Just back from Voyager OTS out of Baoshan Shanghai China. This cruise was totally different from our previous cruises as it was dominated by about 3000 Chinese with only a small amount of Australian, US and English passengers. The cruise is not in the current book so we think it may have been a special charter. We booked through a cruise internet agency so were not aware of this. Having said this everyone seemed to want to join in with the singing and dancing, just some of the other options like bars etc were a bit deserted.The cruise director was Fang from China and he had to make all announcements in both Chinese and English. This meant that the jokes were told twice,the introductions were told twice and explanations were long and involved. This made some of the shows a bit boring. The entertainers had very good voices but they need to modernise the shows and not just have broadway style songs. The acrobats were very good and entertaining and the ice show was excellent.
We travelled to the port(about 40 mins) by taking a taxi from the Bund area of Shanghai and this cost about $19. The taxis are unbelievably cheap in Shanghai.Check in and baggage drop off only took 15 mins and were on the ship by 12noon. We found our room and dropped off our carry ons then went to the windjammer for lunch. Was pleased to find lots of fresh salad ingredients so had this most days so that I could eat all the yummy sweets. We had breakfast and lunch most days in the windjammer and ate dinner each evening in the MDR. The buffet in the windjammer was great but the food in the MDR was nothing special. The meals were tasty but could have been a bit more adventurous. This cruise did have a lot of Asian choices so this did restrict the options a bit. The formal night meals could have been a lot more fancy but I believe the dining options are being upgraded.The cafe in the promenade was a great spot for a cup of tea and a snack late afternoon as we were on late sitting dinner.
We spent a lot of time around the solarium pool and spas as the main pools were packed with children as we didn't realise it was school holidays in China (our mistake ). The attendants were very good at patrolling the solarium and asking any children to please go to the other pools.We also participated in trivia (winning 4) and bingo ( only a handful of people played bingo as the Chinese were all in the casino)mini golf and .
The waiters, room attendants and staff were all excellent and went out of their way to make us feel at home and nothing was too much trouble for them. The weather was hot and steamy and we were lucky to avoid the typhoons that are currently in Asia.
We visited Kobe, Nagasaki And Jeju Island. We didn't do any excursions from the boat but used the local transport to visit the sights and shops.
Our meeting time for departure was 8.20 and no sooner had we walked into the room and we were called to depart, We walked straight off,retrieved our bags and were in a taxi within 10 minutes. The organisation was excellent.
Overall the cruise was excellent and we will cruise with Royal Caribbean again.