Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by Koalacash
- Sail Date: February 2017
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Entertainment wasn't the big show productions but rather more individual acts such as singers, hypnotists, comedians. Ice shows were spectacular and I liked the way you could attend on days that correlated with your muster station number. That worked out well for us.
Activities. We hung out in the adult pool area. If you don't have kids I strongly recommend you not go on this ship on a school holiday or break. It would drive you nuts. We didn't try the Flowrider but it was fun to watch people surf. We got up early and took outdoor spas and were the only ones. We enjoyed walking down the indoor promenade every day. The library had ships books and a book exchange but was located in the middle so it was noisy and had card and game players downstairs. Lots of bars, you need to explore and find a place where you are comfortable. For us it was the Schooner Bar. We brought a couple bottles of wine with us and bought occasional wine and martinis but be warned Aussies are BIG drinkers. I was impressed with he ships security...they handled problems quickly and quietly.
Ports: We spent 7 days in Sydney before the cruise and did all the tourist sites including the Blue Mts. by train. Took advantage of the all day unlimited ferry and train Sunday $2.50 a person.
Lautoka: Fiji port towns are sort of dumpy and industrial but we still enjoyed walking around. There were stands set up as you disembarked so we paid $25 US each for a small van to take us to a resort along the beach. A long drive but you got good views of Fiji everyday life and the beach we ended up at was beautiful. We walked along until we found the most perfect blue lagoon to swim in.
Suva: Similar to Lautoka. We walked around and ended up at the little museum. It was open on Sunday because the cruise ship was in port. $5. Really wonderful little museum with full size dugout boats etc. I would highly recommend the 1 1/2 mile walk or taxi. While walking back to the ship many people were getting out of church and picnicing in the park, the women in flowered dresses and the men in skirts!
Mystery Island. On Vanuatu which is a country...we didn't realize that. We walked around the perimeter of the island in an hour. We got off the dock and turned right and walked quite a ways down the beach until we saw a small boat with some tourist snorkelers so we realized this was where the good fish were and sure enough it was like an aquarium. We had brought a snorkel set but I was able to just use swim goggles. Center of island had stands set up. People spoke native and French, not much English and were vey nice and not pushy at all.
Isle de Pins. French speaking. 2,000 natives. I would suggest doing what we did and get off the ship early and book one of the many 2 hours tours set up along the road. They book up quickly and were just $20 US. Stopped at the catholic churches, lookout points, and even a cave (bring local currency $2.50 for the impressive cave with stalactites. Our guide seems to know everyone and pointed out all the local trees for instance Breadfruit. This all sounds simple and basic but was really one of the most enjoyable tours I have ever been on. After the tour we swam and laid on the beach. You can sit with throngs of tourists or you can walk to the ends of the beaches and be the only people. A really beautiful island.
Nomea. Lots of yachts and apartments. Nothing too exciting so we took the hop on hop off to Duck Island. A tiny island (2 minutes to walk across with upscale furniture, little buildings, bar, food. Snorkeling in the broken coral meant very few fish unless you swim out to the buoys. As we were sitting in our lounge chairs afterwards we were told to pay for a ticket to sit in the chairs. Sorry, I don't do that so we left. Stopped at the little aquarium. It was the highlight of the day. Not crowded. You can see it in an hour and outstanding professional exhibits and even turtles. They release and recapture the fish every six months which I thought was cool.
We have only cruised Celebrity before and Celebrity definitely has better food. We also prefer a smaller ship. That being said, you have to decide you are going to enjoy yourself no matter what you encounter and you will! If we didn't like the food or entertainment we just ate/did something else. Overall the cruise was fun and relaxing and we met some really fun and people on board.
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