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Voyager of the Seas Picture Review Dec 2012 Australia & New Zealand Cruise

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Just got back from the Voyager. Our first 14 nighter ever (on any ship) and our first sailing out of Australia and my first time in New Zealand... so many firsts!

 

Time to start the review!

 

But first, some pictures of the beautiful Voyager docked at Circular Quay (Overseas Passenger Terminal). These were taken from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

 

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Stay tuned.

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Singapore is an 8 hour flight away from Sydney.

 

Our journey started with a red-eye flight from Singapore to Sydney on the new budget carrier called Scoot (a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines). (http://www.flyscoot.com/index.php/en/)

 

We arrived in Sydney at about 2:30pm on Dec 8th, embarkation day.

 

This was the plane we took. It even has a name.

 

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Since we just returned from the 18 day Au/NZ on Radiance, I am very interested in your report. Your pictures so far are great! What type of camera are you using? I had a new camera for the trip and was very disappointed with my pictures:(.

Lucky you, 8 hours away. Our flights were one hour, followed by 5 hours, followed by 15 hours, followed by 5 hours:eek:....thirty something when you count connection times.

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Australia has extremely strict quarantine laws, therefore we did not bring any food with us other than made-in-Singapore 3-in-1 Milo sachets. We dutifully declared them to the authorities and we were allowed to bring them in.

 

From the airport, we took a taxi straight to Circular Quay, Overseas Passenger Terminal. The ride took about 30 minutes and the fare was more than 60 AUD.

 

This is the ship from the taxi drop-off.

 

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Since we just returned from the 18 day Au/NZ on Radiance, I am very interested in your report. Your pictures so far are great! What type of camera are you using? I had a new camera for the trip and was very disappointed with my pictures:(.

Lucky you, 8 hours away. Our flights were one hour, followed by 5 hours, followed by 15 hours, followed by 5 hours:eek:....thirty something when you count connection times.

 

I am using a Canon PowerShot S95, bought almost 2 years ago. It is a point and shoot camera, and not a DSLR. I believe the current version is the Canon Powershot S110. If you google up the camera, you will find tons of reviews. Cheers.

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By the time we reached the terminal, it was about 4:30pm.

 

See the following poster for the staggered boarding times.

 

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The location of the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal cannot be beaten. However, the terminal is rather small and therefore boarding must have taken quite some time earlier in the day.

 

Given our late arrival, boarding was a breeze. At the check-in counters, we were told that the ship was sailing with 3,400+ passengers and at the time of our boarding, another 500 passengers had yet to board.

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Australia has extremely strict quarantine laws, therefore we did not bring any food with us other than made-in-Singapore 3-in-1 Milo sachets. We dutifully declared them to the authorities and we were allowed to bring them in.

 

Very true. And they check with dogs when you get off in the ports.

 

I am using a Canon PowerShot S95, bought almost 2 years ago. It is a point and shoot camera, and not a DSLR. I believe the current version is the Canon Powershot S110. If you google up the camera, you will find tons of reviews. Cheers.

 

My new one is a Canon Powershot SX240HS. Very disappointed. My previous camera was Nikon and made excellent pictures!

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Just got back from the Voyager. Our first 14 nighter ever (on any ship) and our first sailing out of Australia and my first time in New Zealand... so many firsts!

 

Time to start the review!

 

Stay tuned.

 

Looking forward to your latest review... we really enjoyed your previous review ! ! ! :)

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That's the view of Circular Quay wharves from the balcony. We will be taking a ferry from Wharf 5 to Darling Harbour on Day 14 of the cruise. It is just a short walk from the ship. Extremely convenient.

 

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Day 1! Yeah baby!

 

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Key officers. Very interesting to have the same Captain (Cpt Charles) as well as the same Cruise Director (Gordon Whatman) from our June 2012 cruise!

 

It was quite funny. During the Captain's corner, Cpt Charles stressed at least twice that he was Norweigian, not Italian.

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I have had two Canon S95's, and hope to have a third under the tree in three days.

 

The first one I put down on the picnic table, which was actually two tables pushed together and covered with palm fronds, in Bora Bora. The tables were in the water, and I did not look since I was sitting backwards, facing the shore. Unfortunately, the tables were not close enough together, and the palm fronds were not very sturdy, and I put it on the fronds in between the tables. Of course, it ended up in the Pacific, where it spent several seconds before I could find in amidst all the very fine sand. Despite immediately washing it out thoroughly with fresh water, and putting it in a baggie of white rice, it has never worked again.

 

I thought it was a terrific camera, and bought another. By that time, Canon had discontinued it for the S100, and I had a hard time finding one. My son had bought the S100, and I thought the features and controls on the S95 were a lot better, so I was again very happy with the pictures, particularly in low light which is where that camera excels.

 

I took it with me on the 12/3 Liberty when, half way through the cruise, it disappeared! I don't believe it was immediately stolen, because I had it with me in the Sphinx lounge for the C&A top tier event. I could have left it there since I know I took several pictures. I usually put it into my pocket, we went to the theater and back to the cabin, and the next morning it was not in my pocket. Searches of the lounge and the theater were fruitless, and it was never turned in to lost and found. Fortunately, I had copied all of the photos, up to the last couple of days, off the memory card so pictures lost were minimal. Conclusion, someone else now has a nice camera.

 

This time it was a lot harder to replace. I went to all the electronic stores in St. Martin, but everyone told me it was obsolete. I then scoured the reviews of the S100 and S110 (the latest), and downloaded the manuals, and decided on the S95 again, so it went onto the Christmas list. Hope Santa has good connections!

 

Anyway, that camera excels in low light, which explains the quality of the poster's pictures.

Well done, and looking forward to reading more!

 

Jim

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I am using a Canon PowerShot S95, bought almost 2 years ago. It is a point and shoot camera, and not a DSLR. I believe the current version is the Canon Powershot S110. If you google up the camera, you will find tons of reviews. Cheers.

 

 

I bought the identical camera about a year ago. I love it! Great review so far too!

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Good to see you are back online. Can't wait to hear more about the food, entertainment and the extra cleaning (noro), the other threads and posts thus far of other Aust sailings have been quite negative. I will be on Voyager in less than 2 weeks, your review will be the most recent and accurate info of the Voyager for me.

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Happy sailing!

 

I enjoy reading your previous reviews, and looking forward to continue reading the one.

Merry Christmas ad Happy New Year to you and your family.

 

Bon voyage!

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The adult-only Solarium, from Deck 12. Unfortunately, the Solarium isn't sheltered from the elements, unlike the Radiance class.

 

The Captain explained that the Voyager was designed for the Caribbean with sunshine all year round.

 

Hopefully, they will do something about this at the next dry dock.

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Loving the pictures and the review. We are going on our first cruise on Voyager in Feb. Any advice for a first timer on this cruise line???

Thanks

Anne:D

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The adult-only Solarium, from Deck 12. Unfortunately, the Solarium isn't sheltered from the elements, unlike the Radiance class.

 

The Captain explained that the Voyager was designed for the Caribbean with sunshine all year round.

 

Hopefully, they will do something about this at the next dry dock.

 

Glad I am on the Fremantle to Singapore cruise! This area will be very popular as it is. Possibly too hot for the hot tubs though:p

 

Den

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Loving the pictures and the review. We are going on our first cruise on Voyager in Feb. Any advice for a first timer on this cruise line???

Thanks

Anne:D

 

Thanks! Many more pictures coming along the way.

 

What's your itinerary and are you cruising with your family?

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Thanks! Many more pictures coming along the way.

 

What's your itinerary and are you cruising with your family?

 

 

Just my hubby(50) and myself (48)

18 nights from sydney, around New Zealand, Hobart, Adelaide and finishing in Freemantle.

:)

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Thank you for this review. I will follow with great anticipation as I have always wanted to go "Down Under" to see all the wonderful sights in Australia and New Zeland. :)

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Gosh you are quick off the mark - are you back in Singapore already?

 

Looks like another great review coming up.

 

Cheers

Di & Tony

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Looking forward to the rest if your review! I loved the last one and am sure I'm going to love this one as well!

Thanks in advance for all the hard work - I know how much effort it takes!

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Just my hubby(50) and myself (48)

18 nights from sydney, around New Zealand, Hobart, Adelaide and finishing in Freemantle.

:)

 

Oh cool!

 

I assume you have cruised with other lines before?

 

Anyway, we are a family of four and our kids are 6 and 7. Thanks to Adventure Ocean, my wife and I can have more time to ourselves during a cruise.

 

For shore excursions, we usually do-it-ourselves, as you will see in the rest of the review. The ship organized shore excursions are generally good and they guarantee to wait for you to return, however the cost adds up with four.

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