My husband and I recently returned from yet another great Royal Caribbean Cruise. We had previously cruised on Adventure of the Seas to the Caribbean on Royal Caribbean and anxiously awaited our first trip together to Europe on Voyager of the Seas. Upon arriving at the port around 11:30 a.m., we were sent to the Suite line, since we were in a Grand Suite-1578. Once we checked in, we began walking towards the entrance to the ship. There were several people from the Soda Package group, Wine Package group, Portofinos and the My Time Dining people, waiting for us to sign up should we so wish. We were very happy about this as we had wanted to sign up for almost all of these things and RCL made it very convenient for us to do so. Once we were signed up, we then walked through another area that had a few duty free shops. We opted not to purchase anything and head for the ship.
It was so wonderful stepping foot onto the ship. We knew that we wanted our next stop to be the Spa as we wanted to sign up for massages for our day at sea. When we got to the spa no one was at the front desk. We decided to head to the Windjammer for lunch and come back to the spa later. Since we had been on Adventure of the Seas, we knew where everything was on Voyager as they are sister ships. The Windjammer was set up exactly the same so we grabbed what we wanted, but were out of luck finding a seat. We walked around several times until finally a seat became empty. It was a little frustrating walking around with a plate of food and seeing people just sitting at tables not even eating. Anyway, once we were done with a great lunch, we went back to the spa. Again no one was the desk, we forgot the spa is 2 levels so we went upstairs and there was the person we needed. Our anniversary was the day at sea so we wanted to make sure we got to have a nice day. We each booked a massage for that day in the morning. By this time it was a little after 1pm and we were able to go to our room.
The best room we had stayed in thus far was on Adventure of the Seas when we stayed in a Junior Suite so we were very excited to see our Grand Suite. We were not disappointed. We had our room decorated for our anniversary so it looked very festive but the room itself was really nice. Although we did not have the walk in closet we had in the Junior Suite there was ample room for our clothes in the closet provided. We had lots of drawer space and the bathroom with double sinks was wonderful. Our balcony was so nice and we got to enjoy it every day we were on the ship. We hung out in a room for a bit waiting for our luggage to arrive. In that time we got acquainted with the room and put away anything we could. Some of the stuff belonged in our safe so as we were trying to get stuff put away we found that the safe did not work. We immediately called maintenance and someone came to our room within 5 minutes and fixed it. Soon our luggage arrived so we unpacked and then went off to one of the many lounges for a drink of the day. We had a nice visit with the bartender there and then it was time to go back to our room for the muster drill. It had been 2 years since our last cruise and the life preservers are no longer needed during the muster drill, this we were happy about (although it was always fun to get a picture of). In any case, once the muster drill was done we explored the ship a bit more and then went to the Concierge room. The concierge was not there but we found the room to be very nice and looked forward to being able to enjoy it. At this point we then went to the Promenade and had a drink at the Pig and Whistle. It is a great spot to people watch and we enjoyed spending time there. We then went back to our room to get ready for dinner. We selected My Time Dining this time and we enjoyed it very much. It was great for us as we did not feel as tied down to a scheduled dinner as we had in the past. We went off to dinner and found that we were at a table for 2. We were fine with that but hoped to experience good conversation at dinner with others some of the other nights. We had a very nice waiter and Assistant waiter, both of whom were very attentive to us when we were at their table.
We were in Grand Suite 1578. It is a beautiful room, very spacious. We had some problems with our safe-both on the first day and throughout the cruise. We also had problems with our t.v. not working properly. Other than that, the room was in good shape. Lots of closet space, great balcony and very comfortable and quiet.