She’s Back…Navigator of the Seas Emerges After Massive Makeover

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Guest blog by Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

It’s a very exciting week for us here at Royal Caribbean International. After spending a month in drydock, we’re pleased to announce Navigator of the Seas is completely revitalized and ready to resume year-round service from Galveston, Texas.

During her 31 days in drydock, 1,250 contractors and 1,388 crew members worked tirelessly to make the new Navigator of the Seas better than ever. This project included over 670,000 square feet of new carpet, upholstery and fabrics; 81 new staterooms (Panoramic, Oceanview, Interior and Superior Oceanview), and a bevy of refreshed dining options.

Sabor, for instance, is an all-new modern Mexican specialty restaurant, featuring a delicious and diverse menu of authentic—and even a few unexpected—Mexican dishes such as Oaxacan Ceviche of Red Snapper, Spicy Chicken Flautas, and Chicken and Roasted Corn Empanadas, topped with Green mole and spicy peanut sauce – to name a few.

Meanwhile, Navigator of the Seas’ guests will be the first to get a sneak peek of some of the dining options making their debut on Quantum of the Seas this fall.  Guests on board Navigator will be among the first to enjoy the fully revamped Chops Grille: The New American Steakhouse, featuring traditional steakhouse offerings with a contemporary flair.  Chops Grille on Navigator of the Seas will showcase brand new selections, such as the Veal Chop Parmesan and a Slow-braised Short Rib of Beef with Bordelaise sauce.

One of the features our guests are telling us they are very excited about is the installation of our FlowRider surf simulator, which is debuting in Texas for the first time.  We’re also extremely excited about the FlowRider, which is a very popular activity on our Freedom and Oasis class ships.

What’s more, Navigator of the Seas will be the first to feature some exciting technological enhancements, including the debut of our Virtual Balcony staterooms, which were first announced for Quantum of the Seas. With the new Virtual Balconies, guests in 81 of Navigators’ interior staterooms will get to experience expansive, real-time views of the ocean and destinations. Plus, vacationers on Navigator can also choose new Panoramic Ocean View staterooms, featuring floor-to-ceiling glass walls facing outward to provide breathtaking, unobstructed views all the time.

Beginning February 9, 2014, Navigator of the Seas will sail 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries every Sunday from Galveston, visiting beautiful warm-weather getaways in the Caribbean, including; Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Falmouth, Jamaica; and George Town, Grand Cayman.

Are you cruising on Navigator of the Seas this summer? What new additions are you most excited to see?

You can also check out our fleet-wide revitalization program to learn more about exciting new enhancements coming to your favorite Royal Caribbean ships.


  • Jamie

    I will be sailing on Navigator of the Seas in November 2014 and am so excited to see the updates! Will Navigator now have the Coke Freestyle machine?

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Jamie, At this time the Navigator of the Seas does not have the Coca-Cola® freestyle machine. Hope you enjoy your cruise.

    • Stephanie Windham

      My very first cruise was on the revamped Navagator of the seas. That ship experience was everything I was looking for in a cruise. the crew was friendly, every room I ventured into was beautifully decorated. I truely loved the ice show and the lounge intertainment. The shore excursions were well organized.. I am planning another cruise on this same ship for 2015.

      • Royal Caribbean International

        Hi Stephanie, we think Navigator is pretty neat too. We hope the staff was able to help make your birthday truly memorable, and we look forward to welcoming you back again in 2015.

  • gerald mcneely

    My wife and will taking back to back cruises on nthe navigator on sept.28,2014. This will be our 34th cruise on rcl sips. Can I get the dinner menus for these cruises?Goldstein

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Gerald, We are excited to welcome you and your wife onboard the Navigator of the Seas. Unfortunately, we don’t have any menus available online to view.

  • Kathy

    Hello we will be on the Navigator Aug 31, 2014 and was told by Royal’s customer service it DID have the freestyle coke machine. The above post appears this ship does not yet have that. What soda products will be available?

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hello Kathy, The Navigator of the Seas at the moment does not have the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine. However, you can purchase our Royal Refreshment Package and have access to unlimited Coke®, Diet Coke®, Sprite®, Diet Sprite®, Fanta® Orange, Ginger Ale and Minute Maid® Lemonade at all bars, lounges, dining venues, and our private destinations (Labadee and Coco Cay) for the duration of your cruise vacation. Enjoy your cruise!

  • Nelia

    Hello my family and I will be on the Navigator of the Seas Sept 7th.
    Do you have any DreamWorks characters onboard this ship?

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Nelia, at this time, we do not have DreamWorks available on the Navigator of the Seas. For a list of all of the ships that have this program, please visit:

  • Roman

    We will be getting married in October. .how have the venue’s been improved. Are there any with water views for a small group.

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Roman, congrats on your engagement! Every ship has different venues. To find out which ship will most meet your needs, please contact our Royal Romance department at 888-933-7225.

  • Dennis

    I need to stay in touch with wifi while cruising on the Navigator in October. What are the options? Is there an AT&T hotspot?

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Dennis, Onboard the Navigator we have pervasive wifi allowing you to stay connected throughout the ship. Enjoy your cruise!

  • Jim

    I will be traveling with three of my nieces and the husbands of two of them on November 9th on the Navigator. What show(s) will be featured on this cruise?

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hello Jim – We’re excited for you and your family to come and enjoy the entertainment onboard the Navigator of the Seas. We currently have 2 comedians, 1 impressionist, 1 juggler, 1 Ice Show, and 2 production shows. However, please be aware that this may change prior to sailing.

  • Pamela Hodges

    We have just booked our first Caribbean cruise on Navigator of the Seas sailing Oct 5th. Does this cruise have nights were formal attire is required? My husband looked at me like I was crazy when I told him he need to pack a suit and tie.

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Pam, Yes, there will be two formal dress evenings on Navigator. If you don’t wish to dress up, you have the option to dine in the Windjammer Café.

    • Christine

      I am going on the same trip!!! Cheers!!!

  • Lis

    Does Navigator of the Seas have an adults only area(s) of the ship and is it enforced?

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hello Lis, On the Navigator there is an adults-only Solarium for people ages 16 years or older, and we try our best to enforce this policy.

  • Tracey

    I’ve recently traveled on other Royal Caribbean ships and wanted to know if the Navigator of the Seas has a Starbucks on board?

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Tracey, the Navigator of the Seas does serve Starbucks Coffee onboard, but Starbucks Kiosks are only available on the Oasis and Allure.

  • Kelsey


    I will be enjoying the ship in Janaury 2015. I was just curious what kind of shops it has. Does it have Coach, and Micheal Kors products yet?

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Kelsey, We currently don’t sell any Michael Kors or Coach products on the Navigator of the Seas. We look forward to welcoming you onboard in the coming year.

  • Stephanie

    We are traveling October 20th is there a way to get the “newsletter”/ schedule of events before boarding? To plan our days out ahead of time?

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Stephanie, great question. Unfortunately, the Cruise Compass varies per sailing, and the ones for your sailing have not been finalized. Rest assured you’ll receive one on embarkation day, so you can plan once you board. See you soon!

  • Laura Williamson Zeller

    I read in an earlier post that wifi is available in certain places on board. Is there a charge other than what my carrier will charge?

    • rcisocialmedia

      Hi Laura, great question. Wifi is available throughout the ship. You can choose purchase Wifi by the minute, or we have packages for purchase: $29.95 (for an hour), $59.90 (for daily package) and $189.95 (for unlimited package). Prices are subject to change, so please check once you board the ship.

  • Carol J

    Does cabin 6650 truly have a sleeper sofa that would work for Two girls 10 & 14? The small sitting area love seat wouldn’t work so need to know ASAP.

  • rcisocialmedia

    Hi Carol, great question. Stateroom number 6650 has a double sofa bed, which will accommodate two guests.

  • Laura Williamson Zeller

    Can you tell me how formal to dress on the formal dinner evenings? Having trouble getting my husband to think about taking a suit coat.

  • rcisocialmedia

    Hi Laura- We recommend that gentlemen wear a suit with a jacket to the formal dining nights. Although this varies slightly on each sailing, we suggest packing a suit with a jacket and inquiring with the dining staff onboard regarding the formal dining attire.

  • Mary Cruz

    What is the minimum age in the Casino?

  • rcisocialmedia

    Hi Mary- Great question. Guests must be at least eighteen years of age by the day of embarkation to play in the casino. For Alaska sailings, the minimum age is twenty-one years of age or older.

  • Mary Percifield

    Is it true you are allowed to bring one bottle of wine aboard the ship?

  • Joseph Marcontell

    I have diabetes, can I bring my own diet drinks, since there is not a large selection of diet drinks on board. I do not drink diet coke. Thanks

    • rcisocialmedia

      Hi John- Great question. Please call our Access department at (866) 592-7225. They’ll be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

  • ashley

    we are taking a cruise in 1 week with RC navigator of the seas, and I was reading the dress code for dinner.
    In order to dine in the dining room, is the dress code always slacks or semi-formal? are jeans even allowed in the dining room?

  • rcisocialmedia

    Great question, Mary. We now allow guests to bring on two bottles of wine per stateroom. Also, there’s no corkage fee onboard, so you can enjoy your wine in your favorite dining venue.

  • rcisocialmedia

    Hi Ashley- You’re allowed to wear jeans as long as they don’t have holes, rips or tears. For more info on dinner attire and the number of formal, smart casual, and casual nights please visit us at:

  • Laura Williamson Zeller

    Are any toiletries in the rooms or do we need to bring our own? If bringing our own, is there any size regulation on the bottles, ounces, etc.?

    • rcisocialmedia

      Hi Laura, thanks for your inquiry. The amenities that are provided vary between the types staterooms purchased. All staterooms will have bath soap and shampoo. If you choose to bring your toiletries, we don’t have any limit on the amount that may be brought onboard. However, if you’re flying to the departure port, you will be required to abide by the TSA rules.

  • Nicole

    Are all the new Panoramic Ocean Views completely unobstructed? Are the ones located forward facing better than the one on the sides?

  • rcisocialmedia

    Great question, Nicole. With regards to obstructed views, the only obstructed Panoramic Ocean View staterooms are on deck 6. The location is all about preference.

  • Nicholas Caetano

    If they’re changing the name of the Metropolis Theatre to the Royal Theatre, how come the deck plans don’t show it?

  • rcisocialmedia

    Thanks for bringing that to our attention, Nicholas. We’ve notified our IT teams and we’ll work to fix it.

    • Nicholas Caetano

      Great, thank you for the information!

  • David

    This is my first time to cruise on RC. Carnival allowed us to bring bottled water and sodas. Does RC allow us to bring our own beverages?

    • rcisocialmedia

      Great question, David. Each stateroom is permitted to bring two bottles of wine onboard. Unfortunately, we do not allow water bottles or soda onboard. We do, however, have watter bottle or soda packages available for purchase in your Cruise Planner or onboard.

      • rcisocialmedia

        We completely understand your concerns, Kat. Rest assured we have teams dedicated to monitoring guest feedback, and have forwarded all comments to management for review. We want to provide the best cruise necessary for all guests and are making improvements where needed.

  • Brandon

    I’m booking an inside cabin on Deck 3 close to Studio B. The deck plan seems a bit vague, but I am mostly concerned about noise from late night parties in that space. How much of a problem might this be?


    i would like to know if Navigator of the Seas has drinking fountains and a starbucks. i am thinking of going th 16.00 per day water and soda scheme because i do not drink alcohol. I would like to know if the starbucks always has a one hour line? I prefer just starbucks instead of the 16 per day, but if the line is very long, its a moot point. Also, will royal carib lines let you take the small bottles of “5 hour energy” on board? and are we allowed to bring our own tea bags??? thank you

  • Martika Mcleod

    I noticed that with the upgrades the Dungeon nightclub is no longer there. Is there no longer a club on the ship? What was it replaced with?

  • rcisocialmedia

    Thanks for your question, Martika. There is still a nightclub on the Navigator.

  • Greyson Williams

    I am taking a cruise on the Navigator of the Seas in December 2015. I have a few questions! Does the ship
    have the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine or will it have it by then? It was amazing during our cruise back in
    April 2014 on Freedom of the Seas. Also if I purchase the Royal Replenish
    Package, am I able to get Starbucks Coffee with it? If so, how often can I use

  • rcisocialmedia

    Hi Greyson. Unfortunately, the Navigator doesn’t have a Freestyle machine onboard. Also, the Royal Replenish Package includes Starbucks coffee, but not specialty drinks. You can use the package throughout your cruise.

  • Patti Lewis Davies Gmitra

    We will be sailing on the Navigator in March 2016. Will it have the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine by then?

    • Andrew Warnberg

      As of 5/31/15 there are no Coca-Cola Freestyle machines on the Navigator of the Seas, although our RCI reservations agent said there were at least two.

  • Eddy Saad

    we are sailing on navigator on the seas on April 19th from Galveston, what is the corkage fee for wine? Also, can we have some water bottles in our luggage?

    • rcisocialmedia

      Hi Eddy, there is no corkage fee for the two bottles of wine per stateroom. Also, we don’t allow water bottles in your luggage, but we do allow guests to bring one water bottle on during embarkation for consumption.