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Sail Date: August 2019
This cruise and the experience was amazing. As 4 of only a limited number of English speaking guests on board, we were treated a bit differently from the other passengers. The staff from the stateroom (Ya Mei) to the Dining Room (Heri, ... Read More
This cruise and the experience was amazing. As 4 of only a limited number of English speaking guests on board, we were treated a bit differently from the other passengers. The staff from the stateroom (Ya Mei) to the Dining Room (Heri, William and others) to the bartenders and others on the ship went out of their way to make us comfortable. Given the limited number of English speakers on board, English activities such as Trivia games, Karaoke ...etc. allowed for participation whenever we wanted. The shows were not that great (kinda boring) but the talent was pretty amazing. The casino was the place for people to smoke so we didn't gamble too much. Most of the shops on board we for higher end goods. Don't expect the regular T-Shirts and such. The ports in Japan and Tianjin in China were amazing. The choice of shore excursions are limited so English speaking guests may want to do research and venture out on their own (like we did). The one exception was Kyoto. The city is 2 hours away from the port by train so you may want to consider this option. The dining was great with both Chinese and International options. A daily menu of steak, chicken, mashed and fries and french onion soup will help those who are "meat and potato eaters." Embarkation was quick and easy and debarkation was the same. As a frequent cruiser and traveler, I would advise everyone who wants to have an awesome time to do some research, watch some videos, get your visa and GO! If you understand that you are going to experience a new culture, this will be the trip of a lifetime! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Just wanted a short holiday cruise so chose this one. Ship is magnificent very large!!! Everything was carried out well. Beautiful meals in the 3 restaurants. All the little eateries were great as well. We were on a cruise with about 4000 ... Read More
Just wanted a short holiday cruise so chose this one. Ship is magnificent very large!!! Everything was carried out well. Beautiful meals in the 3 restaurants. All the little eateries were great as well. We were on a cruise with about 4000 chinese which was a little daunting but the staff treated us "internationals" very well indeed.As only 6 day cruise ports were limited Beijing Kumamoto and Hong Kong. We made some great friends who we hope to keep in contact with in the future. Probably would not go on an all asian cruise again. Would rather leave from Australia and return to Australia. I am not keen on flying so probably would stick to just flying to or from Hawaii and cruising the other way. Maybe just around Australia next time. Ovation was absolutely beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone, as I said very large and did not feel much movement from the rough seas we experienced. As I said limited Ports we had adays tour of Beijing going to Forbidden city, Jade factory, great wall and a health clinic. In Kumamoto we caught the bullet train in to see the Castle and had a bite to eat before getting normal train back to meet up with the shuttle to take us back to the ship. Hong Kong was great shopped and went sight seeing. We dined at three restaurants and found the service and the food wonderful So in all a lovely cruise> Read Less
28 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We stayed the night before departure at The Sheraton Tianjin however it would have been just as easy to catch a bullet train and taxi from Beijing to the Tianjin International Cruise Terminal. Unfortunately the cruise ship was late to ... Read More
We stayed the night before departure at The Sheraton Tianjin however it would have been just as easy to catch a bullet train and taxi from Beijing to the Tianjin International Cruise Terminal. Unfortunately the cruise ship was late to arrive due to morning weather conditions and the masses waiting to board were left in line without any announcement as to the issue. Once on board all troubles melted away. As one of only about 70 non-chinese passengers we were certainly in the minority however the RC staff were extremely sympathetic and it was never an issue. It was expected that a cruise departing and returning from the same chinese port would be heavily populated by the local residents. We did meet some lovely people however language was a major barrier. Onboard the activities were terrific, the North Star took us to amazing heights, the iFly allowed us to pretend we were falling from an airplane, the food in all restaurants was fresh and plentiful, the entertainment was exceptional. Pixels light show was unbelievable. Our room was always clean, comfortable and provided beautiful views from the balcony. I look forward to my next Royal Caribbean Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
The cruise started off with a long wait to get on the ship, but we barely had to line up for anything else afterwards, although a lot of older guests seemed to complain about lines to us. We only had to wait at Guest Services for about 10 ... Read More
The cruise started off with a long wait to get on the ship, but we barely had to line up for anything else afterwards, although a lot of older guests seemed to complain about lines to us. We only had to wait at Guest Services for about 10 minutes the entire time of the cruise and even less for our shore excursion. I guess you just have to pick the right time of day to go. This ship has been based in Asia for quite some time but the staff spoke English very well even though it was their second language, we even attempted to learn Mandarin from the Activities Manager and trying to learn a whole other language is quite difficult so I could forgive them if at times I didn't quite understand them. Many of the passengers were quite disrespectful and expected the Asian crew members to speak fluent English with no hint of an accent which was quite unfair. The food was good, probably not the best of the cruises I've been on but still enjoyable, we never went hungry. The service was fantastic in both the dinning room as well as the Windjammer. Being some of the younger guests (in our 20s) we found a lot of older passengers wouldn't let us join them during busy periods in the buffet so we sometimes had to leave and come back a bit later which did spoil some of the dinning experience. Although we did meet some fantastic people from all over the world on the ship. We only did one shore excursion because we found them to be a bit over-priced and we didn't mind catching public transport or taxis around instead. The one shore excursion we did had no wait times and every other time we got off the ship we just waited for the lines to go down so we could walk straight off but still had plenty of time to see what we wanted. We didn't see much of the entertainment but what we did see was enjoyable, especially the ice show which was fantastic. The activities on the ship were also enjoyable, we really enjoyed learning to ice skate, our Mandarin lessons and trivia. Our stateroom was a decent size and it was very well looked after by our stateroom attendant who was easily our favourite person on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
Overall, I was quite happy with the cruise. There were 2600 passengers (approx. 800 short of capacity) so nothing was too squeezy. Hate to think what it may be like if the ship was full. Embarkation was easy. Cabin - we had an inside ... Read More
Overall, I was quite happy with the cruise. There were 2600 passengers (approx. 800 short of capacity) so nothing was too squeezy. Hate to think what it may be like if the ship was full. Embarkation was easy. Cabin - we had an inside looking over the promenade on deck 8. It was wonderful if you don't like an inside cabin and so was the price. We heard very little noise from the promenade and I would book one of those cabins again. The couches in the cabin were looking a little worn but nothing else in the cabin did. Staff - dining and cabin staff were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble. Staff all around the ship were friendly including those in the cake shop. Food. I would give the food a 4 out of 5. I am vegetarian and there were plenty of options for me. I loved the cake café where one could get tea or coffee any time with a little cake. I only liked the cranola cake but it was there all the time. You could also get fruit and muffins etc. from the cake shop during breakfast time. I loved the fact that the cake shop was central and one could get a cup of tea before going to bed. There was tea/coffee making facilities in your cabin but I preferred the cake shop. Tea - it was reported the tea RCCL offered was not good but I just used 2 bags of either English breakfast or black tea and it was fine. Ship - The very expensive merchandise was a joke. Surely, goods priced for most passengers was a better option for RCCL. There were hardly ever any passengers in the watch/jewellery shops and the bag shop. Passengers went crazy over the $25 dollar watches on special but one has to wonder if they lasted. The one watch I wanted wasn't even available so why display the watches that will be on sale if only different styles are offered. The ship is beautiful and I loved the concept of the ship with the Promenade or mall on deck 5. It was just such a shame the shopping wasn't worth it because everything was too costly. I would cruise the voyager class ships again. Tours - We went on the Ship tour to Bangkok which was very good. The tour in Singapore with an airport drop off was just so so. Entertainment - the bands around the ship were excellent. The nightly entertainment was OK but not excellent. The ice skating show was good. As the ship was eventually travelling to Australia, it was good to see Australian entertainers on board. Pool deck - we enjoyed staying in the solarium which was not fully enclosed but that was OK with us. One had to have the card swiped to get towels but still there were way too many deck chairs saved with towels on them and no people for hours. I saw one attempt of the deck steward noting the time and taking towels away (late in the afternoon). He did not touch deck chairs that had other items on them. Gym - always got access to a treadmill. Disembarkation was good but I was on a tour. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
We have just returned from a thirty day cruise from Tianjin China to Sydney. Back to back. Loved the cruise, especially the ports of call on the first cruise,, Nagasaki, Fukoka , Okinawa, all in Japan, then Hong Kong ,Vietnam , Thailand ... Read More
We have just returned from a thirty day cruise from Tianjin China to Sydney. Back to back. Loved the cruise, especially the ports of call on the first cruise,, Nagasaki, Fukoka , Okinawa, all in Japan, then Hong Kong ,Vietnam , Thailand and Singapore, 2 Nd cruise was to Malaysia then to Darwin , Brisbane & Sydney. A wonderful cruise , ships staff all very helpful and friendly . The panorama coffee shop was a hit with everyone where you could go make a drink any time of the day or night, on board shops a disaster, don't cater for Australians at all and all items were very expensive. The alcohol twice and more of what you would pay in Australia. Entertainment ok except some of the magician acts a bit weak. Loved Rhonda Burchmore, she got a standing ovation, think they need more entertainers like her to suit the age group cruising. We did several ships tours which were good. The cruise directors terrible , started off with someone called Fang, he was replaced and we ended up with Luke what a rude person so full of himself, do hope our next cruise he is not on board. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
We travelled as a family of two adults and a teenager on the Voyager of the Seas. Our cruise departed Tianjin on 8th October 2013 for 16 nights arriving in Singapore. I enjoyed reading of other’s experiences on this grand ship before we ... Read More
We travelled as a family of two adults and a teenager on the Voyager of the Seas. Our cruise departed Tianjin on 8th October 2013 for 16 nights arriving in Singapore. I enjoyed reading of other’s experiences on this grand ship before we took our first ever cruise. Our choice of cruise was definitely because of the itinerary. It was a balanced compromise for our family to do a cruise (for my husband) visiting the Asian exotic ports including many we had never been to before (for me) on a ship with so much to offer for families (for the teen daughter). We travelled to Beijing and stayed for a few days prior before taking a shared minivan transfer for the two hour trip to Tianjin with 3 other couples -other Cruise Critic forum members. Check in at the port was very smooth and we were able to check out our cabin within an hour. Ports Nagasaki – Very easy disembarkation. The tram stop was an easy walk away and simple to navigate on our own for some sightseeing to the atomic bomb museum and Memorial Park.. Fukuoka – Canal city is the main shopping mall, nearby there is a couple of temples and a shopping street where you can find a Hakata doll shop. We took taxis to and from the ship port. Naha- Easy 20 minutes to walk to the monorail to go straight to the historic castle. Hong Kong – Landed at the new Kai Tak terminal. The ship organised shuttle buses to and from a central shopping centre that had a subway station. Easy to get around and a trip to the peak is a must! Wonderful food! The best Peking duck I have ever had! Hi Chi Minh – The city is a long way from the port. About 2 hours each way. We stayed over in Ho Chi Minh at the Grand Silverland hotel (fantastic hotel!) near Ben Than Market and took Vesper Tours of the city and countryside-Great fun and Highly recommended! The only downer was the long time it took to get off the ship in port. Immigration was rather sticky! Thailand – Again the city is a long way from the port. We stayed overnight in Bangkok – could not recommend the hotel this time! Singapore – Disembarkation was smooth. The Diamond Princess moored at the same time but there was not a huge wait for taxis and other transport. Food I did not really know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. If you did not like the food then you could simply choose something else. The Windjammer was great – it really does have something for everyone! Hamburgers, sandwiches or a plate of pasta at any time. Afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, cakes and scones with jam and cream! Three course breakfasts with my favourite pancakes with blueberries and fresh cream. The sea day poolside barbecues were wonderful with fresh salads and the best char grilled beef and pork ribs! The main dining room was great for breakfast, lunch with the Tutti salad bar and dinner. We ate in there most nights and enjoyed being spoiled by our very attentive waiters Mevin and Euclid. These guys were fantastic and made sure we enjoyed the cruise experience every night. They would bring us too many extras and their recommendations were always spot on! I am surprised at criticisms about the food on other reviews as I can only say that our dining experience was excellent every night! We chose My Time dining and found that worked well for us and we had a routine and the same service most nights. We never had to wait for a table at all. Cabin We had a balcony cabin (8222) and it was very clean and functional. There was plenty of space to hang our clothes in the walk in robe and the bathroom had plenty of space in the behind mirror shelves. I used an over door hanger as per other cruisers recommendation and it was great for keeping clutter off the limited desk space. The other top tip I was thankful for was to take a whiteboard marker to leave messages for other cabin mates on the mirror. The bed was very large and our Room Steward Marc kept our room tidy and clean. He was always helpful and nothing was too much trouble to ask for. Service I enjoyed the service on the Ship. Everyone from cleaners to bar staff was friendly and helpful. The ease with which potential troubles were dealt with at Guest Services showed the professionalism of the staff at Royal Caribbean. Always a smile and help when you need it. Overall we have a fabulous time on the Voyager of the Seas. I would highly recommend a trip upon this ship and look forward to returning to this ship one day and travelling with Royal Caribbean.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
Hi thought I would share some of my experiences as I have just returned from a 12 night cruise on the Voyager of the seas. The staff were very friendly. The food in the main dining room was ok, but not up restaurant standards. It was mass ... Read More
Hi thought I would share some of my experiences as I have just returned from a 12 night cruise on the Voyager of the seas. The staff were very friendly. The food in the main dining room was ok, but not up restaurant standards. It was mass produced food. I was surprised to see how many recipes they got wrong. I would have thought they would have a top world chef researching this. On the up side you could order as much as you like and if you didn't like your meal there was no trouble in getting a new one. The staff couldn't do enough for you. The activities on the ship in the main were good. Although I thought they didn't need a skate track and an ice rink. After all how many people can skate and to have two activities that only cater for these people seemed a bit unfair. The Amusement arcade was good, but no one used it and I think this is because it was to difficult to use as you had to have American dollars and exchange them in a machine and as the ship is a cashless society no one carries cash. The overall appearance of the ship was a little tired, seemed to have lost its sparkle. Looked like they were struggling. But on reflection the ship is going in for a refit soon and all the money is probably getting spent on their new ship. Probably the most disappointing for me was the day spa. We did the right thing we thought by booking on line before we went, only to find out that they had specials on the ship. The towel I had was so ripped that my partner said at the end my arm was through the rip, and I could feel my toes also getting caught in holes. This made me look at my partners towel which wasn't as bad but was also fraying. Then at the end they spend about 10 mins trying to sell us something. The massage wasn't that good. There was no music, no herbal tea. For $330 I expect to be made feel special. The wine package was good and you can take what you don't finish at dinner to any of the bars or to your room or they will keep it for you for the next night. The organisation for getting on and off the ship was fantastic. And the welcome we got at the ports was excellent and very well set up. There was only one port where there was few problems but they had never had a ship dock before so I am sure they will get it right next time. The ship excursion's are very expensive. We joined a group on Cruise Critic and got excursions much cheaper. Also Most ports have free transport or taxis which is much cheaper. We felt and so did others that they were trying to get money out of you where ever they could. I guess it is a business after all... Over all we had a great time. I would highly recommend a cruise if you love food, enjoy a relaxing holiday or are elderly or have trouble getting around. Tracy   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
We sailed on Oct 8th Voyager cruise from Tianjin to Singapore and truly had a wonderful cruise. It had a few negative aspects but overall we had a fabulous time. I have sailed Voyager before in 2006. Did not like the condition of the ship ... Read More
We sailed on Oct 8th Voyager cruise from Tianjin to Singapore and truly had a wonderful cruise. It had a few negative aspects but overall we had a fabulous time. I have sailed Voyager before in 2006. Did not like the condition of the ship back then (after only doing year long Caribbean cruises it was very rundown and tired in my opinion), but was pleasantly surprised this time. Our cabin 1624 was in excellent shape, with new TV, comfy bed, new sofa and a decent/clean bathroom with tub. Even the carpet was in good shape. Much much better than on Brilliance of the Seas in April. we did learn however later in the cruise, that not all cabins were in good condition. I guess we were just lucky being on deck 10. Embarkation was probably the best ever. There was so much paperwork to do, so many forms to fill out, passport copies needed, but RCL was very well prepared in my opinion. Check In staff had their act together and made sure everyone had what they needed. We sailed late due to immigration officers not being ready to leave the ship in time. No problem , we reached our next port Fukuoka in time. The demographics of this cruise probably surprised everyone, including RCL. Quiet a few cancelled the cruise months before ( as we learned here on cruisecritic ) due to the fear it will be a mostly Asian passenger dominated cruise. Well, it was not. Maybe 30% Asians, the rest from all corners of the world. A very diverse crowd. RCL was probably planning on having more Asians, the dinner menus at least reflected this the first 5 days. It was half Asian, half Western dining options. A welcomed change by all those experienced guests that are quite tired of RCL's never changing menu options. The food itself was OK. Sometimes good, sometimes less so. RCL really needs to improve their food in the dining room. We had breakfast and lunch either in the dining room ( good ) or at Windjammer ( the usual ). There was an additional BBQ at the pool every sea day, which was a nice touch. Johnny Rockets was also good. So there was a lot of variety to choose from every day. Portofinos was excellent, much better than on other RCL ships. We booked all our excursions except one through RCL before the cruise and were happy with them. They added a few options that were not available online and we had no problem changing one excursion. We received decent port information to the stateroom, there were also lectures about the ports/countries visited. I was amazed to see that many many people only booked their excursions sometimes only hours before reaching the port. The excursion desk was Always crowded, people often booked at the last minute. However as said, my experience was that RCL was very flexible and cooperative here. Guest relations was always full as well. Mostly because a lot of people have obviously not heard of banks that sell you foreign currencies for a reasonable price. SO most people seem to have come unprepared and rather used RCL as a currency exchange at a very bad rate of course, blocking guest relations mostly every day. Staff was trying hard to please everyone. I found them all very friendly and helpful, especially the Chinese ones. Our concierge was Chinese and very nice, so was our waitress and her assistant. They were brilliant! Entertainment was good to very good. Gordon our cruise director could not have been better. His humour and energy were 100% right for us. Organization in the different ports was excellent. Again kudos to the Voyager staff. The ports were all good, despite the fact that voyager had to berth in container ports nearly everywhere due to its size. That was maybe not so good in Vietnam (due to the long distance to HCM City) but also sometimes no problem at all like in Hong Kong due to the free and well organized shuttle to Ocean Terminal. However, at the end of the cruise RCL, as well as everyone involved in Singapore totally dropped the ball. Disembarkation at the brand new terminal was rather a nightmare, mostly due to the fact that 2 big ships were in port at the same time. Singapore was not prepared for Princess and RCL at the same time. It was a total shame for everyone involved. Chaos everywhere, totally overwhelmed and unprepared tour staff, bus drivers etc. I have never seen anything like this before. RCL had warned us before, that Princess would be in port and taxis most likely at shortage. That's why we booked a city tour with airport drop off. What a mistake!!!! Not only did we have to wait for the tout to begin over 1 hour, because luggage from the ship did not arrive for some passengers booked on the tour. In the end our bus was the last one, picking up passengers from the other 2 buses that had simply left with only little delay without the booked passengers. Our luggage did not go in the same bus we were in, but was said to be transported to the airport... We had mixed feelings about this, especially after seeing them marking the luggage tags with the needed terminal number ( there are 3 in SIN !!) at the very last minute by hand amidst all the chaos in front of the terminal. Did I mention everyone in charge seemed totally unprepared ?!? To make a long story short, after an exhausting excursion through the Singapore heat, we arrived at the airport ( missing 1 hour of the e4 hour trip of course). Well, rest assured, they gave us that hour back by letting us search for our bags, which were not where they were supposed to be. Bags were just dropped curbside, unattended in front of each terminal. A lot of them in front of the wrong one. Some bags seemed to have been left behind at the port, despite having the respective luggage tag. Most passengers were really angry and in disbelief about the whole situation. A terrible ending to a fab cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
We also were on the Voyager of the Seas Asian cruise from October 8th - October 22nd. The cruise went from Tianjin,China to Fukuoka,Japan, Jeju Island, South Korea, Xiamen, China, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Bangkok,Thailand, ... Read More
We also were on the Voyager of the Seas Asian cruise from October 8th - October 22nd. The cruise went from Tianjin,China to Fukuoka,Japan, Jeju Island, South Korea, Xiamen, China, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Bangkok,Thailand, and Singapore. We, on the whole, thought it was a fabulous cruise!!!!! Yes, there were some negatives, but the positives definitely outweighed the negatives!!! The biggest negative for us, was that RCCL called us in August and told us it was going to be a "Chinese Immersion Cruise" with mostly Chinese passengers, food, entertainment, and languages. They actually implied that we would have a horrible experience. Nothing was further from the truth as there were mostly Britons, Australians, Americans, and Canadians!!! Only English was spoken. Check in was horrible and disorganized but at debarkation we walked right off the ship with no waiting and found our luggage!!! The food wasn't the greatest but the kitchen staff went out of their way to cater to my special diet. The staff all over the ship was exceptional! Most important of all, the fellow passengers were wonderful, and they made this a fantastic cruise. We met people from all over the world and formed some wonderful friendships!!! The ports were mostly amazing!!! We especially loved Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Singapore! We booked a few private excursions in Vietnam and Bangkok and did others with the cruise line. The excursions we did with the cruise line were, for the most part, great. The only port we did not think was so great was our stop in Japan. All of our tour guides were very good and informative. Yes, RCCL has to get their act together in some areas, but on the whole, it was a fabulous cruise!! Read Less
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