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  1. Just booked one of the few Panoramic Oceanview Suites on Voyager of the Seas. The cruise is only a 4 day, departing Singapore for Malaysia and Thailand next year. Still, I thought $600+ for a full suite with panoramic ceiling to floor windows at the front of the ship in both the living room and bedroom didn't seem bad. I'd miss the balcony, but the unique qualities of this cabin might make up for it? Agree or not? The highest category we've done on RCL before was a family junior suite on Quantum of the Seas. Are there many extra benefits with a full suite? Finally, I've been reading pretty mixed to poor reviews about Voyager. Several called her an old "rust bucket". Looks like there will be a dry dock soon, so maybe that will improve? Would you have any concerns about an older ship like Voyager? Any other thoughts or suggestions? Thanks in advance!
  2. 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
  3. Silly question but is there a clothesline in inside cabins on Voyager of the Seas?
  4. 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
  5. Hi We have been umming and arring about booking the Voyager sailing from Hong Kong on August 14th 2019. It's a 7 day calling at 2 ports in Japan and 1 in Subic Bay. It is still on the official timetables site with prices but nowhere else (including the official site) Does anyone know what happened? Thanks
  6. 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
  7. Gidday! Have a large family group cruising next year on Voyager. Most are booked in the aft of the ship and I was wondering if the AMP upgrade has affected any of the aft balconies. Especially interested in 7388 and 7688. Thanking you in advance. TraceyG 😊
  8. We are frequent cruisers (somewhere around 50 cruises to date), and Platinum member with Royal Caribbean. We booked this 5-day Chinese New Year cruise about six months ago, and traveled with good friends of ours. We did a 3 night stay in Singapore Pre-Cruise and a 1 night stay in Singapore Post-Cruise before catching our flights home. We traveled on United Airlines non-stop To/From San Francisco. PRE-CRUISE We booked three nights in advance at the Royal Plaza on Scotts right off Orchard Rd. We got a great price booking direct from their website. The location was perfect, steps from the MRT station and plenty of low cost food court dining options as well as nice restaurants. The room was upgraded to a deluxe room on the 12thfloor. The room / hotel was very clean and well equipped. Loved the free mini-bar (non alcohol options only). We didn’t book the hotel breakfast. Extremely overpriced and there are so many inexpensive breakfast options including a Starbucks just steps from the hotel. The hotel staff was very friendly. SINGAPORE The ride from Changi Airport to the hotel was via a taxi. The taxis are very clean and efficient. We got some Singapore Dollars from an ATM in Baggage Claim, so we were ready. The Taxis take credit card, but charge a convenience fee. Best to pay cash. Also, tipping the driver is not expected. Ok to round up and tell him/her to keep the change. It is about a 25 minute ride from the Airport to downtown (Orchard Road) We were fortunate as we arrived in Singapore at about 8am and got to the hotel about 930. The hotel had rooms ready for us which was fantastic. We relaxed a bit around the hotel eather lunch at one of the local hawker centers nearby. We booked a few tours with a company called With Locals (www.withlocals.com) . We’ve used them in the past and they are fantastic most of the time. The first night we booked a Magical Singapore by Night tour. It was supposed to be a two hour tour, but ended up about 3.5 hours. So many sights to see around Chinatown especially for the Chinese New Year celebrations. We ended the tour at the lagoon by Marina Bay Sands for the Spectra Light Show. It was a wonderful evening, and our Guide Jack was fantastic. The following day, we did another tour pre booked with Monica at With Locals. This one was the Secrets of Singapore which included some off the beaten track signts including Singapore’s last remaining original village. Aa well as some “regular “ non-tourist neighborhoods and temples. Monica was the best With Locals guide we’ve ever had and we were glad to have booked her the following day for a Private Gardens by the Bay tour. It is very easy to get around Singapore using the busses or MRT. They both are safe and incredibly clean. Since there were four of us, we often took a taxi or a Grab (Asia’s version of Uber). Gardens by the Bay was wonderful. Be sure to buy your tickets at least a day in advance for the Domes on Klook. (www.klook.com). So mich cheaper than buying direct from the venue. Same thing goes for the Sky Park at Marina Bay Sands. You’ll save about 10.00 pp buying this way. For the actual Chinese New Year, we booked a With Locals Tour with HJ that started about 9pm and went until after midnight. We were fortunate to enjoy ringing in the new year at a large Chinese Temple in Chinatown. Complete with the lion dancing and fireworks. VOYAGER OF THE SEAS We took taxis from the hotel to the Ship at about 11am. Embarkation was a bit chaotic. We had purchased a few bottles of wine to bring on board (one too many for our group). They were going to make me check the extra bottle to retrieve after teh cruise. I offered the bottle for free to another gentleman passing by and he leaned over and asked my stateroom number. A couple days into the cruise, he brought the bottle by our stateroom. That was incredibly nice of him. Totally unexpected. We had a balcony stateroom on Deck 12. I was very impressed with the size and condition of the cabin. Large and plenty of room. Nicely equipped, although I wish there was an outlet by the bedside. The shower and bathroom was incredibly small and the water pressure not the best. The linens were comfy, but the mattress a bit worn and too firm for my liking. Our cabin steward was excellent. In fact ALL of the staff we encountered were very friendly and accommodating. No exceptions. Ship’s condition – The exterior of the ship was bad..really bad and in need of a paint job. The Interior in some places showed her age and wear, but overall, the common places were fine. The ship was clean, but there was no hiding the rust and peeling paint all over the exterior. The Spa facilities (sauna and steam room) are in need of refurbishment. The paint has all peeled from the roof of the steam room and the mildew smell is overwhelming. The sauna was not as bad. Demographics- As this was a CNY cruise, 95+ percent was Chinese or Malaysian. Very few Caucasians, and those who were Caucasian were mostly Aussies. At the risk of being flamed, the behavior of many of the Chinese guests was reprehensible. Pushy and rude. So much so, we didn’t even go to the Windjammer buffet but once. There is no respect of order or queuing. My gosh, you’d think it was their last meal and they were running out of food. You would literally be elbowed and pushed out of the way. We could see the crew was getting annoyed on many occasions. Listen, I have nothing at all against Asians...I am married to one, but seriously? This display of humanity was embarrassing. I kept telling myself it was a cultural thing and not meant to be rude but wow...just wow. We have traveled all over Asia and I have not noticed that in places like Vietnam and Thailand. On the ship, most announcements and entertainment was in Mandarin. That was not a problem for us. Food – I’ve read many complaints about the food on board. Having many cruises to compare it to, the food in the MDR was fine. Most good. Only one meal was mediocre. We ate in Chops one night and the food was excellent and service impeccable. Our wait staff in the MDR were Indonesian and it was amazing to see how the Chinese guests treated them like peasants. They worked hard to please everyone, but there was no pleasing some of the guests. The Pizza place was always fresh and ready with pizza, treats or sandwiches and the choices changed daily. Entertainment – The headliners were pretty bad as compared to RCI’s entertainment on Caribbean ships. The Illusionist was just terrible. The juggler was better, but impossible to understand what he was saying. We didn’t attend any other shows. The piano bar was fun and it was great that the pianist (a Canadian) spoke enough Mandarin to wow the mandarin guests. He even knew a couple of songs in Mandarin, which was really impressive. PENANG – In Penang, we pre-booked a private taxi and the driver was waiting for us at the pier. He was great! Morgan Uppayan. We did have some rain and had to bypass the Botanical Gardens, but did get to see a few temples like the Reclining Budda. Morgan also recommended a great (clean) Spa that we stopped at. All in our group got 1 hour massages and everyone loved it! Very inexpensive as well. About 15 USD for an hour. We also visited the Chew Jetty and murals. LANGKAWI - We also prebooked a taxi with Mr. Taxi and our driver was Meget. We spent 8 hours with Meget at the cost of about 50 USD. We first went to the Cable Car and it was closed due to high winds. So, he took us to the Mangrove Tour which included many stops by boat. The cost for that was 450 Ringit for 3 hours to charter the whole boat. Well worth it as you get to seem some incredible sights. After that we returned to the cable car and purchased the Express tickets for the glass bottom car for 105 Ringit pp. Well worth it! Skipped the huge queue. This is a must see while in Langkawi. After that, we stopped for a bin on the side of the road to feed a few of the THOUSANDS of wild monkeys all over the place. It was great fun as well. PHUKET – We were told to queue up at 730 am to get tender tickets and got number 10. We were on the Tender about 830 am and they didn’t even look at or check the tickets. Again we hired a private driver, Lek Landen for 2500 Bhat for 7 hours. Money well spent. Let first took us to an Elephant Trekking outfit. We opted for the 30 min ride and we really enjoyed it. Our guide was very engaging and there were plenty of opportunites to engage with the elephants as well as hand feeding them. After that we visited Tiger Kingdom. I was a bit skeptical as it was expensive by Thai standards. About 30 USD pp. Wow, I am glad we did this as it was one of the trip highlights. We opted for the Big Cat experience (they have Medium and small Cat options as well as multiple options) We spent about 15-20 mins with about three different huge tigers and the staff was very engaging. They took out cameras and took hundreds of photos as they helped engage the tigers to pose by feeding them bits of chicken. There were at least three or four handlers and at no time did we feel unsafe. The tigers, all bred in captivity, appeared happy and healthy, and the place was very clean. I consider this a must see when in Phuket. After this, we stopped at a jewelry outlet recommended by our guide. It was my wife’s 50thbirthday on this day, so of course, I let her pick a ring she wanted. It had to be sized, so we left and returned a few hours later as it was perfectly sized. After lunch at a local Thai restaurant, we stopped at a souvenir shop before heading back to Patong Beach to board our tender. I would have loved to spend a couple of days in Phuket. The people were so friendly and gracious. You got the feeling they really appreciated you being there. It was amazing to see that there was no evidence of the devastation caused by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that destroyed everything in Patong Bay. We enjoyed a full day at sea prior to disembarking in Singapore. It was nice to have a day to unwind after a hectic schedule. Disembarkation was utter chaos. Probably the longest it has ever taken us on any cruise. The ship didn’t dock until about 8am and we were asked to vacate the staterooms by 830. We were in Group 2 and we still didn’t get off the ship and through immigration until about 930 am. We were considering booking a 10am flight from Singapore that morning. So glad our travel agent convinced us otherwise. We would have NEVER made it. Instead, we booked an inexpensive room at the Changi Village Hotel near the airport. This was a nice break as the area is very local. Plenty of inexpensive local eateries aroung. Getting a taxi from the port was a breeze. Plenty available with little to no queue. The hotel was 3 star at best. The common areas were very nice, but the rooms are in need of refurbishment. And not as clean as we would have liked. Nonetheless, they had a free shuttle to the airport the following morning, so all was good. All in all, a great vacation that we really enjoyed.
  9. Trying to decide on a deck for a Promenade view room on Mariner. Looking for convenience, not near the pub and a decent view for parades and other activities. Choices are decks 6,7,8. Suggestions/ thoughts are most welcome!
  10. Seems like RCI appointed their first Chinese Asian captain on Voyager of the Seas, Capt WU Huimin. Their Cruise Director have also been changed to a Chinese - Mr. Troy. This may be likely to be part of their strategy to gain Chinese market share, but I am not sure if the standards and culture of RCI have been affected. Importantly, Voyager is homeport in Singapore, and not China. Been on Voyager of the Seas twice, in November 2018 and February 2019 - and noticed a difference in staff service standards and management, as well as versus that of previous cruises I took with RCI on Legend and Mariner. Having an open seating at the MDR after a port day was a disaster - with guests coming back to long queues for dinner and having the Windjammer full. Being a fully booked sailing for Chinese New Year, a section of Windjammer was also closed off for a few nights to host a Hotpot dinner (chargeable). Staff was trying hard to sell their packages and was introduced to the Galley Tour with Lunch. Staff was marketing it such as we will get to try food from Giovanni and Chops Grille, however, the buffet line was just a disappointment and if not, worse than what you get at the MDR meals. The tour was also inconsistent from group to groups. When there was another group crowding another section, our group simply skipped it and moved on. The tour and lunch costed us USD 32+, which I could just book a speciality dining by itself perhaps. Anyone have any experience to share on VOTS from Singapore? Especially from Jan 2019 onwards? https://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/travel/royal-caribbeans-first-asian-captain-spends-half-his-cnys-sea
  11. G'day Guys, We were in a GS on Radiance for a Xmas & NYE cruise and we had access to the DL. Would like to know if the above DL access is fleet wide(especially on Voyager our next cruise) for suite guests(GS) Cheers Craig
  12. Hi all, we're booked on our first cruise which will be on Voyager in January 2020. Can you tell me if the cabins on Voyager have dvd players, or whether the tvs in the cabins allow a dvd player to be connected? Thanks!
  13. Hi All We will be going on a cruise 4th March 2019 of Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas leaving from Singapore and we have noticed reviews that were not so great recently. When we booked this cruise there weren't these sort of reviews. We have other family members and friends coming as well for my husbands 60th and they are concerned as they have never been on a cruise before. We have been on Celebrity cruises before and they were quite amazing and couldn't fault them. Would love peoples opinion that have actually really enjoyed this ship. Thanks
  14. Looking to book a JS with an inside across the hall for the kids. My choices are either forward Deck 9 or Aft Deck 10. Is either location better? Thanks.
  15. Hello - We usually cruise out of Cape Liberty. RC is moving Anthem and my husband and I are beside ourselves. We want to go back to Canada fall of 2020 but don't know much the incoming ships. I have a couple of questions about Voyager of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas. 1) Does Voyager have a covered solarium? 2) Do the Voyager cabin showers have doors or curtains? 1) Is Adventure of the Seas a nice ship? 2) I believe that Adventure is the sister to Explorer but it has been years since we have sailed Explorer. If memory serves me the solarium is not covered? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you!
  16. Currently on Adventure. The last time we were onboard her, pre-dry dock 2015, we had an absolute BLAST! Bar inside the lounge, outdoor seating, great service... Flash forward to 2018/2019....I've attached a photo of the 5pm drink line. Outdoor seating? ELIMINATED. They've frosted over the beautiful glass doors and replaced it with rock wall sign ups, which was closed! What's on the other side of Deck 14? AN EMPTY SUITE LOUNGE. There's not a soul in the "redesignated" outdoor seating. Diamond Lounge door has a rope in front of it so you can't get out. This cuts the size of the lounge in half and there's NO OVERFLOW lounge. There's ONE (rude) DL server and 2 (fantastic) bartenders who are working their TAILS off! We're tipping well! We feel bad! Unfortunately, Mariner is the same way! (Even worse...no bar setup in the DL!) Navigator's dry dock will move her DL into the Deck 5 Dungeon. RIP Navi's DL. Can't vouch for Voyager or Explorer, but I'm sure everything's going this way. Which one will they mess up next? So Royal...why not give your most loyal cruisers back the outdoor space? I'm even OK with rock wall sign ups there... but have some outside seating set up during the cocktail hour and close the rock wall? The Suite side is EMPTY. Talk about a wasted outdoor space! Can your Diamonds please have it back? Signed, A Sad Diamond-Plus-Member-After-This-Cruise
  17. I'm hoping someone can tell me how to figure out which balcony and spacious balcony cabins on Voyager class--Explorer in particular--have beds by the balcony and which by the bathroom. I've tried to search and just can't find this. I would be grateful for some help. Thanks.
  18. Looking to book an Aft JS on either deck 6 or 7 and then an Inside for the kids across the hall. Can anyone tell me where the door is for the inside? Please tell me more about the aft cabin and balcony. I am having trouble finding videos of these cabins. Thanks
  19. Due to sail from Singapore 4 March on the Voyager but there is no entertainment to book, is this usual on this ship ? Tia
  20. We have been allocated spacious balcony cabins on deck 6, forward near the lifts. I understand they have a different balcony to 7 and above , more metal instead of the Perspex, does this matter , obstruct view etc ? would we be better moving to a higher floor , they have some on deck 9 but they are further forward. Is deck 6 noisy, we have always stayed on higher decks but this looks convenient for the Promenade and the dining room but it’s right above the golden room ? Tia
  21. Hi we are possibly booking a voyage on the Voyager of the seas and are interested in the promenade view rooms. We have been on the Indy in a deck 9 inside room and still heard murmurings from the Promenade in our cabin so are concerned. Is it better to book on 6,7 or 8 deck? We looked at 7 as we would have cabins below and above us but also wondered if 6 was better for viewing the promenade or 8 to limit noise from it. There are also lots of cabins left so I would appreciate any tips on the best spots. We would not book a cabin over certain venues but wondered if there are better deck 6 cabins than others. Thoughts? Thanks
  22. Hi thinking of doing a cruise from Singapore next June but reading ship in need of refurbishment - is she due a refit soon? Thanks Sent from my iPad using Forums
  23. I originally posted in the wrong section for this Ship and told to post here. Would love to hear some positive feedback from passengers, seems to be quite a few bad reviews about this ship. We are sailing from Singapore this March to celebrate my husbands 60th.
  24. Not sailing til next year but anyone experienced drink package price changing in the uk. It's sitting at £39.50 per day just curious what people have paid in past. tia
  25. Hello everyone. I know Voyager is getting updates at the next dry dock, but wondering if anyone knows if cabins will get an update as well? We have been on Oasis, Ovation and another cruise booked on Symphony - newer ships. Wife can be picky about things and is already bummed she wont have a genie in star class =). Any input would be great.
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