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Deborah Cunningham

Age: 36

Occupation:Project Co-ordinator

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Voyager of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2011-10-8

Itinerary: Birthday

Fabulous cruise, most definately recommended

My husband and I have just returned from a week sailing on RC Voyager of the Seas around the adriatic sea visiting Venice, Croatia and other lovely places, it was the best experience we've ever had. This was our first cruise and will most certainly not be our last. The service from all of the staff onboard is the most amazing one is to ever receive, every single individual was polite and couldn't do enough for us. We were a little confused prior to travelling over a couple of things, i.e. tips and dining. In relation to dining, I would recommend 'my time' dining as you're not stuck to a seating time. In relationn to tips, we paid these when booking our cruise and on the last day, vouchers are placed in the room with envelopes for Head Waiter, Stateroom attendant etc. We shared the vouchers out accordingly putting a little extra in euro's into a couple of the envelopes for those we felt we had received oustanding service from. We were thrilled to have a balcony room and if your budget allows, I would recommend the same. Standing on the balcony watching the ship dock into port was truly breathtaking and something we could do in our pj's. The balcony room was a great size, although hubby did mention from time to time that he felt the bathroom was a little on the small side. The bed was extremely comfortable and therefore we had some great night sleeps. The rooms are also very quiet, we heard nothing at all, not even people walking past our room which is what we had feared as we were directly in the middle of the ship. The food was exceptional, it doesn't look a sufficient sized portion when it arrives in front of you but believe me, the portions are adequate and extremely tasty, we don't have a bad word to say about the food overall, everything was oustanding. Breakfast is served in the Windjammer which is were we spent most of our time, this is a buffet restaurant serving various breakfast options and lunch options, it's a lovely place to sit and eat with always a good view of the cities to be had. We liked the idea of not using cash on board, anything purchased, i.e. drinks is used with the room card and one is able to view the amounts spent on the tv in the room. This is a great system, we only spent £320 for the whole week which was mainly on drinks. We did have the wine package which we wouldn't choose again as I don't drink wine and hubby felt he had to drink the whole bottle as it had been paid for. This could also only be served at 'my time' dining and nowhere else on the ship which was a little frustrating for hubby. We didn't opt for the soda package as I don't drink many fizzy drinks anyway. I would recommend not to do book the soda package as there are copious amounts of lemonade and water on offer in the Windjammer and the prices of the drinks in the bars are not that expensive anyway. There is a cafe on the promenade which is open 24 hours a day and serves freshly made small baguettes with various fillings on, it also provides pastries, tubs of freshly cut fruit and pizza, this is a lovely chilling out place. We went to the theatre a couple of nights and the shows are outstanding, the staff really do work themselves very hard indeed. The ship has a cinema showing films which have recently been on the pictures, we watched a couple whilst on holiday which was really enjoyable. Also the tv in the room shows over 60 films too which are charged at $12 per film. As mentioned earlier we went to Venice and Croatia with a few more places which we wern't over satisfied with, we found Croatia and Venice to be the most enjoyable places. I would recommend booking the transfers with the excursions desk on board, the prices range from about $10-$25 which we felt was worth it. We didn't book any excursions at all as we wanted to mooch at our leisure but we spoke to people who did and they had commented that they did enjoy them but felt that a full day out was a little too much for them. We had two formal dress nights which were fabulous, it was great watching people in all of their finery. We were a little worried about the formal nights as we thought that it would all be long ball gowns for women and dicky bows for the men but it was far from that. The nights did inlcude a few of those but overall people just dressed their best. Hubby wore his suit on both nights but his tie was not required so I wouldn't worry too much about this, it's individuals choice what you wish to do, you're not expected to 'overly dress'. The reception desk was always busy but we didn't wait too long on the occasions we required help so I would suggest being patient, the staff are extremely polite and helpful at all times. The gym is fabulous, every workout machine one could hope for the the jacuzzi after a workout is a must. My only gripe is that there are no private changing facilities for individuals, all women are to undress etc in one communal changing area which I was not comfortable with so used the shower cubicles to change. There are copious amounts of sunloungers should you be lucky enough to feel the heat of the sun whilst sailing. We had a few days but the strong winds made it an unpleasurable experience so we gave up. Overall the holiday was fabulous and is most definately recommended. If there is an option to contact me and ask questions, please feel free to do so and I will answer as many as I can. I do hope I've provided as much information as possible to help in your holiday on a cruise.

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