Navigator of the Seas

LIVE photos from Navigator of the Seas


All day today, we're onboard the newly refurbished Navigator of the Seas and will be sharing our photos as we explore what's new and different onboard this beautiful cruise ship.  

This post will be updated regularly throughout the day with new photos, so check back often to see what else is new.  Of course, you can also see photos posted to our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts too.

LIVE photo updates from Navigator of the Seas


Royal Caribbean Blog reader Gary is onboard the first sailing of Navigator of the Seas after her month-long refurbishment and is sending us photos of what's new on the ship.

We will update this post regularly today with new photos showcasing some of the changes coming to the ship.

Around Navigator of the Seas

Renamed Star Lounge

Solera store on the Royal Promenade

New R Bar

FlowRider & Pool Area

Pool area with large LCD screen

Newly moved mini golf course

FlowRider entrance

The FlowRider

Junior Suite

Photo of Gary's junior suite stateroom. Notice the new flat screen LCD television.

Sabor Modern Mexican

Entrance to Sabor Modern Mexican specialty restaurant

A look inside Sabor

Larger dining room inside Sabor

Gary's Observations

  • Plush new carpet in most of the common corridors and stairs. Very nice.
  • New furniture in the lounges(or at least recovered) and bars.
  • Flooring around pool decks either have been power washed or replaced. Again very nice.
  • The golf area is completely new. Flow rider is a big hit.

Thank you to Gary for taking the time to send us these photos and be sure to check this post regularly for more photos.

Royal Caribbean completes Navigator of the Seas refurbishment


Royal Caribbean finished refurbishing work on Navigator of the Seas, which will begin offering service from Galveston, Texas tomorrow.

The refurbishment work on Navigator of the Seas is part of Royal Caribbean's fleet wide effort to revitalize all of its cruise ships with features and ammenities first seen on Oasis-class. Unique to Navigator of the Seas, work has been done to give guests a preview of new features on Quantum of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean touts this list of changes that have come to the cruise ship

  • FlowRider surf simulator
  • 81 virtual balcony inside staterooms
  • New panoramic ocean view staterooms
  • New specialty restaurants
    • Sabor Modern Mexican
    • Chops Grille (revamped)
    • Izumi Japanese Cuisine
    • Giovanni's Table
  • Renamed the main dining room to Sapphire
  • New digital signage
  • Bow-to-stern Wi-Fi service
  • New flat-panel televisions in every stateroom
  • An oversized LCD movie screen overlooking the main pool
  • New Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty member guests
  • Royal Babies and Tots Nursery added.
  • Champagne Bar has been re-conceptualized into Royal Caribbean’s signature, retro-chic R Bar

Navigator of the Seas to replace Jewel of the Seas in San Juan in 2015


It looks like part of Royal Caribbean's plans for 2015 include swapping Jewel of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas.  Royal Caribbean will move the larger Navigator of the Seas to San Juan in 2015 according to a report by Caribbean Business.

The change will occur in May 2015 according to the report and is a good sign for the blossoming cruise port of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Caribbean Business writes, "In May 2015, Royal Caribbean is scheduled to replace the Jewel of the Seas—which currently carries out weekly trips, with San Juan as its homeport—with a bigger ship, the Navigator of the Seas." 

Royal Caribbean is rumored to be releasing their 2015/2016 deployment schedule sometime in the timeframe of late February or March 2014.

Photo update: Navigator of the Seas refurbishment


Royal Caribbean has begun its revitalization effort on Navigator of the Seas that will refurbish the Voyager-class cruise ship.  

Amy Mumford posted this photo of the work being done on the Royal Promenade yesterday, which gives us a glimpse at the scope of work being done.

Photo by Amy Mumford

For a full list of what is being changed on Navigator of the Seas, check out our deck by deck comparisson.

Navigator of the Seas first cruise after refurbishment will be a 5-night sailing from Galveston, Texas followed by 7-night cruises thereafter.  Royal Caribbean Blog will be posting LIVE coverage from her first 7-night sailing on February 9.

Navigator of the Seas to get new Sabor Modern Mexican specialty restaurant


Royal Caribbean isn't done adding new things to Navigator of the Seas before she enters drydock next week for her refurbishment.  New Navigator of the Seas deck plans show she will get a new specialty restaurant called, "Sabor Modern Mexican".

The Mexican restaurant is a departure from Royal Caribbean's previous Mexican specialty restaurant that first debuted on Allure of the Seas, Rita's Cantina.  

The new restaurant will be located on deck 4, where The Dungeon night club used to be.

The new restaurant addition comes with this description about why the cruise line opted to develop a new offering, "Royal Caribbean International is furthering its commitment to total guest satisfaction by introducing a new specialty restaurant on Navigator of the Seas®.  Sabor Modern Mexican provides guests an opportunity to enjoy creative yet recognizable modern Mexican cuisine and beverages with polished casual service in a contemporary setting."

The cover charge for this new specialty restaurant is expected to be $25 per person.

The addition of Sabor Modern Mexican is another unique upgrade coming only to Navigator of the Seas first, including virtual balconies and a WiFi networking upgrade.

Navigator of the Seas will begin a month long refurbishment in January 2014 to receive upgrades and amenities that will breathe new life into the ship.  Her first cruise back will be on February 5, 2014.  Royal Caribbean Blog will provide live coverage of her first week long cruise after refurbishment on February 9, 2014.

Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas to sail out of Galveston


Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas will call Galveston, Texas year-round starting in the winter of 2013, after she undergoes a refurbishment.

Navigator of the Seas will offer seven-night western Caribbean cruises after she enters drydock in February 2014 as part of Royal Caribbean's effort to update every cruise ship in the fleet.  

During Navigator of the Seas' time in drydock, she will receive

  • FlowRider surf simulator
  • Giovanni’s Table
  • Park Café
  • Izumi Asian Cuisine
  • Virtual Balconies for select interior staterooms
  • New panoramic oceanview staterooms – featuring full-length, floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Outdoor oversized movie screen overlooking the main pool
  • Royal Babies and Tots Nursery
  • New Diamond Lounges for suite and Crown & Anchor Society members
  • Cupcake Cupboard
  • WiFi throughout the ship
  • flat-panel televisions in all staterooms
  • interactive signage

Royal Caribbean executive vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, Lisa Bauer, commented on the news, "We are thrilled to be homeporting Navigator of the Seas, with her new enhancements and first at-sea amenities year-round in Galveston. As part of our commitment to delivering the most innovative and contemporary vacation experiences to guests, the iconic FlowRider, as well as the new Virtual Balconies, will be among a new range of amenities being introduced aboard the Voyager class of ships – making every ship our best ship. These exciting and unmatched onboard amenities on Navigator of the Seas, offer adventurous family vacationers many opportunities to be WOW’ed in ways that only Royal Caribbean can deliver.”

Two of the new features, the virtual balconies and panoramic oceanview staterooms, are features that Royal Caribbean is "live testing" aboard Navigator of the Seas to get the technology ready for Quantum of the Seas, which will be under construction at the time.