Happy, relaxing holiday to the Med: Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by HoppieMaky

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Happy, relaxing holiday to the Med

Sail Date: June 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
Our cruise was from Sunday the 13 of June 2010. Our taxi cost €35 with tip from the Airport to the Port and took 20 minutes. We saw the Voyager from the plane, because we flew over the port before we landed.

The check-in was speedy, the porters took our luggage immediately once we approached the gate, as we had already put the tags on our luggage at the airport. We checked in half an hour before the scheduled check-in time. After the check-in we received our SeaPass Cards (you can check your account in your cabin, on the TV screen). Right next to the check-in desks, there is an area where we ordered our water package (we were told, that we are not allowed to bring water to the ship), they were delivered to the cabin the next day. Within 5 metres we saw bottled water in the Duty Free shop and the shop-assistant said, we can take them to the cabin(!) A little confusing.

The cabin was ready at 1 p.m., we were in by 1.15 p.m. Until then we had lunch in the More Windjammer. The food was OK. We went there again about 5 o`clock, but now we were sitting in the Island Grill at the back of the ship by the window. We think the selection is slightly superior here. The chicken was really delicious. The staff take the dirty plates away quite quickly.

Our cabin was an outside cabin, on Deck 2, which is big enough and well equipped. There are lots of hangers in the wardrobe and little storage places hiding where you don`t expect them. Our cabin attendant, Carlos, was very helpful. When we left the cabin for a meal, he tidied it up again. We had a Boat Drill at 5.15 p.m. I was pleased that we didin`t have to wear our life jackets to the Muster Station. The ship departure was due to be 7 p.m., but there was a fuel delay and didn`t leave port until 8 p.m.

We ordered breakfast from the Room Service for 8-8.30, it was in the room at 8.10. Don`t try to order Room Service on the day of a trip, go to the Windjammer instead. The cabin number and the required breakfast time is not really visible, they are on the front of the order slip. We slept very well, no noise from the neighbourhood.

We received the Departure Questionnaire on the 2nd day. There is a possibility to choose an Express Departure - 6.30-7.00 a.m. and Late Departure as well on the last day of the Cruise. On the evening of the 6th day, in Villefranche, the weather conditions became poor and the doors to the docks were all sealed. Next day the weather still was very windy, so the doors were closed for the night. The sea was even more rough. We had an evening meal in the Magic Flute dining room, our waiter was very helpful,he gave me a green apple, which is good against feeling seasick Less

Published 07/04/10

Cabin review: I Oceanview Stateroom

Our cabin was an outside cabin, on Deck 2, Category "I", which is big enough and well equipped. There are lots of hangers in the wardrobe and little storage places hiding where you don`t expect them. It was quiet, no noise from the neighbourhood.

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Port and Shore Excursions

On Thursday we went on the "Pisa & Florence on your own" trip. On the bus, our guide Danielle warned us about the pick-pockets, gave us free Florance map and we saw a video about Florance on the bus.

In Pisa he told us where could go to use toilet free of charge and got a free bottle of water as well. In Florence we went to La Rinascente shop and bought a pair of Italian jeans. Royal Caribbean had printed shopping guides for Florence and luckily the shop where I bought my jeans,I was able to obtain 10% discount with this leaflet.

We had a nice pasta lunch in the Queen Victoria Italian restaurant approaching the bridge Ponte Vecchio. 2 pasta dish, 2 little bottle of wine cost €19.50

All of our trips were organized by Royal Caribbean. We had booked them on-line long before the Cruise. On the 2nd day, we were on a guided tour in Pompeii. Our guide, Antonio, was a very funny, friendly Italian,and gave us a lot of information about the area.

The trip to the Vesuvio was cancelled because the guides were on strike at the crater. (This part of the trip was refunded). We had a sightseeing tour in Naples instead.

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Next day we went on a trip to Rome (Rome for Families) Our guide, Andrea, gave us free Rome map and bottled water. The tour was guided by an other Italian guide. We got a radio receiver each at the beginning which worked well in the coach, but then during the walk, we couldn`t hear anything because the quality of the reception was poor. Too much interference.

We had free time at Piazza Navona. We had lunch at La Scaletta, just behind the Square. 2 pizza Proscuitto, 2 orange juice and 2 coffee was €36 without tip. The food was lovely.

Villefranche-sur-mer is a lovely and beautiful town, but before we discovered it, we went to Monaco by train. The easiest way to get to the train station is follow the seaside to the arches of the station, before the beach, there are steps leading to the station. The ticket was €2.50/person/way. As we bought the ticket, the train arrived. The journey took 10 minutes on an air-conditioned, double-decker train.

In Monaco we took the little sightseeing train from the Museum, than we watched the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace at 11.50 a.m. We bought 2 sandwiches in one of the surrounding streets, they were €7 all together.

In Villefranche-sur-mer we walked through the Old Town from the Train Station. In the Rue Poilu, at La Caravelle we had 2 lovely chocolate fondants and 2 coffees for €20 (+€2 tip). The guy who served us was very friendly. Than we walked through the Citadelle. There is a very nice garden on the left at the entrance. We had a half an hour sightseeing trip with the sightseeing train which starts from the Port. It costs €6/person and take 25 minutes.

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