Navigator of the Seas became part of the Royal Caribbean fleet in December 2002. This Voyager Class ship was revitalised in 2013 introducing enhanced dining options and a FlowRider surf simulator, along with refurbished staterooms and SMART technology. As soon as you step a foot on this ship, it aims to amaze; from the glamour of the Royal Promenade and seven-storey high Centrum, to the family-friendly fun, culinary experiences and amazing evening entertainment. Navigator of the Seas is a huge, floating resort that's home to all your holiday needs and dreams.
There's so much to experience on-board that you might not fit it all into one cruise! Imagine you're 'Torvill & Dean' and glide across the ice rink or scale the dizzy heights of the rock climbing wall. Test your surfing balance on the FlowRider or relax with a hot stone massage in Vitality at Sea Spa. Tots to teens are in for fun times in the Adventure Ocean Youth Programme and Teen Centre, but there's quality family-fun to be had on the Navigator Dunes Golf Course or even in the Video Arcade too. When the sun goes down, cuddle-up on the pool deck and watch a big-screen film under the stars, or take your pick from the lively entertainment options around the ship.
Navigator of the Seas offers a huge variety of flavours and dining styles in her bounty of restaurants and eateries. Opt for an early or late sitting with My Time Dining in the three-deck high Sapphire Dining Room and be treated to tasty culinary treats. The casual Windjammer Cafe offers serve-yourself buffet breakfasts and lunches with a restaurant-style dinner service; while the adjoining Jade restaurant presents Asian-themed dinner buffets. Made-to-order salads, paninis and sandwiches, along with a selection of gourmet coffees and pastries, are available in the Park Cafe.
The ship's selection of speciality restaurants immensely enhances the on-board culinary journey. Fries, milkshakes and gourmet burgers are served the 1950s-style American diner Johnny Rockets, while Chops Grille offers a menu of premium steaks, fresh seafood, and tempting desserts. Giovanni's Table combines indoor and outdoor seating with rustic Italian stews, pastas and focaccia. Or you can head to Sabor Modern Mexican for spicy dishes that emphasise fresh, tasty and simple ingredients. If Japanese cuisine is your type of devine dish, Izumi features: sashimi, sukiyaki, sushi rolls and hot rock plates - perfect for a unique Far East experience.
The plethora of bars and lounges on Navigator of the Seas offers something for your every mood. Savour Starbucks coffee, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and Cupcake Cupboard cupcakes at Cafe Promenade. Two Poets Pub offers a range of imported beers and ales, or you can work your way through the wine list at Vintages. Experience a 1960s vibe, classic cocktails and daily drink specials in the vibrant surroundings of R Bar. Enjoy a drink with friends in the nautically-themed Schooner Bar or celebrate that special occasion with a glass of bubbly at Champagne Bar. Boleros Lounge combines live Latin music with late-night dancing and tropical cocktails. But don't miss the Viking Crown Lounge, which provides comfort and panoramic vistas by day and a lively dance club at night.
Evenings on Navigator of the Seas offers something to suit every guest. Contemporary musical stage shows light up the stage each night in the five-storey high Metropolis Theatre, and there are weekly, themed events on the Royal Promenade. The Star Lounge offers superb dancing, live music and amazing entertainment, while blackjack tables and slot machines are waiting for you to take a chance on them at Casino Royale.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive at Southampton where you will board Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas and sail onwards to Madeira, Portugal.
Day 4: Madeira, Portugal
Today the ship drops anchor at the Portuguese island of Madeira. Nicknamed the 'floating garden' due to its lush flora and fauna, there is no place that typifies this more than Funchal's Botanical Gardens. Ride in the cable car up to Monte, before returning back down to the city in a traditional toboggan? Head to the east of the island to admire the views from Pico de Arieiro, or venture west to visit the picturesque village of Câmara del Lobos and the Cabo Girão Skywalk. Take a ferry to the neighbouring island of Porto Santo, a beach-lovers paradise, or take a baptism dive with sharks and tropical fish at Aquario da Madeira. For the ultimate treat, why not enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the famous Belmond Reid's Palace Hotel in Funchal?
Day 5: Tenerife, Canary Islands
Snow topped mountains contrasted with sandy beaches make Tenerife a firm favourite with tourists. Loro Park, the islands famous water park, is a popular choice for those looking to see the whale and dolphin shows and then head into the city centre and take in some local tapas whilst shopping in the array of shops here. With year round sunshine the beaches on the island will always welcome you to sit back relax and enjoy whilst topping up your tan.
Day 6: Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Arrive in Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria. Explore the impressive Santa Ana Cathedral, Plaza de Santa Ana, Palacio Regental, and the Bishop's Palace in Vegueta - the oldest part of the city. Spend the day sunbathing on Playa de Las Canteras, regarded as one of the world's best beaches, or enjoy live Canarian folk music and dancing at Pueblo Canario. Relax in the idyllic surroundings of Parque Doramas or enjoy a leisurely coffee on Plaza Cairasco. Discover national treasures dating back from Roman times at El Museo Canario. Admire the indigenous flora and fauna at the Jardin Botanico Viera y Clavijo, travel to the famous Maspalomas dunes or join a trek to the Bandama Caldera.
Day 7: Lanzarote, Canary Islands
The ship drops anchor today on the island of Lanzarote. Admire Castillo San Gabriel and Castillo San Jose that form the backdrop to Arrecife harbour. The beautiful golden sand of Playa del Reducto is ideal for a morning's sunbathing, or take a stroll along the seafront promenade to the peaceful Playa del Cable. Venture inland to explore the landscape of Timanfaya National Park's fire mountains or uncover the spectacular natural concert hall and subterranean lagoon at Cueva de Los Verdes.
Day 9: Vigo, Spain
Spain's Atlantic coastline is home to the Galician town of Vigo and its many attractions.
Explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Vigo and Plaza Constitucion in Casco Vella, before admiring the views from Castro Fortress. Immerse yourself in culture at Museo do Mar de Galicia, Museo Municipal de Vigo, and Museum of Contemporary Art. Discover the El Sireno sculpture at Porta do Sol or go shopping on Rua do Principe. Watch the fisherman at O Berbes and spend some time on Playa de Samil beach.
Venture further afield to Santiago de Compostela and Pontevedra or even take a boat trip around the Cíes Islands.
Day 11: Southampton, UK
The cruise comes to an end in Southampton, where you disembark and make your way home.