183 Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas South Pacific Cruise Reviews

Have cruised before on this ship and loved it. Love the openness of the ship, deck layouts and great staff. There is always something to do onboard and you are kept well informed of activities, cruising position, weather and if there are ... Read More
Have cruised before on this ship and loved it. Love the openness of the ship, deck layouts and great staff. There is always something to do onboard and you are kept well informed of activities, cruising position, weather and if there are any changes. There does need to be another option for food between 4-6pm other than Cafe Promenade. This is a time when most get back from tours on port days and when the Windjammer is closed there is long long line ups for food at Cafe Promenade which doesn't have a huge variety. Somewhere else needed that you can get foods such as hot beef rolls, real pizza and a salad bar would be a good option (similar to what they have on Radiance of the Seas). Disappointed to miss Isle of Pines but understand due to weather conditions that we were unable to dock. We had fantastic service in the dining room, Dong and Darryl were fantastic and made for our group of 15 a more enjoyable holiday. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I've cruised several times before on other ships, (Sea Princess) My Children booked this cruise for my Birthday, It was such a disappointing experience this time round, Lack of service, Unclean , Major letdown on ... Read More
I've cruised several times before on other ships, (Sea Princess) My Children booked this cruise for my Birthday, It was such a disappointing experience this time round, Lack of service, Unclean , Major letdown on entertainment, and the food wasn't the quality i was expecting for this cruise line. ( the coffee ) was horrible Not drinkable coffee. Embarking and leaving the ship was well organised , Disembarking was the highlight for me. I am not a fuss pot but was really disappointed with the overall experience. While most of the staff were great, Belly flop completions and sexy man competition were great fun for everyone, The layout of the ship is great, (It desperately needs cleaning mopping the cafe Promenade floor with dirty stale smelly water isn't CLEANING smelt like rotten eggs.) My children enjoyed the facilities, ( net ball, putt putt and flow rider.) I must say every single guest I met were wonderful , (great personalities ). Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Overall the cruise was great . The ship is well designed and the staff are wonderful . As an Elite member of Princess , maybe it's me , but I got the feeling that Royal were catering for a younger demographic than myself . Belly flop ... Read More
Overall the cruise was great . The ship is well designed and the staff are wonderful . As an Elite member of Princess , maybe it's me , but I got the feeling that Royal were catering for a younger demographic than myself . Belly flop completions and sexy man comps are a bit over the top for me . In saying that , the food was good ( except the coffee ) the layout of the windjammer is great and anyone who says they couldn't find the right sort of things to eat are kidding themselves . Our cabin was right in the front of the ship and had a great 2m window that gave a view right over the bow . We had two days of 10mt waves , so that came in handy . We ate most meals in the Safire dining room and had a table for two next to the window that was great . Romeo and Fay looked after us both with professional courtesy and also friendliness . The entertainment was ok if that was your thing , but the cruise director had the loudest voice ever and we turned her off when ever we had the chance . Royal have this policy of charging everything in US Dollars which makes it expensive . A Bourbon and coke cost $8 Plus an 18% gratuity plus the exchange rate so work on $10 per drink , that can get expensive , so consider a beverage package depending on the length of the cruise . The guys in the bars are great , especially Dave , Martin and Gil in the Schooner bar, great service and friendly conservation . All in all , I think I will go back to princess for the reasons outlined , but if you are under 50 , you will probably enjoy it . Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our 7th cruise & the 3rd with Royal Caribbean. This is quite an in depth review but worth reading if you are a first time cruiser or want the ins and outs of cruising. We did the 12 day south pacific cruise from Sydney on ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise & the 3rd with Royal Caribbean. This is quite an in depth review but worth reading if you are a first time cruiser or want the ins and outs of cruising. We did the 12 day south pacific cruise from Sydney on Voyager of the seas from 19th of Jan to 31st of Jan 2017. We are a quite young early 50's couple from Sydney (Castle Hill) and had our adult kids & extended family with us (12 people all in separate 2 birth cabins.) Overall our cruise was very good and the positives far out weighed the negatives. The staff were very friendly and gave us great service. In particular our state room attendant Yuan Hariawan was fantastic. He always went out of his way to help us, the room was always immaculate & we loved the towel animals. Equally outstanding was our dinning room waiter Dennis Aranas and dining room drinks waiter Richi Oktoberlin. They both went above and beyond to give us an amazing dining room experience and we can't thank them enough. (you will definitely put on weight!). All of the waiters we met in the Windjammer & other area's were also very friendly & accommodating, and we never had a bad experience with any of the staff or crew members on board. We found the food to be very good with lots of variety both in the Windjammer & the main dining room. We always ate at the Sapphire dining room at night. We tried the Ale cart Sapphire for breakfast only once. It was nice but the menu is a bit limited and it's the same every day.(But not a bad option if you are watching your weight). It only opens from 8am to 9am. We split the rest of our breakfasts between the Sapphire dining buffet (8am to 9:30am) and the Windjammer Buffet (7am to 11am). The windjammer definitely has the largest variety but it can get quite busy / rowdy and can take a while to find a seat in the busy period. The Sapphire buffet is much calmer but has less variety. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants (couldn't see the point as we were happy with the dining room food). I did have a Giovani's steak that was listed on the menu at the main dining room one evening. It was US$16.95 extra but wasn't anything to write home about. It was ok but I've had a better steak for $10 at my local pub in Sydney. We usually ate at the Windjammer buffet for lunch at around 2-3pm and it was usually quite good. If you miss lunch (finishes at 3pm) they open a small section of the windjammer between 3-4pm for snacks with a reasonable selection of hot & cold foods & deserts. We also had the odd lunch or snack at the promenade café on level 5 which is open 24hours and has free pizza's, meat pies, pastry's, cakes / deserts & tee / coffee. Also free at breakfast is orange & apple juice, and at lunchtime free lemon squash and ice water. We found this sufficient and didn't buy any of the beverage packs. We are not very big alcohol drinkers and didn't go with the package which ranged in price from US$42 per person per day to US$67 for the premium. And you have to purchase for the entire cruise length. We just bought the odd beer or wine and put it on our account. (We also bought 4 x 6 packs of sparkling water from home with no problems). You can also bring 2 bottles of wine per cabin, but make sure it's in your hand luggage not your checked in luggage or your bags won't arrive at your room and you will have to stand in a queue for an hour to retrieve them! There was no corkage charge for our wine & you can leave it with your dining waiter & they will bring it out each night until its finished. There is also free "Mr whippy" style ice cream machines (with cones) in the Windjammer & out on the main deck 11 pool area, so you can have a free ice cream cone whenever you fancy (Chocolate, vanilla or a mix of both). They also had a Ben & Jerry's ice cream parlor on deck 5 promenade (we didn't try this) which is charged separately, and also a "barrister" for coffee which is extra. I travelled in a group of 12 & everyone hated the coffee on board, both the free ones and the specialty ones that you pay for. My wife said she will bring a jar of instant coffee from home next time and just use their hot water & milk. So be warned if you like your coffee! There is also Johnny Rockets which has quite a few burger meals for US$6.95 cover charge per person. You can choose any meal on the menu and it includes fries & a soft drink (Soda). They also have nice milk shakes (more like a MacDonald's thick shake) for US$5.25. You would have to be very fussy not to enjoy the food on board! Most things were good but there were some negatives: There were not enough table tennis tables, very hard to get a turn. Rock climbing, flow rider & ice skating were often closed during fine weather, these should to be available all day. Musical trivia was poorly run often with malfunctioning equipment and lack of enthusiasm. I would have liked to have seen more indoor movies in La Scala, this great theatre was underutilised during the day. They did have quite a few out door movies, but it's sometimes hard to hear and can be hot / uncomfortable. Also The timing of events doesn't suit the late dinners. All the headliner game shows were only held once a night and were usually on at around 8:00-8:30pm at the Star lounge and so if you are on the late dinner sitting (8:15pm) as we were then you will miss these which we found was very disappointing. Some of the headliner shows in La Scala theatre were a bit average, including Elton Jack, the ABBA show, and the gravitational comedy. The singer Nathan Foley was good as was the comedian Tahir and the general Voyager singers & dancers. The two Ice shows were FANTASTIC and worth lining up for the tickets. (these are repeated quite a few times through out the cruise so easy to get to if you miss the first one). Also for a laugh make sure you go to the Quest game show, its very funny. So the entertainment was a mixed bag for us, some of it was very good but overall we felt the onboard entertainment / energy was down a little compared to previous cruises. Even the Bingo was a bit lacklustre and we sometimes felt a bit bored during sea days. I would have liked less Karaoke and more live bands in the Star lounge and even up on deck 11. They had some really good bands on board but they don't play enough. They often had short sessions of live entertainment from the Voyager of the seas orchestra (who were very good) but they were usually ill placed under the staircase on deck 5 promenade with no where to sit and listen (apart from the Pig & Whistle which was always full). The ship was kept very clean but is starting to show it's age with some rust here and there outside, and the woodwork on the hand rails fading and needing varnishing, we had a bit of mould in our bathroom shower, but these are all things to be expected for a ship that is 18 years old, under constant use and exposed to extreme weather conditions around the world. It's still an impressive ship & the public area's are all very well kept and the main promenade with its shops, pubs cafe's soaring ceiling and 12 floors of glass lifts will amaze you, as will the bars, lounges restaurants and main show lounge. The Internet prices were crazy. There were only 2 choices. US$12.95 per day per one device (and you had to purchase for the whole length of your cruise), or US$20 for one day access. So if you just wanted to be on for 5 mins a day to check your email, forget it it's not worth it. We found free Wi-Fi spots at ports and utilised these. We were in cabin 6286 which was very conveniently located, had unobstructed views and was very quiet. We found our bed to be extremely uncomfortable - way too hard but Yuan managed to put some padding which made it better. Balcony table & chair setting was too big for the space and it was very hard to access the balcony as the chair was always in front of the door(see separate review for cabin 6286) So most of these negatives are small things but they do add up. As I said overall the cruise was enjoyable and we rate it as very good, but it could have been even better if some the items I have mentioned were improved. I guess it's hard to please everyone and the cruise is was you make of it. If you get involved and give things a go you will have a better time. I recommend you carry a copy of the daily newsletter with you so that way you can see what's going on at what time & where. I hope this review of our trip will help someone make their decision and hope you have as good a holiday as we did!!! Regards John & Anna Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I chose RC because my husband was taking me to celebrate my 60th birthday. We thought as it was supposed to be a higher ranked cruise line that there would be a bit of luxury and not a lot of kids considering the cruise arrived back in ... Read More
I chose RC because my husband was taking me to celebrate my 60th birthday. We thought as it was supposed to be a higher ranked cruise line that there would be a bit of luxury and not a lot of kids considering the cruise arrived back in Sydney on 31st January after the return to school. Arghhhhhhhh was I ever wrong., It was full of kids, racing around the ship, taking up seating in the bars while they played their electronic devices making it very hard for adults to always get a seat. The food was ok, service was great. Sad lack of places to eat included in the cost. Ate at one specialty restaurant which was Chops Grill and I have to say I had one of the best steaks I have ever tried. Melted in your mouth. We were very happy with the restaurant it was well worth it. The entertainment was boring and needs to be brought into the 21st century. Terrible, uncomfortable seating in the La Scala theatre which was probably the only place one could say that had a couple of staff that were unhelpful and rude. My sister tried to locate a seat easy for me to get to as I couldn't climb stairs and I have a walker. She went to seat us in an area that I could walk straight into only to have a staff member rudely say "you can't sit there, you're not gold" but didn't bother to assist about where we could sit. We asked someone else who tried to get us to walk down several levels and when we explained she huffily walked us round the end. A few nights later we actually came across the small area for seating those with disabilities. The cabin (which I was under the impression my booking was for a deluxe stateroom) was much smaller than it appeared in the pictures, the small 2 seater lounge was very uncomfortable and you could barely turn around in the small bathroom. The shower was a complete laughing matter, shaped like a tube (beam me up) and if you dropped something forget it. Really disliked constantly being bombarded to buy drink packages, massage, specialty restaurants etc. The prices of things were over the top. Everything in American currency and if you changed your Australian currency got a very poor exchange rate and they also slugged you a huge charge for doing so. It really felt like they were screwing every last cent out of you. We prepaid the gratuities but were still expected to pay more in some places. When my husband questioned this he was told that the prepaid gratuities were only for the service staff.You really didn't have anywhere to buy snacks such as crisps etc at a reasonable price. Seemed to find things you were constantly having to walk all over the ship. Trivia, bingo etc. It would be nice if the music and entertainment had some of it for those of us born in the 50's and 60's instead of the 20's and 30's or 90's to current. Need to have more going on all over the place. The internet package was a complete rip off and half the time you couldn't get on. Dress up nights weren't much fun and well advertised. Knowing prior to cruising would have helped. We've traveled on Carnival before with a lot of children on board (we traveled with about 120 children), but you hardly noticed them. There were so many sitting areas and something happening just about everywhere you went. Carnival walks over the top of RC in just about every way from entertainment, food selections included in cost, in Australian currency for cruises out of Australia. I certainly would not travel again on Voyager of the seas and probably not RC at all because of the currency, tipping and inclusive issues or room comfort. The one thing I was very grateful for was that on RC their adult pool is catered for those of us with mobility issues. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Royal Caribbean - Voyager of the Seas Stateroom 9664 - clean, quiet, comfortable, well serviced by cabin steward. Exactly what we expect from RC. Balcony was in good order. Dining - My Time - Sapphire Deck 5 More like "Their ... Read More
Royal Caribbean - Voyager of the Seas Stateroom 9664 - clean, quiet, comfortable, well serviced by cabin steward. Exactly what we expect from RC. Balcony was in good order. Dining - My Time - Sapphire Deck 5 More like "Their Time". Very much steered into a compromise time. We like eating early and finished up going to the same table (55) at ~ 5.45 each evening. (Our first night table -11 - though was tucked in a corner and the guests on one side just talked and talked and talked at us- we moved!!!) Could be queues for those who just turn up on spec for "My Time" dining but the front of house staff moved things on very quickly. Food, both quality and choice, and Service were excellent! (Gama and his assistant Iwayan were very pleasant, professional and attentive) TheWindjammer was great for breakfast. As early risers we were there by about 07.15. Lunch was the usual scrum from about 11.45 onwards. Tables at a premium but loads of choice and very acceptable quality of food on offer. Best option to avoid walking round with a plate of food is to split up. One bags a couple of seats whilst the other gets their food then swap over. Would NEVER consider evening meal in Windjammer - see above. Good daily programme of events both indoor and outdoor for those who wish to partake. Entertainment (theatre) was OK. The orchestra being exceptionally good. Surely these "Salute to Broadway/Hollywood/West End etc etc" shows have had their day? Same songs, same dance routines, same soloists belting out the same ballads etc. It's all so predictable. I think we only go to kill time! Guest acts were a step up and certainly better than those of Mariner of the Seas a year ago sailing out of Singapore - diabolical or what! Ice shows absolutely spectacular and unmissable. Two shows, one themed and in costume, the other, the skaters doing their own thing to their favourite music. Ports of call: Lautoka: took the shuttle into town and came back less than an hour later. Great if you like crowds, congestion, diesel/petrol fumes, loads of markets and shops selling second hand Australian clothes! Suva: took a local excursion to go sightseeing, visit a traditional village (lunch and tribal dancing included), trip to waterfall for swimming - or rather standing up in muddy water with about 1500 others! A good trip which was less than half the price of similar offered on board. Port Vila, Vanuatu: water bus from ship to town (5A$ each, one way), much nicer than taxi/ mini bus. Town small but enough to keep you interested. Aussies in the know seemed to buy a lot of duty free there. Ship's excursion in the afternoon to cultural/ heritage centre. Good value and entertaining. Mystery Island: tendered in to glorious beaches (with shade from trees if you wantd it). Uninhabited island. Locals turn up from other islands offering boat trips, snorkelling, turtle watching etc. RC set up drink stations - use your sea pass card. Most excellent! Ile des Pins: As above but the sand is so much finer and the locals have got food, drink and souvenirs sorted out. Noumea: Capital of New Caledonia. Ship board advice - obviously to sell excursions - was that it wasan industrial town with not much to see. Free shuttle to visitor centre. We took hop on hop off bus (15A $ each, chraged to your sea pass card if you go with the company in yellow T shirts).More like a South of France location with two nice beaches offering shade and water sports. As it was Sunday the town itself was deserted with virtually no shops open. Very pleasant little market, cafe and meetng point where the shuttle drops you off. Wollongong: Not to be missed, unless you are an Australian living within 50 miles of the place, in which case you probably know it really well. Lovely city with great beaches. Only 3/4 cruise ships have docked there. I'm guessing Sydney is getting a bit expensive and crowded. We had a change of itinerary, apparently Lifou had "jetty" problems. The local volunteers go out of their way to make you feel welcome and help with suggestions of what to do etc and answer any queries you may have. Lovely greeting centre with live music and free Wi-Fi. TIP - carry ssome photo ID and sign in to the Collegians Club. It's mind blowing! There were over 3000 Australians on the cruise, including over 1000 children which made for a lively atmosphere with loads of bon homie - all quite laid back (probably not for traditionalist cruisers). Some effort made by some on "formal nights" - women always outdid the men! All staff seemed to be pleasant, courteous, polite and eager to help in any way they could. This 14 night cruise was combined with a 5 night stay (RO) at the Sydney Hilton - most excellent. We arrived on New Year's eve which was a bonus. No transfers were included but taxis served us well from airport to hotel (45$Au) and hotel to cruise terminal (20$Au). Cruise terminal to airport ~ 50$Au. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our second cruise on Voyager of the Seas. Once again Royal Caribbean didn't disappoint. Embarkation took about 30 minutes and we were on board in time for lunch at the Windjammer. Room was ready at 1.00pm Disembarkation was ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Voyager of the Seas. Once again Royal Caribbean didn't disappoint. Embarkation took about 30 minutes and we were on board in time for lunch at the Windjammer. Room was ready at 1.00pm Disembarkation was even quicker.We were in cabin 9310 a superior with balcony mid ship on deck 9. We chose My Timing dinner for 6.00pm so that we could attend the 8.15 / 8.30pm shows. Overall the meals were good without being great. Excellent service from the dinner and drink waiters. We eat at the three specialty restaurants. Izumi was the stand out with Chops Grille not far behind. We could take or leave Giovanni"s Table. Cafe Promenade always busy but with the Star Lounge also serving coffee no great hassles getting the morning cuppa. The shows were excellent. Royal Caribbean seems to have the edge in this department. Highlights being the Ice Shows, Freddie Mercury and Abba tributes. There were 3800 people on the ship ranging from children to grandparents although, it didn't feel crowded.The kids were well behaved so too the grandparents! The ports were great and we mixed up the shore excursions doing three privately and three with the ship. Pick of the islands were Mystery Island and the Isle of Pines. Mitch the Cruise Director finishes his deployment down under this month and will be sadly missed. The only negative was from Royal Caribbean themselves and not the ship. They didn't credit our account with the on board credits and it took over a week to resolve. Many thanks to our Travel Agent Sarah for doing the hard yards on our behalf. Last but not least a big thank you to our room attendant. These guys work tirelessly to keep your room looking neat and tidy. Cruising is great just don't set your expectations to high. Relax and enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our first RCI cruise, and we would do one again with them, but not in school holidays. On a ship carrying 3,500 passengers, approximately 1,000 were under 18, and they were everywhere. Even into the evening, you would find young ... Read More
This was our first RCI cruise, and we would do one again with them, but not in school holidays. On a ship carrying 3,500 passengers, approximately 1,000 were under 18, and they were everywhere. Even into the evening, you would find young children all over the ship. Embarkation was surprisingly quick, considering they had two major computer meltdowns (not the fault of RCI). They generally don't worry too much about your designated embarkation times, but because of the computer malfunction, they were adhering to the times, depending on your cabin category. It was raining, we were at the front of the queue, but decided not to leave and come back 3.5 hours later as requested by a staffer. We just went in when they allowed the next group to enter. We had to wait for 20 minutes or so at the check in terminal, again because of the computers, but we were on board within the hour. We thought that was excellent considering the issues they had that day. Service on the ship was friendly and efficient. We had an inside cabin which we prefer, which was a little squashy, but you're only there to sleep. It was always very clean and our cabin steward was very friendly. Food was very good/excellent. We're fussy with our food, and we were very impressed with the variety and quality. We mostly ate in the restaurant for lunch and dinner with an occasional meal in the buffet. Breakfast in the buffet was enjoyable with great variety. Entertainment was excellent. The evening shows in particular were great, much better than we've experienced with HAL and Princess. Being a 'family' ship, there was lots of entertainment geared towards children and young adults. I had a go at the outdoor rockclimbing, but wasn't game to try the flow rider or indoor ice skating. This ship is excellent for multi-generational families, and there were a lot of them on board. We prefer anytime dining, but when we went each evening we often had to sit by ourselves even though we asked to join a larger table. They were already booked by larger groups, but they do have plenty of tables for two which are close to each other so you can talk to your fellow guests if you wish. Everything on board is in American dollars, so shore excursions, purchases made in the onboard shops and alcohol is expensive, considering the conversion to Australian dollars. The alcohol would have been sensibly priced if it was in AUD, but with adding approximately 32% conversion, as well as 18% gratuity, it was almost enough to make you think twice about ordering that second drink. The drinks packages were expensive as well and you'd have to drink a lot everyday to make it worth while. After 5 days they have an offer where for $85 American, you could purchase 10 drinks, and that included the gratuites. We purchased one of those and used it for cocktails which were more expensive. Cruises with Princess and P & O leaving Australian waters charge in Australian dollars. RCI should follow this lead. I'm sure a lot of guests would have been shocked at their bills at the end of this cruise. I would have given the cruise 5 stars, if they capped the number of children as Princess, HAL and P & O do. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our fifth cruise second on royal Caribbean and first on Voyager class. Overall impressions very I fluenced by the crowded nature of the New Years cruise. Felt. Bit like being in Bali with drunken Aussies sometimes. Long waits for ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise second on royal Caribbean and first on Voyager class. Overall impressions very I fluenced by the crowded nature of the New Years cruise. Felt. Bit like being in Bali with drunken Aussies sometimes. Long waits for lifts. Food was very average and not as good as previous experience on Oasis. Our last cruises were with Celebrity which was a nicer experience with food and entertainment. Cabin was well cared for by Room attendant and throughput the ship the staff were actually very friend.y and helpful-a big plus, the flow rider guys were great fun, helpful and kept it safe. The entertainment was hit and miss. The Ice show was amazing. The pub singer Kieran was fabulous. The other entertainment wasn't really our thing. The teens found enough to do with well supervised stuff plus a curfew which they didn't like but was a good idea. The kids in our group ages 6 and 9 enjoyed the kids club. We did ultimately enjoy the cruise, it was lots of fun. For us the drinks package was well worth it. However if you are going on New Year expect busy, crowds and waits for drinks at the bar. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have cruised with RCI on 7 occasions and with the exception of this last cruise, they were all sensational. RCI appears to have cut back on staff as the service levels have dropped dramatically. For the first time we experienced ... Read More
We have cruised with RCI on 7 occasions and with the exception of this last cruise, they were all sensational. RCI appears to have cut back on staff as the service levels have dropped dramatically. For the first time we experienced relatively long waits at bars to get drinks. At times the guests were 4 or 5 deep to get a drink, in particular around the pool bars. Remember when drink waiters were walking around the pool decks and almost annoying you with drink requests????? well that aint happening anymore. At best we saw 3 waiters servicing up to 1500 or so guests. The ships appearance was ok, possibly needs an external coat of paint but very clean. The cabin was very good and our room attendant was also very good. For an almost sold out Christmas cruise, the Entertainment was limited and to be honest I expected more. The saving grace was the Dining Room experience.... It was SENSATIONAL. Our servers (Gama and Wayan) made us feel like we were the most important people in the world. The food was great and plentiful. Choices were also very good. The best and worst were definitely the ports of call.............. Noumea was very nice, we did a shore tour to Amadee Island. Highly recommended, It was beautiful and we got to swim with turtles and (Harmless) Sea Snakes. Isle of Pines - As always - Beautiful Then we went to Wollongong (Port Kembla) - let me start this rant by apologising to the people of Wollongong for what I am about to say. Firstly, the cruise was sold as a South Pacific Cruise and from my calculations Wollongong is South of Sydney (Just). Initially we were going to go to Lifou but for whatever reason it was a last minute cancellation and this port was changed to Wollongong......For those of you that have never been to Port Kembla, let me paint you a picture. The air reaks of pollution, it is an industrial town littered with smoke stacks, the views are atrocious. It is a working industrial port and shoild never be visited by a cruise ship.....EVER. Perhaps it is because we have been spoilt in the past on other cruises but this particular cruise I would rather forget. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Chose this cruise as a family Christmas surprise, with our daughter and two grandchildren, 8 & 14. Notified too late to cancel that we were to go to Port Kembla instead of Lifou !! When I complained the response was that we could ... Read More
Chose this cruise as a family Christmas surprise, with our daughter and two grandchildren, 8 & 14. Notified too late to cancel that we were to go to Port Kembla instead of Lifou !! When I complained the response was that we could cancel and lose our money and "look at the fine print re:ports. Lots of guests complained about this and received the same response. Cruise was over run by kids running amok; up and down in the elevators, causing breakdowns on a regular basis.Kids in adult only spas, while crew stood around and said nothing. The stewards in Windjammer were not trained and tended to stand around talking instead of clearing and wiping tables. Had to call stewards to clear tables and then request they also clean the table. Any request to cabin steward was met with, "call guest services", even a request for two glasses !! Four (4) minutes in the medical room, with our grand-daughter who had vomited twice, and seen by a nurse cost US$79, then gave us a suppository to administer. Our doctor has told us that she should not of been given this when it was an uncomplicated vomiting. The nurse was paranoid about keeping her in the cabin in case someone saw her vomiting. After this, she slept on and off for 36 hours. Embarkation was chaos, but disembarkation was better as we were some of the last off. We had a cabin overlooking the Promenade, which was good. Second cruise on Royal Caribbean, the first from Hong Kong to Singapore, which was very average and also missed out the port of Taipei and without doubt will be our last with RC. Have done a total of 15 cruises, so we are not newcomers and have booked another three for 2017. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Booked this as a family Christmas cruise (11 people including two kids). Supposed to do three island ports but a few weeks before the cruise I was informed by my agent that one of the ports had been cancelled and Port Kembla was the ... Read More
Booked this as a family Christmas cruise (11 people including two kids). Supposed to do three island ports but a few weeks before the cruise I was informed by my agent that one of the ports had been cancelled and Port Kembla was the substitute only an hours drive from where I live in Sydney and Sydney is where the cruise started and ended. This is by far far the ugliest port i have visited and I been to several ports in places like India and least they look terrible are interesting. The excuse was the jetty (for tenders) was not "finished". Anyway too late to change and we were give $100 non refundable shipboard credit for the disappointment. Because of the large group my wife nad i booked a suite for entertaining the mob. What a mistake the suites are all under the pool deck and you can hear chairs and tables being dragged over the deck day and night in fact up to 3am on some nights. Being Christmas we had planned through our agent to have a table for all us for Christmas dinner but onboard the situation was different it couldn't be done so the real purpose of the cruise was wasted No doubt the facilities are good for kids but with so many people averything involves lining up not really my idea of a relaxed holiday. The one good point was the embarkation and disembarkation which was really good given the 4000 passengers. I am not sure if i can mention the agent but if does get through the sub editing it was Cruise 1st who confirmed the family dinner when we finally got a response. I found this agent most unhelpful so it is the last booking they get get from us (we had booked with them previously with slightly better results). My wife and i are cruise junkies this was our fourth cruise and fourth cruise line for the year so we have some experience by which to compare. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We recently returned from an 8 night christmas cruise on Voyager of the Seas - yes, this was the dreaded cruise that everyone was up in arms about missing Lifou on Christmas Day. Embarkation was reasonably smooth, on arrival we were ... Read More
We recently returned from an 8 night christmas cruise on Voyager of the Seas - yes, this was the dreaded cruise that everyone was up in arms about missing Lifou on Christmas Day. Embarkation was reasonably smooth, on arrival we were advised that check in was behind schedule and we couldn't board immediately. This shouldn't have been a big deal really, but the way the information was delivered really was very poor and not handled well at all. In hindsight I realise this was not RCI staff, rather it was staff from Intercruise who handle the check in. Nevertheless, it left a nasty taste in our mouth, and at that stage, we weren't even on the ship. Once we were able to board, it all happened reasonably smoothly ( or so I thought) and we were onboard inside of an hour. Being a christmas cruise, the ship was obviously full. However, we had no trouble at any time finding deck chairs by the pool, finding a table at the Windjammer or lining up to get drinks. Yes, from time to time it was busy, but I think I never waited longer than 5 minutes at the bar to get a drink. This was our second Royal Caribbean cruise, the first being on the Radiance of the Seas. I do think the food was better on the Radiance overall. I have coeliac disease, so need to adhere to a strict gluten free diet. Some nights in the main dining room my options were very limited. On the Radiance I was given the menu for the next night so the chefs had time to prepare for my meal for the following night. This was something I very much appreciated, but it didn't occur on this cruise. Our two waiters Richard and Nippun were friendly and engaging especially with our two children. The Windjammer had a dedicated gluten free section, clearly asking people to only take clean plates into it in order to avoid cross contamination. This was not policed and it was often full of people, who clearly though they were missing out on something, loading up their already full plates with the gluten free options. Regardless, I really appreciated that I could eat with confidence in the Windjammer - it was generally salad, a curry, grilled fish, a soup and roasted vegetables. Breakfast usually included eggs, bacon, grilled tomato or mushrooms and gluten free bread. Overall, I probably enjoyed eating in the Windjammer more than the main dining room, simply because I felt like I had more options to choose from. We found the entertainment a little disappointing, we went to a Queen tribute show that we were quite looking forward to, but ended up leaving before it finished. The ice skating show was fantastic - it even impressed my teenage son. We found the staff without exception to be delightful - friendly, courteous and professional in every way. Our room attendant Toupan was amazing and so accommodating. My daughter always appreciated coming back to our room each night to find her teddy bear tucked up in bed waiting for her! We visited Noumea, Isle of Pines and Wollongong. On our first visit to Noumea it rained heavily so we were looking forward to spending a day there. We had lovely weather and enjoyed a relaxing day by Lemon Bay ( and also our first decent coffee in many days - really don't bother with coffee on board - even the stuff you pay for). Everyone was piling on to one of the many hop on hop off buses, but we just caught the local public bus around to the beach and had a great day. I really think that was the right decision as on our way back a lot of people seemed to be having a lot of trouble getting back on to one of the hop on hop off buses as they were all full. We had visited Isle of Pines before, and again enjoyed a day on the beach. Christmas Day was spent at sea. Santa was onboard Christmas morning and had a present for all the children on board. I thought that was a nice touch. We never do formal nights on cruises, but dinner christmas night was formal night. I feel like it was such a shame they chose this night of all nights for formal night - I know lots of people aren't keen on formal night. We were looking forward to christmas dinner in the main dining room, but instead ended up in the Windjammer, which really was a bit of a let down. Instead of Lifou we spent our second last day at Wollongong. I know a lot of people were angry about this, but we enjoyed wandering around town. The art gallery there is wonderful and my husband really enjoyed the Midnight Oil exhibition on display. Entry to the art gallery was free. Everyone in Wollongong was so excited we were there, I feel like you couldn't help but be happy to be there. When we left hundreds of people lined along the breakwall to see us off and it was a lovely way to end the day as we sailed out of the harbour. Disembarking was again reasonably efficient. We were in the group to leave the ship at 7.45 and we were called to leave around 7.30. This was no problem, we were all ready to go. However as they tried to scan me off a message came up saying I had an account to settle, so I had to go up and line up at guest services to fix it up before they would let me leave. I had provided my credit card details on check in, they actually take it from you and scan it in, but it turns out that the check in staff didn't process it correctly so it didn't link to our sea pass. So our disembarking the ship was delayed by probably half an hour, not a big deal in the scheme of things, but just again a little annoyance over something that should have been much simpler. Overall we had wonderful time on board our Christmas cruise and would definitely recommend it to anyone. Cruising is such a great value holiday, and one where busy mum's and dad's get a real rest! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I have just returned back from a 7 night South Pacific cruise onboard Voyager of the Seas, below is my somewhat lengthy review. Embarkation Embarkation in Sydney was very smooth. I arrived at the port at 1pm and was onboard by ... Read More
I have just returned back from a 7 night South Pacific cruise onboard Voyager of the Seas, below is my somewhat lengthy review. Embarkation Embarkation in Sydney was very smooth. I arrived at the port at 1pm and was onboard by 1.30. The porters came straight up to the car boot to take our bags, so I go go straight through to checkin with no wait followed negligible wait for security. Dining Main Dining Room - The food in the MDR this cruise for dinner was excellent as was the service. Our table had Stanley as our waiter with Tijana as his assistant. They both took good care of our table. Escargot was offered and ordered every night. The menu order was; Mojo, Saffron (Formal), Shiitake, Coconut, Sage, Celery (Formal) and Pomodoro (Christmas Menu) . On the first formal night, I did the Chops steak which was only $10 that night, it was one of the best steaks I've had. On the second formal night, I did the Lobster for $20, it was of very good quality that would rival some land restaurants. For the final night there was a special Christmas Menu, the Turkey was absolutely divine. Pepper Grinders were available every night. MDR lunch and the Tutti Salad Bar were as always excellent. Windjammer - The windjammer had a very substandard selection on this cruise. Puff pastry rapped Meatloaf was available on the carvery twice for lunch, with beef and ham only on one day each. Long lines formed formed of 30+ people for the single fries station the whole cruise, no attempt to fix the issue. The breakfast was very poor as well with most of the food cold and tasteless. But I must point out that the Bananas were in a bowl next to the ketchup and mayo, well away from the other fruit. (Hopefully you get this) Cafe Promenade - I enjoyed Cafe Promenade very much, the Cheesecake Lollipops were to die for as were the coconut ranger cookies. These and all the other selection were available every second day. The pizza in the other hand was horrible and dry. The milkshakes here using the Ben and Jerry's ice cream was very good. Izumi - Izumi was easily my best meal onboard. I had a sashimi platter which was very fresh and high quality. I also had a chicken breast hot rock and enjoyed it very much. The service here was impeccable here. Giovanni's Table - Did Giovanni's for lunch on the final sea day as it was 20% off and enjoyed it very much. It was an 8 course degustation lunch. The highlights were the lasagna and the antipasto platter both of which I enjoyed. The fried seafood on the other hand was terrible. Room Service - Breakfast was good. They always were on time and had better food than the windjammer. At others times it took a long time to get food, although the honey stung chicken was worth the wait. Entertainment Production Showtimes - This cruise had two production showtimes. The first show "Broadway Rhythm and Rhyme" was very entertaining. The singers and dancers were spectacular in this Broadway tribute. The second show "Music in Pictures" was equally as good. They singers and dancers were very professional in both performances. Headliner Showtimes - This voyage had a rather disappointing selection of headliner showtimes. Whilst they were all good, it would be nice not to have the same comedian twice and two different Beatles tribute bands. The farewell show with Bruno Lucia was the best of the bunch, he was very funny and had the whole crowd interacting and laughing along. Ice Show - Ice Odyssey was extremely impressive. Repeated 5 times throughout the cruise, I went twice and was just as amazed at the skill of the skaters the second time round. Whilst the storyline was difficult to follow at times it seemed to generally flow and make sense. Live Music - Kieran in the Pig and Whistle was very good, he had the whole crowd singing along with him. Maggy in the Piano Bar was also enjoyable and had a sizeable crowd. Onboard Activities Parties - The parties on this ship were good, with Elise the activities manager being the life of all of the parties. I went to the Glow Party in Studio B, The Dancing Under the Stars party on the pool deck during which we did the Mannequin Challenge and the 70's Disco Inferno Party on the Royal Promenade where we had a conga line stretching the length of the Promenade and all did the YMCA dance with the Macho Men. Overall the party scene on this cruise was very lively and fun! Ice Skating - You had to arrive early for ice skating, as the sessions were often full well in advance. I went a 1pm once and was given a ticket for the 3:30-4pm session, with others having to come back on another day. The rink is only 1/4 size however is still a lot of fun. Flowrider - The flowrider was very difficult although also very fun. They had stand up sessions from 9-11am and 3-5pm and a boogie boarding session from 11am-3pm every day of the cruise. Bingo - Bingo was offered everyday at 4pm in the star lounge for $38 and if you repeated Elise's morning show passcode you got an extra game card for the final game. I won $410 on one occasion and got payed out in cash at Guest Services. Charlotte and Elise who ran this were full of energy and made it lots of fun. Trivia - I only attended a few of the trivia sessions on this cruise that were run by Grace. They had general knowledge trivia in the mornings and music trivia in the afternoon most days. I did well on the ABBA and Beatles trivia, coming second and third. I also tried Christmas trivia, which I was ok at. 3D Movies - There was a 3D Movie in the La Scala Theatre at 2pm and 10:30pm most days. I saw The Martian one night and Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children during the first sea day. Other movies on included Trolls, All of the Kung Fu Pandas, X-Men Apocalypse and the latest Star Wars. Christmas Carnival - On the final sea day there was a Christmas Carnival. It was a great way to celebrate the holidays on the ship. The singers did a carols concert with everybody singing along in the Royal Promenade which was absolutely packed to capacity. Santa did photo ops in front of the Christmas Tree and the kids got to decorate and eat gingerbread cookies. They even made it snow in the promenade over the singers and guests. Ports Mare - In Mare I was on the first tender off the ship at 8:30, before tender tickets were required. I chose to go to Yejele Beach, and booked a transfer through Royal for $10 each way. It had beautiful white sands and coral for snorkelling close to the shore. As it was warm and sunny the beach got busy quickly. I left around 1:30 and headed back to the ship. I visited the markets in Tadine, where the tenders docked before joining the long queue for a tender back to the ship. The ship left early at 4pm as everyone was onboard and a storm had begun to arrive. Noumea - We arrived in Noumea at 11pm on Friday night instead of the scheduled 10am Saturday arrival due to the storm arriving in Mare. We were able to get off to experience the nightlife in Lemon Bay. The ship ran a shuttle for $10 each way between Midnight and 4am. During the day I did a City Sights, Beach and Aquarium tour organised by Royal Caribbean. We were supposed to leave at 10:45am but didn't leave until 11:30 due to the disorganisation on the dock. We visited two lookouts, one used as a firing point for cannons by Australia in World War 2. We visited the beach to have lunch which was provided. After this we went to the Aquarium which was absolutely stunning. Loads of fish, turtles and coral, all of which is released and replenished every 6 months. We arrived back at the ship at 3:30pm for the ships 4:30pm departure. Disembarkation I had tag 20 which was supposed to be called at 8:45. At 9am there was an announcement for all tags 16-22 to now proceed to the gangway, this led to absolute chaos with hundreds all trying to get off at the same time. I waited over an hour to get off, with the line stretching the Casino round the port side lifts, through the stair lobby, out the starboard side board, all the way to the back of the ship and then forward again. They only had 2 staff members doing the whole things which really slowed things down. Summary Overall I had a great cruise onboard Voyager of the Seas. Cruise Director Mitch, his staff Charlotte and Grace and Activities Manager Elise really made this cruise fun and memorable, I hope to sail with them again and would not hesitate to book Voyager of the Seas again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My friend and I were interested in doing a cruise together and we were recommended Royal Caribbean by our travel agent. I had cruised before on the Queen Mary 2 but was interested in experiencing a more casual cruise. I wasn't sure ... Read More
My friend and I were interested in doing a cruise together and we were recommended Royal Caribbean by our travel agent. I had cruised before on the Queen Mary 2 but was interested in experiencing a more casual cruise. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it as much but I definitely did! I did a lot of research about Royal Caribbean beforehand so I was well prepared with what to expect when we were on board. Boarding in Sydney was pretty painless. We arrived a little earlier than our boarding time but they said it wasn't a problem. We had to cue for about half an hour but the line moved very fast and in no time we were on board. We went straight up to the Windjammer to have some lunch, and thankfully we arrived right before the rush so we had a nice table overlooking Sydney Harbour. The food in the Windjammer was decent - I really enjoyed the pasta and the yummy cookies - but the crowds were a nightmare. We eventually ended up avoiding the Windjammer completely because it was nearly impossible to find a seat. We were in room 9504, right at the front of the ship overlooking the bow. The beds were okay - a little bit too hard. The sheets and pillows also seemed like they'd seen better days but everything was clean. Our room attendant was Randy and I could not fault him, he was fantastic. As we were at the front of the ship there was a lot of movement but it didn't bother me - I actually found it quite nice! We didn't realise that they put messages for you on the television, as neither of us bothered to turn the TV on for the first few days. My friend's bag was held up on the first day and we didn't know why - it turned out they had confiscated her travel kettle, and because the message was on the TV we missed it because we didn't know to look. She didn't end up getting her luggage until after 9 that night. I only had one disappointing meal in the main dining room, but other than that I can't fault it. The meal was disappointing because I ordered beef stroganoff expecting a traditional beef and mushroom stroganoff, and instead received an Indian variation that, as someone with the world's most fickle stomach, I couldn't risk eating. Other than that, the food was fantastic. The wait staff were all terrific as well. We were novices with the whole My Time Dining thing and didn't make a booking for each night of the cruise, but we didn't have to wait long for a table. On the last night we had the Christmas menu and the pumpkin soup was to die for. Once we decided to avoid the Windjammer, we had the breakfast buffet in the main dining room most days. It was the standard buffet fare but there were a lot less people and the wait staff were very attentive. We also had lunch in the main dining room most days as well - it was a two course meal with a main and dessert and was very enjoyable. Neither of us bothered with a drinks package as we don't drink alcohol, but I found the soft drinks reasonably priced and just drank water most of the time. We also didn't bother with the Starbucks coffee and instead my friend just had a cup of coffee from the main dining room. We tried two of the speciality dining options - Giovanni's Table was very nice and quiet and a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the ship. The food was delicious. We also tried Chops Grille on the second last night and it was fantastic. I would definitely book Chops Grille again on my next cruise. We had a table overlooking the sun setting on the ocean and it was just spectacular. My friend is a vegetarian (I know, we went to a steakhouse!) but they couldn't have done enough for her - they offered to make her a vegetarian lasagne or a risotto, but in the end she decided just to have some of the sides that were offered and they made her up a plate with mushrooms and asparagus on it, which she was very happy about. The dessert was to die for - I had the huckleberry cheesecake and I swear to god I think about it every day. There were a couple of things we found lacking - it was hard to find a quiet place just to sit and talk, or read a book. High Notes is a designated quiet area but we didn't realise that until late in the cruise. The library is more of a thoroughfare than an actual quiet library so it was hard to sit in there and read quietly. The photo shop was also a bit of a nightmare - it was hard to find your photos on the system and on the last sea day of the cruise they were pretty overwhelmed with everyone, and the machines kept breaking down. Thankfully the staff members were really nice and efficient and they helped me get in and out as quickly as possible, which was really nice. I won the Beatles trivia on my own in the Star Lounge one day, and got a bag of Royal Caribbean stuff as a prize, which was great. I don't have a bad word to say about any of the staff - everyone was fantastic. We especially enjoyed watching Dave the piano player in the Schooner Bar and playing trivia in there, it was a nice atmosphere. I went to the Quest and it was BRILLIANT. I can't wait to do another Royal Caribbean cruise just to enjoy it again - easily the highlight of my trip. We watched most of the shows bar the comedians in the theatre. The chairs in the theatre were bloody awful. Most nights it wasn't very busy at all. I enjoyed The Beatles show and a group from Sydney called The Boys in the Band, but we found the Royal Caribbean shows a bit lacking. Regarding our ports: We did the City, Bays & Countryside tour of Noumea through the ship. The tour guide was very informative. The bus was comfortable and air conditioned. The tour took us to a special church, and then basically looped around the city so you were able to see a lot of the area as well. It stopped off at Lemon Bay for an hour so you could have a snack and wander around - I bought some souvenirs at a shop while we were there. It then took you to a great lookout which gave you a view of the islands surrounding Noumea. The other lookout we went to was pretty ordinary - it was at the top of a hill and it was all overgrown, so you couldn't really see much. There was a bit of a kerfuffle with the tours that day so we were running late. My friend had booked a snorkelling tour but as it was so windy it was cancelled, and because we were already out on a tour in the morning we didn't get notification, so she was panicking a bit about missing the bus for it. She didn't find out until we got back to the ship that it had been cancelled, and while we could understand it, it was still pretty disappointing. Mare - We went to Mare instead of Lifou. We booked the transfers on the ship for $15 per person to take you to Yejele Beach. It was a gorgeous beach but it was PACKED, and there wasn't a lot of shade to sit down in (neither of us are into sun baking!). We were only there for about two hours. I had a swim in the crystal clear water - it was lovely. There was a bit of a line up to get on a bus or a car back to the ship but it moved pretty quickly. The ladies from Mare who were in charge of it were very efficient. I enjoyed Mare a lot but I would try and get off the boat early in the morning rather than midday like we did. We thought we were avoiding the rush but we really weren't. We stuffed up a bit with the disembarking and if we'd gone with what the ship wanted, we would've been last off at about 9.30 and racing a bit to make our flight. So instead we decided to take our luggage off ourselves. As we got into Sydney around 3am we were up early and ready to leave at 7, and we essentially just walked straight off with no delays at all, and caught the train to the airport. It was completely painless. Overall I enjoyed the cruise enough that I'm keen to go again on Voyager of the Seas next year. Shout out to Cruise Director Mitch and Grace from the entertainment staff as well - they were both fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Thought I would give a quick review of our recent cruise on Voyager of the Seas on a 14 day South Pacific cruise. I thought I would break it down into sections to gather my thoughts so hopefully it make sense :D We are a family of 5, 2 ... Read More
Thought I would give a quick review of our recent cruise on Voyager of the Seas on a 14 day South Pacific cruise. I thought I would break it down into sections to gather my thoughts so hopefully it make sense :D We are a family of 5, 2 adults and 3 kids aged 5 years, 3 years and 18 months. This was our 2nd cruise our 1st being a Scandinavia and Russia cruise with Celebrity. EMBARKATION We got to Circular Quay in Sydney just after 11 and found there was already a lot of people around, but there was staff everywhere telling you the right way to go, where to put your luggage, where to line up, how to fill out your custom cards etc it was all very well managed & we were only in line for around 10 minutes waiting to be processed, so it was a great embarkation and we were on the ship and so excited for our holiday to begin :D First impression of the ship was WOW the ship is just beautiful, I had read previous reviews about how it is looking very worn and though some parts of the boat are a little worn and weathered it still looks beautiful. One thing I will mention about the ship is that there are alot of people on board and it feels like there is alot of people on board, everywhere you went there was a lot of people. Their are 2 pools and they never seems to crowded and plenty of chairs around though we didn't swim much, their is also an adults only pool area which we obviously didn't try with the 3 kids lol. The boat had The DreamWorks Experience which means that there are different characters onboard, we went to the 1st parade which was on the 1st day and it was really great, they had Shrek, Poh, Puss in Boots, Penguins, Gloria, Alex & King Julian and lots of staff all dressed up dancing and singing around, the kids loved it and got lots of high fives from the people which I thought was a nice touch. We also went to the photo opportunities and the kids got photos with Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, Poh & Shrek though for some reason they kept repeating the same characters the whole trip instead of bringing out some of the others. We also did the DreamWorks breakfast, the kids had fun, but I probably wouldn't worry about doing it again. They had an area of the MDR on deck 5 for it and they had a special menu done up but when you read it was pretty much the same menu as usual & 2 characters came out and the kids got to meet them and had their photo taken but if you had already gone to the photo opportunities you already had photos with them. One day we went to La Scala theatre to watch Kung Fu Panda 3 and Poh came along and greeted the kids as they walked in which was a nice touch, all in all the DreamWorks experience was great and a great addition to the boat. We were in a family oceanview room at the very front of the ship, it was a great room that sleeps up to 6. It was larger then we were expecting with plenty of room for all of us, our 2 oldest kids slept in a small room with bunk beds inside and our youngest slept in a cot that was set up near the lounge. There was plenty of space for all our clothes and bags etc. I did find that we felt a lot more movement at the front of the boat though and not sure I would book a cabin right at the front again if I could help it. Our room steward was great, did a great job cleaning the room which was pretty messy with the 3 kids in it lol, also did some great towel animals throughout the cruise which the kids loved. In fact nearly all the staff on the boat were amazing, they were all happy to talk to the kids give them a high five, listen to their stories about what the did that day it was great and the kids made friends with a lot of staff, a special mention to the staff in the dining room who were especially great with the kids always coming over to talk to them, show them magic tricks, ask them about their day, it was very sweet. Since I've brought up the dining room I may as well mention the food next, we found the food great everywhere that we went, I think in the whole trip I had 2 meals that weren't great but they were still OK. We tried breakfast/lunch/dinner in both the MDR and Windjammer and found both options great and usually had breakfast in MDR lunch in Windjammer and dinner in MDR. We also went to Johnny Rockets a few times and the burgers were very yummy, they charge $6.95 a head and an extra $5 for milkshakes but was worth the cost in my opinion. Though the restaurant itself had a worn out feel about it and could use a bit of a revamp. We also tried Giovanni's table which is an Italian themed specialty restaurant charging $35 a head, the food was yummy here and a nice ambience about the place but not really worth the $35 a head in my opinion. We also tried Izumi which is a Japanese themed specialty restaurant, the actually restaurant is great with beautiful windows giving a great view out to sea, the food was yummy and service great, they charge per item and it cost us $35 for 2 soft drinks, an entrée to share and 2 main meals which I thought was good. We didn't take the kids to the specialty restaurants but hired babysitters for a few hours, 2 members of staff come to your room its $19 an hour and they start at 8pm. Our babysitters both times were very lovely. We went and got ice cream from Ben & Jerrys numerous times and got snacks from the promenade café which was all very yummy, they do a delicious beef pie there. I went to the Vitality spa for a massage and facial, the spa is beautiful and my massage and facial were both great, but I personally didn't like the hard sell they put on you. Id just spent over $200 on the treatment but the lady was quite rude saying your skin is terrible you need to buy this, this & this. Your hair is so thin it looks terrible on a 30 year old you need to buy these tablets to help, you haven't got back in shape after kids you need to buy this and this to help, I mean geez I would have gone back for another treatment but found it so rude I refused to go back. Entertainment on board seemed to be plentiful, there was alot going on though we couldnt join in most things due to the kids. We didnt go to any of the night shows in the theatre due to the kids though we did watch both ice skating shows and they were really amazing and defiantly worth seeing, little tip when they are handing out the tickets get there early as the lines are massive though thankfully moved quickly. You could actually go ice skating at certain times but our kids were a bit young, but I was talking to someone with older kids who said they had a great time skating. They were reguarly showing movies by the pool or in the theatre though for some reason most of the movies in the theatre were 3D which our young kids couldn't keep the big glasses on when we tried to watch so couldn't go to that either. We played putt putt a few times and their was always a line up so very popular and we managed to go on the basketball court once which was fun and again seemed to be a popular choice with guests. There actually wasn't a whole lot for us to do with the kids onboard with the ages that they were. Our older 2 went to kids club a few times and had a great time there and there is a baby play room which is just a room that looks like it use to be used for other things and now they have lined up some chairs and put in some toys for the kids, it was nice to have somewhere to take our 1 year old though so he could play, though again it was quite often crowded with parents/kids. We did the cupcake decorating class and the kids had fun but I wouldn't book it again, firstly the actual design of the cupcake you are making is just silly a cupcake ontop of another cupcake with TONNES of icing over all of that melted and made it a huge mess for the kids to try to eat, the lady who runs the class was also a bit rude and kept telling me not to help my 5 year old or how will she learn to do it herself (even though she is only 5 & never decorated a cupcake before) but then she would come along and interrupt us and help her, I found it very irritating. While I'm talking of things that irritated me I will mention Next Cruise, we went their one afternoon to ask about doing a cuba cruise and a Carribean cruise as we were thinking of doing a Florida theme park holiday and incorporating some cruises into that, we were standing there waiting looking at them, there was no one else waiting, no names on the list for appointments, 2 of the staff were sitting talking to each other, they turned looked at us and then went back to talking. No one offered to help us like they didn't think we were worth their time which really left a bad taste in my mouth, We waited their a while longer and when they still didn't acknowledge us we just left, their loss. A quick bit about our ports of call, we stopped at Noumea, Mystery Island, Port Villa, Suva & Lautoka.Getting on and off the boat was easy at every stop. Our favourite stop by far was Mystery Island, it was just so beautiful and we had a lovely swim walked around the island watched some traditional dances and my oldest daughter got her hair braided for $10. Our next favourite was Noumea, we got off the boat and they had a free shuttle to take you into town, we booked with a tour group when we got into town on a 3 hr tour and they took us for a drive around and showed us the sites, took us to the nature/animal park which was a lovely walk and to a beach before dropping us back in town where we had a little stroll but everything was shut so we just got back on a bus to the boat. Port Villa was our next favourite, all the locals at the port trying to get you to book with them was very confronting and they wouldn't get out of our way with the pram and followed us through the markets, we eventually booked with a local for a tour to The Blue Lagoon, turtle feeding, shopping in town and then dropped back to the boat, it cost $160 for the 5 of us, the Blue Lagoon was beautiful lots of people but still plenty of room for a swim it cost $6 to get in, the turtle feeding was by far the best part of the day, where they are is stunning and you can actually go in the water and pat and feed them which the kids loved, it cost $18 to get in. The actual town of Suva was very busy and not a lot to do so after a quick walk in town we went back to port and got on a tour to a local village and some waterfalls for around $100, it was a nice tour, the locals were very friendly and did some traditional dancing for us and our kids had a great time playing with their kids which was definatelty a high light of the cruise for them, Lautoka we didn't think the kids would handle another tour after a few tantrums the day before so we went for a walk into town which there was nothing much there then just walked back to the boat and relaxed, I'm sure if you had done a tour out somewhere it would have been more enjoyable All in all we had an amazing cruise though I think it would have been better if the kids were a bit older and able to enjoy the activities more, in saying that I would recommend RCL to others and would consider booking with them again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
So, where to start... I have a lot to say and struggled to find a review that covered my questions before we left so I'll probably have a lot to say here. We are a married couple in our early 30's and travelled with a 27 year ... Read More
So, where to start... I have a lot to say and struggled to find a review that covered my questions before we left so I'll probably have a lot to say here. We are a married couple in our early 30's and travelled with a 27 year old mate. We go to bed at 10pm most night, work hard most of the time and go out in the city about twice a year. We are not really party people but enjoy having a good time. Hopefully some context will help with understanding the rest of this review. We had 2 seperate cabins that were up on deck 12 of Voyager of the Seas and couldn't have been happier. The panoramic windows in our room were awesome, the size was great. We visited some other room down on decks 5 and 6 through the cruise and found them all to be similar but we had so much shorter corridors and didn't get lost once. The question I never thought of before leaving was the sunlight coming in during the day but the curtains were fantastic and didn't stop me having my afternoon naps. Due to the timing of the cruise there was 400 children on board which was said to be a low number as implied by the cruise director, Mitch (another awesome bloke). There was 3200 Aussies out of 3600 passengers so it was very Australian on board. Plenty of families with older kids (say 15-25). There wasn't enough younger children around to be noticeable. The biggest surprise of the cruise for us was the night life and shows. Our last cruise was more focused on ports with no sea days so we were expecting some early nights and terrible shows. I heard some of the shows we skipped were a bit iffy but we went to nearly all the adults only events and were they were fantastic. We enjoyed the Queen show, the Quest game show, the Love and Marriage show, we saw the premiere of the new movie Trolls, the Ice skating shows (2 different ones) were both amazing. Ice skating on a boat while at sea, enough said. Kieron Cox was the evening and late night entertainment in the Pig and Whistle. A great guy with a good attitude who made sure every single person was enjoying themselves, even those walking past outside. The songs were easy to request, you could sing along with them and one night I could hear the pub singing several decks away due to the open promenade. The pool parties were surprisingly good. The cruise director staff always managed to get the party started even when I thought there was no hope. The white party was one of the high notes for the entire trip to me. When all the parties were said and done though everyone always made their way to High Notes for the night club. This was a little hit and miss. Always had people in it but the DJ didn't always hit the mark. Sometimes it sounded like a dodgy speaker cable, maybe it was and he couldn't get a new one at sea. Around 1am most night it got too dance/trancy for most people and would slowly die off. At least 2 nights were saw the sun come up on our way home from the dancing. The policy of no drinks on the dance floor was well enforced if maybe a little brutal. Don't try to get away with it, you will get seen and shamed. Pizza is a available on deck 5 until 3am which is great. You can also get Powerade from Starbuck which is part of the drink package. The drinks package. Oh my liver still hasn't forgiven me. We got a good deal on the package by buying it early. Basically we had to drink 4 or so drinks per day. Initially we kept count and had covered the drinks package for the trip on day 4 sometime. My wife doesn't drink and is picky about wine so we only got the soft drink package for her. The wine rules are great. No complaints about the treatment and the bar staff were always helpful. As we had 2 rooms we had 4 bottles to take on board. We left 1 with the dinning room staff and carried the others about with us. It took a few days for us to get the hang of it but basically ask for a bucket of ice and glass anywhere on the boat and then do as you please. After a few days it doesn't seem so odd to order a drink as you leave a pub to drink on the way around the ship. The hidden value of the drinks package is the added simplicity that you don't have to sign for anything. Just hand the card over, a quick swipe on the machine and away you go. No signing, no getting pens to work, no stress. Plus once the bartender got to really know your room ID they didn't even need the card. Make friends with the staff is the best way. We had a heap of room credit on the boat and decided to wait until we boarded to get the dinning package. Well that didn't work too well and they don't let you do that after boarding. Online only it seems. We completely missed that and out of spite decided not to do any speciality dinning. The main dinning room was a massive surprise though. We ate there most nights, most lunches and most breakfasts. It only took a day or so to discover that Windjammer is over crowded and full of people I'd rather not have touching my food. There is a buffet breakfast in the dinning room, 2 course lunch and 3 course dinner. The dress code for dinner sounded like it would be enforced a lot more than it was. I wore a t-shirt a couple of times, my mate wore shorts once. The wife showed up 40 minutes late once after hanging out in the spa too long and they were great about getting her food even then. On that note the wife has more allergies than I can remember and the dinning staff were great about it. Each night she was able to order in advance for the next night. They custom made food a few times for her. Some people we were lucky enough to meet someone who enjoyed a birthday with a custom made cake from the kitchen. The service was great. Also, after many days talking about it we found out they use a scissor lift to change the light bulbs in the dinning room chandelier. The ports were interesting and fun. It was decided that since we had 7 sea days we wanted to get off the boat and do stuff. We had a wonderful time kayaking in Noumea and zip lining in Port Vila. We did jet boating and rafting in Suva and that was awesome. The only disappointment was zip lining in Lautoka where there was just too many people. There was something like 200 people from the boat. Our guide was was brought in to handle the extra large crowd and it was their first day. It was just too crowed. Some things to complain about and many of these are minor things. My inner nerd lost interest in the math trivia and general trivia as the answers were sometimes so far from possibly being true. The cruise staff even knew that it was wrong sometimes and rolled with it. It felt like many of the smaller activities were rushed with the staff showing up and doing just want was needed then leaving. They didn't feel invested and seemed like they were busy and had to move between activities too quickly. The TV seemed to have the brightness set to maximum. Nothing like trying to watch TV and night and being blinded by the light. They ran out of some things at the cafes, Powerade was the one that got to me. The wife missed out on her Chai lattes after about day 2 or 3. The DJ annoyed me at times, he just didn't read the crowd right and actually managed to get everyone to sit down after moving from a good song to such a different song. Not sure what he was thinking. The last thing I want to mention was the Kitchen tour we did. For USD $35 I did it with the others to be part of the group and couldn't have been happier to do it. I gave me a massive appreciation of the kitchen and waiting staff. We got to do a special lunch, talk with the exec chef and order our own food in the kitchen while basically role playing a waiter. It was surprisingly an awesome experience. Overall we didn't get nearly the rest I expected to get. We had so much more fun and partied more than we expected. It was great. We have already made plans to travel across the country to see people we met on the boat. I'm struggling to see how we would ever do another holiday that isn't a cruise because this one exceeded our expectations by so much. Hope this helps some people before they get on a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We have two kids, aged 4 and 7. We usually visit resorts, and enjoy pool time. We thought that we would mix things up with the cruise. Unfortunately, we didn't really enjoy the experience. Pro's: 1. Cabin was great; ... Read More
We have two kids, aged 4 and 7. We usually visit resorts, and enjoy pool time. We thought that we would mix things up with the cruise. Unfortunately, we didn't really enjoy the experience. Pro's: 1. Cabin was great; 2. Dining in the main restaurant (Sapphires) was excellent, with great service; 3. Shows were fantastic - both stage and on ice. Cons 1. Kids club was lousy. It was ok for our 7 year old, who could make friends and engage in some creative activity. It was hopeless for our 4 year old; the kids club consisted of a small carpeted room, with a bunch of bored looking kids having books read to them by equally bored looking staff. We only tried it once, but walked past it numerous times, and it looked the same. There was no play equipment at all. 2. The pools were a huge let-down. This shouldn't have come as a surprise, given that there are approx. 3,000 passengers on the ship, and on a nice day many will converge on the pool. On nice days, deck chairs were impossible to obtain, and the pools were swarming with people. What was really, really disappointing was that one of the two smoking areas on the ship was immediately adjacent to the pools. Although it was only on the starboard side of the ship, smoke wafted across the pool and spa areas. There was another smoking area on Deck 4, and in our view smoking should be limited to this area. Allowing smoking on the pool deck makes financial sense for the cruise line - the smokers appeared to be the people who had pre-paid alcohol packages, as they were drinking heavily from 10am onwards. And to make it worse, on the huge screen above the pool area music videos play all day, with the music pumping out. Even if it isn't crowded, music is blaring. We asked bar staff if the music could be turned down, but nothing was done. We then went to the main service desk, and the music was dialled down to some suitable reggae. On a number of occasions, we observed drunk passengers sitting in spas with glass bottles, with staff watching on. On one day, one of the pools was drained. You guessed it, somebody had dropped a beer bottle which smashed into the pool. 3. Heavily advertised activities such as rock climbing, ice skating, and (to a lesser extent) rock-climbing are limited to certain hours. This was really frustrating, especially on port days. We went to the much-touted Wave-rider one afternoon, and there were 4 of the cool-dude staff shredding waves. There was a closed sign, and we asked if they would let us a have a go, but they weren't interested. We were later advised by the Service Desk that the staff were training for a competition. Strange, I thought that we were the guests. 4. The main buffet, the Windjammer Cafe, offered a great range of food, but we ended up calling it the Pig Trough. It was hard to get a seat, there were lines for the food, and people appeared to be gorging themselves. 5. Whilst the Sapphire Restaurant was excellent, the dress code was meaningless. I took a suit and tie, and my wife an evening dress, for formal dinners. We still saw people with shorts, thongs and T-shirts. Overall, cruises probably aren't for us, and I have tried not to let that fact taint this review. Even taking that into account, it was really, really disappointing. The people appearing to enjoy themselves the most were the people drinking all of the time. Good luck to them, but it didn't suit us as a young family. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Embarkation was well organized from the moment we were welcomed by the bag drop staff, to the port staff directing us where to go, and the seamless check in, customs and security procedures. The first thing we noticed was that there ... Read More
Embarkation was well organized from the moment we were welcomed by the bag drop staff, to the port staff directing us where to go, and the seamless check in, customs and security procedures. The first thing we noticed was that there were A LOT of children getting on board with their families. We were expecting it to be a romantic holiday for my husband and I, due to this being the middle of the school term, and figured we'd be less surrounded by children as the Kids Club drew them away. We were grossly incorrect, and continued to be beset on all sides for the duration of the cruise. We surmised that due to there being such a plethora of family and child centers activities available, that this ship is very attractive for this brand of traveller, and would recommend it to families. Couples looking for a romantic break should definitely go elsewhere. Our balcony cabin was well cleaned and maintained by our room attendant, who made our days brighter through his fastidious attention to detail, and thoroughly positive personality. We were given a new towel animal to come home to each day, which ended up becoming a menagerie by the end of our cruise, and made a great final photo before leaving the ship. We managed todo well in trivia, capturing numerous prizes along the way and enjoying the entertaining hosts who managed to develop a jovial environment every time we played. The ice skating was fun, although the children scraping divots to create snowballs got a bit annoying. The wave rider seemed like a great activity, but the lines were too long for us to give it a go the couple of times we went up to watch. The specialty restaurants were generally fantastic. We bought a 4 dinner package prior to embarkation, so that we could try them all. Chops was by far the best, with my favorite choices being the mushroom soup, scallops, lobster (extra $21) and the lava cake and awesome coconut ice cream. We also enjoyed Giovanni's and found the menu to be a great flavor of Italian food. Izumi was WAY over priced, but the delicious sushi rolls and sizzling platters made for a nice change from the regular. Johnny Rockets was a simple American burger joint, which is exactly as you would expect. We were a little disappointed the juke boxes were for decoration only, and weren't able to be programmed as it seemed on the advertisements on the ship. The vanilla malt milkshake was AMAZING though. The main dining room was efficiently run, the waiters were friendly and attentive, and the food was lovely. The buffet was as busy as it usually is on cruises, and the food was simple and filling. The Chef's Table was another extra we purchased, and it was hosted by Chops and had all the perfect touches that we enjoyed, and a fantastic host presentation to boot. We really enjoyed the zip lining tour in Lautoka, and would definitely do it again if we get the chance. Unfortunately our tour in Noumea was cancelled due to rain. We felt safe around Fijian ports, a little wary of our safety in Noumea around the main part of town, and we didn't get off the ship in Mare due to the bad weather. The future cruise bookings office gave us incorrect information when taking our next booking, and we're still trying to sort out the mess that created now we're home, so I'd advise doing independent research prior to booking onboard. This is a fabulous ship for families, with many activities aimed in that direction. As a couple searching for a romantic trip away, we had a great overall trip, but constant tantrums from children in the specialty restaurants really spoiled our special nights out, and parents loudly threatening to leave and take them back to their room, but never following through kind of ruined the mood a little. Overall we did have a lovely holiday, but it wasn't the romantic, relaxing break we had anticipated. Kudos to every crew member we encountered for their constant cheerfulness, enthusiasm and positive, friendly attitude. This was the best feature of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose this cruise because it was going to Fiji. Embarkation was smooth as our shuttle did not arrive at the dock until after 1pm. Cabin was good and we really liked the private balcony, and the shower stall (not over bath). Our cabin ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was going to Fiji. Embarkation was smooth as our shuttle did not arrive at the dock until after 1pm. Cabin was good and we really liked the private balcony, and the shower stall (not over bath). Our cabin steward Mohammed introduced himself when we arrived, and kept everything spic and span for the duration of the voyage. Our dinner was 5:30pm in the Sapphire Dining Room (Deck 3). Our dinner companions were pleasant, although the table (10 seater) was never fully occupied, and we even ate alone one night. Food was dissapointing and portions were on the small side. Our servers, Fan Liu and Yuyu were brilliant and did a sterling job under trying conditions because of people at a neighbouring table. Wines were ridiculously overpriced - one wine on their list was selling for US$34 (it can be purchased at Dan Murphys for under AU$5). The food in the Windjammer Buffet was about the same and at times it was hard to find a table. Entertainment in the lovely La Scala theatre was mostly OK. The standout act was the pianist from Perth, and the band was excellent (if a little too loud). The two ice show we saw were also brilliant. Service was hit and miss and there were not many smiling staff members. One bar tender rudely said Yes! in a loud voice when my husband tried to order at the bar because table service did not seem to be available. He also said the drink we required was not available, but somehow this drink was found for us by the waiter we eventually ordered from (in the same bar). My husband and I are an older couple and usually travel on a smaller ship. This ship was huge and there were at least 600 kids on board. This did not really bother us and there were plenty of places to have a quiet time (not the pool area or the shopping mall). In short we were rather disappointed and will not cruise with RCCL again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
General: Loved our cruise holiday, loved the room (Superior with Balcony –Deck 7 (room 7640), very happy with friendly helpful staff. Very pleased with amenities, 'cruise compass' newsletter communication (delivered during ... Read More
General: Loved our cruise holiday, loved the room (Superior with Balcony –Deck 7 (room 7640), very happy with friendly helpful staff. Very pleased with amenities, 'cruise compass' newsletter communication (delivered during turndown service dinner time) and activities. Apologies this review is a little all over the show, as I drafted it whilst cruising, jotting things as I thought of them! Feel free to ask any questions : ) Last (smaller) cruise I suffered terrible sea sickness first 2days but all good on this one, thanks to the ship being much more stable (twice the tonnage (137,000) plus I took anti motion sickness tablets 3 hrs prior to sailing away. There were 3,500 people on this cruise, fully booked out. That said, there were still plenty of sun deck lounges/chairs. If you are the type of person that needs to have the ‘best seat’ right next to the pool then you may be disappointed – instead if you are prepared to look a bit further out, there were ALWAYS empty/spare seats upstairs around the walking track. We went up to the High Notes lounge a few times on cruise days – it was so peaceful, relaxing, not crowded at all. Lots of different areas all over the ship to chill out and have your ‘own space’ if needed. There will always be people who focus on the negatives or let unimportant things ruin their trip – we tried to avoid those sort of people or change the subject. Main thing that was perhaps different to what I had read in previous reviews….Ice Show Tickets – the cruise compass advertised you had to get your tickets on a certain day/time eg. “between 0915-1030 tomorrow a representative of your party will need to pick up your Ice Show tickets”. (Previously this seems to have been done by muster station??). You do not even have to show your SeaPass or be part of same room or booking….one person can show up and request tickets for their travelling party for a particular show , these are usually 1330 or 1530 and then repeated the next day same times. Don’t worry too much though as they release seats 10mins prior to show starting so you can rock up to your desired show. My biggest tip for embarkation day? Between 11:30 to 13:30 probably best to avoid the Windjammer for lunch –staterooms are not usually ready before 1300 so EVERYONE is having lunch at the same time and for the faint hearted this could be quite overwhelming. If we knew how good Café Promenade (deck 5) was for lunch we definitely would have gone there instead. Whilst there are not that many tables there, you can grab something and take along to other tables and chairs/tavern/public areas. However if you do go to the Windjammer, don’t let the crowds put you off for the rest of the cruise, as this is the busiest it will probably be for the entire cruise. Also, we avoided Windjammer during peak times eg 6-7pm for dinner, 1230-1330 for lunch. Most other times you can easily find a table. Quite a few opportunities to meet n greet DreamWorks characters plus they have some great parades! (Advertised in advance in c.compass) Unless you are intent on purchasing the advertised sale items in the various Promenade sales, I would suggest to avoid that area of the Promenade until the 'frenzy' atmosphere has dissipated somewhat! The Cruise Compass will advise sale times. If frail, unstable on feet etc would be very tricky to navigate through the crowd fyi. Only important announcements are broadcast through your room speaker, and you can even switch to 'off'. General info announcements from cruise director/activities director/ the Captain will be broadcast via corridor speakers, you will faintly here these in yr room so just open your door slightly to hear clearly if you want to. Breakfast room service tip: we ticked 2x 'Assorted Jams' and we got 2 Apple Jelly sachets in total. So prob best to have a little supply of spare jams, extra sugar for cereal from the Windjammer (ie take during the bfast session). Pizzas/Food: best pizzas are via room service, much better dough base. Beware they are small pizzas (4small quarters) and NOT by the slice!! Pizzas in promenade/wjammer very ordinary, prob the ONLY food that is, so do not despair. Soft serve 'ice cream' dispenser allegedly nicer in Wjammer than pool area fyi. Handy for adding to your crumbles, puddings etc! Cafe Promenade has handy takeaway cups n lids for when you want to walk around with your coffee from the drinks station. Fyi they had water station but no lemon/flavoured drinks. Day 1: Arrived 11am, stapled suitcase tags prior to getting in taxi, thus avoiding line of people waiting to get their tag attached! Have ready Passport, Signed sea pass, lanyard for your card. About 15-25 mins for rci check in, about 10 mins for customs/immig then we were on! If you wanted to shave off time, you could arrange to fill out those green immig departure cards (ie get some from an airport beforehand) Rooms are not ready til 1pm, our deck 7 luggage arrived around 2:30-3pm ? Windjammer for lunch approx 1145, yes it was busy and stuffy & chaotic but after only 5mins found seats. Bit overwhelming for the faint hearted though for your first hour of cruisin..but great range of food, drinks station where there us a tray of water, lemon cordial, and often another flavour, you ask them for coffee/hot water. Self serve with milk, brown/equal/white sugars, herbal teas of chamomile & peppermint available, plus decaf tea, green tea, black teabags etc. Dreamworks Parade was great, we stood on deck 6 overlooking it, as promenade very crowded. If you want a spot down on the Promenade just line up 10-15mins prior along the promenade strip. There are cute little public balconies overlooking promenade which are good for videoing or photo opps ie deck 6/7/8. Really like Cafe Promenade, usually 4-5 varieties rolls/sandwiches, 2-3 diff cookies, 2-3 desserts/cakes, plus u can ask for either piece of cheese pizza or pepperoni pizza and sometimes Roast Beef.. Every condiment you could want on the counter! Self serve Drinks station with coffee, hot choc (Nestle dark choc sachets, lowfat) tea, milk etc , even decaf. Day 2: Saw Johnny Rocketts staff singing and dancing, great atmosphere. Didn’t eat there as the hamburgers (make your own up) were pretty good in Wjammer Watched stand up Flow Rider this arvo, lots of falling off! 8:15pm Fantastic Broadway show, live band, brilliant dingers and dancers. Mitch is cruise director, very funny and personable, introduced and closed the show. Room service can be ordered easily via your TV – they will then phone you within 10 mins or so to confirm your order and the estimated delivery time. Our delivery times were usually 30mins. Day 3: Main dining room breakfast, Diamond club members first, approx 10 mins wait for 0830. Walked around Promenade shops, upstairs to pool/solarium area-great adults area, easily found vacant deckchair seats. Some of the pools closed due high winds, showers. Sea up to 3m. Lunch in main dining room was nice, miraculously got table for two! In the middle of dining room there is a salad bar (served up to you by staff behind counter) and also a self serve section w diff cheese, salami, meats, salmon etc which you can have with/before/after yr menu meal (or in place of). Walked round Promenade after lunch, great live band opp cafe promenade, they took requests too..great atmosphere everyone singing along to Sweet Caroline : ) Windjammer for afternoon tea at 3pm, (this is everyday between 3-4pm….delicious scones, jam n cream, apple crumble! The ice show at 3:30 allows entry 3:20 onwards if enough spare seats so we went down and got in, very talented performers. Room service breakfast usually arrived 10-20 mins earlier than booked, so be prepared lol. Got to have a great bfast on balcony watching us come in to port (0800). Very rainy and overcast so spent time at port side undercover market, then wandered round main streets, then back to under cover market before back on ship. Poor people who had booked snorkelling tours had had them cancelled due poor weather. Day 6: Lautoka, brilliant view from our balcony looking on to water. Tried Main dining room breakfast Buffet style, good for a port morning and lot of variety, all self serve except tea/coffee/hot chocolate. Around 30 degrees outside! Would have been good to take umbrella for shade. Lots of tour operators and taxi drivers requesting yr business. There was a $8 return price for cruise shuttle, but we walked to McDonald's/Post Office area in approx 15 mins at reasonable pace. Reminder McDonalds needs either Fiji dollars or eftpos $10 minimum for their transactions (ie if going there for free wifi with a purchase) . Back on ship, went down to the Helipad, accessed off Deck 4 forward (steep) stairs, great view from helipad. Usually closed at various cruising days due to very high winds out there, so a port day good opportunity. Enjoyed the Towel Animals in our room every 2-3 nights. We did the Behind the Scenes All Access Pass – was on Day 10 ($150 pp). You can also do Galley tour only , when Giovanni’s offer $35 lunch with galley tour. Overall, had a really wonderful cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Voyager of the Seas, 12 day South Pacific cruise (New Caledonia & Fiji) r/t from Sydney, superior balcony cabin, deck 9 forward, 3,700 passengers + 1,200 crew. About 80% of the passengers were Australian and about 30% were families ... Read More
Voyager of the Seas, 12 day South Pacific cruise (New Caledonia & Fiji) r/t from Sydney, superior balcony cabin, deck 9 forward, 3,700 passengers + 1,200 crew. About 80% of the passengers were Australian and about 30% were families with children. There were very few Asian and Eastern European guests. I am an avid cruiser, having taken 15+ cruises, in most regions of the world. I have sailed before on Carnival, Princess, Holland, Norwegian, Star and Costa. This is my first cruise on Royal Caribbean. My overall impression is disappointed and would have to rate them at the bottom of the list above. The ship itself is modern and has very good deck plans. It was evident that RCL markets this ship as family friendly by the high number of children onboard (and not even a school holiday in Australia). There are many ship board activities and venues (rock climbing wall, ice skating, wave generator for surfing) designed specifically for children. I will start with the pluses; our balcony room was well planned, comfortable, lots of storage space, comparable with most cruise lines and well insulated as we were never disturbed by corridor or adjacent room noise. The internet on the ship was very fast and a good value for unlimited use. The ship has excellent interactive information systems that can be accessed from your room TV or screens throughout the ship. All crew and service staff were friendly, well trained and would go out of they way to assist you. Lots of diverse ship board activities to keep you busy during sea days. Large casino, beautiful promenade with shopping promotions, excellent modern fitness center. Minuses; the food was just average, with the exception of the specialty dining areas which were an additional charge - $35+. Breakfast & lunch in the main buffet areas were usually very crowded with difficulty findind seats during peak times. The menu lacked variety for a 12 day cruise and even on formal nights in the main dining room, I found the food to be of poor quality (steaks paper thin). The live entertainment for the theater shows totally missed the mark and was no where near that advertised in their promotional videos. With the exception of the ice show which was excellent, the rest of the shows were mostly single performers that were nearing the end of their careers to put it politely. The ship was over-run with children, constantly running around. The main pool and jacuzzis were usually full of children playing in the water and having a good time. FYI - there was a separate smaller pool and jacuzzi just for adults. Final impressions - if you are a first time cruiser and don't mind all the children or a family with children, then you will probably find this a very enjoyable vacation. If you are an experienced cruiser, I think you will be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
(1) We spent 90 minutes on 4 or 5 different queues before finally getting on board. There must be a better way to do this. (2) Then our extended family of eleven were given 4 different dinner times. OK sometimes stuff happens. This ... Read More
(1) We spent 90 minutes on 4 or 5 different queues before finally getting on board. There must be a better way to do this. (2) Then our extended family of eleven were given 4 different dinner times. OK sometimes stuff happens. This despite having a pre-boarding confirmation receipt of one table and one time for all 11 of us. (3) So we line up at the service desk for half hour to sort out the dining times, to find they don't have the authority to amend the times. They refer us to dining deck 4. (4) We line up again for another half hour to find out we were sent to the wrong location. We are referred to deck 3. (5) At deck 3, after another half hour queue, we are finally put on the same dining table and time. (6) The next day at breakfast we are a little late, due to a delay waiting on another queue at the service desk for one of the family. Several of us ordered orange juice. Half hour later we asked where the orange juice was. Another 10 minutes later we asked another waiter. Then a further minute or two later we ambushed the head waiter when he was near by and gave him a gob full of insult (clean language though), in short telling him we had been waiting 40 minutes, but worse than that we were definitely being ignored. (7) To the credit of the head waiter, he looked after us from that point on throughout the cruise and made sure were were well looked after in the dining room. (8) Evening meal night 3, one of the family had a steak which was raw at one end. These things happen, but it's on top of a poor start. (9) We also found that Windjammer serve yourself hot food was either cold or luke warm, well below WH&S health standards for minimising food contamination. (10) In Fiji it was boiling hot and humid, and we had to endure a 2 hour excursion with no air conditioning on the bus. Everyone felt terrible upon completion and probably had a level of heat stroke. Me for one had swollen fingers from the heat. (11) On the plus side, the accommodation was excellent, the service staff, evening waiters, cabin service staff and other staff around the ship were excellent (apart from the poor breakfast experience mentioned in point 6 above). Most of the entertainment was OK to good, the Ice Scatting shows were outstanding (World best) and a couple of the other shows and dancing were good too, as was the final night package with the comedian and Promenade deck finale. There were however a few slow entertainment periods here and there throughout the cruise without much entertainment. (12) A couple of the specialty sales staff were somewhat high pressure, especially the podiatry guy with his expensive inserts. (13) Some of the family loved the islands, but for me I would have preferred better and more locations. I feel once you have seen a couple islands, they are mostly the same. As such the cruise was a bit of a mix of great, good average and poor. I hope this information can be used to improve some of the shortcomings, while maintaining most of the good to excellent aspects. PS: The Dining Rating is the average of Excellent night dining service, one very poor breakfast experience and below heating health standards in Windjammer. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
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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