48 Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

The service and food on this ship were excellent. The staff on the ship were very warm and outgoing towards each guest. Our servers at dinner were outstanding. I didn't have a bad meal. Even the desserts were delicious (and I rarely ... Read More
The service and food on this ship were excellent. The staff on the ship were very warm and outgoing towards each guest. Our servers at dinner were outstanding. I didn't have a bad meal. Even the desserts were delicious (and I rarely eat it ) and I ate it every day!!! The excursions were well done. The tenders were set up very well according to ticket groups. We went on 4 ship excursions- Florence/ Pisa on your own Be ready for a lot of walking ,- spent around 30 minutes in Pisa before continuing to Florence where we had about 2-3 hours to explore the museums and churches. Nice restaurants, many shops (leather- great deals), and lot to see within that time. Would've liked to have seen the museums , ( long lines) but had to choose between seeing one or as much as possible. We chose the latter. Pizza and gelato great! Be ready to walk cobblestone streets. , A Taste of Rome , Excellent guide . Prepared us for what we would see in the 90 minute ride to Rome. Rome was very busy , hectic, and they drive crazy IMO ( and I'm from LA). First time I was intimidated crossing the street. The blending of the old and new was fantastic. Spent time at Trevi Fountain, Colosseum ( spelling =sorry) , and the ancient Forum and other structures that are thousands of years old. Tourists -every where ( keep eye out for pickpockets). So many cultures and languages coming together to see true history! Vatican City was huge and again cross section of so many cultures to see the home of the Catholic religion. (And we had our best gelato there.) A Taste of Athens Toured Athens by coach and saw sights, climbed up to Acropolis and Parthenon. Very difficult climb for those who can't navigate tile steps and many rocky surfaces. Tremendous views of city. Ate at Greek restaurant.Shopped in Plaka during 2-3 hour free time. Turkey notes No excursions- just went to bazaars off ship. Very moderate Muslim country and people very friendly . Ate at restaurant run by 4 brothers who treated us like guests in their home. BEST SHOPPING BY FAR. Save your money. You can bargain and the merchants will follow you (if you permit) to get a deal that you are willing to pay. Never pay first offer !!!! All excursions with ship end at Turkish rug stores ( coincidence?) LOL Ruins of Pompeii? IMO the most interesting tour. Took coach to Pompeii and saw the ancient city- incredible ! Way before its time. Must see. Ok - the ship Our cabin with balcony had great space for our luggage ,etc. and comfort. Came with small fridge and personal safe. Saw a couple of great shows. I didn't rate this excellent because I hated the set up of the ship. There were more specialty restaurants than bars ! 1 bar only !!! Really? Most activities , parties were done in the centrium ! Lots of people overlooking down on activities. The options of things to do on ship were very limited unless you gamble and want to spend all free time on pool deck. Not for 4 days at sea !!! But I took the cruise for the ports ,not the ship. There were daily activities but same locations daily. I guess I'm used to larger ships. Again service, food -great !! Ship layout - disappointing. Embarkation/ Disembarkation - very good. On a whole a great trip- ( long for me - 7 -8 days is plenty for me ,but many fellow cruisers loved it ). Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
EMBARKATION: Finally got to the port and were frustrated by the confusion and inefficiency: though several RCL folks held up signs that pointed us in the terminal direction, they were too busy chatting with one another to advise us that ... Read More
EMBARKATION: Finally got to the port and were frustrated by the confusion and inefficiency: though several RCL folks held up signs that pointed us in the terminal direction, they were too busy chatting with one another to advise us that the luggage had to be left off at a totally different building (which we had passed by already), so up the escalator, down the escalator, stand in some more lines . . .then come to find out we could have gone to the front of that line b/c we had already affixed our RCL baggage tags all over our luggage, but none of the helpful RCL folks that had seen us on the way mentioned this either. Finally checked in at the terminal and got our cabin keycards; they punched two holes into the kids' cards (to prevent their buying any alcohol on board) but then, when I asked for a hole to be punched in my card to allow me to put it on a lanyard, they said it might prevent ME from buying alcohol!!? Why not have another shape punch for the kids? Don't many folks put their cards on lanyards? SHIP INFO: The Voyager is a very nice ship with lots of space, but a few areas are not used to their full advantage. For example, there is a lounge/bar on Deck 14, which on other ships is prime real estate, as the views are tremendous and nearly 360, but this space was to my knowledge NEVER mentioned in the daily Cruise Compass (the daily flyer re happenings onboard). We did visit there one evening and there was a live low-key band, so that was a pleasant surprise. The lounge near the guest reception desk had live music, but I felt sorry for the performers b/c it was used more as a space to pass through rather than to linger. The Aquarium Bar had what looked like fish tanks lining the walls, (and my husband thought they had perhaps recently been drained for cleaning due to a persistent odd smell in that area) but there were no glass walls, just fake coral and such, so I doubt that they were real aquaria. As stated, the smell lingered all week and we didn't care to frequent it. The Schooner Bar with live piano music and singing was VERY popular every evening. The two-tiered disco named the Vault was decorated in retro fashion and suffered only due to the DJ (DJ Amir) who tended to play what he seemed to like more than to cater to his audience. For example, one evening there was a 70s theme and he was to play 70s music from 10:45-11:45p, but he stopped 10 minutes early (with a full dance floor no less) and started playing songs that I'd never heard of (and I have teenagers at home!). The dance floor pretty much cleared out and I'm relatively sure the bar lost money and customers. We doggedly stayed, though, hoping for a reversal of fortune; finally "Low" by FloRidA came on (and we were rocking it) and MIDSONG he cut to an unknown song. We turned our faces up to his booth and gave 4 thumbs down and left the Vault; no surprise, the Schooners Bar was hopping, with people dancing in the very limited carpeted space between the piano and seats (there is NO dancefloor in Schooners) and not to live music, but to the running track from the piano player's laptop!! We later told him he was a better DJ than the paid DJ. ACTIVITIES: Activities-wise there was plenty to do, especially given the limited time we had on board due to the port-heavy itinerary. We were glad that bingo and horse-racing were NOT pushed and assume that is due to the more international crowd on European cruises, and regret there wasn't more nighttime karaoke as the evening at the start of the cruise was a lot of fun (with Amy from Wales). My kids didn't join the kids' clubs, largely b/c of limited time and b/c we always have them with us in the evenings for dinner and shows. My 13yo son loved the rock-climbing (I even tried it!) and ice-skating, and mini-golf and ping-pong and shuffleboard are always enjoyable. The "destination talks" were disappointing in that they were geared primarily to tell you where to shop, and didn't really give much helpful info as to sights in port. The main pool deck was always crowded and lively, but it seemed one of the pools was always covered with netting (never found out the reason) but had it been open, the crowding in the other pool would have eased. Hot tubs were routinely full. There is an adult-only pool, which is great to have, but quite a small area for swimming and the minimum age for an "adult" was never really clarified (or enforced). I found it a bit strange to walk into the fitness area and find the largest hot-tub on the ship be there, but it grew on me. Plenty of exercise equipment, free weights, machines, etc, though it's disappointing that the days of FREE group classes seem to be over (spinning, Pilates, etc are all for-fee now). We didn't purchase any spa packages, so can't speak to that. Had only one day at sea, so didn't honestly use the fitness area much, but the bathroom was well-stocked with showers and towels and would have been a nice place to freshen up outside the tiny cabin space. SERVICE: Our dining room attendants were great, attentive, friendly, addressing us by name after the first night, and a pleasure to interact with. OUr stateroom attendant (Celso) was wonderful as well: quiet and nearly invisible, never getting underfoot but always available (though I must say that we're pretty undemanding). My 16yo asked, "When does he sleep??" He tried to get our fridge fixed, the fact that it still didn't work after replacement wasn't his fault. We never asked for an ice-bucket in the room but could have, and he kindly sprayed my daughter'sstinky backpack that she'd thrown up on with some Febreeze stuff at my request and at least tried to make it better. Only interacted with one casino dealer (Lutecia from Uruguay) who was very nice. ENTERTAINMENT: The entertainment on board varied from great to so-so. The absolute highlights for us were the ice show (went twice); the Beatle-Maniacs; the Russian gymnasts the first night; the Argentinian Gauchos las Pampas on the last night were really funny; and Mario DeAndrea, the guitarist who was a consummate entertainer especially for a somewhat older crowd, but my kids enjoyed the entire evening too. The band that played in the Cleopatra Lounge was OK, but the ship lacked one band that could really do some rock and get everyone on the dance floor. The RCL singers and dancers were hot-and-cold, and the lead black woman was their strongest singer. It was a bit unusual in our experience to have the female dancers so outnumber the male dancers (by 2:1). As previously stated, the Schooner Bar pianist was very entertaining and never failed to get the crowd going, and Ian Miller, the guitarist in the Pig & Whistle Pub was a stalwart regular. The best price on beer was here too--only $4 for a Kronenburg, a veritable steal compared to other drink prices! KOPER: Previously, I had never heard of this port, and it seems the fact that cruise ships stop here is still a novelty and seems appreciated by the general populace (unlike at another port I'll mention later). The ship docked amazing close to the old city area, just a short steep walk up some steps and we were in the old city, which is pedestrian only. A live band was playing in Tito Square and local women graciously offered us pieces of what looked like coconut cake (free!). The general air was festive and welcoming, and even though it was a Sunday, most of the shops seemed to be open (certainly only b/c of the cruise ship in town). We walked the streets/alleys and were enchanted by the sights and sounds of a small town: the clinking of glassware and smells of cooking, wash hanging on clotheslines outside buildings. The old town is small and easily seen in short shrift, even after visiting the church and museum in the square and viewing a short informative film there, so we headed to see about a local bus to Piran. PIRAN was mentioned in several of our references as even more quaint than Koper, so we awaited the bus, which would have taken us 45minutes and cost 3.70Euro pp, but a taxi van stopped and the driver offered a fare of 4Euro pp and the ride was only 20minutes! The drive along the coast was quite enchanting and we drove through Isola and one other town b4 getting to Piran. Piran, once the trafficked outskirt along the harbor is negotiated, is also primarily a walker's town, with narrow alleys and steep streets. The "lighthouse" at the end of the promontory was anticlimactic, but rounding the bend from the protected harbor, our breath was literally taken away by the change: wind whipped our hair and clothes, waves crashed over the concrete walkway along the edge, an entirely different feel on the ocean side of the town. We saw a young girl tourist sitting on a rock holding a freshly caught sea sponge the size of a football. Trekked up to the church and bell tower and had a look down the cliffs and then climbed further to the city walls, which afforded a breathtaking view (and time to regain our breath from the strenuous climb). Everywhere there were fig trees, which my son tried to harvest. Looking down at the town, it reminded me of Portofino, but with less cliff and more walkable area. So glad we made the detour outside of Koper to see more of the short Slovenian coast, but then headed back with the same taxi driver at a predetermined time to get back on board. Were astounded to see, as we pulled out during dinner,that the entire seaboard was lined with Koper inhabitants and they were waving at us as we departed! My cynical thought was whether they were getting paid to do so, but it certainly seems that the town, at least for now, appreciates the influx of cruise tourists and their $. RAVENNA: Was amazed that the Italian town of Ravenna, the mosaic capital of Europe, was not on the port list as yet. Decided to head out on our own, despite dire warnings of a 15km distance to town, and soon saw a local bus (#90) that took us to center city for 2Euros each (rather than the 15Euros pp cruise transfer). Were glad we didn't hoof it, since it was quite a long ride through malodorous industrial areas. When we got to Ravenna, walked along pretty much following everyone else until we reached the pedestrian-only section of this city and got oriented. The mosaics are amazing in their detail, luminescence of color, and overall condition and at our first stop we paid the all-inclusive price (15-19Euros pp) to see most of the recommended ones. Dante's Tomb is free, but we saw about 3 different places where he supposedly lay, so he must have moved around a lot! True, there are downsides to not taking an organized tour, but we prefer our independence (and the savings) to being minimally educated on a tour. In fact, we had taken many copied references with us, particularly from Rick Steves, but rarely took the time to read all the details, as the entire atmosphere too evocative. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Booked this Cruise ten months before my 50th birthday. Long time to wait,I know. So, was it worth it ? Yes,yes and thrice yes ! Embarkation at Venice ??? umm lets pass that by. Got there in the end and that's all that matters. ... Read More
Booked this Cruise ten months before my 50th birthday. Long time to wait,I know. So, was it worth it ? Yes,yes and thrice yes ! Embarkation at Venice ??? umm lets pass that by. Got there in the end and that's all that matters. Entertainment on board- staff go over board to make you have a great time. (not literally this is) Key players for us were Natalie, Enrica, Chris and Abel,not forgetting Gio the 'no snooze no loose' bingo caller. Their energy was matched by our enthusiasm. If anyone remembers team one in the Quest - fantastic. I loved being team leader and you lot did me proud. The gang put a variety of entertainment on to suit all - boy do they work hard ! Thanks to Chris for letting me win ' Finish the lyrics' - had to get that umbrella. Only negative was Johnny Rockets - too greasy and no entertainment - sorry but true ! Excursions were superbly organised considering the amount of folk. Mind out though for old American women who feel the need to queue hop. Just say NO ! Tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the area. Pompeii great, Pisa wow ! Do Dubrovnik on your own. Ten euros in taxi so don't get the shuttle. We were very lucky with the chappy who made our room up each day. Top class towel animals, unlike our friends who only got a snake. We went to the towel demonstration one afternoon and they were hoping he was there. No luck though - next day same old snake. Apologies to all of those who couldn't quite understand the British songs and sense of humour. We had fun, a laugh, sang our hearts out, tried our best, won competitions - safe to say we saw, we went we played conkers ! Great way to celebrate my 50th !!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We were just on the Voyager of the Seas' seven night Adriatic Cruise. Ports were Venice, Koper, Ravenna, Bari, and Dubrovnik. STATEROOM: Grand Suite, worth every penny! The room was very spacious with plenty of closet space. The ... Read More
We were just on the Voyager of the Seas' seven night Adriatic Cruise. Ports were Venice, Koper, Ravenna, Bari, and Dubrovnik. STATEROOM: Grand Suite, worth every penny! The room was very spacious with plenty of closet space. The bathroom had two double sinks and the tub had two retractable wash lines for hanging up laundry. (We traveled with carry-on luggage only so yes, I did have to do a little bit of washing in the sink!) #1324 was on the hump so our balcony was wider than most. We had one lounge sun chair and a table and chair set-up,which we used every morning as we had breakfast on our balcony. ENTERTAINMENT: very enjoyable shows each evening. The singers were particularly talented. The Elton John tribute was excellent. We also saw the ice show--don't miss this; it's spectacular. Lounge music was good throughout the ship also though I wish the volume wasn't quite as loud. It's hard to carry on a conversation over the music. DINING: For the all the complaints about food that I've read, I set my expectations on the low side and was pleasantly surprised at how delicious all our meals were. We ate at the Main Dining Room. The wait staff was very attentive and really added to the whole dining experience. We had two formal nights and enjoyed seeing everyone in their finery. We ate at Windjammers only once for lunch and there was a good selection. We had such big breakfasts and dinners that we tended to forgo lunch entirely! PORTS: In Koper we walked off the ship and signed up for an excursion to the Slocjan Caves. I think it was the town of Koper who sponsored this. At 40 euros per person, which included transportation and entrance into the caves, this was an excellent value. The caves are jaw-dropping. If you go, however, you must be fit as there's plenty of walking, some of it up steep stairs. In Ravenna we bought the 9 euro pass which included about 5 churches. Amazing mosaics! The town itself was pleasant and it was a nice afternoon out. In Bari we took the local train to Polignano a Mare, a small cliff side village. There's a nice little beach where I collected a fair bit of colorful beach glass, and of course the cliffs are a sight to see. We didn't have enough time to explore Bari properly as we spent the bulk of the day in Polignano. Dubrovnik! Beautiful city in a beautiful country. We want to go back. Venice...same opinion as above. Sailing into and out of Venice is wonderful, too. It's extremely easy to get into the city by foot, which we appreciated. You can use the People Mover for 1 euro but you really don't have to if you don't mind walking ten minutes or so. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise after the total nightmare of booking onto the ship. The Royal Caribbean Rep. at Venice airport didn't know her left from her right and sent us to the wrong area at first but we eventually found our ... Read More
Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise after the total nightmare of booking onto the ship. The Royal Caribbean Rep. at Venice airport didn't know her left from her right and sent us to the wrong area at first but we eventually found our transfer coach amongst total chaos. When we arrived at the Port the experience was no better, it was again total chaos which didn't improve until we actually got to the check-in desk. There seemed to be a total lack of communication. Once on the ship though things improved and we were shown to our cabin which was a D2 and very nice. However, when I looked into the bathroom the toilet looked as though it hadn't been cleaned so I immediately rang Housekeeping and they replaced the toilet seat within half an hour!! We then got phone calls for the next 3 days asking us if the toilet seat had been replaced, I answered each time but the message did not seem to get through. Eventually, on the 4th day we received free shuttle boat tickets to Venice with an apology and a hope that the inconvenience hadn't spoilt our cruise! We found the ship to be bigger than any we had cruised on before as we have done one Princess Cruise but the rest have been Thompson"s. I was impressed with the shows and the Theatres, there was never a problem getting a seat and the Ice show was particularly good, with the girl who did the hula hoops (can't remember her name),stealing the show. The food was excellent.we never had a bad meal, we didn't try the Speciality Restaurants as we were quite satisfied with the Magic Flute restaurant. We had My Time Dining but we ate at the same time each night as this suited us. The only complaint was on the first night when they offered us bottled water only and we paid about 8 dollars for a bottle, we asked for tap water after that. The port of Koper was within walking distance of the ship and it was a very nice little town to walk around. There was a sort of Market there also. Ravenna was not within walking distance so we got the shuttle bus and walked around the town. Not a lot to see apart from a few churches and some shops but we found a nice little bar and had wine and pizza. Bari was within walking distance but the ship were charging 14 dollars for the Shuttle Bus! We decided to go on the Land Train which cost 15euros and wasn't such a good idea as we spent hardly any time on the Land Train and most of the time following the guide. We would have preferred to stay in the Old Town and walk around ourselves, but never mind, you live and learn. Dubrovnik is a lovely city, we have been there before, so we decided to go on the chairlift which is quite new. It was a bit of a walk up quite a few steps and the chairlift was a little crowded but the views when we reached the top were amazing. The ship was charging 42 dollars for this trip and it cost just 11.5 euros so this gives you some idea of how expensive the trips are. The weather in Venice was awful, which was a shame as the weather had been gorgeous for the rest of the week. We managed to get there after lunch when the rain had stopped but it was still very windy. The evening entertainment on the ship was really enjoyable and always made us smile. All in all we had a brilliant time but probably would not book with RC again in a hurry due to all the extras and the price of the drinks which is made worse by the 15% service charge on each one. My husband was happy though as they did 500ml cans of Fosters lager and they always gave me good measures of Absolute vodka Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We sailed from Venice on the Voyager of the seas for a trip round the Adriatic, This being only the second time we had cruised we were very impressed with the size and facilities onboard the ship, Our cabin was over looking the ... Read More
We sailed from Venice on the Voyager of the seas for a trip round the Adriatic, This being only the second time we had cruised we were very impressed with the size and facilities onboard the ship, Our cabin was over looking the promenade and we were worried about the noise levels but the room was well sound proofed and very comfortable, It was keep clean and tidy with the help of the cabin steward who was friendly and efficient The main dining room was was also good and after the second night our waiter had memorised all our names which was quite impressive as he must have had approx 60 guests per night, Food was good although not exceptional but we enjoyed the meals The Windjammer cafe was not quite so good as you often struggled to find an empty table during busy periods and as with all buffet style meals the food was not always very hot...but there was a good selection and was it tasty Now for the bad!!! we are not big drinkers of alcohol and it was a good job as a round of four drinks averaged $30 or £18 ...We did however take the soda fountain package for soft drinks....WHAT A MISTAKE THAT WAS for $50 per head you got the choice of 4 different drinks...Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite or Ginger beer all of which were flat & tasteless... don't make the same mistake as us and keep your money as we ended up paying again for canned drinks Every where you went they were giving the hard sell Photos, Jewellery, Cocktails, etc etc etc we were sick of it in the end....I did however fancy the behind the scenes tour as Im an engineer and love to see how things work...That was until we saw the price ...$150 per person...I don't think so !!!! All in all it was a good cruise but felt that they just wanted every penny they could out of you. Im not going to say I would not go with RCI again but because of the excessive sales pitch we have booked our cruise is with P&O ..... Give them a try and see if its any better Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We were cruising to celebrate my wife's 50th anniversary. We visited Venice in 1999 and have wanted to return, and were on the Voyager in 2005, so this sailing, which included my wife's birthday, was exactly what we were looking ... Read More
We were cruising to celebrate my wife's 50th anniversary. We visited Venice in 1999 and have wanted to return, and were on the Voyager in 2005, so this sailing, which included my wife's birthday, was exactly what we were looking for. Our dinner companions were lovely (from Houston and from Wales), the staff was extremely polished, pleasant and always helpful. As Americans, we were in an extreme minority on the ship- which made the trip that much more fun and interesting- breaking bread and sharing excursions with people from Germany, Ireland, France. London, Italy, Spain, etc. etc. if you travel from outside the Euro zone, it is a very good idea to have Euros with you- sometimes it may be a little difficult or expensive to change over dollars. The ports: Koper, Slovenia.....Ravenna, Italy.....Bari, Italy.....Dubrovnik, Croatia.... and, of course, in and out of Venice (including an overnight stay at the end of the cruise) were amazing. All shuttles were available all day with virtually no waiting on either end. We purchased shuttles, not excursions- as the ports were easy to work our way through. In Bari, the ancient city was so close that we walked in and did not purchase a shuttle. TAKE LOTS OF WATER !! We brough small backpacks and about a liter of water each. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Just returned from the Adriatic Sea cruise and thought I would pass along some information which may be of use. In my opinion this was a much more enjoyable cruise than I was expecting, and great value for the money spent. Voyager ... Read More
Just returned from the Adriatic Sea cruise and thought I would pass along some information which may be of use. In my opinion this was a much more enjoyable cruise than I was expecting, and great value for the money spent. Voyager of the Seas - I didn't think I would like a large ship such as this but I found it had the feel of a much smaller ship. The balcony cabin seem a bit smaller to me than others, and the bathroom shower certainly was much smaller. The ship was very clean and easy to get around, lots of activities and it had a shopping "street" on one level. Overall the food was quite good in the main dining room. The only complaint we had was with the Specialty Dining restaurant Portofino's. The menu wasn't that appealing and definitely sub standard compared to other cruise lines. The cost was $20 extra, I wouldn't do it again. The entertainment highlight was definitely the Ice Show, not to be missed. Some pretty good entertainers ranging from the standard Broadway tunes to a 3 tenor group, and Elton John tribute singer. The prices onboard were quite expensive, drinks were in the range of $5.50 beer and $10 wine + the 15%. That being said the cruise itself was very cheap at least on our dates, so it didn't really hurt. The tours were outrageous, but this is one cruise you can do pretty much on your own, if you like to walk, and can use a map. The ports were as follows. Koper- Ship docked right in town. Not much here, I'm afraid, there is a small "old town", and you can do it in 45min. We did a ship tour to the see the Lipizzaner Stallions which I would recommend, or there was a Cave Tour also that looked pretty interesting. Our cost was around $80 each, incl the bus and entrance fee, and really not bad value. Ravenna - To me this was a gem. I would strongly recommend you go into town and take the self guided tour of the churches adorned with the mosaics. There were I recall 6 churches that were included in the ticket price which was around $9 euros. Very interesting and well worth the time, if you can do the walking, which would take a good 3-4 hours. Generally a very pretty area. The ship had some offerings if you aren't interested in this option. Note: DO NOT try to walk into town by any means. Bite the bullet and pay the $14 ship transfer fee. It had to be a good 10 miles away thru a highly industrial unmarked area, and there didn't seem to be any taxis in the area, so be warned. Bari - We took the ship's transport into town $14, and walked around they're Old Town area. Some interesting sites, just a nice place to stop have a drink in one of the squares. You might be able to walk into town, but it would be a good hike, taxis were around so it might be cheaper that way, definitely if there are more than 2 persons in the group. Dubrovnik- Beautiful old town area, completely surrounded by a wall, which you could and should walk, if you are able. There is no cost to enter the city, but the wall walk costs $10 Euros and has to be paid by credit card, or you can use the local$if you want to change your money. We took the ships transport $10, but I think I would recommend a taxi. The posted charge was $10, and there was quite a line waiting to get back on the buses for the ship. Venice- What can I say, there is nothing remotely like it in the world. We did the sites on our own. I won't go over the sights, maybe just some tips. If you are doing a self-guided tour, it is very easy to get around. When you get off the ship you walk to a people mover ($1E) that takes you to the Piazzale Roma which has the vaporetto and the bus stop. Determine if you want to buy a pass or single ticket. We had a late flight on Sat, so we bought a 36hr pass if I recall was $23 Euros. The single ticket is $6.5E and good for an hour only. So 4 trips makes it a good buy. You only need to use the Number 2 vaporetto to avoid confusion. This takes you right along the Grand Canal to the Rialto bridge and to San Marco, what an introduction, simply magnificent. We used a Rick Steeve's tourbook, guided walk from San Marco over to the Rialto area, very well laid out and we would have missed a lot without it. We bought a detailed map at the airport but good luck. A lot of the streets weren't listed, but that was the fun of it. The gondola rides cost $70-80 per boat, up to 6 people, it lasts around 35min and it's a once in a lifetime treat in my opinion. Hire one away from San Marco and you will go in the backstreet canals as opposed to the busy Grand Canal. Lots of food options about from cheap sandwiches etc, to more expensive restaurants, we had a lovely pizza dinner/wine at an outdoor restaurant near the Rialto for around $45E. Expect to pay that as a min for a sit down meal. If you want to sit in San Marco square to have a drink and hear the bands, it will cost around $40E incl some wine and cover charge. Quite a setting. This cruise had an overnight in Venice, so if you have time you can go into the city the next day. I wouldn't do it unless you have a flight leaving at least in the very late afternoon. If you decide to go in, you have to check your luggage at a bag drop location. There is one directly left of the people mover exit, down about 20 yards or so. Now for a reality check. There were 5 ships at dock, and the place probably holds a couple of hundred bags if that. We waited an hour to get within sniffing distance of the door only to be told there was no room. The only option is to go to the train station, either walk, over a bridge 200 yards or take vaporetto (1 stop) and drop them off there. Expect another hour lineup; they have a large area so room isn't an issue $4E per bag. So after 2 hours we were on our way. Lesson learned. Get off the ship ASAP, check out the lineup at the people mover dropoff, and if the line is big go directly to the train station. For your return to the airport,you can catch a bus in the same area, Pizzale Roma and it is about a 30 minute ride, I think $5E each, although you need to carry your luggage on the bus, no need to use the ship transfer which was around $33 each. Taxis were around $40E. All in all an excellent cruise in my opinion. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Just got back from an Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Voyager, first the good points - Staff were all great and couldn't have been more helpful. Francisco our waiter is especially worth a mention, fun, efficient and made dinner a real ... Read More
Just got back from an Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Voyager, first the good points - Staff were all great and couldn't have been more helpful. Francisco our waiter is especially worth a mention, fun, efficient and made dinner a real event. Food was of a very good standard in both the dining room and Windjammer, better than past cruises on Royal Caribbean. Ports of call were different to the traditional Mediterranean but far better than we were expecting.Entertainment was excellent, Beatles tribute band were exceptional,Ice show and Abba tribute band were also very professional.We found the ship itself to be very well kept with continuous maintenance to keep standards high(new carpets were being fitted overnight). The not so good - we were notified whilst on the cruise that recommended gratuities had been increased, (in the case of stateroom attendant an increase of approximately 40%!!). Shuttle bus fees were extortionate,and in most cases you could either walk or take public transport, but this is never pointed out on the daily port information sheet.The shops on board were very disappointing,the perfume/cosmetic store had one display cabinet completely empty, and stocks generally were very low. The nightly sales were the same items we had on our first cruise 10 years ago! Come on Royal Caribbean buck up and get some new ideas. After 8 cruises all Royal Caribbean or Celebrity this cruise left us thinking that maybe we should try another line. It seems that Royal Caribbean are trying to keep the initial cost of the cruise low but making up for it by charging for absolutely anything, at excessive prices once you are on board. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
The cabin we had on voyager of the seas was nice but strangely the bed was head to the window where there was no headboard so the pillow would just fall down the back as there was a gap , I turned the bed around which meant the lights were ... Read More
The cabin we had on voyager of the seas was nice but strangely the bed was head to the window where there was no headboard so the pillow would just fall down the back as there was a gap , I turned the bed around which meant the lights were in the wrong place but we could at least sit up in bed and look out the window , and not lose our pillows at night. Fridge didn't work , but to be fair we didn't complain as we didn't use it. Food - excellent Formal nights - I think that RCI should enforce the formal attire in the main dining room on formal nights as most people made the effort but some real scruffs turned up in jeans and t shirts etc which spoiled it somewhat - they could have eaten in the windjammer , portofino , cafe promenade , or johnny rockets if they didn't want to dress up entertainment - poor , same acts doing the same songs nearly every night - they were good acts but after a couple of nights you didn't want to keep hearing exactly the same thing dancing - very poor - dance lessons were good but for actual dancing it was nearly all latin and then nothing you could rumba , cha cha , or samba to , a small amount of ballroom dancing but it was only an hour or so on 2 nights , whereas it was 3 and a half hours of the latin in one bar most nights and latin in other bars at the same time. also there was entertainment for other nationalities that were not mentioned in the english listings so we only found them out by chance Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Just completed a 7 day Adriatic Cruise on Voyager of the Seas. Having cruised several times on multiple cruise lines throughout Europe we picked this cruise since it visited ports on the Adriatic Sea. If you are cruising in Europe for the ... Read More
Just completed a 7 day Adriatic Cruise on Voyager of the Seas. Having cruised several times on multiple cruise lines throughout Europe we picked this cruise since it visited ports on the Adriatic Sea. If you are cruising in Europe for the first time this is probably not the cruise you should take. This was the first cruise where US residents were the minority. Nothing wrong with that just the first time it has noticed on 5 European cruises. As one might suspect majority were Italian. Ship: This was the largest ship we have cruised on out of the 27 cruises over the past 20 years. My wife and I were a little concerned that we would feel crowded as we usually enjoy smaller ships. We were both pleasantly surprised that other than around the pool during the one sea day we did not feel like there were 3000 passengers on board. The public spaces were large enough and the entertainment venues spread out enough to disperse the guests. Our stateroom was a typical D1 balcony and was clean and in good working order. Our friends were in the cabin next door and their toilet was an issue the entire cruise. Maintenance fixed the problem every time it was reported but it was very frustrating to them to have to constantly report the issue. Food: I was actually surprised on how much they had improved the main dining room food. Both quality and selection was drastically better than our previous Royal Caribbean cruises. We usually cruise Celebrity because the food is better but I think this cruise had better food than our last Celebrity cruise. We usually eat a couple of times in the specialty restaurants seeking better food and service but we did not eat at the specialty restaurants this trip. Ports: Enjoyed the variety of ports. Venice and Dubrovnik were the highlights but Ravenna, Bari, and Koper were a nice as well. We did all ports on our own. Koper is a nice small town but most things are closed because the cruise visits on a Sunday. We took a cab to a small resort town about 15 minutes away (Piran) and enjoyed touring the town and had a great lunch overlooking the water. Some shops were open as this is a local beach destination. Ravenna is known for their mosaics and all are within easy walking distance from each other. We found a local meat/cheese market and bought some local cheese, famous prosciutto ham, and olives. We took a cab to the city as it is not within walking distance. Since there were four of us it was as cheap and provided greater flexibility to hire a cab versus pay for the ship's shuttle. Bari: Again took a cab to the city. Could have walked it in about 20 minutes but it was extremely hot so we decided to save our energy and take a cab. The downtown area is nice and the sites are easy to walk around. Found a local restaurant and had a very memorable lunch. At the end of the cruise all four of us thought this experience was one of the highlights of the trip. Very friendly service, great house wine, and multiple course meal in a charming back alley was extremely special. Dubrovnik: Road the local bus from the pier (bus station right outside the port) and is extremely cheap and easy to negotiate. Walked the wall, shopped, and enjoyed a house wine at a local cafe. Venice: Took the water taxi from the pier. Purchased a 24 hour pass but the last boat departed at 7pm so no really worth paying for 24 hour pass as you disembark from the ship the following morning. We had visited Venice before so we went through the museums and toured the major sites with our friends since it was their first visit. Overall: A great cruise but as much as we enjoyed the cruise I would have been disappointed if we had not already visited the British Isles, Baltic, Norwegian, and Western Mediterranean ports. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Our 35th wedding anniversary was to be celebrated with a cruise starting and ending in Venice, Italy. Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas was so bad, we have vowed never to cruise again. I selected our cabin specifically so we would ... Read More
Our 35th wedding anniversary was to be celebrated with a cruise starting and ending in Venice, Italy. Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas was so bad, we have vowed never to cruise again. I selected our cabin specifically so we would have maximum space and privacy and that we did. However, our neighbors smoked so much that we essentially could not sit on our balcony the entire time of our cruise. There was nothing RCCL could do because their policy is to allow smoking on cabin balconies. The decor of the ship was very, very tacky. The staff was only "fake friendly" in most cases. The buffet restaurant window ledges were filthy dirty with food crumbs, some of which appeared to have been there for quite some time. At breakfast one morning, my husband took a spoonful of prunes and pulled an empty sugar packet wrapper from his mouth. They attempted to extort money from you, much more so than other cruise lines, even charging for fresh orange juice at breakfast. The quality of items in their shops was substandard and the prices, billed as tax and duty free were no bargain. I purchased a Fossil watch on-line directly from the Fossil web site for less money than they were charging on board for their "duty and tax free" watches. The shows were only mediocre with the exception of a Celine Dion impersonator) and the ship's cruise director's was less than charming. I will say, the food was good. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
After reconnecting with family for a few days while visiting Vienna and Budapest, we all took the nighttime train to Venice to begin our Adriatic Sea cruise. In all, we had 4 adults and 5 teens. The train ride turned out to be a wonderful ... Read More
After reconnecting with family for a few days while visiting Vienna and Budapest, we all took the nighttime train to Venice to begin our Adriatic Sea cruise. In all, we had 4 adults and 5 teens. The train ride turned out to be a wonderful adventure and we arrived rested and eager to see Venice. We left Santa Lucia train station and carried our luggage over the bridge, which was not easy by the way. For 5E per bag we stored our luggage at the luggage storage at Piaza Roma. After that, we took the #1 Vaporetta on the Grand Canal to Lido and back. This turned out to be a great way to take in some of the sights and to get a feel for Venice. We picked up our luggage and took the people mover next door and within an hour we had boarded the Voyager of the Seas. The Voyager is a grand ship but I did not find it to have the wow factor that it had when we cruised on her in 2004. Much of the granite has been covered with carpet and many or the fine works of art have been replaced with carpet wall hangings. To DH and myself it was more than just the wear and tear that we expected. It seemed to us that the ships interior had been downgraded on top of the expected wear and tear. We are an active family and enjoyed the many offerings that this ship has. Rock Climbing and both inline and ice skating along with dance classes were our favorite activities on board. These activities along with all of the walking that we did on the port days kept most of us our of the gym on this cruise. We found the ship to be filled with live music in the evening which we found very enjoyable. Most of our evenings ended with a nightcap in High Notes bar listening to the Latin band on board. Although our girls did not find the teen club to be to their liking, they did however, meet several other teens on board and enjoyed spending their evenings with their new friends. We found Mercedes, the Cruise Director, to be informative and witty without being corny and over-the-top. The shows that we attended in the La Scala theater were enjoyable. We especially liked the shows by the Los Gouchos and the Beatle Maniacs. The iceskating show was a favorite of ours as well. We had dinner at Carman's dining room at the 6:30 early seating and we were seated by a window. This was great as on most of our port days we were treated with watching sail-away from our table. We found the food to be rather salty and on many days more than one of us didn't enjoy their dinner. Our wait staff were pleasant and efficient but we did not enjoy mealtime as much as we had when we were on other cruise lines. We found that the food on board in general had room for improvement except for the Cafe Promenade where the sandwiches, pastries and desserts were always very good. We did enjoy our meal at Protofino's but our DD's thought that Johnny Rockets was just o.k.. We chose an inside cabin on deck 6 Aft for this cruise and our DD's had the room next door with our relatives beside them. The rooms were well equipped and our room steward was very unobtrusive and efficient. We had a port extensive cruise and our room choice and location worked out perfectly for us. We took advantage of the late departure program and stayed on board until 3:30. This worked out well for us and we would choose this option again if we had another late flight. Arriving at the airport relaxed and refreshed for our 9 hour flight back home made our travel day much more enjoyable. With the help of CC members, Europe 101 went well and we are all looking forward to Europe 202. (Koper, Slovenia, Rating 5) Our first port of call was Koper, Slovenia. We walked to the main square which was small but interesting. There we saw a castle and several other historic building. We walked to the bus stop from there as we had planned on taking a bus to the nearby city of Piran. While we were at the bus stop we were approached by a taxi driver who offered to take us to and from Piran for 2E more pp than the bus. We took him up on his offer and for 8E pp we had a wonderful tour along with breathtaking views and picture taking opportunities that the bus would not have provided us with. Thirty-five minutes later we were in Piran. It is a lovely town and the views of the town and sea from the old wall were beautiful. After spending over two hours exploring Piran our driver returned for us and provided us with a memorable return trip stopping at a couple of his favorite places for pictures. Later in the afternoon we walked by the sea in Koper and enjoyed the time we spent at a cafe eating the local pastry called a Burrak. We purchased some local crafts and olive oil and returned to the ship. (Revenna,Italy, Rating 4) Revenna is famous for the mosaics in the churches and landmarks of this Italian city. We took a taxi from the port and purchased passes to see these buildings. The Basilica San Vitalle was our favorite of the four that we toured. Seeing these masterpieces was definitely worth the visit to Ravenna. It is difficult to explain the awe that I felt while visiting the Basilica. The streets of Revenna where we walked are only for pedestrians and cyclists. I was surprised that we didn't witness more near miss collisions during our visit. It was a cute town but the churches are definitely the must see here and if you are not interested in seeing them then I would skip Revenna and choose another option. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Being our 25th Wedding Anniversary this year, my wife and I decided to book an Adriatic cruise on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas in August this year. We had already been on 3 previous cruises, but I can safely say that Royal ... Read More
Being our 25th Wedding Anniversary this year, my wife and I decided to book an Adriatic cruise on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas in August this year. We had already been on 3 previous cruises, but I can safely say that Royal Caribbean proved to be the best of them all. Their level of organisation stands out. The quality of the food on board was excellent; in the Windjammer buffet restaurant, a wide variety of food ensured that everyone's tastes were satisfied; dinner in the beautiful 3-levelled dining room was of superb quality, and service was impeccable. The level of the animation was superb...far better than that we experienced with other lines. The animation team was young and kept everybody's spirits high. The best thing about this cruise was that even throughout the beautiful excursions, we kept looking forward to the evening entertainment on board! Our cabin was reasonably sized, and the level of service was outstanding. The Beatles show, and especially, the Ice Skating show, were absolutely professional and fantastic! During our last night, which was in Venice, a masquerade party was held on the Promenade Deck. The music was great, almost everyone was wearing a Venetian mask, and the atmosphere was amazing. For all these things, I would certainly use Royal Caribbean again. I really couldn't complain; however, some small points which, in our opinion, would enhance the experience are worth mentioning. First and foremost, the drinks on board are really very expensive. The cheapest bottle of wine was USD 26, very high for a simple bottle of Sicilian wine which I normally buy off the supermarket shelf for Euro 2.99c. Drinks at the bar were exhorbitant. Another rather poor show was the disco....The Vault. My wife and I are in our late 40s', which means we prefer 80s' disco music. Each time we went down to the Vault, the disco was practically empty, with the latest tekno music, to which we coudn't dance, blaring on non stop. It seems nobody liked this music, as the disco was empty almost every day....so couldn't the dj try some real disco music....80s' style? On the last day during the Masquerade party, some real music was played on Deck 5. Amazingly, hundreds upon hundreds of people filled the Royal Promenade and danced on...goes to show that not everyone appreciates the new tekno music! Also, excursions were far too expensive, although to be fair, they were well organised, and the guides used were very professional. All in all, it was a superb experience, and we hope to cruise with Royal Caribbean again in the future! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
I have to say first of all that this was our best holiday ever. I love wooden speedboats and using one for all my Venice trips and then to the ship was an expensive but wonderful start. The weather was hot and the sky an uninterupted blue ... Read More
I have to say first of all that this was our best holiday ever. I love wooden speedboats and using one for all my Venice trips and then to the ship was an expensive but wonderful start. The weather was hot and the sky an uninterupted blue for the whole holiday. Last year we went on the Ocean Princess which was wonderful but now we feel that much can be equaled and the level of entertainment from a ship this size, hard to beat. Some people have commented on the ship needing refurbishment and I could agree if you looked at the carpet but they were redoing it as we left and maybe our room chair could be recovered but all is well with no rust, timber problems or anything else. When the carpet is done , you'd have to be a very demanding person to be unhappy about this ship. We were on deck 9 to be inbetween the main activities but on reflection, maybe decks five to seven might even be better.Most things are on 4-5. We worried about the number of people and how it might cause delays and line ups but didn't at all, except maybe at busy times the lifts were a little slow and seats around the pool. The ship, in very smooth seas was of course , rock solid. A wonderful ship, in what I could call modern art deco with only The Promenade and shops looking srangely a bit out of place. But what a great place to meet people and also have occasional entertainment. We never got to the ice rink and saw a 'new' band on the last night. If you cross off the formal ships and the others for one reason or another, I have a feeling you are left with Princess large ships and these large RC ships. I left the best till last. The Broadway quality entertainment, piano and support musicians were fantastic and the food very good . You can't believe you're there !! Piano at dinner !! I can't think of anything that I didn't like. Ok I don't drink much and the drinks are expensive (US $) and 15% Gratuity. All this at a price that was below the cost of my last cruise and cheaper than MSC and Costa , I think. How do you beat an affordable, upper middle class art deco ship thats well run with top entertainment? Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We were a family of four. Two 16 year old girls. We stayed two nights before in the Hotel Canal on the Grand Canal in Venice. Great location and just over the bridge from where the airport bus drops you off. Getting on the ship ... Read More
We were a family of four. Two 16 year old girls. We stayed two nights before in the Hotel Canal on the Grand Canal in Venice. Great location and just over the bridge from where the airport bus drops you off. Getting on the ship PROS We were able to walk to the shuttle train (people mover) to get to the port terminal. It is only 1 EURO to the port terminal. All very straight forward. CONS Only down side is when its busy people seem to have forgotten what a queue is so be prepared to push and shove !!! SHIP - Voyager of the Seas We stayed in room 8658 Deck 8. The room was fine for four and having the balcony is an added bonus. Personally we could not do a cruise without a balcony. PROS We thought the ship was ok. The food was as expected when you are producing it on mass. All the staff we came across where courteous without being in your face. The Pig & Whistle entertainment Ian Miller was excellent. The theatre shows were ok. The ICE show is a MUST see, this was really brilliant. CONS Thought the shopping onboard could have been better. Needed to buy sun cream and after sun and the choice was very limited. Daughter also had a cold sore and could not buy and medication for this. Thumb sdown for me for shopping. Knowing up front about the cost of drink it still came as a bit of a shock how expensive the drinks are. This really is a rip off as no way does it cost RCL that much - the mark up on drinks must be huge and grossly unfair as you are a captive audience. Some people might say well don't drink then, yes could agree but still shocking prices !!!!! Our major gripe with RCL came on our last day. I had completed the forms the same day they were given to me for a later disembarkation and handed it to the Stateroom Attendant. Partly my fault as I did not think to check the on line billing service BUT!!! We had booked to leave our room at 9:30 and to disembark at 3:30 pm as our flight from Venice was not until 11:10 pm!!! We had everything organised and the stateroom attendant knocked to say that it was nearly 9:30 our time to leave the room. The girls went to the pool. We went and found a space on the pool deck and settled ourselves for a nice day by the pool. At around 10 am our names were called over the tanoy. My husband went down to speak to customer services only to be told that they did not get the forms and we would have to leave!!!!! I went back down to speak to them and the girls attitude was a disgrace. I have to point out that up until this moment all the staff on the cruise had been courteous. It was as if they had our money, it was the end of the holiday so bugger off. The customer services girl tried to blame the stateroom attendant for not handing the forms in!!! I have to say I did not believe this, basically their admin department screwed up. I tried to explain that our flight was not until late that night but she was just not interested and kept repeating that we would have to leave NOW. I went back to the pool deck and finished my cup of tea, I was not rushing off!!!! At 11 am our names were called again and they said that we "HAD TO LEAVE THE SHIP IMMEDIATLEY"!!!! The girls were soaking wet and what a terrible experience. The customer service experience ruined our whole weeks holiday and a stiff email has been sent to RCL. When we got to the airport we spoke with another couple who the same thing had happened to. So was really a very bad end to a week's holiday which up until that point had been good. I know some people reading this might say that I should have checked but when you fill a form in and hand it to the stateroom attendant as they instructed you to do, you just take it that it will be dealt with. Hindsight is a great thing and in future I will always ensure that I personally follow something like this up. Still a very very very bad end to our holiday. Main point being is they must have got the forms as they new that we were leaving the room at 9:30 am !!!!!!!!!!! PORTS KOPER - Slovenia We did an independent trip organised by a very nice lady Joy. The company used was Bled Taxis and the good thing was it was an English speaking rep (Graham from Guildford England). He was excellent and I highly recommend him. We went to the capital Slovenia, Ljubljana and then the Lake Bled and Bled Castle. This was one of my fav trips; Lake Bled was spectacular and still relatively unspoilt. A highly recommended trip. BARI - Italy We also did an independent trip to Alberobello to see the Trullo houses. This is also highly recommended. I booked this through GetYourGuide and the local tour company was SEADREAMS EXCURSIONS. This was also a very good trip. They also took us into Bari and from the little we saw, this would have been a good place just to walk about. RAVENNA - Italy We just got off the boat and walked to the very nice beach. It was about 10 - 15 mins walk. My husband walked into the small town at the port and said it was ok. DUBROVNIK - Croatia This was fabulous, we took the local bus outside the cruise terminal, and I think it was 1, 1b or no 3. This took you straight into the centre. It was only a few EUROS. We then got on an open top tour bus; it was great we were the only ones on it. They took us right round the sea areas and up the mountains, was probably about 1 ½ hours but was so worth it. The views from up the top of Dubrovnik where fantastic. We then went into the walled city and walked up round the wall. This is also highly recommended, tiring and very hot but also worth it. We will definitely go back to Croatia as it still had the unspoilt and natural feeling. VENICE - Italy We stayed two nights pre cruise. We just got 24 hours passes for the Vaporetta and jumped on and off the boats to visit different islands and sites. Spent a bit of time at the Lido beach which was good. Took a Gondola ride, this is a must do in Venice albeit pricey, wanted 100 EUROS but hubby got it for 80. It was only for about 40 mins but a def must do!!! Venice was great. Our last sea day in Venice, we took the train to Verona, all very easy from the station and only took over 1 hour. Verona was great, also went on the open top bus which is a great way of getting an overview of the city. Would have liked to have seen an opera but just too little time.. FINALLY Overall a good trip, plenty for two 16 year old girls to do with the teen club etc. Again the trip was just really spoilt on the final day with being frog marched off the ship because of inefficient administration and very very rude customer services RCL staff!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
My mother has been telling me for years that we would love a cruise holiday we eventually gave in and booked one just to keep her quiet. Our teenage children insisted that they wouldn't join us if the ship didn't have a climbing ... Read More
My mother has been telling me for years that we would love a cruise holiday we eventually gave in and booked one just to keep her quiet. Our teenage children insisted that they wouldn't join us if the ship didn't have a climbing wall and an ice rink which is how we came to be boarding the Voyager of the Seas for her journey round the Adriatic. We had high expectations and were not disappointed. The ship is terrific. It looks splendid from the first moment you get on board. Perhaps if you have cruised on a number of occasions you might get blase about the grandeur of the vessels but as first time cruisers we were impressed. The Windjammer offers an enormous variety of foods- we especially liked the fresh fruits at breakfast, the burgers at lunchtime but in a week we weren't able to sample everything on offer. The evening meal in the main restaurant was a daily highlight. The choice was always interesting and the quality very good. try something different- the cold fruity soups were lovely. We used the climbing wall, ice rink, in-line skating. crazy golf and the gym on numerous occasions -the latter in a futile attempt to offset the inevitable weight gain caused by huge quantity of food available at all times.All were good. The pools are small of course and could get crowded but by early evening if was possible to have one to yourself. You can partake of as much of the entertainment as you want. the bars often have live music, we enjoyed the impressive theatre, especially the Beatles tribute. I didn't expect to like the ice show but it was highly enjoyable. Get there early to get seats together and make sure that you pick up a ticket soon after you get on board-it is first come first served. The staff are universally excellent- helpful, polite and cheery. Nothing was too much trouble. I was troubled before the holiday began by the emphasis placed on gratuities but these people are worth every penny. Downsides- difficult to think of any- drinks are expensive and if, like us, you have four people in the stateroom to save money then you might not find the sofa bed the most comfortable thing you have ever slept on but these are minor concerns. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
This was our second cruise on Voyager of the Seas, the first was around the western med and we fell in love with cruising, partly down to this ship. Inbetween we have said around the Caribbean on two Princess cruise ships and coming ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Voyager of the Seas, the first was around the western med and we fell in love with cruising, partly down to this ship. Inbetween we have said around the Caribbean on two Princess cruise ships and coming back to Voyager of the Seas has turned out to be a huge disappointment. We had read all the blogs before embarking on this cruise that the ship was in dire need of refurbishing, that the food was mediocre and the shows outdated - unfortunately its all true. We held this ship with such affection that we didn't want to believe what others had told us, but alas, we saw with our own eyes our far this lovely ship has now slipped. The ship is beautifully clean and does not superfically look as though any work is needed but it does! The decor is woefully outdated and too highly patterened for 2011. The atrium looks dark and the windows or curtains look dirty. We were promised faithfully by our travel agent who even rang RCI that the balcony in our room would be made of glass and not the terrible metal monstrosity that greeted us upon our arrival. We felt as though we were in a metal box. The balcony furniture was old and tatty with the smallest table in the world. The floor was dirty and there was nothing inviting about sitting in a metal box. I was travelling with my Twin sister and as close as we are, we didn't not want to share a double bed - but that also greeted us when we entered the cabin. We asked to be moved and the staff said they would try but to no avail. Feel bad writing this about VOTS but RCI really needs to get its act together and update this once lovely ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Just returned from a cruise of the Adriatic on Voyager and had a fantastic time. We have been on the ship before and were happy to be sailing on her again. A lovely ship with very helpful staff- nothing is too much trouble. I have read ... Read More
Just returned from a cruise of the Adriatic on Voyager and had a fantastic time. We have been on the ship before and were happy to be sailing on her again. A lovely ship with very helpful staff- nothing is too much trouble. I have read some comments about the Captain but, on the week we sailed at least, we were impressed with him- he even joined in on a charity walk around the decks! The only thing I would say is that the tannoy could be louder, as it could be hard to hear him. The food is gorgeous- we were in the Carmen Dining Room- fabulous food in a lovely setting and our Waiters were excellent. We had breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer and, again, always enjoyed the food- probably too much!- Diet starts tomorrow! Our cabin was lovely- a very good size and well kept. We also enjoy the ports- we were particularly impressed with Koper in Slovenia and Venice. The sail aways from Venice and Bari (in the late evening) were beautiful. A fantastic week on a lovely ship- highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Hubby and I had sailed twice with P&O (once on Canberra, once on Victoria) BC (before children), so were interested to see how the cruising experience on what I take to be a family-orientated cruise line would be. Flew out of Stansted ... Read More
Hubby and I had sailed twice with P&O (once on Canberra, once on Victoria) BC (before children), so were interested to see how the cruising experience on what I take to be a family-orientated cruise line would be. Flew out of Stansted - some confusion because 2 days after receiving our baggage tags and all the final paperwork, we received a phone call to say our flight times had changed, only to get to the airport and find the flight scheduled for the original time. The BA staff, ServisAir and air traffic control knew nothing about a rescheduled flight time. RCI were supposed to be investigating who sent out this revised info., and why, but no feedback so far. Transfer from airport to port very smooth and well-organised, but queuing to get Seapass cards etc. rather chaotic, and the person who dealt with us spoke very little English and was very rude. I should add I'm a professional linguist, so used to dealing with people with all kinds of accents and levels of ability in English. The good: cabin - a bit dated (no flat-screen TV in our inside stateroom!) but spotlessly clean and Robert, our lovely attendant, kept it immaculate and thrilled us with his towel sculptures! Waitresses - Fadla and Marianna were great - attentive, fun, chatty. Food - excellent in both the MDR and Windjammer. The only meal that disappointed was a steak which was very dry. My children both suffer from s serious egg allergy and the waitresses and chefs went out of their way to advise on suitable dishes and provide alternatives. I can't thank them enough, esp. executive sous-chef Cedric who took time out of his very busy schedule to check the ingredients in the free, soft-whip icecream, and Andrew, the executive chef. Both lovely guys. Facilities - great, my children loved the pool, the climbing wall, the mini golf, etc. Entertainment - excellent, with one or two reservations. The ice show was a-maze-ing. The only theatre show I saw was about movie theme tunes. It was very well produced and enjoyable - brilliant singers, good dancers, lovely costumes - but the choice of some of the movies/songs from movies was a bit strange and definitely geared to an American market (Barbara Streisand a couple of times). I mean, how can you have movie theme tunes without at least one James Bond??!! The not so good: our head waiter Rolly - complete waste of space. I never saw him actually do anything resembling work and resented having to give him the prepaid grauity, which I'd much rather have given to Marianna or Fadla. Extortionate prices - $22 in the Champagne Bar for a glass of ordinary Merlot which would retail for about £5/bottle here. Charging extra for an after-dinner capuccino (or espresso or any coffee except plain old filter coffee) in the MDR. Charging $10-15 for shuttle buses travelling a distance that takes 10 minutes at a steady walk. Charging the same price for children as for adults for almost everything. Charging $16 for 3 bingo cards. Charging ridiculour prices for goods in the shops - towards the end of the cruise they started selling stuff off from tables set out on the Royal Promenade. My daughter bought a lovel satin clutch bag for $10 (previously about $30) and a watch for her brother for the same price (previously about $50). Jewellery sets (watch, necklace, bracelet and/or earrings) originally priced at nearly $100 were being sold for $29.95. You really get the feeling the RCI is trying to make as much money as possible on drinks, tours and any extras it can get away with. It was also noticeable that many of the talks/demonstrations incurred an extra charge and were primarily designed to get you to spend money on drink or other products, not simply to provide information/entertainment. Another not so good was RCI staff giving conflicting directions and info. when getting on and off the ship at ports. I got a bit fed up of being told to "use both lines" to check out using the SeaPass card, and then being told by s.o. else I could only use the line on the right or left. Not a major thing but irritating when it happens day after day. Oh - and having a camera poked in your face or being physically grabbed and pulled aside to have a photo taken every time you disembarked - not on. The OK - some of the entertainment was a bit so-so or cheesy - you get the feeling some of the staff were suffering from passenger fatigue. Final disembarkation at Venice was mostly smooth and efficient, but ironically, despite lots of warnings from RCI about not getting to Marco Polo airport too early because of overcrowding, we were kicked off the ship by 10.00 am and spent nearly 4 hours at a chaotic, packed airport. Ports:I really liked our first port of call - Koper. Not a massive amount to do in town, but it is very unspoiled and the people are really friendly. Buy an incecream from the little shop on the main street leading out the far side of Tito square - delicious! It really is only 5 minutes walk from the ship into town, and our departure was a real event - what seemed like half the town turned out to line the promenade and watch. You do have to get a shuttle bus or some other form of transport to get from the docks to Ravenna centre - it's a good 20-30 minutes by bus. Much of the old town is pedestrianised and most people get around on bicycles. The majority are courteous, but some are quite happy to play "mow down the tourist". Quite a few places closed up around lunchtime, from around 12.30. The National Museum is not open on Mondays, the day the ship is in port. If you buy the combined ticket for the various sites where you can see the famous mosaics (around EUR 9) it means an awful ot of walking, from one side of town to the other - a bit much in 30 degrees of heat, and you're not allowed to take photographs of them. Still, overall - fantastic holiday. Would like to cruise with P&O or another line for comparison. Daughter is now a cruise junkie, we got back Saturday evening and on Sunday she was reading the cruise section in the Sunday paper!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We just returned from a 6 day cruise on the Voyager. We had previously sailed on the Grandeur of the Sea, and the Holiday on Carnival. This was our first European cruise. All in all it was a great cruise. The Voyager is huge, but is laid ... Read More
We just returned from a 6 day cruise on the Voyager. We had previously sailed on the Grandeur of the Sea, and the Holiday on Carnival. This was our first European cruise. All in all it was a great cruise. The Voyager is huge, but is laid out well and pretty easily managed. I walked so much and took so many stairs (not a fan of elevators), that I didn't gain any weight, even though I ate very, very well. Stateroom: Clean, large and well laid out. Tons of storage. The balcony was nice (our first), and offered great views of Venice when we arrived back into port at 5:00 in the morning. Comfortable bed and linens. The Ship: Very large. Clean and well maintained. Showing her age a little, but still a beautiful ship. The promenade was cool, and offered a large indoor gathering place for activities. Several pools, with lots of deck space. There could be more "shade" areas, for those of us who don't enjoy baking in the sun. All sorts of things to do, but we didn't have time to partake in many of them. Dining: We chose my time dining (our first time), and found it really convenient. After checking the daily schedule, we made a dinner reservation every morning. Some nights we ate at our own table, some nights we requested the group table. Met some nice Brits at dinner, and enjoyed the flexibility of my time dining. The food was flawless, really great. No lobster, midnight buffet, or chocolate buffet though, we missed them all. We ate lunches and a few breakfasts in the Windjammer. Decent food, with a lot of variety, but I am just not a fan of buffets or the Windjammer. Loud, always a little messy, and I have to say many Europeans (which were the majority of the cruisers on this ship), can be a little pushy and don't really know how to form a line (lots of cutting the line.) Eat in the dining room whenever able. Wine and drinks are very expensive. Entertainment: Top notch. Enjoyed all the shows. Ice show was great, don't miss it. The Beatles tribute band was amazing. Broadway type shows also were super. The cruise director, Mercedes, is a hoot and very entertaining. Port: Venice is a difficult city to navigate. We paid 35 euro to take a cab from Mestre to the port (10 minute drive), since we had my elderly mother in law with us. It wasn't clearly marked and we got dropped off at the wrong port, and ended up dragging our luggage anyway to two different spots, before we found RCC. Once there embarkation was easy. Overall: A great time. A European cruise is very different than one in the Caribbean, we didn't meet as many people because of the language barrier, a few Brits, who we really enjoyed, but it wasn't as "friendly" as past cruises. The Adriatic is beautiful and calm as ice. It was hot as blazes the week we were there, but thankfully the humidity level was not that of Michigan. We enjoyed seeing the east coast of Italy (since we stayed an extra week to tour the "big" spots), and Croatia and Slovenia are beautiful. Not sure I would cruise out of Venice again, as it was just very difficult to figure out. Upon arrival after the cruise my husband went to pick up the rental car (that we had reserved 3 months earlier), only to find there were no cars. My mother in law and I waited for more than 3 hours for him to return, at the port, while he was driven back to north Mestre to "find" a car for him. It was a little disconcerting since we had no way to contact each other, and I got no help from the folks at RCC. Plan to be flexible and go with the flow when in Italy, as they do things there own way, in there own time...but completely enjoyed the whole trip, and would go back in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Background Information First Cruise. We booked it because it was a really good price and included flights from scotland. Ship Info Voyager of the Seas. We thought the ship was great. There's loads to do, particularly during the ... Read More
Background Information First Cruise. We booked it because it was a really good price and included flights from scotland. Ship Info Voyager of the Seas. We thought the ship was great. There's loads to do, particularly during the day, and we never had a problem finding a sun bed. Activities We liked the rock wall, ice skating and swimming pools. The inside solarium pool was lovely and quiet - we had it to ourselves at one point. Service All the staff we came into contact with on the boat were excellent. Port & Shore Excursions These were very expensive. We did our own excursions, and used the ships shuttle bus service where we couldn't walk into the port itself. Most of the ports were easy enough to DIY, plus we don't like walking tours etc where you can't spend more or less time on things that interest you Travel To Port of Embarkation We had 'free' flights from edinburgh, which were with jet2. Most of the plane appeared to be going on the same cruise, so not sure why seats couldn't have been allocated earlier on, rather than at the gate. Embarkation was chaotic, and we were told 3 different things by 3 different staff - they didn't seem to know where we had to go, we were told to join a long line, which it turns out we didn't need to be in. Plus it was about 35 degrees, so a lot of not very happy people! Got it sorted out though, and was just a minor issue really. There was complimetary drinks and cookies in the actual boarding area. Stateroom Perfectly acceptable - similar standard to a nice travel lodge I would say. Bathroom small, but functional. Room service was great :) Dining We ate in the main dining room each night except one where we ate in the windjammer. The waiters wer excellent, very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. I ordered a main course then didn't like it, the waiter noticed I wasn't eating much and came to see if I would like something else instead. We did my time dining, and made a reservation at the time we wanted the night before, and we never had to wait for our table for 2. Not so keen on main dining room for breakfast and lunch, as it was all large tables and you had to wait for everyone's food etc, so we did the windjammer/room service for breakfast, and windjammer for lunch. It was busy at peak times, but the staff were constantly cleaning etc. We thought the quality and variety of food was very good,so didn't feel the need to use the speciality restaurants. Entertainment Ice show was excellent! Broadway style show was ok, but not a patch on professional shows in the UK. There were some quite good musicians in some of the bars. Disembarkation Went relatively smoothly. Venice airport for the packaged flight was a bit of a joke and was very badly organised. I'd organise my own flights and transfers next time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We arrived early into Venice and lazily took a taxi to the port which cost us just short of 50 euros. We could have got the bus which would have been a fraction of the cost, but more of this later. We were relieved to be able to ... Read More
We arrived early into Venice and lazily took a taxi to the port which cost us just short of 50 euros. We could have got the bus which would have been a fraction of the cost, but more of this later. We were relieved to be able to board at 11.30, and the whole boarding process was very smooth. TIP 1. Cabins were not available until 1pm so take a carry-on bag with essentials, swim wear etc. and you can happily relax by the pool. The Windjammer buffet restaurant was also open, serving a range of good quality food in cafeteria style. TIP 2 check your mini bar - on day 2 we discovered previous occupants had sneakily put empty cans and bottles back in, which we got charged for (although we got the charge removed without hassle) Thankfully the first night was casual, and here is TIP 3 do NOT bother packing anything semi-formal as there were only 2 styles of dress - casual and formal. There were 2 formal night and generally people made the effort but more in the style of cocktail/maxi frocks and lounge suits - a smattering of tuxedos. It was not as formal as our experience of P&O. We were booked into the 9.30 dinner sitting (we didn't have much choice) this means you will still be eating at 11pm so be warned. The first stop was Koper - a friendly and charming town. We stuck to the old town and just wandered. And TIP 4 do not book a transfer - it took 5 mins to walk. Next stop - Ravenna. TIP 5 we couldn't bear the queue for the shuttle bus so we took a taxi which was 20 euros each way compared to 14.95 per head on the bus. BUT if there are 4 of you - do the maths! Once we had mastered the map it was quite easy to navigate around the historic sites, mosaics etc. so I wouldn't spend loads on a tour. Bari - a quant old town easily reached on foot or via various other independent means/tours available outside the port inc bikes, rickshaws, tourist trains and hop on bus. TIP 6 do NOT book the shuttle - a total rip off. TIP 7 - you will get lots of pressure to book the ice show for Tuesday night (which is worth going to) but there are more shows on the day at sea - wish we had known that. Dubrovnik - we took a taxi for a reasonable 10 euros each way. TIP 8 you don't need local currency as all the shops I the old town take euros. The exception to this is the walk around the walls but you can pay by credit card at the office near the Pile Gate. TIP 9 The walk is worth doing as long as you are fit enough for lots of steps - the view is amazing but please don't spend loads on the official excursion! - There are lots of boat trips on offer too that are good value for money and a pleasant way to spend 45 mins or so. Dubrovnik is a beauty! Sat - Venice, an amazing place and everything you've seen or read about it is true except that it doesn't smell!! Now then, TIP 9 getting around Venice is easy and walkable. There is a mini train (people mover) from the port to the main gateway into and out of the city - the Piazzale Roma for a couple of euros but it is a bit of a walk from the ship and for 10 mins more you can skip the train altogether and just keep walking to the Piazzale. From there you can get a Vaporetto etc. - get a day pass if you're going to use a lot. There is also the option of a boat direct to San Marco or the ship's shuttle. TIP 10 - if you want to visit the Basilica in San Marco you have to get there early or very late the queue was long at 10am! Same for the Doges Palace but you can be clever and pre-buy tickets online and walk straight in or you can cross to far corner of the square and buy your ticket at the Museo Correr which gives you access to the Palace as well! TIP 11 - we found a lovely little (and friendly) reasonably priced restaurant right next to the Arsenale - Da Paulo. Also stumbled on a little cafe overlooking Venice from the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore. Nothing special food wise but drinks were so cheap for Venice and what a view! Going home - disembarkation was pretty smooth albeit with a definite sense of wanting us off ASAP! TIP 12 We had a really late flight so we checked our bags into the left luggage office in Piazzale Roma. (you can also do so at the cruise terminal but it shuts at 5pm). We had paid extra on our Vaporetto ticket for the airport. The bus went from stop 5 at the Roma - but allow half an hour for the journey as it stops. I think there may be an alternative direct bus. Final TIP - having said all this, everything we did meant lots of walking and Venice in particular was so hot that it was at times hard going. If you aren't too fit or just want be looked after all the way - do the trips! As for the ship itself, well it was good value and I have no substantial complaints. The food was good, the restaurant impressive, the entertainment excellent. The staff are just generally less friendly and less keen to please (except for the restaurant staff who are effusive and work for tips!") than our experience on P&O. The cabins are spacious but old fashioned. The drinks are really expensive, but you can get free ice cream and iced drinks, tea and coffee most of the day. All in all a great week. Enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
After having been on cruise with Royal Caribbean before we were looking forward to the same quality of service.Unfortunately although the ship and all the facilities on board were excellent the prices for everything else were ... Read More
After having been on cruise with Royal Caribbean before we were looking forward to the same quality of service.Unfortunately although the ship and all the facilities on board were excellent the prices for everything else were extortionate.We had wine in restaurant one evening a bottle of red costing $28 and a bottle of white $42 dollars plus some water. We thought the prices were high but when we received the bill 15% service charge had been added bring the cost to $90! Another example is when you want to get into town at a port. There is no information about local facilities just RCI's shuttle service which typically cost $14 or more.Although the many photographers are mildly annoying we decided to have some formal photos taken, however when we went to buy them they couldn't find them and it was too late to have them retaken.I do think although the standard of the ship and facilities is still good there is an overwhelming feeling that RCI are trying sell you overpriced items at every opportunity.We were planning to use RCI for a trip to China and the Far East but have decide to go with Princess Cruises instead. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
A great deal has already been written about the Adriatic Cruise aboard the Voyager of the Seas from Venice. We agree with all of the port information and hints provided by our fellow Critics. We found the transfer from Venice ... Read More
A great deal has already been written about the Adriatic Cruise aboard the Voyager of the Seas from Venice. We agree with all of the port information and hints provided by our fellow Critics. We found the transfer from Venice Marco-Polo to the VOS to be very easy and inexpensive! Catch the Aero-Bus at Euro 1.20 to the Venice Bus Terminal and subsequently pay 1 Euro for the People Mover from the Bus Station to the Cruise Terminal (1st Stop) It is true that the checkin process is split between the bag drop building and the check-in area however, we did not encounter any significant delay and found ourselves aboard the VOS within .30mins from arrival at the port of Venice. We met up with our fellow Cruise Critics on departure from Venice and kept in touch during the week which was very nice. The Cruise Critic meeting was on Thursday (only sea day) Chris the Activities Manager hosted the meeting, none of the Officers participated which was disappointing. RAVENNA would be the only stop that we would consider as not worth going to see downtown. You need to take a taxi (4 of us, it was cheaper a taxi than the RCI Coach transfer) the travel time is approx 20mins. Next to the cruise ship dock you will find a beautiful beach and a small town. If we were to visit again, we would have walked into the town and spent the day on the beach! - Nothing worth seeing downtown in our opinion. DUBROVNIK is a gem however, it is a VERY LONG WALK and we recommend a taxi (10Euro) which takes 10mins to the Old Town from the Port, the RCI transfers are more expensive. As for the Voyager of the Seas - We read several of the reviews on Cruise Critic but have to say that we found the decor of the ship to be quite tidy, so do not worry or think that you are about to embark upon a "Rust Bucket!" Our last cruise was aboard the Oasis of the Seas which cost a fortune and overall was disappointing and totally overated!! - We would not travel on the OASIS again. Not so the Voyager of the Seas!! We noted that the crew worked very hard, service was good, the ship is very clean, and we enjoyed some of the best quality food from RCI for sometime. We ate in the Dining Room and Windjammer, both provided excellent choices, the quality and presentation of the food was very good. In the Dining Room we were seated with a family of fellow-Critics!! We received very good service from Anthony and Ursula and I am delighted to add that for once, our Head Waiter worked very hard and was very attentative too. Several reports on Cruise Critic have panned "Merecedes" the Cruise Director. In our opinion, Mercedes is very polite, not 'Over The Top!' she works very hard (albeit that she is not as visual as some Cruise Directors.) We enjoyed all of the activities that the Cruise Directors Team prepared including the Masked Ball on the last night of the cruise. The entertainment was also good. The highlight ofcourse is the Ice Show (FANTASTIC!!) in the Theatre we enjoyed Frankie Valley (East Coast Boys)and could have listened to them all night! The Shadow Dancers on the last night of the cruise turned out to be VERY CLEVER (so don't miss it!)however, the start of their show is "I'm BORED, lets go!" so stick around, don't leave... they improve!!! As for the RCI Singers and Dancers, they were good too however, the performances are based upon songs that the majority of the audience have never heard of and are out of date. Subsquently, people get up in the middle of the performance and walk out which is such a shame for the S+D Team. Sing and Dance to modern songs and themes and you will have the Audience on their feet!!! We enjoyed Elton John too, he looks like him, acts like him, but DOES NOT SING LIKE HIM! Our Cabin Attendent was Carlos (Deck 2) and he did a fantastic job. I cannot recall a cabin smelling so "clean" each day upon our return from port. Towels were lined up, a Monkey, Elephant, etc.. every night as a surpise, probably the best CA we have had (OASIS of the SEAS was shocking!) Trips are expensive and there were not many takers. Drop the price RCI, people will participate! Drinks - We dont drink however, the prices that I observed did seem a little high for a glass of wine with dinner, a bottle was in the region of $50 for a low end wine which is a little excessive. My only complaints would be the following: Internet - VERY SLOW, VERY EXPENSIVE - Not value for money and in my opinion lots of POOR EXCUSES from RCI as to why the internet was so slow etc. If I can fly at +30,000ft and receive high speed internet on an aircraft, I see no reason why the Voyager of the Seas cannot provide a similar level of service when docked in port! RCI, if you are going to charge a considerable fee and make LOTS OF MONEY!! then the least you can do is provide a quality service to your Guests. Our only other 'niggle' was the Captain!! - What a misery, no personality, he should retire at the earliest possible opportunity. Accordingly (and he constantly reminds you...) he is "the longest serving Captain in RCI." He looks fed up with cruising, such a shame... the only member of the crew that in our opinion DID NOT try to please his Guests! Apart from the above "niggles" the weather was fantastic, crew overall were outstanding, lots to do and see... A great Cruise and a most enjoyable holiday! DUNKINDONUT Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Voyager of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates N/A 4.2

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