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Embarkation and cabin: We embarked in Hong Kong for a 7 night cruise via Vietnam to Singapore (after to land tour in China). We were travelling with friends who were experiencing their first cruise (we've done over 20 and this was our 3rd with RC). Embarkation was very quick and easy, as Voyager was the only ship in port that day. Our 'spacious balcony cabin' was ready for us (12:45 ish I guess) and was a lovely surprise: very roomy with a 3-seater settee, space around the bed and the usual type of bathroom area and enough storage space for 7-14 nights. Balcony quite small but fine - it was very hot and humid so we only really used it early in the morning or late at night. Our cabin steward was great and kept everything immaculate - we loved the towel animals he provided too! We expected it all to be a bit worse for wear as it was gong into dry dock immediately after our cruise, but I can honestly say that it was fine - a little tired certainly but nothing too major. There was no shampoo/conditioner or body lotion provided - just the shower gel in the container in the shower area. That's a first in over 20 cruises, but we'd bought our own, so not an issue, but an unexpected omission. Dining: we chose Mytime dining and were accommodated without having to wait (there were 4 of us together), sometimes sharing with 4-6 others and sometimes as a 4. We never booked a time as that was the point of Mytime, I thought, and those who had booked had to wait in a much longer queue to get in - weird. The food was mostly good with generous main course portions, but more repetitious that we are used to and not as much choice. There seemed to be either several fish dishes or none offered (except the salmon, on every night and was very dry my friend said).They now charge a large supplement for lobster and surf and turf etc. The 3 top desserts each evening were 'new' with all the rest repeated every night and the only ice-cream on offer was the standard vanilla, strawberry or chocolate. Where was the salted caramel or stem ginger etc etc? Disappointing. The Windjammer food was fine although manic and difficult to find a seat at times, especially for breakfast when in port. It closed at 9pm each night, so nowhere for late night snacks/hot chocolate if that is your thing. Drinks: the cost was exorbitant for us , with the poor $ / £ exchange rate currently and then 18% gratuity on top of that even though we had to wait at a bar ourselves on the open deck just to get served. There were a lot of people on the drinks package so they were keen to get served to get their money's worth. This is the first time ever that we have seen a number of people worse for wear from drinking. Inevitable with the cost or availability of drinks packages we suggest, though many of you will not agree. Needless to say we enjoyed the bottles of wine we were allowed to bring on board in our cabins (1 per person) and didn't bother buying much else. Doesn't make or break our holiday fortunately and at least we weren't pestered every two minutes to buy a drink. Entertainment: the ice show was amazing; we enjoyed all of the shows in the theatre, but were confused to see it only about a third full each night, as often you have to get there early to find a seat. There was more getting up and going out for another drink than usual too, which was a bit rude and disruptive to both cast and fellow travellers. Because this ship has an inside Promenade, this had an affect on other entertainment venues - the loud music in the Promenade completely dominated the poor pianists in the Schooner bar, so they or we gave up. There was a gap in entertainment offered between about 8:30 to 9:30, which is exactly when we were looking for something after dinner and before the show: obviously it was all centred around the fixed dining times. Overall, very disappointed - not in the quality of the entertainers, but in the venues: too small, not enough seating or overwhelmed by other music. There were plenty of quizzes if that is your thing. Open decks: as usual there were a lot of sunbeds with towels/stuff on them and no-one in sight for hours, but unless the staff do something about that, so it will continue. enjoyed the pools. There were very few children on board, but those that were were great. Excursions:The ship's excursion information before boarding was disappointing: we managed to book 'Saigon on the own' for a good price a few months before we went but Halong Bay was already fully booked and there was nothing showing for Chan May in the month or so before we left and only Vin Pearl resort in Nha Trang. When contacting RC in 3 different ways to try to find out if any more excursions would be available, I had 3 conflicting answers and was still none the wiser, so we booked with local companies for Halong Bay and Da Nang and did our own thing in Nha Trang. The ports lecture therefore was a hard sell on the excursions they had managed, eventually, to provide, but too late for us (and very expensive) and no useful information for those wanting to be independent. They were, instead, saying that there was nothing there and no way of getting anywhere,but there were taxis at all ports and some excursions possibilities, but I am glad we had made prior arrangements. Ports: Halong Bay: the giant rock formations are awesome and so we took a local company boat trip. Either book beforehand (Ha Binh) or walk out of the port and there will be opportunity to book there and then (full day goes at 9:15; half day at 8:15 I think). Da Nang (from Chan May, about an hour away from anywhere you want to see): nothing at the port except some stalls for souvenirs and plenty of taxis). We joined a group from Cruise Critic to go the Ba Na Mountains by cable car (for Brits, this is a bit like a more modern and larger Isle Of Wight Black Gang Chine!). We had a great day out. Nha Trang: a tender port, so quite late getting off as those on ship's excursions had priority. Turned left and headed past the stalls towards the jetty and managed to negotiate a 2 hour boat trip for 6 of us all around the islands instead of being taken to Vin Pearl or one of the other islands where you have to pay to land / use the beaches and, I assume, the facilities. Then took a taxi ($10 for the 4 of us) to a lovely beach area the other side of the port (turn right out of the port and hail a taxi as it is much further than we'd thought). Had a very enjoyable swim before hailing another taxi back - plenty available. Another lovely day. Ho Chi Minh: took a ship's excursion so were given maps and some helpful information then left to our own devices for 6 hours. Very hot and some heavy rain, but we enjoyed exploring on our own and trying our skills at haggling in the market. This was good value as we booked and paid for it quite early on. Disappointing, Royal Caribbean, on a number of issues important to us, so it unlikely, unless the itinerary is amazing, that we would book with you again anytime soon .

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Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by rebusrockeress

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2019
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony
Embarkation and cabin: We embarked in Hong Kong for a 7 night cruise via Vietnam to Singapore (after to land tour in China). We were travelling with friends who were experiencing their first cruise (we've done over 20 and this was our 3rd with RC). Embarkation was very quick and easy, as Voyager was the only ship in port that day. Our 'spacious balcony cabin' was ready for us (12:45 ish I guess) and was a lovely surprise: very roomy with a 3-seater settee, space around the bed and the usual type of bathroom area and enough storage space for 7-14 nights. Balcony quite small but fine - it was very hot and humid so we only really used it early in the morning or late at night. Our cabin steward was great and kept everything immaculate - we loved the towel animals he provided too! We expected it all to be a bit worse for wear as it was gong into dry dock immediately after our cruise, but I can honestly say that it was fine - a little tired certainly but nothing too major. There was no shampoo/conditioner or body lotion provided - just the shower gel in the container in the shower area. That's a first in over 20 cruises, but we'd bought our own, so not an issue, but an unexpected omission.

Dining: we chose Mytime dining and were accommodated without having to wait (there were 4 of us together), sometimes sharing with 4-6 others and sometimes as a 4. We never booked a time as that was the point of Mytime, I thought, and those who had booked had to wait in a much longer queue to get in - weird. The food was mostly good with generous main course portions, but more repetitious that we are used to and not as much choice. There seemed to be either several fish dishes or none offered (except the salmon, on every night and was very dry my friend said).They now charge a large supplement for lobster and surf and turf etc. The 3 top desserts each evening were 'new' with all the rest repeated every night and the only ice-cream on offer was the standard vanilla, strawberry or chocolate. Where was the salted caramel or stem ginger etc etc? Disappointing. The Windjammer food was fine although manic and difficult to find a seat at times, especially for breakfast when in port. It closed at 9pm each night, so nowhere for late night snacks/hot chocolate if that is your thing.

Drinks: the cost was exorbitant for us , with the poor $ / £ exchange rate currently and then 18% gratuity on top of that even though we had to wait at a bar ourselves on the open deck just to get served. There were a lot of people on the drinks package so they were keen to get served to get their money's worth. This is the first time ever that we have seen a number of people worse for wear from drinking. Inevitable with the cost or availability of drinks packages we suggest, though many of you will not agree. Needless to say we enjoyed the bottles of wine we were allowed to bring on board in our cabins (1 per person) and didn't bother buying much else. Doesn't make or break our holiday fortunately and at least we weren't pestered every two minutes to buy a drink.

Entertainment: the ice show was amazing; we enjoyed all of the shows in the theatre, but were confused to see it only about a third full each night, as often you have to get there early to find a seat. There was more getting up and going out for another drink than usual too, which was a bit rude and disruptive to both cast and fellow travellers. Because this ship has an inside Promenade, this had an affect on other entertainment venues - the loud music in the Promenade completely dominated the poor pianists in the Schooner bar, so they or we gave up. There was a gap in entertainment offered between about 8:30 to 9:30, which is exactly when we were looking for something after dinner and before the show: obviously it was all centred around the fixed dining times. Overall, very disappointed - not in the quality of the entertainers, but in the venues: too small, not enough seating or overwhelmed by other music. There were plenty of quizzes if that is your thing.

Open decks: as usual there were a lot of sunbeds with towels/stuff on them and no-one in sight for hours, but unless the staff do something about that, so it will continue. enjoyed the pools. There were very few children on board, but those that were were great.

Excursions:The ship's excursion information before boarding was disappointing: we managed to book 'Saigon on the own' for a good price a few months before we went but Halong Bay was already fully booked and there was nothing showing for Chan May in the month or so before we left and only Vin Pearl resort in Nha Trang. When contacting RC in 3 different ways to try to find out if any more excursions would be available, I had 3 conflicting answers and was still none the wiser, so we booked with local companies for Halong Bay and Da Nang and did our own thing in Nha Trang. The ports lecture therefore was a hard sell on the excursions they had managed, eventually, to provide, but too late for us (and very expensive) and no useful information for those wanting to be independent. They were, instead, saying that there was nothing there and no way of getting anywhere,but there were taxis at all ports and some excursions possibilities, but I am glad we had made prior arrangements.

Ports: Halong Bay: the giant rock formations are awesome and so we took a local company boat trip. Either book beforehand (Ha Binh) or walk out of the port and there will be opportunity to book there and then (full day goes at 9:15; half day at 8:15 I think).

Da Nang (from Chan May, about an hour away from anywhere you want to see): nothing at the port except some stalls for souvenirs and plenty of taxis). We joined a group from Cruise Critic to go the Ba Na Mountains by cable car (for Brits, this is a bit like a more modern and larger Isle Of Wight Black Gang Chine!). We had a great day out.

Nha Trang: a tender port, so quite late getting off as those on ship's excursions had priority. Turned left and headed past the stalls towards the jetty and managed to negotiate a 2 hour boat trip for 6 of us all around the islands instead of being taken to Vin Pearl or one of the other islands where you have to pay to land / use the beaches and, I assume, the facilities. Then took a taxi ($10 for the 4 of us) to a lovely beach area the other side of the port (turn right out of the port and hail a taxi as it is much further than we'd thought). Had a very enjoyable swim before hailing another taxi back - plenty available. Another lovely day.

Ho Chi Minh: took a ship's excursion so were given maps and some helpful information then left to our own devices for 6 hours. Very hot and some heavy rain, but we enjoyed exploring on our own and trying our skills at haggling in the market. This was good value as we booked and paid for it quite early on.

Disappointing, Royal Caribbean, on a number of issues important to us, so it unlikely, unless the itinerary is amazing, that we would book with you again anytime soon .
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