Review of Navigator Of The Seas deck 5 (Promenade-Lobby-Shops-Helideck)
The fore-located Helideck (helicopter-landing platform) serves as Observation Deck and is accessible to passengers. This Outdoor Deck area has a helipad used in cases of medical emergencies. Here are also held outdoor Yoga classes (at surcharge).
Royal Promenade is a huge interior (shopping mall-like) area linking both atriums (forward and aft). Royal Promenade (length 395 ft / 120 m) is designed to resemble a street – with multiple bars, restaurants, shops and numerous overlooking Atrium Promenade cabins on the decks above. Signature entertainment events here are live performers’ shows (jugglers, comics), nightly organized parades (with DreamWorks characters meets and greets /photo ops). The Royal Caribbean’s Royal Promenade (as a cruise ship design concept) is a technical wonder and an astonishing naval architecture achievement.
Royal Promenade Shops is a shopping arcade with name-brand boutiques selling at duty-free prices luxury fashion-accessories, perfumes-cosmetics, gifts-jewelry, watches-glasses, Royal Caribbean logo merchandise (souvenirs, toys, ship models). There is also a General Store for conveniences, liquor, and tobaccos. Promenade Shops include Regalia, Port Merchant, The Collection.
Star Lounge (former Ixtapa Lounge, capacity 308 seats) is the ship’s second main show lounge with a dance floor and its own full-service bar. The lounge hosts daily art auctions, bingo sessions, karaoke, popular game shows, dance lessons.
Diamond Club (fka Connoisseur Club, capacity 30 seats) is the ship’s smoking-allowed lounge bar with a cigar humidor and comfortable sitting. Here can be purchased at duty-free prices fine cigars, accessories, quality cigar, and pipe tobaccos, as well as premium liquors by the glass. The room’s age restriction is 18+ years old. This is a quiet place to relax and enjoy sophisticated drinks, and also to meet interesting people and share discussions.”Cigars Under the Stars” (pre-scheduled night events) are occasionally offered at some of the outdoor bars - ask the club’s manager about it.
Cafe Promenade (menu, 105 seats) is a complimentary, quick-food eatery (patisserie-brasserie-cafe bar) open 24-hours for snacks and drinks. Among the displayed foods are croissant sandwiches (mini), fresh-baked pizzas (in slices), biscotti, cookies, pastries, muffins, cheesecake (Lollipops), ice cream. Free of charge beverages are coffee, tea, water (dispenser). Starbucks drinks cost extra (payments via Starbucks cards/phone app are also accepted). Starbucks coffee prices are as follows: cold drinks (Coffee $4,25, Mocha $4,75), Iced Cafe (Americano $2,75, Latte $3,75, Mocha $4,25), Tazo Tea (Shaken Iced $2, Latte $3, Hot Tea $1,75), Vanilla Steamer ($2,75), Soy Milk ($3), Hot Chocolate ($2,75), hot coffees (at $3,50 – Americano, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha), White Chocolate Mocha and Caramel Macchiato (each $3,75).
"To Dry For" (refurbishment 2019) replaced "Ben & Jerry’s". TO DRY FOR (fleet's first) blow-dry bar specializing in quick beauty fixes (hairstyling), also serving champagnes and wines by the glass.
Ben & Jerry’s (ice-cream parlor) was a small, premium ice cream shop (capacity 9 seats) where all delights cost extra. The shop offered fresh-baked waffle cones.
In the forward-midship shopping area was added Playmakers Sports Bar (refurbishment 2019).
PLAYMAKERS BAR and ARCADE (with fleet's first "Owner's Box" VIP room) is an adults-only sports bar with 50x large TVs, entertainment (tabletop games, sports tournaments, trivia games), and a la carte priced fast-food options (chicken wings, popcorn shrimp, sliders, RCI's new signature Playmaker Burger, ice-cold beers). Age restrictions are 18+ yo (on itineraries in South America, Europe, Asia, Australia New Zealand) and 21+ yo (North America departures).
Two Poets Pub was renamed English Pub (refurbishment 2019). Two Poets Pub (menu, capacity 86 seats) is a traditional English/Irish pub bar with indoor and outdoor seating (onto the Royal Promenade). The bar’s menu offers a selection of draught beers, ales, international beers, cocktails, spirits. The pub has a large TV, dartboard, and offers as entertainment darts tournaments and live music performances (by a guitarist-singer duo) in the evenings.
Vintages (wine bar) was replaced by "The Bamboo Room" (refurbishment 2019).
THE BAMBOO ROOM is an adults-only, Polynesia-themed bar lounge serving handcrafted cocktails prepared with exotic fruits and spices, as well as sharable bites at the bar. Age restrictions are 18+ yo (on itineraries in South America, Europe, Asia, Australia New Zealand) and 21+ yo ((North America departures).
Vintages was a classy wine bar (capacity 66 seats) with both indoor/outdoor seating (onto the Royal Promenade). The bar’s menu had an extensive selection of fine wines and Champagnes that could be ordered by the glass or bottle. Here were regularly hosted wine education classes and wine tasting events with sommelier service.
R-Bar (menu, capacity 58 seats) is the RCI’s signature cocktail bar (Martini bar). It features sophisticated decor, comfortable seating, Centrum entertainment, hand-crafted drinks by a resident mixologist. The R-Bar’s menu, besides retro cocktails, also includes wines (by the glass and bottle, incl sparkling/Champagne), beers, and spirits.
Guest Services is the ship’s Reception Desk for 24-hour assistance, information, bookings/reservations, luggage, and cashier services.
Shore Excursions Desk provides information on Royal Caribbean cruise tours and excursions (sponsored ashore), also planning and tour booking services.
Cupcake Cupboard (open 11 am - 11 pm, capacity 14 seats) is the ship’s bakery shop for cupcakes (a la carte priced). Cupcakes are fresh baked daily, large-sized, with rich frosting and in many different flavors and fun designs. During the scheduled cupcake decorating classes (30-min, for kids and adults), passengers can design their own cupcakes with icing, sprinkles, colored sugar, and other toppings. Participants in the classes get bonus points in the dessert checklist.
Dining Room Restaurant (upper level 3 of 3, capacity 544 seats) serves Dinner only. Club Dining is with 2 fixed sittings (at 6 pm or 8:30 pm). Your Time Dining is between 6-9:30 pm.