172 Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas South Pacific Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise, even though it was in the school holidays, as a reward for our son going into Year 11. We have been on Voyager of the Seas before and enjoyed the activities- FlowRider and ice skating etc and also chose the ... Read More
We chose this cruise, even though it was in the school holidays, as a reward for our son going into Year 11. We have been on Voyager of the Seas before and enjoyed the activities- FlowRider and ice skating etc and also chose the destinations that were best for snorkeling. As there were 3 of us and we had a lot of snorkeling gear we chose a balcony cabin with an extra bed (8268). The extra bed came out of the ceiling above the top of the king bed, so you did have to watch your head, otherwise the room was as expected. Clean and in working order. We live the FlowRider and the staff on this activity are helpful and friendly. If you are going to give it a try do it early in the cruise as the lines get huge on the last couple of days. We had the Key so had a few advantages such as extra sessions on the FlowRider, Laser Tag and Iceskating rink that we enjoyed. This also made embarkation quick and because I booked 5he first boarding time we stepped in the ship at 11am. I got the Key for seats at the show but it wasn’t that busy at the shows as there is so much to do. Disappointing things were the removal of the sauna and indoor spa as part of the latest changes. The slide was fun though - hint don’t wear a rashy as it slows you down too much. The adult area is ok but you are treated like children - no drinks allowed in the spa even though they are in plastic glasses. We bought the drinks package and looked forward to frozen mango drinks only to find that the ship had run out of mango from the last two cruises. They did have strawberry which was ok but even ran out of this and Pina Colada and other options as the cruise progressed. The drinks package was still worth it to us but just be aware you may not be able to get your favourite drink. Different bars have different cocktails - R bar had a Let’s get Fizzical that you could only get there - so try different bars if you like variety. Our son made a lot of new friends on the cruise and had a wonderful time at the silent disco, pool parties and other activities. He enjoyed the teenage Living Room. There were a few bullies on the cruise and it was disappointing that the ship couldn’t control these kids but my son was old enough to deal with them when they approached him and keeep away. The cruise ship did disembark a couple of young adults that were fighting on the first night so they do deal efficiently with inappropriate adults. The entertainment was good in general and varied. We have seen the hypnotist before and the show was similar to 5 years ago. Also the adult comedian did a general show in which he did make some inappropriate jokes during the general show and repeated half of his adult show for the general show. One of the comedians was not that great. Some good and some not so good. There were heaps of activities ( Trivia, lectures of all types, ballet classes etc) to choose so it really is up to individual taste. In general I would recommend this cruise for the ages from teenager to an adult wanting to try out the activities on offer. A child too small for the slides and FlowRider will miss out on a lot. We chose the 5 night dining package and enjoyed the three specialty restaurants and the main dining room.Service and food in all restaurants was great. Unfortunately we ended up with the 5pm dining,which was a bit of a rush to get to (especially if you are on the a FlowRider), but gave us the rest of the evening to enjoy shows and sit in High Notes for a drink. Think about your dining chose - early, late or My Time at the time you book. We enjoyed all of our ports: Noumea - turtle tour at Signal Island - book online before you go. Excellent. Mare - took the bus to the beach and snorkeled - we did swim past the bouys Lifou - Jinek Bay snorkeling (bought the tickets from the locals for $15 each for the morning session to 12:30pm) is definitely worth it and the water hole in the cave Louganville - a local took us to Chaampagne beach which was beautiful, the Riri blue hole which was fun and cold and Million Dollar Point which is great for snorkelling. This replaced Isle of Pines as their chief had passed away. Villa - we did 2 dives which we organised ourselves - Wreck and bommies. Mystery Island - lovely island but the snorkeling wasn’t great that day as the currents were strong. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We are loyal RC cruisers with 12 cruises under our belt and are Diamond Plus members. In 2019 we decided to try out Celebrity and were very much looking forward to going back to an enjoyable RC cruise again. We had been on the Voyager ... Read More
We are loyal RC cruisers with 12 cruises under our belt and are Diamond Plus members. In 2019 we decided to try out Celebrity and were very much looking forward to going back to an enjoyable RC cruise again. We had been on the Voyager twice before. Nothing could have prepared us for what was ahead. Our embarkation was very smooth and very excited to have some lunch before going to our Junior Suite. It was all downhill from there... We could not find anywhere to sit in the Windjammer so went to the Dining room to book My Time Dining for dinner only to find that we were moved to Deck 3 instead of Deck 5 as there are too many my time diners to cater for. Then we find that the Diamond Lounge had moved to a small room on Deck 5 with a porthole looking out on a lifeboat from a previously spacious room with views on Deck 14 which is now reserved for guests who PAY their way into it by buying a Suite. Not to mention that the popular Johnny Rockets has been eliminated to make way for "extra cabins" (ie: more money) which means more people crowded into Windjammer!!! There is now no point in being loyal to RC because they have removed the benefits. RC has now made it possible to buy your way in without being loyal!! The Ship, Cabin, Dining, Entertainment, Service, Ports and Shore Excursions are still the same, they are good, although the activities have plenty of room for improvement now. We are empty nesters and don't find children a problem when we cruise as the children's program appears to be very good. We are not sure what to do about our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I’ve been on Ovation which I found too big, too busy and a bit like a Westfield shopping centre vibe and with over 4000 passengers, the queues for everything were horrendous. The Voyager was so much more fun! It’s newly refurbed or ... Read More
I’ve been on Ovation which I found too big, too busy and a bit like a Westfield shopping centre vibe and with over 4000 passengers, the queues for everything were horrendous. The Voyager was so much more fun! It’s newly refurbed or ‘amplified’ to have more fun features & we found it had just the variety and atmosphere that we love! The fittings and style were lovely and our fave bars were High Notes on Deck 14 & Sky Lounge Deck 12 followed by Schooner Bar. Music everyday, an atrium deck full of activities and a party feel, loads of cool places to sit & watch the waves. Shuffle board & Flowrider with an Ice rink & ice show - everything was great! My best advice is if you’re planning to stay in a balcony cabin, go for the extra ‘Spacious Balcony Cabin’ - the cabin itself is bigger as is the balcony. It included a 3 seater sofa bed and there was so much space without too much expense. The food on board is great but we weren’t as impressed with the specialty restaurants except for Giovanni Table which was lovely. Service was great, attention to detail was also good and my fave aspect was the adults only Solarium area which is open to the sky so no chlorine fumes like on Ovation. I’d suggest buying the KEY package. It includes your internet plus other bonuses like prioirity boarding, a nice lunch, priority tendering, farewell brekkie & fuss free disembarking among other things. It was great value for adults without kids! We loved everything about it and are already looking to book another trip on this comfortable & stylish ship! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We are Diamond members with RCI, they seem to want to forget about the loyal passengers and only seem interested in Suite passengers. The normal Diamond Lounge has been taken away from Diamond members and given to Suite passengers and ... Read More
We are Diamond members with RCI, they seem to want to forget about the loyal passengers and only seem interested in Suite passengers. The normal Diamond Lounge has been taken away from Diamond members and given to Suite passengers and have been pushed into a pokey 31 seat room near the Star lounge. A lot of the Diamond members had to sit in the Star Lounge. Seems like they will be altering their tier system due to the increase in Diamond members, this monster was created by RCI so we will have to see what they will do. The Diamond Lounge was a social hub where you could catch up each day, but now it may as well be closed. The gym has been moved from the front of the ship to the rear of the ship removing the inside pool and all saunas and steam rooms and reducing the size of the gym. This was a Christmas cruise which was more like the cruise ship that for got Christmas, there was no traditional Christmas dinners which having over 3,500 Australian passengers you would have thought this would be the main menu item. For the first 7 days there was no enforced washing of hands so people would walk straight in without washing their hands and spreading Noro virus to over 400 passengers, after complaining about this, hello they enforced it on the last two days putting two offices at the entry, well done Royal but too little too late. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Main-court dining was first class - 3 levels of seating with two serving times which coordinate well with showtimes. Pot-luck with who you sit with as not many tables just for a couple. Even so, you may get a table with nice people so ... Read More
Main-court dining was first class - 3 levels of seating with two serving times which coordinate well with showtimes. Pot-luck with who you sit with as not many tables just for a couple. Even so, you may get a table with nice people so great for social mixers. Fresh menu each day and also standard regulars. Meal sittings are for two hours so there is no rush. Food on level 11 promenade is buffet style self-service. Average 'fodder' standard and seating is a major issue at lunchtime, particularly when the main dining rooms are closed on port days. Central mall on level 5 done very cleverly and affords shopping, a pub, a pizza / burger 60's style cafe. 4th floor has schooner bar - comfortable and plenty of seating, does crowd out with ad-hoc quizzes, though only for a short while. Next to this there is a large casino and also star lounge which is comfortable and relaxed, affording activities such as quizzes, bingo and quiet entertainment in the evenings. The main theatre is on levels 3-5 and there is plenty of seating for the many of guests and even late-comers should be able to squeeze in. Entertainment was good without being spectacular. Also an ice-rink on level 3 - Very talented group with their own styles and great variety of the shows themselves. Downside is limited room so you will have to get there early. Outside there is plenty of space for lounging though the loungers are tightly packed to cater for so many people. The quiet area is very good but is full from early morning and people save seating areas. Plenty of fun upstairs for young and old alike - Putting, basketball, surfing, flumes etc. Headache concern is the amopunt of people. Expecially tender-boat service. Despite best endeavours it is a long process back and forth. Luckilly we had great weather but waiting an hour if inclement on an unsheltered island would have been an issue. Other headache is the constant selling mantra and meanness with water etc. Any way to get money out of you they will try. I go on holiday to get away from the hard sell so this was very annoying. All in all though, very good indeed and up there with the best of our cruise experiences. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We had saved for about four years to go on this voyager cruise to the pacific. We wanted a family friendly cruise for our family two children 8&10. We choose to go in April school holidays as did many other families too, assuming it ... Read More
We had saved for about four years to go on this voyager cruise to the pacific. We wanted a family friendly cruise for our family two children 8&10. We choose to go in April school holidays as did many other families too, assuming it would be well catered for, for families. Upon arriving on board and throughout the cruise we were plied with drinks packages and also a dinner package where we were told the children were included but on our second dinner out we found they were charging us $60US dollars at each meall for the kids, so we refused to pay. Wouldn’t go with an extra dinner package for sushi, steak place or Italian, it’s not worth the extra $$$. It soured our meal / cruise experience for sure. Drinks package at nearly $1500 USD for two adults is not worth it as we don’t drink much alcohol. Way to expensive!! Fine dining dinner experience each night was great. Much better than the buffet. Food great, service excellent! Johnny Rockets was the best extra dining experience we had. Food was delicious and kids joined in with staff to sing and dance. Loved it so much!!! Highly recommended! Kids club was dreadful!! Don’t even bother going there. NO organised Activities for the children to do what so ever such as art/ craft, etc, they only played chasing games such as tag for three hours, after two times there the kids wouldn’t go back again. Such a shame for them as they found it quite boring with nothing to do, and my husband and I missed out in a very rare evening out to go for dinner by ourselves as the kids wouldn’t go to the kids club. You would think the next best option would be swimming pools (which our kids love to swim) however on the days at sea the pools were closed nearly the whole time! Not kidding! . The shape of them allows the water to crash out of them each time the ship goes up and down. And so there is minimal water left in them so of course the nets go on and you can’t swim in them. So hugely dissapointing!!! The rock wall was the same, closed quite often because of high winds, and when my daughter attempted the wave rider she was told she was too light and was not allowed a second go by the person running it. Overall the kids entertainment options were so limited, nothing for them to do on days at sea. Extra kids activities such as sushi making, and what we would have loved to do, a tour of the ship and bridge with our kids, was charged in US dollars, so nearly $300 USD for ships tour !! Yes then you need to convert that back to NZD or AUD and it’s too pricey. Lastly I should add some positives: the room size for four of us was perfect. Inside cabin, no window, with Four bunks was great!! The night entertainment and comedians and magician on the ship were fantastic! Ice skating show was good but not amazing. We loved going to dinner then off to a show. That was great! Mini golf on top deck on windy day was hilarious fun Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
So 11 nights on board a ship from Sydney to South Pacific. Firstly we were meant to head to Fiji but due to bad weather ended up not going there so ended up in Port Vila and Mare. Over 1000 kids on board. They seemed managed in the early ... Read More
So 11 nights on board a ship from Sydney to South Pacific. Firstly we were meant to head to Fiji but due to bad weather ended up not going there so ended up in Port Vila and Mare. Over 1000 kids on board. They seemed managed in the early stages of the cruise but as time went on and kids made friends on board there ended up being groups of them roaming/running around the ship, stopping lifts on all levels, running up and down staircases and in bars until late in the evening. As a slightly older passenger without this age children now they became a little annoying. During the day we found it difficult to find things to do. We did trivia over and over just to find something to do. A lot of on board activities were about on sell opportunities. At dinner, lunch & breakfast the first week major upselling of dining packages occured. We got a drinks package b4 boarding bug again there were team members attempting to get guests to purchase. Internet quite expensive $19.99 USD for individual days, $12.99 USD per day for the slowest package up to $19.99 USD per day for streaming package. Main dining in the Sapphire room was nice but make sure you choose your dining time where possible b4 u board or immediately on day one or youll miss out or have a 5.30pm dining time that we ended up with. Night life varies depending on what you are after from piano bars, pubs, bands and deck parties. All in all we had quiet days, enjoyable nights. The ports were pretty boring. We did the most in Port Vila although a car for 4 hrs cost $200 for a group of 4 in a vehicle with 2 seatbelts not working, limited air con and the petrol gauge didn't work. We drove to blue lagoon ($6 entry per person), cascade water falls ($20 per person entry), "Turtle Bay" ($18 per person). So almost $380 for 4 people for four hours. Blue lagoon was gorgeous, cascade waterfalls pretty, turtle bay pft not great at all and then duty free shopping (alcohol very cheap). At Lifou we snorkelled at Jinek Bay. $15 AUD entry per head limited to approx 100 people, so don't get there more than 1hr after u dock or youll miss out. Noumea we got hop on hop off bus (approx 6 stops). We used bus to get to lemon bay to snorkel and went to aquarium which was pretty nice. We ate in Windjammers when we had to which was ok but the dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner is a better choice. Day 1-3 we ate all courses, by day four realised we could drop sweets and even entree otherwise you feel perpetually full. Staff are beautiful. They work extremely hard. Bar staff work 10 hr days 7 days a week for 7 solid months. I believe wait staff and room attendants are similar. At the end of 7 months they get 2 months unpaid leave and then do it all over again. They try so hard to make your trip perfect as your feedback has an affect on their ongoing position, status, future contracts etc. I felt quite like a person of privilege when i came to understand their roles better, so was happt to leave nice tips (not a normal Australian custom). Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise as it was travelling to Port Vila and Mare and we had not travelled to either of these ports before, we had also been on Voyager before and enjoyed the ship. We were blown away by the level of service this time ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was travelling to Port Vila and Mare and we had not travelled to either of these ports before, we had also been on Voyager before and enjoyed the ship. We were blown away by the level of service this time around, we both think that because it is nearing the end of the Aussie season that the staff had their routines on point. Our cabin attendant Jonathon and all the baristas in the promenade were amazing. We also found all the staff at guest services, Windjammer and the bars were amazing. We went to both Izumi and Giovanni’s Table, both were delicious, the sashimi and gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce were particular standouts. We took the 3 pack dining package for $75 pp (us) and both felt it was good value. We would have preferred more movies in the theatre, there were only about 3 this trip, the others were poolside, which we find distracting with kids running around. Loads of trivia was available, oragami classes. We found the duty free was rubbish as we could get cheaper perfume and make up in Australia. Our cabin was a slight disappointment, it was a promenade, inside cabin. Unfortunately it was an adjoining room and not completely sound proofed around adjoining door. We could here them talking, watching tv etc and they could hear us. It didn’t ruin the holiday, but won’t be getting a cabin there again. We loved Port Vila, we took a private tour with Tony Manusale (who was amazing) and visited the blue lagoon, turtle bay, waterfall and duty free shopping. We would both like to go back. We also loved snorkelling in Jenek Bay in Lifou, it is beautiful, it costs $15 pp but is worth it compared to other areas. We are both over Noumea and find it quite dirty and Mare was a beautiful looking island but not a lot to do. Overall a great cruise but we might leave the South Pacific for a little while. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Staff aboard Voyager were great. We had a balcony cabin but even with the door locked the wind whistled through it, not a draught but just the noise. Food was excellent and could not be faulted, along with the waiting staff. It is not ... Read More
Staff aboard Voyager were great. We had a balcony cabin but even with the door locked the wind whistled through it, not a draught but just the noise. Food was excellent and could not be faulted, along with the waiting staff. It is not the companies fault, but, we were most upset to find that the Island we most wanted to see, Mystery Island, had to be cancelled because of the Cyclone. Was not impressed with Mare and found that for what they were the ships tours were far too expensive. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly and was extremely well conducted. Other problems we encountered were the amount of unsupervised children by their parents and parents in the bars in the mornings, some staying for a greater part of the day. I know that the shipping line cannot be held responsible for their drinking habits, BUT, just maybe they could restrict some of their money gatherings and have times tha the bars are allowed to operate. we are not wowsers, but believe that both the children and the parents may have more meaningful times together if this were the case. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Keen to try RCI given all we had heard about them. We cruised on Carnival Spirit exactly 12 months prior for the same number of nights and very similar itinerary. Whilst we went with the mindset that it would be different to Carnival it is ... Read More
Keen to try RCI given all we had heard about them. We cruised on Carnival Spirit exactly 12 months prior for the same number of nights and very similar itinerary. Whilst we went with the mindset that it would be different to Carnival it is of course hard not to compare. We are a couple aged about 50. Embarkation went well, although took a little longer than I recall with Carnival, probably due to the additional number of passengers. We live in Sydney so very easy to arrive by train at Circular Quay and walk around to the OPT in 5 mins. This makes us very reluctant to fly anywhere else at this point. I love how you get on and your holiday starts straight away on beautiful Sydney Harbour. Lunch in the Windjammer quite chaotic as usual, but this does settle down a little after the first day. The staff I found to be friendly by and large but at times a little remote. VOS is very near the end of her AU season so perhaps some were understandably a little tired and ready to go home. Enjoyed hearing from the captain each day although trying to hear announcements outside was pretty hopeless. We had MyTime dining which suits us very well. Our request for a table for two was easily accommodated. I recommend pre-booking your preferred times if it suits you. We ate between 8 pm to 8.30pm each night and had the same table and same waitstaff. They were terrific, friendly, attentive but not obtrusive. The number of steps the wait staff must clock up each evening must be quite considerable. As we do not have children with us the late time is better for us. Service was a bit slow on the first night, about 1h 45 mins for dinner and we were a bit concerned that it would be like that every night but things improved significantly after that. The food was excellent, particularly the soups. I don't usually rave about soups but I am finding that it is the soups that I am particularly wanting to replicate. We had a la carte breakfast in the MDR also about half of the time. No complaints here either. Room Service breaky twice on the balcony. Lovely way to start the day. We enjoyed a light lunch from the Promenade Cafe about half of the time, very nice sandwich type offerings. The pizza was generally too much dough for me. Windjammer for the other half of breakfasts and lunches. Whilst the range and choice is great at the Windjammer, I am still not a fan of the buffet/help yourself and noisy indoors environment in the buffet. We usually made our selection and then took it outside to eat. They push the drinks and dining packages very hard on the first couple of days, including whilst you are eating. This gets a bit tiresome, but they do leave you alone if you say you are not interested. We did not buy either package but did have a steak one night in the MDR (additional charge) that is supposedly from Chops. We were underwhelmed, although on a longer cruise we would probably try the paid dining venues just to mix it up a bit. The paid dining areas never looked full and over 9 nights the MDR never disappointed. We never bother with "specialty" coffee or drink soft drink or juices. We drink ships water and maybe 2-3 cocktails on sea days and a couple of beers a day for the Mr. I purchased a bottle of wine and enjoyed it over 3 days. It was nice but at $US50 it would want to be. The fact that you can take a bottle of wine each on board is great. Kettle in room too, so I took coffee bags and asked the bar staff for wine glasses and we enjoyed a coffee on the balcony in the morning and a wine on the balcony some evenings. Awesome. A prepurchased drinks package would have cost us $AU1100 to $AU1350. We spent about $AU550 on the ship on drinks via pay as you go. The decor inside the ship is beautiful. Very easy on the eye. Plenty of spots to find depending on whether you are after a place with action or a quiet corner. Daytime entertainment mostly consists of Bingo, Trivia or presentations trying to sell you very expensive items of questionable and probably very overstated quality. We did not go on the Waverider, rock climb or ice skate etc, but those who did seemed to be enjoying it. We cruise for chilling out time with each other. The adults-only pool area was not very appealing to us. It is a thoroughfare to/from other parts of the ship. There was not very much seating available and it mostly felt a bit dark and dingy. An overall not very pleasant space to be in. This was a disappointment to us and we found ourselves continually comparing it to Serenity on the Spirit. In fact, it just does not compare to Serenity with the outlook over the back of the ship, no through traffic, a lovely shaded sitting area near the bar for those who don't want to be on a sun lounge and the pods and hammocks. The main pool area is big, but predictably noisy. It's "horses for courses" as to what takes your fancy here. We felt the outdoor areas overall felt more sterile on VOS than on the Spirit. I felt that there were noticeably fewer children on this trip than our last, but perhaps they were just all occupied in areas that we were not in. Shows: a bit hit and miss for us. The ice skating show was the standout. The rest = so-so. We could have happily missed most of them and in fact did only get to barely half of them. a nice ambiance along the promenade area in the evenings and the lady singing in the Pig and Whistle (Kristine?) was terrific. She was the stand out for us. The rock band outfit murdered many of the songs they sang. The musicians were OK but the singer not so. We would have liked more comedy, and missed that after the Spirit. As we were aiming to avoid two cyclones in the area (off QLD and Fiji) the captain and crew took a different route to Noumea than is usually the case. We headed towards Lord Howe Island and passed a piece of land sticking up out of the ocean called Balls Pyramid. That was a nice and unexpected detour. Quite spectacular. We then headed northeast to Noumea. The ship certainly feels nice and stable. Ports were Noumea (did the train = Ok and bought pastries at the popular pastry shop.) No indication as you left the ship that you could not bring food back onto the ship, only that you could not take food off. So the pastry's that I bought back for the hubby (he did not get off in Noumea) had to go into the bin beside the drinks stand on the wharf. (Where they probably came on board with the rubbish anyhow to be disposed of via ships waste). I did feedback about this suggesting that advising of this fact on exit would be a good idea. I felt my feedback was dealt with adequately, although I am not sure that anything will change. Would not get off again in Noumea (been here 3 times now) unless we were going to go to Amadee Island or some other tour further out of Noumea appeals to us. (We have been to Amadee 28 years ago and would go again). It is still grotty and dirty and the main town area has a slightly menacing feel about it. The area around Lemmon Bay and Orphanage Bay is quite pleasant. Mystery Island was replaced with Lifou due to a predicted 3-meter swell at Mystery. This was disappointing to us but there is nothing that can be done about the weather. Tendering at Lifou was a bit tricky due to the wind and chop. We have been here before. The wind made it a little unpleasant although still pretty. Beach here is nothing special, although I understand there is a beach about 30 mins drive away which is very nice and a lot of people like snorkeling here about 10 mins walk away. Port Vila: I have not been here before, it was the standout and I would look for it as part of our next cruise. On this occasion, we went to Iririki Island and chilled by the pool after a quick walk around. Next time we will venture to one of the other resorts a little further away or perhaps tour to one or two of the popular spots to see here. Very pretty harbor area and markets not too bad at the pier. It is a little daunting as you exit the wharf area as there are lots of drivers touting for business. The police force was there keeping drivers outside the gate and allowing a few operators to escort you out to their van or "water taxi". I have never seen so many vans in one place! I would recommend that you have a reasonable idea of what you want to do here prior to arrival. The yellow building Duty-Free was very cheap and worth a stop if you are after alcohol duty-free. Finally Mare, very underdeveloped, which is part of its charm. It looks like they have done some work on the pier since we were last here 12 months prior. This time I just had a little wander around near the pier. Some people do swim or snorkel near the pier but it is very rocky and so difficult to get in. We did not go around to the beach this time as my husband was not feeling very well and it was quite windy. The beach here is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen however and I would go there again. I understand that RCI is not visiting Mare again? I am not sure if that is correct. We had a balcony room on the hump #7318. Great room and would book it again. Steward was unobtrusive but did a great job of keeping us very tidy. I still think a balcony room is one of the best things about cruising for us, as we like to come back to our little bit of space and just enjoy looking at the ocean or port in peace after the busyness of the ship. This is, however, a matter of personal preference. I did the All Access ship tour which covered the Bridge, laundry, engine control room with a lot of detail from the Chief Engineer, Waste Handling Area, crew recreation area and the Galley. Whilst the Galley area is very large I am still amazed at the number of meals that they manage to produce out of this area each day. A very interesting insight behind the scenes and I would do this tour again on another ship. In summary, the ships each offer a very different product but, if we were to compare VOS to Carnival Spirit: Food about 20% better on VOS, although my husband does not think so. Drinks and tours in $AU on the Spirit about 25% cheaper and easier than thinking in $US all the time. Decor on VOS is FAR easier on the eye. Gym, used by the Mr, better on VOS than the Spirit. All equipment seemed to work on VOS; on Spirit half of the bikes were out of service. Pool towels and gym towels on VOS were often stained and looked a bit tired. Bathroom towels good. Buffet area larger on VOS. Full glass balconies on the Spirit. Love, love, love them. Guys Burgers on the Spirit excellent and free. About 1000 less pax on the Spirit. Comedy and shows overall better on the Spirit, but ice show up close on VOS very good. Water slides on Spirit, none on VOS. Bigger pool area on VOS. Two separate pool areas, + Serenity on the Spirit Serenity area on the Spirit by far way better than the Solarium on VOS. I would travel again on RCI, given the right price and itinerary etc, but will probably be back on the Spirit (or Legend after the refurb) or will try one of the other ships out of Sydney. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Having sailed into the pacific on other cruise lines previously, we chose Voyager of the Seas to try a new cruise line, try a different itinerary and to take advantage of a fantastic deal on a suite. We travelled as a married couple in our ... Read More
Having sailed into the pacific on other cruise lines previously, we chose Voyager of the Seas to try a new cruise line, try a different itinerary and to take advantage of a fantastic deal on a suite. We travelled as a married couple in our 30’s with no children. We have commented below on the positives, the so-so’s, the negatives and the things we didn’t use and couldn’t comment on. We've also included some info on the ports we visited and our cabin. Positives first: Crew: The crew on board were fantastic. They were extremely friendly, positive and efficient. Nothing was ever too much trouble and communication was never a problem. When issues did pop up they were quick to remedy them and make things right. All rooms were also ready from 1pm on the first day which was truly amazing given the last cruise had only vacated the rooms at 8am that morning. Crew were a definite 10/10 Food: The food was plentiful and options abounded. The buffet was kept clean and offered a good variety for casual dining. Some meals were themed (e.g. Mexican/German) offering a bit more variety, but most days had wide variety of the “staples” of a cruise buffet. The possible only downside was the massively overworked one ice-cream machine which always had a queue but was well serviced by staff to always be running! Being in a suite we had “free” room service (all other ordered carried a $7.95 USD delivery fee) - we made use of this on a number of occasions, especially for a hot breakfast on tender days, and the service was always efficient. Entertainment: Night Activities: The entertainment on board was quite good – the band was excellent and the ice skating shows were phenomenal. The quality of the other shows were above average but were often poorly timed with other ship activities forcing guests to make choices. It also wasn’t made clear that when the ice skating shows were advertised with muster numbers, that that was the only show you had guaranteed access to (you could try for the others by waiting in line 5 mins before start time). Of the shows we did attend we really enjoyed. The cruise director, Carlos, was entertaining and had a great sense of humour. Extras: The Behind the Scenes tour was fantastic and our tour guide Jason was very knowledgeable and kept everyone engaged. We cancelled our Galley Brunch after this tour though, as we saw this being run in tandem and it looked like a total disaster. Disembarkation: Disembarkation was well explained and many guests made use of the self disembark program. We left at our designated time of 7:15am and were off the ship and at our airport transfer point within 30 minutes and then at the airport in another 30 beating Sydney’s morning traffic. One point to note – Royal Caribbean charge $35USD for a transfer to the Sydney Airport – this is a TOTAL RORT. The train (which you can take from Circular Quay) is $19 AUD or if you simply stroll off the ship past the Royal Caribbean transfer bus, a number of entrepreneurial transport companies were offering competitive rates – we paid $15AUD for a transfer to the domestic terminal in a small mini-bus and waited only 10 mins for it to arrive. Virgin Airlines had also set up a check in counter near the terminal offering to take your bags if you were connecting to a virgin flight (not sure how this worked though as we were flying Qantas). Some “in the middles” second: Embarkation: Embarkation was pretty efficient given the number of passengers but signage was TERRIBLE. Thankfully many passengers were happy to help each other to get everyone going in the right direction – drop your luggage off first (they did have stapplers if you needed), then join the MASSIVE queue to get checked in. Some further information before hand, or even signs at the terminal would have been helpful. Have everything ready because the desks upstairs are tiny and you will be basically on top of one and other signing things. On the plus side you can take two 750ml bottles of wine or champagne on board per stateroom (in hand luggage only) which we did and had no dramas with. We also placed a 6 pack of bottled water in each of our suitcases which were not confiscated and saved us a BUCKET load on bottled water (charged at $4 USD a bottle). Powerboard however had had war declared on them and they were being confiscated all over the place (We did see them all laid out when we got off though so you would get them back). Entertainment – Day Activities: These were generally good although very clearly not catered to an Australian market. For example, trivia is a very popular activity in the Australian cruising market, and yet it was very poorly run (i.e. the host didn’t have the correct answers or failed to maintain control of the activity) and it was often scheduled in the wrong venue, or without enough pencils/paper meaning there weren’t enough seat to accommodate those wishing to participate or that some people missed out. There were plenty of other activities to replace those missed out on if needed though, definitely no excuse for being bored! Extras: The Mystery Dinner was a bit of a pain to organise – we thought we had it booked on day one but never received confirmation and had to follow up multiple times to get a solid answer from the restaurant (Giovanni’s Table). The performance was ok, but the food and company were great – worth going to but not at the price currently charged ($79 USD), particularly as the menu is set, and more limited that the restaurants normal offerings. The acting was a bit cheezy but fun but the concept was never really explained – it just sort of started and everyone was left a step behind. And finally the negatives: Age of the Ship: The ship is due for a dry dock refurb in 2019 and it is in desperate need. While the ship would have been glorious at first launch it is easy to spot its age – furnishings and flooring were faded and many maintenance issues popped up throughout the cruise (e.g. out of service elevators, out of service public bathrooms, out of service exit doors to the external walkways on deck 11). The crew do do what they can with what they have and the ship was kept as tidy as possible, but a refurb is definitely due. This didn’t detract too much from our experience – we just ended up using the stairs a lot more and taking detours – it might impact those with accessibility concerns. Americanness: We understood the ship operated in USD and had a very American culture on board before booking but having sailed previously on other lines which have done more to cater for the Australian market we did find this a bit confronting sometimes. The food is definitely not quite tailored to Australia’s tastes and was often over salted or full of sugar – we will never get used to sweet bread! We also witnessed an incident in the gym on the treadmills – some operated in miles per hour and other kilometers – we watched a poor lady fly off the back of one after thinking she had programmed it to 7 km p/h only to find it was in miles – a simple sign alerting users to that fact or highlighting what setting the machine was in would have stopped this. The plugs in the wall are American/European – all good we knew that – but all the plug holes are indented so you will need the circular adaptors. We also noted a very large number of power boards were confiscated at check in – but the TV in our room ran off a US powerboard which we used with adaptors to overcome the indented plug situation. The upsell: Perhaps part of the American culture of the ship but there was ALWAYS an upsell – everywhere. Drinks packages, internet, dining packages, tours, casino promotions, bingo etc. The amount of space dedicated to things you had to pay extra for in the cruise compass, the constant announcements and staff pushing package documents on you was a little ridiculous. While everyone was quite polite if you said no, having to continually say no did dampen the mood on occasion. Be prepared for massive upsell! Cleanliness: While our room was kept spotless the public areas of the ship were left a little wanting. Part of this was to do with the passengers, many of whom have clearly never been taught manners or common decency (e.g. knocking cups of sticky drink over and just walking away without altering anyone, kids spilling cereal over carpeted areas, kids having food fights with left overs from room service trays). Part of this was to do with just never seeing any cleaning staff outside of room attendants and dining staff. We never saw public toilets being kept clean, railings being cleaned or ever elevator buttons being wiped down (and wow did they get festy fast). Children: The biggest biggest negative of this cruise, and perhaps the main reason we would reconsider sailing with Royal Caribbean again were the children. We purposely chose this cruise outside of Australian school holidays to actively try and avoid a ship overloaded with children. We have sailed on cruises before where the number of children was far to high, but this cruise took this to a new level. There were very clearly a large number of families with children in the 8-16ish bracket who clearly got on board and set them loose with the view to picking them up before they got off and not interacting with them in between. While it may seem unfair to blame the cruise ship for the actions of these children (and there totally negligent parents), we failed to see any action taken by Royal Caribbean to address the issues they were causing which is why we are raising it here. The large number of unsupervised children resulted in some rather poor behaviour over the course of the cruise – especially given their partaking in a number of “fun activities” including – pushing all the elevator buttons and then bolting, ringing room doorbells at all hours of the day and night (we personally had one at 5:30am), making prank calls at all hours of the day and night (we had them at 2am) having food fights with cereal or yoghurt, pillaging room service trays which had been left in the hallway for collection and throwing things around, running around the ship and often sending people flying or running into them and knocking drinks over, moving furniture or knocking things over and leaving it that way, leaving plates of food/drink on the stairs, underage drinking in the cabin hallways, unsociable language and screaming and physical fights/wrestling in confined spaces which other guests had to walk around to avoid. For some reason Royal Carribean also determined the curfew for under 18’s is midnight!!! This meant security were “powerless” (or claimed they were powerless) to stop this sought of behavior from children who were unsupervised before midnight. Despite multiple complaints (we personally overhead several while at guest services to make our own about a series of 2am prank calls) nothing seemed to be done about this. We aren’t sure how this could be fixed but we have NEVER encountered such poor behvaiour or such large numbers of unsupervised children on another cruise (e.g. Carnival, P&O, Celebrity, Princess). We can only hypothesis that the offered “kids club” activities were simply not suitable and as a result of there being no consequences for the bad behvaiour it was simply allowed to continue. Things we can’t comment on: - We didn’t make use of the casino but it was always packed and had lots of promotions. - We didn’t make use of the internet (VOOM) but heard lots of positive things from those who were using it, although heard some interesting things about trying to make use of Netflix noting georestrictions getting confused about what country we were in. We were going to purchase 24 hours at one point of the cruise, but were a bit shocked to learn the advertised $17.99 USD price (for streaming level internet) was not available as a “day rate” – only if you bought a whole cruise worth of internet. One day was $29.99 USD which seemed a bit silly to us. We did make use of free wifi in Noumea and Villa. - We didn’t buy the drinks package as we felt we couldn’t make use of the price. The soda only package was $10USD a day and a soft drink was $3.50 a glass. We were in a suite, so if we purchased a soft drink we were given a can for $3.50. Other guests were provided a glass (poured from a bottle, not fountain drink) for the same price. If you don’t buy a drinks package you have access to free tap water (desalinated on board and without the weird after taste), milk, tea, coffee, lemon cordial, iced tea, raspberry cordial (or something red flavoured). In addition at breakfast you also have access to orange juice, apple juice and chocolate milk. There were also two additional packages available, one for soda/water/coffee and one for unlimited alcohol. Ports Noumea – We had never been before so booked a shore excursion “city to the bay” which was a great little 3 hour tour with an excellent tour guide. This also included coffee/tea and a French pastries at a restaurant which had free wifi (bonus!). A number of other guests made use of the hop on hop off bus ($15 AUD per ticket). or the choo choo train tour – both of which were highly rated. The ship also offered a free shuttle service into the city to the ferry terminal. There is a little supermarket (Casino) right near there which offers free wifi and a great assortment of snacks if you need to stock up. We did have coke confiscated from us returning to the ship, but they were fine with the bottled water we bought. Lifou – We detoured to Lifou after our Mystery Island stop was cancelled due to safety concerns given the weather. This was handled quite well and communicated clearly to everyone via a note in the stateroom which included the new tours available. Anyone who had booked a tour for mystery island had this refunded by the onboard account system. The ship operated a tender out to Lifou – no tender tickets needed until about 9am but lines did get long. The beach was beautiful but very rocky (10/10 recommend reef shoes if you want to go swimming). There were lots of little stalls set up with hair braiding, massages and food – the prices got cheaper the further along you walked. Vila – We didn’t leave the ship for Vila as we had been on a number of occasions – but can 10/10 recommend the mud-buggies – a GREAT adventure for the whole family. If you do go on any tours in Vila many stop by the villages and the children are extremely grateful for small wrapped candies, stationery etc. We took a pack of 24 pencils from Kmart (pencils with erasers in funny shapes on the end) and wrapped starbursts last time and they went over great! Mare – The ship tendered again for Mare – there is a small market when you first disembark the tender which was nice, but had most of the same things already seen at other ports. The main “attraction” was the one shore excursion offered by Royal Caribbean - $15USD a head (same price for adults and children) return bus transfers to Yejele Beach. We did this, as we were only two people, but many more savy families realized they could offer a taxi AUD and all be transferred to the same place for much cheaper. The beach was set up with many stalls offering hair braiding, massages and lots of food (BBQ lobster, corn etc). Beautiful spot and well worth the trip – not much to do on Mare otherwise. OVERALL Overall, we had a good time and enjoyed the experience in the main. The perks of the suite were great and the service was world class. Unfortunate that the behaviour of other passengers (mainly the unattended children) damped the overall experience. We would be unlikely to book a Voyager of the Seas cruise again, but may consider a newer ship(e.g. Ovation). Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Never been on a cruise before. Voyager of the seas was a great start to cruising easy to find your way around we had a balcony room very spacious heaps of closet space. Cabin attendants great. Plenty of things to do on board for every ... Read More
Never been on a cruise before. Voyager of the seas was a great start to cruising easy to find your way around we had a balcony room very spacious heaps of closet space. Cabin attendants great. Plenty of things to do on board for every age group. The ice skating shows were very good. The parades were a big hit for young and old. Shows were good. My time dining worked well for us. Never had to wait. Looking forward to our next cruise. I believe voyager is going in for a refurb next year. looking forward to another cruise onboard another royal carrabean ship. Left us with lots of good memories. The royal promenade was a great place especially the pig and whistle which we frequented often. A great meeting place for people to get to know one another. The food was good and plenty of choices of where to eat. Until next time Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our first cruise with our 3 children (14, 9 & 2.5) Embarkation and disembarkation were swift and problem free. If you love trivia - this is the boat for you. So much trivia was offered however you had to be at each venue ... Read More
This was our first cruise with our 3 children (14, 9 & 2.5) Embarkation and disembarkation were swift and problem free. If you love trivia - this is the boat for you. So much trivia was offered however you had to be at each venue at least 1/2hr before session to get a seat, in the end we gave up going. Each show we attended in the The La Scala theatre was nearly empty as it is huge and seating very comfortable. The ice skating show was great to see and we attended at our muster station time slot which was easy and plenty of seats before others were let in to Studio B. It wasn't as cold in there as I had expected, was comfortable with just a t-shirt dress on. There were a lot of children (young and old) on board left to run wild, unsupervised. The ship was always clean. The house keeping, dining staff and galley crew were all very friendly. The bar staff needed to work on their customer service as they always seemed grumpy. We stayed in Cabin 6200 right at the front of the ship overlooking the helipad. The room was spacious for the 5 of us, with a queen bed, double sofa bed and 2 bunks in their own little alcove that could be sectioned off with a curtain. The bathroom was very small but functional. There was lots of space to hang all our clothing and lots of coat hangers available. Bedding was very comfortable and ample amount of pillows offered 2 p/person. Our steward was fantastic - he was always onhand and had our rooms smik every morning when we returned from breakfast and then at night was pulled down and our special towel animal was waiting for the kids. We didn't feel additional movement being at the front as expected, just the usual sway however the noise from the waves hitting the bow of the ship was horrendous. It was like we were hitting something, one night it woke us all up. My husband & I had a deluxe drink package. It was value for money for us, however can see why it wouldn't be for some travellers. All softdrinks are poured from 2ltr bottles or cans that are not kept cold so drinks were always warm and filled with so much ice that they made the softdrink flat also flat due to the fact a 2lt bottle was opened over and over again loosing all its gassiness. With a deluxe package we could order cans of softdrink but these were kept on the counter of the bar so weren't cold either. Our children had a soda package and could only have softdrink from the bottle served in a glass/cup or be charged $$ for a can. Pointless really in my opinion. The food in Windjammer was great quality, with various themes each night. However did notice pork was served a lot. Staff were always attentive and friendly. We decided to splurge a little and book the 3night speciality dining package that was offered onboard the first night as $79.00 p/p for the 3 sittings. Was well worth it. We chose Giovanni's and Chops Grill x2 for dinner over Easter weekend and was pleasantly surprised with the experience. Food was excellent and staff were exceptional, especially with our 2.5yo. We didn't try Johnny Rockets as had heard it was great, and for $9.95 p/h was not wanting to spend another $50 for the family to have hamburgers and chips when the quality of the food in Windjammer was great - with make-your-own-hamburger most nights anyways. Port 1: Noumea - We did the Aquarium and sightseeing tour - it was ok! They took us to a lookout and guide was informative with local commentary during bus trip. Aquarium was small but lots to see and the turtles were gorgeous to see. We went back into city when we returned from tour and went to terminal markets upstairs, lots of the same thing. Daughter had her hair braided but found out was expensive once we got to other islands. We didn't go up the main street of Noumea as was too hard with little one in toe but is very dirty. Port 2: Lifou - We were to stop at Mystery Island however weather conditions due to a cyclone were not favourable so we stopped instead at Lifou. Lifou was gorgeous, the beaches were beautiful. Tendering process was slightly long and we waited about 1hour to get off ship and then the same to return to ship but we just chatted with fellow cruises in the line to pass the time. We only stayed on the beach to the right of the wharf as with a 2.5yyo in toe it was easy and beach was flat however you do need reef shoes as there is lots of coral rocks by the shore. Port 3: Port Villa - we did the semi-submersible boat and the kids loved it. Was perfect for their ages - even 14yo enjoyed as we stopped and they could snorkel around the boat. We then caught a local taxi back into the city to purchase our duty free. Lots of souvenir shops too with all of them basically the same. Port 4: Mare - WOW! Gorgeous - we paid $15p/p to go around to Yejele beach and was well worth it. Waters were crystal clear and sand white. Was windy but still hot so kept it comfortable. We sat under a tree for shade which was good. Snorkelling was amazing here. Our kids didn't attend kids club as they overheard other kids at breakfast staying how horrible it was. My eldest daughter and I attended the cupcake making class - it was great fun, we learnt so much and was great value for money! Couldn't say the same for the DreamWorks Breakfast - waste of money. Only 2 characters attended and for max. 5-10 minutes each, did a dance and then left. The wait staff were rude and didn't even give you a chance to read the menu available so was rushed to order. It was hard to get used to converting everything to US$ The Captain seemed a nice man, approachable with a sense of humour, with his daily "did you know" fact. I would probably go again if the price was right but not without being in a group. Husband and I have been on another smaller cruiseliner and enjoyed it more than this. Was disappointing for our first cruise with our kids as we had heard how amazing they are but didn't live up to the expectations at all. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I booked this cruise because it was on special and I needed a rest. Embarkation and disembarkation were swift and problem free. There were a lot of children on board left to run wild, unsupervised. Normally we love trivia, ... Read More
I booked this cruise because it was on special and I needed a rest. Embarkation and disembarkation were swift and problem free. There were a lot of children on board left to run wild, unsupervised. Normally we love trivia, however with such a large ship all venues were too small for the amount of people wishing to participate. After the first 2 days I gave up. I asked for extra chairs in High notes and was told that was all they had out. The La Scala theatre was huge and comfortable. We also enjoyed attending the ice skating show at our alotted time in studio B. My husband had a soda package. The drinks were always warm never cold and filled with so much ice that they were flat. They had large bottles of soft drink left on top of the bar just sitting there not in ice, even around the pool area where they were directly in the sun. My husband ordered a can and it was still warm. Although this was brought to their attention, nothing was done about it while we were there. They did offer him cans sent to our room and a refund of the price of the can. He declined as he did not want them to think he was after something free and that his complaint was legitimate. The food was excellent quality, plentiful with of a lot of variety. The ship was always clean. The house keeping, dining staff and galley crew were top notch. We were to stop at Liffou and Noumea however conditions were not favourable for Liffou being a tender port so we stopped instead at Isle of Pines. No problems with us it was lovely. We had a game of mini golf. I went to play the last bingo for the cruise but there was no jackpot it was just a normal game. The Captain seemed a nice man, approachable with a sense of humour. I would probably go again if the price was right but otherwise choose another line with smaller ships that can cope with the amount of passengers they have on board. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Saw a last minute deal inside cabin and convinced my wife. 2nd time cruises. 50s couple. The Voyager is aging yet still a fine ship. Adult pool Solarium area and gym sauna and steam very good. Food and restaurants and service very good. ... Read More
Saw a last minute deal inside cabin and convinced my wife. 2nd time cruises. 50s couple. The Voyager is aging yet still a fine ship. Adult pool Solarium area and gym sauna and steam very good. Food and restaurants and service very good. Great value for 7 days. Had the dining package...worth it and you get 40% off wine bottles. Visited Isle of Pines...brilliant. Neumea OK took the hop on hop off bus to Anse Vata beach and hung out for lunch at Le Meridian (stayed before). The Sapphire dining room and service was great. Drinks are expensive without the drinks package yet don't drink that much outside wine with dinner...very good wine list. Enjoyed the theatre entertainment and singers and band. The ice scating show was very good.They had new movies playing in the evening which was great. All in all we had a great time and would do RCL again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to experience and compare it to Celebrity cruise line. No quiet areas to escape the noise, curfew for children was midnight...arghh. Kettle in the room was good, especially as coffee was pretty ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to experience and compare it to Celebrity cruise line. No quiet areas to escape the noise, curfew for children was midnight...arghh. Kettle in the room was good, especially as coffee was pretty rubbish even if purchased. You’ll need to request coffee sachets as they’re not provided routinely. Unfortunately it’s the cyclone season in March so it was rough, with a diversion from Lifou to isle of Pines. The pool was drained during rough weather and deck activities were cancelled on the roughest days. Ice show was a standout, dancers were excellent, but the band was way too loud and singers had to screech to be heard. We tried Giovanni’s, a specialty restaurant and were very disappointed. Take your own lanyard if you want one as they are not provided and they charge US$9-$11 to buy one on board. We didn’t get a drinks package as you can buy a bottle of wine for the dining room meal, and they will keep it until the following night for you if you haven’t drunk it all. No complimentary water so if you don’t want to be constantly forking out money for bottles, pack an empty one and fill it at the café. Embarking and debarking was seamless and so quick. Cabins were spacious and beds were comfortable. We requested adjoining cabins with our friends, with balconies that would open up between us. This was confirmed on booking but alas the baclony doors are fixed. There are no shampoo, conditioners or moisturising creams in the bathroom so pack your own unless you’re happy to use the pump action combined shampoo/conditioner in the shower which is pretty low quality. Pack your US adaptor plug. There is also an outlet beside the mirror that takes a Euro plug if you want more than one item charging at a time. There were 3000 passengers on board and we found it very crowded at times. Ports we called into were isle of Pines and Niumea. We don’t recommend purchasing tours from the ship as the locals have pretty much got it covered and you can just purchase all your sightseeing options right at the shuttle drop off point. There is really only snorkelling to do at Isle of Pines and we’d read it was pricy to hire the gear. We bought a great set of goggles and snorkel from Kmart for $10 and they worked well! The promenade area was great and had a wonderful atmosphere of an evening. We established our Amex card for the final account with them, but once on board you can change it to a global currency card which is what we used as it was loaded with US dollars. We probably wouldn’t travel with Voyager again as we found the Celebrity Solstice better in many regards. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
1. There was no sailaway party, we have had this on every previous cruise and this sets the scene and celebration for the rest of the cruise. 2. The opening night had no introduction to the entertainment crew, instead a very ordinary , ... Read More
1. There was no sailaway party, we have had this on every previous cruise and this sets the scene and celebration for the rest of the cruise. 2. The opening night had no introduction to the entertainment crew, instead a very ordinary , dull comedian was put on. 3. The second night the show was billed but not presented, apparently due to bad weather however the ship did not appear to be rocking much at all. The cruise director presented the same jokes about the ship rocking again, with sexual innuendo and every single night after this. He had very little rapport with the audience, or command of the show and seemed to fall back on lame cliché jokes night after night. No introduction was again made to the entertainment crew. Instead we had a show more suitable for a small piano bar as it amounted to two singers singing some cover songs thrown together at the last minute. Yes they were good singers and talented but this is not at all what I would expect on the big stage on a large cruise ship. 4. The evening entertainment continued this way the ENTIRE cruise with the promised ‘big’ show being cancelled a second time and subsequently each time a last minute show with 2 singers singing songs that is more suited to a piano bar. 5. The reason given the second time from Carlos who said ‘I want to tell you the truth and not lie to you it’s the software for the screens has broken down’ I have trouble believing this. In this event I would of expected the show to still go ahead if it had been practiced and prepared without the screens? 6. I phoned the desk several times to complain about the lack of show, and lame excuse, Carlos did call our cabin once but we weren’t in. 7. DAYTIME entertainment: The quizzes were oversubscribed and disorganised. Ie not enough pencils, started late , not enough room. 8. DANCE lessons were oversubscribed and disorganised on two occaissions we turned up on deck and no one turned up at the allotted time several people were waiting and we were asking around is there a lesson on today??? Various crew members were asked and didn’t know what was going on. Eventually some came to take the lesson but there wasn’t the room or floor space for us all . I want to add that the entertainment crew did their best under these circumstances with what they had. However this didn’t meet the standard I would expect on a cruise liner. 9. DINING ROOM: Plastic plates and plastic bowls for grown ups in the buffet and paper cups. This is insulting I have been on other liners and never ever had plastic ware to eat off. I was really disgusted by this putting hot food on plastic I hated it. 10. The only night club dance floor on the 14th deck is so small to cater for the population of the passengers on the ship. 11. The lack of theme nights was a real disappointment I phoned and emailed to ask if any theme nights were planned and got told there was none. 12. I also have photos of broken hardware in the toilets, fittings etc to share but this was really the least of our issues. the cabin was clean and comofortable and the food in the silver servic e restaurant was good. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We have just got of the Voyager of the Seas after a B2B going to the Pacific Isles...both itineraries were slightly changed due to heavy weather in the region...Thank You Captain Sindre Borsheim, one of the friendliest captains that I have ... Read More
We have just got of the Voyager of the Seas after a B2B going to the Pacific Isles...both itineraries were slightly changed due to heavy weather in the region...Thank You Captain Sindre Borsheim, one of the friendliest captains that I have met, we hope he keeps sailing in our waters. We did the 3 day cruise in February on the Voyager and were so impressed that we added another 7 days to our 9 day cruise in March (we have cruised around 5 times on her before) The deciding factor for us was The Cleanliness (see below) and THE MUSIC in the form of 2 good bands ie Music Venture, fantastic musicians, and good for younger legs than ours. The other was the Tony and Dana Duo who have the larges of music repertoires and can read their audiences very well and play what they want to hear/dance too. I live with a very low immune system due to cancer treatment so cleanliness where ever I go is of the upmost importance and my antennas are always scanning for any coughs, sickness, unclean areas etc. On the Voyager I was amazed at the frequency of the handrails, lift buttons and the rest of the ship was being disinfected. There was only one bar where the waiters did not have disinfection cloths for the tables when I bought it to the Hotel Directors attention it was addressed right away. For me I know I can spend a longer time on board without to much danger hence the B2B (16 days). Yes, there is some rust around but which ship doesn't? There were kids on board but when did that become a dirty word? Food was always plentiful with a good choice of dishes---BEST PAVLOVA ever All in all we had a ball and hope that Royal Caribbean keep the Tony and Dana Duo sailing in Australian Waters...Oh and Captain Sindre too Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise as we had been to the pacific islands on Celebrity Solstice twice and wanted some new experiences - a new cruise lin, different itinerary and different ship, hence friends recommended RCL and some friends from a prior ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we had been to the pacific islands on Celebrity Solstice twice and wanted some new experiences - a new cruise lin, different itinerary and different ship, hence friends recommended RCL and some friends from a prior cruise were travelling on this cruise - we are a married couple late 50s and also travelled with a friend from work, a single lady in her early 60s. Positives first: Staff were excellent,, efficient and helpful everywhere on the ship - they work so hard to make the cruise wonderful. Entertainment and enrichment activities were also terrific generally, although sometimes wrong venues were used and numbers could not be accommodated, so we missed out, but overall there was plenty for everyone to partake in. The shows were terrific, especially Aussie Boys, Beatles show and Ricochet, fantastic!!!! The band does often drown out the singers though, which is a pity. Seating in the theatre was comfortable. Carlos the Cruise Director was fun and entertaining with a gorgeous singing voice! Food was terrific in all areas, plentiful ,fresh and delicious - we enjoyed it all, such terrific variety! VOOM internet was great and worked really well. Embarkation was pretty efficient given the number of passengers and we were on the ship within 30 mins. Rooms were all ready by 1pm which is amazing given the previous passengers had left the ship only 4hours earlier! Disembarkation was even quicker (we self disembarked) :) It seemed all to be really well organised. Okay ...so the negatives: Unfortunately, the Voyager has seen better days. She is old and it shows - it is like they have given up on her and she really needs to be dry docked for a full refurb. Flooring and furnishings look faded and jaded.The public rest rooms in particular were an issue - they would often smell and the door buttons or flush were old and often not working. As the cruise went on, more and more of them had out of order notices (applies to male and female toilets). Cleanliness in public areas was disappointing - the lift buttons were filthy and appeared not to be cleaned across the ship during the whole cruise. People took to using tissues to push the buttons! In comparison with Celebrity, we rarely saw anyone cleaning handrails, bathrooms, lift buttons or cleaning generally across public areas (they did in the eateries however) and when returning to the ship after Noumea, there was no sanitizing hand wash offered at all which really surprised me, although it was offered on other off ship days. Ahh, the children ....we had chosen this cruise out of school holidays on purpose, so we were amazed with the amount of school aged children on the ship. Unfortunately, there was a component whose parents left them to their own devices and the result was young children constantly running along the strolling areas, running up and down the stairs, pressing all the lift buttons, leaving food plates/cups in lifts and on stairs, prank calling (we had a call at 5am !!!) and running past knocking on doors. The crew and security staff ignored this behaviour completely. The other issue is that the curfew for children is midnight !!! Therefore in bars at any hour of the day and night there were young children being disruptive, ridiculous! I am not sure what the answer is here, whether they limit numbers, insist on them attending Kids Club, give staff more power to reprimand or bring this behaviour to parents attention and offer consequences, but to a degree it did impact on our (and others) enjoyment. Many others commented and were unhappy too. The Cabin: We had a deluxe balcony which was lovely and in a great spot on Deck 12, close to stairs and lifts. We never really met our stateroom attendant however other than him waving to us and we back to him and smiling and greeting him with a hello, the few times we saw him. On day 2 when he had not called in (usual practice over our other 4 cruises) and our room was not made up by almost 3pm, I called and asked should we have placed a card in the slot (thinking it was our issue) He said he had been at training and would be there later to make up the room - not an issue for us at all and I told him that, however a note to advise us would have been helpful. Our room was kept clean and fresh however and we loved having the kettle in the room. A blocked shower on day 3 was fixed very quickly which we appreciated. Minor things : our shampoo container remained empty the whole cruise (luckily I had my own) and we had to search for milk and soap replacements when they ran out completely. We had a drinks package and this was great - it made our days lovely and easy - we enjoyed experiencing different cocktails, wines with dinner, unlimited bottled water and lovely coffees at the specialty coffee shop. Excursions: We did the RCL Galley tour which seemed a bit disorganised. The tour was interesting but quite brief and we had trouble hearing our lovely host (she needed a microphone) as the kitchen of course was noisy and very hot, with a very slippery floor. We had been asked to wear closed shoes, but some wore thongs and nobody seemed to care. We also did not meet the Chef as promised, and were redirected haphazardly in circles by other groups touring at the same time and afterward we found out we had missed a section of the tour! Would not bother again, although we learned a little and the brunch afterward was lovely. Noumea - we did the hop on hop off bus which was fun. We'd been to Noumea 3 times prior and had seen Aquarium (highly recommended) and had done a few other sightseeing tours, so we were happy just to visit markets and stop at Lemon Beach. The transfer from ship to bus exchange was great and worked well. Vanuatu - we did the ship's excursion on the Reef Explorer (glass bottom boat) which was excellent. Well organised and really fun little tour. We were excited to visit the extensive markets at the dock - unfortunately, it was very hot and the merchandise very junky, all the same stuff, stall after stall, so we just bought a magnet. In summary, we did enjoy the cruise, as did our friend (her first cruise) but we would not recommend the Voyager until a refurbishment is completed. We would however try RCL again to give them another go, on a different ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I have just returned from a 9 night Sth Pacific Cruise on Voyager. Balcony Stateroom, Deck 7 The staff once again are so wonderful and I really appreciate the hard work they do and the sacrifices they make to provide the wonderful ... Read More
I have just returned from a 9 night Sth Pacific Cruise on Voyager. Balcony Stateroom, Deck 7 The staff once again are so wonderful and I really appreciate the hard work they do and the sacrifices they make to provide the wonderful service they do. Always friendly and so helpful. The Voyager of the seas has a lot to offer. This is my third time on Voyager. She is starting to get a little tired in some areas and is due for a refurbishment later this year. She will look wonderful once completed. Dining experience was once again lovely. Having such a variety of meals to choose from and the service is exceptional. shows and entertainment were varied and entertaining. My most favourite show this time was BLADES in Studio B/. The Ice dancers looked like they were having a great time and the show was a lot of fun. Thank you . Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We have been cruising for close to 20 years with this cruise being a big disappointment. First the good - the service was very good. Staff were friendly and attentive with good positive energy. Cabin attendant was excellent as was the Cafe ... Read More
We have been cruising for close to 20 years with this cruise being a big disappointment. First the good - the service was very good. Staff were friendly and attentive with good positive energy. Cabin attendant was excellent as was the Cafe and R-Bar staff. We had the dine-anytime with overall good service. We tried all the speciality restaurants and each one was very good - recommended. And now the not so good - Food - nothing to write home about. Dinner in the main dining room - food was never hot - warm at best. Selection was OK - you will not go hungry but nothing great - just OK. The quality and selection has gone down from other Royal Caribbean cruises we have been on. Windjammer - for breakfast was typical - if you like hot toast, pancakes, french toast - forget-it - they are all pre-prepared standing on hotplates that never keep anything hot. Lunch again - same staff every day with minimal selection - warm at best - nothing hot. Oh yes if you want burgers / hotdogs every day you will find this every day - and pre-prepared so maybe warm. Ship - the ship is 20 years old and really shows the lack of maintenance. Unpainted surfaces, rust, many lounge chairs that really really need to be replaced, public washrooms that are not kept clean during pick-time. Itinerary - the port of calls are not worth the trip. Most ports had nothing going on or to see. Two ports had nice beaches but not worth taking this cruise for. Enterainment - Way down from what is usually provided by Royal Caribbean - not one show stands out as good but all stand out as pretty bad. Atmosphere - You can really tell they were pushing the drink packages and who bought them. Very rowdy, fist fights that made the news - it felt like a ultra low budget cruise for party-goers - if we wanted this, we would have booked Carnival. The only reason we did not rate this cruise 1 star is due to the very good service. This alone is not enough to recommend this ship and the itinerary is not recommended on any ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
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
this is our fourth cruise with Royal Caribbean and again they have out done themselves with excellent service and commitment to their guests. Yes our cruise was marred by some stupid fellow cruisers who either can't control their ... Read More
this is our fourth cruise with Royal Caribbean and again they have out done themselves with excellent service and commitment to their guests. Yes our cruise was marred by some stupid fellow cruisers who either can't control their liquor or children, but these were isolated events which we didn't witness and didn't realise existed until nearly the end of the cruise when we heard fellow passengers talking about it. So as far as i am concerned the room attendants were great and very friendly towards all guests, the dining room staff were fantastic and our waiter and assistant couldn't do enough for us. Yes we missed Mystery Island and visited Isle of Pines in place - as we were chased by a cyclone as we headed south - but the captain kept us fully informed of the events and Royal Caribbean ensured that our experience on the ship and on shore was excellent and revised the itinerary to ensure that we outside the effects of the pending cyclone by heading south quicker than planned Great Ship, Great Cruise Line and we will be cruising a few more time yet on Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Very simple cruise for Australian new-cruisers. Food was raw and simple. Every single day the food looked the same at the Windjammer Buffet (three days pork, one day turkey, one day salmon, three days pork). There are no comparison ... Read More
Very simple cruise for Australian new-cruisers. Food was raw and simple. Every single day the food looked the same at the Windjammer Buffet (three days pork, one day turkey, one day salmon, three days pork). There are no comparison with the product RCCL offers in the Caribbean. The ship looks and smells old, floods of tubings everywhere. The dining experience was simple and repetitive, I received cold food in more than one opportunity. The night shows and parties are exactly the same as in any other RCCL cruise. If you saw one, you saw all. Another topic to comment is the wifi connection. We all know that wifi onboard is slow, but on this ship there were DAYS without wifi (of course, it was charged in advance). There was just one chinese lady who spoke few english helping and trying to calm the angry people. They refunded me two full days because of my complain. After taking many many cruises, I was disappointed with the Voyager, need dry dock and renovation urgently. Fiji ports of call are horrible. New Caledonia and Vanuatu beaches are amazing with turquoise warm waters. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I travelled with 11 other people in the group and the decision to go was made by the group. It turned out to be very successful with all the participants agreeably enjoying all that was on offer. The dining package was exceptional and ... Read More
I travelled with 11 other people in the group and the decision to go was made by the group. It turned out to be very successful with all the participants agreeably enjoying all that was on offer. The dining package was exceptional and provided my friend and I three meals in different restaurants and we also were able to enjoy brunch after touring the main kitchens of the ship. A delight! Dining was also a very pleasant affair supervised by our waiter Alexyandro who made sure that we had everything that we could possibly want and that the food was delicious. His attention to detail was amazing and worked very hard to attain perfection. Also I was helped by Dan who oversaw the Windjammer restaurant and was Waiter in Charge for our main dining area. I have a problem with self service restaurants which Dan realised and was there to support me with food choice. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Voyager of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates N/A 4.2

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