Only One Cloud on the Horizon: Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by juliedee4663

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Only One Cloud on the Horizon

Sail Date: August 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
We were a little bit apprehensive as we didn't know what to expect and did wonder if some of the negative comments we had read would bother us - would the ship be too big, as non smokers would the smoking on board bother us, would there be lots of children running riot? The answer to all these questions was a big resounding no. We couldn't fault the cruise in any way.

We sailed with my two teenage sons, 14 and 19, who had the interior cabin directly opposite us and they really enjoyed the freedom of having their own space. We opted for My Time dining and never had a problem with getting a seat, despite there being very little choice of time available when I tried to pre-book on line a week before we sailed. We found that eating at 8.30 worked well for us as we tended to have long days off the ship, but then still had time for an hour's sunbathing and watching the sail away each evening before getting ready for dinner. We then spent the rest of the evening having a leisurely More meal, and the fact that the dining room was a bit quieter by about 9.00 pm meant that our servers had a lot of time to spend looking after us and we didn't feel at all rushed.

We ate breakfast in the Windjammer and never had a problem finding a table, except on the last day when the ship docked in Toulon and I think a lot of people decided to stay on the boat. As we were off the ship all day, Windjammer was usually closed by the time we returned (5.00 pm) but we ate Tapas in the Aquarius bar a couple of times and although there was a limited choice, it was enough to put us on until dinner time. Food was excellent in all cases, plenty of choice and well presented. Also good to see staff enforcing hand sanitization on entering the various eating places.

Service from staff in all cases was excellent, nothing was too much trouble for anyone.

The only show we attended was the Ice Show which was excellent, but there was plenty of choice of entertainment for anyone that wanted it. My sons didn't take part in any of the kids activities, although there seemed to be plenty to keep all ages occupied.

The Cloud on the Horizon? - the DREADFUL weather we had in Florence - thunder, lightening, torrential rain, hail stones all afternoon. We got absolutely soaked and didn't see all that we wanted to because the weather was so bad - a good excuse to go back to this beautiful city.

All in all, we had a fantastic time, and are now desperately saving up to go on another cruise for our Silver Wedding anniversary in 2011. Less

Published 08/11/10

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Port and Shore Excursions

Bit of a rip off from Royal Caribbean charging I think it was 9 dollars each to get from the ship to the port entrance, or 18 dollars each from the ship to the train station. Very easy again to get the train to Pisa or Florence (same train) from Livorno. Florence is stunning, although we had dreadful weather about two hours after we arrived - thunder, lightening, torrential rain, hailstones which lasted for the rest of the day.

Although when we booked the itinerary stated that we would dock in Marseille, we actually docked about 30 minutes away from Toulon and were then charged 12 dollars each by RCI to travel to Toulon itself. A bit of a rip off and a bit of a disappointing stop. It would be OK for shopping, and there was a large market there, but that isn't what we want to do on holiday. Not much else to do, and as we had to be back on board ship at 4.30 it didn't really leave time to go off anywhere away from Toulon unless you got up really early. We ended up doing a boat trip round the harbour just to kill time, but again this was a waste of time as the commentary was only in French. I understand that not everyone speaks English, but surely it wouldn't be too difficult for them to print out the commentary in English for any non French visitors to read as they were on the trip.

Watching the sun set as we sailed into Naples was truly magical. Naples itself not particularly attractive - very busy traffic and lots of road works along the main road to the station, but very very easy to use public transport to get to Pompeii which we thouroughly enjoyed. The same train carries on to Sorrento, or it would be really easy to get the ferry/hydrofoil to Capri or Sorrento from here.

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Free shuttle buses provided by the port at Civitavecchia from the ship to the port entrance, from where it was an easy 10 minute walk to the train station. Very easy to get the train to Rome, although the train was extremely busy and we had to stand all the way there. Rome itself is stunning and although you can't do it justice in one day we did very well by getting the Metro to the Colosseum, starting here and then walking via all the other sites we wanted to see to finish at the Spanish Steps and then got the metro to the main Termini Train Station. Again, very easy to use public transport and the metro is included with your train ticket.

An absolutely stunning place to dock. Tender boats are needed here but were very easy to use and we didn't have to wait to catch one. Very very easy here to get the train or bus to Nice, Eze, Monaco. We opted to go to Nice on the train which only took about 7 minutes. A 10 minute walk from the train station to the promenade. Once we got there, however, we did wonder if we had made a mistake and should have gone to Monaco instead. We decided to take a trip on the land train to get our bearings and give us a chance to have a look around and we are very glad we did. The train took us through the beautiful old town, past the marina and up the hill to the "Chateau" for spectacular views over Nice. It was a very good way to do this as it would have been far too hot to walk up there. After getting off the land train we spent ages wandering round the old town, and then wandered back through the excellent shops back to the railway station. We then spent some time wandering round Villefranche and having a drink on the quayside before returning to the ship. A really nice, relaxing day.

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