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Chose this cruise as it was part of a "cheap as chips" package from Cruise First. Probably won't book another holiday with them as was not that impressed with the service and having to fend for ourselves with all of the transfers. This was my first experience of Royal Caribbean having previously only sailed on celebrity and p&o. My first impressions were not good. Minimal communication, the worst online check in experience and a dreadful website. Forms, half the fun of a cruise is using the cruise personaliser to tailor the cruise but there was a long delay before we received the magic code and even then the website was confusing (and I work in the website business). Anyway, the day of the holiday finally arrived with the flight to Singapore on Singapore airlines. Considering we were at the back of the plane in cattleclass , the flight was really good. Singapore was an amazing city and a brilliant port to embark from. If doing an overnight, get downto marina bay for the lightshow and the gardens. The cruise terminal was a bit of a zoo as two cruises were boarding at the same time but check in was very well organised and painless. We boarded relatively early so had to wait for the cabin to be ready so rather stupidly headed to the windjammer for lunch. Not my choice as I was with my in-laws but OMG what an experience. No seating and more Australians than an ashes match at the MCG made for an experience, never to be forgotten (or repeated if I get my choice). However that is fairly normal for any cruise as people want to take full advantage of the free food from the moment they get onboard. To be honest, RCL is similar to other cruise lines (I guess it is now a proven formula) so other than the conflict created by cruising with a different mix of nationalies (predominantly Aussie and Chinese onboard which made life interesting). Good points: First time in an ocean view cabin and was actually quite impressed. Cabin steward was a bit useless with the daily newspaper missing on the first couple of nights and no statement of account on the last night. The odd duster left in the room for good measure. Dining in the main dining room was amazing. RCL had managed to book our party on different tables even though the bookings were linked but did resolve this painlessly. The menu had an Asian feel to it which was really welcome and the addition of a self service section for breakfast was a great idea. Promenade cafe. What a brilliant idea. So nice to be able grab snacks without having to fight my way through singlet clad passengers to get lunch was really welcome. The pizza and sandwiches were of really high quality. We frequented this quite a lot. Access to helipad on the front of the boat. This made for excellent sailaways as well as somewhere to hide in the evenings. The ice show. Stunning, absolutely stunning and should not be missed. Bad points Entertainment. Only went to one show which was the Aussie boys and had to walk out as it was so bad. Poolside. I am probably getting old but why oh why do the entertainment team assume that lying peacefully by the pool needs to be accompanied by loud music and inane games. Worlds sexiest man? Really? 30 minutes of my life I will never get back Smoking in the casino - why in this day and age would this be allowed. Quite beyond me. The promenade. I am sure this is popular and a great idea but all of the entertainment was on the main street (in a busking style) which made it difficult to enjoy. Particularly when you have someone in the pub playing and competing with the music on the promenade. Shops were pretty rubbish too. Lack of quiet areas with comfortable seating for those of us who enjoy a quiet evening. Other than the cabin, there are no quiet areas on this ship 3d films on the sea days. Just wanted something else to do than put up with the inane entertainment by the pool and watch a film and they decide to show 3d films. Really? Thought wearing stupid glasses to watch a film was acfad in the eighties. Obviously not in RCLs eyes. The windjammer. This was good for diets as the food was so bad. It was always busy as it was the only restaurant that allowed singlets and shorts but the food was either cold or inedible (and in some cases both). Overall the destination was amazing with amazing weather and excellent ports. The excursions were poor but that did not detract from the destination. RCL obviously targets a certain type of cruiser so if you want a really lively cruise where dressing up for a formal night means putting on a clean singlet and shorts and the entertainment is pumped out at you at load volume, wherever you are then RCL in general and this itinerary in particular is perfect. Unfortunately this does not suit me so will not be sailing with them again.

Not for me

Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by ellion999

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2019
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View
Chose this cruise as it was part of a "cheap as chips" package from Cruise First. Probably won't book another holiday with them as was not that impressed with the service and having to fend for ourselves with all of the transfers.

This was my first experience of Royal Caribbean having previously only sailed on celebrity and p&o.

My first impressions were not good. Minimal communication, the worst online check in experience and a dreadful website. Forms, half the fun of a cruise is using the cruise personaliser to tailor the cruise but there was a long delay before we received the magic code and even then the website was confusing (and I work in the website business).

Anyway, the day of the holiday finally arrived with the flight to Singapore on Singapore airlines. Considering we were at the back of the plane in cattleclass , the flight was really good.

Singapore was an amazing city and a brilliant port to embark from. If doing an overnight, get downto marina bay for the lightshow and the gardens.

The cruise terminal was a bit of a zoo as two cruises were boarding at the same time but check in was very well organised and painless.

We boarded relatively early so had to wait for the cabin to be ready so rather stupidly headed to the windjammer for lunch. Not my choice as I was with my in-laws but OMG what an experience. No seating and more Australians than an ashes match at the MCG made for an experience, never to be forgotten (or repeated if I get my choice). However that is fairly normal for any cruise as people want to take full advantage of the free food from the moment they get onboard.

To be honest, RCL is similar to other cruise lines (I guess it is now a proven formula) so other than the conflict created by cruising with a different mix of nationalies (predominantly Aussie and Chinese onboard which made life interesting).

Good points:

First time in an ocean view cabin and was actually quite impressed. Cabin steward was a bit useless with the daily newspaper missing on the first couple of nights and no statement of account on the last night. The odd duster left in the room for good measure.

Dining in the main dining room was amazing. RCL had managed to book our party on different tables even though the bookings were linked but did resolve this painlessly. The menu had an Asian feel to it which was really welcome and the addition of a self service section for breakfast was a great idea.

Promenade cafe. What a brilliant idea. So nice to be able grab snacks without having to fight my way through singlet clad passengers to get lunch was really welcome. The pizza and sandwiches were of really high quality. We frequented this quite a lot.

Access to helipad on the front of the boat. This made for excellent sailaways as well as somewhere to hide in the evenings.

The ice show. Stunning, absolutely stunning and should not be missed.

Bad points

Entertainment. Only went to one show which was the Aussie boys and had to walk out as it was so bad.

Poolside. I am probably getting old but why oh why do the entertainment team assume that lying peacefully by the pool needs to be accompanied by loud music and inane games. Worlds sexiest man? Really? 30 minutes of my life I will never get back

Smoking in the casino - why in this day and age would this be allowed. Quite beyond me.

The promenade. I am sure this is popular and a great idea but all of the entertainment was on the main street (in a busking style) which made it difficult to enjoy. Particularly when you have someone in the pub playing and competing with the music on the promenade. Shops were pretty rubbish too.

Lack of quiet areas with comfortable seating for those of us who enjoy a quiet evening. Other than the cabin, there are no quiet areas on this ship

3d films on the sea days. Just wanted something else to do than put up with the inane entertainment by the pool and watch a film and they decide to show 3d films. Really? Thought wearing stupid glasses to watch a film was acfad in the eighties. Obviously not in RCLs eyes.

The windjammer. This was good for diets as the food was so bad. It was always busy as it was the only restaurant that allowed singlets and shorts but the food was either cold or inedible (and in some cases both).

Overall the destination was amazing with amazing weather and excellent ports. The excursions were poor but that did not detract from the destination. RCL obviously targets a certain type of cruiser so if you want a really lively cruise where dressing up for a formal night means putting on a clean singlet and shorts and the entertainment is pumped out at you at load volume, wherever you are then RCL in general and this itinerary in particular is perfect. Unfortunately this does not suit me so will not be sailing with them again.
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