2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We stayed at The Rocks ( Rendezvous ) prior to boarding. A great location. Embarkation and Disembarkation in Sydney both went smoothly with minimal fuss. Once on board we went exploring because it was our first time on the Voyager. ... Read More
We stayed at The Rocks ( Rendezvous ) prior to boarding. A great location. Embarkation and Disembarkation in Sydney both went smoothly with minimal fuss. Once on board we went exploring because it was our first time on the Voyager. Set up was a little similar to the Radiance except on a larger scale. Had a light lunch at the Promenade Café , which we also used for most breakfasts and light lunches. Great variety of pastries, cakes, slices, rolls and great coffee. After having a few drinks at the pool bar ,and making sure our beverage packages were working ( certainly worth the A$65 per day when beers cost between US$ 6-9, spirits 8-10, cocktails 14-17 and coffee 4-5. My wife had the coffee/ non-alcoholic cocktail package. Still good value ). Went to the cabin at 1pm on deck 8. We had a superior balcony room which was well appointed and very clean and well looked after ( thanks to Agnes who had another 18 rooms to service). DINING Had my time dining at 8pm and on the first afternoon went to the dining room and requested a table for 2 for every night. The waiter Alejhandro and assistant Jiao were wonderful as was the food. The surrounding diners were also good company. The waiter's recommendations on each night were hard to beat. Had a quiet one once and went to the Windjammer. Food, especially Indian was very good. Service was also excellent. BAR SERVICE. Great at all bars, especially Sky and Pool bars. R bar also very good for cocktail selections. PORTS As it was a very large ship and the islands had limited appeal to me( my wife has been previously ) we only got off at the 2 docked ports of Noumea and Vila. Tendering was slow as you could imagine. ENTERTAINMENT Shows were professional especially ice skating, comedian and Beatles tribute show. The resident band was very good and popped up everywhere. However the temperamental duo they also had were ordinary. Either too windy on deck or the sound wasn't right. I think many people were sick of the check 1 check 2 rigmarole the fellow went on with. OVERALL Great experience for our 8th cruise. BUT Smoking area was poorly placed on the pool deck, particularly on wet days when cover was at a premium and smoke wafted everywhere. Open space would be better. I read many negative reviews of this ship but was pleasantly surprised. Although all ships have issues, some of these reviewers seem to have Oceania tastes on Royal Caribbean budgets. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We booked an obstructed balcony, junior suite. We loved the cabin, it was spacious, with a great balcony. Although I didn't really enjoy the daytime activities, I'm not much into trivia, ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We booked an obstructed balcony, junior suite. We loved the cabin, it was spacious, with a great balcony. Although I didn't really enjoy the daytime activities, I'm not much into trivia, overall I had a fantastic time. A highlight was the adult only spa/swimming pool region. I enjoyed the multiple bars, the music, and entertainment. The street parties were great fun, as well as the specialty entertainers. The Tribute to Queen was amazing, a highlight of the cruise. My husband and I enjoyed our meals at Chops and went a few times. Generally we ate at Windjammers, which was busy but we always managed to find a table. A negative was that the food was not always hot, but was warm. There was a great variety of choices, and overall we were very happy with the selection available at Windjammer. We didn't find the bars overcrowded, and we received excellent service. The staff were friendly and I have only praise for them. We enjoyed been on the ship more than the islands, and we were sad to leave. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Wanted to try a larger ship as travelled many times on RCL. Well despite the negativity I have read, it was not applicable. Fabulous ship, excellent memories made with lots of new and exciting friendships which I am certain will blossom ... Read More
Wanted to try a larger ship as travelled many times on RCL. Well despite the negativity I have read, it was not applicable. Fabulous ship, excellent memories made with lots of new and exciting friendships which I am certain will blossom beyond this sailing. Embarkation – Quick speedy and efficient. Porters were waiting on the right side for bag drop off, on entry quick health form completed, allocated an RCL member to process and onboard we went. Smooth painless and done within 20 mins from start to finish. Onboard – Guest Services – As I was travelling with a minor their seapass card has to have a spend limit put on. Quick and easy, once in the line an RCL member helped fill out the relevant paperwork and we were free to start our holiday. Safety Drill –Instructions are on the back of you cabin door and your seaspass has you assigned station. Lots of RCL staff more than happy to assist you. Dining – Amazing! Before I embarked I was quick shocked at the reviews. I am so glad they were not relevant. Food in the MDR was outstanding; I went to Italian and was suitably impressed. Every night our servers/chefs/wait staff did something new to entertain the guests. As dining is a huge factor for my family it was lovely to see such drive and effort made to ensure we had a pleasant experience. Murder Mystery Dinner – If you haven’t done it try it. Was so much fun, the actors play a part you have a wonderful dinner and figure out who did it. Well worth the money. DreamWorks Breakfast – A must for little and big kids alike, was a great laugh. Just order eggs over easy sunny side up were a little too sunny. Cabin – Well I am delighted to say I had the pleasure of staying in Cabin 1854 a Family Panoramic View that is now classed as a suite. The views were spectacular and the position right at the front behind the pool bar and above solarium was excellent. Cabin was clean, neat tidy. Cabin steward was named Angel, well he was indeed that. He was fun, respectful and did his job to a very high standard. I couldn’t take him home unfortunately something about against the rules. Hairdryer provided and US electrical ports, so BYO adaptor. Ample cupboard space for hanging or putting away clothing. Facilities onboard – shops were varied, café promenade was fabulous for coffee and library was excellent. Children’s books are also available. Entertainment – OUT OF THIS WORLD. Great shows, Jamie the cruise director and his team were fabulous. They really enjoyed themselves and the acts showed passion and drive. The move it move it parade was a hit with all passengers young and old. Ice Shows x 2 both excellent those girls and boys were fabulous. Pig n Whistle – Well everyone has their favorite watering spot and this was mine. Carlo, musician was outstanding and I mean WOW had the place rocking to his vocals and guitar work. If you are looking for romance look no further, if you want to enjoy time that someone special, like I did, this is the place to be. Soft sounds and the perfect romantic venue. Many happy memories and many friendships made. Gym/Spa - Well I have been to some gyms in my time and given the amount of food consumed, I definitely needed to work some off. Equipment great, clean and in working order. Great views to get rid of those excess pounds. Theatres – Located decks 3 & 4 easy to access and wheelchair accessible seating provided. RCL meet n Greet – Host was fabulous however many members didn’t get their invite even though they registered. For this particular sailing there was no role call and a Facebook Page was created to chat about all things cruising and RCL. Cruise critic this is something that needs attention as emails were sent to amend but was not rectified. Summary – This ship is quite large however the staff onboard were all singing. I mean right down to the maintenance people. Management have done an excellent job, a happy crew makes for a happy cruisers. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
RCI do not tell you before you go that you have to pay for many of the activities on board. We had a eight night cruise on a tired ship that had been remodelled four years ago to give extra rooms and take away activity areas as well as ... Read More
RCI do not tell you before you go that you have to pay for many of the activities on board. We had a eight night cruise on a tired ship that had been remodelled four years ago to give extra rooms and take away activity areas as well as fitting hard beds . The overall experience was at best six out of ten and the smoking areas were appalling as there were many children in with the smokers ie on the pool deck. The shopping area lacked variety and the sales were a shambles even though the crew did their best to organise everything. Once items were selected for purchase long lines were formed to complete the purchase. If you wanted a seat by the pool it was almost impossible to get one. the adults only pool area was too small and we were disturbed often by parents and children walking and running through the area. Better thought needed to be put into this layout because it does not work as it is. the dining room experience was sad as the food was served lukewarm and the variety was small and lacked that extra something that you expect on board a cruise line of this stature and price. The waiters did their best to help but many times what they had to serve up was below standard. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
I chose this cruise just to get away for a week break; i enjoyed the trip very much, i have travelled on this boat a year earlier & found it to be a bit noisy but some people like that bustle, however the trade-0ff is the entertainment ... Read More
I chose this cruise just to get away for a week break; i enjoyed the trip very much, i have travelled on this boat a year earlier & found it to be a bit noisy but some people like that bustle, however the trade-0ff is the entertainment was excellent, the ice-show is brillant, i cant say much higher praise than that, the shows in the theatre were great & the musos around the boat were very good. The drinks are very expensive so be wary of that & priced in USD; the tv in the room is limited in content; the meals in dining room were excellent by my yardstick, the Windjammer offer plenty of variety. If you go excursions book before sailing as there are limited options at Airlie beach & a tender is needed so book & get off the boat early. We had an inside cabin towards the back of boat, this is good for a week but try for a window would be better as there are just the 2 port days. The staff are very helpful & do a very good job. Most people regrettably left the boat wishing they had a few more days onboard, i think 12-14 days is better than 8. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Needed a short break & this fit the bill; I rate RC very highly, we have cruised 4x in last few years with RC & never disappointed. Meals & food were excellent, breakfast in restaurant fruit, salmon benedict washed down ... Read More
Needed a short break & this fit the bill; I rate RC very highly, we have cruised 4x in last few years with RC & never disappointed. Meals & food were excellent, breakfast in restaurant fruit, salmon benedict washed down with brewed coffee a good reason to get out of bed. Dinner was very good, most nights salmon with sides, staff were excellent, very attentive & looked like they wanted to be there. Embarkation was very good, we had a Platinum card which gives a jump on the long que. The entertainment was excellent, the hypnotist St James put on a great show, the ships orchestra & singers dancers were very dood. The ice revue was a standout show, it really made the cruise, 2 shows both excellent. The enrichment was ok, talks on the bushranger Ben Hall by a presenter sympathetic to the bushranger. The itenary is ok, Brisbane is another city, Airlie beach you need to book well ahead as 3000+ people land in a small town with limited excursions. Reports on the state of the reef vary & I did not talk to anyone who went out on the reef platform for a dive or snorkel. We had an inside cabin which is ok for 8 days, it came with a promotional fare, value for money is was great. Would i cruise with RC again ? for sure. How big a boat i dont know, VOS is about 4000 inc. crew a big boat at about 120k tonnes, it can get a bit noisy but is great for familys. I am keen to get on Radiance but it is very popular & the best value for dollars are on the bigger Ovation etc. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
The start of the cruise was delayed by about 12 hours due to really bad weather in the area we were suppose to travel through at the beginning of this cruise. Again, Captain Sindre was watching out for the safety of the passengers and ... Read More
The start of the cruise was delayed by about 12 hours due to really bad weather in the area we were suppose to travel through at the beginning of this cruise. Again, Captain Sindre was watching out for the safety of the passengers and crew. Basically the same crew as the first leg of this repositioning cruise and very little change in the attitude or the work ethic of the activities crew. A couple of activity crew members were added, but the same time issues continue e.g. very few of their activities start on time and are poorly organized. We can’t figure out if this is a “training run” for some of the people. The elevators may or may not work and we can be sure that at least one elevator of the 3 or 4 in a hall will not be working each day. We have cruised on other RCCL ships and various other cruise lines signing up for the “My Time Dining” and having good experiences with our evening dining plans. Why the dining staff of the Voyager can not figure out the My Time Dining program is a mystery to everyone on the ship. To the dining staff on the Voyager My Time Dining means you either eat at 6:00 or 7:30 pm and there are no other options. Over and over we have heard from other passengers “that is not my time dining”, but when you have Ms. Alexandrea V. ruling the entry to the dining room with an iron fist you do what you are told to do on the Voyager. If you question her, you will get the table next to the door of the kitchen and right next to the plate collection area which makes for a real “romantic” dinner on the Voyager. Also, the dining room menu has been shortened for some reason. On recent cruises there has always been 5 “Classics” along with the special meals of the night. Now there are 3 “Classics” each night listed and the dessert menu has been limited as well. PORTS Fremantle (Perth) - Both Fremantle and Perth are very nice cities and it is easy to get between the two using the train. For about 12.00 AUD you can buy a family pass very close to the port in Fremantle that will allow you to ride the train to and from Perth for the day. The train runs about every half hour so it is a convenient mode of travel between the two cities. Perth and Fremantle were both nice places to visit and we would go back if we had the opportunity. Adelaide - The port is about 40 minutes by bus from the city center. The people at the port were exceptionally nice and helpful getting the busses organized for everyone to get to the city. They charged 10 AUD for a round trip ticket on the bus to the city. The city of Adelaide was easy to get around both walking and by a circuit bus they provide for free to anyone in the downtown area. There is a walking mall area that most people utilize for shopping, bars and restaurants. Wireless internet is provided city wide for free by the city. The city is surrounded by large green parks which is very different from most cities. The parks surrounding the city are very nice break from the city sounds and crowds. Melbourne - A big city which you can access via a tram from the port area for a few dollars. The port area is very nice and there is a large walkable area where you can find plenty of shopping, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and many other businesses. Dunedin, NZ - The ship actually docks in Port Chalmers which is about 30 minutes by bus from Dunedin. There are bus transfer tickets available on the ship or at the port for about $20 USD. There is free wifi at the port and if you walk across the street you can use the free wifi in the city library. Around the corner from the library, on the main street of town, you can catch a city bus from Port Chalmers to Dunedin for $6 NZD each way if you want to save some money. There is some great walking paths in Port Chalmers if you want to stay in port for the day. Akaroa, NZ - This is a tender port with a small city in the port area. If the weather is questionable there will be a delay until the waves calm down and the tenders can operate safely. Christchurch is about 1 1/2 hours away by bus but if the weather is testy it will be difficult to make it there and back if you are delayed getting to the port. Staying in Akaroa for the afternoon is an enjoyable experience and is a lovely tourist town that you can find plenty of things to see and do while you are there. The library is a short walk from the pier and in NZ all libraries are required to provide free internet access so you can check your social media to find out what is happening at home. Picton, NZ - This is an industrial port with a great deal of logs being shipped out. They use a shuttle bus system to get you out of the port and to the downtown area which is very nice. In Picton, there is a downtown and a waterfront area that you can visit. Both areas are very close to each other and nice with more yachts and other boats in the waterfront and mostly shops, restaurants and bars on the downtown area. The area is much like the other places we stopped on the south island and is mountainous, very green with a small residential population. Wellington, NZ - This time we rode a shuttle bus provided by the city from the port to the downtown area. It looks like they are making improvements to the port area and they don’t want people walking through the port. The downtown area is very walkable and an easy walk to from the cable car to the sea port and museum. The museum is well worth the visit and the immediate area is very special with the beautiful bridge and park area. The cable car is $7.50 NZD one way (15 for up and back) and it is worth walking through the beautiful gardens at the top and then walking back down to the city. The downtown area has a free wifi service and there are plenty of places to get food and drinks all through the area. In summary, the stops on this itinerary were all good places to visit and easy to get around. Walking through any of the towns was easy and the people generally very pleasant. However, the Voyager of the Seas is an old broken down ship with elevators and doors that don’t work throughout the ship. The attitude of the crew gave most passengers the feeling that they were moving the ship to a new port and we, the passengers, were welcome to pay to ride along. There was a real lack of customer service from many of the crew members. I mentioned that the activities crew were late most of the time, missed or cancelled activities and turned half hour trivia activities into hour long marathons mainly due to being late and not being prepared with the trivia questions. The majority of the sports activity crew had such an attitude of arrogance that there were only a few people who actually climbed the rock wall or participated in any of the listed activities. Who wants to feel belittled when they are trying an activity for the first or second time? All said, it would be hard to recommend the Voyager of the Seas, but the itinerary is very good. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
The Voyager is looking very tired and I was really disappointed that such a large ship is so poorly laid out. Maintenance and general cleaning in common areas needs a major upgrade. Dust prevalent, tired furniture, mouldy loose fittings, ... Read More
The Voyager is looking very tired and I was really disappointed that such a large ship is so poorly laid out. Maintenance and general cleaning in common areas needs a major upgrade. Dust prevalent, tired furniture, mouldy loose fittings, counted 16 globes out in Dining chandelier. There is so much wasted space. Had a lot of difficulty in finding a quiet place to just sit and relax in peace. The library is always full with seating for about 10-16 at most. All the bars are tiny, the star lounge and lounge on 14 always have something on which is annoying. This ship needs a big lounge, maybe over the L12 rooms forward that is just a lounge. It would have been full. A lot of travelers I spoke to said the same. Aurora/Solstice have big quiet lounges up top with somewhere to sit quietly and have a cocktail or read/cards etc and are smaller than Voyager. I realise they need to cater for everyone but found the food rather bland. There was a good variety but all tasted the same .Rant over. The one good thing were the lunch time soups, in most cases really nice. Drinks package was good and staff were helpful although not the same drink available at all or some of the bars. When I found a nice wine I had to get from only one bar on board and take with me where ever I went, even to dinner. Why is that?. Our room attendant and staff in general were fantastic, no complaints at all. Room was a real find. 5 massive windows with a wonderful view and I imagine bigger than most suites(it was an accessible room and chance we may have been asked to move) if your looking for an amazing ship this is probably not the one. If like me it was for the itinerary then it serves a purpose. Wouldn't necessarily travel with RCL again if I didn't have to. They could take a leaf from the siblings Celebrity, my personal favourite line. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose back to back cruises starting in Perth on to Adelaide, Melbourne and NZ finishing in Sydney and then 8 days to Brisbane and the Barrier Reef again finishing in Sydney. We chose the cruise solely based on the itinerary and were ... Read More
We chose back to back cruises starting in Perth on to Adelaide, Melbourne and NZ finishing in Sydney and then 8 days to Brisbane and the Barrier Reef again finishing in Sydney. We chose the cruise solely based on the itinerary and were not disappointed although the weather could have been better in the early stages. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 midship (8316) - excellent location and overall no complaints although smaller than the balcony cabins on board the newer P&O ships. We had no complaints re the internal decoration of public areas and the ship internally was as we would expect. However, externally the ship was looking very tired with rust very evident particularly on balconies. This was surprising as we have been on older ships that were kept in pristine condition. We only saw painters working on one occasion throughout our 24 day cruise. Makes us wonder if RCI have plans to sell Voyager in the near future. The cruise staff all worked extremely hard and the Cruise Director was certainly one of the best we have ever seen. The stage production shows ( only 2 on each cruise ) were very poor and compared to the lavish entertainment on board P&O's Britannia were very dated. However the Ice Shows were excellent and we took the opportunity to see both productions more then once. We ate in the main restaurant and this was generally good although on the 2nd cruise the menus changed considerably and there was a poorer choice. There were over 700 children on board on the 8 day cruise from Sydney to Airlee Beach and the passengers were mainly Australians from the Sydney area taking a short break. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
From the beginning, air transportation to Perth Australia was long and needed 2 transfers. Check-in was one of the longest time periods (30 minutes) once at the counter we have ever spent of the 7 cruises we have taken with RCCL Our ... Read More
From the beginning, air transportation to Perth Australia was long and needed 2 transfers. Check-in was one of the longest time periods (30 minutes) once at the counter we have ever spent of the 7 cruises we have taken with RCCL Our cabin (9672) as well as approximately 150 others had problems with the stool in the bath room not flushing or flushing when it wanted to and it took 5 days for problem to be solved. I needed a frig or cool for my insulin but ours didn't work, replacement mini cooler malfunctioned and froze as well as the transformer almost burned up. Second mini cooler wasn't much better as it froze up also. Finally got a frig that worked 7 days into the 16 night cruise. The aft elevators, over looking the center of the ship, on the port side of the ship had problems. The forward elevator didn't work for over have the cruise and the aft elevator had door closer issues and would cycle constantly because the inner door would NOT close completely. Letting guest services know, several different time, didn't seem to get any action. Was able to show someone with supposedly some authority what was happening and got it to malfunction over half way threw the 16 night cruise finally got some action, but not enough to fix the on going problem. The shops left a lot to be desired. There wasn't the normal wide verity or amount of goods and those that were on the shelves were very high prices. I an say, the cabin steward was fantastic and our table captain her helper were outstanding and made our dinner time a real pleasure. Read Less
Voyager of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.2
Family 5.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 2.0 3.6
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.2

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