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Voyager of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
1,477 reviews

Voyager...Nice, but losing that RCL

Review for the Western Caribbean Cruise on Voyager of the Seas
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Dec 2010
Cabin: Family Oceanview Stateroom
Traveled with children

Voyager of the Seas.We sailed the week after Thanksgiving. There were not nearly as many kids on board. The Kids clubs actually combined the older and middle aged groups on many of the days.An important note: Voyager was changing out their staff the next cruise. Many of them were leaving. While most were very nice, and did their jobs well. Some had the attitude of "let's get this over with". After several months on beaord, I guess it can be expected, but just soemthing to note when you are booking the cruise. You don't necessarily want a crew with Cabin Fever.Our room:It was the family Oceanview room up front. It looks long and narrow, but was really cool. You walk into the living area with a couch and 2 chairs. Tv area, and cabinet for storage. 2 HUGE circle windows. Couch turns into a dbl bed at night.To your left is a door that opens into a bedroom with bunk beds, a big closet, a small table/desk built in below another huge circle window.To your right is a small alcove area with a chair and table and another huge circle window (that's 3), and across from it, a closet, and then the bathroom.Keep going and you get the door to the master bedroom. You have a dbl bed, good closet, vanity area with 6-8 drawers, and tv area with more cabinet storage. Also another big circle window. You can see everything out the front of the ship. It's great.**The only down side is remembering to close all of your curtains before going to dinner. The light from your room with mess up the Pilots up above you....creates a glare. But you get used to it. If you want to look at lights outside, you just remember to turn off everything inside. =)The MAJOR downside of the room...there was cigarette smoke pumped into our airvent every day about 3x's a day. No one could tell us why. Our room steward and others smelled it, but it never went away. really nasty stale smell. But otherwise it was nice, and fit the 2 adults and 3 kids perfectly.Things to note: We have always sailed in Owners suites. They came with all the personal items like shampoo and what not. They now have auto dispensers for all of your shampoo and body wash. The glasses in your room will not necessarily be changed out if you use them. And out towels had lots of stains on them, wheich was gross. So we definitely mentioned it, and changed them out daily. I know we are supposed to conserve, but stained towels just aren't acceptable.Food:The food was mediocre at best. The economy has taken it's toll obviously. The wait staf was fantastic. We ate in the dining room every night.We ate in the buffet for lunch and bfast. The lunch was tolerable. But it really wasn't good. After 2 other cruises with them and 1 with NCL, this was the worst for food. I have left our other cruises with RCL asking for a recepie or two. This one, we were just grateful we didin't have to eat anymore.Gone are the days of different soups, and varied dressing on salads. The past was the one tried and true. They didn't mess that one up, no matter what it was. The turkey was also good. A surprise.Entertainment:I believe that they raided the fleet for the new Oasis class ships. Not only were the entertainers leaving(they mentioned it several times), but there was a lack of talent. One lady was great, the rest were laughable. And I hate to say that, because we used to enjoy going to those with the kids. They begged to miss them after seeing 1 1/2 shows.And we even tried the lounge, which rotated them, and when they replaced the really great woman with two of the other "stars", people were leaving so fast, it was amazing. You would have thought they said free drinks outside the lounge. And we stayed for another 2 songs hoping it would improve.Trivia was fun. Ice Skating was awesome.The Ice show is the best show on board. Don't miss it!Overall, we just got the feeling that RCL didn't have their heart in it anymore. You saw stuff for the new ship all over the place. It was like....well, we've got you here...you better enjoy it. Not the "higher end" cruisong experience that we had on our other 2 cruises with them. Here's hoping they take it back to what it used to be soon.

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