Saturday, May 18, 2019

[Day 9] Navigator of the Seas - Final Day At Sea


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[Day 8] Navigator of the Seas - At Sea

At the end of Day 7 in Bonaire, Mom was not feeling well (we made her take "medicinal shots" of whiskey). She woke up today completely sick - stuffed head, sore throat, achy body... she wasn't coming out of the stateroom. It really sucks to get sick on vacation (I think we've all been there at some point... except Dad).

Rachel and I went to workout in the gym that morning and decided to check out the sauna and steam room in the ladies' locker room that Rachel had remembered. They're probably redone this layout in the drydock, but the Navigator had gender-separated sauna and steam rooms, which isn't as common on cruise ships anymore.

We ran into Dad after our workout and decided that today might be a good day for Johnny Rocket's (though we felt guilty because Mom loves Johnny Rocket's).

So Johnny Rocket's has been slowly climbing in price over the past fifteen years. There was once a day when it was less than $5 per person. The price for our sailing was listed as $6.95 per person, which we found to be a little ridiculous considering it's fast food burgers, and they're getting closer and closer to their "on-land" price. I'm wondering if Royal Caribbean is reconsidering their partnership with the Johnny Rocket's franchise because Rachel said she got a survey from RCCL asking about what kind of burger she'd like to have on a cruise, having her choose between Johnny Rocket's and other brands.

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So we sat down thinking this is kind of pricey, we should get all of the things while we're here.

Service wasn't great.  We were seated for maybe ten minutes before anyone came to take our order.
 We all ordered milkshakes and made the plan that Dad would ask for a to-go milkshake for Mom before we left.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

[Day 7] Navigator of the Seas - Bonaire

Good morning, Bonaire!

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Of the four ports we visited this cruise, Bonaire is the only port that none of us had visited before.

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Rachel also picked out our excursion for this port - a Sail & Snorkel tour that we booked through Cruises Only.  Cruises Only is the Marriot Rewards (now Marriot Bonvoy) booking portal.  You get 6x rewards points when booking through them, and they offer excursions that are different from those offered through the cruise line.  We've booked excursions through Cruises Only many times, and what I like about them are that they typically have much smaller groups than those offered through the cruise line.  It's usually just our family of four and 1-2 other families.  It makes for a much more personalized experienced.  And they do guarantee that you'll make it back to the ship in time and reimburse you if for some reason the ship doesn't come into port (that happened to us last year in Jamaica).

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

[Day 6] Navigator of the Seas - Curacao

Next up: Curacao. This is the only port we didn't have an excursion planned for, so we weren't quite sure what to do. I had been to Curacao before on an 8-day Southern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Breeze. The great thing about the detailed blog that I've kept (I used to be so much better!) is that we can refer back to it and remember what we've done. Rachel had the internet package, so she went to my blog post on Curacao and learned that I had been to Mambo Beach. So Mambo Beach it was!

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We were in port with the Carnival Conquest.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

[Day 5] Navigator of the Seas - Christmas Day in Aruba

Merry Christmas from Aruba!!

Balcony Breakfst

For Christmas morning we decided to DIY our own balcony breakfast. I ordered an accidentally exorbitant amount of room service. See below something which resembles "Instagram v. Reality".

[Day 4] Navigator of the Seas - At Sea

We spent Christmas Eve on the Navigator of the Seas at sea.  Rachel and I joined our parents for breakfast in the Sapphire Dining Room. It's a nice alternative to the craziness of the Windjammer. They section the dining room so that half is sit-down, order from the menu, and half is buffet, serve-yourself.  Even if you sit on the sit-down side, you can still get up and walk over to the buffet area.

Dining Room

Here is a navigational map of the ship located on each floor near the elevators/stairs. Now that the Navigator of the Seas has been to drydock, this has changed.


Friday, March 1, 2019

[Day 3] Navigator of the Seas - Labadee

Rachel likes to sleep with the balcony door open.  I know this is generally frowned upon because it messes up the balance for the air conditioning, but we do it anyway (my sincere apologies to the mechanical engineers and environmentalists of the world).  And because our stateroom was a lower deck than normal, the waves at night were LOUD.  Around 7 AM we woke up to the ship pulling into port in Labadee.  Soon after we were greeted by an incredibly untalented Caribbean band BLARING Caribbean tunes.  Rachel got up to shut the door.  But we could still hear them.  Especially the piercing woodblock.  It was like a metronome for every song they played.  *PING-PING-PING-PING-PING-PING-PING-PING*  Uggghhhhhhh someone make it stop!!!!  It is too early for this.  We tried to sleep in, but the woodblock haunted my dreams.

Labadee is one of Royal Caribbean's two private islands.  We've been here a few times before.  At the moment, Labadee is more developed than CoCo Cay.  However, CoCo Cay is under construction and will receive a lot of new facilities like a water park, so it may soon be the nicer Royal Caribbean island.

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There they are, the terrible Caribbean band, located in the prime location also known as directly underneath our balcony.

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