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Navigator of the Seas Review

2019 Best for Embarkation
2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2015 Best for Fitness
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Navigator of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
2315 reviews

Pros
A trendy ship, with virtual balconies in inside cabins and entertainment consists of drone light shows
Cons
Not a quiet, subdued ship, nor does it have modern cabins with features like multiple outlets and USB ports
Bottom Line
Navigator of the Seas is a great ship for a short, family-friendly getaway

About

Passengers
3,386

Crew
1,200

Passenger to Crew
2.82:1

Launched
2002

Shore Excursions
41
Sails To
Bahamas
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Gina Kramer
Cruise Critic Contributor

Navigator of the Seas Overview

It doesn't take long for passengers on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas to get into vacation mode. From the ship's Caribbean-themed pool deck -- with colorful cabanas, hammocks and in-water loungers -- to its bustling Royal Promenade lined with fun bars and eateries, you could easily feel like you're at a tropical resort from the moment you step onboard.

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Rest assured: There's far more to do onboard than laze away, dine and imbibe. Daredevils will love the ship's Perfect Storm duo of waterslides -- The Blaster aqua coaster and Riptide headfirst mat racer -- in addition to glow-in-the-dark laser tag, an escape room and Royal Caribbean staples like the rock climbing wall and FlowRider surf simulator.

Don't think the outdoor fun ends before dusk, either. The pool deck remains a popular attraction at any time of day, mostly thanks to the lively Lime and Coconut, a three-level bar that transforms from a daytime sunbathing spot to a nighttime, open-air lounge with a string light-dimmed balcony and rooftop -- the perfect place to catch movies on the pool screen with a bag of popcorn.

This laid-back atmosphere is ideal for families and groups looking for a worry-free getaway, where they don't have to dress up and go out for dinner if they don't want to. (Though, ladies might be motivated by the blow-dry bar that offers updos with a side of Champagne.)

When it comes to dining, Navigator of the Seas offers a nice variety for different tastes and budgets. But most, including newer additions like Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, Hooked Seafood and Jamie's Italian, do charge extra.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in the three main dining rooms and Windjammer Marketplace, as well as at Cafe Promenade and El Loco Fresh; continental room service breakfast
  • Main theater entertainment
  • Most activities and events, except as noted
  • Use of the fitness center (but not most classes), as well as the ice skating rink, sports court, water slides, Flowrider surf simulator and Splashpad
  • The Adventure Ocean Kids Club (ages 6 months to 17 years) up to 10 p.m.
  • Daily gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Onboard gratuities ($14.50 per person, per day for Junior Suites and below; $17.50 per person, per day for Grand Suites or higher)
  • 18 percent auto-gratuities applied to salon, spa and beverage purchases, as well as specialty dining reservations
  • Drinks excluding water, tea (including iced tea), basic coffee and selected juices from the Windjammer Marketplace buffet
  • Room Service ($7.95 per order) excluding continental breakfast
  • Most alternative dining venues
  • Spa and salon treatments
  • Most fitness classes in the gym, along with personal training
  • Sessions in the Royal Escape Room
  • Activities like the behind-the-scenes ship tour, arcade games, arts and crafts, bingo, bottomless galley brunch and alcohol tastings
  • Shore excursions
  • Kids Club programming after 10:00 p.m. in Adventure Ocean
  • Wi-Fi access and packages
  • Photos, artwork and retail shop purchases

Top Navigator of the Seas Itineraries

Navigator of the Seas
4 night bahamas & perfect day cruise

Miami, Nassau, Perfect Day at CocoCay, Miami

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Fellow Passengers

Families and groups, mostly hailing from the U.S., are what make up the majority of cruisers onboard Navigator of the Seas. You'll see kids everywhere, even at some of the bars and lounges.


Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Dress Code

Daytime:Passengers dress casually during the day.

Evening:At night, passengers are encouraged to wear smart casual attire (jeans and collared shirts for men, and sundresses and blouses for women are a few examples). Some specialty restaurants enforce more formal dress codes -- collared shirts with jackets for men, and dresses, skirts and pantsuits for women. Jeans are generally allowed in all venues at dinner. Depending on the length of your sailing there will be at least one designated formal night for which you might wish to dress up. Outfit suggestions for these nights include suits and ties and tuxedos for men, and cocktail dresses or gowns for women.

Not permitted: Shorts are not allowed at dinner, regardless of the venue (with the sole exception of the buffet).

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Royal Caribbean.


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Navigator of the Seas Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.54.1
Dining4.53.9
Entertainment5.03.7
Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.04.1
Family5.03.9
Enrichment2.03.4
Service4.54.2
Value For Money4.53.8

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More about Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas

Where does Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas sail from?

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas departs from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Port Everglades

Where does Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas sail to?

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas cruises to Miami, Nassau, Perfect Day at CocoCay and Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

How much does it cost to go on Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas?

Cruises on Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas start from £189 per person.

Is Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas a good ship to cruise on?

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas won 5 awards over the years, including Best for Embarkation and Best for Fitness & Recreation in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Embarkation
  • 2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2015 Best for Fitness
  • 2015 Best for Families
  • 2013 Best for Value

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Member Reviews

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DrDenis1
Sail Date: Dec 2019
Although the dining room menu was similar to the Mariner of the Seas, the taste and presentation was much better on the Navigator of the Seas. The food was delicious and well prepared.... Read More
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vilmer80
Sail Date: Feb 2020
In conclusion, Navigator of the Seas is an excellent choice for a four or three-night vacation.... Read More
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Bigorange&crimsoncruiser
Sail Date: Mar 2018
We choose this cruise for the itinerary. My DH and I have traveled via Navigator of the Seas two other times and enjoyed both trips. I gave this trip a 3 out of 5 for one reason.... Read More
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Sail Date: Dec 2019
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Royal Caribbean International Fleet

Enchantment of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

1986 reviews

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Grandeur of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Older ship carrying fewer than 3,000; highlights include rock climbing, two pools, outdoor movie screen and several specialty dining venues including Ben & Jerry's at sea.

Majesty of the Seas
3.5 / 5.0
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Offers three- and four-night cruises; features a rock climbing wall, Johnny Rockets at sea and smallish aqua park; can carry a bit over 2,500 cruisers.

Rhapsody of the Seas
3.5 / 5.0
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An older ship carrying less than 3,000; features rock climbing, two pools, for-fee nursery, eight bars and lounges and more than half a dozen dining venues.

Vision of the Seas
3.5 / 5.0
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One of the smaller Royal Caribbean ships, Vision of the Seas carries 2,435 passengers and features six dining venues, rock climbing wall, solarium, outdoor movie screen and age-specific kids' clubs.

Voyager of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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In 1999 Royal Caribbean's 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas became the largest cruise ship in the world and was heralded as the most revolutionary vessel ever built.

Radiance of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Carries 2,500 passengers, family-friendly and features eight dining venues, outdoor movie screen, casino, mini-golf, pool tables and Adventure Beach with water slides.

Adventure of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Bustling atmosphere; features two-slide water park, simulated surfing, rock climbing, ice skating shows, 15 bars and the line's signature Royal Promenade; can carry upward of 4,000.

Brilliance of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Brilliance of the Seas' mediumish size -- 2,112 passengers -- allows cruisers to feel they have the best of both worlds: a vessel with ample activities and attentive crew.

Navigator of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Carries some 4,400 passengers and features surf simulators, rock climbing and ice skating, 11 bars and lounges and the lively Royal Promenade.

Mariner of the Seas
5.0 / 5.0
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Royal Caribbean's 3,114-passenger Mariner of the Seas launched in 2003 and was the first in its class to undergo upgrades designed to create fleet uniformity.

Serenade of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Carries more than 2,400 passengers and features six restaurants and bars, rock climbing wall, mini-golf, sports court, outdoor movie screen and casino.

Jewel of the Seas
3.5 / 5.0
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One of Royal Caribbean's smaller ships; attractions include rock climbing and mini-golf, kids' water slide, half a dozen or so dining venues and family-specific cabins.

Oasis of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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The first megaship to hold more than 6,000 cruisers; features high-energy activities like zip lining, surfing and the high-diving AquaTheater.

Liberty of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Carries more than 4,000; features a three-slide water park, surf simulators, rock climbing wall and "Saturday Night Fever: The Musical." 

Independence of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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A favourite with U.K. cruise passengers, Independence of the Seas offers more than 4,000 passengers an ice skating rink, whirlpools which extend over the ship's sides, six bars and six restaurants.

Allure of the Seas
5.0 / 5.0
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Mega-ship holding upwards of 6,400 passengers; features zip lining, surf simulators, rock climbing and an open-air Central Park with shops and restaurants.

Quantum of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Quantum of the Seas dares its passengers not to have fun. It's a bold ship that screams for your attention via its innovative features.

Harmony of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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World's largest cruise ship featuring high-energy attractions including zip lining, water slides, surf simulators, rock climbing and 18 dining venues.

Symphony of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Royal Caribbean's newest ship will be one of the largest in the world when it launches in spring 2018; high-energy highlights include zip lining, water slides and surf simulators.

Ovation of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Part of Royal Caribbean's Quantum class, Ovation of the Seas boasts high-tech features such as the RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator, bumper cars and robot bartenders.

Empress of the Seas
3.0 / 5.0
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Royal Caribbean's Cuba ship with stops in Havana; features the Cuba-inspired Boleros lounge and a free mimosa or bloody mary at the daily "Sunday" brunch.

Spectrum of the Seas

The first Quantum Ultra-Class ship will launch in the spring 2019. The class will be the next evolution of Royal Caribbean's Quantum Class, though the line has not yet said what its size will be.

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