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Stephen Smith

Age: 46

Occupation:Truck Driver

Number of Cruises: 7

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Voyager of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-11-28

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

Day 1 Embarkation:


Nov 28, 10 Getting to the port was a breeze as we had already sailed out of Galveston twice before. We spent the night at the Hilton on Seawall Blvd. Sat. night so we were already in town. I dropped the wife and our friends Tom & Debbie that had come in from Wa. off with our bags at the port and brought the pick up back to the Hotels parking area to save some $$$ and cought the shuttle back to the port. Getting throught customs went very well after I remembered the can of copenhagen in my pocket, only took 3 times through the scanner to realize it. We all got checked in and were on the ship very quickly. First thing we both noticed was there was nobody at the gangway to say welcome aboard or offer us a drink or anything else and we found that quite strange. After we were able to get to our room my wife and I had a message from security to come down to deck 1 about something suspicitous in one of our bags. Turns out it was the hose for my C-PAP (breathing device) and everything was good to go. At dinner we met our Wait staff and Arturo our waiter was Great. Fernando on the othe hand left something to be desired. I sat 15-20 min. without water, now, he filled the others at the table with water and failed to fill my wife and I's glasses. I was very proturbed at this. After dinner I found the Scooner Bar and enjoyed the Piano player (Phil Anderson) for the rest of the evening.


Day 2 At Sea:


The weather was kind of rough today and I felt ill so spent most of the day in bed. My wife was kind enough to go get me some Dramamine and it helped settle my belly and sleep. We had dinner at the Windjammer (buffet) that evening cause I was still mad at Fernando. The food was medioker and almost warm, and as the week went on, cold food was the standard...That night I again landed in the Scooner Bar and closed it out. I really like piano music. So I don't get repetetive, I spent every night on board in the Scooner Bar, Phil would let folks get up and sing and it was just a fun place to be...


Day 3 At Sea:


Weather let up a bit and it was much more pleasent outside. Explored the ship a bit more and just tried to get more into the cruise mode. Went up to the pool deck and it seemed as though we were on a goast ship. There was only 1 waither on the pood deck with any sort of energy and enthusiasm and that was Kevin. He tried to boost moral and had little luck. It was just plain boring and never did get any better. This was 1st formal night & Captains dinner which we skipped.


Day 4 Roatan, Handuras:


Tom and I walked off the ship and into town a few blocks and got a taxi. We negotiated a deal and we got an Island tour for the day for $25 each. We got the same treatment as if we had booked it on the ship and payed $57 each. We toured the Island and sight saw and went to the beach for a bit. It was a good experience. My Wife, Debbie, Kids (Chris & Ellen) and grandkids (Kurtis & Adam) also walked off and ended up doing the zipline for $45 each instead of $99 each from the ship. Also Adam was allowed to do it whereas the ship excusion would not because he is only 11 years old. I understand the had lots of fun and also got to go to a resort for lunch and played with Howler & Spider Monkeys. We went to dinner that night in the Dining Room again and it was better than the 1st night.


Day 5 Belize:


Weather was just plain UGLY!!! Clouds were on the water, Rain & Wind at about 30mph. Tender ride in was quite rough and not at all fun but we made the best of it. All 8 of us walked into town and took a Horse & Carriage Ride through Belize City. Lots of history there. Did some shopping and headed back to the ship. I thought the ride in was bad...the ride back was terrible and had very little to no visability. Not RCCL's fault, just a Mother Nature thing. Many didn't get off the ship because of the weather. Windjammer for dinner, luke warm to cold food again, seems to be the standard.


Day 6 Cozumel:


Weather was gorgeous here, finally a good day in port. The 8 of us walked off the ship and did some shopping and then got a van and went to see some Myan ruins for $20 each. Ship cost was about $40 kids & $50 Adults each. The van took us to the site and it cost $6.75 each to get in. We had leasure at walking through the ruins and had a blast. The van was sitting there when we came out and took us back to town. The driver stopped at Diamonds international so the women could get their charms for their braclets and the brought us back to the ship. BTW, we discovered all the ports we went to there was no money paid until we were back at the ship. Kind of thought this was good as we weren't nervous about getting left hanging without a ride back. Dinner in the Dining room was Formal and we went to this. Lobster was overcooked and Prime rib was under cooked but it tasted OK.


Day 7 At Sea:


This was about the best at sea day we had. The ship had food up on the pool deck and a sort of pool party. I barely made it and was the last one through line so I just had to pile on the food and then go eat. We had dinner in the Windjammer again and the food was as expected...cold...We packed up as we had to have our things out in the hall by 11PM.


Day 8 Disembarking:


Chris & Ellen and the kids & I walked off so they could get on the road because the had to work Monday. Glenda (wife) and Tom & Debbie waited and picked up bags and after I got the pickup I waited about 3 hours for them to clear customs. I guess there was some kind of problem with disembarking and they were delayed.


Food:


Dining Room: Pretty good.
Windjammer: Cold and not so good.


Service:


Dining room: Only 3 times but got better by end.


Windjammer: Bad, couldn't get a drink to save our life.


Jonny Rockets: Not as fun as past cruises.

Room Service: Didn't ever get what we ordered. Used several times.

Stateroom Atendent: Excellent, Carlitos did and outstanding job. He is 51 years old and has been with RCCL 5 years and 10-12 years with other lines.

Entertainment:

Scooner Bar: Phil was wonderful.

Theater: The few shows I attended were very well put on and good.

Casino: What can I say, won some lost some came out about $15 ahead. Wife lost, not sure how much. Good variety of games, table & slots.


Overall Summery:


Would I go on this ship again? No.
Would I recomend to someone else? No.
Did we have fun? Yes. We made the best of it.


Speaking to some of the crew I found that none of them liked the Captain or head of hotel services so them being down dragged the whole experience down.









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