This was our first time back to Europe since our honeymoon 45 years ago. We flew from our home in Orlando FL to Atlanta then onto Barcelona. We spent one night in Barcelona and one night after our cruise there. That was one of the smartest things we could have done.
Now to the ship, the Voyager is really in great shape. There were none if any, signs of ageing. Our balcony cabin was perfect for the 2 of us. Our room steward, William(Philippines) was terrific, and quite attentive. This was the first time we tried "My Time Dining". For us it was wonderful. We booked an excursion for every day and were not sure what time we would make it to the dining room. We showed up every night about 6:45--7:00 and never had to wait for a large table. I was alittle concerned about how the wait staff would treat MTD customers,but no reason for the concern. We were treated wonderfully. The food was good, nothing special, just good.
The one complaint that I had was the muster drill. It More
was a pleasant surprise, not having to bring our life jackets to the muster station,but,the drill seemed to go on forever,with all the translations into what seemed like 10 different languages(I exaggerate). There were fewer Americans than I expected, with the majority of English,and Irish passengers. The balance appeared to be from eastern European countries, whose hygiene habits leave alot to be desired. We did all of the excursions through the ship, and were very happy with the results. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and quite interesting.
Cabin review: Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
We were in cabin 7296. It was in the middle of the ship, right near the library. There was never a problem with noise of any kind. I think it was a good choice to have a balcony on the starboard side of the ship for viewing.The cabin was a perfect size for my wife and I.
Florence is a beautiful city, almost like a living museum. The artwork, statuary and buildings are a site to be hold.Then it was on to the town of Pisa to view it's famous leaning tower. We did not have time to climb the tower, but, a word to the wise, if you are planning to visit the tower, buy you tickets in advance
We took the ship sponsored tours driving by motorcoach to Pompeii. Fascinating, how well preserved these ruins were. Wonderful history lesson. Then on through the Italian countryside to a local farm, where we sampled local wine olives, salami and cheeses all homemade
We took "Rome Eternal City" tour.After about an hour motorcoach ride from Civitavecchia. we arrived in the heart of Rome with a stop at the coliseum. Absolutely amazing. After stopping at a wonderful hotel for an Italian lunch, we were off to the Vatican.Not from a religious point of view, but, a historical point of view, the grandeur of the entire area is breath taking