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  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-Sabor - Love Mexican? Stop by Sabor aboard Navigator of the Seas for authentic Mexican entrees.
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  • Royal-Caribbean-Chops-Grille-chocolate-dessert - Top off your meal with a decadent chocolate dessert at Chops Grille on your Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Chops-Grille-Herb-Crusted-Jumbo-Shrimp - A herb-crusted jumbo shrimp entrée at Chops Grille aboard your Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-chilled-soup - Colorful, cool chilled soup provides a refreshing lift-me-up during a Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-sea-scallops-chorizo - Pan Seared Sea Scallops and Chorizo, available from the kitchen of your Royal Caribbean ship.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-lemon-meringue-pie - Sky High Lemon Meringue Pie, available from the kitchen of your Royal Caribbean ship.
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  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-fish-tomato-chowder - Fish and Tomato Chowder, a popular soup on Royal Caribbean voyages.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-caramel-apple-pie - Caramel apple pie à la mode, a worthy dessert to top off your day on a Royal Caribbean sailing.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Giovannis-Table-Capesante-al-Forno - Capesante al Forno (Baked Scallops in the Shell), prepared for guests on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Main-Dining-Apple-Parcels - In Royal Caribbean cruises, a favorite desert is apple parcels, made with puff pasty, apples, cinnamon, sugar and almond paste, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
  • Royal-Caribbean-wait-staff - The staff in the dining rooms on Royal Caribbean cruises are charged with making sure that all dishes meet exacting standards.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Main-Dining-Room-food - Begin your meals with the vibrant flavors of land and sea during your Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-entree - Royal Caribbean menu options include free-range chicken as well as gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian dishes.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-entree-2 - Royal Caribbean chefs will  prepare your meals to your specifications.
  • Royal-Caribbean-main-dining-room - Dining options on Royal Caribbean cruises range from formal seating in the main dining room to more casual fare.
  • Royal-Caribbean-main-dining-room-2 - Royal Caribbean menus include dishes specially prepared to please the discerning palate of children.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-dining-room - Navigator of the Seas' three-level main dining room offers a wide variety of menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-Chops-Grille - Reservations are required for Chops Grille, Navigator of the Seas' popular steakhouse on deck 11.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-Giovannis-Table - The ocean views are as lovely as the food at Giovanni's Table, a family-style Italian restaurant on deck 11 of Navigator of the Seas.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-Izumi - Izumi, on deck 14 of Navigator of the Seas, offers sushi, Asian-fusion cuisine and stunning ocean views.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-Chops-Grille-steak - Chops Grille, on deck 11 of Navigator of the Seas, serves some of the best steaks on the high seas.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-RBar - Relax and enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the R Bar aboard Navigator of the Seas.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-movie-screen-pool - Watch a flick on Navigator of the Seas' giant outdoor movie screen while taking a dip in the pool or relaxing on the deck.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-Diamond-Lounge - Suite and Crown & Anchor Society members can kick back and relax in the Diamond Lounge aboard Navigator of the Seas.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-Sabor-tequila-station - Stop by the tequila station at Sabor on your Royal Caribbean sailing if you love tequila drinks.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Adventure-Ocean - Royal Caribbean's fleetwide Adventure Ocean Youth Program and its trained staff offer age-appropriate entertainment and activities for cruisers ages 3 to 17.
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  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-at-sea - An aerial view of Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, which offers -night itineraries to the Western Caribbean.
  • fun-along-beach - Fun along the beach during a shore excursion in the tropics on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-movie-screen-pool - Watch a flick on Navigator of the Seas' giant outdoor movie screen while taking a dip in the pool or relaxing on the deck.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-Sabor-tequila-station - Stop by the tequila station at Sabor on your Royal Caribbean sailing if you love tequila drinks.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-at-sea-2 - Navigator of the Seas offers two seven-night itineraries to the Western Caribbean, both with several days at sea. One visits Cozumel, Mexico, Roatan, Honduras, and Belize City. The other calls at Cozumel, Mexico, Falmouth, Jamaica, and George Town, Grand Cayman.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-Sabor - Love Mexican? Stop by Sabor aboard Navigator of the Seas for authentic Mexican entrees.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-aerial - The top view of Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas. Hang out by the pool, try surfing on the FlowRider, watch movies and sporting events on a 220-square-foot outdoor screen, and stay connected with shipwide wi-fi.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-front-in-Tenerife - Navigator of the Seas in Tenerife, the largest and most populous island in the Canary Islands.
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  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-Diamond-Lounge - Suite and Crown & Anchor Society members can kick back and relax in the Diamond Lounge aboard Navigator of the Seas.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-RBar - Relax and enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the R Bar aboard Navigator of the Seas.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Chops-Grille-strawberry-dessert - A chocolate-covered strawberry dessert at Chops Grille aboard your Royal Caribbean sailing.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-at-sea - An aerial view of Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, which offers -night itineraries to the Western Caribbean.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-at-sea-2 - Navigator of the Seas offers two seven-night itineraries to the Western Caribbean, both with several days at sea. One visits Cozumel, Mexico, Roatan, Honduras, and Belize City. The other calls at Cozumel, Mexico, Falmouth, Jamaica, and George Town, Grand Cayman.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-aerial - The top view of Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas. Hang out by the pool, try surfing on the FlowRider, watch movies and sporting events on a 220-square-foot outdoor screen, and stay connected with shipwide wi-fi.
  • Gibraltar-Moorish-fort - Moorish fortifications in Gibraltar signal the contested nature of the region over the centuries.
  • Gibraltar-cable-car - Visitors to Gibraltar can take the cable car to the Top of the Rock.
  • Gibraltar-drum-corps - British pageantry on display as the Corps of Drums of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment passes by the Convent.
  • Gibraltar-Strait - The Strait of Gibraltar, separating Africa and Europe, brings visitors from across the globe.
  • Gibraltar-Casemate-Square - Stroll through Gibraltar and stop for refreshments at Casemates Square.
  • fun-along-beach - Fun along the beach during a shore excursion in the tropics on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-in-Labadee-Haiti - Navigator of the Seas in Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private resort on the north coast of Haiti.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-in-Labadee-Haiti-2 - Navigator of the Seas in Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private resort on the north coast of Haiti.
  • Navigator-of-the-Seas-in-Labadee-Haiti-3 - Navigator of the Seas in Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private resort on the north coast of Haiti.
  • Gibraltar-Barbary-Macaques - The famed Barbary Macaques make themselves seen on the Rock of Gibraltar.
  • Gibraltar-airport - The Gibraltar Airport stands in the shadow of the Rock.
  • Gibraltar-St-Michael-Caves - St. Michael's Cave is the most visited of the more than 150 caves in Gibraltar.

Navigator of the Seas: Nonstop entertainment at sea

Our review

Snapshot

As the fourth ship in Royal Caribbean’s Voyager Class, the 3,114-passenger Navigator of the Seas has plenty to offer, but is it enough? Refurbished in 2014, the staterooms boast spacious floor plans from a standard 160-square-foot interior cabin to a 1,336-square-foot Royal Suite. Room size aside, the best way to enjoy this ship is to take advantage of the amenities. Whether you like to spend your free time exercising, ice skating, attending an art auction, sitting poolside, climbing a rock wall, relaxing in the spa or people watching on the Promenade, there are plenty activities to choose from each day on the ship. 

Who will like sailing on Navigator of the Seas

Passengers looking for nonstop entertainment and activities will find a lot to choose from. For a ship of this size, you'll rarely feel overly crowded, and Navigator sports some of Royal Caribbean's most economical fares. 

Where Navigator of the Seas sails

Navigator of the Seas sails in and around the Caribbean, with cruise itineraries that range from four to eight nights. Top destinations that the ship visits include Puerto Rico and St. Maarten.

Ratings & awards

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Relax and enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the R Bar aboard Navigator of the Seas.
Michel Verdure / Courtesy of Royal Caribbean InternationalRelax and enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the R Bar aboard Navigator of the Seas.

Where I went & what I liked 

I took Navigator of the Seas on a western Mediterranean cruise in September 2016. We loved the shore excursions as much as any of the fun activities on the ship. Highlights included a street artist performing a flamenco dance followed by an afternoon treat of oysters from a street vendor at Plaza de la Catedral and a visit to Catedral Nueva in Cadiz, Spain. A bistro lunch on a balcony patio with hours of shopping and sightseeing — with blue skies and Moorish architecture — in Malaga, Spain. Afternoons kicking around in Barcelona and Valencia, Spain. And a great gelato in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.  

Top dining options

Sharing a ship with 3,000 other people, you might think that you'll have to endure long lines at every meal. But that's not the case. With a main dining room, “My Time” dining, several restaurants to choose from, a cafeteria-style dining center and bistro café open 24 hours a day, there is always someplace and something to eat. Choices include:

  • Main Dining Room: The 3-deck space features complimentary, multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • More complimentary options including Windjammer Cafe and Cafe Promenade for coffee and pastries/snacks
  • Giovanni's Table: an Italian restaurant that serves up portions family-style
  • Chops Grille: a steakhouse that requires one low cover charge
  • Johnny Rockets: a ‘50s-style diner that features servers who double as entertainers, and is an additional cost
  • Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream: offers a variety of ice cream flavors and toppings for an additional charge
  • Sabor: a trendy Mexican restaurant that serves up guacamole, made at your table
  • Izumi: Japanese cuisine, featuring a la carte sushi selections
  • Room service: Late-night service charge applies to room service orders between midnight and 5 am.

Entertainment & shopping

Looking to burn off some calories at the end of the day? You can hit the disco, which spins music until the last dancer leaves the floor. If you want to be entertained, then you can take in an ice skating show, watch or take part in a nightly karaoke contest, go to the nightly headliner show or kick back in the Schooner Bar and sing along with the Piano Man.

Venues include:

  • Complimentary Broadway-style entertainment in the Main Theater
  • Complimentary ice-skating shows in Studio B
  • R Bar, featuring a sophisticated 1960s vibe, complete with iconic furnishing and signature cocktails created by a savvy mixologist
  • 9,623-square-foot, Vegas-style Casino Royale with 292 slots and 17 tables
  • 15 bars, clubs and lounges that never have a cover and include Boleros Latin-themed lounge and Two Poets Pub
  • Variety of name-brand, duty-free shopping on the Royal Promenade, including jewelry, perfumes, apparel and shopping for teens and kids
Relax at poolside and let your cares slip away during your Royal Caribbean sailing.
AccuSoft Co. / Courtesy of Royal Caribbean InternationalRelax at poolside and let your cares slip away during your Royal Caribbean sailing.

Families & age ranges

While there is a Family Zone, video arcade and daycare on board, this cruise was not geared toward children. The guests ranged in age from 6 months to mid-80s, with the majority being between 55 and 65 years of age. Available family activities included: 

  • Complimentary Adventure Ocean Youth Program
  • Royal Babies and Royal Tots program
  • Teen lounge areas and disco
  • Family-friendly activities including games, contests, enrichment classes and lectures

Service

With such a diverse group on board, it’s hard to see how the crew is able to meet the needs of so many of their guests, but they do. By the end of our 14-day Mediterranean cruise, it was surprising how familiar the crew members became with our habits and preferences. They pride themselves on knowing the likes and dislikes of their “regulars.” They also won’t hesitate to help you find the perfect place to celebrate that special event. 

Rest & relaxation

  • Vitality Spa with 100-plus treatments, including MediSpa treatments and acupuncture
  • Four pools including the Solarium, an adults-only retreat
  • Six whirlpools
  • State-of-the-art fitness center, with classes like yoga and tai chi

Action & adventure

  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Ice-skating rink
  • Mini-golf course
  • Basketball court
  • Jogging and in-line skating tracks

Bottom line

Were there some missteps? Absolutely. There was a distinct bathroom odor in the hallway outside of our cabin for the final three days. The headlining entertainment each night was geared more toward the British guests. I recall hearing many of the North American guests grumble about not “getting” the humor. All of that, aside, the cruise delivered as advertised, and I feel confident just about everyone left happy.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Outdoor movie screen
  • Where: Navigator of the Seas

  • What: R Bar
  • Where: Navigator of the Seas

  • What: Pools
  • Where: Navigator of the Seas
  • Duty-free shopping on the Royal Promenade
  • Recreational facilities such as the ice-skating rink and rock-climbing wall
  • More than 100 treatments at Vitality Spa
  • Solarium pool, an adults-only retreat
  • Guacamole made right at your table at Sabor Mexican restaurant

Top dining options on board

Chops Grille

  • Style: Steakhouse
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Giovanni's Table

  • Style: Italian
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Lunch & dinner

Sabor

  • Style: Mexican
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

3,114 Passengers [?]
1,185 Crew
15 Decks
2002 Maiden voyage
138,000 Tonnage [?]
1,020 Length in feet
157 Width in feet (max beam)
2014 REFURBISHED

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