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870 Royal Caribbean Sydney (Australia) Cruise Reviews
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RosieCanberra
Member Since 2010
12 reviews
783 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This cruise for us was all about the ship. We booked early as we knew the cruise would sell out and the prices would increase. This was our third RCI cruise and 25th cruise overall. We have previously sailed on Voyager and Explorer. We ... Read more
undertone
Member Since 2005
1 review
28 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This is a review of a 10 night New Zealand Cruise (Sydney to Sydney) on Ovation of the Seas departed Sydney on 30 Dec 2016 returning 9 Jan 2017. We flew in from New Zealna Ste day before the cruise and stayed at the Mantra on Bond ... Read more
cajaman
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
13 helpful votes
Was looking forward to trying a brand new ship in Aus and it didn't disappoint. Was concerned about the negative reviews but that wasn't our experience at all - ignore the negatives this ship has so much to offer. Have cruised a lot with ... Read more
jdistef
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
First time on a cruise and booked on the Ovation of the Seas based on all the hype surrounding the largest cruise ship. In summary, these are my impressions: A basic flaw was sending a ship built specifically for Chinese tourists to ... Read more
Mahg
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
We had a wonderful family holiday on this ship Please find a summary of my thoughts re pros and cons Pros: The ship is new! It is beautifully furnished, interesting artworks, lovely furniture and well,designed balcony staterooms. ... Read more
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Billyboy7
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Sailed on the New Years Eve Cruise out of Sydney. Overall it was a fantastic trip & the ship was magnificent however there were huge queues from beginning to end. Got out of the taxi at the the port & dropped off our bags at the ... Read more
msummerill
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
A new ship - and the largest ship to sail in Australia - our anticipation and excitement was high before boarding. But that's when the problems started. Boarding the ship took HOURS for most people. The process in Sydney was nothing ... Read more
Geoffro-62
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was our first ever cruise with any company and it has put me off any future sailing with RC. I went on board with an open mind after reading many poor reviews about this ship. Unfortunately, most negatives were confirmed. Too ... Read more
trimmy
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We needed a holiday badly and thought that the biggest RCL ship to cruise out of Australia could be the way to go.This was our 6th cruise and we had very high expectations. Michaels pub staff were very efficient and friendly and our ... Read more
gemchad
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
9 forum posts
This was our fifth cruise second on royal Caribbean and first on Voyager class. Overall impressions very I fluenced by the crowded nature of the New Years cruise. Felt. Bit like being in Bali with drunken Aussies sometimes. Long waits for ... Read more
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ExecutiveTrish
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Really positive experience overall, found the ship and most facilities clean and easy to navigate, although will add our first day embarking and settling in was confused, and some notice / info about needing Lanyards would have been good ... Read more
BananaSmoothy
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
We chose this cruise as it fell over our holiday time. I have to say we had a teriffic time and we are already thinking of booking another. Our cabin was great, we had the biggest window ever! There was plenty of wardrobe and ... Read more
Chezlou
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
49 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
Love cruising! The Radience is kept clean and the staff are happy and helpful, room clean and loved our free upgrade to the balcony, first time with a balcony and sitting outside reading was peaceful. The shows were great and loved the ... Read more
2Disappointed
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
The whole experience was ruined by the constant upselling. Most activities were based on the ship selling something, but not for the enjoyment of the customers. The waiters too, were constantly trying to sell lunches and dinners time and ... Read more
Aussie Steven
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Selected this cruise due to holiday time available. Have done 20+ cruises previously ( mainly Princess and Celebrity). First and last time on old Royal Caribbean ships. No toiletries in bathrooms No drinks in fridge Luggage ... Read more
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Kateandstevec
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Have to say our room attendant, waiters and drink waiter staff of an evening made a trip amazing, nothing was too much of a problem and they went beyond to make a cruise memorable. Overall our cruise was great, ship was spotless, food ... Read more
Jobail
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We enjoyed almost every minute, the staff were the most helpful, courteous staff we came across. We did not rate the shows generally as the sound was far too harsh and loud for us. It is first time not seen every show. The ice show was ... Read more
grannycruising
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Overall as a family group we were happy with this cruise.9 in our group 3 cabins. 2 balconys and 1 ocean view cabins clean and tidy Pool areas were good ,always clean towels available. Grankids loved the flowrider. Food ... Read more
Nebularcrionix
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
*I purchased the drink package but unfortunately I found that it was frustrating to try and get service from any of the bars on the ship, partly due to the lack of attention from the bar staff and also due to understaffing of the bars. For ... Read more
nikkichris
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was our xmas holiday /new year cruise, just the two of us. The virtual cabin was great, apart from our young neighbours on one side who continually slept most of the day and slammed the door most of the night throwing themselves ... Read more
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elenef
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
31 forum posts
We booked this cruise as a family group of 8 which included 2 teenagers. Being Christmas and New Year there were 1250 children on board and despite the large number of children they did not cause us any problems and were well supervised ... Read more
Sonexxx
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Royal Caribbean do run nice ships. We've been on a number of their cruises now. Decided to try a Xmas and New Year cruise out of Sydney. All very jolly but considering the premium price we paid for the particular cruise it really wasn't ... Read more
Glendag
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was not a pleasant cruise. The ship was old and resembled a 1980's RSL club in need of a refit. The food in the main dining room was mostly terrible - weird combinations, not served hot, poor presentation and lacking love. Despite ... Read more
GCMAGPIE
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
100 forum posts
We have cruised with RCI on 7 occasions and with the exception of this last cruise, they were all sensational. RCI appears to have cut back on staff as the service levels have dropped dramatically. For the first time we experienced ... Read more
feebee00
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
We recently returned from an 8 night christmas cruise on Voyager of the Seas - yes, this was the dreaded cruise that everyone was up in arms about missing Lifou on Christmas Day. Embarkation was reasonably smooth, on arrival we were ... Read more
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