Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by Hunwolf: A Fun Week on the Voyager of the Seas
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A Fun Week on the Voyager of the Seas
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans
We have cruised with RCCL many times, but this was our first time cruising on one of the Voyager class ships. We stayed one night in advance at the Marriott Convention Center and left our car there for the duration of the week as part of the stay and park package. Based on the terminal parking, it was a good deal. We were able to catch a shuttle at 11 AM and were were onboard before noon. Check-in was very quick.
Our initial impression was "wow...this is big". We sailed on the Emerald Princess last year for reference. Although it's a large ship, it's really easy to get around especially if you're used to the RCCL ship layouts. We quickly made our way to lunch and then our cabin was ready right on time.
The weather was kind of "so-so" during the week, but hey you take what you get sailing this time of year. It was neat sailing out of NOLA after dark. We had late seating and the food in the MDR was good to very good every night. Our waiter (Donaldo) and the assistant More waiter (Colin) were top notch.
In terms of the shipboard activities, we saw most of the shows and enjoyed them all for the most part. The Beatles tribute band was very good and the first night comedian was hilarious. There was a nice variety of activities throughout the day and into the evening. It's definitely a ship for folks that like to stay busy.
The only complaint we might have would be related to the children's program. Now, the program itself and the counselors were outstanding! Our daughter was in the 10 year old group. The only complaint is that the one entrance/same exit concept of the Adventure Ocean layout made for significant logjams at pickup and dropoff times. The newer Princess ships have this handled much better where they have a central check-in hub with pods feeding from there.
Ports: We just shopped at the port in Falmouth. Weather this day was VERY bad so we didn't spend much time outside. The folks who did take tours were sort of victims of the weather.
Grand Cayman - we've been here several times and getting there (via tender) was not a problem. However, there as mass chaos at the tender dropoff area in terms of where to go for excursions. We had to wait a long period of time for our cruise, sightsee, and beach excursion to get going and they only dropped us off at the beach. We finally got a portion of our money refunded for this.
Cozumel - we did the jungle hike and beach break. It was pretty informative and a good mix of seeing the culture of the island and experiencing the beach. The food at the beach club (Playa Sol?) was awful in my opinion though.
All in all we had a great time despite the sketchy weather. We do like cruises with more ports however, and will be doing the Southern Caribbean route out of San Juan later this year. Less
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