ate iceberg salad and berries for days), and access/ADA issues. Oh! I'm also queer, so there may be some stuff about the LGBTQ meet up, etc. I like to stay in the shade/find a nice lounge and read, or enjoy the hot tubs with a big floppy hat. My partner, MrCatLady, works as a social work PhD student, also loves cats, spends a lot of time in the sun, around the pool, and at the gym. He's pretty cute. Here is us together on May 4th. We'll be staying in an accessible balcony on Deck 7. Last spring was our first (ocean) balcony and it was our saving grace with the quarantine - hoping there won't be a need for that this time. We have no plans yet for either of the stops. We have early seating at dinner, like seeing most of the shows, and are super excited to get out of Michigan for a bit given the impending storm. We both have the refreshment package (MrCatLady drinks a LOT of seltzer, and flavored seltzer, and seltzer with limes, and I am a fan of all sorts of creative mocktails. I usual get a few glasses of wine or full cocktail throughout the week, but not enough to break even) and internet packages. Our trip starts on Sunday with flying down to Miami, getting to the hotel (Urbanica The Euclid), and finding a vegetarian/GF friendly place for dinner (any suggestions?). We'll probably take a Lyft to the port on Monday, unless the hotel has a shuttle. Let me know if you have any specific questions or requests; otherwise, I'll try to do regular updates (assuming the internet isn't wonky - is Tapatalk working any better now?), post occasional pictures, and hopefully induce a small amount of envy.
  13. We had a great trip on Navigator of Seas. We were traveling as a family of 4 with two kids ages 11 and 9. We cruise at least once a year and have had varied experiences ranging from inside rooms to Haven on NCL and Star class on Allure. We spent the night before the cruise at the Intercontinental Miami. We had a good experience. We chose this hotel due to the proximity to the port. The morning we boarded, we called an Uber around 10:20. The process of getting checked in and through security was quick. I had booked the unlimited dining package and was anxious to make my dining reservations. When I booked it was $99 per person for our 4 day cruise. I had no problem getting reservations at each of the restaurants. After a quick trip up to the pool deck to check things out we headed to chops for lunch (much to my kids dismay). My husband’s favorite is the shrimp cocktail. By the time we finished lunch they announced rooms were open. We had booked two adjoining promenade view rooms on deck 8. When coming down the hall to our rooms we found our suitcases scattered through the hallway. I guess the new process is to leave bags in the vicinity which left people searching for bags. I wanted connecting rooms and the price was right for the inside promenade view. The kids liked being able to look out to the parties going on at promenade. Our rooms were directly across from Playmakers which was a frequent hang out spot and convenient to our rooms. The connecting door was locked on our arrival and required a call to guest services to get someone who could come to unlock. Overall room served its purpose. It was nice having two bathrooms and really only slightly more expensive then 4 of us in one cabin. We did miss balcony and will consider if cost is worth it for future trips. The kids changed into their suits and we headed to water slides around 2:30. Not before stopping for ice cream cones. Their favorite part of any cruise. Wait times were moderate about 25-30 min for raft slide. We spent some time by the pool and then headed back the room to get settled before muster drill. We changed for dinner and headed to the silent dance party. So much fun! Kids really enjoyed. We had dinner at 7:30 at hooked so went straight there from the party. Dinner was very good. I had the crab cake and filet with lobster tail and my husband had the mussels and lobster. Day 2 brought us to CoCo Cay. We enjoyed breakfast in the Windjammer and were walking on the pier by around 9:20. We had booked passes for the CoCo Cay beach club. We made a quick stop at the kids free waterslides on our walk over there. We got there around 9:40. Checked in and were given VIP bracelets. I was concerned due to so few reviews that it would be crowded. It wasn’t. The pool was cold. Kids went in few times but it was even cold for them. We settled in some lounge chairs and spent the day relaxing. We had an early lunch. Food was good but service wasn’t great. Overall we had a nice experience. Walking back to the ship through some of the free areas I don’t think we would book the beach club again. I’m pretty sure we would have been able to have a perfect day without the added expense. Dinner on day 2 was at Chops. My third Filet mignon of the trip! Took my younger daughter to the production show that night. Have to say wasn’t too impressed with the production shows on board. Seemed like shows weren’t too crowded so maybe not a priority on shorter cruises. On the sea day the kids waited again for waterslide. We had been planning to do earlier ice show but that didn’t work out as wait for waterslide was pretty long. For lunch I ordered a lobster roll to go from Hooked. They told me would be about 45 min so I went back to pick it up. I had planned to get sushi, which was supposed to be open for lunch as per cruise planner, however was told they were doing a sushi class and it was closed. That was annoying. Lobster roll was delicious. Would highly recommend. We ended up at the 3pm ice show. Show was great. We sat across from the reserved seats which they opened up a few minutes before the show started so we had great seats. We went to open skating. Got there about 30 min early and were in the first session. Sessions run 30 min so skated 5:30-6. Dinner day 3 was in Jamie’s Italian. The show was someone who did Juggling. It was ok. The performer was very nice and we actually ended up seeing him in Windjammer the next morning at breakfast. He came over to talk to us after we said hi. Day 4 was Nassau Bahamas. We had debated doing a beach excursion but having been to the Bahamas several times decided to spend the day relaxing on the boat. We went to waterslides shortly after they opened but found the lines to be long. A tip here... give it about an hour. By 12 kids could walk right up and go on with no waits. I had a massage appointment at 1pm. I don’t typically go to spa because I hate overpaying for something but they had a special $99 for 50 min. Still a rip off but I had a nice massage experience. Girls wanted hair braids so we walked just off the ship to get done. Prices advertised are definitely negotiable. They had laser tag starting at 4:30. By the time we got on line around 4:20 the line was very long. They take groups of like 12 with each session lasting 15 min. We waited and didn’t end up playing till about 6pm. So be warned. Get there early to be in first group or be prepared to wait. After laser tag we made a quick stop at rock climbing wall and then pick up soccer game on sports court. It was a great day of adventures. We had originally planned on chops but truth be told I was getting sick of filet. We switched and did Jamie’s again. Kids decided they would rather go to camp then sit at dinner. Again went to production show which wasn’t very impressive. We walked off with our luggage around 9am. We were in an Uber to airport by 9:25. Overall we had an excellent vacation! 4 days was definitely not long enough. Final thoughts: I felt the unlimited dining package was a great deal. In addition to specialty dinners each night we got Johnny Rockets several times, snacks and desserts at Playmakers and lunch on embarkation and sea day. My understanding was that when going with kids we would be charged $10 per child for specialty dining. They never charged us for the kids. Friends we were with who did not have the unlimited package were charged for the kids in specialty restaurants. So while I’m not sure if this is policy or if we got lucky it was a great bonus!
  14. We will be on the Navigator over St Patrick's Day. Does anyone know if RC does anything special on that day?
  15. Hi folks, I'm hoping to get info from someone who has been in one of the new front facing balconies (1100, 1102, 1104, 1150, 1152) that were added when Navigator and Voyager were amped. I've been able to find videos online for the new junior suites on 11, but nothing showing the balconies in the very front. It looks like the balcony is extra deep and can accommodate lounge chairs, but my travel companion is very worried about the plexiglass wind screens. I was hoping someone might have been in one to give some feedback. amy
  16. Hi, Does anyone have recent cruise compasses and dining room menus from a Navigator of the Seas 4 day cruise? Thank you very much. Happy holidays.
  17. Do they have them and how many decks do they cover? Looking at going on a quick 3 night trip and I have a kid who loves glass elevators😀.
  18. Can anyone tell me if the weekend Navigator Cruises have a formal night?
  19. This may just be wishful thinking/daydreaming but I am thinking about a 3 night solo cruise and I am deciding between Independence, Navigator, or Mariner. Same itinerary, flights cost about the same, price difference on the cruise is negligible, so the only real difference is the ship. I am sort of ruling out Mariner because it is farther from the airport but if it is somehow overwhelmingly a better choice... I will consider it. I probably won't leave the ship in Nassau but will explore Coco Cay. Anyone care to weigh in? Or should I pin pictures of the ships to the dart board and let the darts decide? #firstworldproblems #haventseenthesunindays #socoldhere
  20. planning a family trip with a group, couples and their kids regarding their 4 day options 2021, what is better these days carnival liberty or royal navigator of the seas do these ships feel very old? is one more refurbished than the other? does one have more extensive slides pools and kids activities and does one have more entertainment options/shows for adults? also does one have more connecting room options/availability than the other? Thanks.
  21. Hi! One of my friends is booked on Navigator for a 3 night out of miami. it leaves March 13. He can't get into his cruise planner, does anyone on this sailing or a similar one know how much the drink package is currently? i know it changes but just want to give him a ballpark idea of how much it will be. TIA!!
  22. Pre-Cruise: I booked parking through Spot Hero. Parked at the Embassy Suites in Crystal City. They have an airport shuttle. I paid $44. If I had parked at Reagan it would have been $68. Flight was direct DCA to MIA. Transfer to the Port through Royal. The transfer service was fantastic. I have never had a cruise line employee board the bus and give a little speech - telling parents that a ship is a mini city and to be vigilant. To the adults the same thing, don’t take your safety for granted. Below are pictures of the transfer meeting spot at MIA (near baggage claim) and my first peek at the ship. Embarkation: From the time I got off of the bus until I was on the ship was less than 5 minutes! We got off the bus and the cruise line employees told us to just leave our bags by the bus and someone would be over to get them. There was no one to tip. It was strange and I felt weird leaving my bag there. Into the terminal, up the escalator and over to priority. A lady scanned my phone (I had the app loaded and ready) and asked if I’d been feeling ill at all recently. She then directed me to the security screening. From there directly to the ship – AMAZING efficiency. Below are the Lime & Coconut drinks, I had the Aperol Spritz. I caught of glimpse of Mario working from his cabana. I sat in a cabana a bit further down the deck. Stateroom: Loved my cabin and there will be video and details in the Cabin thread. Junior Suite – Deck 10 – 1344. Rooms were ready at 1:00pm on the nose and my bag was at my room when I opened the door to leave again at 1:30! Service: Wonderful service. I never met my room steward. Cabin was serviced twice a day. The room was always tidy. I LOVED my dinner servers. Aiman and Josephine were fantastic. Bartenders and bar servers were also pleasant and fun. CocoCay: I was up and at the gym, had a bite to eat and then was the first one off the ship. I already knew where I wanted to “camp” for the day. The island is wonderful. I would go again for sure! The weather was not great. A bit of sun here and there before 12pm. Mostly cloudy with showers. Finally, after grabbing a chicken sandwich as the Snack Shack, I gave up. The wind was terrible. I went back to the ship to explore and read before dinner. Nassau: Terrible weather, again. I had not planned to visit. However, I wanted to lay in the sun, read, drink, people watch. Nope. Raining, cold and windy. I wandered the ship, watched some trivia, read, watched a movie. Food: I like GOOOOD food. I consider Ruth Chris a good steak not a great steak. I was expecting a solid three based on reviews (scale 1-5). Overall a solid 4. I ate dinner two nights in the MDR and once at the Windjammer. Breakfast each morning in the Windjammer. Lunch on embarkation was at El Loco Fresh and then the Windjammer for Saturday and Sunday. I truly enjoyed the MDR. Windjammer was completely average. I do like that they have the Freestyle soda machines. I can’t believe they never had pizza in there. You travel to deck 5 the Café Promenade or order Room Service to get pizza. El Loco Fresh was good. I had a simple chicken quesadilla. Of Note: The only show I saw was a Battle of the Sexes contest. It was lively and fun! The piano playing, musical comedian from Schooners, was amazing. If you are a wine drinker prepared to be disappointed with the options available with the Drink Package. The one I drank was the Andrew Peace Cabernet Sauvignon. Bourbon – No Woodford. I found Bulleit in the Royal Theater when I was wandering around on the last day. Most passengers were polite and friendly. LOTS of families and groups (bachelor and bachelorette, Quince, birthdays, etc.). I did not witness any elevator rudeness or disgusting drunkenness. It really was a lovely, relaxing few days. Disembarkation: I was up at 6:00am. I showered, then ate a quick bite and was headed off at 7:15. I did self-assist. I was sitting on the shuttle by 7:30. Final Thoughts: I would sail on the Navigator again. Based on this one trip Royal is heads and tails above NCL and Carnival. I was worried about the ship being bigger than my previous ships. It didn’t overwhelm me. I was able to find my way quite easily. The ship, the food, the staff, the fellow passengers all put this ahead of the other two, IMHO. Happy to answer any questions if I can!
  23. We tend to get the refreshment package on our cruises on RCCL. I noticed that Navigator has both a Café Promenade and also Starbucks. I know that on other cruises the specialty coffee was similar to starbucks but my understanding is Starbucks is not included in drink packages.. Are they considered separate restaurants when it comes to the drink packages?? Thank for any info....
  24. I realize that this trip was over the same time as the SUPER EXCITING Presidents Cruise, and anybody who was anybody was on that cruise (Even Super Mario jumped ship to attend.), but believe it or not, there were other cruises that weekend! 😊 Here is a quick review of my Navigator of the Seas 3 Night Bahamas & Perfect Day Cruise. I booked this trip as a birthday present for my daughter (turning 8 and as a weekend get away for just her and I (we are surrounded by boys at home!). With the cruise leaving November 1 and my daughter really not wanting to miss Halloween, we flew in the morning of the cruise, not something I usually do. We flew American into Ft. Lauderdale then grabbed a Lyft to Port of Miami. I was amazed at how well everything went. Our flight left Charlotte at 7:30am and we landed at 9:25am. We only had carry-ons so no wait for baggage. We walked out, ordered the Lyft and were on our way in no time. Traffic was light (unexpected for Miami) and we arrived at Terminal 1 by 10:30am. I had done expedited arrival so we walked into the terminal, right past the check in desks, put our bags through security, up the escalator and onto the ship. Based on my time stamps, we got off the plane in Fort Lauderdale at 9:30am and we were on board the Navigator in Miami with a drink in hand by 10:45am…all in all not bad, but I still would prefer to fly in the night before! The terminal was all decked out in anticipation of the Presidents Cruise leaving the next day, but DD loved the balloons anyway! The ship is beautiful. The Amped additions are really fun, and everything looked nice and clean. The pool deck renovation is great, one of the better pool decks on any ship. I have sailed the Mariner since its refurb as well, but this pool deck is cooler than theirs! We had a Promenade View interior on deck 6 and it was perfectly acceptable. Our cabin steward was wonderful, and the room was spotless. I had pre-ordered the birthday decorations for the cabin and they were super cute. I had also ordered a birthday cake for delivery and that was really good too, but so rich we ended up throwing most of it out. We had the Ultimate Dining Plan and our first night was scheduled for us at Chops. We were happy with that so we made our second night reservation at Jamie’s Italian and our plan was to wait and make the third night when we decided which one we liked better. Chops was awesome. The food and service were top notch. I had the Lobster Bisque and the Filet. My daughter had three orders of carpaccio and chocolate cake…(She LOVES carpaccio!!) The next night at Jamies, our food was good, I had the arancini and truffle tagliatelle and DD had the garlic bread and a bowl of pasta but the service was a little awkward. It just felt different, it was a weird vibe. I had eaten at Jamie’s on the Mariner and it was super fun, so I was hoping for the same, but not this time. So we decided to try for a night at Chops for our third night...however they were totally booked. We put our name on the wait list but they never had a spot open up so we had just about decided to head back to Jamies (Hooked was out this trip, DD won’t touch seafood.) when I decided to check the menu in the MDR and lo and behold…Carpaccio! Well that was all we needed to hear! We ate in the MDR (DD ordered another three orders of Carpaccio!) and had an amazing fun server! I realize that having the UDP and eating in the MDR seems like a waste, however, I had purchased it long ago when it was still the old plan for a very reasonable cost, plus I had not paid for DD to have the UDP, I just paid the $10 kids charge at the two specialty restaurants. In addition, I was able to use the UDP at Johnny Rocket Express one day, even though it was a port day so overall I feel like I got my money’s worth even with the meal in the MDR…Plus I got my escargot! And DD got a Happy Birthday cake and lolipop! Next post...Ports and activities.
  25. We set Sail on the Navigator March 16th. We still have not had the ability to make reservations for the shows? I was thinking that came out 45 days prior to sailing. Our only other RC experience was on the Allure so wondering if the smaller ships you don't need to make reservations for the shows?
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