Great Value: Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by CrucianGal

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Sail Date: October 2009
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
Embarkation in Barcelona was a breeze. Our cabin was exactly what we expected having stayed in a similar cabin on Adventure several times. Our cabin stewardess Daniella was outstanding! We are low maintenance and keep a tidy cabin, but she went above and beyond with her service. Our luggage arrived promptly. Windjammer for lunch only for embarkation. It was lousy and we always find that although the selection is vast the preparations are poor, food is lukewarm and it's hard to find a clean table in that venue. Our food and service in the Carmen dining room was very good. We chose late seating which was 9pm. We found it a bit late for us, but we prefer to have a set dining time and enjoy having the same waitstaff and table mates. We ate at Johnny Rockets and it was poor. We have enjoyed JR on Adventure and were puzzled by why the food quality and staffing suffered on Voyager. Portofino was excellent and the service was outstanding. We also enjoyed the snacks/desserts in the Cafe More Promenade (it held us over until our 9pm dinner)

Entertainment- Jackie Scott the visiting singer was one of the best ship singers we have ever heard. She was unbelievably talented and we wish she could have preformed more than one night. We found the cruise director Mercedes just ok. I think she may have appealed to the Spanish speaking guests more than us. The comedian/juggler was lame. The Beatles show was pretty good and the Voyager stage show was just poor entertainment.

Ports- we enjoyed all of the ports very much. Barcelona was a first for us and we spent 3 nights there prior to the cruise. We really loved Barcelona and hope to return soon.

The Voyager is an excellent value, especially with the weak US dollar. It is not a luxury cruise, but it is very good service, food and accommodations for the price. We love the Mediterranean and highly recommend Voyager of the Seas as a way to visit this beautiful region of the world. Less

Published 11/09/09

Cabin review: 9562

The room was starting to show a bit of wear and I think it could use an update.

Port and Shore Excursions

We absolutely loved Barcelona. It is such a beautiful city. Highlights for us were the Bari Gotic, the Ramblas, and the city park. We also took a day trip to Girona and the Costa Brava, stopping in Pals on the way. The Catalonia region of Spain is really terrific and we hope to visit there again soon.

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Livorno- The ship charges a high fee just to get out of the port. It should be included in the cruise cost/port fees(to avoid feeling so ripped off) We chose to buy the $18 transfer to the train station as it was a better value, but found out it was not highly advertised and only by luck found out about it. We then took the train to Florence. The weather was iffy so we skipped Pisa. Florence is very pretty and we had a great lunch in a local restaurant near the synagogue. Prices in the shops were super expensive and the weak dollar didn't help. Really just browsed which was hard as I love to shop. The shop keepers were all complaining about how poor the business has been due to the dollar and pound against the strong euro.

We had to skip Marseille due to bad weather, but fortunately the captain was able to have us port in Toulon. We took the ship transfer to Aix-en Provence. I have to say that some of the cruiseship passengers were very rude to the driver and tour guide. I understand that sometimes language difficulties can frustrate people, but rudeness is not necessary, nor is screaming at people. I was embarrassed that we were with them for the ride to Aix. Once we arrived in Aix we went on our own and had a wonderful day. Aix also has a great market and we were lucky to be there on a Sat. when there was a flower, food and regular market. The prices were more affordable and they had some lovely gift items that were not break the bank high.

Naples- we booked a private driver to Ravello, Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento. It was a fantastic day. Beautiful weather, comfortable car, professional driver and fantastic lunch. The views are spectacular!

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Rome-We took the train in on our own (very easy to do)and met a friend for lunch. We had recently been to Rome for an extended stay so just took it easy there.

Villefranche Su Mer- was beautiful. We took a private tour with Revelation Tours and it was great. Nice was so pretty. It was a market day so we visited the market area, also stopped in St. Paul de Vence, Monaco/Monte Carlo, and Eze. The area is pristine, and you can understand why the French Riviera is such a popular place to visit.

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