Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by Naya9940
- Sail Date: April 2017
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Disembarktion went well it took about an hour to get through all the processes. We did wait until about half an hour before our allocated time before lining up but noticed that anyone was lining up whenever even levels that were supposed to be 2hours later without being turned away. So maybe something to think about next time. Once onboard we took other peoples advice and started lining up to get the clearances for the rock climbing etc and also filling out the paperwork for the kids club which had a massive line up and could have done wth a few extra hands to get everyones paperwork through, although it was nice to chat to other mums in the line especially ones that had beenon a cruise before. After that we explored the ship and our stateroom.
We made the most of every second on this boat and tried everything, watched lots of movies, rock climbed, went on the flow rider, ice skated, played basketball, shuffle board, ping pong, watched 80 percent of evening shows and threw ourselves into the whole experience. the kids loved it all even the ice skating which they found challenging. We were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed the main headline shows after reading previous reviews, we found them very entertaining and great to watch, we all especially loved the illusionist Ben Murphy, Mr Ricochet and Monique Montez. we only missed a few shows as the kids were either exhausted or there was something else on at the same time. Most of the time we found ourselves going from one activity to the next.
My oldest and my youngest sons spent the most time in kids club which they enjoyed. They didnt go to every session but maybe went on the sea days for a few hours. They would do a lot of craft and general play in the 5yr olds club and just general games in the two oldest rooms. My middle son went a few times but was happy to wander the boat with mum and dad. They also went to the late evening session which was $7 per hour for the arcade nights which they loved, even my 5 year old managed to stay up one night and go as well, which allowed my husband and I to go out for dinner.
We tried all the eating venues on board, we had breakfasts at the windjammer each morning, lunch was also easy at the windjammer or cafe promenade and dinners were mainly in the main dining room which I did 'my time' dining. we selected to eat at 545pm which worked out well as the main shows each night were either 630pm or 830pm so we were always done in time for the 830pm show.
the Windjammer was better than most of the reviews I read previously, yes its a buffet and yes its busy but we always found a seat even if we did have to do a few laps but his is beacuse its a big ship and most of the boat eats here! the quality of the food was fine and did the job, although I couldnt look at another piece of pizza or hamburger again for lunch by the end of the cruise my kids were still happily munching away. there were lots of choices and variety, and there were alwayrs lots of staff constantly cleaing tables and clearing them.
the cafe promenade was easy for a quick bite with a small selection if you dont have time to really sit and tackle the big buffet, just pizza, cookies, rolls, soup, basics.
Johnny Rockets was probably our least favourite although their milkshakes were great the burgers were just too much, very large and greasy plus with chips etc we all came away very full and with slightly ill tummies. Although we did go towards the end of the cruise so maybe our bodies were trying to tell us to cut out all the eating!
Giovanni's we did the 1st night at 50% off deal prior to sailing. It was really nice. thie food was delicious and plentiful and the kids really rated the spaghetti highly. we always meant to go back again but just didnt get around to it.
Chops Grille was ok the food was fine and the steak was massive and well cooked. we expected to the service here to be the best in the ship. However we were disappointed. he seemed rushed and forgetful although it wasnt full and we were a late sitting. the people next to us felt the same and were equally let down. Maybe an earlier sitting would have been better or different waiter. but we were really hoping for a great experience which it wasnt. It may be nice to go during the day or at sunset as they had a large window all the way around but at night its pitch black so adds nothing to the mood.
the Main Dining room for dinner was our favourite. We tried it for breakfast only once nd found it a let down, we waited a long time for food and service and ate things that were the same as in the windjammer so found it easier to go there so we could go back and forth as we pleased. If you want fancy eggs then this would be the only reason to stick it out. As we did 'my time' dining at 545pm each night apart from 3 we had the same table and serving staff the entire trip. This meant that they knew our names and pretty much what we liked to drink during our meal which made our dinners a great experience and the boys looked forward to seeing them each night. We had heard that other people who sat elsewhere were disappointed that their regular waiting staff were not the same as ours as it really does add to the mood and fun at dinner time if they do go to a little more effort. the food was great there were lots of options and if you did happen to pick a dud meal you could always get a replacement.
Stops: We didnt pick the cruise due to the stops, althouogh fiji was a plus, we picked it for the ship.
Noumea we did the Choo Choo train which was great fun. this was the only shore experience we booked through the ship, as they are quite pricey especially for a family of 5. It saw all the main spots in Noumea and gave us a great overview. We did it at 9am and got back to the boat by lunchtime. We didnt bother catching a shuttle out again as we noticed alot of the beaches etc were too far a walking distance from the drop off spot. So instead we opted for a day at the ship pool which was nice and relaxing and calm as the ship wasnt moving.
After Noumea, was supposed to be Isle of Pines but due to a cyclone we had to go around this island and miss it. they only had to close the decks one day and the ship was a little more rough that day.
Fiji: Lautoka we got off the ship and as read in other reviews all the locals set up their tents and offer cheap alternatives to tour about. they all seem to offer the same things for roughly the same price. We did a tour on a nice bus the took us to the land of sleeping giant, mud baths, shopping, temple (which we just pulled on side of road for, not much to see) and a resort (Sofitel). we did this all for $110 australian. it wasa great tour but very long. we left the boat at around 10 and didnt get back till 415pm. even if you didnt want to do one of the stops as some required extra admission fees you still had to go to them and wait for those that wanted to do it.it was quite chaotic at the garden and the mud baths as all the other tours were doing the same thing. we looked at the gardens but didnt bother about the mud baths as they were just buckets of mud that you then washed off and seemed like a waste to us. we did a quick spot of shopping at jacks store and then went to the sofitel which had a great pool and was nice to relax.
the next day at suva we arranged to meet up with the same company as we thought this was easier. Suva is a larger city which we knew and because of easter was very busy. We had no interest in seeing any of Suva but as we wanted to stretch our legs off the ship we wanted to go to a resort only. This time alot of companies were outside the fence at the port and were dressed alot more casually than the day before. Also alot of the nice buses that they all seemed to have the day before were gone. As we only wanted to go to a resort they then hired a cab for us who got a cut of the money we gave the people from the day before to take us to the resort. they took us to the pearl harbour resort which had a beautiful beach and pool area. Some other tours from the boat were there as well. We stayed for about 3 hours using the facilities then the taxi took us back. If there is a next time in Suva may be cheaper and better to just hire the taxi our selves rather than going through third parties.
After Suva was supposed to be mystery island but due to more bad weather we missed that stop and managed to go to isle of pines instead. We thought the captain handled the change in weather really well and we were informed each time as soon as they knew and bottom line it was for our safety so would rather miss a stop than be caught in horrendous weather conditions. Isle of pines was very pretty and was a great spot to just relax on the beach and have a swim. We took snorkelling gear but didnt really use it as it was too murky to see much and just enjoyed a swim more than anything.
Overall we had a fantastic trip, we really threw ourselves into all that was on offer and came out better for it. We only encountered the odd tired staff member which is understandable considering how hard and long they work. We overheard quite a few people on board taking so rudely to staff and complaining about the most ridiculously petty things and the staff all handled it very graciously to their credit. A few adults could have done with major attitude changes and my kids were unfortunately the brunt of their grumpiness a few times unneccessarily. Once at the ping pong tables, my son retrieved his ball one too many times for the liking of one pleasant gentleman. Please note as it states in the advertisng this has been voted a great family cruise so do not be surprised to find kids on board, potentially a lot of them. But they mean no harm and most are very well behaved. There was a posse of teenagers on ours ship that seemed to be left without supervision the entire trip and thought they were pretty great, but thats a different matter. Also as a family of 5 we will of course not hesitate to take our children out of school to go on a holiday, even though this trip was during school holidays and easter, as it is more affordable so please dont think that the time of year lessens the amount of kids onboard either. If you are genuinely surprised to see kids on board a ship that caters so well to families then maybe it was you that picked the wrong ship not the children onboard so keep that in mind when interacting with the kids that are doing the right thing.
We highly recommend this type of holiday and cruise company to anyone thinking of a cruise. No one got seasick or gastro and all had a fantastic time which was the main aim of our holiday!
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