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1,005 Royal Caribbean Sydney (Australia) Cruise Reviews
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Neicy& Ron
Member Since 2004
1 review
326 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed two weeks ago
We choose this cruise as a short break. Boarding at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney was surprisingly quick, considering the numbers in the line. On boarding we headed straight to our cabin #9244. Great location right ... Read more
DragMaster63
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
This cruise was a last minute decision for us, based on a fantastic price for a Guaranteed Ocean view room. We ended up on Deck 2 Port side aft, which was quite a good position to minimise the effects of rough seas, as the area does not ... Read more
StephenBurra
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
We really had a relaxing holiday. On a cruise there are many different tribes from our society and you soon find your niche make good friends, We spent a lot of time at the adults pool and because we travelled outside a holiday period we ... Read more
Deb1971
Member Since 2016
5 reviews
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Have cruised before but this was the first with RCI. Boarding was relatively quick, which was a blessing given the rainy weather and the number of people boarding. We flew in to Sydney that morning and were able to drop off the bags ... Read more
Gowrie
Member Since 2012
1 review
34 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We have Diamond status on RCL so we are not newbies. We have recently returned from a 10-day cruise to New Caledonia and just lost ten days out of lives that we will never get back again. This cruise was an absolutely terrible ... Read more
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ozbrian
Member Since 2010
1 review
854 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Everything ran very smoothly whic is usual with RCI. We had a great time with nothing to complain about. If I had to be picky I'd say the entertainment was a little light on this sailing. We had mainly comedians and magicians. The saving ... Read more
AllyM
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
Booked this cruise 6 weeks from departure at a very good price. We had a forward balcony on cabin on deck 7 which was very clean, room was very comfortable and bathroom a good size. Room attendant was exceptional as I have always found on ... Read more
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Harlequin66
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
I hate to give negative feedback and I have been on 19 cruises with RCCL and on Voyager of the Seas several times, including 7wks on board Voyager in 2012 on her maiden voyage to Australia. Needless to say, I am a big fan of RCCL but felt ... Read more
itil4get09
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
181 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was our 4th cruise on the Voyager over the past 2 years. Unlike the previous cruises, we didn’t have the same fantastic experience we had before but we still had a good time. Mainly we found both the food and service ... Read more
nswsteampower
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
8 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Voyager of the seas, 21st Feb 2017 Average at best, this was the largest ship we have been on and will now go back to smaller ships. Even though the ship is larger than Radiance/Solstice/Carnival the layout seams cramped in places and ... Read more
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Linda and Tony
Member Since 2016
1 review
37 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Embarkation and Disembarkation ran very smoothly, The ship is tied looking but is an excellent ship with plenty to do. Cabin was clean and very roomie,the entertainment in your cabin was great but if you wanted a quite period to watch TV ... Read more
Koalacash
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Food: MDR was generally good. If you didn't care for your meal you could order something else, in fact the waiters encouraged it. My husband was happy to find lamb on the menu every couple of days. Windjammer Buffet had the same basic ... Read more
muhtar
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed February 2017
• We would like to see bad sheet change every 4 days not 7! • Table tennis area windy, some digital timer to be on the game for each machine to be fare. • Main dinner restaurant need more verity food no much choice did ... Read more
immy619
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
165 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I'll start by saying I'm a RCCL loyalist and love the various Royal ships. The most egregious offense was the food. I thought I was on a Carnival ship. In Windjammer there are 4 main areas food is available. 3 of the 4 area served the ... Read more
juventus
Member Since 2009
1 review
272 forum posts
10th cruise for us and we do know the good from the bad. We sailed 14 nights from Sydney to Singapore on board the mighty Ovations of the sea. The expectations were high but the reality was disappointing. 1- We booked based on ... Read more
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nardcornish
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
1 forum post
We sailed from Sydney to Singapore on the ovation. As suite members we found the embarkation and disembarkation experience great as we obviously had priority. The ship is very big and beautiful and being new has far more advanced ... Read more
balihai32
Member Since 2014
1 review
We, like many others were somewhat anxious after reading unflattering reviews about this ship....Thankfully we went aboard with open minds & soon discovered this truly was an exceptional ship operated to the highest standards. Prior ... Read more
livlyf
Member Since 2014
1 review
12 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was a much anticipated cruise. We picked this cruise more for the ship than for the itinerary, which may have been our mistake. I am not sure if it was all the hype regarding the ship which made our expectations a bit too high and ... Read more
Heymoe
Member Since 2007
1 review
5 forum posts
First the good news: if an issue can be cleared up, the crew will do it. To the person, everyone who worked on the ship took pride in their jobs and went beyond the call. From the light and sound technicians to the chefs, the front and ... Read more
Tannumgirl
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
46 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We were looking forward to this cruise since we booked the original 23 January sailing on the date bookings originally opened. We were disappointed though that our cruise was like an after thought with the ship not stocked and running out ... Read more
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Maxit
Member Since 2015
1 review
50 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
The activities.Something for everyone, an endless stream of activities food and entertainment. We booked this cruise with the intention of enjoying the ship and we did.The ports where not a priority for us. Staff fantastic. Only ... Read more
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TYPE34
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We have had 6 cruises on Royal Caribbean,on 5 ships and are now Diamond Members of Crown & Anchor. We have enjoyed every cruise. Our latest cruise on Ovation from Sydney to Singapore was no exception unfortunately certain areas were ... Read more
jperman1
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Ovation has got everything, from all the restaurants, bars, music venues to all the activities such as Ifly, flowrider, North Star, bumper cars, rock climbing, bionic bar. The ship is massive, so there's always a quiet spot to do some ... Read more
ncee
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
I am sorry that I cannot give this beautiful ship a 5 star rating, but a number of minor things let her down. (Our perspective anyway.) On the plus side, because of the size we rarely had a problem finding a seat in bars, coffee shops and ... Read more
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denstrip
Member Since 2013
1 review
53 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
I chose this ship not for the destination but to have the experience of a new and large ship. The ship was beautiful, everything is new and very modern. The specialty restaurants were amazing with fine detail from the elegant furnishings ... Read more
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