347 Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas Cruise Reviews

With the Corona Virus spreading rapidly, we were lucky to be able to cruise at all and were aware that things may change so we set out to enjoy our anniversary holiday with a positive frame of mind. We had an enjoyable day in Noumea and 2 ... Read More
With the Corona Virus spreading rapidly, we were lucky to be able to cruise at all and were aware that things may change so we set out to enjoy our anniversary holiday with a positive frame of mind. We had an enjoyable day in Noumea and 2 days on Mystery Island and quite a few sea days. We have been well compensated for the lack of ports. We were well fed, accommodated, and entertained . We did not find it too crowded at all considering the amount of people on board. Having not cruised with RC before, we were happy with all the facilities provided and the extras that were added recently. Some things are out of the cruise ships control and we don't know what is going on behind the scenes This world wide problem is affecting everything so make allowances and go with the flow at the moment!! Our only gripe was smoking on board. The areas allocated for smoking were too big and intrusive on other passengers especially the children.. Children are inhaling smoke around one side of the pool area.One whole outside deck was for smoking and it would blow inside and down through the stairwell and passages. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Me (aged 11)went on a cruise into the middle of nowhere with my family. This was our second time doing that but not on that cruise line, and I have to say that I still had a terrific time but sadly the food there was terrible. On our ... Read More
Me (aged 11)went on a cruise into the middle of nowhere with my family. This was our second time doing that but not on that cruise line, and I have to say that I still had a terrific time but sadly the food there was terrible. On our day of arrival I had a desert in the Dining Room, that was really nice. The next day I wasn’t feeling too good but I’ll get to that part later. Anyway, my Mum got me some pancakes and a donut. When you think of a pancake chewy wouldn’t be the first word that comes to mind, not only that but it was dry and crumbly. It was the same with the donut. So I had one bite of both of those things and then instantly I decided that I wouldn’t have anymore of it because I didn’t like it so then I instantly went for the fruit. Most of our dinners were fantastic but on our last night, we went to Giovanni’s Table. Our waiter was lovely but it took a long time for our food to come out. It took an hour and a half. Not only that but my pasta wasn’t very cooked and had been sitting out for a very long time. My Mum and Dad’s food not only looked disgusting, it was disgusting! Then we saw the Maître D shout at another table. It was not the kind of behaviour that should be put up with. They then had a lighting issue where the lights would dim down and then lighten back up again which was deeply annoying! When we left my Dad gave him a stern talking to witch he absolutely deserved. Basically, what I was trying to say is that, cruise was amazing, food wasn’t so good and definitely do not go to Giovanni’s Table. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise, even though it was in the school holidays, as a reward for our son going into Year 11. We have been on Voyager of the Seas before and enjoyed the activities- FlowRider and ice skating etc and also chose the ... Read More
We chose this cruise, even though it was in the school holidays, as a reward for our son going into Year 11. We have been on Voyager of the Seas before and enjoyed the activities- FlowRider and ice skating etc and also chose the destinations that were best for snorkeling. As there were 3 of us and we had a lot of snorkeling gear we chose a balcony cabin with an extra bed (8268). The extra bed came out of the ceiling above the top of the king bed, so you did have to watch your head, otherwise the room was as expected. Clean and in working order. We live the FlowRider and the staff on this activity are helpful and friendly. If you are going to give it a try do it early in the cruise as the lines get huge on the last couple of days. We had the Key so had a few advantages such as extra sessions on the FlowRider, Laser Tag and Iceskating rink that we enjoyed. This also made embarkation quick and because I booked 5he first boarding time we stepped in the ship at 11am. I got the Key for seats at the show but it wasn’t that busy at the shows as there is so much to do. Disappointing things were the removal of the sauna and indoor spa as part of the latest changes. The slide was fun though - hint don’t wear a rashy as it slows you down too much. The adult area is ok but you are treated like children - no drinks allowed in the spa even though they are in plastic glasses. We bought the drinks package and looked forward to frozen mango drinks only to find that the ship had run out of mango from the last two cruises. They did have strawberry which was ok but even ran out of this and Pina Colada and other options as the cruise progressed. The drinks package was still worth it to us but just be aware you may not be able to get your favourite drink. Different bars have different cocktails - R bar had a Let’s get Fizzical that you could only get there - so try different bars if you like variety. Our son made a lot of new friends on the cruise and had a wonderful time at the silent disco, pool parties and other activities. He enjoyed the teenage Living Room. There were a few bullies on the cruise and it was disappointing that the ship couldn’t control these kids but my son was old enough to deal with them when they approached him and keeep away. The cruise ship did disembark a couple of young adults that were fighting on the first night so they do deal efficiently with inappropriate adults. The entertainment was good in general and varied. We have seen the hypnotist before and the show was similar to 5 years ago. Also the adult comedian did a general show in which he did make some inappropriate jokes during the general show and repeated half of his adult show for the general show. One of the comedians was not that great. Some good and some not so good. There were heaps of activities ( Trivia, lectures of all types, ballet classes etc) to choose so it really is up to individual taste. In general I would recommend this cruise for the ages from teenager to an adult wanting to try out the activities on offer. A child too small for the slides and FlowRider will miss out on a lot. We chose the 5 night dining package and enjoyed the three specialty restaurants and the main dining room.Service and food in all restaurants was great. Unfortunately we ended up with the 5pm dining,which was a bit of a rush to get to (especially if you are on the a FlowRider), but gave us the rest of the evening to enjoy shows and sit in High Notes for a drink. Think about your dining chose - early, late or My Time at the time you book. We enjoyed all of our ports: Noumea - turtle tour at Signal Island - book online before you go. Excellent. Mare - took the bus to the beach and snorkeled - we did swim past the bouys Lifou - Jinek Bay snorkeling (bought the tickets from the locals for $15 each for the morning session to 12:30pm) is definitely worth it and the water hole in the cave Louganville - a local took us to Chaampagne beach which was beautiful, the Riri blue hole which was fun and cold and Million Dollar Point which is great for snorkelling. This replaced Isle of Pines as their chief had passed away. Villa - we did 2 dives which we organised ourselves - Wreck and bommies. Mystery Island - lovely island but the snorkeling wasn’t great that day as the currents were strong. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Main-court dining was first class - 3 levels of seating with two serving times which coordinate well with showtimes. Pot-luck with who you sit with as not many tables just for a couple. Even so, you may get a table with nice people so ... Read More
Main-court dining was first class - 3 levels of seating with two serving times which coordinate well with showtimes. Pot-luck with who you sit with as not many tables just for a couple. Even so, you may get a table with nice people so great for social mixers. Fresh menu each day and also standard regulars. Meal sittings are for two hours so there is no rush. Food on level 11 promenade is buffet style self-service. Average 'fodder' standard and seating is a major issue at lunchtime, particularly when the main dining rooms are closed on port days. Central mall on level 5 done very cleverly and affords shopping, a pub, a pizza / burger 60's style cafe. 4th floor has schooner bar - comfortable and plenty of seating, does crowd out with ad-hoc quizzes, though only for a short while. Next to this there is a large casino and also star lounge which is comfortable and relaxed, affording activities such as quizzes, bingo and quiet entertainment in the evenings. The main theatre is on levels 3-5 and there is plenty of seating for the many of guests and even late-comers should be able to squeeze in. Entertainment was good without being spectacular. Also an ice-rink on level 3 - Very talented group with their own styles and great variety of the shows themselves. Downside is limited room so you will have to get there early. Outside there is plenty of space for lounging though the loungers are tightly packed to cater for so many people. The quiet area is very good but is full from early morning and people save seating areas. Plenty of fun upstairs for young and old alike - Putting, basketball, surfing, flumes etc. Headache concern is the amopunt of people. Expecially tender-boat service. Despite best endeavours it is a long process back and forth. Luckilly we had great weather but waiting an hour if inclement on an unsheltered island would have been an issue. Other headache is the constant selling mantra and meanness with water etc. Any way to get money out of you they will try. I go on holiday to get away from the hard sell so this was very annoying. All in all though, very good indeed and up there with the best of our cruise experiences. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We went on this cruise with some friends because we wanted to take a cruise in Asia and it had to be in a very limited 3 week time frame. Cruising out of Hong Kong to Japan was very easy because it required no special visas. ... Read More
We went on this cruise with some friends because we wanted to take a cruise in Asia and it had to be in a very limited 3 week time frame. Cruising out of Hong Kong to Japan was very easy because it required no special visas. First, the cruise itself was very enjoyable. We all enjoyed the ports of call and the cruise staff. However, the Voyager itself is in a sad state. I had seen the reviews beforehand lamenting the state of the ship, and I took them with a grain of salt. Once I got on the ship, I saw for myself that she is in a state of fairly bad disrepair, especially for a Royal Ship. I know that she is going into dry dock very soon to get 'amped' but that is no reason for the company to let the ship fall into this state. On first appearance, the ship has way more rust than any other Royal ship I have seen. When you are returning to the ship from port and look up, it is very evident and looks bad. I am not sure why they havent spent more time cleaning this up The elevators were a very bad problem. 2 of the 3 forward starboard elevators were broke all 9 days. As for the central elevator usually 1 of the 4 was out at all times on both sides. Sometimes 2 elevators would be down. Additionally, even when they were generally working, there were times that they couldnt stop at certain floors because they doors wouldnt open properly. There were also problems at many bars where equipment was malfunctioning or broken, such as with soda dispensing. They also had a lot of AV and IT issues when setting things up for events in the public rooms This was all very disappointing and I expect better from Royal. I am not sure if it is just this ship, or how things run in Asia in general. Overall, the staff was great. The Cruise Director staff was wonderful, Specialty restaurant staff was great, cabin staff was great This was also my first time on a cruise where the majority of passengers did not speak English. Most of the passengers here spoke Mandarin, so many of the events were held in Mandarin. One thing I like was they added a Hot Pot as a specialty restaurant in the Windjammer at night. It was a really good idea and we went twice Overall, I enjoyed being on the Voyager, I just hope that they can fix all her problems in dry dock and they dont let her fall into disrepair again when she is done Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Booked this cruise , our first , because of the destinations. On boarding yes you can see it is an older ship and needs it’s upgrade due September/ October but in no way is it a rust bucket. Let’s be realistic the price paid ... Read More
Booked this cruise , our first , because of the destinations. On boarding yes you can see it is an older ship and needs it’s upgrade due September/ October but in no way is it a rust bucket. Let’s be realistic the price paid reflects the condition. Pay top $ and you will get all the razzmatazz some people seem to expect. Our Junior suite reminded me of my parents caravan from the 70s , every door you opened provided space for storage. The suite 1634 was spacious and comfortable. We were looked after very well by Suma our cabin attendant. Windjammer - not for me but perfectly adequate. We had a stay onboard day at one port and as the ship was nearly empty we enjoyed a nice relaxed lunch. The coffee shop - if late for breakfast as we often woke late( the only time in years I have slept 8 hrs solid) we came here . It was good. As was lunch, snacks and coffees any time you wanted. Freshly prepared and tasty. Dining room where we sometimes had “posh breakfast” best omelet ever. Nice surroundings , always serviced with a smile and good grace. Diner , we chose my time dining but it works better if you book a time , for us 8.15pm , same table for two every night waited on by Michael who is excellent and always added that personal touch by remembering our names from day one onwards. Food was good, sometimes better than others but beautifully presented . Trips - because of the destinations sometimes the travel was quite long to get to the designated city/ excursion point. Don’t complain do your research first. You can’t stick a port in the middle of land. When there embrace the culture and sights. WiFi- iffy at times but there again be realistic , you can’t just magic up WiFi in remote areas. Vietnam being the worst but would that not be expected as at times more remote. Crew- fantastic. Always smiling , extremely curtious and good at their jobs. Entertainment - great shows. Ice skating was excellent. Hard enough to skate on a still rink never mind one that is rocking on sea. Mr and Mrs a total hoot. Well done to the 3 couples who took part , great entertainment. Fellow Travellers- we met up with the most lovely people. By the end of the nine days we had made good friendships. However not everyone is the same and the moaners of the world will always moan. Rude people who barge in and basically think they come first will always be rude. Look around at some of the conditions in the countries you have visited and appreciate what you have. 3500 passengers will provide all sorts. To sum up - we loved our cruise. Our first but not our last. Looked after and entertained by a great crew who all work very very hard. I hope this has given a more rounded review than some after all it is not RC fault if passengers are smelly etc as in other reviews. Cheaper cruise because older ship but it gave us 9 days of a smashing holiday. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Well all my worries were for nothing, this was a great cruise. We left from Singapore with stops in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Nga Trang, Da Nang/Huey and ending in Hong Kong. Embarkation was smooth, everyone went straight to the ... Read More
Well all my worries were for nothing, this was a great cruise. We left from Singapore with stops in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Nga Trang, Da Nang/Huey and ending in Hong Kong. Embarkation was smooth, everyone went straight to the buffet of course, and then our cabins were available from 1.30. My friend and I had each packed a couple of bottles of wine in our luggage. Her luggage arrived promptly, but mine never showed so I guessed it would be at the “naughty room”, which it was. They had a note on it saying 2 bottles (which you are allowed) and didn’t seem to want me to open the bottles to check it was wine so I’m not sure what the point was, or why my friend’s luggage got through. I just had an internal cabin with a “virtual balcony” so you could see what was happening outside. Nice in theory, it worked most of the time but maybe because of salt build up on the camera plus the Perspex covering the screen, it was a very hazy picture and you couldn’t tell if it was sunny or cloudy outside, it was like an old black & white TV. The cabin was small and the shower was tiny but I expected that as I had booked the cheapest and I spend very little time in the cabin so it was fine. The ship in general was showing its age and on occasion we would get a little drip of water from the ceiling in public areas, but as we know it goes into dry dock in September. It was amusing more than anything, and at least the water was coming from above, rather than a leak from below lol. The atrium area and Sapphire dining room are quite spectacular – really beautiful. One of my concerns was the reports of hordes of pushy, rude Asian customers. In fact the majority of passengers were from the US, also English, Spanish, Australians and a few of us New Zealanders. There were certainly a few Asian passengers but I never saw any rudeness or pushiness from them, they were just as polite as any other group. We were pleasantly surprised at the politeness of the photographers, usually they are very insistent on taking your photos which we hate, but these ones were respectful. Also instead of having to look through rows of photos of other people, the photos were able to be accessed from a computer using your room number. Dining – we mostly ate in the Sapphire dining room for the late seating. Our waiters were great and the food was very good. Just once my meal was a bit lukewarm but otherwise was always hot. The curries were great. I used the Windjammer buffet for breakfast because I have little patience in the morning and it is easier to serve myself when I want it. It was certainly busy but not too bad. We had one lunch in the buffet and it was fine but we much preferred the main dining room if it was open. There were two formal nights. Sadly the baked Alaska parade seems to have disappeared completely but the wait staff did line up on the staircases and sing to us. The midnight buffet with all the carved ice etc also seems to have disappeared (now I’m showing my age). Entertainment – The ice show was amazing, and we went to the other shows almost every night. All the shows were great, even the comedian which I didn’t think I would like. The male dancers in particular were fabulous. We didn’t go to the magician as none of us are keen on magicians. I’ve travelled on MSC, Holland America, Princess, Norwegian & P&O Australia and this cruise was as good as any I have been on, and better than some. Bangkok – this was a 2 hour bus trip from the port. Bear in mind we are two middle aged ladies so my review is from our perspective only. We took the Bangkok on your own excursion. Our guide was Aey and he was very witty and informative and we really enjoyed the bus trip because of him. As for Bangkok, sorry but we hated it. We got dropped at a shopping mall and ventured out once, but the heat and traffic drove us back inside and we spent much of the time (6 long hours) in a bar lol. Also note the bars are not allowed to serve alcohol between 2 and 5pm so it was a long, thirsty wait. This probably only applies to within the mall I am guessing. So it was our own fault that we didn’t give Bangkok more of a fair go, but it was just a bit overwhelming for us. We got back to the ship about 10pm so the buffet was closed but the Café Promenade is open 24 hours so we had lovely pizza there for tea. Saigon – Because we were so useless at seeing Bangkok we changed our excursion from Saigon on your own to the Laquerware factory and market tour. I am not a shopper but my friend had been told the Ben Tahn Market is amazing with cheap (fake) handbags. Again our guide was great and we saw a couple of sights. The lacquerware factory was ok but as I say I’m not a shopper…. At last we get to the market and my friend had encouraged the guide to give us 2 whole hours there. We knew that was a mistake within 10 minutes! I have never been so hassled by vendors in my life (and I have been to Egypt). The place was in a huge warehouse with no air conditioning so it was incredibly hot, the food court area stunk of something dead, and the vendors would physically grab you and try to stop you leaving. It was about the worst place I have been in my life. In the end I had to stand by the door for an hour waiting for the bus so I could breathe. My friend hated it too, but had in her mind that she had to get a handbag. She did buy one but discovered when she got back that the one given to her (pre wrapped) was faulty and was not the one she had examined on display. Otherwise, we thought Saigon was much nicer than Bangkok, it just had more character (and a big problem with litter). Nga Trang – At last a lovely beach! We got a taxi for $US10 from the port to the beach/town area as again the heat was incredible. Unfortunately although this is a tourist area, they did not speak much English at all, so the driver seemed determined he was going to take us to the “centre” even though we kept telling him we were happy to stop here! The “centre” turned out to be a shopping mall. Anyway we were still by the beach and enjoyed a paddle. Then we found a bar on the beach with a nice breeze blowing through. It should have been perfect and we ordered drinks and lunch. Well it was a bit like an episode of Fawlty Towers, I won’t go on but the service was the worst ever and nobody seemed to speak any English at all despite it being a tourist town. There was a very long queue in the heat to get back on the tenders but the staff brought us iced water which was nice. Danang/Huey – Here we took the Hoi An on your own excursion. This was the highlight of the trip. It is an ancient town which has been kept as it was and is a UNESCO sight. The bus had to park a long distance away as they are not allowed close between 11 and 1pm. So the guide informed us we had to walk 1km to the town (again the heat and humidity was incredible). Despite the heat I found the walk interesting as we walked down a lane with houses on either side and you could see how the local people really live, rice paddies in their back yard etc. The town was beautiful, there is a river through the middle and there were ancient houses you can visit. Quite fascinating. I could have spent a lot longer there if it weren’t for the heat. It did stink of septic tanks, I guess the ancient sewer system struggles with all the tourists. Anyway Hoi An is a must do I think. Hong Kong – We disembarked in Hong Kong and took our own bags off the ship as we were flying out at 12.30 so needed to get to the airport quickly. The queue for taxis was nearly 1 hour with the sweat dripping off us. We also had the issue of no HK dollars and hoped to find a taxi that would take credit cards. Long story short, no it seems hardly any taxis take cards but fortunately we had a lovely taxi driver who agreed to take US dollars and we gave him a little extra for his trouble. To sum up, the cruise itself was great, no complaints there except at times the music in public areas was too loud. The staff were, without exception, great. The locals in each port were very kind and polite (except those ghastly women at the market and the hopeless staff at the bar in Nga Trang). The heat was oppressive and made everything more difficult. I would happily cruise on this ship again but have decided Asia is not somewhere I would go again (except Singapore which I like), I know many people love it so don’t let that put you off going. I am glad I went to see for myself. I will put a note in the RCL forum in case anyone has any questions I might be able to answer. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
First let's talk about the ship: It's old and tired and doing a make over in September of 2019. Boy did RCCL wait longer than it should!. It's not only dated (a peachy pink in many areas. Why RCCL uses trendy colors ... Read More
First let's talk about the ship: It's old and tired and doing a make over in September of 2019. Boy did RCCL wait longer than it should!. It's not only dated (a peachy pink in many areas. Why RCCL uses trendy colors instead of neutrals that will not get so tired so fast is beyond me), but certain areas (like the ladies bathroom by Giovanni's) are falling apart. The layout of the ship is done well and the activities are plentiful. Note: US residents do not need to arrange their own Visas. The ship does the Vietnam one for $6 each and the Thailand one is also arranged and provided (not really a Visa, but some kind of travel card). I believe it is the same for the UK, but do check. We stayed in a suite and bought the unlimited dining package, so we never ate at the regular restaurant (except day 1 at the windjammer, which was just OK). Frankly, on other RCCL ships we have been disappointed with the regular restaurants so we avoided that and just did the specialty restaurants instead. For breakfast, Giovanni's is where suite guests eat and for days at sea lunches, specialty restaurants are included in the dining package. My biggest complaint is that the menu stays stagnant in the specialty restaurants. It would be great, especially on cruises over 7 days, if they would have an A and B menu (switching 1/2 way through). I think they would have more action in them that way too. Giovanni's: Great service and good food, family style. The bad: They had no fresh (or even seemingly dry) basil, as it "turned black" days before the sailing ended. As an Italian, I can say this is really bad. They should have at least had dried basil. The tomato sauce would have been far better with traditional basil added and how the chef allowed the sailing without it is beyond me. I had the cannoli once and it was so bad, I did not try again, as the shell was soggy. The lasagna was loaded with a heap of ground beef, so much it overpowered the dish. The caprese salad was bland (lack of basil and low quality tomatoes were to blame). The good: The lamb chops, ceasar and chicken were favorites. Chops: Great service and good food. The Bad: The filet has a weird flavor. I suspected Mexican beef (slightly gamely), but they said no. Giovanni's Filet has the same flavor. The Rib Eye was amazing. Chicken also excellent. Izumi: Great service and good food. The hot stone filet was amazing.The mochi was fantastic, but they ran out of 1/2 of the flavors by the time the cruise was 1/2 over. Poor planing on the chef's part. Johnny Rockets: Great burgers, fries and shakes; however, I wish they had asked how I want it prepared, as it was a bit overcooked for my liking. The service was terribly slow. Room service: Did a good job except for one day, where they screwed up almost everything, but they made it right and sent us chocolate covered strawberries as an I'm sorry that evening. Spa: Good, typical sales game. We had one therapist for a deep tissue that could not go deep at all, even with a lot of direction. Makes me think they do not have top trailed therapists, which is unexcusable based on what they charge. They gave a discount and switched therapists for our other services. We use the spa a lot on cruises, so we get to know them pretty well. I give this one a B. Shows: We saw a few of the shows. They were all pretty good. Ports: On board in Singapore: Truly a highlight. We went in 2 days early and regretted we did not have more time. Having 3-5 days would be perfect. The Malay, Little India, China town, the Civic district (go at both night and day, light show each night) and Gardens by the Bay (also night light show that is free) were all highlights. We hired a private guide (tours by locals) for a 1/2 day tour and that was perfect. We added a drive/air conditioned van, which allowed us to see everything in the 1/2 day and not be as hot. Unbelievable restaurants. Bangkok, Thailand (overnight): Spectacular! This is 2-3 hours from port, so we got a hotel room (Asanti Riverside, which was amazing). Arrival time was 11 am (but you will not get off of the ship until between 11:30-noon, as it was very slow getting cleared and always is), this was a real bummer and I have no idea why RCCL is so short sighted on this. It should also be on a Saturday and at 6am (or Friday if you have 2 days like we did) so you can see the best floating market (the one available during the week is either in Pattaya (not real, more of a tourist trap) or way out of the way and 3 star at best). We hired a guide who provided a driver (tours by locals) for both days and it was worth every penny. So much to see and it is very hot so an air conditioned van really helped. We also saw way more than we could otherwise with a local. We saw the Grand Palace, Golden Buddah, Emerald Buddah, Reclining Buddah, Canal Ride and some other temples/shrines. Ho Chi Min City (Saigon): Amazing day! 1.5 hours from port: We hired Saigon Adventures and did a food tour with city highlights. They picked us up in a van and scooters met us in Saigon. A local driver was assigned each in our group and off we went. It was our best day and a blast. The food was amazing. The sites were good, the main tour guide was wonderful and our drivers made it stress free and fun (I would not want to drive one of those myself in the city, as it is really crazy). They dealt with all of our food issues and we genuinely enjoyed every food stop (Soup, coffee, baguette sandwiches, and BBQ pork). Nha Trang: beach city port, quick to get to. The town itself is touristy and there is a decent beach so you could stay local and just use a taxi to get where you want to go. We hired Nhatrangadventures for a jeep countryside with city highlights tour (5-6 hours). They picked us up outside of the port (a quick 5 minute walk). We got to see the countryside and how they really lived, making rice patties and traditional hats and also saw the city highlights. It was a great time and unique view of the Vietnamese and the lunch provide was amazing.. Hue: a bit more than an hour outside of the port AND you have to take a tender, so allow for an hour to get off of the ship (30 minutes if you are one of the first and all goes perfectly). We hired stopandgocafetours for a tour of the old city and highlights with a private van. My only complaint is that the owner emailed me the day prior to confirm. I had fully paid for the tour and it was a day at sea so we had no service and got a later start since he didn't hear from me until we were at port. The guide did a wonderful job. It was a sweltering hot day, so the van was a godsend between sites. We saw the lost city of Hue. Hue itself was the most pretty of the Vietnamese cites we saw and is a not to miss place. They also took us to a very nice lunch and the food was wonderful. We enjoyed the day less only because of the heat, as that was a real challenge for all of us. Hong Kong: Close to port. We hired a private guide for a 1/2 day tour (toursbylocals). We saw Victoria's Peak, the markets and different areas of Hong Kong. It's a big city and was nice, but not anything amazing. We stayed one night at the Marriott by the airport, which is a wonderful property. They have an 10 minute shuttle to the small city nearby (and and 8 minute shuttle every 30 minutes to the airport). We took it to the cable car and went to the giant buddah. This was a real highlight for us. The cable car ride provided amazing views,the giant buddah was beautiful and there is the very unique city that was part of it with amazing shopping and things to do. Very much recommend!!! Embarkation: not so good. They kept my passport cover and I had to run back to get it and the initial keys did not work and were not the gold suite keys, which you need to use the suite services. The second copy worked, but were also not golden. 3rd time was a charm. Concierge fixed it all for us and arranged dining times and helped with what we needed. Debarkation: smooth and easy. We left at 8:30 so the crowds were gone. Big Tip: Arrange a driver ahead of time or a private tour guide. The taxi line took 2 hours and was insane. There are no signs to let you know you do not have to stand in the line unless you need a taxi, so make a note. Customs was a breeze and done by the ship ahead of time. Never been happier to have a private tour as I was that morning. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Hello, I am in a position to be reviewed online to form service so I always ask, should I do this? And you know what, I should because telling the truth makes the world a better place. And RC needs to know and read a common experience so ... Read More
Hello, I am in a position to be reviewed online to form service so I always ask, should I do this? And you know what, I should because telling the truth makes the world a better place. And RC needs to know and read a common experience so they can there support and advertising. First the ship is amazing, food tasty, and mostly ALL good, like five stars good. I cruise a lot and will stay on RC as I know hem. But when one two or three things go wrong, it starts to leave a bad taste. My biggest gripe is: THE FALSE ADVERTISING FOR STREAM INTERNET SERVICE. Internet is horrible and we pay tooth and nail to get a weak signal. RC will eventually Get a Class Action and get sued for false advertising. Why say you can provide a service when you cannot? Be real. Say, we will charge you half as we can only get you weak signal. Instead they lure you to pay upwards of $80 a day (four devices for nothing) I know I talked to management an got the real satellite skinny on how internet works. It does not work reliable but you'll pay anyway. RC- DO NOT FALSELY ADVERTISE-IT'S WRONG. Maybe this only happens on international waters, but cruisers beware and research before you buy. RC tell the truth. Secondly, what's with standing in lines at excursions when YOU are giving the ship money. Lots of profit in these marked up excursions. I know just look at Expedia activities and you will see the mark up. If you take our money, give staff of four so there is non line. You hate our vacation that we paid for. Lastly in room service Its a ice bonus. But two of three order so far are wrong. Of you can say, well they are busy, but again this is a staff issue or a QM oversight issue. Why should we duffer and thin k we need ot our our needs last? Do you get wrong service in Las Vegas room service, usually no... then add a manager to review plates before they go out. Worse yet, they call you three time to tell you they are out of something or you have the wrong menu. Ok this might sound petty and. maybe it is. But tow for three. Oh yeah I have not send my third order. Its sitting there as breakfast to be eaten, so we will see. I get cruises are are like "zoos with lots of people,' not all of them are nice BTW. But RC beef up the service, tell the truth. Other than than that, Most RC offerings are amazing, boat is spotless, and most staff greet with smile. The other cruiser's on the other hand, I have never seen so many push there way to first in line. It's like the "girl is invisible." So now I start to push forward like them, and my kids say I am rude. I say: "do as the Romans did and claim your space." Sorry of grammar errors. I'm on my way to excursion. But you get the general pic here. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The itinerary: Singapore, 4 Vietnam ports and Hong Kong was great. Just enough days at sea to relax as well. Boat itself: I find all these boats tacky so I won’t comment on the looks. Now the rooms were fine, pool, exercise facilities ... Read More
The itinerary: Singapore, 4 Vietnam ports and Hong Kong was great. Just enough days at sea to relax as well. Boat itself: I find all these boats tacky so I won’t comment on the looks. Now the rooms were fine, pool, exercise facilities and restaurant were just fine. Linens could be replaced and frankly did not particularly like the stains on the tablecloths. Service: again all ok. Not specially impressed. Some of the rudeness we felt we experienced was more cultural and lack of language skills. The excursion staff definitely needs improvement and I would skip altogether next time. Their overview of the ports of call and excursion was particularly appalling. Young rude personnel. Activities: they tried hard. We enjoyed the fitness center, sauna, steam room, rock climbing, skating and a couple of shows. We were never bored. Pool side activities were fun. Food: ok bit main dining not at par with other cruises. Windjammer cafe had better food. We had some bad dinners so we switched mid cruise and the windjammer was just fine. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We travelled as a couple but made many new friends on board. Cabin - see below. We had aa promenade facing interior on the 8th d. Quiet and good size. Activities - found details on the Cruise Compass and checked off what we wanted to ... Read More
We travelled as a couple but made many new friends on board. Cabin - see below. We had aa promenade facing interior on the 8th d. Quiet and good size. Activities - found details on the Cruise Compass and checked off what we wanted to do. All good from fitness at sidoku, to entertainment and scrap booking. Loved tge kronos band. Food- had 2 nights of dining at tge Chops Grille and Giovanni. Both excellent value undet tge BOGO package. Main dining room the next day was quite the opposite. Gave feedback and food improved after that. The dishes were ovet salty or sweet. Windjammer food was convenient and tasty. Meats there were mostly overdone. Enjoyed the white porridge white bait fish. Eggs, bacon, sausage. Fruits and drinks. We always say at the back to enjoy watching the propeller wake. Café rpmenade was the meeting place for late breakfast and afternoon tea for many. Good bran raisin muffobs, muffin surg egg n ham, beef on rye. Service - good but mixed crew had problems covering each other.. Swimming pool was small. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This is our 19th cruise. I had read many disappointing reviews of this cruise so I was a bit apprehensive. This cruise did not disappoint! First, please don't beleive all the negative comments regarding this cruise. Yes, the ... Read More
This is our 19th cruise. I had read many disappointing reviews of this cruise so I was a bit apprehensive. This cruise did not disappoint! First, please don't beleive all the negative comments regarding this cruise. Yes, the boat is a bit tired but it is going to get a makeover soon. Yes, it is hard to find sitting places in the Windjammer, bit you can always find a spot. The food is RC quality. Don't be worried about if you wil find food since it is destined for the Asian market. You have ALL the RC faves and more! We did not go see any shows so I cannot comment on this. My negative commment goes to the SIngapore port. If you have a plane early in the morming, good luck! You have to go through immigration and then, customs with never ending lines! For the first time, we decided to book an excursion with the ship and we were VERY disappointed. The tour of Phan nga Bay is not as advertised. Forget the êrfect picture they show to sell the tour. You do NOT stop on the James Bond island and you WILL NOT get a nice picture from the crappy boat you will be on. The service was AMAZING! Our waiters and room guy were the best! The destinations are perfect. We loved our cruise and cannot wait for our next one:) Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was planned to fit in with sightseeing in Cambodia and Vietnam before and staying with friends in Singapore afterwards. We are regulars with RC so now the ropes quite well. Check in was good, really only Miami seems bad. Gold ... Read More
This was planned to fit in with sightseeing in Cambodia and Vietnam before and staying with friends in Singapore afterwards. We are regulars with RC so now the ropes quite well. Check in was good, really only Miami seems bad. Gold card saves a few minutes. Cabins were ready by the time we had had our first drink. Clean, not as worn as our last ship over the years though, things like tissues and moisturiser have disappeared. $10 worked the trick! Food was up to the usual standard. We like smaller portions. Everything wrnt like clockwork Kuala Lumpur trip a bit wasted as we only got 3 hours in town. Penang was wonerful, Patang Bay really great and the elephant trip worth every penny Disembarking fine, luggage clearly marked waiting for us. Only moan was the lifeboat drill was interminable. Possible passengers the problem, but the longest one we have ever endured. On board high spot was the pianist in one of the bars. The shows mediocre, otherwise might have upped a star. The one meant to be showcasing Broadway shows was such short clips as to be useless. Probably saving royalties. All in all though, a great week. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This holiday consisted of a 3 night stay in Singapore followed by back to back cruises out from and back to Singapore. Although we live only 10 minutes from Birmingham airport we decided to fly direct to Singapore with BA from Heathrow ... Read More
This holiday consisted of a 3 night stay in Singapore followed by back to back cruises out from and back to Singapore. Although we live only 10 minutes from Birmingham airport we decided to fly direct to Singapore with BA from Heathrow rather than have a split flight - and therefore a much longer journey time - via Dubai with Emirates. But having flown previously with Emirates I must say that they offer a better service than BA. Immigration at Singapore can be painfully slow. Arriving from the UK and getting on and off the ship were all slow processes so I was pleasantly surprised that that there was no queuing whatsoever on leaving from Changi airport! All the prearranged transfers worked like a breeze. Singapore itself is brilliant and I would always recommended that you spend at least 3 nights here prior to or after your cruise. Now for the cruises, the first one of which was a five night cruise to Bangkok. Having done a mini cruise with RCI last year and not being too impressed we approached this cruise a little apprehensively, especially as we were travelling with friends who had not been with them before. However, we were pleasantly surprised as the food, entertainment and service were never less than good and often excellent. Yes the ship looks a bit tired in places but it is due a refit this year. Hopefully this sorts out the shower that does not seem to get hot and the sink tap that does not seem to run cold. Brushing your teeth in warm water was a bit different. But we had a fabulous service team at dinner who we made sure we stayed with even though we were on open dining. The itinerary is bit weird as the only stop is at Laem Chabang where you arrive at 11.00am and leave the next day at 12.00pm. The overnight in port would seem to be there to allow some passengers to stay overnight in Bangkok if they wish. Bangkok itself is a good 2 hour drive away so if you do a day trip to the city be prepared to spend half the time on the coach. The next morning in port is a complete waste of time as there is nothing to do. No trips are advertised for this day (by anyone) as there is not enough time to see anything. So apart from Bangkok, so far so good. Now for the second cruise... What a contrast. On the changeover day we went into Singapore but on returning our friends discovered that a bedside alarm clock had gone missing. To cut a long story short the "service" team (not the cabin steward) had gone in, assumed the cabin had been vacated and so took out the alarm clock that had been "left" behind. Now, I know our friends are tidy but you could still see some clothing poking out from the wardrobe. Any way, the alarm clock was eventually recovered. Our service team at dinner had been split up for the second cruise but we tracked down our waiter and managed to book a table in his section only to find it was the adjacent section, with a wine waiter who didn't seem to know what he was doing. We alter discovered that he had been recently "promoted" from the buffet to the dining room but it looks like he hadn't been given any real training - what happened to sommeliers? The first port of call was Port Klang for Kuala Lumpur. Here we had a bit of an issue with Cruising Excursions whom we had booked our trip with. The advertised port times were 7.00am to 3.00pm but our meet time for a 7 1/2 trip to Batu Caves and Kuala Lumpur was 9.00am! Calls were made but we ended up doing the trip which turned out to be about 5 1/2 hours Luckily it was a Sunday and traffic was light so we managed to do everything albeit a little rushed. It helped that there were only 5 people on the trip and we had a minibus so we were probably able to get in and out of some places a lot easier and quicker than the RCI trips using big coaches. We enjoyed this trip and Kuala Lumpur which was much nicer than Bangkok. Next stop Phuket where again the timings gave us cause for concern. The cruise planner gave an expected clearance time for tender operations to start of 10.30am. We therefore queried why our meeting time for our RCI trip was 8.20am with the prospect of a 2 hour wait in a lounge before the trip started. We didn't get a straight answer but a vague indication that we may arrive earlier than planned. This turned out to be the case and we were off the ship by 9.00am - but why advertise the port time as 10.30 and then have trip meeting times 2 hours earlier than that? This is bound to lead to questions and confusion. But RCI surpassed themselves on the evening by doing away with set dining and the ability to book a time if on open dining. The world, his wife, their kids, extended family and everyone else seemed to turn up at 8.00pm leading to long queues, long waits, and much frustration as some people appeared to be queue jumping. An unpleasant experience all round. When we did eventually get a table we were placed next door to a busy service station which we were having nothing off. They managed to put us somewhere quieter and gradually peace was restored. On the last day - a sea day - when you can have a lie in, the buffet closed at 10.30 so off I trotted to the Café Promenade only to find that was also closed whilst they switched over from breakfast to snacks. 24 hour service not! Other issues? The menus and the entertainment were a complete repeat of the first cruise. Given that the two cruises seem to be packaged together you would have thought that there would have been a much greater variety. In summary, would we cruise with RCI again - probably yes. On the whole the positives outweighed the negatives and most of what was wrong could easily be rectified. Singapore is wonderful. Bangkok - would not bother with again and I would not recommend visiting the city as part of a cruise unless you just want to tick it off your bucket list. Kuala Lumpur and Phuket - we enjoyed both. One last thing - one of the most entertaining parts of the cruise was watching the shop staff dancing along to the dance tunes being played on the Royal Promenade in the evening. Get yourself a table outside the Pig and Whistle, order a drink and sit back and enjoy (or join in). Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I would suggest that anyone who gets turned off by the negative reviews on this site read between the lines of the review, Yes the Voyager externally needs a repaint and is going to dry dock around Sept '19, However once on board all ... Read More
I would suggest that anyone who gets turned off by the negative reviews on this site read between the lines of the review, Yes the Voyager externally needs a repaint and is going to dry dock around Sept '19, However once on board all is forgotten and the fun begins. If you board from 12 midday you will be asked to go to the Windjammer buffet initially as your cabin will not be ready till around 2.00pm, obviously it will get congested as 3000 new passengers are boarding so have a meal and drink and move on..We were with a group of six, our daughter and husband (25yo) and a first time cruise couple (age over 55) like ourselves. Everyone enjoyed the entertainment from the excellent Australian illusionist John Taylor, Philippine's four piece Kronos band playing in the royal promenade and various bars, Ice skating "Ice Odyssey show" and the "Queen Tribute" show with two Aussie singers. Throughout the day you had a multitude of activities to choose from- mini golf, rock climbing wall, flowrider, Ice skating rink, three adult swimming pools and hot tubs, deck games, basketball court, trivia games at different bars, fully equipped gym, children's activities and centre, jogging area decks, bingo, table tennis, shops and movie entertainment. The majority of this is provided at no cost however you will pay for Wifi (around $17 a day) Ben&Jerry's Ice cream, freshly squeezed orange juice and premium coffees. Free soft serve ice cream is available to the side of the windjammer and Iced water, tea and coffee dispensers are located in the cafe promenade. Alcohol drink packages are $65 per day, per person however if you're not a big drinker buy your beers @ $6.50-$7.00, Premium spirits inc mixers $8-$9, Cocktails $12 (All in US dollars) The food on board is a) Fantastic in the extra cost restaurants like Giovanni's, Izumi and Chops grille, (a two for one package can be bought on line before you sail for $60A, pp) b) Excellent in the main dining room (Free) for breakfast, lunch and dinner and c) Mediocre in the very busy Windjammer buffet, the cafe in the promenade serves breakfast egg & bacon muffins, pizza, plus sandwiches, rolls and cakes and is the only venue open 24hrs. For all those that cant be bothered wearing casual attire and covered footwear for the main dining you will suffer the fate and chaos of the Windjammer buffet. I must mention the specials in the duty free liquor on the ship at the time 2x1Ltr Johnny Walker red for $40US other great specials were to be had however after shopping in KL & Sing this was the cheapest avail. (Not to be drunk on board) We took the tour to Pattaya buy bus which was the only stop on this cruise however the air quality left a lot to be desired at this time as Bangkok had several health warning in regards to this the previous week. Currently Royal Caribbean are doing bargain prices for cruises for Singapore for as little as $130 p/p per night so you can afford to spend a little extra on specialty restaurants and enjoy the cruise even more. Don't be put of by the negative reviews, do your homework on what you want from the cruise and if in doubt talk to a cruise specialist that can advise you more on the destination and cabin type ect. Pro's.. Excellent Value, Friendly crew, Entertainment, Specialty Restaurants. Con's..Exterior of ship needs Drydock, Worn cabin mattresses, Asian manners. Prev cruises, Ovation OTS, Radiance OTS, Legend OTS, P&O Aurora, Oriana, Diamond & Regal Princess, F. Olsen Black Watch, Superstar Leo & Virgo. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We wanted to share time together over Christmas without family. However the cruise was filled with families with many (spoiled) children. Our first negative was embarkation. It took us nearly two hours standing in a queue. For 81 and ... Read More
We wanted to share time together over Christmas without family. However the cruise was filled with families with many (spoiled) children. Our first negative was embarkation. It took us nearly two hours standing in a queue. For 81 and 72 year olds that is too long. There must be a better way. The dining rooms, particularly the casual dining, couldn't cope with many vacant seats said to be"reserved for family members coming later". We only used casual dining for breakfast after this.!! The crew did a great job with Christmas decorations. We were very impressed. We received great and friendly service in the formal dining room and met some interesting people at the dining table, several of whom we are still in touch with. The food could not be faulted in the formal dining room. My wife had her 72nd birthday on the 28th December and the staff made it so much more memorable than it would have been otherwise. Dis-embarkation was an utter shambles. Singaporean authorities allowed 2 cruise boats to berth at the same time. We were ordered to be in the departure area at 9.00am . There was no seating and we were still there at 11.30am. There was no back-up plan for those who couldn't stand for so long so most reverted to the dining room. Very poor organisation.!! This delay caused our pre-paid driver to abandon us at a cost of around S$60. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The whole four days cruise was a good experience and we were pleasantly surprised after reading some adverse about “Voyager of the sea”. Firstly the check in process at Marina bay – Singapore was smooth and faultless. We were ... Read More
The whole four days cruise was a good experience and we were pleasantly surprised after reading some adverse about “Voyager of the sea”. Firstly the check in process at Marina bay – Singapore was smooth and faultless. We were allowed to enter our cabin no 9278 at 1.30pm. The balcony cabin was clean and spacious. The shower was larger than those on my previous cruises. The steward who looked after our room was friendly. Getting around the ship was fairly easy, despite there being 3500 people on board. There were 8 passenger lifts, which were in constant use. Our cruise passengers were mainly Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian. It was great ‘people watching’ on this cruise. The food was excellent. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer restaurant, which is a buffet style restaurant where many different kind of cuisine were served. There were about 10 types of food in this restaurant each day; all cooked to a high standard. For dinner we ate at the Shapphire restaurants which were on decks 3, 4 and 5. At these restaurants, there was waiter service and one was expected to dress more smartly. Tips about getting off the ships and visiting Kuala Lumpur. There is no need to take the ship’s excursions, which are expensive. We only wanted to see the Petronas Twin Towers. As we left the ship there was an organizes taxi stand. They offered to take us on a tour of sites around the city, but we stuck to our plan and only got a return taxi to Kuala Lumpur. This costs 250 ringett. It took 1 ½ hours to get to Petronas Twin Towers. We were unable to go up to the top of the towers because the time slot was too narrow and didn’t allow us enough time to go up the towers. Non the less we saw the towers and some of the expensive shops on the lower floors. At Phuket we anchored for part of a day. We were tendered ashore. Again there no need to take the ship’s expensive excursions, as there are lots of touts offering various tours. We elected to stay on the beach which was 10 mins from where the tender dropped us off. The only negative thing about this cruise is that you have to pay for things which not so long ago, were inclusive. Otherwise, as a first time cruiser with Royal Caribbean, I would surely travel with them again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I was on the cruise that departed Singapore for a 4 nights on 8 October 2018. The cruise was like the "Parson's Egg." It was good in parts. The ship itself was exceptional. I only got to explore a fraction of it. I ... Read More
I was on the cruise that departed Singapore for a 4 nights on 8 October 2018. The cruise was like the "Parson's Egg." It was good in parts. The ship itself was exceptional. I only got to explore a fraction of it. I had booked a grand suite 1588 and it transpired that it was designated "Gold." I was pleased to find that it was on deck 10. It was enormous. I was expedited through the boarding process and became the first passenger aboard and several officers made themselves known to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the exclusive Concierge Club with free alcoholic drinks for 3 hours each evening. There were also a variety of hors-d'oeuvres. Andrea your hostess is a star! There was front row seating for all the theatre shows and a first for me at sea; an ice dancing show. The shows were fantastic. They were the absolute highlights of the trip for me. The singers and dancers were flawless in their presentation. Ella the singer was the star of the shows for me. What a voice. The crew members generally were excellent. Polite, accommodating and friendly smiles. I drew the short straw as my cabin attendant joined the ship the same day as me and he disappeared for 4 hours on the first morning for his indoctrination. Not his fault. However, I was not provided the ship's daily news sheet and consequently missed the restaurant breakfast and had to utilise the buffet. Not a pleasant experience. However the Assistant Maître D’ allowed me to consume the food in Chops. Coffee was served in paper cups? The cabin supervisor Kenneth later apologised profusely and explained about my cabin attendant. The food aboard was average at best. It fell far below the standards I have experienced on other cruises. (This is my fifth cruise this year all with different companies.) The real downside was that I understand Royal Caribbean had heavily discounted last-minute fares and the ship was full of Asian families who were severely lacking in good manners and etiquette. The buffet was more like a free-for-all wrestling match. It was decidedly less than 5 stars! I understand the company’s desire to fill the ship but it is extremely unfair to passengers who reserve early having been told that early booking secures the most favourable fares. The premise (promise?) is questionable in my opinion. It was annoying that despite having a dress code (and a lot of passengers made an effort) that it was not imposed. People were wearing shorts in the dining room on the formal night. Shorts were also worn in the Concierge Club. Why have a dress code if you do not enforce it. I travelled thousands of miles from the U.K. carrying clothing which I could have left at home. Very disappointing! The stop in Malaysia at Port Klang was so short that all I did was go ashore to the terminal to stretch my legs. I do not understand the necessity of the brevity. It was all very smooth sailing. I felt no movement at all. I would never use Royal Caribbean in Asia again. It fell far below the standards I had paid for. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I selected Royal Caribbean Voyagers of the sea as this schedule fits my family. Read alot of negative reviews before trip and was kind of worried that it will be a disappointing one. However all was falling in place from the moment we ... Read More
I selected Royal Caribbean Voyagers of the sea as this schedule fits my family. Read alot of negative reviews before trip and was kind of worried that it will be a disappointing one. However all was falling in place from the moment we arrived at the cruise centre. Instructions were clear, boarded the ship by 12noon and had lunch on board. Good selection of food at the buffet but of course if you eat buffet continously you will get tired of the food by the last day. Fine Dining at the Sapphire was quite a good experience. We were allocated a table and timing already for dinner. A couple of specified waiters served us for Day 1 and Day 3. They were great, fantastic service! Cafe Promenade serves snacks 24hrs which is already in package. A bonus as the children feels hungry after activities in the evening. My teens kid had so much fun on board with friends at the teens club. Housekeeping was done twice daily if you have requested. Tip them a little and be amazed by what they can do for you and make the trip more memorable. I brought my own wine and requested wine glasses from housekeeping. no issues at all. There are alot of activities you can do if you join in the fun. Highly recommend to cruise with them. Will join a different ship the next time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
First RCCL for around 8 years and knew this was an old ship. However no issues with the décor or facilities. Cabin (inside) was quite small with bed and 90 degree angle to door. Very limited space to get round furniture to get into bed. ... Read More
First RCCL for around 8 years and knew this was an old ship. However no issues with the décor or facilities. Cabin (inside) was quite small with bed and 90 degree angle to door. Very limited space to get round furniture to get into bed. Very attentive room steward, although we are very easy guests with limited requests. MDR was very good with excellent wait-staff. Plenty of choice and if in doubt we were given 2 starters. Windjammer was busy but always found a table and again plenty of choice. Promenade cafe was very good for coffees and afternoon treats. Drink prices are reasonable (until 18% service charge goes on) and must be the least drink I've ever had on a cruise. Bit excessive to have this charge for a barman opening a bottle of beer! Missed most of the shows as the timings of some of them were ludicrous when you are on second sitting. Some of the musicians on the promenade were very good but received little in the way of appreciation. Ports Only got off in KL due to dodgy stomach. Did the KL on your own excursion which was essentially a coach trip to a shopping mall with info provided for other nearby attractions. Please be aware the walk from the ship to the port excursion area is very long (around 800m) Embarkation and Disimbarkation were very smooth due to receiving special assistance for my wife due to mobility issues. Got a good deal from RCCL for a cruise next year on the Allure in the Carribean which I know will be better. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Last minute deal still in summer so sail in 2 rooms with 2 elderly and a 11 old boy。overnight stay in Naha means lots of time ro sight seeing and shopping. We did a shore wxcursion wirh the RCi to mid okinawa a cillage to see how eople ... Read More
Last minute deal still in summer so sail in 2 rooms with 2 elderly and a 11 old boy。overnight stay in Naha means lots of time ro sight seeing and shopping. We did a shore wxcursion wirh the RCi to mid okinawa a cillage to see how eople lived in the past and a sunset beach in a us navy base. The next mor.ing we did the tour by taxi to the castle and had lunch in tge cafe there. Nice. Eat the blue ice cream. Good. Try the salty ice cream and bisxuit also good. We enjoyed the outdoor movie almost be there for all the movies and son liked the adventure ocean and the arcade. Climb the wall great fun esp when l hit the bell. Lots of chinese from mainland china we are chinese from hk. See they improve in etiquette over the years no spitting of sputum or shouting. Only kids screaming happily. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We choose this ship, as having sailed on the Explorer of the Seas last year in the Pacific figured this would be a very different cruise. We booked a Grand Suite, which really needs a good freshen up as does the whole ship. We expected ... Read More
We choose this ship, as having sailed on the Explorer of the Seas last year in the Pacific figured this would be a very different cruise. We booked a Grand Suite, which really needs a good freshen up as does the whole ship. We expected Concierge service, which we received in name only. The two Concierge staff were next to hopeless. Making dinner reservations under the wrong name and number of guests. We got so fed up with trying to make bookings thru them to the speciality restaurants we finished up doing them ourselves. We requested to change our dining times, or even go to "our time dining", not a chance, nothing was ever done other than to say go to the restaurant and speak to the MaitreD. No help there even. On our last cruise we must have been spoilt as the Concierge staff couldn't do enough for us. We found the shore excursions to be overpriced, as all ships seem to be, but to charge $75.00 USd dollars for a 7km trip to a beach and back was just ridiculous. We caught a cab for $10.00USd. Most other Ports had up to 3 hours bus travel to get to, the average being around 2 hours. The ship had no information at all on "do it yourself". You either did it with Royal Caribbean or struggle on your own. Other cruise lines we have sailed on always had information on on where and how to get to places. The food was always great but at times a little to repeated. We can throughly recommend any of the Specialty restaurants, but forget the coffee and save your money, even with the cappuccino machine it was terrible. Maybe because they only use UHT milk. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We’d booked this cruise fully a year ago and had toured around Australia with family for two weeks prior. As we’d stayed at the Rendezvous Hotel, The Rocks, the night before the cruise, we only had to roll our suitcases down a hill to ... Read More
We’d booked this cruise fully a year ago and had toured around Australia with family for two weeks prior. As we’d stayed at the Rendezvous Hotel, The Rocks, the night before the cruise, we only had to roll our suitcases down a hill to reach the cruise terminal. Luggage drop-off and check-in were quick and very easy (we had booked a Grand Suite, so check-in was expedited.) Unlike our last cruise in a suite, on NCL, no one escorted us onboard or guided us to the Concierge Club, so we boarded the ship and headed toward the Windjammer Café for a good lunch. All rooms were ready by 1 pm, so we dropped our carry-ons and explored the suite. The bathroom was large and well-equipped, with double sinks and a shower and tub. My only “complaint” was that there was a very high step up into the tub. The bed was extremely comfortable, there was a very generous amount of storage, the balcony was of a good size, and there was a comfortable sofa and chair and a well-equipped bar area. There were curtains to separate the sleeping area from the rest of the suite. Our room steward, Anak, was among the best we’ve ever had; he was efficient, thorough, and had our room ready by the time we were back from breakfast virtually every day. We had My Time Dining, with reservations for each evening that we weren’t at a specialty restaurant. Most evenings we were seated at the same table for two in a row of tables for two, and had a lovely time chatting with the couples on either side of us. Service was very good, as were most dinners. We generally had lunch in the section of the MDR set aside for suite, Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle guests and enjoyed getting to meet a variety of people, most of them Australians, with a few Americans and Brits. We tried room service breakfast a few days, and were underwhelmed, so we usually went to the buffet in the MDR, which was excellent, if very busy. We had a three-night specialty restaurant plan. Chops was outstanding, Giovanni’s Table thoroughly enjoyable, and Izumi a new experience for us; we hadn’t cooked dinner on Hot Rocks before, but we managed, and the food was delicious. We had booked the Leisurely Brisbane excursion through RCCL. The day was pretty rainy, and the tour a disappointment. There was no tour guide assigned, and the bus driver had to do both jobs. He was OK, but at one point dropped us all off on the South side of town to fend for ourselves with no suggestions. Wasted time. We did enjoy the beautiful Queenslander architecture and the (foggy) view from Mt. Coot-tha. In Airlie Beach, we did the Aqua Bus tour; this was about the most enjoyable excursion we’ve ever had. The narrator was informative, hilarious, and it was great fun at a very reasonable cost. Loved it! We also thought Airlie Beach was a gorgeous place; I’d love to see more of the Whitsunday Islands. For Cairns, (Yorkey’s Knob) we’d booked through the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway – the cable car up and the scenic railway (Gold service) back. My husband did the tour on his own, as I wasn’t feeling well the day of the tour. To my complete astonishment, when I notified the Skyrail people that I wasn’t able to come, they refunded my money in full… on the day of the tour! I was amazed and grateful. They had also been very helpful with times, reservations, etc., prior to the cruise; I can’t say enough good things about them. Additionally, their cost, including the Gold service on the train, was considerably less than the ship’s cost for an ordinary booking. My husband raved about the excursion and loved Kuranda. I must say something about the tender service. Though my husband was the first person on the tender to Yorkey’s Knob, he barely made it in time to meet the Skyrail bus. There were all sorts of problems getting people loaded, apparently due to rough seas and some confusion about what tenders could be used. There were plenty of very angry people, some of whom missed excursions. There had evidently also been tender issues at Airlie Beach, though we were fine. We had been very excited about seeing Darwin due to its WWII history and had booked the ship’s Darwin/WWII tour. We were especially delighted that we were to be there on Anzac Day, with its parade and festivities. One would think that the ship’s excursion team would have made the connection and incorporated some of the parade into the tour; alas, that did not happen. The first stop on the tour was a museum with no connection to WWII history apart from an art exhibition with pieces made from WWII debris. One couple was 25 minutes late returning to the bus, meaning that we had wasted a good hour. There were visits to a War Museum and an Aviation Museum, both of them pretty good, but the stops there were rushed. The time wasted on the first stop would have been better used at these stops. All in all, a very disappointing excursion. During the many sea days, we went to a dance lesson or two, which were fun and well-taught, saw a couple of the evening movies by the pool (great fun), but largely read and relaxed. We made good use of our balcony. The Concierge Club was small and sometimes crowded (especially for Happy Hour) but often was deserted or nearly so, making it a cozy spot for a cup of tea, continental breakfast, or pre-dinner drinks. Entertainment was, for us, somewhat "meh." We enjoyed The Aussie Boys and the magicians, and the singers and dancers were good, though the shows weren't as good as others we've seen. We did enjoy the skating shows - very talented skaters. One of the absolute highlights of the cruise was receiving an invitation to the Captain’s Table for dinner with 4 other couples. We were completely astonished. We’d seen most of the other couples in the Concierge Club, and really hit it off with most of them – completely delightful people. One couple was even from my home state, Massachusetts, and we had met them earlier at a suite cocktail party. Captain Pehrsson was a delight, interesting, funny, and put everyone at ease; he also spoke of his love for Cape Cod, one of our favorite places, which reminded him of parts of Sweden. It was a wonderful evening. Disembarkation in Singapore was easy, as we were escorted off the ship with other suite guests. Luggage was waiting, and our cruise was over. We stayed 2 days in Singapore, which we loved, despite the humidity. It was a terrific two weeks, and we would love to get back to Australia. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
So 11 nights on board a ship from Sydney to South Pacific. Firstly we were meant to head to Fiji but due to bad weather ended up not going there so ended up in Port Vila and Mare. Over 1000 kids on board. They seemed managed in the early ... Read More
So 11 nights on board a ship from Sydney to South Pacific. Firstly we were meant to head to Fiji but due to bad weather ended up not going there so ended up in Port Vila and Mare. Over 1000 kids on board. They seemed managed in the early stages of the cruise but as time went on and kids made friends on board there ended up being groups of them roaming/running around the ship, stopping lifts on all levels, running up and down staircases and in bars until late in the evening. As a slightly older passenger without this age children now they became a little annoying. During the day we found it difficult to find things to do. We did trivia over and over just to find something to do. A lot of on board activities were about on sell opportunities. At dinner, lunch & breakfast the first week major upselling of dining packages occured. We got a drinks package b4 boarding bug again there were team members attempting to get guests to purchase. Internet quite expensive $19.99 USD for individual days, $12.99 USD per day for the slowest package up to $19.99 USD per day for streaming package. Main dining in the Sapphire room was nice but make sure you choose your dining time where possible b4 u board or immediately on day one or youll miss out or have a 5.30pm dining time that we ended up with. Night life varies depending on what you are after from piano bars, pubs, bands and deck parties. All in all we had quiet days, enjoyable nights. The ports were pretty boring. We did the most in Port Vila although a car for 4 hrs cost $200 for a group of 4 in a vehicle with 2 seatbelts not working, limited air con and the petrol gauge didn't work. We drove to blue lagoon ($6 entry per person), cascade water falls ($20 per person entry), "Turtle Bay" ($18 per person). So almost $380 for 4 people for four hours. Blue lagoon was gorgeous, cascade waterfalls pretty, turtle bay pft not great at all and then duty free shopping (alcohol very cheap). At Lifou we snorkelled at Jinek Bay. $15 AUD entry per head limited to approx 100 people, so don't get there more than 1hr after u dock or youll miss out. Noumea we got hop on hop off bus (approx 6 stops). We used bus to get to lemon bay to snorkel and went to aquarium which was pretty nice. We ate in Windjammers when we had to which was ok but the dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner is a better choice. Day 1-3 we ate all courses, by day four realised we could drop sweets and even entree otherwise you feel perpetually full. Staff are beautiful. They work extremely hard. Bar staff work 10 hr days 7 days a week for 7 solid months. I believe wait staff and room attendants are similar. At the end of 7 months they get 2 months unpaid leave and then do it all over again. They try so hard to make your trip perfect as your feedback has an affect on their ongoing position, status, future contracts etc. I felt quite like a person of privilege when i came to understand their roles better, so was happt to leave nice tips (not a normal Australian custom). Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise as it was travelling to Port Vila and Mare and we had not travelled to either of these ports before, we had also been on Voyager before and enjoyed the ship. We were blown away by the level of service this time ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was travelling to Port Vila and Mare and we had not travelled to either of these ports before, we had also been on Voyager before and enjoyed the ship. We were blown away by the level of service this time around, we both think that because it is nearing the end of the Aussie season that the staff had their routines on point. Our cabin attendant Jonathon and all the baristas in the promenade were amazing. We also found all the staff at guest services, Windjammer and the bars were amazing. We went to both Izumi and Giovanni’s Table, both were delicious, the sashimi and gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce were particular standouts. We took the 3 pack dining package for $75 pp (us) and both felt it was good value. We would have preferred more movies in the theatre, there were only about 3 this trip, the others were poolside, which we find distracting with kids running around. Loads of trivia was available, oragami classes. We found the duty free was rubbish as we could get cheaper perfume and make up in Australia. Our cabin was a slight disappointment, it was a promenade, inside cabin. Unfortunately it was an adjoining room and not completely sound proofed around adjoining door. We could here them talking, watching tv etc and they could hear us. It didn’t ruin the holiday, but won’t be getting a cabin there again. We loved Port Vila, we took a private tour with Tony Manusale (who was amazing) and visited the blue lagoon, turtle bay, waterfall and duty free shopping. We would both like to go back. We also loved snorkelling in Jenek Bay in Lifou, it is beautiful, it costs $15 pp but is worth it compared to other areas. We are both over Noumea and find it quite dirty and Mare was a beautiful looking island but not a lot to do. Overall a great cruise but we might leave the South Pacific for a little while. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
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

Find a Voyager of the Seas Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click