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EMBARKATION • Getting to Singapore port was very convenient if you have internet, just google map to the port, either train (walk 600m) or bus (stops right under the terminal) • Terminal to ship: the passport scanner was not functioning well and took long time SHIP OVERALL& SERVICE • Good warm décor and easy to navigate the ship. • This was for an anniversary, however the ship did not receive the agent’s notes. I did not bother informing the ship. • Royal Caribbean is multi-cultural, which is great. • Unlike Carnival, Celebrity and Princess, the staff often shy away or just look at you when you pass them rather than saying hello or smile. It is not a big deal to me though, unlike food. • Lots of inefficiencies, e.g. booking dinner, lines, lifts. They also need to educate first timer cruises what is not hygienic on a cruise ship. E.g. some people from countries near the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf just grabbed food with hands off the buffet areas or other people simply let their kids stand on dining tables. CABIN • Promenade view – good experience. Bit loud on the last night, which is interesting as we need to get up early to disembark but Royal Carribean decided to throw in an inferno party starting at 10pm… • Bit worn out bathroom missing shelves and loose shower head, but these are minor. • Aircon broken but the steward was nice and got someone to have it fixed. • Tip: wipe the couch and table before use as they are dirty/dusty. • Overall: innovative cabins and great layout. Virtual balcony seems very not environmentally friendly to be honest. FOOD • The main dining room food was very average and inconsistent, desserts were good, but the Asian dishes were much worse than Asian restaurants on land. I understand they are trying to be multicultural but Royal Caribbean needs better Asian Food Chefs. Other cuisines were on and off: sometimes Lamb is tender, but potato was not fully cooked, the prawn cocktail was amazing but then the soup was bad. It just seems like a mass production of pub food at casual restaurants. There was lack of seafood. • The food were presented well but needed to taste better. • Buffet breakfast was good. • Prosciutto colour was very dark, rock melon/cantaloupe was raw. • I think I went on a diet whilst on the cruise. • Note: main dining room waiters were nice, they cannot control the food taste. ENTERTAINMENT • Lots of variety on board, but often need long waits at Flowrider, icestaking rinks, rock climbing and mini golf. Your morning could be breakfast, wait in line for 30 mins, flowrider for 1 minute, wait in line for another 30 mins, flow rider for 1 minute then shower and lunch. I would say this would be great for families with teenagers though. • One highlight is the ice skating show – that was a great performance. PORTS • Royal Caribbean often have bad itinerary with lots of sea days and odd ports but the one I went to was great. 2 ports, 2 nights, 1 day at sea to rest. TIPS • Not much free lounge areas to just sit and talk.. A lot of amenities cost money. • This cruise was more expensive than Princess. At the end of the day, I would rather ice skate on land and have better food on the ship. • The muster drill was poorly organised with old people waiting in the heat for 40 mins and no updates. I thought I was going to faint as I did not drink much water. Do go there prepared for weather – hot or cold and expect to wait. The staff told others not to play with their phones and threatened to confiscate them. Overall: more suited for families with active kids and don't mind the food. Read my port reviews.

Mixed opinions, poor food but good cabin layout

Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by Montee Linpon

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Asia
EMBARKATION

• Getting to Singapore port was very convenient if you have internet, just google map to the port, either train (walk 600m) or bus (stops right under the terminal)

• Terminal to ship: the passport scanner was not functioning well and took long time

SHIP OVERALL& SERVICE

• Good warm décor and easy to navigate the ship.

• This was for an anniversary, however the ship did not receive the agent’s notes. I did not bother informing the ship.

• Royal Caribbean is multi-cultural, which is great.

• Unlike Carnival, Celebrity and Princess, the staff often shy away or just look at you when you pass them rather than saying hello or smile. It is not a big deal to me though, unlike food.

• Lots of inefficiencies, e.g. booking dinner, lines, lifts. They also need to educate first timer cruises what is not hygienic on a cruise ship. E.g. some people from countries near the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf just grabbed food with hands off the buffet areas or other people simply let their kids stand on dining tables.

CABIN

• Promenade view – good experience. Bit loud on the last night, which is interesting as we need to get up early to disembark but Royal Carribean decided to throw in an inferno party starting at 10pm…

• Bit worn out bathroom missing shelves and loose shower head, but these are minor.

• Aircon broken but the steward was nice and got someone to have it fixed.

• Tip: wipe the couch and table before use as they are dirty/dusty.

• Overall: innovative cabins and great layout. Virtual balcony seems very not environmentally friendly to be honest.

FOOD

• The main dining room food was very average and inconsistent, desserts were good, but the Asian dishes were much worse than Asian restaurants on land. I understand they are trying to be multicultural but Royal Caribbean needs better Asian Food Chefs. Other cuisines were on and off: sometimes Lamb is tender, but potato was not fully cooked, the prawn cocktail was amazing but then the soup was bad. It just seems like a mass production of pub food at casual restaurants. There was lack of seafood.

• The food were presented well but needed to taste better.

• Buffet breakfast was good.

• Prosciutto colour was very dark, rock melon/cantaloupe was raw.

• I think I went on a diet whilst on the cruise.

• Note: main dining room waiters were nice, they cannot control the food taste.

ENTERTAINMENT

• Lots of variety on board, but often need long waits at Flowrider, icestaking rinks, rock climbing and mini golf. Your morning could be breakfast, wait in line for 30 mins, flowrider for 1 minute, wait in line for another 30 mins, flow rider for 1 minute then shower and lunch. I would say this would be great for families with teenagers though.

• One highlight is the ice skating show – that was a great performance.

PORTS

• Royal Caribbean often have bad itinerary with lots of sea days and odd ports but the one I went to was great. 2 ports, 2 nights, 1 day at sea to rest.

TIPS

• Not much free lounge areas to just sit and talk.. A lot of amenities cost money.

• This cruise was more expensive than Princess. At the end of the day, I would rather ice skate on land and have better food on the ship.

• The muster drill was poorly organised with old people waiting in the heat for 40 mins and no updates. I thought I was going to faint as I did not drink much water. Do go there prepared for weather – hot or cold and expect to wait. The staff told others not to play with their phones and threatened to confiscate them.

Overall: more suited for families with active kids and don't mind the food. Read my port reviews.
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