Just got back from our 9 night cruise to the Western Caribbean on Voyager and let me tell you....this was the best vacation I've EVER had!! This ship is absolutely amazing and there are so many things to do. I've previously sailed with Celebrity on the Millennium which was fun, but there weren't a lot of activities. My cousin, Lauren, and I shared a room; this was our second cruise. My parents have sailed 4 times; this was their third with Royal Caribbean. My sister and brother-in-law (Jenn & Jim) had never cruised before. Jenn was so excited about trying all the drinks on the boat...That's all she talked about! Well it didn't go down the way she planned. She ended up getting pregnant a few months back, so she went on the ship with 4 months under her belt. Not to worry though...I drank enough for both of us!
Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ Having cruised previously with Celebrity, I knew how embarkation went and let me tell you...mass confusion. That is the only way to describe Cape Liberty Port. DO NOT cruise out of this port. If you live on the east coast, pay the extra $65 to fly Southwest to Florida, it's not worth the aggravation of leaving from Bayonne. The pier itself is a long strip and an airplane hanger basically. You can't tell who's getting off or who is getting on; people are yelling, there are like 50 porters for 3300 people; seagulls flying around...it's crazy! Our party of 6 was dropped off right at the front entrance. We went through x-ray, got our sea pass, took our picture and then sat down. We didn't notice until we sat down that we were the only ones in the terminal with our luggage. Somehow we missed the baggage claim area (perhaps that's because there aren't any signs) and had to carry everything on with us. They wouldn't let us go back through to drop everything off. Figures...a group of experienced travelers missed the baggage claim. The good thing about this was that we didn't have to wait for our stuff to get to our staterooms.
The Ship: I am a religious watcher of the Travel Channel! That being said, I've seen the one hour Voyager special like 5 times! All the pictures in the world do not compare to seeing her first hand. She is absolutely beautiful, enormous, and elegant. The lounges and bars were plentiful and I never really felt crowded, even on sea days when almost everyone was near the pool, it wasn't that bad.