Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Voyager of the Seas
Sailing Date: February 1st, 2004
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
Sailed with Royal Caribbean in Feb. of 2003 aboard Radiance of the Seas to the Southern Caribbean. That was a much more enjoyable cruise. The crew were much more attentive (on the Radiance). The Voyager crew seemed distant and seemed like there were a lot of their (the crews) families aboard, may be the reason. The ship (Voyager) seemed in a state of dis-repair and need cleaning in places. The boarding the first day went well with no lines and was a very relaxing ( a day at sea). The second day we stopped in Labadee, Hispaniola. I think this was our best stop on the cruise. The port was very beautiful and very clean. A very enjoyable stop. The third day's stop was Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We climbed Dunn's falls. It was a little disappointing for me and I expected a little more of a challenge but for the first time it was ok. Did a little shopping. The 4th day was George Town, Grand Cayman. The island is very beautiful and well kept. Compared to the other stops a little more expensive, but not unexpected. Well worth the stop though.
Our last stop was Cozumel, Mexico. We took the Tulum / Xel-Ha excursion. The tour was not worth the time. The ruins we interesting for the 1 hr we were able to stay there. Don't get me wrong our guide was very friendly and knew the history of the ruins, just not enough time to explore them. Xel-Ha was a beautiful place with dolphins and all the wildlife around. The exception I had with this excursion was it is a 8hr excursion and you spend about 5hrs traveling to and back from these two places. Our last day was at sea. A day we spent on the deck collecting as much sun as we could before heading back to the cold of Ohio. On a scale of one to ten I and our travel partners ( two other couples) rate this ship and cruise at about a five. If you have never cruised the Western Caribbean, try it once. Chances are we will not cruise it again. As far as the Voyager of the Seas. I would guess at the moment this is one of their largest ships. There is a lot to do aboard and could be very enjoyable if only it were better maintained and the crew with exception to our room steward, and the personal of the Island dining room who were very friendly and great, that they took more interest in their passengers.