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We were in Silver Suit #9236: a balcony by the mid ship elevator. I thought it was a great location near the Stabilizers. We hardly felt any motion from Barcelona to Dubai. We ate Br, Lu and Dn in the Silver Dining Room every day from ... Read More
We were in Silver Suit #9236: a balcony by the mid ship elevator. I thought it was a great location near the Stabilizers. We hardly felt any motion from Barcelona to Dubai. We ate Br, Lu and Dn in the Silver Dining Room every day from Day 2 onward. We could have had Lu the first day, but we didn’t know the Silver Dining Room was open till we got to our cabin. I called about Dn the first night, but was confused by their answer. We went to the Windjammer Buffet on Deck 14 and got a Noodle Bowl. Br was the usual assortment on Eggs, Pancakes, fruits, Oatmeal, Yogurt, Juices, etc. They have a Latte, Cappuccino, Hot Chocolate, etc. machine so you don’t need a coffee card. Sometimes you can get the Waiters to make the drinks for you. They use real plates and silverware + glass drinking glasses. Lu was a big spread with multiple Meats and Seafoods, lots of salads and vegs, and desserts like Tiramisu & Cheesecake. Dn was Appetizers. They always had 4 hot appetizers like small Chicken Legs, Shrimp, Spring Rolls, Onion Balls and Sausage Rolls. They always had 4 cold appetizers plus Cheeses and Wafer Bread. Small desserts, but you can have free alcoholic and soft drinks from 5:30pm till 8pm (and lots of people do). We never saw the need to go to the Dining Room! We had reserved a Transfer Tour from the Barcelona Airport to the Port. But, the Immigration line took over 1 hour and we missed the bus (they don’t wait). Fortunately, a RCCL rep was there that got us on a direct transfer bus from the airport to the ship at less cost. Great!!! NOTE: You have to reserve the direct transfers from the Reservation people (they are not shown in the on-line Shore Trips). Check-in was very fast. The rooms were ready early at 12:15pm. We had reserved the 10.5 hr The Best of Rome shore trip, but my wife wasn’t feeling good after the long flight from the US. A Shore Excursion rep refunded our money. We had a pleasant walk in Civitavecchia, the Port for Rome. We had Lu in town overlooking the MedMer. We walked around the Port area in Naples, and had a Pizza Lu. We walked a mile from the Port in Athens @ (37 56.23N 23 37.46E) to the spectacular Church of the Holy Trinity @ (37.943651° 23.644060°). NOTE: It is a 2.5 mile walk one-way from the Port large ships must use to the Subway Station to go to the Acropolis. We took the 10 hr ship tour to Petra. We walked the 3 Kms thru the Siq to the Treasury façade and back in 2.3 Hrs. I took 400 pictures. The light is really good for pictures in the Siq in the morning. You could rent horse-drawn carts for a fast ride to the Treasury. Our ticket included a ride down and back on a slow horse led by a local tribesman. You could also rent Golf Carts with a driver for a moderately paced ride. We passed on all of them because we wanted to look for birds and take pictures. In my view, if you took the horse carts, you would largely miss the beautiful views in the Siq. NOTE: The main trail goes on for another 3-miles (5Km) to the 4000-seat ancient Amphi-Theater carved into the rock, the Colonnaded Street (where ancient shops had been located), and the 135,000 sq ft Great Temple. There were mobs of People coming downhill to the Treasury at Noon as we were walking back to the entrance. I’m glad we got here earlier. Our only delay was where a woman had fallen at a narrow place in the Siq. This created a real bottle neck for the horse carts. There seemed to be Park Staff caring for her already. Petra is not Handicap accessible. Our tour included a Buffet Lu at the MovenPick 5-Star Hotel next to the entrance to the Petra Park: Hummus, Zucchini Hummus, Tomato slices, Mint sauce, Olives, 3-Peppers w Cheese Sauce + Pulled Pork w Rice + Pita Bread ++ Chocolate Tart, and Chocolate Mousse. Beautiful!!! The bus ride to and from Petra was interesting as well. I took 170 pictures on these drives. Part of the drive was on the Kings Highway mentioned in Numbers Chapter 20. We didn’t get off the ship in Dubai till time to go to the airport. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our very first cruise so had nothing to compare it with. Overall the ship was beautiful, our cabins were great. The food got to be very boring on the second leg as the variety never changed in the Windjammer. The dining room food ... Read More
This was our very first cruise so had nothing to compare it with. Overall the ship was beautiful, our cabins were great. The food got to be very boring on the second leg as the variety never changed in the Windjammer. The dining room food was very good at night and we couldn’t complain about the service. Entertainment was hit and miss and we waited so long for the big productions to come on. The Silk Road didn’t appear till near the end of the second cruise. They had 3 different boy acts which were fabulous. We mainly went to the Two70 bar which was a lot quieter and we had one bar staff who knew our names and what we had. Couldn’t afford anything in the high end shops and like $US 9 for a bar of chocolate REALLY. Room for improvement in many areas. We tried all the bars and were very annoyed that no nibbles were available and they ran out of Lavender syrup. Drinks were also pricey. The coffee shops were very good would have liked to see some pastries on offer. Overall we enjoyed the cruise and meeting some interesting people. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This cruise completed around the world cruising for my husband and I. It had a similar itinerary as one we booked in 2017 with 2 other couples. Unfortunately, serious illnesses in the other couples forced us to cancel that cruise. All ... Read More
This cruise completed around the world cruising for my husband and I. It had a similar itinerary as one we booked in 2017 with 2 other couples. Unfortunately, serious illnesses in the other couples forced us to cancel that cruise. All are now healthy and we tried again. Very excited about being the first to sleep in the bed, eat at that table, see a show in the theatre etc. We sailed from Barcelona to Singapore. That constituted 2 cruises by RCCL. We soon found out maiden voyages are not without many issues. But first they many positive things: We loved our Silver Jr. Suite. This was cruise #27 for us and this was our favorite cabin. It came with perks we didn't expect like access to Silver lounge which we thoroughly enjoyed. We were told that the silver lounge and the gold lounge would be taken out once the ship reached Shanghai its home port. The 2 lounges will be made into VIP gambling lounges instead. We loved trying new things: (1) North Star which we did twice. Once taking lots of pictures and once just for the enjoyment of being 300 feet above the ocean and seeing the sides and top of the ship from a whole new view. (2) I-Fly the skydiving simulator. It was fun and really didn't warrant the nerves that led up to entering cylinder. (3) Bumper cars at sea. Have not been on bumper cars in 20 maybe 30 years. Much nicer than any from past. The ship has many whimsical decorations i.e. pandas and food truck sculptures on outside deck. There was also 3 pools: outside, inside and solarium. The solarium had 2 small decks off each side. I don't think many people knew they were there because hardly anyone was out there. When we told our friends about them I don't think they believed us because they had been in the solarium and didn't see them. Food was ok in dining room. Our friends insisted on eating every night in dining room. We chose anytime dining but made reservations for a certain table at the same time each night. There were many mix ups and the table was often filled when we arrived. After speaking with several people who were suppose to be in charge, it finally got straightened out. Enjoyed breakfast and some lunches in silver lounge. It was quiet and more relaxed. The entertainment was very good for the most part. I think they brought on some top acts for the maiden voyage. We greatly enjoyed the production show (there was only one in theatre) Showgirls. We saw it twice. There was a production show in the Two70 lounge called Silk Road. It wasn't ready until after Dubai so anyone getting off Barcelona-Dubai didn't get to see it. The costumes, dancing and special effects were amazing, but I still have no idea what the story line was. Neither did anyone I talked to. Ports: Did ship shore excursions except for last port in Penang. That was the only port after Dubai you could get off and walk around on your own. Checked many bucket list places: Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Acropolis, Petra, Suez Canal, Dubai, Amalfi Coast. Stops in India would be classified as one and done. It was as expected, dirty and noisy. Not the highlight. Singapore is one of my favorite cities in the world. It gave me great pleasure to introduce it to our friends traveling with us. Gardens by the bay night light show as well as daytime visit, Marina Bay Sands light show over the water can not be missed. One of the reviews talked about the RCCL app for the phone. Not to be disrespectful, but he could not possible have used it. Yes it was suppose to do all the things he claimed but they didn't work. Dinner reservations made were suppose to show up on calendar and never did - at least not all of them. We went through activities on the app first day and put things on our calendar. The problem was those events never happened on the ship. The activities in the Cruise Compass and the app often didn't agree. You could look up your folio. That was the only reliable thing on the app. We talked to staff members and learned it wasn't a Spectrum of the Seas issue but a RCCL issue. My husband marked it low on our mid-cruise survey and received a call from IT. They couldn't disagree with anything he told them and thanked him for his input. Nothing changed however. There were a lot of little things that I attribute to the fact the ship was made for the Asian market and when the ship reached Shanghai it would operate differently. There were only extremely high end stores on board. You rarely saw anyone in any of them. Those will stay. People complained about no bingo but Asian market doesn't support bingo so too expensive for short trip. Different bars had different things. It was a real complaint of our traveling companions that there were no bitters on board until after Dubai. Olives & cherries for their drinks were often none existent at the Schooner bar. Since I don't drink anything that requires those items it wasn't a big deal to me. There were other things but honestly I believe the screwups or lack of supplies was simply because they would not be used in China market. Even the cruise director staff will be exiting in June when arriving in Shanghai and speaking Mandarin is the new requirement for staff. Since I do not plan to take a cruise in the Asian market I am glad I got to take the 30 day maiden voyage and enjoy this beautiful ship even with all the hiccups. I could tell more but it won't matter because there will not be another cruise like this one. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Keen to try the larger ship for the first time. The OVation is a beautiful ship only 2 yr. young, the artwork & walk throughs are great, 270 at back of ship is great venue with the robots entertaining the humans. The theatre ... Read More
Keen to try the larger ship for the first time. The OVation is a beautiful ship only 2 yr. young, the artwork & walk throughs are great, 270 at back of ship is great venue with the robots entertaining the humans. The theatre handles the large number of passengers & the smaller venues cope well with passenger numbers. The staff were excellent, cannot fault, they are eager to please & satisfy any requirements whether dietary or something else. Management are on the ball with this ship, it shows all the way down to staff, service was first class. The Cruise Critic get together was a bit ordinary, scheduled at 930am in the Music Hall, on the other hand there were a lot of us to handle & plenty of onboard stuff to attend to in the venues. Embarkation in Singapore was a shambles, me thinks the port cannot handle such a large number of passengers, getting off at Freo was very slow, Sydney was good, we left the boat at 9am; this is probably why RC is building its own cruise terminal in Florida, so it can handle the large numbers. The entertainment was great, the production shows (2) were up there, the 3rd. show at Pixels was excellent with robots & human interaction, although i was confused as to the theme, maybe that was it, interaction. The music around the ship was pretty good, the electric grand piano had a terrible harpsicord tone, why so ? The INXS Show was very good, a bit loud for my damaged ears but very energetic. The cabin steward Ida was excellent, the dining room staff in the Grande were also very good, food came out on time, i miss eggs benny thats for sure. The Windjammer was very good, i dont mind the same food presented most meals, there is plenty of it & plenty of variety, just avoid peak times, there are plenty of food venues around the ship that are complimentary. I did not seek out the speciality restaurants such as Izumis this time as i was happy with the Grand & bistro. The coffee has improved by the way. There is an electric jug & refrigerator in the room. The bed was very good, big & comfortable. Would i go again ? At 4100 passengers this is about 800 short of max, i dont think the max would be good for me, i am on the Radiance to NZ in a few weeks, looking forward to that cruise with about 1/2 the number of passengers. There were 2 delays with people being winched off to helicopter, this delayed ship to Singers & Freo, with so many people on a ship i suppose you might expect this, but staff said this was the first time they had 2 incidents with helicopter needed, but if it was the 1st time it will not be the last. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We arrived in Shanghai for 3 nights before the cruise,we were aware that the biggest percentage of guests would be Chinese,what we didn’t expect from royal Caribbean was the food /entertainment and everything else were definitely aimed ... Read More
We arrived in Shanghai for 3 nights before the cruise,we were aware that the biggest percentage of guests would be Chinese,what we didn’t expect from royal Caribbean was the food /entertainment and everything else were definitely aimed for the Chinese market only,the food was by far the worst food We have ever had on any cruise ship we have been on,the entertainment was an absolute joke,they had a magician on one night and he was that good nearly the whole audience disappeared in the first 2 minutes and never returned,Chinese karaoke was the final straw for evening entertainment,the customer services desk was also by far the worst we have ever experienced mostly Chinese and couldn’t understand a word of English and no help at all,the bar staff were the same they have not a clue how to make drinks cocktails we had to tell them,Hadi in the solarium was excellent really nice guy very pleasant and helpful nothing was to much trouble,we mostly ate in the coastal kitchen ,the waiter Jonnie was also very good,the embarkation and disembarkation was a disgrace they have not got a clue,it took 3 hrs queuing to get on to the ship,they are going to be putting the new spectrum of the seas over there what a waste of a ship,again we don’t think this cruise should be sold to any one outside of China.we spoke with a lot of people on the ship from Australia and the United States and uk ,every one was of the same mindset and most said they would not sail royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Firstly I know this ship has just gone in for a six week refurbishment. That being said having cruised with Royal many times ( Diamond Plus) I found myself constantly defending their policy’s but I can’t defend the indefensible. When ... Read More
Firstly I know this ship has just gone in for a six week refurbishment. That being said having cruised with Royal many times ( Diamond Plus) I found myself constantly defending their policy’s but I can’t defend the indefensible. When will they stop this nickel and dime policy, over priced tours ,menus unchanged in years,shows that boarder on children’s party level. I take no pleasure in saying that. The ship was clean but looked tired ,we had work men on board during the cruise dismantling venues a very poor impression given to first time cruisers. The ice show repeated at least nine times during our 28 night voyage,trivia’s repeated three to four times. The staff on the whole work very hard and polite. The ship is in dry dock and needs this overhaul. We had a inside cabin on deck 6 in was fine clean ,quiet and everything worked well. We mostly dined in the dining room at night the service was good and the food of a good quality. Dining room lunch was our favourite meal of the day good choice. The entertainment was in my opinion poor as I have said some shows children’s party level but we did enjoy a Beatles tribute and violin player . We took two tours from the ship in Phuket and in Cochin both were fine and weren’t expensive.We then took a private tour to Petra in Jordan which worked out at just over half the price of the ships tour and featured more sights. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We boarded the ship in Dubai, to Barcelona, having originally booked to stay on her to Miami, until a change of dry dock was made. Prior to boarding, we stayed a few days in Dubai, & had such a lovely experience in our hotel, that ... Read More
We boarded the ship in Dubai, to Barcelona, having originally booked to stay on her to Miami, until a change of dry dock was made. Prior to boarding, we stayed a few days in Dubai, & had such a lovely experience in our hotel, that at we wondered if the ship would be a disappointment. How wrong could we be ! The ship was in good condition, especially when she was going in for a massive refurb at the end of the cruise. Of course there was some rust, but anyone who sailed on the final cruise of the Legend of the seas, will know what a bad condition looks like.... The crew were absolutely wonderful, always smiling, helpful, interactive & generally a pleasure to be with. We had a balcony room on deck 8, which was well maintained by Richard. The SRA in the section beside ours, Tito, was also a lovely chap, and we chatted with him at least twice daily. All crew we encountered were super, but at this juncture, we shall name a few who stood out... Himanju & Ying Ying, dining servers on deck 3. Carina, Next Cruise staff, who we hope to meet again soon on the Indie. Achmad & his Chinese colleague, housekeeping staff, who checked sea passes on entry to the evening event on deck 14. Both Concierges, Grecia & Tao. Rikardo, the lead barman & his colleagues, in the Diamond Lounge. Darmie M, supervisor, and all her crew on the pool deck. She was very good at checking the reserved chair area at the pool, to ensure only Gold card holders were present. We wish her well with the birth of her baby. The breakfast crew in Chop's Grille, the greeter, Jonn, Valeriano & Joenel, servers, were a joy to meet in the mornings. After the first morning, they knew exactly what we would like & when it was quiet, our food was served quickly. Fresh OJ, berries & yoghurt were served almost immediately & the cooked food my husband ordered was hot and cooked to perfection. Jing Jiang, wait staff in the WJ, was a lovely girl, a friend of Ying Ying, who interacted with us daily at lunchtime & we sometimes saw her in the evening if she was on duty in the MTD restaurant. Aaron, GSM, with whom we had a very good conversation. HD & CD were both very attentive & visible on a regular basis. Douglas R, Beverage Manager was very attentive & we appreciated his kind gestures ! If we have omitted anyone, apologies, but be assured that all crew we met were exceptional. The only ones who could have been a bit more upbeat...the Loyalty Ambassadors, but reckon they were tired, & fed up with trivial complaints from scores of passengers. As Pinnacle members, we enjoyed some additional perks, but the fact that there were no robes available when we embarked was a bit annoying. We eventually got one robe towards the end of the cruise after speaking with YinTao, Suite Concierge...many bows to him !! The executive chef Andy Bouchard was a joy to speak with, & he runs a good team. We found the food, on the whole, to be good, with an odd exception, but that can happen anywhere. There was nothing about which we could complain on a regular basis. When I asked for meat to be medium rare, that's exactly how I got it. There was only one occasion when the steak I ordered was too gristley, but I declined an alternative as I was too full. When you consider the number of people the chefs have to cater for, order their ingredients prior to sailing, not have the opportunity to nip out to a supplier if some ingredients are not up to scratch when preparing the menu, then they deserve full kudos for their efforts. When we heard some people complaining about the food, we did wonder what they prepared and ate at home. Judging by some of the plates we saw, not exactly nutritious choices. We even heard one couple complain that there was nothing except deep fried food on offer.....The only deep fried food my husband ever ate, was the occasional French fry, the rest was well balanced & healthy. The one consistent gripe we have, which is fleet wide....smoking, especially in the casino, which permeated through the bars close by. The smoking area on deck was also objectionable. Smoke travels & doesn't remain in one spot. Some ships have small areas on deck assigned to smokers, not the entire length of the deck. Really wish the ships had a small enclosed area where smokers could congregate, inhale each others smoke & leave the rest off us to enjoy fresh air, without obvious pollution. Passive smoking is as injurious to health as active smoking. The crew in the casino are subjected to smoke on a daily basis,& that is not good for them. The transit through the Suez Canal went very smoothly. Captain Arild was good at informing us what was happening & he too seemed very personable, although we didn't see him as visible as some Captains. We didn't bother attending many of the shows, but the Ice show was good, especially with Ricky giving an after show performance !!! The only other show we attended... Beatles Celebration. They were very good, & much appreciated by all the audience. We have seen/ heard them several times, & they are consistently good, so we hope we have the opportunity of seeing them again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go to Petra and the Dead Sea. However, from the minute we were picked up from the airport in Dubai, things went horribly wrong. We were a family of six adults. This was our 13 th cruise with ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go to Petra and the Dead Sea. However, from the minute we were picked up from the airport in Dubai, things went horribly wrong. We were a family of six adults. This was our 13 th cruise with RC and will definitely be our last. We were supposed to have special needs assistance as arranged by Royal specialist services as I have mobility problems and my husband was recovering from a broken ankle 7 weeks previous. We were promised wheelchair assistance at the airport and pier, but as soon as we became under the jurisdiction of RC the assistance disappeared. There was no wheelchair assistance at the hotel where we were booked in for breakfast and when we got to the pier we did as instructed, found an RC person, asked about wheelchair assistance and were told we had to wait for two hours, outside sitting on a concrete floor in the midday sun with temperatures in excess of 40degrees. Family members went off and found two wheelchairs, not belonging to RC and took us into immigration and we were not allowed to go any further because they were not RC wheelchairs. Eventually 2 RC personnel came after a lot of hassling, took us on board, dumped us in the Windjammer and took away the wheelchairs so we could not access our stateroom. We were told that we would have to stay where we were wait until the ship sailed as they did not have enough wheelchairs. Again family members went off searching for staff to resolve the situation and after making a fuss which we really did not want to do, we eventually got a wheelchair and the family ferried us to our stateroom which was scruffy with paint on the carpet and the balcony was a disgrace, they had to come and clean it before we could go out on it. The automatic doors to some of the toilets did not work so unless someone was with you, you could not get in or out of the toilets. We are Diamond plus but it meant nothing. We asked for bath robes and were told there were none available. At each port the ship started discarding furniture and metal into skips lined up along the quayside as the ship was going to Cadiz for a refit and many crew members were finishing their contracts in Barcelona so they didn't' really care. Many were of Eastern origin and had difficulty understanding what we wanted or needed. The officers and guest relations were mostly absolute rubbish and guest relations were rude. We were so disappointed as we have recommended RC to friends and family but never again. I could write a lot more but am too disgusted. All they wanted was our money. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Chose this cruise for its repositioning itinerary. Prior to this cruise, the ship had been on short (3-4 day) gambling junkets out of Singapore targeted at Chinese passengers. Senior staff appeared not to have adapted policies and ... Read More
Chose this cruise for its repositioning itinerary. Prior to this cruise, the ship had been on short (3-4 day) gambling junkets out of Singapore targeted at Chinese passengers. Senior staff appeared not to have adapted policies and procedures for a longer cruise (15-30 days). (Some food items ran out early; insufficient recorded movies for the duration, daily charges were more appropriate for short rather than longer cruises, etc.) Their business model is to take advantage of their monopoly situation to soak passengers for everything aboard. $12 for a glass of wine; $15/day for poor internet service; charges for in cabin movies; no self serve laundry - we spent over $200 having 4 laundries done on our 30 day cruise. For their shore excursions into very hot climate (30 to 40 degrees C) we were warned to stay hydrated, and we could buy $3 bottles of water if we wanted. [Why would such a safety item not be included in the excursion cost?] On board tours (free on other lines) were expensive ($90 each for 2 hours). Although this cruise had been marketed to us as a sail from Singapore to Barcelona, Royal Carribean treated it as 2 cruises- Singapore to Dubai and Dubai to Barcelona. Perhaps this made sense to them, but it seriously inconvenienced passengers going the full way. We had to essentially "disembark" and "reembark" at Dubai, including clearing our account balance. In addition, hundreds of passengers (I heard 600 cabins) had to pack up and move to other cabins, some just a cabin or two away. This was despite pleas to just let everyone who wished to stay in their first cabins. To add insult to injury, we were required to line up at 5:30 AM for a half hour to provide credit card information for the second "cruise" - something we had already done 3 times! The ship was going for a shipyard refit after reaching Barcelona, so we knew some of the facilities would be a bit tired. And they were. Some obvious rust, balcony rails needed paint, carpets were stained, some rust in the hot water, dining room chairs felt greasy, some upholstry was stained, etc. Not that it was overall poor, just that in our opinion it was overdue for its refit. However, the cigarette stench in the casino and surrounding area was just disgusting. No excuse for that. When all these items were brought up to senior staff at the public meeting, they were dismissed as not worthy of considered responses. Shore excursions were generally well managed, but some guides were below par. Shore excursions arranged by the line were as much as twice as expensive as arranging them locally. During the first part of the cruise, there was no information about ports of call other than their seminar promoting the line's shore excursions. We were disappointed that there was no commentary from the bridge during our transit of the Suez canal. It was made very obvious to everyone that they were catering to their "Diamond" class passengers. Others did not rate. For example, passengers attending a scheduled card game session were twice told to move out for a "Private Function" for Diamond passengers with no alternative space provided for the card players. Passengers trying to buy drinks from the bar during "Happy Hour" for Diamond passengers could not even get to the bar. On the other hand, I have to commend the Captain and the line for the safety precautions they took going through the pirate zone and for their response to several medical emergencies during the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We are Canadians who were travelling in Australia. We wanted to take a series of cruises back to North America from Australia, and see parts of Asia at the same time. We chose this itinerary because it got us to Asia, where we then ... Read More
We are Canadians who were travelling in Australia. We wanted to take a series of cruises back to North America from Australia, and see parts of Asia at the same time. We chose this itinerary because it got us to Asia, where we then continued on other ships. Our whole experience was incredible. The ship was sparkling and new, and had great facilities. On our 14 day cruise, we had 11 sea days, which is a lot-but we loved every second of it. Activities The days were packed with things to do. There were daily sports competitions, including ping pong, soccer, and volleyball, and trivia in the lounges and other game shows you could enter. The activities staff ran choir and 2 dance classes (Thriller and Lady Gaga) which then all put on a talent show on the last day. We went on the (no extra cost) North Star and took great photos. You can get really good shots of the whole ship. Or if you are in port, you can get a good view of the area. We paid for lessons on the flow rider which got us an hour group lesson with lots of turns. It’s very easy and I recommend you try it, at least the body boarding. We had really hot weather so the pools were always welcome, but even on a full ship I never had trouble getting a chair. Having to sign out towels was the only annoying part. I prefer other ships where you can just help yourself. The fitness classes (cycling, TRX, conditioning) were good. I just don’t like getting up early to attend but I loved being able to swim afterwards, and then still having time for breakfast. Dining We liked the food. The Solarium bistro is buffet salad bar and apps then à la carte mains, and we gound the food delicious. Other than that, we ate at the main buffet which I thought had a good variety. I especially liked making my own soup where you choose a broth and veggies, and the chef cooks it for you. They have hamburgers at every meal but never veggie burgers, and I think they should add them as an option. Cabins We had a balcony cabin and a studio. I was in the studio by myself and it was perfect. Lots of storage space above the bed and I had a lot of luggage because I was travelling for 5 months. The virtual balcony screen actually made a big difference and I kept thinking it was a real window. My patents’ balcony room was beautiful and right next door. Both rooms were very clean and comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Went on a 10 night crew from Singapore to Perth with family. Had read some negative comments before trip but I can not understand why. We loved it all!! Embarkment started at 10.45 am and was on board by 12.30pm. Very well organised. ... Read More
Went on a 10 night crew from Singapore to Perth with family. Had read some negative comments before trip but I can not understand why. We loved it all!! Embarkment started at 10.45 am and was on board by 12.30pm. Very well organised. Had comfortable indoor air conditioned seating whilst waiting to move from checkpoint to checkpoint with water readily available. Our cabin was ready by 1.00pm and although a VB cabin it had heaps of storage. Was able to comfortable unpack our 50 kilos of luggage and store cases in wardrobe. King size bed was very comfortable and cabin was cleaned within minutes of leaving it. Our lovely attendant always had a beautiful towel animal waiting for us and even a monkey hanging of a coat hanger. Cabin was dead quiet which was a welcome surprise. Dining was amazing. Spoiled for choice and loved the food. We paid the little extra for speciality restaurants and was well worth it. Lobster was an additional US$22 but worth it. Huge and delicious. We had drinks package and was surprised that all beer and spirits were bottled and not just on tap. Never waited long for a drink and wait staff were amazing. They would take 5-10 orders at a time and get it right every time. No writing orders down their memory was amazing. Loved all the shows in the theatre bar one which was a comedian who was not funny and lots of people walked out however the other comedian Leo Ward was fantastic as was the Impressionist and ice show. All staff could not do more for you and always had big smiles. Carlo singer/guitarist in The Pig and Whistle was fantastic great singer and genuine nice person. Did the Phi Phi Island Snorkeling tour and it was brilliant. Easy tendor to shore never waited. Tendors were constantly back and fourth. Our speed boat to island which was about an hour. They had free icy cold drinks in esky and fruit platters. Highly recommend this tour. In Langkawi did the Duty Free Tour. This wasn't too good. We firstly visited a four storey air con duty free shopping centre for 30 minutes then dropped at a shopping street where no air con and no variety. Royal Carribean were amazing when we mentioned this in suggestion box they contacted us and gave a partial refund. This I believe was more the tour operator doing the wrong thing by us than the ship. There was something for everyone on this cruise day and night. You couldn't get bored. Hand hygiene is fantastic with automatic dispensers outside every restaurant. The What's on Now touch screens near every lift kept you well informed where to go next. The pool and spa area where lovely although a couple got closed as we neared Australia as the boat got extremely rocky the last few days. It was so rough that the ship was departing Fremantle late after our embarkment. The ships air con is quite cold so I suggest you take a jacket or jumper. Unfortunately a number of people from the cruise who I have been in contact with have got chest/respiratory infections within a day of departing ship. All in all we loved Voyager of the Seas. We loved the service, staff and everything onboard. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Only we can respond very positively Very much enjoyed the cabins very clean taking care of the cabin very frendli Once again we are very thankful Restaurants very attentive waiters just great And again very very clean and well ... Read More
Only we can respond very positively Very much enjoyed the cabins very clean taking care of the cabin very frendli Once again we are very thankful Restaurants very attentive waiters just great And again very very clean and well cared for every consumer The whole crew just great Thank you very much, the company should be proud of such responsible employees Ship well maintained, cleaned all the time. Crew very takes care of the passengers. The pasengers have two pools ,solarium designated walking trail sunbathing areas,then the gymnasium is well equipped for everyone,We with a wife think that in such an equipped ship everyone will take care of themselves.We also need to talk about places like shops, with all passengers needing and excellent service in these stores.It is also hard not to mention the Japanese restaurant, the Italian, the center where most of the events took plac.Thank you very much for organizing tours Stay on a ship filled to the max with various entertainment Thanks Thanks !! Halina i Janusz Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
What a wonderful adventure!! From the arrival terminal to final destination in Venice, this was a fantastic cruise. The Vision was in great ship. Have read a lot of negative comments before we left and was pleasantly surprised on how ... Read More
What a wonderful adventure!! From the arrival terminal to final destination in Venice, this was a fantastic cruise. The Vision was in great ship. Have read a lot of negative comments before we left and was pleasantly surprised on how good a shape she was in. The departure terminal in Dubai is one of the best departure experiences we've ever had. From arrival to on-board was maybe 30 minutes. Beautiful facility and lots of agents to speed the process. Our JS cabin was wonderful. Never had a JS before. Well appointed, spacious, well decorated. For 16 days, it was very nice having the extra room. Had an aft corner balcony which on this class ship is absolutely huge. Wraps around the side of the cabin. The service, from cabin steward to dining room, was excellent. Food in the Wind Jammer was disappointing but we seldom eat there. Dining room meals were ok but nothing to write home about. Chops Grill was fantastic. Well worth the extra charge. Giovanni's was pretty good. Did not try the Asian restaurant. Wine list was very disappointing. We had the beverage package and few of the wines by the glass offered on the wine list were available and those that were available were very poor quality. We won't get the beverage package again. Entertainment was outstanding, some of the best we've had on RC. We only took one shore excursion from the ship (Muscat, Oman) and it was ok. We are starting to stear away from ship shore excursions. We booked our own in Jordan, Israel and Greece and they all worked out very well. All in all, a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Ship is old, but kept up. many sea days with not enough activities going on around the ship, could have had more hands on activities for everyone. Meals were very good service was outstanding both at the buffet and the main dinning room. ... Read More
Ship is old, but kept up. many sea days with not enough activities going on around the ship, could have had more hands on activities for everyone. Meals were very good service was outstanding both at the buffet and the main dinning room. Cabin was very good, well maintained with very good housekeeping. The ports and shore excursions were outstanding, well organized, got everyone off and on in a very timely fashion, The excursions were very good, used very good and informative guides on all of the excursions that we took. The entertainment was good, we enjoyed it. We would do this one again, but would probably look for a newer ship. Both embarkation and disembarkation went very fast and very smoothly, it was well planed and carried out well. Spent extra time at our departure city, when we left the ship. this was probably one of our best cruises that we have taken, mostly because of places that we visited. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had an inside room. #4459. We knew it would be small BUT the shower was the smallest I have ever had in all my years of sailing with RCL. It was smaller than The Majesty and the Empress!!! Then the bed did not have twin mattresses ... Read More
We had an inside room. #4459. We knew it would be small BUT the shower was the smallest I have ever had in all my years of sailing with RCL. It was smaller than The Majesty and the Empress!!! Then the bed did not have twin mattresses when pulled apart BUT bunk size twin mattress that sagged on the right and my husbands on the left. In other words if they had been together the mattress would have sagged in the middle. There was no refrigerator. So we asked our great room steward Elisabeth to pls. get us one and she did. No shelves in the closet. For a 16 day cruise very little room to put anything.. The worse part was that above us on Deck 5 was the casino bar and the back office of Guest Services. EVERY SINGLE night the noise from about would start around 10PM and last until 2-3AM!!! There was an elephant walking (swear)people dropping boxes, chairs grating across the floor. They said it was the casino bar but not totally. The back office also. It took me 3x to convince Guest Services to try and calm down the noise. After the 3 complaint of me going up to the desk in my PJ's at 1AM saying "you need to do something NOW!" did anything happen. Then security came and knocked on our door at 1:30AM. I said the noise was not from passengers but from the crew!. Anyway it lessened somewhat but not enough that I could sleep. There was only 1 empty Emergency Room on deck 2. But there was only 3 nights left of the cruise so why bother to move. The entertainment was good. Brook Ahern my favorite did 2 performances. I like the way if the entertainment the night before was good, they performed the next night in the centrum so they had 2 shows going almost each night. During the day there was many exercise and dance lessons going on and very well attended. The Centrum was the center for all activities which I though were very good. The food was standard for RCL. Not super good, but not bad either. Sort of in the middle and quite edible. As long as I am not cooking I will almost eat anything or find something else in the Windjammer. The salad bar in the dining room on sea days is Wonderful!! I got one every day we were at sea. Plus I got one for dinner at night also. The crew were wonderful!! The Concierge, MJ, was the best I have ever had in all our sailings. MJ made it a point to shake everyones hand at night when they came in, and to go around and speak to Everyone, NOt just suite and pinnacle people. Which is what usually happens. He was just terrific. Would I sail on this ship again. No. Only because it is old and needs fixing up and bigger showers that can be easily addressed by putting in the sliding rounded plastic doors. Plus refrigeratore and more storage. I will stay away from the "Vision" class of ships. It was a good cruise all in all but gave it a 3 because of all the problems. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
After reading all the awful reviews of this ship before we left on our cruise, we were worried, but we had a great time. It almost seemed like all those other people were on a completely different ship. Embarkation We did get off ... Read More
After reading all the awful reviews of this ship before we left on our cruise, we were worried, but we had a great time. It almost seemed like all those other people were on a completely different ship. Embarkation We did get off to a little bit of a rocky start. We had signed up for an embarkation city tour of Dubai. We had been to Dubai before but our flight landed first thing in the morning and we wanted something to do before we could board the ship. Just before we left home, I received a bunch of emails suggesting that some change had been made to the tour, but none of the emails was very clear. I think they were just trying to remind us that the tour would only work if our flight arrived before a certain time in the morning, but they already had our flight info, so it wasn’t clear why they sent me so many confusing emails. Anyway, they greeted us and took us to the bus, where we sat for 45 minutes without any explanation. I think they were waiting for more people from other flights, but no one told us that. There were already a bunch of people on the bus, and we could see the hotel they were taking us to from the bus, so it seemed like they could have taken us to the hotel and come back for the rest of the people. Eventually, we got to the hotel, where we were told we could have a nice, relaxing hot breakfast before our tour, but relaxing it wasn’t. We had less than half an hour to wait in line and check in for the cruise, go to another desk to check in for the tour, and have breakfast (it was a nice buffet). We were still trying to gobble down some food when they announced that we needed to get on the bus for the city tour. In the future, they should get people to the hotel faster or adjust the departure time of the tour so it isn’t so hectic. The tour itself was great, with a couple photo stops, a short visit in the bastakiya quarter, and a longer stop near the souks. We thought it was a nice overview for anyone who hasn’t been to Dubai before. We got to the pier around 2:00 and the only thing we had to do was have our pictures taken. Then we were able to get on and the cabin was ready. The bags went straight from the bus to the cabin, arriving around 4:00. Cabin I think cabin selection can be a little tricky on this ship. We had a mini-suite on deck 8. We chose deck 8 because we had heard that cabins on deck 7 got a lot of noise from the theater and bars on deck 6. We knew we would have some noise from the pool deck above us, but it turned out to be more noise than we expected, with lots of heavy footfalls overhead, people dragging chairs around, kids running, etc. It never kept us awake at night, but it did go on intermittently all day and very late into the night. That said, the cabin was otherwise pretty perfect, and there was no noise at all from neighboring cabins. There were two chairs with footstools and a full size couch and coffee table along with the usual desk, bed, and nightstands. By ship standards, the balcony was unusually large – sadly, the chairs on the balcony did not recline. The cabin probably had the most storage space of any cabin we’ve had, and a big bathroom with a tub. Our steward was maybe the best one we’ve ever had. He anticipated our needs and always kept everything just right. It was also nice to have a functioning fridge that wasn’t full of stuff they were trying to sell us. If we stood near our door, we could hear the music from the atrium, but it was never a problem. The crew did not seem to make sure that the atrium doors were closed in the evenings, but the passengers caught on and did it themselves, which helped a lot, but you might want to avoid cabins right on the atrium, because they do put the volume pretty high on the activities in the atrium. We did have to keep the A/C turned up almost as far as it would go to keep the cabin cool enough. There also seems to have been a big cutback in the room service breakfast options – no omelets, no oatmeal – the only hot option was scrambled eggs. One thing that seemed odd was that there didn’t seem to be a TV channel where you could hear the announcements, like on other ships we have been on. It was also really annoying not to have beach towels in the cabin, but RCL still treats its passengers like thieves, requiring them to check out towels and return them at specific times and places or face being charged $25 – ridiculous. Dining We ate most of our meals in the buffet – the selections were good and the food was generally very good and it was hot. The only small problem was with beverages. Sometimes the beverage and ice machines worked and sometimes they didn’t. The crew tried to discourage you from getting your own drinks, steering you to prefilled glasses, but the ice melted and watered them down while they sat there. The staff in the buffet was terrific – they were very quick about clearing dishes and offering to get drink refills, etc. On a couple of mornings, the buffet was mobbed due to the number of early tours. Some people were complaining but I thought they handled it just right. They had everyone queue at the entrance while staff with walkie talkies located a table for you so you didn’t have to fill your plate and then wander around trying to find a place to sit while your food gets cold. The system worked well and the line moved quickly. The Purell ladies at the entrance to the buffet (I didn’t catch their names, but they were from Romania and Trinidad) had the perfect personalities for the job – they were funny and welcoming and didn’t give too much hand cleaner. One thing that was both unusual and disappointing was that when the buffet was closed, there actually closed the doors and there was no access to the tables or the drink machines. There was coffee and water available out by the pool, but I think on all other ships we have been on you could still use the tables to play cards or hang out and you could still access the other beverages. We did not eat in the dining room. The food in the specialty restaurants was fine, but I don’t think they were worth the extra money. The food in Izumi was good, but if you’re not a sushi lover you probably don’t need to go more than once. The service got off to a rocky start when the hostess was on the phone for some time, making us wait even though we had a reservation. She then took us to the table but walked off without giving us the menus. When we finally got the menus from our server, one of them was in Chinese and we couldn’t read it. Overall, good food and it was fun to do once, but I don’t need to do it again. Also, there were small children running around. If they want people to pay extra for food, they should probably make the specialty restaurants adults only. In Chop’s Grille, the service was excellent, although the waiter forgot to ask us if we wanted any drinks. The warm bread starter and the toasted goat cheese salad were excellent, as was the crab and shrimp cake. The steaks were terrific – even the petit filet mignon was plenty big, and very tender. The sauces were good, too. I wasn’t impressed with the side dishes, though. The corn seemed to be frozen – it was tough. What the menu described as tater tots turned out to be just cheese (no potatoes). The asparagus was fine, but ordinary. The molten chocolate cake with banana and coconut ice cream was excellent. Dinner in Giovanni’s started with excellent bread and olive oil. We got the antipasti and scallop appetizers and liked both. I wasn’t impressed with any of the pasta dishes, but the entrees and desserts were excellent. If you go to only one specialty restaurant, I would recommend this one, but get a salad or soup and skip the pasta. Shipboard Life There was a good variety of entertainment, including several acts that were quite unique and unlike anything we’ve ever seen before on land or at sea. There were only two production shows, but they were good. We also enjoyed the three lecturers. Roy Short showed movie clips and read from his notes on various movie themes. Sehdev Kumar (a professor from Canada) gave excellent talks on a variety of subjects. Dean Papavassilliou spoke on some of the ports. He could be a little bit difficult to understand, but he was basically reading from his slides so you could follow along. Any slides shown on the main screen in the theater were very difficult to see, but the ship was supposed to get a new projector the day we disembarked, so hopefully the AV issues have since been resolved. They showed some good movies, but they were always too late at night. Even on nights when there didn’t seem to be anything else going on in the theater, they didn’t start the movies until 10:30, which was a shame. Some nights we had a hard time finding anything to do in the evening. If you went to early show, there might be one entertainer playing music somewhere before 10:00 or so, but it was always the same entertainer in the same lounge. We couldn’t figure out why night after night there was a block of 1.5 or 2 hours with no music at all or just the instrumental piano player. Several nights we ended up just going back to our cabin because we couldn’t find anything to do. They’ve done away with the library on this ship, but there are a couple shelves next to the coffee bar that have a few books (many of them were not in English) and some games and the daily puzzle (no newspapers on this ship). I suggest you bring all the reading materials you think you’ll need. The shore excursion and front desk crew that we dealt with were great. This was one of those cruises where they have to repeatedly collect passports and then give them back to you, but they put a desk on every deck and there was never much of a line. In addition to the normal boat drill, there was another passenger drill to explain what the special procedures would be for going through pirate territory (basically, they wanted to keep the ship dark at night, so for three nights the outside decks were closed and balcony drapes needed to be kept closed) and what we should do in case of trouble. There were also extra security on board, just in case, but we had no issues. Muscat, Oman We took the ship’s tour to Nouvelle Nakhl Fort and Resort. We enjoyed the tour. The lunch was very good, with very good service. The fort was interesting and had very nice views of the countryside. It was very hot at the fort, and there are a lot of steps, so you probably don’t want this tour if you have mobility issues. Then we went to the hot springs, where the fish will nibble on your feet. This wasn’t much – basically a stream next to a parking lot. I had expected something more rural, but it was basically in the middle of a town. We were supposed to go to a fishing village next, but the tour description was not accurate and they brought us back to Muscat to the souk instead. At first I wasn’t very happy about that, but it turned out to be a nice experience. We got to the souk right around sundown, when the covered women and the children come out, so it was very good people watching. The souk was also much different from the one in Dubai, with a lot of antiques and architectural pieces (doors, window shutters, etc.), so it was interesting. Aqaba, Jordan The crew favored the ship’s shore excursions over everyone else, so there was a very long line for everyone on private tours and it took a long time to get off the ship. We had an independent tour to Petra and Wadi Rum, which was excellent. We used Jordan Horizons and would use them again, but they were unwilling to group people from the ship, which was sort of a pain. We had to post the tour on CC and come up with a van full of people on our own. That said, it was a very good tour, and we covered a lot more ground than the ship’s tour at a much cheaper price. Suez Canal Excellent. Very interesting day. If you’re going through the canal north-bound, book a balcony cabin on port side – there is a lot more to see on that side of the ship. Ashdod, Israel We booked an independent tour to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea through Guided Tours Israel. We covered a lot of ground with an excellent guide and would not hesitate to use them again. Haifa, Israel We had another independent tour with Guided Tours Israel, which was again excellent. About half the people in our group had trouble getting off the ship because the Israeli authorities in Ashdod had put the wrong dates on their landing cards -- not the ship’s fault. Athens, Greece It was Easter Sunday and almost everything was closed, so we took a ship’s tour called Keep Greek Tradition Alive. They drove us around the city with a couple photo stops and then we went to Zafiro, where we had demonstrations on how they used to make olive oil, grind flour, etc. and cooking demonstrations. The place has amazing views of the city. We had an excellent (and huge!) meal with music, dancers in costumes, plate throwing, etc. The meal was excellent and it was a very nice time. Disembarkation in Venice was easy. We took the ship’s disembarkation tour to Padua on the way to the airport. We got to Padua a little late because the traffic was bad, but it’s a nice place and we had a short walking tour (including the basilica)and then some time on our own. It was a nice way to see a little more before going to the airport. All in all, we had a great time! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We picked this cruise for its amazing itinerary and indeed, it was very interesting. We loved the combination of ports and sea days to relax. Here are all the other positives: great entertainment, convenient ship layout, the condition of ... Read More
We picked this cruise for its amazing itinerary and indeed, it was very interesting. We loved the combination of ports and sea days to relax. Here are all the other positives: great entertainment, convenient ship layout, the condition of the ship and of course, the fact that we had JS helped. At the same time the layout of the storage space was somewhat inconvenient compared to regular balcony on Princess. Our waitress and assistant in MDR was wonderful providing great service. Here are some negatives: our cabin was very dirty when we got in, there was terrible smell, our cabin attendant was nowhere to be found. The air condition was not functioning properly. After a while, the supervisor came by and the issues were taken care of within a day. The food selection and quality was not there, even in the specialty steak house. The Italian and Izumi was very good, both service and food. Also, it appears that all activities were happening in the centrum while a huge lounge remained empty. There were never enough seats in. The centrum and it was difficult to participate in the activities or even watch them. People had to push and shove to get near. Overall it was a good cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The itinerary is what I want and the price is right. We enjoyed the following ports : Petra, Muscat, Ashdod ( Dead Sea ), Haifa ( Bahai garden ) and the passing of Suez cannel. The food is above average. The service is excellent in the ... Read More
The itinerary is what I want and the price is right. We enjoyed the following ports : Petra, Muscat, Ashdod ( Dead Sea ), Haifa ( Bahai garden ) and the passing of Suez cannel. The food is above average. The service is excellent in the Windjammer. We tried out three rock climbing and the staff are very helpful to encourage us to reach the top. Bartender at the Diamond lounge and the deck 11 lounge are very friendly. My room steward is very hard working and friendly. Too bad he had to leave the ship in Athen due to some visa issues. The land tour to Petra is in the expensive side, we managed to find a private tour only half of the price. However, the Dead Sea tour is very well organize and relaxing even it is called " Dead Sea on your own". The Gym is kind of small and had to wait for most of the machines. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
In this day and age,they allow smoking on half of the ship outside, many smokers on board, smoke came inside and filled the centrum as well as many other areas like the main dining room. My allergies made me miserable. The other ships ... Read More
In this day and age,they allow smoking on half of the ship outside, many smokers on board, smoke came inside and filled the centrum as well as many other areas like the main dining room. My allergies made me miserable. The other ships that I sailed on only allowed smoking on the rear of the top deck where no other areas would get smoke. To me, the cruise line doesn't care about passengers health. The food was bad. Poor quality and not prepared well. They overcook everything. They cook in cookware without cleaning from the last item prepared. Not much to do. Bad lecturers - one could not be understood and was not well prepared the other was promoting a progressive agenda. I can't believe the ship would schedule this or if they do, give the other side. Evening entertainment was disappointing. I came on board expecting much better. I was very disappointed. This was my first Royal Caribbean cruise and probably the last. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I've sailed on Vision about 7 or 8 times, and have enjoyed it. I choose this ship mainly for the itinerary, which I thoroughly enjoyed. My April 2017 cruise was my first on Vision since the remodeling, which hurt my experience. ... Read More
I've sailed on Vision about 7 or 8 times, and have enjoyed it. I choose this ship mainly for the itinerary, which I thoroughly enjoyed. My April 2017 cruise was my first on Vision since the remodeling, which hurt my experience. They took away public spaces and stuffed in more cabins, making the public spaces too crowded. (One time, there was a line to get into the Windjammer.) The Cruise Director made things worse, with loud, very intrusive activities. It was difficult to find a quiet space to relax. The Centrum is a terrible entertainment or activity venu, but it was used a lot for this, making it virtually uninhabitable for much of the day and night. This is a classic case of corporate greed, i.e. milking a few more $$ from each cruise, killing the goose that laid the golden eggs. I plan to avoid this ship, unless the itinerary is overwhelming. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
6 day cruise repositioning I have been on 2 tiny 600pax ship as a beginner and loved the experience. So when this repositioning cruise from Singapore package appear, being the biggest, newest, technological advanced mega bling boat, ... Read More
6 day cruise repositioning I have been on 2 tiny 600pax ship as a beginner and loved the experience. So when this repositioning cruise from Singapore package appear, being the biggest, newest, technological advanced mega bling boat, well gush, went to local Bicton Travel and booked. Boarding in Singapore was very organise, approx. an hour to the room. Cabin 7310 down the back of the boat aft side, thank god a balcony room especially for my husband being a first time reluctant passenger, but he didn’t want to miss out on the great time I had on a very small boat with an interior room with girls. Interior room would suck for a fellow! I did read reviews for this ship and it came across a mix bag so I was ooh yes or ooh no. Pre planning such as booking shows, northstar viewing capsule and evening al carte dinners are a must! I was able to book on line 10 days before sailing, a little butterfly mentioned 50% bookings are taken online and 50% can book on the boat but don’t leave it too late. The shows are a wonderful productions but bring ear plugs if your fellow can’t cope with loud sounds. Food! Well it’s a foodie feast fest! With the 4000pax cruisers I never felt cramp! In this cruise you had 4 evening main diners, two for my time (meaning you say 6, 6.15, 7 etc) or set time 6 or 8.30. All these 4 restaurants served the same menu just in different impressive décor, must book. The food choices impressive, I had spaghetti bowl and was so delicious, I had to ask the waiter how close is Jamie Oliver’s kitchen, he chuckles, and yep they share! Windjammer buffet style no bookings so great to try out everything. Coffee is not good complimentary, but if you pay for coffee it is delightful! Fresh juices at the Solarium from 7am, my favourite was oranges and ginger made by a sunshine smiley lady (Arnie?)b costs $6.00usa plus 18% You had a lot food places to go to and yes some you pay extra, I was not bored with the complimentary so far. Drink packages, well we took it because of being fulltime on board. Value maybe not, it’s all charged in USA dollars and Aussie $ sucks. The great shot bar tender goes to the robots they really squeeze that bottle! The robot can’t do everything still had the human around to clean the mess up, Yeah, we are yet not replaceable. Pizza snacks was pretty plain and very cheesy except for the Mexicana. For sweet eaters so much to choose!! Staff, well you guys are amazing and made this cruise a delight, thank you and to our room attendant Anthony and his origami towel art demo, a treasure! Activities – Ok, yes a daily program given. I went to the vitality stretch 7am, gorgeous fitness instructor (Pablo?) Some of the Seminars are a waste, like one,” how to eat more and lose weight” was a walkout! Most seminars push sales, business as usual. It’s nice to have a guide of events, it’s all up to you. Outdoor movies are nice but can be breezy area. The 60yrs plus boys did the flow rider bringing back memories, nah, on the safe side they were on the tums bogie boarding. Spa, a bit rich but when on holidays! Public areas are clean and everything blissfully working. Technology radar in the public toilets as to say no button to press u do your business exiting and ooolalaa gone! Entertainment as mention above very impressive but if you are sensitive to sound take ear plugs. Disembarkation – It was ok in Fremantle tin shed, sheep herding, anyway if I do it again I would take my time breakfasting because it seems that everyone leaving thought outside the schedule time would be quicker, nut! Room vacation is at 9am, we left at 7.30 for breakfast and got home around 10.30am. Would I go again , yes but with the girls, hubby couch potato, oh humzzzzz I can see the staff having a lovely Aussie jolly time in this reposition cruises ahead. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We had a lovely 5 night stay in Singapore exploring the city and enjoying the facilities of our hotel. Then we joined the Voyager........ Food and service was well below standard and Specialty Restaurants were from average to awful, ... Read More
We had a lovely 5 night stay in Singapore exploring the city and enjoying the facilities of our hotel. Then we joined the Voyager........ Food and service was well below standard and Specialty Restaurants were from average to awful, having sent two meals back for bad quality and cooking. The Ship was very dirty throughout and in need of a total refurbishment. Our balcony cabin was quite spacious (as they had removed the coffee tables?), but smelled like a public toilet most of the time as did the corridors. We gave them the opportunity to fix the problem but it was not addressed. On one occasion the water was running brown in the bathroom sink to which we phoned guest services who said just to run the tap and it should clear - shame I had swallowed some of the water whilst cleaning my teeth. Ports were badly organized and we all had to queue constantly to get on and off the Ship with the tenders. Shore excursions were extremely overpriced and poor value. Passengers were constantly complaining and their concerns were not being addressed. We are not new to cruising and have taken 28 cruises to date on various cruise lines around the world. After this experience we could not recommend the Voyager of the Seas and will never cruise on this Ship again. If we do decide to use this brand again we will certainly be doing extensive research before booking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
i booked this cruise so we can see Singapore and being on Allure of the seas from fort lauderdale we thought it was going to be wonderful sailing with Voyager. Well it started off with long long waiting to embark and loosing our customs ... Read More
i booked this cruise so we can see Singapore and being on Allure of the seas from fort lauderdale we thought it was going to be wonderful sailing with Voyager. Well it started off with long long waiting to embark and loosing our customs piece of paper but the staff helped us out. Once on board we entered with positive but then realized not as big as Allure but hey we knew that from the start. Instead of jumping onto the windjammer rush we had our lunch at Cafe promenade and we saw prawn rolls and little turkey wraps.... guys the promenade on Allure had a variety of food lol........ well we waited and dragged our little carry ons around with us. Now we where suppose to meet up with the group Nutters from the facebook page but we decided to look around and get to know the ship first. Negetives ..................cabin 1. condom found on floor of shower when we entered the cabin on first day also used condoms in bin of shower. 2. Musky smell in cabin and we carpet which later caused my disability daughter to go to hospital on ship with asthma attack. Ship 1. it was ok and must say was a great place to relax. 2. Some areas need to attention. People should not overtake chairs at pig n whistle and take chairs to take up the whole area so others could not sit down. Nothing was said or done. One group did make this upseting for others on ship. 3. Security Staff was wonderful. Dinning All i can say it was hit and miss MDR was disappointing small amounts of food the Windjammer was hit miss cold or raw food. After 9 days of the cruise we ended up booking meals at the paid restaurants which lived up too there names. Our service was poor but she was new at the MDR we waited a long time between courses. They even forgot our deserts lol. But the two boys singing at the front of Windjammer entertained cruisers. Entertainment At first it was great to watch the comedians tried to make people laugh the hypnotist was the best (maybe it was the cruises under hypnotism that made it) then it started being very dull..... opera , three tenors.... the shows was good not fantastic and first time i fell asleep in one show lol.....ive cruised 10 times and this one was the first i was looking forward too getting to Sydney. Service Hit and Miss and mostly disappointing my daughter was bullied by a certain group of people at the pig and whistle it became very noticeable we made a complaint and nothing was done to this group and when something was said they became worse. I was told it was not violent abuse then they can act.... well emotional abuse comes under violence. Service of waiters and cabin stewart was average but our cabin stewart went way beyond when they lost our luggage on the ship first night we finally got it at 11pm. Ports and Shore It was expensive and tendering became a night mare. Voyager was good to go on but if your thinking of a reposition cruise and younger its mainly for the older sect thankgod the adelaide crow supporters hopped on in darwin bless you. im 55yrs and i know im getting old but im not ready for a retirement reposition cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I have sailed with RCI for many year's, but would have to think very hard to select them again. Size of Balcony cabin small, and a very small balcony indeed. After a massive re-furb, I am not quite sure where they spent their ... Read More
I have sailed with RCI for many year's, but would have to think very hard to select them again. Size of Balcony cabin small, and a very small balcony indeed. After a massive re-furb, I am not quite sure where they spent their money. Food was average, and very small menu, or selection My time dining was booked in advance and I had the confirmation from RCI with me, when we went to dinner, I was told sorry this is not possible, I showed my confirmation, and was told it meant nothing. So I withdrew my gratuities. At one bar I asked for a gin and tonic, I had to repeat this 3 times before I was understood. Staff and service was the worst I had ever come across, so many staff not even able to speak the basic of English, or any other language The Ice show was good, and one night in the theatre was good, that's was it. eventually got off the ship early, as the trips we wanted were all on the same day, so got off and went to see so much more and at half the price. Almost everyone we spoke to had the same opinion. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We boarded in Singapore: the boarding process was a shambles. We waited for nearly three hours to board. When we finally got on board, the lifeboat drill was held on deck in steamy temperatures causing distress to some elderly guests, ... Read More
We boarded in Singapore: the boarding process was a shambles. We waited for nearly three hours to board. When we finally got on board, the lifeboat drill was held on deck in steamy temperatures causing distress to some elderly guests, again so slow that we finally gave a slow handclap to the crew. The food was fine, the standard of entertainment very average with a couple of exceptions. The tender process in Port Douglas was a complete shambles, we waited two hours to board, not nearly enough boats to offload. The situation was slightly better at Yorkeys Knob but still slow. The duty free drink delivery was totally disorganised and chaotic. Somehow one of my bottles disappeared from a sealed box when I insisted in opening the box in the store in front of the staff. The only conclusion I could draw was that a staff member stole the bottle of vodka. The box was correctly marked as containing four bottles, but it only contained three bottles. Luckily I had retained my receipt and the girl in the shop hurriedly replaced the missing bottle from the shelves. I got the distinct impression that many of the crew were new and inexperienced. We had two cruises on Royal Caribbean, the first on Harmony in the Mediterranean in early October, then Voyager from Singapore. Harmony was excellent, which made the Voyager cruise all the more disappointing. The captain was obliged to apologise for the boarding and tendering problems, but always blamed some third party for the stuff ups. Not good enough, as he had the ultimate responsibility for our cruising experience. I am not by nature a complainer, but to me the organisation on this cruise was substandard. They ran out of orange juice, Schweppes tonic, duck and ocean trout on the menu but unavailable. Our first time on Royal Caribbean after two Princess cruises. Our shore excursion to Gaudi's architecture in Barcelona was cancelled for lack of bookings. Overall disappointing, and I doubt that we shall sail with them again. I am not alone in these opinions, many complained on board ship. The Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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