Navigator of the Seas Daily Diary – Day 2 Sea Day

Welcome to day two of our updates from Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas!

Two of our editors, Lisa from Travel Loving Family and Claire from Tin Box Traveller, have been invited onboard to experience a Back to the 80s cruise with their kids. Claire is bringing you today’s postcard from sea as the ship sailed from Southampton to Bilbao:

We are big fans of cruising with kids – obviously – but when what should be a relaxed sea day sailing across the Bay of Biscay starts at 6.20am you do question your sanity!

Tot and Baby were up bright and early. Luckily for Lisa, her son enjoys his lay ins. After a few moments of jealousy I decided to make the most of the extra hours in the day and begin properly exploring what’s onboard for families.

Sports Deck on Navigator of the Seas

Navigator of the Seas has whole deck dedicated to sports and activities for the adventurous.

We watched the advanced surfers trying out the FlowRider surf simulator, eyeballed the climbing wall and settled on a game of mini golf.

The neon lights of the arcade by the Adventure Ocean kids club also helped to absorb half an hour before we headed to see one of the first festival acts of the day, the excellent 80s cover band Blind Lemon.

In the afternoon the kids headed to Adventure Ocean for a few hours while Lisa and I caught a fascinating Q&A with DJ, song writer and author Mike Read.

By the time we’d dolled up for our first formal evening and supped a few glasses of champagne on Lisa’s balcony we’d missed our dinner slot in the Sapphire Dining Room so popped to the Windjammer Buffet. With hungry tummies satisfied it was time to join the Captain, Kjell, on the Royal Promenade for more champagne and his welcome address. The kids were delighted to be given their own virgin cocktails.

Night 1 on Navigator of the Seas

After a long, busy day, and with Bilbao to explore on day 3, it was time for bed. Come back tomorrow to see what we got up to at our first port of call.

Towel Animal on Navigator of the Seas

If you’d like to see how our Back to the 80s cruise started check out day one.

Now take a look at Day 3 of our cruise Back to the 80s.

Cruiseco have no more plans at this time to repeat the Back to the 80’s cruise from the UK however if you are a musical theatre, classical music and/or opera fan take note!  There are still a few cabins left on the Bravo – Cruise of Performing Arts, departing this Saturday, 19th May to 26th May from Southampton onboard Celebrity Silhouette.  Onboard will be 28 performers including Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins and the National Symphony Orchestra.  For more information check out –  (Other music cruises by Cruiseco which depart from Australia can be found here –

Even if you can’t get onboard yourself for Bravo fear not!  Our fellow co editor, Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos is going to be onboard with her family reviewing the cruise and sharing highlights with us here on Cruising with Kids so pop back next week to see how she gets on.

Claire Hall

Claire has always had a strong connection to the sea and grew up on the south coast of England, within half an hour of the cruise port of Southampton. Her own cruising adventures began when she was 14 with a school trip around the Eastern Mediterranean. Since then she’s played taxi driver to her parents as they’ve embarked on numerous cruises around the world.

Now with two young children of her own she’s reacquainting herself with family cruising and is loving every minute. Her first family cruise was onboard Carnival Vista in 2016. Claire also writes, Tin Box Traveller, sharing holidays ranging from camping trips to spa breaks with kids, as well as outdoor fun, family days out and travel tips.

Claire now lives in Devon with her husband, two children and sea dog.

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