The VOS was refurbished Jan. 2006 and then they show a date of Dec. 2008 but no mention of what was done on that date.
Is this your first transatlantic ? We did a 14 day transatlantic in April 2007 on NCL Jewel and absolutely loved everything about it. Great entertainment, great food and freestyle was great w/ no need to dress up at night. Mostly we love the days at sea !
I have read mixed reviews of the VOS but for the price we decided to go for it. Our previuos experience with Royal Caribbean was very good. The days at sea mean the most to us. The food may not be great...well we just won't eat very much. The entertainment will have to be good on some nights and when it isn't we will find another way to enjoy ourselves. I find if we do not go with high expectations and remember we are lucky to be on vacation...then we are happy with what we receive.
Were you able to get a rate for transportaion from the airport to the hotel ? I have seen prices all over the board and that was why I was trying to find a hotel that offered transport in the room rate or would arrange it w/ a taxi they work with regulary. I found one transport service and I can check with them to see if they can handle 4 w/ luggage. In that event we would book at the same hotel if you care to transport together for a good rate ?
What day and time do you guys get in ? We live in the Dallas area. We are traveling from DFW @ 6 am to Miami w/ a two hour layover and then arrive SGQ (Las Americas Int'l airport) @ 2:10 pm.
Are you flying home from Heathrow ? I have been working on transport from Harwich to Heathrow and have found some alternatives to Royal's rate of $100.00 pp. We do not fly out until 2:30pm on Monday and got a really super rate at the Sheraton Heathrow, which looks like a very nice hotel including full English breakfast. I can share that rate and info if you need it.
My email is Katherinenic@yahoo.com
if you want to communicate with Jim and I directly. Thank you for letting me know you are on our ship. I hope we can help each other out with some of the details.