We took the 3/3 sailing out of New Orleans to the Western Caribbean and overall had a wonderful time. We flew in the day before and stayed 1 night at the Hilton Garden Inn, which had a good location to the French Quarter. The hotel was decent, nothing spectacular. The room definitely had a temperature problem. Despite how low we set the thermostat, it was pretty warm. Also, there was a strange sawing noise as if there was maintenance work taking place in the room next to us in the middle of the night. Since we were there just 1 night, we didn't complain. Though, in the email survey they later sent us, I mentioned those issues and received a kind email from the manager who mailed us a certificate for a free 1 night stay.
We went to the cruise terminal and after a pretty smooth embarkation process, we were on the ship somewhere around 11:45. We explored the ship and eventually had a late lunch in the Windjammer. Our room was exactly what we expected as we have sailed Voyager class ships before. It was clean and our cabin steward was quite efficient.
Voyager of the Seas was just beautiful and I thought that staff was cordial and friendly. There were many activities available, but my husband and I spent a lot of time relaxing on our balcony. The only ones we participated in were bingo, the champagne art auction, mini golf, and the Secrets of the Voyager Art Tour. I highly recommend the Art Tour if you have any remote interest in art. Royal Caribbean has an amazing collection and it's great to learn more about it. I'm hoping that the activity is added to the rest of the fleet's activities. We spent time in the Pig and Whistle Pub listening to Derek Lewis perform pub favorites. That was a lot of fun. We also enjoyed some late night drinks and dance music in The Vault. We didn't utilize any of the exercise equipment or classes, but I did love the jogging track. We did lay out on the lounge chairs for some sun. It was pretty easy to find lounge chairs in a decent location in the late morning during sea days. Unfortunately, the Solarium was consistently packed, which ordinarily would be a more relaxing atmosphere.