Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review to Transatlantic

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
7+ cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
5

3 out of 5

Here we go, again!

Sail Date: May 06, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

In our opinion there really is no such thing as a bad cruise, just different levels of evaluations. Even a "poor" cruise is better than "no cruise" at all. Although we've been on about 80+ cruises, this was our first Trans-Atlantic crossing. Much different than a normal 7-day round trip. American passengers seemed to be in the minority as most other passengers were European, with some Asians. Very few kids since this was 13 days. A lot of new staff members joined this cruise to get "trained" during the trip for the European market (which is vastly different than the American market.) All of the usual "events" were held, but a lot of passengers who don't speak English didn't attend--no problem finding seats for most evening functions. Since this was the first time this ship has entered Europe, the tours were not ready to handle the large numbers of people nor extend the typical "tour guide amenities" found in other locales. Smoking was a big issue as the ship couldn't handle the increased filtering requirements in the lounges or the Promenade (a ship-length 'mall' right in the middle of the ship for shops, lounges, eateries, etc.) Ships personnel were very friendly and helpful in the dining rooms and cabins; tour desk & Guest Relations were slightly below average. Entertainers were outstanding, as was the Cruise Director. Ship's Captain had the best sense of humor and personality of any that we've experienced. Overall great trip.

Pros: The relaxed time at sea and new, different ports than the

Cons: Too much smoking in the lounges by Europeans; awful land tours

Marseille (Provence), France

Don't Miss: The port area with the nice little outside restaurants
Lisbon, Portugal
Touring outside of the city was excellent.
Nassau, Bahamas
Too short a time in Nassau. If a person has never been, can't see or do much in the short time there; if one has been there before, it is just a "refresher" visit.
Nassau, Bahamas
Too short a time in Nassau. If a person has never been, can't see or do much in the short time there; if one has been there before, it is just a "refresher" visit.
Lisbon, Portugal
Touring outside of the city was excellent.
Ponta Delgada, Azores
Farmlands and visiting the country side was excellent.
Marseille (Provence), France

Don't Miss: The port area with the nice little outside restaurants
Cadiz (Seville), Spain
Seville on your own is a waste of time. Got to the city around 11 am but restaurants don't open for lunch until 1 p.m. No restrooms. "Tour guide" just rode on the bus to Seville with us. Could not find any square representing The Barber of Seville fro operatic fame. No sense of "marketing"
Cadiz (Seville), Spain
Seville on your own is a waste of time. Got to the city around 11 am but restaurants don't open for lunch until 1 p.m. No restrooms. "Tour guide" just rode on the bus to Seville with us. Could not find any square representing The Barber of Seville fro operatic fame. No sense of "marketing"
Ponta Delgada, Azores
Farmlands and visiting the country side was excellent.


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