Embarkation: We booked our flight and cruise together and it worked out perfectly. Our flight did not arrive in Miami until 6pm and they held the cruise ship for us. Can you imagine we held up the whole cruise? Now that’s customer service. We walked right on and everyone had a smile on their face and was happy we made it.
Public rooms: This was our first time on the Voyager class series and wow what a difference. The royal promenade was amazing. The shops and bars and pools just seemed to keep coming. We found it difficult to find our favorite spot when we kept discovering new and fun places to sit for a drink or just to watch people. The only negative aspect I found was their seemed to be a lack of open air spaces. It seemed this ship was built for Alaska cruses where the open air would be just too cold.
Cabin: We had a window on the second floor which suited our needs just fine. There is ample space to put all your things including under the bed for your suit cases. People recommend a hanging shoe rack for the back of your bathroom door which is a great idea; not that there isn’t enough room but just the ease of hanging your stuff and off you go to the pool. The design of the light switch outside of the bathroom door takes some getting used to but that could have been all the extra fruity drinks right before bedtime.
Dining: We are vegetarians which can sometimes cause issues but after three cruises we can both say this was by far the best dining experience we have had on a ship. With that said I would also like to comment on one major flaw. The salt. I found most meals to be a little more salty than we would like. Even the “healthy choice” meals contained just a pinch too much. My recommendation is easy. Ease up on the salt and let the cruisers put on as much as they desire. I would also like to recommend an end to Johnny Rockets. Unless you want to pay a little extra for eating too much greasy food and feeling like crap. The main dining room food was amazing. Multiple choices of vegetarian food and delicious soup and salads. The windjammer was just as good but needed a veggie burger.
Entertainment: If you can’t find something to do that interests you on this ship than you better check your pulse. The ice skating show was a little loud but the promenade shows were fun and filled with laughs. The newly wed game was always entertaining and just the simple music along the promenade was top shelf.
Ports of Call: Labadee was canceled due to the winds but a few free drinks made everyone forget the first port of call ever existed. Ocho Rio’s is always entertaining. A quick taxi ride up to dunns river falls and a walk up the falls is still exciting no matter how many times you do it. Some advice would be to get off the ship early and get your own taxi before the herds of cattle on “safe” shore excursions make it there. Grand Cayman was a nice beach day. I did buy the wife a beautiful ring but most of the day was spent admiring the amazing water and sand. Cozumel was by far the best port of call. We rented a jeep and drove around the island stopping for a swim or lunch or just to admire the raw beauty of this amazing island. My advice is to get out of town and see the beautiful place.