Embarkation: The arrival of the Voyager was delayed about 6 hours when the ship channel was closed by the harbor master due to very heavy fog. But the fog delay was handled much better than it was last year when they just shoved as many people into the terminal as humanly possible which created an angry mob and a line of people outside standing in the cold for hours. This time anyone in a personal vehicle was turned away until the ship had been at the terminal at least three hours. I know this didn't sit well with people, but at least they could go some place comfortable to wait and there wasn't a horde of 3500 people, hungry and angry with no place to sit. There were shuttles going to the seawall and about 1000 box lunches brought in. To compensate for a lost lunch, RCI gave everyone $20. The ship finally left about 9:30pm. Ship Condition: The ship is in great shape considering its age and that its about to go into dry dock. The carpet was being shampooed and replaced during the cruise. They were also replacing many duvets as well. The wood was refinished last spring and was still in great shape. The aquariums had been cleaned and had a couple very shy fish in them.
Stateroom: We were in an oceanview on the 4th deck which is next to studio B and the art gallery. Since there are only 15 rooms in the hallway there is absolutely no traffic and we heard no noise at all from studio B. It was a fabulous room! I'm not a general fan of the small bathrooms since DH and I are on the big side, but neither of us had issues with it.
Food: The dining room was pretty good. Our wait staff was amazing and they would bring us several different selections for us to try of each course. My only complaint is that things started to become redundant. I don't eat seafood and I'm not a big beef eater and so there was either pork/turkey or the recurring chicken and veggies. The chicken was unseasoned and the veggies were salty. But the rest of the food was pretty good and piping hot despite being seated on the complete other side of the dining room from the kitchen. The WJ was pretty good for a buffet. There were a lot of selections and fresh fruit. We ate here for lunch most days. The Promenade Cafe was a great place for a quick snack. Johnny Rockets is one of our favorite places to eat. For $3.95 we got a great burger and all the fries and onion rings we could eat plus a dessert and a dance. At Portofino we did the wine pairing dinner because it was the only reservation time we could attend. The food was amazing, but since we're not big drinkers I think we would have enjoyed a normal dinner service more. It was still great though. There were hand sanitizers at the dinning room and windjammer prior to entering. We always giggled at the ones in the dinning room since you immediately touch a dirty menu as soon as you sanitize.
Entertainment: Cruise director and staff were a lot of fun. Eric has a great sense of humor. He was hilarious in the cooking demonstration. We attended a few shows and they were pretty good. We don't usually attend the dinner shows since they are usually before the late seating dinner, but this time they some of the dinner shows after the late seating dinner. I didn't care for the Gauchos, but they also weren't 100%. This was their last show on the ship and part of their act wasn't there. The Quest was hilarious as always. It never ceases to amaze me what people will do for a keychain! Overall, there was never a dull moment onboard the ship. The casino was a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed the smoke free night. The best part has to be the dining room staff singing "Deep in the Heart of Texas". The ice show is still awesome with a couple new faces in the troop.
Ports: Cozumel we just shopped at. We had to buy a few gifts for some very special people and Cozumel provided that for us. Then we did lunch. Then we watched the drunken people run down the pier with nothing to stop them from falling in. Grand Cayman we did the "Island Highlights Tour". It was a dud. Our bus driver left us sitting at some cheap tourist trap for an hour and a half while he got lunch and he got in an accident coming back for us. All he did was show us 2 mansions and the rest of the time he showed us hurricane damaged areas (from 2004) which isn't what we really wanted to see since we live in Galveston. To compensate for the time lost during the driver's lunch/accident, he left one stop off. So from 10am to 4pm we went with nothing to eat but chips when our tour was only supposed to be 3 hours. We got some money back for it though. Jamaica we just stayed onboard the ship and enjoyed the view.
Disembarkation: The ship arrived in Galveston very early and started disembarking early as well. We did the self assisted disembark and were within the first 15 passengers off the ship.
Overall: We had a great cruise! The staff is more than amazing and treated us like royalty. There was so much to do