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  1. Final thoughts: The Ship: Navigator is awesome. I've been fortunate enough to sail on a bunch of ships, including Symphony and Navigator may be my favorite. The size is manageable, the layout is good, the decor in the main areas was beautiful. The amplified pool deck with lime & coconut is awesome. I love what they did with the main pool area and the entire layout and vibe. Never felt too crowded! Lime & coconut is awesome and the outdoor bar area with high tops and beds was a great idea! Wish I grabbed a few drinks there in the evening. Since it's been amplified recently, the ship is in great shape. It was almost like being on a new ship! Don't get me wrong, I love the Oasis class ships but on the Navigator and Mariner, things just seem more relaxed! Coco Cay: I was on Coco Cay a few weeks before the expansion opened. I never saw Coco Cay pre construction so I have no comparison. I can only compare being able to use the upgrades vs not. We had a great day on CC before the expansion opened but I think the expansion hit the mark! There is so much to do there. Whether you want a relaxed beach experience, party at the lagoon, water park attractions, snorkeling, water sports it's all there! I've been to Disney's Castaway Cay and Coco Cay is currently blowing Castaway Cay out of the water. The Cruise: We had a great time. The length was a little short. I missed my sea days. I love 7 day sailings! I think my sweet spot for a shorter is 4 days! Staff was wonderful! We witnessed some of the other cruisers being rude to crew members and having no consideration for others around them. We also saw a few incidents of people not participating in "washy washy" which I'm sure happens all the time but I noticed it a lot more on this sailing. It was a great weekend and we're looking forward to doing something like this again soon!
  2. Day 4: Debarkation day We awoke around 7am. We quickly got cleaned up, while I was getting cleaned up I heard Nichole cursing and she let me know our flight for 3pm was already delayed 4 hours. Ouch, I knew it was going to be a long day! We packed up the rest of our stuff and headed upstairs to WJ for one more breakfast. We both just grabbed something light, grabbed a cappuccino from Herbert and gave him a hug. We finished up breakfast, headed to the room, grabbed our bags and were off the ship around 8:15. We were though customs very quickly and out at shared ride before we knew it. We ordered up an Uber and headed back to Coral Springs to meet MIL and Lilly Bear! We waited out the delay at MIL house. We did actually depart just over 4 hours later than expected. Finally made it home to our house by midnight. It was a great weekend getaway with just one minor hiccup at the end! I'll be back with final thoughts on the ship!
  3. The perfect couple is quite like the belly flop competition. The contestants and host can make or break it! It can be hilarious or boring and everything in between! This sailings perfect couple show was just average. Not crazy funny but not dull either. It was 11pm and the awesome 80s party started in 15 minutes. We were trying to push through that and then we were going to go to the cosmopolitan club to party and listen to DJ Jerome spin! Nichole suggested that we just head up to cosmopolitan club right at 11 because we've seen the 80s party a few times and even though we enjoy it, we were both fighting to make it a late night. I agreed and we headed upstairs. When we got to cosmopolitan club, there was a decent amount of people! We made it a point to make it there this night because DJ Jeromes style and music choices were definitely more aligned with ours. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. I can't fault the DJ, he played the crowd and they seemed to be enjoying the same 90s hip hop/crowd favorite type stuff that the scratch DJ played the night before. We just didn't expect that from him because his style had been so different every other time we saw him that cruise. We gave it a little time to see if he would mix it up. I was ready to party all the way into Miami if he changed up his music programing some. Unfortunately we waited a while and no change so we called it a night.
  4. The belly flop competition is hit or miss depending on your contestants and activities staff. This one was pretty good and everyone had a blast. The cruise was winding down…the weekend getaway cruise is awesome but just when you really start enjoying yourself, its over! We didn’t want to call it a day yet so we grabbed a daybed at lime and coconut and enjoyed the sunshine as we left Nassau. Although we had thought we’d do MDR for dinner, Nichole suggested we go to the WJ and see what they had to offer before completely writing of WJ for dinner. We usually do MDR every dinner except a few specialties so this would be a shock if we didn’t even see the MDR! We lounged a bit longer and then headed downstairs to get cleaned up. We hit the WJ on the way and along with all the offerings from night 1, the specialty offerings were seafood and some asian dishes. We got cleaned up in the room and when I asked where dinner was going to be, Nichole said the desserts she saw at WJ were the deciding factor. We headed upstairs but my one caveat was that we sit at a table and not the bar! We made it upstairs, had dinner and then agreed Dessert would be at the bar with espresso martinis. We made our way to WJ bar and you guessed, Herbert and Dylan were waiting for us. We had a few drinks with them and found out from them when they were leaving the ship and returning. We hope to catch these two characters again! It was the last night on the ship and we had a few things we wanted to check out so we said "see you soon" to our new friends and headed down stairs for the perfect couple gameshow.
  5. Sorry about the double post guys! It's been a couple hours and I don't think I can remove the second one!
  6. Day 3: Nassau For those that read the Symphony review, you know that we’ve been fortunate enough to have ported there a handful of times so now we tend to stay on the ship and enjoy lighter crowds while onboard. We woke up on day 3, got ready and headed up to the vitality spa to use the gym which is deck 12 aft. A lot of people posted how upset they were with how the renovations affected the gym on navigator and how they ruined it. I will say, the gym was a bit small and the ceilings were very low! I felt like I was going to hit my head on the ceiling as I used the elliptical. Nichole knocked out a quick 4 miles and I used an elliptical. Even thought the gym is small and cramped, it seemed like all the equipment was new and it all worked. We headed back down to the room to get cleaned up and head to breakfast. I grabbed some pics of the sports deck and solarium pool on the way back! We grabbed breakfast at WJ and then head to the WJ bar where (you guessed it) Herbert was waiting for us! He cracked a few jokes and put 2 fresh squeezed OJ screwdrivers in front of us. He also made us iced lattes. As I ate breakfast, a 2nd screwdriver showed up and then a 3rd! My intention was not to get buzzed during breakfast but my man Herbert was a bad influence! We finished up breakfast and headed out to the main pool. Dumbo was showing poolside and Nichole wanted to see it. We grabbed a few in water loungers and took in the movie. After that we headed into the solarium and grabbed a couple of loungers in the shade. Nichole grabbed a quick nap and I headed to Lime & Coconut to people watch. I went back after about an hour and we headed back to WJ for lunch. We headed back out to the solarium and relaxed a bit. Around 3 we headed back out to the main pool to relax and get a decent spot for the belly flop competition.
  7. Day 3: Nassau For those that read the Symphony review, you know that we’ve been fortunate enough to have ported there a handful of times so now we tend to stay on the ship and enjoy lighter crowds while onboard. We woke up on day 3, got ready and headed up to the vitality spa to use the gym which is deck 12 aft. A lot of people posted how upset they were with how the renovations affected the gym on navigator and how they ruined it. I will say, the gym was a bit small and the ceilings were very low! I felt like I was going to hit my head on the ceiling as I used the elliptical. Nichole knocked out a quick 4 miles and I used an elliptical. Even thought the gym is small and cramped, it seemed like all the equipment was new and it all worked. We headed back down to the room to get cleaned up and head to breakfast. I grabbed some pics of the sport deck and solarium pool on the way back! We grabbed breakfast at WJ and then head to the WJ bar where (you guessed it) Herbert was waiting for us! He cracked a few jokes and put 2 fresh squeezed OJ screwdrivers in front of us. He also made us iced lattes. As I ate breakfast, a 2nd screwdriver showed up and then a 3rd! My intention was not to get buzzed during breakfast but my man Herbert was a bad influence! We finished up breakfast and headed out to the main pool. Dumbo was showing poolside and Nichole wanted to see it. We grabbed a few in water loungers and took in the movie. After that we headed into the solarium and grabbed a couple of loungers in the shade. Nichole grabbed a quick nap and I headed to Lime & Coconut to people watch. I went back after about an hour and we headed back to WJ for lunch. We headed back out to the solarium and relaxed a bit. Around 3 we headed back out to the main pool to relax and get a decent spot for the belly flop competition.
  8. So as I mentioned, Dylan and Herbert were awesome! We spent more time at the WJ bar with them then anywhere else on the ship! I know for a fact that we missed things that were going on because we stayed there with them instead. Although we like cocktails, including martinis, we're not ones to sit at bars for long periods of time. These guys kept us happy, entertained and were so friendly! We sat with them for a few hours and more than a few martinis! We finished up, said goodnight to the guys and headed down to studio B for quest! When we got to studio B, DJ Jerome was killing it. He was playing lots of big dance tracks to get the crowd pumped! If any of you haven't been to quest its hilarious! It's definitely an adult game! It's an adult scavenger hunt where the host asks for different things from the crowd. Each section becomes a team and the team captains must deliver the request to the host. It can get pretty crazy and it is amazing how inhibitions are thrown to the wind! We had a blast and our section won. Now studio B is "transformed to the hottest nightclub on the high seas!" It's time for RED! When we were on Symphony, RED was kind of a bust for us. Actually anything that revolved around a DJ was because the DJ talent on Symphony was so horrible that trip. We hoped for a better experience this time. On the production side of things for RED, Symphony has Navigator beat but that's understandable, newer technology and bigger ship. Unfortunately the DJ for RED wasn't going to be DJ Jerome. It was the scratch DJ OhTommy. Without getting to deep into it, a scratch DJ is more of an open format DJ they can play hip hop, EDM, house anything really. They use scratching and effects to mix the tracks. It makes them pretty versatile. We're more electronic music and house music fans. We knew it wouldn't be a Vegas club but we hoped for a good mix. DJ OhTommy did a decent job! He had a great crowd going, played the room/crowd and had a good party going. Unfortunately the music was more 90s hiphop and crowd favorites which is great if you're at a wedding but shouldn't be billed as a high energy nightclub experience which is what they try and sell RED as. Although his music style wasn't our taste, he had some great technical skill which is way better than what we saw on Symphony. This may have been the wobble which I heard half a dozen times over the weekend. We stayed for a dozen songs/mixes before we called it a night. Since the music wasn't our taste, we couldn't get pumped enough for staying awake to be worth it. Tomorrow was a new day! Also the last day...
  9. Nichole had a 7pm appointment at To Dry For (blow dry bar), we had a chops reservation for 8pm and we also wanted to catch the crazy quest and RED nightclub experience. It was a busy night planned so we grabbed a quick nap! We got up and got ready. Nichole was heading to the dry bar for her hair appointment and I headed to schooner bar for name that tune trivia. I obviously grabbed a drink or 2 when I played! Nichole met me in Schooner bar after her appointment and she seemed a bit disappointed. We had met a group of women in schooner the night before and they were raving about their experience at to dry for. Nichole even said that their hair all looked great. Nichole said that her experience wasn't as great. She said she felt that she probably could've done her hair herself and gotten the same result and I agreed. Nichole was the last appointment of the day for the stylist that did her hair and she thinks the girl rushed through it just to get it done. Nichole said the same group of women from the night before was in with her and they seemed like their styles were getting much more attention. When we saw them later in the evening, I agreed. Nichole said that her experience could have been a fluke because of tired or bad stylist but she wouldn't pay the money again to find out. We finished pre dinner cocktails at schooner and headed up to chops. We were seated right away at chops. Nice table location and friendly staff. We had a nice dinner and our fellow diners both left and right were friendly and having great meals as well. We noticed a lot of large groups during our dinner. Nichole started with crispy goat cheese salad and I had charred beef carpaccio. We both had 6 ounce filets. We had creamed spinach, gruyere cheese tater tots and Mac & cheese as our sides. We finished off dinner with cheesecake, warm chocolate cake and of course 2 espresso martinis. The entire meal was delicious! I was nervous when I ordered the cheesecake for dessert because it can sometimes be heavy or dense. This cheesecake was light and delicious. If you like cheesecake, I recommend it! We finished up dinner and conveniently the WJ bar is just outside chops! Dylan and Herbert were waiting for us!
  10. We hung out in the pool bar the bar for a little while. Things were still pretty tame as the ship started to wake up and get onto the island. Before we knew it, people were showing up and things were starting to get busy. Around 10am a DJ started playing right next to the bar. There was a pretty chill vibe with house music playing. We were back and forth between the loungers, the pool and the swim up bar for a good portion of the morning. We both caught a few short catnaps and then decided to grab lunch. We ended up walking over to skippers grill. I was very impressed with the food area. There was a bar, multiple drink (water, lemonade and juice) and condiment stations, covered picnic tables and multiple food stations. Offerings included burgers, dogs, bbq chicken, fries, potato salad, macaroni salad, paninis, fruits, cookies, brownie and a few other things I may be forgetting. There was also a taco bar which was basically El Loco Fresh on land. The food was pretty good! I believe the chill grill has very similar options. I will offer one bit of advice. The seagulls around the grill areas both skipper and chill grill were in full force. I left Nichole at the table as I went to get more napkins and the gulls attacked my plate as Nichole sat right across from it. Word of advice, don't leave your food for a second. As we ate a brief rain shower moved in but it was no big deal. We finished up lunch and headed back to the pool. When we got back to the pool, the water was empty. Apparently there was a lightning strike in the area. The land bar area was slammed now and people were just hanging out. After a little time, the pool reopened and people continued their day. Nichole and I decided to head to the beach for a bit so we walked over to the beach with the floating bar. This section of beach had a lot of sea grass but Royal did a good job creating paths to walk around in the water and even head out to one of the sand bars. The beach wasn't completely free of sea grass in the water but there was enough area that you could walk around, swim or hang out. The swim up bar was pretty busy and people were coming and going. We climbed up, grabbed a few drinks and hung out for bit. We stayed for a few rounds of drinks and decided to head back to the lagoon. There was a great shot of the giant balloon on our way back. We got back to the pool and began to witness what people had posted and talked about. As the day goes on at the Lagoon, the partying heats up. The DJ was keeping a good party going and there was a pretty big party vibe going. Lots of shots and drinks going down and lots of dancing and partying. If you're looking for a chill relaxed vibe, things are a bit more relaxed on the other side of the bridge or you can head to one of the beaches. The main area of the lagoon by the bar is party central. Being a person who likes to party in Vegas, I loved it! That's whats great though, if the party is not your thing, you could easily get away from it by going to the beach! The island did offer something for everyone! The party continued and even though we are partiers, we kept it pretty tame. We hung out at the lagoon the rest of the day and were back and forth between the bar/party and our loungers. Before we knew it, it was 4pm and we were getting ready to head back to the ship. The crowds were starting to die down and we heard the DJ spin the last song. We packed up and headed back to the ship. On our walk back, I grabbed a few more pictures of harbor beach, skippers grill and a great shot of the back of the ship! We made it back on with little to no wait at all! Both forward and midship gangways were open. If you didn't mind walking to the forward (which we didn't) there was literally no one there but us and maybe one other family. A few seconds and we were back on the ship!
  11. Thanks! We did have both remotes and figured that's what one of them was for but it didn't work. When it didn't work we weren't sure if thats what it was for or not so we just closed the blinds!
  12. Thanks! Every time we cruise, we try and meet like minded cruisers and people! A few trips we ended up doing excursions and hanging with people we meet the entire trip!
  13. Thanks for following! Sounds like a great group trip! I had hoped to get some friends on this one with us to have a large group for Nichole's birthday but it just didn't work out. The waterpark looked pretty good and I think you guys will have a lot of fun with it! The ice show is great! Don't miss it!
  14. Thanks for following along! I was excited for all the changes but did really enjoy Coco Cay before and was afraid of how the changes would effect things. Now that I've seen a lot of it, I love everything about it!
  15. We planned on staying on chill island which featured. Harbor beach, chill beach, the oasis lagoon and the floating bar. Harbor beach is where the tenders used to come in and dock. They turned it into a pretty nice looking white sand cove. The bridge over to chill island is a great place to snap a picture of whatever ship you're on! After a short walk we made it over to the Oasis Lagoon! The pictures don't do the massive scale of it justice. The lagoon is huge and there is a ton of loungers and seating all around it. As the day went on, things got busy but I never noticed it get to the point where someone couldn't find a lounger around where they wanted to sit. The massive swim up bar has 2 sides. One for land with high tops and one for those in the water. We grabbed a few loungers and claimed our spot for the day! After a quick video chat with our Lilly bear (yes the Zoom wifi works everywhere on Coco Cay) we headed to the bar and grabbed something fruity to get into the island mood!
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