Firstly I just want to say WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT Voyager of the Seas was for my husband and I when we sailed for 14 days to N.Z. - We have sailed on 3 previous cruises (2 with R.C.I. and 1 with Princess) The ship is very tired and we experienced "sewage odours" throughout the ship - especially in the corridors leading to our cabin - The smell was so bad that we had to hurry to our cabin to avoid it but it was also in our cabins on occasions - carpets are filthy and smell of "mould" all the time
We also experienced the Noro virus while onboard but were blessed by not contracting it - We realise this is a problem on these cruise ships but we were not told that it was onboard when we embarked - I feel people should be informed of the possible virus onboard so that they can make an informed choice as to whether or not to expose themselves to it!!
Quite apart from the risk of suffering the extremely unpleasant symptoms of the Noro Virus, the presence of the virus on board resulted in passengers being treated rather like cattle in a dip in an attempt to achieve hand hygiene (unfortunately this is necessary but not 100% effective), removal of pepper & salt shakers and lids from butter containers from tables - small things in themselves but all detracting from the relaxed ambience we were expecting
My Niece and her husband boarded Voyager on Saturday 5th January and was surprised when they went to the Windjammer only to find that "Self Serve" was not happening - All food was being served by staff ( this also occurred during the latter half of our cruise) - this says to me that the Virus was still on board at embarkation........ this is NOT ON!!!! - How dare the shipping companies totally ignore the health risks to their passengers without at least informing them before embarkation.
All in all, we are less than "happy campers" - We are pensioners and feel our money could have been better utilised............. NO MORE CRUISES FOR US!!!!