Spring Break in Texas: Review of Navigator of the Seas March 9, 2014

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Oh yes, I have never seen this many self assist at a port before! Everyone we saw was doing ok with luggage.

I take it back....maybe diamond was 5. Our lovely stateroom attendant tried to give us the 5 and I think that might have been for diamond and I was wondering why we didn't get suite.

We're in Houston now...it's raining pretty good.


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Norwegian Jewel - 05/31/15 (Venice to Barcelona)
Brilliance of the Seas - 8/7/14 (Baltics)
Navigator of the Seas - 3/9/14 (Western)
Allure of the Seas - 8/4/13 (Eastern)
Adventure of the Seas - 3/10/13 (Southern)
Rhapsody of the Seas - 7/27/12 (Alaska/Sawyer)
Grandeur of the Seas - 3/18/12 (Panama/ABC)
Voyager of the Seas - 12/31/11 (Western)
Navigator of the Seas - 5/22/11 (E. Med)
Adventure of the Seas - 12/19/10 (Southern)
Majesty of the Seas - 11/19/10 (Bahamas)
Liberty of the Seas - 4/11/10 (Western)
NCL Jewel - 12/13/09 (Western)
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I still think the bulk of the problem is a) Passengers not following directions, and b) RCI not trying to force people to follow directions. The crowding of stairwells and elevator lobbies is dangerous and drives me crazy. IMO, all the people hanging around near exit doors with their luggage before the ship even docks need to be escorted elsewhere by security.

Combine the huge numbers who do self-disembark with a complete refusal to follow/enforce procedures, and you have chaos. I just don't understand why RCI, who I think is "best in the business" at crowd control and dispersing people can't get this Galveston disembarking problem figured out.
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I agree Cindy. They were not enforcing anything. Just shrugging and saying sorry. Then their response is to block elevators, which just starts angering people.

This is a problem wherever people need to queue up....airlines won't enforce it either.

Sometimes I like the European model of "free for all" and push and shove your way in. I witnessed this in an airport in Spain....drove me nuts until I decided to embrace their culture lol Rome was the same way with buses/metro and even some restaurants.


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Norwegian Jewel - 05/31/15 (Venice to Barcelona)
Brilliance of the Seas - 8/7/14 (Baltics)
Navigator of the Seas - 3/9/14 (Western)
Allure of the Seas - 8/4/13 (Eastern)
Adventure of the Seas - 3/10/13 (Southern)
Rhapsody of the Seas - 7/27/12 (Alaska/Sawyer)
Grandeur of the Seas - 3/18/12 (Panama/ABC)
Voyager of the Seas - 12/31/11 (Western)
Navigator of the Seas - 5/22/11 (E. Med)
Adventure of the Seas - 12/19/10 (Southern)
Majesty of the Seas - 11/19/10 (Bahamas)
Liberty of the Seas - 4/11/10 (Western)
NCL Jewel - 12/13/09 (Western)
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Just in the north Houston suburbs and the rain has stopped


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Norwegian Jewel - 05/31/15 (Venice to Barcelona)
Brilliance of the Seas - 8/7/14 (Baltics)
Navigator of the Seas - 3/9/14 (Western)
Allure of the Seas - 8/4/13 (Eastern)
Adventure of the Seas - 3/10/13 (Southern)
Rhapsody of the Seas - 7/27/12 (Alaska/Sawyer)
Grandeur of the Seas - 3/18/12 (Panama/ABC)
Voyager of the Seas - 12/31/11 (Western)
Navigator of the Seas - 5/22/11 (E. Med)
Adventure of the Seas - 12/19/10 (Southern)
Majesty of the Seas - 11/19/10 (Bahamas)
Liberty of the Seas - 4/11/10 (Western)
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Oh boy, sounds like a mess. Hope it's not like that when I am trying to disembark!
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Friendswood, TX
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Originally posted by seaofwonder
Just in the north Houston suburbs and the rain has stopped


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You're making good time. Glad the rain is moving through; ready for some sunshine. Those that are embarking today will appreciate it. Although I went outside a few minutes ago and it' rather cool.
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Originally posted by Loves_Dogs
Oh boy, sounds like a mess. Hope it's not like that when I am trying to disembark!

It sounds like it was a combination of fog and self assist that did us in.


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Norwegian Jewel - 05/31/15 (Venice to Barcelona)
Brilliance of the Seas - 8/7/14 (Baltics)
Navigator of the Seas - 3/9/14 (Western)
Allure of the Seas - 8/4/13 (Eastern)
Adventure of the Seas - 3/10/13 (Southern)
Rhapsody of the Seas - 7/27/12 (Alaska/Sawyer)
Grandeur of the Seas - 3/18/12 (Panama/ABC)
Voyager of the Seas - 12/31/11 (Western)
Navigator of the Seas - 5/22/11 (E. Med)
Adventure of the Seas - 12/19/10 (Southern)
Majesty of the Seas - 11/19/10 (Bahamas)
Liberty of the Seas - 4/11/10 (Western)
NCL Jewel - 12/13/09 (Western)
COW-lumbus, Ohio
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Originally posted by seaofwonder
It sounds like it was a combination of fog and self assist that did us in.


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Since my cruise is 5/25 I am hoping fog wont be an issue...crossing fingers.
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Mariner of the Seas Western 6/08 - PORT CANAVERAL (cabin 6620)-Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Labadee
Adventure of the Seas Southern 12/09-SAN JUAN (cabin 8320)-Aruba, Curacao, Dominica, St Thomas
Freedom of the Seas Western 12/11 - Port Canaveral (cabin 9598)-Labadee Haiti, Falmouth Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Navigator of the Seas Western 5/14 - Port Galveston (cabin 9568)-Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth Jamaica
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Oh you'll be fine!!


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Previous Cruises (97 days at sea)
Norwegian Jewel - 05/31/15 (Venice to Barcelona)
Brilliance of the Seas - 8/7/14 (Baltics)
Navigator of the Seas - 3/9/14 (Western)
Allure of the Seas - 8/4/13 (Eastern)
Adventure of the Seas - 3/10/13 (Southern)
Rhapsody of the Seas - 7/27/12 (Alaska/Sawyer)
Grandeur of the Seas - 3/18/12 (Panama/ABC)
Voyager of the Seas - 12/31/11 (Western)
Navigator of the Seas - 5/22/11 (E. Med)
Adventure of the Seas - 12/19/10 (Southern)
Majesty of the Seas - 11/19/10 (Bahamas)
Liberty of the Seas - 4/11/10 (Western)
NCL Jewel - 12/13/09 (Western)
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Originally posted by Shekim
You're making good time. Glad the rain is moving through; ready for some sunshine. Those that are embarking today will appreciate it. Although I went outside a few minutes ago and it' rather cool.

Just 225 miles to go


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Norwegian Jewel - 05/31/15 (Venice to Barcelona)
Brilliance of the Seas - 8/7/14 (Baltics)
Navigator of the Seas - 3/9/14 (Western)
Allure of the Seas - 8/4/13 (Eastern)
Adventure of the Seas - 3/10/13 (Southern)
Rhapsody of the Seas - 7/27/12 (Alaska/Sawyer)
Grandeur of the Seas - 3/18/12 (Panama/ABC)
Voyager of the Seas - 12/31/11 (Western)
Navigator of the Seas - 5/22/11 (E. Med)
Adventure of the Seas - 12/19/10 (Southern)
Majesty of the Seas - 11/19/10 (Bahamas)
Liberty of the Seas - 4/11/10 (Western)
NCL Jewel - 12/13/09 (Western)
South Texas
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When I was on the Triumph last month we didn't dock until 2, and didn't start debark until almost 4. After the cruise director called for the people with flight issues and the dock 1 self assists to go, she came back on and before she called for deck two self assists, she announced that 700 people apparently lived on deck one and had flights to catch, and to please honor the debark procedure. Therein lies the biggest problem when the passengers don't follow the rules.

My daughter that was on NOS this morning said they were assigned to a room to go to and wait to be called, but it was full so they were told to wait in a line outside the room, then people started cutting in line. A RCI crew member did make them go to the back of the line when they caught them.


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Friendswood, TX
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Originally posted by Loves_Dogs
Since my cruise is 5/25 I am hoping fog wont be an issue...crossing fingers.
It won't be an issue. I'm counting on today being the last day for fog. It's getting warmer, so is the water. We board 3/30 and it would be nice for all involved that this fog disappear!
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Navigator-March 30, 2014
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Border granny - I absolutely agree. We were following the rules by waiting for announcements. Then I saw people walking off so we hauled butt downstairs and encountered the mess.

We had letter B for self assist and I'm guessing a whole lot of people didn't have anything.


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Previous Cruises (97 days at sea)
Norwegian Jewel - 05/31/15 (Venice to Barcelona)
Brilliance of the Seas - 8/7/14 (Baltics)
Navigator of the Seas - 3/9/14 (Western)
Allure of the Seas - 8/4/13 (Eastern)
Adventure of the Seas - 3/10/13 (Southern)
Rhapsody of the Seas - 7/27/12 (Alaska/Sawyer)
Grandeur of the Seas - 3/18/12 (Panama/ABC)
Voyager of the Seas - 12/31/11 (Western)
Navigator of the Seas - 5/22/11 (E. Med)
Adventure of the Seas - 12/19/10 (Southern)
Majesty of the Seas - 11/19/10 (Bahamas)
Liberty of the Seas - 4/11/10 (Western)
NCL Jewel - 12/13/09 (Western)
Central Arkansas
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Originally posted by Shekim
Kim Ketchum, picture of the cutest granddaughter EVER! With a big black bow in her hair.

I think I found you. Check and see if you have a message there.


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Enchanted Capri, Commodore Cruise Line, June 1998, Rhapsody of the Seas /2006, Rhapsody of the Seas 5/28/ (alt. route), NCL Norwegian Sun 12/31/2006, Radiance of the Seas, Alaska, 5/18/2007, Adventure of the Seas, Southern Caribbean, 3/9/2008, Celebrity Solstice, Eastern Caribbean, 12/14/2008, Voyager of the Seas, Western Caribbean, 3/8/2009, Explorer of the Seas, New England and Canada, 10/15/2009, Oasis of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean, 3/13/2010, Mariner of the Seas, Mexican Riviera, 12/5/2010, Navigator of the Seas, Caribbean, 2/3/2011, Allure of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean, 3/20/2011, Freedom of the Seas, 6/26/2011, Voyager of the Seas, 11/26/2011, Monarch of the Seas, 3/23/12, Mariner OTS, Mediterranean/Holy Lands, 10/20 to 11/3/12, Navigator of the Seas, 12/29/12, Allure of the Seas, 4/7/2013, Serenade of the Seas, 12/12/13 , Navigator of the Seas, 3/23/14 Navigator of the Seas, May 25, 2014, (alternate route),Oasis of the Seas, Transatlantic, October 14, 2014, Navigator of the Seas, January 11, 2015 - Quantum of the Seas, 12-day So. Caribbean, April 12, 2015, Liberty of the Seas, B2B, Feb. 21-March 6, 2016 ,Liberty of the Seas, 8/21/2016, Vision of the Seas, 10/15/2016,Harmony of the Seas, TA, Oct/Nov 2016, Liberty of the Seas, March 5, 2017, Celebrity Equinox, May 15-26, 2017

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I really wish people would just follow the rules and be paitient. If everyone would just do that things would go smoothly.


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Just curious but if you don't do self assist, how long will it take to see your luggage on the other side? We sail next week and have a tight return flight out of Hobby. I don't know that we would have made it back for a 12:30pm flight today? Thoughts on the best way to do that if we have a fog delay?
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Originally posted by haywardwis
Just curious but if you don't do self assist, how long will it take to see your luggage on the other side? We sail next week and have a tight return flight out of Hobby. I don't know that we would have made it back for a 12:30pm flight today? Thoughts on the best way to do that if we have a fog delay?
Depends what number luggage tag you have. The earliest luggage tag numbers are normally scheduled to get off the ship 30 - 45 minutes after self-assist starts. If you have an early flight, I'd go to Guest Services early in the cruise and ask for the lowest luggage tag numbers you can get.
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