5 Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas Cruise to Nowhere Cruise Reviews

If you know the difference between Machiavelli and McDonalds, between France Soir and Hog's Breath, between the Park Hyatt and the Holiday Inn....... then this is NOT the cruise for you. Booked a year in advance. Dreamed and ... Read More
If you know the difference between Machiavelli and McDonalds, between France Soir and Hog's Breath, between the Park Hyatt and the Holiday Inn....... then this is NOT the cruise for you. Booked a year in advance. Dreamed and planned of each minute of the 3 days, not only my first true holiday in 15 years but also my 40th birthday, and the reality was in truth more like a nightmare. Men in their 40s, who got tattoos in the 20s when they had 6 packs, now have kegs and sttttttttrrrrrrrrreeeeettttttccccchhhhhhhed out dragons, tweety birds and naked ladies, consider it acceptable to wander around topless with 2 to 4 drinks in hand throughout the ship. Put a shirt on boys, we don't want to see it and you shouldn't be showing it anywhere outside of the pool or your bedroom, not in public drinking, shopping and dining areas. Crowds and queues, substandard bidvest type food, none of the luxury gourmet experience detailed and promised. The one half way decent meal required an additional payment as it was a specialty restaurant. Given the amount paid for this cruise in a top suite, to not have this included just ended up being insult to injury. Having as mentioned, booking a year in advance, I think we paid the highest rate on the entire ship as we had booked the very first suites (below the single royal suite) on this cruise and had therefore paid absolutely the highest price with no discounts or OBC inclusions or the like that were offered over the next 11 months prior to the cruise. We got NO discernible special treatment despite having booked in an Owner's Suite and in fact had our first nights restaurant reservation cancelled due to a private party despite having booked some weeks (basically when bookings opened) in advance. Given that this booking was to celebrate my 40th birthday, this was not a good start. Cancelled our drink package after day one having not actually been able to get to a bar to order an inclusive drink. Did eventually get a refund. Room service, despite the poor quality, was efficient and crowd free. Room attendance was good. Cabin was very nice and ended up being our sole refuge and one enjoyable aspect of the trip. Expected to spend 20% of our time in there but probably ended up closer to 70% to avoid the incessant crowds. Fortunately it was lovely if a little dated, and requiring better maintenance and cleaning - found a pair of brand new Gucci socks in the packet in the drawer, didn't quite compensate us for the rest of the issues. Binoculars were a nice touch. Basically the cabins are a little like being at the Windsor or the old Hilton on the Park (pre renovation) in Melbourne. You are not getting a Langham, Crown or Park Hyatt Experience here. They are comfortable and functional - but given this was a top suite seemed a little underwhelming. Concierge club was worse than the worst hotel lounge or airport lounge anywhere in the world. The canapes for the evening cocktail hour were put out at the start and were either all taken and not replaced or left to develop bacteria over the next few hours. No replacements no health standards or safety just a plate of nibbles unwrapped and dumped on a counter. Basically if you want to go for a total piss up for 3 days with people that don't have tastebuds and you really like crowds then this is for you. If like us, this sounds like HELL then AVOID and don't waste your money. I know if you can't say something nice you shouldn't say anything at all but I really don't want anyone else who envisaged the romantic and luxurious version of cruising to be fooled/duped/conned/tricked into believing this is it! PS Booked through RACV and not worth the bother, if you really are a sadist or just have to attend a bucks/hens weekend which is all this cruise is good for, then book direct with RC. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
16 of us just sailed on voyager of the seas on a 3 night sampler.We had been on the 1 night in novemeber 2013 and vowed never to go with this ship again but we did. We had read all the previous negative reveiws and thought what have we ... Read More
16 of us just sailed on voyager of the seas on a 3 night sampler.We had been on the 1 night in novemeber 2013 and vowed never to go with this ship again but we did. We had read all the previous negative reveiws and thought what have we done . Well we were suprised as all the staff were very good.Ebarkation was very quick on the ship in about 20 mins. But cant see where 80 million went only to take out a lot of the lounge spaces and put in more cabins. Far too many people,no lounges to sit and have a nice drink as could not get in them,one of us would have to go up to Anchor lounge an hour before to get a seat for pre dinner drinks. Anytime dining was a disgrace i booked our 2 talbles of 8 2 months before sailing and then went straight to dining room to confirm and it was all wrong were told it would be fixed when we got to dinner we were given 1 table of 10 and 1 of 6 away from each other needles to say we fought them and got it changed and was ok for the 3 nights. The food in the Saffire dining room at night was outstanding and we had the best waiters ever well done Ben 10 our waiter. The drink waiter after the first night just came to our tables with the drinks he knew we had and put them in front of us. we had the premium drink package and it was fantastic, but too many lines at all bars to get a drink, very few waiters serving drinks out at the pool. Generally not enough staff foe example go to dining room fro breakfast takes at least 2 hours. As i said earlyier we had a great time but we will nevser sail on this ship again not a patch on Rhapsody and Radiance need to take heed RCCL or Princess will beat you as we will stay with them more rooms to use. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
I have done a few reviews of the 12 cruises we have done & always focused on the positive with a few niggles. After reading negative reviews lately of the Voyager I was sure it was from people who are too picky. Unfortunately I was ... Read More
I have done a few reviews of the 12 cruises we have done & always focused on the positive with a few niggles. After reading negative reviews lately of the Voyager I was sure it was from people who are too picky. Unfortunately I was wrong. We have been on Rhapsody 3 nighter a few years ago for my mothers 70th. Being a sampler we thought they would pull out all stops to convert those who hadn’t cruised to the “dark” side. It was a shocker, but put all the staff issues down to a one off. RCCL are still playing the same games overpromising & underdelivering. It could be the 3 day itinerary, as other who had sailed before on Voyager had high praise & were as shocked as we were by the issues. First the good… The ship is great, really good refurb . I can see where the money went as the décor was the best we have experienced over P& O , Princess & carnival. On the surface it looks so exciting with all these different venues. That was it!! Scratch the surface & it is all an illusion. Food- Pretty good. We ate at Giovanni’s first night & it was excellent. Windjammers was a good variety & plenty of it but again very hard to get a table. Didn’t get Breakfast in Dining room as there was always a queue plus was only open from 7- 9.30.We had late sitting for dinner & the waitstaff were great, meals were delicious & nothing too much problem Shows- Not a big show person, but my wife, is & loved them . I went too & enjoyed. The Ice skate show was impressive. Arriving only after line reduced still got a good seat. The Bad !! From the beginning, we got an email to say even though we had nominated early boarding which was confirmed on our seapass we would now have to board at 4.30pm plus ,for some reason we would now be leaving at 7.30 not 9pm. We had booked dinner in Giovanni’s at 7pm so we could be up for sailaway. Lots of angst deciding what to do. Managed to change booking to 8pm, thanks guys. We still can’t figure why that happened. We took the drinks package which seemed like a good idea but became concerned reading reviews about lack of drinks staff, etc. Spot on! The bar staffing for a ship that has 3400 odd passengers had staffing for about 1600 passengers .Every bar had a huge queue all cruise long with one or 2 bar staff. They worked there butt off. At first we assumed it was all people wanting there first drink. They might have got on top but then it was time for muster (which was a debacle) & you had 3000 people wanting a drink after it was over. Drinks Package- No way would I do it again! You would have to be an alcoholic to drink that much for a whole cruise. As it was we only took the package as it was a 3 day cruise & wanted to try it. There are no prices on any of the drinks menu so no idea what we would have paid & for those not on a package no way to know what you are clocking up on account. The bar staff didn’t give a bugger about service or drink quality, assuming we were all on the package & as far as they were concerned we were getting drinks for free. Wrong , we paid up front! I ordered a margarita which is not a margarita without salt on the rim to balance flavor. My barman did a rough pour , quick shake & poured into glass. When I asked about salt on rim he grumbled took another glass out the back & came back & poured Margie into that glass & thumped on bar. My sister was in Pig & Whistle pub to order a Bacardi & coke & got a Malibu & Coke which she didn’t like. She said she had asked for a Bacardi & Coke . She was told that was what she had. She again asked for the right drink & 3 staff came & intimidated & argued with her. Eventually they made her another one. This was 2 examples of many over the weekend. We often would order a glass of red wine & despite ordering the same one it would taste different each time. Cask wine anyone?? Venues- For a ship that size the only venue, that was big enough for any event was the show lounge. Trivia was in Pig & whistle Pub that has about 20 seats. You could rarely get a seat in any lounge. As usual there were people sitting in there reading a book at a table for 4. The pools were jam packed the bars were 3 deep & not a lounge to be found in adults only area. Many seemed to have towels on them all day with no one there despite signs saying reserving would be policed. FlowRider- I waited 40 minutes in a line for 1 staff member sign a waiver. Once I had that the wait wasn’t too long to have a go. Good fun. Putt Putt- never got a chance. Queues in the sun all day just to get a putter then wait to start. Johhny Rockets- Booked out all cruise. Parents went for lunch at 3.30 but pretty basic. Izumi- Very good. Lifts- very slow, stopping at all floors. Because they were slow, often no one on that level because they gave up waiting. We often stay on lower levels & use the stairs to burn off indulgences but because it is a tall ship ( 13 levels) it is that extra couple of levels that make you use it more. Staff- Like our first RCCL cruise we seem to have the “B” team on board, so that’s all I can go on. I have never seen such a disinterested, unmotivated crew before. I know they are working but staff usually make the most of it. Our last cruise on Carnival legend really was the fun ship with staff looking you in the eye, greeting you continually, asking how your day was & stopping for a chat. This was the complete opposite apart from a few gems like the funny lady at Windjammers singing Washy Washy, get some Yum Yum, No washy No Yum Yum or the mature aged Italian waiter cracking jokes at lunch in the dining room. Usually staff would look through you like you were a ghost or if you said something too them barely acknowledge your existence or be just plain rude. Casino- was good . We lost money & won money & could stay for hours without being fleeced as opposed to the C legend casino( that was the worst thing about that ship). Funny though the cashier could put a debit for US dollars on your account to gamble but when it came time to cash in they gave you US dollars. I asked to have it taken off my onboard account but was told I would have to go to reception on Level 5. I waited in line for 40 mins to pay off my account. Maybe americans are used to lines & I expected a few lines but there was nothing we did that didn’t involve lining up . It was like the ship wasn’t really designed for that many passengers. Never have we had a problem on other ships. Obviously being a short cruise everyone was wanting to do everything so we had to change our thinking of a relaxing cruise to surrender & accept it. Cabins- Our group was on level 3 with new inside cabins that replaced the nightclub so were nice & new. Pretty quiet with good access to areas. Departure- As we were driving home ourselves we requested latest disembark. We got told to leave at 7.30. Why ask?? When we boarded we were asked whether we wanted our account converted back to AUD by RCCL or my Bank. I had nominated my bank online but didn’t register for check in so again ticked that box. As a final kick in the bum from RCCL we got our account converted by them with an exchange rate of 70 cents. Luck it wasn’t too much on account otherwise it could have got nasty. Summary- My parents love Radiance & have sailed a number of times & couldn’t believe it was the same cruise line. We did hear this from many passengers some who had sailed Voyager pre refurb. Based on what we experienced, never again. The ship felt crowded & noisy . Apart from promenade deck there was nowhere quiet to relax with a book or snooze. There is too much competition for our cruise dollar with better experiences elsewhere. Yes it was 3 dayer but I would’nt risk it nor recommend them to anyone. Apologies to those booked but hope RCCL read these sort of forums & lift there game.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
What can I say Voyager of the Seas is a nice ship if you like a big cruise ship. I did a 2 night sampler cruise with a friend, this was my 3rd time with RCI and I did this cruise to see if I liked the bigger ship and it was my friends 1st ... Read More
What can I say Voyager of the Seas is a nice ship if you like a big cruise ship. I did a 2 night sampler cruise with a friend, this was my 3rd time with RCI and I did this cruise to see if I liked the bigger ship and it was my friends 1st time with RCI. My friend was impressed but me I can honestly say that this ship would not be my 1st choice to cruise on out of Rhapsody and I've yet to try Radiance. This cruise was sold out and so you had 3114 passengers onboard. Boarding the ship didn't take long as my friend had a walking stick and we were allowed to get through the queues a lot quicker. We went straight up to the windjammer as we weren't able to access our rooms until 1pm. The food looked good and it wasn't too bad but the windjammer is setup like a cafeteria where you line up and get your food, it doesn't have an island in the middle of the windjammer like Rhapsody of the seas, I also couldn't find machines to get your drinks, the waiters bought the drinks to you and there was 1 person filling up the glasses to be sent out. The room we had was a superior stateroom balcony cabin on deck 9 and I found the room to be quiet small and the bathroom was even smaller compared to the same category on Rhapsody of the Seas. The muster drill was at 5pm and we went down 15 minutes before hand and people were already there in queues for the muster and cabins were being marked off on paper but they missed some and had to yell out to ask if people were from that cabin, in this modern age it would've been easier to scan the passes so you didn't miss people. People were taking their time to come out for the muster when the bells rang. The Royal Promenade is huge and you would think you were in a shopping mall. Ben and Jerry's did not disappoint at all. If you were hungry and wanted a snack you could get it from Cafe Promenade no charge, there was also free tea, coffee and hot chocolate there. If you wanted a semi decent coffee you could get it at star bucks but the queues were very long. The Pig and Whistle was always crowded but it was quiet after muster but I found most of the bars were always crowded. I tried 3 cocktails and there was only 1 that I disliked as the alcohol overpowered it as it wasn't measured out properly. The prices were from $6 and up and if you wanted a souvenir glass it would could $12 for the cocktail but the prices are cheap. The ice skating show was the highlight of the cruise and if you wanted to see it you had to queue about an hour before as seats were limited. The theatre is huge and is used for shows and as a movie theatre, the show the 1st night was ok but unfortunately we went by the daily events on day 2 and the show was down for 10 pm and when we got there the show was in progress and at the end as the show started and 9pm and from what we caught it was a really good show. Dreamworks parade started at 10:30pm but we didn't hang around for it but I thought it was a ridiculous time to keep kids up just so they could see this. We missed out on my time dining and we went to the dining room on the last night, there are 3 restaurants and were were in La Boheme, the service was really good and I couldn't fault the meal I had, as it was the last night cruising the waiters did a parade around the dining room and they all sang. We also tried Johnny Rockets on board, you pay $5 for all you can eat but drinks are extra and the burger I had wasn't too bad, the waiters cranked up the music in here and danced to Staying Alive. We queued 15 minutes before it opened and didn't have a problem getting a table but when we came out there was a long wait to get in. The library and internet is on deck 8 This cruise was nice and relaxing and it's great to do a sampler to see if you like the ship or cruising, but for me I wouldn't hurry back as I found it to big and I didn't fine it as cosy or personal as Rhapsody.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Overall this was not a bad cruise, but there was still a lot of disappointments. Getting to Cape Liberty was so much easier than New York. Check in was a little slow but not unbearable. Our room was ready and we went right to it. We ... Read More
Overall this was not a bad cruise, but there was still a lot of disappointments. Getting to Cape Liberty was so much easier than New York. Check in was a little slow but not unbearable. Our room was ready and we went right to it. We were traveling with friends who were celebrating their 40th Anniversary. We had called ahead to order flowers and cookies to be in their room when we arrived for their anniversary. Neither were there. We ask the steward and she looked into it. The cookies came about an hour later and the flowers never arrived until we were back from the show in the evening. No one seemed to be very helpful. Our cabin was nice and not a bad size. I thought the balcony was small. We were disappointed that we could not open the door between our friend's balcony and ours (since we had rooms next to one another). In our past cruises we have been able to open the door between the balcony and we enjoyed having a larger balcony to have breakfast and late afternoon snacks and drinks on. Room service was bit slow and I was disappointed in the menu. The food was good and our dining staff was great. We especially liked Clavin who was our wine steward -- he was fantastic. I thought our main waiter was a little rude and didn't seem to want to spend much time with us. The pool area was TOO crowded! Not enough chairs or too many people I'm not sure which! TOO many kids in the hot tubs! They were not soaking like you should be in a hot tub, but rather they were jumping and swimming like it was a pool! This should not be allowed and should be supervised, since the parents seem to not be supervising their children. Also all times of the night there were kids running up and down the hall waking us up! There obviously is no curfew for kids of any age! I think it is the cruise lines responsibility to make a curfew and stick by it. Kids up and down the elevators and playing in them. This is very very disturbing. Also the front desk was not very helpful for a problem that I had. They just shrugged it off well that is your problem you solve it. The shows were ok but not as good as Carnival's shows. Also, everything started too late. The Mardi Gras parade one evening started at 11:45 p.m. We are not early people but it's a little late for wait around for a parade. Also the 50's night didn't start until 11. I think there should be early times. I love to play bingo, but I never did on this cruise it was too expensive! The ports of call were all good. We did not reach Freeport for some reason or another which was disappointing. That was another day at sea which is just too much for me! Overall it was good. I am not sure I would go on RC again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2004
Voyager of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates N/A 4.2

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