RCL Voyager of the Seas Far East Cruise March 2019
My wife and I went on a far-east cruise on RCL Voyager of the Seas from Singapore for 7 nights departing 4 March 2019 going to Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Langkawi in Malaysia and overnight in Phuket, Thailand before returning to Singapore. As we have never been to this part of the world before we were a little nervous of what to expect, but the places we visited and the people we met on the way were fabulous. For the ship itself it is the oldest of the Voyager Class ships in the RCL fleet and will be going in for a refit later this year. Although it is showing some wear and tear in places, it is built solidly and generally has lots of space even on the general open decks. Despite some adverse reviews I have read I found it overall to be very good. For sure the balcony cabin we had on deck 8 was not the swishest in the world but was certainly one of the biggest balcony cabins we have had, with plenty of room. The bathroom had the biggest shower we have had also and had an enclosed cubical with doors rather than a mere curtain generally experienced on other ships, which sticks to you when the water is flowing. With the exception of one night in the main dining room, we found the quality and variety of the food to be very good and had a lot of ethnic dishes to choose from too which we tried, I recommend the Beef Randang which was excellent. We booked a three night dining package for the speciality restaurants and visited Chops Grille twice and Giovanni's Table once and the food here was top notch, plus with booking this three night dining package meant you got 40% of your bottle of wine to boot, happy days!! The food in the "push and shove" (Windjammer buffet restaurant) was also very good and with a lot of variety. We didn't have much trouble getting a table except for embarkation day when everybody gets on and goes to the buffet before their room is available. The ship has plenty of space onboard and on a sea day it should not have been an issue to find a place to lie around on a sunbed, however not enough sunbeds for the extensive available space was the issue. On the prom deck there were no more than a dozen deck chairs on either side of the deck and it could accommodate at least a hundred or so I would guess. The same goes for spaces at the front and back of the ship which had only a few sunbeds and they could also easily have had another hundred or two there also. That said with a little effort you can find a sunbed. We found the staff on board to be very friendly, accommodating and smiley and seemed genuinely happy, which is a testament to the company I think. The shows were a bit hit and miss. Only a couple of stage shows the whole week put on by the in-house entertainers which were very good and after that it was fairly average. There was the additional experience of the Ice Show which was very very good and was performed by ex-competitive ice-skaters who were excellent. On board the biggest group of customers were the Australians, followed surprisingly by we British, I guess because the literary for most part took in ex-colonial locations and its interesting to see these places you have heard about whilst growing up. It has to be said that all the places we visited were fantastic, a lot of varied culture, a lot of history and diverse architecture and surprisingly for me, very clean, particularly in Singapore. All in all if you get the chance to visit these places and with Voyager of the Seas I would say you would not be disappointed.
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