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Almost a year ago, my family booked this cruise. Now we’re less than a day away from boarding the beautiful Navigator of the Seas to embark on our 9 night journey to the Southern Caribbean.

I guess it’s best to start this live trip report by telling everyone a little bit about myself. I’m 17 from Atlanta, Georgia. I know I’m probably quite a bit younger than most of the users on Royal Caribbean Blog, but what can I say - it’s never to early to become obsessed with cruising.

Going on this cruise with me are my mom, dad, elderly grandmother, and her elderly friend. We booked two separate balcony rooms, so my grandmother and her friend will stay in one room and I’ll stay in the other room with my mom and dad. My dad and I both booked the classic soda package and the voom surf voyage package so we can communicate with each other while on the ship. After diligently checking the cruise planner every 3 or so days, I was able to get the voom package for $19.18 a day, which was the cheapest I’ve seen it for the past 6 months.

We chose this cruise strictly for the itinerary. The ABC islands have been on our list for quite some time, and when they offered them at the next cruise desk on our last cruise, we just couldn’t pass it up.

The intertary is as follows:

Day 1: At sea

Day 2: Labadee, Haiti

Day 3: At sea

Day:4 At sea

Day 5: Oranjestad, Aruba

Day 6: Willemstad, Curaçao

Day 7: Kralendijk, Bonaire

Day 8: At Sea

Day 9: At Sea

In Labadee we’re planning to just have a beach day, in Aruba we’re doing a Trikes tour, we’re going to just play it by ear in Curaçao, and in Bonaire we rented a few golf carts.

We got into Miami yesterday night with my dad driving my grandmother and her friend down and my mom and I flying since she had to stay later to work and I had to stay later for finals.

Today in Miami we did a little sight seeing at Little Havana, South Beach, and Bayside. After lunch we ran a few last minute errands to pick up the things we realized we forgot to pack, and all got pedicures (including my dad). He was not a fan of the flip flops lol. At least they had blue. 

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Now all that’s left is our last dinner of 2018 on land and then it’s cruise time tomorrow!! 

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35 minutes ago, chalkdawg4 said:

I’m 17 from Atlanta, Georgia. I know I’m probably quite a bit younger than most of the users on Royal Caribbean Blog, but what can I say - it’s never to early to become obsessed with cruising.

^^^^Truth!  That line brings a smile to my face.  My 10 year old is on these boards regularly (she doesn't post, just a lurker lol) and she watches many of @Matt's scopes with me.  She loves it.  She knows so much about cruising already.  The earlier you start, the earlier you are on your way to Pinnacle! 😄

Looking forward to following along.  Enjoy your Christmas cruise!

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1 hour ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

^^^^Truth!  That line brings a smile to my face.  My 10 year old is on these boards regularly (she doesn't post, just a lurker lol) and she watches many of @Matt's scopes with me.  She loves it.  She knows so much about cruising already.  The earlier you start, the earlier you are on your way to Pinnacle! 😄

Looking forward to following along.  Enjoy your Christmas cruise!

I’ve tended to be just a lurker too lol, but I’ve been reading all these live reports and become a bit envious, so I thought it was time I tried writing one myself. 😄

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19 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

^^^^Truth!  That line brings a smile to my face.  My 10 year old is on these boards regularly (she doesn't post, just a lurker lol) and she watches many of @Matt's scopes with me.  She loves it.  She knows so much about cruising already.  The earlier you start, the earlier you are on your way to Pinnacle! 😄

Looking forward to following along.  Enjoy your Christmas cruise!

I'm I3 And I'm Diamond LOL.       

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Day 1-Miami

It’s embarkation day!! We arrived at the Port of Miami at 11:30 and were sitting down and eating at the Windjammer by 12. This was by far the quickest we’ve ever made it on a ship, and I can definitely see why everyone says they love the Port of Miami so much. It was very organized which moved everyone through quickly.

The tables at the Windjammer were full like they  usually are on embarkation day, but we were lucky enough to grab one right as another family was leaving. About every 20 minutes during lunch, they played a message asking passengers to leave their table as soon as they were done eating, which although it was annoying to keep hearing, it was much appreciated because it’s always so frustrating to see people taking up tables when they’re not even eating.

At 1:05 they told us over the intercom that our staterooms were ready so my parents went to ours and I went to go help my grandmother and her friend find their’s. They’re staying in stateroom 8614 which was just a run of the mill balcony room. It was good for them though because it was right by the elevator. Then I went down to our stateroom 7688. It’s considered an “obstructed” balcony room, but our balcony is about five times the size of my grandmother’s. And honestly I wouldn’t even consider it obstructed.D32B0341-3E82-46A4-AE41-9B26C3798D8A.thumb.jpeg.7c4f9feebe98a215816de153746af2b2.jpeg

There’s a panoramic picture of it, but it still doesn’t do it justice. Just to give you a better idea of the size, though there are 2 lounge chairs, 2 normals chairs with a table, another deck chair with a footrest, and even with all of that there’s still enough room for three people to lay on the ground. It’s 2:15 and we don’t have our luggage yet, so now we’re all just resting in the room.

Some other notes:

•I was pleasantly surprised to see on our sea pass that our dining time had been moved to 5:30. We decided kinda last minute to change to earlier dining, so we called Royal Caribbean and they said they would put us on the waitlist. We still thought it was a long shot, though.

•Food at the Windjammer was a lot better than it was on our last cruise on the Indy. Not that it bad on our last cruise - it was just average. The food at the Navigator Windjammer was awesome, though. The pizza was much better too

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Day 1 - Miami (pt. 2):

At 3:00 I did a meet up when some of the teens I had set up a group chat with before the cruise. I posted on cruise critics for teens to text me and ended up with about 10 teens in the group. It was super nice to already know someone when I got on board.

Then at 4:15 I headed back to the room for the 4:30 muster drill. It was quick and painless. We also had the Carnival Victory sailing away during our muster drill, so that made it much more interesting.

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After the muster drill we headed up to the pool deck for the sail away party where I caught some awesome pictures on the sunset. 

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I tried to also take a time lapse video, but it was far too windy.

We also caught a glimpse of the Norwegian Sky.

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At 5:30 we headed down to deck three for dinner. We were seated at a table for 9, but the other 4 never joined us. Our waiter was Seryeo and our assistant waiter was Shiv. So far they both seem awesome.

For our appetizers, all of us got the arugula salad except for me mom. They all loved the arugula salad and although I didn’t think it was bad, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. My mom got the French onion soup which she loved. Then for the main course I got fettucini with marinara (I’m a picky vegetarian so you’ll rarely see exocric food choices from me😂) and everyone else got the red snapper. My dad also got the fried chicken to try.

Everyone except for my dad sent the red snapper back. They said it was thick, tough, and tasted very fishy. My mom and grandmother’s friend ordered the steak instead, and my grandmother got the shrimp cocktail. They were all happy with their second choice. My dad said the fried chicken was pretty good also.

Then for the desert I got the royal chocolate cake, my dad espresso mouse, my grandmother’s friend got apple pie, and my mom and grandmother got something that had rum in it (I wasn’t there when they ordered so I have no idea what it was haha). Whatever is was, though, my mom loved it and my grandmother said she wasn’t a fan. My mom said it wasn’t very sweet which she liked. We all loved the rest of our desserts.

After dinner we rushed to the 7:30 tree lighting. I still need to upload the pics from it so I’ll post them tomorrow. The tree lighting really wasn’t much though. Truly all they did was light the tree. Maybe I’m wrong, but last year on the Indy I seem to remember them singing Christmas carols and dancing up on the balcony after the tree was lit.

Then after the tree lighting, we went back to the rooms and our bags were FINALLY there. At this point it was almost 8:00 which was the longest we’ve ever waited to get our bags. We unpacked for a bit then I headed to the teen club for the icebreakers. I met a couple new friends and we planned to meet back up at the hot tub after the welcome aboard show.

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The welcome aboard show was awesome. The band started off by playing a couple Christmas songs and we’re really great.

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They were followed by the singers and dancers who were also pretty good. Then came out our cruise director Rob McNalley from Liverpool, England. He came out singing Sweet Caroline and was honestly almost better than the actual singers. After singing he spouted off a few quick jokes which were very clever and witty. I can already tell it’s going to be a great cruise with him.

He then introduced the officers and after their short introduction sent out the comedian, Landry. He was hilarious!! He had everyone laughing for thirty straight mintutes.

When the show ended, I headed down to the hot tub to meet my friends and we just hung out around the ship the rest of the night.

Some other notes:

•The ship was really rocky for seemingly calm waters. One of my friends said he had heard they didn’t completely fix one of the stabilizers, though, so that could be why.

•The teen club counselors are super lax on this cruise. They truly left the teen club at 11:30 and never came back. Security had to come kick us out.

•Sorry for no pics of the food. I’ve always just kinda found it weird to take pics of food.

•I’ll get a pic of the menu tomorrow. I had to run back to the room to put my phone on airplane mode during dinner, so my parents ordered for me and I never even saw the menu tonight.

 

 

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1 hour ago, chalkdawg4 said:

Thank you!

 

My nephew made friends on an Alaskan cruise. Now they are all graduating from college this year. We have a big celebration on a June cruise with about eight different families attending. This was made possible because these eight young people met on a cruise.

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5 minutes ago, Sweety said:

My nephew made friends on an Alaskan cruise. Now they are all graduating from college this year. We have a big celebration on a June cruise with about eight different families attending. This was made possible because these eight young people met on a cruise.

That’s so cool to hear!! I still keep in touch with a few of friends and it would be awesome to organize something like that.

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Just now, chalkdawg4 said:

Thank you! I was scared nobody would want to read something written by a teenager lol.

Well, just leave any sappy romantic stuff about the cute girl you met out of it. We're all old and past those days, all that matters to us are the port photos, the sunsets, and the food pics. 😉😁

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Just now, JLMoran said:

Well, just leave any sappy romantic stuff about the cute girl you met out of it. We're all old and past those days, all that matters to us are the port photos, the sunsets, and the food pics. 😉😁

I’m a girl, so for me it would be a guy😂😂 I’ll be sure to keep that out of it though lol

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45 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

Well, just leave any sappy romantic stuff about the cute girl you met out of it. We're all old and past those days, all that matters to us are the port photos, the sunsets, and the food pics. 😉😁

 

40 minutes ago, chalkdawg4 said:

I’m a girl, so for me it would be a guy😂😂 I’ll be sure to keep that out of it though lol

LOL!  @JLMoran foot in mouth!  Too funny!

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@chalkdawg4 I am loving this blog for several reasons:  Love the pics so far.  Not sure if you know but I am a teacher.  I teach mainly 13 year olds but over the years, the writing skills of young people have been going downhill.  Quite scary at times.  As I read this with my "teacher hat" on, this blog is so well written for a teenager.  The style and wording is not only descriptive but there is an excellent voice coming through.  Love it!  

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