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Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Navigator of the Seas by Rob Alfonso Western Caribbean April 3, 2008

We sailed on the Navigator of the Seas April 3 to 7 from Fort Lauderdale -- Cozumel -- Fort Lauderdale.

I am a little late with this review, but I am not going to miss an opportunity to review this ship, so here it is.

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Embarkation Embarkation was smooth, long -- but fast moving lines that were well managed. No complaints.

The Ship This ship is well maintained, clean and fairly new. If you have been on RCCL you become accustomed to a certain standard and I have not been disappointed very often. You did not find much wear and tear on carpeting, or wall furnishings. You found the crew cleaning constantly. One of my things I look for is rust, and as usual there was NO rust to be found on exterior parts of the ship.

The Crew Very friendly. I have to say I can't complain about the service, however it was not as good as on my previous cruise on the Adventure of the Seas, but they really set the bar for me.

We dined with the Captain on this cruise, and we really did enjoy the formalities greatly. Thank You RCCL for this special treat.

Food Food was very good in both the main dining room and the Wind Jammer. I really can't complain about a single meal. All the food was hot, fresh, and delicious. Our wait staff bent over backwards to get us a table that was just right. A+++ food and service.

Activities and Shore Excursions Well coordinated, no complaints. We participated in the ATV Mayan jungle excursion, which was VERY FUN, but you should only do this excursion if you can handle a real rough ride in the jungle.

Accommodations Our room was clean and well maintained. No real wear and tear. Unfortunately I do have one complaint though.

We booked with another couple well ahead and got two balcony rooms next to each other with the intent to have the balcony partition opened so we could hang out together on the cruise. While I have never requested this on RCCL I have done this on Carnival more than once without issue. Clearly the doors could have been opened, they had locks and hinges, and yet we were first told they do not open, then after complaining we were told they would not open them for various reasons.

We never did get to sit together on this cruise and I do think that RCCL could have done better. I will not forget this experience and if you plan on doing this, remember Carnival allows it, RCCL does not, at least not on the Navigator.

Disembarkation Efficient, long lines -- but if you wait till the last moments to leave the Lido you will be better off.

All in all, I recommend this cruise unless you are planning to go with another couple in balcony cabins.

Overall Grade: B-

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