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Voyager of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Review for Voyager of the Seas to the Western Mediterranean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: May 2009
Cabin: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

     We embarked in Southampton, UK after having spent 3 days in London proper.  The embarkation process was smooth and we were enjoying the Windjammer by 11:30AM.  After conversing for almost a yr. on the CC Board we arranged a Sailaway party in the HIgh Notes Lounge after the muster drill.  It was great being able to put faces with all the writings we had exchanged.  One of the members of our group volunteered to do name badges and about 60 members attended our M & M party the 2nd day.        The ship had just come out of dry dock in Hamburg, Germany and this was a repositioning cruise to Barcelona, Spain.  Overall, the ship was in good condition.  New carpeting could be found in most of the public areas and work was still going on in the pool area which necessitated the pool beng closed for the first two days.  This proved no inconvenience to us since it was a bit windy and cool outside as well as rough seas as we crossed over to Vigo, Spain.  From what we heard many passengers, as well as several new crew members were a bit under the weather as a result of the rough seas on the first night.  Fortunately, we didn't experience any of the malaise     Our cabin attendant, Michael from the Phillapines was excellent.  We saw him at least twice a day and whenever any issue occured - he was right on top of it.  We had a one day issue with our toilet not flushing and it was repaired within 2 hrs. and we inquired as to why we could not hear the ship's announcements in our cabin and were told that ALL  of the speakers within the cabins had been disconnected due to passenger complaints about early morning port calls. We really enjoyed having the balcony in our cabin and must say that the balconys aboard the Voyager are much more private that ones we had previously had.     The Main Dining Room was 3 stories tall and our waiter was Erklan (Turkey) and his Assistant (Samuel) Jamaica did a superb job with our table of 8.  Several times we or other members of the group requested more than one entree as well as additional appetizers or desserts and all requests were cheerfully accommodated.  We also enjoyed an evening meal in Portofino's and would highly recommend it to anyone that has the opportunity to reserve it.  It was a 6 course meal that took 2 hours to consume and well worth the $20 fee.  We visited Johnny Rockets one day for lunch and it was a fun time as well with excellent burgers, fries, and milk shakes as well as entertainment. There were 3 formal nights during the 11 night cruise and the last one  was following a full day excursion in Florence so we opted for the Windjammer.  The first two were on sea days and I rented a tux from the ship which allowed for extra room in my luggage.  We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer and never had any problem with lines or choices of entrees.Overall the food and staff in the dining areas were excellent.     The Voyager has a young Captain (34 yrs old) and although quite competent at operating the ship lacked some personal skills in terms of mingling with the passengers.  We never heard of anyone being invited to his table for dinner and the only time we saw him was for photo op's on formal nights in the Promenade.  The Cruise Director, Jill, had the least amount of personality I have ever seen on a cruise ship.  She almost seemed put out hosting the few events that she was responsible for on board,  While most CD's are usually fairly outgoing and friendly Jill could best be described as somewhat "snooty".       The ports were fabulous: Rome, Florence, Vigo, Gibralter, Sardinia, Lisbon, Monaco, and Barcelona - who could ask for more,  The excursions we booked in Rome, Florence, Sardinia, and Lisbon were all excellent as well.         We climbed the rock wall, ice skated, played Miniature golf, and played bingo and enojyed them all.  Although the Voyager is now 10 yrs. old and no longer the largest ship in the fleet, I would highly recommend her to anyone considering either a European or Carribean adventure.          Disembarkation took place in Barcelona and was quick and efficient.  We stayed in Barcelona for an additional 3 days and ejoyed everything that city had to offer as well.

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Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

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