First Cruise on RCCL and First to Europe-Loved Both: Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by Takemetoaspa

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First Cruise on RCCL and First to Europe-Loved Both

Sail Date: November 2009
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
We began our stay at the Renaissance Barcelona Airport staying on Marriott points. The bed was very comfortable and that was our main concern after traveling on an overnight flight. The location is not the best for touring Barcelona, but they had a free airport shuttle and free shuttle to the city and a shuttle to the cruise pier for 10 Euro a person. Very convienient for us. The buffet breakfast there was decent, but expensive. We purchased tickets for the HOHO bus which was a great way to see the city. I only wish we had more time. We took the noon shuttle from the hotel to the cruise pier and we arrived to find no line to check-in. Very impressive. As we were taking the elevator toward our room they announced the rooms were ready. We had a relaxing lunch in the Cafe Promenade. We practically had it to ourselves. Luggage also arrived in plenty of time for dinner. We had traditional dinner seating at 6:30PM. We were seated with two other couples and had a blast with them the More whole week! Food. Bread was better on RCCL. Appetizers and bigger menu on Carnival. Better desserts on Carnival. Service was outstanding on RCCL throughout the cruise. I liked having the Cafe Promenade as a quieter alternative to the buffet. We also ate at Johnny Rockets one night and enjoyed our meal there. Entertainment: First no one can outdue Disney in this category. However, the Ice Show was very good and not to be missed. I also enjoyed a couple of the stage shows in the main theatre. A group called Graffiti with musical comedy was really good. There were other things we wanted to see, but just didn't have the energy to stay up for. I wish the parades were not so late at night. We had a balcony room on the 7th deck and it was much quieter than our rooms on the other two cruises. It was on the "hump" which gave us great views and was around the corner from the elevator. Great location. We did ship tours at all of the ports. (We did miss Livorno due to high winds as mentioned by others) We did Exploration of Pompeii, Eternal City Rome, Monaco & Monte Carlo, Marseille City Tour. We enjoyed all of the tours except the Eternal City Tour. The tour guide never stopped moving. She didn't allow us time to take pictures and we felt if you took your eyes off her for a second she would be gone! Once you get in the Vatican it is wall to wall people. It's really hard to enjoy it. On the other hand, our other three tours were half days and were very enjoyable. I especailly liked Monaco and Monte Carlo. (also the best weather day) Everything we saw was beautiful. The Note Dame Cathedral in Marseille was one of our favorite stops. It was gorgeous and we had an hour of free time to explore it with minimal people. Overall we really enjoyed the Voyager of the Seas and will definitely sail Royal Caribbean again. Europe again? YES In November-Probably not. Less

Published 11/16/09

Cabin review: E27618 Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Very quiet. Near elevator, but did not hear elevator noise. Balcony railing could use freshened up. Shampoo terrible. Good water pressure in shower. Storage space was adequate for 2, but would be crowded for more.

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Do not miss the Sagrada Familia. Enjoyed Parc Guell. There are so many more things we want to see in Barcelona. A very interesting and picturesque city.
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Visit Note Dame de la Garde basilica. Beautiful. Great views. Lots of steps.

Pompeii is a must see. The city itself seemed kind of dirty-lots of graffiti.
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I had always wanted to visit Rome and was actually kind of disappointed. Too crowded, dirty and touristy. We visited the Colosseum which was interesting, but not presented well by the tour guide. St. Peter's Basilica was impressive, but it was just too crowded in the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel to enjoy them. Gorgeous, but I would not go back.

Beautiful port. Lots to do. Monte Carlo is beautiful outside even if you don't go in to gamble. We just walked around the fountains and took pictures. Visit the Prince's Palace and the Monaco Cathedral where Grace Kelley is buried. The drive is very picturesque.

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