We have just return form a 5 days cruise on the Voyager of the Seas leaving from Cape Liberty Port Bayonne. Please take note that Royal Caribbean does not mention that it is $106 later to get from Manhattan with a taxi to the port.
Embarkation was quick and we had just returned from the Windjammer where we had dinner when our luggage arrived.
The stateroom was a disappointment. We have been on The Brilliance of the Seas last year and the stateroom was roomy with the bed's edges curved to give more space. On The Voyager the corners of the bed were square with the coach leaving no space to get to the side of the bed. One could also see that the stateroom was 5 years old. It looked battered.
Our stateroom attendant was hopeless. A guy from the Caribbean islands. He had no idea of how to make a bed. On the 3rd evening of our cruise our stateroom was still as we left it in the morning. No clean towels etc and the bed not made. We had to call the reception to get clean towels because the number for the stateroom attendant just says "go off hook".
The itinerary was also not worthwhile. In St John we were supposed to see the reversing tides and the caves of St Martin. It was low tide so no reversing tides and we could not go into the caves, because there was a stream of water flowing in front of the caves. The courier told us that the previous day the tourists could not see St Martin's caves because it was high tide. Why then have such an excursion and advertise the reversing tides and the caves if they know that when it is low tide there are no reversing tides and with high tide one cannot see the caves at all? St John is a one horse town as far as I could see. The covered bridges they talk about are just a wooden structure built over the road. Looks like a barn with open ends.
2nd Excursion was to Peggy's Cove. We drove through lovely scenery and Peggy's Cove is a picturesque fishing village. The time given to spend there is too long, because there is nothing but the scenery to explore and a few gift shops.
The first day the ship rolled a lot. The Atlantic Ocean has quite high swells and its colour is dark blue comparing to the turquoise colour of the Mediterranean. Because of the fact that it was cool outside one of the pools were not filled with water and most of the people were inside the ship causing the lounges to be quite congested.
I feel that this itinerary should be scrapped, because it is not worthwhile. I am sure that we were spoilt by the wonderful 12 day's on The Brilliance of the Seas touring the Mediterranean, but apart from that the ship is just too big with too many people.
The Royal Promenade is big, but the shops are the same as all the other ships, only the pizza, ice cream parlours and bars were more.
The ship shape centre was much smaller than that of the Brilliance and we have missed the enclosed solarium.
The long queues in the Windjammer were also irritating comparing to the islands we had on the Brilliance of the Seas. The food in the Windjammer was also not very exiting. Most of the time the meat was underdone and tough.
This was our 3rd cruise on Royal Caribbean, but the most disappointing! As far as my opinion the ship and the cruise will get 5 out of 10 rating.