Voyager of the Seas Review

Not so Royal

Review for the Western Mediterranean Cruise on Voyager of the Seas

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Sail Date: Jun 2009
Traveled with children

Within the space of 11 months we have been on Navigator (gay cruise) August 2008, Brilliance of the Seas, in Feb 2009 and this time with the family on Voyager. Three adults and two kids, 6 and 15.The check in at Barcelona was quick and efficient. The two outside balcony cabins were of a good size and standard. However, unlike the Brilliiance, there were no tea/coffee making facilities, no chocolate on the pillow.Not really a problem but did miss that early morning cuppa at our timing rather than an unknown wait for a steward to deliver one.We were very impressed with the Kids facilities in that the six year old could spend all day at one of the clubs catering for his age group, anytime from 7am until 10pm, FREE OF CHARGE. This was a real unexpected service. He used it many times and was extremely well looked after and made lots of friends. We only booked three weeks prior to the trip and understandly could not get our preferred choice of dining which is second sitting. We find first sitting much to early and a rush if you have been out sightseeing. With the youngsters though, we thought perhaps early would be better for the younger one. However, we only used the dining room twice, (on both formal nights) and were most disppointed firstly by the long wait to be served and the quality of the food in general. On the other nights we chose to eat in the Windjammer buffet on deck 11. We were so disppointed with the relative lack of choice compared to that on the Brilliance. Only half the area was open.RCL if they are not careful will price themselves out of the excurision market. The cost of the various excursions was quite outrageous compared to "doing it on your own". With many excursions in excess of $175 per person, there were lots of grumbles and resentment at the price. Hence so many guests chose to explore their own way. For example, we wanted to go on a half day to Pisa (from Livorno). The excursion cost was $80 per person. Three of us (adults) decided to take a taxi along with four others and the cost was 20 euros each for the return jouney into Pisa with just over one and half hours to explore on our own.!!Then there is the thorny and irritating question of gratuities. This time we were reminded of the "choice" to give only four times, compared to 8 times on a 10 day cruise on the Brilliance. Why one should expect to tip the Head Waiter is beyond my comprehension and that of most others I spoke to. On top of the suggested tips totalling $9.75 per person per day are of course the non negotiable 15% added to every drink you buy, even bottled water!!! and even buying at the bar. Hey guys would you be happy going down to your local pub for a pint and get charged a service charge of 15% for the barman to pour you a pint!!!! I don't think so. And 15% ....!!!!The theatre shows were not as good as those on either the Navigator or the Brilliance. This was my tenth cruise in the past 3 years and I still think the Sea Princess comes out on top for almost everything!

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Cabin Bal

No chocs on the pillow at night; no tea/coffee making facility; very good sofa bed for the youngster; enjoyed the totally enclosed floor to ceiling balcony; internal speaker for public announcements did not work in either of our cabins.

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