This was our sixth cruise overall and our fourth with Royal Caribbean. We traveled with my wife's parents (first timers,) our two daughters, ages 17 and 20, and their 20-year old friend. We haven't cruised in six years, so I was a little concerned after reading some of the reviews listed here. I was expecting the food to be like an Old Country Buffett and this ship to look rather shabby. I do consider myself to be an amateur foodie, so we do have pretty high standards. This was our second cruise on Voyager, the first being in 2003 when she was only a couple of years old.
New Orleans -- My wife and I have traveled to most of the major cities in the US and this was our first trip to New Orleans. The most remarkable thing about the city is the constant smell of great food cooking all over the city. Embarkation was an absolute breeze compared to our previous cruises. We booked a Springwood Suites just off Julia St. near the convention center. We only had to walk two blocks to get to the terminal and arrived about 10:15. We experienced absolutely no wait going through check-in, and had to wait only a short time until 11am to board the ship.
Food - Expecting average food, we were impressed with the meals. Most meals in the dining room were excellent, although some were mediocre, but you could always find something delicious. Lamb Shanks on Day 6 were my favorite, and stuffed shells and prime rib were excellent. Appetizers were the highlight of every meal; some should be turned into main courses. Windjammer breakfast was outstanding, featuring a huge selection and high quality. Over light eggs were always available at one station, and my wife really liked the made-to-order omelets. On our last cruise I had to wait in the omelet line to get over-light eggs. Our waiter, Neil from the Philippines, was attentive, excellent and fun. We also bought the wine package which gave us a bottle per night and each selection was very good.