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3 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney

3 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney (Australia)

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    Sydney (Australia)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
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  • Day 4
    Sydney (Australia)

Voyager of the Seas

Voyager of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Inside cabins have "virtual balconies," offering ocean views in rooms that normally have none

Cons

No consistency in dining room and buffet, food choices ranged from poor to great

Bottom Line

A good choice for anyone seeking a fun and active cruise experience


Cruise Reviews

2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I would suggest that anyone who gets turned off by the negative reviews on this site read between the lines of the review, Yes the Voyager externally needs a repaint and is going to dry dock around Sept '19, However once on board all ... Read More
I would suggest that anyone who gets turned off by the negative reviews on this site read between the lines of the review, Yes the Voyager externally needs a repaint and is going to dry dock around Sept '19, However once on board all is forgotten and the fun begins. If you board from 12 midday you will be asked to go to the Windjammer buffet initially as your cabin will not be ready till around 2.00pm, obviously it will get congested as 3000 new passengers are boarding so have a meal and drink and move on..We were with a group of six, our daughter and husband (25yo) and a first time cruise couple (age over 55) like ourselves. Everyone enjoyed the entertainment from the excellent Australian illusionist John Taylor, Philippine's four piece Kronos band playing in the royal promenade and various bars, Ice skating "Ice Odyssey show" and the "Queen Tribute" show with two Aussie singers. Throughout the day you had a multitude of activities to choose from- mini golf, rock climbing wall, flowrider, Ice skating rink, three adult swimming pools and hot tubs, deck games, basketball court, trivia games at different bars, fully equipped gym, children's activities and centre, jogging area decks, bingo, table tennis, shops and movie entertainment. The majority of this is provided at no cost however you will pay for Wifi (around $17 a day) Ben&Jerry's Ice cream, freshly squeezed orange juice and premium coffees. Free soft serve ice cream is available to the side of the windjammer and Iced water, tea and coffee dispensers are located in the cafe promenade. Alcohol drink packages are $65 per day, per person however if you're not a big drinker buy your beers @ $6.50-$7.00, Premium spirits inc mixers $8-$9, Cocktails $12 (All in US dollars) The food on board is a) Fantastic in the extra cost restaurants like Giovanni's, Izumi and Chops grille, (a two for one package can be bought on line before you sail for $60A, pp) b) Excellent in the main dining room (Free) for breakfast, lunch and dinner and c) Mediocre in the very busy Windjammer buffet, the cafe in the promenade serves breakfast egg & bacon muffins, pizza, plus sandwiches, rolls and cakes and is the only venue open 24hrs. For all those that cant be bothered wearing casual attire and covered footwear for the main dining you will suffer the fate and chaos of the Windjammer buffet. I must mention the specials in the duty free liquor on the ship at the time 2x1Ltr Johnny Walker red for $40US other great specials were to be had however after shopping in KL & Sing this was the cheapest avail. (Not to be drunk on board) We took the tour to Pattaya buy bus which was the only stop on this cruise however the air quality left a lot to be desired at this time as Bangkok had several health warning in regards to this the previous week. Currently Royal Caribbean are doing bargain prices for cruises for Singapore for as little as $130 p/p per night so you can afford to spend a little extra on specialty restaurants and enjoy the cruise even more. Don't be put of by the negative reviews, do your homework on what you want from the cruise and if in doubt talk to a cruise specialist that can advise you more on the destination and cabin type ect. Pro's.. Excellent Value, Friendly crew, Entertainment, Specialty Restaurants. Con's..Exterior of ship needs Drydock, Worn cabin mattresses, Asian manners. Prev cruises, Ovation OTS, Radiance OTS, Legend OTS, P&O Aurora, Oriana, Diamond & Regal Princess, F. Olsen Black Watch, Superstar Leo & Virgo. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
What a total rip off. First impression as you boarded the ship in Singapore was "What a rust bucket." First looks are very important, and this was not a good look. The first person you meet when on board is a lady trying to sell ... Read More
What a total rip off. First impression as you boarded the ship in Singapore was "What a rust bucket." First looks are very important, and this was not a good look. The first person you meet when on board is a lady trying to sell you a drinks package. Hold that thought. Then you are sent to the dinning room for lunch. White material chairs with black corners from people moving them with greasy fingers. Mould and water marks on the walls and ceilings. Mirrors so dirty you could barely see through them. The food was basic, but was ok. Then your room is available, of which we had a balcony cabin. This was clean but dated. This was a 7 day cruise, so our expectations where high. We went to explore. After talking to a few other guests we quickly purchased a drinks package, as you didn't even get bottled water in the room. 2 saches of coffee and 2 pots of creamer, but no water. Everything drinkable has to be paid for. We found a piano bar so sat down with a drink, but we soon had to move as smoking was allowed in the casino next door. This area of the ship smelt like a dirty ashtray. Dinner the first night was average at best. The first port of call was Kuala lumpa, or to be more precise port Kalang, which is 65 kilometres away. The view from the ship was a few trees and some industrial buildings. Apparently the trip in to town was one and a half hours due to traffic. We didn't bother. Dinner that night was poor. Day two was in Penang. The excursions from the ship where extortionate, so we just got a cab and did our own thing. We had a good day. Dinner that night was rubbish. Day three was in Langkawi. Again we got a cab and did our own thing. Rubbish dinner again. Formal dress code, which we adhered too. But too many people just turned up with shorts and flip flops, and this was just overlooked by the staff. Next came 2 days in Phuket. We did our own thing again as the prices of trips was just stupid. Some of the guests on the ship where rude and aggressive to other guests and the staff did nothing about it. Even a guy shouting and swearing homophobic insults to two guys, and the staff just looked on. The guy was so drunk he could barely stand, but the bar staff just kept serving him. Everything on the cruise came at an inflated price, that just left a bad taste. This was part of our honeymoon, and thanks to Royal Caribean was a terrible experience. From the ship to the the staff the whole experiance was very very poor. First and last cruise. If your planning a cruise make sure you do your homework because this was rubbish, and cost us a small fortune. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I chose this cruise because I wanted to visit some new places. It was my first on Royal Caribbean, 18th overall. The itinerary was wonderful: Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, and Phuket for 2 days. The shore excursions were A+. Our ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to visit some new places. It was my first on Royal Caribbean, 18th overall. The itinerary was wonderful: Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, and Phuket for 2 days. The shore excursions were A+. Our room steward was one of the best we have ever had. The ice skating show was spectacular. A big wow! Unfortunately, the negatives on this ship outweighed those positives. First of all, the food in the buffet was always cold. We gave up on eating breakfast there after the first morning. We had the ultimate dining plan. DO NOT GET. It is not worth it on this particular ship with only a couple restaurants included. Why wouldn't they include Johnny Rockets? The food there was superior to the food at the steakhouse. I have never had such rubbery filet mignons in my life! And the menu selection at the steakhouse is very limited. Not even French Onion Soup. Giovanni's food was slightly better and we went there most evenings. I do want to note that the service at both the steakhouse and the Italian restaurant was outstanding, attentive and friendly. The stores in the Promenade are mostly high end. There was no shop that sold T-shirts with countries names. And no sale ever with Royal Caribbean items. Maybe this is how Royal Caribbean is in general? Pastries looked very unappetizing in the cafe. The blueberry donuts I will recommend. They tasted better than they looked. Since breakfast was so cold, we got our breakfast in the morning at the cafe and took to our balcony to eat. Which brings me to this: The Voyager is an older ship so balconies are covered and not see-through. Not sure the extra for balcony on this particular ship/voyage was worth the extra cost. I would travel on Royal again if the itinerary was exciting. It seemed on this cruise it was just a means to get to destinations. Read Less
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