We have sailed on Rhapsody twice and Jewel of the Seas in the Baltics, so had decided to try a larger RCI ship. It was a family cruise - with six of us in two cabins, our married daughter with her family (4) and two of us.
As previous RCI cruisers we knew that we needed to do a few simple things to make our cruise enjoyable - we do my time dining at the MDR so ALWAYS had a table at the same time and in the same place. I still don't understand why you would choose to stand around and wait for a table when there was a time you had the option to choose before the cruise began. Saying this most meals at Magic Flute were very nice, not amazing but adequate; one complaint possibly would be that RCI seem to be replacing quality with quantity but I hope I'm wrong!!
At Windjammer BEFORE doing anything else we go and find a table!! This is a must on any ship - we take an iPad or sunglasses or something as well as picking up cutlery and stake our table out. If a ship is More
particularly crowded, we take it in turns to get our meals, simple. The food in Windjammer on Voyager was similar to Rhapsody and Jewel of the Seas. Biggest problem I think VOS has is trying to cater for 3000 plus people on a time basis.
To the coffee issue - we Aussies definitely have a problem with ship coffee. For a ship with 3000+ passengers to have only one venue serving "real" coffee was always going to cause problems. To compound this it was understaffed with some of the unhappiest crew we have ever seen. The coffee itself was ok. As an aside on another recent cruise the Americans seem to love the espresso coffee as much as we did so I don't understand the big urns of black stuff ships try to serve us.
Entertainment on Voyager seemed to be down a notch from our other cruises but then the Ice show was wonderful so maybe they can only do one form really well. This is all part of the Cruise Director's portfolio and lately these guys seem more interested in hearing themselves talk than their entertainers perform!!
Hubby's big gripe was when we went ashore we weren't able to buy water as we left; as we were from the sister ships?
So, basically a lovely cruise, but we know how to smooth out the bumps. We had been to NZ and the South Pacific before so didn't do many excursions though when we did and do - we always use the ships organised one, yes they may be a little more expensive but we know who is in charge, in control and where to go to if something should go wrong!!
Voyager is well and truly due for her upgrade and will benefit from the extra restaurants!!
Personally we enjoy the slightly smaller Radiance and Vision class ships so our next planned RCI cruise will be on Radiance of the Seas :) Less
Lovely balcony stateroom, lots of room (for a ship) fitted 3 adults - two of which were female with all the shoes, formal gear, makeup etc comfortably ( suitcases included under the bed) - but the sofa bed was as hard as a rock!!! ( Poor grand daughter) Recommend the cabin for two only :) But very tired now - again desperately in need of the coming upgrades, which they tell us is this coming August!