Voyager of the Seas Review

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Voyager vs. other large ships

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

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Sail Date: Mar 2008
Cabin: Interior Stateroom
Traveled with children

I've taken over a dozen cruises, almost always on large, newer ships, but this was my first time on a Voyager-class RCI ship. Now, when you decide to take a cruise during Spring Break, you have to expect to be tripping over kids wherever you go, and this cruise was no exception - so I won't go into that. Instead, I'll just try to give my opinion on how this ship compares to other similar ships I've recently sailed on. I hope it helps someone!

My wife & I are in our 30's, and we were traveling on this cruise with our daughters, ages 7 and 10, and my parents (in their 70s), along with some friends and their kids. My parents had a midship balcony on deck 9, and my friends had an aft balcony on deck 10. We decided to book 2 adjoining inside cabins instead of one balcony (price was about the same). It was very nice having separate rooms, and 2 bathrooms came in handy getting ready for early seating dinner after a day in port! Our rooms were nice and clean, with good firm beds, but the pillows weren't that good - next time I'll bring my own. My parents spent a lot of time on their balcony, except when it was too windy on sea days. Their cabin was also in great shape. My friends' aft-facing balcony cabin was the best of all, with a huge shaded balcony - but it was a little bit more worn-out than the others.

For me, the biggest disappointment of this cruise was the kids program. Usually, my daughters spend every minute they can in the kids area, which gives my wife and I some time alone. This time, after the first session they begged us not to make them go back. I think the staff was just overwhelmed by the sheer number of kids and didn't know what to do with them. But it's not like they didn't know how many kids were going to be aboard well in advance, so they could've been better prepared. Maybe at other times the program is outstanding, when there are fewer kids, I don't know. On the inside, the Voyager is a pretty cool ship - the big open promenade that runs through the middle of the ship gives it a great, open feel. It's kinda like a little mall, with shops, cafes & bars - and as much as I hate malls, this was kinda cool. Most nights there would be some kind of parade or show along the promenade for about 15 minutes which is better viewed from afar (it's not that cool up close). Anyway, I really liked the inside of this ship - tastefully decorated & well-maintained with something for everyone. One downside to the promenade was what it does to the elevators. There are plenty of them, but because they are in only 2 locations, and the port and starboard sides have separate areas, it seemed to take a lot longer to get one than I'm used to.

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