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This was our first cruise with our 3 children (14, 9 & 2.5) Embarkation and disembarkation were swift and problem free. If you love trivia - this is the boat for you. So much trivia was offered however you had to be at each venue at least 1/2hr before session to get a seat, in the end we gave up going. Each show we attended in the The La Scala theatre was nearly empty as it is huge and seating very comfortable. The ice skating show was great to see and we attended at our muster station time slot which was easy and plenty of seats before others were let in to Studio B. It wasn't as cold in there as I had expected, was comfortable with just a t-shirt dress on. There were a lot of children (young and old) on board left to run wild, unsupervised. The ship was always clean. The house keeping, dining staff and galley crew were all very friendly. The bar staff needed to work on their customer service as they always seemed grumpy. We stayed in Cabin 6200 right at the front of the ship overlooking the helipad. The room was spacious for the 5 of us, with a queen bed, double sofa bed and 2 bunks in their own little alcove that could be sectioned off with a curtain. The bathroom was very small but functional. There was lots of space to hang all our clothing and lots of coat hangers available. Bedding was very comfortable and ample amount of pillows offered 2 p/person. Our steward was fantastic - he was always onhand and had our rooms smik every morning when we returned from breakfast and then at night was pulled down and our special towel animal was waiting for the kids. We didn't feel additional movement being at the front as expected, just the usual sway however the noise from the waves hitting the bow of the ship was horrendous. It was like we were hitting something, one night it woke us all up. My husband & I had a deluxe drink package. It was value for money for us, however can see why it wouldn't be for some travellers. All softdrinks are poured from 2ltr bottles or cans that are not kept cold so drinks were always warm and filled with so much ice that they made the softdrink flat also flat due to the fact a 2lt bottle was opened over and over again loosing all its gassiness. With a deluxe package we could order cans of softdrink but these were kept on the counter of the bar so weren't cold either. Our children had a soda package and could only have softdrink from the bottle served in a glass/cup or be charged $$ for a can. Pointless really in my opinion. The food in Windjammer was great quality, with various themes each night. However did notice pork was served a lot. Staff were always attentive and friendly. We decided to splurge a little and book the 3night speciality dining package that was offered onboard the first night as $79.00 p/p for the 3 sittings. Was well worth it. We chose Giovanni's and Chops Grill x2 for dinner over Easter weekend and was pleasantly surprised with the experience. Food was excellent and staff were exceptional, especially with our 2.5yo. We didn't try Johnny Rockets as had heard it was great, and for $9.95 p/h was not wanting to spend another $50 for the family to have hamburgers and chips when the quality of the food in Windjammer was great - with make-your-own-hamburger most nights anyways. Port 1: Noumea - We did the Aquarium and sightseeing tour - it was ok! They took us to a lookout and guide was informative with local commentary during bus trip. Aquarium was small but lots to see and the turtles were gorgeous to see. We went back into city when we returned from tour and went to terminal markets upstairs, lots of the same thing. Daughter had her hair braided but found out was expensive once we got to other islands. We didn't go up the main street of Noumea as was too hard with little one in toe but is very dirty. Port 2: Lifou - We were to stop at Mystery Island however weather conditions due to a cyclone were not favourable so we stopped instead at Lifou. Lifou was gorgeous, the beaches were beautiful. Tendering process was slightly long and we waited about 1hour to get off ship and then the same to return to ship but we just chatted with fellow cruises in the line to pass the time. We only stayed on the beach to the right of the wharf as with a 2.5yyo in toe it was easy and beach was flat however you do need reef shoes as there is lots of coral rocks by the shore. Port 3: Port Villa - we did the semi-submersible boat and the kids loved it. Was perfect for their ages - even 14yo enjoyed as we stopped and they could snorkel around the boat. We then caught a local taxi back into the city to purchase our duty free. Lots of souvenir shops too with all of them basically the same. Port 4: Mare - WOW! Gorgeous - we paid $15p/p to go around to Yejele beach and was well worth it. Waters were crystal clear and sand white. Was windy but still hot so kept it comfortable. We sat under a tree for shade which was good. Snorkelling was amazing here. Our kids didn't attend kids club as they overheard other kids at breakfast staying how horrible it was. My eldest daughter and I attended the cupcake making class - it was great fun, we learnt so much and was great value for money! Couldn't say the same for the DreamWorks Breakfast - waste of money. Only 2 characters attended and for max. 5-10 minutes each, did a dance and then left. The wait staff were rude and didn't even give you a chance to read the menu available so was rushed to order. It was hard to get used to converting everything to US$ The Captain seemed a nice man, approachable with a sense of humour, with his daily "did you know" fact. I would probably go again if the price was right but not without being in a group. Husband and I have been on another smaller cruiseliner and enjoyed it more than this. Was disappointing for our first cruise with our kids as we had heard how amazing they are but didn't live up to the expectations at all.

Good, but not as good as expected

Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by Lan80a

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This was our first cruise with our 3 children (14, 9 & 2.5)

Embarkation and disembarkation were swift and problem free.

If you love trivia - this is the boat for you. So much trivia was offered however you had to be at each venue at least 1/2hr before session to get a seat, in the end we gave up going.

Each show we attended in the The La Scala theatre was nearly empty as it is huge and seating very comfortable. The ice skating show was great to see and we attended at our muster station time slot which was easy and plenty of seats before others were let in to Studio B. It wasn't as cold in there as I had expected, was comfortable with just a t-shirt dress on.

There were a lot of children (young and old) on board left to run wild, unsupervised.

The ship was always clean. The house keeping, dining staff and galley crew were all very friendly. The bar staff needed to work on their customer service as they always seemed grumpy.

We stayed in Cabin 6200 right at the front of the ship overlooking the helipad. The room was spacious for the 5 of us, with a queen bed, double sofa bed and 2 bunks in their own little alcove that could be sectioned off with a curtain. The bathroom was very small but functional. There was lots of space to hang all our clothing and lots of coat hangers available. Bedding was very comfortable and ample amount of pillows offered 2 p/person. Our steward was fantastic - he was always onhand and had our rooms smik every morning when we returned from breakfast and then at night was pulled down and our special towel animal was waiting for the kids.

We didn't feel additional movement being at the front as expected, just the usual sway however the noise from the waves hitting the bow of the ship was horrendous. It was like we were hitting something, one night it woke us all up.

My husband & I had a deluxe drink package. It was value for money for us, however can see why it wouldn't be for some travellers. All softdrinks are poured from 2ltr bottles or cans that are not kept cold so drinks were always warm and filled with so much ice that they made the softdrink flat also flat due to the fact a 2lt bottle was opened over and over again loosing all its gassiness. With a deluxe package we could order cans of softdrink but these were kept on the counter of the bar so weren't cold either. Our children had a soda package and could only have softdrink from the bottle served in a glass/cup or be charged $$ for a can. Pointless really in my opinion.

The food in Windjammer was great quality, with various themes each night. However did notice pork was served a lot. Staff were always attentive and friendly.

We decided to splurge a little and book the 3night speciality dining package that was offered onboard the first night as $79.00 p/p for the 3 sittings. Was well worth it. We chose Giovanni's and Chops Grill x2 for dinner over Easter weekend and was pleasantly surprised with the experience. Food was excellent and staff were exceptional, especially with our 2.5yo.

We didn't try Johnny Rockets as had heard it was great, and for $9.95 p/h was not wanting to spend another $50 for the family to have hamburgers and chips when the quality of the food in Windjammer was great - with make-your-own-hamburger most nights anyways.

Port 1: Noumea - We did the Aquarium and sightseeing tour - it was ok! They took us to a lookout and guide was informative with local commentary during bus trip. Aquarium was small but lots to see and the turtles were gorgeous to see.

We went back into city when we returned from tour and went to terminal markets upstairs, lots of the same thing. Daughter had her hair braided but found out was expensive once we got to other islands. We didn't go up the main street of Noumea as was too hard with little one in toe but is very dirty.

Port 2: Lifou - We were to stop at Mystery Island however weather conditions due to a cyclone were not favourable so we stopped instead at Lifou. Lifou was gorgeous, the beaches were beautiful. Tendering process was slightly long and we waited about 1hour to get off ship and then the same to return to ship but we just chatted with fellow cruises in the line to pass the time. We only stayed on the beach to the right of the wharf as with a 2.5yyo in toe it was easy and beach was flat however you do need reef shoes as there is lots of coral rocks by the shore.

Port 3: Port Villa - we did the semi-submersible boat and the kids loved it. Was perfect for their ages - even 14yo enjoyed as we stopped and they could snorkel around the boat. We then caught a local taxi back into the city to purchase our duty free. Lots of souvenir shops too with all of them basically the same.

Port 4: Mare - WOW! Gorgeous - we paid $15p/p to go around to Yejele beach and was well worth it. Waters were crystal clear and sand white. Was windy but still hot so kept it comfortable. We sat under a tree for shade which was good. Snorkelling was amazing here.

Our kids didn't attend kids club as they overheard other kids at breakfast staying how horrible it was.

My eldest daughter and I attended the cupcake making class - it was great fun, we learnt so much and was great value for money! Couldn't say the same for the DreamWorks Breakfast - waste of money. Only 2 characters attended and for max. 5-10 minutes each, did a dance and then left. The wait staff were rude and didn't even give you a chance to read the menu available so was rushed to order.

It was hard to get used to converting everything to US$

The Captain seemed a nice man, approachable with a sense of humour, with his daily "did you know" fact.

I would probably go again if the price was right but not without being in a group. Husband and I have been on another smaller cruiseliner and enjoyed it more than this. Was disappointing for our first cruise with our kids as we had heard how amazing they are but didn't live up to the expectations at all.
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Cabin 6200
We stayed in Cabin 6200 right at the front of the ship overlooking the helipad. The room was spacious for the 5 of us, with a queen bed, double sofa bed and 2 bunks in their own little alcove that could be sectioned off with a curtain. The bathroom was very small but functional. There was lots of space to hang all our clothing and lots of coat hangers available. Bedding was very comfortable and ample amount of pillows offered 2 p/person. Our steward was fantastic - he was always onhand and had our rooms smik every morning when we returned from breakfast and then at night was pulled down and our special towel animal was waiting for the kids.
We didn't feel additional movement being at the front as expected, just the usual sway however the noise from the waves hitting the bow of the ship was horrendous. It was like we were hitting something, one night it woke us all up.
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