Voyager OTS Singapore to Sydney 14N from Singapore 24 Oct 2013
After DW& my four previous cruises, all on RC, and all from and to Sydney, we set our sights further afield and ventured to Singapore & the bigger ship Voyager. We had a package deal of a flight with Singapore Airlines, 1N at Orchard Hotel, Singapore and transfers.
Pre-cruise: Stayed at Rydges Hotel, Sydney airport & then a morning flight to Singapore – very nice relaxing flight. Arrived to a hot and humid Singapore, checked into hotel and went on a night safari zoo tour, which we highly recommend. Next morning we rode the Singapore Flier and the Aquaduck Tour which we very enjoyable. All these tours were pre-booked before we left home.
Embarkation: our taxi got us from the hotel though the terminal traffic as quickly as possible. There were long lines getting through the security checkpoint as there were two ships embarking at the terminal. We passed our bags over, joined the queue & within 30 minutes or so we were on the ship Staff at embarkation were great, the delay was caused by security screening – once we were thru there it was a breeze. We headed to the Windjammer & had lunch & we were on holiday once again!
Stateroom: we were able to access our stateroom soon after we had lunch & dropped off our carry-on. Our attendant Vincent had everything ready for us. We had a 7th deck IC  which was fine – it was just a squeeze to get past the end of the bed, but overall fine for us – we spend our time enjoying the ship and not so much time in our cabin. Vincent and we introduced ourselves & from that moment on he was able to arrange whatever we asked for - nothing was too much trouble.
Food: our only problem once again was that it was so good & was always being served, that it was impossible not to eat too much! We ate in MTD each night as we consider dining in style to be a highlight of a cruise vacation. We had a bit of an issue in getting our requests arranged initially, but this was all sorted. We ended up with a great bunch of people who we dined with every night on Table #24. Our waiter Izzet was great, as was our assistant waiter Ryann. Their advice & service were excellent. The whole team in MTD are a credit to RC.
We had breakfast each day in Windjammer & found it was really good, both the food & the staff. Most days we had lunch in WJ also. All the staff in WJ very good. The girl who greeted us to breakfast each morning was truly wonderful. We found the layout not as good as on Rhapsody and Radiance.
Entertainment: we went to the show each night. Overall this was the best entertainment line-up we have seen on our cruises. Usually there has been one or two where you thought naaa, but each night was very entertaining. Casual entertainment in around the ship was good. We finished most evenings in the Schooner Bar, listening to the pianist. The guitarist/singer in the pub was good, but it was often hard to get a seat – that area is too small.
Meet & Mingle: despite a 126 strong registration, the ship crew didn’t take this event seriously. The venue was not exclusive and so much of the seating as taken up by ‘outsiders’ with no interest in the event. It was programmed just before the crossing the equator festivities and little effort was made, unlike on our previous cruise on Radiance. Fortunately we made the best of it and we met some of the roll call members and exchanged some gifts.
Activities: CD Luke Aerosmith was excellent & his team worked hard to always have something for the passengers to do. We participated in many activities incl Trivia, mini golf, horse racing & we had fun.
Bars: good bars & staff– the Schooner Bar was our favourite. We were disappointed there were no Australian beers available, until they suddenly appeared about a week in ïŠ. Great staff who greeted us by name & knew our drinks after just a day or two. Special mention to Rohan and Arun in the schooner bar & the guys who worked the pool deck & theatre.
Ports: in Kuala Lumpur we did a private tour with a Malaysian friend of mine and his family. Interesting day. At Batu caves my new multi-focal prescription glasses were stolen by a monkey. Got them back by paying a ransom – it is a scam, and my glasses were damaged!
In Darwin we did the ship tour to Lichfield National Park which was very good. Lovely Barramundi for lunch! The bus driver & the tour guide were excellent.
In Brisbane we took our own private tour. The four of us took a taxi to a great Melbourne Cup function and the Wynnum-Manly RSL club. It is not too far from the terminal and we had a great time.
Disembarkation: very smooth & whilst we didn't want our cruise to end, the process was no stress & so once again didn't take away from our great cruise.
Ship: 1st time on Voyager, we really enjoyed the ship & the many public areas to relax and watch the world go by. The many sea days on this cruise were fantastic. Spacious & easy to get around, and our Captain was great. All the staff were truly wonderful- how they put up with the constant whingers and moaners we have no idea. I am sure that some only cruise to complain, or to line up at Guest Services .
The blocking of the lovely Royal Promenade with shop tables which caused a lot of congestion could perhaps be stopped. But there seemed to be many shoppers drawn to the watches etc, so I guess it works for them.
We agree that we preferred the smaller and more intimate feel of the other ships we have sailed (Rhapsody & Radiance), and the ship will be all the better for the upcoming makeover. There are many extras on Voyager, but they are more for families and kids than us, so they would get more out of them.
We met so many great people and have made friends with some – we just ignore those that complain!
PS: we have been back a just few weeks, but we this week will book our next cruises – Rhapsody – Alaska/Hawaii/Pacific Islands in Aug/Sept/Oct