Great Itinerary, but ship has shortcomings: Voyager Cruise Review by firstname.lastname@example.org
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Great Itinerary, but ship has shortcomings
Embarkation: Hong Kong
We'd booked the cheap deal which didn't allow a choice of cabin, but simply guaranteed an outside cabin. In fact we were allocated a good sized cabin which wasn't on the lowest deck and was pretty centrally located.
Positive features of the cruise were:
- Good food in both the formal Discovery restaurant (open seating) and the self-service Veranda.
- Excellent lectures from three well qualified and charismatic speakers
- Reasonably priced drinks
- Good choice of excursions; well-managed and good guides.
- Excellent classical piano/violin duo and good pop trio.
There were, however, some shortcomings - some serious:
- The heating on board was either too hot or too cold.
- With the cold weather in this part of the world at this time of year, the alfresco space outside the Veranda restaurant was unusable and there was a scrum inside the restaurant much of the time it was open.
- The layout of the ship was far from ideal; the library was the corridor to the restaurant and guests walking through the Darwin lounge regularly disturbed lectures.
- The best lounge was reserved for bridge players much of the time.
- The brochure had promised the option of ' a stylish and intimate' Explorer club restaurant. This no longer existed.
- The brochure and website referred to art and craft classes and a choir on board. No such activities were on offer - although the feedback questionnaire asked us to rate them!
- The 24 hour hot drinks station was located in the Veranda restaurant on deck 7 - hardly convenient for most cabins.
- The cruise director was an excellent singer, but her announcements were robotic and often inaccurate.
- The entertainment team were young and enthusiastic, but stage shows were rather amateurish and samey.
Overall we'd be happy to book another cruise on board Voyager, but our decision would be based on the interesting itineraries offered by this company rather than any inherent features of the ship. Less
Cabin review: Livingstone Deck DA3210
The cabin was a reasonable size, but storage was limited by comparison with other ships we've been on. The shower cubicle was small and the huge mixer tap projected half way into the cubicle. I'm only average sized, but found it hard to shower without knocking the control and thus experiencing hot or cold water. I'm not sure how more generously sized passengers coped.