My husband and I decided to try a RCCL cruise again after four years (We sailed on the new Navigator in 2001) after four Princess cruises (Alaska on the Diamond, Southern Caribbean on the Sun, and Tahiti on the Tahitian) The Princess cruiseships did not seem as FUN without the promenade, parades, miniature golf, roller blading etc. I was concerned about the Voyager because of it's age, and it was a little dated, not shabby, but a little worn and outdated in places.
We booked an inside cabin on deck 10 midship but waited until the handicap cabins were released to the public. I was told this would be at three weeks before sailing. I noticed at five weeks this occurred and we switched to 1305. It was a great move because this cabin was HUGE and none of the handicap features were a problem for us. The location was perfect because the pool and buffet were only one floor up and a few steps away.
We arrived at the pier at 11:15 and whisked through checking in but had to wait until 12:00 for passengers to board the ship. It was fun to get on early. Although we couldn't get into our cabin until 1:00 (we were not even allowed to set a bag in front of the door to our cabin) it was no problem. By the time we'd had lunch and looked around a bit it was 1:00.