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Royal Olympic Cruises

MS Olympic Voyager

Your Rating:Three Stars
Reviewed by: Gerold Signer
# previous cruises: 5
Date of Trip: April 15, 2001
Itinerary: Transatlantic

A nice itinerary with a modern, new ship.Fast speed but somewhat impaired comfort (rumble and vibrations). Very clean and good service in dining room.

Public Areas
Due to high speed, the top deck space is closed when in motion. Relatively little deck space, the rear decks tend to be somewhat uncomfortable due to sucked up mist from the churning rear water turbulence. Public rooms are well designed and quite comfortable, but too many activities throughout the day make it difficult to find a quiet spot for reading. Small pool with nice children's section.

Food and Service
The food in the restaurant was very good to excellent throughout the voyage. Fast, friendly service for food and wine. Wine prices above average. The buffets had good salad selection and good carved meat for lunch, but warm meals and breakfasts were rather boring and more or less always the same. Good fruit selection. Service at the buffets was OK, but quite "indifferent", not very enthusiastic. At the pool area there was a small grill buffet with good pizza and salads.

Cabin was clean, somewhat small, but excellent. Very nice bathroom with excellent fixtures and spacious shower, nice big window on deck 4. Plenty of closet and drawer space and always good and prompt service. Annoying was the continuous rumble and vibration, which seemed to be worse at midship, but one got used to it. There are much quieter ships afloat.

The entertainment was very good, engaged and with different themes. Also, there were classical piano recitals, a good idea, but the rattling ceiling elements in the main lounge reduced the listening pleasure. Also there were good lectures on various subjects.

Itinerary was good: Madeira, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Tangiers, Cartagena, Mallorca, Barcelona. Activities ashore and on the ship were varied and quite good. They occupied most of the public rooms during the day.

Who Goes
As this was a transfer cruise, there were 90% American/Canadian passengers, a group of Swiss and a few passengers from several countries. It was a cruise without children, mostly pensioners, but refined, nice and very kind fellow passengers, which made the trip quite enjoyable.

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