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  1. While @EmilyJay did a great job posting about the overall cruise experience on the March 1, 2019 nine night sailing to the ABC islands, I thought I'd focus on the ship, updates and various venues and public spaces. Check out EmilyJay's live trip report here: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2639274-live-review-navigator-of-the-seas-abc-islands-1st-10th-march/ The updates have been quite extensive, more so than some of the previous 'Royal Amplified' ships. In 2018 I sailed a few of the Voyager class ships including Adventure, Explorer, Mariner and I last sailed Navigator just before her dry dock and amplification. Voyager class ships are sweet spot for me and after sailing the 'new' Navigator for this March 1, 2019 sailing, I've grown to really enjoy the updates. I’ve snapped pics of any menus I could find at various restaurants so I’ll post those too. If you are going to reply to any comments please do not include the pictures in your reply. Thanks.
  2. Hi everyone, we are so excited for our upcoming 9 night cruise on Navigator next month! I've been reading a lot of mixed reviews about the fitness center since dry dock. Does anyone who recently sailed know if the fitness center is open in the aft of the ship? Does it have free weights, weight machines and cardio machines? Thanks!
  3. Anyone Have any pictures of the two bed two bath suites on deck 9? Thanks
  4. Hi all-I have only sailed on Royal's Freedom and Oasis class ships. But due to a new job..I can only do a shorty of thee days. So I am trying to decide between Navigator and Mariner. I know both were refurbished recently. Mariner more recently than Navigator. Has anyone sailed on one or both and can offer some feedback. Thank you and happy cruising.!
  5. Does anyone know if the Coke Freestyle machines are or will be on the Navigator? Cruising in May and trying to figure out if we will mess with carrying on or go with the soda package. tia
  6. i just booked the 9 night southern Caribbean cruise for March 12, 2019. This will be my first time on navigator and to the abc islands. I am very excited. I was looking to see when she will be going into drydock. I looked through the threads and keep getting different answers. Someone said January 2019. For 47 days. Another site said 2018 with oasis features. Whatever that means. Does anybody know? Also I'm booked in September of this year for oasis. And some post said oasis is due this year. Can't seem to find anything.
  7. Just back yesterday from a wonderful cruise on the recently refurbished NAVIGATOR OTS. This was a 5-day charter (adult only) to Jamaica and Nassau. It's been several years since I've sailed on a Voyager Class and I forgot how much I love this class of ship. In many ways better than the Oasis Class. Royal did a phenomenal job with the refurbishment and it's almost like a new ship. The new pool deck is superb, perhaps my favorite pool deck of any ship afloat now. It's bright, cheerful, colorful, and perfect for the Caribbean. Tons of seating options from chairs, to loungers, hammocks, and even cabanas. Even the pools have a built in ledge around them so you can sit in mid-chest high water if you want without totally going in. The slides and flowrider are tons of fun, and I rode both slides multiple times. One slide uses a mat, and the other an inflatable raft that holds two people (400 lbs max). The raft slide was closed the first two days but they finally got it working. Both slides are well worth while. Food and service were great, and the new Windjammer is awesome. Way better than the Oasis Class I think and beautifully done. This being a charter it was open sitting for the entire ship for dinner each night in the dining room. It worked like a charm. We had a party of ten and never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a table (around 8pm or 8:30pm usually). All the wait staff I encountered were awesome and that goes for the bartenders and my cabin steward as well. I was in cabin 7532 which was a large balcony cabin. It had brand new carpet, a new sofa, new bedding, new drapes, and I think a new TV (which was interactive). The cabin seemed really big. Much larger than I remember. The sofa was so big (long) but no more coffee table. The balcony had nice furniture (two chairs and a table) which I think were new as well. The bathroom is untouched and original. My favorite new bar on the ship is the Bamboo Lounge and that is where I spent most evenings. It has a great atmosphere with a wonderful bar staff and atmosphere. The R-Bar was my second favorite and Royal did a nice job refreshing this space. There were two production shows which were pretty good (one all new), plus the ice skating show that was amazing. Drones were used in the show and it was quite dramatic. I think my favorite ice skating show of all my Royal cruises. There was also a Journey tribute show which I loved. Really brought me back to my high school days! This being a charter not all Diamond level benefits were available. For instance they did not offer the unlimited happy hour drinks in the Diamond Lounge each evening, but they did load the 3 free drinks into your Seapass card to use at any bar from 4-8pm. I found that some bartenders didn't ring it up so you really could get more than the 3 drinks depending on which bar you went to. The Diamond Lounge itself was quite nice, and open daily with its own mini-buffet and coffee/tea. It was moved from the Viking Crown to the old Connoisseur Cigar Lounge. So the view is not as great but it's still a very nice space. Two negatives ... one very minor and one not as minor. First the CD. Sorry but I found him beyond annoying. Just too Vegas cheesy for me. Not a big deal as the CD doesn't really impact my cruise, but this guy seemed to be much more in my face ... probably because I found him annoying! LOL. Second was the only aspect of the refit I did not like. Lots of new cabins were added to where the spa used to be. Gone are the wonderful mens/womens steam and sauna with the great views of the ocean. All cabins now. Also gone is the forward facing fitness center with great views. It's all cabins now as well. The size of the spa was greatly reduced and now occupies just a small interior area that is in the center of where all these cabins were added. It's disappointing especially because the Voyager Class had one of the nicest spas and fitness centers afloat. The fitness center was actually moved aft, to an area on the port side of the ship. It will still have views but not those great forward facing views. Unfortunately the fitness center was closed this entire cruise. We found out from staff that the ceiling is actually too low. If you stand on a treadmill you can hit your head. So they have to actually cut holes in the drop ceiling above the treadmills to make them usable. I was quite disappointed there was no fitness center on this cruise. They did put some treadmills in the solarium as a temporary solution but it's hot in there plus just an odd place to work out. I passed. So overall a fantastic trip on a really wonderful ship, and Royal should be proud of the job they did with NAVIGATOR's refit. It's truly awesome, enough so I plan to return in the fall when CocoCay is finished so I can experience that as well. I did take some pics and I'll post a link when I get them uploaded.
  8. I was thinking about booking the new junior suites on deck 11. I noticed that the balcony is 567 sq. Ft is this a typo? Also it says the room is 235 sq ft. Which seems incredibly small for a js?
  9. Sailing on the Navigator in a few weeks. Just read on another board that I have been posting on that the Navigator has added a laundry room with self-service washers and dryers during refurbishment. Personally don’t use, but if this is true then it’s a huge change for RC.
  10. Hey all! Quick question for those that have been on Navigator since her return. How late is the Lime and Coconut open? Were there people hanging out on the pool deck late? (Sorry, I’ve searched for the answer and can’t find it.)
  11. Does anyone know - after the extensive refurb that Navigator received - were all cabins given a refresh or just certain groups?
  12. Cruising on Navigator in May. Balcony Stateroom 8620. Beds will be separated as I'm cruising with my son. Are there any outlets by the beds or between the beds to plug our phones in? Any outlets on the balcony? Thanks in advance.
  13. My DH and I are taking our two children, their spouses and our 5 grandchildren (ages 5-12) on a w/e cruise on the Nav of the Seas this November. I have been on many cruises, but never a such a short cruise, and never with children. So I have a few questions. I am wondering how the Children’s program works. I am pretty sure the kids will be with us during the day, but have a question about late afternoon, and over dinner. We have anytime dining, so I will make reservations for dinner for each night. But I am wondering if the kids would be able to leave us after they eat, to go to the ‘children’s program’ so we can then finish our meals in a little more leisurely manner. And can they stay there while we go to the shows/bar for a drink or two. How long can they stay? Which brings me to my next question. We have only 3 nights on the ship, what type of shows do they offer? I am hoping one is the ice-skating show that I would think the kids would like. What are the others? Do they do the ‘Quest’ on a cruise this short? Are the activities on the private island free, or will we have to pay for the children to enjoy the offerings of the island. And will our beverage package work while we spend the day on the island? If any one has done this cruise with kids…I would love to here how it went and what you did.
  14. Been looking at some details on the 2020 amplification of Explorer of the Seas and also checked out some great YouTube videos of Navigator’s changes. As they are both in the same class of ships it got me wondering if they will both be refitted the same. Does anyone know please?
  15. Was offered category 6V interior through a TA block on Navigator for hundreds of dollars below what RCI is selling 4V interiors. The rooms are below the Spa. The gym on Navigator is being relocated away from the Spa area. Has anyone had rooms below a Spa? I usually try to avoid venues above or below, but Spa seems safe for quiet.
  16. Does anyone know if they are redoing the staterooms?
  17. Deciding between these two options: March 2020 with two teenagers navigator B2B nassau twice and Perfect Day twice Harmony St. Maarten Puerto Rico Perfect Day difference in price: Harmony is like $600 more. i know Harmony will have newer staterooms. Is it worth $600 more?
  18. Ugh, that seems like such a long time to wait. It is nice knowing I have something booked though. anyway... Finished my Adventure cruise a couple weeks ago and I was on CC just looking around when I saw the posts about Navigator and its upgrades. Looked at couple vids on Youtube that detail whats being added. Immediately had to book lol. I chose a room on deck 11, those will be all new rooms. The cruise is the 4 day so its Nassau and Coco Cay. Not sure how I feel about the changes at Coco Cay. Loved it as a great lounge on the beach stop but now it looks like an amusement / water slide park. I could stay on board Navigator and ride water slides with no extra charge and prob no lines. Just wanted to share my excitement of a fresh booking. I can't wait to see the reviews and pics in the coming weeks.
  19. I was wondering if anyone could tell me... Cabin 9358 on Navigator looks slightly bigger in the deck plans online than those similar cabins around it. It is a balcony with a sofa bed. Is that the only difference? Thanks
  20. Hello - I pre-purchased a coffee punch card for my 3/15 Navigator sailing. It looks like the coffee shop on board has been 'upgraded' to a Starbucks, and the terms of the coffee punch card say that it is not valid at Starbucks locations. "Specialty Coffees do not include any beverages served inside licensed Starbucks® stores/cafes" If that's the case, where on board can I even use this card? I've read the previous concerns about sometimes being charged 2-3 punches per coffee, and that paired with not knowing where/if I'll even be able to use the card has me thinking of cancelling it. Thanks! Brent
  21. We’ve cruised several times on Celebrity, but we’re taking our niece and a friend on a cruise and think Royal would be a better fit for them. They’re both 18. I’m looking at the 4 nt Navigator and a 7 nt on the Allure. Obviously a big price difference, but I want her first time cruising to be amazing. How do the ships compare and which would be best for 2 18 yr olds? They’ll prob want to meet people etc they’re own age, and they’re very active. The 4 nt only goes to the Bahamas, but I know the shorter cruises have a younger crowd. This is our first time on Royal so I’m not at all familiar with their ships. Any info you could give would be greatly appreciated. The trip will be in July. Thanks.
  22. Hi sailing on navigator on April 12 and was wondering if anyone has information on the upgrades done at dry dock?
  23. FYI for anyone that needs to know. Just got the text and email. 😥
  24. Ships updates are Spectacular!!! Ship is very children friendly. Have not seen everything yet. Plenty of chairs and the White Rainbow shape objects is a Cool off Shower when lounging.
  25. What is the minimum bet while playing blackjack on the Navigator of the Sea?
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