My husband and I were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. After a great deal of research on different destinations and cruiselines, we finally decided on the Western Mediterranean and RCCL. We have sailed RCCL before and really enjoyed it, but never on the Voyager of the Seas. The ship was very well taken care of, and the service was spectacular. Our waiter and assistant waiter (unfortunately I can not remember their names, but they were 2 gentleman from the Phillipines) were friendly, humorous and EXTREMELY ATTENTIVE. Our cabin steward was also EXCELLENT. The staff were so friendly and helpful everywhere we went on the ship. We enjoyed most of the shows, especially the Ice show. We had a balcony cabin, which we enjoyed ; however did not feel it was necessary since this was such a port intensive cruise and it was chilly in the mornings when we sailed into port.
The itinerary was FANTASTIC. With that said, you must be able to manage uneven streets and climbing stairs. We did not think that Europe was for the handicapped or endurance challenged. Most places and sights did not seem to be handicapped accessible. This being our first time to Italy, Croatia, France and Spain, we were not daring enough to do trains in Italy on our own. Being there once now, we would definitely try Rome on our own next time.
We stayed for 4 nights in Venice prior to our cruise. Even though we had seen most of Venice, sailing from Venice was spectacular. Our next port was Dubrovnik, Croatia, which is beautiful. It is a very easy port to do on your own (if you do reading and research ahead of time), and the views from the city walls are spectacular. Then we sailed to Naples after a day at Sea. Here we took a tour, from Rome in Limo (RIL) with a group of 4 couples formed on CC, of Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast which were amazing. I can't wait to go back to the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and Positano and hope to have Raffeal from RIL if we do! Our next stop was Civitavecchia, where we took another RIL tour with CC mates to Rome. This was a whirlwind of a day to me. I knew it would be alot to see in a day, but I never expected this, and the crowds were overwhelming. If I was to do it again, I would allow a few days in Rome prior to the cruse to really see things. The sights in Rome are beautiful, but very spread out and the traffic is like most major cities in the US. Highly recommend a guide for the Vatican if you visit; it was well worth the extra money. We used Sarah from RIL and she was great. Our next stop was Livorno where we shared a tour with Tuscan Hearts with 5 other CC friends. Dany was an awesome driver/guide who took us to Pisa, Florence, Tuscan countryside and a winery. This tour was one of my favorites. Next day we sailed into La Seyne-Sur-mer/Toulon, France where we had planned a tour with Provence Wine Tours. This was a great relaxing enjoyable day, after 3 intensive ports, with time for Lunch and shopping in Cassis. Then we had a day at Sea which offered a fun filled time and good food on the ship. Our last port was Barcelona. We spent 3 nights post cruise after doing the Montserrat/City Center RCCL bus tour on the day of debarkation. Montserrat was beautiful. The only negative was constantly waiting for people on the bus tour; I guess we were spoiled with our private 6-8 people private tours. We enjoyed our stay in modern Barcelona; the food and Sangria were great.
Some engine noise was heard at certain points during the cruise from our aft seaboard side cabin.