Review of Navigator Of The Seas deck 11 (Lido-Pools-Cabins)
The fore-located “Peek-A-Boo Bridge Overlook” is an outdoor (roof-covered) bow-facing viewing area with slanted windows from where the Navigation Bridge (on deck 10 below) and its activities can be seen. This deck plan feature is available on all Voyager-class ships. There is a sign “Please do not bang or tap on the windows” – so don’t do it – it’s annoying to the bridge personnel on duty. To access the Peek-a-Boo Bridge, go through the Solarium complex, exit at its outside sliding doors (fore-end) and walk forward on the outdoor deck. It is also visible from the Gym’s front.
(refurbishment 2019) The fore-located Vitality Spa was relocated to Deck 12 and replaced by a cluster of Spa staterooms (J4-Junior Suites, 4B-Spacious Balcony, 4D-Balcony and 4V-Interior).
(refurbishment 2019) The pool-deck area was redesigned and the new Splashpad was added. Also here were added two new eateries (fast food bars) - "Johnny Rockets Express" (portside) and "El Loco Fresh" (starboard).
EL LOCO FRESH is a complimentary Mexican Cafe restaurant open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. The traditional Mexican food (including beef burritos, fish tacos, carnitas) is served with mole sauce and salsa verde.
Johnny Rockets (menu, capacity 72 seats) is a 1950s-themed diner (fast-food restaurant) with indoor and outdoor seating. This RCI signature burger bar is all-you-can-eat (at fixed US$5 cover charge, drinks are extra) and opens between 11:30 am and 12-midnight. The menu includes fresh-off-the-grill, made-to-order burgers and hotdogs, chili fries, onion rings, handmade milkshakes, beer, a selection of toppings, grilled chicken breast, classic sandwiches, sides, shareables, desserts (incl apple pie).
The main pool deck area has 2 swimming pools with all 4 whirlpools, a stage (for live band performances), expansive sunbathing area with loungers. During the day, among the fun activities here are live music, various games, and fun contests. The pool deck area is served with drinks and refreshments by the Pool Bar (outdoor poolside bar, 10 seats). The Main Pool deck is also the place for the traditional night deck parties, the BBQ party event, food carving demonstrations.
Splashpad / Splashaway Bay (open between 8 am - 8 pm) is the kids-only aqua park with a splash pool, mini waterslide, interactive splash area.
Solarium is the ship’s adults-only relaxation complex with a sunbathing area, its own swimming pool (outdoor), and 2 whirlpools (covered). The adult pool lounge is served with drinks by the Solarium Bar (a light-fare cafe). There is a 24-hour beverage station for complimentary drinks (coffee- regular & decaf, tea, iced tea, flavored waters).
*The Lime & Coconut signature bar (level 1 of 2) is a new venue (outdoor poolside bar) that offers beverages (including cocktails), DJ, and live music performances.
Outdoor Movie Screen (called Jumbotron) is a poolside cinema (complimentary) located near the main pool area. It is used daily for showing funny videos and live sporting events, and for watching new movies nightly.
Chops Grille (menu, 124 seats) is a premium steakhouse-seafood restaurant open for Dinner-only (between 5:30 – 9:30 pm). This is a specialty restaurant (at US$39 surcharge per person) with an open kitchen allowing guests to watch the food preparation. Reservations are recommended. Included in the surcharge are bread with butter (first-served), 2 appetizers, 1 entree, and desserts. At extra charge from the menu can be ordered soups, salads, prime meat (beef, veal, pork, lamb, poultry), and seafood specialties. Among those are New York strip steak (12 oz), filet mignon (6 oz, 9 oz), veal chop parmesan, short ribs, lamb chops, roasted chicken, crusted tuna, snapper Veracruz, grilled branzino, lobster, shrimp, scallops. Steaks are served with a choice of 3 sauces (bearnaise, peppercorn, bordelaise). Among the upsell dishes are dry-aged steaks (16 oz), porterhouse (20 oz), Maine Lobster. Chops Grille menu also has sides/sharables (mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, truffled creamed corn, roasted mushrooms, grilled vegetables) and desserts (chocolate pie, chocolate lava cake, red velvet cake, cheesecake, warm cookie plate, ice cream, specialty coffees).
(refurbishment 2019) Giovanni’s Table Restaurant (starboard) was replaced with Jamie's Italian.
JAMIE'S ITALIAN (menu) is a casual, surcharge restaurant serving Italian fare for Lunch and Dinner. The venue is via a partnership with the British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. The menu offers handmade dishes from authentic recipes and prepared with seasonal (locally sourced) ingredients. Menu's signature item is "Jamie's Italian Famous Plank " (cured meats, pickles, cheeses). Other specialties are in-house-made pasta, pumpkin panzerotti, zingy prawn linguine, a variety of entrees, small plates, grills, desserts.
Giovanni’s Table (menu, 88 seats) was the RCI’s signature Italian specialty restaurant (family-style trattoria) at a surcharge per person (US$15 lunch, US$25 dinner). Giovanni’s restaurant was open for Lunch (12 – 1:30 pm /sea days only) and Dinner (between 6 – 9.30 pm). Reservations were recommended. Among the traditional Italian dishes served here were focaccia (oven-baked bread), ciabatta, antipasti, salads (Caprese, Caesar), fresh-made pesto sauce, seafood stew, lasagna, meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, pasta (pappardelle, gnocchi, risotto, crab ravioli), veal osso buco, beef tenderloin steak, torta (chocolate cake), cannoli, bomboloni (doughnuts), tiramisu.
Plaza Bar (capacity 40 seats beverage bar) is in the buffet area, conveniently located between the two specialty restaurants.
Windjammer Cafe is the lido buffet restaurant (capacity 348 seats). Dining here is casual (as dress code), complimentary and self-service type. The operational hours are as follows: Early Breakfast (at 6:30 am), Breakfast (7-11:30 am), Lunch (11.30 am - 3:30 pm), Afternoon Tea/Snacks (4-5 pm), and Dinner (6.30-9 pm). The Windjammer restaurant has various buffet stations, including for salads, soups, entrees, grill (incl BBQ meats and cooked-to-order steaks), panini (sandwiches), chicken, fish (incl sushi), vegetarian dishes, fast-food (pizza, pasta, hot-dogs, burgers, french fries), cooked vegetables, sauces and toppings, bread, fruits, desserts (incl healthy desserts). On themed evenings are offered Mexican, Indian, Asian, and other international cuisine specialties. At Breakfast, there is an egg station (made-to-order omelets and eggs). At Lunch, there is also a carving station. The lido buffet also has 24-hour operational beverage stations with complimentary drinks (milk, coffee, tea, instant hot chocolate, flavored waters, also juices at breakfast). Windjammer’s complimentary “sushi stations” open for dinner-only (at 6:30 pm). Designated chefs continuously prepare fresh sushi (cooked rolls variations, mostly of eel and tuna). There are no nigirizushi or sashimi (with raw meat) or made-to-order items.
Cruise cabins from 1100 to 1170, all of which are Spa staterooms in categories J4 (Junior Suite), 4B (Spacious Balcony), 4D (Balcony) and 4V (Interior).