Food is a big part of cruising, and we know our fellow cruisers are always eager to see what is available at the different restaurants onboard. So, we are just back from our second 3-day escape to the Bahamas on the newly amplified Navigator of the Seas and have put together this Navigator of the Seas Restaurant Guide. We have pictures, menus, and all the details for each venue.
Navigator of the Seas Restaurant Guide
If you have cruised on Royal Caribbean before, then you are very familiar with the Windjammer. This casual, complimentary buffet is open most of the day. On both sea and port days, the Windjammer serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For breakfast (approximately 6:30am-11am), you can find your typical selections including fruits, breakfast pastries, cereals, hot menu items such as scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage, as well as a custom omelet station.
For lunch (approximately 11:30am-3:30pm), you will find a selection of salads, cold cuts and sandwiches, a grill with hamburgers and hot dogs, and other hot dishes which vary slightly each day of the cruise.
From 6-9pm, dinner is offered in the Windjammer with different themes including Mexican, Caribbean, and American. Of course, you will also find your standard buffet selections in addition to the themed offerings.
Open 24 hours a day, the Cafe Promenade is your go-to spot for snacks any time of day. Serving up coffee, breakfast pastries, sandwiches and pizza, and small desserts, you will never go hungry on Navigator of the Seas. Cafe Promenade is a great place to grab a table and people watch as there is always something happening in the Royal Promenade. While all of the food items are complimentary, specialty coffee is an up-charge.
Main Dining Room
If you are looking for a complete dining experience, then you will want to visit the main dining room. On a short cruise such as this, the dining room is only open for breakfast and dinner.
The MDR serves breakfast every morning of your cruise on deck 3 from 7:30am to 9am. Here, you can have a made to order breakfast. Options are very similar to a breakfast menu on land. Main dining room breakfast can be crowded at times, so don’t be surprised if there is a line of guests waiting to be seated.
For dinner, the main dining rooms offer a different menu each night. Cruisers with traditional dining (decks 4 and 5) can choose either a 6:00pm or 8:30pm seating. My Time Dining can check in on deck 3 anytime between 5:30-9:30pm.
For My Time Dining, you can make reservations for set times in advance or just walk up to the restaurant when you want to eat. Either way, the menu options are the same as the traditional dining. These options do rotate each evening, with a set list of Classics dishes.
El Loco Fresh
Located on the pool deck, this Mexican-inspired venue offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos with a custom salsa bar. El Loco Fresh is open midday for lunch only starting between 11am to 1pm and remaining open until 6pm. This quick-service station is the perfect spot to grab some snacks while lounging near the pool and is a great alternative to the Windjammer buffet.
Navigator of the Seas has its fair share of specialty dining as well. If you are considering booking a dinner at a specialty restaurant, be on the lookout for pre-cruise Cruise Planner sales to score a discount off the onboard prices. If you want to test out multiple venues, we highly recommend purchasing the Unlimited Dining Package which runs about $79.
With this package, you can enjoy multiple entrees and visit multiple specialty restaurants every night of your cruise. You can also dine in the specialty restaurants for lunch on sea days where applicable. A courtesy reservation will be made for the first night of your cruise based on your preferred dining time, then you can make the remainder of your dining reservations once onboard the ship. For restaurants with a la carte pricing, you’ll receive a $35 food credit.
Chops Grille is the Royal Caribbean signature steakhouse and is located on Deck 11 outside of the Windjammer. This specialty restaurant currently has an up-charge of $42.99 on Navigator of the Seas. You can make reservations at this restaurant prior to your cruise using the Cruise Planner on Royal Caribbean’s website or immediately upon boarding the ship. Chops Grille is open every night of the cruise from 5:30pm to 10pm.
Chops Grille also offers lunch on embarkation day for $22 and the new Chops +1 option for $65. This option entitles you to dinner at Chops plus one other specialty restaurant of your choice. (Prices quoted were for our sailing if booked pre-cruise. Pricing on the ship was more expensive.)
Jamie’s Italian, by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, is a casual Italian specialty restaurant also located on Deck 11 outside the Windjammer. Jamie’s Italian on Navigator of the Seas is open nightly for dinner from 5:30pm to 10pm and for lunch on Day 1 from noon to 1:30pm. This specialty restaurant up-charge for dinner is $34.99 per person and $19.99 for lunch.
Debuting on Symphony of the Seas, Hooked is an upscale yet casual seafood restaurant. This venue is located on Deck 4 across from the Schooner Bar and is open nightly for dinner from 5:30pm to 10pm. For an up-charge of $39.99, you can dine on cruiser favorites like drunken mussels, whole Maine lobster, the messy fish sandwich, or the Captain’s Platter.
Menu: Dinner & Dessert
If you are celebrating a special occasion, you might want to considering a Chef’s Table experience. For $84.99, you can indulge in a a five-course pairing menu and wine tasting. Each course is carefully chosen and presented by the chef and sommelier. The set dinner time is 6pm, and the menu varies.
Izumi is another Royal Caribbean fan favorite offering Asian-inspired dishes and sushi at a la carte pricing. Available to book only pre-cruise is a unique five course meal for $49.99. This option includes Miso Soup, one starter, one Signature Roll or bowl of Ramen, five pieces of your favorite type of Sashimi or Nigiri, and one dessert. Izumi is open for lunch on Day 3 noon to 1:30pm and 5:30pm to 10pm for dinner.
Johnny Rockets Express
Those back on land will recognize this 1950’s inspired hamburger shop. This Johnny Rockets Express on Navigator of the Seas has the same look and feel of the full-service restaurants. This venue is located on the pool deck across from El Loco Fresh. Items on the menu include hamburgers, chicken fingers, french fries, and milk shakes that are priced a la carte. While the food is included in the Unlimited Dining Package, the milkshakes at this Express version of Johnny Rockets are not included in the food or beverage package at this time.
Like your coffee house on land, Starbucks on Navigator of the Seas offers all your drink favorites. From lattes to iced teas and frappucinos, your handcrafted beverage awaits you. Starbucks is located on Deck 4 and is open from 7am to 11pm. Starbucks beverages have a la carte pricing and are not included in the deluxe beverage package. The small pastries will also incur an additional charge.
Playmakers Sports Bar
This new sports bar located on the Royal Promenade on Navigator of the Seas is the perfect place to grab a handcrafted brew and watch a game on the big screens. Lucky for you, there is also pub food available at a la carte prices if you get hungry. Playmakers offers pub favorites like chicken wings, nachos, and sliders at costs ranging from starters for $3 to sandwiches for $9. Playmakers Sports Bar is listed as being open 11am to late.
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Serving up your favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavors at sea, Navigator of the Seas has an ice cream shop located on the Royal Promenade adjacent to Cafe Promenade. Ben & Jerry’s is open daily so you can score a frosty treat day or night. Purchases made at Ben & Jerry’s are a la carte. Complimentary soft serve ice cream is available on the pool deck if you’d prefer not to spend the extra money.
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