686 Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Six nights Melbourne and Hobart cruise. 19th of Feb to 25th Feb 2020 From start to finish, what an experience! Arriving at the Sydney Cruise terminal it was very busy and there was lots of Royal Caribbean ground staff helping direct ... Read More
Six nights Melbourne and Hobart cruise. 19th of Feb to 25th Feb 2020 From start to finish, what an experience! Arriving at the Sydney Cruise terminal it was very busy and there was lots of Royal Caribbean ground staff helping direct passengers to the baggage and boarding terminals. The boarding process was very fast, no issues using passport or drivers licence. It took around 2 minutes extra this time due to the corona virus questions and information. I found this to be good practice by royal Caribbean, helping ease the tension and worries of the virus. Once on board we proceeded to the pool deck (11) and began sampling some of the drinks that Voyager had on offer. We were not limited by price as my group had purchased the deluxe drinks package many months before hand for around $70 AU per day, great value! As this includes Tea/coffee/fruit juices/all post mix and canned soft drinks and all top shelf alcohol and cocktails. After a few drinks we made our way to windjammers buffet restaurant, WOW! What a selection! Food ranging from Australian/American/Indian/Chinese/Italian and much more! Heaps to choose from! Salad bars/ hamburger and hot dog station, huge range of desserts. The buffet was busy as it was day 1 lunch, and there was plenty of staff working! Collecting plates, cleaning tables and drink service. There was a medium Que to get in but was fast moving with little to no wait, and very pleasant staff to greet you. Gotta love royal Caribbean motto's washy washy! The staff encouraging guests to clean their hands before eating. After lunch were went to check out what our cabin was like, we had balcony room (9222) it was very clean and well presented. Bathroom and shower were clean with fresh towels. When leaving my room we were greeted by our room attendant whom asked our names and introduced himself. He also wished me happy birthday, showing he makes the effort to learn about his guest before they arrive. Over the next 2 days we explored the ship, sampling their dinning and bar options throughout the ship. Casino bar and schooner bar are great! Good professional service and very quick. We also ate at the main dining room. This was really impressive the amount of people and quality of the food was top notch. Our 2 waiters were well presented and were out to please, and that they did! We visited Tasmania first stop, awesome! Easy disembark and boarding and plenty to see and do. Unfortunately, 2 hours out of the Tasmania port we had to turn the ship around and return to port due to a medical emergency. The captain was very informative, updating passengers on the current situation. Our next stop was Melbourne, it was a very nice city. We visited a local casino and had a few drinks and a quick flutter. Once everyone was on board at 4.30pm the ship left heading back out to sea. And you would never guess, but yes 4 hours after leaving the port of Melbourne the ship had to turn around again due to a medical emergency. We arrived back in port at around 8.30pm and it was beautiful! Melbourne city at night was a site to see! Thank you for a special photo opt RCI. It was a shock to me to see that Royal Caribbean would turn the whole ship around and return to port to help one of the guests! This was awesome! It gave us all an easy feeling, the care that they take to look after us is exceptional. I do however frown upon those few rude guests that made such a big deal of the event, and complaining and carrying on like little children about the situation. Human Life means a hell of a lot more than the little bit of money you could have invested at the casino. Yes, due to returning to port means that the casino opening would be delayed and would have to wait until it was out of Australian waters before opening their services. But over all, it was fantastic to see Melbourne again from a different point of view. We then headed back to Sydney, only to realize that this was the final stretch of our holiday. Talking among our self, wishing we had booked for longer! Overall from start to finish, I rate my cruise on Voyager of the seas a solid 9.7 out of 10. The entertainment was well chosen for the demographics aboard, good variety and loads to do. Guest’s facilities are in the plenty! The ships pools and multiple spas are great to relax in, the large spas on deck 11 are heated, and was a good meeting/ chatting place on a cold 8c Tasmanian afternoon. I highly recommend giving this ship and its crew a go! And hopefully you enjoy it as much as I Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I’ve been on Ovation which I found too big, too busy and a bit like a Westfield shopping centre vibe and with over 4000 passengers, the queues for everything were horrendous. The Voyager was so much more fun! It’s newly refurbed or ... Read More
I’ve been on Ovation which I found too big, too busy and a bit like a Westfield shopping centre vibe and with over 4000 passengers, the queues for everything were horrendous. The Voyager was so much more fun! It’s newly refurbed or ‘amplified’ to have more fun features & we found it had just the variety and atmosphere that we love! The fittings and style were lovely and our fave bars were High Notes on Deck 14 & Sky Lounge Deck 12 followed by Schooner Bar. Music everyday, an atrium deck full of activities and a party feel, loads of cool places to sit & watch the waves. Shuffle board & Flowrider with an Ice rink & ice show - everything was great! My best advice is if you’re planning to stay in a balcony cabin, go for the extra ‘Spacious Balcony Cabin’ - the cabin itself is bigger as is the balcony. It included a 3 seater sofa bed and there was so much space without too much expense. The food on board is great but we weren’t as impressed with the specialty restaurants except for Giovanni Table which was lovely. Service was great, attention to detail was also good and my fave aspect was the adults only Solarium area which is open to the sky so no chlorine fumes like on Ovation. I’d suggest buying the KEY package. It includes your internet plus other bonuses like prioirity boarding, a nice lunch, priority tendering, farewell brekkie & fuss free disembarking among other things. It was great value for adults without kids! We loved everything about it and are already looking to book another trip on this comfortable & stylish ship! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I would proudly say this is my most memorable cruising that I had on the Royal Carribean for the very first time. I did quite a few cruises with my family but this one reflected the most unforgettable,adventurous,thrilling and ... Read More
I would proudly say this is my most memorable cruising that I had on the Royal Carribean for the very first time. I did quite a few cruises with my family but this one reflected the most unforgettable,adventurous,thrilling and knowledgeable. The services onboard were very good, particularly the dining staff who served the guests well, were friendly and approachable. The daily events were organized pretty well with the jovial hosts and good responses from the guests. From Day 1 to Day 5, my wife and I were fully involved with the scheduled events, and we never felt bored with the joyful atmosphere through the day and night onboard. With all the facilities,daily fantastic events and fine dining on board, I would sum up this is a meaningful and worthy trip. Thumbs up for the Event Director.Ms Mischell, for her well-planned and excellent organization . I am looking forward for another cruise on Royal Carribean. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We have sailed on RCI many times, but this was our first time on a Voyager-class ship. We took this cruise with trepidation because of the numerous negative reviews here about the ship and its clientele, but it was the only extended SE ... Read More
We have sailed on RCI many times, but this was our first time on a Voyager-class ship. We took this cruise with trepidation because of the numerous negative reviews here about the ship and its clientele, but it was the only extended SE Asia area cruise that we could take this year. Suffice it to say that the ship was in decent, although not perfect condition, we had no issues with anyone on board, and we had a great cruise. 1. Don't take this cruise without spending time in Singapore--it really is unique. 2. Embarkation, debarkation and port stops were all relatively quick and painless, except for the one tender port where there was a very long line in the hot sun to get back on the ship. 3. Lots of power strips and other contraband were confiscated from luggage upon embarkation and kept in the bottom deck Naughty Room during the cruise. 4. We had a full (Grand) suite for the first time on RCI. We liked the extra space, the big bathroom and balcony, and the associated perks (especially the line-skipping at various times, the great Concierges who were always helping us when needed, the reserved ice show and other entertainment seating and the bridge visit). 5. The vast majority onboard appeared to be Brits, Aussies, and US, with a smattering of Spanish and Portuguese speakers, and maybe 20% Chinese and other Asians. The MDR had its usual menus (but see below) and the entertainment was almost entirely presented in English (and was generally quite good). We were told that the immediately prior shorter cruise was totally different by some B2Bers--most of the pax were Asians, and the ship's food and entertainment had been shifted accordingly. 6. Michelle, the Cruise Director, was constantly seen everywhere on the ship and did a nice job along with Kitty, the Activities Manager. 7. We chose the new Unlimited Dining Plan, which we thought was a great deal. It will be very difficult to go back to eating in the main dining room (we saw the latter's menus because we were in a suite and could have ordered off its daily menu for room service, but we never did except once for breakfast). We never ate at the MDR and only once (upon embarkation) at the Windjammer buffet and didn't miss them. 8. The ship needs its upcoming extended drydock. The elevators were not always reliable and there were worn and rust spots on our balcony and around the ship, but everything seemed to be functioning. None of that wear and tear significantly affected our cruise. 9. Three of the four port stops required one to two and a half hour land trips to get to most places you'd want to see. If that's a problem for you, don't take this cruise. One stop that worked out very well for us was taking the Bangkok On Your Own RCI overnight bus trip from the Laem Chabang port to Bangkok. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Don't believe the bad reviews. U read them and was very concerned. However, we were very pleasantly surprised. Boat was lovely - yes a little old but very clean and we'll maintained. Lifeguards on all pools. Food was great ... Read More
Don't believe the bad reviews. U read them and was very concerned. However, we were very pleasantly surprised. Boat was lovely - yes a little old but very clean and we'll maintained. Lifeguards on all pools. Food was great in the main dining room and in the Windjammer buffet restaurant. Staff were great - our room attendant was fantastic and they are a great source of info for first time cruisers. Things that weren't as great - communication for boarding and final checking off the boat. We were a little confused. On boarding go to the Windjammer, get yourself lunch room check in is 1.30ish. Seating is hard to get at the Windjammer but queues weren't as bad as I had read. Don't take power boards - they hold your suitcase and it adds extra drama. Lifts waiting time is massive so if you don't have a disability take the stairs or you'll waste lots of time. The drinks package thing was interesting. We took the Sosa package which did work out cost effective cause we got great coffees at the promenade cafe and lots of soft drinks by the pool. It also meant a very small bill at the end. Definitely a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Great staff, great ship, awesome friends, terrific cabin...fantastic! That was a wicked week, and it all started with the staff onboard, nothing was ever a hassle. Our servers in the MDR were some of the best I have ever encountered, ... Read More
Great staff, great ship, awesome friends, terrific cabin...fantastic! That was a wicked week, and it all started with the staff onboard, nothing was ever a hassle. Our servers in the MDR were some of the best I have ever encountered, met + exceeded all expectations. Voyager is due for a refurb later this year, wouldn't think it needs (only a couple of things here & there) but really the ship is in great condition...the refurb will be insane! Did a splurge for this cruise and got a Junior Suite on Deck10, right under the Windjammer...but really had no idea at all, didn't hear a thing and was able to sleep in until late :) Clean cabin, spacious, a good escape when needed. Picked this cruise for the range of ports and they didn't disappoint, Langkawi always a favourite, but Phuket was just too much fun and the food! In short loved it, pretty obvious I suppose...but as always go on with the right attitude and have the vacation you deserve :D Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because it was my brother in laws 60th birthday and 9 of us booked to go. I was feeling rather worried after reading quite a few bad reviews after I had booked the trip and we even thought of cancelling. In fact we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was my brother in laws 60th birthday and 9 of us booked to go. I was feeling rather worried after reading quite a few bad reviews after I had booked the trip and we even thought of cancelling. In fact we actually went to cancel and then changed our mind on the day. So glad we didn't cancel. The cruise was great. I had seen quite a few bad reviews, mainly about the food and the staff but also petty ones about the size of the TV in the room, the ship being run down etc etc which I just ignore anyway. Yes the ship is going in for a refit but it still looked really good. I noticed some reviewers whinged about the size of the TV but for goodness sake they need to get a life. If you really do want a big TV in your room then I suggest you pay three times the price and go 5 star on another ship as this won't work for you. I could not believe the speed in which we got on to the ship. I was anticipating a couple of hours but from start to finish it was only about 30 minutes or so. Smooth as!. Getting off was a lot slower but the Queen Mary had also docked and there were over 10,000 of us trying to get off the two ships. So the delay was due to congestion through immigration which is not the ships fault but whoever is responsible to allowing two large ships to disembark at the same time. The food was excellent. Bear in mind this was not an expensive 5-star cruise. We mainly ate in the Windjammer cafe for breakfast and the smorgasbord was really good. We always found a seat no matter what time we went and we never felt crowded or had bad service. Most of the basic dishes were the same every day but many of the main dishes changed every day. we even had Yorkshire puddings on Sunday with the roast. The food included one-off things like Lancashire hotpot, scottish tattie pancakes, grilled prawns, banoffee pie plus all the regulars like curry's, noodle dishes stir fries, roast meats, salads and veggies and cakes galore, hamburgers and fries. All in all the food was excellent. My husband is a chef and he was quite happy as was I with the food provided. Each evening we had pre-dinner drinks at one of many bars and lounges and then went to the Sapphire dining room and had a fab 3 course dinner from an extensive menu that took about 1.5 hours. Then a show afterwards and off to bed. Casino, dancing bars etc went on until the early hours in you wanted to stay up. We didn't buy the drinks package as we are not heavy drinkers. If you are, as were some of the Aussies on board who must have had pickled livers by the time they got off, then the package will be good value for you. We were offered it cheaper on the first day when we got onto the ship, than we could buy it beforehand. It worked out with the discount about AUD $1000 for two people for the 7 nights. We just bought a bottle of wine between the two of us and if there was any left after dinner they keep it for you for the next night. All of the staff that we encountered were friendly and helpful. We are easy going people so perhaps why we didn't have any issues. I imagine if everyone thinks you are a pain in the rear then you will find some problem with this ship. The problem will most likely be that you are on it. The staff were really polite and very helpful. We encountered no rude staff at all. We went to four of the shows after dinner and enjoyed them all. We also went ashore each day and took a cab and did our own thing as we have been to KL, Langkawi, Penang and Phuket before. Personally if I ever went again on this particular cruise I would stay on board for all the destinations apart from Phuket and just enjoy the relaxing holiday on the ship. KL is an hour each way from the port, worthwhile if you want to do some shopping especially shoes as it is shoe shopping heaven providing you have small feet (under size 38 or size 8) You can find good day trips available through trip advisor if you don't want to pay the inflated prices on the ship. Remember everything that you buy on the ship is in US$. All in all I will now do another cruise with Royal Caribbean and would go on this ship Voyager of the Seas again Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Cruising on a budget - Top Tips Admin When you embark your passport will be taken by the crew, we didn’t really figure out why until afterwards we saw our passports was processed by customs in Singapore and Thailand to allow us to ... Read More
Cruising on a budget - Top Tips Admin When you embark your passport will be taken by the crew, we didn’t really figure out why until afterwards we saw our passports was processed by customs in Singapore and Thailand to allow us to embark and disembark when we felt like it in Thailand, using only our “sea pass cards” (on-board identity and payment card) and therefore not having to go through at customs every time you leave the boat. We required a copy of our passports when going into Thailand and had to go and make copies in the departure lounge – tip: make copies of your passport before and keep it with you anyway. Sea Pass Cards and Lanyards You get issued with a sea pass card at boarding and this is your identity for getting on and off the ship, buying anything on the ship and participating in activities. You basically carry it with you everywhere you go and this card in a trouser pocket is bound to get lost, thus a lanyard is very convenient. Everybody had one except us for the first 2 days, and the $8 each I spent on lanyards was worth every cent.Tip: Bring a lanyard! Boarding After boarding it was a bit weird we didnt really know what to do and where to go. We basically had time to find our room (which was a bit of a mission if you haven't been on a ship before) and wait for the life boat drill. You will get in trouble if you miss the drill. Not a pleasant activity but essential, we stood in the sun for nearly 45 mins - wish we brought a water bottle as it was steaming hot. Shows & Activities Mains shows are free and worthwhile. The shows on our cruise were world class. There was a main event, every night in the main theater and although it was pretty full there was always some empty seats available. I saw 4 shows and 3 out the 4 was high quality with world class performers. They also make announcements at the show regarding the next day and events. There are lots of free activities like bingo, quizzes, karaoke, dance classes, disco, music performances, pool activities. All free and well organised – a great way to meet people. Kids Our teens spent a lot of time at the ‘Teen-Zone’ called ‘Optix’. They mostly ‘hung out’, swam and did some activities together, in fact after dinner they disappeared until midnight and could have gone on after that if they were allowed. They made some good friends. Food Don’t worry about food. There is a 24 hour station that serves pastries, pizza slices, coffee, tea and water. Free/Included. Then there is main dining room. Each room has its own allocated dining room table and this table may be shared by other passengers, we never had anyone show up thus had our own table. The Dining room has a dress code but basically means no thongs and no singlets or bathers. Dining is 3 course dining every night with some variation, and some specialties like steak, veal, lobster, lamb and fish. The best part of the experience is to have 2 waiters serving you, food and drinks, they are the same waiters every night thus you get to know them quite well. There was 2 seating times 5:30pm and 8:00pm. We were on the early seating which meant we were often not hungry yet (after being out for the morning, having a late lunch and obviously snacking in between.) The food was fantastic, and our waiter really spoilt us by bringing extra portions if we asked. Yes I had 2 lobster tails on the 6th day for dinner. And this is all included/free. The main dining room is also open for breakfast. Then there is the buffet style dining room on level 11 that is called the Windjammer. A totally different experience. The windjammer is open for most of the day just closing between meals to reset. Depending on when you go it may be busy or less busy but expect a few elbows, some queues, some people in a rush and some people not in a rush, thus not as laid back relaxing as the experience of the main dining room. There is a Great selection of food, good quality and in large quantities, always well supplied and fresh. Drinks Don’t ask us about the drinks packages as it wasn’t in our budget. We consumed a bottle of the cheap wine from the menu each evening and the 2 kids each had 1 soft drink every day. Including laundry our bill for the 7 days was just over US$400, and I believe the fully inclusive drinks package is $570pp for the 7 days, but that includes all you can drink including all the weird and wonderful cocktails they serve. The Soda package would have worked out +/- $140pp but we don’t drink enough soft drinks to justify that. We bought 12 bottles of water delivered to our room and we really used it, you are not allowed to fill waterbottles at the water station but many people bring their own bottles, and use a glass to fill up their bottles at the drinks station - a little embarrassing but hey who really cares. I wish I brought a proper water bottle. We brought the allowance of 2 bottles of wine and I really enjoyed having a sip before dinner. Room We had a level 2 family room with a window. The 3,4th beds drop out of the ceiling but was safe and comfortable for our 11 and 13 year old to use. We slept well, the beds, duvets and pillows was fine. Level 2 was fine we had a port hole and was far from the lifts thus really quiet. Doubt if a balcony is really worthwhile if on a budget like us. The window was bonus. Shore excursions For the 7 days we booked 2 excursions with the cruise company. They are expensive but I doubt if we could have gotten everything done in the time they did, had we made our own arrangements. The one day was a 5 hour excursion for +/- $42 and the other was an 8 hour excursion for +/- $130 including speed boat transport, drinks and lunch. They were well arranged with a guide that shared information and made sure everything ran on time and everyone was on the bus and/or boat on time. Other days we did our own thing and was relatively successful. Staying on the boat is cool too, lots to do or just to relax sip coffees and munch snacks. Wifi We only had one device on wifi and the wifi quality was good. In hind sight I should perhaps have gotten both adults wifi to help with planning the next days, but once in port we could connect to the local cellpone network at a fee. Dress Code We dressed properly (shoes) for most dinners and even dressed up for formal night, many people do and it was fun. Yes read the dress code - I did see them sending someone back for incorrect dressing but they are not very strict. Conclusion Really recommend this cruise - was a fantastic first experience for us. Us and the kids really enjoyed it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Advertising price, itinerary. Being our first cruise we were looking for value inclusions. We accepted the varied reviews but made our decision based on what we were looking for. My Dining Time, quality table settings, sparkling white ... Read More
Advertising price, itinerary. Being our first cruise we were looking for value inclusions. We accepted the varied reviews but made our decision based on what we were looking for. My Dining Time, quality table settings, sparkling white tablecloths and the wait staff so attentive, cheerfull smiling at every sitting. Quality meals, breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Windjammer excellent variety also quality produce. We didn't dine in any of the speciality restaurants, just not our style. A king bed, ocean view with balcony. Our room attendant was very pleasant always smiling, efficient and enthusiastic for our enjoyment. This ship delivered more than we were expecting. Cruise Director Michelle and her team delivered fun, exciting entertainment with such enthusiasm, this made it so easy to meet and create new friendships. Stage shows were professional and so entertaining as was the Ice skating show. Proformers, technicians all involved should be congratulated for their expertise in putting them all together. So impressed with embarkation in Hong Kong, easy stress free, with approximately 3-4 hour time frame. Singapore was not so easy, but remember we were all getting off together in a tighter time frame. So yes we enjoyed our first cruise and look forward to organising another. My advice don't take negative reviews seriously, take out what you consider fair. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
1 embarkation hong kong 20 mins taxi to ship 2 3disembarkation 30 mins cabin to taxi 3 ship signs of rust on hull otherwise very clean and smart 4 cabin js1630 clean smart well appointed kettle bath fantastic storage 5 main dining room ... Read More
1 embarkation hong kong 20 mins taxi to ship 2 3disembarkation 30 mins cabin to taxi 3 ship signs of rust on hull otherwise very clean and smart 4 cabin js1630 clean smart well appointed kettle bath fantastic storage 5 main dining room very good food sometimes a little cool buffet excellent choice last lunch 4 choices of roast meat etc room service excellent speciality Italian well worth surcharge 6 entertainment something for everyone theatre shows good ice show excellent schooner piano bar outstanding.7 sevice excellent across the ship 8 all ports excellent organised visits smooth and enjoyable.3 experienced travellers from uk and south african a memorable holiday fellow cruisers a mix from many countries Australia usa uk China India etc all mixed well chinese university students were brilliant company.cruised often never before with royal c but would again staff always smiled and ensured you had a perfect holiday cruise package was fantastic and bar service always fast and inefficient Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We recently got home from a 9 night cruise on the Voyager with stops in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Danang and Nha Trang. We left from Singpore and returned to Hong Kong. Royal Caribbean once again did not disappoint. Yes the ship is on the ... Read More
We recently got home from a 9 night cruise on the Voyager with stops in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Danang and Nha Trang. We left from Singpore and returned to Hong Kong. Royal Caribbean once again did not disappoint. Yes the ship is on the older end and going into dry dock soon, but that being said, we couldn't find much wrong with the ship. The crew and service was probably the best we've ever had, and we have cruised over 22 times. Very attentive, but not in your face. Didn't have the spa or specialty restaurants pushed all of the time which is great and no countless announcements over the PA interrupting you every half an hour. You actually had to go out and find things to do which is refreshing. The crowd was a mix of multi-generational families, with the majority of the guests being from Austraila, then Britain and then the USA. It was a wonderful group. The dining room service for all meals was fantastic and there were different menu options from other RCCL ships which made it exciting to go to dinner every night. The dining room lunches also had great options. Our waiter and asst. waiter were fantastic. The Windjammer is the same as the other RCCL ships, but we found the food to be tasty, different and it didn't look as if it had sat out all day under a heat lamp. Entertainment was so-so and probably the biggest con for the trip. For some reason the RCCL singers and dancers weren't on key both with the singing and the dancing. It was clearly visible that maybe they hadn't practiced much together and the sounds just weren't that good. We didn't feel bad if we missed most of the show (although we tried and got to all of them.)The cabin was kept clean and we never even saw our steward. We asked for extra towels and they were always there when we returned from the day's activities. We never had to ask twice for anything.Info on ports: Singapore- beautiful terminal and easily accessible from the subway if you are staying there pre-cruise. A bit of a walk, but definitely easy to do. Very efficient and we didn't even have to sit down before being called to board and we arrived at 10:30. Super simple to get on. Singapore is a beautiful city with lots to do and a wonderful public transit system. Bangkok - We took a private guided tour for the two days (overnight) that we were there. The first day we went to the Sanctuary of Truth and the Elephant Preserve. Both spots were nice. We had a 45 minute elephant ride through the woods, not just in a circle and were treated to a local show. The guide and driver met us at the port for the 45 minute drive to Pattaya. We got back around 8 and then were picked up again at 6 for the tour of Bangkok. It is a far drive but we saw the real city life on the way. Did a bit of shopping, visited the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, had an authentic lunch and were back on the ship by 4. It was a very long and extremely hot day. The temples are very touristy and busy. Didn't seem very spiritual because of it. Ho Chi Minh - took a ship sponsored tour and again it was about an hour and a half to the city center. I'm glad we were with a large tour group and not doing it on our own. We are adventurous people but I'm glad we didn't do it by ourselves this time. The tour was expensive and we didn't feel we got much out of it. Could have been our guide, but there really wasn't much to see. Went for an authentic Vietnamsee buffet lunch and not many guests ate. Food wasn't too good. Went to Notre Dame Cathedral which was closed and then to the Post Office, then to the old government headquarters. We had too much time here with not much to do. He took us to a market to walk through but didn't leave time to do much shopping. We lost half of our group and he didn't seem to mind. Very difficult to cross streets here and downright scary. I think the whole bus was happy to get back to the ship. Nha Trang - again we took a cruise tour because after the day in Ho Chi Minh, I would have been uncomfortable to do it by ourselves. Not many people with taxis at the port either. It may have been difficult for our family of 5 to even get a large taxi. We were dropped at a beach restaurant and they had just enough chairs set up. Not everyone got an umbrella which was not too good. The guide said all you can drink beer and soda, but when I got charged for my second, we were told we were misinformed. The guide said not to go outside of the restaurant as it was dangerous. This was the first we heard of danger, so I think everyone just stuck together. The beach did not have clear water, no fish, and extremely dirty as the day went on. Five hours at a beach like this was way too much, as was the cost of the tour. We were happy to get on the bus going back. Danang - Day 3 of Vietnam and we had had enough. We did not take a tour, but luckily for us, there was a bit of port shopping right at the ship. This ended up being the best we had seen over the past few days. Lots of bargains and make sure when they say $10, you offer $5 and go from there. They will usually take it and they love the American dollar. Hong Kong - easy to get off and we spent 3 days post cruise there. Fantastic subway system. Visited Lantau Island/Big Buddha ( an absolute must and plan on most of the day there!), a day of sightseeing and exploring (did a food tour which was interesting to say the least) and ended at Hong Kong Disneyland. We were very impressed. Overall a fantastic vacation and it's not the cruise line's fault if Vietnam was just so-so. Just wasn't impressed with anything about it! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We cruised 14 nights from Sydney to Singapore. It was our fourth cruise but first with RCI. We're a family of five with kids aged 14, 11 and 7. Overall we had a really good holiday and would cruise with RCI again. Pros Buffet ... Read More
We cruised 14 nights from Sydney to Singapore. It was our fourth cruise but first with RCI. We're a family of five with kids aged 14, 11 and 7. Overall we had a really good holiday and would cruise with RCI again. Pros Buffet food was delicious with an almost overwhelming selection at each meal. Much better standard than P&O and Carnival. MDR food and service also very good. On a par with Carnival. Shows were excellent. We attended around 15 different shows and enjoyed all but one which just wasn't our style. The ice skating shows were amazing. Kids club - kids were happy and wanted to go. There were very few kids on the cruise compared to other cruises I've been on. Especially surprising since this was a school holidays cruise. Some of the kids club age-groups were combined. This suited our family well but I think some others were not happy e.g. a handful of 10 year old boys in group which was majority 6-7 year old girls. Activities - we did flowrider (loved it although wish it was open for longer hours), rock climbing (difficult - harder than indoor climbing I've done in the past). Didn't attend many trivia sessions and found them a bit hit and miss. There were plenty of other things on (dance classes etc) but we were happy to just relax or swim in the pool. Gym was great. I bought a class pass for $79 which gave me access to all gym classes including yoga, pilates, spin and bootcamp. I worked out I attended 18 classes over the cruise so excellent value. A lot of fun, met some lovely fellow cruisers and made up for all the eating I did! Best of all, easy to find a shady deck chair at any time of day. This was my main gripe on other cruise lines as I hate sitting in the sun. It was hard to get a seat in the shade in the solarium or main pool deck but plenty of other places hidden away to read a book on deck 4 or deck 12. Cons Tendering process was horrendous. Have never experienced anything like it. In the end we gave up and didn't get off in Cairns as the wait was so long. Whinging fellow cruisers (although I think you get that on any cruise) No self-service laundry. 5 people x 14 nights = a lot of dirty laundry! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We have just got of the Voyager of the Seas after a B2B going to the Pacific Isles...both itineraries were slightly changed due to heavy weather in the region...Thank You Captain Sindre Borsheim, one of the friendliest captains that I have ... Read More
We have just got of the Voyager of the Seas after a B2B going to the Pacific Isles...both itineraries were slightly changed due to heavy weather in the region...Thank You Captain Sindre Borsheim, one of the friendliest captains that I have met, we hope he keeps sailing in our waters. We did the 3 day cruise in February on the Voyager and were so impressed that we added another 7 days to our 9 day cruise in March (we have cruised around 5 times on her before) The deciding factor for us was The Cleanliness (see below) and THE MUSIC in the form of 2 good bands ie Music Venture, fantastic musicians, and good for younger legs than ours. The other was the Tony and Dana Duo who have the larges of music repertoires and can read their audiences very well and play what they want to hear/dance too. I live with a very low immune system due to cancer treatment so cleanliness where ever I go is of the upmost importance and my antennas are always scanning for any coughs, sickness, unclean areas etc. On the Voyager I was amazed at the frequency of the handrails, lift buttons and the rest of the ship was being disinfected. There was only one bar where the waiters did not have disinfection cloths for the tables when I bought it to the Hotel Directors attention it was addressed right away. For me I know I can spend a longer time on board without to much danger hence the B2B (16 days). Yes, there is some rust around but which ship doesn't? There were kids on board but when did that become a dirty word? Food was always plentiful with a good choice of dishes---BEST PAVLOVA ever All in all we had a ball and hope that Royal Caribbean keep the Tony and Dana Duo sailing in Australian Waters...Oh and Captain Sindre too Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I have just returned from a 9 night Sth Pacific Cruise on Voyager. Balcony Stateroom, Deck 7 The staff once again are so wonderful and I really appreciate the hard work they do and the sacrifices they make to provide the wonderful ... Read More
I have just returned from a 9 night Sth Pacific Cruise on Voyager. Balcony Stateroom, Deck 7 The staff once again are so wonderful and I really appreciate the hard work they do and the sacrifices they make to provide the wonderful service they do. Always friendly and so helpful. The Voyager of the seas has a lot to offer. This is my third time on Voyager. She is starting to get a little tired in some areas and is due for a refurbishment later this year. She will look wonderful once completed. Dining experience was once again lovely. Having such a variety of meals to choose from and the service is exceptional. shows and entertainment were varied and entertaining. My most favourite show this time was BLADES in Studio B/. The Ice dancers looked like they were having a great time and the show was a lot of fun. Thank you . Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Heard there were a lot of fights and many passengers 'kicked off' but we didnt see anything. I have cruised with RCL twice now on Voyager and this time around the food, service and overall experience has greatly improved. Our ... Read More
Heard there were a lot of fights and many passengers 'kicked off' but we didnt see anything. I have cruised with RCL twice now on Voyager and this time around the food, service and overall experience has greatly improved. Our dining room waiters and cabin steward were the highlight of the crew- absolutely awesome. A lot of the shows were not my cup of tea- but hats off to the dancers and singers- awesome voices and moves. Ice skate shows amazing. A lot of activities not my thing but there's heaps to choose from to keep you busy, or just relax- which is what I prefer. Ports of call more than most cruises I have been on, so a good variety of things to do ashore except Mare. Unfortunately due to the weather (and hoard of jelly fish) it wasn't safe to do anything, but mare has definitely upgraded the dock and market, so great to see. Have booked Ovation of the seas for Jan 2019, so excited to see all the extra activities onboard. Crew very attentitive in all areas. Promenade cabin 6305 in a perfect spot too. Got a great price. Booked all tours directly with locals before boarding- all ships are too expensive! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
because of the itinerary. there was a low pressure system around the Mystery Island which we were going to visit, the captain changed the itinerary, drop Mystery Island, but added Isle of the Pines instead of dropping the port entirely. ... Read More
because of the itinerary. there was a low pressure system around the Mystery Island which we were going to visit, the captain changed the itinerary, drop Mystery Island, but added Isle of the Pines instead of dropping the port entirely. However, the rules are too much, either getting an account statement, or getting change at the passenger service desk, too cumbersome. the food at the Windjammer is the SAME DAY IN AND DAY OUT. no new dishes except the last night which they provided shrimps, mussells and pipio clams, and fried calamari. Isumi restaurant is good, worth the $75 package that we paid for. (the package included 3 specialty dining, and we used them all at the Izumi.) The gym hours are pretty good, but the women's steam room is not working throughout the entire 14 days. The service (both the waiters/waitress, cooks) at the Windjammer is excellent though the food is terrible. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Embarkation ran smoothly as usual and we were onboard before 11.30. The crew were exceptional and this made our cruise one of the best yet. Bar staff were quick to take orders and the ability to remember my drink preferences still ... Read More
Embarkation ran smoothly as usual and we were onboard before 11.30. The crew were exceptional and this made our cruise one of the best yet. Bar staff were quick to take orders and the ability to remember my drink preferences still amazes me. The dining room staff were very good and service was fast. The food was always hot and I have to say the souffles were amazing. Our stateroom attendant Igusti made sure he spoke to us every morning and everything we requested was done with no fuss and our room was always clean and tidy whatever time we returned. The ship itself. I have to say she is looking a bit tired and a lot of the furniture needs renewing. This did not effect the enjoyment of the cruise but maybe time to consider some work. The entertainment was good with the rock band a standout. The shows are not really my thing but the Neil Diamond Show was exceptional and well worth seeing. The ports were the normal ones visited and some new ones would be nice but maybe not possible. Overall a very enjoyable cruise. Not a lot of children onboard and generally they were well behaved. Just a few parents encouraging their children to be a nuisance on the dance floor at night but they were by far the minority. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Voyager is one of my favourite ships that we board at least once a year. Always enjoy their entertainments and the dining room and bar service. The nightly musicians in Pig and Whistle and Schooner Bar were fantastic, creating the best ... Read More
Voyager is one of my favourite ships that we board at least once a year. Always enjoy their entertainments and the dining room and bar service. The nightly musicians in Pig and Whistle and Schooner Bar were fantastic, creating the best atmosphere for drinking with newly-made friends. The shows in the Theatre and Studio provided a good variety of entertainments. The daily activities were sufficient during days at sea so there were always something happening. There was a storm nearby but our friendly captain slightly changed the order of the itinerary so we generally had a gentle sailing avoiding the storm. Security guards were present constantly so we felt fairly safe. A good mix of young and older crowd. The mischievous ones got escorted off the ship at the very first port. The rest of the time was trouble free. We had a great time and definitely will cruise with it again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our first cruise and wanted to select a quality cruise line that was short to moderate in length. We chose Royal Caribbean based on the recommendation of at family member. We found the ship to be impressive in size and fitout. ... Read More
This was our first cruise and wanted to select a quality cruise line that was short to moderate in length. We chose Royal Caribbean based on the recommendation of at family member. We found the ship to be impressive in size and fitout. Our balcony stateroom on level 6, mid ships, was clean and roomy supported by our attentive and friendly room attendant who left innovative and funny characters made from towels each night. The main dining room, Saphire, was as good as any fine dining, five star restaurant I have ever been to with the service from the waiters the outstanding feature. Nothing was too hard for them and all our requested were filled. The buffet dining in Windjammer was excellent with the widest range of quality foods available. Again the staff were very helpful with clearing our table quickly or even delivering a coffee. There are several bars on the ship however our favourite was the R Bar due the friendly service by the staff. Embarking and disembarking was done in an orderly and timely fashion both in the ports were we docked and where we used the tenders. Each day we were presented with a programme in our room listing the days activities for our selection. We enjoyed the trivia quizes and the shows while finding time to relax with our friends. The daily headliner shows were spectacular as were the occasional parties held in the Promenade or in the other locations. A truly wonderful experiance. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Boarding on/off: I had a 3PM boarding time, but turned up with my bags at 11AM and was allowed to board straight away. The process is really streamlined and took about 45 minutes. Disembarking the ship was the same, and took less than ... Read More
Boarding on/off: I had a 3PM boarding time, but turned up with my bags at 11AM and was allowed to board straight away. The process is really streamlined and took about 45 minutes. Disembarking the ship was the same, and took less than 30 minutes. We docked at 6AM, had time to eat breakfast, then went to our marshalling area at 8:30am and were off the ship by 9AM. Ship: The Voyager of the Seas was moored in 1997, so the ship is a little dated and there are definite signs of wear. But overall the amenities were really impressive and I loved my time on board. There were several bars on board, 3 pools (one adults only), hot tubs, gym, multiple restaurants, a casino, ice skating rink, and a theatre. Food: The food was sensational. Our group only dined at the restaurants included in the cruise bookings; the Windjammer buffet and Sapphire Dining Room, and we were so impressed with the quality of each meal we ate (and there were plenty of them). We ate at the Windjammer every day for lunch, and the Sapphire every night for dinner and then went between the two for breakfast. At breakfast the Sapphire has a choice of an a-la-carte or a buffet, and both were great. There are several other restaurants on board for an additional fee, but we didn’t feel the need to visit them. At the Sapphire dinners you have an assigned waiter and drinks attendant, and we absolutely loved ours! Archie and Rima from Deck 4 made our time on the Voyager so special, and we really enjoyed seeing them every evening for dinner. The dining room manager Derrick from deck 4 was also wonderful, and always came to chat to us when he saw us. There are two sittings in the dining room – 5:30PM or 8:15PM. My Time dining is available and is strictly limited, but having My Time means you need to reserve a table every day. I would actually recommend getting a permanent sitting, and coordinating it so everyone in your group is on the same table. We had a group of 11, and went to the restaurant on the second day to ask them to change our arrangements so they were all the same and they fixed it up right away – they even added another seat to our table so we could all be together. Don’t eat the soft serve or the large cakes in the Windjammer – I saw kids messing with them on the regular. Also use the hand sanitizer on the way in and out – people will give you a stink eye if you don’t. Drinks: There was no doubt in my mind that I would be purchasing a drinks package for my time at sea. I have absolutely no regrets here, and would absolutely recommend doing it. I had the Deluxe Beverage package so this included all specialty coffees, soft drinks, bottles of water, fresh juices, and of course beer, wine and cocktails. This package covers all drinks to the value of $14, and if you buy anything over this cost you just pay the difference. I know for sure that I got my value for money every day, and can’t stress just how great it was to have this deal. My package was $74 AUD per day, which I pre-purchased prior to boarding via the Royal Caribbean website. If you purchase a package on board it was $89 AUD per day, so definitely do it before boarding. Tipping: In Australia we don’t tip, so our group was quite confused when it came to on-board tipping. After emailing our travel agent we were notified that daily gratuities were included in our booking fee, so tipping an additional amount was optional for us. On the second last day we received envelopes for cash to give to our attendants should we feel they went ‘above and beyond’ for us, so we gave tips to our room attendant, waiter, drinks attendant, and the supervising waiter at the Sapphire dining room to say thank you for making our time on the Voyager so special. On-board activities: I was never without something to do on the Voyager. Highlights included the theatre shows, which were fabulous – we saw bands, singers, a magician, a hypnotist and a comedian, as well as the ice skating, which was equally as amazing. We went to just about every 7PM show before dinner, with each one running for approximately 45 minutes. On-shore activities: I asked a lot of people about the on-shore activities and if they were worth the cost. Most people I spoke to said that the tours are expensive, and you can usually find a local to escort you around the island for a cheaper fee – which is what I did. We went to Noumea, Port Vila, and Loganville, and only had one tour organised by Guest Services which was in Port Vila. Do your research here. I also bought my own snorkel and goggles and had a great time snorkelling without going on a tour. All on-shore activities that we paid locals to facilitate were paid for in AUD, so you really don’t need to worry about getting local currency. Wi-Fi: There is no free Wi-Fi on board the Voyager of the Sea, it must be purchased. I paid $10 AUD per day for the Surf & Stream Wi-Fi package and highly recommend it. Members of our group that didn’t have it ended up buying it. If you’re in a large group it takes the hassle out of coordinating meeting times, as you can just iMessage. If you want to stream viewing content on your device, I would be wary as the connection is really slow. Streaming didn’t really work well unless you downloaded the movie/tv show, which took hours. Only one device can be connected at a time. Theme Nights: I read that many cruises have themed nights - ours had a White night and a Hawaiian night. We had two formal dress evenings, and the rest were smart casual and casual. Not everyone adheres to the dress code, but our group did. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The arrival at the port was quite well laid out and it was well run for embarkation and the staff very help full. I was traveling with someone in a wheelchair, and the ship staff didn't seem to have enough wheelchair assistance. Maybe ... Read More
The arrival at the port was quite well laid out and it was well run for embarkation and the staff very help full. I was traveling with someone in a wheelchair, and the ship staff didn't seem to have enough wheelchair assistance. Maybe Royal Caribbean could take a leaf out of P&O's procedure and get the portside staff take the wheelchair people onto the ship. The cabin was comfortable and clean and because my companion has to have a dark room to sleep, we prefer the inside cabin. We prefer to eat in the dinning room for every meal, and found the food enjoyable and the selection good. The highlight for us at meal times is the beautiful waiters and waitresses, their attention is impeccable to make sure everything is just right. The attention they gave my companion who is special needs and is non verbal just made her cruise, to the point we have another 2 booked on this ship before it leaves Australia for good. The staff performing most nights was another highlight we loved it and it gave us a chance to applaud them for their hard efforts. The Cruise director Jamie Fentiman and his team are amazing and made sure everyone had lots of fun at all the street parties and events around the ship, we loved the quest, the marriage game, and many more. The guest artists were very good we loved them. We found the service in every area wonderful. We have both traveled to the South Pacific many times 10 in the past 12 months in fact so we do not always get off the ship. We will be very sorry to see Voyager leave our shores, Royal Caribbean please send another ship to Australia, one that will stay here all year around please, then people that can not do long flights might have a chance at becoming Pinnicale. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We were a party of six. Four ladies have never cruised before but they are absolutely converted to cruising. We started at circular quay in Sydney, and were surprised at the lineup to get into the boat however this moved rather quickly ... Read More
We were a party of six. Four ladies have never cruised before but they are absolutely converted to cruising. We started at circular quay in Sydney, and were surprised at the lineup to get into the boat however this moved rather quickly and efficiently and, as two of us had cruised before, with gold level we got straight on with the others having to wait at least 45 minutes to get their photo card done Once on ,everyone enjoying walking around and having a look at everything and we were impressed with our rooms, which had gigantic beds, lovely balconies with new furniture. everything is clean and absolutely spotless and our cabin attendant introduced himself to us and was wonderful in the two days that we were on board. I would have to say that the meals were of a far better standard than I have had on any of the ships, and I’ve been on a few, and my friends who are FOODIES ,were very impressed we really enjoyed just the main dining room, we didn’t bother going elsewhere because of the standard of the food. We also enjoyed being able to get a coffee and sandwich or cake at the promenade Cafe. we thoroughly enjoyed the shows in the la Scala theatre, and also the iceskating show . the girls who had never sailed before and was very nervous were completely won over and we’re looking at what other cruises to book . I read all the reviews before going on this ship and now that I’m home I’m quite amazed at the negative reviews about the ship because we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would go again in the blink of an eye, and everyone that we saw on board seem to be enjoying themselves also we were lucky enough to go on board with on board credit, so we never had to pay for drinks and in fact had so much money left that we were able to purchase quite nice items from the gift shops I have to make a special mention of all the staff, especially our waiters at night on table 361 they were just wonderful very attentive and informative . Royal Caribbean can be very proud of their staff ,they are enthusiastic and friendly and seemed very happy and made our trip super special..❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Read Less
Sail Date December 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 ... 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
Sail Date November 2017
Thoroughly enjoyed the cruise in every way. The food was adequate and the service always professional. DINING - I personally didn't enjoy the nightly parades in the main dining room and the interruption to the flow of the ... Read More
Thoroughly enjoyed the cruise in every way. The food was adequate and the service always professional. DINING - I personally didn't enjoy the nightly parades in the main dining room and the interruption to the flow of the meal. I would prefer a farewell parade at the end of the cruise only. I did not enjoyed being forced to share a table every evening. It was difficult to find somewhere on the ship to enjoy a quiet meal without having to make conversation with new people as there is only a very small cafe in the middle of the shopping mall. Dining on this ship was for me not enjoyable unless I paid for additional service. DINING SPECIALITY RESTAURANTS - Most nights I paid for the speciality restaurant Chops Grille on a '5 night dining package' so that one could enjoy a quite table for two with excellent food quality, lovely views and excellent service. 6 stars for CHOPS GRILLE. I did not enjoy the Italian style restaurant at all as food was not remotely as good as any Italian food I tasted before and this was general consensus amongst the passengers too. WIFI - was quite good compared to other ships. POOLS - more than enough pools and they were very popular. DECKS - plenty of seating and lounges. ENTERTAINMENT - Good. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Voyager of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness & Recreation 5.0 N/A
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursions 3.5 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.0 N/A
Service 4.5 4.2
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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