71 Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

We have recently returned from a 12 night South Pacific & Fiji cruise aboard Voyager of the Seas. I had read some negative reviews here but can say I have no idea how they managed to complain about this magnificent ship. I guess you ... Read More
We have recently returned from a 12 night South Pacific & Fiji cruise aboard Voyager of the Seas. I had read some negative reviews here but can say I have no idea how they managed to complain about this magnificent ship. I guess you just can't please some people. It's a large ship with a lot of people on board, occasionally you had to queue for things but nothing to bad, I've waited in longer queues at my local McDonalds. Getting on the ship didn't take to long, you can drop your bags off early and come back later if it looks like a long wait. We had breakfast and dinner in the main dining room each day. The food was great. The staff for the dinner sitting were fantastic. I would recommend tipping them every couple nights through the cruise, we gave them A$10 each every couple nights. Once we did that we seemed to get better service than those on nearby tables. There was plenty to do on sea days. We did the rock climbing wall, flowrider and mini golf quite a few times. We also spend a lot of time around the pools on the pool deck. The shows each night were fantastic and should not be missed. The ice skating show was also simply amazing. We had the premium beverage package. If you like a few drinks I can't recommend it highly enough. Given your average cocktail costs US$10 (A$14) it doesn't take many drinks a day to cover the A$73 a day we paid. It also includes bottled water, over the course of the cruise we probably drank around 80 - 90 bottles of water (8 a day between us) which was worth around $350. The added bonus is no bill shock after the cruise. We are booking another cruise on this ship for next year and recommend it highly. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was my first cruise with Royal Caribbean, being a celebration of my 85th birthday. In all, some 27 persons were in our group. All but one of my offspring and family!. Altogether, we had 5 generations in our party. This trip was also ... Read More
This was my first cruise with Royal Caribbean, being a celebration of my 85th birthday. In all, some 27 persons were in our group. All but one of my offspring and family!. Altogether, we had 5 generations in our party. This trip was also a celebration of the birthday of the youngest member, who was 2 yrs old during the voyage. Our party came from both Queensland and NSW, And thus had arrivals throughout the day, Sailing at 7pm allowed all to make their arrival in the same sailing day, saving additional accommodation expenses.The early morning return docking also facilitated onwards travel. Embarkation and disembarkation went without any 'hitches'. I must congratulate all of the staff on board ship. There was always a pleasant smile and forthcoming answer to any query, and their dressing and appearance meticulus . Food was excellent, available 24/7, and at no extra charge. If more up-market dishes ( ie, steak/seafood, etc. ) were required, this was available from some of the specialty Restuarants in the Prominade, but at a charge. All staff spoke excellent English. The 'Voyager' had not long before undergone an extensive refit, and in appearance was in 'new' condition. Every facility was in perfect condition, and there were no annoying failures, such as electrics, lifts,etc. Our party members utilized several grades of cabin/suite, and were comfortable at all grades. Room service was exemplary. As an octogenarion , some of the ships entertainment facilities were untested - such as the rockwall climbing and waveriding- but neverthless provided some entertainment as a spectator. Other members of our group very much enjoyed other evening entertainments. The only feature of the cruise that was less than perfect was the charging of a full fare rate for my 23 month old 'great great grandson', who shared a cabin with his mother/family, and consumed very little food nor used other ship facilities. I think that a 'Reduced' fare for minors should be considered by Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My wife booked a cruise for our 30th anniversary and it was a wonderful, relaxing holiday. As it was our first cruise we were a little apprehensive but the cruise, ship and staff exceeded our expectations. Boarding the ship was a breeze as ... Read More
My wife booked a cruise for our 30th anniversary and it was a wonderful, relaxing holiday. As it was our first cruise we were a little apprehensive but the cruise, ship and staff exceeded our expectations. Boarding the ship was a breeze as the friendly and helpful shore staff made it so easy that we were onboard before we knew it. The size of the Voyager was overwhelming at first, but once we found our room and had unpacked, we felt quite at home. It took us a day or so to find our way around the ship although the touch screens and signage ensured we never got lost. The dining was wonderful, too much so, as we both succumbed to the tempting delights offered. We tried a few of the specialty restaurants, Izumi, Giovanni's Table and Johnny Rockets and loved all of them. The main dining room, windjammer and promenade cafe all provided great food, ranging from a la carte through buffet to snacks to enjoy with a coffee. Our stateroom attendant, once we'd located him, gave us great service. In fact all the staff were wonderful and genuine in providing such excellent service. The entertainment and activities were all of a high standard, although we didn't try to do too much, as our holiday was about relaxing, not rushing around trying to get to everything. We tended to spend time relaxing by the pool, watching the house bands or movies. Disembarking was so well organised and quick that we were back on shore in Sydney before we knew it. We can highly recommend Royal Caribbean in every way for providing a fantastic holiday. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was my first time on a cruise, and after reading the reviews my expectations were rock bottom. However once aboard the ship all my expectations were exceeded, even the room was bigger than I had anticipated! There was a variety of ... Read More
This was my first time on a cruise, and after reading the reviews my expectations were rock bottom. However once aboard the ship all my expectations were exceeded, even the room was bigger than I had anticipated! There was a variety of food available, from the the buffet which offered a variety of food everyday to the five star dining experience at the sapphire restaurant, and even to the little cafe promenade offering little snacks (all included in the fare!). The service on the boat was incredible, the stateroom attendant always exceeded expectations and all the staff greet the passengers with warm smiles. Although we didn't participate in the activities that were offered, the amount of shows and things there were to do was phenomenal. The facilities on board were wonderful, from the gym to the pools. The entire ten days were thoroughly planned, to ensure there was always things for everyone. The days we left the boat on the island were enjoyable, and very well organised, especially with transport to the city. The highlight of the trip for me was the people on board. There were many passengers a similar age that made it an exceptional experience, especially at night. Overall it was an unforgettable experience. :) Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Probably the best holiday I have had in over 20 years. My wife and I plus our three children aged 6,5 and 3 had an interconnecting cabin on deck 2 towards the aft (back) of the ship. An interconnecting room with a porthole in each room. We ... Read More
Probably the best holiday I have had in over 20 years. My wife and I plus our three children aged 6,5 and 3 had an interconnecting cabin on deck 2 towards the aft (back) of the ship. An interconnecting room with a porthole in each room. We stay low and near the middle back of the ship to lessen any potential sea sickness. My wife was ill the first day and a half, so she just kept pumping the avomine into her and she was fine by Day 3. My 5 yr old had a belly ache and we just told her it was something she ate and she was fine thereafter. The boat was moving around a bit on the first two days. The first few days at sea allows you to get organised and find your way around the ship. There is plenty to see and do - you get a cruise compass which is a daily info sheet plus there is a morning show on your cabin TV. Best thing is to be prepared. We took an assortment of medications for everything and had to use a few here and there. Best piece of advice - wash your hands all the time at the sanitiser stations. We did this easily 15-20 times a day to avoid getting sick. The room service was great - very friendly crew who really look after your kids. The nightly meal in the dining room is restaurant quality. There are other specialty dining - italian, japanese and a steak place - also johnny rockets up on deck 12 - fantastic burgers and fries - definitely go there for the whole experience. My kids nearly died when they saw Shrek, Princess Fiona, Puss n Boots etc on the first night. During the cruise we got pics with all of them. Parents we ran into said their kids in the 6-8 kids club did not like it - the 3-5 kids club was loved by the kids. We moved our 6 yr old into the 3-5 group and then he was happy. This is something they can work on. What I did notice was that their best activities seemed to be on when we were in port and most kids would have been off the ship. Being a teacher myself, I am probably being over critical here but they could definitely use some guidance as the staff are young and therefore very inexperienced educators. The dining room experience was amazing. Sun and Roma looked after us on deck 3 and our kids loved them. They really go the extra mile in every way and work very hard. Food is very good and you dont need to go to the trough or casual dining up on deck 11. It is buffet standard up there. Lots to choose from. Photos are expensive. 20 USD per photo (that is just the pic) with packages going into hundreds of dollars for USB and prints for all. Take a camera. I still bought 4 pics though lol. Flow Rider was very popular. You will get 30-45 seconds every 10-15 minutes if you want to give it a go. Drinks are amazing. If you drink more than 8 beers or 4-5 cocktails a day, get the premium package - just cocktails, spirits, wine and beers or what I got - the ultimate package 67 USD a day, but I did really enjoy myself. It cost me 536 USD for the trip but I had 400 USD of onboard credit for 2 rooms, so it cost 136 USD for 9 nights. With the ultimate package, you get everything - water, fizzy, coffees, teas etc as well from different cafes etc around the ship. I did not find the duty free on ship to be very good - some alcohol was actually dearer in aussie dollars than if you went down to your local bottlo and got it there, so be careful and know your prices. island tours - they can cost 3-4 times more if you book on the ship compared to the island price. e.g. Noumea - chou chou train tour - 70 USD for an adult if you book onboard, 25 aussie if you do it there. They guarantee not to leave without you if you book through them, thats the only benefit of doing so and booking through RCI. Isle of Pines and Mystery Island were terrific. We saw this huge line and got on the back of it to get a tender to the beaches. Within about 5 minutes, we were on the tender. This is very well organised. The water is magnificent - we just beached it for half a day and got back on the ship mid afternoon. Getting on the boat initially... as we were on deck 2 - could board from 4.30pm onwards - we went straight up to the counter, through customs etc - on the boat within 20 minutes of arriving. Go later and avoid the queues. You meet people who know people you know - scary! 1 degree of separation. No louts and crazy stuff - young people but with their parents - lots of families...everyone in a relaxed mood - lots of fun ... bbq's near the pool were great. Big screen with recent movies was good as well - the days just go quick. We booked again for next year whilst onboard. Easy travelling. The ice show is amazing and a must see as are a few of the more adult shows at night - very funny indeed with passengers in the thick of it. They are very particular about providing you high quality service - they remember you name and your requests. I have not seen such high quality service in a long time. You will have fun in the dining room with a few surprises - the whole three decks of passengers sang the national anthem on australia day as we as the mandatory aussie aussie aussie...oi..oi...oi. Take some american cash with you - handy for some things on board. The internet is like 25 aussie a day - I put my phones in the afe and left them there for 9 days - I had 60 missed calls and 298 unread emails when I disembarked - loved not looking at a phone all the time! You feel totally free - amazing! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
First things first, I want to advise future travelers not to trust Royal Caribbean with your credit card! After paying our expenses on the ship for the 12 days, one day after finishing the cruise we checked our bank statement and RC had ... Read More
First things first, I want to advise future travelers not to trust Royal Caribbean with your credit card! After paying our expenses on the ship for the 12 days, one day after finishing the cruise we checked our bank statement and RC had charged us for over $1300 expenses (30-40 dollars at a time) over the 12 days! We called our bank, cancelled our credit cards and asked for a refund. The bank investigated and found that we had never incurred such expenses. We got our money back and new cards. I would never recommend this company to anybody after this... On top of this, they charge extra for most activities on board, such as Pilates, Yoga, cooking classes, etc. etc. They are basically trying to sell you something all the time, and pushing services, excursions and sales on you all the time. Not nice... and prices are in American dollars, so what you buy ends up being very dear once converted into Australian dollars. The waiters complained to us about being underpaid and unhappy. Service was good some days, poorer as the cruise was getting to an end. Our travel agent sold us the cruise's kids club as excellent... It was a poor excuse for a kids club, and we only visited it briefly and agreed we would never leave our five-year-old in it! The 3-5 room was a sad corner where a few kids held a parachute on the floor and tow boring-looking young girls texted on their phones. Our son stayed with us every moment of the cruise (which we did not mind and enjoyed, but if you are planning to spend time alone, this cruise is not for you). I actually felt sorry for those poor kids that were left there all day... I talked about it with mothers who used the service, and they were very disappointed. Also, we were told the ship had slippery slides on the pool, which was not true. Food was good and our stateroom attendant Arturo was excellent. The Ice Skating show and the Broadway-style show are excellent as well. On the whole, there were many enjoyable moments, but Royal Caribbean is not a company I would trust again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was our first cruise so no comparisons to other ships or cruise lines. We travelled with two 16yr olds from Sydney on VOTS on 5th December. Boarding- we arrived at 11.10 and were aboard by noon. Could not have asked for better! ... Read More
This was our first cruise so no comparisons to other ships or cruise lines. We travelled with two 16yr olds from Sydney on VOTS on 5th December. Boarding- we arrived at 11.10 and were aboard by noon. Could not have asked for better! Staterooms - we had connecting interiors aft on deck 7. They were perfectly adequate for us. Plenty of storage, quiet location and our attendant was excellent. The distance from the lifts did not concern us and we'd definitely stay there again. Dining - we had My Time and I made the rookie mistake of not booking times in advance. We ended up with a 7.30pm slot which was later than we would have liked but we were seated quickly each night and made 2nd shows when we wanted to. Service was good and we enjoyed the quality and variety of the food. The menu was not repeated over the 13 nights. We used Windjammer too and found the quality to be equally good. Entertainment - The nightly shows were of a high standard and we enjoyed those we attended. From musical, to comedy, hypnotist to violinist we found them to be a good selection. Add to this the Trivia, family pool games, art lectures and blackjack tournaments and I believe the crew did an excellent job of catering to a wide demographic. Shore Days - 3 out of 5 ports were tender ports and this had me a little nervous as to how long it would take to get ashore. On the first 2 occasions we used the ticketing system and were ashore by 9am. In Bay of Islands we were ready to go for the "early birds" which requires no tickets. 10 out of 10 on this, for us it was seamless. Sports Activities - the girls were able to rock climb with almost no waiting, use the Flowrider without Li g waits and rarely was an eve skating session booked out. They played in Volleyball and soccer tournaments and readily accessed ping pong and shuffleboard. No complaints here. Bar service - certainly not the lengthy waits I'd read about. If we went to the pool bar ourselves we may have waited a few minutes for service but they did seem to increase the bar staff at busier times. Table service was a little harder to come by but nothing major. Overcrowding - not that we noticed! We were always able to get a lounger by the pool, maybe not front line but we did not need that. The Promenade was busy during sales but that can easily be avoided. We always found a seat in shows and the girls were always able to join in whatever activities took their liking. Window tables at Windjammer were at a premium but everyone wants those so that was no surprise. Lines at local shopping centres and theme parks are much worse. Al in all we found very little to complain about during this trip. I did not enjoy the, at times intrusive, up selling on specialty restaurants. I think closing Flowrider on the last day to allow the staff to showcase their skills was a bad call. Passengers would have preferred to keep riding themselves. And for me the shopping was a bit "high end" but I did not cruise to shop. We will definitely be back! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our first Cruise and first time overseas. The staff went above and Beyond to make us all feel welcome. And the staff at the royal Caribbean run a very tight but a great ship. The Food was fantastic and they even catered for the ... Read More
This was our first Cruise and first time overseas. The staff went above and Beyond to make us all feel welcome. And the staff at the royal Caribbean run a very tight but a great ship. The Food was fantastic and they even catered for the eaters in our family. Our cabins were always clean and tidy. And the actives on board were really great and different actives for all ages. We only did one shore excursions and it was great no problems. and all the other ports we went to were great apart from Mystery Island had to wait awhile to get back on board. The Entertainment was great many different acts for all ages and all types of people. Embarking and Disembarking was so quick and easy we had read up that is was gonna take a long time but we were on board so quickly. We would highly recommend the Royal Caribbean and cant wait to go on our next Cruise with them. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We were hesitant to book a cruise as we are fairly laid back travelers and not into dressing up for dinner and seeing shows and we thought we could be bored on the ship. But we had a great time we ate mostly in the Windjammer Buffet it was ... Read More
We were hesitant to book a cruise as we are fairly laid back travelers and not into dressing up for dinner and seeing shows and we thought we could be bored on the ship. But we had a great time we ate mostly in the Windjammer Buffet it was very relaxed you could wear very casual clothes and the food was great, we loved eating there each day. Our room was spacious and in a great location near the stairs, we were in room 8316, it was a balcony room and we really enjoyed sitting on the balcony and watching the ship go in and out of ports. We loved watching the 3D movies in the theatre and the 2D movies outside by the pool. We went to 4 shows and they were pretty good, we always got a good seat. The pools were small but we are comparing them to resort pools so that's a bit unfair. The ports were great we went snorkeling at every port, its better to bring your own snorkeling gear as some places you had to hire stuff so it would be cheaper to buy it and bring it with you. You can buy it on board but buy it early as they ran out of stock later in the cruise. We will cruise again and next time hopefully take the family. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Our first experience on a cruise ship. I did a lot of research before hand - we wanted a cruise that had loads activities for teens - our son was almost 16. We all had a ball. Plenty of things to do for us and him - we hardly saw him ... Read More
Our first experience on a cruise ship. I did a lot of research before hand - we wanted a cruise that had loads activities for teens - our son was almost 16. We all had a ball. Plenty of things to do for us and him - we hardly saw him after a couple of days. He made loads of friends, and is still in contact with some of them, even though they are in different states. The food, the service, the activities, the staff - all fantastic. The ship had just been re-furbished, and was beautiful. We had not been on a cruise before, so were a little concerned that our son may get bored, but we neednt have worried. I couldnt fault the cruise - everything was wonderful. Our cabin was 1608, which was amazing!! It was supurb. Plenty of room, there was a large heavy curtain we drew to give the husband and I a little privacy from our son - didnt need it though. He fell into bed each night exhausted. Our cabin attendant - Rae, made up the sofa bed for him each evening. Being first timers, I have to say that going on a holiday were I dont have to organise meals, make a bed, or tidy up was just bliss. The most strenuous thing I had to do was pop a slice of bread in the toaster at brekky!! The food was excellent - something for everyone. We tried the main dining room the first night, and thought it was very good, but we tended to go to the Windjammer for most meals. Great selection of food, and casual eating. So no bookings required, no set times, just pop in whenever.... and didnt have to dress up. Could not fault the trip at all - yes I can...want long enough - could have stayed another week!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was my first time cruise. Having read some really scathing reviews on this site I was quite anxious that I had wasted my money. No way! It was a brilliant cruise. From the cabin, the food, the amenities and the crew i have ... Read More
This was my first time cruise. Having read some really scathing reviews on this site I was quite anxious that I had wasted my money. No way! It was a brilliant cruise. From the cabin, the food, the amenities and the crew i have nothing but the highest praise. Mitch the cruise director was obviously on top of everything because all the activities were brilliantly organised. Barbecues on the pool deck, theme nights and dances all fabulous. Embarking was seamless and quick, the tender process for getting poeple off was also seamless and quick. They were on top of the hygiene requirements ensuring everyone made use of the antiseptic hand wash. "Washie washie" became the call cry everytime you entered a dining area. All in all it was the best experience I have had in a long time. Thank you Royal Caribbean for making my holiday a really special event! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
My only regret is not doing this years ago, absolutely fantastic experience, now deciding where to go next, only downside was embarkation, a total nightmare, but after talking to fellow cruisers it appears to be a Singapore thing rather ... Read More
My only regret is not doing this years ago, absolutely fantastic experience, now deciding where to go next, only downside was embarkation, a total nightmare, but after talking to fellow cruisers it appears to be a Singapore thing rather than RCI so moral of the story is do not board a cruise from Singapore. It was a shame that the port stops were so short as there was very limited time to make the most of, even an extra 2 or 3 hours would have made all the difference. There was no need double back to go to Malaysia at all, they could have stopped at Bali instead and/or had more time at the other ports. Some of the entertainment was a bit cheesy but give the demographic of the large no of people on board this was perfectly acceptable. These are only minor niggles, and once again the overall experience was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our first "real cruise". We had high expectations, but did walk away with some disappointments. We have traveled a fair amount overseas, but not via cruise. We have experienced cultural differences and an ... Read More
This was our first "real cruise". We had high expectations, but did walk away with some disappointments. We have traveled a fair amount overseas, but not via cruise. We have experienced cultural differences and an international staff is no different. Taking that into account, there are some ways that RCCL can improve the experience for it's passengers. Overall, the experience was great. We enjoyed the days at sea, and I"m not a person who likes to "do nothing". We had a great time, enjoyed the excursions, and I feel like we participated in a lot of things they offered. This ship is large- really large- and we heard from experienced cruisers that it was too large. As a newby, I can't comment on that, but we did notice that the windjammer seating could get very difficult during meal times. The buffet quality was adequate, but we never left Windjammer thinking "wow, that was great". Which is OK, and ask I expected. The dining room was great, and we only had one night where we did not like the meal at all. Boarding went well for such a large ship, and disembarking was equally well. The excursions offered were great but not all were offered online prior to cruise. I also noticed that booking head of time was cheaper than waiting to book on the ship. I don't know if this is standard practice. Because this ship is so large, you are usually a long way away from the cities you intend to visit. We were 1 1/2 hours from Ho Chi Mihn and 3 hours from Bangkok. The Ho Chi Mihn excursion was OK, but I wouldn't do it again. We didn't particularly enjoy it or feel like we got a cultural experience of Vietnam. It felt a little bit like they wanted to go shopping. BUT the buffet for lunch was AMAZING!!! Best meal of the cruise. The 2nd day in Laem Chabang we did Sanctuary of Truth and Pattaya. That was a great trip! Some of the more disappointing aspects were lack of follow through from the staff or their desire to go above and beyond to satisfy a guest. When I booked the cruise they asked if this was a special trip; it was. Not only was this our 8th anniversary, but I was also celebrating being 1 year cancer free. The reservations agent was so sweet and made a note and offered a bottle of wine or champagne. I chose champagne. It never happened, and when I asked no one knew aobut it or seemed to care. The attendant saw us in the hallway on day 1 and handed us a badly printed card that say "Happy Annivesary". It wasn't even signed by anyone. I was really, really underwhelmed, and disappointed! We were also told that as part of our booking we'd get $25 ship credit per booking. Never happened. When the attendant threw out our sourvenir cups that I was saving for the kids, he did appologize, but refused to replace them. Here's the rundown of what we thought of our first cruise, and our time with RCCL on Voyager of the Seas Pros: - Wait staff and most of the crew were extremely friendly and hard working - stateroom was a good size - main dining room food was great - most employees were very friendly - entertainment was world class - Outdoor movies were awesome - Great way to see Asia - food was abundantly available Cons: -Never enforced the no squatting rule on chairs by the pool!!!. You have one main pool for 3100 people and don't enforce no squatting. It's rediculous. And there isn't enough shade by that one pool. As a cancer survivor, I am unable to be in the direct sun. This severly limited my ability to enjoy the pool as I watched chairs being reserved for HOURS with no one sitting in them, and no one on the staff doing anything to prevent it - Bar service was slow, but very friendly. Even thought it's a cashless system, be prepared to sign for every drink - It would have been great to have access to what bands and live music were avaialable and where. This was never communicated in the schedule. We would have gone to more bars (and spent more $$) if we knew there would be bands playing live music and where. - Quality and availability of seating in windjammer was disappointing at times. - The Sapphire dining room host during open seating was often curt, and not very welcoming, but the service staff is amazingly friendly - dust balls along the walls of our stateroom - our attendant was very, very friendly, but didn't seem to have the desire or ability to make our stay outstanding. I don't know if it was culteral or he had no authority to do so. - Wifi was absolutely crap. I'm SO glad we did not purchase ahead of time as we could never connect and therefore, I saved time and money in NOT using this "amenity" - Technology- or major lack thereof. 1) They should have kiosks **that WORK** that would enable guests to put more money in their accounts 2) WIFI 3) Communication- There was usually a lot of confusion about things and overall communication was seriously not good - guest services line was FOREVER long, even to punch a hole in my sea pass card I had to wait in line for almost an hour, missing leaving Hong Kong. - Information was not always reliable. I realize some of this could be cultural but when information was disseminated it seemed to not necessarily be accurate. - THere was a general question of authenticity and transparency when information was relayed to us. For example: China has a 72 hour waiver for visas, however when we boarded all passengers were told they couldn't go into Sanya without boooking a ship excursion. They lost a LOT of credibility with guests day 1. Additionally, there were small things, like selling water for $5 as you get off the ship and making people believe water will not be available, but as soon as you get on the bus water is available as part of the excursion. I do recommend Royal Carribean and this cruise, without a hesitation. As a first-time cruiser, these are my observiations. I have no idea if any fo this is standard in the cruise industry, but I do look forward to finding out. I will try a different cruise line before I book RCCL again, unless their trip and price are a better offer. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I would ideally like to give this cruise 4.5 but I am not allowed. It was almost a perfect holiday and the value for money aspect will be hard to beat. I would like to say this is my first time cruising but I am a very experienced ... Read More
I would ideally like to give this cruise 4.5 but I am not allowed. It was almost a perfect holiday and the value for money aspect will be hard to beat. I would like to say this is my first time cruising but I am a very experienced traveller and I was surprised at how well organised RC were and how well we were looked after. After reading lots of reviews on here I was anxious about lots of aspects that I needn't have to be. Embarkation took around an hour but as you never stood still it felt much shorter as you went from point to point. It was a nice surprise to find that our stateroom was ready upon boarding and it was a decent size which was another non issue. Within minutes of our boarding we had started our holiday, it was all good from there. I was thoroughly impressed at the size and scale of the ship and its choice of venues. I knew it had just had a refit but for a 16 year old ship I was blown away and just wonder what the newer ships are like. One thing that really surprised me is that how many passengers were complaining about anything they could find to complain about, it seemed like most looked for fault and could only find trivial things. At the price we all paid their expectations were unrealistic and they were too busy focusing on negatives and not looking at how hard RC were trying to make us enjoy ourselves. We discovered early on that Windjammer wasn't for us. The Windjammer food and staff were all perfectly fine but the behaviour of some passengers by being greedy, refusing to wait/queue, rude and selfish behaviour etc meant that it was better to let the pigs stay where they are happy and we will choose another venue. The main restaurant food was lovely, to cater for the large amount it accommodates it has a slightly wedding banquet feel but you had lots of choice and food quality was top notch. The main restaurant portion sizes were a little smaller than average but as you can order extra you can adjust for this. My partner and I would order an appetiser salad to share with our starter and if we were feeling indulgent maybe an extra dessert to share which solved this problem. We chose not to eat lunch or during the day like we normally do at home so we had a larger appetite than maybe some of the other passengers who were grazing throughout the day. We were fortunate enough to get a drinks package included with our cruise as it was on special offer at the time of booking. As we don't drink spirits or cocktails we were very satisfied with what it gave us and we made good use of this. I would recommend if you like a relaxing drink to take a package. Entertainment was slightly a mixed bag, better than most large hotels would offer but not anything extraordinary, this isn't a huge selling factor for us but there was lots to do if so inclined. For a few of the negatives we found, nothing major more like constructive criticism. The pool deck music appears to be on a 2-3 hour loop, every day it was the same and you would often hear the same songs 3 times a day. No need in an era of iPods etc so could be easily fixed and by listening to our own music we did. The band that played by the pool and other venues in the ship had a very limited setlist. The duo worked hard and were good but we were in a confined space so if I am going to listen to you twice a day for 10 days please stop repeating the same songs. The wifi package was $225 for the complete trip, it didn't work well in our stateroom which was frustrating. It did work better in other areas of the ship but the speed is terribly slow. I couldn't ever manage to send a photo of us enjoying ourselves on iMessage to family as it wouldn't upload. It wasn't value for money. I wish they would adopt a policy on a dress code and enforce it. We were advised that I would need to wear trousers and a sports shirt for dinner which wasn't a problem but male passengers were being allowed in flipflops, swimming shorts and vests and I didn't agree with that selfishness, go to another venue if you don't want to dress. We chose not to eat at the formal nights, it's not our thing and it gave us a chance to check out other eating venues. On the formal nights there were no venues or activities to cater for those who dressed up, something like a big band playing in the starlight lounge would have given all the suited and booted passengers somewhere to show off their lovely outfits. It seemed a mistake just to have people dress for dinner and then see them without anywhere to go, why not make a themed evening of it for them?. The shops on board were not good value. My partner covets a Swarovski watch and I knew the price at home for it. When I saw it in the Swarovski shop I enquired. It worked out to be more expensive than in the UK by over £100, what makes this even more disappointing is that at home we have a 20% tax which wouldn't apply have on board. My advice is have a window shop when you are board but don't buy just have a look to see if you like something and can find it elsewhere when you get off. The jewellery shop and watch shops also seemed to cater to a very high end customer not many of us pay upwards of $5-10k on a watch and from the prices Royal Caribbean offer most customers were more not that type of customer either. The sales they had in the promenade sometimes had a buzz as passengers looked for bargains but items were priced way too high then discounted to prices still above the norm. Don't get caught in a moment, stay a savvy shopper and you will be fine. I only have 1 big regrets about this cruise, why didn't I go on one sooner. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our first cruise so we don’t have any other reference’s to go on but all I can say is that we had a ball ,My wife and I were celebrating our Anniversary and the cabin staff and all the waiters/bar staff were fantastic they ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we don’t have any other reference’s to go on but all I can say is that we had a ball ,My wife and I were celebrating our Anniversary and the cabin staff and all the waiters/bar staff were fantastic they worked very hard to make our trip enjoyable . Reading some off the other experienced cruisers I can’t believe they were on the same ship talk about having your nose up in the air. Yes I do agree that RC do charge you and arm and a leg for their shore trips and they could dock near the major cities instead of out of the way places, just to use their cargo ports, maybe they could look into that. We had a balcony cabin on deck 6 and we found the cabin had plenty of space ,the shower and toilet was a little small judging from some of the passenger’s we did wonder how they got into the shower ,but for us it was fine . We had the dinks packages my only grip is that I wished I purchased them before our departure ,as I thought we would get a better deal on the ship ,wrong the initial package was the ultimate one for $57 AUD I think I paid $57 US for the premium on board, well you live and learn . We thought the entertainment was good,apart from bingo we only did once as we thought $32 US a little high, we had a great time in the casino, and I played a card tournament every day and had a great time meeting new people and just having fun . We found the food to be very good my wife and I had my time dinning and we can’t fault anything. We mainly stayed in the adults only pool area that was fine you still get the couch hogs, there was always 4 couches taken up by the same people every day witch was very annoying but you get that at just about every hotel. All in all we had a great time and look forward to cruising again . Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
It was our very first RC cruise. Overwhelming is an understatement, we didn't know what to look at or do first. Finding our way around the ship for the first 2 days was the biggest challenge. Of course the kids wanted to do ... Read More
It was our very first RC cruise. Overwhelming is an understatement, we didn't know what to look at or do first. Finding our way around the ship for the first 2 days was the biggest challenge. Of course the kids wanted to do everything at once! Ice skating, flow rider, basketball, shuffle board, arcade...... the list goes on. There was loads to keep us occupied and when there wasn't we played cards in the library or out on deck. My husband and I spent many an hour on deck 4 enjoying the gentle breeze, watching the ocean, searching for ocean junk and enjoying a quiet drink or 2. Our ports of call weren't exactly what we would have chosen but we chose the cruise for the timing-our school holidays. The 5 day continuous stretch at sea from port Hedland to Bangkok was rather long for us. Boredom was starting to kick in and we were getting cabin fever. You can only do so many quizzes and we didn't want to roast in the sun on a lounge chair all day. The staff on the ship were faultless, they couldn't do enough for us. The food was amazeballs! There was just so much of it! We used the stairs whenever we could to help work off all that food and we made use of the impressive gym with the best view on the ship! Our cabin was extremely small for the 4 of us. Being confined with 2 growing boys had it's challenges. My boys didn't make use of the kids club as they were at the awkward ages of 10 1/2 and 13. They still found plenty of kids to hang out with and made some lifelong frienships as did we. The nightly entertainment was fantastic And of such a high standard. Our dining room staff for our fine dining were exemplary. Liao was our assistant waiter and he remembered our names from the first instance and our drink orders. He even sang to us each night! Marcos was our head waiter and always did everything he could to make our dinner special. Unfortunately for me, I got food poisoning from our stopover in Vietnam which really tarnished the end of our holiday but in no way did that reflect the cruise company. They had impeccable health and safety standards. All in all we had a fabulous trip with a few ups and downs which you expect on any holiday. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
First and last cruise with RCL. We were looking forward to many nights being entertained with their " world class " entertainment, instead were terribly let down. Second rate stand ins is all we can say. We were told that the ... Read More
First and last cruise with RCL. We were looking forward to many nights being entertained with their " world class " entertainment, instead were terribly let down. Second rate stand ins is all we can say. We were told that the sound and lighting dept. were having problems and had to have parts sent from London to fix the problem. It took until day 12 to solve the problem. Not happy Jan ! From Adelaide to Perth we finally got the stage show but by then we were over it. It seemed to us that there were so many one person shows and nothing seemed to work. Most of the audience walked out each evening before the end of their performances. What a stuff up it was and a waste of money this cruise turned out to be. Many passengers were complaining - those who had travelled many times with RSL - each saying that they would never travel with this company ever again. The food wasn't always what was stated on the menu in the dining area eg Crème Brulee was poured custard with sugar toasted on top, Caesar salad was lettuce a couple of croutons and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and sherry trifle was custard a broken biscuit and a piece of fruit and no sherry. When asked about the description on the menu the waiter said they couldn't add sherry in case children ordered it !! It was pathetic. No bar nibbles until day 12 after everyone kept complaining. Prices for drinks over the top and of course in US $$'s. Forget about WiFi at $300. The list goes on and on. The staff were run off their feet and never stopped working broken shifts each day and working until midnight. Many we spoke to were seeking employment with Princess Cruises after they finished this particular cruise and were not happy with their working conditions. They said they have to pay for their accommodation and uniforms and Wi Fi to keep in contact with family. The only thing free on the ship was a cup of coffee in the promenade which tasted foul and you had to stand in a long queue before making it yourself. The Windjammer upstairs was like Coles Canteen and it was a fight to find a table. By the time you found a plastic plate and helped yourself to the buffet the food was cold by the time you eventually fought your way to the table, meanwhile having soup and food spilt down the back of you from people getting by. The venues for organised games were too small with people sitting on the floors playing bingo, trivia and word games. There were far too many people crammed aboard this ship. It was like squeeze everyone on board and try to rip off all their money no matter what. It was an experience we don't ever want to repeat again. Royal CL you need to lift your game !! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
After hearing about all the positive spin about this ship, I decided to take the family on a cruise, only to be left bitterly disappointed. Due to a cyclone brewing, we never saw fiji which was why we went on this cruise, only to be taken ... Read More
After hearing about all the positive spin about this ship, I decided to take the family on a cruise, only to be left bitterly disappointed. Due to a cyclone brewing, we never saw fiji which was why we went on this cruise, only to be taken to Hobart for 2 days which was way too cold to enjoy the outdoor activities. Nevertheless, on a holiday you try & make the most of it but the service on the ship was very poor. $US14 cocktails served in plastic water glasses with no decoration & at times no straw was the norm. Waiting 40 mins to be seated at the spectacular but overrated sapphire dining room was the norm. Asking staff for anything you were greeted with a smile only never to see them again was the norm. Spent $10000 including passports for a tropical holiday only to see hobart & not even a sorry sir have a $10 voucher for a drink on us - poor poor poor Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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
I'm not one to write reviews... From the minute we stepped aboard until we got off the ship voyager of the seas was fantastic. Customer service was friendly and consistent. Our stateroom was large enough for the three of us and was ... Read More
I'm not one to write reviews... From the minute we stepped aboard until we got off the ship voyager of the seas was fantastic. Customer service was friendly and consistent. Our stateroom was large enough for the three of us and was cleaned several times a day. Fresh towels dropped off twice a day, comfortable beds and clean. The shows aboard were 1st class and there was something for people of all ages. The general galley dining was above and Chops steak house was as good as any steak house I have ever experienced. There was always activities going on from music trivia to live music venues of all generes. The Captain and the entertainment director were always friendly and available pretty much thru out the entire trip. When getting off the ship for port calls it was well organized and informative with plenty of planned activities if you wanted to join. Our dinner waiter was by far the best and at our beck and call thru out dinner.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
First time cruising - travelling with parents and siblings (1x U18s & 3x20s) After reading mostly negative reviews I set my standards low for this cruise. Setting (just before the end of school holidays approx. 1500 kids on board); ... Read More
First time cruising - travelling with parents and siblings (1x U18s & 3x20s) After reading mostly negative reviews I set my standards low for this cruise. Setting (just before the end of school holidays approx. 1500 kids on board); 1x Ultimate Package drinks Channel 7 Crew on board to film (March 2015 air date) Embarkation: arrived after 12:30pm at Sydney Passenger terminal with luggage for the family (dropped off inside the barriers) - deposit luggage with luggage tags at the Circular Quay end of the terminal (small white tent). this was the easiest part Met up with family and walked to terminal where we were given departure cards & health info. 2 set of lines here 1) for first timers (longer queue) 2) frequent cruisers/members (shorter) recommend bring some reading material/entertainment or topic of conversation to kill time here. Time from end of queue to boarding (after sea pass & customs) about 1 hr at this point (approximately 2pm on board). highly recommend: Try any and all activities once on board as there is less of a line at this point. Flowrider/ rockclimbing was on this ship. Don't start drinking just yet. Breakfast/lunch/Dinner Food galore with set times - you have 2 options for complimentary: main dining (either buffet or a la carte) or Windjammer (buffet). Everyone always seems to go to Windjammer because there isn't a dress code and its close to the pool. Gluttony at its finest! Shows/Performances: Its the best they can do with the limited space and time. Don't expect to see a Broadway show, but selected musical numbers which the production team and cast perform with full effort. 3D movies limited - but great to kill time Shows on the promenade - get to know the bar staff or ask politely for the inside chairs to bring out for your kids to sit on while waiting Activities: Encouraging kids to gamble? B-I-N-G-O! So many for kids and U18s. Plus parents just let them loose and they get along with other kids. Just expect a few snide remarks about controlling them kids :P (Pressing all the buttons on the elevators, running everywhere, etc.) Curfew is 1AM for U17s Cruise director and Cruise staff are wonderful, high energy people - so bring a positive attitude and you also would have fun. Young adults (20s) - drink, casino, flowrider, and rockclimbing... but mainly hanging out at highnotes during the mix and mingle late night. (adult events are towards the end of the night) Shuffle board - got competitive but not officially on the list. FLOWRIDER: expect long queue and probably 20-30min wait time. But enjoy watching people get wiped out or learning how to stand, kneel. Set times for Standup, advance standup, and bodyboarding (all ages). note: There is a height restriction for each. RockClimbing: not so popular during the day when the sun was hot on the walls. Still waiting times also 30mins depending on time of day. NOTE: Either find a quiet time or just be patient and enjoy watching while waiting. ICESkating: small ice square (not ring) impressive that they can do a show on it. 30Min allocations, parents waiting way before first time is open and numbered stickers are handed out at the beginning of morning session and afternoon session. Stickers run out fast! Warning - this is a dangerous activity and they provide safety (helmets, pads, etc). Casino: lots of games, tournaments, ways to kill time. Exchange rate pretty bad, but gambling is about having fun. Gym: plenty of equipment and space. Pools: remember 1500 kids on ship - pools were full throughout the day (only one morning where the ship's pitch closed off the pools) HouseKeeping: about 1 staff to 5/6 rooms. They did their best or more where possible. Bar Staff: same like being in a Sydney pub - wait in line till your served. But if your smart, wait at your seat and have a conversation... while the waiter comes around to take your order. Casino staff: friendly and helpful... but the house (ship) still wins Observations: Most people will do nothing but bake in the sun or lounge by the pool Complaints - only if your impatient, don't like kids or know kids who run wild. Jokes - Majority are aussie so most of it flows off the back - nothing to be taken personally, plus nothing else to do Disembarkation: Easy when you carry all your luggage and leave early. Taxi rank is at the top of Passenger terminal, all waiting. Overall: As a late 20s person, made friends with bar staff (having the Ultimate package (UP) - no worry about costs and went whisky tasting) tried most of the activities, enjoyed a few shows and met a lot of interesting people. On shore activities as planned by cruise - didn't have to think everything planned just follow the leader to the destination and have fun. The little one (17) had a blast - seems this cruise was catered for age range or the kids were more friendly Parents thoroughly enjoyed doing nothing/walking/cruise activities. Notices: RCI has implement no PA during the day - so no public broadcasts to disturb anyone doing activities throughout the day - touch screens on all floors are what you use to find what to do. (This was based on survey last year) RCTV - they have a few select channels about whats on board, rebroadcast of shows from the night before, RC morning tv show (filmed the day before) A few people had accidents (arms in slings), fracture of some sort. This cruise avoided the potential tropical low pressure that could have been a cyclone that passed through New Caledonia and Fiji by a few days - very few are aware of this. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
So we only got 4 pieces of information when booking the cruise had no ideas about formal nights or that it was in USD and that you needed US adapters. Ship completely overcrowded and they had removed most of the kids stuff, hence why the ... Read More
So we only got 4 pieces of information when booking the cruise had no ideas about formal nights or that it was in USD and that you needed US adapters. Ship completely overcrowded and they had removed most of the kids stuff, hence why the kids were running around elsewhere. You couldn't get a seat by the pool to supervise your children. Far too many children on board, there should be a limit, especially given the refurbishment. Kids Club was tiny for the number of children using it, I think they did a good job considering the lack of space. I would have liked to have seen them take the kids to the movies, so parents had a break. Embarkment took 3 hours and only 5 minutes to get off the ship. I didn't get my bags for 10 hours and there was no quaranteed items in them. I waited for 1.5 hours to change my dinner reservation, got told it was changed, but they hadn't changed a thing. 8.30pm dinning is too late for kids. Windjammers had the same food all the time, it was often difficult to get a seat and your food was cold by the time you found a seat. Dining room food was much better. Cabin was excellent, very dark, we had an inside room, it was very soundproof, bed and pillow very comfy and I'm picky about that! Cabin attendant - Kevin Fernandes was excellent and made monkeys, rabbits, bats. Website was useless for finding out information, shore excursions didn't have much detail, however on board the tv had excellent information about the shore excursions. They were super expensive, and it was much cheaper to either hire a taxi yourself (Fiji) or get a hire care (NZ), this brings me to another point there were 3 ships in all ports in NZ, Auckland was struggling to cope, TAuranga couldn't cope with the demand for cars, and that many tourists driving to Rotorua was a nightmare, although the drive back was easy enough. On getting back onto the ship that day they only had one person scanning our passes, they were loading 3800 in one hour. Many things were that inefficient. The activities on board were of no interest to me, and I was bored to tears. Everything was about selling, day spa, gym, retail, whatever they wanted you to buy, buy, buy. It was extremely overcrowded with 40 people in a spa on many occasions - yukko. There was an expensive arcade for the kids, beware, kids can add credit to their passes unless you disable them! They want USD14 a day per person for gratitudies, however the majority of the staff aren't actually American, as an Aussies, I'm not sure why we have to supplement their wages, when the company should be paying appropriate wages. There were tonnes of staff in the dinning room and many of them weren't doing a whole lot, while other workers seemed relatively busy, but not busy by Australian standards. I was hoping for a relaxing cruise, it was not that at all. You will be queuing the whole cruise for everything and anything. They cannot handle the volume of people, the walkways can't handle that number of people. Families should have been advised that they had taken out most of the kids activities and given an option to book onto another cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
we have nothing to compare our trip to so to us it was very enjoyable. Cannot speak highly enough of our cabin attendant FERNANDO. He couldn't do enough for us. Same goes for our dinner attendants Brent and Indra who were wonderful. ... Read More
we have nothing to compare our trip to so to us it was very enjoyable. Cannot speak highly enough of our cabin attendant FERNANDO. He couldn't do enough for us. Same goes for our dinner attendants Brent and Indra who were wonderful. Overall we couldn't complain about our food or service. We also were lucky that each time we went to the windjammer café we managed to get a table without a problem. The only problem for me on the cruise was the coffee... Our ports of call were to us all enjoyable although a bit of a shock to see the poor state of Fiji. Some amazing sights in new Zealand and would certainly go back again. As for our cabin we were on deck 7 with a balcony. Spotlessly clean and roomy. Also at the back of the ship which I must say worried us a bit before we sailed, but now would always ask for similar position as we were completely away from any noise. The entertainment on board we found was great each time except perhaps the rod stewart guy whom we walked out on, but unfortunately they cannot predict how an entertainer is going to be on the night. Overall for us we loved it and will be back. Thank you to all the hard working staff on board who do long hours and a wonderful job and always with a smile on their faces. From F and R. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Awesome ship, but with so many passengers queues were inevitable when a lot of people wanted to go to the same place at the same time, like before dining, embarking, shows. Lifts were often at a premium with gophers taking up a lot of ... Read More
Awesome ship, but with so many passengers queues were inevitable when a lot of people wanted to go to the same place at the same time, like before dining, embarking, shows. Lifts were often at a premium with gophers taking up a lot of space, it was ok if you could use the stairs but I cant do stairs due to knee problems. The previous cruise had had a bad outbreak of the virus so we were not allowed to serve ourselves anywhere which also lead to a lot more queueing. The food at the dining room was awesome but Windjammer was a bit of a disappointment, that being mainly due to having to wait to be served in the self service area making the food cold and/or dry. Needless to say we ate almost every meal in the dining room. Loved the breakfast ceareal/fruit bar in the morning and the salad bar at lunch where salads were made to order in the dining room. Cookies from Cafe Promenade were a must before bed in the evenings. Activities were plentiful and various, trivia, linedancing, towel folding to name a few. I was a bit disappointed that those billed as free seminars were just promotions for services that cost even though they said 'free consultation'. Didnt attend too many shows, but those we did were very good. Dont miss the ice show - fantastic. Didnt do any excursions off the ship so cant comment on them. Some of the docking timing as left a bit to be desired, eg we only docked at 3pm on Sunday afternoon in Auckland when everything shut at 5pm. The ship was very easy to navigate, except the lower decks where you couldn't traverse from for to aft without going up to deck 4. The promenade was a place to be avoided if there was a sale, parade or activity that was popular as it was just clogged and impassable. The open decks were a bit cool and windy while moving, but if you could find a spot out of the breeze it was delightful...until the high seas, when it obviously became off limits and was closed off. Cabin staff and most of the dining room staff and bar staff of the bar that we frequented were great, with nothing beinv too much trouble. Loved the towel animals and special attention received from these people, pity not all were of this high standard. Dont use the help desk...it was very unhelpful. We didnt get our onboard credit and are still chasing it 2 months after the cruise...it's just the principal, if you say you are giving people something give it to them, otherwise dont offer it....not just us but several that we spoke to were having the same issue. Pity coz due to this and a few other lil things all adding up we probably wont cruise with RC again, not a good impression for a first cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
This was my second cruise, however my first cruise was 35 years ago on an old ship that went into dry dock after we sailed. It was rough and I was in F deck sharing with 5 other girls. The shower and toilets were an amenities block rather ... Read More
This was my second cruise, however my first cruise was 35 years ago on an old ship that went into dry dock after we sailed. It was rough and I was in F deck sharing with 5 other girls. The shower and toilets were an amenities block rather like what you would find in a caravan park. The next level down were the engines. Certainly not the ideal way of cruising. It was hubby's first cruise. We arrived at Sydney about half hour before the time given to us for boarding and the friendliness started from there. They allowed us to hand over our suitcases straight away. We noticed the lines were long when boarding with all our paperwork, however we quickly got through. It was very efficient. When we got to our stateroom, we were greeted with our attendant. He was extremely friendly. Our stateroom was surprisingly big. We expected a pokey little room! It was very comfortable and clean and there were cupboards, drawers and shelves everywhere. They certainly make good use of space. The beds were very comfortable and we love they way the ends are rounded. It gave the room more space and it was easier to walk around. My husband is quite tall and he had no problems with his feet hanging over. One complaint we had was that the TV was to the side and every time hubby put his knees up, I couldn't see the TV screen. It should have been on the wall and the end of the bed. The same TV shows ran over and over and when you are sick and confined to bed, it becomes monotonous. I guess they just want us to pay for movies. They supply teabags but no coffee and we knew this before the cruise as I did a lot of research, so we bought coffee bags. Definitely a good idea. The bathroom, although very small, was quite functional, so once again no complaints. The balcony was wonderful. We would leave the curtains open at night and wake up with the sun rising. We would lay in bed watching the sea. On nice days we would sit out there and soak it all up, watching for dolphins and whales. About 15 minutes after we found our stateroom both our suitcases arrived. The only complaint we had was the bad sewerage smell permeating through the corridors while in the ports. Once we got into our stateroom, we couldn't smell the stench. Restaurants: We frequented the Windjammer because it was lovely. The meals appeared fresh and they were always tasty. It was a lot more casual than the main dining room. The fruit art was amazing. The alcohol was surprisingly well priced. Some cheaper than you would find at a pub or restaurant in Australia and the wines were nice. Hubby had his usual Johnny Walker Black and he had to buy coke on the side to dilute it down. It was so strong as they free pour. One glass was the equivalent of buying three JWB and coke. Another bonus! We went to the main dining room once for breakfast which was very nice being waited on. We went there again for dinner one night and found that we had been assigned to a table of 12 rather than what we requested, which was a table of two. We didn't like the Head waiters' "too bad, so sad" attitude and were about to go to the Windjammer when he said he would give us a table for two. We felt a little ill at ease after that and the menu wasn't to our liking, so we decided we wouldn't go back there again. The rest of the wait staff were however very friendly and accommodating. Shops: Many of the shops were nice, however they catered for the very rich with all the designer labels. Nice to look, but not buy! We did however buy some duty free Johnny Walker Black which was a very good price. Cafe Promenade: We loved the coffees here. Illy coffee is what they use and it would have to be one of the best brands you can get. It's so expensive to buy it in the supermarkets in Australia, so when you can buy it on the ship for the same price as any shop bought flat white/latte/cappuchino, it's a bonus! We had to have our daily "fix" here. Spa: I frequented this place as hubby got sick the last few days of the cruise and spent them in bed. I loved the pampering and I know they do the hard sell, but the girls are so good at relaxing you, I didn't mind paying for the privilege. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Shows: Every show we went to was exceptional. The professionalism and standard of entertainment was outstanding. We did not expect it to be so good. We only wished we had've been able to go to more as we didn't start going until a few days into the cruise. What a mistake that was. We will know better for our next cruise. All in all, we loved it so much that we have booked two more cruises with Royal Caribbean and joined their Crown and Anchor membership. The staff overall were very friendly, the entertainment staff were entertaining, especially Luke, the Cruise Director. Captain Charles made us feel at ease at all times. He was passionate about his job and ship and no questions were too difficult. I thought we may get a bit seasick, so I got some anti emetic tablets from the Dr and ginger tablets from the chemist. We didn't even open the packets despite going through 150 knot winds and 9 metre waves. The stabilisers on the ship were great. Our goal now is to become "constant cruisers". Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Voyager of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness & Recreation 5.0 N/A
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursions 3.5 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.0 N/A
Service 4.5 4.2
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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