Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas
by Roy Witman © 2008
One question I'm constantly asked as a travel
agent is whether I have cruised on the ships that my
clients are booking passage. People just naturally
like to know that others have done what they are
about to do and have had fun doing it. While I can't
visit every ship in every cruise line fleet, I am often
able to offer reviews from clients who have taken
recent vacations. That's the case with a recent
Royal Caribbean cruise
to Puerto Rico, the Virgin
Islands and the Bahamas onboard the Navigator of
My client (who also happens to be my website
and newsletter designer), Kristi
Stangeland, and her
family set sail, full of excitement and expectation.
Their clan included one preteen girl, one teenage girl,
one senior adult male (age 82) and two parents.
When it comes to the Navigator of the Seas, Royal
Caribbean states, “this 138,000-ton of nautical
wonder has it all.” Kristi's group had a wonderful
cross-section of people and ages that would soon
validate whether or not Royal Caribbean's claim was
Dress to Suit Yourself
Festive and casual are two words Kristi used to
describe the ship. Most would agree with her. Royal
Caribbean makes a point to allow options for those
who want a more refined, elegant experience and
those who think vacations are all about shorts and
sandals. From jazz performances to Broadway-style
shows, there are plenty of evening events to take
part in for everyone onboard. And you can dress to
suit yourself for the majority of them.
Kids and adults alike will enjoy spending time on
the Navigator of the Seas because of the amazing
variety of onboard adventures you can take part in.
How about an onboard ice-skating rink? Or a
rollerblade track? You'll find both on the Navigator,
along with a rock-climbing wall, basketball court, mini-
golf course and much more.
Kristi's 11 year old particularly loved the arcade
and the pools, saying the ship was “kid friendly.” Her
14-year-old sister agreed. And Mom and Dad felt
completely safe letting the kids loose to enjoy all the
ship offered because there were so many families
onboard. Plus Royal Caribbean staff were always
present and very visible at all kid functions. That
left Kristi and her husband with plenty of time to
enjoy their vacation, alone. After a full-body
exfoliation in the spa and a nice ocean view workout
in the gym, both Kristi and her husband were relaxed
While there's more than enough activity on the
ship, the main reason people go on a cruise is to see
exotic locations. That held true for Kristi and her
entire family as well. Their particular Caribbean
itinerary took them through the awe-inspiring
of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the
Everyone in Kristi's group, from her 11-year-old
daughter to her 82-year-old dad, raved about the
ports of call on this cruise. And there's no wonder!
Puerto Rico has an exceptional landscape including
underground caves, coral reefs and massive rain
forests filled with exotic birds and other wildlife.
Stops in the U.S. Virgin Islands included stays in
St. John and St. Maarten. You can participate in
sailing on a shortened version of an America's Cup
race onboard the Stars and Stripes, visiting St.
Maarten's Butterfly Farm, snorkeling through a
shipwreck or shopping for exceptional bargains of
25%-50% below what you'd normally pay at
The Bahamas offers what may be your once in a
lifetime chance to swim with the dolphins.
Professional trainers and animal handlers take you up
close and personal with these highly intelligent and
always playful creatures including Universal
Studios' “Flipper” who starred in the 1996 movie of
the same name.
Exceptional Selection in Dining
Meals were another experience Kristi and her
family raved about. “Our wait staff was great.
Especially our dinner staff. They took time to get to
know us and recommend entrees everyone would
enjoy. The kids got to experiment with new meals,
and there wasn't any pressure. If they didn't like it,
they just got something else,” remembered Kristi. In
fact, Kristi's teenage daughter reported that the food
was especially good for kids. For the adults, a varied
selection of distinctive meals or classic favorites was
available in the main dining room, which provides a
world-class dining experience. There are also five
other restaurants onboard.
The accommodations aboard the Navigator of the
Seas also got a thumbs-up. Staying in a basic,
interior cabin (called an inside stateroom), all in
Kristi's group reported that the staterooms were
roomy, comfortable and nicely decorated.
As you can see, Royal Caribbean's Navigator of
the Seas truly did live up to its reputation. There
was excitement and adventure for everyone who
sought it. And for those who wanted to unwind and
soak up the sun, there was a complete staff of
trained stewards and waiters to anticipate their
every need. Would Kristi and her family do it again?
In a New York minute!
Read more about the Royal
Caribbean Cruise Line.
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