Voyager of the Seas Dining
The three decks of the ship's elegant main restaurant are named for famous operas -- Carmen, La Boheme and the Magic Flute -- and feature themed decor including lavish opera costumes, a crystal chandelier and grand staircase. For dinner, passengers can choose between assigned early (5:30 p.m.) or late (8 p.m.) dining, or opt for RCI's My Time Dining, in which you pick a preferred mealtime (anytime between 5:15 and 8:30 p.m.), but can change your reservations on a daily basis or simply walk in when you're hungry. (Note: Those opting for My Time Dining will need to pre-pay gratuities.) The restaurant is open seating for everyone at breakfast and lunch every day.
The food was excellent (including flavorful low-fat selections like grilled salmon teriyaki and at least one vegetarian entree each night) and service was friendly and lively, with waiters bringing a second entree and/or dessert with broad smiles.
Portofino is an alternative Italian restaurant serving an array of delectable dishes from antipasto to tiramisu. There's a $20 per-person charge, and reservations are required; reserve early in the cruise -- or online pre-cruise -- or you may miss the boat. Interestingly, Voyager does not have a Chops Grille; Royal Caribbean's steakhouse restaurant was introduced on later Voyager-class ships.
Johnny Rockets, the 50s-style diner with red Naugahyde booths, jukeboxes at the tables and Formica counters, is a favorite restaurant for lunch or a snack. It dishes out freshly made burgers, cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches and chili cheese fries, plus scrumptious milkshakes and malts. There is a $4.95 per person charge to eat at Johnny Rockets -- whether you eat in the restaurant or order for take-out. Beverages (including the fabulous milkshakes) are available for an extra charge. Johnny Rockets has indoor and outdoor seating, with the waiters and cooks doing impromptu mini-shows for all passengers.
The Windjammer Cafe on Deck 11 offers casual, quick-out-the-door, bountiful buffet breakfast and lunch with a side of panoramic ocean views. A dinner buffet is available in its aft section, the Island Grill -- ditto for the views.
Cafe Promenade on the Royal Promenade is a sidewalk cafe -- great for people watching while you munch -- that serves continental breakfast, sandwiches, pizza and pastries. If you are on a budget but would like to enjoy something cool and creamy, Royal Caribbean does have a free, 24-hour frozen yogurt stations in the Windjammer Café and on the Pool Deck.
Royal Caribbean's room service options are available around the clock via 24-hour menus that offer a range of snacks and sandwiches. At breakfast, continental dishes, along with a handful of egg entrees, are available both in cabins and suites. Items off the main dining room menu can be ordered at dinner. There is no charge for room service between 5 a.m. and midnight (though a buck or two gratuity is recommended); late-night orders incur a $3.95 fee.