22 Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas Fitness Cruise Reviews

Great staff, great ship, awesome friends, terrific cabin...fantastic! That was a wicked week, and it all started with the staff onboard, nothing was ever a hassle. Our servers in the MDR were some of the best I have ever encountered, ... Read More
Great staff, great ship, awesome friends, terrific cabin...fantastic! That was a wicked week, and it all started with the staff onboard, nothing was ever a hassle. Our servers in the MDR were some of the best I have ever encountered, met + exceeded all expectations. Voyager is due for a refurb later this year, wouldn't think it needs (only a couple of things here & there) but really the ship is in great condition...the refurb will be insane! Did a splurge for this cruise and got a Junior Suite on Deck10, right under the Windjammer...but really had no idea at all, didn't hear a thing and was able to sleep in until late :) Clean cabin, spacious, a good escape when needed. Picked this cruise for the range of ports and they didn't disappoint, Langkawi always a favourite, but Phuket was just too much fun and the food! In short loved it, pretty obvious I suppose...but as always go on with the right attitude and have the vacation you deserve :D Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Heard there were a lot of fights and many passengers 'kicked off' but we didnt see anything. I have cruised with RCL twice now on Voyager and this time around the food, service and overall experience has greatly improved. Our ... Read More
Heard there were a lot of fights and many passengers 'kicked off' but we didnt see anything. I have cruised with RCL twice now on Voyager and this time around the food, service and overall experience has greatly improved. Our dining room waiters and cabin steward were the highlight of the crew- absolutely awesome. A lot of the shows were not my cup of tea- but hats off to the dancers and singers- awesome voices and moves. Ice skate shows amazing. A lot of activities not my thing but there's heaps to choose from to keep you busy, or just relax- which is what I prefer. Ports of call more than most cruises I have been on, so a good variety of things to do ashore except Mare. Unfortunately due to the weather (and hoard of jelly fish) it wasn't safe to do anything, but mare has definitely upgraded the dock and market, so great to see. Have booked Ovation of the seas for Jan 2019, so excited to see all the extra activities onboard. Crew very attentitive in all areas. Promenade cabin 6305 in a perfect spot too. Got a great price. Booked all tours directly with locals before boarding- all ships are too expensive! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Wanted to try a larger ship as travelled many times on RCL. Well despite the negativity I have read, it was not applicable. Fabulous ship, excellent memories made with lots of new and exciting friendships which I am certain will blossom ... Read More
Wanted to try a larger ship as travelled many times on RCL. Well despite the negativity I have read, it was not applicable. Fabulous ship, excellent memories made with lots of new and exciting friendships which I am certain will blossom beyond this sailing. Embarkation – Quick speedy and efficient. Porters were waiting on the right side for bag drop off, on entry quick health form completed, allocated an RCL member to process and onboard we went. Smooth painless and done within 20 mins from start to finish. Onboard – Guest Services – As I was travelling with a minor their seapass card has to have a spend limit put on. Quick and easy, once in the line an RCL member helped fill out the relevant paperwork and we were free to start our holiday. Safety Drill –Instructions are on the back of you cabin door and your seaspass has you assigned station. Lots of RCL staff more than happy to assist you. Dining – Amazing! Before I embarked I was quick shocked at the reviews. I am so glad they were not relevant. Food in the MDR was outstanding; I went to Italian and was suitably impressed. Every night our servers/chefs/wait staff did something new to entertain the guests. As dining is a huge factor for my family it was lovely to see such drive and effort made to ensure we had a pleasant experience. Murder Mystery Dinner – If you haven’t done it try it. Was so much fun, the actors play a part you have a wonderful dinner and figure out who did it. Well worth the money. DreamWorks Breakfast – A must for little and big kids alike, was a great laugh. Just order eggs over easy sunny side up were a little too sunny. Cabin – Well I am delighted to say I had the pleasure of staying in Cabin 1854 a Family Panoramic View that is now classed as a suite. The views were spectacular and the position right at the front behind the pool bar and above solarium was excellent. Cabin was clean, neat tidy. Cabin steward was named Angel, well he was indeed that. He was fun, respectful and did his job to a very high standard. I couldn’t take him home unfortunately something about against the rules. Hairdryer provided and US electrical ports, so BYO adaptor. Ample cupboard space for hanging or putting away clothing. Facilities onboard – shops were varied, café promenade was fabulous for coffee and library was excellent. Children’s books are also available. Entertainment – OUT OF THIS WORLD. Great shows, Jamie the cruise director and his team were fabulous. They really enjoyed themselves and the acts showed passion and drive. The move it move it parade was a hit with all passengers young and old. Ice Shows x 2 both excellent those girls and boys were fabulous. Pig n Whistle – Well everyone has their favorite watering spot and this was mine. Carlo, musician was outstanding and I mean WOW had the place rocking to his vocals and guitar work. If you are looking for romance look no further, if you want to enjoy time that someone special, like I did, this is the place to be. Soft sounds and the perfect romantic venue. Many happy memories and many friendships made. Gym/Spa - Well I have been to some gyms in my time and given the amount of food consumed, I definitely needed to work some off. Equipment great, clean and in working order. Great views to get rid of those excess pounds. Theatres – Located decks 3 & 4 easy to access and wheelchair accessible seating provided. RCL meet n Greet – Host was fabulous however many members didn’t get their invite even though they registered. For this particular sailing there was no role call and a Facebook Page was created to chat about all things cruising and RCL. Cruise critic this is something that needs attention as emails were sent to amend but was not rectified. Summary – This ship is quite large however the staff onboard were all singing. I mean right down to the maintenance people. Management have done an excellent job, a happy crew makes for a happy cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We have sailed on this Ship before and enjoyed it very much. The start of our Cruise was a nightmare we waited forever to get on board then one of our suitcases was not delivered to our cabin and was held because we had a opened bottle of ... Read More
We have sailed on this Ship before and enjoyed it very much. The start of our Cruise was a nightmare we waited forever to get on board then one of our suitcases was not delivered to our cabin and was held because we had a opened bottle of Gran Marnia which they took of us we were not impressed as we spent 5 days in Singapore and thought we could bring it with us, while checking our bag a luggage trolley slammed into my husbands back so I think it is important that you put breaks on these trolleys it took so long for all this very upsetting day and we missed everything that night including the show. The breakfast next morning was hard to find something decent the boiled eggs were green, the bacon was all fat, scrambled eggs I am sure we're powdered and un eatable, the yogurt yuk. Some of the entertainment was crap especially the late show I don't know where you got him from, the restaurant food was fine except for most of the meat very grissely. I think the drinks could be cheaper. The cabin boys are wonderful. The photos are too expensive. The tours are much to expensive. As for getting a seat near the pool it's impossible because people posses them all day even if they don't use them. I do miss the chocolate on my pillow. I do miss a inside movie theatre. Some movies on TV would be nice. Apart from all this because we love cruising we still had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Feedback and reviews convinced us to give it a go. As first timers we were not sure if there would be enough to do all day,as we like to keep active and not just soak up the sun on a deckchair. Well we were definitely not ... Read More
Feedback and reviews convinced us to give it a go. As first timers we were not sure if there would be enough to do all day,as we like to keep active and not just soak up the sun on a deckchair. Well we were definitely not disappointed,between gym sessions,dance classes,swimming,table tennis,ice skating(yes we tried that too!),to watching fabulous theatre and skating performances,or an outdoor movie with a cocktail in hand! It was all there. And so much more...seminars,the library, the Casino,Bingo and Trivia,even a shopping promenade,for a mid afternoon wander or a coffee and snack. Food was good,plenty of choice both in the MDR and the Windjammer and the staff very friendly and helpful. Our cabin was super comfortable and very quiet(9th deck). Housekeeper very thorough. On shore days we chose not to do tours,rather to explore ourselves and enjoy the beautiful beaches. All up it was a great cruise,great service and so much fun. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
• We would like to see bad sheet change every 4 days not 7! • Table tennis area windy, some digital timer to be on the game for each machine to be fare. • Main dinner restaurant need more verity food no much choice did not ... Read More
• We would like to see bad sheet change every 4 days not 7! • Table tennis area windy, some digital timer to be on the game for each machine to be fare. • Main dinner restaurant need more verity food no much choice did not bidder to use it. • Would like to see some Turkish food in Windjammer café or in restaurant • Urgent rules for spa /sauna area, Eg before and after spa entry must have a shower. Peoples enter the spa after the Gym with sweaty body, • Breakfast in main dinner room take to long, must be buffy style. • The workers very tight, need 1 day rest 12hrs 7days 7 months they are human not machine! • The pool area very wrong designed, pool size to small for amount of peoples in the ship 3000.Can’t see the big screen because of spa cover. • Shore excursion on the ship very expansive did not use it. • The pool area very slippery when wet foore need to be slip prove. • More verity cheese need it for breakfast, Mediterranean style • In the shower need seat for elderly peoples. • 10/10 Windjammer café, enjoy flower ride ,rock climbing t/tennis, basketball area Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
First time with the Voyager of the Seas and with this cruise I got to spend a lot of sea days (5 in total) to experience it. All in all the cruise is good fun taking my family and I to places that we'd never have gone (Mystery Island, ... Read More
First time with the Voyager of the Seas and with this cruise I got to spend a lot of sea days (5 in total) to experience it. All in all the cruise is good fun taking my family and I to places that we'd never have gone (Mystery Island, Vanuatu/Isle of Pine, New Caledonia). To cut this summary short and for easy-reading I'd mention all the criticisms I have on the cruise. Things that are not mentioned means they are excellent. 1) Biggest disappointment in the photography crew. Out of all the photos that was taken (approx. 35) we did not get 1 single satisfying group photo. To their credit, we did not board at once, so that one didn't count, but for the photos we took during formal night, none of the photos looked professional. The photographer didn't even manage to get everyone comfortably in the photo. The photographer was obviously new, which I don't blame him/her as its a phase everyone ought to pass. However, its the management team that I am hugely disappointed in. They should have put a more senior photographer to oversee this the more junior one to ensure the photo taken is up to standard. We went to talk to the guys a the printing station about our disappointments and all we got was a sloppy apology and a comment along the lines of 'some times it depends on the luck'. - Absolutely disappointing situation made worse by the way they handled it. 2) Food served at dinner is barely average. Bread was not always hot and there are the very odd selection of a cold sweet fruity flavored soup choice as an appetizer option. 3) Shows are good, but the volume of the band is so loud that I cannot hear the words of the singer at all. There was a night where the Piano supposed to be the key of the show but once the band comes in it completely overshadows the piano. 4) They announced that the ice skate show required tickets. I went to grab tickets for my family and when we showed up on time, no one was at the door to check for tickets and we couldn't find ourselves seats for the show. 5) Over-priced shore excursions, but I guess this is the same everywhere. For one excursion they charged USD115, but while talking to some of the locals, apparently it only costs USD30-40 if I deal with them directly. I mean I'd understand even if they charge a 50% premium, but a 300% premium is just ridiculous. Other than the above issues everything else is rather enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We did a back on back, so cruised for 20 days. Tasmania, Pacific Islands and New Zealand. The upgrades that have been done are excellent, especially the Flow Rider. Good entertainment for all and wonderful caring staff. This was our ... Read More
We did a back on back, so cruised for 20 days. Tasmania, Pacific Islands and New Zealand. The upgrades that have been done are excellent, especially the Flow Rider. Good entertainment for all and wonderful caring staff. This was our third cruise on this ship and we have no complaints. Ice shows were excellent, Main productions were good, Comedy was good. Food was good as usual, no excuse with the selections available If you get to Diamond, you will see the next level of service. Just excellent service and extremely helpful and professional staff. So its really worth it to stay Loyal to Royal. It was that good that we have booked another cruise on Voyager. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
As generally experienced and tolerant cruisers, we question whether Royal Caribbean International are concerned about its "Worldwide 40 year Reputation." If our recent first Cruise with RCI is any indication of their supposed ... Read More
As generally experienced and tolerant cruisers, we question whether Royal Caribbean International are concerned about its "Worldwide 40 year Reputation." If our recent first Cruise with RCI is any indication of their supposed "World-Class Service",we will most certainly return to OTHER "real" Experienced Reputable Customer Oriented Companies, and tell others about our RCI experience!! We choose our Voyager adventure because this ship was big, newly revitalised and because there was an Ice-skating rink on-board.Yes, there also were many other features available on-board,but similar to many other ships .Other reasons for our decision included the fact that Voyager was to be repositioned from Singapore to Sydney with its many "Sea days", and of-cause RCI's 4 star Royal Advantage Reputation. Other Voyager passengers on this cruise have already voiced their opinion and you only need to read the recent cruise-critic members reviews to understand the dismay and disappointment they also experienced.. Our summary followes: The Voyager of the Seas is a beautiful big ship, with many spacious public area's and lots of features.Due to the calm seas we only noticed very minor ship movement throughout the Cruise. Our embarkation took at least 3 1/2 hours, lucky we waited in an airconditioned hall.The self-service windjammer cafe was generally warm/hot and crowded during breakfasts and lunch. Service in the main dining room was extremely slow (up to 55 min. for starters and to 2 1/2 hrs total for our table of 6) Some orders were delivered incorrectly, some menu items not available, some food half-cooked or cold/luke-warm etc..Generally the dining room service did start to improve from day 6, as did the available food -- after quite some discussions with the matre-d and other staff..(They were aware, but too short-staffed and unprofessional.) As stated, we tried to compromise, after-all, our other choice was the overcrowded windjammer cafe or..... $$ hamburgers with dancing/singing crew ..At least we did not starve unlike some "guests" who continually asked for unavailable banana's or "poached eggs".. We were continually told by various officers/crew "this a repositioning cruise" or " this ship has just been refitted" as a valid reason or excuse to cover shortages or maintenance problems and issues/concerns. .IT was really fascinating to hear the Captain tell about 1200 guests the revitalization project was 99% successful, with only some minor issues outstanding..... Our main complaint with the guest service department ( read- long line of unhappy/complaining guests) was the fact we choose this Cruise for the Ice-skating- but as the ice-rink only opened from day 7 with 30 min" half day' sessions also available to guests on day 8 and not 9-[cancelled}, with remainder days reserved for Ice-Shows, it meant we actually were on the ice for 60 minutes maximum, not a lot compared say to Gym users, were the exercise equipment was available everyday.. Yes, the guest services officer seemed to understand, BUT the revitalization etc etc etc maybe when in SIDENEY you can go .... and ice-skate??? Overall, the Cruise was an adventure for us, the balcony cabin fantastic,the Seas smooth, most other passengers awake and friendly, most crew friendly, some crew capable, the main shows and ice shows fabulous,we did attend the cruisecritic meet and greet, there was free drinks/food/gifts and lucky door prizes (thanks RCI),. The Cruise Director - Carly was lively,and all in all, we made the best of this Cruise. Yes, we did pay full-price including the grats.. for the poor hardest working cabin steward "vilas', but we say to RCI Voyager MANAGEMENT, your standards are not acceptable, your SYSTEMS need fine tuning and you and some of your crew need more TRAINING, be sure you do this before the next lot of tolerant full-paying guests arrive expecting 4 star World Class Service. Don't treat them as MUGS.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
RCI's Voyager of the Seas Review Background Information: From 23 November to 7 December 2013, my wife and I (both Australians, regular cruisers, in our mid to late 50s) cruised with Royal Caribbean International on the Voyager of ... Read More
RCI's Voyager of the Seas Review Background Information: From 23 November to 7 December 2013, my wife and I (both Australians, regular cruisers, in our mid to late 50s) cruised with Royal Caribbean International on the Voyager of the Seas, from Sydney, Australia, to New Zealand, and returned to Sydney via Melbourne. We had an ocean-view cabin, with an outside balcony, on the port side of Deck 6, closer to the bow and forward lifts/elevators. Summary: My wife and I found Voyager of the Seas to be a lovely ship and almost all of her crew were very polite, helpful and friendly; even the (usually unfriendly) security staff. Voyager is full of terrific features, but perhaps the best feature is the Royal Promenade on Deck 5, which is a long, 4-deck high atrium that emulates a typical British street. It includes a traditional English pub, 'The Pig and Whistle', a Sportsmen's Bar (Scoreboard), British telephone box, the CEO's red, Morgan sports car, and several shops (that are not so good; see below). Of course being such a large ship, there are many other features and facilities on board, some of which are mentioned in this review. Both my wife and I - as well as many other passengers that we spoke with during our cruise - were very impressed with Voyager of the Seas, and we would certainly return for another cruise on her, in a heartbeat. The food was excellent in the main dining room at all meals, but not quite as good in the Windjammer buffet restaurant, although there was certainly plenty of variety, and we always found something to eat that we liked. However often large crowds made it impossible to find an empty seat in the Windjammer, which required frequent announcements to ask people to share tables and to move on after dining. In some minor ways the ship is getting a little bit dated and starting to look a little bit 'tired' (especially some of the carpets), but I believe she is due for refurbishment in September 2014, which should return her to an almost new condition. Positives: There were so many positives that it would take forever to list them all here, but I'll try to cover some of the things, in no particular order, that left an excellent impression on me: * Embarkation on Day 1, at Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia, was surprisingly quick and easy. It only took us about 15 minutes from Bag Drop to actually boarding the ship. Note that we are Gold Crown & Anchor members (some passengers took much longer to get through however); * We were able to access our cabins by early afternoon and most passengers (but not all) had their suitcases waiting outside their cabins before 4pm. I learned later that boarding for some passengers was a nightmare and that quite a few did not recieve their luggage until after 11pm (but not us, I'm happy to say); * The Royal Promenade is a wonderful and innovative idea, which we thoroughly enjoyed, as did many other passengers on board. It was terrific sitting with a drink, in the English pub or in the coffee shop, listening to the delightful (mostly reggae) music of 'Vibes Nation' and watching the 'world' go by; * Kettles/tea making facilities in all cabins (possibly for the first time on an RCI cruise ship, to my knowledge) was a wonderful bonus - I only wish it was standard; * The on board (free) coffee machines produce a reasonably tasty cup of brewed coffee, which we've found to not always be the case on other RCI (and in fact, most US) cruise ships; * Cabins are very well designed and ours had everything we needed, however there were a couple of minor problems (see below, in Negatives); * Plenty of open decks for viewing the scenery, especially during entry & exit from ports of call; * The ship's decor is wonderful, although perhaps a little 'tired' - especially some of the carpets (but as mentioned earlier, Voyager may be due for refurbishment in September, 2014); * The ship's large, hanging art works, sculptures, Egyptian decorations, numerous items in display cabinets, tapestries, etc. are all excellent; * Some of the shows I saw, in the La Scala Theatre, were first class; including: Danny Elliott, the extremely talented, multi-instrumentalist & vocalist from Australia; the Boys in the Band, from Australia, and Murray Raine, the puppeteer from Australia. The ship's singers and dancers were also very good, especially in the shows on the Royal Promenade, such as the 'Island Frenzy Parade'; and some of the other on board entertainment was fantastic, like "Vibes Nation"; * The 'Ice Odyssey' Show (of 47 minutes duration) was absolutely amazing and certainly not to be missed. Starring talented ice skaters from various countries, it's a very professional spectacular on ice; something I've never seen before on a cruise ship; * Repeat customers (Crown & Anchor members) received a very special, surprise treat, with the usual function, but it also included a preview of the ice skating show (thank you RCI, that was wonderful and very much appreciated); * Our Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle was hosted by the ship's Activities Director, Chris, with lots of lucky door prizes provided by RCI (which I didn't win!), but sadly very few CCers bothered to actually meet and mingle with other CCers. I thought that was the whole point of an M&M!!!; * A nice mini-golf (or putt-putt) course, although I didn't get to play a round of golf; * The ship also offers in-line skating, numerous games machines, table tennis, rock climbing, basketball, board games and many other games & activities for teenagers; * Use of the ship's thermal suite facilities (sauna, steam room & spa) is free of charge, which is terrific, except that they are segregated, not mixed gender (which isn't so good, compared with Radiance of the Seas' 'Thermal Suite', or Celebrity's 'Persian Gardens', or P&O's 'AquaSpa Thermal Suite' for example); * The parades and 70s Disco on the Royal Promenade are spectacular, especially the Island Frenzy Parade, and the guest appearances by larger-than-life, DreamWorks' characters from Shrek and other shows amused all the children - and even me (although I had thought this would be off-putting due to my older age - but not so!); * Guests in the inside cabins on Decks 6, 7 and 8, which looked out over the Royal Promenade seemed to be very happy with their views of all the activities below, although some complained that they couldn't hear the action. An in-room speaker, with ON/OFF/Volume control would be a great idea for those cabins, I think; * The service I received in our cabin, dining rooms, bars, lounges, Guest Relations Desk, Future Cruise Desk and elsewhere around the ship was excellent, and in my opinion, even better than the (usually very good) service on most ships that I've cruised on; * Even the (usually unfriendly) security staff that you find on most ships, were friendly and polite and had warm smiles; although I'm quite sure they could be very firm and unfriendly if they needed to be! You get the impression that they'd treat you as innocent, unless they found you guilty (rather than guilty until proven innocent); * Voyager handled the fairly rough seas very well, due to her 4 stabilisers and U-shaped hull; but strong winds do play havoc on her, due to the sail-like effect of her huge, 14 deck superstructure; as we discovered when we couldn't get into the port of Dunedin, NZ; * We always managed to get a seat for breakfast or lunch, in the magnificent, three-level, Main Dining Room (on Decks 3, 4 & 5), whenever we chose to dine there - rather than in Windjammer; and all our meals there were delicious and nicely presented by very friendly staff; * Our Cruise Director, Luke Aerowsmith (from the UK originally) was one of the best cruise directors I've encountered and he had a wonderful sense of humour. I was particularly impressed by his 'home-made' videos, broadcast from time to time on Channel 14 (especially his remake of the Titanic movie and his (fake) ad for the Sounds of the Seas CD); * Disembarkation could not have been easier, nor quicker. Ship side, it was a bit ridiculous having to go down to Deck 3 with all our carry-on luggage, to wait in Studio B, only to be told to go back up the stairs to Deck 4 to get off the ship; but shore side, we found our suitcases within 2 minutes and were through Australian Immigration and Customs within 3 minutes. All up, it took about 5 minutes from leaving the ship to exiting the OPT, which was even quicker than embarkation! Well done to all concerned. Negatives: Although the positives far outweighed the negatives for my wife and I, there were still some things that were not quite right, or which could be improved. Among these are: * We had no problems with this, but sadly, many passengers told us about their waterlogged suitcases, with drenched items & clothing inside, as their luggage must have been left on the wharf (on open pallets) when a massive rainstorm hit Sydney, prior to sailing; * Despite having a small (0.8 litre) kettle in all cabins - thank you & well done RCI, no coffee sachets were available on the ship (not even for purchase). Only a good variety of tea blends ('First Tea' brand) in sachets were available, although several tea drinkers on board complained about the taste (or lack thereof). Still, it was much better than nothing! Also, hot chocolate (Nestle dark chocolate hot cocoa mix 20g) sachets were freely available on board, which is terrific; * Voyager's excellent crew was let down by the ship's photographic section. They were quite rude, pushy and very unprofessional, and their charges were exorbitant (at $25 per photo)! My wife was hurt, when she was physically pushed out of the way once by a ship's photographer as he rushed to get a photo (I also took his photo!), and they told us that we were not allowed to use our own cameras to take photos! They lost many photos (not only a couple of our photos, but we heard many other passengers complain about this too); then, when we asked them to reprint one photo, they reprinted two (2) sets of all our photos and tried to charge us twice! We were shocked that before we could even select any photos, we had to pay a ridiculous $US 75.00 deposit; * At times, especially on cold or wet sea days, all the bars and lounges were full to overflowing, and it was occasionally impossible to find a place to sit anywhere on the ship (apart from in your own cabin), let alone being able to get to a bar to even buy a drink; * The adults-only Solarium is wonderful, except when it gets wet and/or windy. Everything was blowing around, drinks spilled, glasses blown away, and clothing was scattered all over. It really needs to be covered, either with an opening roof (vergola), or a permanent roof (as on Radiance of the Seas); * If one person in the cabin was asleep, it was impossible not to disturb them when the other person wanted to get anything out of the wardrobe, or go to the bathroom. The partition curtain is too narrow (only 70cm or 2'3" wide) and is not able to block any light from the bed. Also, the arrangement of the cabin lighting, with no individual switches, means that in order to be able to see inside the wardrobe, it is necessary to turn on all four (4) cabin lights & one (1) long fluorescent tube. The entrance light (at least) needs to be independent of the other overhead cabin lights and the light above the 2-seater lounge should also be independently controlled, but it's not; * There is an OHS hazard in the change rooms of the fitness centre. The top row of lockers can't be reached unless you stand, in bare feet, on the wet, slippery bench. All it would take would be a sudden list to port or starboard and you could come falling down and possibly break some bones (I reported this & hopefully it will be fixed soon); * There are only two (2) sets of passenger lifts/elevators - 6 lifts forward and 8 lifts aft, a total of 14 lifts in all (the crew has their own, out-of-sight lifts). Normally this was sufficient, but at times there were very long waits for lifts, up to 15 minutes, especially during port calls, show times, meal times and special events. It certainly didn't help either, when uncontrolled children got into the lifts and pressed all the buttons for every deck; * Disembarkation at smaller ports was often disorganised and (unnecessarily) very slow. It took us almost one (1) hour to disembark at Auckland and 45 minutes at Napier, due to the very long queues/lines and confusion on the wharves. This need not have been the case if they had given it a bit more thought beforehand - and I did offer them some simple suggestions for improvement; * Arriving at a port at 3pm is ridiculous. There was no need for this, at Auckland, and by the time we finally got ashore (over one hour later), the shops and all tourist facilities (like the museums and hop-on hop-off buses) were just about to close or wrap-up for the day; * Due to the smaller size of the ice rink (Studio B), numbers are limited at each performance. This generated 'panic' (for want of another word) by some of those attending. Long queues/lines formed, with some pushing & shoving, and with people trying to queue-jump. There was also anger and even yelling by some passengers (although most passengers were well-mannered and patient). This nastiness could easily have been avoided by simple crowd control methods, such as roped-off lanes, and preferably overseen by crew members, prior to the ice shows; * Despite having a switch & volume control in our cabin, for any PA announcements, we could not hear any important and useful announcements in our cabin unless we opened our cabin door. On some occasions we could only hear them from outside, on our balcony. This doesn't include urgent messages, about missing passengers, fire drills, etc., which were audible over the in-cabin speaker. However for the useful messages that we would have liked to hear, we couldn't. I would have preferred to have the option with those, to listen or not. For example, we couldn't hear the excellent commentary about the three Sounds/fiords (Dusky, Doubtful & Milford) without wedging our cabin door open; * We found the on board shops to be quite average to poor. Most of the shop staff (although not all) were friendly and helpful, but the shops had a limited range of goods, and sizes that clearly did not fit the vast majority of the passengers (there was a lot of XS, or Extra Small, sized clothing, for example, and only a miniscule number of Extra Small passengers on board!). Radiance of the Seas offers a much better range of shopping and more variety, while P&O (Australia) offers far more choice and variety again, with items such as potato crisps, lollies/candies, ladies' hygiene products, etc.; none of which could be found on Voyager, which is more focused on selling alcohol, cigarettes, watches, handbags, jewellery, perfumes, ladies clothing and a limited range of RCI and Voyager memorabilia. I did eventually manage to find some essentials, like suntan lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes, etc. hidden away in the alcohol shop (of course, where else?); * We missed out on the port of Dunedin, New Zealand, which was nobody's fault. The weather was atrocious and it was too dangerous to enter the passage leading to Port Chalmers. P&O's Pacific Pearl, which was also due in to the same port with us, also gave Dunedin a big miss (we felt so sorry for the locals there that day). Unfortunately this meant that we had no ports of call on the South Island of New Zealand. However, I was very impressed by the constant updates, the apologies and the detailed explanation by our friendly Captain (Captain Sverre Ryan), Cruise Director (Luke Aerowsmith) and the Local Pilot (which was broadcast on the ship's TV) as to exactly why it was too risky to go into the narrow channel. Even so, we lingered around the region for several hours, just in case the weather changed, which sadly didn't happen. So although a negative, I believe it was very well handled, totally unavoidable and no one's fault. Conclusion: I really enjoyed my cruise on RCI's Voyager of the Seas and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience a larger ship (of course there are a few ships that are bigger again!). The accommodation was excellent, the ship's facilities were fantastic (although a bit crowded at times), the food was absolutely delicious, the crew/staff members were polite, friendly, helpful, and their service was fantastic (with the exception of the ship's photographic staff). Entertainment on the ship was overall, of a very high standard. New Zealand is a lovely country to visit, and very tourist-friendly; although I was disappointed that we didn't get to see much of the South Island, other than the three (3), magnificent Sounds. Thank you Royal Caribbean; we hope to come back again to Voyager, after we try out Rhapsody of the Seas, early next year (2014). Regards, "Grey Funnel" (9 Dec 2013) Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Were really looking forward to cruising with RCI, and realistic and not into complaining about everything for the sake of it. We enjoyed the many positives of the cruise, like Cruise Director Gordon who was just fantastic, the shows and ... Read More
Were really looking forward to cruising with RCI, and realistic and not into complaining about everything for the sake of it. We enjoyed the many positives of the cruise, like Cruise Director Gordon who was just fantastic, the shows and entertainers good, embarkation excellent, port stays good, dining room lovely and staff in there friendly and attentive. Also the Captain who was very personable and communicated through interactive channel regularly. However, our issue was that prior to boarding we had read this ship had norovirus and yet no precautions taken to prevent same when we boarded and sure enough, by day 3 myself, along with many other passengers, had come down with the dreaded virus. Medical centre was overrun with people trying to access treatment, I was confined to my cabin and missed a port stop (Week one). Week two, second bout of norovirus, again confined to cabin and missed port no 2. So many people on board with virus and whilst some attempt made at sanitising, elevator not attended to, nor chairs public areas. Captain and cruise director broadcasted there was an 'epidemic' in Australia responsible for the virus coming onto the ship - yet I have searched media and Australian government sites since returning and no mention of a gastric outbreak in Australia. On last night my husband contracted norovirus and after vomiting profusely all night, attended medical centre who informed still required to disembark at allocated 6.30am time! After protesting (he was very sick), we were granted an hour to 'rest up' before being required to disembark still, as they were expecting other passengers coming on board for the new cruise! This ship was contaminated with norovirus cruise before ours and many people sick on ours, I think it needs addressing and stop blaming 'Australian epidemic' on land as the problem. It's such a shame that they did not address this earlier as getting so sick is just not ok. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
After reading so many negative reviews of Voyager I felt that it was important for anyone considering Voyager for a future cruise to gain another opinion. From my experience most online reviews are generally from the complaint perspective ... Read More
After reading so many negative reviews of Voyager I felt that it was important for anyone considering Voyager for a future cruise to gain another opinion. From my experience most online reviews are generally from the complaint perspective as happy cruisers are off planning their next cruise not online voicing petty complaints. On that note, here goes! We travelled as a family of 5 on Voyager on 22 Dec Christmas/New Year cruise. We have cruised 6 times previously. We are in the age demographic of 25-40 with kids aged 3-8. One of the few cruise lines in the world who offer a family of 5 accommodation in 1 cabin. Boarding was fantastic, quick and painless and happy and helpful staff who understood everyone's eagerness to get onboard. 20 mins and we were on. The kids were hungry, so we sought out Windjammer for our first lunch. It was busy, but nothing like the Westfield food court we had encountered the day before. We were pleasantly surprised after the poor reviews of the Windjammer, food was fresh, hot and oodles of variety. After lunch the cabins were ready so we ventured off to find our family ocean view cabin! OMG, huge is an understatement, main bedroom with queen bed, dresser, tv, double wardrobe and porthole, a separate bedroom with bunks, sidetable and wardrobe for the kids and a three-seater, double fold out sofa in the spacious loungeroom, with 2 single chairs and more wardrobe space and another tv, but sadly only one bathroom ;) We had My-Time dining, so we decided to have a rest and then get ready for dinner. The Magic Flute restaurant (top level of dining room) was gorgeous with service to match. The children were treated like royalty and we too were made feel very special each and every night. Our kids mixed up their meals by ordering from the main menu and kids menu depending on what they wanted each night. My-time dining is fantastic. Room service breakfast was in order for Day 2. Perfect, apart from I thought that ordering 4 pastries meant 4 pastries, not 4 plates of 4 pastries on each plate, oops, kids thought it was awesome. Like a few other days we skipped lunch as there was just so much food. Our preference was to enjoy lunch in the Carmen dining room, same with breakfast as we enjoy being served. We also had bbq by pool on last day. Kids went and visited kids club. Wow, the kids club is kids heaven. Every day was something new including PJ party, discos, pirate night. A family holiday is not a holiday unless it has kids club, and Adventure Ocean is in a league of its own. Our kids loved every moment. Special thanks to No-hair Pierre, Kitty Kat, Alex, Happy Humphrey, Hello Kitty, Lauren, Step-up Steph and all the other amazing staff. By Day 2 we were experiencing what I call 'Cruise Rage'. Here goes my complaint! The passengers are the only problem that we found onboard. Cranky, miserable, poor attitude and unfair treatment of staff provided for an overall negative vibe onboard. This continued for all 14 nights and we were disappointed that there are so many Australians with such self-righteous attitudes. There were exceptions, just felt embarrassed to be an Aussie. Everyone had a problem, instead of enjoying their holidays they felt it necessary to whinge and complain to whoever would listen. It was like they couldn't wait to criticise everything. Hearing things like 'that's going on my feedback form' gave me the impression that their holiday entailed writing lists of anything they could find to criticise. Entertainment - overall was below the standard we have found on other cruises. With the exceptions of Dreamworks Move it! Move it! parade, the ice skating show, 70's disco inferno street party, illusionist John Taylor and Marty Coffey. We left many shows, and The Denise Canby Trio in High Notes were dreadful, making it impossible to sit through an entire drink. 3D movies, in-room movies and game-show type shows were excellent. The piano bar with Ed Manego was a true highlight. I could go on for hours about how excellent the ship was, but I will just list everything we participated in and found to be AMAZING, really top notch! - blackjack tournament, rockclimbing (yes made it to the top), ice skating, rollerblading, mini-golf, gingerbread decorating, bingo (hubby won!), photos, arcade, day spa (went twice & reasonably priced), pools and spas, Dreamworks character breakfast,fitness centre/gym, cupcake cupboard, adventure beach waterslides and casino. Shore excursions - we booked all our own tours before the cruise. We mostly booked either our own hire cars, or private tours. Special thanks to Neil from TopHat Limousines Dunedin and Nicci from Marlborough Tours. Highlights - we LOVED Portofino. We booked prior to boarding and our experience was brilliant, so good that we went twice! Kids loved Johnny Rockets, and the burgers were pretty good. The weather was so kind to us, perfect seas and plenty of sunshine. Kids also loved Ben & Jerry's icecream. As a coffee lover, I understand other posts about Starbucks onboard. But people, we are on a SHIP in the middle of the ocean. The coffee was OK. Cocktails were very reasonably priced, and bartenders always made sure you were well supplied and happy with your selection. The overall quality of the food onboard was brilliant. Each and every meal was excellent and a well-thought out menu. We (including kids) enjoyed 3 courses every night and were all very happy, except with the bathroom scales on our return home. Overall we had a sensational time, with so many happy memories and will sail with Royal Caribbean time and time again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Background Information: Last year we traveled on Voyager of the seas on the Med and got the cruise bug! It was not long after our return that we realized Voyager was coming to Australia and was happy to cruise on her again! We arrived on ... Read More
Background Information: Last year we traveled on Voyager of the seas on the Med and got the cruise bug! It was not long after our return that we realized Voyager was coming to Australia and was happy to cruise on her again! We arrived on Thursday night (4 nights ahead of cruise) to enjoy a bit of Singapore beforehand (Don't miss Singapore Zoo, Night Safara and Universal Studios!) Hotel Info : Park Royal On Beach. The room was fine. The main disapointments was that I mainly chose this hotel for the Pool so we can cool down after the heat of the day. The Pool was closed though we were offered shuttles to their other hotels to swim (Which sorta defeated the Purpose) They were also constructions that pretty much denied any opportunity for a lazy morning sleepin as they were jackhammers going by 9am. Embarkation: The Cruise terminal was so new our Taxi driver never even heard of it. The newness was clear as we arrived at the Terminal to disorganized Chaos. Leaving our luggage on the curb outside was a bit unsettling. Then ushered to a slow line to go through security. Then directed to a throng of people ( we got there around 11:50, listed Embarkation was 12). We just shoved to a line and it was at least 30 minutes later that we were actually told we actually were in the correct line (Purely by accident) Then had people spreading misinformation that we were in the wrong line. After another 1 and quarter in this line we finally checked in...then was sent to the immigration line. It was only at this point that they finally had people with placcards to show people which lines to go to. At least the immigration line went fairly quickly. This whole process took about 2 hrs. In Venice last year...maybe 30 minutes with drinks and refreshments while you wait. I would like to think the chaos was due to the newness of the centre and not being prepared to handle quite so many passengers. (Princess Cruises was there as well) Ship Info: Voyager was as we had remembered it. The Staff, the food and the service were top notch. (Except for Bar service during meals, we were often lucky to get our drinks by time we were ready to leave.) A lot of service issues were due to a crew changeover after their asian season, so we were happy to forgive our waiter not know where 1 out of a thousand tables had moved to. We were on Holiday after all! I found the atmosphere and the people much more relaxed than in Europe, probably cause there were more aussies on board! There was an outbreak of Novovirus on board, each day we were given updates and precautions to take (Though to my surprise I often saw people going into dining without using the disenfects providers or leaving toilets without washing hands) As risk management increased we saw all manner of crew, including the dancers, entertainers and such helping out around the dining room. Our Captain Charles Tiege kept us informed daily of health, weather, ship and other safety concerns. We had a big celebration and fundraiser for 'Cross the Equator' we walked a mile for Make a Wish Foundation. The ship raising money by selling T-shirts for $10. There was such an exciting atmosphere as the entire jogging deck was filled with people walking in matching Shirts! (Voyager became the largest passenger vessel to cross the equator!) Halloween was a hoot as we had a dance party on the Promenade! The day after we left Porthedland we had a Medevac helicopter take a passenger from the ship. (A lady had fallen and broken her hip) It was definatly interesting to watch the preparations and they showed a video of the landing in the daily ship briefing. The last day of the cruise was a bit rough as their were storms along the coast of Western Australia and the Captain took precautions for the safety of the passengers by closing the external decks as the ship rocked around. Activities: I attended line dance classes, A jive dancing class, jewelry making and a awesome historical maps lecture. There was definitely a wide variety of things for people to choose from that at times I was suffering for choice. I had wanted to go to the gym more, but the aircon was not working well in there and with a hot top smack in the middle...well I nearly fainted the first time I went. I found the gym girl a bit pushy with regards to product selling. I attended a class that I thought was be about healthy ways of dealing with sore backs and knees, which actually was just a sales pitch for some orthotics. Service: For the most part the service was wonderful. Only downside was bar service in the Main Dining Hall was very slow. Port & Shore Excursions: The biggest downside to the shore excursions were the distance from the cities. Due to the size of the ship we could not get any closer to the cities. That was something we knew when booking the ship and a small price to pay for cruising on such a large ship. The tours were led by interesting guides who gave us interesting cultural histories about the areas we visited. I would say our best guide was for Ayuthaya because his passion for his country and the areas we visited were clear! The buses were comfortable and we were provided cool wet towels and water bottles several times to deal with the tropical heat! Port Hedland was a surprise, cause like many Australians I was not expected much from the port. It was chosen because it was a deep water port that could take in our ship. Despite it all, I enjoyed the port for what it was. It was a busy shipping port and we got to watch the operations of docking this ships, unloading and loading which is something many of us have never seen before. The town put on a market day and provided shuttle buses around the town. As we arrived we got an honor guard of two tug boats blasting their waterjets and leading us in (Though we never needed them for docking) Stateroom: We chose an inside stateroom cause any light in the room wakes me up! It was a good decision, especially since they had curtains that blocked off the sleeping area from the living area. The new flat screens were nice to watch and since they were mounted on an arm we could watch TV from bed or the couch! We might have chosen a separate arrangement for the beds, cause it was just a touch tight getting around the corners of the bed. The Aircon was a little weaker than expected. Our Room attendant was a lovely man who was very helpful! We had a problem with our phone and he helped us out, had someone from maintenance up within 10 minutes to fix it. Dining: As an Aussie/American I loved the food. A lot of American style cooking that I had missed and got to catch upon! (Real bacon and Biscuits with white gravy, But I know some aussies weren't sure what to do with the white gravy! ;P) I found the food well prepared and tasty whether I ate at Windjammer or the main Dining Room. The food service was great! Children's Clubs: I have no children, but from what I saw of the kids about the ship, they looked to be having a blast parent free. Entertainment: I went to shows nearly every night and enjoyed every one of them! My only criticism was that the daily compass didn't really advertise the headliners really well and for some I waffled about going and dare say given the occupancy of some of the shows so did others, because we had no clue what kind of show it would be. "So and So: an interesting Performer" Is not a way to sell a fabulous Australian Singer who entertained us with Songs from every genre (Belinda Marks). The Ship Shows were fun to watch though felt a little repetitive as they did some of the same sets as when I was on last year, though with some new sets mixed in. The singers sang well individually, but found they did not harmonize well together during the first show, but was much better on the second show. One of the dancers (Myles sp?) I could not take my eyes off of. He was amazing and put every ounce into each dance he performed. He wasn't just dancing, but got the feeling he really felt the music and the dance. Disembarkation: We were gold members and were in group 4 to disembark. We had to be at our lounge at 7:05. We were outside waiting for our ride by 7:20, luggage in hand. It was a smooth procedure! They could have used more chairs in the waiting area. As I dare say there were people like us who ended up having to wait for our lifts, because the disembarkation was far quicker than we had expected! BIGGEST NEGATIVE: Smoking being allowed in High Notes and not having doors between the casino and Aquarium/Schooner Lounge. I noticed only one smoker smoking in High Notes, but I noticed each time he lit up...4-8 people left. They loss business for allowing smoking in an area that many people use to relax and get a view of the world. Because the casino is smokers paradise...well smoke...being smoke it does not stay contained and I could not enjoy time at either Aquarium or Schooner bar because of it. I am asthmatic and cigarette smoke sets off my asthma. There were plenty outside areas to smoke that I could easily avoid that allowing it in enclosed areas seems unfair to those of us who do not smoke. Also only one towel station was open and it was in an smoking section. So basically I had to inhale other people's smoke every time I wanted to swim! Final: All in all I had a wonderful time and the problems encountered did not diminish my cruising holiday and I am already planning the next two cruise vacations! Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
I've just came back from the "Exotic Asia Cruise" embarking on 11 June2012. Frankly, I was quite disappointed in the Voyager, we had an unforgettable, fantastic and smooth cruise on the Liberty OTS in the Western Med this ... Read More
I've just came back from the "Exotic Asia Cruise" embarking on 11 June2012. Frankly, I was quite disappointed in the Voyager, we had an unforgettable, fantastic and smooth cruise on the Liberty OTS in the Western Med this time last year, I came back gushing about Royal Caribbean and telling everyone that they should choose a cruise holiday with Royal Caribbean. Same captain, same cruise director, we expected the experience to be the same on the Voyager but alas it was way below expectations. We were constantly reminded that this was a"historic cruise", that it was the biggest cruise ship to come to Asia. Well, the Voyager was not ready for Asia and Asia is not ready for the Voyager. Where do I start? The food - choices were poor even in the MDR. They were probably trying too hard to cater to "Asian tastes" - and I am saying this as a Singaporean. The "Asian choices" were a poor imitation of the originals anyway and poor value (fried noodles for dinner mains in the MDR - c'mon!) This left only about 3 Western choices, on top of which quality of the fish (dry) and steaks (tough) etc were below par as well. The scallops the tiniest I have ever seen and there was no lobster night! We were told that Lobster night was replaced by "Big prawn night". The prawns when they came were about 6cm long, skinny and there were only 5 of them, hardly enough to fill up this small lady's tummy! Breakfast was the same EVERY DAY both in Windjammer and MDR. Again the quality and taste left much to be desired (rubbery bacon, dry and stringy corn beef hash). Dish water for coffee ( to be fair, coffee was bad on the Liberty too). We were really looking forward to the crackle of the previously excellent bread rolls - too bad, I think the baker did not know how to adapt his baking to the humidity? Soggy, rubbery and cold. Many of the ports were not ready for big ships and we ended up docking far away from anywhere. We took 2 hours to get to HCM, from the container terminal in Phu My. The first night in Hong Kong, we tendered in a bay 45 minutes away from Central Pier. The second day we moved and docked at a container terminal ( this was possibly worse than the tender and we waited endlessly for shuttles in Hong Kong. A lot of time was wasted in Hong Kong tendering (45 minutes) and shuttling (40 minutes on the bus plus an hour long queue to get onto the shuttle in the first place!) On smaller ships, Hong Kong would have been a breeze as they all dock at Harbour City which is right in the central TST area and is attached to a gigantic shopping mall. Shanghai on disembarkation day was chaotic, There were not enough taxis and no proper queuing policy such that people with luggage tags much later than ours ended up on the taxis earlier by forming a separate line in Shanghai. It was relatively quick and easy only in Xiamen. Service levels of the mostly PRC crew on the Voyager were below that which I enjoyed with the European and Caribbean crew on the Liberty; none of the chat and banter that added to the fun. The waiters and stewards did try hard but there were many little slip-ups which did add up to an overall poorer experience (perhaps language or cultural unfamiliarity or inexperience, for example, leaving us without offering any bread while waiting for dinner to arrive. Steward forgetting to put feedback forms in the rooms ( hmmm.... reading my review maybe this was on purpose!) The guest relations desk was downright rude, the future cruise sales director was unfamiliar with non-Asian cruises and impatient - I went to her all ready to book my next cruise and came away empty-handed! The bartender in Cleopatra's needle was totally unhelpful. 1 of the photographers was trying to avoid taking photos! Some bright spots were the staff in the Promenade Cafe and some of the other waiters we encountered in the MDR during breakfast and lunch. The bands (Music Box Trio) don't know what ballroom dance music is, they kept playing songs with the wrong tempo that were impossible to dance to. It was fantastic that the ice-rink in Studio B was turned into a dance floor but it was wasted because the band had no idea what to play and disappointed many of us keen dancers on board. Cruise Director Gordon, please note that there are many keen ballroom dancers in Asia and many specifically go on cruises to dance properly. Beware the dance floor in The Vault, it is sticky and broken in the middle, I know of 2 twisted ankles from it at least. The DJ said he had already reported it but nothing was done (They seemed to have had plenty of time to renovate the Casino though!)Otherwise however, the Vault had better (recorded) music for ballroom dancing. I missed having a Boleros Latin Dance bar on board. The shows were less spectacular than on previous cruises. On the last night, when we would have expected the best, they brought in a guest acrobat from New York who was rather clumsy and simple in her routine. This was after we had the benefit of better acrobats on the first night and during the ice-show. It was also a surprise considering that really breath-taking acrobats are a literally found on street corners all over China, any of them would have been better. And oh yes, to top it all, they forgot my birthday too! ( both at the state room and at dinner). We were happy to see a roller blading rink but despite waiting around it many times, never did get to use it as it was usually too wet and had to be closed. The only good thing (from son's point of view) was that they had a lot more Dreamworks actvities compared to the Liberty! Something we got on the Liberty but not on the Voyager was a daily teens newsletter about youth activities for the day. I'm not sure if it was not printed or we were just not given it by our forgetful steward? We met other people on board who had previously cruised with Royal Caribbean and all agreed that their experience was below that of their previous cruises. I think for people who had never cruised before with no expectations, this would still have been a good experience.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We have cruised many times (on Royal Carribbean, Holland America, Princess, and Celebrity) so there is a level of quality and excellence that we have come to expect from cruise vacations. This cruise did not meet any of our expectations ... Read More
We have cruised many times (on Royal Carribbean, Holland America, Princess, and Celebrity) so there is a level of quality and excellence that we have come to expect from cruise vacations. This cruise did not meet any of our expectations (with the exception of the entertainment which was very good!). First, the food was not only bad...it was AWEFUL! Just to give you an idea, on the way off the ship, we were chatting with first time cruisers and unsolicited, the wife told me she had stopped eating after three days into the cruise because the food was so bad! - now that's bad food!! Here are a couple of specific examples...The selection of food at the Windjammer was the same everyday. On previous cruises, the theme and selections changed daily. Not only was the selection the same, but it looked (and tasted) like they simply reheated and re-served leftovers from the previous day. The bread was stale, the hamburgers were rubbery and tasted like they had been microwaved, and the chicken tasted waterlogged. The fruit wasn't fresh and sweet and the waffles and french toast were stone cold! If we hadn't experienced it, I would have never believed the food could have been this sub-par on a cruise. The food was a little better in the main dining room, but still not even close to the quality of meals we have had on other cruises (including Royal Carribbean cruises). One very telling fact is that someone on the intercom giving accolades to the chef and staff were congratulating them for feeding us on a $300,000/week budget. If you do the math, that comes out to a budget of about $3.00/meal. Ok, you get my drift with the food...now let's talk about staff/service. The crew/staff of this ship had very low energy and there was very little - if any- enthusiasm coming from them. There were a few members of staff who would greet you with a smile and friendly hello, but most were checking the box and doing their job as if they had been sent to purgatory. Again, very very different atmosphere from all other previous cruises we have experienced. The condition of the ship was also sub par. We found out that the ship is going to Asia to be completely refurbished in the next couple of months (which is sorely needed). That being said it did not change the fact that for our cruise, the ships carpets and furniture were stained, the decks were rusty, ATM machines were down, arcade equipment was broken, and several pieces of gym equipment were broken. They can't get the Voyager to Asia quick enough for her much needed face-lift! Meanwhile those of us sailing between now and then are/were stuck with a tired ship. Royal Carribbean should also revisit it's smoking policy. We sailed during the NFL playoffs and wanted to watch the game in a common area with a bar, food, etc. The only place to do that was in the Sports Bar in the Promenade . We assumed that smoking was not allowed in indoor common areas, but this was not the case. Smoking IS allowed in the sports bar which made it uncomfortable to us non smokers watching the game. (We did have an option of going back to our private non-smoking rooms and watching it there, but how fun is that?! Also, throughout the cruise the smoke from this bar permeated the promenade area so to say the common areas are non-smoking is like saying it's ok for folks to pee in one end of the pool, but don't worry....it won't effect you on the other end. Just saying..... On a positive note, fortunately we traveled with friends that we enjoyed and we did get to relax and enjoy time at our destination ports, so the cruise wasn't a complete bust. Prior to exiting the ship, we signed up for a cruise next year on Royal Carribbean's top of the line ship - The Allure. We thought for sure, the food issue would be better on that ship. Upon getting home and reading cruise critic reviews on the food on the Allure, we found it's not much better, so we will be cancelling our reservation on the Allure and choosing another ship line to cruise with next winter. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
As first time cruisers, we weren't sure what to expect. The reality exceeded any expectations I may have had! The ship itself was spectacular with something always going on. We brought our two boys, but didn't enroll them in ... Read More
As first time cruisers, we weren't sure what to expect. The reality exceeded any expectations I may have had! The ship itself was spectacular with something always going on. We brought our two boys, but didn't enroll them in the children's activities because one wasn't quite old enough. There was plenty for them to do anyway from kiddi-pools with waterslides to mini-golf. Their favorite activity was ice skating... on the ocean! I, personally, really liked the Michael Jackson dance class. Such a variety of things to do! The onshore excursions were very fun as well. Our favorite place was Grand Cayman. We played at the beach early on, then went on a pirate ship (highly recommend, even if you don't have kids)! Even all the staff on the shore was entertaining and accomodating. The most impressive part of our whole journey was the Royal Caribbean staff on the ship. Everyone was so friendly and remembered us from day to day (which, with so many people every week, would be hard to do). They called the boys by name every night in the dining room and our waiter and assistant wait-staff spoiled them! By the end of the week our oldest son (3) couldn't wait to go see Claudiu! We really enjoyed getting to know the staff and their stories. My husband and parents went to the captain's talk at the end of the week and were very impressed by how serious he and the other officers were about their jobs. We felt very safe in their hands. I've read a lot of different things about safety and security on these ships. First of all, they had hand sanitizer everywhere and signs encouraging hand washing. As far as I know, there was no illness outbreak, and if there was, we were not involved. I never saw any partying getting out of hand (although, with kids we weren't partying anyway). Bottom line, I never felt my safety threatened by staff or other passengers. I was at ease the entire time. Also, before we ever even left port, we were all required to participate in a safety drill and all the staff seemed very competent. In fact, more than one of them checked to make sure the kids had their correct bracelets (which let them know where our cabin rally point was), and I was grateful everyone was on the same page. Thanks for the wonderful trip, Royal Caribbean International! We really appreciate it! Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Pre-Cruise: Drury Inn was a great value, all the added free extras (free long distance, free wifi, free breakfast and free appetizers/cocktails at 5:30) made it really worthwhile. Quiet hotel at night, away from the hustle of Bourbon St. ... Read More
Pre-Cruise: Drury Inn was a great value, all the added free extras (free long distance, free wifi, free breakfast and free appetizers/cocktails at 5:30) made it really worthwhile. Quiet hotel at night, away from the hustle of Bourbon St. We walked back from Bourbon St at night mostly between 9pm and 11pm and felt safe. I'm not sure how it would have been any later than that, but probably best to take a cab to play it safe. Rooms were nice and large and service at the front desk was extremely helpful. We also did a City tour with Southern Style tours which gave us a great overview of the garden district and the lower 9th ward restoration progress. Embarkation: We rolled our luggage from the Drury Inn to the Julia St. entrance as we only had carry on sized baggage, this saved some cab fare and it wasn't too long of a walk. Once at the terminal we were on the ship within 30 minutes (arrived around 11am). I'm not too sure how much time we saved since we had priority boarding with platinum, but it looked like the other line was moving quickly as well. Ship: My first time on a Voyager class ship. Although Voyager is older, they have kept up with the updates on a majority of public rooms and it still looks great. The Royal Promenade is a great way to get a frame of reference for where public lounges/dining areas are. I felt it was easier to navigate than the Radiance class ships. Entertainment: Entertainment was good to great. The two broadway style shows featured talented singers/dancer and the comedian was good as well. The ice show was not to miss, its a relatively small rink but they don't let the size stop them from performing complex routines. The parades down the promenade were fun to watch, there were two during our cruise. 70's night is also fun - although after a few cruises which feature this night, I think it wouldn't be a bad idea if RCI changed the routine a bit. Cabin: We had an inside promenade room overlooking the Cafe. I wanted to try this as it seemed a better alternative to a regular inside but still at a great rate. It made for interesting people watching and I would book one of these cabins again. You could hear the sound from the parades a bit, but since we were always up and about at that time it was no big deal. The color scheme in these cabins needs an update, the teal green color on the drawers/vanity dates the room to the late nineties. Otherwise it was perfectly clean and in good working order. Bathrooms had the round closing doors for the shower, which is a huge improvement over the often too intimate shower curtain. Food: I found the food in the dining room better than I had experienced on my last cruise on the Radiance. Lobster was offered on Day 6 and probably my favorite meal of the week. Windjammer was good, we ate there for most breakfasts and lunches. Pool buffets were offered all three sea days, and on Day 6 there was a pool buffet at night as well, this had a New Orleans theme. We looked but did not eat anything as we weren't all that hungry. Meant to try Johnny Rockets but never got around to it, next time I guess. Activities: Activities were plentiful enough so you would not get bored. We mostly wanted to relax on our sea days so we spent most time on deck 12 surrounding the Solarium, lounging and reading books. Deck 4 is great in the early evenings to catch the last rays of the sun and is very quiet/secluded. Spa/Fitness: On Day 6 I decided to use the spa and get my nails done, I phoned at 9:45am and they said they could take me at 10. It was a nice experience and while the price was higher than at home I really did feel pampered with the view of the Caribbean sea I had out the windows. We had gone on this cruise with every intention of using the beautiful fitness center but after the first day it became less of a priority. Funny how that always happens. Debark: Did the self assist and were off the ship by 7:20. We rented a car to do the plantations in New Orleans as our flight was not until 3pm. This worked out well and we managed to see both Oak Alley and Laura Plantations, and still managed to return the car to the airport in good time to catch the flight home. Overall I wouldn't hesitate to book a cruise out of New Orleans again - its a great city to spend a couple of days in before a cruise. It seems like all the delays on embarkation/debarkation from the first few cruises on Voyager have been eliminated. Can't wait until I can cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
It was home runs and strikeouts on this sailing, really nothing in between. In the home run category was the service in general. Waiters, stewards, bartenders and staff were extremely attentive and kind going above and beyond their duty ... Read More
It was home runs and strikeouts on this sailing, really nothing in between. In the home run category was the service in general. Waiters, stewards, bartenders and staff were extremely attentive and kind going above and beyond their duty to make us comfortable. Except for the concierge, that was a strikeout. Withe our OS cabin we concierge service and he was a complete failure and very disappointing. He didn't maintain his hours, was evasive, and in general made us feel like a burden. When Eddie ask him for assistance, the answer was always "no" and he never offered alternatives or assistance. Paying a premium for a suite is justified because of the concierge benefit, I was denied that this cruise. He was an epic failure. Food. The dining room was great .Johnny Rockets was a treat. Poolside bbqs were yummy. Windjammer cafeteria is massive. Portofino was a waste of time, a strike out. Everything was simply slathered in garlic and presented more fancily, but it wasn't actually good. Even if it were free, I wouldn't go back. Entertainment, home run. I can't elaborate more than that. It was great. The ship is dated, needs some spiffing up, but I wouldn't say it's beat up. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
A little background of who we are: this was our fifth cruise, third with Royal Caribbean. We are an active (I stress active) couple, 36 and 40 years old, with no children. We enjoy cruising because of the value you get for the money and we ... Read More
A little background of who we are: this was our fifth cruise, third with Royal Caribbean. We are an active (I stress active) couple, 36 and 40 years old, with no children. We enjoy cruising because of the value you get for the money and we enjoy visiting new countries and always go into ports of call. Our favorite activity while in Caribbean ports is scuba diving. We arrived on Saturday and stayed at the Holiday Day Sunspree Resort. It is a nice hotel and our balcony faced the Gulf. We opted for the stay and park package and took the hotel shuttle to the port on Sunday. The Port of Galveston is a slow moving port, that was the only negative about our trip and has nothing to do with Royal Caribbean. It was slow getting through security but once through, check-in was a breeze and we walked right onto the ship around 12:30 p.m. Getting through customs upon return was a nightmare, it took about two hours! For the age of the ship it is in great condition. The only issue was one of the hot tubs on deck 11 was out of order for the first half of the cruise and then the one next to it, may have been closed for cleaning perhaps. It did not matter to me as I do not swim in public swimming pools, but it just looked awful wrapped up in white plastic while work commenced. Service was impeccable on the ship. Our stateroom attendant, Loreta, kept everything tidy and made a cute towel animal 6 of the 7 nights. I would skip the dining room breakfast, we went the first sea day which I guess everyone decided to go the first sea day and the dining room was overwhelmed. The choices were not all that impressive and we found that the breakfast in the Windjammer was much better with better options and of course you are served immediately since it is buffet style. The only problem with the Windjammer is fellow passengers who decide to use a table for playing cards or needle pointing during the breakfast or lunch rush, how inconsiderate! I wish RCI would enforce moving non-eaters out so that those of us who need a table to sit and eat could find one easier. In fact any complaints about the cruise I have has to do with inconsiderate passengers. We chose second seating for dinner and the food was delicious each night. Our head waiter found out we love Indian food and each night brought us a bowl of meat curry to try. The meat curries are never on the menu, but are available. We tried the chicken, lamb and fish curries as well as the lentil and chick pea curries...all were amazing. Everything we ate for dinner was amazing especially the escargot and beef dishes. The cod was perfect each time. The entertainers are top notch and the Broadway style shows were excellent. RCI finds great singers and dancers and I do not understand why the other cruise lines do not (i.e. Carnival and Princess), could be that RCI has hired all of the best. I have nothing negative to say about the ship or its crew, our experience was perfect and the weather cooperated for the most part, wonderful vacation! Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Fantastic ice skating shows, I took a private lesson from one of the stars on the ship for only $25.00 for 30 minutes and had so much fun!! I learned so much in 30 minutes, even how to spin!! The pilates classes were great, soaking in the ... Read More
Fantastic ice skating shows, I took a private lesson from one of the stars on the ship for only $25.00 for 30 minutes and had so much fun!! I learned so much in 30 minutes, even how to spin!! The pilates classes were great, soaking in the hot tub was fun, the shows at night were all fantastic, the disco was phenomenal!! The DJ played all kinds of songs we requested. He was so wonderful!!! the people who worked on the ship could not have been nicer or more concerned for the passengers comfort and good time. The only thing that would prevent me from cruising Royal Carib again is the poor selection of food options for vegans. When I went to the restaurant and opened my menu daily at lunch I was always so disappointed to see the same unhealthy choice me as a vegan. The one menu option was Corn Cakes which are really more of an appetizer and I'm not a fan. They're not a healthy, filling or satisfying option so having the menu offer just the one dish daily made me envious of all of the other fine diners who were enjoying a healthy variety of beautifully prepared food. I ate salad bar daily(since it was the other choice besides corn cakes), but it was boring to live on salad and bread. For breakfast I was able to eat fruit but that's about it. It would have been incredible to have Tofu scrmable, and veggie bacon or sausage available. Does anyone know if any ship offers a great vegan menu? I would be thrilled to become loyal to a ship that accomodates a healthy vegan diet. I found it somewhat disappointing to have to explain to the head waiter what vegans eat to have a balanced diet. Seems like protein options for vegans like seitan, tofu, tempeh and beans would naturally be on every menu. The dinner menu always offered an indian dish and a pasta dish. Again, no protein and no variety. The food was always tasty which I appreciated. Any suggestions of cruises that care about vegans? Any fellow veggies out there? I'll go anywhere?! :) Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
We are overly stressed professionals in our early 40's, who love the peace and quiet that cruising gives us.  This was our first cruise out of TX, and our first time going to the Western Caribbean.   We flew into IAH (Bush ... Read More
We are overly stressed professionals in our early 40's, who love the peace and quiet that cruising gives us.  This was our first cruise out of TX, and our first time going to the Western Caribbean.   We flew into IAH (Bush International Airport) on Saturday, 4-11-09. We recommend flying in the day before departure in order to avoid any travel day glitches.  We took a 2-1/2 hr direct flight from Tucson to Houston, on Continental Airlines.  We'd booked transportation from IAH to Galveston through Matrix Limo service (Ibrahim is the owner and driver.) He quoted me $109 online each way, but then said $115 when we spoke on the phone to confirm, due to toll fees.  We arrived and gathered our luggage, and Ibrahim arrived at the baggage claim to pick us up a few minutes later.  He directed us out to the car nearby; it was a nice Lincoln Towncar.  The drive to Galveston was said to take 90 minutes; Ibrahim had us there 65 minutes.   Overall, Matrix Limo was fast and efficient, without any glitches. Due to road construction, the traffic slowed down to a stop only momentarily; after that, the traffic was light.  Ibrahim was very pleasant, professional, and efficient.  My only complaint, if I had to say, was that I was a bit anxious with him driving while conducting business on his cell phone.  He was never reckless, but turning pages and taking down appointments in his schedule book while driving made me kinda nervous.         We originally had reservations for the Holiday Inn, but after reading what great rates everyone was getting thru Priceline, we bid and won a room at the Hotel Galvez for only $4 more.  The Hotel Galvez is an old, elegant hotel...old world Spanish-Victoria style, if there is such a category.  The rooms are small (as I'd heard about on CC), but they were very clean, and we had a view out to the Gulf of Mexico.  The bed was a double bed (smaller than a queen sized bed), which was very small for 2 people.  Despite that, I would definitely recommend the Galvez simply because it's beautiful, and a destination in itself.  Incidentally, we figured out that a couple seated next to us were people we'd been blogging with on CC.  It was pretty cool to meet them in person.    For dinner, we walked down the seawall to Fish Tales.  The prices were moderate and the portions were huge.  My husband had the gumbo and I ordered the catfish.  Both dishes were good and there was plenty to share.  Sitting along the front windows, it was sad to see the old businesses that are closed or no longer there, due to the hurricane.  It was emotional to see the messages written along the sidewalks of the seawall, from people who were trying to rally and express their love for Galveston. Sunday morning (Easter Sunday) we had coffee at the Hotel Galvez before boarding their complimentary shuttle to the pier.  Traffic outside the port was mayhem because the Voyager was delayed in letting the previous group disembark.  There were people being dropped off and picked up, all at the same time.      Check in at the counter was a breeze since we had all of our documents pre-completed and printed.    Although we'd arrived at 11:30 am, we didn't start boarding the ship until 1:30pm.  RCCL provided a variety of cookies and soft drinks while we waited, which was nice, and things were about as organized as they could be.  We read books and watched a movie on our laptop to pass the time.  As frequent travelers, we have adopted a mindset that things may go wrong, and complaining or being mad won't help the situation.  Once onboard, our room was ready and we dropped off our carryon luggage.  Lunch at the Windjammer was good (more on the food later) and we set off to look around.  The ship is huge and there is so much to see and do.  Despite her age, the Voyager was clean and in great shape.  If you look for the wear and tear, you'll find something, but overall...it was beautiful.  There was of course the immediate hawking of drinks from the bar.  Drink prices have increased about $1 or $2 each; I'd say the average drink price was about $8 or so, plus there is an automatic 15% gratuity.  I think they are kinda small for the price...filled with ice too, of course.  But, hey..."it's all irie, mon."  At 5pm, we could see people still boarding the ship.  We sailed about 2 hours later than scheduled, but the sunset on deck while leaving Galveston was beautiful.   CABIN: We booked a Balcony Guarantee room.  The cabin we ended up with was #7640, portside, mid-aft.  The cabin was bright, clean, and airy.  We love being able to sit on our private balcony and watch the water.   The room attendant was Edward, and he was fabulous.  He was often in the hallway and always greeted us...asking if we needed anything.  He was never intrusive, yet always gracious and available if necessary.  The room was spacious and the bed was very comfortable.  The A/C worked very well (I was cold) and we didn't have any problems with the bathroom.  One night, the water was shut off due to maintenance, but we were notified in advance.  The bathroom is small, but adequate and the shower is nice.  The water gets very hot and has good water pressure.  My husband is very tall, and he appreciated the adjustable shower head; he could raise it to his level and I could easily adjust it back down for my height. FOOD :  We ate all of our meals at the Windjammer buffet, except for one dinner in the dining room.  We were assigned early seating for diner (5:30), but given all of our activities, we never seemed to be ready at 5:30.  I know for our next trip to book the late seating.  The Windjammer's food was always good and there was a vast variety of dishes to choose from.  There were plenty of fresh salad greens, cut fruit, and vegetables.  We always started with a large salad, and then sampled the hot entrees.  A few of my favorites:  The chicken & mushroom pie, grilled minute steaks, sushi, blackened tilapia...and the coconut cookies were OMG!!!  I don't even like coconut, but after having one, I looked for them all over the ship for the last 3 days.  I actually brought some home in a ziploc bag! Lobster night in the dining room is not to be missed!  The lobster was delicious and I had 2 tails.  Our server, Andrea, and her assistant, Agnes, were wonderful.  The service was prompt and the food was hot.  Lobster night is the 2nd formal night onboard, and most in the dining room were dressed accordingly.  We saw a mix of suits, gowns, tuxedos, and folks dressed in their Easter Sunday attire.  I can't say I saw any jeans or flip-flops that night.  ACTIVITIES:  We came onboard to relax and decompress from our hectic jobs.  We found plenty of places to relax.  Although the ship was full, we found lots of intimate quiet places.  The hot tub in the Solarium was one of our favorites, as well as the bow of the ship.  (Think of the scene from the movie, Titanic, when  Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett are at the very front point of the ship.)  You can get there from Deck 5, just go outside and keep waking forward.  It is the most amazing feeling to stand at the bow, and when you turn around, the view of the ship and bridge is awe inspiring.  We went up there twice and there was never anyone else up there.  I don't think people realize it is a public space. Cozumel, Mexico:   We pre-arranged an all-inclusive day at Nachi Cocom.  This is exact beach where one of the Corona beer commercials was shot.  The place is gorgeous...white sand, thatched-roofed umbrellas for shade, and the blue Caribbean sea.   Occupancy is limited to a maximum of 100 people per day... we had maybe 20.  It was like having a private ocean-front resort all to ourselves.   A three course meal is included, which is way too much food than anyone can eat, and the open bar provided plenty of frosty drinks.  The drinks are so cool and fruity that you don't realize the alcohol creeping up on you.  For the price of $49 per person, Nachi Cocom is well worth the experience.  Taxis are readily available; $15 each way for 4 people.   We will definitely do Nachi again. George Town, Grand Cayman:  We pre-arranged a jet-ski stingray and snorkel tour through Ebanks Watersports. The owner Shawn Ebanks met us at noon and drove us to the docks.  Our tour consisted of only 4 people, so we had an exclusive guide (Camilo) to ourselves.  Camilo took us out into the middle of the ocean to Stingray City, which is on a sandbar.  The water was choppy and the ride was rough, but the promise of holding a stingray was worth it.   After anchoring the jet-skis, we stood in the waist-high water while Camilo went to get us a stingray.  A minute later, he came back and placed a live stingray into our hands.  It was the most amazing experience, and the whole thing felt surreal.  We took pictures holding the stingrays with our digital camera that I'd stashed in a Ziploc bag.  It took some careful handling to make sure the camera didn't get wet, but the pictures are incredible!  I will definitely be prepared with a waterproof camera next time.  After leaving the stingrays, we snorkeled on a coral reef.  There were not many fish, but the ones we did see were large and colorful.   Ebanks Watersports was very professional, and they are a top notch company. Montego Bay, Jamaica:  The weather was perfect and we decided to relax and wander around.  We purchased the all-day wrist bands for the Hot Spots shuttle ($15 pp), which was a great value.  We were able to hop on and off the passing shuttles all day for the set price.  We went to the open markets, the "Hip Strip"...ending up at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville.  The restaurant was very busy but the service was good.  The drinks and food were good, not great or memorable, but tasty and filling.  The beach was beautiful and we took many nice pictures there.  We purchased lots Jamaica shirts and Blue Mountain coffee (lots and lots of little shops!) before heading back to the ship.  It was a very relaxing and leisurely day. Disembarkation:  It was crazy...long and very congested.  The port was closed upon our arrival back to Galveston, TX, due to the fog.  Our ship did not dock until 10am, and disembarkation didn't begin until about 10:45 a.m.  Despite being in the first group off the ship, we just barely made our 2:20 pm flight out of Houston.  Ibrahim from Matrix Limo picked us up promptly.  With the congestion at the port, traffic delays, and the long security lines, we almost didn't make it.  Another 5-10 minutes, and we'd have missed our flight.      If I had to complain about anything, it would be the tender tickets.  RCCL needs a better system for handing out the tickets.  Tickets were to be given out at 8:30 am in the La Scala Theater.  At 8 am, there was a line forming for tender tickets.  Those of us arriving early organized a line, but when the crew member with the tickets arrived at 8:30, she announced that the tickets were 'first come, first served' basis.  Needless to say, the masses rushed her and those of us who had tried to organize ourselves (to make it fair) were not recognized.   People were pushing and shoving, and those who had waited the longest were upset.  It was handled very poorly.    Overall, this was a fantastic trip.  There were some glitches along the way, but nothing that would spoil our vacation.  Many of the problems were out of RCCL's control, and they made the best of each situation. The crew was fantastic...very polite, accommodating, and gracious.  We met some great new friends (Hi, Chad &Erica...Mark & Eva.)  The week-long trip went by so fast.  We are already looking forward to our next cruise in September.  Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
My husband and I booked this cruise--our 4th with Royal Caribbean and our 11th overall--about 6 months ago. We got a great deal and were able to talk my parents into coming along. Being able to depart out of Galveston is so convenient. ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise--our 4th with Royal Caribbean and our 11th overall--about 6 months ago. We got a great deal and were able to talk my parents into coming along. Being able to depart out of Galveston is so convenient. We left Austin at around 8:15 am and were at the port in Galveston by 11:30 am or so. The lines of vehicles pouring into the port were long, but once we arrived in front, we quickly off-loaded our bags to porters and sent the men back to Lot B to park the car. Once inside, we were able to use the VIP check-in line and were on board the ship by 12:30 pm. The Voyager is just over 10 years old, and is starting to show her age in some places, i.e. chipped paint on the outside railings, a few spots of worn carpeting, a few deck chairs in need of repair, those types of things. The ship was sparkling clean, however, and some of the artwork is just beautiful. We had a promenade view stateroom on the 8th floor. I thought that it would be a fun alternative to an inside stateroom, but it wasn't really all that cool. The big window was kind of a pain, actually, since we had to remember to close it whenever we would dress and then open it to see the activity on the promenade. Our stateroom attendant, Francisco, was simply awesome; he kept our room very tidy, and always seemed to be around whenever we needed something, even when we locked ourselves out of our room! We got only a couple of steps away and said to each other 'do you have your card?', and magically Francisco came around the corner, I swear! If you're lucky enough to get Francisco, you're in for a genuine treat. The dining room service was so-so, not as good as past cruises with RCI. Our waiter, Nic and his assistant waiter Akiel from Jamaica were both very nice, but overall service was a bit spotty. Sometimes we had to ask for water, sometimes we didn't get bread for quite a while, sometimes bar service and even iced tea or lemonade service was a bit slow. The menu variety was all right, but the quality of the meals varied from night to night. Their prime rib was great, as were all of the pasta dishes I tried. The beef outside of the prime rib was usually not great, tough or not cooked to order. The seafood dishes were very good, but some others like the calzone, the vegetarian chili and the chicken breast were 'just okay'. Desserts were also just okay. I also noticed that cappucino, espresso and specialty coffees after dinner are no longer free, you now have to pay for them. The Windjammer Cafe usually had something all of us could get into, and finding a seat even during the busiest times wasn't much of a problem. I will say that I fell in love with the french fries in the Island Grill, and the chef very sweetly shared his secret with me after some begging. Go and get some of those fries! We ate one dinner at Portofino, the restaurant on the 11th deck with a $20 cover charge. It was wonderful--the meals, the service, everything. I would highly recommend making a reservation for a romantic meal there. The activities on board were pretty good. They seemed to have a decent variety, and Mike the cruise director was really funny and fantastic. Don't miss Jonathan Clark, he was not only a pleasant surprise but extremely talented and funny. Derek Lewis at the Pig and Whistle is a hoot, be sure to stop in for some of his "5 Minute Party" action! I'm not sure if our sailing was full or not, but there always seemed to be plenty of deck chairs, especially if you went over to the Solarium on Deck 11. I like the towel exchange process, it was nice not to have to keep them in your room. It was also pretty easy to find space in a hot tub. Our ports were places we have visited several times: Roatan, Honduras, Costa Maya and Cozumel Mexico, so we didn't do too much on shore. In Cozumel, we decided at the last minute to take the Segway and Snorkel Tour, and it turned out to be great fun! Sunshine tours was really great to work with, very safe and fun and the Segways were a blast. We chose the Express disembarkation option, which allows you to leave the ship carrying your own luggage. We took the elevators down to deck 4 at about 6:50 am, and at 7:00 am they opened the doors and away we went. We were in our car driving away from the ship at 7:20 am! Amazing, smooth, fast, this is a great option if you like to get an early start. They start serving breakfast in the Windjammer at 6 am and in the dining room on deck 3 at 6:30 am on the day you leave, which is pretty convenient. Overall, I would cruise again on the Voyager, but after being in port next to the Freedom, I'm thinking that might be our next trip! Read Less
Sail Date January 2009
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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