Navigator of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s popular Voyager class ships. While she’s not a spring chicken anymore—she initially set sail in 2002—the line has kept up with the Jones’ by continually refurbishing the ship and adding the most successful elements from the rest of the fleet.
Spanning 15 decks and accommodating just about 4,000 people, there are a lot of activities to keep you busy. In fact, if you’ve got seven nights or less to enjoy the ship, you probably won’t be able to see and do everything onboard—but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
Navigator’s three-level main dining room, Sapphire, services breakfast, lunch, and dinner and appeals to most passengers. However, there is a plethora of extra-fee specialty restaurants like Chops Grille steakhouse, serving dry-aged steaks; Sabor for authentic Mexican food and tequila flights; Giovanni’s Table for home-style Italian cuisine in a casual atmosphere; and Izumi for inventive Japanese sushi rolls, tempura, and more. Here’s a tip though: If you hanker for Asian food but don’t want to pay a fee, head to Jade, the Asian-style buffet near Windjammer Marketplace.
Things to Do
Whether you’re a couple, traveling solo or are part of a family group, there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. Some of Navigator’s go-to activities include the FlowRider surf simulator, a nine-hole miniature golf course, a rock-climbing wall, 10 pools and whirlpools in total, the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, and so much more.
In the evening you can check out venues like Vintages Wine Bar and The Crow's Nest, which offer a relaxing spot to savor a beverage and chat with new friends. There’s also the Metropolis Theatre and all the shops that line the Royal Promenade.
What’s Onboard for the Kids?
Royal Caribbean’s program for babies and toddlers features interactive classes developed in partnership with Fisher-Price®. It runs in two age groups: Royal Babies (6 to 18 months old) and Royal Tots (18 to 36 months old). There is also fee-based babysitting available for kids 1 year old and over.
The rest of the kids’ programs are pretty robust: Aquanauts (3- to 5-year-olds) can become Certified Junior Adventure Scientists, while the Explorers (6- to 8-year-olds) enjoy themed parties and unique activities including candy making.
Kids aged 9 to 11 can take part in the Voyager program, and teens have their own chill-out area in The Living Room and Fuel Nightclub, where they can dance their hearts out.
- Overall, Navigator of the Seas is a terrific ship despite its age. We just wish the ship had a few more attractions for adrenaline junkies, like the RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator that can be found on newer Royal Caribbean ships.