I had deliberate on this cruise for seven months. A pal and I who had formerly cruised with Carnival and Celebrity have been keen to strive Royal Caribbean after listening to such a lot of fantastic matters approximately the splendor of the deliver, best of meals and carrier, etc. For the second one time, I amazed my retired dad and mom by taking them with us (the preceding 12 months I had amazed them with an Alaskan cruise which I will overview later), and that they have been truly giddy with exhilaration once they observed out that they might another time be journeying aboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas, which they claimed became their favorite deliver of thirteen different cruises that they’d taken. With the delivery sparkling out of dry dock for upgrades, have been set to visit a few brand-new locations none people had ever visited: Roatan Island, Honduras, and Belize City. Expectations have been high.
Our eating enjoys– Most virtually the great carrier we obtained at the deliver became withinside the predominant Sapphire Dining Room, that is virtually the maximum splendid eating room I even have visible on a cruise deliver. Walking into the eating room is like getting into a regal opera residence entire with a grand staircase and 3 ranges of eating with home windows on every facet. Our servers have been extraordinarily attentive, noting my step-mother’s desire of creating her very own ice tea with glasses of ice, 2 tea baggage, and a few warm glasses of water, which became looking ahead to her each night time after night time one. I may want to fault her for being a “tea snob,” however then I’d have a take a observe myself withinside the replicate with my Starbucks in hand turning my nostril up at Folgers. Here we’re at dinner. I am the goof-ball in blue.
The Cabin– Inside cabin 7667 (Aft Port) became domestic candy domestic for our week at sea. My dad and mom have been proper round the corner in 7669. For an interior cabin, there have been lots of room to stow all of our stuff and feature a totally clean area to transport in. I might say the mattress became a piece hard, however, it is all approximately your desire as my pal and journeying associate Jay (the fellow in purple) stated he became simply proper. The ample closet and drawer area allowed us to every have enough area to unpack. Our steward carrier became additionally top-notch, re-stocking, and tidying up two times daily.
Overlooking the Royal Promenade
The Grand Atrium Beverage Package–Three people in this cruise had the top class package deal for $ fifty-five in step with day, however in view that my dad’s simplest liquids beer, we were given him the primary package deal. At first glance, this package deal would possibly appear a piece pricey (Royal Caribbean’s beverage programs are a number of the maximum high priced at sea), however universal we were given our cash’s worth. What I particularly favored became that essentially not anything at the drink menu became off-limits brief of the brilliant top class stuff. You may want to even choose Grey Goose vodka at no greater charge. The turn facet right here is the bar carrier (see below).
Embarkation/Debarkation–The phrases fiasco, nightmare, eternity, and disorganization come to thoughts for each. This became hands-down the WORST embarkation/debarkation procedure I even have ever skilled, and my dad and mom who have been on thirteen preceding cruises agreed. We ought to have anticipated this while Royal Caribbean despatched us out an electronic mail previous to the cruise teaching us to reach at positive instances primarily based totally on the deck on which our cabin became located. As it happened, we had flown into Houston, and our switch dropped us off proper on the time we have been speculated to be there, which became 12:30 p.m. We did now no longer step foot at the deliver till nearly 2 p.m, as we have been caught exclusive lines, each of which have been extraordinarily slow-moving. This is virtually now no longer the manner you need to begin your holiday, and only a few smiles have been to be observed withinside the safety and check-in lines. Mind you, I completely assume a piece of a wait checking in, however, this became simply ridiculous. I assume the longest wait I even have ever skilled previous to this became half-hour tops. I virtually expressed my dissatisfaction to the check-in lady. Bottom line–I will by no means cruise from Galveston, Texas once more as they really do now no longer have the cap potential to deal with the number of humans that cruise ships have. Basically, Royal Caribbean left a bad first effect and a bad ultimate effect.
Service–Aside from our servers at dinner, carrier withinside the bars and lounges in this delivery became common at great and absolutely now no longer what I am acquainted with on a cruise. While a few bartenders have been standouts, it commonly took all the time to get a drink, and regularly you felt as in case you have been a hassle to the bartender or server. The worst carrier became probable on the pool bar. Some would possibly say that I am too demanding, however, after I spend my hard-earned cash on holiday I need a respectable carrier. Period. I failed to actually get it on this cruise. My dad and mom additionally commented that “matters simply were not equal in this cruise” as their preceding enjoy on Navigator of the Seas.
Kids, children, children— OK, I am probably going to get a few eye-rolls for this, and perhaps for a few it would not be bad, however, there have been simply too many children taking on the primary pool place in this delivery. As with anywhere else, dad and mom are in part accountable right here, permitting their little monsters to run amuck and splash others withinside the predominant pool, however, I fault Royal Caribbean for now no longer imposing pool rules. On beyond cruises, children were not even allowed in warm tubs, however, they have been on this one. Granted, there’s an adults-simplest pool and warm tub, however, the trouble is that there isn’t always any amusement there (now no longer that the amusement at the primary pool became something to write down domestic approximately).