I have two questions about leaving the port of NJ/NY. First, where is the top most outside deck on the Voyager while sailing under the Verrazanno bridge? If we have first seating for dinner, will we be able to sail up on deck while cruising through the harbor or will it already be dinner time? What is the typical first night going to be like?
When we went last year, we had plenty of time to see the bridge. They have a sail away party up on the pool deck. I don't remember what time the ship left Bayonne,NJ but we had first seating for dinner and had plenty of time to see the bridge. We have posted our photos on webshots.com- should be under cruise4dave or VOS. We tried to take alot of photos, not sure if we posted one of the bridge. Make sure you have your camera and camcorder with you, you go under it quite fast,once you are near it... Have fun on your cruise...
We did Voyager of the Seas to Canada in May 2004 and are going on Voyager to Bermuda in August.
When our cruise left, Voyager officially left at 10pm. Dinner didn't have any formal seating arrangement that night as I recall. When we went to our cabin to drop off our carry-on luggage, we just found our way to the dining room and were seated and ate. As people were coming on different times during the day, it wasn't official until the first at sea day.
In fact, we had time for a nap before venturing up to the topi decks as the ship left port. I believe it is the pool deck... where the jogging track is. I can't remember if the parade was on the first or second night, and as we had promenade stateroom it was easy to see.
I believe the casino isn't open until you hit a certain point in the waters.
Hello From Brooklyn, NY ("The Garden Spot of The World" - Ed Norton)
I sailed on VOS last October from Bayonne - The 9-night Western Caribbean cruise (due to hurricane damage, we did Eastern Caribbean instead!)
VOS left Bayonne just after 5 PM. I was on deck 12 forward when we sailed under The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at about 5:30 to 5:45 PM. At that level and above, it seems that you can almost reach out and touch the underside of the bridge! As mentioned by one of the other posters, there is a sail away party (either on deck 11 or 12), where party favors are given out, etc. Tip - get yourself a viewing spot on deck immediately after the muster drill - it gets really crowded, as it would seem EVERYONE wants to be outside when VOS sails under the bridge!
The early seating for dinner is at 6 PM. Unless there is some delay in embarkation, you'll be way past the bridge in lower New York Bay by that time!
The first night on-board: There is a welcome aboard show in the La Scala Theatre at 8 PM. Unless things have changed, Richard - The Cruise Director - will give a hilarious welcome to the assembled throngs - and a preview of upcoming shows during your cruise. I think there is a Welcome Onboard parade on the Grand Promanade at 11:30 PM, but, I was too tired to stay up and view it.
VOS is a beautiful ship, and, you'll have a blast just as I did!