31 Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas Spring Break Cruise Reviews

Me (aged 11)went on a cruise into the middle of nowhere with my family. This was our second time doing that but not on that cruise line, and I have to say that I still had a terrific time but sadly the food there was terrible. On our ... Read More
Me (aged 11)went on a cruise into the middle of nowhere with my family. This was our second time doing that but not on that cruise line, and I have to say that I still had a terrific time but sadly the food there was terrible. On our day of arrival I had a desert in the Dining Room, that was really nice. The next day I wasn’t feeling too good but I’ll get to that part later. Anyway, my Mum got me some pancakes and a donut. When you think of a pancake chewy wouldn’t be the first word that comes to mind, not only that but it was dry and crumbly. It was the same with the donut. So I had one bite of both of those things and then instantly I decided that I wouldn’t have anymore of it because I didn’t like it so then I instantly went for the fruit. Most of our dinners were fantastic but on our last night, we went to Giovanni’s Table. Our waiter was lovely but it took a long time for our food to come out. It took an hour and a half. Not only that but my pasta wasn’t very cooked and had been sitting out for a very long time. My Mum and Dad’s food not only looked disgusting, it was disgusting! Then we saw the Maître D shout at another table. It was not the kind of behaviour that should be put up with. They then had a lighting issue where the lights would dim down and then lighten back up again which was deeply annoying! When we left my Dad gave him a stern talking to witch he absolutely deserved. Basically, what I was trying to say is that, cruise was amazing, food wasn’t so good and definitely do not go to Giovanni’s Table. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We are loyal RC cruisers with 12 cruises under our belt and are Diamond Plus members. In 2019 we decided to try out Celebrity and were very much looking forward to going back to an enjoyable RC cruise again. We had been on the Voyager ... Read More
We are loyal RC cruisers with 12 cruises under our belt and are Diamond Plus members. In 2019 we decided to try out Celebrity and were very much looking forward to going back to an enjoyable RC cruise again. We had been on the Voyager twice before. Nothing could have prepared us for what was ahead. Our embarkation was very smooth and very excited to have some lunch before going to our Junior Suite. It was all downhill from there... We could not find anywhere to sit in the Windjammer so went to the Dining room to book My Time Dining for dinner only to find that we were moved to Deck 3 instead of Deck 5 as there are too many my time diners to cater for. Then we find that the Diamond Lounge had moved to a small room on Deck 5 with a porthole looking out on a lifeboat from a previously spacious room with views on Deck 14 which is now reserved for guests who PAY their way into it by buying a Suite. Not to mention that the popular Johnny Rockets has been eliminated to make way for "extra cabins" (ie: more money) which means more people crowded into Windjammer!!! There is now no point in being loyal to RC because they have removed the benefits. RC has now made it possible to buy your way in without being loyal!! The Ship, Cabin, Dining, Entertainment, Service, Ports and Shore Excursions are still the same, they are good, although the activities have plenty of room for improvement now. We are empty nesters and don't find children a problem when we cruise as the children's program appears to be very good. We are not sure what to do about our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The itinerary: Singapore, 4 Vietnam ports and Hong Kong was great. Just enough days at sea to relax as well. Boat itself: I find all these boats tacky so I won’t comment on the looks. Now the rooms were fine, pool, exercise facilities ... Read More
The itinerary: Singapore, 4 Vietnam ports and Hong Kong was great. Just enough days at sea to relax as well. Boat itself: I find all these boats tacky so I won’t comment on the looks. Now the rooms were fine, pool, exercise facilities and restaurant were just fine. Linens could be replaced and frankly did not particularly like the stains on the tablecloths. Service: again all ok. Not specially impressed. Some of the rudeness we felt we experienced was more cultural and lack of language skills. The excursion staff definitely needs improvement and I would skip altogether next time. Their overview of the ports of call and excursion was particularly appalling. Young rude personnel. Activities: they tried hard. We enjoyed the fitness center, sauna, steam room, rock climbing, skating and a couple of shows. We were never bored. Pool side activities were fun. Food: ok bit main dining not at par with other cruises. Windjammer cafe had better food. We had some bad dinners so we switched mid cruise and the windjammer was just fine. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I chose this cruise just to get away for a week break; i enjoyed the trip very much, i have travelled on this boat a year earlier & found it to be a bit noisy but some people like that bustle, however the trade-0ff is the entertainment ... Read More
I chose this cruise just to get away for a week break; i enjoyed the trip very much, i have travelled on this boat a year earlier & found it to be a bit noisy but some people like that bustle, however the trade-0ff is the entertainment was excellent, the ice-show is brillant, i cant say much higher praise than that, the shows in the theatre were great & the musos around the boat were very good. The drinks are very expensive so be wary of that & priced in USD; the tv in the room is limited in content; the meals in dining room were excellent by my yardstick, the Windjammer offer plenty of variety. If you go excursions book before sailing as there are limited options at Airlie beach & a tender is needed so book & get off the boat early. We had an inside cabin towards the back of boat, this is good for a week but try for a window would be better as there are just the 2 port days. The staff are very helpful & do a very good job. Most people regrettably left the boat wishing they had a few more days onboard, i think 12-14 days is better than 8. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Needed a short break & this fit the bill; I rate RC very highly, we have cruised 4x in last few years with RC & never disappointed. Meals & food were excellent, breakfast in restaurant fruit, salmon benedict washed down ... Read More
Needed a short break & this fit the bill; I rate RC very highly, we have cruised 4x in last few years with RC & never disappointed. Meals & food were excellent, breakfast in restaurant fruit, salmon benedict washed down with brewed coffee a good reason to get out of bed. Dinner was very good, most nights salmon with sides, staff were excellent, very attentive & looked like they wanted to be there. Embarkation was very good, we had a Platinum card which gives a jump on the long que. The entertainment was excellent, the hypnotist St James put on a great show, the ships orchestra & singers dancers were very dood. The ice revue was a standout show, it really made the cruise, 2 shows both excellent. The enrichment was ok, talks on the bushranger Ben Hall by a presenter sympathetic to the bushranger. The itenary is ok, Brisbane is another city, Airlie beach you need to book well ahead as 3000+ people land in a small town with limited excursions. Reports on the state of the reef vary & I did not talk to anyone who went out on the reef platform for a dive or snorkel. We had an inside cabin which is ok for 8 days, it came with a promotional fare, value for money is was great. Would i cruise with RC again ? for sure. How big a boat i dont know, VOS is about 4000 inc. crew a big boat at about 120k tonnes, it can get a bit noisy but is great for familys. I am keen to get on Radiance but it is very popular & the best value for dollars are on the bigger Ovation etc. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We have sailed on this Ship before and enjoyed it very much. The start of our Cruise was a nightmare we waited forever to get on board then one of our suitcases was not delivered to our cabin and was held because we had a opened bottle of ... Read More
We have sailed on this Ship before and enjoyed it very much. The start of our Cruise was a nightmare we waited forever to get on board then one of our suitcases was not delivered to our cabin and was held because we had a opened bottle of Gran Marnia which they took of us we were not impressed as we spent 5 days in Singapore and thought we could bring it with us, while checking our bag a luggage trolley slammed into my husbands back so I think it is important that you put breaks on these trolleys it took so long for all this very upsetting day and we missed everything that night including the show. The breakfast next morning was hard to find something decent the boiled eggs were green, the bacon was all fat, scrambled eggs I am sure we're powdered and un eatable, the yogurt yuk. Some of the entertainment was crap especially the late show I don't know where you got him from, the restaurant food was fine except for most of the meat very grissely. I think the drinks could be cheaper. The cabin boys are wonderful. The photos are too expensive. The tours are much to expensive. As for getting a seat near the pool it's impossible because people posses them all day even if they don't use them. I do miss the chocolate on my pillow. I do miss a inside movie theatre. Some movies on TV would be nice. Apart from all this because we love cruising we still had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
To see Asia, first time cruising with Royal Caribbean and last, never again. Food - just about edible. Drinks - quick to sell the drinks package, twice we wanted Peronia and Stella, none in Pig & Whistle, or Windjammer on two ... Read More
To see Asia, first time cruising with Royal Caribbean and last, never again. Food - just about edible. Drinks - quick to sell the drinks package, twice we wanted Peronia and Stella, none in Pig & Whistle, or Windjammer on two occasions, didn’t even have a diet coke in the Windjammer. Entertainment - Rubbish what there was of it, very amateurish. Not adapted to dining times. Excursions - Very poor. Vung Tau left in a mall for an hour, in a designer shop. Cabin - only good thing about it, kept spotlessly clean by Jaya our steward. Many people said they had sailed previously on the Voyager of the Seas and this was the worsted standard of food they had ever had. We had eggs benedict in the restaurant, for breakfast, served stone cold. Sent it back and complained. Service in restaurants, very slow. You mostly had to go to the bar yourself if you wanted a drink, lack of staff in bars. Trivia Quizzes, squashed into the Schooner bar. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Initially we saw the Tailor Made promotion, and it seemed a good price for the package. Unfortunately there were snags. We were offered the option of returning by indirect flights from singapore to Hong Kong, and from there back to UK, ... Read More
Initially we saw the Tailor Made promotion, and it seemed a good price for the package. Unfortunately there were snags. We were offered the option of returning by indirect flights from singapore to Hong Kong, and from there back to UK, as the original flight was a lot earlier, meaning a rush to disembark and get to the aitport.We had upgraded our outward flight, which would have given an increased baggage allowance on BA. When we asked about doing the same for the last leg home, we were refused, because our flight was not direct from Singapore. BA said we could upgrade, but had to do it through the travel agent, (cruises.co.uk).It appeared the flights were controlled by Travel 2, so we left it We then found out that if we took another case, we had to pay the shuttle service carrier, as only one bag per person was allowed. That also applied to the shuttle from hotel to ship and from ship to airport at Singapore, and the 3 vouchers we were sent would have cost over £200.00. We decided to take the one case each. Althoiugh we had booked 13 months in advance, we didn't get our cabin upgraded,as often happens. Instead of twin beds we had a double, and the stateroom was meant for a family as there were compartments in the ceiling for 2 bunks. There was just room to walk between bed and walls. first sitting in the main dining room was at 5.30pm, considerably earlier than usual. our table (for 6) was small so everyone sat close to each other. The meals were mostly protein, with very small amounts of vegetables, 2 pieces of carrot and one piece of broccoli. We had to ask for more. After 3 nights we tried eating in the Windjammer,buffet style. There was a greater choice; however, most of it was barely warm, and the vegetables were hardly cooked. Some of the shows were quite good, the best being done by The Blades, ice skaters. We didn't use the sports activities, and trivia games took place in most public areas. One or two "talks" turned out to be marketting ploys, and not the informative subject advertised.in fact royal Caribbean seemed to thrust selling at every opportunity. There were crew walking round tables in the Windjammer advertising the paying restaurants. When you consider the cost of the meals were included in the price paid for the whole trip, an added cost of $30 to dine in another restaurant made it an extremely expensive meal!! Anyone taking their travel iron with them had it confiscated for the duration of the cruise, only picking it up again when disembarking. Laundry prices were high,and an "offer" didn't include ironing,that was charged extra. Everyone had to sign a health form to say they did not have any colds over the previous 5 days to sailing, but we and many others caught colds while on board and the Medical centre must have done a roaring trade.My bill was over $240 People were encouraged to choose taking their luggage off ship themselves,and were off the ship before 8.30 am. The arrivals hall was packed with people waiting to be transferred to the airport,until their designated time. The crew attending to guests in the lounges, dining places and everywhere on board were all excellent. The cruise director,Jamie Fentiman, was always about; he put people at their ease,generally playing a jovial clown, which made guests feel relaxed.I'd have liked to hear him sing more than the couple of times he did, as he had a very pleasant singing voice. It could not have been easy to be happy and smiling at all times, but he certainly did. Royal Caribbean caters for the American customer, and we will not be using them in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Voyager of the seas - 11 night South Pacific cruise Overall experience : Very disappointing We paid a premium for an Owners suite on deck 10, and while the suite was large and very comfortable the downside is that it's directly ... Read More
Voyager of the seas - 11 night South Pacific cruise Overall experience : Very disappointing We paid a premium for an Owners suite on deck 10, and while the suite was large and very comfortable the downside is that it's directly below the pool area where the deck chairs are scraped around at all hours of the night and day, and the noise is quite intrusive. To make matters worse on two evenings there was a "pool party" and at 10pm the noise starts. It seems that some idiot had decided that "dancing under the stars till midnight" would be a good idea, but not for those on deck ten, which causes the whole cabin to vibrate. Say goodbye to sleep? I feel really sorry for those parents with young children who are trying to get them to sleep!! On 2 occasions the toilet system blocked so we had no flushing toilet for about 5 hours on both occasions. Additionally, it struck us as strange that there was no drinking water in our cabin. When we checked in there was a couple of bottles in the fridge, but these were never replaced, and the tap water tasted foul. Food was mediocre and try as they might, even with heated plates, because there is only one main kitchen on the ship, the meals are often only just warm. Staff - great. No complaints. Best part of the trip was the the staff. Security - Security on board was very good, however the adjoining doors between our suite and the next cabin were left unlocked not once, but twice, so both our security and that of our neighbours was compromised. Costs. Drinks at any bar will break the bank. A gin and tonic and a glass of "champagne" was almost $20US and the ships shore excursions are ridiculously priced!! There will be many passengers who will be seriously out of pocket when they see their final shipboard bill!! Itinerary - Our trip took us to the Isle of Pines, Lautoka, Mystery Island and Noumea. The Isle of Pines was very pretty, boasting a tiny village, pretty beaches and crystal clear water. Lautoka was a grubby third world slum with no redeeming features whatsoever. The flower gardens below the sleeping giant were pretty and the nearby mud pools were muddy, but were they worth getting off the ship for?? Mystery Island. - it's a mystery why they even took us there. We have pristine beaches in Australia. Our final port of call was Noumea which was quite a picturesque town, so we decided to use the hop-on / hop-off bus to take us to our chosen places of interest, only to find that after we'd paid and boarded the bus, the morning markets, the aquarium and the museum were all closed. What a letdown. A ship carrying almost 4000 passengers arrives and they can't open a tourist attraction for them!! In summary - we had 10 full days on board, 6 of which were at sea, and the 4 stops really weren't worth the effort. Thank God the weather was kind to us!! Would we book another Royal Caribbean South Pacific cruise?? Short answer - No!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
• We would like to see bad sheet change every 4 days not 7! • Table tennis area windy, some digital timer to be on the game for each machine to be fare. • Main dinner restaurant need more verity food no much choice did not ... Read More
• We would like to see bad sheet change every 4 days not 7! • Table tennis area windy, some digital timer to be on the game for each machine to be fare. • Main dinner restaurant need more verity food no much choice did not bidder to use it. • Would like to see some Turkish food in Windjammer café or in restaurant • Urgent rules for spa /sauna area, Eg before and after spa entry must have a shower. Peoples enter the spa after the Gym with sweaty body, • Breakfast in main dinner room take to long, must be buffy style. • The workers very tight, need 1 day rest 12hrs 7days 7 months they are human not machine! • The pool area very wrong designed, pool size to small for amount of peoples in the ship 3000.Can’t see the big screen because of spa cover. • Shore excursion on the ship very expansive did not use it. • The pool area very slippery when wet foore need to be slip prove. • More verity cheese need it for breakfast, Mediterranean style • In the shower need seat for elderly peoples. • 10/10 Windjammer café, enjoy flower ride ,rock climbing t/tennis, basketball area Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I have heard so much about cruises that I must take another one since the 60s. This is indeed an excellent surprise. The staff were all very courteous and diligent in their work. I was impressed by the dinning room service which was ... Read More
I have heard so much about cruises that I must take another one since the 60s. This is indeed an excellent surprise. The staff were all very courteous and diligent in their work. I was impressed by the dinning room service which was more than excellent. The drink waiter, Budi was very good and the food waiter Simi was always courteous in his service. The cabin twice a day service was excellent. The entertainment were of a variety and of different level from the big orchestra to the duet by Tony and Diana, entertaining in the concert hall, dance room and on the main alley way. Entertainment were for the children, family and the adults. The service overall was excellent by all levels of the service sector. The port and shore excursions was well organized and directions were very clear. Voyager of the Seas is an excellent ship, very majestic yet very well designed for the leisure and enjoinment of its passengers. I wont hesitate in recommending any intending passengers to give Voyager of the Seas a trial. Peter Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was my first time on a cruise, and after reading the reviews my expectations were rock bottom. However once aboard the ship all my expectations were exceeded, even the room was bigger than I had anticipated! There was a variety of ... Read More
This was my first time on a cruise, and after reading the reviews my expectations were rock bottom. However once aboard the ship all my expectations were exceeded, even the room was bigger than I had anticipated! There was a variety of food available, from the the buffet which offered a variety of food everyday to the five star dining experience at the sapphire restaurant, and even to the little cafe promenade offering little snacks (all included in the fare!). The service on the boat was incredible, the stateroom attendant always exceeded expectations and all the staff greet the passengers with warm smiles. Although we didn't participate in the activities that were offered, the amount of shows and things there were to do was phenomenal. The facilities on board were wonderful, from the gym to the pools. The entire ten days were thoroughly planned, to ensure there was always things for everyone. The days we left the boat on the island were enjoyable, and very well organised, especially with transport to the city. The highlight of the trip for me was the people on board. There were many passengers a similar age that made it an exceptional experience, especially at night. Overall it was an unforgettable experience. :) Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Hi, We just got back from this cruise.We have been on Voyager before (May 2015) so were used to it. I must say that the quality of entertainment was awesome unlike the May cruise. Cruise director was awesome and very motivated. ... Read More
Hi, We just got back from this cruise.We have been on Voyager before (May 2015) so were used to it. I must say that the quality of entertainment was awesome unlike the May cruise. Cruise director was awesome and very motivated. Production shows were beyond expectation. The husband - wife team of singing impressionists was just below average especially the wife was pathetic. His show was an exact replica of the May show. Rest of the entertainers was superb. Ice skating was simply out of the world. Food was disappointing and seemed limited in terms of choices again in comparison to the May cruise. There was hardly much choice for vegetarian people. They tried to help as much as they could but didn't walk any extra mile like they did in May. Resources in the cruiseship like elevators etc were pretty annoying in terms of waiting time etc. I somehow feel that they could have added more ports to the itinerary. We had too many days at sea. We are loyal to Royal and this was our 6th RCCL cruise. We had a deluxe balcony on the 8th floor - port side and loved the room. We travelled with our 4 year old and he loved the kids program. We didn't buy shore excursions from them as they are expensive. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We did a back on back, so cruised for 20 days. Tasmania, Pacific Islands and New Zealand. The upgrades that have been done are excellent, especially the Flow Rider. Good entertainment for all and wonderful caring staff. This was our ... Read More
We did a back on back, so cruised for 20 days. Tasmania, Pacific Islands and New Zealand. The upgrades that have been done are excellent, especially the Flow Rider. Good entertainment for all and wonderful caring staff. This was our third cruise on this ship and we have no complaints. Ice shows were excellent, Main productions were good, Comedy was good. Food was good as usual, no excuse with the selections available If you get to Diamond, you will see the next level of service. Just excellent service and extremely helpful and professional staff. So its really worth it to stay Loyal to Royal. It was that good that we have booked another cruise on Voyager. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
If you know the difference between Machiavelli and McDonalds, between France Soir and Hog's Breath, between the Park Hyatt and the Holiday Inn....... then this is NOT the cruise for you. Booked a year in advance. Dreamed and ... Read More
If you know the difference between Machiavelli and McDonalds, between France Soir and Hog's Breath, between the Park Hyatt and the Holiday Inn....... then this is NOT the cruise for you. Booked a year in advance. Dreamed and planned of each minute of the 3 days, not only my first true holiday in 15 years but also my 40th birthday, and the reality was in truth more like a nightmare. Men in their 40s, who got tattoos in the 20s when they had 6 packs, now have kegs and sttttttttrrrrrrrrreeeeettttttccccchhhhhhhed out dragons, tweety birds and naked ladies, consider it acceptable to wander around topless with 2 to 4 drinks in hand throughout the ship. Put a shirt on boys, we don't want to see it and you shouldn't be showing it anywhere outside of the pool or your bedroom, not in public drinking, shopping and dining areas. Crowds and queues, substandard bidvest type food, none of the luxury gourmet experience detailed and promised. The one half way decent meal required an additional payment as it was a specialty restaurant. Given the amount paid for this cruise in a top suite, to not have this included just ended up being insult to injury. Having as mentioned, booking a year in advance, I think we paid the highest rate on the entire ship as we had booked the very first suites (below the single royal suite) on this cruise and had therefore paid absolutely the highest price with no discounts or OBC inclusions or the like that were offered over the next 11 months prior to the cruise. We got NO discernible special treatment despite having booked in an Owner's Suite and in fact had our first nights restaurant reservation cancelled due to a private party despite having booked some weeks (basically when bookings opened) in advance. Given that this booking was to celebrate my 40th birthday, this was not a good start. Cancelled our drink package after day one having not actually been able to get to a bar to order an inclusive drink. Did eventually get a refund. Room service, despite the poor quality, was efficient and crowd free. Room attendance was good. Cabin was very nice and ended up being our sole refuge and one enjoyable aspect of the trip. Expected to spend 20% of our time in there but probably ended up closer to 70% to avoid the incessant crowds. Fortunately it was lovely if a little dated, and requiring better maintenance and cleaning - found a pair of brand new Gucci socks in the packet in the drawer, didn't quite compensate us for the rest of the issues. Binoculars were a nice touch. Basically the cabins are a little like being at the Windsor or the old Hilton on the Park (pre renovation) in Melbourne. You are not getting a Langham, Crown or Park Hyatt Experience here. They are comfortable and functional - but given this was a top suite seemed a little underwhelming. Concierge club was worse than the worst hotel lounge or airport lounge anywhere in the world. The canapes for the evening cocktail hour were put out at the start and were either all taken and not replaced or left to develop bacteria over the next few hours. No replacements no health standards or safety just a plate of nibbles unwrapped and dumped on a counter. Basically if you want to go for a total piss up for 3 days with people that don't have tastebuds and you really like crowds then this is for you. If like us, this sounds like HELL then AVOID and don't waste your money. I know if you can't say something nice you shouldn't say anything at all but I really don't want anyone else who envisaged the romantic and luxurious version of cruising to be fooled/duped/conned/tricked into believing this is it! PS Booked through RACV and not worth the bother, if you really are a sadist or just have to attend a bucks/hens weekend which is all this cruise is good for, then book direct with RC. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We just returned from seven-day Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas. My wife and I (ages 65) took my daughter, her husband and our three grandsons -- ages 14, 12 and 10 on this cruise that left from New Orleans ... Read More
We just returned from seven-day Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas. My wife and I (ages 65) took my daughter, her husband and our three grandsons -- ages 14, 12 and 10 on this cruise that left from New Orleans on March 31, 2012. We chose this cruise because we could drive to New Orleans rather than fly seven people to New Orleans. We had three staterooms -- two balcony staterooms rooms and one inside room for the three boys across the hall from their parents. This was our seventh cruise and our second on RCI - the first RCI cruise having been 24 years ago. We have also cruised on Norwegian, Costa, Renaissance, Oceania and Azamara -- most with European itineraries. Our first RCI cruise and the cruise on Norwegian had similar Caribbean itineraries and the NCL cruise also originated in New Orleans. We took the NCL cruise with our grandchildren in 2009. Voyager of the Seas is a big boat -- especially for us who are more accustomed to smaller, more intimate vessels. However, it worked really well. The staff and crew are fantastic and made us feel that we were on a much smaller boat. Getting on and off were handled very efficiently and with no issues. The food was fantastic -- really it was. I did not expect much and the choices offered were not only good, they included lower calorie fare as well. We chose the My Time Dining option and ate most meals around 8:00 PM in the main dining room. Some nights the boys joined us -- some nights they did not. The wait staff was wonderful and the boys really only went to dinner with us so they could interact with Woravit, our wonderful main waiter. Thanks again Woravit for making dinner such an enjoyable experience! Normally, we have found resort and cruise ship entertainment to be not worth the effort. This was NOT the case with the Voyager of the Seas!! The ice show -- that I reluctantly agreed to go to -- was amazing. The Drifters were great, and the comedic juggler on the final night had us laughing in stiches. The bands, the combos in the bars and the DJs were all over-the-top. This is a very happy cruise crew and it shows in their enthusiasm and professionalism. The kids all had a good time -- the older boys mostly played sports and the youngest did use the kid's club activities. We had pre-booked our own private excursions in the three ports of call so I can't comment on the ship's shore excursions. Same with the spa -- we did not use it. The Voyager of the Seas is a bit tired and could use a cosmetic refit -- especially in the staterooms. Our couch was a bit threadbare in spots but not bad enough to complain about. The bathroom was small but very efficient and there was lots of storage space all through the cabin. The three days at sea did make getting shaded space on deck hard to find and in order to get a spot in the adult pool area you did need to be an early riser. Also, lines for the pool deck barbequed ribs and the soft-serve ice cream machine were a bit too long for my patience level. But, this was a spring break cruise for our grandkids -- not a luxury cruise for us -- and it turned out to be much better than I expected and we had a lot of fun especially for the price! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
After having cruised Princess Cruises 11 times since 2004, my wife and I decided to try Royal Caribbean and take our 3 children, their spouses, and our 9 grandchildren on a Spring Break 2011 cruise out of Galveston, TX. That meant we ... Read More
After having cruised Princess Cruises 11 times since 2004, my wife and I decided to try Royal Caribbean and take our 3 children, their spouses, and our 9 grandchildren on a Spring Break 2011 cruise out of Galveston, TX. That meant we booked all 17 of us on Voyager of the Seas.Our impressions of RC and Voyager of the Seas by the end of the 7-day cruise were very poor. Our advice to others is to avoid the ship and the cruise line, unless you have never cruised another line so that you don't know how much better it can be.Our complaints? Poor maintenance of the ship; no customer focus; very poor service (often times even rude and insulting) by almost any crew member who isn't trying to get a tip from us and this seemed to get worse as you moved up the chain of command on the ship; very poor food quality and selection in the Windjammer buffet; no coin-operated laundry facilities available for passenger use; poor attention to passenger safety and poor information for those going on shore tours; inadequate information during the mandatory muster; limited availability of Wi-Fi, including none in your cabin; incomplete room service orders; and no acknowledgment or response to our complaints.The absolute worst failure by the crew was when a crew member came uninvited into the cabin where our 1 year old and our 3 year old granddaughters were taking their afternoon naps while their mother waited quietly in the adjoining room, scared the two little girls to death, and was in the process of taking one of them out of the cabin when our daughter-in-law opened her cracked door all the way to see why her daughters were screaming. To make matters even worse, Guest Services refused to even discuss their error with us.As a result of our miserable experience, we cancelled a January, 2012 cruise we had previously booked on the Allure of the Seas.If you want to be treated this badly, cruise Royal Caribbean. If you want to be treated like a valued customer, I suggest you cruise Princess, or at least some other cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Bad start, but great time overall. This was our first time out of Galveston and the whole embarkation process was terrible. I think it took us about 2½ hours to get on board. This put us in a bad mood for the first 10 minutes or so on ... Read More
Bad start, but great time overall. This was our first time out of Galveston and the whole embarkation process was terrible. I think it took us about 2½ hours to get on board. This put us in a bad mood for the first 10 minutes or so on the ship, and then we got over it. The only other complaint from the entire cruise is that our toilet didn't work from Sunday night through Monday night. Rumor has it that towels were shoved down some toilets during the Tom Joyner cruise that was the previous week. They were aware of the problem and fixed it, we just tried to use the public restrooms as much as possible that first full day.We had My Time Dining which I had made reservations for 6:45 each night. The first night we showed up, we had the best waiter I've ever had - Harry "Potter" Dugang. He interacted with the kids and did a magic trick for us each night. His assistant waiter, Jay, was also very good. The second night, we requested him but were put at a different table. That waiter was fine, but we really loved Harry. We requested him again the following night but were told the only way they could guarantee him is if we made our reservation for 5:45 or 7:45 so we did that for the rest of the week. Harry took very good care of us, almost reading the kids' minds as to what they wanted each night. The food was good, despite some of the reviews I had read to the contrary, but some of the desserts were of a gelatinous texture. My husband and I booked the wine series dinner at Portofino's and it was fabulous! The food was very good, excellent service, delicious wines (about 6 or 7 glasses each by the time we were done so it was a pretty good value), and a fun group of people to share dinner with. The kids also loved going to the Cafe Promenade for pizza and cokes, getting ice cream by the pool, and having donuts every morning. Room service was also delivered to our room multiple times each day.Our first port was Cozumel and we did the Tulum excursion. It was a long day and the kids were a bit bored with it, but the adults enjoyed it. They don't take you back to the ship afterwards though, but drop you off at the shopping area and you have to pay a taxi to get back. We did more shopping than we wanted as my husband wanted to buy me a stingray charm and once word got out on the street that you were looking for something, they all came out trying to show you what they have. We did stop in a tequila store and got some free samples; she even offered some to our 15 year old daughter.... In Grand Cayman, I had booked a 2-tank shore dive with Eden Rock for my husband and son while my daughter and I went on the excursion to stingray city/snorkeling/beach break. They loved the scuba diving. Stingray city was cool, the snorkeling was okay, the beach break at Tiki Beach along 7 Mile Beach left a bit to be desired. They did feed us there and the food was good and plentiful, but the actual beach was very small and rocky and I cut my foot on a rock. I would not recommend that part of the excursion. In Falmouth, Jamaica, we took the free shuttle bus to the shopping area. It was a nice little ride with the bus driver telling us about the country and the sights along the way. The shopping was the usual - jewelry, t-shirts, rum, and souvenirs. We took the shuttle back and were on the ship in time for lunch and enjoyed a less crowded ship for a couple of hours. There is still construction going on in Falmouth. We didn't do a lot of shows as we were so tired. We did the opening night show, Love and Marriage (where it was quite obvious the oldest couple had participated multiple times before which kind of ruined it), Quest, and the ice show. I wouldn't say any of them were outstanding, but they were enjoyable. Oh, and the last night we hung out at the Pig and Whistle with Derek Lewis. He was a lot of fun and we wished we had gone there earlier in the week. My 13 year old son did quite a few of the teen activities, coming home with a gold and a silver medal, a key ring and a carabiner. He had a lot of fun with it. He also spent a lot of time and all of his money at the arcade. My 15 year old daughter didn't participate in any of it as she just wasn't interested this time. She hung out at the pool, played putt putt golf, and explored the ship a lot. The kids both said they liked it better than the Disney Cruise!The ship was clean, the crew was friendly and helpful, and we all had a wonderful time. Oh, and my son wanted me to add that he loved the water fall in the men's restroom by the Windjammer. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
We are a couple, DH (43) and me (30). We do have children, but usually cruise solo. We flew into Bush Intercontinental, not knowing beforehand that Hobby is closer to the cruise port in Galveston. No matter which airport you come ... Read More
We are a couple, DH (43) and me (30). We do have children, but usually cruise solo. We flew into Bush Intercontinental, not knowing beforehand that Hobby is closer to the cruise port in Galveston. No matter which airport you come into, expect to pay a LOT to get to the port. We took a RCCL bus from Bush and had a LOOONNNGGG wait to get on (over an hour from the time we got our bags). Then it was a long ride to the port. Houston was sunny and beautiful when we left, but Galveston was socked in the fog. When we arrived at the port, there was a lot of confusion, as the Voyager had not even arrived yet. All 3000 passengers for the Easter cruise were in the terminal, outside the terminal, wandering the streets of Galveston. Finally, around 2 pm, the ship arrived and began to disembark the previous week's passengers. As you can imagine, many of them had missed flights due to the ship's late arrival back to port. We weren't really sure what to do, it was so chaotic everywhere. We decided to go ahead and get in line to get our sea pass then go out into Galveston to get something to eat, as we still had not eaten lunch. We were planning on eating lunch onboard the ship.... We got in the already horrendously long line and waited, and waited, and waited. Right before we were supposed to go through the metal detectors, the computers went down. They stopped checking people in for HOURS. There was no explanation given. We actually sat on the nasty terminal floor because I just couldn't stand up anymore! We ended up not getting onboard until 6 pm! Many others didn't get onboard until 10 pm or later. We also never got to eat lunch! ***Always take something to eat with you in your carry on luggage. I thought I was going to pass out from hunger! They did adjust dinner time for the lateness of our boarding. We did not sail away until around midnight due to the fog. (We all received a $20 OBC for our "trouble") We boarded, ate, explored a little and went to bed, we had been up since 3 am EST! The embarking and disembarking were the only bad parts of our cruise. This leads me to believe that it may be the port? Cabin: 7258 E2 balcony. Great view, very quiet, close to the elevators. We did get lost a time or two trying to find a "short cut" to the aft. We were more forward than aft. No rough seas at all, smooth sailing. Day 1: At sea - We got up around 8 am and went for breakfast at the windjammer. It was the standard buffet breakfast fare. Many complain that the choices for breakfast don't change and they are right, but there are plenty of different choices. I always really enjoyed breakfast. We went straight from breakfast to the upper pool deck to snag a lounge chair. Our preferred spot was above the adults pool, behind the pool bar on deck 12. This area was not windy at all. We read and napped all morning and had lunch in the windjammer. Then, time for some ice cream! We each had at least 2 ice cream cones a day while on board. Yummy! We ate most nights in the MDR. We are not picky about food, my only requirements are that it not be bland, hot things are hot and cold things are cold. I really enjoyed the steak in the MDR as well as the turkey. My absolute faves were the chocolate ice cream and the cold soups. So yummy! I think the show was Texas Tenors, but I can't remember if it was day 1 at sea or day 2. Either way, they were outstanding! We walked around a bit, found our way to the helipad all the way forward. It is always really windy up there so be prepared. Day 2: At sea - More of the same. Make sure you get your ice show tickets when you are supposed to. We forgot, and regrettably, missed the ice show. I forget what day Eda Mae was on (comedienne). She was a hoot! Tonight was formal night. I did not see anyone that looked out of place. Most people at least dressed to a tie/slacks level. Lots of pretty dresses! Day 3: Roatan - My absolute fave port! Roatan is mountainous, lush and just plain gorgeous. We booked an independent tour (Island Mktg) for Roatan Canopy Zipline and beach break ($52 pp). This was outstanding. They stuffed 12 of us in a van and we had to take some rough roads to get up to the zipline. The ride was only 15 min or so. Once you get up there, they get you in your gear and send small groups down together (~8 or so?). The guides were outstanding, very knowledgeable. The first few ziplines were short, so even a novice (as myself) could get the hang of it quickly. The last line is 1200 ft looking out into the ocean, wow! After you finish and get your gear off, they stuff you back in a van and take you to a secluded beach. There is a bar/restaurant, tables, umbrellas, chairs for rent and kayaks. We took a kayak out the the reef. The reef is beautiful, but we didn't see many fish. Overall, I would rank this excursion a B+. I was not that impressed with the beach we were taken to. I think there are better ones on Roatan. After we were returned to the ship, we walked through the straw market outside the port gates. Some vendors are pushy but my DH is an expert ignorer. And if he looked at them stern enough, they would leave us alone. We did get some amazing deals! DH got his obligatory shirt and we also did a little shopping inside the gates (much higher prices, no haggling). Day 4: Costa Maya - I was not impressed with Costa Maya, as a whole. Honestly, it reminded me of what I imagine parts of Iraq to be like. They have had a hurricane in the recent past and it shows. ALL of the greenery for at least 3/4 of a mile inland is dead and brown. No leaves at all. The main road into town was dirty, with rusting metal on the sides of the roads. Grass was growing up through every crack and crevice imaginable. Many of the "buildings" could only be described as shacks. We did NOT go into town at all. We booked an independent tour to Maya Chan (beach day) for $49 pp. This was all inclusive. We booked this with a fellow group of CC members and were able to get a group price. They came and picked us up, and we were treated like royalty upon arrival. The owner, Mark, greeted us and showed us where our assigned chairs were. Mark is a US citizen who bought this property to exclusively cater to cruisers. He does an excellent job! Included in your price are chairs, umbrella, hammocks, bikes, kayaks, floating chairs with cup holders, food and unlimited alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. The waiters would even bring you drinks in the ocean! We have a pic of it, hilarious! They have a bathroom on site also. Make sure you ask if you can have a thatched roof hut with a "bed". Great for relaxing and reading! This is a small beach and not great for those who want to walk on the beach. Excursion grade: A We got a taxi from Maya Chan to very near the cruise gates. There were a few shops outside the gates where we decided to look for shirts. We were able to get 4 t shirts for $36. We also bought some "eco friendly" sunscreen for Cozumel. It wasn't expensive ($8), at least not any more so than the states. We looked around at the shops inside the port and were unimpressed. High priced stuff from the states or China! There is a very nice large pool with a swim up bar at the port. You could be perfectly happy there, but we are more adventurous than that. Day 5: Cozumel - We did not have a plan for Cozumel. We docked and there were many vendors with this or that to offer right inside the port. We saw a catamaran right next to the ship and headed that direction, as we wanted to snorkel. We found what we thought was the dive shop for that catamaran, but it turned out we were wrong. By the time we realized it, we had already booked so it was too late. I am actually glad we were wrong because that excursion looked too crowded when we saw them in the water later. We were on a small 14 ft boat that took us out to the reef. On the way out, the guide explained how to use the equipment. The water was cold! But the reef was just gorgeous. Our guide would throw in food and the fish would come right up to you. So many! We would float along with the current and then get back in the boat to go to the next stop, 3 in all. During the second stop, we saw a school of fish that was huge. Even the guide said he had never seen anything like it before. It went on further than I could see! This dive shop is right next to the pier. Go out of the port and turn left. It is right on the water, across from Senor Frogs. Excellent time! After our excursion, I had to pee, bad! We didn't know where the nearest restroom was and began searching inside the port gates. It took a while to find one and then relief! The bad thing was that DH had to go too and he laid his RCL towel and coke down on the counter next to the urinals, and poof they was gone! He thinks that the male restroom worker took them. Luckily, we explained what happened to RCL towel desk and they didn't charge us for it. We went back to the ship to change and eat then out into town for some shopping! We got a cab right outside the port gates. Be sure to settle on a price before you get in! We had him take us a mile or so down the strip then we walked until we got tired and got a cab back. We found some great deals from the street vendors. They were so friendly! We picked up two pieces of spray paint art (amazing) for $7 and $10 each. Cabbed back to the ship and off we went back to Galveston. Day 6: At sea - It rained today, so not a lot to do. We were really tired though so we slept some and walked around the shops. Each evening we made it a point to go the the Cafe Promenade and get an oatmeal raisin cookie. They were soooo good. Disembarkation: Something in customs was messed up, so we ended up not getting off the ship until almost noon! Everything was shut down, no food, no drinks, no service. We just waited. We finally got tired of waiting in the lounge and went to the pool deck to wait in the sun. We finally got off and headed back to Houston. We had to pay $90 to get back to Houston via cab! I will tell you this much, I will NEVER sail out of Galveston again unless I live there. Miami is so much better. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
This was our second family spring break cruise out of Galveston but our first on RCCL. DH, I and our kids 17 and 14. Sunday we arrived at the EZCruise Parking lot about 11AM where we had a reservation. It easy to find, easy to park, got ... Read More
This was our second family spring break cruise out of Galveston but our first on RCCL. DH, I and our kids 17 and 14. Sunday we arrived at the EZCruise Parking lot about 11AM where we had a reservation. It easy to find, easy to park, got our stuff and on the shuttle within about 10 minutes. Arrived at the terminal and used the porters. Also easy. The line was outside the cruise terminal which made us nervous about a long wait but it moved quickly. We probably only waited in line an hour total. Much shorter than our last cruise. There was a computer glitch with the sign and sail passes. The kid's printed but the adults didn't. The agents were having to reprint them so it took an extra 20 minutes or so. A little while after us they shut down all the lines to reboot the system so I understand the people who arrived much after us had a much more significant wait but we seemed to get there just in time. Got on the ship, our cabin was ready so we headed down to drop off our stuff before exploring. We were on Deck 6, inside cabins. One for us and one for the kids and they were as expected. We had lunch in the Windjammer and it was fine. The staff was very nice and helpful. The ship is clean and well laid out. We rarely felt crowded which wasn't true of our last cruise. Our luggage was there next time we went to our cabin. We met our attendant Erick who took great care of us. Muster drill was easy. Not what we experienced before. Our location was in one of the dining rooms so we sat there while the crew demonstrated the safety procedures. Much better than standing out on the deck in a life vest for an hour. We had late seating which we liked. Had early seating last time and always felt rushed to get ready in time. Our waiter was pretty good but our assistant waiter was terrible. Slow with everything, had to ask several times for drinks. Couldn't get bread, glasses of tea were refilled with soda one evening, water took forever to be refilled. He was just bad. It happens. Our waiter did the best he could and was very accommodating considering the help he had. The food was pretty good. Several times we wanted to try an extra appetizer and our waiter had no problem with that. Several times he offered seconds to my son who was obviously enjoying his dish. Overall it was a good experience but definitely could have been better. We loved the ice show, hated the adult comedian Max. He was just not funny. We enjoyed the game shows and the karaoke. The only other show we watched was the farewell show and we enjoyed it. The cruise director, Mike, was awesome! Loved him. Very funny and his staff was great too. The piano player was good, Synergy band was good. There were plenty of places to sit, enjoy a drink and people watch. We played craps one night in the casino and had fun but they only had one table. The casino seemed very cramped. We were always able to find something we liked at breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer. We ate at Johnny Rockets once and it was really good. Definitely worth the extra $5. We also enjoyed the snacks in the Promenade that were served all day. Sandwiches, pizza, cookies and desserts. Our kids spent a lot of time on the sports deck but wished there was more to do for their age in the evenings. They commented our last cruise was better for that sort of thing. We never had any trouble finding a chair on the deck. It was cooler and windy in the evenings so I was glad to have a sweater. Disembarkation was a breeze. We carried our own bags off, left the ship about 8:30AM. There was no crowd, no frenzy, no line at customs. Our shuttle was waiting for us and we were in our car by 9:15AM. It couldn't have been easier. Overall we had a very enjoyable vacation and would definitely do it again!   Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
What an enjoyable cruise - the Voyager was in great shape and just as I recalled, the staff were fantastic. It wasn't that they were simply polite, or kind, or fun, they were all three with a little panache thrown in on the side! ... Read More
What an enjoyable cruise - the Voyager was in great shape and just as I recalled, the staff were fantastic. It wasn't that they were simply polite, or kind, or fun, they were all three with a little panache thrown in on the side! The ship itself has weathered well - a few rusty spots here & there, but on the whole, it looked great and so very comfortable. Our JS was clean, fresh and bright and well tended by Christine as was the girls inside cabin across the hall. Thanks Christine - great job! The ports were surprisingly nice - I truly didn't expect Roatan to be so pretty and well-kept. The streets were clean, well-paved, the beach we visited was very nice - our cab driver was friendly, pointing out areas of interest along the way and stopping for pics from a few vantage points. And while Costa Maya obviously took a hurricane hit, the beach was great, the people nice and we had a fun time there as well. And Cozumel, a fan favourite - great weather, nice beaches, and Corona - how can one complain!! The week flew by (another sign of a great cruise). We met so many Texans, I felt like I should vote republican even though we live in Canada!! Great people, great fun and the Texans certainly love having a ship leave Galveston. RCI if I were you, I'd keep a ship there because Texas will continue to support one, I have no doubt. Thanks for another great memory Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
A little about us - I'm 46 and cruised with my teenage daughters, ages 18 and 16, as well as my 66yr old Mom. My mom and I had a JS with my daughters in an inside cabin across the hall from us. This was my 6th cruise, my 4th with RCI, ... Read More
A little about us - I'm 46 and cruised with my teenage daughters, ages 18 and 16, as well as my 66yr old Mom. My mom and I had a JS with my daughters in an inside cabin across the hall from us. This was my 6th cruise, my 4th with RCI, and our first as Platinum C&A members. My daughters and I flew to TX and stayed with my Mom in College Station the night prior and drove from there to Galveston the morning of embarkation. I highly recommend parking at Lighthouse Parking just across the street from the pier. It is family run, costs $55 for a 7-night cruise, and has a very efficient shuttle to the pier. On past RCI cruises we always stayed in the Royal or Owner's Suites but those categories were both unavailable for this sailing, so we chose the JS and the inside cabin. Absolutely loved the JS! I could not believe all the storage space...with the walk-in closet and tons of cabinets, there was tons of room for our stuff. I did not however discover the mini-fridge until our day of departure - wish we would have known where it was sooner so we could have kept our wine left over from dinner on previous nights chilled! (It's in the lower cabinet by the sliding glass door...I thought it was more shelving space!) My DDs were quite thrilled with their own cabin and had plenty of room for their luggage. They loved the "time capsule" shower! Embarkation was surprisingly fast. We arrived at ~1100 and breezed through the Platinum/Diamond line. The only glitches were 1) my DDs last names don't match mine and I didn't have their birth certificates to show I was their parent. I have never encountered any question of this fact on any other cruise I have been on. Thank goodness I am active duty military and had our ID cards - that was enough to check us in. Then glitch 2) Since we set up on board accounts separately from my Mom, they couldn't get my oldest daughter's Sea Pass account on my credit card while at the pier. But once we boarded and went to guest relations, it was a snap to get that fixed. The first stop after we boarded was to get the Soda package for the 16yr old and then check out our MDR table. It was an 8 person table on the 5th floor near the railing overlooking the rest of the dining room. Awesome is all I could say. Our table mates were great too - hi Mike, Lynn, Mary, and Jack!! We then headed to the Windjammer for the usual first lunch. And as usual, the food was ok and the place very crowded!! But we were able to find a table back in the Island Grill. By the time we finished lunch we decided to head the cabin since it was past 1pm. And as I said, we had great rooms. They were very conviently near the forward elevators/stairs - which bode well for future late evenings in the Schooner Lounge. We then went out to show my Mom the ship. As my DDs have sailed Voyager in the past, we knew where everything was and showed her the highlights. My Mom's one and only cruise prior to this one was on Carnival Ecstasy, so the Voyager was quite impressive in comparison. After the tour we went back to our cabins, and SURPRISE, all our luggage was waiting. That was the quickest we have ever gotten our luggage. I sure do hate to unpack, except on a cruise (and yes, I have yet to unpack completely since I got back home). With so much storage space in the JS, I was worried I would leave something behind. We had plenty of room to hang up our clothes and stow away our gear. Here is a breakdown of our Spring Break Cruise: Ship: The Voyager is a great ship with lots to explore and do. My oldest daughter loves the two story library and spent most at sea days there. My youngest daughter took advantage of the rock climbing wall and even earned a bronze medal in the Teen Speed Climb competition (against boys too!) We also played alot of Trivia, spent evenings in the Schnooner Lounge - the piano singer (Phil Anderson) was OK, but only really knew country...I couldn't believe he didn't know American Pie! This was our very first cruise with early dining (Our last cruise with my Mom with late dining was just waaay too late for her.) But I must say I actually preferred it! With the port schedule we had, early dining just made alot of sense. We had to be back on board with plenty of time to get ready for a 5:30 seating and were able to see all the shows afterwards. Speaking of getting back on board, 4 passengers chose not to make it back to the ship on time in Cozumel and were left behind. Word to the wise...the ship will leave without you!! And surprise, surprise...no one missed the ship on any other of our ports. Favorite quote from the Captain the second port day in Grand Cayman "If you go ashore make sure you have a camera, because if you are late, you will get the rare opportunity to take a photo of your ship leaving port that you should have been on. And if you didn't bring enough money, don't worry, Grand Cayman had over 365 banks." PRICELESS!! At Sea activities could be better. We are not lounge by the pool folks, so there wasn't a lot to do at times. I steer clear of Bingo, Art auctions, and the silly shopping discussions. But we made most of the trivia games and even enjoyed the Origami class. But there could be a better variety for those who don't want to duke it out for a lounge chair poolside. The production shows were fantastic and very professional! In past cruises with late dining we rarely made it to a show, but with early dining we were able to make it to most of them. The comedian and magician were O.K. and the cruise director, Mike, as well. But you could tell they've done their acts far too many times. We as usual enjoyed the Love and Marriage game show, Quest, and the Ice show. Also don't miss the behind the scenes tour of the theater on the last sea day, it's quite interesting to see what goes on backstage. Meals: I'm not a breakfast eater, but my Mom and DDs are and found the Windjammer adequate, but not great. We ate breakfast in the MDR once - and although it's not on the menu, you can order eggs benedict, yum! With a full Spring Break sailing, the WJ was almost always packed with a table hard to come by. That was the only time I missed not being in a Grand Suite or higher, because now those passengers get private seating in Portofino's for Breakfast and Lunch once they got their food from the WJ (Portofinos is just next door to the WJ). Lunch in the MDR was OK, not a great selection and the made to order salad was good, but not fantastic. The MDR for dinner was great. I love Indian food and there was always an Indian offering on the menu. Our main waiter, Mario, was great and always entertained us with magic tricks. The assistant waiter was obviously new, but tried real hard. I never had a bad meal and tried out a variety of appetizers each night. The shrimp cocktail is great! The cheese tortellini isn't as good as I've had in the past, but good. We missed the lobster night since we went to Portofino's. Of course, delish! But they took off the caprese salad much the dismay of my DD. The MDR head waiter, who we only saw a couple of times, was to us, underemployed. Not sure what else he did, but coming around on not the first night, but the second, to introduce himself and only once more thereafter, did not merit much of a tip. Speaking of tips - we went the cash route for the first time, vice the pre-paid gratuities. I have discovered that while your waiters and stateroom attendant will get all of the pre-paid gratuities, they don't get it until their next paycheck. Which according to our waiter, is going to be every three weeks soon, instead of every two weeks. He had a family and a newborn back in India to support, so we paid cash to him and our wonderful stateroom attendant, Xavier - Xavier was on his first RCI contract, so we made sure to write good comments for him on our end of voyage survey. He was always there when we needed something and even had our complimentary robes in the both cabins upon arrival. Pool towels - I was very unclear on how the pool towel issue went nowadays. So for those who don't know, there won't be pool towels in your room. You need to go pool side, give them your Sea Pass card, and you can get as many as you want. Just make sure you turn in that same amount and that your Sea Pass card is adjusted to show that and you won't get charged the $20 per towel feel for any missing towels. We did this the morning of our Cozumel stop, turned them back in that afternoon, and had no problem. Casino - I did my obligatory quick slot machine try on the second night and left when I was slightly ahead. On the last night I took my newly turned 18yr old and let her try her luck. Once she was $25 ahead, we stopped and she was quite happy. Gotta start 'em young right?! I told her the key is to stop when you're ahead... Ports: Cozumel - we've been once before and so went back to Nachi Cocum, a private beach resort. Its $49 for adults and $29 for kids for an all inclusive three course lunch, all the beverages you want (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), palapa by the beach, pool with swim up bar, etc. I was worried that since it as Spring Break it would be crazy busy, but it was very quiet and relaxing - even with three other ships at port! I hate to reveal the secret, but go to cozumelcruiseexcursions.com and you can find it there. You just pay a small deposit ahead of time, take a 10 minute, $15 cab ride there from the port, and pay the remainder when you arrive. There's a ton of other activities you can pay for while there too, jet ski, parasail, massage, etc. But if not interested, they will leave you alone. Grand Cayman - was a bit of a hassle. Due to high swells, we anchored in a spot where the Voyager didn't usually tender from. As did three other ships. We had a RCI excursion booked for an Island Tour and Turtle Farm. We went the La Scala Theater and was shocked when they said for everyone to make their way to Level One for tendering. Of course, with so many people on excursions it was a mad house. And due to the high swells they were forbidding any disabled passengers to get off. When we finally made our way down the gangway, on the tender, and to the dock, it was mayhem to find your tour in the very small area they were cramming us into. And awful to start to an OK excursion. I found out later that the pier we tendered to wasn't where the Voyager usually tendered to, as well as another cruise ship...hence the congestion. Once we got on our van, we had a very nice tour operator and went to Hell - only a 20 minute stop unfortunately, barely enough time to take photos, buy t-shirts, and mail a postcard from Hell. From there we stopped at a Tortuga Rum Cake shop...way too much $$ for those cakes, but very tasty. We tried a bite, but didn't buy. But the Turtle Farm was worth the visit. With DDs who love animals, thoroughly enjoyed picking up the young sea turtles. Jamaica - My DDs and I did the Zip Line/Canopy excursion and sent my Mom on a shopping/sight seeing tour. It was a bit hectic in the terminal finding your excursion, but doable. The Zip Line/Canopy excursion is probably the best excursion my DDs and I have ever been on. While not as long as the zip line in Labadee, it was the most entertaining. The Chukka park personnel are very professional and fun. I just wish there had been more time to taste the jerk chicken they were preparing at the gift shop/break area afterwards. The Chukka park excursions include the tubing and ATV excursions, so you can't go wrong with them. Debarkation - we had FABULOUS weather the whole trip...until the last day. I woke up at 3am and noticed we were socked in with fog and not moving. I had signed us up for express debarkation anticipating leaving the ship between 7:30-8:00am. But with the fog horn blaring every 10 minutes, I knew we weren't going anywhere soon. I let my DDs sleep in and my Mom and I went for breakfast at 7am, just when the Captain made his announcement that the port of Galveston was closed and they hoped the fog would lift by 9am....then by 10am....then by 12pm....and then, finally, just before 1pm the pilot boat from Galveston pulled up out of the fog next to the ship. We then saw the pilot from Galveston port board (I always wondered how they did that!) and we finally headed for the port. The crew did a great job keeping everyone informed, busy, and fed. We did skip lunch in the WJ, as they only had one side open and it was far too crowded. We instead went the Promenade and got some pizza. Don't forget folks - the Promenade cafe is open 24 hours and has pizza, sandwiches, and panninis! The good thing RCI did was open up all the WiFi and phone lines for passengers to rearrange any flight plans. The line in the library was very long. Those who booked flights through RCI had them changed while on the ship. At 2:15 we headed down to the Schooner lounge on deck 4 to wait to disembark. Word to the wise, DO NOT go to deck 3 of La Scala Theater when you want to disembark...especially with luggage....you will have to drag your luggage up to deck 4 to disembark. We waited by the side entrance of La Scala Theatre on Deck 4 because we couldn't get in due to the crowd. But once through the theatre and off the ship, customs went quickly. Those waiting for their luggage had a much longer wait. It was definitely worth the bag drag to get off and out fast. I did feel very, very bad for the hundreds of passengers waiting to embark...what a way to spend your Easter Sunday...parking was no where to be found for them and they were lined up outside the parking lots to get in as we left -- one car out, one car in... When we arrived at port, the Carnival Conquest was still waiting to get back. I bet a lot of those new passengers had been there for many, many hours. Finding the Lighthouse Parking shuttle was easy and the workers very friendly. It was then a quick drive back up to College Station for our flight out the next day. Overall, a very, very enjoyable cruise. I highly recommend it. My DDs and I are looking forward to our next RCI cruise on the Explorer to Bermuda! Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
Let me begin by telling you what a hassle it was to get to the port in Galveston! Never again will we take a cruise out of this port. Our flight from White Plains to Atlanta was canceled by Delta due to the weather so the airline gave us ... Read More
Let me begin by telling you what a hassle it was to get to the port in Galveston! Never again will we take a cruise out of this port. Our flight from White Plains to Atlanta was canceled by Delta due to the weather so the airline gave us no other option than to fly LaGuardia to Minneapolis (overnight) then onto Houston (another overnight) before we took Galveston Limousine Service the morning of the cruise to Galveston. $55 per person each way, plus gratuity. We were disappointed that we missed Mardi Gras in Galveston, but once we drove down to the port and saw the city, we realized that we didn't miss much. Because the ship came late into port, we were delayed with embarkation. It seemed as if the cruise staff had never worked a cruise embarkation before since it was chaotic -- we arrived at noon but were not on board the ship until way after 3:00 pm. So many long lines! Our cabin, #7587, was a promenade room, which we had booked on the Independence of the Seas, so we knew exactly what to expect. The only problem was that the refrigerator did not work and was removed on Day 5 (but never replaced) so we never had a refrigerator to store any drinks or snacks. Our stateroom attendant, Clever from Peru, was absolutely amazing. He was certainly one of the best staff members we encountered. He was always willing to go the extra mile for us. Here are some highs and lows of our voyage: High #1: The ship. We loved Voyager of the Seas because of everything it has to offer, even though we didn't participate in all amenities. We loved ice skating and the ice show, performances at the La Scala Theater, and strolling the promenade. We ate at Portofino and Johnny Rockets and enjoyed time on the pool decks, which were never overcrowded. Overall, it was a pleasant experience. High #2: The ports. Cozumel was quite enjoyable. We signed up for the Mexican cooking class that we had participated in the year before because it was wonderful. Same menu, same chef, same fun. We enjoyed Playa Mia even though the water was too cold to swim in. Grand Cayman was equally nice....despite the extra costs incurred to get to Georgetown because we had to tender at a different location, we enjoyed the day on Seven Mile Beach soaking up the sun. Beautiful island (although they are a bit pushy about getting passengers in their vans to take you wherever you would like to go....make sure you ask the price BEFORE getting into a van so you will not be ripped off. Also, make sure you tell them that if you get into the van, you want to leave then and not in 10-15 minutes as the vans will have a tendency to wait around until the van is full before moving on.) Low #1: The weather. We traveled on a similar itinerary last February (same week) and we were extremely disappointed in the weather. We know that RCCL cannot control the weather, but it certainly made for a nasty trip. Because of rough seas, we could not tender into Georgetown, Grand Cayman and had to tender at Spot Bay, causing all passengers to pay $10 for taxi service into town. Because of the winds, the captain canceled out port of call at Montego Bay, which gave us three straight days at seas. Many passengers were disappointed. The WORST part of the trip was our arrival back into Galveston. Because of the fog, the port was closed for several hours and the first passengers were not let off the ship until 2:00 pm, causing hundreds of passengers to miss their flights. (More on this later.) Low #2: Restaurant service. We found the food on the Voyager of the Seas to be satisfactory. It was not as good as the food on last year's Independence of the Seas. There were several delicious dishes and we did enjoy our meal at Portofino. Our table consisted of three other couples -- two from New York and one from Oregon, all in the same age range. We loved our dining companions but our waiter, Valentin from Romania, was absolutely terrible. If we did not become so close with our table mates, we would have asked to be moved to a different table. Valentin was rude, insulting, and careless. During the week, meals were not served and requests were not honored. A brief discussion to the head waiter fell on deaf ears. Our assistant waiter, Laura from Peru, was nice but not always attentive. Low #3: The spa. There is nothing worse than having a relaxing massage at the spa ruined by terrible music and idle conversations by spa employees. No wait....what's worse is spending $195 plus $28 gratuity only to have the spa technician suggest hundreds of dollars worth of skin products and basically reprimanding you for not buying them, even to the point where she takes you directly to the counter so you can pay for purchases even after you have kindly told her that you were not interested in them at all! Major Low #4 to top off all lows: The disembarkation. Because of the fog in Galveston, we did not dock until 1:30 pm and the first passengers were not allowed off the ship until after 2:00 pm. We were directed to our departure stations. There were very few announcements and those that we heard contradicted each other. This was extremely chaotic! We were told since we were taking airport transfers back to Houston Intercontinental that we needed to wait in the La Scala Theatre. In the dark. Where they played a CNN special about the earthquake in Haiti with constant images of death. Where it was so loud at times that you couldn't hear any announcements. We were told that we couldn't leave until our departure group was called, which meant that we had to wait until 4:00 to get off the ship. If we had left with other people who were given the correct information, we would have left the ship 90 minutes earlier and would have made our flight. We had to stay the night in Houston and did not get home until the following evening. Our ship had 3400 passengers -- 3100 were from Texas. This was certainly reflected in the attitude of many of the passengers. Most were kind, sweet Southern folks -- others not so much. The average age of the passenger on this ship had to be 75. There was plenty of room at the nightclub. Our second seating, at 8:00 pm, was mostly empty as we had been informed that most of the passengers were older and opted for the earlier seating. Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
Voyager of the Seas - April 5 - 12, 2009 This is my thirteenth cruise, fifth on Royal Caribbean, second on a Voyager class ship and first on the Voyager of the Seas.  I selected a PR (promenade view) cabin because I've never been ... Read More
Voyager of the Seas - April 5 - 12, 2009 This is my thirteenth cruise, fifth on Royal Caribbean, second on a Voyager class ship and first on the Voyager of the Seas.  I selected a PR (promenade view) cabin because I've never been in one before.  Since my fifth cruise, as a result of a request for more information, I have been writing my review while on the ship, while it is still fresh in my mind. I signed up for this cruise about one year ago to join a friend who I met on a ship tour.  This will be our first cruise together.  Our roll call has been going strong for about one year also, and has over 10,000 posts.  We will all finally get a chance to meet tomorrow and the next day.  There are over one hundred people signed up for the Meet & Mingle. Galveston is not the easiest port to cruise out of.  The airport is in the north end of Houston and it is quiet a distance to the port.  There are no rental car agencies on the island, which makes it hard on those that fly in.  In fact, it is costing me as much to go from the hotel to the port as it is to go from Los Angeles to Houston by air.  When I have to fly to the port, I go a day early (just in case).  The day started at 5:00am when my alarm when off.  By 6:00am I was driving to the airport.  I was actually at the gate before 7:30am and decided to look for someone from the roll call.  I didn't see him, and didn't feel like walking around calling his name, so we will meet up tomorrow or Monday on the ship.  He took the 8:00am flight to Houston; I took the 9:00am flight (both flights were on time).  After landing I took a taxi to the Sheraton - Galleria in Houston (about $70 including the tip).  I booked this hotel via Hotwire for under $100 per night.  Not bad for a suite.  Hotels in Galveston are $200+. After putting my bags in the room I walked over to the Galleria (about two blocks away) and walked around.  It seems to be a fairly high end mall.  Then back to the room, upload the photos and started on this review. And now that I am all caught up, photos uploaded, checked in by posting on the roll call (thanks to the free wireless Internet access) and finished my review up to this point; it is time for a nice steak dinner.  I am in Texas after all, and there is a very nice steakhouse downstairs in the hotel. Day one - Sunday - embarkation day Because of the distance involved, and the lack of any rental car agents on the island, I decided to just hire a limo to take me to the ship.  The cost was $135 plus tip, or about twice the cost of the trip to the hotel, and about three times the distance (which means it is less expensive than a taxi and far more comfortable).  Originally I arranged for a 10am pick up.  However, I was warned about construction delays along the route, both by on line posts and via an e-mail from Royal Caribbean to my agent.  So I moved the pick up to up to 9:30am.  The driver was a little early, and I received the call in the room just as I was getting ready to leave (good timing).  Check out was quick, since I incurred no additional charges beyond what I paid Hotwire.  Of course there were no delays and I arrived at the pier at about 10:30am.  There is no one directing traffic, and there are two large ships in port, totaling over 6000 passengers coming plus 6000 passengers going.  Nonetheless, I am surprised that there is a line this early to board the ship.  First I have to find a porter.  Then just as I am about to get in line, the door opens.  As easy as that would have been to just walk in the door, I decide I am not going to cut in line.  I walk toward the end of the line.  About half way there the line develops a big gap for some reason, so I make a quick U turn and soon I am inside the passenger terminal.  Since I am platinum, I have priority check in.  I am the only one in that line.  In minutes I am checked in and being served champagne in the waiting area.  I decide to pick a chair close to the entry door and wait.  Shortly before 11:30 embarkation begins.  I believe I was the first one on the ship (the new and gold members embark from a different area).  I and the others who are platinum or better end up boarding through the crew entrance.  In fact, because that is how we embark while on a ship tours, I recognize it as the crew entrance and assume I was directed to the wrong location.  Even security seems surprised.  However, it is soon confirmed that they are starting the boarding process, and that I am in the right place.  A few seconds later I am aboard.  Again, because of the ship tours I have been on I know how to get to the cabin even before the official time.  I have opted for a promenade view cabin only because I have never had one before.  With this I can say I have been in all categories of cabins, inside, ocean view, balcony, suite and now an inside with a window.  I find my room steward and tell him that I am just going to drop off my carry on and then I head to the Royal Promenade to take pictures.  A few pictures here, and few pictures there, and soon I am outside on the sun deck.  I call someone who I know is on the way and tell him the captain is calling his name and he has five minutes to get on board or the ship will leave without him.  It is still only 11:40am (about five hours before the ship is scheduled to depart) and my friend doesn't sound too worried about it. With a few photos under my belt, I decide to head over to the Windjammer to eat.  I am surprised at how many people are there.  It is too early to be crowded, but it is also before noon and there a lot of people here.  After a quick lunch I head back out to take more pictures.  I was on the Navigator of the Seas in August 2004.  That ship does not have an Aquarium Bar.  This ship does.  It is on deck four near the aft elevators.  However, at the time I was there I did not remember if it was near the forward elevators or the rear elevators.  I walked right through it without realizing it was there because not only were there no fish, there was no water in the aquariums.  Only when I reach the forward elevators and don't see any fish do I realize what has happened.  I back track to the Aquarium Bar and verify that indeed the aquariums are empty.  I see a crew member just outside and ask if this is the aquarium bar.  It is the cruise director and he verifies that it is the Aquarium Bar.  So then I say, "Shouldn't it have some fish?"  At about this time he sees my shirt and realizes I am one of the many passengers that is a member of an online cruise forum.  I invite him to our Meet & Mingle, however, he does not know if he will attend (it depends on his schedule).  He does confirm that he goes online to see what is being said about him.  We chat awhile and then I go off to explore the ship some more.  Soon it is 1:00pm and I head over to the cabin.  My checked luggage has not arrived yet.  So I just splash some cold water on my face.  Then there is a knock at the door.  I open the door to see who it is, and it is my checked luggage.  I drag it in and go back out for more pictures.  About 180 photos later, it is about 2:30pm.  Some of us from the roll call are going to meet at the pool bar at 3:00pm.  So I head back to my cabin.  Splash more cold water on my face and unpack.  I put my passport and extra money is the safe (it is the enter your own code type).  Then it is off to the pool bar to meet some of the people from my roll call.  I bring four coupon books with me (three from prior cruises and one from this cruise) and hand out coupons that I am not going to use.  I don't get them all handed out, so I'll bring them to the meet & mingle tomorrow.  It is good to finally put a face to those I have been chatting with for the past 50 weeks on the roll call.  Soon the announcement for the muster drill is made and I head to my cabin.  Just as I get my lifejacket the alarm sounds.  Though fairly quick, the muster drill is a little disorganized.  As I exit the door on deck four, the first group is C6.  I am next in C8.  However, the two groups seem to be encroaching on each other's space.  Eventually room is made for all.  Then at the end the captain speaks.  He announces that as soon as he finishes talking the drill is over.  I hear people unbuckling their life vests and decide to do the same with mine.  So I am not paying attention to the C6 group.  However, I do hear the people in charge of our group saying you can't leave yet.  As soon as the captain finishes I turn to leave and see that the entire C6 group is gone.  Up to the cabin, drop off my lifejacket and then back down to the helipad for sail away.  A very strong wind is blowing the ship toward the dock and I am honestly surprised the ship was able to move away from the dock.  Soon it is 5:26pm, and although we have not left the harbor yet (we have turned 180 degrees and we are heading for the open sea, we just have not exited the harbor yet).  Dinner is at 5:30 and I don't want to hold anyone up.  I arrive at the table only to see that it is empty.  I figure everyone is coming when I realize that two of the people standing in front of me are talking about our table (there are eight of us).  When one of them says something about changing tables I figure I better let my friend know that I am standing right behind him.  It seems Royal Caribbean got half of the reservation wrong.  Four of us are at one table and four of us are at another table.  So we are all reassigned to one of the Anytime Dining tables and we are all together in a prime location.  Everyone at the table orders the prime rib except the teenage girl who is a very picky eater.  The prime rib is very good.  After dinner I decide to upload my photos to the computer and then do a little shopping.  I run into my friends and we talk about one of the people on our roll call.  I am getting a little tired (too much sun) and decide to go up to the cabin and rest a bit.  I wake up at 10:30pm and decide to work on this until the parade begins at 11:00pm.  I leave the drapes open (the windows are not mirrored, so the drapes have to be closed if you want any privacy).  Interestingly it is not the noise (which I can not hear) that alerts me to the beginning of the parade, but rather the flashing lights.  So, anyone concerned about noise in a promenade view cabin need not be.  Unfortunately, not being able to hear anything makes viewing a little dull, so after a few pictures I am back here typing.  The cabin is a little smaller than most, at about 152 square feet.  All the Voyager class PR cabins sleep only two.  The cabin seems to lack some of the drawer space that I recall from my balcony cabin on the Navigator.  Otherwise it is very similar to ocean view cabins, except that the view is of the interior Royal Promenade.  It also has the switch for the bathroom outside the bathroom and on the hinge side of the door, which means if you enter the bathroom and forgot to turn on the light, you can not just reach outside the door and turn on the light.  You have to exit the bathroom, close the door and then you can turn on the light.  If they cannot put the switch on the inside of the bathroom, then why can't they at least put it on the latch side of the door? Well, it is a little after midnight, so it is time to close the drapes and get a little sleep.  Day two - Monday - day at sea I wake up and I am immediately greeted by the problem with all inside cabins.  There is no way to tell what it is like outside without physically leaving the cabin.  The bridge channel (all bridges all the time) states that we are moving at over 21 knots.  This seems a little fast, since Cozumel is close, until I remember that it is actually closer to Miami than it is to Galveston.  I can feel a little movement of the ship.  The bridge channel (what I call the travel channel) says the wind is blowing at 30 knots.  No wonder the seas are rough (7.5 to 12 feet).  The last time I was in seas this rough was on a 90,000 ton ship.  The Voyager of the seas is about 50% bigger and does feel like it is moving less.  I miss the connection with the sea.  Besides being able to go outside and get a good feel for what the weather is like, I enjoy sitting on the balcony in the evening and typing my review.  My next cabin, on the Mariner of the Seas in about two months, is one of the prime hump balcony cabins.  At any rate, I get up and find that the shower is both hot and full pressure.  Then it is off to the Windjammer for a breakfast of consisting of eggs, bacon, fruit and juice.  However, after breakfast I explore the rest of the Windjammer and come across the cook to order omelet station at the rear of the Windjammer - with no line.  This is too good to resist, so I end up having a big breakfast.  After breakfast I decide to add to my picture collection and to do some souvenir shopping.  Soon it is 10am and time for our cabin crawl.  We get to see an inside, my PR cabin, a D & E balcony cabin, a junior suite and a grand suite.  I knew that the junior suites had walking closets, but was surprised to learn that the grand suites do not. At 11am it is time for the Meet & Mingle.  The CD is there.  When he asks if there are any questions, I cannot resist.  I ask when Los Angeles is going to get a Freedom class ship.  In case you don't know, about six weeks ago Royal Caribbean moved a Voyager class ship (the Mariner of the Seas) to Los Angles.  The CD tells us that he checks the online forums frequently and is well aware of the current hot button issues, including the Royal Champions and change in the perks for Diamond members. After the M&M we go for our slot pull.  Each person puts in $20 and at the end we end up about $1 ahead (we split the winnings and won enough for $21 per person).  After the slot pull I join my friends for lunch in the dinning room.  Shortly after lunch it is time for the ice show.  As in the past, the ice show is something special.  The tickets are free and I would rate it a must see.  Shortly after the ice show it is time for our first formal dinner.  Once again, dinner is very good and after dinner I get my picture taken with the captain and pose for one photo.  Then I meet up someone from the roll call for drinks before heading to the show.  The show tonight is Knight Magic, and he is fantastic.  Another must see.  Well, tomorrow I have an early morning date to walk on the ocean floor, so good night for now. Day three - Tuesday - Cozumel I wake up in time for sunrise.  However, it is too overcast, and the sunrise is not very photogenic.  A quick scan shows that we are following the Carnival Ecstasy and ahead of the Carnival Fantasy.   The Carnival Triumph is already docked.  We dock on time. Unfortunately it is very windy and most of the water activities, including my helmet dive are cancelled for safety reasons.  So I decide to head over to Chankanaab Park to take pictures, then I'll go to downtown.  This is my third time here and I've never been to the downtown area.  I see someone from the roll call and ask where they are headed.  They are headed to the same place I want to go.  So I ask if we can share a cab, and my $10 taxi fare is reduced to $5.  The cost to enter the park is $16.  I explore the park and discover a lagoon where there are fish.  I go to the nearby restaurant to see what breads I can buy.  I don't see anything on the menu that is going to provide me with the fish food I am after.  When the waiter asks me what I would like, I tell him all I want is some bread to feed the fish.  He tells me to wait and comes back with some crackers.  He is willing to give them to me for free, but I give him one dollar anyway.  Soon I have lots of fish swimming around where I am throwing the crackers, and I get some good fish photos, as well as several photos of the park.  I also decide to take advantage of hammocks and relax for a while.  The red flag is out, so no one is swimming in the ocean.  After a few hours I take a taxi to downtown, which costs $10.  I walk around downtown for about thirty minutes, and then I take a taxi back to the ship, which cost $7.  At this point I am hot, tired and hungry.  So I decide to head to the pool for a quick dip.  The pools are also most empty, and I have the pool all to myself.  After a quick dip I am just hungry and tired.  Unfortunately this ship does not have a pool side grill and the Windjammer has a dress code.  I need shoes and I didn't bring shoes to the pool.  So it is back to the cabin to get dressed, then back to Windjammer for a pasta lunch, including a stop at the cook to order pasta station.  Unfortunately my allegories are acting up and it is making me very tired.  So I decide to rest until the welcome back party at 4:45pm.  Then after that it is time for dinner.  And, since the ship has left the dock, the general store is open and I can buy some Benadryl.  The side effect is that it makes me sleepy.  However, that is preferable over having a stuffed nose.  Dinner is at 5:30.  I decide to opt for the optional $15 steak.  This is actually a $13 steak plus a $1.95 tip.  It is a Chops quality steak (there is no Chops on this ship).  Of course everyone wants to know what I thought of the steak.  Well, it was very good.  However, I don't think it is worth $15 more than the free steak because the free steak is also very good. Now, because of my allegories and the medication I was taking, I was very tired, so I just lay down and rest until it is time to go to sleep. Day four - Wednesday - Roatan, Honduras Today we (I and four others from the roll call) have arranged a private tour with Victor Bodden.  The tour we have arranged is very similar to the Pirates, Birds & Monkeys of the Caribbean ship tour.  However, this tour is about 30% less than the ship's tour.  In fact, at some of the stops we ran into some of the people that were on the ship's tour.  We had a tour of the island, stopped at an iguana farm, where the iguanas are so used to people that you can pet them (the wild iguanas at Chankanaab Park would run from people).  But my favorite was the monkey refuge.  The monkeys are not shy about jumping on people and checking out what is in their pockets.  One in the group got a great picture of me making a face while a monkey used my nose for a foot hold.  The tour was about four hours, cost $25 per person, plus $8 per person at the iguana farm and $2 per person at the monkey refuge.  It was a small group or five people and we could control the itinerary.  For example, since it was overcast, we skipped the beach stop.  You don't have this kind of control with a ship's tour. When we return I am still battling the effects of the Benadryl and decide to grab lunch and then rest up for the Murder Mystery Dinner, which begins at 7:45pm in the High Notes Nightclub on deck 14.  We meet the soon to be victim and the suspects.  Then we walk down to deck 11 and have dinner at Portofino.  The menu is scaled down, with only two choices, steak and seafood.  I had the steak which was very good.  During the dinner we learn who got shot.  Each table gets to ask one of the remaining suspects one question.  All the people who name the correct suspect are put into a drawing and nine names are drawn.  The winners get a prize.  I didn't name the correct suspect.  However, for reasons not explained, everyone at our table received a bottle of champagne.  The dinner is limited to people who are 13 and older.  The reason is obvious.  The dinner takes three hours.  One adult got tired of waiting and just left, leaving his wife to enjoy the dinner alone, and confusing the wait staff. After dinner I would have like to stay up for Fountains.  However, when I return to the cabin I realize I have signed up for a 7:15am ship tour.  I am still tired, so staying up late with an early morning tour is not an option.  Day five - Thursday - Costa Maya I am signed up for the ATV Jungle & Beach adventure.  Many of my firsts are done on ship tours.  The first time I rode a jet ski was at Labadee.  The first time I ride an ATV will be here at Costa Maya.  And the reason I choose the early morning tour is that I did not want to be doing this in the heat of the afternoon.  As it turns out, that was a wise choice.  While waiting for everyone to show up I see someone with a couple of squirrel monkeys.  For $5 he will take my picture using my camera with the two monkeys on my shoulder.  Sounds good to me.  He seems to me trying to get the monkey's attention, so I wiggle my finger in front of the monkey.  My reward is a bite.  The photos session continues without any further injury to me.  We get a quick lesson on how to drive the ATV and then off we go.  We start on a public road, which is good, as it gives me a good chance to get a feel for the vehicle.  When we go off road, I am expecting sand and dirt.  Instead what we get are rocks and tree roots.  I would not want to ride on a horse on this "road", let alone a small powerful vehicle.  I seem to be going up and down as much as I am going forward.  The throttle is controlled by the right thumb.  Each bump means a sudden change in the throttle setting.  A smooth application of power is impossible.  I finally shift to second just to cut down on leverage the motor has which at least smoothes it out a little bit.  Nonetheless, I end up with blisters on both hands as a result of the death grip I have.  My right arm is taking the worst of it because I also have to control the throttle with my right thumb.  Simply put, I am very happy when the off road portion of the trip is over.  We end up at a beach.  Some people take a quick dip.  I decide to check out the hammocks until it is time to go.  When we get back I pick up a couple of souvenirs and eye the pool that is available to cruise ship passengers.  However, I finally decide that I don't really want to go out to the pool with shoes that I would then have to keep an eye on, and I wasn't going to walk out to the pool without shoes.  So, once back on the ship I grab a quick lunch and then head out to the pool.  However, I decide that I would rather soak in the hot tub (which was more like a warm tub) then cool off in the pool.  To my surprise the little kids in the hot tub (I would guess four or five years old) are very friendly.  Unfortunately they only speak Spanish and I don't.  However, for some reason I am very interesting to one little girl.  She gets her father to translate.  She wants to know where I live and what my name is.  I have no idea why I was so interesting to this little girl, but I didn't mind.  Even her father seemed a little surprised when he tells me that his daughter asked him to translate for her.  I finish up the warm soak with a cool dip in the pool (the pool temperature is 77 degrees).  Then get ready for dinner.  It is Italian night, so I go with the pasta.  Toward the end of dinner the waiters and waitresses sing to us.  I've been off the Benadryl for about 24 hours now, so while I am not as sleepy, but my allergies are starting to come back.  Nonetheless, I am hopeful that I will not need to take the Benadryl.  Tonight's show doesn't interest me, so I decide to get plenty of sleep. Day six - Friday - day at sea Because I went to sleep early, I wake early.  I am on deck at 6:30am, however, the sun has already risen, so I take a few pictures just to prove I was up early and head off to the Windjammer for breakfast.  Actually the Windjammer is not even open yet, so I have to walk all the way back to the Island Grill, which offers the same menu plus it has a cook to order egg station.  Today I decide to get to eggs easy over.  Being a day at sea, most people are sleeping in and the pool deck, sun deck and Windjammer are mostly deserted.  Back to the cabin to wait for an important phone call.  The occupants of the Royal Suite are going to let me come over and take pictures.  Soon the call comes and I get plenty of pictures of the Royal Suite.  There are two others from the roll call also in the Royal Suite.  We talk a while and then they head off for BINGO.  I head back to the cabin to get my last two BINGO coupons and give them to the people playing BINGO.  Meanwhile I head off for some more shopping.  There are lots of good buys because in nine days the ship is headed for Europe.  Then back to the cabin to store my new found bounty, upload my pictures and bring this review up to date.  With my allergies acting up, my early rise and this being a (lazy) day at sea, I decide to just rest and watch a little Discovery Channel.  Then I head up to the pool deck to cool off.  After a nice swim it is time to return to the cabin for the last formal night.  We are treated to another delicious dinner.  In fact, the quality of the food has been the best I have had of my five Royal Caribbean cruises.  Most at the table order lobster, however, I'm a steak kind of a guy.  After dinner I decide to get in more photographs, as I only posed for two after the first formal dinner, and one of those never showed up. Then it is time for the production show.  It is a musical tribute to prior Oscar winners.  It is good, but I prefer a little more energy.  Then it back to the cabin to rest up for the final full day of the cruise, a second day at sea.  Day seven - Saturday - day at sea This time I am in no hurry to wake up.  Basically my goal is to just take it easy and pack.  Unfortunately the cruise ends tomorrow morning.  I booked a tour, so I'll have priority debarkation (which means getting up early) and a fairly inexpensive ride to the airport.  I have booked a late flight so that I can take the tour.  The two hour time difference works in my favor and I'll arrive back home at a reasonable time.  One of the things I did was to check out Adventure Beach.  This area does not exist on the Navigator or the Mariner.  The reason is that it was under used.  Basically it is a water play area for the pre-school crowd (the water is eight inches deep), and sure enough, there are not many using it.  On the Navigator and Mariner this area has been turned over to the teenagers, who have a back deck all to themselves along with a separate Fuel (teen disco) and Living Room (a place for the teens to just hang out).  So, what do I think of the cruise?  Well, as I said, I booked the PR cabin just so I could say that I have been in one.  However, I miss the opportunities a balcony provides for going outside and just relaxing or finding out what the weather is like.  So for now on, except for the short cruises, I'm going to book a balcony.  The food and service were fantastic .  I just wish my allergies had not acted up so much.  Next time I'll bring some over the counter stuff from home.  I liked the itinerary.  Not being able to go in the water in Cozumel was not a big deal to me.  I wanted a chance to explore Chankanaab Park and I took advantage of the change in plans.  I really enjoyed the monkeys, and if I am in Roatan again, I'll visit them again.  I'm glad I had the chance to experience an ATV, but that will be the last time.  I can see where this would be fun off road in sand or dirt.  But bouncing up and down on rocks and tree roots was not fun.  Unfortunately because of my allergies I did not do as much on the last two days as I would have normally, but then again, one of the reasons I enjoy cruising and sea days is the relaxation it affords, and I did get a chance to relax.  I just wish it had been more by choice rather than by how I physically felt.  Overall, I would give this cruise four out of five stars.  Day Eight - Sunday - debarkation day Debarkation did not go well.  Apparently this was Easter vacation in Mexico.  About one third of the passengers on the ship were from Mexico.  Of course there is nothing wrong with that.  However, non-citizens take longer to process than US citizens do, and since many of the Mexican citizens opted for self debarkation, things started out bad and remained that way.  I heard stories of people not clearing customs until early in the afternoon and people boarding the next cruise starting boarding much later than normal.  Fortunately I was on a ship sponsored excursion and so I was given priority.  In fact, they cleared the way for all of us on the tour.  The looks we received from some of the passengers still waiting in line was not what one would call a friendly look.  We visited NASA and a museum in Houston plus received a driving tour of Houston on the way to the airport.  Not only was it an inexpensive way to get to the airport, but the tour was pretty good also.  If you can take a late flight out of Houston then I recommend this tour.  If you can't take a late flight out of Houston, then I recommend that you don't take this cruise during Easter week.  As I look back on this review, it is not as long or detailed as usual.  Also, it does not normally take me six weeks to finish something that was ninety percent complete before the cruise was over.  However, I was Sneezy most of the cruise which made me Sleepy and Grumpy.  I feel like Dopey for not going to Doc earlier.  But I'm doing much better now, so I am Happy and a little Bashful about admitting that I waited four weeks to get my allergies taken care of once I got home.  Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
After reading some of the reviews, I had to wonder if we were on the same cruise. First of all, one of the reviewers was an RCCL employee (I met her on board). There is no way this was a 5+ cruise. Embarkation as a diamond member was ... Read More
After reading some of the reviews, I had to wonder if we were on the same cruise. First of all, one of the reviewers was an RCCL employee (I met her on board). There is no way this was a 5+ cruise. Embarkation as a diamond member was quick, but the line for others was long. The Voyager is going into a short dry dock when it arrives in Europe, and it really needs refurbishing. Carpets, upholstery, curtains, linens, etc. are really tired. Fixing service may not be so easy. RCCL is cutting too many corners. Something as simple as a chocolate on the bed at night has been eliminated. The meals in the dining room are a real hit or miss adventure. How does one have a "shoulder filet"? Paying $15 for a real filet in the dining room is establishing a very unwelcome precedent. Our particular waiter and assistant were outstanding, but they seemed to be the exception rather than the norm. Dress codes were not enforced as several came in wearing golf shirts on formal nights.(Yes, it's their vacation, but they had other venue and/or cruise line choices) Many of the servers in the Windjammer had difficulty with English. There was no one to help with buffet selections and no trays to help oneself. There was very little variation in what was offered daily on the buffet. On the plus side, music around the ship was varied and good. I have been on 3 cruises in the last 6 months: Carnival, Holland America, and RCCL. IMHO, Carnival had the best food and entertainment, HAL had by far the best service, RCCL Voyager comes in a distant 3rd. I have 14 cruises with RCCL and hate to see my favorite cruise line slide so far down the slope. Management needs to take a hard look at the current product. Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
Voyager of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness & Recreation 5.0 N/A
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursions 3.5 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.0 N/A
Service 4.5 4.2
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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