Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by Jinnyaus: Great for relaxing, disappointing pool for adults
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Great for relaxing, disappointing pool for adults
Destination: South Pacific
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Went on this cruise with my mum - we were both first time cruisers.
Did not have any time to research beforehand, so there were a few things that as a first-time cruiser would have been nice to know (for all the newbies out there):
-the onboard currency is USD
-'deck' refers to the floor/level that you are on
-there is less rocking/movement on the lower floors, near the middle of the boat
-it can get quite windy so you need to bring warm clothes/windbreakers
-bring a lanyard with you (unless you want to buy a 'souvenir' one for around USD$5)
-there are no free wifi hotspots - its all paid, and quite expensive
-bring a travel clock/watch, as its hard to find a clock on the ship
-I saw some people brought radios/walkie-talkies - seemed like a great idea if you are travelling with a few people, so you could communicate on board.
A review of our experience:
-The activities were very much More geared towards children - lots of Dreamworks branded events, movies were generally children's movies
-the pools were reasonably dissapointing - there were basically two pool areas, and one was constantly full of children. The adult pool was very small, and had no view whatsoever, and was solar heated so not pleasant on a warm day.
-food was on average good, but was hit and miss - desserts were mostly bad, salad and fruit generally good, good burgers and steaks, but roasts werent nice.
-service was on average good, but I did feel pressure all the time to order alcohol - we were asked at least three times every dinner service whether we wanted to order a drink.
-we went on two port excursions through RC -both were generally well organised and there wasnt too much waiting around time. We elected to make our own way back to the ship at Lautoka Fiji, which cost us around AU$3 instead of USD$14 that RC were charging for a shuttle bus. Was very easy to find a taxi.
-Utilised the gym - was well equipped and never completely full so you could use the machine you wanted at any time. Had free weights and an area with exercise mats.
-disembarkation was smooth and quick, although we requested a 8:30-9am time slot and were allocated to 7am. Less
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Cabin review: 2628
Stayed in a disabled room, so room was very spacious.Only issue was the noise from the engine was quite noticeable, particularly in the first couple of days. After that we got used to it and it was fine.Room is equipped with a hairdryer. Does not have a clock (except on the phone), so would highly recommend you bring a travel clock.
Port and Shore Excursions
Anse Vata Beach
Took tour bus through the city, to two lookouts. Lookouts were ok - not an amazing view. Only stayed at each lookout for around 10 minutes. Dropped off at Anse Vata beach which was also ok - saw sea snake on the beach, and also felt a bit of a sting on my leg whilst in the water (plenty of french people wearing rashies, so I assumed there were stingers in the water) so I didnt swim for long.
Then spent some time walking around the city by ourselves - everything was very expensive - more so than France itself. Not much to see or do in the city.
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