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Voyager of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean

Review for the Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Voyager of the Seas
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First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Mar 2007
Cabin: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

This was me and my husband's first cruise. I graduate dental school in May and this was my last spring break. I was counting down the days to get on the Voyager and go to the Eastern Caribbean... We're from NJ and booked our flight to Miami with Royal Caribbean (RC). The days leading up were unusually warm for March and then we got a rogue ice storm the night before we were supposed to leave. Our flight was cancelled late that night. The hours after that were a nightmare. RC customer service said we had to speak to guest flight relations the next morning. When I did the next morning, they said to call our flight carrier. Our flight carrier had a six hour phone wait time. So, basically, RC washed their hands of our problem and we went to the airport and ended up in line for 5 hours just to find out we couldn't get a flight for 3 days. I spent hours in line, hours on the phone with desperation to get to the ship, and the final result was we rebooked to arrive on the ship on Day 4 of the cruise in St. Thomas. RC was unable to get us to the Bahamas by Day 2, and they were at sea on Day 3. We were crushed, but we didn't have insurance so we decided to go and make the best of it. We arrived in St. Thomas around 2pm. There was no RC rep to take us to the ship as we were told, so we took a cab. It dropped us off at another ship at the port and the driver said that was as close as he could get. So we walked about a quarter mile in the blazing sun with our luggage. Then we had to wait in line with people returning from their day in St. Thomas. Once on the ship, a rep finally met with us to give us our room key. And that was that. We had a balcony room on the 8th floor portside. I have no comparison, but I thought it was spacious and clean. The balcony was great - a must have. Shortly after we got to our room, our room attendant handed us an envelope. RC offered their regrets for our delay and inconveniences, and gave us an onboard credit. They redeemed themselves, and now we felt ready to relax.

St Thomas Day 4 We did get to spend a few hours at the local shops, but not much else. The view from the port was beautiful from the balcony and we got some great pics. We hear the best shopping was at this port, especially for jewelry. Back on the Voyager, we went to check out the rest of the ship. It is very big, and there are a lot of people. The elevators take forever. The Royal Promenade had nice shops, pubs, and the 24 hr cafe. There were a couple nice bars. We ate at the first sitting 6pm. Nice table at the window with my four other family members who made it to the ship in Miami. They didn't book their flight with RC, and it was cancelled way before ours. So they jumped in the car and drove to Florida, and made it within an hour of disembarking. That night we played Bingo. That was our first encounter with an activity director who calls herself Bingo Spice. Just my opinion, but she is really irritating. Lol. We went to a "love and marriage" game show. It was funny, but don't worry if you miss it because it was on TV for the rest of the week. We liquored up (the drinks are decent, prices average), and went to gamble. We were able to get a seat easily at the roulette tables every night, so I would say it's big enough to accommodate all the guests. There was a parade in the promenade at 11:30pm, so if you go to bed early, a promenade room may not be your best bet. Then we went to a party by the pool, with a big buffet - pretty good if you need a sober up meal.

San Juan Day 5 We decided to check out Old San Juan. I wasn't really impressed. I'd rather have gone to a beach, because it was hot. Then we checked out local shops. I just wanted to get to the pool on the ship after a while. So that's what we did. It was crowded and it wasn't easy to find a chair in the sun. They had a belly flop contest for the guys. It was pretty funny. We played Bingo again, even though we had to endure Miss Bingo Spice. The cash prizes were like a little over a hundred bucks and were split between 3 people sometimes. I like Bingo, but I wouldn't waste my time unless it was the cruise giveaway or the big pot on the last day. That night was formal night, and we got some portraits taken. (Picking them up was a pain in the neck. The people working the photo pickup did not know what they were doing.)

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Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

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