We spent a lot of time researching this vacation and I was suprised at what I didn't know. This was our third cruise, 2nd on Royal Caribbean and we learned a lot. Here is what you need to know before you go.The ship has Internet access. The cost is .50 per minute at the terminals on deck 8. You can also get a system to use with your laptop at a cost of $100 for the week, but get the systems early because there are only so many available.The Windjammer food is horrible. Don't ever plan on eating a meal in that place. You can get a freshly made omlette at the Island Grill, but better to go to the main restaurant and order what you want there. You'll be seated with other families, but that is fun because you get to meet even more people. We did a Sea Princess cruise last Christmas, but to compare is not really fair because the Voyager is a much better ship. But, there were more shows on the Princess ship (two per night) and they had a "personal choice" cruising option that allows you to make dinner reservations like a restaurant at home. We found that helpful, but after this cruise the main seating is a better way to go because you don't have to fight the clock to get your dinner reservations made. Some people will like it, to us it wasn't worth the extra effort. Get the main seating and forget about the rest....just show up for dinner.Make certain you reserve your excursions at the time of your reservation. The waverunners and the parasailing were out and people were waiting for cancellations to participate. The Labadee stop was much better than I anticipated -- the beaches were wonderful. One side was calm where you could snorkel and see a submerged helicopter, and the other side was 2-ft.-waves and could get a little body surfing in. They feed you an adequate barbeque lunch (no additional charge) and there are plenty of lounge chairs. There is a bar on the beach were you can charge drinks to your cabin account. There are also some shops for which you will need cash. The bathrooms are very clean and have good showers to rinse off the salt and sand after the beach.Even though we had about 3,400 guests on board, I never felt the ship was that crowded. The Johnny Rockets restaurant was easy to get into. You get seated and order off a menu on land...all at no additional charge, including the malts and shakes.For the runners out there, the best time to run on the track is early morning. I only saw about 5-6 people on the track in the morning. In the afternoon, there is too much traffic on the deck to exercize there. The steam room and dry heat sauna are cavernous and never full. If you get to the shows about 30 minutes prior to seating you will have your pick of seats, 15 minutes prior and you will be looking for seats together. Sit in the balcony and let Manesh Subramanian serve your drink needs....he is the best.The mistake I made was not reserving the golf simulater early enough. It fills up quickly so make your reservation early in the week. It's an additional $25 for 1 hour and I would have liked to try it. The reservation desk is at the in-line skating office on deck 13, next to the basketball court.My kids did the rock climbing wall and they said it was OK, once was enough for that.Plan on playing bingo at the end of the trip. They offer a free cruise, and the jackpot on our cruise was $14,000.
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