55 Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas South Pacific Cruise Reviews

I’ve been on Ovation which I found too big, too busy and a bit like a Westfield shopping centre vibe and with over 4000 passengers, the queues for everything were horrendous. The Voyager was so much more fun! It’s newly refurbed or ... Read More
I’ve been on Ovation which I found too big, too busy and a bit like a Westfield shopping centre vibe and with over 4000 passengers, the queues for everything were horrendous. The Voyager was so much more fun! It’s newly refurbed or ‘amplified’ to have more fun features & we found it had just the variety and atmosphere that we love! The fittings and style were lovely and our fave bars were High Notes on Deck 14 & Sky Lounge Deck 12 followed by Schooner Bar. Music everyday, an atrium deck full of activities and a party feel, loads of cool places to sit & watch the waves. Shuffle board & Flowrider with an Ice rink & ice show - everything was great! My best advice is if you’re planning to stay in a balcony cabin, go for the extra ‘Spacious Balcony Cabin’ - the cabin itself is bigger as is the balcony. It included a 3 seater sofa bed and there was so much space without too much expense. The food on board is great but we weren’t as impressed with the specialty restaurants except for Giovanni Table which was lovely. Service was great, attention to detail was also good and my fave aspect was the adults only Solarium area which is open to the sky so no chlorine fumes like on Ovation. I’d suggest buying the KEY package. It includes your internet plus other bonuses like prioirity boarding, a nice lunch, priority tendering, farewell brekkie & fuss free disembarking among other things. It was great value for adults without kids! We loved everything about it and are already looking to book another trip on this comfortable & stylish ship! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We have just got of the Voyager of the Seas after a B2B going to the Pacific Isles...both itineraries were slightly changed due to heavy weather in the region...Thank You Captain Sindre Borsheim, one of the friendliest captains that I have ... Read More
We have just got of the Voyager of the Seas after a B2B going to the Pacific Isles...both itineraries were slightly changed due to heavy weather in the region...Thank You Captain Sindre Borsheim, one of the friendliest captains that I have met, we hope he keeps sailing in our waters. We did the 3 day cruise in February on the Voyager and were so impressed that we added another 7 days to our 9 day cruise in March (we have cruised around 5 times on her before) The deciding factor for us was The Cleanliness (see below) and THE MUSIC in the form of 2 good bands ie Music Venture, fantastic musicians, and good for younger legs than ours. The other was the Tony and Dana Duo who have the larges of music repertoires and can read their audiences very well and play what they want to hear/dance too. I live with a very low immune system due to cancer treatment so cleanliness where ever I go is of the upmost importance and my antennas are always scanning for any coughs, sickness, unclean areas etc. On the Voyager I was amazed at the frequency of the handrails, lift buttons and the rest of the ship was being disinfected. There was only one bar where the waiters did not have disinfection cloths for the tables when I bought it to the Hotel Directors attention it was addressed right away. For me I know I can spend a longer time on board without to much danger hence the B2B (16 days). Yes, there is some rust around but which ship doesn't? There were kids on board but when did that become a dirty word? Food was always plentiful with a good choice of dishes---BEST PAVLOVA ever All in all we had a ball and hope that Royal Caribbean keep the Tony and Dana Duo sailing in Australian Waters...Oh and Captain Sindre too Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I have just returned from a 9 night Sth Pacific Cruise on Voyager. Balcony Stateroom, Deck 7 The staff once again are so wonderful and I really appreciate the hard work they do and the sacrifices they make to provide the wonderful ... Read More
I have just returned from a 9 night Sth Pacific Cruise on Voyager. Balcony Stateroom, Deck 7 The staff once again are so wonderful and I really appreciate the hard work they do and the sacrifices they make to provide the wonderful service they do. Always friendly and so helpful. The Voyager of the seas has a lot to offer. This is my third time on Voyager. She is starting to get a little tired in some areas and is due for a refurbishment later this year. She will look wonderful once completed. Dining experience was once again lovely. Having such a variety of meals to choose from and the service is exceptional. shows and entertainment were varied and entertaining. My most favourite show this time was BLADES in Studio B/. The Ice dancers looked like they were having a great time and the show was a lot of fun. Thank you . Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Heard there were a lot of fights and many passengers 'kicked off' but we didnt see anything. I have cruised with RCL twice now on Voyager and this time around the food, service and overall experience has greatly improved. Our ... Read More
Heard there were a lot of fights and many passengers 'kicked off' but we didnt see anything. I have cruised with RCL twice now on Voyager and this time around the food, service and overall experience has greatly improved. Our dining room waiters and cabin steward were the highlight of the crew- absolutely awesome. A lot of the shows were not my cup of tea- but hats off to the dancers and singers- awesome voices and moves. Ice skate shows amazing. A lot of activities not my thing but there's heaps to choose from to keep you busy, or just relax- which is what I prefer. Ports of call more than most cruises I have been on, so a good variety of things to do ashore except Mare. Unfortunately due to the weather (and hoard of jelly fish) it wasn't safe to do anything, but mare has definitely upgraded the dock and market, so great to see. Have booked Ovation of the seas for Jan 2019, so excited to see all the extra activities onboard. Crew very attentitive in all areas. Promenade cabin 6305 in a perfect spot too. Got a great price. Booked all tours directly with locals before boarding- all ships are too expensive! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
because of the itinerary. there was a low pressure system around the Mystery Island which we were going to visit, the captain changed the itinerary, drop Mystery Island, but added Isle of the Pines instead of dropping the port entirely. ... Read More
because of the itinerary. there was a low pressure system around the Mystery Island which we were going to visit, the captain changed the itinerary, drop Mystery Island, but added Isle of the Pines instead of dropping the port entirely. However, the rules are too much, either getting an account statement, or getting change at the passenger service desk, too cumbersome. the food at the Windjammer is the SAME DAY IN AND DAY OUT. no new dishes except the last night which they provided shrimps, mussells and pipio clams, and fried calamari. Isumi restaurant is good, worth the $75 package that we paid for. (the package included 3 specialty dining, and we used them all at the Izumi.) The gym hours are pretty good, but the women's steam room is not working throughout the entire 14 days. The service (both the waiters/waitress, cooks) at the Windjammer is excellent though the food is terrible. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Embarkation ran smoothly as usual and we were onboard before 11.30. The crew were exceptional and this made our cruise one of the best yet. Bar staff were quick to take orders and the ability to remember my drink preferences still ... Read More
Embarkation ran smoothly as usual and we were onboard before 11.30. The crew were exceptional and this made our cruise one of the best yet. Bar staff were quick to take orders and the ability to remember my drink preferences still amazes me. The dining room staff were very good and service was fast. The food was always hot and I have to say the souffles were amazing. Our stateroom attendant Igusti made sure he spoke to us every morning and everything we requested was done with no fuss and our room was always clean and tidy whatever time we returned. The ship itself. I have to say she is looking a bit tired and a lot of the furniture needs renewing. This did not effect the enjoyment of the cruise but maybe time to consider some work. The entertainment was good with the rock band a standout. The shows are not really my thing but the Neil Diamond Show was exceptional and well worth seeing. The ports were the normal ones visited and some new ones would be nice but maybe not possible. Overall a very enjoyable cruise. Not a lot of children onboard and generally they were well behaved. Just a few parents encouraging their children to be a nuisance on the dance floor at night but they were by far the minority. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Voyager is one of my favourite ships that we board at least once a year. Always enjoy their entertainments and the dining room and bar service. The nightly musicians in Pig and Whistle and Schooner Bar were fantastic, creating the best ... Read More
Voyager is one of my favourite ships that we board at least once a year. Always enjoy their entertainments and the dining room and bar service. The nightly musicians in Pig and Whistle and Schooner Bar were fantastic, creating the best atmosphere for drinking with newly-made friends. The shows in the Theatre and Studio provided a good variety of entertainments. The daily activities were sufficient during days at sea so there were always something happening. There was a storm nearby but our friendly captain slightly changed the order of the itinerary so we generally had a gentle sailing avoiding the storm. Security guards were present constantly so we felt fairly safe. A good mix of young and older crowd. The mischievous ones got escorted off the ship at the very first port. The rest of the time was trouble free. We had a great time and definitely will cruise with it again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our first cruise and wanted to select a quality cruise line that was short to moderate in length. We chose Royal Caribbean based on the recommendation of at family member. We found the ship to be impressive in size and fitout. ... Read More
This was our first cruise and wanted to select a quality cruise line that was short to moderate in length. We chose Royal Caribbean based on the recommendation of at family member. We found the ship to be impressive in size and fitout. Our balcony stateroom on level 6, mid ships, was clean and roomy supported by our attentive and friendly room attendant who left innovative and funny characters made from towels each night. The main dining room, Saphire, was as good as any fine dining, five star restaurant I have ever been to with the service from the waiters the outstanding feature. Nothing was too hard for them and all our requested were filled. The buffet dining in Windjammer was excellent with the widest range of quality foods available. Again the staff were very helpful with clearing our table quickly or even delivering a coffee. There are several bars on the ship however our favourite was the R Bar due the friendly service by the staff. Embarking and disembarking was done in an orderly and timely fashion both in the ports were we docked and where we used the tenders. Each day we were presented with a programme in our room listing the days activities for our selection. We enjoyed the trivia quizes and the shows while finding time to relax with our friends. The daily headliner shows were spectacular as were the occasional parties held in the Promenade or in the other locations. A truly wonderful experiance. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Boarding on/off: I had a 3PM boarding time, but turned up with my bags at 11AM and was allowed to board straight away. The process is really streamlined and took about 45 minutes. Disembarking the ship was the same, and took less than ... Read More
Boarding on/off: I had a 3PM boarding time, but turned up with my bags at 11AM and was allowed to board straight away. The process is really streamlined and took about 45 minutes. Disembarking the ship was the same, and took less than 30 minutes. We docked at 6AM, had time to eat breakfast, then went to our marshalling area at 8:30am and were off the ship by 9AM. Ship: The Voyager of the Seas was moored in 1997, so the ship is a little dated and there are definite signs of wear. But overall the amenities were really impressive and I loved my time on board. There were several bars on board, 3 pools (one adults only), hot tubs, gym, multiple restaurants, a casino, ice skating rink, and a theatre. Food: The food was sensational. Our group only dined at the restaurants included in the cruise bookings; the Windjammer buffet and Sapphire Dining Room, and we were so impressed with the quality of each meal we ate (and there were plenty of them). We ate at the Windjammer every day for lunch, and the Sapphire every night for dinner and then went between the two for breakfast. At breakfast the Sapphire has a choice of an a-la-carte or a buffet, and both were great. There are several other restaurants on board for an additional fee, but we didn’t feel the need to visit them. At the Sapphire dinners you have an assigned waiter and drinks attendant, and we absolutely loved ours! Archie and Rima from Deck 4 made our time on the Voyager so special, and we really enjoyed seeing them every evening for dinner. The dining room manager Derrick from deck 4 was also wonderful, and always came to chat to us when he saw us. There are two sittings in the dining room – 5:30PM or 8:15PM. My Time dining is available and is strictly limited, but having My Time means you need to reserve a table every day. I would actually recommend getting a permanent sitting, and coordinating it so everyone in your group is on the same table. We had a group of 11, and went to the restaurant on the second day to ask them to change our arrangements so they were all the same and they fixed it up right away – they even added another seat to our table so we could all be together. Don’t eat the soft serve or the large cakes in the Windjammer – I saw kids messing with them on the regular. Also use the hand sanitizer on the way in and out – people will give you a stink eye if you don’t. Drinks: There was no doubt in my mind that I would be purchasing a drinks package for my time at sea. I have absolutely no regrets here, and would absolutely recommend doing it. I had the Deluxe Beverage package so this included all specialty coffees, soft drinks, bottles of water, fresh juices, and of course beer, wine and cocktails. This package covers all drinks to the value of $14, and if you buy anything over this cost you just pay the difference. I know for sure that I got my value for money every day, and can’t stress just how great it was to have this deal. My package was $74 AUD per day, which I pre-purchased prior to boarding via the Royal Caribbean website. If you purchase a package on board it was $89 AUD per day, so definitely do it before boarding. Tipping: In Australia we don’t tip, so our group was quite confused when it came to on-board tipping. After emailing our travel agent we were notified that daily gratuities were included in our booking fee, so tipping an additional amount was optional for us. On the second last day we received envelopes for cash to give to our attendants should we feel they went ‘above and beyond’ for us, so we gave tips to our room attendant, waiter, drinks attendant, and the supervising waiter at the Sapphire dining room to say thank you for making our time on the Voyager so special. On-board activities: I was never without something to do on the Voyager. Highlights included the theatre shows, which were fabulous – we saw bands, singers, a magician, a hypnotist and a comedian, as well as the ice skating, which was equally as amazing. We went to just about every 7PM show before dinner, with each one running for approximately 45 minutes. On-shore activities: I asked a lot of people about the on-shore activities and if they were worth the cost. Most people I spoke to said that the tours are expensive, and you can usually find a local to escort you around the island for a cheaper fee – which is what I did. We went to Noumea, Port Vila, and Loganville, and only had one tour organised by Guest Services which was in Port Vila. Do your research here. I also bought my own snorkel and goggles and had a great time snorkelling without going on a tour. All on-shore activities that we paid locals to facilitate were paid for in AUD, so you really don’t need to worry about getting local currency. Wi-Fi: There is no free Wi-Fi on board the Voyager of the Sea, it must be purchased. I paid $10 AUD per day for the Surf & Stream Wi-Fi package and highly recommend it. Members of our group that didn’t have it ended up buying it. If you’re in a large group it takes the hassle out of coordinating meeting times, as you can just iMessage. If you want to stream viewing content on your device, I would be wary as the connection is really slow. Streaming didn’t really work well unless you downloaded the movie/tv show, which took hours. Only one device can be connected at a time. Theme Nights: I read that many cruises have themed nights - ours had a White night and a Hawaiian night. We had two formal dress evenings, and the rest were smart casual and casual. Not everyone adheres to the dress code, but our group did. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The arrival at the port was quite well laid out and it was well run for embarkation and the staff very help full. I was traveling with someone in a wheelchair, and the ship staff didn't seem to have enough wheelchair assistance. Maybe ... Read More
The arrival at the port was quite well laid out and it was well run for embarkation and the staff very help full. I was traveling with someone in a wheelchair, and the ship staff didn't seem to have enough wheelchair assistance. Maybe Royal Caribbean could take a leaf out of P&O's procedure and get the portside staff take the wheelchair people onto the ship. The cabin was comfortable and clean and because my companion has to have a dark room to sleep, we prefer the inside cabin. We prefer to eat in the dinning room for every meal, and found the food enjoyable and the selection good. The highlight for us at meal times is the beautiful waiters and waitresses, their attention is impeccable to make sure everything is just right. The attention they gave my companion who is special needs and is non verbal just made her cruise, to the point we have another 2 booked on this ship before it leaves Australia for good. The staff performing most nights was another highlight we loved it and it gave us a chance to applaud them for their hard efforts. The Cruise director Jamie Fentiman and his team are amazing and made sure everyone had lots of fun at all the street parties and events around the ship, we loved the quest, the marriage game, and many more. The guest artists were very good we loved them. We found the service in every area wonderful. We have both traveled to the South Pacific many times 10 in the past 12 months in fact so we do not always get off the ship. We will be very sorry to see Voyager leave our shores, Royal Caribbean please send another ship to Australia, one that will stay here all year around please, then people that can not do long flights might have a chance at becoming Pinnicale. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We stayed at The Rocks ( Rendezvous ) prior to boarding. A great location. Embarkation and Disembarkation in Sydney both went smoothly with minimal fuss. Once on board we went exploring because it was our first time on the Voyager. ... Read More
We stayed at The Rocks ( Rendezvous ) prior to boarding. A great location. Embarkation and Disembarkation in Sydney both went smoothly with minimal fuss. Once on board we went exploring because it was our first time on the Voyager. Set up was a little similar to the Radiance except on a larger scale. Had a light lunch at the Promenade Café , which we also used for most breakfasts and light lunches. Great variety of pastries, cakes, slices, rolls and great coffee. After having a few drinks at the pool bar ,and making sure our beverage packages were working ( certainly worth the A$65 per day when beers cost between US$ 6-9, spirits 8-10, cocktails 14-17 and coffee 4-5. My wife had the coffee/ non-alcoholic cocktail package. Still good value ). Went to the cabin at 1pm on deck 8. We had a superior balcony room which was well appointed and very clean and well looked after ( thanks to Agnes who had another 18 rooms to service). DINING Had my time dining at 8pm and on the first afternoon went to the dining room and requested a table for 2 for every night. The waiter Alejhandro and assistant Jiao were wonderful as was the food. The surrounding diners were also good company. The waiter's recommendations on each night were hard to beat. Had a quiet one once and went to the Windjammer. Food, especially Indian was very good. Service was also excellent. BAR SERVICE. Great at all bars, especially Sky and Pool bars. R bar also very good for cocktail selections. PORTS As it was a very large ship and the islands had limited appeal to me( my wife has been previously ) we only got off at the 2 docked ports of Noumea and Vila. Tendering was slow as you could imagine. ENTERTAINMENT Shows were professional especially ice skating, comedian and Beatles tribute show. The resident band was very good and popped up everywhere. However the temperamental duo they also had were ordinary. Either too windy on deck or the sound wasn't right. I think many people were sick of the check 1 check 2 rigmarole the fellow went on with. OVERALL Great experience for our 8th cruise. BUT Smoking area was poorly placed on the pool deck, particularly on wet days when cover was at a premium and smoke wafted everywhere. Open space would be better. I read many negative reviews of this ship but was pleasantly surprised. Although all ships have issues, some of these reviewers seem to have Oceania tastes on Royal Caribbean budgets. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We booked an obstructed balcony, junior suite. We loved the cabin, it was spacious, with a great balcony. Although I didn't really enjoy the daytime activities, I'm not much into ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We booked an obstructed balcony, junior suite. We loved the cabin, it was spacious, with a great balcony. Although I didn't really enjoy the daytime activities, I'm not much into trivia, overall I had a fantastic time. A highlight was the adult only spa/swimming pool region. I enjoyed the multiple bars, the music, and entertainment. The street parties were great fun, as well as the specialty entertainers. The Tribute to Queen was amazing, a highlight of the cruise. My husband and I enjoyed our meals at Chops and went a few times. Generally we ate at Windjammers, which was busy but we always managed to find a table. A negative was that the food was not always hot, but was warm. There was a great variety of choices, and overall we were very happy with the selection available at Windjammer. We didn't find the bars overcrowded, and we received excellent service. The staff were friendly and I have only praise for them. We enjoyed been on the ship more than the islands, and we were sad to leave. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Feedback and reviews convinced us to give it a go. As first timers we were not sure if there would be enough to do all day,as we like to keep active and not just soak up the sun on a deckchair. Well we were definitely not ... Read More
Feedback and reviews convinced us to give it a go. As first timers we were not sure if there would be enough to do all day,as we like to keep active and not just soak up the sun on a deckchair. Well we were definitely not disappointed,between gym sessions,dance classes,swimming,table tennis,ice skating(yes we tried that too!),to watching fabulous theatre and skating performances,or an outdoor movie with a cocktail in hand! It was all there. And so much more...seminars,the library, the Casino,Bingo and Trivia,even a shopping promenade,for a mid afternoon wander or a coffee and snack. Food was good,plenty of choice both in the MDR and the Windjammer and the staff very friendly and helpful. Our cabin was super comfortable and very quiet(9th deck). Housekeeper very thorough. On shore days we chose not to do tours,rather to explore ourselves and enjoy the beautiful beaches. All up it was a great cruise,great service and so much fun. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Having cruised on Voyager before, we selected this cruise because not only did it go to places we had not been to before, it would also give us the chance to experience the wonderful restaurants and atmosphere of this ship. We had a ... Read More
Having cruised on Voyager before, we selected this cruise because not only did it go to places we had not been to before, it would also give us the chance to experience the wonderful restaurants and atmosphere of this ship. We had a J..S. (suite 9306.) Being 1 deck under the suite we had 1st time around, we found it quieter. Giovanni's Restaurant had a new chef and the meals prepared under her guidance were excellent. We also tried Johnny Rockets this cruise, (we missed it last cruise) and enjoyed the experience. The burgers were very good. As usual, our cabin attendant was very friendly and bent over backwards to attend to our needs. The ports that the ship called at were quite interesting. We did not participate in any pf the ship organised tours, instead choosing local operators who offered good value for money. The only negative we had was the menu selection in the MDR. The Hotel Director was different to the one we had on our previous cruise on Voyager and the menu had become very "English." Indian Curries, Beef Wellington, Escargot and Cream of Celery Soup seemed to be the staples. So we chose to eat in the Windjammer Restaurant and the specialty Restaurants more. But all in all, we would happily cruise on Voyager of the Seas again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The food on this cruise in both the restaurant and the Windjammer was as good as, or maybe better, than I have previously had on Voyager. The ship was very clean and well maintained but some of the furnishings were looking a bit tired ... Read More
The food on this cruise in both the restaurant and the Windjammer was as good as, or maybe better, than I have previously had on Voyager. The ship was very clean and well maintained but some of the furnishings were looking a bit tired and maybe another refurb is getting close. I am not a follower of the theatre shows so really can't comment on those. The rock band who played in the Star Lounge most nights were very good and could play from 60's rock and roll to current music. The Pub Singer Kieron was amazing and kept a full pub entertained till after midnight on most nights. The entertainment staff did a good job, but, my only complaint was the insistence on holding the trivia in a very overcrouded Schooner Bar. This was rectified a bit toward the end of the cruise. I am not sure with art auctions using the Star lounge so much if anything else can be done. The ports were the normal stops but very enjoyable with perfect weather and calm seas. The tendering to the islands was very quick with no delays. Overall a very enloyable cruise and I'll be back again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Loved our cruise. We stayed in a junior suite and was looked after very well by Wayon We also thought the attention we received in the Sapphire Anytime dining was well beyond what we expected. Our waiters Alejandro and Xingrong were ... Read More
Loved our cruise. We stayed in a junior suite and was looked after very well by Wayon We also thought the attention we received in the Sapphire Anytime dining was well beyond what we expected. Our waiters Alejandro and Xingrong were amazing. We enjoyed all the ports we went to and I must say we were very lucky to have some very good weather and calm seas on our cruise. We enjoyed most of the shows in the theatre especially the Fab Four ( Beetles Tribute Band) The Schooner Bar was always a great place for a cool drink and again we were always treated well by Martin the waiter. We did dine at Chops one night and I think this would be the only negative of our whole cruise. Previous cruises Chops has been excellent but I think maybe this time the service was well under par along with being served cold vegetables and not the best steak. Next night went to Giovannis and enjoyed the excellent service and a top class meal. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. All in all a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Voyager of the Seas Ratings
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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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