Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Sharla
- Sail Date: February 2004
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
I have never heard anyone ever say that cruise food is bad. However, I have to say that this is by far the worst food that I have ever had. My husband and I tried to eat in the main dining room every night, and each night, we were sending food back. Too salty, overcooked, bad flavor - the list goes on and on. We tried Jade and the Windjammer, and had the same problems. We thought about trying Chops or Portofino, but I just didn't feel like I should have to pay more than I already was to get better food. Honestly, we were thankful to get off the boat in each port, because we could at least get some food off of the ship. My husband and I asked around, because we thought that maybe something was wrong with us, but there were so many other people on board who felt the same way - the food was awful! We are not frequent cruisers, but those who we talked to who were said that this was by far the worst food they have ever had on a cruise ship. I cannot complain about our servers in area of food however - all of the servers did their best to accommodate us, and they definitely deserve their tips. We understood that it wasn't their fault, and they understood that we weren't upset with them. I have to say, the restaurant service was probably the best that I have ever received.
We had an Interior Promenade room, which was very cute! I was worried that it would be noisy, and that I would hear all of the parades and such from the Promenade. However, there was no problem at all, I am pleased to say! In fact, I slept through one of the parades! Our room was also right next to the elevator, and again, no noise. Also, the shades really blocked all of the light, so having one of those rooms really was as dark as a normal interior room. I appreciated having the extra sitting space of the window seat. Some friends of ours had balcony rooms, but those rooms were no bigger than ours - they just had balconies. The bathroom was fine. Our stateroom attendant was awesome!
I was unhappy with the Spa. The prices are too high, period. Everyone does a fine job, but a one-hour massage should not cost $135. I was expecting the prices to be a bit more expensive than on land, but not that much more expensive. Also, I asked for a pedicure with paraffin wax, and the girl never gave me the paraffin wax. Fortunately, it didn't show up on the bill, but I was a bit surprised. I was also peeved that some of the exercise classes had fees associated with them. I'm already paying quite a bit, and to have to pay $10 or $15 every time I want to kickboxing, yoga, or pilates class seemed a bit excessive. Needless to say, I didn't attend any of those classes. The water in the mineral pool in the spa was dirty.
Speaking of nickeling and diming at the spa, it does seem like you get nickled and dimed everywhere on the ship. If you want better food, you have to pay money. As I already stated, the spa prices were too outrageous. Drink prices were also a bit outrageous, and yes, I know that the prices included the tip. The thing that I found hilarious was that, on the bill, there was an area for you to leave an additional tip! Excursions were also a bit overpriced....
Speaking of excursions, we only went on one, and I have to say that I was not satisfied with that, either. We went on the Underwater BOB in St. Thomas. Now, I have heard that this is the coolest, and not to be missed. After being on it, I have to disagree. The reef on which we "BOBbed" was not pretty in the least. Furthermore, the BOB only goes down about eight feet. Well, in order to see any pretty colors or fish on the reef, you have to be up close. So, it didn't matter if you were BOBbing or snorkeling, it all looked the same - blue and brown rocks. Let me say now that I am a scuba diver, and so maybe I am just jaded. If you have never scuba dived before, then I think that this might be an ideal thing to do, if you're looking to experience it without being scuba certified. However, if you're already a scuba diver, don't go. It cost $100 per person, and then the mates on the boat ask for a tip! Also, we BOBbed in a protected cove, and we weren't alone - two scuba diving excursions, a snorkeling excursion, and a sailing excursion shared the cove with us. It got a bit crowded in there.....
I also was unhappy with the pools. For some reason, they were drained on our first day, which was at sea. Why would the pools be drained when you're at sea? Everyone wants to be in the pools! So, all of the adults were crowded into the hot tubs, which were not hot at all, so it felt like I was in a bubbly pool. Also, the crew was doing some maintenance work on the decks during our "at sea" days, and so areas of the Solarium and pool deck were closed off. Now, this may have been emergency repair work, but it didn't appear that way to me - it looked like routine maintenance work. Why would that be done during an "at sea" day, when everyone wants to use the pool and solarium? It made those areas very crowded, because not all of the space in those areas could be utilized.
On the plus side, we were very happy with the entertainment. The cruise director and his staff are absolutely wonderful - they are all very funny! In general, the service is excellent. My husband and I voiced our concerns about the pools and food and general complaints to someone in the spa, who took our name and room number and spoke with Guest Relations. From there, Guest Relations called us every day to check on how we were doing. Obviously, there's not much that they themselves could have done to improve the food and such, but I was impressed that they took the time to call.
Overall, I don't know that I would use this ship again. We really did try to overlook "the little things," but unfortunately our issues weren't with "the little things." We loved the ship itself, and there is lots to do, but the food, the pools, and the added-on costs really disappointed us.
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