Navigator of the Seas
With capacity for 3,686 passengers, Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas is big, but not as big as they come. The ship, which was built in 2002 and refurbished in 2014, offers tons of eateries and activities, including a surfing simulator, skating rink, and rock-climbing wall. Of course, that's in addition to all of the dancing and swimming offered on board.
What We Love
The Royal Promenade: Serving as a Main Street for the ship, the Royal Promenade buzzes with activity most of the day. The space is lined with shops, bars, lounges, and eateries, and is home to parades, dance parties, and the welcome aboard captain's toast.
Plentiful Dining Options: For-fee venues include Chops Grille steakhouse, Sabor Modern Mexican restaurant, Izumi Japanese cuisine, and Giovanni's Table, which serves Italian food family style.
High-Octane Activities: Adrenaline junkies will love to test themselves on the FlowRider surfing simulator, the rock-climbing wall, and the ice-skating rink.
Best Known For
Virtual Windows: Navigator of the Seas was the first cruise ship to offer "virtual balcony" staterooms. These cabins have no windows but offer a live view replicating a real balcony via a full-length, high-resolution screen mounted on a wall. The screen shows images captured from an outside camera.
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Who It's Best For
Deal Seekers: Budget-conscious cruisers who want plenty of options for fun activities while on board will enjoy this ship.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Eating Well Will Cost You: The best food on board is at the specialty restaurants — Sabor, Chops Grille, and Giovanni's Table — which come with an added charge. These meals are leaps ahead of the main dining room, but they'll add up quickly.
John Roberts is a New Jersey-based writer for ShermansCruise who worked at The Virginian-Pilot.
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Navigator of the Seas at a Glance
- Line: Royal Caribbean
- Class: Voyager
- Number of Passengers: 3686
- Ship Size: Mega
- Launch Date: 2002
- Refurbish Date: 2014