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Voyager of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas
Member Name: hammo
Cruise Date: June 2012
Embarkation: Singapore
Destination: Asia
Cabin Category: PR
Cabin Number: 7601
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates Not Rated
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We cruised on VOTS from Singapore to Shanghai June 11 .Here are a few thoughts on our cruise

Embarkation was smooth and the Singapore weather hot .New terminal huge and impressive .

First impressions were of a well maintained older ship with lots of character . We liked the look and feel of the layout - and the Promenade .

Promenade rooms we booked were fine and would book one of these again .

Cabin attendant - Lu - was fantastic - polite , efficient , reliable and friendly.

MDR waiter Ariel and Darla - were outstanding - bread & rolls immediately and wine list presented and delivered perfectly. Happy , smiling and fun conversation always. We were very happy to have them .

MDR -Food just average and disappointing compared with other cruises we have been on. Portofinos ( ate there twice ) was very good and well worth the extra $20 given the MDR food selection was surprisingly limited . I found the MDR beef to be very good however - tender and cooked as requested. ( lucky ? )

Wine list ( limited )and prices ( high for mediocre )were a disappointment.

Would have also liked to be able to bring a bottle or two onboard as we have done on other cruise lines to celebrate a special occasion .( without having to pay over the odds for a bottle we would have preferred not to drink ).

Hair dressing salon - rude , unprofessional - our complaint sent directly to RCI.

Pool and whirlpool areas well maintained , space always available - relaxing.

Bar staff - fine . Bar prices reasonable . Drink of the day always good ( $6:25 )and the $3 happy hr a great idea.

Ports of call -

Ho Chi Minh - went to Vung Tau - nice day , not wanting to do the 2hr each way trip to Ho Chi Minh City . This call needs some thought in my opinion.Who is looking after the roads in and out of the terminal? Surely there must be some alternatives closer to the port ?

Hong Kong - the tender , move and docking at the container port ? Seriously this was a joke.We had intended to stay on the Island when we eventually found out this was happening - secret RCI business ? Decided we would go with the flow , but it was a logistical nightmare for the ship and the passengers. Must have cost the cruise line a bomb let alone the organizational nightmare. Surely this will change for future cruises.

Xi amen - good port of call but not a real intro to mainland China - the Gulangyu Island is the preferred destination and a tourist spot.Good fun .

Shanghai - disembarked smoothly . Fantastic port of call for an extended visit to China. Stay on the Bund - Can HIGHLY recommend Les Suites Orient. Recommend Annie Gou from Shanghai Lander - she was a lovely guide .Smart and to the point.

Flew to Beijing - air quality poor but they have THE WALL . Recommend Da Dong for Peking Duck . Recommend Catherine Lu as a guide - she is a treat . Great fun and she drinks beer. Took us to a great Dim Sum restaurant and had an excellent driver. Beijing driving is not for the faint hearted .

Entertainment - pretty good , ice-skating was great , VOTS orchestra talented , shows were predictable but song choices sometimes obscure (on purpose ?) Pub was good fun.

VOS Sail - smooth voyage , calm seas , overcast , bit of sunshine , bit of rain , pleasant temperatures .Enjoyed the cruise -- really , why wouldn't you ?

Publication Date: 07/02/12
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