My husband and I recently returned from yet another great Royal Caribbean Cruise. We had previously cruised on Adventure of the Seas to the Caribbean on Royal Caribbean and anxiously awaited our first trip together to Europe on Voyager of the Seas. Upon arriving at the port around 11:30 a.m., we were sent to the Suite line, since we were in a Grand Suite-1578. Once we checked in, we began walking towards the entrance to the ship. There were several people from the Soda Package group, Wine Package group, Portofinos and the My Time Dining people, waiting for us to sign up should we so wish. We were very happy about this as we had wanted to sign up for almost all of these things and RCL made it very convenient for us to do so. Once we were signed up, we then walked through another area that had a few duty free shops. We opted not to purchase anything and head for the ship.
It was so wonderful stepping foot onto the ship. We knew that we wanted our next stop to be the Spa as we wanted to sign up for massages for our day at sea. When we got to the spa no one was at the front desk. We decided to head to the Windjammer for lunch and come back to the spa later. Since we had been on Adventure of the Seas, we knew where everything was on Voyager as they are sister ships. The Windjammer was set up exactly the same so we grabbed what we wanted, but were out of luck finding a seat. We walked around several times until finally a seat became empty. It was a little frustrating walking around with a plate of food and seeing people just sitting at tables not even eating. Anyway, once we were done with a great lunch, we went back to the spa. Again no one was the desk, we forgot the spa is 2 levels so we went upstairs and there was the person we needed. Our anniversary was the day at sea so we wanted to make sure we got to have a nice day. We each booked a massage for that day in the morning. By this time it was a little after 1pm and we were able to go to our room.
The best room we had stayed in thus far was on Adventure of the Seas when we stayed in a Junior Suite so we were very excited to see our Grand Suite. We were not disappointed. We had our room decorated for our anniversary so it looked very festive but the room itself was really nice. Although we did not have the walk in closet we had in the Junior Suite there was ample room for our clothes in the closet provided. We had lots of drawer space and the bathroom with double sinks was wonderful. Our balcony was so nice and we got to enjoy it every day we were on the ship. We hung out in a room for a bit waiting for our luggage to arrive. In that time we got acquainted with the room and put away anything we could. Some of the stuff belonged in our safe so as we were trying to get stuff put away we found that the safe did not work. We immediately called maintenance and someone came to our room within 5 minutes and fixed it. Soon our luggage arrived so we unpacked and then went off to one of the many lounges for a drink of the day. We had a nice visit with the bartender there and then it was time to go back to our room for the muster drill. It had been 2 years since our last cruise and the life preservers are no longer needed during the muster drill, this we were happy about (although it was always fun to get a picture of). In any case, once the muster drill was done we explored the ship a bit more and then went to the Concierge room. The concierge was not there but we found the room to be very nice and looked forward to being able to enjoy it. At this point we then went to the Promenade and had a drink at the Pig and Whistle. It is a great spot to people watch and we enjoyed spending time there. We then went back to our room to get ready for dinner. We selected My Time Dining this time and we enjoyed it very much. It was great for us as we did not feel as tied down to a scheduled dinner as we had in the past. We went off to dinner and found that we were at a table for 2. We were fine with that but hoped to experience good conversation at dinner with others some of the other nights. We had a very nice waiter and Assistant waiter, both of whom were very attentive to us when we were at their table.
After dinner we went to see the Welcome Aboard Show. In this regard we were very disappointed. On Adventure of the Seas the shows were 1st class on Voyager of the seas this was not the case. The singing was really sub par, just not the caliber you would expect on RCL. We made it through the show and decided to have a night cap at one of the lounges. Unfortunately the group that was supposed to perform chose not to, since we were only 1 of the 2 couples there. We had a drink but then decided to call it a night since we were still jet lagged from our long trip.
The next morning was our day at sea and so we chose to order breakfast in. It was a little chilly outside but we still wanted to dine on the balcony. We had a lovely breakfast and it was a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary day. We then got ready and went to the spa for our massages. We both enjoyed them and felt very relaxed and refreshed after them. We had been invited by the Concierge to a Bridge Tour. So, we went back to our room and showered and changed for it. Quite a few people attended the Bridge Tour and we enjoyed it very much. We then went to Johnny Rockets for lunch-sooo good, love their vanilla milkshakes. It was a rainy day so we decided to go up to one of the lounges and have a soda and relax. It was a very relaxing day and one that we needed as we were still very tired from our long trip. The day passed us by so quickly and soon it was time for dinner. Prior to dinner there was a meet up with our captain, Captain Bang. We were able to say hello and take a quick photo with him. Of all the cruises we have been on, he has so far been the nicest captain we have met.
We had booked our dinner at Portofinos for our anniversary. We had been to Portofinos on our last cruise and looked forward to another evening of fine dining. The service was very good and so was the food but it was not as high a caliber of service as it had been the 1st time. It was not disappointing however and we were treated very well. After dinner we decided to go see the Production show. There was an auction prior to it to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation and it was a lot of fun. The show once again, was not that great but it was something to do. We saw Karaoke on the schedule and chose to go and watch it. Everyone did amazingly well and it was fun to watch. We had a tour scheduled for the morning so we went to bed after the show.
The next day was our first port-Naples. We had a tour scheduled to go to Pompeii and Sorrento-please see Port Reviews for more info. Upon returning to the ship we decided to go to one of the bars where someone would be talking to us about our next port Rome. Unfortunately the person they selected, although very nice was not very knowledgeable so we just spent a short time there. We then got ready for dinner and upon arriving at the Magic Flute we were once again seated at a table for 2. It was great but again we really wanted to chat with other couples. After dinner we opted for an early night since we had an early tour scheduled in the morning.
Day 4-Civitavechhia-We did the Rome on your own tour-please see more info in the Port Reviews. Once the we got back to the ship, we had dinner and then we had tickets to the ice show. The ice show was great as it had been on our previous cruise and we enjoyed it very much. We wanted to stay up for the Love and Marriage game show but we were so tired that we decided to call it a night. The next day we arrived in Livorno-please see Port Reviews. We had requested in the morning that our dining time be made a little later since we had a cocktail hour scheduled to meet with the Captains staff. At first we were told it would be difficult to move us but when we explained that we were o.k. not sitting at a table for 2, they were able to accommodate us. After a full day, we then went back to our room and got ready for the cocktail hour. It was very nice and we got to speak to quite a few people that we had already met in the Concierge room on other nights. It was soon time for us to go to dinner so we headed to our table for 6 in the Magic Flute. We were the first to arrive and soon were joined by a couple who were newlyweds and another couple who had been on too many cruises to count. They were both wonderful table mates and we had a very nice dinner chatting with them. After dinner we went to the Headliner show. This show was the best all week. It was a Bee Gees show and it was very good. Time for bed and our next day in Villfranche-please see Port Reviews. We had been invited to attend dinner with the Staff Captain on this night. We were very honored and accepted the invitation. We had been told dinner would be at 7pm. Surprisingly when we returned to our room at 5:30p.m. we received notice that the dinner was actually at 6pm. We quickly got ready to meet everyone at one of the lounges. Fortunately we were all able to get ready quickly. We were given a champagne toast and then escorted to the Staff Captains table. We had a very nice meal and good conversation. After dinner we chose to skip the show as we had, enough of them. Instead we had a night cap and off to bed we went. Our last day-Toulon. The last day is the worst, because you know that the next day you have to leave the ship. Please see Port Reviews for Toulon. We had a tour of St. Tropez/Port Grimaud scheduled. Upon returning to the ship we began packing. We selected the late check out-9a.m. and we would take our bags down ourselves. We were staying an extra day in Barcelona (Hotel Icaria) and were in no hurry to leave the ship. We then had our last dinner and were given a table for 8. We sat with some really great and interesting people and had a wonderful last nights dinner on the ship. We opted to go back to our room to get everything packed. It was good that we did as we had to figure out how and where to put all of the souvenirs.
The next morning we had breakfast in the Windjammer and soon left the ship. We are looking forward to cruising on Royal Caribbean again in the near future. We cannot express highly enough how wonderful cruising with Royal Caribbean is. The food is great, the service is excellent (we had the best room attendant ever-Gracela) and just waking up each morning in a new port is spectacular.