We took the Voyager out of Galveston on April 4. The ship was delayed due to fog. Since we live in Houston, we just checked with RC throughout the day for boarding time updates. It was very convenient to be able to wait at home and not have to worry about where to wait and what to do while the ship was delayed. Galveston is a convenient embarkation port for those within a few hours driving distance, but it's not the most attractive port for out of town tourists. There won't be nice beaches like Florida and the island is kind of rundown even more so after the hurricane. The main attractions are probably the historical architecture that survived the hurricanes. The embarkation process was as bad as others have posted. We waited 2 ½ hours in line before getting to our cabins. I could see the elderly and young children getting tired and weary. It's really a bad way to start off a vacation.
We had a standard ocean view cabin. The furniture was dated, but in good condition. The cabin was clean and well maintained. Our cabin attendant was really friendly and professional. He did a great job and we were more than happy to tip him above the customary amount.
The ship staff was exceptional- patient, solicitous, helpful, and really went out of their way for the passengers. I can't say enough how great the staff is on the Voyager. My child loved the Adventure Ocean (the kid's club) and the staff there. A lot of other kids became so attached to the staff that some were crying on the last night when they had to say good-bye. There were plenty of activities- performing skits, games, movies, dance party, etc. I was so pleased with how well they looked after my child, I was happy to tip the staff at the end of the cruise. The only problem I encountered was the check-in and check out process- there would long lines of parents on the crowded days.
We booked our cruise late and the only ocean view cabins left were on Deck 2 near the crew cabins. We didn't see crew members coming & going. There wasn't much traffic in the halls at all. We did hear music from the ice show and other performances, but it was early in the evening and didn't bother our sleep. Being near the gangway was very convenient on port days. All we had to do was go up one flight of stairs and entry/exit was right there. The room was small but functional. The picture on the website is accurate and what you should expect. We brought clothes for 4 days and sent clothes out to be laundered because the storage space is limited. It would have been hard to cram a weeks worth of clothes for 3 people in the closet and drawers.