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Royal Caribbean Cruises aboard the Navigator of the Seas
Above: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Navigator of the Seas Cruise Ship.

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Ship Details
Began service: December, 2002
Guest capacity: 3,114
Total staff: 1,181
Length: 1,020 feet
Passenger decks: 14
CDC inspection score: 97

Navigator of the Seas Overview

The Navigator of the Seas cruise ship departs from Miami, Florida. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean .

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Navigator of the Seas is the fourth in Royal Caribbean's Voyager Class, the biggest vessels in the world. The ship sports some of the industry's most amazing features: a rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, an indoor, mall-like promenade, basketball court and in-line skating track. Although she is a member of the Voyager family, she has her own look and amenities. This ship has more exterior glass (in balcony cabins) than her predecessors, a wine bar for appreciation and entertainment, expanded youth facilities, a new Plaza area with a variety of dining options (both no-fee and fee), the first Latin jazz bar at sea, and the first sea-going Ben & Jerry's ice cream parlor. Active cruisers of any age will love the Navigator of the Seas.


Of the total 1,557 staterooms, 939 are ocean view and of those, 707 have balconies. There are 618 interior cabins, but of those, 138 offer a Promenade View. All staterooms have beds that convert to queen-size configuration with mini-bar, hair dryer, TV's with closed-circuit and satellite programming options, phone, and individually-controlled air conditioning. Each cabin provides unlimited Internet access for guests who have a laptop onboard (charge is $100 for a seven day cruise). There are a dozen categories of suites, including a lavish Royal Suite, featuring a separate bedroom with king-size bed, private balcony with hot tub, spacious bathroom with whirlpool, living room with sofa-bed, wet bar, dining table, entertainment center -and yes, even a baby grand piano. The top categories of suites, Royal, Owner's, Royal Family, and Grand Ocean View Suite guests have access to the Concierge Club on Deck 9 for spa and dining reservations and shore excursion bookings.


There are many options to satisfy your appetite. A new dining venue for Royal Caribbean is the line's first Asian fusion restaurant, Jade. The restaurant, housed within the Plaza area on Deck 11. Jade (no-fee), is buffet-style, serving dishes from Southeast Asia. Passengers can enjoy a pre-dinner sake, tea or traditional cocktail at the Plaza Bar, with its backdrop of cascading water, at the entrance to the Plaza area.

The three-story main dining room has three levels, each named after famous ballets: Swan Lake, Coppelia and The Nutcracker. Dinner is served in two traditional seatings; breakfasts and lunches are open seating. Service was outstanding, with attention to detail. Vegetarian and ShipShape items (low in fat and cholesterol) are featured. There aren't too many tables for two in the dining room, but are plentiful in the alternative dining venues.

Two with fees ($20 per person each) are Chops Grille on Deck 11, serving traditional steakhouse fare including steaks and chops, seafood, and family-style mashed potatoes. Portofino is a romantic, ocean-view restaurant serving Northern Italian cuisine.

Johnny Rockets features burgers, fries, and thick shakes. There's a $3.95 per person charge -- whether you eat in the restaurant or order for take-out. Beverages are available for an extra charge.

The Windjammer Cafe serves buffet-style breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner. Several stations include salad/sandwich/soup, meat carvery, entrees, burgers, breads, thirst quenchers and frozen yogurts. As part of RCI's new Golden Anchor Standard of service, waiters come around the Windjammer offering coffee, iced tea and lemonade to diners.

The Cafe Promenade is a good spot for a quick breakfast, lunch or snack. This no-fee sidewalk cafe, great for people-watching, serves fruits, rolls, sandwiches, pizza, cookies and Seattle's Best Coffee. Also on the Royal Promenade is Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop, with 16 of the company's famous flavors. Next door to Ben & Jerry's is Sprinkles, a free frozen yogurt station.

There is 24-hour room service with a variety of meals and snacks.


The1,350-seat, Art Deco-style Metropolis Theater, features Broadway-style productions and variety shows. An ice extravaganza in Studio B on Deck 3, "Ice Dancin'," features an international cast including Russian, Canadian and American skaters. There is piano music in the Schooner Bar, and Latin jazz and drinks in Boleros. The Ixtapa Lounge has karaoke and themed night parties. Smokers will enjoy the Connoisseur Club, a cigar lounge housed within the Ixtapa Lounge. You can sample a pint or two at the Two Poets Pub or sip champagne at the Champagne Bar. There is smooth live jazz at the Cosmopolitan Club in the Viking Crown Lounge on Deck 14. Sports fans can head for 19th hole, the sports bar. A a popular late nightspot is The Dungeon, the two-story disco with a decor of Medieval Europe.

Fitness & Recreation

One of our favorite areas on board was the Solarium, with a pool, fountain, two Jacuzzis, a bar, and lots of chaise lounges facing the sea. The ShipShape Center on Deck 11 features a mirrored, ocean-view aerobics area with spinning bikes and free weights;, ocean-view gym with 20 Lifefitness treadmills, 14 Lifefitness elliptical cross trainers, 6 recumbent bicycles, 4 stationary bicycles, Lifefitness weight machines and steppers, additional free weights, and a round thalassotherapy pool. A stereo system and TV monitors provide entertainment while you work out. The ShipShape Spa on Deck 12 is a serene oasis with ocean-view salon, 14 massage rooms, one dry floatation room, Rasul suite and relaxation area with sea views.

Other fitness and recreational facilities include a jogging track (five times around equals one mile) an outdoor sports deck complete with mini-golf and golf simulator; a full-length sports court for basketball, paddle ball and volleyball; a curvy in-line skating track; and the Rock-Climbing wall -200 feet above the sea.

Public Areas

An $8.5 million art collection graces the ship with 2,213 art pieces in the public spaces. The Royal Promenade, the heart of the ship, is ideal for people watching, and has the feel of a festive mall. A shopping, dining, and entertainment boulevard, it is four decks tall and longer than a football field. On special nights, the Royal Promenade comes alive with street entertainment such as jugglers, magicians and mimes, and at 12:30am, it is the scene of a Mardi Gras parade with music from various parts of the world. Monumental sculptures adorn each atrium including our favorite work of art onboard, Aquaria, by American sculptor Larry Kirkland. This spectacular sculpture spans the 11 levels of the Centrum atrium, and has 6,000 shimmering, hand-gilded spheres inspired by the bubbles produced by scuba divers. An assortment of lounges range from intimate enclaves like the Champagne Bar, Vintages, a wine bar in association with Robert Mondavi and Beringer Blass Wine Estates, and the Two Poets Pub; to bigger venues like the Mayan-themed Ixtapa nightclub and the hallmark Viking Crown, segmented into The Cosmopolitan Club, Cloud Nine Lounge, 19th Hole bar and the Seven Hearts game room. Other public spaces include an ocean-view, intimate wedding chapel for 60 guests on Deck 15, the Vegas-style Casino Royale (with a New Orleans theme), featuring 300 slots, 8 blackjack tables, 3 Caribbean Stud Poker tables, 3 roulette wheels and a craps table. There's also a library and a cyber lounge with 19 computer stations -charge is 50 cents per minute (and a flat surcharge of $4.95 per transmission to send a video postcard). Like on all Royal Caribbean ships, there is no self-service launderette, so pack accordingly.


RCI's youth programs are second to none, but in Navigator of the Seas, they have outdone themselves. The Adventure Ocean facilities on Deck 12 are 22,000 sq. ft., 6,000 sq. ft. more than on any other Royal Caribbean ship. Areas include a section for 3-5 year olds with seven computer stations, a new art studio area and an ocean liner-themed play area; a room for 6-8 year olds, featuring seven computer stations, themed evenings, Adventure Science, including an exploding volcano, and Adventure Art by Crayola projects; and a section for 9-11 year olds, with seven computer stations, five flat-screen TV's, and such activities as Survivor Night. Teens have three areas to hang out in and their program. It has been divided into two age groups: 12-14 and 15-17. Navigator has a Back Deck, an outdoor area for teen parties with music and buffets; Fuel is the teen disco, complete with dance floor, Internet Cafe, four flat-screen TV's and bar for nonalcoholic drinks; and The Living Room, a place to hang out during the day with games, books, flat-screen TV, futuristic furniture and Internet Cafe with seven stations. Group baby-sitting is available from 10pm - 1am in Adventure Ocean. Cost is $5 per hour per child. Children must be at least three years old and fully toilet trained. In-cabin baby-sitting is available through Guest Relations and must be booked at least 24 hours in advance (children must be at least six months old). The charge is $8 per hour, in cash, for up to two children within the same family; and $10 per hour for a maximum of three children in the same family. There is a two-hour minimum requirement.

Expert Navigator of the Seas reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Navigator of the Seas cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Navigator of the Seas Score: 97

Cruise Critic: Navigator of the Seas
The Cruise Critic gives Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas a 4-ribbon rating.

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