183 Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas South Pacific Cruise Reviews

This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean. We have previously cruised on Celebrity, Princess, Norwegian and Holland America. We chose Royal Caribbean to see how it compared to the others and if it was a viable alternative for us (newly ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean. We have previously cruised on Celebrity, Princess, Norwegian and Holland America. We chose Royal Caribbean to see how it compared to the others and if it was a viable alternative for us (newly retired couple) !! We were also concerned that prices seemed to be rising on our favourite cruise line. We had a good time - but like anything there were pluses and minuses which I will attempt to outline in this review. We chose early November as we felt it would be less crowded and fewer children as there was still six weeks or so before the school holidays (we were wrong here !!) and the weather would be pleasant. Here we go - pluses first !! 1. We were able to purchase drink packages, internet package and shore excursions in the weeks before we left in Australian dollars and were able to spread them over two credit card billing periods. We bought ultimate drink package ($65 au,- it was $65 us on board), internet for one device for entire cruise -$130aus and two shore excursions Amadee Island (Noumea) and Jewel of Fiji which were both full day trips and cost a bit over $200au each. 2.Embarkation was quick - we usually go around 11.30 - we did go in the suite line as we had a JS - other people did say their embarkation was quite slow in other lines. 3. Our cabin a JS on Deck 9 mid ship was excellent - have to say the best we've ever had. It was spacious - excellent storage - many cupboards and drawers (too many for us to fill and we don't travel light), walk in wardrobe, bathroom with bathtub, lounge area with sofa and two lounge chairs. Our cabin steward was Rainier who did a great job - towel animals every 3 days or so.The noticeable thing here was he had no assistant as they have on other cruise lines. 4. Main dining room waiter and assistant Made and Ermeliza excellent. This was our first experience with Traditional Dining - we usually have Anytime Dining but this wasn't available when we booked. Dining room open for breakfast every day - buffet or a-la-carte in different areas and for lunch on sea days. More on food and other dining issues later !! 5.Don't miss the ice-skating shows - ex-Olympic skaters perform two different shows - tickets obtained by lining up outside at the designated time advertised in Cruise Compass. 6. Tendering - well done - other cruiselines may like to take lessons from these guys. 7. Disembarkation - well organised - we selected the self-disembarkation which meant we had to go early (7am) but saved the usual chaos in the suitcase hall. There were many multigenerational families on board and the ship provided a variety of activities for all. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing cruise this may not be the cruise line for you. Minuses !! 1. We caught the train to Circular Quay - walked down to the ship - first impression - a little tired looking externally - coat of paint needed maybe ?? 2.Prior to our cruise on the advice of CC members I e-mailed RC dining in Miami with a request for a table for 2 in the Main Dining room - never received a reply - saw Maitre'D after boarding who said it was impossible (not very friendly) - we were on a table of 10. As it turned out the 10 ended up being 8 - all nice people so it wasn't so bad !! 3. Now food is a subjective subject. We found the Main Dining room food (with one exception) to be adequate but quite average - there was no wow factor there.I had Steak Dianne one night where the steak was inedible - grisly, fatty etc. Don't look for fillet steak or lobster unless you are prepared to pay extra. 4. Windjammers (buffet restaurant) was VERY crowded - we only ate lunch there a couple of times on port days as main dining room not open. Tables and chairs very close together emphasising the crowded atmosphere. Food here was also very average. 5. At times it was impossible to find a spot in a bar for a quiet drink - particularly Deck 5 where the promenade is. Having said that we were (on some occasions) able to find a spot in the Deck 14 Viking Lounge. 6. As I previously said we prefer a quiet relaxing cruise - we were surprised that there were 600+ children on board. As an ex-teacher I always found it annoying that children were taken out of school for holidays at assessment and reporting time ( rant over !!!!) 7. It seems to us that the lifts were inadequate for the number of passengers - very long delays waiting for lifts - lifts full when they got to you - be prepared for lots of stair walking. 8. We enjoyed the adult pool and spa pool but were never lucky enough to get a lounger. We always had to put our towel and belongings on the ground. 9. We like to use the gym on a daily basis - however despite being well equipped Voyager's gym was always too hot - probably had something to do with the spa pool in the middle of it !! 10. We found the evening entertainment in the Theatre to be very mediocre. Once again a subjective area. 11. We sometimes like to watch movies in our cabin - we were surprised that on RC these cost $12.99us per viewing - other cruiselines we have been on are free !! 12. Most movies presented on the big deck screen or in the theatre were geared towards children. Would we sail on RC again ?? Probably if the price was right - but our favourite cruiseline still remains our favourite. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We all had fun and loved the great friendly service. The ship had a family ship vibe with kids, parents and grand parents all having fun. Wide range of activities. traveled with our 9 year old daughter who loved the whole experience. ... Read More
We all had fun and loved the great friendly service. The ship had a family ship vibe with kids, parents and grand parents all having fun. Wide range of activities. traveled with our 9 year old daughter who loved the whole experience. she went to kids club every day. she would read all that was going on on the ship and plan her day making sure she could go to kids club at least onces as she has such a great time. the staff were brilliant. We did lots of pre-reading before going on board and for each of the destinations. make sure you read several reviews. Unfortunately some people make things up. We found some of the reviews inaccurate. embarkation was easy. We couldn't board immediately because of a staff safety drill. they processed us for the ship and let us return latter. The whole process was easy, and rapid compared to the international airport. Staff were really helpful. Ship is big and loved exploring it. It's an american ship so get use to every price being in USD. Lots to do. Lots of dinning options. The main dinning room's menu is published to screens at the dinning room door and specialty restaurants. Made it easy in the morning to see what the options were and decide where we wanted to eat that night. Found it difficult to find out the kids menu until after we sat down. The kids menu was brilliant ad had lots of options our daughter who can be quite fussy was happy with. If dinning in the buffet avoid peak times (9am and 12pm) to make getting a seat stress free. 30 mins either side and you will easily get a seat. Even at peak times we got a seat after a while. Food was varied. There was always something to do on board. Each night we received a newsletter of all the activities on board and the whole family scanned it looking for the key things we wanted to do and worked from there. We always had something to do. Enjoyed the shows with the ice skating shows being a family highlight. We loved the customer service and found the staff always helpful and if they didn't know had a suggestion of where to ask next. We researched each of the ports and got off the ship as early as we could with the plan to be back for a late lunch. We did one of the royal Caribbean tours in one port and they made the whole process simple. the tour was great. There are normally local tour operators out side the ship if budget is more important. Do be cautious some people took up locals offering a taxi tour and got extorted to have to pay $100+ to get back. stick with tour companies. We will be cruising royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Let's begin with the good stuff. The ship was very comfortable, the food to a very high standard and the dining room and bar staffs were excellent. Our state room was comfortable and spacious, not to mention clean and well ... Read More
Let's begin with the good stuff. The ship was very comfortable, the food to a very high standard and the dining room and bar staffs were excellent. Our state room was comfortable and spacious, not to mention clean and well maintained. Now to the reasons for the review. Firstly, our booking had prepaid the tips. All of you cruisers know how tricky that can be so prepaid seemed a good idea. The day before our cruise was to finish we went to guest services to check the state of our account. Yes, you guessed it, tips had been taken off our credit card. Guest services gave no explanation but instantly and without argument adjusted the bill with the comment that it would only take a couple of days for it to be returned to our card. They should never have been taken off the card. The speed with which they adjusted the bill without argument makes me deeply suspicious. The second issue was much more personal. My wife had a special birthday while we were on board and our daughter had arranged a surprise for her - wine, cheeseboard, birthday cake and fresh fruit in the stateroom. On our return, she asked if we had enjoyed the surprise. What surprise ? It never showed. This on top of the fact that they had charged her card twice. At the time of writing they are now arguing there is no evidence we didn't receive the gift. Since it was a surprise we didn't know about it till our return so couldn't have complained at the time. Have had to get the travel agent involved since RC seem to be trying to avoid refund for services never supplied - and it was't cheap. Both of these incidents have soured our attitude to Royal Caribbean and must act as a warning to the rest of you. Watch them like Hawks. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose this cruise as we were traveling with first timers who didn't want to commit to anything longer. On a ship the size of Voyager 7 days just isn't enough. Embarkation in Sydney was a breeze. From baggage drop off to ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we were traveling with first timers who didn't want to commit to anything longer. On a ship the size of Voyager 7 days just isn't enough. Embarkation in Sydney was a breeze. From baggage drop off to cabin took 30 minutes and disembarkation equally as smooth, we chose to have our luggage taken off for us and had a later leaving time as we had an afternoon flight. Entertainment was good with the spectacular ice show definitely a must see! The main dining room experience was really good for dinner, service and food excellent quality although we were disappointed with the breakfasts and opted to eat those in Windjammers. We ate in Chops Grill one night for a treat and it was certainly worth it. Isle Of Pines and Numea were easily done on your own without excursions unless you wanted to go further afield and most shops accept Aussie dollars although you receive your change in local currency. The only real problem we had was that we made our dinner reservations pre cruise because we had a party of 10, then when we went to confirm them on the first day onboard there was no record of any reservations. The dining room staff did their best to seat us together but could only manage it for 3 of the 7 nights. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We booked this cruise Because it was NOT during Australian school holidays. The cruise was a treat for my 60th birthday and our 39th wedding anniversary That was a major misjudgement. Of the approx. 700 children on-board at least 70% ... Read More
We booked this cruise Because it was NOT during Australian school holidays. The cruise was a treat for my 60th birthday and our 39th wedding anniversary That was a major misjudgement. Of the approx. 700 children on-board at least 70% should have been at school. Why I am highlighting this is because you could not get access to most all services - Pools etc. as they were constantly full from sun up to near midnight. (There is a ships curfew on children - which is 12:00 midnight - way toooooo!!!! late) So seeing children in wet bathers and towels running through the promenade was common sight at 23:45. Added to this these children's parents for the most were oblivious to all of this because they were having a great time boozing on, and their children were someone else's problem. !!! Obnoxious kids by the dozen!!! The proposed solution was to swim in the adults only area, and that may have worked if some of the adults were in the all included areas with their children but the numbers of children made that idea a waste of time. Never going to work when the parents are as bad as their kids. The actual ship. - The wait staff we had were excellent. We deliberately booked the same table each night even though we had my time dinning. The room service lady was great and the room was kept tidy twice a day, but we never left it too messy to try and make her job as easy as possible to which she kept it perfect. The food was of good quality and sufficient quantity , but after 7 days the menu became a bit predictable. There was little or no Asian style choices, but some Indian. The cues for almost everything were long and slow. Cueing for coffee is bad enough but when the coffee is poor it makes it harder to accept. It will be a long time before we cruise again and we will most certainly do a lot more research on the demographic that the cruise is aimed at. Voyager of the Seas is neither equipped or designed to cater for 700 kids with a full adult passenger list as well. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Sailed 01 November 2016 on a 7 day trip to Noumea. Embarked from Sydney. We found it a very organised setup with plenty of staff to give directions or answer queries. Our cabin was a Junior Suite on Deck 9 with a lovely balcony. It was ... Read More
Sailed 01 November 2016 on a 7 day trip to Noumea. Embarked from Sydney. We found it a very organised setup with plenty of staff to give directions or answer queries. Our cabin was a Junior Suite on Deck 9 with a lovely balcony. It was a pleasant, spacious room with plenty of storage and a good sized bathroom. It was kept tidy by a very friendly and hardworking steward who left fresh towels each day. In the evenings he would leave towel sculptures and the latest Ship's newsletter. Food was plentiful and fresh and menus were always varied. Voyager of the Seas catered to all tastes and special dietary needs. Always lots of fresh fruit and no excuse not to have a good breakfast each morning. We enjoyed the dining room experience, it was quieter and and more relaxed. The Windjammer had lovely views and was buffet style dinning, but sometimes seating was a little difficult to find. It had just as varied a menu as the dining room and food was always hot with dishes continually replenished. A good range of entertainment and activities each day. Entertainment was very good (comedians, magician and ice-skating) and we enjoyed all the shows. Shipboard musicians were also very good. Voyager of the Seas staff were amazing. They were continually smiling and ever ready to help. I saw a few times how lovely they were to children, no one was ignored on this voyage. All staff would say hello to passengers and if you were looking a little lost (which was very easy on this huge ship) would ask if they could help you. I feel their friendliness was infectious, as I noticed by the third day all guests would now say hello as they passed each other. Our Dinning Room Waiter (Arnel) and Drinks Waiter (Doris) treated us like honoured guests. On the first night we were asked if either one of us had a dietary requirement and each night without once having to ask, Arnel and Doris made sure I had a lactose free selection. This was our first cruise and we were a little anxious after reading some of the previous reviews. However, we had nothing to worry about, it was a great experience and we look forward to another Royal Caribbean cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose this cruise as we felt that would be enough onboard to entertain 6 adults and 6 grandchildren. Embarkation took over an hour, but hey they processed 3800 people in just a few hours. Cabins were stock standard, of a a high ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we felt that would be enough onboard to entertain 6 adults and 6 grandchildren. Embarkation took over an hour, but hey they processed 3800 people in just a few hours. Cabins were stock standard, of a a high standard, mam dad and the 3 kids each had balcony cabins with connecting doors to a ocean view room, no complaints here. Everything clean and tidy, didn't,t see much of the steward, but didn't,t need to everything always in good order. Dining, not as good as some other lines? The windjammer buffet was always busy lots of choice, cafeteria food, hit and miss, cold food at times, meat from beautiful to ver ordinary, kids loved the choices, especially fruit, sweets and ice creams always plenty of juice and water to drink. Breakfast lunch and dinner. We had one buffet breakfast at the sapphire restaurant, disappointing, hard poached egg, blanched cold bacon. We eat dinner 5 times in the sapphire restaurant, nice setting good service, meals good to very ordinary, one example of bad, beer battered fish, prawns ang scallops, the fish was from frozen, the doughy 3mm thick beer batter? It was not, not cafe quality never mind a quality restaurant, two small deep fried prawns and a couple of bits of something resembling scallop. The good lamb shank stock standard fare, but very nice. The entertainment on board was never ending and in the main good standard. The stand out the ice show, fantastic. The facilities on board for the kids again fantastic, from rocwall climbing, put put scavenger huts, kids club, ice skating etc etc. the Stan out the flow rider, fantastic entertainment for participants and the audience. Destinations isle of pines nothing fantastic, but a ver nice lagoon for swimming and snorkelling Noumea so so . The aquarium a must a very pleasant surprise for all. So food could be better, or more consistent, staff very good, entertainment hard to find fault, destination not the main aim on this cruise. Highly recommended Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Having previously sailed twice on Rhapsody of the Seas we thought we would give a larger ship a go. Certainly things get busy at popular times, but generally we didn't have any trouble doing any of the activities on board or getting ... Read More
Having previously sailed twice on Rhapsody of the Seas we thought we would give a larger ship a go. Certainly things get busy at popular times, but generally we didn't have any trouble doing any of the activities on board or getting around. We managed to book one of the new Panoramic Oceanview rooms on Deck 12 which gave us a perfect view out over the hellipad. Our room attendant couldn't do enough for us and was always happy to stop and have a chat. The room meant we also had pretty much direct access to the spa and the adults solarium pool was only one deck down. We found the food throughout the ship to be fantastic and of a very high quality. Can certainly recommend any of the specialty restaurants, particularly loved Izumi. We enjoyed all of the bars particularly the Schooner Bar (with Joey playing the piano) and the R Bar for the odd Espresso Martini or two. We had the Premium Drink Package which we thought was great value given the number of sea days. We certainly found the shows to be great, particularly Jane Cho the electric violin player and the former singer from Young Talent Time (sorry I have forgotten his name). We also went along to the Captains Corner and the Singer and Dancer Q&A which was a great insight into the ship. Would highly recommend anyone to do Chef's Table on Voyager if you get the chance. Great value and perfect food and wine matching. We booked it online which made us glad as it wasn't advertised on the ship. We ended up booking to more cruises while on board, one on Mariner and one on Radiance, so something to look forward to. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This baby is massive and very impressive at first second and third glance. My son and I have gluten and dairy allergies and we cannot fault them, the GF options were non contaminated and controlled against others bringing gluten into the ... Read More
This baby is massive and very impressive at first second and third glance. My son and I have gluten and dairy allergies and we cannot fault them, the GF options were non contaminated and controlled against others bringing gluten into the area. Staff were good but not exceptional but this is a 'value for money ship' so got what we expected. Happy to pay gratuities and a little extra tip. Plenty of deck chairs for all on sea days and not one of us got sick (considering my little one and I are immune compromised this is a small miracle). The positives FAR outweighed the negatives but you MUST do your homework or you will be disappointed. We had the luxury of a suite but the non suites were non descript and drab, they clearly scrimped on the renovation. Our suite was spacious and perfect. Generally the food was great but 2 weeks of the same food required a little Immagination even after eating at all the speciality dining places. Our biggest negative point for us by far and this was a massive issue for most people with babies and toddlers is that there is absolutely no care or facilities for babies and toddlers under 3years old. There was a small internal room with a bunch of toys that the little ones could play with but was not supervised, kids under 3 were not allowed to walk around restaurants or in pools so all in all if you have a toddler you are confined to a small room for your entire cruise doing alternating shifts with the people you have just spent $10,000 to spend time with. I don't see why this room couldn't be staffed for a fee to simply allow parents an hour or two per day (even nap times) to enjoy time together. I believe that this is a massive oversight by Royal Caribbean. They state babysitting is available for AUD 25 per hour however it doesn't start until 8pm and like all parents with a toddler staying awake late at night is just not possible - most of the time our babysitting was cancelled anyways so we missed all the shows and spent most nights in our room. The entertainment was poor an amateurish compared to the entertainment onboard celebrity line. All in all it was good but they need to address the toddler issue. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We booked this cruise because it visited Fiji, somewhere we hadn't been before. Voyager of the Seas is a lovely ship, well maintained, clean and spacious. However, we unwittingly chose a school holiday cruise so the ship was at 100%+ ... Read More
We booked this cruise because it visited Fiji, somewhere we hadn't been before. Voyager of the Seas is a lovely ship, well maintained, clean and spacious. However, we unwittingly chose a school holiday cruise so the ship was at 100%+ occupancy! But having said that, although bars and restaurants etc. were busy, we always found a seat wherever we wanted to be. We had a balcony cabin, #6218, on deck 6, forward. I've never had a cabin forward before and it made absolutely no difference whatsoever to the stability and I would have a cabin anywhere now (except near the lift/stairwell). We had a complaint with the main dining room and it was resolved very quickly and efficiently and overall the cruise was lovely. The shore excursion to Noumea were limited and we chose just to go ashore and wander around. This was our 2nd visit to Noumea and we had to change some money to use in the ice-cream shop. The shore excursion to Mystery Island and Isle de Pines were not worth doing - Mystery Island is a non-event and Isle de Pines was not much better, but the snorkelling was better there. You can hire snorkel equipment on shore. Toilets are scarce. Lautoka and Suva - shore excursions. We did a day tour to South Sea Island from Lautoka and it was pleasant but snorkelling wasn't brilliant as the coral wasn't visible. In Suva we did a fascinating tour to the Spice Farm, definitely the best shore excursion we've done for a while. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We have recently returned from a 12 night South Pacific & Fiji cruise aboard Voyager of the Seas. I had read some negative reviews here but can say I have no idea how they managed to complain about this magnificent ship. I guess you ... Read More
We have recently returned from a 12 night South Pacific & Fiji cruise aboard Voyager of the Seas. I had read some negative reviews here but can say I have no idea how they managed to complain about this magnificent ship. I guess you just can't please some people. It's a large ship with a lot of people on board, occasionally you had to queue for things but nothing to bad, I've waited in longer queues at my local McDonalds. Getting on the ship didn't take to long, you can drop your bags off early and come back later if it looks like a long wait. We had breakfast and dinner in the main dining room each day. The food was great. The staff for the dinner sitting were fantastic. I would recommend tipping them every couple nights through the cruise, we gave them A$10 each every couple nights. Once we did that we seemed to get better service than those on nearby tables. There was plenty to do on sea days. We did the rock climbing wall, flowrider and mini golf quite a few times. We also spend a lot of time around the pools on the pool deck. The shows each night were fantastic and should not be missed. The ice skating show was also simply amazing. We had the premium beverage package. If you like a few drinks I can't recommend it highly enough. Given your average cocktail costs US$10 (A$14) it doesn't take many drinks a day to cover the A$73 a day we paid. It also includes bottled water, over the course of the cruise we probably drank around 80 - 90 bottles of water (8 a day between us) which was worth around $350. The added bonus is no bill shock after the cruise. We are booking another cruise on this ship for next year and recommend it highly. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
From boarding to disembarking, Royal Caribbean excelled yet again! The Port experience was excellent, we only waited 15 minutes to go through Customs & be on board. The Voyager is in great condition, the paintwork was pristine, ... Read More
From boarding to disembarking, Royal Caribbean excelled yet again! The Port experience was excellent, we only waited 15 minutes to go through Customs & be on board. The Voyager is in great condition, the paintwork was pristine, in fact they were painting while we were in port. She was clean & tidy & the crew were on the ball with any issues. It was quite eventful with 3 medical evacuations, 1 by helicopter late at night....we were kept informed the entire time about what was happening. Communication was excellent. We had a Junior Suite (9264) for the first time. The extra room was brilliant, so much easier to co-exist for 12 nights! Our stateroom attendant, Mul, was fantastic. He kept our cabin clean, tidy & spotless...we had no issues at all with him. The food in the windjammer was excellent, lots of variety, but by the end of the cruise, I was getting a bit bored with it. The MDR was a lovely change...we were made to feel so special by Yan & Walter on the nights we had dinner there. Giovannis was the pick of the specialty restaurants for us...Chops came a close 2nd, followed by Izumis...we did a sushi making course which was different & got to eat what we made. The Cafe Promenade was great for a light lunch or snack & they make the best coffee! Shore Excursions were well organised with tendering & disembarking in Port. The only issue I have is with the high cost of ship excursions, with most of the money going into Royal's coffers, instead of to the locals. However, our experience in Fiji has made me reconsider doing private tours & heading out on our own...I would definitely do a ship tour in places like these. There were 2 negatives...the first could be considered a "1st world problem" ..... My acrylic nails started popping off so I went up to the Vitality Spa to get them replaced...I have had this done on other RC ships before. It was advertised pre cruise online, during the cruise on the RC channels & in brochures handed out during the cruise. When I got there, I was told that there wasn't an acrylic nail technician on the ship, the last one hadn't been replaced. The girls glued my nails down & we hoped for the best...I went up twice more & on the last visit, they had run out of nail glue!! It seems I wasn't the only one caught out! The second was when a lit cigarette butt landed on our balcony, next to my bare feet at midnight...it was glowing orange!! If it had landed a foot further in, it would have set the curtains alight!! Or burnt my feet if I had stood on it!! I was livid!! Nothing much RC could do though...how do you identify the culprit?! I just wish that people would follow the rules.... All in all a wonderful experience & no 8 & 9 are already booked!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
My partner & I had previously been on Carnival Spirit, but had steered towards Royal Caribbean due to their drinks package....which I might add are so worth the money... We went on a 12 night south pacific & Fiji cruise...would ... Read More
My partner & I had previously been on Carnival Spirit, but had steered towards Royal Caribbean due to their drinks package....which I might add are so worth the money... We went on a 12 night south pacific & Fiji cruise...would I go back to Fiji without booking shore excursions? definitely not, it is a dump....Isle of pines & Mystery Island are just beautiful & relaxing the Entertainment was very lacking compared to carnival but definitely makes up for it with all of the on board activities (ice skating, rock climbing, mini golf, flo rider etc...wish there was more live performers in the bars etc... FOOD: food was fantastic & always a different variety in the buffet...we ate in the main dining room 3 of the 12 nights. Wish we didn't even bother doing so, first night we were thrown into the corner where the food stations are & were cm's away from the people next to us, we actually almost bumped elbows a few times due to the tables being so close together, second time we went we got mouldy bread, nothing was done about it...third time we tried it again (being hopeful) received each meal probably 2 minutes after ordering as they just stay pre made in the trolleys so they were always cold, we also got a few rude staff members, next cruise we will definitely be choosing a set dinner time so we have the same table & waiter...so we were more than happy to either get our free room service or eat at the buffet ...Johnny Rockets was well worth the extra charge, very filling for sure! but had a great American diner experience, could not fault it... Chops Grille- where do I even start, this was probably the best food I have ever had in my life, the filet mignon was cooked to perfection & was accompanied by the best & freshest scallops I've ever had! well worth the extra $$$ CABINS: the room was very spacious & modern in comparison to Carnival & the balcony was huge, we were able to lay our deck chairs down on it...our room attendant was so attentive & professional everyday when he cleaned our room twice everyday (I personally think once a day is enough) which is why we were more than happy to tip him big both my partner & myself purchased the alcohol package, only to find we were charged for a drink, after telling reception this at least 5 times over the 12 days the charge never got removed & I had to wear the cost of said drink. But that wasn't a huge deal...just a small negative. all in all if I was to compare this to other cruises I have done in the past, I would go back to royal Caribbean without a second thought...we have another one booked March 2018 on Voyagers sister ship- Explorer of the seas Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Embarkation was chaotic not helped by the fact that everyone seemed to arrive at the same time. Whilst it was not school holidays you would not have known that on this cruise. There must have been hundreds of kids from pre-schoolers ... Read More
Embarkation was chaotic not helped by the fact that everyone seemed to arrive at the same time. Whilst it was not school holidays you would not have known that on this cruise. There must have been hundreds of kids from pre-schoolers to teenagers represented. Of course its great to see so many families enjoying a holiday together. But as the cruise progressed the kids' behaviour became outrageous, totally unsupervised either around the pool or eating their meals it really impacted on those that were subjected to other people's kids running in the Windjammer and around the top deck areas. Most passengers without kids either stayed in the adults only area of the pool or went to their cabin. Thats if you could even come close to getting a chair poolside all were reserved with a towel or other personal effect well before being used. One night in the main dining room some kind of altercation took place resulting in a grown man hurling abuse at a women. His friends held him back from physically attacking her and the aggressor and his party left the Sapphire dining room on level 3. He came back again and things settled down but no one from RCI stepped in or asked him to leave. There was an all out brawl on the top deck the second night of the cruise probably caused from excess consumption of alcohol. At least one cabin was locked down and security stood guard for the remainder of the cruise. The food experience to my astonishment was better in the Windjammer (buffet style) than the formal dining room - the service was very poor, the food was ordinary and as previously mentioned the behaviour of others really spoilt even being there. We did opt to pay extra and went to Chops Grille however whilst the food was excellent and the service better, again the raucous fellow diners including extremely noisy diners and their equally obnoxious children left me feeling like I just wanted to finish my meal and leave asap. I wish room service had been an option. My fellow diners (people I only just met on this cruise) and I have NEVER experienced anything like these antics on another cruise and we had all cruised many times before with RCI and other companies. I know you cannot blame RCI but this was a cruise where people wore shirts saying 'booze cruise'. We were all disappointed in the overly represented number of 'bogans'. And for that reason alone I would be very reluctant to go on another 'budget priced' cruise ever again. On the up side the ice skating show was absolutely brilliant. The very hard working crew, everyone of them, were fabulous - the captain was really funny and he seemed to go to alot of trouble to stay in touch with the passengers and being present on many occasions. The organisation of visiting ports at New Caledonia (Noumea and Isle of Pines) was very well managed and both locations really pretty and we had perfect weather. Like every cruise ship the ability to run up and down the stairs is a real advantage as the wait time is ridiculous when waiting for the lifts. Finally one thing that defied logic was being advised to go to level 3 to assemble for debarkation, which we dutifully did. Then minutes later a RCI usher came down to tell us to go to level 4 to leave the ship. As we had all chosen to utilise the independent option of taking our own luggage off we then had to drag all our stuff up to level 4 - by that stage there was no hope of getting the lift so up the stairs we went with our luggage. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We took this cruise mainly to experience the ship not so much for the destination. We booked an Owners Suite and with the perks of a gold sea pass it was worth the extra money. 7 days wasn't enough time to really have an experience ... Read More
We took this cruise mainly to experience the ship not so much for the destination. We booked an Owners Suite and with the perks of a gold sea pass it was worth the extra money. 7 days wasn't enough time to really have an experience of every bar, restaurant or activity, there was just so much to do and see. The staff was extremely warm and helpful, there was always someone around to ask for help if needed. We ate breakfast and lunch mainly at Windjammers and we had something different every day and all the meals there were excellent. At night we ate either at the main dinning room, however we tried Chops Grill (husband said best steak EVER), Giovanni's OMG I was in heaven and one night got room service, I don't have one negative to say about the amount or quality of food served throughout the 7 days. We gave the ice skating a go, went to a show or 2, got lucky at Bingo and at the Casino, which in the end meant we weren't out of pocket at all for the entire trip. We didn't travel with children but found that those on board were well behaved and at no time did I feel that the ship was being overrun by kids, obviously RC have some wonderful kids programs to keep them busy. There were 2 ports of call, Isle of Pines and Noumea - Isle of Pines was a tender and we decided to stay on board, wish I had of gone ashore, the water looked inviting and the weather was great, next cruise for sure. Got off at Noumea and got the Cho Cho train in town cost was US$38 each, not sure what RC charge for this excursion, went for about and hour and half and was very informative and interesting, well worth the money. Also did a spot of shopping at the market. Apparently there were quite a few that ended up in the brig and a few off loaded in Noumea, some confined to their staterooms all for alcohol related incidents I gather, but we didn't see anyone acting badly so it didn't impact on our trip. All in all we had a wonderful vacation, met some lovely people and will definitely travel on the Voyager of the Seas again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Due to Cyclone Winston, our itinerary changed multiple times and we ended up missing Mystery Island and headed to Brisbane instead. We did manage to visit Isle of Pines and Noumea. The captain kept everyone informed and had a number of ... Read More
Due to Cyclone Winston, our itinerary changed multiple times and we ended up missing Mystery Island and headed to Brisbane instead. We did manage to visit Isle of Pines and Noumea. The captain kept everyone informed and had a number of contingency plans based on the route of the cyclone. My cabin was excellent. It was one of the new Panoramic ocean view cabins on deck 12. Very spacious for one person. Obviously they would normally fit at least 4 into it so I enjoyed the space. The bathroom was tiny but functional and I liked the cocoon style shower screen and it didn't leak. Water pressure was weak but hot at all times. Food was average in both the dining room and the buffet. The buffet food never seemed to change and so it got a tad boring. I did enjoy the make-your-own salad in the dining room at lunch times. I'm a vegetarian so it wasn't worth paying extra for any specialty restaurants so I didn't go to any of them. I took the Royal Replenish coffee & soft drinks package but at $28 a day, I did struggle to get my monies worth. Not sure if I would get this package again. Service was only average in the dining room. I think this was due to all the really large groups of families. We were at a table of 2 and surrounded by tables of 10 and so the waiters were run off their feet. Some days we had to wait so long for the menus and to order. Other nights, the food came out so quickly that we felt we were being too rushed. A special mention, the pumpkin seed bread rolls were so yummy. I enjoyed all the trivia but I did get sick of all the seminars that were just an intro to spending money in the spa or gym. There was a lot of nickel and diming on this ship. The Royal Promenade sometimes looked like Pitt Street Mall at Xmas time. Went to several shows that were good but by far the best show was the Ice Odyssey. This was the ice skating show and it was spectacular. Well worth queuing up to get the tickets. I also enjoyed the poolside cinema and the 3D movie theatre. Very disappointed with the shore excursion at Isle of Pines. I did the swimming with the turtles & snorkelling at Brush Island. Firstly, there were too many of us and they didn't have enough boats. I ended up in an inflatable with no designated seats. It was incredibly windy and choppy and this boat was dangerous. Swimming with the turtles? There was one token turtle which the guide brought to the surface for all of us to pat - no swimming with it. Seriously? Then 20 minutes snorkelling at Brush Island, nothing to see except white sand. This excursion was the WORST I have ever been on and a complete rip off at A$153. It was a sham so be aware. Embarkation and disembarkation was very quick and handled well considering the amount of people on this ship. Just a reminder for Aussies, although all charges on this ship are in dollars they are US dollars so currently it's 30% extra in the conversion to Aussie dollars. All in all, the ship was lovely and I enjoyed by cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
this was a last minute decision to go.We found the voyager of the seas indeed a very large ship but loved it.we had no problems with crowds.boarding in sydney was excellent not even an airport to could exceed the quick fast check in.our ... Read More
this was a last minute decision to go.We found the voyager of the seas indeed a very large ship but loved it.we had no problems with crowds.boarding in sydney was excellent not even an airport to could exceed the quick fast check in.our suite on deck 10 was roomy and most comfortable.the verandah a very good size.loved the walking in wardrobe.dining was a pleasure each night and crew excellent.deck 5 shopping and old english pub was a real joy and most entertaining place to be at night.the ice show the highlight of the cruise.found the pool area especially smokers side to be very unruley and at times a spot that you would not like to be in.this i think is because of the drink waiters pushing alcohol at great speed into these guests.these were the only crew members i felt let the ships service down.of course you do not have to sit in this area and never if you are a lady.leaving the ship was easy and yes we loved it.would suggest that the ship looks a little closely at the nationals they are employing as poolside drink waiters. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Cruise line recommended and timing was right. This was my 3rd cruise, 1st time with Royal Carribean. I loved the decor of the whole ship. Sorted drinks out with 1st visit to the bar with a drinks package while we waited to enter our room. ... Read More
Cruise line recommended and timing was right. This was my 3rd cruise, 1st time with Royal Carribean. I loved the decor of the whole ship. Sorted drinks out with 1st visit to the bar with a drinks package while we waited to enter our room. Me and sister in law were impressed with our balcony stateroom which had everything we needed and more. Service was great. Everything worked and we picked a great location for room. Loved evening dining. Great table for company. Food brilliant everywhere on board. The ship is so big I didn't see everything. Needed more shade on islands waiting for tenders as we got sunburned lining up. There were a lot of kids in pools which I didn't like, but there are alternatives. Spa on board is very expensive and the US currency caught me by surprise so you need to plan ahead and get best exchange rates to pay on board account. The concierge never had enough people to handle guest queries as there was always a line up. I'm just about to book my next cruise on same ship for April 2018. Can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
First time with the Voyager of the Seas and with this cruise I got to spend a lot of sea days (5 in total) to experience it. All in all the cruise is good fun taking my family and I to places that we'd never have gone (Mystery Island, ... Read More
First time with the Voyager of the Seas and with this cruise I got to spend a lot of sea days (5 in total) to experience it. All in all the cruise is good fun taking my family and I to places that we'd never have gone (Mystery Island, Vanuatu/Isle of Pine, New Caledonia). To cut this summary short and for easy-reading I'd mention all the criticisms I have on the cruise. Things that are not mentioned means they are excellent. 1) Biggest disappointment in the photography crew. Out of all the photos that was taken (approx. 35) we did not get 1 single satisfying group photo. To their credit, we did not board at once, so that one didn't count, but for the photos we took during formal night, none of the photos looked professional. The photographer didn't even manage to get everyone comfortably in the photo. The photographer was obviously new, which I don't blame him/her as its a phase everyone ought to pass. However, its the management team that I am hugely disappointed in. They should have put a more senior photographer to oversee this the more junior one to ensure the photo taken is up to standard. We went to talk to the guys a the printing station about our disappointments and all we got was a sloppy apology and a comment along the lines of 'some times it depends on the luck'. - Absolutely disappointing situation made worse by the way they handled it. 2) Food served at dinner is barely average. Bread was not always hot and there are the very odd selection of a cold sweet fruity flavored soup choice as an appetizer option. 3) Shows are good, but the volume of the band is so loud that I cannot hear the words of the singer at all. There was a night where the Piano supposed to be the key of the show but once the band comes in it completely overshadows the piano. 4) They announced that the ice skate show required tickets. I went to grab tickets for my family and when we showed up on time, no one was at the door to check for tickets and we couldn't find ourselves seats for the show. 5) Over-priced shore excursions, but I guess this is the same everywhere. For one excursion they charged USD115, but while talking to some of the locals, apparently it only costs USD30-40 if I deal with them directly. I mean I'd understand even if they charge a 50% premium, but a 300% premium is just ridiculous. Other than the above issues everything else is rather enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My wife booked a cruise for our 30th anniversary and it was a wonderful, relaxing holiday. As it was our first cruise we were a little apprehensive but the cruise, ship and staff exceeded our expectations. Boarding the ship was a breeze as ... Read More
My wife booked a cruise for our 30th anniversary and it was a wonderful, relaxing holiday. As it was our first cruise we were a little apprehensive but the cruise, ship and staff exceeded our expectations. Boarding the ship was a breeze as the friendly and helpful shore staff made it so easy that we were onboard before we knew it. The size of the Voyager was overwhelming at first, but once we found our room and had unpacked, we felt quite at home. It took us a day or so to find our way around the ship although the touch screens and signage ensured we never got lost. The dining was wonderful, too much so, as we both succumbed to the tempting delights offered. We tried a few of the specialty restaurants, Izumi, Giovanni's Table and Johnny Rockets and loved all of them. The main dining room, windjammer and promenade cafe all provided great food, ranging from a la carte through buffet to snacks to enjoy with a coffee. Our stateroom attendant, once we'd located him, gave us great service. In fact all the staff were wonderful and genuine in providing such excellent service. The entertainment and activities were all of a high standard, although we didn't try to do too much, as our holiday was about relaxing, not rushing around trying to get to everything. We tended to spend time relaxing by the pool, watching the house bands or movies. Disembarking was so well organised and quick that we were back on shore in Sydney before we knew it. We can highly recommend Royal Caribbean in every way for providing a fantastic holiday. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We travelled as a group made up of 13 family and friends ranging in age from 18 to 85. Most of our group had not been on a cruise before and only my partner and i had previously been on Royal Caribbean. Embarkation Very quick from ... Read More
We travelled as a group made up of 13 family and friends ranging in age from 18 to 85. Most of our group had not been on a cruise before and only my partner and i had previously been on Royal Caribbean. Embarkation Very quick from arriving at the pier to getting on the ship. There was a separate line for Crown and Anchor society members so we were able to go straight thru. The buffet on deck 11 closed soon after we boarded but we did manage to find a quick meal, which was as good as anything you'd get at the local foodcourt and very uninspiring. The customary life boat drill was held at about 4pm so the Sydney summer sun was quite fierce on the side of the deck we were on. The sailaway out of the Harbour was spectacular as always. Activities/Entertainment There were plenty of activities on offer most of the day. You can participate as much or as little as you like. Most activities were included in the price, including the flow rider, ice rink, mini golf and rock climbing wall. The outdoor activities are well spaced out so you could try everything at different times if you wanted to. There were plenty of areas to find a quiet spot and we never felt like there were too many people around, considering the number of passengers. The library has an area for games and cards as well as plenty of books to borrow. Plenty of bars and places to meet. Study up on the trivia before you go there are lots of opportunities to play with the usual useless items offed as prizes. The evening entertainment was below average. The band was good but very loud and drowned out the sound of the singers who had to scream to be heard. The only decent show we saw in the theatre was Nathan Foley from Hi5. The ice skating show was also very good and i would highly recommend it. As for the singers and dancers they weren't worth watching. Shopping Everything on the ship is priced in US dollars so be prepared with an approximate exchange rate so you don't get any nasty surprises with your account at the end of the cruise. I'm sure there would have been a few unsuspecting cruisers who would have been shocked at the total of their bill once they converted it to Australian dollars. We didn't buy much at all. The jewelery and bags etc seemed to be quite pricey once converted to AUD. If you have something in mind please do your homework first to ensure you are not paying too much. I have a retail shop and think you could do better on land from what i could see. The jewelry on offer can be bought on line for less. The drinks were about normal price for cruises maybe a little on the pricey side mostly US $10-11 for a cocktail which convert to around AU $14+ each. We purchased the drinks package for the last few days. Usually you are required to buy it at the beginning or you miss out so it was good to be able to buy it pro rata. The duty free alcohol seemed to be cheaper at Vila where you could buy it and have it delivered to your cabin on the last night. There was not a very big range to choose from onboard. The photos were expensive US$20 each. Instead of printing out the usual thousands of photos that mostly end up being shredded it is good to see cruise lines finally starting to put all the photos on computer so that there isn't the wastage. Having said that we think the prices were a little excessive and there weren't really any standout photos amongst them. Dining Mr Washy Washy greeted us with a big smile and sometimes a song as we entered the windjammer on deck 11. He was one of the highlights for us and it was great to see a staff member actually monitoring guests to make sure everyone used the hand sanitizers. We mostly ate breakfast at the windjammer. There was a pretty good choice with plenty of fresh fruit, cereals and cooked food. We did try the sapphire dining room for breakfast a couple of times and that was also good. Lunch was easy with several venue choices and we mostly ate a small meal at the windjammer. Some of our group did try Johnny Rockets at lunch time and said they enjoyed the food there. Evening meals were really enjoyable as 9 of our group opted for late sitting (8pm) and we were able to have a table all together in the sapphire dining room. Originally we were all seated at different tables but a quick visit to the maitre d on the first evening meant we could change immediately. Our waiters were lovely and very obliging nothing was too much trouble for Adi and his team. The quality of the food was good. Lobster was available but at an extra cost of $35 each so we just ordered from the regular menu. We weren't tempted to try the restaurants with the extra surcharge as we were quite happy with the whole sapphire dining experience. We didn't try the room service either. Ports/Shore Excursions Villa was our first port and was substituted for Lifou. We walked along the markets at the port then headed back to the ship. Quite a lot of people went into town with local drivers offering a round trip for $10. A water taxi was also $5 each way and took about 10 minutes. It was quite hot so would have been a long walk in the heat. Mystery Island was lovely and even with such a large number of guests didn't feel overcrowded except for the tendering back to the ship. There isn't much to do but snorkel and swim and the current was quite strong. There were a few markets but quite a lot of empty ones too, maybe because it was Sunday. The children's singing is lovely to watch. Be sure to go for a walk around the island, there is a track right alongside the beach. Isle of Pines was next and our group enjoyed swimming there. We didn't stay too long as it was quite hot there as well. We were offered cold drinks and cold face washers to cool down before heading back to the ship by tender. Noumea is a working container port so everyone is bused to the exit gates. We booked the shore excursion to Amadee island before leaving home to be sure we didn't miss out. The day on the island was lovely with plenty of time to swim and snorkel or just laze around on the sun loungers. We saw many varieties of fish and coral just off the beach, as well as sea snakes and crabs. There was a 40 minute round trip to the outer reef to see and feed some very large fish and a turtle as well, with lovely views of the island in the distance. We were offered a lovely buffet lunch with lots to choose from and plenty to eat and drink. The guides performed a cultural show which was entertaining. After lunch our group boarded the glass bottom boat and saw plenty of fish, coral and a couple of turtles. The lighthouse is still closed with no word on when it will reopen. We had a great day and would thoroughly recommend this tour even though it's a little pricey. General There were quite a varied range of ages on board but the ship seemed to be geared more towards families and young adults. There weren't really vast numbers of older cruisers as sometimes there are on other ships. It was a great choice for our group. It was really easy to find our way around and the ship seemed to have a good general atmosphere. We never felt crowded. There are touch screens located near every elevator to guide you around. There was sometimes quite a wait for the elevator, we mostly tried to use the stairs. As Crown and Anchor society members we were invited to a welcome back onboard party about the third day to meet the captain. He stood on stage and talked about the Royal Caribbean fleet and a few other things. We were given some cheap champagne as punishment for attending but it was interesting to hear his life story. There was also this same free champagne at the captains welcome aboard party, my advice would be to avoid it. Besides the free champagne, another perk of being a Crown and Anchor society member is supposedly receiving $25USD credit for each cabin booked where the occupants have not traveled with Royal Caribbean before. This is offered as onboard credit up to a maximum of $125USD, but be warned this is only valid if you booked your cruise without any other onboard credit. If you were given OBC for any other reason then the two are not combinable. You will need to claim this before you travel. We were advised by the lady at the help desk that they have the same complaint every cruise. Maybe they need to look at changing their wording on the bring a friend promotion as it was quite disappointing to find out that we didn't receive it. On arrival back in Sydney we opted for early departure and to carry off our own luggage. Just ahead of us the line was stopped because the computer checking everyone's card had a malfunction. They didn't handle this very well making us go to the other end of the ship via the crew area to disembark carrying heavy suitcases up and down stairs. We were told off by crew members for being in that area of the ship. There were quite a few unhappy passengers who like us had early flights booked. In the end we were delayed by about 40 minutes with the hiccup which meant a dash to the airport. Overall a good fun cruise and good value for money. We would probably sail again with them but would also be willing to try some of the other ships sailing out of Sydney. My advice would be to keep an eye on how much you are spending, remembering it is charged in US dollars. Don't have unrealistic expectations when you board and enjoy your cruise! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Have just returned from my first, and at this stage, last RCI cruise. Having cruised 9 times previously both in Australia and the USA with Princess, NCL and P & O, I was looking forward to experiencing a new line, even though the ... Read More
Have just returned from my first, and at this stage, last RCI cruise. Having cruised 9 times previously both in Australia and the USA with Princess, NCL and P & O, I was looking forward to experiencing a new line, even though the reviews were not great. Six months before sailing I tried to pay and upgrade our Junior Suite to a full Suite but got no reply from RCI. This did not set a positive tone for the cruise to start with. The Junior Suite was very comfortable for three adults and large enough to keep the sofa bed up the entire cruise. Cupboard space was ample, and we liked having a kettle in the room - thanks to other posts we knew to bring coffee with us. The fridge did not work and was quite surprised to see it stocked like a mini bar....who is going to buy a hot can of soft drink? The shower curtain was mouldy but was replaced halfway through the cruise. The balcony was great and chairs comfortable but we did not use it as much due to the heat. I really liked the walk in wardrobe and we also put a suitcase under the bed. We caught a taxi from our hotel to the quay ($15) and getting on due to the suite status took about 15 minutes with the longest queue being the security screening. The emergency drill was very strange...certainly nothing like I had ever experienced...being on the open deck and very uncomfortable for members of my group who had trouble standing up for approximately 25 minutes. Dining - Had all the breakfast options with the dining room being the best. Food delivered to the cabin was good but RCI have trouble making toast. The couple of times I tried breakfast in the buffet, the food was cold and not enjoyable. Again, we tried lunch in all the included places - buffet, dining room and café, with the dining room winning out again. I enjoyed all the dinners with the staff being very friendly and attentive. Also paid to eat at Johnny Rockets twice which was OK, and had a daily starbucks coffee. The entertainment for the most part was good, except for the second American comedian. The cruise director was personable and we had a great time playing 'The Quest'. Played a lot of trivia and enjoyed the themed trivia, even though it is all based on USA cruisers. The ice show was a highlight (we went twice) and also enjoyed the DreamWorks parades and characters. As other reviews have stated there is limited public spaces to have a cup of coffee or just hang out, and not enough space in the buffet area especially days at sea. Did not purchase any internet packages due to the outrageous prices. I did purchase a spa special on a sea day and enjoyed an hour of pampering. I really enjoyed my village tour in Fiji organised by RCI - on other port days we did our own thing. Had a terrible disembarkation where I could not leave the ship until I went back to guest services. All bad reviews about staff at the guest services desk are correct. It seems that even if you have added a credit card to your account online , and it is on all your paperwork, once you add some actual money to the account, they wipe your credit card details. So I had to go back up to the desk and add my card details again after I was told they were never added in the first place. I have never had this problem on other lines so was quite annoyed at this inconvience and the attitude of the staff. To me it felt like a cheap airline where you have to pay for all the extras. Would recommend this line for families with money and those wanting to spend a lot of time by the pool and in the casino. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was my first time on a cruise, and after reading the reviews my expectations were rock bottom. However once aboard the ship all my expectations were exceeded, even the room was bigger than I had anticipated! There was a variety of ... Read More
This was my first time on a cruise, and after reading the reviews my expectations were rock bottom. However once aboard the ship all my expectations were exceeded, even the room was bigger than I had anticipated! There was a variety of food available, from the the buffet which offered a variety of food everyday to the five star dining experience at the sapphire restaurant, and even to the little cafe promenade offering little snacks (all included in the fare!). The service on the boat was incredible, the stateroom attendant always exceeded expectations and all the staff greet the passengers with warm smiles. Although we didn't participate in the activities that were offered, the amount of shows and things there were to do was phenomenal. The facilities on board were wonderful, from the gym to the pools. The entire ten days were thoroughly planned, to ensure there was always things for everyone. The days we left the boat on the island were enjoyable, and very well organised, especially with transport to the city. The highlight of the trip for me was the people on board. There were many passengers a similar age that made it an exceptional experience, especially at night. Overall it was an unforgettable experience. :) Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Probably the best holiday I have had in over 20 years. My wife and I plus our three children aged 6,5 and 3 had an interconnecting cabin on deck 2 towards the aft (back) of the ship. An interconnecting room with a porthole in each room. We ... Read More
Probably the best holiday I have had in over 20 years. My wife and I plus our three children aged 6,5 and 3 had an interconnecting cabin on deck 2 towards the aft (back) of the ship. An interconnecting room with a porthole in each room. We stay low and near the middle back of the ship to lessen any potential sea sickness. My wife was ill the first day and a half, so she just kept pumping the avomine into her and she was fine by Day 3. My 5 yr old had a belly ache and we just told her it was something she ate and she was fine thereafter. The boat was moving around a bit on the first two days. The first few days at sea allows you to get organised and find your way around the ship. There is plenty to see and do - you get a cruise compass which is a daily info sheet plus there is a morning show on your cabin TV. Best thing is to be prepared. We took an assortment of medications for everything and had to use a few here and there. Best piece of advice - wash your hands all the time at the sanitiser stations. We did this easily 15-20 times a day to avoid getting sick. The room service was great - very friendly crew who really look after your kids. The nightly meal in the dining room is restaurant quality. There are other specialty dining - italian, japanese and a steak place - also johnny rockets up on deck 12 - fantastic burgers and fries - definitely go there for the whole experience. My kids nearly died when they saw Shrek, Princess Fiona, Puss n Boots etc on the first night. During the cruise we got pics with all of them. Parents we ran into said their kids in the 6-8 kids club did not like it - the 3-5 kids club was loved by the kids. We moved our 6 yr old into the 3-5 group and then he was happy. This is something they can work on. What I did notice was that their best activities seemed to be on when we were in port and most kids would have been off the ship. Being a teacher myself, I am probably being over critical here but they could definitely use some guidance as the staff are young and therefore very inexperienced educators. The dining room experience was amazing. Sun and Roma looked after us on deck 3 and our kids loved them. They really go the extra mile in every way and work very hard. Food is very good and you dont need to go to the trough or casual dining up on deck 11. It is buffet standard up there. Lots to choose from. Photos are expensive. 20 USD per photo (that is just the pic) with packages going into hundreds of dollars for USB and prints for all. Take a camera. I still bought 4 pics though lol. Flow Rider was very popular. You will get 30-45 seconds every 10-15 minutes if you want to give it a go. Drinks are amazing. If you drink more than 8 beers or 4-5 cocktails a day, get the premium package - just cocktails, spirits, wine and beers or what I got - the ultimate package 67 USD a day, but I did really enjoy myself. It cost me 536 USD for the trip but I had 400 USD of onboard credit for 2 rooms, so it cost 136 USD for 9 nights. With the ultimate package, you get everything - water, fizzy, coffees, teas etc as well from different cafes etc around the ship. I did not find the duty free on ship to be very good - some alcohol was actually dearer in aussie dollars than if you went down to your local bottlo and got it there, so be careful and know your prices. island tours - they can cost 3-4 times more if you book on the ship compared to the island price. e.g. Noumea - chou chou train tour - 70 USD for an adult if you book onboard, 25 aussie if you do it there. They guarantee not to leave without you if you book through them, thats the only benefit of doing so and booking through RCI. Isle of Pines and Mystery Island were terrific. We saw this huge line and got on the back of it to get a tender to the beaches. Within about 5 minutes, we were on the tender. This is very well organised. The water is magnificent - we just beached it for half a day and got back on the ship mid afternoon. Getting on the boat initially... as we were on deck 2 - could board from 4.30pm onwards - we went straight up to the counter, through customs etc - on the boat within 20 minutes of arriving. Go later and avoid the queues. You meet people who know people you know - scary! 1 degree of separation. No louts and crazy stuff - young people but with their parents - lots of families...everyone in a relaxed mood - lots of fun ... bbq's near the pool were great. Big screen with recent movies was good as well - the days just go quick. We booked again for next year whilst onboard. Easy travelling. The ice show is amazing and a must see as are a few of the more adult shows at night - very funny indeed with passengers in the thick of it. They are very particular about providing you high quality service - they remember you name and your requests. I have not seen such high quality service in a long time. You will have fun in the dining room with a few surprises - the whole three decks of passengers sang the national anthem on australia day as we as the mandatory aussie aussie aussie...oi..oi...oi. Take some american cash with you - handy for some things on board. The internet is like 25 aussie a day - I put my phones in the afe and left them there for 9 days - I had 60 missed calls and 298 unread emails when I disembarked - loved not looking at a phone all the time! You feel totally free - amazing! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
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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