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Age: 21


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Voyager of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2009-06-7

Itinerary: mediterrian

This was my first cruise and I was looking forward to it. I have to say this boat is overly commercialised for what it actually offers, unless you are into eating constantly, swimming or under the age of ten you will find this ship very limited. I was disappointed with the lack of stores, also in the general store and clothing store the items were horribly overpriced, on the entire cruise ship there was 6 bathing suits and hardly any trivial items which make traveling more comfortable.

The food was a huge disappointment, it was very limited and unless you like ethnic food or fast food processed meats you will be hungry. The salads were often not fresh and the desserts were often stale or congealed. The machine coffee was also very bad. Also, beware of Johnny Rockets, the benches were dirty with pieces of food left lying around and it had hidden charges, 10 dollars to deliver a burger to your table on top of the extra fee, tips and taxes.

We were expecting a small room and originally planned to use the room only for sleeping in as the ship boasted several things to keep one occupied. We requested twin beds, instead we had a large double bed and our sofa by the window had a large unsightly stain on it. The shower also had a leak on the head part so the bathroom got soaked each time we turned it on. The flusher broke twice and often one could smell sewage. Outside our stateroom maintenance decided to work on the pipes (wearing masks) but it stank out the hallways with ammonia and other foul smells.

They catered mainly to children. The parades were cringe-worthy, the shows were extremely corny and bad. Unless you are simple minded you will find them a bore.

Some of the excursions were vastly over priced. Always check if you can catch a train into the cities which are far from the ports. However, some of the other excursions which were cheaply priced. All in all, it turned out to be fine.

On our third day the captain announced that a passenger was experiencing flu like symptoms and we had to fill out health forms before we could dock. After a short delay we were given the all clear. Naturally we all carried on with our business and decided the health front must be fine. The day before we were to leave the boat to return home we were given letters from the captain to inform us the passenger did have swine flu and although they were taken off the boat the virus was still present on the boat. No one cleaned the boat down or provided us with medicine. So now a lot of us have sore throats and other symptoms and I personally have been swabbed at home and am awaiting my results.

All in all it was a badly run ship and too commercialised to actually live up to the hype!

I also have to add that the dress code is basically nil.

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