We sailed on Voyager on the 9 night cruise to Noumea and Lautoka. Due to mechanical problems in Noumea, we were unable to sail on to Fiji. (More about this later).
According to staff at the Meet and Mingle, there were 3400 passengers on board. Surprisingly, the ship never felt crowded and queues were rare, and fast moving. On several occasions I looked down into the Promenade to only see about a dozen people walking around. Also, there were plenty of deck chairs available , far more than on past cruises with half as many passengers.
Our cabin, a grand suite on Deck 10 was amazing with so much storage, the three of us could not fill it. The bathroom was huge and again, well appointed with ample storage - better than most hotels. Our balcony had a table and two chairs plus a lounger that was great to read on. The best views from Sydney and Noumea were on the starboard side. In Sydney, you had the Opera House and in Noumea, the port (not very pretty), but also More
the marina, mountains and water. On the port side it was the nickel mine which was awful.
Food on board was very good, although a little repetitive. There was not a great deal of variety in the Windjammer buffet for breakfast, however lunch provided different options each day. We did not eat dinner at the buffet at all. Breakfast in the MDR was very nice but fairly standard, and lunch was good, but again, the menus were repeated twice, so if you turned up on a day that had a menu you weren't fussed by, it then meant a trip 8 decks up to the Windjammer. Dinner was usually delicious, and if you didn't like your selection, the waiters were always happy to bring something else. My only criticism of the MDR dinner menus was that the starters were very heavily geared towards soup or salad. In fact, on some nights there was a caesar salad starter and main on the same menu. Highlights were generally anything beef (apart from the strip steak), and surprisingly, the sugar-free desserts. Portofino's was worth every cent of the extra cover charge - an exceptional meal.
Entertainment was patchy. We didn't see any of the production shows other than the ice show which was really spectacular. Trivia quizes were a lot of fun, but as they became more popular, we outgrew the venue and no effort was made to move us to a larger one. The headliner acts were pretty much RSL quality so quite avoidable.
The ice skating rink was great. The ice was smooth and great to skate on (although a little small of course) and they limited the number of skaters at each session so get there early. My husband who rock climbs twice a week found the rock wall to have a good variety of climbs and challenges so he didn't get bored with it and climbed most days.
The main disappointment for most, was the fact that we didn't sail to Fiji. There were conspiracy theories circulating the ship, but basically, if there's a problem, we really need to trust the Captain to make the safest judgement call. As far as I'm concerned, RCI made a very generous compensation to us regarding this issue and whingers who are still not happy would probably never be happy unless they received a total refund (which is ridiculous).
Overall, this was an amazing cruise. I am so thankful to RCI for bringing us beautiful ships that are in their prime, rather than the old battered crates that I've sailed on with P&O in the past. As a result, I've joined the Crown and Anchor club as I'm now a confirmed RCI cruiser. Less
Cabin 1260 was great. Very roomy with excellent amount of hanging space, drawers and cabinets. The balcony had a table and two chairs plus a lounger that was great to read on.
The cabin was not noisy at night. The only time we had noise from the pool deck was on the evening of the pool party when we could hear the bass from the music and deck chairs scrapping. We didn't hear anything when they were cleaning the deck.
We went in to the market area where the shuttle bus dropped us and picked up a $20 p.p. one hour mini bus tour. This was good value compared to RCI tour prices and was really all you need to see Noumea.