Navigator of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

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Navigator of the Seas

About Navigator of the Seas

It doesn't take long for passengers on Navigator of the Seas to get into vacation mode. From the ship's Caribbean-themed pool deck -- with colorful cabanas, hammocks and in-water loungers -- to its bustling Royal Promenade lined with fun bars and eateries, you could easily feel like you're at a tropical resort from the moment you step onboard.

Navigator is an Amplified Voyager-class ship, which means you’ll find tons of things to do onboard, from enjoying the views from the water slides to trying to crack the code in the escape room, to sipping sunset drinks on the Lime and Coconut rooftop lounge.

The Navigator of the Seas Deck Plan Includes Plenty of Quiet Cabins

Navigator of the Seas deck plans are smartly designed. A large percentage of cabins are placed away from the busiest public areas, allowing for quiet nights. If sleeping in is your goal for the sailing, pick a cabin on decks 7, 8 or 9, which are between other room-only decks. Navigator of the Seas rooms to avoid include those on decks 2 and 3 closest to the main theater, the ice rink, and the Main Dining Room, as well as those on deck 10, as many of them are below the pool deck and two restaurants that are often cleaned late at night.

The Navigator of the Seas capacity is 3,990 passengers, which means that you’ll be sharing space with tons of other people. However, foot traffic is generally smooth thanks to the ship’s smart layout and – more often than not – efficient elevators. Just try to avoid the Royal Promenade when there are sales and promotions in the shops, as there tend to be lines.

The most recent Navigator of the Seas refurbishment took place in 2019, and included a revamped pool area, new nightlife and dining venues, and more waterslides.

Freedom of the Seas vs. Navigator of the Seas

Those craving some warm weather often struggle to decide between the Freedom and the Navigator of the Seas. Freedom is just a tad bigger, but features most of the same amenities and restaurants as Navigator. The crowd, though, is slightly different: Freedom, despite being popular with families during school vacation periods, has a more party-oriented vibe, whereas the Navigator is somewhat more family-friendly year-round.

Navigator of the Seas Restaurants Cater to all Tastes – But Many are Extra

When it comes to dining, the Navigator of the Seas cruise ship offers a nice variety for different tastes and budgets. But most, including newer additions like Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, Hooked Seafood and Jamie's Italian, do charge extra.

Navigator of the Seas Amenities Offer Tons of Fun Options for Families

There's far more to do on Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas than laze away, dine and imbibe. Daredevils will love the ship's Perfect Storm duo of waterslides -- The Blaster aqua coaster and Riptide headfirst mat racer -- in addition to glow-in-the-dark laser tag, an escape room and Royal Caribbean staples like the rock-climbing wall and FlowRider surf simulator.

Don't think the outdoor fun ends before dusk, either. The Navigator of the Seas pool deck remains a popular attraction at any time of day, mostly thanks to the lively Lime and Coconut, a three-level bar that transforms from a daytime sunbathing spot to a nighttime, open-air lounge with a string light-dimmed balcony and rooftop -- the perfect place to catch movies on the pool screen with a bag of popcorn.

This laid-back atmosphere is ideal for families and groups looking for a worry-free getaway, where they don't have to dress up and go out for dinner if they don't want to. (Though, ladies might be motivated by the blow-dry bar that offers updos with a side of Champagne.)

Navigator of the Seas COVID-19 Rules

​For the most up-to-date testing, masking, and vaccination requirements aboard Navigator of the Seas, please refer to Royal Caribbean's 

health and safety protocols

. You can also 

refer to Cruise Critic's guide to masking requirements

 on the world's major cruise lines.

Cabins

Navigator of the Seas has 34 cabin types available

Inside Cabins

8 Inside types to choose from

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Outside Cabins

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Balcony Cabins

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Suite Cabins

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Deck Plans

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Activities and Entertainment

Navigator of the Seas undoubtedly is a busy ship, but it never feels overcrowded, thanks to well spaced-out attractions, and the Royal Promenade, which flows like a land-based main street dotted with bars and shops. The Royal Promenade, in that sense, is the heart of the ship.

Beyond the dining, drinking and shopping, passengers can partake in parades and themed dance parties like the popular '80s bash, where all ages are welcome.

Navigator of the Seas Theater and Shows

The main theater onboard hosts nightly Broadway-inspired entertainment, including the popular ‘Showgirl’. However, to many, the top Navigator of the Seas show is held in Studio B, where drones put on a light show before ice skaters enter and perform routines to hit songs from Madonna to Andrea Bocelli.

Daily Things to Do on Navigator of the Seas

Navigator of the Seas is not a ship to which people get away for peace and quiet -- and it doesn't try to be. From the moment you wake up, you have free rein of activities such as glow-in-the-dark laser tag, escape room brain teasers, pool contests, sports tournaments, dance classes, trivia and bingo, though some of these do cost extra.

Passengers can find out what’s going on onboard by checking the Cruise Compass, which is left in cabins every day.

Nightlife on Navigator of the Seas

The offerings only heat up at night, when passengers begin to barhop their way through the Navigator of the Seas Royal Promenade and congregate at lounges, where you'll find evening activities such as karaoke, '80s-themed parties, game shows and comedy shows. For those who do love to dance, Boleros is the go-to for salsa, while the DJ-led Cosmopolitan Club or Studio B keeps the party going on Navigator of the Seas till the wee hours of the morning.

Meanwhile, the Navigator of the Seas casino sees traffic day and night, as it hosts tournaments in addition to offering a variety of table games and slot machines.

Navigator of the Seas Bars and Lounges

Whether you want to sip frozen umbrella drinks on a swanky rooftop lounge, share a punch bowl with your sweetie or sample beers at a high-energy sports bar, Navigator of the Seas has you covered with an array of themed bars for every mood and craving.

As is common in cruise ships, drinks are expensive. Navigator of the Seas offers several drink packages, including an alcohol package that offers unlimited drinks. The rest of the drink plans are: Refreshment Package, which includes mocktails, still and sparkling water, premium coffees and teas, and fresh-squeezed juices; the Classic Soda Package, which offers unlimited Coca Cola beverages, and the 6-, 12- or 24-pack Water Package.

Lime and Coconut (Deck 12): The Lime and Coconut bar sets the tone for the pool deck, with its vibrant colors, laid-back ambiance and eye-catching features such as a blender bike that's occasionally wheeled out so people can pedal-mix their own drinks. Above the main bar, on Deck 13, is another bar on a balcony and then one deck above that bar is the Lime and Coconut Rooftop. Both spots provide more relaxed lounging spaces, illuminated by string lights and wonderful views of the pool and ocean.

The Bamboo Room (Deck 5): The tropical-style Bamboo Room transports passengers to French Polynesia through its decor and menu of tiki cocktails and snacks.

Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade (Deck 5): Countless flat-screen TVs ensure you'll never miss a major sports game at Playmakers, while games like pool, Jenga and arcade classics provide fun for everyone in the family. Beer flights and tasty snacks are the cherry on top.

Schooner Bar (Deck 4): This nautical-themed bar, a Royal Caribbean staple, is somewhat of an intimate space on Navigator of the Seas, located away from all the bustle of the Royal Promenade. Its location does not prevent it from being a hot spot in the evening, however, thanks to its proximity to the casino. There is a piano in the Schooner Bar, which also hosts occasional sing-alongs.

R Bar (Deck 5): Another Royal Caribbean classic, the R Bar is tucked away near the entrance to the Royal Promenade, making for a more relaxing space to imbibe. Drinks are pretty standard, but there are some unique seating arrangements, most notably, an ornate throne-style settee, which make for fun photos.

Boleros (Deck 4): Salsa music and mojitos go hand in hand at Boleros, Royal Caribbean's signature Latin club. Live bands occasionally make appearances.

Star Lounge (Deck 5): Navigator of the Seas' beautiful Star Lounge is where passengers can come to enjoy live music, ranging from Latin to jazz.

Cosmopolitan Club (Deck 14): Nestled on one of the Navigator of the Seas’ uppermost decks, the Cosmopolitan Club boasts a welcoming feel; it's not enclosed, and it overflows with natural light thanks to a wraparound wall of windows. This venue is used as the nightclub after hours.

Suite Lounge (Deck 14): All passengers staying in suites have access to this intimate, glass-walled space perched at the top of the ship. There are complimentary snacks and drinks available, as well.

Diamond Club (Deck 5): Royal Caribbean's top-tier loyalty members have their own exclusive space for relaxing. Drinks and snack also can be found here, free of charge. Diamond Lounge on Navigator of the Seas is located adjacent to Star Lounge on the Royal Promenade.

Dining

Navigator of the Seas takes a simple approach to dining, while offering a handful of specialty restaurants to satisfy different cravings. There's one dining room, where passengers can choose to either have dinner when they wish or at a set time; a traditional-style buffet and a cafe that serves complimentary coffee and snacks around the clock.

Navigator of the Seas dining is good in terms of quality and variety – but where it truly stands out is in its specialty restaurants, which range from a cozy yet chic, New England-style seafood eatery to an edgy, Japanese street art-themed sushi bar to a more communal gastropub-style joint that serves savory comfort foods. The catch: Seven out of eight of them cost extra. Most of these restaurants also are open for lunch or snacks (usually for less money) throughout the day, so you don't have to wait until dinner to treat your taste buds.

Since the Navigator of the Seas’ included dining options are somewhat more limited than on some of Royal Caribbean’s newer ships, many passengers end up purchasing one of the dining packages available, ranging from a choice of three restaurants to unlimited dining at for-fee venues. However, those on a tighter budget will, more likely than not, find Navigator of the Seas’ free dining to be good and varied enough for a week-long cruise.

Gluten-free bread and other foods catering to special dietary needs are available at every restaurant; gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan items are marked on menus, but you can always ask if you don't see something.

Navigator of the Seas Complimentary Dining

Main Dining Room (Decks 3, 4 and 5): Navigator of the Seas' Main Dining Room takes up prime real estate at the back of the ship. The three-deck venue is where passengers can enjoy nightly dinner free of charge -- opting for either My Time Dining (during which you can walk in and be seated whenever you want, between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m.) or traditional dining (where you sit at the same table, with the same wait staff, at 6 or 8:30 p.m. every night). Reservations are required for those who opt for My Time Dining.

The dinner menu includes starters like beef carpaccio, French onion soup, escargot and an iceberg wedge salad; main courses such as almond-crusted cod, duck a l'orange, vegetable casserole and your usual classics like chicken breast and steak; and desserts that range from carrot cake and sugar-free peach shortcake, to souffle and creme brulee.

For an added fee, you can select one of three "Premium Selections," including Maine lobster, filet mignon from the ship's Chops Grille steakhouse, and surf and turf.

Cafe Promenade (Deck 5): For those who want only a quick bite, the 24-hour Cafe Promenade on Navigator of the Seas’ Deck 5 is a good pick. Conveniently positioned in the Royal Promenade, this casual cafe serves complimentary coffee and snacks (not substantial enough for a meal) and is a great place to relax for a moment and soak up all the Royal Promenade action.

El Loco Fresh (Deck 12): You can't miss El Loco Fresh on Navigator of the Seas. This bright, colorful Mexican eatery is located on the pool deck and has a causal vibe that tends to draw a lot of families. Its fiesta-inspired decor and ample seating along the windows lure in passengers for lunch and dinner (although this is referred to as "snacks" on the daily planner).

Windjammer (Deck 11): The Navigator of the Seas buffet is arguably the most convenient spot for a meal, as it is open throughout the day -- beginning with an "early riser" breakfast and ending with late-night snacks till midnight. For lunch and dinner, you'll find the basics such as a variety of sandwiches, pasta dishes and meats from a carving station. There's a bar that also serves Illy coffee, as soon as you walk in. Seating arrangements, including tables, booths and a few larger, round booths, are plentiful.

Room Service: Twenty-four-hour room service is available, but only continental breakfast is free for all passengers. All other orders incur a delivery fee.

Room service is included in the cruise price for passengers staying in Grand Suites or above.

Navigator of the Seas Specialty Dining

Johnny Rockets Express (Deck 12); prix fixe: One of two poolside dining options, the Navigator of the Seas Johnny Rockets Express serves a variety of burgers and hot dogs, chicken tenders and a chili bowl -- all of which can be paired with soft drinks, regular milk shakes or spiked "adult shakes."

Starbucks (Deck 11); a la carte: For coffee connoisseurs, or those who simply want more options than what's offered in Cafe Promenade, the Navigator of the Seas Starbucks serves specialty coffee and other signature Starbucks drinks, as well as treats, throughout the day.

Hooked Seafood (Deck 4); prix fixe: Another great date-night option, Hooked Seafood welcomes diners on Navigator of the Seas with a cozy, chic design that offers a nod to greasy pole (a contest that takes place every year in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and other places around the world). Menu items run the gamut from raw oysters and other shellfish specialties to fresh fish cooked any way you want it. During lunchtime, a smaller menu is available.

Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade (Deck 5); a la carte: Comfort foods such as wings, pork sliders and burgers are available at this sports bar during lunch and dinner hours.

The Bamboo Room (Deck 5); a la carte: Those looking for a light lunch or appetizers before dinner can munch on seafood bites such as Hawaiian pork sliders, ahi tuna poke, Tahitian coconut crab bruschetta and Asian noodle salad.

Chops Grille (Deck 11); prix fixe: Royal Caribbean's signature steakhouse, 

Chops Grille

, is an enclosed venue located within the Windjammer buffet on Navigator of the Seas. It's a quiet, romantic space perfect for date nights and serves steakhouse classics (think several cuts of steak, lamb and seafood dishes) with a variety of sides from which to choose. An abbreviated menu is available for lunch.

Jamie's Italian (Deck 11); prix fixe: Italian food with an innovative twist is the best way to describe the menu at Jamie's Italian, a Royal Caribbean favorite tucked away in Navigator of the Seas' Windjammer buffet as its own space. Standout dishes include a cured meats plank, marinated eggplant Parmesan "steak," and truffle tagliatelle -- all presented in unique ways. Choose from several sides, and make sure to save room for dessert. Limited items are available at lunchtime.

Izumi (Deck 11); a la carte: Craving Asian cuisine? Head to Izumi on Navigator of the Seas’ Deck 11. This is the line's signature Japanese fusion restaurant and offers an assortment of starters, sushi rolls, bowls and even the chance to cook your own meal on hot rocks (which also makes for a fun photo op).