Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Voyager of the Seas
by Linda Sparrow
June 16, 2002
This was my 3rd RCI cruise. My husband and I went by ourselves,
mainly to enjoy a megaship. We were not disappointed!
Embarkation went well. We arrived at 11 am and were allowed on at
11:30. The Island Grill buffet opened at noon. We spent the first hour touring
and learning the layout.Unfortunately, the workout area wasn't open, so we lounged
by the pool for an hour. Our room was ready when we checked on it at 1:30. Martin,
our cabin attendant, was warm, polite and gave us excellent service all week.
We had a very nice interior room.We like to spend our money on other things other
than balcony rooms- that's just because we never spend time there.
Later we enjoyed the calypso band by the pool- excellent group from
Grenada! We got a late start out of Miami, but were sailing by 6
pm dinner.Our wait staff was excellent- as was all the service personnel.
I cannot say one bad thing about anyone on this cruise. Friendly,
upbeat, professional, always available. best I've ever seen.
Food in the dining room was good to excellent. Wine choices were
average, markup not bad.
We are different than some in that we are athletes who work out
daily and are very healthy eaters. It was easy to eat well- plenty
of fresh fruit, vegetables, lo-fat selections. Loved our daily veggie
egg beater omelets in the Island Grill. Go all the way to the front-
it's much quieter there! It was June, there were many kids. The
little ones never bother me, but there were many aged 15 and up
who were pretty obnoxious at times.Not the fault of the cruise line.
The exercise room was excellent in some ways, poor in others. Reebok
machines- not great, especially the leg press. Two machines were
out-of-order the entire cruise. Only 4 upright bikes-only 1 had
toe straps. 22 treadmills- however some were rocking and making
horrible noises. A little maintenance is needed here! Never had
anyone offer to help adjust seats or answer questions- very bad.
We took an "ab workshop" by a trainer which IMO was an
attempt to sell their spa services.The trainer made some blatant
mistakes in his analysis of foods and metabolism.We took a yoga
class, which was fun but not worth $10. most disturbing was the
temperature of the gym- way too hot for aerobic workouts such as
running. No fans. TVs were on, no sound.
We didn't enjoy the Dreamscape show- fell asleep.Dancing was good
in the Broadway review, but all the songs were set to disco and
rock beats. The comedians were very good, the ice show was excellent.
Dance band in Cleo's Needle was just okay, but had one of the best
guitarists I've ever heard. Enjoyed Steven at the piano bar- a personable
We were glad we did Capt Marvin's for Stingray city in Cayman- only
12 on our boat! Other excursions had them packed like sardines.This
was so much fun- everyone should do this once!
In Jamaica, we took Peat Taylor trip to Dunn River Falls. We were
the first there. Being athletes, we wanted a good workout, so we
climbed without a guide, had it all to ourselves and were the first
people to finish! We watched for another hour, as it got very crowded
and didn't look like fun. There were many who shouldn't have tried
it- I worried about heart attacks and injuries in some quite obese
We snorkeled already in Cozumel (Chankanaab), so this year we went
to Carlos 'n Charlie's for the drunkfest. We had a ball! Not for
the fainthearted and I wouldn't suggest bringing your children.
We don't enjoy casinos, so I can't comment. Rick loved the full
court basketball. We didn't try the skating or rock-climbing wall,
but some seemd to really enjoy it. We didn't enjoy the Solarium
pool much,as it didn't get a breeze and seemed stuffy. Pretty, however.
Debarkation was very slow. We were the last group called and then
the lines were long for customs and luggage. Bring a snack and some
water and prepare to wait.Lots of people to move .
I would do this cruise again in a heartbeat. Everyone went out of
their way to make it a great vacation, and we rewarded our staff
generously. Kudos to RCI for their management. We welcome any questions