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Voyager of the Seas Review

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Scandanavia and the Baltics without Russia.

Review for Voyager of the Seas to the Baltic Sea
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KittyCruz
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Jul 2022
Cabin: Spacious Ocean View Balcony
from RCs Caribbean drink menu
Example of appetizers in MDR
Shrimp Cocktail and Watermelon Basil salad
one of the many wonderful shrimp appetizers
shrimp cocktail
sunset at sea
Lobster night in MDR
the ice show
Coffee shop in the Promendade
Schooner Bar and the wonderful piano stylings of Will Bailey

I will start with a few basics, this was our first cruise on Royal, first cruise post pandemic and first non Caribbean cruise, so there were a lot of new things to experience.

About us-

married empty-nesters, we both still work ft, so this was a true vacation. We are not big on 'shows' or games and tend to unwind by walking the promenade or listening to live music at one of the smaller venues.

Cabin Review

Spacious Ocean View Balcony

As rooms go it was really nice, probably the second best room we've booked. Ample closet and drawer space. Both universal and European outlets provided as well as a hair dryer.

As for the bathroom - good size, the shower is tiny and comes with adjusting/handheld shower head and all in one shower gel hair wash that I can not offer an opinion on because I did not use.

The balcony is enclosed - so you are not able to hear/see your neighbors - we spent a lot of time on ours enjoying the sea and views.

Our room attendant was excellent and went above and beyond. We are both pretty low maintenance/need and really liked the fact that our attendant got this - which meant a few nights all he did was hand us the cruise compass leaving us to unwind on our balcony since there was nothing that needed to be done.

Port Reviews

Riga

We had 2 days in Riga, the first we did some research and decided to self tour old town visiting the Museum of the Occupation (a sobering eye opening museum that does a fabulous job of showing Latvia's plight and fight from Communism) Latvian War Museum, the Black Cat Guild (Riga is the town of cats), Museum of the Blackheads (this has an excellent gift shop attached with good prices), Porcelain Museum and checked out the Art Nouveau architecture that makes Riga a destination.

Day 2 Sigulda and Turiada Ruins (also included a stop at Gutmanala Cave Grotto and lunch at a restaurant) The tour guide was very knowledgeable, well spoken and interesting - we learned a great deal about the Latvian culture and history. We did not spend very much time at either castle stop which was disappointing and I think we would of preferred to skip lunch and spend more time exploring the ruins. Sigulda is on one side of the valley and Turiada the other with the latter having a large museum and park with much more than the castle to see)

Stockholm

We booked the following excursion for this port Vasa Museum, Gamla Stan and the Ice Bar

The Vasa Museum is huge (but so is the ship it houses) very excellent history of the ship, the disaster, the restoration work to keep it on display as well as lots of other smaller exhibits all presented in both Swedish and English.

Gamla Stan is the old town - close to the Royal Palace. Touristy shops, good food options and lots to see.

Ice Bar - fun touristy thing to do

Tallinn

We elected to self tour in Tallin and headed to the Seaplane Harbour Museum (a not short but enjoyable walk along the seapath) This is a great museum with lots of interactive exhibits and information on Estonian maritime culture and includes an actual sub you can walk on and go down inside of.

We them walked around old town to shop and eat; old town is surrounded by a wall and while touristy is a great place to walk around, stop and grab a bite or try Vanna Tallin known for linens, woolen knit wear and wooden crafts. We found Eesti Esindus to be a great shop to find handicrafts by locals.

Visby

One of the reasons we booked this cruise was to get the opportunity to visit the island and experience Gotland's Medieval Week (Sweden's answer to the Renaissance Faire)

This is Sweden's largest island, has a long, rich history, interesting geologic features and the largest viking hoard of silver was found on this island Besides paying to enter the fest, we also hit the local history museum (excellent and worth a stop)

The local tourist office/gift shop is a great place to start your visit if you are walking around.

Aarhus

Another reason we chose this cruise was the chance to visit Aarhus and see the Moesgaard Museum - one of the finest museums in the world dedicated to archaeology and ethnography, it also houses the 'Graubelle Man' (worlds best preserved bog body) and had a special exhibition on Rus Vikings while we were there.

We chose the Aarhus City, Moesgaard Museum and Den Gamla By tour - this was disappointing on many levels.

First our guide took us on an extended tour of the city of Aarhus, including an extended stop at a church that "she could not take us into because we did not book a tour, but we could go in on our own", the university and several passes by the Royal residence (allegedly the queen had docked that morning) all of which was unnecessary and took time away from the two museums we wanted to see and spend time at, on top of this our bus driver got us lost did not drive great so at times we were all tossed about. The guide eavesdropped on our conversation with another couple when we were discussing the lack of time at the museum and basically told us this tour was just a "quick glimpse" of the museum that we were not actually meant to spend quality time at- wtf? we invested a good deal on plane tickets, the actual cruise and excursions so that response was unprofessional to say the least.

I've been on many European tours (both cruise and bus) and I have never had a guide be confrontational in that way. If they sense something is off or someone is not happy they will usually try and reach out or make nice, not provide an excuse.

Moesgaard - this is a beautiful museum inside and out - if we get back to Denmark we will find a way back to this island to properly explore the museum in more detail.

Den Gamla Stan - the best way to describe this is Colonial Williamsburg on steroids and covering all of Danish history to present - Again wish we had more time at this location, since we really rushed to see a few bits and stop at the christmas village/store.

Copenhagen

This was our last port and disembark point.

Absolutely loved Copenhagen - be warned old town is all cobblestones but people are friendly. There is lots to do in Copenhagen to see and enjoy (museums, activities,attractions, shopping and parks aplenty)

Since we were staying several days after we got the Copenhagen Pass (you pay a fee and have access to many museums, attractions, public transport) and visited several museums, the botanical gardens, tivoli gardens and took a canal boat tour (touristy, but we had a great guide and learned a lot about the city, its history and saw all the sites)

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