Voyager of the Seas Review

The Best Of Europe Refit Cruise

Review for the Western Mediterranean Cruise on Voyager of the Seas
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First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

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Sail Date: May 2009
Cabin: Junior Suite

I have just returned from the Voyager of the Seas Floating refit, this cruise will certainly make me think twice about ever sailing with RCI again. Boarding in Southampton was painless and when you walk out and see Voyager up close it definitely has the WOW factor. We went straight to our cabin a Junior Suite on 9 Deck to offload our bags. The Cabin was wonderful, very large with a walk in wardrobe and plenty of storage space, a nice size bathroom and lovely balcony (the cabin and balcony was probably the saving grace of the whole holiday). Our Stateroom attendant for the Cruise Alex Prosper was brilliant and the cabin was kept immaculate throughout, he entertained us with various towel animals in the evenings and was always happy and polite. The swimming pool area was under maintenance for the whole of the cruise, admittedly the first few days were too cold to use it anyway, but once it became warmer trying to relax around the pool became difficult, we had to put up with people using huge sanding machines on the deck and other noisy machines trying to get the pools finished, (Just a note here, Voyager had just come out of Dry Dock and these jobs should have been completed then). The pool area was still not finished when we pulled into Barcelona 11 days later. Adventure Ocean, the kids pool area, was closed for the first 9 days of the Cruise, again not completed in DryDock. Deck 12, with the running track was never completely open for the whole Cruise as they were replacing the deck covering, again surely this should have been done in Dry Dock. All that apart the Voyager does look good but they really should think about a major docking period as it is starting to look a bit worn in some of the interior spaces. Food - generally the food was mediocre, All meals taken in the main dining room were luke warm and towards the end of the cruise we used the Windjammer where the food seemed hotter. On the last night we ate in Portofino's, what can I say, the food was outstanding and the service immaculate, well worth the extra money you pay to eat here, if I were to travel RCI again I would probably eat here more often. Excursions - Didn't do any, we are very do it ourselves Cruisers (especially at RCI prices), however I do begrudge the fact that in Liverno you cannot just walk off the ship through the dockyard but have to take a shuttle bus for which RCI charge you $12, if you call into a port with limited access surely the Cruise Company should provide transport (just my Opinion) Entertainment - If you like BINGO this is the cruise line for you, twice a day they make shipwide announcements about Bingo, WHY?, they don't announce anything else from the Cruise compass daily activities list, whoops forgot they announce Art auctions as well, could it be they only announce stuff where they make money or am I just being slightly cynical. As for the other stuff, not bad, a good mix of entertainment, with Broadway style shows, singers, magicians and comedians. However the one you should not miss is the ICE SHOW, it was stunning, very professional and highly entertaining. The in Cabin television is a joke, we were shown the same 8 or so films and repeating programs for 11 days, maybe this is to get you to use the PAY FOR VIEW which showed not very new films at $12.95 each. I can buy the DVD cheaper than that at home.Drinks - Most bank robbers have the decency to wear a mask when robbing people, RCI do it with a smile, it may be a policy to stop people getting drunk, well it worked here, $12 for 2 Buds is a bit over the top. At least the bars in our ports of call made some money, if the amount of passengers in them were anything to go by.

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Junior Suite

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A very quiet cabin, lots of room. could do with a new television and the so called fridge was always warm

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