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Navigtor of the Seas Review
2 Night Bahamas Cruise
Day 1- Depart Ft. Lauderdale
Day 2- Coco Cay, Bahamas
Day 3- Return Ft. Lauderdale
My mom & I flew into Ft. Lauderdale a day ahead of the cruise due to the weather. We always fly southwest, and the flight arrived 30 minutes ahead of scheduled time. Upon arriving at the airport, we claimed our luggage withen about 10 minutes, and went outside to wait for the car. We stayed at the Courtyard Ft. Lauderdale Beach. The hotel is right on A1A, a main street in Ft. Lauderdale. There are shops & resturants all withen walking distance, and the beach is right across the street. The hotel is very basic, but very nice at the same time. There is one resturant which serves all three meals, a pool, gym, outside bar/sitting area which also serves appetizers, and free internet access in all rooms with 3 complementary computers on the second level for all guests to use. We walked across the street to a resturant called Coconuts for dinner that night. That is one of our favorite resturants in Ft. Lauderdale. Although the food is a little pricey, you deffinitly get what you pay for.
The limo arrived at the hotel to pick us up around 10:45 the morning of the cruise. Friends that we’d met previously on a cruise were waiting for us in the car. We arrived the port about 11 and the whole process went pretty quick. We were on the ship by 11:30.
We ate lunch the first day in the Windjammer. There was a wide variety of food, so there was something for everyone. The food was great, but very basic. For dinner both nights we ate in the main dining room. The food & service was amazing as usual. The menu had your basic steak, chicken, fish, and pasta to choose from every night along with a wide variety of “different” appetizers, soups, salada, main courses, and desserts. The first night the wait staff did their little parade/singing and the second night the kitchen staff did theirs. Our waiter & assistant were both excellent and more then willing to accomadate everyone. There was also food available all the time at Cafe Promenade which offered pizza, sandwiches, and small desserts.
Seeing that this was only a 2 night cruise there wasn’t enough time to see & do everything. It helped that I’ve been on Navigator twice before, and the sister ship Mariner so I already knew where everything was. The cruise director and staff did a fantastic job of planning activities for everyone in such a short time. All the main activities that you’d find on a 5-7 night cruise were held on here such as the belly flop contest, mr. sexy legs, bingo,trivia, a headliner show, a production show, ice show, welcome aboard parade, and much more. They also had scheduled activities for children/teens. Also, the ships photographers took photos both days & had them all ready by 10pm on the final night. I was shocked on what a good job they did having thousands of photos taken, developed, and ready for purchase in such a short time.
In case you don’t know, Coco Cay is Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas. The ship anchored around 8:00 and the tendering began between 8:30 – 9:00. The final tender back to the ship was at 4:15pm. There were a few excursions offered in Coco Cay such as snorkling, scuba diving, kayaks, wave runners, parasailing, the water park, giant water slide, and the floating beach mat. There were a ton of chairs available for you to use on the beach at your leisure. The straw market had a variety of souviners at reasonable prices. There was also hair braiding in two locations. RCI put on a barbeque from 11:00 – 1:00 which had a variety of chicken wings, burgers, hot dogs, ribs, salads, and desserts. There were bars located around all areas of the island to get a drink, along with many staff members walking around selling Coco Locos (the island special).
My mom, her friend Laura, and I were the only people in our little group to get off at this island. When we first got off, we got Coco Locos & went and sat in the sun for a little while. It was too cold to go in the water, but the sun felt nice. We then ate the barbeque, and went to explore the island. There were wild chickens all over the place. After exploring for a little while, we went to the straw market & got our hair braided. We finished off our time on the island by sitting in the sun for a little while longer then went back to the ship around 3:30. I personally liked Coco Cay much better then Labadee, which is Royal Caribbean’s other private island.
The people we were with wanted to stay on the ship until the last minute which wasn’t the best idea since there’s nothing to do but sit & wait. Breakfast was served in the main dining room & Windjammer from 6:00 – 8:30am. We got off the ship about 9:45 and were outside waiting by 10:00. The customs process went extremely smooth and quick.
We stayed one more night in Ft. Lauderdale back at the Courtyard. We dropped our bags at the hotel, and went to sit on the beach for the day. We left the beach around 3pm to go shopping and get me a henna tattoo. After that, we went back to the hotel to get ready for dinner and go back across the street to Coconuts again. We went back to the rooms early that night since we had to be at the airport for 8:30.
-We got to see crew that we’d met on Navigator for Christmas ’07 which was great. It’s amazing how they remembered us after seeing thousdands of different people every week.
- Obtaining alcohol was pretty easy as long as you didn't look too young.
- There was constantly people wiping down the railings, elevatiors, etc…
- We always tip the cabin attendant when we first meet him/her (this time her). She was more then happy to accomadate us in any way she could, which included bringing robes & always leaving extra towels.
- This was the first time on cruise where they didn’t have hand sanatizer/wipes in front of the dining room & Windjammer buffet. I was surprised to see this.
- The weather was rather cold (30’s at night, mid 60’s during the day) considering we were in Florida & the Bahamas, which was a little disappointing but I understant you can’t control the weather.
- There was a ton of small children, and about 20 teens that I saw. However, when I went to check out Fuel the few people that were there were just sitting doing nothing so I decided against going since I wanted to make the most of my time.
Overall this was one of my best cruises yet. Any questions, feel free to ask.