183 Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas South Pacific Cruise Reviews

I am not used to write reviews, I only do it when the product is really good or in this case when the product or service is bad and even more in one of the most important moments of your life that was our wedding day. We wanted to marry ... Read More
I am not used to write reviews, I only do it when the product is really good or in this case when the product or service is bad and even more in one of the most important moments of your life that was our wedding day. We wanted to marry in a cruise ship, so the one that suited our dates, was the royal caribean, voyager of the seas departing from Sydney the 23 Jan 2018 With months in advance, we organise, all details with a wedding planner all communication was through emails and some through the phone, when we wanted more details this person did not reply the phone, we called her immediately from a private number she replied (this happened several times, not professional at all), even that all wedding details were sorted. When we boarded the ship, had a meeting with the wedding planner at the ship (different at the one we coordinated by phone), we thought that all details were passed on to this lady, first deception, she mentioned that we had to follow the standard vows (when we spent a week defining our own vows with the lady at the phone) We requested to catch up with the photographer the day before the wedding, even that the wedding planner said all had beeing organised and there was no need. The wedding day, we supposed to receive the flowers (a bouquet (bride), rose (groom), 2 roses (parents) and 2 bracelets (parents)) but we did not received 1 set for the parents, we thought it would look really bad giving flowers just to one side of the family, so we requested urgently the missing flowers and they said the ship cannot provide the extra flowers, as they have already ruined our wedding we requested a refund for the flowers. After the ceremony when we were taking the group photos, the photographer (that we paid for 2 hours) was not ready at all, all improvised, he was looking for a ladder and left all guests (more than 30 of us) waiting in the main stair, and when we asked him for good backgrounds in the ship, he did not know …. We pay $700 for 2 hours of photos and we had just to choose 30 photos …. expecting the photograper or the wedding planner to define this places, and we were the ones directing the photographer and even telling him from which angle to take the photos, after couple of days we met him to choose the 30 photos, he said out of 600, he chose the best 120 … it was a total deception to see our photos, they were really bad. So the wedding day and the memories were really bad. I found really poor the way to manage the changes, during the 10 days sail, it was cancelled 2 island and they decided to go to luganville instead, they offered transport to Champagne bay for $60 transport + $15 entry fee, when outside the ship the transport was $20 tranpsort + $5 entry fee to the beach, I thought that the company could offer that service for free to compensate the passenger for the cancellation of 2 islands, and even more the company wanted to profit from us. When we were asking for water, they just provide 1 600ml bottle per person even we were already paying for the drink package, Royal caribean water should be free. After the cruise we head home, and expecting the company to refund the money for the flowers, but that money was refunded to a different person and when we asked them they did nothing. We have had much better experience with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My seventh cruise, but the first one that has left me with more negative points than positive. My biggest issue was that the bed was so uncomfortable. I had experienced back pain issues in previous months, and these beds made this flare ... Read More
My seventh cruise, but the first one that has left me with more negative points than positive. My biggest issue was that the bed was so uncomfortable. I had experienced back pain issues in previous months, and these beds made this flare up again to the extent that I had to be dosed on up on strong painkillers just to be able to function. (I'm fine again after one night at home in my own bed). Apparently, all beds on the ship were replaced 12 months ago, and you can see in recent reviews that there are lots of reports of the beds being way too hard. I'm a large man, and purposely bought a firm bed for myself as that's what I prefer for comfort - but these beds were just off the charts in terms of hardness. Literally felt like sleeping on a hard wooden box with a thin layer of foam on top. No "bounce" or movement at all, I'd even get pins & needles in my backside just from laying on the bed to read. If you have any history of back pain at all, do heed all these warnings - don't book a cruise on this ship! The ship had way too many children booked on board (I know other cruise lines have specific limits), and there was no effort at all to reign in behaviour such as running down stateroom corridors at midnight and calling out in loud voices, waking everyone up. One of the two whirlpools in the adult solarium was out of action for most of the cruise, and the whirlpools in the main area were full of unsupervised children using it as a splash pool, diving underwater, pushing each other and so forth - not relaxing at all! The remaining adult whirlpool was usually cold and the water jets didn't have any pressure at all. The sun lounges throughout the upper decks of the ship are in dire need of replacement, many were broken or torn, and the foam mattresses on the sunbeds are flat and worn out. The entertainment options on the ship were very limited. I was lucky enough to do a backstage tour, where it was admitted that one of the two production shows was out of action due to a safety issue with the equipment. However, they left the remaining production show to the last night, when it had to be cancelled due to ship movement - a situation they could have avoided by scheduling it for any of the other nights of the three sea days home. One show featured great singers, but the volume was turned up to the point where the sound was distorted and breaking up, and physically painful to the ear. One mildly amusing comedian, and one obnoxious unfunny one. The magician, Duck Cameron, whose show I've seen before was wonderful - he's such a generous, professional performer. We were served by wonderful, friendly, attentive and gracious waiters in the main dining room - meals were a bit up and down in quality though. Lunch options in the dining room were quite bad. The buffet generally supplied a good variety of food, but they struggle to keep food hot. Unfortunately on this cruise we missed two of the five scheduled port visits due to a severe storm system in the area - which is totally out of the control of the cruise line! Felt confident in the Captain's handling of the situation, taking us further north away from the areas of stormy seas, and giving us three days to get home via a quieter route at a more leisurely pace. My room was kept immaculate by my room attendant. Lastly, in case anyone at RCI is reading this, please immediately cease the constant ship-wide announcements for bingo. It was intrusive and annoying, and happened way too many times every day. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was our first cruise and wanted to select a quality cruise line that was short to moderate in length. We chose Royal Caribbean based on the recommendation of at family member. We found the ship to be impressive in size and fitout. ... Read More
This was our first cruise and wanted to select a quality cruise line that was short to moderate in length. We chose Royal Caribbean based on the recommendation of at family member. We found the ship to be impressive in size and fitout. Our balcony stateroom on level 6, mid ships, was clean and roomy supported by our attentive and friendly room attendant who left innovative and funny characters made from towels each night. The main dining room, Saphire, was as good as any fine dining, five star restaurant I have ever been to with the service from the waiters the outstanding feature. Nothing was too hard for them and all our requested were filled. The buffet dining in Windjammer was excellent with the widest range of quality foods available. Again the staff were very helpful with clearing our table quickly or even delivering a coffee. There are several bars on the ship however our favourite was the R Bar due the friendly service by the staff. Embarking and disembarking was done in an orderly and timely fashion both in the ports were we docked and where we used the tenders. Each day we were presented with a programme in our room listing the days activities for our selection. We enjoyed the trivia quizes and the shows while finding time to relax with our friends. The daily headliner shows were spectacular as were the occasional parties held in the Promenade or in the other locations. A truly wonderful experiance. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Boarding on/off: I had a 3PM boarding time, but turned up with my bags at 11AM and was allowed to board straight away. The process is really streamlined and took about 45 minutes. Disembarking the ship was the same, and took less than ... Read More
Boarding on/off: I had a 3PM boarding time, but turned up with my bags at 11AM and was allowed to board straight away. The process is really streamlined and took about 45 minutes. Disembarking the ship was the same, and took less than 30 minutes. We docked at 6AM, had time to eat breakfast, then went to our marshalling area at 8:30am and were off the ship by 9AM. Ship: The Voyager of the Seas was moored in 1997, so the ship is a little dated and there are definite signs of wear. But overall the amenities were really impressive and I loved my time on board. There were several bars on board, 3 pools (one adults only), hot tubs, gym, multiple restaurants, a casino, ice skating rink, and a theatre. Food: The food was sensational. Our group only dined at the restaurants included in the cruise bookings; the Windjammer buffet and Sapphire Dining Room, and we were so impressed with the quality of each meal we ate (and there were plenty of them). We ate at the Windjammer every day for lunch, and the Sapphire every night for dinner and then went between the two for breakfast. At breakfast the Sapphire has a choice of an a-la-carte or a buffet, and both were great. There are several other restaurants on board for an additional fee, but we didn’t feel the need to visit them. At the Sapphire dinners you have an assigned waiter and drinks attendant, and we absolutely loved ours! Archie and Rima from Deck 4 made our time on the Voyager so special, and we really enjoyed seeing them every evening for dinner. The dining room manager Derrick from deck 4 was also wonderful, and always came to chat to us when he saw us. There are two sittings in the dining room – 5:30PM or 8:15PM. My Time dining is available and is strictly limited, but having My Time means you need to reserve a table every day. I would actually recommend getting a permanent sitting, and coordinating it so everyone in your group is on the same table. We had a group of 11, and went to the restaurant on the second day to ask them to change our arrangements so they were all the same and they fixed it up right away – they even added another seat to our table so we could all be together. Don’t eat the soft serve or the large cakes in the Windjammer – I saw kids messing with them on the regular. Also use the hand sanitizer on the way in and out – people will give you a stink eye if you don’t. Drinks: There was no doubt in my mind that I would be purchasing a drinks package for my time at sea. I have absolutely no regrets here, and would absolutely recommend doing it. I had the Deluxe Beverage package so this included all specialty coffees, soft drinks, bottles of water, fresh juices, and of course beer, wine and cocktails. This package covers all drinks to the value of $14, and if you buy anything over this cost you just pay the difference. I know for sure that I got my value for money every day, and can’t stress just how great it was to have this deal. My package was $74 AUD per day, which I pre-purchased prior to boarding via the Royal Caribbean website. If you purchase a package on board it was $89 AUD per day, so definitely do it before boarding. Tipping: In Australia we don’t tip, so our group was quite confused when it came to on-board tipping. After emailing our travel agent we were notified that daily gratuities were included in our booking fee, so tipping an additional amount was optional for us. On the second last day we received envelopes for cash to give to our attendants should we feel they went ‘above and beyond’ for us, so we gave tips to our room attendant, waiter, drinks attendant, and the supervising waiter at the Sapphire dining room to say thank you for making our time on the Voyager so special. On-board activities: I was never without something to do on the Voyager. Highlights included the theatre shows, which were fabulous – we saw bands, singers, a magician, a hypnotist and a comedian, as well as the ice skating, which was equally as amazing. We went to just about every 7PM show before dinner, with each one running for approximately 45 minutes. On-shore activities: I asked a lot of people about the on-shore activities and if they were worth the cost. Most people I spoke to said that the tours are expensive, and you can usually find a local to escort you around the island for a cheaper fee – which is what I did. We went to Noumea, Port Vila, and Loganville, and only had one tour organised by Guest Services which was in Port Vila. Do your research here. I also bought my own snorkel and goggles and had a great time snorkelling without going on a tour. All on-shore activities that we paid locals to facilitate were paid for in AUD, so you really don’t need to worry about getting local currency. Wi-Fi: There is no free Wi-Fi on board the Voyager of the Sea, it must be purchased. I paid $10 AUD per day for the Surf & Stream Wi-Fi package and highly recommend it. Members of our group that didn’t have it ended up buying it. If you’re in a large group it takes the hassle out of coordinating meeting times, as you can just iMessage. If you want to stream viewing content on your device, I would be wary as the connection is really slow. Streaming didn’t really work well unless you downloaded the movie/tv show, which took hours. Only one device can be connected at a time. Theme Nights: I read that many cruises have themed nights - ours had a White night and a Hawaiian night. We had two formal dress evenings, and the rest were smart casual and casual. Not everyone adheres to the dress code, but our group did. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
A lot of reviews of this ship tend to criticize its age and amenities, but as the Voyager is now 20 years old it stands to reason there's going to be rust in places. I mean its been exposed to salt water for 20 years so what do you ... Read More
A lot of reviews of this ship tend to criticize its age and amenities, but as the Voyager is now 20 years old it stands to reason there's going to be rust in places. I mean its been exposed to salt water for 20 years so what do you expect, a pristine exterior. The ship was great, the room large by any standards (we had an owners suite that that is expected). The staff were brilliant. The food in the huge 3 storey dining room was outstanding every night. It was good if not better than a just about any restaurant I've ever been to and it was always served hot and fresh. How they manage this consistently day in and day out for this many people I don't know. The singalongs in the main dining room where everyone joined in were fabulous. If that couldn't bring a smile to your face then nothing could.The buffet in the windjammer was also outstanding and any criticisms of this are patently unwarranted and all the staff there do a magnificent job and the food was always hot and fresh. Certainly by the number of people there and if the size of their self servings is any guide, everyone on the ship enjoyed it even if they broke their scales when weighing themselves when they got back home! Missed out on a couple of ports due to a cyclone passing through Noumea which the captain thought it wise to avoid heading back home through the tail and I'm sure everyone on board thought that was a very good call. Internet is super expensive as were the drinks when factoring in the exchange rate for AU dollar against US dollar. I'll bet quite a people people got bill shock when they got home and didn't factor in the exchange rate. The crew actively tries to sell drink packages for the cruise for the first few days and a lot of people jumped on, but seriously, when one factors in the exchange rate, paying more than AUD$900 for 10 days of drinking is right up there. One would have to drink more than 10 beers everyday just to break even but it seems lots of people did get ahead. And that is the problem, for me anyway. as it appears RCI is targeting the big drinking, big eating guest and there were a lot of them on board. Maybe Bali not looking so tempting anymore? But to be fair the ship is big enough for just about anyone to find a nook to escape the boisterous crowd on the pool decks. Still overall, a positive experience as all staff were fantastic and the food was great the entertainment was excellent as was the trivia quiz and karaoke. The only issue for me is that targeting the bogan crowd is likely to turn away baby boomers of which there are now a serious number. But hey, if the hard drinking and partying crowd is were the profits are then you can't blame RCI for heading that way. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
There were conflicting advice about where there was a daily amount added to your bill for tips. When sailing from Australia there are no added costs. We sailed in January 2018. We went to guest relations to check and they confirmed. We did ... Read More
There were conflicting advice about where there was a daily amount added to your bill for tips. When sailing from Australia there are no added costs. We sailed in January 2018. We went to guest relations to check and they confirmed. We did tip our cabin attendant in AU $ and he didn’t mind using Australian currency The prices on the ship were in US $ and drinks ranged from $8 to $14 for a top lime cocktail. The drinks package was around $71 per day for each person in the cabin. If one person doesn’t drink much it is not worth it. The ship was looking a little old with some areas of carpet worn but it was very clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They enjoyed The Australian sense of humour. The Dreamworks parade on level 5 was very enjoyable as were the ice skating performances. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We took this cruise to fit in with school holidays and as a follow up to a fantastic short cruise on the 'Ovation" we took last year. We had a great time but there were a lot of kids on the cruise, which was not unexpected on ... Read More
We took this cruise to fit in with school holidays and as a follow up to a fantastic short cruise on the 'Ovation" we took last year. We had a great time but there were a lot of kids on the cruise, which was not unexpected on this ship and the fact it was school holidays. Some of the children needed more supervision from their parents and a few extra staff to settle down some of the over zealous kids from running and messing around in public areas would have been appreciated by a number of guests. The staff were fantastic again and the selection of food was top class in all the Restaurants. The shows were still good but we would not say they were not as good as the previous trip on Ovation, but I appreciate the Ovation was a new ship and would have had better staging etc. If you have never cruised, you should try a short cruise as they are great fun. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We saved for a long time to get a Grand Suite and we're so excited that we even had a doorbell- until children began ringing it at all hours of the night and into the early morning, so we had to have it disconnected. We were excited ... Read More
We saved for a long time to get a Grand Suite and we're so excited that we even had a doorbell- until children began ringing it at all hours of the night and into the early morning, so we had to have it disconnected. We were excited that we'd saved enough to get a suite so we'd be allowed into the special roped off Gold pass areas, until we realised it wasn't so special because EVERYONE came into those areas. When the people beside us with blue passes were told to move, they refused and said "ask your managing director who I am". We will definitely think twice before saving for a suite on RCI again after this cruise. The concierge was wonderful, and we truly enjoyed the lounge areas which were often the only quiet areas aboard. We didn't appreciate seeing food fights, and large 'gangs' of unsupervised teens/pre teens, threatening other gangs and commandeering the lifts to stop at every level. Our room was fantastic, and kept beautifully clean by our stateroom attendant who went out of his way to ensure we were comfortable. The specialty restaurants served perfectly cooked and beautifully flavoured dishes which we sampled every night due to having an ultimate dining package (Note that Johnny Rockets isn't included in this package, so we re-named it the 'almost' ultimate package. There seemed to be less trivia than other cruises, which was a shame for us as we plan our days around the trivia. The shows were very professional though, and always worth attending. There were really too many children on this cruise. The staff even commented there had been more issues than usual, so hopefully RCI will think about capping the number of children in the future, or upgrading their security cameras so they can be quick in finding culprits and reprimanding them accordingly (and their parents who should be supervising them when they're not at the kids club). The ports were lovely, though we skipped Mare due to a lovely big thunderstorm. In Noumea, Amadee was worth the trip out for the day, and we saw some gorgeous large sea turtles. Vanuatu horse riding was spectacular, and riding the horses in the water is a lovely, novel way to end the tour. The police met the ship as we docked, after teen vandals caused significant malicious damage in the arcade on the final night. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Took the family on our first cruise and for me its been 35 odd years since last cruising - friends and colleagues warned us of all these nasty experiences and I now suspect its so the ships aren't booked out and prices are kept down. ... Read More
Took the family on our first cruise and for me its been 35 odd years since last cruising - friends and colleagues warned us of all these nasty experiences and I now suspect its so the ships aren't booked out and prices are kept down. So a 14 day Sth Pacific journey - a stateroom, a balcony room and an internal room with a virtual balcony. Our suite/stateroom exceptional, good size good balcony, the balcony room for 20 something daughter and boyfriend also great and the internal cabin for two x 17 year old boys used to living on caves - so all good there, though the virtual balcony is obviously someones initial idea of a joke and someone up chain of command thought it a good idea. The boat at 20 or so years old, refitted is still a spectacular masterpiece with a myriad of entertainment options for all - though 17 year olds neither allowed to be adults, paid adult fares, treated like adults in some sections of the vessel and like kids in others - so maybe its just a difficult age. The food was terrific across all cruise deal venues though we chose not to dine in the 'fancy joints' for two reasons - 1 we dined any time and got to know our hosts well and enjoyed their banter and service that took us to the main dining each evening. Our disappointment was with the staff at Chops Grilled - our 20 somethings made the booking and weren't told long pants a requirement, so 17y.o's arrived in genuine dress and tailored shorts, sock and shoes - maitre d in broken English - No Entry, whilst obviously ripped jeans are OK as a gent passed me at the door in same. Had the boys been 12-13 shorts OK - so a set of double standards saw us avoid the feature dining - I can be looked down upon and treated poorly anywhere. As a stateroom guest we had a gold card(VIP) and our concierge was great - she arranged on the house tailored pants for the boys - we politely declined as I still didn't feel the need to grace "Chops" - but to her I award an excellence award. So don;t let this one minor scenario put you off travelling aboard - just be aware there are some minor problems associated around age - Oh and my gold card benefits in the special suite were great but in areas where gold class were set aside - forget it- the staff don't police it. This was also a school holiday cruise time and there were I'm told 900 kids, most of whom were well behaved but the marauding 100 or so were to their parents credit or lack of credit abysmal - rude, unhygienic behaviour and disrespectful of adults, security and for some passengers made the cruise very uncomfortable. So i believe in warts and all comments - and base my ratings on overall performance of the crew and ship - so they could well have achieved 5/5 but these issues mark them down a notch or two. Happy cruising and we are definitely cruising again and without hesitation look to RC as first point of call. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was our first cruise for myself and wife. I had expected the ship to be quite crowded considering we were leaving in peak period but felt there was not much crowding on board. The Windjammer buffet had multiple food areas so you could ... Read More
This was our first cruise for myself and wife. I had expected the ship to be quite crowded considering we were leaving in peak period but felt there was not much crowding on board. The Windjammer buffet had multiple food areas so you could always walk to a different food station if one was busy. The staff were all very friendly and polite. It was also nice that no one was expecting tips after every little thing so that was good. We ended up leaving tips with those that provided exceptional service in the end. Marvin the cruise director was great and knew how to get the audience hyped up. The actual shows themselves were also very good which we both enjoyed. The only time there was crowding was at Mystery island where you need to get on a tender boat to go out which meant long lines to get on the tender. Other ports where the ship could dock was fine. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Overall, we had a good holiday. My biggest issue is that the food is hit and miss in the main dining room. Some really good dishes and then some poor ones with a dominance of bland and the unfortunate use of MSG. I often eat fish and ... Read More
Overall, we had a good holiday. My biggest issue is that the food is hit and miss in the main dining room. Some really good dishes and then some poor ones with a dominance of bland and the unfortunate use of MSG. I often eat fish and it was overcooked on two occasions with once being about right. This is difficult with the difference being as little as one minute but dry fish is terrible. I understand that a lot of the people on-board are probably into bland food but when you have ten odd dishes on the menu surely there is room for a bit of taste somewhere. Someone at RC needs to realize that Thai Restaurants are very popular in Australia and Australians travel to Asia a lot leading to people being used to spicy food that actually has some spice in it. There was usually an Indian dish but they were very light on the spice. I had Thai prawns that were in no way what I would call Thai. Thai food involves some combination of garlic, chili, basil, coriander and lime. This dish had onions and loads of MSG. MSG is a lazy way of adding flavor that I associate with KFC and Pizza Hutt. After eating it I have extremely disturbed sleep. The following night our poor waiting staff coped an ear full. We also had a night in the Windjammer when I should have seen the sauce the prawns was in was loaded with MSG resulting in me having two very bad nights sleep on what is supposed to be a holiday. We shared our dinner with a very nice family making our time in the main dining room very pleasant even if the food wasn't that great. We ate at Chops Grille one night and we all liked our meals, the atmosphere and the service. Overall the staff and service were great. The exception was that some staff on New Years Eve didn't want to be there. We moved to the Pool Party and had a great time there. The entertainment in the theatre was good except for one night where there were two singers doing material that wasn't to our liking. Their orchestra was significantly improved from two years ago as was the sound engineering. Given that it was 14 nights this was fairly important and the acts were again much better than two years ago. It was a good mix of different shows. I had my first experience of enrichment lectures with a Clinical Psychologist providing 7 very interesting talks. The numbers increased with each day. I like this very much. Joe Hollywood was playing in the Schooner Bar and I enjoyed his show playing a lot of well known songs. The other acts did not impress. We left after 15 minutes of the 5 piece band and skipped another party they were playing at. We only caught a few minutes of the other acts and that did not inspire us to seek out their whole shows. One of our party has mobility issues so our shore excursions were limited. I had an amazing massage on Mystery Island. My partner had one on the boat a few days earlier and rated the one on the Island much higher and about a quarter of the price. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I chose this cruise to get out of Sydney for New Year. I know it is school holidays but I didn't expect so many badly behaved children. Last year I went on the Radiance to New Zealand and it was great. I guess the lesson is no ... Read More
I chose this cruise to get out of Sydney for New Year. I know it is school holidays but I didn't expect so many badly behaved children. Last year I went on the Radiance to New Zealand and it was great. I guess the lesson is no school holiday Cruises to warmer climates! I also felt the entertainment on this cruise wasn't as good as previous Cruises. Too many comedians that weren't that funny! I really think RC need to look at their TV channels! Being an Australian based cruise they need to target Australians more. There were too many American news and sports channels. Also a lot of the movies at night were children's movies! It would also be a good idea to put a brief synopsis of the movies in the Compass. I was also disappointed that there were not more interesting lectures during the day. Dance classes are not lectures! Staff were excellent as always! Service was great! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We thought we give cruising a go with a 8 night Pacific Island tour and see what all the fuss is about when others tell you how much of a wonderful time they had cruising here and there. We are a family of 4 with 2 boys at the ages of 12 ... Read More
We thought we give cruising a go with a 8 night Pacific Island tour and see what all the fuss is about when others tell you how much of a wonderful time they had cruising here and there. We are a family of 4 with 2 boys at the ages of 12 and 9. Boarding was very easy and this surprised us. It did help that we had been quite early, but the whole process was a well oiled machine. Straight into the Windjammer for lunch and first impression was quite ok in the Restaurant. Loved the mashed potato. Once on board - and until you leave - be prepared for the hard sell. I felt quite harrassed by it all and they really try hard. Prices are high for most items. Give you and example - the laynards you really need for your sea card, 13AUD per piece! There is no denying that the ship is ageing and is starting to look like a rust bucket if you look closely, but the interior has been kept up ok. Could not wait to see the cabin which we where allowed to enter at 1PM. And from here onwards, it started to go downwards. We had an interior cabin 9277 and 9279. Both cabins are ok, adequate, if not a bit small. Furnishing is adequate and beds are comfortable enough, but furniture and furnishing is very aged. Both cabins are "virtual balcony" cabins, eg a large screen showing live screening of what is happening outside. Our screening was blurred and blotched, looked like a seagull had done its business on the lens. Despite asking the cabin attendant to see if they could clean it, it remained the same. So pretty useless. After the lunch, one had to have a meeting with the toilet. It appears that the previous passengers had a bit of the runs as the whole toilet was soiled up to the rim and not cleaned. This did not go down well with either my wife or myself. Upon inspection of the bathroom, it turned out it was cleaned very badly and soap residue was on taps, sink etc. It was rectified upon complaining, but, it set the mood a bit, as from here onwards, you start looking for faults... My time dining is really "time which suits them" dining as it has 2 sittings, take it or leave it, with difficulties getting in full stop. We opted for the Japanese restaurant on the first day (part of the dining pass - 25USD/person/dining) which gives you 35USD "dining credit" of the menu, priced by item. It is plenty for a good selection. Most memorable thing of the meal was the view of the Sydney harbour when leaving and the bottle of Moet Chandon, The restaurant is Japanese by name only and I honestly doubt they have seen a Japanese chef ever in there. The sashimi was cut in slabs which made it impossible to fit into your mouth in one go (and mine is considerably large), the rice of inferior quality and certainly not Japanese quality. My time dining, eg 5.15 or 7.30pm is a formal affair. Dressed up for the occasion and - oh my god! It is feeding the masses in tacky opulence with food of very average quality in such a noisy environment that it is hard to understand your own word. It appears that whenever entertaining is needed, the volume needs to be at such level that even deaf people can get it. Was quite happy to get out of there. The italian restaurant however, part of the dining package, is more quiet and we did enjoy dinner there. Again, food was absolutely nothing to rave about it and once again, the restaurant is italian by name only. The Gnocci was overworked and very starchy gooey and the meat - well, I am still figuring out how they managed to upset my meat so much. Although my wifes lamb chops where divine. Best thing of the dinner - Moet Chandon. Overall - food was PLENTIFUL, but of poor to average quality. That includes the paid restaurants also. Kids - there are kids clubs and the boys did sign up for them. The programs offered are minimalistic with little effort put in so it wore out very quickly for both our boys. But there are plenty of options with the rock climbing, pool, wave rider, arcade, ice scating, you name it. Caution - the arcade spending is hard to be controlled and kids could spend you a fortune. Shows - both the ice shows and theater shows have been divine and of good quality. Very enjoyable. Drinks packages: We did not buy any. Why would I want my kids to fill up with sugar so they become uncontrollable and hyper when there is already so much to do for kids. Equally, we drink very selected and little, so alcohol packages did not make sense. That did not stop the hard selling. The coffee - why pay for coffee made by people who clearly are not barrista trained and get awful coffee for almost 6AUD while you can get awful coffee for free at the dining rooms? We bought one and never again. Water is readily available at meals, but filling stations for your bottles have all but disappeared! We ended up filling our water bottles in the gym. Supposedly filling water bottles in the dining rooms is a health hazard (for corporate profits at least). Staff - here, I have a problem. Each member, when one asks for something, is friendly and helpful. But, they are a dreary looking bunch who clearly did not want to be there, but had to. Does not make for a great mood. At the sports venues like waverider and climbing walls - it went downright bad. There was only one staff who enjoyed working in the environment while all the others made it quite clear that they could not give a sh..! It would appear that this may be our first and last cruise. It is hard to get a quite place, food is average, staff is average. I guess it depends what you expect, and for us, it did not work at all. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The arrival at the port was quite well laid out and it was well run for embarkation and the staff very help full. I was traveling with someone in a wheelchair, and the ship staff didn't seem to have enough wheelchair assistance. Maybe ... Read More
The arrival at the port was quite well laid out and it was well run for embarkation and the staff very help full. I was traveling with someone in a wheelchair, and the ship staff didn't seem to have enough wheelchair assistance. Maybe Royal Caribbean could take a leaf out of P&O's procedure and get the portside staff take the wheelchair people onto the ship. The cabin was comfortable and clean and because my companion has to have a dark room to sleep, we prefer the inside cabin. We prefer to eat in the dinning room for every meal, and found the food enjoyable and the selection good. The highlight for us at meal times is the beautiful waiters and waitresses, their attention is impeccable to make sure everything is just right. The attention they gave my companion who is special needs and is non verbal just made her cruise, to the point we have another 2 booked on this ship before it leaves Australia for good. The staff performing most nights was another highlight we loved it and it gave us a chance to applaud them for their hard efforts. The Cruise director Jamie Fentiman and his team are amazing and made sure everyone had lots of fun at all the street parties and events around the ship, we loved the quest, the marriage game, and many more. The guest artists were very good we loved them. We found the service in every area wonderful. We have both traveled to the South Pacific many times 10 in the past 12 months in fact so we do not always get off the ship. We will be very sorry to see Voyager leave our shores, Royal Caribbean please send another ship to Australia, one that will stay here all year around please, then people that can not do long flights might have a chance at becoming Pinnicale. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
First time in a Royal Caribbean ship I was impressed never a dull moment always something to do or not if that was your choosing. The staff where always very accommodating and generally where having as much fun as the passengers. ... Read More
First time in a Royal Caribbean ship I was impressed never a dull moment always something to do or not if that was your choosing. The staff where always very accommodating and generally where having as much fun as the passengers. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth especially being able to board earlier than expected having flown in overnight. The entertainment on board was fairly good, excellent variety available. The small bar groups and individuals where brilliant but the shows in the main theatre where a little disappointing. Ice skating impressive! The adult pool area should though be allocated to people over the age of 21, as I did make it very difficult to enjoy your time there as there was a lot of young adults between 16 - 21 taking all the seating whilst being in the pool the whole of the day. In general the overall experience was pretty good and would definitely cruise again with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I travelled on this 9 night sailing on board Voyager of the Seas from/to Sydney, visiting Lifou, New Caledonia; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Mystery Island, Vanuatu & Noumea, New Caledonia, with a group of other singles. Overall I had a great ... Read More
I travelled on this 9 night sailing on board Voyager of the Seas from/to Sydney, visiting Lifou, New Caledonia; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Mystery Island, Vanuatu & Noumea, New Caledonia, with a group of other singles. Overall I had a great time and made some great new friendships. This was my sixth cruise, and I do believe there is a huge amount to like about a cruise holiday. Unfortunately, it's often an expensive option for singles/solos as there is usually a significant single supplement. This was my first time on a Royal Caribbean ship, and while there were many great things, there were quite a few cons as well. Pros: * The ship is a really great size - not too small, and not too big. It was pretty clean. * The crew were almost universally friendly and efficient. There was the odd exception but that can happen on any cruise line or ship. * The food was very good and plentiful. The variety was good. * There were lots of activities on the sea days, and the activities staff were really good. * The pool area is very nice (although showing its age a little) * The complaint that I made in the mid-cruise survey about slow service in the Main Dining Room was responded to very well. It's the first time I have had a manager call me in my stateroom to discuss the matter with me. * The cabin I had (Large Oceanview) was very comfortable with a larger than normal wardrobe area. Cons: THE BIG ONE FOR ME: * Every other cruise line that has ships based in Australia for the Southern Hemisphere summer uses Australian dollars as the currency on board, while they are sailing out of Australia. Having USD as the currency on board RC ships is a pain for antipodean cruisers. * Also particularly disappointing was the fact that there was no liquid soap or shampoo provided. Only small bars of soap. This is disappointing and not up to the level of competitor cruise lines. * There weren't a few of the niceties, like a chocolate on the pillow. * The theatre entertainment was good, but not outstanding. I think I have seen better on Carnival's Australia-based ships, and on Princess. * It's difficult to avoid walking through the smokers area on the main pool deck, unless you restrict yourself to one side. * Check-in in Sydney at around 2.30pm was pretty slow with long queues. * There weren't enough tables at the busy times in the buffet. * I was surprised that the buffet was not open 24 hours. Instead the Cafe Promenade was the 24 hour option, with significantly less options. * You could only get individual slices of two varieties of pizza (cheese or pepperoni). Other ships that I have been on (including Carnival Australia's ships, which is Royal Caribbean's biggest competitor for out-of-Sydney cruises) have full pizzerias with more options and the ability to get a whole pizza. * I was disappointed by the towel animals compared to Carnival Australia. The 'animals' that I got on Carnival Australia were quite a lot better. * The colour scheme in the hallways is a bit of a shock at first. It's a pretty unpleasant pink. * The range of non-alcoholic cocktails was a bit limited. * The burger joint is not free, unlike Carnival Legend/Spirit. * For the money paid, the 'Mystery Dinner Theater' was disappointing. The food was patchy. * The prices for snacks, sunscreen, shampoo etc. in the retail shop were extortionate. The ports: Lifou (tender port) - This was my second time to this port, and I think I'm done here. The beach is pleasant, and they have a cultural performance several times during the day. There is an ok cafe. If you're not a beach person, you really do need to do a tour here, whether through the ship or from local operators (although the ship has more choices). The first time I visited this port I did the Luecila Beach & Drive tour and loved it. Luecila Beach is beautiful and great for swimming, as it's very sandy under foot. Port Vila (docked port) - This was a new port for me. I had a great day out with Atmosphere Tours. The Blue Lagoon is very nice, and I was pleasantly surprised that the turtle sanctuary wasn't as bad as I expected. This is also a fantastic port in which to get cheap duty free alcohol if you live in Australia. I feel like I've got more to explore here. The city wasn't quite as developed as I expected, but it's a nice enough place. Mystery Island (tender port) - Wow! If you're a beach person, this is paradise. We were there on a beautiful cloudless day, and the white sand beaches were amazing. Those who went snorkeling and paddle boarding had a ball. Nobody lives on the island - instead the locals from the nearby larger island sail across every time a cruise ship calls. A few tips for people not confident in the water - there is a glass bottom boat that you can book on the island that is cheaper than the one onboard the ship. Doing a tour across to the local village on the larger island is also a great activity, if you want to experience real life, with no electricity. One other important note - the food offerings on Mystery Island are very poor. You might want to go back to the ship for lunch and then come back to the island. Noumea (docked port) - Noumea is an interesting hodge podge. Most ships dock at the cargo port, and you have to board buses to the Cruise Terminal Building at the bottom of town. There are some nice islands in the harbour for swimming, and even swimming at the main Anse Vata beach is pleasant enough. (Although be aware that the bottom of the sea is not smooth.) The city is very French, and that can either appeal or detract. French people are not known for being particularly friendly to tourists. Getting the Tchou Tchou train or the competitor Lyvai Green Train are good options. Overall, I think Carnival Australia has the edge over Royal Caribbean for cruises out of Sydney. (I didn't expect this to be the case, but I've been on both, and that's my view). The exception is probably Ovation of the Seas which I haven't had a chance to sail on yet. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
As always when embarking in Sydney it was quick and the whole process took 30 minutes. Once on board you are officially on Holidays. I have noticed that in other reviews it is mentioned about the " Heavy" up sell on Drink ... Read More
As always when embarking in Sydney it was quick and the whole process took 30 minutes. Once on board you are officially on Holidays. I have noticed that in other reviews it is mentioned about the " Heavy" up sell on Drink packages and Dinning etc Yes there are staff out selling Packages but I found a polite no did the trick. It's not like they chase you down the deck. Once on we tradionally head to Deck 11 Pool Bar for a Cocktail to toast the start of our Holiday. Lunch is on in The WIndjammer buffet and it seems that a lot of cruises first destination. Yes it is busy but we have never had an issue finding a seat or joining another table. As it's just the 2 of us joining other tables is also a great way to meet our fellow cruisers. Staterooms and Suites are normally ready at 1.30pm. It's an exciting process to go in search of your stateroom. It's also a good opportunity to meet your room attendant. We have always found them to very helpful. It's amazing how they can remember everyone's names. We did splurge this cruise and opted for a owner suite #1300. Great room Great Space. We did notice that been under the pool deck we did hear the cleaners moving the deck chairs around at night. Not good if your a light sleeper. We have been on the voyager of the sea before and we love the layout of the ship. You can't get lost. We did notice that she is looking a little worn compared to last time but we heard she is due for a refurb after this season. Her last in Aus Waters. Dining was great. Food was always well prepared and presented. We didn't go to Chops or Any other restaurant other than Main Dining or Windjammer. This cruise was all about relaxation and not dressing up to go out. Shorts and Tshirts where the order of the day for us this cruise. That's why we love cruising you can do things how you want when you want. I must also mention people on the ship make the cruise. Nothing annoys us more then people constantly winging about things that really are not a big deal. Chill out. Toast is Toast. We think they should stick with Princess..... Plenty to do and see on board. You can do all of the activities or none of them. It's upto you. We loved Mystery Island and Mare. Snorkelling Heaven. Tendering at these Islands was a breeze. Disembarkation was quick painless. About 20 min. In Summary this is our 7th cruise and we are Loyal to Royal. But we did notice there has been some little changes over the years. RCL stands out. Great service Great Ships Can't wait for the 2019/2020 itinerary to come out. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We stayed at The Rocks ( Rendezvous ) prior to boarding. A great location. Embarkation and Disembarkation in Sydney both went smoothly with minimal fuss. Once on board we went exploring because it was our first time on the Voyager. ... Read More
We stayed at The Rocks ( Rendezvous ) prior to boarding. A great location. Embarkation and Disembarkation in Sydney both went smoothly with minimal fuss. Once on board we went exploring because it was our first time on the Voyager. Set up was a little similar to the Radiance except on a larger scale. Had a light lunch at the Promenade Café , which we also used for most breakfasts and light lunches. Great variety of pastries, cakes, slices, rolls and great coffee. After having a few drinks at the pool bar ,and making sure our beverage packages were working ( certainly worth the A$65 per day when beers cost between US$ 6-9, spirits 8-10, cocktails 14-17 and coffee 4-5. My wife had the coffee/ non-alcoholic cocktail package. Still good value ). Went to the cabin at 1pm on deck 8. We had a superior balcony room which was well appointed and very clean and well looked after ( thanks to Agnes who had another 18 rooms to service). DINING Had my time dining at 8pm and on the first afternoon went to the dining room and requested a table for 2 for every night. The waiter Alejhandro and assistant Jiao were wonderful as was the food. The surrounding diners were also good company. The waiter's recommendations on each night were hard to beat. Had a quiet one once and went to the Windjammer. Food, especially Indian was very good. Service was also excellent. BAR SERVICE. Great at all bars, especially Sky and Pool bars. R bar also very good for cocktail selections. PORTS As it was a very large ship and the islands had limited appeal to me( my wife has been previously ) we only got off at the 2 docked ports of Noumea and Vila. Tendering was slow as you could imagine. ENTERTAINMENT Shows were professional especially ice skating, comedian and Beatles tribute show. The resident band was very good and popped up everywhere. However the temperamental duo they also had were ordinary. Either too windy on deck or the sound wasn't right. I think many people were sick of the check 1 check 2 rigmarole the fellow went on with. OVERALL Great experience for our 8th cruise. BUT Smoking area was poorly placed on the pool deck, particularly on wet days when cover was at a premium and smoke wafted everywhere. Open space would be better. I read many negative reviews of this ship but was pleasantly surprised. Although all ships have issues, some of these reviewers seem to have Oceania tastes on Royal Caribbean budgets. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We booked an obstructed balcony, junior suite. We loved the cabin, it was spacious, with a great balcony. Although I didn't really enjoy the daytime activities, I'm not much into ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We booked an obstructed balcony, junior suite. We loved the cabin, it was spacious, with a great balcony. Although I didn't really enjoy the daytime activities, I'm not much into trivia, overall I had a fantastic time. A highlight was the adult only spa/swimming pool region. I enjoyed the multiple bars, the music, and entertainment. The street parties were great fun, as well as the specialty entertainers. The Tribute to Queen was amazing, a highlight of the cruise. My husband and I enjoyed our meals at Chops and went a few times. Generally we ate at Windjammers, which was busy but we always managed to find a table. A negative was that the food was not always hot, but was warm. There was a great variety of choices, and overall we were very happy with the selection available at Windjammer. We didn't find the bars overcrowded, and we received excellent service. The staff were friendly and I have only praise for them. We enjoyed been on the ship more than the islands, and we were sad to leave. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We sailed to the South Pacific on the Voyager of The Seas. It was our first cruise with RCI and were not sure what to expect but we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and VOS. I think the ship was close to full capacity with a wide variety of ... Read More
We sailed to the South Pacific on the Voyager of The Seas. It was our first cruise with RCI and were not sure what to expect but we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and VOS. I think the ship was close to full capacity with a wide variety of ages and nationalities onboard. There were many families on the cruise and except for a couple of children running through the Windjammer and around the pool area, and pushing in front of others into the lifts, they were well behaved. Of course there were a few rude and inconsiderate adults particularly around the lifts but overall people were considerate of those around them. We walked around to the Overseas Passenger Terminal around 2pm and were ushered through to have our photo taken and receive our Sea Pass.Our embarkation was quite quick although we were held up in the migration/customs area evidently (according to a staff member who was checking cards) because of the large number of cruisers who didn’t complete their green cards correctly or not at all!. We had dropped off our suitcases about 10.30am. Our muster station was on deck four outside starboard side and it was very hot standing in the sun for 30 mins, although it did seem to go smoothly. We dined every evening in the dining room (My Time) except for our anniversary dinner in Chops Grille. We enjoyed our meals there and had the same time and table each evening. We had the same dinner companions most evenings - we were all on tables for two but as they are so close together you seem to be all dining together. Our waiters were great, always a smile on their faces and happy to help us. We enjoyed our evening meals, my only complaint was lack of different vegetables. I was pleasantly surprised with the variety of dishes each night as I had read some negative reports before sailing. Breakfast we tended to eat at the Windjammer, we tried the dining room on one occasion and I had breakfast at the Promenade Café one morning. Lunch was also at the Windjammer which we found suited our tastes - soup and salad usually. We did go to Johnny Rockets once for a late lunch after being onshore. It was ok and plenty of food, really too much! The burgers were like most other burgers but we both loved the onion rings. Needless to say we didn’t have dessert! We are not big alcohol drinkers but thought drinks were quite expensive. We thought the shopping onboard quite ordinary, although did buy a bag for my daughter’s birthday and gifts for grandchildren. There was not much variety at all. We do not usually attend the shows but I did go to the two skating shows. Fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed them both. The band who played on pool deck was quite good as was Kieron who played at the Pint and Pickle pub. The Dreamworks characters were quite popular with families and we even have a photo of DH with Princess Fiona (of Shrek fame). Ports - our first call was at Isle of Pines which we have been to before. DH snorkeled and I sat and enjoyed the view. It soon became very crowded so we headed back to the ship after a couple of hours. Our next port was Lautoka, Fiji. This was our first time there and we decided to take a ship’s tour to Nadi which included a visit to South Sea Orchid Garden, a most beautiful place where the wife of the owner has set up a co-op to encourage the local Fijian women to become more independent. A lovely lady who welcomed us into her home. We then went onto Nadi and were dropped at Jack’s of Fiji for some shopping before then stopping at a Fijian village on the way back to Lautoka. The villagers sang and danced for us and the kava ceremony was held - they are such beautiful, gentle people. There was a market set up on the dock beside the ship with the usual trinkets and clothing. Next stop was Mystery Isand - absolutely beautiful beaches and the colour of the water was amazing. We enjoyed a couple of hours snorkeling and enjoying the beach after DH did the glass bottom boat tour. He was a little disappointed as it was a bit choppy and not easy to see the sea life. He was much happier when snorkeling as the fish were coming to him! He managed to take some quite good photos. Once again it became very crowded and we headed back to the ship. A beautiful island and would love to go back, perhaps on a smaller ship so there are not as many people onshore at once. Noumea was our last port of call where we docked at the container port. We have been there twice previously and decided to do a ship tour of Noumea and surrounding area. I was disappointed with the guide whom we have had before, he was quite self indulgent in some of his commentary. Out of a three hour tour we spent fifty minutes at a hotel having refreshments which I felt was far too long. Overall, a very enjoyable cruise. Would we go on RCI again? Probably if the itinerary was what we were after and of course if the cost was right! Read Less
Sail Date March 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
Having cruised on Voyager before, we selected this cruise because not only did it go to places we had not been to before, it would also give us the chance to experience the wonderful restaurants and atmosphere of this ship. We had a ... Read More
Having cruised on Voyager before, we selected this cruise because not only did it go to places we had not been to before, it would also give us the chance to experience the wonderful restaurants and atmosphere of this ship. We had a J..S. (suite 9306.) Being 1 deck under the suite we had 1st time around, we found it quieter. Giovanni's Restaurant had a new chef and the meals prepared under her guidance were excellent. We also tried Johnny Rockets this cruise, (we missed it last cruise) and enjoyed the experience. The burgers were very good. As usual, our cabin attendant was very friendly and bent over backwards to attend to our needs. The ports that the ship called at were quite interesting. We did not participate in any pf the ship organised tours, instead choosing local operators who offered good value for money. The only negative we had was the menu selection in the MDR. The Hotel Director was different to the one we had on our previous cruise on Voyager and the menu had become very "English." Indian Curries, Beef Wellington, Escargot and Cream of Celery Soup seemed to be the staples. So we chose to eat in the Windjammer Restaurant and the specialty Restaurants more. But all in all, we would happily cruise on Voyager of the Seas again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The food on this cruise in both the restaurant and the Windjammer was as good as, or maybe better, than I have previously had on Voyager. The ship was very clean and well maintained but some of the furnishings were looking a bit tired ... Read More
The food on this cruise in both the restaurant and the Windjammer was as good as, or maybe better, than I have previously had on Voyager. The ship was very clean and well maintained but some of the furnishings were looking a bit tired and maybe another refurb is getting close. I am not a follower of the theatre shows so really can't comment on those. The rock band who played in the Star Lounge most nights were very good and could play from 60's rock and roll to current music. The Pub Singer Kieron was amazing and kept a full pub entertained till after midnight on most nights. The entertainment staff did a good job, but, my only complaint was the insistence on holding the trivia in a very overcrouded Schooner Bar. This was rectified a bit toward the end of the cruise. I am not sure with art auctions using the Star lounge so much if anything else can be done. The ports were the normal stops but very enjoyable with perfect weather and calm seas. The tendering to the islands was very quick with no delays. Overall a very enloyable cruise and I'll be back again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Voyager of the seas, 21st Feb 2017 Average at best, this was the largest ship we have been on and will now go back to smaller ships. Even though the ship is larger than Radiance/Solstice/Carnival the layout seams cramped in places and ... Read More
Voyager of the seas, 21st Feb 2017 Average at best, this was the largest ship we have been on and will now go back to smaller ships. Even though the ship is larger than Radiance/Solstice/Carnival the layout seams cramped in places and not as well set out. The Windjammer Buffet is the biggest issue, not enough seats for the amount of passenger's, the other ships we have been on have an extra area at the back of the buffet ( a rear deck that a joins the buffet area ) the Voyager does not, it seams that they have used space to add as many cabins as possible. The cabins, we had a deluxe balcony 6294 the smallest cabin on any ship we have been on, we had 3 in our cabin, the third bed is a Pullman bed from the celling over the top of the main bed, so you could not sit up on the main bed with out hitting your head on the bottom of the Pullman bed. The reason for this is that there is only room for a 2 seat sofa and not enough room above the sofa for a Pullman bed ( other ships have a 3 seat sofa bed and Pullman above the sofa ) again I think they are making rooms smaller to fit more in. Food Windjammer, not enough seats, food was average and very little variety, breakfast was the usual eggs, cereal, fruit, bacon, baked beans, toast, sausage's, not much you change , for breakfast, but lunch was a different matter, always the same with maybe 3/4 new dishes during the 12 days. The make your own burgers was particularly busy, the 3 times I joined the queue when I got to the front each time they ran out of patties with a 10 minute wait, the chips where also hard. Also I think they got a good deal on potatoes, mash potato was on every meal Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner and on every meal in the MDR. MDR, hit and miss, some very good some average, and not always what you though you were going to get. for eg I ordered the Pavlova one night for dessert, what I got was a small hard meringue on a berry sauce with a small dob of cream just enough to hold a thin slice of strawberry and kiwi fruit, not what I call a Pavlova. My wife ordered a NY steak Ceaser, this was 90% lettuce and a couple of thin strips of meat. Our waiter was OK just did his job and that was it, the last few days he started to get the orders mixed up between us and the table next to us. I think they may be trying to get more takers at their speciality Venues by dropping the standards of the MDR food. Johnny Rockets, went here twice, well worth the $6.95 US, for that you get a choice of 4 different fries, different burgers and melts, Ice-cream Sundae, apple pie and as many as you want. get in early as it is first come first in, very busy at lunch time. Café Promenade, again not enough seats at times, was very crowded after show time, to get a piece of pizza you had to wait most times for them to cook it. Other venues, did not go to any of these and they do push them heavily every day. Shows Very good to Ho-hum, for the 12 days the ships singers and dancers only did 2 shows, apparently they only joined the ship for the first time, it showed on their first show the first night witch was a bit average, their second show the last night of the cruise was much better. We also had 3 comedy acts, immersionist, Hypnotists, Beatles tribute band, Irish flute player/singer. The best by far is the Ice-skating Shows on level 3, Studio B, do not miss these, The trivia, if you are into this, was held all over the ship in different venues, some of which were way to small for the crowd that turned up. If you are not into Trivia or the Spa services then there is very little to do but sit by the pool through the day. OR go to the many "Sales" down at the shops OR go and spend your hard earned at the Casino OR Bingo. Lutoka Fiji, $8 us for a bus into town, drops you at Jacks store, the nicest store in town, went for a walk around town, not worth it, the prices in Jacks are actually better than the market stands on the Warf. Suva Fiji, did the Spice Farm Tour, excellent, 30 min bus ride with commentary, singing, dancing, fire walking, Lunch, Kava drinking, a talk on the Fiji culture and the Farm and a tour of the "farm" The elderly and slow walkers were taken separately around the farm and looked after. Mystery Island, great place to relax and swim, also have markets and tour shops and a café, the tender process was great and 8 tenders from both the front and rear going all the time. Isle De Pines, another great place to just relax and swim, been here many times so didn't go on any tours. Noumea, Been many times before, just went into town and had a look around, Tip the Tchoo Tchoo train tour is great, you can also git this tour from the terminal were the shuttle bus drops you off, much cheaper than the Cruise tour WE understand that each person will have a very different experience to everyone else on the same ship, as you will have different Waiters in the MDR and Different acts at the Shows, the above reflects our personal experience's. Overall the Cruise was good, but just to many People, and the food was not up to the standard of other ships, so we will go back to the smaller ships in future and that does include RCI ( Radiance ) Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Loved our cruise. We stayed in a junior suite and was looked after very well by Wayon We also thought the attention we received in the Sapphire Anytime dining was well beyond what we expected. Our waiters Alejandro and Xingrong were ... Read More
Loved our cruise. We stayed in a junior suite and was looked after very well by Wayon We also thought the attention we received in the Sapphire Anytime dining was well beyond what we expected. Our waiters Alejandro and Xingrong were amazing. We enjoyed all the ports we went to and I must say we were very lucky to have some very good weather and calm seas on our cruise. We enjoyed most of the shows in the theatre especially the Fab Four ( Beetles Tribute Band) The Schooner Bar was always a great place for a cool drink and again we were always treated well by Martin the waiter. We did dine at Chops one night and I think this would be the only negative of our whole cruise. Previous cruises Chops has been excellent but I think maybe this time the service was well under par along with being served cold vegetables and not the best steak. Next night went to Giovannis and enjoyed the excellent service and a top class meal. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. All in all a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
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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