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  1. For those of you that have sailed in this cabin category, did you experience any noise from the gym below? I know from past use of the gym, the music in there is pretty loud with a lot of bass and wonder if that sound carries up to this cabin area. I have a chance to book one of these cabins on Mariner but am concerned about the possible noise. Thanks.
  2. DW and I are both Diamond. This was our first time on a Voyager-class ship. We took this cruise with trepidation because of the numerous negative CC reviews about the ship and its clientele, but it was the only extended SE Asia area cruise that we could take this year. Suffice it to say that the ship was in decent, although not perfect condition, we had no issues with anyone on board, and we had a great cruise. 1. Pre-cruise, we spent a number of days in Hong Kong, Siem Reap (for the Angkor temples--very worthwhile) and Singapore, traveling between each of them on inexpensive flights. 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 (helped by being in a suite), except for the one tender port where there was a very long line in the hot sun to get back on the ship--however, one of the Suite Concierges located us in the line and helped us skip it (no, that act didn't bother us too much on a 100 degree day). It was an easy 15 minute taxi ride from our central Singapore hotel to the cruise dock. Lots of extension cords (including a small one I had), surge protectors and other contraband were confiscated from luggage upon embarkation and kept in the bottom deck Naughty Room during the cruise. We were one of the first off the ship in Hong Kong (we walked off with our own luggage) at 6:15 AM (when I then retrieved my extension cord from a table when exiting the ship). Beware--it can take awhile to get a taxi at Kai Tak as they only come one by one. We got to the Hong Kong airport by 7:45 AM via taxi to Kowloon Station and the Airport Express train. This let us very quickly and easily check in, get our boarding passes and drop off our luggage at the airline counter at Kowloon Station before the quick train ride to the airport and was cheaper than taking the taxi all the way to the airport. Even with the time needed to go through various immigration checks and carry-on luggage screening and walk to the distant terminal gate, we made our 11:30 AM flight with hours to spare. 3. 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 reserved ice show and other entertainment seating and the bridge visit). The Grand Suite was very comparable to our only prior suite (on the Coral Princess). We booked it 13 months before the cruise at a rate cheaper than or comparable to the usual JS per day price, so doing so was a no-brainer for us. Shortly thereafter, the JS price substantially exceeded our GS price (when available) and stayed that way. 4. 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. None of the crowding, cutting in line or other "cultural differences" I've seen in other reviews of this ship made an appearance. A section of the casino was cordoned off for Chinese high rollers (all signs in Chinese) but I never saw anyone there--in fact, this was the emptiest I've ever seen a casino on a cruise. In contrast, the bars and pool areas were almost always very busy. 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 were shifted accordingly. 5. Michelle Oliveira, undoubtedly the most voluptuous CD on Earth, was constantly seen everywhere on the ship and did a nice job along with Kitty, the Activities Manager, who handled our CC Roll Call Meet & Mingle party on the first sea day (I'm still upset from not winning one of the RCI backpacks at our Meet & Mingle raffle 😄). 6. When it came to choosing the large, bright, lively Diamond lounge on deck 14 (with the next door overflow area)versus the dark, mostly empty Concierge lounge for suite guests on deck 9, we went with the former unless we needed the help of the terrific suite Concierges, Xinxin and Jian, both of whom did a lot for us on the cruise and made or fixed all of our specialty restaurant reservations. Francisco, the Diamond Concierge, was also great. 7. We chose the new Unlimited Dining Plan. After various price fluctuations, the UDP ended up being $199 for 9 days (although we were off the ship one day) which we thought was a great deal. It will be very difficult to go back to the MDR (we saw the latter's menus because we were in a suite and could have ordered off the MDR menu for room service, but we never did except once for breakfast). We never ate at the MDR or JR's and only once (upon embarkation) at the Windjammer and didn't miss any of them. The specialty restaurant choices on Voyager are effectively limited to Giovanni's, Chops and Izumi, but that wasn't a problem for us. We ate lunch on sea days at Giovanni's and Chops. There were plenty of choices on the menus for us not to be bored, and it was nice being served each meal in a pleasant, quiet restaurant table arrangement instead of the massive, hectic, noisy MDR or the frantic Windjammer (we've done many RCI cruises where those were the only places we ate). We didn't try going to more than one of them in an evening. Breakfast was mostly at Giovanni's at it was the venue set up for suite guests, and it was also an enjoyable experience. We really enjoyed everything we ordered at Giovanni's and Chops except one branzino entree that seemed to have been frozen for too long.The sushi at Izumi was mediocre compared to our local Japanese restaurants but the hot rock cooked food was delicious. The various desserts (and the pizza in the Promenade Cafe for snacks) have definitely improved from our prior RCI cruises. 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 ($50/PP) from the Laem Chabang port to Bangkok. As with the UDP, the online pre-cruise RCI price changed constantly for the bus ride. The bus dropped us off at the Central World mall in central Bangkok around 3:00PM on day one. We spent the night at a hotel a couple of blocks away from the mall (there are several good choices) and left our luggage there until just before we left Bangkok. Staying so close to the pickup/drop off point made the trip logistically very easy. The 24 hours or so in Bangkok gave us plenty of time to do sightseeing (done or arranged on our own) eat very well and do some shopping at the huge malls in the area. We then caught the bus back to the ship at 2:30 PM the next day. This shore excursion was a good quick introduction to Bangkok, but we're planning to go back and spend more time there someday. For the three Vietnam port stops we used the same tour company (Dung Pham--very reliable, worked out well, guides/drivers met us with personalized signs at each port stop, we paid during or after each tour in US$) as arranged by another CCer on our Roll Call (thanks, Carol!) in small group vans. Each trip went well and included good lunches, although we would have liked to spend much more time shopping in Hoi An and we can handle only so many religious sites. I'd be happy to answer any questions.
  3. This should be an easy question, but when asking Royal Caribbean, they suggested I call the Australian embassy? LOL Departing Sydney, cruising to Melbourne & Hobart Tasmania (which is still part of Australia) seems to me its a DOMESTIC Australia cruise....I received replies that it was a domestic cruise with no immigration formalities when departing the ship, I heard that you clear customs when departing on the ship, and I heard "I really don't know, call the Australian embassy !!! Working for an International Airline for 30+ years and being a Diamond Plus member, I should know this, but unfortunately, I can't get an answer. The reason I need to know is that the ship arrives back in Sydney at 6:30AM, and we have a flight at 11:50AM to Auckland and on to Honolulu...... Want to be off the ship as early as possible and catch a taxi to the Airport. Does anyone have an answer to this crazy question??? Thanks in advance, Mike
  4. https://www.royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com/press-release/1401/voyager-of-the-seas-ups-the-ante-down-under-with-new-wave-of-thrills/ https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/voyager-of-the-seas
  5. Does anyone know which port in Da Nang Voyager of the seas will dock in September this year? All documentation says Chan May but all other available information seems to imply that it will be Tien Sa. Has anyone been there recently? Thanks
  6. Hi all, We are on cruising on the Voyager of the seas in September ( the last one before she gets a make over) I am wanting to know if there is a public laundry area that i can iron my clothes in ?? also ... Are the gym classes eg: yoga etc free or do you have to pay for ?? Thanks
  7. So the official page from Royal Caribbean does not include British Citizens on the list of visa free entries to Vietnam (from this page, and calling them to confirm: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/international-ports-travel-considerations) However I have been to Vietnam several times visa free, and the gov.uk says the following: "Until 30 June 2021, ‘British Citizen’ passport holders travelling for tourism or business can enter Vietnam for up to a maximum of 15 days (inclusive of dates of entry and exit) without a visa." (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/vietnam/entry-requirements) They are adamant they must get me a visa and charge for it, I wonder how much they make charging Brits when they don't need one to start with... Edit: We also get stateroom 7290, decent?
  8. Hi guys, I am sailing on the voyager on a 5 night Singapore to Singapore (goes to Malaysia) in November -she’s bout to get a refurb yay! Ok question time for those who have sailed on her on a Singapore cruise - do they still have a diamond lounge ? I read somewhere they don’t allow diamond and above in it as it turns into a high roller casino is that right? What do they do with the diamond and above members if we aren’t allowed in it - do they convert another bar or another lounge into a diamond lounge access? I know there will be a few diamond members on this cruise as Im apart of the cruise group for that sailing and we are also all doing the repositioning cruise back to Australia straight after this cruise Cheers
  9. Looks like Voyager is scheduled to leave Singapore for 9 nights to Hong Kong on 6/29/19. Gotta wonder what things will be like with 2 million protesting in the streets yesterday. Another cruise leaves from Hong Kong on 7/12 and perhaps there is a 4 day cruise leaving on 7/8, but nothing shows on RCCL website. The question remains, what will Royal do if there are still protests at that time? Appears it would be difficult to skip Hong Kong since it is both a disembarkation and an embarcation port. Has anything similar to this ever happened before and what was the remedy?
  10. Hoping y'all can help us make a decision on which rooms to book... we are looking at booking a 6 night Western Caribbean cruise on Adventure of the Seas in March 2020. We need 2 adjoining rooms for a total of 6 people, and options are limited. The choices are complicated by the fact that I am *very* prone to motion sickness. We have interior options available mid-ship on deck 6 (mid and low are best for motion sickness in general), but would love balcony rooms, which are only available in the far back on Deck 10 (1670/1672 or 1370/1372). Do you think we would feel much of a difference in motion in far back Deck 10 vs mid ship Deck 6? We sailed the Mediterranean twice on the Brilliance of the Seas (a smaller boat, but calmer waters), and did a Caribbean cruise on Allure of the Seas (obviously a much larger ship), and I was totally fine on all 3 cruises except for a night or two on Brilliance when there were exceptionally rough seas (they had to close areas of the ship). The balcony rooms look AMAZING, but not worth me feeling horrible... Our exact itinerary would be: Fort Lauderdale Cruising George Town, Grand Cayman, Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico Cozumel, Mexico Cruising Fort Lauderdale Thank you!!!
  11. Silly question but is there a clothesline in inside cabins on Voyager of the Seas?
  12. Hi All To my understanding Voyager of the Seas will return from Singapore Dry docks to Australia in latter 2019 after it has undergone its Amplified refurbishment. Does anybody understand if the existing gym will be moved AFT to what is currently the Childrens Adventure Zone? and as part of that relocation the Mens and Womans free Dry and Wet sauna will be removed? I believe that is what happened on Navigator of the Seas. Cheers
  13. We are doing the Singapore to Hong Kong cruise in a few weeks on Voyager of the Seas. Looking at the drinks packages they only let you have wine by the glass which is not very convenient if you want to go back to your room and share a bottle. Does anyone have a copy of a wine list with prices (bottle and glass)? And can you buy a bottle from the bar and take it to your room? Or just a guideline of the price of a glass or a bottle of the cheaper/average priced offerings? I guess it will be in US dollars. Thanks in advance
  14. Debating if I need cardigans for aboard ships. I have a windbreaker for the airplane but wonder if I want something nicer for dining room and lounges and shows. With the number if people on the ship in a warm part of the world (Asia, summer), what is the indoor temperature?
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