Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by taxatty
- Sail Date: June 2019
- Destination: Asia
- Cabin Type: Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom
1. Don't take this cruise without spending time in Singapore--it really is unique.
2. Embarkation, debarkation and port stops were all relatively quick and painless, except for the one tender port where there was a very long line in the hot sun to get back on the ship.
3. Lots of power strips and other contraband were confiscated from luggage upon embarkation and kept in the bottom deck Naughty Room during the cruise.
4. We had a full (Grand) suite for the first time on RCI. We liked the extra space, the big bathroom and balcony, and the associated perks (especially the line-skipping at various times, the great Concierges who were always helping us when needed, the reserved ice show and other entertainment seating and the bridge visit).
5. The vast majority onboard appeared to be Brits, Aussies, and US, with a smattering of Spanish and Portuguese speakers, and maybe 20% Chinese and other Asians. The MDR had its usual menus (but see below) and the entertainment was almost entirely presented in English (and was generally quite good). We were told that the immediately prior shorter cruise was totally different by some B2Bers--most of the pax were Asians, and the ship's food and entertainment had been shifted accordingly.
6. Michelle, the Cruise Director, was constantly seen everywhere on the ship and did a nice job along with Kitty, the Activities Manager.
7. We chose the new Unlimited Dining Plan, which we thought was a great deal. It will be very difficult to go back to eating in the main dining room (we saw the latter's menus because we were in a suite and could have ordered off its daily menu for room service, but we never did except once for breakfast). We never ate at the MDR and only once (upon embarkation) at the Windjammer buffet and didn't miss them.
8. The ship needs its upcoming extended drydock. The elevators were not always reliable and there were worn and rust spots on our balcony and around the ship, but everything seemed to be functioning. None of that wear and tear significantly affected our cruise.
9. Three of the four port stops required one to two and a half hour land trips to get to most places you'd want to see. If that's a problem for you, don't take this cruise. One stop that worked out very well for us was taking the Bangkok On Your Own RCI overnight bus trip from the Laem Chabang port to Bangkok.
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