Grandma & 16 year old granddaughter: Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by ORCRUISER

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Grandma & 16 year old granddaughter

Sail Date: August 2009
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
We loved this cruise. I thought the lines at embarkation were a little long but our cabin was available almost immediately. We had sailed on a sister ship Mariner of the seas before so the layout was fairly similar. We thought the cabin was fine although I like the more open feel of the balcony on my last NCL cruise...just personal preference. We ate all dinners in the dining room and thought it was fine. We ate all breakfasts in Windjammer and again fine. We did not eat many lunches on board as we were touring most days. Did Johnny Rockets once and we really loved the atmosphere and the burgers were great.

As for shore biggest recommendation is Private Tours. We used Romeinlino for the three ports in Italy and they were SUPER. We hired private guides at Pompeii and the Vatican. We made our tour group arrangements through new friends we met here on Cruise Critic and it worked out great. Two days we were with 5 others, a group of 7, so that helped keep the More cost down and two days there were just five of us total so the cost was a little higher. For the limited time you have in each port the private tour is the way to go. In France we did a private tour in Villefranche and it was also great. In Marseilles we did a shuttle to town and a Hop On Hop Off tour and did not enjoy ourselves. Went back to the ship early. There was no interest in the type of tour I wanted and I tried to book a shore excursion through the ship but it was canceled due to lack of interest. I wish we had done at least a half day tour through the ship.

A couple of problems with the ship were minor. Our in cabin phone room had a few glitches but they gave me a free call to home in Oregon because it wouldn't go through directly. Also the internet is expected but also unreliable. I did put this in reviews to the cruise line.

Getting off the ship was OK but getting a taxi was HORRIBLE. There must be some way to make this go better. I also might recommend arranging private transport. I don't know how much more expensive this would be but the wait was really bad.

This cruise was not relaxing due to the intense number and quality of ports but am I glad we went? YES, LOVED IT. It will be something my granddaughter and I will remember foreverl Less

Published 10/04/09

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Port and Shore Excursions

LOVED Barcelona! Did two days pre-cruise and one day post-cruise and could have spent another day easily. Did the two day Hop On Hop Off bus and it worked well. Gaudi architecture is amazing. Don't miss the Park Guell! The walk up the hill is worth it.

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Romeinlimo tour of Pisa and Florence. Just a quick photo stop in Pisa. Had been there before so this was OK. Great tour of Florence including short stop at the Academia to see David. Romeinlimo made our reservations so no wait.

Did a Hop On Hop Off tour. It was hot and we didn't do any Hopping Off til the end. Wish we had done a tour of some sort. It was a disappointment for the last day but we were very tired.

Romeinlimo with private tour of Pompeii. Also short time at Sorrento and Positano. Absolutely terrific.

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Private tour. Can't think of the name but a great tour. Did Eze and another village plus Monaco and Monte Carlo and the Nice flower market. Didn't have time for the casino but we did a very quick tour through the palace.

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Romeinlimo with private tour at the Vatican. Saw so much more than doing Rome on own six years ago. Highly recommend this group.

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