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Overview....................................................Page One

Pools, Spa and Open Decks..........................
Page Two

Shops, Children, and Other Public Areas.......Page Three

Entertainment...............................................Page Four

Bars and Lounges.........................................Page Five

Dining.........................................................Page Six

The Bridge..................................................Page Seven
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NAVIGATOR OF
THE SEAS
PHOTO TOUR
AND
COMMENTARY
Navigator
of the Seas
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Navigator of the Seas is the fourth ship in Royal
Caribbean's Voyager class. (
See also sister ships
Explorer of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas)
It is not too much to call these massive ships
cities at sea.  As seen in the pages that follow,
these ships have a great variety of entertainment
venues, bars and restaurants and athletic
facilities.   Indeed, they even have a main street
running down their length (the Royal Promenade)
complete with a parked car.
"The Voyager class are more or less the same in
design and layout," comments Captain Erik
Standal who has commanded several of these
ships (
See Captain's Standal's interview when
captain of Explorer of the Seas).  
"It is a very
nice ship."
There are some physical differences, however.  
For example, whereas the balconies on Voyager
of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas are flush
with the superstructure, those on Navigator
project out about a yard.  This gives those cabins
somewhat more room and gives Navigator a
slightly greater gross tonnage.
The Voyager class ships generally have the same
facilities and features.  However, Navigator has
the Chops Grille specialty restaurant and the
Vintages wine bar whereas sister Explorer does
not.  Explorer, on the other hand, has a more
extensive children's outdoor play area.  "There
are [also] small differences in the colors and
decorations."
"What makes the difference, if any, on a ship is
the crew.  The crew is the backbone and soul of
the ship so if you have a good crew, you have a
good ship."
"You can have the best hardware in the world,
you can have diamond door knobs and gold leaf
on the walls, but if you don't have friendly and
helpful personalities deliver it, the product is
basically worthless.  That is something we
struggle for.  We have very good hardware but we
also want to have the best service.  We are in the
guest services industry."
Since Navigator does part of each year in Europe
and part in the Caribbean, a substantial number of
her crew speak several languages and are
experienced in dealing with passengers of
different nationalities.
Moreover, having commanded Explorer of the
Seas sailing out of the New York/New Jersey
market, Captain Standal is familiar with what it
takes for a crew to succeed in a demanding
market.  "I have found [on Navigator] little
difference from what you had on Explorer, which
was very good."
Royal Caribbean achieved its initial success
providing cruises to the Caribbean from Florida.  
As such, its relaxed but active style of cruising
was developed in the American market.          
Nonetheless, Navigator has met with success first
serving the British market and more recently the
Mediterranean countries.  This is because it offers
an international style of cruising.
For example, while the Royal Promenade is in
some ways reminiscent of an American shopping
mall, it also has European precedents.  "If you
walk in Paris or if you walk in any of the
European big cities, you will find a lot of streets
like the Royal Promenade."
Accordingly, the cruise experience on Navigator
remains essentially the same year round.  "There
may be small variations like entertainers, for
example.  A stand-up comedian from New York
that speaks English maybe won't go down so well
if you have a lot of Italians or Spanish aboard.  
They may not understand what he is talking about."
"But the product and the service should be the
same.  We don't change our brand identity or
standards in any way when we go over the
Atlantic.  We stand to with the brand quality that
we have been able to deliver."
In sum, what should a passenger coming aboard
Navigator expect?  "They should expect to find
good service, friendly and helpful personnel.  
They should also find a good amount of activities
to participate in and interact with as well.  Good
entertainment and good food, as always."  
Captain Erik Standal
The centerpiece of Navigator is the Royal
Promenade
, which runs down the center
of the ship.  It is part shopping arcade,
dining venue, and entertainment center.
Although an entirely indoor facility,
the Royal Promenade changes during
the course of the day.
Walking along the Royal Promenade keep
an eye out for the detail work including life
size statues and a classic roadster.  
Navigator has an extensive and varied art collection.
The Guest Relations Desk acts as
the ship's reception desk.
Guests can inquire about and book
shore excursions and transfers at
Explorations.
Questions about future cruises and
Royal Caribbean's loyalty program
(the Crown and Anchor Society) can
be brought to the
Business Services
area.  
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