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We are experienced RCCL cruisers and booked only 1 month before sailing, unable to resist a bargain. Given the low price, our expectations were quite low. Nonetheless things got off to a very shaky start. We had achieved Diamond status almost 12 months earlier and when the cruise documentation was issued it had not updated our status. We made numerous calls to our agent, RCI, Crown & Anchor who all promised us that it would be fixed up before we boarded. We were not at all surprised when it wasn't. So our first hour on board was spent queuing and remonstrating with Guest Relations. Not a promising start! Full credit to Alexandra in Guest Relations who was very pleasant to deal with. Dining - We took the My Time Dining option and despite making reservations online before we left, we were seated with a different waiting team just about every night. This is quite different to the Radiance where pains were taken to seat us with the same team each night. However, all the waiters we came across were excellent. We ate in the Windjammer only when we had to - it was a bun fight! People everywhere! The food was fairly standard cafeteria style. One thing I missed on Voyager was being able to dine outside looking at the ocean. Most of the time we had breakfast and lunch in the Diamond section of the MDR where the service was very friendly and very good. Eating in the MDR also assists with portion control! We also purchased a package for the three specialty restaurants. The food there was definitely superior to the MDR. On port days we returned back to the ship for a very late snack lunch in the Cafe Promenade. The specialty coffee was better than I recalled! Cabin - we had a Balcony Guarantee and were very happy with the cabin assigned to us. Our cabin steward was excellent as has always been our experience with RCCL. Entertainment was a little disappointing with the exception of the Ice Show, which was fantastic and well worth seeing. One of the stage shows in particular featured somewhat obscure songs which was surprising. As much as I enjoy the ship's show band, it drowned out the singers. The trio comprising 2 young Asian females and and an older guy were exceptionally good and always attracted a large following. Hubby tried the Flowrider and lost more than his balance, which provided some light entertainment! You have been warned! Ports - Noumea and the Ile des Pins - this was not a port intensive cruise! In Noumea we took the local bus to the Baie des Citrons for a total cost of about $2! On the Ile des Pins we just relaxed on the beach and did some snorkelling. It is a magical little place. We last sailed on Voyager when it was only about 6 weeks old and whilst there have been some significant changes since that time, it is still in good condition. It was a pity to see how small the Schooner Bar has become. I guess that is to be expected when specialty restaurants are retro fitted. There are insufficient elevators to deal with the huge number of people, especially when one was not working for most of our cruise. One day the toilets were not flushing through several decks, but fortunately this was repaired very quickly. One final mention should be made to praise Laura, the concierge and Retish the waiter in the Diamond Lounge who were fantastic and very helpful to all. I guess the test is whether we would travel on Voyager again. Our reply would be an emphatic yes. If you go with an open mind you should have a great time.

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Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by SandraA

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We are experienced RCCL cruisers and booked only 1 month before sailing, unable to resist a bargain. Given the low price, our expectations were quite low. Nonetheless things got off to a very shaky start. We had achieved Diamond status almost 12 months earlier and when the cruise documentation was issued it had not updated our status. We made numerous calls to our agent, RCI, Crown & Anchor who all promised us that it would be fixed up before we boarded. We were not at all surprised when it wasn't. So our first hour on board was spent queuing and remonstrating with Guest Relations. Not a promising start! Full credit to Alexandra in Guest Relations who was very pleasant to deal with.

Dining - We took the My Time Dining option and despite making reservations online before we left, we were seated with a different waiting team just about every night. This is quite different to the Radiance where pains were taken to seat us with the same team each night. However, all the waiters we came across were excellent. We ate in the Windjammer only when we had to - it was a bun fight! People everywhere! The food was fairly standard cafeteria style. One thing I missed on Voyager was being able to dine outside looking at the ocean. Most of the time we had breakfast and lunch in the Diamond section of the MDR where the service was very friendly and very good. Eating in the MDR also assists with portion control! We also purchased a package for the three specialty restaurants. The food there was definitely superior to the MDR. On port days we returned back to the ship for a very late snack lunch in the Cafe Promenade. The specialty coffee was better than I recalled!

Cabin - we had a Balcony Guarantee and were very happy with the cabin assigned to us. Our cabin steward was excellent as has always been our experience with RCCL.

Entertainment was a little disappointing with the exception of the Ice Show, which was fantastic and well worth seeing. One of the stage shows in particular featured somewhat obscure songs which was surprising. As much as I enjoy the ship's show band, it drowned out the singers. The trio comprising 2 young Asian females and and an older guy were exceptionally good and always attracted a large following.

Hubby tried the Flowrider and lost more than his balance, which provided some light entertainment! You have been warned!

Ports - Noumea and the Ile des Pins - this was not a port intensive cruise! In Noumea we took the local bus to the Baie des Citrons for a total cost of about $2! On the Ile des Pins we just relaxed on the beach and did some snorkelling. It is a magical little place.

We last sailed on Voyager when it was only about 6 weeks old and whilst there have been some significant changes since that time, it is still in good condition. It was a pity to see how small the Schooner Bar has become. I guess that is to be expected when specialty restaurants are retro fitted. There are insufficient elevators to deal with the huge number of people, especially when one was not working for most of our cruise. One day the toilets were not flushing through several decks, but fortunately this was repaired very quickly.

One final mention should be made to praise Laura, the concierge and Retish the waiter in the Diamond Lounge who were fantastic and very helpful to all.

I guess the test is whether we would travel on Voyager again. Our reply would be an emphatic yes. If you go with an open mind you should have a great time.
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