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Voyager Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Unusual ports of call with very good value

Voyager Cruise Review by jerseyv

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2016
  • Destination: the Middle East

Voyager is an older vessel used by Voyages of Discovery for their “Small Ship Cruises”. Our October 2016 cruise was from Larnaca, Cyprus to Alexandria for Cairo, followed by Port Said through the Suez Canal to Sharm El Sheikh, Aqaba, Jordan for Petra, Safaga for Luxor then Salalah and Muscat in Oman. The vessel was said to be full with about 400 passengers.

Passengers that took the ship’s excursion in Alexandria was said that it was a disaster due to traffic delays, even with a police escort. The buses arrived at some attractions after dark and were over two hours late coming back to the ship. We took a taxi from the port with the driver only hitting one other vehicle while showing us the sights! Be careful to agree and write down the price, currency as well length of sightseeing before leaving the Port!

The desire to enforce cleanliness with many antiseptic stations seems rather pointless when every passenger identification card has to be handled by the same person when entering or leaving the vessel. Having to swipe the card rather than use the typical laser scan the card also slows down the process. Signs to “Use a paper towel to open the toilet door when leaving” is made difficult by using a waste bin that requires acrobatic maneuvers in order to dispose of the towel, again somewhat negating the purpose.

Our cabin care was efficiently handled by Resty who was very pleasant and helpful. As usual single knob water taps cross contaminate and waste large amounts of water when seeking a desirable temperature without scalding. Most of the Voyager bedrooms feature the "wet" type shower that can clean up the toilet bowl at the same time should the shower curtain not be correctly positioned. Having plastic “keys” with the cabin number printed on them could be a problem for passengers that mislay their keys.

The Discovery Restaurant had open seating with a good food choice and service. Visiting the Veranda Restaurant could be a problem, however, as it was frequently busy and overcrowded. Many of the plates and glasses had chips and the occasional cutlery item was not completely clean. These problems were particularly noticeable at the Veranda Restaurant.

A security drill and talk by the Captain was given prior to entering the "pirate" area at the southern end of the Red Sea. Razor wire and water hoses were also positioned in order to minimize the possibility of being boarded. Fortunately these precautions were unnecessary.

With several "sea days" the lectures were appropriate and interesting.

Transport at Muscat to the airport was very efficient. Airline ticketing for many passengers, however, was a mess as they departed from one London airport and returned to another! Additional planning could have easily eliminated this inconvenience. Flying with Emirates was an added pleasure.

All things considered this cruise was an extremely good value, especially for UK passengers, as the air flights were included.


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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Alexandria

Traffic is horrific! Confirm destinations, price and currency before leaving the Port.

Pyramids

Ramissides picked us up (two adults) at the Port in Alexandria with a driver and guide. We visited the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and then the Pyramids in Giza before continuing to Port Said. Entries were included but lunch overlooking the Sphinx was additional.

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Petra Walking Tour

tourist driver.aqaba@gmail.com met us at the port and took us to Wadi Rum. After visiting Petra we "text" our driver and were driven back to Aquaba. Good value!

View All 92 Petra Walking Tour Reviews
City Tour

After agreeing the price we took a taxi from the port for 3 hours sight seeing.

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