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Kevin Bolin

Age: 28

Occupation:Secretary

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Voyager of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-12-17

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

Overall we had a wonderful experience and can’t wait to go on our next cruise. I think we may become cruiser for the fact of being able to see different places and even going to the same places and doing different things. To visit 3 places, stay in a hotel, eat, and then entertain yourself, cruising is definitely more cost effective. Thank you Royal Caribbean for a great vacation. Now you need to just offer shorter cruises out of Galveston like Carnival does.

We sampled all of the free options and my favorite BY FAR was dinner in the main dining room. Every night the food was great. The desserts the first 2 nights weren’t very good but everything else I had was fantastic. The steaks were cooked perfect, the fish was good, even the salad was great. We had breakfast and lunch in the windjammer a few times. Breakfast was good and lunch was ok. There wasn’t anything really wrong with the lunch but I’ve had better buffets. Good selection though. We had room service for breakfast a few times and it was probably the worst thing we ate but it still wasn’t bad. My coffee I got the first day was horrible so I just went and got my own in the mornings. No big deal. We ordered room service for dinner one night and the sandwich and pizza was pretty good. The cheesecake was really good too. Overall we had an excellent dining experience.

We were in room 8592 middle portside with a balcony. This room was perfect. I don’t think we could go without the balcony as we spent lots of time in the room. There was lots of storage under the bed and in the closet. We hung a toiletry bag in the bathroom and had plenty of space in there. My DW used the vanity for her make-up and hair so plenty of space there as well. FYI there IS a socket in the bathroom. At least there was in ours. It was above the sink to the right and was 2 prong socket. You could put a 110 or 220 in there. I didn’t notice it until about halfway through so I started using it for my electric razor. Before that I just used the vanity. Overall the room was great for us even though we spent a bit of time in there. We never felt crowded. We felt private enough on the balcony with a great view.

The one thing that was down for us is that we didn’t find a lot of the stuff to do on the ship for us. We ate, went to the main shows, and sat on the pool deck. Other than that, we didn’t do much. Maybe sat in a bar and had a quiet drink. I don’t think it is the cruise lines fault. They just didn’t have stuff that interested us much. I still feel like we got our money’s worth though. That is why we got the balcony room. We spent quite a bit of time in our room so having the balcony was nice to just sit and look out. Don't get me wrong there was plenty to do. They had name that tune shows, karoake everynight, a nice sports deck with lots to do including putt-putt. We enjoyed the doing-nothing part of our cruise.

DONT MISS NACHI COCOM!!! I booked an all-inclusive day to Nachi Cocom for my DW and I. It was $50 a person that included a covered patio, swimming pool, facilities, 3 course lunch, and all the drinks you want. Took about 15 minutes and $15 and we were there. I highly recommend Nachi Cocom to people looking for a quiet day just laying out or playing in the ocean. It was absolutely gorgeous there. The ocean was great, the food was great and the drinks were great. We had our own little straw hut and chairs and were in heaven. We will be back there for sure.

I did TONS of research before deciding what we were going to do while we were out there so I felt pretty prepared for anything. Now that we have been through it, although it was fun to read up on things, a lot of it was unnecessary. We picked the VOTS because it was obviously the easy to get to and saved us money in airfare.

Embarkation: We arrived at the terminal around 11:30am and we were VERY surprised at how busy it was. We thought we were pretty early but once we got in and through security, we noticed the hundreds of people waiting to board the ship. The lines moved quickly and so we joined the big group waiting to get on. I talked to a lady in line and she said she had never seen it like that before. We waited for about an hour and then they let everyone on. We have taken plenty of plane rides and this was way better than that. No complaints from us.

The Ship: Well they were right it is BIG. At the same time though, once you are on it and walk around, everything is very accessible it only took us about an hour to walk all around and see everything. That ended up being good though since you could go down and grab a bite to eat or drink or something and not feel like you were walking a mile. It was big but definitely not too big. I can see why people say the ship is still in great shape after 11 years at sea. We have nothing to compare it to but man was it beautiful. Everything was in immaculate shape and we really enjoyed the décor.

The Staff: The staff on this ship was great as well. My favorite was our waiter and assistant waiter in the main dining room. Claudiu was our waiter’s name. I don’t remember our assistant waiter’s name. They were both great to talk to, VERY professional and good at what they do. Our room attendant was great as well. His name was Omcar, or just Car. He kept our room very clean and knew us before we even met. I think that’s cool how they know your face before and just start it off like they’ve known you from before. Just about everyone we encountered was nice and friendly with a smile, even if we didn’t have one on. Our Cruise Director, Casey, was a hoot. Great personality and fun to listen to.

The Shows: We thought all of the shows were very good. We saw all of the shows except the juggler. The welcome aboard show was good as was the comedian they had. The ice show was absolutely fantastic. They are good on such a small rink. The Las Vegas Tenors were wonderful. Great singers and a great collaboration of songs. The Singers and Dancers show was good as well. The singers they had were really good and the dancers were good also. This was their first production of this show and considering that I think they did a great job. We got to see the comedian again for a late night show and he was good once again. Sorry I don’t remember his name. Overall the shows we very entertaining and although I’ve been to Vegas shows and I know the difference, I didn’t expect these shows to be like that. They weren’t but were definitely a joy to watch.

Ports: The first stop was Cozumel, Mexico. I booked an all-inclusive day to Nachi Cocom for my DW and I. It was $50 a person that included a covered patio, swimming pool, facilities, 3 course lunch, and all the drinks you want. The shops at the port were great and we bought lots of little gifts for back home. We got in line for a cab and headed to our beach. Took about 15 minutes and $15 and we were there. I highly recommend Nachi Cocom to people looking for a quiet day just laying out or playing in the ocean. It was absolutely gorgeous there. The ocean was nice, the food was great and the drinks were great. We had our own little straw hut and chairs and were in heaven. We will be back there for sure. After that we headed back to the ship, bought some more stuff, and got on. Easy fun first day.

The next stop was Grand Cayman. We booked an excursion to the local brewery, the Tortuga rum factory, and the Grand Cayman distillery. This excursion was cheap and for the drive you took and the information I say it was worth it. The last stop was the distillery which was right by the dock and that was very informative and fun. The tour guides were the owners and they were very nice full of information about rum and spirits. We shopped by the dock a bit and got back on the ship. Another fun day.

Our last stop was Montego Bay, Jamaica. We didn’t have anything planned here so we just got off at the dock, did a little shopping, and got back on. The weather was overcast all day and since we heard this place was a bit of a hit or miss, we decided not to take the chance and stay close.

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