My wife and I have finished our cruise from the 7th to 19th September 2013, on the Voyager of the Seas, a 12 night cruise around Japan and South Korea, leaving and returning to Tianjin in China. We have cruised before and this was our 10th cruise. We have sailed on Rhapsody of the seas twice before and other cruise lines, Carnival, Princess, Norwegian and Celebrity, so we can compare. We were very excited about the ports in Japan and South Korea. We have cruised Asia before in Vietnam and Cambodia. Sadly this cruise did not stand up to ROYAL CARIBBEAN standards in many areas. We did have a good cruise and a good time, but there were many things that we felt let down by. We may have obtained the cruise at a very good price, but it was never mentioned there would be poor food, poor shows and poor organisation at the ports.
Embarkation at Tianjin was good and we were on board and in our cabin by early afternoon. We had a Balcony Suite, which was great and all we expected. Our cabin attendant was fantastic and did everything at a high standard. We spent the first two sailing days exploring the ship and had a good time. Sadly though the entertainment was scarce to non existent to what we expected and have experienced before. The Disney shows were great, but mainly aimed at children. There would only have been about 40 to 50 children on the ship. Very limited passenger participation activbities and the ones they did have were poorly run. At times it felt like it was the activities staff first day on the job.
A big disappointment was the evening shows. We have come to expect great shows, but were sadly let down. When every announcement has to be said in 4 different languages, it makes for a very boring setting. On one evening when there was a medical emergency the Captain continued to give updates on the persons condition, but this interrupted the shows and the band ended up stopping the show altogether. You would think the passengers do not need a running commentary on a person’s medical evacuation. One announcement at the end is sufficient.
Cabin was very good