We just returned from a 7 night cruise that left out of New Orleans on St. Patrick's day. First and foremost, New Orleans is an amazing port to leave and return to! There is so much to do in the city and so many places to visit! I highly recommend the excursion offered at the end of the cruise. It is a city tour of New Orleans and very much worth the money to do! Actually, it is cheaper than booking a taxi to the airport and they drop you off there when finished.
Anyways, we booked on the Voyager of the Seas and had a fantastic time. We had a balcony cabin (7348). We took the Voyager due to its location and the cost of airfare. New Orleans was much cheaper than any port in Florida so we made our decision based on money. This was worrysome prior to leaving but we quickly realized we had mad a great decision.
Embarkation was simple and fast. Royal Caribbean really has this down. If you are crown and anchor members check your seapass before check in. If there is a small G you do not have to wait in the regular line. There is a much quicker line for returning guests.
We entered the ship and went straight to out cabin. It was very clean and organized and enough space for my fiance and I(in our 30s). We had the most amazing stateroom attendant Utami. She is from China and was very friendly. She greeted us every morning and evening asking about our day and if there was anything she could do for us. She was extremely happy and very outgoing.
For dinner we did the second seating (8:00pm). Dinner each night was great. We enjoyed Portifinos one night but ate in the main dining room nightly. Everything was fantastic. Our waiter Helen (Weng) was amazing as well. Each night she took care of us and offered information about the ship and events each day. She ensured that her assistant never let the drinks get empty and was more than happy to ensure we enjoyed what we had for dinner. She actually took the time one night to tell us about her home country of China. She was very outgoing and made us feel at home during our trip. She like the dinners, were fantastic.
Daily we ate at the windjammer or cafe promenade. The lunches and snacks were to be expected. Nothing amazing but it got the job done. The windjammer was never really crowded and the food was good for the most part. The only issue we had on the ship was the other cruisers that were with us. People thought they didnt have to wait in line and often cut it daily or would stand in line and eat off the plate. Those two things really irked me but what can you do!
The shows and activities were fun. Our cruise director Keith was fantastic. His staff mainly Chris and Gordon were fantastic as well. There is plenty to do on the ship and many events to participate in. The two must do activities would be Quest and for Love and Marriage. Those two are fantastic and funny! The art auction was fun buy ended up costly as I had to buy another Britto for our home!
For excursions we did 2. At Cozumel, we did a catamaran to Passion Island which was fantastic. All the food and alcohol you want for 79$. The beach there was fantastic and there were all kinds of activities. At Grand Cayman we did the Tiki Beach (seven mile beach). It was great as well. The water was warm and crystal clear. It was great to just float around or just snorkel the day away. In Jamacia we didnt do an excursion. We got off the boat and stayed in the "compound". Downtown Falmouth isnt much of a place to visit and I highly recommend staying in the Royal Caribbean area.
Overall we had a great time. A couple words of information. The spa deck has a hot tub that never has anyone in it. If the pool decks are full head here for some private relaxation! Also on deck 4 you can go all the way out to the front of the ship. You can stand right in the very front of the ship and have yourself a titanic moment! Enjoy your vacation!!!