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Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Voyager of the Seas Western Caribbean August 26, 2001

I sailed on the Voyager of the Seas on August 26 to the western carribean. This was my first cruise ever and it was unbelievable. I had done lots of research before going on the cruise so I knew what to expect but it was nicer than I had imagined. I feel that this cruise ship definitely gives you back your money's worth and then some.

Let's start on the food. The food wasn't amazing but it was good. There was way too much of it. The presentation of the food was nice and the selection was great. I do not eat shellfish and meat and I was nicely accomadated every nite by a vegetarian dish or a (meatless)pasta or a fish (they had salmon every nite). The Portofino's restaurant is definitely worth it. We went there twice becasue my husband loves italian food. The food, atmosphere and service was great. Tiramisu is one of the best I have ever had and I have been to Italy 3 times. The food in Portfino, in my opinion, was definitely better than the main dining room. Breakfast wasn't exactly anything special and the service at breakfast wasnt as good as the service at dinner. Johnny Rockets rocked! we went there three times. It is so nice; it has seating outside facing the water. The veggie burger tastes like real burgers but the tuna on the other hand isn't that good. The salad bar at lunch at the windjammer was pretty good but besides that they didnt have too many vegatarian options at lunch which i was surpised at. All their pastas had meat and everything else was meat such as hot dogs and cold cuts. The midnight buffet was nice to go and see but who has the room? obviously some people do. The special midnight buffet was a must see!

Now on to the room we got upgraded from a deck 6 balcony room to a deck 9 balcony room. The view was magnificent and it was worth every penny paying for the balcony. The balcony was very private and serene. The room is pretty spacious,for a cruise cabin not clausterphobic at all and pleasant. It was also very clean.

The rest of the ship such as the public areas were very nice and well kept. The pool area was a little low for my standards but my husband and I were at the solarium most of the time. I love this idea of an adults only pool. It is great. the seats are nicer and more comfortable, the pool is nicer, QUIETER, and the hot tubs are nicer too. The gym was soooo nice and soooo big. There were always plenty of towels but they should have a bottled water fountain instead of the usual public school water fountain. The royal promenade was amazing. the main dining room is gorgeous with each floor decorated differently. The casino is huge. The high notes jazz club far surpassed what i expected in regard to decor and music. It was very nice and romantic. The vault dance club was very big as to what i expected it to be. It is more fun when it is crowded and everyone is dancing as it was the last nite of the cruise. The cleoptra's lounge was nice also though i wasnt there much. La Scala theater was unreal! it was so big and so nice, I was surprised again. The Studio B was also very nice, you do not feel like you are on a ship at all when in here. The in line skating track is a little too small. The mini golf course is cute. The champagne bar is also very nice. There are 15 bars/lounges on the ship so take your pick! There are types to please all guest types.

The entertainment was also very very good. I was pleasantly surprised. The ice jammin show was amazing! The not so newlywed game was hysterical! The high notes latin band was great! The mardi gras parade was tons of fun! And almost every nite in the main dining room there was some sort of entertainment after 10 pm.

The ports and excursions: The first port was Labadee. very nice and clean a little too crowded but it was still relaxing and nice. The water was very clean and refreshing. The lunch was good, pasta, salads, burgers and other food. The view from our room when we docked at Labadee was breathtkaking because of the beautiful mountains and water. The last part of the day was excruciating, it took a couple of hours to get back onto the ship because of the tender service. It was very frustrating and time consuming! Jamaica was okay. The Dunn's river cruise excursion is lots of fun. It is a little scary at times but worth it. The rest of Jamaica was nothing special so we went back to the ship for lunch and stayed. Grand Cayman was very nice and very hot. The Glass bottom boat was okay, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. The town is so clean and the people are so nice. We went to a hotel for a couple of hours and it was very nice. The water is so clear you can see your toes perfectly; all types of fish were swimming with us in the water and they were big. Cozumel was also nice. Passion Island excursion is a must do if you are a couple. It may be pricey but worth it. The guacamole is great and so is the unlimited coronas. It is very private and ideal for honeymooners. The town of cozumel is also nice.

The service on the ship is also very good. All the dining room staff was very friendly and nice. We actually missed them when we left. Our cabin attendant was very nice also. Prices of water on the ship were reasonable also. The cafe promenade pizza was okay but the chocolate chip cookies were my weakness. The General stores items were a bit limited. The security on this ship when getting on and off was very good also. I was impressed. Overall my husband and I had a wonderful time and plan to sail on Royal Carribean again eventually.

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