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Voyager of the Seas In 1999, when Royal Caribbean's 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas entered service as the largest cruise ship in the world, it was heralded as the most revolutionary vessel ever built, forever changing the world of cruising with such never-before-seen features as an ice skating rink/TV studio/concert arena, rock-climbing wall, in-line skating track, horizontal atrium (now known as the Royal Promenade), and inside cabins with a view. Having been on the ship that year, yes it was beautiful vessel Service, entertainment, staterooms, all what one would expect in a 5 Star Hotel. Having been on the ship that year, yes that was then. How things have CHANGED!!! Cruised RC many times before, including the Voyager of the Seas and loved every minute of it...NOT so this time!!! A first impression of the Ship was quite positive from dockside. Embarkation was ok and we were on board pretty quick. But once on board we were given no information about where we could go and when we could get our cabin, after an hour or so we were advised via PA, that our cabin was ready. The cabin itself at the front end of the ship, interior promenade cabin was nice and very clean, however the décor is very dated tired and in need of refurbishment. The Good Points: Cabin steward was very good as was cabin upkeep during the whole trip. Dining in the main dining room was very nice. We had booked for any time dining and had no problem arranging a table each night. The evening menu had a good selection and the food was well presented and very nice. We were fortunate to been allocated the same table each night and were very happy with our two lady waiters. Main dining room breakfast was OK, however the service was sometimes very slow as was the selection at the buffet. Promenade café, the food here albeit only snacks (Pizzas, sandwiches and cookies were very good The ice show. Stunning, absolutely fabulous and should not be missed. Bad Points: The cruise had the feel of being in an average all-inclusive hotel in Benidorm and was a real disappointment. The fact that RC push the sale of their all inclusive drink package, it was hard to find a waiter to take an order and if you wanted a drink of any kind one needed to go to the bar to get one but was still charged 18% service charge. The bands around the ship were good, but always seem to play in the wrong location, the star lounge on the top deck, which happen to be a very nice lounge always had either a DJ or recorded music never a live band. The promenade is popular place and a great idea but all of the entertainment was on the main street (in a busking style), which made it difficult to enjoy. Particularly when you have someone else playing in the pub and competing with the music on the promenade. Safety Drill (although a totally essential part of any cruise) was carried out on the open deck (Promenade deck) people were squashed together in the hot sun for over half an hour with no directions from the inexperienced crew other than to line up in rows of four. No consideration was given to elderly, disabled or infirm passengers. Instructions during the drill given by staff were not audible or demonstrations visible. Wi-Fi On board Wi-Fi was prohibitively expensive starting at around $15.99 per day for the basic package. Almost in any hotel anywhere in the world Wi-Fi is courtesy of the establishment. Even on the dock site the smallest shop or café over free Wi-Fi. It’s a Rip-Off. The theatre entertainment was generally Ok and the ship Orchestra was excellent. However one of the Star special guest lady singer ( Tamara ) was pretty poor. The Cruise Director (Ken Jones) himself was not approachable and did not interact with the passengers. He was hardly ever seen on the ship, he had little if no charisma as did the rest of his team. Cruise Itinerary Only during the safety drill did we find out though a fellow passenger that the overnight in Hong Kong had been removed and we would now arrive on disembarkation day. We have had 3 sea days in total due the change of the overnight stay in Hong Kong. To find a sun lounger on any deck was impossible with passenger having to lay tower on the floor to sit or lay on. According to the guest relation there where only 750 sun lounger on board for approximately 3100 passengers.

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Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by Karlhsch

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2019
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Promenade View Interior
Voyager of the Seas

In 1999, when Royal Caribbean's 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas entered service as the largest cruise ship in the world, it was heralded as the most revolutionary vessel ever built, forever changing the world of cruising with such never-before-seen features as an ice skating rink/TV studio/concert arena, rock-climbing wall, in-line skating track, horizontal atrium (now known as the Royal Promenade), and inside cabins with a view.

Having been on the ship that year, yes it was beautiful vessel

Service, entertainment, staterooms, all what one would expect in a 5 Star Hotel. Having been on the ship that year, yes that was then.

How things have CHANGED!!!

Cruised RC many times before, including the Voyager of the Seas and loved every minute of it...NOT so this time!!!

A first impression of the Ship was quite positive from dockside. Embarkation was ok and we were on board pretty quick. But once on board we were given no information about where we could go and when we could get our cabin, after an hour or so we were advised via PA, that our cabin was ready.

The cabin itself at the front end of the ship, interior promenade cabin was nice and very clean, however the décor is very dated tired and in need of refurbishment.

The Good Points:

Cabin steward was very good as was cabin upkeep during the whole trip.

Dining in the main dining room was very nice. We had booked for any time dining and had no problem arranging a table each night.

The evening menu had a good selection and the food was well presented and very nice. We were fortunate to been allocated the same table each night and were very happy with our two lady waiters.

Main dining room breakfast was OK, however the service was sometimes very slow as was the selection at the buffet.

Promenade café, the food here albeit only snacks (Pizzas, sandwiches and cookies were very good

The ice show. Stunning, absolutely fabulous and should not be missed.

Bad Points:

The cruise had the feel of being in an average all-inclusive hotel in Benidorm and was a real disappointment. The fact that RC push the sale of their all inclusive drink package, it was hard to find a waiter to take an order and if you wanted a drink of any kind one needed to go to the bar to get one but was still charged 18% service charge.

The bands around the ship were good, but always seem to play in the wrong location, the star lounge on the top deck, which happen to be a very nice lounge always had either a DJ or recorded music never a live band.

The promenade is popular place and a great idea but all of the entertainment was on the main street (in a busking style), which made it difficult to enjoy. Particularly when you have someone else playing in the pub and competing with the music on the promenade.

Safety Drill (although a totally essential part of any cruise)

was carried out on the open deck (Promenade deck) people were squashed together in the hot sun for over half an hour with no directions from the inexperienced crew other than to line up in rows of four. No consideration was given to elderly, disabled or infirm passengers. Instructions during the drill given by staff were not audible or demonstrations visible.

Wi-Fi

On board Wi-Fi was prohibitively expensive starting at around $15.99 per day for the basic package. Almost in any hotel anywhere in the world Wi-Fi is courtesy of the establishment. Even on the dock site the smallest shop or café over free Wi-Fi. It’s a Rip-Off.

The theatre entertainment was generally Ok and the ship Orchestra was excellent. However one of the Star special guest lady singer ( Tamara ) was pretty poor.

The Cruise Director (Ken Jones) himself was not approachable and did not interact with the passengers. He was hardly ever seen on the ship, he had little if no charisma as did the rest of his team.

Cruise Itinerary

Only during the safety drill did we find out though a fellow passenger that the overnight in Hong Kong had been removed and we would now arrive on disembarkation day.

We have had 3 sea days in total due the change of the overnight stay in Hong Kong.

To find a sun lounger on any deck was impossible with passenger having to lay tower on the floor to sit or lay on.

According to the guest relation there where only 750 sun lounger on board for approximately 3100 passengers.
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Cabin Review

Promenade View Interior
Cabin 2T 2T-7257
Need refurbishment, but Clean
Deck 8 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins