Top 10 Perfect Day at CocoCay tips, secrets and tricks

Top 10 Perfect Day at CocoCay tips, secrets and tricks

Drone shot of Perfect Day at Cocoa Cay 

Royal Caribbean’s private island in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, has become one of it’s favorite port destinations in the Bahamas with all of the great activities and things to do since it’s complete $250 million overhaul in 2019.

Here are our top ten tips and tricks for visiting Perfect Day at CocoCay for when you are planning your own visit to Perfect Day at CocoCay!

1. There is lots to do that costs nothing extra

There is a lot of attention for the activities on Perfect Day at CocoCay that costs extra, but there is a lot of fun things to do that costs absolutely nothing extra.

First and foremost, you can walk around Perfect Day at CocoCay without paying extra.  Just like any port of call, you can walk off the ship and explore on your own.

Here is a list of things that is included with your cruise fare when you visit Perfect Day at CocoCay:

  • Splashaway Bay
  • Captain Jill’s Galleon
  • Skipper’s Grill
  • Chill Grill
  • Snack Shack
  • Oasis Lagoon pool (Beach  chairs, umbrellas and towels)
  • Chill Island (Beach  chairs, umbrellas and towels)
  • South Beach (Beach  chairs, umbrellas and towels)
  • Sports Courts
  • Fitness Classes
  • Freshwater showers
  • Tram service
  • Beach access wheelchairs

However, if you are going to spend some of your hard earned cash on some experiences while at Coco Cay…

2. Buy an admission to Thrill waterpark before the cruise to save money

If you want to go to Thrill Waterpark, make sure you pre-purchase it before your cruise, you will absolutely save money vs buying passes onboard the ship.

Royal Caribbean sells its waterpark passes via the Cruise Planner site and regularly puts the tickets on sale.  If you want to save money (who doesn’t?), buy your tickets before you board the ship.

3. Best times for shortest water slide lines

Thrill Waterpark is home to Perfect Day at CocoCay’s incredible water slides, and as you might imagine, a lot of cruisers are going to want to try them all.  While lines for the slides are usually quite manageable, here are the best times to try the slides to have a minimal wait:

  • Before 11am
  • After 3pm

4. Your drink package works at Perfect Day at Coco Cay

If you purchase a Royal Caribbean drink package for your cruise, you can use the drink package benefits while at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

This means if you have the Deluxe Beverage Package, you can enjoy unlimited alcoholic beverages, along with bottled water, sodas and more. Likewise, the Refreshment Package and Soda Package benefits extend to Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Just like on the ship, souvenir cups or drinks served in pineapples/coconuts are not included with your drink package benefits.  If you have the Deluxe Beverage Package, you can get a discount on the souvenir cup.  Or you can ask for the drink in a regular cup to pay no additional charge.

 

5. Your Voom package works at Perfect Day at CocoCay

If you have a  Voom internet package,  you will have internet connectivity at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

WiFi coverage extends across the island, which means you can stay connected and share photos or videos with friends back home.  You can even post updates and pics in the comments below!  We’d love to see you photos!

6. Secret menu item at Snack Shack

Snack Shack serves up some great food, but they also have a menu item that is not listed on the printed menu. If you ask nicely, you can get a chicken parmigiana sandwich that is essentially a cross between the crispy chicken sandwich, mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce.

7. Free tram service around the island

Keep an eye out for the complimentary trams that are found around Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Beginning when you walk down the pier, you will find tram service to take you down the pier to save some steps (you will have plenty at Thrill Waterpark).

Once on the island, there is complimentary tram service that can take you all corners of Perfect Day at Coco Cay.

8. If you want a quiet spot, go to Chill Island

If your idea of a fun day is quiet time getting away from it all, head to Chill Island.  Chill Island is accessible via the green pathway that is towards the left side when you walk onto Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Once at Chill Island, keep to the left side of the area for pristine ocean views that has no music or the sounds of people at the pool or water park.  Instead, you will find only the sound of the ocean waves.

 

9. DIY Ice cream sandwiches

You will find self-serve soft serve ice cream machines at Perfect Day, along with chocolate chip cookies…I bet you know where I am going with this.

Grab two cookies, dispense ice cream between the two and voila!  The perfect treat!

10. Keep an eye out for chickens, iguanas and birds

This is a fun tidbit, but Perfect Day at CocoCay is home to more than just beautiful views.  If you walk enough of the island, it is not uncommon to see wild chickens roaming the grounds, along with iguanas that sometimes get close to the dining areas to see if any scraps of food rolled away.

Seagulls can also be found flying around, so be sure to keep an eye on your food.

Regardless of the animal, please do not feed any of them.

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What to Expect on Embarkation Day When Sailing Liberty of the Seas – Port City Galveston

What to Expect on Embarkation Day When Sailing Liberty of the Seas – Port City Galveston

Getting through embarkation is a procedure, but a necessary part of getting right to the good part – the cruise!

What is it like to cruise with your husband, your mom and your three kids?  Well, it’s a procedure!  But not difficult at all as long as you plan ahead and have some degree of organization.  Our kids are pretty seasoned travelers.  They are usually on a plane at least once a year, if not more.  The longest they’ve flown is cross country.  So far I’ve been hesitant to have them fly longer than that, although at the end of 2021 we’ll be flying to Israel for our eldest daughter’s Bat Mitzvah (future blog post!!).  But here’s our embarkation experience porting out of Galveston Texas, to board Liberty of the Seas for a 7 night cruise in the Western Caribbean:

First off, we flew into Houston and spent the night at a hotel near the airport.  Pro Tip:  NEVER fly the same day you embark (get on the ship on Day 1).  You are just asking for trouble!  Flight delays, baggage issues, traffic, there are just too many opportunities to miss the boat, pun intended ha ha.  Don’t do it!  Fly (or drive, unless you live super super close to port, in which case good for you) in the night before, get a hotel near the airport and then Uber or ask your travel adviser to set up transportation for you.  Less stress and less opportunity for mess!

 Our first look at the ship!  Yes it was pretty overcast at the time but that cleared up right quick

Once you get to to the port, it’s a lot of cars and a lot of people and a lot of employees helping those people to get through to the check in area!  There are multiple cruise ships docked, people are coming and going and did I mention it’s a lot of people?  Your paperwork (that you should have printed out and put in a binder for safekeeping) does tell you to check in at a certain time, but honestly I would just get to the port as early as possible.  The sooner you get to the port, the sooner you get through your embarkation process, the sooner you’re on the boat and the sooner you’re on your way to fun!  They have porters who will help you tag your luggage if you haven’t already, take your luggage that is not staying with you (pro tip #2:  Make sure to keep a carry on with you (click here to read about what to put in your carry-on).

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Next you’ll be going through security and then through the lines to to check in and get your SeaPass card!  I have had good luck getting to the port early and not having to wait in line for too long.  Leave a message in the comments below – what are your tips for getting through the check in process?

Once you’re through checking in, you’ll proceed to another area…to wait some more.  For this trip we were just in the general waiting area (my husband was not into paying for the special priority area) and there’s lots of people but it’s run like clockwork and we killed time by looking around at the stuff they are selling (trust me there’s always opportunities to buy things).  We forgot our lanyards (doh!) but bought one for of each of us, and considered it a souvenir.  Once they called our group number we were on our way!

Finally on the gangway, ready to get on the ship and ready for the fun to start

We got onboard Liberty of the Seas at lunchtime, and the kids were hungry so we headed over to the WindJammer, Royal Caribbean’s buffet dining room, which is open for break, lunch, dinner and “tea-time”.  Now a lot of people will tell you, don’t visit the buffet during embarkation day because it will be packed, and they are correct.  However I have 3 kids and we were all hungry so off we went.  To be honest, there were a lot of people there but we found a table, the WindJammer is clean, bright and airy, windows all around to enjoy the view and delicious food!  I don’t know about you but with kids we love buffets.  There’s something for everyone and the kids can get what they want, we can get what we want and everyone is happy.  The Windjammer has a ton of options, from American food, Asian and Indian cuisine (look for the area marked “Jade”), soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, burgers, hot dogs and frieds and of course desserts and COOKIES, my nemesis.

 

Lunchtime in the Windjammer

After everyone was fed and satiated, we were still a little early to go to our staterooms, as they wouldn’t be available until after 1pm.  But that’s ok because we had our carry-ons and this is why it’s so important to pack the right things in it!  We had our bathing suits and sunscreen and we let the kids get their suits on and into the water.  The Lido deck (aka where the pools are) has two pools, side by side, but they aren’t super wide.  However they are great to sit around when they have events like the belly flop contests, which are always fun to watch (or participate in, depending on how much of an extrovert/masochist – hey those bellow flops hurt – you are).  The Lido deck also includes the Aqua Park right next to the regular pools, but it’s separated by a wall and the stage where the musicians play during the day.

Quick dip in the pool on deck 11

Sabrina (my oldest) was old enough to do the Flow Rider on deck 13 and she asked me to come with her so she could check it out.  One of the things I really enjoy about a cruise is the sheer amount of walking we do!  Pro tip #3:  Keep yourself active and work off all the food you’ll be eating by walking and taking the stairs as much as possible.  You can do up to 20k/steps a day or more on a cruise if you’re active and that just leaves more room for the delectable desserts.



Hang 10, my child

The flow rider is this giant surfing machine that allows you to experience boogie boarding and surfing while in one contained area.  Very cool to do so while on a cruise ship!  With Royal Caribbean it’s first come first serve, although there is the opportunity to reserve spots for private lessons, at an additional cost.  During the trip there’s varying degrees of lines and wait times but when we went Sabrina was able to try it out right away.  Braver than me!

Our kids like kids clubs.  We like that our kids like kids clubs.  But even if you’re not sure if your kids will like the kids club, it’s a smart idea to check them, called Ocean Adventure on Royal Caribbean and register your kids, in case your kids want to hang out there.  It’s a big space with tons of game and activities for your kids to do, so you can have a few hours to yourself!  There are three different rooms, one for kids 3-5, one for kids 6-8 and one for kids 9-11.  Pro-tip:  if you have a child age 11+ permission, he or she can sign him or herself out, AND your 11 year old can sign in your younger kids as well!  What people might not realize is you can give your kids some freedom on a cruise ship that you might not feel comfortable doing IRL, since where are they going to go?  (HOWEVER, put the fear of God into them that if they go anywhere near the railings you’ll stick them in the stateroom until you get back home).


Dinner.  One of our three favorite meals of the day

On our voyage aboard Liberty of the Seas we had dinner in the main dining room every evening.  Liberty of the Seas offered three times for the main dining room:  Early dining at 5:30pm, late dining at 8:30pm or my time dining, where you choose (hence the name).  We decided to do My Time dining at 7pm each night, and we had the same table and waiter each evening.  That worked best for our schedule, *although* the only draw back of dinner at 7pm is a lot of the shows would start at around 9pm, which kind of cut into my leisurely dinner, but there’s pros and cons to everything.  Our son called it “fancy dining” because we made him put on a button down shirt and pants every evening lol.  If you want to spend extra money on one of the specialty dining restaurants that’s great but for us the main dining room was perfect.  The kids knew they needed to be on their best behavior, but we had the same wonderful waiter every evening and he would bring the kids food out first, they would eat and then our oldest would take everyone to the kids club and the adults could enjoy a nice relaxing leisurely dinner.  No cooking, no cleaning, just great food, wonderful conversation and no stress!  Are you ready to book your next vacation?  If so where do you want to go?  Leave a message in the comments because I would love to hear all about it.  And if you’d like some help planning your next vacation click here I can help you with that too!

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What’s Included In Your Royal Caribbean Cruise Fare on Navigator of the Seas?

What’s Included In Your Royal Caribbean Cruise Fare on Navigator of the Seas?

If you are going on a Royal Caribbean cruise onboard Navigator of the seas, you might be wondering what parts of the cruise experience are included in the cruise fare that you paid.  After all, there is a lot of components to any cruise vacation and it’s good to know what’s included and what isn’t.

We think Royal Caribbean does include a lot of activities, food, entertainment and things to do in your cruise fare.  A cruise remains a really good vacation value, especially when you factor in meals and entertainment.  Over the years, Royal Caribbean has realized some of its guests prefer to add onto the core experience, and began offering more options to tack onto their vacation.  As a result, it may be a bit overwhelming for someone new to Royal Caribbean to know exactly what is included and what carries an additional cost.

If you have been hoping to find out what is included with your Royal Caribbean fare and what is extra, specifically for Navigator of the Seas this breakdown should help clear it all up.

Accommodations

Let’s start with something simple, where are you staying on your cruise.  Your cruise fare gets you a stateroom exclusively for you.  This means you have a room and private bathroom to use throughout the cruise.

Depending on which type of stateroom you book the exact size, amenities and layout of the room will vary.  But at the very least, you should know that your cruise fare assures you of a room just for you (and any friends or family you invited to stay with you).

Gratuities

Guests sailing on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas (and most Royal Caribbean’s ships) have two choices when it comes to gratuities to the dining room wait staff and stateroom attendants that provide services to them.  They may elect to pre-pay gratuities prior to the cruise, or have gratuities automatically charged on a daily basis to the SeaPass account.

As of January 2, 2018, guests will pay a $14.50 per guest per day service charge on a daily basis for guests in Junior Suites and below, or $17.50 USD per person, per day for guests in Grand Suites and above, applied to each guest’s SeaPass account on a daily basis, unless pre-paid prior to the start of your cruise.

Purchases and services rendered onboard a Royal Caribbean ship will have gratuities added at the time of purchase.  If you buy a drink, get a massage at the spa, eat at a specialty restaurant, etc, you will be charged an 18% gratuity automatically.  Your receipt will display the cost breakdown.  ***NOTE*** Do not skimp on tipping the staff!  They work extremely hard and this is where they make most of their income.   Gratuities are a part of cruising and your staff will show how hard they work for you by making so many moment of your trip that much more special with their amazing service, done with a smile.

Drink packages and specialty dining packages will be charged an automatic gratuity upon purchase of the package, which means no additional gratuity is required when taking advantage of the package benefits (i.e. ordering a drink at the bar with a drink package).  Some people forget this and add essentially a tip on top of a tip.  Not required! (although if you want to do so, go for it)

In addition to the gratuities listed earlier, there are opportunities to give crew members an additional tip for excellent service.  Even crew members who receive an automatic gratuity can receive additional gratuities if you feel it is warranted.  I find the PPG (Pre-paid gratuities) to be fair, and often I will pre-pay so I have one less thing to deal with at the end of my trip.

Meals & Snacks

Main Dining Room, Navigator of the Seas

All Royal Caribbean cruise fares include most meals and snacks onboard your ship, and any private destination you visit (such as Labadee or CocoCay).  This means there will be ample opportunity to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in-between without additional cost.

While on Navigator of the Seas, your cruise fare includes:

  • Main dining room – With sweeping, multi-level ambiance, world-class cuisine, and extraordinary personal service, the main dining room serves exceptional, multi-course meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day.
  • Windjammer buffet – Enjoy an assortment of global cuisines and American favorites at this casual dining destination with spectacular views and a comfortable atmosphere that welcomes guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Cafe Promenade – Located in the multi-level Royal Promenade at the heart of the ship – and the best spot for people watching – Cafe Promenade serves coffee, snacks pastries and sandwiches around the clock.  Open 24 hours a day, it’s perfect for satisfying your late night cravings.
  • El Loco Fresh – Stop into El Loco FreshSM to satisfy your craving for fresh-made Mexican favorites, like burritos, tacos and salsas. ]
  • There are 2 soft serve ice cream machines. One is located against a wall in the Windjammer and the other one is located on Deck 11 against a wall in the pool area.

Simply put, it is quite easy to have plenty to eat at any of the complimentary dining locations onboard.

You may find a few for-fee items on the main dining room menu, such as a filet or lobster.  Steak and lobster might be offered on other evenings of the cruise for no fee, but this is an option for those that want those dishes at other times.

Windjammer on Navigator of the Seas

Navigator of the Seas does offer in addition alternative specialty restaurants, where you can opt to pay extra for food/meal.  Most specialty restaurants have a simple cover charge that includes most of the food on the menu, although there are a couple of specialty restaurants that forgo the cover charge and simply charge you for what you order.

Here is a list of the specialty restaurants specifically for Navigator of the Seas:

  • Johnny Rockets Express – Step back in time to the 1950s, when jukeboxes were at every table and diner menus were packed with all-American favorites like burgers, fries, and shakes.
  • Chops Grille – Enjoy juicy steaks, fresh seafood, hearty side dishes, and sumptuous desserts in the elegant, classic Chicago atmosphere of Royal Caribbean’s popular signature steakhouse.
  • Izumi (a la carte) – Traditional Asian cuisine is artfully prepared and presented at Izumi. You’ll be wowed by the fresh ingredients, delicate flavors, and gorgeous plating of Izumi’s sushi, sashimi, ishi-yaki plates, and more.
  • Jamie’s Italian – Chef Jamie Oliver’s passion for Italian cooking and the Italian way of life drives a menu of rustic favorites, bursting with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
  • Hooked Seafood – For the freshest seafood and raw bar favorites, head to Hooked SeafoodSM — it’s a real taste of New England in a casual setting.
  • Playmakers – At Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, it’s all about winning — whether you’re watching your home team on screen, making your own legendary plays at the arcade, or refueling on your game-day favorites.
  • Chef’s Table – Dinner at Chef’s Table is both experiential and educational, as the Chef de Cuisine specially prepares and presents each course, while explaining its cooking techniques, ingredients and flavors. Then a sommelier pairs every course with wine chosen to enhance your enjoyment of the dish.
  • Starbucks – Being at sea doesn’t mean you have to give up your daily half-caff Coconut Milk Macchiato. Your Salted Caramel Mocha Frappucino® is here, too. And achieve Teavana® whenever the mood emerges. From drinks to pastry, you can enjoy your Starbucks®; favorites on select ships. A la carte pricing.
  • Ben & Jerry’s – Treat yourself to a cone of Vermont’s Finest Ice Cream, or indulge in a smoothie, sundae, or shake for a special treat.

Specialty restaurants offer cuisine options not otherwise available onboard your ship, as well as an opportunity to indulge in meals that you may prefer to enjoy at your own pace.  In addition, the ambiance is usually enhanced at these locations and the prices charged are usually not exorbitant.  As stated earlier, you should look at specialty restaurants as a way to enhance or splurge on your cruise, as dining at the complimentary venues is quite satisfying.

Chops Grille onboard Navigator of the Seas

Drinks

Navigator of the Seas provides all its guests (and this is standard for all of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships) a few different drinks throughout the day that are included in your cruise fare.  These drinks are available at any time, and include:

  • tap water
  • milk
  • tea
  • coffee (regular and decaf)
  • lemonade
  • iced tea
  • flavored waters
  • juices (at breakfast and not fresh squeezed)
  • Hot chocolate (via instant packets)

These drinks are available throughout your cruise at a number of locations, so there will always be somewhere to get something to drink for free. And if you are wondering, it is very safe to drink the tap water onboard, as it is of high quality.

I’m more of a Diet Coke gal myself – what’s your favorite drink while cruising?

Alternatively, if you want alcohol, soda, juices, virgin cocktails and pretty much anything else not listed above, you can purchase them individually for an additional cost during the cruise.

  • soda
  • beer
  • wine
  • liquor
  • cocktails
  • premium coffee and tea, such as Starbucks
  • bottled water (still or sparkling)
  • fresh squeezed juice

For all of these drinks, you may purchase each drink individually or purchase a Royal Caribbean beverage package that will give you either a set allotment of beverages or unlimited access onboard to them.

Royal Caribbean does allow its guests to bring up to two brttles of wine per stateroom with them onboard a ship.  It must be brought onboard on embarkation day, and it is subject to a corkage fee if opened in a public venue.  Guests may also bring non-alcoholic beverages as carry-on items on boarding day. Non-alcoholic beverages may not exceed 12 standard (17 oz.) cans, bottles or cartons per stateroom. Milk and distilled water brought on for infant, medical, or dietary use are permitted.

Room service

Room service is available any time of the day or night – simply order from the room service menu located in your stateroom/suite (service charge of $7.95* applies). An 18% gratuity is additional and will automatically be added to your check.  Grand Suites and above do receive complimentary room service, however the 18% gratuity still applies.

Child programming and care

Royal Caribbean’s Adventure Ocean program offers children between the ages of 3 and 17 years old, complimentary supervised programming during the day and part of the evening. From when Adventure Ocean opens until 10pm, there is no additional cost to use Adventure Ocean. From 10pm to 2am, Royal Caribbean offers an after hour ($7 per hour) option that has an hourly cost for parents that want to let kids stay a bit later.

While in Adventure Ocean, kids take part  in activities lead by the Adventure Ocean staff. There’s a lot for kids to do here and the programs specialize for each age group. It’s a mix of learning, play time and socializing.

Children between the ages of six months and 36 months old can participate in the Royal Babies and Royal Tots program. Most Royal Caribbean ships offer a nursery, where parents can drop children off throughout the day and evening. Use of the nursery comes at an hourly charge.

In addition to the Nursery, there is often a open play area set up during the day for parents to bring their young children to and play that has no additional cost. This is unsupervised play time, but does provide an opportunity every day for parents with toddlers to have space to crawl, play, and have some fun.

Activities and Shows

A vast majority of cruise activities are included with your cruise fare.  Your daily Cruise Compass will list a schedule of activities offered onboard, and most have no charge for them. These are the sort of activities you might expect to find on a cruise ship (as well as some that may surprise you).  Cooking demonstrations, pool games, movies, trivia, dance classes, and scavenger hunts are regularly offered on Royal Caribbean and have no additional charge.  On Navigator of the Seas, Royal Caribbean has amplified their pool deck, there’s the always popular FlowRider, outdoor movie nights, multiple water slides, culinary classes, wine tasting, ice skating and laser tag, and more!

There are some activities offered that have an additional fee, such as some fitness classes, bingo, casino tournaments (and pretty much anything in the casino), drink seminars, spa services and more.  In addition, Navigator of the Seas also offers To Dry For Blow Dry Bar, cupcake classes, and the all new Royal Escape Room!

 

The performances in the Royal Theater, are included in your cruise fare.  Likewise, ice shows, comedy shows, magic shows, live music, audience participation shows and more are included as well.  Even the Broadway shows on Royal Caribbean ships are included in your cruise fare.

There will be shows each evening, along with additional performances during the day on sea days.  Live music is a staple of Royal Caribbean’s entertainment and is offered throughout the day at multiple locations.

Signature activities and Games

Royal Caribbean has built a reputation for itself with some of the signature activities offered onboard.  Watch any Royal Caribbean cruise commercial, and inevitably you will see people tackling the FlowRider, rock climbing wall and more.

Here is a breakdown of Navigator of the Seas top activities and any additional costs.

  •  Flowrider surf simulator
    • No cost to use (first come, first served), although private and group lessons are available to book for an additional fee.
  • Rock climbing wall
    • No cost to use (first come, first served), although private and group lessons are available to book for an additional fee.
  • Mini golf
    • No cost to use
  • Waterslides (Riptide, The Perfect Storm and The Blaster)
    • No cost to use
  • Aqua parks (Amplified Pool Deck)
    • No cost to use
  • Sports Court/SeaPlex
    • Multi-purpose venues that offer basketball, tennis, volleyball, dodge ball, soccer and more.
    • No cost to use.
  • Ice Skating

     

    • No cost to use (tip:  get in line early to get your pass to ice skate, they go fast)
  • Laser Tag:  Battle for Planet Z
    • no cost to use
  • Royal Escape Room – The Observatorium
    • Reservations required, 12 and older, additional fee
  • Scuba Certification
    • Get certified while onboard, fee applies

Fitness and Spa

Every Royal Caribbean ship has a fitness center that offers cardio machines, weight lifting machines, weights and more for no additional cost.  There are also some (but not all) fitness classes included in your cruise fare, such as stretch and abs workouts.

Each Royal Caribbean ship has a jogging track, which is available to use throughout the day and at no additional cost.

The sports courts also offer complimentary use of the facilities, with organized games often held throughout the sailing.

The fitness center will offer fitness classes for an additional fee, such as spinning, yoga, Pilates and more. The fitness center also offers personalized training and other services for an additional fee.

The spa is nearly available exclusively at an additional cost.  Spa treatments, salon services and day passes all come with an additional cost.

Navigator of the Seas does have a a complimentary single sex sauna that can be found in the changing rooms of the fitness center on deck 11 of the ship.

Tours of the spa are available at any time during your cruise and have no additional cost or obligation.  In fact, these tours are a great way to learn about what the spa offers.

Pool and sun decks

Access to Royal Caribbean’s pools are included in your cruise fare, including the lounge chairs, hot tubs, water slides, aqua parks and more. The Solarium area has no additional cost, but is limited to adults only.

Some areas of the pool deck are reserved for suite guests only.  If you are a suite guest (Grand Suite and above), you will have complimentary access to these areas.   On Navigator of the Seas, there is a limited VIP lounge chair set-up near the pool Bar area between Deck 12, Foward (No chairs reservation, however).

Miscellaneous services

If not mentioned in the post, here are a few more services that are not included in the cruise fare

  • Gambling (Including Bingo)
  • Art Auction
  • Any purchases made in the gift shops onboard
  • Shore excursions
  • Photographs
  • Video Arcade
  • Medical Services
  • Internet Access
  • Transfers (Unless guest has purchased our air/sea package)
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
  • Ship to Shore Telephone calls

There’s truly so much to do on the ship that your biggest issue will be not having enough time to do everything!  And we haven’t even discussed Navigator’s ports of call, Nassau and Perfect Day at Coco Cay.  That will be for another blog post.  What is your favorite part about being on a cruise ship?  Comment below and let us know!

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